Hallway Drop Zone DIY

I have had a hallway that is right beside my door to the garage that i have wanted to do something with.  My kids needed a drop zone for backpacks and jackets, so I had to find a good way to handle that. After searching for inspiration, I found this picture on Pinterest.

It looked very similar to my hallway and just what I needed.  I sent my husband to Lowe’s for a board, screws and stain.  I went to Hobby Lobby and found hooks (on sale for half off) and a nice sign.

We cut and stained the board outside in the garage, then took it in to screw into the studs.  We mounted the hooks on studs as well, so that the weight from backpacks would be supported.  Last, we hung the sign, and Whalaaa!  Drop zone complete!

You will notice that I didn’t do a shelf.  My hallway is too narrow for that, so I got hooks that pointed up instead of out, too.  I didn’t want to feel like I would run into it.  I really love it though.  We hang jackets, purses, whatever we need to have closeby the door.  Pretty and functional!

Fashion Update – My Must Haves for Warmer Weather

I am not a fashion guru.  Let me repeat this.  I am not super stylish and certainly don’t claim to keep up with the latest trends.  My mommy fashion goals are to try to look my age, stay well covered, and look somewhat like I know what’s up.  So, with that warning in place, I wanted to do a fashion update.  This is a list of items I really want to add to my closet this Spring/Summer.  I hope it gives you some great ideas to start your warm weather wardrobe off right!

  •  New Sandals   – I don’t wear anything but sandals or flip flops when the weather  allows, so I really want to amp up my selection for this year.  I have some oldies that have seen better days, so I think it’s time to treat the feet.
  • Distressed Jeans  – These are super in style right now because I am seeing them everywhere I look.  I don’t want super ripped up jeans because they would kick my OCD into overdrive, but I would like some distressed jeans for super casual days.

  • Sheer sweater  – Sweaters are not for the hot weather of the South where I live, but the kind I’m talking about is the mesh-like, real hole-y kind.  I don’t like sleeveless tops much these days because I feel like my arms look pale and fatty, so I’d like one to wear with cute tanks or sleeveless tops so I feel less self-conscious.
  • Colored Cropped Pants  – I love great pastels for this, think coral and mint.  Pair with a cute top and sandals and you feel like you are ready for cruising.  That’s what it makes me think of anyways.

  • Tan handbag  – I need something to carry all season long.  Something that goes with everything and holds all my doo-dads.


  • Kimonos  –  I am not usually a floral loving person when it comes to clothes.  But, I am loving the flowy kimonos in tropical prints that give off a boho vibe.

Blue Apron – Yay or Nay to this meal subscription box?

I love the idea of subscription meal boxes.  I think it is such a great idea and obviously it is a very lucrative business because there are so many choices!  I have tried one other box in the past, Home Chef.  We were happy with it as well, so I have another of those boxes coming later this week.  This was the first time I’ve tried Blue Apron.  They sent me an email with a special discount, so I figured, hey, why not give it a try.  We got 3 meals for right round $30, so it was a pretty good buy.  Not only did we get all the groceries needed to make those meals, but we got more practice in the kitchen cooking things we never would have picked out on our own.

Blue Apron is much like other meal boxes, in that you go on their website and pick out the dishes you want them to send.  The selection at Blue Apron is okay.  There are only 6 recipes to choose from, and there is usually at least one chicken meal, one beef meal, a seafood dish, and a vegetarian option.  That way, all bases are covered.  I watched the menus for a couple of weeks before I found a week with 3 meals I thought we would enjoy.  We can be a little picky, so I wouldn’t be able to get a box every week because there just isn’t enough meals we would eat.  Not only that, but we couldn’t afford the regular price of a box (which is around $60).  I have more than two mouths to feed, so I need more food than they send for a meal.    However, if it was only me and my husband, I think we would be down with getting more boxes like the Blue Apron one.

Here are the meals we ordered:

Spicy Shrimp Coconut Curry with Green Cabbage & Rice

Chipotle-Glazed Meatloaf with Crispy Potatoes

Moroccan Chicken with Prunes & Brown Rice

First, let me say how impressed I was with the packaging of Blue Apron.  The box sat on my front porch for a few hours, which made me nervous.  I was very surprised when I opened it up and everything was still very cold.  They put it all in a cushioned insulated bag and there are cold packs on top and bottom of the meat.  The food was great, all measured out and labeled clearly.  I also liked that they send quality ingredients.  No GMO’s, hormone-free meat, and fresh vegetables.  The other great thing about Blue Apron is the recipe cards.  They break it down step by step, and it truly is so easy to follow along.

The first meal we prepared was the Shrimp Curry with Rice.  My husband nor I thought we would enjoy this meal.  We love shrimp, but neither of us like cabbage all that much, and curry is not in our diet at all.  So, it was a pleasant surprise that we really liked it.  I would say it was my favorite dish of the three.  My husband loves meatloaf, so that one was probably his favorite dish.  I also enjoyed it very much and I am not a big meatloaf lover.   The Moroccan Chicken was very flavorful and we enjoyed it as well, except that it was chicken thighs, which we really don’t prefer.  All in all, we enjoyed cooking the meals and using ingredients that we were unfamiliar with.  We brushed up on our chopping skills while we spent time cooking together in the kitchen.   The surprise of it all was pretty fun.  We never knew what it was going to taste like, and Blue Apron broadened our future recipe hunts.

My vote for Blue Apron:  YAY   

If you want to try some new recipes and tickle your taste buds, give it a try!  I don’t have another box scheduled right now, but I definitely will keep checking their menus.





Organizing Craft Spaces

Crafting Hoarder here…….  I love craft supplies and keep everything with hopes I can use it one day.

Here’s what I want to know…. How do you keep up with it all? Do you have craft rooms, spaces here and there throughout your house (<–That’s me), or are you one of those lucky ducks with a “She” Shed? I absolutely hate that term, but you know what I’m talking about.

So, in hopes to find some brilliant new ideas to store my crafty materials (cricut, vinyl, beads, crochet, lettering….. the list goes on and on), I have compiled some of my favorite finds. Maybe we can get better organized and spend more time on making whirly-bobs and thinga-ma-jigs.

Do you have a spare closet you can turn into a Craft Closet?  If you are lucky enough to answer “yes” to that question, I want to know…. where do you hide all your extra junk?  My house is very short on closets, so I don’t have this option.  The closets we have are full of clothes, shoes, extra pillows, boxes of preschool art, and other random junk.  I don’t have a hall closet or extra space for other stuff.  I wish I did though, because I love the Craft Closet ideas I found over at IHeart Organizing.  Seriously, the pictures are eye candy for the craft obsessed.  There is a perfect place for everything from wrapping paper to balls of yarn.  I’m green with envy.



Find a corner in your living room, an unused wall in the den, somewhere you can put a desk, maybe a shelf or two.  You have an instant craft space.  All it takes is a little imagination.  You can use just one wall unit, or make an L-shaped desk.  Decorate it to match the room to camouflage your crafting desk.  Hiding your materials in baskets or drawers cleans up the work area, so no one will ever know you sat there til midnight gluing googly eyes on a wreath for Halloween.  Instead it appears that you have a nice, clean spot to pay bills and answer your email list.  Here are some great links and pictures for inspiration.





  Okay, you have really hit the jackpot here.  If you have an unused shed or storage building outside, you better run and claim it for your craft haven before your husband loads in fishing gear or makes it a car shop.  I would absolutely love to have a separate space like this for all of my DIY projects and supplies.  Crafting time would be awesome time in one of these.  Check these out!

Little Yellow Bicycle