Musings of a Museum Fanatic: August 2019

8.30.2019

Why You need a 101 List

Stephanie reminded me earlier in the week that we are halfway through our THIRD 101 in 1001 list! It's pretty amazing to think about the fact that we are on our third list. Pretty sure Kevin thought I was nuts to do a third one. I think 101 lists are the best thing ever. I think everyone should be making 101 in 1001 lists. 


Are you a 101 list veteran? Here are four reasons why you need to make a 101 list immediately. 

Makes you see the bigger picture
So much of the time we get bogged down in the muck of life. We are living for each day and not seeing or working towards our bigger pictures. I can be really guilty of that. A 101 list can make you step back and look at your larger life goals. 

Get the some day things accomplished
Some day we'll take that tour. Some day we'll eat at this restaurant. You can some day yourself to death and you'll never experience anything. A 101 list is amazing way to get those some goals and wishes accomplished.  

It's fun
A 101 list should be fun! Really most of life should be fun, even work. While you need to make sure there are more serious tasks on your 101 list I think a majority of it should be fun. Otherwise what's the point? It will just seem like work then you won't want to work on the list. Fun is a must. 

Good habit of working towards goals

I love goals. Everyone needs goals in their life. A 101 list gives you a nice way to get yourself used to working towards goals. While I take my 101 list very seriously it's not as serious as something like work goals can be. If you have trouble working towards those more serious goals. 

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8.28.2019

10 Ways to Turn Your Bathroom into a Spa Oasis

When life gets super busy it's nice to have a place in your life that is your escape and oasis. I always find that I enjoy escaping to the bathroom. Not because I'm trying to get away from someone but because I've made my bathroom into my own spa oasis. We all need a calming place why can't your bathroom be it? Do you feel like your bathroom is a spa oasis?



Keep it clean & tidy
First step to making sure that you feel relaxed in your new bathroom oasis is making sure you keep it clean and tidy. If you've got your whole make up collection strewn about the sink area you're not going to be able to relax. I know it stresses me out so I'm sure I can't be the only one.

Pamper yourself
In the recent years the ways to pamper yourself at home have grown exponentially. Now you can find dozens of different masks for your face, feet and everywhere in between. I even have Disney Princess face masks.

Luxurious towels
After you take a luxurious bath or shower it really brings you down when you wrap that scratchy towel around your body doesn't it? Invest in some fluffy, new towels. You can find lovely Turkish towels at lots of different places.

Decorate it
It's amazing how adding some wall art or something decorative to your vanity space can make a room feel more homey and comfortable. I don't have a problem putting photos in the bathroom but I know some people probably feel weird with faces looking at them while they're in the room. I have these great picture ledges that allow for a gallery wall feel without all the work. Adding these touches make the room feel like it's a room you can spend time in.

Upgrade your shower head
This is one thing I can't wait to save up for. I love when I'm at a hotel and they've got the double shower heads or even the rain shower heads. They always make me want to stay in the shower all day they feel so wonderful. This is a really low priced way to make your bathroom feel more luxurious too, with nice looking rain shower heads ranging from $20-$40.

Invest in a robe
I used to have a super comfy terry cloth robe. I could sit in that warm, softness for hours after a great bath or shower.

Add something to your bath
This should be a no brainer! Add your favorite bath bomb or bubble bath. I'm partial to Dr. Teal's different bubble baths. If you don't have a bath tub there are now steamer tabs you can put in the shower too! I haven't tried it yet but I've seen gobs of recipes on Pinterest to make different bath bombs and shower tabs. This is great if you're wanting to make sure you know exactly what's going into those or you have special skin requirements.

Bring in some greenery
I feel like greenery brings almost anything to the next level. As someone who is trying to overcome their not so green thumb I think having a greenery that you don't have to water is a good option too. Back in the day fake plants were really obvious and looked cheesy but now you can find really beautiful fake arrangements. I'm especially a fan of the fake succulent plants. I have one on my desk at work that two people thought was real. So whether alive or fake add some green.

