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4th of July weekend is almost here and our backyard is no stranger to guests. I’ve shared several projects lately about how we are preparing our back yard for outdoor get-togethers. I added a DIY fabric curtain for shade from the sun and we built an amazing farmhouse table that seats 10. One chore we have to do every week is mowing the lawn. We get notes on our door all the time from lawn care companies offering to provide this service for us, but Eric and I both enjoy mowing the yard and tending our flower beds. Our garage had become a catch all and most of our lawn care equipment is piled around different parts of the garage. We also want to start parking our cars in the garage. We used the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Garage Organization System from The Home Depot to finally get our garage organized!
My office is done! I’ve spent the past few weeks cleaning, organizing, and customizing my home office. In my true fashion, all of the projects have been DIYs! The first week of the One Room Challenge I shared an Introduction with my plan, some inspiration, and before photos of the space. The 2nd week I shared my first project: a DIY Peg Board. I used a huge picture frame and added a peg backing so I could organize many of my craft tools. The 3rd week of the challenge coincided with a high stress time in our home: my husband lost his job. I put the challenge on hold that week. Week 4 it was back to business and I shared more office organization and the fabric backed bookcases I customized. Week 5 was my second favorite project: my DIY acrylic calendar! Going into this project I knew I wanted a large wall calendar to organize my ideas and projects. I did a round up of wall calendar ideas and came across a chic lucite calendar on Etsy but it cost over $1,000! For about $30 I was able to do a knock off version. The very last project was the icing on the cake: a DIY FLORAL FABRIC WALL! It completed the room perfectly! Here is my home office reveal:
Is it really week 5 of the One Room Challenge?! Time has seriously flown by these past few weeks. I kinda hate when people say “I’m really busy” (because we all are!) but I really have been! Blogging consistently (and working full time!) is no joke – especially when you are actually creating the content you share. This week I’m sharing another update to my home office – a DIY acrylic calendar! I was planning on doing a gallery wall (and I still may) but this DIY acrylic calendar stole the show.
If you’ve been following along here on the blog and through Instagram and Facebook, you may have noticed I didn’t get a post up in time for Week 3! Our family had a few issues, and that took precedence over my office makeover and the One Room Challenge. Luckily, I am back at it this week and wanted to share a quick update about how it’s going in my home office. Week 1 I shared a bit about my plans and some inspiration for the room. Week 2 I shared the first project we completed: my DIY peg board! This week I was able to expand the storage in this room and customized some bookshelves. I found the best deal on bookcases at Walmart and wanted to make a DIY Fabric backed bookshelf! The 5-shelf bookcase is less than $30 (!!!!) and the shorter, 3-shelf bookcase is less than $20. Talk about a bargain! I’ve had the 5 shelf one for several years and decided to add on the shorter shelf next to it so I could put a TV on top. We recently got a new TV in the living room, so the old one got a new home in my office! #NetflixAndCraft. I may add on a 3rd bookcase (another 5 shelf one) on the far left, but I may put a chair in that space. Still deciding! The main point here is you can never have enough storage space! I wanted to customize them a bit since the plain white was a bit bland. I measured the backing and used spray glue to attach fabric on the back to get a DIY Fabric backed bookshelf. If you get the shelves new, this would be much easier to apply before attaching the back, but I was able to add it pretty easily regardless.
Are you a paper planner or have you converted to using a digital day book? I use a mix of both. I like to have my appointments on my iPhone and Outlook calendar so Siri can remind me and I can see it when I’m at work. However, when it comes to planning I’m a big picture kinda gal. As I began planning for the One Room Challenge, I decided I really wanted to have a BIG wall calendar. I want something large that will help me plan my blog posts and serve as a reminder for my business goals. Where do you turn to for inspiration? Pinterest of course! I rounded up some pretty awesome wall calendar ideas and I’ve linked them below for you!
I’m struggling ya’ll. I feel like I’m constantly making excuses about getting exercise. Sometimes, it’s medical reasons (I have a recurrent disc herniation that I had surgery to fix in 2010 that still hurts) but most of the time it’s because I’m LAZY. If I do have a free evening, I’d rather spend time at home or blogging (#priorities). Unfortunately, that is a terrible idea. We all know the benefits to regular exercise so why can’t we make time for it? I realized there was NO WAY morning workouts would work for me. I tried; really! I went to AM Yoga- I have zero patience for Namaste at 6am so I spent the day grumpy. I also tried Shaun T’s FOCUS T25 and seriously couldn’t convince myself to get up just 25 minutes earlier (even though this is an amazing workout program!). After months of feeling frustrated with myself, I talked with a coworker who goes to the downtown YMCA on lunch. I decided to try it, and working out on my lunch break is the best thing ever! I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how I workout at lunch and I have to say – packing my gym bag is the most important thing. Making sure I have everything I need ensures I not only get to the gym that day, but I can get in a good workout and get back to work within an hour. The trick is planning ahead! Today, I’m sharing what I pack in my gym bag.
