Beauty Full

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I’m 32 and i just started wearing make up.

Well, kind of.

I have always worn makeup on special occasions or if I was going out.

Growing up on Maui definitely had something to do with it.  The girls here were a little more low key in the cosmetics department.  I’m sure the natural tan and the possibility of jumping in the ocean at any given time put a damper on having/wanting  to wear make up.  When I moved to the mainland for college, I couldn’t believe how much makeup everyone wore. Some girls wouldn’t be caught dead with out it.

It wasn’t till last year that I started to enjoy makeup on a weekly basis.  I still don’t wear it everyday, but two to three times a week is a lot for me.  Its amazing how an extra bit of contour and color can enhance your natural features, and make you feel a little more attractive.

Makeup can make me feel pretty, like a new outfit or jewelry can, but it does not make me feel beautiful.

Some of the things that really make me feel beautiful are….

Seeing myself in my children

My children are 1 1/2 and 5.  They are sponges.  Unfortunately, they soak up the good and the bad.  But when I see them do or say something good that I would have said or done, it makes my heart smile.

Helping a friend in need

I don’t help people because I feel like it will make me feel like a better person or put me on some sort of pedestal.  I do it because I love them…and this goes for friends and strangers.   What a pleasant thing that blessing others is a blessing.

A returned smile

A smile has always been my favorite feature in others.  Such a tiny area of the body that can say so much without saying anything at all.

Second hand good gossip

Don’t be confused.  I first heard this term when I was in college.  It’s when someone tells you something positive that another person has told them about you when you were not present.  This one works both ways!

A kiss from my husband

There is something so intimate about a kiss on the lips.  It doesn’t even have to be openmouthed.  A kiss says there are no walls up. Its a reverence for the other person, showing your affection and love.

Knowing that I am child of God

This one is the most fulfilling. Knowing that I was created and thought of by the one who holds the universe in the palm of His hand blows me away.

What makes you feel beautiful?

PS. The makeup pictured above are my current faves:

Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer in Bisque
Garnier BB Cream in Medium/Deep (I mix it with the tinted moisturizer for my shade)
Physicians Formula Happy Booster blush in Warm
Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm in Hibiscus
Benefit Boi-ing in Medium
Revlon Lip Butter in Sweet Tart
Hard Candy Glow All The Way in Dollface
Benefit They’re Real in Black

Whitewashed

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My decorating style is ever changing. One thing that have always liked is the use of natural elements and textures. Lately I have really been liking the look of white decor with color splashes here and there. It’s so clean looking, and I sure like that! Too bad Maui’s dirt sticks to everything.

When we first moved into our house about 6 years ago, I had the idea to buy a picnic table at Home Depot, and use it as our dinning room table.

A) It was cheap. A little over $100.

B) It could snugly fit at least 8 people around it.

When I originally purchased the table, I had always planned on painting it. I thought it would be fun to do a lacquered red, bright and shiny.  Boy, am I thankful for not going that route!

Luckily, one bright Saturday morning, while my husband was at work, one of my besties offered to come over and watch the kiddos for me.  She also lent a hand in pre-sanding(my least favorite part).  My palm sander is M.I.A.  😦

You can see the before and after photos below.  Sorry for the bad lighting.

Here is how i did it.

I(we) sanded the whole thing down.  The old juice and oil stains left it with a little more character.  Heehee.  I also left some of the original stamping to give it more of an original feel.

After sanding, I used a semi-gloss white paint.  I knew I would need a bit of gloss for the high traffic this puppy would be getting.  Easy on, easy off.

I made a mixture of equal parts paint and water, an then I went to town.

I worked my way over the table in smaller sections an wiped off the paint as I went.  I just used an old cloth diaper for the wiping part.

When I first began the wiping process, I waited a bit longer that I should have.  I wouldn’t wait more that 2-3 minutes if you want a true whitewash and not an antiqued paint look.  But again, its all about the character of each individual piece, and the sections that I waited around 5 minutes to wipe off still look fab.

Lastly, I sprayed on a semi-gloss protective coat to finish it off. I let the white paint dry for a couple of hours before applying the finish.

Here are the products I used.

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I love our new table! It makes a great background for blog posts.

I even had some left over mixture to white wash a couple of my planters outside.

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DIY Bamboo Floor Cleaner

For some reason I always get into super cleaning mode on Saturdays. So, today I thought I would share my bamboo floor cleaning solution. It’s so easy and smells great too. It makes cleaning a little more fun for me.

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Here are the ingredients:
1/2 cup of white vinegar
3 cups hot water
6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

I chose eucalyptus oil today because the kids had runny noses.
You can find out more about the benefits of eucalyptus EO here.
Other EOs that are great for cleaning are lemon, peppermint, tea tree, lavender and rosemary.

I used a Swiffer sweeper and a microfiber towel, but I think they actually sell micro fiber mops now.
On a side note: make sure not to use any kind of fabric softener or dryer sheet with your microfiber towels. It will take away from their absorbency.

Just combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. Make sure to ring out the towel really well after soaking it in the cleaning solution. Attach it to your Swiffer stick and clean away!

Enjoy your freshly cleaned bamboo floors.