The easiest DIY solution to making a holder for your headphones (out of a mint tin)!

Anytime I’m off doing errands I ALWAYS have my headphones in. Whether a podcast or old school Brittany Spears, I’m always listening to something. Once I get home it becomes the million dollar question: “WHERE did I place my headphones?” At the bottom of my purse? Near Reagan’s leash? Near my keys in my entry way? No matter what organizational system I used, apparently I couldn’t wrangle in my headphones.

Not only did I panic every time I was about to leave the house thinking that I lost them, once I found said headphones, they were kind of gross. Not gross like I spilled something on them, but gross like they’ve been sitting out in who knows what slowly accumulating dirt and grime. Throwing these inside my ears was kind of disgusting. But admittedly I kept doing it. Ugh.

The easiest DIY solution to making a holder for your headphones (out of a mint tin)!

The Easiest Headphone Holder

Always trying to reuse items I already have, I noticed this small plastic mint container in our car. Perfect. Now I just had to wait until we ate all the mints (AKA I ate the last 10 mints in 5 seconds).  It measured roughly 3 inches wide, 2 inches deep and 1 inch in height which couldn’t be a more perfect size for headphones. The opening was large enough to easily and quickly throw my headphones inside without any difficulty.

The easiest DIY solution to making a holder for your headphones (out of a mint tin)!

First step is to remove the labels on the front and back. To my surprise these came off super quickly without much effort.

Next give the container a quick cleaning. Mine had lots of ‘mint dust’ inside. No point in putting your headphones IN TO something dirty 🙂 .

Now you COULD stop right there and simply use the plain mint container as your headphone holder. I opted for some quick decorations using craft paper and washi tape that I had on hand.

The easiest way to attach anything to your mint holder is to use Modge Podge, a glue like substance that dries clear and is perfect for plastic surfaces.

After adding a little Modge Podge to the top of the mint holder with a small paint brush, I placed a couple paper cut outs on top. Press them down on to the glued surface.

Add a little bit more Modge Podge to the top and let the glue sit for about an hour.

And that’s it! Finally no more excuses for dirty headphones. It’s easy to pop in your purse or work bag so that you’ll never panic that you lost your headphones.

The easiest DIY solution to making a holder for your headphones (out of a mint tin)!

Not a DIY gal? I get it. Here’s a couple easy solutions for those who would rather Buy instead of DIY.

 

 

 

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the best tips I've seen lately to get rid of soap scum. Pinning for later!

Bathroom soap scum … totally un-glamorous and completely annoying. It pops up and just won’t go away. It also can make an otherwise perfectly clean bathroom look totally dirty. I always wait until the soap scum is so bad that I know I just need to clean it. By then it’s too late. Well not ‘too late’ as in I can never get rid of it. But ‘too late’ for it to be an easy chore. I then proceed to spend at least 30 minutes trying to get the shower to look presentable only to realize I barely made a dent. Then I give up. Fast forward a week or two later and I do the same thing.

Eventually I stopped repeating my inefficient system (hello insanity) and figured out something better.

Lindsay = 1

Soap scum = 0

…. finally 🙂

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Supplies:

  • White distilled vinegar
  • Dish detergent
  • Dishwand Scrubber (This Scotch brand holds up really well AND you can buy refills …. surprisingly not all scrubbers have refills. Annoying, right?)

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Instructions:

Open up your scrubber and fill it 1/3 with dish detergent and 2/3 with vinegar. The soap and vinegar may not mix together at the beginning. Totally fine. You can always give it a quick shake before you use it. I place one in each of our showers, keeping the actual scrubber part facing up. I do this so that the vinegar and detergent don’t leak out. Even if it leaks a little, it’s definitely not a big deal.

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Now her’es the trick  ….

Instead of using it when your’e cleaning your bathroom, use it while you’re taking a shower! So when you’re in the shower use your scrubber to wash the walls. The hot water & steam of the shower will increase the cleaning ability. And continuing the shower water once you’re finished cleaning will ensure that the detergent and vinegar are washed OFF the walls.