Switch out plastic bottles
There is nothing like seeing all the advertising of your various bath products to bring you back to reality. While you can tuck all of those bottles away there are some that you just can't. So if you can't hide them change them out. A nice pump bottle or jar will jazz up your everyday products. You see fancy glass bottles and jars in the spas and fancy bathrooms so why shouldn't use something like that to make your bathroom feel better.

Make your floors warmer
I hate ceramic floors. Yup I said it. I hate them for two main reasons. Cleaning grout is awful and they're cold as all get out. A cold floor does not make a bathroom feel like a spa oasis. When we ripped out the carpet in our new bathroom I knew we were going to be putting in a vinyl floor. I knew the cleaning would be way simpler plus no cold toes when I step outside of the shower! Add even more warmth with a microfiber or plush rug.

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8.26.2019

12 Things That Happened This Summer

I feel like this summer has just been nuts. I know I say this every year but when I look back at how many posts I shared the past month and a half clearly it's been another busy one. Maybe even the busiest in a while. Since I've been doing everything but writing here I feel like I should catch everyone up! How has the end of your summer been going? Just as crazy as mine?

What a way to kick off our summer! Early June we actually closed on our place. We didn't move until the end of June so that would give us time to do the couple of really big changes we wanted to make, carpet and paint all the things. Some of changes ended up being more of a pain than we anticipated. Which was super fun! Not. Kevin's dad was the MVP of everything. He retired at the end of May and went whole hog on managing all the things and updating a bunch of stuff around our place. Having people who are construction people in the family is fantastic. We are still working on selling some items as well as organizing and putting away everything. Once things are a little more in place I'll do an after home tour to go along with the before tour


Oh my gosh I was so excited to cross this one off my 101 list! I had an absolute blast. If you didn't see my post about it in June head over. There are some great photos and video of me being fabulous as a mermaid. 

3. Metra Bar Crawl
Another exciting one to cross of my 101 List was the Metra bar crawl. Kevin and I thought it would be a fun thing to invite his brother and wife up to hang out and crawl. We made a whole day out of it. It was a pretty loose and fun crawl since it was just the four of us. If we decided to stay at one place for longer than the hour we did. Had some great food at several places along the way. All in all had a great day. We don't get to see them very often since they live down outside of Peoria so it was nice to spend quality time just the four of us.


4. Celebrating Bill's retirement
Finally got a chance to celebrate Kevin's dad's retirement. Kevin's mom hurt herself earlier in the spring and it escalated into a huge thing with several surgeries and physical therapy. I can't even begin to describe the craziness that it was. She's back to normal but we had to postpone celebrating his retirement since she couldn't walk for a while. They hosted a party down in Canton where Kevin's brother lives and they own a small house. Again it was nice to hang out with his brother and his wife. Very chill weekend except for the construction along the highway home. Bleh.


5. Pampered Chef conference
Got the opportunity to attend Pampered Chef Conference again this year. I was unsure about it since we're trying to cut way back on expenses to pay off the cars. We looked at the budget and were able to make sure I put money aside for it. I wasn't as happy with the main sessions this year as I had been in the past but the smaller tech talks and talking with other consultants was gold this year. Got a chance to see the new products in action which is always good. Can't wait for the new season in just a couple of days!


6. Family reunion in Minnesota
This year the family reunion was being held in Woodbury Minnesota. We decided to take a couple extra days on the front and back end of the weekend to see some of the Twin Cities sights. This was really the first time since we'd lived up there that I had been back for more than a few hours and for more than just going directly to someone's home. It felt very odd. There were a lot of things that the way I remember them is so not how they actually are. Then there are some things that were so vaguely familiar it was like a dream. I guess your memory when from when you're in elementary school can be pretty faulty!


The reunion itself was great as usual. I worked hard to update the photo albums and everyone was super excited to see the last 17 years of photos added. Yeah it was a lot of work haha. There was lots of food, beer and singing as there always is. I feel like the day and a half of the official reunion is just never enough time with family. Especially I see my aunts and uncles getting older I want to spend as much time as I can with them!

