How to Throw an Awesome Workplace Potluck Lunch

Workplace Potluck Lunch - charleston crafted

I have somehow become the person in charge of parties at my office, aka Angela from “The Office.” We have zero budget so parties really mean potlucks. I have been hosting monthly gatherings for about six months now and have learned a lot! I wanted to share what I have learned to help others throw an awesome workplace potluck lunch.

Workplace Potluck Lunch - charleston crafted

  1. Pick a popular theme – Potluck is not a theme. I learned that the hard way. Here are some of our favorites:
    1. Chili cook off (chili, potatoes, corn bread, and fixings)
    2. Noodle bar (with a variety of sauces, salad, bread)
    3. Taco bar (with shells, meat, cheese, lettuce, salsa, guac)
    4. Salad + baked potato bar with fixings (potatoes cook great in a crock pot!)
    5. Pho noodle bar (with shredded meat, broth, and veggie toppings)
    6. Breakfast bar (eggs on an electric griddle, pancakes, waffles, sausage, fruit)
    7. Grilling outside in the parking lot (with fixings & traditional “salad” type sides)
  2. Have specific sign up sheets – I make a flier that hangs in the kitchen with a specific list of things to sign up for. This makes sure that we have a balanced meal and don’t forget anything crucial. It also helps people who are not feeling creative to know what to bring!
  3. Have a variety of items to sign up for – Some people want to cook and some do not. It’s important to have dishes people can cook (like rice, pulled pork, or salads) as well as things people can easily purchase (like sour cream, shredded cheese, or salsa)
  4. Leave some “other” spots on the sign up – someone might have a specific thing that they love, like corn salsa for the taco bar. Leaving a couple of “other” slots lets them feel like they can show off their favorites!
  5. Give 2 weeks notice – too much more and people forget, less and they feel rushed or caught off guard.
  6. Be aware of your kitchen situation – we have no stove or oven, only a toaster and a microwave. So, we have relied heavily on crock pots to cook and keep things warm.

Do you have any tips for throwing an awesome workplace potluck?

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My Experience with Hubble Contacts

We do pretty much everything on the internet now. I’ve chosen my glasses from Warby Parker, Morgan bought a car from Carvana and so much more. I wear contacts every day and recently started having issues with my regular monthly lenses. Turns out, I had micro bumps on the inside of my eyelid and that was causing me to have issues with my monthly lenses. My doctor suggested I switch to daily lenses. I really didn’t want to because I thought they were too expensive. Then I found Hubble Contacts and realized that they were really obtainable. After wearing them for a month now, here’s my verdict.

My Experience with Hubble Contacts - Charleston Crafted

First off, a box of Hubble contacts is only $30 compared to around $60 for the ones I was recommended by my eye doctor. Literally half the cost. Even better when I found out that you get a free box of 15 contacts for each eye when you sign up as a trial. All I had to do was cover $3 shipping.

My Experience with Hubble Contacts - Charleston Crafted

The lenses come in a very compact shipping box and container box. I was amazed. I had been given a trial pack of lenses from another company and they were in a bigger box with less lenses. How did Hubble do it? I nerdily examined the box and lenses and realized that they designed the individual lens cases to interlock with each other, meaning they can stack four rows of 10 lenses all in and on each other. That really helped my anxiety over the though that I would be wasteful by using dailies and throwing these packs away every day.

My Experience with Hubble Contacts - Charleston Crafted

Finally, Hubble daily lenses feel much sturdier than the other ones I tried. They feel almost as thick and sturdy as my old monthly lenses. The other brand I tried occasionally ripped and always turned inside out before I would even get them in my eyes. Hubble lenses feel sturdy, but are thin, so I haven’t had any problems with my little micro eyelid bumps.

So in the end, I’m loving Hubble Contacts. They are an automatic monthly shipment of 30 lenses, so I never run out, but I can cancel anytime. I think these lenses are working well and plan to keep using them through this crazy allergy season and I think you should too!

This post was not sponsored by Hubble. I just wanted to give my honest opinion about these lenses and try to try to help you out!

 

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Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

Raise your hand if you’re one of the many lucky people who has a cabinet above their refrigerator that they can’t access because it’s three feet back and super high up? My hand is raised, well both of them are, as I’m trying to access that ridiculous choice of a cabinet spot. As we wrap up our kitchen remodel, we had to do something about relocating the cabinet above the fridge. It was unusable and looked chinsy. So we made some improvements.

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

First things first, we removed it from the wall, which was just four screws through the cabinet walls and into the studs. The cabinet was much less deep than it seemed from the ground.

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

We took off the doors and painted them and the front of the cabinet the same way we did the rest of the cabinets in our kitchen a couple of months ago.

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

After letting them cure, it was time to put the cabinet back up. We had run the crown molding in the kitchen straight across the fridge gap at the top because we knew we were eventually going to get to this project. We secured the molding in with a 2×4 that we put the cabinet flush up against. The only problem is that we overestimated the quality of craftsmanship that this house had from its original builders. Wouldn’t you know it, but the front of the gap was 3/4 inch smaller than the back of the gap. Soooooo instead of the cabinet going flush with the wall, its edges hang over ever so slightly on each side. Oh well. It was either do that or shave off some cabinet and that didn’t seem worth it.

