Clay Trash Clips | NEW RELEASE

Monday, December 21, 2015

"Clay Trash Clips". Funny name right? Well let me tell you about them! 

My local bakery makes this amazing dessert out of cake remnants that they pipe icing onto. They call it "Cake Trash". I was cleaning and organizing my work area and I came across a bag of clay remnants that I had been saving. There's not a lot I can do with them, and as a clay artist clay remnants are inevitable. I had accumulated quite a large quantity of remnants. I didn't want to throw them away since I HATE waste. An idea came to me! So I mashed them together, flattened them out, and cut them into little circles. Clay Trash clips were born! These clips will be in limited quantity and only available when I have built up remnants. They'll be incredibly affordable at only $1.50 a piece and will come on a silver paper clip. 

Clay Trash clips will be one of a kind, as no two are exactly the same. Some came out looking like marble, and some came out like tie dye! I think they're incredibly adorable if I do say so myself!

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adorn your iPhone [december 2015]

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Hello!  Can you believe Christmas is next week?!  Man time has definitely gotten away from me...  Today I have an adorable Christmas themed iPhone for you!

How pretty is this lock screen wallpaper!?  I love the glitter and the reminder of how magical Christmas time is!  You can grab yours by heading to my special curated Pinterest board: phone backgrounds

This is what I'm rocking for my home screen for Christmas!  I thought it was classy but festive.  You can find it on my Pinterest board: Phone Backgrounds

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for the emoji fans [love your curls]

Monday, November 23, 2015

I am a curly girl.  I have big messy curly hair and I love it!  I have spent so much of my life trying tame the curls but there comes a point where you just have to embrace them.  Sure I'll flat iron my hair from time to time, but 90% of the time I let my curls go.  Plus, being a curly girl is almost like being in a special elite club.  Only curly girls will understand...

Dove Hair has put out an awesome emoji keyboard for us curly girls!  74% of people use emojis every day and they are seriously lacking in representing curly girls.  Straight hair remains the "one size fits all" hair type for women in the current emojis.  Dove Hair is working to fix that.  Not only did they release the "Dove Love Your Curls" emojis, they're partnering with Twitter!  Every time you share a #LoveYourCurls moment on Twitter, a custom Dove Love Your Curls emoji curly girl will appear in the tweet!

I'm a huge fan of the new Dove Hair Quench Absolute line for curly coarse hair.  It adds the moisture I need to keep my curls from going crazy frizzy, especially this time of year as we start running the heater in our homes.  I think that is definitely worth sharing a #LoveYourCurls moment on Twitter!

I'm loving the Love Your Curls emoji keyboard by Dove Hair.  You MUST check it out!  There's such a cute selection of different emojis including both long & short haired curly girls.  This one is my favorite...

I can' think of a better representation of me and my curly hair!  When it's raining, an umbrella is a must!  You have to protect the curls!  I downloaded the Dove Love Your Curls emoji keyboard in the Apple App Store, but it's also available for Android in the Google Play store!

Download the Dove Love Your Curls Emojis in the App Store and Google Play Store to show you #LoveYourCurls!  Let me know when you try it out!  These emojis are too fun!

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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Dove Hair, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #LoveYourCurls #pmgdove

how I run an efficient online business

Thursday, November 12, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PutALabelOnIt #CollectiveBias

Running a business is hard work.  I work from 8am to almost midnight some days.  My day has to flow as efficiently as possible, or I'd never accomplish anything.  Today I'm going to share with you my tips and daily tasks that help me run the most efficient online business that I can.

While my business is based online, I'm actually a very analog person.  I need tangible lists, folders, invoices, and planners.  Can all of these things be housed digitally?  Sure they can, but that's not how I operate.  I need a physical daily to-do list that I can physically cross off.  I need physical file folders that I can put actual paper invoices and receipts into.  And it's no secret I keep a physical planner for organizing my life.

One of the most important tools for helping me stay not only organized in my business, but actually help me create perfect packaging for my orders is my DYMO LabelWriter® 450.  I purchased my DYMO LabelWriter® 450 with a value bundle pack at  This thermal printer has been a game changer for me and my business.  Be sure to go check back every week for Staples Daily Deals for special deals on your favorite DYMO LabelWriter® products including DYMO LabelWriter® 450 Bundle, LabelWriter® 450 Turbo, and LabelWriter® 4XL Turbo!  The DYMO LabelWriter® 450 Turbo is great for printing USPS postage right from your computer with no monthly fee needed.  It prints at high speed and takes the LabelWriter® 450 to another level with printing up to 71 labels a minute.

