On Wednesday night I had a Mexican Fiesta birthday party for Chris and his friend Beza. My friend Miguel recently bought a taco truck and I asked him if he would cater the party for me and he happily agreed. Since Miguel had dinner covered I decided I would make a few desserts from scratch. I tried a new recipe for a Rhubarb Crumple using my mom’s homemade Rhubarb jam (delish!), it was so good and I’ll share the recipe with you next week. I also made a very simple Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake and my Mini Cheesecakes.
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Can’t believe I turned 31 years old yesterday, where has all of the time gone! We are still celebrating today so I don’t have an elaborate post planned. I know we all can’t celebrate together but I wanted to enjoy this piece of cake with you, I look forward to sharing another fabulous year together!
It has been interesting to see the blog evolve over the last 2 years, when I started I had a template from Shabby Blogs and a logo that my husband created for me. Over time Chris has changed the look and he has done a really great job showing off my style and personality. He just completed another round of updates over Thanksgiving weekend and my favorite feature is the sliding photo screen on the top of the home page, I hope it lets readers keep up with recent posts.
Sometimes I wonder if I should have more of a schedule on the blog, like a theme for each day “Makeover Monday, Organizing Tips Tuesday, What’s Cookin Wednesday, etc.. but I have shied away from doing that because I really enjoy not being on a schedule, letting it just be more organic.
So many people tell me that they wish they could blog everyday but they don’t have enough time. I really hate this excuse because #1: it insinuates that I have plenty of spare time to blog, #2: all it takes is a time management skills to pull it off. Ever since I committed to writing 5-6 days per week ideas just keep coming to my mind for topics to write about. I’m not gonna lie, sometimes I get a little panic that I am going to run out of things to write about but so far so good! Every time I get a new idea I start a blog post and keep it as a draft until it posts, I continue to work on it as I get inspired. Typically there are 15-20 different drafts in process at once. Each night I spend 10 to fifteen minutes tweaking and adding final touches to the post. The next morning I publish the post and share it on Facebook and Twitter. I know I could schedule my posts but there is something I like about posting it myself, I think I want to ensure that it looks good and all of the links work when I share. it. After the post is published I link it up to all of the daily linky parties that I enjoy.
Looking back over the last 2 years on my blog I realize it looks like everyday is a sunny day at Kuzak’s Closet but that is not always the truth. I wish I would have shared more about the struggles re-creating my business, waiting for clients to call after we moved to California, stories about my challenging clients, and some of the crazy things I have found while organizing (dead cats, wedding dresses never worn, porn collections, and odd collections like wax sculptures of a one of my client’s dead husbands, yes, I said husbands). But the truth is, this blog is a reflection of my business and I think it is best that it stay neutral, I would hate for a potential client to be turned off from working with me after coming across the blog and seeing something offensive. My main goals for the blog are to let my friends and family know what I am up to and inspire my readers to get organized in their closets, kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, offices, and storage spaces.
We celebrated Chris’ birthday over 4th of July weekend with a special lunch at Bottega, Michael Chiarello’s restaurant in Napa. We are lucky to live less than 2 hours away from wine country and I am glad we took advantage of a little day trip to celebrate. Here are some snapshots from the day…
Sorry for only posting a few blogs this week! My husband and I just got back from a much needed vacation to Palm Springs to celebrate my 30th birthday. We met up with my parents which only happens a few times a year so that was a special treat. This might be a long post but I only turn 30 once right? Enjoy!
I hope you are ready to party because today my guest blogger Erin is sharing the inside scoop from her daughter’s Hawaiian Luau birthday party. Erin is a friend of mine and a wonderful graphic designer, make sure to check out her Etsy shop Molly & Gordon after you read this post.
Yesterday was my sister Ashlie’s birthday and I was lucky enough to be in Michigan to help her blow out the candles. We had a girls day relaxing in the sun and swimming in the pool.
I will be out of town for Harper’s 5th birthday tomorrow but I am sure she won’t mind. Her day will consist of the same old dust chasing, tail biting, and snoozing without me.
Our dog Harper has quite the personality. A few weeks ago the Veterinarian asked me what words I would use to describe her and I really had to think about it. I was kind of embarrassed that I didn’t respond right away. After a little thinking here is what I came up with…
The Vet told me that was a good start which was a relief. Harper is an odd dog with lots of quirks and that is what we love about her. This photo captures her true personality I think…
Well, Happy Birthday Harper! I hope you have a wonderful time with your best buddy Grandpa Don (who is visiting next week), smoking cigars with him and going on long strolls.
Today my twin nieces Audrey & Lilly turn 2, where has the time gone! It seems like just yesterday my mom called me at work to tell me my sister delivered 2 healthy baby girls. I love being “Aunt Midge.” I am coming to Michigan next week and I can’t wait to help them celebrate, stay tuned for pictures!
Moving is a great opportunity to clear the clutter and enjoy a fresh start. When a client hires Kuzak’s Closet to help manage their move and organize their new home we take care of all of the details – from the space planning to the unpacking.
We’ve been working on several relocations lately and today I wanted to share my favorite tips and some pictures to inspire you to embrace the opportunity to start fresh.
Tip#1: Sort and purge before you move! So many people pack up all of their possessions and take them to their new home without sorting and purging. Why bring unwanted clutter into your new home? Take the time to eliminate all of the items you no longer use or need. You’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to unpack!
I develop a sorting and purging schedule with my clients prior to their move. We typically schedule 4-5 sessions to work on each space in the home. This helps me understand their storage preferences and gives me an idea of how often things are used which is a great help when it comes to setting up systems in their new home. This is a picture of a toy pile that I sorted through the day before one of my clients moved…
It’s Official, I am 29 years old! I love birthdays and all of the cards that come in the mail from my friends and family.
