Professional Organizer Chris Stone of NeatlyDesigned.com and I ALWAYS have fun when we get together to do a Clear The Clutter video! (Extra Bonus For Me – I also get to clean up part of my house!) Here, we take you through the process of organizing and storing your photos.
With concerns of the Zika virus spreading during the summer months, I wanted to address one way to prevent mosquitoes in our gardens and back yards. Specifically for those who love to have bird baths and fountains running in our gardens. My recommendations are not meant to replace, in any way, the constantly updating recommendations of the Centers For Disease Control (CDC). For complete and updated information, check out the CDC website (Click Here).
FYI – A running fountain is a deterrent to mosquitoes (they don’t want to land and lay eggs) –but if that motor stops and water becomes stagnant, even for a few days, it can become a breeding ground!
Ok, I admit this is kind of an unusual post for me. (And it is NOT a sponsored post!) But I view it as a summertime public service announcement (PSA) for all of us who don’t have a thigh gap. What is a Thigh Gap? Barbie is here to illustrate:
I was inspired to do this post while on a college tour with my youngest. It was extremely hot and humid, and my skort (skirt with built-in shorts) was not keeping my thighs from rubbing together! Talk about uncomfortable! So when I got home, I decided to find out how to prevent that chafing. My friends who are runners & bikers probably know this already, but it was all new to me!
So if you, like me, are not aware of how to stop the bane of summer, enjoy and learn! You are welcome!
I LOVE photos of my family (If you doubt it, check out this#ClearTheClutter video I did with professional organizer Chris Stone of NeatlyDesigned.comon how to reduce the number of photos you have!)! So it was a natural progression for me to create a photo wall in my home!
The Diva’s Simple Tips To Create A Photo Wall:
Create A Photo Wall That Appeals To You!
Choose A Unifying Theme (For My Wall, I Chose Black Frames)
Give Yourself Time!
Display More Than Photos – This Provides Visual Interest!
Use Different Types Of Photo Formats
Arrange Photos On Wall First – Keeps You From Making A Million Holes In Your Wall!
Close-Up: Here is a close-up of my favorite frame, which has the photos “floating” between two difference panes of glass – giving depth to the photo collage!
Succulents add a touch of greenery and texture to any room, whether indoors or outside! While In California on a recent trip, I was inspired by these cute, textured pots that held little succulents, so I took a photo:
I used this photo to find inspiration to recreate the look, but more tailored to my home style.
I was lucky enough to stumble upon some adorable, textured mercury glass candleholders at West Elm. (If you aren’t familiar with the store, you can check them out here: West Elm Mercury Glass Candleholders) So, I used them as pots!
So these little guys are perfect indoors:
Worth Noting: West Elm deserves a little recognition for support of local, small businesses and entrepreneurs! They sponsor something called West Elm Local, where they invite selected, local creators of handmade items into their stores to sell their products! (For More Info – West Elm LOCAL).
When I went into their Jacksonville, FL store, they had 6 different merchants there, selling handmade items like soaps, baked goods, essential oils and more. They also happened to have someone selling handmade cement planters that were formed by using recycled materials! Of course, I bought one! Check Out Green Crete’s most recent work on Instagram.
I live in the south and in the early spring, we start to see armadillo holes all over our yard – AND going under our home’s foundation! Not good! Then I discovered this natural and humane way to stop them from digging. It is safe for your pets, it does not involve chemicals, and best of all, it is inexpensive!
I love fresh cut flowers, so when I checked on Pinterest how to make flower bouquets last longer, I couldn’t believe the variety of tips! So, I decided to Put Pinterest To The Test and test out the top three suggestions! And here are my results: