Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Yesterday Pale, today tanned! Self Tanning Spray

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So, I mist some of this self tanning spray on my face before bed and rubbed it in. I had a slight color, but I didn't expect to wake up 2 makeup shades darker this morning! I am still shocked how easy it was to apply. It felt like water. It was so easy to use. All I did was spray 4 or 5 sprays and blended it in.  That's it! 

You can gradually build your tan or let it fade out. I like the shade I am, so to maintain my shade I will reapply my Self Tanning Spray from Younique every 4-5 days. The tan will last 7-10 days. 

The down side. I had to find a darker makeup to use from my makeup collection hahaha! But that's a good down side :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tanned even skin with Body Bronzer

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 Wow! Look at the results I just got with my new favorite product! This body bronzer from Younique just evened out my skin tone in one easy to apply coat. Not to mention look at that tan! 

As you can tell, my legs haven't seen sun light in awhile. Do you see that leg on the left haha. Pasty pale!  I've been wearing my black leggings a little too long, but it's time to pull the shorts out. I couldn't go out the house with pasty pale legs, so I bought this Body Bronzer in Sunset and I love the results. 

Let me tell you about this Body Bronzer...
I have dark hair follicles, even if I shave my legs it looks like I have stubble. Also, I have scars on my legs, but this body bronzer evened everything all out and left a little shimmer behind. I'm in love! 

It's not a product that tans your skin. It's more of a body makeup, but it stays put all day until you wash it off. Trust me! I went to a Texas Rangers game in 100 degree heat. I sweated and my legs got stuck to the seat, but my body bronzer didn't budge.  

Best part, it's as easy to apply as lotion!
Let me tell you more!.
Younique Beachfront Body Bronzer comes in three shades:
► Sunset, for fair skin (what I used)
► Hermosa, for medium skin
► Malibu, for darker skin
More info... 
  • Masks the appearance of uneven skin tone and imperfections 
  • Contains a subtle shimmer that instantly creates the look of sun-kissed skin 
  • Coconut oil, green tea extract, sugar seaweed, sodium hyaluronate, and Vitamin E condition, protect, and nourish skin 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Dollar Tree Pantry Organization

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My pantry before was a total disaster. Over the last 6 months our large pantry has turned into a storage for everything. Not only does it have food, but kids crafts, pots and dishes, cleaning supplies, and more. It was a mess! 

I may have gone a little wild on buying these containers from the Dollar Tree, but when some of them came in a pack of three I had to. 

My 1st run to the Dollar Tree I grabbed these containers. I wanted more of the canvas container at the top of this picture, so I went to a second Dollar Tree. They didn't have any canvas containers, so I bought different ones. 

Here is the final look at my pantry makeover...

I love it! You can't tell from the picture, but my pantry is a walk in. It is a "U" shape with the exact amount of space on both side as the front view. Those sides are empty right now and all my food has a place. 

However, I do need to go grocery shopping. Most of these containers are empty lol.

And speaking of groceries; check out my new GROCERIES sign I made last week...

Well, there you have it! I hope my pantry has inspired you to organize yours :)

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Easy Crock Pot Chicken Ranch Tacos. 4 Ingredients.

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Chicken Ranch Tacos

I kid you not, these are hands-down the best Chicken Ranch Tacos. Probably, the best tacos you can make and they are so simple. Only 4 ingredients! Then, set it and forget it! It doesn't get any easier than that.

I've been making 3 ingredient tacos for awhile, but last week I decided to add some Ranch and it took these tacos to the next level.

4 Ingredient Chicken Ranch Tacos...

  •   2.5lbs - 3lbs of boneless skinless chicken. You can use tenders or breasts.
  •   16oz Jar of  Pace Picante Salsa
  •   1 Packet of Taco Seasoning Mix
  •   1/2 a Packet of Ranch Mix

Set it and Forget it!

