DIY Your Old, Outdated Office or Cubicle




You work in an office. Maybe even a dreaded cubicle is around you. Brown desks, white walls, just ugh. Girl, I FEEL you. You’re this little mouse in this big, ugly work space. It’s not great for creativity, working or anything other than staring off and wishing you could be Sabrina the Teenage Witch and just transform everything. Whoa, major flash back! I wish I had a cat like Salem. I digress. I love beautifying my office. I scoured the entire internet to find the best DIY tutorials on making your home or work office drop dead gorgeous.



Clipboard wall art is the PERFECT wall art for an office. It takes a staple office supply and transforms it into something you can smile at every day.



What I love about decorating your own pencils is that you can put any message you want! Plus, if you have a work office, no one can stael your pencils without it being obvious.



Once you have your DIY pencils, you NEED a DIY pencil case. Upcyclers unite!



I love this gold striped mouse pad! You could do it in any color, but gold makes the world so much prettier.



MORE GOLD! You can make this DIY organizer for only $3. Steal.


Never lose a paper clip or binder clip again! Or you could use them for candy. Candy makes me way more productive.



My best plan of action comes from a dry erase board. I use it for the biggest things I need to accomplish. Having one on my desk is THE BEST! Check out how you can make your own.



I need ten million of these! Plants are a great way to open up your office space and these will make your office SUPER pretty!



Up your love for gold with DIY magnetic letters. I use mine for hashtags to remind myself to #HUSTLE and #DREAM.



Stay classy and chic with these pink beauties that you need to make RIGHT NOW.



Make your old, boring filing cabinets absolutely stunning with this DIY tutorial.



Now you’re on your way to the prettiest office space EVER.

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Grandparents Forever: Remembering, Smiling, and Grieving.

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My partner in life and love had his Grandfather pass away this week. It hurts my heart to see him get emotional. It’s still new and raw. His passing wasn’t completely unexpected. He had been battling a really aggressive cancer. He was fortunate in being able to see him over the weekend for the last time.


I can imagine what he’s going through. I lost my father, one of my Grandmothers and both of my Grandfathers. It’s still painful to talk about my Dad. I have one amazing Grandmother left. She’s the sweetest, most caring person you’ll ever meet. She lives pretty far and I don’t get to see her nearly as often as I’d like. But I know that I can call her anytime if I need guidance, support or a good laugh.


My Dad’s Dad (Poppy!) gave me the dream of working independently. He worked for himself for as long as I could remember. I even got to help! I worked “front desk” at a tanning salon that he and my Mom owned. I would always walk up the street to get sweet tea and wings and come back to pretend I was a really important employee. People couldn’t tan without me. My Mom’s Mom (Nanny) passed when I was just a little baby. Her spirit is alive with me always. I like to picture her as a take-no-nonsense Granny who tells people like it is.


Most people don’t realize how special their bond is with their Grandparents is until they’re a bit older. Now that I’m a Mom, I can see that special bond between my child and my Mom. Sometimes it makes me jealous, but then I remember my bond with my Grandmother. Even if I wasn’t allowed to watch The Simpsons at her house, I would always want to spend the night. After my Grandfather passed, my Memaw would still keep his old t-shirts for me to wear when I slept over. I started putting pepper on my scrambled eggs thanks to my Pawpaw.


I was lucky enough to get an added Grandparent. My Grandmother remarried a long while after my Grandfather passed. I was too old to give him a nickname, but he’s always been a Grandfather in my eyes.


The greatest gift that you can give anyone you love is time. Time are moments that can’t be bought, moments you will have with you forever. Time is short and needs to be cherished and made the most of. In the end, we all wish we had more time.


Remember to call them. Remember to visit. Remember to ask questions, to find out who they were before they were your Grandparent. Make a memory book. Send “just because” cards in the mail when you can’t visit. Remember that they wont always be there, but that you have your memories when they’re gone.


What is your favorite Grandparent memory?

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How to Get Your Picky Toddler to Try New Foods

Trying New Foods with a Picky Toddler

Toddlers are a tricky bunch to feed. They are, in fact, the pickiest of the human species. If it was left up to my daughter, she would eat pretzels and yogurt melts all day. Some may be more adventurous than others, but for the most part, it’s difficult to get them to try new foods. They will take one look at something and instantly say “ewwwwwwwwwwwww” without even tasting it. When that happens, there are so many things struggling parents can do. When your tot(s) say no, here’s what to do!


