Saw it. Pinned it. Did it!- A Frame Tent

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I know I said that I was probably only going to post a Saw it. Pinned it. Did it! post monthly, but I actually have a handful that I have already done, and can’t wait to share! In truth, I forgot I had done this project a few months ago and now that we brought it back out, we have been using it non-stop for the past couple of weeks since the weather has been so gorgeous! I remembered that I had made it from a Pinterest tutorial, and I just HAD to share!

(The “pinspiration” version is the one above, mine is below)

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A while back when I was perusing Pinterest for things to do with my toddler, I found a tutorial for a DIY A Frame Tent from one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess, and I knew had to make it for my son. The tutorial images are so pretty, and the process was simple enough that I could actually do it! There are no small parts, which I love, because my son will find the one thing you don’t want him to have and go straight for it. I easily convinced my hubby to take me to the hardware store to gather the wood supplies, and the total materials cost me around $16 because I already had all the fabric I needed on hand.

I was given an old lace tablecloth, that was incredibly ripped up, by a friend of mine who knew that I love to sew, and thought I may be able to do something with it. That fabric sat in my bin for close to a year and I almost threw it out a couple of times because I had absolutely no idea what to do with it! When I saw this tutorial, I knew that my ripped up tablecloth finally had a new purpose, so I fixed it up and low & behold, it was a perfect fit! In total, the tent only took about an hour and a half to make once I had all the dimensions figured out!

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For the most part I love it, the only downfall is when the tent is on hardwood floors (like what we have throughout the house) it completely slides flat, so it has to be used on a carpeted or non-slick floor. I originally wanted to use it inside during the winter as a fun indoor “fort”, but even with a blanket underneath it kept sliding down flat. I ended up using twine around the top parts to hold it and it worked fine, but I was always worried it was going to fall down on the kiddo so it was put away until now. It never said anything about that in the tutorial, so I was a little annoyed. Besides that, it is perfect for our needs, and my son loves it! I have a feeling that we will be using it all spring & summer long!

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Do you have any cool DIY projects that you have found on Pinterest and done? If so, please share! I’d love to see what other cool and crafty things are actually being done! You can follow me on Pinterest here!

Until next time…

Saw It. Pinned it. Did it!

I have SOOO many things that I have pinned on my Pinterest board. How about you? It is seriously hard to restrain myself sometimes because I “love” each and every thing I pin, and don’t want to forget about it. That’s why I pinned it in the first place! One day I hope to do/attain/create/visit/try all of them. All 875 pins and counting! That’s doable? Right?

Luckily, I came across “Saw it. Pinned it. Did it.” on the website Southern Mess, and I thought it was a great idea. So, I am going to try once a month (being realistic), to do/attain/create/visit/try one of my “pins”, from one of my many Pinterest boards, and share it here! Well at least what my budget, toddler, and time allow me to do. (LOL!)

I opted for an “easy” first. A new hairstyle. It had been close to 7-8 months since my last visit to the salon, and after I finally made my appointment (HALLELUJAH!) I started looking for inspiration on Pinterest of course, and I came across this absolutely gorgeous woman with her perfectly coiffed & relaxed do! I liked it so much, I decided I HAD to try it, but not to go platinum blonde. Instead opted for a more natural coloring. Maybe one day I will go full blonde, and be super chic and glamorous. For now, I’ll be satisfied with a simpler “Mommy Chic” version of the look. I am super happy with it, and now that it is much shorter, it makes getting ready quick and easy! There is even enough length that I can pull it back into a ponytail when I do Yoga, or am feeling to lazy to pull out the flat iron. Double win!

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If you want to join me on my “Saw it. Pinned it. Did it!” journey, share what you’ve done it in the comments section below! I am looking forward to seeing what you have done! Let’s do it!

Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest, and maybe one of my pins will inspire you too!

Bits of Bliss: 10 for $10 (or under)

When I was searching online recently, I noticed that almost every blog post, YouTube video tutorial, and website that shares beauty advice, offers products that are usually pretty expensive (sometimes upwards of $60 for an eyeshadow palate. Really!?). It occurred to me that a purchase of one of these items can be considered a big splurge for some. I actually know quite a few women who don’t spend more than that on all of their makeup items put together, and they always look incredibly polished and chic! So that being said, I wanted to share 10 items that I use almost every day that bring me a little bit of bliss. The bonus is that each of these will cost you $10 dollars or less! They are all worth a try and won’t break the bank, although  after you try them out I bet you will look and feel like a million bucks!

