Ultimate College Shopping List!

303fc7c2950e2a00896d7c4d0e4c9a3fc4df3fbe0a6dd14202 Last year I sent my eldest off to school & so I reached out to some current college students to ask them what items they couldn’t live without. This comprehensive list is a great start to the process & it should hopefully make the task a little easier (maybe even a little fun), enjoy! Click here to download & print As you can see it is packed full of goodies from Lilly Pulitzer & kate spade new york to items you can find at Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, Kmart, HomeGoods, etc. I love the “move in day essentials” which include a rubber mallet for pounding your bed together (or the futon you bought for your common room) as well as the tape measure & screw driver. I know that a few of the girls I spoke too … [Read more...]

8 Tips for Navigating Home Life as Newlyweds

The reception luncheon is over, all the wedding gifts are opened, and you and your spouse just got back from your two-week honeymoon on a tropical beach. Now is when the real adventure starts. The first year of marriage will be a challenge — you’ll have to find a way to blend differing expectations of house-related responsibilities — but it’ll also be a time to grow closer to your spouse as you build your home together. To give you a head start on making some happy memories, here are eight tips to help you manage the day-to-day dealings of home life as newlyweds. Decide what style you want your home to be Most newlyweds don’t have their home completely put together by the time they move in. Chances are, you’ll be adding new pieces of furniture over the next few months and years. … [Read more...]

Holiday Parties Made Easy and Yummy with King’s Hawaiian and Walmart

(Sponsored) This blog post was sponsored by KING’S HAWAIIAN® Holiday at Walmart but the opinions are all my own. Are you ready for the holidays? ‘Tis the season of festivities, and I can’t wait to plan a holiday party with friends and family. My first rule is to make sure that preparation and clean-up is simple and easy! I want to be able to enjoy the party and not worry about the food and mess. We usually invite families with a mixed age group, and, therefore, the menu has to be appetizing for everyone. To minimize the holiday stress, I rely on King’s Hawaiian and Walmart to help! The party planning begins with a quick trip to Walmart. My one stop go-to store for all my holiday needs! I grab a cart and get ready to conquer my holiday shopping list. The list is simple and … [Read more...]

How to Build an Entryway Kids Locker

Since school has started and all three of my children are going to be in school.  I knew that I needed a more dedicated area for their school things. I love this idea of them having a cubbie/locker just like at school. Perhaps the familiarity will inspire them to use it as intended. I have a place in each locker for their bag and a jacket to hang up, along with a pair or two of shoes at the bottom. If you need measurements, check out these plans for a kid's locker. Supplies to build these DIY Storage Lockers for your entryway: 2- 1" x 12" x 8' 1- 1" x 12" x 6' 1- 1" x 12" x 4" 2- 1" x 2" x 8' 1- 1" x 3" x 4' 1 sheet of 1/4" plywood, or similar. (mine was thinner, I couldn't find 1/4" plywood.) 2" Screws 2 inch Finishing Nails Circular Saw Drill Wood Glue, I … [Read more...]

7 Back-to-School Organization Ideas

Each year after the 4th of July we begin to see back-to-school supplies hit the shelves and sales galore. There's something about a box of crayons for a quarter that gets me to the store each week! {Surely, I'm not alone.} But, with back-to-school season arriving, the daunting task of keeping all of the important paperwork, homework and artwork organized. Not to mention the need for a family calendar so that everyone makes it to their extra-curricular activities on time. Today I've found 7 Back-to-School Organization Ideas that are sure to put you at the head of the class! Command Central - Never lose another permission slip or homework assignment with this command central station for schoolwork. Each day when your child comes home from school he/she can place his/her papers in … [Read more...]

Daily To-do Printable

I'm a List Maker.  I like making lists because I LOVE checking things off when I'm done.  I sometimes have running Daily, Weekly and Monthly lists scattered around my desk.  There is something very satisfying about being able to accomplish what you had written down.  Are you a List Maker as well?  Great!  I've made a fun daily to-do printable just for us List Makers. I created a daily to-do list printable with a few fun things.  First - the Doodle/Dream section!  Not only am I List Maker but I am a Doodler, too.  I thought it would be fun to have a little space to just relax and draw whatever came to mind.  At the top, you can date your to-do.  It can be a daily, weekly or monthly list - it's your choice!  Oh, and we can't forget our water!  I put little boxes to check off when we drink … [Read more...]