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12 DIY Pins of Pinterest: Organization and Christmas gifts

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1. First, an organized closet. We wanted to update the front closet so it didn’t look quite so cluttered. I tend to ‘recycle’ gift bags when they are given to me, and with three baby showers under my belt, the closet was becoming full of gift bags and random pieces of tissue paper. We also had way too many coats hanging up there, many of which we no longer use. I wanted a place to store all my gift wrapping material, so this is the result: Before:

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After:

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OK, forgive that first picture. It appears that my kid’s head did its first photo bombing there. I don’t know what we’re going to do; I know at least 5,000 okay, five, people who are having babies this winter, spring, and summer, and they aren’t all girls! All my gift bags are really, really girly. Haha. 2.

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Homemade lemoncello. This needs some explanation, as it’s not quite finished yet. It takes over a month to brew properly. My husband calls it my moonshine, but really it’s Everclear, lemons, water, and sugar. I’m going to buy a clear bottle and give it to my parents for Christmas, I think, since I’m trying really, really hard to be good and not drink while I’m breastfeeding. (Technically, I know you can, but I’m paranoid. Plus, my daughter usually does not believe in waiting three hours in between feeds.) This is probably cheating since it’s not completely finished, but I promise to post pictures of the finished result when I’m done. 3.

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What do you do in a house that was inexplicably designed with very little storage space? You create your own, of course. I mean, both bathrooms are so tiny there’s not really much room for a vanity. We have two tiny cupboards, but with my stuff, my husband’s stuff, and now the baby’s stuff, things are getting really crowded. (You want to hear a sad story? All my lotions are now in a basket lying on top of the armoire in our bedroom. Now that’s a sad story.) At any rate, we used this idea to put some of our smaller stuff in a place that’s still easily accessible. And it reminds me to clean my ears. Here are the original pins. Clicking on the picture will take you to the original website, all except the last one, which Pinterest thinks is spam, I guess.

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Homemade kale chips!

I really, really love kale, so I wanted to try to make homemade kale chips. It turns out it’s super easy (just don’t put in as much salt as I accidentally did. Blergh, I blame my pregnancy brain.)

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Turns out, it’s super easy to make. I tossed some kale and a tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl. At this point, the recipe says to also add a tablespoon of salt, but apparently the recipe was expecting me to have a much higher kale ratio on hand. Next time, I’ll just put a sprinkle of salt on before hand, and add on as I go.

Then you bake for 30-35 minutes after pre-heating your oven to 300 degrees! Halfway through, you stir the food so it doesn’t burn to the pan, I guess. Super yummy. You can see the final product above. I can’t say it’s a quick snack, since you have to wait over 30 minutes for it to finish baking, but it was delicious. I will definitely make it again, but add less salt, haha.