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Gift Guide for the Dog Lover

I'm so excited to bring you guys today's holiday gift guide. This one is for all of the #dogmoms out there (and #dogdads). My husband and I have a German Shepherd named Emma (who is currently in a time out for pooping inside...again), but just like our other kids, we still love her. We'd also really love it if she'd quit going potty inside, but that is beside the point. The point is there is no shame in spoiling your sweet fur baby, especially during the holidays!! And while some of these gifts are items for your dog, some are great gift ideas for the dog lover in your life too.


The Dogist 2018 Wall Calendar by Elias Weiss Friedman author of The Dogist, for example, is the perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves dogs.



These super cute Christmas Plaid Dog Collars by Mr. Bow Tie Boutique would be the perfect holiday gift for doggies and dog owners alike! Whether you have family holiday photos coming up, or you simply want your furry friend to look festive for those…

How to Organize A Stylish Home for Back to School

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Whether we’d like to admit it or not, the back to school frenzy has begun. Stores are lined with binders and backpacks and circular ads are filled with school supplies specials. Even though there is still over a month left in summer, it seems like everyone is in a rush to head back to school. Maybe this trend has carried over into other areas of your life. Looking for ways to enhance your summer décor? Why not incorporate some back to school must-haves?

Start with the Basics

What’s the first rule of kindergarten? Learning about colors and shapes. Why not incorporate them into your interior summer décor? For colors, a little splash of paint can go a long way. Think primary and secondary colors and remember that during the summer months, “too bright” doesn’t exist. This will carry well into winter when you need something to brighten the short cold days, so no need to worry about changing it up right away. Along with brighter colors, consider adding a shape theme to a section of your home—like the mudroom. A recurring square pattern – demonstrated through furniture, wall hangings and other pieces – will up the intelligence factor of any room, bringing the back to school vibe straight from the classroom.

How to Organize Your Mudroom for Back to School

If there’s one area we need a little more organization before school starts, it’s the mudroom (or an entryway closet or hallway if you don't have a mudroom). The kids’ school bags, shoes, our mail, keys, sporting equipment, and even clothes all end up in our mudroom somehow (especially since we don’t have a garage). Here are a few tips to help you get yours more organized:

  • Have a place for everything. Growing up my mother always had a rule: There’s a place for everything so put it where it belongs. Use hooks for keys, purses and backpacks. Have hangers for coats and even a special section or place to put dirty clothes that are for outside use only. If you set up your mudroom with this mantra, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to keep it organized.
  • Calendar or reminder board. With multiple kids who have a lot of activities, life can get hectic. Make it easy for yourself by putting up a cork board, chalkboard, or calendar area in your mudroom to help you organize your day-to-day activities. You can use one master calendar and color code for each child or have a separate chalkboard for each child so you know what their to-do lists are. You can put reminders, homework assignments, encouraging notes or even their chore lists on the chalkboards for when they get home.

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Incorporate A Small Desk for Back to School

A desk doesn’t have to be a bulky piece of furniture that serves as a center piece to a room that cannot be used as anything other than an office. Desks can be incorporated into any living space in a home. Matter of fact, I even use a desk for storage in my kitchen. To enhance the summer feel, think white or otherwise light colors. Adding baskets is an excellent way to hide office materials while increasing the “at-home” vibe of the room. Just like in the image below, adding a few flowers or a small plant enhances the comfort level of the desk while allowing for practicality and room for a laptop or other electronic device. Minimalist designs create true functionality with a touch summer style. Back to school doesn’t have to mean the end of summer and the start of depression. It also doesn’t have to end your focus on creating a fun, vibrant feeling inside of your home. The two can be blended in a way that leads to both functional living and just plain fun.  

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Please leave a comment below to let us know if you have any additional tips or ideas on how to get organized for the new school year.

Pictured Above:  Elementary & Primary Back to School Supplies Bundle Box K-8 Grade  //  Modular Mudroom Center Unit With Bench  //  Sauder Harbor View Computer Desk, Antiqued White Finish


About the Author: Ali Lawrence blogs over at Homey Improvements about DIY projects, home advice and healthy living. Connect with her on Twitter @DIYfolks or on Google+.



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  1. It's too early to think of back to school! Good tips!

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    1. It's just a few weeks away for a lot of kids. Where on earth did the summer go??

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