Friday, February 28, 2014

Home Organization Check-In: Month Two

Well, another month come and gone. If you recall, here is a list of all the projects I want to complete on my home this year and what I've done so far:

Master Bedroom

1. Purge through clothes and reorganize closet and drawers
2. Get new curtains for the room
3. Find duvet cover
4. Put colorful sheet on box spring
5. Find a tall mirror for the wall
6. Find small mirrors for either side of the bed
7. Hang more pictures/artwork on the wall
8. Clear out the clutter
9. Find basket next to bed for magazines
10. Reorganize nightstand

Bathroom

1. Paint
2. Organize under the sink, cupboard on the wall, and drawers
3. Get new hardware for the sink and tub

Hallway

1. Hang pictures on the walls
2. Reorganize the linen and main closets
3. Remove random door (the one I used to take outfit pictures in front of)
4. Find a small accent table for under the mirror in our main entry

Kitchen

1. Find a buffet table
2. Organize and clean off counter tops
3. Reorganize cupboards
4. Reorganize pantry
5. Clean out fridge and find a better method of organizing

Living Room

1. Refinish buffet table
2. Find matching covers for the couch and love seat
3. Make new pillow covers
4. Paint the fireplace white
5. Refinish piano stool
6. New shade for lamp and spray paint base
7. Frame wedding painting
8. Curtains for the windows

Office

1. Find a rug for the room
2. Get curtains for window
3. Chair for the desk
4. Organize top of desk
5. Organize desk drawers
6. Organize file cabinets
7. Organize closet
8. Make coat rack for back door

Mudroom

1. Paint
2. Make coat rack/bench
3. Refinish stairs into basement

Guestroom

1. Get larger storage for DVD collection (we have a ton!!)
2. Organize closet
3. Curtains for windows
4. Organize and purge junk!


Um, I did one organizing project this month. Pretty lame. I think I need to set goals, so I have a deadline to work towards. But here is a glimpse as to what I did:

My drawer in the bathroom was pretty cluttered. I would always have to rummage through it to find what I was looking for. I had a bunch of bobby pins loose in there, but they would always slide to the back of the drawer, which was frustrating when I wanted to find something in a hurry. Here is the before pictures: 



Pretty bad. Things piled on top of each other; things I had no idea was even in there. First, I took everything out and surveyed what was going on:


See, lots of stuff. Multiple bottles of lotion, lots of headbands and hair binders, even a penny?? I'm not even sure. 

One of the main things I wanted to do with this drawer was to add a magnetic strip to the front to house all my bobby pins, so they wouldn't be sliding around the drawer anymore. I found magnet tape at office depot for about $4. I'd never used something like it before, so I was interested as to how it would work. Well, when I rolled it out, it wouldn't stay flat. I bent it a little to far in the other direction and part of it cracked, but I guess it doesn't really matter. Then I tried to stick it to the drawer with the adhesive on the back of the tape, but it didn't stick at all. So I took out some of the little 3M sticky tabs we have from the hooks and put a few of them on the back. That seems to be holding for now, but I might have to find something stronger in the future. Here is what it looks like with the bobby pins on it: 


After that, time to organize the rest of the drawer. For now, I didn't add any drawer dividers/small boxes or things like that, but after living with this for a couple days, I think I might have to, as things are starting to slide around.


See? Much more organized and streamlined! I'm planning on reorganizing the cabinet right below my drawer soon, and hopefully I can even get more stuff out of this drawer, like all the headbands!




Thursday, February 27, 2014

Work Outfit Fail?

I had this outfit all planned out in my head for a couple days. I was going to be so awesome pattern mixing and wearing a fun skirt, and my black boots. But then I looked at the pictures and thought, are you sure this is the same outfit I was wearing all day?




I'm thinking maybe boots don't work with this skirt. I've worn it before with heals and it's looked fine, so maybe I should stick with that! (But I did find the skirt at Goodwill!)


Are the patterns in the skirt and scarf too equally small? I know you should mix a larger pattern with a smaller pattern, but I can't really decide if the pattern in the skirt is big or small. 


Blah. But that's why I do my blog! To try things out I may have not paired together before and learn from my experiences! I do love this scarf though. Which is why I've already worn it twice since I got it on Saturday!









Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What I Wore: More Leopard!

I have been seeing leopard print scarves EVERYWHERE in the blogosphere lately! I thought it would make a fun addition to my wardrobe, so I put it on my wish list in case I ever ran across one for cheap.

