Diaper Bag Organization with Thirty One

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I’m excited to share how I organize my diaper bag. I can’t get away with being unorganized in this area because I have a two year old and a six month old!

I use Thirty One’s organizing pack. This messenger style back pack has been a lifesaver for our family. It’s not an overly girly print, so my husband will carry it too. The best thing about this bag is the compartments!

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Each compartment gets its own contents. On the top left, you’ll see my son’s diapers and the wipes. On the top right, I keep my daughter’s extra bibs, burp cloths, and outfits. Below those, you’ll see her diapers. Below that, we keep plenty of snacks for my little guy and some small toys too. On the bottom left we have Boogie Wipes (a must-have for toddlers), diaper cream, and extra pacifiers and clips.

The bag unzips in the front which wonderful because you can easily get to whatever you need. It’s all in view!

It will remain useful when we no longer need a diaper bag as well. The compartments are attached with Velcro and come out easily. The bag also unzips on the top too so it can be used for other purposes down the line.

To learn more about this product and other great Thirty One products that can help you organize your life and home, visit my Thirty One web page here!

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Handmade Anniversary Gift

Today is my sixth wedding anniversary. This year I decided to make my husband a gift, something to add to our home decor. Here’s what I made!

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It was so easy! I purchased an 8×10 photo frame from Michael’s, teal scrapbook paper, heart shaped paper brads, and the most amazing crafting tool that ever existed! Did you know Fiskars makes shape punches? I got the large heart, but they have a whole variety of shapes. I was so excited to find one because I was dreading having to try to trace and cut out six identical hearts. You can find them here.

I decided on the six locations I wanted to include and simply printed out a google map for each. I cut them into hearts using the Fiskars heart punch. I inserted a heart shaped brad over Google’s little map pin because it’s much cuter!

Then in Microsoft Word I typed up the description for each; where we met, where we wed, honeymoon, first home, where our lives were born, and where we’ll spend forever.

After everything was cut I measured and marked the paper so the hearts would be evenly spaced. I used scotch tape to attach the map hearts and descriptions, but you could use craft glue.

Finally, I reassembled the frame and there you have it, a meaningful, handmade anniversary gift for your love.

An Easy Fourth of July Wreath

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It was about time to take down my son’s birthday celebration wreath and replace it with something patriotic to celebrate the Fourth of July. Last night, two of my girlfriends came over and we made these easy Fourth of July wreaths, and enjoyed some drinks and appetizers of course.

All you need to make this wreath is a foam wreath form, red, white, and blue yarn, white buttons, ribbon to hang it with, and a hot glue gun; all of which can be purchased at your local craft store.

This was the first time I used one of the wreath forms with the squared edges and I really like how it turned out! Before I began, I used a Sharpie to mark one quarter of the wreath and then thirteen smaller sections for the stripes.

This wreath is as simple as wrapping yarn around the form. In order to obtain the look of our country’s flag, the upper left quarter is blue and then the other sections are alternating red and white to represent the stripes. I decided to go for more of a navy blue and a darker red to get a more rustic look.

Once the wreath form was wrapped with yarn, I placed the buttons where I wanted them first then began to glue them on using my hot glue gun. As true to life as I tried to keep the rest of the wreath, there was no way I was fitting fifty buttons on here to represent the fifty stars!

I chose a sheer, silver, glittery ribbon to hang the wreath with. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I don’t use a traditional wreath hanger, rather an upside-down command hook on the inside of my front door.

I love the finished look and it was so easy to do! It’s similar to my St. Patrick’s Day wreath with the stripes, and it’s already gotten me thinking ahead to Christmas. I’m thinking I’ll do something similar with red and white stripes and maybe some felt rosettes.

Crockpot Pumpkin and Crab Soup

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What you have here folks are the ingredients for the most delicious crockpot soup I’ve made to date; crockpot pumpkin and crab soup. The name is a bit misleading because its not as simple as dumping everything in the crockpot. There’s some stove top cooking that needs to be done first like sautéing and simmering, but nothing that would stop me from making it again. I found the recipe on Pinterest and you can get it here.

With anything new, I was mentally prepared to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for my two year old when he refused to eat it, but he lapped it right up. It was absolutely delicious and had the most amazing flavor. Best of all, it was dairy free!

Give it a try, you won’t regret it!

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Organize It! Under the Kitchen Sink

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The space under the kitchen sink can be just as bad as the Tupperware cabinet. Often times things are blindly thrown in until you have bottles and rags strewn all over the place. I knew I wanted to get a handle on this area in our kitchen.

The first thing you’ll notice is the tension rod my husband put under the sink. This is a great help because it clears up floor space by hanging
your bottled cleaners here.

The basket on the right holds all of the cleaners that can’t hang. The middle basket holds all or our cloths. The basket in the left holds all of the dish washing supplies.

The trash bags and dishwasher tablets are behind the baskets, but still easily within reach.

If there’s one thing you can do under your kitchen sink to help wrangle the mess, a tension rod is an easy option!

Now for more ideas on home organization, head over to A Bowl Full of Lemons and click on the Organize It! link party. Happy organizing!

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Tuesday Morning Link Party at A Bowl Full of Lemons

Head over to see all of the awesome projects over at Toni’s blog and be sure to checkout the link for my birthday balloon wreath!

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Someone’s Turning Two!

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I can hardly believe it’s been two years! My little guy will soon turn two so I created a wreath to celebrate. This is a variation of the wreath I made for my previous giveaway.

It’s so easy to make! I bought a foam wreath form and simply pinned balloons to cover the front of the form. There are approximately one hundred balloons attached with straight pins. I think I bought out the balloons at Michael’s when I purchased them to make both wreaths!

I bought a wooden number two and used two coats of Krylon’s Indoor/Outdoor spray paint in Catalina Mist. The color is a beautiful mint green that I have big plans for on other projects as well because I liked it so much. I then applied two coats of a glitter paint to add some sparkle to the number. I used a plain white ribbon to hang it with and also to hang the number from. I just added a downward loop in the middle of the wreath and screwed a brass hook into the top of the number.

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I don’t use a wreath hanger to hang my wreaths because I don’t like how they look, so I use a Command Hook trick. The hook is hanging upside down pointing downward on the inside of my front door and I tie the ribbon and anchor it under the hook.

Now off to take care of other preparations for my little guys party!