Target Run: Review of the New Fall Line

On my recent Target run for candy corn, I spied the new Fall Women’s Clothing line called “A New Day.”  There are some gorgeous styles in this new collection.  Target has new styles while on a budget.  I think that’s why everyone has fun on their Target run.  In the above video are the pieces I kept from the clothing line A New Day.  You will see what made it out of the dressing room and what had to stay.  I’ll also show you what else jumped into my cart.

In the video above, you will find the links to what I did keep and the free shipping code from Oct 22-28.  The video gives you much more detail too about the adorable finds that I am keeping.

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My Checkout Screen hahaha

 

Watch the video above to see what I did keep!!!  They’re so cute, pretty and fun!

I am returning this light pink velour top.  I already have a Burgundy velvet top as well as the navy one I’m keeping.  I think it would look great with a pencil skirt. Details along the neck line and sleeves are high quality. The best part is it’s not see through!!!  Thank you Target!

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Watch the video above to see what all I DID end up keeping after my Target Run.

I loved this asymmetrical ruffle skirt, but the fit was bad.  It was too small even going up a size.  Gorgeous red though.  I didn’t keep the floral cardigan because I don’t prefer that length on me.

Speaking of length, this gorgeous rust colored poncho was just too long.  And having no sleeves allows glimpses into my love handles; I just prefer sleeves.

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Too long and no sleeves; if I don’t love something, I should not spend the money.

Y’all, the Target styles from A New Day that I kept can be seen on the video above.  I love them!!

I did buy one of the Women’s A New Day crew neck shirts because of their non-clingy properties.  I cannot wear the Merona tees or Mossimo tees because they cling too much to my tummy area.  This is a medium so I did size up.  Love this color; just not the v-neck. This Target brand shirt feels more like 100% cotton; it has just enough stretch in it without being clingy.

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A little too plunging of a v-neck but love love love the colors!

This striped pullover almost jumped ship into my cart, but I just don’t need it here in Houston.  I like illusion of a smaller waist this gives.  I also think the threads are a bit too loose for quality sake.

I should’ve brought home this plaid shirt.  A New Day’s Any Day Plaid hangs perfectly and is well made.  You cannot see through this fabric.  It tucks in with the perfect draping.  But I bought a different one that you can see in the video.  So this one stayed at Target.

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Love the juxtaposed pattern on the pockets. Perfect draping fabric.

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Visit Woodstock, VT: Eat, Sleep, and What to Do

 

Woodstock, Vermont is, I’m convinced, where the term charming came from!  The village of Woodstock, Vermont was a gift from New Hampshire back in 1761.  And it will be a gift to you when you visit Woodstock.  If you visit the old wooden red bridge, the Taftsville Covered Bridge, Taftsville is part of Woodstock.  Viewing and photographing the Taftsville Covered Bridge has room on the side of the street for about five cars to park and jump out to take a pic.

My YouTube video above gives you much better explanations of what to visit in Woodstock with many pictures that are just beautiful!

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Taftsville Wooden Covered Bridge

After snapping pics of the Taftsville Covered Bridge, keep going six miles on 4 East to the Quechee Gorge Gifts store, park there and walk to the middle of that bridge to view and take tons of pics of the Quechee Gorge.  You can easily do this with a wheelchair as well.  If you want to hike down the gorge, its entrance is right behind this Quechee Gifts store.  There’s a huge parking lot and it’s maybe a 100 foot walk on a sidewalk to the middle of the Quechee Gorge bridge.  Quick stop and worth it!

There is a Quechee Ski Club near there so it’s not in the middle of no where.

