Upcycled/DIY Makeup Brush Holder – No priming, sanding, or buffing! Life

Makeup is something that I’ve always loved to do, but I never really used the proper tools. I just kind of did what worked for me at the moment and went on with my day. My husband is very much aware of my makeup obsession, but he noticed that I owned maybe 2 makeup brushes so, for Christmas, he got me a 22 brush set. I was SO excited to learn how to use them and, now that I’m more comfortable with using them, I use them in my regular makeup routine. The only downside is that 22 brushes is a LOT of brushes, especially when there are no duplicates and I use every brush at least once a week, and I have NO counter space in my bathroom.

I had been using a mason jar to hold the top 10-12 brushes that I used daily, but I found that I was digging into the remaining brushes often enough that I needed to find something to hold them all while still fitting on my sink. I went to Target and couldn’t find ANYTHING worth the money (shocking, I know!). There were so many things that I loved, but they either weren’t big enough to hold all my brushes or they were way too much money.

I decided to go through my house to see if there was anything I could use and, lo and behold, I found a pot our realtor gave us when we moved in to our house! It was the perfect size- big enough to hold all my brushes, but tapered at the bottom so it fit on my sink. The only downside- it was BRIGHT yellow. I love yellow, but that thing would have been hideous in my bathroom. My bathroom is small, but it doesn’t have to be ugly. I turned to my good friend Martha to help me fix the color and voila! A bright yellow pot turned into a chic gold makeup brush holder!

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You’ll need 3 things to recreate this easy DIY

  1. A flower pot
  2. Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Craft Paint (I have the pearl and metallic set and I am OBSESSED with it! This is the “Gold” color from that set).
  3. Paint brush or foam brush

 

Step 1: Wash your pot and dry it completely. You definitely don’t want little dirt specs to ruin the finish of your paint!

Step 2: Paint the inside of the pot.

Step 3: Paint the outside of the pot.

Step 4: Let dry and pain a second coat if you want to. I had to do two coats of gold because it was BRIGHT yellow.

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That’s it! Super easy!

You’ll see that my pot is white on the inside- I just used a cheap white acrylic paint. If the inside gets chipped, I’m not worried about it since my brushes will be inside the pot. It is important to make sure the outside is painted with a multi-surface paint, though, since there’s no priming or buffing.

This whole project cost me a grand total of $0. If I hadn’t had the paint already, it would have cost me about $2 for the paint. You can’t beat that!

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2016 Fitness Goals Fitness

Like any lifestyle blogger, I’ve set goals for myself for 2016. Aside from my resolution to be happy, there are certain fitness goals I have set for myself this year.

Unlike other years, my goals aren’t aesthetic. They’re hardly even body weight related. Aside from losing my pregnancy weight, I don’t have a goal weight. For the first year in 5 years, I’m not telling myself, “I will weigh [insert weight here]” by the end of the year. I’m not even telling myself “2016, I’ll be the fittest me ever!”

Nope.

This year, I’m focusing on performance. This year, I want to be able to improve in how heavy I’m lifting and how well I perform. I don’t want to go into the gym focused on how many calories I’m burning or how long I need to do [insert workout here] to burn off [insert food item here]. I’m focusing on how much I can squat or bench.

Why?

I started my fitness journey in 2011 and by October of that year was the smallest I’d been in my life. I gained a little weight over the holiday season and I vowed that I would get back to that size and be the “fittest me ever” in 2012. I vowed the same thing in 2013. And 2014. And 2015. What happened? I never got back down to my smallest size. Now, there are a couple of reasons for that. One, I honestly think I was too small. My body’s homeostatis was not at that weight. Two, I put so much focus in what I wanted to weigh and what I wanted to look like that I never stuck with one routine. If something didn’t work for a week or a month, I’d try something new. You can only try new things so many times before you’ve gone months without any progress.

This year, I’m going to see progress because I’m working on performance. If my body changes, then great, but that won’t be my focus. When a specific body type is your goal, it’s often easy to never truly reach your goal because there is always going to be something that needs work. That can be a very dangerous path. With performance based goals, there are no subjective standards. You either deadlift your body weight or you don’t. If you don’t, you can work your way to that until you can deadlift your body weight.

