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Link Round-up: Campfire Quesadillas, DIY Jewelry, Upcycling, and More

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has campfire quesadillas, a jewelry DIY, an upcycle blue jeans bowl, and more.

The Suburban Soapbox shared a recipe for campfire quesadillas.

The Partiologist shared tips for hosting a 70s theme party.

Domestic Mommyhood showed us how to make an upcycled blue jeans bowl.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a simple beaded necklace.

Raining Hot Coupons showed us how to make a strawberry cheesecake smoothie.

Create Craft Love shared some inspiration for a homework station.

Meet the Dubiens showed us how to make your own tutus with minimal sewing.

Photo credit: The Suburban Soapbox and A Beautiful Mess

Moms and Students Can Enjoy #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re interested in starting your own business and like books with a sassy voice, #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso is a fantastic read. If you know a high school student or recent graduate who doesn’t want to go the traditional college route (and maybe even if they do), this is a good story to share with them.

The book tells the story of Sophia Amoruso’s journey from the early days of selling on eBay and having nothing, to building a $100 million+ business (Nasty Gal) around vintage clothing finds and gorgeous newer clothing from today’s designers.

I personally loved the smart, let-it-all-hang-out, no secrets story. It’s a quick read and how can it help being an inspirational tale? Amoruso went from dumpster diving for bagels to becoming the CEO and founder of a successful business, in large part by starting small and paying attention to the little details.

It may be just the reminder that you, a teen, or young adult trying to find their way, could use in order to turn dreams into a reality.

#GirlBoss inspires its readers to take control of their lives and make things happen, no matter how much it seems the odds are stacked against them. It’s not your typical how-to or motivational story. It’s a funny, fresh read that reminds you how much a situation can change with the right amount of dedication, passion, and belief that things will all work out.

It feels like you’re reading an intriguing story more than a guide, but there’s so much knowledge tucked into those pages, too.

Photo credit: Amazon

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination: the Holy Grail for Tired Moms?

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 by No Comments

My mom came to visit for a week, and she was gushing about this new foundation she had been wearing for the past few months. She had this happy, lit-from-within glow, so of course I was intrigued and had to go check it out for myself.

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination comes in pressed powder form and offers medium to full coverage. My mild rosacea is covered, and it does make my skin look luminous, something powder foundations have never been able to do without the help of obvious shimmer—until this.

Bare Minerals came close, and this gives a similar look without the ingredients that cause breakouts and skin irritation in some people (namely bismuth oxychloride).

What I like about this, since I’m always looking for makeup shortcuts without going completely without it and scaring small children, is that it takes about 20-30 seconds to apply.

My previous go-to options were tinted moisturizers, BB creams, and CC creams, but those are harder to blend, harder to color match in many cases, and take longer, even though there are all the other “extras” included, like moisturizer (I always needed another moisturizer anyway), and skin treatments.

I can seriously do my makeup in about two minutes—foundation, blush, highlighter, eyeliner, and mascara. I can probably squeeze shadow in there, too, as long as I’m not doing too complicated of a look.

I use an inexpensive buffing brush I got from Everyday Minerals, so you don’t need to buy the expensive IT Cosmetics one to get a beautiful, polished effect that looks flawless and natural all at once.

One more thing: I have dry skin and it isn’t a problem at all as long as I moisturize first and give the product time to sink into my skin before applying the foundation. I can’t say that it will be the same in the winter, but for now, there’s no flaking, no accentuating pores or wrinkles, and no tight, uncomfortable feeling when I wear this.

Photo credit: Ulta

Link Round-up: Seashell Fish Craft, Gift Idea, Summer Hair and Makeup, and More

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a seashell fish craft, a gift idea, summer hair and makeup tips, and lots of delicious recipes.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make tropical fish out of seashells.

The Pin Junkie taught us how to make copycat Outshine strawberry popsicles.

Dieter’s Downfall taught us how to grill apricots to perfection.

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Simply Kelly Designs showed us a creative way to give money with a glass block bank.

Three in Three shared a stuffed ranch burger recipe that looks incredible.

Pint-Sized Baker offered a recipe for mint chocolate ice cream sandwiches.

Hello Little Home shared easy hair and makeup tips for summer.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and Simply Kelly Designs

Link Round-up: Sweet Rolls, Tie-Dye, Calm Toddlers, and More

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has cherry limeade sweet rolls, a tie-dye how-to, tips for a calmer toddler, and more.

It Bakes Me Happy shared a recipe for cherry limeade sweet rolls.

Army Wife to Suburban Life showed us how to make a cute princess bird ring (think Snow White!).

Sand in My Toes shared seven tips for a calmer toddler.

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Crafts by Amanda taught us how to make a sunshine ombre shibori tie-dye top.

Delineate Your Dwelling taught us how to make a prisma wall décor knock-off like the ones sold in stores for a lot more money.

Seasoned Homemaker told us how to make homemade bug spray.

Beautify showed us how to make a duct tape beach or pool bag.