The most important thing to remember when trying to get your child to do something is to be patient! If you lose your temper or push harder than you should that may make your child even more stubborn. Getting angry just means your child has won the battle without even realizing it. Put your best foot forward and remain positive. If it doesn’t work out, try again the next day. Persistence is key but don’t rush anything. Also, be very mindful in your attitude. You should be positive about food. Being demanding or being a bully about what they eat could lead to problems later in life.


Let them graze. I find that my mini-me likes to eat all day long. She has her staple breakfast, lunch and dinner but there are countless snacks in between. When she yells “Snack!” I have about .79 seconds to get her something to eat. She loves picking out her own food, so I put the best options up front. “Apples, or yogurt?” “Apples!” She feels all independent, and she’s eating healthy choices. When introducing new options, I tell her that they taste like something that she’s already familiar with. You can see the wheels turning in her brain wondering if it’s true or not, but she eventually tries it.


Another thing to try is to make your food exciting! Many parents make funky shapes and characters out of pancakes and sandwiches. Try presenting all types of foods in a fun way to intrigue your child. Children usually love colors, shapes, and using their hands. When preparing a meal for them, give them as much finger food as possible like fruits and vegetables. Mix up the colors and show off your own creativity in the kitchen. Also, let them help. You’ll thank me later.


Many children watch their parents closely and mimic the things that they do. If your child sees you eating something that you asked them to try, they may be more likely to try it. This food may not be your favorite, but try to pretend to enjoy it. If you can make your child believe that this strange new food is delicious and enjoyable, they’ll be dying to try it. “Mommy likes it, so why wouldn’t I?”


Give them something that they do like and maybe that will motivate them to eat different foods if they know there’s an enjoyable end. This may seem like a bribe, but make sure not to promise them a treat if they try something. Automatically give them a treat once they’ve tried the new food and they might figure the rest out on their own. Even if they don’t like what they’ve just eaten, that’s okay. Reward them for the effort.


One last idea to feed your child is by presenting them with a meal of both old and new items. Give them their favorite food and add one or two more new foods to the plate. Encourage them to eat everything on the plate. They may resist at first, but with some patience and positive reinforcement they may just give in.


You will end up with a lot of food on the floor. My little darling has to pick up everything she threw when she’s done eating. Feeding children, toddlers especially, can be a stressful task. They may grow out of their picky stage over time, but for now, keep introducing them to new foods. Be patient. Oh, and when it comes to vegetables, be sure to bring your “A” game. Vegetables can seem like kryptonite to toddlers. Check out my Pinterest board for toddler-approved ideas!


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Ten Ways to be More Productive

Ten Ways to be More Productive

Do you ever struggle with motivating yourself to do something? You know you should be more productive, but you don’t know how. With parenthood, social media and life in general, there are so many things that can hold you back from accomplishing your to-do list. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

 

Don’t wait around for the right conditions. It may be difficult to get started, but once you get going you’ll be flying through your project. Simply get up and go and don’t let yourself get distracted. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can start today! Getting started is probably one of the hardest parts.

 

Complete intensive tasks when your energy is at its highest. You’ll be more productive during the time of day when you’re jumping off the walls and you haven’t even had a coffee yet! Figure out when your energy level is at the max and you’ll be zipping through every task. The most efficient people get more done in less time.

 

Take unnecessary tasks off the to-do list. I know you want to go to the mall, but is that the most important deed of the day? Prioritize your most urgent task and if you finish early, then definitely treat yourself with that new purse you’ve been eyeing.

 

Take your work to a coffee shop. If you’re not being disturbed by your neighbor’s dog or irritating ambient noises, you’re likely to increase productivity. The drone of coffee machines and light chatter may be distracting, but it’s not as loud and can boost your creative flow. Plus, hello, coffee!

 

Clean up after each activity. The more tasks you do the more chaotic and cluttered your desk or work space will be. If you clean up, it’ll be like starting fresh! Clear your mind and take on that next project with ease. Organization is crucial!