The men in my life gave me the most inappropriate cards this year, of course…
Card from my husband says: What did I do to deserve such a wonderful wife? I mean besides my incredible intelligence and good looks? Happy Birthday from your lucky, handsome guy.
Card from my brother Nick says: Pork and Beans $0.29 special, thought you’d appreciate some cheap gas for your birthday.
Card from my brother Christopher says: Birthdays are like butt wrinkles, if you have a bunch of ‘em behind you you’re probably getting old.
One of my very favorite client organization projects is creating a home Command Center. Every home has multiple catch-all spots for every day items like mail, office supplies, magazines, instruction manuals, gift cards and coupons. I want to help you consolidate everything into one central location, so I am sharing my best how-to tips.
Yesterday was my birthday and I had such a nice day! When I lived in Chicago, I always went to visit my family around my birthday because I had that week off at my old job, this was the first year we didn’t get to celebrate together. My mother in law called to say hello and after I got off the phone with her my sister, mom, and nieces Audrey and Lilly skyped me in the afternoon. They were able to watch me open the birthday presents they mailed to me, it was really cool. I got lots of calls and texts throughout the day, I wish everyday was my birthday!
My friend Colby came over later in the day and we enjoyed mimosas in my dining room and then went to get manicures. What a treat!
For dinner Colby, Chris, and I went to a great little Mexican Restaurant for dinner. The only way complete a day that started with mimosas and manicures is to go our for Mexican and margaritas!
Even though we had dessert at the restaurant, we had to go home and enjoy the birthday treat I made for myself (with some help from Chris of course).
My mom always made this oreo icecream delight when I was growing up. It is so delicious and such a treat! I thought it would be fun to make and it is something I can keep in the freezer for a few weeks and keep poking at (a good thing and a bad thing). Here is the recipe:
1 bag oreos
1 cup butter
1/2 gallon of vanilla ice cream
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 container Spanish peanuts
12 oz evaporated milk
1 cup chocolate chips
Crush whole bag of oreos (save 2/3 cups for later)
Mix with 1/2 cup melted butter, pat into a 9×13 pan and freeze for 1-3 hours.
Spread ice cream over the frozen oreos, sprinkle with 2 cups of spanish peanuts.
Directions for sauce
In a pan heat sugar, chocolate chips, evaporated milk and butter.
Heat to boiling, stir for 8 minutes, remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
Pour over ice cream and peanuts, if you want to spread cool whip over when cooled and sprinkle with remaining oreos.
Freeze, take our a few minutes before serving so it cuts better.
Colby is so talented, she helped me design my business cards and for my birthday she made me stationary that coordinates with my cards. The cards are so pretty, what a special treat! I told her she needs to go into business, if you are interested in having her make cards or invitations for you send me an email and I will give you her contact information. She put the cards in matching boxes for storage, and all of the envelopes are stamped on the front with a cute design.
Last night we had a fun get together with Chris’ friends to celebrate his birthday. We grilled out in the backyard and enjoyed a few drinks and some great food. Check out my pictures and recipes below…
For dessert Chris had only one request, cupcakes with sprinkles…they were so delicious, make sure to try this recipe this summer.
For my nieces birthdays I wanted to make them each a special tutu. Due to my lack of sewing knowledge, I decided to look online for a no-sew tutu pattern and I found a really great instructional tutorial video on youtube. Check it out…
Instead of using satin ribbon like in the video, I tried this cute polka dot ribbon that coordinates with the tulle. Audrey’s tutu is shades of pink and Lilly’s is turquoise.
All of my cut up tulle for Lilly’s tutu…
The start! Knotting the tulle around the waistband, it is so easy.
The finished products!
Harper was very interested in the tutus while I was making them so I decided to let her try one on for a little photo session… my sister will die when she sees these! I framed a photo for my nieces so they can giggle when they see that even puppies wear tutus!
I’m so glad I decided to write a post each week called Fab Friday. It forces me to slow down for a bit and reflect on the little moments in my week that made me smile.
This week there were SO many fun events. For example, this picture from last week’s Estate Sale cracks me up. The sale was a complete madhouse and a crazy success, we sold $9,000 in two days out of a mobile home park-AMAZING! The streets were lined with cars and trucks loaded with goodies, fabulous! The guy on the truck closest to the camera is named Gary, he is an estate regular and he makes me smile.
Another estate shopper that makes me smile is named Miguel. He is knows the way to my heart (and a good price) is food. He brought the entire estate crew steak tacos on Saturday, fabulous!
After the sale was over we celebrated with a little college football and a lot of pizza. I have been sticking with my diet for the most part but pizza always makes me cave. This pizza is from Skip’s in Los Altos, it’s so good! (more…)
Since last week’s post there have been many fabulous things going on in my life. I am so thankful for my friend Lori who calls to check in with me a few times a week and even manages to get me out of the house for social events once in a while. She called me last Friday afternoon to ask me if I wanted to participate in a fun run that night.
It was a 5k and I’ll be honest, it’s been a long time since I ran that far. I couldn’t keep up with Lori and her daughter Hayley but I’m proud to report that I was able to run more than half of the race. Lori met me at the finish line which was a nice surprise, gotta love fabulous friends!
Hot or Not?! made a surprise comeback on the blog this week. I love that series, so many fabulous ideas and comments from all of you! I shared my new flannel sheets as one of the HOT items, they are fabulous! Look for the Threshold label at Target! (more…)