Getting Organized…It’s Time

Getting organized is one of the most popular resolutions as we start a new year. I am one of those people. I proclaim that I will be an organized guru with OCD and transform my home into a page from Architectural Digest…only without the expensive furniture and the million dollar home where it resides. No…I will be the person who has a place for everything and everything will be in its place. Then reality kicks in. Where do I start?

As I begin to declutter, I notice towels that need to be put away. As I take them to the basket where they are supposed to be, I see the first aid items are in the basket so now I need to put that away first. I set the towels down and move the first aid items to the cabinet. Oh but the cabinet is a mess. So I sit down and take everything out of the cabinet to reorganize and restock the first aid stuff. Whew! Now I can put the towels back in the basket and get back to decluttering. But first another distraction. Then another. And another. Its called life.

So understanding that I dont have it all together and could use some help, I turn to one of my favorite resources. Pinterest! I pinned something to my Printables board that I found so helpful, I wanted to share. Simply Stacie has compiled a list of 29 printables that can help you get organized in this new year. From meal planning and fitness, to debt reduction and budgeting, its all there. She even has measurement equivalents and metric conversion printables you can keep in your kitchen for those recipes you have been wanting to try! I encourage you to check it out and see what sparks your interest. If you are like me, you will want to save them all!

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5 Ways To Have A Family Valentines Day

Ahh love. The holiday we celebrate chocolate, flowers & jewelry with our main squeeze is just around the corner. Between gift giving, dinner reservations and showering each other with amor, we may forget that its not just about the two people with hearts & stars in their eyes. For those with children, its about celebrating the family unit. Not everyone can get away for time alone and frankly, some may prefer to include their kids in celebrating Valentine’s Day. I have compiled 5 ways to have a family inclusive holiday with ideas on how to make it fun & creative.

Babble shared 14 Valentine’s food hacks that are just sweet and fun to share with the family. Imagine the fun of dipping marshmallows in chocolate together, or cutting the heart shaped fruit for dessert skewers.

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One Creative Mommy took it to another level with a hair tutorial. We take such care in how we look on holidays, so its a no brainer to spend that extra time to have your kids looking festive too.

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If your kids are little ones, imagine the cuteness overload in making these thumbprint Valentine’s cards shared by Love Bugs? Making them is part of the fun. Framing them as a keepsake is priceless.

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Whether going to a park, setting up camp in your living room or heading to your own backyard oasis, these picnic hacks are so fun to share with the family. I kinda want those cup salads now.

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Turning your home into a sea of Valentine’s festivity shouldn’t cost a boat load of money. I came across these floral hacks that can be put together quickly and on a budget. You dont have to spend a lot. Just head to the dollar store for a couple vases, some colored beads and add some flowers. Love it!

Flower Hacks

4 Life Changing Organization Hacks

If you are anything like me, you are always seeking the next hack to make life easier. I dont have it all figured out. Not by a longshot. Clearly I am a work in progress. That is my motivation to learn and improve along the way. Part of the fun in learning about new hacks is the discovery. The ‘Of Course!’ moment. I have those on a regular basis now. Partly because of all the amazing hacks shared by The Krazy Coupon Lady. I am sure you have already visited her site. If you haven’t yet, you should. Like right now. Seriously. Go…I will wait here.

*hums Jeopardy theme*

Great site right! I knew you would like it…now back to the hacks. I have come across so many & they span different needs such as cooking, shopping, online site and beauty hacks but I wanted to share those that help keep your home organized. I am not saying I have a magazine ready home, but these tips and hacks below will get me closer to a feature spread in Martha Stewart Living!

Bobby pins end up everywhere…all the time. Until now. UrbaneBloc shared a genius hack using a simple magnetic strip to keep your bobby pins organized. That alone is awesome!

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Home Goods shared a tip that not only appeals to my OCD, but makes so much sense I am amazed this isnt a typical way to store sheets. The fact that its a hack means its not mainstream. Whyyyy?

