• MakeUp Monday: Easy Thanksgiving Look

    Can you believe that Thanksgiving is this week? It is coming up so fast. Hopefully you all are getting ready, and planning on seeing loved ones. And if you are hosting, that you have put the turkey in the refrigerator this morning to thaw. Don’t want to serve still frozen turkey. That never goes over to well.

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    Have you guys seen the movie from a few years ago, Four Christmases with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn? They have to run around and see both sets of divorced parents. Anyway, that is our Thanksgiving. We will be having four Thanksgiving dinners. (With three kiddos in tow, this will be no easy feat) We won’t need to eat again for a month.

    Easy Thanksgiving Makeup

    Today,  I thought that I would walk through a great simple Thanksgiving makeup look. Something to make you look all put together, yet festive. And the best part, it will look great on everyone; no matter your skin tone.

  • Gift Giving Made Easy- Oil Diffuser Necklace

    Welcome to the Gift Giving Made Easy Series

    Last week we had super fun Turkeys made from socks. They were so easy to make, and turned out simply adorable. You can check them out here if you missed it.

    Oil Diffuser Necklace

    This week is brought to you by The Hippie Hobby. To be completely honest, I had an entirely different craft planned this week (don’t worry we just shifted it around so you won’t miss out on that awesome crafty gift); but when The Hippie Hobby box arrived, I could not wait to put together this month’s craft.

  • Book Review- “The Riddle”

    When was the last time that you read a book that you not only could not put down, but stayed up way past bedtime to finish? When was the last time that you were so tuned into a book, that you forgot to get dinner started and everyone had to eat super late? When was the last time that you were bummed when a book ended cause you needed more?

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    Well if it has been a while, then I have the perfect book for you. The Riddle. It was that book for me. Simply put, I could not put this book down. It was funny, the hubby went to bed, and I was up well past midnight reading this in the dark on my iPad. I just had to finish it. While the book itself was a romance (in my opinion), there was certainly a dark cloud that hung over it. I mean it is about a boy who went to prison for a murder that he did not commit, kinda hard to make that a happy story.

    From the Back of Book-

    “Seven years ago Kort Eriksen went to prison for killing his girlfriend Desiree. Now he’s back in Riddle and some people think he got off easy. Others, including long time friend Norma, think he was railroaded because he’s the only Native American in town. Grace Donahue is running away from her past. Trapped in Riddle until her car is repaired she develops a friendship with Kort. Suddenly accidents are happening and people are dying. Is Kort adding to his list of victim’s or has someone else taken the reins? As mysteries from the past rise to the surface, more questions will be raised. The suspect file grows as victim’s fall. Is Desiree’s killer back for more or is someone trying to avenge her death? The riddle of Riddle will be solved, but how many bodies will it take to find the answers?”

    A few side words (and potential spoilers)- first, there was no hugely bloody, violent scenes. While the story is based on the murder, it is not gruesome (which some in the genre feel they need to be overly gruesome). There is a big fight scene but it was not to bad, violence wise. Second, while there is sex; it is not very detailed. It more leads you down the start of this road, then it picks back up after the fact with them in bed.

    While I was able to figure out the murderer about two thirds of the way in, I was not able to see the final plot twist at the end. It completely creeped my out, to be honest. Without giving to much away, be sure to read the entire book. You don’t want to miss the last few pages. The book is only $3.99, there is no reason not to download it today. Click here for all the details.

    What is your favorite type of book? Do you read murder mystery and/or thriller subjects? Let me know what your thoughts are.

  • Cute Turkey ThanksGiving Craft

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    OMG my girls and I (and even daddy) had so much fun making these. Plus, they turned out so cute and were incredibly easy to make; even my four year old was able to make one. They would make a perfect hostess gift for who is hosting Thanksgiving Dinner.

    Everyone has seen snowman sock crafts (oh you haven’t no worries, tune in in December for those. As a little preview they are way easier to make then the turkeys), so this is a little twist on those.

