Just a Girl Blog https://www.justagirlblog.com A Lifestyle and Design Blog Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:27:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Game Organization https://www.justagirlblog.com/game-organization/ https://www.justagirlblog.com/game-organization/#respond Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:27:34 +0000 https://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=11249 Raise your hand if you have a ton of little games floating around your house. This is me raising my hand over here. I knew I needed to somehow coral them, so I went for the most obvious choice. A diaper caddy. First things first. It doesn’t look like a diaper caddy. Score 1 for […]

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Raise your hand if you have a ton of little games floating around your house. This is me raising my hand over here. I knew I needed to somehow coral them, so I went for the most obvious choice. A diaper caddy.

First things first. It doesn’t look like a diaper caddy. Score 1 for me.

Secondly, it has exactly the right amount of dividers to keep everything separate for me. This way nothing gets lost in the bottom of the bag and it keeps any little accessories I may need handy.

And of course bonus points for the side pockets to store game rules, notepads, and a pen for scoring.

So final score? Three points for me. Which means absolutely nothing because there was no actual game here. But…keeping with the theme was an important element for me. 🙂

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Party Beverage Bag https://www.justagirlblog.com/beverage-bag/ Mon, 31 Dec 2018 20:36:04 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=11192 Happy last day of 2018! I imagine many of you are headed to some sort of celebration, so I thought I’d pop in with one of my favorite purchases lately! This beverage bag from Homegoods is THE best thing I’ve used in a long time! Obviously, it doesn’t have to be the same bag, but […]

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Happy last day of 2018! I imagine many of you are headed to some sort of celebration, so I thought I’d pop in with one of my favorite purchases lately! This beverage bag from Homegoods is THE best thing I’ve used in a long time!

Obviously, it doesn’t have to be the same bag, but the concept is what I love. The outside is adorable (plaid for the win), and the inside has a washable sheen to it. I love it because it’s not bulky like a cooler, but it’s a festive way to transport beverages from place to place!

beverage bag

As you can see, it holds a ton of bottles, and I haven’t even used all the compartments yet! It could hold countless items–water bottles, alcohol, juice boxes for kids, containers for party favors. The possibilities are pretty endless, and I plan on using it a number of ways.

beverage bag for parties

Who knows. Maybe I’m the last person on the planet to discover such a nifty bag. If you’re out shopping, however, and you spot one! Grab it. I love mine! Thanks again, Homegoods! Of course. 🙂

 

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Favorite Things 2018 https://www.justagirlblog.com/favorite-things-2018/ https://www.justagirlblog.com/favorite-things-2018/#comments Mon, 19 Nov 2018 04:12:49 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=11166 Happy Favorite Things week! Ok, maybe not a whole week, but it might feel like it after you finish shopping for everything. So my best friend Sarah hosts a bunch of fantastic bloggers (and me) to share our favorite things this week. It’s a nice way to get everyone excited for what’s to come–holiday shopping. […]

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Happy Favorite Things week! Ok, maybe not a whole week, but it might feel like it after you finish shopping for everything. So my best friend Sarah hosts a bunch of fantastic bloggers (and me) to share our favorite things this week. It’s a nice way to get everyone excited for what’s to come–holiday shopping.

Anyone else singing this song right now?

Sound of Music

Cornel 1801

I digress. Let’s begin!

Favorite Books

Habitat by Lauren Liess

I’ve professed my love (totally not weird) for Lauren before, but her book Habitat: The Field guide to Decorating was a no-brainer purchase for me. I think about what she would do every time I design a room. I pretty much need a “what would Lauren do” bracelet.

Whitney Leigh Morris

If you follow Whitney over at The Tiny Canal Cottage blog, you are just as enamored with her home as I am. Not only is it done so beautifully well, but I’m always intrigued by how she does it so well in a small space. This is my next read, for sure.

Favorite Music

Ok, hear me out. I’m a 45-year old woman in love with Harry Styles. Like, seriously the best album I’ve heard in years. Years, people! I play the whole album on repeat. It certainly makes me realize that you don’t have to be 16 to be a Harry fan.

And to make things even weirder? They have a hoodie of all his tattoos. I didn’t buy it for myself. That would be weird. Would it? Regardless, my daughter has it and gets compliments on it ALL the time.

