High 5 for Friday

 photo H54Fbutton-triangle_zps678b65ba.jpgHappy Friday to you! I hope it flew by and that the weekend drags on for days 🙂

Here’s my top 5 goings-on for the week:

1. There has been steady development on the 5 Guys Burgers & Fries that is being built around the corner from me. I’m pretty sure it’ll be open any day now and it will be glorious. I pass it on the way to work everyday and peek in the windows each time- there’s tables and chairs this week!!

2. I started night job numero dos this week and so far so good, right now I’m just interviewing student employees and I’ll start training next week. My night job is at my alma mater- where I got my bachelor’s, and master’s, and worked at for 2.5 years, and met Matt at, and it’s like a mile and a half from my house. So basically it’s home to me and I’m happy to still have a connection with it.

3. We got a new microwave! We actually got it about a week ago but I was extremely intimidated by it. Now we’re BFF’s. It is a beast at 2 cubic feet but it has a pre-programmed butter softening button so that basically won me over. It’s this one  if you’re interested in looking & Matt did tons and tons of research before deciding on it. Researching electronics of any kind makes his heart race with excitement.

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4. Not only did I meet my $500 goal for the 4th Annual Walk for Tish, but I exceeded it. And then some. Currently the total raised is $710 and I am so humbled and thrilled with the generosity so many people have shown. This walk, and the home it raises money for, is extremely important to me. My aunt would be so happy that her daughter is being loved so well. If you haven’t donated yet, you still can, and if you have I thank you from the bottom to the top of my heart.

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5. Today Matt & I have the day off of work. Two of our three cats have to go to the vet for the day and I am beyond nervous about it and so I knew I’d be useless at work. The upside of this is that Matt understands my particular brand of crazy and he took the day off to stay home and distract me. Somehow I ended up agreeing to go see G.I. Joe with him… so methinks he may have taken the day off for himself as much as he did it for me. haha.

How was your week?

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How to turn a crusty old shirt into a lovely stylish runner

I’ve got one of my favorite types of projects for you all today- quick, easy, cheap, and no sew!

For the past few months I’ve had  $10 Ikea sheepskin rug  serving as the runner on top of our bureau, and I loved it. But now it’s spring (so they tell me… all I see is snow…) so I wanted to trade it out for something a little lighter.

I went to the Salvation Army in hopes of getting something lace, but that’s not what the thrifting gods had in mind for me. I ended up with an old, lightweight beachy shirt and worked my magic to make it awesome.

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I don’t have any how-to pictures because it was really trial and error but this is how it went:

  • I cut off the collar and the seamed sections where the buttons are. Then I cut off the arms and set them aside. Then I cut at the seam to separate the back from the two front panels and set those aside too
  • I laid the back on top of my bureau with the frayed edges tucked under, then I layered the two front pieces on top of it with the frayed edges tucked under.
  • It still looked a little thin so I cut the cuffs off the arms and layered them on top too

So no sewing, just tucking the cuts under so it looks like one cohesive piece. Just keep manipulating it around until it looks how you’d like.

My bureau is impossible to take a good picture of because the window just blows everything out- I tried morning, afternoon, night, sunny days, and dark days. So this is the best I’ve got:

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I think it looks perfect for summer, the fabric goes well with the burlap curtains and is a nice light color, close to the color of the slipper chair, so the gold candle holder and the picture frames can do all the standing out.

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I like the look of it being layered, and it can be moved around and stretched out- and it was $6. That’s probably my favorite part.

 

Have you switched out any of your wintery stuff yet?

 

 

Liebster Award

Hello! I’m posting on a bonus day this week (I normally post Monday/Wednesday/Friday) because I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by my blog-friend Asia over at Cape Cod Dreams! Thanks Asia!!

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Along with the award comes some questions, so if you’re interested in learning a little more about me just read on:

1. Where do you get your inspiration?

When I first started blogging and decorating I was very hugely inspired by Young House Love, but once I sort of evolved and developed my style and preferences I started getting inspiration from some blog friends (turned actual best friends)- Emma, Kenz, and Tracie. Emma is a lover of colors, which for some reason horrify me, so I need her to make me put down the white spray paint. Kenz is fearless and daring with power tools, which helps to make me feel like I can be too. And Tracie has a classic, timeless taste in furniture and decorating that reminds me everything does not need to be redone. I’m not a huge magazine reader and lately I’m exhausted by Pinterest, so drawing from real life, relatable creative people has become really important to me.

2. What is your favorite color?  Do you have one?  Why?

Shockingly enough, my favorite color is orange (which is why my guest room is a screaming orange). It’s so happy and cheerful and fun, I love it. But the reality of things, if you look at what I wear and how I decorate, is that I surround myself in nice, mellow, humble gray.

3. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?

