DIY Flamingo Birthday Party

Heidi Moore • DIY lifestyle

Birthday Stationery

When the time of year comes to celebrate your munchkin growing another year older, the ideas start flowing of how you can throw the cutest soirée. But lets be real. In the age of Pinterest, birthday parties celebrate the little ones but entertain the adults. With this Flamingo Birthday Party, you’ll have the kids partying til nap time and the adults feeling like they were kids again. And, it can all be done with your Cricut Explore™. Watch out party planners, these moms are ready to take on deco tasks like never before. Let your guests know that a flamingle is on the horizon with the beyond adorable Flamingo Invitation. Not only does the color palette represent a perfect paradise, but the wing on the flamingo even moves to show more detail. How cool?! MAKE IT NOW Your guests will know they are in for a flamingo-style bash with the Flamingle Banner. Hang … Read More

How To Afford An Epic Vacation On A Less Than Epic Budget [Finale]

Amanda Oliver • girlboss lifestyle

Budget Vacations

Bonjour, mes amis! It’s Amanda again from The Color Coded Life, and today is the grande finale of my tips on how you can afford an epic vacation on a less than epic budget. This last tip requites you to think outside of the traditional destination spot. Of course, there are reasons that some places are DESTINATIONS – such as Paris, London, and Rio. But stepping outside of these traditional locales allows you both a unique experience, as well as the potential to cut some costs! Here are some ideas to get you started: Specifically, Buenos Aires, which as been “[d]ubbed the ‘Paris of South America,’ . . . [and] has a cosmopolitan feel and is heavy on museums, historical sites, and nightlife. Go this year: Hotel rates are 8 percent lower than they were in 2013.” [via] Stunning beaches and amazing all-inclusives (many of which are ranked extremely high … Read More

How To Afford An Epic Vacation On A Less Than Epic Budget [Part Trois]

Amanda Oliver • lifestyle

Budget Vacations

Welcome back, ya’ll! It’s Amanda from The Color Coded Life and I’m continuing feeding my wanderlust by sharing some the best ways that you can take a truly amazing vacation, even on a budget. Feel free to check out parts une and deux (I’m feeling so French today), but today’s tips are somewhat out of the box, and only work for specific situations. However, both of them can save you large amounts of money, if you can get them to work for you! This first tip only works if you are going for two weeks or more, but if you can afford to take that much time off (or you work remotely), then you absolutely need to look into this. According to Budget Travel, websites such as House Sitters America, The Caretaker Gazette, and Mind My House, will allow you to list your services as a house sitter for a … Read More

How to Afford an Epic Vacation on a Less Than Epic Budget

Amanda Oliver • lifestyle

Budget Vacation

Hello my loves! Amanda from The Color Coded Life here and I’ve been spending the last week dreaming of amazing getaways. The only problem is, those types of getaways can cost a pretty penny. However, I’ve gathered info from those in the know about how to get around that seemingly insurmountable hurdle called a budget. One of the best tips is the secret of the “shoulder” season. Knowing when a destination’s “shoulder” season is will help you avoid the crazy additional costs that come with going during their peak times. The shoulder season refers to the time between complete off season in an area and their peak time. By going during this time period, you will save money but still enjoy the perks of in-season, such as better weather, etc. Here are some seriously stunning locales and their corresponding shoulder seasons: Now it’s time to start packing!     P.S. … Read More

4 Simple Steps to Finally Get Your Life Organized

Amanda Oliver • lifestyle

Hey ya’ll! It’s Amanda from The Color Coded Life again! Because I shared with you all some amazing planners last week, I figured some fabulous organizational tips on how best to use those planners and get your life organized was in store for this week. Time to Organize! Before you start groaning, I PROMISE this will be fun! Or at least make you feel better planning wise 😛 Buy yourself a a wall calendar in addition to a planner. Yes, I do mean for you to use both. I know a wall calendar may seem old fashioned, but there are so many times when I am on the phone or need to quickly reference when a date is, and having a wall calendar is the best way to do it. PLUS – since it’s already mid year, most wall calendars are up to 90% off. It’s also helpful for anyone else … Read More

Fourth of July Ideas that DON’T suck.

Sami Davis • DIY inspiration lifestyle

fourth of july

Confession: I have a problem with the Fourth of July. It’s not the holiday itself– because I dearly love the patriotic ambience, bright sparklers, and over-the-top fireworks. Nope, none of that. I have a problem with the decor and projects I see year after year that continue to be sort of cheesy and pretty outdated. It was making my skin crawl, really. It’s hard to escape the mundane banners and American Flag decor, but it is doable! I’ve rounded up the best Fourth of July party picks and DIY’s you NEED to execute this year.. or else. These are the Fourth of July ideas that DON’T suck. I’ll come hunt you down if I see a cheesy decoration. Seriously. Modern 4th of July (from left to right) AMERICAN FLAG GARLAND // Say adios to that old pennant banner and lanterns and other funky hanging stuff. The House That Lars built created … Read More

DIY Bow Baby Shower

Heidi Moore • DIY lifestyle

gender reveal DIY

Bow ties or Hair bows? Is your bestie, sister or combination of the two expecting a tiny little munchkin? If she is, it’s your time to shower her with love by throwing her the most adorable (and sparkly) gender reveal shower! How I wish I would’ve had these perfect DIY pieces when my sister, Heather had my niece London or my nephew Lane. Thanks to my Cricut Explore™ I can whip out these decorations the next time I need them.   Let the mommy-to-be’s best girlfriends know that it’s time to celebrate her with these Gender Reveal Invitations. This theme is perfectly precious for the mama and her new addition. How fun are these patterns and colors?! I love the black and hot pink combo. MAKE IT NOW. Step up your decor game with gender reveal water bottle hang tags. Guests can use the Oh Baby Water Bottle Hang Tags to make their gender … Read More

6 Epic Planners to Keep You Organized

Amanda Oliver • lifestyle


It’s Amanda again from The Color Coded Life and I am hoping to keep you organized for the upcoming school year with these 6 epic planners. I know that it’s only mid-June, but I am personally already ready for Back to School. I don’t have any children, I just really, really, really love back to school supplies. I am completely addicted to pens, pencils, paper, and planners. The last one is one of my strongest addictions. I am SUCH a sucker for a good planner, and though I really only need one, I often am tempted to buy tons of them. Since getting organized starts with writing it all down (at least in my mind it does), using a planner makes great sense. With all of this said, I thought I would share with you all some of the best academic year planners, with a few non-school related ones thrown in. If You Want … Read More

5 Surprising Truths About Yoga (And Why Everyone Should Do It)

Amanda Oliver • lifestyle

So I know this is a little outside my typical “organizational” realm for my posts – but practicing yoga has helped me organize my mind (cheesy but true), so I felt compelled to share it with all you amazing readers! Before I even gave yoga a chance, I was already convinced that it wasn’t for me. My reasoning? I wasn’t athletic or flexible I am super ADHD I am always going a million miles a minute I am not super skinny I didn’t want to make a fool of myself. Thankfully, my amazing younger sister (six years my junior), dragged me kicking and screaming to a yoga class last Thanksgiving. And from that moment, I was completely hooked. So let me give you these five truths so you can realize yoga really is for everyone. Trust me, when I started, I was not athletic. I honestly still don’t consider myself … Read More