  • Add all 4 ingredients to your Crock*Pot: Chicken, Pace, Taco Seasoning, & Ranch
  • Set your Crock Pot on HIGH
  • Cook for 7-8 hours

Once all the liquids are absorbed you are ready. Your Chicken will start to shred around the 5 hour mark. You can take 2 forks and help it if you want to. Your Chicken will be cooked and safe to eat around 6 hours, but if you eat it your tacos will have a lot of juice dripping. Cook longer until the juice is gone.

Taco Bar...

Decide on your taco shells and taco toppings!

For our taco bar we had...
Hard Taco Shells
Tortilla Taco bowls (not pictured)
Fresh Avocado Slices (not pictured)
Sour Cream

YUM! They are so good!

These tacos are a hit! People will ask you for the easy recipe and you'll turn your boring Taco Bar into a Gourmet Taco Bar. You gotta try this recipe and tell me what you think.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

DIY Avengers Dresser Tutorial {with pictures}

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Decoupage Avengers Dresser

Like most kids, my son is a fan of the Avengers. So, when we needed to redo his dresser we decided on creating a decoupage Avengers dresser.

Decoupage is an easy way to create whatever style dresser you want. Since you can pick any paper or fabric for your decoupage project the possibilities are endless.

Let's Get Started!

Find an old dresser you're ready to spruce up.

Give your old dresser a good sanding. I used a sanding block.

You don't want to paint over sawdust, dirt, or grime. So, let's give it a good cleaning. I used a Degreaser. Then, Windex.  

Fix any broken tracks or pieces. We used Gorilla Glue for the broken track, then screwed it into place. For the missing track, Daniel traced a good track & cut out a new one from wood with his Jigsaw.

Avengers Dresser Decoupage Supplies...

You will need...
Paint Brush
Paint Roller
Painters Tape
Paint Bucket
Mod Podge
Paper or Fabric

Above is 2 rolled up posters, but we switched it out for 2 Avengers Wrapping Paper.

 Tape off your drawers with Painters Tape.

 Use your choice of paint to add 2 coats to your dresser. We went with Black paint.  

Use the roller paint brush for the large areas like the front of the drawers and the sides. Then, use the small paint brush for the hard to reach areas, crevices, and trimmings.

As your paint is drying, cut your Avengers Wrapping Paper down to size. We cut it to fit the front of the drawers. We needed 5 pieces.

While your dresser is drying, set aside your cut out paper, clean paint brush, Mod Podge, a bowl of water, and a sponge.

Steps to Mod Podging...
Mod Podge is really thick to work with. I kept a bowl of water and sponge near me at all times to thin it out as needed.

Step 1: Dampen your surface with water from your sponge
Step 2: Add a layer of Mod Podge with a paint brush
Step 3: Apply your paper, smoothing out as you go
Step 4: Trim your paper if needed

Step 5:
Add a final coat of Mod Podge to the top of the paper. You really want to seal in the paper, focusing on the corners and sides. The Mod Podge dries quick, so thin it out with water if needed. Use your sponge to create even strokes.

Your Mod Podge will be visible until it is dry.

 Set your drawers aside and let them dry. This will only take an hour or two.

Mod Podging paper can be tricky. It's hard to not have creases in the paper. Wrapping paper is thin and will crease more, but if you do not care about the creases then it will still turn out awesome.

Tips to prevent paper creases
work from the middle to the outside
use smaller pieces of paper
get the paper wet before you apply (this can tear easy)

I'm all about the vintage comic book feel, so the more creases the better!

Paint the Corners...
I wanted the dresser to look like one piece. I wanted it to look like an old Vintage Comic Book Dresser.  So, to create the vintage comic book look I shadowed the corners, around the ends of the paper, and a few strokes on the top of the paper making the creases look antique.

Waiting for it to dry is the hard part!

Once we got it into his room I knew this was a piece people will ask me about in the future. I love how it turned out and so does my son, Jax.

Don't forget to save this pin & share it with a friend who loves the Avengers!

So, who is your favorite Avenger?

