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    Pinterest Hacks {Beauty Edition}

    I’m sure most people can relate, I am obsessed with Pinterest. If I have a question, need to find a dinner recipe, or looking for inspiration for a new project I want to work on I always find myself searching Pinterest first. The funny part is sometimes these Pinterest finds are in no way, shape, or form realistic to do. So I decide I would attempt some hacks I find that I have been wanting to try and see what the outcome is. This week I’m going to try out beauty hacks. Wish me luck..

    Beauty Hack #1

    Red Lipstick to coverup dark circles

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    So I found this red lipstick from CVS. It’s the Milani Passion. I read that the red is a color corrector for dark circles and I thought, “Hey, I’m the dark circle queen with 2 kids. I definitely need to try this out.” I wanted to do one side with the red lipstick and one side without to see if you can tell a difference. Then I forgot and did both and wiped off the left side.

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    It was really weird to put this under my eye. I looked like I was sick or had pink eye! I’m not sure if I blended it out as much as I need to but I let it set for a minute and put my foundation on. I did concealer over that and it covered it all up. I’m not 100% that it worked completely but we did say that it made my eye look a little brighter so I guess that’s a sign that it covered up some under circle!!

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    Over all I think I’m going to have to try this one again to see if it really worked!
    So for now I’ll give it a PASS!

    Beauty Hack #2

    Use a spoon to get perfect wing shaped eyeliner

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    I have seen this one around the internet and don’t really know what to think.

    I’ve tried this twice now. The first time the pictures didn’t come out so well but the winged liner wasn’t horrible. I felt that if you have never attempted winged liner and are looking for a quick guide because you don’t have time to run out or to watch a ton of YouTube videos it was a good try BUT my second time around trying it did not come out like the first time I tried it.

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    It actually was quite horrible the second time. My wing went so far up my eye it was awful. I don’t think I will try this one again and have to give it a huge thumbs down.

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    Beauty Hack #3

    Use baby powder to lengthen and thicken eyelashes

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    To be totally honest I can’t really tell if it worked. I put one coat of Urban Decay mascara on. I used a q-tip to dust my eyelashes with baby powder. Added another coat of mascara, another coat of baby powder and one last coat of mascara. I did my left eye with just 3 coats of mascara. I can kind of tell a tiny bit that the right eye was thicker but length wise I did not notice any different. I would definitely give this another shot to see if it really helps. Maybe add a little extra baby powder.

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    I am going to give this one a FAIL because I didn’t notice a difference really.

    Here is the final look of everything!

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    Have you tried any Pinterest Hacks?

    Which ones worked for you and which ones were a complete FAIL?

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    $18 DIY Cotton Wreath

    If you’re obsessed with the show Fixer Upper like I am then you’ll really appreciate this DIY. If you haven’t seen it Chip and Joanna are very much farmhouse style decorators. I die every time I see a farmhouse sink put in. (Those are my favorite!) I just love all the attention to detail Joanna puts into decorating every home. I have such a hard time deciding anything when it comes to the decor in my home let alone deciding for other people. They make everything feel so unique to  each family and I think that’s really special.

    So on to the DIY. I always see them put a magnolia wreath and a cotton wreath somewhere in the house. Well….every time I look at buying one it kills me a little inside to spend so much money on something. So I do what any other DIYing mama does, I pinterest it. I found a few cotton wreath tutorials but I didn’t love them so I came up with my own version.

    Supplies you’ll need

    Floral Wire
    5-6 Cotton Stems (depending on how big you want yours)

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    That’s it!

    So for mine I bought 6 cotton stems but I only used 5. These I bought from Hobby Lobby. I waited until the floral was half off that’s how I got them so cheap. I didn’t want a huge one but if I was to make one for my door I would use 6. What you’re going to start with is cut 8 wires around 3″ long. You won’t need a rule, no exact measurement is needed.

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    You’re going to start shaping the cotton stem so it’s rounded at the top. I shape them going clockwise.  Grab the bottom of the stem and start shaping them in a circular motion. Once all of the stems are rounded start overlapping them so that the end of one meets the top of another stem. Repeat this until you’ve formed a circle. Make sure this is how you want the wreath to be placed.

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    You’re going to grab one of your wires and wrap it around the the top of one stem and the bottom of another one. Twist until the wire is tight and holing the stems together. Any extra wire wrap around both of the stems.

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    Continue around the whole wreath until you’ve formed a circle. Once all of the stems are connected you can go back around that need any extra support to hold stem together tight. I added the extra 3-4 wires that I had already cut to use to secure it.

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    Once all of the wires are in place and you’ve got everything nice and secure flip this baby over and check it out! You’ll need to move the little cotton balls around to cover any spots that might be bare or that you might see some wire. Play around with it until you have everything in the right spots and you’re finished! Just remember cotton wreaths aren’t going to be perfect because each stem is different. Hey Chip and Joanna’s cotton wreath isn’t perfect either!

