See It, Pin It, Do It! | A Pinterest Challenge

Pinterest Challenge | Cup of Tea blog

Oh man, I am so excited for this series!

A few weeks ago, Anne at In Residence started a new Link Up series called Pin to Present. It is a great place to pin any posts on projects you’ve done that were originally inspired from Pinterest.

Awesome, right?

Well, I quickly realized that, besides my dinner ideas, I haven’t done anything that was inspired by Pinterest!

I know I’m not the only one that has board after board of amazing desserts, cute DIY projects, and sweet crafts.  But do you ever do them?  I know I don’t!

So, inspired by Anne’s new link up, I decided I should actually tackle some of those pins!  And then, BONUS! I can actually join the link up 🙂 Haha!

Each Tuesday, during the month of September, I’ll be tackling some amazing Pinterest inspiration!

I’ll finally have baby-approved necklaces thanks to this Easy DIY Teething Necklace how-to from Lollygag Learning.

I’ve been eyeing the Anthropologie Atom bowls for so long, but couldn’t justify the prices.  Thankfully, there is this: Anthropologie-inspired Atom Art Bowls from Lolly Jane.

I’m not too crafty, but making my own coffee filter flowers from Two Shades of Pink sounds like fun!

And finally, who wouldn’t want to make these Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Cups from Musings From a Stay At Home Mom.

I’ve been collecting other fun DIY and food ideas to tackle on my See It, Pin It, Do It Pinterest board.  Leave a comment for what you’d like to see next!

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Hey Hey! It’s Friday!

Friday! I swear, this was the FASTEST week ever.  At one point (I think Wednesday?) I actually struggled to remember what day of the week it was… weird.

Here’s what I was up to this week:

1. Elizabeth is just ZOOMING with her crawling.  It’s so cute to watch her.  We actually played the “Peek at Each Other Around the Coffee Table” game (this game has always made me laugh, even as an adult!) yesterday, and my life is now complete.  I posted her first crawl on Instagram, if you want to see a small child with a VERY pleased/proud look on her face.  But now that’s she’s mobile, she’s exploring new places:

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2. Speaking of Instagram, I posted about my newest impulse buy from J. Crew Factory.  I am OBSESSED with this new shirt. And I’ve heard so much about the GiGi pant, that when I saw it was on sale, I snagged it.  Love it as well!

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3. I got together with my girlfriends on Thursday for our usual Mommy Lunch/Playgroup. I haven’t seen these ladies for weeks, and I literally woke up yesterday excited for some adult conversation (kid-approved conversation… not THAT kind of adult conversation…).

4. I made the Spicy Basil Tofu AND the Drunken Noodles from this week’s Menu Monday.  Quote from my husband – “We’ve been married almost 7 years, and you’re JUST now venturing into the Thai genre??”  Bottom line – they were both delicious.  It was actually easier than I expected.  The meals took about 15 minutes to put together.  Can’t beat that!

5. Y’all – my recap of the first 6 outfits of my 30 Outfits in 30 Days challenge went up yesterday.  Truth time – this is such a fun, but challenging series for me.  Not only just coming up with 30 unique outfits, but it’s SO awkward to have your face plastered all over… but you’re seeing real life – hair pulled up, a little makeup (but not enough to cover those dark circles!), and just trying to make the current wardrobe exciting again!  The next 6 days will be up on Thursday next week!  Stay tuned!

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Let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments below!  Have a great weekend!

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Organizing Tips for the Nursery Closet on a Budget



Budget Nursery Closet Tips | The Cup of Tea blog

I’ve been really excited to share this with you! (despite my “stellar” photography skills) I’m pretty proud of my daughter’s nursery closet.  It’s very functional and tidy!  And easy to find what I need.

When I was getting our nursery ready for our little one, I researched and researched how to organize all that tiny stuff.  I watched videos on YouTube, read multiple blogs, and noticed the typical ways parents organized their newborn’s closet: either 1) install a closet organization system, 2) slide a dresser into the closet (cute idea!), or 3) purchase some hanging organizers.

Hanging organizers made the most sense to me.  I didn’t want to spend the money on a closet organization system for a baby’s needs, when a toddler or small child may have different needs.  And sliding a dresser into the closet didn’t make sense in our shallow closet.

I wanted some pretty hanging organizers in a print, and I found these adorable toile patterned ones from IKEA.  There were 7 compartments, as well as little pouches on the outside.  I purchased 2 hanging organizers, as well as 2 sets of matching collapsable drawers.  I also found a set of 2 large lidded storage containers.  In total, it cost me $75.

I am IN LOVE with these hanging organizers! I love having the closet doors open so I can look at them! 🙂

So, here’s an overall look at my daughter’s closet.  It’s functional, and looks tidy (most of the time).

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So let me talk you through how I have everything organized in the closet.  Below is a side-by-side look at the 2 hanging organizers.  The left organizer is full of the collapsable drawers.  It stores most of my daughter’s clothes.  The right side holds spare clothes dividers (you’ll see that in a second), sun hats, sleep blankets, sweaters, and swaddle/receiving blankets.

You may think the drawers are small, but it ensures we can’t go overboard on clothes 🙂

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Here are a few pictures of close up detail!  The hanging organizers have 3 little pouches on the exterior.  At first, I had NO idea what to use them for.  But then I discovered that they were the perfect size for little shoes.  One other little pouch is dedicated to Target bags for travel laundry bags.

