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The KonMari Method: Tidying Up, Folding Tips + Why I Love It!

So part of my New Year goals is a big one: Tidying Up! It’s something I need to do for myself, for my home and so we can move!

It’s not like my house isn’t clean or tidy, but we’ve lived here for over 5 years and have had two kids in that time – things start to pile up! And I’ve done purges + organizing many times before, but this time is completely different – because I’ve got a whole new approach.

I’ve heard about the Marie Kondo method a few times from a few friends, but I didn’t give it much thought – but now being in the space where I want to go through things, thin things out before listing our house, and being mindful of what I pack up to take to our new home – it’s a whole new world of organizing and tidying up! So when I saw the new Tidying Up with Marie Kondo series on Netflix, I gave it a go and was completely inspired and motivated to do this to my own home.

I wasn’t planning on doing a post this early in the process, because I’m only a few days in, but I posted about what I was up to on Instagram and apparently you want to see it!

Here’s a little look at the KonMari Method:

Basically, you only keep what ‘Sparks Joy’ and to see what sparks that joy, you have to go through and touch every little thing you own and make a decision. You do that by taking everything out of your closet and drawers and putting it in a pile – and that’s where the work begins, in the biggest mess of your life.

Here was me yesterday –

Our closet situation is a little unique where I have some of my hanging clothes in the master closet, but its mostly my husbands – and the rest of mine is in our boys room downstairs. So that was the beginning and below is a look at some of my donation, trash and consignment bags. Thats just the start, there are more in every room because I was in a mood to move things! And it felt SO GOOD to say goodbye to things I didn’t really love.

I was doing this all while listening to the Minimalist Episode of Young House Love has a podcast {highly recommend!} and was even more inspired. Before doing this I was in a place where I couldn’t find the things I loved and the things I wanted to wear because nothing was organized and everything was in crazy piles in drawers. So in that mindset I was really able to focus on keeping what I love and what was in good condition and not feeling bad about letting other things go.

Its all about creating that space to breathe, and it feels amazing!

One of my favorite parts of the KonMari method is the folding – ITS GENIUS! Here’s a look at how you do, but Marie Kondo also has a YouTube video where she shows you how its done as well, which is how I learned.

OMIGODYOUGUYS – This saves THE MOST SPACE. It’s incredible. And aside from all the space, you can see what you have and easily grab what you want to wear.

Serious game changer.

It took forever for me to do this yesterday, but it was so worth it and now it’s just going to be how things are done.

Seriously, look at all that space on the bottom! That was jam packed before!

Yesterday I focused on my clothes, this weekend we are going to do Charles’ and I even want to trim down the kids clothes too – it just makes getting dressed quicker, easier and more enjoyable. Its amazing!

I’ve also used this method in my kitchen and got rid of a ton of stuff, making everything easier to see, use and enjoy! There are big plans in the works to do the basement storage area next! I will keep you posted on how it is all going, but if you are thinking you need to create some space in your home and in your life, this is an awesome place to start!

Now I’d love to know – do you KonMarie??

Date Night in Philadelphia: Drinks at 1 Tippling Place + Dinner at Veda Modern Indian

This weekend we were able to sneak away after the kids went to sleep for a few hours of uninterrupted adult time in the form of a date night in the city!

I haven’t talked about it much on the blog yet, but we are in the early stages of house hunting and hope to move sometime this Spring/Summer before Brooks starts Kindergarten in the Fall.

So along with everything else going on, I’ve starting the process of organizing, purging and figuring out how we are going to set up our house to get it ready to sell. I’m getting my #KonMarie on all over the place, and it’s an amazing way to start out the new year!

Because we are preparing ourselves for the move, we are trying to soak up the city as much as we can the next few months – which calls for extra Date Nights, and I’m not mad about it. We aren’t planning on moving too far from the city, but going out to dinner here will never be as easy as it is right now, so we are planning to take full advantage and hit up all our favorite spots.

This Saturday night we hit up an old favorite + a new favorite during our time out and about in the city.

First up, 1 Tippling Place.

This is an awesome little spot we stumbled upon years ago. It has no signage out front, so you only go if you know – or if you know someone who knows!

