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Top surprising things you can do to deal with pet allergies. I was allergic to our new puppy and these solutions saved the day! Dog allergies are no fun!

Top surprising things you can do to deal with pet allergies. I was allergic to our new puppy and these solutions saved the day! Dog allergies are no fun!

When we brought our little doberman, Reagan, home last year, I was so proud of all the preparation we had done ahead of time. (You can read all about it here.) The to-do lists, the products and planning: I was convinced that we had thought of it all. And for the most part we did. Except one crucial thing – what if Joe or I was allergic? We both had light allergies in the past, so a pet allergy was definitely a possibility. Yet, in all the excitement of bringing home Reagan, we brushed passed the idea that our adorable little puppy could cause some serious allergies.

Top surprising things you can do to deal with pet allergies. I was allergic to our new puppy and these solutions saved the day! Dog allergies are no fun!

We needed something to combat those allergies. Not all allergy medicine is created equal. Like it’s name implies, Xyzal® Allergy 24HR provides relief of sneezing, runny nose, itchy watery eyes, nose and throat for 24 hours! (It’s as effective at hour 24 as hour one and is full prescription strength.) I love that it is available over the counter at CVS and that it starts working in 60 minutes. I take one before I go to bed at night to give me all night, all day allergy relief. Taking one each night creates better continuous symptom relief….. ideal for those with a pet allergy.

Top surprising things you can do to deal with pet allergies. I was allergic to our new puppy and these solutions saved the day! Dog allergies are no fun!

We absolutely fell in love with Reagan from the first day we brought her home. Since I work from home, I got acquainted with her VERY quickly as we spent a LOT of time together. After about 3 weeks, I could tell I was starting to develop allergies. Oh boy! I was so worried what this meant for our newest member of the family. Worst case scenarios of having to bring Reagan back to the breeder crossed my mind daily.

Top surprising things you can do to deal with pet allergies. I was allergic to our new puppy and these solutions saved the day! Dog allergies are no fun!

My initial panic faded quickly as I started looking for solutions. Through suggestions from friends, discussions with our vet and a couple internet searches, I came up with a solid plan of attack. Here’s what worked for me:

1 Reagan gets a good brushing each and every day …. but not from me. Joe takes her outside to brush her each morning to remove the dander without bringing it into the house.

2 I noticed from the first day we brought Reagan home, the house now got a little dirtier faster than before. Dirt and pet hair would pile up on the rugs much quicker than I expected. This was motivation enough for me to increase my vacuuming frequency.

3 Regular use of over the counter allergy medication is key for me! Each night before I go to bed, I take Xyzal, that gets me through the next day!

Top surprising things you can do to deal with pet allergies. I was allergic to our new puppy and these solutions saved the day! Dog allergies are no fun!

4 Just like during cold & flu season, I wash my hands more often than usual. I’m also more diligent about keeping my hands away from my face (specifically my eyes).

5 We learned quickly that Reagan didn’t appreciate a spa day as much as I do. Most dogs probably do not need to be washed weekly, but our vet recommended a weekly bath using either hypoallergenic or oatmeal based dog shampoo. It was nice to have a clean puppy and also helped remove a lot of the dander from her skin. This is another task that Joe handles for me.

Top surprising things you can do to deal with pet allergies. I was allergic to our new puppy and these solutions saved the day! Dog allergies are no fun!

6 We didn’t have intentions of allowing Reagan to roam free throughout our entire townhouse, but planned to evaluate as she got older (and better behaved). Once my allergies occurred, we designated the master bedroom and office as dog free zones. The last thing I needed was to be laying in bed with dog dander surrounding me!

7 HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters have been popular for many years. Since we were in the market for a new vacuum, we purchased one with a built in HEPA filtration system. It helps pick up more of the dander from the floors. We also got a small HEPA room air purifier that I periodically move from room to room.

8 Last but not least ….. CLEANING. I like to keep a clean home so I’m naturally pretty motivated to clean. Knowing that there was dog dander all around gave me any extra motivation I needed to dust and clean a little bit more regularly. It’s not the cleaning motivation I would wish on to others, but it incentivizes me to keep our house clean. I sometimes wear a white safety mask when I do deep cleaning.

Top surprising things you can do to deal with pet allergies. I was allergic to our new puppy and these solutions saved the day! Dog allergies are no fun!

Top surprising things you can do to deal with pet allergies. I was allergic to our new puppy and these solutions saved the day! Dog allergies are no fun!

