Hair Bow And Headband Storage For Girls (And Discount Codes For Our Favorite Bow Subscription Boxes)

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Now that I’m a girl mom I can finally buy all the adorable girly accessories I’ve always wanted to. The problem I ran into was: how am I going to store all these baby girl bows?! We live in a tiny place and Emma just has a makeshift nursery so I am limited on options. I searched Pinterest and found some cute ideas but couldn’t find exactly what I wanted so I went on Amazon to search for wall racks. I came upon something that looked like it would be perfect. Technically it’s a rack for embroidery thread spools but it works great for headbands. I bought the 120 spool rack since it was just a few dollars more than the 60 spool rack holder. I liked that it could be set on a shelf or hung on the wall.

Originally I was going to set it on the changing table I never used but then decided it would work better hanging up so I got two cheap hooks to hang it. I covered the hooks with giant cheerleading bows that I had leftover from a project I did a couple years ago. I’ll probably change them out to pink ones when I can but for now it works because baseball season has just started.

I hung all of Emma’s bows by color so they were easier to find when I was trying to put outfits together. I put all the bows with designs on the top rows. There’s still a lot of empty pegs and, if needed, more than one headband could fit on most of the pegs. This rack could probably hold 200+ headbands but I can’t imagine she will ever have that many!

After thinking about it, I decided not to hang my bows that were on nylon because they would be hard to see amidst all the headwraps and larger bows. I decided instead to use cute pink polka dot drawer organizers that I had orginally bought for Emma’s shoes to hold my nylon bows and my smaller bows on clips. They came as a pack of two and each organizer has 16 sections. I put plain bows in one (sorted by color) and bows with designs (sorted by theme) in the other.

I also have matching pigtail bows hanging from a hair bow holder that I had originally bought to keep all my bows on (long before I realized she would have way more than this would fit since I decided bows were a baby girl must-have.) I had this holder hanging in her armoire but now it hangs off the side of the Munchkin nursery cart we have that holds all her sleepers and blankets.

I can’t wait to put her hair in pigtails but that’s about as fancy as my hairstyling skills are….gotta work on that! She’s only a few months old though so I guess I have time :)

Here’s what her hair bow area looks like now (don’t mind the green wall…painting it has been on the to-do list since we moved in!)

The only other thing I want to add is a vinyl saying above her bows. Something like: “cute from head to toe”. Then when she gets older I’ll probably add some mason jars for hair ties, brushes, etc.

Are you looking for hair bows for your little girl? Here are my favorites I’ve found:

Hope this bow storage idea and bow subscription box information was helpful! I’d love to see how you organize your bows and see your little ones in their cute hair bows :) Chat with me on social! Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Tips For Putting Together A Homework Caddy

Raise your hand if you are ready for back to school season. No? I’m not ready either but I figured I better start because, as I shared a few days ago, my boys’ first day of school is just about a month away. There is so much to do but at least I’ve gotten one thing crossed off my list- I’ve made a homework caddy that will make homework time easier for my kids! I wanted to share some tips on how to put one together and what elements you’ll want to include.

Make it portable

We have a small child sized table where the boys normally do homework but sometimes they need to do homework somewhere else. When mom or dad needs to help with an assignment or they are working on an art or building project that can’t be disturbed homework ends up being done on the kitchen table. Because of this, having a portable homework caddy is essential because they can carry it wherever they are working on homework that day.

Keep it organized

Keeping school supplies organized is the best part about making a homework caddy. I recommend using something with dividers already in it so kids can see where things go. The supplies will hopefully stay sorted a little longer that way!

Include all the supplies your children need to complete their homework

Including all of the necessary supplies is important. For children in elementary school this usually just means pencils, coloring tools of some kind, glue and scissors. As children get older they may need rulers, graphing calculators, highlighters and more. Having all of the supplies in the caddy means that your children can easily complete their homework assignments.

Make it easy to find a sharpened pencil

I’d say about half of homework time last year seemed to be the boys going through all of the pencils to find a sharpened one. Make it simple by pre-sharpening all of the pencils, or better yet just buy them pre-sharpened and save yourself some time! I also like buying all of the same kind of pencil so the boys aren’t fighting over that one favorite character pencil ;)

Keep a snack handy

My children start on homework while having a snack so it only made sense to stock their homework caddy with one of their favorites- Goldfish® crackers. I love these individual serving sized packages because it limits how much the boys can eat for snack. (I also love being able to grab a package for myself so I can enjoy a quick snack while I sit at the table with them!)

