Friday, April 29, 2016

10 Reasons I Chose LuLaRoe

Hi readers!  I've never done the MLM thing before but LuLaRoe drew me in with their amazing butter soft leggings.  I started doing my research, which ended up being a lot of blogs.  If you are in the same boat, you probably came across this post.  Therefore I made a list of the top 10 reasons why I chose to sign up to be a LuLaroe consultant.

10.  You buy the inventory and then sell it.  No catalog ordering or waiting for your items to arrive.

9.  A limited number of each print is made which results in many consultants having different inventory, which basically cuts down on the competition.

8. Many consultants do the majority of sales on Facebook and therefore don't have to beg people to host parties or physically move their inventory from party to party.

7. Because of the sizable start-up cost, there are less consultants and therefore more sales opportunities.

6. No pressure or sales pitch at in-home pop-up parties.  You bring the clothes and people buy or they don't.

5. The sense of community.  Every consultant I've come in contact with is so helpful and supportive.  We've traded items and helped each other out when inventory was low.  Another amazing local consultant invited me over to see how she does photos and online parties.

4. The introduction of mom/daughter matching items.  I have a daughter so I'm really excited about this.  I've also found matches by trading with other local consultants.

3.  Online invoicing and direct deposit.  Online invoicing makes it easy for customers to pay and then the company collects the tax and makes a deposit into my account.  Easy peasy.

2. Good profit margins.  I'm happy to share this info with you if you go to my page and send me a PM.

1.  I love the clothes!  If I didn't absolutely love LuLaRoe clothing, I wouldn't be doing this.

Best wishes to all of you on your LuLaRoe adventure!  If you need anything or have any questions, I'm happy to help :)

DIY Menu Board

Hi readers!  I decided to make my own menu board for leftover beadboard from the kitchen island.  I bought some chalkboard paint from Joann's and a .99 cents frame from Goodwill.  I love how it turned out!  This board really helps me stay on track for the week and keeps my husband from constantly asking, "What's for dinner"?

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Laundry Room Makeover

Hi readers!  I've decided to start slowly (finally) organizing my house.  The laundry room is one area where I spend a lot of time, and the laundry baskets frequently spill over into the hallway.  I found this laundry pedestal on Pinterest and showed it to my husband.  After getting fed up with stepping over baskets in the hallway, he agreed to make it (at least one similar).  Here are a few other things I did in addition to the pedestal:

-added a rug that I purchased from Ross

- purchased baskets from the Dollar Tree for organizing

- made WASH letters for the wall

- cut vinyl letters using my Silhouette Portrait to label everything and add a "cute" factor

- hung up the mops using "s" rings

Overall, I'm extremely happy with the finished product (especially since it didn't cost very much).  Enjoy!

Ipsy February 2016

Not my favorite box this month, but a few great items.  Here's what I got for February 2016:

1. Paula Dorf Baby Eyes Enhancer
     I had no idea what this one was for until I Googled it.  I learned that it can be used to make me look more awake.  What mom doesn't need that?  It's applied to the waterline.  Amazing!  This picture of my eyes was taken after 12 straight hours of taking care of 2 little ones.  Can you tell which eye has the enhancer?  I definitely can.

2. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Mini Rollerball
     I love the smell of vanilla, so this one is great!

3.  Luxie Beauty Flat Definer Brush
     Another brush.  I've liked all of the brushes that I've received from ipsy, but it's still another brush.  This one is very stiff and works well for making a fine line.

4.  Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil
     I'm not to sure about this one.  The sample is teeny tiny and not enough product to make a judgement.

5.  Seraphine Botanicals Carrot + Rose Hydrating Cream
     This one smells divine!  I don't use a ton of body lotion but I like this one.  Non-greasy and super yummy!

Moxie Box Review February 2016

Hi readers!  Recently, I decided to give Moxie Box a try (after confusing it with the subscription service similar to Stitch Fix).  The items I got in the box are just fair at best, especially for the $35 price tag.  I won't be ordering again though.  Here are the two items that I received:

1.  Gold/silver earrings $10 value

2.  Top $35 value

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Pantry Staples for Crockpot Cooking

Hi readers!  I came of with a list of my crockpot pantry and freezer staples for a MOPS discussion. These are things that I always keep in my pantry/freezer and are used for many crockpot recipes. Hope that you find this helpful!

  • broth (chicken and beef)
  • soy sauce
  • balsamic vinegar
  • salsa
  • honey
  • brown sugar
  • dressing/soup mixes
    • onion soup mix
    • ranch dressing mix
    • Italian dressing mix
    • canned pumpkin
    • canned tomato products
      • diced tomatoes
      • tomato paste
      • tomato sauce
      • stewed tomatoes
      • Rotel (tomato/pepper mix)
    • rice
    • noodles
    • fresh or frozen vegetables
      • peppers
      • onions
      • broccoli
      • carrots
      • potatoes
      • green beans
      • cauliflower

    Friday, February 12, 2016

    Stitch Fix February 2016: We're Breaking Up for Awhile

    Hi readers!  I feel like my boxes lately have been going downhill.  The lack of attention to detail is unfortunate.  Here are just a few examples of why I am breaking up with Stitch Fix until further notice:

    - Last month I received the same style of shorts I returned in a previous fix because I didn't like the style.  For some reason, they thought I would like them better the second time around?
    - Recently I receive a houndstooth print, despite stating after a previous fix how much I hate that pattern.  Another example of ignored feedback.
    - This month my stylist note said that I could wear one of my items to work.  My style profile indicates that I am a SAHM.  Clearly, the stylist didn't read a single thing on my profile.
    - This month I received the exact same (style, color, and distressing) pair of jeans that I purchased in a previous fix.  Apparently, I need two pairs of the exact same jeans.  My profile indicates that I only want skinny jeans now but they sent a pair of boyfriend jeans anyway (yet again another indication that my profile was ignored).

