How to organize kids toys

You’ve likely clicked on this post because you are in need of desperate help to organize your kids’ toys. I should preface this by telling you I’m no expert, but I’ve picked up a few tips from friends, family, and other blogs that I’ve found helpful. Then, I looked for ways to make the storage solutions not just practical for our lifestyle, but also to look good in the process.

  1. Sort: The first thing I did to get organized was to sort through the toys to categorize it. Creating piles of things my son would play with together. For example, he has a wooden castle set and a wooden knight set. It makes sense to put those things together.
  2. Designate a Space: Come up with a shelving solution to put things on. We have these huge open shelves in our living room that were totally useless and we wanted to be able to put Wolfie’s toys on them without it looking like we were a daycare. If you don’t have open shelves, it’s easy to find a budget-friendly storage solution on an app like LetGo (just be safe about it). Or you could get one of these storage shelves from Walmart, Target, or Wayfair seem pretty handy and they look nice too. I’m personally not a huge fan of the baskets that typically come with the Target shelves and I would go to HomeGoods and snag a few pretty baskets for roughly the same price if I were you.
  3. Check for Fit: Once you have your shelving figured out, make sure the toys will fit into the size of shelf and baskets you got. Measure bigger toy sets so you don’t have to make multiple trips to the store.
  4. Add Accents: Add other sentimental or decorative items to the shelves if there’s room. Consider using a color theme for the accents and pepper the items of similar colors throughout the shelves. My accent color was gold for my shelves, but I also wanted to bring in some earth tones and organic textures so I added a plant and a healthy dose of brown.
  5. Arrange Decorations for Visual Balance: Rearrange the items as needed so you come up with the perfect look that’s also functional. Also, consider safety too. Make sure the shelves are secured to the wall and that breakables or potential hazards are out of a child’s reach.


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Xo,
Kellie

I’ve been keeping a secret for a few months… also, you won’t believe how soft this $8.50 tee is!



Top: old navy | pants: TJ Maxx $20, not exact, but look similar | watch: timex – I’ve had mine for a year and wear it often!| bracelets: I’m linking a SUPER pretty alternative! Check it out below too! | hair extensions: barefoot blonde hair in Brownstone | bag: vintage Louis Vuitton | necklace: gold with layers
I’m currently laying in bed, writing this post, and watching the latest Bachelorette. So if there are typos or I actually write the word, “Becca” or “Minnesota,” don’t mind me. 🙂 So far I can’t tell why girls keep complaining about this season because it seems good, but we shall see if it holds my attention in the next few weeks.
This morning I told Beckett that I accidentally looked cuter than I thought I would and therefore needed him to take these pictures- haha! I may have seen him roll his eyes. But for real, the braids got quite a few compliments today because they were so fun!
When planning this post, I mainly wanted to show you this comfy shirt, but I also thought I should reveal my good-hair-day secret and tell you about my Barefoot Blonde Hair extensions. I feel like I can speak to them now that I’ve been wearing them nonstop for a few months.
This isn’t a paid post so you can be sure that I have no special interest in giving these extensions a good review. But I can’t not give them a good review! They are silky, remy hair (all shafts going in the same direction), that is a fine consistency and a great length. However, I think the main attraction to the Barefoot Blonde extensions is that the clips are super great quality and they have an at home try on service (seriously a genius idea b/c I wouldn’t have guessed that ‘Brownstone’ was my color by a website!!). Oh, and the other great thing about this line is that they now come in ‘seamless’ wefts, which are said to feel lighter and look even more flawless.
Seamless is a little more expensive than the traditional kind I got, but now the kind I have is sold out. But I would definitely get the seamless if I were ordering again today.
Have I mentioned how soft the shirt pictured is?! It’s seriously heavenly! And I’m not kidding, I want to find that same material at Joann’s and make a baby blanket out of it! 🙂 Maybe I could line a baby blanket with it!
xo,
Kellie
Ps-here’s a pic of the bracelet I linked and it’s just $18!

a classic striped tee for how much?!


Hello Hump Day!!!
Beckett and I are dying to start our summer over here!!! What about you?! Being a teacher is all sunshine and butterflies once you actually get out of school, but some districts **cough, cough, ours** seem to think summer is overrated. I remember a day when school got out right before Memorial Day and started after Labor Day, with a nice healthy Christmas and Easter breaks strewn in between. Not anymore!
Also, let me give you non-teachers a crash course in how a teacher’s pay works because when I talk to people I always hear the same confused statements about how nice it is to get paid in the summer to do nothing. Teachers do not get paid in the summer to do nothing. We are seasonal workers who often choose to divide our paychecks by 12 instead of by 10.
Anyhoo, now that we have that cleared up I wanted to share some of my teacher-budget friendly tops I recently found at Old Navy!
Here’s a link to the top I’m wearing in the photo above: it’s just $6.50 in stores, but online it’s 8.50. Still, a great deal!!! Also, it comes in tons of different colors and I really want the green too!!!!
I also got this top in a lilac color and it’s so so so soft!!!! It’s another $8.50 wonder of the world so shoo away! I think this top will be my new pregnancy bff so stay tuned because I’m sure I’ll post about it later this week.
If you’re interested I also wanted to share this tie top with you too because it is the perfect way to put a twist on everyday summer style. It’s a steal at $11.50. I would have gotten this too if it had looked good with the bump.
Did you like any of these options? Let me know below!
Xo,
Kellie

why I almost didn’t post this picture and what we can learn from it.


Tonight I almost didn’t post this photo on here or on Instagram over a few shadows on my left leg. I didn’t want you to see that my legs are bumpy or that my hips are wide or that my belly is a lot bigger than it was last time I was 5 months pregnant.
And then I stopped to consciously correct myself on how I was thinking and remind myself that what matters is keeping in good health and being the best me that I can be instead of wishing I could look a different way.
I guess I’m sharing this because I wanted to encourage you if you’re going through something similar. Maybe you’re not pregnant, but it doesn’t matter. God doesn’t need you to be cellulite free, He just wants you to be loving, kind, and to fight for truth and justice.
So tonight please take a minute to take those areas in your life that you beat yourself up over and hand them over to the One who made you and who loves you just as you are.

Top: similar maternity here and regular size (with super cool sleeves) here| sunnies: Nordstrom (these are just $14 and I highly recommend them) | Belt: Hermès dupe again | shorts: target maternity, and a non maternity version here too | sandals: I couldn’t find anything super similar so I wanted to show you a pair that I would order if I needed a pair of cute flip flops… they are leopard print and so classic!| bag: similar concept from Sole Society that’s under $70!
I hope this post has helped you think about how to accept your dimples, pimples, and and quirks so you can better love yourself. Be your best you <3
Xo,
Kellie