Making 3 Simple Goals // Week #1

Craftivity Designs | April 1, 2015 | Be the first to comment
So, how did I do?


Well, I wanted to fix the paint in our bedroom. After seeing it with different lighting over several weeks, there were some spots where the paint didn't fully cover.

Status: 75% -- 3 out of 4 walls are done and I'll be painting the final wall today.



I needed to finish the trim in the bathroom by caulking and painting it.

Status: DONE!



 My cardigans and scarves had nowhere to hang since painting our bedroom. So I wanted to hang my clothing hooks for function.

Status: DONE!



Here are the goals for week #2...

Fix

{something that isn't right}

We've lived here over a year and worked on multiple projects. I need to clean up the wall scuffs and "oops" spots on our baseboard trim where paint has dripped.

Looks like I need to wipe down the baseboards -- just pretend you don't see that dust! ;)

Finish

{something that is incomplete}

We had some plumbing problems fixed when we completed our bathroom and never closed the hole back up downstairs. It's just a vent cover {to give us future access}
 and a pretty easy fix; but we've skipped doing it week after week.


Function

{something that makes life easier}

My spices are in a kitchen drawer right now. I'd like to free up that drawer and get the spices out on the counter for easy access.



What would be your 3 goals this week?

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A Simple Tip // Instagram Photo Display

Craftivity Designs | March 31, 2015 | Be the first to comment
It took me awhile to really start using Instagram. Between our Craftivity Designs Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts and my personal Facebook and Twitter accounts -- it just felt like too much.


But, as it turns out, Instagram is just too handy. I love how easy it is to take and edit a photo. Even if the lighting isn't good, a filter quickly masks that. My phone is so much more handy than a camera, which allows me to capture our daily lives in the moment.


Plus, ordering photos is incredibly easy with the Walgreens app. I'm even willing to pay the higher per photo price {39 cents versus 29 cents for a standard 4x6 photo} to be able to order them directly from my phone. 

Last week, while thrifting at Feather Your Nest in Lexington, I came across this letter holder.

I'd like to create some fun IG displays eventually {here's a sampling of the millions of ideas on Pinterest}; but I also wanted a spot to display them as soon as we pick them up from Walgreens.


This little letter holder is the perfect, simple solution.


How do you display your everyday photos?

Oh - and here it is on Instagram. ;)  

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Making Simple Goals

Craftivity Designs | March 24, 2015 | Be the first to comment
I am a big believer in making simple goals. It's just less overwhelming when the to-do list feels like something I can actually accomplish.



It's also nice to actually check things off the to-do list -- and simple goals make that feasible.

As the baby's due date crept closer we started shrinking our project list down to only the "baby-essential" items. Some of our projects were left unfinished because I couldn't complete them while being very pregnant {like crawling in the floor to caulk baseboards}. Then, once she arrived, some things got behind like cleaning house, keeping papers organized, menu planning and other day-to-day stuff.

We are ready to start chipping away at the to do list again; but I don't want to lose sight of all those little things by rushing off to new projects.

So for the next month I'm setting 3 simple goals each week called Fix, Finish, Function.

Here is the plan for week #1...

Fix

{something that isn't right}

After seeing our bedroom in different lighting throughout the week, we realized that it needs another coat of paint to fix some spots where the paint didn't fully cover the wall.


Finish

{something that is incomplete}

Everything thing in our bathroom renovation was completed last fall except installing trim and caulking the baseboards. We installed the trim during the winter; but due to my growing belly I hadn't caulked it yet. Time to finally mark this room DONE.


Function

{something that makes life easier}

When we painted our bedroom all the hooks were removed from the walls. My scarves and cardigans have been laying in a pile since then and it's driving me crazy. This week I want to get them back up on the walls.


I'll still allow myself to work on other projects; but these are the priorities that come before the other stuff.

Next week I'll update you on my progress!

What would be your 3 goals this week?

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Kick-Off Friday

Craftivity Designs | March 20, 2015 | Be the first to comment
Welcome to this week's KOF! Let's check out the projects featured in this week's collection...



1. Give your furniture drawers a makeover by lining them with cute gift wrap, visit IHeart Organizing to see the details.

2. Make a statement with your own DIY glitter banner, check out Dwell Beautiful to see how you can make your own. 

3. Create personalized wall art this weekend by following Jen's DIY string art tutorial on Tater Tots and Jello.

4. Give life to an old mirror with this easy glass cutting technique from A Beautiful Mess.

I hope you enjoyed this week's ideas and are feeling inspired to have a creative weekend! Happy Friday everyone!

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Toilet Talk // American Standard Clean

Lora | March 18, 2015 | Be the first to comment
After we finished our bath, I really wanted to dedicate a post to the toilet.


Though the post title suggests otherwise, I promise this post is Rated G -- no potty mouth in this review {pun intended}.

Instead we're talking more about price, style and quality.

We bought the American Standard Clean from Lowes for $219. We hadn't ever bought a toilet before, so we started by checking ratings and reviews on Lowes.com and then narrowing down from that point. Here's what we learned.

1. We chose an elongated {not round} seat. 

Our toilet sits back in a small alcove -- which is a pretty common bathroom design. The elongated design made more sense in such a narrow space.

2. We chose comfort {not standard} height.

If you are doing a bathroom reno, I'm not sure there would ever be a reason to choose standard. You could maybe argue price, but I'm okay paying a little more for something I'm using multiple times a day every single day.  The same goes for vanity height, I'd get the counter height vanity every time... and I'm only 5'1".


3. It's very efficient; but doesn't have a wimpy flush.

I have not been a fan of low-flow toilets; but this one has low water consumption without sacrificing a strong flush.



4. The design makes it easy to clean.

The sides of the base are straight. It has a modern look and is easy to clean because there is no dust and gunk collecting around all the curves and crevices that usually exist on the base of the toilet.

5. Our plumber was impressed.

Some of the reviewers commented on how heavy the toilet is {in a negative way}; but our plumber liked the weight. Not because it made it easier to install {I'm sure it made it more difficult} but because he felt it demonstrated a well made product. He said more than once "you bought a great toilet."

6. The price was good.

We really didn't price-compare much; but I know $219 isn't the cheapest or the most expensive toilet out there. However, when you consider how important a toilet is -- and how often you use it -- I don't think $219 is bad at all.

7. The seat isn't the best.

The toilet seat seems a bit flimsy, especially in comparison to the rest of the toilet. It seems to slide right to left too easily, in my opinion. Replacing it, though, might be a bit of a bear -- based on some of the online reviews.




Overall, I'd completely recommend this toilet if you are in the market for one. I don't think I ever would have thought I would like a toilet so much; but it really does have a nice stylish look, is so much easier to clean and works great, too. It's kind of like a vacuum... definitely not a very exciting thing to buy; but when you get a good one it feels like a luxury.

So how do you feel about your toilet? ;)

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