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I wouldnt advise you to look under my sink right now, but when I reorganize it like the pic below I may just invite people over for an open house! Look how cute! Thank you Martha Stewart.

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For those who occasionally spend time on their hair (occasionally guilty!), you may have some tools and hardware laying around. For many people, its tough to keep all the cords organized. This Cosmopolitan hack is not only a no-brainer, but it can be a beautiful design piece to your decor. A magazine holder…how can you not love it!

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There are sooo many more hacks to share. I can go on and on but like I said before, part of the fun is the discovery. So go check out The Krazy Coupon Lady and click through all the other tips & hacks. They are honestly life changing!

30 Quick Meals Using Rotisserie Chicken

Its a weeknight, after a long day at work or keeping busy dealing with life, you are tired but its dinnertime. Tired of tearing a leg off the deli chicken and calling it a meal? How about looking like a rockstar using that same chicken? Print this…keep it in a safe place. You are gonna love me for finding this gem from Tablespoon…30 meals you can whip up using a rotisserie chicken!

I stumbled upon this list as I was pinning (go figure!) and I can see myself making many of these delish combos. Unlike other lists, these are hearty yet common dishes with a comfort food kick. Nothing too gourmet so its not intimidating. Looking at some of these, you would think they took hours when they dont take long at all. I mean look at these…mouth watering!

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Want a pasta dish? Try the tetrazzini or the ziti. Looking for something more like a casserole? Bake the chicken noodle casserole or the chicken pot pie. How about the quick veggie bake or even the breakfast option frittata? Everyone likes pinwheels…imagine a fun chicken pinwheel meal.

With the last days of 2015 wrapping up quickly, these meals will help ease the stress at meal time. Check out Tablespoon for all the yummy recipes and enjoy!

DIY Projects Using Pallets

Over the course of cruising through blogs, pins and the DIY channels, I have been inspired with the uses of upcycled items. I have shared some of the tips previously however, I am thinking larger scale. Something that most see as industrial use only. Pallets.

We have seen some use the pallets in the home for decor, disassembled for multi-purpose wood framing and for outdoor patio use. I had no idea just how many options there were. That is until I came across this free e-book. Karah Bunde published DIY Wood Pallet Projects: 35 Rustic Modern Upcycling Ideas to Personalize Your Space and its phenomenal. bundeIts comprehensive and full of ideas that I want to try. Some are out of my comfort zone where others are easier for beginners like me.

The e-book is optimized for chrome desktop viewing so if you cannot see it properly, you can view it here.

With my limited experience, I was pleased to see the step by step instructions and pics illustrating not just how to use some of the tools, but the types too. Now when I walk into Home Depot, I can say ‘Hey I need a medium grit for my palm sander’ and they will think I am way more experienced!

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Hope you find some inspiration for upcycling these awesome pallets. If you have tips, please share.

 

 

 

Homemade Holidays – The Gift of Upcycling

In keeping with my intention (yes, intention) to give homemade gifts this Christmas, I am always on the lookout for clever and crafty ways to make meaningful and fun pieces to share with my loved ones. I have pinned and shared so many ideas and I have collected info from some of my friends that I want to try.

The other day I came across a great post with new ideas that I had never considered. It was a link from Good Housekeeping that showed up on my facebook feed so naturally I clicked through. The very first idea was how to upcycle a knife block for a kid’s art station. SOLD! What a great tip! Not only is it functional, but it’s fun & funky at the same time.

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I mean how flippin’ cute is that!?

We all recycle our cans right? What about upcycling them into something beautiful like this?

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Agreed that it would take a lot more effort but the end result is stunning! If you feel like you can take your craftiness to the next level, how about starting with an old vacuum hose? Imagine transforming it into this gorgeous piece of holiday decor.

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It may be beyond (waaayyy beyond) my craft skill level at this point, but its certainly a goal. Seriously…I am going to check out more of these upcycle ideas. A broom into a functional decor piece? Im intrigued…

Cell phone apps that make life easier

We all have a cell phone and we use it…all the live long day. Some apps are for entertainment and some are for organization. Many apps are just because we have a habit and its our indulgence. I am an Etsy shopper and I have a problem.

