Food Pouches and Juices Boxes without the Mess

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Food Pouches and Juices Boxes without the Mess

I would have never ever thought I could just hand over a food pouch to my little one in a million years and let him roam the house freely with it. Just typing those words makes me imagine blackberry and purple carrot all over my white rug. But then I was introduced to this — The Flipping Holder. The Flipping Holder is simply a case for food pouches and juice pouches/boxes that flips according to its use.

The Flipping Holder is different than any other pouch holder product I have seen because of a few reasons:

  1. It holds both food and juice pouches in one unit (not at the same time obviously).
  2. It is one solid piece, which means no clasps for kids to figure out how to open and nothing to break off.
  3. It literally works with every baby food pouch that I have tried including Plum Organic, Aldi’s Little Journey Brand, Happy Family, and Earth’s Best. It also is suppose to work with reuseable food pouches (although I have not tried this yet personally).
  4. We have not made it to the juice stage, but with a flip, it would work with all major brands of juice pouches and juice boxes.
  5. It has super easy to hold handles which makes a closed loop. Super important if you plan on tethering to a high chair or carseat.
  6. Its design needs minimal washing – our little one eats off of the pouch spout, not the holder, so no need to wash between uses unless there is a bit of food dribble (and we definitely have that from time to time but its super rare.

LOVE: The functionality! We cannot get enough of popping in a food pouch in the morning for our little one and letting him go. No more wrapping him up in a IKEA bib full body wrap and locking him into a car seat to turn around to still a mess everywhere. It is literally changing the way we eat our morning yogurt!

LIKE: I am super grateful that it requires minimal washing in between uses but if you find that you do need to wash it, The Flipping Holder is 100% top rack dishwasher safe.

BUMMER: After a week of use, my guy has realized that he can shake it upside down and still make a bit of a mess. It’s harder and less frequent, but happens. The Flipping Holder has been a life changer but I will understand that it isn’t 100% fool proof either. Obviously, there has to be a way to get the food out somehow.

Overall, I love this product, and I cannot say it enough about it to my friends and family. It has changed the way we do eating on the go and food pouches in general. I am super excited that as we move into juices after the age of two that we will have continued use for this item for a long time. What do you use to keep your little ones clean during snack time?

The Flipping Holder

The Flipping Holder

The Flipping Holder

Here is a little bit more about Leah, the owner of LCeeeDesigns and The Flipping Holder:

How did you get your shop started?
This business started as an idea in 2013. I always had an interest in bringing ideas to life, but typically in the context of crafts and sewing. In the spring of 2013, my son and I travelled by plane to visit my sister. He was 1 year old at the time, and I purchased food pouches believing they’d be perfect food for the plane ride. Unfortunately for the person sitting next to us, it turns out he was very good at making squeezy messes instead of eating. For months I avoided food pouches until the idea struck to create a holder that would make pouches much easier for toddler hands. My husband and I created an initial idea – a cup with a lid. However, our son was able to open it and still make a mess. Over the next couple of years we worked on other ideas until this final design stuck. In 2015 we had prototypes in hand and by mid-2016 we had manufacturing and sales underway.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The biggest challenge has been learning the countless necessities required in launching a product and running a business. You need so much more than an idea: manufacturing, materials, packaging, shipping and other logistics, websites, social media accounts, business formation documents, tax details, etc. Small business requires a breadth of knowledge that is beyond what I learned in college or even in my other employment.

What is one thing unique about you?
Besides running this business, I work full time in a professional role as an attorney. Thankfully, I am supported by my stay-at-home husband and my three sons.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Hands down, the best part is hearing from parents who have found the Flipping Holder to be helpful and stress-reducing. We recently received a warm message from a customer whose daughter with Cerebral Palsy could finally eat by herself like her little brother because of this holder. Those kind words and true connection with a fellow mom meant the world to me.

How did you get your shop name?
My shop is LCeeeDesigns, which started as an Etsy store selling breastfeeding and pumping related products. LCeee is based on my first name, Leah Ceee, which is an acronym for my grandparents’ names (Lois, Edward, Arthur, Helen, Christian, Edward, Ethel, Elizabeth). Specifically about our product, Flipping Holder was chosen because it reflects the holder’s functionality – upright is holds food pouches and flipping it over it holds juice boxes and juice pouches.

