• Family, Kids, Pets,  Home Decor,  Kids,  Neat & Tidy,  Organization & Storage

    The Best Baby Gear For Small Spaces

    When our oldest was born, we did the normal things that every parent does. We planned, we registered, we had a baby shower. And we were so thankful for all of the stuff that we were gifted. With a 2,600 square ft. home, we had plenty for space for all of the things! But, you learn pretty quickly what you need and what you could have done without. I’m talking to you, wipes warmer! By the time #2 came around, we had moved into a home with only 1,560 square ft. and we thought we were pretty good at deciphering the best baby gear for small spaces.

    Best Baby Gear For Small Spaces

    Our current home is a whopping 1,300 square ft. (It seems we have a knack for downsizing!) We were able to create a nursery for our newest little guy (#3) in a converted closet and there really just isn’t a lot of space around the house for extra stuff. So we really had to minimize the baby gear this time around. Hopefully this list can help you out if you also are working with a small space!

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    Mini Crib

    In such a small nursery, we were really limited with the options we had. If we wanted to be able to walk into the room, we definitely needed to go with a mini crib. We chose the Dream On Me 4 in 1 Aden Convertible Mini Crib. It fits perfectly in the space and is as big as the average pack and play, so we know it will  work for him for awhile.

    White Mini Crib

     

    Rock ‘N Play

    The Rock ‘N Play was a life saver for us! Since our sweet babe had trouble with re-flux, we found that letting him sleep in the Rock ‘N Play really helped him out. Tired mamas love sleeping babies! Plus, the Rock ‘N Play folds up, so we could easily move it to another room for nap times or store it away in the small space next to his crib.

    Rock 'N Play Reflux Help

     

    Door Jumper

    When your square footage is limited, finding a spot for a baby activity center or  jumper is pretty much impossible. However, with a door jumper, we can hang it up when the little guy needs to burn some energy and tuck it tightly away in the closet when we are done.

    Baby Doorway Jumper Save Space

     

    Diaper Caddy

    We aren’t lucky enough to have room for a changing table and I honestly just don’t really think they are necessary. As long as you have a portable changing pad, you can change that baby on the bed, a couch, or even the floor. We keep ours in an awesome diaper caddy that also holds diapers, wipes, toys, etc. That way we can carry around from room to room.

    Diaper Caddy Nursery Storage

     

    Storage Ottoman

    We love these inexpensive little storage ottomans from Ikea for baby toys! They are so versatile in that they can hold pretty much anything you want hidden. Plus, they can serve as extra seating, a little side table, or just a spot to prop your feet up. And the covers are washable!!!

    Must Have Baby Registry Items

     

    Sleep Sheep

    Obviously there isn’t a lot of room for extras around here, but having a way to play white noise close by is a must. The Cloud B Sleep Sheep is awesome because it can be attached to the crib so it’s not taking up valuable space somewhere else. Plus, we can take it with us on the go!

    Sleep Sheep White Noise Machine

     

    Under Bed Storage

    Probably one of the best space saving things we did for this baby was to get a plastic under bed storage container. Thanks to the addition of a make-shift bed-skirt, we can keep extra blankets, sheets, and out of season clothes hidden.

    Underbed Storage Crib

     

    Things  We Don’t Have/Need

    • Baby Bathtub – Our home already has a bathtub. And a couple of sinks. Both of which work just fine for cleaning the baby.
    • Changing Table – With a portable changing pad, almost any flat surface with supervision can serve as a changing place.
    • Wipes Warmer – Unless you plan on providing a heated bidet for your little one in the future, room temperature wipes will do just fine.
    • Diaper Genie – Pretty much any trash can with a lid will keep in the stench.
    • Bassinet – It may be helpful for some, but was just something that would take up too much room for us.
    • Baby Swing/Bouncer – Our Rock ‘N Play definitely served as both of these.
    • Bottle Warmer – We bought one, used it for a week, and then sold it.

     

    If you are working with a small space or home, I hope that these ideas can help you out! Don’t forget to let me know in the comments if you have any other awesome space saving ideas for babies!

     

     

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  • Home Decor,  Neat & Tidy,  Organization & Storage

    Pretty & Practical Command Center

    You guys! I don’t know why it has taken me a year to get a command center set up in our home. Well, actually that is a lie. The reason is that I have been really non-committal on the location of such a thing. However, it has finally happened! Thank goodness! We are the proud owners of a Pretty & Practical Command Center.

    Pretty Functional Command Center

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    I kept thinking that a nice and big command center on the wall of the laundry room would be great because it is out of view of the main areas of our home. Plus, the hope was that we would see it every day as we went in and out of that room to do laundry or to go into the garage. I’m here to tell you that our garage is still packed full of junk that we need to either organize or get rid of, so I avoid it like the plague. And the laundry, well, I just hate doing it, so… this command center was relocated to our dining room. Which, by the way, is smack dab in the middle of our home.

