Closet to Craft Room

Want a craft space but don’t have a whole room to dedicate to it? Or just don’t want it to take up more space that you don’t have? Convert a small sized closet into your work space!

My husband and I were sharing a room for our office/hobbies and it was feeling very crowded and chaotic! After some paint and an Ikea visit, we transformed the closet in that room to my craft space! And I LOVE it so much!

Here’s how the conversion went:

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Closet Before

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I wanted to paint the closet wall something very bright and fun! I chose this blue-ish aqua color.

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The drawers, shelves, organizers, and counter top all came from Ikea. My husband installed a bright light in the ceiling above and then an outlet above the counter space. I can now plug in my hot glue gun easy peasy. You could also close the space off with curtains if you wanted to be able to hide it away. Hope this gives you some inspiration!

Fall Porch

Fall is coming very soon. Maybe too soon. But I’m starting to be okay with that after seeing the fall decor at all the stores. I went to Home Depot for paint and came home with an extra item:

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So cute! Hanging this on my door Ā got me in the mood for some more porch decorating. I’ve had these 2 black lanterns laying around my house for a while now. So I filled them with leftover fall leaves, berries, and pumpkins I had from last year. Then added some burlap.

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Here’s the porch so far:

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The sign in the flower pot says, “Come In My Pretties” (Target dollar section find). I’m sure I’ll add more but this has got me started. I have visions of some hay, pumpkins, maybe a wheelbarrow. So many ideas out there! Here’s a few of my favorites:

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If you have chairs on your porch, adding fall pillows would be an easy way to decorate! http://www.homedit.com/10-diy-burlap-fall-decorations/

Get your fall decorating juices flowing! And if a pumpkin spice latte will help, I’m not going to stop you šŸ™‚

Products I Love ā¤ Organic & GMO Free

Recently my husband and I have decided we should really beĀ more aware of what we are eating and putting into/onto our bodies. More information and research is being done everyday about the products we buy. I didn’t realize before exactly how harmful items could be to me because of the ingredientsĀ in them. Luckily, many other people are catching on and companies are realizing that it’s in their best interest to makeĀ more products for health conscious people. So as we are going through this journey of finding things that are organic, GMO free, etc. etc., I have begun to find productsĀ that I really like/enjoy. Here are a few of them:

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From left to right we have:
1) Simply Balanced Granola Bars – You can find Simply Balanced brand items at Target. They haveĀ a wide variety of foods such as snacks, drinks, honey, frozen items, and tea. Some are organic, some are not.

2) Annie’s Snack Mix – Annie’s brand items can be found at both Target and King Soopers (local grocery store). They have a variety of snack crackers and fruit snacks, pasta, granola bars, and frozen foods. Some items have the USDA organic stamp, some do not. I usually only purchase the items that do have it. What does the stamp mean?Ā The USDA organic seal verifies that the product has 95% or more certified organic content. You can read more about it here:

http://learn.eartheasy.com/2013/04/certified-organic-what-does-it-mean/

3) Bark Thins – I love chocolate and always will. So I don’t feel so bad when I eat these because they are non-GMO and the ingredients are fair trade certified.

4) Food Should Taste Good Blue Corn Chips – They were giving bags of these to the 5k Bubble Run participants and I fell in love with them the moment I ate one. They’re tortilla chips but they don’t even need salsa! I just eat them by themselves. The main ingredients are organic blue corn, sunflower oil, brown rice flour, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and Quinoa. Found them at King Soopers.

5) Kirkland Salsa – I’m a chips and salsa gal. Love it! This is one of my favorite salsas and it bears the USDA organic stamp of approval šŸ™‚ Costco offers a lot of great organic and non-GMO items. It was also the only place I could find organic frozen chicken breasts.

6) Honest Kids Juice Ā Pouches – The boys I nanny love their juice boxes and this is what I usually get for them. Found at Target and King Soopers.

7) Below is Simple Truth Organic Italian Soda. My husband and I love this stuff! Particularly the Coconut Lime flavor. Simple Truth is a King Soopers brand that makes many different items that are usually very good.
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Food/Cooking

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8) Kirkland Organic Coconut Oil – As I’m sure you’ve probably already heard, coconut oil has many many uses. For cooking you can substitute it in for butter, oils, and eggs, to thicken sauces without using dairy, to saute, coffee flavoring, add in your smoothies, non-stick greaser, and cast iron seasoning.

9) Cascadian Farm Cereal – They offer a variety of good tasting cereals (with the USDA organic seal) like Graham Crunch, Fruitful O’s, Cinnamon Crunch, Multi Grain Squares, and more. They also make granola bars, frozen foods, fruit spreads, and juice. I buy this brand at King Soopers. I haven’t looked for it in other stores.

10) Avocado Oil – Found this at Costco and the great thing about it is that the smoking point is around 500 degrees Fahrenheit. It can be used inĀ place ofĀ olive oil.

