3D Fiber Lash Mascara- Order here, order now!!

 

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Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara!! OMGGG this is amazing. I only applied two coats, and my lashes are so incredibly  long and full! 

They almost don’t look real. I can’t explain it, you must try it! This seriously is the HOTTEST product on the market right now! And did I mention what a STEAL it is? $29! This is a terrific price!!



I found this  3D Fiber Lash Mascara that extends your lashes organically without GLUE! That’s right, NO FUSS! You get the effects of wearing false lashes, without having to deal with the mess of using glue and poorly fitting lashes. Plus, this isn’t just a one-time
use product! It lasts as long as most mascaras. I’m very excite to have this new addition to my makeup bag! I have the wimpiest lashes, EVER! They’re short and stick straight out. No natural curl at all. I fell in love with this mascara the moment I tried it! I’ve never been able to add this kind of length, no matter how many coats of regular mascara I applied.

Most of all, I love that it doesn’t get clumpy.. ya, know the tarantula look?! untitled

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Your lashes literally transform into something you only dreamed of! A 300% increase in thickness and volume to your lashes while still looking completely real and natural. Seriously, this will quickly become your favorite makeup accessory!

How does it work, you ask?

– To prepare your eyelashes for optimal results, first apply one thin coat of your own regular mascara and let it dry. Then apply Moodstruck Transplanting Gel (containing conditioning collagen) to your lashes. It goes on just like mascara. Immediately following and while the gel is still wet, apply the Moodstruck Natural Fibers. Reapply the Transplanting Gel a second time to secure the natural fibers onto your lashes. It’s super easy and convenient.-

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Shoot me an email or text; I will be happy to order it for you or you can order directly online at: www.lashrageous.com

|Lemon/Garlic/Thyme Roasted Chicken|

::Roasted Chicken::

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This is a super easy recipe that I love to make. It’s a hit with the hubby every time! This is a delicious and EASY recipe! What a great idea for when you have guests over- They’ll think you slaved in the kitchen all day! Ha!

Click HERE to see this on Pinterest.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken …….. approx. 8 lbs (gizzards & extras removed)
  • 1 lemon……………………………………………………….cut into quarters
  • handful of garlic cloves………………….peeled and left whole (4-6)
  • butter…………………………………………………………..2-3 tablespoons
  • Paprika………………………………………………………..Just a Pinch  :^}

*salt & pepper to taste*

I rub butter inside and outside of the skin. Season with salt and pepper.

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Then I stuffed it with lemon, garlic and fresh sprigs of thyme.

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Then I sprinkled the outside with paprika and topped it with more sprigs of thyme.

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(I don’t tie the bird closed.)

Next I place the oven-safe pan in the pre-heated (450 degrees) oven for 15 minutes to make it golden brown. Then lower the temp to 400 and cook for another hour or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees.

 

Here, I tried it in a cast-iron skillet. I think I like this method more actually!

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Let me know if you like this recipe too!! Have a helpful suggestion? Feel free to share that too!

Natalie’s Bedroom Makeover #1

Oh the joys of decorating!!!

Today I’m sharing with you the makeover of our daughter’s bedroom… or at least the progression. It’s a work in progress..

When I found out we were pregnant with a girl, I didn’t know where to start. How should I decorate a nursery for a girl? Hmm… thinking. thinking. I knew I didn’t want anything too cutesy.. I was really at a loss for ideas..

Here’s a before shot:

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This spare bedroom was a catch-all, mix-matched, misc. storage area. Now it’s time to make room for a little princess!!

First, we cleared everything out and shampooed the carpets.

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Next, we took a trip to Portland and went to Ikea. I bought a white storage rack to put in her closet, along with two dressers, and a rocking chair! I like Ikea; Great prices and so much to choose from! It felt good to start filling this space. It sat empty for so long.. Once we started to assemble furniture, it really started to sink in. This room is for another person. This is happening! We’re creating a space for this new, exciting addition to our happy little family!! EEK!!

  Here I am, about 5 1/2 months prego, assembling furniture… and loving every minute of it!

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This will be perfect for all those little things I want to keep up off the floor! Target has black storage boxes that fit perfectly in the cubby holes.

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Then we painted her closet… a fuchsia /hot pink. It looks red in the pics but it’s not. It turned out great! Take a look:

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We painted the bedroom walls a light grey. Well that was the intent… they turned out a light blueish-greyish but oh well.

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 For the theme I decided on  black & white furniture with touches of fuchsia for the colors. Here’s the black contemporary furniture from Ikea.

