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Best Name Labels for Back-to-School

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For many the day has already arrived. For others it’s just around the corner. I’m referring to the first day of school. In preparation for back-to-school, my own family has been compiling all the supplies needed for the school year. Folders, pencils (regular and colored), pens, calendars, scissors, glue, staplers, rulers, makers, paper (lined, plain and grid) – the list goes on and on. To avoid all these items going missing, getting mixed-up or ending up in the lost-and-found box, it’s important to add labels with your child’s name on it. I also like to label their backpacks, lunch bags, water bottles and outwear clothing. Adding personalized name labels not only helps prevent loss, but saves you time and money. With a focus on variety, durability and style, I’ve rounded-up the best name labels for back-to-school. Here’s what made the short list:

best name labels for back-to-school // #labels #organized #school

1 // P-Touch Easy-to-Use Label Maker – because of its versatility to create custom labels with one of 8 fonts, 97 frames and more than 600 symbols. Durable, laminated and specialty (including iron-on for clothing) tapes in a variety of colors and widths are available.

2 // Tiny Prints – because of the quality and adorable designs offered – a look and feel that’s perfect for the younger child in preschool and elementary school.

3 // Kidecals – because they offer a variety of style for a range of ages including preschools, tweens and college students. Love that their labels are PBA-free too!

4 // Emily Press Labels – because their award winning Preschool Shoe labels help little ones put their shoes on the correct feet all by themselves. Children match their shoe labels side by side to create a whole image. Love this!

5 // Name Bubbles – because of all the designs are so darn cute! Love the new Peanuts labels the best. I’ve also used these labels and can say they really hold up!

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Read full story By on August 20, 2015 in baby and children, back-to-school, home organization, office supplies, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, Paperwork, product review, school paperwork, Tips/Tricks

Healthy Home :: Easy Indoor Plants

antique chest // bedroom // simplified bee #chinoiserie

As I mentioned in the Rue article, plants are an essential element of home decor. House plants bring the outside in, add a splash of color and texture, but most importantly create healthy homes. These all natural air purifiers not only give off oxygen, but some varieties are known to remove harmful chemicals such as ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene. In addition, indoor plants can even decrease stress while boosting mood, memory, concentration. A win, win, win right? But, sometimes selecting the right plant can be overwhelming so here are some simple tips to keep in mind:

tips for selecting indoor plants // www.simplifiedbee.comsucculents // coffee table // simplified bee

Below I’ve rounded up my top 5 best indoor plants. These are plants I incorporate in my own home because of their purifying properties and low maintenance.

easy + purifying indoor plants //


happy decorating,


Photos by Julia Robbs // Styling & Interiors by Cristin Priest


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Read full story By on July 30, 2015 in 5 favorites, Features, flowers, green design, healthy home, simplified bee portfolio, Tips/Tricks

Round-up :: Easter Egg Designs

With Easter just a few short weeks away, I’ve been gathering ideas for celebrating the special day. I’ve been amazed at all the creativity and especially the beautiful Easter egg designs out there. From indigo dyed to hand drawn, I’ve rounded up a variety of beautifully designed eggs that you may just want to try yourself.

DIY indigo Easter Eggs

Indigo Easter Eggs

graffiti (no-dye) Easter Eggs

graffiti Easter eggs

marble Easter eggs

marble Easter eggs

pink crescent moon Easter eggs #diy

crescent moon Easter eggs

chick & bunny Easter eggs #diy

chick & bunny Easter eggs

gold sharpie initial // Easter egg design

gold sharpie Easter eggs

happy crafting!


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Read full story By on March 24, 2015 in craft, DIY, Easter, Entertaining, Holiday, spring, Tips/Tricks

Round-up :: DIY Message Boards

Having difficulty juggling appointments, activities and homework schedules for your family? As my kids have gotten older, I’ve found that it’s more and more challenging to kept it all straight. A message board in our kitchen nook has helped us tremendously. If you are are need of a command center, I’ve rounded up a few DIY message board options that you may want to consider.

DIY message center // kitchen command center // BHG

Love this sleek, colorful dry-erase message board via BHG. It’s made from a piece of glass that’s simply been painted on the back and framed. Love!

DIY magnetic message board #organized #home #messages

This DIY magnetic board from 4 Men and 1 Lady, is made of a 26 gauge galvanized steel sheet and then framed.  It also doubles as a dry erase board for quick messages. Would love great in a kitchen, mudroom or playroom.

DIY message board // entryway organization #diy

The folks at Martha Stewart created this chic message center using a store-bought cork board that was painted and upgraded with a brass rod to hold mail and hooks to hold keys. Love the many functions it provides!

wall mounted craft paper roll // diy message board #diy #message

Although this option isn’t as versatile as the others, I love the simplicity. The could be a fun DIY project or purchased through George & Willy.

happy organizing,


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Read full story By on March 9, 2015 in DIY, home organization, kitchens, martha stewart, office supplies, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, Paperwork, Tips/Tricks