Friday, September 14, 2012

Revlon Expression Experiment

This post brought to you by Revlon. All opinions are 100% mine.

When I was in high school and all my friends were experimenting with makeup and basically wore it every day. I was on the swim team and didn't have much interest in smeary racoon eyes every afternoon. So I basically wore it to prom. And that's it. Yep, I was that girl. Very all natural.

As I've gotten older I have enjoyed the look and feel of some makeup. Most of the time I only wear eye makeup and nail polish. Sometimes I even throw on the perfect shade of red lipstick. I generally don't wear anything on my skin other than sunscreen. Makeup typically feels heavy and weird on my cheeks. I don't know how to describe it other than it feels like my skin can't breath.

So, when Revlon sent me a fun new eye shadow and makeup primer as part of the Revlon Expression Experiment I was intrigued and cautiously hopeful that it wouldn't feel cakey. And it didn't! The primer felt just like a light, clean lotion. A light lotion that evened out my skin and made it look amazing without looking fake. What a lucky day.

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I love the way Revlon creates makeup that is so easy to use. The eye shadow set they sent me came with four eye shadows to use together to make a fabulous looking eye! And on the back they included instructions how to create something awesome. Thank goodness. I got a late start on the makeup gig and now that I have two kids I don't have as much time to experiment. Revlon made it easy. exp_exp_logo.jpg (2 documents, 2 total pages) They give all women the power to change their looks on a whim and I love that! I'm going to put more effort into trying new things with my makeup. I'm going to start using the Revlon Expression Experiment Facebook application. And you should too! I would love to see what you come up with. I can use all the help I can get!

Want to see a little before and after? Here's me without makeup:

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And after:

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Thanks Revlon for making my every day look more put together.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Shabby Apple Beachcomber Dress

Shabby Apple



Kain long sleeve top, $70 / Beachcomber / Audrey Brooke slingback pumps / Hermes tote / Friis & Company metal ring, $19 / Forever 21 waist belt / Totem Table, sheesham, $390

I am so excited for autumn. Not because my little boy starts preschool or because the weather is getting colder but simply because I get to wear fall clothes. I LOVE fall clothes. With the layers and boots and awesome saturated colors, how could you not? Anyone else trying to find ways to style their favorite summer pieces for fall?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

List as of Late

  • I am loving being a mom of two. I am surprised how nicely their demands are met in shifts and it is rare that they both urgently need me at the same time. I love that I can give Calder one on one attention while Colette sleeps and Colette gets special time while Calder has quiet time. I don't have much time left in the day to sew but I know that time will come. 
  •  It's interesting how my son's independence has increased since Colette was born. He is so big these days.
  • I hate typing one handed while I feed the baby. 
  • I love how flexible newborns are. I just pop her in the sling and away we go. She hates her car seat so we try to walk or metro as many places as possible.
  • We are eating tons of fruit these days.
  • I'm so impatient about getting back to my pre-pregnancy clothes. I feel like I wear the same things over and over again because I don't fit in many things. I'm also torn between buying something that fits now that probably won't work when I lose the last 10 lbs and just waiting. I'm rather tired of the clothes that fit now. What do you do? 
  • I re-arranged my bedroom and it looks so much better. I'll take pictures for you all soon. 
  • I'm trying to prep Calder for starting preschool NEXT MONTH! I'm not really sure what to do other than talk about it here and there and get really excited about it.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

School Supplies

This post brought to you by Astrobrights Papers by Neenah Paper. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am so excited for Calder to start preschool this year. It will be fabulous for his independence and social skills. He is thrilled. I am also excited that this is the first year I get to buy school supplies for my kid. The list of things he needs isn't long but there are a few things I intend to buy to have on hand at home so we can duplicate the type of craft they do at school. And for afternoon fun!

One of those things I'm excited about is AstroBrights papers. It seems silly to be excited about paper but this is pretty cool paper. It's like scrapbook paper in that it has a smooth texture and comes in tons of colors and weights. 26 colors to be exact. Each piece has the same color as every other piece in that shade. That is pefect for larger projects where I need the colors to be the same. I also love the bright, happy rainbow they all make when using them together.

AstroBrights papers is doing a "Give a Brighter Year" sweepstakes. You could win cash and school supplies valuing $30,000! So check it out!

It will also be fun to participate in the family-friendly "Make Something Astrobright" design challenge. All you have to do is create something using AstroBrights papers. Then showcase it on pinterest, facebook or twitter using the hashtag #goastrobrights. I can't wait to see what people come up with! I think these would be perfect for party decorating and invitations. How sweet would it be to have perfectly coordinating invites, place cards and food labels?