    Command Center Supplies

    Requirements for this space were simple. We needed a calendar to keep track of our family’s busy schedules and a place to sort and store all of our paperwork/mail. Oh, and it needed to be clean and simple. I can totally appreciate command centers with chalkboards, pencil holders, pin boards, artwork, key hooks, and magnet boards. That just not my style though, folks. I like to keep things as uncomplicated as possible.

    When I’m trying to put together a gallery wall type scenario, I like to lay all of the pieces out on the floor for visual reference.

    This saves me time and I don’t usually end up having to put unneeded holes in the wall. (I know my husband appreciates that!)  You can see below that I have the calendar (originally from Hobby Lobby),  paper organizer (which we used in our previous home), and vintage clipboard.  I added the wood script word “hi” (also from Hobby Lobby) to balance the grouping.  Oh, and since I was working around the light switch, I just took it off of the wall to see how everything would fit.

    Lay Out Gallery Wall Pieces

    After I was happy with the spacing, I used my trusty Ryobi Laser Level to square things up on the wall.  This was a Christmas present from my parents and it has been such a wonderful tool to use!  I made my marks and hung up the paper organizer.

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    For the clipboard and wood script word, I used Command strips. These seemed like the easiest way to hang up these lightweight items. (Bonus: No Extra Holes in the Wall!)

    Command Strips

    I also loved these metal label holders that I found and decided to add them to the front of the paper sorters. A little super glue later and they stuck like gum to hair. You know you how hard that is to remove!

    Metal Label Holders

    I’m so excited to get the paper clutter and bills off of our countertops!

    Command Center Organization

    Oh, and I wanted to clarify the clipboard. I love clipboards because they can be so multi-functional. No, really! Use it  to hang up some fun free art prints (this one is from Magnolia Market Blog.) Or paint it with chalkboard paint and write a list right on it. You can even use the clip to hold extra pens, pencils, or chalk. I plan on eventually printing out our weekly schedule of activities that remain the same from week to week.

    Magnolia Market Printable

    It may be a bit late in the post for this, but I should mention that I actually hate the term “command center.” It sounds so militant. However, that is what these little areas where we organize the chaos of our lives are called, so I’m reluctantly embracing it. Doesn’t it look pretty good?

    How To Create A Pretty Practical Command Center

  • Neat & Tidy,  Organization & Storage,  Printables

    2017 Calendar and Planners

    It’s here!!! I’ve had so many requests from friends and readers for the newest version of my annual calendar/planners and I’m here to deliver. Apparently, a lot of you enjoy planning out your life at least a little in advance. (Like me!) And this 2017 calendar and planner are, of course, free for you to download!

    2017 Calendar and Planners

    Most of the design for this coming year has stayed the same, although there are a few tweaks to the cover.  If you can’t read the writing on this small photo of the cover page, it says “Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.” A little motivational quote never hurt anyone, right?

    Scroll Printable Calendar Months

    Obviously, the calendar is pretty straight forward. I choose to stay with the vertical format and updated all of the dates.

    PLANNERS

    I’m also including my favorite planners in this bundle.  The weekly planner is great for jotting down all of the specific activities going on during your week on an hour by hour basis. It’s perfect for meetings, lessons, practices, etc.

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    Monthly Weekly Calendar Planners

    Black & White Striped Pen

    I love using a bill pay checklist! It makes remembering which bills have been taken care of very easy, especially when we pay so many of our utilities and such online.

    Bill Pay Checklist Payment Record

    I also find that I end up saving money at the grocery store when I plan out all of our meals for the week. I plan everything out on the menu, then can add individual ingredients and items to the shopping list.

    Shopping Grocery List Menu Planner

    Perfectly Fragrant Rosemary Plant

    If you are looking for a way to get your life more organized in 2017, this is a great way to start! Simply click the link below to download.

    Download the Free 2017 Calendar/Planners!

    All of my printables are currently FREE for download for personal use only. However, this is subject to change in the future, so snag them at no cost while you still can! (View Terms of Use.)

    2017 Calendar Planners

    I like that this style of calendar is versatile. It can be put inside of a binder or hung straight on a bulletin board. I even added a pretty front cover page to make gifting this freebie a breeze! Wrap the set up with some pretty ribbon or send it off to be printed and bound.

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    Psst… I’ve been working hard on a new printables gallery with lots of free goodies for you! I’m hoping to have it up and running in the next month, so check back soon!

