DIY Drop Cloth Curtains

Hey Friends!

Today I’m going to share my curtains! I’ve had a few questions about them so I thought I would share what I used & how I hung them here!

First of all they’re super inexpensive! Each “panel” is around $10 and then the clips were $3-$5 a pack. The curtain rods were probably the most expensive.

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So the drop cloth is located in the painting section at Walmart. They also have them at Lowe’s and Home Depot. I start by washing the drop cloth and then drying it. It gets rid of all the lines. After it came out of the dryer I hung them up so I didn’t need to steam them. From here it’s pretty simple. The hardest part was getting the panels to match up in size. You just fold the drop cloth over for your desired length/ look and then clip the drop cloth to the rings. & viola! You have easy  and cheap curtains that look amazing!

If you have any questions please let me know!

 

Indefensible Book Review

Hello!

Today I’m sharing another book review. This one is called Indefensible The Missing Truth about Steven Avery, Teresa Halbach, and Making A Murderer. So if you’re like me, and probably half of the world you’ve seen Making A Murderer on Netflix. The first season came out in 2015 and the 2nd season was released in 2018. I’ve seen both seasons. I thought for sure that Steven Avery was innocent. UNTIL I finished this book! After reading this book I’m 99% sure he did kill Teresa Halbach. If you read the book yourself you’ll see the documentary creators used editing to their advantage and left out stuff that pretty much proves he did it. The author also goes into Steven’s life prior to this conviction. Taking that into consideration, and how the documentary displayed “their evidence” it’s pretty obvious they have the right man behind bars. This makes me truly sad for Teresa Halbach’s family. They went through the trials years ago, and thought it was over to have everything brought back up and explode in the media. My heart truly breaks for them. If you’ve watched the “documentary” I suggest you read this! Definitely an eye opener. It makes you realize just how someone can spin the truth with editing videos. If you have read the book let me know what you think in the comments!

 

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RIP Teresa Halbach

2019!

Happy New Year Friends!

Hope everyone had a safe & wonderful night! I’m excited to see where my blog takes me in 2019! Thank you for being here, and following along with me!

Some of my goals for 2019 are:

  • Work out 3 times a week
  • Read 70 books this year
  • Work with my camera more
  • Work on editing pictures
  • Eat better
  • Grow my blog following
  • Publish at least 2 blog posts a week
  • Plan out my content
  • Plan a family vacation
  • Go on an anniversary cruise
  • DRINK MORE WATER

What are your goals for this year?!

Since I forgot to post our Christmas pictures on Christmas I’ll add them to this post! So Merry belated Christmas & Happy New Year! Thank you for being here!!

*I’m also doing a giveaway over on my instagram if you want to go check it out 🙂

 

The Spirit of Christmas

Happy Holidays!

In the spirit of Christmas I’ve been thinking back on my past Christmases. The one that sticks out to me is the one where I was in middle school and our dad had officially left us.

Those of you who know me know I have 2 sisters. So my mom was left to raise 3 girls by herself. I’ll also add with no real child support. (That’s another story for another day) I was at the age where I had a decent understanding of money. I knew it would be a rough Christmas. It had already been a rough year.

One Sunday in December we get home after church and there were 3 packages by the door. No note. No from labels. No idea who had left them. We tore into the packages and inside was an Aeropostale hoodie for each of us. When you’re normally in second hand clothes something brand new with a tag still attached is exciting. But what really got us was a $50 bill for each of us!

I’ll never forget the joy and excitement I felt that day. I know presents and money can’t solve all issues and what not, but in that moment it was just a great feeling. Knowing we could all go to the store and get something we wanted. Lifting part of that burden off of my mom.

We still don’t know who left the packages. If you’re by some chance reading this I just want to say thank you! You made 3 little girls Christmas! At a time where we were feeling abandoned and let down this person or persons gave us hope and happiness!

I like to think back on that day to remember how someone went out of their way to bring us some Christmas cheer. They did something they didn’t have to do, and I’ll be forever grateful. I can’t wait for the day that a situation comes to me and I can do the same for someone else.

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!! 🎄❤️

Sophia’s Birth Story

Happy Saturday!

Today my baby is 3! In honor of birthday I thought I would share her birth story.

So I found out I was pregnant with Sophia 2 weeks after my husband had left for basic training for the Air Force. I had to tell him by letter because he obviously didn’t have access to his phone at the time. My first trimester was full of morning sickness and crying.

