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Real Simple - Recipes, Organizing, Beauty, Fashion, Holidays

Real Simple - Recipes, Organizing, Beauty, Fashion, Holidays

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Closet Organizer If you're looking for a way to store your purses, shower curtain hooks work like the bomb dot com. I got the idea from Real Simple: However I find Real Simple to be hit or miss. Track Your Finances It’s Day #3 of my “11 in 2011 Challenge” — and this goal is one of my favorites! How many times have you been told to “Create a budget”? You know you SHOULD create a budget…but have you ever actually taken the time to make one? And even if you have a budget, do you use it and stick to it? If you answered “no” to either of those questions, chances are you either hate budgets, or you don’t know where to start…right? DIY Patio Lights I've done a few posts already featuring different DIY lighting projects, but this one is a little different. It's EASY. Like, no tools required WHATSOEVER. I give you: DIY Patio Lights!

25 Spectacular Movies you (Probably) Haven't Seen Midnight in Paris Woody Allen’s latest places starving writer Owen Wilson in Paris with his fiancée, Rachel McAdams. Searching for inspiration for his incomplete novel, Owen begins taking strolls around the city at night where he discovers an unexpected group of people. I wish I could be more specific, but it would ruin the surprise. Know that it is brilliant, witty and full of mystique. 92% on Rotten Tomatoes (RT). Do You Have “Fun Money”? source & source About two months ago, I won a $100 American Express gift card from an affiliate program I’m involved in. Yes, I’ve won things before, but they were always “things”… not cold hard cash!

Homemade Serenity By now you're probably all familiar with my new found affinity for Meyer Lemons. I only discovered them this winter, and I've been shaking my head every time I use one, wondering why I didn't know about them before. Meyer Lemons are thought to be a cross between a true lemon and an orange. They are rounder than a true lemon, and the thin skin is so fragrant you could swear you were standing in a grove of citrus trees. The world's best sewing tutorials in no particular order. Alina's Adventures sew everything A P indicates a printable tutorial or pdf pattern. An F indicates a personal favorite. PET CARECatnip fish toy (Martha Stewart)Clothespin apron (Pick Up Some Creativity)Cool and cozy pet bed (Sew4Home)Country gent dog coat with pattern (Craftzine)Collapsible travel dish (Craft Stylish)Color spectrum pet bed (Design Sponge)Custom-fit doggy coat (Pretty Little Things)Dog leash (The Purl Bee)Embellished doggy sweater (Miss Lovie)Fabric dog coat pattern (Cut Out & Keep) PFabric pet bed (Inspiration & Realization)Fabric pup tent (CasaSugar)Family connection writing center (Craftzine)Fleece dog bed (Dog Under My Bed)Pet pouches (The B Line)Sweater dog toys (Craft Stylish)Squeaky doggie bone (Laura Griffin)Water resistant doggy coats (Martha Stewart) FOR THINGS WITH TWO WHEELSBicycle bucket (Noodlehead)Bicycle frame lunch bag (Evil Mad Scientist)Bike seat cover (thimble)Good old bike seat cover (Pickles) Key wristlet (Chickpea Sewing Studio)

My Time Budget I’ve always thought it was/is really important to create a financial budget and implement limits for yourself as to what you will and will not spend money on. However, over the last few years, I’ve also realized how important it is to decide what you will and will not spend your time on — so I created a “time budget”. This might be a foreign concept for some, but I’m convinced that a time budget is one of the best ways to stay focused, limit distractions, and get more done. What is a Time Budget? Don’t worry, it’s NOT fancy… I don’t even have a fun spreadsheet like my financial budget! A “Time Budget” is simply a map or chart that shows how you will spend the hours in your day.

101 Simple Handmade Gift Tutorials These simple handmade gift tutorials will make any crafty person’s heart sing with joy! You don’t need special skills or a bunch of time because these can all be done super fast! Simple and cute…that works for me! Oh, and think of all the money you will save making these gifts. {At least that’s the story I tell my husband…shhhh!} You are going to love these fabulous tutorials!!! money origami Essential life skill #3: folding a shirt and tie from a dollar bill. In terms of usefulness, I rank this right up there with the ability to parallel park. This is my first-ever money origami attempt, which was much more successful than the parallel parking section of my driving test, which I failed. Granted, nobody needs to parallel park in rural Minnesota where I grew up, so the incentive to learn was not great. A more useful skill is avoiding animals in your path, such as my math teacher's escaped pig which was loitering in the middle of the road one morning during my lesson. Mr. math teacher came to the door in his boxers when we knocked to tell him his hog had gotten out.

Ten Tips for Using Craigslist Have you ever purchased or sold anything on Craigslist? If not, let me fill you in on what you’re missing. It’s like the ultimate online garage sale! 26 Tips and Tricks To Simplify Life I have been collecting all kinds of clever tips to make life just a little bit more simple. Here are some of my favs! 1. Cord organization tips. I am SO doing this.

Free Downloads Are you looking to simplify and organize your life? Choose from a variety of FREE planning forms below. You can download each form individually by clicking on the form’s name, or you can download all the forms in one category as a single file by clicking on the Master List beneath the heading. Feel free to print as many as you need! Budgeting Workbooks: Budgeting Workbook — this is the workbook I use to track all our finances.

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