Mar 28, 2014

My Spring Go To Makeup Colors

Anyone else enjoying the change that Spring brings?

I sure am!

When I think of Spring, I think of soft color, fun and fresh!

And I definitely like to have some fun and translate that to my makeup routine!

Although I refuse to follow makeup trends and those awful do's and don'ts (I'll wear a wine lip in the middle of summer if I want to!), I do find myself doing an "ode" to each season in my makeup routine every so often.

And today is one of those days!

My all time favorite Spring makeup colors are hands downs purples, lavenders and a tad bit of burgundy.

Can you blame me? 

I'm a brown eyed girl and these colors are just perfect for making them brown peepers stand out!

Here are the colors I used on my eyes and lips:

LIPS: L'oreal Lipstick in Fairest Nude and Ulta Brilliant Color Gloss #12

*I applied the lipstick first and then applied just a bit of lipgloss to add shine and color. I love this lip gloss because of its versatility: apply lightly for a stain type color and apply more for a dramatic wine lip!

EYES: Ulta Zephyr on my lids and MAC Sketch on the outer V and blended into the crease

*I barely applied MAC's Sketch and made sure to blend it well with my lid color to soften it's tone. This is a typical winter color but you can see how you can make it work with a little blending.

I also incorporated both eyeshadows on my lower lashline.

EYELINER: Urban Decay Eyeliner in Zero smudged with a charcoal eyeshadow from one of my Coastal Scents palettes.

*Smudging black liner with a charcoal eyeshadow is my trick to avoiding a stark line, which is the perfect technique for those spring makeup looks.

And there you have it! My go to Spring makeup look!

What are your favorite makeup colors to wear during Spring?

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Mar 25, 2014

Tips + Tricks for Keeping a Clean & Tidy Laundry Room

Well guys, Spring is officially here and has brought it's side-kick, spring cleaning!

Hooray for that! Nothing gets me more excited than kicking it up a notch on my cleaning routine!

I started my spring cleaning in our laundry room and figured I'd write a post about how to keep the laundry room clean and organized.

Tips for keeping a clean and organized laundry room

If it's easy to ignore any room it would be the laundry room. After all, no one really sees it (beside the person doing the laundry) so it's easy to just say, "out of sight, out of mind."

But I'm going to show you some tips and tricks to whipping this baby back to shape and keeping it there!

Just a few easy tasks here and there can make a difference in how you see your laundry room.

I gave my laundry room a little makeover last year and was determined to keep it looking nice, clean and organized!

Tips for keeping a clean and organized laundry room

Mission accomplished, my friends!


Let's just get it over with and begin with the dirtiest tasks, shall we?

1. Keep some q-tips in your laundry room cleaning arsenal. They're perfect for cleaning those hard to reach crevices that are easy to look past.

You can use q-tips to clean the inside rim of your washer, the area that is hidden under the lid, or any other hard to reach crevice.

These areas get DIRTY! Like disgusting dirty.

Warning: it's about to get real up in here.

This is the seriously disgusting before:

Tips for keeping a clean and organized laundry room

And the sparkling clean after:

Tips for keeping a clean and organized laundry room

2. Use dryer-sheets for more than making fabrics softer and reducing static! These babies can double up as ling picker-uppers!

Tips for keeping a clean and organized laundry room

You can use your used dryer sheets each time after you do laundry to pick up all the lint that accumulates on your washer and dryer.

The lint instantly gets stuck on the dryer sheet! Kind of reminds me of a swifter duster so you're not spreading lint around!

Tips for keeping a clean and organized laundry room

Or if you're like me and are sensitive to them, you can just use a new one. I hardly throw them in with my clothes in the dryer, only the hubby's.

3. Keep an all purpose cleaner and microfiber rag in your laundry room to do quick (and sometimes thorough) cleanings of your washer and dryer.

Tips for keeping a clean and organized laundry room

I always use my favorite all natural solution: 1 part water, 1 part vinegar and 25 drops of lavender essential oil.

*You can read about all the other ways I use vinegar around the house here.

If you wipe down your washer and dryer after you're done with laundry for that day, you will avoid the dreaded, lint infested machines.

Tips for keeping a clean and organized laundry room

You can also wipe down these sections weekly or monthly, depending on how much laundry goes on around your house.

Tips for keeping a clean and organized laundry room

4. Use a Swifter Duster to clean between and under your washer and dryer on a monthly basis. 

The gunk that comes out of these places always amazes me!

Tips for keeping a clean and organized laundry room

5. Disinfect your washer to prevent soil build-up and to keep things fresh and clean.

Run your washer with hot water and when it's full, add 2 cups vinegar and 1/2 cup baking soda.

