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Moving Essentials – Inexpensive Online Sources

July 11, 2016

Well, we are definitely in up to our eyeballs in packing up our house right now. It’s not an easy job, but I have kind of enjoyed the process. I love going through closets and drawers and organizing things. Packing and sorting has allowed me to purge and get rid a lot of things. Somehow I’ve ended up collecting so much stuff, even though we live in a small house. I’m sure when we move in, I’ll get rid of even more.

As we pack, I’ve been making note of the supplies we’ve been using. I decided I’d make a list of online sources for the essentials for moving and packing. Instead of running all over town for what’s need to pack and move, I’ve hunted down Amazon Prime sources to save myself (and maybe you) time and money.

Inexpensive online sources for moving and packing supplies.

  1. Medium Moving Boxes
  2. Bubble Wrap
  3. Packing Tape
  4. Moving Labels
  5. Packing Paper
  6. Plastic Packing Wrap
  7. Permanent Marker
  8. Padded China/Dish Storage

I’m all for free boxes. Definitely hit your grocery store and even liquor store for wine boxes. We were lucky and were given a bunch from some friends that just moved. But, for some of our more valuable stuff, a good sturdy, clean box seemed like a good idea. I also suggest checking Craig’s List for moving boxes. Often folks will post them there for free.

I’m also a huge fan of the Padded China/Dinnerware Storage Containers. I’ve had a set for many years now and they make packing and storing my dishes so much easier. These inexpensive packages are really a great investment.

Labels are important! Who knows how long it will be till you can get every box unpacked. I recommend making as detailed a list as possible on the outside of the box. And be sure to label which room the boxes are for. These color coded labels make it that mush easier to quickly see which room the box is intended for. Even if you are doing the moving yourself, it will make the job so much faster.

And finally, I LOVE the Plastic Packing Wrap. When I package up art and frames to move, I wrapped them in bubble wrap and then hold it all together with the plastic wrap.  It works so much better then packing tape and it’s much easier to remove.  It also works really great to hold moving blankets and padding onto furniture.

Anyways, whether you wanted it or not, there’s my 2 cents worth on packing up a house. And for a little update, we have been in escrow for 45 days now.  Ya, that’s a long time, or at least it feels like a really long time to be waiting and wondering if everything is going to come together and work out. To make a very long boring story short, we are hoping to finally hear something today. We have been waiting all this time for an appraisal.  Sure hoping to close this week, especially since my parents and brother are coming to town to help us.


Keep Your Kiddos Busy with Summer Explorers

June 9, 2016

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Summer is here and mom’s and dad’s everywhere are excited that they don’t have to pack lunches and drive kids to school. BUT…….. how do we keep them busy all Summer long and avoid cartoons, devices and video games. We really try to limit screen time, but it takes some creativity to keep kids busy. One thing I’ll be doing with Olivia this Summer is the Summer Explorers series.  My talented blog friend and also real life friend, MJ of Pars Caeli, has created 8 weeks of hands on learning and exploring activities for parents and kiddos aged 3-12. You can purchase just a week of activities or a whole Summer of fun.

Each week explores a different theme. With printables, experiments, activities, crafts and even book and movie suggestions to go with the theme, you a sure to keep those little minds active and entertained.  The first week is now available, and it’s only $8!!!! The theme is On the Hunt. This full week of activities include decoding, hunting, and uncovering hidden messages. Olivia and I looked at morse code (one of this first week’s activities) together and after a little explanation, she was kept busy creating a morse code necklace that spelled out her name.

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The Week’s End – Happy National Donut Day!

June 3, 2016

Well, we made it to another Friday. This one felt like it would never come. Today is the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! End of the school year is so crazy. So many events to attend and everyone is just plain pooped. But, we are on the home stretch.

We are still super busy with selling and buying houses, well just selling one and buying one. It’s amazing how much paper work and stress is involved in the process. I’m sure happy this is only the second time we’ve bought a house ever.  Today we get to go over the home inspection of the house we are buying. I’m hopeful that there won’t be anything big to fix and I’m just excited to be in the house again. I drive by it multiple times per day, but it really is on my way to anywhere. My kids call me a creeper, because I slow way down so that I can get a good look at the place each time we pass. We are so excited!!!!

