Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

Always on the hunt for something DIY-able and never one to turn down anything coffee related, I found these mugs at Goodwill for 50 cents each. They’re simple & cute, but had an engraved company logo on the side. For 50 cents I could risk an attempt at a DIY to cover that up!

And the incredibly easy spray painted coffee mugs DIY came to life!

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

First step is to wash and dry your cups. Always good to start with a “clean” slate! Then pull out the painters tape and start applying based on the design you like. I opted for each mug to intentionally have a different design because I knew I wouldn’t be able to replicate each one exactly. I highly recommend choosing a design that keeps the spray paint on the lower half of the mug if you’re intending to drink out of these. (I definitely will be.)

The taping part is the most important step, so make sure to take care when applying. Don’t forget about the handles (I almost did!) and cover the top of the mug as well. You could even cut your tape in to different designs if you’re really ambitious!

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

Next I went outside to start the spray painting. In addition to putting plastic garbage bags all over the ground where I was going to spray paint, I also put the mugs in a paper grocery bag to contain the spray paint even more. Highly recommend doing this as it worked great! I did two coats an hour apart and let dry overnight.

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

Remove the tape slowly to see your design!

Now you’re ready to cook! Seriously. This will help seal the spray paint on to the mug. Place the mugs on a baking sheet upside down (so that the spray paint doesn’t touch the pan). Place the baking sheet in a COOL oven. THEN turn on the heat to 300. Keep in the oven for 40 minutes. Then turn off the oven while the mugs are still inside. Wait 30 minutes before taking the mugs out.  This will ensure that the temperature change isn’t too drastic which could cause cracking.

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

Your coffee cups are ready to go! These are great as a fun decoration or for everyday use. I can never have enough coffee cups! (hand washing only)

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

 

 

 

 




 

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

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Don't spend weeks cleaning and preparing for house guests. Instead follow these 10 steps to get the most 'bang for your buck' to prep for house guests.

The holiday season never seems to last long enough for me. I’m always running around with last minute details no matter how far in advance that I plan. This is doubly true with holiday house guests! So instead of planning for weeks in advance for my holiday house guests, I came up with the top 10 last minute prep ideas to make your house guests feel at home. It’s true that my fridge may not be clean and my baseboards will definitely not have been dusted, but these 10 items provide the most bang for the buck if you’re strapped for time!

1 Consider the room temperature of your guest room. No host would ever be able to make both Joe & I happy on this one! I’m always cold and he’s always warm. Knowing that, for my guest room, I include extra blankets at the base of the bed and a fan on the dresser.

2 It’s so easy to forget which towels are yours when staying with guests, especially if several people are sharing a bathroom. This is why I set out a different color set of towels for each guest so everyone will remember which towels are theirs. I like to give each guest two towels, a hand towel and wash cloth. You’ll notice all my towels are dark colors too, which is intentional to mask any stains that just won’t go away in the wash (please tell me I’m not the only one). Also, it’s a good idea to clear out any existing towel in the bathroom towel racks to make room for your guests.

3 As a guest there’s nothing worse than having to ask your host time and time again for items they may need or have forgotten. I like to put out sample size toiletries in a pretty glass container for my guests with sunscreen, shampoo, soap, conditioner, etc.  

Don't spend weeks cleaning and preparing for house guests. Instead follow these 10 steps to get the most 'bang for your buck' to prep for house guests.

4 Nothing feels more like a hotel than tripping over luggage. Our guest closet is used for storage, but I always keep a small space cleared out with hangers available for guests. Clearing out a drawer or two in a dresser is also an excellent option. Since we don’t have a dresser in our guest room, I keep a small stool available for easy access to their suitcase.

5 I don’t clean every room of the house for guests, but one room that I do spruce up is the living room. Our living area is right off our main entrance so it’s often the victim of clutter…. shoes, work bags, jackets, you name it! Declutter the living area so guests don’t feel like they’re taking up too much space. I also remove some of the couch pillows so that there’s easy access to seating, add a couple magazines & a blanket/throw.

