WOTD: Peace


The silence of hearing yourself think.

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Jonesin’ For: Get the House Organized Version

No seriously. The house.

I’m sorry that I’m not sorry that I have organizing OCD. But when you move from 2,200 square feet by yourself to 1,500 square feet with another human and then add animals back in and then carry the four…well, organization is necessary.

Plus, it’s like you move in, get things places, and then about a month or so later (you know after you fly to Vegas to get married, then have a reception, then have a honeymoon, and wake up and go “HOLY HECK NEW LIFE BATMAN!)…you want to perhaps move stuff around to make life easier.

Admittedly I’m no longer jonesing for any of these products because I own them. And while some may not work for you, I wanted to share a few of the awesome things I’ve found that make our life a little easier.


Storage Dynamics 5-Foot Vinyl Covered Steel Over door Storage Basket RackI bought two of these back of the door “food can sized” shelf organizers. One goes in our guest room to hold all the miscellany that falls to that closet (right now birthday party stuff!) and one is in our pantry. Then I hit Ikea and randomly (what don’t I find at Ikea randomly) and found these SKUBB SKUBB Box, set of 6 IKEA Helps you organize socks, belts and jewelry in your wardrobe or chest of drawers.organizers. The four smaller ones all fit into the shelves of these door organizers so well, that…well, I’m going to Ikea later this week. Plus they zip up flat in case I ever change around things and don’t need them at the moment.

But LA, you haven’t really talked better kitchen. I know. I know. I should. So, I adore when you open a drawer and A) it opens without crushing something or half way and needing forced…as well as B) everything is right where I left it and not jarred around. So enter in this larger version of a traditional tray and I’m a happy camper.

Altra Furniture 2-Shelf Metal Rolling Utility Cart or Industrial Table, Bright Red FinishThis little cart has also been a nice addition to our office. I bought a few photoboxes to hold all of my crafts and paints and what nots and now it sits happily below the desk out of the way, but can roll out as soon as my creative streak hits. I’m very happy with the open-ness of it, because now it’s forcing me to get rid of the crafting items I’m not using and make room for whatever new project I’m planning on.

Speaking of the office. It’s undergone quite the transformation. I bought this bookcase to help us unload the closet of the books we want to keep and were hoarding never to be re-read again. (A tragedy in my world.) This picture doesn’t do it justice, when you put the books just right, it looks like they are floating. and we won’t mention that the top is a perfect prop-up for my muppet I made at FAO Schwartz. These under shelf baskets came in super handy in my latest Ikea hack. I bought us a double NIPEN Leg IKEA Solid wood is a durable natural material.desk with these fantastic legs! with a shelf that I laid sideways for us to have storage and display space and these baskets hold all of the pc wires and modems wonderfully. Then to keep the happy new bright colors rolling, I scored this file cabinetHELMER Drawer unit on casters IKEA Slot for label on each drawer so you can easily keep things organized and find what you are looking for.. So much better. So happy.

Honey-Can-Do SHO-01170 2-Tier Expandable Shoe Rack, ChromeOh, let’s talk shoes shall we? I did a number on our closet last night. Actually, Sir LAA did quite the number this weekend when he took down the shelving and moved it up 6 inches for us. That way, my shoes came rolling in. So I bought this liner for our wire shelves, these racks for my heels and this lovely cubby for my collection of Converse. Now I can see my shoes, and the door rack came off so now our door isn’t a barrier for us to actually enter the closet. It’s an amazing transformation, and I feel so much happier.

Since we’re in our master bedroom doing all this, I needed space Best Living Monaco Bathroom Space Saver Etagere Shelf, Oil Rubbed Bronzefor makeup. Half of my under the sink space was towels, so I splurged, since it would be out in the open, and scored us this very easily put together, but also easy on the eyes etagere.  The towels moved over and now I can actually buy and store wrinkle cream. Because I need it people. Bad.

Hm. What else you ask? One more thing. and it’s for the dogs. and the rabbit even. This storage system is stackable and fool proof for a great dane who learned if she stuck her head into the old food storage system, she could get a second dinner. Long sentence? Yes, as these containers were a long time coming!

So there you go….this is where I’ve been on the days I wrote a partial blog and got sidetracked. Now that I’m organized at home, perhaps I can finally sort out where I’m going to type and write the great american novel. That’s for 2015 though…maybe.

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RePost: Never getting to Me Time |Increase Your Happiness by Making Time for Yourself – BlogHer

This is so me. This is why it was so important last night and this morning to pick up one more thing, to finish one little more chore. Because I continue to think that I’m going to finish the list. That I will get there.

I’ve tried to start using pinterest as a way to plan parties for the future rather than looking at the “Everything” column to see what I have to craft, cook and shop for next in order to keep up with the Joneses. (Oh, the irony.)

