Hanging a Picture Using a Pop Tab

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I bet that got your attention, right? However, I actually did do just that....I hung a picture using a pop tab and it was actually perfect for what I needed it for.

Let me step back for just a moment and start from the beginning of this crazy home decor tale. As you know, I have been trying to complete my huge to do list before my little man comes and one thing particularly on that list was to add more wall decor to our home.  I am so picky when it comes to accessorizing our home, I sometimes over think the process and don't end up with anything on my walls at all.  I don't want to drill any unnecessary holes in our walls for something I don't absolutely love.


I happen to have these two beautiful pictures from Homegoods just sitting in our basement that I never hung on the wall. The color scheme matched the Kitchen and Great Room perfectly, however, I just couldn't find the perfect space to hang them. I decided one Sunday after noon to hang them in narrow space between our kitchen and great room curtains. The pictures contained colors that matched both sets of curtains perfectly and would really tie the two rooms together. The only problem was that they seemed a little too big for the space, however, I was determined to make it work. I wish I would have taken photos of this whole process to give you an idea of how this small project of hanging two simple pictures turned into a HUGE project. You may have to use your imagination to fill in the blanks.

After careful consideration, I asked Jeff if he could hang the two photos for me.  I had measured out the area that I wanted the two pictures hung and thought FOR SURE they would work out perfectly. One on top of the other, between the two sets of drapes.  However, once Jeff had drilled the holes into the walls, I wasn't so sure.  The top hole was higher than the curtain rods in order to get both pictures to fit.  My worst fears were confirmed as he hung up the two pictures.  They pretty much looked ridiculous and out of proportion with the drapes.  They were just way to high.  This is where my stubborn side sometimes interferes with my home decor obsession.  I just get a little too determined for something to work and I lose perspective on reality.  It may look cute in my head, but not always when it ends up on the wall.  Thank God for dry wall spackle because the pictures were only hanging for about and hour before I was already heading to the basement to find out tub of dry wall spackle.  Jeff was so not happy with me at this point.

We decided that since we really liked the pictures anyway, maybe just one would look good between the two sets of drapes.  So Jeff just spackled the top hole and then drilled yet another hole into the wall to center the single picture.  If you are scoring at home, that is now three holes drilled into the wall.  Fortunately, the single picture now hid two of the open holes and the spackled hole noticeably above the single picture was going to be painted over the next day.  At that point, I was happy we had the builder grade flat paint which is easy to paint over my "whoops's" that seem to occur from time to time. 


My stubborn side got the best of me again and I just did not like the single picture AT ALL.  I really wanted the look of a double picture hanging on top of one another.  After staring at the single picture all night, I decided I was not happy with just one.   It looked way to sparse for the space in my opinion.  Now I was really in trouble knowing that we had already drilled three holes in the wall and I wasn't happy with any of it. 







 

I then vaguely recalled a picture I found on Pinterest about hanging a picture with a pop tab.  I also found two square photo frames from Kohl's that were slightly small than the two original pictures.  Could I possibly manipulate the two Kohl's frames to work in this space using the pre-existing holes we already had drilled into the walls?  I got the two frames out and started hanging them on the wall hoping that the two pre-existing holes would work and wouldn't have to do anything drastic. Unfortunately that was not the case.... The top hole worked out well, the other, not so much. 

So I did the next logical thing, cracked open a can of pop and went to work trying to pull the pop tab off the top without bending it too much.  I held up the second frame to the wall and tried to eye where I thought the frame should go in proportion to the top frame that was already on the wall.  For the second frame to work, I needed the pop tab to be screwed somewhere in the middle of the picture frame.  I got out Jeff's tool box and found a very short screw and a screw driver.  I went to work twisting a screw into the small hole of the pop tab and then forcefully screwed the pop tab then into the cardboard backing using the same screw.  I did not use a drill during this process, it was easy enough to screw everything together with just a screw driver.  I made sure to twist the screw deep enough into the cardboard so it would securely hold the pop tab to the cardboard backing.  If you don't, your picture may eventually fall off the wall!




 


As you can see from my little "oops" in the picture above , it took me two attempts to get the picture to line up just right on the wall below the second picture.  Once I had the pop tab positioned to where I wanted the picture to hang, I bent the pop tab slightly back so it would catch on the screw already in the wall.  I placed the pop tab on the screw and held my breath, waiting for the picture to come crashing down to the floor. 







