After spending the week studying and writing my exam yesterday afternoon I really wanted to enjoy today. I still have a busy couple of weeks before I take some time to go visit my family, celebrate my birthday and lounge by the pool (I’m keeping my fingers crossed for nice weather). As wonderful as it would be, I know I am unable to spend today doing absolutely nothing. I am determined to make some time to work on a couple of future blog posts and do some writing and possibly editing.
I did manage to accomplish one thing this morning – I finally got around to cleaning my make up brushes! I have three methods that I typically alternate between when I clean my make up brushes. Of the three, this method is probably the least expensive and the easiest.
Step 1: Fill a mug or glass approximately half way with hot water.
Step 2: Add 2-3 tbsp of white vinegar to the water. Vinegar has been used for years in cleaning. It is especially popular in ‘green cleaning.’
Step 3: Soak your make up brushes in the water and vinegar mixture for 20-30 minutes.
Step 4: Rinse each brush with hot water.
Step 5: Rinse each brush with cool water.
Step 6: Pat each brush dry to remove any excess water.
Step 7: Air dry. I lay my brushes on a clean hand towel while they air dry.
This method is quite common when it comes to cleaning make up brushes. I will be posting the other two methods I use when cleaning make up brushes in the future. With this method, you may need to adjust the length of time you allow your brushes to soak. I have soaked mine for up to four hours before. Once because I forgot about them and another time because they were stained blue after I did my make up for a Halloween party.
I am off to find a balance between relaxation and productivity. Be sure to let me know if you have any suggestions or requests for future blog posts.
Enjoy your day and I hope you check back soon,
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I think my weekend could have been more productive, but I won’t complain. This will be my last post until this Friday (2 August). Until then, I will be studying for an exam in comparative criminal justice, which is this Thursday. Wish me luck!
Yesterday I decided to treat myself to a DIY sugar scrub. I decided to do this DIY lime sugar scrub because I thought it was a perfect match for the beautiful summer weather.
While I have nicknamed this sugar scrub “Margarita Feet” it is not exclusively for feet. The first time I ever made this I was giving myself a pedicure and I only used the scrub on my feet. When I was done I told Tom, “My feet smell like a margarita!”
Who has super soft feet right now? I do! Would you like moisturized, super soft feet too.
Pour 1-2 cups of milk and 1-2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil into your bathtub or a large bowl. Add enough hot water to completely cover your feet.
Soak your feet in the mixture for 20-30 minutes. Be sure to enjoy this time. Put on an episode of your favorite television show, read a book or magazine, listen to music or read a blog. Or, treat yourself a little more. Combine this DIY Face Mask using banana, lemon juice and honey or this DIY Oatmeal Face Mask; brighten your nails; or try this DIY Hair Mask.
After you have finished soaking your feet and you have dried them completely finish with your favorite moisturizer. I like to hold in the moisture with this DIY toe-less sock.
I hope you enjoy this DIY Foot Soak. If you try it, please feel free to leave a comment below letting me know how you liked it. I would also love to hear what your favorite foot soak is! Is it a DIY? I’m always looking for new DIY projects to try!
As always, thank you so much for visiting my blog and for reading this post. If you have any suggestions for future blog posts please let me know.
When I started doing DIY projects such as DIY laundry detergent and DIY dishwasher detergent, I had a really difficult time finding washing soda. Come to think of it, I still have not found washing soda in stores! For those of you who have purchased washing soda before, I would love to know where you found it.
After a number of unsuccessful searches for washing soda Tom decided we were going to make our own. When I first heard this I thought he was out of his mind. I was picturing a long and perhaps even difficult process. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that making your own washing soda is extremely easy!
If you are having trouble finding washing soda in stores give this DIY a try:
Spread a thick layer of baking soda onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 1 hour at 400F. Remove the baking sheet occasionally (i.e., every 15-20 minutes) and give the product a stir. After baking for one hour allow the product to cool before transferring to an airtight container!
In the future I will be posting DIY projects that require washing soda. As always, if you have any suggestions or requests for DIY projects, regardless of whether or not they call for washing soda, please let me know!
Thanks for reading,
As I am sure you are all well aware – It’s a Prince! Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the arrival of their son.
