Fall Mantle Home Decor for the holidays

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Today I’m bringing you a very amazing Home Decor post from Holly.  Holly runs the blog Our Poole House and she focuses on everything DIY and being crafty.  Today she’s sharing with us how to create the most perfect Fall mantle for home decor which is suitable for Fall and all of the upcoming holidays.  It’s so easy to recreate and truly looks beautiful.  Will you be decorating your mantle this Fall?

Supplies Needed:

  • Burlap Garland
  • Fall leaf garland (I used 2)
  • 6′ Floral Spray of choice
  • Floral Picks in different textures (4 different pairs used)

Process Photos:

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10733682_10153284014250031_1170274446_nAuthor: Holly is a Country Girl at Heart = California Girl at Home. Holly blogs at Our Poole House and is Plain and simple, I’m a girl who has learned a lot about life. Wife to {1}, Mommy to {2} and quickly approaching 30, I’m starting to finally feel like I know what I am talking about. I just try to take it one day at a time without too many mistakes. And to learn to laugh, A LOT!  Between running our own business and running a household, it’s a busy life. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Come join in on the fun!


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Halloween Costumes at Party City

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Halloween is this week and I can’t believe how fast it’s approaching.  My kids are very excited about Halloween and trying to decide what they wanted to be was a real challenge this year.  My 4 year old son couldn’t decide if he wanted to be a Swat team mate or a Race car driver.  The Race car driver has an awesome helmet but the Swat team comes with the option of adding in a cool badge, handcuffs and more.  Party City is focusing on mixing and matching this year with costumes so the accessories are endless whether you’re a princess, prince, batman, swat team, race car driver or anything else.

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Halloween is a time to gather with friends and family and let your kids imaginations run wild.  This one day a year kids can truly be whoever they want to be.  Although my son LOVED his Swat team costume he has decided to be a race car driver this year and we’ll keep the swat costume for dress up another day.  My daughter is going to be tinkerbell which I’m in love with.

The Swat Team Outfit comes with the outfit, vest and cap and to complete the look you can add the handcuffs, badge and magnifying glass.  The complete list of items for this costume can be found here.

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The Tinkerbell costumes comes with the adorable green dress, wings to match and you added in is a headband, glass, wig and a wand to complete the outfit!  Her outfit is sure to be a hit this year.  The Tinkerbell costume and all accessories can be purchased here.

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The Race car driver costumes comes with the suit and helmet and it’s a completed look.  To add a little realistic accessories add in a pair of black gloves.  The complete line can be seen here.

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How adorable are these looks and costumes?  Party City is definitely your one stop shop for all your Halloween needs.  See the full range of costumes here.  What is your child going to dress up for Halloween? Are you going to be dressing up this year?  Would love to see photos so please share!


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DIY Glass Gumball Filled Lamp

Hi! I am so excited to be here writing as a guest blogger for Addicted 2 Savings 4 U today. My name in Ashley Taylor and I run the blog Taylors4you. I have a serious passion for DYI, crafts, decorating, gardening and cooking. I have 3 little ones which keeps me very busy but there is always time for the stuff I am passionate about. How many of you out there love that rewarding feeling of when are done with a project and it comes out amazing? I know I do. So make sure to look out for my DYI and crafts on Addicted 2 Savings 4 you.

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Lately I have busy working on my 2 year old daughters room. She loves everything girlie, which has been super fun after always doing boy rooms. Who wouldn’t be excited to for that. for her room I wanted it to be a combination of shabby chic and classic with a little modern twist.

Every night before bed we read her a story and I felt like it was to bright with the ceiling light on. So I knew we needed a lamp. I started to look around at stores and wasn’t finding anything that jumped out to me. Then one day at TJ Maxx I saw a glass lamp full of cotton balls. I thought wow what a great idea. After seeing that I went to Target to see is they had any glass fillable lamps that would open up. They had a glass fillable lamp for $14.99 and I grabbed a lamp shade for $12.99. I started to walk around brain storming what I could fill it with. I walked into there craft area which is right buy the party supplies area. There in the party supplies area I found gumballs of all different colors that were $5.00. The aqua color was on clearance for $2.50.  I grabbed one bag of pink and one aqua. When I got home I started to put this all together right away. Its so simple and easy maybe takes 10 minutes. Now thats not bad for DIY.