6 I skip the full house cleaning, but do a thorough wipe down of key areas including the guest bathroom. Even if you’re house isn’t spotless (when is it really?) make sure the bathroom looks like you’re walking in to hotel room. Nothing is grosser than someone else’s dirty bathroom! I clear out my personal things so they’re not tip toeing around my stuff. Make sure toilet paper is restocked and garbage cans are emptied. I also like to put out an extra hair dryer and straightener for my girl friends.

Don't spend weeks cleaning and preparing for house guests. Instead follow these 10 steps to get the most 'bang for your buck' to prep for house guests.

7 I tell my guests that their best meal will NOT be eaten at my house as cooking is a skill I’ve yet to master. But no guest of mine will go hungry. I make sure the fridge and pantry are stocked with the basics: easy breakfast food, mid day snacks, produce & wine. Although my guests always know to help themselves to anything in our kitchen, I’m intentional about offering snacks throughout the day to ensure no one goes hungry!

8 I’m one of those people who writes EVERYTHING down. So naturally I love written instructions (and hopefully my guests do too!) I keep a sheet with our wifi passwords, instructions to use our TV/Netflix/Amazon Instant Video (why is it always confusing to use someone else’s TV?), and how to use our coffee pot (oddly ours is confusing).

Don't spend weeks cleaning and preparing for house guests. Instead follow these 10 steps to get the most 'bang for your buck' to prep for house guests.

In a perfect world our kitchen would be spotless right as guests arrive, but that only happens in my dreams. But a clean sink & dishwasher can exist outside my dreams. Nothing says ‘dirty kitchen’ like a pile of dishes in the sink. And nothing is more frustrating when hosting a meal than a dishwasher that’s already full of dishes. I like to start out any holiday weekend with a clean slate.

10 I’m a natural planner and a little (errrr.. a lot) anxious when I don’t know what’s happening next. Although most of my guests likely don’t have their planners booked each hour, I do think they appreciate knowing what to expect when staying at my place. Specifically, I make sure to let guests know what to expect the next morning (things such as the bathroom is all yours in the morning, breakfast is at 9AM or I will put cereals and spoons and bowls out on the counter!)

Hope these tips make your holiday hosting a little less stressful!

Don't spend weeks cleaning and preparing for house guests. Instead follow these 10 steps to get the most 'bang for your buck' to prep for house guests.

Don't spend weeks cleaning and preparing for house guests. Instead follow these 10 steps to get the most 'bang for your buck' to prep for house guests.

 

 

 

 




 

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After a couple months of Amazon Subscribe & Save, Joe & I realized that our eyes were a little bigger than our stomach when ordering 3 containers of Oatmeal per month. Although the unintended purpose, these make ideal storage containers. They just needed some sprucing up!

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What you need

Turn extra oatmeal boxes in to easy decorative DIY storage containers, customized to match any color scheme! Perfect for any room!

Measure the height & width of your containers (mine measured to be xx inches high and xx inches wide). I cut the contact paper 1/4 inch less than the height of the container and 2 inches longer than the width, so mine came out to be xxx by xxx). I prefer to use my paper cutter but you can definitely just use a scissor!

Turn extra oatmeal boxes in to easy decorative DIY storage containers, customized to match any color scheme! Perfect for any room!

After cutting the paper to size, peel one edge of the backing. Line up the sticky edge to the container, leaving the 1 inch allowance. Slowly press the adhesive side of the contact paper down on to the container while slowly peeling back the paper backing. Go in smooth strokes, pushing out any air bubbles a small section at a time. If any air bubbles do get trapped, you can just pull the adhesive back to smooth it down again.

Turn extra oatmeal boxes in to easy decorative DIY storage containers, customized to match any color scheme! Perfect for any room!

Now all you have to do is fill them!

Turn extra oatmeal boxes in to easy decorative DIY storage containers, customized to match any color scheme! Perfect for any room!

I opted to use three of mine for under the sink storage. These worked perfect to quickly grab a garbage bag and separating out my small & large ziplock bags. Plus it gave a little design to an otherwise unattractive cabinet space.

