Thursday, July 24, 2014

Master bathroom decor

Spent a few minutes last week adding some pretty to our new master bathroom!  It's quite a blank slate and there is a lot I want to eventually add in this room, but for now just a simple trey with a few accessories really warmed things up.  Everything I used I already had except the sponges - I bought those at Pottery Barn for 10 bucks.  The apothecary jars I've had for years and have used them in the past for my various mantel displays.  They trey is from Target and I just put a place mat from Home Goods under it so it doesn't scratch the marble countertop.  I have to be so careful with the marble - love it in my bathroom but so glad I didn't put it in my kitchen!  I'm not good at being careful in the kitchen.  :)  

Some cotton balls, Q tips and my make up brushes add to the decor and I love having them so easily accessible.

I also found some fun towels at World Market.  My rugs in this room are the same mint color and I love the pop of coral on the bottom of them.  Bringing more of these colors in this space soon!

Little touches like this are really starting to make the new house feel more like home.  


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer dining table decor

Quick formal dining room update today!  Remember last time I shared our formal dining room I was debating what to do for end chairs.  I decided to keep the chairs cohesive and let the bench stand out. I have some plans for the two walls in this room and didn't want things to start looking too busy.

I searched my house for some things I already had to add a bit of summer to the farmhouse table...

and found these yellow flowers and a clear vase I used to liven up our previous house in the summer time.  

I've had the bowls for a while too - they were from West Elm.  Fun prints that go with my pillows.  

I haven't had time to style the shelves or do much else in this room, but I'm holding off now because I'm already itching to mix things up for Fall!  I love Fall decor.  But I'm not ready for summer to end just yet.

Snapped this picture with my phone yesterday.  I'm writing this post on island time!  We are vacationing at our favorite spot in Maui this week so if my words are misspelled and I'm too relaxed to put together a decent blog post - that's why.  :)  Sharing some pics of our trip on instagram (erin_sunnysideup) and Facebook if you want to see what we're up to.  Really looking forward to an uninterrupted week of family time.  

Now I'm off to sunscreen my crew.  



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Snack Station

One of my favorite things about summer is that it's an easier time for me to eat healthy.  Do you feel that way?  So much fresh produce available this time of year and with temperatures heating up, lighter meals usually sound more appealing.  Plus living in my swimming suit is always a lovely reminder for me of how I need less cookie dough and more carrots in my life.  ;) 

I've found that I eat the best if I have healthy snacks easily available (prepared ahead of time).  So I created a little "summer snack station" in my kitchen.  Just a tray with some little snack bowls, a farmers market basket to hold some fruit all washed and ready to eat, and my scale to look pretty measure the food of course.  ;)

 A quick {summer snack} with the label maker added a nice touch.  #everythingisbetterwithalabel

I've had these fun mini bowls from World Market for a while now and wasn't sure what to do with them.  Turns out they're perfect for cherry pits!  Or a small bowl of fruit for the kids.  

 We've rotated different fruit in the basket.  
Cherries, apples, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, etc. 

Colorful food makes fun kitchen decor so this little snack tray is a win/win around here.

Wonder what a little basket of cookie dough would look like?


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Kids' Chore Charts/Allowance System

Talking chore charts today!  And allowance systems for kids.  I've been thinking a lot about this for the past few weeks.  Our Star Behavior Charts served us well for years.  Perfect for my girls when they were younger.  But now they are getting older (even though I tell them daily not to) and it's time to teach them how to earn and manage money.  We've never given our kids an allowance.  They've always had to pitch in with house work and my girls have become really good helpers, but I can tell that it's time to give them daily responsibilities and a chance to earn some money of their own.  Aside from giving them the opportunity to spend their own money, I also want to teach them the importance of saving and giving.  Here are some fun charts and systems I've found on-line that have given me a few ideas...

I've also heard that Smart Money Smart Kids is a really good book that helps teach some basics for working, spending, saving and giving so I've ordered it and I'm hoping to read it this summer.  

I would love to hear what you do or have done with your kids.  Do you pay your kids an allowance?  Have a set chore chart?  How do you decide which chores they need to do just to help out and which chores they get paid for?  

Spill it!  I need all the help I can get!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Organizing Camera Equipment

One of my summer goals is to organize my office.  What a mess!  It will be a miracle if I can pull it off during this busy season with the kids home, but I'm sure going to try.  One drawer and cupboard at a time.  :)  I'm going to share things as I'm organizing them and then hopefully sooner rather than later I'll be able to give you a complete tour of the space.  This weekend I tackled my camera equipment.  I've never had a designated place for camera equipment.  Kind of crazy because I use my camera every single day.  My main camera is always just out on the table or counter somewhere and manuals and other equipment have been spread out in various cupboards and drawers and closets.  Time to consolidate!  