Look! The hubs helped! Here’s the proof. hee hee

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Here are pics of the new Ikea dressers and rocking chair:

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{{Note: I was very disappointed with this rocking chair, by the way. Yes It’s cute, fits great in the space. However once my daughter arrived and I tried to use it, it wasn’t comfortable. I couldn’t nurse her while sitting in it. It also didn’t rock very well.. I really could have used an ottoman to push off of because it doesn’t rock with ease. Needless to say, by the time our daughter turned 6 month old, it was relocated to the living room which is also contemporary. It works.}}

Bedding:

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I had a really hard time finding bedding I liked. I mean I looked EVERYWHERE: Pottery Barn, Walmart, Target, amazon.com, local shops, etsy… I searched on the internet a ton too! I eventually settled on this.. It was girly enough, with baby animals. That’ll have to work right? I was tired of looking so I settled. Again, I really struggled decorating this room. I couldn’t get my mind around the fact that this was a BABY. (I kept trying to decorate it like a guest bedroom. Too adult-like). I blame it on the hormones. When I decorate or craft, ideas usually come to me easily… I just had no idea what I wanted in this space.

Accessories:

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Here’s Natalie’s monster from Marley’s Monsters

Natalie’s nursery:

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It’s all ready for baby!!!

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I hope you like it!

{{ a sNoW dAy LeAdS tO pOT rOaSt}}

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Well. Well. Well. Here we are again with gobs of snow. . .  It.Fell.All.Day.Long.

…and left several inches on the valley floor. Big fluffy flakes. You won’t hear me complaining though. I {{love}} it!!! Snow is so pretty!  (especially when I don’t have to be driving around in it) Instead, I had the day off and spent it tucked down with the Little Munchkin.  (Have I mentioned I {{love}} being at home with my baby?? It’s the BEST!) We checked out the snow, cleaned the house, put a roast in the crockpot for dinner, and did a lot of playing. I find that being a mom let’s me be a kidding all over again!!

I got soooo much done… drinking an entire pot of coffee may have played a role in my productivity…just sayin’.

The snow began to fall…

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…and fall

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and fall some more…

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It just finally stopped. But… the weatherman predicts it’ll be back tomorrow. YAY!!!

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|Pot roast|… it’s what’s for dinner!! MMMMmmmmmm!! We layered the bottom of the crockpot with celery and potatoes as a nice little cushion for the beef. Then we seared the heck out of it, and placed it on top… After jabbing a few plump garlic cloves here and there… we poured a delicious mixture of seasoning, water, and red wine… ((Hungry yet?!))

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Finally we tucked it in with a blanket of red potatoes, carrots, onion, and more celery. Good night little pot roast..

 

The crockpot.

Such a terrific kitchen appliance.  So easy. Truly idiot-proof. You take some raw meat… throw in a bunch of veggies, and seasoned water, and you end up with a delicious meal?! That’s what I’m talking about!

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Alright crockpot, do ur thaaang ;^}

***8 hours later ***

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Our pot roast turned out perfect! The meat was tender with tons of flavor. The veggies were soft and juicy with a dark color from the vino. We served it all with biscuits and a crisp green salad. Now we have leftovers up the wazoo

Mmmmmmmmmm… I can’t wait for a roast beef sandwich for lunch tomorrow!!

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by!

Ashley

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, February 7th, 2014

UPDATE:

Well the sky dumped snow on our lovely city again, today!!

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We got about half a foot of powder when it was all said in done. So beautiful. I went outside and stomped around in it… too bad I couldn’t build a snowman… Snow is far too powdery. I may have to make some yummy soup tomorrow… hhhhmmmm…

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{{Valentine’s Day Love Juice}} …Candy alternative.

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Today I’m here to show you the cute Valentine’s Day gifts I’m handing out at my office. It’s {{Valentine’s Love Juice}}. Click here to see where I got the idea.

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This year, I wanted something other than candy. It’s easy to go buy some heart-shaped chocolate. I’m trying to be healthier and so with that, and Valentine’s Day approaching, I found this idea for a candy alternative!

Ingredients: 

  • bottle of purified water
  • 1 packet of sugar free fruit punch powdered drink mix. (5 cal)

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I ordered some supplies from this amazing company called: Pickyourplum.com (I could go on and on about this great company and website!! I signed up to get daily emails with awesome deals on craft supplies, clothes, jewelry, etc. They have low shipping charges too!)  Check them out! If you’re anything like me, you’ll be glad you did.)

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Any who…  Once this box arrived I started assembling these “love juice” bottles. There were a couple snags along the way… At first, I couldn’t get them to turn out just how I wanted. I tried a couple different tags, changed the writing, colors, etc. I had a couple re-do’s too… Thankfully, our office is small, and I only had to make 7 of these darn things.. All in all, I’m pleased with the outcome. They were a little time-consuming, but the bottles turned out pretty cute. Most importantly, it’s a nice alternative to sugary candy and chocolate.