**Do you have products that you love that are $10 or under? Share in the comments section below! I’d love to hear about your faves!**

10 for 10 land

  • Dove Nourishing Body Wash- “Almond Cream with Hibiscus”- $8.99 (riteaid.com)

Not only does it smell AHHH-MAY-ZING, but it is also creamy and sudsy all at once, and moisturizes like a dream! Your skin will smell wonderful long after you shower and feel supple and moisturized. BLISS!

  • Essie Nail Polish in “Chinchilly” (or any color, really)- $8.50 (essie.com)

While $8.50 may seem a little expensive for a bottle of nail polish, compared to the others sold at the drugstores it actually LASTS, and doesn’t chip off within the first few days. Plus, there is such a vivid array of colors to choose from in the seasons most popular choices! I like the color “Chinchilly” because it’s a good neutral color that works for all seasons. Plus, its a best seller every year!!

Organic, moisturizing, with a subtle flavor. Unlike other lip balms, this one doesn’t seem to dry out your lips but makes them feel nourished and wonderful (I prefer the Sweet Mint which gives a very subtle tingle, and seems to help “freshen” up your breath).

  • Pacifica Color Quench Moisture Lip Tint in “Blood Orange”- $ (target.com)

It’s not quite a lip balm, and not quite a lipstick, but somewhere in between. Great for when you want a little more on your lips than just a tint, but not a mouth full of color. Plus, it has a very subtle scent of orange, and a hint of a reddish-gold shimmer. So pretty on all skin tones!

  • Organix (OGX) “Argan Oil of Morocco” Hair Care- $5.94 (walmart.com)

I have fallen in LOVE with this hair care line, and I am kicking myself for not “discovering” earlier. It smells just divine, and doesn’t leave my hair feeling tangled after my shower. I pair it with the Moroccan Argan Penetrating Hair Oil, and my hair is always so soft and shiny!

  • Ocean Potion Anti-Aging Sunblock Lotion (SPF 50)- $9.49 (kmart.com)

Ocean Potion is one of the best moisturizing sunblocks out there, and it’s not thick or greasy! It smells great, and it contains the vitamins, A, C & E, which helps battle aging. It’s worth every penny spent! I’m sure you will blast through at least one bottle this summer!

  • Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream- $7.59 (target.com)

After trying an obscene amount of foundations when my favorite sheer foundation by Clinique was discontinued and I finally ran out, I decided to give the infamous “BB” cream a go. I tried a couple, and was turned off by either the strong scent added or the orange-ish tint it gave me. YET, I was pleasantly surprised with the Maybelline version, and found I liked it just as much as the more expensive sheer foundations. A big plus for me (because I have such fair skin), is that it didn’t make me look dusty and sallow like other foundations have, but offers me a dewy and healthy complexion.

  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer Skin Transformer- $7.99 (target.com)

This product is spectacular for those of us with fine lines and wrinkles. I love how it smooths out my skin, and removes the shine. I used this stuff when I was filming a movie in the middle of August, and it did not budge even when temps hovered at 100+ degrees  (my skin looked great despite the heat). I will be honest, I don’t use it every day, just when I know a camera will be around or I want to feel confident that my makeup will look great all day & night.

  • BeautiControl (BC) Spa Manicure Extreme Repair Hand Cream- $6.00 (beauticontrol.com)

A friend of mine hosted a “Spa Party” for this company, and I was a little hesitant to try out their products at first because I have sensitive skin. Then the hostess pulled out the “magical hand scrub” and this moisturizer, and from the moment I used it I was hooked. It locks moisture in without being greasy like some thicker creams I have used. It is scent free, so it won’t interfere with your perfume or scent of choice. This is an absolute must-have for my purse (a.k.a. diaper bag).

  • Vaseline Lip Therapy in “Rosy Lips”- $1.99 (Target, in stores only)

I use Vaseline every night after I brush my teeth, and I swear it keeps my lips looking great. So, when I saw this tiny little jar of tinted Vaseline I had to try it out. I was a little surprised at how little was offered in the tiny tub, but I couldn’t resist. I found that you only need a small amount of this on the tip of your finger, and then just swipe across your lips. It has a sweet subtle scent of roses, and leaves your lips tinted a soft reddish pink. It is a little sticker than the regular Vaseline which is the only downside for me, but I like it for a quick go-to hint of color on days I just don’t feel like doing a bunch of makeup.