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Let me know if you have any questions.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

DIY Sawhorse Console Table

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Sawhorse Entryway Table

Regardless, if you are looking for an entryway table, console table, or sofa table this Sawhorse table is the way to go. It is one of my favorite pieces in our new home and we have a sense of pride in building it ourselves, thanks to Shanty 2 Chic's Sawhorse Table Plans

We bought our wood and sawhorse brackets from The Home Depot.

You will also need:
Staining Sponge

Before we added the bottom shelf. 

Daniel had to go to work so I went ahead and stained everything. 

We chose Weathered Gray wood stain and I love how the color turned out. I recommend only doing 1 coat. Two coats made it look like it was paint and not a stain, so we had to sand it down a bit. 

After the bottom shelf was added. 

 We didn't follow their plans exactly but it was a great helping guide. 

Our table is 90" long. It's really big. I wanted it to be the exact width as our Gothic Windows and Mirror. We didn't have a K Jig so we worked around the nails. Our nails are exposed, giving our table a more rustic look and feel. 

Also, the top of our table did not have any end pieces. The top is 3 wood planks screwed into the sawhorse legs. 

I apologize for the lack of pictures. We build this table in September and I lost most the pictures during an Android meltdown. If you have any questions let me know.

Now, the hard part is decorating this Sawhorse Console Table. A few of my pieces are from Joanna and Chip Gaines store in Waco Texas. Read more about our trip to the Silos here. 

I hope y'all liked this table. Pin it and show me how yours turns out. 

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

DIY Pallet Dog Bed for FREE

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Dog Bed Out of Pallets

I couldn't take it anymore. Seeing that dang dog pillow on the floor drove me crazy, so the hubs and I decided to make a dog bed for the pillow. 

We were able to make this Pallet Dog Bed for $0!!! Yes! It was FREE! 

We had everything we needed to make this dog bed and you probably already have everything too!

Pallets: Ask the manager at a local store and most of the time they will let you take them off their hands. Everything else was in our garage including: screws, a sander, wood glue, stain, paint, stain sponge, a skilsaw, & drill. 

We had a few pallets in the garage. 

We broke the pallets down and gave the planks a good sanding. 

Make sure to use safe clean pallets. 

First, we made a frame to fit the pillow. Our frame is 39" x 29". 

Wood glue works great to help keep things in place. 

Then, use 2 screws at each corner.

For the base, we cut 3 planks at 28.5", Glue the edges, hammer them in and secure them with more screws. 

Cut 4 planks at 9" each and glue into the corners of the bed. Screw into place.

I forgot to mention, this is the wood glue we have been using.

Lay pallet planks across the top of the frame and cut down to size.

The front plank and the back plank will be shorter than the rest. It will need to fit in between the two 9" planks. (above picture)

Evenly space out your planks and screw into place. Our planks are different sizes. We used what we had. No one will see these planks since the dog pillow will sit on top.

Wrap 3 pieces of wood around the top and screw into place. We made sure the wood was flush to the top of the 9" corner planks. These will be the same size as your initial frame in the first step.

I didn't take a picture, but the front opening of the dog bed was easy to create. 

Both pieces of  plank are 13" each and we made a diagonal cut up to 10" at the top. 

All done! The pillow fits perfect inside our new dog bed!

Now, on to STAIN and PAINT!

I used a staining sponge to stain my dog pallet bed. Make sure to wear gloves!

Then, I immersed a clean staining sponge in water and used turquoise paint to paint over the stain. Use a light hand until you get the distressed look you are going for. The water thins out the paint making it easier to work with.

I'm so happy with the way it turned out and now there's a place for this dog pillow in our house. It's cute and our fur babies sure look adorable in it. 

Overall, this was an easy project and only took a few hours. 

Now that we have a house, the hubs and I plan on creating more things. Do you and your husband/boyfriend build things together? This is a new thing for us and I'm loving every second of it. It's a great way to bond. Since he's a firefighter, he is gone most days; this is great quality time that I will never take for granted.

Here are a few of the supplies we used. Click on the picture to learn more about each product. 

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