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When you're off work and he isn't

When you're off work and he isn't
I had a week off work last week. I get two vacations a year at my job, but my husband doesn’t get time off his job ever. Because of this, it didn't matter to me when this vacation was scheduled. I simply picked a random week that was still open. Although I only work part-time, it amazed me how much more time I seemed to have. I had a relaxing, yet productive week. Here are some ideas on how to use that extra time that you may be able to use if you are ever in the same situation.
Start a blog This is the biggest project I did during my week off. I put a lot of time into it. I even typed out extra posts so that in the future when I want to post something and don't have a lot of time, I have some already typed out! If you have ever thought about starting a blog and you have extra time, this is the perfect opportunity!
Visit Hubby at work Fortunately my husband works very close to where we live and he goes on lunch break at the same time eve…

How I added color to a room for less than $15

How I added color to a plain room for less than $15
Do you have a room in your house that needs color? I did! I do not claim to be an expert on interior decorating, but I knew that in order to add color, I should get a few things that vary in size. After it was all said and done, I had gotten something large, something medium, and something small. I am not sure if getting something in those three sizes is the rule of thumb or is what is taught by real interior decorators, but I think it worked great for my room. The best part is I spent less than $15! Here is how I did it.
I got something large for $4 Having something large in a certain color makes it obvious that that color is a part of the color scheme in the room. I got curtains for my large item. I found them at the thrift store. I bought two panels for $2 a piece. Curtains are perfect for adding color to a room. Another example of a large item that could be used to add color would be an accent chair or ottoman (although this would…

How I had a (mostly) organized day of the wedding

How I had a (mostly) organized day of the wedding
If you are anything like me, you are a procrastinator. However, the weeks leading up to your wedding is not the time to procrastinate. Having a smooth, low-stress wedding was important enough to me that I, the queen of procrastination, changed my procrastinating ways for the duration of my engagement. The venue became open for us to use starting at 8am the day of my wedding. This meant all of the decorating happened the day of the wedding. The wedding started at 4pm. Here is how I did it.
I was very careful when I chose what time to have the wedding start Several factors went into choosing the time of the wedding. I thought about how much time we would have before the wedding to decorate and get ready. I thought about how much time after the wedding those cleaning up would have before they had to be out of the building. I thought about when traffic is heaviest in the area. I thought about people who live a couple hours away who would be…

Hiding your junk in your plastic drawers (the easy way)

Hiding your junk in your plastic drawers (the easy way)
Many people use the plastic organizers with three drawers for a variety of things. The problem with these is that the drawers are clear and show the junk inside! Here is a really simple way to hide the junk.
Supplies
folders a pencil scissors decorative paper (optional) tape or hot glue (optional)
Step one: mark the folder You could probably use cardboard instead of a folder, but I think the thickness of folders is perfect for this project. Also, on my drawers, the width of the folder is already the perfect size. Open the folder and slide it into the front of the drawer. If the folder is too wide, you will need to figure out how much to cut off of the width and cut that off first. Next, take a pencil and draw a line across the folder to mark how tall the drawer is. Step two: cut the folder Cut the folder about a quarter of an inch below the line you drew. You want the folder to be slightly smaller than the drawer so it doesn't c…

6 awesome stores I shopped at for my wedding

6 awesome stores I shopped at for my wedding
Dollar Tree Dollar Tree is the only true dollar store that I know of anymore (everything is a dollar) and they have some decent looking stuff that can easily be used for wedding d├ęcor. I borrowed most of the glass fishbowls that I used in my centerpieces but there wasn't quite enough. I found the same ones at Dollar Tree and bought the rest there! I later happened to see those same exact bowls at a craft store for eight dollars a piece. Always check Dollar Tree first! I also got the decorative rocks that I put in the fishbowls at Dollar Tree. I only had to use a half bag per bowl. I got the serving bowls for toppings (I had a taco salad bar) as well as serving utensils there. By the way, if you get serving utensils from the isle that has the disposable stuff, they will be poor quality, look cheap, and will probably break on you. If you simply walk to the other side of the store where the kitchen stuff is, you can get real, stainless stee…

10 tips for having a nice wedding on a small budget

10 tips for having a nice wedding on a small budget
I paid for the bulk of my wedding costs by myself. My parents paid for the venue, food and a few smaller things here and there. My mother-in-law paid for the rehearsal meal. Neither of our families had a lot of money and I didn't feel right about asking them to help much with the financial aspect of my wedding. Fortunately, I was able to live at home with my family for a full year prior to my wedding which meant my only bills were for my car and cell phone. However, because I didn't get a lot of hours at my job, I still had to get creative. Even if I was making more money, I don't think I would have wanted to spend more than necessary on anything! I actually didn't set a budget for the wedding. I simply made it a goal to spend the least amount possible on everything without compromising quality. I am not by any means saying it's bad to set a budget! This is just how I did it. I paid for things as I went and unfort…