I love to organize and that extends to my key chain! This simple and fun key chain organization project even includes a beauty product!

Each day when I get home from work I stand outside our front door trying at least three keys before I find the one that opens my front door. I find it a personal victory when I guess it right the first try.

As I’m navigating through my key chain I promise myself I’m going to find a solution to this frustration. Then the second I finally get through the front door my frustration is forgotten, well for 24 hours.

One of the problems is that my key chain is a disaster. Apparently I’m a key hoarder: holding on to keys in which I can’t even find a door to open. Hopefully most of you will be able to skip this, but my first step in my key chain organization project was to figure out what each of my keys go to!

I love to organize and that extends to my key chain! This simple and fun key chain organization project even includes a beauty product!

Once I parted ways with the unneeded keys, I was ready to get started.

This DIY tutorial will not only make your key chain pretty & organized, but also use up some of that old nail polish that you’re yet to use up. Yep, you read that right. We’re pairing organization with beauty products!

SUPPLIES

  • Old toothbrush
  • Dish detergent
  • Enough nail polish for each of your keys
  • clear coat nail polish or clear protector spray
  • Keys
  • Painters tape
  • Paper towels/newspaper

First order of business? Wash your keys. Bet you’ve never done that before! Me neither. I opted for a quick and easy soaking with dish detergent for 5 minutes while I dug out the rest of my supplies.

I love to organize and that extends to my key chain! This simple and fun key chain organization project even includes a beauty product!

Then taking an old toothbrush (I save my old toothbrushes for various DIY projects), I quickly scrubbed the keys down. You wouldn’t put nail polish on dirty nails, so why do it on dirty keys!?

Next thing I did was get rid of all my extra my key rings. I really only need one, but over the years have mysteriously collected many of these, which aren’t necessary and bulk up my key chain.

Taping the keys with painters tape is essential for me, as ‘straight lines’ are not something in my vocabulary! I then paired each of my keys with a nail polish. After laying out some paper towels I paint my first coat on one side (and edges) of each key. I let these sit for an hour before flipping over and painting the other side of each. I did three coats on each side, but you may choose to opt for less!

I love to organize and that extends to my key chain! This simple and fun key chain organization project even includes a beauty product!

Once you’re satisfied with the color/number of coats, put a protector over it – either a top coat or protector spray. I had some clear protector spray handy as I use on many craft projects.

I love to organize and that extends to my key chain! This simple and fun key chain organization project even includes a beauty product!

Of course you can add a cute key chain, but if you want to really go minimal the keys add enough of a decorative touch on their own!

I love to organize and that extends to my key chain! This simple and fun key chain organization project even includes a beauty product!

I painted our extra set of house keys that we give to guests.

I love to organize and that extends to my key chain! This simple and fun key chain organization project even includes a beauty product!

May your keys look as good as your nails!

I love to organize and that extends to my key chain! This simple and fun key chain organization project even includes a beauty product!

I love to organize and that extends to my key chain! This simple and fun key chain organization project even includes a beauty product!

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How can velcro help in organizing appliance cords? This simple 5 minute project will have your appliance cords organized easily!

How can velcro help in organizing appliance cords? This simple 5 minute project will have your appliance cords organized easily!
My husband asked me if I was running out of things to organize when he saw this project. First, did he really think I was going to run out of things to organize? But in all seriousness, I hate the way cords tend to get in the way.

This quick and easy Fast Fix Friday simply requires a ‘cordy’ appliance and velcro! (I used this one, which comes in white OR black and can be easily cut to fit perfectly.)

How can velcro help in organizing appliance cords? This simple 5 minute project will have your appliance cords organized easily!

Make sure your appliance is clean before attaching any velcro on it. I just spray a little all purpose cleaner and wipe off with a paper towel.

Then wrap the cord around the appliance as you normally would. Add a piece of velcro on to the plug-in and the other to the appliance, avoiding any spots that could be warm when plugged in.

How can velcro help in organizing appliance cords? This simple 5 minute project will have your appliance cords organized easily!

Note that I only use velcro on appliances that heat up IF there’s a part of the appliance that stays cool while plugged in (such as my curlers).  I get nervous that the velcro may start on fire, so I skip this for things like my crock pot and straightener.

May tangled cord now be a thing of your past!

How can velcro help in organizing appliance cords? This simple 5 minute project will have your appliance cords organized easily!

How can velcro help in organizing appliance cords? This simple 5 minute project will have your appliance cords organized easily!

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Not being the cook in the family I don’t often reach for the spices, but my husband does regularly. Fortunately my love for organizing trumps my confusion in the kitchen.

I hated the way our spice containers were all different shapes & sizes and in those rare occasions where I use them, it would take a long time sifting through to find the spice I needed.

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This rolling end cabinet that the spices were in wasn’t working either, so I cleared out a drawer for the spices.

My two priorities with this project were to have matching containers and easily identifiable labels.

