Sunday, June 14, 2015

DIY Wreath Making!!

Today all I can think about is getting back to some DIY wreath making... but I realize that it probably isn't the "best" time - being about ready to move and all. I would love to make a fun teal summer inspired wreath and I still have all of the supplies to make a fun Rapunzel inspired wreath as well!! So those are on the "to do" list as soon as our move is completed!!

Here are a few of the wreath projects I've completed over the past year!

I've given some fun Spring & Summer inspired wreaths as gifts, but I haven't had a chance to make any for my own house yet!! Definitely on the to do list!! Here are the warmer weather wreaths I made as gifts for Christmas:

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Moving = Stress

We are about halfway through our corporate relocation from Illinois to Michigan for my husband's job. The process started in April and at last now in mid-June we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with an offer on our current Illinois house, and moving companies calling us to set up times to come pack up our things. (Which is an amazing perk that I'm incredibly thankful to have, trust me! I've done all kinds of moves, and I do appreciate it.)

After moving EIGHT times the past 10 years... I can say one thing with certainty... regardless of whether its just one town over, you have one kid or two, or you're moving states away...


That is just how the equation goes. I thought this one would go smoothly, we've done this so many times before after all... but in the end, it is always stressful. Even after moving our things, having packed up our things almost as many times as we have been years married (our 10 year wedding anniversary is this year!) - the thought of changing location still gives me pause and an increase in heart rate. Just a bit.

With this move, while I do not have the stress of packing everything up, making sure things don't get broken, and loading it onto a truck, those are all lifted from me - the stress of selling our old place and finding the new place weighs that much more heavily. This is what WE are supposed to be focusing on, so it should go that much more seamlessly? Right? Not necessarily true. There's Murphy's Law (if you don't know Murphy, he's an old family friend of mine)... and inevitably always things that just end up happening that are out of your control.

So while I won't write a lovely post about how you can make moving STRESS FREE, because seriously - does that even exist beyond going on vacation the entire time someone else takes care of everything? I will write my few tips for relieving some of the stress or taking a time out along the way, to make it more bearable.

*1* Set a time to deliberate and discuss all things relating to the move. Write notes to cover all of the topics you'd like to discuss things relevant to the move with your significant other or others impacted by the move. Which leads me to #2....

*2* Set a time to NOT think about anything to do with the move. Whether it is 30 minutes or 1 hour out of the day, set aside a time during the day where you can take a mental break from the stress of moving and take your mind off of it. Whether it be doing your favorite actvitiy - reading, gardening, or putting together outfits on Polyvore, take a break and let your mind wander to less pressing issues for a span of time.

*3* Accept that things ARE going to happen during the move that are unexpected and out of your control. Trucks will show up late, something might get broken, schedules will clash, and so on... just mentally prepare yourself that something may not go as planned and hope for the best!

*4* Pace yourself. When you get to the new end, plan out which rooms to do first (I tend to like starting with kid's rooms and then going to the "priority rooms" like the kitchen, then working my way down to things like decor), and set a pace that is realistic. If you burn yourself out within the first week, that is how you end up with boxes that are still packed sitting in the corner a month later...

*5* Enjoy the journey, as cliche as that sounds. Moving is an adventure and it's taking you on a new path in life. Take some time out to explore your new city and neighborhood, see some new sights, and try some new food. These enriching experiences may even make you think a few weeks after the move.... That wasn't so bad, wasn't it? (It was, but luckily memory has a way of helping us out.)

Best of luck with your move, and I will keep you filled in on ours!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


We love Shopkins at our house, so when I heard that the all new Season 3 would be coming out soon - I knew I was going to have to check out our local stores to see if they had received any yet. The stars aligned, and I happened to walk into our Toys'R'Us right after the Shopkins Season 3 items had been put on the shelf earlier that day - and I had a great selection of 12 packs, blind baskets, and NEW blind bags too!!

I picked up a few 12 packs, 2 blind bags, and only TWO blind baskets, trying to be conservative... I immediately regretted not getting more baskets by the time I got home. A few hours later, we journeyed back out to Toys'R'Us to see if I could get some additional Season 3 blind baskets to put up for rewards later on... and they were completely SOLD OUT at that point! Shoulda, coulda, woulda! I just feel lucky I was able to grab the items that I did!

There were a few 12 packs left when I made my return, so I did get two additional ones to put up for later.

We unboxed my original purchase - two 12 packs, two blind baskets, and two blind bags, and filmed it to share our haul! The girls are LOVING Season 3, and they frequently now play a little grocery store game with their Shopkins, play money, and homemade receipts. Honestly, I don't mind buying the additional Shopkins, because I feel like it is *somewhat* (ok, somewhat a stretch, but somewhat) a learning toy for them. Since they are so interested in the grocery store play aspect with them.

Some of our favorites from Season 3 include Wendy Wedding Cake, Suzy Sushi, Queen of Tarts, Snippy, and Vicki Vac - you can bet your buttons that we are going to end up with Maca Roon, the little macaron shaped cookie toys, at some point too!!

All in all, Season 3 has been a win for us so far - we love the redesigned baskets, the handles are easy to use and the pink & turquoise color scheme feels very summer-ish. Have you managed to pick up any Season 3 Shopkins yet? Our stores are now sold out, so we are on the hunt for more!!

Friday, June 5, 2015

AQUOS Crystal goes To The Edge! With 5" Edgeless Screen

We've been having fun playing with the AQUOS Crystal mobile phone by Sharp Mobile the past few days! Most people are probably familiar with the funny face game that you can play with the phone, and the girls have enjoyed that. I've also found it amusing that Mommy can always get #WhatMommyWants (a smiling child that ISN'T making messes) with the edgeless screen design. If your little is less than amped up about your current activity - I've found that the "funny face game" works wonders - and if all else fails, just "picture in picture" impose a smiling photo of your child, and voila! Problem solved!

Kidding, kidding. Here are my thoughts on it:

And be sure to check out my LIVE STREAMS, NEW on Periscope!! I've given a sneak peek of the AQUOS Crystal fun prior to this blog post, and we will be live streaming at Bella's dance recital throughout the weekend! I'm looking forward to taking it #totheedge DANCE style!

Follow Sharp Mobile at the links below!
Twitter: @SharpMobileUSA
Instagram: #totheedge @AQUOSTOTHEEDGE

** Items shown in this post were sent complimentary for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

KonMari Folding Organization Method!

If you follow me on YouTube, you know by now that I've been "KonMari-ing" my home... which in layman's terms, just means I'm keeping the things I love - discarding the things I don't. One of the suggestions that the book has to about folding, and keeping things in more of an upright position in the drawers.

I admit, I was a skeptic at first and didn't think that part was going to be for me... After trying it though - I LOVE it! It makes the drawers so much more accessible and I can neatly see everything in the drawer at a glance! No more forgetting what's a the bottom of the pile!

The night I started changing over my drawers, I filmed the process to get my reaction:

I didn't actually show any actual FOLDING, which people requested. So I decided to follow up with this video, and actually show you how I folded things down to get that look! (I even show my underwear! It's not as scandalous as it sounds, I promise!)

The KonMari system has been working out GREAT for me and was perfectly timed to go along with our move! I feel much more at peace with the things left in our house, although there is more work to be done for sure! Slowly but surely, I will find my perfect number of items one day!

You can follow along on my KonMari Organization Journey:
BeingMommywithStyle KonMari Series!
KonMari Closet Organization:
KonMari Makeup Organization:
KonMari Nail Polish Organization:
KonMari Bag Organization:
KonMari Book Organization:
KonMari Folding:
KonMari Perfume:
KonMari Handbags:

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo: