Monthly Archives: January 2014

High Five for Friday!

Good morning friends!

Today I am once again linking up with Lauren @ The Lauren Elizabeth to celebrate the end of the week with High Five for Friday! Ready? Let’s do it!

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1.  I had two and a half days off from work this last week due to Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Monday and the snowstorm that hit on Tuesday.  There was a lot of movie watching, snuggling and playing old school Nintendo Mario Brothers 3 with Taylor.  It definitely did not suck.

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2.  I received a box from Blue Apron to review.  I am really excited about this!  I made the Moroccan Beef Tagine last night and it was very tasty.  I am making the other two meals tomorrow and Sunday and plan to post a full review next week, so keep an eye out for it.

Blue Apron3.  My hubby and I wanted to see Captain Phillips while it was in theaters but we did not get a chance to.  I just saw that it is available for rent on Amazon Instant Video so we can stream it to our TV.  We are going to watch it Saturday night.

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4.  I got my samples of Glam Glow’s Bright Mud Eye Treatment!  I am going to spend some time having a little spa day over the weekend (deep conditioner, face mask, teeth whitening and mani/pedi) and that eye treatment will definitely be a highlight.  I am a big fan of the Supermud Clearing Treatment so if this works half as well I will be really happy.

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5.  I am thinking of making a tray of slutty brownies over the weekend.  My nephew is sleeping over and it is a really easy recipe for the kids to help me with.  The only downside is that they are 21635376354354 million calories and I will probably eat half the tray myself.  Hmmmm, decisions decisions.

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 What are you up to this weekend?

 

A Little Glitter’s Guide to Cold Weather Beauty Essentials

I am not going to sugarcoat it…it is freaking COLD out there!  Currently, it is 7 degrees outside and the heat in my office is pumping.  The dry air can really wreak havok on your skin, hair and face.  Fear not, I have some products that will keep you hydrated and gorgeous!

A Little Glitter's Guide to Cold Weather Beauty Essentials

1.  AquaphorYou can get this online or at any drug store.  I use it on my lips, elbows, knees and anywhere else that gets really dry.  This is a multipurpose beauty staple and you should have it in your medicine cabinet.

2.  Aussie 3 Minute Miracle.  This deep conditioner is not some fancy salon brand.  (I never buy fancy just to buy fancy.  If I can get the same result from something cheaper and more accesible I am all for it.)  In this case I think Aussie nails it.  I love the grape smell and it leaves my hair shiny and soft.

3.  Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Gel Oil.  If you buy one thing from my list it should be this.  My legs get so dry in the Winter they are itchy and uncomfortable.  For years I would slather on lotion and it really did not help.  Then, I discovered this little miracle.  I use this at night right after I get out of the shower.  I use a little bit to coat my entire body and then put on sweats.  (I even use it on my feet.)  When I wake up in the morning my body is so soft and moisturized.  I use this year round.  In the Summer it give a nice sheen to your legs. 

4.  Kiehls Ultimate Strength Hand Salve.  I HATE when I put lotion on my hands and then they are greasy and I cant grip anything.  (That is a big pet peeve of mine.)  This lotion absorbs instantly and there is no slimy feeling to it.  Your hands feel clean and moisturized.

5.  Clarisonic Mia.  I have had this for about two years now and I am obsessed with it.  I get very dry skin around my nose (especially in the Winter) and this facial brush clears it right up.  It leaves my skin silky smooth and I really think it helps my moisturizer to penetrate better.

6.  Ped Egg.  My whole family uses this (including my husband).  I use it after I get out of the shower, rub in some Cocoa Butter Gel Oil and then put on comfy socks.  It keeps my feet soft and gets rid of all dry patches.

7. Exfoliating Gloves.  I use this and Dove soap in the shower to exfoliate my arms (especially my elbows), neck and d├ęcolletage.  It keeps all the dry skin away.  Exfoliating in Winter is so important!

DIY Kitchen Art

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I had been looking online for art to put on my kitchen wall for a few weeks.  I wanted to have it in hand and be able to hang in when we got our new table.  This way the space would be completely done.  Unfortunately, I was not able to find anything I liked for purchase, so I decided to break out the handy glue gun and DIY something.

I came across the following picture from Spunky Junky on Pinterest and it totally inspired me. 

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I wanted to do something with silverware and originally toyed with the idea of spray painting it but down the road I would like to swap out our ancient appliances for stainless steel and I thought a touch of silver in the artwork would unify the room.

I looked on ebay for used cutlery.  I figured I could repurpose it since we were not going to eat off of it but I only found expensive silver antiques or American Doll cutlery.  Weird. 

Then I came across the Cambridge Silversmiths Renaissance collection from Bed, Bath and Beyond.  I got a 12 piece set for $16.99.  Plus, I had a 20% off coupon and got free shipping.  Sold.

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I went to Michaels and bought three frames during their 40% off frames sale.  I wanted to put burlap as the background but all they had in stock was a runner so I bought it and decided to cut it apart to the sizes I needed.  I also got some chocolate brown ribbon. 

Armed with my glue gun, frames, burlap, silverware and ribbon I hunkered down on my living room floor and got to work.  I know a table would have been more comfortable than the hardwood floor but that is always where I choose to complete my DIY projects.  I like to sit indian style and spread my materials out.

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First, I took the frame apart and removed the mat.  I realized that I needed to put a sheet of white paper on the glass as well (since you could see through the burlap).  So I glued one on to the front.

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Then, I cut the burlap to fit the glass with about an inch extra on each side.  I laid it on the burlap and glued the overlap on each end to the back with my hot glue gun.  I also burned my finger badly (many times).  Finally, I got up and got a plastic spoon to use to press the burlap into the glue ribbons (so that when the glue seeped through it wouldn’t hurt me again).  My husband was afraid that since the glass was not tempered it would break from the heat of the glue but I am glad to say it did not.

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At this point I started to worry that the cutlery would be too heavy, fall off my artwork and impale someone while they were eating.  I decided to hot glue each piece of cutlery to the burlap and then also glue a piece of ribbon securely over it and around to the back of the glass (where it would also be held in place by the frame) to further prevent injury to dinner guests.  I then added a bow over that piece of ribbon to dress it up a bit. 

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I am happy to report that no one has been stabbed (as of today) by DIY artwork gone awry.

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After:

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Productive Weekend

Hey Everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  My best weekend is a mixture of getting things accomplished and relaxing with my family.  Thankfully, I was able to squeeze a lot of both into the last three days. 

Saturday, the hubby moved our current kitchen table to the basement/playroom for Taylor to use.  Then, he picked up our new Pier1 Ronan Table and put it together.  While he was handling that, I finished assembling the rest of our new dining room chairs (the Target Brookline chairs that I scotchguarded last week) and baked this banana bread from iheartnaptime.net. 

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It was a HUGE hit!  Billy and Taylor are both obsessed with it and have asked that I put it into my rotation of recipes.  I highly recommend it!

Without further ado, here is a picture of the new dining area!

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I am so glad we put a round table in there!  It makes the room feel much bigger!

I know everything seems really beige right now.  I repurposed those placemats from the table in the other room (since I am having such a hard time finding something I like for this area).  I would love infuse some color there.  In the meantime, here is a before and after:

Old Dining Area:

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New Dining Area:

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What do you guys think? 

Have a Happy Weekend!

The Sun is out today and I feel so inspired.  I am getting a lot of projects done around the house and thankfully most of the things on my to-do list are checked off.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

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