What to Watch on Netflix: Free Printable

Ready for your next binge? Here’s a free printable of what to watch on Netflix!

What to Watch on Netflix A Free Printable Guide of the Top 50 Most Recommended Netflix Shows

Wondering what to watch next on Netflix? I’ve compiled the ultimate list of binge-worthy Netflix shows.

How did I come up with these 50 shows?

Facebook.

I’m in several different Facebook groups, and about once a month I’ll see a post where someone asks, “What should I watch next on Netflix?”

These are the 50 shows that get mentioned every single time. Every. Single. Time.

Just because they mention these top 50 shows doesn’t mean my list is complete.

Sure, you’d think with 50 shows I’d have covered it all. Except, you may have a gem or two that this list may have missed. So this printable has room to write them in.

This list is meant to be shared. Co-workers, moms-to-be on bedrest, your bestie that finally sprung for a Netflix subscription, college students home for the summer…. all the people need this list.

So print it. Then write in your own suggestions and share it.

What should you watch next on Netflix?

Download your What to Watch on Netflix Free Printable.

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Graduation Gift Idea: Study Session Survival Kit

Graduation gift idea: Study Session Survival Kit

Graduation Gift Idea for a Study Session Survival Kit

I’m in the middle of another graduation season! It’s so fun to watch kids I’ve known since they were in preschool walk across the stage to get their diploma.

As part of graduation season, we get invited to A LOT of celebrations.

I want to honor these kids, but I also need to maintain a budget.

For the girls we don’t know as well, or haven’t had a close personal relationship, I’m giving them these graduation gifts once again.

Since I now have a kiddo in college, I asked her what she actually used at school.

She told me one of the most useful things she brought to college was her Quirky Power Strip. She said it was awesome for late night study sessions when everyone needed a place to plug in their laptops.

Honestly? Giving just a power strip seemed kinda lame. It just doesn’t scream of a celebration. But tucking it into a Study Session Survival Kit seemed like something fun that I would like to get!

graduation gift idea for a study session survival kit

IDEAS FOR A STUDY SESSION SURVIVAL KIT:

  • Quirky Power Strip
  • Snacks (I let the girls pick. They wanted a salty and a sweet. We went with popcorn and fruit strips.)
  • Gum
  • Caffeinated Beverages
  • Something Fun – We went with a beach ball
  • Optional: A gift card for a local delivery place like a Jimmy John’s or a pizza place.

study session survival kit

I packed everything up in a tub that they could also use in their dorm room.

I chose to add a chalkboard label to the lid of my gift. I wrote “Late Night Study Session” on the label.

How to put together a study session survival kit for a graduation gift

Since it is a chalkboard label, they can erase my message and use it to label whatever they chose to store in it.

Suggestions for a graduation gift idea. Pack up a late night study session survival kit.

What else would you include in a Study Session Survival Kit?

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Spring Capsule Wardrobe: Casual Outfits for a SAHM

I finally managed to pull together a spring capsule wardrobe. It’s made up of casual outfits for a SAHM.

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Casual Outfits for a SAHM

Despite the difficulties I had coming up with a capsule wardrobe, I have finally done it!

If you don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is, you may want to start by reading What is a Capsule Wardrobe and Why Would I Want One?

I had two challenges when putting together this spring capsule wardrobe:

1. The wildly changing temperatures during spring in Colorado
2. The wardrobe I had didn’t really have interchanging pieces

Since the temperature here in Colorado will fluctuate wildly – even within a day – this spring capsule wardrobe had to have a solid mix of long sleeved shirts and pants as well as short sleeves and shorts.

I really struggled with – how many pants do I need? And if I’m committed to wearing this through June, shouldn’t I include some shorts? If so, how many bottoms could I include before this no longer was a minimalist wardrobe???

Unfortunately, in the wardrobe I owned, I didn’t have a lot of pieces that could be worn interchangeably. Interchangeability is THE KEY to a functional capsule wardrobe.

Although I had really hoped I wouldn’t have to buy anything for my spring capsule wardrobe, I did end up investing in a few pieces that I could wear multiple ways. I purchased 4 things from Garnet Hill. I was flipping through their catalog when I noticed they already had a selection of clothing that were meant to be worn interchangeably. This was what finally lit the spark to get my spring capsule wardrobe put together.

As you will notice, the main color scheme to this wardrobe is navy and white. I knew I wanted a yellow sweater to be able to pair with it. I used thredUp to find a gently used sweater that is absolutely perfect and looks brand new. You can see me wearing it here.

