Sunday, January 6, 2013

Master Bedroom Inspiration- Modern Cabin

A bedroom should be a sanctuary, right??  Our bedroom is more like a disaster area. We have lived in our home for 4 years now and our bedroom is still builder grade white.  We have no headboard.  Our nightstands are the same nightstands from our apartment.  We have a HUGE over stuffed buttery yellow chair just hanging out.  Its honestly looks like a frat house than a sanctuary.

Last night while we were driving home from shopping I asked Brett what ideas jumped into his head when he thought of our bedroom.

 Here are some of our inspiration words:
*cozy  *dog friendly *modern cabin  *warm but bright  *dramatic headboard * cozy blankets  * ruidoso/cloudcroft, NM   *relaxing  *vintage but fresh  *textures  *natural  *mountain lodge

If we could move anywhere we would head south to Ruidoso or Cloudcroft.  We love the easy lifestyle of the mountain towns.  After talking we decided we wanted to bring that easy living to our bedroom, bathroom and master closet.

Here are some of our inspiration photos with links to sources.

I love the nightstand and lamp.
Photo from Anna Williams of Ethos Interiors. 

Cottage Master Suite with Open Bathroom, Set within the eaves of a front-gable Victorian cottage, this master suite has an open bedroom/bathroom concept, complete with a Japanese soaking tub., Bedroom from different angle., Bedrooms Design

I want this bed!!
Photo from Rate my Space

I love the texture and interest of the frames.  This would be a cool way to bring New Mexico into the room without it looking like the southwest threw up all over it :)

I LOVE the painted branches!!! DIY Project!!!

Source: via Amanda on Pinterest

To keep up with my master bedroom inspiration follow my Master Bedroom Inspiration Board on PINTEREST HERE 

 What do you think???

Saturday, January 5, 2013

50 Things About Me

I decided to join in the fun over at City Girl Gone Coastal.  If you decide to join in please link up HERE

50 things
1. I was born at 11:50 PM on August 15th 
2. I grew up in the country
3. I did not start driving until I was 18
4. I lived in a village of less than 600 people
5. I basically grew up in the restaurant business
6. I was a top junior handler for many years, showing Shiba Inu
7. My husky, Fyr, has over 30 Best in Shows and won the UKC premier in 2002
8. I miss spending my summers in the upper part of Michigan
9. I moved to New Mexico in 2006 to be with my Husband
10.  I am a PROUD law enforcement wife
11.  I currently have 4 dogs
12.  I never thought I would ever own a Bloodhound but now I can not imagine my life without one
13.  I refuse to be told how to live my life 
14.  On the weekends you will find me 4x4ing in my FJ Cruiser.  
15.  I name all of my cars.  My FJ Cruiser is Abby and my PT Cruiser is Toby
16.  I am a muscle car girl at heart and will own another Mustang some day
17.  I love guns and I am a VERY responsible gun owner
18.  I have a wonderful 8-4 M-F job working in investments
19.  I have worked very hard to become an advanced communicator bronze in Toastmasters
20.  When I am sick I turn into a 5 year old
21.  I have crazy dreams and remember most of them
22.  I am addicted to makeup and collect it
23.  My favorite blush is Tarte Dollface
24.  Ruby Woo will be my favorite lipstick for as long as I live
25.  I met and married my husband within a year
26.  I purchased my first home before I was 25
27.  We do not want Children.  We love kids but they are just not for us
28.  I still "back to school" shop for myself
29.  I decided to follow my dreams and open a boutique 
30.  I have a love for reused and recycled decor
31.  My husband and I do not agree on anything
32.  My favorite guilty pleasure food is pepperoni cheese bread from Little Ceasers
33.  I can listen to Shinedown all day long 
34.  I will always be a redneck at heart
35.  I am a compulsive planner
36.  I will justify any purchase from Target 
37.  If I had a million dollars and could only shop at one store I would probably choose Target
38.  I refuse to shop at stores that promote animal cruelty or animals of any kind
39.  I love my ferret!
40.  Someday I want to move to White Oaks, NM and have a ranch
41.  I will own a mini Sicilian donkey someday! 
42.  My Bloodhound, Hank, is my world!
43.  I use way to many ...... and !!!! when I write
44.  I spend to much time reading blogs and watching YouTube videos
45.  I still have a huge crush on The Rock
46.  My husband is 6'6" and I am 5'2.5"
47.  When I am frustrated and trying not to speak my mind I crack my neck
48.  I wish Jack Lemmon and Walter Mathau were still around. 
49.  I wish our society would take the time to learn about history and the importance
50.  I am proud of who I am and what I have accomplished.  I can't wait to see what happens this year! 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Master Suite List

We are getting ready to start our renovations on our master suite.  I am a list girl and decided to share my "what needs to get done" list. :)  

Master Closet
Light Fixture
Organize with new shelving and rods

Master Bathroom
Tile around tub
Tile around shower
Paint vanity
Add storage under vanity
Frame out mirror
New faucet for tub
New tub with jets
New faucet for shower
Install new faucet for sink

Master Bedroom
Finish wood floors
Light fixture
Window treatment
Paint dresser
Paint nightstands

What renovations or organizing projects are you starting this year?  Are you a list maker too?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

DIY Pallet Wall for the Free Toilet Room Makeover

For this DIY you can use fence slats, barn wood, or old pallets.

