Keeping it Simple

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Simple Tips to Organize Your Pantry

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I am always so surprised by how much food we go through in our house.  You would think that I would be used to it since I go shopping every week and buy a lot of food, but it still surprises me.  I always think that I am buying a lot of food and that it will last for a month or so and then all the sudden it will be gone in a week (those growing boys of mine are going to eat me out of house and home pretty soon).  Since we go through so much fun, I LOVE a good sale where I can stock up on food that I know that we will go through and eat quickly.  Right now Albertsons and it's banner stores are having a huge anniversary sale,  I'm going to head there and stock up on some food and you should too!  But before I go shopping I have to organize my pantry so I can fit all the food I plan to  buy.  I wanted to share some simple tips that worked really well for me in my pantry!
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I shopped at Safeway at the anniversary sale but you can shop at the different stores like Albertsons, Vons, or Amigos.   
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From July 29 until August 11 the stores are going to have a variety of deals that you aren't going to want to miss!  I love shopping these sales because the more you buy the more you save.  Plus whenever go I into one of the stores all the workers are so nice and friendly with me, I love that they ask me if I need help finding anything.

I picked up some Lay's Potato Chips and some Gatorade.  These are perfect for afternoon snacks for my kids.  During the sale you can get the Gatorade, 8-pack 20 oz. bottles for $3.99 each when you buy 5. You can also get Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast for $1.79 a pound and Pepsi, 24 pk cubes for $5.88 when you buy 2.

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I decided that I needed to organize my pantry, it was a disaster in there.  So I cut out some vinyl and separated my food into different groups.  I'm hoping that this will help for organization purposes but also for inventory purposes.  I can look at shelf and see what is there and see quickly whether or not I need more food of a certain kind.
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I put the vinyl directly onto the shelf and then put the food onto the shelf.
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I also picked up some baskets to put snacks into.  I decided to separate some of the bulk snacks that I buy into sandwich bags.  This way my kids can grab an individual bag of chips rather than eating the whole big bag.  It's a great way to help with portion control (for them and for me).  I also put the Gatorade in a basket so they can grab one real quick too.  
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I also got a basket for some miscelaneous snacks.  Have you ever had three boxes opened with just one package in each one.  These baskets help with that.  I just put a bunch of the snacks into the basket and threw away the box.  It makes it so much easier to see what we have and it makes it less cluttered.
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My kids approved of the bags of chips and Gatorade.  They were pretty excited to read the "afternoon snacks" label and know that they could have whatever was in the basket for their snack.
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Look at that smile, he's one happy kid!!
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And I'm one happy mom because my pantry is more organized and ready for me to stock up on some more food to get ready for the school year!
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What kinds of foods do you go through the most?  

Monday, July 27, 2015

DIY Disney Princesses Notebooks

School is coming soon (yay!!!) and the stores have all of their school supplies out (another yay!).  I love to get stocked up on school supplies this time of year because they are so cheap!  I love to buy regular supplies and then turn them into fun designs and characters.  My little girl is started to really love all of the Disney Princesses, so I thought I would turn some composition notebooks into princesses.  They were so easy to make and they turned out so cute!!!!  

Here is a quick video of how I made them:

I cut the pieces of glitter paper to be 6 5/8 inches by 6 5/8 inches (the bottom piece) and the top piece to be 6 5/8 inches by 3 1/4 inches.  I glued them on and then decorated it with trim.  Super easy!!

Here are the 9 princesses I made:
Elsa and Anna

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Snow White and Aurora
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Jasmine and Ariel

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Belle and Cinderella

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And here they are altogether!  I love how they turned out!  And so does my little girl :).
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Who is your favorite Disney princess?  Belle has always been mine!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sweet Treats that Kids will Love {MMM #288 Block Party}

Polly, here from Pieces by Polly as your host for this week.  There were so many fun kids know the kind with lots of sprinkles, food coloring, and candies to make them so fun, I knew we needed a sweet treats round-up.

The last couple weeks, I've been celebrating Happy Harry Potter with Marissa and have been super busy with some new Harry Potter themed projects and several guest posts.  
Harry Potter Always and Doe Patronus Pillow | Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Pillow | Harry Potter Wand Skirt | Christmas-in-July Tie Tutorial | 
And I'm also in the middle of hosting a Harry Potter Quilt Along to celebrate the release of my Harry Potter Single Hogwarts House Quilt and Harry Potter Hogwarts Crest Quilt patterns.  It's not too late to join!

