Conceal Don’t Feel

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We all want our skin to look the best it can. It’s no surprise; it is on display for everyone to see. Though some lucky individuals have the skin of dreams, the majority of us have to put up with a multitude of issues. The issues range from patchy colouring to spots, and can do real damage to confidence. The good news is, there are ways to alter the face you show to the world Whether you want to look your best for a date night, or just want to feel confident at work, these products may be the solution you’re after.

BB AND CC CREAMS

These are relatively new developments on the makeup counters, but if you have spots, they may be the answer for you. We all know the horrible way foundation can cling to spots and make them more visible. Applying one of these creams underneath your foundation can stop that. They work as sheer foundations, which cover up any blemishes you may not be proud of.

CONCEALER

If you don’t like the idea putting another layer on your face, opt instead for a concealer. These do much the same as the creams mentioned above, but you only apply them to problem areas. This can be useful if you have extreme skin issues as it allows the areas that aren’t a problem to breathe. The less chance your skin has of breathing, the more chance you have of experiencing problems. That’s why concealer can be a lifesaver!

FOUNDATION

It’s important to find a foundation that works to finish your image. Wearing a foundation that’s wrong for you can make problems worse and can also lead to further issues. Ensure you make the right choice by visiting a beauty specialist. They’ll be able to pick out the perfect foundation. They’ll do tests using various options and decide on the perfect colour and foundation type. As well as working with the other products to hide blemishes, a foundation can even skin tone. If colouring is a problem, this is the perfect option for you. Don’t give up after trying a heavy coverage that leaves your skin clammy and suffocated. Don’t give up after one shot. It’s worth trying different things until you find one that works!

SETTING POWDER

After you’ve applied your products, you need to make sure they stay in place during the day. You don’t want to risk your foundation rubbing off, do you? Then invest in a setting powder like RCMA no color powder. This will finish off your beauty routine and ensure your makeup stays in place during the day. It will give you an added sense of security that you look your best for as long as you need to!

So, there you have it. A few products that will change the way you feel about your skin. Bear in mind that it may take you a while to find a combination that works for you. Keep at it, though. You’ll get there eventually!

 

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 360

Hello everyone! Happy Friday! Thanks for stopping by for this week’s linky party.  Please take a moment to visit this week’s featured blogs and drop them a line.  And as always, I’d love for you to share your latest projects with us!

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15 Dog Behaviors Every Owner Recognizes

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Eccentricities are what make people special. They make your pup special, too. We can sit and watch our dog for hours as she snaps her jaws at the stream of water erupting from the sprinkler head. Dogs are so easily entertained, right? But hey, so are we. We’re literally spending hours watching our dogs chase their tails and run in their sleep. Why do we do it? Because it’s so gosh darn cute!

Here are 15 doggie behaviors that make us tilt our heads and laugh.

1. Playing hard to get. During a game of fetch, your pup will bring the ball back to you, but playfully turn his head away so the ball is just out of reach of your open palm.

2. Confused by bodily functions. When your dog poots, she looks back at her bum, seemingly shocked that she broke wind. Every time she passes gas, she examines her back end without fail.

3. Reminding you what time it is. Your pup comes up to you of his own volition and wants to cuddle. He extends his paw and looks you deeply in the eyes, like he’s peering into your soul. It’s just dinner time, and he’s ready to chow down.

4. Administering a Class A guilt trip. You’ve been scratching your dog’s head and massaging her ears when you’re ready to stop. When you stop, she looks up at you and nudges your hand with her muzzle until you start petting her again. It’s a vicious cycle.

5. Posing for the Holiday card. Your dog does not respond well to wearing a sweater, and wrestling him into one ever year is a big pain. This year you opted for a holiday-themed designer dog collar. You swear, he’s actually grinning in the family photo.

6. Furniture restrictions. Your dog is not allowed up on the furniture, and he knows this. Somehow, it doesn’t count if only his upper body is on the couch. As long as two legs are on the floor, he believes he’s not breaking any rules.

7. Refuses to lie down. You bought your pup a brand new supportive doggie bed, but she refuses to go anywhere near it. For her, laying on the rug at your feet is comfort enough.

8. Likes to sit and perch…on your feet. For whatever reason, your pup will plant himself down on the tops of your feet and stay there until you tell him to go, but even then, it’s a struggle.

9. Eats in secrecy. When you present your pooch with a bully stick for being such a “good boy,” they take it and wander into another room to chew it in peace. If you follow them into the room, they will pick it up and leave. What gives?

10. Their version of the truffle shuffle. When they greet you at the door their entire body seems to shake with happiness. Even if you’ve only been gone for half an hour, for them it’s been a year. They have such a cute little booty shake!

11. Tackling mini humans. You know you shouldn’t laugh, but you can’t help it when in her excitement your dog tramples a toddler; she’s only trying to say hello!

12. Barks at closed doors. If you need to relieve yourself, you can’t do it in peace. Your pup will bark, as if pleading with you, to let him in the room. If his paws are small enough, he’ll even try wedging them under the door!

