7 Creative Inspirations from Hawaii

Aloooha! We’ve spent the past week in Kauai, soaking up as much sunshine as possible while exploring the island. This island has so much beauty to take in! From Waimea Canyon, to the varying beaches, to the dense tropical terrain of the Na Pali coast. Along the way, we poked our head into every store, art gallery, and souvenir stall we could. The creative inspiration was overwhelming! I’m always in awe of other’s talent and could feel my own ideas hitting me right in the forehead. Here are seven pieces of inspiration I picked up along the way.

  1. Ocean-Themed Placemats and Napkins: I’ve had my eye open for new placemats and cloth napkins (yes, I’m that person.) The struggle has been in finding designs that fit our tastes. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me to make my own! I saw a design that sparked so many ideas. Be prepared!
  2. Photo Transfers onto Wood: This was a big craft a few years ago that I never attempted. We saw an example of nature images transfer to wood by a photographer and I have to try it. The organic textures behind the scenic image is powerful.
  3. Plumeria: The plumeria has really grown on me. I wasn’t the biggest fan of this flower until this trip and now I know I need to do something with it. Maybe on my Cricut or embroidery. Still rolling ideas around in my head.
  4. Baby Onesie Ideas: Omg! So many cute and clever puns! Even better is coming up with gender neutral designs. Time to break out the Cricut and I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a screen printing kit. Either way, mama is going to make some outfits for baby!
  5. Seashell Artwork: We have sooo many shells left over from our Coastal Christmas decor. I have a solid idea of how to put them to good use.
  6. New Cross Stitch Patterns: A few years ago, I started making my own 5″x5″ beginner cross stitch designs. I got completely sidetracked with other projects but after this week, I have about 20 ideas I want to bring to life.
  7. Clever Rope Work: For the nursery, we wanted to use rope in a few ways, and man, do we have some ideas! We’re mulling around a few projects but know for sure we’re going to make rope curtain tie backs.

So much creative work to get done! Now to make time.

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7 Apps I Use Every Day

Happy Sunday Funday, everyone! The temperature has officially peeked over 90*, which means it’s pool and grilling season in Arizona. You can see my husband being the official lifeguard on duty for the day! I’ve already earned my first sunburn of the season (at a morning Little League game, believe it or not), so technically, it’s summer. Today, I was editing some pool time fun photos on my phone and wanted to share with everyone the app I was using. Then I realized that this makes an excellent Weekly 7 list! So here for your reference and enjoyment are the 7 apps I use every day (excluding social media).

  1. A Color Story: Brought to you by the wonderful women over at A Beautiful Mess, this is my favorite photo editing app. The filters are top of the line and always result in beautiful images. If you’re looking to step up from Instagram filters, this is definitely your next move. In fact, the picture above was edited using the Airy: Pool Party filter. Check out the app here.
  2. Homescapes: Shamelessly my latest gaming addiction. Basically, you solve puzzles to help fix up a mansion. It’s so silly but I’m in love.
  3. Cozi: Developed by Real Simple (yes, the magazine), this app is wonderful for families! You have one login for the entire family and everyone can see what needs to be seen – shared calendars (yes, it syncs with Google, Outlook, etc), shopping lists, to-do lists, and more. My husband and I use it primarily for our grocery shopping. We both add to it throughout the week and whoever has time to shop has access to whatever the household needs. Real Simple also has cleaning checklists you can preload for each season, which is super helpful! We’re BIG fans! You can get more information here.
  4. Google News: I prefer the Google News platform because it pulls from multiple news sources on a single story. Plus I can create a local feed and an interest feed (for all my Real Housewives-related news.)
  5. Rhonna Designs: If you’ve seen my weekly pregnancy updates, you’ve seen the Rhonna Designs product. The app is full of fonts and graphics created by multiple professional designers to create unique and fun picture enhancements. Even better, the quality of the images produced is good enough to print out. Every year the app releases holiday photo frames and graphic so you can quickly and easily create original cards to print at home or through your favorite photo printing source.
  6. Sudoku: I start every day with Sudoku. I have for years. It’s the perfect jump start to my brain.
  7. Apple Podcasts: As I mentioned in my 7 Favorite Podcasts list, I listen to podcasts daily. They are the perfect companion for my 30-40 minute commute and I learn a lot! Not a day goes by that I don’t open this app and see what wonderful knowledge I can absorb.

What apps are you just in love with? I’m always shopping for new tools/games/etc.

 

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7 Workplace Must-Haves

Who has the Sunday Scaries setting in?! The anxiety of the coming work week is likely infringing upon the joy of your weekend, but you must resist! Soak up the last bit of the weekend while you still can.

Contradictory… today, I’m sharing my seven workplace must-haves. Most of my employment life has been spent at a desk with my face glued to a computer screen, which is less than awesome. However, I’ve found a few items make this life enjoyable and comfortable. Here’s what I suggest:

