Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Get It Together, Post Two

Happy Friday! We are so close to the end of January, and hopefully you are all a bit more organized, and are still feeling motivated.

I know that sometimes we can “lose a little steam” when working on big projects such as cleaning out your house. Give yourself a day to take a breath, regroup, and sort the tasks you need to do in order to finish. Once you power through the last of it, you are going to love the feeling of accomplishment!

Today, I want to talk a little more about getting our lives together; mainly about PLANNERS!

I’m sure we have all been there, we buy a planner with grand intentions of using it, then after a month, it’s collecting dust or is stuck in the back of a drawer. Well not this year it’s not!

First, I am going to be bluntly honest when it comes to choosing a planner. All you need is a planner set up how YOU would use it, and a pencil. Yep, that’s it.

I personally see these “DIY planners” full of stickers, colorful additives, etc. as a waste of time and money. Now don’t get all up in arms at me; if you find that these extra pieces truly help you to actually use your planner, and keep organized, that is wonderful!

Just know, if you think that going out and spending a bunch of money on a planner, stickers, and colorful pens is going to help you to actually use it, you’re most likely wrong. You are going to spend more time trying to get all these stickers in there than actually scheduling out your week and month.

When I say you need a planner set up how YOU like it, I mean the way the layout is printed. I purchased my planner from Barnes & Noble, and while it did come with stickers, I cut those pages out and gave them to my daughter.

Personally, I like tabs so I can flip to months quickly and easily, I also like that each month starts off with a full month calendar, then is broken down into weeks/days following that page.

On my monthly calendar I can see all of my various appointments, events, etc. As for the weekly/daily pages, I can easily list out the tasks I need to work on for that specific day or week. As I navigate this year with my planner, I will be using it to also focus on the social media and blog posts that need to be completed, as well as my family’s day to day schedules.

Now, how will you make sure to use your planner? That’s what Sunday’s are for! A couple weeks ago on Instagram I shared what “Self-Care Sunday” means to me. For some it may mean laying on the couch binge watching TV. For me it means sitting down with my planner, my 52 Lists Journal, and setting my intentions for the week.

I have found that starting off every Sunday has kept me so much more organized and prepared! I am able to start my week off with such amazing positivity, and it helps me to keep my motivation up.

This doesn’t mean that I only look at my planner on Sunday’s, this simply means that I plan everything out. I also make sure to add needed appointments and events to my iPhone calendar.

Being able to see all of your engagements will help you to better prepare for you week mentally, which is a great way to get your life organized! Having a better sense of clarity in our minds will help us to ease stress and feel more calm.

Take a deep breath, and get to your planner!

Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Get it Together, Post One

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Hello all!! Welcome back to another great week! I took this weekend off for myself and it was amazing! My husband took care of the kiddos on his own for a night and I got to check into a hotel for some mommy away time. It was incredible and I’ll be talking about it in another post soon.

I hope you have all been having a great time cleaning OUT your homes and getting them organized. Are you feeling a bit lighter and are you having more clarity with your thoughts? It is just so amazing what we can do for our health when we clear out the clutter.

Now that our homes have it all together, it is time to turn our focus or getting our lives organized. I know what you are thinking, can I really get it together? Yes, you can! Will it be perfect everyday? NO! That’s the beauty of life, none of us are perfect, but we can all try our best each day.

The first thing I began doing at the end of 2018 and starting into 2019 was really looking at all of the various events, projects, hobbies, and just general stuff I was trying to do. What conclusion did I come to? I can’t do it all. No one can, and we are going to wear ourselves out trying. I was simply trying to do too much, and it was really stressing me out and bringing me down. I want you to take some time to do a little life audit of your own. What is on your plate? What can you take off?

