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!

Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Next Steps

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Hello and Happy Monday! How did you do this weekend with finishing up your clean outs and getting those areas organized? How are you feeling as you clean all of this out? I hope you are starting to feel as if a weight is being lifted, and that you are starting to feel some more clarity in your thoughts!

Today we are going to attack that pile you cleared out, and I am going to give you various suggestions on what to do with it all! If you have missed the clean out posts, you can find day one HERE to get started!

As I stated in a previous post, if you were cleaning out your child’s closet, do you have a younger sibling that could wear some of the clothes that are still in nice condition? If so, make sure they are laundered, fold them up and store them in containers like THIS one. These are my favorite because I can easily label them with what size clothing are being stored in it, and I can also see what is in there if I end up needing to find an item quickly. These bins also stack wonderfully!

Clean Out Item Options

What to do with that pile of stuff? Obviously, we want it to go. Here are a few of the things that I have done to help rid of myself of the excess.

  1. Of course there is the first, and most obvious option, find a Thrift Shop in your town, load up the car, and take one trip to drop it off. If this is the option you would like to do, I suggest finding a local Thrift Shop that helps your community directly. Some churches may have location, as well as Humane Society’s. Find one that serves your community in the way that you like the most.
  2. Secondly, as you sort through what items you have, place them into categories. Clothes, home, kitchen, etc. Can certain items be bundled together to be sold? I bundle like sized children’s clothing together and sell them through our local Facebook Sale Groups. If you aren’t sure if you town has one, just search for it! This is an excellent way to not only get some of the items to someone who can use them, but to also earn a little extra money as well.
  3. Garage Sale! This is probably another obvious option. Our neighborhood does a yearly sale in the spring where multiple houses participate. (Participation is, of course, optional!) If you think that this is the avenue you’d like to take for letting go of these excess items, while earning a little bit of extra money, it is a great idea! While garage sales can be a lot of work, if you are well prepared, it won’t be overwhelming. Start early, as Edna Mode says, “Luck favors the prepared.” Start again by sorting your items into categories and deciding how you would like to price them. Pricing always takes the longest when planning a sale, so starting now will not only give you a head start on it, but it will also give you time to go through your home again and see if there are any other items that you can add to your sale. You can price items individually, or you can do a blanket price for certain items. (Example: All Baby clothes, $1.00 per piece.) Or you can allow people to create their own bundles! (Example: DVDs, 6 for $10!) (Please note that I am completely making up numbers, and you should use your best discretion with pricing your own items.)
  4. If you would like to try to make a little bit of money off of the items, but you aren’t sure you want or have the time to sell them yourself, I have two other really good options that will help you. The first, for home and clothing items, you can find local consignment shops. These shops will go through and decide which items they want to try to sell for you. You will not get the money up front, you will get it after they have sold. The shop I use gives you a number and it acts as a sign in on their website, so I can see what items have sold, and which have not. While this may take some time, it gets the items out of your home and will eventually earn you some extra money. If you want to get rid of items, and get money immediately, find your local resale shops. These stores are mostly for clothing, especially popular for kids clothing. These stores will go through your items and decide which items they will take, they will pay you up front for them and that is all the money you will receive.
  5. For name brand/high quality clothing items, you can also try to sell them yourself through Poshmark. Now, this is not going to get these items out of your house, and it can take some time to sell them. You will get a good portion of the money and you choose what price to list the item. This option can also be time consuming as you have to take pictures of the items, create the listings and maintain your “Closet”. Many people have made some good, extra money with this option, it is important to know it is because they have had the time to do so.

Which option do you feel is the best for you? I hope you have success is removing this clutter from your home! This week I will also be focusing on how else I have organized some areas of my kitchen, some of my favorite things, how I maintain these habits, and then we’ll start getting into organizing our lives! Have a wonderful day!

Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Post Three

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We have made it to day three, organization day! Sure, some may think we could have focused on one section at a time and do it all at once, however I just think that cleaning out can be a very healthy way to start the new year. It gives us all a clean slate with which to work. Also, as much we might love shopping, I wanted you to make just one trip to the store. Not to mention, can you imagine how many posts I would have had? You would have been tired of hearing from me.

Miss day two? Find it HERE.

Today you are going to look through all of the areas you cleaned out and consider what you may need in that area to help make it more organized. I suggest grabbing a pencil, paper and tape measure, let’s get started!

I am a BIG fan of bins, totes, racks, and anything that can help me group items together and keep them in place. This will help the areas we have worked on stay tidy, presuming that items are getting placed back where they belong.

As you go through each area, measure the depth, height, and length, and write it down. For kitchens/pantries, and bathrooms, I love THESE from Target. I have used the Medium, Small, and Rectangle for my pantry and baking cupboard. They contain everything nicely and you can see which items are in which bins. While in each area of your house, check out the BINS and see that they have the dimensions in the details section. You’ll be able to measure out the sections to see what will fit and how many you will need.

Below is how I have organized the Kitchen and Bathroom in my house.

Kitchen

In my pantry, I group items together like so:

Breakfast/Cereal*
Sweet Snacks*
Salty Snacks*
Chips/Pretzels*
Candy/Treats*
Daughter’s Lunch Items*
Drink Mixes*
Backup/Extras*
Soups/Canned Chicken
Beans
Broth/Cream Soups
Oils/Vinegars

Each one has their own bin depending on the amount of items needed to go into them. Items with a * are all sorted into the MEDIUM sized bin. The others are all in the RECTANGLE sized bin which are perfect for canned items and tall bottles.

My baking cupboard is organized into the SMALL sized bins sorted this way:

Chocolate/Baking Chips
Powdered Items (Baking Powder/Soda, Corn Starch, etc)
Sprinkles
Candy Melts/Candy Baking Items
Dried/Canned Fruit
Cocoa Powder/Melting Chocolate/Vanilla Extract
Baking/Jello/Pudding Mixes

Also in my baking cupboard I have my Flour and Sugar in THESE canisters, Turbinado Sugar and Arrowroot Powder are stored in THIS size, and my Oats are tucked nicely into one of THESE canisters, all by the Target line Made By Design. My brown sugar and powder sugar are both stored in glass Pyrex containers, and are also in this same cupboard. I use the space on the top shelf to store the bags of extra flour and sugar that will be used to fill in the containers as needed.

Bathroom

I won’t be going into as much detail in my this bathroom section as I did with the kitchens, as I think you get the idea now.

I sort my makeup drawer into two trays that both have multiple compartments. They are similar to THIS one from Target, but I purchased mine, many years ago, from TJ Maxx. As with every other area, I have sorted like items together and given them each a spot. I can see everything clearly and will be able to find each item quickly without having to dig!

I used mesh organizers like THESE in a couple of different sizes. I was able to buy them in individual sizes in store, however can only find the bundle online. Target does have a lot of various options in store to fit your needs! This helps to keep my drawer from getting to messy!

I used the SMALL baskets under my sink to sort the various items I store under there. I also used a small SHELF similar to the one in the link under there as well. Using additional shelfs like that will help you maximize the space, especially in small areas! (They work wonders in kitchens!)

In the drawer where we store all the OTC medications I used THESE trays to sort out the various bottles into like sections. Even my husband went WHOA when I opened this drawer to show him the change I had made. I feel like this would have been a great “before and after” however I was too excited about my trays to take a picture before I cleared it out.

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I hope that you all take the time this weekend to work on your various areas and get it all organized! Remember, the trick to it staying that way is to make sure you are putting things back where they below. Everything has a place!

I’ll be back next week with some more ways that I organized other cabinets in my kitchen, some of my favorite organizing pieces, as well as what we’ll be doing with the stuff we cleared out!

Once we get through getting the house organized, I will move on to how I am getting myself more organized, and less stressed, this year.

