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Book 4 Done! On to Book 5๐Ÿ“š

Hello everyone!
So I just wanted to share the completion of my 4th Smashbook and the start of my 5th. I’ll be completing almost half of the 5th book once I buy prints from Mpix.com they have perfect sizes for smashbooks and they’re inexpensive! Here’s a few pics of the fourth book! I used the Simple Orange Smashbook by K & Company.

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And here’s the fifth! I’m using the Pretty in Pink Smashbook by K & Company.

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I’ll be posting the completed book just as soon as it’s done!
Hope you all enjoyed!
Xoxo K

First Night in a new home! Pictures and tips!!

Hello all!
So this passed few weeks has been crazy! And just four days ago in particular my wonderful man and I took an impulse trip down to Ohio, where we will be living for 1.5-3 years, and we took a few boxes of miscellaneous items with us. The car ride from Michigan roughly takes 3-4 hours so it’s a bit of a hike.. Well, a 270 mile hike (lol). But nevertheless he tirelessly drives and we arrived at our home shortly before two in the morning. And instead of falling onto the floor where I made a makeshift bed for us, we decided to spend a few hours unpacking and organizing. Which worked extremely well and I’m glad we did it. Here are some pictures of what we have so far!

Here are our couches. Older, used, and with a strange color, are nonetheless comfortable couches. No odors so for starters, they’re perfect.

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Our living room table, bigger than what the picture lets on. And the dining room table which is all too familiar with me. As it’s an exact replica of my beloved grandparents old table.

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Here are some pics I snapped and edited of the outside!

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Also, here’s a pic of my makeshift bed! In our bedroom of course:).

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Our move in day is set for September 1st, which is only two days away! So exciting!

Here are some tips I picked up in the process of all this craziness:

Pack early!
The moment you find out, start going through and throwing out the stuff you no longer use, pack what you’re keeping and make a list of everything you still need. Packing early will reduce stress as the move in date arrives. You’ll have a lot to worry about when the day comes.

Do not pay for boxes!
There are plenty of places you can call and have them save you boxes throughout the day. Ask specifically for them to be broken down for you. Ex. Walmart, Kroger, CVS, McDonalds, etc..

Buy things you need for your new home in advance and never all at once!
Take your time looking for things to use in your home, make physical lists and determine what you can get later and what you need immediately. Look everywhere for the same thing, you will find the cheapest prices that way. And choose basic stuff for your first move out. You’ll have a job so you can save up for nicer things that last longer.

Measure your furniture!
Look up the measurements of your new home, or even go see it. And measure the walls and dimensions of the rooms. Plan in your head where everything will fit.

Save your money!
If you’re moving to a new city or state and you don’t have a job lined up for you for any reason. It happens, just save your money. Incorporate food, bills, and emergency expenses such as car damage, breaking something while moving, hurting yourself by accident, pets, toiletries, and if you forgotten get something you need. That way you’ll have the “wiggle room” to do that without losing out on something else of equal importance.

Do your research!
If you’re moving states or countries it is extremely important to do your research on where you will be living. Look up crime rates, school reviews, and laws to help determine how safe your area is. When you visit down there beforehand, ask strangers who live there, such as your neighbors, what it’s like to live down there and how things work. Get comfortable with the area and look around.

Always have a Plan B and Plan C
Your family may agree to helping you, but just in case you should always have a plan b. Save for a uhaul or other moving company to help you. You never know when someone might flake on you.

Relax!!
Moving is so stressful and the best thing you can do for yourself, your relationship (if you’re moving in with your girlfriend or boyfriend),
Hope you enjoyed!

Xoxo K

Smash Book 3, Completed! Onto book 4..

Hello all! So today, I finally finished me third smashbook/scrapbook. As stated in my previous post, they go in 6 month increments. This one looks like this ๐Ÿ™‚

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The outside I decorate lightly, just to give it some personality. And here’s a few pages from the inside.

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I try to keep each page in chronological order and to only take up to two pages for each batch of photos. I take photos whenever he’ll let me (lol). Whether it be out to dinner or to the movies, our anniversary or having a lazy day. I try to capture as many good moments as possible without going overboard. I use double sided tape from the dollar store to tape my pictures to the pages. And, often times, I plan my pages using sticky notes. The prints themselves I get off of Mpix.com. I get the 3.5×5 prints usually but if I post a picture of it on Instagram I get the 4×4 prints. Both of which are .29 each. Decorations I strictly use stickers, as other embellishes will cause the cover to bend dramatically (a mistake I made my first book). I also use washi tape to tape pictures together. And also I use leftover sticker wrappers as pockets for multiple pictures.