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

That was no big deal, we just painted the two outside edges and voila. The problem was that, now that the cabinet was all the way at the front, it looked like crap from underneath. We were thinking it would look fine, but it really really didn’t.

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

So we had to decide what to do. We came up with idea of running a piece of board along the bottom of the cabinet to fit the entire space. We settled on bead board and cut it to the exact dimensions of the fridge gap (including the 3/4 size difference from front to back, sigh).

To hang it, we drilled in some scrap wood into the sides and back of the gap that would be level with the bottom of the cabinet.

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

Then, we attached the bead board straight into the bottom of the cabinet and the pieces of wood on the sides.

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

Finished that off with spackle to fill the holes and paint to make it match and all the sudden it looks like we have a super deep cabinet above our fridge.

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

Relocating the cabinet above the fridge was a great idea. The bottom shelf is easily reachable (for me, not so much for Morgan) and the top shelf is reachable with a step stool. Before, neither were. We still are storing our infrequently used items in there, but it’s great that the cabinet looks great and is usable.

Only ONE more kitchen project to go!

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5 Places You Didn’t Know You Could Scotchgard

5 Places You Didn't Know You Could Scotchgard - Charleston Crafted

This shop – 5 Places you didn’t know you could Scotchgard- has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WorryFreeMessFree #CollectiveBias

5 Places You Didn't Know You Could Scotchgard - Charleston Crafted

Are any of y’all diving deep into spring cleaning? I personally hate to clean but hate a dirty house even more. I am all about simple solutions that help keep my house from getting dirty in the first place. Scotchgard is one of those solutions – simply spraying it onto fabric surfaces makes them so much easier to wipe clean! I use Scotchgard in so many places in my house, that I wanted to share with you 5 places that you should be using Scotchgard!

5 Places You Didn't Know You Could Scotchgard - Charleston Crafted

Your Couch this might seem obvious, but it is essential. The light blue love seat in our front room is so pretty, but gets so dirty. The dog has developed a bad habit of sprinting in from the backyard and jumping directly onto this couch. Dirt paw prints are not exactly the first thing that I want people to see when they come into our home! Luckily, Scotchgard pushes stains away from fabric fibers so stains release easily. Just spray it on and stay worry free. It should completely dry before children or pets are allowed in the area just as you would with any spray cleaner or protector.

5 Places You Didn't Know You Could Scotchgard - Charleston Crafted

Cloth shoes – Sean loves these fabric shoes, especially in the summer, but they can get really dirty. A coat of Scotchgard helps to repel liquids and blocks stains.

5 Places You Didn't Know You Could Scotchgard - Charleston Crafted

Kitchen apron – the whole point of aprons is that you can get them messy, but I don’t want mine looking gross! A quick coat of Scotchgard helps to prevent stains from soaking in just in case a little time passes before I get the chance to wash it.

5 Places You Didn't Know You Could Scotchgard - Charleston Crafted

Cloth entry mats – while you shouldn’t use Scotchgard on carpet, I love to use it on the fabric entry mats at our doorways where people come in and wipe their feet.

5 Places You Didn't Know You Could Scotchgard - Charleston Crafted

Curtains – I have noticed that the bottom half of curtains especially can be a dirt magnet! Since I don’t want to have to take them down and wash them frequently, a coat of Scotchgard is the perfect solution. Luckily, it won’t change the look, feel or breathability of fabrics.

Keep almost any kind of fabric looking like new with a few simple steps:

  1. Prepare: Protect surrounding non-fabric materials from overspray. If overspray occurs, quickly wipe it up.
  2. Shake: Shake can well.
  3. Test: Test for colorfastness. Spray hidden area until wet and wipe vigorously with a white absorbent cloth. If color rubs off, DO NOT USE.
  4. Spray: Hold can upright 6″ (15cm) from fabric surface. Overlap spray using a slow, sweeping motion. Two light coats are better than one heavy coating.
  5. Dry: Allow to dry between coats.
  6. Reapply: Reapply after every cleaning or annually to maintain protection. Durability of protection varies with wear.
    1. Have to re-apply the product (seasonally or every 6 months). Every couple of months if product is frequently used.

I picked up this Scotchgard at my local Walmart. Use this convenient coupon for $1.00 off any ONE Scotchgard Product. It’s located in the carpet and floor cleaning section and is super convenient to have around the house.

5 Places You Didn't Know You Could Scotchgard - Charleston Crafted

Where do you like to use Scotchgard? Be sure to check out other bloggers’ creative uses here!

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Porch & Yard Swings for Summer (all via Amazon!)

Y’all, it is really getting to be summer weather around here! We are supposed to hit 90 degrees tomorrow. The heat has me loving laying in our hammock with a cold beer in the shade and just relaxing in the evenings. I’ve been on such a porch swing kick lately (I want a big bed style swing so badly but we don’t have a spot for it!) so I thought that it would be fun to share a porch and yard swing round up! All of these are via Amazon.

DIY Wooden Hammock Stand - Charleston Crafted

 


 

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