Fun Ways To Organize Your Jewelry

I am a simple jewelry wearing kinda gal. I don’t wear a lot of bracelets other than my Fit Bit with my everyday attire {which is pretty casual – yoga pants and jeans are my jam}. I will wear them if I am dressing up for something special though. I do wear a necklace and earrings every single day. I have quite a few simple pieces in both gold and silver. These cuties are around $12 each and are available at a lot of boutique stores. Mine usually come from Ambiance in Placerville. Ambiance is a super fun store with lots of amazing jewelry, yummy smelling candles and the cutest boho clothes. It is a great store for birthday and Christmas gifts if you are in the area.

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A few years ago, my husband crafted this fun jewelry holder using a sheet of radiator metal and an old frame. He added cup hooks for my necklaces. It’s awesome and holds a lot but I was starting to gather too many necklaces and they were getting tangled. I decided I was tired of untangling necklaces so I purchased this necklace holder at HomeGoods for a whopping $14.99. I heart HomeGoods and the price point is perfect! I will keep my dainty necklaces on the new jewelry stand but still utilize the framed holder for my other pieces and earrings. It lives in my closet … with my clothes ūüėČ

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The jewelry stand was originally white but with off white cabinets, it felt blah. I wanted it to pop and this pretty blue is a fave around here. It is called Secluded Garden by Valspar. It’s a bit of a robin’s egg blue which is sprinkled throughout my home.

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At the end of this project, I was able to purge and organize my jewelry which gave things a bit of a much-needed facelift. Everything has a place and hopefully, I have eliminated the necklace ‘tangling’ issue that I have been battling for awhile now.

How do you organize your jewelry?

10 Quick And Easy Organizing Projects

New Year, new you? OK – well maybe you aren’t on the whole resolution band wagon but you can still use the new year as a jump start to get rid of clutter. Why? Because it’ll make you feel lighter. I promise. I’ve been making simple suggestions on Facebook over the past couple of weeks on easy ways to eliminate¬†clutter and organize your life, one area at a time.

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  1. Tackle your inbox. How many emails do you get that you just delete without reading? Take some time and unsubscribe to those. I did this and my inbox is so much less cluttered and it feels so good!
  2. Clean out your car. Once the junk is cleared, vacuum it out. If you are struggling to keep stuff corraled then grab a storage¬†bin and utilize it to catch the ‘extra’ stuff like your reusable grocery bags and that yoga mat {wait, I just described my own car}.
  3. Clean out the refrigerator. Take EVERYTHING out, toss the old and expired stuff, wipe down the shelves and voila, it’s like a whole new fridge. Oh, make a list of the basics that you need to restock while you are at it.
  4. Call and schedule any appointments you’ve been putting off. I did this today. It took a whole 5 minutes to handle 3 appointments. Why did I put that off?
  5. Find 3 new recipes to try this month. Maybe they will become favorites and you can add them into your weekly meal rotation.
  6. Clean out the pantry. Get rid of things that have expired or that you will seriously never eat {Halloween candy anyone?}
  7. Purge the utensil drawers. You’d be surprised how some of those gadgets really aren’t all that useful. Don’t wait for that ‘someday’ when you think you might use them.
  8. Tackle the shoes. Yes, shoes. I have growing children and a lot of too small or just plain worn out shoes around my house. Toss what is beyond repair or doesn’t fit and donate any that are too small but in good shape. A lot of our shoe ‘rejects’ end up in our garage.
  9. Organize one junk drawer. Who knows, it might inspire you to clean another and another {yes, I have more than one ‘junk drawer’}.
  10. Go through your cleaning supplies. Dispose of the old stuff and make a list of needed items. I just signed up with Grove Collaborative. They use affordable and effective cleaners such as Mrs. Meyers and Method. You can sign up and have them delivered to your doorstep. Talk about convenient.

Are you a natural organizer or do you need a little help in this department? Let me know if you have certain areas you need help with, I’d love to offer some suggestions.

