I’m sharing how to be less stressed as a woman, mom or business woman. POP into these ideas by not doing certain things…
I want to relieve your stress so that you feel encouraged by this “un” to-do list for women. I hope these help you not give up.
I heard a talk on setting goals and keeping those goals in episode 13 of Christy Wright’s Business Boutique podcast. She said jokingly that we women needed to make an “un” to-do list. And that concept gave me such relief and relaxed shoulders as I went through the rest of my day. As a business woman I want to accomplish goals in a timely manner, as a mom I have a to-do list that must get done, and I have a calendar list. Some days I feel guilty because I absolutely cannot achieve certain goals at this time. With her inspiration, I have created an ‘un” to-do list for us women that will help us not feel like a failure if we have not completed our list of goals for this year.
You can have natural looking waves in your hair if you follow these six steps.
When your hair is in the ocean salt water, your hair feels a little stiff as it dries.For natural beach waves, then, put Mousse on damp hair, not soaking wet.When hair is soaking wet, it’s too heavy to hold the mousse.So dry it just a tad or go get dressed, or keep your hair in a towel before starting the beach waves process.
Do NOT comb your hair once you put the mousse on.You can style your hair before applying the mousse, but you will have extra hold and stiffness if you let it be.
Dry it.Air dry.Dry it.
Step #3 For beach wave curls, Leave 1-2 inches out of the curling wand before rolling under.
Step #4 Hold your curling iron horizontal against your head.Resist the urge to hold it vertically for loose curls.Since the back of my hair is short, I just roll it in rolls to give it some shape.
The short layers at the top of my head are so short that I don’t go alllllll the way under.They have plenty of volume and would be too tight of a curl.Farther down here, where my hair is thicker and longer, I will roll my hair all the way under to my scalp.
Step #5 When you get to four seconds, open your curling iron just a bit and pull the rest of the hair forward.If you have long hair, this is where you will pull the hair vertically down.We are telling the hair where we want it to stay for the day.Not tight curls, but loose locks that have a natural wave to them, as if we were at the beach that morning.
For this difficult part of my hair, I have to curl a chunk of it backwards so that my hair doesn’t turn into one big kahuna wave facing forward.When I asked my first hair dresser how to get loose locks, she said to do alternating curls front and facing back.And with practice I have to curl just one or two pieces backward and this is how.I roll it up to my scalp and after four seconds I pull back, vertical and downward.
Step #6 in this beach wave hair tutorial is to not brush it once it’s curled.Let your hair memorize how it’s supposed to look.When you’ve finished putting on your makeup or making breakfast, finger your curls out a bit by picking it up a bit.Run your fingers up your scalp and just pull out a bit.Do not go all the way to the end of each curl.
A problem that might happen to you is that you left the curling iron in your hair too long and the curl is way too tight for that area.If you want loose wavey curls, pull down (with your fingers) the end of that curl and hold it for 2 seconds.
Curling Iron – Wand.Use the correct size for your hair type.In order to create loose locks, I need tighter curls if that makes sense. I cannot use a flat iron for this look.Curls are not beachy looking.They are too loose with no shape. A curling iron with this type of barrel is great for my fine hair. And by fine I mean limp. It curls my hair so that as it falls throughout the day, the hair is wavey and not immediately straight.
Under this airplane seat you will see the essential flight accessories I travel with. Watching the video is easiest to explain what I carry on most flights. Whether you’re traveling for a weekend or a longer vacation, check out what is in my carryon back pack. Notice that my carryon suitcase is above my airplane seat. This video is about what I travel with in my back pack carry on.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 stylethat 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.
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.
Doesn’t it look so good?!! How could you upcycle a wooden sign?
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.
Pack your glamping shirt because we are renting an RV for the first time!Here are eight things you need to know right now about renting an RV for the first time:
#1 If you do not enjoy camping, you will like using an RV.If this is your first time renting a Recreational Vehicle, you will do fine.Newbies will discover that renting an RV for the first time is easy!If you are a non-camper, renting an Motor Vehicle is the way to go.Campgrounds are only $40-$50 per night.An RV rental is around $200 per night because we rented 500 mile from CruiseAmerica.If you go under that amount, they will reimburse you 35 center per mile.And the same goes for going over 500 miles.We chose campgrounds that would keep us in the 500 mile range.
In an RV you will see so many different cities in one vacation!RV-ing through mountains, through the prairies, through green and golden waves of grain; God bless America my home sweet home!
#2 You will have quality family time.Being stretched and living outside of your comfort zone is good for you; your kids feel empowered, tough and get in touch with their creative, nature side.
Campgrounds have awesome websites so you will easily be able to choose a few to suit your family’s needs.What we would do next time is check out trip advisor forums where visitors post pics of the showers and up to date pictures of the grounds themselves.
We first stopped at Amish Country in Lancaster, PA.White Oak Campground was absolutely beautiful.Our second one was called a Family Campground so they had many more kid activities.The third one had the creeks that I wanted my child to experience.They’re amazing!And these all had pools and a playground!We are city folk, and my child learned how to light matches on this RV rental trip…at age 12!Our RV broke down, and my child experienced blue collar tire center talk and getting the giggles while we were waiting.Sometimes those totally rainy days on vacation or those moments you’re broken down on the side of the road are your best memories.
