DIY Jewelry Organization: Under $10, In Less Than 30 Minutes

Organize your life… or maybe just start with your jewelry

Alright ladies, can I just be really honest right now? This motherhood, wife-ing, running of the whole damn household thing is just really starting to get to me. I can’t be the only one who is drowning out here in Motherhood, right? But you see, I took the baby for a playdate the other day at the home of my dear friend. We’ll call her “Natalie” for now. Natalie’s house is obnoxiously spotless. Always. All. The. Time. How??? How are there wives and mothers who are acing this and I am over here, barely keeping my head above laundry, I mean water. And every time I walk into Natalie’s house I just think, “Stop It. Just stop with this malarkey. This is not real!” Except it is! I know her very well and I know with 100% certainty that her house looks that way all the time. She has a little boy almost the same age as mine and a husband and she works more hours outside of the home than I do! So what gives??? Okay, so I have a small toddler now that she doesn’t have (but she does have an older step-daughter who lives with them part-time) and I also have a dog and a cat, and Natalie doesn’t have pets, cause she’s just smart like that. Just, kidding. Sort of.  I love my pets. Sort of. Don’t get all up in arms about my wishy-washy feelings towards my pets. I’m pouring my heart out to you cause we’re friends now, and friend’s don’t judge each other for only loving their dog 89% of the time okay! So I just don’t get it. No matter what I try, I just can’t seem to get the hang of this housewife stuff. And in the back of my head, I am always thinking of both of my Grandmothers. They each had 6 kids, and here’s the thing people… they make my friend Natalie’s spotless house look bad cause they IRONED the damn bedsheets! And probably my Grandfather’s underwear and you know they were making homemade dinners every single night and probably an apple pie from scratch for dessert. AND they had SIX kids a piece! Uggggg. And I’m over here like, “Cap-N-Crunch for dinner! I’ll give you a Hershey Kiss if I can take a 10 minute shower in peace. What!? There’s not a single pair of clean socks in the joint? Okay, flip-flops it is!” BUT, I will say, there is one small area of my life where I am kicking some major ass…

no more tangled necklaces or missing earrings

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My jewelry organization skills are on point! I mean, laugh if you must, but I am killing it. Too bad you have to walk though the rest of my disastrous life to get upstairs to actually witness it. Is it really weird if someone stops over and I’m like, “hey c’mon upstairs and see my jewelry organizing skills at their finest!” But seriously, I did this whole thing in about 30 minutes and I’m not kidding when I tell you that it cost me less than $10. I bought two black café style curtain rods at the dollar store. I also have a silver one hanging in my daughter’s room for her headbands! Then I bought 3 packs of silver shower curtain hooks, also at the dollar store. And the only other thing I had to purchase was the “Frost Gutter Screen” from Valu for $1.97. I have no idea what it is or how it is used in the real world… but it was perfect for my earring frame.

jewelry organization for less than $10

frost gutter screen

frost gutter screen

So to make the earring frame, I just used an old picture frame that I had laying around. I took the glass out and got rid of it. I glued a piece of black fabric to the cardboard piece that usually goes behind your photo. Then I just used regular scissors and cut the Gutter Screen into four semi-equal pieces. I tried to measure to make sure they would all be a similar size, but I decided it would be fine if they weren’t exact. It might look cool if they were all varying sizes too. Depending on the size of your frame, you could just use one piece of the screen to cover the whole frame if you wanted. So once I cut the four pieces, I just used masking tape from the back side, I taped the screen to the inside back of the frame. then I put my fabric covered cardboard in and then finally, the back of the frame. That’s it. I hung the frame first and then from there, I could tell where I wanted to hang the two bars. I knew I wanted the first bar to be for bracelets, watches and hoop-type earrings (that I couldn’t hang on the frame). Then I just hung the second bar about 6 or 8 inches below the first. Then, using the silver shower curtain hooks, I hung each individual piece of jewelry on it’s own hook. I’m also thinking about adding some sort of small hanging basket that I could put rings and stud earrings in. I’ll keep you posted if I find what I’m looking for.

So needless to say, jewelry organizing is my life. Okay, that’s a tad extreme. These rug rats are my life.easter rug rats

But jewelry organization is a close second. It’s the only thing that I am winning at right now, the rest is kind of a complete fail. So if you need me, I’ll be sitting on my un-made bed, surrounded by un-folded laundry, admiring my totally organized jewelry and pretending the rest of it doesn’t exist.

xo Timi~

 

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The Struggle is So Real

I wasn’t planning on writing a post today, I was only going to write once a week. Since today (May 1, 2017) is Day #1, I figured I would write on Monday the 8th and continue to update on Monday’s. BUT, I’ve already had a few thoughts that I want to share and I’m always afraid that if I don’t share right away, I will forget the details.

