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Spring Cleaning Take 2 - Bathroom Vanity

I am keeping the momentum going in my Spring Cleaning Adventure
and this may very well end up being an entire series of posts.

(If you missed my first post on how I tackled my dresser drawers,
including a short video :0) you can see it here.)

This time I am going to conquer the master bathroom vanity
and give it a quick refresh.

That is probably one of the worst places for me to keep organized.
It seems like when I am in a hurry that is usually the place where things get
tossed into a drawer or in the cabinet instead of in a proper designated spot.
I do have organizational items in place, but I feel like there is certainly room
for improvement so that is on my list of To Do's.

For now I am simply going to work on getting rid of the obvious,
and focus on getting the space back in order.
Just quickly get rid of boxes, items that are not used or outdated, and
putting items back in a somewhat organized fashion.

I am not focusing on meticulously making myself make a decision on
every item as to whether I really need it/use it/want it taking up space etc.
(I actually do plan to tackle our space soon with that in mind!)

So for my quick refresh, I start by clearing out the cabinet.. and the drawers.



After clearing them all out I put keep items in one area.. like items together, and
place all the obvious get rid of's in another.  
I was actually quite happy with all the stuff I got rid of even though I wasn't too
focused on that.
(an entire bag full of stuff! ~ High fives all around!)😉

I didn't have any shelf liner on hand, so I went ahead and prettied up the cabinet with a piece
of fabric, then placed the items back inside.




I also went ahead and added some command hooks to the back of the door and inside
the cabinet itself.  They hold a makeup mirror, self tanner mitts, and a cosmetic
pouch etc.





For the drawers I used some plastic bins to corral like items, and the bottom drawer
I placed hair items. (hair ties/headbands/brushes/combs/etc)



For the top drawer I put skincare items, dental hygiene products, etc.




It is so much nicer to open a drawer that you can easily see what it inside, and not
have to dig to find what you are looking for.

It is also kind of humorous that in looking ahead to purging and getting rid of 'stuff'
when I look at these photo's I am already seeing more
items I can easily get rid of.  :0)

Something else that I have been implementing in this space is taking a few minutes
each evening to make sure the counter is cleaned off, wiped down, and nothing on the floor.

The bathroom is pretty much the first room we enter in the morning and it really
makes a difference to enter a clean room to start the day so I am working on making
that a habit.  It is too easy to leave stuff out, and I am working on changing that.
:0)

So have you been organizing anything lately?
What room seems to be the first to get away from you.

- TinaH




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Spring Cleaning So it Begins (video)



I am in spring cleaning mode and ready to tackle the "stuff" that we have
accumulated over the years.

I am also quite ready for spring for that matter, and ready for all the outdoor
projects that I want to work on.. but I will settle with getting the indoors
in order for now and when the nicer weather rolls around I will be
able to spend even more time outdoors.

I am ready to declutter, purge, clean it out, organize it, let go of, and basically
have less NOISE from all the stuff that has kind of taken over around here.
We need a little breathing room on our shelves, in our cabinets, closets, and
so on.

Aaaah.. deep breath and let's do this.


Spring Cleaning Adventure take 1..

Tackling my dresser drawers.



My dresser drawers are usually organized fairly well, but it was time for a refresh.
They were getting way too crammed with stuff..   ya know if the drawers are
giving you fits opening and shutting them then it is time for a overhaul of sorts.

I took the items out of the drawers, went through them, got rid of a few things
and then folded them and placed the keep items back into the drawers vertically.

Going through my clothes is always a bit of an eye opener.

When I decide to go through my clothing the process that works for me is that
I always empty the closet or dresser and put all the items in a pile.
All of them.
The eye opener is seeing the amount of stuff I own in one place which makes it
a lot easier to get rid of things,
and I usually find something I had pretty much forgot about.

I find if I go through items individually in my closet for example, I am more likely
to justify keeping an item for some reason or another.. but if I am seeing the pile o'
stuff - it is easier to just let it go. 😉

This time around I actually found a couple things that had tags on them that I
didn't realize were even in my closet.. well, that was a major eye opener.
Obviously I didn't really need the items,  however now I can put them to good use.



Placing the items in my drawers vertically really is a space saver and makes everything easily accessible.   I like that I can see what I have and where a certain item is at a glance. 
No digging or fumbling through clothes to find what I am looking for.




I always place like items together as well.  
Such as Jeans/Jeggings in one drawer,  Capri's/Athletic capri's in another, and so on.

It just makes life easier that way.
It truly is the little things.

 Personally I find that the stress factor is higher if I am seeing a lot of
stuff everywhere and honestly it has kind of gotten away from me the last few months so I am
working on tackling projects to get everything back in order, but I am also trying to make
myself get rid of stuff!

This will be a process, some things are just easier than others to let go of.
However, I am determined!

I chose to make a short video of my Spring Cleaning Adventure take 1.. if you are so
inclined to check it out.
Total amateur here, but I enjoy seeing video's and hope to do more as I get
better at it.. but ya gotta start somewhere, so please be kind. Lol.  :0)






So how about you? Are you in spring cleaning mode yet?


Blessings,
-TinaH


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Favorites from 2018



I thought as 2018 is coming quickly to an end I would put together just a few of my
favorite products (beauty/fashion edition) from the year..
some that continue to be loved favorites of mine and a few new ones mixed in.