Turn extra oatmeal boxes in to easy decorative DIY storage containers, customized to match any color scheme! Perfect for any room!

To decorative diy storage containers & years of oatmeal ahead of us!

Turn extra oatmeal boxes in to easy decorative DIY storage containers, customized to match any color scheme! Perfect for any room!

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Whip up 3 festive Thanksgiving cocktails with one easy recipe! You'll be the hit of the holidays with these tasty (easy to make) drinks!

Since moving to Seattle two years ago, we’ve spent the last two Thanksgivings locally with new friends instead of flying across the country to be home with family. Not wanting to expose my lack of cooking skills to my new Seattle friends, we’ve typically contributed wine, a salad or store bought dessert to the big meal.

Before you get too excited, no I haven’t spent the last year learning how bake (baste?) a turkey, but I have learned some fun festival holiday cocktails that will be more impressive than bringing another bottle of wine.

Regardless of the type of beverages your guests prefer, this recipe can accommodate! Three different festive drinks can be made from this one simple syrup concoction. All you need is about 15 minutes and a couple standard ingredients.

SIMPLE SYRUP

  • 2 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen (8 ounces))
  • 1 cup regular sugar
  • 1 cup water

Bring cranberries, sugar and water to a simmer over medium heat in a saucepan. Then reduce heat to low and cook until cranberries are soft, about 10 minutes. You can’t really mess this up, but you don’t want the cranberries to burst. If that happens, just remove the saucepan from the heat. It’s done!

Whip up 3 festive Thanksgiving cocktails with one easy recipe! You'll be the hit of the holidays with these tasty (easy to make) drinks!

Let cool for 5 minutes and then pour through a strainer separating the cranberries from the liquid (which is your simple syrup). Keep both. Store in the fridge until ready for use.

COCKTAIL #1

  • 4 tablespoons Simple Syrup
  • 1 shot of vodka
  • 1/2 cup seltzer water

Stir together all ingredients and add ice & a couple of the extra cranberries for garnish.

COCKTAIL #2

  • 2 tablespoons Simple Syrup
  • 1 glass dry white wine

Mix simple syrup in to wine glass with wine. Add a couple of the extra cranberries for garnish.

COCKTAIL #3

  • 2 tablespoons Simple Syrup
  • 1 glass champagne
  • 1 lime wedge

Mix simple syrup in to wine glass with wine. Add a couple of the extra cranberries & lime wedge for garnish.

Whip up 3 festive Thanksgiving cocktails with one easy recipe! You'll be the hit of the holidays with these tasty (easy to make) drinks!

These Thanksgiving cocktails will be the best “dish” of the holidays without having to cook a thing!

Whip up 3 festive Thanksgiving cocktails with one easy recipe! You'll be the hit of the holidays with these tasty (easy to make) drinks!

 

 

 

 




 

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Don't pay big bucks for an ounce of beauty product, make your own HIGH quality copy cat mud mask with this easy to follow tutorial!

It’s always fun buying new beauty products, but not so fun getting the credit card bill at the end of the month, right?? You’re in luck. This mud mask is department store quality that you can make in your kitchen! (No monthly credit card bills to follow 🙂 )

INGREDIENTS

(See photos of all ingredients at the end of the post)

Don't pay big bucks for an ounce of beauty product, make your own HIGH quality copy cat mud mask with this easy to follow tutorial!

Before you go any further, I know what you’re thinking … man this is a lot of random ingredients, right? Yes, I totally agree. But here’s the scoop: I bought all these ingredients over two years ago and have never used anything else! Plus if you’re in to DIY beauty, you’ll tend to use many of these ingredients and likely to have quite a few of these handy already.

INSTRUCTIONS

Steep 2 chamomile tea bags in about 4 oz of hot water and let sit for a couple minutes.

Microwave coconut oil in to a liquid (roughly 1 min).

In a glass bowl, mix all ingredients except tea. When opening up the charcoal capsules, make sure to have paper towel underneath as it can get dirty! (your hands will also get dirty, but it washes off easily with soap)

Slowly add the tea and continue to whisk until all mixed. At first the mixture will appear rather liquidy, but continue mixing for roughly 60 seconds. You’ll see the mixture change from black to a dark gray. Continue mixing until smooth & even color, removing all lumps.