The Power of Pen to Paper

I am a big believer in greeting cards. The real ones made out of card stock with pretty fonts and colors. The ones that you buy at a store, not via a website to send electronically. Don’t get me wrong, that method works well for a lot of people but for me personally, nothing beats a real, hold it in your hands, greeting card. Some people think that they are a waste of money but personally, I am a big fan. There is something about finding the perfect card for that special someone. Maybe it’s for a birthday, maybe it’s a get well wish for a sick friend, congrats on your wedding or new baby. Sometimes I send cards just to let people know that I love them. Cards come in all kinds of styles. The funny. The sentimental. The short but sweet.

A few of my favorite resources for cards:

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  • World Market¬†– they have a really nice stationary section. I really like these assorted boxed cards

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  • Marshalls – I find great cards here at a $1.99 price point
  • Home Goods – same as Marshalls, pretty cards at a great price
  • Target – especially great for seasonal and thank you cards. I am especially¬†loving these pretty floral ones.

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Do you still send cards? Put pen to paper and add a stamp. Just do it, you’ll make someone’s day. I promise.

How I Organize Christmas Decor

Hopefully everyone had a very Merry Christmas. Mine was nice although it went by SO FAST. We have a couple of different Christmas celebrations between my husband’s family and then of course our own Christmas Day dinner which we host every year. I think with it falling on the weekend, it felt like we didn’t really get in ‘extra’ time to enjoy the events and the people. Is anyone else feeling that way? My brother, sis in law and nephews travel here from So Ca but it seems I blinked and they were gone. Sigh. Still, it was so fun having the little ones in the house for Christmas. They are coming up on 2 and 5. Such fun ages. My oldest nephew loves to snuggle which is pretty awesome. He also gives the best hugs. Seriously. He could win contests. My youngest nephew is just silly. He loves to play hide and seek and follow the kitty around. Next Christmas I will have twin nieces as well so it will be an extra merry Christmas.

I captured this sweet photo of my youngest with his two cousins.

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Every year, I tend to start the Christmas clean out on the 26th. Yep. I am one of those people. I know there are lots of people like me and there are lots of people that like to wait until the new year. Personally, I am always feeling a little blah when it’s all over. Seeing the empty tree and feeling a little sad cause it’s all over so quickly makes me need a project. A diversion. My version of therapy is organizing. I know. Weird. Also kinda brilliant though, right? I work out my sadness while getting my house in order. Win-win I guess.

I have a method to my madness. Honestly, from September on, it’s all about the storage bins {which my son whose name is Ben says I can’t call them anymore. He says I should refer to them as boxes. I can’t quite get on board with that but I am trying}. Starting September 1st, I start the decorating craze. First comes fall, then up goes Halloween, then back to fall but with a Thanksgiving twist and then comes Christmas. My everyday decor goes into whatever seasonal¬†bin box I am currently unloading. Once a holiday passes, I reorganize the bin box, purge anything that I don’t truly love anymore and put it away for next year. That way, whatever I pull out next season, has been packed away neatly.

I also suggest taking photos of your decor once you’ve set in all up¬†if you love how something looks. That way, you will have a reference for years to come. I tend to change things up every year but I like to see what I have done. This year I was pretty happy with everything and would likely do it again. It’ll be nice to have photos so I can quickly set it all up next year {setting up holiday decor is a whole other blog post – you’re gonna need a glass of wine or a coffee for that one}.

A couple of my must haves while putting away and organizing holiday decor:

  • storage ¬†– boxes, wreaths holders, ornament containers, gift wrap containers, etc.
  • tissue or bubble wrap to protect your fragile items – old plastic bags work as well
  • label maker – these can cost around $30 but they are so handy for labeling the outside of containers

My tips for organizing Christmas {or any holiday} decor:

  1. I start by moving all of my decor to my large dining table. I have stuff tucked everywhere from the kitchen to the bathroom. By moving it all to one area, it gives me a large working space.
  2. Get out your storage containers. I love Rubbermaid but use what works best for your space.
  3. Pull out items left in the containers that you might not have used and decide if it’s love. If not, put it in a donate or sell pile.
  4. Decide how to pack things. For me, I like to separate things by space or type of decor. For example, I have a variety of trees that I use in my decor. I was able to fit all of these in one box and I labeled it, ‘Christmas Trees’. In another box I have my wood signs and my bathroom decor and in another box I have various garland and the lights that go with it and then of course I have one large box that is dedicated to my tree. It includes the tree skirt and tree topper as well as the lights and timer that we use on the tree.
  5. Label it! This will make it so much easier to get to next year. I swear by this because I have a lot of holidays bins and they all look the same. Instead of digging through them, I know exactly what is in each one because I have labeled them. You could also tape a list to the outside. My Type A personality likes the clean look of the labels though.
  6. Put it away. We have space in our garage but I also keep a few things, like my wreaths, in the attic. I also keep my wrapping paper & supplies inside my closet.