Here are a few other ideas:

  • Job charts for the kids
  • lunchbox notes
  • homemade valentines
  • letters to grandparents
  • print your boarding pass with it, so you won't lose it in your carry on

 

is really fabulous paper. It's a definite must have for any home.

 

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Where I've Been

 Well, I've been away for a while. Two months to be exact. Colette Abigail Wilcox was born on May 19. We've been having fun as a family of four. Calder is absolutely in love with Colette (we all are, really) and we've all been pretty happy. My posting may be sparse the rest of the summer while we try to spend as much time together before Calder starts preschool in September. I'll pop in when I can!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Guest Post on S.I.P. Project

Today I'm guest posting over at The S.I.P. Project! Head on over if you want to see more of this:

 Have a fabulous Tuesday!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Car Seat Cover

This is probably nesting project number 245. I am so feeling the nesting instinct. It's great! I have not been sleeping as much but am accomplishing more. I do resolve to sleep more because at some point it will catch up and I don't want that to be when I have this baby! She's due in 5 weeks!

I've been seeing these car seat covers everywhere and decided to go ahead and make one. Why not? They seem useful. So I found some adorable fabric at JoAnn's and went to work. Since I've been seeing them everywhere I decided not to reinvent the wheel and use a tutorial someone else came up with. The one I liked the best was from SewDangCute. I love that it had a peek a boo window so you could check to see if the baby was awake without moving the whole cover.
 I'm really happy with it. It really was fast and easy. It would be a fun beginner project because it doesn't need to fit anyone and they give basic dimensions. Oh! One thing I did change was the window. I wanted it to have clear plastic sewn in so it would hold it's shape better. I don't like the look of a droopy square in the cover, so I just used plastic from some crib sheet packaging and sewed it in. This is the soft pliable plastic and it was perfect!

Monday, April 30, 2012

New Growth Chart

 I've mentioned a time or two that I have a fabulous friend named Katie who has a vinyl business over at Vinyl Vineyard. She's fabulous and I love her style. I recently got a growth chart vinyl from her and have been searching all over for a piece of old wood to make a growth chart out of.
 I got tired of searching so I went to Home Depot and bought a 6 foot long board and Calder and I took a hammer to it. It was a lot of fun and I love the way it turned out. We stained it a dark walnut, which I also love. Then we put the vinyl on. It turned out really great! It may be a little dark but I still really love it.
You can get your own growth chart vinyl over at Vinyl Vineyard. Oh and she ships crazy fast and does beautiful custom work. I love it.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Lollipop Shoe Rack

A few weeks ago we were at Ikea when Calder spotted these adorable little legs and really wanted to buy them. They were $3.00 in the As-Is section, so I couldn't refuse. We quickly came up with a project that needed done. We needed an entryway shoe rack.
 It is basically a smaller version of the bench we made using spare bed parts. These are just some more of those parts. Don't worry, I have even more so there are more projects in my future. Calder chose the colors to paint the boards and helped me drill the legs on. I love doing projects with him. He gets so into it.
Oh who am I kidding. I love the drill too.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New Outfit Reveal

 I know. Long time no see. Sorry guys. I've been traveling and nesting and not blogging. Hopefully I can pop in here a bit more frequently to show you some of the projects I've been doing. This new Spring outfit is one of those. Here's what it looks like:
 As you may remember I am buying a new outfit each quarter this year. If it works well I will continue to buy my clothes this way. I love that I can choose whatever I want but it is a little daunting to think I will only buy 4 shirts this year. This is my first quarter outfit. I'm actually not buying a second quarter outfit until after the baby is born. It is so much easier when you're not pregnant.
 Here's the item breakdown:
Jacket from Nordstrom
White (maternity) shirt: Shade
Skirt: I made it. I couldn't find anything I liked so this one will be converted to a non-maternity version after I have the baby.
Shoes: Miz Mooz from Nordstrom They are even on sale now!
Bag: Thrifted
Necklace and Bracelet: Junghwa on Etsy. I love so much of her stuff.
 I love these shoes. I wear them with everything and they are the most comfortable shoes I own. I have a few friends who own Miz Mooz shoes and they also love them. I may be buying a few more pairs of this brand this year.
I also love the jewelery. I originally gravitated toward statement pieces but decided I really wanted something I could wear every day. And I have. I don't really take it off at all and it looks awesome with everything. It's perfect for the busy mom. Also, can I just say I really love everything in  Junghwa's shop! You should check her out here.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Pea Pod Dress

 Oh the Pea Pod dress. I am so in love with this one. I actually made it years ago and put it in my gift giving stash but couldn't bring myself to gift it. I love this dress. It is made using striped suiting and green tweed. This dress is totally reversible and has a cool closure on the back. The suiting side has a little green pocket with three little buttons that look like peas to me.

