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Project Organization 2011 — Drawer organization in 15 minutes that won’t slide around!!

11 Apr
from the side
I am not naturally a very organized person, 

but there have been so many wonderful projects floating around the blogworld lately that have really inspired me to try to get my home a little more orderly.
from the side
I’d love to share my latest project with you –
My $6 Makeup Drawer Makeover!!
before
My makeup drawer is always a mess. I am embarrassed to show you the before picture – it is terrible. Basically all of my makeup, lotions and toothpaste is shoved in a drawer. This drawer definitely needed a makeover!

containers
I found these containers at my local Dollar Tree.
velcro
A couple months ago I saw this post from Kusak’s Closet that inspired me to use velcro!
I picked some up at Walmart — $2.
clean it out
So I cleaned out my drawer – finally!!
on the bottom
And then I put a few pieces of adhesive-backed velcro on the back of each of the Dollar Store containers.
put in the drawer
That way when I slide the drawer in and out, the containers stay in place. Such a good idea!!
from the side 
I divided the containers up according to – tooth care, lotions and creams, foundations and concealers, brushes and makeup applicators.
bowls lip gloss
And I put a couple of stainless steel bowls with velcro on the bottom – one for lip glosses and another for  tweezers and trimmers.
another view
Ahhh. It feels so good!! I showed my husband and he said he has never seen my makeup drawer looking like that in all the time we’ve been married – HA!
after
This velcro trick would work great in any type of a drawer – from your office, to your kitchen to your craft room!
Happy Organizing!! 
PS — check out Little Miss Momma for a fun Barn Owl Primitives giveaway to benefit single mothers’ this Mother’s Day!! 

PPS — are you wondering where the GIVEAWAY Monday post is??? Just a hint — I have a really extra cool giveaway scheduled for Wednesday this week instead. I like to mix things up around here – lol!! 

xoxo

DIY Entertainment Unit Remodel {Update}

3 Mar
 Here’s a couple updates
on what’s happening in our family room. 
Right before I left to go to
Blissdom, we ripped apart our built-in entertainment unit: 
 {sorry – this is a really old picture before we painted the room}
Our neighbor and handyman, Brent helped us install a false-back to hide the
cords and help hold up the top part of the unit {it’s attached to studs
in the wall too}. And then we installed beadboard with a panel that can
be opened in case we need to get into the wires back there. Here’s a
shot of the beadboard.
Now I just have to paint. 
And thanks everyone who voted on what color to paint it. 
The winning vote was  Pottery Barn White. {{I’m so excited}}
I am going to start on it this weekend!!! 
 Here’s another shot. We built a floating shelf to hold the AV components but haven’t moved them up there yet. And do you like Ella’s picture that she taped up – lol? Just keeping it real 🙂
  I picked these knobs up for the drawers. They were on clearance. 
I’m still trying to decide if they are the perfect ones…
I can’t wait to show you the whole thing once it’s done!!
 I also think I am going to slipcover my couch in something a little lighter. 
What do you think?
maybe something like this?
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 And maybe get a rug like this eventually: 
And here’s something I love — 
I met a talented girl on Twitter last week, Ashley from The Shine Project
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Isn’t she cute?? Well, she has thought up a wonderful idea called 
Ashley makes beautiful necklaces: 
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And she is contributing $$ from each necklace into Shine Project Scholarship fund!

“In January 2012, the money from The Shine Project will be going to
the first ever Shine Project Scholarship award
for an inner city school student’s college education.”

I thought that was a really cool idea. 

{I love seeing people that are trying to make the world a better place} 

What is something YOU are loving this week??

xoxo

Friday Favorites ♥♥♥

5 Feb
Here are a few things that I am loving today
♥♥♥
Love these. Made by 74 Lime Lane!  
You know I am obsessed with Keep Calm stuff. So cute!
Jennifer @ Where the Heart Is – used scrapbook paper to line her cupboards. Beautiful!
 
Brown Paper Packages — little heart pizzas to jazz up kid lunches!
My new Dollar Store Valentine platter — I’ll show it you Monday!

This is my newest late-night extravagance. Ony 100 calories and so tasty!!!

Lost….
And here’s the reason why…
 This video. I had seen it before, but was reminded of how awesome it is when I saw it on Vivienne’s blog. Everyone should see this.
Krispy Creme Valentine Donuts. Super Deliciousness!
And these just started appearing on my sink at night! 
Have a Fun-Filled Weekend!
XOXO

Friday Favorites ♥♥♥

5 Feb
Here are a few things that I am loving today
♥♥♥
Love these. Made by 74 Lime Lane!  
You know I am obsessed with Keep Calm stuff. So cute!
Jennifer @ Where the Heart Is – used scrapbook paper to line her cupboards. Beautiful!
 
Brown Paper Packages — little heart pizzas to jazz up kid lunches!
My new Dollar Store Valentine platter — I’ll show it you Monday!

This is my newest late-night extravagance. Ony 100 calories and so tasty!!!

Lost….
And here’s the reason why…
 This video. I had seen it before, but was reminded of how awesome it is when I saw it on Vivienne’s blog. Everyone should see this.
Krispy Creme Valentine Donuts. Super Deliciousness!
And these just started appearing on my sink at night! 
Have a Fun-Filled Weekend!
XOXO

FMM: Favorite Scents

9 Nov

It’s Friend Makin’ Monday! I haven’t been able to participate in the last few, and I really missed it. So I’m so happy to be able to join in this week over at darling Amber’s blog. Her question this week is:

What are your favorite candles/scents?