11) Earth Balance Buttery Spread – I use this for my toast, breads, and sometimes in my cooking. It is a great alternative for people who are dairy free.

Vitamins, Supplements, and Soap:

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GNLD/NeoLife is a company that makes high quality products. They’re GMO free, gluten free, organic, etc.

12) The Pro Vitality Vitamin packs contain 4 vitamins in each individual pack for the day. The Tre-en-en is forĀ optimizing cellular nutrition and enhancing energy. The Carotenoid Complex protects cells and optimizes your immunity. The Omega-3 Salmon Oil Plus balances and regulates your cells and the Essential Vitamin & Mineral Complex nourishes your cells. It bridges the gap prevalent in many of today’s diets and supports digestion.

13) Green – this liquid cleaning concentrate thoroughly and gently dissolves dirt. The uses are endless! It can be used as an organic fruit and vegetable cleaner, shampoo, body wash, hand wash, clothing soap (for hand washing), pet bathing, and cleaning cuts. It also eliminates strong odors fromĀ onions, fish, meat, and animals. We keep one in the shower and one in the kitchen.

14) NeoLife Shake – Love this stuff! I am not a protein shake drinker. Blek! However, I don’t mind these at all. I usually add a banana, and make it with milk and a little bit of ice. Ā It comes out smooth and creamy. These make me feel so good. They’re a great start to your day as breakfast or an afternoon boost. It’s a rich source of protein with 18g per serving, contains 22 amino acids, rich source of fiber with 5g per serving, and contains no artificial sweeteners, colors, or preservatives.

This company has many other products. If you’d like to learn more about GNLD/Neolife products don’t hesitate to email me at perk4308@gmail.com with questions. Many people with health problems have found a wonderful solution in NeoLife.

Beauty:

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15) Primal Pit Paste – Not the loveliest of names but man does this stuff work! Best deodorant I’ve ever used. It’s all organic and of course aluminum free. It seems like a small jar but it will last you a while. All my friends that have tried this also love it. They have great scents to choose from like Jasmine, Coconut Lime, Lavender, and Spice. They also carry a non-scented one. Best price will be through their website and they’re always offering coupon codes.

http://primalpitpaste.com/

16) Alba Botanica Very Emollient Body Lotion – Great lotion that really heals my dry hands. I have a dry hand problem but this stuff keeps a handle on it. Alba Botanica also offers sunscreens, body wash, hair products, etc.

17) Coconut Oil – I’ve used coconut oil as a mouth wash, face and body moisturizer, topical stress reliever, and make-up remover.Ā I’ve read you can also use it as a make-up brush cleaner, hair detangler, lip balm, shaving cream (whip it first), sunburn soother, bath booster, and the list goes on and on.

Household Products:

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18) I am currently using Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap, surface cleaner, hand soap, and lotion. These cleaners are earth friendly, and made with plant-derived ingredients and essential oil. They also work great!

19) Method is another household cleaner I use. This Antibac spray for the bathroom is wonderful! My favorite part? It’s such a nice smell! It doesn’t smell like burning chemicals. So the bathroom actually smells nice AND clean.

20) NeoLife also offers cleaning products and laundry soap. The Super 10 multi purpose cleaner is great! My husband used it to clean the shower the other day and said it was awesome. If you’re interested in Neolife, again just shoot me an email! I’ll answer any questions you have.

I hope I’ve helped you out and/or given you some new products to try that you’ll end up loving! I don’t get any money from these companies for recommending them. I just know that its nice to have some suggestions when looking for healthy options šŸ™‚ Feel free to chime in on organic products you love too in the comments below!

DIY Garbage Disposal Ice Cubes

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Only 2 ingredients to make these and they will have your sink/garbage disposal smelling much better! Sometimes you just get a bad funky smell in there after a while. I cut up a couple lemons and/or limes and stick a slice into each ice cube tray compartment. Then fill each compartment up with vinegar and pop it in the freezer. Once frozen, take them out and put them in a zip-lock bag. Keep in freezer and use as needed. Put one or two of these down your sink, run some hot water, and turn on your garbage disposal. I count to about 15 before shutting it back off. You should smell a nice lemony or limey (depending on which you use) aroma now. Super easy, cheap, and it works!

You’ll Need:

  • Ice cube tray
  • Lemon and/or Lime
  • Vinegar

Directions:

  1. Slice lemons/limes and then cut each slice in half so that it fits into the ice cube compartments.
  2. Fill each compartment with the lemons/limes. Then fill with vinegar and place in freezer.
  3. Once frozen, pop each ice cube out and put in a zip-lock bag.
  4. Keep in freezer and use as needed to freshen up your garbage disposal.

