Jewelry as art!

Over the last 5 years I’d say, I’ve seen jewelry become something you display in your home as art! We wear it on the town all the time, why not display it in our home since its so pretty?

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You’ll have to excuse the plastic hanging thing at the top. This hasn’t been “professionally” hung by my husband just yet. There was a nail there so I decided to use it. He’ll get around to it someday…I hope.

This is some fun costume jewelry I bought a few weeks back. I don’t wear it as much as I’d like but its so fun to look at so I decided to display it!

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Overflow Storage

In an attempt to create more storage space for cosmetics and other personal products I looked to the very last unused space in our bedroom, that crack of space underneath our bed.

We happened to be visiting family this weekend that are near a Container Store so I did a little online shopping and ordered some things to be picked up in store. That way I don’t have to spend time searching around the store while the kids are in the car screaming but I also don’t have to pay their outrageous shipping costs.

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I only bought one even though I thought I could fit two. SO glad I only bought one. As you can see in this photo, its a tight fit! My husband has other storage solutions for his side of the bed so this is literally the only area it can fit in.

Underbed bin

Underbed bin

First I just threw all my extra makeup in there but then I found an old product box that would work nicely to corral all the makeup. I tend to get carried away with things and I really don’t want to get to the point where I have makeup in every nook and cranny of my room. This box will be the only secondary storage I have for cosmetics if the items are not in my every day makeup drawers. Makeup, used or unused does expire so don’t stock pile, even if something is on sale. You need to be continuous rotating out old makeup.

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Makeup corraled

I am super happy about this new storage space. I have stuffed things under the bed all times. Getting them back out is challenging, gotta get down on your hands and knees and reach way back. Now I can just easily slide out the drawer and VOILA!

Stale makeup!

Did you know makeup expires?! Well it does! I was always slightly aware of this. The makeup I first purchased in high school was long past its expiration when I used it in college. I had a sense I needed to trash it all when I would break out every time I used it.

Back when Tyra Banks had a television show, she discussed this issue in an episode and I decided to throw out all my makeup and purchase new but still didn’t have any clue how long my makeup would last.

So…do you know what all these makeup products have in common??

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They all have expiration dates listed on the back!20140520-104945-38985896.jpg

Well, not expiration dates per se, but they do indicate how long they are good for. Based upon the date of purchase, you can gage when they should be discarded.

Most of these are products I have purchased recently so I know exactly when the expiration date would be. Of course, 23 months down the line will I remember, probably not.

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I found some labels I had left over from another project and cut them to a smaller size. Using the date of purchase and the number of months they are good for, I calculated their expected expiration date. I then wrote the expiration date on the small labels and placed them on each product.20140520-105206-39126476.jpg

Makeup can be a wonderful place for bacteria to harbor, so in addition to throwing out expired makeup, its also a great idea to look into ways to disinfect your makeup from time to time.

Not all makeup comes with expiration dates, if you have some that you are not sure about, make sure to find out the best time frame to discard them in.

Here are some general guidelines for different types of makeup

Mascara 2 – 3 months
Liquid foundation & concealer 6 – 12 months
Lipstick/lip gloss 2 years / 1 year
Nail polish 1 – 2 years
Powder, Eye Shadow, & Blush 2 years
Fragrances 8 – 10 years
Lotion 2 years

Source: http://www.seventeen.com/beauty/tips/makeup-expiration-date-guidelines#slide-1

Real Life Wednesday: Mama’s Little Helper

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This was my sons version of putting the grocery bags away. At just over 3 years of age, I couldn’t be happier at how well he did.

In real life, when kids clean up it doesn’t end up looking like a Martha Stewart magazine. That doesn’t mean they aren’t doing their very best. I seriously wanted to leave the bags like that forever. I was so proud of him.

Let your kids help out with anything they show interest in. It’s rewarding for both parties!

Packing for Toddlers

It’s never too early to start teaching your kids how to pack their own things for a trip!

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We often take 24 hr or 48 hr trips to see family and often need to bring our own toys. The kids see me packing and I noticed one time that they were trying to do their own packing.

I picked up some small bags we have lying around the house and told the kids we were going in the car to see Nanny and Papa and to pack whatever toys they wanted to bring. They had so much fun doing it, we’ve been doing it ever since!

Cooper is very predictable in that he always just loads up all his cars into the bag and Claire does just about the same. But it’s so much fun watching them fill up their bag.

The matchbox cars they bring aren’t enough entertainment for our whole trip so I grab a bin from the playroom and throw in some random books and a few others toys they don’t usually play with.

We are turning three this week and while the threes may be harder then 2, I am looking forward to seeing all the new things my kids can do on their own! Maybe in 6 months they will be helping me pack their outfits!