For a while a few years ago, I was obsessed with painting walls in my home dark colors. I took the bathroom that my kids, which was painted builder’s beige, and painted it dark green. It’s a small bathroom and while I worried the dark color would make it seem miniscule, it actually make it feel really cozy and made the lighter colored floor really come to life. But, while I loved it for a while, (and still don’t mind it) I’ve learned that dark colored paint in a children’s bathroom is just asking for trouble. Water spots and toothpaste shows up so much more than if the walls were painted a lighter color, and I feel that no matter how often I clean the walls, they still don’t look clean enough. So, it’s time to repaint, and while I’m trending towards lighter and brighter colors in my home right now, I still have a serious love for the coziness of a dark room. What are your thoughts? Light? Dark? I’ve found some great examples of both styles…it’s hard to pick a favorite!
I have a confession….I’d never actually gone antiquing before. I’d been in antique stores, but had no interest in purchasing anything “old”, so I didn’t really pay attention, nor did I buy anything. But, this past weekend, I decided that I wanted to go check out a local antique mall to see if I could find some deals on things I could use as props for my posts. I was beyond pleased when my sweet daughter told me that she wanted to come along, too!
The first thing I learned, antiquing can be overwhelming! Walking into a huge building packed to the rafters with more goodies (and some junk) than you can imagine can cause you to panic, just a little bit. Where do you start? There’s so much stuff that you can’t see anything! But, we worked up a plan of attack and got started. While I saw many, many things that would work as photography props, we decided to stick with just a few items and head back another day to tackle the props.
As many of you know, our family is currently saving up for a big, BIG family vacation to the UK. My daughter and I couldn’t be more excited about it, my husband…is along for the ride, and my son…let’s just say the idea of such a long flight is less than appealing to him. So, when I came across a set of coasters with this image on top, I was instantly curious.
The only down side? I couldn’t see the others! They were tied together tightly with twine, so I had no idea if I was buying 6 different coasters, 6 of the same coasters, one coaster with a picture of London and five other coasters that could possibly be extremely inappropriate…who knew?? But, for $3, my curiosity lured me in and I bought them…and here’s what I discovered when I got home.
Holy moly, it’s London, baby!!!! London, London, everywhere!! My daughter and I were literally squealing with delight (over COASTERS, mind you!). But isn’t that kind of the fun of antiquing? The find and then the surprises?
This is one of my daughter’s scores. While I don’t think they are necessarily old, my daughter’s obsession with cows caused me to spend the $5 and get her this cow sugar and creamer set…even though she doesn’t drink coffee. Not sure what she plans on doing with them, but she was excited as can be to find them!
Seriously, the cutest hat EVER! She’s hardly stopped wearing it since we bought it…it was an adorable find and she loves it.
She’s already asking me when we’re going back…and if you follow me on Instagram, you know there are a few items that I’m kicking myself for not buying. I foresee a return trip very soon in our future!
Here in the Midwest, the temperatures are slowly starting to warm. While it’s still too chilly to get outside and do any gardening, it won’t be but a few weeks until we’re able to get outside and start planting. I’m going to be adding flowers, a few plants, and of course, vegetables to our garden…which I hope to expand once again this year. (If I ever get our starters ordered…probably should get on that!) Until then, though, I’m keeping myself happy by buying fresh flowers that I keep in my living room. It’s an inexpensive way to bring some color into your home and to me, fresh flowers are a perfect finishing touch.
I love popping into the local flower shop and seeing what fresh flowers they’re offering for “Cash and Carry”. If you have your own vase at home, this is a great way to buy some gorgeous fresh flowers, and save a little money. From time to time, my local supermarket will have some flowers on display that I just can’t pass up, like gorgeous two-toned tulips that I snagged for less than $6.00! (But in general, try and support your local small businesses…you can’t beat the customer service and expertise that they have to offer!)
To keep my flowers fresh longer, I change the water every day, trim the stems every couple of days, and pull of any leaves that start looking droopy. My flowers usually stay nice for up to a week…I definitely get my money’s worth!
Have you tried BB creams yet? My friend, Susan, who contributed to the spring issue of A Sweet Spot: Home Magazine highly recommended them in her article. When she first mentioned them, I had seen a commercial or two for BB creams on TV, but was totally unfamiliar with what they actually were. According to Susan,
“BB creams hydrate, prime, conceal, treat, and protect your skin all in one cream.”
So I knew I had to check it out. The thing is….being completely unfamiliar with these and not knowing how my skin would react, I decided to try one of the more basic brands before jumping in and spending quite a bit more on one of the higher end BB creams.
So, I started with the Garnier Skin Renew BB cream in light/medium. It costs around $12.00 for a generous sized tube which should last quite a long time. It actually smells really good, but the scent doesn’t last long so no worries about it hanging around and giving you a headache. I love the texture of the Garnier cream as well, it goes on really smooth and blends nicely into your skin tone.
What I like best about using a BB cream, and the reason I’m writing about it today, is that it’s an absolute godsend for busy women. In the mornings, when I don’t have time to do my full make up before taking my kids to school, I can throw on the BB cream, swipe some mascara over my lashes, a little BeneTint and Baby Lips on my lips, and I’m good to go for the school run. When I get home if I have somewhere to be, I go ahead and finish up my normal routine, but the BB cream makes you feel confident enough to run out without having to go through your entire make up regime.
The other BB creams pictured above are the brands recommended by Susan. Now that I know I love this type of product, I could see myself investing in one of the higher end lines to see if I like it even more.
For more tips on getting your skin and make up ready for the warmer months of spring, click here to be taken to the spring issue of A Sweet Spot: Home Magazine and check out Susan’s complete article! She’s honest, hilarious, and I’m excited to share that she’ll be back for the summer issue!
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