Sunday, June 29, 2014

Breaktime



New Project. Sneak Peek.  Untitled.



Well, that's it folks. At least for now. Time for a break on the blog.

As much as I have enjoyed writing and sharing with you all, I need to sign off for a while. Time to focus on other creative projects. I might come though here and do some housecleaning. Maybe tweak this or that.

In the meantime, enjoy my past posts, if they are helpful to you. Feel free to comment. And check me out on my other social media hangouts. I will reply back.

Thanks to those who have followed and commented over here;)

Monday, June 16, 2014

"Be Natural, Be Cheap" is Now Published




Finally! It's taken longer than I had planned, but it's now published! You can purchase the eBook on Smashwords for only .99.

As you may notice, the working title was changed from "Naturally Cheap Beauty" to "Be Natural, Be Cheap."After working on the two separate sections, I felt like it needed a clearer more decriptive title. The first section is all about natural beauty; the second discusses ways to go about it on the cheap. (As the subtitle suggests.)

And I changed the cover art at least three times before submitting it to formatting. A cleaner and clearer look.

Also I changed the intro altogether. Here is the new intro:


These are simple little hints, tips and tricks that have helped me through the years. Found on the internet, in magazines, through friends, strangers, and just trial and error, and some I just made up, they have served me well. I have been fortunate enough to use them to my advantage. As a result, friends and family have also benefitted from the things I picked up. So now I hope to pass this on to even more people. 


Please read this book as a handy guide to refer to, not the absolute truth. Feel free to tweak or change anything to your liking. Some ideas just will not work for you. After all, it's about figuring out what you can use to your advantage.


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Well, that's that. Enjoy. If you like it, please give positive reviews on Smashwords. I really appreciate your patience!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Preview: Influenster Spring Fling VoxBox


Influenster time again! They just sent this box of full sized products for me to try. 




I plan to review some of this very soon. In the meantime, the mascara is perfect! I have bought the lotion before, and liked it. It's nice to recieve a sample for traveling. And the press-on nails, well that's about the only way I will do a french manicure again. It's ruin proof. So, great addition to the box. For now here is a breakdown of everything:


Playtex Sport Fresh Balance $3.99-$4.99

Softlips Cube (given to select Influensters) $3.49

Kiss Everlasting French Nails $6.49

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara $5.99

Peach Pie Car Freshener from the Labor Day Movie (???)

Nivea Skin Firming Hydration Lotion $2.49 for 2.5 oz



Friday, May 30, 2014

Made: Gallery Wall





It's been a long time coming, that I have been wanting to start a gallery wall. This area was empty (about two years) since I moved my work space to another part of the house. So why not use it? Between Apartment Therapy, Pinterest, and a few design blogs, I'm really inspired lately. So here's the start. I am excited to see it evolve.

There are only has a few pieces right now. It has been suggested on Instagram that I make it floor to ceiling. I like that idea. A lot.




A little research in the African Girl proved a good thing. I bought her at a random yard sale / thrift shop too long ago to remember. Her matting was falling art, and edges of the print. And she's wrinkled too. She's been in this cheap poster frame and moved around with me everywhere. As she always reminded me of big sis, it's time to give her the spotlight. After a quick google search on the artists signature, here's what I found: He was pretty popular back in the day. More proof she needed a better frame to live in. I bought a really sturdy one at Goodwill, and trimmed the print to fit.

The Angel is from a set of holiday cards sent out one year. After she graced the mantel this past Christmas, I couldn't pack her away again. Her perfect little frame and mat is from VV. Of course.

The Glamor Girl is a random piece I had created a while ago. I used both Sharpies and acrylic paint. She is in there for now, until I find a replacement. Or not.

African Lady is an original folk art painting, a water color, from my aunt. She adds much needed color to the mix. 

Hopefully, my gallery wall will soon fill the whole space. There are some etsy pieces I  would like to add. Also I may find a small tray table to place next to the plant, making it a proper landing strip. We will see. It's a work in progress.