When I was selling some clothes at Plato's Closet, I looked around the store and found this little beauty for $4! It is super soft, very lightweight, and I really like the longer length! I think I'll be able to use this well into the spring and even into the summer on some cooler days. There wasn't a tag on the scarf, so I don't know where it was originally from. But that's okay.


That makes two leopard-print items I bought last weekend haha :) Also, check out the height of the snow in our front yard! Right behind me is more than half my height... yuck.


Sweater: Old Navy
Pants: Gap
Boots: Just Fab
Scarf: Plato's Closet
Earrings: The Limited

Linking up: Tucker Up
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Leopard Print Top

I went to Target about a week or so ago and was just browsing their clearance clothing racks when I saw a leopard print top. I thought it was really cute, but didn't think I could pull off so much print in one place. So I went home without it. But I was thinking about it a lot, and saw a few bloggers post outfits with leopard print tops. So I figured next time I went to Target, I would see if it was still there. 


It was! Yay! I tried it on, and I was so happy how cute it was! And it was only $11!! Can't beat that price :) It is long-sleeve, but I decided to add a boyfriend sweater for extra warmth as well as a scarf and boots. Because as you can see, the snow isn't going to go away for a LONG time!


Top: Target
Sweater: Target
Jeans: Gap
Boots: Just Fab
Scarf: Banana Republic
Earrings: The Limited



As we were taking pictures in the back yard, Zoe, of course, thought it was time to play! So as I was running back to the house, she was right on my heals jumping all over me. Dork. Some of these were just way too funny not to post!






Linking up: Style Sessions

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Weekend Happenings/ "Spring" Outfit

Happy Monday! Are you all ready to face another week? I would be a lot more ready if we had better weather here! I feel like that's all I've been talking about lately, but we have another Polar Vortex coming!! Seriously Mother Nature?! And someone so lovingly reminded us all on Facebook that in 2012, the first few weeks of March found highs ranging from the low 60's to the low 80's... I did see an extended temperature trend on the news this weekend and they said around March 10th, we should start to see our warm up. I hope so! I think we deserve some nice weather after what we've experienced. But, at least, no one will (hopefully!) complain about the heat this summer!

Friday

Even though the snow was over by the morning, the roads were crazy! They still are really, but we had wet, heavy snow on Thursday, so by Friday morning it was all packed down and the streets are ice sheets! Needless to say, no one was going over 30 mph on any road, even the freeways. 

Our office isn't open on Fridays, but I always go in during the mornings to answer the phones and get the mail. Because of the roads, I waited until about 10:30 to head into work. I stayed for a couple hours to get some work done, then went home, had lunch, did my usual Friday errands to Target/CVS/grocery store. I also brought my wedding ring in to get redipped. It will be ready tomorrow evening, but I've had a naked hand since Friday! Not liking it :( We had pizza for dinner and watched TV to round out our night.

Since I'm so sick of the winter (especially on Friday), I decided to rebel against it and wear a spring outfit. I really like the pattern mixing of the floral scarf and the stripped shirt, and the pastel pink sweater really gives it that spring feel! Now if I could only wear it with cropped pants and flats instead of boots...


Shirt: Gap
Sweater: Old Navy (hand-me-down)
Jeans: Gap
Boots: Just Fab
Scarf: New York and Co.
Earrings: Gift (homemade)

Saturday

I started off my day like most days with a big cup of coffee! I did some reading/watched some of my favorite shows on the Live Well Network. After I was ready to go for the day, I tried my luck selling some of my clothes at Plato's Closet and Clothes Mentor. Between the two places, I sold 5 items for $12.20. I never have much luck selling things there. Now I'm wondering what to do with the rest of it- Some of the items have hardly been worn, so I'm debating on whether to try to sell them on e-bay, set up a 'shop my closet' on my blog, or just donate them to Goodwill. I did buy a leopard-print scarf at Plato's Closet for $4, so I guess my errands weren't a total waste!

I was going to go down to a show choir competition with my dad, but the roads were still terrible and this place was kind of out in the country, so we decided not to go. Instead, I got a couple projects done/started around the house. I didn't feel like cooking dinner (again...) so we got Chinese take-out and rented a movie from Redbox. This Chinese place by our house is really good! Plus their portions are HUGE! My meal made 3 different meals!! I love when that happens :)

Sunday

Sunday we started off the morning with church, then just kind of putzed the day away. I read, went through my coupon binder, watched TV, nothing too exciting. I made meatloaf for dinner, then watched the season 4 finale of Downton Abbey, which I was very happy with how they ended the season!

