These Are A Few of My Favorite Things…

HI there! I know, I am just as surprised as you are. A blog post…on a Tuesday! Here’s my secret…I used that little post scheduling tool. Makes it a bit easier for me to fit an extra post in each week! Today I am joining a really fun link-up, These Are a Few of My Favorite Things! It’s all about this gift-giving season (and getting in that Christmas spirit). With Thanksgiving just a little over a week away, it’s time to see what’s on my wish list!

My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things by organizingatrainwreck featuring a flat woven wool rug

[one] This scarf is screaming “Rachael! Buy me!”, and I am trying to hold off! It’s the perfect maroon color (my college colors), and it will be just right for my winter wardrobe. Can Loft do no wrong?

[two] Leopard print flats, my friends. These suckers need to be in my closet, pronto! I have been searching for some cute, comfortable leopard flats, and I think it’s time to indulge. They are definitely nearing the top of my wish list!

[three] The Instax Mini 25 is pretty much awesome. It’s literally a mini Polaroid camera! Except it’s a Fujifilm, so I’m pretty sure it’s blasphemy to say the “P” word here. Anywho, I would absolutely love this camera for Christmas. It can fit perfectly into my purse, and I can snap a quick picture wherever I go. I love to make memories, and I especially love to keep them. This would be a great addition to my camera family!

[four] FLANNEL PJ’S. Can I get an “amen”? (Jess, if you’re reading this, I know you’re saying it with me. I have the pajama collection of a teenager, and I want to get the pajama collection of an adult with the heart of a teenager. These Target PJ sets? The answer.

[five] Rugs are always on my miiiiiind… This rug would be the perfect addition to our rapidly changing home! Hopefully, come spring, we will have new flooring downstairs, and this rug would look mighty fine in our dining room!

[six] Again with the maroon! Loft tops are my life, and this one is no different. It’s the type of no-collar neck that I love, and it just looks like it would be so comfortable to wear all day, every day! I hope it finds a home in my closet soon…

[seven] …again with the Loft! (Sense a pattern here?) Although it is winter, I still need to spruce up my spring/summer wardrobe as well! Jeweled tops are a hit in my book, and I would love to wear this layered or when the spring time comes around!

[eight] What better item to wrap it up with than…another top from Loft! This striped long-sleeved tee would be great for work or play…or whatever is in between! It is soft, loose enough, and just simple enough to go with anything!

We all love to get these wish lists together, but what I am most thankful for this year is the gift of celebrating with everyone I love! I am so excited for Christmas this year, it’s going to be a blast! What are you looking forward to the most this holiday season?


Linking up with April, Elise, Katie, and Zelle!

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Weekend Recap [The Big Move]

Good Monday morning, lovely readers!

I hope you all have the most lovely weekend these past few days! While I am sad it’s over (mostly because I feel like it flew by and I missed out on a ton of sleep), I am also ready to tackle a full week…and my bestie will be here on Friday!! I am so beyond thrilled that Jess and her fiancé Nathan will be here all weekend, and it is the perfect thought to get me through this week! It’s technically my fall break today and tomorrow, but I still have work, a personal training session tonight, and a hair appointment tomorrow night to boot! I didn’t exactly leave myself much downtime. However, I am thinking of making this a short week and taking a long, four day weekend! A week from today I will be celebrating 23 years on this planet, and I’ve already taken the day off. Why not make it even better and take this Friday off, too?

Anyways, before I keep start gushing about the week to come, let’s see how this past weekend looked. Only with a lack of photographic evidence. On Friday, after leaving work and hitting the gym for a quick sweat session, I met up with my mom and sister at David’s Bridal to figure out what colors I wanted my bridesmaid dresses to be! I had my heart set on a peach/mint/gold theme, but my mind changed. I was fully ok with changing color scheme to meadow (top left green swatch) and wisteria (top row, second from left). The colors feel a bit more “fall” like to me, and I am just in LOVE with meadow. It is a beautiful dusty color, and it fit the bill!adslfkjhwape;ofbvasdfweferafI also found these delicious treats while doing the finishing touches on my bridesmaid invitations (the invites turned out better than I could have hoped – look out for the post in a future Wedding Wednesday post):

asefrawefwefOn Saturday, Zach and I decided to make a repeat appearance at our my favorite place in the world…IKEA! We got my desk, and I was so excited I could have cried. I’ll post a picture of the finished product when I am done organizing everything, but I’ll tell you the pieces we got to put it together: I got the largest Linnmon desk top (59″ x 29 1/2″), three Adils legs, and the Alex five-drawer unit, all in white. It. Is. PERFECT. It’s a huge desk space, and the perfect amount of storage, and I honestly couldn’t have been happier! Zach is now convinced I am meant to have a home-run small business because of how happy that desk makes me (I secretly love this because some day, when I want to work from home, I will bring this back up).

Side note? Although this trip and the assembly took basically all day…I put it together all by myself! I was so proud.

On Sunday, we honestly thought we would be cleaning the house all day in preparation for our guests. However, over a nutritious lunch at Steak n’ Shake, we decided it was time: I moved out of my parent’s house for good. Nothing left but a childhood dresser and two graduation gowns. Luckily, my little brother has a huge truck, so we were able to pack my bed frame, mattress/box spring, two tall bookshelves, and one small bookshelf into the bed…in one trip. I was a nervous wreck, Zach was very amused. Needless to say, we made it, everything else made it, and although I still have about four boxes to unpack, I am officially moved in to OUR house! It was fun, sad, exciting, and nerve-wracking all at the same time, but it’s done now. After a long, tiring weekend, the move is done, and we can keep on making this place our place.

asdfaewrweAnd on a cloudy Monday morning, I woke up in my home to find the love of my life cuddling our fur-baby (and taking over the bed). Having to leave this every morning is hard, but at least I know what I get to come home to!

