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!

SPRING CLEANING FAVORITES

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Spring has officially sprung, which means “spring cleaning” is on the top of many of our to-do lists!  I don’t know about you, but when I have pretty, good smelling AND hard working cleaning supplies, I tend to get a little more excited about the cleaning process.  You’re probably wondering if that is even possible…but trust me, for neat-freaks like me, it is!  Anyway, this is where Grove Collaborative comes in.  

Grove Collaborative is a customizable online hub that delivers all-natural home, beauty, and personal care products directly to your door! Their aim is to make living a healthy lifestyle easy and accessible for you and your family by offering high-quality brands that are healthy for you and for the environment. I love that all my favorite brands are located on one online resource, and that I can even set up re-occuring shipments for my regularly used items I run out of each month.  Grove makes cleaning fun again, and if you’re lucky….you might even be able to convince your spouse to jump in on the action haha.

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Here’s a sneak peak to what is in my basket this month:

Mrs. Meyers Multi-Surface Concentrate - this is one of my favorite cleaning products from the Mrs.Meyers line. I use this on everything from the kitchen counters, to the bathroom, to cleaning the floors and everything in between. Since its a concentrate, you don’t need much to get an amazing cleaning power! Also, I love that I can mix this in my favorite re-usable spray bottle, that way i’m not contintually purchasing plastic bottles and then throwing them away!

Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap - Does anyone else agree that good smelling soap makes the dishwashing process more fun? Maybe its just me! Anyway, I love this Basil scented dish soap. It keeps my dishes sparkling, and smelling good too!

Mrs. Meyers Hand Soap - you might notice a trend here….the Basil scent is definitely my favorite so of course i incorporate this into hand soap as well! This formula is made with a blend of essential oils, so its hard working but not drying. I also like that this fragrance is fresh and not overpowering. Plus the bottle looks cute on the counter.

Walnut Scrubber Sponge- I love these sponges because they are touch enough to handle tough messes but also non-abrasive so they won’t scratch our cookware. I also think its neat that these are made with crushed walnuts and are sustainably made in the USA.

Walnut Dish Brush- This dish brush is so nice! I was originally drawn to the design, what can I say, I’m a sucker for pretty things….even if its just to clean dishes. But this bad boy is not only pretty, but functional too! It is sturdy, well made, comfortable in my hand AND does a great job on the dishes. Plus the dish-head is replaceable, extending the life of the product. An all around winner!

European Dish Cloth- these dish cloths have been used on repeat since the moment I opened my very first Grove package. I pretty much use these in every room and surface in my home because they are super durable, absorbant and most importantly REUSABLE! I seriously save so many paper towels using these. I also love that you can throw them in the microwave or dishwasher to clean & disinfect and the patterns are super cute! If you haven’t tried these yet, you need to!

Right now with the Mrs. Meyers Spring cleaning event, you’ll get a free seasonal kit to help you get a jumpstart on your spring cleaning when you place your first Grove order of $20. Here’s what’s included:

  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Spring Hand Soap

  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Spring Dish Soap

  • Free Grove Collaborative Walnut Scrubber Sponges

  • Free Grove Collaborative Glass Spray Bottle

  • Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial

To get your kit, sign up for Grove Collaborative here and the offer will be automatically added to your cart. You’ll answer 4 quick questions about your current cleaning routine, which Grove will use to recommend products for your first basket. Happy cleaning!

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PHOTOGRAPHY | On a Whim

A PET PARENT'S GUIDE TO TOUGH STAINS WITH PERSIL® PROCLEAN®

This shop has been compensated by Persil. #PersilDeepClean #sponsored


Anyone else sometimes feel like they need a laundry intervention? Yep, me too!  As a busy pet parent working full time, planning a wedding and traveling, it always seems like a struggle to keep up on the laundry.  I swear, just when I think I am finally caught up on the laundry pile, Reggie comes running in from outside with his muddy paws, which means bath time….and more laundry! I mean, don’t get me wrong...I love my little guy (just  look at that sweet face)! But I don’t always love the mess he leaves behind, especially on my white towels!

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Today, I’m partnering with Persil® ProClean® to share with you some laundry tips, as well as a step-by-step guide on how to experience a new level of deep clean with your laundry!  Persil® ProClean® laundry detergent is formulated to deliver a deep clean for all of life’s messy moments! And, did you know you can find Persil® ProClean® at Walmart? I’m loving the Persil® ProClean® Stain Fighter formula, especially when it comes to getting out those tough stains, including muddy messes from all of Reggie’s outdoor adventures!  

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Life gets busy, and sometimes a little messy too! Like many of you who also have busy lives, I don’t have time to worry about if my laundry detergent is actually going to get the stains out.  I just need it to work! Am I right, or am I right? These laundry tips I’m sharing today will not only make the job easier, it will also get things cleaner...the first time around!

Be sure to read more to see my step-by-step guide on achieving a deep clean you can’t deny with Persil® ProClean® laundry detergent !

So here we go: A PET PARENT’S GUIDE TO TOUGH STAINS WITH Persil® ProClean® !


STEP 1: SORT

  • Light colors- whites, grey, tan- will go in one pile.

