Friday, October 24, 2014

Links to Love | 25

Haaaaapy Friday!  Can you believe we made it through another week already?  It seems like once we hit September, the weeks fly by.  I'm hoping that things slow down and we can enjoy the holiday season rather than rushing through it! Now, on to this weeks Friday Favorites.

Favorite Grocery Saver:  10 Ways to Make Your Groceries Last Longer

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY Painted Pencil Jar

So, I got a little crafty yesterday, with a few painting projects.  One turned out well and one...well, let's just say there will be a #DIYfail featured at the end of the blog.  We all have them sometimes, right?

My inspiration for the first project came out of necessity.  I have been using my colored pencils a lot in my planner and the box they are packaged in is a pain to open and close.  I wanted to have the pencils out and accessible on my desk when I do my planning sessions every week, so I thought I'd pretty-fy an old flower vase I had.  I (an probably most of you) keep all my flower vases and they end up collecting dust in the cabinet above my refrigerator.  So, I thought I'd start putting them to use in other areas of my home.

I bought this paint ages ago for a project that I didn't end up doing, but I thought it would be perfect for this and pulled it out.

Monday, October 20, 2014

How to Clean Up Your Facebook News Feed

Unless you've been living in the Amazon and away from the reaches of wi-fi, you've noticed the many changes on your Facebook news feed lately.  Mine is cramped with advertisements, links that friends have shared and posts from all those pages I have LIKED.  Today, I'm going to share some simple tips for how I have cleaned and decluttered my news feed.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Links to Love | 24

I'm back today with another fun favorites and this one is filled with some heart warming and hand warming ideas for Fall!  Let's jump right in!

Favorite Bite:  Steak Fajita Flatbread by Miss In the Kitchen

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Coco the Blogger! (A Pedigree #Stackerz Review)

Hey everyone!  Have you met my dog, Coco?

Coco usually doesn't blog - she likes to curl up next to me on the couch when I am writing my posts. Today is a little different, though.  Coco will be sharing her thoughts (translated by mom) on a new treat she received in the mail!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bleeding Heart Earrings Tutorial - A Thirty Minute Project

Anyone who has tried making jewelry knows how time intensive the process can be.  Today, I'm here to share actually how easy it is to do a quick project that requires minimal bead stranding and design. Today's tutorial is about what I call the Bleeding Heart earrings.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Budget Friendly Fall Decor Ideas

Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year!  Whether it's the cooler (sweater) weather, the smell of yummy soups cooking in the crock pot or the approaching holidays, I find that I am in the best spirits at this time of the year. I also love decorating my home during Autumn as you can spend a little money - or no money at all - and make your abode look beautiful and festive.  Here are some great ideas I've fallen in love with.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Links to Love | 23

It's a Friday in the middle of October, and that means HALLOWEEN is fast approaching!  Whether you enjoy the ghoulish costumes or the colorful foliage and pumpkins, everyone seems to get excited about the official holiday to kick off Autumn.  These are my favorites for this Halloween.

Favorite Sip:  Bloody Shirley Temples

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Planner Use and Organization

This is the long-awaited post on how I use my planner.  I've shown my planner in my mobile office post and it was requested that I show what the inside of my planner looks like and how I use it.  Before that, let me take a step back to say that I have used pretty much every type of agenda book or daily planner on the planet.  I started with the pocket-sized agendas to keep in my purse or backpack when I was in school.  When I graduated from high school, my parents bought me a beautiful personal size leather DayRunner with all the accoutrements.  I used that to keep track of my assignments in classes and my work schedule and it worked great.  I liked this type of planner so much that I purchased the classic Franklin Covey planner (compares to Filofax A5), providing more space so I could keep track of my business that I'd started along with my regular time management needs.

The reason I decided to go back to the regular spiral bound agenda is because I found that when I had the larger planner with the multiple tabs, I wouldn't use all of the sections or if I did, I would forget about them.  I know many love the functionality of the tabs and get tons of use out of them, but I enjoy having everything I need to do in any given week on one page.

It's taken me quite a while to get this post together.  The planner I had been using was from Greenroom Eco, which was sold at Target until early 2014, however the manufacturer has since stopped making them.  :(   So sad.  Mine was an academic planner ending in June, so I needed to replace it this summer.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Sticking to a Schedule Without Getting Sidetracked.

Is it possible to get through a day and accomplish everything on your to-do list without getting sidetracked?  When I was working a full time job it was much easier to stay on track, but now that I work at home, I find it easier to lose focus and let my mind wander.  We've all had days where we could sit in front of the computer and look at all the pretty things on Pinterest or play Candy Crush for hours (because we KNOW one more try and we'll beat that level!).  The secret is to draw yourself back to your responsibilities and keep on keepin' on.  Here are a few helpful hints that I have to use on a daily basis to keep me on schedule.

Keep a Written "To Do" List.
I am a lover of lists.  I have lists of all sorts and I keep several types of lists for any particular subject. For instance, I have a master grocery list that I keep on my fridge.  This is not the same list that I use when I am meal planning or the same one that I take to the grocery story with me.  I've become such an addict of lists, my husband pokes fun, but I truly believe they have a purpose and work.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Links to Love | 22

Happy Friday!  When the blog was on a one month hiatus, one of the biggest things I missed (other than getting to know my followers) was doing my Friday Favorite posts, but just because I wasn't posting them doesn't mean I wasn't saving them up for the first post back after the return...  Let's jump right in!

Favorite Coffee Companion:  Boston Cream Donuts

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Il Dolce Far Niente... I'm Back! (and Some Exciting Things on the Horizon)

So, if you've checked in on the blog in the last month, you would know that I have been absent.  I had the blog down to complete some major updates that included several new features I wanted to debut. I was knee-deep in HTML code and the like when I got sick.  No big surprise since I tend to succumb to my crappy immune system in stressful times.  Well, it hit me hard this time and it took me several weeks to recover.  I am only now - after a month and a half - starting to feel normal again.