Makeup hacks every woman should know.

Posted 09-20-2017 at 12:33 AM by Kat Weeks

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I know when it comes to makeup, not many people, including myself know what to do! Here are some hacks that can save you the money your wallet deserves.

  1. Dry and clumpy mascara? Grab some eye drops and place 3-4 drops into it and mix it all up. Good as new!
  2. Wanting more lashes with more volume? Put color-less powder in between mascara coats!
  3. Have a pencil for eyeliner, but really want that gel? No problem! Find a lighter, and light it just enough that the makeup gets soft.
  4. Want to make that eyes hadow pop? Cover the eye with a white color to have that color appear more vibrant!
  5. Mascara on your eyelids? Stop that nonsense! Go grab a spoon out of your kitchen and place it on the eyelid to ensure that the mascara wont get there.
  6. Wish your eyelashes would curl better? Heat up your eyelash curler with a blow dryer to make the curls appear bigger and better.
  7. Wanting more lip colors? Get powder and petroleum jelly and simply mix it for a paste. Once that’s done, apply to the lips.
  8. Needing to blot your face? But in public area with no solution? Go to the bathroom and find a toilet seat cover, and use that to take care of those oily splotches.
  9. Dark circles under your eyes? Get some hot water, tea bags, and apply those bad boys right under your eyes to liven them up.
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Brightening Lemon & Honey Face Mask

Posted 09-18-2017 at 07:41 AM by Jessica

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Hosting a girls night, or want a fun birthday party activity?

I’ve heard so many times that lemon and honey are both super good for your face and are very effective for a variety of facial problems. This lovely recipe combines the two, which results in less effort on our part. I LOVE simple face masks that call for ingredients you can get at any grocery store, so I definitely love this one. It has made my face so much brighter and smoother, and the redness has faded quite well. Don’t be worried if your skin starts to sting, that’s just the face mask at work. It means it is deep cleaning your pores, which is exactly what you want!

What you need:

  • Half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Bowl
  • Spoon for mixing

Instructions:

  1. Mix the lemon and honey together until consistent, then apply all over your face. But be cautious and avoid your eyes!
  2. Leave the mask on your face for 15-30 minutes. If you have sensitive skin, only leave it on for like 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse your face off with warm water, and when it’s completely off make sure to splash your face with cold water once to close your pores.
  4. Pat dry with towel.
  5. I recommend doing this mask at night before you go to bed, because it works best when you let your skin breathe after rather than covering it with foundation right after.

Cooking hacks no one would ever think of!

Posted 09-17-2017 at 12:30 AM by Kat Weeks

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Tired of throwing out food just because there wasn’t enough days till expiration? Mad that no knife or special tool will cut cake or brownies perfectly clean? All these hacks involve saving money and making it easier in the kitchen! Not to include saving time and energy!

Here are some of the many answers we’ve found.

  • Use hot knife to slice a cake or brownies perfectly.
  • Use a knife to dish out ice cream.
  • Roll homemade cookie dough into little balls and place them in the freezer. Make homemade cookies available at all times.
  • Make mini tacos using an upside down cupcake pan.
  • Keep a slice of bread in the brown sugar container to keep it from going hard.
  • Freeze broth in a ice cube tray to keep it from going bad.
  • Keep guacamole from turning brown by pouring water on top of it.
  • Cut corn off of the cob quickly and neatly by using a bundt pan.

Better Back-To-School Sleeping Habits

Posted 09-15-2017 at 07:59 AM by Jessica

Summer usually means sleeping in and staying up later than normal, but school requires waking up early and getting into bed early enough to get enough sleep. But how much sleep does your kiddo really need? The National Sleep Foundation recommends between 9 to 11 hours of sleep for children between the ages of 6-13. That means that a wake up time of 7 am should require a bedtime of at least 10 pm (though 8 pm would be more ideal). Getting your little boy or girl to head to bed when you want them to is a whole other issue. I’ve done some research and included a few tips for getting your kiddo to stick with their bedtime and get enough sleep at night.

Set the bedtime and stick with it

Consistency is key with kids. Pick an appropriate bedtime and enforce it each night, even on the weekends. This will get their internal clock into rhythm.

No electronics before bed

Some kids may insist that playing on the iPad helps them wind down, but in reality studies have shown that screen-time right before bed actually disrupts the ability to fall asleep and have a restful night. Make sure that screen-time is ended at least an hour before bed, and that other unwinding techniques are included instead.

Make bedtime relaxing

Warm showers, bedtime stories, and chatting with your child about their day before tucking them in are all great ways to make bedtime special and relaxing, increasing the likelihood that they will fall asleep faster and stay asleep through the night.

Address their night-time fears

Lots of kids have fears of the dark or that there may be a monster in their closet. Instead of shrugging off their fears, hear them out and do what you can to help them feel more comfortable. This doesn’t necessarily mean letting them sleep with you in bed, but buying a fun night light or investigating their closet isn’t hard to do, and can make all the difference to them.

It’s usually the little things that make the biggest improvement for kids getting enough sleep. Simply staying consistent on bedtime and buying a night light may be all you need to help your child get the sleep that he or she needs to do their best at school the next day.

 Let us know in the comments what you find is most helpful with getting your kids to bed on time, and helping them get the best sleep throughout the night!

Travel? Moving? Need new ways to save space?

Posted 09-14-2017 at 12:27 AM by Kat Weeks

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Travel a lot? Wish you could travel a lot? Me too. Here are some ways that can make packing easier and more compact.

No knots for your jewelry:
Don’t want your jewelry to get all in a knot? Use press’n seal wrap to keep your jewelry from moving and keeping it organized. You can also use straws to keep necklaces from getting in knots too. I just moved and can say this works wonders!