What is one way that you keep organized?
My running “to do list” notebook. I must write things down to remember them.

How do you balance family life and work life?
Not easily 🙂 I have come to learn that balance is more about seasons of life. We just welcomed our third son and in this season, my time is heavily family focused. There are other seasons where I am able to put more emphasis on the business. And yet other seasons where I am consumed by my full time employment. One key for me, however, is that I read my sons their bedtime stories every night, which ensures I have at least that time dedicated to them no matter how busy I am.

The Flipping Holder

Managing Toy Organization without a Playroom

Managing Toy Organization without a Playroom

Managing the toy clutter when you are a one-year-old is no joke. I have been wondering if toy organization was even a real thing prior to pregnancy. I remember when Ollie was first born, people would say that the baby things take over your home and we were determined not to be those folks. We love our kiddo and we know he takes a lot of “things” to keep him moving, but we still want our house to look like a home and not a toy store. If you are not careful, before you know it you have a legit house full of baby stuff and toys. Anyone with me?

Luckily, we’ve got ample storage space for all of the baby stuff we’ve saved and I’m really good about going through the toys that become dust collectors and retire them to storage. The thing is, without a proper playroom on our main floor, and without proper organization, my living room can quickly get taken over with toys. We will have balls and books and blocks within moments of Ollie hitting our door after daycare.

Managing Toy Organization without a Playroom

As toys have crept into our home over the past year, and as Ollie has became more and more mobile, we have slowly transition some of our pieces in our main living space to suit our needs of an active toddler.

We love it. It is quick and easy to transition to an “adult space” once Ollie goes down in the evening and he has became more than capable of getting his own toys out to play when we are having some family time. We have books for him in the home wherever he is and his love for reading has grown tremendously over the past few months. We also noticed his need and want to have his own chair to sit in that was easy for him to relax. We luckily found a great deal on this one as an open-item and it matched our decor perfectly.

Managing Toy Organization without a Playroom

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Overall, I can’t be happier. This space cleaned up so nicely all because of a simple piece of furniture that we already had and transitioned easily! I love that we can feel as though the space is family friendly without being completely overrun by toys.

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Montessori Learning with a Toddler

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Montessori Learning with a Toddler

If you have been around Bahorich Abode long, you know that we love anything that is truly intentional in nature. One area of our lives that strive to be intentional is our love of learning around the home. In a previous career, I taught middle school English literature and now I spend my days motivating employees to continue their love of learning throughout their careers. It is obvious that exploring, adventuring, and continuing to learn new and exciting things is important to us.

Because of this, we are continually searching for ideas that interest our little Ollie, capture his attentions, and meet his individual needs and curiosities. There are many reasons why we are encouraging Montessori learning in our homes, but the love of learning is definitely one of them. Montessori creates such a flexible learning environment with a child-centered learning environment and reality oriented through science, math, and things like daily chores. Although Ollie won’t start traditional Montessori schooling for another year, we are definitely allowing him to learn through Montessori-like activities at home.

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Toddlers love to tinker and we have become big advocates for open-ended play, developing gross-motor skills, and providing ample opportunities to explore their surroundings. This is why I have fallen in love with busy board. Busy boards help develop your child’s logic and fine motor skills, and not to mention, they captivate them for a long time. Busy boards help with color perception, coordination of movement, imagination, perseverance, exhibiting own activity, and skills using simple locks, velcro, and zippers.

“It follows that at the beginning of his life the individual can accomplish wonders – without effort and quite unconsciously.” Maria Montessori

The unfortunate thing about busy board is either they are expensive, massive, or take time to build on your own. So I knew when I found Fox Family Boutique, her design was perfect.

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

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LOVE: Beyond the Montessori learning that is happening when Ollie plays with it, it is so compact! It fits perfectly in his on-the-road bag and we plan on toting it with us when we fly to Disney World in a few weeks. It is a great size for him to pick up and it does not have to be mounted anywhere like the larger ones do.

LIKE: The quality is amazing. The handcrafted wooden piece is so sturdy and well designed. I love the different colors and activities that Fox Family Boutique was able to include in such a compact busy board.

