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Joey and Casey’s Closet Makeover

15 October 2018

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!

Day 1:

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!

Day 2:

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!

So happy!

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 AMEX Cash Magnet Card & Why We Love It

30 August 2018

This post is sponsored by American Express. Thank you so much for supporting the brands our family truly enjoys!

Allen and I have been talking with a financial planner and he suggested that we find a credit card with great rewards to suit our needs best. And I was looking for a new credit card that had the absolute best Cash Back benefits for our upcoming summer adventures!  My favorite thing about the American Express Cash Magnet Card is the simplicity of the program! With my Cash Magnet Card, we get 1.5% Cash Back on our purchases. Let’s just say I can’t get enough of this Card!

Apply for Card Membership here: https://amex.co/2IJmEqX

Another feature I was swooning over is that the Card offers Pay It Plan It, a feature from American Express that gives you more control over how you pay for the things you buy. This was super helpful for us when we planned our summer, and as we look forward into the next chapter of our (always) busy lives.

Thanks to simple Cash Back benefits and the Pay It Plan It feature, I definitely recommend the American Express Cash Magnet Card for anyone looking for a no-fuss Card that integrates easily into your life. It lets us focus on what’s important – like farmers markets and fun!

Our Plants

7 August 2018

Can you tell we like plants??

Because we’ve been renting a home, I haven’t been able to go all out with decorating (i.e. wallpaper, paint, wall installations, etc.) and so I’ve been trying to fill up our empty space by adding as much plants as I could possibly keep alive altogether! It does take a while to water them every week but it’s my way of taking a break from work and it ends up being such a relaxing routine.

Many of you have been asking me weekly about what plants we have currently in our home and how we maintain them. I’ve been collecting plants from random places: Home Depot, small nurseries, and grocery stores. These are plants we have in our home now:

IMPORTANT NOTE! Most of these plants are toxic to either pets and/or humans so please be careful when having them in your home. Our two dogs have never been interested in ingesting our plants so we’ve been ok with having them at a floor level in our home. Because we’ve always had plants in our home, Joey’s been so used to them that she was also never interested in eating them. Even so, I’ve always kept a close eye on her around the plants. Having her water them weekly with me has also taught her how to respect the space of the plants and never to touch them unless we’re cleaning the leaves together.

If you can’t find these at your local stores, you can find them online like this store in the United States. What’s great about a lot of these plants is as they grow, you can separate them, repot them and “multiply” the number of plants in your home! When watering my plants (with the exception of the huge ones that I cannot move), I usually give them a quick “bath” in the sink or tub and let the water drain until there’s no more dripping. I do this once a week on Monday mornings. Another thing I like to do is to rotate my plants around the house every few weeks just to see how they do. When I see a plant that starts yellowing, I make sure to trim them right away and try moving them to a different location.

Here is some more detailed information about the maintenance of these specific plants above:

Epipremnum pictum Argyraeus – Satin Pothos

  • Light: Moderate light levels.
  • Water: Water when slightly dry. Drought tolerant. Too much water will kill the plant.
  • Temperature: Happy in room temperatures from 15-24°C / 59-75°F
  • Humidity: Prefers increased levels of humidity but will tolerate normal conditions.
  • Feed: Apply a weak general purpose fertilizer during the summer.
  • Height and Growth Rate: Moderate to slow growing. Trails will grow to 3m. Cut back to maintain desired length.
  • Toxicity: Mildly toxic to humans, harmful to pets. Keep away from children and animals.

Epipremnum aureum – Golden Pothos

  • Light: Medium light conditions.
  • Water: Water when slightly dry. Drought tolerant. Too much water will kill the plant.
  • Temperature: Happy in normal room temperatures from 10-24°C / 50-75°F
  • Humidity: Prefers increased levels of humidity but will tolerate normal conditions.
  • Feed: Apply a weak general purpose fertilizer during the summer.
  • Care Tips: Pinch out the tips to create a bushier plant.
  • Height and Growth Rate: Fast growing. Trails will continue to grow and grow for anything up to 20m. Cut back to maintain desired length.
  • Toxicity: Mildly toxic to humans, harmful to pets. Keep away from children and animals.

Dracaena fragrans Lemon Lime

  • Light: Dracaena Lemon Lime needs plenty of bright, indirect light to retain its vibrant colouring. Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Water: Water when the soil starts to become slightly dry at the top. Try to keep the soil moist at all times, however they are drought tolerant. Do not over water.
  • Temperature: Average household temperatures between 16-24°C / 60-75°F but can cope with as low as 12°C / 53°F for short periods.
  • Feed: Apply a weak dose of a fertiliser once or twice a month during the growing season.
  • Care tips: Wipe leaves with a damp cloth to remove accumulated dust. Cut back by removing the top of the plant if it grows too tall. Don’t use leaf shine on these plants.
  • Air Purifying: This plant filters airborne toxins and is part of our clean air plant collection.
  • Height and Growth Rate: Ultimate height 1.5-2m. Slow growing.
  • Toxicity: The sap is toxic to animals. It is not considered poisonous to humans but should not be ingested.

