15 Clever Organizing Ideas and Block Party

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Over 10 Party Food Recipes and Block Party

Party food is my absolute favorite type of food. I love dips, and chips, and wings and bite sizes tastes of all sorts.

So many delicious Party food recipes. Appetizers, chips and dip, wings meatballs and more

Whether you’re gathered around the TV for your favorite game or show, celebrating a special day with the family or just want the yummiest food on Earth here are over 10 must make party food recipes.

  1. 3 Ingredient Sausage Queso Dip
  2. Cheesy Meat and Potato Croquettes
  3. Capresse Chicken with Avocados
  4. Foccacia Bread
  5. Roasted Red Pepper Dip
  6. Loaded Fajita Dip
  7. Sweet Potato and Bacon Skewers
  8. Mini Taco Pies
  9. Southern Meatballs
  10. Honey Fig and Brie Phyllo Cups
  11. Spicy Butter Chicken Wings
  12. Baked Parmesan Ravioli
  13. Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels 
  14. Bacon Wrapped Jalaleno Poppers
  15. Mexican Queso Dip
  16. Cheesy Wonton Bites

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Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings here today as this week’s host. Here are a few of my favorite projects since I hosted last time!

Great tips recipes and craft projects

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14 Ways to Pamper Yourself (or Others) and Block Party

You guys! My friend and I were in charge of the BINGO night at our elementary school this weekend, and can I just tell you?!? SOOO much work! I need a month long vacation, and at the very least a day at the spa! That’s why this week I was drawn to all of the pamper yourself ideas from last week’s linky party. I installed a new luxury spa shower head this last week and it’s been a lifesaver…and if you are interested, I am giving one away and it ends tomorrow so hurry over and enter!
Awesome DIY ideas to pamper yourself (also would make great gifts for Mother's days or teachers)

Tiffany at Making the World Cuter

Tiffany here from Making the World Cuter, because I have been so busy with the whole BINGO thing I haven’t posted much except for my happy shower head…so I can’t wait to see what the rest of you cute peeps have been doing!

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20 Ways to Get Organized and Block Party

There is something about the New Year and the craziness of the holidays that make me want to get rid of 1/2 of my stuff and organize the other 1/2!  I have been decluttering and organizing like crazy this month and I’m sure that I can’t be the only one.  If you have organization on the brain, then check out these 20+ that will make your life more organized!
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Hi again, it’s Kaysi from Keeping it Simple!
 
I’m so excited to be hosting again this week and to see what all you have been creating!  I have been doing a TON of stuff behind the scenes (just haven’t posted about them, yet…). Like I said before I have been decluttering like crazy and organizing my house.  For some more inspiration, here are a few more organization posts.

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40+ Best Organizational Tools

I NEED to get organized this year want to join me? Today I have teamed up with a great group of bloggers to give you over 45 home organizing solutions for your household! Each blogger is sharing their favorite organizational products.

I need these all! SO many great organizational tools I never new existed. Time to organize the whole house.

**NOTE: Each link contains affiliate links to Amazon. These posts are not sponsored and each blogger has selected their items based off personal preferences and experiences. The bloggers participating, nor Amazon and their vendors, can’t guarantee that the prices won’t change during or after the publishing of this post and are hereby released of any price matching guarantees or liability. Please understand, these are personal recommendations from popular bloggers in the industry. Enjoy!

Abbey from The Cards We Drew struggles with keeping weekday outfits organized, so it’s easy to get her kids out the door quickly in the morning. Abbey suggests this awesome Fashion Organizer off Amazon. With the organizer, you can set out your whole week’s worth of outfits all at one time…even labeling the sides of the organizer with the day so that your kids and family with have five outfits pre-selected before the weekday chaos even starts. No more sorting through the laundry or through closets and drawers looking for socks, underwear, and matching clothes…be one step ahead of the game and get everyone’s fashionable week ahead in gear for the new year. Purchase it HERE.

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Sarah from Life on Virginia Street has recently become obsessed with using mint julep cups in various sizes for organizing. Not only do they help corral miscellaneous items all over your home, but they look beautiful and help add a bit of bling to otherwise bland spaces like bathrooms or office desktops. Ranging from $10-30, they are a fairly affordable way to add some glamour to your home. Sarah finds them most useful for Q-Tips, cotton balls, pens/pencils, and other small objects. Better yet, they can double as beautiful vases for flower arrangements! You can find her favorite one here.