BUMMER: Some of the locks are still hard to open for Ollie. All busy boards are definitely to be used with adult supervision; however, these locks are still a bit tricky for our 14 month old and if we are not careful, I could see a pinched little finger. It hasn’t happened yet, so maybe I am just a bit cautious. I do like that the locks are a bit difficult because this means it will grow with him a bit. So maybe the bummer is more of a growth opportunity for us.

Fox Family Boutique is one of two shops that owner Tatiana has. Her and her husband’s shops are their family business. Tatiana focuses on her busy boards over at Fox Family Boutique, and her husband’s focuses on puzzles and crafts made of wood over at Master Wooden. They have three small children, twins boys who are 4 years old and a girl who is 3! They implement their ideas together with their children. Their children help decide what they need for development, what they like to play, and what interests them, which helps with the designs in the shop. How neat!

Residing in Ukraine, it is very difficult to make a living for many folks, especially for those that have such a big family. Tatiana works at home with my husband. They have assistants, as the business is developing and growing and they are not always able to keep up with the volumes, which is amazing for them! All their work is handmade which limits their volumes. In every board or puzzle, they put their souls into, and they love their shops and their customers.

Beyond the intentionality of their shop and why they work each and every day, it is such an honor to help support them from around the world! Their busy boards and puzzles (which Ollie loves as well) are so well priced and well-made.

I am so excited to share with you a 10% off coupon for their shop. This is a great gift for those looking for a different and unique gift for their little ones for the holidays and beyond. We cannot get enough of ours. Use the coupon code BLOG10 for a discount to either of their shops!

Ollie loves his wooden puzzle as well. It allows for spacial learning and it is so colorful and cute. My favorite is the little elephant inside the elephant puzzle. I think it is so perfect!

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

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Our Fixer Upper :: Guest Bathroom

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Our Fixer Upper: Guest Bathroom

Fixing up a home is a long road. Whoever actually feels like they can flip a house in a 30 minute style like they do on television is insane. Even those shows that show the real timeline of things and some of the struggles, they tend to have unlimited financing for things that pop up and for all of the “nice to have’s”. Our house was more realistic and a traditional flip. We did not contract a lot of the work out which made our timeline longer and our budget better. Thankfully, my father has a history in construction and knows a thing or two about how to navigate a Lowe’s or Home Depot and my husband has been willing to learn along the way.

I can honestly say that this is the first season that I feel like we have a complete home. We sort of did last year, but in a season of Ollie being an infant, my energy was nowhere near in decor mode. Now that fall is among us and even though the temperatures in the midwest is still blazing hot, our home is starting to appear more like the holidays.

I traditionally stay away from Halloween decor, because 1) I do not necessarily enjoy all of the creepy things, and 2) the window of decor is so short. However, my fall decor game is in full swing. I wanted to add some touches throughout the house, even in the little spaces.

Our guest bathroom resides smack dab in the middle of our home. It is only bathroom on our main floor and gets used a lot by guests. Going back to the “nice to have’s” in a fixer upper, I would have loved to knock out the dated sink and cabinetry; however, the budget just did not allow. When we moved in, the walls were screaming with a green color and the floor was super dated. Add some cheap looking fixtures and there was still a lot to do in this little room. Add a little better choice paint colors, some new fixtures, homemade cabinets and some floor that we repurposed from the original kitchen and we had ourselves a styling place!

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Our Fixer Upper

Our Fixer Upper

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Our Fixer Upper: Guest Bathroom

Our Fixer Upper: Guest Bathroom

Our Fixer Upper: Guest Bathroom

Our Fixer Upper: Guest Bathroom

One of the things that I love about this transformation was that just with a little love and decor, the room really transformed. Like I said earlier, I am so excited to allow a fall decor explosion on my home this year and this guest bathroom is no different.

One of the things that I am loving about my fall decor is this perfect piece from Creatively Christel, a small shop on Etsy. If you have been around for awhile, you know my love for small shops and how much I adore supporting them. The idea of lending a helping hand to somebody that it impacts so directly just makes my heart melt. That is why I knew that her chicken-wire framed pumpkin would be a perfect match for our home!

