Pinned & Tried – Beauty

I don’t think I’ve ever posted a beauty pinned and tried, but there’s always a first time, isn’t there?

A few weeks ago, I read this post on South by Northwest and this diy particular beauty hack caught my eye.

I’m blond, with highlights and a few grey hairs.  I try not to wash my hair too many times a week and I’m lucky my hair doesn’t get too oily or greasy.

On days when I don’t have time to wash my hair, I use a few sprays of this Kevin Murphy dry shampoo

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It works well and smells great.  It’s a little expensive, but since I use it infrequently it lasts a long, long time.

 

So, when I read about a diy dry shampoo, I knew I had to give it a try.  There were only 3 ingredients; cornstarch, cinnamon and a few drops of an essential oil (I used lavender).  I used a clean little jar and here’s what it looked like when I mixed it up.

 

I had an extra make up brush (yes, I cleaned it first) to dab on the mixture and I’m happy to say it worked!  It blended quite well, smelled just fine and it worked!  I’m not 100% sure that I will give up the regular dry shampoo just yet, but I’m glad I found a natural solution that I can make at home and use frequently.

All in all, I would call this one successful Pinned & Tried Beauty Hack!

linking up with: The Pin JunkieFabulous and Fun Life

Advent Calendar – DIY

I don’t often do a DIY, but that’s not to say that I don’t enjoy. Trust me when I say that I pin plenty of them from Pinterest.

So, when my kids asked if they could each have a separate advent calendar for Christmas I looked around.  From Pottery Barn to Michaels and everything in between.  Nothing looked quite right, had the right sized boxes or was what I wanted to spend.   So, I thought to myself, what would Martha do?  Well, she would make her own.  Wouldn’t she?

I perused Pinterest and got a few ideas, but the actual design was my own. I started with these little favour (or favor depending on your country) boxes which I bought at Michaels:

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When you put them together, they look like this:

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They are not what I would call sturdy little boxes, but I figured I could make them work.  With a 50% off coupon, I think the cost was around $10.

I searched around on Pinterest and found some creative people that love to share printables.  I found these numbers in Christmas colours that were a perfect match for my boxes and printed them at home on my colour printer:

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After cutting them out and using my new best friend:

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the boxes looked like this:

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I used the Mod Podge to paste the numbers on the front of the boxes and to give them a little more strength.

I then played around with the shape, the order of the numbers and realized that I wanted the calendar to be able to stand or balance on its own.  A little LOT more Mod Podge to stick them together and voila!

This is the final result:

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This whole project cost about $15 for the white boxes and Mod Podge.  The kids think it is great and I’m hoping it will last me a couple of years.  If it doesn’t, the good thing is it can go into the mixed recycling bin.

I think Santa will be proud of me and Martha might like it, too.

linking up with: The Jenny EvolutionThe Pin JunkieDesign Dining and DiapersCurly Crafty MomHappy HousieProvident Home Design

 

Winning DIY

In between my struggle to get out of my grey clothes, I managed to do a sweet little diy for my hockey playing son.

If you know someone in hockey or another sport, you might find this an easy to remember a special game.

When he scored his first goal of the season, the Coach gave him the puck as a memento.  Since this puck was also the first goal he has ever scored while playing in a league for the past 2 years, I thought it would nice to somehow display it in his room.

We kept it pretty simple.  All we needed was a shadow box, white pen, burlap and glue.

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I gently cleaned the puck and when it was dry, my son wrote the date of the game on the face of the puck.  The control freak in me really wanted to do the writing, but the mom in me knew it was important for him to do it.

We cut a piece of burlap to fit the backing of the shadow box.  All the shadow boxes we found had black backings, so the puck would have just blended in if we hadn’t changed it.  Then we glued it on.

Lots of glue was needed for the puck and lots of patience for while waiting for it dry was what came next.  When the puck was securely on the backing, we put the shadow box back together.

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Such an easy project and a big win for my son and his room!

 

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Weekend Time

This week, the Monday Listicles asks what do we do regularly on the weekend?  So, my sister and I thought we would do this list together and add a second list of what we would like to be doing on the weekend.

What we do regularly:

Her List:

  1. Laundry, laundry and more laundry
  2. Read the Sunday paper
  3. Something active with my girls (hike, bike, jump on trampoline, etc
  4. Stay in pj’s as long as possible!
  5. Order Pizza

My List:

  1. Hockey – watching a practice or game for my son
  2. Ordering in or going out to a restaurant
  3. Skating lessons with my daughter
  4. Drinking lots of coffee
  5. Going for a run

What we would really like to do on a weekend:

Her List:

  1. Plan, shop and prep all meals for the coming week
  2. Get a massage
  3. Have an entire day to myself
  4. Complete a DIY project
  5. Read a book

My List:

  1. Go shopping
  2. Get a mani/pedi
  3. Have an entire day (or weekend) to myself
  4. Have lunch out with friends
  5. Try skiing again

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Hockey Gift Idea

If you have hockey players in your life, you know all the usual gift ideas.  Jerseys, sticks, new socks, hockey books, etc.  But if you need a little stocking stuffer or a diy homemade gift, then I have an idea for you!

Earlier this year, my husband and I (yes, together) made personalized hockey pucks for all the kids on our team.  I am not sure where I got the idea from (I can’t give Pinterest credit this time), but it was so simple and the kids loved their pucks.

Here’s what you need:

  • plain black hockey pucks (about $1 at Canadian Tire)
  • a jar of Modge Podge (available at craft stores
  • image to place on top of puck

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Give your hockey pucks a quick wipe down to take off any dust or dirt and let it dry.  Find your image online or make a monogram, whatever you want to put on the puck.  We chose to make pucks with the initials of each player and printed them off in the shape of a circle as we found this covered the puck the best.

Cut out your image to be just slightly smaller than the face of the hockey puck.  Using a small wide paint or foam brush (I like using foam brushes), spread some Modge Podge onto the face of the puck.  While it is still wet, carefully place your image on top.  After it has set (a few minutes), paint some Modge Podge on top of the image.

You may notice it start to buckle a little if you use too much. Don’t worry, you can try and spread it out now, or use a tiny pin to poke a hole and let the air out later.

Once it has dried, feel free to give it another coat of Modge Podge.  It just helps to harden the image on the puck surface.

And then you are done!  It is really such a simple gift to make and who wouldn’t love a personalized hockey puck?

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linking up with:  The Jenny Evolution