1920s Fixer Upper: Update 2

I apologize for the late post! Things are starting to get a bit hectic now that we’re coming closer to move in day. We had a minor setback with the carpet installation since the subfloor needed to be repaired and painted from the previous occupant. So now the carpet should be officially in this coming Friday (yay!), which means we can start moving things! After the carpet, the only things left upstairs will be installing the crowning and painting the bathroom cabinets.

Downstairs is another story. We have three more rooms to be patched up and painted, installing the kitchen flooring, and painting the kitchen cabinets. We also have some minor things to repair or repurpose but those thankfully can wait until we’re all moved in.

Enough of the house for now.

I wanted to give a special shout out to my partner-in-crime, Colton. He has been extremely helpful with this whole house process. It’s a big project for the both of us and he took it head on with helping paint, tape, lawncare, and above all, keeping me sane. I couldn’t ask for anyone else to have with me. The bonding we have accumulated since the start of this project is astounding. We had to face some decisions that we haven’t before and being there for one another while we balance the madness of fixing the house and maintaining our apartment. I have to say we have definitely grew more in our relationship and I’m thankful of that. I couldn’t be anymore luckier to have him in my life.

 

Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to moving in!

1920s Fixer Upper: Update

Whoa what a week!

The weathers been getting hotter here in Michigan! I’m ready to be finished with the interior so I can start out on the exterior of the house! Hello sitting on rocking chairs sipping on cold drinks in the beautiful summer weather!

We can see the light at end of the tunnel for the upstairs! Only a few more areas to patch up and paint and we are ready for the carpet to be installed! It’s stunning how much a little love can really update a room! We got rid of all the bright colors and stark white walls; and painted a ray of warm nudes and soft grays. We chose these colors specifically so that if we wanted a change in style for a room, we don’t have to repaint it. Also, it brings a fresh clean look to the house.

 

Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE color! And with garage sale season, it’s perfect time to find awesome finds to paint and add a pop of color to a room! I’m collecting all “new” pieces for the house to really make it stand out from before.

 

Stay tuned to see everything that’s happening the next couple of weeks!

1920s Fixer Upper

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I have very exciting news to share with all of you. Over the weekend, I took on the project of restoring a rental home that my significant other and I will be living in. The best part is that we get to (mostly) decide what goes on since we’re doing the work. So far, the wall colors have been decided and we have already started on painting. The catch is that we have 25 days until we have to move out of our old apartment and into our new home! That means most of the interior work has to be completed before the last few days in June so that we can have a few days to move in the majority of our items. Yikes! What a time crunch!

All in all, that’s okay as we decided what absolutely needs to be done before the move.

-10 rooms patched and painted

-flooring for the upstairs

-the kitchen ceiling and floor needs to be done

That doesn’t look too bad on screen. However, the tenant before us did quite the load of damage to the walls where simple spackle cannot patch up. That being said, some major drywall fixes need to happen. We had to push back any exterior work until we’re moved in July as the siding, porch, and landscaping all needs some love. We made some progress this weekend with painting the walls in a few “colorful” rooms. 

All of this is quite exciting and feels like I’m in a HGTV show. I’m in love with this house and all the niches it has! In all due time, I know we can bring out the potential in this beautiful home and give it a whole new life. I’ll give weekly updates before showing off the final project! Stay tuned!

Look of the Day

Every once in a while, I enjoy going outside of the box and do some character/theme makeup. This was an entry to for a goddess contest I did. The goddess I chose was Asteria: goddess of the stars and last immortal to live with man.

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I didn’t have gold lipstick or white eye liner at the time so I cheated a bit. The white is just acrylic paint. The gold is gold acrylic paint with a bronze eye shadow layered on top. In order for the colors to pop for a galaxy look, I took black eye shadow and blended it with my fingers. I wanted it faint enough so that it wasn’t overpowering the look. I did the purple and blue the same way by blending it with my fingers rather than a brush.

Overall, one of my most enjoyable looks to do. I like being able to take an idea and run with it.

 

Working In Fitness While Working Fulltime: Part Three

This past week I had a running struggle. It was like Mother Nature knew when I was out to get out of work to run and decided to rain. I didn’t want to keep me away from being able to get my cardio in so I decided to try something new—self-defense. I’m not talking about practice kicking some guy in the nuts, but rather learning how to actually throw a punch at an opponent with either arm. I also learned how to block and dodge so you don’t get stunned by a hit to the head.

Mind you, this was the difficult part. I’m definitely not one of those graceful woman warriors you see on TV. My right arm is forceful and accurate; whereas my left is wet noodle. It was hard getting used to it and I’m still getting the hang of it. However, I feel more confident knowing that I can (somewhat) protect myself. I’m sure the more I do it, the better I’ll get. Nothing wrong with practice!

