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  • Back to School Essentials

    This post is sponsored by Abercrombie Kids. All content and opinions are our own, always. When summer vacation comes to an end, Back to School time can be super overwhelming; but it doesn’t have to be. Every year, we take our kids shopping for school supplies, a new backpack, lunchbox, some toiletries and grocery shopping for lunches. One thing that is easily overwhelming is school clothes shopping. We’ve partnered with Abercrombie Kids to make school shopping a breeze! Check out their 40% off sale happening now! Denim is always a hot topic for back to school. My boys want comfort and style and let me tell you, that’s hard to come by. Abercrombie Kids has so many options from size 3/4 up to 15/16 so all of my school aged kids found a pair of new jeans that they loved. My oldest two boys are a long and lean body style so we went with Abercrombie Kids’ Skinny Jeans and they both chose the dark wash. These jeans are their favorite because they’re made out of sweatpant stretch fabric–they look…

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  • My evening and bedtime routines

    Due to popular demand, I’m sharing my evening routines with you guys! I shared some details on Instagram stories and had SO much feedback and requests for it more broken down into a blog post. I will start by saying that every single family is vastly different. There is a time and season for everything and our routine has been 10 years in the making. There were times when my husband worked late at night or studied into the wee hours of the morning. Times when I coached gymnastics til 8 or 9pm and my husband did the bedtime routine alone, times when my babies slept in our room when they were tiny and woke up several times at night. This is simply an example of what our typical night looks like right now and how I make every attempt for it to run smoothly. Family evening and bedtime routine 6:30pm – Dinner clean up.  As a family, we clean up dinner and the boys get into their pajamas while my husband and I finish cleaning the kitchen and straightening…

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  • How to keep strawberries fresh

    Keeping fruit fresh can be quite the challenge! Normally, after grocery shopping, most of our fruit goes straight in the fridge and a lot of times, it goes bad before we get to it. We LOVE strawberries at our house and we still seem to get yucky ones a day or two after we buy them which is so frustrating! today I’m going to show you my easy tip on how to keep strawberries fresh. Well, since I’ve discovered this amazing secret, now I can keep our strawberries and other berries fresh for up to two weeks!! It’s amaaaazing! How to keep strawberries fresh First, place berries into a large bowl. I use a large mixing bowl.  Fill bowl with cool tap water, just enough to cover all of the berries. Next, add 1-2 cups of distilled white vinegar to the water and berries. Let sit for 5-10 minutes in vinegar/water mixture. Pour berries and vinegar/water mixture into a colander. You do not need to rinse them, just drain the water. Place berries on dry paper towels on the counter or…

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  • My Everyday Makeup Routine

    I’m excited to share My Everyday Makeup Routine with you today! I am not a makeup professional but I have compiled a list of my favorite makeup products that I use in my everyday makeup routine that have worked really well for me. Well, this is a super vulnerable post but since you guys asked for it, here it is, my everyday makeup routine. I am in no way, shape or form a makeup artist, beautician or even very knowledgable on the subject. That being said, I’m a normal girl/mom that loves playing with makeup and enjoy getting dolled up! I do feel that when I take the time to do my makeup in the morning, it gives me a little confidence boost to go about my day. That might sound silly but it definitely makes me feel better and feel much more put together. Easy Everyday Makeup Routine My everyday makeup routine is super, super chill. So easy. Nothing crazy but I do see great results. Before we get started, I will say, I get eyelash extensions which I…

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  • How to remove spray paint from skin – without harsh chemicals

    Today we’re going to show you how to remove spray paint from skin. Removing spray paint from skin can can be super frustrating unless you know how to get it off quickly without irritating your skin or taking forever to remove it! Check out this easy DIY tip for removing paint from skin! Supplies: Fractionated Coconut Oil Lemon Oil – I love Doterra brand – It’s one of their less expensive oils and it works amazingly well for so many things! Baking soda – optional Spray painting is undoubtedly the quickest way to transform pretty much anything! I was spray painting my basketball hoop pole (post?) when I realized I was getting overspray from the spray paint bottle all over my hands! It turned out great but then I was left with spray paint coated hands right before bedtime. Often times, just taking a shower doesn’t get rid of the paint so I thought I’d share with you guys how to remove spray paint from skin. Works like a charm for me every time! How to remove spray paint from…

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  • Modern Ranch Reno: Colorful Baby Girl Nursery

    I am really excited to share my baby girl nursery with you guys today. Since I have three little girls, finding the right girl room decor can be a bit of a challenge. With my daughter’s nursery I wanted it to be colorful and fun and I also wanted it to have character and be special to her. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shutterfly. The opinions and words are all mine. Designing a nursery or any room for that matter can be challenging. There are so many amazing and beautiful nurseries and rooms for inspiration. Today I want to show you how and why I decorated this nursery the way I did. I want to walk you through the different steps I go through when deciding on the decor of any room in my house. Bedroom and Nursery Decorating Room Tips Define a space theme or vibe for the space Come up with a room color scheme Find room decor you love Find artwork or a statement piece for the space Nursery Theme In…

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  • My Skin Care Routine

    My tried and true Skin Care Routine with Olay. The 3-step Reset has been a game changer for my skin! This post is sponsored by Olay. All opinions and obsessions with these products are my own. The big 3-0 Lately I’ve had so many questions about my skin care routine on our Instagram stories. Up until like hit the big 3-0. (I’m 31 now!) I literally used a makeup remover wipe at night and called it a day. I mean, I was lucky to have even washed my makeup off.  Bad news bears, right there. I didn’t give much thought to my skin care routine and over the last 2 years, I’ve noticed that I can’t neglect it anymore. I decide that I wanted to find an amazing product line for my skin care routine and boy have I ever found it! I am in love with the 3-step Reset from Olay! My new skincare routine After years of neglect, I definitely became more aware of the fact that I desperately needed to make a change. The 3-step Reset was…