    Turkey Thanksgiving Craft

    Gather up everything that you will need:

    1. Socks (preferably brown or fall colors) Women’s and Children’s work the best. Mens tend to be a bit large.
    2. Rice
    3. Feathers
    4. Orange Felt
    5. Rubber Bands
    6. Glue
    7. Scissors
    8. Orange ribbon
    9. Straight Pins (with heads)
    10. Optional- Essential Oils (we like lavender)

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    Step 1– You will need to cut the sock just above the heel. Put the piece with the toe aside for now.

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    Step 2– You will need to turn the sock inside out, using one of your rubber bands tie up the side that you cut. Make sure that it is tight, you don’t want rice falling out. Once all tight, turn your sock right side out again.

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    Step 3– Fill the sock with rice, to make it easier I put my sock inside a mason jar. When it is about half way full put a few drops of the essential oil in, if you choose.

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    Step 4– Once you have your sock all full of rice, tie up the top using a rubber band.

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    Step 5– About a third of the way down, use the last rubber band and gently tie off. Only tie the rubber band once or twice, if you tie it to tight you will end up with a bobble head turkey.

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    Step 6– Cut off a strip of the orange ribbon, and tie as a scarf covering the rubber band. Use a straight pin to hold in place.

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    Step 7– Using the straight pins, add eyes. Cut a small piece of orange felt into a triangle and glue on for mouth.

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    Step 8– Now is a good time to cut out the feet and back out of the orange felt. I like to cut out/make a stencil for the parts before trying to cut on the felt. Winging it is not my strong suit.

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    Step 9– It is easy to add the feet now before you add the hat and feathers. You can either glue the feet on or use some pins to hold them in place. I used both.

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    Step 10- You will add glue to the back. Make sure that you cover most of it as the feathers will be attaching to it. I tried to use Mod Podge, but straight school glue actually worked much better. With a whole lot less mess.

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    Step 11- Add feathers. You will want to place these into a fan shape. With my dark brown socks, I liked the contrast of white/tan feathers, but you can use any color that suits your fancy.

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    Step 12- You will add more glue to the exposed feather base. This is what will be adhering to the back side of your turkey. If you tend to be a little glue happy, it will seep out and leave you with dried glue around the feathers.

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    Step 13– Gently press the backing with the feathers against the back of your turkey. With the glue still being wet (or I guess you could wait for it to dry, but who wants to do that), the feathers will shift and move around. You can reposition them to if they press on weird. Now, also we found that they tend to push away from the turkey when it is still wet, we solved this by placing a few pins on it to help hold it together while it dries.

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    Step 14- Woo Hoo almost done. You are going to grab the unused toe part of the sock and roll up the cut side to make a little hat. It can be a floppy hipster kind of hat, or a tighter beanie kind; totally up to you. Once you have rolled your hat, place it gently on the head of the turkey.

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    And there you go! Cute, simple turkeys made out of socks.

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    What did you think of this turkey, Thanksgiving, craft? Is it something that you give a try on or pass? What about letting your kids put them together while you are busy making the main turkey? Let me know what your thoughts are.

     

  • The Nest

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    From the Back of Book: 

    “A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.

    Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs’ joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.

    Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can’t seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to reimagine the futures they’ve envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.

    This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.”

    My Thoughts

    I feel so much better about my family after reading this. The Plumb family has dysfunction down to a science and that is exactly what makes you want to root for them.

    The characters are unbelievably real. The sibling rivalry is what everyone with a sibling feels. Yet just like in real families, they love each other more than anything. And would do anything for each other. The family drama is what most families feel at some point. These are the points that make you fall in love with each of the siblings. Their faults you adore, their tone talking to each other you can relate to, and the love between them all you can feel.

    This book will have you cheering, will have you laughing out loud and at times a bit sad. A must read for anyone who has thought that their family was the most hysterically dysfunctional family on the planet.

    What do you think about family drama, do you like books written about it or do you have enough in your family?

  • MakeUp Monday: Sept Ipsy Review

    September Ipsy Review

    Woo Hoo we are getting there! Today, I am going to share with you my September Ipsy bag. And I have to admit it was another kinda blah bag. I seem to be in a streak of not to exciting bags, which is kinda sad. While the over all value of the bags have been amazing, the actual product is what has been leaving me empty.

