Friday, May 22, 2015

3 Tips for Craft Punch Maintenance

Hola!!  I was using my craft punch on sticker paper recently and it became so difficult to use that I thought I broke my punch.  I didn't realize that when making flair buttons, planner stickers and so on the glue from the sticker paper was gumming up my punch.

3 tips for craft punch maintenance

#1-  Gummy Craft Punch
Does anyone else like the word "gummy"??  When your punch becomes sticky spray a little rubbing alcohol into the punch and clean with a paper towel or q-tip.  The alcohol will break down the glue.  I swear by this!!!!

#2-  Sharpening a Punch
Good old aluminum foil will do the trick.  Tear a piece off and punch away.  Your punch will be good as new.  If your punch is incredibly dull you can also punch sandpaper to sharpen.

#3-  Lubricate Your Punch
Easiest way to lubricate a punch..... use wax paper.  Tear a sheet off and make a few punches.  Not only will your punch be lubricated but your punch will be a little more resistant to gumming up.

How do you maintain your punches??

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

All About Mac Fix+. What Is It? How To Use It? Why I Love it.

I think sometimes I act like I am the only person in the world with dry skin.  I know that isn't true but finding skincare, foundations, powders are so on can cause anxiety.  Will I break out?  Will it make emphasis my dry patches?  First world problems, I know. 

One of the first MAC purchases I ever made was MAC Fix+ yyyeaaarrrssss ago.  Years later it is still a staple in my makeup and skincare routine.  I even use this in my hair at work.  I swear this stuff is made my angels!  

What is Fix+?
From "A lightweight, mineral rich finishing mist that refreshes the skin and finishes makeup. Helps create an even surface for a smooth makeup application."

Retails for $22 for 100ML

How I use Fix+?
I spray Fix+ on my skin after the shower, in the mornings, after I powder my face and when I need a skin refresher.  It doesn't irritate my skin, dry me out or cause break outs.  Again, pretty sure it is made my angels.

Why I love it?
It is full of antioxidants that help my skin without being harsh.  I am heavy handed with powder.  After powdering my face I spray fix+ and it takes away the look.  AH-Mazing!!

What Fix+ is not....
Fix+ is not technically a setting spray.  MAC can be a tad confusing on this but as a gal who has used this product for years it does not work as a setting spray.  Fix+ does not have those properties.  It does, however, take away the powdery look on the face and give your makeup a refreshed look.

I bet you didn't know you could use Fix+ for......

Dampening a beauty sponge.  To lazy to walk to the bathroom to wet your sponge.  Spray a little fix+ on it.  I actually prefer using FIX+ on my beauty blender under my eyes.  The extra minerals give my under eye makeup a less cakey more natural look.  Try it!

Foiling eye shadows or adding intensity.  Spray some Fix+ on your brush and watch your shadows transform to foiled goodness.  I always use Fix+ with MAC Woodwinked and Antiqued.

To much blush??  Spray a little on your skin or brush and blend gently.

Forget your eyeliner???  Spray Fix+ on your brush, dip brush in your shadow and boom... eyeliner.

My biggest secret....
Have a problem dry spot?  Spray Fix+ on a cotton ball and dab.  It will minimize redness and the dryness.

As you can tell Fix+ is one of my favorite products ever.  I know it may not be for everyone but for my dry skin it is holy grail status.

Have you tried Fix+?  What do you think?  Any special tricks or tips??

Monday, May 4, 2015

15 Days to Doing What You Love #CCChick

Previous post:  Introducing #CCChick

I think the American Dream has shifted a bit.  I feel like more Americans want to live a self employed life, work from home and live.  Many people are choosing to for go having children, using their college degrees in a creative way, traveling abroad more and living a lifestyle for them, not society.  These are my people.

My goal this year is to be self employed.  I am a entrepreneur and girlboss.  I really need to make changes in my life, shift my focus to me and quit making money for other people.  Plain and simple.

I am currently reading "I Am That Girl" and this quote really hit home with me:

"Now is the time to start steering your own ship, regardless of where other people think you should sail."

My friends, that quote is EXACTLY what I needed to hear.  By nature and how I was raised being helpful is important to me.  I want everyone to like me and know that I will be there for them.  I think I need to find a balance of being help and being selfish.

