Saturday, April 19, 2014

DIY Egg White Skin Tightening Mask

Who doesn't love a quick and easy mask to tighten & tone your skin? If you are needing a little skin pick me up this mask is perfect to help shrink large pores and achieve radiant skin. Its simple, cheap and loaded with benefits!
  • One Egg White
  • Lemon (organic)
  • Grater 
Natural ingredients have a lot of qualities that can help your skin look and feel great, and many can be found right in your kitchen. Why these ingredients?

Egg Whites:
  • Helps shrink large pores
  • Promotes wrinkle free skin
  • Hydrating & moisturizing

Lemon Peel:
  • Fights off acne causing bacteria
  • Lightens skin discoloration
  • Rich in antioxidants 

    Step 1:
Take one egg and separate the egg white from the yolk. Whip with hand mixer until egg whites are light and fluffy.

    Step 2:
Grate lemon peel, about one Tablespoon. (I recommend using an organic lemon so that the skin wont contain added pesticides)

    Step 3:
Whip ingredients until evenly blended.

    Step 4:
Apply mixture using fingers to pat onto skin. Leave on for 15-20 min or until it dries. Cleanse off and reveal smooth and radiant skin!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Master Bedroom Reveal

 If you have been following along here for a while then you know that almost 3 years ago my husband and I bought an old (70's) house. It was… well charming, and in desperate need of TLC. So we have been making it over room by room.
You can see the other posts here:
Dining Room
Living Room
Play Room
 So it was time to do the Master Bedroom. Our bedroom was really really bad. When we first walked through the house I saw potential in every room and really loved the house, then we walked into the master bedroom and I about threw up. No one had been living in the house for 2 years, so the master was dark dusty and had cobwebs in the corners. The ceiling and wallpaper had glitter (yes glitter) all over it. Where ever there wasn't wallpaper there was dark brown wood paneling, and shimmery curtains.  and let's not even discuss the pink carpet.
 So the bedroom was in need of a serious overhaul. Top to bottom. So here are some before and afters and a low down on what went down.
 To start we painted. We painted the paneling, which needed to be primed first then painted using Grey Opal from Valspar. We painted the trim with bright white. We put in all new doors and knobs.
 The room had some funky things going on, like glitter and textured wallpaper on two of the walls. and brown trim on some of the corners and ceiling. We didn't actually hate the wallpaper, the texture is cool. The color was a dirty ivory, and have I mentioned the glitter yet? So before tearing it down which I was not excited about, we decided to try painting it. We used the same Grey Opal. It turned out great, the glitter was gone but the texture remained, just toned down a little.
 One wall has sliding doors that lead to a deck, the wall had floor to ceiling wall to wall curtains. I didn't actually hate the soft feel the curtains added to the room, and in keeping with the Mid Century Modern feel that we like, we were ok with the idea, just not the curtains. The creamy shimmery dusty, dirty smelly curtains had to go. We also made a cornice box that went from wall to wall across the top and we matched the wood tone to the furniture in the room instead of covering it in fabric and padding. It adds some warmth to the room.
 We installed crown molding. This can be tricky, there are a lot of angles and math and my husband and I spent a few hours really wishing we had paid more attention in geometry. So after a few failed attempts we cheated and at Lowe's we found these corner pieces. They were so easy to just nail in place and then all the straight pieces were just cut straight to go into the corner pieces. No more you tube videos, no more pulling our hair out and now we had fancy corners.
 We re-did all the flooring in the house and so the pink carpet was out and new carpet was in so we also replaced the baseboards since the the old ones were the really small. We painted them with bright white.
 We decided to keep all the main bedroom colors and bedding neutral and light, one because we were so tired of the dark depressing room before and because then when we get bored with the mustard color we can swap out the curtains and the accent pillows and we have a whole new look.
 We got a new bed. (yes total room makeover) My husband hadn't been sleeping well on our old bed, and after having kids I found the bed to be too firm. (like every pregnancy dramatically changed the type of bed I needed) So we were both sleeping on a bed we hated and decided this was as good a time as any to get a new one especially since we had been wanting a king and that meant all new bed frame and bedding anyway. So we tried out TONS of beds did an endless amount of research and finally settled on a sleep number bed. I don't want to be super dramatic and say a bed changed my life but this bed changed my life. One because I am a 40 and  my husband is a 75 so being completely different we are still in one bed, but we both get what we need. Also if I find that I need a firmer bed again I don't have to buy a new mattress or let my sleep suffer I just change the number, and I have never slept better in my life, I could go on forever seriously, but back to the room design :)

