The Ultimate Moving Checklist

Moving can be one of the most stressful things. However, do you remember those college days where you moved every year, sometimes twice? Imagine the stress on top of studying for finals! *shudder*

Now I am about to move into my first apartment! Of course I am going list crazy over it. I have started an excel sheet with color coding. Yeah, I know I am a bit overboard. But I like to organize and with a detailed packing list you can save time and energy fretting over the move. Plus, a good list can help prevent last minute purchases and help you save money for other things [like home accessories! gilded mirrors anyone? JK ;)] I color coded my list based on what I must buy (green for expensive and red for regular) and things I may want later (yellow) and luxurious items (blue) when i have another paycheck in my pocket. There are also things you can steal (*ahem* I mean borrow) from your parents or friends (purple for must and orange for maybe).

Some questions to ask yourself to help write your list:
1. Am I living alone or with others? (This determines how many sets of dishes you should have and if your housemates will bring their own furniture/kitchen gadgets)
2. What will i be cooking? (figuring out what kitchen tools are absolutely necessary – you don’t want to start making cookies when you don’t have a cookie sheet!)
3. What do I want to buy new and what can I borrow from my parents? (keep in mind what your savings account look like unless your parents/friends want to give you gifts!) For me I absolutely, positively, no question about it wanted a new mattress. I shopped around on Amazon until I found a great queen memory foam mattress at a reasonable price.

So here are some essential items I believe everyone should have in their home. This is MY list for an efficiency apartment so please keep this in mind for your own packing list.

Bedroom/Office:
bed & pillow & blankets
desk (unless you want your kitchen table to double as one)
desk chair (comfy would be ideal)
stationary (including writing implements & accessories like scissors)

Kitchen:
table & chairs
big stock pot + lid
small saucepan + lid
nonstick pan (I recommend a 10 inch with lid)
crock pot/electric pot (for those lazy one pot meals)
microwave
dish drying rack

bake ware (cookie sheets & casserole dishes)
colander/strainer
cutting board & knives
cooking utensils (spatula, long spoon, measuring cups, etc)
can opener
veggie peeler
grater
dish rags & oven mitts & trivets

mugs & glasses
bowls & plates
eating utensils (spoons & forks & etc)
containers (preferably with leak proof lids for lunches and leftovers)
zip lock bags

Bathroom:
shower curtain(s)
shampoo & conditioner
shaving stuff
body wash / soap
various towels (hand, body, face, etc)
toothbrush & paste & floss
non-slip bath mat

Cleaning:
broom & dust pan
mop (swiffer for small apartments! no need to deal with a bucket)
bucket (never hurts to have one)
vacuum (if you have carpet)
trash cans & trash bags
dish soap & sponges
all purpose cleaner spray
gloves (for handling extra gross dirtiness)
rubbing alcohol/hydrogen peroxide
hand soap
toilet cleaner & brush
plunger

Miscellaneous:
bug swatter & bug spray (industrial strength – especially in hot & humid regions)
flashlight (and/or candles + lighter)
laundry supplies (detergent, dryer sheets, fabric softener, & etc)
iron & ironing board
stocking your pantry
tissue & toilet paper
hangers

Download my detailed excel moving check list.

Good Tips:
1. Check out goodwill & thrift stores in your local area for kitchen gadgets and furniture. Craigslist is a great place for furniture and higher end items too. Discount stores like Marshalls/Ross are also great!
2. If you are living with others, make a chores list! Figure out who will take out the trash and how often.
3. You might also want to invest in renter’s insurance.

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Wedding Rings Pop up Card

I made this wonderful wedding rings pop up card to congratulate two of my good friends. I noticed a card template by CreativePopUpCards a while ago and I always wanted to see if I could make it myself.  If you like the card template, please support his work by purchasing it on his website! I made this card from scratch as an intellectual challenge.

The card looks complicated but it was actually pretty straight forward after I took notes and made some test models. First, I made an exact outline for the placement of the rings on powerpoint (remember to set the page size). Next I made a outline for the message elements.

