Monday, December 5, 2016

DIY Christmas Centerpieces


   I took a small break from Blogmas because I'm not the best at everything even thou I'd like people to think I am but I'm back and I decided to give DIY a try for Christmas this year. Decoration can be pretty pricey and I had something kinda glam in mind for table center pieces. I took to Pinterest to find out how to do what I had in mind and get some inspiration while I was at it.
   I started out with 2 bottles from some sparkling cider we had from Thanksgiving and a mason jar from Michael’s. Now if I was a professional DIYer I would not have forgotten to take a picture of the bottles with the labels still on but we’re just gonna go with it.




   Which brings me to this… how I actually got said labels off of the bottles. After a quick Google search I found out I needed a sink full of super-hot water (I boiled a big pot). I filled each bottle with hot water from the faucet and dropped them in the sink. After letting them soak for a minute I added the following… ½ cup baking powder, 1 tablespoon of dish soap, and 2 cups of vinegar then I let it soak for 30 mins. Everyone said the labels would just peel right off but I’ll tell you now… I did a bit of scrapping with a butter knife then scrubbed with a sponge until I was happy with the results.



   Again because I’m a horrible DIY blogger (unless it’s makeup uh helloooo lol) I didn’t film or take pictures of the next steps. The good thing is there are a lot of pins on Pinterest to show you how I did it anyway.

   In short, I got a hot glue gun and wrote words on each bottle. Next I spray painted each bottle gold then stuck in flowers from Dollar Tree and Voila!!! It’s Christmas magic! I have my center pieces.  



Click away down below to see what the other ladies are doing for Holiday décor and if you haven't entered the giveaway yet click here to do it now!




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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Makeup Lovers Gift Guide




   For day 3 of 12 days of Blogmas we’re talking gift guides! My job is to help you shop for the makeup lover in your life. Everything on this list is something I’ve been coveting for myself. The price range is from $25 on up to $100 so it’s for any budget

Eyeshadow Palette - Rose GoldEdition $65.00

Any beauty fanatic would know who Huda Kattan is! If not she is the beauty blogger supreme also known as Huda Beauty she has made a big name for herself in the makeup world. She came out with this beautiful textured eye shadow palette that makeup dreams are made of!


I think you’ll see Anastasia Beverly Hills on my list the most. I absolutely love her products and they are well worth the money. I had to put the Modern Renaissance palette on this list! With its 14 shades from neutral to berry tones and buttery smooth consistency every girl needs one.




Every year Sephora comes out with their Block Buster palette and it never disappoints. This year’s palette consists of 80 eye shadows, 32 lip glosses, 6 cream eyeliners, 4 brow powders, 4 face powders, 4 blushes and 2 tutorial cards. This one is a MUST HAVE!!!!


Anastasia Beverly Hills has come a long way from being the eye brow queen to killing the entire makeup game. Here Glow kits are so good you can probably been seen from space!


Master Palette By Mario $45.00


If you get only one palette it should be the Mario palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills in collaboration with Mario Dedivanovic. Not sure who he is? He is a celebrity makeup artist most known for helping Kim K. look like a bombshell! The colors in this palette are perfect for any occasion and are a great start for someone who is new to makeup.
I'll be back soon with more gift guides. There are a few more must haves I want to share with you. In the mean time start out with this and then head on over to see what the other Blogmas Bloggers are recommending! Don't forget to enter the Giveaway before you go!


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

My Holiday Bucket List 2016


   I really hope you are as excited about 12 Days of Blogmas and the awesome giveaway as I am!! If you haven’t entered yet you can enter here and catch up on day 1! Today it’s all about our holiday bucket lists! I try to make the most out of the holidays by trying new things but I also have a few family traditions that I like to stick to. My list isn’t incredibly long but it’s all of the things I usually do with my family as well as some new things I’d like to try.

Build a gingerbread house with my kids. They love to eat it more than they love to build it.
Buy much needed winter clothes. Let’s face it I live in Florida so that just means sweaters, jeans and boots.

Another real Floridian thing to do would be to go to the beach. I haven’t gone during the holidays but as of right now weather has been in the 80s so it’s very doable.

