3 Ways to Decorate Your Happy Planner With a Brown Paper Bag


I’m sharing two ways on how to use a brown paper lunch sack or bag in your Happy Planner for a Camping Theme Layout. We will make a brown Open Me envelope out of the brown paper bag, a brown tent, and a rolling brown paper bag lunch sack. You can use it as background for the Classic size rectangles in your Me & My Big Ideas Create 365 Mambi Happy Planner. I love love love my aqua hard cover; I have used it for almost two years and no stains have gotten on it-high quality.  I also added the gold rings.  Such a clever way to repurpose a household item for your Happy Planner. EEEK-school starts (packing lunches) again very soon.

Measure a 1.5″ by 1.5″ square and cut.


Fold it into a triangle.  Pull each of the bottom corners toward you.  Gather the bottom left corner and slide it into the right corner slit.  Press the whole thing down and then try to slide the left corner farther back into that right corner.  Mash the paper lunch sack flat and then open the very top point so that you can slide the Make S’mores printable out (This printable is also from My Planner Envy). Ugh I think this is so totally cute!  I demonstrate how to make the brown paper bag envelope in the video above.

You can use this Open Me idea with a regular white printing paper and put popcorn in it, pompoms, bobby pins, scavenger hunt clues, and spy clues.


Yes, a tent was an obvious decoration, and since I’m using a brown paper bag, it worked great.  Sometimes obvious is so simple we forget it.  By cutting a tent free-handed, it looks like an old fashioned hand-pulled canvas tent doesn’t it?  Bonus:  you can put the tent anywhere because you can adjust its size to fit your Happy Planner Layout.  I also use the brown paper bag to decorate entire rectangles.  And I cover my mistakes with it.  I used one of Jessica’s bright printables to liven it up some.


A brown paper bag rolled down is another easy addition that just makes sense.  Just cut a 1.5 inch rectangle and roll down the top third.  No need to glue the roll down part because I found out that it’ll stay.  At first I creased it, but then it doesn’t look like a lunch sack anymore.  And with all the cute and puffy stickers in your planner, you will have extra padding to keep it rolled looking.  I like the star sticker from the Happy Planner set that clicks into your planner.  I do have to use a glue stick because they don’t stick for any small amount of time even.  The star was a greenish yellow, and I liked that color with the brown paper sack color.two-ways-brown-paper-sack-lunch-bag-planner-camp-theme

What other objects have you re-purposed from your home – like using a brown paper lunch bag in a Happy Planner?  Let me know below.  Sharing is caring, right?

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5 Gifts to Get the Person Who Has Everything

I’m sharing five gifts for that person who has everything.  Shopping early for Christmas? Know someone who appreciates quirky or odd gifts?  POP into my YouTube Channel video above to see them in action.

I bought all of these on Amazon Prime because duh 2 day free shipping.  I haven’t tried Amazon Video or Amazon Music yet; anybody tried them?

My favorite gift is the toilet bowl night light.  As soon as it’s dark in the bathroom, eight colors rotate to light your guest’s way to the toilet.  So fun!  No need to change the bulb colors; it’s all done in a gadget that fits in your hand and over the edge of your toilet bowl.


The fidget spinner is no longer cool and trendy for this Christmas.  Get your preteens and students a fidget cube.  Shaped like a dice and fits in your pocket, this will be a fun present for 2017.


Flaming straws that fit in any cup and lid make you feel beachy and girly!  Plus the 3D flamingo is near where the straw bends making her look so cheery and pretty.  If you are flamingling for a girls night in, POP these cuties out.

Before ladies arrive, you can clean your microwave with this steam vinegar cleaner.  It steams after two minutes in, and loosens all the grime and stuck on food.  The smell is ripe though!


After having RTIC/Yeti mugs for a year and a half, I finally found a 100% spill proof lid.  You can see my proof experiment in the video above.  I gave one to my flight attendant friend, and hers has spilled twice and not leaked yet.  We now have four at my house.  And they’re much easier to clean than the slide closure ones.  Be careful you’re getting one for the cup size you have-30 ounce or 20 ounce.

Merry Christmas in August and happy shopping!

Let me know if you find another odd or quirky gift.

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Two DIY Jewelry Organizers

My jewelry box is overflowing with bracelets and other pieces that have a special story.  I will show you how to make two bracelet holders – a DIY holder and a DIY earring organizer for better storage and a pretty display.  Now that I see all of my jewelry because it is displayed, I will wear it more.  These DIY jewelry organizers will give you storage, more space, and help you keep your jewelry visible and organized.  The T-bar holders are at different levels so that your bracelets will not be hidden.

