This year I have been organizing my home one room at a time, and it’s finally time to tackle the closet, yikes! I have always been guilty of stuffing my closet way too full with clothes, which makes it impossible to designate spots for everything (please refer to super embarrassing before photo). It was time for a major clean out, and time to implement an organizational system. Color-coding makes everything look prettier, so I gave my new baskets a makeover with Krylon® SUPERMAXX All-In-One in Gloss Hunter Green and Krylon COVERMAXX in Gloss True Blue, Gloss Classic Gray, and Satin Almond spray paint to help me remember what goes where. I’ll admit, I sleep with the closet doors open now, because the final result makes me grin ear-to-ear when I wake up. It’s SO MUCH easier to get ready, and folding laundry is much less daunting when everything has its color-coded spot. Here’s how I did it!
First lets address some of the problems: 1. My clothes would slip off the mismatched plastic hangers all the time creating a large pile of clothing on the floor of my closet.
2. All my T’s were stacked up on shelves, and when I would search for a specific one, the stack would turn into a pile…that would also end up on the floor
3. Speaking of piles…my shoes were in a giant, unmatched mound
4. My workout clothes would always get lost because they were mixed in with my other clothes, making the task of going to gym even more difficult.
I made a 2018 pact to fix all the little nuisances in my home. The Problem: my sweet puppy, Griffin, loves to knock over his bowls, spilling food and water right where I step. The Solution: A DIY dog bowl and treat holder! It will keep my socks dry and create a special place just for Griff in the heart of my home – the kitchen.. I love his copper food and water bowls, so I wanted to build a custom holder for them. I had this idea in the works when Milo’s Kitchen reached out to partner about their home-style dog treats. Of course I said YES! Any time to combine DIY, treats and bonding with Griff is good for me!
I always check the labels on Griff’s treats, and was excited to see that Milo’s Kitchen treats are made in the USA with real chicken as the #1 ingredient, and are free of artificial flavors! I love this little guy, so he gets only the treats made with quality ingredients. Next up was a taste test with a pretty picky eater, and I swear I have never seen Griff’s tail wag faster than when he tried the Chicken Jerky and Chicken Meatballs; they are like food that would come from the kitchen, but made just for dogs (and probably tastier than most meals that come out of my kitchen, ha!).
I re-jiggered my dog bowl holder and added a little cup in the middle. Since Griff never leaves my side while I am in the cooking, I always put a treat in the cup before I eat so he can enjoy something delish before dinner! Steps and supplies after the break. (more…)
One month into 2018 and I have been sticking with my healthy eating! Now for a challenging food day: Super Bowl Sunday. Instead of bringing my usual meat and cheese platter to the party, I am switching it up with veggies and hummus, aka Colorful Crudité. It’s been too darn cold to venture out to grocery shop, so I have been using Peapod for a few months to get my groceries delivered, so when they reached out to create some posts, I said “Heck ya”! I love working with brands I already use and love. Plus, they have super fun veggies (hello purple cauliflower!) and if you go right now to this shopping list and order, you can have all your veggies and hummus before game day!
The first secret to making it look like you spend hours on the platter: Spoon out the center of a red cabbage, then fill with store bought hummus. Add canned chickpeas, oils, a sprinkle of paprika and garnish.
Next buy all your veggies already sliced. Peapod has prepackaged multicolored sliced veggies, so you can buy just the right amount, and skip the time in the kitchen cutting everything.
To create the board, place your bowl of hummus and olives on the end of a wood board and build off each bowl as a starting point. Surround each with a groupings of veggies and crackers, then use nuts to fill in the in between space. If you have little gaps, fill with kale, and sprinkle some pomegranate seeds on top for a little color! Click here for a shopping list! Plus all your classic chips & dips, party platters and prepared foods, paper products, cleaning supplies #onestopshop!
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