I use the scrubber probably 3 times a week and only scrub for maybe 30 seconds each time. Instead of having to DEEP (and I mean DEEP) clean my shower once a week month, I use the scrubber a couple times a week. It’s made a HUGE difference in keeping up with soap scum and making our shower look presentable.

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Who doesn’t love cleaning hacks?! Now if the rest of your bathroom is looking like the equivalent of that soap scum, take a look at our 5 Tips to Always Have A Clean Bathroom. These quick and painless tips will have your place looking amazing in now time!

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Who doesn’t love an easy cleaning hack?!

 

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Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

I’m not sure if I’m the only one, but I can never seem to find a drawer liner that I love. Although there’s always a time and place for clear or cream, I’m looking for something bright and colorful. I mean how fun to have a little something different in your drawers?? It’s also a neat way to add color without going crazy in the entire room. Whether it’s dresser drawers, bathroom cabinets or a nightstand, it’s always fun to open it up and see a bright colorful pattern.

I’ve heard about people using wrapping paper as liners, which definitely solves the problem of finding a fun pattern. But it just seems too temporary. One wrong move and the wrapping paper will rip or get wet. So adding a clear contact paper on top SEEMED like the perfect solution…..

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Except for one problem. If any of you have tried to use Contact Paper in the past, you know it can be trickier than it looks. I swear it must be an art to be able to place contact paper ANYWHERE without creating air bubbles. Well after many failed attempts, I found a system that’s working for me that’s easy and QUICK!

Supplies

  • Ruler
  • Wrapping paper
  • Scissor & ruler OR Paper cutting tools (this is actually for sewing, but I use it for EVERYTHING. It’s actually one of my favorite supplies I’ve purchased lately)
  • Pencil
  • Clear Contact Paper

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Instructions 

First things first: you need to measure your space, both width and depth. Be exact … no rounding!

The next step is to make small marks on your wrapping paper with your pencil denoting the width and depth of your drawer. I like to make these marks on the back side of the wrapping paper. Although you can erase the lines after cutting, sometimes the wrapping paper can smear when erasing.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Using either a ruler/scissor or cutting tools, cut out your wrapping paper. The cutting tools I use is Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set. Although it’s technically used for sewing, I’ve definitely used it on my non sewing DIY projects. It’s a 3 piece set which includes everything you need to measure and cut perfect lines. It’s been a lifesaver for me because I’m not very good with a scissor 🙂 .

Try to follow the markings you made the best you can. I always error on the side of caution and cut my wrapping paper a tiny pit larger than my measurements. I know I can always trim if it’s too big. But if I over cut making the paper too small I’ll have to start over.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Test out your wrapping paper by placing it in your drawer to ensure you measured & cut correctly. If it’s too big, just do a little trimming.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Now cut a piece of contact paper slightly bigger than your wrapping paper. I like to have my contact paper about 1 inch larger on each side.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

I turned the wrapping paper vertical and will work the contact paper from top to bottom. Contact paper can definitely be tricky and frustrating to use. Sometimes air pockets arise or the contact paper crinkles. Ugh. Once reason why I like to work from the vertical, is it allows me to work smaller sections at a time which typically result in less errors.

Pull the contact paper and white paper backing apart until you separate about 1 inch worth of paper. Then make a strong fold with the white backing.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Now line up the contact paper on top of the wrapping paper (allowing for one extra inch above the wrapping paper) and press down with your fingers, smoothing it out and removing any air bubbles.

Now the good news … if you made it successfully to this point, it’s smooth sailing from here (no pun intended 🙂 ).

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Pull the white backing down another inch and smooth out the contact paper on the wrapping paper.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Continue until the you make it all the way down. Remember, steady eddy wins the race. As well as the turtle. Take your time with contact paper and don’t rush it. It’s MUCH easier to prevent the air bubbles and crinkles than to fix them.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper. Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Take your cutting supplies and cut the excess contact paper off the ends. You should have about an inch extra on each side.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Now place your DIY drawer liners in your drawers and marvel at how much more festive your drawers are!

I just place my drawer liners in the drawers with no additional adhesive. I change my decorating preference too often so I like things that are removable. Yes, I guess that now includes my drawer liners. If you want yours more secure add some Scotch tape or scrapbooking tape to secure them in the drawer.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Your drawers will be so pretty that you’ll never want to mess them up!

