Monday, March 20, 2017

Up-cycling BIRCHBOX Boxes for Pretty Things

If you're like me and love receiving monthly subscription boxes full of treats {whether beauty, food, crafts, etc...} then you probably have a stockpile going of leftover boxes that are taking up space. I know that with Birchbox, they have really stepped up their game in the "pretty" box department. I mean, look at all the colorful, neat designs they've been using over the last few months. And with so many boxes collecting, I knew I needed to start putting these pretty boxes to good use! {I could never just throw them out!}

With that said, here are some crafty ideas on what you can use subscription boxes for... even the plain brown ones! 
  • Stock cardboard
  • Greeting cards
  • Wall hangings
  • Storage boxes
  • Book ends
  • Art display
  • Gift boxes
For stock cardboard for crafting and other card related art, just cut the box up into different shapes. 
For a unique take on a greeting card, just create and print out a message and glue on the box.
For wall hangings, I found some pretty neat little quotes on Pinterest, resized them and printed them out. I used washi tape to attach to the box for a bit more color.
For a cool bookend, I found literary quotes online and printed them out. Attach with glue or tape and add to your library for a pop of color.
For gift boxes, most subscription boxes have their name front and center on the lid, so I used cut pieces of cardboard, stock picture cards and washi tape to cover the name.

You can get as creative as you want while recycling these boxes {that you paid for} and are so unique. 

Enjoy decorating with your pretty creations! And thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Packing for a Trip Checklist

Being unprepared when you embark on a trip can create very big problems. Therefore, you should take the packing process very seriously. Many people simply want to finish their packing as soon as possible. They just throw a few odds and ends into their luggage without carefully considering what they will be taking with them. This is a huge mistake that they will most likely regret after they arrive at their destination. There is an art to packing that all seasoned travelers are well aware of. However, people who do not travel often will not know some of the key steps that must not be skipped over. Here are some of my best tips that you can use to know how to pack for a trip in the most efficient manner possible...

1. Always make a list of the things you are going to need during your trip

It is always a good idea to create a packing list before any trip you go on. This will help to ensure that nothing important is forgotten and left home by mistake. Ideally, you should not make your list only a few hours before you start packing. There is a good chance that you will leave some crucial items off the list. Start to create your list several weeks before your planned departure date. You might need to buy some of the items on your list. Starting your list long before your trip will give you the time you require to do your shopping. You might think that making a packing list is a waste of time. However, spending a few minutes making a packing list is much better than arriving at your destination and discovering that you forgot to bring something you desperately need {especially in a foreign country}.

2. How much does your airline charge for baggage?

The fees that an airline charges for baggage is something that you would be wise to familiarize yourself with before you purchase a ticket. You might be amazed at how much some airlines are charging their customers for carry-on bags these days. Therefore, it would be in your best interests to carefully read all of the baggage fee info on the website of any airline you are considering for your trip. Make sure you understand how much you will be paying if you decide to bring a carry-on bag with you. It is obviously much better to find this out before you spend your money on a ticket.

3. Upgrade your luggage if necessary

You do not want to be in a situation where you need to replace your luggage after you have already arrived at your destination. You need to be proactive and discover any flaws with your luggage before your trip officially begins. Check for any cracks or holes that could allow thieves to easily access the contents of your luggage. Are all of the locks working as they are supposed to? Is your luggage in a condition where it will be able to withstand being tossed around every time it is loaded onto or removed from a plane? You should go out and buy yourself some durable new luggage if the current pieces you own have seen better days. Click here to learn about some high-quality luggage you might be interested in.

4. Pack all of your clothing in layers

Nobody likes waiting in line to have your carry-on baggage screened. A normal wait is bad enough. However, this entire process can become very annoying if your carry-on bag is subjected to an extended search because the security person is not able to clearly see what you have inside. A good way to avoid this situation is to make sure that all of your clothing is neatly packed in layers that make it easy for the person monitoring the x-ray machine to see all of your bag's contents. Ideally, your shoes and clothing should be packed in separate layers.

5. Use compression bags to make your clothing smaller

Compression bags allow you to put your clothing in a bag that is vacuum-packed. The compression bag only takes up a fraction of the space that your clothing normally would in your luggage. The space you will be able to save will allow you to bring additional items.

I hope all this helps. After traveling for so many years and being the person in my family who packs everyone's clothes, I've become really efficient in how to get the job done. Enjoy your next trip!

This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.