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DIY Storage Ideas

Many people make New Year resolutions. Most people resolve to lose weight or to improve themselves in some way. I, on the other hand, am resolved to cut down on unnecessary items and also to organize my belongings in a simple and stylish way. I have organized my things before, but I am never happy with the results. My past DIY storage ideas have either not been practical or I have found them to be eyesores in my home. It is difficult to find a balance between appearance, practicality and price. However, given the limited amount of space in my small apartment, it is absolutely essential that I find storage and organization solutions that will work for the foreseen future. To that end, I have found of the handiest DIY storage ideas to myself and you de-clutter the home in fashionable and it was only right to share them with our lovely readers.

If you do not have a closet, it can be very difficult to hang up your button-up shirts, belts, ties and dresses in a way that is not embarrassing to bring people into your bedroom. Fortunately, there are a few stylish ways to display your DIY closet. You can buy a few racks, which can be mounted on the wall. Just make sure the design meshes with your other organizational materials.

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Or, you can buy a clothes rack online or from a used clothing store and spray paint in order to make it prettier.

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You can also create your own rack and suspend it from the ceiling using wire or chain.

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Every woman is aware of how much room shoes can consume in a closet. So, when you are without a closet, use a ladder to make shoes easily accessible while keeping them against the wall and out of the way.

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If you do not have room for a dresser and do not wish to hang up all of your clothes, try to utilize that space that usually goes unseen and unused. You can store your folded clothes and belongings in stylish baskets, boxes or buckets underneath your bed.

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Or, you can build or buy a bed frame that accommodates storing clothing within the frame. The bonus of this one is that it keeps your belongings completely out of sight.

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If you do not closet doors or dresser drawers to keep your clothing, but you just d not feel comfortable having your belongings out in plain view, try using a curtain.

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As I said above, the main key to fitting all of your belongings into a small space in a stylish way is by using the underutilized areas. This definitely includes the walls and high up areas. Buy or build shelves, which you can hang high on the wall and store items that you will not regularly need.

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If you are on the top bunk, create storage area with shelves for your water, phone and books.

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If you do decide to buy a storage cabinet, get the most out of it by creating your own storage boxes. Many storage cabinets come for a closet area, which can easily be used to store baskets and boxes. Just use brackets to hold them into place.

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Hope these DIY storage ideas help you have a more stylish and organized home for the new year. If you have any tips of your own, let us know below.


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Wedding Photo Musts: The Bridesmaids

So many elements of weddings focus on the bride and groom – and rightfully so – but this may put you at risk of leaving your closest friends out of many of your wedding photos. This simply will not do when it comes to your best girlfriends – your bridesmaids. After all, they are the women who are so dear to you that you asked them to stand by your side as you made lifelong vows to the love your life. You will want more than the formal post-wedding ceremony wedding party photos to remember them at your big day. You must capture the fun moments, the sweet times, their quirky personalities and above all, your relationships with each one of them. Bridesmaid photos must be unique, because they are.

Make sure your photographer takes bridesmaid photos during special “bridesmaid” moments. Snap photos of bridesmaids as they help you get put on your wedding dress, pray for you, initiate the flower girl into the female comrade, stand beside you at the aisle and watch your first dance with your husband.

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Be sure to also take photos that highlight your relationships with each one of your bridesmaids. This may be done through funny bridesmaid photos that show off their sense humor individually or touching photos that feature how you know your bridesmaids.

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There is no right or wrong way to do it. Just be sure the love is present if your bridesmaid photos, because that is what will last for the years to come as you look back on your wedding photos – well that and the fashion of the day.

 

For more wedding photo musts, check out:

the groom’s first look

the father of the bride’s first look

the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony

the bride’s something blue

the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony

the first kiss as husband and wife

wedding photos with grandparents

the wedding ceremony recessional

 

Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest


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Meghan - January 12, 2015 - 12:16 am

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Make Dinners Easier with Minute® Rice

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The holidays are a stressful time. From shopping for the right gifts to traveling to getting along with the in-laws to the money spent on electricity, the last thing you want to worry about is putting together dinner each night. That is why Minute® Rice sponsored this post for me to discuss quick dinner options. Thankfully, Minute® Rice is here to simplify your dinner plans. With many easy-to-make rice options, Minute® Rice definitely has at least one recipe to help with your dinner plans! In fact, their website contains over 400 recipes using rice (which you can check out here: http://bit.ly/1xCMDae) that can be used for any taste, time and family size. I used instant Minute® Rice as the base of my family meal and it  was the easiest part of my meal, because I was able to make it in just five minutes. To help you get through Christmas more easily, I am sharing one of my favorite recipes, which takes minimal time, is full of veggies, fills you up and it is easy to make it small or large batches. It is perfect to whip together when you have a large family gathering or need to focus on other things, like enjoying Christmas with your family. Enjoy!

