THE SIMPLE WAY TO KEEP YOUR FLOORS CLEAN

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This post is sponsored by Bona but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Nathan and I both have a crazy work schedule, and with us working opposite shifts at the hospital, we have to take advantage of our time off together.  On my days off,  I don’t want to spend all day cleaning because who has time for that?! Not me!  So today I want to talk about tackling dirty floors.  Do you have floors that are often a challenge to keep clean? Or maybe you’ve made a commitment this year to keep your home more clean but don’t want to spend all day doing it?  Keep reading to see how I cut down on my cleaning time, and the simple way I keep my floors clean with the Bona Quick Clean System.  

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Keeping a home clean can be a full time job.  I know that with a busy schedule, a dog, and a somewhat messy husband..I can stay busy all day trying to keep things clean and in order. I find that our entryway is one of the hardest areas of our home to keep clean.  It’s the door we use most often when coming and going, and between our shoes and Reggie’s dirty paws, it seems to always be dirty.    But let’s be real for a minute, by the time I get to the floors, after cleaning the rest of the house, the last thing I want to do is bring out the mop bucket and spend all that time scrubbing on my hands and knees.  I much rather spend that extra time enjoying quality moments with my boys! That is why I decided to make some goals this year to try to keep my home clean without spending hours every day doing it, and with the help of the Bona Quick Clean System , that goal is easily achievable.  

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In the past, I have used so many products that left a streaky residue on my floors, which meant I would end up on my hands and knees cleaning it over again.  So, I really enjoy how the Bona Quick Clean System is steak-free and residue free!  That means I can clean the floors one time and be DONE!  Talk about cutting down on cleaning time! 

The Bona Premium Floor Mop is also super easy to put together, the instructions are right on the box and there’s only three steps.  Within minutes I am ready to mop! And with the entire Bona Quick Clean System ,  the products work perfectly together to make cleaning quick, easy and effective…. leaving me more time to enjoy spending the day with Nathan and Reggie. 

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Things I love about  The Bona Quick Clean System :

Want to know why I think this cleaning system is the BEST cleaning solution, keep reading below for some of my favorite features!

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  • Huge mop head- at 16.75 inches it is easy to mop a room in no time. It also has rubberized corners to protect furniture and baseboards from damage.

  • The Bona Microfiber Cleaning Pad features a unique design with dual zone cleaning action. Its blue fibers help break up grime and the light blue fibers help absorb 2.5 times more dirt and grime

  • The Premium Floor Mop has a telescoping mop handle to clean corners and those hard to reach spaces with ease

  • Easy assembly- I love how easy this Bona mop was to assemble. It literally took about 2 minutes to assemble and be ready to go.

  • Washable cleaning pad. I love that I can simply throw the cleaning pad in the washer and reuse it the next day. It’s economical and environmentally responsible.

  • My husband can use it! Anything that helps me trick Nathan into helping with the cleaning is a huge WIN in my book!

  • The cleaning solution dries fast, and is streak-free and residue free. No more wet footprints/pawprints through my freshly cleaned floors. This is cleaning solution is fast-drying which means we can get about with our day without waiting for the floors to dry!

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But what I love most about The Bona Quick Clean System is that the products are perfectly curated to speed up cleaning time so I can spend less time cleaning, and more time making memories with my little family.  

What are your favorite ways to cut down on cleaning time?  To learn more about how you can cut down on cleaning time with Bona click HERE.  As always, thank you for stopping by!

MOOD BOARD MONDAY : A WARM + NEUTRAL DINING ROOM

We are slowly starting to update the rooms in our house, and the dining room is the next on the list. I’ll admit, I have a bad habit of jumping from room to room when it comes to refreshing spaces. So I find that creating mood boards for each room helps keep me a little more focused. That way, as I’m out shopping or as stores have sales, I can reference these boards to see what items I am still needing to purchase in order to “complete” the room. I swear, there really is a method to my madness!

The first item we purchased for our dining room, is the gorgeous table referenced above. Previously, we owned a black round table that only had room for four and trust me, it was a tight squeeze at that! Nathan and I love to cook and entertain, and when our friends and family come to visit, it is important to us that we have the space to accommodate them! Especially at the dining room table since our gatherings tend to always revolve around food….shocker, I know! Anyway, I had been searching for this style of dining room table for the longest time and once I found this affordable option, I knew it was the one! I love the warm tones of the wood with the brushed finish, and the urn-shaped legs. Since this was the first item we purchased for the space, I’m really designing everything else around this piece.

Here’s how I’m hoping the rest of the dining room will eventually come together.

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Stonewash Dining Room Table - Like I mentioned above, as soon as I saw this table, I knew it would be perfect! It was the exact style I had been looking at for months and is an awesome affordable option for some similiar higher end tables that I drew inspiration from. I also love the finish of this table, it’s a warm tone with a very slight brushed, whitewash finish. This is a great option because of it’s versatility in design as well. It’s traditional design lends itself to any home decor style, from classic to modern farmhouse or even rustic!

