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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

the big closet cleanout

Cleaning and organizing are kind of my thing. I know that sounds very weird for some but I absolutely love it! I love it so much that last Friday I actually went to a friends house and spent the day cleaning out her daughters closet. 

And I loved every second ;)

Last week I decided that my closet needed some TLC. When we moved in I was so excited to have such an awesome big closet and for about a week it looked great. And then it turned into a big cluttery mess while I worked on the rest of the house. I couldn't take it anymore and needed this space...my space...to be beautiful once again.

The Big Closet Clean Out!

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After

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It's so much nicer and so much easier to find things. My fav new organizing tip is utilizing big plastic bins. Now these are not only for storing things in an attic. They are the perfect place to put purses. No lid needed...just throw the purses and bags in and voila! All of a sudden your closet shelves look organized and it literally took almost no effort. Plus it's easy to see whats in there when you need a new bag to grab.

Now on to the clothes...

I have recently become a huge fan of Thred Up. So much so that I have pretty much ditched Stitch Fix which I use to love! Thred Up is just so much fun to shop on and so much cheaper then Stitch Fix so I can get more. What is Thred Up you ask? Well it's a site {or app} that sells gently used clothes. I have bought 6 things so far and everything has been less then $20 a piece and is in perfect shape! Like I was shocked at how new it looked! Here are a few items I've purchased lately

Old Navy Puffer Vest $4!!!!

Papermoon Blouse only $12!

And my fav purchase so far...American Eagle Jacket only$14! Seriously looks new, not a single thing wrong with it!

This site inspired me to clean out my closet...wanna know why? Because they will buy your clothes! So I ordered a clean out your closet bag {for free} and started filling it up! You can either chose a store credit for your clothes or have the money put into your Paypal.



There are some guidelines to follow but it was overall pretty easy.

Now let's get cleaning!

My number one rule that I follow for cleaning out any space in my house is 

If it hasn't been worn, used or touched in a year it's gone!

There are only a very few exceptions to this rule. When it comes to clothes the only exceptions are if it's a very special outfit {this mostly applies to the kids} and then at that point I put it in a plastic bin. For me though, I only keep clothes that I actually wear. I also get rid of things that don't fit. There is absolutely no reason to hang on to things thinking they might fit you one day. Chances are if that day comes you won't want to wear it anyway ;) Get rid of it! Put something new and in style there instead! You will feel better I promise!

Another rule that I always follow is

Only use plastic hangers {except for pants}

Nothing can change your closet more then pretty clothes hung on nice plastic hangers. Invest...I means seriously they are not that expensive anyway. You will thank me :)

My last rule is

Get rid of anything that looks too worn

Now with this rule I mean get it out of the closet. Your closest should display your nicest clothes. Not tshirts that you wear to clean or run errands in. Fold those and put them in the dresser. When you walk in your closet it should inspire you to want to look nice that day :)

Utilizing these 3 rules should transform your closet pretty fast! 

Now for the fun! Here's a coupon for you to Thred Up!


It's $20 to spend and once you do I get $20 as well! This is a great chance to try it out and see if you like it as much as I do!

Happy Shopping :)




Monday, October 26, 2015

blue jeans

Today Amelia is wearing her first ever pair of real blue jeans! So to commemorate we decided to take some pictures.




And it took a few to get a good one...but now that I think about it they are all good :)

She is quite the character and at times I describe her as my "hard" kid. You moms know what I mean...everyone has one. But while she may be my most difficult child, I really feel that God placed her in my life at just the right time. I am older, wiser and much more confident in my parenting then I was say 7 years ago. If she is throwing a fit in the grocery store because she wants candy and I won't buy it {happened this morning} I don't care. I tell her no, explain to her why and let her throw a fit. I don't care if people are looking and I especially don't care what they are thinking. I.JUST.DON'T.CARE.......



Because the thing is I can buy the candy and the fit will end and everyone around me will benefit. Well that is except the one person that really needs the lesson, Amelia. She will get nothing from the situation except maybe a future cavity ;) {kidding} Do what's right for you and your child and be proud of that. No look or whisper should ever change that :)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

{DIY Decor} Halloween Decorations

Halloween is one of my fav holidays to decorate for! 


