As I mentioned in my last post, I made some FREE printables for ya’ll! It is a very thourough (not to mention cute!) packet of 6 pages that will help you plan your kitchen remodel. I had so much fun doing this, I can’t wait to try making more some day soon!
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HOPE YOU LIKE IT!
Do you ever get sick of having your purse getting stepped on while it’s sitting on the dirty ground of your car? Catherine, creator of the Car Cache, brings to us a girl’s dream come true of innovation and convenience.
The story behind the Car Cache
Catherine’s story is truly inspirational of how she came up with this creation out of necessity, “the mother of invention!” A mommy just like many of us here, she too was “perplexed that there was no specific place to store her bag while driving, keeping it clean and easily accessible….”
Determined to solve this problem, she then came up with the Car Cache. Read the rest of her testimony here.
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Perplexed that there was no specific place to store her bag while driving, keeping it clean and easily accessible – See more at: http://getcarcache.com/about-car-cache#sthash.ThYxST8c.dpuf
How It Works
This baby is lightweight, sits behind the center console, and is out of everyone’s way. Plus, it is super easy to install (directions come with the packaging).
Originally, this product could only be installed in cars with front and center consoles that have covers. I have a front console, but no cover. I was pretty sad at first, but of course, me being me, I couldn’t just give up on it. Part of being organized is coming up with ways to modify things like this so it can be used in all sorts of ways.
That’s where the Mr. steps in and works his magic!
How To Use It In cars without a console cover
First, take both clips on the top of the Cache and clip one on the post closest to the window on the passenger seat, and then the other closest to the window on the driver’s seat:
Next, remove one of the straps at the bottom of the Cache from the tie back:
Then, loop the remaining strap around and fit it into the hole that the other strap was in and pull it through:
Next, fit the loop over the seat belt clip that is located on the same side as the strap and tighten:
Taking the other strap without the tie holder create a slip knot with it:
Don’t know how to tie a slip knot? Here’s a video tutorial:
Then you just slip that baby over the seat belt clip located on the same side as the strap and tighten.
Here’s what it looks like in our car:
I like to store my planner in it with my purse sitting on top of it because I never know when I’m going to need to whip it out while I’m in my car. It’s easier to get to it this way rather than fumbling around for it in my purse. Here’s what it looks like with just the planner in it:
See how it just sits on the console all pretty and easily accessible?
Since I have a somewhat larger-than-normal purse, I like to put it on top of my planner like this:
Not only does it solve the purse-on-the-dirty-car-floor problem, but it also saves tons of space! I am so THRILLED with this pretty organizing product, I cannot wait to buy another one for hubby who is already talking about using it for some small tools he likes to keep up front with him in his truck. So guys, DON’T THINK YOU HAVE NO USE FOR IT!
Catherine and I love this product so much, we’re giving one away to one of you lovely Organizing Military Mommy readers. For those of you who are military, you have no excuse for not entering this giveaway since you know as well as I that traveling is the military way.
All you need to do it is enter via the rafflecopter widget (for a complete list of my giveaway rules and guidelines read here).
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Here are the other posts in this series.
I have said it time and again…
YOU MUST MAKE A PLAN
…before executing anything when it comes to organizing and remodeling! Skipping this step will prolong the process AND cost you a lot of money in the long run. Research and measure everything numerous times before you spend so much as a penny on a project like this.
Now, I’m sure that many of you here are like me and would like to see what I mean by a “plan,” am I right? So I will show you what ours is, BUT, as life tends to go, DO NOT expect everything to go exactly as planned! There will always be things you’ll have to change and improvise on, so don’t be surprised if I change my mind a thousand times
THE EIKLOR KITCHEN REMODEL PLAN
Since the kitchen has so many components to it, we decided to make our plan in phases. Each one will be done in numerical order (if all goes according to plan, ha!).
Phase #1: Add molding to cabinets, beadboard to backsplash, and fix drawers
- Molding: our cabinets are super plain and boring with absolutely no molding or decorations whatsoever. Maybe it’s silly for me to add bells and whistles, but with this detail oriented Interior Designer/Organizer, I just can’t bring myself to skip this step. So we’re putting some molding on the bottom of the cabinets and also on the top against the ceiling. I’m confident it’ll spice the kitchen up a lot!
- Beadboard: our backsplash is an ugly mustard yellow piece of plastic that matches absolutely nothing. Since the countertop was built on top of the backsplash instead of the backsplash built on top of the countertop, it can’t come out without ripping out the countertop. So we’re simply going to build the beadboard on top of it. I think it’ll look amazing when we’re done and I can’t wait to show ya’ll!
