Easy 5 Minute Pen Tins

Easy 5 Minute Pen Tins

Before you read any further, head to Target and check out their Dollar Spot.  They’ve got super cute tin buckets right now that are perfect for storing writing supplies {pens, pencils, markers, etc…}.  There are tons of colors and sizes and some come with or without handles.  Once you’ve found the tins you love, you’re all ready to make this easy 5 minute craft.

Make an easy 5 minute pen tin with colorful tins found at the dollar store, some vinyl labels, and chalk markers via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #penstorage #office #desk #organization

All you’ll need are:

a couple of cute tins

vinyl chalkboard labels

chalk marker

markers and pens to fill up your tins

Make an easy 5 minute pen tin with colorful tins found at the dollar store, some vinyl labels, and chalk markers via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #penstorage #office #desk #organization

I already had everything I needed for this project except the tins.  You could totally use a cutting machine such as the Cricut Exlore to cut your own cute chalkboard labels, but I already had these ones and have been trying the “use what I’ve got” method of crafting.

All you have to do is stick the labels on where you’d like them on the tins…

Make an easy 5 minute pen tin with colorful tins found at the dollar store, some vinyl labels, and chalk markers via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #penstorage #office #desk #organization

Then use the chalk marker to label them.  LOVE chalk markers!  I use them for my weekly photos of Henry as well.  They write beautifully and don’t erase or rub off without a damp paper towel.

Make an easy 5 minute pen tin with colorful tins found at the dollar store, some vinyl labels, and chalk markers via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #penstorage #office #desk #organization

Once they were labeled, I added my pens and markers and set them out on the desk in my office!

Make an easy 5 minute pen tin with colorful tins found at the dollar store, some vinyl labels, and chalk markers via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #penstorage #office #desk #organization

I simply love them, and the fact that I can just erase and re-write a new label if I need to is totally awesome in my opinion!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

7 Organizing Tips & Ideas for the New Year

Ahhhh….a new year!

Time to start organizing and getting the house ready for a new, organized year ahead.  I secretly love this time of year because it makes me feel accomplished.  I never know where to start though.  So here are 7 Outstanding Organizing Tips and Ideas to help get you started!

Here are 7 Outstanding Organizing Tips and Ideas to get your new year started on the right foot!  #organization #features

As always, please pin from the original source!

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Charging Station from Vintage Toolbox via The Happy Housie

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DIY Towel Organizer via Design, Dining + Diapers

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Organize You Calendar with Washi Tape via Shaken Together

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DIY Makeup Brushes via Pretty Scraps

Contact Info Planner Printables

Contact Info Printables via Second Chance to Dream

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Rainbow Loom Hook Organizer via Shaken Together

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De-clutter Confessions Guide via Day 2 Day Supermom

Aren’t these ideas fabulous? It actually makes me excited and motivated to get some things in my home better organized.

Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow night for our weekly link party starting at 7pm EST.

See you then!

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Happy hump day, friends!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

Organize Your Planner

Organize Your Planner

It’s January 7th and I haven’t blogged in a couple of weeks.  While my blogging break was nice and very relaxing, and the extra time with my family was absolutely wonderful, I’m excited to be back and to get into a routine again.  I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year’s and whatever else your family celebrates during the holiday season.  Ours was wonderful and relaxing and I loved every single minute of it!

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There is just something that I always love about a brand new year.

It’s a chance to start anew; a time to reorganize all that clutter you’ve tucked and shoved away over the holidays as guests came over for appetizers or dinners or drinks.

It’s also a time to start a brand new planner!  I know in this day and age, lots of people have ditched their paper/pen planners for their iPhones, but this girl cannot and will not give up her planner.  Ever.

This will be my second year using the absolute BEST planner on the market, the Erin Condren Life Planner.  {No, this is not a sponsored post.  I truly, honestly, absolutely LOVE this planner and pretty much every single product that Erin Condren has to offer}.  To keep it even more organized than I did last year, I’m taking advantage of the cute, colorful stickers that come with each life planner and also adding some fun washi tape to create a “code” for important events that occur each week.

