10 Rainy Day Ideas

Cup of coffee and book pages- black and white

Being stuck inside on a rainy day doesn’t mean you’re staring out the window all day, wishing to be outside. If you’re looking for something to keep you busy, I’ve made a list of things to do to get rid of the boredom.

1. Read a book or magazine – It’s time to dust off those books and magazines you’ve been meaning to read. Catch up on your favorite magazine or spend time with a good book and a cup of coffee or tea.

2. Crafts – While the sun isn’t shining, find something you’ve been wanting to make and put those craft supplies to good use!

3. Photos – Organize photos into a box or album. This is a good time to see what might be of good use for scrapbooking!

4. Cleaning or organizing – Get those indoor chores done while it’s raining! Use this time to get rid of clutter, clean, and organize things that have been on your list.

5. Start a journal – A journal is a good way to practice writing or to get down your thoughts. There are many books out there with journal writing prompts. A few ideas are to write about things that have happened that day or week, different experiences, people and places, and how you are feeling.

6. Pick up a hobby – Try painting, drawing, or anything you would like to try your hand at. You might find things you’re interested in at a book store or craft store. Beginners kits are an easy way to get the materials you need to get started.

7. Movies – Rent a movie or watch an old favorite. Watch movies back-to-back and make it a movie marathon. Pop some popcorn and settle in!

8. Cooking or baking – Open up that cookbook or find a recipe online. Learn to make something new or make something you’ve always loved.

9. Games – Board games or card games are great ways to pass the time and have fun. Grab some friends and share some snacks!

10. Exercise – Get on the treadmill or follow along to a workout DVD. Get moving while indoors!

How to organize cluttered shelves


When shelves are cluttered and disorganized, finding what you need can be time-consuming. By eliminating useless books and papers and leaving room for what you need, your shelves will be easier to use and more visually pleasing. If your shelves are just a pile of messy papers, books and odd things, it’s time to organize!

Keep in mind that when you’re clearing off the shelves, that you’re starting at the top, leaving the heaviest shelf on the bottom to anchor the shelf. It also helps to determine the use of the shelf. Is it only for books? Do you use it for CDs or DVDs? Is it something you use or is it more for looks?

1. Start by removing what is on the shelf one thing at a time. Is it something that can be thrown out, something you want to keep, or something that needs to stay on the shelf? Make piles as you go along for each category. I had one pile for garbage, one for things that I will put away in a box, and one for things that I use and will keep on the shelf.

2. Once the shelf is empty, you will need to stand the books, folders, and other things that you will be keeping on the shelf on their ends, starting with the largest first. This not only keeps the books from falling over, but it’s easier to find smaller things that way. You can also organize books and magazines alphabetically, or by category.

3. After all books are back on the shelf, you might need book ends to keep the books from falling over. One idea is to stack smaller or heavier books on the shelf to use as book ends.

4. Objects other than books can be stacked on the shelf, or placed in bins for more organization. Shoeboxes, plastic totes and tins can be used for storage.

5. Throw out the left over garbage and store away other things you plan to keep.


How to decorate glass candle plates


Candles add a personal touch to any room. When I came across a box of glass candle plates, I decided to put them to good use along with a few unused candles. All they needed was a little paint and some accents to make my candle display more interesting.

For the first two plates, I wanted to add some paint and shiny baubles. I used metallic silver paint for one and an icy blue paint for another. Then I added glass decorative fillers as the decorations around the outside of the plate. For the third plate, I used Mod Podge and glitter instead of paint.

Supplies:                                                                                                                         IMG_1580

glass candle plate (choose your size)

acrylic craft paint

paint brushes

decorative fillers or your choice of decoration

hot glue gun

Mod Podge



Step 1:

Start with a clean and dry candle plate. Paint one coat of acrylic craft paint over the top side of the candle plate. Allow to dry completely. Paint another coat of paint and allow to dry completely.


Step 2: 

Using your glue gun, place a dot of glue on the outside edge of the plate. Firmly press the decorative glass “bead” on the glue. Do the same for each “bead” all the way around the plate until you end up where you started. Allow glue to set.


Keep in mind that when you’re placing the decorations around the outside of the plate that you don’t want to take up room for the candle. Use a larger plate for the candle, or place the decorations on the very most outside edge of the plate. If the glass decorations fall off, they can be replaced by removing the old glue and gluing them again.


Glitter Option:

Instead of using craft paint, coat the candle plate in Mod Podge using a paint brush. Then sprinkle glitter on the coat of Mod Podge. Allow to dry completely. Shake off excess glitter and apply one more coat of Mod Podge and allow to dry completely. Continue to Step 2.


How to make a bookmark


While enjoying  a new summer read, I realized I would need a bookmark to keep my place. Instead of running out to the store to buy one, I decided it would be easier to use what I have at home to make my own. I used scraps of card stock and magazine clippings to make mine, and I added a few personal touches. This project did not take much time or planning.

There are a few simple guidelines to follow when making your own bookmark. Keep in mind the size of the book. I kept my bookmarks between 1″ to 2″ wide and 5″ to 6″ long. It’s up to you if you want them to be longer or shorter, depending on the size of the book. You can combine any of the optional supplies to decorate your bookmark.

Supplies:                                                                                                                                 IMG_1574

decorative scissors or regular scissors

card stock

glue stick

laminating machine, wide packing tape, or contact paper

decorative hole punch or regular hole punch

Optional Supplies:

colored pencils, markers or crayons



poems or magazine clippings


string or ribbon



Step 1:

Start by deciding the width and length of your bookmark and choosing the color of card stock you would like to use. Measure and cut out your bookmark using decorative or regular scissors.


