Home Decor, Product Photography, Toddlers

Toy Storage Renovation with The Container Store

I started to notice that Charlie would not spend any time in his room, and would in fact, haul every single one of his toys from his room to the living room, where he would create a very similar path of destruction as a tornado. I then found myself, trying to fix the toy in the living room problem, by buying baskets to store the toys in the living room in. None the less, he continued to not play in his room, and continued to make the family room, his personal mess.

I then had an “ah ha” moment. Why should I not re-do his room? I needed to renovate the toy storage situation and make his room more organized and kid friendly so that he would WANT to be in his room. I also had an alternative motive, I wanted my living room back so I could watch movies without stepping on legos and hot wheels every time I  left the couch.

We teamed up with The Container Store for a complete toy storage, kids room renovation.

Before:

Okay so before you say “that isn’t bad”… be aware that all the toys and blankets and stuffed animals are under the bed (hidden) or behind me in a million different toy baskets!

After:

So first things first, I wanted toy storage that HID the toys. Because lets be honest, if you have baskets, or shelving, you can still see the mess (regardless if you try and re-organize on a daily basis). So the first thing we picked out filing cabinets. Yes…filing cabinets. The Bisley filing cabinets work as a perfect toy storage for hot wheels and legos and all those other little toys you find yourself stepping on in the middle of the night. I love the “tool box” feel they added to the room.

Now onto the rest of the room. Next up… MORE STORAGE.

Before:

Embarrassingly enough I had about 10 different baskets all filled with toys… Not sure how Charlie ever found anything!!

After:I decided to create a reading/toy nook that was basically an all in one stop!

Here are the before:

Below you’ll find the after:

The Light Grey Poppin Box Bench from the Container Store was perfect for both functionality and design. Yes, this seat below that Charlie is sitting on is a storage disguised as extra seating! It’s perfect for a reading nook (which is what we used it as) or even suits perfect for the end of the bed. It also supports up to 275 lbs. And if you decide you want to put it away, it easily folds up and can be stored under a bed.

And to perfectly accompany the box bench, we choose a couple of the Light Grey Poppin Box Seats.  We used these as blanket storage and additional toy storage. These small box seats are strong enough to accommodate up to 275 pounds. And they collapse flat as well!

We also got some of the Bisley filing cabinets in red. Charlie is super into Cars and these remind me so much of tool boxes. They add the perfect touch to a little boys room. These are actually 2 Bisley products (just stacked). The smaller Bisley filing cabinet can be found here. They have tons of different colors too!

**These are two Bisley cabinets stacked. Please make sure to secure cabinets to wall and to one another to avoid any injury!**

Before:

If you ever find yourself overwhelmed when walking into a room, go to The Container Store, they have the best selection to help anyone get organized.

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Ameriwood

Ameriwood Furniture has a vast product assortment that is affordable and meets every customer’s needs. Their furniture ranges from full collections of home, bedroom, to even office products. It also features items that range from rustic to modern to industrial, perfect to satisfy the inner interior designer in you.

Our family had the pleasure of reviewing the

Aaron Lane Sliding Glass Door Bookcase

The Aaron Lane Sliding Glass Door Bookcase features an exceptional modern design that is practical, functional and beautiful. The classic White finish stands perfectly when placed against the light grey walls in my home. The bookcase includes 4 shelves, behind two sliding doors. The bottom shelving includes solid doors (to hide all that junk you don’t want anyone to see). This bookcase is perfect to store books or personal items or display pictures or decor.

The assembly on the bookcase was super easy and quick and my favorite part? The bookcase is super light and easy to move around. And you know what that means? Its super easy to push around the bookcase and move from room to room, whenever you need to change things up (which in my house is frequent!)

Charlie’s favorite thing about the bookcase? He can hide his toys in the bottom shelf from mommy!

I received this Aaron Lane Sliding Glass Door Bookcase as a free sample in exchange for an honest review.

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Bed Time with The Company Store

In celebration of Mother’s Day this year, we teamed up with The Company Store to share with you “Our Bed Time Story.” For over 100 years, The Company Store has been tucking in families for bedtime with their top rated bedding, and we are one of the lucky families that just so happens to be tucked in every night with them as well. Bedtime may be one of mommies most looked forward to moments of the day… and then immediately after little one is fast asleep it is also mommies time to stare at baby, and think about how fast time goes by. Suddenly mommy is in tears, thinking of baby growing up, graduating high school, and then all mommy can do is wish she had kept him up for just five more minutes. Who’s with me? (Or maybe I have issues?)

