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I don’t know about you, but of all of the rooms in my house I spend the most time it my kitchen. One of my favorite activities to do with my son is making cookies. When it comes time to make meals and especially baking having uniform containers makes it a lot easier. I have uniform containers for my sugar, flower, baking soda, baking power, cocoa, and chocolate chips. Taking my uniform containers a step further and adding simple kitchen labels has definitely increased my productivity. With my toddler “helping” me cook one never knows what can happen in just a few short seconds. This post contains affiliate links. If you click and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission, at absolutely no extra cost to you. Read my full Disclosure Policy here. Organization Saves Time in the Kitchen Growing up my mom had containers for all of her baking ingredients. It made the baking process go much faster. When I first started baking with my son my baking and spice cupboard quickly turned into a mess! These Snapware containers were the answer to my problem. They are airtight stack-able containers that come in a variety of sizes, perfect for storing my baking ingredients and pantry items like pancake mix and rice as well as my powder laundry detergents and can be purchased on amazon.com. Click on images to view on amazon. Simple and Easy to Use Kitchen Labels Shortly after adding my baking powder, baking soda, and corn starch to the same sized containers I quickly realized that it was hard to tell the difference between the 3 ingredients by sight. So, I came up with these kitchen and pantry labels to solve my problem and better organize my kitchen. These simple looking and easy to use pantry labels can be printed on a sheet of label paper or cut with a die cutter like a Cricut or silhouette. Label paper can be purchased at any store that sales office supplies like Staples, Office Depot, Walmart or online at Amazon if you are like me and don’t want to take time to go to the store. I cut my kitchen and pantry labels with a Cricut. You can follow my step by step tutorial on how to cut SVG files with the Cricut Design Center. You can purchase my pack of 12 simple kitchen labels for $3.50 or my pack of 24 simple pantry labels for $5.50 at my etsy shop. View Kitchen Labels (12 labels) View Kitchen & Pantry Labels (24 labels) What are some ways you have increased productivity in the kitchen though organization? [...] Read more...
My favorite aspect of design is fonts and typography! The possibilities are endless especially after learning how to download and install fonts. All fonts are unique and can easily set a good design or project apart from a bad design or project. By default every computer comes with standard fonts, but when it comes to design and making fun projects the default fonts are very limiting. There are thousands and thousands of fonts available to use online. They are easy to install and use which makes them even better! In this tutorial I will point you in the right direction to find new fonts, walk you though downloading and installing the fonts you have found, and making sure they work properly. Where to Get Fonts There are loads of places to download fonts. Some of my favorite places are: Dafont.com Font Squirrel Creative Market 1001 Free Fonts Font Space Please keep in mind when searching for the perfect font that there are different rules for every font. While most fonts are free for personal use, a lot of them require the purchase of a commercial licence if they will be used on a product that is being sold. Please make sure to do your research when using fonts for commercial purposes. Step by Step Instructions: How to Install a Font Step 1: With your browser navigate to a site with fonts. I am going to use Font Squirrel. Fine a font you would like and download it to your computer. For this tutorial I am going to download Open Sans. To get started click the Download button. Note: Some sites have multiple download buttons to ensure you are downloading the font file you are expecting hover over the download button and watch for some text to pop up in the bottom left corner of your browser window. Make sure that the first part of that text matches the site you are on. If the browser button that first part will not match the name of the website you are on.   Step 2: With a file browser navigate to where your download saved. Mine saved in my downloads folder.   Step 3: To extract the files right-click on the zip folder and select extract. A new window will appear like the image below. Use the browser button to adjust where the files will be extracted to. Once that is set to the correct place click the Extract button at the bottom right. Step 4: Navigate to where you just extracted the files. With all of the font files selected using your mouse right-click on one of the selected fonts. A menu will pop up. Towards the top of the menu click on the Install option. Step 5: After clicking the Install button the Installing Fonts window will momentarily pop up. Making Sure Your Font Installed There are several ways to make sure your font installed properly. Here are a few: The easiest and quickest way is to go to https://wordmark.it/. This website will pull up all of the fonts that are installed on your computer. It will even let you type in words or a phrase to see what it looks using the different fonts. You may have to install/enable cookies to see fonts that aren’t your default fonts (fonts that came on your computer). If you have Microsoft word you can open it up, type some text on the page and change it to the font you recently downloaded. Download a font organizing program like Nexus or SkyFont. The possibilities are endless after you find a few good fonts! They are easy to download and fun to play around with. What are you favorite fonts to use? What projects have you used new fonts for? [...] Read more...