Friday, August 26, 2016

Nordstrom Find (Sole Society) Bucket Bag

I love handbags/purses! It's trendy to say handbag, but I tend to say purse, I am not that cool, ha! As my daughter is getting older she loves mom's stuff so while I would love a closet full of expensive bags its just not practical, but who needs expensive to look cute?

I have a Macy's like 10 minutes from home and like 2 minutes from work so it's more convenient but the selection of the "cheap" bags isn't that great. They have beautiful designer bags but I am posting about cute affordable bags today!

Nordstrom I find has some affordable and cute bags and many are vegan, so no animal is harmed to make a bag! I also like that I can shop online and the pictures are true to life. Another bonus is I find bags on sale (so cheap cheap). My closest Nordstrom is a 30 minute drive! so online is ideal. I love some of the brands like BP, Street Level, and Sole Society.

This little Sole Society bucket bag is a dream. I have been wanting one for a few months and finally this one originally $59.95 was on sale for $25.98! So no way I was passing on this. It has beige interior and while there are no pockets it does come with a wristlet that attaches so no digging to find it! I just looked and black is gone but this is still available in white and cognac, both beautiful!
I haven't removed the plastic or tags yet! 
The material is a faux leather and it looks real and is so soft! The shoulder strap is adjustable. Also the bag has a magnetic close and the drawstring so not much is going to fall out if it's cinched shut.

I had a couple other items so my order was over $50 and my shipping was free! They ship as they have the items so my order has not all been delivered yet, but I like that they try to get what they can to you as quickly as possible.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

10 Minute Clean Ups

I am not afraid to admit that my house looks like a tornado blew through on most days. My kids are messy and leave dirty clothes/shoes, backpack, dishes, bottles, crumbs, or you name it laying around.  My dog Buddy will grab pencils that the kids leave laying and chew them up and he likes to pull the stuffing out of his favorite stuffed animals.

I have been looking for ways to keep the weekday messes under control without spending too much effort because I am tired after working all day  and I want to reduce the amount of weekend cleaning I need to do. Weekend cleaning should be the deep cleaning like in bathrooms, mopping floors, some laundry, and dusting but I do not want my entire weekend taken up on this.

I have been experimenting the past few days with 10 minute clean ups. I set a timer and choose an area to focus on and see what I can get done. I have done this twice with my kitchen and in 10 minutes I find I can unload and reload the dishwasher, wipe counters/surfaces/sink and make my breakfast or prepare kids lunches for next 2 days, or pack lunches in the morning. I get a good amount accomplished and my kitchen is cleaned up. I have not been able to get sweeping the floors in the 10 minutes though. I have been able to get a load of laundry started in these 10 minute kitchen clean ups too.

I had quite a bit of clean laundry sitting around waiting to be put away from the weekend, so my daughter and I did a 10 minute clean up for laundry before bedtime last night, and we were able to sort all laundry and put her and her brother's away in the 10 minutes. My laundry and towels didn't make it but it will be a 10 minute clean up for me after work today.

I will keep doing these as it is a challenge and being competitive it appeals to me.  Working in these short 10 minute increments breaks it up and makes doing weekday chores less taxing.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Small Changes: Lighting

Hi friends - I have been hit or miss here, but so incredibly busy. Buying my new house was not expected and comes with starting over. My house is now 6yrs old and the original owner was cheap builder grade all the way, so updates were necessary. I am slowly, very slowly getting things put together but with work, kids, budget, and weather it takes so much time for those of us in the real world to finish a room. 

Most changes are small and affordable, and those are my first priority then I will move on to the more expensive changes. Ideally I would put in all new cabinets but I am being conscious of my home's value and not overspending on my changes. But some changes like the laminate counters and the vinyl flooring have to go! Flooring will be my first expensive change. All new lights posted here were paid for by yours truly, no freebies (haha I am not that "important"!).

One change I have been making that gives an immediate impact is the lighting. I have put a huge dent in the lighting change and am getting there! Just a few more to change out.

Here is a sneak peek of the fixtures I have changed, before (mostly the same ugly lights throughout) and my afters. I look forward to showing you what I have done so far in my house. Sorry these are all iPhone pics, I will post better ones as I show you the rooms!

Before: This one isn't bad and was in a Martha Stewart ad photo, but I had something else in mind. 
After: Globe from

Before: Nothing wrong with it, in 2,3,and 4 light in all baths, just not what I had in mind
After: Only in one bath so far, but I love it so it will go in all baths 
Before: This little $15 beauty was everywhere! I think 7 in total and 6 have been changed out!

After: These 4 lights replaced 6 of the 7 little white lights

Before: The standard boob light, all gone!

After: Another globe light
Before: 2 more boob lights, slightly different

After: Kids picked what they liked for their rooms

I have so much to share and am working toward getting enough down time to start showing you my work so far (nothing is completely finished yet!). More to come I promise.