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1. These latte bowls...and lots of them.
Even though I don't do lattes at home, I do use them to scramble an egg, to separate dry ingredients for baking, for cereal...and to put the boys' snacks in. They are a great portion size!
From Anthropologie....$20 (although I got mine at the store on sale)
My friend Anisa Darnell had the genius idea of labeling them with stencils. I love that they help me be (somewhat) organized. I love at least the attempt of organization!
I have a closet full of them here:
My pictures are never great. I promise to get better at that and stop using my camera phone. You can see that one big one is just for bathroom cleaners...it is so great to pick it up, move it, use it...and keep it all in tact. We also have one just for chargers (how many chargers do we all have these days?), one for bulbs, junk, etc. I love pretty clutter! At least this is pretty to me.
Metal Pain Pail $3.75 from Lowes or Home Depot
stencils (mine from Wal-Mart craft section near scrapbooking) $4.43
She has inspired me with these and I now want to label everything!!
3. Pillows with removable pillow covers
(means I can wash them--great!!!)
worth the extra money! And I love my pillows..and the family seems to love them as well.
Aren't dogs great? My Olii...a Chesapeke Bay Retriever...she is always right next to me and now I look at that picture and realize I just take her for granted.
I love this pillow--I works in every room in the house! (okay, except the boys' rooms)
PATCH NYC Pillow Covers from West Elm
20" Square Pillow Inserts
(more money up front...but long term pay off, I think. There have been several pillows that did not have covers that have bit the dust.)
4. This should probably be NUMBER ONE.
I am much better at channeling my inner St. Francis after I have made contact with my Bunn in the morning. It keeps a reservoir of hot water in the back. No waiting.
Chris actually got his as a birthday gift from his mom years ago. From Lowes $116
5. For me, there is no other. I am blond and very fair-skinned and burn easily (and I love tennis!). I have to wear sunscreen everyday of my life. This is the best...not greasy.
Olay Complete All Day Moisture Lotion
6. While on the subject of makeup...I don't wear a lot these days. I wore mascara to a friend's wedding a few weeks ago and the groom later asked me if I was wearing fake lashes. Fake lashes? He has only seen me in mascara this one time so he didn't know what to think.
I do, however, love this stuff. I don't get a ton of sleep, so I love a dab under the eyes and to cover whatever blemish chooses to visit me for the day.
Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer
This is me most days...hair in pony tail or braid...with sunscreen, concealer and a little blush on
because I am busy with this
about 5 bucks
worth the money
have you watched Food Inc.? That's all I'll say...that deserves another blog entirely.
You can't really see in the picture...but we have the little lever to the left of the switch that can dim the lights. I think they were super inexpensive. The cost was the labor.
Chris seems to love them even more than me!
8. A must if you have hardwoods and kids and a dog...
We ordered this about a month ago from Amazon because our cheapie broke. This vacuums wood floors and carpets. It is strong. And it is cordless!!!! The battery is super strong. I just don't vacuum as much with a cord. I love this puppy.
Hoover LiNX Cordless Stick Vacuum
9. A lovely lamp beside the bed. Worth the money!
I love this pair of eyelet lace ones I found at HomeGoods last year. A little girlie and a little modern. About $49 each.
We got this copper (or bronze? yeah, I think bronze) piece from Rottenburg, Germany (I know I spelled that wrong). We were newly engaged and in Europe and I remember the antique store exactly. It means a lot to me and it makes everything ok when I am emptying curdled milk out of a sippy cup found under my car seat. I'll leave you with that nice thought!
Send me some of yours!!