Close lid and allow to agitate for a few minutes.

Open the lid again and allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Finish the cycle.

I do this at least 3 times a year but of course you can do it as often as wanted or needed.

Okay, now that the worst is over, here are some easy tips and tricks to further help you keeping things tidy and clean in the laundry room:

6. Keep your washer lid open for a couple of hours after you are done washing your loads.

This helps prevent mildew.

And if you're preventing it, you're the smart housewife that doesn't have to clean it up!

Tips for keeping a clean and organized laundry room

7. Use bins and containers to organize like items.

Before I gave my laundry room a little face lift, I would just keep all my laundry essentials scattered around on the shelf. They would end up falling and I would get annoyed looking for a particular item.

This solution has helped me keep this room organized and clutter free.

Tips for keeping a clean and organized laundry room

8. Keep dirty things off the floor by creating a wall system.

Since our laundry room is between our kitchen and garage, I have these wall hooks I keep our outside shoes on.

This eliminates a pile of shoes on the floor and the need for me to check my shoes for bugs if kept in the garage.

9. Have a wall storage system for your mops, brooms and dusters.

I don't know what I did before I purchased this organizer when we bought our house!

I love the fact that I don't have to keep my broom, mop or dusters standing on a corner.

10. Keep a thick rug by the laundry room door/doors.

Again, sine our laundry room leads to the garage (and is the way we always enter the house), I want to keep as much dirt, lint and dust away from the rest of the house as possible.

This rug has seemed to do the trick. 

I just have to vacuum it everyday but I would rather do that then have all the dirt all over the rest of the house!

11. Make a place to keep all your laundry go to recipes.

I have this foam board covered with fabric where I hang all my cleaning recipes. I never have to look them back up when I need to remake them or scramble through my kitchen drawers!

12. Do laundry as it comes, or have laundry scheduled days.

I do the latter. 

We're only 3 living here so laundry isn't that bad. I usually do laundry on Mondays and Fridays and it's no more than 3 sometimes 4 loads each day.

But I know some prefer to just do a load when there's enough clothes for a load.

The point is just to avoid having a gazillion loads you have to do in one day!

And that's a wrap, guys!

This is exactly what I've been doing since last year and it has helped me avoid the overwhelming feeling of a messy and dirty laundry room.

If I have to do laundry I might as well feel good about the room I do it in, right?

Do you have any tips on keeping the laundry room in tip top shape? I'd love to hear them!

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Mar 21, 2014

All Natural Honey & Brown Sugar Facial Scrub

I love what exfoliating your face accomplishes!

What I don't love is all those nasty chemicals that come in those drugstore facial exfoliates.

Since I started to slowly change my facial products to all natural ones, I've tried many all natural facial scrubs that in all honesty, have given me better results than expensive one's in the drugstore or department store.


This Honey & Brown Sugar Facial Scrub is my newest favorite that I just can't get enough.

Although, I do contain myself because I know the rule against exfoliating the skin off your face!

Today, I'm sharing over on VMG206, how you can easily make this Honey & Brown Sugar Facial Scrub and I would love for you to stop by!

You can also check out my Oatmeal Face Wash/Exfoliate!

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Mar 19, 2014

Burlap Special Date Keepsake Art

I was provided the burlap for this project by Burlap Fabric, but was not compensated for this post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

You all know I'm a sucker for DIY art that means something!

I just love looking at things around my house that remind me of a special moment; they just put a smile on my face every time I see them!

So when Burlap Fabric sent me a huge roll of burlap (thanks guys!), I knew I had to make another meaningful art piece that I would love for time to come.

Enter this Burlap Special Date Keepsake Art!

It's so simple, yet pretty! I just LOVE the way this little guy turned out!

I think it was the burlap that just made it so "wow-ish" for me. I've always loved the look and texture burlap lends! And I know most of you would agree, right?

I still love the look they bring to my Framed Antique Keys!

As always this was easy AND quick to make! You all know me by now!

You will need some burlap, a frame, a sharpie and a pair of scissors.

I just cut a piece of burlap to fit my 4 X 6 picture frame and free handed my daughter's birth date.

I knew I would fail at fancy handwriting so simple and crisp it was!

Easy peasy, guys.

But so very meaningful! At least to me!

And there's the little cutie that was born on this special day!

My daughter's birth date was the first special date that came to me, but of course there are so many others you could do: wedding date, date you met your spouse, or any particular date that means something to you and your family!

And with so many sharpie colors available, you can add a pop of color too!

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