I stocked up on a few key supplies to get me through the allergies:

  • Dog shampoo
  • Cleaning supplies
  • HEPA filters
  • Xyzal® Allergy 24HR is available over the counter at CVS (in the allergy & sinus section). I grabbed the 10 count, but these also come in 35, 55 and 80 counts. Remember to read and follow product labeling before using a new medicine.

 

Top surprising things you can do to deal with pet allergies. I was allergic to our new puppy and these solutions saved the day! Dog allergies are no fun!

 

 

 

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The BEST Ikea organization hacks on the web to solve all your household clutter problems! Save money with Ikea and a little DIY!

There’s been so many home projects that I want to get to before the baby is born. I had grand aspiration of organizing every nook and cranny of our home. Then reality set in and I’m having to really prioritize which projects MUST be done now and which I could live with being unfinished for a while. As you know, with so many of my organizing projects I really like to incorporate an element of DIY. Ikea is pretty much synonymous with affordable DIY hacks. I decided on the top 5 projects I want to accomplish before my due date and searched for for the best Ikea organization hacks to assist. Let’s just hope I have enough time 🙂 .

1. Framed Cork Board

No matter how much I try to tame the paper around our home, it always pops up! Instead of fighting it, I wanted a decorative way to keep it invitations, tickets, and reminders around. Beckie at Infarrantly Creative uses cork placemats (yep, those are placemats) to create her corkboard.

The BEST Ikea organization hacks on the web to solve all your household clutter problems! Save money with Ikea and a little DIY!{via}

2.  Managing Paper Clutter

Utilizing wall space is KEY if you’ve got limited space. Even if you’re overflowing on square footage, creating a wall paper storage unit is a smart way to store, organize and hide that paper clutter & mail that enters everyone’s home. Lauren at L’amour Chez Nous created this pretty wall storage nook for only $25!

The BEST Ikea organization hacks on the web to solve all your household clutter problems! Save money with Ikea and a little DIY!{via}

3. Jewelry Dishes

I’m always fearful of loosing my wedding & engagement rings, especially when I take them off near the sink. Then there’s also simply just forgetting where I placed them (THAT tends to happen a lot)! I love these little jewelry trays for an easy spot to place jewelry temporarily, whether in the kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. Marwa at Enthralling Gumption makes these adorable jewelry dishes out of Ikea coasters!

The BEST Ikea organization hacks on the web to solve all your household clutter problems! Save money with Ikea and a little DIY!{via}

4. Wrapping Paper Storage

I can’t get enough of pretty wrapping paper, which is ironic considering I’m one of those gals whow would prefer to buy a friend dinner & drinks instead of a gift that I’m not sure that they’ll use. But when I see a good deal on colorful wrapping paper, I JUMP! Needless to say my craft closet is overflowing with rolls. I love Shannon’s solution: simply use an Ikea bag holder affixed to the wall to wrangle in all the rolls of wrapping paper off the floor!

The BEST Ikea organization hacks on the web to solve all your household clutter problems! Save money with Ikea and a little DIY!{via}

5. The Craft Cart

Pulling out craft supplies for my DIY projects can sometimes cause more of a mess than it’s worth. Tara from Suburble transitioned the popular Ikea kitchen cart into a craft cart making DIY projects MUCH easier. She even DIYed the containers inside the cart. I love the idea of using a cart on wheels as opposed to storage bins stacked in my closet for commonly used craft supplies.

The BEST Ikea organization hacks on the web to solve all your household clutter problems! Save money with Ikea and a little DIY!{via}


 

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Step by step instructions for the easiest way to color Easter eggs in a hurry! Looks like it took hours, but you'll spend just 5 minutes!

There’s so many creative & impressive decorated Easter egg tutorials on the web these days. Some just absolutely blow my mind. With my DIY decorations, I’m more of an easier the better type of gal. I’ve had enough Pinterest Fails to write a book (or at least a really funny blog post), so today I’m sharing my tried and true way to color Easter eggs that always turn out the way they’re supposed to.

Supplies

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Food coloring
  • Several cups / glasses
  • Tray or dish
  • Egg carton

Instructions

To make the dye, I mixed 4-5 drops of food coloring with about 1 inch of water into a glass cup. Using this ratio will make the dye look pretty dark (especially purple), but it colors the eggs perfectly. If you want the colors to be even more bold when dried on the eggs, either add a couple additional drops of food coloring or a little less water.

Step by step instructions for the easiest way to color Easter eggs in a hurry! Looks like it took hours, but you'll spend just 5 minutes!

