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.
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!
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.
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!**
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.
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
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
I’m not so sure my patience has ever been tested quite as much as it has been recently… Charlie turned three, and while there was no such thing as terrible twos…terrible threes hit us hard. He tends to get extremely cranky around bedtime, causing mommy to go crazy! We recently tried California baby, overtired and cranky bubble bath and loved it. Not only does it create tons of bubbles which makes Charlie’s bath-time super fun (for him). I won’t lie, those bubble bath potions that produce no bubbles are dumb. It isn’t the case with these!And they smell amazing!!! The smell of chamomile and tangerine soothes him and gets him prepared for bedtime.
Find them here: California Baby Bubble Bath
If you haven’t heard of IncrediBundles, you are missing out. Like really missing out. IncrediBundles takes the traditional baby gift basket that includes those super ugly wooden baskets (sorry… they are ugly) and turns it into a super use-able, memorable and appealing gifts. They have sleep bundles, bath bundles, book bundles, toy bundles, even diaper bundles. They even have a “create your own” bundle. (Thats what we did!) And they aren’t just for baby showers, these would be perfect Christmas gifts, Easter baskets Birthday parties… the list could go on and on!
They even have individual lines that are designed to address a specific area of an infant’s development.
Additionally, they have Bundle Subscriptions including including A Year of Toys, A Year of Books and A Year of Diapers. I mean COME ON! How amazing would it be to be the friend that gifted your friend a year of diapers? Don’t get me wrong, I loved getting all those diapers at my baby shower (which now seems like an eternity ago) but I had no place to store them… with IncrediBundles, you can choose what brand and when they are delivered. Probably the greatest thing ever! And don’t get me wrong, I would have done the diaper bundle but Charlie is nearly potty trained (don’t mom shame… potty training is HARD).
Lastly, IncrediBundles.com gives back to the community. With every purchase they given back to children and families in need.
With Easter shortly on its way.. I couldn’t help but add in a few holiday items for fun. So if you currently work as Easter Bunny… its simple all you need to do, is click “create a bundle” add in a Peter rabbit and a rabbit towel and your Easter Bunny job is now complete.
I still can’t believe it… Charlie is THREE! Feels like yesterday we brought him home and I looked at him like, ok what is that small thing and what do I do? Then I blinked and he was showing mom his first smile then I blinked again and he was walking… and now he is three years old.
Enough gushy stuff…
We celebrated Charlie’s Third Birthday, Shingdiz style, with their Fire Fighter Themed Decor. If you haven’t visited Shindigz before for your party supplies, you should probably do so now. (Click here: http://www.shindigz.com) This has been the third party we have used Shindigz for, and they never fail to amaze me by the quality of their products, their fast shipping, and their superior customer service. I have never placed an order with Shindigz and had it arrive wrong. In fact, for Charlie’s birthday I didn’t even open the boxes from Shindigz until the day before because I am so confident they nailed it! And… they did!
Find this 4 ft Fire Truck Standee here: https://www.shindigz.com/Tonka-Fire-Truck-Standee/p/KSTNKF
Find the Fire Hero Party Set here: https://www.shindigz.com/fire-hero-ultimate-party-pack/p/K3-UN-015?_br_psugg_q=firefighter+birthday+party
Find the Fire Hero Dalmation Standee Set here: https://www.shindigz.com/fire-hero-dalmatian-standee-set/p/KSFHD
Find these fire fighter loot bags here: https://www.shindigz.com/Fire-Fighter-Loot-Bags/p/LTB224
And if you’ve ever had a kids party and had a gallon or orange juice with small cups, you realize that after 20 minutes, each kid has drank out of every other kids cup. Wait… this happens for adult parties too.
The best fix? Bottled drinks… specifically… Purity Organic
This year for Charlie’s birthday we did a early morning party. We had bagels, donuts, fruit and of course, Purity Organic juices.
We had the Purity Organic Strawberry Paradise, made with real stawberries and lemons and seriously the most perfect strawberry juice I’ve ever tasted. We also had Purity Organic Orange Mango Paradise, made with obviously oranges and mango and the perfect amount of sweet with tangy.
And just like that the party was over…
But wait…his outfit!
The most perfect firefighter outfit for any toddler is from Western Chief.
The jacket is not only extremely adorable but also doubles as a waterproof jacket for those rainy days. Find it here: https://shop.westernchief.com/collections/bundles/products/450001
Find the boots here: https://shop.westernchief.com/collections/bundles/products/490001
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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!
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