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?  

Monday, April 20, 2015

Favorite MAC Products.... EVER!

Ya'll know MAC is my favorite brand.  I don't love them because they are trendy and push out 500 (sarcasm!) collections a year.  I actually love them despite that.  My one beef with MAC is they do release to many collections so close to each other.  Also, a lot of these collections are same products, renamed or very close dupes.  No fun!!!  I do, however, love their products.  MAC foundations work well with my skin, their powders are great, endless eyeshadow combos, lip pencils that last forever and their lipsticks.... ooh.... their lipsticks!!  
As hard as this was I picked my top 10 MAC products that if I ever lost or when I finish them I will immediately run out and get another.  Heck, I may even have a back up :) 
I've had this paint pot for sometime and it is still so creamy and blends like a dream.  I don't use this paint pot as a shadow as much as I do a base and corrector for my lids.  When I use paint pots my shadows to not budge at all.  No creasing either.  LOVE THIS!!!!!!  I think this is my second one. 

I love this product so much I keep one at my desk.  Fix+ refreshing the skin and when sprayed after powder it takes away the powdery look.  This stuff is a makeup saver as I can be heavy handed with powders.  I also love to use Fix+ to foil shadows.  

Ladies and Gentleman.... I present to you my holy grail mascara.  This mascara lengthens, is super dark and does not flake.  What more can you ask for?  It also thickens my lashes and is super easy to remove.  

MAC calls Boldly Bare a dirty red brown but I would call it more of a dark dusty pink.  This lip pencil is my perfect shade.  I've been known to wear it with just a gloss.  MAC lip liners are my all time favorites.  They extend the wear of my lipstick by hours.  

Can you believe I picked 1 favorite MAC lipstick and it's not Ruby Woo?  Shy Shine is a my lips but better shade.  I love pairing it with Boldly Bare lip liner and Deelight lip glass.  Pic below of the pairing.  Shy Shine is a lustre so it feels great on the lips and is easy to wear.  

I was at MAC in Uptown and Victoria had on a awesome lip combo (CB 92 and Deelight).  I asked her what she was wearing and it was this gloss.  Ever since I purchased it I have not been able to put it down.  I love pairing it with boldly bare lip liner or tossing it on alone.  It is not overly sticky.  

If you follow me on Instagram I posted my favorite combo last week.  Again, it's like my lips but better.  

I love this powder so much I own it in 4 different colors.  The mineralize line is so finely milled that it just sinks into my skin.  I am pretty sure this powder has magical powers.  If I am in a hurry out the door I will use a pore filling primer and powder my face with this.  It gives me a little coverage but doesn't look powdery.  I also need to be careful when using powders under my eyes.  MAC MSF do not get cakey or dry under my eyes.  Light is my favorite shade for highlighting under my eyes.  

I must have forgotten to take a picture of my favorite foundation or lost the photos.  MAC Face and Body gives my skin a awesome dewy but not greasy glow while providing enough coverage to cover blemishes and even my skin.  This foundation is extremely buildable.  

Don't let the color of this shadow scare you.  I love it for my crease.  The pro longwear shadows stay on for a very long time and do not crease on me.  Uninterrupted is a dark camel color that warms up your look.  I want to add more pro longwear shadows to my collection.  

What are some of your MAC holy grail products?  What are some of your favorite combos?  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thursday Obsessions

This blog post has so many great ideas for photo styling and tips.  If you are a blogger this is a must read! 
Spring Outfit - Army Green Shorts

Spring Outfit - Army Green Shorts by stylelover10 featuring studded flats
I love this easy spring/summer look.

I've been on this decorating kick again and I love pillows with texture.  I also love how easy this looks to make! 

What have you been obsessed over lately????

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Recent Youtube Videos

I've been posting videos periodically until I get back into the swing of things.  Tax time has been crazy!!!  I thought I would share a few of my most recent.  They are planner related :)

Monday, April 13, 2015

DIY Bunny Planner Clip/Bookmark

I've been on this HUGE planner kick recently.  I am really enjoying getting organized and making DIY projects for my multiple planners.  While browsing Michaels I saw these really cute Martha Stewart stickers and new they would be adorable planner clips/bookmarks.

1.  Trace bunny on white cardstock
2.  Hot glue paperclip to back of bunny
3.  Glue cardstock to back of bunny and paperclip
4.  Admire your cute bunny! 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Save Monster Bucks with Walmart Family Mobile #marchintosavings

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #MarchIntoSavings #CollectiveBias
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Growing up I always used the term "monster" loosely.  To a wee little Mandy Jean it meant critters under your bed, my cousins to anything I found large.  As an adult I still use "monster" loosely.  Call it a quirk.... I call it awesome!!

At the beginning of the year I created a section in my budget planner called " Save Monster Bucks 2015".  I wrote a list down of items I think I could save money on this year.  I also found these really cute Monster stickers at Walmart that I wanted to use.  #resourceful

When I figured out a way to save money on an item I put a awesome monster sticker next to it and the savings goes into my Monster Money.  I use my Monster Money for hobbies, gifts, and other random things.   This year so far I have saved $3,465 (yearly total).  That is $346/month.  So far!!!  My biggest savings by far was changing my cell phone plan.  I previously was using a very reliable but extremely expensive carrier.  I also had a fancy data eating iphone6plus.  

A friend of mine was talking about Walmart Family Mobile and the lowest priced unlimited plans so I decided to head over to Walmart and checkout the ZTE ZMAX (Yes, this post is sponsored but I would have went regardless and purchased the same phone with the same package).  In the electronic section you will find all of the Walmart Family Mobile plan information and phones. Note***You will need to purchase a starter kit also.  Don't forget that!  No starter kit.... No working phone..... 

Just in case you need some guidance...  here is a peek at my store.... My store is in the middle of a reset so I had to ask for the starter kits.  Normally they are found in the same section.  I am usually to lazy to look so I always just ask someone.  The fellows who work in the Electronics Dept at my Walmart are super friendly and knowledgeable.  

Random tidbit of information.  I used the phone for these pics and I have to say I am very impressed!  

I want to share a little bit of the plan information with ya'll.  For $29.88/m (for the first line) you are getting Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 500MB of 4G LTE data.  My previous contract was $119/m.  I am saving $89/m and I didn't have unlimited data before.  Just for reference.... $89/m is 5 MAC lipsticks.  

If you are looking to save money this year I highly recommend you checkout Walmart Family Mobile plans.  If you love the size of the iPhone6plus I would suggest checking out the ZTE ZMAX.  The phone is easy to use, the service is great and I love the larger screen.  I included a picture below to show you a size comparison.  

How are you planning on saving money this year??  Have you used Walmart Family Mobile?  What was your experience?