Before you know it, everything will be packed away and your house will feel fresh and new. I actually go into the new year wanting a lot less color. I need a break from the busy and bright and really enjoy the fresh clean slate.

Do you have a method to putting away the Christmas decor?

 

Kitchen Daydreams

We have lived in our house for 12 years. We bought it new and picked out all of our upgrades. We still get a lot of compliments on our cabinets. They are maple with an ivory glaze. They are pretty and they go well with our flecked granite, tan backsplash and black appliances. I will say though, I have the itch to remodel. Of course this is a complete want and not a need. Everything is still very functional and doesn’t look that old but I love decor and design so I want to change all of it. All.Of.It. BUT my hubby says no. Ha ha. Plus I can think of so many other things to spend money on like family vacations, etc.

If money wasn’t an issue, I’d change everything. Starting with my hardwood floors. It’s called rustic pecan so it is much more of a light golden brown which works with the carpet and walls in the house. Everything was tan 12 years ago. Today things are gray. Oh how I love gray. I’d change my floors to something either darker or with gray tones, the cabinets would get painted crisp white, I have the perfect granite picked out, the backsplash would likely be a fun pattern in white, I’d do a farmhouse sink and the appliances would all get switched out to stainless {which I couldn’t stand 12 years ago … funny how taste can change eh?} I’d also change some of the layout to create a walk in pantry and a built in desk in the kitchen. It’s fun to dream, right?

I am drawn to the farmhouse look with a touch of industrial thrown in. I mean, I do <heart> Joanna Gaines after all but I don’t have a farmhouse. I have more of a tuscan style home. I’d love a farmhouse but that is a whole other investment. My kids are growing so fast and time is flying. I am so aware of that and how fleeting time is. I know that in 5 years, I will have one son graduating. WOW. Five years? For real. So if twelve years flew by then I can only imagine how fast 5 years will go. Then in 7 years, our second son will graduate. So I foresee lots of change after that and I don’t know exactly what that entails but I imagine it would mean downsizing. It’s so weird to think ahead like that but again, time is flying! I just don’t know that I want to sink money into this house when it isn’t our forever home. You never know though .. in a year I could completely switch gears and remodel all of it ūüėČ

Here are some fabulous fines for kitchen redos. I’ve included links to the original source if there is one.

I love the open shelving in the kitchen at Our Vintage Home Love. The gray cabinets are fun too.

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I love everything about The Sunny Side Up blog. Her kitchen looks so crisp with the white cabinets and of course has that farmhouse sink that I swoon over.

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Pinterest is full of the good stuff. I can’t find the original source for this one but Wow. Look at all of this storage! I change out some of my glass front cabinets¬†with the seasons. These would display my stuff {as well as store it} beautifully.

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Yellow Prairie Interiors knocked it out of the park with this kitchen. Barn door, chalkboard, huge pennant lights, sea grass barstools. I am kinda in love over here. Like googly eyed kinda love.

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Here is another Pinterest find without an original source link. I really like the wood beams and the framed windows. They just add a pop to the kitchen.

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I love organization. I mean really love it. There is such a sense of accomplishment if I can organize something. This pantry over at HGTV is all kinds of dreamy. Those shelves and baskets? Love.

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I really like this backsplash at Walker Zanger.

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I really am a fan of hardwood floors. We have had them for 12 years and they are showing wear in some areas but they really are hardy and not hard on the feet like tile can be. Plus they don’t have that cold feeling. That being said, I know that I don’t love the color we chose. It is a bit golden brown for my current taste. People say the dark wood shows everything but I feel like my floors show everything. I think I’d pick something with less of a sheen though. That could help it from showing everything. I also really like the look of wide planks. This one over at HomeTalk is pretty perfect if you ask me.