- Drawers: the reason our drawers are all funky is because the boxes were built with cheap plastic and the rails that are supposed to be keeping them up have broken. I worked in Home Depot’s kitchen and bath design center for almost 2 years and have never seen plastic drawer boxes. We searched and searched for them and since they seem to be nowhere on the market, hubby will be building new ones. I intend to make a DIY of that one when the time comes.
Phase #2: Countertop touch ups and Cabinet paint
There is an entire story to the decision I have made for the countertops and cabinets that I absolutely MUST share with ya’ll. Honestly, the reason I’ve stalled on the kitchen for so long is not just because it’s so much work, but because I really didn’t know how to keep cost down without compromising looks. I knew that I was going to have to keep the countertops and cabinets since those are some of the most expensive things to replace. However, I simply could not find a countertop or cabinet touch up kit that I liked and trusted enough to proceed with.
Recently we were blessed with new tenants that we decided to take a chance with and let them remodel the downstairs in exchange for rent. It’s a long story as to why we came to this decision which I don’t have time to explain to ya’ll at the moment. What I do want to tell you is that, last month our tenants took on the task of resurfacing the countertops and repainting the cabinets in both the kitchen and bath downstairs. When they showed us the finished product I was so giddy I nearly bounced right out of my skin!
The kit they used for the countertops came from Giani Granite Paint For Countertops. And they live up to their name because those countertops look like granite when you’re done painting them! The other kit they used for the cabinets were called Nuvo Cabinet Paint.
Here is what the kit looks like:
And here is what it looks like in our tenant’s house:
Sorry for the fuzzy photo. I only had hubby’s smart phone to use at the time, but it still looks awesome, right?!
I seriously considered resurfacing our countertops, but since there is only one spot that needs fixing (which can easily be done), and it looks a lot like how it would look with it resurfaced, we decided it would just be a waste of money and time to redo. Not to mention it would be a HUGE pain as we would not be able to use our countertop until it is totally cured and set, which takes at least 7 days! So we’re sticking with the one we have.
The cabinets, however, will most certainly be repainted using the Nuvo Cabinet Paint. I’m thinking either the Mocha or Euoro-Taupe. What do you think?
And BTW, DO NOT buy this kit from Lowes as it costs about twice as much from there as it does from Amazon! That’s why researching saves you lots and lots of mula
Phase #3: Flooring and Baseboards
Honestly, I’m not totally positive of what kind of flooring I’m going to get, but I do know that I want it to be chip resistant, I want it to look like wood, and I want it to be durable enough to go in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Ripping the floor up means we’ll be aggravating the baseboards, and they are so fragile at this point we know they’ll start breaking. So we’re just getting new ones.
Phase #4: Appliances
We’re doing this one at the very end because, (1) appliances are expensive and I’d like to wait until the bitter end, and (2) we want to wait until there’s a big sale we can take advantage of, which would probably be Veteran’s Day.
MILITARY TIP! Did you know that if you find an appliance on sale somewhere (say Best Buy) that is much cheaper than what is at Lowes, you can take a picture of the sale price, show it to Lowes and they will not only price match it, they’ll also give you a 10% discount when you show proof of military ID?
That is what we intend to do. Tricky tricky, eh?
The only appliances we’ll be changing are the refrigerator, stove, and vent hood since they are all falling apart. We wanted to get a microwave vent-hood, but measurements show that putting one in would only give us about 1 foot over the stove, which is totally impractical.
The washer and dryer unit work fine enough that we simply can’t justify spending $1500 on one appliance unit we know will get a lot of ware and tare from tenants and still works like a champ.
Ok, now I need to stop talking and get to work
Stay tuned, for some super awesome Kitchen Remodel Printables!
I’ve never been the type to be so into makeup that I know just about everything on the market and what it does. I gotta say, though, Arbonne’s Makeup Primer has me pretty excited. Not only is it incredibly safe to use (did you know that most American makeup companies put crude oil, as in gas oil, in makeup? It’s commonly refered to as mineral oil. Look it up if you don’t believe me.), but it’s silky and goes a VERY VERY VERY long way.
As if that isn’t enough, it also makes your foundation go even longer than if you were just using it without the primer. You cannot go wrong with that!
I considered posting simple photos for this review, but I felt like making a video just made more sense. It’ll only take a few minutes:
Can’t see this video? View it here.
Teri Wolf is our chief representative of Arbonne today and she is offering all of ya’ll a chance to win this fantastic product for FREE! Only one winner will be selected. If you want more info or you just wanna go ahead and give it a try if you don’t win, email Teri at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is a fellow military wife (Army) and I promise that she is a really swell lady! Just tell her I sent ya
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Now that I’ve spent enough time recovering from my master bedroom makeover, I’ve decided it’s time to jump back on the bandwagon and get after it again. Only this time we’re tackling the kitchen.
