Learning to Wear Heels is Moving

Hi everyone, I have some exciting news to share, my blog, yep this very one you are reading, is being moved to a permanent location at Learningtowearheels.com. It is something that I have been contemplating for a while and I decided to take a leap of faith and make it happen. Please stop by and check out the new content (and old content), as always leave me comments, feedback and your thoughts. And if you are interesting in doing a guest post, I am always open.

Learning to Wear Heels is still a lifestyle blog with everything from DIY and home improvement projects to recipes and travel tips. It contains recipes and how to instructions for things I am passionate about it my life. Want to learn how to pick out the perfect paint color or how to re-finish an old fireplace, paint an ombré baby dresser or make a killer homemade spaghetti recipe. It is moving all here.

Thank you for your support over the past year, I am looking forward to chatting with you at Learning to wear heels.

Crystal

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21 Random Facts About Me

  1. I am going to Australia and Fiji in February for my honeymoon- update it was AMAZING
  2. I obsessively drink Dt. Coke and coffee
  3. I hate messes, but my bedroom is always a mess
  4. I have three sisters, four brother-in-laws and two sister in laws
  5. I wish I went to the gym more, but it seems to be the last on the priority list
  6. I got married in November 2016 to my very wonderful husband
  7. My favorite holiday is Christmas and this year we had four Christmas trees at home
  8. My husband makes me coffee every morning before I leave for work- the coffee tastes that much better when someone else makes it for you.
  9. I have four nephews and one niece all under the age of 5- life is crazy
  10. I visited Cuba in 2012 and it was an amazingly cool experience
  11. I am a Sagittarius- but I am not sure that it really means anything
  12. I typically get my hair cut only once a year
  13. I love peanut butter and chocolate, just not together
  14. I love DIY projects and my perfect job would be do make and sell my projects
  15. I still use a paper planner… in fact right now I am using two
  16. I own more than 100 shoes, but wear the same three routinely
  17. I am not a morning person at all
  18. I am the oldest of four girls, my dad was way out numbered
  19. My favorite season is fall, the colorful leaves and crisp air is refreshing
  20. I have had the same cell phone number since I got my first phone in 2001
  21. I have a great eye for decorating and love painting

Travel bucket list

After crossing off one of my huge travel bucket list items with this trip to Australia, my husband and I started taking about our next vacation and it made me think about my travel bucket list. Where in the world do I want to go, besides visiting every state in America below is my current top 30 vacation destinations in no particular order. And although some change as the world changes I am making slow and steady progress on the list. Only being an international traveler since 2012 I think I am doing pretty well on my list! Now I want to hear from you, what countries, destinations am I missing? What is on your travel bucket list?

  1. Germany
  2. Virgin Islands
  3. Ireland
  4. Fiji- February 2017
  5. Israel
  6. Brazil
  7. Greece
  8. Cuba- July 2012
  9. Peru
  10. Japan
  11. Italy
  12. France
  13. Thailand
  14. Spain- December 2012
  15. Morracco- December 2012
  16. Argentina
  17. Tahiti 
  18. Bora bora
  19. Sweeden
  20. Bolivia
  21. Costa Rica
  22. New Zeland
  23. Australia- February 2017
  24. Aruba-June 2015
  25. China
  26. London
  27. Chili
  28. India
  29. Egypt
  30. Norway

Honeymoon part #2

We left on Wednesday, February 8th for part two of our honeymoon! 28 days in Australia and Fiji! Looks like my fortune cookie knows this vacation is much needed! Look for posts once we get back from our adventure down under! 

Rainbow Smoothies

My morning ritual is a smoothie on my way to work, if I am really lucky the husband makes it while I am getting ready. When he makes it, it somehow tastes even better. Below is my go to list, a colorful smoothie one color for each day of the week. You can substitute any of the fruits, however mixing may loose the integrity of your bright orange or yellow colored smoothies, but will still taste amazing.

