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A Busy Girls Guide to Doing It Yourself

Category: DIY Projects

Building a Blanket Ladder

Building a Blanket Ladder

If you’re like me, you can never have too many cozy blankets or lovely quilts lying around. Whether it’s time to snuggle up as a family and watch a movie, curl up with a book, or there are house guests coming, you need extra blankets […]

Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

It’s nearing the end of winter and we’ve all been stuck indoors for weeks on end. Things can start to get a little stuffy, but there’s a few easy things you can do to make the air indoors more pleasant while you wait out the […]

Now That It’s November

Now That It’s November

I can’t tell20151109_171334 you all how excited I am that is is finally November! I absolutely love this time of year. From the beauty of the changing colors of the leaves, to the crispness in the air, to the start of the holiday season, there is just so much to look forward to and enjoy.

As the seasons really start to change outside I love making simple changes inside our home as well. Switching out the scents of candles, adding a new runner to the kitchen table, and placing small bits of fall decor around our main living spaces sets the tone for the holidays ahead. Check out some of these easy updates and let me know what you do to start getting your home ready for the holidays!

20151109_164940I always like to have candles on the kitchen table, whether we have company coming over for a special occasion or we’re just having a quiet dinner for two at home, it just makes any meal feel more special. These metal wheat stalk candle holders were around $10 a piece from Home Goods and the mini pumpkins are real and I picked them up from the grocery store 2 for $1.

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Decorating the fireplace mantel is one of my favorite things to do. Its fun to change up your photos and décor at different times of the year to reflect the holidays and the seasons. Come Fall, I love the beautiful colors that are a nice change to our every day décor color palate. It triggers a change is coming with the holidays. I found these fun over sized acorn decorations at Michael’s and used a long leaf garland as well as a handful of floral sprigs in reds, oranges, and yellows to tie it all together.

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Flavors change with the holidays too! We all know the famous PSL available only at the wonderful time of year from Starbucks. But for those of us who like to craft our espresso drinks at home, it’s easy to switch up flavors too! I pick up Monin coffee syrups at Home Goods whenever I get the chance for around $6. I prefer them because they use cane sugar and only a couple of other ingredients, nothing artificial. This time of year you can find great seasonal flavors like Pumpkin Spice, Salted Caramel, and one of my latest favorites, Gingerbread.

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Lastly, one of the biggest impacts you can make on your home for the changing season to set the mood is to change up your scents. If you like candles, its the perfect time of year to pick up new scents. This Pumpkin Spice and Maple Syrup scented candle makes our home even more cozy and comfortable.

Enjoy the season and all it has to offer! Let me know what else you do to make your home a welcoming space for family and friends.

“W” is for Wine

“W” is for Wine

“W” is for Wine, well not entirely. It’s actually also the first letter of my future last name once I get married next year, but when it’s an accessory for the wine & coffee bar it works either way. For this quick weekend afternoon project […]

Wine Bottle Scones

Wine Bottle Scones

I have struggled since we moved in to our house to commit to decor pieces that go on the walls, but when  saw a version of this project on Pinterest I was excited to give it a try. It was the perfect tie in for […]

Makeup Organization Made Better

Makeup Organization Made Better

I’ll start by saying on this one, that while I do not have an enormous amount of makeup to organize, this type of system can work for those that have a much larger collection. It just comes down to finding a system, container, basket, bin, etc. that works for you.

I travel fairly regularly so between packing and unpacking I had given up on makeup organization. That meant that every morning I ended up digging through a large and bottomless travel case of makeup. It was messy and it took up precious time in my morning that it just plain didn’t deserve. So, a solution was needed.

Step 1: PURGE! I know I’m not the only girl out there that hoards samples and hangs on the products long past they are still good (and quite frankly healthy) to be using. Ladies, you put this stuff on your face everyday! Be careful about how long you’ve held on to products, allowing them to be collectors of bacteria, eww! So trash anything that is getting old, and things that you no longer use.

Step 2: Now that you have a true inventory of the volume of product you need to house, decide where you want to be able to store it. This will help determine what kind of container you need. If you want to keep it in open sight, you may want something that either displays or conceals your products. Think about the width and height of space you have. Will it sit out on the counter, or under a cabinet? In my case, I needed something small that I could set down in the cabinet under my bathroom sink because we don’t have an excessive amount of counter space. I wanted something easy to access that I didn’t have to open and close as well.

Step 3: GO SHOPPING! Like anytime I go out looking for storage solutions, go with you problem and needs in mind, not necessarily a preconceived notion of the product or solution you are looking for. This will keep you open-minded to solutions you may not have thought of before, things that are a little out of the box, but that likely work better than the common fix. I found this great little organization basket at Home Goods for $12.99! It’s a basket wrapped with an artificial sort of twine looking material that will withstand the humidity in the bathroom very well. It had multiple compartments to help organize different types of products, was relatively small, and had a great handle that makes it easy to pull out from inside the cabinet and put it away when I’m finished.

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This same sort of process works for office supplies, medicine cabinets, pantries, and really any space where you have lots of products that accumulate easily and that need organization to remain accessible and really usable. So, Go Do It, and get a little more organized this weekend!

– The Working Girl