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Amy’s Notebook 03.01.17

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Ballard Mirror Design DIY

source: the lettered cottage

 

I really love this window pane mirror tutorial made from inexpensive Walmart mirrors.  I would have never thought to piece these together!

How have I never thought to do this with my food processor? I hate cleaning the parts! Noted.

I’m dying laughing that this was your top purchase last month! I have the coolest readers!

Here is a list of the best podcasts for every situation.

If the lunchbox is getting a little boring, these lunchbox ideas might help!

34 books by women of color to read this year.

The 40 bags in 40 days challenge begins again. I love this one and how much it reclaimed our home the last time I did it! We basically scored this bonus room!

I’ve got a crush on these joggers. It’s all about comfort for this mama this year.

Gosh, can you imagine how much adulting school could help our kids? Seriously.

This slow cooker tater tot casserole is going on my weekend guilty pleasure food agenda.

Spring Getaway Trip Packing List 8 Pieces 8 Outfits

source: putting me together

How inspiring is this mini spring capsule? So cute!

Up your cauliflower game with this mashed cauliflower dish.

I read this thriller last week and I’m still like, WHOA, at that ending. What did you think?  Catch the author on our site on Sunday to talk about it!

This is a great roundup of the best in fiction for spring.

I didn’t think popcorn could get better, but honey brown butter popcorn sounds pretty amazing!

10-minute Spring Pillow Covers

10-minute spring pillow covers are so cute and affordable. I’m planning to crank out a no-sew version over here!

10 no-heat no-cook meals for the menu planner!

This is such a sweet children’s book- it would be a great Easter basket addition! Congrats, Matt!!

“Americans continue to view service work as a way station, not a way of life. Teenagers get their first job at McDonald’s; mothers dip back into the work force as receptionists; seniors make a little extra money as Walmart greeters. The reality is that these are the kinds of jobs millions of Americans hold for their entire working lives. And increasingly, these are the jobs their children will perform, too.”- A fascinating read on the new working class.

I’m adding this sheet pan meal to our meal plan for next week. Yum!

I don’t have an Amazon Echo, but these Amazon Echo hacks are pretty darn cool for those of you that do!

I want to try out some of these hummus combinations for my veggie dipping.

Comment of the Week- “A friend of mine wanted to get a group together to take items to the homeless community as her birthday celebration. She felt blessed and wanted to bless others. We pooled money and solicited donations from several companies. It was quite a learning experience. First off, we were threatened with arrest by the police at multiple stops. Even though it was not specifically against the law to give food to the homeless, local businesses did not want us doing this. They said they could find something to take us in on (disturbing the peace, public nuisance, etc) if we did not comply. So, we were constantly moving trying to find areas that the homeless congregated in. Second, the food was welcomed but what they really wanted was the toiletries: socks, underwear and hygiene items specifically. We had brought a large amount of toiletry items but should have brought more of that than food. They have resources to food more than the hygiene items. Third, women’s toiletry items specifically are in great demand. Finally, we had regular bottles of shampoo and regular sized soaps. They would actually take these out of the bag because they were too heavy. We ordered cases of the small soaps and shampoos from a wholesale hotel supply website. The cases contain several hundred items and were only about $50 per case. We took a second trip out with our smaller toiletries and they were a big hit. I now keep a box with several ziplock baggies in my van now with an array of sizes and gender marked on each one. It also has packs of crackers/trail mix I bought by the case as well. When I see a homeless person as I am going about my day now, I offer one of the packs to them.”- Curtis

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with giving to those in need in your community, Curtis. Our homeless care package article is one of our most visited and most pinned offerings on MomAdvice.  That really makes my heart happy!

This year I started volunteering weekly at our food pantry and my kids are excited to join me this summer to help. I love organizing so sorting items makes me feel good because it is something I love to do and I love knowing how this helps those in need in our community. Women’s care items are one of those things, I have discovered, that are not covered by food stamps and are such a basic need. I started a gift registry for my pantry so I can share these gifts with them, should you feel so inclined to share!