 It is definitely a simple dress but I love it just the same.

 Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Velvet Beauty

 I know this dress doesn't appeal to everyone but I really love it. The dress is made of camel colored velvet with a side pocket. The yolk is crocheted with chunky yarn held together with a large button.
 There is also red trim around the bottom. It is closer to 18 to 24 month in size.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Dresses Dresses Dresses

 This week I want to show you some of the dresses I've been working on for the baby girl I'm expecting in June. This one is by far my favorite. I love this fabric so much. I saved the remnants from my Tea Cup Corset Apron. The fabric is Michael Miller's Ellie Amber fabric. I have used every scrap of that fabric because I love it so much.
 This dress has lots of fun details. The bow on the hem and the buttons on the yolk are my two favorites. I do also love the big button closure on the back and the elastic waist.
 This one is a size 1, which is is awesome because then I can stare at it in her closet for a long time!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Lamp Shade Update

The weather here has started to be outside friendly and I couldn't resist hustling out to spray paint the lamps! They need one more coat of paint-- my primer had gummed up, so covering the black required a few more coats than I anticipated. But this gives a general idea of what the end result will be:


The wall is still not grey, but it will be by the end of this summer! :)

I really love taking something familiar (I've had these for 15 years), and giving it a new look. Sometimes I wish someone would take ME and give me a new look...any takers? ;)

Happy projecting!
Apple

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Simple St Patrick's Day Craft: Shamrock Rainbow

Here on the dacha, we are not Irish, but love any excuse to decorate and celebrate!
This craft takes about 1 hour from beginning to end.
So grab the following:
  1. Glue stick
  2. Paper
  3. Scissors

Print this:
  • Shamrock pattern (right click and save as image to be printed)

Trace and cut out the shamrocks in rainbow colors:


Cut and glue together strips of paper, and glue the shamrocks on:


And end up with this (probably could have added 2 more rows to make it perfect)!


Happy St. Patrick's Day!


FYI: St. Patrick was captured/enslaved as a young man (about 16) and forced to labor in Ireland. He eventually escaped. Years later, he felt moved to return to Ireland to teach about God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. He used the clover to teach the pre-Christian Irish about the Trinity. I don't believe in the Trinity as he taught, but I love looking at the clovers and thinking about his sacrifice and love for others.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Spending Fast 2012: Completed

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Spending Fast! February is officially over. How was it? 

I have to admit this was probably the worst spending fast I've done. I needed to sign Calder up for swimming lessons and hockey lessons and couldn't do it until February, so I did. He also needed a hockey stick cut to his height, so we bought one. And he needed knee pads and elbow pads, so we bought those too. Basically all my spending fast mishaps were for him, (and his hockey lessons) so I don't feel too bad. I feel like I sacrificed and didn't buy anything for me, so it was still a success. Even though I really wanted a new swimsuit for swimming lessons since I don't have a maternity one. All well. It stretches okay.

The other miscalculation I did was Calder now eats like a real kid and not a small toddler. So, my grocery budget ended up being a little over. I spent $56.00 a week, which is still much better than last month. It was a lot harder this time though.So next year I'll probably do a $60.00 weekly budget.

Oh and to follow up on the new outfit. Jason prefers #2 but isn't crazy about either one! Ugh. I don't really dress for him but it's nice when he likes what I wear. So, instead of scouring the internet for a few more weeks we're probably going shopping this weekend. He did like the shoes so we're going to start there. I'll let you know how it goes!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Baby Tunic Winner

According to Random.org (I wish I could figure out how to copy the widget so you all know I don't just make this stuff up)  the winner of the Baby Tunic is lucky #7! Congrats Ariel. I'll get it to you soon! 

I hope you are all having a wonderful Leap Day! It was my turn to host preschool and so we did some fun activities with frogs and learned a little bit about Leap Day. It was fun!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Thoughtful Tuesday

I asked my dear friend Katie of Clarendon Lane fame to guest post about a service opportunity she has experienced. She was so sweet to do it and I hope to continue this great guest posting series on a regular basis.

