April Empties

This month I did not use a lot of products up.

BBW handwash in Stress Relief – my husband I and use about one of these a month, I really liked this scent.

Flashpoint candle – Honestly I am not sure where I got this candle at this point. It smells really good, and I like the candle container. I am planning on cleaning out the container and putting my makeup brushes in it.

Dr. Jart Tigar grass color-correcting treatment is something I use every day. I use this on my redness and then just use concealer. It has removed my need for foundation. I really like this product to the point of before I ran out of this one I bought another one so I would not be without this.

Secret- Antiperspirant with essential oils I enjoyed this. It didn’t give me a rash like so many others do these days. It is expensive for an antiperspirant however if it is on sale I will buy it again.

That is it for this month, some months I move through products, and others I just don’t. This was one of those months.

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Spring Décor

This time of year is one of my favorite times. I love watching things come back to life, the leaves back on the trees, flowers, and my garden is coming together. I also love changing up my decor.

My welcome mat is really easy to change out. The center part of the mat is interchangeable. Every few months I like to update it. This time I used a springtime mat that also matches my flag which is interchangeable. Both my flag and welcome mat also match my wreath on the door that I made. I had CKcustumspa customize my flag with a G for my last name. They did an incredible job on the flag. I love the fact that they were able to change an everyday item to a specialized item for my home.

Along with planting vegetables this spring, I also planted wildflowers, lavender, rose bushes, and Gladiolus mix bulbs. The wildflowers are along the wooded area in my backyard just to bring some color to the backyard. The lavender is in two pots, I want one for a centerpiece on my outdoor table. The other pot is for my front porch, however, after a little more research on lavender, it might not work the way I planted them. My rose bushes are from last year and I am hoping I get them back this winter, the one is doing okay the other two are still looking very small and I am worried.

For the wreath, I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a plain wreath, lemon, white flowers, and lavender. I hot glued everything on the wreath and hung it with some ribbon I had from Michael’s grab box. I have one more thing I would like to add to my porch this year and it is a welcome sign that I am making. I went to the hardware store and bought a piece of wood and I am working on turning it into a sign that I can use year-round.

I like keeping this simple but still looking nice and put together. What is your favorite piece to decorate your home with?

Links:

https://ckcustomspa.wordpress.com/

https://www.ckcustomspa.com/

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Flowers Flowers!!!

When I think of spring, the first thing that comes to mind is flowers. This got me thinking about making paper flowers that I have made before. I made my sister a shadow box full of flowers to remember her dog that recently passed away. The flowers are very easy to make, they just take some time.



Things you will need:

Card stock
Tweezers or quilling tools
Hot glue gun
Shadowbox
Cricut or another cutting machine


You can make different sizes of flowers, my suggestion is to pick one type of flower and size and keep it the same. If you like you can change up the colors of the card stock. These will make a great Mother’s day gift.

Garden

This past month I have been busy building and planting. I started my seeds in the starter kits I ordered from Amazon. With them, I have been watering and taking them in and out of the house each day. We have had a few bad days where it was raining too hard or snowing. Yes, we got snow last week, so the plants did not go out those days. But most days the plants got some sunshine and fresh air.



I built my planter box with my husband and set it up outside. It is already filled with dirt and ready to go for the plants. I think in about a week or so they should be ready to be moved. I don’t currently have a cover for my planter box so I don’t want to move them too soon and not be able to bring them in.


My basil and spinach seeds did not work the first time. So I got an indoor planter box with a light to try for the basil. The spinach I still need to buy seeds again and plant. Everything else looks really good. I might plant more garlic once I pick the first round. For the garlic, I am planning to put it in my Vitamix and blend it and keep it in a small container so I can keep it.


I can’t wait to get everything planted into the planter box and everything is in one area. Also, I can’t wait to start cooking with my products that I grew.

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Pasta Night

Often I have no clue what I am going to make for dinner. One of my go-to dinners is pasta. My husband and I aren’t the biggest fans of a red sauce so I normally just make something up as I go. I made this the other night and it was very easy and delicious.

What you need:

Pasta (doesn’t matter what kind, I had spaghetti on hand)
Garlic
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Mushroom ( sliced to make it easier)
Frozen peas
Garlic Aioli sauce ( I used Stonewall)

Directions:
Cook pasta like normal ( boil water and salt)

In a different pan combine the mushrooms, garlic, and a little oil. Cook down the mushrooms.
Add the peas and cook until thawed. Add salt and pepper. Turn down heat to low and add a little more oil. Add about a cup of garlic aioli sauce and warm the sauce.

Once the pasta is done, drain and coat with olive oil then add the mushroom and pea mixture.

I topped mine with fresh shredded cheese.

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March Empties

Here are the things I have used up this month. A few of them are products I love, others I just wanted to use up and move on.

