Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My Top 5 packing tips for moving {Daily Diaries}

We moved two and a half weeks ago and through this move along with some other moves I have been through in my life I have learned some great tips when it comes to packing and keeping it as smooth and organized as ever without wanting to pull your hair out in the end. So I came up with my top 5 packing for a move tips that I want to pass on. These make it easier to stay organized while packing, loading up the truck, unloading the truck and most importantly for unpacking once you get to your new place.  Lets be real here moving is so exhausting and the easier and more organized we can keep it the better and the more likely we are to stay sane for ourselves and our families. Moving and change is hard lets keep the packing and actual labor of the move as smooth as possible shall we.

Long story short this was a rushed move so I could use all the organization and the least amount of stress I could get.

These are my sweet boys sleeping in their bed at our old place for the last time. Yes I got all emotional about it because this is the only home either of my little boys have ever known. We moved there when Maddux was 2 months old and we brought Holden home from the hospital to this house. I am getting teary just typing this now.

Ok ok lets get to those 5 awesome tips....

{Tip No. 1}

1. Color code: This one is by far my favorite tip. Go out and get some colored duct tape one for each room or area of your home that you will be moving into. One you have assigned a color to each room as you pack you will label that box with that color tape and write with a sharpie the room and hat is in the box.

Here you can see all of my rainbow of colors once we started getting packed.

I put a big piece of tape on the top of the box and labeled it and then I put small pieces of the same color on each side of the box so no matter how the box was stacked you could see what room it went in to. This was great to keep them all organized in the moving truck and most importantly when you move all the boxes into the house you can quickly know where each box should be stored and unpacked latter.

Another sub-tip to go along with this is that when you unload the truck get the boxes in the house in the specific rooms they should be in {not in the garage or basement}. This is a good tip so that you can get all the heavy boxes in while you still have the help of family and friends from the move and then all you have to do is unpack each room. This saved me and it made unpacking so much quicker because I just wanted the boxes out of my house. 

{Tip No. 2}

2. Pack your hang up clothes in a bag. Do not waste your boxes on your hang up clothes and hanger. Keep them all on the hanger and use a big garage bag to keep them all together and easy to transport. I just grouped a whole bunch together put the bag around the bottom of them all and then tied a knot with the draw strings from the bag around the hanger leaving the hook out of the bag. This keeps them organized, less wrinkled and much easier to unpack into your new closet.

I then labeled them with the tape color of their assigned room.

I did this to all the hang up clothes including our boys. All of our clothes in dressers we just kept in the dresser. Yes this is heavy but you just take out all the drawers move them into the truck and put the drawers back in this saves a lot of time and boxes.

{Tip No. 3}

3. Wrap wrap wrap. Make sure to wrap up your valuables. The worst thing is when you unpack a box and you have broken frames, memorabilia, decor items. or kitchenware. I learned this the hard way so wrap them. It doesn't matter how just do it you wont be sorry.

Use newspaper, paper towels, bubble wrap {we happened to just already have some}, or of course use your towels. I used all our towel to wrap fragile items I didn't pack a single one on its own. This is a free and most supportive way.

{Tip No. 4}

4. Bag your hardware, screws, nails and anchors. For each room when I would take anything down from the wall {pictures, decor, shelves, wall hangings, headboards, etc} I put them in a baggie, put the tape on them that coordinated with the room they were from {I told you the color coding tape was my fav tip} tabled what was in it and packed it in a box from that room.  

This way you don't loose any of the hardware and you don't have to get new screws and nails. Lets save money anywhere we can right?!

{Tip No. 5}

5. Pack your items that will be in storage, garage or basement in plastic bins. This is huge for me if you have things such as holiday decor, camping items, baby clothes, and whatever else you store because it is not used all the time it is best to put them in bins and label the bins. Storage units can get infested with bugs or mice, basements can flood, garages can flood along with other damages. These bins protects those items.

These were in our garage at the old place, at the new place they are in the basement and I just love that they are good no matter where they go. They aren't in the garage this time because the extra space in the garage will be changed into a crossfit gym {woot! more on that to come}.

I hope these tips will help you as much as they have helped me. This really does bring the stress and anxiety level down a notch and I promise you, you will get your home unpacked so much quicker. Like I said we move 2 1/2 weeks ago during the summer holidays and crazy busy stuff going on with family visiting and I still am already mostly unpacked and even have decor on the walls.