I decided to start "Courageously Chic" as a way for women to connect and support each other.  A tribe, if you will.  The first 15 days of prompts will be focused on doing what we love and finding out what the is.  You in?????

Sorry for the iPhone pics.  My camera was charging and taking forever.  I was battling the light :)


I have 3 or 4 notebooks going at all times.  Writing down my thoughts, ideas, to do, etc is important to me.  My brain fills up quickly and "brain dumps" are crucial to me.  My brain is for thinking not for storage.

You don't need to decorate, buy expensive notebooks or even have more than one.  You just need space to clear your head and allow your brain to think.  I never thought having a notebook would be so important to my success but it really is.  I ALWAYS have paper and a pen on me.

I thought I would share a few of my notebooks below as inspiration :)

My first notebook is a notebook I purchased at Michaels and jazzed up.  I use this to track my blog ideas, youtube, social media ideas, brilliant ideas related to my business and so on.

I created the tabs at the top using Target labels and stickers.  So easy and so helpful!

Nothing fancy.  Simple lists and notes. 

I can't express how great it is having a running to do list.  When I have something to do I add it to this list.  Every Sunday planning session I refer to this list.  

My second notebook is one I purchased from Michaels and I use it as my "brain dump"

Every night before bed I write down EVERYTHING that is on my mind.  No colored pens, no lists, no stickers, nothing.  Strictly my thoughts, tasks, and so on.  Getting everything out of my brain before bed has allowed me to sleep better knowing I don't have to remember things.  

One of my favorite notebooks is the lined pages in the back of my Erin Condren planner.  I never thought I would pay $70 for a planner but let me tell you... I will be ordering one for next year.  I totally get it now.  Ah, I really love this planner but this blog post is not a planner blog post.......

I keep my planner with me most of the time along with my book.  When I am reading and stumble upon a great quote I take note.  Love the quality of this paper too! 

Do you use notebooks?  How to you clear your head, keep track of tasks and life??

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Introducing #CCChick. Women helping women be girlbosses everyday.

In January I read a book called #Girlboss and it changed my life.  On Thursday I picked up a book called "I Am That Girl"and I haven't finished it yet but it is a game changer.  If you've followed Mandy Jean Chic for sometime you know I live a crazy life.  Blogger, full time job, household, social life, dogs, activities and so on.  I will be 32 in August and let me tell you sometimes its hard for me to find my tribe.  

I decided to start CCChick as a way for women to build a tribe together focused on success in life.  Every month I will create a different theme and will focus on improving our lives.  Let's build a tribe of courageously chic women and rock this!  

Tomorrow I will introduce the first prompts.  Are you excited to find your tribe?  I am!!  

Share prompts, quotes, pics and so on using #CCChick for your tribe to see.  

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

If I could.... Would I...... Have Kids???

I love hanging out with my friends kids and being a Auntie but at 31 I am just not sure if kiddos are in my future.

Growing up I never was a babysitter or enjoyed being a role model.  Heck the thought of being around kids for any length of time was revolting to me.  From the time I was a kid until 5:17 am this morning I just never really felt the motherly instinct.  Anyone who knows me and my dogs would probably call my bluff on that.  My dogs are my babies but as far as human babies....  I've really never had that desire.

I am not a fan of pain and from what I hear childbirth isn't pleasant.  The thought of that much pain gives me anxiety.  I consider myself a responsible person but the thought of being responsible for another human FREAKS.ME.OUT!!  When I am mad at my dog I can put him in his crate.  I hear you can't do that with kids??

Since I was 22 I have been asked when I am going to have kids and I am pretty sure the answer is never.  I am proud to stand up with the other women and say being a Mother just isn't for me.  I am not knocking Mothers and I have huge respect for good parents but I just don't see myself in the crowd.  I see myself in the 2 seater convertible, sleeping 8 hours a night and teaching my friends kiddos how to do the fun things in life crowd :)

I will be completely honest.  Sometimes, the pressure to have kids is overwhelming.  Not many people understand that I just don't have that desire.  I've had friends who question how I feel as if it is a bad quality.  Not cool yo!!  I've also had friends who get married, have kids and cut all of their friends out of the life.  To each their own.  I also have other friends who ask me to babysit because they need a break for a couple hours.  Sure, bring your kiddos over!  Someone needs to teach them all about hockey and how to take a proper face-off.  All of my friends kids receive Detroit Red Wings onesies upon arrival :)

All of my friends who have children say it was the best decision of their life and I can see that.  I love hanging out with their kiddos, feeding them sugar, being the cool Auntie and sending them home :)

Every kiddo needs a cool Aunt right???

