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Playhouse Makeover

Every time I see a fixer upper, i envision all the little tweaks i would love to do to update it. When I saw a local playhouse for sale, I immediately saw a modern little farmhouse for Hudson to play in. I snatched it up and Josh and I went to work!

The Process

First, we took the playhouse apart. We then drilled drain holes in the bottom of the pieces since we knew we would be power washing it and we didn’t want to get any water stuck inside.

We then power washed and scrubbed it.

After drying, we spray painted each piece. We added an additional coat to each, then finished with a clear top coat spray.

The only pieces that could not be removed were the shutters, so I wrapped the walls in plastic wrap, and using painters tape to secure it, while I spray painted it.

I purchased solar lights, a bell and mat. After drying, we drilled in the lights and bell, and I added topiaries. Hudson loves it! The neutral colors make it easy for us to decorate each season!

House

Spray Paint

Black

White

Clear Top Coat

Accessories

Solar Lights

Bell

Door Mat

Topiaries (similar)

Toddler Activities We Love: Do a Dot Art

Each morning, I like to have a fun activity lined up for Hudson. With excessive rain as of late, it’s nice to have a variety of activities prepared if it means we will be spending a good portion of the day inside. I wanted to start sharing different activities we love weekly on the blog if it helps other mamas too! I would love to hear yours, as well!

We have had our fair share of marker art on our white sofa (thank goodness for spot remover & washable slip covers!) Hudson loves to paint, and we do so often, but maximum clean up isn’t ideal for every day. When my boyfriend’s sweet family got these Do-A-Dot markers and activity books for Hudson, it was the perfect hybrid of the two, mess-free! We love gifting it to his friends for birthdays & holidays, also!

Activity Books: Letters, Numbers & Shapes | 123 |Construction | Work TrucksMighty Trucks | Discover My World | Mermaid | Animals

Markers: Ice Cream Dreams | Ultra Bright Shimmer | Metallic Shimmer | Rainbow | Brilliant | Royal Shimmer | Juicy Fruits

Last Minute Easter Gift Ideas

Easter Gift Ideas

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If you late to the game this year, here’s a roundup of colorful basket fillers that can all be delivered with 2 day shipping or sooner!

 

 

Where to Still Snag Cyber Monday Deals

Abercrombie: Up to 50% off select styles!

American Eagle: 50% all sweaters + 40% off everything else!

Banana Republic: Extra 50% off sales styles + 40% off everything else!

Baublebar: 35% off everything! Code CYBER35

Express: 50% off everything + Free Shipping!

Gap: 50% off everything + extra 10% + Free Shipping! Code CYBER

J.Crew: 50% off everything + extra 60% off sale styles! Code CYBER

Nordstrom: Up to 60% off + Spend $250, get $50!

Old Navy: 50% off everything!

One Kings Lane: 30% off site wide!

Pottery Barn: 25% off + free shipping! Code CYBER

Revolve: Extra 20%! Code CYBER20

Shopbop: Additional 30% sale items! Code WOW18

Victoria’s Secret: 40% off all bras + select sales!

The Subtle Statement Selects 

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GloPRO – This is one of my favorite beauty purchases!

a Slouchy Sweater (50% off!)

Cozy flannels + Distressed Denim (Both 40% off!)

Fall Transition

Cardigan | Tank | Denim | Boots | Bag | Earrings

Hudson: Shirt | Joggers | Boots

You know that time of year when the morning air is crisp enough to make you reach for cardigans and boots? That transition period gets me so ecstatic, because I live for all things Fall!

I can’t count the number of times that I realize Hudson and I are unintentionally in coordinating clothing. Coincidence, or maybe my subconscious styling us? ha. It was his first time strolling city streets this week, (we live in the middle of corn fields, cows, and crickets!) and he loved every minute of it! He’s definitely his mama’s child!

I love transition pieces like long cardigans, utility and denim jackets, because I can layer them over tanks and tees, and remove them as it warms up throughout the day. These boots are ridiculously comfy, and come in sleek neutrals!

The joy on his face captures my heart! There is nothing I love more than taking him places to explore!

We couldn’t end the day without a treat! The Milkshake Factory is high up on the list of deliciousness, and one of our new faves! If you’re in the city, it’s a must!