I have collected Halloween decorations over the years and most of them I pick up on clearance from Target, Michael's or TJMaxx or I make them {like the candy corn wreath}. That poor wreath has lost a few candy corns over the years and a move ;) 



These spooky little guys I picked up last year on clearance at Michael's. The pumpkin is from Target and I bought it the first year we lived in our old house. The warmer is from Scentsy and is one of my all time favorites! Table runner is from TJMaxx. I love using table runners on this entryway table. It's an easy and cost effective way to spruce up an entryway table.


This year I was quite proud of this chalkboard art. I took a few tries and the idea came from Pinterest and I just love how it turned out!


Halloween also makes it's way into our eating space.





Stars are from Piggy & Dirt and look ever so spooky hanging over the table. Table runner is from TJMaxx and this spooky candelabra I got on clearance last year at Michael's.



Over on this side of the room...



I printed the chalkboard print from I Should be Mopping the Floor. The mason jar pumpkins I painted a few years ago...idea from Pinterest of course ;)


And of course what Halloween would be complete without my all time fav picture of the boys in their costumes :) 


Now over to the mantle...


I wanted to keep this somewhat classy...not too goofy since it's smack dab in the living room. I really really loved how it turned out. At first I wasn't going to keep the lace on the mirror but after the other decorations were up I really liked how it looked. 


Trick or Treat banner from TJMaxx


Now I really feel like I hit the jackpot here. All these decorations were on the $1 aisle at Target! I picked them up this year.


The yarn wreath was Pinterest inspired and I made it years back at the same time I made the candy corn wreath. 

So there you have it! All my Halloween decorations :) Just one more week left of these up before I get to put out my Thanksgiving stuff! We are hosting Thanksgiving this year so I have been busy getting together a bunch of new things to put up in the house. I cannot wait to show you guys!

Happy Saturday!


Friday, October 23, 2015

this week

This week has been a great one! It's been busy, productive and fun. Oh and we are getting a glimpse of fall here in central Texas which always makes my heart happy. I knew I had a lot on my plate this week and decided I wasn't going to get stressed about it but enjoy. Man it's kind of surprising how a change in attitude can really control situations. Having a good and happy attitude made this week perfect for me :)

I have recently been introduced to a site called Thred Up. They sell and buy gently used clothes. After making a few purchases and being REALLY happy with the quality I am sold! I also decided to sell a few things in my closet and by doing that it encouraged me to clean out my closet. That.felt.so.good. I absolutely love to organize and clean {I know so insanely strange} Watch for that blog and also a coupon from Thred Up ;)

We finally got around to Amelia's 3 year old well check this week as well. To my surprise my little 10 %'er is now in the 40% (30 lbs) and 50% (37 1/2") for weight and height! I guess a diet of yogurt, bananas and goldfish does a body good ;)
She is seriously the CUTEST!!!!!!

Preschool though for her is still a little bit of a struggle. Drop off is pretty rough and I hear she is still asking about me through the day. She is having fun and seems happy at pickup but I am not convinced this is something we are going to stick with for the full school year. Night time on preschool days is also pretty bad. I have to lay with her because she is so afraid I am going to "leave her" and Wednesday night I was in bed with her until 10:30. While I adore my kids and being their mother I also adore my evenings with my husband. So we will see how this goes...
Her not so happy preschool face  

Also this week I decided to take her to get her pics made in her Halloween costume. Once again my little miss did not disappoint ;) She was the cutest! 

I use to take the boys every year for theirs and those are some of my fav pictures. This is the first year I've taken her but want to make this a tradition with her as well.

After the pictures we made a day of it at the mall. We had brought her Build a Bear Bunny with us and stopped by the store to get a matching Anna dress for the bunny. She was so cute carrying around the bunny.


The Bunny even rode a few rides with her after lunch :)

And I got some Christmas shopping done! Woo Hoo! I am all done with Amelia and pretty much already know what we are getting the boys just waiting to see if it goes on sale ;)

Anyway I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Aiden is alter serving at 2 masses this weekend and other then that we are going out shopping for the boys Halloween costumes. It's suppose to rain all weekend so we are keeping it low key :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

meal prep

I know everyone has heard of meal prepping and how great it is and how it helps you to stay on track with healthy eating for the week and all of that is true {at least for me} and great. But here's the thing...it's not just for adults! 

