DIY Holiday Card Display!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

- 2 planks of wood
- Paint
- Ruler
- Scissors
- Pencil

1. Paint your wooden planks your desired color. I used paint stirring sticks which they give out at paint stores or places like Home Depot in the paint department for free.
2. On each plank of wood measure and mark where you would like your string to be placed. My first strand was 1' from the top and my second strand I placed in the center of the plank.

3. You can use the full command strips or you can cut them into thirds like I did if you don't want to use the entire strip in one spot. I felt like that was alright to do because they only need to support a small amount of weight and they're pretty strong. *If you do cut them keep in mind that they'll be harder to remove from the wall since you won't be able to pull off the glue from the back.
4. Place your string over the line that you measured and stick on the command strip. You can also tie your string around the strip for extra hold.

5. Hang your finished planks on the wall. I was actually able to do this on my own by sticking the first plank onto the wall very gently so that it wouldn't get stuck into place. I then positioned the second plank into it's spot.
6. Once the second plank was in place I went back to the first one, took it off the wall, and repositioned it to align with the second plank. I used my ruler to mark the same bottom position on the wall to ensure that they were even. For extra precision you can use a level to ensure that all your placing is the same and level.

7. Now the fun part is decorating the photo display! You can add fun touches like snowflakes and ornaments to give it a more festive feel.

I loved this DIY because I really like the look of photos on a string, but the wooden planks give it a more finished and put together look than just hanging the string on a wall with washi tape. You can also keep it up all year round and decorate it for other holidays, different seasons, or with your favorite photos! After the holidays I plan on using it to display my favorite polaroids throughout the year!

As you guys can see I got most of the tools I needed for this project from Amazon. You can also find them at your local crafts store like Michael's or even at Target. Those three are by far my favorite to shop at for crafting supplies. So I'm always excited during this time of year because I can stock up on gift cards to use on different projects throughout the next couple of months. But let's get real here, half of the gift cards I get I'll never get any use out of. For example, I'll never use my Dunkin' Donuts card because I don't drink coffee or my iTunes card because that's not something that I use either. But, here's the good news! I was recently introduced to an amazing website called Raise! On the website you can sell your gift cards and purchase them as well at a discounted rate so you can save yourself some money while you're at it! It's such an easy process and you'll actually be able to get something useful instead of having to hold on to gift cards that'll just take up space in your wallet .

Have you done any DIYs lately?
Happy weekend!

Searching for the Perfect NYE Dress!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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I've been searching all across the web to find the perfect NYE dress. My absolute favorite ones are skater dresses! I think the silhouette is so flattering for so many body types! I'm also pretty short and I find that this cut looks the most complementary with my height. But if you're taller they're really great at showing off your legs! I also noticed that I gravitated towards more simple and neutral colored dresses. But I did find myself also loving a pop of glitter or an awesome cut-out! I think simple with a pop of glitter is the way to go for me! I also really love simple dresses because you can dress them up with an awesome piece of jewelry which you guys know I'm obsessed with! Big statement necklaces or earrings look amazing paired with a great simple dress. I think it's such a classic look and it would look great on so many different women!

I've found a ton of awesome dresses that I love, the above four are some of my favorites, and what I love even more is that there's so many sales going on right now so it's super affordable to get a gorgeous dress for NYE! But it's so easy to miss out on holiday sales, which happens to me ALL the time, so a great site that I've been using to keep up with fashion deals and coupons is CupoNation! They really have some of the best deals for fashionable merchandises that I've come across and  I like to scroll through the pages to see what sales and deals are happening at my favorite fashion stores! I've even discovered a few new favorite stores while browsing the site which is really exciting! If you guys are interested click here head on over to the site and find yourself some great holiday deals, too!

Have you found your perfect NYE dress yet?
Happy week!

From the Weekend!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hi everyone! This weekend, as most weekends, was nice and laid back for me. After a busy week I love to indulge my inner lazy girl and take it easy throughout the weekend. I did go into work again on Saturday, but the hardest part about that is just getting out of bed in the morning, haha. I spent the rest of the weekend shopping and wrapping gifts for family and friends. I already purchased most of my gifts a while ago, I like to get my Christmas shopping done early, so all I have left to do is to put the final touches on a few gifts and I'm all set! I also got to spend some time with Isabella yesterday, which was really great. I haven't seen her a lot lately because her mom has been in the hospital, so it was nice to be able to catch up with her on a little shopping date.

As for this week, I have a couple things going on. Tomorrow I have my orientation for nursing school which I want to be excited for, but truthfully, orientations are hardly ever much fun. But, I am excited that I'll be starting nursing school in January, I feel like I've been waiting for this moment and it's finally here! We're also having a little Christmas party at work on Thursday which is always nice to be able to take a break from work and just hang out with the girls. I'm also really excited because Marc and I are sprucing up our entryway. We've hit a couple of unexpected snags, but I like where it's headed and I can't wait to share the finished product with you guys!

