Sunday, November 13, 2016
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Sorry I have been MIA for a couple of months.. I prefer to take my time with posts so I have good or material at all. Instead of rushing and not being inspired. Its all for fun and timely help anyway, right? : )
So, I have mentioned my apartment being undersized due to living in the most wanted state in America, aka Cali-forn-IA.. And what I think is a pretty poppin city by the water.. Yes, we walk to the beach all year round on a daily/weekly :).
What I want to address in this blog is containing clutter in your cabinets. This can happen in a regular kitchen nvm a downsized downright small kitchenette. :) When I saw our living space for the first time, I said, "challenge accepted!" :-) I had seen all the pinterest cutie baby kitchens and thought, "I can do it!" of course this came out a little different than expected. :) almost 2 yrs later and I have finally mastered the tiny kitchen with little money 💰 spent on organizers. Of course, at this point I can buy the containers I want but haven't yet, just have what I bought at the dollar store and not much really…
I think the answer is not necessarily in buying more space with containers. Which this surely can gain you more real estate! But rather in categorizing your cabinets. This came as a revelation through another blog. Which became an endeavor, with happy results! :-)
The spark of inspiration came with a search for what to display on a decorative pegboard. One woman had beautiful teal and pink baking cooking ware on display. Then the same blogger, showed her baking cabinet. At first glance, this could easily be dismissed as I dont have the room for dedicated shelves. But as I did the spatial math of rearraging by categories, I got excited about the potential outcome and benefits! Which I am now basking in lol.. Seriously, every day is like a dream whisking through the kitchen from one cabinet to the other to get what I need. Every moms dream, I think haha. No but I had all but given up on that idea 💡 for a tiny kitchen a month before we leave. I am happy 😄 to announce, I can literally take on any kitchen, that we move into. Haha not a problem! :-D
So how did I get there and where are the pictures?
First, I did the baking cabinet, since it is the cutest 😙. And I wanted to be more inspired to utilize, these kitchen tools I had deemed non-essential to everyday cooking. :( Stuffed in a back box like little Alpaca forgotten under his bed ha :-).
I am happy to say, I have been using this cabinet everyday even though I haven't produced cupcakes yet haha. No rush to prove myself! Haha
Then I used my other main cabinet as the cooking cabinet. When I first moved there, and actually anywhere I have lived I always assumed plates had the place of honor since they are grabbed at every meal! Well rearranging my thinking has proved a better place for my plates than I could come up with before..
The plates cabinet houses the bowls and all the tupperware, cups, bottles and plastic! :) this is a non-baby proof cabinet so maci can play while I do the dishes and its not a bother what she will break or spill :) :-)
My deepest widest cabinets contains refills and extra baking backup since apparently I have collected plenty! :-)
Last of the upper cabinets.. Above the sink, two long high shelves. Are perfect for coffee ☕ supplies and workout pills. Essentially, my hubby's shelves since he is naturally taller than me and I am not a coffee drinker. Although I can still reach it to refill his keurig stand :-).
My pots and pans are in the bottom left cabinet.
While the bottom right drawers have cutlery, bottle tops
Miscellaneous and clingwrap accessories. :)
Bottom drawer is mugs and extra dishware we dont use normally but may pull out for guests. : )
I have one "outdoor" shelving unit for pot lids. Another thing that is fun for toddlers to mess around with. I had tried putting them on the doors , also tried in a plate organizer but am happiest with them all out in the open with their own place because they would fall off the door. And I have too many to fit on one door and I dont room to take up pot space. I have lots of pots naturally, that match the lids! :) it doesnt bother me that maci gets to them and I had previously had for large plastic cups so my kids could get a drink anytime, also in case of some crazy emergency. But their new spot is much nicer and just as accessible! Needless to say, I am thrilled with my new kitchen!!!
If you like this post you may like my new post on a pull out kitchen pantry for cleaning products and bills.. To come!! :-)
Monday, September 14, 2015
We live in a one bedroom apartment. No shame we are ready to move.. but some things that city life brings are not desirable. With a 1 and 2 yr old constantly littering lol and a hard working husband occasionally loitering lol (he's the best!) :-)
Well it can be discouraging, someone who has not lived somewhere small would say it cleans up faster and yes floor day, floor space is cleaned quick.
But with diminishing ground
tables and necessary items
crowding your feet
becomes confusion and stress. :)
Ok a little poetry for whoever stumbled upon this who could use some break in your lines. :)
My entryway - 6 categories
Do it how you like:
Electronics - unused electronics
Deodorant and mints (hubsand)
Dismissal bag is work clothes or outgoing items.
