things I want

The subject of this post is pretty simple; things I want.  I have found tons of products that I’d love to have for one reason or another, and I’m going to list many of them here.  Some of them I want right now, but don’t really need it or can’t afford it.  Some things I know I’ll want down the road when I have a home, or kids.  Some things are useful, and some of them are just fun.  Some have links (click the photo) some do not.  So here goes 🙂

1 – Mr. & Mrs. Pillows – Since I’m getting married in less than a year and half, everything Mr and Mrs is on my mind.  I can probably make these for myself, but they are seriously just so cute and fun.

 

2 – This gorgous laundry room – need I say more?

 

 

3 – This couch – I love that you can have it be a bit more normal, by pulling out the square sections, or you can just be in a big pile.  Great for cuddling with the fam 🙂

 

4 – Name etched glassware – I love this so much, and I love that it includes a tutorial.  I am going to make a set once I get…

 

5 – A cricut – I want one of these so bad!! It would make crafting so much easier, and I could do so many things.  I could totally use it for my business; creative packaging, great gifts for my clients, etc.  I’m asking for one for my next birthday!

 

6 – Beautiful Cake Stand – This one is so pretty, and I love the top to cover it.  Love love love!

 

7 – Batter dispenser – so slick and easy!

 

8 – Photography Assistant Onsie – my child will own/wear this.  no questions.

 

9 – Organized gift wrapping supplies – I want this so bad, or at least something along these lines.  Keep it super organized, but accessible.

 

10 – an Ipad, and this sweet typewriter – I would love to have an ipad, because I know how wonderful and useful it would be.  The typewriter is probably less necessary, but oh well.

 

That’s all I have for now, though there are many more things in this world that I’d love to have.  I know I’m not alone in that either.

-Meghan

organize tea in jars

I’m a huge fan of tea.  I don’t mind the normal cheap kind, but sometimes it’s nice to have a cup of good tea.  A little while ago a new tea store opened up in Lincoln called Teavana.  It’s kind of expensive, but for my birthday (awhile ago) I decided to buy myself some tea.  At the time, I’d been sick for a couple of weeks and a good cup of tea was all I wanted.  So I bought a little bit of three different kinds.  They give them to you in paper sacks, and you’re supposed to put them in these metal containers for storage.  Problem; I didn’t have any and wasn’t about to spend more money for them.  So I keep the tea, each in it’s little baggy, in a tupperware container.  This isn’t ideal, and it took up a ton of space in my cupboard, but it worked for awhile.  However I found this idea on Pinterest!  I bought mason jars (8oz) at walmart, and put my tea in those.  Eventually, I plan on painting the top of each jar with chalk paint, and using chalk to write the name. For the time being (because I don’t have chalk paint or time) I just used a sharpie to write the name of the tea.

These are Peach Momotaro, Blueberry Bliss, and Moroccan Mint.

I’ve been wanting to do this project for awhile, and I’m so glad that I finally did it!  It saves a ton of space in my cupboard, and is much better for the tea.  It took very little time to do, but not only does it save space, but it looks nice.  The rich colors, and textures are kind of fun, and would be easy to display as well as use.  At this point, with my current living situation, this isn’t an option, but someday maybe.

-Meghan

almost instant muffins

When I was going through my cupboard and found this mix for muffins.  I’m honestly not sure where it came from, but I noticed a muffin mix that was in a plastic tube, instead of the usual box.  I pulled it down, and after reading the instructions decided I might as well make them.  I have no idea if they are going to be any good but I made them anyway.

The instructions are as follows:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Shake well for 15 seconds
  3. Add 1/2 cup of water
  4. Shake well for 60 seconds
  5. Pour into cupcake pan (that has either been sprayed or has liners)
  6. Bake for 15-17 minutes
  7. Done

This entire thing took me 20 minutes, tops, and most of that time I was off doing other things while they were baking.  Now, while I was pouring batter out of this plastic tube and into my pan I thought about this process.  Sure it was quick, and easy, but was it really something I wanted to do all of the time?  Part of the reason I love baking so much is because it’s fun to do the process start to finish.  Not to mention, I feel like I’m cheating.  Pouring water, and shaking, does not constitute baking in my mind.

I’ll be giving these to my sorority sisters when I see some of them tomorrow.  I figure if they’re bad, they can just not eat them and I don’t be upset about it.  I might try one first, just to make sure.  I’ll keep you posted 🙂

-Meghan

UPDATE: so these actually turned out to be pretty good.  And I saw the mix at Walmart the other day!  Definitely worth it for some quick muffins 🙂

great way to collect addresses

So I have begun really planning my wedding.  I’ve picked my photographer, and my fiance and I have visited four potential venues.  Another thing that we’ve started working on is getting our guest list done so that we have a better idea of numbers.  My mom suggested that I create an excel document with last name, first name, number in party, number of kids, address, and check boxes for save the dates, invitations, and thank yous.  I knew that eventually I’d have to collect all of the addresses of my friends and family, and it wasn’t something that I looked forward to.  I get messages on Facebook, and texts all the time from friends who are getting married, and I knew that someday that would be my fate.

