Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Trips and Weddings and Bears, Oh My!

Actually, there are no bears, but there are a bunch of trips and family weddings in my future!

This means I've hit a peak travel season and will be out of town for a big chunk of the next two weeks. If I get an occasional blog post in there consider yourself lucky! I'm not making any promises.

When I'm gone and you don't have this little blog to read, get outside. Spring is here!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Best of the Blogosphere: 4/5/2014 Edition

Every Saturday I feature a blog post in the following categories: Simple Living, Financial, DIY, Before & After, and Random. Here are this week's picks:

Best Simple Living: Can we all just agree not to waste each others' time? It will be really great, I promise. Via The Everyday Minimalist.

Best Financial: 10 habits of financially successful people. Via Get Rich Slowly.

Best DIY: This homemade jewelry wall hanging sure beats my two nails in the all holding my necklaces! Via Design Sponge.

Best Before & After: The "before" is so horrid that the "after" could only be an improvement. Via Apartment Therapy.

Best Random: Hindsight is always 20/20, as they say. I wish I would have known about these colleges that offer jobs that go straight towards paying off tuition. Via The Huffington Post.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Camera Problem & Closet Idea

I made a little change in my living room over the weekend, but when I went to photograph it, my camera didn't work! I identified the problem, which is actually in the lens. I'll likely have to send it in to get fixed, so I won't be able to take pictures for a while. We'll see what posts I can come up with sans camera! This is a try at that - an idea for a quick fix in my closet.

Take a look at this picture. Is there something that stands out?

To me there are a few things, but one in particular. That would be the plastic set of drawers that my boots are standing on. I bought this one a few years ago from Target, and as you can see, I've never quite succeeded in getting the labels off! I need to bite the bullet and sit down with some soapy water and get that stuff scraped off!

But then what? It is still white and awkward amid the navy/green color scheme I have going on. Same goes for the shoe rack, but I'm not ready to tackle that project just yet (nor do I have a solution!). But for the little two-drawered storage bin, I think I have a remedy. Removable wallpaper!

I've been eyeing removable wallpaper for about a year now, but have never taken the plunge in getting any. The great thing about removable wallpaper is that you don't have to use it just for your walls. You can put it on your refrigerator, a tray, radiator, or even frame it!

These are two of my favorite patterns that I'm thinking of sticking on the drawers.
Chasing Paper

Chasing Paper

There is also the option of ordering adhesive stripes and designing it all myself!
Walls Need Love

What do you think would look best in the closet? DIY-ing my own design out of the adhesive stripes or ordering one of the patterned designs?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Sunshine Award - Thanks Waffling Blog!

Casey over at Waffling was kind enough to nominate me for The Sunshine Award. It is given to a blogger that "brightens your day." Casey, you certainly brighten mine!

I'm taking a break from regular scheduled programming to complete this task, which is sort of like a chain letter or email that you then pass on. Casey asked me the following questions, and then I'm supposed to pose new ones of my own to different bloggers who brighten MY day!

Here we go!

1. Cheeseburger or hot dog?
Cheeseburger - only the homemade variety that come straight from the farm to my dad's grill.

2. What is the best vacation you ever took and why?
A tie between Ireland last summer and San Diego Fun Fest 2007.

3. Do you work outside of blogging and if so, why do you do (don't need specifics, I ain't looking to stalk you)?
Yes, I work at an educational non-profit.

4. What is your opinion on socks?
Love them!

5. Do you like Pina Coladas? Getting caught in the rain?
"Yes, I like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain
I'm not much into health food, I am into champagne
I've got to meet you by tomorrow noon, and cut through all this red tape
At a bar called O'Malley's, where we'll plan our escape"

6. Have you ever tried something way out of your comfort zone? How did it go?
Yes, it usually goes 50% well and 50% horribly.

7. Favorite restaurant? What do you usually order?
Whitey's Ice Cream store. I order Graham Central Station. It is amaz-a-balls!

8. Are you a dog person or a cat person? (or an iguana person?)
I love both cats and dogs!

9. What are you craving right at this moment?
Now that I mentioned it above, Graham Central Station!

10. How many roads must a man walk down, before you can call him a man?
"The answer my friend, is blowin' in the wind. The answer is blowin' in the wind."

Now to pose the questions to a blogger! I would like Misty at Everyday Lady to answer the following:

1. If you could go anywhere right now, where would you go?
2. If you could have one super power, what would it be?
3. Do you have a favorite show?
4. If you weren't a full-time mom/blogger/teacher at home, what would you want to be doing?
5. What do you miss the most about our hometown? :)
6. What part of Outlander are you most looking forward to seeing on screen this summer?!
7. What's your least favorite food?
8. Ocean or lake?
9. What's your favorite part about being a mom?
10. What's your LEAST favorite part about being a mom?!

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Closet Improvements

Little by little, I'm making improvements to my closet. A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon these navy blue baskets at TJ Maxx:

A perfect find, it turns out! I already had a theme of navy blue and green going in the closet anyway, so this was a welcome addition.

The fun part about decorating and organizing my closet is that it has really come together over a period of time longer than any other room. The first part of the color theme to emerge was when I bought the hamper liners from the Container Store well over a year ago. I remember standing in the store for a good 10 minutes looking at colors. I knew I'd be able to see the liners, so I didn't want to regret my choice later on. I ended up going with the navy blue/green ones because I knew I had a lot of blue, but I also knew that I didn't have any green anywhere in apartment decorations. I thought I might as well change that!

I went a few more months without doing anything to the closet and it looked pretty forlorn. Then I purchased new curtains for the living room, which left me with a perfect navy blue curtain panel to use as a "door" over the shelves in the closet. They match the hamper liners perfectly!

The closet went untouched again for about 6 months, then I purchased a new stand for my entryway, which allowed me to repurpose this black stand as a shelf in the closet:

About a month after that my parents were in town for a visit and we went to Michael's (I just found one that is metro-accessible. I fear for my finances now! So many craft projects, so little money/time). There, I found these different-sized green baskets:

And now, another few months after finding the green baskets, I found the navy ones! These random finds have helped my closet go from this:

To this:

My closet is still a work in progress, but it is much improved!