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Pom Pom Planters

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Whip up these cute little pom pom planters just in time for Mother's Day and Teacher Appreciation week!  I needed a quick and easy gift and wanted to use up some craft supplies I already had on hand. I love anything with succulents and pom poms, so this is what I came up with!

All you need is a terra cotta pot, some pom poms and super glue. I opted for Super glue because I felt like hot glue would leave a big visible glob and the super glue is more inconspicuous. But hot glue would work too.


Give your pot a coat of paint if desired. I used some chalk paint and sanded around the edges for a more weathered look.


Super glue those little poms on and you are done! I love just plain white, but different colors could look cool too!



For the stripe, just use painters tape and then peel it off while the paint is still wet.  I'm planning on putting a little message on some craft paper, gluing it on a toothpick and sticking it in the plant to finish it off!





An Honest Review of TWICE

Tuesday, April 28, 2015



You guys know that I'm all about thrifting. Most of my clothes these days have come either from a thrift store or the Target clearance rack. However, attempting to thrift with kids is a NIGHTMARE. You have to be willing to sort through racks and take your time which is absolutely not kid friendly. When I heard about Twice, I was so intrigued. It's like an online upscale thrift store. It sounded too good to be true.

I want to note, that this is not a sponsored post, I just wanted to honestly be your guinea pig and try out Twice for myself and see if it was worth it then share my opinion. The cool thing about Twice is that you can sell them your own clothing and then get either cash or store credit. You get more if you choose store credit. So, I decided to go through my closet and find some things to sell.

Twice only takes certain brands and everything must be 5 years old or less. I also learned that your clothing needs to be in brand new condition for them to buy them from you. I came up with these things. They are Gap, LOFT, J. Crew and Banana Republic. Everything I sold was originally stuff I  bought at thrift stores. And here is a tip: to find out how old something is, look at the tiny tag that is usually inside the side seam. It will have a code that says what year or season it is from.

I requested a selling kit and Twice sent me clear instructions and a bag with paid postage to send everything off. I was impressed by how fast it came and also that it was free for me to ship my stuff.

About a week later, I received an email telling me what they accepted and how much they would pay me for my things. This where I realized that your clothing needs to be basically brand new. They told me some of my things were worn or stained (I didn't see any stains, but maybe I wasn't looking hard enough). Even though they only "bought" 4 of my items, I went ahead and accepted their offer. I think they donate the rest. I made about $24 in store credit and took it!


Now it was time to shop with my store credit! I also found a 50% off coupon code and received another $10 in store credit for it being my first time selling stuff. So, with all that I was able to buy 5 really high quality items for only $2 out of pocket!!

Here is how the package looked when it came the other day:


You would NEVER guess that these things are second hand.  I was very impressed with the quality of Twice. Everything had a tag, was clean and packaged beautifully. All the items were brand new condition.




Item #1: Gray tank top from Nordstrom (Brand is Pleione). Retail Value: $33.60.

Loved it. A little out of my comfort zone with the animal print, but it's really cute and I love the zipper detail on the pocket.




Item #2: Gray T-Shirt with Leather detail from Nordstrom. Retail Value: $44.80

I loved this as well. It is maybe the softest shirt I own and I can tell it's very high quality. I loved the leather details, very different and makes it a little dressier than a normal tee.



Item #3: Yellow shirt with white beading from Banana Republic. Retail Value: $46.39

I also loved this. The color is super bright yellow, but I love yellow so that's not a problem for me. The beading on the collar is really different and would make this shirt a great choice if I needed something dressy.



Item #4: 100% Linen tank from J.Crew. New with original tags still on it. Retail Value: $65.79

This was probably the biggest steal. It still has the original J.Crew tags still on. I love how it fits and can't believe I scored this brand new 100% linen top for pretty much free! It looks red in the photo, but is actually a bright orange and white stripe.



Item #5: Gap polka dot top. Retail Value: $35.20

I liked this top, it was probably my least favorite out of the group. I will keep it and wear it, but it's just a little blah. Still great quality though!


