Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Small Changes Big Impact

My boyfriend asked for my help in redoing the guest bathroom in his home, of course being the good girlfriend that I am I said yes. I challenged myself to make a big impact with just a little big of moolah. I started out by looking in my paint stash to see if I had a color that would work, low and behold I did, its a really pretty blueish green.  I used the same color in my guest bathroom last year, I don't think I ever showed it to you guys, another post for another day. The only money I spent was on the updated shower curtain.






 Just a few changes made a biggggg difference, don't you think.. Take a look at the before


 


And just because I like to see side by side action


Nothing spectacular, but for only spending 25 bucks, its a major difference. We did add a "new" mirror over the sink, but he already had it somewhere else in the house so that was FREE!!! I have a couple of other things I want to do in here, like add some artwork on the other side of the room, declutter the cabinets, and basically accessorize. I thought about painting the cabinets white, but not sure about that. What small changes have you made around your home that have made a big impact?


Monday, February 17, 2014

Expand your wardrobe using inspiration pictures



Remember when I told you guys about my struggle to find work outfits, it was super helpful to use these inspiration pictures, it really made getting dressed in the morning much faster...


 All of the outfits were super easy to put together and just because I didn't have the exact item it really didn't matter because my goal wasn't an exact replica, but to use what I already have to create something new.

 OUTFIT #
Inspiration: J's Everyday Fashion

                           
 I really prefer the scarves from the inspiration pictures and despite having a bunch of scarfs I didn't have one that came even close to what was used in the inspiration picture, but that's okay the point isn't to copy the outfit exactly, but to use it as inspiration.

Skirt: JCrew from Goodwill
Shirt: Gap
Scarf: Pier one gifted to me at Christmas
Tights:  Target
Boots:  Nordstrom Sam Edleman Penny Boots

  OUTFIT #2
 
 I initially tried this outfit with a brighter orange cardigan, but it felt too much like I was dressing for Halloween, so I switched it out for a more coral tone version.  By the way that black dot you see on my chest is a Stella and Dot necklace but you can't really see the silver chain in the picture.



Inspiration: Favorlista

Denim Trousers: New York and Company
Polka Dot Shirt: Ann Taylor Loft
Cardigan: Goodwill
Watch: Michael Kors
Necklace: Stella and Dot


OUTFIT #3

This outfit  just put together myself, no inspiration at all.  Turned out pretty good if I do say so myself.



Shirt: Old Navy
Pants: Ann Taylor Loft Leggings
Sweater: Have no idea the tag is off
Boots: Boc

Whatcha think, how did I do? Do you use inspiration pictures to "expand" your wardrobe.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Happy Monday, Yall

Deciding what to wear is always a chore for me, especially when it comes to what to wear to work.....I'm pretty good at putting outfits together, but lately I have feel like I wear the same things all the time. So whats a girt to do, look on pinterest for inspiration. I found a lot of work appropriate outfits, for my job anyway. My job attire is pretty flexible with the exception that we can not wear jeans, bummer but oh well.... So this week I will be using the following pictures for inspiration, and I am not buying any new items.....


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I am sooooo excited to put these outfits together.......check back on Friday to see my interpretation of all the outfits....

In other news...
I'm still working on organizing my Master Bedroom Closet and I've started working on decluttering the guest room for the big transition.

Oh, yea on top of all of that the highlight from this weekend....I started a new home based business, I cant wait to tell you guys all about it....

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Switching Rooms Around

I'm in the process of switching things up a bit in my house. My sons bedroom is going to become my "home office" and the disaster guest bedroom is going to become his room. This is going to be a long process. Its always good to start with a little inspiration. So here are some boys rooms that I like....



Bigger Boy Room, Yellow & Gray, by Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
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First things first I need to declutter the guest room which is mainly nothing but a big ole storage room. Its awful.....Really I thought I had taken a picture, but I cant find it at the moment.....

Here is the game plan....

Phase 1

  • Declutter Declutter Declutter
  • Remove everything out of the room 
  • Paint the walls
  • Buy Queen Size bed frame (My best friends mom gave me the queen mattress that she was no  longer using)
  • Inventory what I have and what can be used in the new space
  • Sell stuff on Ebay, Craigslist, Yard Sale to make money to redo the room....
  • And I guess I should get the little mans opinion on what he wants to room to look like... 
I'd love to hear your thoughts on boys rooms...they can be sooooo hard to decorate.  






Monday, February 3, 2014

Beginning of a Master Closet Re-organization


This weekend I continued my goal of organizing by working in my master bedroom closet. It was a mess I really need to learn to make a home for everything and actually put things back into place, that sure would make life easier.

Here is my super messy and disorganized closet.









First off give me a high five for what is actually working in this space. What do you see that's working, not much right. Well look a little closer and you might see a few things 

1.  Storing shoes in plastic shoe boxes works great but would be much better with nice labels on them.
2.  I love love love scarfs and have a nice collection, non of which I want to part with so the hanging scarf organizer works well. 

First off I went through every single item in the closet and put them in categories of

KEEP
SALE
DONATE

I filled one garbage bag full to take to goodwill and two totes that went to consignment or will be in my super sale in the spring.


I got rid of enough clothes that all my hangers matched



But that wasn't enough for this gal, I took it a step further when I remembered I had these hanging out in the trunk of my car, yes I forgot I had them.



