Monday, May 23, 2016

Fresh Picks.

Guys, I'm like officially a big girl now. I practically crawl out of bed, throw my hair up in a bun, slap on enough makeup to cover the circles under my eyes, grab my protein shake (and frequently forget to add protein) and rush out the door. Basically, I'm terrible at "adulting". I found a book that gives you 468 ways to become a better adult and I'm kinda loving it. I'm actually kinda loving a ton of "stuff" right now, so I'd thought I'd share. Maybe you're looking for gift ideas or maybe you just want to treat yourself…click the link next to the item to find out where everything is from :) 

Urban Decay matte lipstick (buy here) **
It Cosmetics fan brush (buy here)
It Cosmetics CC cream (buy here)
Tarte amazonian clay blush (buy here)
Origins rose clay mask (buy here)
Juice Beauty perfecting concealer (buy here)
NYX tea tree skin elixir (buy here)
Korres Lip Butter (buy here)

Odds & Ends:
Audible: Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (buy here) *
Audible: Adulting (buy here
Collapsible travel dog bowl (buy here)
MBC mason jar lid (buy here)
H&M green leaf sleep mask (buy here)
Forever21 shower cap (buy here)
Drybar lemon drop detangler (buy here)
Drybar bay breeze hydrating shots (buy here)
H&M mauve makeup bag (buy here)
Essie nail polish (buy here)
Quay sunglasses (buy here)
GH Cretors Chicago mix popcorn (buy here)
Bark Thins (buy here)
Threshold tassel pillow (buy here)
Anthropologie capri blue candle (buy here)

*Download the Audible app and sign up for a 30 day trial. The trial automatically gives you one credit allowing you pick whatever book you'd like. Listen to it in the car, at work, while you're cleaning or at the gym! 

**Remember to download the Ulta app and sign up for the Ulta rewards. There is always a coupon for $3.00 off of $15 and the points add up to $3.00 off any product when you reach 100 points

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Under the Sink Organization.



For starters, like every organizational project, you'll need to take everything out and start fresh. Clean every corner of your space and put in a new cabinet liner. 

The plumbing makes it hard to store items horizontally so the key here is to use your vertical space. Risers are an extremely helpful tool in achieving more vertical space. Risers basically create an imaginary built in shelf. Here, you'll see I was able to have additional storage underneath as well as on top of the riser.

I like using clear containers for items I know I'll eventually have to replace. This is for the obvious reason that I'll be able to see when the item is running low and can add it to my grocery list.

For additional storage, I used these white boxes that fit perfectly in the back.

I found this small white pail from the target dollar section and thought it would be perfect for cleaning toothbrushes. 

I created an area where clean towels could be folded and dirty ones could be tossed. 

Utilize the space on the doors for storage as well. You can use a wire rack from the dollar store to store  aluminum foils, wax paper, etc. On the other side you can place a command hook to hang a pair of cute cleaning gloves. For us, we wanted a chalkboard area to write things like measurements or to display what types of cleaning products you can use on certain surfaces. 

(I just wanted to slip this picture in because my dad is a funny man and insisted he be in my blog.)

The Details:
Wire Baskets (Target Dollar Section)
White Pale (Target Dollar Section)
Small White Boxes (Ikea)
Riser (Ikea-Purchase Here)
Aqua Containers (Target-Purchase Here)
Large White Bin (Ikea)

It helps to stick to a "similar" color palette when your designing your space. This is not for the "trendiness" of the space but for the functionality. As you start adding multiple colors, the area tends to look cluttered again. I hope you try out this project, it literally took me a matter of 15 minutes to create and it was very inexpensive!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

iPhone Organization.

We always rely on our planners and calendars to keep us organized. However, we have the perfect tool at our fingertips all day long. I promise you this doesn't take long and odds are you have some sort of appointment this week, or your in the fast food line at chick fila or maybe your waiting for your clothes to dry. No excuse people. Here's how I stay organized with the handy dandy…iPhone. 

First, like your closet, were going to purge all the useless apps that you haven't used since you got your phone. Once your satisfied with the apps you're left with, were going to categorize them into "like" folders. For example, my social apps like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest and Youtube are all going into the same folder. I label that folder so that I know the contents of that grouping. I thought I'd share how I grouped my apps and what works for me below. 

The wallpaper is from a blog called Design Love Fest (here). They have hundreds of different FREE options so you can coordinate your lock screen and home screen to match….isn't that what all "normal" people live for!? Hopefully this helped you out a little and helped you create a platform for functionality!! 

