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Mudroom Makeover (Under $150)

Hey Embarquers!

One of my goals with Embarque & Co. is to create inexpensive solutions to expensive problems. The number one problem that I hear about is staying organized during this busy time of year (especially when it comes to getting in and out of the house).

Many of us dream of having a mudroom to keep us organized, but very few of us have the space or finances to make this dream a reality, so I decided to use some creativity and create a makeshift mudroom for less than $150.

Let’s do this!

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My “Why” Behind Embarque & Co.

Howdy!

This isn’t a traditional post that is some tutorial on some yummy dessert or how to host guests in your home, but an honest heart-to-heart with the Embarque community.

I wanted to take a moment to share my, “Why” behind Embarque & Co. I started this blog almost two years ago because I felt that there was a large gap between the millennial generation, and our parents’ generation.

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How To: Pick a Paint Color for Your Home

Hey Embarquers,

I don’t know about you, but I feel like these past few weeks have been a whirlwind! I recently closed on my home, and wanted to make sure the entire interior of home was freshly painted to give a clean and fresh feel.

A decision that can be difficult to make is a paint color. I understand that paint can be one of the least expensive decisions when it comes to making a major design difference in your home; however, painting is time-consuming, and laborious. I want to take the guessing out of paint, and make this a much easier decision to make.

Ready? Let’s get to it!

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Refresh your Deck

Hey Embarquers!

I apologize for the delay in a post. I have been processing some life-changing decisions, and I will have an exciting announcement in the weeks to come (all good things for the blog, I promise 😉 )

In the meantime, I have a project I’ve been working on over the past few weeks in my home that could help you improve your outdoor space.

Ready? Let’s go!

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Upgrade your Landscaping

Hey, Ya’ll!

 

Hope your Tuesday is off to a beautiful start, and you had a lovely Mother’s day with your mom or being celebrated as a mom.

Personally, this weekend was a triple whammy of fun; my mom came into town to go wine tasting, celebrate my birthday and celebrate Mother’s Day. It was lovely, and it didn’t even stop us from being productive. On Saturday afternoon, we did a little tweaking to the landscaping to make it look richer.

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Inexpensive DIY Wall Art

Hey Ya’ll!

I was briefly chatting with one of my cousins last week and she was talking about the blog and how some of the DIY projects are difficult for those who don’t frequent Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. Fear not! This project is (honestly) as easy as pie. You can make your own custom art for $5-7!

Nikki, this one is for you!

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Pick Your Outfit in 60 Seconds- Closet Organization

Happy Tuesday, Ya’ll!

 

Something that causes a huge struggle for millions of people everyday is getting out of the house on time for work…Sound like you?

The closet organization that I have done has helped me pick out an outfit in 60 seconds flat (something that has greatly reduced the morning stressors).

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No, this is not my closet, but a great example of closet organization. This makes getting ready in the morning, that much more efficient.

This closet organization may seem like extreme OCD, but it works.

Let’s get started!

 

1.) Spring cleaning! Although it’s not Spring yet, you can get a head start by getting rid out those garments that you haven’t worn in years. This in mandatory step in the process. You will be surprised to see all of the items that you find in the back of your closet.

When cleaning out your closet, remember these three criteria:

  • Have I worn this item in the past year?
  • Does this fit/Is this still flattering on me?
  • If I were to see this in the store right now, would I buy it again?

 

2.) The key when organizing your closet is separating the garments by:

  1. Occasion (casual, formal, date night, dresses, business attire, etc)
  2. Sleeve length
  3. Color

It’s best to do this section by section.

 

These closet tags are game changers. They help you keep your clothes sectioned off and allow you to pick out your outfits in a quick and efficient fashion.

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Click HERE to buy- $10 for a 12 pack

Let me break this down with an example, let’s use casual tops… I put all of my casual tops in a section together, (you can go from right to left or right to left, whatever works for you) then I put all of my tank tops together, and go from lights to darks. Next I move on to the short sleeves, then the long sleeves.

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This is an example of my business wear section

 

If you want to take your closet to the next level, I would change over your hangers from plastic to velvet. This is something I am in the process of doing, and I already love the difference.

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You can buy them on Amazon HERE– $25 for 50 hangers

I know it may sound like this is a huge project, but it’s worth the time investment. The amount of time you save getting ready in the morning will change your day.

Now put aside the time and get your closet organized 🙂

With Love,

Jenna

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DIY Bath Shelf

Good Morning!

I hope ya’ll are having an awesome Tuesday so far! Can we take a moment to say that bath time is so important? There are few things more relaxing than grabbing your epsom salts, a glass of wine, filling your tub with piping hot water and just… being.

For those of you who relax in the bath frequently, this handy dandy bath shelf- which I am going to teach you how to make- will be a game-changer.

Let’s do it!

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DIY Herb Garden

Happy Tuesday, Embarquers!

It feels like this is the time of the year when people start to get the mid-winter blues. The best way to relief this feeling is by adding some greenery to your home. This not only adds color to your home, but fresh oxygen as well.

Here in Texas, the home improvement stores are starting to get potted herbs. In the northern areas, there are seeds that are available for purchase (if there aren’t potted herbs available).

This is a simple project that only requires 30 minutes of active time. Below are the details:

 

Items needed:

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-Wine crate (available at Total Wine for $10, but note there’s a limited supply- call ahead to see if there’s inventory)

-Minwax wood stain (I used English Chestnut)

-Paint brush

-Rag

-Organic potting soil

-Potted herbs, or herb seeds (I chose the Bonnie Plants brand of: basil, parsley, mint, thyme, rosemary and oregano)

 

Directions:

1.) Take your wine crate, and set on a painting blanket or canvas to protect your flooring. Make sure all of the surfaces on the crate are clean (if there are stickers present that you don’t wish to have present, simply take a wet paper towel, and allow for it to sit on the sticker for 15 minutes, and scrape off. (Note: Your crate may also have parts of the lid sticking out of the top…grab a Phillips Screwdriver and hammer and push out the piece of wood stuck in between the staple and the crate. Second, when your screwdriver is still in between the staple and the crate, push your screwdriver toward the bottom of the crate and the staple will release.)

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2.) Paint on a coat for stain, and wipe off the excess stain with your rag. Stain all exterior surfaces of the crate. Stain the top quarter of the crate (to insure you’re not painting the area the soil will be touching and leaching into your herbs). Let the crate sit in the sun until fully dry.

Note: For those of you that have never stained before, the stain will not adhere to the wood the same in all areas… some areas will have a darker tint than others, but that adds the character to your piece, so it’s okay  😉

 

 

3.) Once your crate is dry, line the crate with newspaper. (The reason I do this is because I don’t want soil coming through the bottom cracks where the planks of wood meet, and it also keeps the wood from getting stained if you decide to use the crate for a later use.) Fill your crate 2/3 full of soil. Dig 6 deep holes (deep enough to fit your potted herbs). Place your herbs in the hole, and sprinkle on additional soil to hide all remains of the potted herbs soil. (I chose the Bonnie Plants brand because the planters the herbs come in are compostable. There’s no need to take your plants out of the container- simply place your plant in the ground and cover with soil.)

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Note: If you’re using seeds, I recommend taking a wet paper towel, fold your seeds in the towel, place in an unsealed Ziploc bag overnight and allow the seeds to germinate. In the morning, you will see each set of seeds will be covered in mold (this is good). Plant your seeds in a quarter inch deep hole, cover and water.

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4.) Mark all of your herbs with the proper labels (feel free to get crafty with your labels), and attend with the recommended care.

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Get out there and find your inner green thumb.

 

With Love,

Jenna