I’ve been a busy bee during this quarantine by starting and/or finishing projects around the house. It’s actually been one of my favorite parts of being home because I don’t have the distractions or excuses to not finish them. One of my pride and joys of my kitchen is my spice cabinet. I take pride in knowing I can make almost any dish because I have the necessary spices to do so. Naturally, spice cabinet organization has been at the top of my to-do list for years now.Read More
Grocery Pick Up Saves Me $
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Have you personally ventured into the wonderful world of grocery pick up yet? I used Kroger’s grocery pickup for the first time two weeks ago. I know, I know, how can I be so late to the grocery pick up party, right? I’m a late bloomer. Sue me. But man oh man am I happy I gave it a try! I’ve done two full scale grocery pickups so far and I have already learned that doing grocery pickup actually save me money. Convenient and cost effective. Talk about a win-win! With the spread of COVID-19 this last week grocery pickup has been a huge help in following directions to “social distance” ourselves. Read More
3 D.I.Y. Father’s Day Ideas for Kids
Father’s Day is this upcoming Sunday, June 18th, and most of us have procrastinated on buying a gift. For those of us who have little children we can still get away with the cute, handmade gifts, for Dad. My husband loves getting handmade gifts from our daughter, who actually turns three years old on, Father’s Day this year. While out shopping for the materials to make my husband’s Father’s Day gift I decided to come up with a list of, 3 D.I.Y. Father’s Day Ideas for Kids, to help out those of you struggling for ideas. Not only are the options easy, but they are cheap, and there is no wrong way to do them.
I bought all of these items from Michaels. For those of you, who like coupons like myself, I highly recommend downloading the Michaels app for awesome coupons and deals.
1) Painted Ceramic Mug:
This is a great go to option for creative gifts. Especially for Dads who love coffee and/or tea like my husband does. They even make these cute painted ceramic mug kits with all of the necessary tools for less than $5 each. This allows your little ones to not only have fun painting the mug, but they’ll get to see their artwork being used every time Dad drinks his coffee in the morning. Pretty awesome, right?
2) Canvas Painting:
This adorable idea allows Dad to display this masterpiece wherever he would like. Canvases come in many different sizes. Which allows you, as the parent, to decide how much mess you would like to clean up afterwards. Ha! You can find most canvases on sale at your local art store, and the paint, and paint brushes are also cheap. Canvas paintings also dry quickly when you use acrylic paint.
3) Handmade Father’s Day Card
This is the most classic and popular option of the list. We’ve been making handmade cards for special holidays since we were in Preschool. Honestly, they’ve been around so long because they never get old and are so adorable. You can use construction paper, markers, stickers, etc. Whatever is used it’s one of the easiest and most creative Father’s Day gift ideas. If you would like to take this craft idea to the next level, buy a gift card to Dad’s favorite store, and tape it inside the card. He will already love the card but a gift card is the cherry on top of the whipped cream.
What are some of your favorite Father’s Day gift ideas? If you haven’t procrastinated like the rest of us, what gift did you buy for your Dad, and why? Feel free to share with us in the comments below!
Spring Flower Decor
Spring may have officially began two months ago, but it has only felt like Spring the last two weeks. Living in Montana means our warmer seasons, Spring and Summer, start weeks after everyone else. When I first moved here it took a while to adjust to the crazy weather. After living here for over five years, I have started a seasonal routine, to get myself ready for the new season. One of my favorite ways to prepare for new seasons is to do a seasonally themed D.I.Y. project. This year I decided to do Spring Flower Decor centerpiece D.I.Y.s for a pop of color in my home.Read More
5 Frugal Valentine’s Day Ideas
As we all know, Valentine’s Day is seriously right around the corner. If you’re a last-minute planner like *cough* my husband *cough* then you’re probably trying to figure out what to do. Everyone complains about how expensive Valentine’s Day can be so here are a few ideas that go easy on your pockets. Read More
Holiday Decor: On A Budget!
Tis’ the season to decorate our homes from head to toe with rotating holiday decor. Or maybe you decorate a little bit. Either way, we all love to see decorations for the upcoming holidays. I seriously look forward to this time of year for the first 8 months of the year, until September finally arrives. Read More
ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Review
I recently discovered the makeup company, Colour Pop, by doing a generic matte lipstick search on Google. The search led me to a few different videos, and I decided to watch Laura Lee’s NEW ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks FULL review + LIP SWATCHES. This gem of a video is how I discovered my now favorite line of matte lip colors. Why are they my favorite? They’re long lasting, there are SO many color options, and they’re CHEAP. In case you didn’t quite understand how important that last part is I’ll repeat it again: they’re CHEAP. Like, $6 each type cheap. I bought a beautiful matte lipstick pencil at Sephora last year while visiting “home” a.k.a. the surrounding Chicago suburbs and I paid $26 + tax for it -_-. This is not one of the most financially smart decisions I’ve made in my life and I’m okay to admit this now. In case you’re wondering…there is no lip color that is ever worth $30 dollars. I went temporarily insane and
cheap frugal Brie is back to her senses.
Anyway the entire purpose of this post is to share what the lip colors I bought look like on my skin tone. It can be hard to judge lip colors when there is only one model to show you what it looks like and…well…she’s not Black lol. I’ve had a few people ask me what I think about the colors I picked and I personally love them. I had been searching for more earth tone/nude colors for my lips and I bought two of them through Colour Pop on my first order. Oh, and if you sign up with them you get a promo code for $5 off your first order so I pretty much bought three lipstcisk for the price of two. Say whaaaaat?!