Don't pay big bucks for an ounce of beauty product, make your own HIGH quality copy cat mud mask with this easy to follow tutorial!

Don't pay big bucks for an ounce of beauty product, make your own HIGH quality copy cat mud mask with this easy to follow tutorial!You can use immediately, but remember its a little warm from the tea. It stores in the fridge, covered, for up to a month. I use at least once a week, washing off my face after 10 minutes (or as it starts to dry).

These make great Christmas gifts or even bachelorette party gifts!

For gifts I poured in to left over feta cheese containers (I LOVE cheese), add a label and ribbon! It makes a totally adorable and practical gift!

Don't pay big bucks for an ounce of beauty product, make your own HIGH quality copy cat mud mask with this easy to follow tutorial!

Cheers to small pores and great gifts!

 

Here’s the photo list of all ingredients to make your shopping a little easier! 

Click on any of the photos for more information on the product

 

Don't pay big bucks for an ounce of beauty product, make your own HIGH quality copy cat mud mask with this easy to follow tutorial!

Don't pay big bucks for an ounce of beauty product, make your own HIGH quality copy cat mud mask with this easy to follow tutorial!

 

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I love my messy house, said no one ever. This is my one solution to keep our house clutter free!

Goodbye house clutter! This one solution saved us from a messy house!

There's ONE item that keeps our entire house clutter free and has single handedly changed the way we pick up and organize our home!
I try to keep our place free of unnecessary house clutter laying around, putting things back where they belong when I’m finished and keeping organized. Yet, when I look around, I always find one or two small things that need to go back to its place. Walking up 3 flights of stairs in our townhouse to put something little away, such as my nail polish, seemed silly and exhausting (although it definitely counted as a workout).

Enter: Decorative Baskets

I bought these 3 matching baskets, one for each floor of our townhouse, to store any clutter in that needs to be put away. Initially I debated whether to do this or not, as the baskets were actually additional clutter themselves. But within no time, these baskets were used on a daily, if not hourly basis. Anytime there was something to put away on a different floor, I just drop it in the basket. Then when I do need to go up or downstairs, I bring the basket with me and drop off all the clutter to it’s home.

keeping our homoe clean and clutter free with this one step!

With the baskets all matching, it’s easy to swap these out as I bring one basket upstairs for a delivery and another downstairs.

Added benefit: it’s the best for a quick clean before guests come, literally throwing everything away in the baskets!

Another idea is to give a basket to each member of the family to put their items in, but since it’s just Joe & me (and really most of the clutter is mine), one basket on each floor worked best for us.

 

 

UPDATE: Although Joe & I don’t have separate baskets, I decided that Reagan, the newest member of our family, needed a DIY version just for her!

Now that I’m not walking up and down the stairs as much, I should probably get a gym membership!

There's ONE item that keeps our entire house clutter free and has single handedly changed the way we pick up and organize our home!

There's ONE item that keeps our entire house clutter free and has single handedly changed the way we pick up and organize our home!

 

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How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!After realizing that my fantasy of having Real Housewives Yolanda Foster’s fridge was never going to happen, I decided that mine needed a serious cleaning and reorganization. My current situation was a fridge with no extra room, lots of expired food, and all the wrong containers. We even had an empty 6 pack beer holder in the fridge while the individual cans were scattered throughout. So here’s my way to organize a refrigerator …. Yolanda style.

I’m pretty selective of what types of gadgets and organizing products I purchase. I often think that the products themselves cause disorganization! But here are my:

favorite fridge cleaning & organizing tools (that I use daily) 

Now on to our huge fridge cleaning and organizing day!

Here’s what you’ll need for our project:

  • Paper towels
  • Towels
  • Rags/Sponge
  • Cleaning spray (here’s some great DIY options)
  • Garbage bags
  • Lots of extra counter space
  • Dish soap

Instructions

Take everything out of your fridge and start using up that free counter space I mentioned!

