toy organization with delta children

I did a playroom tour post a month or so back and am excited to share a few changes we’ve made featuring Delta Children. We can all agree that the more organization the better, when it comes to the mess that is our kids’ toy situations, am I right?! My husband and I are always trying to minimize while also making a space for them that encourages creative play and fun. Two pieces that have really helped with this are this beautiful white bookshelf and toy chest from Delta Children.

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We tried a few different solutions for the kids books (i.e. bins, baskets) but both were just too hard on the books themselves. I love that this bookshelf is the perfect size for children’s books and also is a great way to display and store some of your favorite toys. The toy chest is the absolute perfect place for dress up clothes. I love that their hidden but easily accessible for the girls.

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Both pieces are great quality and a huge perk is that they were easy to assemble AND very affrodable! The bookshelf took about 20 minutes and toy chest 30 minutes or so.  We also have a Delta mini crib and have been so pleased with that as well. I highly recommend that you check out Delta Children next time you are needing kid friendly furniture items!

 

xo,

Anna

 

 

play room tour

When we first moved it wasn’t in the budget to get exactly what we wanted for the girls play room area. We settled with some garage sale storage bench finds and inexpensive bins which worked for the time but it started getting too unorganized too often. The girls didn’t have a good system to put toys away therefore they would dump out EVERY storage bench and bin and when cleaning up they’d just throw everything together and it was a nonstop mess that I couldn’t handle anymore! So for Christmas we decided to invest in a system that will minimize the mess. We also put away a bin full of toys in storage that we will cycle through every other month or so. I’m excited to share the girls fun little space with you!

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Gold Bins – Target Dollar Spot // Wooden Boxes JaneMarie Handmade

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I searched high and low for the best option for toy organization that was both cost effective and functional. This cube storage wasn’t particularly my favorite but my research continued to lead me back to them. The game changer that caused me to go this route was finding these gorgeous wooden cube boxes. They add in such character and it’s a huge plus that they hide the toys so well. You can find them at JaneMarie Handmade! They are beautifully made by Halleigh and Brittney and also can be done in varying sizes and stains.

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Mountain Peak Bookends

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One thing we really wanted to incorporate was a comfortable reading spot. I was thrilled to have found these gorgeous floor pillows made by Elizabeth at Ochre Nest. Not only are they extremely comfortable but she hand painted the watercolor plaid which I was extremely impressed by! They’ve been well loved by us all in the short time of owning them. We love to cozy up as a family and read together or watch the girls play.

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How do you organize toys? Have you found a method that you love or have you given into the mess all together? I always love to hear of new ways to organize and keep things simplified!

Thanks for stopping by!

xo,

Anna

 

lorena canals washable rug

If a washable rug isn’t one of the best ideas I’ve ever heard of than I don’t know what is. As I’m sure many of you know kids are ROUGH on everything. I noticed that our rugs had half the life in them once my kids starting walking and crawling. We ended up just throwing away a few of ours because having them cleaned was more expensive than buying a new one! I was absolutely thrilled to come across Lorena Canals gorgeous selection of washable rugs.

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The soft pink polka dot was the perfect addition to my girls’ shared room. It was subtle but delicate and lovely, exactly the theme I was going for. You can find the same style but in a grey here!

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Not only is Lorena Canals selection absolutely beautiful but they are so soft. As you can see, Caroline very much approves of the comfort level! It’s so incredibly convenient to just toss this in the washing machine when it starts getting a little dirty. I can’t recommend this brand of rugs enough. Grab your coffee and take a look through their amazing designs and styles here!

snow ice cream

After living in Florida for the last three winters to say we were excited for our first real snowfall may be an understatement. I had just gotten back from visiting my sister for the weekend and when the snow started beautifully falling Chris and I jumped on the opportunity for some family fun. He got to work bringing snow into the bathtub to build a snowman with the girls and I quickly looked up a recipe to make snow ice cream for the first time. The girls were bouncing off the walls from excitement and wonderment.

The recipe was quite easy and turned out delicious so I wanted to share it with you:

  • 1 gallon snow
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk

-Mix all ingredients together until it reaches desired consistency.

