Posted at 10:11 am
Oops! This post was published before I had a chance to write a word or add any pictures. Now that you got a sneak peek at the title earlier, are you ready to see what it’s all about? 🙂
I was inspired to get my makeup tools organized when I watched an episode of Mirror, Mirror on LWN (Live Well Network) so I had to share these two easy and super inexpensive ways to get them in order.
The first idea is to take a glass vase you already have at home or buy one from Hobby Lobby. I found the one above for 50% off so it was a steal at $2.50! Then fill the vase with river rock or dried beans. The bag of beans was a little over a $1. Pop your makeup brushes in and viola! It’s a chic way to keep your brushes handy on your counter.
The other idea can be used when you travel or if you prefer to keep your brushes stored away instead of on display. Take a bamboo sushi making mat and weave some black elastic in between the slats. Hints: I found my mat at Cost Plus World Market for $1.99. The elastic was 50% off at Hobby Lobby so I only spent $1. Also, make sure you lay out your makeup brushes before you begin so you can determine placement and prevent the brushes from slipping out if the elastic isn’t tight enough.
Once you have all of the brushes lined up where you want them and the elastic is woven through, you can hot glue the elastic to the back of the mat on the left and right sides. If you want, you can also hot glue a ribbon to both sides so that you can roll up the mat and tie it with the ribbon. There! Who knew organizing could be so cheap and easy. If you have another way to get organized with your makeup tools, I’d love to hear about it in the comments section.
Posted at 8:24 am
A week ago today, our family laid to rest an awesome and influencial lady- my husband’s grandma, Elvira Cavallari. For fifty two years, her and her husband owned a family-run restaurant in Northfield called The Willow Inn Club. My husband’s family lived above the restaurant and he started setting tables when he was six. His family knows a thing or two about hard work. When I met Elvira thirteen years ago, she told me to call her Grandma so I did. She told my dad, who lost his mom to cancer a while back that he could call her Mom. So he did. That’s just who she was; she accepted everyone and always made us feel comfortable and welcome when we visited her home.
Elvira taught me to make homemade spaghetti, gnocchi, pumpkin bread, sugar coated pecans, Italian chicken with peppers and so many other delicious recipes. Her spirit lives on whenever we make one of them now.
In a way, she inspired me to start this blog. Her recipes were always unique and practically fail proof so I referred to them often when I started writing here just over three years ago.
We miss you Elvira, but we know you are with many of your loved ones and looking out for us down here. Cheers Grandma!
Posted at 7:55 am
We all know the feeling when the Christmas decorations come down and you look around the house to see a lot of empty space and imperfections. Here’s some ways to battle the winter blahs and improve your indoor dwelling.
- Give a room or two a refreshing coat of paint. I like our paint color in our downstairs bathroom, but after 10 years it could use some touchups. Don’t make the same mistake I made and think you can just use a paintbrush to correct the problem spots though. You’ll get an effect called ‘flashing.’ (see above and just ignore the person in the mirror; nothing to see here) Flashing can occur even when you use the same paint color and finish such as eggshell. The only time this won’t occur is if you paint with a flat paint color on existing flat paint. To save on cost, you could just paint one or two walls if they need it using the miniature cans of of sample paint that can be mixed at your hardware store. Flashing will not occur when there is a break in the wall such a corner, so I was able to paint one wall and avoid redoing the entire bathroom. The room looks so much better!!
- Turn up the wattage on your lights. One of our kitchen bulbs burned out a month ago and when I tried to replace it, the lights they make are much brighter than years back so I ended up replacing all the canned lights and it looks so much less depressing now in the winter when I’m cooking or we are eating dinner.
- Get that stainless steel sparkling clean. My sister-in-law let me in on a great cleaning product to get your fridge and other stainless appliances completely streak-free. It’s called Bar Keeper’s Friend. You can find it at Walmart, many hardware and grocery stores and, as she showed me, it really does work!
There, those ideas and clearing out drawers and closets should keep us busy to get through the next few weeks. Hang in there! The days are gradually getting longer and Daylight Savings is in nine weeks, not that I’m counting or anything. 😉