Orchard Girls

Saturday, September 13, 2014

DIY Makeup Storage and Organization

I hope you're all having a great weekend so far! Today I wanted to share a project I have been working on for a while now, and I finally feel like it's complete. Here is my makeup area, which is located in mine and Daniel's room. My makeup table is from IKEA, you can find it HERE! Here are a few pictures and DIY storage solutions to keep your makeup area clean and organized.
The arrow picture is from Hobby Lobby - it was only $5.99 after 50% off the original price.
My favorite part of my new makeup area is the hanging buckets! I think it is so cute as well as functional. It frees up space on your table giving you more room for other makeup items, or more open space. I used a cheap curtain rod from joann's ($4.99) and curtain rod clips ($8.99 for 10 clips) to hang these cute chalkboard label buckets. I found the buckets at Target in the dollar section, but actually scored them for .24 cents a piece!
I got a set of these white buckets with gray hearts at Ikea, a while ago.
I used a chalkboard/barista white marker from Joann's to label all of my storage bins/buckets. Below is a breakdown of each bin/section on my makeup table.
Hanging Buckets (Target dollar section)
1. Face (foundation, BB cream, everyday bronzer)
2. Eye Shadows (the eye shadows I use daily)
3. Brows & Lashes (eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, mascara, eyelash curler)
4. Lips and Ipsy Samples (daily lip items and smaller ipsy makeup samples)
Large black divided container (Craft Warehouse)
-Eye shadow palettes and Lotions
Black boxes with blue hearts (Target dollar section)
-Extras (mostly single and duo eye shadows)
White bucket with gray heart
Makeup brushes
Smaller Black divided container (Craft Warehouse)
-Lotions, Blush/bronzer, favorite nail polishes
Hopefully this gave you a few ideas and some inspiration to organize your own makeup area! Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments section below, we love hearing from you. I hope you enjoy the rest of your wekkend :)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Benjamin's 2 Month Update

Hey all! I can't believe it has been 2 months since we welcomed our baby boy into this world. Time has flown by, and we are just so in love with being parents to our sweet Ben. We had his 2 month check-up today and he is now 13 pounds 8 ounces and 24 inches long! Big boy. He was in the 75th percentile for weight, 85th for height, and 99th (!!!) for head.
He has been smiling up a storm for several weeks, and talks to himself and us constantly. I just love all the little baby cooing! He is such a happy baby. Thankfully, we seem to have passed the "crying for no apparent reason" stage and now we can calm him fairly quickly whenever he gets upset. He took his first "road trip" last weekend, and he did awesome! We drove for about 3 hours to help my sister and niece move, and I couldn't have asked for a better behaved 2 month old. He always seems to surprise me when we are out and about. I'm so scared we will have a meltdown, but he's so content the whole time.
He loves being on his activity gym/play mat. He could lay there for an hour completely happy. He also enjoys laying in his crib watching his mobile. We've gotten good use out of our baby swing and Boppy Baby Lounger, too. He loves going on walks through the orchard, either in his carrier, moby, or just being held. Daddy likes taking him around and showing him the apples and the horses. Or we will walk to visit Grandma & Grandpa!
He has been a great sleeper ever since we brought him home from the hospital. He has always given me at least a 4 hour stretch at night, and now will sleep for 6-7 hours during the night before he wakes up to eat, and then falls right back asleep. I'm am so thankful he has done so well. Our nighttime routine consists of an hour or so of "chill out" time at home, a bath (every other day),  lotions, jammies, feeding, lullabies, and a loose swaddle in a muslin blanket. He's still sleeping in his Sleep & Play in our bedroom.
Breastfeeding has been going really well. We've transitioned from eating every 2 hours to every 3, and boy what a difference that hour makes! So far we haven't needed to supplement at all, and I hope that trend continues. I never thought breastfeeding would be such an amazing experience, but it truly is. I'm beyond grateful that I'm able to stay home to feed our little man throughout the day.
The only thing we have struggled with is Ben's sensitive skin. We had to stop using all Aveeno products, as they made his whole body break out. He has also developed baby eczema. He has patches on his cheeks, arms, and back of legs. I switched to California Baby wash & lotion and that has really seemed to help. Also, the doctor recommended hydrocortisone and either Cere Ve or Eucerin Creme. I picked up the hydrocortisone and Eucerin today, hopefully that will clear everything up.
It has been such a blessing to be parents. Especially to such a sweet and happy baby. We love you, Benjamin!

Have a great evening & thanks so much for reading!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Goodwill & Target Clearance Haul

Happy weekend, everyone! Today I was able to get out of the house and do a little Goodwill hunting and make a target run. My little shopper (Simon) and I went to Goodwill first. I was on the hunt for some fall clothes for the kids and was hoping to find books for Adeline. Here is what I found there.
Left to Right 
(Top Row)
1. Peter Rabbit Munch! by Beatrix Potter 
2. My Colors (English/Spanish) by Rebecca Emberley
3. Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
(Bottom Row)
5. Adventures of Curioius George by Margret and H.A.Rey's
6. Tickle Time by Sandra Boynton
Adeline LOVES books and books these days can be pretty expensive. You may have to search a little harder but you can find cute, good quality books at goodwill for a great price. These were all $1.29 a piece. SCORE!
I was also able to find a few fall clothing items for Addie.

This cute sweater dress, will look so cute with some tights and boots for fall and winter! You can find a similar one HERE! This dress was $1.99
I also found a few staple items, which were these Old Navy skinny jeans with adjustable waist ($4.00) and a basic pair of black leggings pictured above for ($.99). The jeans will be great for fall and winter because you will easily be able to slip on boots over them. You can find similar jeans HERE!
As I was leaving Goodwill, Daniel called, and asked me to pick up some blue masking tape so he could paint our doors. I found this as a great excuse to stop at Target, and I am so glad I did! Currently (not sure for how long) the Target "One Spot" is on clearance for 70% off! Now this is on all items that have a triangle on them (by the barcode), which is most items. Making the dollar items $.30 and the $3.00 items $.90! They really have some cute stuff! Also, little tip--If you have the cartwheel app on your phone you can add the deal for 20% off "one stop" items. Making your dollar items only $.24!! It was pretty crazy in the section, and a lot of things were already gone, but here is what I found:
--4 Water Bottles (2 girls, 2 boys) Chevron Polka Dots, and Sharks
--4 Silver Pales with chalkboard labels
--2 White pales with blue half ovals
--2 Large file folders
--1 Medium file folder
All for $.24 cents each! I think I am going to use the silver pales to organize my makeup table and the while ones in Simon's room. Adeline LOVES drinking out of water bottles plus they're cute! And I'm hoping the file folders will help me get more organized.
A few other clearance items found at Target:
Aden + Anais Crib Sheet similar found HERE! I got this one on sale for $.9.98
Storage bins for Adeline's coloring supplies. You can get %15 off all circo storage containers with your cartwheel app.
I was pretty excited with all of my finds today so I thought I would share them with you! I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend and enjoy the rest of it!
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