Some rooms because of their size or general purpose can be a challenge to add that personal touch to. From the day we purchased our house we have been brainstorming ideas to of how to remove the mass-produced almost hospital feel in the water closet of our master bathroom. Some time back, when out on a 4x4 adventure, we came across some old pallets just thrown out. We decided to pick them up for two reasons. First it is simply not right for people to leave waste just tossed about but secondly, look at the character of this wood!  Who would toss this out? 

The hardest part of this project by far was taking the pallets apart without breaking them. Be sure to use your safety equipment, and try to save a few of the old nails to reuse to help the wall look authentic. Gloves and eye protection are a must for this project! 

You will need to find out the square footage of the wall you are going to cover. To do that you take the height and width of the wall in feet rounding up to the next foot and multiply them together. Then we laid out the boards and took measurements to ensure we had enough to cover the needed square footage for this project. Laying them out also gives you a chance to get an idea of how it will fit together.  

We painted the water closet before starting the wood project. You may need to do touch ups after your wood is on the wall because you will have some scratches here and there.  Also it is important to paint the wall behind the wood because in this application there will be cracks and gaps that add to the rustic look. We could have used different colors depending on what look we wanted to pull from the wood. A blue gray or silver would have enhanced the blues and grays common in sun bleached weather exposed wood. Browns can make the wood look more used but not as old. We used black to get the look of a space or emptiness behind the wall. No matter the color you go with it is important to use a flat to limit any shine, it should look like an old wood wall not a new shiny wall covered by old wood.     

Using a good adhesive (liquid nails) and a few of the old nails we started at the top and worked our way down. We liked the look of having the boards staggered in no real order. So with a jigsaw we cut some at different lengths. Being sure to pair up matching widths. Very few walls are perfectly square so length measurements were taken for each row as we went this is important because wall measurements can very from ceiling and floor level. You will find it is very possible that each row could be a different enough length to affect the final cut. It is also important to be thinking a few steps ahead and have your next few boards planned because some of the boards may not always be the same size (width and thickness). Thickness is not very critical in this application because changes in thickness will add more texture to the wall, however width is a little more important. If the next board you place is a lot wider or thinner than the one you are pairing it to the next row will have a very uneven gap. Some gaps look good but to large of a gap and it can look poorly thought out. If you are going to go with a staggered look keep in mind that a few full length or longer boards will add to the total stability of the project.

Once we reached about half way we changed direction and worked from the bottom up. The reason this was done was because we knew it would be a possibility that we would be cutting a board down the middle to fit the last gap, and by placing this thinner board behind a fixed object like the toilet it helps to blend it in with the surrounding boards. In the picture above both boards on top of the visible black wall and below it are cut 2 inches thinner than the others but because they are separated and distracted by the toilet it is not as noticeable as one board would be cut 4 inches thinner. The last boards were secured in place completing the wall. This took about six hours including painting and the dismantling of the pallets. 

If you have any questions regarding creating your own pallet wall please feel free to send us an email at or leave a comment below or on our facebook page. 

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Wait Til Your Father Gets Home
Becoming Martha

Monday, December 31, 2012

DIY Nail Rack

Check out my DIY Nail Rack Tutorial over at 

If you build a DIY Nail Rack using my tutorial or have built one of your own please leave me a comment with a link.  I would LOVE to check it out!!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

FREE Toilet Room Makeover

Last weekend we decided to makeover our toilet room only using items we had laying around the house.  As any DIYer knows you have a ton of left over paint, wood scraps, decor etc.  We couldn't see the sense in going out and shopping for a room makeover when we probably had the stuff laying around.  We also like free :)

Supply List 
Paint- Oops paint from Lowes.  Purchased a year ago $3
Wreath- JoAnns. Purchased in the spring $10
All other decor purchased at yard sales and discount stores off and on through the years

Hubby created the light fixture.  He used an old outdoor light and replaced the glass with metal. 

I love the texture of my wall!!



mop it up mondays feature
Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle

Saturday, December 29, 2012

December Beauty Blogger Headquarters Task

This month the task for Beauty Blogger Headquarters is photography.  Photography is something I am still a novice at.  My husband takes beautiful pictures.... I on the other hand... no patience what so ever.  Until recently I thought I could photograph my life with a point and shoot camera.  There is nothing picmonkey can 't fix right??

I am very lucky that my Grandparents sent me my first "real" camera for Christmas.  I have been eyeing the Canon Rebels for sometime but my Grandma had a brand new Canon Powershot SX10IS laying around and a week of shipping later I was playing with my new camera.  I still don't know how to use it fully but I am figuring it out.  :)  Patience is not one of my better qualities!

So far I LOVE my camera!  This weekend I am going to practice taking some videos so I can start my YouTube channel.  :)

Now for the questions...

#1- What camera(s) do you use for blog photography?
Mainly I use my Canon Powershot SX10IS or my Iphone.  My Iphone really does take nice pictures and videos.