Christel is no expectation. She started to dabble with wood in her dad’s shop after a few attempted sales on Etsy with food! She absolutely loves creating new pieces for her shop and still does!! Now, most of her shop is some sort of wood creation. Although, she has added a small vintage section and she has a few wheat pieces, which are mostly made to order. I loved how individualistic this item is. I had never seen anything like it. When it first came in the mail, I thought I would find a tiny clothes pin and use it as a photo holder; however, for now, I love it as it is. The piece will go with me all the way up until Thanksgiving, giving it a good shelf life each year!

Her designs are so well priced y’all! From garland to ornaments, wooden sign, and more, her items are as low at $6, which beats any local craft fair that I’ve been to lately. They are adorable and vary according to what you are looking for so I highly suggest going and checking her out. She is also give you a 15% discount code with your order! Use “blogreaderspecial15” for 15% off in her shop!

Here is a little bit more about Christel, the owner of Creatively Christel:

How did you get your shop started?
Interestingly enough, my shop got started by selling sweet treats not wood decor. I made chocolate covered, peanut butter filled Ritz crackers and pretzels with a white chocolate wafer and an M&M on top. However, I quickly realized that the food industry was not for me. Soon after, I began dabbling in woodworking in my dad’s wood shop and was pleasantly surprised when a few of my original designs sold. Of course this fueled my passion in wood crafts and I started creating new pieces to sell on-line.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest part about owning a shop is finding the time to create new things on top of the orders that have to be made.

What is one thing unique about you?
While I was in college I learned to weave wheat into decorative wall-hangings. For several years I participated in local craft shows selling my designs. When I opened my Etsy shop, I began selling my wheat on-line as well. Although my wheat was/is quite popular, the majority of the items that I currently sell in my shop are wood or vintage pieces.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
The best part of owning a shop is that I get to set my own schedule.

How did you get your shop name?
All of my life people have always told me that I was so creative because I was always using my hands to create things. So when I chose my name, I knew I had to have the word creative somewhere in the title.

What is one way that you keep organized?
One way that I keep organized is with lists. I make to-do lists for items that I want to make (that includes sketches), items that I need to make (restocking and sold items), materials I need to purchase, and lists for shipping timelines.

How do you balance family life and work life?
I am still working on finding a balance between family life and work life. But, typically I work in my wood shop on my husband’s day off and he watches our son. On other days, I work at home while my son is napping or in the evening after he is in bed.

More After:

Our Fixer Upper: Guest Bathroom

Our Fixer Upper: Guest Bathroom

Our Fixer Upper: Guest Bathroom

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Ollie is a BIG BROTHER!!!

We are incredibly excited to announce that we are expecting Bahorich Sprout #2 in March 2018. If this baby is anything like it’s brother, it may be April (but let’s hope not)! I am currently 13 weeks pregnant and so far, everything has been even smoother than the first time (knock on wood). The only symptoms I really have so far are hunger, craving, and fatigue (with a bit of dizziness. And, by hunger, I mean I want to eat everything, all the time. I am having cravings like crazy and just want to eat all the food, especially carbs. The struggle is real.

Plus, chasing after a 14 month old is tiring enough without even being pregnant. It has been way harder to keep a secret this time around. We just can’t wait to be a family of four! I will be doing bumpdates with this baby as well on Fridays (most likely starting at 14 or 16 weeks). Also, I will be sharing how we found out next week, so check back to hear our story!

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Surviving Your First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

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Surviving the First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

It’s hard to believe that my baby boy is 15 months old. I’m trying to come to terms that he is basically now a toddler now and exploring his independence. It seems like just yesterday I was struggling with pregnancy whoas.

If you’ve ever been pregnant before, chances are, you may have had to deal with pain of nausea throughout your pregnancy. Thankfully with Ollie, I had very little morning sickness. However, I did deal with it from time to time when I drank my morning coffee too fast or a certain smell would hit me. I didn’t really throw up any, but in those moments, I had a constant feeling of nausea. Thankful, I had Sea-Band Mama! by my side during pregnancy. Sea-Band Mama! is the leading brand in morning sickness relief, and you can relieve your nausea in a safe and natural way. The Sea-Band Mama! has been specially created to help soothe and calm your tummy during pregnancy so that you can start enjoying this special time again.

