Category Archives: DIY

3 Step Paw Print Painting

Hi friends,

Below is an easy 3 step plan to have the perfect canvas picture of your animal’s paw prints. I find that the fewer the steps the easier it is to get your animal to quickly do the project and have it look beautiful!

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Supplies 

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Step 1: Prepare the work Station 

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*Lay the trash bag down on the floor and tape it in places if necessary.

*Put a blob of paint on each plate with a foam brush ready.

     -As we put the three colors on the plate we realized we wanted one more so we made the green.

*Lay the canvas out beside you.

Step 2: Paint the dog’s Paws

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Painting the dog’s paw is quite easy. Take the foam brush and get a light amount of paint on it. Then, gently wipe the paint over the dogs paw. Once the paw is covered in paint lay the paint brush down and hold onto the paw for step 3.

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treats

As you can see he kept wanting to bite the paint brush…it was the only thing he did not like about the project! This is when we started giving treats to get his attention on those instead of what we were doing. Below are our favorite treats to give him. They are training treats and we like them because they are small, soft and delicious.

Step 3: Press paw on the Canvas

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What Paul and I found was that this was a two person project. He would hold Clyde and I would paint his paw quickly and then press it on the canvas where we wanted it to go. Also, with only Paul and I doing this project it was hard to hold him, press the paw and take a picture lol…so unfortunately we do not have one of the actual pressing. But as you can see above, that is how I would hold his paw and to press on the canvas.

wash paws

In between the four colors we chose to do we would wash Clyde’s paw in the sink. Depending on how many colors you do you will need to do this as well.

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It is also important to note that we did one color at a time. We would press the orange paw on each canvas until it was done. That way we would not have to go back.

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Hope you like what I did and try it out yourself. If you do please message me so I can see your work of art!

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How To: Depot MAC Eyeshadows

How to depotHi all,

In an effort to organize some of my makeup I decided to depot my MAC products and put them in a palette. Also, with the leftover containers I was able to turn them into Back to MAC for some free eye shadows.

Below are all of the materials you will need to do this project.

Materials NeededSTEP 1: Remove the Outer Plate

Step 1The first step in getting the eye shadow out of the plastic container is to remove the outer plate from the ‘body’ of the plastic. To do this take the sharp knife and wiggle it in the crease line of the plastic. As you do this you will apply pressure until you hear a pop sound of the plastic clicking up. Once this occurs it will look like the picture below.

step 1.5Remove the outer plate and place the rest of the plastic container to the side until the end when you put it back together.

STEP 2: Place Outer Plate on the Straightener

step 2For step 2 take the outer plate and place it on a hair straightener for 30 seconds. You do this so that the glue under the eyeshadow heats up and becomes gooey. Doing so allows for the eye shadow to be easily removed from the outer plate in step 3.

STEP 3: Remove the Eyeshadow from the Outer Case

step 3In step 3 place the outer casing of the eye shadow on a paper towel. Once doing so take the same sharp knife and shimmy it between the plastic and metal pan of the eye shadow. Slowly take the knife and push it down and up to remove the shadow from the plastic. The eye shadow might be hot from when it is on the straightener. If so, use the tweezers to extract it from the casing to not burn your fingers.

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Below is what the eye shadow will look like removed from the case.

 

 

noteOnce the shadow has cooled you can place the shadow in a MAC palette or z palette.

If you are planning on doing Back to MAC you will need to take the casings and put the eye shadow container back together to be able to return it for the free products.

STEP 4: Preparing Items for Back to MAC

step 4Take the outer tray and line it up with the inner try.

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Place the outer tray into the rest of the base and click it into place. Now it is ready to return to Back to MAC.

Below are all of the things I was able to return for Back to MAC. Note: to get a free eye shadow, lip glass, or lipstick through Back to MAC you must turn in 6 used MAC items.

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Have you ever depoted MAC eyeshadows? What did you do the same or differently??