How was everyone else's weekend? Do anything fun?

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Five on Friday

It's Friday! Not sure about you, but this has been one long, sort of stressful week. I need my weekend! I'm linking up again with Darci, April, Natasha, and Christina to share my Five on Friday.


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1. You guys, can I talk for a minute about the weather MN has been having?? (And I'm sure this is true all around the country) Monday, we started off the week with a good snow storm, Tuesday and Wednesday we had highs in the 40's, Thursday another winter storm warning, and now the extended forecast shows another Polar Vortex coming next week... what the heck is up with this!! I'm SO ready for winter to be done and spring to come!! I'm really hoping we don't have a late spring again this year with snow storms in May... I remember 2 years ago in 2012, I had all my bridal showers in March right before my wedding and I was wearing dresses with sandals! I wish that could be this year...

2. With this warmer weather, I was able to go outside and walk! It is so hard being cooped up inside all day and I think it's been starting to show with stress/my mood/etc. We get an hour break for lunch every day, and I like to break it up by walking for at least 20-30 minutes and eating lunch for the rest of the time. It feels so good after sitting down all day! Now hopefully all this negative degree crap won't last too long so I can get back out there and enjoy my walks!

3. I was involved in show choir in both high school and college. (no, it's not really like Glee...) Sometimes I miss it, sometimes I think, oh mylanta, I don't know how I lasted as long as I did with all the drama... But tomorrow I'm going down to a local competition with my dad to the finals portion in the evening (and my sister is in the varsity high school group so I get to see her perform!) It's fun once a year to go to a competition and watch groups again, and to support my sister (who is still a baby in my eyes!) :)

4. You guys, my life is so boring right now I can't even come up with 2 more things!! haha ummmm.... Valentine's candy and items are on super sale right now! Nothing beats getting a chocolate covered marshmallow heart for a quarter :)

5. Ah, yes. Two months from today is hubby and my 2-year anniversary!! Crazy to seem we've been married almost 2 years already!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Maxi For All Seasons

Hey guys! I'm linking up to Many Days Many Ways with Danielle, Ginny, and Nicole.  


If you're like me, and I'm sure that most of the US is, you are TERRIBLY sick of winter!! I'm so anxious for the warmer weather, spending some time outside, shedding the bulky layers. One of my favorite things to wear in the summer is a maxi dress; so cool and flowy. But why do I have to save them for warm weather? Why can't I wear them all year round? And so the inspiration for today's post :) I started with one of my favorite maxis- a gray target number (I got from one of their daily online deals for $15), then figured all the ways I could make it appropriate for 4 seasons.

Spring

Come spring, I'm so anxious to ditch my winter coat and the heavy sweaters and let my arms breathe! I paired this dress with a short-sleeve cardigan, a lightweight scarf (just in case the weather turns cool), and some colorful flats to add a pop to the neutral dress. Actually the entire outfit minus the scarf comes from Target! Definitely one of my favorite places to shop for clothes :)


Dress: Target (online)
Cardigan: Target
Shoes: Target
Scarf: Gift

Summer

Summers can get pretty hot in Minnesota (that is once the snow finally melts...). I like to keep my outfits cool and simple. So that's why I just kept the dress simple- threw on some sunglasses, a long necklace, and some sandals. This would also be cute as a swim suit cover-up with a colorful beach bag!
  

Dress: Target
Sandals: Target
Sunglasses: Target
Necklace: Farmer's Market


Fall

For Fall, I still want to keep things simple, but add some more layers for the cooler weather. I put a colorful tank over the dress to give it more of a skirt-effect, then added a jean jacket, scarf, and chucks.


Dress: Target
Jean Jacket: Old Navy
Tank Top: Old Navy
Scarf: Etsy
Shoes: Target

Winter 

I've actually never worn my dress like this, but this might be one of my favorite ways to style it! I paired it with a chunky sweater for those cold, polar vortex days, a long necklace, and my Sorrels :) Got to keep those tootsies warm! 


Dress: Target
Sweater: Old Navy
Sorrels: ?
Necklace: Target

What are some of your favorite ways to style a maxi dress?



