Month: April 2016

Favorite department store products

  I love finding great products at the drugstore, but sometimes its worth spending the cash and getting the high end item.  These are a few of my favorite department store products that are worth every penny. Naked 2 Palette by Urban Decay  I am […]

Birthday planner stickers

Like these stickers?  Follow me on Facebook to be in the know about new stickers and other planner freebies.  Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase an item via a link from the page I will receive a small commission.  This does not affect […]

Brunch Ideas

With Mother’s Day coming up I wanted to share with you some of my favorite and some new brunch recipes. I don’t cook brunches very often, but when I do, I stick to a few staples.

Mini-Spinach-Quiches I’ve been making these Muffin Frittatas for a few years now. I love they are crustless so they are low carb. I use Turkey Sausage and lots of veggies. The best part? You can freeze them and then pull them out one at a time for hearty on the go breakfasts.

overnight-blueberry-french-toast-3 My mother ran across this recipe for Blueberry French Toast Casserole in an issue of Taste of Home magazine back in the mid-1990s. Ever since then we’ve been making it here and there both as a breakfast and a dinner. What I love about this recipe is it is an overnight meal. You put it all together at night and then just pop it in the oven when the time comes. Perfect for entertaining and overnight guests.

sheetpan-hashbrowns-d I am a HUGE Hash Browns fan.  Whenever I am in a restaurant that serves them, I need an order.  However, I am not the best at cooking them.  Mine always come out too crispy or too soggy, its a mess.  Anyways, I really want to try this Sheet Pan Hash Browns recipe and see if it could be my hash browns savior.

Mango-Carrot-Smoothie-Culinary-Hill-3Wouldn’t this Mango Carrot Smoothie be fun to try? Perfect for a quick breakfast for overnight guests. The recipe only takes FOUR ingredients!

What are you go to brunch dishes?  Do you like heavy casseroles or lighter fruit options?  Tell me below!

Floral planner stickers

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase an item via a link from the page I will receive a small commission.  This does not affect the price you pay for the item. In fact, I research the best prices for my site. All printables are […]

Uncoiling the Simplified Planner

    So as you may remember, I purchased a Webster’s Pages Color Crush planner a few weeks ago with the intention of adding daily inserts and using it as a work planner.  Well I looked around and never came up with a daily insert […]

$9 linen closet makeover

I am blessed with an awesomely large linen closet in my master bath due to the addition that was added to our home.  (Years ago, prior to purchase.)   However, with great amounts of space come great mess.  So, its generally a disaster.  I store bed linens, towels, and all kitchen linens in this closet along with miscellaneous  extra beauty and personal care products.   You can only imagine. how crazy it was.

$9 Dollar Tree linen closet makeover with free printable.  organize your linen closet and more. AmberDowns.net

Anyways,  I saw these super cute pins on pinterest of these linen closets with cute baskets and ribbon and stuff and they were cute, but I wasn’t prepared to spend a few hundred dollars on baskets and ribbon.  Its just not happening.  Then I saw this super cute post by Erin at A Bird and a Bee and figured I could do something like that with the same bins I used to organize my freezer last year.

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Anyways, so I took my rear end to the Dollar Tree and grabbed these bins.  They are the same bins I used in my freezer so I can mix and match if needed.

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I went back to my closet and went through my things. (It was a disaster, I know.)  I went ahead and used this time to purge items that we no longer needed. (A little Konmari if you will.)  I got rid of sheets I won’t ever use and the ones that fit beds we don’t even have any more.

I then sorted the rest of the linens out into 5 separate categories.  Sheets, hand towels and wash clothes, kitchen towels, special kitchen linens (tablecloths and holiday stuff), and duvets.  I also used a larger laundry basket to hold a heirloom blanket so that it was held nicely and wouldn’t get messed up.  I used another basket to hold our beach towels, my husbands trunks, and a few other beach essentials.  This way we can toss this basket in the car on beach days and be ready to go.

I used Canva to whip up these cute little labels.  I made a blank set if anyone wants them.  You can download them HERE.  They would look great laminated or just printed on card stock like I did.