And then, the labels! I made the labels myself, cutting out squares of cardstock and using a lattice-style paper punch I already had to add the cut detail.  Then I cut some brown ribbon that I happened to have on hand to tie little bows.  Easy!  And free 🙂  I have some spare labels and ribbons stashed in an empty storage drawer.20140529-101221-36741898.jpg

We have hanging space for clothes in between the 2 hanging organizers, as well as to the left and right of the organizers.  In the center, between the organizers, hang current dresses/outfits that we use on a regular basis.

In the below picture, I have close up shots of the other hanging spaces.  To the left of the hanging organizers are the puffy fancy dresses that need more hanging space.  We also keep spare hangers on that side.  To the right of the hanging organizers are where we keep clothes our daughter has yet to grow into.  This was KEY in the beginning.  We got lots of clothes as gifts and, thankfully, received clothes in multiple sizes.  I purchased these clothes dividers on Amazon for $5.00!

My favorite organizing moment in this entire closet is that picture on the right of the blue dress.  In the beginning, my husband had a hard time finding clothes to dress our daughter.  He had her in floral on floral one day 🙂  I needed to find a way to keep all outfit components together so it would be easier for him.  I ran out to Target and found these child hangers and individual pant clips.  I just stuck one pant clip on a hanger, which was perfect to hang a pair of baby pants, tights or diaper cover.  Then over top was the matching shirt, dress, sweater, etc.  So all my husband had to do was grab one hanger, and all the outfit items were together.  Genius!20140529-101221-36741348.jpg

On to floor storage.  I don’t like much on the floor of the closet so that I can clean easier.  But it was essential to have a few things sitting on the floor.

On the left side, just sticking out, is the pack-n-play.  We use it often, so it doesn’t make sense putting it in long term storage in the attic.

Then we have a small teal laundry basket that we use as a hamper.  Pretty cheap and cheerful!  There are certainly prettier, cuter hampers out there, but I wanted one that could double as a hamper and laundry basket.  Target currently isn’t selling this basket, but keep your eyes peeled when the college, back-to-school items pop up.

I have one of the IKEA lidded storage containers on the floor as well. I use this one for clothes that our daughter has outgrown.  Which brings me to the large bins!  I’ve just gone through the IKEA storage container and removed all the 0-3 month and 3-6 month clothes our daughter had outgrown and am starting to sort and store for the long term.  Those bins are temporary (thank goodness).20140529-101220-36740776.jpg

Finally, the top shelf.  It doesn’t hold much right now, and most of it is “what are we going to do with it?” items.  And it’s not all that exciting.  On the left side is a IKEA lidded storage container with afghans we received as gifts.  I also have a few keepsake items.  Can you see her humidifier?


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On the right side of the top shelf is a box full of first aide type items.  I need to purchase a large clear tote or some clear drawers to store these items. But that’s to come!  And in the far back corner is a stack of my husband’s old Hardy Boys book collection.  They’ll eventually come out when our daughter is a little older!20140529-101224-36744142.jpg

And that’s the little tour! Hopefully there were some helpful tips for you!  I really don’t think that when you’re prepping a nursery closet that you need to put in a high-end custom closet, or need to fill it with expensive bits and bobs. To be honest, what the baby needs in the first year may be completely different after that first year, so flexible storage is key!

If I had more moolah, I’d by some more IKEA lidded storage containers to stash the top shelf items and spare hangers.  That would make everything look cleaner, and shoot!  Prettier to look at 🙂  Good luck organizing your nursery closet!  It’s such fun!

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Toys That Aren’t Toys…

Isn’t it funny that we spend significant money on entertaining baby toys, and let them take up tons of space in our homes, only to have our sweet babies end up loving the most random objects?

Sigh…

Here’s a round up of some of my sweet girl’s random favorite items right now.

Empty Wipes Container – I’m sure this little friend will be in our lives for a while.  Here at the house, I use the refill wipes that go in a refillable container.  Elizabeth has always been interested in closing the little lid on the container once we finished diaper changes.  Now she has a spare, empty one for all her lid-closing enjoyment, outside of the nursery!  I’m sure she’ll soon figure out how to shove little objects into this container.

Empty Wipes Package – Along the same lines, Elizabeth loves the travel wipes packages!  She loves the crinkling plastic.  When I haul out an empty wipes package for her to gnaw on, we certainly get strange looks.  But, hey!  Whatever keeps her entertained!

Laundry Basket – When Elizabeth was learning to sit up on her own, she wasn’t road tested to just sit on the floor and turn your back for a moment.  You had to constantly watch because she’d fall over!  Enter the laundry basket!  In that month she was learning to sit up, you could sit her in the basket, give her a few toys, and if she fell over, it was more of a controlled slide, instead of a hard head hit! 🙂  She’s outgrown this now, but it was genius at the time!

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But do you really ever get too big to sit in a laundry basket?  I guess you don’t… (that’s me in college!)20140520-152639.jpgMom’s Necklace – Are my days of wearing necklaces over for the foreseeable future? Elizabeth spots it and instantly starts grabbing at it.  And if she gets a hold of it, it goes RIGHT in the mouth.  And it doesn’t have to be just my necklace.  All necklaces are free reign.  (Sorry lady at church… you asked to hold her!)

A Finger – God must have designed us with fingers to provide instant toys for teething babies. My finger, dad’s finger, stranger at grocery store finger, baby finger.  Doesn’t matter.  All up for grabs!  Bonus points if you have slobber that runs down to your elbow.

What about you?  Any unusual toys that your little ones have latched onto?  I’d love to hear about them! I know our cardboard box days are coming up quickly! 🙂