Printables Galore!

Happy Tuesday!!!!

Sorry for being a bad blogger yesterday…I was in no mood to write a happy go lucky blog.  I wasn’t feeling that hot and the big loss to the giants was tough.  But today is a new day and thought I would share some of my favorites sites and blogs that offer some great printables!  For those of you who know me…I am very big into organizing and I love my spreadsheets and lists so these free printables are right up my alley!

Lifes a Journal

Sassy Sites

Anything But Perfect

Evelyn Kate Designs

 

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Dr Oz’s Aspirin Mask Skin

Sorry for such a late posting today!!!

Here is a really cheap and effective facial/mask you can try at home.  Doctor Oz said that this Flawless Skin Home Remedy is a great way to clear your complexion. The aspirin has salicylic acid which helps to remove acne and pimples since it is like a chemical peel. The lemon juice has vitamin C and helps minimize sun damage to your skin. Baking soda works great at the end to neutralize the salicylic acid.

What you’ll need

– non-coated aspirin
– lemon juice
– baking soda

Directions:

1. Mash up 6-12 non-coated aspirins and combine with freshly squeeze lemon juice.
2. Let the aspirin dissolve until it turns into a paste.
3. Apply the mask to your skin and leave it on for 10 minutes.
4. Remove the face mask by dipping a cotton round in some baking soda and some water.

Making Spirits Bright

Oh Monday…how I loathe thee!  Weekends are just too short.  On the bright side, I do have a 4 day work week so I guess I can’t complain!   This was a great weekend filled with lots of family time.  I always cherish the time I spend with my nephew Ryan….I swear he’s grown so much in the 2 weeks I haven’t seen him.  It’s amazing!  And we were able to catch up with some of Justin’s family in town from Florida which was great!   And of course, Sunday Funday (which makes for a not so fun Monday) but well worth it! 

With Christmas in 2 weeks, holiday parties are in full swing.  I don’t know about you guys but I try not to show up empty handed to a party (house party mostly).  A bottle of wine is great to bring as a host gift during the holidays.  Here are a few ideas to make the bottle you contribute stand out among the rest of the little wine soldiers…

This cheers bottle tote is made from wet suit material so it will keep your wine cool for hours.  This would be great in the summer with a bottle of pinto grigio! http://www.builtny.com/cheers-wine-bottle-tote-prod.html

My favorite and probably the cheapest of these ideas is to use a paint pen from a craft store and just write on the bottle. Super easy and the best part, when they go to drink the wine, they will remember who it was from 🙂

These wine sleeves are so cute and unique especially during the holiday season. Plus I’m sure you have old sweaters lying around that you will never wear again…perfect use for it!
http://www.greylikesweddings.com/3-resources/diy-wine-wrap/

Or you can recycle an old dress shirt like these I found on Etsy…

Lastly, you can wrap the gift in a kitchen towel with a pretty ribbon….its cute and practical!

Cold Kicker

TGIF Everyone!  So glad to get through this week and know that the next 4 work weeks are at the most 4 day weeks.  I can definitely deal with that. 

I wanted to share this little cold kicker tip I found on Beauty Bets (definitely a new favorite).  With the weather in the Northeast finally getting chilly and seasonable, its only a matter of time before everyone is getting hit with the nasty cold and sinus infections!  This detox bath seems to be a great DIY treat to give you some relief and mend those achy muscles.

1. Run a hot bath. It opens pores and prepares body for cleansing.
2. Add three pints of food-grade hydrogen peroxide (3%). This oxygenates the body and helps purge toxins. It’s also antibacterial and antiviral.
3. Add two ounces of ground ginger, a natural anti-inflammatory that increases blood circulation and helps promote the elimination of toxins through sweat.
4. Soak for about 30 minutes.
5. Drink lots of water; You need to replenish what’s being pulled out of your system.

After the bath, they say the sweat will start to pour out of you which is good – get rid of the nasty cold lingering inside!  The next time I get hit with a cold, I’ll definately be doing the Detox Bath!

Organize!!!!

I am a sucker for organizing.  We have a small cozy apartment and we need to maximize all the space we can.  Tools for efficient living is right up my alley…and let’s face it, I am super serious about being organized (ask anyone who knows me about my fabulous excel spreadsheets…wink wink).  Here are some things that are perfect for organizing and maximize a tight living space…

Wall Mount Grocery Bag Holder by Simply Human.  This contraption is fabulous.  I purchased this a while back and love it.  Before I had this, my plastic grocery bags were all over the place and falling out of my cabinet.  This mounts on the inside of our shelf and doesn’t take up much room at all – and keeps those plastic bags organized and in place.  Highly recommend…

Wire Spice Racks. I like this concept because I do have a lot of spices and they are so unorganized. There is no rhyme or reason and I end up taking out all my spices just to fine the garlic powder. This would be ideal to put on the inside of the cabinet (again, wont crow your space or spices) and make it easy to find whatever spice you need at the moment. This is going on the Christmas List (I know, the little things that make me happy)

Utensil Storage. I found this project on Honeyandfitz.blogspot.com. I love this idea…When I go to grab a ½ cup, it always is a hassle fishing through the draw and finding the right measurements. This gets the cups and measuring spoons organized and available. I may need to enlist my brother in law for help with this project.