If you feel the same way I do, don't let anyone ever tell you how you feel is wrong.  Stand up for what you believe and how you feel.  Some women are meant to be awesome Aunties!  I think I am one of them.

P.S.  If I ever decided to have kids or I was blessed with a surprise I would not consider a child a burden or handle the situation negatively.  I do love kids  :)  For right now in my life my bloodhounds are all the kids I need.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

15 Minute DIY- Heidi Swapp Marquee Letter

If you search pinterest for "DIY Marquee Letter" you will find hundred of tutorials and ideas.  I love marquee letters in decor.  Sitting in my office I have 3.  3!!!!!!!  Recently I was making my usual Michaels run and saw the new Heidi Swapp Marquee Letters and new I needed at least one!

I grabbed an A, some scrapbook paper and headed home to get my creative on.

Each box contains the letter, a template, clear bulbs and lights.  Cool fact!  If you want colored bulbs you can buy them at Michaels or online!!  Super cool fact!  They are not terribly expensive!  

What I used to complete my project:
  • Heidi Swapp Marquee Letter
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch

Trace your letter onto your scrapbook paper.  Make sure to trace the holes too!  Rarely do I say this but don't be afraid to waste a little paper here.  The coolest part of the paper should be on your letter.  I just tucked my paper into the letter.  No glue required.  The lights hold the paper in.  I love how I can totally change the paper out with my mood!!

Once your letter is cut out, use a hole punch to make your holes.  That is by far the easiest way!  The hole punch (I don't remember the size but it's for normal paper in 3 ring binders) will be a little smaller than the holes but your bulbs will still fit snuggly. 

Carefully place your bulbs.  Some will be tighter than others.  Mine are held in my tension.  I did not use glue in this project at all.  

Don't be intimidated by running the lights.  It is super easy!  Heidi Swapp also includes instructions.  You basically run the lights per her instructions and they clip into the bulbs.  Again, easy peasy.   

The letters do take 2 AAA batteries that I forgot to get.  I will grab some tonight and snap a picture for instagram.  I can't wait to see this turned on!!!  

This project took me approximately 15 minutes and I love it!!!!  If you head to Michaels to pick up the supplies to make the letters some stores have them on an end cap with a TON of supplies to go with it.  You can totally make these however you want and change them out when you are bored!!  

Have ya'll created any marquee letters?  Have you made any of the Heidi Swapp ones??  

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DIY Flair Buttons

I've been on this huge planner and pocket letter craze.  I was watching a youtube video about pocket letters and the gal was putting flair buttons into one of the pockets.  I've seen the epoxy circles at my local craft stores but never really knew what they were for.  Now I know......  

Making flair buttons is super easy, cheap and fun!  I've been enjoying using up my scrap paper and making swag for my pocket letters.  I went one step further on my flair buttons and added adhesive backing.  

What you need:
Scrapbook paper

Closer look at the epoxy circles.  I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby but you can find them at most craft stores and online.  

Start off by punching 1 inch circles from scrapbook paper.  I punch so I can see the pattern.  :)  

Also, punch circles from double sided adhesive paper.  If you don't want to purchase double sided adhesive paper you can simply glue your flair buttons to pretty much anything.  

Lay epoxy circle sticky side up.  Carefully place punched scrapbook circle pattern side down.  The adhesive from he epoxy circle will stick to the paper.  You have one shot at this.  No pressure....
Once the scrapbook paper is adhered to the epoxy circle peel off the white side of your double sided adhesive circle.  
Carefully place the sticky side of the adhesive paper onto the flair button.  Do not peel off the yellow back until you are ready to use.  

I love making these!!  They add a little flair and personality.  I use them in my planner, pocket letters, swap boxes and small gifts for friends.  Bonus....  you use up scraps of paper.  

Have you made these before?  What do you use in your pocket letters or planners?  How do you personalize them?