DIY – Bottle Tiki Torches

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DIY – Bottle Tiki Torches

Welcome to that time of year again when the temperature heats up and the bugs come out to play.  For as long as I can remember, mosquitoes have flocked my way, leaving no outdoor summer activity (especially in the evenings) bug bite free.  Being a picker by nature, I’m often unable to leave those itchy little bumps alone.  I like to partake in any measure to prevent those pesky little buggers ::insert English accent:: from nipping me in the first place.  Along with bug spray (I prefer the light feel of OFF! FamilyCare Insect Repellent I (Smooth & Dry)) and decorative, nicely scented citronella candles (such as this urban, yet cute TIKI brand bucket candle or this tasteful OFF! bucket candle), I have always loved the ambiance of a calming flame.  These visually appealing mosquito repellents supplement as both a light feature and a bug preventative (when paired with this citronella oil).  The glow of a fire adds the feel of soothing relaxation to both side and coffee tables in seating areas and around your property. Continue reading “DIY – Bottle Tiki Torches”

Wedding Gifts

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Wedding Gifts

The day B proposed, exactly 3 years ago today, was one of the most exciting days of my life, thus far (see story here and here).  For a few days we basked in Caribbean bliss, but were genuinely excited to head home and celebrate with friends and family.  After arriving back in Atlanta, as the flurry of shock and excitement started to become more realistic, the upcoming wedding planning and to-do lists naturally became overwhelming.  One of the most difficult tasks we discovered was deciding where to register and what on earth to register for.  B and I lived together for a few years before our engagement, so we had quite the collection of hand-me-down dinnerware, flatware, furniture, and appliances.  Needless to say, our mismatched towels and pint beer glasses weren’t exactly items I could be proud of.  Continue reading “Wedding Gifts”

Globetrotting Prep Guide

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Globetrotting Prep Guide

As you all have probably noticed, I am an extreme planner feeling most comfortable when organized and prepared to take on any and all situations.  That being said, traveling tends to add an extra layer of stress onto my normal anxiety ridden craziness.  Not only am I planning and packing the perfect outfit for every possible occasion (who knows when you may need that LBD or a sparkly pink boa?), but will also be leaving behind a life, job, home, and (sometimes) pets to fend for themselves.

 

From placing various services on hold to prepping your family and household for your absence, these are a few tasks most often forgotten while prepping to leave for vacation. Continue reading “Globetrotting Prep Guide”

Cork Crafting

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Cork Crafting

Being an extreme wine lover, I always have quite the cork collection on hand.  My mother accumulated quite a number of corks when I was growing up, using them in a ginormous wine glass as decoration or just keeping them for a rainy day project.  As such, I began cork crafting even before my true love of wine legitimately developed.

Today, I collect corks (both wine and champagne/prosecco) in the cutest wine bottle-shaped iron basket on our kitchen counter (it was a gift from my “2nd mother,” my best friend Christina’s mom).  Once that gets full…like once a week 😉 … I dump them in a large monogrammed bucket in the dining room that is cute enough for decoration, but can also be used as an ice bucket to hold bottles for parties, among other things.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and it can often be difficult to find the perfect gift for that special woman in your life.  Whether it’s your mother, grandmother, or any other important mommy in your life, these gifts will make any woman feel loved and cherished.   Continue reading “Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016”

Using iCloud Calendar

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Using iCloud Calendar

Along with most people in today’s world, I’m obsessed with my iPhone.  I obtained the 1st Generation iPhone during my freshman year of college the year it came out (I still have it as an antique), and have never looked back.  Currently, I use the iPhone 6 (gold) and protect it with the Naked Tough Case-Champagne Sheer Glam by Case-Mate.  It is both sleek and protective, as I drop it all the time, while still showing off the beautiful color and design of the phone.

One of my absolute favorite features of the iPhone is the iCloud Calendar feature.   Continue reading “Using iCloud Calendar”

Calendar Organization

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Calendar Organization

Ever since I was a little girl, my love for “school supplies” has been slightly out of control.  I remember meticulously color coding by subject (blue for math, pink for social studies, etc.), all the way from the folders, binders, and book covers, straight down to which Post-it® notes and highlighter to use.

As I slowly integrate into the adult world while trying my hardest to say office supplies rather than school supplies when speaking to other business professionals, I have retained my color coding and organization skills with just a few tweaks and additions.  These are my favorite organizational tips to keeping an organized calendar.
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Framed Animal Paw Prints

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Framed Animal Paw Prints

As part of my husband’s birthday present (see post here), I wanted to create something personal representing his forte in “fur-parenting.”  At the moment, we do not have any human children, but consider our animals our babies.  This was a (somewhat) easy and budget friendly project that not only fulfilled that portion of the gift I was looking for, but also became a personal design feature in our home that we can treasure for years to come.   Continue reading “Framed Animal Paw Prints”