Feb 27, 2013

Liebster Blog Award


As a newborn in the blogging world it feels amazing when you pick up readers, receive comments, of course when you are nominated for an award. Thanks to Two Everyday Divas I was nominated as one their favorite new blogs. The Liebster blog It's more about blog recognition and finding great new blogs  than about receiving a trophy or prize. It's a great way to spread the love within the blog world and share more fun information about yourself.

So here are the rules for the Liebster award:
  1.  Add the award icon into your blog
  2.  Link to your nominator and say thank you.
  3.  Post 11 random things about yourself.
  4.  Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
  5.  Nominate 11 bloggers (and let them know).
  6.  Post 11 new questions to the bloggers you nominate.

11 Random Things:
I am not a morning person. Although I try to be.
I hate doing dishes more than any other chore.
I sing in the bathroom because the small room makes me sound great {I think} even though I have no singing voice at all.
I procrastinate.
I am a gamer at heart. I love playing video games.
I am an empath.
I once won a karaoke contest by rapping "Ice Ice Baby".
My car is usually a mess.
I have the ability to tell the future. Sometimes.
I love expensive make-up but refuse to buy it.
I am a huge goof ball. I love to have a fun time with my family and friends.

11 Questions from Two Everyday Divas:

1. Sweet or Salty?

Depends on the time of day. I like to have salty food when I wake up and during the day. But at    night I am always looking for a snack cake or dippin' out some ice cream!

2. If you were stranded on a desert island with one craft supply, what would it be?

That's easy! My glue gun. I mean come on what can't you make with a glue gun?

3. Would you say you are technically savy or technic….not so much?

Yes, I am technically savish..I mean I can follow instructions on how to program my coffee maker. 

4. What was your New Year’s Resolution this year? Have you kept up with it?

I resolve to not make resolutions. I try to keep an open playing field during the year. I hate feeling like I have to do something. And more so I hate feeling like a failure when two to three weeks in Ive already given up. If I had to choose one thing I want to accomplish this year it would be a more organized life. And yes, I am still working on it.

5. What was the single best day of your life?

So far I have three and that's been the birth of my beautiful children. 

6. What was your best personal hairstyle? Share a picture!

 Well I have been every color, length, and style but my personal favorite is long, dark, and curly. 

7. What was your worst personal hairstyle? Share of picture of that too, we won’t laugh!

In elementary school I had a mullet! Yep! Long in the back with shaved sides..Thanks Mom.

8. If you could spend an entire day with a person of your choice, who would you choose and what would you do?

My hubby. A whole date day. Doing what I want. Yay!

9. What candle scent do you prefer?

Something clean, crisp, and citrusy.

10. Are you a city mouse or country mouse?

Well, honestly I am a lot country and a little city. I grew up as a country mouse and those are my roots but I sure do love the city. When I was younger I always dreamed of living in New York. I visited for three days and came home. I love it there but it's so different than what I am used to.

11. What is your lucky number?

4.23


Post 11 new questions for my nominees:

1. What's your favorite TV show?
2. If you could have any job in the world what would it be?
3. If you had all the money in the world what is the one thing you would buy?
4. Favorite quote.
5. What item would you run back in a burning house for?
6 What do you usually order at restaurant?
7. What's your go to mid night snack?
8. What is your most organized space in the house?
9. What is your least organized space in the house?
10. What is your favorite piece of make-up?
11. What are you wearing right now?

MY NOMINEES:

 1. Floridays Mom
 
 
2. Living with PCOS

 

3. The Arrowood Zoo

 
4. Fabtwigs


 5. Recreate and Decorate


6. Our Cottage on Lot 56



 7. My House and Home


 8. Learning is a Journey

  9. Little Dove Creations


 10. View from the Fridge


11. May Richer Fuller Be



So there you have it! 11 Blogs! These are all wonderful and I really was inspired by each and every one of you! Thanks so much!

Did you check out any of the blogs? Reply with a link to your favorite post.










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Get yours now! 

Feb 25, 2013

Kitchen: Pretty Pantry with FREE Printable


 I can't even believe I am going to show you this but to keep it real I wanted you to see this mess of a pantry I have been hiding for awhile. I have attempted to organize it several times but it always got like this. I just hadn't found the right flow yet. I knew I needed to break things down into sections so that everything would have a place. Without any type of designated areas everything kinda lives together. Well, not anymore.


 I know. I know. It's a mess, right? Well I couldn't live with it much longer so I broke down and finally tackled it. It took me about all day to clean it out. 

I started by taking everything out..and I mean everything...

Cleaned every square inch of the walls and floor. And put everything back in. I used some new pretty white baskets and some clear storage containers {found these DannySeo containers at Marshalls} to get to this point.



But I wanted to take it to the next level...you know? Make it pretty! So I did some more fine tooth tweaking. I lined the shelves with the same pretty paper as the kitchen drawers.



I was pretty content with leaving the space like this until I got the best thing ever...my Silhouette Portrait!!! I just had to take it one more notch. It's super pretty and looks so professional looking. My heart is skipping beats over here. :)


Since the larger containers will more than likely be used for the same things over and over I felt pretty confident adding a more personalized label. The smaller ones, however, might change over time so I just cut some black vinyl labels and wrote in my handy dandy chalkboard pen {yes it does erase}. I absolutely love how fresh and bright these containers look. 


