Apr 28, 2014

Faux Wood Tile Flooring In the Kitchen

Hello friends!

Unintentional progress just happened in the kitchen!

This wasn't even part of my 2014 Home Project Goals...it just sort of happened.

You see....we're kind of spontaneous when it comes to upgrading our builder grade home.

When my hubby and I left for our date that night we had no idea that we would end up coming home to prep our vinyl flooring for FAUX WOOD TILE!

After dinner we ended up in Home Depot, which is not unusual for date night, only we left with a little more than our usual spray paint, light bulbs and weed killer.

The faux wood tiles caught my hubby's eyes first and I approved. 

End of story.

It was going to be a DIY (and messy) weekend and week.

But so worth it!!

Apr 25, 2014

Fool-Proof Daytime Smokey Eye

You all know I love a good smokey eye!

But to avoid running errands in the daytime with pounds of eye makeup on, I came up with this daytime version that is just as lovely!

And best of all.....it's super easy and quick to achieve!

Even if you've never attempted ANY smokey eye before this tutorial, you will get this, trust me!

It's that easy and complication free because your number one tool to create this daytime smokey eye is your finger!

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Apr 17, 2014

Zelo Brazilian Keratin Smoothing System Review + Before & After!

Disclosure: I received free product and will be compensated for this review, but as always all expressions, thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

Hello friends!

I am over ecstatic to be sharing this Zelo Brazilian Keratin Smoothing System Review with you today!

Do you deal with frizzy, unruly, curly and damaged hair that has lost it's luster?

I do!! Well, except the curly part.

As I've mentioned before. my hair type has dramatically changed the past few years (what's up with that?) I used to have straight smooth hair (no flat iron needed) but now I have to deal with unruly, frizzy and somewhat wavy hair!

But because a picture can paint a thousand words, let me show ya!

Whoa! This is what my hair looks like after washing it and letting it dry on its own.

It looks like there's some serious knots up in there but there aren't...it's just that rebellious and unruly!

This is when the Zelo Brazilian Keratin Smoothing System comes to the rescue!!

Ladies, I'm telling you...this stuff is so AWESOME!!!

The Zelo Brazilian Keratin Smoothing System uses only the finest natural ingredients to help smooth out rebellious curls, and relieve hair of frizz and damage by delivering essential nutrients. 

The rich blend of oils, vitamins and organic proteins give you salon quality results from the comfort of your home! You are left with shiny, sleek, smooth and silky soft hair!

And the process is super easy: you just wash your hair with the clarifying shampoo they provide for you, let it air dry a bit, spray on the keratin smoothing solution, let it sit for 45 minutes, wash your hair again with the clarifying shampoo, blow dry and seal it with a flat iron!

A very important thing to remember is that in order to maintain the straight and smooth results you should blow dry your hair after each wash.

I'm seriously impressed.

Here are my before and after's so you can see for yourself the wonders this did for my hair!

This product totally got rid of all my frizz, added shine I haven't seen in a long time and smoothed out all those weird unruly waves that were going on.

And it's suppose to last for 30 washes!! I applied the smoothing system a few days back and so far it's holding up great!

People noticed too! Even though I normally flat iron my hair to relieve it of it's frizz, there is a health to my hair now that wasn't there before!

A friend of mine asked, "Did you do something to your hair? It looks so shiny and healthy!"

And she's right! My hair hasn't looked AND felt this healthy in a long time! And it's so much easier to manage!

Here are a couple more pictures of my fabulous after!

I am very well pleased with the Zelo Brazilian Keratin Smoothing System and would recommend it to anyone who has curly, frizzy, unruly and damaged hair.

You can purchase the product directly from their website, Zelo Care, and you can also find it on drugstore.com and walgreens.com (online only).

Get ready to kiss your frizzy, luster lacking hair goodbye and say hello to shinier, smoother hair!

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Apr 14, 2014

How To Frugally DIY A Kid's Room Gallery Wall

Who else loves a good gallery wall display?

I'm telling you friends...I can't get enough of them!

And because I can't do a gallery wall on every single wall of my house, I'm constantly stalking other's...CONSTANTLY!

Since I'm still swooning over my Spontaneous Gallery Wall in our living room (and conquered the intimidation of putting one together), it made sense to whip one up in our daughter's room.

You gotta teach them to love these beautiful displays while they're young, ya know!

And because I'm the kind of gal who prefers to DIY her wall art, I didn't spend a whole lot of money creating this gorgeous and fun gallery wall in my daughter's room!

And you don't either!

I'm going to show you how you can mostly DIY yourself into creating a customized and fun gallery wall for your kiddo's!

Before getting into the nitty gritty I want to say that there are so many more possibilities to DIY'ing a kid's gallery wall....so so many!!

I'm just showing you what I did and how it ended up working together with the other pieces.


