Car Necessities and why you need them!

 

Car Necessities and Why you need them!

Hey Guys, so I’ve been on the road a lot lately. Driving to and from jobs. My drives range from 30 minutes to 3+ hours right now and I’m making a big trip to Utah for the summer soon. These are my car necessities, what gives me peace of mind, and the things for the It’ll never happen things. I’ve also learned what works for me to keep my car clean.

Must Have Car Necessities

Car Necessities and why you need them!

Most cars now come with these but in case you bought yours used you might want to check that you have everything to change your tire should a flat occur. You’ll need

  • a tire iron
  • jack (not pictured)
  • your spare tire (a full size or a donut) (also not pictured)
    • I’m partial to a full size because then I can just keep going I don’t have to immediately panic and find the closest mechanic.

Also pictures here is the eye bolt that you would attach to your car in the appropriate place (mines on the front of the car) to attach your recovery strap (not pictured) to, should you end up needing pulled out of a ditch or some equivalent.

Car Necessities and why you need them!

My car is really great in that it has just the right amount of storage for: tools, jumper cables, and a tiny air compressor as seen here. These three things are absolutes for me.

Jumper cables are great to have. All you need is another car to give you a jump. You don’t have to worry about if they have cables and you can get them for a good price.

The air compressor is really small and takes in air to then pump up the tire. These can also be found for a a reasonable price. They are great as a female because I don’t have to stay on the side of the road, Especially at night. I just have to air up my flat tire; then I can drive to a well lite, well populated area to change my tire. I’m not stuck in the dark on the side of the road alone, can we say SCARY!

Car Necessities and why you need them!

This is the grey tool kit. Really just a basic tool kit from a tool section is great. I mostly just use the ratchet and adjustable wrench, but I have found many of the other tools helpful at random times. such as the mirror on the far bottom left, Very helpful when you drop you replacement bulb into your car…..*sigh*

The Nice to have things

Car Necessities and why you need them!

On top I have

  • general supplies in the sonic drink carrier (see below)
  • a blanket should I get stranded
  • a sunshield (That I should use more often to protect my dash from the harmful sun)
  • a battery powered jump starter that I can then recharge in the car.

The jump starter is so important to me because as a female it honestly scares me to be on the side of the road alone. This way I don’t have to wait for help and run less risk of the dangers that come from having a stranger help me. Once I get my car started I can plug it in and get it recharged while I’m driving plus this one has USB ports so that I can charge my phone should I not be able to use my car battery to do so. With that being said I still keep the jumper cables because this is just a battery and battery’s fail. Better safe than sorry. I prefer using this but I like the peace of mind that comes from having the jumper cables should it not work.

The blanket is a must for the chance that you honestly get stranded. It’ll help you keep warm without using you gas and I’ve also used it to lay on the ground while working on my car in a parking lot to keep me cleaner and away from the grossness.

I also keep bottled water in my car on a per trip base. Depending on how long the drive is will depend on how much I bring with me, but it’s not good to leave bottled water in the car so I don’t store it in my car. For long road trips I also keep one to two gallons of water in my car for the radiator, just in case. Again peace of mind.

Keep it Clean

Car Necessities and why you need them!

These are all the things that I keep in the sonic cup holder.

  • cleaning wipes for the car and the windows
  • along with anti bacterial wipes
  • hand sanitizer
  • fabric freshener
  • a roll of shop towels
  • In the cup I keep
    • pens
    • scissors
    • all the tiny things I find myself needing.

Then it all fits nicely and stay organized in the sonic cup holder.

Keep it clean Routine

Instead of keeping a trash sack in the car I clean out the trash EVERY time I stop for gas. For me this keeps me much cleaner. Instead of saying I can just throw the sack away later I throw all the trash out then and it doesn’t pile up nearly as much. Might just be a me thing. I also wash my windshield every time the gas station has the supplies and there is soap and water in the little bin thing.

Now I’m lucky that the divider in my cup holder comes out and it’s a nice solid rectangle that is super easy to clean. My friend isn’t so lucky. She found that using silicone cupcake liners works great for her and keeps her cup holders fairly clean. Plus they are easy to just rinse off and go. Now I don’t wash my car as often as I should, but I always get out and use the complementary vacuums after I use a drive through car wash.

One of the biggest helps can be your phone should you get stranded. Make sure you have a charging cable that you keep in your car so you can keep your phone charged. Also never leave your stranded vehicle unless you have no other choice.

