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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Colorful Brushstrokes Nail Art Tutorial

I'm definitely not one of those people who is always dressed perfectly from head to toe. These days I'm usually wearing a ponytail, a tshirt, and jeans. But I especially love adding a fun and bright accessory or two to my simple everyday outfit, especially for light and simple summer beauty. Cute nails, a pretty scarf, sunglasses, or a statement necklace can take a simple outfit to the next level. Plus, my kids LOVE it when I have cool nail art.

Originally, I wanted to create more of a watercolor look. I was inspired by this nail art tutorial. The tutorial is translated from French, so I'm pretty sure she said she used rubbing alcohol as a way to thin the polish to create the watercolor look, but she also said she used "farting yellow" as a color. Obviously, Google translator is not perfect. I tried doing this and it just did not work for me. The polish got sort of thin and clumpy and then it seemed to peel away at the white polish when I brushed it on. So, instead I decided to go for the defined individual brushstrokes look (like this gorgeous DIY scarf), and it turned out perfectly!

I had been wanting a little nail art kit of some kind, so I headed to Walgreens with my daughter Lyla. I haven't really written about it much, but we recently moved from Orlando, FL to Lookout Mountain, GA. We literally live on a mountain. It's been a difficult transition for me because most of my favorite stores are 30 plus minutes away, but there is a Walgreens right at the bottom of the mountain, only about 10 minutes away. Hooray! #WalgreensBeauty #CollectiveBias (Plus, check out the free gift with purchase offer now through 8-30-14: Spend $20 on beauty products and get a free travel make-up brush set. Get the coupon here.)

Lyla pretty much wanted to fill our little basket with every color ever made... and I can't say I don't have the same urge most of the time. I especially wanted to try out everything from the Sally Hansen I ♥ Nail Art line!

What you need:
1. Detail Brush (I got the Sally Hansen I ♥ Nail Art Kit with two brushes and a dotting tool)
2. Nail Polish Remover (I picked up some from the Studio 35 line at Walgreens)
3. Colorful Nail Polish
4. White Nail Polish
5. Base Coat and Top Coat

What you do:

1. Start off with a base coat. Then carefully paint your nails with two coats of white polish. Make sure you wait a while between coats to make sure each coat is completely dry.

2. Choose your first color. I wanted this blue color to be the focus, so I started with it. I dabbed a little polish into a painter's pallet, but you could also use something like parchment paper. Use your thin detail or striping brush to paint stripes onto your white nails. Vary the way they look. If there is too much polish on the brush it will be thick and heavy. If there is a little less polish, you will get that great brushy look.

3. Clean your brush in nail polish remover between each color. (I filled one of the slots in the pallet with nail polish remover to make it easier.) Keep adding colors. For this look, I let some of the strokes overlap a little bit, but I mostly kept them separate from each other. I ended out using 6 different colors, but I think this look would also be beautiful with just 3 or 4. Picking your color combos is the best part!

4. Make sure the polish is fully dry and add a top coat for a finished look.

I love these Sally Hansen Neon polishes. Shown are Hot Wasabi and Pretty in Hot Pink.

Follow along with me on Instagram for more creative inspiration.

What color combo would you like to try?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fantastic DIYs - Monday Funday 83

The Monday Funday Link Party is a 8 Blog Party where you can share your latest creativity...DIY projects, crafts, and recipes! You can link up once and your projects will be seen on all 8 blogs. What a great way to grow your blog!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Summer Fun for a Mom of Three

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

In March we welcomed little Oliver to our family. As a whole, the transition from a family of four to a family of five has been easier than I expected. The kids love having the baby around, and Oliver is a really easy going guy. I was even able to take him to a blog conference (Haven) and we were able to go on a few family trips.

The one thing that has become a little harder this time around is me finding time for me. Especially when we are travelling or out and about, there are just so many little things to do and so many people who need me, I don't spend much (or any) time on myself.

In July, we all headed to the beach (we're lucky because Daytona beach is only 45 minutes away from our house) with some extended family. We stayed at a fun kid-friendly hotel, and really had a blast. However since I spent most of the time holding Oliver, putting on sunscreen, making sure nobody drowns, teaching Benjamin to swim, cleaning off sand, making trips back and forth to the room, getting juice boxes, feeding the baby, changing diapers, and a million other mom things, I barely had any time to myself. I certainly did not have much time to worry about how I looked. (The swimsuit is cute, but I was pretty much a happy mess the whole time we were at the beach. Plus, losing the baby weight has been particularly difficult this time around.)

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Geometric Heart Gift Tags (Free Printable)

Earlier this summer, I shared a really simple craft where you turn a pencil eraser into a triangle stamp. Well, I had so much fun playing around with these stamps, that I decided to turn this little hand-stamped geometric heart into a printable gift tag.

What you need:
3. Embroidery thread (or ribbon, twine, etc...)
5. Scissors and Card Stock

What you do:
1. Download the free printable.
2. Print onto card stock. I used 60 pound Card Stock in different colors.
3. Cut out the gift tags just slightly outside the black lines.
4. Punch a little hole in the top of the tag.
5. Thread embroidery floss through the hole and tie off to make a little tassel. 

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Handmade Baby Giveaway

There are SIX amazing shops participating in this giveaway.  Please take a moment to check out all of their talent by browsing through their shops!

Feather Feet

Lemony Stitch

Madly Wish

Unique Photo Crafts


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And I?ve teamed up with SEVEN other bloggers to let TWO of you win items from the shops above!  These ladies are all young moms who also love to share their hearts & creativity on their blogs.  Make sure you check out their sites for some amazing inspiration!
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Monday, August 18, 2014

A Simple Trick to Teach Proper Pencil Grip

This post brought to you by Huggies and Kleenex. All opinions are 100% mine.

This past week, my son Benjamin started Kindergarten. He was in a great preschool program last year, and he learned a lot of things, but he also just turned 5 a few weeks ago, and needs a little extra help from us to make sure he doesn't get behind.

One thing we especially need to work on is his pencil grip. His teacher last year spent a lot of time working with him on "pinch and prop", and sometimes he is really good at doing it properly. However, sometimes, he gets caught up in what he is working on and forgets to hold his pencil properly.

I saw this neat trick on Pinterest, and decided we needed to try it out: Tear a tissue in half and roll it into a little ball. Have your child hold the tissue with his or her pinkie and ring finger. Then hand them a pencil and let them write. Fortunately, I had just bought a 12 pack of Kleenex Ultra Soft at Sam's club!

Use Kleenex to teach pencil grip

I was a little skeptical as to whether or not Benjamin would actually hold onto the tissue as he wrote, but he did! When he was holding onto the tissue with his two little fingers, he just naturally held onto his pencil correctly with the other three.

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He held onto that little Kleenex and had great pencil grip through 2 worksheets... even when he started adding random letters to his name and cracking up when I told him the weird new name he had just spelled.

Pencil grip

This is just one of the many ways that we now use Kleenex® Ultra Soft tissues around our house (including of course as soft tissues for little runny noses). We even bought some extra boxes at Sam's Club to send into school with Benjamin.


A few other ways we love to use Kleenex® Ultra Soft 
1. A little placemat for a picnic snack
2. To help clean baby Oliver's face while he eats baby food
3. As a dry erase board eraser


What other creative ways do you use Kleenex® Ultra Soft ?

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Back to School Crafts - Monday Funday 82

The Monday Funday Link Party is a 8 Blog Party where you can share your latest creativity...DIY projects, crafts, and recipes! You can link up once and your projects will be seen on all 8 blogs. What a great way to grow your blog!

Monday Funday Link Party at thatswhatchesaid.net

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