Here are some not very well lit (my bad) pictures of the three colors I purchased. FYI- this was by no means done in a timely manner so if the lipstick has been applied unevenly pretend you don’t notice and just stare at the beautiful lip colors. Please and thank you in advance 😉
This is my favorite color hands down. I looove the dark brown color against my skin tone because it’s so bold. Even though my skin tone is a darker brown it still stands out on it’s own. I guess you can say I’m a pretty big fan :-).
This is my second favorite color of the bunch. It’s the ideal fall color, but I wear dark colors like fall is year round so it won’t stop me from wearing this in the summer too LOL.
This one is the perfect “nude” color I was searching for. It stands out just enough that you can tell I’m wearing lipstick, but blends enough that it’s not the first thing you notice when you see me. Operation nude lippie is complete!
What are some of your favorite makeup companies and matte lip colors? I’m willing to give them a try as long as they aren’t too rich for my blood ;-). Have a great evening!
My Go To Clean Eating & Workout Resources
It has almost been a year since I have seriously started working on living a healthier lifestyle. I am by no means anywhere NEAR my health and fitness goals, but I am A LOT closer than I have been in years. I have tried the “healthy” lifestyle on multiple occasions prior to last year, but I was not as dedicated and educated on living a healthier lifestyle until I did the 28 Day Fit Girl Jumpstart Challenge in October of 2014. Since then, I have slowly been taking baby steps to teach myself the difference between diet fads and unnatural weight loss schemes, to the actual act of changing my lifestyle, and making cleaner eating choices and committing to working out regularly.
Clean eating is not a diet. I actually have learned to despise the word “diet”, and understand changing how I eat has to be a lifelong commitment. The changes will not happen overnight, but it will definitely start to show in the long run. The biggest fact I’ve learned about clean eating is, at no time should you starve yourself. When you’re hungry, you’re supposed to eat. You’re just supposed to eat healthier food vs. junk food, or not eating any food at all (leads to bingeing on unhealthy foods). In terms of working out, I learned any activity is better than no activity. You also don’t need an expensive membership to a fancy gym to stay fit either. There are so many at home or outdoor workouts available these days, which makes getting fit a lot easier.
Below I will share my favorite websites and social media people who got me started on my journey, kept me motivated on my journey, and continue to teach me how to do better along the way.
Jersey Girl Talk is a website I discovered through Pinterest while searching for lifting routines. I had been reading up on the benefits of lifting for women, and wanted to jump into it. I had lifted all through high school while running track, but it has been quite some time since I’ve lifted weights and wanted to find a beginners program of some sort. I stumbled upon Adrienne’s (the website owner) lifting for beginners pin, and really liked the sound of it. I’ve loved it ever since. I also follow her on Instagram and Twitter, where she is extremely personable, and responds to your tweets and posts if she is mentioned in them. I haven’t tried any of her recipes yet, but will be giving them a try sometime soon!
I found Fit with Curves through a friend’s post on Instagram. She had re-posted one of the exercises Tatiana (the blog owner) had shared on her own Instagram page. I’m all about seeing people doing healthy things so I clicked on her name to check out her page. I instantly loved the page, and not only because of the workouts. I loved seeing her acknowledge being fit means different things for different people. A woman with curves who is fit will not look like a woman who is fit without curves, and that is okay. Embrace it, and focus on how to become healthy in your own body. I enjoy some of her mini workout videos, and have occasionally added a workout here or there to my routine at the gym. She also has clean eating recipes on her blog I have not tried yet, but plan to in the near future. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter as well.
I’m actually not too sure how I found out about Get Fit with Nic, but I’m happy I did! I do know it was through Instagram somehow. Either way, if you’re looking for great at home and/or outdoor workouts, she is the person to follow. Gym memberships and/or finding the time to go to the gym can often be unattainable for some people. Her works are perfect for those of you who run into these issues. She often posts mini-videos of her workouts, which are perfect for those of us needing the extra “umph” to get our butts off of the couch in general. She has recently started a traveling workout session in major cities for a low fee of $10 which is pretty awesome. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
This is my FAVORITE meal prepping website at the moment. I found this gem of a website while searching for clean eating meals on, Pinterest. My Body My Kitchen, has SO many delicious recipes, broken down into separate categories, to make it easier to search for the type of food you want to eat. What makes this website the best for meal prepping is the amount of food options (so you never get bored), the amount of flavor used in the dishes (to keep you coming back), and how much he loves to make food spicy. If you aren’t a huge spicy food fan, just omit the use of the cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes in your recipes. My husband HATES spicy food, so I modify his meals, and he still loves them. You can follow this page on Instagram as well.
This is my number one go to resource for clean eating and working out, because this is what got me started on the correct path to making healthier life choices. My friend Charelle told me about it back in September of 2014, and her, my Grandmother and I did the month-long challenge. The results were unbelievable for it to have only been a month. For anyone else looking for a great jumpstart to their healthier life goals, I suggest you start with the Fit Girls Guide. The major take back I got from this challenge was how to measure my food and calorie intake, correctly. Did I mention not only is the food really good, the exercises are extremely easy, and can be done at home. You can find the Fit Girls support groups on Instagram and Twitter as well.
If you decide to give any of these resources a try, I hope they are beneficial, enjoyable, and fun to do! Also, let me know what you think about them and what you like and didn’t like. Good luck on your journey and I hope these resources are helpful to someone out there. 🙂
This picture shows my results of the 28 Day Jumpstart Challenge last year.