Have a happy Monday, everyone! [I promise I’ll try to document life in pictures more than I do now!]

Linking up with Bianca and Meghan!

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If You Make a House a Home…

I’m pretty sure we all remember those books. Whether we were reading them ourselves, reading to a younger sibling, or reading to our children, we know what happens If You Give a Moose a Muffin, or If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. You haven’t been graced by these hilarious books just yet? Well, let me give you a brief overview…

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If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want more cookies. And more things…and more cookies…and more, and more and more. Get it? Now, let’s move on to today’s subject, which is “If You Give a Rachael a Blank Canvas of a Home”. Can you guess what happens? Rachael will want to paint, and fix the flooring, and get new dressers, and get a $400 dollar desk because it’s perfect and would look fantastic in the neutral haven that is her office. See the picture? Well, Rachael was given hold of the reins this past Saturday with a LOVELY trip to IKEA. While I had to hold myself back on quite a few purchases, Zach and I began with some small details for our home. We found curtains for every window (except the dining room), the perfect lamp for the guest room nightstand, a coffee table for the man den, and even picked out our table décor for the reception! We went hog wild, and I so wish I had rolled around in the mud a little bit more. But, because I’m trying to space these purchases out (and am already planning my next trip for mid-October…), I held back, and decided to make some inspiration boards for my next three victims – er, rooms.

Insert Polyvore, the website I used to try to create stylish outfits on. They actually have home décor inspiration sets now, so I took full advantage, signed up for another account, and began to dream away.

Master Bedroom
This beauty is my master bedroom inspiration. It is actually based upon a few pieces that we already have (the bed frame, bed spread, and curtains) and a few dreamy pieces (of which most are an actually possibility!). We already have a brown-grey scheme in the room and master bath, so I’d like to kind of round out the neutral tone with some wooden accent pieces. Zach has given me free reign of the rooms with the exception of his man den and the dining room, so I am going all out with the dressing table from IKEA! I love it and it fulfills all my girlish whims. The dresser is also a hopeful soon-to-be dream. We have a GIANT ratty cherry dresser in the room now, and while it is great, it is just a bit too big, and looking a little too worn for my taste. Hopefully in the next year or so we can be working towards this. In the next month, however, we will be painting this room a bit of an eggshell neutral tone!
Guest room

Now onto the guest room. This room is actually on the top of my to-do list because…we’ve got guests visiting in less than a month! I am so, so excited for my best friend and her fiancé to come down and visit us for the weekend before my birthday, and I really want their space to feel like a home away from home. We already have the curtains for this room, which honestly has made a world of a difference in the feel of the space. It is more light, and looks HUGE, which is awesome. I also have the wire mail sort from HomeGoods (it is actually a bright aqua!), and my desk is not that white beauty just yet, but it functions for now. Unfortunately, most of these items are still not in our possession. I would love to get the dresser and bed frame before they come to visit. The bedding will be purchased no matter what, and the bed is still on a rolling frame, but this design just screams comfort to me. I am actually also working on a DIY project with an existing piece of furniture we have to create a white ladder shelf for the room to hold snacks, a clock, and extra blankets! I can’t wait to share the finished product in this room.

Dining Room

Now this…this room is a completely doable project…it just means we have to finish staining all of our furniture. We are planning on putting in laminate wood flooring in the dining and living rooms downstairs, and I LOVE this darker wood color. We have the table and hutch already (not these exact pieces, but very similar ones), and they are ready and waiting to be stained. This dark color would go great with a sage rug underneath the furniture, and some brown-beige curtains hanging in front of our large window! I think that Zach will be liking this design as it is very much his style (Me? Light woods and neutrals. Him? Dark wood and earth tones. Close, but a little off). I think that in the future we can update our four seat table with some new, dark wooden upholstered seats. For now, our chairs will do just fine!

If you have any tips on how to save, where to find bargains, or great DIY projects that can work for these goals, I’d LOVE to hear all about it! At this point, any little help counts!

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I figured that, with this huge house update coming up, I would go ahead and update you all on my 101 in 1001 list! Since the beginning of the summer, we have either nailed or began so many goals, and it was about time I got it all up-to-speed.

101 in 1001 Update

DIY three things (2/3)

 [With my ladder shelf project, I’ll be bringing my total to 2 DIY projects!]

Create a work wardrobe (blouses) (dresses) (dress pants) (blazer) (shoes)

[I’ve got my work wardrobe updated! When I graduate grad school, I’ll have to update to a more professional look, but for now I just needed nice jeans and some blouses.]

Meal prep for an entire month (Week 1) (Week 2) (Week 3) (Week 4)

[Done and done. And I’m still going! This is the first week I haven’t been on point in over 5 weeks.] 

Eat something besides cereal for breakfast for one week

[Done! I did a juice breakfast for a few weeks, and now I’m all about toast, nutella, and strawberries. Yum!]

Cook dinner from a recipe (not a box) for one week

[Read: meal prep. Oh, yeah.] 

Earn master’s degree

[…duh.] 

Read 52 leisure books (6/52)

 [Still in progress, and made more fun with my badass book club!]

Get engaged

 [My fiancé is awesome.]

Move in together

[Will be done as of this weekend!] 

Go on 20 official dates (4/20)

[King’s Island and IKEA date this past Saturday. SO FUN.] 

Plan a wedding

[In the process now!] 

Get a massage

Get a facial

[Both of these happened in August. Best day of my life.] [Besides getting engaged.]