Master Bath Refresh

Ever since the start of the new year, I’ve been on a cleaning and organizing streak. Between hosting over the holidays and the general busyness, our house felt like a hot mess. Cleaning helped, but also drew my attention to areas that really need some extra attention. As I focus on specific areas of the house, it’s helpful to have a plan to map out specific tasks. Today, I’ll share with you how I recently tackled our master bath.

Deep cleaning and reorganizing the master bathroom makes it a much more functional and tranquil space.

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my sneak peek of one of our newly reorganized bathroom drawers. Our master bathroom has a good amount of storage, but was so cluttered that the drawers were practically overflowing. The cabinets were just as bad. After gathering some inspiration for organizing the bathroom, I figured out my action plan. I spray painted a bunch of plastic containers I had on hand and got down to business .

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Fantastic Chapter Book Series for Kids

I’ve been reading to my kids since they were born. Literally. I would read to them in the NICU just so they could hear the sound of my voice. I’ve always loved to read so it only made sense to instill that same love in my own children. We’ve read many of my favorite children’s books and discovered some wonderful new titles along the way. Now that they’re a little older, we’ve moved up to chapter books.

Great chapter book series for kids. These are great for kids to read on their own or for reading aloud together.

For reference, my daughter is in third grade but has a fourth-seventh grade reading level so some of the books on this list are more challenging. She’s a bona fide book worm just like her mama so she enjoys the higher level books, but we’re careful to stick to books with content appropriate for her age. My kindergartener is a beginning reader so it’s only within the last year that we’ve been reading chapter books together. Here are some of our favorite series so far.

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What I’m Reading: February 2017 Book Recommendations

In January I started some books, which I shared here, and while I’m enjoying them, I was craving some fast-moving fiction. Sometimes tearing through a couple great narratives helps renew my desire to read in general. It gets me back in the habit of reading regularly and ignites that interest in discovering a good story. Here’s what I’ve been reading and what’s on my nightstand.

Are you looking for a great book? Here's a list of what I've been reading and what's on my nightstand.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

My sister lent me Eligible at Christmas, and once I started reading it last week, it took me all of a few days to finish. Admittedly I was a little turned off by this “modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice” at first. I didn’t expect the parallels to Jane Austen’s classic to be so strong, but once I got invested in the modern versions of the characters, I started to really enjoy the story. Sittenfeld manages to stay true to the original plot, while adding in contemporary issues to give it a new feel. Even though I knew the outcome of Pride & Prejudice, I was still anxious to find out how the story would end. Eligible is a fun, quick read that would be a perfect vacation read.

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Blinded By Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you enjoy this day or despise it, it causes the focus to shift to all things love. You can see it everywhere you go. The stores are full of displays of candy and flowers. There’s red and pink all over the place. For better or worse, it’s hard to ignore the expectations tied to February 14th.

Let's be blinded by love and choose to love others without reservation.

What would happen if we shifted those expectations? What if instead of associating Valentine’s Day with the romantic kind of love, we flipped that idea on its head? How could we make a difference by changing our perception?

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Printable Kids Valentines

Valentine’s day is one of those holidays that sneaks up on me every year. All of a sudden we’re frantically trying to scrape together the kids’ valentines for their classmates, and it’s anything but fun. If you’re looking for free, printable Valentine’s Day cards, I’ve got you covered! One of my kiddos can’t bring any edible treats this year and the other can only bring non-candy so I stuck with mostly non-food options.

A round-up of free, printable kids valentines.

Non-food valentines

Abby from Just a Girl & Her Blog shared five days of her own printable valentines, and these lego-themed cards are adorable. They would be cute enough on their own, but attaching the mini block set is an extra treat. She also shared a cute idea for a teacher gift and other cute printable card options.

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