Pretty much every room in this house besides what I’ve already done (check under the tab “designing”), needs a facelift. So let me explain why we’re going after the kitchen now.
Reason #1: it is in the worst shape out of any other area in the rest of the house.
The cabinets are falling off the hinges and the paint is chipping:
The drawers are falling off of the tracks:
The appliances are falling apart (as of the writing of this post, one of the large burners on my stove does not work and the others are beginning to fail, the refrigerator leaks on a regular basis, and the washer and dryer are failing as well. Not to mention they just look out dated and ugly:
Several spots on the walls are unevenly textured:
The flooring looks horribly dirty no matter how often I clean it and it is chipped in several spots:
The backslash is hideous:
And Finally, there’s this spot on the countertop that’s coming apart:
Reason #2: we may be buying a single family home soon and will either be selling our duplex or renting all of it out.
We have a gut feeling we won’t be living here for very much longer. When we first bought our duplex we knew that we only wanted to live in it temporarily since the schools in the area are not the greatest and it is a little on the rough side.
Being that the kitchen and the bathrooms are the main spots tenants and buyers look at, we cannot try to sell or rent it in the condition it’s in at the moment.
This reason will also play into the many choices we will make in how we will be remodeling it and the amount of money we will end up spending.
Stay tuned and I will explain to you my plan for the remodeling process including what materials I intend to use.
Do you have any suggestions you’d like to share? Comment bellow!
I was hanging out with some friends the other day who were a medically retired couple, and we just happened to get on the subject of veteran benefits when my lady friend suddenly got all excited and said, “Have you ever heard of Vet Tix?” Of course I hadn’t, so she demanded that I send her my email address so she can send me all the info about it.
That’s when I discovered that if you’re a vet, you can get free tickets to just about anything. It doesn’t matter if you’re active, discharged, or retired. If you served in the military you can get free tickets for you and your family over at Veteran Tickets Foundation.
Veteran Tickets is founded by military, and the way it works is when people buy tickets they end up not using, they’ll donate them. Vet Tix will then turn around and give them to Vets totally free. And don’t think that just because you live in a small area they won’t have anything for you, because they have tickets available all over the country!
I was so excited when I found out about it I couldn’t wait to share it with you all! Now that I have, I’m off to get some tickets for the hubby and I. We’re long overdue for a date
If you’re thinking you don’t know what Zinio is, all I have to say is People Magazine, Us Weekly, or HGTV Magazine and you know exactly what I’m talking about. WELL, right now Zinio is offering 9 Organizing Military Mommy fans a free subscription to any of their qualifying magazines. One which is the beloved HGTV magazine that Zinio so graciously gave me for this post! You have no idea how excited I am!!
I’m not sure if you’ve ever viewed a magazine online, but that’s the type of subscription you’ll be getting if you win. It’s all digital, baby! I really like the fact that I’m not getting stacks of paper that I’ll probably throw away some day. And if you’ve been here for a while, you know that I’m so not into killing trees. I prefer to make it digital as much as possible.
If you’re not sure how this process works, it’s pretty darn simple. All I had to do is give Zinio my preferred email address and magazine of choice, and they sent me an email asking me to verify my email address and set up an account. When the account was all set up I had immediate access to my magazine of choice. Can you guess what I picked? HGTV baby!!! I’ll be getting their digital copy every month for 10 months…wooopiiiiieee!
So here’s what you’ll have to provide should you be one of the lucky winners:
- Your Full name
- Preferred email address
- Magazine title of choice
For my full list of giveaway rules and guidelines go here.
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For those of you who want more than just one subscription, zinio is offering you 50% off home design and gardening magazines! You’ll have to hurry, though, because this offer ends on the 8th of October! Click on the image below for more details:
Hi ya’ll! This is going to be a really fun post because I’m not going to hold back. Sex is an essential and enjoyable part of life that we should not be ashamed of talking about (within reason of course. I do not intend to, nor do I want to hear details about people’s sex life, thank you!) .
Do you ever feel like romance is seriously lacking with you and your spouse? I sure feel that way at times. It’s pretty much unavoidable, but there are things that you can do to spice things up and get your significant other in the mood for…ehem, more
1. Dress to impress
One of the fastest and easiest ways to get your spouse in the mood for some friskiness is by making yourself look like a rock star! This does not just apply to women, but men as well! Both genders equally want to see their spouse dressed up and looking their best. Not all the time, but at least once in a while so they can be reminded of times past when you dolled yourself up for them every single time you saw them.