I have a special guest post today from my dear friend Meggie of Organized Life Design. She was one of my first friends when I moved to Houston and we’ve had tons of fun over the past few years. She’s married to a great guy, Salvatore, and they have an adorable baby girl Sophia. She started her business this year and she’s already doing great things! We took a trip together to Seattle a few weeks ago and I was panicking about packing my bag – I really wanted to avoid an extra $50 charge from the airline to check a bag but it’s cold in Seattle and I needed lots of layers + multiple outfits/shoes for the conference we were attending. It’s a good thing one of my closest friends is a professional organizer! She gave me some great packing tips on how to pack a carry on and I asked her to share those with you today. Meet Meggie!
Thank you airlines for adding baggage fees (not really) as it has motivated me to confine to only carry-ons! But how in the h-e-double-hockey-sticks do you pack for 4 days in winter weather in one suitcase?? I’m so glad you asked. First thing’s first – what’s the weather where you’re going? Use it in terms you can understand i.e. I’m from Texas so anything below 70 is COLD. Therefore, I need a coat when < 60 degrees. I know some who could push the 50 mark with just a vest – brrr.
1. Three nights only requires one set of pjs (extra top if you sweat like a linebacker, but turn off the heat or keep temperature low while you’re sleeping).
2. Pack one outfit per day with one extra top. I’d make that two extra if you have messy little ones traveling with you. If you absorb one piece of advice take this: wear neutrals so that your pieces can mix and match. Then you can re-wear or change up what you packed. This especially goes for your jewelry and shoe options. If you’re a brown gal – don’t try wearing black pumps and vice versa.
3. Toiletries can dominate half a suitcase but let’s be real for a second; do you NEED all of it? Do a major edit and take out duplicates – same goes for what might already be in your purse or other carry-on. Think makeup, eye drops, medicines, etc. Are you staying at someone’s house or a hotel? Blow-dryer is probably a given and you may ask about curling iron or straightener.
4. Wear your bulk – your coat or jacket and scarf. If you’re coming from hot to cold you may be carrying until you get there but it will save you lots of packing real estate. Airport rule makers are usually tolerant of you carrying in your arms. If anyone questions you just put it all on and tell them you’re heading for the arctic on a mission to save the polar bears.
5. Shoes! If you’re taking boots – wear them. You only need one pair of heels (if you need those at all) and one pair of flats. Going back to the neutrals advice – your flats should match ALL your outfits. Same goes for heels and boots.
If you’ve ever had an airline lose your bag **cough*United*cough** then you know how awful it is to deal with. So not only are you avoiding the baggage fee but you save yourself the hassle if the airline has an off day. Then you won’t land in Wisconsin for a same day wedding without your dress up clothes (a story for another day…)
Thanks Meg for posting today. Be sure to follow along with her on Instagram and like her Facebook page for updates and tips about organizing your life! If you are in the Houston area and need some help in your home or business be sure to contact her!
At the beginning of the summer, I was scouring the internet to find a storage solution for our master bathroom. We had a lot of space above the toilet I wanted to utilize. I did a round up of a bunch of different ideas and shared them here. Last month, we installed these bathroom shelves and I finally got around to taking some pictures 🙂 I chose the Ikea Exky Jarpen shelves with the Exby Bjarnum brackets. I liked that the brackets allowed for a floating look but they weren’t very easy to put up. We had to use a level to make sure they were straight and actually had to cut them down to size. The good thing about the brackets we used is they cover the ends so it’s OK if you have to cut them to size.
Eric taught me a trick to keep the shelves even. A quick way to see if the shelves are lined up is to drape a string over the top shelf so you can see that the sides are even. Of course, you should still use a level! Check what’s behind the wall before drilling. Make sure you are lined up with a stud and if you are near plumbing watch for pipes! We remembered there was a pipe RIGHT behind where we needed to screw in the left side of the selves. We couldn’t move the shelves because then they’d be off center, so we used shorter screws on the left side. Because we were only putting lightweight items on the shelves this hasn’t been a problem. Bathroom storage is officially checked off the “To-Do” list and I’m ready to move onto more projects!
One of the biggest hassles after moving was getting our address updated everywhere. We have been in the new house for over 2 months and I’m still coming across places I have to update our mailing address. Every time I find another place, (the most recent being the pharmacy!) I found myself thinking I wish I had a list of all these places so I could have updated them it all at one time! Lucky for you, I made that list! I excluded the most obvious places like utility companies (that one is pretty obvious that they will have your new address), but several of these I didn’t think about until I needed to check out or something. One of the most important was Barkley’s microchip. I’m very nervous now that we have a backyard that Barkley will somehow get out and get lost. Seeing as how he can’t leave my side for longer than 5 seconds usually, that should’t be a problem. But having his microchip updated definitely gives me piece of mind! I made a Change of Address Checklist and it’s available as a free download!
I hope you find this printable useful! Let me know in a comment below or on social media if you use a copy of this Change of Address Checklist. I’d love to know if you found it useful or if you came across something else not listed – it probably means I need to update it as well!