We found a variety of flavors at our local store. Lucas loves the traditional Goldfish® Cheddar flavor while Jacob’s favorite is the Extra Cheddar flavor. Be sure to check out the Goldfish® Pinterest Page for more back to school and snack ideas!

How are you getting ready for back to school season? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

How To Create A Functional Sports Nook In Your Home {Giveaway}

For over a year I have been trying to develop a system for organizing all of our sports gear and clothing. I created a space near our front door since our home is small and that’s what worked best for us. I had been using some hooks, a laundry basket, and a tin basket to keep everything organized but it just wasn’t working. When I was contacted to review a Rawlings Flexible Sports Organizer I thought it would be a great help for storing some of the smaller items that always found their way throughout my downstairs.

I have been using the Rawlings organizer for a few weeks now and it has really helped keep everything in one spot. With sports 5-6 days a week this Fall I wanted to share how we are staying organized and what works best for us.

What’s hanging: I love the over the door hooks. I found this one at either Walmart or Target. I hang the baseball bag up top. The Rawlings organizer is made to be hung on the wall but since i don’t have much wall space I have it hanging off the hooks on our coat closet. I love how sturdy this organizer is and how many pockets and spaces to put everything it has. We keep our balls, sports socks, extra bats, shin guards, water bottles, and extra cleats (for out of season sports) in it. On the wall I have a coat hook where we hang up the sports jackets and, in winter, the kid’s winter coats.

What’s on the table: I use an old side table to hold a variety of other items. The white basket has all of the sports clothing in it. We used to have all of their clothes in their bedroom closet upstairs but it was just a pain to find everything we needed mixed in with all of their other shirts and pants. No more wondering where the uniform shirt is or missing soccer socks. Everything is washed and put into this one small basket so when we are getting ready to run out the door I have quick access to what I need. In the tin container next to it I have cleats. I keep the soccer bag here, too.

Do you have all of your sports gear organized or can it be found around your house and garage? If you want to create a sports nook of your own you are in luck because I am giving away a Rawlings Flexible Sports Organizer to one of my lucky readers!

Organizing sports equipment and outdoor gear can be a challenge. Kids’ balls, bats, gloves, helmets and sticks can create an obstacle course, taking up valuable space in the mudroom, hall closet or garage. Throw clutter a curveball by using the new Rawlings Flexible Sports Organizers.

Available in three varieties with roomy ball caddies and vertical mesh compartments with hooks and cinches to store all kinds of gear, these vertical smart storage solutions can hold up to 25 lbs. of equipment. The Rawlings Flexible Sports Organizers are made of mildew- and abrasion-resistant durable vinyl and mesh, making them as perfect for the garage or shed as for the basement or closets.

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Kitchen Organization Ideas

Here are 10 great kitchen/food related organization ideas. Click the pictures to be taken to the websites they are from:

Slow cooker meals in bags!

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Grab N Go Snack Stashes

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Organize your pantry by grouping ingredients for meals together in bins (with the recipes)

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Clearly labeled food storage containers

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This is great for all those people who (like me) can't ever find the measuring spoons and cups they need.

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Great idea for organizing pots and pans. We really need this!

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Look how this freezer is organized! (She gives the whole kitchen tour in her post and wow! Awesome!)

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Great storage solution for under the sink.

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This magnetic door panel creates extra cabinet space.

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Perfect for the pantry door.

Organizing For A New School Year

Jacob starts preschool next week so I am busy preparing our family and our household for everything that this new season of our life will bring. I thought I’d share 10 things I’m doing to get ready for the start of the school year and hope that you will share some of your tips with me (especially if you have done this whole school thing before!)

1) Establish a weekly schedule. Things won’t be exactly the same every week but for the most part our routine will not change that much from week to week. I suggest writing the schedule down and posting it so everyone in the family knows the routines. Consider adding in details such as when to leave the house if you are going to be having dad, grandma, or a sitter help with some of the routines. Make sure to also schedule time for yourself!

2) Pull out the calendar. Add all school meetings, days off, and events to your personal calendar.

3) Organizing clothes. First, start by catching up on laundry if you aren’t already. Go through all of the kid’s clothing you currently have out and put aside anything that doesn’t fit or is unwearable. Pull out the fall/winter clothes and put them away in the closets and drawers. It’s still going to be hot here for another month or so but this saves you from having to do this later on. I also am going to be putting out a week’s worth of outfits every Sunday night so I have one less thing to do in the mornings. If your child picks out their own outfits they can do this ahead of time, too.

