Monday, October 3, 2022

Everyday Organizing for Busy Moms {Stockpile Supplies}



October is here!!!  I love the fall and October is one of my favorite months. As a child Halloween was always one of my favorite holidays, I love all the pumpkins, and it's the start of the holiday season. SO much to love about October.  October is also a VERY busy month for us.  It's usually the time that fall sports begin to overlap with winter sports so there are added practices which is always fun in the game I like to call How will I get everyone where they need to be?


A new month means a new post in the Everyday Organizing for Busy Moms series.  This month is about stockpiling supplies and no I don't mean hoarding toilet paper like the early Covid days.  I'm talking about school supplies, gifts, and other things to keep on hand that will make you life a little easier.  

It's usually around this time of the school year that my kids end up running out of things.  They either need new mechanical pencils, index cards, or even just notebook paper.  I have a bin of school supplies like these that I keep in our hall closet so that when someone needs something I'm not running out to the store every time.  I also keep several sheets of poster board on hand because it never fails there is a project or something due I find out about at the last minute.  

Generic birthday cards and gift cards are also great to have on hand.  Between three kids we get a lot of birthday party invites and while we do special gifts for close friends, often times a gift card is what everyone wants and it's just as easy for me to buy a pack of three when I'm picking them up so I have the extras on hand at home.  

Just when I thought the days of playing dress-up were over, the teenage years are proving me wrong!  As the kids get older there are all sorts of themed practices, spirit theme days, and football games to dress up for.  I keep all of our costume accessories and popular theme dress-up things stockpiled together.  Sort of like the grown up version of the dress-up basket that used to live in our play room. Of course I have had to buy some things for the special days, but I always make sure to put everything back in one place when they are done with it so when the next themed day rolls around, I know right where to send them to hunt for the perfect piece instead of re-buying each time. 

Another thing I try to always keep stockpiled are snacks and drinks.  I love for my kids to have friends over and I want them to always feel comfortable with lots of snack and drink options. I try to keep our basement and drink fridge stocked with waters, sports drinks, and sodas and I always get individually packaged snacks to keep in our pantry and in the basement so the kids can always have a variety of things to choose from. 

The last thing I keep stockpiled are toiletries, medicines, toothbrushes, and stuff like that.  I'll usually stock up when they are on sale so I always have a back up or two in the closet or under the bathroom cabinet for when we run out. It just makes life easier to not feel the need to rush to the store when someone is out of something. 

Do you keep anything stockpiled at your house?  Share with me in the comments!  

EVERYDAY ORGANIZING FOR BUSY MOMS 

January {Keep a Family Calendar}

February {To-Do Lists} 

March {Time Pockets}

April {Declutter}

May {Laundry & Dishes}

June {Meal Planning & Grocery Lists}

July {Paper Planners}

August {Stay on top of it!}

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A Southern Girl's Guide to Fall Favorites {Giveaway}

 

Listen, we all get excited about Fall. We dream of cozy sweaters, warm boots, crisp nights by the fire... But in reality, this is the South. We can frolic in our favorite flannels all we want, but by lunchtime we'll be regretting no making lighter fashion choices. 

We do get those hints of Fall weather occasionally, but we've learned to keep those cozy Sorrel boots in the back of the closet until at least December. Maybe January. 


We were chatting/laughing with our friends Barbara and Audrey at Findlay Rowe the other day about this Southern Fall phenomenon that occurs, and decided to come up with a more realistic approach this year. Thus, "A Southern Girl's Guide to Fall Favorites" was born. 

So, while we are still keeping the dream of cooler temps and less bugs alive, here is our version of what you really need to put on your radar for Fall this year. 


Southern Girl's Guide to Fall


A SOUTHERN GIRL'S GUIDE TO FALL FAVORITES


THYMES SIMMERED CIDER CANDLES
It might not feel like fall, but it can smell like it! Findlay Rowe has an amazing selection of candles on hand and while we are partial to the infamous Volcano candle most of the year, in the Fall we like to switch it to these Simmered Cider Candles. 



They smell ah-mazing (even when not lit), and are contained in the cutest hammered coppered containers. It's the one candle that every one comments when they enter our homes each and every Fall, and every year we buy a ton of them so we can enjoy them all season long. 

We love the pot sized ones, but the mug ones are adorable too. Bonus: they are perfect for repurposing for yummy Moscow Mules later! 


WORLD'S SOFTEST WEEKEND SOCKS
Here's the thing...We love all those cozy fleeces and sweaters because they are soft. No one says we can't wear at least one soft thing, but still be temperature appropriate. So, let that one thing be your feet and we will now introduce you to the World's Softest Weekend Socks. 



OMG. These things feel like angels spun them from their wings, and the Fall gods gifted them to us as a reward for all things humid. So crank down the AC, grab one of the many fabulous pairs Findlay Rowe has in stock, and get ready for your feet to live their best Fall life. 





OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING
While we joke about Fall days still being hot, we are blessed with the fact that Fall nights tend to lack the humidity and mosquito mafia that ruins outdoor dining in the thick of Summer. Eliminating those hurdles, Southerners flock to patios everywhere, and outdoor entertaining is enjoyable until at least December. 


With that we come prepared with not one, but three must haves that we put on our Fall Favorites list. First is the Brumate Insulated Canteen. This thing can fit an entire bottle of wine (or 24oz of any beverage of choice), and keep any liquid both hot or cold for several hours. So from dining al fresco to tailgating to sidelines at fall ball, it's got you covered. Not to mention it comes in a ton of cute colors and patterns. 

Second on the list, is Beatrice Ball serving pieces. These are a year round favorite, but when you start moving your parties outdoors, or want something cute to display that tailgate treat on, they are life changing. Beatrice Ball makes their products out of melamine, so if in the event there is a stumble or a dropped dish, no messy clean-up! 



Third, grab yourself a charcuterie board! Findlay Rowe has a ton of great options in stock. From small to oversized. From wood to ceramic. From encountrements to serving accessories. They have all your charcuterie needs, and nothing partners better with Fall than a beautiful board of cheese. Nothing. 






BAREFOOT DREAMS
From cool bus stop mornings to crispy Friday game nights and everything in between our go-to bonus layer is a Barefoot Dreams cardigan. This is literally one of the best purchases we have ever made for our wardrobes. 


Barefoot Dreams cardis are made of the dreamiest feeling fabrics, and with the variety of trendy styles available, you won't look like you're great-grandma's favorite accessory next time you need a little extra warmth.


THEMED HOLIDAY DECOR
Just because we can't frolic in our plaids, doesn't mean we haven't been spreading our Fall everywhere. Particularly - our homes! 



Fall decor, Game day decor, Halloween decor, Thanksgiving decor...the options are endless and some weeks we even get the joy of doing a little of at least three of these categories. So next time you see a cute Fall outfit shared on that popular show based out of New England, just remember this is the South and the tables are topped and our homes are popped!!










FALL FAVORITES GIVEAWAY
Thankfully we have two Findlay Rowe's in our backyards to help us sprinkle all that glorious southern Fall everywhere we go. And we want to share some of that with you too! 



One lucky winner will receive the following Fall Favorites: 
- 1 Beatrice Ball Melamine Platter
- 1 Brumate Canteen
- 1 Appetizer Book
- 2 Simmered Cider Mug Candles
- 1 Pair of Weekend Socks
-  1 Marble Decorative Dip Serving Bowl and Spoon
- 1 Savannah Bee Company Pumpkin Spice Honey

Winner will be drawn randomly and announced on Friday, October 7th. Winner must be 18 or over, and reside in the continental U.S. Winner will have 48hrs to claim prize or a new winner will be drawn. 

Enter by leaving a comment below answering this question: 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FALL THING? 

You can also gain an additional entry by commenting on THIS POST on Instagram. 




Happy Fall Y'all! 


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Friday, September 16, 2022

5 Tips to Transition Your Home Decor for Fall with Casabella

We love summer around here, but we really LOVE fall.  There is just something about the cool, crisp air and pumpkin spice everything that makes us excited to start swapping out decor pieces in our home. Making little changes here and there can really be the perfect way to update for a new season. We popped into Casabella in East Cobb earlier this week to grab a few things and were in love with all things fall!  We got inspired to decorate our own homes, so today we are sharing 5 tips to transition your home decor for Fall. 