Let's start from the top and work our way down, shall we?

1. Re-vamp some art pieces you already have but may not love to something that will work in your new gallery wall.

This fun piece used to hold an inspirational "Live. Love. Laugh" quote. The blue border used to be pink but with a quick paint job and a handwritten "PLAY" on plain ol' printer paper it was nicely freshened up!

You can read more about this Quick Children's Art Update and see the before here.

This piece cost me $0 by re-using and re-vamping something I already had but didn't quite love.

I love it now!

2. Make a sentimental and memorable keepsake and hang it up as art!

To me nothing melts my heart more than seeing my daughter's tiny hand-prints. It's like freezing a moment in time!

Like the time we made this Valentine's Day Keepsake.

I made this piece by gluing drop cloth canvas around a shoe box lid and having my daughter stamp her hand print (it's actually the same hand) onto it with craft paint!

Total cost: $2 for craft paint!

3. Create your own fun design on a wooden plywood circle (shown above).

You can find these plywood circles at any craft store. I bought mine from Hobby Lobby for under $1.

I couldn't resist incorporating the beloved chevron stripe! I used craft paint I already had and in no time this piece came to be!

I didn't tape it off like I did my Chevron Stripe China Cabinet so it almost looks like a child made it. PERFECT!

Total cost: $.79 for the plywood circle.

4. Frame wrapping paper and gift bags for instant art!

I've always loved this idea! Seriously, how many times have you fell in love with a gift bag or wrapping paper? Please tell me I'm not the only one!

Instead of throwing it away the fabulous gift bag or wrapping paper, frame it!

Easy, inexpensive and quick!

I used the same frames I used for my 5 Minute Kid's Art.

Total cost: $.88 for the clearance wrapping paper from Target

5. Cover canvas or a shoe box lid with a pretty fabric OR make it pretty with craft paint!

You might as well call me the shoe box lid lady because that's what I used (again) for this piece.

And just like the other piece, I glued drop cloth to it, only this time I drew 3 arrowheads because arrowheads are just awesome!

Total cost: $0

6. Use scrap wood, moulding or MDF and paint away!

This was the only corner scrap of MDF that my hubby didn't throw away (it must have gotten past him) from framing our master bathroom.

I though it would be a cute little addition and change in shapes to Lily's gallery wall.

I just used a small angled brush and dabbed this turquoise, red and gold design.

Total cost: $0

7. Hand paint a fun wooden sign!

With a red oak plank from the hardware store and craft paint I made this simple and fun "IMAGINE" sign in no time!

Total cost $3

It's pretty cool to work on one piece at a time and see it all come together! 

Of course, my favorite stage is when it's all done and I can stand back and admire all the pieces together!

Such a fun arrangement for a 3 year old girl, don't you think?

Lily also has this other mini gallery wall above her bed:

My sister bought Lily the letter L when she was a baby and the sketch of the mouse is my famous brother's (no joke by the way) own artwork he gave her a couple Christmas's ago.

I'm sure it's obvious that I love sentimental pieces. I love seeing a piece and remembering a moment!

What about you? How do you like to choose or DIY pieces for your gallery walls?

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Apr 8, 2014

Discovering the Best Beauty Products for YOU with Beauty Noted

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Apr 7, 2014

Spring Inspired Painted Coasters

Well it seems as though I cannot shut up about Spring.

I've been all about it here on the blog lately...

And now here I am blabbing about these lovely SPRING INSPIRED COASTERS I painted recently.

But I'm sure you don't blame me. I think everyone is ready for the color and warmth Spring brings!

I was inspired to make these coasters the minute I saw Abby's from Just A Girl And Her Blog!!

She made some fabulous Anthropologie Inspired Coasters that just scream SPRING!!

Anthropologie-Inspired Geometric Coasters at JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

Aren't hers so fun?!

I obviously didn't do an exact copy cat. Instead I used some boring wooden coasters I already had sitting on my end table and spruced them up a bit with craft paint in some fun Spring colors.

I'm telling you...there is NOTHING paint can't bring back to life!

Here are the coasters sans paint...

To say they were boring is an understatement! They just looked so sad on my end table!

The update was an easy one! I just taped off my design and painted 2 coats of craft paint (Apple Barrel's Tropic Orange and Pale Green).

I wanted the wood to show through the paint just a tad and that's exactly what I got with 2 coats!

After the paint dried I applied 1 coat of Mod Podge to seal the paint and protect the coasters.

Would you believe this was my first time using Mod Podge?!

Needless to say, I am in love!

When the Mod Podge dried, I was left with the most perfect gloss ever! And I love that you can see the brush strokes!

And I just had to do a little before and after...

I just love how they turned out!

Aren't they just so fun and cheery now?!

How are you bringing Spring into your home? I'm obviously obsessed with this season, so please do spill!

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