#2- What type of lighting do you use?
I am building a light box as we speak, well my husband is.  So currently I only use natural light or some flash. It depends on what I am trying to do.  Some people are anti-flash but I do think it has a time and place.  As long as it does not distort the colors I don't have a problem with it.

#3- Do you use a light box (purchase or DIY)
 Hubby is in the process of building one now. As soon as it is done I will have a DIY blog post. I live in New Mexico.  This whole state is a giant light box!

#4- Do you use a specific background?
This depends on the pictures.  If it is a product, yes, I use a white box that I made out of foam board.  If I am taking a outfit picture I look for lighting.

#5- What does your photography set up look like?
Currently it is a mess!  I have been doing my end of the year posts and its covered in makeup, LOL!!  As soon as I get my craft room and vanity in order I will do a tour.  :)

#6- What is your top photography tip for a blog beginner?
Don't be afraid to take pictures and play around.  Honestly, how else will you learn??  I have sssooo many pictures of my bloodhound because I was playing with my camera settings.  Play with lighting, play with products, just play!  Also, I recommend paying the $4.99/m for  If you do not have Photoshop or another editor program picmonkey is awesome!

#7- For fun, If you could upgrade your photography equipment what would you buy?
I am honestly not sure.  Possibly a video camera strictly for YouTube videos and imovie or another editor.  I would definitely buy a IMAC!

What type of camera do you use?

Missed Products 2012

I am not a negative person and please don't take this post as a reflection of the product itself.  This is ONLY my opinion on the product.  Some people have different experiences and if I've chosen a product that you love please leave a comment :)  I lllooovvveee to talk makeup!  

These are products that I would NOT buy again for various reasons. 

Giordano Colors Eye Shadow 
$1 Walgreens Stocking Stuffer Section

Maybe my Naked palette has spoiled me but I thought these shadows were extremely messy and the pigmentation just wasn't there for me.  They do blend well!  

E.L.F Palette
$3ish Walgreens
elf products can be hit or miss.  This was definitely a miss with me.  The shadows have almost no pigment at all, the lip products are a mess to put on but I do like the bronzer/blush.  

Profusion Eye Shadow Palettes
$1 Walgreens Stocking Stuffer Section
I love love love the blue shadow but the other colors are just chalky and messy.  I can stand a little fall out in a cheaper shadow because of the Talc but these are just to messy for me.  

Avon Beauty Sponge/Blender
$5.99 online
I love love love AVON products and the first time I used this sponge I fell even deeper in love but gosh darn it!!  I washed it once and it almost disintegrated in the water???  I am still using this as I do love the sponge.  It blends my foundation like a dream on my face and I love using this for dabbing on moisturizer when i need it but I am sssoo ticked it split like this!  

Free with Birchbox
The smell ruined this for me.  My brushes cleaned like a dream but the soy smell was awful.  I ended up rewashing my brushes with my Dove soap.  Read my review HERE

E.L.F Lip Shine
$1 Walgreens Stocking Stuffer Section
I have a love/hate relationship with these.  They do create a nice shine on the lips but they smell and are sticky.  I hate things that are sticky but I love the slight color.  

Wet n Wild Lipstick Breeze
$0.99 Walgreens
Normally I love WnW lipsticks but these color is just not for me.  Its to light and it really dries my lips out.  I will say, like the dork that I am, I disliked it so much I bought it twice. :/

NYC Smooth Skin
Dollar Tree
LOVE the product! Hate the packaging!!
I adore the face powder but the crappy packaging makes this to hard and messy to use. Every time you open it powder flies all over everything! 

E.L.F Color Stick, Persimmon
$0.99 Target
I am going to try another technique for applying this but I will say, so far, I am disappointed.  The color pay off just isn't there.  When applied from the packaging you do get a subtle glow on your cheeks but it does not stay on long.  I will definitely play with this product more :)  Does anyone else stalk YouTube videos for products you don't like to see if you are using it wrong?? 

E.L.F Regular & Waterproof Mascara Duo
$0.99 Target
I can't even put words to how much I dislike this mascara!  Last weekend we were helping a friend move a sofa and I was putting my makeup on.  Face was done and I decided to try this out.  My eyelashes clumped together and it seriously looked like I had 3 huge lashes! I tried brushing them out but somehow this mascara has super human strength and I ended up removing my eye makeup.  PISSED ME OFF!

Wet N Wild Mega Plump Mascara
$2.99 Walgreens
When I first used this mascara I really liked it.  I liked the applicator.  I liked the color but after wearing it for a few hours the mascara started to flake.  There are to many good mascaras out there to put up with that.  For $2.99 I don't think this is a horrible mascara but I definitely will not repurchase it. 

I own a ton of makeup.  Some people collect baseball cards. I collect makeup.  I do not consider myself a beauty guru or expert on makeup but I know what I like.  I have makeup that is considered low end and some that are high end.  Most of the products listed are lower end but please DO NOT take this post as me bashing lower end products.  I love all makeup equally.  These are just a few products I didn't care for this year.  :) 

What are some of your misses this year???

Cheers and Happy New Year!!