SUPPLIES:

STEPS:

First step is to create the new labels, which will go on the lid of each new spice jar. This Spice Container Labels word document download is what I used for my Container Store clear spice jars in the link above. I made a label for each of the spices I currently had (many of which I couldn’t even pronounce!).

Print these on label sheets (I really like the Avery ones listed above).

Now the labels need to be cut to fit the lids. If you have a circular paper cutter (from scrapbooking or the like), I recommend using it so that it will make an even circle. If not, you can always trace the top your new lids on your printed labels and cut them out (if you trace, flip over your Avery paper to the back to trace with a pencil so that the pencil marks don’t show).

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Place each label on the lid of each new spice jar.

Once all your new spice jars are labeled, transfer the spices in to the new jars. To make it a little less messy (be warned …. it’s still going to be messy!), I used a piece of paper as a makeshift filter.

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Now if you want to get REALLY fancy (which I didn’t), you can alphabetize all your spices!

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May your spices be organized and you’re easily able to pronounce all of them!


Do your spices need a makeover? Make your spices organized and easy to find with this easy spice container organizing tutorial!

 

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Instead of buying expensive hair products, make your own with this simple DIY Hair Treatment with items found in your kitchen!

My skin and hair are always dry so I’m constantly buying beauty products that have extra moisture, especially as the weather gets colder. But I also like to mix it up with a DIY to save my wallet from time to time. This moisturizing DIY hair treatment needs only 3 ingredients straight from your kitchen!

Mix together the following:

  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 egg

Simply massage the mixture in to your hair (I tend to put the majority on to my ends). Pull up in to a shower cap to keep the moisture in for 30 minutes. I bought a bulk order of 100 shower caps really cheap on Amazon. Once you’re finished, you can wash out your hair in the sink, but I prefer to hop in the shower so that I can really scrub the mixture out with shampoo.

And don’t worry, the mayo smell goes away after you wash it out!

I have pretty thin hair so I put about have of the mixture on my hair and store the remaining in the fridge for another hair treatment later in the week. I’ve stored it for up to 4 days. You can also double the recipe if you have thicker hair and want to do two treatments in a week.

How many selfies can one person take in a shower cap? (actually I took about 60 🙂 )Instead of buying expensive hair products, make your own with this simple DIY Hair Treatment with items found in your kitchen!May your hair be healthy and moisturized straight from the kitchen!

Instead of buying expensive hair products, make your own with this simple DIY Hair Treatment with items found in your kitchen!
Instead of buying expensive hair products, make your own with this simple DIY Hair Treatment with items found in your kitchen!

 

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Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

I recently got tired of our guest bedroom decor and decided to spruce it up in more of a ‘mid century modern’ style. I was looking for pillows to add a touch of color and texture, but couldn’t find anything reasonably priced. (Since when have pillows gotten so expensive?!?!)

Realizing that I already have many pillows from past room designs, my most economical option was to create my own pillow covers. The fabric that I bought was under $10/pillow at Joann’s Fabric.

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

Now my sewing skills are on par with my cooking skills, which means my capabilities with a sewing machine are equivalent to mastering the crock-pot. But don’t worry, I have mastered a mean BBQ in the crockpot as well as these easy sewing envelope pillows!

This tutorial will show you how to whip out an envelope pillow case cover in under 15 minutes!

What you need:

  • 1 pillow or pillow insert
  • Fabric (I opt for one yard per pillow and always end up with more than enough. Better safe than sorry.)
  • Tape measure
  • Sewing scissors (I prefer Fiskars)
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine (I’ve had my Singer for over a decade!)
  • Thread (with a color that matches your fabric)
  • Iron
  • Iron-on adhesive tape (optional)

1. Always iron your fabric before you dig in to any sewing project! Measuring and cutting wrinkled fabric can get you in to trouble later within the project.

2. If you don’t already know the width and length of your pillow, measure it with a fabric measuring tape. Mine was 18 x 18.

3. You’ll need to cut 3 pieces of fabric. I use the Fiskar Rotary Cutting Set to help measure and cut my fabric. If you’re a rookie sewer and don’t plan to do more than these pillows, it likely isn’t worth it. But if you do sew somewhat often, I HIGHLY recommend it. Well worth the purchase. It makes cutting and measuring WAY easier.

  • First piece should be 1 inch longer than your pillow on each side (so mine was 19 x 19).
  • The second and third pieces should be 1 inch longer than your pillow on one side and 5 inches shorter (so mine was 19 x 13). These pieces will be the ‘envelope’.

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

4. On EACH of the smaller envelope pieces you’ll create a nice finished seam on ONE of the longer sides. Instead of sewing I prefer to use the iron-on adhesive tape, but you can definitely opt to sew. Regardless of which option you choose, first fold & iron down about 1/2 an inch. Then either tape/iron or pin/sew the seem.

5. Now you’re ready to compile your fabric and sew. Lay down the larger first piece of fabric right side facing up. Then put one of the smaller pieces on top, right side down (finished seem in the middle). Finally place the last small piece on top of that, again right side down & finished seem in the middle. Your two smaller pieces should overlap in the middle as this will be the ‘envelop’.