Let me know how you are doing, and if you have any questions!

Happy Organizing!

 

Target has not paid my website or myself for the use of links in this post, I just love shopping at Target that much!

 

Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Post Two

Hello and welcome to day two! How did cleaning out the kitchen go yesterday? I hope it went well and that you are feeling motivated to keep going. Like I said, we are going to organize our house to organize our lives! We WILL get it together and make 2019 an amazing year. If you missed day one, you can find it HERE.

Today’s task is to start cleaning out other areas of your house. Since I don’t live with you (bummer, right?) you’ll have to take some initiative here and really think about where you need to put in the work. Don’t worry though, I am totally here to help you!

Here are some of the main areas I work on in my house:

Here are two things in to keep in mind while doing the following areas/tasks.

  1. If anything can be recycled or thrown out, do it at this time.
  2. If anything is not being used or is no longer wanted, but still has use, choose a specific area to place these items. (Don’t worry, we’ll come back to them!)

Kitchen

Moving on from the food areas of the kitchen, go through each cupboard and sort through everything that is in there. How can you move things around and group them together to make it flow better? In our kitchen we have specific cupboards for: plates/bowls/mugs, glasses/cups/water bottles, pots/pans, tupperware/etc, baking (food) and baking utensils, party/event items, etc. (I will be doing some posts focused on a few of these areas complete with pictures this month.) As you will hear me say many times, group like items together, clean out what you don’t use or don’t need, place usable items in your specific area. Think about organization racks and bins!

The Game Cupboard/Closet

Oooh my goodness all, ours is under stair storage, which I love…until I open the door. I swear, I spend time cleaning it out and reorganizing it, and when I close the door, it’s like a magic spell goes off and all my work is undone. This area can be scary, but it actually won’t take as long as you think to get it done! As with the pantry, we’ll group like items together. Games, puzzles, crafts, etc. Within each category, stack like sized boxes together as well. Take this time to really look at the space and see if you’ll need any containers or bins. Would these help contain some of the mess? If so, take a mental note, that stage is coming soon.

Closets/Dressers

What clothes are you no longer wearing? Anything too small or too big? What clothes are your kids no longer wearing? Time for them to leave your space! Place any useable clothing with the items from the kitchen and game closet. If you have a younger sibling that can wear the older siblings clothing, place those in another area for now. While cleaning items out, take this time to hang like items together, and reorganize your dresser. Also, as always, take a mental note of any organizational items that you may need to make this area more useful.

Bathrooms

Yep, when ready move on to the bathroom, do the same things in these areas, toss or recycle anything that is no longer useful, think about how to place like items together and what organizing items you may need for this area. We can end up with a lot of clutter here, and it seems that while we spend time cleaning the bathroom, we often don’t always have the time to go through the clutter, so now is the perfect time!

Think about any other areas that you may need to clean out and get to it! (Basement? Attic?) Tomorrow we’ll start taking on organization and all that entails, my favorite!!

Let me know how you are doing in the comments below!

Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Post One

Happy New Year!! Welcome to 2019, the year you will get your life together…come on, we have all been saying it, so now it is time to do it. This first week I am going to take you through some of the things I do to prepare my house and myself for the coming new year. I truly believe that if you organize your house, you organize your life. I’ll spread out the posts so I don’t overwhelm or stress you out. Now let’s get to our first task!

For many of us the first or second day of the new year means that we are taking down Christmas decor, which can nearly be an all day task. My husband and I decided to take it down a few days after Christmas this year, and I am so happy we did! It really freed up January 1st for me to start working on some of my projects.

The first thing I do on the first day of the new year is clean OUT my kitchen. If you are like the rest of us around the holidays; sweets, cookies, candies, etc. seem to congregate in our homes. While these things are okay in moderation, there is simply too much of them and they need to go. I package them all up in baggies, or whatever and put them into one big bag for my husband to take into his office. It not only gets them out of our house, but he has a lot of employees in his department, so they love finding treats!