Supplies Needed:

  • Glass Fillable Lamp
  • Lamp Shade
  • Light bulb
  • Filling – I used gumballs

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How to Directions:

The first thing you want to do is in screw that top of your lamp. Be very careful to not unscrew the bottom. Once you have the top unscrewed, off and all papers pulled out you can then start to fill your lamp. I mixed my gumballs together. At first I put all of the gumballs into my fillable lamp, it seemed way too full and too much aqua. So then I did all the pink and half the aqua gumballs, which I liked a lot better. Really its a personal choice on how much you want to fill it. Then screwed the top back on, put a light bulb in and plugged that sucker in. I love that way it turned out and so does my daughter she spotted in in her room right away.

Other things you could fill you fillable lamp with would be buttons (how cute would that be on a sewing craft space) spools of thread, pipe cleaners, bouncy balls, flowers, leaves, craft puff balls etc.

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Hope I left you feeling inspired. Make sure to share back your ideas what you could fill a fillable lamp with. If you make a fillable lamp please share how yours turned out.

10744543_10204905706980814_89128975_n About Ashley: My name is Ashley Taylor, my blog is Taylors4you. I have a very busy house with 3 little ones running around and our day-to-day craziness. I have a passion for DIY projects, crafts, cooking, gardening and trying new things, this is my outlet. I love sharing my experiences of what I have done and what I am working on. I hope you enjoy my articles and I encourage you to join in on trying my DIY projects and crafts that I will be posting about on Addicted 2 Savings 4 U.


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25 Uses for Cardboard Boxes

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25 Uses for Cardboard Boxes

Doesn’t it seem like everyone has a few cardboard boxes lying around? If this sounds like you, you might be wondering what to do with all of them. Luckily, a cardboard box has a ton of uses that are both practical and fun. Take a look below at 25 uses for cardboard boxes that you need to try! Who knew that cardboard boxes could be so much fun?  We get so many cardboard boxes in our home daily and we normally just threw them away until I found so many other things they can be useful for.

1. Recycling Bin
Take a sturdy box and designate it for recycling. Write on the box the materials that are to go in it and set it in a place where you know your family will utilize it.

2. Lost and Found Box
Decorate a box for lost and found items. You can donate it to your child’s school, your church, or anywhere that can use one.

3. Compost Material
Rip the box up into strips and place it in your compost bin. It will help turn your soil into rich compost.

4. Garden Mat
Don’t you hate it when your knees get sore and muddy after working in the garden? Take a section of cardboard box out with you next time and kneel on it instead. No more muddy knees.

5. Door Mat
Cut a section of cardboard to be used as a door mat. This is perfect to place in a garage or anywhere oil and grime can get on shoes.

6. Yard Sign
Holding a yard sale or want to wish a friend happy birthday? Make a yard sign out of a cardboard box using markers and paint. Simply recycle it when done.

7. Ironing Board
When in a jam a cardboard box can be used as an ironing board. Just use a low heat and press away.

8. Paint Palette
Cardboard is sturdy making it great for a paint palette. Just cut a section into a circle and make a hole for your thumb. Add your paint and get creative!

9. Spray Paint Shield
When spray painting small items, place the item directly in the box and spray. The sides of the box will protect the paint from drifting and keep your surfaces safe.

10. Gift Box
Keep cardboard boxes on hand to use as gift boxes. Just wrap colorful paper around them and you are ready to go.

11. Gift Tags
Cut circle or square shapes out of cardboard boxes. Poke a hole and string ribbon through and you have instant gift tags.

12. Piñata
Fill a box with candy and tape it closed. Wrap it in decorative wrapping paper and you have a fun and frugal piñata.

13. Sofa Shield
Tired of pets jumping on your couch? Place some flattened cardboard on the cushions and they will go elsewhere to hang out!

14. Pet Bed
Place a pillow and blanket in a cardboard box and you have the perfect pet bed. Cats especially will love this.

15. Dollhouse
Decorate a small cardboard box with colorful paper, markers, and paint. Add your miniatures and you have the perfect doll house.

16. Boat
Make some oars out of dowel rods or wrapping paper rolls and hit the high seas. Kids will love pretending like their box is a boat. Use paint or markers to decorate it and a paper plate for a steering wheel.

17. Spaceship
What child doesn’t want to blast into space? Cut windows into the box, add marker details, and you have the perfect spaceship. Kids will love playing for hours.

18. Racecar
Wanna race? Add paper plates for wheels and a steering wheel and you have the perfect racecar. You can even add battery operated touch lights for headlights.

19. Toy Chest
Keep toys organized when you use a cardboard box as a toy chest. Simply decorate the box with paint and the child’s name and you are ready to go.