I use the DYMO LabelWriter® 450 thermal printer to quickly make labels for my product packaging.  Talk about efficiency!  Etsy shops are known for their attention to detail with packaging.  Gone are the days of printing out full sheet labels on my inkjet printer.  That was costly due to the price of the labels and the ink.  Plus it can take forever when you're trying to print a lot of labels at a time.

On my packaging labels I put my shop name, my shop url, my blog url, my Instagram username, and my YouTube channel.  This puts my social media info directly into the hands of my customers and encourages them to follow me creating a better relationship between us.

One of my most productive tools I created was my folder system.  It's a form of the infamous 43 File Folder System.  This folder system is my life line.  If you're not familiar with the system I did a post about it in January, but I've since altered some of the ways I use it.  My etsy business is growing quickly and I have orders to make nearly every single day of the week.  With the help of my DYMO LabelWriter® 450 I was able to create new labels for my folder system.

I have 12 folders labeled January thru December.  Then I have 31 folders that are labeled 1 thru 31.  At the start of each business week I print out my order receipts from customers.  I then place them into the corresponding folder of the day of the week I will be making their orders.  Every single morning after I've completed my morning routine, I sit down with a cup of coffee and my folder for the day.  Today's folder is 12 since it's the 12th day of the month.  I also place reminders or written to-do lists into the daily folders.  This keeps me from inserting too many items into my planner and making it bulkier than it already is.

The DYMO LabelWriter® Value Bundle Pack comes with 4 different rolls of labels to get you started.  The thermal printer also comes with DYMO Label™ software which is incredibly user friendly.  I was able to whip up my label designs in no time.  The DYMO LabelWriter® 450 lets you print crystal clear bar codes, labels, and graphics with 600x300 dpi resolution.  You also have the option to create custom labels from 60+ label styles and layouts!  Being a thermal printer you eliminate the need for expensive ink or toner.  This is a huge plus for me.  The DYMO LabelWriter® 450 is primarily available online, however it's available in some stores so be sure to check the store locator.

I also utilize the DYMO LabelWriter® 450 to create coupon code labels to include in my packaging.  I can easily customize the coupon per order by printing one label specifically for a customer, or printing a bunch of labels for all customers.  This isn't a luxury you have with your inkjet printer and full sheet labels.

Coupon codes are a necessity to getting repeat business.  Show your customers that you're willing to go the extra mile and that you appreciate their business!  They will be more likely to repurchase from you.  This is a quick efficient way to promote yourself.

♥Have a daily routine:  This is vital!  If you start each day running around not knowing what you're doing next, you're setting yourself up for failure.
♥Plan and organize everything:  Chaos can ensue quickly in your office.  Make sure that everything has a home and it gets put back.  You can't operate efficiently if you can't find what you need to do your job.
♥Eat:  This may seem silly but you'd be surprised at how many people get so busy they forget to eat.  I was this way in the beginning.  I'd skip breakfast in a hurry to get my work day started.  Now I start each day with a balanced breakfast and schedule a lunch time for myself.  If you're hungry, you're not going to be at your best.
♥Know when to bring in help:  This is a struggle among most entrepreneurs.  We tend to take on the attitude of "I can do it all".  Well some times you just can't.  I recently had an incredibly large order with a very time sensitive deadline.  I told myself that I could do it all on my own.  I couldn't.  The final week I checked my pride at the door and enlisted help.
♥Sleep:  Due to my family's schedules, I don't get the recommended 8hrs of sleep a night.  It's just not feasible.  If you are able to, DO IT!  Being sluggish is the worst productivity killer of them all.  Since I am unable to get a normal full night of sleep, I take an afternoon nap every single day.  I wouldn't be able to get everything done if I didn't.
♥Batch work:  Have specific days of the week that you complete specific tasks.  For example: with all of my hats [blog, youtube, etsy, etc] I have a lot of tasks each week to complete.  So I spend one day taking photos & editing.  Then another day writing or filming.  I ship 2 days a week so that I'm not running to the post office daily.  If you tried to do a little of everything each day, you'll get a whole lot of nothing completed.
♥Create stations:  In my home office I have "stations" setup.  There's a section of the room that is devoted to making orders.  All of my supplies are in that section at that desk.  Then I have another section in my office setup for packaging.  And another section setup as a studio for filming and photography.  With everything always setup in its own section, I never have to drag stuff out or spend time putting stuff away. 

