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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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Use our downloadable basektball bingo printable game cards for your next big playoffs party! Great entertainment for all your guests - basketball twist on a favorite game!

I LOVE hosting parties. ANY parties. And tis the season for basketball, so that’s how we’re going to party. Although admittedly a game day party wouldn’t at the top of my list. But since we end up inviting neighbors to stop by for big games, I wanted to make it a little bit more festive than the typical beer & pizza style gathering.

Swapping out the standard orange décor and heavy appetizers, we went with more of a light brunch theme with a fun wine cocktail. The gals who came to watch the game definitely appreciated it. Being on the west coast and the Pacific Time Zone we can literally watch basketball first thing in the morning with our pajamas, so brunch was a perfect theme. (Yes, I reluctantly changed out of my pajamas 😊)

Not only did I whip up a fun wine cocktail (scroll down for the recipe) and a light brunch spread, we threw in a basketball version of Bingo to keep everyone entertained. Aka – keep ME entertained when watching basketball. Joe knows I’m losing interest when I start scrolling through Facebook during sporting events. Ops.

Here’s how we played Basketball Bingo

Print out the Bingo printable template which includes 8 DIFFERENT Bingo card boards to accommodate lots of guests! (You can print out a couple copies for multiple games)

Basketball Bingo Printable Template

Use our downloadable basektball bingo printable game cards for your next big playoffs party! Great entertainment for all your guests - basketball twist on a favorite game!

Each guest picks a team from the game we’re watching. So for all the squares on the Bingo card, the team they chose has to complete those actions. This made the game more exciting and kept it going a little longer. Plus, you can double the amount of people who can play (8 different boards x 2 teams = up to 16 people can play if you print out two copies of the template)

Use our downloadable basektball bingo printable game cards for your next big playoffs party! Great entertainment for all your guests - basketball twist on a favorite game!

To get the competitive juices flowing, everyone contributes one dollar into the pot before the game started. Whoever gets Bingo first gets ½ of the pot. The second Bingo winner gets ¼ of the pot (which is half of the remaining pot) and the 3rd Bingo winner gets the final ¼ (the remaining money in the pot).

As traditional Bingo goes …. The first person to get 5 in a row wins!

Use our downloadable basektball bingo printable game cards for your next big playoffs party! Great entertainment for all your guests - basketball twist on a favorite game!

We printed off stacks of these basketball Bingo cards and played a couple rounds throughout the game.

Use our downloadable basektball bingo printable game cards for your next big playoffs party! Great entertainment for all your guests - basketball twist on a favorite game!

Now let’s not forget about the beverages!

Frontera has created some amazing cocktails featuring their wines. I selected the Chardonnay recipe to serve for our party, but honestly, these all looked good!

 

Frontera Wines Game Day Sweepstakes

Frontera has an awesome sweepstakes going on right now to win a 55” HD flat screen TV! Check out the details here, show your spirit for sports and you could be watching next year’s playoffs on a new huge TV!

Delicious Chardonnay cocktail that's great for any occasion! Perfect for a basketball party with our bingo printable game cards!

We made this delicious Frontera Chardonnay Al Fresco. An extra bonus is that instead of just having one beverage to serve our guests we technically had two – wine and a wine cocktail. Frontera wines are great to serve for parties like this or to pair with game day recipes.

Serves 1 (Multiple recipe by number of guests you’re serving)

Ingredients

4 ounces Frontera Chardonnay

¼ cucumber chopped

1 lime

2 tablespoons simple syrup

Ice

DDelicious Chardonnay cocktail that's great for any occasion! Perfect for a basketball party with our bingo printable game cards!

Preparation

Muddle the cucumber, lime juice and simple syrup.

Add ice and wine.

Shake well.

Strain into glass and enjoy!

Delicious Chardonnay cocktail that's great for any occasion! Perfect for a basketball party with our bingo printable game cards!

Doesn’t get much easier than that!

Use our downloadable basektball bingo printable cards for your next big playoffs party! Great entertainment for all your guests - basketball twist on a favorite game!

Cheers to being the fanciest basketball party hosts on the block! (even if you’re still wearing your pajamas 🙂 )

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

 

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Forget which channel is which? Make your own customizable TV channel guide with our free printable and secure to your remote!