Say whaaaaat?????

I recently started meal prepping for the kids and I seriously cannot tell you how great it is. 
Well actually I can...and here it is ;)

Why I Love Meal Prepping
  1. They now make their own lunches everyday with little help and they eat all their food because they packed it.
  2. Snacks are easy to grab and organized so they already know what they can have instead of asking me.
  3. They are choosing healthier food options because of how easy and available they are.
Yes it does take extra time for me. It's not really fast to prepare but it is fairly easy. All you need to do is give yourself a few hours out of a day to get it ready. I find meal prepping right after I grocery shop the easiest. As I unpack the groceries, I set aside what I am going to be using and then once everything is unpacked I get to work. I also usually choose Sundays {because Cam is home to help keep the kids occupied} or Monday {because Amelia is usually worn out from the weekend and will gladly sit down and watch a movie} to get it done. I have found most success with Mondays but when I know my Monday is going to be busy I adjust to Sunday.

First thing I start with is fruits and veggies. I stock up at the store on the kids favs and I rotate every week so they aren't eating the same thing over and over. My kids love fruit and will pretty much eat anything! Veggies...well that's another story. I offer carrots, raw broccoli, green beans {I just buy canned, heat them up and separate in plastic containers for the week} or spinach leaves because these give me the least amount of complaining ;) I also wash all the fruit after I buy it and cut the tops of strawberries and have in an open container so they are easy to grab, wash grapes and pull them off the stem and also keep them in an open container and the same with blackberries. This way if they don't want oranges or plums because that's what they had at school, there are other easy and fast options right there in front of them!

This week I chose plums, oranges and carrots. 
I peel the oranges for the kids so it's easy and appealing to them.

Then I load them up in the cute plastic fridge organizer I picked up at TJMaxx. 

I love these packets for our whole family. I buy Cam and I little hummus cups from Costco and grabbing a bag of veggies and the hummus is a great on the go snack for us.

I have 4 different bins {all from TJMaxx for $6 each}.
the 4th bin wasn't finished being prepared when I took the pic

We have the fruit and veggie bin {above}, the yogurt bin

and then the random snacks bin. I keep string cheese, snack packets of olives, the hummus cups and then yogurt drinks in it. 

Lastly is the cooked foods bin. This week I made mac and cheese {we prefer Annie's}.

Again, this takes a little prep work but it's so worth it! Just yesterday the kids came home, grabbed one and popped it in the microwave for an after school snack. It's so much better then grabbing chips or cookies. They had mac and cheese and fruit and were satisfied until dinner.

For their lunch prep they choose 2 things from the fruit and veggie bin, then something else from another bin if they want, 1 thing from the pantry {usually crackers or cookies or something along those lines} and then a protein. My kids are not sandwich eaters at all so this part takes more time and I usually take care of it myself. Things they like are buttered noodles, Campbell's chicken noodle soup, fish {I buy the already cooked frozen portions and just heat them up in the morning}, chicken nuggets, corn dogs, spaghetti {I will make a big batch at the beginning of the week if this is an option for that week}, quesadillas and mini frozen pizzas {we use the Kidfresh brand because it has hidden veggies in it}. I know cooking food in the morning might seem nuts for some, but when everything else is ready and the kids are packing their own lunch, popping a corn dog in the toaster oven or heating up noodles on the stove really isn't that big of a deal. Promise!

The key is finding what your family likes. I put mostly the things my kids love in these bins but I also add other things that they might not normally choose to encourage them to try new things. Like with the veggies...they normally wouldn't eat any veggies, but I have found if they are there and if I encourage them to take a veggie every other day in their lunch they will. And the best part...they actually eat it. Other ideas for snacks are hard boiled eggs, Campbell's chicken noodle soup, any fruit, any veggie, applesauce, individual peanut butter cups with apples, homemade zucchini bread, yogurt and granola cups...you can seriously use anything. Plus Pinterest is always good for ideas like this :)