Great Gift Ideas: Books That Aren’t Books

Bathroom Guest Book JEMS

by Mary-Sue

*It’s the season to be jolly, falalalalalalalala.* Isn’t it too early to be singing Christmas… GIRRRLL it is NEVER to early to start singing Christmas songs. I think November is actually the perfect time to bring out the cozy Christmas PJs and put Pentatonix’s “That’s Chistmas To Me” album on repeat. For real y’all, this album will give you ALL the Christmas feels!

Anywho, with Christmas preparations also come the less enjoyable responsibilities of buying all your loved ones incredibly thoughtful presents to show you actually paid attention this year to their newfound hobbies and likings. So, let the Christmas stress commence. Or not. Because I’ve got two great gift ideas that I personally would love to receive. I recommend these “books” to people who are list-nerds and whose hearts start beating faster when hearing the word ‘stationary.’

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IKEA Lamp “Samtid” Make-Over

IKEA Samtid with rips make over

By Mary-Sue

After the IKEA coffee table make-over I still had half a roll of the adhesive foil left and I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it. The coffee table was namely not the only thing that endured rough damage during my moving houses. My IKEA lamp “Samtid” had a few rips in the lampshade and looked straight up pathetic.

This make-over pretty much speaks for itself: apply adhesive foil to the lampshade and you’re done. However, there are some problems I encountered and instead of doing a blog post on “ooh look how pretty the end result is” I wanted to show you what went on behind the foil. Because to be honest, that part is not pretty and actually badly constructed. Had I known what would happen upfront, I would have been more careful handling the shade. It’s not that I planned the shade to break, so this is just me, making the best of a bad situation and a heads-up for when y’all try this yourselves.

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IKEA Coffee Table Make-Over


by Mary-Sue

My IKEA coffee table from the LACK series has been with me for… almost a decade. Wait, what? Am I calculating that correctly? Wow time flies… and apparently I’m pretty thrifty with my stuff. So thrifty that I didn’t want to get rid of the table eventhough it had scratches, dents and water rings all over. Nope, I wanted to keep it because it still does its job perfectly. Though I also felt that it needed a make-over, because during my moving houses it incurred some pretty rough damage. Looking at the ‘before’ pictures, I now realize this make-over was actually looong overdue.

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Three Evening Looks

Evening look, date night look, jems sparkles

by Mary-Sue

“My closet is exploding from the amount of clothes, yet I’ve got nothing to wear.” This is me on a daily basis. In order to solve this dilemma, I’ll go shopping and buy one or two more clothing items. Those clothing items will be worn twice, after which I’ll get bored again and end up where I started: “I literally have no clothes to wear, aaahhh.”

But then I heard someone say “before you buy anything new, first go shopping in your own closet.” We are not aware of all the things we have in there and it is completely ridiculous to think you do not have enough clothes. The thing for me is that I just need to pair items together differently, because I always wear the same top with the same bottom.

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My Fit & Health Apps

keep calm and stay fit healt fitness appsby Jirrine

With the age of the smartphone information is at the tip of your fingers at all times. In some situations this has negative consequences (think of all those people in restaurants texting and checking Facebook!). On the other hand my iPhone has proven to be a super handy companion when it comes to my fitness. I am not a super active fit girl, although I hope to be in the future lol. I do, however, use several apps to kick my butt now and again!

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