Cabinet-Sized Mesh Drawer Solution. What I like about this is that it allows you to take advantage of the vertical space in your cabinet while allowing easy access to and visibility of the contents. I could use this in my bathroom cabinet or even my pans in the kitchen. Currently I have storage bins in my bathroom closet buts its just a pain to pull the boxes out and search to find what I am looking for. This seems like a much smarter and efficent use of space.

And to tie everything together….Chalk Adhesive Labels. I found these on Etsy (of course). These babies are perfect to label and organize. There are endless possibilities for the self adhesive labels and lets face it…super cute!

DIY Necklace Holder

Any woman knows that if you have more than a few necklaces together in a jewelry box, forget it….it’s a tangled mess!!!  You can never just pick up your necklace and go.  My sister bought me a necklace holder that has clear pockets for all your necklaces and other pieces of jewelry which definitely helps organize but here are some other DIY ideas to store your necklaces…

This first one is a towel rod and shower curtain rings – pretty clever…

Who would have thought a garden tool could be used as a jewelry organizer????

 

Here at Not Your Average Widow  is a great tutorial on making a cute and easy necklace hanger.  My sister did this with a cork board…there are plenty of different versions out there but you get the jist (And I am loving this white frame, flower and fabric.  Such simple touches to really kick it up a notch….

 I think this one is my favorite with the big fancy frame…

This shelf is a multi-purpose piece….you can store knick-knacks on top and jewelery below…

 

And this lovely piece….I absolutely WANT & NEED.  A full length mirror with a massive jewlery box inside!  TO DIE!….

 

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DIY Chalk Glasses

A while back I bought my sister stemless wine glasses with a chalkboard block at Pier 1.  They are great….you can keep track of your wine glass with a little swipe of chalk!  While I love them, I am more of a “stem” wineglass girl.  I just feels right!    When I have stemless, I feel like my drink is not as important, it could be juice for all I know!  ANYWAYS….I found this little tutorial on marylandpinkandgreen.com . Why didn’t I think of this sooner….I am really digging the Chalkboard paint lately.  Hello multi-purpose! 

All you need is chalkboard paint, cheap glasses, painters tape and voila….Chalk Wine, Martini or Beer Glasses!  I think I will be seeking out some cheapy glasses.  Our wine glass selection is a little mis-matched…it would be nice to have a full set of actual matching glasses.  I will keep you guys posted on how this DIY project turns out!!!

 

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DIY Hair Mask

Happy Friday!!!  With winter right around the corner, we need to be sure we are moisturizing properly….from our face, body, lips to hair.   I found this mask a while ago and figured it would be perfect to post about the cold/dry months ahead…. 

You’ll need: a bowl, an electric mixer/beater, ripe avocado, 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil, a clip (any kind: claw clip, sectioning clip, anything to hold your hair up!), shower cap + a blow dryer.

• in a bowl, mix half of a ripe avocado (smashed) and 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil (double the recipe for long or thick hair).
• using your electric mixer/beater, whip the two ingredients together until they reach a creamy consistency.
• take the bowl into the shower with you for an easier, less messy application.
• shampoo hair well, ring out excess water, then apply the mask all over. if you have fine/flat hair, skip the roots and only do middle to ends. clip it up and cover it with the shower cap.
• jump out of the shower and warm the treatment up with your blow dryer on a low heat setting for about one minute. heat will allow the treatment to soak in much further than it would without. try to leave it on for as long as    you can. anywhere from 5 minutes-30 minutes is perfect.
• jump back in the shower and rinse thoroughly. condition as usual with your regular conditioner.

Alternatives: If you don’t have an electric mixer, just mash the avocado up well with a fork or the back of a spoon. Add your olive oil and then manually whisk for a full minute or until it becomes creamy. If you can’t make time to get out of the shower to warm the treatment up with a blow dryer, just clip the mask up in the shower with no cap and the steam will help it soak in.

Also– feel free to add a drop or two of fragrant essential oil! Jasmine, lavender, eucalyptus, chamomile, anything. Your hair will soak up the scent as well!

DIY Necklace

Hello Lovelies!

Just want to send a big shout out to all of my followers….thanks for supporting Mascara & Martinis!  Hope you enjoy and continue to read!!! 

So I have been on the hunt for some chunky colorful necklaces….specifically a pink or yellow one.   I feel like it’s such a statement piece and can add a lot to a simple outfit HOWEVER the problem is I am having a hard time finding any without the hefty price tag. 

I have decided that if I can’t find the perfect necklace I will make it.  Now, for all of you who know me and my “projects”, you know that in my head, I think DIY stuff is so easy and comes out just fabulous (…..in my head) but when I get to the actually project at hand, it never comes out the way I want it to.  So this will be a challenge but I am fairly confident I can do this.  When I was in high school, I used to hit up the bead shop and make difference necklaces, bracelets earrings so hopefully it’s like riding a bike.

I found some great pieces that have inspired me.  I think I might have to hit up Michaels for supplies and use some coupons…really make this as affordable as possible!  Here are some great DIY style necklaces to check out…we’ll see how this baby ends up coming out!  All depends on what beads and ribbon I end up with.