    In case you have missing my last several posts, Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service. It will send you every month a variety of samples; ranging from hair care, to skin care, to makeup, to tools (think makeup brushes, hair ties, tweezers and so on), to nail polish and even more. You will receive 4-5 samples of a variety of items. Samples can range from a size that they would hand out in a store, to a full size item. Ipsy has been going all out lately with LOTS of full-sized items. This making the value of the bag much high then the $10 a month that it costs. Plus, what makes this service above and beyond for me, is that it comes in a reusable makeup bag. For a house full of girls, these bags are the jewel and everyone wants it.

    What was in the September bag?

    • NYX Eyeshadow Trio- Full Sized– I was so looking forward to this item. NYX has a reputation for being a low-cost makeup (that you can pick up at any Target or Walmart) but high quality. This particular trio was designed exclusively for Ipsy. However, once trying it, I was disappointed. It had a ton of fall out, the colors did not blend nicely, and there was almost to much pigment for the blending ability. Even Tink (a teenage girl who loves all things makeup) brought it back to me saying that I could keep it. Boo
    • City Chic Lipstick in One Night Stand- Full Sized– Ok, I am going to admit something, I don’t like lipsticks. Yes, we all know that they can finish off a look, they can make you look more awake and polished. But I just don’t feel comfortable in them. Especially not in hot pink, bright reds, or purple colors. And Ipsy keeps sending me these colors. Needless to say, this is still in the plastic wrap.
    • Pixi Brow Powder Trio- Full Sized– This product was better than expected. I don’t need help with my brows, as I am a muppet to start with. That being said, this was a great little trio. With the colors given (a very light brown, a very dark brown and a highlighter) you can create any shade to match your natural brow color. It is very easy to blend, looks natural, and over all a great product. Even though I don’t use the color, I am in love with the highlighter.
    • Crown Brush Concealer Brush– This is a great, let me repeat great, concealer brush. It picks up quite a bit of product and applies evenly. It can leave brush strokes so you might want to pat your skin when done.
    • Vasanti Brighten Up Cleanser- This is a fantastic brand. I love it when I get these samples. It makes your skin so smooth, bright (without being shiny), and not dry or tight. Highly recommend giving this brand a try.
    • Last but never least (as it is always our favorite part) the bag Gold colored textured bag. This month it was a big smaller than the normal bag, but looked so glamorous. It will look great in my purse to carry my daily use stuff that my purse has a tendency to eat.

    Even though I was not in love with September’s bag, it was a great value and the bag was cute. What about you guys, would you like a subscription service like this; or would you rather use the $10 to buy something that you know that you like? Do you have an Ipsy subscription?

  • The Santa Hotline

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    This year has been crazy, now I am no Scrooge. But Christmas is AFTER Thanksgiving. Most years I have no desire to hear anything Christmas related till after turkey day. There is no need to mix the two, or gip the turkey out of their ONLY holiday. This year, however, I am all in the holiday sprit now. I am so ready for cozy sweaters, scarves, mittens, hot chocolate. The jingling of bells everywhere we go. Peppermint in the air. There is something magical about winter and I am ready for it now.

    How about you all? Are you looking for something to get into the holiday spirit? Are your kids working on their Christmas lists for Santa. You know that there is only a few weeks left to get that list into the big guy in red. So instead of writing him, hoping that not only he gets it in time, but that he has not completed the gifts; give him a call instead.

    Thats right, you can call into Santa. Even better, you can do it for FREE!! Now, Santa is super busy this time of year, so he probably isn’t answering his phone (except for when Mrs Claus calls), but you can leave a message and he does listen to every single message he gets.

    How fun is that? My girls have called into him and LOVED it. It was so cute, and sounds just like what his answering machine would say. His little message about all the good boys and girls is adorable. There is even a shout of to his reindeer, and of coarse Mrs. Claus don’t want to leave her out.

    Click here for the phone numbers.

    Give him a call and let me know what your kids thought? Did they think it was as fun as my girls did?