Honest to goodness I would sell my soul for a trip to LegoLand & the San Diego Zoo, in California. For some silly reason that’s not at the top of Matt’s list… so instead we’re currently planning a two week trip to Australia. I guess that’ll have to do.

4. What is the best book you last read?

I’m going to be honest and straight up tell you I barely read books. Like ever. I work far too many jobs and I love watching movies and crummy television shows. But I guess my most recent favorites have been In the Woods and The Likeness, both by Tana French.

5. What are your best tips for other bloggers?

This is going to sound so cliche, but just write for yourself. Write because you want to write. The moment you start putting pressure on yourself, or stressing over stats, it starts to wear on you. All the pressure is imaginary. That being said, I check my freaking stats like 90 times a day. Do as I say, not as I do.

Another good tip is to comment on other blogs! Comment, comment, comment. Make blog friends, because more often then not they relate to you a lot more then real life friends. I love my real life friends to death, but if I’m hankering to spray paint a side table metallic silver chances are they are not the people who will care to hear about it.

And one last tip- take good pictures! Sometimes I take good pictures, sometimes I take terrible pictures. But I try real had and I always always always edit in PicMonkey.com . I am constantly reminding myself to take a “pinnable” picture for each post.

 

So there you go, a little bit about little ol’ me. And since Emma recently got a Liebster Award for her blog Broke Ass Home, I will have to pass it on to Kenz (@Interiors by Kenz) and Tracie (@Middle Class Modern).

 

Anything else you’re dying to know about me? Just ask! Or follow along with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

Influenster Vox Box Review!

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may have noticed I’ve been a little excited about my Vox Box and the products in it, so I thought I’d take a post to tell you what the heck a Vox Box is and why I’m so obsessed with it.

I am a member of Influenster.com (if you’d like an invite let me know). As part of that they sent me a box of products to test out and review- hooray! The theme of the box I got is “sugar ‘n spice.”

holy crap, this box was filled with goodies.

holy crap, this box was filled with goodies.

 

1. belVita Breakfast Biscuits: I ate these immediately, which is why I have no close up picture of them. But really, if you give me free food chances are it’ll be gone in under 5 minutes. They were really good, tasted similar to a graham cracker, and for being smallish were filling with my eggs and tea.

2. Nectresse: This is a sweetener with 0 calories that is all natural. It came with a little booklet to tell you what measurements to use when substituting it for sugar, which was really helpful. I cut up a bunch of strawberries, added a packet, and chowed down. It tasted exactly like sugar, so if you’re trying to be more healthy and organic conscious it’s definitely a good way to to.

3. Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer: This guy deserves an solo photo op.

UntitledI freaking love this stuff. I’ve gotten into the routine of taking a shower, spraying this on, then blow drying my hair & by the time my hair is dry this has been totally absorbed. It promises not to be oily or greasy and it really isn’t, it ends up feeling a little bit like you just put baby powder on.

It sprays on continuously, you don’t have to pump it, so you can just cover yourself head to toe then quickly rub it in and then you’re done. I have super super painful dry sky so normally I go more for a thick lotion then something this lightweight, but it did the trick and I was really impressed.

I definitely recommend this product, especially where summer is coming up because I think it’d be really good after a day at the beach.

Have I sold you on this yet? I hope so. Because they’re not even making me say amazing things about it. I just feel that deserves to have amazing things said.

 

4. Colgate Optic White Regimen: There were 3 Colgate products in the box that if used together claimed to whiten your teeth within 5 days.

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I’ve used the mouthwash and toothpaste everyday since I got them and Matt’s been using the toothbrush (I have an electric one my dentist said I have to use). As for the mouthwash I think Matt said it best when he said “it feels like you’re gargling with electricity.” It is intense, it took me a few days to be able to gargle for the full minute. But after brushing and gargling it literally feels like you just left the dentist, it’s that thorough. And Matt says he loves the toothbrush too, that it has all sorts of textures and it’s really lightweight. I do believe our smiles are a bit brighter as well.

5. Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes: This was my most favorite product in the whole box. If I was to actually go out and buy one thing from the entire box, it would be these. I love them. I want to rub my face with these towels all day everyday and sing a song about them on a mountain top.

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I work a regular day job and then I alternate between two night jobs, so in between job #1 and job #2 I’ve been wiping my face down with these and it feels ah-may-zing. Normally I’d be annoyed with something like this because it does wipe off some makeup, but holy god the tingly  happiness that happens on your skin is so worth it. A box of 20 of these is only $6, so they’re pretty cheap for all the magnificent magic that they do.

 

So there you have it, my first product review post. Sorry it was so wordy, I had lots of things to say and was so excited to be a part of this. 🙂

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

High 5 for Friday

 photo H54Fbutton-triangle_zps678b65ba.jpgIt’s the end of the week, which means it’s time for another high 5 for Friday- reflecting on what was awesome this week and leaving all the junk in the dust.

