Friday, August 31, 2018

Back to School with Inchbug

*This post is brought to you by Inchbug. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

 Happy long weekend, friends! Labor Day really snuck up on me this year, but I’m still hanging on to summer for dear life and not letting go. As we navigate back-to-school, new classrooms, and packed lunches, we’re cheers-ing to these Orbit labels by Inchbug that are personalized, CUTE, dishwasher safe, BPA free, reusable, and versatile. They stretch and snugly fit around bottles, sippy cups, and snack containers—we’ve tried them all! No more labeling things with permanent marker that washes off over time, or with adhesive labels that come off in the dishwasher and end up in the bottom for you to dig out. These come in a variety of colors, 3 different fonts, and several emojis that you can add if you so choose.

What I really love is that Inchbug has safety in mind. Kids names are not prominently or boldly displayed for strangers at public places to be able to read from a distance. They’re subtle for this reason. We use these for school, of course, but also when heading to the library or the park to keep our cups and containers from getting mixed up with any others. These are also great at home when one kid is sick to keep their cup labeled and set apart—which is exactly what we’re doing this week with August’s strep throat diagnosis. 

Go to to check out their Orbit labels, and lots of other fun products they offer. Use code BIGDEAL through the long weekend for 20% off your order! 

Wishing you all a safe and fun long weekend! And happy labeling!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Our Office Space / Spare Bedroom Reveal

So excited to share with you our renovated home office / guest room today! When we first moved into our house a few years ago, this space was an unfinished 3-seasons room that was adjoining our living room through an exterior sliding glass door—essentially, a closed in porch space with some wicker furniture in it.  With both of us working from home (me, full time, and Matt more often than not finishing notes after office hours), we started envisioning an office space. Something easily accessible and close to where the kids play to still be able to keep an eye on them and to stay a part of the family dynamic when wrapping up any work obligations at the end of the day. We finally took the plunge and started construction through the winter and into spring, which meant insulating the space, installing new windows, new floors, and new doors both into the office and to the outside, and restoring and painting the existing interior wood on the walls that we decided to keep for a touch of character. Along the way we made the decision to also allow this space to serve as a guest room by incorporating a sleeper sofa and tinted, locking barn doors for privacy when needed. With the desk pushed against the wall, the bed pulls out with plenty of room to spare, and gives us that much extra room for out of town guests. It took us until now to furnish the space how we wanted to, and we really tried to take our time in doing so, all the way down to the lighting fixture which was the last piece to go in just a few days ago. We wanted something comfortable, warm, and inviting, but still relatively minimalistic, so the kids could bring their toys in and play along side us. Obviously, they’ve basically moved in there and made it a Batcave, but taking these pictures gave me a good enough reason to restore it to its grown-up condition. We are loving the way it all turned out, though I must admit, I still work from our bed about half of the time :) And, on that note, I'm off to finish up everything still outstanding from a work perspective before we can kick this weekend off. Happy Friday, everyone!



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