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So there you have it. An insight into what I would do if I were to remodel my kitchen. Thanks for stopping by. Hope your Sunday is fabulous.

My Addiction …. To Fixer Upper

First off, Hello! My Mac Book was on the fritz for months. It was sloooooow which made me very unmotivated to use it and then it just broke. But I was too busy to deal with it. I hosted my annual craft fair, my sister got married, I was in charge of the wedding decor {which was so much fun}, then the holidays and having houseguests plus hosting the holidays came around. I put the very idea of fixing my computer on the back burner. I knew it needed a new hard drive. Thankfully the stuff was salvaged on my old one. Replacing the hard drive and backing up the old one cost me 1/3 of what a new one would have cost and this thing is running like a dream. I am thrilled. Big thanks to Cody at Staples for making it happen. Seriously. I had a crush on him for a day cause he was so awesome. Now on to more important things.

I have a confession, I might be addicted to Fixer Upper. I am guessing most of you that read this will know exactly what that means but in case you are a little out of the loop, Fixer Upper is the hit HGTV show featuring the power couple, Chip & Joanna Gaines. They are this super team that redo old houses in Waco, Texas. They also have 4 young children, own a farm, a store, a bed and breakfast and are opening a bakery. The list seriously keeps growing {I am convinced that they never sleep} but if you watch their show, you will love them. They are adorable. They are artists. So I love them. I have an addiction. My Magnolia t-shirt and hat have been ordered. The addiction is real people.

So why has this show become such a hit? Well first off, they do a lot of remodeling at a super good price point. Obviously a lot of this is location and availibility. They are super talented in how they rework old homes and make them new again. Joanna also has the ability to decorate using old and new but without anything feeling overly fussy. The homes look clean, simple and homey when they are done. All of these are features that suck me right in.

Over the years, I have painted. A LOT {that is a whole other addiction – I don’t have time to count the amount of layers of paint in my house right now. I’ll save that for another post}. What I always come back to is neutral colors. I love adding color but I like to do it via accessories and not paint. I think because I have really realized that with my own style, I am especially drawn to the show. Another design element that I am loving as of late is the rustic/farmhouse/industrial look. I love how all of these elements can be pulled together and look like they actually belong together.

Our house is 11.5 years old. We are the original owners. We picked decent upgrades BUT I would love a refresh. Of course what I want and what we need are two very different things but hey, I’m a thinker so I have ideas. We have hardwood throughout most of the downstairs. It’s a light maple. I don’t like it but there is nothing wrong with it so it stays. We have cream cabinets and granite that is on the darker side. I want white cabinets with a much lighter granite. I want hardwood that is a very different color and style. I want to paint everything grey. Again, it’s a want. I’d completely reconfigure my kitchen. Seriously. But financially it doesn’t make sense and we have other priorities.

What I do get to do is a room redo. We have a small front room. It was shown in the model as a formal living room. That’s how it started¬†for us but we really didn’t utilize it as that. Then it was an office that was more for looks and I didn’t use it as I have a thing with doing all crafts and computer work at my kitchen island. I like to be in the hub of the house. About 18 months ago, we converted it to a kids space. We used to have a play room but the kids out grew the space and we wanted a guest room. Well, now it’s a game room of sorts for the kids. They have a TV and an X Box but it’s open to the rest of the house. Its become my project now that the holidays have passed {I always need a project to pull me through the after Christmas let down when I am sad cause my family all goes back home.}

I worked hard to condense my craft supplies and sold a large bookcase as I launched myself into this redo. This space currently holds a tv stand, small bookcase, cheap futon and 2 large dog crates. It has carpet that we hate and the next project is to install hardwood which will match our existing hardwood. I painted the room over the weekend. The color that I have in most of my house is called Faded Burlap by Valspar. I love this color. It’s a creamy beige that doesn’t seem to have pink or yellow undertones. It’s perfect. Click here to see a sample. The dog crates are there to stay as we have 2 big dogs that sleep inside but they have to be crated at night. I’d like to add a couch and a chair or two but I want to hide the crates behind the couch. I will probably repaint the TV stand as we need that for storage for the game console and TV. I also hope to repaint the bookcase and steal a matching bookcase from my son’s room. I am thinking of putting them together and adding a top to make them look like they are one piece. Another thing I’d LOVE to do is install barn doors going into the space. It’s wide open and loud when the kids are playing, especially when they have friends over. I also want to encourage them to have friends over as they get older so I am hoping that by giving this space some privacy, they kids will want to be here, Does that make sense? Also, if we have friends over, the kids can have a hang out space while the grown ups¬†hang in the family room and kitchen. We don’t want them to have TV’s in their room so this is the solution.