Sophia’s Ultrasound

Pregnancy makes you emotional and then throw in the fact that my husband was gone, yeah it was a blast. lol! I finally got to see my husband at his basic graduation. This is also where we found out his tech school was going to be 6 months long… and in Texas! After lots of going back and forth we decided I would stay in Tennessee with family and have Sophia there. In the end this worked out best for us. I got to continue care with my OBGYN who also delivered Parker 7 years prior. Other than the usual morning sickness and fatigue my pregnancy was wonderful! The hard part was doing this pretty much alone, again. My husband wasn’t there every night to talk to my stomach or feel the baby move and that was hard. I cried, A LOT.

My mom, sister, Parker, and myself at Sophia’s Baby Shower

So glad my family and friends put up with me those long months! lol So fast forward to December. Sophia’s birth month! My only goal was to keep her in until daddy was home! I know induction isn’t always the best choice for everyone, but for us it was. We were working on a TIGHT schedule. My husband got to come home for Christmas for a week.

So having my amazing doctor who scheduled my induction a month prior for 22 December we were so thankful. Being able to schedule the induction also included making sure my friend, who’s an RN on the labor and deliver floor, was able to work that day, and help deliver my sweet baby girl! Sophia successfully stayed put until the induction!

Dropping Parker off at my mom’s before we headed to the hospital to start the induction!

My husband made it safely home, and at midnight on 22 December we headed to the hospital! They started the medication right at midnight, and by that morning I was having contractions fairly close together and dilated to a 4. I got my epidural, and from there everything went so fast. I had my husband and my sister in the delivery room. It was the perfect delivery! I only pushed for a few minutes, and then she was in my arms! She weighted 7lbs & 13oz. I only had to stay at the hospital that night, the next day we were all ready to go home!

 

Can’t believe this was all 3 years ago! Time flies by so fast!! The only advice I have for new momma’s is to take ALL the pictures and videos! Because before you know it they’re talking and walking!

 

 

Garden of the Gods

Hello friends!

Today we hit up Garden of the Gods! If you’ve never been to Colorado Springs put this on your bucket list! Pictures do not give the views justice! I took my camera to play around and get some pictures. It was a beautiful day and the weather was perfect. This is one of our favorite places to take people when they come to visit. We’ve been here going on 3 years and I never get tired of the breathtaking views! You can also see Pikes Peak from here! If you ever get the chance definitely visit Colorado!

Here are some pictures from today!

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Hope you liked the pictures!

 

 

Makeup for the Tired Mama

Happy Friday!

Today I wanted to share some of my favorites beauty products. Now being a mom of 2 and working full time my makeup routine is quick, fast, and easy.

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I’ll start with bags, and no I’m not talking hand bags. Those awful bags we get under our eyes from losing sleep for the past 10 years or so! This product I actually received in one of my boxy charm boxes! I’m so glad I found it! You use it in the morning before applying make up to help decrease the puffiness under your eyes. It is a true lifesaver!

https://www.ulta.com/needles-no-more-no-more-baggage?productId=xlsImpprod16841027

Next up, concealer! Definitely a must for anyone not getting their 8 hours of sleep at night! I have 2 that I use religiously.

First is by it the bye bye under eye. It takes a very tiny amount and lasts forever! & it’s also waterproof *praise hands*

https://www.ulta.com/bye-bye-under-eye-full-coverage-anti-aging-waterproof-concealer?productId=xlsImpprod5770259

Next is Tarte Shape Tape. It comes in a bottle with a wand for easy application. It works wonders for the dark circles too!

https://www.ulta.com/double-duty-beauty-shape-tape-contour-concealer?productId=xlsImpprod14251035

And last, but not least foundation!

Tarte Double Duty Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation is one of my go to’s. I use it with the tape shape concealer. I have extremely dry skin and living in the driest state doesn’t help. This foundation does it’s job and it doesn’t dry my face out!

https://www.ulta.com/double-duty-beauty-shape-tape-hydrating-foundation?productId=xlsImpprod17501099

Maybelline Fit Me Matte+ Poreless is the other foundation I use. This is definitely the more cost friendly foundation. It can dry my face out some, but I love the coverage. You can get it in drug stores or Ulta.

https://www.ulta.com/fit-me-matte-poreless-liquid-foundation?productId=xlsImpprod11861007

What are your favorite make up items? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

My top 5 Lush Products

Hey Y’all!

Today I wanted to share some of my Lush favs, that *gasp* aren’t bath bombs! I know Lush is known for their bath bombs, and as rightfully so because they are amazing! They have tons of other amazing products that I love! I know the first few times I visited a Lush store it was very overwhelming and lots of times super crowded. So if you’ve never been here are some of my must haves! And if it is your first time going to a store don’t be afraid to ask for help! The employees are so knowledgeable and helpful!! Let me know your favorite products in the comments!!