Now to celebrate this Friday, be sure to include a donut or a dozen in your day. It’s National Donut Day and I’ve found some fun donut recipes for you. If today wasn’t so crazy, I’d be making donuts for sure (probably these Chocolate Chipotle Cake Donuts). It’s a messy, but totally satisfying job. And also a guaranteed way to make friends.

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The Week’s End

May 27, 2016

Well, you may have seen on my Instagram or snapchat (I’m oleanderandpalm), but we put our house on the market Monday morning! Last week Thursday, we saw a house that we really really loved (I’ll share more about that when I have the keys in my hands), so we decided we wanted to try to go for it. So, Friday we started the process of listing our house and by Monday morning it was on the market. We made an offer on the house we wanted, contingent upon us selling our house and by Wednesday we were in escrow! Holy Cow, that was FAST. But, needless to say, it’s been a crazy week. And hence the blog has been ignored. Showing a house, finishing up a laundry room (which I really wish I wouldn’t have tackled now) and signing soooo many papers took every minute I had.

It’s been a whirlwind of emotions this week. Monday I cried because I wasn’t sure I wanted to leave my cute little house, Tuesday we stressed that we wouldn’t get the house we wanted and then we’d be living in Riley (our vintage trailer), Wednesday we were pumped about the possibilities, but tried to remain cool, Thursday we were in shock, and today we are soooo excited for this new adventure.

We have been itching for some sort of change or adventure. We are only moving a few blocks away, but it feels good to have a new chapter in our lives. You guys, it’s an old house and there’s lots of blogging material. I can’t wait to tell you about this new, old house.

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And for your weekend, some reading I think you shouldn’t miss:

Happy Friday and I hope you have a fantastic long weekend!


The Week’s End

April 29, 2016

Another week has come and gone and sheesh was this a jam packed one! Monday was spent all day painting the studio (which is almost done!). Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday involved a lot of styling and taking pictures.  I love opportunities that allow me to create and capture. Photography has long been a love of mine, so any chance I can work on improving my skills behind the camera and in the editing room, I’m happy to have. There’s so much I don’t know and sometimes I wish I had time to take a few more photography classes to improve me skills.

And……. all week long I’ve been battling super sensitive, and irritated skin (I over share on snapchat if you are interested – I’m oleanderandpalm there). But, I’m doing a treatment to take care of a bunch of pre-cancerous spots on my skin. I’ve been treating my forehead, temples and chest. This treatment has taken me down this week. It’s really quite painful and not to mention super ugly. The doctor warned me that it would probably give me flu-like symptoms and I’m pretty sure it has. I’ve tried to stay hidden in my house, but it’s not always possible. I feel like I have to explain to everyone why I look so terrible, it’s been a humbling experience that for sure. Anyways, enough about that.

But, the weekend is here! And I couldn’t be happier. I need a morning to sleep in (past 7 am preferably). But, the in-laws are coming next week, so I’m sure this weekend will involve quite a bit of cleaning. I hope you have some fun weekend plans to look forward to.

If you missed some of this week’s posts, be sure to check out my Homemade Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars, some fun Bath Linen Combinations, and black interior doors might be in my future.

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Here’s a few posts that I found interesting this week, you should probably check them out as well:

Happy Friday Friends!


The Week’s End

April 22, 2016


Well, it’s been a busy week. The studio is far from finished. I still need to finish painting a couple more walls and then I can start getting things organized. I’m an all-in girl and halfway or half-hearted just doesn’t work for me. So, I’ll be burning the midnight oil tonight to get the space put together. This has been a week of ups and downs. Some great highs and so kind of super lows. Being self-employed is no joke.

Here’s some fun posts to check out this weekend:

We are going camping Saturday night! I hope you have some fun weekend plans ahead of you.



