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?

5 Ways To Date Your Spouse

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Well hello! Today’s post is a bit more romantic if you will. Or practical. Or necessary. I guess it’s really a matter of perspective. For me, it’s all of the above. Most of us are busy. Life is full of hustle and bustle and sometimes we are just getting through the days and we might barely talk to our sig others but it’s so important to connect with those that we love. Especially our significant others. Our partners in crime. Our better half. It’s important to set some time aside to connect. Sure, after the kids are in bed is a great concept but a reality? Maybe not. I don’t know about the rest of you but my husband is often times in bed right after the kids! I am barely winding down at that point so that usually isn’t our time to catch up.

This is where, date your spouse {significant other, partner, etc} comes into play. Set aside some time. Even if it’s weekly or bi-weekly for a date. What? A date? Who has time for that? You do. Make.It.Happen. Now, don’t overthink this. A date doesn’t have to be a huge event. A date is simply taking some time to be together. Uninterrupted without kids. Maybe for you, this is after the kids go to bed. Maybe you will sit down, pour a glass of wine and catch up. Maybe not.

Maybe you don’t have kids but you are still a bit disconnected cause well, life. No matter what, date your spouse. Find the time. Make it happen cause yes, life gets busy and time passes. Steal the moments when you can.

My husband is a firefighter and has a pretty great schedule. He is typically scheduled off for 4 days in a row {except for the overtime, meetings, and training that pop up which does happen often}. This means that we have time during the day to hang out. A few things that we like to do?

  • Go to breakfast {or coffee, lunch, dinner, happy hour, wine tasting, etc}
  • Hang out at home. Yep, you can still make this a date. Turn off technology, have a cocktail and play a game. YES! You’ve got this. Which reminds me, I should probably learn how to play Cribbage. It would make the hubs very happy.
  • Take a walk. Even if it’s only for 15 minutes. Little moments really are a big deal. Really.
  • Visit a new place. Last year we went to High Hands Nursery. I had been hearing about it for a long time but had never been. We walked around the beautiful grounds and then had lunch at their amazing restaurant.
  • Get outta town! Yes, this one is a bit harder to coordinate if you have kiddos or pets because you have to schedule child or pet care but guess what? It’s totally worth it! Last May, my hubby and I did a one-night getaway to Healdsburg. We stayed at a rather interesting B&B {I’m pretty sure it was haunted!} and then had an amazing dinner and walked around downtown Healdsburg. It was heaven. On our way home, we stopped at a brewery that he’d been wanting to try as well.

What are the benefits of this you ask? Connection! When we take that time to really focus on each other, it makes us feel connected. That connection brings about endorphins. Guess what? That’s a good thing!¬†Endorphins are associated with feelings of attachment and comfort.

So I challenge you to date your spouse. Go ahead, schedule that time. You’ll be happy that you did.

5 Ways To Style A Guest Room

I love decor almost as much as I love organizing. Almost. I am constantly redecorating rooms or switching things around in my house to refresh and revive a space. I am also a big fan of paint. It is the quickest way to change a space and make it feel bright and new. My guest room is a happy space but I know it could use a few items and I am always looking for a new project. Which is hilarious really because I essentially have a wait list of projects around here. My style is a mash up of things but if I could pick an HGTV show that best describes my style, it would be Fixer Upper, hands down. I love the farmhouse¬†vibe. ¬†Plus Chip and Joanna are adorable and make me laugh. I love to laugh. Don’t you?

Liz Marie is one of my favorites to follow. Her spaces are always beautiful. She owns a cute little store called The Found Cottage that I also love to follow on Instagram. This guest bedroom is peaceful and simple. I love how she incorporated the old windows into her design.

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I am loving this gallery wall above the bed over at Houzz. The light fixture is pretty awesome too.

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Savvy Southern Style gave her guest room a little farmhouse flair by adding a fun cow print above the bed. I also love the navy which feels a bit more masculine but then she added some ruffles in with the bedding which makes it a bit feminine. The balance is perfect.