Powder Room Remodel

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Hey all! I haven’t posted in a few months, but my husband and I bought a house over the summer. We are now slowly making it our own and really getting familiar with the whole DIY house project stuff. The Home Depot gift cards came rolling in during Christmas and we were stoked! The family before us definitely had different taste in colors and style, but that’s okay! Because now it’s ours and we’re free to do what we want šŸ™‚ The powder room on the main floor gets used by all of our guests. It was very plain with some stenciling of grapes around the top of the walls. I had a vision of how I wanted this bathroom to transform and I’m happy to say, it’s fabulous! Here are a couple of big before pictures (with a little bit of me in the mirror )

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You can’t see the grape stenciling but believe me, it’s there. And I’m glad it’s gone lol The walls are an off white… kind of a tan-ish white. Not the prettiest color. So I chose to do a pretty, relaxing green color called “Antique Jade” by Benjamin Moore. I went to Lowe’s and showed them the color I wanted and they matched it for me. Then we did white wainscoting with trim at the top. We also put in a white cabinet for holding things since the sink doesn’t have a cabinet. Here is more of the after:

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The candle stick jars on the cabinet and in the window I made with glass jars from Hobby Lobby and candlesticks from Michael’s. I made my mom some that were black. Here is the tutorial for them:

https://alittlehandmadecharm.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/candlestick-jars/

I found the bathtub “Relax” canvas sign at Hobby Lobby 50% off (woot! woot!) and happily it went well with the colors. It’s nice to feel better about the appearance of our bathroom since many people see it while visiting our house. Because this bathroom is very small, it didn’t take much paint, the cabinet was given to us for free, and we used about 4 packs of the small wainscoting boards (came in packs of 6). The cost was pretty cheap for such a big change!

Handy Dandy Tips and Tricks

I don’t know about you, but it bothers me when I go to get crackers and the sleeve is open and the crackers are stale like. Blehk. So as I was putting away a newly opened sleeve of crackers, an idea came to me. I had just tossed away an empty bread bag with one of those plastic bread twisty things on it (forgive me, I don’t know the technical name). If I put that on my sleeve of crackers, it would keep them from doing that! Yes! So I did šŸ™‚

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and I’ve been happy with my none stale crackers ever since šŸ™‚ Here are some more handy dandy tips I’ve found online and been successful with:

  1. Cleaning the blender? Don’t need to take it apart! Blend up some water and soap. Make sure you do a water only rinse cycle or two. You wouldn’t want your smoothie to have a soap flavor.
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  2. Towels not getting the fresh clean scent after you wash them? Still have a funky smell? Pour in a cup of vinegar with your towel load washing with hot water. Then wash again with 1/2 cup baking soda. Should fix the problem!
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  3. The dishwasher doesn’t have to just wash and sanitize dishes! Throw in a scrub brush, tooth brush, toys, or other plastic items that need sanitizing.
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  4. Your Kitchen-aid Stand Mixer will shred your chicken for you in a snap! I LOVE this and use it for ALL my recipes that call for cooked shredded chicken. Once your chicken is cooked (still hot makes it shred the quickest), toss it in the mixer with the paddle attachment. Turn it on a low setting (or higher if you need) and watch it shred it for you šŸ™‚ Works every time!
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  5. Is your candle at the end of its rope? If you like the jar it came in, you can get the wax out very easily and store things in it (cotton balls, q-tips, etc). Boil water and pour it into the jar. The candle wax will float to the top.
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    Ā hope some of these tips help you out!

Homemade Laundry Detergent

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I found this recipe on the blog greatoakcircle.com and gave it a try. I put it in a large mason jar with a clothespin tag and gave one to my mom and one to my mother in law for Christmas. They were very impressed that I had made it! I also made some for myself and I have been loving it ever since. The cost is about 21 cents per load and I get about 56 loads. Pretty awesome right?! The ingredients are:

  • Borax
  • Baking Soda
  • Washing Soda
  • Fels-Naptha Bar Soap

I was afraid these ingredients were going to be hard to find and that I’d have to go to some specialty store. But, I ended up finding it all at my grocery store right down the street (after going to other specialty stores and Wal-Mart and not finding it). I always do things the hard way…always. The Fels-Naptha soap bar is just a stain remover. It’s on the laundry product aisle along with Borax and Washing Soda. The Baking Soda should be on the baking aisle.

Materials and Measurements:

  • 3 cups Borax
  • 2 cups Baking Soda
  • 2 cups Washing Soda
  • 1 Fels-Naptha Soap Bar
  • Large Bowl
  • Cheese Grater
  • Mason Jars or other container (to keep it in)
  1. Pour borax, baking soda, Ā and washing soda into the large bowl.
  2. Grate the Fels-Naptha bar with the cheese grater into the bowl.
  3. Use a large utensil to mix all the ingredients up.
  4. Either using a funnel or measuring cup, put your laundry detergent into the container.
  5. Use about 2 Tablespoons per load and enjoy!

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*For step by step pictures and/or to double recipe visit http://www.greatoakcircle.com/homemade-laundry-detergent

*According to the blogger, this detergent can be used in HE washers