Toy Storage Solution

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Let me just preface this post by saying that the toy area in our home doesn’t always look like this. Those books in the middle end up all over the floor a lot, and there are usually little trucks everywhere BUT having this storage unit makes cleanup very quick and easy because there is a place for things and it’s not all piled in the corner like it used to be.

When we bought our house, we weren’t thinking ahead and didn’t plan to have enough room for a family and all of the fun things that go along with having kids around. When Ben was an infant, it was easy because he didn’t have very many toys so all of his little rattles and stuffies fit into a small basket on the floor. Now, it’s a totally different story! This kid has more toys than he knows what to do with and they just keep coming. 

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My father-in-law is a very handy guy and was able to actually combine 3 separate cube units to make this perfect custom build for the space. This room is my favorite spot in the house. It’s a beautiful sunroom that stretches along the entire front of our house. I love sitting in here with a cup of tea and a good book but I was happy to give up half of my quiet space to a rowdy child! 

There are 2 of the 3×3 cube units, which flank a 1×3 unit that has been modified by a few inches to fit the space. The middle section was also shorter than the other 2 units so it is raised up a bit to make everything the same height. I absolutely love how it turned out and it makes things so much easier and more organized for me and our toy storage! I didn’t want the whole thing to be filled with those cube bins so there are just a few sprinkled in there. I planned to write this post a while ago so this photo was taken back in September and I am so surprised at how many MORE toys have been added since then!

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We do have some larger items that aren’t able to nestle nicely into the cubes so I try my best to keep those off to the side. This is actually the other end of the same couch that’s in the last photo so everything is still together in one area. That’s not to say that they stay in these nice, neat places but we do try to manage it the best we can!

So there you have it! 

How do you deal with the masses of toys that come with having children?

Peanut Butter & Jam Croissants

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I made these the other day and completely forgot to share! There’s not really much of a recipe since I used pre-made croissant (for the english speakers – crescent rolls) dough but I am on the lookout for a homemade version. These were quick, easy, and a huge crowd pleaser so I’ll be making them again many times over!

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Assembly was simple. Roll out the dough and separate along perforated lines, spread a layer of peanut butter, drop a spoonful of jam, roll. Seriously, that’s it. I used 3 different jams (all homemade by my mother-in-law); strawberry, blueberry and raspberry/blueberry. The raspberry/blueberry one was by far the best because it was thicker and didn’t run out the edges. Pro tip: begin rolling from the short edge, finishing with the point. 

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Am I the only one that peeks at my baking? Apparently you’re not supposed to do that because it lets heat out of the oven but I don’t see Gordon Ramsay here yelling at me to smarted the f*ck up so I’ll do what I wish!

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I followed the baking directions on the tube and baked for 8 minutes which was perfect! As an added bonus, they cool relatively quickly so you don’t have to wait very long to enjoy them! The only problem is that 1 tube only makes 8 croissants which clearly isn’t enough, especially since I’m pregnant. Next time I will have to triple this so that that everyone else will be able to have more than one. 

Do you have a recipe for homemade croissant dough that you want to share? What other fillings would you add to these?


Holiday Gift Guide 2014 – From 100+ Bloggers! #HolidayGiftGuide100Bloggers

Holiday Gift Guide 2014
Brought to you by over 100+ Bloggers

We know, it’s not even Halloween yet but the holidays are so close that I can taste the eggnog latte from my favorite coffee house. Here we are, over 100 bloggers ready to dig in, jump for joy, shout out at the top of our blogs to bring you a fantastic, fun, interactive 2014 Holiday Gift Guide with some really cool twists this year!

We are just kicking off so many more items will be added to our gift guide. Even Santa will be handing out some really nice prizes in our Gala Holiday Giveaway Bash and fun Social Media Facebook and Twitter Game nights too . You might just find yourself the lucky winner of some gift cards and cool gifts, to help ease those shopping woes.

We truly are looking forward to all our fan participation from a huge blogger family – Yes over 100 of our fabulous bloggers will bring you their best holiday recipes, tips, tricks, money-saving ideas and even some great DIY decorations and gifts too. Who knows, even a Secret Santa and much more!