Finally, since I’m a SAHM, I don’t dress up very often. However, I did want a few options for church and other evenings out. My dress options are still super casual but I’m hoping with a few accessories and kickin’ shoes they can easily be dressed up. (That’s the plan anyway!)

My capsule ended up with 2 dresses, 1 maxi skirt, 1 mini skirt, 14 tops, 2 sweaters, 7 bottoms. That’s 27 pieces.

I did not include workout clothes, under garments, or pajamas in my capsule.

2016 Spring Capsule Wardrobe

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Dresses

Black knit dress/already owned/Athleta * Navy blue maxi skirt/new/Garnet Hill * Denim tunic dress/already owned/Soft Surroundings

Spring Capsule Wardrobe long sleeved shirts

Navy blue button up/already owned/J. Crew * White linen tunic/already owned/Old Navy * Black dolman sweatshirt/already owned/Nike

Spring Capsule Wardrobe tunics

Black tunic/already owned/White House Black Market * Pink tunic/new/Garnet Hill * Black sweater with patterned underlay/already owned/White House Black Market

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Shirts

Grey striped T/already owned/H&M Concious * Navy blue tunic/new/Garnet Hill * Navy striped T/new/Garnet Hill

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Shirts 2

White T/already owned/H&M Conscious * Navy T/already owned/Old Navy * Grey and white dolman top/already owned/Stitch Fix

Spring Capsule Wardrobe pants

Skinny jeans/already owned/White House Black Market * Coral Skinny jeans/already owned/6pm.com * Denim capris/already owned/White House Black Market

spring capsule wardrobe ultra casual clothing

Colorado T/already owned/Gift * White denim shorts/already owned/Anne Taylor Factory Outlet * Flamingo T/already owned/J. Crew

Spring Capsule Wardrobe sweater

Sage capris/already owned/Local Boutique * Yellow Sweater/new/ThredUp * Black capri leggings/already owned/White House Black Market

Spring Capsule Wardrobe complete

Pink sweater/already owned/Steinmart * White skinny jeans/already owned/White House Black Market * Denim mini skirt/already owned/Boden

To give you an idea of what I mean by interchangeability, here’s a few of the ways I will be wearing my coral skinny jeans:

Spring Capsule Wardrobe 2016. Coral jeans with a white tee. Perfect for stay at home moms.

This is so easy. White t-shirt, coral skinny jeans, statement necklace, flip flops. I happened to have a necklace that is just the right color (although something about the photograph doesn’t make it look like it matches???), but any long necklace will work.

Coral skinny jeans with a navy button up top. Silver slip-on vans. Capsule wardrobe idea for a SAHM.

I love navy and coral together. I topped the jeans with my navy button-up. My favorite new go-to shoes are my silver slip-on Van’s.

SAHM capsule wardrobe idea coral skinny jeans rolled up, oversized white linen tunic, birkenstocks.

Rolling up the bottom of my skinny jeans and pairing them with a white tunic and birkenstocks is the ultimate in comfortable dressing for me.

I plan to make this capsule wardrobe work through the end of June when I will swap out pieces to create a summer capsule wardrobe for July/August. Then, once September rolls around, I want to make a larger capsule for the 4 month period of September/October/November/December.

Have you tried a capsule wardrobe? Any advice for a newbie?

PS – It is evident to me I have a hard time photographing clothes. I’ll try to have a new game plan before my Summer Capsule Wardrobe!

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What is a Capsule Wardrobe and Why Would You Want One?

If I told you I was going to start a capsule wardrobe, would you ask “What is a Capsule Wardrobe? and Why Would You Want One?” I’ve got all the info here.
Have you wondered What is a Capsule Wardrobe? Why Would You Want One? Here's the answer to those questions.

Have you heard of capsule wardrobes?

A capsule wardrobe is basically a simplified wardrobe made up of a limited number of carefully picked pieces that you commit to wearing during a season.

Think of it as the tiny house for wardrobes. Paring down your wardrobe to those clothing items you actually love and will really wear. You trim away the excess and are left with only the necessities.

Let’s face it, so many of us have a closet full of clothing and will still remark, “I have nothing to wear.”

The beauty of the capsule wardrobe is it is meant to eliminate the question of “what to wear” by carefully curating a minimal amount of clothing that you actually love and will wear repeatedly.

Capsule Wardrobe

I like to think of it as a wardrobe of interlocking building blocks. Every piece should be able to be worn with several other pieces in your wardrobe. That means that although you might have fewer pieces of clothing, you have numerous outfit possibilities.