It’s a cocktail bar that serves specialty drinks and the room is filled with couches and art. It’s a really cool little spot to sit and chill – and the drinks are always on point. This time I tried the Penicillin – Scotch, Lemon, Honey, Ginger – it was amazing!

After finishing our drinks, we made our way one block over to Veda. We wanted to try something new for our dinner plans and decided to go for Indian food! I asked a few friends for recommendations and their suggestions along with good ol’ Yelp, and reservations were made. I’m so happy we tried something new, because this place was delicious!

Another cool spot with an awesome vibe.

We started off with drinks and I got the Old Fashioned Gabbar – it was DELICIOUS! And how sweet is this little orange peel on the side of the glass with a mini wooden clothes pin?! I’ve never seen anything like it, it was tasty and adorable.

For appetizers we started out with the Chicken Murmuri Rolls : Shredded Spiced Chicken / Roasted Peppers / Kasoori Methi / Garam Masala – it was DELICIOUS!

We also got the Tandoori Chicken, which was also incredible.

Because we had a lot of chicken for our appetizers, I went a little on the lighter side for my main course. First was the Lassoni Gobi :
Tangy Cauliflower / Garlic / Cilantro / Ginger / Tomato Sauce – this was INCREDIBLE. A little on the heavy side but the flavors were so good!

And because it was freezing and snowy out, I wanted to warm up a little with the Spicy Corn Soup – Roasted Sweet Corn / Fresh Cilantro / Pepper. It was so good, just like the rest of the meal.

Charles got the Lamb Roganjosh – Boneless Lamb / Shallots / Kashmiri Red Chili / Garam- Masala / Black Cardamoms. It’s his go-to Indian food favorite and he said it didn’t disappoint!

It was a tasty + fun night out in the city, made even more magical to finishing our meal and coming outside to a snow covered Philly!

We’ve got a few more date nights lined up in the next coming weeks and I’d love to hear from you – where should we go next? What are some of your favorite restaurants in Philadelphia! Tell us where to go!

Friday Favorites: Hydro Flask, Freezy Freakies, Meatballs + My love for Dance Cardio Blast at the Gym

Hello + Happy Friday!

This weeks Friday Favorites are coming at you a little late in the day, because we spent a crazy morning at the gym. We recently joined LifeTime Fitness and it’s the best thing in the whole entire world. The kids LOVE the Kids Academy there and I LOVE being able to take a class and have a little downtime to myself while the kids take classes too!

Today my boys took a Gymnastics Class followed by a Dance/Hip Hop class. It’s amazing. We all take our classes, then we have lunch together a head to the indoor pool.

Seriously, the THE.BEST.

I’ve got more about the gym as one of my favorite things a few photos down, so more on that down there! Without further ado, here’s what I’m digging this week:

This mug.

I got this little number for myself and my husband as a stocking stuffer this year. We are a Hydroflask family, I’m loyal to the brand because I love it so much – we all have their water bottles, they are the best. This mug has been a life changer, keeping my tea hot all day long. I even left it in the cold car for a few hours after preschool drop off one day, remembered it and it was still perfectly hot. Incredible.

Can’t say enough good things!

Next up, this super fun Geo Print Zipper sweatshirt.

It’s warm and cozy, I love the fun prints and cool side zipper detail. Oh, and its under $20 – winner.

Now a little gym love.

I’ve been hitting up my gym 3 times a week because I love all the amazing classes so much. My ABSOLUTE favorite is Dance Cardio Blast – which is 60 minutes of intense, sweat busting DANCE. Something that is so not my comfort level, but I think that’s why I love it.

Each class I’ve burned 600 calories in a hour, and I’ve smiled the entire time. WAY more fun that running 6 miles on the treadmill, at least for me!

If you are in the King of Prussia/Ft. Washington area, BE SURE to take Cesar’s class. He’s the BEST!

And now a little Glove Love.

Freezy Freakies!

Raise you hands if you remember these gloves! From the 80’s these amazing color changing gloves are back – for Kids & Adults! These Freezy Freakies are so much fun to wear, because when you go outside in them in the cold, they change colors, reveal patterns and new colors.