Card Outline

This is where I figured out what messages to write and pictures to add. The wedding theme was lavender and teal so I decided to have lavender on the inside. I added a Chinese theme to the card since the groom was Chinese (even though he is very American lol). I also had to choose fonts for all the word elements. On top of a outline template, I made a “print page” where I dumped all the words and pictures I needed to cut and paste into the card onto one page. No point in printing the whole outline and wasting space and color ink when it is not necessary.

So back to the rings: CreativePopUpCards has a solitaire engagement ring but my friend had a three stone setting with pavé diamonds on the side. The pavé diamonds wouldn’t show up on the side view so i just found a three stone setting with a pretty trellis for my template.

Lastly, it was just cutting the rings out and the message boxes and pasting all the printed words and pictures. Everyone really loved it!

 

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Homemade Coffee Ice Cream

Coffee Ice Cream | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

I love this ice cream recipe! I really think this is even better than HäagenDazs coffee ice cream. The texture is rich and smooth and the coffee grounds gives it more texture and taste.

Recipe by Nami on Just One Cookbook – Coffee Ice Cream
Go to her blog for a detailed recipe with pictures!

Homemade Coffee Ice Cream (modified)
INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups 2% milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups whole coffee beans*
pinch of salt
5 Egg Yokes
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp finely grounded coffee*

DIRECTIONS:
1. Heat the milk, sugar, whole coffee bean, salt and 1/2 cup of the heavy cream in a medium saucepan until it’s warm and steamy, but NOT boiling. Once the mixture is warm, turn off the heat and cover. Remove from the heat and let steep at room temperature for 1 hour.
2. Reheat the coffee-infused milk mixture on medium heat, until hot and steamy but NOT boiling.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm coffee mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly so that the yolks are tempered by the warm milk, but not cooked by it.
4. Transfer the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan. Stir the mixture constantly over low/medium heat with plastic spatula for about 10 minutes. Make sure to scrape the bottom and the side of the pan. DO NOT OVERCOOK (Eggs will be scrambled if you do).
6. Pour remaining 1 cup of heavy cream into a medium size glass bowl, set on ice over a larger bowl.
7. Set a mesh strainer over the heavy cream bowl and pour in the warm egg yolk mixture. Press on the coffee beans in the strainer to extract as much of the coffee mixture as possible, then discard the beans. Mixed in the vanilla and the finely grated ground coffee. Stir until cool over the ice bath.
8A. Home Made: Pour the mixture into an air tight container with lid and place into the freezer. After forty-five minutes, open the door and check it. As it starts to freeze near the edges, remove it from the freezer and stir it vigorously with a spatula or whisk. Really beat it up and break up any frozen sections. Return to freezer. Continue to check the mixture every 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring vigorously as it’s freezing. If you have one, you can use a hand-held mixer for best results.
8B. Ice Cream Maker: Chill the ice cream mixture in the refrigerator. Pour the mixture into ice cream maker and process the mixture in the ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions (usually about 25 minutes). Pour into an airtight container and freeze until firm.

*I used Dark Roast whole coffee beans from HEB and finely grounded Cafe Du Monde chicory coffee. You can also use decaffeinated coffee.

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Huh Gak – Memory of Your Scent

허각 (Huh Gak) – 향기만 남아 (Memory Of Your Scent)
It blows over to me from far away
The familiar scent that makes me think of you
Seeing as how I’m not over you yet makes me feel like a fool
Some day, you will scatter away like the wind

Only the scent remains and tortures me
I draw you out past my dull memories
The memories flow on top of the lonely wind
Who can comfort me when I’m this sad?

When I close my eyes, I think of you
I am left alone again and wandering these streets
Being pulled by a slight trembling, I suddenly lifted my head
Then I hear the song that we used to sing together

Only the scent remains and tortures me
I draw you out past my dull memories
The memories flow on top of the lonely wind
Who can comfort me when I’m this sad?

I want to hold onto you, who is getting farther away
But like always, I will forget you
Your faint memories, those beautiful memories
Only the scent that resembles you still remains

At some point, the sun is setting
It is getting farther away, leaving behind thick memories
In case I start to think of you again
I just live a day like nothing’s wrong

Will I be able to meet you again some day?
Will I be able to get over you through someone else?
Whoever you meet, you must be happy
Only your scent, that I can never see again, remains

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What Da Font?