But Woodstock is where I want to stay and live!  We stayed at The Shire Woodstock, a five minute walk to the downtown “oval” of Woodstock.  Think town square tightly cozied up together.  The Shire Woodstock is an inn on the Ottauquechee River so you have a table and wicker chairs from the back deck of your room to view it.  The Shire also has a grassy area near the river if it’s warm enough for you to hang out there.  In the front of each room is a main street view with white rocking chairs.  Almost everyday you have The Shire Woodstock gardener watering his flowers; he will even let you pick his grape tomatoes-he said they’re free.  They’re right in front of the check in office.  We shared a king bed and SIX pillows!  Such a lovely sleep.  However the bathroom does not have a vent fan; but it does have a little window.  Felt kinda humid.  We highly recommend staying at The Shire Woodstock if you are visiting Woodstock.  You are very close to town and right across the street from the little market.

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Cozy setting at The Shire Woodstock
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Three minute walk down Main Street in this charming village

I can recommend the Mont Vert Cafe for coffee.  I saw a local Woodstocker who brought her own sliced tomatoes to add to her breakfast sandwich.  We just happened to visit on National Coffee Day to receive our 50 cents off.  They have a lovely downstairs as well as an entire upstairs for seating.  And if weather permits a brick patio right out front.  Pedestrians can easily get around town because of the patient Woodstockers.  Tourism puts bread on their lovely tables so they are gracious.

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Delicious coffee, roomy seating and locals eat here.

Parking in downtown Woodstock is free before 10 am.

We ate breakfast at Mountain Creamery.  They serve breakfast and lunch and downstairs is where you can get ice cream.  My mom and I split a Maple Sausage Apple Cheddar omelet, and look how perfectly melted the cheese was.  I recommend getting your own because it’s so good.  Now the toast had to be homemade!  It was dense and had a sweet wheat taste-not a bland taste.  They bring you a little shot of their strawberry jelly, which I’m sure comes from Sugar Bush Farms.  I wanted to take a bath in this strawberry jam or jelly!  Sweet but not too sweet; not too thick and spreadably smooth!

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Maple sausage, apple, and cheddar cheese omelet

The Middle Covered Bridge is right there in the oval downtown of the village of Woodstock.  Great pics there.  There’s a foot path crossing attached to the bridge-wheel chair friendly.  You can see Adirondack chairs along the creek underneath. Ottauquechee River (babbling creek) runs underneath this and through Woodstock.

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Middle Covered Bridge – pretty much attached to the town square oval

 

Highly recommend Sugar Bush Cheese and Maple Farm.  Vermont is the highest producer of Maple Syrup in the United States at almost a million gallons per year.  Awesome tasting samples as you come in to the shop formed in small groups.  Very strict ladies ushering you to squeeze in and get samples from approximately 5 different cheeses.  But it’s a very tiny area so squeeze together and obey.   Yummy!  Then you get to taste maple from their actual Maple Trees on the Sugar Bush Farm.  There are new Maple Syrup grades for depth of flavor.  You get to taste all four grades.  They have a tiny shop where you can get the grade you want.  Your shop guide will give you like a score card so you can check with cheese you liked. They would not ship my cheese to Houston Texas until November, so I just will order online.  If you want it shipped from the store, they just would hold off on delivery until mid November.  And shipping from the store seemed like a lot of work for them.  Like I was inconveniencing them.  They’re so busy and shipping is all done by paper work.  I just recommend taking a pic of what you want and ordering them from your laptop.  Oh, the cheese and the maple syrup was so delicious.  They have quite a few tasters in another room – like mustards and tiny oyster crackers for spreadable cheeses.

The most time you will spend at Sugar Bush Farms is a little over an hour.  You can walk around their Maple Tree area-short distance and venture up to their chapel – kid friendly rocking horse inside.  You can also see the tubes where the maple would travel.  There are little facts nailed to trees.  Fascinating process for making Vermont Maple Syrup.  It’s not super wheelchair friendly because it’s outside on the dirt, and the shop is so tiny.  But it can be done.

When you pull out of Sugar Bush Farm, go left and keep going left to meet up with the Taftsville Bridge.  If you don’t have the Google Maps app, download it for free.  You type in the store name if you don’t have directions, and it will lead you there.  For example, as we were leaving the Sugar Bush Farm, I typed in Taftsville Covered Bridge and we found our way there.