Organize your personal planner with washi tape this New Year via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planner #washitape #lifeplanner

Now, to organize your own planner, you definitely do not need to have the exact brand that I do {but I do HIGHLY recommend it if you’re interested in the BEST of the best}.  You’ll just need a planner that you like, washi tape, an area to make a key for what washi tape goes with what events, and a little bit of time each week to get organized!

Organize your personal planner with washi tape this New Year via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planner #washitape #lifeplanner

One of the things I adore about the Life Planner is that you can personalize the cover.  And I’m not just talking about adding your name or business to the front.  You can actually add photos too.  I chose to go with a teal and white chevron pattern this year, but next year, I think I might go with the photo option.

I chose several washi tape patterns that I wanted to use throughout the year and grabbed the sticker pages from the back of the planner to make a key on white cardstock.

Organize your personal planner with washi tape this New Year via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planner #washitape #lifeplanner

Once I had the cardstock cut to the size I needed, I used my corner rounding punch to give it a more polished look.

Organize your personal planner with washi tape this New Year via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planner #washitape #lifeplanner

Next I thought about the things I’d most likely be writing down in my planner on a weekly basis.  This particular planner has both weekly and monthly calendars, but I tend to write more on the weekly pages than the monthly pages for some reason.  I divided my “events” into two categories: blog and life.  So obviously if you don’t have a blog, then you can pretty much ignore those suggestions.

Organize your personal planner with washi tape this New Year via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planner #washitape #lifeplanner

I generally used the stickers that came with the planner for blog related events including campaign companies that I could possibly have a sponsored post with that week, events that occur on the blog such as giveaways, guest posts, or round ups, and also a sticker for contributor posts.  For the life events, I used some of my favorite washi tapes and have a separate one for church, MOPS, family, kids, and bills.

As the year goes on, if I see a need to add more, I’ve got plenty of washi tape to use!

Another important part of staying organized while using your planner is to actually set aside a few minutes each day to write in it and get yourself prepped for the day.  You could do this in the morning with your cup of coffee or at night as a way to mentally prepare for the next day ahead.  I look forward to opening mine daily!

How do you stay organized?  Any tips you’d like to share with me?!  I’d love to hear them!

Happy New Year and happy organizing everyone!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

Recipe Binder

Recipe Binder

Let me tell you, this is something that I have been meaning to put together for over a year now.  No joke.  I had all the supplies just waiting for me in my kitchen cupboard near my shelf of cookbooks, but for some reason just could not make myself sit down and put it together.  That’s why I was absolutely THRILLED when Sarah from Mama’s Got It Together contacted me and offered to send me a couple of items from her super cute Etsy shop to try out.  I jumped at the chance and could hardly contain myself as I waited the ten minutes it took her to respond back with my digital download link {she’s fast y’all}.

So FINALLY, I’ve got a beautiful new Recipe Binder just waiting to be filled to the brim with delicious-ness.

Mama's Got It Together #Recipe Binder printables PLUS a $30 shop credit #giveaway via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

I even broke out my Cricut to label the spine for easy locating in my mess of a cabinet {cleaning it out is next on the “to do” list}.

Mama's Got It Together #Recipe Binder printables PLUS a $30 shop credit #giveaway via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

I settled in with a warm cup of coffee, my stack of some favorite food magazines, some old torn out pages that I’ve held onto, and random recipe cards that don’t have a “home”.

Mama's Got It Together #Recipe Binder printables PLUS a $30 shop credit #giveaway via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

Putting the binder together was super easy.  I grabbed a one inch binder, clear sheet protectors, and some new pens.  After about half an hour, my pile of random recipe cards and magazine clippings was, gasp, organized!