    I have emailed customer service to let them know why I will be cancelling my subscription until further notice.  I hope they take the feedback and try to make a better experience for other customers.  Until I hear that things are improving, it's goodbye for now.

    Here's a few photos of the items I received this month.

    1.  31 Bits Ivy Spritz Beaded Bracelet $28
        I know this company supports a good cause, but I'm not up to paying $28 for a paper bracelet that really isn't my style.

    2. Kut from the Kloth Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jeans $78
       I'm not including a picture of these as I have received them in a previous fix and for some unknown reason received them again.  Boo.

    3.  Skies are Blue Primmie Tunic $64
       This top screams maternity clothes.  I look pregnant just putting it on.  Yuck.

    4.  Market & Spruce $58
        It's ok I guess.  I may keep this to apply my styling fee.

    5.  Absolutely Harrietti Pullover Sweater $58
        Plain, boring, and unflattering.  Enough said.

    That's it folks!  I hope you all are having a better experience than my recent fixes.

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    IKEA Hack for Vinyl Storage

    Hi readers!  I saw this idea on a FB page and thought I would try it for storing my vinyl.  These are the plastic bag holders from IKEA that I nailed and stuck to the wall (they have sticky tape on the back already).  Then I rolled my vinyl and stuck it through the holes.  Super easy and too great of an idea not to share.  Enjoy!

    Monday, February 8, 2016

    DIY Wall Pallet Sign

    Pinterest success!  Mine is on the right.  I found this on Pinterest and immediately wanted to replicate it.  

    I used a little better quality wood than the original post suggested.  I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut out the stencil on some contact paper.  Then, I applied Mod Podge to seal the edges of the stencil before painting.  The edges turned out pretty clean, only a few needed touching up.  

    Monday, February 1, 2016

    DIY Burlap Lace Table Runner

    Hi readers!  I've looked everywhere for a table runner that I love, and I always come up short.  They are too busy or non-neutral colors, so I started looking for instructions to make my own.  I fell in love with the burlap and lace look.  I picked up the lace from Joann's with a coupon and found the burlap online.  I have a long rectangular table so you will need to measure for your table size.  I bought more burlap than I needed but will save it for future projects.  Here's my supply list:

    - 2.5 yards of lace
    - 2.5 yards of burlap (purchased here)
    - glue gun
    - scissors

    I followed these directions for cutting my burlap:

    I tried to use mod podge to clue the lace to the burlap but it just wouldn't hold.  Therefore I ended up just using a glue gun to attach the lace every few inches.  I'm very happy with the finished product.

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

    Chalk Paint Roll Up Desk: Before and After

    Hi readers!  When I saw this, I had no idea where I was going to put it (still not sure), but it was too good a deal to pass up at $35.  I cleaned up the hardware with this recipe.  I painted the 2 coats with an Annie Sloan Antoinette look alike using a DIY chalk paint recipe.  Then I painted the final 2 coats with Annie Sloan Graphite that I had left over.  I left the inside pink (Antoinette) and then did some slight distressing before adding 2 coats of clear wax.  Overall, I'm happy with the result.  Now I need to decide where to put it permanently.  More close up pictures below.

    DIY Subway Art with the Silhouette Portrait

    Hi readers!  I wanted to make a subway piece for our living room no that I have a Silhouette Portrait to cut out the letters.  I couldn't find anything exactly like I wanted, so I found a few ideas here and there on Pinterest and made up the rest.  It was very time consuming to put together and make sure it fit correctly, but I am happy with how it turned out.

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

    Stitch Fix Jan. 2016: They Sent Me Shorts in January

    Overall, I was not impressed with this month.  I got a pair of shorts (in January) that were obviously leftovers as I got them during the summer in a fix and hated them then.  Not sure why I got them a second time.  My stylist note described the blue top as "edgy".  Clearly that word is open to interpretation.  I mentioned in my previous fix that I hated houndstooth pattern, and yet I received a houndstooth print shirt.  I will say that the pattern on it wasn't overpowering so I ended up deciding to keep it so I didn't lose my styling fee.  

    Here's what I got:

    1.  Bancroft Joolie Hammered Circle Necklace $34
        This was not really my style so I returned it.

    2 & 3.  Dear John Finnegan Roll Cuff Short $58 & Loveappella Pines Mesh Knit Top $54
    Hated these shorts the first time, and receiving them a second time didn't change that.  The top just isn't flattering on me.  Returned both.

    4.  41Hawthorn Ackley Houndstooth Print Blouse $68
         Even though I'm not usually fond of this print, it was a little understated and I liked the styling     options.  Kept so I didn't lose my styling fee.

    5.  Papermoon Amalie Split Neck Binding Hem Knit Top $54
         This top was way too clingy and I didn't like the colors or stripes.  Returned.

    Ipsy January 2015: All Eyes on You

    1.  Hikari Cream Metallic Pigment Shadow
         This color was really pretty and shiny.

    2.  theBalm Cosmetics Mr. Right (Now)
         This didn't go on very smooth and the color wasn't as dark as I expected.

    3.  Pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum
         This serum definitely reduced the puffiness around my eyes

    4.  Mitchell and Peach English Leaf Body Cream
         Yuck!  This smells so bad I couldn't even try it.  It made the whole bag stink.

    5. Beau Gachis Smudge Brush
        Good brush for smudging but I like the others I own better.