We also still travel around with items for those in need in our car. My son has become the designated giver and when we pull up, he shares our love tokens from money to socks to care packages like the ones we shared with you on the site. I’m hoping to raise two generous kids who see how these small offerings impact others!

How do you teach your kids the joy in giving?

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

Amy’s Notebook 02.22.17

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

DIY Dishwasher Tabs

source: one good thing

I’ll have to try this diy for dishwasher detergent tabs!

7 books you should be reading during black history month. My pick? Read this STAT- the audiobook is amazing!

This post on renovation regrets really helped me as someone who is constantly renovating.

Here are a few ways to get in more reading this year- love the library lending hack!

beauty-uniform-afzaa-17

source: cup of jo

“For me, wearing a hijab has given me an identity as a Muslim American. My hijab speaks for me before I do; it tells people about my morals, beliefs and values. It gives me a sense of self-confidence and strength.”- I love learning more about the hijab and what it signifies.

DIY those pizza lunchable kits- so smart. My kids would flip for these.

This task is on my spring cleaning agenda. Lots of good tips for getting this area organized this year!

I’m reading this book for my local book club this week. I have to say, it is so very different than anything I’ve ever read. Have you read it?

Check out the winners of the Little Free Library design competition. I have a crush on that owl library- too cute!

Designer Home on a Budget

source: the glitter guide

Tips for achieving that designer home look on a budget.

12 reasons why millennials are leaving the church. Great strategies for doing better- love the focus on serving!

9 recipes based on 9 of this year’s Oscar-nominated films. What a fun date night this would be!

You guys must be stocking up your tees for spring too- this was your top purchase this week. PS- they are perfection- not too thick, not too thin, & true to size!

This is such a wonderful piece of advice on marriage.

Anyone else laughing about this new trend? Hahaha!

Comment of the Week: I’ve said it before but it bears repeating, I love your Notebook. It’s so simple yet so informative. Definitely keeps me coming back to see what new and fun things you’ve been doing. Keep up the great work!- Kristen

Whoa! Thank you! One question people ask is how I do the hunting & gathering for this post. Let me tell you, it takes awhile.  I subscribe to a ton of blogs & read through Feedly with my morning coffee each morning, bookmarking things I think you might enjoy. It’s a week of work for a single day, but I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy this feature so much! I thought it might become extinct when Pinterest took off, but you proved me wrong. Thank you, Kristen! xoxo

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

 

Amy’s Notebook 02.15.17

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Closet Makeover

source: hi sugarplum

This closet makeover transformation is gorgeous.

Now this is a new way to look at packing your lunch- bahaha!

Being lonely is okay.  Doing something about it is better.  I feel so much of this in the stage we are in right now. Have you struggled to find your tribe?

I have devoured this book in about 24 hours flat! You must add it to your book stacks.

I love a good one pan dish and this One Pan Tuscan Garlic Chicken Tortellini looks like something you would enjoy at a high-end Italian restaurant. YUM!

Please feel free to soak my gummy bears in rosé. Wouldn’t that be a fun summer party treat?

Hulu does it again! Don’t forget to order a shirt to wear while you binge on this.

Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil from Damn Delicious

source: damn delicious

I love the idea of doing your shrimp boil on a sheet pan! This is going on our planner this week.

Sunday night habits of successful people.

For my crocheting friends, these crocheted arm warmers are too cute!

15 dirty spots you’re probably missing when you are cleaning. Noted!

I’m piecing together my spring capsule and got this top in ivory. It is PERFECTION and will be a perfect layering piece for my spring layers!

I also stocked up on my basic t-shirts. At this price- I could afford a couple! Love the high reviews on these.

I’m going to have to try this plant fake-out technique since our house doesn’t get a lot of light. Just don’t look too closely so you can be impressed.

Comment of the Week (from Two Twenty-One)- I COULD KISS YOU!!! I ordered a pair of Sienna Ugg rainboots because I thought my calves may be too big for the Shayes. The Siennas are almost too big! This never happens!!! Thank you!!! Also, if you haven’t yet, check out Bella Vita– LOVE their stuff!!