20. Clutter Bin
Say goodbye to clutter with a cardboard clutter bin. Set it in a hallway so family members can toss in items they want to donate to the local shelter or thrift store.

21. Kindling
Cardboard makes great kindling. Tear it into strips and tie it into a bundle so you have it when you need it.

22. Dream Castle
A little paint and glitter can turn any box into a dream castle. Let your little princess dress up her box the way she pleases and have fun for hours.

23. Playhouse
Make a mini place house by cutting some windows and hanging fabric scraps for curtains. Place small furniture pieces such as stools in the box and you have the perfect playhouse.

24. Make a bunting banner.
Cut the cardboard box into triangles. Paint them or cover them with washi tape. Glue them to ribbon and you have a cute and decorative banner.

25. Go sledding.
Apply some cooking spray to the bottom of the box and take it for a spin down a snowy hill. Yahooo!

See how fun and easy it can be to transform a cardboard box? Give these 25 uses for a cardboard box a try!


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Mamas and Papas Witch Costume for Halloween

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Halloween is next week and I can’t believe it’s finally going to be here.  It’s my daughter’s first Halloween and she is walking so this is going to be an extra special Halloween with her older brothers.  This Halloween we’ll be spending time with friends and family and going trick or treating in a quiet neighborhood so my daughter’s first experience is a great one.  When it comes to costumes there are so many to choose from it’s hard to pick just one but we narrowed it down and this year my daughter is going to be an adorable Witch which was given to use from Mamas and Papas.

The little girls Witch Costume is a dream come true and it’s absolutely stunning.  This little witch’s costume is pink, black, purple and blue and comes with matching striped socks!  It’s adorable and perfect for any little girl from infant-toddler.  Ranging in sizes from newborn to 4 years old.  My daughter wears a size 18 months in clothing but the 9-12 month costume fit her great!  This outfit is just to adorable for words and I couldn’t believe how cute my daughter looked dressed up as a witch with her little blonde pigtails.  Have you picked out Costumes for your little ones yet?  Mamas and Papas has a great selection of costumes for boys and girls and you can see the entire list here. If you’re loving the witch costume as much as I am you can purchase it for just $34.99 here.

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Mamas and Papas was created by an amazing couple named David & Luisa who felt there was nothing good enough for babies 30 years ago.  Every product sold from Mamas and Papas has a story to tell and is only the finest for your family.  New stores are opening up around the world and their products are remarkable.  When you’re shopping at Mamas and Papas you are getting high quality items designed by parents for parents and you won’t be disappointed.

Addicted2Savings4U receives products for free in order to conduct reviews.  I only recommend products and services I personally use and believe will be a great fit for my readers.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this post unless otherwise stated.

 


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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

Disclosure:  I was given the Mitsubishi Mirage for 1 week of driving for review purposes only.

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The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is a new car on the market and it’s small!  I am so used to my SUV that driving a car can be very different for me at times being so low to the ground.  The Mirage I had the pleasure of driving for a week  came in a very bright Kiwi Green color that was noticeable from a mile away.  The plus of this color is it’s easy to find your car in a very crowded parking lot.  The kids loved the car and the color, my son said “It’s a Hulk Car!”  My other son kept begging me to ride around in the Green Car every moment I was free.  It was a hit with the kids for sure.

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This car was rated top affordable car from cars.com and this subcompact car gets up to 44 miles to the gallon.  The savings is amazing when it comes to filling up this gas tank.  I drove around Orange County and Los Angeles county back and forth for an entire 7 days and stayed on the same tank of gas, impressive right?  The mirage is a 5 seater car with 7 airbags to protect you from any angle in a car accident.

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Fully loaded with backup camera, navigation system, XM radio and more.  There are a few things I wasn’t crazy about when it came to the Mirage.  There was no center console to stash your items or rest your arm while driving, also I felt like there wasn’t much power while driving down the roads or on the freeway.  The truck space was surprisingly spacious and fit a few bags as well as my full size jogging stroller.  The backseat wasn’t very spacious and we were only able to put in 2 full size car seats instead of the 3 we needed.  This car I’d say is ideal for teenagers, college students and parents with 2 or less kids!

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If you want to find out more about this Mitsubishi Mirage you can go here.  With an MSRP of $12,995 starting out this is definitely an affordable first car to look into.

I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions are 100% my own. I received the Kia Optima for 1 week of driving time to facilitate this review.