I love watching TV …. the more bad reality TV the better in my mind. Most of my binge watching is on Netflix or Amazon these days. Believe it or not, but we don’t have cable! Friends are shocked when they hear this because they know I love my bad TV shows 🙂 .

That being said, when I do turn on ‘regular TV’ I never remember which channel is which. Scrolling through looking for the right channel can be so irritating, especially with commercials.

We’ve all heard the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I think about this every time I’m scrolling frustrated trying to find the channel I’m looking for. I claim I’m going to write these down eventually. But then I find the channel I’m looking for and forget my problem ever existed! Sound familar?

Not only did it drive me crazy to not know what channel is what, I know it can be frustrating for guests visiting us. With our baby due date fast approaching, we’ve got lots of house guests coming in town to help (thanks goodness!). Not having to ask for the channels is just one of the ways that I try to make hosting easier on everyone.

Here’s how I make my TV Channel Guide

Supplies

Forget which channel is which? Make your own customizable TV channel guide with our free printable and secure to your remote!

Instructions

The first thing you’ll want to do is write down all the channels you have. For those of you with cable, that’s likely LOTS of channels. Personally I only jotted down the  channels I actually watched. It seems that most of us watch a fraction of the channels that we have!

Here’s our TV Channel Guide Template to download

This template is an editable word document so that you can add in your own channels. I created 4 different sizes, but you’re able to adjust any of the sizes on your own. I selected the size that fit the back of my TV remote. Once I created the guide, I simply taped it to the back of the remote.

If there’s not enough room to list all your TV channels on any of the templates, adjust the length by clicking on the bottom of the rectangle to select it (you’ll see the circles appear). Drag the bottom middle circle down to the length that you want.

Now type out all your channels, print on thick card stock paper and cut out.

Forget which channel is which? Make your own customizable TV channel guide with our free printable and secure to your remote!

Then cut two piece of contact paper slightly larger than your TV channel guide cutout.

Forget which channel is which? Make your own customizable TV channel guide with our free printable and secure to your remote!

Affix one sheet of contact paper on back side of the guide and one on the top. Using a scissor, cut the excess contact paper around the sides. While covering with contact paper isn’t required, it makes the guide more durable.

Forget which channel is which? Make your own customizable TV channel guide with our free printable and secure to your remote!

For quick access, tape the TV channel guide to the back of your remote.

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How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

I swoon over the mega closets that I see on TV. You know the ones that could double as a studio apartment? Yes, I love LOOKING at these because I definitely do not have one! Granted, I do have a walk in closet (which is shared with Joe), but there’s not enough space to have all 4 seasons of clothes easily reachable. So I’ve learned to get a little creative with storage solutions and slowly learning the art of downsizing!

While some may find this task …. well a task, I look forward to it. Even more than that. I ENJOY it. Yes, call me crazy, but pulling out my upcoming season of clothes and doing a refresh of my closet 4 times a year is my form of relaxation. My perfect ‘me time’. Obviously, any chance to organize something in our home brings me joy, but it’s also so fun to swap out my wardrobe with clothes that FEEL new (aka – haven’t been worn for several months). It’s my zero cost shopping spree.

When I was doing my weekly shopping at Kroger this past weekend, I grabbed the new Style Watch while at checkout which got me excited for spring clothing season. Now I’ll never be known for my style, but I do like a new wardrobe refresh as much as the next and some fun inspiration.

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

I turn on some music, grab a glass of wine and a couple magazines for inspiration for the next couple hours of clothing and organization! Now how could that sound like a chore?

The very first thing I do is pull out all my current wardrobe out of the closet. Some of my current season clothing can actually be worn all year round, such as jeans and a couple sweaters. Seattle is known for their rain, but NOT extreme temperatures! I take those pieces and put them back in the closet.

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

I use this organization session as an opportunity to sort through and get rid of any current season clothes that I haven’t worn in the last couple months. No, I don’t LOVE getting rid of things, but I follow a simple system to sort through items in any room. By creating baskets to donate, fix, sell, or hold, I’m able to get rid of pieces that I just don’t wear. (My ‘hold’ basket is for clothing that I’m just not ready to get rid of but I know I should! I hold on to these until the next season to make a final decision).

Grab my downloadable labels to help!

