Amazon Prime Picks

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Hi Friends!

I wanted to share a few Amazon Prime Day picks that I personally love and have used for those of you shopping the Amazon Prime Day Deals. Unfortunately there is not a huge variety that are part of the prime day deals but all of the ones I have listed below we own and love! Happy Shopping!


HOUSEHOLD

Bissell power fresh steam mop has been a household must have for us! We love it and it is very easy to use!

Ninja Blender has been a great kitchen tool to have. I use it for smoothies, soups, cauliflower rice and so much more!

Instant Pot I have really loved and used this so much when I batch cook. Such a great deal today!

Sound Machine and the very best out of all the ones we have tried! LOVE LOVE THIS ONE!

Hair Dryer I was gifted this item for my birthday and I absolutely LOVE IT!


Kid Related

Britax Carseat this carseat is on dale and is the one we have used for our youngest and have loved it.

BOB Jogging Stroller we have used nearly everyday with our youngest!

Wooden Blocks my kids LOVE these wooden blocks. Great for all ages!

Wooden Train another sturdy toy that will see you through many years! My kids love this one as well!

Wooden See and Spell letters to help your little ones recognize letters! My youngest is into this right now!

Magnetic Tiles you have heard me talk about these a lot! A GREAT in home activity for your kids!

Junior Ticket to Ride we love the adult version and I just snagged this for one of my kids Christmas gifts!

Jenga is another family favorite and a great deal currently!

Car Mat I purchased for a Christmas present. My kids love playing with hot wheels.


Clean Living

Puracy is a great CLEAN brand that we have enjoyed! The All Purpose Cleaner is part of the prime day deals !

URSA Majors deodorant is a clean brand and part of the deal. I have not tried it yet but have heard amazing things about it!

Combined Girls Room Reveal

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We recently combined our girls to one room. Everyone had their own room but we felt it was time to try combining the girls for several reasons. One of the biggest challenges with combining rooms is double the stuff; double the clothes, double the animals, double everything. I knew the only way to make it work was to get bunkbeds! I found a steal deal at Walmart on THESE bunkbeds and we have loved them. When we were looking they were half off! They are sturdy and pretty; both things I love!

I tried to spend the least amount of money possible doing this room. The best way of doing this was using what I already had! I took a few things from both of their rooms and changed up the layout. I had gold accents scattered throughout the room as well as soft pinks and yellow! I love keeping things neutral for this reason. It is really easy to switch things up when the majority of your main items are neutral!

If you have been following along on instagram I shared how I shopped my own home to give this corner an update. I took these old cheap Walmart frames scattered around my home and spray painted them gold ( I love using the Rust-oleum brand). I put the prints in the frames from the book collection by Julia Rothman my daughter got for Christmas. It was such an easy and inexpensive update.

There were also a few practical things we upgraded for the girls, like a sound machine and dimmable wall lights. THESE wall lights have been wonderful. They produce a lot of light and I love that I can turn them off or lower the light after the girls fall asleep! I also love THIS sound machine. We have tried lots of sound machines and this is the best by far! It is loud and does not have any clicking noise throughout the night!

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I bought matching throw blankets and the little round pillow for the floor. I got all of those things on clearance or at Dirt Cheap (one of my favorite places to find good deals on Target items). It was an easy room to redecorate and combine.

The girls love playing in their room. It feels light and clean and I love getting on the floor with them and playing doll house or baby dolls with them. The room is inviting and simple… two of my favorite things!

One last item I want to share with you is this sweet doll you see in the pictures. This doll is from Land Of Mae. My friend Stacy hand-makes each doll. There is so much detail and love poured into each doll. The doll you see here was a custom made doll. It has my daughters name on the ballet slipper, her skirt is removable, we chose everything from skin color, to hair style, to dress pattern. If you are wanting a special heirloom piece for your little one go check out Land Of Mae!

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Toddler Room Refresh

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One thing I had to mourn the loss of was not “preparing” a room for my babies before they came home to me. Because God wrote our story through adoption I did not have the privilege of preparing a nursery for my kiddos.  I am one of those moms who really love creating beauty in my kid’s rooms. So if you are in the same boat I thought I’d share some easy and affordable ways to spruce up a simple room. 

Today, I want to share a room refresh I did for our youngest. She is now very much a toddler. We have added a few things to her room I wanted to share. Whether you are preparing a nursery for a baby girl or want to spruce things up in one of your toddlers room you will enjoy all of these items! 

Around the Room

We read lots of books at our house. These bookshelves from IKEA have been wonderful and have been moved several times. I love how books naturally bring color to a room. Her baby picture has been in her room awhile. I spray painted the old frame gold and it looks new! 