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Valerie from Occasionally Crafty has the hardest time keeping her linen closet organized. Everything seems to spill into everything else! Her favorite solution is metal shelf dividers. They look classy, keep towels and sheets in their own spots, and are even customizable with some printable labels! Better yet, you can use them in your clothing closet to keep your clothes and purses organized too! There are many different types of shelf dividers, and you’ll need to choose the kind that fits your shelf best, but she recommends these ones for standard wooden shelves.

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Ashley from Simply Designing recently completely a makeover on her Laundry Room to help make it a beautiful and functional space. She got rid of her wire shelf and replaced it with beautiful new shelving. But once the new shelving was in place, she realized that she didn’t want to put her “ugly” plastic laundry containers back up on her pretty shelves. Her solution was to purge what she didn’t need, then transfer necessary laundry products into beautiful glass jars and pretty containers making the space both functional and beautiful! There are so many beautiful options of pretty containers out there, but she particularly loves and recommends this Glass Canister (set of 3) with Hermetic Seal Bail & Trigger Airtight Lock !

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Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings has a hard time keeping schedules and the kitchen organized without a meal plan. She is so grateful for when she takes the time to sit down and plan out the meals for the week. It makes shopping, keeping the kitchen in shape, and juggling meal time all easier. Marissa loves the “What to Eat” Meal Planning sheets. With spots for each dinner of week and more as well as a magnet that can stick right on your fridge you never have to have that battle with your hungry tummy and brain about what to make for dinner. Plus it makes it so much easier to make sure you have what you need in your kitchen when you need it. Get your on it for just HERE!

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Debra from Housewife Eclectic loves a clean and organized pantry. Debra suggests these fantastic chalkboard labels and jars for each of your pantry items. No more looking for the sugar or grabbing the wrong container. If you change your mind about what is in the container, no problem, simply wipe off the label and start again. These labels are awesome for kids toys, offices, and so much more. They are cute too! Purchase them HERE.

Vanessa from Our Thrifty Ideas can’t even find her glasses when they are on her face….so can you imagine how hard it is to find something that doesn’t have a “spot” for it to live? So the fact that these organization cubes are smaller in nature so they can fit virtually anywhere, yet accomplish complete organization, makes them one of the most perfect organizational products. Purchase it on Amazon and you can make single cubes or up to 4 in a square. Imagine putting all the kids stuffed animals, sports balls or even their clothes in each of the cubes. The ideas and organizational ideas are endless with these cubes! Purchase your own Our Thrifty Ideas.

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Michele from The Scrap Shoppe love to keep things organized, especially small, easy to lose things. Michele suggests this 26 drawer cabinet for less than $20 to keep little items organized! This drawer system is not just for the garage. Bring it into the house and keep little items in the craft room, kitchen, or even the kids’ Legos in order. Purchase it for HERE!

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Vanessa from Tried & True absolutely loves each and every masterpiece her boys create but is, quite honestly, overwhelmed with the piles and piles of artwork all over her small house! Framing some of the really special pieces was great but she also needed a quick and easy solution to display and appreciate a large amount of children’s art at once and found salvation in the unlikeliest of items…an Aluminum Slide Check Rack! They come in a huge variety of sizes (most under $20) to fit any wall space from the smallest corner to a large blank wall. You can even put multiple sliders together to cover a really really large space! Check out how I put one to use to create an easy easel for an art space and buy your own HERE!
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Tracie from Cleverly Inspired would be lost in the kitchen without her iPad. It is a go to tool for figuring out what’s for dinner, making a new recipe, ordering a new kitchen gadget right away on Amazon. This chic iPad holder keeps it protected, provides 3 viewing angles for the iPad to rest on and is great looking to boot! It has a card holder and a magnetic clasp to….so many days it doubles as my purse! It has held up great, for a great price! Comes in many colors but I really do like a gold. Click on this link to purchase!
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Kylie from Made by a Princess loves her pink girly office. It is full of cute jars, cake stands, crafts, ribbons, and a pink chair she calls “Dolly”. One thing she cannot live without in this pretty pink space is her 4ft folding table. This table is where she creates her Sizzix designs and hand embellished invitations, pays bills, and occasionally enjoys a glass of champagne listening to the Justins (Timberlake & Bieber) while sketching out a party design. Before her husband bought it for her she was crafting at the dining room table (as so many of us do). Now she can craft her heart out and have all she needs at her finger tips…and can close the doors so no one can see the mess! The best thing about this little table is that it is lightweight and portable which means it can easily be used folded up and transported to the party location or a photo shoot. Also, when not in use it collapses quickly and can be hidden behind a door or in a closet. It is very affordable…you can pick up your own adjustable folding table HERE.
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Jamie from C.R.A.F.T. has a slight obsession with vertical organization! Her secret weapon: Command Hooks! These handy dandy hooks can help you get every room in your house organized! See how she turned a door into a vertical storage kitchen masterpiece using the hooks. She also used them to organize all things school and kids and hang towels on doors. But, y’all these are also awesome for hats, scarves, robes, backpacks, and jackets. Oh and best of all, they don’t rip paint off of the wall when you’re ready to take them down, and they are re-useable! At a great low price for a pack of 6, I suggest getting 2 packs! Click this link to purchase.
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Britni from Play. Party. Pin. doesn’t have enough cabinet space in her kitchen and pantry for all of her baking supplies and spices. Britni suggests these awesome under shelf hanging baskets for $10.99 (medium size) or $17.99 (large size) off Amazon. With the under shelf hanging baskets, you can double the amount of space you have in your cabinets hanging a basket from each of the shelves. They’re perfect for smaller things like spices, measuring cups, kid sized cups, and more! Or use them in your craft room for paints, washi tape, or any other small supplies. Never run out of storage again! Purchase baskets HERE!