Also flowers and diffuser on welcome shelf that bears one catch-all tray
LV to Dining room is one long stream differentiating but matching and minimal.
As much open space as possible you may assume you have no space to spread out but hiding as much as possible makes you more relaxed when all is well and when it is messy the simplicity of the space will cheer you on to get rid of the pile of clutter in the room.
I chose a pink, mint and gold theme on a completely white canvas. Easy to do in apartments. Since "hospital white" seems to be a necessary evil of a renters complex. With black accents.
The pride of the LV is the center canvases. I have come to appreciate leaning paintings after moving and removing many nails. This look is very relaxed and a clean modern. I'd rather invest in a shelf and switch out pictures that never hang to left. Also, I fit a lot behind them that is surprising to me to this day that my children don't mind leaving alone! Currently stashing albums and kid reads.
The Dining area is all white with navy and white accents with a more orange theme. Pink roses to tie in the LV. The teal compliments this as well, at the other end of the room by the coffee station. The teal takes on a different role next to the blue in the dining room but yet still appeals to the previous/ongoing pattern of the LV.
My coffee station! This painting is by my aunt Esperanza Romero from Spain. The porcelain, Moroccan decor lost its lid thus it became my gorgeous cup holder haha! :-D #neverdone :) the baby trashcan *hides* the used k-cups that make it to the trashcan after being dumped twice. #peace lol.
This works beautifully, sometimes desperation creates.
The kitchen is simply a farmhand with a blue and white classic look. Only accented by perfectly placed yellow flowers. :)
My favorite space saving focal point for the kitchen is the a hidden square containing cleaning supplies and a bills board. You need this in your life, easy to assemble. Worth any investment. Hidden and sleek. These are the items all spaces reject and say, "we have no room or time for you!" Give them a home worth deserving haha a bit satirical but it is what is.
My hallway doesn't bare a ring or a tone. But two doors facing eachother in close juxtaposition. I kept this simple black and swinging between the LV, BDR and BTR. Yes, the bathroom and bedroom also steel away black and white bases! But almost there, not quite yet.
The Linen closet houses my "garage" a much needed storage for anyone trying to stay sane with that apartment in the perfect place but sacrifices those privileges. Another Investment in that peace of home.. homedepot sells, Martha Stewart bins. More times than not, on sale 2 for 2.80. I have 48 a housewarming gift from my mother in law :) she always takes care of me!
Each row is a different color. All of my essentials are in the front and they go double deep. Some labels to consider revamping your perspective, tools, glue-housing tape, velcro, command hooks. Crafts, paint, socks- miscellaneous, son's shoes.
My bathroom is the funnest room of all. With a daring black and white draw with gold accents it only needs one more color! Red! A tapestry woven rug, white rolled towels on a bench giving it the spa I mean sauna feel especially since this the only room spared the ac ugh. #sweat
Crystal candles on the windowsill and a real black curtain on the shower window. Don't go cheap on the most relaxing room of the house. Make this your spa! Or not! Lol
Orchids dress the toilet completing the Oriental touches, black and white overture and
Last but most, my beddy weddy! Haha get it? Get it? Hehe well I like luxe not a snobby shine but rather an elegant statement.
My final resting grounds, literally is green (emerald) grey, black and white with gold accents, won't deny! :-) This came together in a unique way. The dressers were my side table (multifunctional) but not functional until they came together. I created dress boudoir look. When assembled with a great leaning gold mirror, perfumes and make up on the top drawer. :)
This gives the room power not do I only get my neat spot but also my floor is clear for extra toddling space as well as a protective wall for nights when nursing extends past bed time.
Happy, happy decorating!
Saving space all in one place! :-)
Monday, July 27, 2015
So all of this has spoken a lot about husbands but I believe when you put your priorities in the right order the rest works out "and all these things will be added unto you." Personally, it goes God first, husband 2nd, kids third, work fourth and the rest after that. So what that looks like is I acknowledge God in all my ways and he gives the strength and motivation to do what is right. My husband is my number one in life, he comes before any other person, he will be the one "rockin' right beside me" and my kids come before me unless it is a matter of self respect and dignity. Like showering, getting ready for my day i.e. styling myself etc.