Favorite Gifts

Ok, these don’t have to be gifts. “It’s more of a “one for your friend; one for you” kind of thing, ya know?

We bought this pressurized growler for my husband for his birthday recently, and it was a HIT! They have different sizes, but he has the largest one. Ya know, for all those parties he hosts.copper growlerAnd this microwave popcorn bowl? Game. Changer. We used to love microwave popcorn until we realized how unhealthy (and toxic!) it is. So we went without–for years. I have purchased this bowl for several people, and they ALL love it. healthy popcorn popper bowl

In full disclosure, I don’t have the next two things, but they are in my cart. Along with 32 other items. #sendhelp #andmoney

Basically, winter is coming in Michigan. That means layers. I love this sweater because it’s cozy without being a messy poncho.  And how cute is this tunic? It comes in multiple colors. Which means I have to decide which one to purchase. Or do I….?

And finally, the best topcoat I’ve ever used on a project goes to General Finishes Topcoat in flat. I wanted something that would not change the sheen of my bookshelves in my new office, and nothing was working. I was trying all kinds of stuff from the store, and then I stumbled on this on Amazon. It is SO good. It goes on beautifully, keeps the true color of the paint, AND is a true flat. Pretty sure I’ve found my “forever topcoat”. 

Well, that wraps up my list, but we are just getting started! Here is the list of bloggers you can look forward to hearing from this week! I’m actually nervous to read ’cause we all know what’s going to happen. Stay strong, will power!
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Home Office Reveal https://www.justagirlblog.com/home-office-reveal/ https://www.justagirlblog.com/home-office-reveal/#comments Sun, 11 Nov 2018 03:05:41 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=11139 WOW. I may be a few days late, but I made it! Our modern home office is 96% done, and in my mind that means done. Six weeks seems like a long time to work on a project until you factor in my full-time job and my lack of energy after I get home from […]

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WOW. I may be a few days late, but I made it! Our modern home office is 96% done, and in my mind that means done. Six weeks seems like a long time to work on a project until you factor in my full-time job and my lack of energy after I get home from said full-time job. Enough about me. How ’bout that room, eh?

wall of bookshelves painted

Modern Home Office

I think it’s only fair that we take it back to the beginning, eh?

And then we built the shelves. Yay for the shelves! They were a game-changer, but man. The room still just didn’t reflect my style as much as I thought it would.

white home office

The One Room Challenge came along and basically propelled that gnawing idea going on in my mind. I needed to do something with this space, and I just needed to bite the bullet. Otherwise known as painting the bookshelves. Say that with echoes, of course.

home office makeover

Can we take a moment to talk about the pain in my butt shelves? Let’s just say this-I am never painting them again. For the rest of my life. Or the rest of human existence. Just sayin’.

diy Ikea bookshelves

They needed to be painted. It had to happen. But I wouldn’t call it 1. the easiest project I’ve ever done or 2. the smoothest. Because we built Ikea shelves, I had to be extra cautious with painting laminate. I did everything right….but it still had its flaws. I’ll come back another time to talk about those.

how to style bookshelves

I have been passionate about travel for years now and have been to numerous countries. But how do you reflect your love for travel without turning your house into a giant display of postcards? Ya don’t. Almost everything in the room is either from one of my travels, or it symbolizes some where I’ve been. Cool!

diy bookshelves

One of the biggest surprises was this wall. I’ve had shelves here for years, but with the bookshelves, it was well…a lot of shelves.

home office shelves

I ordered a large sheet of cork roll (no seams!) and installed it. It was going to be a dead space of sorts, so it was a perfect fit! Stay tuned for how I hung it. It was actually quite easy!

how to install cork board

Painting the bookshelves, painting the dresser, and installing the cork board wall were the hard parts. Once those were done, it was just a matter of decorating to pull it all together.

modern home office

I needed to put years’ worth of travel into this room without it being gaudy. And to be honest, that was the fun part. I gleaned several decor pieces over weeks and weeks (gotta spread that budge out too!), so everything could remain cohesive.

modern bookshelves

I am beyond thrilled with it being finished how it turned out, and I now sit in the room for no reason. I also have tons of things to talk about–including tutorials–but for now, let’s just appreciate that I completed a project within 6 weeks. Not 6 years.

home office black shelves

The source list could be a mile long with 96 square feet of bookshelves, but I’ll do my best to answer those questions for you. Nearly my entire desk area is from World Market, however. This picture is to record the moment the desk was clean. 🙂

World Market office

And of course one of the stars of this whole show is the new sputnik light. I love how bright this room is now, and the light is just stunning. Here’s a little evening shot to show ya.

sputnik light

I’ll certainly be back with all kinds of posts on this room–lots to say–but thank you for following along with it. I’m a procrastinator. If you suffer from the same ailment, perhaps the One Room Challenge is something for you too. Go check it out!