One thing I have started trying to implement into my planning, if it isn’t a “heck yes” it’s a “heck no” when looking at events, projects, etc. I used to be the type of person who would say yes to pretty much everything. Don’t get me wrong, I love helping; I just found that’s actually what started bringing me down. I began putting everyone else’s needs before my own. I would exhaust myself trying to plan or help with multiple events, projects, etc and it felt like I could just never stop and take a breath.

From there I looked at the various things I was trying to do and thought about which ones didn’t bring me joy, or that I truly didn’t have time to be doing. This is when you have to be the most honest with yourself. For me at least two of the things I said I wasn’t going to do anymore: large events and Poshmark. I love planning events and hosting people in my home. However, the two large parties we do at the end of the year were just way too much for me in 2018. I found that I wasn’t feeling the fun and joy I had in the past. It was tiring, tedious, and actually left me frustrated. This is simply not healthy, so I said no more to them this year.

One thing that helped me really flip the light switch was when I caught myself saying, “Well, if I don’t do it, no one else will.” Then it hit me, WHO CARES?! If other people want to have these parties, they can plan them, they can host them! I had to tell myself that I do not have to be the only one doing all of these things, and if some of them don’t happen, it’s fine and the world is going to keep right on turning.

As for Poshmark, when I first started I felt like I was doing great and selling items, but then it slowed down. I tried keeping up with sharing items, sharing my own listings, etc. I have two kids, and a busy enough life, yet I still really thought that I could maintain this as well. Truth be told, I couldn’t. This app takes a lot of time and you have to share your listings almost constantly to continue to make sales. Now, please don’t get me wrong here this app can be wonderful if you have the time to focus on it! Once we added our second daughter I just didn’t have the time, and I had to be honest with myself about it. I loved the aspect of making a little extra money, and when I had the time, I did! I just knew that for me, it was time to turn my focus to other areas. I had to let go of some of this stress.

We are only two weeks into the new year, and I must say, I am already feeling so much better in many different areas of my life. Doing a personal life audit was hard at first, but I am so thankful that I was able to sit down and be completely honest with myself. I took the time to remind myself that just because I was letting go of some tasks, I in no way was a failure because of them. I am choosing a better, healthier life style, and that is a win in my book!

I want you to go do the same now. Take some time this week to sit down and really look at what is on your schedule, what things are you trying to do that you can let go of? Are you volunteering up your time a little too much? Saying yes a little too quickly? Trying to do way too many things at once? It is time to take back some of YOUR time and ease your stress.

I’ll be back soon with some others way we are going to get our lives together! Stay well, stay happy!

 

 

Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Kitchen Continued

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Welcome back! As promised, here are a few other areas of my kitchen I have organized. I’ll take you through what is located in each section and what items I used to organize it all out.

I hope that you are all finding the happiness in getting your house together!

Pots & Pans

This cupboard can always get people because it can be an awkward mess! Our cupboard space is great, we just weren’t utilizing it correctly. I finally purchased a Pan Organizer and used it to sort out the lids for the various pans. I then sorted out our pans and stacked them by type, then size. I was hoping to use another Pan Organizer for my frying pans, unfortunately the shelf is the back is too low and doesn’t adjust. Making this change (and of course we cleared some stuff out of it prior to organizing it) has made it so much easier for us to get to items while preparing dinner, baking, etc!

Baking Cupboard

I love baking! It brings me such joy, especially when I am able to bake for others. My baking cupboard was MESS though! Cupcake pans and racks awkwardly stacked, stuff everywhere, ugh, it drove me nuts! I used another Pan Organizer to sort out my various baking pans and cooling racks. I was able to sort and “nest” the square baking pans I have; meaning they were able to go one inside the other like a Russian Nesting Doll. One of my other favorite organizing bins pieces are these Storage Boxes. They are such a great size and are perfect for sorting our a large variety of items. I use mine to sort out cookie cutters, cake supplies, and cupcake/decorating supplies.Whatever item I need, I just have to grab one box and my cupboard doesn’t become a disaster again.