Over 50 of the best organization products from top bloggers! Use these under shelf baskets to organize small things in your kitchen, bathroom, or even craft room!

Melanie from Reasons To Skip The Housework struggles with all of the little things that get shoved into the junk drawer. There are push pins all over in three separate drawers because there’s no ONE place to put them. Melanie suggests these Stainless Steel magnetic containers from Amazon. With the organizer, you can have a place for all of the little things. You don’t have to use them as magnets, but if you put up a magnetic strip (you can buy them at Home Depot) you can have all the little things in easy reach! Purchase it HERE!
The best way to store all of the little things around the house, all in one place. These Stainless Steel containers are magnetic and come six to a pack.

Susan from Oh My! Creative needs help with kitchen organization. Last year she discovered these OXO Good Grips Turntables can keep her refrigerator organized as well as a few kitchen cabinets. Susan recommends two for the refrigerator one on each shelf. Place those items not used every day like extra sauces, olives, capers, and other recipe ingredients. When they are needed to make a recipe just give the turntable a whirl and you will easily locate the ingredient needed. This is also a great way not to have things pushed to the back of the fridge never to be seen again! They also work well in kitchen cabinets. Buy a few today to get organized – OXO Good Grips Turntables!
Susan recommends two for the refrigerator one on each shelf. Place those items not used every day like extra sauces, olives, capers, and other recipe ingredients. When they are needed to make a recipe just give the turntable a whirl and you will easily locate the ingredient needed. This is also a great way not to have things pushed to the back of the fridge never to be seen again! They also work well in kitchen cabinets. OHMY-CREATIVE.COM

Gina from Kleinworth & Co. shares a lot of recipes with her readers. That means she loves to cook & is in the kitchen all the time. This means she needs things to be organized & efficient when she’s working on recipes. So what could be more perfect than all her spices organized beautifully in mason jars? Gina suggests these Ball Mason Jars at Amazon.com. With these it makes it so simple because you can see exactly what’s in each one & they fit so nicely together too. No more mess in the spice cabinet with multiple sizes & shapes – just pretty little jars full of all your favorite seasonings. Purchase them HERE!

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Nat & Holly from My Sister’s Suitcase are both busy mamas who love a good solution to a cluttered counter full of baby stuff: bottles, pacifiers, baby spoons…you know the mess! This drying rack is both beautiful and functional and has been well-used by both sisters (and Holly’s new addition is coming any day!) If you’re looking for a unique and useful baby gift idea – this is it! You can get the Boon Grass drying rack HERE and the Boon Flower that holds bottle nipples and pacifiers HERE . It fits right into the grass and the whole unit is so easy to clean!

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Sydney from Tastefully Frugal is on a mission this year to get her tiny home organized. She has started in her office with her craft supplies (since they are taking over her entire home). Not only was she wanting to have things put away and organized but having them easily accessible was important too. Her secret for keeping all her vinyl for her Cameo organized; a dress pants hanger! You can slide your rolls of vinyl on each arm and then swing it close. When you need a roll all you have to do is pull it off that arm; no more digging through all your rolls to find one color. You can buy one here.

