What I Hunt For At Goodwill + Haul♥

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Happy Almost New Year!

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I trust Everyone had a joyous holiday full of sugar family and cocktails friends!

Even though Christmas just ended literally minuets ago, I decided I needed to hunt for more junk, (hello American consumerism!)

All joking aside, I really had not gone thrifting in a while, (a month is a while). I had a few DIY’s mulling around in my head, and I was getting the itch to act on my impulses!

I sometimes get asked by my friends who are not of the hoarding thrifting breed:

“What do you look for? How do you find cool stuff?”

It does take a a little skill and loads of patience to find things while thrifting. You must bring your creative A game and see potential in ugly things that may need some love. However, you must also be able to distinguish what is not for you and what you must stash in your cart immediately. I say go in with an open mind, creativity, and a lot of hand sanitizer, (yeah, things can get messy/dusty).

The top 3 things I personally hunt for when I thrift are:

1.Old Books 

I have a serious love for old, worn books. I use them in my home to add depth and character to spaces.  The pictures above are from my home decor. I collected all of these books from thrifting and various garage sales. I have a lot of weathered books, but the massive, Leonardo Davinci one is my favorite!

2.Milk Glass (Hobnail) 

These pictures were taken from inside my butter yellow kitchen. I have collected all this milk glass from Goodwill and garage sales! I think my most expensive piece was $5.

I am  partial to the hobnail design, but there are a lot of beautiful, milky stemware and vases to be explored at the local Goodwill. Look at these!

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3.Antique or Weathered Frames

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I just HAD to have this one! Isn’t it beautiful!? Most of the frames inside my home are thrifted, they are mostly weathered wood or faux- antique like this one, it fits perfectly!

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I thought those pink and white floral teacups were just darling, but they were on the “pricey” side at 3.99 each, so I let them go. I was trying to stick to a $25 budget today.

I was dying over that vintage cookbook, look at that detail! I will never find that again, I needed it. For $1.99, it was a huge score!

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Dahlia’s eyes plead,”Mom, can we go now?”

Getting home with all my treasures is so fun, I love un-bagging them and rediscovering my treasures all over again!

I think my favorite find was this vintage inspired, botanical stationary set. It is in pristine condition and so, so pretty!

For $3.99, I would have fought someone for it!

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I’m a sucker for a pretty .99 scarf!

“Quick, Dahlia! Blink twice if mommy needs this scarf!”

We needed it. No arguments.

I would have taken a better photo of the cream, woven throw rug, but it is not very photogenic and looks pretty “blah” on camera. However, it has a nice home in my laundry room now and for $2.99 I was not about to pass it up! It was in great condition except for a small brown patch which I spot treated and now it’s good as new!

Get ready to see a fun, spring, DIY project I am doing with my Sunflower Basket Tin! I am working on it, and will post the project soon!

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Are you inspired to hit up your local thrift store now?

Happy Treasure Hunting!

♥Shelby

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♥Quick, Simple & Easy Beauty Tips For New Moms

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Hello and welcome!

I was inspired to write this post today, because a few wonderful ladies in my life have approached me recently asking me how I find the time to look pulled together and fresh with a one-and-a-half year old daughter.

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*Insert loop track of me laughing for 8 years here*

No, I did NOT, and do not wake up looking great each morning. However, I do have a strict beauty routine I follow every night to ensure that I feel taken care of and thus, can wake up in the morning feeling fresh and confident. If you are new to this page, I should also let you know that I am a licensed Esthetician, so beauty, makeup and skin are kind of my utter obsession jam.

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I know that all of us new moms, and women in general, are on totally different wave lengths and skill sets when it comes to beauty and makeup. With that being said, for this post, I will be focusing on very simple beauty steps you can do to ensure a great complexion and confidence boost!

All of these beauty tips and tricks are ways I personally like to perk myself up on a day to day basis, I hope it inspires you to be your best self, however that looks to you!