 

Red Orange Yellow Green Purple
½ c. almond milk

½ c. Greek yogurt

½ c. watermelon

½ c. frozen raspberries/ strawberries

½ c. Orange Juice

½ c. Greek yogurt

1 carrot, peeled

1 c. frozen orange/ peach

½ c. pineapple juice

½ c. Green yogurt

½ c. frozen pineapple/ mango

1 banana

½ c. Orange Juice

½ c. Greek yogurt

2 kiwis

1 avocado

Handful of spinach

½ c. pomegranate or cranberry juice

½ c. Greek yogurt

1 c. frozen berries (strawberries, blue berries, raspberries)

 Tip: Use frozen fruits as much as possible to avoid watered out smoothies by needing adding ice.

How to Declutter Your Home

At the beginning of every year I set a goal to declutter my house. This year it is more important than ever as the house is still in recovery mode from the wedding, the holidays and sadly still the move. The clutter is getting to me and this year’s organizational efforts are hitting a new high. In the next six months I am going to focus my efforts on finding a place for everything, clean and organize the basement and storage rooms and de clutter every single closet! Below are a few of my tried and true tips for decluttering my home. Now if only I could maintain my organizational efforts all year long.

  1. Clean the focal point of the every room: Start cleaning items that are in focus. If you start by taking care of your living spaces and leave the closets for last. You will feel so much better as you start to see progress in your efforts. Progress motivates more progress and soon your whole house will be clutter free. The art of doing stuff- one of the blogs that I follow shared this post a similar strategy of throwing 50 things away.
  2. Every month throw 20 things away: Either donate or throw them away, think about shoes you never wear, clothes that don’t fit, old invitations, ticket stubs or old magazines.
  3. Declutter your closet: take all the hangers in your closet, and turn them around so the hooks are facing out, away from the wall. As you wear any item of clothing, put the item back on the hangers with the hanger hooks facing towards the wall. After 6 months, anything that is still facing out needs to be donated, with the exception of seasonal clothing.
  4. Have a Junk Drawer: I know it goes against decluttering efforts to have a junk drawer but everyone needs a break. Even Monica from Friends, had a secret messy closet.

Good Luck in your decluttering efforts.

Moving- How to pack

In the last three years I have moved four times (and yes it was exhausting) and I can’t say that I knew much about moving the first time but I got better at it, over time. I put together some tips or things to remember as you start your packing adventure. Hopefully you can learn from my mistakes.

  1. Pack an ‘open first box’: This will be the first box you open when you move. It is the box that goes in the front seat of the car on the day of your move. Start packing this box early, and leave it open so that you can add a few things to the box as you pack. Make sure to add a pair or two scissor, paper towels, cleaning products, a change of clothes, and even some quick snacks for the day. The goal of this box is have everything you might need for that first day at your fingertips. This will avoid opening boxes looking for last minute things.

Things to consider include:

  • Scissors
  • Paper Towels
  • Cleaning products
  • A change of clothes
  • Snack foods/ soda
  • Paper plates and plastic utensils
  • Garbage Bags
  • Light bulbs
  • Batteries

 

  1. Label with contents and room: It sounds simple, but often times if you just label with the contents and not which room you want it to go in you end up with movers, moving boxes into rooms based on their discretion. And regardless of what is in the boxes… a box labeled sheets… doesn’t tell anyone or even you if that box should be unpacked in bedrooms or in the linen closet.
  2. Place the label in the same location: If you are writing on the boxes, write things in the same spot (NOT ON TOP). If you label all boxes on the upper right hand corner, you always know where to look. Seeing a wall of boxes all clearly labeled makes it easy to see what is in each box. This also helped with reusing boxes- if you have multiple moves going on, you can easier reuse your boxes by writing on a different side or in a different location.
  3. Pack and forget it: Once you have your boxes packed move them to a room, or against a wall. Keep your boxes all together to make it easier to move. If everything is labeled in the same location you will soon see a wall of neatly organized boxes in one section of your house/ room. This allows you to keep living in your house without tripping over boxes and being frustrated with the chaos.

 

Good Luck with Packing & Moving.