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    Hope you enjoyed this DIY!

    If you try it out tag me in your post so I can see how it came out or #erinsdiy so I can see everyones awesome wreaths!

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    5 Minute Hairstyles

    Do you ever feel like you’re in a rush to get out of your house and between getting your kids dressed, presentable, diapers, snacks, and everything other little thing that you probably forgot, getting yourself ready is the last thing you do? As a mom of two, I am always in a hurry trying to get ready whether it be going to the grocery store or just to look like you cared about yourself a little for a mom date that you might have planned. I have three hairstyles in my arsenal that I am always using. If you see me on a semi daily basis you know that if my hair isn’t in a bun it’s in one of these quick and easy hairstyles.

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    The first one I did was a quick curl and headband braid.

    A trick I’ve learned when being in a hurry is if you put your hair in a ponytail and curl it then you can do it faster than if it’s broken off into sections. You won’t get as tight of curls but if you’re in a hurry it’s doesn’t really matter anyways. It took me 3:49 seconds to curl my hair and I finished it off with a headband braid that took me exactly 5 minutes!

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    The Second one I love to do is a half up bun!

    Since my hair was already a little curled this one was even easier. This took a whole 2 minutes. If you are are in a hurry you can follow the first step from above to curl your hair fast and then separate the hair at the crown of your head. Twist and wrap around in a bun. Use an elastic or hair tie depending on the thickness of your hair. My hair is extremely thick and it’s long so I have to use a hair tie.  This is a go-to for me! Especially if I still have next day curled hair this is super easy to put up and run out the door if I need to.

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    The last style is a fishtail braid

    I love the way this one looks instead of doing your classic side braid. Pull hair to one side and split it in half. Grab a small piece of the back left portion. Pull over the top and add to the right half.  Now grab a piece from the back right portion. Pull over the top and add it to the left half. Continue doing this until you get to the bottom of your hair and you’re done! Super quick and easy. This took me just under 4 minutes to do.

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    I hope you found these quick hairstyles helpful!

    What is your favorite 5 minute hairstyle that you like to do? I need to add some more to my hair bank.

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    So You’re Ready To Potty Train

    To some parents the thought of potty training is a nightmare they’re not ready to face and to others they are excited and ready to start their potty training journey together.  For me, I was the first one.  When I tell people that I had Kellan day and night potty trained before he was 2 some didn’t believe it. Kellan had just passed the 1 1/2 year mark and we were going on 20 months. I finally said January 1st that I needed to get my butt in gear and get this potty training thing going because baby #2 was going to be here mid March and I didn’t have the time to waste.

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    So like the mom I am, I hit Pinterest pretty hard trying to find out tips and tricks to potty training. I always seemed to come across the, “Potty train your kid in 3 days” or “Have them potty trained over the weekend.” Well I am calling a big BS on that! Maybe it does work more for older kids, I’m not sure, but it definitely didn’t work for us. It took a whole month for me to get him mostly day potty trained. Nap and night potty training didn’t come until the next month.

     

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    So I came up with a little guide of things that worked for us. Some things I found online and others we figured out along the way. If you’re getting ready or already potty training or maybe need a different tactic hopefully these will help.

     

    • Have LOTS of underwear on hand. I would say no less than 10 pairs. I remember we went through 7 pairs of underwear in one day!  Which leads me into my next one..
    • Be ready to wash a lot of stuff. We potty trained in the winter so we just bought extra pants.
    • Sweatpants or stretchy pants work best. They were easy to change and the band was easy to pull up and down when we needed to hit the bathroom fast. Jeans can be a pain sometimes.
    • Personally I didn’t want to clean out a little potty (poop just grosses me out) so we bought a new seat from Home Depot that has a detachable little seat that is magnetic to the lid. You can find it here. I love this thing. I found this to be easier for him to use the bathroom outside of the home too.
    • Speaking of cleaning..when they have their accidents, which they will, we bought kid and pet spray to clean up with. We have carpet in the bedrooms so it helped clean up the mess. We bought it here.
    • We did treats for going in the potty. 1 chocolate chip for going pee and 2 chocolate chips for going poop. I noticed he started to pee a lot more to get more chocolate chips. Whatever works though right!
    • CONSISTANCY IS KEY! That is a huge one. When you start you need to commit because doing it one day and not the next and starting again in a couple of days will confuse them. I tried this a couple of times before I fully committed and he would get frustrated when he’d pee his pants because he thought he had a diaper on and it was just a mess for both of us!
    • Go easy on yourself. Like I said it took us a month to get him potty trained with little to no accidents during the day. It can be so frustrating at times because some days they will be so good and go to the bathroom in the toilet/potty and the next they forget that they knew how.
    • Always have wine on hand. No seriously, for the days that things didn’t go well it can be frustrating and a good glass of wine will help you forget..at least until tomorrow. I didn’t get to participate in it but for the next one I will!