Our bedtime routine isn’t one of those quiet ones… the ones where everyone is whispering and glitter is falling in slow motion from the ceiling… our bedtime routine is rather LOUD. In fact, its really loud…Charlie usually starts with wrestling his dad… Dad’s attempt to get his energy out (which is typically a failed attempt). Immediately followed by a bath. After bath time,  “the lotion monster” makes an appearance and brings good tidings of foot massages. Sometimes mommy is lucky and Charlie gives me a two second toe rub. (My favorite lotion is California Baby)

After bath time, we have a dance party. Included in the dance line up, is every single stuffed animal charlie can find in his room, including his toddler bunny costume. We turn up the iPad and listen to Charlie’s favorite song (right now his favorite is “Im the One” and he calls it “The Baby Song” because the cover of the album has a picture of a baby in a pool (click here to see what Im talking about! haha!! I hope he read this when he is older). Dance party is typically followed by Charlie’s favorite book. Which often turns into five of his favorite books because he never wants to give up the night. And lastly, bedtime prayers. We are sure to thank God for all the blessing and good things He has given us.

Check out more bedtime stories with The Company Store here: http://www.thecompanystore.com/share-your-bedtime-story.html

You can shop the Comfort Wash Solid Linen Collection here

#ShareYourBedTimeStory

Stripe Alpaca Throw from The Company Store can be found here: http://www.thecompanystore.com/alpaca-stripe-throw-blanket/85005.html

Everything Is Mama book, written by Jimmy Fallon and published by MacMillan

cloud pajamas by Finn and Emma

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Lorena Canals

If you have children, especially toddlers, you soon come to the realization that nothing can be kept clean… the bed is full of sand, the rug has marker on it, even the oven is smeared with leftover food from dirty hands.

Well one of these problems was solved… the dirty rugs!

Lorena Canals sells WASHABLE rugs. Yes, believe it! Not only do they sell nursery rugs, but rugs for children rooms, area rooms and even mommy’s room! It’s true! They wash up super easy and the quality is impeccable, you wouldn’t even know that it was washed! (It doesn’t pill or bunch up!)

My favorite rug? The Bereber Black ! Not only is this rug elegant but it adds the perfect touch to any room.

And just when you were sold on the whole washable rug thing… Lorena Canals came out with wall decor, blankets, and washable cushions too?

My favorite? The Wall Hanging Cotton Field

This wall hanging is the made from undyed cotton, with large tassels of cotton thread. It’s simple design makes it look super elegant and it pairs perfect with the Bereber rug.

Find more of Charlie on our Instagram: @babybums

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Bed spread from Laura Ashley 

Book from Macmillan Publishing 

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Minted.com

Visit Minted.com here http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=120126&u=1613406&m=17025&urllink=&afftrack=

I’ll be honest I can never decide how to decorate my house… One day I’m going antique white farm house style… The next day you think I joined the local hippy band ✌🏻 and then add minted.com to the situation and … MIND BLOWN.

Just one simple question… Can I have it all?

My favorite section of Minted.com? The Fine Arts section (find it here:http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1101257&u=1613406&m=17025&urllink=&afftrack= and here http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=396572&u=1613406&m=17025&urllink=&afftrack=

The print I have featured here is called “moo cow” by Emily Gilbert of Richmond Virgina. I chose the print unframed as I already had an IKEA frame that would suit it well.

I won’t lie, I had the hardest time choosing a print. But I went with the cow and I am so happy with my choice. When the package came I was pleasantly surprised by how well it was packaged (I know… it’s the little things that impress me). They even had the print in a plastic sleeve so when dirty little fingers try to grab, they won’t leave Charlie prints everywhere!

Why do I love Minted.com? It’s simple.. they take talented independent artists that produce quality unique items and they form a small community on the web to sell only the best prints and paper products.

If your more decisive than myself and have everything decorated then FINE… maybe you should write a blog! Kidding, but still, you should at least look at their holiday guide here: http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1091723&u=1613406&m=17025&urllink=&afftrack=

BUT WAIT… Anyone have a Christmas exchange and you literally have no idea what to buy the person? We all have Aunt Barb that buys everything for herself…. But I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that a minted.com gift card may be right up her alley!

Buying for a loved one, EASY… minted.com gift card: http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1101963&u=1613406&m=17025&urllink=&afftrack=

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Ida Mae Home 


Visit Ida Mae Home here:

https://www.idamaehome.com/

Buy the Charley Quilt Set here:

Charley Quilt Set White

If you haven’t hear of Ida Mae Home then you have really been missing out. I may be slightly obsessed.

The Charley Quilt Set is our favorite. It’s classic stripe design, small pom pom trim deatil, and the crisp white color makes this quilt my all time favorite. Charlie kept counting all the little pom poms on the quilt. He told me that he was going to “nap” here. I mean, lets be honest, a quilt that will bring a toddler to take a nap? Worth every penny!

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