Frugally Organize Your Workspace

It seems no matter how hard you try, drawers and desks always get messy. You have pens, highlighters, post-it notes, notepads, rules, scissors and paperclips just floating around on your desk or in your drawers with no real home for them. Now, you may be like me and walk by the organization section at your favorite store and go “That might work, but maybe if it had ___” or “if it didn’t have ___ it would be perfect.” I can never find an organizer that has exactly what I need and at the right size or price. So, my solution was to make my own organizers using only items around the house (or office).

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Oven Baked BBQ Chicken

Every Saturday morning my daughter and I watch the Food Network and our favorite show happens to be Pioneer Woman. Well, on one of her shows she made BBQ Chicken Thighs in the oven. So when I asked Tasha what she wanted for dinner on Sunday, her response was Pioneer Woman BBQ Chicken. So not having chicken thighs in the freezer I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Oven Baked BBQ Chicken Breasts with Rice-a-Roni and veggies

Prep Time: 10 minutes   •   Cook Time: 40 minutes   •   Servings: 8

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Fall Fashion Ideas

Its no secret that I’m super frugal when it comes to fashion, so lately I’ve been on a mission to incorporate the new beautiful fall colors & trends into my existing wardrobe without having to spend a dime.
One quick & easy way was to hit that box of nail polish I’ve been adding to over the years.
I also checked Pinterest first for some inspiration and found this cute idea:
Here’s my version:

Fall Candle Holder

With pumpkin spice scented everything slowly taking over the shelves, school being back in session, football starting and the weather starting to cool down, I felt it was appropriate to start with a fall inspired craft.

After searching on Pinterest for several ideas, some duable and some a little extreme. I am definitely a simple crafter and I don’t often try many crazy ideas.

I was inspired by this.

Looks pretty simple, get a jar and use Mod Podge to stick the leaves on it. This will maybe take an hour. After a quick trip to the craft store and I was ready.

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Color Dash

I covered the Blackduck Backwoods Bash in August and it hosted a Color Dash for the first time ever. The event was super fun to shoot and to cover for the paper. I have so many awesome extra photos that I wasn’t able to run in the paper, including these gems.
When the Dash was over, each color station had leftover confection paint. So they came and dumped it on the kids that were playing and they absolutely loved it. (Maybe a little bit too much.) :)
Did you attend the Blackduck Backwoods Bash and/or run in the color dash? 

About Maggi

I enjoy crafting, so I plan on sharing different projects that I complete and that I think others would enjoy as well. If you like to craft, join me every other Monday, starting September 15th!

Maggi Stivers is a member of the “in” magazine committee and has volunteered to post about her favorite crafting projects. Her views do not represent the views of the Bemidji Pioneer and are solely her own. She also does not claim to be a professional, and is just sharing her favorite projects.

About Abby

I have a passion for clothes, saving money, and Pinterest, so I plan to share my favorite style ideas. I can pretty much tell you how much I paid for the outfit I’m wearing on any given day, because I enjoy bargain shopping. So if you enjoy these things as well, join me every other Friday starting September 18th!

Abby Randall is a member of the “in” magazine committee and has volunteered to post about her favorite fashion styles. Her views do not represent the views of the Bemidji Pioneer and are solely her own. She also does not claim to be a professional in the fashion industry, and is just sharing her favorite styling ideas.

Control Your Money

I don’t know about you, but I like to feel that I control my money, not the other way around. I know the feeling of money controlling me, and I don’t like it. So, I’ve devised a plan that helps me stay on top of our ever-changing money situation and know that at the end of the month we will still have enough money for bills.

As a designer, I make a lot of my own calendars, check books, etc. because I can never find exactly what I need so it’s easier for me to just make it than search Google for hours on end. Therefore, I’ll share some of these files with you at the end of this blog post so that it’s easy for you to get started.

*NOTE* I am not showing my real checkbook, my real anything due to obvious reasons. These have all been made as examples.

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Step 1: I use the small calendars that I make to write down when we get paid and when our bills are due. I do this in red so that I can easily see when a due date is coming up.

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About Jillian

One of my hobbies/passions is photography, so I’ll be sharing some of the photos that I have taken that are my favorites. Posts will start Thursday, September 11, so be on the lookout!

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Jillian Gandsey is a member of the “in” magazine committee and has volunteered to post photography that she has taken. Her views do not represent the views of the Bemidji Pioneer and are solely her own.