when did it get so complicated?!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Lately I take forever prepping my face for makeup, and in the evening taking it off.

In my teens and twenties it was easy shmeasy - put it on and wash it off (if I wasn't being lazy and going to bed with it still on).  But lately, there are so many more steps!

Here's my not-so-little-anymore routine and some of the products I'm really digging lately.  And no, I'm not being compensated for mentioning any of these products.  Although, that would be nice ;)

1.  In the morning, I start off fresh with some plain ol Dove bar soap.  I also use this to remove my makeup at night (no more sleeping with my makeup on, unless I want to wake up with a mondo zit).  I've always used Dove bars and probably always will.  I have fairly sensitive skin, and this has never done me dirty.

2.  Mornings only, I've started using Target's brand Apricot Scrub.  I've never used a scrub until a few months ago.  Hello!!!  Why didn't anyone ever tell me how fabulous a scrub makes your skin feel??  Like butta.
3.  Slap on some Olay moisturizer for sensitive skin.  Another all time favorite.  I also use this right after I wash my makeup off at night.

4.  Toss on some eye wrinkle cream, day and night, for good measure.  This is one of the newest additions :(  I like to think it's going to make a difference in a few years.

5.  When I'm appling makeup, after my base is on, I  now use my newest best friend,  Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser.  The angels are singing!!!  No more dark circles.  Gonzo.

And there you have it!

So, what are your go to beauty products?  Anyone else finding that their routine is getting longer?

cowgirl birthday party

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Izzy has been all about horses this past year, so when it came time to come up with a theme for this years' birthday party, I knew a cowgirl theme would be right up her alley.

As soon as it was decided she told everyone, even strangers that would pass by at the store, that she was having a horse party :)

My favorite part was her name in rope on the pallet.  Super easy to put together using an old pallet from Papa's farm, rope from the home improvement store, and a staple gun.

The dessert table had a pink strawberry cake (as requested by the birthday girl), chocolate cupcakes with butter cream frosting (I'm drooling as I write this), pink cowgirl boot sugar cookies, s'mores on a stick, and trail mix.

There was also a bunch of lemonade flowing to help keep the "horsin around" at max level.  Oh yes I did :D

In between playing and eating the girls had their very own table set up so they could color and craft their little hearts out.

The highlight of the party was without a doubt...


Seriously the sweetest little pony I ever did see!

And, I'm kicking myself for not getting this on video.  Izzy was jumping up and down and squealing with excitement like I've never seen before when she first saw him walking up :D  Totally worth it!

The girls had such a great time taking turns riding Tatortot.

And, helping him keep the clubhouse grounds manicured ;)

Until next year, that's all folks!

{Sources: Izzy's shirt - Oh Fiddlesticks, Pink cow girl party hats - Oriental Trading, Horse balloons - Balloon Warehouse, Striped straws - The Sugar Diva, Magnetic wanted posters - Michaels}

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sunday, errr... monday funnies

Monday, March 26, 2012

So, I was at Target the other day.

I know... SHOCKING.

And busted a gut when I came across this in the parking lot.

Bwahhhh hahahaha!!!

Flippin awesome :D

I'll be back Wednesday sharing Izzy's 3rd birthday party with you guys.  I planned on posting it for today, but I really just want to relax with a nice bowl of ice cream instead.  I'm a month late in posting it anyways, what's another day??

even if you don't drink coffee...

Friday, March 23, 2012

...you'll love this!

I've had that image pinned for a couple of weeks, and yesterday I finally remembered to pick up whole beans while at the store.

Now this graces my vanity in the bathroom!

Now all of my makeup brushes, my eyelash curler, and tweezers have a super cool new crib.
Not only is it ubber functional (I no longer have to dig through a pouch for the right brush), but it smells ah-maaaa-zing!!!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

random dining room progress

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I randomly started in on a project in the dining room the other day.  I had planned on doing it at some point, just not that day.

I walked in and stared at the piano for a couple of minutes, and then returned with a piece of sand paper.

Before I knew it the piano was all sanded...

And, a little while longer it was primed...


I've been spending every available moment painting and now applying the protecting finish.

Looking forward to having one more project marked off the dining room to-do list!


tufted headboard - tutorial

Monday, March 19, 2012

You guys asked - here it is!

Supply List:
  • MDF
  • Brackets and screws (if using multiple pieces of MDF)
  • Marker
  • Jig saw and protective gear
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Foam
  • Spray adhesive
  • Fabric
  • Piping
  • Sewing machine, pins, scissors
  • Button kit for tufting (found at sewing or craft store)
  • Large tufting needle
  • Heavy twin for tufting
  • Small dowel rods for tying off tufting (you could even use large washers)
Here we go!