This is how I run my business efficiently and smoothly.  The DYMO LabelWriter® 450 has been a huge help in achieving this.  What is your business?  How can the DYMO LabelWriter® 450 help you run your business more efficiently?

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adorn your iPhone?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Yes you read that right... the days of Adorn Your Android are over.  I crossed over to the other side!  There were many decisions that went into my choice to abandon the Android interface and go with iPhone.  If you'd like me to go into that in another post, let me know in the comments and I'll be glad to do so!

I now have the iPhone 6s Plus in Gold.  Setup took me awhile to get figured out, it's a bit different than Android obviously.  I honestly haven't had a bunch of time to work on the layout since I purchased the phone several weeks ago.  I've been super duper busy hand making 4600 special order paper clips for The Planner Society subscription box!  My whole life for the last month and a half has been devoted to making these clips.  I'm finished and getting caught up on blogging & YouTube.

This is the lock screen wallpaper I chose for November.  I felt it was incredibly fitting for the month.  I took to Pinterest to find wallpapers for my new phone.  You can view my phone wallpaper board here.

This wallpaper was found on this blog but was apparently originally from Cuptakes.

I absolutely fell in love with this wallpaper.  It screams falls and I adore the wood panels.  I know I found this wallpaper by looking through images on Pinterest.  However, I didn't pin it, so I have NO idea where it is from.  I'm sorry...

Since I've been so incredibly busy, I haven't had time to really setup my folders and icons in a way that makes me happy.  This was the best I could muster up in the middle of the month of thousands of paper clip making haha.  I'm still in the phase of downloading apps that I had forgot I needed.  I promise next month's adorn your iPhone series installment will be better.  I just really felt guilty that I haven't been able to post much on here lately.

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single crochet cat toy | EASY DIYs

Thursday, October 22, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyCatMyMuse #CollectiveBias

I spend the majority of my day home alone.  My son is in his senior year of high school and my significant other works 70+ hours a week outside of the home.  4 years ago, I decided I needed company during the day.  We set off for the Humane Society to adopt a cat.  When we went we had no idea that June was National Adopt a Cat Month, and our local shelter was offering 2 cats for the adoption fee of 1 cat.  This worked out well since the 3 of us couldn't decide between 2 beautiful kittens we had fallen in love with.  They were cage mates at the shelter and were already very close.  My girls are now 4 years old and are not only each other's best friends, but mine as well.

I love going to our local PetSmart and browsing for things to spoil my girls with.  It's fun to just walk around and see what's new and pick up some presents to surprise them with.  On a recent trip I came across Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food.  It is made exclusively available at PetSmart!  With Muse you don’t have to choose between natural nutrition and food that tastes great. Your cat can have both when you choose Muse.

I was very impressed so I purchased some for the girls.  Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food has no artificial flavors or preservatives.  It has 24-grain free varieties which is very important to me.  I prefer to give the girls grain free food. Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food is made with real fish or poultry and is 100% complete and balanced nutrition for cats.

This is the Grain Free Natural Chicken Recipe.  It's accented with spinach in a chicken broth + essential nutrients.  Look at how natural and delicious that looks!  It doesn't even look like cat food! Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food says, "Natural has never been so delicious. Put Muse to the test with our clean plate guarantee."

This is my girl Quorra starting to make a dent in it.  She's my strong willed dominant kitty.  She's very vocal and assertive.  She's also a chow hound.  She loves her food and is always the first to finish out of the two.

Igloo likes to take her time.  She eats with her eyes closed and enjoys every minute of her meal times.  She's a sweet and more passive cat.  The two girls go together like peanut butter and jelly though.

I told you she liked to eat!  Since I was taking photos and not monitoring them, Quorra stepped in to help Igloo lick her plate clean.  These girls are amazing and have huge personalities.  I love them dearly.  Be sure to use this coupon when you head off to PetSmart to purchase your own Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food.

For today's DIY I'm going to show you how to make an easy cat toy using a single crochet stitch!