Noted! I’ve never heard of Bella Vita, but I’m all over it now! So fun- love your comments, friends!! xo

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

 

 

 

Amy’s Notebook 02.01.17

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Orange Avocado Kale Quinoa Salad

source: two peas & their pod

One giant spoon please for this orange, avocado, & kale quinoa salad! Yum!

Lessons learned from a social media fast.

Still struggling through the political mess? Don’t forget to take care of yourself.

If you feel like  the other side is CRAZY, you might be living in a feed echo chamber.  I’m giving this site a try this week to understand both sides.

After a lot of debating on brands, I went ahead and ordered some rainboots and I can’t wait to get them. Fingers crossed they fit well!

I can’t wait to try this fun chicken wing spice and dip combo. It sounds divine!

Painting Countertops from In My Own Style

source: in my own style

I’ve been talking to my husband for awhile about painting our countertops and this post is so inspiring! Have you tried it?

Big things happening for a trendy new clothing line. SO excited for my pals!

My kids would flip for these black bean breakfast tacos!

Speaking of breakfast, I’d love to try this technique when cooking eggs for a crowd.

Staging Your Home To Sell from Emily Henderson

source: emily henderson

Tips for staging your home to sell.

I got up really early this morning to read this book. It’s gorgeously written and a relationship I knew nothing about! You can see what I read this month over here!

Choosing minimalism is a privilege- have you thought of it that way?

10 celebrity narrated audio books for your commute. Adding these to my wish list!

 

Looking for something new to read this month? Be sure to join our Book Club group to get daily deals. Today’s deals were too good not to share here too!!

THE PARIS WIFE, $2.99
WHILE MY EYES WERE CLOSED, $1.99
MONSTER, $1.99
BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK, $1.99
THE MASTER, $2.99
THE SISTERS BROTHERS, $1.99
EVA LUNA, $2.99
OXYGEN, $1.99
JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL, $1.99
THE BOOKSELLER, $1.99
A MOMENT ON THE EDGE, $.99
THE IMAM’S DAUGHTER, $.99
THE GOOD LIAR, $1.99
THE THIRTEENTH TALE, $2.99
A MOVEABLE FEAST, $2.99
THE POISON ARTIST, $3.99
THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS, $1.99
SUGAR CRUSH, $1.99
THE ACHIEVEMENT HABIT, $1.99
GODS WITHOUT MEN, $1.99
WOMAN IN BLUE, $1.99
GHOSTS IN THE WIRES, $1.99
THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYONE, $.99
THE WRONG UNIT, $.99
WITNESS TO A TRIAL, $.99

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

 

Amy’s Notebook 01.25.17

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Football Food Stadium from Foodie Crush

source: foodie crush

Now this is a game day spread- WOW!

I love a good foreign flick so I can’t wait to check out a few of these recommendations.

So many great lessons learned from a year without spending.

I cannot stop laughing at these obituaries. Don’t worry, I’m not awful (or am I?)! Read them!

I’m feeling inspired to paint a wooden bead garland for my mantle- this looks so fresh and modern!

This is your brain on poverty. So thought-provoking!

“It’s a scary thought, all the letting go that must happen. But it must happen consciously, and if we never get around to it, there will never be enough time….

I’m really pumped about this new small space collection. The pricing is better than their typical rates!

One Dress Five Ways

source: unfancy

Get inspired to minimize your wardrobe with this 10×10 challenge. It is making me excited about my next capsule wardrobe!

Do you struggle with digital clutter too? I love these ideas for minimizing that!

I always love a good binge-worthy series! Bookmarking this for our next binge session!

How to detox from social media without deleting your accounts- love these tips!

This article on high-functioning anxiety definitely strikes home. Do you struggle too?

Adding Greenery

 source: jones design company

I need to bookmark this list of the best indoor plants to add to your home. I need more greenery in the winter months!