Now on to the fun stuff .. the style I have in mind is very much Fixer Upper. I guess I should tell my husband that I want barn doors now eh? ūüėČ At least I am not asking for shiplap.

My inspiration mostly comes from HGTV and Pinterest. I also find myself drooling over Instagram photos.

 

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So long story long, I {heart} Fixer Upper.

For the Love of Decorating

Yep, I am on a new color obsession kick. Which means that I find things in this color and decorate! Woo hoo!! My husband loves when I fall in love with a new color {insert sarcasm}. I have always been drawn to navy but after using it in some mantel decor before July 4th and then of course for July 4th when I went all red, white and blue, I decided that I wanted navy to stick around for awhile. So I did what I do, I became obsessed with finding things to change up my decor.

Read on for my favorite and quikest ways to change decor on the cheap. Click on the links for photos.

Throw pillows: I recommend either using pillow covers or scouring places like Marshall’s, Ross, HomeGoods, Stein Mart, etc. for pillows. Target often has cute¬†ones but they are usually a bit more expensive. I actually picked up this cutie at Kirkland’s. I am {in love} with arrows and this saying so it had to come home with me. Ikea and Bed, Bath & Beyond have cute pillow covers for a reasonable price. I have also found some on Very Jane and Etsy. Someday I might let you peak at my linen closet. I could start a rental business for throw pillows. I’m both proud and embarrassed by this admission. Pillow covers will free up your linen closet.

Printables: I am all about quotes. They make me happy. They add a touch of whimsy. They are a cheap way to spice up your decor. I almost always have a few of them framed in my house. Guests always comment on them. One of my go to spots for printables is of course Pinterest.¬†Click here to be redirected to my Pinterest boards. This is one of my recent finds. It is over at Etsy. It’s an instant download for cheap! Click here to buy it. Also, I often times download prints to my computer but then upload them to Costco for printing. Ink is pricey and some of these take a lot of ink. I’d rather pay a couple of bucks for one then use all of my own ink. The quality is usually better as well.

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Shop your home: Yep, just like I said. You’d be surprised at what you will find around the house that can be re-homed to change up a different space. I do this with vases, candle holders, frames, plants, flowers. You name it, I’ve moved it.

Paint: OK, this is a semi cheap way to change up space or even to give a refresh but it can be time consuming.

Rugs: I love the small rugs that go in front of a door. I don’t do large area rugs personally. Not because I don’t love them because I really do. I wish I could have them but I have 2 dogs and 1 cat. I sweep often and it looks like I could make a whole new animal with the amount of hair. So rugs don’t do super well in my house. They become dirty and often times my cat decides to throw up on them.¬†Seriously. #catsmakemecrazy The small rugs are easier to throw in the wash.

Curtains: These can add up but if you search, you can find them¬†at a decent price or if you are super crafty, you can sew your own. I am not ‘sew crafty’. Ha ha. I am witty though ūüôā I recently found a deal at West Elm. I wanted these curtains. They are not cheap and I need the 96′ length which is not standard. Warning – Long story ahead: I decided I wanted to see them in person so I went to West Elm. They had the mustard chevron ones on display and on clearance. I asked if they had the blue in the back. The had one panel but called another store and had a second one shipped to me. They cost me a total of $30¬†for the two {which included the shipping of the one} when they would have cost me $100 on-line. For whatever reason, they cost more on-line and were on clearance in the store. I don’t know why and I don’t care. I got them for a phenomenal price. Another place that I have shopped¬†for curtains because they have the size I need and the price is right is Ikea. I’ve also found some lovely prints at World Market.

So there you have it, my personal tips on redecorating. Also, a can of spray paint can change up things you already have.

Here is a peak of what I used in my re-do.