STEP 1:  Trace your headboard pattern onto your piece, or pieces, of MDF.  To help make sure each side of your headboard is the same, you can use a large piece of paper or cardboard that has only half the pattern on it and then flip it to get an exact match.
STEP 2:  Use a jig saw to cut out your pattern.  Of course, use protective eye wear during this process.
STEP 3:  If using multiple pieces of MDF, attach them together using brackets on both the front and back sides.

STEP 4:  Trace and cut out your headboard pattern onto your foam batting.

STEP 5:  Attach it to the MDF using spray adhesive.  Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area as this stuff is really, really smelly.  Depending on how tightly rolled the foam batting was when purchased, you may have to weigh down the curled edges to get it to adhere well.

STEP 6:  Here comes the sewing!  Measure out a strip of your fabric a few inches longer than the measurement that goes all along the sides and top (you will more than likely have to stitch a couple pieces of fabric together to get the full length).  You want the width of the fabric to be 3 inches wider than the depth of the headboard.  This will allow you enough fabric to place two rows of piping along the edges.  Make sure the width between the two rows of piping measures the same width as your headboard.

STEP 7:  Stitch the piping in place using a zipper foot or one made especially for piping.  When finished you now have one piece of fabric that houses 2 edges of piping.

STEP 8:  Place the piped piece over the top and sides of the headboard.

STEP 9:  Lay the front panel of fabric over the front of the headboard and pin to the piped piece.  You can also pin the large panel of fabric to the batting to help it stay in place while pinning.  Repeat for the back panel of fabric.

STEP 10:  Trim excess fabric leaving yourself a 3/4 inch seam allowance. 

STEP 11:  Stitch pieces together using your zipper or piping foot and turn right side out.  Slip it over and check for fit.

I originally planned on this being the completed headboard.  But, the plain white fabric looked too plain.  This would have been perfection had the fabric been a print.  Then pulling it off and throwing it into the wash would have been a breeze!

I sulked for a couple of hours, bummed it hadn't turned out as fabulous as I imagined it in my mind.

Then my husband came to the rescue and said, "Why don't you just add those button things?"


Here are the steps for adding tufting. 

Keep in mind I had somewhat given up on the project so pictures will be hit and miss.

STEP 12:  Remove the slipcover.  Measure out and mark where you want your buttons to be placed.  Now do the same on the back (the MDF side) - there's a reason for this.  I initially thought I could drill straight through the foam backing and go through the MDF.  Nope.  The foam gets wrapped around the drill and stops.  So you need to mark out your placement on the back as well since that's where you'll be drilling from.

STEP 13:  Drill holes for the tufting.  Drill from the back of the headboard (the MDF side), stopping as soon as you go through the MDF so the foam doesn't get wrapped around the drill bit. 

STEP 14:  Slip the slipcover back over the headboard.

STEP 15:  Start tufting using the buttons you assembled using the button covering kit.  Thread your tufting needle with approx 2 feet of twine (always better to have too much twine than too little).  Push the needle in the headboard through the hole you drilled in the back.  Make sure to maneuver the needle through the foam so that it pokes out through your mark you made on the front of the foam.  Make sure you have one of the ends of the twine still hanging out the back of the headboard.  Slip your button onto the needle and down the twine.  Slide the needle back into the foam and through the drilled hole in the back.  You should have both ends of the twine pulled through the back. 

To secure the tufting, you can use short pieces of dowel rods or even large washers.  Place your piece of dowel between the two pieces of twine and pull one end over and under to hold it lightly in place.  Now pull TIGHTLY to get your tufted look, and tighten down your dowel rod.  To tie it off I just tied it in a bow - no knots.  This way you could untie the tufting and remove the buttons if, God forbid, the slipcover gets filthy and needs to be washed.  I've not had any issues with the tufting loosening.

Get some help moving your headboard into place against the wall, push the bed tightly up to it, and enjoy!

What do you think.  Is it something you'll end up trying?

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target double take

Thursday, March 15, 2012

I snagged a super cute pair of sandals yesterday.

Then today I came across these from Steve Madden.

Steve Madden's version is $69.95 verses Target's version at $19.99 - BINGO!

And check out these other look-a-likes...

Steve Madden - $79.99 vs. Target - $19.99
{via Steve Madden}

Steve Madden - $69.99 vs. Target $24.99

Not bad Target, not bad at all.


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