Decorative Storage Ideas from a Property Brothers Dream Home

 

“Practical storage pieces are great if you have a basement or garage space but when you actually live with them day in and day out, they should be beautiful to look at.” – Thom Filicia

 

As the mother of seven children, I couldn’t agree with this statement more! Our garage is filled with bikes, Power Wheels, a golf cart and holiday decor…and we don’t have a basement. Finding decorative and functional pieces to creatively hide the mess that is my family is always a challenge but my efforts were recently praised during the Property Brothers shoot at our home.

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Surviving Air Travel with your Children

I have often said that I prefer childbirth to airline travel with my children. When you are flying with children, most people avoid you, some people hate you, sometimes you hate your kids and you rarely get to eat if you are trying to manage little mouths on the run. When you’re in labor, people want you to relax, they bring you food and everyone is willing to help a crying baby.

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Interior Design Victory : Decorating Tips from Our Family Home Featured on Property Brothers

The Property Brothers, Drew and Johnathan Scott, have posted on Instagram FROM MY COUCH! Drew played high five with my baby and Jonathan took selfies with my neighbors. Having an episode of Property Bothers filmed in our home has not only confirmed my love for all things Home Goods but it also warrants every seasonal throw pillow purchase from here to eternity. My husband can no longer question any home décor receipt because our home has now been featured as the “inspiration home” on one of America’s most popular interior design TV shows.

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How to Get Your Best Body AFTER Babies

This isn’t the first article to be written about embracing your body after childbirth and it won’t be the last…accepting the way your body may look or feel after child birth is a struggle that many moms face. Sure, we’re all proud of what our bodies accomplished in growing and birthing our children; that doesn’t make trying on bathing suits any easier!

 

I’ve been pregnant ten times. I’ve delivered five babies by C-section, one naturally and a stillborn daughter after 26 hours of labor. I have also had three additional miscarriages. My body has gained and lost nearly 250 pounds collectively, I’ve nursed each baby for a minimum of one year and I’m now nursing our adopted son…which means I haven’t slept through the night in years! If anyone can empathize the toll motherhood takes on a body, I can promise you it is me. So while I have abandoned the idea that my abdominal skin will be as taught as it once was, I still remain committed to my fitness routine. 

 

 

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Surviving Air Travel with your Children

I have often said that I prefer childbirth to airline travel with my children. When you are flying with children, most people avoid you, some people hate you, sometimes you hate your kids and you rarely get to eat if you are trying to manage little mouths on the run. When you’re in labor, people want you to relax, they bring you food and everyone is willing to help a crying baby.

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"Can I Just Get an Hour to Myself?"

There are 168 hours in a week and I just need ONE of those.... roughly four to five days a week...alone. Can I just get an hour to myself please??? An hour when no one is asking me for snacks, an hour where a child isn't clinging to my leg or boob and an hour where a kid doesn't need me to drive them somewhere? I just want an hour where I can move around freely and feel like I'm doing something for myself!

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A Busy Mom's Packing Hacks...5 Tips to Ease the Packing Panic

With a traveling resume that includes living in a city with no family and being the wife of a professional athlete with seven children, I’ve spent a good part of the last 15 years traveling with my children all over the country. Through trial and error, I’ve developed a non-fail packing system that is simple and organized. Follow these five simple tips to ease the packing pain.

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The Au Pair Childcare Solution: A Blessing to Your Children, Your Marriage and Your Sanity

Being a parent is one of life’s greatest blessings but it can also be one of the most challenging, demanding and overwhelmingly exhausting jobs that one will ever do. While no one I know would ever trade their role as a parent for anything, I think we all can agree that sometimes moms and dads need a break….or an extra set of hands…or a date night…or a trip to the grocery store  or even the bathroom in peace.  Welcoming an au pair into our home was one of the best parenting decisions I have made!

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The Keys Vacation that Never Disappoints - Hawks Cay & Islamorada

I am a mother to seven children and the wife of a giant, unorganized child so going on vacation often feels like a business trip. After booking the trip and packing everyone, I then have to plan the activities of the day with a baby in tow in addition to activities for my teenagers, school aged children and my toddlers. Finding a vacation destination that works for everyone is a huge challenge but there is one place we return to year after year and that's Hawk’s Cay in the Florida Keys.

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Luke Bryan's Crash My Playa Review & Fan Guide

Being the thoughtful wife that I am, I thought that for our anniversary last year, there was no better gift for my husband that a surprise vacation to Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa in Mexico. While some may have called it a “trip to see your imaginary boyfriend on the beach,” I tend to think fondly of our vacation as some much needed couple time filled with relaxation, adventure and good music.

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