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April 30, 2012

Ombre Fabulous!

I told you all how obsessed I am with anything ombre right now.  I've searched for a few of my favorites.  Enjoy!

Ombre wooden blocks found HERE
 

Loving this ombre dresser!  The color scheme is delightful!  You can find it HERE at the cutest blog I just stumbled upon!

Anthropologie just does everything right!  Check out these lovely curtains!

And how cute is this ombre cake?  You can find it HERE

I'm digging this darling little desk!  It reminds me of my ombre frame made from paint sticks found below.  Notice the cute detail of paint on the chair too!  Check it out HERE

Don't forget about the ombre frame made for about $2, found HERE

I'm going to have to find a way to DIY ombre my own clothing!  Look how cute this little dress is found HERE

And this for the girlies!!  HERE

Seriously love this ombre mirror!  Yep, you guessed it, made from plastic spoons!  See more HERE

Please don't forget about Jessica!  Her hair is gorgeous and it's inspired me to go ombre again!

I want this ombre rug in my kitchen, a smaller version, of course!  HERE
Of course you can do countless things with pillows these days!  Love this one found HERE

April 14, 2012

Yes!! My children DO want me, and I want them too!

This post is a response to the article, "Your Children Want You".

 Photo obtained from Google

A few weeks ago, you may remember me posting about my frustrations with technology. I had written it after having a conversation with my sisters and mom about how sick we were of social media, and the affects it had on us. It was a short post because I couldn't put into words how I was feeling. I was feeling that I was in a permanent 'slump' and what I thought was possible Seasonal Affective Disorder was really my self-esteem going down hill.

A few days later, I had the same conversation with one of my great friends. She felt the same way I did about how social media is taking over our lives and causing us to feel 'belittled' and 'not good enough' as wife and mothers. It was after that when I came home and decided that I was going to take a break. I drastically cut back on the time I spent on Pinterest, Facebook, and even blogs. I was so sick of comparing myself to others and more importantly, I was sick of putting others, and others' opinions in front of my family and family's opinions. I was starting to lose sight of who I really was.

A few days ago, I read the article. The article that is circulating around the web, "Your Children Want You". Since reading that article my mind has been pondering. Everything that was written in that article was put perfectly. If you have not yet read it, I reccommend doing so now.

After reading that article it clicked, "That's why I had been feeling so inferior. That's why I had been feeling so 'worthless' or 'not good enough'." It is like a breath of fresh air knowing that there are other mothers out there that feel the same why I feel. I am grateful for that article and that it surfaced at a time when I needed it most.

Since cutting back on Facebook, and even Pinterest, I've noticed a wonderful change in all aspects of my life. My attitude, mood, self-esteem, and quality of life had all become better. I find that I am happy because my sweet girls are tugging on my pants asking me to play with them. I'm happy when my husband gets home from work and I am actually dressed in normal clothes and have make-up on. Altogether, at the end of the day, I'm mostly happy because I have found myself again. I know who I am. I lost myself because I was getting too caught up in who I was supposed to be based on how everyone else viewed me. That I was so 'crafty' and that everything in my life was nearly perfect.  Well, if that's how you view me, you're wrong.

Having a blog is fun. It is something I started doing during nap time, when I had nothing else to do. It soon wasn't just a pass-time though. I started blogging more and more and it became more of a chore just so I could keep up with other bloggers. But ahem, have you ever compared my blog to all the big blogs out there?? It does not compare!! But that's okay, I've come to terms with that! There are so many talented people out there that have a lot more time than I do and probably have older kids that are in school. I, on the on the other hand, am only 26, and have a 36 month old and a 13 month old. I still am changing diapers for goodness sakes!! I am going to be honest, it would be awesome to do one project without any interruptions from the kids, but I know that's not going to happen for a long time, and that's okay. I'd rather color Dora pictures with Charli anyways!