1. Eye Cream For Late Nights

When my daughter was born I was able to get her on a sleep schedule fairly quickly. With that being said, there were still hundreds of bloody awful a few challenging nights where I would be up every two hours to nurse and sooth her back to sleep. I decided to keep a tube of eye cream next to her crib, as well as my bedside to remind me to layer on a little eye cream every time I had to get up and nurse or sooth her. I swear by this trick, because even though I felt like death  exhausted the next morning, I looked rested.

My favorite eye creams are:

(Luxury) Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex  

(Budget Friendly) Burts Bees Radiance Eye Cream 

Both eye creams are excellent for battling fine lines around the delicate eye area. Dermalogica uses incredible ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid that helps the skin retain water, apricot seed oil, cucumber, and oat to hydrate and sooth, as well as rice grain extract to brighten the eye area.

Burt’s Bees eye cream also includes awesome, high preforming ingredients such as royal jelly, which is packed full of nutrients for the skin to help it appear youthful, sunflower and olive oils to smooth and pamper the skin, lemon peel extract to brighten the eye area, and aloe to hydrate.

If you are on a strict budget, a little dab of coconut oil will also help the delicate eye area look rested and hydrated.

2. Face Masks For Short Household Tasks

I love, love, love face masks.

If you want your skin to do a 180, or have your makeup go on smoother and more evenly, a face mask is where it is at!

As a new-ish mom, I like to put on a face mask when I am doing short tasks around the house such as dishes (yay, steam!), vacuuming or folding a batch of laundry.  Since these tasks take me about 20 min to finish, it is a perfect opportunity to pull double duty. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of face mask recipes on Pinterest, in books, and DIY blogs all over the place. I am after results, so no matter what type of mask you choose, just go after what is natural, and for all skin types. (When in doubt, try to look for something organic!)

My favorite “ready to use” Masks are:

(Super Budget Friendly) Petal Fresh Aloe and Pomegranate Clay Facial Masque

(Average Price) Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque

The Petal Fresh Clay masque is excellent for drawing out impurities and makes the skin so, so soft after use. The mask includes nourishing white clay, pomegranate extract to help your skin fight free radicals and environmental stresses, and Glycolic Acid to help gently exfoliate the skin.

The Dermalogica Masque is a very thick, rich mask that boosts collagen with its complex Peptide ingredients. It also includes ingredients like licorice to brighten the skin, and oat to nourish.

*If you have a few odds and ends to throw together in the kitchen, you can create some awesome masks that are very effective.*

In a small bowl, mix one tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt, with one teaspoon of honey, and a half a teaspoon of lemon juice or orange juice.

Wet face with warm water, and pat with a towel until just slightly damp. With hands or a clean masque brush, spread mixture all over the face and neck.

Leave on for 15 minuets! Then rince with warm water and follow up with a rich moisturizer like ALBA Botanica Even Night Cream .

Effects: The lactic acid in the yogurt will eat away dead skin and brighten the new skin, the honey will hydrate and eliminate bacteria, and the citrus juice will brighten and cleanse.

3. Hand Cream 

Just like the eye cream, I like to use hand cream before bed and really pile it on.

I adore the Trader Joe’s Ultra Hydrating Hand Cream. Shea butter, hemp oil, and coconut oil are heavy hitters of hydration making hands feel smooth and beautiful.

My Trader Joe’s sells it for 4.99 for 3oz.

As nice as it is to use before bed, I also like to use this under my rubber gloves when gardening, doing dishes, cleaning the bath tub, etc. Again, double duty!

Another hand cream that works wonderfully, with ingredients like avocado and macadamia oils, is Lollia Hand Cream.

This product is pricier than the good ‘ol Trader Joe’s, but it is wonderful.

If your hands are in particularly rough shape, lather on hand cream and put on a pair of cotton gloves and leave on while you sleep. You will wake up amazed!

