Major nesting mode happening over here and I just cannot. stop. organizing. It brings me such joy to open a drawer or closet and have it perfectly organized and clean. Are all spaces in my house like that? HA far from it but today I’m sharing out my favorite home organization pieces, all from The Container Store!
iDesign Affixx Adhesive Organizer Bins: I use my bin for storing dishwasher pods (it’s hanging from the inside of our kitchen sink!). There are SO many uses for this clear, strong bin though (spices, cosmetics, frequently used items, etc) This is one of my favorite storage hacks!
Divided Lazy Susans: Again, SOOO many ways to use this. I have these divided lazy susans in my fridge, pantry, and playroom! We use them to store snacks in the fridge/pantry and art supplies in the playroom. It’s so convenient for tight spaces since it spins and you can easily access whatever is stored inside!
The Home Edit by iDesign 9″ Lazy Susan: I just can’t get enough of lazy susans lol! But this one is great for storing oils in the kitchen and bath necessities. It fits perfectly in our corner drawer in our kitchen.
Marie Kondo Narrow In-Drawer Knife Organizer: This was a recent purchase (I needed it for my own mentality) to get everything off of my kitchen counters. Love that this piece fits inside a drawer and is a safe way to store knives (and keep them sharp!).
Card Keeper: I’m a sucker for cards and when I see a cute or funny one at Target I’ll buy it and save it. This is the perfect way organize all your cards (greeting, birthday, thinking of you, etc). I also love to tabbed dividers and keep special cards that were given to me here. *see below pic
Acrylic Risers: Another thing that can be used in so many ways! I have these under our bathroom sink and in Kylie’s closet (as shoe display/storage). Another great purchase for small spaces to maximize the area.
Battery Organizer: Anyone with kids knows how important it is to always have extra batteries on hand! I love that this one has organized spaces so you can see the size and easily access them in the moment.
Drawer Organizers: We have these in our kitchen and bathrooms. They are great for keeping drawers organized that have a tendency to get cluttered.
Rob, myself (Kelly), and the boys have been living at my parents house, while construction is happening at our house, for the past week now. It is safe to say that the boys are having the BEST time living with Gigi & Bud Bud and that my parents are a lot more tired at the end of the day than they normally are! haha! But, being here has made me come to love their beautiful, cozy, child and adult friendly space even more than I normally do!
I love how my mom was able to decorate this space so beautifully, you would never know that 3-4 days per week her and my dad are watching our little ones. Her style, although similar to mine and Michelle’s, is also extremely different and it is so refreshing to live (temporarily) in a space that is inspiring some creative flow – especially since we are in the middle of a reno right now!
Product Sources: *Couch – this is the couch they have, except our parents opted out of the chaise/lounger at the end *Floor lamp – i adore the simplicity and elegance of the swoop in this floor lamp *Coffee table – the coffee table is not pictured but it is a stunner (and on sale) so we had to include it! *Throw blanket – this blanket is old but a similar white throw is listed here and I love this chunky knit throw (it comes in so many color options too) *Wall mirror – this specific mirror is no longer sold but here and here are similar options *Wall clock – ours is old but here is a similar one. I also love this one and this one. *Plant – tree is old but I found similar ones here, here, here, and here. *Chair – this is the same chair, but our parents wanted white fabric instead of the patterned on you see here
Today I wanted to share a glimpse into our playroom space aka the mecca of our house! Ha! We spend so much time here and with the pandemic this space has been a lifesaver. While the decor is still lacking a bit (I’ll get there!) this is Kylie’s absolute favorite place in the house to hang out and play!
We keep her “big” item toys here-think ball pit, nugget, trampoline, etc. and we have the smaller piece toys/items (barbies & accessories, etc.) in her room or tucked away in our living room.
Ball pit- our exact one isn’t sold anymore BUT this square one is identical (and same size!) I also love how the circle one looks, too. Here are the balls to fill. Also found this similar one, and balls are included with this one!