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

What I Wore: Week 7

 I'm posting my weekly outfits a day early, because I'm linking up with a fun outfit remix tomorrow! Come back and check that out! Actually, I'm thinking of posting more outfits on my blog. Those seem to be my more popular posts and I have fun with them (most of the time!). Would you be more likely to read my blog if I do more outfit posting? Or do you like the general 'lifestyle' of it so far? Or do you not even care? If I get you a cup of coffee and a cute puppy would you care? :) Haha, okay, on to the outfits:

1. I love this Gap, coral top I found at Goodwill last year! Really makes me want to go thrifting soon :) I can't decide, though, if I like it better tucked in or out? (Actually the second picture kind of looks like I'm wearing a pajama top! haha)


Top: Goodwill
Pants: The Limited
Sweater: Gap
Shoes: Target


 2. This top I also got while thrifting! It is really fun with the bling on top and the looseness of the bottom. Means I can eat a big lunch and no one will know :) This would probably be a good pregnancy top for the first few months too... I also did something to my hair instead of wearing it straight! It's kind of an ode to my wedding hair :) And also an ode to Shirley Temple. I just need to add a fluffy slip under my top and start singing Animal Crackers in My Soup!


Top: Thrifted
Sweater: The Limited
Pants: The Limited
Shoes: Target

Linking up: Tucker Up

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Valentine's Weekend

I hope everyone had a fun weekend! Our Valentine's Day did not go as planned- I woke up with a migraine and was sick in bed all day so we had to cancel our dinner reservations. But hubby did pick me up my migraine injections from the pharmacy that made my migraine go away in 5 minutes- best Valentine's present ever!!

Other than that, nothing too exciting this weekend- got some errands done, watched some Olympics, had meals with each of our families. 

Oh, and if you are in or are visiting the Twin Cities, check out The Original Pancake house! They have a few locations around the cities and have super good pancakes! Yum :)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

My Favorite Apps for Saving Money on Groceries

A long time ago, (in a galaxy far away...) I shared with you some of my favorite resources for saving money on grocery shopping. You can find that list here. Now that I've finally upgraded from an iPhone 4, I've downloaded quite a few apps to help me save money on groceries that I will share with you now! (I'm not getting compensated for any of my thoughts)

1. Target Cartwheel

(This is available online if you don't have a Smart Phone) I love this app! I could probably spend a whole post talking about this, so I'll give the condensed version. Cartwheel gives you a percentage off certain items. It's anywhere from 5% to 50% I've seen. You can either browse through their items and add them to your list, or you can scan the bar codes at the store and see if there is a discount on them in the app. You then have a master list of all your items- one bar code scan at checkout gives you all your discounts. 

What I also like about Cartwheel is that you can stack it along with a manufacture coupon and a Target coupon! Triple the savings = getting items for pennies or even free!

2. Checkout 51
  

(This works on the app and on their website too) This is a newer resource for saving money on groceries I just found out about recently. They have a list of items/offers on their site and you upload a picture of your receipt in order to redeem those offers. 

For example, they have an offer through Wednesday for $0.50 for any brand or variety of a dozen eggs. I got mine at Walgreens on Friday, so I snapped a picture of my receipt, and was rewarded with $0.50 in my account. Since it was my first transaction, I also got $2! When your account hits $20, you can redeem it for a check that is mailed to you. This is good at any store, so even at stores like Aldi which doesn't accept coupons, you can use this towards your purchases there. 

3. Ibotta

Ibotta is much like Checkout 51, where it rewards you with cash in your account for buying certain products. Unlike Checkout 51, you have to buy your products from certain stores and complete tasks to unlock the savings before you buy. But it does work for several national stores, and even movie theaters! [I think we might get a reward this week for going to see the Lego Movie :)] You can cash in your rewards for cash or even gift cards.

4. Saving Star

(Available online too) This links savings and rewards to your grocery loyalty cards. I have my CVS card and a local grocery store linked up, but there are several different store options. You link up different rewards to your card, then do your shopping. Once you've purchased certain items, you will get rewarded with money in your account. For example, I bought $15 worth of All products at CVS and got rewarded with $5 in my account. You can cash out your rewards for actual money or gift cards.

5. Store Apps (CVS and Walgreens)

I'm sure there are several stores out there that have apps for your phone, but I've downloaded CVS and Walgreens. I have loyalty cards for both of these, so that made sense to get these two. On the apps, you can browse the weekly ads, see your loyalty card information, including how much you've saved as a member, as well as adding coupons to your card.

I know there are many more apps out there, but these are a few of my favorites I've been using a lot the past couple weeks to save even more money on my groceries! Every little bit helps :) What are some of your favorite apps for saving money on shopping?


Linking up: Thrifty Thursday