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Rug – Marshalls – $10.00
Table Runner – HomeGoods – $9.99
Hello Sign – Hobby Lobby – it was a gift
Frame – Michaels – $7.99
Flowers – Michaels – $6.99
Curtains – West Elm – $11.97/each + $6 shipping

Happy re-decorating ūüôā

 

Get Organized!

I am in this complete ‘get organized’ head space right now. I am a pretty organized person in general. I love a good ‘purge’, especially right after the holidays. Taking that car load of unused stuff to Goodwill just makes me feel lighter.

Later this week I am heading to Southern California to help my brother and sister in law get organized. I have helped them in the past but now that they¬†are more settled, they’ve requested a refresher {and a get it done now} visit because baby #2 is set to arrive one month from Wednesday. So I am feeling the pressure to get things done in a short 4 day visit. I’m also a little geeked out by the whole thing. I get a rush out of organizing and decorating. When a space is complete, I feel like a rock star. I mean, I can toot my own horn cause this is my blog, right? ūüėČ

Of course Pinterest is a huge source of inspiration for me. There are so many amazing ideas that super star bloggers and organizers have shared.

We have a few spaces that we are focusing on during my trip. The kitchen, the office loft and soon to be a guest space, the kitchen and gallery walls. As well as some other miscellaneous spaces that need a little TLC.

To get myself organized, I have started a Pinterest Board as well as various notes and an email to my brother and his wife detailing some of my plans. The first thing that I have instructed them to do is purge, purge, purge. I am hoping that they have a good start on this by the time I arrive. I have also requested photos of the spaces that I will be working on which is allowing me a better idea of what we need to get done.

The boys will be sharing a room so we are definitely going to need to make this space super organized and also make it functional for 2.¬†This closet at two twenty one is hands down my favorite. It doesn’t entail a lot of building and can be done for around $150 {per my calculations}. I have priced out the cubby shelf and canvas cubes at Target and IKEA.

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Gallery walls are one of my favorite things because it’s where you can really be expressive with your design tastes and also showcase the ones you love in photographs. I also love incorporating things other then frames into my gallery walls. Quotes, letters, numbers, printables, mirrors, clocks and so on. There are no rules. There are so many fun options and you can make each wall¬†unique to your personal tastes. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Another space that we will be working on is the kitchen. The kitchen is often the hub of the house and is best utilized when you can easily find things. It is also a space that can quickly and easily be messed up. My own kitchen is constantly taking a beating and I am an organized person. A space¬†that always seem to require extra TLC is the pantry. This¬†space¬†changes daily as we are constantly taking from and replenishing it. Depending on who unloads groceries {yes, I blame my mini helpers because they don’t care if the pretzels and rice are on the same shelf as the cereal}. I am constantly tidying this area. Here are a few pantries that have inspired me. Ideally I’d love a walk in pantry but that is not what I will be working with {I don’t have one at home either but it’s on my ‘some day’ wish list.}

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Now the loft area is a bit tricky. I have visions of what I would do but it’s a really unique area and has the smallest budget and it has the lowest priority when I visit¬†BUT BUT BUT it’s an area that I could¬†really have fun with. I think I have to dial back my ideas for this space though. Ideally I’d make it a highly functional office/guest space. It is an open loft at the very top of their condo. Currently is houses several books cases and a small desk plus a filing cabinet. I’d like to see new furniture. A desk with a ¬†little more personality. Maybe a short yet long book case, a futon and the use of some baskets and a dressed up bulletin board. My brother also works for Disney Studios so it would be fun to infuse some Disney into the space.

I like this desk from IKEA. They have black furniture now but they have grey walls and a white kitchen. The white just feels so fresh.

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This is also another bit of IKEA furniture. I’d make the accessories more neutral but overall, I love the organization. A printer could easily sit on either piece of furniture.

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These Pixar prints are awesome.

Minimalist-Disney-Pixar-Polyptych-Poster-SetI can’t find the perfect futon but I think it would definitely entail a pop of¬†color such as a fun green or a navy blue {I think my sister in law would approve.}

So there you have it, my latest project. I am so excited. I have always loved decorating and organizing. I love that I inspire people enough with my own home that they want me to help them with theirs. I have often thought of making this a business. I’ll let you know how my first gig goes. Maybe in the future I will start charging to make peoples messes less messy, more functional and of course pretty.

