Adulting Resource Pinterest Roundup

So on Sunday I posted about trying to find a balance between all the different facets of life, and in truth I didn’t expect to get much of a response. I mean, most of us are pretty clueless about life. It’s why Self Help books, talk show gurus, and the Lifestyles section of the newspaper makes so much money.  Personally, being both cheap and a sucker for good photography and infographics, I’ve begun to utilize Pinterest for its myriad of tips on everything from how to clean my house to composting guides. Here’s the roundup of my favorites Pinterest finds:

Budgeting 

When we first moved in together, my then-fiance and I tried to mentally tabulate our expenses. As anyone who has ever been an adult for longer than a year knows, this isn’t something that ends well. It’s confusing and stressful and we made some dumb mistakes. So! We switched to a budget binder, which we also replicate online in the google document.

The binder that we use is a free download that you can get here. It’s pretty and also covers just about everything. She also has created a number of other binders for organizing, if binders are your thing!

Moving Tips

The common plight of most of my 20-something friends is that we’re at an age where we move a lot. Most of my high school and college friends have moved at least once in the last three-four years, and it’s typically a group effort. That’s why I recommend this list to every person who is about to go through the process of moving. If you have the time to utilize some of the tips, it will make life so much easier.

Home Decor: Small Space Living 

As I mentioned in this post, our first place was a gorgeous space that was also very tiny with built-in features that complicated decorating. Currently, we’re living in a much larger space with a lot of dedicated rooms. This means that the challenges in decorating our first home are completely different from the challenges facing our second home (for example, we went from banging our head on our ceiling to not being able to reach it, because it’s 10 feet tall).  Luckily, this list (which is definitely sponsored, just an FYI) is pretty comprehensive. I’ve used most of the tips and they definitely work!

Cleaning Guides

   Ah, cleaning. It’s the never-ending task, especially when you have three cuddly little hairballs.  Of course, one of our kitties has a sensitivity to hard-core cleaners, so we have to be careful about the supplies that we use. For most things, we buy all-natural cleaners (typically Meyers or Method Brand) for others, I make my own. That’s where this guide to natural cleaning has come in handy. It has some great tips for non-expensive cleansers, and most of the cleansers can be made from things that homes just have. I use that guide in conjunction with a personalized Daily Cleaning List that I created based off of this list here (I blended the “kid’s bath” and “guest bath” into general bathroom cleanup on Tuesday to leave Friday open to relax).

Cooking Guides

A year ago, I had never cooked anything more difficult than chicken tacos, grilled cheese, and Ramen noodles. I baked the family Christmas cookies and occasionally made chocolate covered blueberries or oreo truffles, but mostly I stayed far way from the oven. Truth be told, ovens terrify me. They are metal boxes of witchcraft, and I don’t trust them. That said, Lean Cuisines are expensive, and so I had to learn how to cook. The years of sitting in the kitchen with my mom while she cooked gave me three very specific types of knowledge: 1. Always use fresh herbs when you have them; 2. Always crush your garlic to get the best flavor; and 3. Summer tomatoes should be eaten with a sheep’s milk cheese or a pinch of sea salt straight from the garden. You will find no better flavor anywhere.

Now, since I can’t put my mom on Pinterest and most nights my cooking style can be described as “Winging it,” I’ve turned to Pinterest more than a few times for a last-minute recipe. But more helpful are the fresh herb flavor pairings, the infographic guide to smoothie making (because I hate breakfast foods), and Buzzfeed’s healthy eating tips (which were actually incredibly helpful).

 

So there you have it-the Pinterest life cheats that I’ve been using while I figure out how to do things properly.  What sorts of online guides have you guys used to learn new things? Please share them with me. Please?

Also, if you’re wondering what other things I’ve pinned (spoiler: it’s recipes, tattoos that I want, and country kitchens) check me out on Pinterest!

 

 

 

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Finding the Balance (and revealing my immaturity).

Since graduating from college two years ago I’ve been struggling to learn a new life-balance.  Of course, in the last two years my entire life has changed significantly, so it’s seemed like the moment I’ve captured some semblance of balance it’s been upset by something new and I’ve had to go through the process all over again.  And so, as my husband and I settle into married life and the new home and jobs that have become increasingly demanding over the last couple of months, we are still trying to find that “balance.”

This is something that is amazing to me, because we are two people. I cook, and he cleans up dinner (or vice versa). He feeds the cats, while I tend to all of the grooming, nail trimming, flea treatments, and pilling (because there is always something when you have three cats). I clean the house, and he does the laundry. We both track expenses (to varying degrees of success) and go to the farmers markets/grocery shopping. We make our own lunches. In essence, we are each doing half of the work that we would be doing if we lived alone. And yet, by the time 9pm rolls around, we’ve exhausted ourselves from the day and all we want to do is be on our computers and zone out. And ultimately, there isn’t much wrong with that, except we still need to meditate, study (we both have a heavy-duty reading list to work through for some individual projects that we’re working on), exercise, and get things in order for the next day. Not to mention I need to be writing, and if I’m not writing, I’m working on editing projects for a writing collective of which I am a member.  (<— This sentence was brought to you by Not Ending a Full Stop With a Preposition.)

So I guess my big frustration right now is figuring out how to do all of the Important Things (cooking, cleaning, exercising, meditating, studying, etc.) without essentially driving ourselves bonkers in the process.

Fellow grown-ups! How do you do this? Drop a comment below- I’d love to get some tips!

P.S. Sorry this post was not done on Thursday. The week caught up with me.

Small Space Living: Brightening Up

My fiance and I live in what is essentially a studio apartment; all of our living spaces (living room, closets, bedroom, office) are in one big room that is shaped like a baby “t.” We love the space; it’s just big enough for us and our two cats, and it’s bright with big windows.  We’d decided when we were furnishing the flat to keep all of the furniture in the same neutral palate; dark wood, gray furniture. This has allowed us to offset the quirkier knickknacks and decorative pieces that we’ve accumulated over time; namely, pops of color to bring a springtime feel into our home.

Most of the walls in the flat are white, but there are a few accent walls that we painted in Behr’s Embellished Blue.

We used pops of color to brighten our space.

We used pops of color to brighten our space.

Collected odds and ends for unique looks around the flat.

and collected odds and ends for unique looks around the flat.

My favorite pieces have been picked up here and there over the last year and a half-

Scrabble Coasters… 6.50 on Etsy (I bought mine at an art festival, but these are nearly identical)

Teal Geometric Tray… 19.99 at Target

Echeveria Planter, which I made by buying three different echeveria plants with different tones and planting them in a complimentary colored pot that I found.

Crosley Cruiser Record Play in Turquoise… 99.95 at Crosley (also sold at Urban Outfitters, which is where we got ours for about $60 on sale).

Gray Round Storage Ottomans… 34.99 at Target (We use one for storing blankets, and the other for storing toys for our niece)

‘Til Death Embroidery, which was an engagement gift from our friend Q

Refurbished Rocking chair, which was re-painted for about 10.00 (Porpoise from Behr)

Mercury Glass Fleur De Lis, which was a find at our local floral shop around Christmastime.

Black Retro Alarm Clock… 5.99 from Ikea