MyModern: The Beginnings of a Very Cool Home Office

November 4, 2014

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When Breon and I decided to buy a house, I have to say I was super excited about the idea of getting my own office. I’d been working off the couch for a couple years now and that’s really not fun when you’re trying to run a business.

So when AllModern contacted me to work with them, I jumped at the idea. I love their website and had already been perusing it while we were house hunting.

While my office is only in the beginning stages, with their help and the Louis Ghost chair, my office is starting to look polished and welcoming. 🙂 Remember back when I featured the chair in my office chair showdown?

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10 Awesome Pop-Culture Halloween Costumes

October 20, 2014

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because of it’s general fun’ness. 🙂 Yes, that is a made up word. But as I struggle every year to come up with cool and unique costume ideas I realize how awesome this holiday is. Here are just 10 fun pop-culture halloween costume ideas for you. Enjoy!

1. That girl you wished you wouldn’t have started a conversation with at a party

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If you haven’t seen this segment on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update…stop what you are doing and watch this.

2. Tight Pants

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The tight pants skit on Jimmy Fallon show is one of my favorites to watch.

It’s up there with “Eww”.

3. Iggy Azalea

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I just love Iggy. Her style is a little out there for me which makes for a perfect halloween costume. Do it up!

4. Tris from Divergent

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One of my favorite characters this year is Tris. She is brave and not afraid of her fears. Wish I was like her.

5. The Great Gatsby

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This is just plain fun. You don’t even need to see the movie, just work the angle of the 1920s.

6. Fifty Shades of Grey

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A fun couple costume! Just bring some handcuffs and a riding crop and most will understand who you are!

7. Michonne from Walking Dead

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I have to say, Michonne is one of my favorite characters ever. She is amazing and has the best weapon for the zombie apocalypse.

8. Amanda Bynes

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You know what to do.

9. Wyldstyle

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Put on the black wig with extensions and you are set to become Wyldstyle. She is fun and goofy…so do as she would and get silly.

10. Minecraft Steve

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Minecraft Steve is the best and probably the easiest of the costumes. Head to target and grab a head, torch, and axe and you’re all set.

Photos: Our Honeymoon in LA

October 12, 2014

So it’s been a few months but after my trip to LA last week (yes, I went again) I wanted to post our honeymoon photos. We did a lot during our time in LA so here are just a few of the fun ones.

Our first stop on our drive down Highway 1 was Hearst Castle. I would recommend the tour of this amazing property.

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A quick stop in at the Google Headquarters in LA to fit the Google Glass! 

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Since we were in Santa Monica, we stopped at the pier and beach.

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I love doors… my favorite thing to photograph.

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We did the Warner Brother’s tour. Below is the midwest town setup.

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and the Friends couch!

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The Gilmore Girls Gazebo

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HARRY POTTER!

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We decided to do an overnight trip to San Diego and on the way stopped at Bruxie, a waffle sandwich shop (AMAZING).

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After returning from San Diego, we went downtown LA to the artist district and did some shopping.

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Toured the Unique Space (a co-working space in LA).

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We seriously had a blast. We went to a few comedy shows and a taping of @midnight too. Literally it’s a haven for comedy so if you want to go see someone – go to LA!

The Procrastinator’s Guide to Moving Quickly

September 22, 2014

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If you’ve ever moved you know that it’s a long, not-so-fun process. There’s a lot of packing, wondering why you have so much stuff, and potentially breaking your treasures. So it’s not surprising that we procrastinate on preparing. If you find yourself in this position right now, here’s your guide to ‘kick your packing into gear!”

Note: If you’re moving from house to house, this guide might not work so well…depending on how much you have to pack.

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1. A little prep work

The first to-do: Figure out how long you have until move-out/move-in day. If you’re a big procrastinator and are moving in the next couple of days and haven’t done anything, I suggest contacting your real estate agent or landlord because you need more time.

But if you are one week out, it’s probably doable (especially for an apartment). For example, you have five days left. I recommend that you look at that as go time! Don’t schedule anything, put your DVR to work (no TV!) and consider taking one or two days off of work.

Using a calendar (I prefer Google Calendar), schedule out your days ahead. Like this:

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2. Get Materials

Visit Home Depot or your local grocery/liquor store and get some boxes. If you move often or don’t want to deal with boxes breaking, consider investing in a bunch of sturdy storage bins (like these from Home Depot).

Full Materials Checklist {Download}:

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3. Get Comfy

This is important. Grab your favorite and most comfy clothes (that you don’t mind getting grimey) and put on your motivating playlist because now the real work begins.

4. Work Your Way Down

I like to start with the hardest room and work my way down. This would be (in my opinion)…

  • Kitchen
  • Master bedroom
  • Living room
  • Office
  • Closets
  • Bathroom
  • Any other bedrooms or bathrooms
  • Entryway
  • Furniture breakdown (bed, TV stand, etc.)
  • Storage locker (if in an apartment)

Avoid rushing because you think you don’t have enough time. Quickly and efficiently pack your boxes. The last thing you need on moving day is boxes breaking while you’re moving into your new place.

Dedicate a corner of your apartment for finished boxes. Pro tip: Choose an area close to the door where you will move your stuff out. 

Now that you have these four steps, stick to your schedule. Power through and pack!

What Not to Do

  1. Go through old photos and spend hours looking at them laughing.
  2. Stop to watch TV, play video games, or any other form of entertainment.
  3. Throw everything into black bags and pack with duct tape. Tommy Boy style.
  4. Expect help. It’s okay to ask family and friends to help, but don’t expect them to come with smiles; no one likes moving.

What to Do

  1. Purge (Throw. Keep. Give.). When you go through your stuff, you will find items you no longer use. This is where you decide to purge it by selling, giving it away, or throwing.
  2. Sleep. Make sure to get adequate sleep during the weeks of packing so you can maintain energy throughout the day!
  3. Create a cleaning kit. Fill a laundry basket with…
    • Cleaning solution
    • Paper towels
    • Wipes
    • Window cleaner
    • Sharpies
    • Tape
    • Towels
    • Swiffers
  4. Sell all items on Craigslist prior to moving. They’ll be one less thing to pack. If items don’t sell, give them away; you’re obviously not trying to make a profit so they should be easy to give away.

Moving Hacks

  • Consider buying or renting plastic totes to move your stuff. Google “moving totes” to find these in your area. They are sturdier than boxes and are all the same size. It makes it easier to pack the truck and move with a dolly.
  • Use blue tape to tape cupboards that have already been empty. That way everyone knows what’s done and can focus on what’s left.
  • Buy a big roll of bubble wrap… many items need it.
  • Create a first night box.

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Further Resources

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