 

 

 

 

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Stop paying big bucks for the newest trend in hair ties ..... Make your own for a fraction of the price. Watch our step by step tutorial to show you how!

Elastic hair ties are one of my new favorite things. As a girl who wears her hair in a pony tail about 99% of the time (I blame working from home 🙂 ), I not only love them for my daily pony tail look. I also love them for the rare occasion that I wear my hair down. Why? Elastic hair ties are create an awesome crease-FREE look. No more straighteners needed!

While I do love these magical hair ties, I hate forking over big bucks for something SO simple. Fortunately they’re just as easy (and quick) to make as they look!

Stop paying big bucks for the newest trend in hair ties ..... Make your own for a fraction of the price. Watch our step by step tutorial to show you how!

Supplies

Stop paying big bucks for the newest trend in hair ties ..... Make your own for a fraction of the price. Watch our step by step tutorial to show you how!

Instructions

The first step is to cut the elastic to your desired length. Don’t worry about a perfect cut on the elastic as we’re going to cut it one more time before it’s done. I measure mine to 8 inches. This allows me to do three wraps around my pony tail staying tight in my hair.

Fold the elastic in half with the shinier side face out.

Tie a knot using the two ends of the fabric. Then work and pull the knot towards the ends from the inside of the hair tie (not the ends). Pull tight to ensure the knot is secure.

If the ends are too long for your liking, snip with a scissor. You can cut on an angle, straight or even give it bow ends. Totally your preference!

Stop paying big bucks for the newest trend in hair ties ..... Make your own for a fraction of the price. Watch our step by step tutorial to show you how!

Stop paying big bucks for the newest trend in hair ties ..... Make your own for a fraction of the price. Watch our step by step tutorial to show you how!

So simple and affordable! It’s a perfect project for the DIY rookie to the seasoned pro. With lots of fabric left over, I’m able to stock up on hair ties and put a couple in my purse, work bag & suitcase. I’m yet to see a hair tie that I didn’t want to use.

Stop paying big bucks for the newest trend in hair ties ..... Make your own for a fraction of the price. Watch our step by step tutorial to show you how!

Wishing that all expensive beauty supplies could be this EASY to make!

 

 

 

 

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Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

While I hate spending big bucks on adorable office supplies, I love when my office organizing can also be PRETTY. Sometimes it feels like a catch 22, right? Fortunately, we’re smack dab in the middle of our paper organization series, where we’re showing you practical solutions to your biggest paper clutter challenges. These labeled AND colorful binder clips will be a perfect addition to all your paper organization needs!

 Supplies for Colorful Binder Clips

Instructions

Remove the tops of your clips by pinching the silver arms to remove each side.

Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

Grab your favorite spray paint cans! I highly recommend a GLOSSY spray paint for this project. It makes the binder clips really pop with color. Are you new to DIY spray painting projects? Take a look at my top 10 tips for spray painting before you get started!

I spray two light coats on each binder clip, drying at least one hour in between. I also let them dry overnight just to be sure they’re completely dry.

Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

My absolute FAVORITE organizing supply is this Epson label maker. It was well worth the investment. Its small so that means portable, which is probably my favorite part. I typically don’t do my projects in our office (which is where our printer is). So I was constantly be running back and forth between the computer, printer and my project to get labels created. Yes, I burned a couple calories walking up & down all our stairs, but having a printer that I can carry with me is SO much easier.

Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

Regardless of what labeling tool you use, you’ll want to label both the front and back of your binder clip so that means making 2 of each label. I chose to label my binder clips as: Mail, To Do, Bills, and Taxes. Now I never promised you that this would be the most EXCITING items to organize, but at least now when I’m looking at my tax documents I’ll have a pretty pink clip on top.

Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included! Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

May even your most boring paperwork be BEAUTIFULLY organized 🙂

 

 

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Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues! Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

One of my favorite things about planning parties is not the extravagant meals (if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you knew that I’d never be cooking a fancy meal 🙂 ), but instead finding fun, easy, yet unexpected touches to add to the event. That’s ONE of the reasons I love this water balloon solution to keeping your beverages cool. Who would expect to see colorful frozen water balloons amongst their beverages? Another perk? No more melted ice in the coolers or in your drinks.