7. Remembered Dad
August actually started off a little tough for me. I knew that it was the 5th anniversary of Dad's death. I feel like even though there were wonderful things in the week and a half leading up to it the first days of the month were hard for me mentally. Especially being at the reunion the weekend before the weekend of his death anniversary. We put the pinwheels and flowers on his grave, my sisters and put flowers on other family and friends graves. 


This year Lane and Elowen really wanted to help me put the flowers on everyone's headstone. I can't get over sometimes how smart Lane is. He was asking a lot of very tough and insightful questions for a four year old. Next to the section where my family is the Salvation Army has their section (small world right?) I always put a flower on the stones of loved ones of two of my Salvation Army friends. Lane was asking all about the flowers from the Army's celebration earlier in the summer, why were the graves the same but not exactly the same, who exactly were the people we were putting flowers on, how do I know those people and so many others. He very much wanted to put the flowers on the stones because they were important to my friends. It was super sweet. 

8. Market Days & Retro with Steph and Tara
The annual Market Days and Retro on Roscoe day with Steph and Tara. Always a top notch day. An exhausting day for sure. I joined them after our cemetery visit, which was exactly what I needed and have needed every year since 2014. We started out the day playing the "crack machine" for at least a good couple of hours. There was an attempt to wade through Market Days which failed miserably since it was super jam packed. More so than the past couple of years.


We decided to hop in an Uber. Last year we walked the two miles for some stupid reason but this year we were smart. There was some enjoyment of a few bands and food. Since the sound guy for Sixteen Candles was terrible that night we didn't go right up front like we usually do. Decided that we were going to hang out at a restaurant across the street instead. As usual it was a great day. Also I cannot get over how amazing we look in this photo. 

9. Curling Iron class with Jackie
For several months Jackie and I have been trying to find a Dabble class that works for both our schedules and that we want to take. We finally got one scheduled! We took Curling Iron 101 with Gold Plaited. I was really excited to finally learn how to curl my hair with my flat iron and get more comfortable with my T3 Curling Iron. I feel like I definitely walked away accomplishing what I had hoped to. They even sent us a mini workbook with everything we learned. It will come in handy when I'm finally able to have time and curl my hair two weeks from now or so. 


10. Scrapbook Expo
I had been looking forward to the Scrapbook Expo the entire summer. Mom's friend from Houston came in for a visit, mom, my friend Pam along with one of her scrapbooking friends and I all did the whole weekend deal where we stayed at the hotel and did all the big evening events. It was a blast! I had so much fun working on new projects, old projects and just hanging out with everyone. The classes I took this year were amazing. I had so many epiphany moments about simple techniques it's was nuts. I feel really pumped and ready to get going on even more projects in my new craft room. Although after the event I do have more to add to the room haha. 


11. First get together with work friends at our place
Earlier in the summer I had scheduled a potluck with some of my friends from the Army from my break time and lunch crews. I figured if we put in the calendar for the end of the summer we'd be able to get our place in better order by then. We were able to get the living room, dining room and kitchen looking fabulous and somewhat normal. The evening was so much fun. I had seen almost everyone at least once since I left the Army but it was so nice to all be together having a good meal. Catching up, telling stories and just hanging out. Such a good evening. Everyone loved the new table as well!

12. Babysitting all nephew and nieces
I took on the supreme challenge of babysitting the nephew and nieces by myself for almost an entire evening! Mom came the last part of the evening after her class. Overall it was a good evening. We walked up the street and played in the backyard. Juliette is really starting to scoot around so that made it interesting trying to push Lane on the swing, hold Elowen on the hanging bars and make sure Juliette didn't eat too much grass. We enjoyed PB&J sandwiches while we watched Frozen. Of course dinner and a movie with extra marshmallows were an aunt Betsy is here special. There were some meltdowns leading up and during bedtime. Luckily Mom was there to divide and conquer those situations. It was fun to hang out with them though. 

