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Happy Monday! Today I got the day “off” and will be spending most of it painting furniture and catching up on blog stuffs. But right now, I have one of my best furniture reveals ever!

I am so excited to show you the after picture, I can hardly stand it! So we’re going to make this post short and sweet so you can get to the good stuff.

This dresser was well worth the extra effort of a 40 minute drive + loading it down a flight of stairs. I knew from the beginning that it had amazing potential

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And there’s really nothing I can add here worth reading, because the after picture says it all.

turquoise french dresser

I think I mentioned it before, but this dresser is for one of my best friends. She’s putting it in her daughter’s room. I mean, how adorable will this be? (While it looks like it’s in a room right now, I actually just staged it in my garage.)

We googled turquoise dressers before heading to Home Depot to pick out a color, and we were a little nervous about this color choice, because it wasn’t as turquoise as we thought we wanted. Funny how everything is a “we” in this situation, huh? It was really all up to her. But anyways, I think the color is perfect. I’m so glad we went with this one.

I can’t wait to see my friend’s face when she comes to pick it up. I hope she loves it as much as I do! :)

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I feel like I’ve been a little MIA lately, which is the exact opposite of what I thought would happen once I quit my job. But lately, life has been taking over.

I’ve already started working part-time for a local faux finishing company here in Kansas City. I jumped right in and yesterday I was on the top tier of a scaffold. If you know me, you know that’s a huge deal. Today I climbed to the top with no second thoughts and climbed down without over thinking it. Am I alone here or does anyone else think the hardest part of heights is getting down? Either way, here’s to personal growth!

So that’s been great! This past weekend I picked up this AWESOME french provincial dresser that one of my best friends is buying from me. She picked out one of my favorite colors and I can’t wait to get it finished up to show you guys!

french dresser

I’m way too excited about this one. Maybe people find these at affordable prices all the time, but this is a first for me!

So I’m going to cut this post short because I need to get to painting before it gets dark out! Hopefully I’ll have something pretty to show you tomorrow! :)

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Sometimes I let my sister take over the blog to share her knowledge of makeup and fashion. Check out the rest of her posts here.

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It’s a Trendy Tutorial kind of day!

Everyday Look How ToToday I want to show you all how to get that natural, effortless eye makeup look with just a few easy (and quick!) steps,using my favorite eyeshadow palette — Urban Decay’s Naked Basics Palette.

Urban Decay Basics

Basics Palette

STEP 1: Sweep Venus just below the brow and on the inner corner of the eye

STEP 2: Dust W.O.S. on the whole lid, up to the crease

STEP 3: Softly blend Naked 2 into the crease, and also along the upper and lower lash lines

STEP 4: Apply mascara (I like MAC’s Zoom Waterfast Lash)

Accompany these subtle eyes with a little bronzer along your cheek bones, a pink blush on the apples of your cheeks, and tinted lip balm for the complete polished, yet natural, look!

The great thing about this palette? You can create so many different looks using these six shades!

Stay tuned for more tutorials using the amazing Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette!

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Guys, help me pressure her to start making video tutorials for you guys! I’ve been trying to convince her that she could have a great YouTube channel.

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Contact Me

Yesterday was my first real day of unemployment self-employment. Saying I didn’t have much to do isn’t actually true, but I didn’t have any planned meetings or appointments. Either way, there was plenty to do and in just one day I learned some things that are/aren’t going to work in the future.

1. 7:30 AM IS NOT EARLY ENOUGH

I thought that waking up at 7:30 am and getting in a quick workout, then getting ready to take on the day was a good plan and one that would ensure I didn’t spend the day in my PJs. I think the order of events will work well enough, but sleeping in until 7:30 is probably not going to work, as unfortunate as it is. By the time I showered and ate breakfast it was after 10 am. I’m thinking getting up at 6:30 is still going to be a requirement even in self-employment. On the plus side, I had to get up before 5 if I wanted to fit in a workout before work, so it’s much better than that!

2. NO TV ALLOWED DURING THE DAY

I actually put this one into practice yesterday. It was difficult sitting on the couch in front of the TV without turning it on, even just for background noise, but I decided it was probably a good idea to not even let it be an option for distraction.

3. FACEBOOK IS THE DEVIL

I need to manage my Facebook page and create new content, but I kept finding myself browsing my friends’ posts and reading random articles. I have a feeling this will be constant struggle, but hopefully I’ll learn to tune out Facebook until I’ve completed my work.