Don’t miss this farm.  It’s not just a farm, it’s a gorgeous view with local samples galore.

Ruth’s Table was a farm to table style bistro restaurant.  I had the schnitzel chicken with a caper sauce on top of garlic mashed potatoes.  Sauteed zucchini with it.  Melt in your mouth with just the right amount of tang to it.  My mom got a piece of salmon on top of a risotto that was creamy good.  Loved how quaint but fun its decor was.  Felt like I walked into the Old Yankee Workshop because of all the beautiful wood in Ruth’s Table.  Again, it’s directly on the main street going through town.  Hard to read the words on the door.  Such fabulous, made to order food.  You MUST eat here.

I wanted to go to Soulfully Good Cafe, but they weren’t open for supper.  They have these white wrought iron table and chairs out front.  Adding to the charm of Woodstock Vermont.

Red Rooster at The Woodstock Inn is just as pricey.  It’s a way to see the inside of the inn.  Beautiful grounds but you don’t have the river view.  It’s smack dab in the very middle of the oval downtown, but like The Shire and The Woodstocker B&B, The Charleston House, are all right down there too.  But The Inn is breathtakingly beautiful.

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Woodstock Inn – beautiful but no river view – in the downtown oval, but most everything is.

I hope these tips help you figure out what to do in the village or shire of Woodstock Vermont.  POP over again soon!

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4 Things You Must do in Portland, Maine

 

4 Things You Must Do in Portland, Maine

We just visited Portland Maine and I have four things that you must do while touring.  All of the hubbub happens in Old Port.  It’s got a lot of modern, hip tours and lobster rolls to try too.  We even saw the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas cruise ship docking in Portland, Maine.  Do not miss the views in Portland, Maine.  POP into my video and I’ll tell you four gorgeous and delicious things you must do in Portland, Maine.

Lobster Roll

If you ask 20 people in Portland where to get the best Lobster Roll, you will get 20 different answers.  A local Portland friend named Tarilyn recommended Scales in Old Port, Portland – upscale in price not in dress.  Wear what you want-you’re in a fishing port.  But for the most part, it’s business casual at night.  MAKE RESERVATIONS!!!  This place is a local favorite.  My seared scallops and seared bacon chunks in a poblano corn sauce was to die for and was $30ish and came in a big black skillet.  My mom got the whole lobster, which they do all the work to help you dig in easily.  We also got fried cauliflower; it was too thickly battered but still delicious.

Bite Into Maine has 3 locations – Portland Head Light Lighthouse, an airstream by the Allagash Brewing Co and their own brick and mortar store opening soon. Lobster Roll sometimes has mayo lightly mixed into the lobster meat and sometimes it’s not.  We found them by the Portland Head Light Lighthouse.  Food truck right there by the three huge parking lots.

Pro:  several large parking lots.  When you enter the park (free), keep going to the right and you’ll see it in-between the three parking lots.  You can choose several different options in how it’s prepared for you.  You have to watch my video above to see really HOW MUCH lobster is in one roll!

Con: can’t sit inside anywhere if yucky weather

Picnic style is no mayo and on top of mayo based slaw in a folded piece of huge Texas toast. Warm, melted butter drizzled all over it!!!!  My fave style!

Curried mayo

Chipotle mayo

mayo

dollop of mayo with a jalapeño

Lobster Shack – At Two Lights Lighthouse.  Only parking for about 20 cars unless you drive back up the hill two houses and park in the little parking lot that’s there.  The port authority worker told us that this place wins the best lobster roll every year.  I could not find that stat anywhere though.

Portland Lobster Co – where all the other shops and cruise ships park, this is in Old Port, the hubbub of Portland, so while you’re here you might as well check it out.  When we did a drive by, people were standing shoulder to shoulder inside.  They do have a dock.  Just if it’s yucky weather, you may have to wait a while.