 We searched high and low for lamps, and then finally on a whim we walked into hobby lobby. (I know gasp I almost never go into hobby lobby) That's when high up on the shelf we found two of the most perfect lamps on clearance, it was fate.
For the bedding we wanted texture, texture and more texture. I wanted white, my husband wanted whatever I wanted. I seriously stubbled finding bedding I wanted, I looked everywhere. Then we went to west elm to order our bedroom set and on display was the most perfect bedding, fluffy white and dreamy. So I said "that's it! That's the bedding" So took it all. Yep master of bedding right here, I just re-created the display in my room.

So that's it. It only took 18 months to complete from start to finish since there were so many darn decisions to make. Anyone else seriously struggle with making decisions?

Here is a rundown of the details:
Bedframe || Dresser || Side tables || Bedding || Curtains || All from West Elm
Starburst Mirror || Home Depot
Lamps || Hobby Lobby
Tissue Paper Calendar || Handmade by our dear friend Olivia
Paint || Grey Opal by Valspar
Bed || Sleep number bed

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DIY Eye Cooling Pads

 Hey Guys Morgan here, it's been a while but I am super excited to share some fun beauty stuff with you all. You can check out some of my past posts here:
Skin Brightening Toner
Avocado Mask
Pumpkin Mask
Lavender Facial Steam
Today I have some great eye cooling pads for you. If you are anything like me all it takes is one semi salty meal to wake up with puffy swollen eyes in the morning. This is a great DIY treatment to reduce puffiness, dark circles, and help to smooth out those fine lines (that become less fine each day)
 It can all be done with a few (3) simple things almost anyone would have on hand.

  • Cucumber (fresh, peeled, and sliced) 
  • Basil (fresh or dried a good handful) 
  • Cotton rounds 

Natural ingredients have a lot of qualities that can help your skin look and feel great, and many can be found right in your kitchen. Why these ingredients?

  • Fades dark circles
  • reduces puffiness in skin
  • helps to relieve eye strain
  • cooling


  • Prevents swelling
  • skin rejuvenator
  • helps reduce the appearance of fine lines.

 Step 1:
In a blender or food processor blend the cucumber and basil, add a tablespoon of water if needed or desired to help get things moving.  Dip cotton rounds into the blended mix.

Step 2:
Squeeze off excess.
Place pads (1 on each eye) Lay back and relax for 10-30 min (or whatever time life provides for you)

Store extra mix in an air tight container and place in fridge. It should keep for a week (or longer), discard if the color or odor changes. Dip a cotton round in the mix and apply to eyes whenever needed throughout the week.

Monday, April 7, 2014

How to make your own book || Tutorial

 Back in January I shared a book that Jude and I made together. I gave a little explanation of how I put the book together, but nothing super detailed. Since I have gotten a few emails asking questions I thought I would put together a step by step tutorial for how I created the book, including where we got it printed, and showing you the second book we made.

 It was a lot of fun having Abbey be a part and after the first one Abbey insisted that she be a part of one too. The first book was written by Jude, this one was written by me as I wrote down quotes and story lines of their imaginative play one day. So here is how I did it:
 I have a mini studio set up in my sewing studio that I use but you don't need a studio to make this possible. All you need is a white background. I use white seamless paper backdrop that I picked up at a local camera shop, it's a large roll of card stock thick paper, I use this since it's wrinkle free and white.
Why white? If you photograph in front of white then the pixels outlining the subject will be light and solid. So when the background is all erased they will blend into the white background of the book seamlessly. As you can see from the original picture the whole picture does not need to be white. All you need is good lighting and a smooth light background and it will be easy to edit. You can also see the fan off to the side, I used that to get a little "wind" so it would look more real.
 Next. Create a new page you want it to be the size of the page you want for your book.
Mine was about 25"X16" and 240 dpi (high resolution is good for printing) Then copy the photo and paste it on to the blank page. You want the photo to be a second layer.
 Then use the eraser tool and erase all the background around the subject. Depending on how white your background was it will depend on how close you need to clean it up.
 For the drawings I had Jude draw on regular white printer paper. Be sure to draw as dark as possible. Then I scanned the images into the computer. They scan a little lighter than I wanted so first I opened the drawing up and adjusted the brightness and contrast to boost it up a bit.
 Then I copied and pasted the drawing on to the same book page as the picture. I placed the drawing layer behind the photo. As you can see the proportions were not quite right as Jude was way too big for the boat.
 Using the "free transform" I adjusted each layer to make the proportions right.
 Then since I wanted Jude to be standing in the boat I used the eraser tool to erase the picture layer, simply erasing the bottom of his feet so he would be "behind" the front of the boat.
 You can add more layers, combine photos and drawings until you have the scene you want. Then add text to the page and you are done. Continue making pages until you complete your book. Make sure each page is the same size.
For printing. I used
I have used blurb to make instagram books before and I liked the quality of the books so I thought I would give them a try with these books. I LOVE the way it turned out. Great print quality the pictures were crystal clear and great page quality. I went with the soft cover book.