Dollhouse-we have this one from Amazon. The accessories are sold separately here and the details of this dollhouse bring out allll the imaginary play! The bathtub with rubber ducky and towels, the pet dog with a bone and doghouse, a bed with pillows and a blanket…it’s so good!
While it’s not a toy, this wood table and chair set has become an essential piece to our playroom. We read books here, color, do puzzles, etc. It’s a must have!
Hands down our most played with item….the nugget! We climb, we jump, we slide, we create, we get alllll our energy out. Well worth the money in my opinion!
Play Kitchen-Kylie (and I) absolutely adore this one. Everything from the neutral colors (gold is neutral IMO), the accessories, and 4.5 star rating! Full disclosure: it takes a good 2-3 hours to set up but once it’s done, sit back and watch the play happen!
It’s kind of insane how excited I get for a new, fresh planner for the year. It’s one of my favorite things about January, ha! This year, I went with Golden Coil and I’m so happy with how it turned out! It’s not only pretty but it’s very functional, which are two non-negotiable’s in my book. I’m a visual person and writing down my plans, goals, and schedules helps me stay organized and accountable. I know it’s somewhat “old school” to have a planner (my husband calls it my assignment notebook lol) but I love it and it makes me feel less overwhelmed each week.
I’ve tried many planners in the past and Golden Coil is hands down my favorite! I love it for so many reasons however what really drew me to it is that you can customize it to your liking, the quality of the pages (no bleeding through pages!), and the size (fits nicely in purse/tote/etc. but not bulky). You can choose from daily, weekly, or monthly layouts and there are 35 options available! In addition to this you can insert pages for meal planning, goals, budgeting, and so much more! They also have a great feature where you can upload all of your calendars, events, and contacts for printing. It truly brings me so much joy!
With a New Year comes a new beginning in a sense and we (like many others) use this as an opportunity to re-evaluate areas of our lives and where we want to improve. Neither of us have ever been big on New Year’s Resolutions but we are big on making lifestyle changes to do better and be better. We both have a couple goals to accomplish throughout the year this year, some may progress throughout the year and others are a one time change. We have come up with 5 things we are planning on doing throughout this year to grow
Cleaning out our closest and our children’s toys/books is something that we both try to do a couple times per year, and this year is no different! It always feels good to shed some of that “extra” that you never actually wear or that your children don’t typically play with. Most of the time our clothes an toys are in great condition and we are able to donate them or pass them along to another mom we know may need the support.
2. Anyone else feel like they cook the same things on repeat?! We are always challenging ourselves to experiment a bit more in the kitchen and this year I (Kelly) am actually going to be starting Whole 30 with two girlfriends come mid-January, I know that this really going to push me to out of my standard meals!
3. Finding a spot for everything is SO hard because there are so many places to start. Pantry? Linen closet? Hallway closet? Mudroom? Laundry room? Yes please to all! Starting small and moving slow is the only way to accomplish this overwhelming task.
This overwhelming task is made simpler with the Home Edit book! This purchase will be my first purchase when I start this daunting task!
4. Over the past couple of years we have both made many changes to live a healthier lifestyle. Our next step is to eliminate plastic (completely). We have taken a lot of little steps in this area but now we are wanting to get rid of all plastic tupperware and change it out with glass.
5. Getting organized at the beginning of the year, month, week, or day is absolutely necessary! We live off of to do lists. More to come tomorrow on how Michelle is organizing her calendar, to do list, meal planning, the list goes on!
Are you making any changes this year? How are you challenging yourself to be better?
As I look back and reflect on 2020 one word that comes to my mind is thankful. Yes, you read that right, thankful. Thankful that my family and I are healthy. Thankful that my family and I have had food to eat every day (and easy access to). Thankful that my family and I made so many wonderful memories. The list goes on…and I mean it, I am so thankful.