You can thank me later. Pin pin pin my friends!

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Best Cookies You Will Ever Eat {Practicing Pinterest}

Alright. Lets be honest with each other, shall we? How many times have you made a batch of cookies and thought to yourself "These are the best! I'm going to make these for the rest of my life! My kids will love them! My grandkids will love them! My great great grandkids will love them! Everyone will worship me and I will be known forever as 'The Greatest Cookie Maker of All Time!'".

Oh....thats not you? Well. It's about to be you! Let me tell you something. I'm some what of a chocolate chip cookie connoisseur. I try out new recipes all the time. Off pinterest, out of cooking books, recipes from my friends, recipes off the back of the chocolate chip bag. Everything. I never felt like they measured up to what I wanted them to taste like. And honestly, I'm not the type of gal to go making up my own recipe. So I just kept digging.

I found this recipe from one of my moms friends. And it's MONEY, I tell you. M-O-N-E-Y! I make this recipe consistently now and I ALWAYS get compliments. Not just the "oh you made these? they are good :)". I get the "HOLY CRAP! ARE YOU MARTHA STEWART?! WHAT DID YOU BAKE IN THESE? RAINBOWS AND FAIRY DUST? THEY ARE MAGICAL!" (ok, so no one has ever said that to me. But you get the general idea. These cookies are the bomb.)

Here, my friends. Have my recipe. Then go. Go and bake them. And let everyone tell you how glorious of a baker you are. These are fool proof. (And blonde proof.) No excuses.

The Undone Chocolate Chip Cookies

- 2 Cups Oil (you can use any kind. I use Canola)
- 1 Cup White Sugar
- 2 Cups Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 4 Eggs

Mix these first 5 ingredients together until creamy. Then add the last 4 ingredients to the creamed mixture

   - 5-6 Cups of Flour
    - 2 tsp Baking Soda
     - 1/2 tsp Salt
                                                      - 1 BIG Bag of Chocolate Chips. (I use milk chocolate, of course.)

Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350* for 11 minutes. (They might not look done, but I promise, they are done :))


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

8:27 PM on a Saturday {Roll Call}

Only a few weeks left in July and the Undone moms have been making the most of their Summer, let find out what they were up to last Saturday! 

{The UNDONE Blog} Real Life Mom Fashion

Read the deets right here peeps! 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

No More Sore Sandal Feet {Daily Diaries}

A couple of weeks ago I showed you how I re-vamped an old pair of sandals (which I've SO many compliments on!) so this week I thought I'd continue the summer shoe trend and show you how I upgraded a pair of Quinn's shoes. These adorable little babies were an Easter gift from Grandma, and we love them for so many reasons.

{The UNDONE Blog} Zebra Jelly Sandals

First, the adorable zebra print detail, because Quinn and I love pops of zebra (I may or may not have had zebra print accents at my wedding...), second, the sparkle jelly, and third, the neutral factor. These sandals can go with almost anything! Not too fancy, not too plain, and a color (or lack of one) that is universal. But now on to the cons. There is one thing that we definitely didn't  like about these sandals. They gave Quinn ouchies! No matter how cute a pair of shoes is, if they're causing my baby pain then they're a no go. The first time Quinn wore these shoes they rubbed between her toes and gave her some nasty sores. Poor baby! Her cute shoes were causing her pain! That's something only grown women are supposed to put up with!

I was a little disappointed that the cute zebra sandals were going to be useless and then I had a light bulb moment.  The only problem with them was the hard part between the toes, what if I could make that area not so hard? Luckily I happened to have the perfect material on hand to do just that. This fluffy zebra print faux fur - which was actually purchased to fix a pair of my sister's shoes a long time ago.

 {The UNDONE Blog} Faux Fur can be added to sandals to keep them from rubbing in between toes

 So check it out, here's how I  de-ouchiefided Quinn's shoes -

Hot glue,
Faux fur (fleece, felt, or any soft fabric would also work)

This is so simple. All I did was measure the height of the "toe piece" on the shoes and cut a small srtip of fabric tall enough to fit and long enough to wrap around at least one time,

{The UNDONE Blog}  add soft fabric to sandals to keep them from rubbing in between toes

put some hot glue on the shoe, making sure the glue seem would be on the front and not between the toes,

{The UNDONE Blog}  add soft fabric to sandals to keep them from rubbing in between toes

then lastly I wrapped the fabric around the toe piece and added a little more glue to secure it

{The UNDONE Blog}  add soft fabric to sandals to keep them from rubbing in between toes

Voila! No more ouchies!

