Wednesday, April 29, 2015

If I could.... Would I...... Have Kids???

I love hanging out with my friends kids and being a Auntie but at 31 I am just not sure if kiddos are in my future.

Growing up I never was a babysitter or enjoyed being a role model.  Heck the thought of being around kids for any length of time was revolting to me.  From the time I was a kid until 5:17 am this morning I just never really felt the motherly instinct.  Anyone who knows me and my dogs would probably call my bluff on that.  My dogs are my babies but as far as human babies....  I've really never had that desire.

I am not a fan of pain and from what I hear childbirth isn't pleasant.  The thought of that much pain gives me anxiety.  I consider myself a responsible person but the thought of being responsible for another human FREAKS.ME.OUT!!  When I am mad at my dog I can put him in his crate.  I hear you can't do that with kids??

Since I was 22 I have been asked when I am going to have kids and I am pretty sure the answer is never.  I am proud to stand up with the other women and say being a Mother just isn't for me.  I am not knocking Mothers and I have huge respect for good parents but I just don't see myself in the crowd.  I see myself in the 2 seater convertible, sleeping 8 hours a night and teaching my friends kiddos how to do the fun things in life crowd :)

I will be completely honest.  Sometimes, the pressure to have kids is overwhelming.  Not many people understand that I just don't have that desire.  I've had friends who question how I feel as if it is a bad quality.  Not cool yo!!  I've also had friends who get married, have kids and cut all of their friends out of the life.  To each their own.  I also have other friends who ask me to babysit because they need a break for a couple hours.  Sure, bring your kiddos over!  Someone needs to teach them all about hockey and how to take a proper face-off.  All of my friends kids receive Detroit Red Wings onesies upon arrival :)

All of my friends who have children say it was the best decision of their life and I can see that.  I love hanging out with their kiddos, feeding them sugar, being the cool Auntie and sending them home :)

Every kiddo needs a cool Aunt right???

If you feel the same way I do, don't let anyone ever tell you how you feel is wrong.  Stand up for what you believe and how you feel.  Some women are meant to be awesome Aunties!  I think I am one of them.

P.S.  If I ever decided to have kids or I was blessed with a surprise I would not consider a child a burden or handle the situation negatively.  I do love kids  :)  For right now in my life my bloodhounds are all the kids I need.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

15 Minute DIY- Heidi Swapp Marquee Letter


If you search pinterest for "DIY Marquee Letter" you will find hundred of tutorials and ideas.  I love marquee letters in decor.  Sitting in my office I have 3.  3!!!!!!!  Recently I was making my usual Michaels run and saw the new Heidi Swapp Marquee Letters and new I needed at least one!

I grabbed an A, some scrapbook paper and headed home to get my creative on.

Each box contains the letter, a template, clear bulbs and lights.  Cool fact!  If you want colored bulbs you can buy them at Michaels or online!!  Super cool fact!  They are not terribly expensive!  

What I used to complete my project:
  • Heidi Swapp Marquee Letter
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch


Trace your letter onto your scrapbook paper.  Make sure to trace the holes too!  Rarely do I say this but don't be afraid to waste a little paper here.  The coolest part of the paper should be on your letter.  I just tucked my paper into the letter.  No glue required.  The lights hold the paper in.  I love how I can totally change the paper out with my mood!!

Once your letter is cut out, use a hole punch to make your holes.  That is by far the easiest way!  The hole punch (I don't remember the size but it's for normal paper in 3 ring binders) will be a little smaller than the holes but your bulbs will still fit snuggly. 

Carefully place your bulbs.  Some will be tighter than others.  Mine are held in my tension.  I did not use glue in this project at all.  

Don't be intimidated by running the lights.  It is super easy!  Heidi Swapp also includes instructions.  You basically run the lights per her instructions and they clip into the bulbs.  Again, easy peasy.   

The letters do take 2 AAA batteries that I forgot to get.  I will grab some tonight and snap a picture for instagram.  I can't wait to see this turned on!!!  

This project took me approximately 15 minutes and I love it!!!!  If you head to Michaels to pick up the supplies to make the letters some stores have them on an end cap with a TON of supplies to go with it.  You can totally make these however you want and change them out when you are bored!!  

Have ya'll created any marquee letters?  Have you made any of the Heidi Swapp ones??  









Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DIY Flair Buttons


I've been on this huge planner and pocket letter craze.  I was watching a youtube video about pocket letters and the gal was putting flair buttons into one of the pockets.  I've seen the epoxy circles at my local craft stores but never really knew what they were for.  Now I know......  


Making flair buttons is super easy, cheap and fun!  I've been enjoying using up my scrap paper and making swag for my pocket letters.  I went one step further on my flair buttons and added adhesive backing.  

What you need:
Scrapbook paper

Closer look at the epoxy circles.  I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby but you can find them at most craft stores and online.  

Start off by punching 1 inch circles from scrapbook paper.  I punch so I can see the pattern.  :)  

Also, punch circles from double sided adhesive paper.  If you don't want to purchase double sided adhesive paper you can simply glue your flair buttons to pretty much anything.  

Lay epoxy circle sticky side up.  Carefully place punched scrapbook circle pattern side down.  The adhesive from he epoxy circle will stick to the paper.  You have one shot at this.  No pressure....
Once the scrapbook paper is adhered to the epoxy circle peel off the white side of your double sided adhesive circle.  
Carefully place the sticky side of the adhesive paper onto the flair button.  Do not peel off the yellow back until you are ready to use.  


