Month: November 2016

Creamy M&M’S® Brownie Bites Recipe

Creamy M&M’S® Brownie Bites Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #BakeInTheFun #CollectiveBias The tree is up and decorated, Christmas music fills my office as I sit clicking away at the keyboard, and I’m currently in full–on […]

5 Ways to Not Be Miserable When You’re Sick

5 Ways to Not Be Miserable When You’re Sick

This shop for Bigelow Tea that brings you 5 Ways to Not Be Miserable When You’re Sick has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TeaProudly #CollectiveBias It starts with that scratchy tickle in the back of your throat. […]

Prepare for Thanksgiving By Taking Your Guest Bathroom from Blah To Fabulous!

Prepare for Thanksgiving By Taking Your Guest Bathroom from Blah To Fabulous!

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And BOOM! Just like that Halloween whizzed by in the blink of an eye and we are full-on barreling towards Thanksgiving! I absolutely adore this time of year, as Thanksgiving and Christmas are both my favorite holidays. For years when Bob was in the military, we had to spend Thanksgiving alone. But ever since moving to Texas, it’s now full of family, fun, and messes! We always spend the day with Bob’s parents, and every other year his brother and family make the trek over from the East Coast to share in the fun. This is one of their years to come, and we can’t wait to catch up with them!

This year marks a very special holiday occasion, as well. Since we just purchased our first home this summer it means that it’s the very first time we get to host everyone at OUR place for Thanksgiving. I’m SO excited to dust off my hostess hat and put all my skills and tricks to the test.

When you think of Thanksgiving, of course, the first thing that comes to mind is all the food! There is a crucial part of your hostess home, however, that you absolutely do NOT want to forget. It can really make or break a visit. What all-important room is this??? The guest bathroom, of course!

This room is sure to be used by your guests, and it’s one that you want to make absolutely sure that they’re happy and comfortable in! Guest bathrooms tend to be a wee bit overlooked in the scheme of the house, though, so I want to share with you today some great ideas and practical ways that you can take yours from ‘Blah to Fabulous’ before this Thanksgiving! Best of all, none of them are super time consuming, and they won’t break the bank either!


The first thing you need to do is take a trip to Home Depot. They are our favorite retailer for stocking up on all things Happy Home related!


I firmly believe that a clean home is a happy home, especially when it comes to the bathroom!! That’s why you’ll be spending a bit of time stocking up in the cleaning supply aisle. Here’s what you’ll need:


  • Glade® Apple Cinnamon 3.4oz Candle
  • Glade® Apple Cinnamon Automatic Room Spray 8oz
  • Pledge® 9.7oz Multisurface – Antibacterial
  • Scrubbing Bubbles® 20oz Fresh Clean Scent Bathroom Cleaner
  • Windex® 26oz Original Glass Cleaner

If your bathroom is really in need of a facelift, you can also purchase some upgrades for it at Home Depot. They have an amazing selection of rugs, art, shower curtains, and shelves!

For your guest bathroom, try picking a fun and unique theme that really expresses your family’s personality! Classics like the ocean or lighthouses are always fun (that’s our master bath theme), but really let your imagination go wild and have some fun with the guest bath. We chose to go with Fantasy for ours. It’s a totally unexpected one for a bathroom that works really well and makes me smile every time I’m in there!

Now that you’re armed with all your goodies, it’s time to go home and make the magic happen! If you haven’t paid attention to your bathroom in a while, getting it guest ready can feel intimidating, even if it’s a little space. Here’s a plan that will break this project into bite-sized pieces, with some tips and tricks thrown in!


10 Minutes A Day

Even the most busiest of us can squeeze a 10-minute project into the day. Every morning or evening from now until Thanksgiving set your timer for 10 minutes. The very first thing to do is de-clutter. None of your cleaning or efforts will be any good if it’s lost in a sea of half empty products and items that don’t even belong in there. Consolidate, move items that belong somewhere else in their proper homes, and throw out any old cleaning products, medicines, or personal hygiene items. Now that you’ve cleared out all that cabinet space, it’s time to fill it back up, at least temporarily. For all the personal hygiene items you keep, tuck them away in the cabinets during your guests stay, even if you usually leave them out. This will instantly give your bathroom a de-cluttered feel, and if you have overnight guests it will give them a place to keep their items.

Once you have your bathroom totally de-cluttered, it’s time to tackle deep cleaning! Here is a list of items that you’ll want to do. Don’t get overwhelmed! Just do it for 10 minutes a day and stick with the timer. When it buzzes, you’re done! You’ll be amazed at how quickly you work when you have that buzzer on your phone motivating you!