I just love how much better my clothes look on these hangers



And if you look closely you will see good ole Roy G. Biv in action yes think back to elementary school I sure did organize my clothes by the color of the rainbow Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet

By this time I simply had no more energy so the rest of the closet will get tackled in increments this month. Stay tuned for more!!! Have you tackled your Master Bedroom closet, I'd love to hear your tips!!!

Friday, January 31, 2014

High Five For Friday!!!

It's Friday Ya'll.....Hope you guys have had a great week!!! This week has gone by fast, but I'm so glad to see the weekend!!!!

here's a look back at some of my 5 favorite moments from this week:
 
 


1.  I love shopping at Target, but love it even more since I have the Cartwheel app on my iphone.  Do you Cartwheel? If you don't, I really think you should give it a try. Just this week I was able to buy King size sheets that were originally $60.00 for $32.00 after the Cartwheel discount and using my Target Red Card.
 

Details:
  • The program may be accessed at cartwheel.target.com with a smartphone, tablet or computer. A Facebook account is required.
  • Offers are easy to add: just click on the image and you’re done!
  • To redeem a Cartwheel offer, either present a printed copy of your Cartwheel barcode or show it on a mobile device at checkout. It only needs to be scanned once because all offers connect to the same barcode.
  • Offers are valid in U.S. Target stores only.
  • After signing up, a user automatically gets to add up to ten offers. “Unlock badges” to access more.
Sign up now and check back here for hot deals using Cartwheel!

 2.   We got snow here in North Carolina this week, so we had fun playing in the snow. We dont get it very often so we have to take advantage of it when it comes. 


Details:
  • The program may be accessed at cartwheel.target.com with a smartphone, tablet or computer. A Facebook account is required.
  • Offers are easy to add: just click on the image and you’re done!
  • To redeem a Cartwheel offer, either present a printed copy of your Cartwheel barcode or show it on a mobile device at checkout. It only needs to be scanned once because all offers connect to the same barcode.
  • Offers are valid in U.S. Target stores only.
  • After signing up, a user automatically gets to add up to ten offers. “Unlock badges” to access more.
Sign up now and check back here for hot deals using Cartwheel!
- See more at: http://thekrazycouponlady.com/2013/05/09/target-cartwheel-free-savings-program-with-store-coupons-and-more/#sthash.xDQRGqWF.dpuf
Details:
  • The program may be accessed at cartwheel.target.com with a smartphone, tablet or computer. A Facebook account is required.
  • Offers are easy to add: just click on the image and you’re done!
  • To redeem a Cartwheel offer, either present a printed copy of your Cartwheel barcode or show it on a mobile device at checkout. It only needs to be scanned once because all offers connect to the same barcode.
  • Offers are valid in U.S. Target stores only.
  • After signing up, a user automatically gets to add up to ten offers. “Unlock badges” to access more.
Sign up now and check back here for hot deals using Cartwheel!
- See more at: http://thekrazycouponlady.com/2013/05/09/target-cartwheel-free-savings-program-with-store-coupons-and-more/#sthash.xDQRGqWF.dpuf
3.  SNOW CREAM.....love it!!!! I think my was just as good as moms.....

4.  I've set a goal for this year to eat out less and cook more. So I put my crockpot to work this week and made slow cooked barbeque ribs for dinner one night.

5.  Got my kitchen pantry and cabinets organized. Ready to tackle another space in the house....

Make sure to stop over at Lauren's blog - From My Grey Desk to check out other High Fives and then make sure to swing over to Let Them Eat Cake for That Friday Blog Hop!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Kitchen Organization 2014

Have you been over to Mary Organizes, if not you definitely need to stop in for a visit. She has a lot of simple and practical tips to help you in getting your home organized.....One of the first blog post that caught my eye on her blog was De-Clutter Your Home in 91 Days, I'm not so sure I can get this house de-cluttered in 91 days, but I am going to try. For the first week you focus your attention in the kitchen, time to toss that mismatched tupperware, get rid of the deep fryer you never use, and simplify to just what you really use.  Just a little work each day and you can see some results. I started in the pantry and had way too much food that I had to throw away because it was expired, sad but true.



BEFORE


I didn't make a lot of changes other than decluttering and moving things around a bit...but I actually see a big improvement...



































AFTER


 Cabinets were next......
 
My spice and medicine cabinet, not awful but the after is sooooo much better


I really like the lazy susan for the spices and I still enjoy my thrift store canisters with the chalkboard label. Sometimes I think that having the canisters out on the counter would be nice, but I love a clear counter it makes my kitchen look bigger and cleaner..

This next cabinet had the biggest transformation in my opinion, at first it was a collection of a bunch of different stuff with no sense of order..My recipe books were falling over and I hadn't even taken my Pampered Chef items out of the packaging





It is sooooo much more functional, now and I think the magazine holders with my recipe books look great in this cabinet. Plastic containers hold all my Pampered Chef gadgets.





There are many more cabinets and drawers I could show you but I won't bore you with all of them..


Usually when I have worked on organizing in the past I focus too much on making it pretty that I get sidetracked and never finish actually de-cluttering. This time I got rid of the junk and will spend time making it pretty later, right now I just want to get rid of stuff....Have you started organizing this year? Any tips on getting and staying organized.






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