4. MAKE LISTS FOR EVERYTHING

We all know the work is never done, so I’m going to need to prioritize what things need to be done every day. Especially the little things that are easily forgotten but can make all the difference. For example, I’m going to need to make a checklist of things to do for each blog post (featured image, SEO, schedule to social media, link up for linky parties, etc.) so nothing is forgotten.

5. PLAN OUT DINNER AHEAD OF TIME

As cliche as it is, I think I’m expected to make dinner now pretty much every night since I’m staying home. So I pulled out a cookbook and picked out a recipe to try out, but then I had to run to Target for some last minute ingredients. Crockpot recipes are my best friend, but daytime shopping is not.

6. USE A PLANNER

I love planners and writing down everything going on, but sometimes I write things down after I’ve done them just to check them off. And I’m kind of bad about opening my planner once I get home. Now that I’ll be home most days, I think I’ll need to check in with the planner more often to keep track of my commitments. Between not going to an office today and Labor Day weekend,  I had to remind myself multiple times that it’s Tuesday. I hang out with my Little (Big Brothers Big Sisters) on Tuesdays and I would hate to leave her hanging because I forgot what day it was.

So there’s what I’ve learned from my first day of self-employment. Oh and my apartment is really quiet, so I can’t wait to go work on my computer in a coffee shop where there are other people.

What advice do you have for working from home? 

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Why I Quit My Job

Nacho Can Do It

Last Friday was my last day at my full time job. Believe it or not, I don’t even have a real backup plan.

I know that scares a lot of people. I know some people imagine themselves doing the same thing and then say, “there is no way I would do that without another job lined up,” then others are worried about me and if I made the right choice. Some people I’ve told fall into both categories, and others are jealous that I won’t have to “work” anymore.

So why did I quit? I had a great job and I was one of the few people I know actually using my degree after college. I made a great salary for my position and my age and I was off by 4:30 every day. I was doing exactly what I thought I wanted to do in this world, until I realized I wasn’t. There are things about my job that I didn’t love, but come on, no job is perfect. So it wasn’t completely about that.

This decision was more about me. More about spending my time doing what I want to do and making my own way in the world. It sounds selfish to type it out, and maybe it was a selfish decision. But it felt like, and for now it still feels like, the right thing to do.

I made the decision in a split second. I’d been talking to my husband about it for a while, but not too seriously. We have financial goals to get out of debt and I’m really committed to those, so it didn’t seem like a real option. Then one Wednesday at work on one of my breaks, I went on a walk. I was worked up about something, I can’t even remember what it was even though it was only a little over two weeks ago. Then I just decided that I’m going to quit, I’m really going to do it. There is so much more out there in the world, and I need to make myself a part of it.

So I texted Will and told him I was putting in my two weeks notice on Friday. He said, “Are you serious?” and I said yes and then he said okay. So now you’re thinking we’re both crazy, and maybe that’s true.


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But the thing is, I didn’t just quit to sit at home to be a “woman of leisure” as someone put it this past weekend after they asked what I do. I do kind of have a plan, just not a rock solid one. In fact, this Friday I’m meeting with an accountant to set up an LLC. I’m not ready to divulge all the details yet, but I’m planning to have something new up and running in the next couple of weeks.

It should also be noted that when I made the decision to quit, I had been presented with a few different opportunities. And all of these opportunities found me, I didn’t go looking for them. A couple of them aren’t going to work out, I know that now. That was scary, knowing that I had quit my job and within a few days a couple of the opportunities had been taken off the table. But it was exciting too, because I feel like these were signs pointing me to try the things I’ve been researching for months, maybe even over a year now.

And I know I’m extremely fortunate to even be in a position to be able to do this. For me, this seems like the only time in my life that I can do this. We haven’t started a family yet, so if I fail little mouths won’t be going hungry at the end of the day. My husband probably feels duped by marriage (sign the papers and she quits her job), but he is supportive and is giving me a chance, and just as important, he makes enough money to financially support us for now. AND through this blogging thing, I have met people who actually understand this. People who are encouraging and supportive and can see the opportunity that most people are afraid to look for. People who have done this and can act as mentors and people who want to do the exact same thing and tag me in motivational Instagram pictures reminding me that even though I could fail, I could also succeed (you know who you are!).

