Sending birthday cards!

Do you ever have those oh god! moments when you remember that you totally spaced on someone’s birthday? I had those frequently! At first I tried to remember by noting their birthday on my calendar but then their birthday would come and I would have to send out the card the day OF or even AFTER their actual birthday!

Then someone mentioned to me how they prep all the birthday cards for the month in advance! Genius! I’m sure this has occurred to many people already but it was a completely new idea for me. Using the supplies I already have I got to work! Now each month I go thru this little ritual that keeps me on top of my birthday game!

It all starts on the 25th of every month with this tiny reminder in my Filofax. Its a post-it so if I forget on the 25th I can move it forward until the job is done. Once it IS done, I move the post it to the 25th of the following month.

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The next step is to pull out my two memory-saving books. My address book, in brown and blue, and my “Celebrations of Life” book in which I keep all the birthdays and anniversaries of friends and family members.

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I highly recommend an address book of this style. I’ve used others in the past but I believe I got this one at TJ Maxx in my college years and I’ve never looked back. It’s a binder style address book and I keep all the extra blank sheets of addresses in the back for convenience. 20140426-155252.jpg

I usually just grab a random piece of paper and jot down the birthdays in order of date. Then I will go to my stash of greeting cards which I keep in an old box I purchased from Hallmark years ago. I decide on a card for each of the people on my list and then get them signed and addressed and ready to go! One thing I don’t do actually is put a stamp on them. Sometimes at the last minute I end up having plans with someone on their birthday and if I’m going to see them on or around their birthday I prefer to give them the card in person. That way I won’t waste a stamp.

We have a wall filing pocket thingy inside our office and I put all the cards there so I can easily grab them when I am ready to send it. The very last thing I do is open my calendar and count back about 4 or 5 days from each persons birthday and then make a note to send their card. Since everything is already done, it only takes me about 30 seconds to get the card, slap a stamp on it and put it in our outgoing mail spot. I would be lying if I said I didn’t forget to mail a card once in a while. The difference now is that is the exception, not the rule!

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Little Libraries

What a fantastic idea!

20140420-150613.jpgThere is a neighborhood not far from our own that my husband and I want to live in someday. We’ve only driven through it a few times but every time we see it, we fall more and more in love with it.

There was a house for sale in the area and we drove by it. After checking out the neighborhood as well, we passed by this sweet little thing. I’ve never heard of this organization, or movement, Little Free Library but now I’m kind of obsessed with it. If you want to find out more, check out LittleFreeLibrary.org.

Makeup Organization Station

Oh my goodness, it only took me 31…bordering on 32 years to become interested in makeup. Now, with a husband and two kids, I finally feel ready to really learn how to do makeup. I’ve put on eye shadow and mascara on special occasions for years but never really knew what I was doing. Now, with the help of lots of women on YouTube, I’m finally figuring it all out!

I’ve had little stock piles of makeup samples and makeup products in different places but now that I’m doing my makeup on a regular basis, I wanted to create a better “makeup center” if you will. I have this LACK wall shelf unit next to my bed. I cleared off the books on one shelf and moved them to another room. Voila! I had all the space I need.

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Makeup Organization

I’m just starting out and don’t want to end up buying too many products too soon. Having a designated space for makeup allows me to really see how much storage space I have and keeps me from buying hoards of products.

Here is a better shot of the unit I purchased. I just popped into Home Goods on Saturday, looking for this exact type of unit. The drawers are just big enough to accommodate the products I use on a day to day basis. The container on top of the drawers was actually a different maker but fit perfectly on top of the drawers. I was super stoked about that. I used my clear label cartridge and printed off labels for each drawer. I put the drawers in the order that I use them when doing my makeup, FACE on top, then EYES and BROWS, and on the bottom I put LIPS.

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The FACE drawer has my foundations, concealers, blushes and bronzers. I was able to fit a few sample creams and lotions in the drawer as well.

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FACE

The EYES and BROWS drawer has my mascaras, eye liners, eye primers and brow pencils.

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EYES/BROWS

I have a TON of eyeshadows that I never use so I put them in a tupperware container in a drawer out of sight. Hopefully I can start using those as well.

In my LIP drawer, I have obviously lip glass, lipstick, chapstick, lip butters, etc.

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LIPS

This is a top view of the container I keep on top of the drawers. I decided to keep my Benefit compact/palatte thingy and my Naked Basics palatte on top since they would take up so much room in the drawer. I also have a few other items that I use on occasion, a Maybelline concealer and sponge applicator. Also I purchased the pointed q-tips from Ulta and placed those there.

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TOP VIEW OF CONTAINER

I apply my makeup on top of my dresser so that’s where I am keeping the brushes. I got a mini caddy from the dollar section at Target awhile back and use that to keep the big brushes, small brushes and my hair brushes (in the back).

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MAKEUP BRUSHES ON DRESSER

For a beginner I thought I was going crazy with the makeup but now looking at it all organized, it doesn’t seem that bad. I’ve seen some YouTube collection videos that are out of control! Having it all in clear drawers that I can easily pull out to see all my products will hopefully allow me to try all the things that I have!

Back on the (painful) bandwagon

I’m trying to get back on the bandwagon, so to speak. I’ve really fallen behind in my running and my strength training. My friend and now trainer has established a group training that meets Mondays and Thursdays and I am going to do my best to make it every week. We worked out this morning, 5 people in our group and I am the youngest. I thought it would be embarrassing but its actually not, I don’t really care. I am so out of shape, thats embarrassing enough.

My trainer had us do this one thing in the circuit training that is really a mind over matter thing for me. Those stool things that you need to jump on with both feet…they have them on the Biggest Loser all the time. I was using the lowest one. SO scary! But I did it! Each.and.every.one. Four sets of 12. Still very proud of myself, and kinda amazed I didn’t fall flat on my face during the last set when my legs were exhausted!

The gym has this wall of motivational words and sayings. I kept looking at this particular sign when I was working out.

My motto for the day…

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Japonesque Makeup brushes and stuff

Making big strides in the makeup world! I have so much to learn, so I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube makeup guru videos to learn what products I need and such. Had a few things in mind so I drove over to Ulta to pick up some things. Mainly I needed new brushes. The ones I have are super old (and cheap) and the bristles were falling out all over the place.

After my purchase, I thought it would be fun to make a quick haul video in the car while I was alone. I had a lot of fun doing it, maybe I’ll make this a weekly thing!

I also got to try out a new brand of makeup (Japonesque), going to try and learn more about the brand and will report back.

Hope you enjoy the video, I’m new to this!!

Products purchased:

1. Japonesque Beautiful Eyes Touch Up Tube Set $16.50

2. Japonesque Dual Sided Brush 120

*Closest product I could find was #110 but I got #120 (Gift w/ purchase)

3. Almay Intense i-color Smokey-i $6.99

4. Almay Intense i-color Shimmer-i $6.99

5.Revlon Diamond Collection Eyelash curler $8.99

6. Style & Finish Texturizing Beach Spray $8.99

7. O.P.I. Nail Lacquer (Where did Suzi’s Man-go?) $9.00

8. Butter London Lippy Tinted Balm (Teddy Boy) $20.00

9. Japonesque Velvet Touch Blush (03) $22.00

10. Japonesque Velvet Touch Blush (05) $22.00

11. Japonesque Velvet Touch Concealer (01) $20.00

12. EOS lip balm (lemon drop) $3.49

13. Benefit Boi-ing & Eye Bright  $12.00