Great Quality
Quick Turnaround
No minimum order

You have to have at least 20 pages

(yep literally the only complaint I have is that it's hard to fill 20 pages. We combined both stories to make it)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

World Map Quilt || Home Sewn Series

Have you guys seen the home sewn series happening over at Living With Punks? It's a great little series all about sewing for the home.  Well I made a quilt. Not just any quilt but a quilt for my map loving geography obsessed son. So I made a quilt of the world.  (check out the rest of the series)
 HS graphic 700

 Normally I make things that can be done in a day, or in one sitting, so this project was a bit of a leap for me. Also I had to hear "is my quilt done yet?" from Jude everyday for a few weeks, since he is also used to me doing something in an hour I guess. So this is not a quick project but it's a great project to have and work on from time to time, I would sew a few of the quilting lines from time to time, and eventually it was done.
 I have never made a quilting pattern before, or used one, (not a quilter) but I did put together the pattern I used to make this quilt.

Get the pattern HERE
You will need:

  • 1/4 yard for Antartica (pieced together due to length)
  • 1/4 yard for Australia
  • 1/2 yard for Asia
  • 3/8 yard for Africa
  • 1/2 yard for North America
  • 1/4 yard for Europe
  • 3/8 yard for South America
  • 2 yards for front (ocean)
  • 2 yards batting (60"X40")
  • 1 1/2 yards fusible interfacing
  • 2 yards backing

 Start by printing out the pattern (I know it's a lot of paper but not a ton of ink) cut the edges and tape it together. It's the full size of the quilt. (think lap blanket) Trace the outlines of the continents on to the fusible interfacing. Fusible side facing up.
 Press the interfacing on to the wrong side of the fabric of your choice. Then follow the line and cut out the continents.
 I used a cream cotton that was fairly see through so I could place it right over the paper and see the continents through it.
 Then place all the continents all cut out on the cotton front piece following the outlines for placement. I used several safety pins to secure the pieces in place. ** Also tip I used disappearing ink to trace around some of the tricky parts so I would make sure it was sewn in the right place.
 Then to secure all the pieces in place I simply stitched around the edge. You can do a satin stitch if you don't want any of the raw edge but with the interfacing and then the quilting on top the raw edges stay pretty secured.
 Then layer top piece with batting, and the back. I used safety pins to secure all three layers together, pull the layers tightly to get them all as smooth and straight as possible.
 Then it's time to "quilt" it. I used a wavy stitch line to sew lines across the quilt, making sure everything is as smooth as possible.  If you are a perfectionist, then good luck :) There were little wrinkles popping up every now and then and I just stitched right over it, by the time it's done you hardly notice.
 Once you are done quilting trim up the sides to make sure everything is all squared up. I bound my quilt by wrapping the back around to the front. (I am sure that's wrong??)
 So I double folded the sides up and pinned around the edge.
 When I got the corners I just folded the top down and then the side over. I stitched a few rows of lines through the border to secure.
 Then the quilt is done. I will say at first when I was doing the lines across the quilt I was so bored, like really bored. Then it became peaceful and relaxing.
 I love the new quilt for our home which is the perfect blanket for cuddling up with. It's basically the size of a lap blanket since that's as big as I wanted to go. It would make a perfect crib size quilt.
So there you have it, the whole world on a quilt.

Also note, the pattern is fairly detailed, when I was cutting the pieces out I cut some islands, and blended some into a chain piece since they are so small, but you can feel free to be as detailed as you want.
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