I am really happy with how this turned out. Now that the top shelves are all neat and pretty...how about the drawers on the floor? I have had this plastic drawer set in my pantry and it started off by housing bread, flour, and potatoes. Then I did a little switch-a-roo. I moved my flours and sugar elsewhere and I'll show you that in another post later on.




I think I am in love with my Portrait already. It makes labeling anything a snap. I still have yet to figure it out but I am learning.


 
I just love these pretty white baskets. I think I'll go back for some more! I mean I could just sit these everywhere.


I even put drink mixes in the clear containers and labeled them. Cocoas & teas now have their own cozy home.


Now for a few finishing touches..




{CLICK HERE for your FREE Pantry Inventory Printable}

Now my pantry wouldn't be complete without my own pantry inventory. I like to use this so that I know what I have in each basket. I have some can goods behind the baskets up top so by keeping track I don't have to dig around when it's time to make out my grocery list. I just look at what we have on hand and I am able to plan my shopping trip or my weekly meals. Easy Peasy! 







I think it's a night and day transformation. It's so much brighter and lighter. Of course I just want to leave the door open and walk by two or three hundred times. What do you think? And, yes! Another two items off my list. Whoo hoo!!
  • clear the counters so that I have an ample amount of space to prepare meals
  • organize spices 
  • clean and organize fridge and freezer
  • clean stove and cook top
  • find another space for the microwave
  • new table and chairs for at least six people {we only have a small table with two chairs now}
  • pretty rug 
  • pretty tablescape
  • change up the lighting fixture
  • add art to the bare walls
  • cleaning supply area defined 
  • trash and recycle area
  • organize the pantry
  • purge junk and pretty up the drawers {I only have 1 and 1/4 drawers}
  • pretty up the cookware, dishes, and appliance cabinets.
Have you started on your pantry or are you working on something else this week? Only three more days until the end of month. Are we going to make it? What are you scurrying to get finished?

Linked up too:
IHeart Organizing

Feb 24, 2013

Housekeeping 101: Cleaning Caddies for the Kiddos


While I was spring cleaning the kitchen I came up with a little idea to get the kids involved. I invested about $10.00 and made them their own cleaning caddies.


I just picked up two small caddies and a few dollar cleaning supplies and va la..instant kid size cleaning fun. I recycled a small bottle and just added some water and couple drops of dish soap. Each of my babies have their own spray, sponges, duster, scrub brush and a couple of sponges. I even included a kid friendly cleaning checklist.



I like how they turned out and as soon as I finished them the kids were begging to clean. YAY!

What do you do to get your kiddos involved in housekeeping?

Feb 21, 2013

Kitchen: Pretty Drawer Organization

Let's get back to the kitchen today. :)

And let's recall my list of kitchen to dos...
  • clear the counters so that I have an ample amount of space to prepare meals
  • organize spices 
  • clean and organize fridge and freezer
  • clean stove and cook top
  • find another space for the microwave
  • new table and chairs for at least six people {we only have a small table with two chairs now}
  • pretty rug 
  • pretty tablescape
  • change up the lighting fixture
  • add art to the bare walls
  • cleaning supply area defined 
  • trash and recycle area
  • organize the pantry
  • purge junk and pretty up the drawers {I only have 1 and 1/4 drawers}
  • pretty up the cookware, dishes, and appliance cabinets.
So I am off to a slow start it seems. The truth is I have several projects in the works but I am still tweaking. I think I have tweaked my kitchen drawers until I have come up with something that works. I was not joking when I said I only have 1 and 1/4 kitchen drawers. I have a large drawer that houses everything from handtowels to utensils. Another drawer that seems to collect random doodads. 


 The first thing I did was clean out the drawers and line them with pretty paper.


Then I put back the items in the larger drawer but organized everything into separate spaces. 




By using these dollar tree baskets on the inside of my drawers I was able to create separate space for different items.  Everything is so easy to find now.

Next, was the tiny and narrow drawer right by my stove.

 
 I have seen several different spice organizing ideas and I thought this space would be perfect for just that. So I collected baby food jars for a few days and sprayed the lids with chalkboard paint and va la..instant spice jars...and perfect for this space.




My drawers are now super functional and super pretty. This project took about 45 minutes to complete but the time invested was well worth the finished product. Don't you think? And the best part not only did I scratch off drawer organization from my list of to dos I can scratch off spice organization as well. Yay!

  • clear the counters so that I have an ample amount of space to prepare meals
  • organize spices 
  • clean and organize fridge and freezer
  • clean stove and cook top
  • find another space for the microwave
  • new table and chairs for at least six people {we only have a small table with two chairs now}
  • pretty rug 
  • pretty tablescape
  • change up the lighting fixture
  • add art to the bare walls
  • cleaning supply area defined 
  • trash and recycle area
  • organize the pantry
  • purge junk and pretty up the drawers {I only have 1 and 1/4 drawers}
  • pretty up the cookware, dishes, and appliance cabinets.

How is your kitchen clean up coming along? Have you got to the drawers yet? How do you store your spices?



 



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