2. Put some romantic music on
Lets face it: sometimes we need a little extra stimulation to get us in the mood (especially when we’re feeling a little tired), and music is a wonderful way to set the tone for some romantic sex. There is no need to go out and buy a bunch of songs on itunes or purchase 20 cds to make this happen. What I have done is created a playlist on Youtube I call ” Love Songs,” and when I find a song that I like that I think would get hubby and I in the mood for some passion, I dump it in there.
In case you’re wondering how you can find this playlist…SORRY! It’s private, but here’s a little taste to get you started in case you’re struggling:
3. Scent The Room!
In case you haven’t noticed yet, we have taken care of 2 senses: the sense of sight and the sense of sound. The more senses you cover the more successful your romantic night (or day if that’s better for ya ) will be, and the less likely your significant other will be to turn you down.
The last sense we are covering here is your sense of smell. I love to use the “Love Story” scent from Scentsy. It’s aromatherapy baby, and it really does get us feeling the romance in this love nest. And the best part is that you can host a party and get a great deal of warmers and scents for FREE or super cheap!
Speaking of which, Bobbie Casler is popping by to give one of my fabulous readers the gift of looove.
All you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter widget bellow, and if you win the giveaway you will get the Love Story scent for FREE! Any other questions about my giveaways, check out my rules and guidelines here.
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I’m sure many of you have been wondering what the heck happened to my ebook and why I took it down?
Well, first of all, I ran into the nightmare of problem hyperlinks, and since it turned into a really big time suck, I just took it down until I could finally fix it.
On top of that, I’ve been feeling guilty about charging for the book. I know it’s a small price (just $2.99 each), but due to the fact that this was my first ebook AND I wrote it for the military, I just didn’t feel right about charging for it. I really wanted to have something free for them to have at all times. That way they can not only know that I am thankful for their service, but they can also sample my skills before they spend money on any of my products.
Unfortunately, because of fees and such, I couldn’t afford to make the book free all the time, but I did find out that I could make it available through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, which is a service available through Amazon Prime where you can borrow my book for free as long as you like. Since I know that many of you already have Amazon Prime, I was thrilled that I could make this compromise for you. And if you don’t have it, you can always give it a try for 30 days for FREE! It just makes sense to me this way, and it is how I would want to be treated by any other company.
So, without further a due…
GET MY EBOOK FOR FREE THROUGH AMAZON PRIME’S KINDLE OWNERS’ LENDING LIBRARY (or just $2.99 if you don’t want Amazon Prime)
Here’s a little synopsis to my ebook you can read up about before downloading it. Or, if you’re feeling a little adventurous, then download it right now for just $2.99 or for FREE through the Lending Library.
If you like what you learn from it, please email me and tell me how it has helped you at email@example.com.
I was recently contacted by a company called Signs.com who wanted to give me a welcome home banner to review. I was thrilled because it just so happened that the mister was only weeks away from getting out of the military for good, so I thought it would be perfect to have a banner for him. Granted, he wasn’t coming home from a deployment, but getting out of the military was a pretty monumental thing for us anyway, so why not?
Signs.com is a great company who makes all things for signs, including car decals, yard signs, and window decals. They even have banner templates for our military, which was where I immediately went to, but you don’t even have to do a template. You can customize your banner however you wish and they have categories ranging from small business signage to birthday parties for kids.
Their customer service is fantastic, too! In fact, the man who contacted me told me that his grandfather served in the Navy and really respected those of us who continue to serve. Isn’t that sweet? He helped walk me through the entire process and was very helpful every time I had a question. Signs.com get A plus from me for great customer service!
So, like I said, I went straight to the military banners and picked the one I liked the most, which of course was the “Welcome Home Troops” one:
One thing I LOVE about these banners (and their other p0roducts at Signs.com) is that you can customize them:
You can see how there are little symbols that can be added like arrows and various shapes. I couldn’t resist adding a heart. And above the clip art is the color you can play around with. I changed the heart color from gray to red.
You can also change the size of your banner. I went with small and simple
Here’s how it turned out:
Our neighbors were asking us about it for weeks after we took it down
Are you military and have a soldier/airman/warrior/seaman coming home soon and want to make it a super special day for them when they return? Or perhaps you have a really important anniversary or birthday coming up?
Signs.com would like to gift one lucky reader with a custom banner of their choice (does not have to be the exact same as the one reviewed here, but it does have to be a banner). You may customize the banner however you like, and the size cannot be any larger than 48″X24″.
Need more info about my giveaway guidelines and rules? Take a look at that here.
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Signs.com likes you guys so much that they want to give ALL Organizing Military Mommy readers the chance to order anything on their website with a 15% discount starting now until the September 27th, 2013! When checking out, enter the Promo code OMM15 where prompted.