Clothing problems:
Have clothes that wrinkle easily? Lay clothing flat inside dry-cleaning bags and fold as normal. Plastic will prevent creasing. Needing to save space? Rolling clothing saves more space! Also, needing bras to keep their shape? Place under garment in the cup and fold bra over, saves space AND keeps shape!

Shoe trappers:
Stuff socks and products that won’t burst inside shoes to save even more space! Wanting to keep clothing clean from the shoes though? Place a hair shower cap on them!

Keep the smallest of things in order:
Protect breakables in the clothing that you’re packing. Use old tick-tac container to hold bobby pins and small clips. Don’t pack around the big makeup bottles. Pack them into contact cases for easy access and travel. Toss your makeup brushes in glass cases. Use a daily pill compartment to organize and not lose any of those cute earrings or rings. OR use buttons to keep earrings from being lost! The smallest of things matter too!

Triple Berry Kiwi Smoothie – Great for Immunity Boost!

Posted 09-12-2017 at 06:20 AM by Jessica

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I know summer is almost ending, but I love smoothies pretty much anytime of year. However, today I spent almost five dollars on a 16 ounce smoothie, which is pretty ridiculous if you ask me! This inspired me to turn to making my own to not only save some money, but also be able to choose and combine ingredients as I please. This is a great breakfast smoothie but you can drink it anytime of day – especially if you are NOT a morning person like me. What I love about this one, though, is it is super easy to make and not time consuming at all, so I don’t have to lose sleep to enjoy it!

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup strawberries (I prefer them fresh, but frozen also works)
  • 1 cup blackberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 sliced and peeled kiwis
  • 1 cup orange juice

Ready, set… blend!

  1. If you’re using frozen berries, let them thaw a little before blending.
  2. Put the berries, kiwis, and orange juice in the blender and blend on high until smooth. If you’d like to make it less tart, I tried adding a little water or milk.
  3. If you have leftover berries or kiwis, I like to put them on top of my smoothie for presentation and more deliciousness.
  4. Place leftovers in the fridge for later enjoyment!

DIY Yarn Wall Art

Posted 09-11-2017 at 12:26 AM by Kat Weeks

The newest DIY trends are here and we’ve got all the information you need!
This project is so simple and so fun! I have a wall in my living room that I have had the hardest time finding some decor I like to put there, and this is the answer I’ve been looking for!

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Materials needed: 

  • Branch or dowel
  • Yarn in variety of colors/textures/thickness/thinness
  • Scissors
  • Jute Cording
  • Yarn to hang the branch/dowel
  • Nail and hammer

To put the thread on the branch/dowel all you’ll need to do is place the piece of yarn in half and wrap it around the branch/dowel, then pull the ends through. Pull to secure it.

Repeat that process shown above and place different colored yarn in desired places. Maybe throw some braids in there to add the “boho” design!

Easy DIY Up-Cycled Baby Headbands

Posted 09-9-2017 at 09:54 AM by Jessica

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There’s nothing cuter than a baby girl with a cute headband! Whether they’re lacy, sparkly, big or small, headbands are a super easy way to accessorize your little one. Here are 2 of my favorite tutorials for creating your own inexpensive baby headbands. Happy crafting!

DIY Jersey Headbands

This tutorial is also super simple and oh-so easy! And it’s made from any old t-shirt you no longer want! It’s easy enough that even someone who has no sewing talent (ahem, me!) can pull it off without issue. Set aside about 15 minutes, and you’ll have an adorable headband for your little one. For full instructions, head to Kelli Murray’s blog.

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Upcycled Baby Headbands

 I LOVE this tutorial because you don’t need to go out and buy new supplies; you can simply upcycle clothing that your little lady has grown out of, making this tutorial not only super simple but inexpensive as well! How perfect is that?! Head on over to Alisa Burke’s blog for full instructions.


Homemade fruit snacks with Minute Maid lemonade!!

Posted 09-8-2017 at 12:23 AM by Kat Weeks

Tired of getting fruit snacks at ridiculous prices for only 7 little bags? I’ve tried finding bigger boxes that make sense for the higher cost, but overall just don’t. I’m always finding myself back at square one.

This is a way that costs wayyyy less and are so much yummier.
Another plus is that you know exactly what you and your kids are eating.

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Click here for the full recipe!

3 Healthy After-School Snack Ideas

Posted 09-7-2017 at 03:25 PM by Jessica

Homemade Ants on a Log Snack

The hours between the end of school and dinnertime are usually filled with frantic snacking and the persistent “what’s for dinner?” Kids are not likely to spend time putting together a healthy snack, and most often want to go for what’s most convenient and fast. Most of those quick options end up being bags of chips or cookies, which are not the best choices.

To help avoid the before-dinner meltdowns or spoiling their dinner with sweets, I have put together a few of my favorite after-school snacks that are easy enough to be thrown together quickly! You can do some  for them, or teach them how to make it themselves! These snacks are perfect because they’re filled with nutrition to get them through their homework before dinnertime.

Ants on a Log

If Ants on a Log don’t scream after-school snack, I don’t know what does. The standard peanut butter and raisins on an apple was always my favorite, but you can use celery, craisins, almond butter, etc! The options are endless!

Peanut Butter Banana Roll-Up

This is so simple, it won’t take you longer than a couple minutes to spread peanut butter on a wheat flatbread or tortilla, add some sliced bananas and roll it up!

Smoothies

Easy to throw together with whatever fruit you have! Plus, add almond milk or yogurt for some extra calcium and protein!

It doesn’t have to take much time to put together something healthy to tide your kids over until dinner is done. After a long day of classes they’re in need of an energy boost, and these simple recipes all provide that for them.

Let us know what your kids’ favorite after-school snacks are in the comments!