A little history: A few weeks ago I researched Dave Asprey’s “Bulletproof Rapid Fat Loss Protocol.” I decided to give it a shot. It sounds very drastic and a little scary, but I figured I wouldn’t do it for too long. I was thinking maybe two weeks, just to get a good jump start. But then, I discovered that the supplements that are recommended during the program, would cost me a bunch of money that I don’t really want to spend right now. So I decided I would just kind of wing it and tweak the program a little. His program requires that you drink BulletProof coffee, take supplements and have a carbohydrate re-feed day every 5 or 6 days. I’m just completely paraphrasing here for the sake of time and space, so please, go to the Bulletproof website to read up on the Rapid Fat Loss Protocol. This isn’t something that I just randomly decided to try. I have experimented a lot with a Keto Diet (LC/HF- low carb, high fat) and IF (intermittent fasting). I have actually had really good luck, but have never managed to stick with anything for that long. We can get into that more another time, but for now, I’ll try to stay on topic!

 

So I decided that I would just kind of see how I feel and maybe supplement a little with a few LC/HF options as necessary. Not that I don’t want to or am not willing to try to do it Dave’s way, I just really want to listen to my body for once in my life and not push it too hard. Also, like I mentioned, I am not purchasing all of the supplements at this time, so I will obviously need to make up for that. I already have a few of the vitamins on hand, so I will definitely be taking those. I have vitamin D, magnesium and potassium, krill oil and vitamin C. So I also purchased some Atkins shakes and some raw macadamia nuts and a few other low carb items.

 

Okay, so today was Day #1. I woke up and didn’t ingest any calories until 11:00am. I am not a morning eater as it is, so skipping breakfast is no big deal to me. I do usually have coffee (with cream and sugar) at some point between 8:00 and 9:00am. I waited until 11:00 and then I decided to make my very first Bulletproof coffee. Now I LOVE coffee and I like butter a lot too, but the thought of mixing the two, honestly does not sound appetizing to me at all. But I decided to see what the fuss was all about. So I brewed 2 cups of coffee, I added 1 tablespoon of Kerrygold unsalted grass-fed butter, 1/2 a tablespoon of Brain Brew Premium MCT Oil, 1 teaspoon of Organic Vanilla extract and a dash of cinnamon. I used my immersion blender to blend it all up. It smelled divine. If you are a fellow coffee lover, so will love the way it smells. And it looks delicious! The blender helps the coffee to get all frothy and foamy just like a good cup of $5 coffee from fancy coffee shop. Now, for the true test… the Taste Test! I honestly expected the butter and the oil to make the coffee kind of greasy or to feel an oily residue on my lips. But that was not the case at all. The texture is and cream-factor are great. I am not going to lie, I really enjoy some sweetness to my coffee and I would also have enjoyed it more if it had some cream in it. A few of the BP coffee recipes I have seen have said to add a tablespoon of heavy whipping cream, so I planned to grab some and add it to my afternoon coffee. My overall opinion of my first mug of Bulletproof coffee is that it was good. Just good, nothing more, nothing less. A little too “plain” for my usual tastes, but lets face it, my usual tastes are the cause of my problem! I drank the 16 ounce mug pretty fast, because I figured it would not be good once it got cold. But here’s the thing that’s bothering me… I did not feel too hot after drinking it. Not necessarily “sick”, just kind of blah. I felt bloated and a little nauseous and even a little light-headed. Which in all of my research, I haven’t heard anyone describe this experience. And I have done quite a bit of Intermittent Fasting and have never had any issues; I know 100% that my body is absolutely fine with not eating for a good stretch of time, so I know that is not the issue. But since I was feeling a little light-headed, I decided to eat a small snack. I had some organic jerky and handful of macadamia nuts to see if that would settle my stomach. In the end, it didn’t really help. I kind of felt yucky for a few hours. I peed about 357 times throughout the afternoon. I’m sure that is a combination of the caffeine in the coffee and the diuretic effects that low-carbing has on the body. I didn’t real feel very hungry throughout the day so that was definitely a good thing. I decided to make my second cup of BP coffee around 3:00 and by that time I was feeling a little better. The second cup made me feel exactly the same as the first cup! I also peed another 357 times this round, and I also just felt yucky. Nauseous and kind of bloated and just not great. Now I have read that if you over do the MCT oil too fast, that you can definitely experience some adverse effects! But I only added 1/2 a table spoon to each cup of coffee (for a total of 1 tablespoon for the day) and everything I have read, says this should be fine. So far, I haven’t experienced any of those aforementioned adverse effects if you know what I mean, so that’s a good thing!

 

 

 

I’m not going to go into the details of the fact that I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. There’s not enough space on the internet for all of that craziness. Maybe someday I’ll talk about it, or figure out why it’s always been a THING for me, or hell, maybe you’ll psychiatrize me (remember my Word Invention talent?) and we will figure it out together. Or maybe not. Who knows? Maybe I will forever wonder why? But I just cannot succumb to the idea that this will always be my struggle. So last night, when I went to bed, I said some prayers. I told God that I am ready, to once and for all say goodbye to this struggle. I refuse to let this part of my life define me. I feel like I have let it define me for my entire life, and I am done.

 

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