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Easy and Simple Ways to Organize a Small Laundry Room

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Laundry......  It is one of my biggest enemies.  I swear I am always doing laundry and no matter how much I do, there is always more to do!  I am always asking my kids if they would just run around in their underwear, but apparently they are too old for that now, sigh.  So I get to do laundry, over and over again.  Since my kids are getting older I am making them do a lot of the work.  I do the laundry and fold it, but I make them put it away.  I came up with a system in my small laundry room and I'm excited to share it with you because it has been working great for us!
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I have a fairly small laundry room, so in order to make it work, I have added several shelves and cabinets.  Right above my washer I keep my detergent, dryer sheets and bleach.  
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And on the other side we have another cabinet/table and a shelf with a rod to hang clothes on.  This has been a life saver for me, it's so nice to be able to hang up the clothes as I am folding them because if I don't do it then, it won't get done!  I definitely recommend some kind of folding table, if you can't fit one in, you can always build one over your washer and dryer like I did in my last house :).   
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One of the major problems we were having was getting clothes mixed up (especially when my husband folded the clothes).  When you have three boys, that are only 2 years apart, all of their clothes start to look the same and it's hard to tell them apart.  So I would try to separate them but when they went to put away their clothes they didn't know where their clothes began or ended.  They needed me to show them which ones were theirs.  So my solution- I made hangers into dividers.  Now they know exactly what shirts are theirs (and my husband knows exactly where to put them when he folds them!).  
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They were really easy to make and only took a few minutes.  I cut a piece of fabric 13"x 12".  The 13" in going to be how wide it is and the 12" will be folded in half.  
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First I hemmed the edges along the top and the bottom.  Then I folded it in half and sewed the sides together.  
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Then I placed the kid sized hanger onto the fabric to see where to cut a little slit for the hanger to go through.
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I cut everyone's name out of heat transfer vinyl and then ironed it on.  Super easy and fun!  I love that it brightens up the room too!#ad Easy-and-simple-ways-to-organize-your-laundry-room #TotalBleachControl (7)
Aren't they fun?  The kids were so excited to see them!
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The next thing I did was give everyone their own bucket for pants, shorts, socks and underwear.  I used to create piles but they didn't stay separated very long and it became a big mess.  The buckets are so easy to make, just put some vinyl on them and then you are good to go.  
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When I was doing laundry my 4-year-old  asked if she could help me fold.  She was excited to be able to put them into the buckets.  She also enjoyed trying to throw the clothes into the buckets in the back, it was pretty fun and entertaining, like playing a game.
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Once the load was done, she took her bucket and put away her clothes and brought back an empty bucket.  My 8-year-old asked me today if he could put away his clothes, he NEVER does that!  So I think that personalized buckets worked!!  Now they don't have any excuses for not knowing whether or not they have clothes to put away, making my life a lot easier. Woohoo!
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Another thing that I did to help get my laundry room in order is pick up some new bleach products from Clorox®.  I picked up the Clorox® Bleach Packs™ and  Clorox® Bleach Crystals™ because liquid bleach really worries me, I'm always nervous that some might splash out of the washer and get onto my clothes.  
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Luckily for me these new Clorox® Bleach Packs™ aren't like liquid bleach, they are water activated so you don't have to worry about it getting onto your clothes.  Woohoo!   They come in packs and you just toss them onto the drum of the washer with your whites. They are easy and MESS FREE!!  I'm so excited to start using bleach again (at least more often) because my white clothes aren't looking as white as I would like them too.  Plus these are Clorox® bleach products, so I know I can trust that they will do the job.  
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I got the new Clorox® Bleach Packs™ and  Clorox® Bleach Crystals™ at Walmart.  They are with the other laundry detergents and bleach.  
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How do  you organize your laundry room?  What do you do to tackle laundry before it starts to tackle you?  I would love to hear from you!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

MINIONS Crafts, Food and Recipes {MMM #287 Block Party}

Have you seen the new Minions movie?  I'm excited to take my kids to it, they are so fun and funny!  Here are lots and lots of Minions ideas! Lots of amazing DIY crafts, recipes, party ideas and more for Minion lovers

The world seems to be Minion crazy and you guys are no exception. I had a different theme of featured planned for this week but when I looked through the last few weeks of Block Party it was clear that a Minion feature needed to be done! So here are tons of minion crafts, recipes, and DIYs. Minion Party Ideas | Minion Muddy Buddy Munch | Minion Cupcakes | Minion Snack Bag and Printable | DIY Minion Shirts | Asian Chicken Salad | Minion Snack Boxes and treats | Minion Wreath | Minion Cereal Mix | Minion Apple Cakes Recipe | Minion Sweet and Savory Snack Mix | Minion Ice Cream | Thanks a Minion Cards | Chocolate Chip Banana Bread | Yellow Cupcakes |Minion Crayons | Minion Twinkies | Minion Frozen Pops I Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings am super excited because my favorite two weeks of the year are here! Every year I do a Happy Harry Potter series full of Harry Potter recipes, DIYs, crafts, book reviews, giveaways, and more. This year over 40 amazing bloggers and sponsors are joining it and it all starts bright and early Monday morning. I hope you'll stop by and let all your Harry Potter loving friends know about it! 
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