4. Quick Dry Nail Polish

If you have .0 time to sit down and go and get/give yourself a true manicure, but still want your fingers to look beautiful, I recommend Sally Hanssen Quick Dry Nail Polish.

I love the color selection they offer, and during the unpredictable amount time I have when the baby is down for a nap, I know I will have at least 2 minuets.

I also recommend using a good preforming Top Coat to give your polish extra glossy-ness and chip protection. OPI Top Coat is one of my favorites!

5. Fill in Your Eyebrows 

If full face makeup is simply not happening today, take a minute to groom and lightly fill in your eyebrows. Eyebrows help frame your face and add definition!

I really like Wet & Wild Brow Pencil in Taupe Of The Morning. They have a good number of shades, I prefer a Taupe shade since I am very blonde.

6. BB Cream 

Just like filling in your brows, if you have just a little time you can also even out your skin tone and pop on a little BB Cream. I love this Super BB by Physicians Formula.

A BB Cream includes medium coverage foundation and a light moisturizer with an SPF. This BB cream is also hypoallergenic, so it will not irritate your skin.

If you have 5 minuets, (which, you should make time for yourself to at least have 5 minuets), Start by prepping the skin with a moisturizer with SPF, I like Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Cream.

Follow with the BB Cream, use fingers to blend or favorite brush or beauty blender.

Follow with a loose or pressed powder to set foundation, I like Rimmel Stay Matte 

Pop on a little blush for your pretty cheeks Milani Dolce Pink Baked Blush

Fill in brows

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Swipe on mascara Covergirl Lash Blast Very Black

…and end with a swipe of oh-so-flattering peachy pink  e.l.f lip gloss!

Simple, very quick and beautiful!

7. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD Remember To Drink Water 

I know, I know, I know.

This is not unknown news and It’s like a broken record.

Honestly, I have to remind myself of this daily.

It is too often that 5:00pm rolls around and I realize I have had only coffee all day. 

I remind myself to drink water by putting alarms on my phone because I am an adult. Yep. It’s that bad.

Jazz up your boring as hell water by adding a sprig of mint and a lemon slice, or a slice of orange. It helps cut the monotony, trust me.

I hope I have given you a new nugget of beauty wisdom!

Remember, you are awesome, you are beautiful, and you’re doing the best you can as a new mom.

Take time for you, there is no shame in taking care of yourself so you can take better care of others!

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♥Shelby

6 Ways To Make Your Home Warm, Inviting and Comfortable ♥

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Hello, everyone!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday! I am sorry I have not been posting very often, but I have an exuse some AWESOME news! I AM IN THE PROCESS OF BUYING MY FIRST HOUSE!!!

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Yes! My husband and I finally had one of our offers accepted! We have filled out a mountain of paperwork and we are just waiting on the inspection. We are thrilled! I am praying everything goes well! In the process of all of this, our lease is up where we currently live and we are crashing with my parents for the next month or so.  It’s hard to create fun decor when all my craft supplies are away in boxes ready to be hauled away to storage.

While I was packing, I was feeling a little depressed. Even though I am very excited about this new chapter, living around the storage boxes is not very homey. You know? Packing away the personal home accents is hard!

However, I got to thinking about the things in a house that make it feel  like a home, they are a very important part of building a comfortable space to reside.

Here is a list of items (and some chores), that create a warm and inviting atmosphere in a home:

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1. Accent Pillows

Of all the decor pillows are my favorite! Pillows are so essential in decorating! It is like jewelry for your house. There are so many styles, it would be hard to search for an accent pillow and not find at least one you were not a fan of.  From kooky to elegant there is a pillow for everyone! The plush softness is relaxing and will make your space look a hundred times more relaxing. Plus, each pillow adds character which makes your house look more like you.

Pillows are everywhere, so you don’t have to look far. I make most of my own, but a few of my favorite places to buy them are World Market, JCP, Target, Pottery Barn, and TJMaxx. I am a pillow addict!

