DIY Personalized Notebook

You guys know how I feel about a good monogram or personalized piece. Naturally forcing that onto my kids with today’s SUPER easy DIY. DIY NotebookYou just need these stickers and your favorite notebook. I love these ones because they have no branding or writing on them anywhere and they wipe off which is cool! Notebooks get so grubby but I think these will hold up a bit better.DIY NotebookAlso for the record I brainstormed a short song lyric for this DIY for hours.  I could NOT think of one that was short enough and not cheesy. Sit Down Be Humble (Kendrick Lamar, stuck in my head of months and more swears than non-swears) was one of the first ideas I had, but just know I would never let my kids listen to it.;) Also these Yoobi Notebooks are killing me and ALL their Back-to-school goods are 20% off right now with BTS2017. On top of which they donate to schools in need in the U.S. BLACK + WHITE STAR // GALAXYDIY Notebook Let’s just take the meaning of this phrase literally for a classroom. Stay in your seat and don’t talk back, kids! DIY Notebook


A BUNCH of lunch packing ideas! // Jenna’s Whole Foods Lunch Ideas // Morning Routine Printable // Make your Own Pencil Pouch

budget home: urban outfitters

Happy Fryday everyone! Next up in this Budget Home series is Urban Outfitters! Urban shines, for me, in it’s art and wall decor and also its smaller furniture pieces. Art in the home is what makes it YOURS and gives it life. It’s what takes something from a showroom or catalog feel to personal and lived in, and something worth talking about! I like decorating with a little humor and try not to take it so seriously and UO has that on lock. I know UO comes across SUPER boho and layered and even messy at times, but I think when used in doses it adds so much character. One of my favorite old Home Tours cites Urban Outfitters products throughout the whole house and I think when you check it out you’ll see it’s done just right!

Also a mother perk, if you have a small space UO is for you. Their scale seems to be tailored for smaller spaces and they do it so well!Budget Home: Urban Outfitters

Here’s my favorite pieces currently. All so affordable and on trend. I also love that Urban Started offering framed art which makes it SO much easier. They carry all the best finishes and then you can also buy frames separately in walnut, black and white, too! I can’t believe what people are charging for framing these days, so these are great affordable options in the finishes you want!

favorite organization tips

School starts for us in three short weeks and I’ve started to crave that routine and schedule that having kids in school can bring! It will just be me and Raleigh each morning and he sleeps most of it so I can almost taste the productivity. Like an airplane oxygen mask, I can’t get my kids organized unless I am, so I wanted to share my favorite organizational tips and gear to help make it possible. While we’re at it here is some serious organization inspo from around the web.

Organization InspoTHE HOME EDIT

HOME: I am a firm believer that everything should have a place. This makes clean up harder than say chucking whatever is on the ground into a bin and pushing that bin into a closet (sounds amazing!) But tell myself knowing where stuff is saves me time and money overall, and I can find it quickly. I did this last year while I was pregnant and I went through every room and drawer and cupboard in my house one day at a time. I picked a spot for that day and decided what types of containers I’d need. Got rid of junk and I felt lighter than air afterward. Totally worth the time!

Organization Inspo


This is more a time and hassle saver, but Self Watering Pots from here on out. No need to feel bad I can’t remember to water. There are so many beautiful options now, you don’t even have to sacrifice style! // This past year I’ve found Amazon’s Echo “Alexa” so helpful for making my lists, timers, alarms, holding my spot for Audible and answering questions without pulling out my phone and falling down the rabbit hole. The less I use my phone the better for all! This is more of a sanity thing but when I feel myself in a down mood or getting triggered left and right. Irritable, quick to snap, I just tell her to turn on some music and start dancing around. It instantly brightens my mood and all the kids join in. Its such a quick reset for the day. Not that you can’t do it with other devices but that voice control option has been the difference for me! // Organization Inspo


Feeling like you’re running out of space? Sick of digging through cupboards for things you use every day? Over the door everything. The backsides of doors are wildly underused. Hang hats, your soap and sponges, hot hair tools (Raleigh loves to tug on cords and this keeps them secure) your ironing board (I’m so done unfolding that dang table!) And these are so pretty no matter where they’re stuck. Add them to your mudroom lockers, next to your computer desk, wherever your mail usually gets dropped. A great renter’s option as you can remove easily with no holes.Organization Inspo


I moved everyone except my shoes to the garage and it has made a world of difference. Russ nailed in some 2x4s and these organizers hang right over just like they would on a door! Since I can remember to bring mine all the way to my room, I get to be the exception. Ha. No shoes have any reason to cross the threshold and it has kept my house cleaner and the floors less cluttered. It makes getting out the door quicker because it’s all right there. // I also clean on zone schedule. I wrote about it here! And I do laundry by person or type (towels, linens) and you can find that info here.Organization Inspo


WORK: Google Calendar for long term planning and then weekly pads like this for right in front of my face (keyboard.) I’ve missed far too many deadlines because I wasn’t looking for them! // Genius Scan for getting documents singed and returned. // My bank has mobile deposits which has saved me an incredible amount of time. Maybe that seems stupid but if you don’t use it look into your bank’s options and never drive through that line again! // Package return…FIND A PLACE that takes all mail carrier returns. Local Print stores usually have package drop off and then you can leave USPS, UPS and FedEx all alt once without stopping to their drop-off points.

Organization Inspo

THE CREATIVITY EXCHANGE (they print labels for you!)

A planner that fits your needs is a must. I cycle through them like tissues (see my colleciton on Insta Story it’s embarrassing.) and so I was so excited to pledge with Golden Coil – get on the computer and order the EXACT planner pages for your needs. Meal planning, goal setting, planning by the hour. You can import your calendar dates and have them printed along with your addresses. Watch their Kickstarter to see it in action, they show it so much more beautifully than I can express! Pledge and get a planner for cheap!871c3648a9e16cdb3667242494ea55da_original


starting with soil

Did you know Whole Foods has a non profit organization called Whole Kids Foundation? Their mission is to help kids eat better and enjoy it! Like so many things in life, we fear what we don’t know or understand. And if you’ve seen my Cal stare down a forkful of broccoli, fear is exactly what he’s feeling. Ha! I love that they created this app “Starting With Soil” to help educate us all on growing our own food. They also have a Book Club that lists great books, activities, vocabulary and more to further you’re education opportunties. See more on their site here!Whole Kids Foundation - Whole Foods MarketYou all know from my post yesterday that we are wannabe farmers (are their consultants for this? You’re hired!) so we are already learning all we can. I went through the app with them yesterday and learned so much right along with them! You can download the free app in the App Store! It was super cool to see how symbiotic soil, plants and animals are together.Whole Kids Foundation - Whole Foods Market Since we’ve been in the townhouse we have missed our garden tremendously. My kids walking to the backyard to fill up on blackberries, grabbing peppers, tomatoes and jalapeños for an easy fajita dinner. We have a really pretty planter (self watering!) on our balcony that has been growing herbs for us, which is great consolation. Whole Kids was so nice to send us this Organic Garden kit and we got right to work. Hayes has been taking watering and sunning the pots very seriously and talking about all the different layers of soil and different bacteria that might be in their!Whole Kids Foundation - Whole Foods MarketIf you’re looking for a new free app check it out!

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