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

Now remove all shelves and drawers from the fridge (but before you do, take a picture  so you remember where all the shelves go).

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

With the fridge completely empty, clean the fridge with a rag and cleaning spray. Make sure to start from the top and work your way down. For the areas that are extra dirty, let the cleaner sit for a couple minutes before scrubbing off with a sponge.

Clean all the shelves and drawers with warm soapy water in the sink. I’ve got a large double sink and a retractable hose, but if you don’t you could use your bathtub! Dry them with dish towels and set them aside.

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

Now review all the groceries that are sitting How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!on your counters, throwing away expired items and consolidating duplicates. When doing this I discovered I owned two soy sauces both half used. I also found a missing face mask. This is also a good time to group like items together.

Add your shelving back in to the fridge, being thoughtful about the placement to maximize your space. I ended up removing one of the shelves to allow storage containers to fit better.

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

I purchased a couple key accessories to help me stay organized.  First is the containers from our sandwich meat that I use for all our leftovers. They’re a great stack-able size and technically free storage. So needless to say, I always buy the same brand sandwich meat 🙂 .

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

In an attempt to keep my produce ‘alive’ as long as possible I’ve been an avid users of Bluapple. They absorb ethylene gas which apparently causes produce to over ripen. My motto is “anything helps.”

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

I love these clear plastic egg holders, not only because I pretend they resemble something in Yolanda’s fridge, but also because they’re stack-able and I’m always hurting for space in the fridge.

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

I know most vegetables aren’t supposed to be stored in the fridge, but my preference for clean counters trumps properly storing produce.  One thing I do try to prevent is the pieces of onions and garlic that get all over the fridge. To combat that, I allocate one clear bin to ‘veggies only.’

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

Finally, wash & dry your grocery items before putting back. Even if they’re not noticeably dirty or sticky, they likely have perspiration on them for sitting out on the counter.

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

And TADA! I hope your fridge is clean and organized enough to be a work of art (just like Yolanda)!

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

 

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

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My most popular party appetizer is also amazingly easy and only needs a couple of ingredients. Whip it up in no time for your next party!

Anytime I bring a homemade food item over to a party, I panic that no one is going to eat it. In fact, I’m typically the one having 5 servings of my dish just to make it appear popular (and edible).

On the contrary, one of my best friends Alison is a not only a natural host but an amazing cook as well. She makes it all appear effortless as she’s opening her oven pulling out something amazing right as the guests arrive. And to top it off her husband makes the best cocktails. They’re literally the most perfect party hosting couple ever.

Meanwhile at my house before a party I’m running around like crazy, unnecessarily cleaning areas that guests will never see, making Joe fix my destroyed concoction in the oven, and likely with a glass of wine to calm my nerves.

I asked Alison to share her recipe for her famous bacon wrap appetizers. This is probably my favorite party appetizer ever especially because it’s so simple to make!

INGREDIENTS

  • Bacon
  • Whole water chestnuts
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup hot sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • Toothpicks

My most popular party appetizer is also amazingly easy and only needs a couple of ingredients. Whip it up in no time for your next party!INGREDIENTS

Cut bacon strips in half, roll chestnuts in bacon and secure with toothpick. Place on a  cookie sheet (with a lip for grease) and bake at 350 degrees for 45 min-1 hour until bacon is crisp.

My most popular party appetizer is also amazingly easy and only needs a couple of ingredients. Whip it up in no time for your next party!

Mix  mayonnaise, brown sugar and hot sauce. Pour over cooked wraps!

My most popular party appetizer is also amazingly easy and only needs a couple of ingredients. Whip it up in no time for your next party!

May you appetizer be so popular that you never have to chow down on it again!

My most popular party appetizer is also amazingly easy and only needs a couple of ingredients. Whip it up in no time for your next party!

My most popular party appetizer is also amazingly easy and only needs a couple of ingredients. Whip it up in no time for your next party!

 

 

 

 




 

My most popular party appetizer is also amazingly easy and only needs a couple of ingredients. Whip it up in no time for your next party!

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