How to Keep Your Old Clothes Out of a Landfill

To Do, To Make

As I’ve methodically parred down my wardrobe, I found myself with a lot of clothes to get rid of. Many items went directly into my sisters’ closets, but there were still heaps left. If you have an interest in minimalism or simply downsizing your wardrobe, you’ll probably run into this issue as well. Here are some ideas to ensure as little waste as possible as you give your closet some breathing room.

My Favorite DIY Gifts

To Make


Well, it’s official. Halloween is over, and as the discounted candy takes its place on the back shelves of retailers everywhere, Christmas trees, candy canes, and Santa hats take center stage (center store?). ‘Tis the gift-giving season. Here are some of my tried-and-true DIY gifts to inspire your holiday search.

Unicorn Horn Headband from Tikkido

Easy, adorable, wearable. I used fake flowers instead of making my own from felt, which I think made it look a bit more mystical.


Harry Potter Ornaments from Shelterness and Do It Yourself Divas, and inspired by Conjured by Cristy



I made a set of 6 of these for a friend once, and she was enchanted. It’s a bit time consuming, but the beautiful results are worth it.

Hollowed book by Kenarry

Turn it into a jewelry box like in this tutorial, a tea box, like I did, or leave the unassuming cover alone to create a secret hiding spot.
Upcycle a thrift store book into a DIY Jewelry Box. In this video tutorial, we'll show you step by step how to hollow out a book to create a book box.

Gift Baskets

For the hard-to-shop-for, it’s fairly easy to piece together a fun and thoughtful gift basket. I usually go with 1 mid-priced main item and surround it with smaller, inexpensive items or food. For example, a coffee gift basket could include a fancy travel mug surrounded by single K cups, a bag of grounds, wrapped biscotti, and chocolate spoons.

Photo Collage


This could work for a variety of people: Those you don’t know very well, those who seem to have everything, those who are constantly taking pictures. Go to their Instagram or Facebook page to find photos, and arrange them in a collage, either mod podged on a fun paper-mache shape, or in a pretty frame. See my graduation gift collage tutorial here.

Let me know if you try any of these by using the hashtag #thetakeonadventure!

Eating a Balanced Diet After Wisdom Tooth Removal


I have no problems with the traditional post-oral surgery meals of ice cream and italian ice. Honestly, that’s the best time to eat those things and you should definitely treat yo self when you’re in that kind of pain.But when I looked ahead to my own wisdom tooth extraction, I started looking for other options because a) As much as I love ice cream, it would get old if that was all I ate., and b) theres no way my stomach could handle that and c) Your body needs more nutrients to heal those mouth wounds! 

So, here’s some ideas to help you branch out from ice cream when chewing is not an option.
1. Cream of wheat– Wait! Before you close the window right there hear me out. It’s not just an old person food. Oatmeal requires too much chewing, but the texture of cream of wheat is perfect. Try the Cinnabon flavor, it tastes like dessert, I swear.

2. Sweet Potatoes: Well-done, of course. You can boil them or microwave them and add cinnamon and butter (I think coconut butter tastes great on it), for a healthy carbohydrate and Vitamin A-rich snack.

3. Yogurt: Okay, so it’s not that different from ice cream in texture BUT it usually contains fewer calories, a LOT more protein (Greek yogurt especially), and if you buy the probiotic kind, you’ll get those benefits too!

4.Fruit Squeezes: They come in flavors of all different fruits and they’re hella convienient. Look for the ones that contain vegetables, too!

5. Smoothie Bowls: You can’t use a straw with stitches in your mouth, so a smoothie bowl is a good compromise, here. Again, try to incorporate fruits and vegetables to get a wider variety of nutrients. Try these recipes:

6. Soup: Puree soups like tomato or butternut squash are a nice savory reprieve from all the fruity and sweet foods. 

7. My favorite: Halo Top Ice Cream: If you haven’t hear about Halo Top yet, you’re missing out (But also I’m glad to be the one to tell you about it 🙂 Halo Top is “light ice cream” that contains only about 5g of sugar 60-80 calories per serving, depending on the flavor. It also contains about 5g of protein in each serving, so eating the whole pint wouldn’t actually be a pretty great deal. Especially because its really, really good. No fake-sugar, fake-dessert taste here. It comes in 17 different flavors and can be found at most health food stores and Target. 
Good luck, and enjoy!