Once you’ve gathered your capsule wardrobe clothing items, you commit to not purchasing any additional clothing for that season’s wardrobe.

A season is typically defined as a 3 month period. So your capsule wardrobe will need to be re-evaluated every three months to be seasonally appropriate.

There are no hard and fast rules to how many items of clothing comprise a capsule wardrobe. However, there are many opinions as to how many pieces a good capsule wardrobe should have.

A strict capsule wardrobe would include shoes and accessories in your limited number of pieces, or it could just include tops, bottoms and jackets.

Most capsule wardrobes do NOT include items like under garments, pajamas or work out clothes.

Here are some of my favorite sites to help you decide what your capsule wardrobe should entail:

Project 333

Mom Advice Modified Project 333

Into Mind

5 Piece French Wardrobe

What is a Capsule Wardrobe and Why Would You Want One?

Why Would You Want a Capsule Wardrobe?

It makes getting dressed easier.

By streamlining your choices, you can find an outfit readily. Your outfit will be based on the weather and the occasion. When done correctly, your capsule wardrobe will have the right combination for both.

It saves money.

Your first step will be to go through your closet and figure out what clothing you own that you actually love and wear.

Now divide that clothing by season. Start playing with combinations. At this stage, I love to use Pinterest. In fact, I referenced my own style board to come up with outfit ideas quite a bit.

Your goal is to use what you have to form the basis of your capsule. Limit yourself to purchasing between 3 and 6 pieces to complete your capsule.

Once your capsule is set, you commit to not buying anything additional.

By staying out of stores and sticking to a spending freeze, you will save money.

It’s good for the environment and human rights.

If you haven’t watched The True Cost on Netflix, you probably aren’t aware of the human cost of cheap clothing. I watched it last summer with my girls and it opened my eyes to the plight of the people who are making our clothes. It encouraged me to look at my clothing in a whole new light.

If you don’t have Netflix, NPR has a great article explaining fast fashion.

Did you know the average American throws away over 70 pounds of clothing each year? That’s a staggering number.

Before I make any new purchases, I’ll be scouring the local consignment stores and Goodwill as well as ThredUp for gently used clothing before I purchase anything new.

By purchasing less, I’ll have less textile donations/waste every year.

More room in your closet.

Your off season clothes should be boxed up and stored until you are ready for them. They only items hanging in your closet will be the limited pieces in your capsule wardrobe.

You won’t believe how much room your closet has!

Still curious about capsule wardrobes? I’m revealing my first spring capsule wardrobe I’ll be wearing until the end of June. Here’s a sneak peek:

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Ideas for a Stay at Home Mom. Denim mini with grey striped T and a yellow cardigan.

 

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Turn Grocery Store Flowers Into a Stunning Arrangement

I’ve finally learned the secret to arranging grocery store flowers into a stunning arrangement and I’m sharing it with you!

How to make stunning arrangements with grocery store flowers. Once you learn the simple trick, you'll find your flower arrangements look professionally done.

Arranging flowers has always perplexed me. For the life of me I could not figure out how to make my flowers look like anything but a bunch of flowers stuck in a vase.

You know what I’m talking about, right?

But I’ve unearthed the secret to bright, full arrangements that look professionally done.

No more sad bouquets. Nope. We are all about to become flower arranging ninjas.

Just FYI, I picked up this bouquet from Costco. I tend to buy my flowers there because of the price, and as I talked about here, their roses are Rainforest Alliance certified.

Let’s start with the basics for any flower arrangements.

Basic Rules for Arranging Grocery Store Flowers

  • Start by stripping all the leaves from flower stems. Once a leaf touches water, it rots quickly.
  • Select a vase where the top is wider than the bottom.
  • When selecting your bouquet, pick one that has 2 to 3 of the same kind of flowers that stand out to your eye and that will form the center of your arrangement.
  • The height of your final arrangement should be one and one half times the height of the vase.
  • Don’t overthink it! Just play with height and color.
  • Once you’ve built your arrangement, be sure to change the water every other day.
  • Keep your arrangement out of direct sunlight to prolong it’s life.

Arrangement Tutorial

Take the vase you have selected and use scotch or wasabi tape to section off the top as in the picture below.

How to make stunning arrangements with grocery store flowers. Once you learn the simple trick, you'll find your flower arrangements look professionally done.

Once you’ve prepped your vase, start with any pieces of greenery and stick them in the outermost sections.