What are your plans for this week?
Happy Tuesday!

Mittens Garland DIY!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to share this DIY with all of you! I've had it in mind for a while and I've finally found some time to sit down and put it together. It's a super simple one that's perfect for the winter season! 

+ White string
+ Paper punch
+ Scissors
+ Assorted patterned paper
+ Mittens template

1. Print then cut out the mittens template.
2. Use the template as a guide to cut out your mittens to ensure that they all look the same.
  • Or print the outline directly onto your patterned paper then cut out the mittens.
3. Punch holes in the left and right corners of each mitten.
4. String the mittens together and hang on your wall!

I really love the final result! It's so fun and colorful and perfectly brightens up this little corner of my kitchen while also bringing in the festive spirit!

What have you DIYed recently?
Happy Saturday!

Life Lately.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hi everyone! I'm so excited because I'm finally finished with school! I only have one class left tomorrow and then I'm off till January when I start nursing school. I'll only have one on campus class this first quarter and next quarter all of my classes are going to be online so I'm really excited because my work schedule is going to improve so much! I'll be getting home earlier in the day which I prefer as opposed to starting later in the day after class like I do now. Every year I take a week off during winter break but unfortunately I don't think I'll be doing that this year since I just took off three weeks for my trip to Poland. But that's okay, at least I'll still have Tuesdays off! I actually went into the office last weekend to get in some extra hours since we were off for thanksgiving. I really like working weekends because it was only me and two of my friends and so it was nice and peaceful since usually our office feels like there's a tornado going through it, haha! Afterwards, we went out for a late lunch and spent quite a while chatting. There's so much gossip in our office, it's unreal! As for next weekend I'm planning on going out with my cousin Sabrina for her 21st which should be fun, too!

How are you spending your week?
Happy Wednesday!

Wantable Box!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share with you an awesome subscription service that I recently found named Wantable! They have a range of 3 boxes: the accessories box, the intimates box, and the makeup box. This is my second month of being subscribed to the accessories box and I'm absolutely loving it! Each month for $36 you get a custom box of 4 accessories. It's a pricier box, but I love the quality of everything that I've received so far and how unique each piece is. I'm obsessed with my accessories, which I'm sure you guys can tell if you've glanced my necklace wall in the background of my Instagram snaps, so this is the perfect box for me! I also love it because it's something different from the usual makeup subscription. They also have a one time purchase option for $40 which I think would make a wonderful gift for a sister or a good friend!

01. These sunglasses are super classy! I love the black frame and the shape really compliments my face. They're a really nice pair to throw in my purse so I can always have a pair on me for those sunny drives!

02. Honestly these earrings are not my favorite item in the box because they're not really my style. But that's okay because I think they're going to make an awesome addition to my aunt's Christmas gift!

03. This necklace is really cute. Admittedly, I didn't like it at first because there was so much going on, but I think it looks really classy paired with a white t-shirt and a pair of skinny jeans. It's the perfect piece to dress up a casual outfit!

04. This set of bangles is my favorite item in the box! They're super classy, modern, and chic. I love that they came in a mix of three metals so that I can pair them with different looks or wear them all together. I also love the shape which makes them more interesting than your standard round bangle. The only downside is that they're a little big on me, but that's to be expected with my tiny wrists.

This is currently my favorite subscription box and I would definitely recommend checking it out if you're interested!

What subscription service have you been loving?
Happy Sunday!

Happy December!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hi everyone! I'm really excited that December is here! It's no secret that I'm not a fan of cold weather, but this is such a beautiful time of year it's hard for me to be a grouch about it. I've been in the process of decorating our apartment for the holidays and I'm loving all of the white, gold, and silver hues everywhere. I'm really looking forward to my winter break from school even if I won't be having one from work this year. Marc and I are planning on getting out and spending some time together while he's on his paid two week break from work (lucky!). We bought tickets to the Shed Aquarium downtown, we're planning on going ice skating, and checking out Cheesie’s Pub for some awesome grilled cheese sandwiches! Can't wait!

I also decided to set a goal for myself for this month to blog at least twice per week. I'm not sure why, but ever since my Poland trip I've been having such a hard time getting back into blogging. Does that every happen to you guys? It's been nearly impossible for me to sit down and write up a post. But I'm really hoping to work on that this month so that I can start getting my blogging feet back under me because I hate not posting for extended periods of time. I hope you guys understand and let me know if you have any tips!

What are your looking forward to this month?
Happy December!