Am I saying aesthetic goals are bad? Not at all! If your goal is to look a certain way or weigh a certain amount, that’s great! Goals are good! Just remember that there is so much more to being fit than aesthetics.

I’m looking forward to seeing what my body can do this year!

What are your fitness goals for 2016?

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New Year’s Resolutions //  2016 Life

2016 is almost here, resolutions are about to be made, and shortly after they’ll be broken. Maybe that’s cynical, but it’s true. Last year, my resolution was to hand letter something every day. That didn’t happen (though, I did hand letter some throughout the year). I wanted to stress less and I don’t think that happened either, though I did learn how to relinquish control in some situations thanks to a completely unpredictable pregnancy.

This year, I have a one resolution: be happy.

There are a few ways to make this happen, but the main one I want to focus on is loving myself.

I can’t tell you how I’m going to do that yet, to be honest, but that’s part of my resolution. I have been so hard on myself about a lot of things and I think I’m finally ready to learn what it means to be happy with myself as I am today. That’s not an easy thing to do, but I plan on using this year as time to really learn how to love myself and make myself happy.

This isn’t to say that I’m not happy with my life now. I am! I have a wonderful family, a home, a job…I have everything I want and need but I am sometimes unable to enjoy that and cherish it because I stress out over a lot of things. I am always anxious about something and that is such a burden on me. By the end of the year, I want to learn how to not be anxious about everything.

As you make your New Year’s resolutions this year, I challenge you to come up with things that are attainable and worth while. Make resolutions that will impact your life past 2016. If you want to travel, make sure you’re making lifelong memories. Let those trips change you. If you want to lose weight, make that journey one of learning. Make sure your resolutions are impactful. Make the time you put into them worth it. Make 2016 the year your life changes for the better.

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Christmas Recap! Family / Fitness / Life

I haven’t updated recently because we went on vacation to visit my family for Christmas! We drove up on Tuesday morning and stayed until yesterday morning.

The drive to Atlanta was long and boring. I made sure to pack some healthy snacks, though! I packed some Powercrunch bars, chocolate rice cakes, and peanut butter. It’s really easy to eat poorly while on the road so it’s important to plan ahead!

Once we got settled at my parents house, we went to Atlantic Station to go ice skating. I didn’t skate because I had M in her wrap, but it was still so fun watching my dad and sisters skate! After skating, we went to a restaurant called Yard House and it was amazing! I loved all the different food options. There were so many different combinations of flavors that I hadn’t seen before. I wanted to try one of everything! We all split a few appetizers and I got a pastrami benedict burger (yes, that is as good as it sounds!).

christmas in atlanta

Wednesday morning I went to the gym with my mom and we worked shoulders and back with her trainer. After the gym, we spent Wednesday lounging around and taking family photos. I also went to Target to pick up a last minute Christmas Eve dress for M. The one I brought was too small. She’s getting so big! On Thursday, Mike and I went to the YMCA and played racquetball and it was so much fun! We were there for an hour and had such a great time! Racquetball is a great workout.  We spent the rest of the day relaxing before going to Waffle House for dinner- a tradition- and going to the 11pm Christmas Eve service at my parents church.

christmas in atlanta

Christmas Day was a blast as well! We opened presents and had a delicious meal. I got a lot of great gifts! One of my favorite gifts was from my sister. She knows that I’ve really been enjoying cooking lately so she got me some cookbooks with a bunch of healthy, simple recipes. I can’t wait to start trying some of them this week! Side note: how cute is M!?!

christmas in atlanta

We spent Friday and Saturday lounging around the house (are you sensing a theme here?). Mike and I went to the YMCA again on Saturday to play racquetball again and had a ton of fun. I also worked legs that day. We also met up with my friend Becca for brunch and my friend Meghan for dinner! I hadn’t seen either of them in almost a year so it was awesome to catch up!

On Sunday, we relaxed, went to Trader Joe’s, went to a family friends house for an engagement party, then Monday we drove home!

We had such a good trip. I don’t see my family very often usually, so it was nice to spend some time with them. I’ve seen them more this year than the past few years combined, mostly due to M being born. Now that everything has settled down, I’m not sure when I’ll see them next. Life is kind of starting back up again with me going back to work next week (more on that at another time) so it will be interesting to see how and where things fall into place.