I love burning candles in the Fall and Winter.  Some of my favorite scents are:



Pumpkin



cinnamon




anything apple



I love Salt City candles. Some scents I want to try are:

Cafe Paris
The rich smell of the chocolate, the sweet smell of the caramel, the strong aroma of the vanilla beans all combined together to give you the energizing scent of an espresso.


Oatmeal Raisin
Sweet, fragrant and wonderfully comforting, the smell of freshly-baked oatmeal raisin cookies is a happy greeting to friends and family. A heady mix of spices and wholesome grains with just a touch of creamy vanilla, cookies are always welcome


I have always wondered about those no burn candles. Have you ever tried those? And what are your favorite brands/scents of candles? Go over to Amber’s to join in the fun!

And Happy Birthday to my darling sister Ashley! This is a picture of her with her sweet little baby. Aren’t they cute? Have a great day Ashley!!!


Have a great day!
XOXO

Friend Makin’ Mondays: What do you do for fun?

5 Oct

Happy Friend Makin’ Monday! Amber is hosting FMM and it’s a great way to start off the week!

This week Amber is asking:

What are your hobbies?

 What do you wish that you knew how to do? 

There is so much that I am trying to learn. I feel like I don’t have enough time to learn all of the things that I would like to. Some of the things I love doing are:

  • Crafts of all sorts

  • Making Jewelry
  • Decorating

 

  • Painting
  • Shopping

 

  • Reading

 

Some things that I want to learn to do or do better are:
  • Cooking

 

  • Sewing
  • More jewelry techniques

 

  • More painting classes
  • Learn another language

 What do you like to do for fun? 
Go on over to Amber’s to join in the fun.
XOXO

Friend Makin’ Mondays: I absolutely, positively cannot live without these things…

28 Sep
It’s FMM! I am late getting on the Friend Makin’ Mondys train due to life. It is hard to juggle everything, don’t you think??

Today Amber is asking:

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List a few things that you cannot live without
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{I am going to skip the obvious ones like my family, friends, faith — of course I can’t live without those!}
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 My HP mini – isn’t it cute? I love sitting on the couch while blogging or commenting on blogs. In fact, I’m doing it right now – lol!

Pretty Shoes — don’t pretty shoes just make you feel so much better and more attractive??

Diet Coke — I’ve talked about this one a alot – but I have to have my DC!

Target – I AM a frugalista! What would I do without this store? It has everything and at such a good price!

Sunglasses — I hate squinting!

Jeans — I live in them and jean capris in the summer.

Flat bread — my newest lunchtime obsession. Add some tomatoes and greek vinagrette dressing and I feel like I am in heaven.

And the last thing, of course, Sprinkles!

What is on your “must have” list??
Go on over to Amber’s to sign up for the FMM party!

XOXO

Congratulations and I’m **blushing**

28 Sep

Thank you all for coming to my birthday cupcake party. I went on Random.org and it gave me #34 for my winner. So congratulations to Michelle from Somerset Cottage!

I am excited because today I am being featured by Kristen at La Dolce Vita!  Kristen is such a cute girl. She also has a really fun blog — and she is amazingly talented! She makes the most wonderful sterling silver jewelry and sells it in her Esty store.
There are so many that I love — these are my favorites — aren’t they wonderful??? I can’t decide which one I like the most…
Will you help me win one? All I have to do to qualify is for you to hop over to her blog and read my interview. Then leave a comment. Will you do that for me? Pretty please?? I know you will love her blog!
Can each of you run over to her blog and leave a comment about my interview? I would be so thrilled to be entered in the giveaway for a necklace! Click HERE to go over!
You guys are so great – thanks so much!!!
XOXO

Friend Makin’ Mondays: My Favorite Things about Fall

7 Sep


Amber is hosting Friend Makin’ Mondays again! And we’re talking about Fall. So Amber’s question this week is:

What are some of your favorite things about Fall?

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  1. Fall soups and stews — I love the smell of one simmering on the stove
  2. The changing seasons. I love the Fall leaves in the mountains – so beautiful!
  3. Sweaters. I love the feeling of a cozy sweater in the cool air.
  4. Lighting candles. I love burning cinnamon candles in the Fall. It makes the house smell so good!
  5. Taking walks in the crisp Fall air.
  6. Fall decorating. I love getting the Fall things out and making the house festive.
  7. Halloween – such a fun holiday.
  8. Pumpkin bread – smells and tastes so good!
What are your Favorite Things about Fall?
Go on over to Amber’s to link up to the FMM party!
XOXO

Keeping it real: Supersized Edition

3 Sep
Do you ever have a bad day???

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One of my friends asked me the other day why no one in blogland complains, has a bad day or is fighting with their kids and/or husbands. I know that everyone has problems. So in the spirit of “keeping it real”. I would like to show you a glimpse of who I really am!

My house is hardly ever clean(See this bowl – it’s my neighbor’s and Iit’s been sitting there for like a month. Still haven’t gotten it to her. See all the piles and junk all over my desk??)
  • I am not organized
  • I am a huge procrastinator
  • My kids are NOT perfect — they whine, complain and fight with each other
(Messy kitchen. Daughter that is mad at me for making her do chores instead of playing with her friend)
  • I don’t like housework
(messy family room. Daughter watching Arthur instead of constructive educational activity)
  • I hate going to the store
  • I hate cooking every night
  • My husband travels a lot and I get desperate for any adult conversation
  • I struggle with depression
  • I am afraid of speaking in public and all social functions
  • I do/say things without thinking that I regret

For example, tonight I have to go to PTA Back to School night and stand up in front of an auditorium full of people and it freaks me out.

I’m sorry if it has appeared that my life is perfect, because — it is not. I hope you will all still like me anyway….

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Have a good night…
XOXO