  • Gift Giving Made Easy- DIY Coasters

    Welcome to the “Gift Giving Made Easy” Series

    So I thought that I would do something a little different this holiday season (and yes the holiday season starts after Halloween). Every Friday from now till Christmas, I will post a super simple craft that will be great for a present, or something that your kids can make and give out to grandparents/aunts/uncles/family friends and so on. My goal will be that each craft will only cost between $5.00 and $10.00 or have items that you would already have at home.

    DIY Coasters

    Week 1- Gift Giving Made Easy- 
    DIY Coasters

    Coasters, they are one of those items that you must have if you are going to keep your coffee table looking nice for any period of time. But they can get awfully expensive, for what you get. How about a custom-made, set of six, for only $5.00 and twenty minutes. Yup, I made all 6 in 20 minutes (including the cutting).

    What you need:

    1. Tile Squares (you can get these at Home Depot for $0.14 a piece)
    2. Scrap Book Paper (if you don’t have some of this lying around, you can get them at Jo-Ann’s for $.77)
    3. Scissors
    4. Paint Brush
    5. Mod Podge (LOVE this stuff. Again if you don’t have any you can pick some up at Jo-Ann’s. I would recommend waiting till you have a 40% off coupon for it. Without it is $7.99 a bottle)

    That’s it. Super simple, mostly with stuff that you already have around the house. Gotta love that.

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    Step 1– Gather supplies. Nothing is more frustrating than halfway through, realizing that you need something or worse you don’t have it. I am speaking from experience, as noted by my missing paintbrush.

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    Step 2- Cut the scrap-book paper to the size you would like on the coaster. I choose just to have a center “runner” down the middle of mine. But you can frame it, have diagonal lines, anything that would you like to have.

    Step 3- Wipe off tile squares. Coming from Home Depot, they tend to be a bit dusty and dirty. Just take a wet paper towel and wipe them off.

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    Step 4- Using the paint brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back of the scrap-book paper.

    Step 5- Place it gently on the tile where you want it.

    Step 6- (I seemed to forget to take a picture of this step, but hopefully it is pretty self explanatory.) Apply a little pressure, and push down the paper and push out any air bubbles that are trapped. Trust me, you want to get them out now, cause it is much harder later.

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    Step 7- Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the entire tile square. Paying special attention to the edges of the scrap-book paper. Make sure to get all edges covered so they lay flat. Make sure that all your brush strokes are going in one direction.

    Step 8- Wait to dry

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    Step 9- Apply another layer of Mod Podge to the entire tile square. This time, rotate the tile 90 degrees so your brush strokes are perpendicular to the first. This will give you full coverage over the square.

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    Step 10- Your done! Just wait for it all to dry completely. I always give it over night, but it certainly dries much faster then that.

    There you have it. Super simple, quick and cheap coasters. Now you could get all fancy and apply some felt to the back of them, but you don’t have to. Tie up with a pretty bow and they are ready to gift to whom ever you deem worthy.

    Have you guys tried making coasters before? How have you done it? Are these something that you would hand out?

  • Tacos Tacos and More Tacos

    I love tacos. And not in that once in a while a taco sounds yummy kinda of way. But in a I could live on tacos and be completely happy about it. There has been more then a time or two where I started my day with egg tacos for breakfast, then had chicken tacos for lunch and ended the day with shrimp tacos. I simply cannot get enough.

    When I was asked to review Alex Stupak and Jordana Rothman’s book “Tacos Recipes and Provocation” I was beyond excited. There may have been jumping and squealing. I could not wait to get my hands on this book, and let me tell you that it did not disappoint.

    Once it arrived, I opened the box and stood in awe of this beautiful book. After taking it out, even the book smelled of spices. (And yes I made everyone in my family smell it to make sure that I was nor just imagining it) It is a thick, heavy, hard back with all the writing almost engraved into the cover. It makes a beautiful addition to any kitchen.

