Thursday, April 30, 2015

Makeup....who has time for that?!!!!


It's been for-everrrrrr since I've done a makeup tutorial!!!  My confessions of putting on a full face of makeup each and every day, no matter if I'm going anywhere or not, may lead some to ask how I have time for it.  Or why do I do it?  Or why am I so vain or maybe self conscious?

To me, makeup is like clothing.  It's part of getting ready.  It's second nature, like brushing my teeth or putting in contacts.  I feel better with it on.  And I've done it for so long that it takes me just a few minutes...maybe 10 or 15 at the very most.

Here is my quick-and-easy makeup routine in its entirety:





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Monday, April 27, 2015

Where have I been?!!!

Happy Monday, my friends!  Over the last few weeks, I've been consumed with planning the Father/Daughter dance for 168 2nd grade Brownies, working on our children's musical at church, keeping up on my Etsy shop, and then the usual->being a mom and wife!!!  I know you all can relate!!!!! (BTW, my house has been majorly neglected lately, so I have a lot to catch up on today!!!)

The poodle skirt I wore to the dance was made for me by my Grammy about 25 years ago!!!! She made a red one for me and a blue one for my twin sister!  I think I need to dig out a picture from when she gave them to us! (No, it doesn't fit like when I was 12...I have it unzipped a few inches!!)





It was a ton of work to plan an event this large, but I had some amazing volunteers that night and it all came together!  Someone reminded me during the dance to just stop and look around and see how much fun everyone was having....that's what makes it all worth it;)




Have a fabulous week!!!
:)Jamie

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Buying New Furniture

(Un)Happy Tax Day, my friends!  I was an Accounting major in college and considered doing taxes for a living.....um.....well, I kinda had a change of heart along the way!!!! More about my life story later!  Today I want to share about our recent experience of buying new furniture for our family room.

Our home was built in the late 90's with lots of honey oak, berber carpet, brass fixtures, etc.  So we are slowly updating and changing (as the budget allows).  As much as I'd love to immediately start sanding and painting every inch of trim and builtins and moulding to a beautiful, fresh white....we have decided to wait.  We think it's better to have a professional do it, and it IS NOT CHEAP!!!  There are higher priority needs, which leads me to the title of this post: Buying New Furniture.

We had purchased our previous family room furniture when we got married almost 12 years ago.  It was sooooo comfortable and deep and large, just perfect for our previous home that had a big great room.  But it was stained, worn, difficult to keep clean, and pulling apart underneath the cushions.  And we were so over the swirly pattern, giant ottoman, and broken side tables!! Time for a change. Here it is, just days before the new set arrived:

SOFA & LOVESEAT:
For the sofa and loveseat, we decided on something different, something durable, a little less cushy (yet still comfy), but easier to clean.  It's the Pembroke from La-Z-Boy. Who knew La-Z-Boy made other furniture besides recliners?!!!!  The best part is the spill & scratch resistant leather-looking upholstery.  We chose the Renew fabric, which is actually fabric adhered to leather, so it has the warmth and softness of fabric, but the clean look of leather {and much cheaper than leather!!}. We also selected the brushed nickel nail heads.



CHAIR & OTTOMANS:
For the chair, we chose a fabric upholstery with a fun, more modern design to tie in with the paint and decor.  The ottomans (which convert to trays) are a nice, soft fabric, same as the pillows.

DESIGN:
Oh, and I forgot to mention that La-Z-Boy sent a designer to our house for free to help with selecting everything!!!  She created a design board for us at our final meeting, which made the whole dilemma of "choices" much easier!!! I am horrible at interior design and decor, so I have a huge appreciation for any help in this area!!!

SIDE TABLES:
These must be discontinued from La-Z-Boy (or at least their website), but here they are on Amazon.



At first, I had a little buyer's remorse because the sofa and loveseat were so very different than our previous ones.  I couldn't get over that they were not as big and cushy.  But now that I've had a chance to sit on them more, I can definitely say they are comfortable.  Almost like memory foam in that they take a few seconds to conform to your body.  And I'm LOVING that I can take a cloth to wipe them off!! (We moved the old furniture into the living room, so it's still around if I want to escape from the TV and craziness and rest for a bit!!!)

The lamps are new too. Found them online at World Market.




We tried to tie in the dark espresso colors from our kitchen cabinets into this room.  Next up will be pulling up this old berber carpet and laying down some wood floors!!!!!!!! :):):)



Note: This is not a sponsored post.  All reviews and opinions are my own based on my own experience.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Free Printable Bridging Certificates

Please note that in an effort to keep these printables "FREE" I do not offer edits or customizations.  However, please visit my Etsy shop for quotes on custom designs made just for you!

Hi, friends!! I thought it was time to create a new free bridging certificate!!!  Click to download:
-->BROWNIE . JUNIOR . CADETTE . SENIOR
Print-to-edge files are here:
-->BROWNIE . JUNIOR. CADETTE . SENIOR . AMBASSADOR . ADULT
**NEW***FREE PRINTABLE Bridging Invitations HERE



Daisy to Brownie-style:

Brownie to Junior-style:

Just added!  Junior to Cadette-style:



Girl clipart by DigitalBakeShop and www.dailyarthub.com and https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperiePixel
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Free Printable Birthday Gift Tracking Sheets

My daughter's 8th birthday is right around the corner (yikes, I better get planning that!!!) and it got me thinking about the invitations and thank you cards that go along with parties....and all the gifts!!! One of these times I'm just going to say no gifts, please!!!  Until we do that, I'm sure the gifts will come rolling in (Does that sound bad? Hey, you know how it is with kids and parties...it sadly brings out the greediness in them all;)!!!)!!

Anyway....here is a set of gift tracking sheets (one girly, one boyish) that can help with thank-you notes and maybe could be added to a scrapbook or tossed in a memory box. Enjoy!






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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New Organizing Free Printables

Happy April, my friends!!! Here is a set of free printables (an updated version of the set I posted at the new year).  This set includes an owl-themed Weekly To-Do, Food Journal, Meal Plan/Shopping, and Brain Unload.  Enjoy!



Background by RacoonGirlDesign
Owls clipart by Giftseasonstore
Food clipart by Digistockdesign
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