I finished this book yesterday and absolutely loved it! Have you read it?

These gadgets look like they could really step up my phone photography.

These ideas are inspiring me to get our laundry area more organized.

So much style inspiration in this beautiful living room.

28 books to read in 2017- can’t wait to tackle a few on this list!

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

Amy’s Notebook 01.18.17

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Sheet Pan Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry

source: gimme some oven

I want to make this easy sheet pan chicken and veggies stir fry for some healthy lunches to enjoy at my desk!

A black female Astrophysicist explains why Hidden Figures isn’t just about history. Thinking about taking your kids? Check out our review on the site!

This budget-friendly kitchen makeover is so inspiring! I had no idea they made Formica counters that beautiful!

I spent a little of my birthday money on this cute item for my capsule! I am already seeing it in a million combos for this year!

I really wouldn’t mind doing laundry if I had this adorable room to do it in! That wallpaper gets all the heart eyes!

60 things to toss out in the next 60 days- I LOVE this challenge (and need to to do it!)

I’m going to have to try this chunky beef, cabbage, and tomato soup recipe in my Instant Pot!

Living With Kids

source: design mom

Wow! Such a beautiful family story in the Living With Kids series and, I’m sure, an encouragement to many. And that bookshelf is making me awfully happy too!

Organized entryways minus the closet- I’m inspired!

No, this is not just the way it is. Beautifully said!

Bookmarking this list to dig into more great movies this year.

Here are some new ways to use your Evernote account. I love that tip for not cluttering up your inbox!

I always feel like I am getting ripped off so this piece on cell phone plans was a good read!

DIY Message Board

source: apartment therapy

I love this diy felt message board- I think this is going to be a weekend diy project over here!

I’m listening to this adorable memoir, for the MomAdvice Reading Challenge, and laughing out loud often. It reminds me a little of Sedaris!

I am wowed by this home exterior makeover!

6 podcasts to add to your listening schedule!

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

 

Amy’s Notebook 01.11.17

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Chicken Pesto Bowls

source: damn delicious

I want to dive into one of these chicken pesto bowls face first.

Here are 10 books to read before they hit movie theaters!

A 31-day healthy comfort food planner- these dishes look so good!

Understanding the line between frugality and deprivation- what a great piece to read as you recommit to your financial goals for the year!

I’m in love with this happiness jar idea. What a great reminder of the best moment of your day!

Follow 6 people as they tackle real 2017 resolutions- could you take one of these on?

Customized Turntable

source: a beautiful mess

I’m in love with this customized turntable!

Entitlement is optional.

I dug into this book for my reading challenge this year. It’s incredible and important!

If you have always wanted to learn to knit, this looks like a great series to follow!

I’m all for a hygge marathon to get me through this winter.

Okay, it’s official. Getting hygge obsessed.

Empty Drawers after Kon Mari

source: thrifty decor chick

This is just the declutter post I needed.

I’d also like to embrace digital minimalism this year.

A 4-step wardrobe edit for the new year!

I find making new friends as an adult very challenging!

“I started to look at the other people I was trusting to know what was best for me. Maybe they didn’t know after all.” I needed to read this today!

The most anticipated books of 2017- what are you excited to read?

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

Amy’s Notebook 01.03.17

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Organizing Christmas Decorations

source: apartment therapy

Lots of great tips for packing away your Christmas decorations.

Reading this incredible and heartbreaking book. The way this author writes requires you to read passages out loud.

Looking forward to getting back to my podcast listening with this list.

Why time management is ruining our lives.

This wellness challenge looks like a great way to start your year.

These are the best books of 2016 based on all the lists. How many have you read? I’m clocking in at 5 so far!

A strong grilled cheese game, for sure!

This middle school gig is tough!

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

source: thirty handmade days

This slow cooker chicken pot pie soup looks so warm and comforting!

A year of dinners to inspire you in 2017.

Nail tough dishes and techniques with this post.

These are the books to read to prepare for this year’s television season!

