Monday, August 29, 2011

My First Week Back at School

As many of you probably know, I started school last week. And my brain has been making whirring noises ever since.

No, not really. But last week was stressful...and sleepy. Can a week be "sleepy"?

Between waking up super early, working, 18 credit hours of new classes (including trying to learn Spanish for the first time), wanting to make new friends at school and Bryan having to work overtime almost every single day (including the weekend), I just felt TIRED and a little run-down. Bryan was super tired too.

But today, one week later, I went back to school feeling refreshed and motivated again. Today I feel so excited about the rest of the semester. Am I a little stressed still? Sure I am, but that's ok! I'm already talking to people at school, I've already learned a LITTLE Spanish, and Bryan's big project at work (hence the overtime) is almost over. So I'm feeling really optimistic! I'm so thankful that I'm able to go to this school, and I don't want to spend the entire semester complaining (maybe just like half of it).

Oh, and I'm also pretty excited because I found a new tool for doing my hair on the days when I'm so sleepy I can't stand up straight. Usually when I'm short on time, I just put some mouse in my hair to enhance the curl and let it air dry. But the Spin Pin is a really cute way to wear it up! Have you seen the commercial before?


It really is super easy. You just twist your hair into a bun and then put these two swirly bobby pins in. For me, there was a slight learning curve involved, but after about 5 minutes I figured it out. It held up through my day at school, and I never had to adjust it or anything.

I get so excited about easy ways to fix my hair. My hair's really starting to get longer, and it's always been insanely thick. I don't want to cut it, because somedays I love to style my hair, and have plenty of time to do it. But for days that are "sleepy", this will work out great!

Thanks for coming by!!! :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What's In My Make-Up Bag?

I am writing this post not as an expert on make-up (AT ALL!!!) but because I am always curious about the make up products other girls use, so I thought I'd share mine with you! Since I have been trying to dress differently, make-up has become an almost-daily occurrence for me. Though I like to keep it really natural and light, I do like to play around with it!

* I buy almost all drugstore make-up because:

1. I don't have a lot of extra money to spend on make-up, and I think the drugstore brands work great!
and
2. From what I've HEARD, there are actually only a few make-up manufacturing companies. They make the product and then it is sold by numerous companies in different packages at different prices. That's not to say that some products cannot work better than others, but it just tells me that price is not the determining factor of a product's effectiveness.

So here is what's inside my make up bag and why:
1. Make up Bag from EcoTools (Wal-Mart):
I like this bag because it's from an eco-friendly company, and because you not only get the bag but some nice brushes too! I really only use the blush brush, but I like it a lot.

2. Physician's Formula Organic Mascara (Wal-Mart):
This mascara is pretty good, but I'll admit it's not my favorite. It looks great, but I accidentally bought it without realizing it wasn't waterproof! I don't want to waste the rest of it, so I'll get a WATERPROOF mascara next time.

SIDE NOTE: Now that we know how to make waterproof mascara, why do we need non-waterproof? You never know when a chick flick will suddenly make you cry, or when (in the midwest especially) the pollen and ragweed will unexpectedly force you to tears.

3. Hard Candy Blush (Wal-Mart): I love this brand. The blush is really pretty and multi-colored so it blends nicely. It seems to be lasting me forever too. I probably wear more blush than the average bear, but  I just love it!!! I think it makes me look very bright and awake! (Hard Candy doesn't test on animals either- YAY!)

4. None Of Your Beeswax Lip Balm (LUSH cosmetics): This balm is one of my favorites in the colder months when my lips get super dry. It's color-less so you can wear it with anything, and it's vegan!

5. NYC Liquid Concealer (Wal-Mart): I love this because it covers the dark circles under my eyes and it's like $3.50. Awesome!

6. Jackie Oates Colour Supplement (LUSH cosmetics): Don't let the name throw you off, it's basically just a foundation and this shade just so happens to match my skin perfectly! The perfect color match can be hard for me to find since I'm so fair-skinned.

