Fall is HERE

I finally decorated for Fall! The fact I didn’t do it on the very first day of September is just atrocious to me. But fear not, the decor is up now and all is well in the world. This is wonderful.

I can specifically recall every winter, putting my fall things away and aching for the day that I can cover my home in pumpkins again. So now that it’s back…oh the joy.

Over time I think my style is slowly changing. Our new home has really opened up a new part of me. Now that we are in (what we both hope and pray is) our forever home, I feel like I can really start figuring out what I love and what I want in the home I’ll raise my children in.

Not that anyone is coming to me with decor words of advice, but I just want to say this: When decorating your home, DO WHAT YOU LIKE. Don’t worry about if it’s “in” or not. If it’s colorful when the rest of the world seems to only decorate with muted colors, rock it. If you want everything white and people think that’s weird, ignore them. Make YOUR space YOURS!!

Bathroom Re-Vamp

We have a cute little bathroom on our main floor, and for a while now I knew it needed a change. It needed some new life and to be a more fun space. So I thought up some plans and headed to trusty ol’ Target which ended up having everything I needed and voila! My half-bath dreams came true! I’m so happy with how it turned out – and I’m really proud of myself for doing it all by myself! Usually when I do projects I tend to see how many people I can rope into doing it with me, but this time, it was all me. I had some time alone and decided to crank it out! I even used a drill to put in the shelves – I forgot hot cool that makes me feel!

And now, for a few ‘before’ pictures so you can really see the transformation!

Wall Re-Do!

The very first wall I decorated when we moved into our new house was this big gray wall in our kitchen. I knew I wanted to do four large pictures with white frames on this wall with pictures of my kids. An individual of each of them, then one of the three of them together. Once we have our fourth baby, it’ll already have a spot. And if we have a fifth? Well, we’ll deal with that when the time comes, won’t we.

For our first round of these pictures, we, well my dad, took pictures in my parents beautiful backyard. I turned them black and white because that was all I wanted – big, black and white pictures on my wall, for so long. I loved it. The wall always brought me lots of happiness.

I knew that I wanted to update this wall yearly, every summer. So on Fourth of July, we went back to my parents house again and this time my dad took pictures in their front yard of the kids in these adorable patriotic outfits. I originally assumed I’d do black and white again, but the color was calling to me this time around and I am SO happy I went along with the idea. Its given the wall new life.

I have a feeling that updating this wall yearly is going to be something I look forward to each year.

February Beauty Talk

I don’t like the name Beauty Talk anymore. I should have just been boring and named it Favorites or something. Because its not all beauty related I have realized. But oh well. Here are my February Favorites/Beauty Talk. Thank goodness I found a lot of great things this month because this has not been my month so I’m happy I was at least able to discover some new goodies and rediscover some old gems.

Evian Natural Mineral Water. This stuff is awesome. Its not a setting spray, its just… water with minerals. I am a very, very dry person so I love using this to give my skin a little moisture. Its light and dries quickly. I usually use it after I wash and exfoliate my face, before I put my moisturizer on. And I go crazy with it at night before I go to bed. I’ve totally noticed my skin is less dry too and I give this so much of the credit.

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Aveeno Absolutely Ageless cleanser. I am not opposed to spending a pretty penny on skin care. I take my skin care seriously and I usually steer away from drug store brands. However I kept reading amazing reviews about this stuff so I decided to give it a shot and I am shocked to say I’m obsessed. This is so gentle and smells incredible. It gets sudsy and just makes your face feel clean and fresh. I never thought I’d recommend something like this, but I do now!

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Morphe Concealer. Ok. I’m torn on this. The first time I used this I used it under my eye and that got a big NOPE from me. It creased so bad, even when I set my under eyes. It was just bad, looked cakey and horrible, but I was determined to love it somehow. So I started using it over blemishes and as a sort of a highlight and like it much better. I definitely think its a thick, thick product so it needs to be applied very light handed and blended out really well. I don’t love it but I don’t hate it anymore. But would I recommend you buy this? No, probably not.

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Thickity Thick Mascara by Bliss. I got this off of Amazon after hearing it helps your lashes lengthen and look fuller. Isn’t that the goal? The first several uses were underwhelming (but I tend to like mascara after its a little older/more used anyway) but now I really like it! Its super easy to build too. If you want a more natural look, one coat will do but if you want a more dramatic look, you put a few more coats on and BAM.

