Thursday, January 11, 2018

Coat Closet Organization

Happy Thursday Friends! I hope your week has been great so far and you are looking forward to a fun weekend ahead!

So how many of you have a space in your home that just drives you absolutely crazy? For me there are several little spaces in our home that are getting to me, but the biggest one for me was our Coat Closet.  I was so excited when we moved into our house to have a bigger coat closet because "then we will have room for our coats and shoes!" But the truth was our close almost immediately became a hot mess.  We're talking shoes everywhere, coats a mess and the top shelf covered with who knows that and a frustrating eye sore for me every time I tried to hang a coat up at home.

And I could not IMAGINE having my guests hang their coats up in that space.  No WAY, Jose! That would just be too darn embarrassing for me.  So of course, I knew this was an issue, but like most things, I put it off for months.

Well not anymore! I was determined to use my time off around the holidays to get some organization done.  This project honestly was not hard to do, it was just a matter of hunkering down and doing the work for it.

So here's the result!

Before


{Also, I did not purposefully make the pictures almost line up, it kind of just happened}

Before I went ahead and tore up the space, I spent some time researching Amazon and found some storage boxes and some shoe racks so we would be able to not only see our shoes, but also have easy and organized access to our shoes.

These shoe racks were easy to assemble and had storage for about 9 pairs of shoes {unless you have smaller feet, then you could easily get 12 pairs of shoes directly on the shelf}.  I wanted something that would be sturdy that would also look nice, so this shoe rack was perfect for my needs.  The neat thing about this shoe rack is you can build on it! They can be stacked or connected to make the shelf taller or wider depending on your needs {you just need to get the necessary pieces for the expansion}.

When it came to storage boxes, I knew I wanted something with a handle because I am shorter and need to be able to grab the box down without too much difficulty.  When I came across these boxes, I knew immediately they were what I was looking for for this space! They do come disassembled, but they are easy to assemble and make such a cute and functional addition for the space.

The last little thing we had in there was the "Nick's Socks" bin.  This is more of a funny thing than anything, but my friend is always cold and was constantly asking to borrow socks, so for Christmas 2016 I bought him this caddy from Thirty-One, personalized it and filled it with wool socks so he would always have socks at our home that were just his.

Once I had all of the supplies available, I went to town and pulled everything out of the closet.  It is amazing how much we had randomly accrued in this space! So many things that are not coat closet "appropriate" but had landed there because they needed a place to hang.  Once the closet was emptied, I wiped everything down and vacuumed and mopped the floors.  While I was cleaning, Justin helped by building all of the shoe racks and helped build the boxes.

I also took the opportunity to purge a bunch of shoes and coats while I was in there because some of those shoes I had not worn since we moved into our house in June of 2016.  If the shoe didn't seem like my style anymore or like something I would wear again, I put it into a box to be donated or trashed it.

Once that was all done, I took the time to put everything back and organize it and this was the final result!

After



Does it not look so much nicer now? I love that I have a place for our shoes and coats as well as bins to store our hats, gloves, scarves and my sandals (since, it's 30 degrees in Michigan).  And of course I am so excited to have a spot for my guests to hang their coats when they visit!

Question of the Day: What space in your home needs a face lift? 


I'd love to hear from you!



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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

23andMe

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this post are my own and are not those of 23andMe.  Should you click any of the links below and purchase a product, I will be compensated in some form for your purchase.  



Happy Tuesday Friends!

Have you heard of 23andMe? If you have not, it's a simple process where you order a kit, collect your own saliva and mail it to a CLIA-certified lab where they break down your DNA into manageable, understandable information.  Seems rather simple, right?

I am excited to say that my wonderful husband purchased the Health + Ancestry Kit for me as a Christmas gift.  To be honest, out of all of the things I asked for this Christmas, this is the one item I was really hoping to receive.  Being adopted, I often wonder "who am I?".  Where do I come from? What is my ancestry? So by asking for and receiving this gift, I am able to answer a few of those questions {even at a superficial level}.

So what did I think about the initial process? I'll be honest, I did not mail out my tube until four days after Christmas.  In order to get the saliva sample, you have to have not had food or drink for at least thirty minutes.  And every time I remembered I wanted to mail it in, I had either eaten something or taken a drink.  So finally that day, I set a time for 30 minutes and made sure that I did not eat or drink during that time.

Spitting into the tube is rather simple {I mean, look at the pictures on the box - they explain it step-by-step with pictures}.  You just need to fill the tube until the line then close it up and package it up to mail.


Once I got the tube packaged up and ready to go, I walked the package out to the mail box and waited for it to be picked up.  I was a bit worried that my spit would freeze as Michigan is basically an ice cube and well below freezing, but the tube does have stabilizing solution to protect your saliva.


Within 24 hours of the tube being mailed, 23andMe, provided a status about my package through this nice status bar.  I appreciate that I can receive regular updates about the process and what I can expect throughout the process.


You can also take some of their many surveys which help them collect data about human nature and your habits.  I have been enjoying answering a few of their surveys and will likely take time to finish all of them between now and the time my results come back in the mail.

So the next step is for me to just wait! I am curious to see where I hail from and what health information they can give me based on my DNA.  I will be sure to share with everyone my results once they come back in the mail!

Want to check it out for yourself? 


Thinking about doing your Ancestry test too? Go to www.23andme.com and check out their DNA Genetic Test kit options! And if you decide to do one too, make sure to let me know! I'd love to hear about your experience too!

And check back in a little bit to see my results! I cannot wait to see where I "hail" from! 


I'd love to hear from you!



Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. Read my full disclosure policy here.




Monday, January 8, 2018

A Few Changes for 2018.

Happy Monday  Friends! I hope your week is off to a great start and you had a wonderful weekend this past weekend.  


I wanted to stop in to have a quick chat with you all about the blog.  Obviously I had a rough time keeping up the blog on top of everything else I had going on in my life towards the end of last year.  From some aspects I felt very sad that I was not able to keep up with the blog, but on others I was relieved to not have the pressure of generating topics for the blog and maintaining all the social media aspects of the blog. 

Now that 2018 has arrived and I have taken a few months to collect my thoughts, I am happy to get back to blogging.  But this time, I want to make sure that I do not burn myself out in a few months and disappear for the summer again {then again around the holidays}.  Blogging is something I very much enjoy doing and I want to make sure that I reincorporate it back into my life. 

So here's the plan I have come up with for 2018:

1. I would like to do 2-3 posts per week.  These posts can range anywhere from Month @ a Glance posts to What's Up Wednesday posts and everything in between.  

2. If I am doing a non-regular post, I want to make sure that it adds value to both your life and mine.  I do not want to become one of those bloggers who posts for the sake of posting.  Not only is that boring for you, it is a waste of my time.

3. I want to connect with you more.  Have a topic I haven't covered but would like to see me post about? Send me an email at runwithjackabee@gmail.com or comment below.  I am happy to address different areas of my life or topics that I might not regularly cover.

4. If I do not have posts or topics, or I need to take a break, I will make sure to share with you all my plans for a break.  That way you know how long I'll be gone for and what to expect.  I know, for me, it's frustrating when I go to read a blog and the blogger has just disappeared so I want to make sure I do not do that to you.  

I think that covers everything I wanted to {so far}.  If I think of anything else that I want to share regarding the blog, I will make sure to post an update on this post so everyone is in the loop.  

Question of the Day: What topics would you like to see covered on the blog?


I'd love to hear from you!


Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. Read my full disclosure policy here.