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8.23.2019

5 Things to Automate So You Don't Waste Time

Life is always so busy. Anyone who says it's not is either lying to you or themselves. I don't think I know anyone who doesn't have plenty going on in their life. When you've got tons or not so much happening in life it can be hard to keep up with things. Automating various parts of your life can really help and take some little stresses off your plate as well as cutting back on wasted time. We could all use a little more extra time in our lives right? Do you automate any part of your life? I would love to hear it since I'm sure I could automate that part of my life as well. 

Life is always so busy. Anyone who says it's not is either lying to you or themselves. I don't think I know anyone who doesn't have plenty going on in their life. When you've got tons or not so much happening in life it can be hard to keep up with things. Automating various parts of your life can really help and take some little stresses off your plate as well as cutting back on wasted time. Musings of a Museum Fanatic #organizing #timemanagement #improving


Social Media
This one might not matter for most people but for bloggers this is a really easy one that can be taken care of. There are several different ways to automate your social media. I use programs such as IFTTT to share blog posts on social media when they post. Really IFTTT is a gold mine of automation. I would highly recommend if you haven't check it out. I use it to automate photos to my Dropbox as well. Another one I use to automate my social media is Hootsuite. I know it's not totally automated and I still have to develop the content but it's so much easier to do that all at once for a week or so rather than every day. 

Payments
This is something that I feel like everyone should do with their bills if they're able to. I know I am terrible at remembering when something needs to get paid and now everything is on a different time schedule so you've got probably a dozen things that are due at different times. It's a mess. By having automatic bill pay for things such as our Verizon bill or Netflix it takes the remembering out of the equation. I do like to go in every couple of months and make sure everything is ok. Don't want to be overpaying for a year and not realize it!

Doctor Appointments
I always make my annual appointments for the next year before I leave the office. It makes things so much easier and that way you won't end up at the end of the next year not having gone for a check up and used your wellness check up if you have that benefit. This is also really useful for other appointments you make regularly. I have been doing this with the trainers when I work out. If we don't schedule the next one or two sessions there is a good chance I'll forget to and accidentally blow it off. Then it's three weeks later and you haven't worked out. Not good!

Cards
Who ever thought you'd be able to schedule a birthday or anniversary card? I like to use Paperless Post. Early last year I sat down and scheduled out birthday and anniversary greetings for all my friends and family for the next several years. It took a little longer since I was doing multiple years at once but doing just one year didn't take long at all. I really like the ecards since we're trying to cut back on extra stuff around I'm not giving someone extra stuff in their house. I always feel bad about throwing away cards too. It's a tough one. So I'm saving someone else that anguish too haha. 

Emails
I don't know why I didn't know this until recently but there are a lot of email providers that will let you schedule your emails. This can potentially be a game changer especially if you have side hustles. I've found it to be helpful when it comes to parts of my Pampered Chef business. I've been writing out the couple of emails I send to hosts before the show and scheduling them to go out at specific times. This way I don't forget if things go crazy during the week, which they always seem to do, I've kept up with my host and will have a fantastic show. 

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8.21.2019

7 Tips for Organizing Your Crafts

This past weekend I was at the Scrap Expo in Schaumburg. Mom and I went whole hog this year and did the weekend deal where we got a hotel and the big evening events as part of a lovely package. I took several fantastic classes and enjoyed spending the weekend with my mom and friends. Now that I'm feeling recovered from the late nights, we were up scrapbooking until midnight, we're wild huh? 

I was showing Kevin all the projects I worked on, the swag I got and purchased (all well under my budget!). He was wondering where I was going to put all of it in my craft room. I told him I was working on organizing the room and am implementing these tips so my crafts will be super organized. 

Crafts can really take on a life of their own. Especially if you do more than one type of craft. Organizing your crafts is super important so you don't waste anything. I've got 7 Tips for Organizing Your Crafts on Musings of a Museum Fanatic #crafts #scrapbook #organizing

Sell it, trade it, or give it away
This seems to be the number one tip on all my organization posts theses days but it's so true. We have so much more stuff than we need and I know I'm really guilty about that too. Especially when it comes to my craft supplies. What can I say I went a little crazy on some cricut mystery boxes haha. I'm working on selling craft items I won't use. I've already had several people take me up on it! If you can sell them or just don't want to take the time to sell it donating it to some place is great. I know kindergarten teachers I know have wanted craft supplies for projects in the past.

