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Choosing Stylish Faucets for Your Kitchen and Bathrooms

Kitchen faucet from Danze by Gerber’s Draper Collection #detailsmakethedifference

Disclosure: Our post sponsor is Danze by Gerber with Blog Meets Brand and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.

Whether you’re renovating your home or have a bathroom or kitchen in need of a facelift, choosing quality fixtures should be a high priority.

Kitchen faucet from Danze by Gerber’s Vaughn Collection #simplysophisticated

I love Danze by Gerber’s Vaughn and Draper collections for their simple lines and sleek styling. After all, as a busy mom, I want fixtures that look great– and work as hard as I do.

Keeping Up Appearances In the Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of our home– and probably yours too. We spend countless hours cooking, cleaning up, and starting over. And that means we need a kitchen faucet that is functional, durable, and easy to keep clean.

The Vaughn kitchen faucet shown here includes a dual function spray head with DockForce® Magnetic Docking Technology making it easy to keep your entire sink clean and sanitary. According to the company the faucet is also designed to use water efficiently without sacrificing performance.


Cleaning Up in the Bathroom

Bathroom faucet from Danze by Gerber’s Vaughn Collection #simplysophisticated

In the bathroom, a faucet is often a key focal point. Fixtures, including sink faucets, tub faucets, and shower heads often set the tone for the overall look and feel of the entire space. Investing in quality fixtures will help keep a bathroom looking stylish and up-to-date.

The faucet shown in black is part of the Vaughn Collection. For the bathroom, this transitional collection includes a choice of chrome, stainless steel, brushed nickel, and satin black.

Bathroom faucet from Danze by Gerber’s Draper Collection #detailsmakethedifference

The Draper Collection features an updated classic style. The detailed fixtures are available in chrome and brushed nickel for the bathroom.

Once again, practical considerations are also important. With four kids, the faucets in our bathrooms get plenty of use every day. That means durability is important.

All of the Danze by Gerber faucets include a limited lifetime warranty.

Bathroom faucet from Danze by Gerber’s Vaughn Collection #simplysophisticated

For busy families, the single handle faucets available in the Vaughn Collection, shown in the picture here, could be a good choice for easy cleaning thanks to the simple, sleek design.

The most important thing is to select quality fixtures that will do their jobs well– and that you will truly enjoy having in your home for years to come.

Is it time update your kitchen or bathroom fixtures? Do you prefer sleek transitional designs or more classic details? We’d love to hear from you. Comment below!

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13 Ways to Organize Your Bedroom Closet

(A big “thank you” to our friends at housetipster.com for sponsoring this post!)


A well-organized closet is the heart of a well-kept bedroom. It will streamline your morning routine and make you feel like you have much bigger closet. And ultimately you will fell less stressed—and more motivated to tackle the day ahead!

Keep reading for 13 great ways you can take back control of your closet space. Then be sure to check out www.housetipster.com for even more great home management hacks.

Tips to Reclaim Your Closet Space

  1. Declutter

The first step to keeping your bedroom closet neat and organized is by removing items that you don’t use. A closet may seem like an obvious storage place, but most of us would be better off by finding another storage area for items we want to keep but aren’t likely to use on a regular basis.

  1. Start from Scratch

At first, this may seem overwhelming, but the reward that you will get is worth the effort. First, take all items from the closet then access the actual space that your closet has. (By this time, we assume that you have already decluttered the closet by removing items that you no longer use.) Then, sort all of the items based on style, color, or use. Make sure you come up with a consistent approach to categorizing your items that will really work for your personality.

  1. Store Frequently Used Items Within Reach

Make sure the items you need to use on a daily basis are the easiest to access. Those you wear less frequently can be stored near the back of the closet or on a high shelf.

  1. Let There Be Light

This is a brilliant idea that many homeowners overlook. But if your closet it dark adding a light source can make a huge difference when it comes to being able to see what you’re doing and making sure you’re fully utilizing the available storage space.

  1. Add Hooks

If you take a close look inside your closet you will likely find several open spaces you can take advantage of by integrating hooks. They will add extra space that you can use to store additional items such as handbags, belts, and even shoes. You can also add hooks both on door create additional storage space.

  1. Color Code Your Closet

Another great method is color coding. It will make it easy for you to know where your items are located. Simply group items with similar colors together. Although this may be a tedious process, it is one of the best and quickest ways to sort your closet and make it look neat and well organized.

  1. Use Wicker Baskets

Wicker baskets can be used to store extra handbags, shoes, and even clothing. Be sure to measure before buying to make sure the baskets will fit in your closet and still be big enough to fully utilize the available space.

  1. Mount a Pegboard

Adding a pegboard in your closet will help to increase the space you need to store items such as accessories and jewelry.

  1. Use a Shoe Organizer

Disorganized shoes can consume a lot of space. One of easiest ways to organize the shoes in your closet is by using a special shoe organizer.

  1. Start Labeling

Labeling will not only make your closet look organized but will also make it easy for you to locate important items.

  1. Add a Mirror

If you have space, adding a mirror in your closet will make it look bigger and more appealing.

  1. Hang Items Strategically

You need to come up with a good system to hang your clothing. For instance, you could hang all shirts in one area, dresses in another area and pants in another. Also, consider categorizing by seasons, occasions and length of the clothes.

  1. Keep Drawers Tidy

Drawers in your bedroom closet should also be kept neat. Use a drawer divider to store smaller items such as underwear, socks and belts.

Do you have favorite closet organization tips? We’d love to hear about them! Comment below.


Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

Are you always looking for healthy snacks for work or school? If so, try whipping up a batch of these granola bars!

This recipe is a classic from simplefromscratch.com. With a variety of grains, seeds, and fruit they pack a nutritional punch.

There’s only one major drawback to this formula– I limited the amount of sweeteners used which means the bars crumble a bit more easily that commercial granola bars. You can make your granola bars come out firmer by adding a cup of brown sugar to the liquid mixture that is poured over the dry ingredients.

Start making the bars by putting the following ingredients in a sauce pan:
1/2 c. molasses
1/2 c. honey
1/4 c. olive oil
2 t. vanilla extract

Place the pan on the stove and bring the ingredients to a simmer over medium heat. Stir occasionally to make sure the sugar doesn’t scorch.

While the pan is heating mix the follow ingredients together in a large bowl:

3 c. oats
1 c. wheat germ
1 c. almonds
1/4 c. flax seed
1/2 c. pumpkin seeds
1 c. dried tropical fruit mix (cut into small pieces) or Craisens

Pour the hot liquid over the dry ingredients and mix in well. Then quickly put the mixture into a 13″ x 9″ pan lined with greased wax paper or tin foil. Pack the mixture down firmly in the pan and back for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Cut into bars soon after removing the pan from the oven. Allow the bars to cool and harden for at least a couple hours before removing from the pan.

What are some of your favorite homemade snacks? We’d love to hear about them. Comment below!


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