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Before and After Time!

I don’t know what it is about a before and after project but I LOVE IT! Since I’ve been slacking on my own before and after projects – I decided to find a little inspiration in others ;)

Here’s a few that might spark some attention!

via blog.purehome.com

via dixiedollardeals.com

via capturingroots.com

via scottsdale-home-decor.com

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This makes me want to get up and do something!!

Thank Goodness For Spray Paint!

Sometimes when you find exactly what you want but it’s not the color you wanted it to be.. you have to improvise! My has been searching high and low for a letter M for her library:

She took her extra room and decided to fill it with all her books! She’s slowly been decorating it with pops of teal but she could only find this M:

 

Since some colors don’t show pictures very well – this is a royal blue! You can also see the amazing rig my dad did so I could hang it and spray paint it evenly Two screws in the bottom on a hanger.

 

They went out and bought the correct color of paint that goes with her teal room!

 

A little spray paint later..

 

She is trying to figure out if she likes it better here or

 

Here! What do you think?

 

Either way – I’m glad I could help her get the correct color she wanted!

We are pet friendly people in this house and we like to cater to our little kitty’s obsessions. As much as we spoil our little girl, I am NOT a fan of having her things out and in the way. Luckily she doesn’t even like her Petsmart bed that we got her, she prefers the rocking chair instead.

I figured I wasn’t the only one who would prefer more home friendly pet accessories. I hope you enjoy my finds!

via Pinterest

Our kitchen is large enough to have an island so if we ever decide to get one we can dedicate a little space to our kitty.

via Excess Baggage (click picture to see shop)

I like the simplicity of the one above. It can fit anywhere in the house without overbearing and can blend in with almost any style home.

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one! The fact that you could use this as an ottoman or side table really excites me! Put a little round piece of glass on top to keep a lamp or cup sturdy.

I also love that if it were face the opposite direction – you wouldn’t even know it was a cat bed! Like a secret little hide out for my little one!

via Pinterest

Built in’s area always awesome. The fact that it’s under a bench seat so it would just be wasted space anyways is perfect.

via KaleidoscopeOfColors via Etsy (click picture to see the shop!)

This is a clever idea! Using a drawer and fitting it with a blanket or pillow. You could easy change this to fit your homes color and fabric scheme.

Which one is our favorite?

DIY Paper Chandelier

While making decorations for Emma’s birthday I decided to a chandelier instead of centerpiece and I am SO happy with how it came out I wanted to share how I made it with all of you.
First I needed to figure out how I was going to make the frame. I took four rods and hot glued the ends together (in the long run it would have been smart to do a criss-cross in the center as well to stabilize it)

Then you’ll need paper and scissors! I folded the paper hot dog style twice to make four defined lines. Then I cut it into strips, glued the ends together and hot glued them to each other.Then when they are a lined up I glued them to the frames!

What do you think?

 

Zulily Goodies!

If you’ve never heard of Zulily, you like home decor, fashion accessories, clothes, kids items, and more – you are about to get your mind blown! This online store is making it hard for me to not become addicted to shopping online. With all the great deals I just want to snatch everything up!

 

Not sure how this works?

 

Zulily posts items from vendors (name brand stores as well as new never been heard of stores!) that are currently on sale with them. Once the date of the sale expires they ship out all the goodies to all those who purchased. You know how I get doubly excited when I buy something (first the excitement of purchasing it online – then the excitement when it shows up)? Yeah this is what happens.

They’ve got a great category list which makes it easy to search for things.

 

Or you can get specific with items and sizes! Better yet – just use the search bar at the top to find what you are looking for!

 

My favorite section is to peek at what’s coming up next! Do I think I’m going to get a better deal by seeing it first .. no – but then I won’t miss out on any deals since some of these deals sell out fast!

 

They even have a back to school section!! AHH I am in love with those smart planet boxes & tumblers. Brian could use some new goodies to take to work – not to mention the prices are AMAAAAZING!

If you haven’t already scooted your butt over there check out the link on our sidebar –>

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Hey everyone! Welcome to my first day on the Making Work From Home Work Better Series I am so excited to share with you how I’ve been revamping my work space. This is something I suggest for everyone to do often. As things change, you will constantly need to be changing your organization process to keep up with it!

Here is what I’m working on to fix my area! I’ve had these unused notebooks since college. I decided now that I have a good amount of constant things going on in my life, Virtual Assistant work, Blogging, Etsy, and more that I needed to create a dedicated space for each of them!

