Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all ended 2017 with family, friends, and fun. So far 2018 has been great for my family and I. And it’s about to get even better. Very soon I’m be leaving the snowy winter of Minnesota for the much warmer climate of Florida. Yay! I’ve been planning this vacation for nearly a year, and I can’t wait to hop on that airplane. Some of you might also be planning a getaway this winter. So I thought I’d share some of the packing hacks I use to keep organized and prepared for anything.
Using things you already have, you can stay organized and prepared for any travel mishaps. These simple hacks will eliminate packing headaches and add a bit of personal flare to your luggage.
Good day all! How was your Valentine’s Day? Mine was excellent and so very fun. I love spending time with my family. Now that Valentine’s is over it feels like things will get back to normal again…at least until Easter. I had wanted to share this DIY project with you back in January, but it wasn’t meant to be. With life returning to it’s usual level of busyness, this repurposed vintage book planner keeps things organized fabulously.
I love that this repurposed project is completely customizable. You can make a one of a kind creation with a thrifted book, scrapbooking supplies and your imagination. Also I have designed some pages you can print out to fill your planner and keep your schedule organized year after year.
Happy Groundhog Day everyone! It’s odd that we rely on a giant rodent for the impending forecast, but it is a cute tradition. Whether we have six more weeks of winter or not, at least we have Valentine’s Day coming up to warm our hearts. As a child I remember making Valentine’s mailboxes in class. They were so fun to make and everyone exchanged Valentine’s cards. So there’d always be a big haul of cards and candy to enjoy. I don’t get all the cards and candy I used too, which is good for my waist line. But I do get even more love from my family. So I wanted to create a message board to show off all the love in our home.
This repurposing project turns a baking tin into this lovely message board. Chalkboard paint lets you leave sweet little messages for that someone special. Not to mention that you can display all the thoughtful cards and valentines from the most important people in your life. With a little money and effort, you can create your own repurposed message board and spread the love this Valentine’s Day.
Summer’s nearly here, and that means it’s time to plan for…road trips! I have many fond memories of road trips, mostly heading up to the north shore of Minnesota on Lake Superior. This is a nice three hour road trip, but my family has also made the big road trips to places like Yellowstone National Park and Orlando, Florida. Those trips involve at least a couple of days when you have kids in tow.
Family road trips can be wonderful, but also quite challenging with kids. But planning ahead and being prepared can make all the difference to make your travel time as smooth as possible. I want to share with you some of my tips and tricks for surviving the long car ride together.
Long or short road trips can be tough on kids, but these easy and inexpensive tips can make the time pass as smoothly as possible.
First things first, make the car as comfortable as you can.
I can’t believe it’s already the end of February. It feels like it was just Valentine’s Day although right now it feels like spring with wonderfully warm unseasonable temps here in Minnesota. I long to put away my winter boots and heavy coats and bring out cuter jackets, but it’s really not an option yet since you never know what the weather is going to do here.
With Valentine’s Day, New York Fashion Week, and the Oscars all happening in the month of February, I’ve been feeling like I need to work on my personal style. But I don’t want to shell out major money for a new wardrobe, I’d rather use what I have on hand and make something unique and very me.
I enjoy vintage looks, and I’m an avid reader. (I’ve been known to stay up till 3am to finish the book I started that evening. That’s why I don’t start a book on a weekday.) I also have a collection of vintage books that I just like the look of, and although they look great sitting on my coffee table I’m starting to get a surplus of vintage but not interesting books. The book purses that I’ve seen online are adorable, but I carry around too much to fit into one of those. I realized that everything doesn’t have to fit into one, but it can make a charming makeup bag.
It turned out so well I wanted to share it with you so that you can make one for yourself. Because smart is the new sexy. 😉
Going through my bedroom the other day cleaning and organizing, I was doing pretty well making everything spiffy until I reached the top of my dresser. The top of my dresser is not only a catchall but also is where my jewelry resides. I have a lot of cheap but cool and beautiful costume jewelry and I do love it. But it tends to end up scattered all over the top of my dresser, in the bathroom, and on various tables all over my home.
In the spirit of my New Year’s resolution, I decided to create a dual purpose jewelry organizer lamp. Yep, a lamp that is also an organizer for jewelry. I live in a small home, so things need to either be multifunctional or hold copious amounts of stuff. I’m sure you can relate that life requires a lot of stuff, especially as a woman.
It didn’t just need to hold a lot of jewelry and provide light to my bedroom; it also needed to look good and not be expensive to make. Heading to the thrift store and the hardware store, I was able to make this jewelry organizer lamp for under $25. If you have an old lamp at home then you can make your own for even less.