     

    I hoped you found some of this helpful! We’re going to be doing the same thing here soon with our little Knox. Have you potty trained before? What are something you found helpful or worked for you? Remember stay strong mama

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    Mortimer Farms Pumpkin Patch

    This was our first time at a pumpkin patch and I was not disappointed! If you live near the Prescott area Mortimer Farms is a must see for next year. I will not wait until the last day to visit this place! They had so much going on I wish we would have had more time to spend there.  They had all kinds of stuff like corn mazes, tractor rides, jump houses, train rides, of course pumpkin picking and so much more. Kellan was having so much fun that he was actually sad when we left.  Poor guy!

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    Thanks for reading. Did you make it to a pumpkin patch this year?

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    How To Style Your Favorite Date Night Outfit

    I am so excited to announce the cutest thing ever!!!

    It’s called The Mom Capsule.
    They are launching November 2nd!!!

     

    These two beautiful ladies, started this awesome website to help us moms out with wardrobe shopping. I never had this problem when my oldest was a tiny baby but now that he is getting older and more adventurous, and on top of  having an eight month old baby, it’s hard to go clothes shopping for yourself sometimes. Shopping with kids is a handful and a task in itself, so why not let someone take the stress off of you and do your shopping for you!
    I love this idea and can’t wait to start utilizing it.

    The Mom Capsule was so sweet to send me an awesome dress and I was able to style my own outfit.

    This date night outfit is perfect for anyone and I know you have these accessories stored in you closet already. You can never go wrong with a black leather jacket and some peep toe heels.

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    I hope you liked this outfit and can find some inspiration!
    Remember to stop by The Mom Capsule and check out their Instagram too for updates.

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    October Favorites

    I hope everyone had an awesome October! This has been the first month that we haven’t had much to do. This summer was crazy for us! From May to October I think we were only home a handful of weekends for that whole 5 month span. Time for us to take a break and relax before the big holidays come up. So, I came up with a list of some of my favorite products that I’ve been using for the month.

    First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration

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    First up is this First Aid Beauty the Ultra Repair Cream. This stuff is no joke! Since the weather is changing from Summer to Fall I needed some serious moisturizer. It brings so much moisture to  your skin you barely need any. This jar will last you for a long time! I like to switch my moisturizers up and I recently brought this one back. I especially love to use this one at night so when I wake up my face feels super hydrated.

    Living Proof Dry Shampoo

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    I am obsessed with dry shampoo. Sometimes I just don’t feel like washing my hair or I’m just in a hurry and don’t get a chance to and need to run out the door real quick. This dry shampoo is one of my favorites! Is it weird I like the way this one smells!? I have tried a handful of different dry shampoos and this is one of my top ones that I like to come back to.

    No7 Stay Perfect Foundation

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    This foundation is the bomb.com! No, but in all honesty I have an addiction to buying foundation. I feel like you have different types of foundation. Are you going out for the night, boom full coverage. Are you going on a date? Medium coverage to the rescue. So you can’t just own one! Well Sephora and I both know I love the expensive kind but it gets pricey buying $40-$60 foundation every time. I found this one at Walgreens and thought it can’t hurt to try it for $15. I was hooked the moment I bought it. It sits on your face so nicely and actually has a good color selection to chose from.

    Lush Bath Bomb

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    I have recently been getting back in the bath scene. I feel like it’s so relaxing and mentally soothing. I leave the electronics out and put on some Explosions In The Sky and throw in some awesome bath bombs. This Lush Sakura bath bomb smells amazing. It is definitely one of my favorite scents from Lush! If you end up loving the bath bomb it also comes in two different types of shower scrubs too!

    Burts Bee Lipstick

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    Burts Bees lipstick is so moisturizing and I love that it’s natural and not tested on animals. It has some beautiful colors but one of my favorites is the Lily Lake color. I find sometimes that I love the matte lip look but it ends up being so drying on my lips. This lipstick is nice to have in my collection.

    Farmacy New Day Gentle Exfoliating Grains

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    Now Farmacy New Day Exfoliant is the coolest thing ever.  I read some reviews on it and finally decided to jump on board and try it out. It was crazy the first time I used it. It’s a powder!!! You pour some in the palm of your hand and add a little water and rub together to create some sort of paste. It is the softest scrub I have used on my face. It is plant based with white willow bark, carrot, green tea, and marshmallow to soothe, protect, and calm the skin. This is the first package I bought to test out the product before I fully committed to the big bottles. I have never regretted trying it and this is always going to be a staple in my skin care routine.

    That is all for my October Favorites and  I hope you guys enjoyed. Let me know what some of your favorites were for the month of October. Thanks for stopping by!

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