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Randi from Dukes and Duchesses has five kids and is always looking for stylish ways to keep the family organized. Randi thinks locker baskets not only look great but kids can quickly stash things in them and keep their rooms {somewhat} clean. While vintage baskets are a favorite, Amazon can help mimic the style with this Locker Basket. Slide them into shelves and cubbies to hold books and toys, use them in closets for hats and gloves, or set one on the kitchen counter to hold your favorite cookbooks. Buy it HERE!
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Stephanie from Somewhat Simple is a mom of 5 and has been on a constant quest to clear the clutter in her home. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up outlines a step-by-step process to simplify and organize that takes tidying up to a new level! Get rid of all the piles of “stuff” in your home FOREVER! Grab a copy of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up HERE!

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Beckie, from Infarrantly Creative, was tired of fighting the small storage she had for storing spices, constantly dropping bottles as she was searching for the spice she needed. She found the You Copia Spice Stack to fit perfectly in her small cabinet. She grabbed two 18 bottle stacks and put them one on top of the other. She marked each spice with a labeler, and now she never struggles to find spices by just pulling the drop down drawer out to grab the spice she needs. Purchase it HERE .

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Jillene from inkhappi believes pretty packaging is almost as important as the gift itself. Even the simplest of gifts seem extraordinary when they have that extra wow factor on the outside! It makes them more desirable. The only problem? Who has time to dig through the closet to find the perfect bow and tag? That’s why Jillene likes to keep her wrapping organized and easy to grab when she has very little time before running out the door with her gift in tow. This gift wrap organizer is her quick and simple solution for wrapping a pretty gift in a hurry. But there’s more this can do! This multi-purpose organization tool has many functions. With some creativity, it can be used for toys or even cleaning supplies and will easily hang on a door or in a closet. You can check out what Jillene did with her gift wrap organizer HERE. You can also pick up some cute, free printable tags and several tips to get you on your way to some “”pretty packaging”” yourself!

Over 40 clever organiztion tools chosen by bloggers to make your life more efficient!

Andrea from Andrea’s Notebook has more craft and sewing supplies than space in her craft closet. Her pegboard wall helps organize all the supplies she likes to keep close at hand, like her scissors, ribbons, thread and vinyl! These pegboards are easy to attach to any wall and with the use of J Hooks or other pegboard hooks you can hang almost anything. You can buy giant sheets of pegboard at most hardware stores but this pegboard kit from Amazon gets delivered to your door. Grab it HERE, for a good price!

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The girls from My Mommy Style have a lot of kids and that means a lot of shoes! I am sure you can relate with this problem and the fact that shoes seems to appear in any corner of the house or right in the middle of your kitchen. We love this Stackable shoe organizer because you can adapt it to fit any shoe size or space that you need it to fit (you can change the pieces to be more vertical or horizontal, whichever you prefer.) This shoe organizer is a little more expensive, but the cost is worth it because it is more sturdy and adaptable to whatever space you may need. Another good idea is to use a label maker to make each cubby specific to its owner or shoe type. Buy it HERE.

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Jenn from My Fabuless Life struggles with ample storage space and hates piles and clutter. Her favorite way to create extra storage space and keep the piles of clutter at bay is with a silverware caddy (like this one you can purchase on Amazon). They’re great for kids art supplies (including paper and coloring books in the large back compartment), desktop organization for things like mail, scissors, and pens, or a sewing or craft room for fabric, scissors, and sewing supplies, or even in the bathroom for magazines, cotton swabs, and lotions…the possibilities are really endless–anything you can fit in these compartments and want to group together. And the best part: it’s portable organization! They look pretty left out, but keep things together and tidy if you have the space, or can be tucked away in a cupboard or closet. And one last bonus tip: they’re great for taking on the road and keeping projects organized! Purchase it here .

How to Organize Clutter MyFabulessLife.comRaquel from Organized Island has saved lots of valuable time by labeling storage with her DYMO LabelMaker 160. With its easy use and font variations it is a great deal! You can find it on Amazon.

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Katie from The Casual Craftlete loves making paper crafts and pretty packaging. Her favorite way to store large 12 x 12 paper pads is with an Essential Storage Box. This box is not only great for keeping paper safe from damage, but it can easily hold a variety of crafting tools and supplies such as scissors, punches, ribbon, and embellishments. This light weight-light heavy duty large open box securely closed with two latches and has a molded in handle that makes carrying easy. Perfect for taking to a scrapbook retreat crop-hop. Grab an Essential Storage box for HERE!

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Chelsea from Two Twenty One swears by these drawer organizers. They’re perfect for keeping smaller items organized in dresser drawers. Chelsea’s favorite place to use them is in her son’s nursery dresser. She rolls up his clothes and puts them into their designated organizer, making those tiny clothes easier to find. The drawer organizers are also great for curtailing socks, burp cloths, bibs, pacifiers, travel-size toiletries, baby accessories, and more. But they aren’t limited to only baby items. The organizers can also be used for adult socks, underwear, belts, and more. They also fold to save space when not in use, making them an organizational must have. You can purchase a 12 pack set of drawer organizers here!