Let me first tell you a little more about Katie. We grew up in the same small town in Eastern Oregon. She has always been beautiful, talented and driven. She also does very hard things. Her husband was deployed for a long time and she was a tough cookie taking care of her kids. I admire her determination and strength. 

Katie is also incredibly talented. She can take junk and turn it into something amazing and beautiful. You should definitely follow her blog. Oh and she's moving soon and I can't wait to see her new digs. I'm sure she'll make it beautiful!

Here's Katie's experience in her own words:

My act of service was a spontaneous decision, really. I saw a need and I simply filled it. I think there are so many opportunies to fill a need if we just look- and then act.
 
In my case, I was at the Post Office with my son and daughter. Afton was in the stroller and perfectly content with a bottle, while her brother pushed her and I held my 8 packages that had to be shipped out. While I was paying, I couldn't help but notice this struggling mother who held an 18 month in her arms and a 3 year old at her feet. At first, they seemed fine, but soon the baby grew impatient while waiting for his mother to package a gift for someone. While he began crying, the three year old kept doing what 3 year olds do...not holding still, whining, etc. I could see a look on the mother's tired face that looked just like mine usually does.
 
On this particular day, my other son was at pre-school, so that made one less kid to handle, but also somehow Afton was sitting so still and quiet in the stroller. This is NOT how it usually is. Most days, I haul three kids in there, one screaming to get out of the stroller, two boys fighting over who gets to open the drop box or running at full speed-cutting off every elderly person they pass while doing it- don't forget whining about why we're there, how long we have to stay, etc.
 
It seemed like forever til the Postman was done calculating my totals and we were done. I could see (along with everyone else) that the mother was still struggling to quiet her children. Instead of leaving, and saying "whew, I'm glad that's not me today", I decided to do what I wish more people would do for me. I decided to help her.
 
I didn't want her to feel that I was judging her, or making her feel bad, but just sincerely helping in a mother to mother "I understand" sort of way. She accepted, I smiled, and I took her 18 month old in my arms and her three year old followed a few feet away, where Vince, Afton and I entertained them for a few minutes while their mom finished her errand. I thought she might say no, and think I was a stranger or weird for asking. But she didn't.
 
It wasn't hard, it wasn't weird. Why are we so scared to talk to strangers or even help others? Especially mothers. We need each other! We can relate in a world where it seems like everyone else has forgotten how hard it is to raise children.
 
When she was finished, she simply said thank you. It wasn't a big deal, just a small thing I could do to help another mom out. But I felt like Vince and I got the better reward. It felt good inside. And it felt good to offer a hand when at least 12 others in the same room didn't.
 
My kids are 5, 3 and 18 months, and they are a handful! Especially all together. But life requires errands, and grocery trips, and unexpected stops along the way...whether our baby has had a nap or not. I hope to be more observant like I was today- and LOOK for opportunies to help others. I know that they'll be grateful, and/or at the very least, we will be blessed and grow because of it.
 
 This week for Thoughtful Tuesday I would like to encourage you to keep your eyes open to those spontaneous opportunities that you can help someone. These aren't big things, just small things that you can do to help someone when you see they need help. I'm excited for this one. I really want to work hard to do something every day. 
 
Thanks for the inspiration Katie! 

Monday, February 27, 2012

New Outfit

*Updated to include sources*

As the spending fast comes to a close I've started assessing my list of things to buy in March. One of those is a whole new outfit. My great friend LuAnn told me her plan of buying a whole new outfit every quarter. That's four new outfits a year but that's it. I love this idea because I tend to wear the same favorite pieces over and over again anyway. I also have a hard time spending lots of money for my clothes, but if I know this is the only shirt I'm buying this quarter, it can be higher quality and therefore more expensive. 

Recently Ain't No Mom Jeans posted a blog post about quality vs quantity that really stuck with me. I really prefer nicer clothes that I love vs. the same old t-shirt. I am committing myself to this plan for the year. I'm excited to see how it goes. 

Obviously being pregnant throws a little wrench into the plan. I think I am going to spend more on shoes, bags, scarves and jewelry because those are the things I can use forever. I'm still trying to figure out what outfit to buy. It's a lot harder than it seems. 

Here are a few of the pieces I like. 
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So I need your help. I know I have two outfits shown and can only get one.

What outfit would you choose? If you could spend any amount of money for a new outfit (not that I can) what would you buy?

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