  1. Desk Organizational Accessories : These are obvious but also a must. If your monitor needs to be higher, buy a monitor stand. If you need to organize your pens, post-its, paperclips, etc, get an organizer. But most importantly – buy them yourself! Most workplaces will provide these items through an ergonomic or office supplies budget, but unless you’re fully in charge of approving and ordering the items, you’ll be saddled with materials that may not work for you. And when/if you change jobs, you can take your comfort tools with you and avoid the process at your new place.
  2. First Aid Kit : Too often, I need a band-aid and I can’t find one. Usually, I need one because new shoes have declared war on my foot or I’ve done something stupid with a sharp object. So, in an effort to be my own superhero and minimize the number of times I look like a clumsy dork, I keep a first aid kit in my desk drawer. You can make your own complete with band-aids, ointment, tape, etc. Or you can buy an inexpensive one on Amazon like this one (this is the actual kit I keep in my desk.)
  3. Decorations : Minimal decorations. Please don’t be the person whose workplace is overflowing with personal items. Please don’t. However, you should have a few items within view that bring a smile to your face. I keep two framed pictures, a cute piece of artwork from my niece, and a small gift my husband sent me on one of his deployments. I like to keep reminders of why I work so hard and that my life is so much more than what I do at my desk every day.
  4. Hand Sanitizer and Antibacterial Wipes : Let’s face it. People are gross. And for some reason, people still believe it’s a badge of honor to come into the office while sick. In addition to washing your hands, you can protect yourself by having hand sanitizer and wipes readily available. Get hand sanitizer with a pump like this one so you minimize the amount of bottle you touch with germy hands. For antibacterial wipes, for the love of all that is holy, get wipes that are relatively unscented like Lysol Daily Cleansing Wipes. You can stay healthy without overwhelming your office with the powerful tang of orange or lemon scented alcohol.
  5. Phone Charger : Save yourself some sanity – get a phone charger that you keep at your desk. I still see people carting their phone chargers back and forth from home in their bags. Don’t be silly. Buy a charger and keep it at your desk. If you’re afraid of someone stealing it, lock it away, but don’t be silly enough take up brain space remembering your charger every day.
  6. Reusable Water Bottle and Cup : Treat the earth right by steering clear of disposable cups and bottles. One small investment on your part will save hundreds of pounds of waste. For a water bottle, I highly recommend a Hydro Flask. You may be thinking, “Those are pricey!” But hear me out. They are incredibly durable. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dropped mine without a scratch or dent to speak of. They also keep your beverages chilly without producing condensation on the outside! I once kept my Hydro Flask in my car on a 100*+ day for 6 hours and it was still full of ice when I returned. This is a miracle by all definitions!
  7. Personal Care Items : Are there items you utilize or need on a regular basis? Hand lotion? Lint roller? Stain remover pen? Advil? Buy travel size versions of these and keep them in your desk. Also – do us all a favor. Hand lotion should be unscented. No one needs to smell your scent of the month and people are sensitive to different smells. Be a good citizen. Leave the smelly stuff at home.

What do you absolutely, positively have to have with you at work? I’d love to hear it!

 

7 Motivational Quotes to Start the Week

Happy Sunday! This past week was a tough one for me. We all have our rough patches, and I do my best not to let mine weigh me down too much. But this week affected me differently. I’ve been struggling to shake my funk and focus on what I can control. That always seems to be where I can find happiness and balance – focusing on what I can control. I finally got there this afternoon and I’m feeling back on the ball. Truthfully, what got me there was scrolling through some of my favorite motivational quotes on Pinterest. Do you ever revisit those? I know you all pin them, but do you look back? Below are seven of my favorites. Hopefully, one will speak to you as well.

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Have an awesome week, everyone!

**Many of my Pinterest links are dead. If one quote is yours and you’d like credit, simply send me a note. I’m happy to add an active link.

7 Current Obsessions

Happy glorious Sunday, everyone! The past few weeks have been absolute chaos and it has been nice to slow down to catch my breath. Our home is finally functionally organized (the picture above is my scrapbook paper draw) and the project list has shrunk significantly. We’ve been able to move onto leisurely things like going to the movies and cross stitching. Have you seen my latest project on Instagram? I’m making an alphabet sampler for the nursery that was too cute to pass up.

In all the chaos of life, my brain is flittering in a thousand different directions. Here are my seven current obsessions take up all my energy.

1. Rebranding the Blog and Etsy Shop : Don’t laugh! For longtime readers, we’ve been down this path before. When I chose Anthropojenic, I thought I was being clever. Turns out the name is super hard to say and remember. I simply don’t love it anymore and want to move towards something I can grow with. I have a few ideas – just mulling them over so I make a permanent decision. I’ve also been working to bring the blog back to its core purpose – crafting and DIY. If you haven’t checked it out yet, take a gander at the navigation bar. Notice anything different?

2. Cross Stitching : The move was so taxing that I never had the energy to make cross stitching a priority. I can’t tell you how good it feels to pick up a needle and thread again.

3. My Erin Condren Planner : I’ve always preferred to write things down rather than put information into an electronic calendar. My planner is perfect for planning my priorities and ensuring I don’t forget anything.

4. Nursery Planning : Ah, nesting. We’re piecing together a Disney ocean themed baby room and the process has been so fun. What is a “Disney ocean theme”? Well, since we aren’t finding out the gender, we wanted a neutral but fun room. So, we’re blending together the characters and movies that involve the ocean – think: Moana, Pirates of the Caribbean, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, Lilo & Stitch, Peter Pan, etc. We’re loving how it’s coming together and can’t wait to share it with you!

5. Decorating : Our house may be functionally organized but the decorating has just begun. We still have most of our decor in boxes in the garage and are trying to be thoughtful about where (if at all) their new place is in our new home. The process is slow, but there’s no need to rush.

6. My Projects List : Everything from small tasks around the house to my incomplete craft project collection is on the list. I’m slowing ticking things off – mixing in fun with productive. The list will never end though, so I’m enjoying the fruits of my labor instead of stressing over the length.

7. My Pregnancy Pillow : While not taking up brain space or energy, I am certainly obsessed with it. Pregnancy can be inexplicably uncomfortable and having a tool to ease lounging and sleeping is clutch.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day! Try to avoid the Sunday Scaries!