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2015 Kia Forte EX Review

Disclosure:  I was given the Kia Forte EX for 1 week of driving for review purposes only.

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This past week I’ve had the pleasure of driving around the newest 2015 Kia Forte EX and give my opinion based on my first hand experience.  First thought I loved the size of the car because it would be so easy to park in compact parking spots as opposed to my huge SUV.  I love Kia vehicles because their providing consumers with the best and top of the line add ons at prices the everyday family can afford.  This Kia Forte was pure luxury for me and I especially loved the heated and cooled seats, the sunroof and that the back seat could easily hold 3 car seats across without trouble.

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Being 5’10” I always love to be in a car that is roomy enough and allows ample leg room.  I was very pleased with the comfort while driving around for a week.  I was able to stretch out my legs, recline the seat a big and enjoy the ride.  Making the steering wheel a bit higher also helped out.  The interior was a gorgeous gray color that was perfect for this car.  No matter how hot it got outside the leather interior never got overly hot.
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The infamous Heating and Cooling seats are a must have with ever car.  It’s a pure luxury that’s affordable.  When it was over 100 here in Southern California I would crank up the air and turn on the cool seats and enjoyed my ride.  While in the mornings it was extra cold I could turn on the heated seats, warm up quickly and get a nice relaxing heat source to my back.  These heating/cool controls are definitely a must have, they’re awesome.

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This Kia Forte EX was fully loaded with all the bells and whistles.  I had the luxury of enjoying navigation, XM radio and backup camera.  The navigation is so nice to have because I can put in my destination and it will guide me until I’m there.  No more printing out directions, checking my phone for directions or anything else that could potentially be dangerous.  The backup camera is so nice to have when parallel parking.  Every day that I come to work I have to parallel park in the tiniest spaces and I wouldn’t be able to do it without the ease of the backup camera.

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The backseat had plenty of space for my kids.  Some days we use the full car seats across the seats while other days we use the infant car seat and booster seat.  Depending who is riding in the car, depends on what car seats are put into place.  I sat in the backseat just to see how comfortable it was and I was very pleased to see how much leg room was available.  I’m loving this Kia Forte EX and I’m sad to see it go.  To find out more information about the 2015 Kia Forte EX you can head over here.  This vehicle has a MSRP of  $19,390.

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Pretty in Pink First Birthday Party

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Today, September 12th marks the day of my daughter Madison’s First Birthday!  Where has the time gone?  I have spent the last 6 months or so planning an over the top pink birthday party and it all came together perfect!  This was the first party I went all out with and had everything from Paper Banners, Tissue Tassel Garlands, Tulle Pom-Poms, Custom Printables, Tutus, Custom first birthday shirts and more!  Having a little girl after having 2 boys in the house was amazing and her party was a huge success and now I’m sharing the photos with you all!  I hope this post will inspire you to get creative while staying on a budget and make some of your own decorations.  Not everything has to be expensive to be absolutely gorgeous.

My daughter is as girly as they come and is always dolled up with an adorable outfit and hair bow.  Having an over the top pink 1st birthday party for her was perfect.  We spent all Saturday morning and early after noon setting up and I missed out on so many photos of the party because guests starting arriving.  I am excited with the pictures I did get but I missed the opportunity to photograph the gorgeous backyard all set up and the food display but that’s okay.  It still turned out amazing and there are lots of pictures for you guys to enjoy.

The Sweets Table was a HUGE hit.

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Sequined cloth overlying a fuschia pink table cloth and topped off with paper pinwheels, pink gumballs, pinks chocolates, pink dipped marshmallow pops, pink pudding and cupcakes!

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The gold 1 was the center of the table and a real crowd pleaser!  Special thanks to LettersfromAtoZ.

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No party is complete without a big assortment of pink cupcakes topped off with pink frosting and pink pearls added! Cupcakes made and decorated by me!

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The cupcakes looked fantastic but to make these a true hit we added custom Cupcake Toppers saying Madison, 1, Happy Birthday and tutu dresses.  Printables were made by the one and only Alyssa from Just a Little Sparkle.

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A fantastic treat for the sweet tooth are marshmallows dipped in light pink Wilton’s chocolate and topped off with some delicious white and pink sprinkles.  To assemble the marshmallows I used decorative paper straws to fit with the theme of the pretty in pink party.

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I got creative with these cups and turned Dollar Tree cups into beautiful sparkly masterpieces.  I added my own amount of glam and took plain Vanilla pudding and mixed in some pink coloring for the pink look.  Tutorial coming soon.

