Friday, March 30, 2012

I'm so trying this in our new place!!

DIY! 7 new stylish ways to de-clutter your beauty closet
By Alexis Finc,
I would love to de-clutter, but whenever I think of organization, I imagine clear plastic bins with labels attached. I guess that works, but it's just so boring ... and ugly. Besides, some beauty products are actually fun to look at, like perfume bottles and colorful eyeshadow palettes. Why hide them in a drawer or in a bin under the bed?
Luckily, there's a bunch of crafty people on the Web who know a thing or two about stylish organization, whether it's for makeup, accessories, or perfume bottles. If I get started now, I think I might have the kitchen table cleaned up in an afternoon — or, alright, more like a week. Ready to join me? 
Check the top creative ways to de-clutter your beauty closet:
Wooden necklace organizer
Salvaged wood is a hip and eco-friendly way to decorate. Here's how to bring that element into your room, and organize your necklaces at the same time:
What you need:
• salvaged wooden board
• small drawer knobs (with screws)
• drill
1. Take your piece of salvaged board and drill five pilot holes down the center of the board, the same distance apart. (Tip: You may want to mark them out before you drill.)
2. Take your drawer knobs and attach them to the board, via the pilot holes.
3. Hang up the board, and arrange your necklaces on the drawer pulls.
Earring cheese grater
Here's a secret: Your cheese grater doesn't want to grate cheese. What it really wants to do is show off your earrings. Give it a chance.
What you need:
• small cheese grater
• paint
• small metal hooks (used to hang pictures)
• four beads (the hooks should fit inside the bead holes)
• strong glue, like E-6000
• tape
1. Paint the cheese grater a fun color.
2. Once dry, attach the four hooks, one to each corner of the bottom of the cheese grater using the strong glue. Place a piece of tape over the hook to hold it in place until the glue is dry.
3. Once the glue has dried, remove the tape, and put the bead on the curved part of the hook. This will protect the surface of your furniture.
4. Hang earrings from all the different holes in the cheese grater.
Perfume plate rack
Perfume bottles are super pretty, but displaying too many on your dresser can end up looking like clutter. Here's a better way to organize and show off your fragrance collection:
What you need:
• plate rack/spice rack
• paint
• picture-hanging hooks
1. Find a small plate/spice rack, and paint it a fun color.
2. Once dry, attach it to your wall with picture-hanging hooks. Arrange your perfumes and/or makeup bottles in rack.
Coffee bean brush holder
This simple project keeps your makeup brushes upright and organized. Plus, your
bedroom will smell like coffee every morning. Yum.
What you need:
• small, clear plastic tub (one side should be open)
• coffee beans/ small grains, etc.
1. Take the clear tub, and fill with coffee beans and/ or small grains (whichever you prefer)
2. Stick your brushes into the coffee beans, brush side up.
Rake organizer
Sure, you can buy little hooks to hang your necklaces, but we like this rustic, shabby-chic take on jewelry organization. And it's so easy ...
What you need:
• old rake
• screw and screwdriver
• sandpaper (optional)
• Rustoleum (optional)
1. Unscrew the handle from the old rake.
2. If the rake is rusted, sand off the rust or cover the metal with an anti-rust spray paint like Rustoleum.
3. Drill the screw into the wall/ door of where you'd like the rake to hang.
4. Hang the rake on the screw, rake prongs down. Arrange your necklaces on the prongs.
Teacup jewelry
It doesn't get any easier than this. Seriously.
What You Need:
• small, cute bowls and teacups
1. Arrange the bowls/teacups in your top dresser drawer. (You can also place them on top of your vanity.)
2. Fill with necklaces, bracelets, rings, and other jewelry. Hang the earrings off the lip of the cup if possible.
Magnetic makeup board
Is your makeup strewn all across your bathroom counter? Do you spend 30 minutes digging in your vanity drawer for your favorite blush? If so, you'll love this magnetic makeup board. Not only does it keep your makeup organized, but it also looks super cute on your wall.
What you need:
• old picture frame
• acrylic paint
• spray adhesive
• metal sheet or
baking sheet
• piece of fabric
• mini magnets
• strong glue, like E-6000
• old, empty pill bottles
1. Find an old frame, and remove the glass. Paint the frame a fun color.
2. Take the frame to the local hardware store and ask them to cut a piece of metal to fit inside the frame, or use an old baking/cookie sheet if it already fits.
3. Cut a piece of fabric to the size of the metal sheet, and attach it to the metal sheet with some spray adhesive.
4. After the spray adhesive has dried, attach the metal sheet to the frame.
5. Line up all your makeup products — blushes, bronzers, eyeshadows — and attach a mini magnet to each item. Use a heavy duty glue to attach the magnets.
6. Take an old pill bottle and throw away the top. Paint the bottle. Once dry, attach a few magnets to one side of the bottle. Fill the old pill bottle with brushes, eyeliners, or mascaras.
7. Place each makeup product on the sheet, as well as the old pill bottle.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Confessions of a Bad Blogger...

Forgive me followers, for I have sinned, it's been 3 months since my last submission...

I'm back now and with plenty of super fun updates. Hannukah, New Years, and Winter Break have long gone and the spring semester is in full swing. Lately my days are filled to the brim with program planning, phone calls, mountains upon mountains of e-mails, students stressing me out, and oh planning!! Needless to say, it's been a hectic two months.

On a happy note, things are calming down, a bit and we've recently celebrated some exciting milestones.

First, Brad and I are now g-dparents! Our nephew, Miles Spencer was born Monday, March 5th. We went to Dallas to meet him and celebrate his bris. Here are some of the pictures below:

Brad, Miles, and I

Miles, Sheley, and I
Second, our little baby Manny, has had some milestones of his own, ironically, similiarly to Miles' but not Manny definitely got the short end of the stick, pobrecito. On February 17th, our poor baby went to THE appointment at PetSmart. So fortunately and unfortunately, there will be no Little Manny's running around in the future. He was pretty hyped up on pain meds the first day but he got better day after day.

On the way home
Manny and his Cone O'shame

These are our updates for now, but I promise to be back soon!!

About Mariam

Life is sweet

Life is sweet

And they lived happily ever after

And they lived happily ever after

One day a beautiful Jewish girl met a nice Jewish boy and made their mothers very, very, very happy

One day a beautiful Jewish girl met a nice Jewish boy and made their mothers very, very, very happy

About Me

For those of you who know me, writing has always been one of my passions, with the exception of my Masters or any ridiculously long testament within the wide world of Academia. I've only had the pleasure of blogging a couple of times, mostly for a few classes in graduate school, but figured it was time to organize my numerous thoughts and musings with all of you out there in cyber land. I created this page because my mind is always running and often times my thoughts get lost in the hubub. Plus, my friends have always said that I'm a great storyteller, so I'd love to share them now with you. In the meantime, I'll leave you with this... Throughout the past 33 years of my life I've seen, heard, and experienced so many different things as well as had many adventures and dream of so many possibilities. But in short, what it comes down to is this..I'm just a little Jubana trying to make a difference in the world. Everyday I live my life to the fullest and have fun doing it. Life can't always be about work or how much money you make. There's so much more to life than that.