This year we are including something for everyone. Kids will love the ” Bear on the Chair” and the Hot TheO Smart Ball, this year in our Gifts for Toddlers and Kids Section. Need a gift for your boss or coworker? Then be sure to stop by and let our personal Dove Chocolatier, Nicole who has a huge assortment of sweet tooth goodies to hand out in our Gourmet Food Gifts Section . How about the hard to buy for guy in your life? Stop by our Gifts for Guys section. With Sports Tech you can’t go wrong, or give a great Craft Beer monthly gift to your Dad. For moms, we have so many gift choices from Beauty Care Choices and Michelle with her popular 3D Moonstruck Fiber Lashes in our Gifts for Ladies section. New moms will love the Boho Momma Breast Feeding wraps. So many ideas will help you with the perfect stocking stuffer- your girlfriend will be so surprised you came up with that one! Picky Teens? Don’t stress, come see all of our  Teen Gift Ideas. We have a wonderful line up for them as well! Great Holiday Decorating Gifts for the Home, Let Forest Christmas dawn your door with a real wreath sent to you free !

 We have so many gifts and specific gift guides for everyone on your shopping list. Way too many to mention in just one blurb, so more to come for sure! 

Visit our 100 Blogger’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014 today! Bookmark it to keep coming back for all the new gifts being added and some great FUN over the next two months!

If you have a product that you would like to have listed and featured on our gift guide, please contact us today!

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Special Thanks to one of our 100 co-host bloggers Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess , for helping with this post. 

My Love of Books & A $50 Amazon Giveaway!

I really love to read so choosing a favorite book for #Blogtober14 is like me trying to choose a favorite pair of shoes, it’s really hard! As I get older and my tastes change, my favorite books have changed as well. When I was a kid, I would have told you that my favorite book was Pippi Longstocking or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Through my teenage years I really liked Wuthering Heights and The Outsiders. The entire Harry Potter series is a favorite of mine, along with the Left Behind series. I like to read all genres of books so something more business oriented like Rich Dad, Poor Dad was a good read for me and so was The Happiness Project. I like biographies and loved Diana: Her True Story and I’m not above reading romance novels so anything from Nora Roberts (both as herself and as JD Robb). So yeah, I like books. 

I have a much easier time deciding which books that I don’t like. Anna Karenina anyone? Before I am blasted for not liking this literary fixture, I’ll just elaborate and say that it wasn’t the plot or the story that I didn’t particularly enjoy, it was the tangents that Tolstoy goes off on which are way off topic and I didn’t find added anything to the plot. The overall storyline and themes were very entertaining, I just had a really hard time getting through it which is why it isn’t on my favorites list. 

Moving on, shall we? Who likes to win money? Is that even a question? I’ve teamed up with a few lovely bloggers (who you should really check out) to give away a $50 Amazon gift card to be spent on anything you’d like! How generous are we?!

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The Beauty Product I Can’t Live Without

I hummed and hawed over this #Blogtober14 prompt a bit because I couldn’t quite pin down the one thing I use to keep myself looking like a hottie and can’t live without. For 2 reasons. Number 1 is because I don’t have the opportunity to really flex my beautifying routine all that often since I work from home and can usually be found unshowered and wearing sweat pants. Hardly glamorous and untouched by beauty products. Number 2 is because when I do get all dolled up, it’s pretty much a full out mask … or as Jenna Marbles likes to call it, a hot girl disguise.

I was going to say mascara because I feel naked without it. I love trying different brands with various wands and formulations. A few months back I got to try the Lancome Grandiose Mascara which was very nice indeed! A lot of bloggers and YouTubers seem to like Maybelline’s Lash Stiletto so I may pick that up next time I need to replenish my supply. I’ve also heard amazing things about Younique products so I’d love to give them a whirl!


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As I was getting all excited over mascara I realized what my true can’t live without beauty product is. Dry shampoo. Let’s be honest here, it’s a lifesaver. I mentioned above that showering daily isn’t always the way things go around here so dry shampoo is the cat’s meow in my eyes. So at least when I feel like I’m a greasy dirtbag, I don’t look like one. Well, most of the time anyway!

The Daily Tay