What’s holiday season without fresh baked cookies?!?!
One of my favorite things to do during the winter months (and just about all of the rest of the year) is to wear red lipstick. I’ll be doing that… a lot!

A little known fact about me is I love to crochet and I’m not bad at all (me tooting my own horn) so I’ll be gifting all of my friends and family with someone handmade from the heart.


There are a lot of little Christmas towns popping up everywhere. There are 2 pretty close to my house so I plan on packing up the family and going for a visit. One of the locations is at the fairgrounds. It’s a mile drive through a ton of Christmas lights and at the end you can take pictures with Santa and take a horse drawn carriage ride!
This next one is something new I’m really excited about… I want to have a nice sit down dinner with my closest friends and just enjoy time with them during this crazy season. Everyone is so busy this time of year we have to remember to take time for our friends as well as family.


Last but not least… the one thing that is always on my holiday bucket list is my all-time favorite…. Every Christmas eve my kids and I bake cookies for Santa (and ourselves), make a ton of hot chocolate and watch the Polar Express in our pjs and then go to bed and wait for Santa!!!

    What are some things on your holiday bucket list? Leave me a comment letting me know then stop by and see what the other Blogmas bloggers have on their lists.


The Blogmas Blogger's Holiday Bucket Lists
Mrs. Aok A Work in Progress
Girl On The Move
STL Motherhood
One Rudd Mom
Verified Mom
Dear Creatives
Urban Housewife Adventures
Views From A Step Stool
Motherhood and Merlot

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Joy of Giving | Giveaway

   Holiday season is in full effect! Christmas music plays everywhere you go. The weather is a bit chilly or down right freezing depending on where you live and the malls are setting up for Santa’s arrival to take pictures with the kids. While this time of year should be full of happiness and good times we can’t forget about helping others and giving back. Today officially kicks off the first day of The 12 Days of Blogmas. In case you missed my last post you can catch up here and then come right back! All caught up? Good! So for day 1 of Blogmas we’re sharing ideas to help give back to our communities and we have a huge giveaway for 1 lucky winner!!!
   It’s not always easy to donate money and it can also be more rewarding to donate your time instead. Read on for my ideas on how to give back.

Feed the homeless. When I was in high school my best friend’s mom went to the park every Sunday with a group of people and fed the homeless. During the holidays I’m sure places like homeless shelters could use a lot of extra hands. In most areas you can dial 411 and get information where shelters are in your area.
Spend time with the elderly. Growing up my mom worked in nursing homes and hospitals. I spent a lot of time with her while she worked. From a very young age I’ve see people’s parents, grandparents and even great grandparents sit lonely in nursing homes with no sign of their families. All they want is someone to talk to. I remember a couple of times when I was in choir we went to the local nursing home and sang Christmas carols.
Run for a cause. I used to love to run. For a while now I’ve wanted to do the Color Run. You can get out and have a good time and all of the proceeds to go different charities. The next one here in Tampa is December 3rd. Check the web site and see when the next one is in your area or choose one of your liking.  
Donate clothes. This should be a really easy one for all of my fashionistas or a really hard one. If you’re anything like me you’ve got a ton of clothes that you can give away but it can also be a little hard to part with some of them. Once you do it you’ll feel so good and you’ll have so much more space you’ll wish you did it sooner. Check with your local Goodwill or other places where you can drop off your gently used cloithes and shoes.
Donate to a food bank. My kids are always coming home starting in the fall with notices from the school needing donations. Pretty much every school does a canned food drive. If you prefer you can always look up a local food bank to make your food donations to. The food goes to families in need. We could always use a little extra food during the holidays. So while you’re out doing your shopping pick up a little extra for someone else. Grocery stores also have a bin for donations by the entrances.

    Now it's time for the big giveaway!!! Some of the items are pictured below.

   And here is a list of all of the prizes included in the giveaway as well as the $150 Paypal cash prize!! We teamed up with a lot of companies to make this giveaway possible!!!

