Apartment Wall Decorations

We moved into our new apartment about 5 months ago and just a few weekends ago we finally put up some of our wall decorations! For the most part, all this required was some wire and nails – we were just lazy for 5 months apparently. Here is what we have up so far, broken down by room.

Living Room

IMG_1558

IMG_1559.jpg

Kitchen and Dining Area

IMG_1560

IMG_1561.jpg

Den and Stairs

IMG_1562.jpg

IMG_1563.jpg

IMG_1564.jpg

What are some things that you have on your walls?

Meet Mila | Puppy Update

IMG_2610IMG_2574IMG_2599IMG_2606IMG_2672

Guess what? We got a puppy! Her name is Mila and she is around 6 months old. She is a mix between a black lab and a chow, although we mostly see the black lab in her.

We got her 7 weeks ago from a woman on Facebook who was giving her away. Actually, we got her on the first day of school, so that was very stressful for me – new kindergarteners and a new puppy all on the same day!

We started working on training her right away, since she was so young. her previous owners must have worked a little bit with her because she was house-trained fairly easily. She has also mastered sit and shake and goes right in her crate when it’s mealtime.

Speaking of mealtime she eats a cup of food twice a day (with lots of treats in between). We have been giving her the “I and love and you” dog food which you can find here. We like switching up the flavors when we buy a new bag, but she seems to love it all.

Thankfully, Mila has always slept through the night while she’s been with us. She enjoys sleeping at the end of the bed and occasionally she will be a little cuddly.

I also filmed a video for my YouTube channel so make sure you check that out! It includes a little more information on her including a vet update. I hope to be doing more updates on her as she grows!

Moscow Mule Recipe

Are you looking for a refreshing drink? Look no further than the Moscow mule! I love making these on warm days, and I also love the cute cups they come in. Here’s how to make your own version of this popular drink at home!

IMG_1540

Here are all the ingredients you will need (chair and flowers optional, but a definite plus).

  • cup of ice
  • 1 ginger beer (these come in different flavors and I enjoy the raspberry ginger one)
  • 1/2 shot of vodka
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 1 or 2 slices of lime

IMG_1543.JPG

I fill the cup about 3/4 of the way full of ice and then pour in a whole ginger beer. I’ll leave links to all these products at the end.

IMG_1544.JPG

Next, I pour in the vodka. I’m not quite sure why this needs to be included, but all the recipes I’ve ever looked at had it in there, so I figured why not?! I added about half a shot, but I didn’t really measure it, just a guess and pour.

IMG_1545.JPG

The lime juice comes next and again, I didn’t really measure it, but it was about a tablespoon. You can add more or less depending on how much you like the taste of lime. I’m not a huge fan, but this didn’t make the lime taste overwhelming.

IMG_1546.JPG

For the finishing touch, I added a lime to the drink and as a decoration on the outside. Once I get towards the end of my drink, I like to squeeze one of these to add to the flavor.

IMG_1548.JPG

Now all that’s left to do is enjoy your drink! Let me know if you make Moscow mules with a different variation, I’m always looking to try something new!

Get to Know Me

I am constantly trying to grow my YouTube channel as well as my blog. As I result, I am trying to help my current subscribers and potential subscribers get to know me better. This was a fun tag that I found on a blog called rootreport. You can find it here! Some of the questions were different from typical questions I’ve seen in other tags, and it was fun to film! Enjoy learning a bit more about me!

After you check out my video, make sure to go to the original blog where I found this to find the questions!

Autumn Home Haul

I recently went to Target and picked up a few bits and pieces of fall decorations for around the house.  Most of the items I picked up were under $20 and all of it was affordable. Let me know if you have any other fun decoration ideas.

Products Mentioned:

Target Sunflower Wreath: http://bit.ly/2wYLJJ5

Leaf Bunting: http://bit.ly/2zbcB9D

Autumn Sign: Sorry I couldn’t find this!

Snickers: http://bit.ly/2gmiixT

Felted Pumpkins: hhttp://bit.ly/2gkBBaJ

Pumpkin Bowl: http://bit.ly/2yqmtPv

Wegmans

Ceramic Pumpkins: Oops couldn’t find those either…

How I Unwind

Making time to relax and unwind is important for everyone. Now that I’m on summer vacation, I have lots of time to relax, but it is also important to make time for this when work and life is crazy!

I’ve compiled a list of ideas and things that I do to relax. I’ve tried to include things from all seasons, but a lot of my ideas are still summer and good-weather related. Please use these ideas for yourself!

While I love working on my blog and getting myself prepared for school, I find that because I am working from home, I can’t leave my place of work and separate myself from it. Because of this, I have decided that my “work day” ends around 4:00 pm. I shut off my computer, check my email less, and sit and relax on the couch. I strongly recommend picking a time to be done with work if you also work from home. There are a number of activities that I then choose from to help myself relax and unwind!

  • Read a book – I’m re-reading the Harry Potter series, and yes its just as good the hundredth time.
  • Watch a movie – since movies are longer than tv shows, I prefer this when I am relaxing, but a tv show would suffice!
  • Watch your favorite YouTubers – especially check out my channel!
  • Have a glass of wine – chilled white wine is especially perfect for summer.
  • Sit outside on your lawn or porch – put your feet up and just enjoy!
  • Use a face mask – do this while reading outside!
  • Draw or color – I love the adult coloring books.
  • Write in a journal – I especially like to make “done” lists, things I’ve accomplished that day.
  • Take a walk – I am dog sitting right now and I find it so relaxing to just walk around with him for a while.
  • Take a shower or bath – a bath is clearly ideal but I only have a shower in my apartment.
  • Listen to music – even if you wouldn’t consider it relaxing music.