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A candle is romantic, relaxing and the soft light creates a beautiful atmosphere.  I have candles going in my house 24/7. A double whammy, candles also show your personality through the scent you choose. I am partial to florals and citrus scents.  I love to buy candles at Bath& Body Works, Yankee Candle Co. and Harry & David Candles, (when I can find them…tricky business! Sometimes TJMaxx will have them). I have nothing against Scentsy or the wax melters, (I have one!) I just don’t think its the same as a romantic candle flickering in dim lighting. If you have small kids, Scentsy is a great option for home fragrance, but maybe have a candle in the bedroom?  It’s a wonderful tiny luxury!

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As a florist, I am a little biased, but it does not make it any less true! Fresh flowers are an incredible mood booster. They make any space look fresh and inviting. You don’t have to have a fancy florist make you an arrangement, (don’t tell my boss I said that)! You don’t even need a fancy vase. Any container can be used to hold a few pretty stems. Mason jars, old wine bottles, recycled spaghetti jars etc. are all perfectly acceptable! Trader Joes, in my opinion, has the best cut flowers. The prices are excellent! Pick a long-lasting flower like Alstromeria or Carnations. If you pick up roses, make sure you pick ones that are barely opened or “bloomed.” They will last longer. Make sure to also strip the leaves and give them a fresh-cut before you place them in clean, room-temp water.

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4. A Cute Apron

Sure it’s easy to go about the house in your 10-year-old sweatshirt and sweatpants, but wouldn’t it be more fun to sport a cute apron? I think so! I am a sucker for aprons. Before I was a florist I didn’t think of them as anything super exciting, but now that I wear one at work I have to admit I love them! I have a small growing collection of aprons for work and a separate collection for home. I clean, cook and go about my business in a super cute apron that makes me feel put together, but still comfy.  I also don’t feel as embarrassed and grungy if someone comes to the door unexpectedly. I wear a simple cotton dress or yoga pants with my cute apron, but you can wear whatever you want under it obviously, it’s all good! Buy at any home store, I like finding vintage ones on Ebay!

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What would you rather sleep in: A beautifully made hotel bed or a sloppy mess of a bed with the sheets half off? The answer is obvious. Make your bed! The bedroom is your sanctuary. The bedroom should be a personal, gorgeous place of rest and relaxation.  When the bed is made it makes the whole space look more organized and tidy. It is really hard to relax when the bed is a mess.  Also make sure you clean all your bed linens AT LEAST once a week. You spend 6-9 hours in your bed each night so it needs to be clean! Making the bed is a free practice that will really pay off.

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A pretty wreath or door ornament to greet your guests is a wonderful way to make your house look inviting. If you don’t like wreaths, try a potted plant! I have a spring wreath tutorial that you can check out here if you would like to make your own! If not, I always find beautiful wreaths at Joann Fabrics.

My two cents! Im sure I could go on forever, but those six are the most important! I hope you enjoyed my advice on making a house a home. Is there a particular item you love to help make your house inviting and warm? Until next time!

♥Shelby

Photo Credits: Pottery Barn Stock Photo, B&BW Stock Photo, BHG Photo, EtsySeller Photo CreativeChicks on Etsy,  & Foodista Stock Photo.

Simple Hand Embroidered and Stenciled Tea Towels♥

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Have you been going crazy trying to decide what to give holiday party hosts this year!?

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Well, there is that I guess! Maybe we can try something a little more unexpected?
This time of year is so wonderful, but it’s hard to not feel the pressures of finding the perfect gift for each and every person in your life. I really miss the popularity of the hostess gift, it seems that it is not an expected courtesy in today’s society, which I don’t approve of. It is always a wonderful idea to bring something thoughtful to the party host to ensure that they are rewarded for their hard work and preparations. With that being said, I am going to show you how to make a simple embroidered and stenciled tea towel so you can bring a little something to show your appreciation.

Alright, let’s get started!

