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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Back to School with Pre-Made School Supply Kits #supplylist #schoolsupplies #techpack


Back-to-School shopping has begun! While we appreciate the amazing summer sales, we don't look forward to the crowded aisles and long lines that come with collecting everything on the classroom supply list. This year, Blu School Supplies is saving us some of the time, stress and hassle with their pre-made supply packs. We went with the Junior High/High School Kit with 19" Tech Pack, but they offer a variety of age-specific packs to suit any students needs as well. Since these kits are sold by the case (4 per case), it's perfect for large families! For smaller families, we recommend getting together with other parents and ordering together to take advantage of this major savings. At $16.60 per kit, you just can't beat the price!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Update Your Bathroom on a Budget...Giveaway! #LushDecor #shower #WinIt


This month we've been focusing on easy ways to update our bathroom. Now that we've found the perfect shower head and added our personalized embroidered towels, we wanted to find a new shower curtain to brighten up the room and tie it all together. Those of you who follow us regularly know that we used Lush Decor to update our bedroom a while back, which turned out beautifully. Since we were happy with the quality of their bedding, we felt confident that we'd like their shower curtain selection as well. There are plenty of modern and trendy designs to choose from that will match a variety of color schemes. Because our downstairs guest bathroom is small, we wanted a light color to open up the room, which will make it look larger. We chose the Striped Medallion Shower Curtain, which turned out to be even better in person than it looked on their website!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

5 Benefits to Storing Dry Goods in Mason Jars #pantry #organization #BallJars #WinIt #Giveaway


About a year ago, we gave our kitchen a major overhaul to create a quick and easy way to to improve the shelf life of our groceries and add organization to our pantry. We started by making the switch from keeping our dry goods in store packaging to putting them in sealed glass mason jars. We've found that storing dry goods in mason jars has some big benefits! It's about the easiest thing to do and requires almost no effort to get it done.

Thinking of making the switch? In this post, we've provided five benefits to using mason jar storage, some information on the Ball® Collection Elite® Regular Mouth 32 oz. Glass Mason Jars and 4 oz. Mini Storage Jars we use, and common bulk items to look for. 

When you're ready to get started, FreshPreserving.com is a great site to order jars directly to your door!

    Saturday, July 15, 2017

    Christie Brinkley's Skincare Set Turns Back the Clock #skincare #facemask #facecream #Giveaway #WinIt


    I love a great skincare set. So when I was asked to try Christie Brinkley's four piece skincare kit, I was all in. I figure if I can get my skin to look even half as amazing as hers, I'll be more than satisfied. Christie's products are certified vegan and cruelty-free, making it a product line I can really get behind. Since this four piece kit will be available on HSN on July 24th with a limited time offer of $59.95, it seems like the perfect time to give you a sneak peak of each of the products.

    Friday, July 14, 2017

    6 Benefits to Planting in Flower Boxes #gardening #IKEA #AskholmenFlowerBox


    This summer, my husband and I have made it our goal to update our outdoor living space and try our hand at some basic herb and vegetable gardening. Years ago, we began using flower boxes to make the most of our limited outdoor space in our D.C. apartment. Now that we live in Florida and have a large yard, we still find that flower boxes are one of the best ways to grow plants and add style to our lawn and patio area. For those of you trying to decide which style of gardening is right for you, we've provided some of the biggest benefits that flower boxes and raised beds offer below. We've also included one of our favorite flower box recommendations, the IKEA Askholmen Flower Box, for its style, functionality and affordability.

    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    Improve Home Safety with Night Angel Outlet Coverplates #safety #homeimprovements



    Home safety is a top priority for us. Most people think of it in terms of locks and cameras, but there are other simple things you can do inside your home that you may be overlooking. One easy safety improvement is the use of nightlights. Placing nightlights in hallways, bathrooms and even bedrooms can prevent falls and allow you to be more aware of your surroundings. Of course, it can be of great comfort to little ones at bedtime, too.

    Traditional nightlights are bulky and can have a cheap look that doesn't exactly add style to a home. We've put a lot of effort into modernizing our house, so finding a sleek option that blends with our decor is a must. The Night Angel Outlets have been the perfect solution for us. We like that they offer both outlet styles, so that we can use them throughout the entire house.

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    Create Back-to-School Book Traditions #RichardScarry #AlphabetBooks #kidsbooks


    Back-to-School sales have begun and it's already time to start loading up on supplies. But Back-to-School shopping doesn't have to focus only on supplies! In addition to picking out the basics, our family has had a long tradition of book gifting for the first day of school. It's a great way to get kids excited about the school year and promote reading while building special memories. This year, we have two little ones starting pre-K and Kindergarten in our family. One of my favorite authors at that age was Richard Scarry, so I wanted try to foster that same love with two fantastic Richard Scarry books.

    Tuesday, July 11, 2017

    Qualtry Personalized Embroidered Bath Towels #homedecor #personalizedgifts


    The spring season is a popular time of year to update the look of a home. Whether you're totally renovating a room or trying to give it a fresh look, there are some really affordable ways to modernize your home on a budget. One site we love for its upscale home decor at reasonable prices is Qualtry.com. They offer a wide selection of personalized home goods that bring a touch of class to an otherwise ordinary piece.

    Monday, July 10, 2017

    Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Thirty-One Gifts #HomeOrganization #UtilityTote #thirtyonegifts


    July is National Ice Cream Month and Thirty-One Gifts is celebrating with a really fun ice cream pattern that's perfect for summer! Since this collection is only available for the month of July, we scooped up the limited-time print for our Large Utility Tote and Double Duty Caddy before it's too late. The tote and caddy are perfect for our busy schedules and we rely on them for a variety of things.

    Saturday, July 8, 2017

    Make Family Memories During Your Summer Staycation #CraniumCadoo #familygames #memorymaker


    Summertime is a great time to create some memorable family bonding experiences. Although it's a popular time to take big vacations, with a little effort, a staycation can make just as big of an impact! One of our favorite ways to bring the family together is to shut off the electronics and gather around the table to play board games. The amount of dialogue and laughs such a simple activity can bring is invaluable and it doesn't cost a fortune either! This summer, we recommend a really fun game by Winning Moves USA that our whole family enjoys called Cranium Cadoo. It incorporates kinesthetic, art, and trivia tasks in a way that's fun for everyone.