Make sure the hard-boiled eggs are dry and at room temperature before coloring! (otherwise the food coloring may bleed)

Holding an egg above the tray, I drizzled a spoonful of food coloring on top. The dye naturally rolls down around the egg. To give it a little nudge, I slowly turned the egg sideways and upside down to spread the dye around. There’s no specific pattern or science to this, which is my favorite part! Each egg will look similar but unique.

Step by step instructions for the easiest way to color Easter eggs in a hurry! Looks like it took hours, but you'll spend just 5 minutes!

I let each color dry on the egg before I applied a new color to it to prevent the colors from mixing. Placing the eggs right back in to the carton to dry seems to be the easiest. The drying time only takes about 5 minutes, just long enough for me to finish the rest of the eggs.

Step by step instructions for the easiest way to color Easter eggs in a hurry! Looks like it took hours, but you'll spend just 5 minutes!

Step by step instructions for the easiest way to color Easter eggs in a hurry! Looks like it took hours, but you'll spend just 5 minutes!

I then applied more colors to each of the eggs, repeating the process above. Remember … don’t rush! Let the eggs dry in between colors, otherwise the colors may mix resulting in brown egg dye! Once you’re finished coloring, let the eggs dry one final time, and pop them in to the fridge until you’re ready to display (and eat)!

Step by step instructions for the easiest way to color Easter eggs in a hurry! Looks like it took hours, but you'll spend just 5 minutes!

Step by step instructions for the easiest way to color Easter eggs in a hurry! Looks like it took hours, but you'll spend just 5 minutes!

Step by step instructions for the easiest way to color Easter eggs in a hurry! Looks like it took hours, but you'll spend just 5 minutes!

Quick, easy and turns out exactly like the photos!

 

Step by step instructions for the easiest way to color Easter eggs in a hurry! Looks like it took hours, but you'll spend just 5 minutes!

 

 

 

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This post, Organizing our Paper Piles, was sponsored by Fellowes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

A better way to manage all your paper clutter in just 5 easy steps! This is the system I've been using for years to manage all our paper piles!

With spring cleaning tips spreading across the web this time of year, I like to change it up and showcase an organizing process that I’ve been using for the a while now. I’ve toyed with a couple different ways of organizing our paper piles over the years and stuck with our current system for some time now. Bills, magazines, and mail can pile up quickly. While I sort my mail each day over the recycling bin, I still wanted a dedicated process to take action and file our paper piles regularly. For me, regularly became once a month aligning with paying bills. I set a calendar invite for one hour on the 31st of each month. Routine is everything!

1 categories

To create my system, the first task is to pull out all the paper piles, sort through and divide in to categories. Now your categories will likely be different than mine and may change over time. I love a good organizing process that has flexibility!

My categories

  • Save – These are documents that I want to hold on to and typically need to be filed away. I have a great system for filing important documents that I’ve been using for a while now.
  • Shred – This is for those important documents that I no longer need, but didn’t want to put in the trash. Think bank and credit card statements, old medical documents, and anything else with personal information on it. I shred ALL documents containing sensitive information with our Fellowes 12Cs Shredder. It shreds up to 12 sheets of paper at once and has SafeSense® technology that makes it a great choice for at-home use around children and pets.
  • To Do – For documents that I need to take action on, whether now or later. This includes credit card bills, responding to invitations, etc.
  • Medical – During my pregnancy I’ve been getting LOTS of medical documents in the mail. (At the time of this post the baby could come any day!) I’ve been holding on to all pregnancy related medical bills and paperwork in one specific spot.
  • Taxes – For most, taxes are a once a year project. Working for myself as a blogger I file my taxes quarterly, meaning I’m lucky enough to get to think and deal with taxes 4 times a year {extreme sarcasm inserted}!

I use these colorful thin plastic folders and added a label to the bottom right corner of each. These folders will be the main part of my paper pile review sessions each month.

A better way to manage all your paper clutter in just 5 easy steps! This is the system I've been using for years to manage all our paper piles!

2 storage

Last year I created an entry way wall command center for mail, keys and all those miscellaneous items that appear on our kitchen counter. No paper makes it past the command center unless it’s going in to the recycling bin or needs to be handled ASAP. This has pretty much eliminated those random pieces of paper that would sneak on to our kitchen counters and tables!

A better way to manage all your paper clutter in just 5 easy steps! This is the system I've been using for years to manage all our paper piles!

Since the command center is where our mail and paper piles ended up, I used the top shelf of the magazine holder to store the paper pile folders I created.