All in all, I really loved my experience with Twice. I was extremely impressed with the quality of products and service. I LOVE the idea of it too. The website is really user friendly and easy to navigate and search for specific brands and sizes. HOWEVER, I do think that if you were to go on the website without any store credit or coupon codes, it would be overpriced. Most of the items I got were between $10 - $16 on the website. While this is a great discount compared to what these items retail for, it wouldn't be worth it for me. BUT, there are lots of coupon codes out there and if you sell stuff and get store credit, I think it's totally worth it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone and I am 100% sure I will purchasing things from Twice again. I can't wait to look for my closet and purge a few more things to send off and get some more store credit.

If you are interested, you can click on my Twice referral link and get $10 store credit as well as another $10 credit if you sell something!

Happy shopping!

Toothbrush Timers

Monday, April 27, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NaturalGoodness #CollectiveBias



When I had the opportunity to write up a post with Tom's of Maine, I jumped at the chance because girls love their toothpaste. It's the only toothpaste that they have used and they don't like anything else!  It's also the perfect throwback to this amazing video that my husband created a few years ago (before our kitchen remodel..yikes!) where he raps about our favorite toothpaste brand:







I love Tom's products because I trust the ingredients that they use. I love that you can find such a high quality natural brand at main stream stores like Walmart. I picked up a few extra flavors that we have never tried (the girls' favorite is Silly Strawberry).



I also grabbed Antiplaque & Whitening Peppermint Fluoride Free Toothpaste, Whole Care® Peppermint and Spearmint Fluoride Toothpaste, and Unisex Long Lasting Apricot Deodorant ( I have never tried the deodorant and thought I would give it a shot!)


To celebrate earth month with our earth friendly toothpaste, I made some tiny toothbrush timers (say that 10 times fast) to encourage my girls to brush for a full 2 minutes. They turned out so cute and the girls love them!



Here's what you will need:


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Tiny Bathroom Makeover On A Budget

Monday, April 20, 2015

A few weeks ago, I shared our bathroom remodel saga. It took what seemed like forever for all the final details to come together, but I think we are finished (besides one more coat on the ceiling trim). I'm so excited to share the final bathroom reveal!


Just for a refresher, here is what the bathroom looked like before:

And here it is now!!



It's quite the difference! This bathroom is TINY so, it's very hard to take photos. I tried my hardest to get every angle. We saved a ton of money by gutting the entire bathroom and doing everything ourselves.


We chose to do white subway tile with a gray grout for the shower and I love it. It's so classic, clean and modern. So far it hasn't been too hard to clean which was my only hesitation with floor to ceiling subway tile.


To save some money, I found a corner shelving unit on a tension rod for $20 at Tuesday Morning. It serves it's purpose and was way cheaper than installing tile shelves. It can also be moved around which is great.



For decor, I used a floating shelf that I have had for years that I wasn't currently using. I painted the little succulent watercolor painting (you may have seen me share it on Instagram) and I put it in a frame I already had that I just painted white. The little vase was a thrift store find with a few faux succulents that I already had and the chalkboard jar was from Michaels on clearance for only about $2!


We installed white bead board and trim behind the toilet instead of doing tile. It would have been more work and money and since it's such a small space, it didn't seem worth it. There was tile there previously, so we had to do something to cover up the damaged wall after removing the tile. I got the basket from a thrift store and put extra towels in it.



I decided to hang these "R" and "M" letters. I found these at an estate sale, they are vintage metal sign letters and I never had a spot for them.


I'm so happy with my bathroom and I feel like I'm in a spa every time I take a shower. We also got new towels since our old ones were 10 years old and literally had holes in them. I waited and checked sales for a few weeks before scoring these Nate Berkus ones at Target. I decided to get white since they will always go with anything and I LOVE them.

So, here are my budget bathroom tips:

1. Do as much as you can yourself. This is a no brainer, but it's SO expensive to hire people to do anything. We found out that so many things are really not that hard and YouTube has so many video tutorial for anything.

2.  Cut corners when you can.  Some things are worth the investment, but others really just aren't We decided to cut corners by using bead board instead of tile and opting for cheaper white tile instead of something fancier that might go out of style. However, we did opt for a little nicer shower head and took the extra time to convert the plumbing to go to one handle. And we splurged on nicer quality towels.