To my surprise, it worked!!!  And it's still hanging there today.  Jeff came home from work and saw what I had done.  He agreed that out of everything we tried for this space, this looked the best.  Then he about passed out when I told him the second picture was hanging from our wall with the help of a pop tab.  Ha!  Whatever it takes to drill less holes in our walls.  Now I only need to find two colorful pieces of scrapbook paper in the colors on the room.  I am getting a little tired of this woman staring at us as we watch TV. 

Today I am linking up with :

Hooking Up With Hooked on Houses
Transformation Thursday at Shabby Chic Cottage
Amanda over at Serenity Now for her Weekend Reading
Cheryl over at Tidy Mom for I'm Lovin' It
Rachel at Finger Prints on the Fridge for Feature Your Self Friday
Marni at Sassy Sites for Free For All Friday
Kojo Designs for Friday Fun Finds
Stories from A to Z for Tips and Tutes Tuesday
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
Metamorphisis Monday with Between Naps on the Porch
Tuesdays Treasures with My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
One Project at a Time with A Bowl Full of Lemons
Tatertots and Jello - Weekend Wrap Up Party
I Heart Naptime - Sundae Scoop
Feature Friday Linky Party - Blissful and Domestic
Simply Link Party - Simply Designing




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New Bloggy Makeover

Thursday, February 23, 2012




As I mentioned in a recent post, I was anxious to give the blog a new design before the baby came and before Picnik shut down for good.  So in honor of my latest obsession with Chevron prints, I decided to give the blog a new makeover!!  If you read my blog in a reader, please hop and over and take a peek!  And, if you happen to notice something going a little wonky with the new design, please let me know. 

I had a lot of fun designing the blog header this time!  What a long way I have come from the first time I designed my blog header over a year ago.  If you can believe it, this header was a combination of Picnik, iPiccy and Pixlr.  All three of these websites had unique features that I felt contributed to the unique style of the new header.  I feel like I have learned so much in the year that I created my last blog design.  I hope you loving the new fresh and clean look like I am!







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DIY Custom Birth Announcement

Tuesday, February 21, 2012




I came across custom birth announcements one day on Etsy and I immediately wanted one for Jillian and our Baby Boy.  I love how you can custom tailor the colors of the birth announcement to the colors of your nursery.   It's the perfect wall art for any nursery - boy or girl!!



Coincidentally, I also noticed recently on my friend Jenna's blog that she had something similar hanging in her daughter Brynn's nursery.  Since I was hoping to purchase one for Jillian and Baby Boy's room, I asked her one day where she had ordered it from.  I was expecting her to tell me she ordered it off of Etsy, however, you can imagine how shocked I was when she told me she made it herself and with Power Point!!


One goal I have set out to accomplish this year for myself is to learn how to make printables. Whether it is with an application like Photoshop, Microsoft Pubshliser or some other tool, I really want to learn how to make fun printables and graphics.  I have a bit of a printable obsession these days and would love to learn how to make a few for myself.  I was so thankful when Jenna emailed me her slide and explained how she went about creating it.  It was the perfect start I needed to learn how to play around with a pre-made printable.  The only thing I had to do on my end was to learn how to download the custom font she used, re-create the slide with my baby's birth announcement and change the color scheme to match the nursery.

One afternoon I put Jillian down for a nap and decided to tackle my project.  The first step was to download the ARSIS font that Jenna had used in creating her birth announcement.  Downloading a custom font was a little tougher than I initially thought but I was up for the challenge! I really wanted to learn how to do this.  God bless Google is all I have to say.  What did we even do before Google?  It took me a whole nap time to figure it out but I finally did it!!!  I hope to go into more detail in a separate post on how to download a fun free font.  I imagine there are others out there like me who would love to learn how to do this.  Now that I know how to do it, I have downloaded several other fonts onto my computer and now have a new obsession for fun free fonts!!  I am certainly not your average Times New Roman gal anymore!


Once I figured out how to add the newly downloaded font to my Power Point application, the rest was pretty easy.  I changed the colors of the PowerPoint slide to match the green and pink shades in Jillian's room and updated the birth announcement to reflect Jillian's information.

I printed off Jillian's new birth announcement using our regular HP home printer and paper.  Card stock is probably a better option for this project and for most printables, however, I didn't have any around and couldn't wait to see how it looked in print!