Honestly, you’re going to have fresh lobster so it depends on what you want.  Do you want a quiet and beautiful view?  Got to the food truck Bite Into Maine at the Portland Head Light Lighthouse.  If you want views and ability to sit inside, Lobster Shack.  Don’t care and no car?  Portland Lobster Co.

Take a Tour

Y’all this is the most bang for your buck when visiting a town like Portland, Maine.  You will be so glad you tried it.  You pick the tour.  Here’s a list from their site, but check dates because winter time tours are limited.

http://www.mainefoodietours.com/Portland.html

Maine Foodie Tours allow you better choices for your family to tour.  You can even choose the type of tour-just happy hour, art tour, lunchtime lobster crawl tour, culinary tour and many more! We are huge fans of food tours over in Europe.  Maine Foodie Tours, like other food tours, give you the quirky facts of that restaurant, that food, and that area.  Your guide also can give you his/her tips on individual questions concerning touring because he/she is a local. 

Ours was $60 for 3 hours of food!!!  Don’t forget some cash to tip the guide.  You’re going to want to tip him fyi because they end up being lovable and so friendly!  They have a lunchtime lobster crawl tour!  WOW!

For example, I had heard to go to the observation tower up Munjoy Hill.  Asked our guide about it, and Avery gave me an ever better idea.  Plus how to get there most easily if driving.  And the food samples will fill you up!!!

Portland, mainly is the Old Port area.  That is a half a mile MAYBE.  Old Port is a 4 by 20 block rectangle. 

It was 68 degrees, and I still needed a cardigan if just standing still in the shade fyi.  If you’re going to be on an open air truck, dress with warm layers!!!  Chilly at almost 70 degrees!

East Promenade

Take Uber or drive or tour to East Promenade.  You will not be disappointed unless it’s completely fogged in.  And go in the afternoon when the sun will be behind you, making the water seem bright deep blue.  Gorgeous views, plenty of free parking for RVs, cars and bikes.  Take the kids; there’s a playground.  There are several open fields and a little history monument spot.

It’s a great spot to get a quick walk in for some fresh air and jump right back in your car.  It’s also a great spot to just take a nap on a towel.

Go east on Congress, up the steep hill and just keep going.  It’ll dead end into the huge, expansive East Promenade.  You will pass the look out tower, but hardly any parking is there because you can get to it via foot traffic.

Lighthouses

Two Lights Lighthouse: You can see the Two Light Lighthouses, but they’re just okay.  And we only could find one of them; maybe the other one has a light but not in the stereotypical house?

Portland Head Light Lighthouse in Fort Williams Park – ample free parking, quick 15 minute drive from Old Port, great for pictures.  Aaaand they have Bite Into Maine lobster rolls!!!

Con: Port-a-Potties.  Ick!  Yuk!  I was so disappointed!  But the ocean and lighthouse views were one of the most photographed places.

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6 Steps for a Hooded Eye Lift


Hooded eyes can appear heavy on mature skin.  We will combat aging by helping define the crease we want the mirror to see using six easy steps.  I’ve coined this method the Tri (angle) Fecta Method.  We will lift your hooded eyes with these six steps.  Your lids will look raised, lifting the eyes so that the color along the crease POPs in a triangle shape almost.

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From your crease line and just above the crease, we are carving out our crease for the hooded eye lift.

I have practiced these six steps for my hooded eyes with my new travel makeup palette.  I can do everything I want on my face with this one palette.  Today, I’m teaching you how to lift your hooded eyes with chocolate-y brown and pink colors.  Use these colors on yourself, or use other ones that I suggest in the video.

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Got this travel palette last week, and I’m using it this weekend for our trip to leaf peep. I love The Balm Voyage eyeshadow for this hooded eye look.

1) Start with primed and off white color if that’s your base skin color.

2) Pick a transition color; one that is close to your skin tone but with a sun kissed look.

