Makeup Photo Library

I'm not really into makeup like some of the amazing beauty bloggers I follow. I'm completely mesmerized by their transformations and techniques, but it's just not my thing. Makeup for me just serves the purpose of - I know I have to wear this to go to work and be a contributing member of society, therefor I must have it. I don't want to get creative with it. I don't need it to have lasting coverage. I just need it to get me through 4:30 p.m. every day. Then, I get to take it off during my afternoon commute with the makeup remover wipes that I keep in my car. 

With all that being said, I don't own a whole lot of makeup. All of mine can fit in a pretty small travel bag. However, whenever I run out of something and end up on the aisle of the drug store hunting it down, I cannot ever remember what exactly I'm supposed to buy, without a specific list. If I do remember the type, I forget what color. Usually I'm the lightest (transparent, as they call my skin tone), but there's a few exceptions. 

One night when I was cleaning out my bathroom shelves, I decided to make a makeup product library, that way I don't have to remember the specifics of each item whenever I'm shopping. It was pretty simple to do and only took me about 30 minutes to complete. 

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I used a black and gold spiral notebook planner as my background and snapped the photos with my phone. For some of the more rounded and rollier items, I just stuck them down with a piece of double-sided tape. 

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When I was done, I collaged them all together to complete the "library" and I can keep in my phone photos for future shopping lists reference. 

I think this will be a super time-saver as I won't have to track down and try to remember each piece that I begrudgingly put on my face each and every day. Makeup shopping list: CHECK!


Uniting the Floors

One of the best things about our house is the high ceilings and window light that bounces all along the open spaces. The living, dining, den and kitchen are all connected by these same walls. What we thought we'd be able to ignore for a while was the three (very) different types of flooring scattered across those same beautifully lit areas.

Light wood in the living room, tan tile in the den and white tile in the kitchen/dining/hallway. 

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The trifecta of flooring met at the corner of the den and living room in an effort to "separate" each open room. It didn't take long after closing for us to realize that if we planned to make the change to a seamless look eventually, it made a lot more sense to get the flooring work done before we moved every single thing we owned into the house. Especially appliances, tables, couches, etc.

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With a few consultations at a nearby flooring company, S&H Flooring, we picked out a style and color that worked best for us. The heavy-duty vinyl plank we chose is durable and waterproof. Since we'd be putting it in the kitchen (below the dishwasher, fridge and sink,) and underneath the hot water heater, we really wanted to make sure it wouldn't bow or rot if a water accident were to happen someday. 

The color we picked is called "Antique Hickory." Unlike it's name, we felt that it was a lot more clean and modern than a "scratched" vintage look and It's on the darker side without being black (which would show every piece of lint, dust, etc. that ever landed on it). It's also not too red or too yellow, which I love. Just right, Goldilocks! 

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As much as we'd have loved to try to DIY this project, we saved ourselves from fights and tears by leaving it to the professionals.

We were actually having to move out of our apartment on this very weekend the tiles were being hammered away. So, imagine us, coming in with all our boxes and furniture, stepping into a hallway that looks like a demolition zone. We made it happen and the staff worked hard to get the remnants all shoveled away as quickly as possible. 

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Just like magic, we went to work one day with a floor in shambles and came home to our beautiful new seamless Antique Hickory. The rooms each feel a whole lot bigger, since the flooring never ends from one to the other. The spaces truly feel like an open area now, matching those vaulted ceilings and bouncing light. 

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Once we had all our furniture in place, we were so glad we made the decision to go ahead and make it happen and not wait several months after move-in. We have plenty of DIY projects to continue keeping us busy, but having this one completed by the folks at S&H Flooring was such a huge undertaking and a dramatic change for our first month in the house. 

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DIY Gold Jack-o'-lantern Planter

I've always wanted to have the pretty mums on the porch during the fall season, even if they're a little harder to keep alive and well. Because we recently painted our front door the shade of a traffic cone, I needed a little more jack-o'-lantern a little less orange and black going on. Gold and purple it is!

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I hadn't seen too many gold Halloween decorations, so I knew I'd have to make my own. Luckily, I found the perfect-sized jack-o'-lantern treat bucket at Target and this whole project idea came to me, cartoon-lightbulb-above-the-head style! 

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Here's what I used:

  • Giant Jack-o'-lantern Treat Bucket | $6
  • Potted Mums | $12
  • Metallic Gold Spray Paint | $4
  • Optional - Rocks for Weight
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I started the spray painting by turning the pumpkin upside down (removing its handle) and starting from the bottom. Spray evenly over both the orange and black until both are well-covered. Once your have that half good and dry, flip it over and begin on the top (even and inch or so on the inside of the opening). 

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The pumpkin needed a little more weight, so it wouldn't blow away with the wind. I gathered up rocks from the backyard and placed them in before the mums. Now all you have to do is water the flowers, keep it in the sun and wait for the blooms to arrive!

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So far, my mums have been thriving through the first half of October. We'll see how long I can keep them up! I'm absolutely just the worst at all-things-plants, but these are so pretty. I've been pretty proud seeing them on my porch lately! *crosses all the fingers*