Back to School

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What have I gotten myself into…on top of moving and getting a new job, I have decided to go back to school for my MBA.

CRAZY RIGHT!?!?! I mean when you walked across the stage and collected your college degree, homework and tests were supposed to be a thing of the past…right?  Nope not in today’s reality!

In the field I work in (Marketing), Master’s Degrees are quickly becoming a requirement in order to get promoted or even get hired.  So, in order to stay competitive I took the plunge back into the life of a college student, getting my MBA.

It is amazing how quickly you forget how to take notes or do your homework efficiently while maximizing your grade (I swear I used to have a system for that).  I also apparently put up a mental block to the amount of reading that is required (okay so maybe I just didn’t do it in undergrad and that’s why I don’t remember)!   While there are certainly some growing pains getting used to the course work again, it is incorporating it into my everyday life that is proving to be the real challenge.

I mean I am settled into my “adult” life and have a routine, where am I supposed to fit all this in at?  Its like trying to teach an old dog new tricks.

Have any of you gone back to school and juggled a full-time job? Any advice you can offer?

Quick Tip: Displaying Vintage Ornaments

A few month’s back during my up-cycled window project, I told you about the treasures we found in my Grandfather’s 1900s childhood home.  Today’s quick tip is about another one of those treasures, a box of vintage Christmas Tree Ornaments.

This was a great find, and my cousin’s and I divided up the spoils and each took home 8-10 vintage ornaments of all shapes and colors.  These ornaments mean a lot to me and for the first few year’s I had them they just sat in a box for fear I would break them, but no they are displayed with safe pride.

Each year I utilize a large vase I found at target to safe guard these vintage treasures (no falling from a tree branch for these guys).  I mix them with some neutral colored newer bulbs to fill out the vase…and OH HEY is that Charlie the Elf hanging out there for some festive flair!

Do you have any vintage ornaments?  If so, how do you display them?  If not, do you have any special ornaments you showcase?

Quick Tip: Present Drawer

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Ding Dong! Its your neighbor from down the street that you never expected to get a christmas gift from. Don’t panic! You are prepared for this! You have a present drawer!

What is a present drawer you ask? It is a drawer in my craft closet where I keep “extra” presents so I never get caught without a gift for that unexpected neighbor, co-worker, or friend during the holiday season.

It is filled with a variety of things I found on sale or at a good deal and even some items I was given that I won’t use and someone else might love. Some good things to have on hand are:

Candles
Shea Socks
itunes Gift Cards
Room Spray
Lotion
Restaurant Gift Cards
Lowes Gift Card
Christmas Ornaments
A cook book
Fun baking items or Christmas cooking utensils
Small kitchen gadget
If you have kids it is also helpful to throw in some “kid friendly” items for that last minute birthday invite. You can also tuck in some greeting cards for different occasions for easy access.

During the holidays it is smart to have a few of these standby gifts pre-wrapped under your tree, just in case or keep bags and tissue paper close to you present drawer for quick wrapping!

This drawer is endlessly handy for me! I have pulled things out for housewarming parties, last minutes birthday parties, anniversaries I forgot, cheer up gifts, and so much more. Keeps me looking like a thoughtful rockstar!

Do you have a present drawer? If so, what do you keep in stock? If not…go make one!