No windshield wipers in hooded eyes.

Go straight across a few times.  Then you can blend.  We are carving out the crease….not the direction of YOUR crease.  We’re making our own crease.

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Not too much; not too little; with practice your hooded eyes will appear lifted.

For hooded eyes, our crease needs to lift our lids…so don’t bring the eyeshadow down into the crease.  See where your crease ends down here at the outer corner of your eye?  We don’t want crease colors to go down in that angle; otherwise, it’ll look like your eyes are sagging out there.  That line will be the base of our lift.

3) Dimension:

We are smoothing and adding dimension by building color with two-three similar colors.  I’m using this skin-toned color, a chocolate color that isn’t dark at all and a deep dark brown.  These are going to be our base of colors…our stairway to the color we want them to see.  It’s as if it was a pyramid with rosy chocolate being the top.  We’re doing the same movement with each of these similar colors.

When you mix pink and brown, it has a purple cranberry tone to it.   It’ll almost glow upwards, instantly lifting your hooded eyelids.

If you can’t do tan, try light pink tones as your crease 2-3 shades.  Then put an orange or deep blue or deep purple (with no pastel in it).

4) Blending:

With transition colors or mid tone colors, I use a fluffy or wider blending brush.  It takes some of the color while blending.

So I’m blending around the edges for my hooded eyes crease to lift into a triangle shape.

5) Rocket Launcher Color

Now I’m taking a brush that is not going to spread color.  I’m choosing a brush that will keep the color exactly where I put it – a deep brown.  Most of my weight was on the middle of my eye inside the crease, but the shades extend straight outward by blending.  Here I use the pointed blending brush by Elf.  I use a pointed blending brush-a tight blending brush if I don’t really want the color to sweep everywhere…like in the corners later on.  The tight blending brush just softens the edges of my more intense color.

I cannot have deep color in the inside corner of my eyelids.  Because I have hooded eyes, they look heavy on the inside and weigh my eyelids down.  Then, my eyes look small instead of lifted and opened.  With dimension layers, my eyelids look raised.

This color is so important.  This deep color will propel the space above your crease to glow.  It’s launching your eyes to see the space ABOVE your crease.

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I have way too many brushes lol. I don’t like mixing colors. Do you use the same brush on several colors?

6) Repeat Transition Color

Sweep on one final windshield wiper motion sweep of the pink or light tan transition color you used.  You are going to be surprised how this eyeshadow lift looks after you put on the rest of your makeup.  Don’t miss this process.  If you need the color to be a bit brighter, add a touch of your blush above your triangle base.

Chocolates and browns give the illusion that there is a purple and bright burgundy and gray in the mix of your hooded eye lift look.  And then you add that illuminator along your lash line; there’s a tad of shimmer in it so don’t put it all the way up.  This is just helping the tri-angle-fecta lift to POP.

I’ve recently gone back to my kabuki brush for applying foundation.  I’m in-between seasons right now, and I probably should’ve used the lighter foundation shade only.

I’m adding my It Cosmetics CC UnderEye Concealer; this helps my skin look luminous and conceals like no other.  I need to buy another one.  I’ve had this for a year.

I add my eyeliner right there on the edge of my upper eyelid and lower lid.  Just go along the corners; give that a try!  You don’t want any skin to show between the lash line and the eyeliner color.  Smudge the edges with any brush or your fingers.

Then I carve out the darkness with my It Cosmetics Super Hero Volumizing Mascara.

Be careful with blush; you can see I put on a little too much; think sun-kissed.  Not drenched with color.

I love the Balm Voyage volume 2 bronzer.  It truly gives you a sun kissed look to bring your skin tone to look alive ha and not dreary winter blah.  Like you’ve taken a trip to the tropics.  I put bronzer on my neck to blur that line between my foundation and white neck color.  I sweep it across my under eye concealer to set it.  And I sweep it lightly around the edges of my face.

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See where I carved out where my crease should be and put all the other color layers above and on it?