Photo credit: It Bakes Me Happy and Crafts by Amanda

Link Round-up: Snacks, Pancakes, Reading Nook, and More

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up includes snack ideas, German chocolate pancakes, a reading nook, and more.

The Neighborhood Moms shared an opinion on Squeez’Ems and Pack’Ems, used for portable snacks.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom showed off her cute leather bag that carries all the essentials and looks even better as time goes on.

Kalyn’s Kitchen gave us a recipe for baked eggs with avocado and tomatoes.

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Suzy Sitcom showed us how to make fresh squeezed tropical punch with the Big Boss Juicer.

View Along the Way showed us how to create a DIY kids’ reading nook.

A Mom’s Take shared her lemonade and berry spritzer recipe.

Sweet and Spicy Monkey taught us how to make German chocolate pancakes.

Photo credit: The Neighborhood Moms and Suzy Sitcom

Link Round-up: How to Pit Cherries, a Shelf Makeover, DIY Oil Diffuser, and More

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has an easy way to pit cherries, a shelf makeover, tips for a DIY oil diffuser, recipes, and more.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom taught us how to make an oil diffuser.

Kalyn’s Kitchen gave us a black bean and pepper salad recipe.

View Along the Way taught us how to create a raised vegetable garden so easy a 4-year-old can do it.

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Suzy Sitcom showed us how to revamp a shelf with Shape Tape™.

The Neighborhood Moms showed us an easy way to pit cherries.

Sweet and Spicy Monkey shared a recipe for sweet cherry-coconut sherbet.

A Mom’s Take offered tips for keeping your child’s hearing safe.

Photo credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom and Suzy Sitcom

The Franco American Novelty Mermaid Wig Is the Finishing Touch to a Princess Outfit

Posted on May 16, 2014 by No Comments

My daughter was Ariel for Halloween, so we ended up buying her this wig to finish off her costume. I don’t think it’s a Halloween-only type of purchase. It isn’t very overpriced, and my daughter, like lots of little girls, really enjoys playing dress-up with her old Halloween costumes as well as other types of costumes she’s picked up over the past couple of years.

Dressing up as all the different princesses goes on all year long.

If your daughter wants to be Ariel any time of the year, this isn’t a bad choice for a wig. It’s definitely not without its flaws, but it’s less expensive than some other options. You can see the netting, for example, through the hair in some spots.

The bangs don’t stay perfectly swooped like Ariel’s. I found myself readjusting that bunch of hair as my daughter walked around on Halloween (it doesn’t matter so much if she’s just dressing up and playing around, though). It stays on her head better than some other wigs she’s had, and one good thing about the thinner hair is that it doesn’t make her sweaty and miserable.

I think some people are picky about the color, but I don’t mind the nearly neon red. I think it’s the perfect “cartoon red” and perfectly appropriate for a kid’s Ariel costume. It could work for other characters, like Strawberry Shortcake, too, in a pinch.

It’s not the highest quality wig in the world, but it gets the job done. I recommend watching the price for a while and snagging one while it’s pretty low. I think we got it for around $11, but as I’m writing this, it’s about $18. Amazon prices fluctuate quite a bit.

Photo credit: Amazon

The Perfekt Skin Perfection Cream SPF 30 Isn’t Perfect

Posted on May 15, 2014 by No Comments

I bought this little compact during the summer when my skin was closer to normal than dry, and I wanted a quick and easy-to-use, all-in-one product with a healthy dose of SPF. I wasn’t wowed. First, what I don’t like:

It’s $42 but if I were to use it every day, I’d only get about a month, maybe a month and a half out of it.

After the first use, it gets this white film over the top that probably has some simple, not gross explanation, but it still doesn’t look like anything I want to swipe my sponge over and apply to my face. I’m guessing it has to do with the sunscreen.

The finished look of it was inconsistent on my skin. Some days it made my skin look absolutely flawless. Other days, it picked up on all the little flakes I couldn’t even see until I applied the makeup. It didn’t matter if I had exfoliated my face or not. I couldn’t really make sense of it.

Now for what I did like:

  • I never got a sunburn while wearing it.
  • It was quick and easy to use, and sometimes it did look amazing.
  • The compact stays shut, so it’s easy to travel with.
  • My skin didn’t feel dried out with it; it felt like a fairly moisturizing product, but I still wouldn’t wear it while my skin’s firmly in the “dry” category.
  • It does a lot of the things it claims: provides natural coverage (not so sure about “buildable”), cut down on redness, cut down on dullness, and (often) gave me fresh looking skin.
  • It didn’t irritate my skin, even when I wore it every day for several days in a row. With some foundations, I have to rotate them or my skin gets angry.

I’m on the fence about whether it plumped and disguised fine lines. It really did depend on the day. Sometimes the flakiness the makeup picked up seemed to outline fine lines in my forehead and make them look worse.

I think there are enough pros to recommend this to someone with oily or combination skin, but I’m not sure about recommending it to someone with normal to dry skin. If you have a Sephora near you, I do recommend giving it a try there.

Photo credit: Sephora