The Perfect Summer Reading Nook

Summer Reading Nook

Instead of jetting off on vacations this summer I have been escaping into different places via books. There is nothing I love more than picking up a good book on a warm summer day and reading. Lately, I have been making more time to indulge in this. But to do so I have to have the perfect little nook!

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In the winter I want to feel warm and cozy but in the summer I want the room to feel open and airy. A great way to make a room feel bigger is to have your seat right by a window. The natural light is perfect for reading and getting the sense of being outside without the heat and humidity.

When looking out the window it is a bigger plus when the view is nice. Between chapters I love taking a pause to think about the story. Having an ocean, mountains, or picturesque view to look at enhances the experience!

Here are some more summer reading nooks I found on Pinterest.

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DIY: Tinted Moisturizer

With summer weather finally here I have no desire to slather on a bunch of foundation. In an effort to try and still look presentable at work without a lot of makeup I came up with a tinted moisturizer.

DIY Tinted Moisturizer

This DIY is so simple yet very effective.

Choosing a Moisturizer

Moisturizers

Step 1: 

Take your desired moisturizer and squirt out the same amount you would use on a regular basis.

Glass Holder-You can either squirt this on your hand, a plate, or whatever you use when mixing foundations.

-For me I use a glass candle holder that I got at Dollar Tree. I love how this is easy to mix the foundation and moisturizer without the mess.

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Step 2: 

Add a small amount of your foundation to the moisturizer. I usually use half the amount I would normally use.

-Remember, this is supposed to be tinted and not full coverage.

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Step 3:

Mix the foundation and moisturizer together.

Step 3

As you can see in the picture above it is easier for me to do this on my little glass plate but you can mix it on any surface you like.

Step 4:

Apply the tinted moisturizer.

-You can do this with your hands, but make sure that you apply it evenly over the skin.

-Since I made mine on the glass plate I apply the tinted moisturizer with a brush. When doing this I tend to buff it in with my fingers after putting a layer on my skin.

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Also: 

For traveling this is perfect to make ahead of time and put in a travel container you can buy for less than a dollar. Bringing the tinted moisturizer would take up less space in luggage and save time. It is also great to put on after going to the beach to even out your skin tone without clogging all your pores in the heat.

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Have you tried this? What is your ‘go to’ tinted moisturizer?

How to Paint with Chalk Paint

Hello all!

To generate extra income, to pay off our debt, Paul and I have been redoing furniture.

We usually buy the furniture at garage sakes, thrift stores and Craigslist for a low price. We have even found some for free on the Free section of Craigslist.

How To Paint with Chalk Paint

Why Use Chalk Paint:

We decided to use chalk paint because you do not have to prep the furniture by priming it or sanding. This cuts the the time in half to complete the project!

Step 1:

Prep the furniture for how you will be painting it. For one desk we decided not to paint parts of the top of the piece. So, we needed to put painter’s tape on the areas we wanted to avoid.

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For another desk we sanded the top of it and stained instead of painting. To prepare for this we had to section off the area we would not be painting as well. The picture’s below show Paul sanding. We do not have a sander so he does it all by hand.

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Step 2:

Make the chalk paint.

For the paint Paul and I use paint on sale at Hope Depot. We have found so many colors on the clearance rack for only 50 cents!IMG_4761

To make the chalk paint we mix it with Calcium Carbonate. I take 2 tablespoons of Calcium Carbonate and mix it with 1 tablespoons of warm water until that is smooth.  Next I add the mixture to 1 cup of any variety of paint. The gives the paint a more durable feel that will stick to almost anything!

If you are looking to buy some Calcium Carbonate you can find it HERE on amazon.

Step 3:

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When using chalk paint your stroke technique is not all that important, especially on the first coat. The second coat strokes are what will show.

After painting you’ll notice that the paint has a chalky feel–why do you think it’s called chalk paint? To get the rid of the rough feel quickly sand your piece with 180 grit sandpaper.

Step 4:

After all the paint is done you are ready to wax the furniture. The wax seals in the furniture from scratching and wearing and gives it a beautiful shine that chalk paint won’t give you. We use regular paste finishing wax.