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This beautiful Ombre cake was made with love from my Mother in Law and it turned out beautiful! A crown and Ombre cake fit for a princess!

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The Birthday girl was ever so excited to be turning 1 that she celebrated with her loved ones in the Princess castle bounce house.  Her shirt was custom made by Jessica over at Luv it Sew Much.  No Princess party is complete without an over the top poofy pink and white Tutu Skirt that was made by Wholesale princess.

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Madison’s Friends and Family were welcomed to the party by this incredible Happy Birthday Madison Sign and hung up with ribbon and Tulle Pom Pom’s.

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I wanted my daughter’s birthday to be something out of the box, so away with the plastic cups and hello Starbucks Frappacino Glasses topped off with custom Labels and gorgeous paper straws included for the Wow effect.  Alyssa did an amazing job on the labels and they fit perfectly and how great do they look?

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A First Birthday Pretty in Pink Party has to include over the top girly invitation’s which of course were custom made by Alyssa and they turned out fantastic.

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Decorations are key and we had some amazing ones.

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I wanted a Chalkboard created for Maddy’s 1st birthday and I wanted to be able to keep it to hang in her room and for years to come.  Amy over at Mackenna’s Imagination made up this beautiful Digital Chalkboard print in 16 x 20 and it’s amazing!! The quality was amazing and she nailed it on the first try of everything I could ever want and need!  We placed it in a frame and received so many comments at the party.  Chalkboard with stats is definitely essential for a First Birthday Party!

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High Chair was Set up for the Birthday girl outside and we had ONE wrapped around her tray for photos!

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I made up this beautiful and fun Tissue Tassel and hung it on our mantle for the party.  The Tissue tassel was a mix of fuschia pink, light pink and silver mylar.  Tutorial coming soon!

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We hung up banners and Tulle Pom Pom’s all over the house and this party was really fit for a Princess!  Everything turned out AMAZING and I couldn’t of been happier with the turn out.  I really wish the day didn’t go by so fast because there are so many things I didn’t get pictures of to show off for her party.  Hope you enjoyed all the photos and thanks for stopping by!

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This 1st birthday party was perfect and I couldn’t of done it without my amazing Vendors!

Vendor Credit:

Invitations, Banners, Frappaccino Bottle Labels and Cupcake Toppers: Alyssa at Just a Little Sparkle

Chalkboard Digital Photo: Amy at Mackenna’s Imagination

1st Birthday Onesie: Jessica at Luv It Sew Much

Glittered 1: Letters from A to Z

Hot Pink and White Tutu: Wholesale Princess


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Purging Day 7 – Bath Toys

Welcome to day 7 of our 31 day purging challenge.  You have made it through the first week, so congrats and thanks for sticking around.  Today we are going to focus on a quick task of organizing and it has to do with the kids bath toys.  If you don’t have kids this would be a good time to go through your tub/shower and get rid of any bottles, body washes, razors, wash cloths and more that you’re not using anymore.  If the bath toys are old or show any sign of tear or mold toss them in the trash immediately.  Only keep the toys your kids realistically play with and get rid of the rest.  There is nothing worse than having to remove all those toys every time someone wants to take a bath or shower.

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If you’re going to keep the items try to put them away in an organized manner and enjoy all the free space you’ll be getting.  I’m so glad you followed along and be sure to share your photos on facebook, twitter and instagram using hashtag #31daypurgewithA2S4U.  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s fun day of purging another area of the home.


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Purging Day 6 – Under the Bathroom Sink

Welcome to day 6 of the 31 day purging challenge.  This task is going to be a scary one for me because today we’re tackling under the bathroom sink.  My husband and I collect so much crap it’s ridiculous the stuff you’ll find under there and the stuff you can’t find because it’s buried.  We’re talking hair products that have been under there for 4+ years and never moved or used, ew.  It’s best to start by pulling everything out from under the cabinet.  After that’s done it’s time to sort in 3 piles.  Again I recommend heading to your local Dollar Tree or $0.99 store and grabbing some function baskets to make organizing a breeze.  I sorted my husbands stuff into one basket and my stuff into another basket.  I was shocked how much room I had left over when all was said and done!

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1. Throw away

2. Give away

3. Keep

If you’re going to keep the items try to put them away in an organized manner and enjoy all the free space you’ll be getting.  I’m so glad you followed along and be sure to share your photos on facebook, twitter and instagram using hashtag #31daypurgewithA2S4U.  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s fun day of purging another area of the home.


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