  • top shelf – monthly review folders
  • middle shelf – my mail and misc papers
  • bottom shelf – Joe’s mail and misc papers

My favorite aspect is that everything is easy to grab and all in one location.

A better way to manage all your paper clutter in just 5 easy steps! This is the system I've been using for years to manage all our paper piles!

3 supplies

In addition to the folders and mail, there’s a couple additional supplies that I use during my monthly paper organizing sessions. Instead of searching my house to grab those items, I keep them all together in a clear pouch: checkbook, stamps, pens, paper clips and post-its.

A better way to manage all your paper clutter in just 5 easy steps! This is the system I've been using for years to manage all our paper piles!

Never without the desire to label, I added a small label onto the pouch. My quick go-to process is placing a printed label on top of washi tape. It adds a pop of color while also not being permanent (gives great flexibility if I decide to make a change).

A better way to manage all your paper clutter in just 5 easy steps! This is the system I've been using for years to manage all our paper piles!

4 organize

During my monthly session, I grab my mail, folders and pouch. I utilize Laura Stack’s, aka The Productivity Pro, FIRST method to sort all my paper piles into the folders.

File it

Recycle

Shred

Take Care of it

Once all my paper piles are sorted in to the appropriate folders, I go through the folders one at a time to determine the course of action for each document inside. For example, in my To-Do folder, I will pay any bills that are due. Any papers placed in my shred folder will be shredded (see more below!). Medical bills will be reviewed, paid and sorted by date.

A better way to manage all your paper clutter in just 5 easy steps! This is the system I've been using for years to manage all our paper piles!

5 shred 

Every month or so, I grab my shred folder to dispose of the documents inside.

Having a high-quality shredder is key! I use and love our Fellowes 12Cs Shredder found at Walmart:

  • It’s a cross-cut shredder, which really is the best choice for preventing identity theft and fraud. For most of us, these are the reason to shred papers in the first place!
  • It has SafeSense® technology to keep children, pets and distracted organizers safe 🙂 .
  • It can shred up to 12 sheets of paper at one time without jamming. Thank goodness!


Got the urge to organize now? Our friends at Fellowes share some great spring organization tips!

A better way to manage all your paper clutter in just 5 easy steps! This is the system I've been using for years to manage all our paper piles!

 

A better way to manage all your paper clutter in just 5 easy steps! This is the system I've been using for years to manage all our paper piles!

 

 

 

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This shop,How to Organize Baby Feeding Supplies, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FirstsMadeEasy #ForBetterBeginnings #MomsFirsts #CollectiveBias

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

Being a rookie to parenting, but a long time organizer, I knew I wanted a system to store all the supplies & bottles that would soon take over our home with our little on on the way. A minimalist at heart, I started with the necessities: bottles, bibs, spoons, cups, plates.

We did stock up Playtex VentAire bottles, as these help reduce colic and reflux (two things that sound pretty miserable!) at Target. Scroll down for a great Target Cartwheel to save on Playtex bottles!

Kitchen space can be at a premium in our home, so finding room for the addition of baby products took some thought and planning.

4 Steps to Organize Baby Feeding Supplies

1. purge

Before I stored any baby items in the kitchen, I pulled out EVERY item in our cabinets. Yep, every single one. Not only was it a good opportunity to clean out the inside of the cabinets, looking at all the items we had sitting out on our counters helped me determine what to get rid of (those beer glasses from college perhaps?). Knowing that I had to find extra room in the cabinets allowed me look at our items with a more critical lense.

Once you’ve evaluated all your items, hold off on putting anything back in to the cabinets just yet (we’ll get to that in step 4).

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

2. group similar items

Next I compiled all the baby feeding supplies that will be stored in our kitchen. Similar to step 1, I like to take a look at everything that needs to go into the cabinet before jumping in to organizing solutions. I grouped like items together: bottles, bibs, sippy cups, plates, etc. While there may be a few exceptions, most like items will be stored together.

We’re using Playtex Baby™ VentAire®. What I liked about these bottles is that they’re designed ro reduce colic. There’s a bottom vent on each bottle created to keep air at the back of the bottle and out of the baby’s stomach. The other neat thing about the VentAire® collection is the ability to mix and match the bottles & nipples. That way we can figure out what works for us. Switch out one of the nipples, but still use the bottle.  The minimalist in me really liked this philosophy. Scroll down for a coupon to save at Target!