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I love having Scripture on the walls. I LOVE this Scripture from SHILOH COLLECTION! The colors went perfectly in my daughter’s room. I added some dried eucalyptus to a pretty pink vase and it added a little extra character to this beautiful verse that I framed! 

You can’t go wrong with white and gold.  I bought this dresser from a second hand store. The gold light, mirror and baskets are from Target. I love placing mirrors in small rooms because it helps bounce light. I love neutral furniture and accents because they don’t go out of style very quickly and last a long time. 

Wire baskets are some of my favorite for corralling all the stuffed animals. I try to not have too many toys in bedrooms but we do keep all the stuffed animals in there! These wire baskets are sturdy and perfect for the little zoo we have. 

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I absolutely love this kid table. We moved this from the playroom into my daughters room and I love seeing my little girl sit and read her books at this table.  We often have tea parties here too. Adding some faux greenery that you don’t have to upkeep is my favorite way to add a little life to a room. And of course, I will always encourage spray paint! =) Spray-painting the pot whatever color goes best in the room is a very affordable and easy way to change things up!   

I love the simplicity of her room. I love that it has a clean and bright look without being cluttered! It will be a great transition room as she gets older because nothing is too “baby-ish”. 

Hopefully this inspires you to create a clean and simple space of your own!   

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A special THANKS to Shiloh Collection for their collaboration on this room refresh!

 

Sources

Bookshelves- IKEA

Faux Greenery- IKEA (Similar to the one shown)

Scripture Art- Shiloh Collection

Kid Table- Target

Lamp- Target

Mirror- Target

Dresser- Second Hand

 

Girls Room Makeover

Well, this blog post is over due. Summer hit me like a ton of bricks and I have been playing catch up every day all day. But school has started and we are jumping back into a good routine and I am excited about the new school year for my children and for me. Lets jump right into this budget friendly makeover for my daughter’s room! 

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Her room was pink and none of the furniture matched. When we moved in I knew I wanted to spruce things up without spending a ton of money. 

Our DIY Projects

The largest change was painting her room. I am always surprised how paint can really make a huge difference in a room. The color I chose was Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams. It is a lighter gray and I think it goes well with the other gray in the rest of our house. 

I also painted her post bed. The bed was given to us and it was an old faux wood bed that was an easy project to paint. I used my favorite spray paint RUST-OLEUM paint and primer in one. The color I used was French Cream and it turned out great. It took me three days to spray paint it and let it fully dry, but it was a very easy project. All I did was wipe it down and then spray paint it. 

The other DIY project we did for her room was the little bird/leaf chandelier we created and hung from the celling. The birds were originally from Uganda,  where my husband and I lived previously. They were painted bright colors and I knew I wanted to use them but needed it to be more neutral. So I spray painted them white.  Can you tell I love spray paint? We then gathered dried eucalyptus and bought a hoop that we used as the ring. We hot glued the greenery to the outside of the hoop and then covered it with some material I bought. We hung the birds in the middle and it turned out great! 

Tips When Shopping on a Budget

Some of you may look at her room and think… gosh that must have been expensive. But to be really honest with you it was very budget friendly. We paid $50 for the wall paint, $50 for the spray paint and the other items I bought were found on sale at a very discounted price! Here is what I do when I am looking at a room… the VERY first thing I do is create my plan. I decide what I want the feel to be or the theme I want to weave within the room.  Then I go through our home to discover what I already own! 

Yep! That is the biggest tip/trick I can give you… use what you own. 

For instance we owned the bed, the hanging birds, the light switch cover, the lamp, the bookshelf and the coat rack shelf! By spray-painting the bed, birds, lamp, light switch cover I saved a ton of money! It looks like new and it goes with the feel of her room and all I had to purchase was spray paint! Pretty great, right? 

When shopping for furniture I always try to get second hand furniture! I got this cute midcentury modern dresser from a lady who was cleaning out her house. I snagged it because I knew I wanted to use it somewhere and it was perfect in my daughter’s bedroom! 

Another great way to find bargains is walking the clearance isle. You bet I do! Those cute little bird book holders were in the AT HOME clearance isle and I got them for an extra percentage off because one of them is missing white paint on the other side. I knew I could just turn it around and no one would ever know… so I grabbed them and got them for next to nothing. 

One of my new favorite stores is DIRT CHEAP! I discovered it a few months ago and let me tell ya, it is awesome. If you don’t like digging through products then you will not enjoy DIRT CHEAP, but I am a bargain shopper and so I love it! I purchased my daughter’s bedspread from DIRT CHEAP. Have you seen it before? It is the OPALE HOUSE line from Target and runs at $70 for a twin. But guess what? I got it for $20 at DIRT CHEAP! The store buys overstock or somewhat damaged goods and sells them at a cheaper price. I was so excited to find this for her room! Dirt Cheap is a  great place to shop if you are on a budget! 

