Friday, April 12, 2013

Cure for fuzzies on woven fabric.

I have a woven couch. It has seen...better days. Wanna see it get a two minute facelift?

Cheap comb, meet my woven couch.

Or inner theigh of sweat pants.

You know what I mean...

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Ready for spring!

I love zinnias. They bloom for up to six months in my region, are draught tolerant, and are simple to start indoors.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Dermalogica Review and

   I've always had oily skin.  Even after having my kiddos.  As long as I stayed on top of it, breakouts were minor and folks complimented my "complexion" here and there.   Time passes.  Every so slowly I begin to notice that my skin gets dry patches now and then.  And my eye area gets parched.  Do I now have "normal" skin?  Enter the onslaught of new product samples.  I also had a friend, sweetie that she is, sign me up for birchbox for a few months as a birthday gift.  Nothing was really thrilling me.  It either blocked pores, or made my eye area look worse, or made me tear up/itch/peel. 

   I decided to poke around a familiar blog, looking at old videos, in search of something new to try.  I'm a fan of Lisa Eldridge and her blog/youtube channel.  She has combination skin, and has made multiple videos about the skin care products that she likes to use.  They were posted long before I found her blog and channel, so I was unaware.  While I've only tried one of her recommended products, I do love it.  The sun shone down as the clouds parted, and I found a cleanser that didn't do bad things to my face AND actually made a positive difference.

   It's called Skin Resurfacing Cleanser.  I bought it at a great price from about a month ago.  I noticed a huge difference in how my skin felt right after the first use.  Lisa says it's all about the lactic acid in the products.  I have no idea, but it made sense when she chatted about it and it certainly works well for me.  My skin is much smoother, and it's gradually lightening old pink spots from blemishes through the years.  I have sensitive super pale skin and this product doesn't overdo it for me.  A little goes a long way.  I've used it for over a month and am only about 1/4 through the bottle. 

   I use it every night, after removing my makeup with Purity cleanser.  It's super cheap and gentle, found at your nearest Walmart or through the link above.   If you're in a similar boat, and need to try something new for your combo/normal skin, you might give this a try.  If you order through the What Great Skin site, they also give you tons of samples to try when requested.  This is not a sponsored post in any way, just sharing about a great product that works well for me. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

WIWW aka What I Wore Wednesday.

I've been meaning to join in on this for a while, and apologize to those who participate weekly. I've been delayed. I'm still getting into the swing of things since my original blog imploded. I know it's not fair to gawk at all of your fabulousness and not ante up myself. Here goes...

But keep those expectations low...

If you aren't familiar with WIWW, it stands for "What I Wore Wednesday". It all started with Lindsay over at The Pleated Poppy. I'll quote her intro for the week...

"welcome to “what i wore wednesday“!

as a stay-at-home mom, getting in a fashion rut is so easy. actually, staying in my jammies is even easier. but… i feel so much better when i get dressed each day, when i like what i’m wearing, when i feel “cute”. and getting an extra head turn from my husband is pretty nice, too!

i’m a real mom, i need to wear realistic clothes. i’m down on the floor with the kids, chasing runaways, and getting sticky hands wiped on my thighs – i need clothes that work for my life. my clothes aren’t fancy. i don’t shop high end. but its so fun trying to make it work (i’ve got project runway playing in the background right now!)."

WIW to church.

Knit "Favorite T" from the Gap. Always available, though not enough colors...
Floral Skirt from the Gap, years ago.
Nude pumps-No idea on the brand and they're upstairs. 2-3 years old anyway.
Necklace-Medina Bib Stella & Dot

WIW on a typical day.

Above and below, same outfit in general.

Gap 1969 trouser jeans
Gap Favorite T
Jewelry (with brown T) Gitane Necklace, Aura Necklace, Secret Garden Cuff 
All Jewelry Stella & Dot

Clothing same as above.  
Jewelry (with Navy T) Rio Triple Strand necklace (Currently on Clearance.)  Stella & Dot.

WIW to Small Group with friends/Play Date
Button down shirt-Old Navy 
Jeans (Diva Fit) Old Navy
Scarf Target years ago
Belt Talbots clearance last year
Jewelry Stella & Dot Folie Necklace, Serenity Stone earrings, and Foundation bracelet.

Linking up at The Pleated Poppy

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Stella & Dot Foundation

See some of the great work that our Stella & Dot foundation is doing! If you're interested in supporting this great cause by purchasing a piece for yourself, or as a gift for someone special, use the following link to jump to my open trunk show within my Stella & Dot website.

Thanks for watching!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Look what I found.

I have a smattering of knock-out rose bushes right off my deck. They start at the bottom of the deck stairs. Guess what likes to hang out on my roses, right at waist level, at the bottom of my stairs?

Creepy, but beautiful at the same time. And that's really saying something. I'm VERY afraid of spiders. I have to admit, however, that this one is full of such vibrant color and detail. Even I can appriciate it's appearance.

As long as it doesn't touch me.


At all.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Your local library.

Have you been to your local library lately? It's something to think about. Consider the following...

It's free.

It's a clean, bright, happy place to take your kids.

There are all sorts of programs, story hours, and events geared toward youngsters. We enjoyed the "Touch a Truck" and "Reptile Wrangler" events at our local spot this summer. What little kid wouldn't want to sit in a fire truck or see animals up close?

Or maybe you need to escape from your kiddos. Maybe you're pulling your hair out, wishing for a bit of quiet time. Why not load up your thermos with your home brewed coffee and head to the library rather than paying out the wazoo to read at the local coffee shop? (Not that I'm against coffee shops. I worked at such a place in college. The smell, and the music, and the PASTRY. Delightful. However, it is a bit nuts if you're on a strict budget or unemployed/underemployed.)

Free internet.

TONS of magazines. You probably subscribe to your favorites, but why not peruse something new? Why buy the magazine on a whim in the checkout line, when in reality you will only have interest in reading one or two articles? Take a gander at the average cost of a magazine at the grocery. You may assume it's only a dollar or two, but most are between 4 and 6 bucks. Some are even more! Is finding out Brad and Angelina's latest baby acquisition or reading about the latest beauty gimmick worth all that? For example, I love InStyle magazine. In contrast, many fashion mags are quite pricey and are 75% ads. I'd rather subscribe to InStyle (subscriptions are cheap!) and check out the competitors at the library.

There are DVDs and audiobooks galore. You can even check out ebooks for your ipad or reading device. Your local library is likely much more modern than you think.

Folks there are so darn happy to see you. Before the economy took a dive, libraries were pretty lonely places. With the current economy, it seems that we are all rediscovering what has been there all along. No one is happier about that than your local librarian.