Monday, November 16, 2015

Made in the USA: The Incense of the West

I bought this teepee incense holder several months ago at a store in Houston called Manready Mercantile. I have talked about them before and you can find made in the USA items there. When I first bought this incense holder I had every intention of giving it away to a friend, but ended up keeping it for myself. It is a cool little item and is only $10 plus it comes with 20 incense cones.

Friday, November 13, 2015

10 Year Celebration!

I'm celebrating 10 YEARS of business!! What started off as a side job while working in O&G turned into a career I LOVE! 
I thought I'd extend my celebration discount for my clients to everyone with 10% off purchased services from now until Nov.20th this includes gift certificates and phone consultations for out of towners. They make great hostess gifts, gifts for employees, etc. Also, stay connected for some exciting things in the coming weeks.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Made in the USA: Outdoor Voices Workout Clothes

I recently went by Outdoor Voices when I was in Austin, TX. They have tons of workout gear. I am a pretty loyal Lululemon person when it comes to workout clothes because they last. Let me just clarify, I don't go out buying LL all the time, about half of their stuff I own I got resale or it was given to me.

Well, I am so glad I walked into Outdoor Voices because I love their workout clothes. They are comparable to Lululemon in prices = expensive. I love that they are made in the USA and they are soft. Their sports bras are by far some of the most comfortable that I have worn in a long time. I constantly get compliments on the pants I bought. So far they have held up pretty well.

Do you have any Outdoor Voices workout gear? What do you like most about them?

UPDATE: I visited the Outdoor Voices store in Austin in October 2016 when we went back for ACL and the employees there informed me that a majority of their clothing is no longer made in the USA. I was disappointed to say the least. I found this statement on their website as of March 25, 2017 stating "All of our clothing is designed in our studio in New York, ny, and manufactured at an expanding and increasingly-global list of factories. We are currently working with manufacturers in China, Portugal, and the United States."

Friday, November 6, 2015

You've Got Mail: Shipping Labels

I ship a lot of items for clients and myself and use shipping labels all the time. Of course you can always just write the address on the package or envelope directly, but it is always nice to have something that is easy to read and jazzes up the package a little.
These are great labels that era waterproof, so minimal smearing. 

Martha Stewart brand always has great labels.

Use a stamp for when you want to write on the package directly.

USPS has free labels to use.

Fun, different labels.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Organizing Tool: Document Box

I absolutely love these See Jan Work document boxes from Office Depot. I use them for all kinds of things like clients receipts, magazine clippings, random paperwork, etc. They are great to use to get organized in other areas of the house or office like art supplies, greeting cards, cords, etc. Price:$11.99

Have you used these boxes? What do you use them for?

Monday, November 2, 2015

How to Create a Reading Nook

For awhile now I had been thinking of making an empty awkward space in our game room a reading nook and I finally decided to do it. I think I like it, but I am not completely sold either. It looks a little crowded to me. Our dog, Rothko, seems to like it because we can tell where he has been laying while we are out. It was super easy to create this space. Here is what I did:
  • Measure. I measured the space to see what I wanted to go there. 
  • Decide. I knew I wanted some type of pad. I decided to go with 2 crib mattresses from Ikea because it was the cheapest option and fit the space perfect. 
  • Purchase. Purchase the pad or whatever you decide to go in your space and pad covers.
  • Add Pillows. I had a whole bunch of pillows I had stored away from when we moved, so I decided to just use all the random pillows we had. I did buy 2 pillows from Target because they were $7. 
  • Relax and Read. I knew I wanted the reading nook to be near where most of our books are at, granted we do have books spread throughout the house. I have used the space a few times and it is pretty comfortable and the 2 pads rarely separate down the middle probably because it fits in the space pretty perfectly. 

This was super cheap and easy. I used items I already had and spent around $75 for the mattresses and pad covers. They are super easy to change, so I may change the covers every so often. In the photos you will see 2 poufs that were in our sunroom and I decided to move them back to the sunroom. If we need them in the space I can always move them.

Do you have a reading nook? Do you love it?