I think it turned out super cute!!!  I bought a frame at Michael's, centered the printable in the frame, and propped it up on the shelf in Jillian's room.  Easy peasy!!  I am so pleased with how it turned out and can't wait to create one for our Baby Boy!!!!
Today I am linking up with :

Hooking Up With Hooked on Houses
Transformation Thursday at Shabby Chic Cottage
Amanda over at Serenity Now for her Weekend Reading
Cheryl over at Tidy Mom for I'm Lovin' It
Rachel at Finger Prints on the Fridge for Feature Your Self Friday
Marni at Sassy Sites for Free For All Friday
Kojo Designs for Friday Fun Finds
Stories from A to Z for Tips and Tutes Tuesday
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
Metamorphisis Monday with Between Naps on the Porch
Tuesdays Treasures with My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
One Project at a Time with A Bowl Full of Lemons
Tatertots and Jello - Weekend Wrap Up Party
I Heart Naptime - Sundae Scoop
Feature Friday Linky Party - Blissful and Domestic
Simply Link Party - Simply Designing
Best DIY Project of February - Beneath My Heart



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35 Weeks - Baby #2

Monday, February 13, 2012


Wow, 35 Weeks already!!!  I can not believe I am in the final stretch of my pregnancy.  All of a sudden I have been feeling VERY pregnant and huge.  Just ready to meet my little man already!  The third trimester fatigue has set in and it has been taking me twice as much energy to pretty much complete the simplest of things these days.  Taking care of Jillian has gotten to be a bit more difficult lately as the terrible two's are definitely upon us.  She is really into that everything is "mine" stage, should be fun when she has a baby brother around to share her baby items with!  We have been reverting back to that watching a lot of TV stage like we did when I was feeling very sick in the first trimester.  I feel horribly guilty about putting her in front of the TV so much but sometimes it is just necessary when I need to sit down for a few minutes and reset.  Jeff has been great pitching in here and there when he can which really makes a huge difference. 

Work has been a bit on the crazy side lately too.  As I mentioned in my last post, my manager and co-workers now know that I do not planning on returning to work so it's just been nuts trying to get everything done.  You know that week before vacation when you are crazy busy trying to cram to get everything done all for the reward of taking the following week off of work?  That is exactly how it has been for me, yet it's turning into a crazy month of trying to pound out task after task before I am on a permanent vacation!!!!

All of the craziness and hard work will all be worth it in the end when I get to stay home with my two little ones and do not have to deal with the hassles of work again!

How far along? 35weeks - 5 more to go!

Total weight gain/loss: Um, do we have to disclose this one?  I am actually right where I was with Jillian although 5 pounds heavier.  I am at 162 which is 40 pounds over where I was when I got pregnant.  On the bright side, I lost everything with Jillian and hope to do the same with this one!!!  I have learned alot about myself as far as weight gain and my pregnancies go.  I am certainly one of those girls that gains everything up front and only a few pounds at the end. 

Maternity clothes: Yes, and some of them are even starting to get a little tight.  I have started a pile of maternity clothes to pack up and put away that no longer fit me.  I am in that stage where I am getting pretty tired of wearing the same thing all the time and my wardrobe is growing even more limited now that I am fitting into less and less clothes.  I am sure my co-workers are tired of seeing me in the same outfit all of the time.  I almost broke down and bought a few tops at Target the other day but just couldn't justify spending more money on maternity clothes.

Stretch Marks: None at the moment and I never developed any with Jillian. Thank you Mom for these great genes!!

Sleep: Sleep is going well for the most part, however, I am getting up to pee a lot still.  It's the never ending cycle of drinking a lot of water during the day because I am constantly thirsty and then paying for it at night.  My back is surprisingly not as bad as it was which is wonderful.  It's my little man that is keeping me up at night with those ripples and jabs since that is his most active time.  Jillian has been getting up at 6:30am this past week as opposed to her usual 7:30-8:00 which is really what has making sleep challenging.  Other than that, I have been getting decent pregnancy related sleep.  I just need to get my butt in bed earlier!

Best moment this week: We finally painted the nursery this weekend and ordered his furniture.  It feels good to be making some headway and crossing things off our list!

Movement: I now feel movement on both sides of my belly which is a sign that he is getting bigger and really stretching out.  I am sure he is running out of room in there.

Food cravings: I love rice mixed with vegetables right now.  Anything that is related to fried rice, stir fry or just veggies and green onion mixed with steamed rice is such a treat right now!  My skillet is really getting a work out as of late.

