25 Things…

  1. Do you ever forget Easter as a holiday?
  2. I do.  Its never the same day each year!
  3. I think my dental hygienist was offended that I didnt have Easter plans.
  4. Who makes plans for Easter?
  5. No seriously, I want to know…what do you do fun for Easter?!
  6. Maybe I need to jump on the fun bandwagon.
  7. Speaking of fun stuff … I am a planner at heart. In the process of planning fun stuff.
  8. Shocking….I know!
  9. It is a full time job!
  10. Trying to find out the cool, fun things to do….and the people to do it with you.
  11. Full.Time.J.O.B.
  12. What is the best way to get my fun ideas out to everyone who might be interested?
  13. Email list?
  14. E-vites?
  15. Facebook?
  16. Yes, I organize everything!
  17. So I watched a movie this past weekend.
  18. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
  19. Wowsa — great movie!
  20. Must see it again!
  21. Definitely think that Rooney Mara is a great actress.
  22. Totally dont remember her in The Social Network.
  23. Yea… she was in that movie.
  24. Dude’s girlfriend.
  25. Wont win any awards for that performance.  The girl that is.

Hope your week has been spectacular!

Until next time…

What to do with old jewelry…

As you can imagine, I come across all sorts of fun stuff when I organize.  I recently said:

“A junk drawer!  Those are my favorite!  You never know what you will find!”

And we found a bag of teeth!  Disclaimer: I was helping my mom, and they were my teeth.  Garbage, immediately!

Well I come across lots of cool stuff and not such cool stuff (teeth, hair). 🙂  The cool stuff thus far is jewelry.  If you want to know what to do with all that old jewelry…

First, a little learning session.

Estate jewelry:  any piece that has been previously owned

Antique jewelry: any piece that is over 100 years old

Second, a piece of advice.

Sell your jewelry to a reputable jeweler.  If there is no emotional attachment to your Looney Tunes charm bracelet, then sell it.  I recently helped a client get $2,300 for her old jewelry.  And we arent even talking about the good stuff!  This was a pile of cruddy looking bracelets, charms, and necklaces that wouldnt see the light of day ever again.

I had to pick up my jaw from the floor when I found out.  Astonished!

Perry’s of SouthPark does a fantastic job.  I highly {HIGHLY} recommend them!

And no Im not getting a kickback from them — I honestly would sell my goodies there.  Too bad I dont have any! 😉

They buy coins, gold, diamonds, vintage jewelry, and silver.  Those old silver serving pieces that will never be used … ever … again.  Take those too!

Dont clean the silver or the jewelry before going.  They prefer that you dont.

Until next time…

Crafty Jennifer {First project complete!}…

I have mentioned this before…and I’m sure I will mention this again…I am not crafty.  The learning curve is steep on the craft front.  I admire women (and men) who can create adorable projects from scraps of paper and spray glue.

BTW…spray glue is not my friend.  I have a bone to pick with my friend Katy.  She mentioned holding up a piece of paper and spraying it with the glue was how she accomplished several projects.  Noted.  I tried it.  Glue was stuck to my thumb for 3 days!  Nothing worked to remove it!  She failed to mention that part. 😉

Okay…so I’m not crafty but I did manage to complete one craft project.  My jewelry board of which I am so proud!

My inspiration came from Pinterest.  See here.

You will need:

  • Plywood (1/2″ thick)
  • Fabric
  • Cabinet knobs & handles
  • Machine screws (the ones that came with the knobs were too long)
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Patience

My dad cut the plywood for me.  Thanks Daddy! 🙂 I used an old shirt for the fabric.  I stapled the fabric to the plywood.  What a job that was!  Ha!  At one point, Raymond said “Oh My Gosh!  What are you doing?!”  Every time I pulled the trigger for the staple gun I would either go flying forward or to the side and yell “Ouch!”.  Makes me laugh still thinking about it.  🙂

Recap of the project:

Plywood boards.

Shirt used for fabric.

Drill stuck in board. This happened A LOT!

Second try is a charm. Screwed the knobs in before covering with fabric.

All done! This is the second board. The first one was crooked.

Words of wisdom:

  • Dont cover the board with fabric first.  You cant drill through fabric.
  • Quilting batting is not a good idea.  Just go with plywood and fabric.  The batting bunched!
  • Make yours cuter than mine.  I would change the fabric and maybe decorative ribbon.
  • Buy a new drill.  My old lady drill almost bit the dust…saw dust that is.  HA! I crack myself up. 🙂

So what do you think? 🙂

Another project update coming soon!

Until next time…

Foodie Friday {Baked Stuffed Chicken}…

TGIF!  Im gearing up for a busy weekend – full on closet remodel is on my agenda!  Not my closet…silly. 😉

Whipped up anything yummy this week?  I sure did!  Two of which I have already blogged about. 1) Crock Pot Enchilada Lasagna (SO good) 2) Meatballs (Raymond’s favorite)!