Do you get lost in clutter? Would you hire someone to help you get organized? I personally function so much better in a neat and pretty space.

New Year — New Goals

I prefer to call them goals and not resolutions. Resolutions seems so predictable and are often {OK, almost always} broken. I’m also trying to come up with my word of the year. I was torn between two but starting this post gave me the clarity that I needed to settle on one. The two I love ¬†are ‘breathe’ and ‘focus’. I love them both but I have chosen breathe as my 2014 word. I might have to repeat it to myself a million times but hopefully I can get it to stick. ¬†Both apply to my main goal of being more present and less stressed. If I can remind myself to just breathe in stressful situations then the focus comes. Or so I have been reminded by some of my super smart Facebook friends ūüėČ

I’m playing over at Pinterest {and this is where focus or the lack of comes into play} and I found this great list of goals. I think it’s a great way to assess goals and by writing typing them out, I can maybe be a bit more accountable. I love this quote that I found on Pinterest. Little things are much more achievable and can still make us feel like we succeeded.

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I also found this list over at Run Lucas Run. I think we will wrap up our Winter Break tomorrow as a family by having a yummy dinner and then we can each fill out these lists. There are actually two lists to download, one is for grownups and the other for kids. The kids version is so much more simple. Lucky kids.

2014I’m getting a jump start on mine to share with you.

A BAD HABIT I’M GOING TO BREAK:¬†Getting so worked up about things that really aren’t worth it.
A NEW SKILL I’D LIKE TO LEARN: Canning¬†
A PERSON I HOPE TO BE MORE LIKE: This is a loaded question, there are so many people that inspire me.
A GOOD DEED I’M GOING TO DO: Dedicate more time to Hands 4 Hope
A PLACE I’D LIKE TO VISIT: The Oregon/Washington Coast.
A BOOK I’D LIKE TO READ: Fly Away by Kristen Hannah
A LETTER I’M GOING TO WRITE: Be more consistent in the letters I write to my boys.
A NEW FOOD I’D LIKE TO TRY: Eggplant — it kinda freaks me out.
I’M GOING TO BE BETTER AT: Using my time wisely/Gardening more/Being patient/Exercising and eating better ¬†for my mental and physical health {not aiming for perfection but being better}/spending less and saving more/blog more

There you have it. My 2014 goals. Do you set goals or resolutions? I’d love to hear them and how you stick to them as well.

Cheers to a New Year. I hope 2014 is a good one for you!

 

 

Thanksgiving 2013 Menu

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Happy Fall Y’all! A fellow blogger and friend of mine shared her Thanksgiving menu and I thought, “what a great idea”. So I am being a bit of a copy cat. Hopefully flattery will get me everywhere ūüėČ Charene’s blog is Copper Lantern Cooking. I actually found her a few years back when she had a local cupcake business and was generous enough to donate to a fundraiser at my kids school. We have since become Facebook friends and recipe sharers. I love social media for just these type of friendships. I get to meet people that I otherwise would not and share fun things like well, food!

So let me preface by saying that I have a pretty straight forward, stick to the classics type of family. However, I like to mix it up so I’ve added a few things with flair.

Appetizers

  • Salami, cheese and crackers – we grew up with this on hand at every family function. My dad is adding deer salami which I do not like so I asked for regular ol’ salami for me.
  • Black olives – you know, for wearing on your fingers.
  • Deviled eggs — another dad specialty

Main Course

Desert

My dad is in charge of deserts. I am the queen of baking in my house but for Thanksgiving, I appreciate the pies that show up in my¬†kitchen. We get various versions of apple pie from Apple Hill, a banana cream pie from Buttercream Bakery and the pumpkin pies are from Costco. Trust me, I make it up with the loads of cookies that I crank out throughout the rest of the holiday season. Oh, I’ll take a little credit cause I do make homemade whipped cream for the pies. Homemade. No canned or Cool Whip {yes, I know some people love it but I have to make the real stuff, I’ve even added a little bourbon for a kick.}

Do you host or travel for Thanksgiving? Do you have a standard menu or do you serve things unique? I’d love to hear about your families favorite recipes.

However you spend Thanksgiving, I wish you a happy one. Count your blessings everyday.