Next, clean OUT your pantry! Let’s be honest, we’ve been busy and this area of the house has probably been neglected. Go through and clean out anything that you just aren’t eating; or that has been there for a while and you forgot you even purchased. If you are like me and have a school ager in the house, then inevitably you’ll probably have at least one box that is just empty. Throw out the food that has gone stale, and recycle the packaging. Use this chance to also start really looking at your pantry, put like items together. This is going to prepare you for our next projects.

Lastly, clean out the fridge. Who knows what is in there, am I right?! Toss out the old stuff, and load up that dishwasher with the containers. You can also take this time to fully take everything out and wipe down the shelves, it can get kind of icky in there. Make sure that when you put things back in, you put them back in an organized fashion. This will make it much easier for you to find and get to items. Most importantly, when you use an item, put it back where it belongs, don’t undo all of your hard work.

Alright, you did it, day one is done! Be sure to check back in tomorrow for what we are going to do next! I am excited to be helping you get organized! Please let me know if you have any questions, and let me know how you do with day one by commenting below!

Happy New Year!

 

How to Add a Burst of Summer to Your Home

Now that summer is well and truly here, you will want your home to reflect the new season. During the wintertime, it is all about home comforts and making sure things are cosy and inviting. The summer months are a time when you can make things feel lighter and brighter, blurring the line between the indoors and the outdoors. Adding a burst of summer to your home doesn’t have to be too difficult, but it is always a pleasure to come back to a home that reflects the current season. So, here are a few things you can do to give your house more of a summertime vibe.

 

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Remove the Traces of Winter

 

If there are any traces of winter still lingering around in your home, now is the time to store them away somewhere so you can replace them with accessories that give off more of a summery vibe. Some examples of things that definitely give off a sense of winter include thick rugs, big blankets, candles and heaters. Once you remove these last traces of winter from your home, you will really be able to enjoy the summer a lot more!

 

Bring Some Life Indoors

 

There is nothing like some fresh flowers for making your home appear like it is bursting with life, so why not choose some roses, lilies, magnolias or any other favourites you have? Another option is to select some new houseplants. Having some flowers and plants in your home has been proven to boost your mood so you should certainly consider getting some to brighten up the summer months.

 

Freshen Up Your Airflow

 

Of course, opening up doors and windows is the best way to get some fresh air flowing into your home, but you can also try a few things with the artificial airflow that you have going on. If you have a ceiling fan, turn it to go counter-clockwise which will push the air downwards and create a stronger draught. If you have an air conditioner, you may want to replace the filter so that you can avoid any malfunctions. And if you use artificial air fresheners, try choosing one that gives off a fresh and fragrant summer scent.

 

Invite More Natural Light Indoors

 

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First of all, to bring in more natural light you can make sure that your windows are sparkling clean both inside and out so that you can get an unobstructed view to the outdoors. If you are struggling to tackle some of the outdoor windows, you could use an equal parts water-vinegar solution and a squeegee. You could also replace your heavy winter drapes with some lighter window treatments. Choose some thin blinds instead in some lighter colours that welcome in the summer sun.

 

Give Your Front Door a Lick of Paint

 

You may not feel like tackling any major DIY jobs when the weather is warmer, but a simple job that you can do to make the world of difference is to give your front door a lick of paint. This way, you have a nice welcome to set the mood every time you get back home. Start by sanding it down so you have a smooth surface to start from and then a couple of coats should do the trick. Complete the job with a shiny new house number and doormat.

 

Stock Up On Summer Essentials

 

There is nothing like stocking up on a few summer essentials to give you that warm feeling. Ironically, one of the first things that you should get is some ice cold popsicles! This way, you will always have a refreshing treat lined up when the temperatures start soaring. While you are looking in your freezer, it is a great time to give it a defrost and clear out anything that is leftover in there that you don’t want anymore. Other common items that you will need for summer include sunblock and insect repellant.