One Room Challenge

Source List:

Bookshelves-Ikea Billy

Dresser-Ikea Malm

Desk, rug, lamp, desk tray, chair-World Market

Cork wall-Bangor Cork

Round mirror-HomeGoods

Sputnik light-Amazon

 

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Fall Porch Decor https://www.justagirlblog.com/fall-porch-decor-2/ Tue, 30 Oct 2018 01:28:51 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=11127 This is what I call “Phase 2” of fall decorating. The first phase starts dying out, and I have to move things around to make them look more alive. The ol’ fall porch decor isn’t easy, people! Perhaps I just make it look that way. 🙂 Fall Porch Decorating List: Pumpkins Cornstalks Mums Dead ferns […]

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This is what I call “Phase 2” of fall decorating. The first phase starts dying out, and I have to move things around to make them look more alive. The ol’ fall porch decor isn’t easy, people! Perhaps I just make it look that way. 🙂

Fall Porch Decorating List:

  • Pumpkins
  • Cornstalks
  • Mums
  • Dead ferns from summer.

It’s a complex list. You may want to write it down. When I used all the mums in the state of Michigan to decorate the back porch for fall, I knew I’d probably have to move them around a bit to get as much life from them as possible. Hence Phase 2.

I almost forgot. Kale, cabbage, and more cabbage for the window boxes leading the way to the porch too!

quick fall window boxes

And lest we forget the back entrance…this arrangement greets my “less formal guests” (aka my dogs) as they come around to the back door.

hay and pumpkin decorating

decorating for fall outside

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Michigan Fall Color Tour https://www.justagirlblog.com/michigan-fall-color-tour/ Mon, 22 Oct 2018 02:21:31 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=11110 It’s that time of year for us in Michigan! That small window between the hot and muggy days of summer and the lengthy, miserably cold, and dark days of winter. Fall, y’all. Michigan knows how to do it! I thought I’d take you on a brief fall color tour of my stomping grounds. It’s nothing […]

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It’s that time of year for us in Michigan! That small window between the hot and muggy days of summer and the lengthy, miserably cold, and dark days of winter. Fall, y’all. Michigan knows how to do it! I thought I’d take you on a brief fall color tour of my stomping grounds.

fall color

It’s nothing fancy, really. I wander around to my favorite spots in town and take pictures. Mother Nature does the rest. It’s kind of like a group project in high school.

Michigan fall

fall trees

fall lake

I took pictures a little late this year, so you may notice a lack of orange/red colors. The orange and red trees tend to shed faster than the yellow. My husband and I took a gorgeous fall color tour on the famous M22 a couple of years ago. These pictures from the trip show you the variation just a bit.

M22 fall colors M22 fall color tour

I hope you’re enjoying your fall! And I hope yours last a lot longer than ours. It’s already getting a little ugly outside.

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One Room Challenge: Week 3 https://www.justagirlblog.com/one-room-challenge-week-3/ Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:26:55 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=11101 Soooo here’s a little explanation for you. I started this room in the spring–as in the SPRING One Room Challenge. Unfortunately, my mom had a massive heart attack, and I had to abandon things for a while. Good news? My mom’s doing much better (yay!), and her health is steadily improving. Bad news? My home […]

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Soooo here’s a little explanation for you. I started this room in the spring–as in the SPRING One Room Challenge. Unfortunately, my mom had a massive heart attack, and I had to abandon things for a while.

Good news? My mom’s doing much better (yay!), and her health is steadily improving.

Bad news? My home office still sits there. Unfinished.

One Room Challenge Logo

What better way than joining the One Room Challenge again to help me get it done? If you’d like to check out why I chose to redo the home office and what the home office plan is going to be, you can check out those links.

