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…}

How to Make a Mess: Tips & Tricks from an Expert!

How to Make a Mess: Tips & Tricks from an Expert Mess-Maker! via thinkingcloset.com

I’m sorry, but today, you will not be getting pretty blog photos.  In fact, all of the clutter and trash and mayhem I work so hard to crop out of my photos are the subject of my photos today.  And none of them are Pinterest-worthy. {Gasp!}  Why? Well, one of my ongoing goals here at The Thinking Closet is to keep it real with you all, and that means sharing behind the scenes glimpses at what really goes {read more…}

Have Tote, Will Travel & Silhouette Giveaway!

Farewell friends.

I still have such vivid memories of the TV commercial jingles from my childhood in the 80s.  Puppy Surprise, Connect 4, Toys R’ Us…and one in particular came to mind this past week.  Does anyone else remember “My buddy and me?” Well, as I took my Silhouette Cameo machine out-and-about with me this past week in my new Tweed Rolling Tote, I couldn’t help but sing to myself: My Cammie (my Cammie), my Cammie (my {read more…}

NEW Weekly Email Launch & Giveaway!

Custom Handmade Wood Sign by Signs by Andrea! Love the rustic edges...

Don’t mind me while I squeal with excitement over the fact that I’m crossing an item off of my Blogging Dreams & Goals for 2014 list…and that is to offer up a weekly email option for my email subscribers!  Whoo hoo!  And to add to the joy, we’re celebrating today with a really fun giveaway, which I’m eager to share with you about, but first… The Weekly Email Launch So, why is this weekly email {read more…}

12 Months of Date Nights Gift & Free Printable!

12 Months of Pre-Planned Date Nights: Creative Gift Idea with FREE Printable from thinkingcloset.com

Mark planned some pretty sweet date nights in 2013.  I mean, the guy feels constricted in most t-shirts, so you know that’s love when he willingly suggests we get dolled up to go out to eat, he in a tux, I in my black sequined jacket.  Everyone at the Mexican restaurant asked us where we were going.  To which we replied,  ”Here!” Our server was sweet enough to offer to take some photos of us to remember {read more…}

Berrylicious Heart-Shaped Ice Cubes

Berrylicious Heart-Shaped Ice Cubes! Such a fun way to jazz up your drinks for Valentine's Day! (or any day for that matter.)

Do you ever purchase something thinking, “I have no idea what I’ll use this for, but I know it will find its purpose one day?” That’s exactly what happened one year ago when I was strolling past the Target $1 bins (we’ve already established the magnetic force field around that section).  My eyes honed in on some rubber heart-shaped molds, which somehow found their way home with me, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting an opportunity {read more…}

Receipt Organization with Free Cut File

Stay organized this year with custom labeled Receipt Organizers (with 12 month dividers inside!). Gotta love the $1 bin at Target!

It’s like there’s some kind of magnetic force field around the $1 bin section at Target.  It just draws me in like a moth to the flame, and before I’ve even begun to tackle my shopping list, my cart is filled with goodies.  It doesn’t help that it’s the first thing you walk by after grabbing your cart.  It’s like they’re intentionally trying to get you to buy stuff, or something.  {Grin.} But I’m not complaining because I’ve {read more…}

A Few of My Favorite Silhouette Supplies & Giveaway!

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway at The Thinking Closet! 1/11 - 1/13.

Sung to the tune of “My Favorite Things” from the classic musical, The Sound of Music: Heat transfer vinyl and rhinestones for onesies, Printable foil in gold: also fun-sie. Tattoos to print out and cut ‘n any size, These are a few of my favorite supplies! (Rogers and Hammerstein are rolling in their graves right now, so we’ll stop there.) The reason for my lame attempt at a song parody?  Well, one of the most frequently {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…}

My One Word for 2014

My One Word for 2014: Balance. And how I aspire to achieve it! via thinkingcloset.com

If you had to choose a word–one single solitary word–to represent your hopes, dreams, and aspirations for the new year, what word would you choose? A word to live out.  A prophesy over the steps you’ll take and the dreams you’ll seize. Last Year This time last year, I chose the word, LEAP. And leap through 2013 I did! I leapt from the safety of WordPress.com to the great unknown of WordPress.org.  And I couldn’t be happier {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…}

Personalized Insulated Mug Tutorial & Silhouette Winner

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For Christmas this year, we had a Secret Santa gift exchange among the adults in Mark’s family.  I drew my SIL Ashlee’s name, and one of the items on her wish-list was an insulated travel mug.  Naturally, I snatched up one of Pick Your Plum’s daily deals on stainless steal mugs and immediately started scheming how I might decorate it.  (They’re the nifty kind of mugs where the bottom unscrews so you can insert a {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…}

From One Broken Tree to Another

Charlie Brown & Linus

In these final hours before Christmas day, an urging in my spirit beckons me back to the ancient texts that tell the story of how love came down on that first Christmas in Bethlehem.  And who better to recite that text to us today than Linus.  Take it away, my blue-blanket-lovin’-buddy: I love that after hearing Linus’ speech, Charlie Brown’s tree isn’t so broken anymore.  He can see past its failings to see its true {read more…}

Gold-Brushed Pine Cone Ornaments with #myfavoritebloggers

Gold-Brushed Pine Cone Ornament...adding some rustic glam to your holiday decor!

Today, I have for you perhaps the easiest tutorial in the history of Thinking Closet tutorials: pine cone ornaments brushed in gold paint to add to our rustic glam Christmas decor.  It’s almost a joke that I’m devoting an entire post to it.  But it’s actually one of my personal goals to share more quick n’ easy projects…ones that don’t take 8 hours and hundreds of pins to complete.  So, hopefully this will be an inspiration {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…}

(Rein)Deer Head Holiday Banner & $155 Amazon Giveaway!

Rudolph! The star of the Deer Head Holiday Banner featuring Santa's Reindeer. Tutorial and FREE cut file at thinkingcloset.com

You know how deer heads are all the rage these days? Well, I thought it’d be fun to play on that trend with a holiday twist…with a Deer Head Holiday Banner featuring everyone’s favorite deer…Santa’s Reindeer!  Ahem, cue the music: “Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (reindeer), had a very shiny nose (like a lightbulb), And if you ever saw it (saw it), You would even say it glows (like a flashlight)….” Well, I whipped up this {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…}

A Rustic Glam Holiday House Tour

A Rustic Glam Holiday House Tour! Chock full of fun DIY elements to add some glitz to natural, rustic elements.

Hi, friend!  So kind of you to stop by.  And how did you know today was the day I finally folded those baskets of laundry and got the house tidied up?  That’s serendipity for ya!  {Wink.} Well, what am I doing?  Let me invite you in, friend!  I’d be delighted to give you a tour of our living room, which we’ve got all decked out for Christmas.  Oh, you like the music I’ve got playing {read more…}

Stocking Stuffer Giveaway with #myfavoritebloggers

Stocking Stuffer Giveaway hosted by #myfavoritebloggers. A prize pack valued at over $150. 12/2 - 12/8

My hot drink of choice at Starbucks is a non-fat chai latte with whip.  (The non-fat and the whip balance each other out, right?)  Just imagining that sweet warm goodness spilling down my throat makes me salivate.  It is the drink I buy as a reward on a Friday after a long week.  To stave off the cold when braving the wintry, wind-tunnel avenues of New York.  In preparation for a long musical rehearsal. So, {read more…}