Wednesday, February 6, 2013

1000 Places to See Before You Die

I came across this book last night when I was putting away some things and got side-tracked... my attention span has been about that of a goldfish of late. I was tickled pink to see that Bora Bora and Moorea are both in there and then I got curious how many other places I've been that are on the list...

  1. London, England
  2. Oxford University
  3. Stratford-upon-Avon
  4. Blarney Castle
  5. The Book of Kells
  6. The Ring of Kerry
  7. Vienna, Austria
  8. La Grand Place - Brussels, Belgium
  9. Paris
  10. Chateau de Versailles
  11. Brandenburg Gate
  12. Sans Souci
  13. Pompeii
  14. Rome
  15. Sistine Chapel
  16. Cinqueterre
  17. Milan
  18. Il Duomo
  19. The Last Supper
  20. La Scale Opera House
  21. Florence
  22. Lucca
  23. Asolo
  24. Venice
  25. Verona
  26. Anne Frank House
  27. Canal Cruise - Amsterdam
  28. Red-Light District
  29. Castle District, Prague
  30. Charles Bridge, Prague
  31. Old Town Square, Prague
  32. Kronborg Slot, Denmark
  33. Sydney Opera House
  34. Great Barrier Reef
  35. Grand Canyon
  36. Hotel Del Coronado
  37. Mark Twain House
  38. Kennedy Space Center
  39. Key West
  40. Walt Disney World
  41. Savannah Historic District
  42. Oahu
  43. French Quarter
  44. New Orleans Restaurants
  45. Mardi Gras
  46. Freedom Trail
  47. Cape Cod National Seashore
  48. Martha's Vineyard
  49. Mackinac Island Grand Hotel
  50. Natchez Trace
  51. Bellagio
  52. Las Vegas Strip
  53. Route 66
  54. Carlsbad Caverns
  55. Roswell
  56. New York City
  57. Historic Downtown New York
  58. Biltmore Estate
  59. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  60. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  61. Cliff Walk
  62. Charleston, SC
  63. Badlands
  64. Black Hills
  65. Graceland
  66. Nashville
  67. Monticello
  68. Colonial Williamsburg
  69. National Mall and it's Monuments
  70. Smithsonian
  71. Greenbrier
  72. Yellowstone National Park
  73. Niagara Falls
It was so fun to look through the book and re-live the memories/trips that took me to these places! (Also, to make a list of all the places I still want to go!!) I can't wait to add 74 and 75 on the Honeymoon! What about you?  How many have you checked off your list?! 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Closets thru the Years!

I confess... I have a deep burning love for CLOSETS!  Well, storage in general, but especially closets.  I thought it would be fun to take a trip down closet memory lane.  I could kick myself though, I don't have very good closet pictures at some of my houses so we'll have to make do with what we have.  I'm also not including my "current" closet because I have some changes in plan for it (minor ones) but it's still not photo ready!

First up, my college apartment closet:

Unfortunately, this was move in day and I never took another picture of my closet the other 3.5 years I lived there!  I do remember thinking that was the smallest closet EVER and got pretty creative with storing TONS and TONS of stuff in it through the years.  Plus, I can recall at least two times that the stupid wire shelf pulled loose and everything was in a heap in the floor.  Enter mom (remember her alter ego Shelf Expert) and we re-did the shelving and it never came down again!

After college, I moved into my first house in Cleveland, TN.  I may or may not have bought the house for the closet.  It was ah-ma-zing.  Again, I didn't do it justice with my pictures!

I loved that it had the little room (where I had a spot for ALL my jewelry) and then it went right into this awesome space with hanging on both sides!  I bought the shoe cubes that have been with me now at 3 houses and still really like them for my shoe storage.  They can be used like this or stacked (below).  Love love love this closet.  My first house had a lot of awesome storage in general.

Next up on the closet tour, Baton Rouge.  I wasn't so sure about these closets in the master bathroom at first but I ended up really liking this set-up.  There was one larger closet that had a lot of shelving and hanging space and then another smaller one with shelves and double hanging.  I'm not a big "folder" so I didn't think I would be able to utilize the shelves (at first) but have no fear, I filled those babies up in no time. 

I stored empty storage baskets on the top shelf, winter pajamas/boots below that, lighter weight pajamas, then purses and more comfy clothes, then jeans, shorts and some more purses and finally, on the bottom shelf, in the pink bins I had bathing suits, house shoes, tights/slips, etc.  The shelves ended up being awesome and I loved having my purses so easy to get to.
The before...

And the after!  Pretty self explanatory.  But, this is only my warmer weather clothes.  Didn't need many winter clothes in the B. Rouge!

This was the other closet off the master bath.  I ended up storing all my books on these shelves and it worked out great. 

These hanging rods housed all my cooler weather clothes.  Loved having a closet just for my winter clothes that wasn't completely accessible!