Last, but not least, my next tip is, think out of the box! I knew I wanted some form of artwork but I was not willing to pay for anything too fancy. So I went over to Paper Source, bought a piece of wrapping paper that looked like a wall hanging of cacti and framed it! Boom… $5 for a pretty piece of artwork! 

I hope this inspires some of you! We all have budgets to live within, so whether yours is large or small I hope you are encouraged to make your space feel welcoming within your budget. 

Does it have a Place and/or a Purpose?

The following post is not sponsored. This is a personal blog and I am simply sharing a few things I love as a mama. 

Does anyone else get overwhelmed when the New Year rolls around? I mean hello, all the stuff? Those of you who have multiple people living in your home you get what I mean. All the new toys that were so thoughtfully given combined with all the little people who do not know how to put things away is a recipe for chaos. Not a good combo.

The truth is STUFF is a burden. Yes, I said it because I believe it. Scripture warns us against stuff (Matt. 6:19-21). The truth is all the stuff steals our affection and attention. As a mama of three I do not have time to be cleaning up toy after toy after toy. I do not have time to dig around for this and that under piles of STUFF. I just don’t. Not to mention I just feel crazy when my house is crazy. Anyone else?

Currently I am reading “A Simplified Life” by Emily Ley and I am screaming YES at the end of each page. She starts the book off by helping you DECLUTTER! I love this process. I love throwing things away and I love getting rid of stuff.

Strange? Maybe!

I do not like a house full of stuff that does not have a purpose and a place.

This past year we moved into a home with very little storage space and felt smaller than our last home. We live in an older home that is a work in progress. We love it and are slowly making it our own. The lack of storage space has caused me to get even more organized.  

As I organize and put things away I always ask myself, “Does this object have a place and/or purpose?” If it is not yes to one or both of those it gets put in the garage sale box (yes I have a box 24/7 that lives in my garage for the next sale.) I do a toy sweep every few months and get rid of things the kids don’t play with. I also have a rule with my kids that if a toy breaks it gets put in the dumpster. We DO NOT keep broken toys. This rule has also helped my kids take better care of the toys they really love.

I am going to show case a few areas of our home that I typically work hard at keeping organized.

The Pantry

We have one little pantry in our kitchen. I have a little store room in the basement that holds extra toilet paper and extra cans of beans but the majority of our food items are in one tiny little pantry. Oxo containers are some of my favorite! I buy mine at HomeGoods or Marshalls when they are discounted. They hold up so well and get rid of all those extra boxes. We have a place for snacks that are easy to grab and go for the kids.  You can see here some reusable containers I put labels on. I simply washed lunchmeat containers and repurposed them for the pantry! Didn’t spend anything extra. A great way to be resourceful!  

The Playroom

We have a basic place for books that is hung a little high so the kids can’t just yank them down all the time. Our little cubbies are where the toys they play with daily live. We have a couple other bins of toys tucked away in a closet that they have to ask to play with. This helps me monitor how many toys are on the floor. I do not give them a new box of toys unless the playroom is totally cleaned.  This also helps with toy rotation. It is fun to get a box down they have not played with for a while because the toys feel “new”. We have not been doing this long but I wish I had this method from the start.

Hall Closet

We only have one hall closet with shelves. I store our linens, medicines and extra bathroom essentials all in the hall closet. I wish I had taken a before picture to show you how terrible this closet was. Once I organized it, labeled everything there ended up being plenty of room to store. One of the biggest changes was the bed sheets. I folded everything and then placed the set inside one of the pillowcases. You’ve probably seen this on Pinterest. It made a huge difference. Now when I need to change a bed, everything I need is right there in the pillowcase and I can quickly grab and go. No more digging for matching sets! You can also see here the toy bins I was talking about. They are labeled and live at the bottom of this little hall closet. 

Art Caddy

I love this little caddy from IKEA. The wheels are good and sturdy and this takes up such little space. It lives in our small closet where we store winter jackets, the broom and vacuum. All the basic art supplies live here. I love this cart! We can roll it into the kitchen when we are using it and then roll it right back into the closet so the baby doesn’t eat all the crayons!

These are just a few ways I have organized pieces of our home that have helped me. Now, when I find a random crayon I know where it goes because it has a specific place. When someone needs a band-aid, I know where to get one really fast. Organizing makes my life simpler and less chaotic.

Don’t get me wrong, there are times our house looks like a bomb went off. But the difference now is that it takes less time to get things back in order when everything has a place.

Chances are if it doesn’t have a place and it is not daily used, you probably don’t need it. There is so much freedom in getting rid of the junk. Just do it. Fill up that box and drop it off. You really won’t miss it, I promise.