If you’ve been following my recent Stories, you’ll know that I teamed up with The Container Store and Life In Jeneral for another exciting reorganization project! If you remember they worked on my garage a few months ago and it changed our lives! The garage project was so successful that I knew I needed to keep the momentum going especially while I’m in this full nesting mode.
This time we decided to do Casey and Joey’s closets. Here are some photos of what Joey’s room looked like before the re-org.
We didn’t have a system to categorize types of clothing and accessories and as Joey grew into bigger sizes, we didn’t take the time to take everything out and organize all of her newer clothes and accessories so everything started to slowly pile up. It was driving me absolutely nuts but to even think about tackling this by myself wanted me to pull my hair out!
Casey’s closet wasn’t any better. It started out as an overflow room but then it slowly started becoming just one giant pile of a mess!
These closets were giving me such bad anxiety when I walked into the room. I had spent so many hours attempting to organize these myself but I just couldn’t make the kind of progress I wanted to on them. I knew if I was going to get these closets organized before Casey arrived I needed help from The Container Store and Life In Jeneral!
Jen’s team was so helpful on this project! We first started out with a quick consultation. Kamille from her team came over the week before to assess the damage and put together a game plan for us. From there I was able to just sit back and relax for the most part!
Jen’s team showed up bright and early! They immediately got to work on the closets. First they took everything out of the closets and started sorting. I honestly didn’t realize we had crammed so much stuff in there until it had taken over my living room. The team laid out everything for me to point out what I wanted to keep and what I wanted to donate.We ended up donating about 60 percent of what we had in the closets. It felt SO good to see everything go!
At the end of day 1 Jen’s team was able to assess exactly what products we needed from The Container Store. We were able to sit down and order everything online for store pickup! My favorite products from The Container Store are these expandable drawer dividers and hangers.
I didn’t realize how helpful labeling everything was! These bin clip labels came in so handy.
Life In Jeneral also organized my closet a short while back and we had stored Joey’s old clothing in these weather-tight containers from The Container Store. I was able to pull them out again and start adding them to Casey’s room. It was so emotional for me to see tiny Joey clothes again!
This was the exciting day for me! Jen’s team got busy file folding, putting drawer dividers from The Container Store in all of the drawers, hanging clothes and so much more! I may have even learned how to fold a fitted sheet!
By the end of day 2, I was ready to show Joey the big reveal! She was so excited to see her closet. I was even a little surprised when she pulled out some of her toys and put it back where they were supposed to go. This was a major mom win for me!
Here’s a closer look at what Joey’s space looks like now!
Casey’s room turned out amazing as well!
How amazing do these closets and dressers look??
If you’ve been thinking about organizing that closet you refuse to open or your kitchen cabinet or your child’s room don’t wait. My only regret is not doing this sooner. The systems we have in place thanks to The Container Store and Life In Jeneral are systems we will be able to use for many years to come!
Our sweet friend Hanna from Echo Floral came to teach Joey and her friend Emma some simple floral arrangements. Hanna launched her own floral design studio in Orange County, CA earlier this year and is incredibly talented. If you’re looking for stunning floral design work for your wedding, social gatherings and any other events, check out her website: echofloral.com
I remember when Pinterest first came out and I would spend hours pinning fun crafts that I swore I would make with my future children. Well, that day came and I feel so overwhelmed when I decide to start a craft with Joey. I always worry I am going to go to the craft store and either leave empty handed in shear overwhelm or I am going to end up with an epic Pinterest fail.
When each holiday comes up I get so pumped about making crafts with Joey and this Easter I finally decided we are doing it! I decided to take the pressure off of me and if it ended up being a fail I could consider it a memory we would just keep between us 🙂
I headed to Joann this time around in search of the PERFECT Easter craft. I was so surprised by all of the amazing Spring craft ideas and options they had. I opted to make an Easter egg we could hang up in our windows. Let me tell you this craft was one I couldn’t mess up so you can certainly make it too.
One of my favorite things about this craft is the possibilities are endless! You can virtually stick any little item on the contact paper. Joey helped me pick out some ladybugs which ended up being her favorite.
Stay tuned because this Pinterest WIN might come back again for every holiday. I am kidding but we will definitely be making this at Christmas this year!
