Monday, February 22, 2016

Pantry Organization

I want you guys to know something: I'm crazy. Oh, you already knew that? Well I mean in a specific way, I'm crazy about clutter. Ask Justin. If something sits around for too long and doesn't find a specific home, it will end up in the trash. This could mean anything. Bills, letters, lamps, whatever. And then sometimes I'll make a donation run and four months will go by and I'm all, I really wish I wouldn't have donated that item because I really need it right now...

I'm not saying my home is Martha Stewart perfect, but as for the clutter the motto in our house is, if it doesn't have a home, it's going in the trash/donation pile. Justin knows when I pile things up on the counter and stick a sticky note with his name on it I mean business. Some folks are ok with stuff stacked on top of the fridge or wherever, but not this chick.

With that being said, my pantry was trying to kill me recently. This picture I'm about to show you are what nightmares are made of.


I mean I really can't deal with this. Not even a little. 

When we moved into our house we didn't have a pantry at all. (New England houses are weird like that) Before I had too much time to cry and complain and throw a BF, as one does, it was Justin to the rescue. He took advantage of the space under the stairs and built some shelves for me. That man rocks my world! :p I would never have found enough room for everything in our kitchen cabinets so this was amazing to me. Now that I cook almost every day, it started getting obnoxious to find certain spices and ingredients. I vowed after the first of the year to organize this space so I could find everything easier and so everything had a home. Mission accomplished! I love this pantry now. If you've been wanting to organize something but have yet to tackle it: JUST DO IT! I hope you read that in your best Shia LaBeouf voice. ;) (If you don't know what I'm talking about, do yourself a favor and google it. You can thank me later)

Here are the afters:

 Nothing too fancy, but it totally works for us. I originally planned to use a fun wallpaper behind the shelves but I was not very frugal with this project, so I called it quits. I think I got to the point of crazy/no return, I didn't care how much money I spent, I just wanted an organized space. I've seen some bloggers wrap cardboard boxes with fun paper and call it a day, but I wasn't feeling it. I wanted a space that I really loved and just decided to go for it. Although I will say this, the organization products were all found at homegoods and they were a heck of a lot cheaper than buying from Target, so I did save a little from there. You can usually count on me to be cheap frugal with projects but in this situation I would have really had to compromise quality (and pretty looks!). This might sound like the worst advice ever, but sometimes you just have to go for it. Spend the extra money and get what you love instead of spending a little and hating it down the road. I've learned over and over in the last year that you really do get what you pay for.

The whole project cost around $250
Paint-Already had
Crates and baskets-Homegoods/Marshalls/TjMaxx
Organization canisters/popup containers-Homegoods/Marshalls/TjMaxx
Labels for crates and baskets-Target dollar spot
Spice holder-Homegoods/Marshalls/TjMaxx
Glass spice (currently on sale!)
(Target has some glass spice jars in the dollar spot currently for $3, you can't beat that!)

This was a labor of love and going in to find what I need to cook with is a breeze. I could barely move after sitting on the ground for two hours with a funnel switching out the spices. My body keeps trying to remind me that I'm not 19 anymore but I'm ignoring it:p

Just for fun here's another before and after before I have to dash off to start dinner:

I'm going to start inviting neighbors in just so I can show off my pantry. Oh yeah, the kitchen is pretty, but have you seen my pantry? Yeah the builtins are ok, but look at this pantry! :p

I hope you all have a great week! Spring is coming!!! Xoxo

Monday, February 15, 2016

How to Become an Author-Kind Of

So Valentine's Day has come and gone and I want to share an actual conversation Justin and I had this year about it:

Last week sometime I mentioned to Justin that I had gotten his gift and I couldn't wait to give it to him. He then said that flowers and candy were a must but he never knew what to get for a gift on Valentines Day. Here's how the conversation went:

J: What am I supposed to get you for Valentine's Day?
B: Nothing really. It's not Christmas. Just something small and thoughtful. No big deal. 
J: Small and thoughtful.....

So do you guys want to know what he got me?

I nearly died. I laughed and told him I would have 100% been fine with flowers and chocolates but man he totally went the extra mile. He knew I ordered a sample of the Kate Spade perfume and loved it so much, he snuck out to get it for me. I was so surprised. It was so sweet. Small (literally, it was a tiny bag) and thoughtful. Oh and funny side note- one year Justin bought me these fancy chocolates and I thanked him but told him I only liked the cheap chocolates (I literally said that) so he could save his money. LOL My mom used to buy us these tiny heart shaped boxes and have them waiting for us at our place at the table every Valentine's Day and for some reason I just love them. They are about the cheapest chocolates out there, filled with fake strawberry and orange cream, but my favorite. Ever since Justin makes sure to get me only Elmer's Chocolate for Valentines Day. :p

For Justin's gift I had a book made from love books and it turned out perfect.

Now who wants to read a story together? Don't worry, it's not mushy gushy. You'll survive. I'll share some of my favorite pages:

 There are a lot more pages, but I didn't want this post to get unbearably long. And besides that, I want Justin to have some all to himself. I feel like I usually overshare on this blog and on social media, and although he never complains the man deserves his privacy. :p

One funny thing about the last page-my favorite inside joke I'll let you guys in on. Justin's middle name is Nathaniel, but when he switched his license over to MA they printed it Nathanie. Now I call him that all the time. The best part is that the name is making its way around and all of his bills are being sent to him as Justin Nathanie Allen. I CANT HANDLE HOW FUNNY IT IS!!!!

I really love this book. It was a blast to make. You can add as many pages as you want and print it as a hard or soft cover book. It would make the best gift for even the toughest to buy for. I'm definitely keeping it bookmarked!

Our Valentine's Day was really special. It started off with a great worship service which reminded me of one of Justin's favorite best qualities, the fact that he is a man of God. We came home and exchanged gifts, napped, and went to dinner. We talked and laughed and I thought about how lucky I was to be married to my best friend.

I hope your Valentine's Day was just as special!


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