I have a couple of drawers in my office that pull out.  I decided to use them for things I am reaching for every day.  Camera equipment was the first thing that came to mind!  I wanted it tucked away so it stays safe, but easy to access.  (I snapped these pics with my phone since I was taking pictures of my camera.)  :)

I used small blue bins from the dollar store to hold misc. things like battery chargers and extra lens caps.  I had extra space in the drawer so I added my label maker and a few other often used office supplies I wanted close by but not on the counter.   So nice to have this all in one place!  Consolidating like things into one location really helps me stay organized.  If you aren't into photography this works for anything.  Umbrellas, extra blankets, tools, etc.  It's so easy for things to get spread out in various locations all over your house.  Bring like things together and find a place to call their home and there you go!  You're organized.  :)  

What about all of those instruction manuals that come with photography software and equipment?  Mine have been hiding in boxes I didn't need.  I went through it all tossing things I knew I wouldn't use and only keeping the essentials.  Then I grabbed some Ziploc bags to give camera instruction manuals, etc. a home.

I love using Ziploc bags because they are easy to label.  Just grab a marker and you're done!  

Then I put them all in one of my office baskets that I keep close to the drawer holding camera equipment.  

This whole thing took about 20 minutes.  Easy organizing!  
No more wasting time searching for the camera battery charger or my tripod instruction manual.   

And just for fun, here are a couple of other ways I've used Ziploc bags to organize our things.  

Happy Monday everyone!  Hope your week is off to a good start.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Friday Favorites

It's Friday my friends!  Woot woot!  Sharing a few favorites today.  Loving Loreal's Sublime Bronze tanning lotion and towelettes.  A friend gave me the towelettes for a b-day gift and I liked them so much I decided to buy the lotion.  I don't use this stuff that often, but in the summer if we have a trip coming up or I know we're going to be spending a lot of time at the beach or pool it's nice to take the edge off of my ever so fair legs.  Don't want to scare anyone after all.  :)  What I like about this particular tanner is that it shows up instantly.  You can make sure you're getting it even and exactly how dark you want it.  Love that!  You can find it on-line here or at Tarjet.

Shared this favorite tumbler on Instagram.  It's been my bff all summer.  I've found I drink more water if I have a cute cup.  :)  I've seen a lot of fun tumblers lately and I think they would make a great gift for someone in the summer time.  Wanna know my secret for drinking a lot of water every day?  I fill this up every time I'm leaving in the car.  I've found that between the three kids and everything we have going on we are in the car A LOT.  It's a great trick.  As long as you're ok running to the bathroom every time you drop the kids off somewhere.  :)

Speaking of fun cups, this mug my mom bought my dad for their 40th wedding anniversary cracked me up!  I couldn't find it on-line, but you can find similar mugs with funny sayings on them here.  I think every married man needs one of these.  

Have you all tried these yet?  They are silicone muffin/cupcake baking pans and they are so cool!  And a little strange.  A friend of mine (who knows that all I can really cook well are these banana bread muffins)  :) gave me these baking pans for my birthday back in March.  They are so flexible and bend easily so you have to really hold them carefully when they're full, but they are SO easy to clean!  I'm usually soaking my muffin pans forever and then scrubbing each little circle way longer than I'd like to after cooking.  These you just rinse off!  I'm a fan of anything I can clean in less than 10 seconds.  :)

Hands down my favorite summer shoes.  Havaianas 'Slim' flip flops.  And living in San Diego, I've tried out a lot of flip flops.  :)

And last but certainly not least, these notepads for just $3 each are probably my favorite TJ Maxx purchase to date (which is saying a lot!).  They speak my truth.  :)

Happy Friday everyone! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Laundry room rugs

K.  LAST laundry room post for a while.  Promise.  :)  Just wanted to share the first bit of decor in the laundry rooms.  Rugs!  When my mom was at my house visiting a couple of months ago it was driving her crazy that I didn't have a rug outside by our french doors that lead to the backyard.  (Kids are in and out of those doors all day.)  So when she made a Target run one afternoon to spoil my girls with yet another pair of pajama's pick up a few things we needed, she bought me this rug!  Gave it to me as a housewarming gift.  So cute, right!?   WAY too cute to be an outside door mat that the kids will inevitably trash in a matter of days.

So I decided to just try it in the main floor laundry room.  But once I put it there, it didn't want to leave.  So thanks mom.  And sorry there still isn't a rug by the back doors, but my laundry room is a happier place because of you.  :)

Isn't this a gorgeous kitchen?  I've loved this picture for so long.  What I mostly love is the black and white striped rug with that beautiful green tile back splash.  That combo just makes me smile.  

So when I was thinking about a rug for our upstairs laundry room that beloved image popped in my head and I knew exactly what I wanted up against the blue/green cabinets!  

It's a bit playful.  It really made the black hardware on our door pop.  

And it didn't want to leave either.  


p.s.  If you want to try one of these rugs in your house you can find the turquoise indoor/outdoor rug here and the black and white striped runner here