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

3. storage solutions

Once all the baby items are grouped together, I’m able to better determine what size storage containers will be needed. I used a combination of clear acrylic containers and pretty white plastic bins found at Target. The baby plates and silverware were placed with our normal kitchen items. I figured that if Joe & I are eating, likely so will our child. Plus, the plates could easily sit on top of our existing kitchen plates to take up less room.

Finding containers did take a little trial and error since the container had to not only hold all the supplies, but also fit into our cabinets. One trick I’ve learned is to measure the space BEFORE heading out to purchase anything. So I measured various cabinet shelves and a couple of our drawers. I also brought a small tape measure with me to the store when I go shopping. Not all storage bins will have the measurements listed and I’ve learned the hard way that I’m not the best at estimating!

These white bins below worked for the majority of our supplies: bottles, placemats, sippy cups, & snack cups.

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

Affixing a label on each container helps keep everything more organized. Family, friends and nannies can easily find what they need to help out! as well. Plus it makes me happy to open a cabinet with well labeled containers (just look at my craft closet)!

4. store

This is the big step (and the most gratifying). With all of our regular kitchen items and baby feeding supplies spread out on our counters, I was ready to put them away (and anxious to get rid of the clutter). I started by focusing on returning my regular kitchen items where they originally were (or close to it). I did need to allocate shelf space for the new white plastic containers as well as one drawer.  When deciding where to put the baby feeding supplies, I thought about how often these would be used.

One of my favorite rules of organizing is to make sure the most commonly used items are the easiest to access.  

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

I opted to store the spoons and forks with our current silverware. Sometimes it made more sense to store like items together …. baby and ours. I opted for a similar set up for the plates. Our baby (toddler?) plates sat on top of our standard dish set.

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

Using a long clear acrylic container is an easy way to store full milk bottles or baggies in the fridge. Newest ones get placed in the back so that those that have been in the fridge longer get used up first (first in first out). I’ve gotten this recommendation from several friends stating that it was a life safer to not have to look through a crowded fridge to find a bottle when needed!

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

To save room, bibs are stored in the inside of a cabinet door with a command hook. I selected the door of the cabinet that held the most baby items to that everything would be in one location.

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

Bottle cleaning supplies went in a drawer below our counters. Since some of these were a little bit bulkier, I found that it easier to store in a drawer as opposed to a cabinet.

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

 

Head over to Target and grab the Cartwheel for 15% Off All Playtex Baby Bottles from Sunday 4/2 to Saturday 4/8

Good for all Playtex Baby™ Bottle Products including the VentAire®.

Playtex also has other great models of bottles available at Target such as the Playtex Baby™ Nurser® with Drop-Ins® Liners that include pre-formed and pre-sterilized liners that are easy to use.

How do you organize baby feeding supplies?

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

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How organize the essentials in a cleaning caddy. Everyone needs one! Perfect for weekly cleaning or the big annual spring cleaning.

Hello Spring!

I’m welcoming the change of season with open arms! As the sunny days are peaking through all the rain that we’ve gotten in Seattle throughout the winter, I’m able to open the windows and let the fresh air in. As the weather gets a little warmer, I’m more motivated to come out of hibernation and tackle some spring cleaning.

Over the years I’ve tried different systems for gathering & containing all my cleaning supplies and am happiest with my most recent set up. My main goal for the cleaning caddy is to have one place to store all the cleaning supplies needed for weekly cleaning sessions. Instead of having to grab cleaning supplies from multiple locations in our home, I simply pull out the cleaning caddy from under our kitchen sink and I’m off to clean.

The caddy

How organize the essentials in a cleaning caddy. Everyone needs one! Perfect for weekly cleaning or the big annual spring cleaning.

I love that this caddy has a sturdy handle, is easy to clean and has multi sized compartments to hold a variety of supplies, all of which I purchased at Target.

The essentials

How organize the essentials in a cleaning caddy. Everyone needs one! Perfect for weekly cleaning or the big annual spring cleaning.

How organize the essentials in a cleaning caddy. Everyone needs one! Perfect for weekly cleaning or the big annual spring cleaning.

