Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Quick and Easy Progress Chalk Boards

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I had planned for months to take monthly growth photos of CJ with a chalkboard sign, but when the one month mark came, I realized I had completely forgotten to purchase the sign. I had known how to make chalkboard paint from previous projects, but was at a loss for what to make the sign out of.

My boyfriend was making a frozen pizza when I noticed that the board the pizza rests on inside the box is a perfect circle. I immediately knew this was it!

Why was the pizza circle so perfect? First, it's the perfect size for progress pictures. It's big enough that the baby can hold it and it can be seen in photos, but not big enough that it overwhelms the baby. Second, it requires zero effort because it's pre-cut! It's ridiculously hard to cut a perfect circle, especially out of cardboard. Third, it's consistent. If I ever need to make another one, I know can. I also know that it will be the same size (I plan on keeping the size to show CJ's growth to scale).

How to create your super easy chalkboard sign:

1. Use a paper towel or dry cloth to wipe down the pizza circle. 

2. Make chalk paint - Mix unsnapped grout and acrylic paint in equal parts until smooth.

3. Paint the pizza circle with the chalk paint and let it dry.

4. Use any chalk to write your message!

Within 5 minutes I had made chalkboard paint and painted the pizza circle - the perfect progress chalkboard!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Quick Tip: Use Shoe Boxes For Storage and Organization

Every time I organize a space in my home, I find myself at the dollar store spending more money on storage containers. I've realized that by doing so, I'm wasting money.

Shoe boxes, as well as many other product boxes (the red one on top is a Starbucks mug box!), are sturdy and come with a lid. They're easy to stack as most are relatively the same size and they can be decorated.

I'm constantly seeing blogs where closets are organized to the 9's with matching storage boxes and accessories. For me, that's unrealistic. With a little bit of washi tape, they work in almost every space in my home. Especially in closets and cupboards where no one other than myself sees.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Currently... February 2015

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Watching: I just finished watching Californication and I'm currently on Parenthood. Both are amazing and on Netflix. Basically, Californication has amazing music throughout and is totally raunchy and Parenthood makes me cry almost every episode.

Eating: Turkey sandwiches on whole grain bread. Every. Single. Day.

Doing: Starting to excercise. It sucks and I hate it, but I know it's for the best.

Thinking: How much time I have left at home with CJ. Everyday I'm one day closer to having to go back to work and leave a 10 month old with a babysitter. It's killing me.

Planning: Holly's 6th birthday, which is tomorrow. Turns out she has the flu so all of our plans are being postponed. Lame.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Maybelline's The Falsies Volum' Express Mascara Review

Recently, I tried two new mascaras- I hated one and loved the other. This is the second of two reviews (read the first review here).

As mentioned in my first review, I strongly disliked CoverGirl's Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara. I didn't like the double wand, I found it incredibly difficult to get off, and I found that it didn't do much for my lashes overall.

This Mascara is totally different.

I'm fairly impressed with Maybelline's The Falsies Volum' Express mascara. Here's why:

The selling point for this product is that your lashes will look like you're wearing false lashes, which is why I purchased it. I've been obsessed with Benefit's They're Real mascara for years now specifically because I think it makes my lashes look comparable to falsies. This mascara doesn't quite do what They're Real does, but for the price, it's definitely worth considering.

The brush is simple, yet effective. It's curved and the bristles are long- exactly what I look for in a mascara wand. I found that this brush grabs every lash and allows for a lot of control.

The formula for the mascara is a bit thinner than I'm used to, but this allows for multiple coats with no clumping. I've also noticed that this thinner formula has prevented the mascara from drying out over time like so many mascaras do.

In regards to the effect this mascara has on my lashes, I'm very impressed. I got a ton of volume and curl and can actually say that the effect was similar to that of a much more expensive mascara. My favourite part is the buildable length- the more coats the better!

Unlike the other mascara I recently reviewed, this mascara is easy to take off which is definitely something I look for.

The only thing that I disliked about this mascara was the wet feeling. It took a fair amount of time to dry and if I wasn't careful and blinked too hard, it ended up on my face. This is something I can live with.

In summary, I absolutely recommend this mascara for the high end look it gives. The results are comparable to false lashes and the price is on point!

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