Draw Organizers DIY| Recycled Materials

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Organizing is a passion of mine and yet even this drawer always ends up a jumbled up mess. Over and over I have tidied it up but it never seems to last long. While there are drawer organizers you can purchase they tend to be pricey and never fully utilize all the purposes that you need them to. Instead of running off to the store and buying a drawer organizer to fit some of the stuff, I decided to try to make my own for free. Yes free!  All of the materials I used were old boxes that would have been thrown in the recycle bin and the tools were literally already in the drawer.

Materials:

  • Cardboard Boxes
  • A Pen
  • Scissors
  • Handheld Stapler or Tape

Step #1:

Take EVERYTHING out of the drawer and place items into categories. For instance all the batteries together, tools together or similar items such as binder clips, push pins, and paperclips together.

Step #2:

Find a base line, this will be the height of all of the boxes. For my base line I used the cornbread muffin box by simply cutting off one side.

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Step #3:

Now it is time to make the boxes. Figure out what the longest item of each category is, this will determine how large of a box to choose for each one. Brainstorm which boxes you will use for each item. At the beginning I knew the Saltines box would be used for the scissors since they were my largest item and it was my largest box on hand.

The overall goal is to create a functional system which means that the sections need to utilize space smartly and fit the overall dimensions of the drawer. What I mean by this is, if you simply create customized drawers to fit each item there will be free floating space which creates the same issues as before, mass clutter. So how do you accomplish this well? Go one at a time and place the boxes into the drawer. This will help you visualize how much access space each box may need.

Step 4:

For smaller items such as wire ties and locks, you may not be able to simply trim off the top of a box. So… how do you create your own, well that’s easy. Take an excess piece of cardboard, use another box to create the base height, I used tiny dots to create a guide.

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Cut out the guide and cut four slits at each corner. If you are duplicating a box simply place it inside and use it to help fold up the edges.

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Begin folding, start with the slits, fold upwards to create easy creases. Assemble the box hold up one of the lengths, now hold the two sliced sides up and fold them so they touch the length side. Now staple or tape them together. Repeat on the other side.

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At the end of your project you should have all the items inside their own divider boxes inside the drawer. You may choose to leave some items without a divider box (as shown below). The last few larger items were left out of a divider box for me simply due to the fact that they were large in combination with running out of large enough cardboard pieces.

It is completely up to you either to cover or not cover the boxes with some type of decorative paper. I decided not to as I did not mine with the cardboard look, however, if you want to step it up aesthetically try scrapbook paper, contact paper, or even paint. At the end of your project everything should have a place and without a doubt there will be no more messy drawers as it is a lot harder to create a mess when everything has a home.

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XOXO Faith

 

Winter Style Book | 2020

First off happy new year! To kick this year of blogs off I wanted to highlight my favorite winter outfits. All of these looks are cozy, cute and affordable. I have provided the brands/ companies, however, there are no direct links since these styles are pretty popular. If you have any questions, leave a comment or send me a direct message.

Frilly Flirt

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This muted pink dress is from Target. It is a versatile piece that can transition from around town errands to date night with a simple shoe switch. Pair with a dainty detailed necklace and either white Converse or booties. The tier drapery adds an extra splash of frilly fun as it drapes to create the illusion of long lines. The only con would be there are no pockets, which we all know I love me some hidden dress pockets. Do you feel extra excited when you find a cute piece with pockets?

Classically comfy

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The one, the only, the sweatshirt dress! Finally I have found one that doesn’t include a side of buns. It has become a pet peeve when people wear a regular sweatshirt as a sweatshirt dress that doesn’t fully cover their butt. Simply size up if you are having an issue with the length. They are so soft so don’t miss out on this trend. This one is from Target and is the perfect length, plus it has a front pocket which adds an extra touch of classic chic without trying. A onesie is the closest thing I would compare it to except without the side eyes and constant judgement of wearing jammies in public. Ha.

Dino Yogi

Yet another great addition to my Dino tee shirt collection. There are many Dino yoga shirts, however this is the only one I have seen that does not highlight the struggle they would have. Torrid carries this particular one, which is plus sized brand. Imaddie simply tie it up either on the side or back. Pair with a high waist legging, chucks, and a dainty necklace or bracelet. Yoga bound or off to chill with some friends, the choice is yours.

XOXO Faith

Christmas Budget

Costco Haul & Review-11

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year but they can also wear out your credit card. Don’t want to be greeted with a bill in the new year? Follow my guide to holiday shopping.

