Baby Shower

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In our end of the school year madness (still mid-madness btw!) I forgot to share pictures of the baby shower I had at my house for my sweet friend a couple of weeks ago!
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I didn’t do much to decorate – my friends and I decided to keep it simple, but I found this adorable banner on etsy that I loved so much and wanted to share with you all.  I found them on-line at LaCreme Boutique – so many darling party banners!  I’m sure I’ll use this all the time.  In fact I’m using it again this weekend for my daughter’s birthday party.
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I loved the colors in this one – teal, navy, grey, coral – basically the colors in my house.  :)  Oh and gold!  You can’t tell in these pics, but the gold is glittered.  Added some fun bling!
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I doubled another triangle banner to make the fireplace festive!
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The other banners were from Target – good ol’ dollar section!  They were a bit small for the fireplace but they worked.  I didn’t have time to make anything so they had to!  :)  I put some fun old pictures of my friend when she was a baby on them and around the fireplace.
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Terrible lighting because it was night but here are a few pics from the evening…
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It always makes me happy to have my house full of friends.  :)
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My beautiful guest of honor sitting in her striped throne!  ;)  She has three little boys and is having her fourth.  And it’s a girl!  Coming this Friday.  :)  Oh my word she got some darling clothes!  Made me want another baby.  Until I remembered I could hold and love my friend’s new baby girl all I wanted.  And then sleep at night.
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I really wished I could have taken better pics of a few things before the shower started, but there wasn’t time so again excuse the bad lighting!  Which doesn’t show off these adorable flower arrangements a friend of mine made.  Glittered mason jars.  So simple and fun!   They matched the gold in the triangle banners.  Because it’s all about the details.  :)
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We just set them on the islands and tables with all of the food.  The mason car cups with striped straws were darling too and I didn’t even get a picture of them.  I’ll have to do better next time!
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Such a fun night!  Now we’re all counting down to get to hold that sweet baby girl.

It’s the little things.

:)

Weekend Organizing

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Are you organizing something this weekend?  Maybe?  Still thinking about it?  In your pajamas?  ;)  Sharing a few past organizing projects to get us all motivated!  Just spending 15-20 minutes on a space can make a huge difference.  Is your camera equipment all in one place?  I’ve loved having everything I need to take pictures all together in this pull out drawer in my office.  Makes it so easy to find what I need when I need it!  The only thing we don’t keep in this drawer is the video camera.  I like to keep it in the kitchen so we can grab it often to spontaneously film the kids doing every day things.
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You can read more about how I organize my camera equipment and all of the instruction manuals here.
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For those of you who are long time readers, do you remember the makeover I gave my mom’s laundry room cabinets last time I visited over the summer?
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You won’t believe the before and afters of this project!  My mom and I were just chatting the other day on the phone about whether or not she has kept them organized.  She just laughed.  I’m visiting again in June so we’ll soon see!  *Time to frantically clean if not mom! ;)
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This post I wrote on how to organize pictures on your computer several years ago has seen the rounds on Pinterest.  Clearly we all love a good picture organization post!  I still organize my pictures the same way.  It’s simple but it works!  Would love to hear what you do if you have a different system that works for you!
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In other news, I snapped this picture with my phone today and shared it on Instagram.  I picked up these peonies at the grocery store a few days ago and they smell amazing!  They remind me of my grandma’s yard growing up.  That fiddle leaf fig in the corner also came home with me this week.  Attempt #2!  Cross your fingers for me.  :)

What are you all up to this weekend?  I’m so jealous of everyone who is done with school and out for summer!  We still have two more weeks left and they are jam packed.  My girls dance recital is this weekend and my husband is running his first half marathon.  I’m so proud of him!  He is not a runner but decided he wanted to run a half marathon so he has been training hard the past few months.  The kids and I are so excited to cheer him on!  At the finish line.  With a bag of chips.  :)
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It’s also my sweet Addison’s 9th birthday tomorrow!  Love this little peanut so much and I’m excited to celebrate her.

Before I sign off I have to give a huge thanks to Courtney from A Thoughtful Place and Megan from Honey We’re Home for both featuring my home this week!  Love these two girls so much and their blogs are fabulous!  Check them out if you haven’t already.  If you popped over from one of their blogs and are new here, hello and welcome!  So happy to have you.  :)

Enjoy your weekend everyone!  I hope it’s a great one!

5 tips to manage your time better (Eat That Frog!)

Thank you so much for all of your sweet words about my Spring Home Tour!  They meant a lot to me.  I truly feel grateful every day that I have such kind, encouraging people reading my blog.  It’s a huge part of the reason I love doing this!  You all continually make my day.  :)
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I’m switching gears a bit and talking time management today!  It’s honestly one of my favorite topics.  One of the best ways we can feel organized and on top of our lives is to make the most of our time.  I have to admit, that while time management is a topic that I love to learn about, I’m not always the best at managing my time.  In fact, it’s something I’ve really struggled with in the past. When you are a stay at home mom/dad it’s difficult to feel like you are getting anything done at all.  Sure I’m working hard and I’m busy.  I constantly feel busy.  But that doesn’t mean I’m always busy with the things I should be busy with.  :)  I’m spending quality time with my kids each day and making sure they are thriving in their little lives – a top priority for any good parent – but there are other things I want to get done each day and precious little time to do it!  Making each free minute count is crucial.

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Spring House Tour!

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Happy Memorial weekend friends!  I was asked to join 11 Magnolia Lane’s Spring House Tour!  So exciting!  I always love peeking into the beautiful homes they feature.  If you’re new to my blog hello and welcome!  I’m Erin.  I live in sunny San Diego and I’m passionate about organizing, home design/decor and being mom to my three beautiful kiddos.  I’m also passionate about cherry ice chapstick but that’s beside the point. :) My husband and I finished building our custom home about a year and a half ago.  Hard to believe it has been that long!  I have been slowly decorating the house one room at a time and love putting my stamp on the place.  Here is a tour of the rooms I have shared on my blog so far!  Some of them are ready for Spring.  Some of them are just ready for a chair.. or rug.. or anything.  Ha!  All in good time.  We are definitely a work in progress around here.  :)
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A peek of part of the front of our house.  I combined everything I loved when I designed our home and it turned out “Craftsman Coastal.”  At least that’s what my architect calls it.  :)  I just added plants and spruced up the front porch for Spring!
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Come on in!

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Spring on the front porch!

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What a week!  May madness is definitely in full force this year.  I feel like I’m paddling my way through it all trying to take it one day at a time.  Such a fun time of year but really!?  Do we need to have all the projects and reports and meetings and parties and ceremonies and activities and performances and showcases and open houses and recitals and gift giving in the same two weeks!?  I guess we do.  It makes sense that the end of the school year is a time to wrap things up.  But all this wrapping up is wearing me out.
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So I took a 20 minute break from it all on Wednesday to take pictures of my front porch.  Because that’s what I do when I have too much going on.  I avoid everything and take pictures for the blog.  :)

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