Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thursday Obsessions

Spring 2013 here I come! I love black tanks and jeans. I am also learning to love hats. The New Mexico sun is brutal!!
Source: via Jamie on Pinterest

Such a great craft!

Love these colors!! Great for a New Mexico evening.

I am obsessed with this whole outfit!

I need this for work

Isn't this wreath the cutest!

Love this look!

Smokey eyes are my fav!

I am obsessed with long bobs right now! Love this!

I am obsessed with Bloodhounds. God created Bloodhounds so women would have a true best friend. Hank is my world!!
Source: via Amanda on Pinterest

So perfect for my closet!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Money Monday- Saving $ on Makeup

I have no problem admitting it... I, Mandy Jean, am addicted to makeup.  I love buying new products every month to try and use.  Having this addiction can be very expensive and you can easily loose track of how much you have spent over the course of a month.  Been there... done that... got the t-shirt...

I've created a few rules for myself when buying makeup.

#1- Make sure all bills are paid 1st and include groceries in budget.  Sometimes I forget groceries and buy blush instead.  :/

#2- Only spend what we can afford for the month. Make sure to give hubby the same amount to buy whatever men spend $ on.

#3- Do not buy mascara unless I need it or they have a great deal.  Mascara spoils quickly.

#4- Watch for coupons and sales.  Try not to impulse buy.

#5- If I love it and can afford it, I can buy it.  If I think it is to trendy I try and find a cheaper alternative.


The makeup in my collection range from elf to Chanel.  I am very careful in how I buy a product.

#1- I love Urban Decay eye shadow but I only buy the palette sets because spending $18 for one eye shadow doesn't make sense to me.

#2- If I find a color of eye shadow I can not live without I will check the manufacturer site first, ebay second and if those two are a dud I will pay full price.

#3- Watch Youtube Dupe videos.  So many beauty gurus have high end dupe videos.  A great example is I love Nars blush.  But did you know some of the elf studio blushes (black packages) are almost identical??

#4- Look for sample kits.  Benefit, Nars, Tarte, Lorac, Stila and sometimes Urban Decay will have value packs or sample kits.  I love love love love trying new products and I would rather pay $30 for a box of sample size products to try then $200 on full size products.  If I love the sample I will buy the full size.

#5- Ask for a sample- Sephora will give you up to 3 free samples with a purchase.  Just ask at the counter!!


Where do I find deals????
#1- Blog sales.  Many gals have blog sales of products they swatched or purchased and did not use.  Their loss is your gain!

#2- Grocery and Drug Stores- Always look for coupons and clearance!  Ulta also runs buy on get one half off frequently.

#3- Beauty Reward Cards- Ulta, Sephora, Sallys all have beauty rewards cards.  USE THEM!!

#4- Ebay-  You need to be careful on ebay because of fake products but if you find a seller you like that is purchasing product at wholesale and you can save 50% for an authentic product why not??  Also people will piece out gift sets. Ebay is a goldmine!!!  Just be cautious!

#5- Have a makeup swap with your BFFs.

#6- Shop around online.  I love palettes and this is a great way to get a bang for your buck.  My favs are BH Cosmetics and Coastal Scents.  I am also loving Sleek!  Research and shop around!

I hope you found my quick tips helpful!

Here are some great resource and a few of my favorite youtube dupe videos. ENJOY!!!

CAN YOU TELL WHO MY FAVORITE YOUTUBE MAKEUP GURU IS??? LOL!!! Emily is amazing!!!!  Love her videos!!  

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Ipsy VS Birchbox January 2013

I love beauty boxes!  I am like a child waiting for a new toy every month around the 15th. I've been a subscriber to Birchbox for over a year and love it!  In November I decided to add Ipsy after seeing all the great bags other bloggers were receiving.  Both are $10/month.  

For more information about Ipsy please visit their site at or CLICK HERE

For more information about Birchbox please visit their site HERE

I thought it would be fun to change up my beauty box posts and do one post comparing the two.  :)  This month my favorite is my Ipsy bag. 

I will do individual product reviews this month :)

What's in this months bag?
*Pacifica Body Butter (Full Size Sample, $7.00)
*Josie Maran Argan Oil (Sample is TO-GO size, $14)
*Nailtini Polish- Frappe (Full Size Sample, $13)
*Big Sexy Hair Spray (Sample Size. Full Size $17)
*SOHO Concealer Brush (Full Size Sample, $8.99 Walgreens)

My Ipsy bag is worth $42.99!!!

Every month your samples come in a cute makeup bag.  This month the bag is navy blue with a star interior. SO CUTE!!! 

What's in my Birchbox?
*Frownies Eye Gels (Full Size contains 3 sets $29.95, Sample contains 1 $9.98)
*Frownies Rose Water Hydrator Spray (Full Size 2oz $11.95, Sample about 0.5 oz $2.98)
*theBalm Put a Lid On It Eyelid Primer (Full Size 0.4 oz $18, Sample 0.125 $4.50ish)
*My Multi Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer (Full Size 2oz $68, Sample 0.3 oz $17ish)
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy (Full Size 3.4oz $90, Sample 0.05oz $13.25ish)

My Birchbox is worth $47ish. 

Do you subscribe to Birchbox or Ipsy?  What did you think of this months bag/box?  Which product would you like to see a review on first? 

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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