Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask #powerofplants

What is on my face? That came in my VoxBox to try for free. It is Boots Botanics' Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask. It instantly made my skin feel cool and refreshed. I was impressed at how quickly it dried. No extra waiting, which is great for busy gals. There's no smell or perfumes, too, which I love. My face was so soft when I washed it off! My daughter said my face felt smooth like a grape. LOL.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

KISS Looks So Natural Lashes Application Tips

I got KISS Looks So Natural Lashes to try for free through my VoxBox from Influenster. I have used fake eyelashes before and they always ended up making me look trashy. Not so with Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes. They looked like my natural lashes, only better. I liked how the glue was eaasy to see on the lash strip. It made it easier to apply them. I had a little trouble putting them on so they matched up with my lash line, but that is probably because I needed practice. Here are some tips to get you through the first application of fake lashes.


  • Line up the longest lashes with your own longest lashes for a more natural look.
  • Try not to get any glue on your fingers. The lashes will stick to your fingers!
  • Be gentle when you put mascara and eyeshadow on. You may just rip one off. I did.
  • You can cover any excess glue with eye liner.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

More Free Stuff From Influenster

You have probably seen my posts featuring free VoxBoxes I get from Influenster. Well, I just got another box! This is the J'Adore VoxBox:

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Thrifty Gift Baskets

Gift baskets are a great gift to pamper the people on a Christmas or birthday gift list. Store bought gift baskets can be expensive, though. It is easy to make gift baskets at home for less, though, and it can be fun!

Getting Started

The average home-made gift basket will cost around ten dollars, making it a really perfect gift to give for the budget conscious.
The first item required for making gift baskets it the basket, of course. The conscious shopper can find some really nice baskets at thrift stores for as little as 50 cents a piece. Shoppers should make sure that the basket is well made, clean, and has no loose pieces.
While  at the thrift store, the shopper should look for ribbon. Many thrift stores have a craft section with rolls of nice ribbon for around 10 cents.
Next, the shopper should take a trip to the local dollar store. Many dollar stores or just-a-buck stores have tons of items for really interesting and personalized baskets.

Gift Basket Item Ideas

Here is a list of things for a shopper to look for when making a basket for that special someone:

A Little Girl:
  • Baby Doll Bottles
  • Doll Clothes
  • Bubbles and Wands
  • Hair Bows, Ties, and Bands
  • Coloring Books
  • Crayons
  • Jump Rope

A Little Boy:
  • Solder Men
  • Coloring Books
  • Crayons
  • Toy Cars
  • Bubbles and Wands
  • Police and Sheriff Badges
  • Balloons
  • Crazy Straws

  • Nail Polish
  • Lip Gloss
  • Funky Socks
  • Crystal Body Art
  • Cute Stationary
  • A Nice Pen
  • Bath Salts and Beads
  • Fruit Scented Body Sprays

New Mom (Also Good For New Grandma):
  • Baby Bottle Brush
  • Bath Salts and Beads
  • Baby Shoes Filled with Sugar Free Candies and Chocolates
  • Scented Lotions
  • Baby Socks
  • Baby Themed Picture Frames
  • Purse Sized Picture Album
  • Stationary Appropriate for Thank You Letters

Men’s Basket:
  • Jumbo Candy Bars
  • Auto Gadgets (Sunglasses holder, compass that sticks to the dash, new-car-smell spray, etc.
  • Collectable Statues
  • Remote Control Holder

When the crafter has gathered their dollar goodies, they should remember to get a bag of shredded decorative paper for the bottom of the basket.

Finishing the Basket

Once all of the supplies are ready, it is time to assemble the basket. The gift giver should take all the products out of their wrappers, unless it will make a mess if the wrappers are taken off. The shredded paper should be put into the bottom of the basket so that the basket is half full. The tallest items should be arranged at the back of the basket, with the smaller, more attractive items at the front. A bow should be added to the top and the gift basket is done!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ideas for Winter Wedding Decorations

 I've been posting a lot of ideas about weddings during the last few days, but most of them have been for summer weddings. Here's a craft idea for winter wedding decorations.

Buy packs of snowflake Christmas tree ornaments to decorated with. These are around two dollars per pack at Wal-Mart, and can be used to decorate almost anything. My favorite idea is hanging them on plain looking light fixtures. They make an impact and they are easy to remove.

Another idea is to bundle some pretty sticks together, tie them in the center with some wide ribbon, and use them as a valance for windows. Just hang your sparkly snowflakes from the branches for the finishing touch!

Wedding Tips: Personalized Napkins

To go along with my posts about things I have made for my wedding, I thought I'd talk a little bit about personalized napkins. I personally didn't use personalized napkins in my wedding. I remember the first time I saw some, though. I was at my aunt's 25th wedding anniversary party and I remember how special they looked. They were gold and had their names embossed on them. I would say that getting special napkins is a good idea because they are a great thing for guests to take home and put in their scrapbook. That's what I did with their napkin. lol

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Wedding Decorations: Wedding Programs

I've been posting a lot about my homemade wedding decorations, so I thought I'd talk about the favorite craft I did for our wedding: the programs! Here's how I made mine:

  1. I opened a new project in Word.
  2. Then, I divided the work space into two columns. This allows me to print two programs on one piece of card stock. Simply work on your program in one column, then copy and paste it into the second column.
  3. I added clipart to the top and the bottom of the work space. Shells and blue for our water theme, of course!
  4. I typed in the details of our wedding. 
  5. What made the invitations really special is that I cut them in an unusual shape and glued ribbon, palm leaf and sea glass to them after I printed them out.