Nowadays everyone should know some sort of defense. The scary stories we found on the internet in middle school are nothing compared to what we hear on the 5 o’clock news. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a city or in the rural areas—almost nowhere is safe from predators. Now before we tie tinfoil on our heads and shut ourselves away from the world, we should always know one thing. We shouldn’t be ashamed of who we are whether we are tall, short, strong, weak, or anything else in between.

It feels good for the soul practicing to be able to defend myself at any time. It’s one step closer to making sure I’m safe and relaxed in any environment.

May Lush Haul

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I recently went into my nearest Lush location and was hooked up with all sort of goodies. I have only tried Lush once in my life and that was years ago. I heard nothing but incredible reviews on their products (and it was pay day) so I wanted to really give them a try.

First off, the sales associate was magnificent. She asked all the right questions to help me look for that perfect product, and was extremely knowledgeable of all their line. She probably could have sold me the entire store if my paycheck allowed it. Plus, she gave me a few free samples.

Second, their products are absolutely amazing and well worth the price tag. I cannot emphasize the quality of their products. Lush is against animal testing, 100% vegetarian, all of their ingredients are carefully picked from local or global sellers who actually care about their products, their packaging is recycled, and it’s all homemade!  They certainly have something for everyone from bath bombs to face masks, to hairdyes and even toothpaste!

My May haul contained some awesome goodies! Below is what I got and a small description about it.

Rose Jam Bubbleroon. This has an amazing smell to it. However, it’s not really rosy rather than sweet and fruity. I love it for Lush cocktails as it produces a bunch of bubble, a very pretty pink colored water, and makes your skin feel so incredibly soft.

 

Milky Bath Bubble Bar. Another favorite to mix with Lush cocktails. It has a comforting scent and very subtle sparkles. Plus, the shape is adorable.

Floating Island and Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment Bath Melts. The Floating Island and the Milky Bath is a perfect combination to help you relax and feel refreshed. The Floating Island is vanilla and sandalwood scented and really moisturizes your skin. The Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment has a candy-like scent and a perfect match to the Rose Jam. I prefer to cut these up and use them for multiple times.

Cocktail time! I decided to mix these four together to create an aromatic and colorful experience. I do like the mixture of the sweet scents with the more delicate ones. My skin felt positively amazing and smooth afterwards.  I added one of my personal rose petal bath bomb to the mix! The water turned a pretty purple color and the aroma helped my body and mind relax.

Don’t Rain On My Parade Shower Gel. I love love love the scent of this shower gel. It’s has a fresh scent mixed with blueberry juice and violet perfume. I was unsure at first when I was in the store but after trying it, I use it practically every day. I love it for my morning shower especially since it helps wake me up.

Lastly, I picked up the Sea Monster Fun. The best way to describe this product is that Fun is bath Play-Doh that does fantastic things to your skin and hair! Sea Monster is lavender and lime scented and it’s very soft to play with. Perfect for kids (and adult kids). I didn’t even mention the best part about their Fun products. About 2.5% of the profits they make from selling Fun goes towards a charity called FunD, which helps create safe places for children to play in the affected area of the 2011 earthquake in Japan.

Overall, I am very satisfied with what I got with this haul. I will definitely be going into Lush again soon to try out some more of their products. Any suggestion post in the comments! I’d love to hear what you have to say about Lush, their products, or anything that I should try!

Look of the Day

 

I’ve been loving vibrant colors lately, especially this NYX yellow. 

 

Eyeshadow:

  • “Tempera”, “Golden Ochre”, “Love Letter”, and “Venetian Red” in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette.
  • “Psychedelic” from NYX Cosmetics Single Eyeshadows.

Liner:

  • NYX Cosmetics Felt Tip Liner in shade “Jet Black”.

Brows:

  • Brow Zings Tame and Shape Kit in shade “3”.
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Brow in shade “Medium Brown”.

 

Working in Fitness While Working Fulltime: Part Two

I got to admit it. It’s not easy to workout with no music. I know a few people who are able to be successful with this. However, I’m definitely not one of those folks. I enjoy anything that is upbeat and fast to help me fight through cardio. Here’s one of my go to running playlist.

  • Unstoppable by The Score
  • Thunder by Imagine Dragons
  • Money Run Low by The Score
  • Calabria 2007 by Enur
  • GDFR by Flo Rida
  • #thatPOWER by Will.I.Am
  • Cheap Thrills by Sia
  • Shape Of You (Stormzy Remix) by Ed Sheran
  • Get This Party Started by Stevie B
  • DJ Turn It Up by Yellow Claw
  • That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars
  • Let’s Be Friends by Emily Osment
  • 100% Pure Love by Crystal Waters
  • Rock That Body by Black Eyed Peas
  • Warrior by Havana Brown
  • Just Hold On by Steve Aoki and Louis Tomlinson
  • Black Beatles by Rae Sremmurd

Enjoy!