I searched Pinterest for jewelry storage DIY projects and then Amazon for a bracelet holder as well as jewelry organizer.  When I’m researching, I can get overwhelmed.  So, look at your jewelry that needs organizers and holders…and be specific.

Earring Holder/Organizer

My wall hanging earring organizer inspiration was on Amazon, but it was $42.  Look at the bar you can take off and slide bracelets onto.  See the question mark hooks for extra storage?  I loved how tiny the chicken wire was to hold my hanging earrings.  But it was too expensive.  So I found one on Amazon for $15-ish dollars.  I can’t find the link but will look for it.  I love how rustic the wood is.  I can screw in the little hooks.  But I don’t think I’ll need hooks.  I wanted the earring organizer to blend with my furniture so that your eyes are drawn to my DIY bracelet holder so I just spray painted it-the DIY-er’s duct tape.

I spray painted this wooden frame and chicken wire and bought these beautiful command strip pegs that will match my T-bar organizer that I’m fixing to show you.

Bracelet Holder DIY

You are going to need two paper towel tubes, fancy paper or velvet or felt paper, E6000 glue, and candlestick holders.

See how cloudy my candlestick holders are?  I wish I remembered who gave these to me for my wedding so that I could tell them how I’m repurposing them!

Use one part vinegar to 3 parts water and let them soak for 5-30 minutes.  I just sat one end in the vinegar to test it out before submerging the entire holder.  Mine almost immediately came off with just a tiny bit of rubbing.  Now if you have wax, that will require some extra products, but since my bracelets will be stealing the show, I left the tiny bits on my candlestick holder.  And you can clean out your drain and shine your sink with the leftover vinegar mixture.

Crystal (aka cheap glass) looks so pretty when it’s clean and sparkly doesn’t it?  Notice my candlestick holders for this DIY project are two heights and two designs.  That is the beauty of DIY isn’t it??

Once you have cleaned your “crystal” pick out your favorite felt.  In the store-bought jewelry holder and bracelet organizer, you’ll notice it’s usually a black velvet felt material.  I didn’t want black because it was heavy looking for my already-heavy-dresser furniture.  I didn’t want gray because it felt blah.  So I bought this beautiful glitter paper from Hobby Lobby.  You know I love aqua!

Grab your nearest ruler-isn’t this one cute?  It’s multifunctional in the kitchen; it pulls out our toaster oven rack.  Measure the leftover area, leaving just 2 millimeters extra on the end of each tube.  Make a line and cut off the excess paper.  We have to cap the ends of the tube in order to complete our bracelet holder project so we need something for them to stick to.

I start halfway down the paper with glue, put the tube on that glue and roll the paper up on it so that I can keep the ends straight.  Ya know how wrapping paper rolls up into a diagonal sometimes? E6000 is great for this jewelry organizer DIY project because you can pick up and rearrange vs hot glue permanent sticking.  That’s for other projects.

Once I’ve rolled it up completely, I do hold the seam down for a few minutes and eventually place the tube seam down and place a dish towel on it for weight while it dries.


What other objects could you use around your house to hold these paper towel rolls?  Be creative or shop in a thrift store for your favorite repurpose items.

What are you needs or problems with your bracelets, bangles and other jewelry?

Aren’t they beautiful??!  I’m going to put my bracelets I don’t wear very often on these.  My bracelets are displayed now in an organized way.  I have storage for my less-worn bangles and earrings.

I bought this toddler aqua plate at Target for 83 cents to store my bigger earrings that I wear most days.  It blends and does not look like a baby plate.  I was going to add pom poms, but i think that would look a little kiddish so now I need to think of another DIY project with these.

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Packing Cubes vs. The Rolling Method

POP into my LauriePOP Ideas That POP YouTube Channel above for the test and review of packing cubes and the rolling method.

When you travel to Europe in a carry on suitcase, which method do you use – the packing cube or rolling – for your clothes?  I will test and review each way to pack.  Since my suitcase is a carry on, I need a packing method that takes up less space.  I want to maximize the space I do have so that I can bring 13 outfits and 5 tennis shoes with me.  Thanks for POPping by!

packing cubes vs rolling 13 outfits

My friend Kira has packing cubes for every member of her family and loves the cube method.  I have just always rolled my clothes.  I’m really good at mixing and matching my outfit pieces so that I can get more bang for my trip.  I bought an inexpensive packing cube set…in pink!  So, I’m already a fan.  The zipper itself seems fragile, but the zipper handles are a great rubber strength.