 

Sort Out Your Garden Area

 

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If you are lucky enough to have a garden area, you should make sure that everything looks as good as it possibly can. If you have a patio or decking area, you can take it on with some warm, soapy water, a scrubbing brush and a hose. Once you have a nice clean area to base yourself, you can arrange your furniture in a social way that encourages conversation. Some potted plants, candles, pillows, and outdoor lighting can really set the mood when the sun goes down. You can also invest in some sort of outdoor heaters in case things start to get a little chilly.

 

Restyle Your Kitchen Shelves

 

One of the best ways that you can get your home summer-ready is by getting rid of that sense of clutter. There are all kinds of creative storage options out there, but one of the best ones is giving your kitchen shelves a restyle. Work out which are the kitchen items you never use (there are bound to be a few) and get them stored away in a different location. When you give yourself that extra breathing space, it gives you the feeling of being in a vacation home.

 

Display Some Fresh Fruit in a Bowl

 

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Fresh fruit is a wonderful summery snack, and it also looks very appealing when you display it in a bowl. Choose a few different kinds that give your table a multicoloured feel, but don’t forget to actually eat it rather than just looking at it! If you get yourself some fresh oranges, a glass pitcher and a juicer, you can start off the day right with a nice refreshing glass of juice.

 

Change Your Furniture Accessories

 

Even if you don’t want to change your furniture altogether, you can still bring in some different items like rugs, cushions and blankets. Try to choose some light and airy colours rather than the deeper ones that are popular during the winter. Just this simple change can really make a big difference in giving off more of a summery vibe in your home.       

The Enchanted Envelope 


If there’s one thing I greatly enjoy, it is beautiful stationery.  I loved connecting with one of the owners of The Enchanted Envelope and seeing all the beautiful pieces they could create.

This is a creative, Father/Daughter ran business. Mandy’s father, Sam learned all he could the various printing methods, as well as all the differences between paper.

He got the business started, and when his daughter, Mandy, and her husband had their own daughter, she helped him bring the business to Etsy!

They work wonderfully together as a team, and love that The Enchanted Envelope is a family focused business. 

They love working to create fun pieces for their customers, and specialize in personalized pieces. The quality of their products are very high, you can see and feel their hard work in each piece.

I am in love with the sets they created for me, and can’t decide which printed card is my favorite, the Leopard Print Shoe or the Floral Print Flat Card

I really like the formal look of the Gold Foil personalized card, as well as the Embossed Panel card. Both of these pieces would work perfectly for any type of client driven business. What a professional look to send a thank you, or just a “keeping in touch” note on. 

The Enchanted Envelope also specializes in a variety of other gorgeous home and office products! This would be the perfect Etsy shop to get wedding invitations, baby announcements, thank you cards, and really anything you can think of.
Their Instagram account showcases the variety of products with stunning, clear pictures, and they are quick to respond with any questions. I hope that you will check them out for your next home/office needs!

Make Your Home THE Staycation Destination


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Are you fed up the long queues, overzealous security staff, and flights where you’re squeezed into a tiny space for hours at a time? Instead of traveling away from home this year, why not treat yourself to a fantastic staycation instead? Here’s how you can use the money you would have spent on a trip to transform your home into the best place to holiday this summer:

 

Revamp Your Outdoor Space

 

Just because you won’t be traveling to a far-flung destination, doesn’t mean you can’t spend your summer relaxing in the sun, weather permitting. Spend some of your budget on transforming your garden into a relaxing entertainment space, and it’ll be just like lounging on an exotic beach.

 

As a minimum, you should set up a hammock, fire pit, and barbecue area, along with a seating area with enough comfy furniture for you and a few select guests. A gazebo might also be good and will allow you to spend more time outdoors, whatever the weather.

 

Create a Restful Nook


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Whether you have a spare room that you can totally transform into a restful retreat, or you only have a nook in the living room to transform into a comfy space, finding a restful nook that you can fill with comfy cushions, a supportive armchair and footrest is essential if you want to be able to relax and rejuvenate during your staycation.