7. Almay PureBlends Eyeshadow (Purple): This is really the only eye product I have right now (besides mascara) and I only wear it every once in a while. I feel like when I wear eye make-up, it competes with my glasses, and I haven't really found anything I like yet. I NEED TIPS ON MY EYES! ;)


So what's in your make-up bag? I REALLY want to know! Tell me about your favorite products and feel free to send me tips too (especially on the eyeshadow subject!!!)

Thanks for reading! :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Baking and Scarves!

Clearly by the title of this post, I WISH IT WAS FALL ALREADY!!! I love to dress in layers and to warm up the house by doing a little baking. Well, the weather cooled off a little this week, so I'm just going to pretend it's fall. Is that ok with everyone? :)

So today I used some of the peaches we picked this past weeked to make peach muffins! They are delicious! I got the recipe from here: Peach Muffins Recipe

Here they are! The recipe made a ton!

In this picture you can actually see some of the peach inside!!! YUM!

Now about the scarf...I've been seeing these DIY scarves on diffeent blogs lately. You make them out of strips cut from old t-shirts. I decided to try and make one myself!

I used a t-shirt that I've always liked the color of, but it never fit me properly. So it was time to put it to good use! Here's how it turned out!

If you want to makeone of your own, follow this link for more instructions:
Jean of All Trades
 I promise it's not hard at ALL and involves no sewing or gluing or anything. You just need a t-shirt and some scissors!

I saw that some other people had made their scarves even prettier by adding beads or doing braids and knots. I figured I would try the simplest one first, and then if I liked it, maybe try something different next time.


What do you think? Would you make one? I loved the way it turned out and I want to make more!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Bryan's Peach Cobbler

I want to begin this post by saying that my husband is extremely talented at many, MANY things. He's too humble to talk about it but he's a great musician, natural photographer, computer genius, and yes, the best cook and baker in the house.

Just a little while after we got home from our peach picking adventure, he was ready to make some peach cobbler. It is his favorite dessert! If you want the recipe that he uses, it's from Paula Deen. Here's the link:

Here are a few pictures of Bryan at work in the kitchen (he helped me take the pictures too!)

First he peeled and cut up the peaches:

And then he boiled the water, sugar and peaches together to create the yummiest peaches in syrup ever!
He melted the butter in the microwave
Next, it was time to make the batter. The batter turns into the "crust" of the cobbler, but it's much different than just putting a crust on top. You'll see.....

The batter then gets poured on top of the butter in the baking dish. It seems a little backwards, but believe me, it's the right thing to do!
The peaches and the syrup go on top of that:
After about half an hour in the oven, we had this DELICIOUSNESS to enjoy.
YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My husband is the bee's knees <3

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Peach Picking!!!

Today was such a wonderful day. Bryan and I drove up to Eckert's farm, had some breakfast at their restaurant, and then hopped the wagon that took us to their peach orchard! We grabbed a box and filled it with a bunch of peaches, and even ate one right off the tree! Here are a few pictures from the day!


















Bryan, eating a peach! It was so tasty, and the air in the orchard smelled AMAZING.




















Me, picking peaches!




















Deliciousness!!! The people working there told us that the redder a peach is, the more flavorful it is!



















My wonderful husband and me! I love his days off when we get to spend the day together and go on dates like this!

Next time: I will show you what Bryan made with those peaches!!! :)

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

1 Dress- 3 Ways

I've seen a lot of posts on other blogs lately about taking one piece of clothing in your closet and mixing it up with different pieces to make it look totally different. I don't have a ton of clothes, so I thought maybe I would try this with some things in my closet to get the most use out of every piece as possible.

Today's item: A little black dress from Old Navy
I got this dress a few months a go to wear to a wedding. It only cost me like 75 cents (long story)!

It's not my favorite dress in the world on its own. I don't usually wear sleeveless things, it's too short, and the neckline is lower than I'd like. But with a little layering, I think I can learn to love this dress a little more!

Look #1- Girly Girl!!!


















For this outfit, I basically used the dress as a skirt.

 I put a black tank top from Target on top of the dress, and a pair of cropped leggings from Walmart underneath. The pink, ruffly, polka-dot top was on clearance at Rue 21, and the sandals are from Old Navy (part of my 75 cent dress purchase-again-long story!!)

