A Happy Home Is A Clean Home
  • May 22, 2017
  • Life
  • This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WorryFreeMessFree #CollectiveBiasscotchgard fabric protectorI’m sure if you asked anyone in my immediate family, they would likely describe me as somewhat of a neat freak. (I used to clean my sister’s bedroom for fun when I was younger!). When we first got Riggins we thought we would be the type of pet parents who would keep the dog off the furniture and the house spotless. That lasted about a month and then Riggins learned how to jump on the couch and it was game over. How could we resist puppy cuddles on the couch while we relaxed at night?scotchgard fabric protector I’ve since come to find a secret weapon for keeping a pet friendly, clean and happy home. Today I’m sharing that secret with you, plus more tips for keeping a clean home so you can stop worrying and start living. (Lucky you, right?!)scotchgard fabric protector

    1. I use Scotchgard™ Fabric & Upholstery Protector on our couch and pillows to keep them looking their best, even with a 45-pound dog napping on them daily. Scotchgard Fabric Protector repels liquids and block stains, doesn’t change the look, feel or breathability of fabrics and has invisible protection so our couch and pillows look fresh and new.
    2. In addition to Scotchgard Fabric Protector, I also use fabric freshener weekly on the couch.
    3. I sweep and vacuum about every other day or so (Riggins sheds a lot!). I recently purchased a rubber broom made specifically for pet hair and it’s amazing. I never knew I could get so excited about a broom, but this one is legit!
    4. Now that the weather is nice(ish) I keep the windows open as much as possible to get fresh air cycling through. I never want to have a house that smells like a dog, and I asked one of my close friends shortly after getting a dog to tell us if it ever comes to that. Keeping the windows open keeps the dog smell away, plus I just love having a nice breeze blow through the house.
    5. Did I mention Riggins sheds a lot? I lint roll the couch and pillows, plus myself nearly every day so a good lint roll is essential as well. Luckily I can pick up a lint roll, along with my other cleaning supplies at Target.
    6. Tidy up every night. Even when we’re both exhausted, Brett and I make an offer to clean up the kitchen and living room every night before bed. All dishes are put away, the table is cleaned off, the blankets get folded and the pillows arranged on the couch. It only takes a few extra minutes and I can’t tell you how nice it feels to come downstairs to a clean house every morning.

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    My Spring Uniform
  • May 8, 2017
  • Style
  • Normally this time of year I am wearing a rotation of my spring/summer dresses and skirts. With the chilly, rainy weather we’ve had this year I’m embracing a different kind of spring uniform.

    I have this jacket in a couple different colors and it’s great for layering. Add in a light scarf, the most comfortable tee ever and skinny jeans and I’m good to go.  Now here’s hoping I’ll be able to wear all my dresses and skirts sooner rather than later!spring uniform spring uniform spring uniform spring uniform spring uniform

    Wedding Registry Essentials
  • May 1, 2017
  • Life
  • Brett and I are celebrating our two year wedding anniversary this week! Where has the time gone? In honor of this anniversary, today I thought I would do a round up of our most used wedding registry items. We received so many amazing and generous gifts that we’re so thankful for, but naturally there are some that we use more often than others. If you are working on your own registry, these are the items I would consider wedding registry essentials.

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    Kitchen and Dining

    Classic White Dinnerware Set: This is our everyday dinnerware set. I like how thick they are. It makes me think they are tougher to break!
    Knife Block Set: We actually didn’t register for knives, but received them as a gift from Brett’s aunt and uncle. We thought the knife set we had was decent, but once we started using these knives we were blown away with just how much better they are.
    Flatware Set: Before getting married we had a hodgepodge of silverware and none of it was great quality. This is perfect for everyday use and we have two sets so we can have matching silverware, even when we have large parties.
    Wine Glass Sets: I’m a firm believer that you don’t need a really fancy or expensive set of wine glasses, but you do need at least one full set of red, white and champagne glasses. These are great and surprisingly we haven’t broken one yet! We also have acrylic stemless glasses for outdoor dining.
    China: I know not everyone feels that china is a necessity (I even had to talk Brett into it!), but I really like having nice dishes for special occasions. Now that we have room to store it in our guest room, we can use it more often too.

    Bed and Bath

    Bath Towels: Good towels were another thing we didn’t have before getting married so I was very excited to register for these. They are really soft and have held up well. We have these in grey and mint/white.
    Sheet Set: I recommend having at least two sets of sheets so you have a spare set on laundry day. These sheets are great and they can be monogrammed!
    Pillows: I think one of the signs of becoming an adult is investing in good pillows, and enough pillows for when you have guests visit.

    DIY Mini Flower Bouquets For Mother’s Day
  • April 27, 2017
  • Life
  • One of the most exciting things in life is seeing your close friends and family become parents. To celebrate all the new moms in my life, I wanted to do something special for them this Mother’s Day. I decided on making mini flower bouquets using seasonal flowers, tissue paper, decorative paper and twine. I also made tags to tie to the outside of each bouquet. This project was very simple and took less than an hour to make, but was just what was needed to put a smile on my (sleep deprived!) new mom friends!mini flower bouquet

    Materials:

    • At least two different types of flowers (I used spray roses and baby’s breath)
    • Tissue Paper (cut into 8×8 pieces)
    • Decorative Paper (cut into 8×8 pieces)
    • Twine or ribbon
    • Scissors
    • Gift Tags (optional)

    Directions: 

    • Bunch a few flowers, at least one stem of each, together and trim them to desired length. Each stem here is about six inches long.
    • Using a square of tissue paper, place the bunch at one corner of the paper.
    • Wrap the left side of the paper over to the opposite side, then fold the bottom corner up to the middle of the stem. Fold the right side over the top.
    • Repeat with the decorative paper, but wrap a little lower so the tissue paper sticks out.
    • Wrap the twine a few times around the bunch then add the gift tag and tie in a bow.

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    Don’t you think these would make great bridal shower or baby shower favors? I can also see them as place settings for a Spring brunch!