Because You Didn’t Really Want To Be Productive Today, Anyway….

10 Videos of YouTube Gold Status for your viewing pleasure...because you didn't really want to be productive today, anyway.... via thinkingcloset.com

I mine for awesome YouTube videos like a forty-niner pans for gold in the California riverbeds.  With a mission.  A sense of purpose.  A hunger for something mighty. Sometimes I give up on my responsibilities for the day just to seek out after that video that will entertain or inspire.  And when I find that treasure of a video, I don’t want to hoard it away in a private collection like a miser.  No, I {read more…}

Reader Showcase: A Look Back at Winter 2014

The Thinking Closet Reader Showcase: Winter 2014

With the recent celebration of my 31st Birthday, winter gave us its farewell, and thus spring is here!  Or at least, for my friends up north, it’s running a little late, but it will surely be here soon. Even for a Florida spring, it has been a little chilly here the past few days–chilly enough that I’ve actually turned on the space-heater in the mornings and at night.  Although, I know I’m such a wuss. {read more…}

30 Last Minute DIY Gifts for Your Valentine

30 Last Minute DIY Gifts for Your Valentine! via thinkingcloset.com

We’ve all been there.  You’re reading your favorite book in bed, cool as a cucumber, when suddenly you remember something that catapults you out of Pemberley and into vivid reality. It has dawned on you that tomorrow is not just tomorrow.  Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!  (Dun dun dun….)  And you have nothing to show for it. Well, panic no more my fellow procrastinators!  I’ve scoured the interwebs high and low for the best of the best, {read more…}

101 Creative Date Nights on a Dime!

101 Creative Date Nights on a Dime! via thinkingcloset.com

I have been truly amazed by the overwhelming response to my 12 Months of Pre-Planned Date Nights Gift.  Since that post went live last Tuesday, the FREE printable has been downloaded a whopping 1393 times!  That’s a lot of date nights.  Which is super duper exciting. And it got me thinking…for those of you plotting out your 12 months of date nights, I’d love to offer some inspiration for you. Because I believe in dating {read more…}

Blogging Dreams & Goals for 2014

Christmas morn with my new Canon DSLR!

I don’t know how this happened.  I mean, it’s truly unprecedented.  But somehow, in spite of myself, the Blogging Dreams & Goals I laid for myself in 2013 all came to fruition in some way or another.  Every. last. one. I truly am dumbfounded over it all because typically, it’s like I’m physically incapable of ever crossing off more than 10% of the items on one of my TO DO lists.  Let alone 100%!  So, {read more…}

The Top 10 Posts of 2013

The Top Ten Posts of 2013! via thinkingcloset.com

Here’s the thing about blogging: Oftentimes that post that you think is going to rock the blog-o-sphere and send the masses in droves upon droves to your blog, and who knows, maybe Better Homes & Gardens will want to feature it because it’s the simplest thing but turned out cute-as-a-button, and then before you know it, you’re on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday just like Young House Love and, and, and {wakes up from irrational dream} well…it {read more…}

Reader Showcase: Fall 2013

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In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you may have blinked and missed that as of last Saturday, it’s officially winter.  Cold, snowy, frosty, windy, bone-chilling winter. “Wait a minute, Lauren.  I thought you lived in Florida….” Yes, yes.  I do.  I’m just using my vivid imagination to paint a picture of the winter I crave around Christmas-time; a sliding-on-your-belly-in-the-snow kind of winter. And while the change of seasons may come without much {read more…}

8 Vinyl Projects & Silhouette Giveaway!

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway (valued at $180) at The Thinking Closet 12/26 - 12/29

I hope everyone who celebrated Christmas yesterday had a joyous day! We spent the day up in Ocala with Mark’s family.  It was chock full of hugs… …unexpected gifts… …childlike wonder… …and thanks to my MIL, lots of good eatin’. We even had a Secret Santa gift exchange among the adults in our family.  In fact, I’ll share a sneak peek at my Secret Santa gift for my SIL Ashlee shortly. But first…I am giddy {read more…}

The Top 10 Greatest Christmas Movies Of All Time

The Top Ten Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time...compiled by The Thinking Closet & Friends!