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Cori from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff is a new mom of twins and can’t believe how many toys two tiny babies can have! To wrangle all those toys, Cori suggests this cute Elephant Toy Box from Amazon. With this toy box, you can store your baby’s (or babies’!) toys out of the way but still accessible. Plus, it’s cute but not baby-overload. Not into elephants? There are a bunch of options! Purchase one HERE .

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Marie from Blooming Homestead loves finding practical ways to stay organized. This Rotating Storage Caddy found on Amazon is not only pretty but functional too. Marie suggests using this to organize anything from managing make-up, to kid’s craft supplies, not to mention it is perfect to keep desk clutter minimized. These are a great way to keep your home functional and organized and you can purchase the Rotating Storage Caddy here.

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Camille from Growing Up Gabel got tired of searching for a lost TV remote! Camille loves this Remote Control Organizer from Amazon. The organizer is huge and will hold a lot more than just a remote. Put the media caddy in a central location in any room with a device that has a remote. Not only will it corral remotes, but it also looks classy, too. The caddy comes in brown or white so it will match any decor. Purchase the media caddy HERE!

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Taryn from Design, Dining and Diapers LOVES this simple Kitchen Organizer from IKEA. Easily add this steel rail to the end of your kitchen cabinet and store pot holders or dish towels. It provides easy access to things you use multiple times a day and it looks pretty too! You can get TWO rails for a great price..purchase HERE.

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Christina from Christina’s Adventures is working on getting her kids to help with their never-ending dirty laundry (and trying to figure out a better system for herself!). She suggests this durable 3-bag laundry sorter. These heavy duty canvas bags will hold a load of laundry each, and can be easily unhooked from the organizer and carried using the handles to the washing machine. So much easier for us moms, but also kid-friendly when trying to carry this down two flights of steps to the washing machine! Purchase it HERE!

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Mariah from Giggles Galore loves to make lists to keep up with her busy schedule. With so many details and schedules to juggle she prefers to keep a sticky pad for every type of t0-do handy so she can tackle organization and those lists one task at a time. Mariah suggests these creative and witty Knock Knock To Accomplish Sticky Notes off Amazon. With these sticky notes, you’ll be able to tackle everything from your grocery list to those tasks you just want to put off. Start the new year off right and make everyday a productive one with a few funny and functional t0-do lists. Purchase it HERE!

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Kelly from Live Laugh Rowe is a fanatic about tidy closets. Kelly suggests using these awesome Stackable Crates of various sizes at Amazon. With these stackable crates, you can make the most use of your closet space. They work great in the pantry, linen closet, laundry room and more! No more random piles and having to rummage through disorganized closets. Start that New Years resolution of getting organized right with these clever stackable storage solutions! Purchase a set of these Large Stackable Crates !

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Hi! I’m Stacy from Not Just A Housewife. Let’s discuss paper clutter for a minute. I have always struggled with homework and school papers cluttering up my kitchen. The kids come home from school and unload their backpacks on the counter. Important papers and assignments would get lost. The problem was, there really wasn’t a good place to put it. I tried a basket once. I tried a drawer. But if it was out of sight, it was out of mind. When I was at IKEA and I saw the magazine racks, I thought that might just be the answer I was looking for. We have used it for a few years now and it has saved us! No more lost homework and no more piles on my counters.

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Aniko from Place Of My Taste used to struggle to keep her daily mail overflow and paperwork that came home from school each day organized. But not anymore. She found an excellent way to keep her entryway organized and clutter free. She found this amazing magazine rack that (she spray painted it, so it goes with her entryway decor), and now she uses it on a daily basis. She drops in, and outgoing mail, magazines, folders, paperwork from school and it keeps her life organized. Purchase this awesome magazine rack HERE

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Hello there! I’m Kristen Duke from Capturing Joy, and I love to share on my site all about the fun family adventures in life, and how we create joy. I’m currently trying to manage the shoe situation in my small closet. Piles of shoes end up on the floor, and I’m worried I’m going to snap a heel, or pierce it into my foot! Which is worse?!? Hmmmm…. I love this hanging shoe carousel, and think it’s a great solution for shoes and bags!

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Kimbo from A girl and a glue gun has 3 kids and a busy schedule–she loves to be able to see whats going on with a quick glance! Use this fun chalkboard calendar to write the menu on, get one for each kid and write their chores on it, or use it to help keep you straight on soccer practice, dance practice, meetings etc! Pair it with some fun chalk markers and get organized! Get your chalkboard calendar HERE!