The cubes are large and would be great for larger suitcases.  In my carryon only the large cube fit.  Diniwell gave me two more cubes as well as 3 laundry bags (not sure why I need 3).  If I had a large suitcase that I could check in at the airport, these cubes would be great.  I would buy another set.  I do roll my clothes before putting them in the cubes.  You can stack them, you can squish them, and you can stuff them.  In order to maximize the space of each cube, I would roll the clothes again at the end of my trip, which does take time.  But each method requires that time and is worth it!

packing cubes vs rolling method

Rolling is still my preferred packing method because each piece can be molded into a shape.  I can get the clothes way down in-between the metal bars of my suitcase base.  They can get in-between the shoes.  I can even put them in the outer pocket of my suitcase.  My rolled version in the video above shows that the rolling method allowed for more space…not enough for a mind-blown declaration, but since I prefer rolling, I noticed.

Favorite travel tunic

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The #1 Secret to Covering Undereye Bags Over 40

These ideas will yelp you be content in this aging process we are all experiencing.

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BB Cream
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Blue Eyeshadow
bareMinerals Bronzer (warmth)
Bronzer BRUSH
CC Eye Cream
Sample Bottle of Mascara
Japonesque Matte Palette

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5 MakeUp Organizers That Are Already In Your House

I seriously need help with how to organize my cosmetics.  I looked to my makeup holders and my existing beauty products drawer situation.   I didn’t want to buy a caddy to hold all of my make up so I adjusted my “glasses.”

I stared at my drawer for 3 seconds and thought, “Why am I using this narrow drawer for my makeup?”  A wider drawer is RIGHT BESIDE the narrow one.  Wider drawer equals more organized eyeshadows, powders, and other essentials for skin care.  But I know wider, for me, means more room to spread everything around with no rhyme or reason.How-to-Organize-Makeup-Drawer-Holders-Caddy-Beauty-Products.001

When you put your Creative MakeUp Organizing spectacles on, you see your ordinary items in a whole NEW way.  Pantry Containers I now see as Makeup Holders: Makeup - bag.001


I have been in this house two years, bought these containers on Amazon just to get everything in a place and am now rethinking that plot.  I tried both containers side by side, and they just don’t fit.makeup-messy-organized

No idea why I gave fingernail polishes a home in the wide drawer! organize cosmetics holder makeup vanity repurpose

  1. Switch drawers.
  2. What containers will puzzle together for maximum storage?
  3. Which containers are free in my house?
  4. Spray paint for a uniformed look.

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See how perfect these shapes are?  We can puzzle piece them together for cosmetic storage, uniform look and fit all for one super low cost!  I spray painted them all and love them! PIC_0478

I also spray painted my yogurt container and wrapped it with washi tape from my Happy Planner videos. Look what fits perfectly in them! holder-how-to-organize-makeup-holder-qtips

I truly love the containers I bought and have used for two years!  I will continue to use the more narrow one to hold just the cosmetics that I use the most often.  It’s super sturdy and clear and clean looking.  The wider one will continue to hold my fingernail polishes.  In the video above you can see the beveled floor of these containers.  I would venture to say that they are unbreakable!


So I put my blush, Milani Eye Palette, Japonesque Matte Palette, Bronzer, brow gel, and blue eyeshadow in the narrow container.  five-makeup-organizers-already-in-your-home-holder-cosmetics

My cracker box holds my highlighter, vaseline, powder and hair holders.  I love the look of this.  Even more is my love for function!  I did this for such a low cost!  Yay DIY!  Yay me!

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Ann Taylor Loft Haul for Summer

Ann Taylor Loft is having a great sale right now.  This summer they are having major sales on some really cute staples for your work wardrobe.

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Bought this cute red and white daisy dress.  LOVE it! ann-taylor-loft-haul-summer-amaryllis-tassel-dress ann-taylor-loft-amaryllis-tassel-dress

This striped dress is sold out online, but there were a few in my store.  It’ll be my new fave dress for looking dressy and super casual.

Love it!

This tank will go on sale soon I’m sure.  It was $8 and look at the embellished neckline on this newly designed Loft tank for this summer!  loft-ann-taylor-haul-tank-embellished


Not see-through and dainty arm holes and neckline are why I snagged this cap-sleeved tee.

And this bow tie on the back?  It is a royal blue that hangs just right!  If you’re hippy you would love this striped shell tank and the blue swing dressann-taylor-loft-bow-tie-shell

And this rope necklace is on major sale under $8! loft-haul-summer-coral

Y’all there are so many more things so check out the LauriePOP Ideas That POP YouTube Video above.

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