Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Details of the Planner

Today I'm back to show some details of the planner I use.  I actually came across a post at Bowl Full of Lemons this past fall and loved the colors of the binder she used.  Come to find out it was the Martha Stewart line from Staples.  I couldn't order mine fast enough. 

I used to carry a small purse, but for my birthday, I got a Kate Spade bag which was bigger and the 5" X 8" size fit perfectly.  I'm one of the organizational types that tweaks.  I never seem to get it just right the first time, so I worked with it for awhile until it functioned the way I needed it.

My oldest started school this past fall, so I needed a way to keep his school schedule with me at all times as well as keep track of my husband's and my own work travel schedules.  I have to say it's been working pretty well.  I like that it's really a binder so I can add sleeves and paper as needed for added functionality.

The only downside was the calendar went through June 2013. The past couple of weeks I've been searching around for new calendars to add in.  I was over the Martha Stewart ones.  They were nice, don't get me wrong, but I wanted more color, more personality.  I contemplated for a very long time, whether I wanted to fork over the money for the Erin Condren planners.  They are so pretty and so many to choose from!

The biggest downside for me was they are a little pricey and right now our schedule can be managed in the space of a month-at-a-glance.  I prefer the month-at-a-glance format anyway to help with long term planning.

I searched all over the internet for printables and couldn't find any that fit my need perfectly, so I decided to tackle making my own.  I spent all of my free time this weekend on this project, but I gotta say, I love how it turned out!

I'm a huge Kenny Chesney fan...like I see him every year in concert HUGE!  Since I was making my own calendars, I decided to use lyrics from some of my favorite songs.

Each month is colorful and fun and includes my own Kenny Chesney inspiration. 

Besides using this planner to store my calendar, I use it for various lists.  I have a section for To Do's, Home Projects, Cleaning, Leisure Activities, Gift Ideas and a section called Right Now.  I use the Right Now section to write down funny phrases my kids say or something special they did so I can transfer it into my One Line a Day book.   I almost always have my planner on me, so I figured this was the best place to compile the information instead of random sticky notes!

For the tabs, I just used some Washi Tape to make them a little more interesting.  This Washi Tape craze has some merit.  It's an easy, inexpensive way to add a little character to just about anything.

A few other parts to my planner include the always handy pencil pouch.

And the extra sleeves to put restaurant coupons or activities to keep the boys busy while we wait (at doctor's appointments or restaurants).

I'm super excited and happy to have found a practical, inexpensive and flexible solution to keep me organized on the go! 

If you are interested in putting together your own planner, check out the Martha Stewart line at Staples.  There are typically coupons available if you search for them, which makes this project very affordable.

Happy planning!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Kitchen Pendant Makeover

Changing gears a bit today to show you a really simple and quick update to the new kitchen pendant over the sink.  I didn't specifically state it was new in my Kitchen Update post, but it was a clearance find from Target a couple weeks ago.

When I bought it, I didn't notice the type of cord that came with it.  So needless to say, I was highly disappointed with the basic white cord.  I contemplated ripping the cord off, but it wasn't going to work because of they way the wires were underneath.

So I pondered what to do, what to do.  I loved the new pendant over the previous cheap fixture.  Enter the re-organization of my craft cabinet.  A chore in and of itself, but this lead to the wonderful discovery of some jute strings that were wrapped around our new basement rug (will have to do a future post of this).

All it took was one string of the jute and a hot glue gun.

I put a dab of hot glue at the beginning of the string, wrapped, then a dab to hold it in place at the end.  So simple and quick.

Here is the before and after:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Laundry/Mudroom/Pantry Inspiration


I mentioned in my 2013 Goals post that we were looking at putting an addition on our home for the laundry/mudroom/pantry.  This project is still in its infancy, the builders just came out last week to take measurements, so while I wait to hear how much it's going to cost us, I've been brainstorming layouts and aesthetics.  I love organizing and decorating, so of course that's what I focus on.

There's a really long story on how we got to the decision to build the addition.  Not to bore you with all of those details, it boils down to our current laundry area DOES NOT function.  You have to do gymnastics in order to get laundry in and out.  It's frustrating.

So the ideas bounced around between the hubs and I for months.  When we both finally agreed on the most cost effective, feasible and functional approach...the new addition was born.

On our list of must have's for the space:
  • Laundry with sink
  • Pantry space
  • Easy access to outdoors (better FLOW)
  • Shoe Storage
  • Hunting Clothes, etc storage
There are several other "like to have's", but for now this is the MUSTS.

Scouring blogs, websites and Pinterest, here are few pictures of how I envision this new space.

First up, Ikea.  I love the plank walls and the color of the armoire.  I anticipate the armoire being the solution to the hunting clothes storage "must have".


Next, I found this picture recently and I love the bead board and the butcher block counter.  There even seems to be  little barn door styling going on the pantry door in the back....love me some barn doors!


The soaking sink for the laundry will be a galvanized tub, kind of rustic.

{I can't find the original source, but it was pinned from my Pinterest page}

This rug is great- 'nuff said!

Finally, the picture that sums it all up for me....
More updates coming soon!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Quick Kitchen Update

Hello, back today with a quick kitchen update for you.  A few years ago, my style was more rustic and fit in with our country surroundings.  However, over the past 2 years I've gotten a little more daring and started to blend in more of the beach cottage vibe I am drawn to.  As part of this change in decorating taste, I've painted my living room and entry blue.  The half bath in the kitchen went gray along with the boy's toy room and interior of the front door.  With that, my burnt orange kitchen wasn't working anymore.

A couple weeks ago, I started researching the best colors for honey oak cabinets.  New cabinets aren't in the budget right now, but possibly refinishing them is.  With that in mind, I chose Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams around the cabinets.  And since the dining room area receives a ton of natural light, I went one shade darker with Comfort Gray.SW6205 Comfort Gray

This is what it looks like all painted!  Ignore the "stuff" on top of the cabinets, it will be decluttered and restyled soon enough.

 It actually looks more blue in some of the pictures than it really is. Why don't wall colors ever photograph reality? Perhaps it's my mad photography skills....

There are few other updates we're looking to make in this space including new hardware, a new countertop, refinishing the cabinets and new flooring.  This area and our laundry room are the hot spots for renovation this year and I will share the (slow) progress.

I'm totally loving the open airy feeling!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

2013 Goals

Wow, it has been over a year since I've posted anything.  That's terrible.  I didn't get ran over or take shelter for the end of the world, I simply got over indulged in my life (work, kids, home projects, etc).  Well this year one of my goals is post a little more frequently, it will still be sporadic as my day job has it's ebbs and flows, but at least more than once a year.  I have a few projects I want to share with you soon, there seems to have been a good amount of additions (furniture wise) and changes around here.

With the new year, everyone sets goals or resolutions, so here goes mine, in no particular order.

  • Organize electronic cords, memory sticks, etc
  • Organize photos
  • Create Blurb books from 2007 to 2012
  • Kitchen updates (I will have a whole post on what this entails)
  • New mudroom/laundry/pantry addition (separate post with details)
  • Updates to the boys' rooms
  • Add molding to the toy room
  • Incorporate a regular fitness routine into my schedule
  • Work on having a better morning routine
  • Update the boys' bathroom
Those are the biggies for now, I'm sure more will get added as the year goes on.  There are a lot of little organizing projects I'm planning once the supplies go on sale at the Container Store.

What's on your list this year?  Do you have any major home renovations in the works?