How I Organize Toddler Snacks

I have always loved organization, but when it comes to small spaces, it can get tricky! My solution to everything is using baskets or bins, you can never have enough! Without a pantry, snacks can easily get messy, and unseen. I love having a system to keep them organized, so I know what we have, and makes an easy grab and go solution! It also makes it convenient while I’m at work, so Hudson’s snacks are all in one spot and are easily accessible. I buy baskets 10″ long, that fit perfectly in my cabinets. These are great, too!

I purchase his snacks in bulk, it’s cheaper and keeps us fully stocked! These are some of our favorites here, here and here.

For items in bigger boxes, I transfer them into baggies with the name and date and stick them in a basket, to eliminate unnecessary space.

In the fridge, I use fridge organizers for his yogurt, and juice boxes. If we have plans to leave, I’ll cut up an apple ahead of time and stick it in a bag with cheese and crackers for a healthy snack pack!

I love using reusable bags for snacks also! They’re washable, and I can throw them in my bag. I’d love to hear your favorite organization hacks!

Have a great week! xo Brittany

My Favorite Chemical-Free Cleaning Products

Ever since I became pregnant with Hudson I have tried to switch to as many chemical free, yet effective cleaning products as possible. I love being able to clean, and not have to worry about him inhaling harsh chemicals! These are some of my favorites that work for me!

Shark Steam Pocket Mop This was one of the best purchases I made when Hudson was a baby. Not only did it help clean up the sticky floor underneath his high chair, but it made me feel so much better knowing I was sanitizing where his little hands were crawling daily! I use it in my kitchen, on my hardwoods, and in my bathrooms. I love that it’s only water, and not sticky residue from chemicals!

Norwex Blue Diamond All-In-One Bathroom Cleaner & Bathroom Scrub Mitt This make cleaning the tub, and shower extremely quick and simple. I can rinse and stick Huds right in the tub afterwards, without worrying about harsh chemicals or fumes! It cleans, descales, and deeply penetrates into surfaces to eliminate bacteria, germs, hard water scales, soap scum and dissolves rust stains!

The Laundress Home Spray I love to spritz this on sheets while making the bed. It reminds me of fresh sheets with a Summer breeze blowing through an open window. It has natural antibacterial properties that add scent while removing odor. I spray it on our duvet then use my hand steamer to kill germs and make it smell fresh! It’s perfect for things that can’t be washed often, even dry clean only clothing, drapes, upholstery and carpet!

Norwex Envirocloth & Window Cloth I can go on all day about the Envirocloth because I love being able to wipe down my counters and table without any harsh scents, while still removing 99% of bacteria. It also eliminates the need for 60 paper towels while I clean, because I’m the worst! In combination with the window cloth, my mirrors and showers look extra sparkling in just a few minutes! I use it to wipe down toy bins, carseats and strollers, also!

Thieves Household Cleaner This makes me excited to clean, because it makes our home smell Christmas! I use it in our kitchen to smell amazing and deep clean and degrease. I clean toys, and wipe down the boys’ play food truck and shopping carts with it. It’s concentrated so I just add a capful to a glass bottle and fill the rest with purified water, a little goes a really long way!

Seventh Generation Ultra Power Plus Dish Soap and Dishwasher Detergent I love that they are free of dyes and fragrances and they actually make my dishes look better! My water bottle lids used to have a funky taste after using regular detergents, I don’t have that problem with these!

Feel free to share some of your favorites below!

Have a great weekend! Xo

Swimsuit Steals

Bikini Top | Bikini Bottom | Sunnies | Lip Color: Goddess & Razzberry

Hudson: Swimsuit | Sunnies | Sandals

As if these high waisted swimwear separates weren’t already a serious budget find, they’re currently BOGO 50%! That means you can get this swimsuit under $30, run girl, RUN! I love the crochet detail on the top, and the bottoms have a fun little tie on the back. They are two separates I mixed and matched, but they’re also great staples to pair with other pieces like a cute black and white stripe or gingham print! Click here to see some of my favorite suits on sale!

I found this cute little one piece SPF 50 rashguard swimsuit for Huds, that was too cute to pass up (espeiclaly for the price!) It was perfect for going to the beach in scorching temps! There are similar versions here, here, and here!

Enjoy your day!