Life Hacks

There seems to be a lot of pins, posts, blogs out there about organizing your life and home.   Some of them are genius… while others require so much ground work it isn’t even worth the time.    I thought I would share just a few things that I do in my home that work for me!  Maybe you already do something similar (because they really aren’t that ingenious) or maybe you have something better!  I’d love to hear, so share any tips you have that seem to work for you!

1. Towel rack for my hair dryer, curling iron and flat iron.

Easy to store, easily accessible and I don’t have to wait for the irons to cool down before putting them away.  Score!

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2. Container for hair products.

I hate having hair products all over the counter.  The only one I tend to leave out is my hairspray, otherwise, they all go in a tub under the sink.   I can easily pull them all out at once, use what I need and put it all back.

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3. Technology Basket

Who doesn’t lose their chargers, earphones, extra cords, etc on the regular?   I have kept all my extra tech gadgets, chargers and cords in this basket for years!  Haven’t lost any of it yet!

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4. Dress pant hanger for tanks and cami’s.

I HATE digging through drawers for stuff like this.  Let’s be honest – most of the time the garments never make it back in the drawers once they are out.  Nope!  This pant hanger works great and it hangs right alongside my shirts in the closet.

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5. Jewelry organizer

I found this on Etsy a few years back and just LOVE it.   Holds my necklaces and earrings.  I have a bracelet stand too, I just didn’t take a pic of it.  Ladies, don’t use those old school jewelry boxes.  Hello tangled mess!

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6. Over the door hanger

All of my workout tank tops go on the back of my bedroom door.  For as often as I teach and hit up the gym, I like to have these tanks as easily accessible as possible.  I’d say I achieved it!

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Simple Life Hacks that make my day to day so much easier.

Cheers!

Test Drive for “Fun”

Do you ever go test drive a car for fun?

“Fun”

I think quotes are necessary.

Because, in my case, it is never JUST for fun.  It always leads to a purchase.

Every. Single. Stinking. Time.

Today…

Wait, timeout.   I am being rude.

Hi!  I’ve missed you.   December 10th is the last time I logged into this little ol blog. LIFE has been crazy awesome.  Haven’t taken the time to sit and write at night, nor have I had any time to really bake, cook, watch a movie, watch TV.  Whew!  It’s been a whirlwind December so far, and I’ve loved every second of it.  Now, it’s time to get back to a little nonsense writing for my silly little blog.

So, back to today.

My good looking hubs and I took off around 7:30 this morning to head up to Blair for some business purposes.   10 hours later, a trip back to Omaha, lunch, a trip back to Blair, one “fun” test drive, one “for real” test drive, some serious negotiating and I am now the incredibly PROUD owner of this little black beauty.

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Yep… so long little white Jeep Grand Cherokee.   I know we’ve only been friends for 14 months, but I just never really liked you.   You were too boring for me.   Such a wonderful vehicle you were, and such a wonderful vehicle you will make for someone else… but THIS girl wanted something a little more edgy.  A little more badass.

I think I nailed it.

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Jeep Wrangler Sahara.   Blacked out.  And just OH… SO… COOL!    I can’t wait for summer time when I can remove the roof of this gem.

Car shopping with the husband – always equals a new car.  I should have known better.  But, I have been eyeing Jeep Wrangler’s for quite a few months now.  Didn’t think I’d get one so soon, but when you get a screaming deal, you can’t let it pass you by.   And trust me when I say, we got a helluva deal.  No way would this have been coming home with me without it.

YAY YAY YAY!

Merry Christmas to me!

Until that payment starts in two months….

Now, to just figure out how to keep a black vehicle clean.   I’ve only had white vehicles since 2006.   This could get interesting.

 

Cheers!  ❤

Outside My Fashion Comfort Zone

This outfit.

Huge leap outside the ol comfort zone for me.

Why?  The skinny jeans/leggings look.   It’s a fine line for me.

Sure, I wear leggings all the time.

At the gym.

And they’re workout leggings.

They belong there.

 These leggings actually look and wear like jeans, but they are black and stretchy, so leggings or not, I don’t know.   The whole stretchy /skinny pant thing is still a weird concept to me.    Some people rock them so well.  Me?   It brings forth a panicky self-conscious feeling.

Anyway  – the point?  I love this cardigan.  And I LOVE LOVE my new boots. I needed a way to wear them both.

So, I threw on the outfit, feeling a little less than confident and went out to finish my Christmas shopping.

And guess what?

I received three random compliments.  Three!   What the hell is that?    Thank you random people at the Harley store, Buckle and Express!   You totally made my day!

Feeling a little less awkward now with my clothing choice.

But I still have an issue with leggings.  That isn’t going away anytime soon.

 

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Where to shop for items:

Boots:  DSW

Cardigan: Last season Alloy but also can find it here

Pants: Target

Hat: Kohls – like 7 years ago – and if it ever falls apart on me I will be devastated.

Midtown Crossing- Ladies Night Recap!

This last Wednesday I participated in Ladies Night at Glo Lounge, Midtown Crossing, located right here in Omaha, NE.

I had a lot of fun getting acquainted with a few other Omaha Bloggers and playing dress up with clothes loaned from Me & Me Boutique!

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Photo Courtesy: Me & Me

Lisa, the owner of Me & Me is an absolute gem!  She is incredibly spunky and has a unique eye for fashion.  I highly recommend swinging in and checking out her store.  Rumor has it she has some KILLER get-ups and purses for sale. 🙂

To start the evening, Ashley of If You Give A Girl A Ring and I met up at Me & Me to be outfitted with two different looks.   Look one for me consisted of black skinny jeans, an olive green top, scarf that Lisa suggested I wear as a shawl and a cute purse to throw over the shoulder.  This was a unique pairing of colors and not something I would have put together on my own.  I appreciate Lisa’s vision.

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The shoes… totally mine.  And I am in love. 🙂

After we put on our first outfits, we walked half a block to Glo Lounge to mingle, drink a pomegranate martini (YUM!) and work the room.

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The Omaha Bloggers!

Ashley is to my left.  Is her outfit just not adorable?  That hat!  Yes!   You can find all the pieces to her look from Me & Me, including those killer shoes that you unfortunately can’t see in this pic.

Jessica of Finding Joy is located on the left and is wearing an outfit put together from The Ugly Sister.  Jessica is also the owner of Confetti Creations and makes the yummiest cakes and most ADORABLE bow ties for little boys.

Danielle (far right) of Martinis and Minivans is also wearing The Ugly Sister.   Danielle’s blog is absolutely hysterical.  Love her contagious personality and outlook on life.

 On to Look #2:

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I am loving the new jumper look for the summer.    So comfortable and cute.  I would love this in solid black!  I’m all over that!

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And Ashley’s yellow dress is gorgeous!  Is she just not the cutest?  I think she needs to add this to her closet collection!

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My girls Tyree and Carrie came out to support.  Of course they’d throw in a selfie pic that I later found on my camera.  Funny gals… 🙂

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It was a fun evening at Glo Lounge and I am loving the vibe in Midtown Crossing.  I can’t wait for the outdoor concerts that will be starting up fairly soon!

COME ON SUMMER!