Stonewash Bench - so I have to give credit, where credit was due, this bench was actually Nathan’s idea! I’ll admit, I was against the bench idea at first, but once I saw the table with just the chairs, I agreed that the bench might add a little more fun and versatility to the dining room table. And now I love it! In fact, I’m sitting on it as I type this very post! I plan on styling it with textured throws for the changing seasons.

Black Dining Chair - I’m not a huge fan of “matchy matchy” sets (for lack of a better term) of furniture. So, although the chairs that go along with the dining room table are beautiful, I wanted to add in some variety by changing up the style of the chairs. I actually ended up finding ones I love off of Facebook Marketplace for a STEAL, and they are very similar to the one I have shown above. I think the black finish is a nice contrast to the warm finish of the table, and it also helps to tie in other pieces throughout our home.

Slipcovered Dining Chair - keeping with the variety of chairs theme, I think these cream slipcovered dining chairs are beautiful! I plan on getting 2 of them for the “head” table seats, but I also think using them all the way around the table (with the bench too, of course) would be a pretty option too! The fabric chairs will bring a cozy + warm element to the dining room.

Round Braided Rattan Tablemats - I love incorporating different textures into a design, and these rattan tablemats are an inexpensive way to do just that! Plus using tablemats while entertaining really elevates the overall look of your place setting!

Abstract Artwork - our dining room is open to the living room, but we do have one large blank wall that needs some help! Large scale art pieces help to create a strong focal point, and I love the idea of having both these pieces in this collection hanging side by side. I like these pieces in particular because they help to tie in all the colors we will be using.

Faux Olive Tree - if you know me, you know I LOVE plants…some may even call me a crazy plant lady, and thats ok by me! I love adding live greenery to every space in my home, it adds a nice natural element to the design plus it’s actually really good for the air in your home. Unfortunately, my dining room gets zero sunlight so I’m going to have to incorporate some faux plants instead! I’m currently obsessed with all things olive…olive brances, olive trees, olive oil, you get the point! Anyway, this faux olive tree is gorgeous and it will be beautiful in the darker corner of our dining room to add a little life!

Waffle Weave Throw Blanket - throw blankets are another great, budget friendly way to add texture to a space and they don’t have to strictly be used on your sofa either! I love the subtle pattern of this throw, and will be draping it over the dining table bench for styling and to add warmth to the space.

Glass Jug Vase - I know I mentioned my love for plants, and I love fresh blooms just as much! This large glass jug vase will not only bright a light and airy feel to your dining room, but will also display your favorite fresh flowers or stems in the most beautiful way!

Ceramic Centerpiece Vase - I like to make little centerpiece groupings, the varying heights of the objects bring life to the table and create a cool little focal vignette. This low-lying ceramic vase would be great on it’s own, with greenery, or even displaying some interesting round decorative objects. You can have a lot of fun styling this piece!

Faux Olive Branch - if you’re not hip on adding an entire tree to your dining room, at least add some faux greenery to a centerpiece vase. This is a super maintenance, inexpensive way to add color and life to your dining room without overdoing it. Plus, I’ve already made you aware of my recent olive obsession…although any faux stems will do!

Area Rug - an area rug is my absolute favorite way to bring warmth and texture to a space! Not only do rugs bring pattern, color, and character to your home, but they make everything more cozy! Even if your dining room is carpeted, don’t be afraid to add a rug to the space. It will not only serve as a soft and stylish place to rest your feet while enjoying a lovely meal, but it will also help to bring the entire room together! I love this cream colored area rug for its simple design and texture.

Canvas Pillow + Textured Pillow - pillows aren’t just for the sofa anymore! They can be displayed in baskets, sitting next to a console table, and yes, even in the dining room! Throw pillows are yet another budget-friendly way to add warmth to a space and can also easily be switched out with the seasons! I will be styling these pillows on the bench and maybe even one of the side chairs to add a little variety to the dining space!

Hopefully, even if you aren’t looking for a complete dining room refresh, you can gain inspiration and ideas from this! If you are currently working on updating any of the spaces in your home, I’m happy to advise, too! Happy Monday!

A FETCHIN' WAY FOR YOUR DOG TO PLAY

This post is sponsored by Chuckit! but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

If you’ve been following us for awhile now, you know that Reggie (our 4 year old Cocker Spaniel) is not just our pet, but truly is part of our family!!  From his obsession with belly-rubs and walks outside, to his quirky grin, he makes us smile every day!