13. Scurries under blankets. Short-haired doggos have a tougher time keeping warm in the winter. When you lay a blanket on the floor they turn into a mole, burrowing into the fold and not coming back out until it’s feeding time.

14. Selective hearing. When it’s time to come inside, your dog seems to suddenly go deaf, but say the word ‘WALK,’ and they’re all ears.

15. Follows commands. Maybe one of the cutest things your four-legged buddy can do is follow a command perfectly the first time! He’s so smart!

Our dogs know what’s up. They live their lives for every day. There’s something to be learned from that.

A Stitch at a Time: Perfect Beginner Sewing Projects

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Sewing as a pastime has grown a lot in recent years. People have always done it, but now people of all ages are starting to take an interest. If you want to start sewing, you might not know where to start. There might be something in particular that you want to make, such as clothes or home accessories. But if you’ve never sewn or only vaguely remember learning at school, getting started can be a bit daunting. Ideally, you need to know how to use a sewing machine and have some hand-sewing skills too. Choosing a couple of easy projects can help you to feel more confident and learn some of the basics.

Choosing Your Sewing Machine

Not every sewing project will require a machine. In fact, you could do everything by hand, if you wanted to, but everything would take longer. A machine makes your sewing quicker, easier, and more secure. First, you need to select the right machine for you. There are different types that can do all sorts of things, from basic stitches to embroidery. The best thing to do is start browsing online and reading reviews. Look at http://sewingmachinejudge.com/brother-cs6000i-sewing-machine-review/ for an example of a review that could help you make a decision. You probably don’t want anything too hardcore when you first start sewing, so don’t spend too much.

 

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Tote Bag

When you’re ready to start sewing, a tote bag is an excellent first project. In fact, there are few things that are easier. You only need a couple of rectangles of fabric, plus some long strips for the handles. It’s also a great project to do with recycled material if you have anything you’re thinking of using. You can use an old beach towel or even a large t-shirt or shirt to make yourself a bag.

Tablet or E-reader Cover/Case

Along the same lines as a tote bag, a case for your tablet or e-reader is super simple. You only need to stitch a couple of pieces of fabric together. At the top, you might want to insert a button or even a zip. Perhaps you can add a foldover flap to cover the top up too.

Baby Blanket or Quilt

Quilting is a favorite type of sewing for many people. If you want to get started with it, making a small quilt for a crib is a good idea. You can keep your project manageable and pick up some valuable skills. You could also make a blanket, which can be even easier. Pick your fabric, cut it size and neaten the edges, plus add any embellishments. Try http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/crafts/easy-sewing-project–how-to-make-a-double-sided-baby-blanket to find an easy project.

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Simple Skirt

If you want to start making clothes, a skirt is one of the easiest garments you can start with. You don’t even have to insert a zip if you don’t want to (use an elastic waist instead), although it’s easy to do using a special zipper foot on your sewing machine. One of the easiest things to do is to copy a simple skirt that you already like to wear.

There are so many beginner’s sewing projects you can try if you’re just getting started with sewing. Pick one that appeals to you to start building some skills.

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 389

Hello everyone. Welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites party, where we feature your best recipes, decor, and projects.  This week we have some lovely selections, including some great projects and crafts for Valentine’s Day!  Hope you enjoy them!

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Baby’s Firsts: Documenting Your Child’s First Year

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As new parents we want to document every wondrous thing our child does; nothing is inconsequential. By the time our second child is born, we’re a whole lot looser about what we think is camera worthy. First steps? Check. First haircut? Eh, been there done that.

We love all of our children equally (of course!), but as they grow up and get curious about their baby pictures and firsts, they’re likely to notice that their older sibling has a much thicker baby book than they do. My younger sister certainly noticed it when we found our baby books in the attic and she had five pages to my 20 (not a fun conversation for mom, I’ll tell you.)

Each one of our children deserves to have their own, one-of-a-kind memory book documenting their first year and more. It’ll also be fun snapping and combing back over the pictures as you decide which is best for what page with which speech bubble or other embellishment. Not sure where to start? Just continue reading and you’ll find your way.

The First Page

The very first page of the scrapbook should include the first sonogram picture. This is will be the single most important image of your child until you are able to actually hold them in your arms and take your first family snapshot together. To make it even more personal, you can attach a hand-written note to your child detailing what you were feeling when you first saw their image in the screen. You can share with them the different nicknames you and your partner called the baby at his different life stages, and even the names that almost became his name.

The Second Page

The second page should include your child’s birth announcement with information about the infant’s weight, height, hair, name and birthdate. As an embellishment, some mothers like to have their hospital bracelet placed next to the child’s original hospital birth information card.

The Third Page

By this point, you should be feeling more comfortable with scrap booking. You already have a couple of pages under your belt, and as your child is growing, you’re learning more and more about their personality.