Dracaena fragrans Burley

  • Light: Dracaena Burley prefers medium to bright light but can tolerate lower light levels.
  • Water: Water when the soil starts to become slightly dry at the top. Try to keep the soil moist at all times, however they are drought tolerant. Do not over water.
  • Temperature: Average household temperatures between 16-24°C / 60-75°F but can cope with as low as 12°C / 53°F for short periods.
  • Feed: Apply a weak dose of a fertiliser once or twice a month during the growing season.
  • Care tips: Wipe leaves with a damp cloth to remove accumulated dust. Cut back by removing the top of the plant if it grows too tall. Don’t use leaf shine on these plants.
  • Air Purifying: This plant filters airborne toxins and is part of our clean air plant collection.
  • Height and Growth Rate: Ultimate height 1-1.5m. Slow growing.
  • Toxicity: The sap is toxic to animals. It is not considered poisonous to humans but should not be ingested.

Nephrolepis exaltata Green Lady – Green Lady Boston Fern

  • Light: Moderate light requirements, anywhere from bright, indirect sunlight to light shade.
  • Water: Keep the soil moist at all times. Water when the surface becomes slightly dry. Do not overwater and use lukewarm, soft water where possible.
  • Temperature: Average household temperatures 16-24°C / 60-75°F, but no lower than 12°C / 53°F. Avoid cold draughts.
  • Humidity: These ferns prefer higher humidity levels, but can thrive in average room conditions. Do not place near radiators etc.
  • Feed: Liquid fertiliser can be applied occasionally during the growing season.
  • Care Tips: Boston Fern may develop deep brown spores on the underside edges of the fronds. These are not pests, so don’t panic.
  • Air Purifying: A top houseplant for purifying and filtering the air.
  • Height and Growth Rate: Ultimate height 1m. Fast growing.

Monstera deliciosa – Swiss Cheese Plant

  • Light: Prefers bright, indirect light but will tolerate moderate shade. Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Water: Water when the soil has started to dry out.
  • Temperature: Monstera deliciosa likes warm conditions from 18-27°C / 64-80°F. Anything lower than this will reduce the plant’s growth rate. It will tolerate 12°C / 53°F. and above but keep away from cold draughts.
  • Humidity: Happy with average to high humidity levels. Cannot cope in dry air situations.
  • Feed: Feed once a month with a balanced fertilizer during the growing period.
  • Care Tips: Wipe the leaves occasionally to remove accumulated dust.
  • Height and Growth Rate: Use a moss pole to support the plant (the roots will cling to this for support) or cut back if it gets too big. Slow to moderate growth, but depends upon the conditions.
  • Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous, keep away from pets and children.

Ficus elastica Melany – Rubber Plant

  • Light: Ficus elastica Melany prefers bright, indirect light but does cope quite well in lower light conditions.
  • Water: Water when the soil starts to become slightly dry at the top. Keep the soil moist at all times, but do not over water as this will cause leaf drop.
  • Temperature: Ideal temperatures are 16-24°C / 60-75°F. Avoid cold draughts.
  • Humidity: No specific requirements, although the occasional misting wouldn’t go amiss.
  • Feed: Apply a weak dose of a fertilizer once or twice a month during the growing season.
  • Care tips: Insufficient light or incorrect watering can trigger leaf drop. Adjust as necessary and your plant should quickly recover. Wipe the leaves occasionally with a damp cloth to prevent dust accumulation. Note: Ficus sap contains sticky latex which can be an irritant, therefore wash your hands if any comes into contact with your skin.
  • Air Purifying: This plant filters airborne toxins and is part of our clean air plant collection.
  • Height and Growth Rate: In their native environment, Ficus elastica can grow to many metres tall. As an indoor house plant, it is up to you: simply trim to maintain your desired height. Typical indoor heights are anything from 30cm to 2m. Moderate to fast growing.
  • Toxicity: Considered poisonous, therefore keep away from children and animals.

Ficus lyrata – Fiddle Leaf Fig

  • Light: Ficus lyrata prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate some light shade and some direct (but not harsh or midday) morning or afternoon sun.
  • Water: Water when the soil starts to become slightly dry at the top. Keep the soil moist at all times, but do not over water as this will cause brown spots and leaf drop.
  • Temperature: Ideal temperatures are 16-24°C / 60-75°F. Avoid cold draughts.
  • Humidity: No specific requirements, although the occasional misting wouldn’t go amiss.
  • Feed: Apply a weak dose of a fertilizer once or twice a month during the growing season.
  • Care tips: Insufficient light or incorrect watering can trigger brown spots and leaf drop. Adjust as necessary and your plant should quickly recover. Trim to maintain shape, but be aware that sticky latex will ooze from the ends of the cut stems. This can be an irritant, therefore wash your hands if any comes into contact with your skin.
  • Air Purifying: This plant filters airborne toxins and is part of our clean air plant collection.
  • Height and Growth Rate: Ultimate indoor height 3m. Slow growing.
  • Toxicity: Considered poisonous, therefore keep away from children and animals.

