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Organizing Tips for Kids

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ikea bookcase // kids' playroom // via @simplifiedbee

With the fresh new year, it’s a great time to establish fresh new organizing habits. Getting your kiddos organized is high on most parents’ list too. Getting kids to be organized can be a challenge and an ever changing process as they grow up. Recently I shared some of my favorite tips on organizing for kids with Pottery Barn Kids. One of my favorite is having storage options available throughout the house – including the entry, hallway/staircase and  kitchen. I’ve pulled some really super adorable and stylish options (some that can be personalized) available through Pottery Barn Kids. Most of these items are currently on sale too! Gotta love that!

organizing the kids // bins and baskets // via @simplifiedbee

product links: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

* first image :: design & styling by Cristin Priest and photography by Jenn Jacobson

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Read full story By on January 27, 2016 in baby and children, family rooms, Features, home accessories, household cleaning, Interiors, Interviews, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, playrooms, storage, Tips/Tricks

Round-up :: Advent Calendars

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advent calendar 2015 // via @simplifiedbeeHappy December! The first day of the month is always exciting for me, but I’m especially loving this first day of December. It marks the beginning of advent. A count down to Christmas Day. Advent calendars have been a family tradition that I’ve passed down to my own family. This year we even have two advent calendars – one that hangs on the wall that doesn’t have any treats and another my girls talked me into getting at Starbucks  seen above (I’m such a sucker!). Here are some other fun advent calendars to buy or make!

knit stocking garland // advent calendar ideas // via @simplifiedbee

How cute is this knit stocking garland idea from Pottery Barn? Such a fun way to decorate the mantel while counting down the days?

paper village // advent calendar // via @simplifiedbee

Create a tiny holiday village for the tabletop or mantel with this whimsical kit that includes folding houses, festive jokes & facts inside, and embellishments. A simply adorable way to celebrate advent! It’s also on sale here.

colorful advent calendar // via @simplifiedbee

This colorful advent calendar gives a modern twist on the traditional tradition. I also love that it allows you to tuck away love notes, tasty treats and small trinkets. So fun!

DIY present advent calendar // via @simplifiedbee

Making your own advent calendar doesn’t have to be overly complicated either. I love this version by Oh Happy Day using non-traditional bright neon ribbons!

modern christmas advent calendar // via @simplifiedbee

Crafty and have the time? Here’s an advent calendar pattern features stunning wool felt you hand stitch to complete. Loving all of the vintage ornaments on this modern Christmas countdown.

DIY advent calendar // christmas tree // via @simplifiedbee

This DIY advent calendar also looks like some work to achieve, but boy is it cute!

DIY plastic animal advent calendar

And how adorable is this DIY plastic animal advent calendar by A Bubbly Life? I’m sure Rudolph is honored.

truffle advent calendar // via @simplifiedbee

If you’re just about the treats, you’ll have to consider this decadent box of truffles for every day of the Christmas countdown. Yum!
The Land of Nod, design for kids and people that used to be kids

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Read full story By on December 1, 2015 in Christmas, craft, DIY, Holiday, holiday decor, Tips/Tricks

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 // simplifiedbee.com #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 // www.simplifiedbee.com

 

happy decorating,

cristin

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