These above pictures were taken pre-covid. The first one, on a family trip to the Cayman Islands to ring in the New Year. Then, Kylie’s first birthday in January 2020 (that we were able to celebrate with family and friends, all under one roof!) and a trip to Target (February 2020). All things that I definitely took for granted pre-quarantine. I highlight these in my ‘Year of Review’ to remind myself how far I have come in 2020. I have way more patience now than I did before and how lucky that I got SO much time this year with Kylie (and Kevin) #thankful.
2020 was filled with lots of time on the couch, hours upon hours in backyard baby pool, and with the two people who mean the most to me, Kevin and Kylie. Sure, there were hard times, some crying (ok, at times, lots and not just by Kylie, ha!) and moments of frustration, but looking back I am so thankful of the memories our little family created. (Sick of hearing that word yet?!)
Kelly and I also started this blog in 2020! The above pictures are when we launched, July 4, 2020 (4th of July has always been our favorite holiday-so it was fitting!). It’s been such a fun ride so far and I am so thankful to do this with her, the best husband ever who supports it, and everyone reading right now!
As I wrap this up, 2020 has also brought one of the biggest blessings of all, a growing family. I cannot wait to watch Kylie become a big sister but until then I am holding on tight to these days of just the three of us. Thank you for your continued support and love towards my family and I…it means the world! #thankful 🙂
As we wrap up 2020 I was looking back at pictures from the crazy year we had. Yes it was 2020 and it was obviously full of loss, heartbreak, and stress – but it was all filled with love, togetherness, and fun. Rob and I are so thankful for the year that we had, our family is healthy, we are closer than ever, and the boys have so much fun together – we couldn’t ask for anything more.
The three pictures above are pre-pandemic! The first is from Grayson’s 3rd birthday party (remember when those used to be a thing?!), the middle is from his actual birthday – all he wanted was a FedEx truck! And the third is from my Grandmother’s 90th birthday, we were able to get *almost* the whole family together to celebrate her on her big day, such a sweet time that I am beyond grateful that we had!
Next came March and April, where we had quiet (that’s a lie, it’s never quiet with us) celebration for Preston’s 1st birthday and Easter. We are so thankful that our family lives close, especially this year! We also celebrated Rob’s birthday at the end of April – Rob and I were able to sneak away after cake for a cold, picnic date night!
Then we kicked off summer with Memorial Day! This summer (and every summer) we spent it outside the entire time! We had ALL the picnics, enjoyed the 4th of July as a family (and officially started the blog!), and celebrated 7 years of marriage.
These three boys were on their bikes and scooters nonstop! We had a great trip with extended family up north for a week in July. Then ended our summer break with a trip to Texas to visit college friends and their families.
Then we have closed out the year with our first family themed Halloween costume, more bike rides through the forest, and Hunter turning 5!
Thank you all for following along as we launched The Meridian Bliss this year! It has been a great 6 months sharing our journey with you and a we are so grateful for your support! Happy New Year!
Kevin and I are celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary on Thursday-New Years Eve! It was so fun having a NYE wedding and we loved every second! These photos bring back so many wonderful memories of that day and I am excited to share them with you today. While it was New Years Eve, our wedding wasn’t New Years Eve themed….if that makes sense. We obviously wanted to bring in some special NYE touches; midnight count down, “midnight kisses” (Hershey’s), and sparklers, we did so in a way that wasn’t overwhelming/too much.
We went with black and white colors, which I love, and looking back still wouldn’t have changed a thing. We had a pretty big wedding party as you can see below and are so blessed to be surrounded by great groups of friends (dating back to pre-school for us both!).
One tradition that has been going strong since before Michelle and I can remember is making Christmas cookies! Every year growing up the two of us and our mom would get together with two other families to do some Christmas baking. I know I speak for the both of us when I say that those memories are some of our favorites from growing up.
Although this year our tradition, and everything else, looked a little bit different (we didn’t get together with the other families) – we still had the best time with our littles. We love the fact that our kids are getting the same fond memories that we were fortunate enough to have growing up. Cheers to traditions continuing throughout generations and cheers to our whole gang getting back together for cookies in 2021!