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33
Brad Paisley song, "She's Everything"
She's the voice I love to hear
Someday when I'm ninety
She's that wooden rocking chair
I want rocking right beside me
Everyday that passes
I only love her more
Yeah, she's the one
That I'd lay down my own life for
"And the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one flesh." Mark 8:10 NIV
"So God created man in his image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." Genesis 1:27
"The person who doesn't love doesn't know God, because God is love" 1 John 4:8
But God defines love, not man. To clarify on the issue of "love wins".
"Two are better than one" Ecclesiastes 4:9
Monday, July 13, 2015
Then I mininimized my closet you can read that blog from last month! :-) anywhoo I found I like/love purses as a huge price to my outfits I don't mind going hands free if its not matching. But since I don't have money to buy a jimmy choo purse every time , I started at the thrift store I don't like to invest a lot of money until I am for sure. So I found a black leather purse saggy ten dollars. A bright red purse 7$ a bright tan leather purse 3$ all of these I switch out and wear every day: my criteria while I am looking is it the right color ? Is it the right shape? this is important and is it a good quality? Leather etc or easily fixable ... This is the thrift store so don't expect it to be perfect but rather fit the impression you are trying to give off!!!
Now I shall show you my purse collection, and adding to it daily :) :-) not hard to add to when it is only a couple of dollars away and I am sure in time I will spend more on purses I find bring higher quality. :) but right now those are not my priorities! It could be next week but I am happy with what I have right now !
I now enjoy many purses. And look back on this post from a couple weeks back and think wow I am totally normal now! I love my purses and have to have a great purse (matching) every time I go out! I think that May have been what peeved me so bad was the whole doesn't match perfectly/add to your outfit , now it is a main accessory to many of my outfits. I've added a blush and gold Aldo purse as well as a brown Aldo bag. A Jean Neiman Marcus tote and others. All my purses are worth more than I bout them for! Also filling them I have my wallet and phone and any other things that need to tag along. In my wallet I have sample make up so my wallet always has spruce up elements! Baby mascara, perfume and all the essentials for makeup! Happy Toteing and Pursing!
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Minimizing your closet, tips, pictures, video to come and thoughts on whether it is right for you and how too.
To minimize or not to minimize? Maybe you came to this blog, already prepared to downsize just needing tips on how to do it for you... or maybe you are interested in the thought but think you are too wild and free for something as boring sounding as a minimal closet. Let me explain, you don't have to only have 4 black dresses in your closet to be a minimal girl :) (sigh of relief)
That said, let's jump into the potential how to... one YouTuber beautifully explained it as just defining your style and minimizing your closet down to only that. Which makes sense because that is probably what you like. Whether you like it every time you see it on pinterest or you love it every time you see someone wearing it. :) No matter what your style, there is room for you to feel minimal and have a beautiful closet even if you don't get rid of anything. (The idea is storage for stuff you are not ready to let go of or stuff that is not in season) If you have never been able to accomplish the whole winter, summer thing, this tutorial will definitely help you complete and understand the concept more completely :) :-).
So onto the actual doing of where to start in minimizing your clothing and ultimately making your closet feel glam even if all you have to work with is a simple, standard, builder grade closet. Also, if you don't have room for a vanity in your house you can create one in a small closet even if you feel like you barely have room for your clothes. My house has two and a quarter standard closets for four people. Thankfully we are up for an upgrade in that area! We live in socal : ) We trade space for perfect weather all year long. Lol.
OK this is where I started, after how-to researching. I created a pinterest board, and pinned (at first only stuff I was in love with or would actually wear, that fit my style) once I had gathered enough outfits, I observed patterns. Like, surprisingly I learned I preferred hats, shoes and big purses as simple accessories rather than statement necklaces, bracelets and bling! I also realized I opted for shoes that weren't so obvious, like nudes, tans and blacks. I feel like they make more of a statement when they are less visible. But I had to learn that through studieing what I was attracted to, fashion wise. This is probably the funnest part of the process, so enjoy! :-)
Once all was defined I printed a page with 20 outfits summarizing my style with colors as well, and clipped it to a gold clipboard. While I am dressing my mood picks a photo and voila! Or I have a piece I want to wear and I automatically know my favorite colors to go with. Also for shopping, it is easier having exacts in mind, you won't be disatisfied when you get home with your new sale! Happy shopping!
Now it's time for dwindling and weeding down your closet! Working off your new clipboard or pinn-board put clothing that does not fit that criteria in a bag either to go or to store under your bed or what not. The more you do this, the more you will get addicted to leaving out only your favorite pieces or "embracing who you are in fashion" :)
I will be adding photos and a video shortly
Enjoy a peaceful, fashionista and more glam you and closet! :-) :-D