Step 2:

Decide where you will want to attach your ribbon and punch a hole in the bookmark using a decorative hole punch, or a regular hole punch if you’re not using a decorative one.

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Step 3:

Next, choose your decorations and plan where you would like to place them on the bookmark. Glue your magazine clippings or photos to the bookmark, or, stamp, draw and color your design on the bookmark.

Step 4:

If you are laminating your bookmark, you can measure and cut the amount of laminating sheet that you will need. The same can be done if you are using contact paper or clear packing tape. If you are using the laminating machine, laminate the bookmark.

Step 5:

Trim the edges of your bookmark, if necessary. Re-punch the hole for the ribbon. For my bookmarks, I used a decorative hole punch the first time, and a regular hole punch the second time, to keep the shape of the decorative hole punch.

Step 6:

Next, I measured out about 10″ of ribbon, this can be trimmed later if it’s too long. I attached the ribbon by folding it in half and feeding the loop through the hole I punched. Then I drew the two loose ends of the ribbon through the loop on the oposite side and pulled the ribbon tight.

Step 7:

Beads can be attached by threading them on the ribbon and tying a knot at the end.


Easy Summertime Activities


If you want to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air this summer, sitting in a lawn chair won’t keep your attention for long. There can be plenty of activities for kids, but what are you going to do? If you’re not looking to spend a lot of money for entertainment, you might be out of ideas for things to do. Below is a list of summertime activities that can be easy and cheap (or even free!). If you don’t live in a city where you have sidewalks or a lawn you can use, nearby parks are a great resource.

1. Events at parks – Check with your local park to see what events they have to offer. Many are cheap and even free. Lots of parks offer music, plays, games and other things to do for everyone.

2. Ride a bike – Enjoy the warmer weather by going for a bike ride. Parks can have trails for biking as well as walking and hiking.

3. Walk, hike or jog – Get out and spend time with mother nature on the trails, or simply just take a walk. If you’re the more active type, you might like to go for a run to stay active.

4. Swim – If there isn’t a nearby pool or lake you can use, visit your neighborhood park or beach. There’s no better time of year than the summer to take a dip!

5. Go to the park – Relax, have fun, play a game….the options are endless.

6. Pick up a hobby – Write, paint, draw, crafts. Hobbies don’t need to be costly or elaborate. A simple sketch book or journal is all it takes to start a new hobby.

7. Read – Outside on a blanket or in a lawn chair, your surroundings and a little fresh air make all the difference

8. Cookout/grill – Hot dogs, hamburgers, fresh veggies, you name it! Don’t let the summer pass you by without tasting delicious food on the grill!


Beach Bag Essentials


It’s a beautiful sunny day outside and it’s time to hit the beach! But what should you take with you? You might already know the essentials: sunscreen and a beach towel. But if you really want to enjoy your time in the sun and be prepared, there is a list of other things to pack.

Before Going to the Beach

As always, you will need your swimsuit, cover-up and flip-flops. You also might need a change of clothes if you will be going somewhere after the beach, and a plastic bag for a wet swimsuit or towels.

Apply sunscreen before going to the beach and take it with you to re-apply after swimming. It’s easiest to apply when you have privacy, and without being covered in sand in the process.

What to Bring

First, you will need a beach bag to carry your things to the beach.

Next, you will need a towel to sit on or dry off with. I like to take at least two towels, one to lay on and one to dry off with. This way, you always have a clean towel to lay on, or an extra towel to dry off with.

Another useful item to take with you is a beach roll or beach mat. A beach roll provides extra padding between you and the sand and makes laying on more comfortable. Also, bring a beach chair if you want to be more comfortable sitting up on the beach. If sitting in the shade is more your thing, bring a beach umbrella to get out of the sun’s rays.

Now that you have your things to make your spot in the sand, you will need to bring sunscreen, sunglasses or a hat, and lip balm. I prefer lip balm with sunscreen in it.

Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated and bring snacks or a lunch in a cooler if you will be staying longer.

Other essentials that you might want to consider taking with you are your cell phone, ID, and some money for buying things from concessions.

Now, other than relaxing on the beach, you might want to bring some things with you to keep you busy while you’re there. Books and magazines are popular, as are games such as frisbee and volleyball. I always like to make sure I have my iPod and headphones for listening to music.

Plan a Day or Stay Prepared

Keep an eye on the weather forecast when you’re thinking of going to the beach. This helps you choose the best weather and day that fits your schedule, and helps you avoid rainy days.

I like to keep my beach bag packed so I always know where my beach things are and I’m ready to go for a spur-of-the-moment day at the beach.

Before Going Home

It’s always a good idea to dry off and brush off the sand before going home. You might want to use an extra towel to sit on while in the car if your swimsuit is wet.

Below is a numbered  list of things to take to the beach. You may take away or add other things as you wish.

  1. swimsuit
  2. cover-up
  3. flip-flops
  4. change of clothes
  5. plastic bag
  6. beach bag
  7. towels
  8. beach roll or beach mat
  9. beach chair
  10. beach umbrella
  11. sunscreen
  12. lip balm
  13. hat
  14. sunglasses
  15. beverages
  16. snacks or lunch
  17. cell phone
  18. money
  19. ID
  20. iPod
  21. books, magazines or games