The cleaning caddy & essentials come in handy each week as I clean our home and also as I’m planning our annual spring cleaning session. A couple notes on these essentials:

  • In addition to cleaning spray, I also keep Lysol Disinfecting Wipes for a deeper clean. (When used as directed, Lysol kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria)
  • I HATE cleaning the toilet. Who actually enjoys it? So I make sure to have the strong stuff on hand. Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner for 10X Cleaning Power* removes the toughest stains in seconds.
  • I love to use glass bottles to fill up with my cleaning sprays, I use Lysol Kitchen Pro Antibacterial Cleaner. It kills 99.9% of harmful kitchen bacteria without the harsh chemical residue other cleaners leave behind.
  • As you can tell, I don’t mess around with our cleaning supplies. I go for the good stuff that I know will get the job done. While I do enjoy organizing my cleaning process, that doesn’t mean I want to spend a lot of time cleaning! Scroll down for some great deals on not only Lysol products, but other must haves for spring cleaning including Air Wick, Woolite, and Finish!

 

The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring cleaning can be intimidating, frustrating and oh so time consuming! It can also be tough to tackle deep cleaning the entire house in a relatively short period of time. Although I like to do smaller cleaning sessions throughout the year, I still spend two long weekends annually deep cleaning the entire home. Over the years I’ve learned new ways to streamline this process and shall I almost say ‘make it enjoyable.’

1 I use a checklist for all big projects. Spring cleaning is no exception. I find that it helps me stay focused and also ensures I complete all the cleaning that I want to do. I’ve created variations of this checklist throughout the years, whether due to moving to new homes or simply finding new areas I want cleaned. Since no home or spring cleaning is alike, I’ve provided my personal list of cleaning tasks, but also space for you to add additional tasks for each room of your home.

2 With my checklist in hand and before ANY cleaning takes place, I walk through each room of the house, taking inventory of the cleaning tasks and add to the checklist when necessary.

3 Next I review the list of tasks ahead and ensure that I’ve got all the necessary supplies. In addition to my cleaning caddy essentials, I add items such as paper towels, detergent (I love the Woolite High Efficiency Extra Dark Dual Formula), and boom / dustpan. I head out to do ONE trip to grab any additional supplies that I need. Target is my tried and true one stop shop. Scroll down for coupons & savings on all your favorite brands!

How organize the essentials in a cleaning caddy. Everyone needs one! Perfect for weekly cleaning or the big annual spring cleaning.

4 Before I jump in to cleaning, I evaluate how much time I anticipate each room taking to clean. While I never guess the exact amount of time it will take, I do like to estimate. This helps me realistically determine how much I can get done during a weekday, evening or long weekend. It also prevents me from getting frustrated half way through spring cleaning because it always seems that there’s so much left to do!

5 Once I know how long I need to plan for each room, I add cleaning time to my calendar. No it’s not the most exciting event to look forward to, but it does help me stay committed and get the cleaning accomplished. Some years I’ve tried to tackle the entire spring cleaning in a weekend. While that used to work when I lived in a smaller space, I now divide up my spring cleaning in to two weekends with some weekend nights dedicated to a couple cleaning projects (cleaning the car for example)

6 It’s so tempting for me to dive in to reorganizing the spaces while I’m cleaning, so I dedicate my spring cleaning sessions to just that: CLEANING. I do make notes of organizing projects that I identify while cleaning each room. For me, spring CLEANING is enough of a project to handle right now without going down a rabbit hole of wanting to reorganize. Plus, I always know I’ll make time for those organizing projects at a later date!

How organize the essentials in a cleaning caddy. Everyone needs one! Perfect for weekly cleaning or the big annual spring cleaning.

Before I leave you to start your spring cleaning project, I want to give you a little bit more explanation on a couple of my spring cleaning tasks on my checklist that I’ve incorporated over the years.

  • Wash pillow covers & throws – many of our decorative pillow covers are used rarely if ever. I still wash these at least once a year as dust and general dirt can get on them, even if they’re not used. Woolite High Efficiency Extra Dark Dual Formula is my go to for washing those delicate decorative fabrics. Buy any 2 Woolite 100oz at Target & get $5 Target Gift Card!
  • Clean trash / recycling bins in the garage – I grab the hose to wash down the empty bins to get rid of any trash or spills that are stuck at the bottom. Trash is dirty enough without a gross garbage bin!
  • Dust light fixtures – even if I can’t find any dust on the light fixtures, I do like to dust them as a precaution annually. While I’m no expert, high heat and dust don’t sound like a safe combination if left for a prolonged amount of time! Better safe than sorry!

Don’t forget to fill up your cleaning caddy with all the essentials at Target!

