Sprucing Up Your Porch

As the cool weather begins to subside – finally! – as is typical for me, I start getting giddy about outdoor things. Like making my yard look cute, planting flowers and plants, and dressing up our outdoor living areas, namely, our porches. It’s so easy to give your porch a whole new look without spending a ton of money. We already had a table and a couple of chairs out there, so I added a few little decorations.

The first thing I did was to remove an old rug that was out there. It looked really dirty and dingy, and I decided that I’d rather just see the wood. The next thing I did was spend a few bucks on these items:

I picked this lantern up at TJ Maxx. That candle was in my FabFitFun Box!

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Then I went to Ragon House and got this sign ($6.00) and the lanterns, ($16 and $14):

I threw a couple of throw pillows out there, and – voila!

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My point is this, you don’t need to spend a bunch of money to improve your space! I already had the lantern, candle and pillows. I just moved them out to the porch. And the sign and lanterns cost around $30 total! If you don’t have the money to redo, then just renew! Move some of your items around to different rooms to get a whole new feel from the things you already own. And a little paint goes a LONG way. I have transformed chairs, lamps and furniture with a can of spray paint (super cheap!) or a gallon of paint! It’s Spring, so if you’re feeling like a fresh start, get creative!

April 2018 Subscriptions! FabFitFun, Boxycharm and Ipsy!

Hey guys! I’ll put links below if you want to join any of these subs!

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Kitchen Renovation!

Hey guys! This is the first in my Our Home series, where I show you before and after videos and pictures of rooms in our home that we have redone! We do all of the work ourselves and it’s such a joy!

Here are some “before” pictures, watch the video for the “after” video and to hear why we chose the things we did!

 

This Kind World

I’ve been thinking lately about the state of the world. I stopped watching the news years ago because it made me upset, depressed and afraid. I took a journalism class in college, and we did in fact learn that one of the first rules of journalism is this: “If it bleeds, it leads.” News channels, and now the internet, is full of scare tactics. Click bait. They need you to click, to watch, to read. They need the ratings. But the truth is, the world is an incredible place, full of incredible people.

If you look for it, you can find many websites dedicated to good news stories. Stories of heroism, love, strength, and good deeds. You can also read the statistics. While it may seem as though our world is getting worse over time, it’s actually just the opposite. We hear more about awful people doing horrible things – not because it’s happening more often, but because technology has given us the ability to know about everything that happens everywhere.

In fact, mankind has actually improved over time. Studies have shown that empathy in people has actually increased over time, not lessened. And the incidences of people rising up to help others is prominent. I did a quick bit of research to give you some examples. When you look at my state, Ohio, for example, you can see that in the late 90’s to early 2000’s, there seemed to be an increase or constant of rape, violent crime, robbery and manslaughter. But then the numbers stop increasing, begin decreasing, and continue to lower over time. This is even despite the fact that the population continues to grow. Now, these numbers aren’t as low as they were in the 1960’s, when the earliest data is available – however, they are declining over time (the report is able to go only to 2014, so more recent data is unavailable.) If you want to see how things have changed in your area, the website is https://www.ucrdatatool.gov.

Regardless of all of this, though, I urge you to put it to the test, as I do every day. Leave your house. And see how people act on average. Do they wave you on first when you’ve both stopped at stop signs at the same time? Do they let you over in traffic? Do they hold the door for you? Do they smile at you? Do they offer to help when they see a need?