However I found a super awesome site that helps you collect addresses!!!  It’s called Postable, and after you make your free account, you send a link to your family and friends and they can input all of the information.  This is what they see when they follow your link:

Then, after you have had people fill out the form, it goes into your personal contact list.  From here, you can add some yourself (of the people who may not be as tech savvy) and export it into excel (which will be great because then I can easily add it to my current master list).

It’s seriously so easy and it takes moments to set up and send out.  I can’t wait to start getting info from my friends and family!!!

-Meghan

cake batter brownies

I have been eyeing this recipe on Pinterest for a very long time.  I finally decided I was overdue on some baking time, and I already had all of the supplies I needed to make these delicious brownies.  I do need to give credit to where I found this recipe though, another blog by the name of Girl Meets Life.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the cake mix and sprinkles in a large bowl.  Then mix in the oil and egg.  Add the milk slowly just until the batter is combined – you want it to remain as dense as possible.  Place better in a greased 8×8 pan or 8-inch cake pan (I didn’t have any non-stick spray, so I personally used margarine).  It is going to be super thick when you pour it into the pan.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or just until the edges turn golden. Let cool for 20 minutes before cutting because the gooey center needs to set.  The result will be a decadent, cake-batter texture.

The cake box and the sprinkles.

What it looks like before adding milk.

You can see how think this is!!

These are seriously so good!  I gave them to my fiance and his friends the next morning, and they devoured them 🙂  The few in the very middle were super gooey, but I attribute this to the fact that I used a casserole dish (I couldn’t find my cake pan) and my ridiculously bad oven.  They still tasted amazing though!!

-Meghan

diy cake stand

This is probably the easiest diy ever.  I like to bake, and I’ve always wanted a fun cake stand for my cakes, cookies, and the like.  I saw this somewhere awhile ago, and I’ve been meaning to do it forever.  First, I went to the dollar store and bought a candle holder and large plate.  I marked the bottom of the plate with a pencil to make sure it was centered (notice the label is not centered in the image below).  Then I hot glued the candle stick holder to the bottom of the plate.  Done.  See, it was seriously so easy!!!

You could make a ton of these, some smaller and others bigger so you could stack them.  I decided to go with the white plate and clear candle holder, but if you want you could totally have some really fun colors.  Target has some really neat plates sometimes, that you can buy in different sizes and colors but one at a time (instead of sets).

Remember, because it’s made with hot glue, you have to be careful when washing.  I am not sure that it would be a great idea to wash this in the dishwasher, because the head might remelt the glue.

Keep tuned in, and my next post will include me showing off this bad boy with some great sweet treats 🙂

-Meghan

diy headband holder

Headbands are one of those things that aren’t easily stored.  I have a few that really can’t be laid down flat either, which makes it even more difficult.  So I decided to make this nifty headband holder!  First, you start with an oatmeal container.  You can either cover it with paper, or you can paint it.  In retrospect, it would have probably been easier/better to use the paper because it would less likely get scratched or chipped, and I wouldn’t have to wait for the paint to dry.I decided to paint it with basic black acrylic paint.  Because it is a bit glossy it took two coats of paint.  Be careful when you’re painting not to get paint on the upper ridge of the container (like I did, you can see it on the left side the image below) because then when you use the lid later it will peel off.

After it was completely dry, I took a candle holder (that I bought at the dollar store) and hot-glued it to the bottom of the container.  After it dries, your done!!

Now you can place your headbands around the container, and the rest of your hair stuff inside!  It gives you tons of storage and just sits nicely on your counter.

This project was so cheap and easy.  If you buy oatmeal to eat (which you should because it’s wonderful and really good for you) then the container is free, and I got the candle stick holder for $1!  A great way to organize your headbands for seriously only $1; that’s something totally doable for anyone, even on a low budget.

-Meghan

 

diy scarf hanger

We all have scarves, and many of us don’t know what to do with them.  I saw this on a blog awhile ago (I don’t remember which one), but changed it up a little bit for myself.  This is a super easy and inexpensive DIY project you can do to store and organize your scarves.  First, you start out with a hanger, and shower rings.  You can also use key-rings if you’d rather; it gives you more spots, but they are smaller, so it’s really up to you.

Next you will take each one of the rings, and hot glue them to the hanger.  I started in the center and worked my way out so that I knew it would be even.  This isn’t permanent, but it will hold them in place so you can wrap the ribbon.

After the glue dries, you can begin to wrap it with ribbon.  Glue one end of the ribbon on one end of the hanger, and then wrap in and around the rings all the way to the other end.  I would reccomend also wrapping the rings together, and not just to the hanger.  Make sure that you keep the ribbon tight while you wrap.  When you get to the end, glue it to the hanger, and cut off the extra.

Now you can add your scarves.  I would suggest starting on the outside, and working your way in, so the hanger keeps balanced.  I only made one, but I plan on making more and hanging them next to each other in my closet.  It works so easily and keeps everything so organized!!

Thanks for reading 🙂

-Meghan