The Best Makeup Brush Cleaner

makeup-brush-cleanser-2I hope I’m not alone when I say that cleaning my makeup brushes and sponges is something that isn’t exactly high on my to-do list. It’s so low in fact, I hardly ever think to do it at all. Of course, when I do, it’s a painstaking process of lather, rinse, repeat over and over again. Needless to say, I do not look forward to it. That’s why I’m so happy to have found what I now consider to be the best makeup brush cleaner that I’ve ever used. (more…)

Dollar Store Homework Caddy

homework-caddy-diyWho knew how much a simple thing like a Dollar Store Homework Caddy would lessen the stress of the nightly homework routine! I didn’t realize how much I needed one until I put this together. So If you find your kids chasing from room to room looking for sharpened pencils, a specific color of marker or even just scrap paper, then you need this too! (more…)

Easy Huntress Halloween Costume

huntress-costume-diyAnother Halloween was upon us, and my daughter announced that this year, she wanted to be a Huntress. You know, like Katniss in the Hunger Games. Huh? I don’t think she even saw that movie. Perhaps she’s getting a bit bored with the usual Princess Halloween costumes. Yes, they’re adorable, and like all little girls, she looked absolutely regal in those poofy gowns and sparkling tiaras. As much as I hate to see those days end, I have to admit that I too am ready for a change. So I guess it was time to go about finding a Huntress Halloween Costume. (more…)

Best Starter Makeup for Tweens

Cosmetics and Accessories YingyoIt seems impossible to me that my sweet baby girl, who not long ago was playing princess dress up, is now interested in wearing makeup. For real this time! Not the “let’s dress up and pretend” kind of makeup, but the actual LEAVE THE HOUSE wearing it kind of thing. It has now come time to look into finding the best starter makeup for tweens. (more…)

No Cost Workout Routines

workoutHere’s a truth that I’ve been living by for years now. You don’t have to spend a lot to get into shape. In most cases, you don’t have to spend anything at all.

As for me, I’m like this…. I don’t always work out, but when I do, it’s at home. Why? Because I absolutely HATE the concept of the gym. The very thought of getting into presentable gym clothes, leaving my house, driving to the gym (phew! I’m tired already!), and finally then start the workout. But wait! Let’s not forget the added bonus of sweating and struggling in front of others. Who doesn’t love that?


Pokémon Go is our Summertime Hero

pokemon-go-summerWith the recent release of Pokémon Go, I can honestly say that it has been a summertime hero in our household. Okay, maybe I might be overstating things a bit, but if you have kids who are too old for dolls & action figures, but too young to drive, you might know a little about what I’m talking about. (more…)

Make a Flirt Pole

flirt pole diy completeThe Problem….having the time and energy to wear out your hyper pooch. The Solution….The Flirt Pole!

Living in the upper Midwest, the winters here can be brutal, and I admit that I can be really wimpy when it comes to having to brave the elements. What that translates into is a seriously hyperactive dog with a ton of pent up energy.

So what to do? There is only so much bone chewing our little was willing to do. Add to that her short attention span and extremely high prey drive, and I was at a loss. Until I came upon something called a “flirt pole”. (more…)

Pizza Crust for the Absolute Beginner

pizza dough beginner cover 1Making my own pizza crust had been on my “to-do” list for years. Pizza night is a weekly event in our house, so learning to make it myself became a must, The thing stopping me? A major intimidation factor.

Before this, pizza night consisted of the good ole frozen variety pizza. Cheap and quick was the name of that game. After all, I was at work all day. Who has time to make pizza dough?

Even more so, I had never worked with yeast before, nor did I have a paddle mixer or bread machine.  Clearly this was an endeavor I had better leave well enough alone. Or so I thought. (more…)