These are all items that I personally use,
and plan to purchase more of in the future. 😉



For the feet.. 



I am a fan of plaids, buffalo plaid to tartan, and I am also a fan of cute shoes
so these made it home with me and they are so stinkin cute.  ♡

The next item is more of a splurge item in my opinion.
To be honest I debated on this purchase a while.
I had a decent amount of "$ off" that I could use and I do like the boots that I have
by this brand so eventually I talked myself into it.   Anyone else do that? 😜
If you like warm, super cozy, slipper style socks..
with some cute factor then these are AHHH-mazing and
yes, I would buy them again.
(*I may wait til I have some more $ off saved up.. 
but I would definitely buy them again) Lol.



For the Face..


I have long been a fan of the Anastasia brow wiz pencil and if you follow my blog
you know I have mentioned it.. several times over as a matter of fact. Lol.
However after purchasing this brow kit, the pencil is now a super close 2nd.
I really like this kit and so glad I decided to try it.

I like several concealers so I can't really say that I have a #1 favorite, but in sticking with
talking about brows.. to highlight my brow bone I like the IT bye bye illumination concealer.
However for the other area's of my face I almost always use Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer or Tarte Shape Tape Concealer.
All 3 are awesome, I just like to use them in different ways.

My favorite setting powder continues to be this one
by Makeup Forever and well, it just works the way I want it to so it is a keeper.

Eyelash Primer has become a great addition to my makeup routine this year
and I like this one.  Inexpensive and gets the job done. Win, win.

I received this moisturizing lip balm in a gift set and I will be looking to buy one as soon as mine
runs out.

I decided to try this moisturizer (aka face butter) a few months ago
and I have been using it since, really liking it so far.

Of course this cleanser and this exfoliating wash by philosophy pretty much always makes my fave list..
definitely my go to's.






I have so many favorite things from the year..
honestly this list could have went on and on.

2018 was a great year, but I am looking forward to an even better 2019!

( Seriously, I am sooooo ready for spring to arrive, I have been in spring cleaning mode
already..  but I am looking forward to the flowers and all the outdoor projects I want to
tackle! Bring it on!)


- TinaH





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Wrap it up Mission & Giving Grace

We have had quite a busy past few weeks in case you have noticed a lag in posts being published,
and the word busy feels like such an understatement and no where near adequate enough
to describe it.

A lot of unexpected's..
Trips to hospitals, trip to our vet,  lack of sleep,
and a whole lot of prayers going out.
There have been a lot of ups and downs, some big and some small..
but God is faithful, God is sooo good!

I usually feel better prepared for Christmas.
I almost always start my shopping extremely early and have always thought I
was somewhat on top of it so to speak.    
However, sometimes life has a way of mixing things up and being on top of things is not the
story of this Christmas season.

So I have been on a 'wrap it up' mission this week to get the shopping done.
Making sure I have all the gifts figured out,  gifts wrapped, menu and
get the grocery shopping done!
Today I plan to work on the desserts and get as much done as possible
ahead of time. (fingers crossed). 

I think I am finally finished with shopping for everything as I check over my list,
and then check it again... and I'll just say it - check it again. 😉




Although it feels like Christmas time has sort of snuck up on us this year.. I absolutely love this
time of year.  The decorations, the lights, the food, the joy of the season,
and being with my family.  Nothing better than that. 


We put up a lot of lights this year, including decorating my rustic fence.



The living room tree has turned out so pretty.




I actually put up several tree's this year.
I even added a pencil tree to my kitchen, and I am loving it.




I actually didn't get to all the projects or all the decorating that I wanted to and
no where near all the things I wanted to have done by now,  but I am choosing
to give myself Grace and focus on more important things than on what I feel
like I didn't get done.

So in case someone else out there needs to hear it as well,  don't focus on the
should have's or wish you could have's or all the things,
enjoy the season,  and give yourself Grace.

Life is too short to let the "should've"/"would've"/"wish could've's" steal your joy.


Wishing you all a Very Merry and Joy Filled Christmas,  and a blessed New Year!


-TinaH











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DIY a Simple Farmhouse Style Christmas Ornament


So do you remember my cutesy red trucks hauling Christmas tree's mini ornaments that I used in making these fun ornaments? ♡



Well I had some leftover so I decided to use them in another ornament diy.

Isn't this cute?


I had some plastic clear ornaments that are actually in half, and you simply decorate and
snap them together..  so I decided to try to place the mini truck ornament inside.




So I used a drop of e6000 on each end of the truck ornament and set it inside half of the larger
clear ornament making sure it was facing the right way of course. 😉
Then I just left it alone to dry.


Then I placed the front and back of the clear ornament together, tied a small piece of twine through
the hole for a hanger, and I went ahead and added a white bow just because I thought it was cute.







What a fun addition to our farmhouse style themed Tree.
I do love that little red truck. :0)


These clear ornaments are so fun to create your own ornament designs!
Can do so much with them.. place keepsakes inside, notes, photo's, small trinkets,  just so fun
to have on hand.  (great to use for a fun kids ornament project too)

If interested in picking some up I used this size, & you can find them here!



- TinaH



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