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  • Family Pictures in Entry Way

    How we protect our homes and families

    This post is brought to you by Liberty Mutual. While this is a sponsored opportunity, all content and opinions expressed here are our own, always. Our priorities: Family and Home FIRST! Over the past year and a half or so, we both became homeowners. Since we started this blog, we had been renters for 7 years. When we started this blog we had 2 kids each and now have 9 kids combined. NINE. While our love for DIY projects and decorating runs real deep, those 9 kids and our husbands are first and foremost our top priority in life. We love what we do because it provides a special, personalized place for our families to grow and create lasting memories. Our kids will never look back and try to remember the details of their bedrooms since we have about a million photos to remind them. 😉  Our families are forever and our homes set the stage for those memories to be made. Our homes are the settings of virtually every memory our children will have. That being said, we’ve recently…

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  • Park Home Reno: Home Gym Organizer using a pegboard

    Easy DIY Project: Home Gym Organizer using a pegboard This post is sponsored by Krylon® Brand. All ideas and opinions are my own, as always. Hey friends! I’m excited to share my gym organizer with you today! I LOVE organizing and exercising so this gym organizer was so fun to make! It took about 3 hours total (including drying time for the paint) to make this gym organizer. Supplies: 3 – 8′ x 1″ x 2″ boards 1 – 4×8′ pegboard 3 cans of Krylon ColorMaster® Paint + Primer – 25% More in Satin Oxford Blue 2 cans of Krylon General Purpose Metallic in Silver Metallic Assorted pegboard accessories several 1-1.5″ wood screws – I used 1.5″ wood screws that I had on hand. Instructions: In a well ventilated area, spray paint the pegboard with Krylon ColorMaster Paint + Primer – 25% More in Satin Oxford Blue.  Make sure to read the label for safety and application instructions.  I did 3 coats, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly in between coats. This took about 2.5 cans of spray paint. While…

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  • Halloween Costume Ideas: Girly Clown Costume

    This year I did this easy, quick, cheap and super cute DIY Clown Costumes. This DIY Clown Costume is still one of my favorite costumes we have ever done. How to make a DIY Clown Costume Materials leotard 2 skeins of yarn (yellow and pink) yarn pom pom maker scissors tights or leg warmers arm bands/gloves 110 yards of tulle 1 yard of thick elastic (waistband) top hat headband sparkle pom poms (mixed colors) feather embellishments suspenders Instructions: For this this costume we started out with a basic pink ballet leotard and embellished the entire thing. Step 1: Pom Pom We used our pom pom maker to make different colored pom pom balls out of yarn (2 yellow, one pink) and stitched them to the bodice of the leotard straight down the middle. Step Two: Tutu We started the tutu. First we measured Millie’s hips and made a circle out of the elastic for her waistband. Stitch the two ends of the elastic together to make a circle. Next, we created the tulle skirt. We used 110 yards of 8″ strips of…

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  • Amazing Ideas: A Gift Guide for Women

    Amazing Ideas: A Gift Guide for Women Christmas is right around the corner and we can’t wait! Today I have put together some of my favorite Holiday Gift Guide for Women products that I absolutely love! All of these Gifts ideas are fabulous! Which ones will you add to your Christmas lists and what ideas would you like to share with us! Nest Holiday Candle Oh my gosh this candle is honestly to die for!! It is so worth it. I am obsessed and when the candle runs out you can use the container for make up brushes or a little flower vase. Amazon Echo  Yes, lets talk echo we both have one and we love it! Everyone needs on in their life! UGG Women’s Scuffette II Slipper I am totally a slipper girl and these are my favorite!   Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Electric, Rechargeable toothbrush for Complete Oral Care This tooth brush is amazing! It lasts forever and honestly I love it! The best part of it is its PINK!! S’well Water Bottle I use to not carry a…

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  • 10 Unique and Trendy Boys Rooms

    One of my favorite things is creating a space that my kids love. I want them to enjoy their bedroom and take pride in it. I love when they want to clean it and actually keep it clean. It is my favorite thing ever. I have gathered some Unique and Trendy Boys Rooms that have been on my pin boards that I get ideas from! I hope these will inspire you as well! Modern Superhero Boys Room This superhero room was done in my little boys room and they always have loved it. Thought out the years I have changed and added different elements to fit their personalities and age. How to Get Your Kids to Sleep in Their own Room This is adorable! A Beautiful Nursery This nursery could easily be converted into a little boys room. DIY Triangle Design Faux Wallpaper Yes, I am obsessed with this wallpaper. Vintage Style Boys Room So unique. Star Wars Kids Bedroom One of my all time favorites! Bedrooms Your Kids’ Can Dream I love this space. I love that it is simple,…

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  • 10 Amazing Cleaning Hacks

    Schools are back in session and it is time for me to get this house organized and cleaned! I have loved having my kiddos home but it is nice getting everything back in order. Today I thought I would share some of my top Cleaning Hacks that I love! All of these Cleaning Hacks are easy and make my life so much easier when it comes to cleaning my house. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do and please share what have been your favorite Cleaning Hacks. 12 Things Only Professional Cleaners Would Know I loved this read. There was many tips I learned. How to Clean Your Dishwasher in 3 Easy Steps 7 Beyond Simple Ways to Your Home Super Clean These Tips are simple and easy to follow you will love this one! How to Clean Your Microwave DIY Natural Toilet Cleaner Plus 6 Bathroom Toilet Cleaning Tips How to Organize Your Entire House In 10 weeks Challenge I’m going to take on this challenge. Depending on my mood I sometimes love to clean everything…

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