Guest Bathroom Deep Cleaning List:

  • Clean Shower & Tub Top to Bottom, Inside, and Outside using Scrubbing Bubbles® 20oz Fresh Clean Scent Bathroom Cleaner
    • Many years ago I was struggling to find a bathroom cleaner I really loved. I went on Facebook (of course!) to ask for recommendations. My childhood bestie told me how much she loved Scrubbing Bubbles® to tackle the mess. I immediately bought it and have loved and used it faithfully ever since! We all know that for the cleaner, the secrets that happen in the bathroom are not so secret. Can I get an Amen, Mamas?! I love that Scrubbing Bubbles® gets that, so no matter what we’re facing, we don’t have to handle it alone!! My best tip is to follow the instructions on the back. Spray the whole area down, and then let the product sit for about 5 minutes. During that time you can tackle a different area of the bathroom and let those bubbles do their work! Once the time is done you can wipe all the grime away easily!
  • Wipe down or clean shower curtain/door
    • If you have a curtain rod be sure to hit the top of it and the rings.
  • Thoroughly Clean Vanity using either Scrubbing Bubbles® 20oz Fresh Clean Scent Bathroom Cleaner
    • Which product I choose to use on the top portion just depends on the grime level, but both work fabulously! Also, be sure to use a damp cloth to wipe down
  • Clean the Mirror and any other shiny surfaces using Windex® 26oz Original Glass Cleaner
    • My family has used Windex® Original Glass Cleaner for as long as I can remember. I have memories of my Mom using it to clean our house, and it’s my go-to now that I am a Mom with a home of my own, as well! It’s just so perfect for so many of the surfaces throughout our home including windows, mirrors, sealed granite and marble, glass shower doors, chrome bathroom fixtures, tile, plastic, vinyl, aluminum, and more–most of which are found in the guest bathroom!
  • Sweep & Clean The Floor
    • If your rugs aren’t new from Home Depot take them outside and give them a good shakedown!
  • Wipe Down any mystery smudges or fingerprints from Walls, Doors, and Baseboards
    • If the doors have stubborn spots you can use Pledge® 9.7oz Multisurface – Antibacterial on them
  • Replace any light bulbs that are burnt out and clean those fixtures using whichever of the products listed above works best for their type

Voila! You’re almost there!! Take a minute and stand back and admire all that hard work. With these amazing products and breaking it into 10-minute chunks it didn’t feel that hard, did it?!

Now that you have a completely gorgeous and sparkling bathroom, it’s time to put the finishing touches on it! Nothing brings a smile to my face more than walking into a sweet-smelling bathroom. To make sure it stays that way, you’ll want to equip your home with a Glade® Apple Cinnamon 3.4oz Candle and also Glade® Apple Cinnamon Automatic Room Spray 8oz.


Keep these feelings going by putting Glade® Apple Cinnamon Automatic Room Spray 8oz into the bathroom. I love to keep mine in a pretty basket right on top of the toilet. That way all your guests will see and feel free to use it!


Now that your bathroom is totally guest ready, you still have a few days left until they arrive! Now just set your timer for 5 minutes each day and pop in to check everything and spot clean any little messes that come up. You’ll also want to do this daily during their visit.

If you follow this easy plan you’ll have a fabulous guest bathroom that leaves everyone smiling! Want more amazing ideas on how to be the hostess with the mostess? Check out all these great Tutorials for Thanksgiving Hosting Prep!




How To Make Your Kitchen Feel Like Christmas: Cleaning & Decorating Tips and Tricks

How To Make Your Kitchen Feel Like Christmas: Cleaning & Decorating Tips and Tricks

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ScrubSeason #CollectiveBias There is no denying it now, we are up to our eyeballs in holiday festivities! I personally, am loving it! Texas has even finally agreed to […]

How to Assist Your Child’s Growth by Focusing on Their Comfort Zones

How to Assist Your Child’s Growth by Focusing on Their Comfort Zones

Children are creatures of habit and often fear the unknown. Having a daily routine not only help your children have a sense of security while also keeping the household running smoothly. Daily schedules will vary based on the needs of the family, and you should […]

The Brilliant Way To Organize Your Medicine Cabinet Now That You’ll Thank Yourself For Later

The Brilliant Way To Organize Your Medicine Cabinet Now That You’ll Thank Yourself For Later

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Tis’ the Season!! And no, today I’m *not* referring to the upcoming holidays.

Somehow it seems that we always forget that the busiest, most  festive, and most fun time of the year brings with it all sorts of nasty germs. Add on top of that chronic or surprise conditions, like heartburn, pregnancy, or a newborn, and life can get complicated quickly!