Here’s the before…

white home office

And here’s a sneak peek of the after…

I’m not actually trying to be secretive here. I have so much crap piled up in this room, that it would burn your eyes if I showed you the rest of the floor. I’ve been building up my stockpile of items for months to fill up these shelves. And they are all over the place.

In other news, I am starting to pick out some of the finishing touches. I know I want something modern and something pretty flush. 8-foot ceilings don’t give me a lot of leeway when it comes to size. So here are the finalists…

semi-flush lighting

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Hmmmm…wonder which one I chose! Week 4 will have some more definitive updates for you. See you then!

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Fall Porch with Mums https://www.justagirlblog.com/fall-porch-2/ Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:45:31 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=11086 Clever title, eh? Don’t judge. I’m a little rusty at this whole blogging thing. I have so many things to tell you! Backyard remodeled, bathroom refinished–the list is endless. Not really. But it is long. (That’s what she said.) How ’bout that back porch, eh? Clearly, I went with a purple theme this year. It’s […]

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Clever title, eh? Don’t judge. I’m a little rusty at this whole blogging thing. I have so many things to tell you! Backyard remodeled, bathroom refinished–the list is endless. Not really. But it is long. (That’s what she said.)

How ’bout that back porch, eh?

mums on porch

Clearly, I went with a purple theme this year. It’s a seemingly odd color choice for me since I hate the color purple. I know. I have issues.

fall back porch

So how’d I do it? I bought a bunch of mums. 🙂 And then accenting kale, greens, and pumpkins to fill in all the gaps. Not complex, by any means, but you definitely need enough to make the impact.

purple mums

I didn’t even replant them. I kept them in their store containers and tried to hide the bases as much as possible. 25% clever; 75% lazy. Story of my life.

And a final close-up. For good measure.

fall porch mums

 

 

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Halloween Bat Print https://www.justagirlblog.com/halloween-bat-print/ https://www.justagirlblog.com/halloween-bat-print/#comments Wed, 29 Aug 2018 01:51:43 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=11074 Here’s the kind of blogger I am. I made this project THREE years ago. I just realized I never posted it. Please send help. Halloween Bat Print I’m sharing one of my favorite and easiest Halloween projects yet. Seriously, the lack of pictures should support that. I recently visited The Graphics Fairy and got lost in all […]

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Here’s the kind of blogger I am. I made this project THREE years ago. I just realized I never posted it. Please send help.

Halloween Bat Print

I’m sharing one of my favorite and easiest Halloween projects yet. Seriously, the lack of pictures should support that. I recently visited The Graphics Fairy and got lost in all the awesome graphics she offers! I spotted this bat print and knew it had to be mine. I printed out a large picture (20×24) of it from Sam’s club for $8.00.
I went to Lowes and had them cut a few pieces of trim down to size, making sure it hung off the picture edges a couple of inches in order to hang it. You can attach the wood pieces together with the poster stickers like I did, or I found that hot glue works well too. I wrapped some jute/twine around the top two pieces and hung it. Done.
Since I already had the twine and stain, this cost a total of $10.00 and took just a few minutes to assemble (not including stain drying time). It needs to flatten out a bit since the poster was rolled, but it looks pretty darn cool. I love it when I can make a project at little cost and little time!
I’m off to find more projects I spent a bunch of time on and just never did anything with.
Signed,
Rookie Blogger (who’s been blogging for over 1o years)

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A Teacher’s Guide to Back to School Supplies https://www.justagirlblog.com/a-teachers-guide-to-back-to-school-supplies/ Mon, 20 Aug 2018 01:59:14 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=11061 Welp. It’s here. I start back to school this week, and the kids start next week. Here’s my face right now. If you know anything about me, you know I love my job. With a passion. But I don’t love getting up at 6:00 in the morning. And I don’t like teenagers. #themsjustjokes High School […]

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Welp. It’s here. I start back to school this week, and the kids start next week. Here’s my face right now.

girl crying in classroom

If you know anything about me, you know I love my job. With a passion. But I don’t love getting up at 6:00 in the morning. And I don’t like teenagers. #themsjustjokes

High School Help

But here’s the thing. if you search the ol’ internets, Pinterest, Facebook groups, etc. you are bound to get allll kinds of help when it comes to elementary years. “How to choose the right teacher”, “How to help your student at home”, “How you can find the right supply lists for your student”…and on and on and on. And on.