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Lindsay from Frenchie picks the Stair Basket with Handle from Amazon. How easy is clean up with a basket on the stairs that you can take up each night? Each one of my kids have these and when they leave something downstairs, instead of nagging them, I just throw it in there. They’re responsible to clean it out once a week and it has been life changing. Grab it here.

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Kelli and Kristi from Lolly Jane love organizing. It seems to help keep them organized if it’s pretty organization! The twins suggest this darling American Crafts diagonal printed clipboard from Amazon. There are several coordinating clipboards if you wanted to keep different family member’s papers organized in style, have all your to-do’s neatly layed out in coordination, etc. Purchase this gold plated clipboard!

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Mique from Thirty Handmade Days has learned the power of a slow cooker in her life. This is one thing that has helped her keep organized with a crazy busy schedule and shuttling her big(ish) kids around in the afternoon and evenings. She especially likes make ahead freezer meals and to help with that she uses freezer meal baggy stands. They hold up the bags so that you can pour ingredients into the bags without making a mess. Life changing!! You can purchase them HERE.

miquespickSara from Mom Endeavors knows how crazy mornings can get when trying to get everyone out the door. Making lunches just adds to the busyness. To help, Sara recommends Easy Lunchboxes! Her family has been using them for the last 5 years and LOVES them!! With these awesome stacking bento boxes, you can just grab a box and fill in the divided containers. No messing with baggies or various different sized plastic containers. They stack beautifully in the cupboard, helping you stay organized and making lunch prep a breeze! Purchase a set HERE!

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We hope to have provided everyone with TONS of great organizing ideas!

 

Over 40 awesome organizational tools to help get every aspect of life and home finally organized

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New Years Eve Food Ideas and Block Party

I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas as much as we did! It’s now time to think about New Years, and with that comes New Years Eve food! We’ve rounded up 10 New Years Eve food ideas to inspire you for whatever party you might be throwing or attending, even if it’s just you and the kids cuddled up on the couch watching the ball drop.new years eve food ideas

6 Tips for a Fabulous Hot Chocolate Bar | World’s Best Artichoke Dip | Quick and Easy Eggrolls | New Years Clock Cupcakes | Easy Peasy Pizza Dip | Five Minute Bruschetta | Fillo Wrapped Chicken Parmesan Meatballs | Easy Two Ingredient Stuffed Peppers | Stuffed Mushrooms | Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Sausages

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Tiffany here from Making the World Cuter hosting today. January is a great month in our house, with mine, my daughter and my husband’s birthdays all within 10 days of one another. So after all these holiday parties, we just get to keep partying into the new year! Excited for what 2016 brings, and lots of fun posts coming up on Making the World Cuter!

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World’s Best Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

 


You guys this spinach artichoke dip recipe is pretty much party food/appetizer perfection. Plus it’s SO easy to make! 

My new favorite party recipe. This spinach artichoke dip recipe is SO good and easy. Perfect appetizer or snack.

Chips and dip may very well be my favorite food. Seriously I love a good dip with a crunchy vehicle but I’m kinda picky. Not all dips (or chips for that matter) are created equally. But let me tell you this one right here is SO good and it can be made in the crock pot if you want.

The best spinach and artichoke dip recipe I have ever had. Only takes 15 minutes and the recipe is crock pot friendly (but does not require a slow cooker)

Ingredients

  • 8 oz light cream cheese (full fat is fine but I used light)
  • 16 oz light sour cream (same you can use full fat if you want)
  • 1 stick (1/2 C) butter
  • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove excess liquid
  • 14 oz Artichoke Hearts
  • 4oz diced chilies , mild drained (don’t worry this doesn’t make it spicy AT ALL pinky promise)
  • 1 1/2 C shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 C grated Romano cheese
  • 1 TBS chopped garlic

A quick word about the ingredients. This does not have a spicy flavor or kick to it. But the chilies do add a little something to the overall flavor. I would serve this to the most spice sensitive people without worrying. 20 month old Teddy gobbled this down without a blink. Also you could just use all Parmesan cheese but I do like the depth of flavor you get by using the Romano.

This is a keeper. Finally a spinach artichoke dip that is super delicious and takes only 15 minutes. Also crock pot compatible

What to Do

Easiest Method

  1. Chop artichokes.
  2. Drain off any excess liquid from spinach and chilies.
  3. Combine everything in crock pot and allow to heat through (about 40 minutes).