  1. Homework.

Yes, if you want to save money it will require some work and a little time. Don’t worry, I am not talking about making your gifts with things around the house. Create a list of every person you want to give a gift to. Figure out a specific dollar amount that is practical to spend overall, this will be the maximum amount of money you CAN afford to spend. Either divide up the budget evenly or create specific mini budgets for each person.

  1. The List.

Write down a wish list for each person or ask what each person on your list would like. No list? What are their interests, I’m sure you have some ideas.  Even if an item on the list is out of their assigned budget write it down.

  1. Prep Baby Prep.

Before jumping in the car and elbowing through the crowd, create a plan. Below is a sample list; I cannot tell you how many times I hear people complain that their coupon won’t load or their phone is about to die. It is not the checker’s problem, so don’t be that person. Save yourself the hassle, charge your phone and screenshot or print out any coupons that may apply. Also screenshot or print any competitor’s ads if you would like the store to do a price match. Check prices online, since often retailers have different prices in store. Most retailers will match their online price in store, simply show them the ad online with all the specs so they can identify that it is the exact item.

Item A _________ for ___________

Sold at: _________ $ ______

Sold at: _________ $ ______

Coupons offered: yes or no  *Screenshot or print out all coupons

Price Match: yes or no, _________ $ _______

  1. Trust Issues.

Be honest with yourself, if you have trouble overspending go to the bank and withdraw the exact amount you have budgeted to spend. Put the money in separate envelopes with each person’s name on it, place them in a cosmetic bag so that they will not get lost. If you spend less for someone make the decision to transfer to another person’s envelope or simply put the money aside then back into bank once all the Christmas shopping is done.

  1. Guilt Dollars.

People often feel guilty during the holidays for not spending their entire budget on presents, however, that is the wrong way to budget. The goal of budgeting is to not end up in debt and not to show up to the holiday party dressed as Wllly Wonka. If you were gifted something that you know someone else on your list would love, treat its retail value as money spent, often these gifts would tip the budget anyway. Do not feel as if you need to pile on more either. When using coupons there are two options  either use the retail price or the discount price. I sway back and forth on this one, there is no right or wrong approach. One thing that is a huge no, no is to over buy to compensate for any deals you’ve received on one person alone. This will make the gifts feel cheap.

  1. The Journal.

Buy a cheap notebook or use an e-notebook to chart the budget. This will help keep track of how much you are spending on who, where and what. All of the gift lists, notes on discounts and prices should all be in this one place. Although you are keeping a log once you purchase a gift place the receipt in a pouch, just in case it needs to be returned later on for whatever reason.

Happy holidays and shopping,

XOXO Faith

Unpaper Towels: DIY

It’s that time of year where blankets are near, the fire (heater) is roaring and everyone is crafting. If you are throwing a party and looking to be a bit more environmentally conscious try out unpaper towels this year. Yes, you can buy fancy linens or official unpaper towels from Etsy shop owners and alike cites, however, they can be pricey. For a fraction of the cost you can create your own before the online shops would be able to ship theirs to you, they are that easy to make.

Blueland Update|Worth it?

After publishing the Blueland review I decided to reach out to the company about my main concern regarding the products. If you missed that review click here.

The Conversation:

Breana Mon, Oct 7, 2019 at 6:49 PM
To: help@blueland.com
Hello,

I am a bit puzzled on what to do. I loved the products, however, the bottles have started cracking. In late August I received the starter kit as a birthday gift, less than two months later two out of the three bottles have cracked all the way through. I do not recall dropping them, my fiancee suggested that they cracked due to the bottles expanding in the heat (we have no ac). Then again if it was from the heat why didn’t all three crack.
I was going to repurchase the two bottles that broke but I do not want them to keep cracking as it defeats the purpose of them being reusable if I have to keep replacing them.
Thank you for your time,
Breana
help@blueland.com <help@blueland.com> Mon, Oct 7, 2019 at 6:51 PM
To: Breana

Hi Breana ,

Thanks for reaching out to us. We’ve received your inquiry and look forward to speaking with you. We strive to respond within 24 hours, excluding weekends and holidays.

In the meantime, have you checked out our FAQs? You question might already have an answer there.

We look forward to speaking with you and will be in touch shortly.

Best,
The Blueland Team

Blueland
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help@blueland.com <help@blueland.com> Tue, Oct 8, 2019 at 9:33 AM
To: Breana
Hi Breana,

Thanks so much for your e-mail and your support of Blueland.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and poor experience you’ve had. We’re happy to send a replacement Starter Sets to the shipping address on file and issue return labels for you to send back the damaged bottles in the same boxes your replacements are shipping to you so we can responsibly recycle them.