1. Add throw pillows and blankets

One of our favorite ways to update for a new season is to use throw pillows in tones and patterns that fit the season.  Just swapping out lighter colors and fabrics for darker and thicker fabrics like velvet, faux fur, or leather can instantly change the look of your space.  Layer in blankets on couches, accent chairs and in baskets to near sitting areas. Opt for thicker and textured blankets to create a space that is warm and inviting. 




2.  Incorporate pumpkins in your decor's color palette

An easy way to add touches of fall is to use decorative pumpkins on console tables, mantles and kitchen islands. Some of you might adore a traditional orange pumpkin, but if not, Casabella has endless options to coordinate with every color palette.  You can easily mix in neutral shades of wool pumpkins or go bold with blue velvet ones! 

3. Tie in seasonal tablescapes 

Whether its your dining room that only gets used sparingly or your eat-in kitchen table that is used multiple times a day, the centerpieces and table linens are a perfect way to dress up your home with a festive fall setup. Layer neutral items you already own with darker chargers and napkins and don't forget to add pumpkins for a complete fall tablescape! 



4. Freshen the air 

We know it's important to play to all of our senses so don't forget how important aromas are. With the start of autumn comes scents of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin. Candles and diffusers with these fall scents are a wonderful way to cozy up at relax at home. 


5. Swap seasonal greenery 

Using greenery is the perfect opportunity to mix some summer and fall colors. We love bringing nature indoors and even if it is faux greenery, it just helps bring your home to life! The great thing about greenery is that there are flowers and fruit for every season so using sunflowers, sprigs of berries and mixing in the colorful leaves that fall brings is a wonderful way to set the tone in your home.


Need help finding some inspiration? Be sure to visit Casabella in Marietta and you will be be in fall decor heaven like we were!


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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Fashion Fix {Western Boots We Love}

We've had some cooler mornings around here and I am living for it!!! I know it's sort of a tease and I've lived in the south long enough to know we still have a little bit of warm weather left, but it won't be long now until we are busting out our boots and sweaters.    

Western inspired boots are trending this fall and we are seeing them EVERYWHERE! I personally love this style and you don't have to be heading to a rodeo to sport this look. They look great with dresses, skirts or denim. We've rounded up some of our favorites in all different price points to help give your fall wardrobe a fresh kick. 


As you can see some of these have a very western flare while others just have subtle details that give them the western look. All of these boots come in multiple colors, too!








8. Layla Western Boot - $130 

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Stadium Approved Clear Bag Options

 Football season is officially here. Indoor Winter sports are on their way. And Concerts are back! All this means stadiums are back in business and we've all got to dust off our stadium approved clear bags from the back of the closet. 

Or buy a super cute new one!

Last week we told you where you can find some super cute straps to add to your bags, but today is all about the bag itself. Luckily the fashion world has caught on that the clear bag rule is here to stay, so now there are a ton of trendy stadium approved options available. 

Here's a peek at just a few ones we've found lately...


Stadium Approved Clear Bags


1. Clear Bag with Gold Chain

2. Square Clear Bag

3. Clear Bag with Leather Accents

4. Team Color Accent Clear Bag

5. Metal Accent Clear Bag (gold & silver option available)

6. Black Trim & Chain Clear Bag

7. Gold Stud Clear Bag

8. Gold Stud with Pouch Clear Bag (gold & black option available)

9. Leather Trim with Pouch Clear Cross Body Bag (tons of colors available)

10. Circle w/Tassel Clear Bag

11. Acrylic Style Clear Bag



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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Book Club: August 2022

 

Wow, it's already September!  It's still really warm here in the south, but we have hopes that the cooler fall temperatures are near and that has us dreaming of curling up in a blanket, book in hand, and reading by a fire!  Doesn't that just sound lovely. Actually we will probably still be listening to Audible while running our kids from one practice to the other, but we can dream, right?! 

We've got lots of fun books to share this month so settle in and get ready to add some of these to your must-read lists! 



WHAT WE READ...

CARRIE BETH


I flew through some books this month and loved almost all of them!  


Up first for me this month was The Royal's Next Door by Karina Halle. I usually love anything having to do with royalty so couldn't wait to give this book a try.  Just as the title implies, a royal couple moves in and the girl-next-door is left to manage the media and security circus that follows them.  After a few run-ins with their personal protection officer a little romance starts to grow and before they know it they are sneaking around to spend more time with each other.  It was a cute story. 