Gender: BOY!!! Our little guy is still nameless. We are still stuck between Jeffrey or Nicholas.  If I had to guess, he will be named Nicholas but I am still waiting from the final word from Jeff.  I have such a cute little brother/big sister shirt set picked out right now and would love a name so I can order it!

Labor Signs: I have really been experiencing more noticeable Braxton Hicks lately.  My belly tightens up to a point where it is a little painful.  These are certainly not full blow contractions but it's scary to think I am getting close to experiencing them again!!!!

Belly Button in or out: Out.

What I miss: At this point, I am used to going without wine or beer but am really starting to count down the days where I can have a glass of wine with dinner again.  What I am honestly missing is my energy but I am sure that will be something that I will not have back for awhile, even after my little man comes. 

What I am looking forward to:  Meeting my little man, wrapping up work once and for all, having my energy back, and wearing normal clothes!

Milestones: Almost to full term - only 2 weeks away!

One thing I wanted to mention is that my doctor says there is a slight chance that my body "may" still think this is a twin pregnancy and may want to come a little early.  Because of this, he is going to monitor me a little more closely.  I have an appointment this week and I am really excited to see how it goes. 

Jillian wanted to get in on the picture taking this time and kept patting her baby brother.  I am so curious to see how she is going to react to having him here.  She absolutely adores babies but wonder if it will be a different story when that baby actually lives with her.  Regardless, I know she will be an awesome little sister and can't wait to see her with him!



Have a great week!






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Tidbits & Trends Thursday

Thursday, February 09, 2012



Hi all, is it really Thursday already?  I can't believe the week is about over and we are on to another weekend.  These weeks are just really flying by for me and before you know it, I will be a Mommy of two!!!  I have a lot on my mind today so you will have to bare with me if my thoughts come across like I am rambling a bit.




  • The biggest news in my life that I have been dying to share with you all is that I quit my job!!!  Yes, you read that correctly.  I told my manager a few weeks ago that I made the decision not to return to work after maternity leave.  I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am about this.  I honestly never thought I would ever be a stay at home mom after working for 15 years as an Accountant.  It was never a dream of mine initially once I became a Mom, it was just one of those things that hit me one day that just seemed to make so much sense for our entire family.  This decision just feels so natural and right, that I can't imagine my life going in any other direction. I am so looking forward to this next chapter in my life!!
  • I finally made a decision on little man's bedding.  I found this amazing website called Babybedding.com.  You can actually custom make your own bedding!  They have so many fabric choices, that you just can't go wrong.  And the most exciting part?  They have grey chevron!!!!  I literally looked EVERYWHERE to find grey chevron bedding with robin's egg blue accents and couldn't find it anywhere.  What better solution than to find a website that would custom make it for me.  The picture above I created myself in just 10 minutes using their design tool.  It was that easy.  Please ignore the grey blanket hanging over the bed railing, I didn't design that portion of the bedding since I am only interested in the crib skirt and bumper.  Now I just need to place my order and say a little prayer that it arrives before our little man does!

  • I have read that Google is discontinuing the Google Friend Connect widget as of March 1, 2012 for Wordpress Blogs and apparently Blogger users may be next.  As we have heard with the discontinuation of Picnik, Google is also recommending using Google+ instead Google Friend Connect.  Apparently Google is really trying to build their Google+ users!!!  What I have been seeing popping up around the Blogosphere with both Blogger and Non-Blogger blogs is the new follower tool by Linky Tools. 

  • I just signed up for it so I can't really say what I think of it, however, it looks pretty cool and I love trying out new blog widgets.  I added the widget to my sidebar if you want to check it out.

  • I have the itch again to change my blog design.  It's been about a year since I have had my current design, and with the closure of Picnik quickly upon us, I have really given a lot of thought of changing things up around here before the little man arrives.  Something new on my to do list, just what I needed :)  Anyway, I would love to hear from you and what you like or dislike about my current design.  Your input means a lot and would love to also know what you like about certain blog designs and what you do not particularly care for. 




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How to Make a Diaper Cake

Monday, February 06, 2012


Hello all, I hope you had a nice weekend!!! It was a busy one here for one for us, yet we are no where closer to getting the baby's room done.  I am figuring we have around 5 weekends left or less to really make some progress on Baby boy's nursery. Nothing to stress you or anything!! Ugh!!!