Well, you guys rock. 177 of you graciously took the time to respond to my desperate plea for your favorite Christmas movies…which means a lot this time of year considering how busy we can all get!  Thank you for helping me craft a list of The Top 10 Greatest Christmas Movie of All Time! Because I am confident that The Thinking Closet readers are the best readers around, this is a list I can stand behind.  And {read more…}

The Mother-Lode of Beginner Silhouette Tutorials: A New Gallery

The Mother Lode of Silhouette Tips & Tutorials for Beginners!

Isn’t the term “the mother lode” just so evocative? For some reason, whenever I say it, I think of a climactic moment from my favorite 80s movie, The Goonies. SPOILER ALERT:  The kids have barely escaped capture by the criminal Fratellis and nearly escaped death by booby-trap as they follow where the treasure map leads them through the underground tunnels.  They reach some natural water-slides, which they of course slide down (wouldn’t you?), and they’re spit out {read more…}

The Friday Five Finale! (Or is it?)

The Friday Five: Inspiration for Your Weekend!

Since this past June, most Fridays here at The Thinking Closet have been devoted to the sharing of five inspirational links from my week.  Some have rendered a chuckle.  Others even tears.  And let’s be honest, I’ve gone way overboard with the GIF intros. Regardless, it has been a blast! But in an effort to simplify our lives and prepare for a fresh start at the gate of the year, my partner-in-crime Thalita and I feel it’s time {read more…}

Tell Me Your Favorite Christmas Movies! (Pretty please?)

The Top Ten Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time...compiled by The Thinking Closet & Friends!

Alright, friends: I need your help. I have taken it upon myself to compile a list of the Top 10 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time.  Because I believe such a list needs created…and I was thoroughly dissatisfied with the Top Ten lists Google led me to. Now, this is no small feat.  As you well know, there are a lot of really great Christmas movies out there.  But I want the must-sees.  The crème de la {read more…}

The Friday Five: A Scandinavian Christmas

Handmade Advent Wreath by Tidy Tipsy

Friends, I want to introduce you to someone very special today.  She is 100% Swedish, grew up on the north-shore of Long Island, married a pastor and missionary, traveled the world and even lived in Vietnam during the war.  She can destroy crossword puzzles in one afternoon, loves all felines (especially her Ana), and says, “Bless her heart,” more than anyone you’ll ever meet (and she means it, too).  She is a prayer warrior with {read more…}

The Friday Five: Kids Being Awesome

Kids Being Awesome!

I’ve always loved kids.  Even when I was a kid myself, I loved kids younger than me; and I could not wait to be old enough to post a flier with those pull-off tabs on our church bulletin board advertising my skills as a “Mother’s Helper.”  It boggled my mind that I could get paid to play hide-and-go-seek all day.  Seriously?!  What better job is there than that? Even in my early twenties, I remember church coffee {read more…}

The Friday Five: Choose the Stairs

The Friday Five! Inspiration for your weekend.

In case you get your days mixed up (like I sometimes do), it’s Friiiidaaaay, friends!  And that bears celebratin’!  Right, Phoebe? It might even merit a jiggity jig a la my favorite animated Christmas movie: Or from another favorite, Love Actually: Yep, it’s November, which means Christmas movie references are now allowed.  I’m even planning to be elbow-deep in some Christmas crafting this weekend.  That and some acting!  I’m going to be playing a cockney-accented, pun-lovin’ {read more…}

The Friday Five: Pets in Costume

Reindeer cat.

