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Muffin Tin Experiments

This morning I’m off to Cost.co to stock up. I’m also going to try making muffin tin breakfasts to freeze and have on hand. School will be starting soon and I’d like to have a number of healthy breakfasts on hand.

Does anybody do this? Have any recipes? They don’t have to be breakfast, just easily frozen and healthy!

Crafty Craft Crafting!

Good evening all!
I thought I’d check in and share a little crafty craft project I’ve been working on tonight.
I found the idea on Pinterest
a few days ago. It seemed brilliant, as I can never seem to find light switch plates that fit, that I like, or that don’t cost a ton.

So here we go.
All you need is:
1) Scracpbook paper
2) Mod Podge (I chose gloss)
3) Foam brush (sponge)
4) Exacto knife

Pretty easy right?

First, remove your light switch plate, place on wrong side of paper and trace, then, cut out.

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Next, spread Mod Podge on plate switch AND wrong side of paper with a sponge brush.

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Flip over and use one coat of Mod Podge. Let dry a little.
Then, take your Exacto knife and cut the outlet or switch holes.

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Then, continue to add layers of Mod Podge, letting dry a bit between each layer.

This is my almost finished plate. I still need to work on the edges and apply a few more coats, but so far so good!

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Books, Books, Books

I am one to judge a book by it’s cover. Literally. I am drawn to books that are visually enticing. I chose them by the jacket color, the illustration, the size, the number of pages. As an avid reader, I also like to physically see the book so that I know whether or not I have read it. Owning a Nook makes it difficult for me to select my reads. So much more convenient than trying to load up the kids and go to the book store. Better than trying to make a selection with the seven year old yelling “but mooom, over here!”
But still, I find it difficult.
Recently I selected the novel Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

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I had never read her work before and had no idea that this was actually her third book. The story of a missing wife and a failing marriage and how the husband looks increasingly guilty as the investigation wears on. I LOVED it. Well written, impossible to guess, and completely captivating.

After reading Gone Girl I went back to search other novels by Flynn. My next selection was Dark Places.

A woman confronting her past, looking for answers regarding the mid-night slayings of her mother and two sisters. Again, amazing!

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This morning during nap time I finished up Sharp Objects, which was actually Flynn’s debut novel. Again, I couldn’t put it down. Completely captivating.

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It’s not often that I hit upon an author that I can’t get enough of. One that is so captivating that I could devour an entire novel in one sitting. (If I had endless alone time and nothing to do.)

My only regret in reading these three novels so quickly is that I am finished, and there are no more. We definitely need another Gillian Flynn book!

Fancy Lady

I suck at things like make-up and hair. Like really truly suck. In high school I didn’t care much for wearing make-up and I just never learned. Or was never taught. However that sort of thing works. I wear make-up now, out of necessity, but always very light, always that barely there look.
Last night I went to the mall looking for shoes to wear to my brothers wedding. Unable to find any, I turned toward the make-up counters instead. I went to MAC and asked the girl to do my face so that I wouldn’t look washed out in pictures. It looked great. I bought everything. The problem, however, is that when I was taking all my goodies out of the bag today, I realized that I had no idea what to do with any of it. It is all well and good that the girl at Macy’s knows what to do with it, but what about me?
So I took everything out, lined it all up and went to work.

First was the primer. Apparently you have to prime your face before painting it, just as you’d prime your wall or your car.

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Next came the eyebrows, a nice pencil to fill them in. (I have done this before but I really like the ease of the MAC pencil as opposed to using a powder with a brush.) after applying the pencil I went around my eyebrows with a bit of foundation just as she told me to do.

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Then came the paint pot. I honest to goodness couldn’t remember what this was for. I had to google it. Yes, I had to google the make-up I bought.
The paint pot is base for eyeshadow. It makes it last longer and keeps you from getting those yucky creases. This went all over the eye lids.

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After the paint pot I got to work on the eyeshadow. This is where I always mess up. It seems like I always end up looking like someone punched me. It took a few tries, a few swipes with the wet wipes, but I got it. The lighter shade went in the crease, the darker in the edge and blended over top and bottom of the lid.

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Next I applied the foundation. No problems there, and I will say that I like the MAC full coverage far more than the last brand I was wearing.

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After applying the foundation I went back to my eyes and applied the shimmer over my lids as well as the inside corners of my eyes and a little bit underneath.

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Then the eyeliner, a black cream applies with a liner brush.
I did the “water line” of my eyes in a dark brown pencil as I am not used to wearing liner underneath and felt uncomfortable with a black black.

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I then powdered my face and applied a bronzer to my cheekbones and forehead.

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A quick bit of gloss on the lips and I was done. All in all with the mistakes and everything I’d say it took me about 45 minutes. Not exactly convenient. I definitely need to learn to do it quicker!

Here is the end result:

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Nothing crazy but definitely good enough to show up in pictures and help me to not look washed out!
I can’t wait to get the make-up on, along with my hair all did up fancy, and in my new dress! I just might clean up nicely after all!!

SHOO FLY!

We’ve had this insane fly problem for like three days now. No idea why. The trash is in a cupboard and is not overflowing. The doors are closed. There are no dishes piled in my sink. We just have flies.

So this morning, after hanging fly tape last night and catching about four, I decided I needed to take some serious action. I got online and googled “how to kill house flies.” Hundreds of sites popped up, and so I set about making home made fly traps with my son.

The first, a jar filled with water, white sugar, brown sugar, and mashed banana, all things flies are sure to be attracted to, only worked if we took the lid off, let a fly in, snapped the lid on and swished him into the substance. VERY time consuming and only fun for the kid for about 10 minutes.

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The second, simple enough, cut off the bottom portion of a water bottle and add apple cider vinegar and sugar. It didn’t work.

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So then upon checking more sites I found one that said to spray the fly with hairspray, making it unable to fly, and then vacuum it up with the hose attachment.
And so I armed the kid with a can of hairspray, got out the vacuum attachment, and instructed him to start spraying on my word, “GO!”

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Well I’m proud to say that the house is now pretty much fly free, and A wants to be an exterminator when he grows up.

WE RULE!

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And now I most go mop the floors and clean the window sills and wrangle the can of hairspray away from the kid!

Follow up to WTF

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WTF

Well guys, my old friend xeroxlore is back with a new name. WTF? How do you block someone that actually changes names to get to you? Getting creepy…suggestions?