I really encourage you to research and make sure you know what to do in as many situations that can occur in your car that you can find. While you may, hopefully, never need this information it can also save your life.

While I have only used the spare tire once; I would have been stranded 300+ miles from home without it. While I’ve only needed the jumper cables twice; I would have been stuck in a parking lot for up to 4+ hours while I waited for my brother to get off work. I haven’t need a lot of what I keep and what I have used has been infrequently. However I keep it all because what ifs are a scary thing that I can prepare for.

What would you add to this list of necessities?

Let us know below and Stay Safe Out There

-Katy

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DIY Clipboards

DIY Clipboard

Hey Everyone! Megan here!

I can’t wait to share this craft with you! These DIY Clipboards are so simple and fun to make. They are also affordable. I got everything I needed from the Dollar store (minus the scrapbook paper, which I already had).

What you need

Clipboard

Scissors

Scrapbook paper

Mod Podge

Paint brush

Directions

1. First, you will need to cut your scrapbook paper to size, which includes cutting out the metal clip area.

DIY Clipboard

2. Next, paint the clipboard with mod podge. Make sure to get the edges well.

DIY Clipboard

3. Then place the fitted scrapbook paper onto the clipboard. Make sure to smooth it out in order to avoid bubbles. After it is on, apply a layer of mod podge on top to seal it. Make sure to get edges and corners covered.

DIY Clipboard

4. Let it dry! Enjoy!

DIY Clipboards

I hope you enjoy using your new DIY Clipboard! Looking for more ways to organize or update your office? Check out this post from Katy!

Megan

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DIY Desk Organizer

DIY Desk Organizer

Hey Guys!

So, I got a lovely Polaroid Camera for Christmas and have been trying to figure out what to do with the photos. Now, I’ve seen all the crafts on Pinterest but I wanted to make it more than just a wall hanging. I live in a smaller space and wanted something that was….practical, I suppose, as you have read in Megan’s Home Management post organization is  a key to managing your home.  So I came up with this DIY Desk Organizer. Best part, I found all the materials at the dollar store! So,here’s how I did it.

Materials:DIY Desk Organizer

  • Scissors
  • Thick Cotton Thread or Rope of your choice
  • Tiny Buckets
  • Wasbi Tape (Or any decorations of your choice for the buckets)
  • Labels (Mine came with the buckets)
  • Other decorations for the ropes (I’m using the Polaroid photos)
  • Hole punch and string (or any other means of attaching your decorations)
    • You can also use hot glue or tiny clothes pin
  • A way to attach it to your wall. (I’m using thumbtacks but you can use hooks, nails, whatever works for you!)

Process:

DIY Desk Organizer
I got these plain white buckets and these small rolls of wasabi tape at the dollar store. So I decorate the buckets with the tape.
DIY DeskOrganizer
The white buckets came with these thank you tags and ribbon (Found them in the wedding section)
DIY Desk Organizer
So, I wrote and doodled on the opposite side and tied them to the top of the buckets for labels. You can also attach them to the front of your buckets and make your own labels however you want! Even some chalkboard paint labels maybe.
DIY Desk Organizer
Take your other decorations and prepare them for attaching to your rope. I hole punched my photos to tie up. You can also use the small clothes pins or safety pins. Use your imagination!!
DIY Desk Organizer
Cut your ties. I did a rough lay out of what I wanted to get an estimation of how much rope I needed.
DIY Desk Organizer
I then attached everything in its rough place before hanging it on the wall.
DIY Desk Organizer
TADA! Here it is! Once I hung it up I adjusted the positions and filled the buckets.

That’s It!

So, I can’t wait to use this. You can use it for whatever you want. Not just as a Desk Organizer. You can use it in the kitchen for bag clips and such OR the Laundry room for spare change and other randoms that fall out of pockets on laundry day.

If you try this out in any way let us know! We would love to see photos!

Comment below!

-Katy

DIY Desk Organizer
P.S Look at the etched mug in use! 😀 If you want to make your own check out this DIY Etched Glass post.

Tropical Chicken Salad

Tropical Chicken Salad

Hey everyone! Megan here! It’s officially Spring! It’s time to break out the tea pots and garden party hats! This tropical chicken salad is perfect for tea parties, bridal and baby showers, and luncheons!

Ingredients

10 oz canned chicken (drained)

8 oz  crushed pineapple (drained)

2/3 cup of Mayo

1 teaspoon Dill

Pepper & Salt to taste

 

Directions

1. Shred chicken using forks.

2. Add crushed pineapple and mayo. Mix all together.

3. Mix in seasonings.

Serve with crackers or on a croissant. I made this for my lunch and it was lovely.