After the first couple introductory pages, now is your time to start including snapshots of baby’s first experiences. What’s fun about this page and the pages that’ll follow is the unlimited amount of laughter that is going to ensue. How did baby react when he took his first sip of juice? What did baby do when he first met daddy’s twin brother? Each reaction to a new experience will unlock a treasure trove of emotional faces in a matter of seconds. The baby might go from a trembling lower lip to a sly smile in an instant, and you’ll have your camera ready to document every smile, frown, tear and surprise.

If the baby should have older siblings, you’ll want to include a “Siblings Firsts” section. Include photos of when they first met, and a detailed description of the immediate thoughts big brother or sister had about the new arrival. To get these details, make sure you ask them questions. If their responses are a little too candid (such as: I don’t want to have a little brother) save that information for another scrapbook for them to look over when they’re older, you’ll want to avoid hurt feelings in a baby scrapbook.

You can even have pages of baby’s firsts dedicated to particular events or people. Such as baby’s first 4th of July or baby’s first time away from Mom. This last one can feature images taken by the sitter (most likely baby’s grandparents) and what they get up to when mom is away.

But most importantly, you should have fun with the scrapbook, and you will, because it’s all about your child!

13 Favorite Recipes of 2016

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I can’t believe it is February already! Having said that, I must admit that I’ve been a little distracted lately and have fallen behind in the blogging world.  Each year in January, I like to look back at the previous year’s posts and pick out some of my favorite recipes to highlight.  Since it IS February, I’m obviously a little late with this, but I figure it’s never too late to share a good food post. Right?  So today I’m sharing 13 favorite recipe of 2016.  We have a sandwich, salad, Mexican food, soup, and some awesome desserts!

If you see anything you like, just click the link below the picture to print out the recipe!  And as always, I invite you to comment and let me know which food looks appealing to you! [Read more…]

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 358

Hi everyone! Happy February! And Happy Friday! Thanks for stopping by for this week’s linky party! As always, we have a great collection of home decor and recipe for you.  My pick is a lovely console table upcycle.  It comes to us from Pillar Box Blue, one of our Friday Favorites regulars!  In her post, she shows how you can take an old piece of furniture and turn it in to something fabulous without breaking the bank!  If you’re into thrifty decor and DIY projects, you should definitely check it out!

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Beef Stew and Easy Shopping with Walmart Grocery Pickup

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As a homemaker, my work is never done, and anytime I can come up with ways to simplify every day tasks and save myself some time and money, I am thrilled!  One task that I’m not really a fan of is doing the grocery shopping.  I hate braving the crowds at the store, perusing the many shelves to find exactly what I’m looking for, and I definitely hate standing in line at the checkout register.  If you feel the same way I do about grocery shopping, then you should check out Walmart’s new grocery service.

Through Walmart’s pickup service, you can do all of your shopping from the comforts of your own home.  You just go online, find a Walmart location near you that offers the pickup service, and then start picking out everything you need right from their website.  Once they receive your order, a Walmart employee will find everything you need and fill your order.  All you have to do is go  and pick it up!  What could be easier? [Read more…]

Quick Ways to Give your Walls a Fresh Look

If you are anything like me, you sometimes get a bit bored with the way your home looks. Unfortunately, I do not always have the time or cash to be able to redecorate completely.

As a result, over the years, I have come up with some quick and easy ways to give a room a fresh look. These methods allow you to revamp a space in just a few hours, and do so without spending too much money.

Start with the walls

The fastest way to make a difference is to change what is on the walls. Your eye is naturally drawn to the far wall as you enter a room, so it makes sense to focus on that wall, and change that first. Doing so quickly changes the look and feel of a room. It sets the scene.

Wall stickers and artwork

You can easily transform a wall using artwork, or wall stickers. These days you can easily order what you need online. When your parcel arrives, you just need to spend an hour or so hanging your new pictures, or putting your decals up.

Customized wall decor

If you want something truly unique, it is best to go down the custom route. There are more and more firms offering consumers the chance to create their own wall decor items. It is now easy to get your favorite photos turned into a canvas print that looks like an oil painting, but there are also more unusual decorative items available. One such example is custom made signs.

Customised traffic signs do not cost a lot of money and they are a fun and zany way of decorating the walls of a room. Ordering them from www.roadtrafficsigns.com is super easy. All you need to do is to choose a design, and tell them what wording you want. For example, you could order a street sign that includes your family name or a stop sign that says something like – no whining zone.

These signs look great. They last, and are easy to put up or take down and reuse in other areas of the house.

Paint a room fast

Often, this simple approach is enough to give your room a fresh new look. However, if the walls are looking shoddy a better approach is to repaint the room.

If you do it right, painting a room need not take you long. A team of three professional painters can paint a small bedroom in under an hour. If you use the same techniques and equipment, you and your partner could easily re-paint a room in a morning. You can find out exactly how to do it, by watching this video.

Mirrors

Another simple approach is to put up a couple of big mirrors. Doing so brightens up the room, and makes the most of the natural light that is available in the room. If you put them up in the right places there is the added benefit that they make the room look bigger too.