Spice Cupboard

The spice cupboard is another area that can just be a swirling vortex of terror. It seems that everything can just end up jammed in there, even if we try to keep it “organized”, it still give us a lot of difficultly to find anything. I am just so happy with how this cupboard turned out after I attacked it! The top shelf I used for our taco items, because we all love tacos, and there are only a few items that can lie flat. The second shelf I used two of these Turntables to sort out our various herbs and spices. The turntable on the left holds herbs and items of that sort, and they are in alphabetical order. The others turntable has all of our spices, also in alphabetical order. Now it takes me almost no time to find what I need as I am preparing a meal. For the bottom shelf I maximized our space by using this Expandable Shelf and sorted items by which I use most, meaning those go in the front. The back shelf I placed any packet mixes, in groups of course, since they are easy to pull out one at a time, The rest was placed in the middle and is easy to get to as well!

Entertaining/Other

We enjoy entertaining through out the year, and have a few items that are used really only during those various events (birthday parties, BBQs, etc). I gave these items their own cupboard space so I don’t have to have them all over the place getting in the way of other pieces in my kitchen. As with every space, I make sure that like items are stored together and that items are stacked in a safe, organized way. Also in this cupboard, since my Keurig is on the counter about it, I keep my boxes of tea! As you can see, I enjoy a variety of teas. One Storage Box holds all the flavors that are caffeinated, the other holds all the herbal and decaf teas. As need I place a few bags in the drawer above this cabinet!

So there you have it! That is how a few other areas of my kitchen are sorted and organized. Are there any other areas in your kitchen you are struggling with, anything else I can share with you? Please let me know!

Until next time, have a beautiful day!

Reaching Your Personal Goals Whilst Juggling Commitments

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Many of us take on more responsibilities as we get older. Working, looking after children and doing household duties such as cooking and cleaning can sometimes leave very little time for pursuing personal interests and hobbies. Not having the time to pursue these personal goals can make many of us unhappy, as we may feel we’re living our lives doing duties rather than doing what we want. Everyone deserves their freedom – gaining this may simply require learning to better manage your time. Here are just a few solutions that could help you to take care of your commitments whilst finding time for yourself.

Make the right sacrifices

Sacrifices are often needed to better manage one’s time. Making the right sacrifices is important as it could determine how happy you are. Most people think that working all hours and sacrificing family and personal time is the way to go, but it isn’t in most cases. Rather than focusing on earning more, it could worth focusing on spending less. This might allow you to work less hours, allowing you to see your family more and spend more time on yourself.

Be wary of sacrificing sleep to get everything done as this is not the way to go either. Being overtired will negatively affect everything else from your job to your family relationships to your personal challenges. Instead of sleeping less hours, try rescheduling your sleep instead. Going to bed early and waking up early might sound boring and horrible to some people, but actually better for us. Instead of free time in the evening, you’ll have free time in the morning, which you might be able to use more productively for yourself if everyone else in your home is asleep.

Find effective ways to multi-task

There are certain times when you may be able to multi-task and fit in some free time. If you have to commute to work, consider turning this stressful and routine trip into something productive and exciting. A commute via train could allow you enough to read a book, watch a TV show, write a blog post or plan the week’s meals. A commute via car might be a little harder to make use of as it requires more concentration, however you might still be able to do a listening activity such as streaming your favourite music, listening to an audiobook or learning a new language via a CD. You may even be able to travel by bicycle and make this your get fit time.

Meanwhile, there are many tasks that you can now do at home to fit around commitments. Many employers are now allowing staff to work from home in career fields that are mainly IT and phone based. You can also study a university course from home nowadays – you’ll find all kinds of courses on the web such as a healthcare administration degree online. You may also be able to exercise at home, rely on online food shopping and host virtual meetings via skype. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t leave the house – relying on these from-home methods might allow you to simply schedule them around your lifestyle rather than waiting for shops and gyms to open or having to travel or relocate to take up a job or university course.