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As you can see Caroline approved and that girl appreciates some quality ice cream. Chris also requested that I take it away from him because he couldn’t stop eating it, ha!

Let me know if you give it a try and how it turns out!

xo,

Anna

 

 

holiday cheer

We enjoyed a quiet Thanksgiving at home this year with just the five of us. It included all the things that make a good Thanksgiving day – delicious food (thank you amazing local grocery store), gorgeous weather, a nice long family walk, laughter, naps, a little shopping, Christmas decorating, and finished off with a little in home date night of Law & Order SVU and a glass of wine. We definitely missed our extended family but there was something really special about a calm day at home with a relaxed agenda.

I decided to go with more subtle Christmas touches throughout the house this year with silver being a focal point and an accent of gingham. I’m excited to share with you a few pieces from some wonderful small shops.

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There’s a whole lot of brown in the house that we are renting (walls, cupboards, railings, doors, basically everything) so I try to lighten it up as much as I can when I have the opportunity. This gorgeous cream colored burlap tree skirt is from The Burlap Cottage. You know when you open something and can immediately tell that the quality will last? Well that was the case with this beauty. If you’re looking for a skirt that doesn’t distract from the tree or the rest of the decor I can’t recommend this one enough. You can also find the darling gingham ornament there as well!

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Glittered Berry Wreath – Amazon // Nativity Set – Target

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COMFORT & JOY – Jane.com // Bottle Brush Trees – Target Dollar Spot

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Buffalo Check Pillow Covers – Elemeno Pillows

We started a tradition this year where the girls got to each pick out one ornament and I picked out one for Jack. It went about as I predicted it to, Caroline heavily contemplating which one she would go with and once she decided she was set on it. Maddie on the other hand, chose about 15 very random ones and stuck with the ugliest ornament I probably have ever seen. I will write the year on them and this year will be a reminder of just how quirky and hilarious Maddie is at two and a half years old.

Ok, I have to share these amazing candles with you guys. First of all, how cute are the names?! Secondly, I was literally had on burning for five straight hours yesterday and the wax BARELY went down. You can find these amongst some other yummy scents from Diamond Elm Candles here. Also, use code ANNA10 to get 10% off your purchase through December 31st!

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What are your traditions? Do you wait to decorate until after Thanksgiving? Do you have any fun Christmas focused activities you do with your kids? I’d love to hear! I hope you all had a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving. ❤

 

house to home

It’s been a while, friends, but I am so happy to be back to writing after a chaotic season for us. Not only did we move across the country (Florida –> South Dakota) but we sold majority of our furniture and spent three weeks apart from Chris while the girls and I stayed at my parents in Louisiana and he finished up some seminary work in Orlando.   Let’s just say, I am more than thankful and relieved to be settled in our home together as a family.  I wouldn’t recommend moving at 30 weeks pregnant with two toddlers in tow to anyone but the Lord was gracious through it all and carried us through the chaos. Now that the house is in order I am excited to share with you how we decorated and also share about some small shops I worked with with that really helped make our house a home.

Let’s start with our living room. My goal for this space was for it to be comfortable, relaxing, functional, and warm. Thankfully, we have a downstairs area that we designated as the play room and all of the girls toys are kept down there. I had no idea what a luxury that would be until we experienced not having the main living area cluttered with toys all the time. I loved being able to design this room without having to factor in the need for toy organization!

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Clock – Hobby Lobby // Hanging Shelf – Little Brown Boxx // Couches – Ashley Furniture // Rug – Overstock // Pillows, Blankets, & Lamp – Target

We are currently renting and weren’t able to paint at all so I tried to brighten up the room with furniture and decor accents as much as I could. I have always previously done a collage wall over our couches but decided to try a couple of staple pieces instead. As soon as I laid my eyes on this clock from Hobby Lobby I knew I had to snag it, also with the 40% off coupon it only ended up being 40 dollars! I struggled finding the right piece to put above our other couch but stumbled across these gorgeously designed hanging shelves from Little Brown Boxx  , I was so glad when the shop owner and maker Megan said she’d like to work together. She not only creates these but also sells banners, signs, triple tier shelves, and macrame wall hangings. The shelf ended up adding the perfect unique style element while keeping the rooms minimalistic look.