Cartwheel Coupon Offer (Available 4/2-4/29):

Want even more discounts? Target is also offering these promotional offers in April:

  • Woolite: Buy any 2 Woolite 100oz, get a $5 Target Gift Card (available until 4/8)
  • Finish: Buy any 2 Finish Premium L & XL (MiO & Quantum) & 16oz RA additive – Get a $5 Target Gift Card (available until 4/8)
  • Lysol: Buy any 3 Lysol items – Get 1 free (available 4/9 – 4/29)
  • Air Wick: Buy 3 5ct AW Scented oil and get free gadget (available 4/9- 4/15)

 

 

 

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A list of essential items to pack on your next vacation to keep up your exercise routine! You'll be surprised by some of the items we ALWAYS bring with us!

Routines have always been super important to me. Call me boring or predictable, but whether at work or home, I accomplish the most when I have a consistent game plan that I follow regularly. Over the last year I’ve learned the importance of this working from home. (It’s not as easy as it looks!)

It’s been incorporated in my life from an early age growing up competitively figure skating. The lessons I’ve learned figure skating have stuck with me for years (the discipline, long hours and dedication). Unfortunately the other thing that stuck was back pain from the constant strain put on my body over the years. Long after I retired my skates, I still deal with the pain: acupuncture, physical therapy, massage … oh I’ve tried it all. In addition, I take a pain releaver regularly, Curamin® Stop Pain Now. It’s a dietary supplement with natural ingredients that truly gets to the source of the pain (instead of just temporarily masking it).

A list of essential items to pack on your next vacation to keep up your exercise routine! You'll be surprised by some of the items we ALWAYS bring with us!

Pain aside, I like to keep up regular exercise. The struggle for me comes when I head out on vacation. The exercise routine goes out the window, healthy eating is totally forgotten and for some reason I never get enough sleep! Now I love a fun relaxing throw out the rules vacation just as much as the next. But I always disappointed when I don’t incorporate a little exercise and wellness during a vacation.

While I’m definitely no workout or health expert, I have had my share of travel over the years (for both work and fun) and have fine tuned my process for packing. My moto has always been that a little preparation goes a long way. Knowing that I want to workout during my trips, I make sure to plan accordingly.

A list of essential items to pack on your next vacation to keep up your exercise routine! You'll be surprised by some of the items we ALWAYS bring with us!1 Workout Clothes // 2 Sunglasses // 3 Curamin® Extra Strength

1 workout clothes / Since I’m already wearing my tennis shoes on my flight, I tend to dress casual. Often workout clothes is the easiest wardrobe choice for a flight. Plus, it makes it easy to workout on a wim.

2 sunglasses / As more and more of my vacations include an Airbnb instead of a hotel, I expect to be excersising outside as opposed to a hotel gym. Keeping sunglasses on hand makes a morning jog so much more enjoyable in the sunny weather!

3 Curamin® Extra Strength / I keep a bottle in my purse so I’ve always got some on hand, but also in my workout bag to take after exercising. The last thing I want is for my workout schedule to be placed on hold because of pain. Grab yours at your local health food store, or online. Curamin® is actually the #1 selling brand and is safe, effective and non-addictive which is really important to me.

A list of essential items to pack on your next vacation to keep up your exercise routine! You'll be surprised by some of the items we ALWAYS bring with us!4 sunscreen // 5 hair ties // 6 pouch // 7 extra toiletries // 8 empty laundry bag

4 sunscreen / I’d rather exercise outside during the nice weather months than inside in a gym. Since my fair skin can barely handle the limited sun that we receive in Seattle, I always have sunscreen with me on all my warm weather trips!

5 hair ties / Nothing’s worse that searching for a hair tie after you’ve gotten all ready to workout. I keep a special stash just for my workouts so that I never forget them.

6 pouch / Sometimes you can sneak in a workout when you wouldn’t expect it. That’s why I always like to have a small pouch on me to hold so many of these exercise essentials. It prevents me from having to dig through my large suitcase for what I need .

7 extra toiletries / In addition to my standard toiletries, I like to bring some extras such as face wipes and body spray that always come in handy after a quick workout.

8 extra laundry bag / After working out, throw your sweaty clothes into a separate laundry bag to keep them from mingling with your clean clothes.

A list of essential items to pack on your next vacation to keep up your exercise routine! You'll be surprised by some of the items we ALWAYS bring with us!9 water bottle // 10 snacks // 11 plastic baggies

9 water bottle / I keep a water bottle in my carry on and fill up before a flight. It also comes in handy at the hotel instead of paying the high price for the water bottle sitting in our hotel!

10 snacks / working out on an empty stomach is always a bad idea, so I carry protein bars with me if I need a little energizer before or after my workout.