Fast Method

  1. Combine the cheeses, butter, and sour cream in a pot over medium heat until melted and combined.
  2. While the cheese is melting drain and chop the artichokes and drain any excess liquid off of the spinach.
  3. Stir the spinach, artichokes, chilies, and garlic into the cheese.
  4. Serve warm. This makes enough to fill a 2 quart crock pot.

If you are not in a hurry you could easily make this in a crock pot and save one dish to clean. Just put it on high until the cheese is all melted through and then stir and turn to low or warm.

We make this spinach artichoke dip recipe all the time and people love it. the best party and tailgating recipe!

I took this to my husband’s work Christmas party this week and it was devoured fast.

It's a keeper this 15 minute spinach artichoke dip recipe tastes like you slaved over it. SO SO good. it's a keeper.

We had to leave early to get Teddy down and there was about one big scoop left and I couldn’t help but just take it with instead of leave it haha. I just finished it off as a blog writing snack and seriously reheated in the microwave it was just as good.

hands down the best and easiest spinach and artichoke dip recipe I've ever had

I think I’m in trouble with this spinach artichoke dip recipe it’s just too easy to make and so so good. We might have to pull it back out for New Years Eve if I can resist not making it again for Christmas ha!

SO good. We love t his easy spinach artichoke dip recipe. so easy and yummy also crock pot friendly but not required

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10 Awesome Bread Recipes

10 Awesome Bread Recipes to try

10 Awesome Bread Recipes

I absolutely adore homemade bread so I’m so excited to add these 10 recipes to my list!

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How to Build a Successful Craft Business: 5 Lessons from an Etsy Pro

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5 Important lessons from years of running a successful Etsy Shop - Rae Gun Ramblings

It’s been a little over two years since my last Etsy Life post. My how time flies. Since then my business has grown, I’ve had a baby, and I’ve learned even more about running a small craft business. I thought it was time to revisit and share some of the things that I’ve learned since then.

Set Good Goals

Whether you are just thinking through the possibility of having a craft business or trying to take your current business to the next level, setting goals is a must. For a long time I just flailed and tried to keep up. When I started to set goals I was able to really evaluate my progress and it became more real. Once you have a goal you can formulate a plan to reach that goal. Make sure the goal is reasonable, measurable, and has a date that you want to complete it by. Here are some things to keep in mind when setting good goals.

  • Write your goals down. There’s just something about putting them on paper that connects with the brain.
  • Set different sized goals both in importance and time it should take to accomplish them.
  • Set measurable goals. Whether it be monetary increase, items sold, or new follows, you want a goal that you can tell when it’s accomplished.
  • Set a timeline to reach your goal. I’m a crazy Shark Tank junkie and Robert once said “a goal without a timeline is simply a dream”. So many times we have great ideas but without putting it on the calendar life tends to get in the way. Also I know for me deadlines give an extra little push that I need.

 Tips for success on Etsy - Rae Gun Ramblings

Get Organized

It’s amazing how many lists I make to keep my business trucking. I’ve got lists for orders to fill, potential new products, marketing ideas, and more. Organization is so important to running a well ordered business. I like to keep a three ring binder that I can more permanent notes to so that everything is in the same place. But for me the process of putting pen to paper really helps organize what needs to be done.

  • Organize your goals. Relating to the last point make sure your goals are written down and kept somewhere you can reference and somewhere that will motivate you to keep striving after the goal.
  • Organize your ideas. If you’re like me you are sure to come up with new ideas whether it’s new products to try or new ways to get your name out there. If you try and do every idea that pops into your head  you’ll never have time to finish them. Keep track of your ideas so that when you have time to push more that brilliant idea won’t go to waste. Which leads me to the next point.
  • Organize your time. I’m a big to do list maker. I always have a notepad out where I can write my lists of what needs to get done. Something about the process of physically writing out really helps me to focus on what needs to be done. Also. with online business it’s really easy to allow all of your time to be sucked into computer tasks. One thing that was great for me was to set times to check email. Now I try to only check and reply to email and messages twice a day. That way you don’t have your tasks constantly broken up by replying to people all day long plus you’re less likely to be pulled into facebook. With your time more focused you’ll be able to get more done. I love using fun colors for my lists, I find it makes it less burdensome.
  • Organize your products. However you do it you’ll want to make sure your products or supplies are where you expect them when you need them. It might be silly but two of the most important supplies for my shop after fabric and sewing machines are plastic bags and Sharpie markers. I use them All.The.Time. I have different colors just for fun  and it makes my life way easier. Some day I want to coordinate different colors to different sizes.