Accept help from family and friends

Too many people turn down help from people around them that might otherwise free up time to focus on personal goals. Family and friends might be able to act as a babysitter occasionally whilst you get time yourself or they may be able to cook you a meal freeing up this chore. You shouldn’t over-rely on these people, but they shouldn’t be ignored.

If you’ve got a partner, you may also want to make sure that you’re both equally sharing out responsibilities. Sharing out household chores and time with the children can give you both more time to spend on personal interests and hobbies. It’s worth also trying to find some couple time for your both so that you’re not always spending time apart – this can often be a danger if you both work different hours.  

Know when to seek outside support

If you don’t have friends, family or a partner to share the load with, you can still make time to chase your personal goals – you may just have to rely on outside support. There are lots of babysitting services out there that can look after your children whilst you need to get things done. Some may be inexpensive or even free during certain hours. There are also charities out there that may be able to help with basic but gruelling tasks such as housework, allowing you to get others done. Asking for support is important as you could burnout if you’re juggling too much, affecting everything from your ability to work to your ability to look after your kids.

Schedule time for yourself

Don’t wait for free time to come along. When you have lots of commitments, you need to schedule in this free time. This could be a weekly slot when the children are being looked after or your partner is doing the housework. Having free time scheduled into your life will allow you to plan for it rather than taking it as it comes and not knowing how long it may last (a good example being when a baby is sleeping – you never know how long they’ll be out and what you’ll be able to get done in that time).

How to Do More For Your Grandparents As You All Get Older

As your grandparents get older and you move further into adult life, it can be easy to drift apart and for those relationships to crumble. That’s probably not what you want, but it happens so commonly regardless. That’s why it’s so important to go out of your way to make your relationships with your grandparents stronger. It doesn’t have to be complicated and everyone wins, so read on to learn more about what you should do.

Pick Up the Phone

A phone call can be the most important thing you give to your grandparents if you do it on a regular basis. They need to have family members to talk to and pass the time with, and by spending some time on the phone with them you could make them happier than you’d imagine. It might not seem like much, but it will matter to them and that’s why you should prioritise things like this.

Be There For Special Occasions and Milestones

For your grandparents, it’s important to mark special occasions and recognise milestones in life. As you get older, these things only grow in importance, so you shouldn’t deny them the chance to recognise these kinds of things. It doesn’t take much to be there for those occasions and family gatherings, so make sure you show up and spend time with your grandparents on those occasions. Who knows, you might even have a good time!

Do the Simple Things

Doing more for your grandparents is not just about doing the big things or the grand gestures; it’s often the small things that are more important because they have the biggest day to day impact. For example, if you help them out with the shopping or changing a light bulb around the house for them will be really appreciated, so make sure you do these small and simple things.

Be There During the Worst and Most Difficult Times

There are always going to be health issues and problems that your grandparents go through; that’s part of the aging process. Sometimes these problems will be minor, and then you will simply need to be there and offer them the extra support they need. But services like Spectrum Health Care cancer palliative care can help you out in instances when the problems are bigger. Whatever the case, it’s vital to be there during the bad times.

Don’t Force It

You shouldn’t ever feel like you’re forcing yourself to do more and be there. This is about offering support and maintaining good relationships; it’s impossible to do that if the relationships become force. Try to build positively and keep the relationships you have with your grandparents relaxed and enjoyable for all of you. You should also make sure you listen to

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There are times when family has to come first, and loneliness is a big problem for many elderly people so you should do what you can do help our grandparents out as you all move into new stages of your lives.

5 Top Volunteering Opportunities

Do you want to give something back to your local community? Maybe you’ve got a few hours spare each week and want to put them to some good use? If so, you should think about volunteering. There are lots of good causes and charitable organizations that are always on the lookout for volunteers who can help with their day to day work.

Ready to volunteer at a local cause? Here are five of the best ones you might want to think about.