We were actually pretty busy this weekend actually celebrating another baby coming into the family soon. My cousin Amy is due with a Baby Boy a day before me! How is that for excitement? We traveled down to West Virgina on Saturday to shower the little guy with presents and to visit with Amy for probably the last time before she becomes a new Mom!!!

One of the gifts we gave Amy was a diaper cake. I just love diaper cakes, they are always such practical gifts and are completely adorable!! They can really add to the decor or theme of the shower and also help the new mom add to her diaper collection.  Every ingredient that goes into your diaper cake will always be very useful to the expectant mother.  You can never have too many diapers, right?

My Mom, sister, and I all got together a few weeks ago to make the diaper cake and I think it turned out super cute. This was second diaper cake that I have been involved in making, the third in our family, and it seems to be getting easier each time. It's an easy gift to make and one that the expectant mom will remember for years to come.

{What You Need}

1 Large Box of Diaper 144 count Size One Diapers
Glue gun
Small White Rubber Bands
Decorative Ribbon
White Curling Ribbon
Cake Decorations - Small Baby Accessories
1 Plastic 8 oz baby bottle
Gerber Daisies or other large flowers
Cake Platter - You can use cardboard or metal. 

{How You Make It}

The first thing you will do when creating your diaper cake is to start rolling the diapers.  Start at the front bottom of the diaper and tightly roll each one to the top.  Tightly fasten each diaper with a white rubber band.  Set all of your rolled diapers to the side. 

Bottom Tier - Place your baby bottle in the center of your cake platter.  This is going to be your main foundation or center of your diaper cake.  Around the cake bottle you will want to line up one layer of diapers forming a ring around the bottle.  Make sure your diapers are all going in the same direction with the open section of the diaper in the back.  This should be around 5-6 diapers.  Around that ring, start adding additional rings around the center ring to create your bottom tier.  Depending on the size of your cake platter will dictate how many rings of diapers you will use as your bottom tier.  For the diaper cake above, we used around 136 diapers to construct the entire diaper cake, including 4 layers of diapers for the bottom tier.  Secure your bottom tier with curling ribbon, wrapping the ribbon around the center of your tier which will hold all of the diapers in place.  If you have a large enough rubber band, that can also be used to secure the bottom tier.  Tie your curling ribbon tightly around the bottom tier.  It's OK when you tie your curling ribbon if the bow is not pretty, we will be adding the decorative ribbon around this ribbon which will hide it anyway.  Cut a piece of decorative ribbon to fully fit around the center of the bottom tier of diapers.  Assemble the ribbon around the curling ribbon and secure each end with a dab of glue from your glue gun.  You may want to tack the decorative ribbon to the curling ribbon just to secure it into place.  You DO NOT want to get any glue on the diapers, it's important to only put glue on the curling ribbon only.ch

Middle Tier - Part of your bottle may still be exposed depending on the bottle you purchased.  If it is not exposed, use diapers as your center repeating the same steps as your did to create the bottom tier, just using one less ring of diapers to create that cake tiered affect.  In our diaper cake, our second tier consisted of 3 rings of diapers around the top of the bottle.  Secure the middle tier by tieing curling ribbon around the entire tier or secure the diapers in place with a large rubber band.  Assemble the ribbon around the curling ribbon and secure each end with a dab of glue from your glue gun.

Top Tier - Repeat the same steps as you did for your bottom and center tiers by forming rings around a center diaper.  In our cake, we used a diaper as the center and then secured the tier with curling ribbon.  Secure the top tier by tieing curling ribbon around the entire tier or secure the diapers in place with a large rubber band.  We then removed the center diaper and added the bear as the top.  The bear is actually attached to a small blanket, we shoved the blanket down the middle of the top tier and kept his head out which formed the top of the cake.  Assemble the ribbon around the curling ribbon and secure each end with a dab of glue from your glue gun. 

Assemble your three tiers on top of one another, centering each tier.  The tiers should sit pretty securely on top of one another, we did not do anything to secure one tier to the next. 

Decorating Your Cake - Tuck the small baby items like rattlers, pacifiers, combs, bibs, teething rings, baby booties, etc inside the ribbon and arrange them in different places of the each tier. You can use ribbons of different colors and shapes if you need.  The number of baby items you should be using should be to the size of the cake and placed in a creative way. You don't want your cake to look too cluttered, small baby items are best.  We also liked to use Gerber Daisies when decorating our cake, I always had good luck finding large, plastic, Gerber Daisies at Michael's.   Our Gerber Daisies are glued with a generous amount of glue from the glue gun onto the decorative ribbon.  I also purchased the blue and white polka dot ribbon from Michael's from their Easter section.