    I was surprised at the detail that went into this book. It goes over so much more then just tacos. It covers tortillas, salsas, chiles and more. The inspiration here was overwhelming. After reading it, all in one sitting and driving my family nuts talking about tacos, I made a grocery list of everything that I was going to need to make tacos; complete from scratch, and off to the store I went.

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    Well to say it was a disaster would be a bit dramatic. But, there were no fresh from scratch tortillas for my tacos. We will have to try and attempt that again at another time. Quite possibly with margaritas. The rest of the meal was simply amazing. We did the grilled shrimp tacos from the book, substituting avocados with pineapple (we are not a green eating family over here). The simplicity in the taco did not take away from the flavor. Living here in the southwest, we are no stranger to spicy mexican food, and these were just as good as any restaurant tacos I have ever had. That is saying a lot, since cooking is not one of my strongest suits.

    If you are looking for a great book on a singular topic to add to your collection, this would hands down be the best one that I have read.

    Do any of you guys share my taco love here? Would you buy a book only on tacos? Are you willing to try variations of the classic ground beef taco (which we learn in the book are not something that you would actually ever find in Mexico)?

  • MakeUp Monday: Aug Ipsy Review

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    Holy cow it is November! Hope that everyone had a great Halloween weekend. My girls over here were so happy that it fell on a Saturday. A whole day devoted to Halloween Prep. We went to the pumpkin patch, carved said pumpkins, got all dressed up, did our trick or treating, then snuggled up to watch a late night movie, The Addams Family. What a great day. How about you guys? What did you do to celebrate the holiday?

    Are you all ready for several weeks of review? I am determined to get all caught up by December. We will see if that happens though. In case you have missed everyone blogging about Ipsy, it is a monthly beauty subscription service. For only $10 a month, you will receive 4-5 beauty samples (some of these will be full sized product). Plus, a reusable makeup/cosmetic bag. The bag is what really sets it apart from the other beauty services, in my opinion.

    But for August, it was the first bag in a long time that I was disappointed with. It seemed to have missed the boat for me. While I love getting eyeliner in the bags, cause who can have to much eyeliner, it was black and I am trying oh so hard to stop using my black eyeliners. (It makes you look so much younger using a brown instead, and I certainly want to look younger)

    What was in the bag:

    • Marc Anthony Hair Oil– I am always a bit disappointed to get hair oil in my bags. Yes, it is all the rage right now. Yes, people love it. Yes, for some people it has completely changed their hair game. But for my thin fine hair, I don’t need the weight of the oil to hold it down; making it look, well, oily. This was a full sized sample though.
    • Hikari Lip Gloss in Merlot– Ugh yet another lipgloss that I won’t use. I am a chapstick, or nude kinda lip gal. All of these super dark “fall” color lipgloss are just not my game. But it was another full sized lipgloss.
    • Doucce Eyeliner in Black– I was doing so well, not touching my black pencil eyeliners. Really I was. Then this one popped into my bag and I had to try it for sake of this review. (See all for you guys) It is a wonderful liner. Very creamy, no tugging or pulling, leaves a beautiful line. AMAZING eyeliner. And yet another full sized product. This bag was certainly was a great value, based on the size of the products that were in it.
    • Eco-Beauty good night cream– This is one of those products that I have heard a lot about. Making me very excited about receiving it. I tried it the first night that I got it. It was a decent cream; not a lot of smell, and thick enough for a night cream without drowning your skin. But not OMG I look amazing in the morning moments; maybe for someone a bit younger, without any lines it would be worth it. So while I liked it, I won’t be trading in my trusted night cream for this product any time soon.
    • Trust Fund Beauty in Elegantly Wasted– One more full sized product. This was a cute lavender colored nail polish. I like that it was a muted, matte type color. It went on very well, but you certainly needed two or more coats.
    • Bag– My favorite part of each month is the bag. Between myself and my three girls, these bags are highly coveted. They get used each month. This months was a great bag. It was a black and white star meets chevron pattern (which we all love), with a hot pink zipper and interior. We may have resorted to rock, paper, scissors to decide who gets this one.

    How many of you guys Ipsy? What are your thoughts on the service? Would you pay $10 a month for a selection of beauty samples?

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