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Driven by Decor nailed it with this guest room redo. She kept the pallet neutral which makes it feel so serene. Make sure you check out the Ikea hack she did on the side table. I also love the fun mirror. It adds a pop to the room.

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Little Glass Jar got creative and used metal stools as night stands. They take up less space the most night stands and they are fun! I love the vintage quilt too. I also love the quote above the bed. What a fun addition to personalize the space.

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Some must have items for a guest room:

  • a comfortable bed
  • cozy bedding and pillows
  • a night stand
  • a small dresser or armoire
  • a wall hook or closet and some hangers
  • guest towels
  • an extra blanket
  • a small trash can
  • a basket or hamper for laundry
  • access to charge electronics {Yes, this is the world we live in. Power up baby!}

Some sweet extras:

  • a framed picture of the wifi password and other relevant household information
  • a few magazines
  • a cute houseplant or bright flowers

Do you have a guest room? What must-haves do you keep in there?

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.

Ready, set, you’ve got this, now go —————>

  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.

What Feeds Your Soul?

Many years ago a friend {who had the enviable energy of the Energizer¬†Bunny} said to me, “energy breeds energy”. This little tidbit has stuck with me for over 20 years. Recently it has repeatedly popped into my head as I am finding things that feed my soul and feeling how that energy grows and grows based on the excitement and fire within me. It’s like this perpetual effect. It’s pretty amazing really.

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Today I had coffee with a friend. We met to talk about the 21-Day Fix as she is starting her first challenge on Monday. I have done two challenges in the past year with the same coach that she signed up with. I knew there were some things that I could tell her to make her start an easier one. This coffee date had nothing to do with me but I left feeling so rejuvenated. Now, let me just say that I always feel refreshed after hanging out with friends. Today was a little different. My friend told me how awesome I was and how much I helped her. She said that I could be a coach. What? Me? Why? By sharing what I know. How I cope. What motivates me. What brings me joy. By lifting her up and offering encouragement. I think we all can scoop up energy and little life lessons from others. As women, we definitely lean on each other for support. A lot.

So what advice did I give her? To take care of herself. Yes. Seems basic, right? But it’s so much harder than you’d think. We as grown-ups – as women – as moms – as wives – give and give and do and do and we aren’t overly good at saying no because oh the guilt. Guess what? If your tank is empty, what good can you do? You can’t continue to give without fuel in your own tank.

Last February I challenged myself to be active every day for the whole month. I named the challenge, “Fit in February”. This meant that I needed some kind of physical activity every single day. Some days I got a walk in, other days I did a workout video but I moved my body every.single.day. How did I feel at the end of the month? Recharged. It was so mentally empowering that I stuck to something but it was also so good for my emotional well-being.¬†I’ve learned that moving my body is a must. I have stayed pretty on track with the exception of summer {which entailed so much running around and travel in general that I wasn’t stagnant by any means} but I picked it back up consistently in August and I feel good. Do I look like a super model? Nope. Do I feel good? Yep.

So what feeds my soul?

  • Moving my body. I love walking. I aim for 2-4 miles a day. I’ve also dabbled in yoga over the years. I have recently added that back into my schedule. I sweat like I never have before, I move my body and challenge myself. I leave a class feeling like I am a whole new person. In really sweaty clothes.
  • Date days with my husband. He is a firefighter so his schedule is a bit more open. Date days when we are both off of work are easier than night dates when the kids are home. Reconnecting is huge.
  • Family¬†dinners, game night and vacations. I really enjoy my family and the times when all 4 of us can just be together are rare. Time is fleeting and I am very aware of how much longer I might have my boys at home for. I really try and take advantage of my time with them.
  • Time with friends. I really love girlfriend time. Dinners and coffee are the norm. We’ve laughed and cried together. The amount of support and girl power is priceless. I love my village.
  • Seeing my kids happy. I encourage happiness.
  • An organized home. Yes, really. Something about this really makes me happy and content.

