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Chair Pockets

Chair Pockets

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We have a great group of neighborhood ladies who are connected together on Facebook. Our neighborhood is 30+ years old and everyone is starting to update bathrooms, kitchens, backyards, etc. Last fall a few neighborhood moms that it would cool to host our own “Parade of Homes” and see in-person what each other is doing with tile, back-splashes, screened-in porch additions, etc. I got some great ideas that Sunday going house-to-house for 4 hours.

One of the BEST ideas I took home was the chair pocket. My number one problem is losing important papers on my kitchen desk. Very important papers? Not really. Those usually get scanned into the computer and recycled. What I lose are the school papers that need to hang around awhile. The weekly homework, the list of reading words to practice, the instructions for a special project due in two weeks, etc. A neighbor purchased a chair pocket for each of her children for those items. Brilliant.

Obviously, if you are very crafty, you can create your own. If you are not crafty or just don’t have the time (ME!), you can purchase them at local education stores or online. I liked the look of hers and googled Aussie Pouch to get the same ones. There are different styles and measurements to choose from on their website. They are not cheap, but are very durable and worth every penny to me considering it’s changed my life. For real.

When I asked the kids what trim colors they wanted, Andy also chimed in…”Order me an orange one!” Really? I thought he was joking. But, yes, he was serious. Because I also lose his magazines. He likes to flip through them at breakfast and I’m always “putting them away”…but can’t find them later in that desk pile. So we all ended up with chair pockets. And so far everyone is using them properly. They have not become a collection spot for unnecessary items.

One organizational problem solved. A million more to go…

{This was NOT a sponsored post. Aussie Pouch was not involved. All opinions are my own!}

Swim Bag Checklist for Kids

Swim Bag Checklist for Kids

Pool Season is HERE! It’s pool season and I love it! The only thing I don’t like about pool season is the process of packing up to go to the pool. Charlotte LOVES to pack her own bag and helps me get everything ready to go. However, the bags she always used were inconsistent and

Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List

Yesterday, my kids had a one-hour early release. We had a little extra time after school before swim team practice. And everyone was hyped-up about the idea of summer starting. So I made them have a snack at the table and each kid create a list of things they wanted to do over the summer.

How to Create a Fairy Garden

How to Create a Fairy Garden

A couple of weeks ago I posted about painting fairy houses and clay pots. The kids really did enjoy that craft and then planting their own flowers for the Fairy Garden. But I also needed a few other supplies for our garden to come together completely. Let me say my motto was “go big or

Water Bottle Holder

Water Bottle Holder

When it comes to being a stay-at-home-mom with three little kids…well, I’m becoming more and more in love with small conveniences. And some of them are totally unnecessary, but I’m ok with it. Like my new “water bottle holder”. I cannot tell you how many times the kids throw their water bottles into a nice

Oh, the Places You’ll Go – End of School Tradition

Oh, the Places You’ll Go – End of School Tradition

I’d be surprised if you haven’t seen this on Pinterest or heard someone else tell you about it. You might ask yourself, who really does this? ME! I have three of these books – one for each kid. I started it at our daycare/preschool. Whenever one of my kids graduates from a classroom, I ask

The Secret to Bunk Bed Sheets

The Secret to Bunk Bed Sheets

If there’s one chore I really despise…it’s making the girls’ bunk beds. I am actually headed to boot camp this morning and will most likely burn the same calories as when I change their sheets. I’ll probably also be in some of the same positions. Making the top bunk often looks like doing a burpee.

No More Stroller

No More Stroller

There comes a point in your parenting journey when you can look at your spouse, give a high-5 and shout, “Woo-hoo!! We can go out with the kids WITHOUT packing a stroller!!!!” And then it hits you. Your next thought is suddenly, “What do we do with the stuff that the stroller hauls around for

Kid Milestones We Should Celebrate

Kid Milestones We Should Celebrate

My kids are getting older now (6, 5, and 3) and they are definitely becoming more independent. Which led Andy and I into a discussion about milestones. There are books, blogs, bribes, and even parties dedicated to things like sleeping through the night, saying first words, taking first steps, potty training, starting preschool, losing the

The Tooth Fairy

The Tooth Fairy

Stella is probably the only first grader in her class that has NOT yet lost ONE tooth. At her dentist appointment over Christmas break, the hygienist and dentist both reassured her that it was quite normal. They also told me it was still going to be awhile – nothing was budging much yet. So yesterday

Snow Day Indoor Activities

Snow Day Indoor Activities

This winter has been brutal for us as far as snow and ice is concerned. The schools are all closed again today and I’ve lost count as to just how many snow days this is…eight? Nine? The hard part is that it has either been too cold to go out in it (truly negative temperatures)