Yet one more reason? These are so incredibly easy to make. Simply fill up regular balloons 1/4 of the way full with water. I’ve heard that actual water balloons are NOT a great option as they’re not as strong so stick with regular balloons.

Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

Then toss them in the fridge for at least a couple hours. Don’t worry, NONE of mine broke. I set all the watered balloons next to each other in a section within my freezer. Then when the party was about to get started, I removed from the freezer and placed in a cooler.

This is a perfect way to continue your party color theme OR to simply add a pop of color to a party!

Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

Ideal for those hot summer days when all your want is a cool drink!

Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

 

 

 

Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

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Make a delicious corn on the cob recipe in just 5 minutes! Use your microwave and a couple extra ingredients for a yummy side to any meal!Make a delicious corn on the cob recipe in just 5 minutes! Use your microwave and a couple extra ingredients for a yummy side to any meal!

When I first started this series, never did I ever think I could find something that I could cook in 5 minutes …. but there’s a first time for everything 🙂 .

Although I’ve always loved corn on the cobb, I don’t eat it often. Mostly because i always assumed that it needed to be grilled or boiled. My grilling techniques are limited to knowing how to put the cover over the grill. That’s why I was really excited to learn from a friend that it’s possible to make corn on the cob in your MICROWAVE. And I know what you’re thinking. It must be gross, right? I assure you it’s pretty darn impressive.

Ingredients

  • Corn, husked
  • smoked paprika, to taste
  • 1 lime slice
  • A stem of cilantro, chopped
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • Paper towels

Directions

Microwave the butter in a small microwave safe jar for 30 seconds. Mix in the lime juice, cilantro, and smoked paprika. With a basting brush, makes sure to get the mixture all around  the corn.

Run a paper towel under your kitchen faucet for one second and ring out excess water. Wrap the paper towel around the corn.

Microwave for 5 minutes on high on a microwavable plate.

Let it cool for a couple minutes with the paper towel still wrapped around (it will be hot!).

Add black pepper and salt to taste.

Enjoy!

Make a delicious corn on the cob recipe in just 5 minutes! Use your microwave and a couple extra ingredients for a yummy side to any meal!

 

 

 

Make a delicious corn on the cob recipe in just 5 minutes! Use your microwave and a couple extra ingredients for a yummy side to any meal!

Make a delicious corn on the cob recipe in just 5 minutes! Use your microwave and a couple extra ingredients for a yummy side to any meal!

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No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

Too many gift cards and not enough organization?

I WISH I had that problem! Fortunately my sister, Whitney, did (and took some pictures of her solution). After recently getting married, she had TONS of gift cards. Nice right? Well she came up with this easy & quick way to keep her gift cards organized ….

Supplies Needed for Gift Card Organization

  • Hole punch (either a single or a 3 ring punch)
  • 2 inch book rings
  • Permanent marker
  • Gift cards!

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

BEFORE punching a hole, locate the bar code on the back of the gift card, aka the black thin strip. Make sure to punch your hole on the OTHER side because punching on the bar code will prevent the card from working at the store. The last thing we all want is a gift card that doesn’t work!

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

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No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

Using either a single hole punch or even this 3 ring binder one, punch a hole at the edge of the gift card, aiming for 1/2 inch space on the side. No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

Before placing your gift cards on the ring, write the current balance on each card with your permanent marker. I’ve even noticed some stores nowadays will write an updated dollar amount on the gift cards after each use!

Now all you need to do is place your cards into the book ring. Whitney opted to put all her wedding gift cards together in one book ring but the options are limitless 🙂 .  If you’ve got lots of gift cards, you could organize by type of store (department store, drug store, etc). I’m one of those people who worries that I’m going to lose my gift cards, so I’d realistically place all my gift cards on one book ring. Then when I’m planning on running errands, I’d remove the gift cards of the stores I plan to go to and place those on a separate ring to take with me.

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

May you be lucky enough to need to organize your gift cards!
No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

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No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

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