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Spicy Fajita Mix

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Ingredients

  • 2 dry cups of your favorite Minute® Rice
  • 1 12 oz can of refried beans
  • 1 lb of meat of your choice
  • 2 bell peppers – color of your choice
  • 1/2 of white onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 10 sprigs cilantro, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 packet of fajita seasoning
  • 1 lemon or lime
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • cheese of your choice, grated
  • salsa, hot sauce for topping

Instructions

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  • Heat a large skillet. Once warm, add your meat to the skillet.Cook your meat thoroughly. Once cooked, drain the excess fat. Add half of the fajita seasoning and cook until the meat is evenly seasoned.

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  • Add the veggies to the skillet and stir it with the meat. Pour the rest of the fajita mix into the skillet. Mix thoroughly. Place lid on skillet and let the meat and veggies marinate. Stir intermittently.
  • Pour the beans into a pot and heat until the beans are warm. Keep the pot on low to keep it warm.

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  • In another large pot, heat two cups of water. Once hot, pour in the rice. Place the lid on the pot. Let heat for ten minutes and then turn off heat.
  • Once everything is cooked, place the meat and veggie mix in a bowl. Place the rice into a bowl. Place the beans in a bowl.
  • Let your family and friends put together their mix as they wish and top it how they wish.

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That’s all it takes! My meals usually take no more than 30 minutes to make and everyone loves it. It pairs well with salads, other veggies and other sides. This fajita mix is easy to customize as well. Enjoy the holidays and have more free time by making quick meals.

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice.


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Wedding Photo Musts: Wedding Ceremony Recessional

Since we discussed the bride and groom’s first kiss as husband and wife in the last post, it is only fitting to discuss what happens right after the “I do’s”: the wedding ceremony recessional. That is the moment bride and groom walking down the aisle as husband and wife as they exit the ceremony. It is their first presentation as husband and wife and it is most definitely a moment that must be captured, so that it may live on forever through photographs.

The wedding ceremony recessional is the classic moment where guests celebrate the the new union by throwing things or waiving things in the air. However, there are many ways for the bride and groom to do the wedding ceremony recessional. Guests may throw rose petals and beach balls or waive streamers and ring bells. The possibilities are endless and change with wedding motif. Regardless of how the wedding ceremony recessional is done, that send off to the wedding reception is a moment that is filled with happiness and excitement. It is a rare moment of the day that involves the bride and groom with all of their guests. It is a moment of delight for both the new couple and the onlooking guests. Sadly, is short lived and therefore the wedding photographer and/or guests must be quick to capture it on camera.

If you are looking for ideas for photograph angles or if you wondering what you should have guests waive or throw at your wedding ceremony recessional, use some of these lovely ideas from other weddings. They are as creative as they are beautiful.

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For more wedding photo musts, check out:

the groom’s first look

the father of the bride’s first look

the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony

the bride’s something blue

the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony

the first kiss as husband and wife

wedding photos with grandparents

 

Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest


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Keep Counters Clean with Rock-it Oil

This post brought to you by Rock-it Oil. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Inspiring Pretty.

Christmas is a time for cooking. Between Christmas cookies to the turkey for Christmas dinner, the kitchen gets a lot of use, but not a lot of love during the holiday season. That is when grime, caked on mess and lasting marks from baking mishaps happen. It can be difficult to get everything cleaned up and looking good after the holidays, and it is nearly impossible to accomplish this during Christmas and New Year.

We are in the midst of this right now ourselves. We have been baking ginger cookies, eggnog cookies, chocolate chip cookies and we have so much more to make, too. The counters are usually dirty and messy and it is hard to find the strength to clean them, because we must scrub them to get them in decent condition once again. I know the struggle. That is why I was happy to hear that I was invited to try Rock-it Oil Stone for my granite counter. This is what my counter usually looks like after baking:

I know it is bad. I think that most mothers know what this is like, though. I decided to try to clean up this mess using Rock-it Oil with a paper towel. Here is what I got:

Then, I used Rock-it Oil again, but this time with a wash cloth.

You can see the immense difference between each photo. Rock-it Oil did the trick with a paper towel, but as you can see, a bit of caked on mess was left on the lefthand side of the counter. With a wash cloth, however, the gunk was gone and my counters were cleaner, darker and shinier. All of this is because Rock-it Oil removes tough dirt, grease and stains and does not leave an residue. It can also be washed away easily with water. It cleans deep down into surfaces keeping them cleaner for longer. And, I love that it is biodegradable and therefore environmentally friendly.

If you would like to learn more Rock-it Oil you can check out the Rock-it Oil Facebook Page. You can also head to your closest Home Depot and find it in the cleaning section. And, Rock-it Oil is curently in the middle of a giveaway! They are giving away $2,000 to one lucky winner to use toward buying their own granite countertop. The contest will end on December 31st, 2014 and the winner will be announced on January 5th, 2015. You can enter to win through the widget below. Good luck!

 

 

Rock-it Oil Stone Giveaway – Upgrade your Kitchen with $2000!

 

 

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