You can use many things to get the wax on the furniture. We just use a white t-shirt cut into rags. . Many people also like to use a round wax brush. It really helps to get in the all the corners like the inlay of drawers. But with it being around $25 dollars we do not see the need of using that when a T-shirt works as well with a little extra work.

Application

To apply the wax put a generous portion of wax on whatever you would like to use and apply it to the furniture in a small, circular motion. then wipe it in a straight lines.

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IMG_4384Typically with chalk paint many people like the vintage or distressed look. Paul and I like that look as well with the furniture that we are doing. What we usually do is put one layer of wax on the furniture and then use pieces of sand paper to lightly swipe across the furniture. One thing we try to do it distress areas that would naturally look distressed though years of wear and tear.

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IMG_4402After the first coat of wax and distressing we wait a day for the wax to adhere well to the furniture. After the 24 hours we do another coat of wax.

Once the wax has been completed the furniture is done and ready to be used or sold!

Before and After: 

Here are some before and after pictures of pieces Paul and I have worked on.

Desk Re-Do BeforeDesk Re-Do After

Desk redo Before

Desk redo After

 

 

 

 

Dresser Re-Do Before

Dresser Re-Do After

 

 

 

 

Have you ever used chalk paint before? How did your project turn out?

 

5 Steps to Create the Perfect Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

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1. Bright Colors technicolor-cinco-de-mayo-shoot-52

Fun, bright colors are essential in creating the perfect Fiesta! Here are some great ideas for bright decorations.

Five Minute Papel Picado

Fiesta Flowers

DIY Jumbo Papel Picado

2. Delicious Drinks 

When eating spicy Mexican food it is always good to have a nice drink to wet your whistle!

Strawberry Margarita

Easy Breezy Tampico Sangria

Grapefruit Margarita

Watermelon Lemonade

Blue Margarita

3. Mouthwatering Salsa

Who doesn’t love salsa!? At a Fiesta this is the perfect appetizer for guests to munch on.

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Green Salsa

Pumpkin and White Bean Turkey Salsa

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Grilled Corn Mango Salsa

Strawberry Mango Salsa

Avocado Salsa
4. Authentic Food 

On this special occasion it is key to have lots of Mexican food that is full of fresh vegetables and seasoning for flavor.

Calabacitas

Enchilada Casserole

Fish Tacos

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Mango Guacamole

Bell Pepper Taco Bowls

Salmon Fajitas

Mexican Corn on the Cob

Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas

Salted Cajeta Chocolate Flan

5. Pinatas! 

Whether you are young or old it is always fun to ‘pop’ a pinata and take home some extra goodies!

DIY-Pinata-MakeoverDIY Gilded Pinata

Pull Pinata Garland

Mini Pinatas

The CandyLESS Easter Basket

The CandyLESS Easter Basket
As Easter approaches I am so excited to be going to North Carolina and see all of Paul’s family! When I think of Easter I can’t help but think of candy! When trying not to eat candy, I came up with some ideas for a candyLESS Easter basket.
The Essentials
1. Bible: With the whole reason behind Easter being Jesus’s death and resurrection a Bible is the perfect addition to any Easter basket no matter the age.
2. Festive: Easter is quite commercialized so everywhere there are bunny and Spring inspired things to add to an Easter basket. For children, the bunny cup above is perfect!
3. Wearable: Who doesn’t love getting something new to wear for Easter. Above I picked out a cute t-shirt for a child, Essie nail polish for someone a little older, and for the guys a bow tie is always a good choice.
4. Something to Do: When giving gifts it is always good to add in something practical, even in an Easter basket! For children that could be a movie for them to watch like Despicable Me 2.
5. Fun: Giving and recieving gifts can be fun! So why not add a little something fun to the basket since there are no sweets! For a child this could be a plush toy or whatever they like. For an adult or young adult a new phone case is always great! With so many different ones available it is fun to change up a phone case with seasonal changes or even an outfit.
What would you like to receive in your Easter basket?