What did you do during the holiday vacation?

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Pre-Christmas Workouts and Fruit Water Fitness

I can’t believe Christmas is next week! One on hand, I’m excited! I love Christmas time. It’s my favorite time of year, handsdown. On the other hand, I’m dreading it. Christmas means my maternity leave is coming to an end and I have to go back to work. I have been leaving Maddie at daycare for half days a few days this week to “wean” myself off of her, but I’m still really anxious about being away from her all day.

Anyways, this week I’ve made sure to get in some good workouts since Christmas always brings yummy treats!

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I’ve added weights back into my workouts and I have been SO sore! I’m a little weakling right now because I haven’t lifted in so long, but I’m looking forward to seeing progress (and being less sore)!

I’ve also been on Pinterest a lot more lately and I was inspired to try making my own fruit infused water! It looks so pretty so I thought I’d try it out with what I had on hand!

fruit infused water The first one is made with sliced apples, cinnamon sticks, and some cinnamon honey I got from Savannah Bee Company. I wasn’t sure how it would taste since I didn’t know how much the apples would flavor the water, but it’s surprisingly good! Very smooth with some sweetness and a hint of cinnamon. It’s also very festive!

The second one is made with pineapple, honeydew, honey, and a little lime juice. It is much sweeter than the apple cinnamon one but it’s really good! I can’t wait to try more flavor combinations! I really want to do something with cucumber, raspberry, and mint.

 

 

 


Feeling Good + Fish Tacos with Citrus Pico de Gallo and Spicy Cream Sauce Fitness / Life

This week has been a good week so far! I’ve had the chance to do my hair and makeup and spend some time out of the house which has made a world of difference in my confidence.

M had a scary episode last week where she spit up a little bit of blood. After a lot of crying (on my part) and a trip to the pediatrician, we found that she has bad reflux. I suspected reflux, but didn’t realize it was so bad that it was making her esophagus bleed! Poor baby. Monday we had a follow up appointment so I had an opportunity to get dressed and go out into the world! Moms of infants, you know how important and exciting this is! I’m still living in yoga pants, but I’ve come up with ways to dress them up to make them cuter.

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I got the vest from Kroger- yes, the grocery store. There is a Kroger near us that is so insane! It has a clothing sections, shoes, and even a jewelry store! The shirt is from JC Penny and the yoga pants are from, of course, Target.

Yesterday was my friends birthday and I was able to get dressed up again! I didn’t get a picture of my whole outfit, but I did my makeup and I felt great! Bonus points: I did my makeup while holding a fussy baby. Mom win!

Monday night I wanted to make a healthy dinner. We’ve started using MyFitnessPal to track our food again, so I wanted to make something low calorie and protein packed! My husband loves fish tacos so I decided to whip up my own pico for some yummy fish tacos!

fish tacos mango pineapple pico

Fish Tacos with Pineapple Mango Pico de Gallo and Spicy Cream Sauce

Servings: 4
Amount per serving: 297 calories- 37g carbs- 8g fat- 26g protein

Ingredients

For Pineapple Mango Pico de Gallo

  • 1 1/2 c chopped tomato
  • 1/2 c diced onion
  • 2 tbs diced jalapeno
  • 1 c. diced pinapple
  • juice of 1 mango
  • 1 tbs lime juice

For Spicy Cream Sauce

  • 1/2 c light sour cream (you could also use plain Greek yogurt)
  • 2 tbs jalapenos
  • dash cayenne pepper

For Tacos

  • 4 tilapia filets
  • salt, pepper, and cumin to taste
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Cooking spray

mango pineapple pico de gallo

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine all pico ingredients. Cover and refrigerate ideally for 4 hours or longer before serving.
  2. In a blender, combine sour cream, jalapenos, and cayenne. Blend until smooth and set aside.
  3. In a skillet over medium high heat, spray your skillet and add tilapia filets. add salt, pepper, and cumin to taste and let cook 3-4 minutes per side or until fish flakes when cut into.
  4. Put fish into tortillas, spoon some spicy cream sauce on the fish, then top with pico de gallo.

These were such a hit! I love love LOVE how the pico turned out as well. It may be winter, but summer flavors are still winners in my book!

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