What To Do with Junk Mail

Junk mail is a problem in our house. I’m not sure where they’re all coming from but my hubby and I call our mailbox the junk box. Most days, they are no important mail in the pile, just junk – credit card offers, store promotions, catalogs, etc.

I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy, but if you are experiencing this issue, here is a list of what you can do with your junk mail:

  • Try writing “Return to Sender” in bold on the mail envelope and return it to the post office.
  • Drop off your junk mail at a U.S. Postal Service recycling station – the recycling bins can be found at the customer lobbies of post office locations.
  • Use it as packing material – this is a great idea for entrepreneurs who ship products to their customers. However, please inform your customers that you run a green business to avoid a reaction to recycled packaging.
  • Contact specific businesses and organization and ask to be removed from their mailing list.
  • Participate in your neighborhood Home Owner Organization (HOA) recycling efforts. My HOA organizes a recycling day in our community. You can also organize such events with your local office stores, such as Staples or Office Depot.
  • Register with the Direct Marketing Association‘s mail preference service to request that your name is removed from junk mailing lists.
  • Make paper mache sculptures and paper crafts ideas. 
  • Recycle sensitive mail/junk mail at Staples for a fee. I recently contacted Staples and they charge $0.99 per pound of paper.

“Mistakes are Meant to be Made.” Neil Degrasse Tyson 

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As told to Men’s Journal when asked what advice he’d give himself when he was younger: “There’s no time I would go back and say, ‘Do this differently.’ Experiencing mistakes has been devalued in our culture. They want people to make the right decisions at all times. Well, there’s a saying in research science: If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not on the frontier of discovery. I’m the sum of the correct decisions I’ve made and the incorrect decisions I’ve made. Each one of those shapes the wisdom that I carry today.”

Neil Degrasse Tyson

Need some extra cash? Start any of these 40 side hustles today!

  1. Start a home daycare (if you’re a SAHM or thinking about being a SAHM)

  2. Babysit children on the weekends (this idea is easier if you have only 1 or 2 kids of your own)

  3. Sell unwanted Items on eBay or craigslist

  4. Start a blog

  5. Become a tutor

  6. Work for an after-school program

  7. Help pick up young neighborhood kids from school

  8. Start an after-school program at your house

  9. Have a special baked good recipe? Start a catering business.

  10. . Have a sewing machine? Make simple alterations or make pillow covers to sell on Etsy.

  11. Start a dog-walking business

  12. Adult sitting or care, especially at night.

  13. Provide cleaning services to your neighbors/community

  14. Drive for Uber or Lyft

  15. Become a House-sitter

  16. Get into Fast food delivery

  17. Become a photographer for a beginning fashion/style bloggers

  18. Become a Travel Agent

  19. Work for Amazon. Become a delivery agent

  20. Become a one-on-one sports coach or personal trainer

  21. Be a Flea Market Coordinator

  22. Become a personal shopper (the elderly would appreciate this)

  23. Sell handmade items on Etsy

  24. Proofread academic papers/college application essays/resumes/cover letters

  25. Resell items on eBay or craigslist

  26. Cut grass/groom bushes

  27. Sell fruits/vegetable from your garden

  28. Publish e-books

  29. Start a DIY blog

  30. Teach an online course

  31. Help a small business with bookkeeping

  32. Rent out your basement to a tenant

  33. Rent your name brand handbags to other fashionistas for a fee

  34. Make crafts to sell at craft shows or online

  35. Become a part-time job recruiter – help your friends find and apply for jobs for a fee

  36. Become a Social Media Manager for a small business

  37. Refurbish used furniture to sell on consigment to boutiques

  38. Help people organize their homes or offices

  39. Become a face painter at kid’s parties

  40. Sell your photos or art prints online

How long do you wait before you take down your Christmas Tree?

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

I️ enjoyed Christmas very much with my family. It’s always a great time to spend with loved ones. However, Christmas (2017) is behind us and I’m ready to put my tree away. You wonder, why so quickly? Well, I’m ready to redecorate and put something else in the space the tree is currently occupying.


Thanks to the kiddos. You can spot their special touch at the bottom of the tree with the extra ornaments.

I initially had a upcycled accent chair in this space before we put up the Christmas tree.


So now, I’m thinking about placing a book shelf in this space. I️ did a quick search on Target.com and found this lovely Casual Home Foldable Bookshelf, and the cost is not bad at $32.99.

I️ really like that this bookshelf is foldable. That way I️ can change it out for something else when I️ get tired of it without having to take it down to pieces. Yippee!!!

So back to the question, When do you take down your Christmas tree? And what do you think about the bookshelf?


10 Stylish Ways to Wear a Denim Shirt

Happy New Year, everyone! Hooray!!!, it’s my first post of 2018 and I have a confession to make. Lately I’ve been obsessed with everything denim. I own a couple denim shirts right now and I just ordered two more. In fact as I write this post, I have the package of shirts waiting to picked up at the store. Plus, I have my eyes on a few more from another online store. Obsessive, right? I know, I know. That’s why I’ve been researching ways to style these shirts and share them with you all because sharing is caring…😊.

1] With a blazer (unknown source, source, source)

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2] with a bright-colored skirt or pants (unknown source)

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3] With a print skirt or pants (unknown source)

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4] With a denim on black jeans (source)

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5] Denim on denim (source)

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6] With a dramatic full skirt (source)

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7] With Khaki pants (source)

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8] With a sweater or cardigan (source)

9] With shorts (source)

10] creatively with an oversized denim shirt (source)

Did any of these styles grab your eye? Which do you look forward to trying? Dust off your denim shirt and style up! Have fun!



Reasons We Never Accomplish Our Goals

Have you ever heard a preacher say, “I’m preaching what I need?” If you watch or listen to Joyce Meyer, I’m sure you’ve heard her say the phrase, “I’m preaching to you and also myself.” So guess what, I’m preaching to you and myself in this post.

I’ve been thinking about my goals lately and thought about why I’ve not been able to work towards them full force. For this reason, I considered the thought, “what’s keeping me, what’s keeping us, from accomplishing our goals. I ended up stumbling upon Les Brown’s Find Yourself motivational speech. Here are the reasons he listed:

[1] Fear of failure

[2] Fear of success

[3] Being comfortable

[4] Not feeling worthy

[5] Blaming other/complaining


Can you relate to any particular reason on this list?

15 Things To Do Instead of Watching TV or Spending time on Social Media

  1. Listen to motivational speeches/inspirational songs

  2. Learn a new skill or language

  3. Join a fitness class/go to the gym

  4. Get much-needed sleep

  5. Cook/Try a new recipe

  6. Start a journal or blog

  7. Make tutorial videos

  8. Go for a Walk

  9. Volunteer at an animal shelter or hospital

  10. Organize your pantry or mudroom

  11. Start a Home DIY Project

  12. Play with your kids

  13. Read a book

  14. Listen to a podcast or audiobook

  15. Start writing a book