3. Shop your own home.  For most of the decor, I used things that I already had on hand. I do this for most spaces I'm redoing or rearranging in my house. Shop your stuff first before buying something. Sometimes just putting an item in a different room gives it new life!

4. Have Patience.  This is key to saving money in general. Have patience and look at all the sales and deals before making a decision. This goes for buying new shoes or a car, but also remodeling projects.


Now to start thinking about our other bathroom!

Dollar Store Closet Makeover

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Does everyone have one scary closet or drawer in their home? The one that you just throw everything and pray that guests don't open the door? Well, I have a few of these places but our hallway closet was by far the worst. It started out somewhat organized and then slowly became a dumping ground over time. I decided to hit up the Dollar Tree and give the closet a makeover for as inexpensively as possible.  Now I get so happy when I open those doors!



Brace yourselves, because this is what our closet had become. It's bad:


I went to Dollar Tree (this post is NOT sponsored by the way, I just love that place!) and I grabbed as many organizers that I could find. I decided to go with all the same color to keep things looking as neat as possible. When using cheapo plastic containers, using the same color makes things look a little more upscale and pulled together.  I also used some leftover white paint and painted over all of that dark wood. This was one of the last places in our home where the dark wood still existed. Our home was literally floor to ceiling dark wood when we moved in 6 years ago.


I also picked up these cute chalkboard labels at Dollar Tree! I used a chalk pen from the Target dollar spot and labeled each container. This is key (for me) in keeping things organized. I tend to just start throwing things places when I don't have a specific spot for them.


Now everything has a place and container.


And the white paint just makes it look clean and pulled together!


This entire closet makeover was less than $20!! Amazing! And just because everyone loves a good before and after shot...



Have you used the Dollar Tree for organization? Be sure to check out my top Dollar Tree finds here!


DIY Velcro Chore Charts

Monday, April 13, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PalmoliveMultiSurface #CollectiveBias 




 Now that warmer days are upon us, the itch to do some spring cleaning is real.  I am always looking for ways to get my girls involved in cleaning. I know we've slacked off on having some regular chores so I decided to revamp our cleaning job system and came up with a super easy DIY chore chart! I hung the charts to create a little chore command center for the girls.


 These charts are really so simple to make and I love them because it's easy for even a toddler to remove the chore tags and move them over to the "done" column.




I also discovered a great new product from Palmolive® (Palmolive® Multi Surface) that makes cleaning so easy for kids because it's one product that cleans multiple surfaces. But first, here's how I made the chore charts!


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Four Ingredient Ice Cream Pie

Friday, April 10, 2015

We celebrated sweet Pearl Violet's 2nd birthday this week. This girl LOVES ice cream. She gets so angry when she has to share ice cream with mommy or one of her sisters. It's pretty funny. So, I knew that I wanted to make something with ice cream for her cake. I've been making different versions of this ice cream pie for years and tweaked it this time for a super yummy birthday treat. It's the world's easiest recipe!


When Pearl spotted her pie, she immediately started saying "ice cream! ice cream!" and there was no stopping her until we sang "Happy Birthday" and gave her a piece.






And she loved it of course! I can't believe she is 2 and I no longer have a baby in the house.


Here's how I made the world's easiest ice cream pie:


All you need is some: Cool Whip, ice cream, oreos and butter. If you want to make it even easier, buy a ready made oreo crust. I decided to get fancy and make my own. Also, you can choose any flavor of ice cream. I have made this with vanilla, mint chocolate chip coffee, peanut butter etc. But I chose strawberry this time around and it was so yummy.

 Let the ice cream sit out for about 15 minutes. Then, use a mixer to beat it so that it is smooth and creamy.

For the crust, crush about 11 oreos. Then mix the crushed oreos with 4 Tablespoons of melted butter. Press this into the bottom of a pie plate. Line the sides of the pie plate with whole oreos.



Pour the ice cream on top of the crust followed with a layer of cool whip. Freeze for about 6 hours and serve! I recommend letting the pie sit out for about 15 minutes before cutting into it.

It never fails to be a crowd pleaser!

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