It’s important to us that we keep our furbaby healthy and active, so Nathan and I are always looking for ways to get exercise with Reggie. One of our favorite things to do is play “fetch” !  We go to our local park, or even right in our own backyard, bring the good ole ChuckIt! launcher and off we go!  It allows us to get outside and enjoy the weather-plus its a great way to stay active!  Thats why we are super pumped about celebrating National Fetch Day this year!  Did you know that the 3rd Saturday of October is Chuckit! National Fetch Day?!  You better believe that the three of us will be heading to the park on October 19th to celebrate this fun holiday with our furry best friend! So grab your toy, get your dog, and come join us for a fetchin’ way for your dog to play!

Here’s a couple of reasons why we personally love celebrating National Fetch Day :

  • Dogs have an innate instinct to retrieve things…its part of their hunting nature! A day that promotes this instinct, helps with training and good behavior!

  • Your furry friend needs exercise as much as we do! Playing fetch is a great way to increase stamina, and keep your pup fit and healthy.

  • Last but not least, my favorite reason: playing fetch helps us to bond with our dogs! Any holiday dedicated to the union between man and his best friend is pretty cool in my book!

So grab your toy, get your dog, and come join us for a fetchin’ way for your dog to play on National Fetch Day!

Do you celebrate National Fetch Day with your furry best friend?  If so, I’d love to know what you plan on doing!!  If you’re still trying to come up with some fun ways to celebrate, here are a couple of ideas!  

  • Host a Fetch Day party
    Corral all the neighborhood canines at a local dog park and host an epic game of fetch. Bring some balls, sticks, chew toys, and of course, your Chuckit! launcher and watch your friendly doggies compete to be the best dog on the block!

  • Hit the lake
    There are few places better suited for a great game of fetch than the water! The terrain changes and the water will give your dog the added exercise they need. Plus, tossing a ChuckIt! ball into the waves adds an extra layer of excitement for your furry friend. If you don’t have a lake nearby, a pond or even a stream would be just as fun! And don’t worry, the ChuckIt! Ball, ZipFlight and Kick Fetch toys all float!

  • Train a pup in the ways of being “so fetch”
    Yes, it may be in their nature to retrieve, but some puppies still need training in the game of fetch. Choose one of the ChuckIt! toys that your dog likes best! Toss it and chase the ball with your dog. Use phrases like “go fetch it” to add verbal cues. Then of course, reinforce their good behavior with treats….because who doesn’t like treats?!

So grab your toy, get your dog, and come join us for a fetchin’ way for your dog to play on National Fetch Day! And don’t forget, you can celebrate National Fetch Day in person with other dog owners by attending one of the the official ChuckIt! Parties ! To find a location near you, Click HERE

THE FALL SHOP

Design:  Amber Interiors   Photographer: Tessa Neustadt

Design: Amber Interiors

Photographer: Tessa Neustadt

This week I started pulling out a few of my fall decor pieces, and while I’m not huge on seasonal decorating, there are a few items that I like to change out and new items I incorporate into my home decor to make everything feel a little more cozy! This living room design by Amber Interiors is the perfect inspiration for my fall home decor theme this year: a neutral palette complimented with warm woods, vintage art pieces and rich accent tones.

I have curated some of my favorite fall home decor items (and fashion/beauty as well, because let’s be honest, my fashion preference is the same as my design preference: neutral haha) for you to access as the weather starts changing! My hope is that this page will give you inspiration on simple + affordable ways to bring the feel of autumn into your own lifestyle. Be sure to check back throughout the season as I add more fall finds!

DECOR

PILLOWS/THROWS

SAM'S SLOPPY JOES

I don’t know what came over me, but last week I got a craving for some good ole sloppy joes! I honestly can’t remember the last time I had one but I knew I needed to make them right away haha! Typically I just throw a bunch of things in a pot, add some tomato sauce, and call it a day..but this time I decided to actually give some thought to what I was doing and I’m sure glad I did because they turned out REALLY good! Like eat straight from the pot (which I caught Nathan doing a couple times) good! My version of Sloppy Joes is slightly sweet (from the Molasses) which is a fun twist on the traditional flavor! You can go the classic route and pile it high on your favorite toasted bun, but these Joes are also really good served over a baked sweet potato, a Yukon gold potato or even in a zucchini boat for a super filling low-carb option!

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 3-4 fresh garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 whole carrot chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey)

  • 1 Tbsp. steak seasoning blend

  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 Tbsp. Molasses

  • 2 cups tomato sauce

  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat

  2. Once hot, add garlic until it becomes fragrant

  3. Add onion, carrot, and red bell pepper to skillet. Sauté until onions are softened (5-7 minutes)

  4. Transfer veggie mixture to bowl and set aside

  5. Add meat and the steak seasoning to the same skillet

  6. Once meat is browned, add the veggie mixture back to the skillet

  7. Add red wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce to skillet, and cook with meat and veggies for 5 minutes

  8. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, and molasses to skillet and stir to combine

  9. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer

  10. Cook until sauce reduces, and mixture becomes thick

  11. Serve on a toasted bun, in zucchini boats, or over roasted sweet potatoes!