Thursday, July 21, 2011

Labeling ♥

I found these free printable labels for our coat closet at the Better Homes & Gardens website.  I laminated the sheet after printing it out.  This way, the names on the labels are easy to change as the contents of these containers change.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

★ Maria Menounos ★

When I was in high school I'd see Maria Menounos in magazines and be amazed by her beauty and I also liked the fact that she came from humble roots.  I could relate to her on that part.

Once I came to the knowledge of her book, I'd planned on buying it.  My brother bought me Ms. Menounos' book, The EveryGirl's Guide to Life, in June.  I had told him that I've been thinking about buying it and he got it for me!  It's great to have an older brother like that.

Review:  I think, most of what she tells you, you will probably already know, but I found that she motivated me to get up and actually do those things.  Also, this book read more like, advice from a big sister.  She prides herself on getting things done on her own.  I like that quality in anyone.  Sometimes I felt as though she was bragging a bit, although, I guess it is expected a in a book about how she lives her life.  Surprisingly, there were a few grammatical and spelling errors (nothing major).  I liked how she offered cheaper alternatives where ever she could.  But, like she says, keep your mind in "possibility", when doing anything.  I think that advice holds true for when reading her book as well. Overall, it was refreshing to see how she lives her life especially since she takes a healthy, happy and heartfelt approach to living; and we can all benefit from that.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Closet Organization 101

The key to organizing your closet is to group like items together.  Group your shirts, T-shirts, pants, dresses, etc. together and assign a section for each.  Some like to organize that further by color...I personally don't have enough clothes in all the colors of the rainbow to do that (plus, I would probably have trouble maintaining that).

For a more organized look, use the same type of hanger and hang in the same direction.  Try not to use the dry cleaner metal hangers.

Okay, we got the clothes organized but what about all the other stuff we dump in our closets?  I, for instance, had these other items:

-picture frames
-hair accessories
-note cards
-Christmas gift boxes
-crafting stuff
-and more...

Group like items and get some wicker baskets or some pretty storage boxes or both.  Next, sort each group into a specific container.  Also, as you sort things, purge things you no longer need or like.  Please donate these to your local thrift store or recycle them.  Now, perch the rest back on the shelves and you're done!  Here's the final result:

Happy closet organizing!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Mixing it Up

When I went bike riding near the lake shore, I saw so much flowers and plants there. I simply couldn’t resist picking up a few wild flowers and leaves and such.  I’ve combined the roses with the lesser tamed flowers and foliage.  The combination of the wild with the tamed makes a great display.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Flower Food

I saw this on The Nate Berkus Show (yeah, I watch him a lot):


They used Oreo cookie crumbs for the "dirt" (pretty clever!) and made leaves out of fondant.  The cupcakes were placed in the pots with the aid of toothpicks. 

This is my attempt.  Close, but no cigar:

I made the cupcakes with my cousins (we didn't have the icing nozzles, so we didn't get the flower petal look).  I was in a hurry (leaving to a picnic) so, I didn’t have time to make fondant leaves…so I used some real ones (of course, after rinsing them).  

At the end of the day, it's all cupcakes and are all likely to taste good (although, I'm sure theirs were tastier as they were Gorgetown Cupcakes).

Saturday, July 16, 2011

All in the Family

When my Mom went to pick up my Grandma from my Aunt’s house,
She also gathered a few of my Aunt’s pink English Roses. 
Upon the sight of the roses,
I quickly grabbed my Great Grandmother’s gold metal basket,
And I settled the roses within. 
Oh and these are my pictures…

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