As for my fourth one, I’ve taken enough pictures this past month to continue onto the next. lol oops.. So I’ve chosen the Simple Orange SmashBook for my next one. See here:

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I’ve already completed 8 pages in it!๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Hope you enjoyed!

Xoxo K

DIY Succulent Terrarium: First Attempt- Project 2โ˜‘๏ธ

Hello all!
So these past few days I’ve been looking into something called Terrariums. Which is somewhat of a mini indoor greenhouse:) So I decided to make it one of my projects. So project 2, Done! Out of all the posts I’ve seen about DIY Terrariums, this one is the best. The tips are helpful and she explains why you should do things. Ex.

“Tip#2 Don’t skip the charcoal step. It will keep your soil fresh.

Now, following her instructions, this is how mine turned out ๐Ÿ™‚

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I got the jar from Michaels for about $6, along with the black stones.
I got the Panta Plant (small one-$3) and the Rainbow Cactus ($5) from Meijer in the floral department along with the Cactus soil ($4). The active charcoal was harder to find as the only form they had it in was pill form($8). That was the most expensive thing though so that was okay. I also got a smaller jar and rocks from the dollar store (not pictured).
Step 1:Put stones in jar (about 1inch high, for drainage)

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Step 2: Put charcoal on rocks. Now for this step, it got extremely tricky. The charcoal only came in capsule form so I had to break each capsule of pure charcoal powder. Needless to say it got messy. I used 9 capsules.

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Step 3: Put in dirt. Now this step got messy and I didn’t want to touch my camera so here’s the finished product! I ended up using the other jar due to the plants not fitting together.

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A big thanks to her and to the many other bloggers who have shared their knowledge.

Hope you enjoyed!

Xoxo K

DIY Project Challenge. 4 Projects in 1 Month!

Hello everyone!!
So today I woke up and, with the knowledge and excitement still flowing inside me from yesterday’s day trip to Dayton, OH. I decided that I was going to repurpose a few things that I’ve been packing away for the move!
So I created a challenge: Go on Pinterest and pick four projects you’ve been wanting to do. Three easy ones and a fourth more difficult one. Make a list of all supplies needed, save pictures of the tutorials and websites and complete all projects(even if it doesn’t turn out right) and post evidence of them on any social media sight (blogs included).
So I’ll show you mine ๐Ÿ™‚
Projects:
Painted Mason Jars/Vases

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Apple Canvas Painting (For the kitchen)

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End of the bed Bench with storage.

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4.Worktable that folds into a picture frame.
Tutorial Here

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For the first three projects I have a few of the supplies needed. So here’s my summarized list:
-canvas (any size)
-acrylic paint
-plywood
-staple gun
-fabric
-foam

Throughout this next month I will be periodically posting my progress๐Ÿ˜

Hope you enjoyed!

Xoxo K

Incredible DIY

Hello๐Ÿ˜€ So I found this incredible project on Facebook and I just needed to share with you how amazing this guy did making this. He had no prior experience and, through trial and error, he made something amazing. Here you go!

He didnโ€™t have any experience, but this man had the courage and willpower to build something with his bare hands instead of settling for โ€œbuyingโ€ what he wanted. He settled on building a small, pull-behind camping trailer. It took nearly two months (and a LOT of guesswork) but the final result is cool. You canโ€™t tell an amateur built it.

He began by purchasing a small trailer.

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Then he built it literally from the ground-up, adding a floor so he could install insulation.
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The sides were cut out, not for the frames.
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He wasnโ€™t sure how to properly build a frame, so he just started adding wood around the walls.
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Then, winged adding frames for the doors.
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Added the curved pieces to the frame
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Began adding the electrical wiring (once again with no experience)
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Then, it was time for more insulation.
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Adding the roof support.
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Then, cutting into the new roof to make space for the vent fan.
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(For no experience, this sure is coming together really well.)
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Adding the doors.
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Onto adding exterior insulation
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Although the kitchen came together nicely.
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Hope you enjoyed!

Xoxo K

Bonding with your Significant Other

Hello everyone!

Tonight I wanted to discuss spending time with your significant other.
Studies show that happier couples often engage in bonding time. Little activities to do together. Here are a few things you can do to spend more quality time with the one you love:

-swimming
-sports
-painting
-karaoke
-have a show
-makeup tag
-taking pictures
-drinking
-visit a museum
-watch a movie

My boyfriend and I spent our night watching television, listening to music, eating and my favorite part, mint masking! ๐Ÿ’

Hope you enjoyed!

Xoxo K