So I’m going to devote this week to your high school student. To you–the high school mom and/or dad. So much support is lost in those secondary years, ya know? Parents don’t know how to help their kids, and kids are struggling with how much to ask for help. They want their independence, but they’re still so intimidated by reaching out for support. It’s a shame, really.

back to school scrabble letters

Essential Back to School Supplies

I’m keeping it light today. The thing about the high school classroom is that there is so much variation. One teacher wants a very specific computerized graphing calculator; another wants nothing but a stick of glue for their class (what class is that and how do I teach it?) How do you know??

I’ll keep the list rather general. In other words, what should every student have in high school–regardless of what classes he/she has. What are some things you should purchase before the first day of school…those types of things.

desk pencil

Pencils

Duh…sort of. It seems like a basic concept, but you’d be surprised how many kids still write in PINK pens (are you trying to make me go blind??). Wanna know which pencils kids love?

  1. Mechanical Pencils. I would recommend buying about 57,200 of these. Maybe more. They WILL lose them, and/or every classmate within a 3-mile radius will ask if they have one. The 57K should last him/her until December. Ish.
  2. Ticonderoga Graphite Pencils. This seems a little high maintenance to me, but they do work really well. They’re pricier than others, so if your kid can hang onto them, it’s worth the investment.
  3. Polymer Erasers. Nothing works as well on mechanical pencils like these. I buy them and keep them on hand for kids. We all recommend. 😉

Highlighters

For the love of all that is good. Please get your kids highlighters for back to school. Please make them have them with them at all times. The thing about high school is we are constantly teaching about evidence, details, research, support–in all subjects.

  1. Chisel Highlighters. Let’s be clear. Most of what we read after elementary school is pretty small print. Those big, fat highlighters really don’t narrow down information as well. Definitely go with the smaller, pen-like highlighter.
  2. Retractable Highlighters. Wanna go a step up? Choose retractable so they won’t lose the caps. And so they’re drive their teachers into early retirement because they just can’t stop pushing the button.
  3. Pen Highlighter Combo. “All the cool kids are doing it” award goes to the pen and highlighter in one. It’s not necessary, but it does cut down on too many utensils out at one time when researching.

Binders

So many classes require a binder. It’s our goal as teachers to get your kids as prepared as possible for the workforce, and organization is the key.

  1. 3-ring Binders. Not much to say here except make sure you don’t skimp out and get the cheapest ones. They just won’t hold up, and you’ll spend more money. Secondly, be sure to buy multiple colors. They will always bring the wrong binder to class if it’s not quickly color coded for them.
  2. Tab Dividers. You don’t need anything excessive here. 5-8 tabs in a package is fine. And you can get them super cheap if you need a bunch of them!

school supplies

Pencil Pouches

When I went to high school, the one thing that could guarantee you getting beat up was to carry a pencil pouch. Times sure have changed, eh? 😐

  1. This pencil pouch tends to be pretty popular with most kids right now. However, it has to be carried separately and runs a little smaller.
  2. This pencil pouch is great because it fits right into their binder. They can carry it separately if needed.
  3. Also…some girls just bring makeup bags if the pencil pouches aren’t cute enough for them. Ain’t that the truth, girls? Plus, makeup bags have a better liner in case something leaks.

Honorable Mentions

I know I said this would be the essentials list, but there are some things that will serve uselful to your student if he/she has them.

  1. Brown paper bags are pretty much the thing for high school lunches. Some girls bring cute bags, but kids just want to dispose. These paper bags are nice because they fit enough food to eat after school if they need a snack too!
  2. Black or blue pen. This is a personal preference. It’s always nice to have a pen in case it’s needed.
  3. Notebooks–nothing bulky–single subject. I didn’t place these in the list above simply because most teachers provide paper. I actually prefer students to use my paper so they are all uniform when I’m grading. However, it’s good to have a couple at school just in case.

So there you have it! A comprehensive list of back-to-school essentials from a high school teacher! FYI, backpacks could really be a whole other post. There’s just so much personal preference, so happy shopping with that one. 🙂

 

 

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