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.. 

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.

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? ♡

Stocking Stuffers for the Furbabies

While we like to stuff the stockings for Christmas for our family,
we also have a Stocking for our fur babies to enjoy so I decided to share
a few idea's for the fur family members.

If you don't already have a stocking, I ran across these paw shaped stockings.
So cute.

Go To Stocking Stuffers for the young adults

We have a tradition in our home of opening up our stockings on Christmas Eve.
It also usually involves silly string and a hilarious silly string fight.
It is something my husband and I started with our kids when they were
little and we have done that pretty much forever.

Searching for some fun stocking stuffer style gifts I thought I would share my
Go To Stocking Stuffer Fave's and include a few Inexpensive Gifts that would
also work in a stocking.   Our kids are now in their early 20's so this is
geared more towards young adults, and the young at heart adults. 😜

DIY Christmas Stocking Name Tags - Chalkboard style

I recently purchased these adorable mini chalkboards to use as Christmas ornaments, and
for my farmhouse theme Christmas Tree and I absolutely love them!

(you can see that blog post here if you'd like to see how I decorated them)

DIY Farmhouse Style Chalkboard Ornaments

Continuing to work on my Christmas tree I thought a mini chalkboard could make a fun
farmhouse Christmas ornament so I searched online and found these.

DIY a Poofy Ribbon Christmas Tree Topper

I have been working on my Christmas decor and I thought I would share
how to diy a poofy ribbon Christmas Tree topper.. or at least how I do it. 

DIY Red vintage Truck & Buffalo Plaid Ornaments

If you follow me on Instagram you know we got our first snow of the year.
I can definitely say I am not quite ready for winter.
However, I am working on my Christmas Tree and want to do a farmhouse theme this year,
so I chose to make some fun ornaments for my tree and this is one of
the cute ornaments that I came up with.

I ran across these mini ornaments of vintage red trucks hauling Christmas tree's
and thought they were perfect!  So I picked up several sets.
I imagine these will sell out quickly!

I wanted to give them more of a presence on my Tree so I got out a bag of
wood shapes, and since I am using a lot of black and white buffalo plaid I also
got some printed scrapbook paper to use.

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I do a lot of shopping online for the holidays..  in fact the majority of my shopping
is probably done online.

Inexpensive Christmas Tree Skirt - Buffalo Plaid

I am in Christmas decorating mode around here and I have decided
go a little farmhouse buffalo plaid theme with my
pretty flocked tree this year.

So naturally I wanted a tree skirt to coordinate with the buffalo plaid
print, and in shopping online for one they just seemed quite pricey
in my opinion.

Why I chose Keto and 1.5 months later

I have always liked healthier foods but admit that I had quite a sugar tooth as well.
I had already given up a lot of sugar items, in fact my serious about soda habit I gave up a
long time ago, but there are so many other things that would somehow come
home with me from the store that I just didn't need to be buying.

Current Makeup Faves Routine Before and After

I enjoy seeing what other ladies like in their beauty arsenal and what
their current favorite beauty products are so I thought I would share my
current faves of choice, a little bit about my routine, and go ahead and
toss in a before makeup and after makeup pic as well as 'outfit of the day'.

So Just a FYI, this post is a long one and has a lot of photo's.

My morning routine starts with coffee. (Keto style)
and more coffee.

Then I put on a stretchy headband to get my hair out of the way,
and wash my face with this cleanser by philosophy, and then I am
ready to get the day started.

I am 42 years young 😉 ya'll,
and my routine has certainly changed over the years.

Simple Fall Decor Around the House 2018

I thought I would share some of our fall decor from around the house
with you today.

I went pretty simple this year.
Adding some inexpensive single fall leaves that I picked up,
and for the most part I just used what I already had collected over the years.

I think one of my favorite decor pieces that I have purchased is this red truck..
I have had it for a little over a year and I really enjoy changing up the decor for the seasons with it.
It is especially adorable in the Fall with pine cones and pumpkins but for the upcoming Christmas holiday it will be filled with lighted bottle brush tree's and I will change up the surroundings.. so exited. :0)

Black White Buffalo Check Plaid

Ya'll know I love me some black and white buffalo plaid print these days. 😉

I recently picked up my buffalo check welcome rug, and then I found
these inexpensive Black and White buffalo check throws here and I thought they would
be perfect for fall and winter.
They look cozy and inviting to me.

I used one on my deck with my fall decor when the weather was nice.

Because of the price I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I was pleased
with them.  They are not extremely heavy, but are a nice weight and look to be
made well.

I added them to the living room, along with a couple coordinating throw pillows.

Garden Tour

I thought I would share some fun photo's from around my yard today,
how about somewhat of a 2018 Garden Tour.

I was going to get more photo's but it has been raining a lot, so I may end up making
this part 1 and have a part 2 later or update this post with more pictures soon.

Here is a view of my back deck.

It is decorated for the fall season with lots of fun color.

Fall Style Picks

I thought it was time to share some fun Fall Style Picks today.

I have always been a camo print fan and since it is on trend there are so many fun
pieces to choose from, and I am pretty happy about that. :0)

I am loving olive green, and shades of burgundy, and I think the leopard shoes are so
stinkin adorable.

Faux leather leggings are on trend, and could be dressed up or down.

Cardigans and Jackets are a must in my book and a
good tee is always a good staple for year round wear!
           (the one below is on sale for $6)

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What are your favorite pieces for Fall?

- TinaH

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My Fall Deck Tour

I have been working on adding in Fall touches and I thought I would share our deck

It is 'decked' out for fall this year 😉 and I am loving how it is turning out.

I knew I wanted to add in black and white buffalo plaid, so I brought one of my
throws outside to drape over our metal bench.

My Rustic Wood Decorative Fence

If you follow my blog you have probably seen me talk about my rustic fencing that my
husband and I made this year.
I thought I would share a few photo's of how it is looking today
and just a little bit more about this rustic wood fence of ours.

I have done a lot of yard projects this year and one project I wanted to do
was put up a rustic fence.

After deciding to tackle this project, we started by figuring out a general idea
of how many posts that we would need.
Then we started the task of cutting and gathering the fence posts.
A lot of posts.

We chose to use hedge in hopes it will last some time,
and we also had access to it.
(due to some tree's in our pasture that had fell during a past storm etc., as well 
a neighbor having an area of a pasture cleared)

After a couple days or so, and a few sore muscles,
We were finished and here it is in all it's rustic beauty.

3 new beauty fave's inexpensive blender sponge and olive nailpolish

I thought I would share 3 beauty items that I have just recently tried out and I
have added to my current faves list..

First up is I was searching for a camo green or a olive green nail polish and I just couldn't find one locally, so I searched online and this is the one that I purchased. ♡

It is exactly the shade of green I was searching for, which isn't always the case when
I purchase something online.
I have had a few surprises with lip product colors in the past, lol. So I am a little more picky
at what beauty products I purchase online.
This one however was a win all the way, Love it.  (especially for fall!)

5 tips for an Organized Makeup Vanity

My top 5 tips for organizing a Makeup Vanity.

Learned by trial and error. Lol.

#1 - Keep Like Items Together

It is so frustrating to me to be looking for something,
 in a  mess pile of a lot of somethings.
does that make sense? :0)

Who has the time or patience for that? Lol.

I use to have a drawer in the bathroom vanity that I kept everything in, and while
I tried to keep it organized, there were always those hurry up moments
 and things ended up all willy nilly, so to speak.

Which brings me to tip number 2.

My Vintage Vanity Gets a Makeover

I have been wanting to change up my makeup vanity for a while and with the weather we
were having last week it was the perfect time to get this project done.

Here is a reminder photo of my makeup vanity and how it looked after
I made a lighted mirror to go with it and painted it a bright pop of color.

While I do love the peacock blue color, I was ready for a change. 

So I cleaned everything off of it, wiped it down and started painting.

I chose to use this paint that I had left from painting my kitchen cabinets recently.
I am happy with how my kitchen cabinets turned out, and since I had
the paint on hand.. it was a definite win-win for a rainy,
feeling a little stuck in the house kind of week.

DIY Mini Must Have Kit for your handbag

If you have been by the travel size section in your store,
 you have probably come across small cases of cotton swabs.

These little plastic cases have so many uses, and I chose to use
one for a mini must have kit to toss in my handbag.

This is a simple project that took very little time to do and is rather inexpensive,
so it is a win-win. Gotta love those kind of projects. 

To make my mini kit I removed the cotton swabs and put them elsewhere, and
removed the product label sticker.
Then I decided to make a new decorative label to step it up a notch. 

The Camo Trend

Anyone else really like the Camo Trend?
I think it is a style that is pretty much here to stay, but to be honest
I would be wearing it whether it was considered a 'trend' or not.

From high end designers to much less expensive options.. it is all over.
I was searching through Amazon, and I thought I would go ahead
and put together some fun finds today.. camo style.

If you follow me, ya'll know I love a good ball cap!
Not only because they are cute, but if I am in a not wantin to fix
the hair today kind of mood.. I reach for a hat! 😉


My camo one gets quite a bit of wear.. and I think I actually have 4 or 5 in a camo
print alone.
Maybe I should do a post about ball caps and share the rediculous amount that I have.
my collection.  😉 

Simple Low Carb Pizza / Keto friendly

I have been choosing to eat low carb lately and if you like pizza.. well,
traditional fast food pizza doesn't fit too well in a low carb/keto friendly way of eating.

I had found this reduced carb pita bread option, and I had a low carb marinara on hand so decided
why not.. looks like a personal size of a pizza to me and I decided to give it a try.