 

Get out into the sunlight. It may sound strange, but lack of natural light can diminish your energy and cause you to feel sluggish. Spend a few minutes out on the porch or by an open window. This can stimulate your internal clock and boost your energy. If you can work somewhere around those warm beams, then do it. You’ll thank me later.

 

Use positive words when talking to yourself. It’s easy to stress out about the amount of work that needs to be done, but have no fear! Simply changing your frame of mind and choosing your words carefully can help you out. Instead of thinking “Ugh, I have so much work”, try thinking “What’s the best way to finish all my exciting tasks for the day?” See the difference? You need a daily mantra for reinforcing these positive thoughts. Change it as needed. For example, “Positive Mind, Positive Vibes, Positive Life.” My all-time favorite, though, is “You’re awesome, you’ve got this!” And you know what? I’ve totally got this, and so do you.

 

Work smarter, not longer. Working shorter hours each day can increase productivity. The longer you work in a day the more tired and less productive you’ll get. Focus your energy on your tasks, but don’t overdo it. It’s okay to take breaks and revitalize yourself! I find it best to work in short bursts. A few hours here and then I let my mind relax a bit.

 

Keep your focus on one task at a time. Multi-tasking is difficult and can get overwhelming. Choose one task, make it your entire life, and complete it. You’ll feel highly accomplished and your mind will be clearer with fewer things rattling around in there. Focus is key in getting stuff done.

 

Plan out your schedule for the day the night before. You will rest much easier not having to worry about what you have to do tomorrow. If I don’t personally write out a list, my mind will start creating a never ending one. Write it all out, that way you’ll know you haven’t forgotten anything. That’s one less thing to do tomorrow, and you can always add more to the list later. Now go enjoy your beauty sleep!

 

What helps you be more productive?

 

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15 DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts Round Up

15 DIY Valentine's Day Gift ideas

Valentine’s Day is an exciting holiday to express your feelings to the ones you love. Whether it’s your spouse, your family, or a new love interest, any one of these people would love to receive a homemade craft or dessert from you. Homemade crafts show effort and creativity. Here is a list of craft ideas that you can do yourself to help you decide what to gift the most important people in your life.

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http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/valentines-day-diy-gifts/

Valentine’s Jars – Clean out an old mason jar and turn it into a beautiful gift for your loved one! You can paint it, use stickers, and fill it with flowers and other good treats.

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http://www.tipjunkie.com/post/creative-ideas-for-valentines/

Quilted heart pillow – Test your sewing skills and make a cute and cuddly pillow! Use your scrap fabric and cut out decorative hearts to spread the love.

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http://www.marthastewart.com/274866/valentines-day-crafts

Felt Sleeves – Coffee lovers will adore you when you make them a reusable coffee cup sleeve. Cut out hearts and decorate it in any way you please with markers, stickers, and more.

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http://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/how-to/g1093/valentine-day-crafts/

Tea bags – Cut out hearts using paper or other materials for loved ones to enjoy while sipping out of their precious tea cups. You can turn dull tea bags into lively, holiday crafts.

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http://blog.consumercrafts.com/seasonal/winter/pom-pom-diy-valentine-wreath/

Valentine’s Wreath – Who says wreaths are only for Christmas? Break open that craft box filled with extra cotton balls, clothes pins, and paper. You’re going to love showing off your pink and red masterpiece.

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http://tatertotsandjello.com/2012/01/great-ideas-31-diy-valentines-day-projects-to-make.html

Felt garland –Create a garland full of hearts and love – literally! Show off your decorative skills and fill your home with Valentine’s joy.

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http://decor8blog.com/2014/01/20/v-day-creative-ideas/

Cocktails – Enjoy your evening with a fruity, pink drink! Cover the rim of the glass with spices and little heart candies to liven up your mood. You deserve some merriment!

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http://www.redtedart.com/2012/01/14/valentines-crafts-ideas/

Valentine’s Fairy – If you have kids and want them to join in on the fun, why not make a fairy friend? Use cloth, pipe cleaner, and other supplies lying around the house. Spread the love to children and they will love this creative craft.

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http://www.topdreamer.com/30-diy-valentine-decoration-ideas/

Paper hearts – Don’t you love seeing hearts everywhere? Fill up your home with paper hearts and streamers. All it takes to put together is a little glue and some TLC.

