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.

{worth a second look} Top 5 Organizing Posts of 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017

With the New Year approaching, I am feeling the serious itch to organize ALL THE THINGS! I know a lot of you are probably in the same boat, so I wanted to take a look back at my top 5 most popular organizing posts of 2017 to provide us all a little extra motivation and inspiration heading into the new year! You may find a project or two that are new to you, or one that's worth a second look!

{worth a second look} The Best Craft Projects of 2017 from More Than 30 Bloggers

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Yesterday I looked back at my Top 5 Decorating and DIY projects of 2017, and today I'm talking crafts! It should probably come as no surprise that my most popular crafty project of the year also involves organizing (you guys love organizing as much as I do). Or maybe it made the top of the list because it's an IKEA hack... everyone loves those, too!

Cord & Charger Organizer

I turned a raw wood MOPPE mini-chest of drawers into a stylish cord and charger organizer for my kitchen counter with some paint, stain, and custom icons I cut using my Cricut. Grab the tutorial here! Along the same lines - Cricut and organization - my tips on how to organize all of your Cricut supplies was a close second for most popular craft-related post.

{worth a second look} Top 5 Decor & DIY Posts of 2017

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

One of my favorite things to do at the end of each year is look back on what I've accomplished, and to start prioritizing my projects for next year. It's also fun to see which of my projects YOU liked the best, so today I give you my top 5 decor and DIY projects of 2017, as determined by reader popularity. You might just find something here that you missed the first time around, or something worth a second look!

{five minute friday} Stylish Guest WiFi Password Signs

Friday, December 15, 2017

My number one priority for our guest room was creating a comfortable and relaxing space for our friends and family. But the reality is that our guests often need to get some work done and stay connected while they are visiting. In order to balance style and function and give our guests a work space, I chose a small, Parsons-style desk for one side of the bed instead of a traditional nightstand.

Of course, providing guests a comfortable and convenient place to work is only half of the challenge. A good WiFi connection is also a must! And to get online, guests will need the password. 

Today I've got five quick and stylish WiFi password sign ideas, as well as a tip for getting good WiFi coverage, even in those far corners of your house.

DIY Dollhouse Makeover

Thursday, December 7, 2017

There are those presents that the kids lose interest in right away (womp womp), and others that are still favorites years later (parenting WIN!). A few years ago, I did a last minute DIY dollhouse makeover for my boys, transforming an off-the-shelf dollhouse into a mini-me version of our own home, and years later, the boys (now 4.5 and almost 6) still play with it all the time and show it to everyone who comes over!

Christmas Tablescapes for Every Style

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

I love to set a pretty and festive table, but it's got to be easy and inexpensive! Oh, and modern. And colorful. I bet none of that surprises you at all!

Today I'm joining with a crazy talented group of bloggers to bring you a dozen holiday table setting ideas. You'll find inspiration for every style, and lots of tips for creative ways to repurpose the decor you already have to set a table that will wow you guests! 

Be Prepared with a Winter Car Kit

Thursday, November 30, 2017

I feel like the theme of this year has been finding simple solutions to problems we've been struggling with for far too long. You know - those solutions that make you say, if only I'd had this or done this years ago, I would have saved myself so much time or frustration. Today I'm talking about some of our former winter weather struggles, and how I've tackled them by creating an organized Winter Car Kit, complete with a major time-saver from sponsor FrostGuard®.   

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Last fall, we finally got our garage organized, making it possible to once again park both of our cars inside. But the reality is that our garage – despite looking big – is actually pretty hard to park two cars in because it’s narrow and located off of an alley. Most of the time, we end up parking one car in the garage and the other on the street in front of the house for ease. 

We are always watching the weather, and try to move the second car into the garage anytime the forecast predicts snow, but inevitably there are mornings when my husband gets ready to leave, only to discover that his windshield is covered in a layer of ice!

There’s nothing worse than walking out the door heading to a meeting, or to take the kids to school, only to find that your windshield is totally iced over and you’re going to have to spend the next 10 minutes chipping away at it before you can drive away. Cold, wet and late is really not the best way to start the day! 

My husband doesn’t have covered parking at work either, so he often ends up having to scrape snow and ice each time he leaves the office for a meeting, which is not really ideal in dress clothes and when you want to show up looking professional, rather than soggy and wet. 

Of course, dealing with an icy or snowy windshield is just one of the many winter driving challenges living in a cold climate, so this year we decided we should be a bit better prepared. We already have a box of supplies that we keep in the car year-round, which is focused on first aid, snacks and supplies for the kids, and other general necessities (read more about our year-round Car Kit here), but this year we’ve also added a “Winter Car Kit” full of additional supplies specific to the cold-weather months. 

Winter Car Kit - Winter Emergency Car Kit

I’ll show you everything we keep in our new Winter Car Kit in just a minute, but first I have to show you my very favorite addition – the one that’s going to save us from all those windshield-clearing, ice scraping, late to school and work, arriving cold and wet situations!

FrostGuard on windshield and side-view mirrors

This is seriously one of those, “where the heck have you been all my life?" solutions! Our new FrostGuard windshield cover takes just seconds to put on thanks to the elastic that easily secures over your side mirrors (called the Fit-Fast® attachment system), and it covers not only our windshield, but also our wipers, preventing snow and ice build-up!

FrostGuard on wind shield

You just cover the windshield with the FrostGuard when you get out of the car, closing the security panel in the driver-side door so that it’s there when you need it. The FrostGuard is made of a heavy-weight polyester with a weather-resistant PVC lining, so when you return to you car, you simply roll it up to uncover your clear windshield – no scraping or clearing required! 

We got the bundle that also includes matching mirror covers, which is such a great bonus because there’s nothing more tedious and awkward than trying to scrape ice of those side-view mirrors!

FrostGuard side view mirror

You can easily shake and snow of the FrostGuard before rolling it up, and placing it inside the quick-dry storage pouch means no soggy backseat.

I love the gray-blue snowflake pattern, but I think Scott might prefer something a bit more understated and masculine. Fortunately, the FrostGuard comes in multiple colors, prints and patterns to fit your taste, so I think I might steal this one for my car and get him a plain and simple black version to match his car. 

FrostGuard Windshield Cover

The FrostGuard has already prevented Scott from scraping ice a few mornings this winter, but since we’ve had a warmer than normal November, we haven’t yet had a big snow this season. The next time it snows, though, I’m going to take a quick video to show you how it works. 

UPDATE: Right on cue with the first day of winter, we finally got snow. Watch the FrostGuard in action!

FrostGuard would make an awesome gift this holiday season! Get 20% off the FrostGuardSignature Bundle with the code winter17 before December 31, 2017 (some exclusions may apply).

Ok, now let’s talk about what else we’ve put in our Winter Car Kit to keep us warm and safe on the roads this season:

Winter Car Kit
  • Warm Blanket
  • FrostGuard windshield and side mirror covers
  • Ice-scraper and snow brush (for the other windows on the car)
  • Winter-formula windshield wiper fluid
  • Flashlight with extra batteries (I chose a flashlight that includes a red emergency flashing option, as well a built-in multi-tool)
  • Jumper cables
  • Gloves (water proof)
  • Warm Hat
These items are in addition to what we keep in the car all the time, like our first-aid kit, bottles of water, non-perishable snacks, and a back-up cell phone battery charger. If we decide to head out on a longer road trip, or up to the mountains, we may also add a few other precautionary items, but these basics should keep us covered for our day-to-day needs around town.

Organized Winter Car Kit - Winter Emergency Car Kit

This post is sponsored by FrostGuard, but as always, all opinions are my own.