I dare you to attempt to put a Halloween costume on a cat. In my experience, cats have an innate ability to anticipate such evil plots and flee the premises before you can even get a paw through an arm-hole.  Or…if you somehow manage to outsmart your cat’s natural instincts and maneuver a dress over its head or booties on its paws, the cat will fall limp like a rag-doll.  In protest.  In disdain.  As {read more…}

20 MORE Punny Halloween Costume Ideas

20 MORE Punny Halloween Costume Ideas via thinkingcloset.com

Last year, Mark and I pulled off Halloween costumes that were both last-minute and punny.  {Win-win.}  We dressed up as the Black-Eyed Ps and gave out candy to the 5 kids trick-or-treating in our neighborhood.  We even sat out in the street to lure them down our dead-end.  Our costume was met with a look of confusion, right before the parent would go, “Ohhhh!  I get it.” Because every good Halloween costume requires some brain {read more…}

The Friday Five: Cute Kids in Costume

Top 5 Cute Kid Halloween Costumes via thinkingcloset.com

Earlier this week I shared my traumatizing trick-or-treating story.  Well, apparently, I’m not the only one with tales of Halloween terror to tell. Clearly, we now know Batman’s kryptonite: small, speedy canines. And I don’t blame this little girl for turning and walking away; I have the same reaction whenever I see S.O.U.S. (spiders of unusual size). For others, the horror is more on the “treat” end.  When you get handed a healthy treat like {read more…}

The Friday Five: A World Where There are Octobers

Faux Cornhusk Wreath | Dear Emmeline

I’ve never appreciated the onset of fall more than I have since becoming a Floridian.  After the scorching heat of the long summer months, it’s such a welcomed respite.  And while we’re far from cardigan weather, it has gotten more bearable.  Mark and I even went on a bike ride yesterday in the late afternoon, which would have been unheard of just a few weeks ago.  Yes, yes…I already have visions of fall past-times dancing {read more…}

The Friday Five & Erin Condren Giveaway

Pumpkin Roll by Thistlewood Farms

Happy Friday, dearies!  You made it to the weekend!  Cheers to you. Perhaps some of you are a little worse for wear? Or ready for a nice, long nap? Well, maybe I can make it a bit better.  This is a red letter week here at The Thinking Closet because I have three giveaways going on right now.  You heard that right: tha-ree! Here’s what’s up for grabs: Silhouette Portrait Giveaway – $180 Value $200 {read more…}

Burlap & Book Page Pumpkins with #myfavoritebloggers

Easy to make burlap and book page pumpkin. D.I.Y. Fall Decor!

We’re still rocking the 90-degree-weather down here in Orlando…but that’s not going to stop me from celebrating the oncoming fall!  And I’m celebrating the best way I know how: with a crafty home decor project.  Check out my Burlap & Book Page Pumpkins! Now, I’m not flying solo today with my pumpkin creation.  Ohhhhh no.  I’ve actually teamed up with a group of near-and-dear bloggy buddies who all have a pumpkin project to share!  Wanna meet these {read more…}

Reader Showcase: Summer 2013

Reader Showcase: Summer 2013

Sunday marks the start of a brand new season, so you know what that means?  Yes, I will soon be making mulled cider like it’s going out of style, and it’s time for the next installment of The Thinking Closet Reader Showcase! “What’s The Reader Showcase?” you ask. Well, it started last spring when I started receiving the most uplifting emails from readers telling me they not only enjoyed my tutorials, but had actually tried them {read more…}

The Friday Five: Downton Arby’s & Blogiversary Giveaway Winners

Downton Arby's

Okay, so I definitely got teary-eyed reading the barrage of comments you all left me on my First Blogiversary post.  Y’all sure know how to make a girl feel loved!  And your responses were just further evidence that I’ve been blessed with the best community of readers a blogger could ask for.  (As if it were even in question.) And the survey proved way more invaluable than I ever anticipated.  Thanks a heap to everyone who took {read more…}

25 Creative Solutions to Necklace Organization

25 Creative Solutions to Necklace Organization by The Thinking Closet

So, it has been on my crafty to do list for a while now to come up with a creative solution for my necklace organization system…or rather, lack thereof.  Here’s what we’re dealing with, people: Yep.  They’ve been clumped together like that for about a year now.  It’s pretty much a 10 minute process to untangle that rat’s nest of necklaces in order to get my hands on one that I want.  (Cue the music.) {read more…}