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http://www.the36thavenue.com/oreo-heart-cupcakes/

Oreo heart cupcakes – Everyone loves to indulge in sweets occasionally, and you deserve a good, festive cupcake. Whip up some yummy batter, sprinkles, and icing to envelope this delectable cookie and don’t regret eating more than one!

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https://blog.honest.com/diy-valentines-day-you-rock-cards/#

You rock! – Here’s a unique idea: let someone know how awesome they are by telling them how much they rock! Better yet, show them. Fill a box with pink tissue paper and the coolest looking rock you can find. Voila! Instant expression of admiration. Don’t forget to add a cute little note inside.

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http://blog.creativelive.com/diy-valentines-day-gift-idea/

Capture the memories – For all of you creative, scrapbooking types, this is the perfect gift to give. Break out your stamps, paper, stickers, and more and present all of your fondest memories with someone in their very own booklet and package of letters. Let your creativity run wild and show someone how much you’ve enjoyed your time together.

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http://placeofmytaste.com/2014/02/valentines-day-blog-hop-diy-stick-heart-wall-art.html

Stick heart – Connect nature and Valentine’s Day with these nifty stick heart designs. Scavenge your backyard, preferably with a friend or family member, and turn those plain old sticks into a rustic heart!

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http://www.candystore.com/blog/diy/kids-going-love-diy-valentines-day-crafts/

Mailbox – You and your children are going to need something to store all of the cards you will receive. Use glitter, stickers, foam, and other supplies to create a festive mailbox for the whole family to enjoy.

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http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/valentines-day/diy-valentines-crafts/mix-match-votives

Candle holders – Spread love throughout your house and decorate those plain glass candle holders. Everyone can enjoy the pretty and inventive designs on your lovely custom made holders!

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Free Monthly Blog Planner Printables!

Printables are my favorite! I was really excited to make these because I know how much lists and planners help with organization. There aren’t any stores you can find a Blog Planner at, unfortunately. The best way in staying ahead of the game is to stay organized. I promise these will save you a TON of time and help you stay on track. If you have any suggestions for my next round of printables, feel free to leave a comment. I hope you enjoy!

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Make Pinterest Worthy Homemade Hot Cocoa in Under 5 Minutes

Make Pinterest Worthy Homemade Hot Cocoa in Under 5 Minutes

 

I could pin on Pinterest all day. The art of looking is easier than the art of doing. Not to
mention when you’re a Mom, you have to coordinate exactly how long you can keep your tot entertained while you attempt to create a masterpiece (or disaster.) However, this Christmas I knew I had to get into gear to make gifts for my almost in-laws.

First up was the Peppermint Hot Cocoa mix. I LOVE Hot Cocoa. If my body didn’t require so much caffeine, I would drink it over coffee. Instant mixes are the tried and true-ish method, but homemade is the way to go. That way you know exactly what is going into your warm cup of love.

I tried it two different ways. One way was crushing up candy canes and putting them inside. The other (read: easier) way was to attach a candy cane to the mason jar. I think the easier way made it look a million times better.

Please be warned. Handling Hershey’s cocoa is EXTREMELY messy. I couldn’t figure out how to get it from the tin to the mason jar without getting chocolatey powdered goodness everywhere.

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  • What you’ll need:
  • A mason jar (I recommend 8oz)
  • Multi-sized measuring spoons (or just math and eyeing it)
  • Plastic bag
  • Something to crush candy canes (hammer, hardcover book, last year’s fruit cake…)

Optional:
Ribbon

  • Ingredients:
    12 Candy Canes (crushed)
    3/4 Cup Sugar
    1/3 Cup Hershey Cocoa
    2/3 Cup Powdered Coffee Creamer
    LOTS of Marshmallows

 

  • Instructions:
    1. Layer the ingredients main ingredients (sugar, cocoa, and creamer) to make an eye-catching mason jar. Or, combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir.
  • 2. Crush candy canes any way you choose. Use the plastic bag so you don’t add to the chocolate mess. Add crushed peppermints and marshmallows on top. Try not to let your kid or dog eat all the marshmallows.
  • 3. Use scrapbook paper to attach simple directions for the mix. For this recipe, you use 1/3 cup of hot cocoa mix with 6oz of hot water. OR MILK. :)
  • 4. Use ribbon around the mason jars for a fancy touch.
  • 5. Get ready for ALL the compliments you’ll receive on an amazing masterpiece.