My “I Heart Snow” ones reveal a heart and snowflakes. Brooks has the Fighter Jet ones, which reveal lasers and a Robot comes to life in the cold on Graham’s gloves.

They are SO MUCH FUN to wear – for myself and the kids, and they are quick to change with the temperature, which make them even more fun! If you are looking for a fun way to spice up your winter gear, be sure to check out Freezy Freakies! And did I mention they are SUPER WARM?! Because they are!

And for my final Friday Favorite, yesterday I made 50 meatballs. So now I get to eat meatballs for days, and that’s pretty damn awesome. I’m pumped about it. If you need me this weekend, you can bet I’ll be eating meatballs.

Off to enjoy the weekend! I hope you have something fun lined up too! Let me know if you are looking forward to anything special – I’m looking forward to a fun Date Night myself! Cheers + Happy Friday!

DIY Lego Table for under $30 with No Tools!

Today I’m back to toot my own horn about a fun little DIY I took on a few days before Christmas.

Because who DOESN’T want a little Do It Yourself project the week of Christmas??!!

Yes, I know I’m crazy.

But I was totally inspired by our recent trip to Hershey two weeks before Christmas, when the boys spent a large portion of their time at the Water Works, inside the play area at this LEGO table.

Check out that post here -> What to do on a rainy weekend in Hershey, PA – all the kid-friendly activities at the Hershey Lodge, Sweet Lights & More.

So I watched my two little boys creating and enjoying imaginative play with these LEGOS at this LEGO table for a LOOOOONG time. They played happily, no fighting {#bless!} and they were having a grand ol’ time.

And I start thinking to myself – “Why the hell can’t they play like this at home???”

So I take a closer look, and they are building all their creations into the table.

If that’s all it takes, I’m all in!

I did a little research and all the LEGO tables were way too big, bulky {or ugly!} and pricey for our needs. And plus, you never know how much something will be played with once its actually in your home.

Moms, you know what I’m talking about.

Not wanting to put too much money {or effort} into something I didn’t know how long it would last, I stalked the internet to create my own version – and I was totally inspired.

Basically, all you need is this – LEGO baseplates.

Done.

You can get any sort of color combination you like, but I enjoy grey {its my favorite color} and I think it looks way nicer in any room this little table ends up. Just make sure when you add the baseplates you have LEGOS connecting the plates so you know they line up correctly!

I put the baseplates on an old IKEA LACK table we had that was in our basement. The top of it was sort of warped, so we weren’t using it anymore, but it would be perfect for this occasion! These base plates were peel and stick so it was super easy and quick to apply!

If you are like me, I’m assuming you have an old little table lying around, but if you don’t, head on over to IKEA. They will hook you up.

I also wanted to add a little storage attached to the table for the LEGOs to live in, so I picked up these stainless steel handles {a two pack!} and put them on two sides of the tables. I also found these little containers {for 0.79! EACH!} and got 4 of them so we can add more LEGOs as we go!

I attached it with some hardcore super glue. It might not be the cutest solution, but it was super easy and it works. I purchased separate handles to drill into the table, but I didn’t think it would hold up to the drilling {#cheaptable} but the glue has been great so far, and if anything comes apart, I’ll re-glue!

Here’s how it looked on Christmas morning when the boys came down the stairs and saw their new table.

Another reason I really liked this idea is because Brooks had a LEGO Advent Calendar this year – this one, which I HIGHLY recommend, it was amazing to see him build something on his own everyday!

So on the LEGO table I put all his creations he worked on over the past month, they were all set up ready to play on Christmas morning! And wouldn’t you know it, the boys went STRAIGHT for it!

Worth Every Penny.

And it wasn’t even that many penny’s! Double Win!

I’m super happy with how it turned out, and it was a great way to give new life to an old table we weren’t using anymore! The boys have LOVED playing with it and we’ve since moved it into their room – whenever they are up there, they are ALWAYS playing with the table.

Its nice to see something I made for them, as easy as it was, be enjoyed. I can’t wait to see what fun things they create on this table!

Thanks for stopping by to see my version of this IKEA/LEGO hack! I’d love to know if you’ve created or have any fun DIY projects on your agenda! Let me know what you are working on!

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