The other day I decided to venture out – alone – with all 3 of my youngest children. Something I’d never done before. My husband and my oldest son had gone to do some father-son adventuring. My kids are 4, 2 and 7 months. The older 2 are boys in the throes of the terrible 2’s and the curious 4’s, so I was on high alert. The first store we went into has carts that have cars in the front for kids to ride in. My hope was that if I put the boys in it they’d be content long enough for me to grab what we needed and get out. But they were out of the carts. As I realized this after we walked in, I said to the kids, “Oh, it looks like they don’t have any car carts today, guys.” An employee overheard me and said, “You want a car cart? I’ll get you one!” and ran out to the parking lot and brought us one. Later, towards the end of our visit, the kids were starting to come unglued, they were climbing in and out of the cart, and I was probably obviously struggling. A woman saw me and said, “Don’t worry, we’ve all been there! Someday they will be big and you’ll miss these moments when they were little. Even the ones that make you crazy. You’re doing a good job.” A complete stranger. She stopped and said that to me, just to help. Later, as I was loading everything into the car, she was exiting the store and walked past me, headed to her car. She said, “Hey! See? You did it! I’m proud of you!” And even though I didn’t know her at all, it completely made my day and reinforced my belief in myself and my ability to get through that shopping trip. That day, as we went to other stores, people stopped to tell me how beautiful my children were. They held doors for us. They picked things up when we dropped them. They smiled knowingly when my children acted up. Once Bennett escaped and ran from me, and a gentleman caught him and steered him back in my direction.

This is the world I choose to see. This is the world I want my kids to grow up in. This is the world I will foster and grow by holding doors for strangers. By complimenting them. By allowing them to go ahead of me in line. By practicing politeness and kindness and community. It truly takes a village to raise our children. And while this doesn’t mean that there aren’t bad people, or good people who do bad things, it does mean that we shouldn’t focus on it. There is exponentially more good in the world than there is bad. And I truly believe that if that is where our focus lies, we can continue to steer things in that direction. Less fighting, more understanding. Less hate, more love. Less weakness, more strength. And when you see someone struggling – do something.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Younique Makeup Review!

Hey guys! I did a blog on Younique makeup. I tried several of the products at an in-home party, but I didn’t order everything I tried. Here’s what I liked enough to order:

Splurge Creme Shadow in Unapologetic

Moodstruck Brow Gel, Moodstruck Precision Brow liner in Medium

Moodstruck Opulence Lipstick in Loaded and Affluent

Moodstruck Precision Pencil Lip Liner in Posh and Pouty

Moodstruck Precision Pencil Eye Liner in Perfect

Stiff Upper Lip Lip Stain in Sultry, Shameless and Sappy

Lucrative Lip Gloss in Lucky, Lucid and Luxe

Lip Bon Bons in Red Velvet Cake

My go-to’s for this brand have become the eyeliner and lip stains. They are my favorites by far!

 

Nail Polish VLOG!

Hey there! I just recently discovered the greatest thing. Color Street Nails! Have you heard of these? It’s 100% nail polish that you just stick on your nails. It took me about 10 minutes to complete my manicure. I’m so sold. I just wanted to share because I’ve never heard of this and didn’t want anyone else to have to miss out! It’s sold by women like other things, such as Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, etc. So if you want to try it I’d just search out a salesperson in your area. My new FAVORITE thing!

Penny Pinching at Babies R Us!

Hey there! I went to Babies R Us today and did a little shopping. Our Babies R Us is not closing so there were no closeout sales going on. However, I did still manage to get a lot of stuff for my money. Please watch the video below if you’d like to know how I try to shop in ways that save our family money!

Inventions That Make My Life Easier!

Hey guys! I’m sharing four things that I cannot live without! Below is a video so you can see me describe them, and I’ll also post some links below so that you can seek them out if you are interested. Thanks for watching, have a great day!

Please note: I am not affiliated with any of these companies and all opinions are my own.

 

 

These are a few of my favorite things! Sorry, wasn’t thinking and recorded it upright 😦 The links below to Amazon are my affiliate links 🙂

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The Phillips Bulb

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The Critter Catcher

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The Pampered Chef Jar Opener

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The Google Home System

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Shopping on a Budget

My shopping secrets are pretty easy – shop clearance, shop sales and use coupons! Many stores also have apps for your phone that you can use to find additional savings! In this video I will show you how I bought $340 worth of items for $100. For my children, I will shop ahead of schedule for their clothes by one or two sizes. Typically at the end of each season I’ll find awesome deals in sizes they will fit in the following year.