Figure out what and how you use it
This is not something I really considered before I was working on a scrapbook last year and realized that my stickers were in a out four different places. I thought I went through and found all the ones I wanted to use then later discovered more in another area that would have been awesome for the project. Having items grouped together by how you're going to use them us a life saver.

I also have been taking this to a new level. Say I'm working on a Disney scrapbook I'll go through all the paper, stickers and other pieces i think I'll be using for the scrapbook. That way I don't have to keep going back and forth along with digging through all my supplies. Keeps me more organized and more efficient!

Organize for access
This is an important tip that I've found to be really beneficial. While we were living in the smaller rental my crafts were tucked away everywhere, even in our storage room and at Kevin's parents house! This did not make it easy to complete a project, really it made it pretty impossible to complete any projects. I know that because of space it can be tough to organize with this in mind but maybe you need to go back and see if there are any supplies you can purge then. 

Decide about original packaging
It's either really important to keep the original packing or it needs to be tossed right away because it's a pain in the butt. Stickers are one of those items that I always like to keep in original packaging to protect them. That means they won't loose their sticky or if they're the fancy raised ones they won't be damaged. I also like to keep certain adhesives like little glue dots or adhesive foam pieces in their packages. Most other items make more sense to take out of the packages and store together. The package just gets in the way and takes up more room.

Like with like
This goes along with organizing for access. Be sure to put all your scrapbook items together and not get them all mixed up with your knitting stuff. This makes it so much easier when you're working on developing your projects. You look through all the stickers at once so you know what all you have. This also makes it much easier when you're buying something new, you don't end up buying a new pad of paper when you've got the exact kind already in your stash. 

Pull project materials together
You might think this is the same thing as like with like but it's different. For instance right now I have all of my Disney scrapbook items together in one container since I'm working on a Disney scrapbook. That way I only need to look in one area. It not only organizes a project but also makes it way more efficient too. When I'm completely done with the project I'll return the items to their main home. Stickers with stickers, paper goes with the rest of the paper and so on. Easy peasy. 

Don't pile
One area that I'm really bad at is piling. In all aspects of my life I tend to be a piler. It's something I've been working hard to stop. When it comes to craft materials piling can really make a mess of everything. I've found that especially when it comes to my scrapbook materials it can make things crazy. Piling paper is never a good idea. 

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8.12.2019

6 Tips for Your Chicago Visit

Visiting a new city can be lots of fun but also daunting. You want to make the most of your trip, do everything and see everything. It can be tough to make sure that you're making the most out of your trip. Chicago is an amazing city and you can really miss out on a lot if you focus on certain areas and things to do. I've got 6 tips for you to make the most of your Chicago visit whether you're visiting for your first time, 100th time or even if you're a local. 


Get out of the Loop
The Loop is one of my favorite places in the city. It is the center of everything amazing Chicago, architecture, restaurants and so much more. Even though there is so much in the Loop there is even more to the city! Fantastic neighborhoods with lots to do, see and eat. Can you see an amazing free zoo if you stay in the Loop nope you have to head north to Lincoln Park Zoo. What about checking out the National Museum of Mexican Art? You'd have to head west. 


Get out of the city

If you want to experience even more of the Chicago area get out of the city itself. Most people don't even think to get out of the city proper but they're missing out. You can hop on the Metra and head in any direction and find some great suburban downtowns and stop. If you've got a car you can really explore! I highly recommend Arlington Heights, Evanston, Geneva and Elmhurst to start with but there are so many to enjoy. You can even make a day of it with a weekend Metra pass and stop at every stop!


Visit more than the tourist traps

There are certain areas and sites that people flock to. Everyone must have a photo with the Bean! We must visit the Shedd! While visiting the tourist trap sights is well and good there are so many more iconic places to visit. I think everyone should put the Chicago History Museum at the top of their museum list. How can you visit a city and not learn about it's amazing history? Want a gorgeous photo? Head to Buckingham Fountain in the morning. Especially on weekdays you'll be able to get great shots with little to no people. 