I love making these!!  They add a little flair and personality.  I use them in my planner, pocket letters, swap boxes and small gifts for friends.  Bonus....  you use up scraps of paper.  

Have you made these before?  What do you use in your pocket letters or planners?  How do you personalize them?  




Monday, April 20, 2015

Favorite MAC Products.... EVER!


Ya'll know MAC is my favorite brand.  I don't love them because they are trendy and push out 500 (sarcasm!) collections a year.  I actually love them despite that.  My one beef with MAC is they do release to many collections so close to each other.  Also, a lot of these collections are same products, renamed or very close dupes.  No fun!!!  I do, however, love their products.  MAC foundations work well with my skin, their powders are great, endless eyeshadow combos, lip pencils that last forever and their lipsticks.... ooh.... their lipsticks!!  
As hard as this was I picked my top 10 MAC products that if I ever lost or when I finish them I will immediately run out and get another.  Heck, I may even have a back up :) 
I've had this paint pot for sometime and it is still so creamy and blends like a dream.  I don't use this paint pot as a shadow as much as I do a base and corrector for my lids.  When I use paint pots my shadows to not budge at all.  No creasing either.  LOVE THIS!!!!!!  I think this is my second one. 

I love this product so much I keep one at my desk.  Fix+ refreshing the skin and when sprayed after powder it takes away the powdery look.  This stuff is a makeup saver as I can be heavy handed with powders.  I also love to use Fix+ to foil shadows.  

Ladies and Gentleman.... I present to you my holy grail mascara.  This mascara lengthens, is super dark and does not flake.  What more can you ask for?  It also thickens my lashes and is super easy to remove.  

MAC calls Boldly Bare a dirty red brown but I would call it more of a dark dusty pink.  This lip pencil is my perfect shade.  I've been known to wear it with just a gloss.  MAC lip liners are my all time favorites.  They extend the wear of my lipstick by hours.  


Can you believe I picked 1 favorite MAC lipstick and it's not Ruby Woo?  Shy Shine is a my lips but better shade.  I love pairing it with Boldly Bare lip liner and Deelight lip glass.  Pic below of the pairing.  Shy Shine is a lustre so it feels great on the lips and is easy to wear.  

I was at MAC in Uptown and Victoria had on a awesome lip combo (CB 92 and Deelight).  I asked her what she was wearing and it was this gloss.  Ever since I purchased it I have not been able to put it down.  I love pairing it with boldly bare lip liner or tossing it on alone.  It is not overly sticky.  

If you follow me on Instagram I posted my favorite combo last week.  Again, it's like my lips but better.  

I love this powder so much I own it in 4 different colors.  The mineralize line is so finely milled that it just sinks into my skin.  I am pretty sure this powder has magical powers.  If I am in a hurry out the door I will use a pore filling primer and powder my face with this.  It gives me a little coverage but doesn't look powdery.  I also need to be careful when using powders under my eyes.  MAC MSF do not get cakey or dry under my eyes.  Light is my favorite shade for highlighting under my eyes.  


I must have forgotten to take a picture of my favorite foundation or lost the photos.  MAC Face and Body gives my skin a awesome dewy but not greasy glow while providing enough coverage to cover blemishes and even my skin.  This foundation is extremely buildable.  

Don't let the color of this shadow scare you.  I love it for my crease.  The pro longwear shadows stay on for a very long time and do not crease on me.  Uninterrupted is a dark camel color that warms up your look.  I want to add more pro longwear shadows to my collection.  

What are some of your MAC holy grail products?  What are some of your favorite combos?  









Thursday, April 2, 2015

What I Use to Plan on the Go

With my recent obsession with planners and being organized I have really gotten into decorating my planners.  I enjoy playing with my washi tape and stickers.  When I am on the go I enjoy making notes in my planner about upcoming appointments, bills, etc.

Recently I decided to find something that would be small enough to fit in my purse but large enough to hold my "planning essentials".  I was watching a Strange and Charmed youtube video and Alexis spoke about a makeup brush set from forever 21 that she was using as a planning essentials pouch.  BINGO!!!!!!!



I immediately ran to my local Forever 21 and found one.  The whole set was $8.90 and honestly, the brushes were not that bad!  I quickly moved my planning essentials into my new pouch.  Here is what  I keep handy:


In my essentials pouch I keep washi tape, journal cards, sticky notes, page flags, pens, sharpie and a couple planner clips. 


I keep my current favorite Washi Tape on a clear piece of packaging that I cut to size.  

For a more in-depth glimpse checkout my video :) 

What do you keep handy??





Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Goals

Goals are so important!  Recently this year I got into planning and having multiple planners.  I can't express how much this has changed my life.  For the first time in YEARS I feel like I am gaining control of my life again.

I thought I would do a quick post and share some of my goals :)

PERSONAL

  • Pick book to read
  • Stick with meal planning and budgeting
  • Catch up
  • Clean my car
  • Send 5 notes to friends far away
  • Start makeup classes
  • Consistently post on IG challenges
  • #listersgottalist 
HOME
  • Set up cleaning schedule
  • Lighting for Studio
  • Clean Garden and plan set up
  • Deep Clean Living Room 
  • Declutter Studio
BUSINESS/BLOG
  • Brainstorm Shop
  • Branding
  • Media Kit
  • New Business Cards
  • Blog and Youtube 3 times a week 
What are you goals this month??