I like this one because I feel so GIRLY in it! And yet I would still feel comfy enough to wear it to school!

Look #2
A Night On the Town



















For this look, I used the dress as like a longer, fancy top. I paired it with my black Old Navy Rockstar skinny jeans, a white lacy tank top from Kmart, and a damask print cardigan I got on clearance at Maurice's. I decided to put on my silver sparkly flats with it- I've had these a LONG time and have no idea where they're from- maybe Payless???

This would be a great outfit to wear on a date with my wonderful husband. I definitely think it would be good for when we go to the movies because I wouldn't get cold!! There are a lot of layers to this outfit so I may not wear it like this until fall.

Look #3
A Pop-a-Cullah! (Pop of Color)





















This time I wore the dress just as I would almost any other dress. I put a blue floral tank top from Kmart underneath, a red Forever 21 cardigan over the top, and then just added the same sandals and cropped leggings from outfit #1.

This is DEFINITELY an everyday outfit, for school, going out to lunch with a friend, or just running errands. I think this outfit is the most youthful of the three.

So what do you think? How did I do? Which is your favorite?

I think I'll do more posts like this in the future. It was lots of fun, and it helps me to put together outfits that I never would otherwise!!!

Thanks to my husband for taking all the photos! <3

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

More Curls!

Sunday night, I tried curling my hair using an overnight method. It worked ok, but I wasn't 100% happy with the results. Today I curled my hair again, but with my straightening iron.

I've actually done this a few times before, and I'm usually really happy with the effect. I first learned how to do it with a video sent to me from my friend (Thanks Keeley!). This is it:


I immediately LOVED the idea of curling with a straightener because:

A) it didn't seem to take very long
B) my hair has a natural wave to it already, so if I missed some parts it would be ok
and
C) I didn't have to buy a curling iron- YAY!! I could just use the straightener I already had.

Today I used another video as inspiration to do my hair. It's very similar in technique, but makes the hair more curly than wavy. Here is THAT video:


I think the hairstyle that I ACTUALLY ended up with was somewhere between the two...


Do you have any hairstyle ideas you'd like to share with me??? I'm always up for trying something new, especially if it's something a friend of mine would recommend!

Thanks for coming by!!! :)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Weekend Projects

So what did I do this weekend?

Well, I spent a lot of time with my husband, we watched movies, I worked, and a I did a few other things....

I turned this under-utilized closet in our master bathroom:

Into sort of a walk-in closet/ dressing room :)

In the past, my clothes usually ended up in a pile or shoved in a drawer. But I figured since I'm trying to dress differently, I should also be taking better care of my clothes. So I went through basically all the clothes I own decided what to keep and what to get rid of.

I'm pretty excited about my closet. I have a spot to hang all my scarves:

















And a hidden area with a bunch of rolled up t-shirts.



















On the floor I also put an empty laundry basket to use as a hamper, and a shoe rack. But my FAVORITE thing in the closet is the full-length mirror we put in there. We have never had a full-length mirror in this house and it is SO NICE to be able to see your whole outfit instead of just the top half.

 I know it's all kind of silly to get so excited about, but I love that everything is organized!!!! Bryan saw the closet and said "We're like grown-ups now!!!".

Haha! I love him :)

Also this weekend I tried out a new hairstyle. I got the idea from YouTube. You basically twist your hair up into a few buns and then just sleep on it, and in the morning you're supposed to have really pretty waves. Here was my favorite video:

(from confessionsofTIFF)

She said if your hair is thicker, you should do four of the buns instead of two. So I did that. But I wonder if maybe I shouldve done more because my hair was still a little wet in the morning, so I used the blow dryer a little bit. Maybe it was just too wet when I put it up. I'm not sure. The girl in this video didn't even have wet hair really, she just used leave in conditioner.

Anyway, it didn't turn out bad, but I definitely want to try again and see if I can do better. Here's how mine ended up looking:


A HUGE thanks to my friend Taylor for my new, dark purple hair!!! :D

Thank you guys for reading! See you soon! :)
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