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Morphe 12NB Palette. Loooooooooooooove. I am a die hard fan of Morphe’s eye shadows. They are powdery, sort and have some fall out, but once you figure out how to manipulate them just so, they are awesome. These blend so well and they’re the prettiest colors. I am thinking this will be a great palette to take next time we travel. It has all the colors I’d need to do a different eye look every day and still feel like I’m mixing things up.

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ColourPop Super Shock shadow in Summer Lovin. Oh I love this stuff. I use this product as a pop of high intensity shimmer on my eyelids when I’m going for that dramatic, glam look. I’m never disappointed. It blends well, applies well and doesn’t move all day.

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Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation Stick. I have been actually hating foundations, lately. Every single one I try just doesn’t go on well and its really annoying. So I decided I had nothing to lose and started dabbling in drugstore stick foundations. I have some more in the mail right now but I have been working with this one lately. Its definitely not full coverage, but its nice and blends with a foundation brush really nicely (I had bad luck using a beauty blender) I am excited to try the other stick foundations though. Someday I’ll find a foundation that loves me.

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Elf Highlighters. The pinker one is called Pink Diamonds and the golden one is called Moonlight Pearls. I am so impressed with these! If you’re going to use them I suggest dusting off the top layer first because for some reason the top layer just doesn’t work the same? But these are really nice, natural highlights that can be built up if needed.

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Cool Makeup Setting Spray. This stuff is so refreshing and smells yummy. Does it actually make my make up stay on longer? I’m not sure. But it helps add moisture to my face, helps my make up look a little more natural and feels so good! I don’t love the way it sprays though..

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Light Board. I love my light board and I’m particularly proud of the way its looked for the last week. I think I’m funny sometimes.

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Spireside candle in Main Street Bakery. I’m 99% sure I’ve talked about this candle before, but thats how good it is. This company used to be called Anthology Candles and has since changed their name. This is the yummiest smelling candle I’ve ever owned. And its inspired by Disney!

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Heart Dish. I got this small heart dish from Target for like $3 and I’m obsessed. It was a Valentine’s Day decoration originally but I think its going to stay on the decorative tray I keep on my dining room table far after February is over. I love it too much to part ways with it just yet.

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Let the Fall Crafting Begin!!

I love to craft. I especially love to craft with the woman who helped spark my love of crafting – my momma. First of all, she is the cutest lady, ever. Second of all, she is a killer-crafter and everything she touches turns to gold. She’s so creative and a great ally to have when trying to ensure your crafts turn out even half as cute as hers.

Once fall {best season, ever} comes around, I get a mega itch to craft and cook. Cooking kind of won’t be as fun in Halloween since I can’t have sugar {thanks, gestational diabetes}, so I’ve really had to immerse myself in the wonderful world of CRAFTS. A few weeks ago my mom and I were looking on Pinterest to find some inspiration for our next craft. As Pinterest typically does, it filled us with ideas – and also made me completely overwhelmed. But we found one particular craft that was going to be quick, easy and so cute and tonight we finally made it. We found this idea off of our friend, Landee’s Pinterest. She created this, so unfortunately I cannot take any credit for the creative brain that dreamt this creation up. (if you want to see some of her stuff, check her blog out here)

I love how this turned out. It was really easy, fairly quick and an inexpensive craft all in all.

Here’s how we made it.

First we bought frames. Ikea is my place of choice for frames because they’re cute and also crazy affordable and I am all about saving money wherever I can. Then we bought several sheets of various autumnal colors and some teeny little clothes pins.

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Then we found a cute leaf template and used the Silhouette to cut the shapes into the paper. Eventually, we ended up with a big, happy pile of leaves.

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Next we got our frames, took out the glass, grabbed some jute and blue tape (i don’t know if thats what its really called, but thats what we call it) and began taping the jute to the back of the frame in a bunch of different angles.

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Then we sanded the edges of the leaves we were going to use. It gave them a little more worn look that I really liked and thought made the whole project come together even better than if we hadn’t.

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After the leaves were distressed, we started clothes pinning the leaves onto the jute.

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It took me a little while to figure out how I wanted all my leaves placed, but finally, I finished and am really pleased with how it turned out!!

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I highly recommend this craft if you’re into DIY stuff and are looking for a pretty quick one to whip out. All you need is a frame, a sturdy tape, jute, colored paper, sand paper (if desired) and tiny clothes pins.If you do make it, tag me somewhere and let me see how yours turned out!!

Happy Crafting!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

“If you can dream it, you can do it” – Walt Disney