6. Now pin along all the edges about 1 inch in. You won’t pin the middle at all since that’s the envelope.

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

7. Dust off that sewing machine, because step 7 is all about the sewing! Make sure to use a thread that is either the same color as your solid fabric or a predominant color within a patterned fabric. If either white or black is largely predominant, I prefer to use thread that’s either of those colors. Sew at a 1/2 inch around the edges.

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

8. Turn your pillow case right side out.

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

9. Now my favorite part: stuff your pillow inside and you’re done!

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

This is an easy way to completely transform an out-dated pillow. Even if you’re not planning on doing a room make-over it can be fun to swap out your pillows during different times of the year!

I hope your pillows are as good as my crock-pot meals!

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

 

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Easy Overnight Hand Moisturizer that allows you to moisturize while you sleep! This is the ultimate beauty hack time saver!
So technically this Fast Fix Friday takes longer than 5 minutes …. depending on how long you sleep tonight.

I’m no beauty expert and this definitely isn’t a beauty column, but I do have a nack for time saving tips which extends in to the beauty department.

With the cold weather, my hands always seem to get extra dry. Standard lotion just doesn’t do the trick. But I found a solution. If you’re willing to look a little goofy during your sleep I can guarantee soft moisturized hands by the time you wake up!

Easy Overnight Hand Moisturizer that allows you to moisturize while you sleep! This is the ultimate beauty hack time saver!

All you need is a jar of petroleum jelly & old cotton gloves. (Use gloves not mittens.) Yes you can buy specialty gel filled spa gloves, but much to my excitement, I found my cheaper version works better!

Easy Overnight Hand Moisturizer that allows you to moisturize while you sleep! This is the ultimate beauty hack time saver!I opted for my old Miami University red gloves that surprisingly don’t seem go with any of my dress coats :). Now I think of my alma mater any time my cuticles are getting bad.

Simply slather on petroleum jelly all over your hands, slip them in to your gloves and hit the hay! The gloves help hold in the moisture all throughout the night. You’ll have softer hands by the time your alarm goes off.

Wishing your beautiful soft hands and a good night sleep!

Easy Overnight Hand Moisturizer that allows you to moisturize while you sleep! This is the ultimate beauty hack time saver!Easy Overnight Hand Moisturizer that allows you to moisturize while you sleep! This is the ultimate beauty hack time saver!

 

 

 

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Overnight breakfast casserole with simple ingredients! It's a hit at brunch and easy to make! Try it this weekend and have leftovers all week!

I am NOT good in the kitchen. I repeat I’m good in the kitchen.  My husband jokingly reminds of ‘that one time’ when I couldn’t find prosciutto at Trader Joes so I bought a different type of cheese instead. Yes, you read that correctly. I thought prosciutto was cheese.  And yes, this was only a couple years ago.

But what I am a pro at is finding good dishes that save time, money & stress. And this breakfast casserole checks off all three. Plus it’s great for a brunch with friends or to make on a Sunday and portion out for breakfasts for the week ( = time saving during the week). And an extra time saving plus is that you compile the ingredients the night before and pop it in the oven in the morning. Doesn’t get much easier than that. Well, besides going out to a restaurant for brunch 🙂 , but that would be cheating.

So here goes…..

Overnight breakfast casserole with simple ingredients! It's a hit at brunch and easy to make! Try it this weekend and have leftovers all week!

INGREDIENTS

  • 9 eggs
  • 9 slices of white bread (cut in to 1 inch chunks)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 lb bulk sausage (you can use chicken sausage) chopped up in 1/2 pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard

Overnight breakfast casserole with simple ingredients! It's a hit at brunch and easy to make! Try it this weekend and have leftovers all week!

DIRECTIONS

Mix eggs & milk in a large bowl. Add in bread, salt & dry mustard. Mix again. Finally add the cheese and sausage. Cover bowl and put in fridge overnight.

Overnight breakfast casserole with simple ingredients! It's a hit at brunch and easy to make! Try it this weekend and have leftovers all week!

Wake up the next morning. Grab a coffee. Bake covered in a 9×13 pan at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

TIPS

  • Try with different types of cheese! Anything you have in the fridge.
  • Replace white bread for French bread (I’ve even mixed in a couple left over hamburger buns).
  • For the last 10 minutes in the oven, I take off the cover and bake sans cover. My oven seems to bakes at odd temperatures. (or at least that’s the excuse I keep telling everyone 🙂 )

Overnight breakfast casserole with simple ingredients! It's a hit at brunch and easy to make! Try it this weekend and have leftovers all week!

With all that extra time you save in the morning, grab yourself a mimosas!

Enjoy!

Overnight breakfast casserole with simple ingredients! It's a hit at brunch and easy to make! Try it this weekend and have leftovers all week!

 

 

Overnight breakfast casserole with simple ingredients! It's a hit at brunch and easy to make! Try it this weekend and have leftovers all week!

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