A Little Bit More about Sea-Band Mama!

Sea-Band is a knitted elasticated wrist band, which operates by applying pressure on the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist by means of a plastic stud. The bands can be worn on each wrist whenever you feel nauseous. It is recommended by midwives and pregnant women around the world, and the Sea-Band Mama! acupressure wrist band provides a natural choice for effective morning sickness relief. And even more recently, JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) recommended acupressure and Ginger as solutions to relieve morning sickness. An Italian study has also found that morning sickness was reduced in 70% of women who used Sea-Band acupressure bands.

Surviving the First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

They also make a Sea-Band Mama! Ginger and Spearmint Roller, which uses concentrated plant extracts in the form of essential oils. Aromatherapy is well known for relaxation as well as the relief of many ailments and the inhalation of essential oils stimulates the body’s olfactory system, transferring a signal to the limbic system thus triggering the release of natural chemicals that relieve tummy upset. It is a blend of Lime, Spearmint, and Ginger essential oils that have been diluted and hand blended into this unique roller. To use the roller, simply apply to your wrists, temples or chest in the morning or as required and feel the calming and settling properties take effect. It smells so great.

Surviving the First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

Lastly, Sea-Band Mama! now has Ginger Lozenges! Natural ginger has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to counteract the pain associated with stomach upsets. By stimulating the production of digestive juices, it acts quickly to neutralise stomach acids and soothe tender tummies. A sick momma should take one lozenge in the morning or whenever required throughout the day (not exceeding 10 per day).

Sea-Band also makes bands for travel and motion sickness that work really similarly to eliminate the nausea feeling from boat, train, and automobiles!

Surviving the First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

Surviving the First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

Where to Purchase

Sea-Band Mama! is available to purchase at CVS pharmacy, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, and many other drug stores and pharmacies. To find Sea-Band Mama! in your area, visit: sea-band.com/where-to-buy-in-the-usa for the full list of locations.

Surviving the First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

If you stay around the Bahorich home long enough, you’ll quickly find out that my husband is a bacon lover. He would eat bacon with every meal if I did not hate cooking it so much. Bacon honestly can be enjoyed at any meal, and so from my husband’s annual birthday dinner, I wanted to make a special twist on his favorite dish: meatloaf.

I found a great recipe on Pinterest from the Self Proclaimed Foodie and adapted it a bit to what I did or didn’t have in my pantry. Meatloaf only happens about once a year around here so the other day, I rolled up my sleeves and made a meal special for my prince. It did take a bit of time (and with a toddler attempting to dig through the trash, that didn’t help); however, I think it turned out very yummy. As my husband would state, meatloaf plus bacon is amazing – it is one of the best comfort foods, after all.

I paired it with my famous and favorite sweet potatoes and added some asparagus and cucumbers on the side. It was a great and colorful meal to end the celebratory day! I would highly recommend checking out the Self Proclaimed Foodie blog. There are so many good recipes over there!

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Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf
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Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf is the best comfort food you can make for dinner.
Ingredients
  • 1 medium sized onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup crumbled wheat crackers
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 bacon slices
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • ½ cup fried onion pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven or grill to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil for easy clean up.
  2. Melt butter in saute pan over medium heat. Cook onions until fragrant and slightly brown while stirring occasionally, about 3-5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add garlic, cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. In large bowl, combine ground beef, egg, cracker crumbs, milk, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, basil, parsley, black pepper, and cooked onions and garlic mix. Use hands to mix well, but try not to over work the meat. Divide into six equal sized portions and shape into disks.
  4. Wrap bacon slices around edge of disks. Diameter of meatloaf should be so that the bacon ends just meet or slightly overlap.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine ketchup with mustard and brown sugar. Divide equally and spread over the tops of the mini meatloaves. Sprinkle tops with crispy fried onions.
  6. Bake in preheated oven or grill until bacon is just golden, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6

 

Our Fixer Upper :: Master Bedroom

Better Together

I promised to continue showing highlights of our very own fixer upper. One thing that saddens me is when I hear about a girlfriend that loves decor and decorating her home, but gives zero time and attention to her bedroom. To me, it is my sanctuary. It is my retreat at the end of the night and I want it to reflect me and my style 100%. So while the rest of our home is shades of blue and gray (which I love), my personal retreat is a calming seafoam green with accents of love around each corner.