4 $50 Gift Cards
$200.00
JORD Watches
Gift Card
$50.00
AMI ClubWear
Kids Lightup Animal
$29.95
Kinderglo
My Blend Smoothie Maker
$24.99
Oster
Play Makeup Set
$13.99
Little Cosmetics
Spicy Box of Awesome
$54.00
Fuego Box
Set of paint sticks
$6.00
Kwiksitcks
Smile Brilliant Kit
$159
Smile Brilliant
This May Be Wine cup + Starbucks gift card
$30
Fab Flares
Gift Card
$50
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
1 Game
Set Games
Essential Oil Recipe Box
$49
Simply Earth
Natural Organic Lipstick
$28.00
Axiology Beauty
Kuisiware OneSpin Salad Spinner
Zeust Barbecue Grill Light
Bracelet and earrings set
$25
Revel Designs by Shelly
Childrens Book signed by author
$15
Danielle Soucy Mills
Gift Card
$50
Baby Cubby
White Wipes Teeth Wipes (for wine and coffee lovers)
$30
White Wipes
2 Personalized Phone Cases
$80
CaseApp
1 Framed Print + $15 Starbucks Gift Card
$30
That’s What She Said Quote Shop
Gift card
$50
Little Italy Layette

   Enter the giveaway before you go and check out the other Blogmas bloggers below for more holiday inspiration!!!

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Friday, November 25, 2016

It's Time for Blogmas 2016

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving and now that it’s over it is officially Christmas season!!! My absolute favorite time of the year!! It also means it’s time for Blogmas!!! For the last few years I’ve taken part in some sort of holiday theme with other bloggers and this year is no different. Monday is the start of 12 Days of Blogmas. If you’re new around here I’ll explain.

    For 12 days, 12 bloggers give you 12 holiday topics. We cover all kinds of fun things like DIY, recipes and more!! It’s a lot of fun, but the best part…. We also have a HUGE giveaway!!! It starts on Monday and we will announce the winner on the last day of Blogmas!!! What better way to spread some holiday cheer?!?!?
Here are all the topics for each day…


   Here are all of the amazing bloggers (myself included) that are participating this year. We all cover different topics and are a pretty well rounded group of babes and we would love it if you could take the time and stop by everyone’s blogs to get awesome holiday inspiration.



Alyssa from Babies, Bloodhounds and Booze | Jules from One Ruud Mom | MK from Urban Housewife Adventures | Samantha from My Legendary Style | Denise from StL Motherhood | Joanna from Motherhood and Merlot | Phyllis from Verified Mom | Katie from Views From A Step Stool | Dean from Mrs. AOK - A Work In Progress | Julie from Girl on the Move | Theresa from Dear Creatives | Jill from Ripped Jeans & Bifocals


   Ok now back to the giveaway I know you’re super interested in that am I right?! You’ll get all of the juicy details on Monday November 28th but for now I can tell you that it’s BIG! There’s over $800 in prizes AND $150 in PayPal cash all for 1 lucky winner!!! Can I get a WOOP WOO!!!!!??? I’m really excited in case you couldn’t tell LOL!

Be sure to come back by on Monday November 28th for your chance to win.

 Happy Holidays!!!

SJM


Monday, November 7, 2016

Fall Makeup Trends with Strong Girl Collective

One of the great things about fall for makeup lovers would be the beautiful, rich, dark colors. What can I say, dark lipstick is my happy place. Recently I was asked to do a makeup look for a pretty cool group of women over at Strong Girl Collective "A place for women to be empowered and supported". Who wouldn’t want to be a part of something like that?! Can we say Girl Power?!?

Ok back to the makeup, so along with the ladies over at Strong Girl Collective we did one fall Makeup Look on four different skin tones. I have to say it was pretty fun and a great way to show you how to make a look your own. Head on over to see everyone’s looks and get all of the product details as well!



Be sure to check back for more fall fashion and makeup inspiration.
Till next time,
SJM

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Halloween 2016 Costume Inspiration

   Ok loves, here are all of my Halloween tutorials I've done on my YouTube channel. I hope this helps if you're still stuck on what to be for Halloween. A couple of the videos are 2 in 1 so you're bound to find something!







Be sure to be safe and have fun! Tag me on Instagram if you recreate any of these looks!
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