That’s why I’m encouraging you to set aside just 30 minutes of time this week to take care of and organize your medicine cabinet. Trust me, you will absolutely be thanking yourself later when you do NOT have to go fight the holiday crowds just to pick up Nexium® for your after holiday heartburn or Advil® for that splitting headache!**

Here is the brilliant way to organize your medicine cabinet, as well! When you are sick or in pain the very last thing you want is to be digging for 15 minutes past expired vitamins to find the one relieving product you need. Here’s where to start!

How To Organize Your Medicine Cabinet

The first thing to do is clear your medicine cabinet out completely and take stock of the space that you have.

Every house will have a different setup, and whenever you move you’ll need to readjust and reorganize. Whether you’re organizing in small spaces or have a nice, big area, this system will work! Using a tape measure, see how much space you have so you’ll know what size of containers to purchase. Remember that you’ll want to leave extra space to easily slide them in and out and that if you’re going to purchase a container with a lid the top lip is usually the widest part.

In our new home, we have a nice large cabinet over the toilet and smaller one in the guest bathroom that we put up ourselves. I store all of the kid’s medicine and personal care products in the other bathroom and all the adult products in ours.

The next thing to do is to sort through all of the items you already have and toss anything that is expired.

I pride myself on staying pretty organized, but with how crazy our lives have been I was shocked to find how many items we had multiples of, half-used and expired! This new system will help ensure I won’t be tossing out 6-year-old medicine ever again! As you throw items away make a list of what you need to stock back up on, and what is missing from your stash.

Now it’s time to head to your local Walgreens to stock back up on all those essentials! I was so thrilled that when we moved to our new town I have a Walgreens just right down the road. I pass it every day when I drop Amber off for school, which makes it oh-so-convenient for trips like these! Ever since learning how to coupon and do match ups from Thrifty Texas Penny I’ve been in love with Walgreens and use it when I need to get us medicine cabinet essentials!

During this trip I stocked up on:

You’ll also need containers to organize everything in. You can purchase these new, or use some you already have some around the house. You can go really pretty and do baskets or cloth containers, but I’ve found that plastic bins with lids & handles are the simplest and easiest to haul out when you’re not feeling your best!

Now it’s time to label them! Depending on your families needs and items, break them into similar categories. For our family, I came up with six that covered all the products we own and use.

  • Colds, Cough, & Flu
  • Stomach & Digestive Help
  • Pain Relief (Fevers & Aches)
  • Vitamins, Supplements, Oils
  • Pregnancy & Postpartum
  • Allergy

How you label them will also depend on the containers that you purchase. I used large, fun labels that I had in my craft supply. Using a dark marker I wrote the different category names. I then used packing tape to secure the labels to the boxes and to also protect them against wear and tear over the years.

Now fill the buckets back up with all the products that fit into those categories!

With all the delicious food coming up for the holiday, it’s important to make sure that you have heartburn medication on hand! Many people hold back from enjoying some of their favorite foods because they are afraid they may experience heartburn. But no one should have to miss out on the foods they love! By keeping Nexium® 24HR stocked in your cabinet you’ll be able to enjoy all the holidays have to offer!** Just one pill a day provides all day, all night protection from frequent heartburn – no matter what triggers it*

*Nexium® 24HR may take 1-4 days for full effect. It is not immediate relief.

It seems like every time I turn around another friend is announcing a pregnancy or birth on Facebook and I’m absolutely loving it! If you’re in this amazing, crazy, and complicated stage of life then you absolutely need to have a bin dedicated to pregnancy and postpartum!

Some essentials you might not know you need in this bin are vitamin B6 and Ginger supplements, Iron supplements, Vitamin D drops, and Preparation H® Medicated Wipes**. As always, check with your Doctor before using anything during pregnancy or postpartum, but do your research on these items–they’ve been lifesavers for me through my two pregnancies and crazy deliveries!

Once you have all of your items into the bins it’s time to organize them into your cabinet.

Now, stand back, admire your beautiful work, and pat yourself on the back. Your future self is thanking you right now!

Do you have any amazing products you can’t live without or some amazing organization tips I missed? Leave me a comment and let me know!

**This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Use as Directed.





Easy Fall Family Craft

Easy Fall Family Craft

Want to find some simple family thanksgiving crafts? I just love doing fun and simple crafts with the kids because it’s a great way to really show my love and give us great quality time together! Plus I really just don’t have the time or […]

How To Put Together The Perfect Kitty Treat Basket For Thanksgiving

How To Put Together The Perfect Kitty Treat Basket For Thanksgiving

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #PAWsomeGifts #ClausAndPaws #CollectiveBias Blessings come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, including tiny, gray, soft & sweet ones. As you know, the past months have […]