BONUS IDEA:

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Next was where I ran out of time. I wanted to do homemade bath salts, but I missed an ingredient on my list on Christmas Eve. All the stores were closed, oh my! Quick thinking and an abundance of chamomile bath salts came to my rescue. I got out more of my trusted mason jars. I simply filled them up with bath salts and tied ribbon around them. They were looking kind of plain, so I attached Ghirardelli chocolate on top.

If anyone asks, I blame packages I had ordered not arriving on time. Also, procrastination. When I got the feeling I wouldn’t receive the packages, I still waited until Christmas Day to get everything together. I almost couldn’t part with my creations, though. They were beautiful, glorious and things that nearly every woman wants. Just make sure you don’t wait until the day you need to give the gift to get started. Don’t forget to take pictures to share on Pinterest!

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10 Coffee Photos to Inspire You

 

It’s that first sip that gets your engine going. For many, coffee is literally their fuel. We love to drink it, talk about it, look at it and share it. Let’s have a moment of silence for these exquisite coffee pictures while we enjoy what is probably our third cup.

 

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Don’t spend your Holidays answering emails.

Turn it off

Taking time off is vital for a successful relationship with you and your work. Whether you’re trapped in the 9 to 5 game or work for yourself, everyone needs down time. Clients and customers who don’t understand this are probably not the kind you want to keep.

 

Help yourself take time off around the Holidays by planning ahead for your clients. Target your most high-profile first. These are usually the people who like to stomp their feet when there’s a hiccup. They also expect miracles out of rocks.

 

Work with them to accommodate their needs while still edging out your plans of the perfect work-life balance. This won’t only mean a higher retention rate for your clients, but a higher profit for you for seeking out work ahead of time. If you already have a good relationship with your clients, they will appreciate your thoughtfulness immensely.

 

Timely communication is the key. No one likes a business that is flighty that they can’t depend on. Even if you work for yourself, you provide a service. If this service can’t be relied on, people will go elsewhere. But if clients are aware of upcoming time off, you should stay in the clear.

 

Now you have to deprogram. Unplug yourself from your work and focus on you and your family. Make an effort to not think about work. Really try to enjoy yourself and don’t stress about all the emails. You’re not checking your emails, right? Just remember to turn on your auto-responder, and enjoy your break.

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Ten reasons why I’m the best boss ever.

Ten Reasons i am

Being your own boss is fantastical. For years, I supported myself solely with my handmade business while in college. It was the best of times, it was the best of times. Yes, you read that right. I’m an awesome boss to me. I’ve compiled a list of reasons why I’m the best boss to me ever:

10. I don’t hold me back. However my creative juices flow, I let them. Not once did I ever shut a project down just when I was getting to the good part.

9. I never had negative things to say about my work. When it came to working for myself, I was super positive with me. That’s because this is how I work best. I got tons of self-props, yay!

8. I didn’t have to worry about looking over my shoulder when I was taking a social media break. I CAN MULTI-TASK.

7. No annoying co-workers. I hate “watercooler talk.” Leave me alone.

6. Cookies and other various snacks. Man, I love snacks.

5. Pajamas and fuzzy boots.

4. I knew that x amount of work would get me x amount of results. I also knew that being overworked to reach x amount of work would end up with less than stellar results. I knew exactly what kind of work/life balance I needed, and no one could tell me no.

3. I did more things for me because I had more time. A happier me is a more productive me. I could get so much more done in a short amount of time, simply because I FELT better. Being sunlight deprived in a cubicle does not make me feel better.

2. Naps. Yes, naps. They make me more productive.

1. Unlimited coffee breaks. This will be the number one reason, forever.
A little shy of three years ago, I jumped back into the regular office hours routine. It feels like there’s little to no escape. But I’m planning and building to return back to my life of luxury. That luxury, to me, is being my own boss. I’ve got a daughter now, so that mixes things up a bit. I have to make sure my income is stable enough to provide some security to my family. Whenever I do fully commit to being my own boss again, though, we’re totally having snacks.

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