Mama's Got It Together #Recipe Binder printables PLUS a $30 shop credit #giveaway via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

The Recipe Binder comes with a  Cover Page for over 20 recipe categories, a Recipe Index to include behind each cover where you can list out the order of each section, and a super cute Recipe Page that you can copy for each recipe you’d like to write out by hand.

Mama's Got It Together #Recipe Binder printables PLUS a $30 shop credit #giveaway via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

It is my new favorite part of my kitchen, by far!  And the nice thing is, once I find a new recipe that I know I love, all I have to do is copy it onto a new recipe page and pop it in a sheet protector!

Excited to make your own recipe binder?  Or maybe you’re in need of a totally awesome Household binder?  Sarah’s got you covered!  She’s been so sweet and is offering a $30 shop credit to one lucky Wait Til Your Father Gets Home reader!  Follow the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!

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In case you don’t win {because let’s face it, we can’t all be winners}, you’re still in luck!  Sarah’s Facebook fans get a 30% off coupon code if they spend $30 or more in her shop AND there is a 20% off $20 code right in the listings in her shop that can be used anytime!

Good luck and happy organizing!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

sugarSNAP Review

sugarSNAP Review

I was provided free product for the purposes of this review, but as always all opinions are 100% my own.  I make it a point to only promote products and companies that I LOVE!

Are you a new or expecting mama?

Do you know a mom? I’m hoping you know at least one mom {wink}.

I’ve got the absolute PERFECT gift idea for that mama or even yourself because what mama doesn’t like to give herself a gift every once in a while?!

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I could go on and on about the product, but I won’t need to…it sells itself.  What I do want to share briefly is the very cool story about how sugarSNAP came to be…

You see, two moms {yes MOMS created this company and all of its products} were on their hospital tour.  They soon realized due to their overly large bellies that they were both expecting twins.  They ended up delivering within weeks of each other and an instant friendship was born.  Now, they were ready for those babies.  They bought cute diaper bags with all sorts of organizational pockets and pouches inside, ready to conquer the world of having a baby {or two} in tow at all times.  Well, they soon realized that those pockets and pouches, and frankly the entire diaper bag can be a real black hole when you’re in a pinch searching for diaper wipes, a changing table pad, an extra bottle, or a baby spoon.

sugarSNAP soon came to life while both moms were out with their kiddos at a park one day.  They knew there had to be a better way to organize it all, keeping the kids, themselves, and frankly anyone else that was in their proximity happy.

They’ve got a couple of awesome products, including a car organizer and the Me + Mine organizers, that fit perfectly into your existing diaper bag or purse!

Me + Mine collection by sugarSNAP via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #diaperbag #baby #organization

It’s a set of five super cute and durable bags attached by a easy to use hook and ring system.  Each file has a blank, easy-to-identify tab and comes with a selection of stickers that you place on each tab to create your very own filing system.  The labels include useful files for baby, toddler, and mama.

Let’s take a peek into a few of the bags I put together…

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This one is labeled SNACKS & SUPPLIES.

I’ve got healthy snacks for my toddler ready to go and a bib and spoon for when my littlest starts eating solids.

Me + Mine collection by sugarSNAP via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #diaperbag #baby #organization

I’ve also got a bag for each of the boys with extra clothes, one for diapers and wipes, and a fifth with emergency medicine like Advil and Orajel {we love their natural variety}.

And, look!  They all fit neatly inside my diaper bag!

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I can still zip it closed and everything!  It truly is amazing to not have to dig through a bag to find a small bottle of Desitin anymore.  I’m feeling much more organized these days, that’s for sure!  PLUS, when I ask hubby to grab something from the bag, he doesn’t have to guess where an item might be any longer.

The other awesome thing about the Me + Mine Collection that I’m loving is that I can just grab a bag or two that I know I’ll need and leave the rest in the car, all linked together, and I know they won’t get lost in the mess that sometimes is my car {just keeping it real here folks}.

So, if you’re sick and tired of losing items in your diaper bag, please do yourself a favor…click here and buy a set for yourself!  I PROMISE, this is one purchase you will not regret.

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.