How to make an Easter egg sticky wall
Cut out an over from a large piece of construction paper
Stick a piece of clear contact paper over one side of the construction paper
Stick the construction paper onto a flat surface like a table or window using painter tape
Let your creativity go wild and start sticking items on the sticky side of the contact paper
When I was pregnant with Joey, all I remember was craving nothing but In-N-Out (and Taco Bell). It was so hard restraining myself from eating one of their burgers everyday. My go to is: a double-double, extra lettuce, extra tomatoes, whole grilled onions, extra toasted buns, no salt on the patty and dressing on the side. Augh, just writing this right now is making me want to go get one right now!
My friend Catherine and I did a Target Employee shoot together previously but we wanted to do an In-N-Out one together so this week we took our girls out for some burgers and fries. Joey’s first time trying In-N-Out! Can you tell that they both LOVED it??
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll probably know that I love all things miniature. So when I was asked by the SoCal Honda Dealers to create a holiday DIY craft, I decided to try something I’ve always wanted to do: make a miniature winter landscape! I’ve seen many versions of this in mason jars, vases and even trifle bowls but I wanted to try one in a wooden lantern that I had laying around and use this opportunity to learn how to use polymer clay for the first time. After trying to make a miniature car out of clay, I now have a new found respect for artists who do this but in even smaller versions. It’s not easy but it’s not impossible either so you can try it out yourself!
The reason why I partnered up with the SoCal Honda Dealers to do this DIY project is because I love what they’re doing with their #RandomActsofHelpfulness campaign and wanted to spread the word. They have been doing random cool things like surprising families throughout the holiday season all over Southern California (OC, LA, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside counties) by just being helpful!
For instance, keep your eye open for the Helpful Guys in Blue who will be popping up at 4 different Christmas Tree lots across SoCal where they will be surprising families there with free Christmas trees. Also between now and Christmas, their tanker truck will surprise Honda drivers at gas stations across SoCal with free gas!
[This blog post is sponsored by the Southern California Honda Dealers]
Things you need: A decorative lantern. I got mine here.
I had these miniature trees and they were the perfect size for the lantern. I got mine from Michaels but you can find them here.
I took the glass from an unused photo frame to use as my workspace with the polymer clay. There are various types of polymer clay but the one I used was this one.
This was probably the hardest part of this whole project. It’s no joke trying to make something out of literally nothing! The polymer clay was easy to work with however as it ended up being very easy to mold and shape even after working at it for more than an hour. Yes…this took me an hour haha. Polymer clay remains workable until cured in the oven so you can keep using it until you’re ready to pop it in the oven. Even after you cure it, you can always add more of the polymer clay if you feel like adding more to it and then put it in the oven again.
When you’re done with your clay figurine, it’s time to cook! Depending on the size of your figurine, curing occurs at temperatures from between 265 °F (129 °C) to 275 °F (135 °C) for 15 minutes per 1⁄4 inch (6.4 mm) of thickness. You can use your home oven for this. I used my toaster oven and it worked fine! To avoid it from burning I added a foil tent to block. Doesn’t it look like a little car port? How cute is that little Honda decal? This is exactly why I love miniatures. It just tickles me how cute everything is in tiny form!
I used a copper wire string light that I received in a gift from one of our fans who included it with a Moana ornament for Joey (her favorite thing to play with right now! Thank you!). I used a velcro sticker to attach it to the top of the lantern.
Next I took some green felt, bunched it up and placed it on the bottom of the lantern. I then arranged a couple of the decorative trees on top of the felt.
Found these miniature gifts that literally made me squeal. They were the perfect size for the car!
I took the car out of oven, I let it sit in a pool of ice water before adding the presents on top.
Next I took fake snow powder and used a spoon to add to the landscape bit by bit.
I added the string lights to crowd to the top and left a few to run through the snow so that it would illuminate the ground as well. After Joey woke up from her nap, I asked her to help me add more snow into the landscape and she was more than willing! Love that we can now do projects together!
About Laura Iz
Hi, I'm Laura Izumikawa. I'm a stay-at-home-working-mama to Joey and wife to the funniest guy I know. My photos of my napping daughter dressed up as pop culture icons became viral one day and now I blog about our lives because it turns out, people want to know more about us which is totally crazy to me! Thanks for visiting!
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