Doing all of the above things fill my tank. Some days are busier than others and we live in a very over scheduled world but try. Try to carve out some time for you. Do some of the¬†things that fill you up. You don’t have time for a 30-minute workout, do 10. Walk around the block. Tackle one thing on your to-do list. Meet up with a friend for coffee. Little things can be a game changer. Take care of yourself. See how you feel. I promise, feeding your own soul will breed energy which is what you need to take care of those around you in the best way possible.

Feed your soul and watch how it changes the ability of what you can give others.

Proudest Moment

Day 11 of the 31-day blog challenge. Tonight, my baby sister was laying on my couch and I was feeling her belly cause she’s got twins in there. I am all about feeling baby bellies. Some people love this attention and I have spent¬†many moments touching my friends and families bellies to feel the babies. Seriously. My sister in law and I have sat side by side for what seemed like hours just so I could feel my nephew move. I am so completely amazed at how we as women can grow a little person in our bodies. Like, from scratch. What? My sister is growing two. Double wow. Just amazing. I was only able to feel ‘righty’ move. Lefty was playing hard to get. Anyway, the purpose of my belly rant brings me to my proudest moment. Being pregnant was seriously amazing. It’s hard work on the body but it is such a miracle and guess what? I did that! ¬†Twice. The moment I felt my boys move in my belly, I was so aware of the little life growing inside me. The moment each of them was born were the proudest moments of my life. I am a little kinder to myself after carrying and delivering my two boys. They made me feel like a rockstar, a warrior, a hero. They made me feel alive. Now I get to watch them grow. Nothing makes me prouder than being a mom.

If I Won The Lottery

I mean, why not dream? Day 12 of the 31-day blog challenge {yes, I’ve skipped a couple of days. Life happens and some of the topics didn’t rope me in}. Day 12 is asking what I would do if I won the lottery. Well, first of all, I rarely play the lottery. When I have, it’s typically when I have been roped into a big group buy in. I do daydream about what I would do with an endless supply of money. It’s kinda my zone out topic when I can’t fall asleep¬†at night or when I am out on a walk. I think about the things I would do if money wasn’t an option. Those daydreams include buying a new truck for my husband, a new trailer for our family, paying off my car and our house, remodeling our home, putting in a killer backyard with a pool and hot-tub, buying a vacation home in Tahoe, traveling and paying for future college education for my boys. I mean really, how fun to dream, right? I’d also like to donate money to local animal rescues. So with all of that being said, I have a want vs. need list. We have enough of everything we need to be happy so I don’t need more. Plus I don’t pay the lottery so I can’t really win, now can I? ūüėČ Do you pay the lottery?

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.

Piercings and Tattoos

Did I catch your attention? Sorry, you might be a bit disappointed¬†by this post ūüėČ Blog challenge day 9 asks if I have tattoos or piercings. My ears are pierced once. I think I have actually had them done twice. Once when I was younger and then they closed up and I had them redone. I don’t have a huge memory of this other than being scared of the piercing gun and it not being too bad. I do not have tattoos although I have contemplated them over the years. Now at the age of 42, I am over the idea of it. Once upon a time I considered getting a small flower on my foot and then many moons later, I considered have the word breathe done on my inner wrist to remind me to do just that, breathe. These days, I’d rather have a new pair of shoes or a nice dinner out with my husband over spending the money on tattoos.

10 Favorite Foods

Day 7 of the 31 days blog challenge asks me to share my 10 favorite foods. Oh man, I do love food. Mmmm mmmm mmmm. Get in my belly is kinda my motto. Ha ha. I’d say appetizers are one of my favorite ‘meals’. I do enjoy sweets but if you were to ask me what my favorite sweet is, I say something more like tiramisu¬†or cheesecake. I don’t gravitate towards cake or ice cream although I think Coldstone is delish.

MY TOP 10 FAVORITE FOODS

 

  • chips and salsa
  • cheese and crackers
  • avocado
  • shrimp
  • cherry tomatoes
  • my friend Lisa’s Nicoise salad
  • edamame
  • apples
  • eggs — any kind of eggs really
  • movie theater popcorn

Can we be besties? Do you like any of my top 10 foods? Do tell ūüôā I also enjoy wine and a good G&T alongside¬†some of my favorite foods.