Neutrogena Body Oil – This has become a fast favorite, instead of using body lotion out of the shower I have been using this. My skin really likes the oil and keeps it hydrated all day.

Moroccan Oil- oil treatment – This is my go-to hair oil, it keeps it hydrated and easier to style. I already have a new one ready to go.

True Blue Spa- Shea Butter Super Rich Shower Cream – this was nice but left my shower floor slick and just wasn’t worth almost falling.

True Blue Spa – Shea Butter- Vanilla Almond Super Rich Body Cream – this was very hydrating but too thick it took so long to rub in.

Bath & Body Works – Foaming Hand Soap – Snowy Peach Berry – again this is another hand soap we have used up, I keep them in my bathroom and we are moving through them. I am already looking at other clean options.


Have you used any products this month?

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March Standouts

March is over! Where did the month go? It has been a busy month, I started my garden and I am so excited. Spring is finally coming and so is warmer weather, even though I am writing this on a windy and somewhat cold day. With the change of weather, my skin is going a little crazy. Here are my standout products of the month.

With going back into the office more I have been wearing more makeup so cleaning my skin is important. The Mauli Supreme skin cleansing oil has made it so much easier to remove everything. You don’t need a lot to clean your whole face and remove every trace of makeup.

When my skin needs a bit more hydration I pull out Bobbi Brown’s skin nourished. It is a hydrating mask, I use it first as a mask in the morning then do my hair and get dressed. Then I rub in the rest of the cream and put on my makeup and it keeps my skin hydrated all day. I also like to use it at night and keep it on as a mask for hours. It is just a simple hydrating cream/mask.

My lips were chapped and pealing before using Bath and Body Works Mango lip gloss. The lip gloss has coconut oil in it and had helped keep them hydrated.

My garden is coming along, I have started seeding my plants. These Burpee starter kits make it so easy. All you have to do is add water and seeds. I keep mine in cardboard boxes to make it easier to move in and out of the house.

This month has gone by so fast and I have been so focused on my garden and getting ready for spring.

Link:
https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-us/shop/product/mauli-rituals/supreme-skin-cleansing-oil-100ml/1230916

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Smashed Potatoes

The Easter menu planning has begun in my house. This year I am making that I have not done before, smashed potatoes.

Here is what you will need:
Potatoes ( I used little red ones)
Salt
Pepper
Garlic
Cheese
Oil

Directions: Oven at 450 degrees cook for 30 minutes
1. Boil potatoes (make sure you start your potatoes in the water)
2. Drain the potatoes
3. Smash Potatoes ( Do not use a glass trust me, I broke mine and cut my hands! Use a spatula)
4. Put them on a sheet pan
5. Drizzle oil
6. Add salt, pepper, and garlic seasoning
7. Add cheese to the top and put them in the oven

Hope you enjoy them.

What I have been reading.

Reading is something I want to do more often. I have started to make it a priority this year. I listen to fiction audiobooks a lot and want to switch to more educational books. So far this year I have read three educational books.

The first is What if I say the wrong thing? By Verna A. Myers. This is a great book for everyone, often I don’t know what to say in different situations, I don’t want to upset anyone. This book goes over different situations and makes you look at different points of view.

The second book is It starts with an egg by Rebecca Fett. After over a year of trying to get pregnant, I got this book looking for ways to increase my chances of getting pregnant without medication. This book was helpful in teaching me to look into what I am eating and also what products I am using. I never thought about what pots I am using to cook my food. Also, the book goes into what the male can do to help.

The third book is The 7 Habits of Highly effective people by Stephen R Covey. I am trying to educate myself on how to be more effective in getting things done at work and in my personal life.

The last book is Blogging by Mark Gray. I am continuing to educate myself on blogging, this is something I am new to. I want to learn how to be better at blogging and producing better quality blogs.

Here are a few books still on my list to read.

Secrets of Six-figure women by Barbara Stanny
Find your why by Simon Sinek
Social Media Marketing for Beginners 2021 by Allan Milled and Donald Drye
The Home Edit by Clea Shearer & Joanna Teplen
The Sweet Spot by Christine Carter PhD

What are you reading right now?

St. Patrick’s Day Treat Tag

This St. Patrick’s Day things are going to be a little different, we are staying home with our dogs Emma & Oakley.  We have some extra homemade dog treats from last week, so we decided to drop off some of the treats to our friends’ dogs as a St. Patrick’s Day treat.  These are super cute and could be used for any kind of treat bag or even name tags.  I used my Cricut maker but you could do it by hand if you wanted to. 

Things you will need: 

White Cardstock

Light Green Cardstock

Dark Green Cardstock

Ribbon 

String

Glue

Black Pen 

Adhesive foam dots

What are you doing this St. Patrick’s Day?