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

When evaluating each piece, I ask myself the following:

  • Have I worn this recently?
  • Will I wear it soon?
  • Do you have similar pieces taking up valuable space?
  • Does it fit?
  • Is the piece stretched, stained, damaged, or torn?

 

I follow the same process to review each piece of upcoming season clothing to decide if any need to go in the donate, fix, sell or hold baskets. Once I’ve hopefully purged a couple pieces (???), I sort all the clothes based on type. Casual t-shirts, dressy shirts, shorts, skirts, dresses, pants, etc. This is also a good opportunity to find a couple more pieces to purge.

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

For example, you can see I’m apparently a big fan of red: 4 red dresses and 4 red sweaters!

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

Don’t forget about shoes, jewelry, purses and scarves.

Our closet came with lots of built in wire shelving. I do love the shelving options, but it does take away from hanging space. After some time getting used to this set up, I found that I actually prefer the shelving when used with large canvas baskets. One basket for each category of clothing ….

made easier with these printable labels.

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

When placing the upcoming season clothing back in to my closet, I follow a couple tips to make the most use out of my side of the closet:

  • Pants are always placed on multi pant hangers to take up less room. I have one for jeans and one for dress pants.
  • Clothing is organized by type (pants, t-shirts, dresses, etc).
  • While it’s the trend to put shoes in clear containers with PHOTOS on the front, for me it’s more effort than it’s worth. I’m able to see through the clear containers easily without a photo on the front. Plus I don’t have to swap out the photo when I swap out my seasonal shoes!
  • Clothing that is used more frequently should be the EASIEST to reach. For me that’s t-shirts, lettings and sweatshirts. Yes, working from home has its benefits! My dresses are pretty hard to reach 🙂 .
  • Bulkier items, such as sweaters, go on the hanging shelf, while slimmer pieces such as t-shirts and skirts are either hung up or go in baskets.
  • Purses go in basket or on the shelves to extend their life, instead of hanging on hooks.

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

While I like to find a system that works (forever), these quarterly clothing swap sessions are a good opportunity to evaluate what’s working and what’s not. I decided that a foldable stool would be a great addition to the closet to reach the upper shelves. I try to use vertical space as much as possible!

Head over to your closest Kroger store and grab the latest Style Watch, PEOPLE, or InStyle to inspire your own seasonal closet refresh & organization! I have a great coupon below! #adv

 

 

 

 

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If I could, I would spend my days and nights organizing & reorganizing every space in our house. Yes, that’s a little (lot) crazy and ridiculously time consuming, but it’s also EXPENSIVE! The home storage and organization has become a huge industry. While I’ll splurge on the right products that make life easier, it’s always great to be able to solve an organizing challenge affordably. And there’s not much more affordable than your local dollar store! I rounded up my favorite organizing tutorials for each room of the house using products purchased at a dollar store.

1 Closets

Wire closets can be great, but also a little challenging for certain storage needs. This quick and easy fix with transform your wire shelves creating endless storage possibilities!

Smart ways to organize your home affordably using items from the dollar store. You'll wonder why you didn't think of these before!
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2 Bathroom Drawers
Our bathroom drawers would quickly become junk drawers if it weren’t for small labeled storage containers for all our bathroom items. I love Jen’s suggestions to keep those storage containers to stay put!

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3 Refrigerator 
I do love grocery day when we have a full fridge of food options to choose from. But each time I’m at the grocery store stocking up, I think ….. ‘there’s NO way we have room for all of this.” That’s why Brittany’s plastic storage bin solution storing all like items together is so brilliant. Not only does it make finding items in the fridge a breeze, it creates so much more space!

Smart ways to organize your home affordably using items from the dollar store. You'll wonder why you didn't think of these before!

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4 Laundry Room

The laundry room can be a great storage space, if used to it’s full potential. Nikki’s laundry room tutorial shows a such clean and organized solution for storage for those open shelves. And that turquoise is such a great pop of color!

Smart ways to organize your home affordably using items from the dollar store. You'll wonder why you didn't think of these before!

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5 Pantry

Pantries can be a love / hate relationship …. love that extra space, but hate the mess that they can become! Erin shows some amazing before & after photos of her mom’s pantry storage makeover. Once Erin was done organizing, it looked like a completely different space!

Smart ways to organize your home affordably using items from the dollar store. You'll wonder why you didn't think of these before!

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