 

1.  Pumice Power

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https://www.lushusa.com/body/footcare/pumice-power/06419.html

This little guy is AMAZING! I use it in the shower on my feet to help get rid of dead skin and keep my feet soft! It’s only $4.95 and lasts forever!

 

2.Hottie | Massage Bar

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https://www.lushusa.com/body/massage-bars/hottie/03864.html

This is a great mess free lotion alternate that smells so good. It’s great for sore muscles and super easy to use! Also a plus there’s no packaging so no waste!

 

3. Silky Underwear | Dusting Powders

https://www.lushusa.com/body/dusting-powders/silky-underwear/03634.html

So this stuff is amazing for your thighs in the summer!If you’re wearing a dress or shorts you can dust this on your thighs where they rub together and it helps with chaffing. Plus it smells amazing! It’s also good for sprinkling on your sheets!

 

4. Lip Scrubs

https://www.lushusa.com/face/lips/bubblegum/03056.html

They have multiple flavors, but bubble gum is my favorite. Best part? Your lips taste like bubble gum after! This is a pretty self explanatory product. It’s so good to have though!

5. Face Masks

https://www.lushusa.com/face/masks/bunny-moon/07374.html

So the jelly masks are probably one of my favorites because the texture is so fun! They have so many to chose from though. If you go in store they do have more of a selection because some of their masks have to be refrigerated due to the products in them.

 

This post was in no way sponsored by Lush, I just love their products this much! lol

Cricut Crafts

Hey Ya’ll!

Today I wanted to share one of my hobbies! I’ve owned my Cricut Explore Air for 2 years, and I love it! I’ve created tons of gifts, decorations, and personalized things. I don’t use my Cricut for selling items or a business. I use it strictly for fun and play.

Some of the reasons I don’t use it for profit are copyright laws. If you’re caught selling items that are copyright (i.e. Disney and NFL are the big 2) you can get in trouble. I work full time so I don’t really have the time to run a business as well. Everyone and their mother has a circuit or silhouette lol!

If you are planning on purchasing a Circut here are some tips!

Join a Facebook group- they’re super helpful and full of ideas

Practice, practice, practice!! Don’t expect to pull your Cricut out and begin making everything perfectly the first time

Watch YouTube videos! They are super helpful and explanatory. The world of vinyl cutting has acronyms and materials you need to familiarize yourself with!

Stock up on vinyl! My favorite is http://www.expressionsvinyl.com they have tons of designs and colors. Sign up for their emails! They are always sending out coupons

Check Hobby Lobby, Michaels, & Joanns for their specials every week!

http://www.lovesvg.com has amazing SVG files for FREE!! Please do not use them for profit and if you’re able they have an option to send them $5 for keeping the site up and full of great SVG files!!

Expect to spend more money! The Circuit is not cheap and after seeing all the projects you can make it starts to add up! Definitely look for sales!

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments! Now I’ll share some of the things I’ve made over the past 2 years!

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I made this sign for my cousin’s wedding! ( that’s my handsome son and bald baby girl )

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These are some onesies I made as a gift for someone who was adopting! She cherished these and even had pictures done in one of them! This is one of my favorites!

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A gift for my cousin!

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I found these for $3 at Target! So cute and they made great gifts! It is a chalkboard so you can change if needed!

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Banner I made for my daughter’s first birthday! This was cardstock and cost less than $5!

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A gift for a new baby coming home from the hospital and pictures!

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A decal I made for my Yeti!

 

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Cricut-Explore-Air-Glitter-Bundle/55047672

Here’s the Circuit I have! It’s on sale and comes with some vinyl!

Happy Crafting!

Tiny Drops Book Review

Hello!

I recently finished Tiny Drops and thought I would share my thoughts with y’all! I absolutely loved this book! And a plus it’s on Kindle Unlimited so if you’re signed up for that you can read it for free. I struggle with book reviews because I don’t want to give too much information and spoil it for you, but I also want you to read it and love it too!!

 

This book was an eye opener for me on Type 1 diabetes. It tells the daily struggles and what people go through with this disease. This book had me in tears on multiple occasions. The author did an amazing job on this book!! She touches on things you don’t think of when you don’t have a disease- like pregnancy! I’m so glad I read this book and can’t wait to see what else this author writes! Seriously go check it out.

 

 

Let me know if you read it and what you think!!