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An Animal Shelter

Animal shelters look after lost pets and injured wildlife and always need people on site to ensure that all of their animals get the best care. When you are volunteering, you will have to help keep the animal’s living and sleeping spaces clean and tidy. You might also have to take all the dogs out for their daily walks.

A Care Home

There are lots of care homes up and down the country, like mcknightplace.com, that welcome in volunteers. As a volunteer, there are lots of ways you can help out. If you have cooking experience, you might be asked to help prepare meals for the residents. Some care homes simply want volunteers to go in to talk to the residents so that they can have a friendly chat every day and have people who can become friends.

National Parks

If you live near a national park, you might want to see if they have any volunteering options. Most of the time, they simply want willing volunteers to help keep the park clean by picking up litter and helping to maintain fences and other important structures. Some national parks, such as Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, get volunteers to take tours around the park. Opportunities like these can often lead to permanent jobs.

Your Local Library

Lots of teenagers volunteer at libraries to increase their chances of getting into a good college. However, this isn’t just an opportunity for teenagers, as many libraries want many older volunteers to help organize events and assist any patrons. Don’t worry if you aren’t too interested in reading and literature, though. Libraries are interested in getting a range of volunteers on board to help them with non-literature things, such as sorting out their finances and designing advertising materials.

Political Campaigns

Whether you support the Democrats or gop.com, there will definitely be a local political campaign or event that you can put your support behind. If it weren’t for a whole team of volunteers behind them, there is no way some political candidates would ever get voted into power! You might want to join a local canvassing to get more people in your neighborhood out voting. If you become a valuable volunteer, you might find that this opens up routes into a political career for you.

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThese are just five of the best volunteering options out there – there are a lot more to choose from if you do your research. How do you think you will volunteer your time?

How To Plan A Future For A Relative Going Into Retirement

Life comes at you fast and one day it will eventually come to an end as does every living thing. So, it’s wise to truly have an unabated, stress-free joyful life for however many years you possibly can once you’ve hit retirement age. Planning this monumental moment in your or a relative’s life is complicated and anything but stress-free. There are so many different avenues to think about, look further into, test out, investigate pick for the right person, that it can all start looking like a whirlwind at times.

One of the few times in life, when a financial planner is needed to know if, when and how someone can retire, is at a point in time when that person is in the final chapter of their life. It’s not as easy as just planning what money goes where and when the human aspect is so diverse in issues that feelings can supersede sound legal advice. One of the biggest dilemmas for those approaching retirement is whether they want to live a similar lifestyle they have been doing so before retirement as they’re finally free of life’s pressures. There are ways to properly plan for many eventualities and investigate every option you have in finding the right care center.

 

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Preparing to fund a life in old age

Cash IRAs, aren’t the same as regular savings account because they don’t charge you tax on the interest that you earn; more often than not in an annual plan. This means that if your relative, parent or yourself, started earning more and moved into a bracket where you could be paying higher tax, an IRA could give you the leverage you need. Higher-rate taxpayers could avoid the general 40% tax on interest their savings face, while if you were in a middle-class bracket, you could potentially save up to 20%. However, these are average, at the end of the day, this is all dependent on the company you decide to choose, the state, province or region you live in, your country’s national or federal laws.

Shares IRAs and indeed stocks, are free from both income tax and a capital gains tax which you would pay for the profits you make in your business ventures. It’s practiced throughout most Western financial industries, the fact that you can transfer the money you have invested, in the current year’s or previous year’s tax and capital gains tax legislation. You can do this tax-free as long as, you do not physically withdraw any money whether for the process of for personal reasons.


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The right finances to maintain living standards

If your and someone you love’s state pension runs out or will eventually teeter out, and you can foreshadow this happening, you can find solace in setting up a basic saving account well ahead of time. You may use a basic savings account if other funds are sinking, therefore, becoming scarce. Sinking funds cover the essential things in your life, like home repairs, expenses for business trips, vacation and money needed for coverage such as insurance.

