{DIY} Easy Peasy Polka Dot Cork Board Pantry Project

by Kristin Bushong on August 19, 2014

This is a really fun project I whipped up this weekend to add some spice to our otherwise boring pantry doors!

I had seen similar projects on Pinterest, and headed to Target last Friday to pick up some cork tiles to make a decorative and functional cork board to cover our narrow pantry doors that sit between a window and our fridge.

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I think I spent about $15 total on this project? The cork tiles came in a pack of 4 at Target for about $7. I cut them to size and painted on the gold polka dots with craft paint I already had, then attached them to the pantry doors with Command velcro strips ($8 for a pack of 12 sets, I have plenty left over to use for other projects). I painted the tiles Friday night, let them dry overnight (they didn’t really need that long but I was tired) and hung them Saturday morning. This entire project can be done in about 1.5 hours, including drying time.

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If you’re going to attempt this easy project, here is all you need to do.

1. Buy cork tiles. This is what I used. 

2. Cut them into your desired shape by first scoring them with a knife or an Xacto knife and breaking them. DO NOT USE SCISSORS. They will crumble the cork and it won’t create an even line.

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3. Paint cute polka dots in color of your choice. Let dry.

4. Hang with Command velcro strips!

5. Decorate with pictures or wedding invites, use to “pin” recipes for easy viewing during cooking, or clip up your coupons. Easy peasy.

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I hope you try this one out! I can see this working really well in an office space, or in an apartment where you don’t want to damage the walls with more holes. You could even cover the boards in a patterned fabric for a more personalized look.

Happy crafting :)

Kristin Sig

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Marathon Training Week #9 Recap

by Kristin Bushong on August 19, 2014

What a week! I’d say overall, last week’s training was pretty solid, although not the mileage I was hoping for.

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Me & Rachel at Eastern Market on Saturday! Much more fun than an easy run…

I had two really great runs, and a so-so track workout on Thursday. I accidentally took this week back a notch with only 3 total runs as I missed my “easy” run on Tuesday due to an all-day seminar out of the office. Oh well.

This weekend I am traveling home to NC for a bridal shower, so I will be running a solo 16 miler early Friday morning before my flight. I’m already planning out my route and trying to figure out how to entertain myself for 2.5 hours.

Week #9 Mileage Total – 23

Monday: Did our training program’s Core Workout for Runners. It was pretty tough and my abs were definitely feeling it the next day.

Tuesday: Off,went to a seminar all day for work and ate like crap. If I hadn’t, I could have run an easy 3-4 miler that evening, but my stomach was not having it. Fail.

Wednesday: 6 miles before work in 1:05, or a 10:45 pace. This was a GREAT run for me. My neighborhood is super hilly and this was my first mid-week long run this cycle that I have run without stopping for the hills. Not the quickest pace, but I was very happy with this run.

Thursday: Track practice with the group. 6x800m (Again, the track is a little short so technically not 800m.) I ran my 800s fairly quickly for me, but was pretty tired and didn’t warm up or cool down as much as I usually do, resulting in a shorter overall run (about 3.25 miles total at about 8:45 avg pace give or take). I was happy with my split times however: 3:39, 3:25, 3:26, 3:32, 3:30,  3:30.

Friday-Saturday: Off. Wanted to do BodyPump Friday at lunch, but I skipped and went shopping with my coworker instead. It was fun and my body was very tired, so whatever. Saturday was just super busy. I wanted to get in an easy 3 miler but it didn’t happen. Instead I got my hair done and met my brother’s girlfriend Rachel (who was in town for work) for lunch and Eastern Market browsing.

Sunday: Amazing long run with the group! 12 miles in 1:59, or 9:55 average pace.  14 miles were on the schedule, but the girls I ended up running with were only doing 12 on an out and back on the Capital Crescent Trail. I was going to add on at the end, but we really pushed the pace the entire run, so I figured a really solid, quick 12 was better than a not so great 14. Felt great about this run!

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Looking forward to this week’s workouts and a solo long run Friday morning before I fly out! Happy Tuesday :)

Kristin Sig

 

 

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Marathon Training Week #8 Recap

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Okay I am finally up to date on marathon training recaps! If you missed the last three weeks, you can find them here.  And because no post is worth reading without pictures, here is a really awkward selfie with my cat. #becauseimweird #callieisnotimpressed So as a refresher, I am following a 20 week training plan […]

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I need this in my life Oy – I am way behind on updates! I have had a busy month with two long car trips, two bachelorette weekends, and lots of running. With all the travel, I am a little behind on my long run mileage, but I did get in 14 miles this past […]

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Marathon Training Week #4 Update

July 16, 2014

Apologies for turning this blog into a strictly running blog, but I do have some fun DIY projects to share fairly soon! (Cough, Kristen’s bachelorette and bridal shower, cough.) So last week was week #4 which was all about recovery. Here were my stats: Monday: Rest day, off. Tuesday: 3.5 miles on the treadmill with 9:38 […]

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Potomac River Running Distance Training Program Overview + Marathon Training So Far

July 11, 2014

Welp, it’s officially week 4 of marathon training with Potomac River Running Distance Training Program (PR DTP for short). If you’re not one of my besties or my husband, you may not remember that I am running the Victoria Marathon on October 12th in Victoria, British Columbia with Shannon. WOOOT. While I get my act […]

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Living the Dutch Life in Amsterdam, Netherlands

June 30, 2014

A whirlwind honeymoon to Europe for 10 nights, visiting four countries and five+ cities, with only two carry-on backpacks may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But to us? It was the perfect romantic adventure… **** We started out our trip by flying into Amsterdam by way of Reykjavik, Iceland. Although we never left the […]

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We’re Back!

June 12, 2014

Tired travelers heading back to the US at Gatwick Airport in London. Eiffel Tower on our first day in Paris.  *** After an amazing and adventurous 10 day honeymoon through Europe, the husband and I are back in the US.  We started in Amsterdam where we explored the canals, ate Bitterballen, and drank Heineken. SUCH […]

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I Guess I Am Running Another Marathon

May 23, 2014

It’s Friday!! And a holiday weekend!! While I do have Monday off, we don’t have any big plans for Memorial Day weekend other than getting ready for our upcoming trip. I have some last minute shopping to do, major apartment cleaning to undertake, and I am hoping to get in some “last chance” workouts this weekend […]

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Our European Honeymoon

May 22, 2014

We leave in 8 days (!!) for our European Honeymoon. We decided on a delayed honeymoon (we got married 11-3-13) because we had a short engagement (6 months) and because we wanted to have plenty of time to save up for a really awesome trip. To say I am excited about our first international trip together […]

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