I’ve got my list of crafts on the post it section of Outlook so I can watch the wants of what I want to create disappear while keeping in mind that I don’t want to feel obligated to do everything all the time.

Also, I need to probably consider some leftover nights, and letting every little project go, because otherwise…I may never sit down. I just want to do all the things, see all the friends, love all the loves, feel all the feels. Sigh.


You are in constant movement, getting things done, going places, talking to people.


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Midmonth Settling Progress Report

Wowzers. How did it get to be halfway through the month already.

Well, I have to say, I’ve fallen hard for football season.

IMG_1922And football season works for us. Now that Sir LAA is off with the second love of his life, being an educator that is, IMG_1925then I have evenings free to complete the myriad of projects that I take on in my world. What are those you ask? I’ve IMG_1924made many, probably a little too emphatically, school stuff for me and the house and yes, the dogs! There is a IMG_1938yard sign, dog band uniforms, knee socks for games and a set of custom “Tom’s” shoes with our school colors.

IMG_1996Then for the sake of doing my resolutions as usual, I finally finished my “snow globe”…guess what, bonus points, I even made it a music box! It plays “You are My Sunshine” and it has a tree with Sir LAA and my initials with a little bench I imagine us sitting on when we’re good and old. So yay for me on this one, it was actually fun to put together and figure out how to make it all work. I definitely want to try this again…I just need an inspirational idea….and the miniatures to do it.

Sir LAA’s mom and dad gave us a sign from his grandparents house IMG_1935with their name and established date. Not ever being the painter, this one was definitely a little scary, but erasing the year and “re-aging” the paint actually worked for once. Please don’t look up too close, but I’m still pretty proud of my handiwork.  

Then, it feels like the house is getting together. Granted, I’ve emptied and will refill the attic this week.  I’m sorry for not posting this yesterday, but the day just got away. I did get home and 90% of the boxes are in, and I need man power to get the last one up there. Amazing how much photo books weigh!

And guess what, somehow, the Gods aligned, and I lost some weight AND I even wanted to go running. So I did! Plus I’ve been at the gym almost every day for two weeks and feel so good. More on that later.

Plus, in a good stroke of luck I received shoe racks and my craft cart and put those together, so HA! One more thing organized and away in our house. I’m so very happy.

Tonight, barring some grocery shopping, I’m hoping to admit that I have finally completed the settling in of the house and it’s time to move into the emotional, stress and drama settling of me. One day at a time.

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Seriously, I found myself this morning writing our 2015 calendar. Yes. Like next year.

I think some of this stems from the fact that I’m married to a teacher, and therefore, our summer is actually our end of year. Which just dawned on me, does this mean the day before the first day of school is an option for a New Years Eve party with teacher friends? Hmm. Good idea girl, I’m on it.

The other part sprouts from the idea that I hate doing stuff during the holidays that resembles office work, so the more prepared I can get in our fall “downish” time (and by downish, I mean a day or hour without a football game, meeting, social obligation, etc…)…the better. Because people, I just finished Christmas shopping, all of it. and it’s wrapped, minus that one gift that is on it’s way RIGHT now. I’m done-ers!

Happy settling in, this is our routine!



Now that it’s time to look for calendars for the new year, I’ve pulled together a few shapely options.


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WOTD: Calm

Calm: Trying to get insides to match outsides to match peace.

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RePost: DeCluttering! |A map for cleaning the closet…Pinterest

Part of simplifying and settling in this month has been the bear of a closet project. If there’s anywhere in our house that needs help, it’s this one. If there’s anywhere in our house that will require the most work….yep, you guessed it.

As I go through my clothes though, it was time for a new activity called, “What the heck IS my style?” and one night, awake for goodness knows what reason, I came up with this idea:

image It was really just about what I normally wear. For instance, when I’m bopping around the house or doing errands, you’ll generally see me in jeans. if I’m going out of the house and wanna perk it up a little, I’m sorry, but I’m so glad it’s back – Seattle grunge makes a reappearance. Husband taking me on a date night? I love a stripe or geometric print dress. Club evening with friends? I hate to say it, but leather and stud accents make me feel perfection. Same for work, pinstripe business wear conservative world all the way, a cute mod print for a bit fancier stand out dinner, 40’s ditsy prints if it’s a quieter day in the office or on a Friday.

This idea keeps me sane when I see a tutu skirt and a corset and I want to find SOMEWHERE to wear it. (It’s happened. Yes, I’m 35.)

All that said to say, not only is this making keeping the closet cleaner easier, but it’s saving my pocketbook too. I’m happy to report that I’m sticking to my style that I’ve tended to love for years (decades!? eek.) now…but I’m able to add bits and bobs here and there that keep it trendy.

But I still want that tutu.




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