The reveal, thank you IKEA!

It might not seem like much, but this was a much needed office spruce up. You might remember the before and the story behind it. Here is the before photo:


And here is the after:


Small changes, but such a big difference! The entire wall is now glorious storage! In fact, did you notice the best part? Empty space!!! Oh what a luxury that is.

IKEA Draper was kind enough to provide the bookshelves, and the adorable green storage bins, for my project.

This is the first time I have put together any IKEA furniture. I have to admit, I was a little scared at first because I have heard that it can be hard. It totally wasn’t! They were the easiest bookshelves I have ever put together (and I have put together quiet a few from other brands). The instructions were easy to follow, and all the hardware comes with it. Would I use IKEA furniture again for a project? You bet!

I’m so thrilled to have things in my office not only looking nice, but also functioning well. It’s such an amazing feeling to have a place to put everything (with space left over even)! And the green bins have fast become my favorite for their ability to store loose items. They really hide the mess.

Thank you IKEA!

Side note: It can be funny the things you discover when you work on a space that is going to be blogged about. Something I learned was that my office is hard to photograph, it’s narrow and surprisingly very dark, even in the lightest parts of the day.

Simplyfiy & Savor the Season guest post and giveaway

Simplify and SavorReady for the holidays? Would you like to be?

This year, organize and re-energize with Simplify & Savor the Season, a three-part holiday planner to help you savor the celebrations!

First, get ready by brainstorming what’s needed for each of the Big Four—Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

Then detail the to-dos, including menu and gift planning, with quick tips on how to lose the unnecessary and focus on the essential. Keep all your notes in this book or its workbook companion, Simplify & Savor Take-along.

After organizing, sit back and enjoy the season with “5 Holiday Juicers”—tips that teach how to keep life joyful, not stressful.

Then curl up and relax with “Savory Suggestions, Snippets, and Stories,” a collection of laugh-out-loud anecdotes including “How the Real Halloween Fright Happened the Next Day,” “Thankful for Warbling,” and “Let Go of the Cookie-Cutter Christmas.”

Make your holiday celebrations meaningful and memorable as you Simplify & Savor the Season!

  • Join Connie for her first “Virtual Book Club”. Do you want to work personally with Connie to set goals, get feedback and read her book together? Email Connie and put BOOK CLUB in your message. She will be choosing 8 women to participate.
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The giveaway is for ONE copy of Simplify and Savor as well as the Simplify and Savor Planner. Enter using the form below, good luck!

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Pinners Conference 2014

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I’m very excited to announce the Pinners Conference is coming back for 2014! It was a very fun conference last year, and I am looking forward to seeing what is new this time around.

One thing that they are doing differently this year than last is offering free tickets for the expo, and charging for the classes. I think this is an awesome idea! The expo is great, full of fun ideas for your home, and a lot of amazing shopping. The classes will be well worth their low prices too (they were great last year).

Use code ‘thestylishnest’ for tickets! Hope to see you there!

Remake book review and giveaway

image002What an interesting book! In fact, I hope it’s a series because it left me wanting more.

In Remake we meet Nine, the main character of the book. She lives in a world where you get to choose, at age 17, if you will stay the gender you were born, or if you will change it.

Before your remake day you have to choose everything about your future life, including your job, your height,your gender, the way you want to look, even down to  the color of your teeth! What would you choose?

Nine, a female, is struggling with these choices as her batch’s “remake” day approaches. She especially struggles because although all “batchers” are supposed to be the same, she has traits that are obviously different, and she has been picked on because of them.

Through a series of events though she learns that things are truly not what they appear to be in Freedom Province. What will she choose?

This is where the book leaves off, she makes a very important choice, but what comes after? I’m dying to know; what will become of Nine, Freedom Province, and a group called The Rise. Like I said, I really hope this is just the first in a series because the end felt like just the beginning.


About the Author:
Ilima Todd was born and raised on the north shore of Oahu and currently resides in the Rocky Mountains. She never wanted to be a writer even though she loves books and reading. She earned a degree in physics instead. But the characters in her head refused to be ignored, and now she spends her time writing science fiction for teens. When she is not writing, Ilima loves to spend time with her husband and four children.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of the book Remake in exchange for my review.

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