 

Set Yourself Up for Entertainment

 

When you’re enjoying a staycation, most of your days will be spent relaxing in your outdoor space or your restful nook, but when night time rolls around, you will want to ensure that you have plenty of entertainment on hand. That’s why you should consider investing in the best tv under 1000 you can find so that you can enjoy movie nights, a wireless speaker, so you can enjoy your favorite music and all the supplies that you need to indulge in your favorite hobbies. So, when you’re not sampling the best the local restaurants have to offer, you’re never in danger of getting bored.

 

Redecorate


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It’s difficult to relax and truly enjoy the luxury of your own home if your property isn’t exactly inspiring. So, start looking at home décor websites, collect as many cool ideas for home improvements as you can find and start painting, wallpapering and rearranging your furniture to give your home more of a relaxing 5-star beach hotel feel. You needn’t spend much – just adding a new coat of paint or buying new sheets for your bed can make a huge difference – but do take the time to change things up and make your space more comfy before your staycation rolls around.

 

Bring Your Favorite Vacation Destination to Your Home

 

Last, but not least, once you’ve redesigned the garden and redecorated your home to make it more comfy and luxurious, you should think about adding little touches that remind you of your favorite destinations. Things like adding beach umbrellas to the garden or burning exotic incense in the bedroom will help you to feel like you’ve really escaped and this will aid your relaxation and ensure that your staycation is just as good as a real vacation.

 

Comfy But Not Frumpy: Looking Good at Home

We’ve all been there. You’re sitting at home, loafing around on the sofa, wearing your comfiest and ugliest clothes. Then, suddenly, there’s a knock at the door. There’s no telling who might be on the other side, and you look like you just rolled out of bed (which you possibly have). Or you’re seeing someone new, and you want to be comfy while they’re visiting, but you’re not ready to completely let your guard down just yet. Or maybe you just want to be comfortable at home without feeling frumpy. Even the most glamorous of people just want to be comfy sometimes, but how can you do it?

 

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Choose Comfy But Formfitting

 

Comfortable clothes don’t have to be shapeless. Sure, it’s nice to snuggle into an oversized hoodie sometimes. But other times, you don’t want to feel like you’re swimming around in something that’s much too big for you and hangs on you like a sack. It’s possible for clothes to be comfortable and for them to fit you well. Stretchy fabrics can be your friends here. You can wear clothes that hug your figure but still feel super comfortable and allow you to breathe. Think yoga and lounge pants and simple, stretchy tank tops. These items make great PJs, and they double up as outfits for lounging around the house too.

 

Go for the Cute Look

 

If you’re going to spend the day being a slob (which is your right to do occasionally), you might as well look cute while you’re doing it. At least if you have to answer the door to an unexpected visitor, you can own your laziness in the cutest way. If this is your goal, there are lots of cute onesies for adults that are perfect for this. Onesies have become a perfectly acceptable item for adults to wear, whether it’s when they’re lazing about at home or going on a wild night out. And why not? They’re warm and snuggly, and they’re fun too.

 

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Get PJs You Can Wear Outside

 

Would you be happy to wear your pajamas outside of the house, without anyone suspecting that you’re still in your PJs? If not, it might be time to rethink them. You can get lots of quality outfits for wearing to bed or around your home that are also perfectly acceptable for wearing in public. Just as long as you’re wearing them to the store, not to the office. The previously mentioned yoga pants and tank top work well, but there are other options too. You can even get away with a good pair of silk pajamas.

 

Wear Your Worn Clothes

 

Some clothes you buy for everyday wear eventually become a bit too worn for their original purpose. But they can still be great for wearing at home, giving you both the comfort and style you’re looking for. If you have clothes you’ve worn for a while, they might have become super comfy, if slightly less presentable.

 

Being comfortable doesn’t have to mean feeling frumpy, even when you’re at home. You can look and feel good too.