When I’m in a hurry, I’ve put on the darkest color first, and then I look like i have a ton of eyeshadow on.  Now I have learned that it is because I didn’t set it up for success.  Ha.  I need to build a foundation layer of dimension on my hooded eyes, and this darker color is going to give a deeper dimension that will lift upwards.

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Bad lighting, but you can see that with the light color on my very lower lid, the layers of colors at my crease and above POP?

Practice:

When you have a time to practice, take your time.  If you mess up, use a q-tip and makeup remover for areas that need erasing.  Follow my tutorial for hooded eyes and walk away.  Do something, run an errand.  Then come back and see how the eyelids look.  At first you will feel like you have a lot on.  If you practice applying layers of eyeshadow in this way, it will not look like you have caked on eyeshadow.  You will have soft depths of layers lifting your hooded eyes with some personality.

If you have a q-tip or round cotton thingy (see my paper I’ve cut out) you can put some makeup remover on it and drag it up to sharpen up the edge of your eyeshadow art.

Thank you for POPping over to hear/read these six steps for your own hooded eye lift!

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How to Repurpose a Rustic Wooden Sign

Y’all!  I’m super proud of how I repurposed this rustic wooden sign that I got from Michael’s for $7.  It was originally $59!!!  I appreciate the palette style that jumped out at me that gives a relaxed feel to a room.  We are feet-propped-up-on-the-coffee-table people.  We’ve loved this coffee table from Target, and the basket is one that I adore.

But…the colors are blah side by side.  Meh.

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Lots of dark and tans but notice the blah basket color on my coffee table.

Here’s how I repurposed this wooden sign as decor to spruce up our living room.

Our living space needed sprucing up, and my design friend Suzanne Bell gave me free design advice for a rectangular tray (not a basket) and some greenery,. Greenery; get some greenery in there.  And use either an off white tray or dark brown tray in rectangular shape.  While I was wasting time at the Dollar Store, I found a Fall tray.  I didn’t like the oval or decorated style.  So I knew I wanted rectangular and minimalist for this coffee table.

First I turned the wooden sign over to look like a tray.  Did I mention its original price? And I also found two fake greenery pieces (remember that I’m a fake florist now) for a dollar a piece.  I’ve never thought of having greenery on my coffee table, but it really is pleasing to the eye.

I was gifted this Rethunk Junk by Laura paint.  Yes, they gave it to me, and yes I do love how it spruced up my coffee table!  With the Rethunk Junk paint I spritzed on this prep spray and wiped it with a paper towel.  It cleans the wood and preps it to soak in the paint.  I just happened to wait until the hottest day in Texas to do this spruced up coffee table project.  It has a slight smell to it.  It’s not all rubbing alcohol-smelling; it’s got some other ingredient to it (maybe vinegar).  I let it dry like 3 minutes.  The video shows exactly how this looks in progress.

Then I layered on the first coat of paint.  The totally cute instructions said you don’t have to prime at all.  Bonus!  I definitely needed two coats on this raw wood.  Be prepared to have to spend some effort getting in the corners.  But it’s worth it.  With their paint you can mix colors, but I just had a sample cup and stuck with the color Linen.  I wanted off white-since EVERY corner, blade, shade, frame in our house is cream!

After a yummy Saturday cup of coffee, inspiration hit.  My original plan weeks ago was to get some strips of leather from Hobby Lobby to staple to each end as handles.  I checked my closet for belts-that-don’t-even-fit-anymore-but-are-still-in-my-closet belts. Low and behold I had two.  One that was real leather and one that was one of those cheap belts you get with a pair of pants at Kohls.  But, as many times on Saturday after a great cup of coffee, laziness settled in and I did not feel like going to Hobby Lobby.  I put it off to another day.  But wait!  My neighbor reupholsters furniture, and she gave me some tacks to use.  These upholstery tacks are great for short widths and thin pleather.  And they look vintage!  All you have to do is tap it, and it goes into the pleather and wood very easily.