1. I got my Influenster VoxBox in the mail! If you’re wondering that the heck that means, come back on Monday to see. 🙂

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2. We had a snow day on Tuesday, and while it’s really crummy to have this much snow in March it’s really awesome that both Matt & I work in education and have snow days off together.

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3. If you follow me on instagram, you’ll see that yesterday I got new pajama pants (after a certain dog had a little snack on my old pair). na na na na, na na na na….

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4. Today I’m going to book a car and driver for Matt & I for our wedding day thanks to Matt’s dad and stepmom. How luxurious!

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5. We are working with Matt’s mom and stepdad to plan a brunch for the day after our wedding, since we have so many out of town guests that will be staying in a hotel. Basically we’re having a teeny tiny wedding with lots and lots of delicious food. Perfect!

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So now tell me- what was the highlight of your week? What’s happening this weekend?

DIY Remote Pouch

Today I’ve got a realy quick and easy project for you all: a DIY no-sew remote pouch.

We have 3 remotes in our bedroom- one for the tv, one for the DVD player, and one for the Roku box. All of them have been stored on the bookshelf we use as a tv stand, and that was really messing with my ability to style those shelves so clearly something had to be done. I decided to make a pouch to stick on the side of the bed so we could store the remotes there instead.

To do this you will need:

  • fabric of your choice (and actually, a cloth napkin or placement would probably do the trick)
  • velcro
  • hem tape

To make:

  1. Lay out your fabric with your remotes on top and cut enough so that you can fold the fabric up from the bottom and completely cover the remotes, then give yourself an extra inch or two to create a flap
  2. Iron your fabric to get rid of any wrinkles then using your hem tape iron in the sides to create a fray-free edge
  3. Once your sides have been hem taped, fold your fabric up (leaving that two in flap out of it) and use your hem tape to attached it all into a pouch
  4. Fold the flap over and iron it to create a seam- don’t hem tape it, you’re just doing this to train the fabric to lay flat
  5. Add velcro to the back and stick it to the side or back of your bed!

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I designed the pouch so the remotes could either stand up straight or lay on their side, it’s only about 6 or 7 inches long and a bit wider then that. I didn’t take any measurements or take care to make the lines all absolutely straight because this is going to be hidden anyway.

 

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If you don’t already have velcro strips lying around your house I recommend you buy a big ol’ box of them. I use velcro for freaking everything- even hanging pictures sometimes. It’s DIY gold.

 

 

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I didn’t take care to make this particularly gorgeous or perfect because it will always be hidden by the comforter when the bed is made, but it does the trick and Matt loves it.

 

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It doesn’t make the prettiest pin, but it does the trick 🙂

What to do without Google Reader

I don’t usually post on Tuesdays, but I also don’t usually post about technology stuff so I figured if I was going to it should probably be on an off day. Please feel free to skip over this if you’re not interested, I’ll be back tomorrow with a DIY no-sew remote pouch that you can make in under 10 minuts. And if you’re a hoarder like I am, you can make it fo’ free. 🙂

Ok back on track….

A few days ago Google announced it was doing away with the Reader, which is how I read every. single. blog. I follow. And I follow over 50 blogs, so there was a bit of panic. If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen some of the discussion:

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A few of my more tech savvy friends recommended a few articles to read that all had different options, and I tried ALL of them. Today I’m just going to tell you about 3, real quick an easy, and direct you to them in case you need it:

1. Feedly: I’m pretty sure this is what a lot of people are going to use. But it is not for me… basically, Feedly is an app for your web browser. This means it’s not hosted on a web page. Which means you can’t read it in a private browser. Which means if you read blogs at work, and you work for a place that monitors that kind of stuff, this is not the best option for you.

2. The Old Reader: I wanted this site to work out, I REALLY did. It looks exactly like Google Reader and is being plunged out of beta testing in response to Google Reader going away. However, it says you can just import your extracted reader sites and it’s good to go. This didn’t work for me, I had to manually enter all of the blogs one by one. And then I discovered it was far from having real time updates. I mean, it was showing me posts from last week and saying it was updated. I assume that’s a kink that’ll be worked out, but I’m not patient enough for that.

3. Blog lovin: This one is a keeper for me, and it’s the best option for what I want to do. It shows you each blog via it’s own page with a drop down menu up top for you to switch around to the blogs you haven’t read yet- it makes commenting super easy and allows you to appreciate the time and design that goes into each blog. And it did actually import my entire Reader, in fact I think it expected a lot of Reader people to come on over so it added a button for us on its’ home page. It’s not updated in real time, there’s about a 2 hour delay I think, but I can live with that. As long as it’s same day I’m happy, and honestly it’s better then Google Reader so I’ll get over it.

I’m totally on the Blog Lovin bandwagon now, come… join me…

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