Since I know I’m not the only Sharpie junkie, and since they really are a great supply for so many businesses I want to make sure you know about the great deal I got. Staples is having crazy good prices on Sharpie Fine and Ultra Fine markers and highlighters while supplies last. I got a big pack of the regular colored markers for just 5$ seriously that’s a steal. Your welcome!

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Determine Your Why

It’s really easy to throw everything into starting a business. It can be really rewarding and addicting to watch to your stats starting to climb. But to protect yourself from burn out make sure to set your priorities. It the beginning after things took off I was working All.The.Time. I shared some of this before in my Etsy Journey post but in short it was too much and I was very overwhelmed. More than that I was working just to work. We didn’t “need” the money, I wasn’t pushing for something specific I just got caught up in the adventure of a growing businesses. I like to ask myself and others when they ask me for business advice what the purpose of the business is. Once you know WHY you are trying to build this business the answers to how, how much, and how far will come a lot easier.

  • Is it for the money? Having a small craft business can been a good way to supplement or even replace your income. If you’re trying to do this for the money how much do you need? After you reach that, how much would you like?
  • Is it to be able to work from home? Whether you want to spend more time with your kids or just not be on some one else’s schedule having your own business is certainly flexible but then again you’re always at work. Sometimes I’d find myself going non-stop. Now I make a point not to check my Etsy account during the weekends.
  • Is it for a creative outlet? Do you also like the business end of things because you might be surprised at how many emails and calculations come with running a business. That’s not a problem though you just might want to bring on help or learn more about those things if you need.

Whatever your why may be it probably isn’t because it’s the end all be all of your life. But it’s easy to let it become that way. Owning and growing a business is hard work and people online expect you to be available 24/7. For me my family and my sanity is my number one. So while I try to run my business professionally at the end of the day I want it to be something that fits into our lives not that we have to work around. A crazy stressful customer isn’t worth the money!

Be Realistic

If you have read my initial series you know that I was a big proponent of made to order sales. I would take a sale, have a turnaround time, and then make the item and fulfill the order. Now that Teddy is here, that has been really hard. In fact pretty much every thing is hard with him and he’s a pretty middle of the road baby. I’ve had to be flexible and readjust my expectations at the different stages of my life and business. Also remember to keep in mind that your business is your own it won’t look like someone else’s and that’s okay.

  • Different phases of life (both family and business) will make your business look differently and that’s okay. For example I’m finally coming to grips that my “maternity leave” lasted months longer than I intended and I’ll just be back in time for my most important time, costume season. But that’s okay since the little guy will only be like this for a short time.
  • Sometimes hard work pays off later. Just remember that most things aren’t automatic.
  • Sometimes when the hard work isn’t paying off it might be time to evaluate why? Is it the type of thing that takes time, are you reaching out to the wrong audience, etc.

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Keep Learning

And finally my last thing is to keep learning. One of the big things I’ve started doing is listen to Entrepreneurial books and I LOOOVE it. While I’m sewing or driving I’ll have a business book going and at home I’ll pause it to write down good points because I’m a note taker type. This has been really eye opening and when I’m burnt or have a problem or just don’t feel motivated I’ve felt that that has been a great spark to renew me. I hope to share some of my favorite business books soon :) Also don’t underestimate how much you can learn from people.

  • Read relevant books. I find the entrepreneur focused ones to be super encouraging and helpful since they hit on many aspects of what you’ll face.
  • Talk to anyone who has experience or even related experience. You never know what gem they’ll share or who else they might connect you with.
  • Find some businesses you admire and pay attention to what they do well. Don’t copy them or their product because it won’t work right but do think about the little things that might transfer to your own situation and see how you can implement it or make your own version.

I hope this has been helpful. I don’t want to let another 2 years pass before I check back in on this type of stuff so, if you have any questions or ideas for a post that you’d like me to write with respect to my business life please let me know! I love helping when I can.

Honest look at what it takes to start a successful creative business

Want to know more about running your own craft business? Check out my Etsy Journey post where I share the details with a year by year break down of how I got my business off the ground.

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7 Ways to Get Organized

Ways to get organized with out spending a lot of money
I hope you had a fantastic Holiday. I have spent the last week or so just relazing and it  has been wonderful. I know this time of year makes many of us want to get organized. Here are a bunch of my favorite ways to get organized from the link parties and pinterest.

Do you have some quick and easy organizing ideas? I’d love to hear them in the comments I need to get my whole house in order!

How to get organized. Perfect for home offices and craft room organization

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