{The UNDONE Blog}  add soft fabric to sandals to keep them from rubbing in between toes

Now I realize that with the way kids are this mostly white fabric is not likely to stay that way, but I don't care too much. If it get's too nasty I'll just cover over it with some black fleece or something like that, but I wasn't about to go the store when I had this on hand. Fabric store with a toddler = torture. Aside from looking cute, this faux fur has been super functional. We haven't had a single owie or complaint since I "fixed" these shoes.

Mission success! I always love it when I can save something that seems like it's un-functional or broken. When Parker was a toddler he spoke these ever so profound words, "Mommy can fix it, she's a FIXER!" Which I like to think is true. My husband might say I'm more of a junk saver, ghetto-rigger, which is probably also true. But either way, I'm proud to have saved the cute zebra sandals, and I hope this tip will help save many other little piggies from ouchies!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

4:18 PM on a Thursday {Roll Call}

This was one doozy of a Thursday at Undone, but sometimes life doesn't want to be nice to us...

UNDONE: Real Life Mom Fashion
EARRINGS, TANK, & SKIRT: Forever 21, WATCH: Fossil, NECKLACE: Aeropostale, SHOES: Aeropostale - bows added by me! 

This was one hot and crazy day for me! It was lucky that I got dressed and ready for the day right when I woke up (that RARELY happens), because I got a call from my dad around 11:00 am asking me to go check on my sister because she cut her finger while house sitting for her boyfriend's family. I don't know why he called me since I can't stand blood and I don't know anything about cuts, but after consulting Google it looked gross enough for me to decide to take her to the doctor. Which was a good plan because it turned out she needed some stitches. So the kids and I got to spend our afternoon watching my sister get stitched up, but then we all went to nearby park and ate lunch, so at least that was fun. Except for the fact that it was SCORCHING HOT! We weren't at the park for too long before we decided to head home and bust out the swimming pool in the back yard, which is when this photo was taken! 

UNDONE: Real Life Mom Fashion
SHIRT: Old Navy PANTS: Target

Wow thursday was a tough day. It started out as any other day. But mid afternoon I got a text from my dad saying that one of my dear friends had been in a terrible car accident that shut down I-15. My dad also said that she had been life-flighted to the hospital and that it didn't look good. I prayed and prayed my heart out that she would make it out alive. But, about ten minutes later I received another text from my dad saying that my sweet friend had passed away. I cried and cried and cried. So here is my after-cry face. I'm still in shock that my beautiful friend is gone, but I know that she is in a much better place. She is now watching over her family and especially her twin sister. Pray for this sweet family and that the pain from their loss will subside. Rest in peace sweet girl. You won't be forgotten in our home.

You might have noticed an absence of Whitney, that's because she MOVING, and she's a little too undone to be on Undone right now!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

7:32 AM on a Tuesday {Roll Call!}

If you're anything like us Undone Ladies you LIVE for the weekends. The beginning of the week is tough! Especially when it's before 10am. Lets see what we were up to last tuesday morning. Roll Call!

SHIRT: Old Navy (hubby's), SWEAT PANTS: Victoria's Secret (Pink Line)

This is my "Why in the heck am I up this early!" face. I am usually never up and going this early. But Gracie hasn't been the best sleeper lately. I think it might have to do with the long daylight we have during the spring and summer months. Anyways. She was up by 7am. (Actually...probably a little before 7am. I let her hang out in her crib for a bit before I go in and get her. I always feel like there might be a chance for her to fall back asleep again. Has that ever happened? No.) So we spent the rest of the day outside in the beautiful sunshine! Taking walks, swinging, and sliding down the slide. I love summer time!!!


This is me laying in bed, trying not to wake up. I was NOT awake at 7:30 am, and I basically never ever am, but this is what I looked like when I read the Roll Call text at about 9:00 :) 

Oops! Whit missed this roll call! Too early! 

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