How to Make the Daylight Savings Time Change Easier on Kids

Thursday, March 8, 2018

I've always loved daylight savings, despite losing an hour of sleep. Maybe it's the night owl in me talking, but I'm a fan of the extra light in the evenings to enjoy time as a family and to get my DIY projects done. But as a parent, the transition can be a bit rough! How do you convince young kids that it's bedtime when it's still light outside? And how do you get them up and moving for school in the morning when it's still dark in their room?

With the time change coming this weekend, I thought it was the perfect time to share some tips on how to make the daylight savings time change easier on kids {and mom and dad!}. Thanks to my partners at Hive, I've found some ways to make the transition even easier by taking advantage of some simple smart home automation tools.

Behind the Scenes of My Better Homes & Gardens Photo Shoot

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

When I was in law school rushing home from my contracts class everyday so I wouldn't miss an episode of Trading Spaces, I could have never imagined that one day I'd see photos of me and my home spread across two pages of Better Homes & Gardens. Talk about a "pinch me" moment!! 

DIY Wall Decor Ideas for Every Style

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Do you have blank walls begging to be filled? I'm a big advocate of surrounding yourself with art and decor that has personal meaning and helps tell your family's story. So rather than buying generic art from a big box store, why not create some DIY wall decor that better reflects your style?! 

Each month I join with a talented team of bloggers to bring you the best of the best from each of our blogs, and this month we've rounded up more than 100 of our favorite DIY wall decor ideas!

How to Redecorate a Bedroom without Replacing the Furniture

Thursday, February 22, 2018

I love helping friends and clients give their spaces a fresh, new look without breaking the bank! One of the most common request I get is to redesign a room to give it an updated look without the expense of replacing the furniture. Especially when it comes to decorating a bedroom, this is totally doable, and I'm sharing my top 10 tips! 

Maximize Your Storage Space With Over the Door Organizers

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

I've heard a lot of people advise that you don't need more storage, you just need less stuff... and while we could all benefit from a good purging session, let's be honest, sometimes you really do need more storage! Not everyone has the luxury of a spacious pantry, coat closet, or laundry room, but that doesn't mean we don't need food, hats and scarves, and clean clothes. 

My biggest piece of advice for organizing when you're short on space is to take advantage of every available nook and cranny, and one of the most commonly overlooked storage spaces is on the back of your closet doors. Don't let that 21 square feet of prime real estate go to waste!

Here are 15 ways I use back of door organizers to create extra storage space around my own home...

Stylish Home Gym Ideas for Small Spaces

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market, which you know is one of my favorite places to shop! Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible! This post also contains affiliate links.

Before having kids, we used one of the bedrooms in our house as a home gym. It wasn't very stylish, but it was certainly spacious. Fast forward a few years, and that exercise room became a kid's bedroom and we pared down our workout equipment and shoved it {quite literally} into the corner of the guest room. It's taken me nearly four years to finally make this space a priority, but I can finally say that what our new mini-home gym lacks in size, it more than makes up for in style and function!

{five minute friday} Water Bottle Storage

Friday, January 19, 2018

Do you ever flinch as you open one of your kitchen cabinets because you expect something to come tumbling out at your face? That was me with the cabinet where we store our water bottles. Once upon a time, I had organized the cabinet using baskets. That worked well when my boys were using mostly sippy cups, but as we transitioned to water bottles that are bigger around that the sippy cups, they no longer fit in the baskets very well, and we ended up with a scary situation like this...

The Stylish, Smart Device That's Keeping My Kids Safer

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Out of the blue, my six year old came up to me a couple of weeks ago and started running his hands through my hair. His little fingers were clearly searching for something. I asked him what he was doing, and he turned to his four year old brother and said, "I can't find them, but I know mom REALLY does have eyes in the back of her head."

I couldn't stop laughing! I don't even remember telling them this, but I must have said it at some point in time, and they'd been having a debate about whether it was really true. Of course, I wasn't going to break it to him that I usually just know what they are up to because they are still pretty predictable at this age, and because aren't good at being sneaky yet {they whisper "don't tell mom" loudly enough that I can usually hear them from the next room}.

But the truth is that every parent could use an extra set of eyes and ears around the house to keep things running smoothly, and now, thanks to my partnership with Hive, I have just that. I can keep tabs on the kids no matter where I am in the house! 

Organizing Ideas for Every Room of the House

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Does the start of the new year make you want to purge and organize ALL THE THINGS? Well, you're in luck because today I've got more than 100 organizing ideas for every room of the house to literally help you organize all the things!

Each month I join with a talented team of bloggers to bring you the best of the best from each of our blogs, and this month we've rounded up our favorite organizing tips and tricks! I'd also love to send you a free copy of my e-book that outlines 10 simple steps to help you get organized and stay organized once and for all!

A Toy Storage Solution That Can Grow With the Kids

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The holidays are over and there are SO MANY new toys! It's a perfect time to purge and donate toys that kids have outgrown, and to come up with a new toy storage plan that will grow with the kids!
There are a ton of toy organizer options out there, but to stand the test of time, you need to find a toy organizer that is flexible enough to change with the size, shape and quantity of the toys through the years.