  • Family, Kids, Pets,  Home Decor,  Organization & Storage,  Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    Tween Bedroom Makeover Details and Sources

    You guys! I must apologize. In the final reveal post, I said that I would share all of the Tween Bedroom Makeover Details and Sources with you last week. Oops! Over a week has passed and I’m just now getting around to finishing up this post. Part of it was probably laziness and the other part was burn out. I hear that completely overhauling a room in just 6 weeks can do that to a person. *wink* However, I’m ready to jump back in and tell you all about it.

    One Room Challenge Tween Bedroom Reveal

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    To see all of the before photos, mood board, and all of the final photos of this space, click here!

    As I already mentioned, this room was completely renovated. After some major gutting of the old carpets, we added new floors (peel and stick faux wood) and painted the walls (Benjamin Moore Gray Owl in Satin @ 50% ), trim, and doors (Behr Pure White in Semigloss).

    Tween Bedroom White Door Hanger

    Over Door Hooks | Door Handle | Thermostat

    We also replaced all of the electrical outlets, switches/plates, and the ugly almond thermostat.

    Aren’t these printable art pieces perfect?  Guess what!?  They were all free!

    Tween Bedroom Printable Gold Pink Art

    Have Courage Be Kind | Glitter Initial | Don’t Quit Your Daydream | Frame

    Since this room was craving some storage, we added large white boxes in the closet to help corral clutter and collections.

    Tween Bedroom Closet Organization

    White Storage Boxes

    This pretty dress form is now a display area for new and vintage necklaces. Our creative girl also likes fashion and design, so her fabrics and sewing machine are just behind the doors of the closet. When inspiration hits, she can remove the necklaces and pin up a new outfit .

    Tween Bedroom Neutral Dressform

    Dress Form | Blinds

    Finding a tufted headboard that our daughter liked and also fit our budget was a bit of a challenge. It seemed that every place we looked was out of stock of this particular one. However, after a little waiting, we were able to score this puppy and it looks so beautiful in this space.

    Tween Bedroom Twin Bed and Nightstand

    Headboard

    Aren’t these Morrocan mirrors cute? We snagged them for just $16 from Marshalls. The scale is a little off for my liking, but my daughter loved the shape and they just happened to go with the room.

    Tween Bedroom Bed

    The nightstand was a last minute idea. My hubby built this one from scratch, using building plans from Anna White. A drawer and a few pretty boxes below add more storage to this small room.

    Tween Bedroom Nightstand and Storage

    Drawer Knob | Pink Storage Box | Floral Storage Box 

    The gray and white clover pattern bedding was our first purchase for the room and one that we are so happy with. The duvet cover is reversible (gray on white) and adds some nice pattern in here.

    Tween Bedroom Beige Gray White Pink

    Duvet & Sham | Pink Pillow

    By looking at this room, you probably wouldn’t guess that our daughter’s favorite color is purple. What? That’s right. The girl loves all things lavender. However, when looking for inspiration, she kept coming back to rooms that featured touches of pink and ultimately decided she liked the warmth and softness of a light pink color vs. purple.

    Tween Bedroom Nightstand Acessories

    Lamp – Passed On From Family | Pink Flameless Candle | Notepad

    One item I haven’t talked about yet is this plush, cream, shag carpet we picked out. Since the new floors are pretty dark, we wanted to brighten the area with a soft rug. This fluffy option is perfect for stepping onto right out of bed in the morning. Or practicing splits and stretches.  Whatever you may fancy.

    Tween Bedroom Cream Shag Carpet

    Area Rug

    And if you’ve been following along, you may remember chandelier-gate 2016. (OK, it wasn’t really a scandal.) This pretty little number gave us a few installation problems, but luckily we worked them out.

    Tween Bedroom Chandelier Crystals

    Chandelier | Ceiling Medallion

    I already shared the details of how we built this “dresker” using two small chests of drawers. It is such a functional piece of furniture in this room since it doubles as both a dresser and a desk.

    Tween Bedroom Desk/Dresser

    3 Drawer Chest | Drawer Pulls | Chair | Faux Sheepskin | Waste Can

    The swivel chair and faux sheepskin were a few last minute requests from our daughter…

    Tween Bedroom Pink White Acessories

    Pink Frame | Deer Print | Lamp | Plant & Pot

    Along with some of these pretty accessories.

    Tween Bedroom Desk Accessories

    Jewelry Tree | Flowers | Pencil Holder

    We wanted a place for the little miss to display photos and important reminders, so I whipped up this easy pinboard with an old corkboard, some dropcloth, baker’s twine, and upholstery tacks.

    Tween Bedroom Dresker

    White Chromebook | Pom Pom Stickers

    Wowza! I think that covers all of the tween bedroom makeover details and sources. We are so happy with how this room turned out and it is currently our favorite space in the house. Now we need to get working on some other rooms! Hmmm… I wonder which one will be next?