My belt needed to be cut into 10 inch lengths, and I easily cut it with household scissors. repurpose-belt-how-to

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POP of greenery and the creamy DIY wooden sign POPs against my cute coffee table. Now you notice the coffee table even more!

Doesn’t it look so good?!!  How could you upcycle a wooden sign?

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I learned at my Board and Brush girls’ night out that q-tips are great for getting paint in those inset holes on wooden signs. And it worked like a charm for me today…on the hottest day in Texas.

You could also upcycle this wooden sign by turning it around and painting another quote about seasons on it.   I love how this upcycled sign spruced up our living space.

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Seven Ways Kids Can Help Too!

When the National Hurricane Center forecasted Hurricane Harvey upon Houston, Texas, I never imagined the devastation that would occur. 

Elementary schools all around Texas, Virginia, Florida and Georgia all want to help support Houston and the surrounding areas through this natural disaster.  But how can kids and students help with disaster relief in Houston?  How can kids serve others if they cannot muck out a house?  Here are seven ways kids can help serve others after a disaster or trauma experience.

The good news is that you have time.  Adults and teen volunteers are helping with the major things, Interfaith, Samaritan’s Purse (shoebox organization) and many others are helping.  I know here in Houston Tyson’s Food donated over 30,000 lbs of chicken, boiled eggs, etc.  Local restaurants are serving volunteers in the huge warehouses.  People want to help so bad, and we want to help now!

But a lot of the flood victims don’t know where to start because they are so overwhelmed.  From what I can tell, clothing being washed and having a place to sleep and eat is major importance.

I’ve been able to watch some talented people at my church.  My friend Jen also started a Facebook group where those of us who couldn’t muck out houses could post creative ideas and needs.  Amazing creativity!

Here are 7 ways kids can serve others after a devastating Hurricane like Harvey or Hurricane Irma.  Kids can help donate to flood victims and hurricane survivors.  The flood victims in Houston have like no front yard…their front yard looks like a hurricane went into their house and slammed it all onto their front yard.

One of my favorite ideas is from Fishbowl Family: 1) Make a pinwheel with encouraging messages.  You can put them in pots filled with real dirt or sand.  This is how kids can make a pinwheel with no brads and no pins:  We start with 8.5 by 8.5 inch paper.  You can use card stock, but pastel or decorated printer paper works better imo. You’ll also need pipe cleaners (any color) cut into 6 inches, scissors, single hole punch, small ceramic pots, stapler and wooden dowel rods with a dot 2 inches from one end.  In hind sight, I’d get a bigger ceramic pot so that the dowel isn’t top heavy and fits more balanced in the pot.

Fold paper in half to make a triangle. Then do triangle the other way. Cut from each corner up toward center to an inch and a half from the mid of the paper.

Punch a hole in every other corner of each triangle.  Decorate the corners that don’t have the hole punches with stickers, stamps, or a drawing.

Bend (don’t fold) each hole to the center (like where you would put a brad), being sure to line each hole on top of each other.  Staple the center twice (but not on the circles).  Pop up the bent parts again.  Then using a pencil poke it through the circles.  I figured out that you want to circles so that it’s easy to poke that pencil through.  Otherwise, you will rip the paper trying to get the pencil through 5 pieces of paper.

Click on the YouTube above to actually see how easy this is.

Wrap the little part of the pipe cleaner around your dowel 3 times, slide it off and push it through the holes so that from the front all you see is like the center part of a flower.

Then with those inches that are hanging through, you will secure that to your dowel.  You want your dowel to stick up an inch or two to give the pinwheel some support up top so wrap very tightly the pipe cleaner around that mark-above and below.  So 3 times around underneath that mark and 3 times above that mark.

You can always just order a pinwheel kit-$9 for 24.  I cannot recommend it, but that’s an option.