They are one of the best creations in computer history! If you love creating word art and graphic designs like me, fonts are indispensable in your artist toolbox. I get all my free and fun fonts from DaFont.com. On top of being free, installing a new font is easy-peasy too. All you have to do is download the font file from the website, unzip the individual files, and install into your computer. For detailed instructions, go to Dafont for help. The fonts are wonderfully designed and there are hundreds to choose from. If you have amazing design abilities, you should think about creating your own font.

I use fonts heavily to create unique cards for friends and family. But while fonts are amazing, it is very important to have a good program to design your word art. I personally don’t use anything fancy – just plain ole Microsoft Powerpoint. This gives you the ability to manipulate the placement of letters and add other graphics. On top of cardmaking, I also dabble in embroidery because I get so inspired by all the beautiful fonts.

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Homemade Matcha Ice Cream

すべて抹茶 Subete Matcha Update!

Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

Green Tea ice cream is my ultimate, ULTIMATE favorite flavor. Unfortunately, most ice cream parlors in America don’t carry green tea ice cream so I always end up getting a scoop of coffee. Thankfully someone came up with a homemade matcha ice cream recipe! Now i can have green tea ice cream anytime and all the time!

Recipe by Aeri’s Kitchen on Youtube – Homemade Green Tea Ice Cream (녹차 아이스크림)

Homemade Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream
INGREDIENTS:
2 tsp Green Tea Powder
2 cups Half and Half (16 oz)
4 Egg Yokes
½ Cup Sugar

DIRECTIONS:
1. Prepare the 4 yolks and combine with 1/2 cup of half and half into a bowl. Add the egg/half and half mixture into a small saucepan and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes (stir occasionally). This will make the egg yolk safe to eat.
2. In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of matcha powder. After cooking the egg mixture for 10 minutes, turn off the stove and add the matcha powder mixture into the saucepan. Stir well.
3. In the container you are freezing the ice cream with, combine the saucepan mixture with the rest of the half and half. Stir well.
4. Freeze the mixture and stir at intervals: Freeze for 3 hours and then mix the ice cream. Then stir again after 1 hour. Stir after 1 hour 2-3 more times.
Yield about 1 quart.

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Water >Body >Water

Okay so I have been slacking off and ignoring my blog. What am I saying, I have been slacking off A LOT. Of course, each time I feel guilty and console myself that there is nothing to update but that isn’t true! Many exciting things have happened and in a way I was too busy living life in the moment. But I am getting back into the swing of things. I promise. Really!

So as a some-what spur of the moment post, I decided to educate you about the wonders of *momentous pause* WATER! Have you heard that you are suppose to “drink your weight in ounces everyday”?! Or how about “drink eight glasses a day”? Either way you should probably increase your water intake.

Water is the main component in your body. Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. So naturally it is vital to stay hydrated everyday! Also, despite the structural nature of human cells, every system in your body depends on H2O to carry out chemical processes that keeps your cells healthy and functioning. Not only is water an essential component to cell heath, it also carries out major bodily functions like flushing out toxins and carrying nutrients all over your body.

The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. So drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day is about 1.9 liters, which isn’t that different from the Institute of Medicine recommendations. The “8 x 8” rule can be a an easy phrase for you to remember to at least get close to what you need in a day.

Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired. So if you are getting headaches (a sign of dehydration) and feeling tired (another sign) you should definitely chug some water! It is good practice to drink at least two glasses of water when you wake up or when you eat breakfast. This will give you a boost for the rest of the day. This is especially important if you are going to have a busy day – too busy to stop and eat and drink properly.

Remember that while all beverages add to your daily water intake, it is important to drink mainly water. Caffeinated and alcoholic drinks will dehydrate you instead of the reverse. If you have a hard time drinking so much plain water, you can add low calorie flavoring like Mio and crystal light. Personally I love tea (even though it is lightly caffeinated).

For more big benefits of water check out these from WebMD.com.

Also read these beauty benefits from Health.com and LadiesHomeJournal.com.

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