It’s theme? Better together.

This honestly has been our home motto since before we were married. Dusty and I have learned over the years that we thrive when we are together more than not. We communicate better. We listen better. We love better. So why not make that an essential part of our bedroom.

One of the first years we were together, he got me the cutest little Precious Moments collectable. On the box, it reads, “No matter the weather, we are better together” and it is so true. We compliment each other. We bring out the best in one another. We challenge the other.

As we began our home remodel, I knew deep down that I wanted to have that simple theme for our master bedroom. Remodeling is not an easy task, and remodeling approximately 2,000 sq. feet in less than a year and a half with a pregnancy in the midst of it… well, let’s just say we made it and we are continuing to push through.

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Better Together

After:

Better Together

Better Together

Through it all, I search high and low to highlight this ‘better together’ theme and was thrilled when found New Creation Co. I quickly contacted Brett at New Creation Co. and found that they had originally designed this lovely piece of decor for their brother who danced to the Jack Johnson song, Better Together.

SO DID WE!!

Of course, it was a perfect match.

The day that it came in the mail, I could not wait to get it up on the wall. The sign has such high quality and was perfect for our room.

I truly believe that marriage is just better together.

I am so lucky that I found New Creation Co. It was the cherry on top of our lovely bedroom transformation!

Better Together

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie’s Playroom

Thank you, Whimsical Imaginings, for sponsoring this post, Intentional Home Decor. I was selected for this opportunity by Whimsical Imaginings; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Over the next few months, I am slowly going to start showing you all of the great things that we have done in our home! Our very own fixer upper has taken way longer than I could have ever imagined; however, it is finally starting to be pieced together in perfection.

Today I wanted to highlight Ollie’s Playroom. When we first bought our home, I just knew that this would be a nook just for me. I pictured a beautiful white long desk with a Circuit and a reading chair. It was going to be the spot for me in the house. Of course, none of that happened. Before we even managed to begin remodeling our upper floor, we were blessed with a pregnancy and this space quickly became the place where our little would play for years to come.

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Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

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Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Square Organizer | Square Storage Cubes | Height Ruler | Photo Frames | Happy Camper Sign | Essential Oil Diffuser | Soft Building Blocks | Shape Sorter | Other Odds ‘n Ends came from Target Dollar Spot

We have always been firm in the thought that our house did not need to be overran by toys. We are fairly minimalist parents in an American-abundance-of-things culture. We have struggle with how many toys, what type of toys, and where to they all go. I honestly think that this space is ideal for a solution to that struggle.

The space itself is a bonus landing-like area at the top of our stairs. It is surrounded by entrances to all of our bedrooms and a full bathroom. In similar homes in our neighborhood, this space is closed off with a wall and is a very small 4th bedroom for the homes; however, I am so glad it is merely an open space in our house. It is currently perfect for morning routines. We wake in the morning and shut our baby gate at the top of the stairs. We close all of the extra bedroom doors and bathroom door, which allows baby Ollie to run free in between our master bedroom and his play area. After we are done, it is the easiest place to tidy up quickly in the entire house. All of the toys are limited to the small area and find their way back into the bins.

Some of my favorite things about this room is the wall decor. I wanted to be so intentional around making sure that the decor in this space meshed well with our whole home feel but allowed a bit of whimsy, education, and childish factor. One of my favorite pieces is our family portrait that was designed by Whimsical Imaginings. I discovered Serina’s shop on Etsy a few months back and knew that her designs would fit perfectly to what we already had selected for these walls. I could not have imagined it any better.

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

She worked with me to make sure that aspects of our family was highlighted in the photo that she painted for us. Note the Mickey in Ollie’s arms? So ideal for us and our Disney loving home! I truly will treasure this piece for many years to come!

I cannot wait to share an opportunity with you to get one of these for your own home. Whimsical Imaginings is giving you a 20% off coupon to anything in her shop! Use TAKE20 at checkout to gain your discount!