I did try out a new recipe this week — courtesy of Southern Living Magazine.  De.lish.ous!

BAKED CHICKEN ROULADE

  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 pepper
  1. Lay chicken breasts flat on cutting board.
  2. Cut in half but not all the way through.
  3. Open breast. Season with salt and pepper
  • 1 package (5 oz) fresh baby spinach
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  1. Saute ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Spinach will wilt.
  3. Top chicken with spinach mixture.
  4. Add washed & cut asparagus spears to chicken.
  5. Roll chicken while stuffing mixture as you go.
  6. Secure with wooden picks (or toothpicks).
  7. Heat 1 tsp oil & 1 tbsp butter in saucepan.
  8. Brown chicken on all sides.
  9. Transfer chicken to baking dish.
  10. Drizzle with any remaining butter from pan.
  11. Bake 15 minutes.  425 degrees.

In the meantime…

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp lemon juice, fresh
  • 2 tbsp capers, drained
  1. Saute garlic and butter until garlic is fragrant.
  2. Whisk in flour.  Cook 1 minute.
  3. Add white wine, stirring constantly 1 minute.
  4. Whisk in chicken broth and lemon juice.  
  5. Cook 2 minutes until thickened.  
  6. Stir in capers.  
  7. Serve over chicken.  
So it seems like a lot, but cook the sauce while the chicken is baking.  I also made the spinach mixture and stuffed the chicken a few hours before I decided to bake it.  I kept it covered in the refrigerator.  When I was ready to cook dinner, I browned the chicken while the oven was preheating.
You can also make the sauce ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator.
Enjoy! 🙂
Until next time…

Why I love yoga…

I ♥ yoga for so many reasons.

Its a great workout.  I feel great afterwards. Refreshed and relaxed – yet sweaty enough to feel like I got a workout.

With that said — I thought I would share some of the benefits of doing yoga.

  • Sunnier outlook on life.
    • Become a “Happy Yogi”.
  • Aches erased.
    • Posing improves posture and strengthens back muscles.
  • Better (and longer) sleep.
    • Yoga helps you relax.  Pure & simple!
  • Increase your body confidence.
    • During yoga, you tune into your body.  How it feels & what it can do.
  • Top to bottom toning.
  • Namaste the stress away!

Why do you love yoga?  Or any other workout for that matter! 😉

Until next time…

Inside the Organizer’s Home {Bathroom}…

Next edition of “Inside the Organizer’s Home”.  Bathroom style! 🙂

My bathroom is not huge, but not super small either.  It is just long and narrow.  There is a small linen closet in the bathroom {huge help}, and some “under the sink” space.  The sink sits pretty tall so the cabinets underneath are as equally tall.  That sounds great, but to be honest it is a huge waste of space.  I think closet and cabinet companies should employ me to help design their stuff!  Geez! 🙂

I get sidetracked.  I installed an etagere above the toilet to take advantage of that wall space.  Check it out! 🙂

Holds: perfume, skincare, hair products, and soap

Linen Closet. Holds: shampoo, conditioner, lotions, towels, candles, and a few other misc items (light bulbs) 

I plan to update the etagere with scrapbook paper on the back.  Its helpful to use the wall space above the toilet but Im still struggling with organization inside the etagere.  Not a fan of baskets – just something else to pull out.  My current counter is VERY small, so finding room to set a basket down in order to use my face stuff — just typing it gets me worked up.  Not gonna happen.

If you have any snazzy bathroom organizing ideas, then please pass them along! 🙂

Until next time…

Spring Cleaning…

Who doesnt get the urge the clean, clear, and lighten when the weather perks up?  If you raised your hand, I might be a little worried. 😉

I thought you might like some ideas on how to get some cleaning done {quickly} on a beautiful weekend day.

KITCHEN:

  • Soak drip pans and oven knobs in warm soapy water.
  • Sanitize the sink.
  • Disinfect the disposal.
    • Drop in a cut up lemon, some salt, and a few ice cubes.
    • Lemon=deodorizes, Ice & Salt=clean away residue.

BATHROOM:

  • If you have shower doors, rub on Rain-X Original Glass Treatment.
    • Process is the same as when you use on your car.
  • Replaceyour shower liner.
    • Goodbye icky mold.  Hello $6 liner from Target.

LAUNDRY ROOM:

  • Add a change jar for those items you find in pockets.
  • Hang a bullentin board.  Pin up solo socks missing their mates.

EXTRA STUFF:

  • Make those diamonds sparkle.
    • Soak in vodka.
    • …OR…
    • Soak in 2 parts hot tap water, 1 part ammonia.
    • While soaking, scrub witha  soft makeup brush or baby’s toothbrush.
    • Rinse with warm water.  Pat dry.
  • Remove pesky shoe stickers.
    • Blast with hair dryer for 30 seconds.
    • Peel away.
  • Stop jewelry from turning skin green.
  • Seal insides with clear nail polish.

What are your cleaning tips and tricks? 🙂

Until next time…