4) Establish new routines. Every year something in your schedule is bound to be different. A week or two before the first day of school start practicing the routines. For me I need to see how long it will take me to get to Jacob’s school during rush hour so I make sure he’s not late on his first day of school. I also want to figure out where his soccer gymnasium is located so I’m not searching for it on his first day of soccer. I will also be practicing getting myself out of bed and ready before the boys need me so I can see how long our morning routine will take us and plan accordingly.

5) Cleaning. I will be making sure my house and car are clean so I can start the school year off right. I am also going to create a cleaning schedule for my family so I can {hopefully} stay on top of things.

6) Meal planning. I’ve tried menu planning in the past and not followed through with it because I often cook whatever sounds good in the moment but I am planning on trying a loose meal plan of just a few meals to make throughout the week. I also hope to get some freezer meals prepared ahead of time for nights that are really busy. This will save me from picking something up on the way home that isn’t very healthy.

7) Contain the paper piles. Establish a place in the home for school/extracurricular papers. For some families this might be a binder, folder, or shelf in a kitchen cabinet. Also, find a home for the mail so it doesn’t overtake your kitchen. For school papers I will be using a binder. For mail I use a basket that I stick mail in and then go through it once a week while I watch TV.

8) Put together an emergency bag for the car. This should contain an extra set of clothes and whatever else your child may need. This is good to have in your car for a last minute sleepover, an overnight at Grandma’s, or a muddy day on the playground.

9) Gather the school supplies. Look at what items you already have and what you need to purchase. Consider buying extra supplies while they are on sale so you  have them on hand if your child runs out during the school year.

10) Get yourself ready! Maybe that means scheduling a Doctor’s appointment for yourself, getting a haircut, or investing in a new planner. Whatever it is, make sure that in all the craziness of getting ready for a new school year you don’t forget about yourself.

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So those are my top 10 tips. What tips do you have for me? What have you found works to help you start the school year off right?

Organize It Mom! Review and Giveaway

Organize It Mom! has great motivational tools for both moms and kids. As someone who likes organization and lists I’ve fallen in love with these products. In looking at the site to figure out which one I wanted to review I had a hard time deciding. There were potty training charts which would be great since we are currently potty training Jacob. Toy labels would be great for bins of toys to  help the boys see what toys go in each bin when cleaning up. There is even a grocery/menu list which would have been perfect in helping me organize my menu planning. It was a hard decision but I decided I wanted to review the Today’s Fun chart.

I love this chart because it helps Jacob (who is 2 and a half) see what is coming up next. I’ve found it especially helpful for showing Jacob when his dad will be home. I can show him the chart and say “after we finish eating snack we will play and then daddy will come home”. He likes helping move the pieces over on the chart from the “do it” to the “did it” column. Each chart comes with a few extra pieces that are blank so we could write what we need on them which was a nice addition to the product.

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SMEAD Products Review

I love organizing products so I was very happy when the women of Get Buttoned Up asked me to review some. When I first received the SMEAD office filing products in the mail to review I was thinking to myself what is there to say about file folders and manila folders that hasn’t already been said? Then I tried them and decided I will never buy another brand of folders again.

TUFF® Hanging Folder with Easy Slide™ Tab

The website says: “Seven times stronger than the leading competitor’s hanging folder*, TUFF® Hanging Folders are the Gold Standard for hanging folders. The specially designed reinforced rods are 40% stronger to resist bending and paper tearing. The heavy-duty oversized tabs easily slide and secure into the position you choose. Replaceable white tab inserts included.”

My review: I believe the company when they say that these folders are seven times stronger. Not only were the actual folders thicker than normal but the tabs were made of a thick plastic. The white tab insert stayed in place better than other folders I’ve tried previously. I also love how the tab on top of the folder can be moved easily yet will not fall off of the folder.

SuperTab® Oversized-Tab Folders

The website says: “Get nearly double the labeling area of standard folders – so you can use larger text or more lines of description. Fits any vertical or lateral filing system.”

My review: I love that the tabs on these file folders are so large. I hate when I have to squeeze in a lot of words on one tiny tab and half the time end up writing so low that some of the words are hidden when the folder is closed.

The perfect system

(Disclosure: I was sent these products to review and compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.)