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Cookbook Storage Idea

Hey there! Happy Tuesday. I’m so happy to have Monday out of the way I was finally motivated to share this little set up with you. Oh, and I’m a blogger and like to share things, so maybe Monday had nothing to do with it.

I don’t know about you, but for the longest time (like a year), I wasn’t sure what to do with cookbooks. Never mind even thinking about using them, I wasn’t even really sure where to put them.

I would stack them neatly on the counter, then while I was at work Will would stash them in a cabinet somewhere to get them off the counter. Either way, it wasn’t very organized or functional (assuming we were going to use them someday).

So when we moved back into the same apartment we’d been living in, I decided to try something new. I bought and painted these crates over a year ago and finally had some ideas about how to use them. Originally I wanted to hang them on the wall like a shelf and put the cookbooks inside, but after holding it up and hearing Will laugh at my idea, I realized it the crate would be sticking out too far from the wall.

So I cleared out the corner where my mixer had been sitting for Plan B. I put it in the cabinet because if you hadn’t caught on yet, I don’t cook much so it’s not something I use everyday. Anyways, this is what we ended up with. Pretty and functional.

Cookbooks

Plus I paid way too much money for those turtle measuring cups from Pier 1 for them to be hidden away in a cabinet. I know they’re silly, but they make me happy.

Cookbook Turtle

Cookbook Storage

How do you store your cookbooks? Do you display them or hide them away in a cabinet?

P.S. I will love you forever if you would pin one of these images to Pinterest if it’s something you like!

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Day 1 = Fail

I am finally home, and I couldn’t be happier! And…I got started on some of the goals I set yesterday.

This morning I got up and went to the gym and wow. I thought I was going to die by minute 12 on the elliptical. I stayed on it for 30 minutes and did a little lifting afterwards. Good enough for the first day. This whole getting back into working out after a two month break thing is harder than it sounds.

Then I came home and hit up the pool. It was already getting hot by 10 am, so I figured why not.

pool day

On the plane last week I started reading a free ebook on my iPad. I soon found out why it was free, because it wasn’t that good and was full of typos, but I got sucked in anyway just to find out at the end of the book that it was the first of a series of three. And I had to pay for the 2nd and 3rd. Boo! But I did it anyways since I was already invested, and this led me to failing at my goals in multiple ways.

First, while I was at the pool I was laying on my stomach and rolling over to my back and the iPad slipped out of my hands and slid across the cement facedown. I picked it up and just my luck, the entire front of the screen was cracked. Huge bummer.

Cracked iPad

But then I could still read, so I stayed out there until I finished the entire book. So now, not only do I have a cracked iPad screen, I also have a pretty bad sunburn.

So, the one fun goal I set was kind of a bust. Better luck next time I guess.

The worst part about the iPad is that we also have a Macbook with a cracked screen. A couple years ago Will drove off with it still sitting on the top of his truck. This was when he was still stationed in Georgia, but I was actually visiting him that weekend. I love Apple products, but I do wish they were a bit more durable, ya know?

The best part of today though? I still have plenty of day left to work on furniture, cook dinner and maybe even fit in a  little nap! Maybe today isn’t such a fail after all! :)

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You guys, you have no idea how much I can’t wait to head home tomorrow. I mentioned yesterday that I’m in St. Louis for a work trip, and it’s turning into a looooonnnnngggg week. It actually has more to do with the fact that it feels like I’ve spent the majority of this month in a hotel room than anything.

I did check out the arch for the first time a couple nights ago and we even rode up to the top. I can’t say that the two hour wait was worth it though. I’ve heard it’s much more enjoyable when it’s not so crowded. Either way, it was still pretty neat and I had to take the typical tourist picture for your enjoyment.

St. Louis Arch

And I’m sure you’re dying to see the frozen yogurt I had for dinner last night. Don’t worry, I won’t make you wait.

FroYo

But really, I think being away from home a lot lately has been good for me. I’m actually tired of being lazy finally. I’ve been pretty guilty of laying around doing nothing after work most nights. I’ve felt like I’m still in the winter funk, you know the one where it’s  so cold out that you just don’t want to move again, ever? Except it’s not cold outside.

So thanks to some extended hotel reflection time, I’ve set out few goals for myself when I get home. A “lifestyle change” if you will. And what better way to hold myself accountable than to share them here?

1. Work out 4-5 days a week. I’m pretty little, but I seriously haven’t worked out at all since we got married on June 6. This is probably the longest I’ve gone without working out in years. Usually when I get burnt out I still do something once or twice a week, but not this time. And I’m pretty sure you can poke your finger through one side of thigh and see it on the other side. Muscle is lacking.

2. Cook at home. We also have cooked less than 10 meals at home since we’ve been married. It’s hurting our health and our pocketbooks. And I bet if I eat healthier foods, I might be in a better mood to work towards that first goal…

3. Hit the pool. Not all goals have to be torturous. It is summertime after all, and our apartment complex has a super nice pool. I’ve only been out there 2-3 times this summer, and I want to get a tan before fall starts showing its face.

4. Finish at least one project every weekend. I get into this pattern where I don’t work on any projects for 3 weeks and then the week before the Red Apron sale, I’m spending every spare second during the week to attempt to paint 5 pieces of furniture to sell. Let’s just say I haven’t been too successful lately and only end up completing about 1/4 of what I convince myself I can do in that short amount of time. Sanding seriously has the potential to eat up all your time. Plus, I really need to be posting at least one furniture reveal a week on the blog, or else it just gets boring around here!

I read enough blogs to know that doing everything isn’t possible, but look, I’m not even attempting to keep my apartment clean. I’m kind of scared that these things are so hard to balance now, and I’m only taking care of myself. If I don’t get things under control now, I’m not sure I’ll survive with a family someday. P.S. I blame it on the fact that we have a really comfortable couch.

So how do you do it all? What’s your motivation for accomplishing your to-do list after work?

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