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Friday ( Fall ) Favorites

Is September really RIGHT around the corner? I have seen so many posts about the joys of cool crisp air, PSL at Starbucks and flannel shirt season. Me on the other hand, NOT looking forward to the end of warm weather at all. Granted, I love wearing vests, they’re like my second layer of skin but I would REALLY rather be in a bikini for a little longer. Oh well. Fall is coming and there is nothing I can do to change that. Instead, I have rounded up a couple cozy finds to flip your house from summer beach to cool and breezy pumpkin patch.

DSC_0410After Brandon goes to bed and we are cozied up on the couch, I have already found myself grabbing for a blanket to throw over my legs! One night in the 60’s and I’m freezing. Update your cozy-collection with this Pompon Throw, it’s so cute and adds a little something-something to the average throw blanket.

Pumpkins are always going to be a fall favorite ( for obvious reasons! ) and I like to change those up every couple of years. I thought these cuties would look adorable on our landing and white resin pumpkins down the center of the table ( hobby lobby is having a crazy sale going on right now )

Candles, candles, candles! I love this jar candle too! Need I say more? Next month I will be featuring one of my longtime friend’s shop and may even have a candle or two for you!

Freshen up your bedroom with a new duvet, decorative pillow and front door mat.

Enjoy the last few nights sitting outdoors under a blanket and drape globe string lights around the patio while sipping on warm cider out of these tumblers. I LOVE those drinking glasses and might stock up on different colors to enjoy for every season! How cute would the blue ones be for a summer party? Grab a couple lanterns to sit on the ground or line a walkway. I ordered this lantern in small and medium and cannot wait to set them out ( bonus, they’re also on sale right now ).

DSC_0455Looking forward to taking these same pictures in a few weeks and seeing how much little man has grown!

Many of the products I mentioned are on super sale right now as summer ends and fall beings, back to school is happening and Labor Day is coming up. Grab the deals before they sell out! Stay tuned for some upcoming posts on Small Shops I will be featuring along with awesome GIVEAWAYS to kick off the first day of Fall ( September 22nd ).


Storing Clothes, Pillows and Blankets

Going a different route here and sharing how I have been storing things lately to lessen the space all the extra ‘crap’ takes up. Living in a condo means not much room for unnecessary items. Having a baby who grows out of clothes as quickly as he grows into them means we have a lot of unnecessary items…on top of the 82 pillows, 15 comforters and obscene amount of blankets shoved in every corner of the closet and under the bed (but they’re ALL important to have, right?).

When I first hear “that needs to get packed away”, I immediately think plastic storage bins. While these are a great option, they’re sturdy, hold a lot, pretty durable – they also take up a TON of space. Plus, how much can you really shove in them before they’re impossible to lift? I had the idea in my head, went back and forth a few (hundred) times and decided I really wanted to give those Ziploc Vacuum Bags a shot (similar here and here). I read just about every review on Amazon..some good, most mediocre but I figured it was worth a shot. Annnnnnd, I’m hooked!

DSC_0002I’ve read that these bags are good short term but start to let air in over time. I have not found this to be the case. I use the XL bag to store pillows (all 82 of them as mentioned before), but for real there are 7-8 standard pillows as well as a body pillow. That bag shrinks down to maybe 12″ high and about 24″ wide. I could add another 1-2 pillows no problem. The other two bags I have stored King Size Down Comforters (1 in each) into the Large size bags. I would guess the measurements of these about 5-6″ high and about the same width. After I vacuum the bags they are stored in the corner of the closet never to be heard from again. I do keep a couple pillows and blankets out for easy access as we have guests over frequently, but the bulk is stored away.

There is a max fill line (which I kind of pay attention to), and then a small flap where you place the end of your vacuum nozzle. The bag begins to deflate quickly and within seconds is ready to be stowed. Once the seal is broken, the items inflate and are ready to be used. I haven’t noticed any foul smell or strange stains on my items. I do recommend cleaning blankets and pillows before storing them to help keep them fresh.

The other (original) way I have used these bags is to store baby clothes! Raise hands for hundreds and hundreds of empty diaper boxes filled with baby clothes and taped shut with the writing “6-9 month winter clothes”. What a pain in the neck! I started to pack away Brandon’s clothes in these bags with a simple piece of paper that says the size.

IMG_8673The bags get bigger and hold less as he grows but this is SUCH an easy way to pack away baby clothes to keep them clean (free from the smell of the attic or basement) and easy to see through!

IMG_8674The best part? These three bags, including all Newborn/0-3 Months, 3 Months and Swaddles & Hats can ALL be stored in one of those plastic storage bins from earlier.

IMG_8675No more waiting to empty diaper boxes, smushing and rolling everything so they fit then kneeling on the box to close it. I am obsessed with these bags and would definitely recommend them for any soft item needing to be stored away (think stuffed animals too!).

*this post was not sponsored, I was not given anything or told to write this. This is all original content.