Before we do that, do you mind sharing an image or video of the bottles with us so we can share this feedback with our team to understand your issue better? We’d truly appreciate it!

We’re still working out the kinks and sincerely apologize that you received a defective bottle. Once we receive the defective bottle back, we’ll be sure to further investigate with our product development/manufacturing team.

Best,
The Blueland Team

Breana Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 3:39 PM
To: help@blueland.com
Hello Blueland Team,

Thank you for the quick response, and of course, attached are pictures of the bottles. I am interested in receiving a replacement starter set, it was ordered under my mother’s name as she ordered them for my birthday. On file it would be under name at address. Let me know if you need any more information.
Thank you again,
Breana
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help@blueland.com <help@blueland.com> Thu, Oct 10, 2019 at 11:04 AM
To: Breana
Hi Breana,

Thanks for the confirmation! We’ve gone ahead and sent a replacement Bathroom and Multi-Surface Starter Sets to the shipping address on file and you should receive another confirmation e-mail shortly. We’ve also attached the return labels in this e-mail for you to send back the damaged bottles in the same boxes your replacements are shipping to you so we can responsibly recycle them. Alternatively, if your area has single-stream recycling you can also dispose of them that way.

Thank you for your patience and hope you can get cleaning sooner than later!

Within a week the new bottles arrived. If you are wondering, “why didn’t you update us sooner”, here is why. It is amazing that they replaced the bottles, however, I wanted to wait at least a month to see if the new bottles would have the same issue. I am happy to say that so far the bottles are all blemish free.

Worth the Money?:

Yes, the products are good, if you read the comments on the trial video you will see that others have had issues with the cracking as well as the glass cleaner. The companies customer service is excellent though, so if you have any issues simply reach out to them. When I received my bottles the first time around they were just starting out now they have additional products and no doubt are improving daily.

On the subject of the glass cleaner leaving smudges, if you use too much this will happen. Perhaps they have changed the formula now so this no longer occurs though. Personally I have switched to white vinegar, however, it does not smell anywhere near as good as the Blueland glass cleaner. ha. My favorite ones would still have to be the multi surface and bathroom formulas. I would definitely recommend their products to a friend, they clean well without the annoying chemical smells.

 

XOXO Faith

Plan with Me: Mood Tracker

Not sure why it has taken me so long to produce planner content, I absolutely love them. The new trend has been the bullet journal which allows for optimal customization, however, you can also create that with other types of planners. My go to planner for the last couple of years has been the Happy Planner, I love being able to take out pages without ruining it. It also has the capability of customization just like the bullet journal since you can add pages to the binding. Some of the popular pages to customize in a bullet journal are the tracker pages due to the creative level that breaks away from the traditional check list.

For my first aesthetically pleasing tracker I focused on a mood tracker. Mental health and mood trackers are linked to reaching a level of beneficial growth. At a glance one is able to tell how the month went on an emotional level then you can dive into the weekly side of your journal to see what caused that emotional effect. It is therapeutic and engaging as it becomes a work of art rather than a boring chart.

This particular theme, Live Foxi, is geared toward this fall/ early winter season, however it can easily work for summer months as well. Follow along below in the time-lapse video of me creating this little guy. (=

 

Live Foxi Tutorial

 

Are you a planner addict too? Let me know in the comments. 

XOXO Faith

 

Affordable & Comfortable |Halloween Costumes

Tis the season for frights for some and comfy sweaters for all. So you’ve been invited to a Halloween party but you’re not sure what to wear? Well you’ve come to the right place! This year I am focusing on affordable ways to dress up once again with a twist called comfort. Many girls dress up to look skanky on Halloween, however, here I try to keep it classy without looking frumpy. Seeking some Halloween d.i.y. costumes? Don’t worry d.i.y.’s are definitely on there way, patience, starting Saturday will be the first Halloween d.i.y. of this season, for now enjoy the d.i.y ideas in this post.


The Boyfriend, The Fiancee, The Husband

Are you the creative one and him not so much? Would he feel tortured to walk around in a full blown costume made of itchy fabric and hours of your hard work? Try a onsie, he will love you even more for it! If you want to be pooh bear try a yellow dress with a cropped red top paired with d.i.y ears. He can be Eeyore to match plus you’ll both be able to reuse the outfits thoughout the year. Want to be Sally? This one is a little tough to diy so I would suggest heading to Hot Topic to pick up the costume dress which you can still rewear thoughout the year, if you’re a die heart fan. He can be Jack in comfort and style, who wants to really walk around with a giant skull head anyway.

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