Of course, there are lots of different ways for different people to relax and this is just a short list of ideas. Please leave more in the comments so everyone can relax and unwind!

Doing My Sister’s Makeup

Today’s post is a super fun one, because I get to do my sister’s makeup on camera! She loves makeup (although probably not as much as I do) and was excited to have her makeup done with some of the products that I have and she doesn’t. Enjoy this fun video, subscribe to my YouTube channel, and let me know any other fun tags!

Outdoor Date Ideas

I know you don’t want to think about it, but before you know it, all the warm weather will be gone. I know, so sad! This is a list of 25 date ideas that will get you and your date outside to enjoy those last few wonderful days of summer.

pexels-photo-196666.jpeg

  • Take a drive in the car with the windows down and the music blasting.
  • Go on a picnic.
  • Have a bonfire (and don’t forget to roast s’mores).
  • pexels-photo-266436.jpeg
  • Play mini golf.
  • Take a hike!
  • Go to a happy hour outside.
  • Bike on a bike trail.
  • Go out for ice cream.
  • food-ice-cream.jpg
  • Go someplace you’ve never been in your town and explore.
  • Play water games (water balloons, squirt guns, slip n slide)
  • Visit an amusement park.
  • Find out if your local park has any evening activities such as a local band playing.
  • Eat from a food truck.
  • Go to the movies at a drive-in.
  • Plant a garden (and continue to keep it alive).
  • pexels-photo-296230.jpeg
  • Watch the sunrise.
  • Watch the sunset.
  • Go boating.
  • Get out the blankets and go stargazing.
  • Play outdoor games (cornhole, frisbee kan jam).
  • Go explore a farmer’s market.
  • street-market-fruits-grocery.jpg
  • Go to a local baseball team’s game.
  • Camp in your own backyard!
  • Go berry picking.
  • Draw with chalk on your sidewalk or driveway.
  • pexels-photo-226589.jpeg

I’m always looking for more ideas for my boyfriend and I to do. I am home alone by myself all day so I love planning fun date activities for the evening. What are your date ideas?

 

Makeup Revolution Review

When I saw the Makeup Revolution display in Ulta, I thought it was a joke. Seriously, every one of their products looks like a dupe of a popular high-end product. Of course I had to try some out, especially if they really were good dupes!

Makeup Revolution products range from $2-$18 and they are cruelty free. They had a display about the same size as Physician’s Formula in Ulta. I picked up an eye shadow palette, a contour palette, a blush palette, and a lip pencil/liquid lip combination. I’ve tried all of these products a few times.

IMG_1465

IMG_1471

Going in order of how I put these products on my face, I’m going to start with the Pro HD Powder Contour Palette. Depending on your skin shade and tone this has 4 contours and 4 highlights. So far, I have used the banana shade in the right corner to set my under eyes, the second contour from the left, and the white shade as a highlight on my cheekbones. This palette is $18, so this is one of the more expensive products from Makeup Revolution.

I’ve been enjoying the banana shade for under my eyes. It sets my concealer nicely, but it doesn’t add much brightness. I like the contour shade I use, but I think it is a bit light for me. The darker shade is too dark. The highlight adds a subtle sheen. Overall, I think this is a good beginner’s contour palette and it is especially good for those with very fair skin. They also sell a palette known as “light medium” for darker skin tones.

IMG_1472

This blush palette was the product that originally drew me to the Makeup Revolution display. I loved the 8 pink, swirly blush shades. This is the Blush Queen Blush Palette and it retails for $10.

Unfortunately, this is my least favorite of all the Makeup Revolution products that I bought. Once you swirl a brush around in a pan, or use your finger for a swatch, the swirl decoration comes right off the top. You are left with a very shiny version of the color underneath. Not only are these all shimmery blushes, but they are also very similar in color to each other. So much so that I can’t tell the difference between them when I put them on my cheeks. I would not repurchase this palette and am interested if all of their blushes in the other palettes are as shimmery.

IMG_1468

This is an eye shadow palette called the Golden Bar Palette. If you own anything from Too Faced I’m sure you can see where the inspiration came for this product and packaging. This palette has 16 shades and they are all shimmery or satin finishes. This palette is $15.

I actually really love this palette! I was worried because all of the shades look too shimmery to be able to do a whole eye makeup look with it, but I have found that once you get the top layer off, some of the brown shades are matte enough to be used in the crease. It may look like a lot of gold shimmery shades, but can you ever really have enough gold eye shadow?! I didn’t think so either. I would definitely recommend this product, especially someone looking for a good eye shadow palette on a budget.

IMG_1466

This lip pencil and liquid lip come together as a lip kit, and the box they come in looks suspiciously like a certain celebrity’s brand of lip kits. This is the Reto Luxe Matte Lip Kit in Reign and it is $9.

I really like this product, except that the lip pencil doesn’t turn up. All the product you see at the tip there is what you get. It’s very creamy and will not last nearly as long as the liquid lip. The liquid lip is a comfortable matte formula. It stays on well all day, but it is transferable. It reminds me of the NYX Liquid Suede Lipsticks in formula. The color that I got is a nice neutral pink.

After using all the products that I bought, I am very excited to go out and try lots more of their products. As you can tell from my review, some of the “dupe” products are not worth it, but I do think the formulas are good for a drugstore brand. Let me know if you have tried any makeup Revolution products!