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One of my favorite touches is this dusty pink accent color I went with. Target (of course) came through with the most gorgeous throw pillows and blankets that brought the whole room together.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetNow onto the girls shared room. For this space, I wanted to have a happy, fresh, and easy to clean room. We are on a really tight budget so I tried to use decor items that we already had and just repurposed them in a different way. I went back and forth about getting them matching beds and comforter sets but I figured in the end they would probably just fight about wanting whichever one they didn’t have so I opted for the safe option, ha! I’m so glad I did though because there’s a sense of satisfaction when I walk into the room and see it all matching and put together.

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Bed Frames – Amazon // Comforter Set – Target // Night Stands – Mefford Ventures

With the darker paint color on the walls in here again, I wanted to focus on brightening as much as I could. I had the privilege of working with Garrett who made the girls’ matching night stand set. His Etsy shop Mefford Ventures offers a wide variety of high quality handmade rustic furniture. These night stands not only look beautiful but are very well made and I know we will have them for many years to come.

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Table – Ashley Furniture // Chairs – Target
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Name Sign – House of Belonging. // Crib Sheet – Love Lila Ann // Mini Crib – Toys R Us

Well, there you have it, a little peak into our home. Thank you so much for stopping by and please never hesitate to ask questions about certain products or anything I post about! Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

nursery tour

I’m so glad I am finally getting around to documenting the girls room in full. It is my favorite place to be and has already held some of the most dear memories I will treasure forever.

Since we are in a two bedroom apartment this room serves as the play room, bedroom, and stores all the toys so organization and functionality have been key in putting it together. I look forward to someday, Lord willing, being in a house with more square footage but am incredibly thankful for this space that I’ve created for the girls to play, explore, rest, and learn. A positive to being in a “smaller” home is that it has forced me to be much more minimalistic than I normally would be. We’ve purged several times and I feel like we are left with the perfect balance of just enough toys to give them options but not too many to overwhelm them.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy seeing a peek inside our little home!

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// Headband Organizer – The Painted Plank // Romper – Wind Charmer Clothing //

Caroline’s little toddler bed was made by a local craftsman. This was a great option for us because it maximized the open floor space in their room. Also, her old crib mattress and bedding fit perfectly  on it which was a cost effective way to transition her into a big girl bed.

These little baskets have been one of the best ideas i’ve ever had. They were a steal at Ikea ($7.99), hold the perfect amount of diapers that are easily accessible, and are sturdy. The little heart shelf was also an amazing find for 2 dollars at a thrift store. I love to hang the girls outfits for the following day and the little tins on top hold alphabet flash cards and the memory game. I am someone who appreciates efficiently and really all of these small details in organizing have helped with that a great deal.

 

Another space saver has been these Ikea picture frame shelves that I used for books. I will say, one negative about these has been that it can be difficult to get the books to stay up there, especially if you try to layer them in front of each other. The little hanging toys baskets were found at Target (of course) for three dollars a piece! I was so excited that I bought about seven! Haha.

Well, there you have it! The room that I have spent hours on end thinking through, organizing, and putting my heart into. Feel free to ask any questions about where something is from, how I narrowed down toys, etc.

I wanted to finish off with a few tips that I have for anyone having a hard time putting their nursery together:

1.) Look at thrift stores for the items that are expensive to buy new such as baskets, mirrors, frames, shelves.

2.) Think about the tasks you will be doing every day in the room and how to best make them functional. As mamas, we do certain things thousands of times (diaper changes, getting kids dressed, putting away laundry) so spend some time figuring out what type of setup would reduce the time and energy you put into these things.

3.) Find great organization for the toys AND get rid of items your kids don’t play with or wear enough. This has drastically changed how much I enjoy being in the girls room and I am in there a lot so I really wanted to have it be a refreshing place.

4.) Have fun with it! What a gift that you’re the one who gets to put together your child’s room! Where they will create memories, read hundreds of stories, giggle, play, and know that they are loved and cared for.

Hopefully these tips can be of some help! Have a wonderful weekend, friends!