Here is a little bit more about Serina, the owners of Whimsical Imaginings:

How did you get your shop started?
I actually didn’t have any plans to start a small business. I was approached by a friend who knew I was a painter when she was unable to find paintings that suited the vision she had for her nursery. So I painted her some custom canvases, and it sort of snowballed from there. I had many other people approach me afterward, so I started with just local orders. I set up my etsy shop after a year or so, and didn’t really have anything listed for the first year. I eventually went back to it, and now it is what it is!

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
I think most of the hard part is over now that my shop is more established. At first it’s just a bit of a learning process trying to figure out shipping and pricing, and it’s a lot of time to get things listed.

What is one thing unique about you?
This is a hard one! I guess maybe that I’m most happy when I’m home and painting. I love being alone, and I have to paint. It’s my stress reliever and I just feel most myself when I’m creating.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Right now it’s that it allows me to be home with my three babies. I’m just so thankful for my shop because I’m able to spend my time with them while they’re little.

How did you get your shop name?
I actually came up with it because my oil paintings (which is my most favourite medium) are super whimsical. I’ve always been told that I have quite the imagination, and so the two things sort of just came together to make the name whimsical imaginings.

What is one way that you keep organized?
Lists! I have people contacting me through instagram, through Facebook, and through Etsy, so it’s necessary. I have to write down what I need to do and when, otherwise it’s so easy to forget things.

How do you balance family life and work life?
I actually feel like they sort of blend together. They’re not really separate. My kids are involved in a lot of what I do. They often paint beside me, and tag along when I make post office runs!

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

5 Podcasts Playin’ on Repeat

5 Podcasts Playin' on Repeat

I am a podcast junkie. It’s really quite an issue. I sat at home working from my office… to my dining room… to the middle of my kitchen on a daily basis. The location may change (and that’s a true benefit of having a work-from-home gig) but my podcast obsession remains the same. I feel like it can 10am and I have an inbox full of emails, but I already feel productivity because I have either have coffee with my gals from Coffee and Crumbs or learned something new about my lovely essential oils.

I download them on my iPhone so I’ll always have access to them when I’m driving around, commuting to a meeting, working out, tidying up or cooking dinner. I love listening to all sorts from history to business, but here are my favorite 5 podcasts to ensure your Friday is inspirational and you find a new best friend or two to connect with this weekend through a new podcast!

The Shauna Niequist Podcast

I love me some Shauna. She writes and speaks to my soul. She is a best-selling author and speaker that hosts this interview-style podcast featuring personal conversations with leading writers, thinkers and leaders about life, relationships, purpose, family and faith. Authoring popular books like Present Over Perfect, Savor, and Bread & Wine has given Shauna a passionate fanbase, especially among millennial and Gen X women. She frequently headlines national conferences with her insight about living a life of faith and purpose.

Coffee + Crumbs

The Coffee + Crumbs Podcast is your companion for kitchen cleanups, stroller walks, or the daily carpool hustle. Join hosts Lesley Miller, Ashlee Gadd and April Hoss as they chat about the beautifully hard work of raising children.

The Simple Show

Say YES to the things that matter most to us and NO to the rest. It’s a great philosophy …but what does this look like in real life? Making time for our favorites—travel, creative work, loving our people, and good self-care—means saying no to the good and YES! to the great. Tsh Oxenreider chats with co-hosts Kendra Adachi, Stephanie Langford, Erin Loechner, and Haley Stewart about how to make this work in the day-to-day.

Disney Every Week with the PassPorter Moms

Grab your mug and listen to Disney travel tips, advice, and chat from PassPorter’s Jennifer and Sara about Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and general travel. We are the PassPorter Moms!

Drops of Inspiration

Sharing Young Living has never been easier with the help of their education tools. This year they are committed to providing the best tools and resources for you, resources that are specifically designed with your sharing needs in mind! Join us we share leadership lessons, conversations with Young Living influencers, and an inside perspective on our company.

Bonus! Looking for something more business oriented?

Check out Creating Disney Magic: Lessons in Leadership, Management, and Customer Service. Lee Cockerell shares his wisdom and experience from his time as the Executive Vice President of Operations for Walt Disney World. Lee discusses how you can apply lessons in leadership, management, and customer service to create magic in your organization.