Tropical Chicken Salad

I hope you enjoy!

Megan

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DIY Etched Glass

Hey Guys! So, today I’m going to show you how to make your own etched glass at home. I love etching glass to keep things personalized, and it can make a cheap gift that looks amazing. You can etch any smooth glass; they can be drinking glasses, mugs, vases, wine glasses, etc… The possibilities are endless!! I’ve even done smooth mason jars that I filled with each persons favorite candy. This has also come in handy to give the gamers and anime fans something that includes their favorite game or such without breaking the bank. Not to mention that the glass I tend to use is usually available at the dollar store! This bottle of etch cream has lasted through 5 Mason jars, 5 drinking glass, and several other random projects. Best part, I still have over half of the bottle left. So, let’s look at how to do this.

Materials:

  • Clean and Dry ClearDIY Etched Glass Glass, of your choosing
  • Scissors
  • Stencil, see below on how to make your own
  • Painters Tape
  • Etching Cream
  • Brush
  • Warm Water

Process:

DIY Etched Glass
Cut and Attach your Stencil to your clean glass. Then tape it out with painters tape. The tape helps give you a safety boarder for if you bump out of the stencil.
DIY Etched Glass
Brush a think coat of the etching cream over the stencil and let sit for at least one minute.
DIY Etched Glass
To make your own stencil use layers of painter tape, vinyl, and/or contact paper. Trace out your design and cut it out. Remember that the part you cut out is what will be etched.
DIY Etched Glass
Attach the stencil and paint on a thick layer of the etching cream as done earlier.
DIY Etched Glass
After they have sat for at least one minute rinse with warm water and remove the stencils. Wash with soap and you have your DIY Etched Glass

Tips:

  1. Make sure you use a thick layer of etching cream.
  2. Don’t rinse until they have sat for at least one minute.
  3. When using pre-made stencils follow package instructions.

These make great gifts. I get my glass from the dollar store! Talk about a bargain! The best part THEY ARE DISHWASHER SAFE! I always hate getting/buying things that HAVE to be hand washed. It’s so nice to be able to just pop them into the dishwasher and let it do the work.

What glass are you going to etch; what designs and themes will you use?

Let us know below!!

-Katy

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Southwest Black Bean and Corn Baked Pies

Southwest Black Bean and Corn Baked Pies

Hello everyone! Megan here!

Are you looking for a new meatless Monday recipe or a recipe without meat to help stretch the grocery budget a little further? These Southwest black bean and corn baked pies are so simple to make and they taste great!

Ingredients

Refrigerated pie dough or make your own

Black beans (Drained)

a can southwest  style corn (Drained)

Shredded cheese

Directions

1. Roll out the pie dough and use a large round cookie cutter to cut out circles of pie dough.

Southwest Black Bean and Corn Baked Pies

 

2. Mix black beans and corn together.

3. Place a spoonful of the mixture on one half of the circle, leaving a little room at the edge.

4. Top the spoonful with shredded cheese.

Southwest Black Bean and Corn Baked Pies

5. Fold the other half of the circle on top and press edges with a fork to seal.

Southwest Black Bean and Corn Baked Pies

6. Bake at 450 degrees for 12 minutes or until golden.

Southwest Black Bean and Corn Baked Pies

 

I love to mix sour cream and guacamole together to dip these in. They are also great served with a side of rice.

Thanks for reading!

Megan

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How the Bullet Journal has Helped My Anxiety

Hey Guys, So you’ve all seen Megan’s post about Time Management. Well, a couple of weeks ago I decided to start a bullet journal. My bullet journal is how I keep up with my to-do list, keep up with what is due daily, and know where it is. I have read so many stories about how much it has helped with: productiveness, organization, anxiety, overall awareness, not overbooking or investing, etc… So I started my journey.

How Bullet Journaling has helped my anxiety

What is a Bullet Journal?

Well, simply put it is a place for everything. A bullet journal is a journal where you put absolutely everything you use in your life. To-do list, Meal plans, Grocery list, Birthdays, Trackers for anything and everything, weekly, monthly, and yearly outlooks, etc…. These are designed to declutter your brain while inherently keeping you organized because you no longer have to ask, where did I write that down. You don’t even have to ask what page it is on because you can keep a running index for each time you add a page to your bullet journal. You can learn more about bullet journals. there set-up, and purpose on the official website.

