DIY Inspiration Board

As part of the effort to get things in working order I bought a cork board from Ikea last time we were there. There are no shelves or drawers on the desk so it’s easy to get disorganized. I am constantly tearing things out of magazines to remember and figured the cork board would be the best place to store them for now. I’ve seen a bunch of inspiration boards on Pinterest and gave it a shot this weekend. So easy!
Since I already had the cork board, I just picked up a piece of pretty fabric and some nail head trim. The only other things you will need is spray adhesive and staple gun.
DIY Inspiration Board
If there are any wrinkles in your fabric you may want to iron them out.  Once you are wrinkle free position the fabric over the cork board and allow about an inch of over hang to wrap around the back. Use the spray adhesive to secure the fabric onto the cork only, wait to spray the frame.
When the fabric is positioned where you’d like it, start applying the nail head trim along the edge of the frame. I used a nail heads width between nails in attempts to keep the spacing consistent.
DIY Inspiration Board
DIY Inspiration Board
After the trim is complete, spray the frame and smooth the fabric over it. Fold the corners of the fabric like a present and staple to secure. I used about 5-7 staples to keep the fabric in place after the corners were secured.
DIY Inspiration Board
DIY Inspiration Board
The rest of the desk area is still a work in progress, but it’s coming along (finally).
DIY Inspiration Board
DIY Inspiration Board
DIY Inspiration Board
The next thing to tackle will be finding storage space for everything that tends to collect on top of the desk. Any suggestions on keeping your workspace organized?
Thanks for reading!
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Weekday Prep: Superfood Trail Mix

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  It was beautiful out here this weekend and we did a few projects outside (check for posts this week!) which felt amazing. Fall is officially in full swing. I’m excited to finally burn my cinnamon spice candle. They don’t last long in my house, I always have fall scents burning once it gets a little cooler out.

Today instead of being glued to the TV for football I whipped up some homemade trail mix.  It’s a great mix of protein and fiber which will give you long lasting energy and help to keep you full throughout the day.  It’s full of healthy ingredients like walnuts and almonds which have heart healthy nutrients like unsaturated fats, omega 3 fatty acids and fiber.
Superfood Trail Mix
Superfood Trail Mix:
2 c. quick cooking oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbs chia or flax seed
1/4 c. honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. golden raisins
1/4 c. walnuts
1/2 c. almonds
Preheat the oven to 275. In a bowl, combine oats, cinnamon, chia seed, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix until throughly combined. I rolled some of the oat mixture into clusters that were a little smaller than a bouncy ball. This makes it a little easier to eat if you eat the trail mix alone. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake at 275 for about 5-8 minutes.
Once the mixture is cooled, mix with the remaining ingredients. I immediately package mine in zip loc bags to control my portions and make it easy to pack for a work day snack. Dark chocolate chips would be a good addition to the mix but I like to mix mine with yogurt and prefer not to have the chocolate in there. Eating the trail mix with yogurt makes it a little more like granola but I’m ok with that.
Superfood Trail Mix
Packing snacks on Sunday like this trail mix or these protein bars, is one of the easiest ways to prep for the week. The best way for me to stick with healthy eating is to have a plan. If my snacks are already packed in the morning it keeps me from grabbing a bag of chips while at the office. Plus healthy snacks taste better and help keep you feeling fuller longer, too.  The trick  to eating right is to have a healthy snack readily available. It’s so much easier to avoid temptation when you have a better option at your desk.
What are your favorite healthy snacks? I love expanding my collection of recipes for stuff like this so I don’t get sick of eating the same thing over and over again. Have a great week!
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