Enjoy the ethnic food scene

Many people enjoy the food scene in Chicago and head to the high ranking places. With Chicago being a place that people have migrated to throughout history it's ethnic neighborhoods have been very well defined through history. It's ethnic history is such an important part. You can find amazing restaurants in all of these neighborhoods. Head to Devon Ave. for some amazing Indian food. Chinatown will present you with gobbs of delicious Chinese. Andersonville will take you to Sweden. The list goes on and on. 


Shop off of Michigan Avenue

Lots of people get super excited about shopping on Michigan Avenue during their Chicago trip. Michigan Avenue is full of the higher end stores and most of them are ones that you can find everywhere like the Disney Store or Victoria Secret. If you're looking to shop at these type of stores I would suggest doing it at home. There is a good chance you can find the same items plus there is a good change you'll be paying less because of the high Cook County tax rate. 

I recommend heading to other neighborhoods to find local shops. You'll find some amazing one of a kind art stores, clothing shops and other fun stores. Some of my favorites are off Armitage in Lincoln Park. Plus certain times of year, especially around the holidays, it can be treacherous to shop on Michigan Avenue with the sidewalks jam packed with shoppers!


Enjoy the small museums


I love all museums but most people tend to only focus on the heavy hitters like the Art Institute and the big ones on Museum Campus. There are so many smaller museums where you really get to feel and enjoy Chicago. You can find museums about all sorts of topics from surgical science to grand house museums to money In addition to being really cool and getting in-depth a lot of the smaller museums tend to be free or way cheaper than the large museums. 

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8.07.2019

5 Cheap Small Things to Change in a New House

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Moving and purchasing a home has been a huge financial undertaking. Since we purchased an older property that really hadn't been updated at all we aren't able to make all the changes we want to right away. We are making a point to budget $50-$100 a month for making small changes on a continuous basis. Most people think that the best way to update a house is to make huge changes like redoing the kitchen all at once. There are lots of small, cheap changes that you can do that will really make it feel more updated. 


Light fixtures
This is one way we're updating our place right now. There are several fixtures that are straight out of 1991 in our home. They don't just scream I'm 28 years old they also hang down and make the rooms and hallways smaller. You can find simple, and nice light fixtures for $15-20 a piece or sometimes there two per package for that price. 


Bathroom hardware
Since bathroom trends have changed very drastically through the years bathroom hardware can really date a home. We were able to find nice looking stainless steel pieces online. If you check out places like Home Depot online you can find lots of good clearance deals. We could have had better deals but alas with Kevin and his nickel allergy we had to go for stainless steel. Even if you don't do all towel bars and toilet paper holders you could find those pieces on clearance for about $10 a piece! We even saw full sets for really good prices too.


Line cabinets
We discovered when we moved in that the shelves in some of the cabinets were a little worse for wear. Any big cabinet overhaul is a few years and many saved dollars away so we decided on a small update. Adding bright white or a colorful shelf liner hides the wear in the cabinets and gives you a clean, new surface. Shelf liner is very budget friendly at about $8 a roll for basic types and about $12 for fancier types. 


Add storage
While this seems like it could be a large undertaking there are ways to do it so it's budget friendly. We wanted to add more storage in the closets in my room for my craft stuff, Pampered Chef materials and all of our family history photos and documents. We found Closetmaid shelves at a great price at Menards. Spending just a little bit on the shelves made a huge difference. If you already have shelves but have other items you need to store on them better I love these plastic bins. I actually came across them at TJMaxx so I was able to use a house warming gift card I got from a friend. Bonus!

Paint cabinets
Another room in the house that everyone would love to update right away and can really make a place seem outdated is the kitchen. We all know that the kitchen is the most expensive room to update though. If you've got really good cabinets and a good layout why not just update the color with a little cabinet paint. You can completely change the entire look and feel of the kitchen with just this one little change. Plus with the comeback of white and colored cabinets it's the perfect way to be on trend without forking over lots of dough. 

What are some cheap, small changes you've made to your home? 

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