Why You Need *this* Storage Tote

*These opinions are my own and do not reflect the views of Thirty One Gifts.

One of the great perks to being a Thirty One consultant is being able to get products before they are available to sell, another fun perk: Earning free product before it’s available to sell.  (They really, super de-do-da rock).  I was able to earn a Spring catalog Ready Set Sell kit that had a good variety of new products and prints that would be available in May.

Hands down my favorite product in the kit was The Essential Storage Tote.  At first I thought it was just something I would try to use if I could but that it most likely wouldn’t be …..what it definitely has become.

When we went on vacation last month, I needed something for all of Mason’s food and diapers (and a million other things babies need) to fit in the backseat so I could just grab and go when I needed these things.  I dug through all my Thirty One items looking for the best product.  I came across the Essential Storage Tote and thought I would give it a try because of the shape and size.  Perfecto.  You guys…seriously…..this is what I fit in this bag:

1 package of size 3 diapers

1 package of wipes

1 tub of Enfamil infant formula

1 small box of cheerios

1 gallon zip lock bag of bibs, spoons and pacifiers

3 receiving blankets

1 fuzzy blanket

1 change of clothes

1 gallon sized zip lock bag of jars of baby food

and 3 gallon sized zip lock bags of bottles and bottle accessories.

I have a lot of love for this bag.

Since vacation, I have taken it to cook outs, family gatherings, swim lessons, the zoo and most recently a big birthday party.

Check out the latest magic:

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The great news is that you can get this ‘hold everything you can imagine’ bag for only $5 this month! (With a $35 purchase). That’s a $23 savings!
As if there could be better news, it comes in 6 of the cutest prints-2 of which are brand new for fall!!

If you order through me (send me an email w your order at bskmek@hotmail.com) then I will give you free personalization on 1 item (another $7 savings!!).

This offer runs until July 30. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email or comment on this post and ask!!

My Thirty One website (that includes a catalog) is http://www.mythirtyone.com/mkeevers

Cheers!!

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Mason Turns 1

{At 8:30 am on Friday, July 12th—you were born, Mason Gregory.}

About 10 years ago, Brock and I decided we would eventually like to have 2 kiddos. Well, guess what…we have 2 beautiful, healthy children. Both boys, both adorable, both spunky, talkative, happy and so loved by so many.

Planning Brayden’s 1st birthday party (our first little guy) was so exciting! Every detail was covered, and I literally mean every detail. I even had a guest book for people to sign and write messages to Brayden—complete with a camera to snap a pic to put in the guest book as they signed.

Planning Mason’s was a little different. Not because we have 4 more years of busy-ness under our belts, but just because I knew it was the last 1st birthday party I would plan for one of my own kids. There was a little bit more emotion attached to it—a bittersweet type of emotion. However, a party to plan is a party to plan—and it was fun!

I couldn’t decide on a theme…should I do dump trucks, cars, police cars, fire trucks, the typical 1st birthday for a boy—aka everything blue type of party or something with animals. Mason LOVES cars and stuffed animals (and ninja turtles thanks to bubby), so I decided to do fire trucks. I mean, who doesn’t love fire trucks with all their sirens and lights?!

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Planning was much easier this time around. It’s called Etsy. ‘Nough said. Three E Designs (their shop is completely adorable) designed the invitations and an entire décor package for his birthday party. It was so organized (you all know I’m a sucker for organized projects) and so much easier than walking every Target and Party City aisle in three different towns.

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Our little big one year old had a blast at his party. It’s safe to say he partied his little heart out with his baby buddies and older friends and family members. And in case you were wondering if he liked the cake or not…this picture should clear things up.

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I can’t believe a year has (literally) flown by. I’m not the overly emotional type, but the day before his birthday I thought it would be a great (dumb is the word you’re looking for) idea to go through the newborn clothes and get rid of what I didn’t absolutely have to keep and there were a few times that waves of emotion smacked me in the face–hard. “He’s going to be 1 tomorrow.” “These 3 month clothes fit him at this time last year.” “He’s our last baby.” “Mason, like Brayden, is growing up so fast that I can’t even keep up!”

At the end of the day though, it all boils down to everyday blessings and love. I know how blessed we are to have 2 amazing, healthy little boys. God is amazingly good and I thank him every day, A LOT, for what He’s given to us.

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{Mason, on your 1st birthday, you could:}

Walk while holding onto something steady

Crawl faster than a cheetah runs

Chew anything put in front of you with your 6 teeth

Say “ma, ma, ma” and “da, da, da”, “nigh, nigh”, “ba, ba”, “bye, bye, bye” and “hi”.

Give open mouth kisses, only when you decided it was a good time to

Dance and sing to anything, even when Brayden sings songs to you

Wave goodbye and hello

Babble non-stop

Give hugs (again, selectively)

Clap

Sleep from 7:45 pm to 4 am, then again until 6:45 or 7 am.