I'm not going to measure my success on how others think of me. The success in my life is reflected by how my family views me. Just like the article above states, my children love me, and they don't care how good I am at braiding hair or baking cakes! They think the world of me. They are smart and they are learning so much every day. That's how I measure my success, teaching them the things they need to know, and loving them.  However, they're teaching me more than I'm teaching them!!

The point of this post is to help you see the importance of my family in my life. If you are considering taking a social media break, do it. If you are feeling like you are not good enough, crafty enough, not a good enough cook, and know nothing when it comes to interior decorating...don't feel that way. I promise no one is as domestic as Martha Stewart. In fact, I'm sure Martha Stewart isn't even as domestic and glorious as she seems!

Though on the internet we can portray our lives as being 'perfect', people can see through that. If you think my life is all lemons, it's not. I would feel bad if anyone ever looked at my blog and felt inferior. I. Am. Not. That. Crafty!! I don't have it all together. Yeah, so at times I get good ideas and they actually turn out so I post them on my blog, but other times, they fail, and I don't post about them! The other day I was making oatmeal cookies and guess what?? They were as flat as pancakes!! Just when I thought I had mastered the 'non-pancake' cookie!! And did you know I have a huge stash of junk in one of my kitchen cabinets?? One day I may pull up that pin I pinned on Pinterest about how to de-clutter and reorganize!!  Did you know that I haven't even decorated the bedrooms in my house? ...I don't really have any motivation to either! Also, if you were to stop by my house on a regular day you would walk into a messy house. Chances are I will still be in my sweats with no make-up on, and breakfast will not be cleaned up yet!

I am going to start posting more 'real' things on my blog so you know that I make mistakes and do not have it all together!  I want my blog to be a place where you can go for real ideas and I never want you to feel like you're not good enough. The way I see it is if you are happy with yourself and have people around you who love you, you don't need the approval of anyone else!
"You is kind, you is smart, you is important." -The Help

I am so grateful for you and your support to me and my blog! Without my readers, I would have no inspiration to create...in my spare time! I hope you don't mind that I don't update every day or even regularly for that matter, and thank you for understanding that my family comes first!

April 11, 2012

Paint Stick Projects

 Ever look at something and think, "Hmmm...I wonder what I could turn that into"?
That's what I did with FREE paint sticks!


Here are the projects I came up with:

Framed Faux Bead Board


Ombre Frame
LOVE IT!


Sunburst Mirror
Make one for under $10, or buy one at a popular home store for hundreds??


 Wooden Vase

Breakfast Tray
Make your husband bring you breakfast in bed!


Refrigerator Magnets


Photo Puzzle
Put magnets on the back to keep the kiddos busy while you're making dinner!


Furniture

 Give any furniture a face-lift by adding paint sticks!
 

April 9, 2012

What's new in my home...

Welcome!  Come inside my home as I show you a few things I've added as of late.

My Anthro-inspired tea towel!  I love it because it adds that needed pop of color to my stainless steel oven.  I made it from linen and lace, and cut out flowers from some scrap fabric I had lying around.  I sewed around them then washed to make the edges fray a bit.

The bunting above my sink.  Something's been missing and I just decided to make this and try it out.  I think I like it.  It's made from the left-over linen I had from the tea-towel and a little scrap fabric.
I just ripped up some fabric I had and then braided it for the base of the pennants.
 
My linen and lace table runner. 

Peacock feather wreath.  Don't you just love the color scheme of peacocks??  I do!  This adds the perfect amount of Spring to my front door!

Want to see the other things I've been working on for my house?  Check back on Wednesday!

April 6, 2012

Many, many projects using...

Yup, paint sticks.  FREE paints sticks!  Find out on Wednesday some of the awesome projects you can make for an awesome price point!
All Utahn's, you can see this first on Studio 5 @ 11.  All others, I will post these projects on my blog shortly after!  :)

Since I'm getting a little ahead of myself, I want to wish you a Happy Easter!  Have a great weekend!

April 3, 2012

{a few} of my favorite things!

