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  • these first few smiles are literally the best thing ever. when you realize how happy you make a tiny person. when you see their face light up because they love you so much. then you fast forward 2.5 years and they’re demanding brownies and cheetos for lunch. 😬😬😬 #sixweeksold #happilytrista
  • (sponsored) When you become a parent, there are so many new things to learn about and I feel like each person latches on to something they’re passionate about / can’t stop reading and learning about. For me? That’s car seats! Thankfully some states are finally updating their laws to conform to recommendations from the APA. We have tried quite a few different seats and this 3-in-1 Pria seat from @maxicosiusa is the nicest! The chest clip is magnetic, making it easy to clip and unclip with one hand. The straps stay in place thanks to their out-of-the-way spring assist, so no more twisted up straps. And the cushions are both washer AND dryer safe! Yay for no more hang-drying! On top of that, it’s rear-facing up to 40lbs, forward-facing up to 65lbs and then a booster up to 100lbs. #ParentYourWay #PriaMax3in1 #happilytrista
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  • We are currently paying the price for last week’s easy bedtimes. I’m trying to get Ben to sleep in his own room. So you can guess how happy he is about that. His yelling has Blaire awake still, she’s been out of her room about 25 times. And Sloane is passed out on the couch. At least someone is asleep. They’re lucky they’re adorable because holy moly I’m tired and just want to veg out on the couch. #gotheftosleep #blairebenandsloane #happilytrista
  • Yesterday was almost 60° and today it “feels like” 21°. We had a handful of fall days and it’s not fair because I’m not ready to skip right to winter. There’s nothing better to get us all out of the house than a walk, especially because wearing Sloane puts her right to sleep. Anywho, trying to squeeze in a nap before we get Blaire from school because once we get home it’ll be a mad dash for me to shower and get everyone ready for Blaire’s first kindergarten parent/teacher conference. AND it’s book fair at her school. Who still gets excited for the book fair? 🤭🙋🏼‍♀️ #happilytrista
  • someone changed out of their pajamas today. it wasn’t me.
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  • daylight savings vibes... casually pouring coffee in my eyes today. what time were your kiddos awake? 
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  • Sorry if this made you yawn. 🤭 I just love that Sloane feels the sleep dust when I’m wearing her, just like Benny did! 💕 Hope you’re having a weekend as great as this girl. She is one month old today! Still waking just at 1:30am most nights to eat... occasionally around 5am, too. When she’s awake she likes to look at lights and stare at mama. Whenever she does tummy time she rolls right over to her back. 🥰 #happilytrista
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  • Sloane’s first Halloween... the one where it snowed 3 inches and was 20° outside. Woody and Jessie lasted about 30 mins trick-or-treating, then they wanted to head home to hand out candy. What was the weather like where you live? And how many pieces of candy do people give out where you trick-or-treat? Here, it’s a tie between “choose two pieces” and “grab a handful.” #blairebenandsloane #halloween #halloween2019 #happilytrista
December 5, 2016

Easy Cleaning: Clean Bathrooms in Less Than 15 Minutes

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If there’s one thing you know about me as a human being, it’s that I really don’t like cleaning. I don’t find it therapeutic, relaxing, or calming. And it’s not that I don’t like having a clean house, because I do. And it’s not because my parents didn’t make me do chores when I was growing up, because I did. BUT having a perfectly clean house at all times is just not within my top priorities… which means I’ll make sure there aren’t dirty socks on the living room before when we’re expecting company, but I am not going to be worried that they might see Blaire’s toys sitting on the coffee table. #notsorry

Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber

Besides a quick tidy-up in the kitchen and living room when we’re having people over, the top priority is a clean bathroom. This is where my super quick, ninja-like bathroom cleaning process comes in handy.

  1. Spray down your toilet and sink with your favorite cleaner. Let sit. If your guests are staying overnight, spray the shower, too.
  2. Clean your toilet bowl. I LOVE the Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber! The disposable pads keep the mess (and the germs!) out of your bathroom and the unique scrubber scrubs the messes you’ve been leaving behind.
  3. Spray and wipe down mirror.
  4. Wipe down your sink and toilet (and shower, if necessary).
  5. Empty trash.
  6. Hang a clean hand towel.
  7. Check to be sure toilet paper is stocked. 
  8. Do a happy dance.
  9. Eat snacks on your couch until your guests arrive. ;)

And, voila, you have a clean bathroom for your guests.

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Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber

It’s so funny to say I love our New Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber, because, well, it’s a toilet scrubber. But anyone who hates the thought of a germy toilet brush sitting in their bathrooms will understand. When you combine that with how amazing the scrubber works, it’s a win/win! And don’t forget to stock up on the Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber Refills! We found ours at Kroger, in the cleaning aisle. They weren’t with the other disposable toilet brushes, they were in their own special Scotch-Brite™ section. Ready to try it for yourself? It’s your lucky day! As of December 4, Kroger (and Kroger banner stores!) are offering an in-store BOGO for the Disposable Toilet Scrubber Starter Kit. So go get yourself two for the price of one! ;)

Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber

There you have it. That’s how I clean my bathroom with ninja-like speed to have it guest-ready all holiday seasons long! Pin or print my fun little graphic to the left and you’ll be all set for the next time guests sneak up on you! ;) You can check out more great cleaning inspiration via Scotch-Brite™ on their site here.

What’s your least favorite room to clean in your house? Tell me in the Comments below!

Clean Your Bathrooms in Less Than 15 Minutes

 

  • Reply
    val
    December 6, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Great quick list and love the graphic! Pinning for later :)

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    Fawn Rosenbohm
    December 6, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    These look so easy to use and very convenient!

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    theforeverteacher
    December 6, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Okay so I have to admit… I was just looking at our bathroom and thinking how I need to get in there and SCRUB my heart out! It’s pretty bad…. I think me reading this is a sign haha Using these tips for sure!

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    Cecilia Harvard
    December 6, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    I will need to buy these next time I’m at the store (:

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    amylubooks
    December 6, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    I hate cleaning my bathrooms, and this guide makes it seem not so daunting. Thank you.

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    crazylifewithlittles
    December 7, 2016 at 8:06 am

    My cleaning style is just like yours!! So easy and only do it when guests are coming! hahah

    • Reply
      Trista
      December 7, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      Hahaha! I love it! :)

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    littleboysandlattes
    December 7, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Looks so easy! I’ll have to get this!

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    Erin Ruoff
    December 7, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Love the graphic and all the tips!

    • Reply
      Trista
      December 7, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks so much, Erin!

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The sleepless nights.
Breastfeeding.
Losing myself in motherhood — feeling like I had to be with Blaire 24/7.
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