Now, my husband does not like that campgrounds offer free wi-fi because older children exist through social media.So just do like you do at home and limit the times, make them eat a snack while walking around the campsite; not inside the RV.
#3You or your spouse will know how to work all of the RV and you will know how to troubleshoot.
Upon renting an RV, you will decide on the length.That will tell you the size mattresses that will be in your RV.We had queen in the master, the kids’ loft cushion area above the cab of the RV as well as the table.Our RV was 32 feet.
Then you will commit to watching a couple of their required videos.Those videos are golden!If you want any peace of mind during your vacation, you must watch those videos.And y’all this is for your own happiness; watching these will make your vacation better because you are prepared!For instance: Our AC circuit breaker tripped, and immediately my hubby knew to go under the table and flip the circuit breaker switch because he had watched the video.It never happened again.
The generator buttons are easily visible.There’s a holding tank that holds lots of water for when you’re on the road or unable to hook up to water while en route to the next campground.The tank level that tells you it’s near full or full is with the other buttons.When you rent an RV you can pay for a propane tank for cooking.The dump tank process is easy and very clean; you too can empty it as easily as Uncle Eddie did.They started us off with one tablet of blue dissolving powder to throw down the toilet after the first use; the tank needed to have water in it though so wait till you can hook up to water for the first drop. We bought additional ones because the Cruise America guy said to put a new one in after each dumping.So for us, we dumped before leaving the first campsite; then we put in a new tablet, etc.
We rented 500 miles.Paying for gasoline is really expensive if you will be doing a lot of driving.We flew to Virginia and drove the RV from there.We had a friend who let us use camp chairs, bedding and towels.We rented a kitchen set.
The generator is the machine you can hear, but you will only use it when you cannot be plugged in at a campground.When you’re in the campground, you hear your AC running, and you can hear happy birds chirping and the babbling creek water.Amazing sights and sounds!
#4 It’s a moving hotel suit.
Renting an RV gives you the convenience of traveling with your own kitchen and towels and pillows.
Our shower was like 4 feet; we did not use it but to clean the boys’ feet one day after playing in the GaGa Ball Pit at one of the family campgrounds.
We all used the campground showers.Some are nice and some are “primitive.” Be prepared by taking flimsy flip flops.Aaah you feel so clean after a warm shower.
The best part is you do not have to pack everything back into suitcases before moving to a new campground in a city 2 hours away.
#5 Kids feel cool because they can eat lunch in a moving RV while sitting at the kitchen table.
#6 Storage is okay, and the fridge is as tall as I am 5”8’ and held enough food for us four guests for 5 days.I would next time bring tupperware to maximize storage for dry foods that you can store under the kitchen table for example…or between the driver and passenger chairs.There are not a lot of cabinets for dry, preservative foods.Like cereal, boxes of microwave popcorn.We had the cabinets above the table and skinny, narrow ones above the door.I am really glad we had ziploc baggies because we put dry noodles, half the ground beef, opened graham cracker package, the rest of the marshmallows since we didn’t use the whole bag of marshmallows the first night.
Storage under the back of the RV is amazing and huge!Camping chairs, suitcases, kayaks, bulk dry foods, picnic table cloths that you would use if the ground was wet, that’s what we stored under there.CruiseAmerica offered to keep our suitcases stored at their location for us since we flew in, but we didn’t need them to.
#7 There is no dishwasher so you’re it!
Bring at least three dish towels – one for washing dishes, one to set the washed dishes on, and one to dry hands.Bring Dawn or Ajax and hand soap for washing hands.
#8 There was no coffee maker and no oven.My husband brought the neatest thing.It’s a French Press that doesn’t have to be plugged in.You boil water in a kettle.Put 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of coffee into the mug, pour the boiling water over it to the top, seal it with the plunger device, and set the timer for 4 minutes.Then slowly push the plunger all the way down, and that filters all the grounds to the bottom.I poured my cup into a mug that was provided, but this kind of mug is created so that you can drink out of this while the grounds at the bottom don’t leak out.So he drank out of this mug.
I would’ve packed:
*Aluminum travel mug just for holding my hotness vs the RV ceramic mug
*Plastic gloves for cleaning and handling meat and the dump station handles-you can fit a ton in a plastic baggie
*More antibacterial wipes for cleaning surfaces and rough cleaning the floor
*Dish towels for laying your wet, cleaned dishes on and another dish towel to dry them
*Sharpie marker to write initials on water bottles – refill them with gallon water jug water; you cannot use the sink water! We only bought water bottles and kept buying them and kept buying them.We used bottled water for our coffee by the way.
*Shoes that can walk through muddy-ish grounds.It had poured all night before we arrived at a campsite so our site was pretty muddy.We bought a picnic table cloth with the flannel underneath and laid that under our step so we could take a few steps on it before coming back inside the RV.
*CruiseAmerica provided us with a towel on the two steps; that caught so much mulch, pine straw and dirt.It was great having that towel on the steps.We also used a bath towel in the middle of our floor just to help with extra debris on our shoes.