For memories sake, here are pictures of my diaper cake {left} and my sister's diaper cake {right} from our baby showers.  Both were fun to make!!!  As you can tell, my sister's diaper cake was the first one we made so we decided to keep it simple.  With each diaper cake, we got a little more creative by adding more baby items. 



Today I am linking up with :

Hooking Up With Hooked on Houses
Transformation Thursday at Shabby Chic Cottage
Amanda over at Serenity Now for her Weekend Reading
Cheryl over at Tidy Mom for I'm Lovin' It
Rachel at Finger Prints on the Fridge for Feature Your Self Friday
Marni at Sassy Sites for Free For All Friday
Kojo Designs for Friday Fun Finds
Stories from A to Z for Tips and Tutes Tuesday
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
Metamorphisis Monday with Between Naps on the Porch
Tuesdays Treasures with My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
One Project at a Time with A Bowl Full of Lemons







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All Things Loved in January

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Hello Friends!!! Can you believe that January is over with already?  Is it really February?  Am I really having a baby in a month?  Wow!!!

I hope everyone is having a great week. The weather here has been absolutely beautiful here in Cleveland!!!! Typically we are knee deep in snow right now, however, Jillian and I were outside all afternoon yesterday enjoying the 60 degree weather. This is absolutely unheard of here so we were trying to enjoy every last moment of daylight before we had to go inside for dinner. It was so nice to get out of the house, go for a walk, and catch up with the neighbors.  Speaking of the nice weather in January, here is what I have been lovin' on this past month!

{Mild Winter Weather in Cleveland}


Did I mention it was nice here this Winter?  I feel like I am living in Charlotte, NC, not Cleveland, OH in January!!!  We have really been giving our snow blower and furnace a break this Winter, that is for sure!!!  What a beautiful day we had here yesterday to end the month!!!! 

{Home Goods}

Our Homegoods lately has been absolutely stocked with cute home decor accents and furniture lately.  One thing that was really lacking in our house was accent tables.  I literally had one accent tables in my house up until just recently thanks to Homegoods.  How cute is this Apothecary table I found?



And this foyer table? 


I ended up purchasing both and found two places in my home where they work out perfectly. 

{Make Up Forever - Mat Velvet+}


I mentioned a few years ago on the blog that I really enjoyed Make Up by Tiffany's blog.  If you love make-up and want to learn more on how to properly apply it, then you really need to check out Tiffany's blog.  She produces these amazing videos which takes you step-by-step on how to properly apply make up.  Her make-up techniques makes it look so easy!!  This girl really knows her way around the make-up counter. She is a professional MAC make up artist, and because of this, I really trust her opinion on products she loves.  TiffanyD is constantly raving about how life changing Make-Up Forever Mat Velvet+ liquid foundation so I had to try it for myself.  I was pleasantly surprised that it was that good!  I am not usually a liquid make-up person, however, I was instantly sold on this product.  It's a little pricey, however, totally worth it in my opinion.  I now wear it every day and just love it. 

{Favorite iPhone App of January - Osfoora}


You are probably wondering what the heck Osfoora is.  I thought the same thing when I first heard the name.  It's a Twitter App that has a lot of fun features that the standard Twitter and Hootsuite App's do not have.  The most interesting feature to me was the "Nearby" Screen.  You can actually see on a map who is Tweeting near you by all the little blue bubbles.  See all the little blue bubbles floating around Cleveland?  Those are real time tweets.  How cool is that? 



In addition to this fun iPhone App, I couldn't go on without telling you about my fun new Chevron iPhone screen.  I have been so obsessed with Chevron lately, that I was really loving these new Chevron screen's from Southern Stunble. 


{Favorite Blogs - All In A Day and Love of Family and Home}


I couldn't decide between these two favorites this month so I thought I would share both of them with you.  Amy from All In A Day is actually no stranger to Karen At Home.  She was one of my Life of a Stay At Home Mom guest posters this Summer.  I really have been enjoying Amy's home decor updates and crafts projects lately. 

Love of Family and Home is actually a new blog that I have recently come across this month.  Tonya, the blog owner, has two adorable little boys and some great taste in home decor!!!!  You really have to check out her closet make over, wow!!!  Swoon!! 

I hope you all had an amazing January!!!



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