My Clean House Secret

 Happy Wednesday, y’all! We’re on the downhill slope to the weekend! :) If your week has been anything like mine {or the last several weeks…ahem}, you’re running a bit behind on things and will be dedicating part of your hard earned weekend to whipping your house back into shape. Today I’m sharing my secret to a clean house. While I wish I had the Mary Poppins secret to snapping your fingers to a clean house, my secret is much more along the lines of “whistle while you work”. 

I haven't figured out how to snap everything into place like Mary Poppins, but I've found the secret to not completely dreading house work!

 Are you ready for it??….my clean house secret is….Podcasts! No, it’s not a cleaning schedule or a fancy mop {although, I do try to maintain a daily schedule so I don’t have to tackle it all at once}. I have really gotten into podcasts this year, and they have made the mundane chores so much more delightful! I pop in my ear buds, fire up the latest podcast and get to scrubbing. I’m not procrastinating my chores anymore because I so look forward to my weekly podcasts! It’s very much the Netflix while folding laundry effect. 

There are many different apps for subscribing and listening to podcasts. I use RSSRadio, but there are a ton of great apps out there. I can’t share my secret without sharing some great podcasts! Here are a few of my favorites:

1) Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

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 I’ve been following Jamie’s blog for a few years now and as super excited when she launched her podcast this year. She’s an adoptive momma and a fellow Texan. She used to work in radio, so she does a really great job and seems very natural. She invites a girlfriend onto the show and they just chat. Her guests are always so much fun and inspiring. I have enjoyed hearing all of their stories. It really feels like I’m at happy hour with girlfriends. I’ve even caught myself responding to the conversation. Jamie also gives a ton of great book recommendations! 

 2) The Inspired to Action Podcast

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Kat Lee is the host of The Inspired to Action Podcast {which is also the name of her blog}. Kat’s main audience is mom’s, but I’ve been greatly inspired by her guests even though I’m not a mom yet. She also has a great podcast for bloggers called How They Blog that I love as well. 

3) The Big Boo Cast

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The Big Boo Cast is hosted by none other than Boo Mama {Sophie Hudson} and Big Mama {Melanie Shankle}. These ladies crack.me.up. New podcasts only come about once a month, but the wait it totally worth it. It’s just the two of them and they’re usually just covering what is going on in their lives at the moment – their kids, their college football teams, makeup, clothes….really, it’s like listening in on someone’s phone conversation. I always laugh at loud when listening to this one. It’s a must if you’re needing a good dose of southern charm.  

4) The Art of Simple Podcast

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 The Art of Simple Podcast is hosted by Tsh Oxenreider. She and her family are currently on a year long trip around the world, so her latest podcasts have been extra interesting. Tsh brings on some really great guests. I’m always so fascinated by the people she has on! Most of them seem to be living their lives a bit differently – going against the grain – and I love it! Another inspiring listen. 

5) The Relevant Podcast

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This one may be a bit taste specific, but it is one of my favorites. And when I say taste specific….I mean you have to have an odd sense of humor. :) If you’re familiar with Relevant Magazine, you will probably really enjoy this podcast. They have several regular cast members {including Shauna Niequist}. They always have an interview or two from one of their latest magazine features, but they also cover some recent interesting news stories. I’m always laughing at loud throughout this podcast. 

Are you an avid podcast listener? What are some of your favorites? I could always stand to add a few to my subscription list! :)

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CRAFT FAIL {Book Review}

I was given an advance copy of the book to review. All words, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

Do you remember last year when arm knitting was all the rage? All of the cool kids were making these beautiful, cozy scarves for the winter….and “it was so easy” ! Well, I tried my hand at this craft called arm knitting. I knew I was going to have a new beautiful scarf to add to my collection, and that’s what everyone was going to get for Christmas, too! Well…I tried…and I failed. I found myself in a tangled up ball of fuzzy blue yarn. 

Craft Fail by Heather Mann...in stores now!

I have had my fair share of Craft Fails, but I don’t usually post them here. I figured my readers would rather see my projects that were a success and turned out beautifully. I’m rethinking that stance after flipping through Heather Mann’s Craft Fail : When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong*. Because y’all…these Craft Fails are hilarious! I love a good laugh {and love to make people laugh….even if at my own expense}, and this book is definitely full of laughter inducing moments! 

Craft Fail by Heather Mann...in stores now!

You will find horribly entertaining photos, hilarious anecdotes, and even some tips on how to avoid failing at certain craft projects. If nothing else, it will make you feel better about your own “Nailed it” moments. ;) 

Craft Fail by Heather Mann...available now!

Craft Fail* is available on shelves now! If you need a laugh, don’t hesitate to grab your own copy! It is sure to entertain! :)

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Small Pantry Makeover and Organization

Hello there! I’m still alive! This past week or so has been one of those upside down, backwards, “why is time moving so fast?”, “when can I have a nap?” kinda weeks. Just pure craziness over here! :) 

Before the madness began, I did manage to do a bit of sprucing up in our pantry. I did some major re-organizing in the pantry a couple of years ago and it served us well for a very long time. Lately though, I’ve noticed that we were running out of space and having a harder time keeping things neat. So, I decided it was time to rethink things in there a bit. 

 Small Pantry Makeover and Organization

I took everything out of the pantry and gave it a good scrub and some fresh paint. I went with a dark charcoal grey for the walls and a crisp white for the shelves and door {Alabaster by Sherwin Williams}. 

I realized we were wasting valuable vertical space by not using the inside of the door to its fullest potential. I removed the existing hooks and installed a wire shelving unit. I wanted something like the Elfa shelves from The Container Store, but I didn’t want to fork over that much cash for this particular project. I searched high and low to find the right shelves. I was looking for a unit that could be attached to the door {not and over-the-door hanger} and with adjustable shelves. I finally found this unit from Amazon* that met my needs for a much better price. 

Small Pantry Makeover and Organization

I reused the same baskets to keep the shelves neat and organized. The labels are solid outlet plate covered painted with chalkboard paint. 

Small Pantry Makeover and Organization

I love these hanging baskets* that I use to store the plastic wrap and baggies. These are another great way to utilize unused space. 

Small Pantry Makeover and Organization

 

The door organizer opened up a lot of shelf space for us. I’m able to keep my cookbooks, canisters, and a few other “pretty” items to make the pantry look pretty while being fully functional. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me when pretty and functional are married! 

Small Pantry Makeover and Organization

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Small Pantry Makeover and Organization

Do you have any unused space you could utilize in your home? Vertical storage is a miracle when it comes to organization!

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