A savings account will offer a decent interest rate and will demand that you do not touch the money inside the account for a set period of time. Generally speaking, the longer time you leave the money alone and keep adding to it, the higher the interest rate will rise after the account holder has shown themselves to be trustworthy. Some banks will offer you consistent rise in your interest rate but will balance this out by taxing the interest money you will have earned. This service is generally seen as risky and consequently only offered to rich clients.

 

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How to preserve your mental health

If you’ve spent your whole life working, it can be disheartening to be told you need to retire. Having a job brings a sense of self-worth, confidence, and goals to reach. You may need to console a busy-body relative who’s nearing retirement age that it’s okay to let go and enjoy their old age in comfort. One of the many blessings, and for some the greatest one, is spending more time with grandchildren. Sometimes the struggles of old age lead grandparents to live vicariously through their grandchildren and reminisce about their youth. Unlike their parents, grandparents are their fun authority figures, who laugh and play with them and get up to mischievous activities with them. Children form a bond with adults who don’t pose as a barrier and don’t judge them.

This bonding and love, without the need to go through all the diaper changes and sleepless nights, brings newfound joy and love into the hearts of many in retirement. Children need a good network of adults who will work with them to teach life lessons and be their for them as emotional support. And, quite frankly because grandparents aren’t directly giving them orders to clean their room, do chores, they can be that fun playmate children can’t wait to go to. Retirees have a lot more time for loved ones and countless memories can be created together so that the children and people around them, might remember them as a force for good in their world once they’ve passed away.

 

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More time for yourself and be happy

Retirement gives you the excuse you need to exert yourself in areas you hadn’t before. Finally, you can start doing the things you want without responsibilities hanging over your head. Old folks are free of the nagging thoughts of living carefully and not taking overt risks. But, as you get older, you start to care less and listen more to that voice that wants to seeks thrills and enjoy being rebellious. Suddenly you’re full of so much energy, and the daredevil in your can come out.

 

When you’ve retired, you can do all those crazy things you kept putting off, like bungee jumping, skydiving and adventuring across the world at your leisure. Transatlantic cruises are much revered by prosperous couples who have retired, as the ship docks at many different ports in Europe and America where individuals can go sightseeing and explore new cultures and cuisines at their own pace. Retiring from work doesn’t mean you have to retire from life. There are so many new doors that can open when you do, however, all you need is the right planning and attitude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be the Best Friend Ever to a New Mom


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People often forget how stressful being a new mom can be. That, or they don’t talk much about it, because moms are often expected to be filled with indestructible joy and energy about their new family member. As her friend, you may wonder what you can do to help her keep her energy and spirits up. Here are a few tips!

 

Be forgiving

 

The new mom is probably going to feel a little bit guilty; after all, she’s probably being inundated with well-wishes and questions about herself and the baby, mostly over the likes of text and Facebook. The truth is that she probably doesn’t have too much time to respond, and certainly not in as much detail as she’d like! So remember to be patient and forgiving – especially because she may be a bit rushed or agitated when you do manage to get through to her!

 

Arrange things with others

 

No, I’m not saying you should make plans to go out with other people that purposefully exclude the new mom! You simply need to keep communication with them because you don’t want to end up stressing her out. For example, a popular thing to do is make and deliver dinner to the new mom, something she can heat up later so she doesn’t have to do too much cooking herself. But sometimes, due to a lack of arrangement, several friends end up making food at around the same time, so your friend is left with more food than she can handle!

 

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Gifts for both of them

 

The first thing people usually think about is buying gifts for the baby. And this is certainly something you should consider – it will make the new mom beam as much as the baby! But you may also want to consider bringing a little something for mom, too. Personalized items for friends and their kids is something you should look into. It doesn’t have to be anything big – even some make-up or some candy would probably go down a treat (provided you’re not buying the baby make-up, too!)