Play with your favorite toys, like your Little People cars, stuffed Mickey Mouse, sea turtle and orangutan, bubby’s ninja turtles and blocks and keys, and the occasional TV remote if you could steal it from daddy. 🙂

 

Mason Gregory,

YOU are one of our biggest blessings. Lots of hugs, kisses and infinite love to our ray of sunshine!!

 

What’s Your Design Style?

What’s your design style?

I wish there was a cheesy quiz attached to that question, you know the ones that ask you where you like to vacation, what your favorite color is and what type of dog describes you–ya, I’d take one of those if it would magically tell me what my favorite style was officially called.

[Can I just say that as I write this post for the SECOND time, I’m just so frustrated with the fact that I have to write it a second time?  My first draft didn’t save and I really only remember half the wisdom I had bestowed upon you all –so ya, now I have to think about all my wise ideas and smart suggestions all over again.  To be honest, it may be harder than it sounds because at the moment I’m totally preoccupied with a slice of homemade triple berry pie that I picked up at the farmers market this evening.  #Sorrynotsorry]

When Brock and I bought our old house, we I decorated very traditional.  Jewel tones, leather furniture, heavy damask curtains, artificial plants…you know, kinda old school.  I felt like that house just didn’t have the right “vibe” to decorate how I really wanted to.

So, you can imagine my excitement when we decided to build our current house.  Within reason, we were able to pick out all the fun detail like flooring, cabinets, ceiling heights, lighting etc.  Now, I will say this–if money was absolutely no object, we would definitely have these gray solid hardwoods that I was drooling over, but I also wanted the oversized cabinets in black too and a Jacuzzi tub.  Priorities people!  We can always switch out the flooring later when our kids get older, but we can’t add an extra 3 feet to our living room ceiling.  We also knew we would be replacing flooring in the next 5 years anyways when we figured we would be dog-less again.

When it came to trying to figure out a decorating style for our house, I knew exactly what I wanted, but I had no idea what it was called.  Thankfully, I have a friend who works as an interior decorator and after asking pretty much the same question 50 different ways, she told me that my “style” is modern cottage.  Perfect!  Finding out the actual name for the decorating style you wish to use is as great as finally finding out what body style you have, or what skin tone you have.  All major victories in my book by the way.  Not to mention google becomes your best friend once you have an actual style type to search for.

Here’s the thing about the cottage type of decor.  I’m sure most of you already know, but the color palette is pretty much white, off white, dove white, beige, cream, and a splash of a bright color thrown in.  When we built our house, at the time we had 3 dogs (I miss you Stella!) and Brayden was 3, almost 4.  We planned on having another baby within the year, so we had to be realistic and I had to face the fact that I was going to have to adjust my decorating accordingly.  So we decided to use a lot of robins egg blue and paint some of the bathrooms a bright color, then accent with rustic décor or white picture frames.  It’s not exactly 100% cottage like, but it’s close and it fits in our lifestyle–and that’s very important.  I guess if we had dogs that didn’t shed or drool, or there was no worry of crayon being scribbled on a white couch (it gives it character, right?), or if we had a live in maid that made sure no one actually sat on anything dirty, I would have this:

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But until the day I have a live in maid that walks around with a sweeper and dust towel 24-7, I’m willing to decorate how we have started to.  We have been in our house 2 years and every year we have a big project.  The first year we built a fence literally a week after we moved in, then a play house a few weeks later, then last year with my pregnancy and Mason being born we spent our efforts getting Mason’s room decorated.  This year we have put on all of our cabinet hardware, installed some plantation blinds and started on our deck.  We used composite board when building the deck, so that we didn’t have to worry about the kiddos getting splinters, or the dogs clawing it up.  Plus, it’s completely worth it because it has a 30 year warranty and you don’t ever have to paint it!  That my friends, is a win win for a busy family!  Next summer we will add benches and planters to our deck.

Currently, I’m searching for a set of the perfect winged back arm chairs for our flex room.  Our flex room is basically an extra empty space.  If we were trying to use every square foot of our house wisely, we probably would have turned the flex room into an office, but ah well—that’s what the future is for.

Here are a few photos of what we have accomplished so far.  Much more to go!

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(P.S.–these photos were taken before the blinds and cabinet hardware were installed :0) )

What type of style do you gravitate towards when decorating your house?  What are your favorite stores to collect décor finds from?  I definitely am always sure to check Pier 1, World Market and Home Goods.  And I think it’s obvious to most readers by now, that if I could actually live inside of a Pottery Barn catalog, I would.

What tips and tricks do you have for completing household décor projects?

Also, help a sista out.  If you are like me and want to buy yourself a Pottery Barn because you love it that much,  I want to know where you have found your favorite pieces.  What interior design websites do you stalk daily? 🙂

Until next time all…… xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the Beach, ya’ll!