How I got started.

First, I didn’t buy one of the official bullet journals. I started in an empty half page spiral I had laying around. I wasn’t sure if I would like it so I didn’t want to spend money on it at that point. This was one of those things that I just had to take a plunge on. I had been so intimidated by all these beautiful spreads I would see on Pintreset. One day I found myself frustrated that I couldn’t find that phone number I wrote down a week earlier that I needed in 5 minutes. So, I did a little research and found that most people while they will take some time to doddle and such to make pretty pages in their journals; they do because they find it relaxing not because their pages have to be pretty.  For an overall statement they think of function over beauty.

My layout

This is the layout I have for my journal. You don’t have to follow this layout. I have alter it slightly from the layout on that is presented on the website; you can follow it or mine or do your own. Do what works for you.

How Bullet Journaling helped my Anxiety

My first page is a key. I am known for changing which bullet stands for what so this is a great way to stay on track for me. I’ve included: work, personal, when a task is completed, half completed, moved or canceled, etc… You have to come up with what you need and what helps you.

How Bullet Journaling helped my Anxiety

My to-do spread. Each time I start a new day I put the day and date. I box the date in the color I will use for all the task that I complete that day. Each day on each page has a different color. This way I know when I finish a task even when I look back on it. And then the next page has some daily doodles outlined in the days color.

How Bullet Journaling helped my Anxiety

This is another to-do spread where I put each daily doodle on the same page and out lined it in the days color instead of having a second page.

How Bullet Journaling helped my Anxiety

An example of one of my meal plan spreads. I have some doodles around the page because why not. Then any recipe that I have everything to make already I write in blue. Then any recipe where I need to buy something for the recipe I write in green. Really helps when it comes to writing out a shopping list.

How Bullet Journaling helped my Anxiety

This is a packing list I made for my trip to South Padre Island (My first beach experience!!) I always forget something when I’m packing so about two days before I needed to pack I wrote down EVERYTHING I needed and then the next two days I spent writing out random things that I needed. I didn’t forget anything this trip! YAY! I’ve tried doing this in the past but it always became a pain keeping up with the list. This way I already had the journal for others reason so it was always right there. How convent!

I have many other list: phone numbers, post ideas, picture ideas, date ideas, etc….Best of all, I know right where it is.

What I’ve changed from the original layout to better fit me.

I like the idea of the index; it stressed me out since I wasn’t using one of the official journals I didn’t know how many pages to leave. What if I didn’t leave enough. Oh no! To me the purpose of the journal is to simplify life in ways not overly stress it so, I left it out. The monthly, yearly, and/or weekly outlooks. I keep this in my Google calendar. That’s the system I used in place of a planner all through college and now. It’s on my phone. easy to use, and always right there to enter in anything that isn’t for today only. It works for me. Anytime I need to write something down it goes in the journal. Which makes it’s an ever running to-do list with the occasional list interrupting it. That works for me.

How it has helped

To talk about this I need to talk briefly about my layout and routine.

This system has helped me because of the almost routine I have made with it. I say almost because I don’t use it everyday. I was on vacation last week, so I didn’t use it. These past two days post vacation I haven’t used it because I had work Sunday and Monday became a relax day very quickly for many reasons. So, this doesn’t always happen, but most days it does. If doing your bullet journal becomes an item on your to-do list you’re doing it wrong.

So, before I go to bed (I try to give myself around an hour) I sit down and write out my to-do list for the next day and give that day a color. I consult my Google Calendar to see about any appointments and such that need added to that day. With time that I have left, I will do many a random things. I have a free doodle page where I draw little random things sometimes. I also like to have a doodle a day usually with a small quote that goes with that day. If a doodle is centered around a day I like to outline it in that days color. Other nights I make other list, such as: weekly meal plan, packing, etc… I found that doing this at night my day starts a lot faster.

Why this system and routine is helpful:

Doing the list at night I just have to wake up, make tea, and read what I need to do that day. No thinking required. A lot of my anxiety stems from atelophobia, which is the fear of not being good enough. This has cause my soical anxiety and need for constant assurance that I’m doing okay and I am good enough. It also causes me to feel like if I have down time I have something I am forgetting to do, and basically that I am always forgetting something.

So, having a list that tells me what I need to do and other list that have all the reminders of what to pack, what I bought that for (food wise), blog post ideas, etc… I know that I am okay. Doing the list the night before gives me reassurance going to sleep that tomorrow will be okay. It helps me know that I can or can’t hang out at lunch because I visually see I do or don’t have the time to commit that day. Best relief of all, I don’t have to remember where I wrote that thing do three weeks ago because it is in my bullet journal.