11 plastic baggies / I always keep plastic bags on hand. They seem to come in handy for SO many reasons. They’re great for storing my phone during a raining outdoor workout or portioning out snacks for the trip!

A list of essential items to pack on your next vacation to keep up your exercise routine! You'll be surprised by some of the items we ALWAYS bring with us!12 athletic shoes // 13 bag for dirty shoes // 14 headphones // 15 workout bands

12 athletic shoes / A workout essential, I typically wear my shoes on the plane. It’s so much more confortable to head through the airport in flats. Plus athletic shoes are often my bigger shoes so it saves extra room in my suitcase.

13 bag for dirty shoes / Athletic shoes too easily pick up mud and dirt while outside. While on vacation the last thing I want to do is clean my shoes. Instead, I grab a couple small dog waste bags to wrap my shoes in to keep the dirt away from my clothes.

14 headphones / Some can exercise without music, but I’m not one of those people. Very little things DEmotivate me to exercise than the lack of music!

15 workout bands / I love to bring a small workout band to incprorate additional excerices to my routine. It also makes working out right in my hotel room so easy!

A list of essential items to pack on your next vacation to keep up your exercise routine! You'll be surprised by some of the items we ALWAYS bring with us!

Curamin® is available at fine health food stores nationwide. CLICK HERE to buy online or to find a store near you that carries Curamin®. I grabbed mine while doing my weekly grocery shopping at my local Seattle PCC in Greenlake neighborhood!

What are your tips for keeping your routine while traveling?

 

 

 

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Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!

I LOVE decorating our house for Christmas. I’m one of those people who gets out the decorations well before Thanksgiving (I won’t reveal HOW early). So most would assume that I continue my holiday excitement for ALL the holidays. I wish I did, but sadly as the New Year starts, resolutions of removing clutter & organizing closets kick in. I then remember how much space all those holiday decorations take up.

Valentine’s day passes without even a thought of a decorations (I’m lucky if I remember to get Joe a card. Ops!). An occasion Saint Patrick’s Day decoration may make its way to our home, which realistically came from a bar. By the time, Easter rolls around, I’ve given up on holiday decorations all together …. until now.

I received a really fun challenge by World Market to find ways to utilize Easter decor all year round, meaning nothing went back in to store. Ultimately removing any excuses I could come up with to decorate for Easter.  I was SOLD! This was music to my ears, as I have NO room to store any additional off season holiday decorations, but desperately want decorate the house for Easter!

I headed over to my local World Market downtown Seattle next to Pike Place Market and picked up decorations that just caught my eye. Here’s how I use each of these during Easter and ‘The Rest of the Year’:

Apothecary jars seem to be all over the place lately. I can see why they’re so popular …. the decorating options are endless. I mean, simply fill the jar with whatever season it is and tada! Holiday decorations.

There was no way I was going to pass up coffee canisters. Hello, anything with coffee on it has my heart. Instead of getting my caffeine rush for the day, I used these as vases the brightly colored tulips that are in season.

Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!

Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!

Instead of just using the Apothecary jars to decorate for the next holiday (yep, I decided that was cheating), these became a pretty way to store some of our baking essentials on the counter. Clear containers are great for storing heavily used products because it’s easy to see when refills are needed.

Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!

The coffee canisters got put to use in my craft closet storing washi tape and ribbons for easy access. A small label on the lids made these the perfect addition to my crafting cart.

Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!

Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!

 

The second I spotted this egg crate, I knew it was coming home with me. The clean white color looks great against colorful Easter eggs. I just love that this is a ceramic crate as opposed to the plastic ones I see so often.

Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!

One word: APPETIZERS. Since my cooking doesn’t necessarily win everyone over, my dishware will 🙂 . Deviled eggs are such an easy dish that even this rookie can master. Don’t just save this ceramic dish for eggs though. Possibilities are endless for all you fancy cooks out there!

Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!

 

Easter baskets are not just for kids! These make great hostess gifts for friends or family hosting Easter dinner. I stocked mine with fun, but practical gifts that I knew the host would love: an assortment of colorful cooking gadgets will create pops of soft color throughout the kitchen. (and of course some chocolate 🙂 )

Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!
Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!

In my house, baskets are the queen of storage (Easter baskets or otherwise). There’s ALWAYS some clutter that needs to be hidden. In. Every. Single. Room. From magazines to puppy toys, we keep our baskets full!

Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!

Now you’ll have no excuse to skip the Easter decorations this year …. and all year round!

 

 

 

 

 

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