  • Deep colored clothes—black, red, navy, brown, dark gray—go in another pile.

  • Heavily soiled clothes (aka muddy towels from your pup) and all whites (such as towels or sheets) should be washed separately.

Also, be sure to always follow the care label instructions in case certain items need specific laundering care.

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STEP 2: DETERGENT

I like using Persil® ProClean® Stain Fighter formula because it has stain fighting enzymes specially designed to break down stains and deliver an exceptional deep clean! And the great thing about Persil® ProClean® is it doesn’t require a lot to get your laundry clean!  Simply read the label for correct usage. This will prevent residue from being left on your clothing and also keep your washing machine running efficiently.


PRO TIP: If your clothes have stains, pre-treat them before washing so it doesn't set in.  Apply some Persil® ProClean® Stain Fighter directly to the stain, rub into fabric, then let it sit for 5-10 minutes (depending on the stain).  Then simply run it through the regular wash cycle recommend for that article of clothing.

STEP 3: WATER TEMPERATURE & CYCLE

It’s best to follow the washing machine instructions for water temperature guidelines, but unless your clothing is caked with dirt and heavily stained, washing in cold water will work for most average loads and bright colors.  Use hot water for white loads, to keep your whites bright.

PRO TIP: For an extra brightening boost, wash your whites with Persil® ProClean® Laundry Detergent then hang laundry in the sun for natural bleaching!

As far as cycle, you will want to choose the best washer cycle for the fabrics in the load. The “regular” cycle is best for heavily soiled items or sturdy cotton.  Permanent press is best for average loads, but you may also need to use "delicate" for certain fabrics. "Heavy duty" is great for articles like jeans and towels….especially towels that are stinky and dirty from muddy doggies.

STEP 4: LOAD

Load items into the washer one at a time, making sure they are not in a wad. Do not cram the washer too full. The clothes need room to move about in the water.

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STEP 5:  RELAX

When using Persil® ProClean® Laundry Detergent and its exceptional stain fighting ingredients, you know your laundry will get clean the first time around….even those tough stains like mud and grass from your furbaby!  So now its time to relax, give your dog some extra lovins or belly rubs (Reggie’s favorite!) or tackle those other items on your to-do list…at least until it’s time to fold!

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So, there you have it! A few laundry tips, that I am loving lately to help me make the most of my time, and stay on top of the laundry pile! I know I can use all the help I can get! Tell me about your experience using Persil® ProClean® with #DeepCleanChallenge #Sweepstakes on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. You’ll be entered for the chance to win some seriously great prizes including a laundry room makeover!!Be sure to go to your closest Walmart location to Experience Deep Clean Day with Persil® ProClean® laundry detergent!


What is one of your favorite laundry tips?  Do share!

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MASTER BEDROOM DECOR UPDATE

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In my opinion, your bedroom is a sanctuary. Its where I go when I want to relax and recharge, but I’ll admit that in years past, the bedroom was usually the last room to be decorated. I guess the kitchen and living room always seemed more important since those are the spaces everyone see’s when they visit. But since moving into a new place in January, we decided to start decorating the bedroom FIRST! Its coming along slowly but surely and I’ve added a few new bedroom decor pieces I wanted to share with you all today incase you might be updating your space as well.

Our first upgrade was the mattress! When we moved from a queen bed to a king, I knew I wanted a cream colored upholstered panel bed. After a LOT of searching online, I found this one! It was exactly what I was looking for and also pretty affordable. The headboard is the perfect color, and really gives the room a clean and fresh feel that I was going for. It did need assembled, but Nathan was able to put it together in about 2 hours with just himself and a good ole power drill.

I love white bedding (shocker right?!) and this set is actually from our old bed, but I love it so much that I don’t want to get rid of it until I find something else that I love. So for now, we are making it work! I keep going back and forth on what to place on the wall above our bed. This map print is actually an older piece from World Market, and at our previous place you may remember it was above our sofa. But I actually think it works pretty well here, so I may keep it here until I find another piece that I like better.

After the mattress/bed upgrade, the next most important item on our list was black-out curtains. As most of you know, Nathan works night shift, so we needed something that would block out all the daytime light for when he sleeps. I don’t know if you have ever searched for black-out curtains, but its not easy! Most of the ones online I found looked like cheap versions of hotel curtains, and I just wasn’t liking anything I saw. I knew I wanted a light color, which was an even HARDER task, but when I finally found these I loved them, specifically because they have a slight texture to them so they aren’t just flat white! Honestly, they were even better seeing them in person and I’m really glad with the decision we made. Not only do they do a great job at blocking out the light, they also really add warmth to the space and enhance the high ceilings.

So that’s where we are at now with the master bedroom decor! As we start to add more pieces, I will doing another update for you guys! In decorating your bedroom, just remember, make it a space that you love and enjoy spending time in. Have fun decorating!

DETAILS

BED: Joss & Main

BEDDING: West Elm

PILLOWS: West Elm

CURTAINS: Wayfair

CURTAIN RODS: Amazon

ART: World Market (old) - similiar here

LAMP: Marshalls

FAUX PLANT: Homegoods