I referred to an article on LaptopMag on the best apps for 2015 and I am happy to say, I have most of these sought after selections already installed. For security, LaptopMag suggests Avast Mobile & Security because it is customizable to suit your needs. Into fitness? MyFitnessPal is their choice for the support and guidance it offers. We all love movies and music right? Well it comes as no surprise that Netflix and Spotify are at the top of their list. With all the selfies we take, its no wonder a photo app like Snapseed is not only downloaded often, but used throughout each day. It does more than crop and rotate, there are filters to make your pics look incredible. What else do we use most often? Messaging! I prefer to text than talk so when I came across Viber and Whatsapp, I was hooked! Not only does it have fun and playful stickers and emojis that we all use, but if you send pics, they automatically download to a folder on your phone for safe keeping. Love it!

So…what are some of your favorite apps?

Whatsapp is a must!
Whatsapp is a must!

Giving Back – Feeling Thankful

With the evolution of social media and specifically, sites like Pinterest and Facebook, we have an infinite amount of information that we share with one another. Lots of tips are related to life hacks but have you ever stopped to think about those who are more concerned with shelter and their next meal instead of how to use a binder clip to prop up a keyboard?

There are lots of ways to give back and I hope you find these helpful. If you have tips not listed, please share in the comments so all can benefit. Feel free to reblog and post all over social media. If anything should go viral, random acts of kindness should be at the top of the list.

#BlessingBags – Take a gallon sized ziploc bag and fill with travel sized hygiene items. Anything from toothbrushes & toothpaste to deodorant & feminine products. Some additional items that we take for granted like mints, gum and hand cream should also be included.

#PursePurge – Take your old purses and fill them with things women use regularly. Take a look inside your own bag and think of what you would like if someone blessed you with one. Items like those above can be included but keep in mind, these bags will be for women.

#SweaterSwap – Clean out those closets and grab all the old sweaters you can find. Kid sizes too. Many who sleep outdoors layer their limited clothes so the more pieces you find, the better.

#PrepaidCards – Whether you grab a prepaid Visa or a calling card, both are valuable beyond measure. Imagine having to decide between using your change to eat or call a loved one. You never know when a phone call could change a life.

The possibilities are endless. Take the initiative and host a blanket drive at your office or in your local community. Ask all the men in your life to donate their old wallets with a single dollar inside. Collect solar blankets and travel sized emergency kits too.

So…what are some of your tips and ways to give back?

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Frugal living ain’t half bad

As much as I like to spend money (sshhh, don’t tell my hubby), I love to save even more (that you can tell him). It doesn’t always work out but I have definitely used some tips along the way to keep money in the bank. Frankly, if I can save $15 on a shopping trip, that means I have the choice to save it or to spend $15 on something else.

One of my favorite tips actually came from 24 Savvy and its always in the back of my mind when I shop. When you see something that you have convinced yourself that you ABSOLUTELY need, consider how many hours you have to work to buy that item. It has kept me from buying quite a few things that it turns out (gasp!) I don’t actually need.

There are loads of sites out there that promote all kinds of life hacks. I have so many of them bookmarked and refer to them often. Ill keep sharing them (the good ones I actually use) with all of you.

#FollowFriday

Its Halloween Eve and with that comes the start of the HOLIDAY SEASON! Yes, its time to unpack the platters for Thanksgiving and the stockings for Christmas. Am I the only one who is wondering where the heck this year went?! Its all happening so fast…I cant help but feel a little frazzled. There is so much to do. Thankfully, we all have so many ideas to share and tips to help get through these next two months. With that, I would like to make the next 8 Fridays all about learning and sharing with one another. Whether you have decorating tips, great recipes or some life hacks that will make this time of year just a little easier, I wanna know all about them! So if you see me cruising through your pages and posts, know that you have inspired me.

Its #FollowFriday…enjoy!

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