Chlorophytum Variegatum – Spider Plant

  • Light: Bright, indirect light. Will tolerate some shade; however, this will slow its growth rate and it may lose its stripes. Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Water: Keep well-watered, with moist soil, throughout the growing season. Less water is needed in the winter.
  • Temperature: Average household temperatures are fine (above 16°C / 60°F). These are fairly tough plants so should survive temperatures above 8°C / 46°F in winter if the soil is kept fairly dry.
  • Feed: Feed with a weak solution every few weeks during the growing season. Do not feed during the winter.
  • Care Tip: Baby Spiders can be pressed down into compost and left to self-root, giving you a second plant to pass on to friends and family.
  • Air Purifying: This plant filters airborne toxins and is part of our clean air plant collection.
  • Height and Growth Rate: Ultimate height 50cm. Fast growing.

Sansevieria trifasciata Laurentii – Snake Plant aka Mother’s Tongue

  • Light: Best in moderate to bright, indirect light but will adapt to low light conditions too.
  • Water: Allow the soil to dry out before watering, then water thoroughly and allow to drain freely. Do not allow the plant to sit in water as this will cause root rot.
  • Temperature: Happy anywhere from 15-23°C / 59-73°Fand as low as 10°C / 50°F for short periods.
  • Feed: Apply a weak dose of cactus or general-purpose feed once a month at most during the growing season. Sansevieria are low maintenance plants and do not require a lot of supplementary feeding.
  • Air Purifying: Sansevieria filter airborne toxins and are part of our clean air plant collection.
  • Height and Growth Rate: Ultimate height 75-100cm. Slow growing.
  • Toxicity: Mildly toxic if eaten. Keep away from children and animals.

Some extra tips:

  • Before committing to a plant, think about its size and how it will grow. Some plants grow very slowly and some the opposite so make sure to research before committing to a plant.
  • You can encourage growth by repotting in spring when the plant is ready. Signs that a plant needs to be repotted include roots appearing through drainage holes or a network of fine roots visible on the surface.
  • If your plant is old or particularly fragile and the soil looks cracked, tired and lackluster, you can top-dress with potting mix. Gently scrape away the top few centimeters of soil – making sure you don’t damage the roots – then replace it with fresh potting mix. 
  • When choosing a plant, choose ones that have lots of new buds, moist soil and perky leaves. 
  • Make sure not to over water them! Plants can drown especially when there are no drainage holes. 

In the photo:

The black shelf that we use for hanging our plants in our living room is from Home Depot. We used the Everbilt Shelf and Rod Bracket and a shelf to match (sold separately at Home Depot). The bar was also purchase separately.

Laura Iz x Riser

12 June 2018

So excited to announce that we collaborated with Riser to create three Mama + Me T-Shirts! Scroll below to see the designs.

Right now if you use my coupon JOEY, you’ll get 20% off of your entire purchase. Find them here!

 

Valentine’s Day Kids Shopping Guide

9 February 2018

Okay, I have to be totally honest here, how is it already Valentine’s Day?  I swear we just put our Christmas tree away.  Anyways, this last year holidays have meant so much more to us since Joey can finally be part of the festivities!  I spent so much time trying to decide if Valentine’s Day was a “kid holiday”.  We put such a huge emphasis on our significant other on this day but rarely let the kids partake in the excitement!

This year I decided we are going to start our first family Valentine’s Day traditions.  I thought to myself I could bake Joey a cake, or maybe go do something fun, or perhaps fill her entire room with balloons (trust me I might still do this one).  As I made my list of ideas I began to ask myself do people buy their kids gifts for Valentine’s Day too?  Well, to my surprise this is a thing!  Who knew?!

Once I found this out I stalked the internet for that perfect gift for our little Valentine. I thought I would share some of the amazing gift ideas I found along the way for the rest of the parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents that are stuck like I was.

  1. Llama Llama I Love You book
  2. Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar
  3. Soother Snugapuppy Calming Vibrations Doll
  4. Lambs & Ivy Blanket
  5. Snoopy Heart-Print Doll
  6. Personalized Wooden Name Puzzles
  7. Freshly Picked XOXO Moccasins
  8. Why You’re So Awesome Love Journal
  9. LEGO Bricks & More Valentine’s Day Cupid Dog
  10. Dylan’s Andy Bar Cupcake filled with candy