Monday, June 27, 2016

Bathroom Cabinet Renovation


This project is one of those, "I have nothing to do….I have to do something" kind of jobs. 

  • First off, you want to start with a clean surface. I use scrubbing bubbles for everything in the bathroom and no, it has nothing to do with the fact you can draw in the foam…not not at all.
  • Next, you'll want to run to your local Target/Home Goods/Tj Maxx and pick up some drawer liners. I found mine in the dollar section of Target for $3…make sure you find the type that doubles as contact paper. 
  • The next few steps are self explanatory. Gather all your goods, clean them and place them in the arrangement that makes sense for you. Don't junk up your space, try to keep it as minimal as possible. I found the acrylic container from Tj Maxx for $6.99 and the teeny glass cup around my house. I'm a firm believer in, "use what you have" first, so start searching your home for items to recycle. 
  • Lastly, you're never to old for alphabet letters, don't let anyone tell you different. I found mine at Target (here) and used a little gold spray paint to jazz em' up! 






Thanks for stopping by!! 
xx

Monday, June 20, 2016

Kits.



 

Keep kits to keep organized. I put together this kit above as a fixer-upper drawer for everything you may need in a "fashion emergency" situation. I love having everything accessible in one place. This idea of keeping, "kits" can be used in several different ways. Here are just a few….

Car Kits: 
I love to keep a car kit for emergencies or those, "oops, I forgot" moments. 

-first aid kit
-non-perishable snacks
-glass water bottle 
-jumper cables
-cleaning wipes
-anti-bacteria 
-emergency blankets 
-umbrella 
-ponchos 
-tire pressure test 
-Swiss army knife 
-gloves 
-towel 
-reusable grocery bags 

Craft Kits:
Ok, so you enjoy making pom-poms for gift toppers, designate a container or basket for just that. This way when you go to wrap presents you just grab your handy dandy all-in-one kit and you're ready to go! 

Mini Emergency Kits: 
Grab a small container and fill it with things you might need in any "mini emergency" situation. The kit should be small enough to keep in your purse. 

-advil
-butterfly closures
-band aids
-alcohol prep wipes 
-disposable gloves
-ointment 

Cleaning kits: 
Find yourself a cheap shower caddy in the dorm section of target or Walmart and fill it with cleaning supplies. Buy a shower caddy for each room so that you don't have to go to a centralized location to find your cleaning supplies. 

-cleaning toothbrush
-window cleaner 
-vinegar 
-microfiber rag
-duster
-surface cleaner 


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sea Salt Chocolate Rolo Cookies

About a month ago, my coworker offered me a rolo. I declined the offer telling her, "I've never had one but I really don't like caramel because it's hard to chew." She then insisted that I try it because, "the caramel and chocolate melt together like butter." I un-wrapped the little pot of gold and boy was she right. The two ingredients just melted together like magic and now, I'm hooked. Rolo everything. Here's one of those, "you can't just eat one" cookie recipes….but then again, aren't they all!?

Ingredients: 
2 Sticks Unsalted Butter, Unsalted
1 c. Granulated Sugar 
1/2 c. Brown Sugar, Packed
3 c. All-purpose Flour
1 t. Baking Soda
3/4 t. Salt 
2 t. Vanilla Extract 
2 Large Eggs 
1 c. Godiva Milk Chocolate Chips 
1 c. Chopped Rolos
1 T. Sea Salt Flakes

Directions: 
-Preheat over to 350 degrees
-Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
-Use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment to creamy together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar, mix until fluffy 
-Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time
-Beat in flour, one cup at a time
-Add remaining dry ingredients
-Fold in chocolate chips and chopped rolos 
-Use an ice-cream scoop and place dough on baking sheet 
-Add a few chocolate chips on the tops of each cookie and sprinkle with sea salt flakes
-Bake for 11-13 min. 




Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The "Play-group" Chocolate Eclair

All week I debated on gathering the ingredients for this extravagant cake for our companies quarterly picnic. There I was the night before like, "no butter, no sugar, no baking power…and no eggs", obviously not making that cake I'd imagined. I quickly pulled out my moms recipes and found this recipe labeled, "play-group chocolate eclair". As a child my mom often took the three of us to play-groups with all the other neighborhood children and this was one of those easy recipes she would whip up. So here is an crowd pleaser, last minute, no-bake, no-brainer recipe...
Ingredients:
1 box (16 oz.) graham crackers
2 packages (3.4 oz. each) instant vanilla pudding mix
3 1/2 c. whole milk 
1 tub (8 oz.) cool whip, thawed
1 tub (16 oz.) chocolate frosting 

Directions:
-Whisk together pudding and milk in a large mixing bowl until thickened, about 2 min. 
-Fold in cool whip 
-Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with non-stick baking spray 
-Line the bottom of the pan with a single layer of crackers 
-Spread half of the pudding mixture evenly over the bottom layer of graham crackers 
-Top with second layer of crackers followed by the second half of the pudding mixture
-Top with the final layer of graham crackers and spread the chocolate frosting over top
-Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight 

Optional Chocolate Frosting:

Ingredients:
3 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar 
3 T. salted butter, melted
3 T. whole milk 

Directions: 
-Whisk together all ingredients and spread over the last layer of graham crackers
-Refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight 




Monday, May 30, 2016

Braided Chocolate Almond Pastry


Yes, I said chocolate, do I have you hooked already!? This easy recipe requires three ingredients, puff pastry, a chocolate bar and sliced almonds.
Ingredients: 
Puff Pastry 
Favorite chocolate Bar (I used a king size Hershey bar) 
Egg Wash
Sliced almonds

Directions: 
-Lay out puff pastry and place chocolate bar in the center of the puff pastry
-Cut diagonal lines along the left and right side of the puff pastry about an inch apart.
- Remove the corner pieces
-Starting from the top, fold down the top flap and then alternate right and left like a braid
-Fold the bottom flap in and finish alternating 
-Place pastry on parchment paper and brush with egg wash
-Sprinkle almonds on top 
-Bake at 415 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden


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 :) 


Beauty:
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


Thanks for stopping by!!
xx


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Under the Sink Organization.

The BEFORE:

THE AFTER:

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!

Thanks for stopping by!!
xx