Next up for me was Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez.  I have never ready anything by this author and it was just sort of a random pick when I was scrolling options on Audible.  Oh my goodness!!!  I am SO happy that I decided to download it because it was SO good. I really loved this story and it was one of my favorites that I have read in a while. A big city, big time doctor who comes from a very influential medical family happens to be passing through a small town and has a chance meeting with a local bed & breakfast manager.  Not only is he much younger than her, his small town lifestyle is completely opposite of what she is used to.  A one night stand turns in to a secret relationship until their worlds get crossed and the bigger question of would you give up everything for true love must be answered.  The emotions I felt when listening to this book were amazing.  I laughed, cried and it all felt so believable.  Overall it was a feel-good book, but it did touch on some heavier topics like abuse. If you love a good love story I highly recommend this one!  


Because I loved my first book by Abby Jimenez so much I looked to see what else she had written and was pleasantly surprised to find a 3 part series.  The Friend Zone, The Happily Ever After Playlist, and Life's Too Short. Naturally I dove into these right away. I wasn't holding my breath that I would enjoy them as much, but you know what, I did!  She kept the same formula with all of them, but it works for her and I say don't fix something that isn't broken. The point of view switches back and forth between the female and male characters which I really enjoyed. They all grabbed my attention right from the beginning, had the same feel-good, heartwarming love stories, and they all wove in different serious topics such as infertility, grief, depression, and chronic illness.  Each book refers to characters you got to know in the previous stories which I also really loved.  Again, if you are a love story fan I would start with Part of Your World and then move to these!  



JEN



The It Girl is my third book from Ruth Ware and each time she gets me with the slow twisty turn-y way she tells a novel. I listened to the audible of this one, and she has a fantastic reader. Although I enjoyed the plot of this one, it wasn't my favorite of her books. 

The story follows a group of college students both during the events leading up the murder of their friend and what happens ten years later. Their friend was every bit the "it girl", and the world seems fixated on the true crime story once again when the murderer dies in jail. The whole world thinks the case is officially closed...except for the one who put him in jail. 

Parts of this one seemed to be repetitive and drag on to me. Like I just wanted to speed it up and figure out what really happened. Otherwise it was an interesting take on a college suspense thriller.



Next up, Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan. This was a fun and light rom-com made for all the Hallmark movie lovers out there. Nora is a single mom who's house is over taken by a movie studio for a screenplay that she wrote about her marriage - or at least the crash landing of it. She meets mega star Leo who plays the lead in the film. He's grumpy, drunk, and high maintenance. But once things wrap up, he doesn't want to leave. Not really knowing what to say, Nora agrees to letting the actor stay. But is there more to him than meets the eye? Or is he just a really good actor? 

I loved the characters of this one! The unique twist on some of the rom-coms I've been reading lately has been fun, and the fact that this one actually featured older grown-ups and a mom was a bonus. It was a little more PG, and a little more predictable at times, but the ending surprised me a bit and made me up it to a solid four star read.



The Love of My Life has been sitting on my nightstand for months now. I've been in a thriller mood, so I decided to finally dig into it. And I'm so glad I did! It's a slow burn kind of thriller that follows a very in love couple. Emma is a semi-famous marine biologist, and Leo is an Obituary writer for a big publication. They have have everything they've dreamed of until one day they wake up and Leo realizes he is married to a complete stranger.

 Bit and pieces of the Emma's secrets get released over the course of the story, and all build up to a heartbreaking twist. It was one I did not see coming, and I was shocked at how much I thought the story would turn a different way. I enjoyed this one more than Ghosted, and it's definitely one I would put on my "recommend" list to read ASAP if you like thrillers on the lighter side with a romantic twist.



WHAT'S UP NEXT...

CARRIE BETH 



I'm always a fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid and have been waiting for her newest release, Carrie Soto is Back.  Can't wait to get started on this one!  


JEN

Same! I am going with Carrie Beth on this one and Carrie Soto is Back is already queued up in my Audible. I love TJR books and early reviews say this one is just as good as her previous novels! So if you need me over the next few days - don't. I'm busy with all the things so I can listen to it! ;)




WHAT DID YOU READ LAST MONTH? ANYTHING YOU LOVED THAT WE SHOULD PUT ON OUR READING LISTS? SHARE WITH US!

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