This year we took a family vacation to our tried and true beauty of a beach, Madeira Beach in the St.Petersburg/Clearwater area of Florida. I have been visiting Madeira since my freshman year of high school…& if you have trouble doing that math, I can tell you that it’s somewhere I’ve gone for …let’s just say…more than 15 years.

The goal of this post is basically to post a few of the 500,000 pictures I took while there for 6 days. Oh and to tell you that this was Mason’s first visit to the beach. He was a huge fan of the beach and the yummy goodness of the sand that he dined on almost every day for breakfast lunch and dinner. Brayden is a beach veteran now, and was in complete heaven for 6 days! He could run in the sand until his little heart was content and to do things like get up at 8 AM to jump in the pool (sorry that you were the one picked to assist in these 8 AM swims, dad). Brayden also managed to accomplish the impossible – which was getting my dad to agree to eating dinner outside on a dock so that Brayden could watch the dolphins play at sunset. Brayden wins, every time. Life fact #890653.

It was a great vacation and I’m so glad that we were all able to go together! The boys loved spending so much extra time with us and with my mom and dad every day. They even got some much needed time with their Uncle Chris and Aunt Chelsea.

Every trip we take to the beach just reminds me that I need more of it in my life. It’s good for my heart and my soul. I know that everyone says that, but I really, really mean it. It’s where I most content.

Photos for your viewing pleasure:

Thirty One products exploded in our flex room!  Ready to go!

Thirty One products exploded in our flex room! Ready to go!

 

When you are 11 months old, traveling is exhausting.

When you are 11 months old, traveling is exhausting.

First day on the beach.  Brayden was in love!  Though, I had to bribe him to smile "normal" for this picture!

First day on the beach. Brayden was in love! Though, I had to bribe him to smile “normal” for this picture!

A shower can work wonders when you are running on 5 hours of sleep. :)

A shower can work wonders when you are running on 5 hours of sleep. 🙂

Looking at all the fish by the docks with Grampy and Grammy.

Looking at all the fish by the docks with Grampy and Grammy.

Mason was loving the boardwalk music.  Trying to get his groove on.

Mason was loving the boardwalk music. Trying to get his groove on.

Beach selfie.  Do I need a reason? :)

Beach selfie. Do I need a reason? 🙂

Brayden at one of his morning swims with Grampy --sorry dad.

Brayden at one of his morning swims with Grampy –sorry dad.

Reason #395947 why birds creep me out.  Their claws, I mean..feet.  This is a dinosaur, not a bird.  That is all.

Reason #395947 why birds creep me out. Their claws, I mean..feet. This is a dinosaur, not a bird. That is all.

One of the cutest little fireworks you ever did see.

One of the cutest little fireworks you ever did see.

 

Mason and I hanging touch at the beach after dinner.  Aka, I'm trying to work off the massive dessert I just consumed.

Mason and I hanging tough at the beach after dinner. Aka, I’m trying to work off the massive dessert I just consumed.

 

Brayden was able to go deep sea fishing a few days with Brock, my brother and my dad.  It was his first time on a boat in the ocean and he rocked it!

Brayden was able to go deep sea fishing a few days with Brock, my brother and my dad. It was his first time on a boat in the ocean and he rocked it!

On one of the last days, we decided to visit the Florida Aquarium in Tampa.  Brayden's response was "mom, I'm disappointed.  Where are the whale sharks and hammerheads?"

On one of the last days, we decided to visit the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Brayden’s response was “mom, I’m disappointed. Where are the whale sharks and hammerheads?”

Brayden's happy place.

Brayden’s happy place.

My brother and I.  Every time we have pictures together I wonder how I got the midget legs of the family.  Not fair!

My brother and I. Every time we have pictures together I wonder how I got the midget legs of the family. Not fair!

Love this picture of my hubby and I.  Isn't his tan sickening?  I mean, really?!

Love this picture of my hubby and I. Isn’t his tan sickening? I mean, really?!

Beach babies and best buddies.

Beach babies and best buddies.

This is the first mirror selfie I've ever taken.  I wanted to document the fact that 1--I had taken the time to style my hair and 2--that I actually had a tan for the first time in 3 years.

This is the first mirror selfie I’ve ever taken. I wanted to document the fact that 1–I had taken the time to style my hair and 2–that I actually had a tan for the first time in over a year!

The hubs caught a grouper out on the boat.  Yummmmmmm!

The hubs caught a grouper out on the boat. Yummmmmmm!

This picture makes me smile.  Did you know there were white salt water catfish in the ocean?  Ya me either, but it was the perfect size for one of Brayden's first fish to catch!

This picture makes me smile. Did you know there were white salt water catfish in the ocean? Ya me either, but it was the perfect size for one of Brayden’s first fish to catch!

 

That’s a wrap all!  Until the next mirror selfie.  Just kidding.

 

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