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You have my heart.

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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XOXO

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{White Bench}

Today I’m sharing my latest DIY project. I went to Bring Recycling looking for.. I’m not sure actually.. I’d never been there before and wanting to just wander around…They had so many things: Doors, windows, any type of hardware, tools, toilets, bathtubs, old high school lockers, entertainment centers… and on and on.. What found me was an adorable little white bench.  It was old, covered in dirt, spider webs, and a little mold. But to me, it was a beautiful new project. A diamond in the rough. I couldn’t wait to get it home and get to work. After a quick inspection (always check used items thoroughly!), I asked someone to help me load it. I can’t believe it was in such great condition! A small corner needed a smidgeon of wood glue, and the bottom needed to be replaced. Otherwise, it was perfect. Gimme gimme!!

$40: SOLD!

Isn’t she a beauty?!

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Look at all that storage!

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The bench sat for a day or so to dry out.

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Just a quick wipe down already made a big difference.

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A little bleach wiped out the naughty mold.

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See the small ouchy? A dab of wood glue did the trick.

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Next I went to the local hardware store where I purchased a cut-to-order board for the bottom, sand paper, and Rust-oleum flat white paint.   $14.54

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I used a fine grit, then extra fine grit sand paper.

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Wiped dust away, and now it’s ready for paint.

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After just one coat…

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The new board fit perfectly. I secured it by hammering a few nails into the original bottom.

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Purrrrrty.

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     I’m starting to redecorate my daughter’s bedroom.  I don’t like how I originally decorated the space,  so I’m starting to give it a little makeover… and the bench will look great under her window.  Here’s a pic of the before and after:

This the old bench, which is now in my Crafty Corner of the garage.

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This new bench looks much better don’t you think?

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Stayed tuned for more “Natalie’s bedroom” updates soon!

{{Be Mine Letter Blocks}}

Hello! Today I’m showing you another Valentine’s Day decor piece I made, Be Mine letter blocks.

Of course, my crafty adventure started with a trip to Michael’s store!!(There are a couple other good craft stores I could go to, but I usually prefer Michael’s. I know where everything is. I run in, then out!) I was very disappointed at the selection this time though…  They have wooden letters in several fonts and sizes, but I couldn’t find the letter “I” !  As I grabbed my letters, B-E-M… dang it! Where are all the “I’s”?   Hummph. :^{

Since I couldn’t find all the letters I needed, I decided  to forget this idea and move on. I just gathered the things I needed (for other projects) and headed to the checkout line.

So, you ever find it funny how retail stores set up racks of discounted items right in front of the checkout line?! Hhhmmm. How strategically placed these “amazing bargain items” are! Surely this is a once in lifetime deal so I must buy now …right? ha! They really try to get ya. I’m such a sucker for those clearance bins.

I browsed while waiting in line, and found big block letters! Exactly what I needed for my Valentine’s Be Mine letter blocks idea. Unfortunately, again there wasn’t an “I” (what’s the deal?!). Ugh! They have all the other letters!!

-|Here’s my project|-

Supplies:

  • letters
  • paint
  • Mod Podge glue
  • 2 brushes (1 for paint, 1 for Mod Podge)
  • scissors
  • scrapbook paper
  • pencil

Each letter was $1.50.

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I didn’t like the bright colors so I painted the sides and tops a soft blue.

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Then I traced letters onto scrapbook paper and cut out.

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Mod Podge time! First, I applied a thin coat of the Mod Podge on the letter. Then I added letter cutout and held pressure. Next, I spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on scrabook paper. Allowed it to completely dry. You can add additional layers as desired.

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I later went back and touched up the light blue paint. It definitely needed 2 coats.

So, I had all my letters but the “I” right? Well in that same $1.50 bin I found:

A very large clothes pin. The same size as my letters!

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I made it work. It turned out pretty cute actually.

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Wow, this craft would be easy to make again with different scrapbook paper, and even different phrases. Great gift idea.

|This could be a great craft project for any season or reason|

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…I walked in the living room and set down my new craft. About the time I snapped this picture, my husband quickly protested! He said he’s willing to tolerate all the girly stuff, but the be mine blocks sign was too much! It was the final straw I guess. ;^} He kindly asked that I tone down all the sappy love decor just a bit. haha. Oh how he makes me laugh. He was super sweet and kinda funny about it.

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Okay! It is getting a bit much. In order to keep the PEACE, the blocks were relocated. hee hee

They found they’re new home on the table across the room:

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I think this turned out well. You can’t even tell it’s a large clothespin unless you turn it to the side!!

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   Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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