Each notebook got a defined title for its purpose. That way I can keep them separate and not worry about mixing up any important information or getting distracted by multiple things I am trying to work on. I just pull out one notebook at a time for whatever I am working on at that moment!

  

Having binder accessories is handy. I like having tabbed sections to keep certain pieces of information organized. I also love clear sheet protectors as a way to make sure certain paperwork won’t get damaged with use. I tend to put things I won’t need to take in and out or edit often in here.

 

Once you have your notebook set up, it’s time to fill it up with great organizing tools and forms. I like to print out a calendar to keep in each notebook for reference. Even if it is just a blank calendar having easy access to look at dates is great. I use my online google calendar to keep track of every aspect of my life as you can see below!

 

 

When it comes to building forms, like timesheets, inventory, contact lists and etc. I tend to use the google Apps drive. I’ll open up the Forms Library and find one that fits my needs or tweak it until it really fits into what I need. If you feel comfortable with excel you can always create your own forms and databases (I do sometimes, just because you can’t find everything you need).

 

 

The great thing about keeping notebooks is they are EASILY interchangeable. If something new happens and you need to update your system it’s really easy to just throw in a new tab with some new forms and keep going.

The other thing I like to do is keep notebook paper in each section. Even though a majority of what I do I keep track of on the computer – there is nothing like pen and paper!

How do you organize your paperwork?

I Brake for Yard Sales!

I just finished reading I Brake for Yard Sales by Lara Spencer and I couldn’t NOT share it with you all!! The title had me from Hello. One thing I absolutely love? Yard sale hopping, thrift stores, and flea markets are starting to be a new thing for me!

After opening the book it was an instant “home” feeling. I kept reading and found myself screaming, “She gets me!!”

 

 

This book is great for figuring out what kind of style you like and where you are most likely going to find it! She gives great examples and ideas for figuring out what you want in your home.

If you are unsure of where to start looking, she’s got that covered! She explains the best places to look for things as well as some great do’s and dont’s at each event. You’ll feel prepared and prepped before you even step out of the door!

 

This is a great read for those who are interested in starting to decorate their home with yard sale, flea market, thrift shop, and auction finds at great prices!

Here is Barnes & Noble’s overview:

Good Morning America correspondent Lara Spencer is a self-confessed frugalista with a passion for shopping at yard sales, thrift shops, and estate sales, and for decorating her home and friends’ homes with her fabulous finds. In I Brake for Yard Sales, Lara shares her secrets for bargain hunting and tells you where to shop, what to look for, how to pay for it, how to restore it, and finally, where to put it in your house. Looking for the newest arrivals at your local thrift shops? After busy Saturdays and no-pick-up Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are generally the best days to shop for fresh items. Peppered with wisdom from world-renowned appraisers whom Lara knows from her previous work on Antiques Roadshow as well as contributions from well-known designers, this book also features the house of comedienne and good friend Kathy Griffin, which Spencer herself refurbished and decorated.

 

 

Making Working from Home Work Better!

As most of you know – I a work from home mom and sometimes cutting myself off from working is a challenge. It’s so easy to just keep working when it’s right there! It’s also really easy to feel overwhelmed or unorganized when you are surrounded by all your personal belongings!!

via FreshHome

One thing you’ll notice about me is I am constantly updating how I organize things – it may seem ridiculous but I absolutely love it! I think one of the reasons that I stay so organized is because I get excited to spend a little time reorganizing often.

Desk organizer

via RealSimple

We all know that one way of organizing isn’t always going to work. Things are constantly changing in our lives and organizing isn’t any different. Updating your system now and then is a great way to get you back on track and boost your production!

Home office in corner of kitchen

via RealSimple

For the next five weeks I am going to be posting about how I have recently reorganized my work from home life! I am going to go through a series of things I have done to update my space with tips on how to customize it to fit your life.

Here are a few to start you out with while you are waiting that I found on Pinterest:

Hey everyone! I’m starting to plan out what I want to do with the extra space in the basement while Emma isn’t down there wanting to play! While we were painting the basement I thought it would be really cool to build her a playhouse in the extra space!

Of course that led me to checking out a bunch of places online to get ideas ;)

I can’t even begin to explain how excited these pictures get me!! My imagination is going crazy with ideas I’m going to need to budget myself ;)

This would be her entry way with a cute door and sign above the door.

Here’s the side where I want to cut a window box open and put a little bar coming out the outside with barstools for her to serve her friends food and drinks!

This back corner I’m thinking about doing wall to wall shelves for her toys and things.

Then there’s this little angled area I think I’ll fill with blankets and pillows!

What would you do with your extra stair space?

Love Always,

Jennifer