Basically I put down some parchment paper on a cookie sheet, 2 pieces of pita bread,
spooned on some marinara, and topped it with whatever toppings I wanted.
I used some cooked ground beef and cheese.

Then I baked it in the oven at 350 degree's until the cheese was melted and heated through,
roughly 10-15 minutes give or take.

It was actually good!
I have tried it with different toppings as well and so far have liked them all.

Now of course it doesn't taste like fast food pizza, but my husband and I
like them so it is a winner in my book.

They are fairly low carb depending on the toppings of course.

I added a picture of the labels so you could check them out,
such as: 1 pita has 9 carbs (or 5 net carbs if you are counting net carbs.)
the sauce has 4 for 1/2 cup of marinara so you can certainly use less sauce to stay within your
carb goals if you are counting carbs by chance.

I thought it was a pretty good substitute when craving pizza.

Plus the fact that it took less than 5 minutes to throw together isn't too bad either. 😉

I found these items in my local grocery store,
and the marinara was cheaper in my store, but I saw that it is also available online
Here or Here, and the Pita Bread which I am also a fan of can be found Here.


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Weekend Fun and My Cute Pumpkin Find

Our daughter came and spent the weekend and we had a lot of fun..
We went out of town one day and of course we had to stop by
one of our favorite craft stores.
The fall section was simply  B E A U T I F U L.

Kitchen Cabinets Before and After - Oak to White

My 'farmhouse' kitchen update is going well and my newly painted cabinets are finally finished.
I gotta say I am loving it.

Of course now I have more projects in mind.. isn't it funny how one project snowballs
into several others.

I will start by showing where my kitchen started:

A lot of wood tones, which I actually did like.
However, I knew that I eventually wanted to add a backsplash.
When I finally decided that it was time to update my kitchen I added several new accent pieces,
a lot of farmhouse inspired pieces, a more vibrant diy valance, and came up with
my faux barnwood backsplash.

2018 Graduate and a kitchen sneak peek..

Last week just happen to be a wonderful and really busy week,
or a busy wonderful week, or how about
a wonderfully busy week.☺

Our daughter graduated high school last year, and
has been attending a Cosmetology school for the last several months,
and as of last week is now a graduate.

So we spent a couple days visiting her, and going to her graduation ceremony.

July 2018 - A look back

I thought it would be fun to have a look back, sort of a rewind of the month of July!

July is my birth month and we celebrated my 42nd birthday this month.
We went and spent a weekend with the kids
and were able to finally all get together and go out to eat.
Schedules.. ugh.. :0)

Finally all of us getting to spend some time together.. the best gift I could've gotten!

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Our daughter came home another weekend and we went to a rodeo, and it was prob
one of the first we have went to that was comfortable.. now I am not talking about the
hard as a rock bleachers mind you, nothing comfortable about those. :o)
However, it was not too hot and not too cold, 
and not raining. (been there/done that.. and left early) 

My husband and I joked that it was probably the first time in a long time we have
been out that late by the time we got home. lol.

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Running across a good price on something that I use everyday was a nice find.

Free shipping was a nice bonus too.
still available: Here

I also picked up This Eyeshadow Palette while out and about,
and I am very happy with it.  A lot of nice neutrals.

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We decided to get another hummingbird feeder as I was having to refill ours so often.
The hummingbirds have really enjoyed all the flowers and our yard this year.

If you follow me on instagram then you probably saw the video I posted of them.
How fun.  (You can follow me on instagram: Here)

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I am also just about done with my kitchen cabinets! Wooohoooo!
The new hardware I chose is here and I am so pleased with how it is all coming together.
Looking forward to sharing how it has turned out soon!

Here is to a wonderful August!
                                                                            - TinaH

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Favorite Exfoliating Facial Wash

I am sure by now you have probably heard about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

I have found a couple things while searching, mostly a lot of online window shopping.. Lol.

However, I thought I would share that my favorite exfoliating facial wash is in the sale.
I had actually ran out of it so it was pretty much perfect timing that I ran across it
while looking at the sale.

This set has a Large 32 oz bottle with a pump, (this size lasts me a long time)
as well as a 8 oz size, and a small bottle of purity as well.
(which is also a fave of mine)

Update on Galvanized Tub Planter and Around the Yard

As I was watering this morning I took my camera outside, and got a few photo's
from around the yard.

I thought I would share an update on just how well my Galvanized Tub Turned Planter is doing.

It is a thing of beauty!

Here is a reminder of where it started:

and here she is now:

Kitchen Update - Painting my kitchen cabinets

Painting my Kitchen Cabinets..

This is something I have been going back and forth on for quite a while..
and probably even more so after installing a fun faux barnwood backsplash in my
kitchen. (which we are so happy with!) 

(You can see my backsplash post here:Faux Barnwood Backsplash)

After a lot of searching online, looking at before and after photo's of other peoples kitchens,
researching painting methods for kitchen cabinets what products others have used with success
and so on..  I finally made the decision that I really wanted to paint them white.