During Christmas, a few of my girl cousins and I had a "favorite things party".  I forgot to mention this to you all, but it was super-fun.  Everyone brought 3 of their favorite item(s), and exchanged them for three of other people's items.  It was so much fun to see what everyone's favorite things were, and get to try them out for ourselves!  

I thought I'd share a few of my favorite things with you today.  Here they are:

Caldrea Countertop Cleanser:
While living with my in-laws, I always got a wonderful whiff of something in the kitchen after dinner.  It was my MIL wiping down the granite counter tops with this:
Not only does this spray smell awesome, it works on granite like a charm.  It doesn't leave streaks, and leaves your countertops (granite or not) feeling smooth and looking shiny.  There are tons of scents to choose from, check them out HERE.  I've tried the Blue Basil Sage and Madarin Vetiver and they both smell great!  They also have other great products such as: dish soap, stainless steele spray, even fabric softener!  



Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara:
Love, Love, Love this!  I saw a beauty contributor on Studio 5 mention that this was her new favorite mascara a month or so ago.  Literally for the next few weeks the Revlon shelves were constantly out of stock with this mascara!!  Finally, when I was able to snag some and try it, I LOVED IT!  It lengthens my eyelashes so much without turning them into 'spiderlegs'!!  It doesn't clump and lasts all day!  I am going to try their new Photoready airbrush mousse foundation next!

I've kind of been on the hunt for the perfect hairspray.  Thanks to my little sis for introducing this to me because I have found it!!  I've been using Kenra, which I also love, but since using this, I have found that this works so much better for me!  It's not too stiff and isn't at all sticky.  It holds great but also lets you play around with your hair a bit.  Plus, it smells absolutely DIVINE!!!  Seriously, you have to smell this.  And...the bottle is so cute!  You get a lot for your money, it's a big bottle and costs around $10 retail, depending on where you go.  Try it and see more HERE.



Rio Rumberry Bath & Body:
If you love exotic smells, you must try this.  This scent is found at Bath & Body works and I absolutely love it for spring.  My favorite is to use the sugar scrub after shaving in the tub....mmmmm.  I promise, you'll love it! 
 


Okay, so I'm stealing this favorite thing from my mom, who bought me one of these a long time ago.  They seriously are awesome.  I constantly am using my scrub brush in my kitchen whether it be on my dirty dishes, or to clean my sink.  These brushes are 99 cents at Ikea and come in different colors.  Next time you're there, try one.  The reason I love them so much is because they never get 'gross' like other dish brushes do.  For some reason, the bristles wash out so nicely and last soooo long.  They are also great because the suction to the bottom of your sink.
These are my favorite treats as of...Friday!  I was in Costco and they were sampling them.  Of course just like every other sample I try at Costco, I was sucked in!!  Holy cow, these things are addicting!!  They come in lots of different flavors, but I got the pineapple bag.  This flavor tastes just like a pineapple Dole Whip you can find at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii, or by the Tiki Room in Disneyland.  Awesome!  I think I will try the Black Cherry flavor next.  Oh yeah, they're 97% fat free!  LOL.


Lips-
I use two balms on my lips right now:

Baby Lips from Maybelline.:
Love this stuff because you can use colorless or colored.  They taste yummy too, and of course, they make your lips feel like baby lips.  Plus, there's SPF in it, and the tube is so cute!

Last but not least, JiggyStick Lip Balm:
I have been using this night and day for the last month or so and love these.  This is a new product made here, in Utah.  It is an all-natural lip balm made from beeswax and other natural ingredients.  There are a variety of flavors, but my favorite has to be Lemongrass.  I love how soft it makes my lips feel and it doesn't dry them out like other lip balms.  This product is slowly showing up in stores, but your best bet is to buy them online HERE.  And make sure you read the story about how the maker started his business, very touching.

Hope you enjoyed a few of my favorite things!  Let me know if you try any of them!

April 2, 2012

blog design giveaway {winner}

Congrats to Maddee for winning the blog design giveaway!!  Thanks to the true random number generator on random.org, she was chosen!  Maddee, you will be receiving an e-mail!

Thanks for all who entered!

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