And speaking of failing, let’s be honest here, most businesses fail. I’m aware that that is a very real possibility. I am aware that while I’m doing this so that I control my time, I will be spending more of it working. We’ve decided that I get 6 months to see how this goes. If things are still going well in 6 months, I can continue this little project of mine. If they aren’t, I’ll be searching for a new full-time job.

If I fail, I’ll chalk it up to a learning experience. But remember, Nacho can do anything he sets his mind to. So here’s to the first day of self-employment!

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WELCOME TO MY CLOUD

I’ve shared pictures of my bedroom before, and not much has changed, but now that I’m a little more experienced with my camera, I decided to share some new photos of it.

Bedroom

Last week I signed up for a 6 week photography class that begins in September, and I’m really excited to finally learn some real skills. I want to shoot in manual, but so far the furthest I’ve ventured out is to the Creative Auto setting.

The door headboard was one of my very first projects, and I still admire it when I walk into the room. I feel like my bedroom is the most cohesive room in my apartment with a clear color scheme, unlike my living room which is a mess of colors that I haven’t quite worked out yet.

bedroom2

I’m definitely over the tan walls and would love to put a fun rug in, but since we’re still renting an apartment, those things will have to wait. We’re hoping to buy a house this spring, so adding new decorations and investing more time and money into this space seems a bit silly. Still, I love it. I feel like it achieved the light and airy “breezy” feel that I wanted.

Will makes fun of me because I refer to the bed as my cloud. It’s just so white and fluffy that it’s perfect. Typically we don’t keep the brown throw on the bed because it gets pretty hot pretty fast, but I think it looks nice when the bed is made.

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Also, the throw adds a nice cozy feeling that I’m craving for the upcoming fall. Can you believe it’s already almost September? I feel like my summer hasn’t even started yet, and now it’s already over! But I do love fall scented candles, so I’m not complaining.

One thing I can invest in for this room before we move…curtains. Confession: I’ve never purchased curtains before. I’m not sure if I should go with a print or stick with the light and airy theme and get some simple curtains?

What do you think? 

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This article is sponsored by Kleenex + Walmart

Back-to-school for the non trad

We might not be the typical school or even college aged kids, but as of this past Monday, my husband and I are back to school. Technically he’s back to school, but hey, when you’re married you don’t do anything alone, so I’m back in as well. Will was on active duty in the Army after high school and decided use his GI Bill to go back to school to get his degree last year.

Because we’re a little more established than your average college student, our back-to-school list is a little different than you might imagine, but it’s also a lot cheaper than furnishing a dorm room. Here’s our small list of things we can’t live without while we count down the days until Christmas break.

1. CALENDAR

This guy was a lifesaver last year. Last year Will started out the year by missing a TEST for one of his online classes. I wish I was joking. Luckily he still passed the course, but I think it might be because we started writing down due dates of assignments on our master calendar. It’s actually not far from our TV, so it’s super easy to check before relaxing for the night.

2. CHALK/DRY ERASE MARKERS

I love that these come in multiple colors because Will uses them to color code his classes. Sometimes that calendar gets pretty crazy. It’s much easier to figure out what’s going on when accounting assignments are in blue and his humanities class is in green.

3. TISSUES

These things come in handy for a lot more than just wiping your nose during the school year. We use them to wipe off the calendar at the beginning of a new month and when you set them on the desk you’ll reach for them more than you realize. Need a makeshift coaster or to clean up a spill quick before it ruins your laptop? Much easier to grab the Kleenex that’s right next to you then run, dripping to the kitchen for a paper towel! Right now you can even get the pretty boxes!  The Kleenex Expression Oval Tissue chevron designs are available at Walmart Supercenters for a limited time. 

4. COFFEE/ENERGY DRINKS

Energy drinks get Will through the long nights and coffee gets him through the morning when he has to get up early to go to work at his full-time job. Lucky for me I’m not actually the college student, so I usually bail and go to bed when I get tired. I guess married people don’t do anything alone until after 11 pm, because that’s past my bedtime!

Can you think of anything we should add to our back-to-school list? Surely pencils and notebooks aren’t that important, right? 