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Peanut Butter Cherrio Clusters

I'm not going to try to convince you to try these; just do it! Grab these for a quick snack, breakfast bite or after dinner treat. The key with this recipe is to work quickly.  Just like rice krispy treats, the mixture molds extremely fast. 

1 c. Corn Syrup 
1 c. Sugar 
1 c. Cream Peanut Butter 
2 t. Vanilla 
5 c. Cherrios 

Combine the sugar and corn syrup in a sauce pan with the heat on low. 
Let the mixture boil for one minute before removing it from the heat. 
Add peanut butter and vanilla and mix until smooth. 
You'll then add the cherrios. 
Lay out wax paper on a pan. 
Spray pam both on the wax paper and on your hands. 
Drop spoonfuls of the mixture on the covered and greased pan and shape with your hands. 
Place in fridge to let cool. 
For easy cleaning, place water in pan and place on low heat to get rid of leftover residue. 

**Disclaimer: I only post the desserts/treats that I've obviously tested, know that they work and taste delicious. It always frustrated me when I try a pinterest or blog recipe that doesn't work or a blogger tries to sugar coat it's complexity. I'm here to tell you that I don't sugar coat (no pun intended!) the complexity of my recipes. I strive to be completely honest and open in regards to all the hurtles you may encounter while making each one!!**

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Craft Organization

The before. This part is always my favorite. Every project I take on, I like to take a before picture. This is just a small part of the therapy that getting organized provides.

I picked up these $1 pencil boxes from Target to start organizing my craft supplies and found the perfect size box along the way. This $5 container holds 6 pencil boxes perfectly, bringing this project to a whopping $11. 

Pair like things together or limit yourself to three things per box. Leave room for growth, my collection is always growing so I made sure to have another box handy for certain items that I know I will purchase more of. 

Label your little fingers away. If I could take my label maker places without looking like a complete weirdo, I would. You can never over-label, so go crazy!

Lastly, I purchased one of these "tackle-boxes" from the container store (here) these come in handy for the little odds and ends. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

DIY Desk Calendar & Desk Mat

Here's the 411, I was offered my first full time (big girl) job and I'm ecstatic about it. I have a week left to prepare myself (and relax) so naturally, I went to michaels to get supplies for my little office space. I'm going to be sharing a few easy, inexpensive office ideas in the mean time :) 

You'll need:
Wooden Box
Gift Tags 
Sharpie Marker
Teeny Hooks 

Label your tags with the months Jan-Dec. 

Label your number cards 0-9. 

Paint your box any color your heart desires. You can also use a sanding block after its dry to achieve a rustic look. 

I started by taking a ruler and measuring the width inside the wooden box. After finding the width, I was able to place three pencil marks where I wanted my hooks to go. My brother screwed the hooks in for me, I placed the tags on the hooks and the project was done. With the exception of waiting for the paint to dry, it took all of 15 minutes. 

You'll need:
Ikea Desk Mat 
Marble Adhesive 
Exacto Knife

I've done my research for cheap desk mats and Ikea has the cheapest of them all at a whopping price of $5.99 (here). The marble adhesive is from amazon (here) and I found a scraper in my kitchen drawer. If you don't have a scraper, just have someone help you and slowly push the marble adhesive on the mat. 

After you press the adhesive on the mat, use an exacto knife to cut the excess off. 
Both projects are done and cost about $20 to make, hope they make your desk look a little happier :))

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Butterscotch, Pretzel & Chocolate Chip Cookies

I came across a ton of these recipes on pinterest and just had to recreate one. I tweaked a few things from some of the original recipes and love the outcome. I know each one of you have had those stressful days where you just feel the need to come home, lay on the bed with your shoes on and enjoy a cookie or three. Lets do this. 

2 cups & 2 T. all purpose flour 
1/2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 sticks of salted butter
1 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg (room temp)
1 egg yolk (room temp) 
1 t. vanilla extract
1 t. almond extract
1/2 c. chopped pretzels
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1/4 c. butterscotch chips 

Preheat oven to 325
Mix flour & baking soda, set aside.
Use an electric mixer, or stand mixer to cream the butter & sugars together. 
Add egg, egg yolk, vanilla & almond extract. 
Gradually add flour mixture and mix well (DON'T OVERMIX, just enough to combine ingredients). 
Fold in pretzels, butterscotch chips and chocolate chips. 
Chill dough for at least 30 min. in the fridge. 
Place dough on an ungreased baking sheet, add a few chips & pretzels on top for decoration.
Bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden around edges. 
Nom Nom. 

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