This is a very basic project. All it takes is knowing how to do a basic stitch and some stenciling abilities. Start by picking out your pre-made tea towels. I chose these, because they were good quality and 100% cotton. You can buy flour sack towels at Walmart and Target.  The price point should be $3-$5 for 4-5 towel pack.
IMAG1258-1Grab a bowl that will fill up one of the corners of the towel nicely. Mine was a small to medium size, but choose whatever you would like! Lightly trace the shape of the bowl onto the towel using a pencil or pen.
IMAG1259-1Once that is complete, pick out what color of thread you think the host will like. If you remember their kitchen colors, that is a great way to choose!  If this is your first time meeting the person, or attending their home, you can never go wrong with black and white! Sew a basic stitch all around the circle you traced, try to make all the stitches uniform.
IMAG1260Next, find a stencil that you would like to put on the towel. I chose a monogram, because I love monogrammed things! I find them very elegant and personal.
IMAG1261-1I chose the Martha Stewart calligraphy letter stencil and her multi purpose paint in the “Sea Glass” color. Tape the stencil on the towel so it is secure in the placement you want and “pounce” with your brush to create the stencil.
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IMAG1263The possibilities are endless with these, they can be as simple or as ornate and detailed as you like! Wonderful hostess gift! Give them as they are, or pair them with a jar of homemade jam or a beautiful bottle of organic vanilla.

Happy Hosting!

♥Shelby

DIY Up Cycled Tin Can Flower Starter Pot♥

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What is more lovely than fresh flowers?
They can instantly lift me out of a bad mood and add a happy touch to any home.

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I was at Trader Joe’s today and found these beauties for only $1.99! I was so excited I bought two!  I found a  spot that miraculously gets some Washington sun in my dining room that I thought would work.
I had some cans I had saved in the art room of my apartment, I decided that since the roses were just starting out, the size of the can would be perfect.

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I love the World Market Lemon Rolled Wafers. They are my crack delicious beyond any wonderful, lemony, creamy description I could conjure up.
If you haven’t tried them you have not lived can go here to get them online or find a store near you!
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Now lets get to the project!
You will need:
a) one medium sized can
b) brown paper
c) scissors
d) hot glue
e) regular school glue
f) rope (jute or sea grass)
g) strip of burlap (three inches thick) (that’s what she said)
h) flowers
i)soil

*Optional* If you want you can poke a few holes in the bottom of the can with a hammer and nail so the plant can drain.

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Start by cutting the brown paper to size. It needs to go all the way around the can once. I did this because I do not want the yellow to peek through the layers of the rope. I thought of spray painting it, but this was faster and you’re not going to see the spray paint anyway.

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Once you have the right size go ahead and glue it on, you can use the hot glue if you want, but I used the school glue for this step.

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Then take your rope and place the end of the rope at the bottom of the can just at the silver rim. Glue on with hot glue.

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Continue to go around and around the can gluing once every couple of times around, or as many times as you see fit. Make sure you are making the rope tight against the other row under it so you don’t see the paper underneath. Once you are a bit less than half way, take your burlap strip and make sure it goes all the way around the middle of the can and then hot glue it on the can.

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Go to the burlap edge, and proceed gluing the rope upwards towards the top rim of the can. Once you have covered about a half an inch of the burlap with the rope on the bottom portion, cut the rope from the spool and glue the remaining rope onto the can. Then start at the top of the burlap strip and work your way to the top rim of the can.
It should look like this once you’re done:

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Now, get your wee little plant and gingerly take it out of the plastic container it came in. Carefully scrunch the bottom a bit so the roots can break free of the mold, and put a scoop of soil in the bottom of your new starter pot. Place plant inside the pot. If you want, you can also put a pinch of sugar in the soil before the plant goes in, this will give the plant some food and make it perky. Put another scoop of soil in the pot, ( just enough so that the plant stem is poking out).
…and there you go! You didn’t put a can in a landfill and now you have a cute new flower starter pot!
What will you plant?
♥Shelby

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