I chose to not mess with the bath towels.  I wanted to find a good basket for them but didn’t come across anything so I think they will be ok on their own.  With the extra space saved I was able to use a shorter basket for toilet paper storage.  We hadn’t stored TP in this bathroom before this so this will come in handy.  😉

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Overall we are pretty happy with this makeover.  I only spent  a few bucks and now I am no longer embarrassed when this closet is open. Also, hopefully this will be easy to maintain as the baskets are all labeled so can just toss item in the correct place.  (No, they are not folded, and that is 100% ok with me.)

How do you keep your linen closet neat?  Do you use a basket method or just folding and stacking?  Any other hints I could use?

 

March Faves

Currently watching: 11/22/63 – I read the book back in 2012 and let me tell you, I loved every minute.  It took me FOREVER to get through it, its a long book, but it was worth it.  Naturally,,when Hulu announced that they were going to do […]

Hamilton: The Revolution

  Hey guys, I just wanted to take a second to tell you about a book we just purchased.  My husband has been a huge fan of the new musical Hamilton.  We haven’t had the chance to see it yet, but we have listened to […]

Emily Ley – The Simplified Planner review

 

 

The simplified planner review.  A review of the 2016 simplified planner by Emily Ley.  This is a dated daily coil bound planner like the Day Designer  So as you may know from my latest planner review, I recently purchased an a5 planner from Webster’s Pages.  Anyways, I had planer to used that planner as my work planner, but I had a hard time finding the best dated daily pages for it. That was, until I ran across an instagram post about putting a Simplified Planner into an a5.  I saw it and LOVED the idea.  It fit perfectly and her pages are perfect.  Because it is early April, I was able to purchase the planner in a boutique for 40% off which was a great deal.  (FYI this planner is currently sold out online but they will be introducing an academic version soon.) I wanted to share a quick review of this planner because I am really loving it and want to share a little about it.

In case you are not familiar with the Simplified Planner, it is the creation of small business owner Emily Ley.  She created her own brand to produce and sell items to help women live a simple, intentional life.  She has been making this planner since 2008.

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The cover of this planner is a nice hard cardboard.  I love how sturdy it is and can tell that this planner is made to last. Each year Emily releases the planner with a few cover options.  The one I grabbed was baby blue with white dots.  The coil is large but sturdy.  I can say from experience that a coil that seems larger than necessary is a good thing because by the end of the year your planner will be so stuffed with notes and papers that it will need all that space.  It is important to note that inside under the paragraph “Caring for your simplified planner,” Emily mentions that the planner is meant to be used lying flat and not folded over.  She also says that it should always be opened and closed from the front cover, not the back.  This is to keep the wire i good shape.

 

Inside you’ve got a sturdy pocket which is the perfect size for many of Emily’s other products.  The front page is set up for your personal info.  Be sure to add your name and some contact information here so that if your planner is lost it can find its way back to you.  Worried about the finder not calling?  Mention a reward!

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Inside there is a super sweet note from Emily about how and why she created this planner.  Have I mentioned how sweet and inspiring this woman is?  I cannot wait for her book to come out.  One the next few pages after the note Emily goes on to explain how to use the planner and great tips on how to plan your life and focus on what really matters in life.  Seriously, this lady is super inspiring.

 

img_3945Before the actually calendar pages start you’ve also got a 2016 at a glance, a spot for a 2016 bucket list, and a list of 2016 holidays.

 

 

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Each moth includes a monthly view calendar with a Sunday – Saturday setup.  (So many planners put this page as a Monday- Sunday which really doesn’t work for me.)   There are also flags at the top of important dates  with holidays.

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The daily page setup includes two columns.  Today and To Do.  Today is a dated calendar from 6 am – 9 pm.  One line per an hour.  The To Do column is just that.  A place to list you’re tasks with radio buttons to check off once they are completed.  The bottom of the sheet had a large spot for Dinner and Notes.

The weekend is together on one page with a half size untimed Today and a To Do column.   Sunday has a Weekly prep list to help you get yourself prepared for the week.  There is also a section between the days to jot down a happy memory from the week.  This is great for those who save their planners to review later.

 

The paper in the planner is thinner than that of thick weekly planners like The Happy Planner, but it needs to be to be able to fit the entire year into something manageable.

 

Of course, I told myself that I was going to uncoil this planner to place it in my a5, but its so pretty.  Do you have this planner?  Are you considering it?  Are you an Emily Ley fan?

 

 

Purple planner stickers

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase an item via a link from the page I will receive a small commission.  This does not affect the price you pay for the item. In fact, I research the best prices for my site. All printables are […]