 

Plan something for the near-future

 

Your friend has her hands full, and it’s unlikely she’ll have much time to go out and do something with you. Of course, that may depend largely on how available the father or her partner is! Whatever the case, make no assumptions. Ask her if she’d like to go do something soon, even if it’s just catch a movie or go out for a coffee. If she’s too busy, then make sure you set a rough date for sometime in the near-future!

 

A helping hand

 

Last, but definitely not least. Perhaps the best thing you can do is offer a helping hand. Helping out with the dishes or any other cleaning tasks would probably mean the world to her! You could also offer to watch the baby if only for a little bit while mom gets a chance to have a long shower or bath. Taking chores off her hands will help her deal with the stress of being a new mom!

How to Master the Art of Flat Lay Photography

At the moment, Instagram is such a popular social media platform. You can share snippets of your life or have it as a continuation of your blog. All in the form of photos, of course. It is a great way to get new blog followers if you are able to use Instagram in the right way. Some people use the platform to share moments as they happen. Other people take the time to curate their feed, and it is much less ‘instant’. One of the big trends that is popular is to have flat lay pictures. They can look so good, can’t they? Flat lays are a great way to show outfits, makeup, jewelry, or even things like baking ingredients. Done right, they can look so good. But how can you achieve the perfect flat lay photo?

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One of the first things to do is to think about what you are taking pictures of. Think about the style of the photo and how you want it to look. Then you can think about what will look good and where. If you were displaying your makeup, include some brushes in the picture, as well as a few eyeshadows and mascaras. Think about the shape that they create together. Don’t just have them in any old style. Think about props you can use to supplement the picture too. Things like fresh flowers or pretty candles make great props in flat lay photos.

When you are thinking about the picture, the background is important. A busy and messy background will distract from what you are trying to focus on. If you haven’t got one, you could use crisp white sheets over carpet or a table. You could even use things like floorboards or tiles. A marbled tile is a popular choice on Instagram.


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To make sure that you are getting as good of a photo as possible, consider using a DSLR camera to take the photos. You are trying to curate an amazing feed, so they often produce better photos than a camera phone. Then you can upload the photos and email them to yourself. Then you can still upload them to the Instagram app. If you don’t have a DSLR camera, there are a range of cameras out there, that would be great for beginner photographers. Just do a little research and see what will fit your budget.

As with any photography, lighting is key. Take pictures in the room that is brightest in the house. You are only taking a snapshot picture; no one will know if you are on taking it on the bathroom floor. If it gets the most light in your house, then go with it. Take pictures in natural daylight. You don’t want direct sunlight but take pictures close to a window. Avoid using a flash if at all possible! It can affect the look of a photo so much. You want to take great photos that will attract readers to your blog. You don’t want to put them off.

Care Packages for Homeless

Once a week I drive through an intersection that has a homeless person hoping for help. 

This inspired me to create care packages to hand out, because I believe we all have the power to help and to make someones day better.

   

I gathered supplies from my local grocery store and Target.
  

My supplies include:

Food/Snacks:

Granola Bars

Apple Sauce

PB & J Crackers

Cheddar Crackers

Honey Roasted Peanuts

Juice/Water Boxes

Candy (I can admit, this was left over from Halloween.)

Personal Care/Other:

Tissue Packs

Travel Deodorant

Toothbrush

Travel Toothpaste

Chapstick 

Hand Warmers

Freezer Bags

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In each freezer bag I put:

1 Apple Sauce & Spoon

1 package of each Crackers

1 package Peanuts

1 Toothbrush

1 Toothpaste

1 Deodorant 

1 Chapstick

1 Tissue Packet

2 Granola bars

2 Juice/Water Boxes

2 Hand Warmers

Handful of candy 
  

I created four bags and have them I my car where I can grab one easily to pass out to those in need.

 

I hope you will be inspired to do something similar and help those in need in your town.