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Be Bold at Home

This article is sponsored by Chili’s At Home

You might remember that a few weeks ago I set some pretty bold goals for myself. I vowed to start cooking from home. Based on our recent bank statements and the fact that almost every transaction is from a restaurant, I’d say that’s not working out so hot. Whoopsie. But sometimes you just crave food from a specific place and fortunately, or maybe unfortunately, we live within a few blocks of tons of nice places to eat.

However, we live just as close to a Walmart, where I picked up this for dinner tonight:

chilis

Chili’s, one of our favorite destinations, is making my recent goal a little easier, even if it is kind of cheating.

Chilis at home

I’m not normally a frozen food gal, but Chili’s® at Home definitely makes it easier to “cook” from home after a long day of work on those days when you really don’t feel like cooking, (which would be every night for me!). The new line of Chili’s® frozen foods is inspired by some of the restaurant’s most popular and innovative dishes, so I know that Will will eat them too since that’s one of his favorite places to eat out.

And look, I created my very first GIF!  

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What’s your favorite Chili’s dish? 

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Gallery Wall for Beginners

Gallery Wall for Beginners

Remember when we thought we were moving, so we moved all of our furniture downstairs into our garage and then we didn’t move, so we had to movie it all back up? Yah, that was fun. Luckily Will single handedly carried most of that by himself, so I guess it actually wasn’t too bad for me. I should mention that I offered to help with every trip he made, and he refused. So I definitely have room to point out every single ding in my furniture, and yes there are dings. But they were all already there, says the guy who carried everything down a flight of stairs by himself. Riiiight.

Anyways, where I was really going with that story was that I took the “moving back in” experience to redecorate a few areas of our apartment. I showed you all how I decided to arrange our cookbooks for easy access.

I also redecorated our “office area” we’ll call it. It’s really out in the living room, but in a one bedroom apartment, that was the most logical place for it.

Beginner Gallery Wall

I wanted to try my hand at a gallery wall – but I’d never put one together before and I didn’t have a whole lot of space. So I worked with what I had and created a cute space that’s functional. Will’s fall semester classes start today, so the calendar and pin board come in handy for schedules and notes.

Soon that calendar will be full of homework assignments and due dates, and Sunday evenings will again be my least favorite of the week as he scrambles to get all of his homework done on time. Last year I had to “ground” him from his video games. I took his controller to work with me during the day so he couldn’t play Call of Duty until his homework was finished. I guess it’s great practice for when we have kids someday! (Remember, this is my husband I’m talking about!)

Simple Gallery Wall

So – here are a few simple tips for your first try at a gallery wall:

1) Start small.
Pick 3-5 things and arrange them in a way that you like. This will be so much easier as a first-timer and you’ll be more experienced when you want to put together a bigger gallery wall. And you can always add more as you find more pieces you love!

2) Use tape to figure out where to insert your nails.
For your pieces that require more than one nail to hang up, use tape to measure the distance between the nails. Then you can put the tape on the wall and make sure it’s level before you put any holes in your wall. Watch this video for more clarification!

3) It’s okay if everything isn’t perfectly symmetrical.
I personally like the unbalanced look and think that’s what makes a gallery wall more interesting. It’s okay if the space between pieces isn’t perfect, it just adds more character!

What tips do you have for creating a gallery wall? 

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Going in for a New Look

This is a little off topic from our usual furniture talk, but lately I haven’t been able to quit thinking about maybe cutting my hair short again.

It seems that every 4 years I chop it off, right before it actually gets long. I always want long hair, but mine doesn’t ever look like the long hair I envy on other girls.

Also, I can’t believe I’m sharing this picture with you guys. How do I make this unpinnable? It would be mortifying if this image was just floating across Pinterest.

Hair collage

Do you see how my hair (top left if you hadn’t figure that out yet) just isn’t working for me? And do you see how much more attractive I’ll look when I look exactly like Jennifer Anniston? And how cute my hair will be when I curl it like the bottom two pictures?

The bottom left picture is the one I find myself staring at at random moments throughout the day. It’s just soooo adorable! Those are the perfect loose curls.

We’re just going to ignore the fact that I’m not exactly proficient at curling my hair and I’m not really into taking the time to learn, but I’m sure it’ll look like that when I wake up with no effort, right?

I’m a little worried about this:

expectation reality

Anyways, I’ve decided to go for it and I scheduled an appointment for tomorrow night, so there’s no going back. I’ll post a before and after picture on Instagram as soon as it’s cut!

Wish me luck!

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