Also, if you notice I moved the plant from the kitchen, where she wasn't getting enough sunlight. So she's in rehab now. Hopefully she will be better, faster, stronger any day now.

Well, that's a start. Updates to come!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Product Review: Silk Protein + Fiber Almond Milk



In my quest to be more healthy, I discovered something new. Well, BzzAgent did, and sent me coupons (free and dollar off) to help out. Because we all know that it's not only exercise, but diet that plays a big role in the lifestyle. 

I have been weight training the past year and a half, about three to four days each week. And cardio, well whenever I squeeze it in. Fortunately I just finished a ten week, two days per week, cardio kick class. Next, I may do cycling for a change and switch things up.

As far as diet, I have added more lean protein. Chicken, tuna, etc. And smoothies, at least one every day. But I could never get enough… until now, when they asked for me to try Silk Protein + Fiber Almond Milk. The Universe must have been listening to my cries. 





Claims (Direct Quote)
  • Packs 5g of protein, 5g of fiber and 100 calories or less per serving
  • Provides 50% more calcium than dairy milk*
  • May help keep you feeling full (increasing protein and fiber in your diet can help promote satiety!)
  • Enjoy Silk® Protein+Fiber Almondmilk anywhere you’d use your favorite milk — over cereal, in smoothies or straight up in a glass

Ingredients / Made From
Almond milk, of course.

Cost and Size
About the same as regular Silk Almond Milk per half gallon. Remember, I purchased them free and discounted, so I can't quote the exact amount. (And no, I don't have the reciept handy.)

Does it Work
In the first smoothie, I wasn't sure what to expect, so I made a small one. To my surprise, it was a really good smoothie! The taste is a bit richer than regular almond milk. It actually gave it more depth, took the blandness away. So now I use it for cereal and oatmeal as well. And will be drinking it with my other "cookie" snacks like rice cakes in the near future.

As a matter of fact, it's about to run low. The other half uses it in his smoothies too. So I will be stocking up on more during the next grocery trip. (He just reminded me to add it to the list.)

In my opinion this is a very simple way to add more protein to the diet. We eat most meals at home, but it can be difficult trying to get it in, all the time. Meat can be expensive. Sometimes we don't have enough prepped meals on hand. We eat often, and run short near the week's end. So I see it as a perfect solution.

Buy it Here
It is available at the Kroger family of stores. Also, most major groceries, and Wal Mart sell it now. Look for it next to the regular Silk Almond Milk in the dairy aisle.




Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Henna for Hair




So I finally stopped procrastinatin' and tried it out for myself. The beauty supply store is your friend, folks. Trust.

I mixed the powder clay with water, but left it lumpy. Because I couldn't stand mixing and waiting. And yes, I applied it still like that, to my washed hair. But after applying a plastic cap, I set the time for 45 minutes and found something to do. This part of the waiting was necessary.




Then I washed it out. It may be difficult to see here, but the lovely grays are now lovely light brown highlights! Yesss! And the curls, still springy.

The verdict?  I will be doing on a monthly basis from now on. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

A Handbag System: Part 2



Since thoughtfully considering and purchasing my first Handbag System, it took a while to find a second one I liked. Quite a few months, actually. (And I am just now getting around to posting, oops!) After not being able to find what I wanted on etsy, (preferring to support indie biz) I resorted to Amazon. And I had a gift card balance there, which was of course a huge factor. Because I dump my loose change into the Coinstar machine and select "gift card" it has become easy to build up a good balance.

Finally, I was able to find a decent set. A bit cheaper, in price and quality, though with two bags instead of three, it would still work. Plus I realized that I could just throw my pouches from the first set in the  new set and be good. (Great idea I got for organizing purse contents, from the mommy blogs.) It has worked well so far.

As a trade-off, I streamlined the remaining two over-the-shoulder black handbags out of rotation. I gave them away. Mission accomplished! And so what I have still fit nicely on the shelf in my closet, when not in use.

Now if only I could find a Coinstar that offered PayPal as a gift card choice. Because I would sooo use it on etsy.


(Update: the zipper just ran off track on my small bag. I may now have to repair or replace it. Bummer.)
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