You'll need yarn, shower curtain rings, and a crochet hook.  This is a super easy DIY and you can use whatever crochet hook you want.  I chose a large one today because I used 3 strands of yarn at once.  I wanted multiple colors in it and I wanted it to be a thicker one.  The shower curtain rings can be purchased at the dollar tree for a dollar a pack!

That's all there is to it!  It literally only take a couple of minutes and it's super affordable so you won't be upset when the cats lose it under the couch, haha!  If you are new to crocheting, there's a ton of tutorials on the internet to help you.  This is a basic beginner stitch and even a novice can make this toy.

Tell me about your favorite feline friends in the comments below!  I'd love to hear your stories!  Have they tried Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food yet?!

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glam up your bathroom | EASY DIYs

Thursday, October 8, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CraftedExperience #CollectiveBias

I recently did a home decor post about how I love living seasonally.  In that post you see that I have an industrial style apartment.  I LOVE my apartment and love that it's unique.  With its exposed brick walls and built in metal artwork, it really is one of a kind.  However, sometimes a girl needs some "glam" in her life.  My bathroom is truly a space of serenity and glam.  When I'm having a horrible day, nothing is better than a long soak in the bath.  My bathroom is MY place for relaxation and recharging.  This is one of the rooms in my apartment that I spend the MOST time decorating and sprucing up.

Today I'm sharing with you some super easy and affordable DIYs to help you add a little glam to your day!


For the glam tiered counter organizer, you'll need 3 metal trays, 2 candle stick holders, and some awesome glue.  I prefer E6000 since it's great for nearly ALL surfaces.

Liberally add your glue to the bottom rim your first candle stick holder.  This glue dries clear, so you don't have to be perfect with it.  You want to make sure you have a good helping of it on there.

Place your glued candle stick holder base onto the center of your first metal tray.  You'll want to try your best to get it centered.  Press it firmly down.

Now liberally add your glue to the top rim of your candle stick holder.  Again, this doesn't have t be perfect.  Just make sure you get it all coated.

Place your second metal tray onto the top rim of the candle stick holder.  Press firmly to get good contact of the glue on the tray.

Repeat those steps until you have 2 candle stick holders and 3 metal trays stacked up and glued.  You'll want to let this sit for at least 24hrs and up to 72hrs [based on the glue's instructions].

Once it's cured, you've got a beautiful glam tiered shelf for your bathroom counter!  Super easy, and super cheap.  You can get these products anywhere, but I picked mine up at Wal-Mart!


For this project you'll need 2 glass vases and 2 candle stick holders.  You'll also need your handy dandy glue!

Just like the tiered shelf, you're going to apply your glue liberally to the top rim of the candle stick holders.

Then place your vases onto the glued rims of the candle stick holders.  Even easier than the tiered shelf, and makes such a beautiful statement piece for your bathroom counter.


For the whiteboard you'll want a pretty but non-expensive picture frame and scrapbook paper.  You'll need to cut down your scrapbook paper to fit the size of your picture frame.  I chose 5x7!

Now you have a pretty framed "whiteboard" that you can write notes or "to-buy" lists on!  You can either use dry-erase markers or a plain sharpie marker.  Dry-erase will come off easily with wiping.  If you choose a sharpie marker, you'll just need a paper towel dampened with alcohol to remove.

This DIY "whiteboard" is super handy to make reminders for when you use the last of something.  I like to use it to remind me to buy toilet paper!  Unfortunately, that's one of those items that you CAN'T do without!  So when you are on your last couple of rolls, use your glam DIY "whiteboard" to remind you to pick some up!

While at Wal-Mart, I picked up Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® Bath Tissue.  Quilted Northern is a 100 year old brand, and is a bath tissue that I trust to get the job done.  They've recently updated their packaging to a more modern look.  It's sewer and septic safe so you can flush confidently.  I love that it's strong and flexible!


One of my most favorite tips for easily adding glam to your bathroom is to use a glass or crystal decanter to hold your mouthwash in.  It's super chic and makes even oral hygiene feel glamorous!

Add a wine glass or martini glass to pour your mouthwash into, and you've got an oral hygiene glam party!

Lastly, I like to keep a recipe book stand in my bathroom so that while I'm getting ready in the morning, I can prop up my planner and take a look at the day ahead!  
[haha, you had to know my planner would make an appearance!]

What are your favorite tips for adding some "glam" to your bathroom?!  I'd love for you to share them!

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