How to make stunning arrangements with grocery store flowers. Once you learn the simple trick, you'll find your flower arrangements look professionally done.

Find the flowers that are the most prominent in shape and color. In this bouquet it was the bright pink gerber daisies. Cut the dominant flowers to different heights and add them to the center square of the tape shape you made.

How to make stunning arrangements with grocery store flowers. Once you learn the simple trick, you'll find your flower arrangements look professionally done.

Start to fill in with the other flowers starting with the highest impact flowers and building outward. Use the tape squares. Add flowers so they are evenly distributed amongst the squares.

How to make stunning arrangements with grocery store flowers. Once you learn the simple trick, you'll find your flower arrangements look professionally done.

Continue to arrange flowers until you like what you see!

How to make stunning arrangements with grocery store flowers. Once you learn the simple trick, you'll find your flower arrangements look professionally done.

The final arrangement! Ta-Da! Having the tape grid at the top of the vase really does help in placing the flowers in different sections. Selecting a vase with a wide top gives the arrangement width.

How to make stunning arrangements with grocery store flowers. Once you learn the simple trick, you'll find your flower arrangements look professionally done.

It really is that easy. If you use washi tape like I did, you will probably want to remove it. Scotch tape is better camouflaged by the flowers.

Before and After

How to make stunning arrangements with grocery store flowers. Once you learn the simple trick, you'll find your flower arrangements look professionally done.

Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!

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2 Ingredient Homemade Silly Putty Recipe

A homemade silly putty recipe that needs just 2 ingredients.
Two Ingredient Homemade Silly Putty Recipe

Kids driving you crazy?

Why not try a little science experiment at home? With two ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, you can make homemade silly putty.

A lot of this recipe depends on the kind of dish soap you have at home. Some brands just plain work better than others.

The only way you’ll know how yours works is to give it a go.

After we made our silly putty and played with it for a bit, I put it in a sealed container and kept it next to the sink. For the next few days, we used it to wash our hands with! That proved to be almost more fun than playing with the silly putty. It definitely encouraged hand washing.

Homemade Silly Putty Recipe

Ingredients:

1/4 cup non-GMO cornstarch <— I use this brand
3 tablespoons dish soap

Stir these two ingredients together then start kneading them with your hands.

That’s it! You now have your own homemade silly putty.

I threw together a quick 30 second video so you can see exactly how this recipe is supposed to work.

Can’t see the video? Watch it here.

While this recipe produces a silly putty that can stretch and mold into shapes, I tried to use it to lift images off newspaper and it did not work. I was a little bummed about that because that was my favorite part of playing with silly putty as a kid.

However, my kids had never played with silly putty before, so to them, the fact that these two ingredients formed something that could stretch and shrink and ball up…was fun enough.

Did you play with silly putty as a kid?

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How to Remove Candle Wax from Glass Jars

How to remove candle wax from glass jars so you can reuse them.

This foolproof method for how to remove candle wax from glass jars works every time with little effort.

Mrs. Meyer’s candles are my total favorite. Love, love, love them!

As I’ve mentioned before, I wait all year for the holiday scents – and in particular, the orange clove candles – to arrive.

Every season I buy at least 3 or 4 and I burn them throughout the holiday season.

Once the candles are down to the wick, with very little wax remaining, I like to remove the candle wax so I can reuse the jars.

If you’ve never purchased a Mrs. Meyer’s candle before, the jars are a pretty shape, and the lid screws on tight. They are perfect for upcycling!

Removing the wax from a glass candle jar is actually quite easy.

How to Remove Candle Wax from Glass Jars

Start by placing the jar in the freezer. Allow the candle wax to freeze for at least 30 minutes.

Next, use a sharp knife to crack the wax.

This foolproof method for how to remove candle wax from glass jars works every time with little effort.

Once you’ve cracked the wax and broken it up a bit with your knife, use a spoon or butter knife to pry the wax out.

This foolproof method for how to remove candle wax from glass jars works every time with little effort.

The wick may still be stuck to the bottom of the jar, and there will be some wax left clinging to the sides.

Make sure your jar has come to room temperature (if the jar is too cold, it will break!) and pour in boiling water.

This foolproof method for how to remove candle wax from glass jars works every time with little effort.

The boiling water should remove the wick and the remaining wax.

I like to stick my jars in the dishwasher just to get them thoroughly clean.

Voila! Your jars are now ready to use.

This foolproof method for how to remove candle wax from glass jars works every time with little effort.

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