Tax Organization Tips

source: i heart organizing

I want to do better with my receipts and tax paperwork in the new year.

10 important morning habits of super successful women- I need this nudge!

Well, that was terrifying.

I can’t rave enough about this board game. Short rounds, belly laughs, and the entire family absolutely loves it!

In 2017, pay yourself first. I love these ideas for building financial security.

Bookmarking these recipes for my menu planner- yum!

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

 

Amy’s Notebook 12.21.16

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

5-minute-hair

source: the beauty department

5-minute hair for the holidays. I’m in!

Moscow reindeer cocktails- sign me up!

These tweets about cleaning are hilariously true (especially right now!).

So happy to see that this is your favorite article this month- I knew I had great readers!

The top Pinterest home style trends of 2016- I love them all!

I’m glad to hear that fake news will now be flagged.

A professional organizer’s advice for staying organized around the holidays. Lots of thoughtful tips in here!

 

10 Simple Ways to Say No

source: be more with less

10 simple ways to help you say no- what a great reminder in this upcoming year. Oh, and if that isn’t enough, start using this tactic.

I love seeing what people are adding to next year’s reading stacks. You can participate in her reading challenge over here.

How about THIS for the a minimalist home tour. Such a great and needed reminder!

Homemade Irish Cream in just 5 minutes!

I just finished this book yesterday and I can’t rave enough. READ IT RIGHT NOW!

A best of 2016 books list with some rather unique picks!

Bookmarking these sweet & simple holiday decorating ideas for next year.

4 liquid eyeliner internet hacks- hilariously tested and results shared! I won’t lie, I’m terrified of it!

I’ll have to remember these faux garland greenery touches to make it look more real.

Pan Seared Salmon With Roasted Vegetables

source: joy the baker

This looks like a healthy & easy one bowl meal.

I love reading about what it would be like to attend the White House holiday party.

Thankful for these cozy boots this winter- even at negative twenty, my feet were toasty warm! Bonus, deeply discounted this week!

I love these tips and results of painting over wood trim and doors. So stylish!

Swooning over this staircase wall update- what a difference!

10 books to inspire your children to embrace a minimalist attitude.

Bookmarking this delicious snickerdoodle recipe. They are my husband’s favorite!

This woman is a genius.

Looking to join a book club this year? Hurry on over and join for our next year of book club selections!

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

Amy’s Notebook 12.14.16

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Casserole source: foodie crush

I’m dying to make this slow cooker mediterranean casserole for a Christmas morning treat!

Packaging a book like this would certainly make the gift even more special for a bookworm.

I can’t wait to try this Japanese gift wrapping technique!

Whoa, over 55,000 of you viewed this recipe this week. I hope you are making loads of these for your gluten-free friends just trying to get through the holidays!

I love these ideas for small scale holiday decorating!

I do love a good book cover!

This is such a great reminder that mental strength often comes from the things you DON’T do.

If you need an escape from the holiday craziness, this book has me in stitches this week! I’m surprised by the negative reviews- it’s been a relatable, quirky, and light read for me.

Christmas Paper Office Decorations

source: the house that lars built

Absolutely wowed by what one ream of paper can do to make an office feel festive.

I love twinkle lights, don’t you?

These Union Square Cafe Bar Nuts look like a great holiday gift to share!

Pantone’s color of the year is getting a mixed reception. What do you think?

This slow cooker chicken and wild rice soup is going on this week’s menu plan!

Free Customizable Gift Tags from Our Best Bites

source: our best bites

Aren’t these gift tags gorgeous? Best part? Customizable to your packaging- yay!

Yes, the pajama drawer has gotten waayyy out of hand.

Are you guys picking up a new hobby too? This happened to be your top purchase this week. Can you help teach me?

I’m going to be making a birthday cake next week for my little girl. What a beautiful reminder of all that it stands for!

This slow cooker fudge recipe would be a great gift to share this year.

I love to read my friend’s favorite books of the year. Stay tuned for mine!

This list of board games for a crowd had some great picks that I haven’t heard of before!

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo