I Have a Case of Limp Boot (How to Make Your Own Boot Shapers)


You can either take offense to my title or not, but either way, this is an awesome idea. Read on.

It is boot season!  I can hardly contain myself.  Last year I threw all my boot boxes away and opted to put all my boots into a giant plastic container.  NOT A GOOD IDEA.  When taking them out of the fall/winter closet in the office, I realized my boots weren’t looking so hot.  It looked like I stuffed those puppies in there like they didn’t mean anything to me (tear).  I must have been excited for sandal season at the time.

I took them out and assessed their wear and tear from the prior seasons.  Some are looking better than others.  I lined them up in the hallway and realized, they were falling over like they had too much to drink.  It made them look so sad. See sad looking boot below.

Sad looking boot :(
I thought my idea for storing in a larger plastic container in the closet was a good one, but they wouldn’t stand up in that either. My cheap side as usual took over my mind and I want to come up with a way to keep those guys standing tall and proud. 

I did search into purchasing some boot shapers, but they range from about $10- $30 each and were totally not worth it.  At $10 per boot pair, I would be spending upwards from $80 to keep them firm.

Pinterest was my next search and some evil cheap genius came up with an awesome idea. I wish I could take full credit, but I don’t want to be that person. 

Flexible cutting boards are the answer.  Seriously.   Those puppies are inexpensive and the answer to all my floppy boot shafts.

I went to my favorite shopping haunt ,TJ Maxx and picked up four multi packs of those puppies.  Each pack was $3.99 and had three boards in each. They came in a variety of colors and some even had handy pictures for food types (fish, poultry, meat, veggies).  I am not the anal type about that kind of stuff so I just used them and was happy.  If you worry about those types of things, then spend a few more bucks for color matching ones.

All you need to do is roll the boards up the long way and stuff them into the boot.  Voila, you have a stiffie… I mean boot shaper. 

Clearly I had too much fun with the puns on this one.  I swear I am not a sicko, but the thesaurus was my friend on this.  I could have brought it to a new level, but I have standards people.

<3 MK

Let's Get This Blogging Party Started? Right?

Here I go… (Deep breathing commences)

I have been obsessed with reading blogs ever since my husband got me an iPad for our wedding.  My reading list grows by the day.  There literally are so many blogs that I read, that it is impossible to keep with them and actually have a normal life.  So, after always seeing these great ideas put out there in cyber space and thinking, “I can do that too!“  I see it as an opportunity for me to share my creations and ideas and contribute to a community that has given me so many great ideas.

Why Food. Fashion. Home. ?


Food was always my first love (sorry honey).  I remember many of childhood trips and family gathers by the food that I ate.  I am a lucky to have grown up with a mother who was always making healthy food from scratch.   After watching and helping with that throughout my youth, I became much like my mother and want to cook a good meal every night of the week (not every night, but most days).  


Fashion is something that I try to stay on top of, but find that almost impossible if it isn’t part of your job.  I use a lot of what I see from blogs, magazines, and in real life to make my own fashion decisions.  Living on a teacher’s budget doesn’t exactly help keep me up-to-date, but it does keep me in check with my decision making when on line to purchase.  I am super proud to be a “frugalista” and it has gotten many clothing compliments to this day. 

My fashion style is all over the place, which is very similar to my personality.  I try to be trendy without being too over the top.  Like I said, I have a budget and really have to work with that so buying all the latest hot items isn’t possible.  I really like clean lines and solid colors, but I have been trying to widen my horizons.


Home is where I want to do many of my projects.  When I first started dating my husband, his townhouse was almost empty and one room was even painted minty green (barf). I have to say that since my moving in and it becoming my home, there have been numerous improvements.  Over the past six plus years, we have managed to do something big to each room, including an entirely brand new kitchen, deck, and master bath (almost).

Many of the projects I try to conquer myself, but my husband is the real handyman that makes it all possible.  Home projects are always DIY and with a strict budget.  Although I know we wont be staying in our home for much longer, I look forward to someone buying our home and enjoying all of our hard work.

Our home style is very minimalistic and modern.  Pretty much if you haven’t touched something or used it in a while, you take a picture of it and get rid of it.  That was a hard concept in the beginning, but it makes total sense. Tchotchkes (aka knickknacks, doodads, trinkets, etc.) are not allowed in this home at all!  Sorry, there wont be any of those projects here.

Let’s get this blogging party started?  Right?

<3 MK

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