Before returning home the Duke and Duchess and the unnamed prince stepped outside the Lindo Wing and not only posed for pictures but answered a few questions as well.
It was difficult to get a good look at the new prince, who was wrapped in a blanket, however, I did notice his fingers moving around his face. He was described by Prince William as being “quite heavy” and having “a good pair of lungs on him.”
The proud parents, William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked truly happy as they spoke with the press and posed for pictures. As always, Catherine looked beautiful. It’s hard to believe that she had a baby just over twenty four hours ago.
The family returned to the Lindo Wing to secure the newborn prince in a car seat. Just like here in Canada, babies are required to leave the hospital secured in a car seat. Of course, if you are the future King of England, you may first leave the hospital in the arms of your mother to greet the world who has been anxiously awaiting your arrival.
Does the arrival of the new royal baby and the first glimpse mean the end of the Royal Baby Watch and Royal Baby Fever? Don’t count on it. People around the world are anxiously waiting to find out the new prince’s name, and you can be certain that people are eager for more photographs and/or video footage of the family. However, I think this will be the end of the Royal Baby Watch for this blogger. I’m sure Tom will be thrilled. This afternoon he retreated to the basement while I watched live coverage from outside of the hospital and texted my grandmother!
As always, thank you for reading and please check back soon for my next blog post!
- Duke and Duchess celebrate birth with a pizza (contactmusic.com)
- Prince William & Kate Middleton Speak Out: Kate’s First Words After Baby (hollywoodlife.com)
- Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to boy (stuff.co.nz)
- Royal baby name: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tipped to name new arrival James (metro.co.uk)
- Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announce birth of royal baby boy (news.stv.tv)
Hello everyone 🙂
I hope you all had a phenomenal weekend and that your Monday is off to a productive start! Perhaps productivity isn’t on today’s agenda. Perhaps you are one of the many people around the world spending the day glued to their phone, computer or television waiting for updates on the royal labor. That’s right, the day so many people have been waiting for has finally arrived – the Duchess of Cambridge is in the hospital and the royal baby is on his or her way. For those of you who are not interested in the royal baby, good luck escaping it. I feel like it is more difficult to escape Tweets, Facebook updates and blog posts about the royal baby than it is to escape a major holiday. However, I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and acknowledge the occasion.
Has anyone else read that there are currently a number of nameless babies? I have read at least three newspaper articles that say women have opted not to name their newborns until the name of the newest addition to the royal family has been released. I can understand excitement, but I think this is a bit much!
Don’t worry about missing out on any important information about the royal baby. With the hospital surrounded by the media every possible detail is being reported. Did you know someone just dropped off a laptop?
Are you following the royal baby watch? Leave a comment and let me know.
Now to Manicure Monday:
I am far from gifted when it comes to painting my own nails. For this reason, I rarely do anything but a clear coat. However, I had some extra time and I decided I wanted a bit of a change. I am loving this pink (cotton candy) polish by Avon. In fact, I think I did something terrible – I am really enjoying having my nails painted in general!!
Please let me know if you have suggestions for easy nail design or nail polishes to try!
Thanks for reading. Be sure to check back soon!
- Royal Baby On The Way! Kate Middleton Is In Labor! (radaronline.com)
- Royal Baby: Kate Middleton Enters Hospital in Labor (fox2now.com)
- Royal baby on the way; Catherine enters hospital in labor (cnn.com)
- Royal Baby Watch: Duchess of Cambridge Kate Now in Labor (earlystart.blogs.cnn.com)
- Royal Birth Eminent: Duchess of Cambridge Admitted to Hospital in Labor (guardianlv.com)
- Duchess of Cambridge in Early Stages of Labor (shoppingblog.com)
- Kate Middleton in Labor! (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Kate Middleton: Duchess of Cambridge admitted to hospital in labor (Video) (examiner.com)
- Royal baby: Kate Middleton in early stages of labour (thestar.com)
- Royal baby: Kate Middleton in early stages of labour in hospital (news.stv.tv)
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Happy Friday! I hope all of you have exciting plans for the weekend. If you do not, feel free to hang around the blog all weekend leaving comments, I would love to make it more interactive. If you have any suggestions for making the blog more interactive please let me know, I would really appreciate it!
Now, let’s get to today’s two part post: empties and favorites!