July 31, 2015

july favorites

A few of my favorite things this month!

Mrs. Meyer's Lavender Hand Soap. smells like summer to me

The Bachelorette. it's fun to get really into it and watch with a group

Nature Valley Oatmeal Squares: Cinnamon Brown Sugar. a delicious snack for on the go

The Astronaut Wives Club. love this show! just the right amount of history and drama

Back to the Future trilogy. i love these movies so much and recently watched them back to back. this was especially exciting since it's 2015!

July 29, 2015

going places: mackinac island

Last weekend I spent a few days visiting my brother on Mackinac Island with a small group of family and friends. We had a great time!


July 14, 2015

girl tip: beauty bargains

Here's a tip I learned after years and years of shopping for makeup.

First of all, don't buy your drugstore brand makeup or skincare from Ulta. They have ridiculous prices for drugstore brand (revlon, maybelline, covergirl, neutrogena, etc.) products. Only shop there if you're looking for the high end brands (urban decay, stila, smashbox, benefit, etc.) or something like that. Even with their weekly coupon, I don't think I ever get a good deal. I recommend Target or a CVS/Walgreens type store for the lower prices and usually a sale.

But the tip for this post is to buy drugstore brand beauty products at Bed, Bath & Beyond. If you're lucky enough to have a Bed, Bath & Beyond with a Beauty/Health section, take advantage of it! They have normal prices and you can use a 20% off coupon on every item. I'm always collecting those coupons from mail ads and email blasts. Next time you need a new mascara or want a new nail polish color for vacation, grab a 20% off coupon and check Bed, Bath & Beyond first!


July 10, 2015

pallet benches

Every summer I become obsessed with my backyard. I always have a bunch of ideas to make our backyard space even better. Some of them happen and some of them don't. This summer, it was the pallet benches I saw all over pinterest. We definitely needed some extra seating so this was an easy pick. There are a million varieties of this project on pinterest so we just looked at a few pictures and made up our own version. My dad and I finished the benches in a few days and we think they look great on our patio!

To start, we decided that we wanted 4 separate units that were 3 ft x 2 ft and we would put two side by side to make two 6 ft benches. We started with 8 pallets that were 3 ft x 4 ft. Each one was cut in half so that the two pieces were now 3 ft x 2 ft. Each unit was then built starting from the bottom. First, a 4x4 post cut to 6" long to act as the "feet" of the bench. Second, one pallet section. Third, some scrap 2x4 pieces of wood were used as "spacers" to get the height we wanted. Next, one pallet section. Finally, we had some plywood cut to fit the top of the bench. Rough edges were sanded down, and the benches were sealed with a waterproof spray.

The trickiest part was nailing the pieces together. Most of the nails were hammered in on an angle. As for the cushions, I wanted to make them myself but then realized I was looking at $200 dollars for all of the weatherproof fabric + two cushions. My mom ended up finding a great deal on lounge chair cushions at Target. They are about 4 inches too long, but for $30 for a cushion that's totally fine with us.

July 7, 2015

holiday weekend

We had great weather for 4th of July weekend! It was great watching fireworks and spending time with family and friends. I had a lot of fun making some patriotic decorations and baking deserts for the BBQ!

July 3, 2015

mason jar lanterns

I love all of the mason jar lanterns I see on pinterest. I think they look really nice in a backyard space or lining a pathway. Since I keep all of the mason jars from pasta sauce, I had a whole bag ready to be used. I pick up some silver 14 gauge wire from Joann's and was able to find a great deal on 5 small, black shepards hooks there too. They were on clearance for about $0.70 each. I pulled up a tutorial on youtube and was able to get the lanterns made in less than an hour. With some white rice as filler and LED candles from Target, the mason jar lanterns were ready to be displayed! This ended up costing about $3 per lantern with 4 total. Definitely cheaper than the store bought ones.
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