2) Another way kids can serve others is by helping animals who have been displaced during a Hurricane.  I got this idea from withmycamera.com as well as the additional step. You need one old adult tee per child.  Cut three inch wide by 20-24 inch long strips.  Each child needs 3 strips.  I’m using a size Medium Mossimo tee from Target.

I prefer putting the seamed ends together.  Bunch them all together and tie one knot in the top.  Braid them and tie again at the end.  The edges don’t need to be exact, nor do the lengths. 

If you have a super hero who can drill a hole in opposite sides of a tennis ball and make each hole huge with a box cutter, you can stuff the braid through and you’d have a ball attached.

3) Kids can help hurricane victims at a center during the day.  You’d have donated race cars, kids socks from the dollar store, erasers, crayons, stickers, toothbrushes from your local dentist, just any trinkets you may get from Oriental Trading or somewhere.  Each child will fill each water bottle with these little gifts and an encouraging card/letter to the victim.

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Collect water bottles, cars, socks, toothbrushes for hurricane victims.

4) Another way kids can serve is with a Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat night.  Kids in our neighborhood went on a random Sunday night, dressed in Halloween costumes.  The trick is that they’re collecting canned goods and those kinds of foods.  Adults rolled strollers and coolers around their neighborhood to hold all the cans. 

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Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat (Canned Food Drive)

5) Adopt a Classroom: Pennies for Pupils, Pennies for the Penny-less, Funds for Florida  I noticed one called Suns and Second Grade.  There are forms to fill out to adopt a classroom.  An elementary school here is now meeting in a closed down community college; those teachers have nothing!  I just can’t imagine.  I cannot imagine.

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I’ll link the sign up below.

To sign-up: https://goo.gl/forms/5A3G7CZMZwRnfpta2

For more information: http://sunsandsecondgrade.blogspot.com/2017/08/adopt-texas-classroom-faq.html

6)  Fleece blanket – Each child needs a square yard.  First cut out a right triangle from each corner.  Then cut 3 inch slits all around the blanket.  Then start tieing (how do you spell that?!) two strips at a time all around the blanket.

7) Stuffed Animals – It’s a thing for firemen to give to trauma victims.  I recommend NOT giving these to a large organization because they will be heaped on top of each other in the middle of a warehouse and get dirty and dingy.  Instead, contact a local firemen that someone in your school knows.  He will tell you how many they would accept, etc.

8) Bonus:  I just saw that a school in Alabama is having Hats for Harvey day.  They just wear hats and donate coins that day in the lobby of the school.  What an easy, fun idea!

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Fake Flower in My Front Yard ($ Store)

Fake flowers in my front yard are all from the Dollar Store this Fall.  Keep those vibrant colors in your front yard going with these Dollar Store fake flower ideas.  I got my artificial flowers during the 3rd week of August; I’m making fake floral arrangements for my front yard.  I’ll stick some of the fake flowers in pots, and I’ll use some of the stems in the actual ground/soil.

Smart homeowners shop at the Dollar Store just like this florist shop.  Can you believe they were there?!fake flowers front yard artificial flowers dollar store floral

My flowers look like they’ve been through a Texas summer so it’s time to discard them.  The day before Hurricane Harvey came through I took out the dead flowers. No spray paint could help the ferns anymore.  If you’ve seen my other fake flower videos, I use real soil halfway up the pot.  Look what’s really growing!  They’re volunteer crepe myrtle trees!  I can grow trees but for the life of me I cannot grow flowers.

The ferns were finally transitioned to the big pots in the sky.  They were just a bit too blue/green for ferns.  And ferns are a little too fake for a full sun front yard ha.

Planting fake flowers has become one of my favorite past times.  Arranging flowers allows me to use my creativity but not have the stress of planting at the perfect time in perfect conditions and staying committed to their upkeep.  And at $1 per stem I’m just tickled green!

Make sure to check out the video on my LauriePOP Ideas That POP Channel for the brilliant, bright, and gorgeous new ones for this year.

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