It’s so simply and to a lot of people the ways it has helped me is small. In my life it has been a game changer and I think everyone should try it out. It’s not for everyone, but it’s worth a try. I see ways I want to change my current one. I want to move to a homemade disc bound journal with a dot grid instead of my lined spiral. (wanna learn more about disc binding? Look at this video)

What are some of your favorite things to keep in a journal? (Bullet journal or not)

Let us know below!!

-Katy

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Spring Brownies

Spring Brownies

I love spring. I love the colors, the flowers, and the bright, sunny weather. I’m so excited to share these spring brownies. They are so simple and take very little time to make.

Ingredients

Brownie mix and all ingredients listed on the box

Frosting

Peeps or other decorative candy

Sprinkles

 

Directions

  1. Make brownies according to box directions or use your favorite recipe.
  2. Allow the brownies to cool and then frost. Make sure to get a thick layer of frosting on in order to hold decorations.
  3. Place Peep bunnies or other decorations into the frosting.
  4. Sprinkle green sprinkles around bunnies for grass.
  5. Place any other sprinkles or decorations you want on the brownies.

Spring Brownies

Hope you enjoy!

Megan

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DIY Tea Towels!

Hey Guys!! So around here, Spring Break starts this weekend, which sounds like the perfect time to start getting ready for spring and all of it’s bright, wonderful, happy vibes. I’m Excited. So how are we going to make these Tea Towels you ask? Well, we are going to make our own stamps and stamp them.

Materials:

  • Craft foamDIY Tea Towels
  • Card Board
  • Washed Tea Towels
  • Fabric Paint (I’m using dimensional fabric paint since I have it laying around but you can use what you have or what you can find as long as it is for fabric)

 

Process:

DIY Tea Towels
Take your cardboard and glue two pieces together that is big enough for your stamp design. Having the two layers gives you a little more to grab onto.
DIY Tea Towels
Glue your designs down to the cardboard pieces.
DIY Tea Towels
I like to roughly cut around my designs so I can see where it’s going to stamp better.

Now, brush your fabric paint on to your stamps and stamp your design onto you washed tea towel.

  • If you want to know more about stamping check out This Post.
  • You might want to consider putting something under your towel while stamping. When I stamped the apple with red paint it bled through onto my work surface. I didn’t have this problem with the yellow or green though.
  • While I am applying this to Tea Towels you can apply this method to any fabric you want. Such as: Shirts, Fabric/Canvas shoes, Aprons, etc….
DIY Tea Towels
Wipe of your stamps with a paper towel and you can reuse them another day!!

Let it dry according to your paints directions AND….

DIY Tea Towels
TADA!!! I used a smaller bristle brush because I like the stroke marks. Looks more handmade to me and I like that for this. If you don’t want those brush marks I’ve seen mini paint rollers that would work very well. You could also try large foam brushes.

Tips:

DIY Tea Towels
If your design has an groves in it, like the lemon shown, make sure you wipe out those every couple of stamps. Otherwise you can get a glob where you don’t want it.
DIY Tea Towels
It might take a few tries, but don’t apply to much paint or your lines are muddled together.
DIY Tea Towels
Reapply paint after each stamp, otherwise the next stamp looks very faded.

The best thing is that you can apply this process for all the seasons! Seasonal Tea Parties and Kitchen decor here I come!

What designs would you stamp on your Tea Towels? If you have pictures we would love to see them!!

Comment Below!

-Katy

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Recipe Box

Recipe Box

Hey everyone, Megan Here! I am so excited for this craft. This recipe box is the perfect kitchen accessory. It is functional and can double as a decoration. Customize it based on your personal style or kitchen theme and colors.

What you need:

  • Recipe box (I found this plain one at Hobby Lobby)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Mod Podge (If you’ve seen my previous crafts, you already know I’m obsessed with it)
  • Any additional accessories you would like to use.

First, cut scrapbook paper to size of sides, apply mod podge to box, and glue on paper. I used two different scrapbook pages.
Recipe Box

Next, I painted the top of the box. I used a gift tag to make a label on the box and used mod podge to glue that onto the front.

Recipe Box

I can’t wait to use this with my recipe cards. Check out Katy’s post on recipe cards: Here!

We would love to hear your ideas for decorating your very own recipe box! Leave us a comment below!

 

Thanks for reading,

Megan

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