The Week’s End

April 15, 2016

Well, this has been a busy and successful week for me. I launched my brand new newsletter. If you haven’t signed up – please do! And I have some big news, I’m moving to a bigger better studio space.  I’ll share pics very soon, it’s got KILLER windows and loads of natural light! It’s actually almost 5 times bigger then the space I have now.  I’m really excited. It’s a bit of a risk, but I feel like you have to take some leaps of faith to have success.

The Parker Hotel, Palm Springs


I’m pretty sure I’ll be working all weekend, again. But, sometimes having work is a really good thing. I think I like being busy, actually I know I like being busy. So if you aren’t busy this weekend, here’s some fun projects you should check out this weekend:

Happy Friday Friends!


The Week’s End

April 8, 2016

If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat, you probably saw that I was in Palm Springs for a couple days this week. I was lucky to be part of a fun blogger bash, we called it the #sagrarosoiree. It was a relaxed get together of some of my favorite DIY bloggers. We had no schedule or agenda, just a time to connect with like-minded folks and recharge our creative juices. We took a lot of pictures, talked shop, ate yummy things and sat by the pool (all some of my favorite things to do).

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Just look at how fun and colorful we are!


Back Row – A Bubbly Life // Lovely Indeed // Studio DIY // The Crafted Life // The Proper Blog

Front Row – Homey Oh My // Sarah Hearts // Almost Makes Perfect // ME

Image Credit: Jeff Mindell

Here’s some great posts to check out this weekend:

Happy Weekend Friends!

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Black Plants

April 1, 2016

I’ve been loving all things black lately. I’ve shared black exteriors, black cabinetsblack fireplaces and black entryways. And if you are not ready to commit to painting a whole wall black yet, this easy DIY can be a great place to start. Chic, modern black plants make a beautiful addition to any space.

Unlike green, which comes in so many varieties and variations, flat black paint it guaranteed to go with any decor or color scheme. I’ll say it, “Black is the new green!” Plants, flowers, cactus, and even succulents get a quick, minimalistic makeover with an even coat of black spray paint.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • plants and flowers (any size or shape)
  • drop cloth or newspaper
  • a can of flat black spray paint

Make sure the plants are dry and not dusty. In a well ventilated area, give the plants an even coat of spray paint. Allow to dry completely and the apply a second coat if necessary.  Note: You don’t want any of the bright, lively green peeking through.

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So, what do you think? What plants and flowers can you see yourself painting black? Doesn’t black feel so much cleaner and more current then green?

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Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival

March 31, 2016

Last week we made a quick trip south to Knott’s Berry Farm. I haven’t been there since I was a kid. From now until April 3rd the Boysenberry Festival is on! So if you are in Soun, this would be a great place to spend the day. There’s special live entertainment and Boysenberry flavored EVERYTHING!  We spent a fun filled day enjoying rides and tasting all the Boysenberry Bites. Knott’s Berry Farm knows how to food you guys.

Knott’s is great, it’s a low key, not overly crowed amusement park.  And there was big, fast rides for my older two and lot’s of fun little kid rides from Olivia.

Boysenberry Flautas

Boysenberry Flautas

The best way to experience the Boysenberry Festival is with a Boysenberry Bites Tasting Card. For only $25, the tasting card includes generous portions of six delectable treats:

1. Boysenberry BBQ Short Ribs at Spurs Chophouse
2. Spicy Boysenberry BBQ Wings
3. Fried Alligator Bites with Fries & Boysenberry Aioli at Sutter’s
4. Boysenberry BBQ Meatballs near Churro Factory
5. Boysenberry Panna Cotta with Almond Crumble at Ghost Town Bakery
6. Boysenberry Dessert Flautas at Ghost Town Grub

Plus there lots other fun Boysenberry treats throughout the park, like Boysenberry donuts the size of your head and Boysenberry Cotton Candy (oh yes!).

Boysenberry Panna Cotta

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Boysenberry Donut

This is Southern California at it’s best! The days are warm and sunny and the evenings are cool. I had a lot of fun just taking pictures of all the beautiful flowers that were in bloom around the park. I enjoyed capturing all the pinks and purples everywhere.

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Boysenberry Short Ribs and Rice

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Thanks Knott’s Berry Farm for having us for a fun-filled day!