Recognizing Toxic Relationships

Everyone at some point has that friend or group of friends that didn’t treat you the best but you stayed with them. You had some good and okay times that showed you that they could be decent human beings. Your thought process leads you to wonder if this is just a rough patch they are going through. You don’t want to give them up and be “that person” who wasn’t with them thick and thin. However, it comes to a point where enough is enough. Although, how can you tell enough is enough? There are red flags that are pretty obvious, and others that aren’t so apparent. Below I listed some way to help identify a toxic friendship/relationship.

 

If you’re sacrificing your happiness. 

If you can find a good reason why you are sacrificing your happiness and forward momentum for a friend then stay. However, if that isn’t the case, you need to leave them behind. No person is worth sacrificing your happiness for if they ask for help one-sidedly; not giving quality help and assistance when you need it most.

If you’re putting all the effort in. 

Like a group project; there should be balance. No one likes when they’re putting in ALL the effort in a friendship and receive nothing back. It’s okay for some days that one side puts in more than the other, that shouldn’t be the status quo. It’s tiresome and frustrating. Who you surround yourself with should want to talk to you, hang out with you, and overall help you become the person you want to be in life.

If you’re being used 

If your friend(s) are calling you to drive them somewhere and do something for them all the time, you’re being used. Especially if that’s the ONLY time they call you. You are a beautiful being with some kickass talents that doesn’t deserve to feel like the only thing you’re good at is for someone else’s personal servant. There are plenty of folks who will wholeheartedly appreciate who you are without using you for selfish gain.

They’re asking too much from you

A friendship shouldn’t make you feel exhausted (unless you two are workout friends). No matter the kind, every relationship should have boundaries. You shouldn’t be at their beck and call. And if you are because you feel bad, then that’s not a healthy friendship. Your planner shouldn’t be filled with things you have to do for them.

They’re not appreciating you

No matter who you are, everyone likes feeling appreciated. It makes you feel warm and loved when someone says “I appreciate everything you do.” However, it doesn’t have to be that touchy-feely either if you’re not that kind of person. A simple “thank-you” goes a long way and help makes your bond stronger. If your friend is taking you for granted, you need to make that boundary or leave.

 

Leaving someone behind is hard. It’s even harder if you’ve been friends for a while or if you were close at some point. Although, people change all the time. Sometimes that change is for the best and others –not so much. The number one person in your life should be you. You can’t build an empire if the foundation is weak.  It took me a long time of hurt and confusion to understand this. I thought some people were my best friends and they turned out to really be harmful and brash.

Working in Fitness While Working Fulltime: Part 1

The first in my fitness series! I’m excited to share the experiences of trying to balance work, life, and fitness! I am in no way a professional at any of this. This is from my own experiences. My advice may or may not work out for others as it did for me.

We all have those days. You know the ones I’m talking about. The week full of what feels like Mondays and you can hardly keep your eyes open sipping on your coffee, or third, of the day. The absolute last thing you want to do is go home and workout. It’s so much easier just sitting down and scrolling through endless amounts of tweets, statuses, and pictures.  It’s hard gathering up the motivation to go to the gym or head out on a run. I know I felt those feelings, especially starting out.

The biggest advice I can give to anyone working those long 40 hours is to SCHEDULE in the time you want to work out. It helps a lot when you make out a routine block of time that you devote to working out.  If you’re a morning person, get up a few minutes early and get your body used to the change.  However, if you’re like me and want to sleep as much as possible in the mornings then scheduling it after work may be a little easier. The moment I come home, I put on my workout clothes and head out the door. I even keep an extra set of clothes and shoes in my car on the days just in case I feel like running somewhere else.

Second piece of advice is to start out small. I feel like you’re more likely to give up if you’re trying to start working out more and doing a complex workout alone. I started out by running a few blocks around my neighborhood and worked my way up from there.

Join a class if it helps. I have done a few classes that interested me like yoga and spinning. It helps when you have an instructor who is wanting you to reach your full potential.  On the other hand, they can be pricey. The “cheaper” option would to have a friend who workouts with you. You can motivate each other and empower one another to keep going.

Only you can make that difference in your life. You cannot expect results after only one week of working out. It takes dedication to keep up and going on your routine. It’s estimated that it takes 66 days for something to become a habit. There will be times you want to give up and it’s okay to have skip days but make sure you get back on the next day.