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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’re a last minute shopper. Can’t help it – I guess I really love the thrill of finding the perfect gift under a time crunch. But don’t worry, in this gift guide, I’ll be sharing some gift ideas that you’ll receive just in time to hear, “I love it – you’re my favorite child…”

All mom’s are different, so I’m going to give you some options that fall into the categories of: pretty, practical, and sentimental.

Let’s start of with Pretty Mother’s Day Gifts!
  1. An Engravable – either a necklace or bracelet – your mom will LOVE it. These jewels are super dainty and lightweight, and will hold some sort of sentimental value because you can engrave anything you’d like. For example: her children’s birthdays, her favorite quote, children’s names or initials, or even a word that describes her in totality. I’ve gifted this to my mom, and several of my mom friends, and it’s always a big hit! Did I mention they are both under $80? BECAUSE until May 14, all engravables are 20% off!
  2. This Voluspa Candle Set is gorgeous. This set comes with six candles, and would look perfect on any coffee table or on top of any bathroom sink counter. Not to mention, voluspa candles smell amazing!
Practical Mother’s Day Gifts
  1. I know most people save electronics for Father’s Day; but honestly, this next gift is something anyone can appreciate. This Bose Bluetooth Speaker would be a perfect addition to your momma’s home. She’ll be able to listen to music she loves, audio books, and/or podcasts! I something similar for my dad a few Father’s Days back – but always come home to see my mom dancing around the house listening to her jams while cleaning. While you’re at it, you should buy your mom a Spotify account too! Perfect gift bundle.
  2. Give your mom the gift of one less household chore, and snag her this robo-vac! I cannot tell you how life changing this little robot vacuum is; ever since we bought ours, dust bunnies cease to exist and the amount of dog hair is significantly less noticeable. You can help your mom program the vacuum, so it cleans her house every day at a certain time. She will love this gift for sure!
Sentimental Mother’s Day Gifts
  1. Frame old photos! A while back, I found myself looking through old photo albums that live in a bookcase that is overlooked all the time. I found photos from my parent’s wedding and my childhood that were so funny, the photo was just asking to be framed. I know frames can be a little pricey, but you can certainly find affordable ones from Target, Michaels, or even Home Goods!
  2. Re-enact old photos. My sister and I have yet to do this, but we’ve been meaning to. This might take a little extra planning, but can be knocked out in a day. Basically, dress in similar clothes, and re-enact the photo. Not only will the end product give your mom all the joy in the world, but ya also get some quality sibling time!
  3. DIY – y’all know that Kate and I enjoy crafting things up for our own home. If you’re own the creative side, or not, a DIY gift is, for the lack of better words, customizable. So your DIY gift can be on the artsy side; for example, I plan on cross stitching something for my mom. It can be on buying a bunch of little things and wrapping them in a gift basket. Does your mom like to pamper herself? Buy some of her favorite products to have a spa day at home. Does your mom love to cook or bake? Buy a cookbook and really pretty cookware.

Hope these gifts bring your mom joy or at least give you a few ideas of your own!
Would love to hear what you buy for your ma! Leave us a comment below.

xo,
Kim
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Our Favorite Beauty Hacks

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It’s 2018, and one thing hasn’t changed – we want to look our best and not break the bank. Beauty is a multi-billion dollar industry – there is a product for anything you can dream up. We want to share with you our favorite beauty hacks that will stretch your dollar and allow you to use the products you own to their fullest potential!

  1. I’m sure you’ve had your fair share of challenges when it comes to curling your eyelashes – you just want them curled and to stay curled! We got ya covered! When curling your lashes, instead of holding your eyelash curler the traditional way – lift the curler so the handle is parallel to the floor. Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze for about 10 seconds for each eye and this will give your eyelashes more lift AND more curl. Follow up by using a waterproof mascara. The curl will stay all day long! In the market for an eyelash curler? The Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler is our favorite!
  2. Know you are going to have a rushed morning? Apply your dry shampoo before you go to bed! Your dry shampoo will have plenty of time to absorb all of your hair’s natural oils & you’ll wake up looking like you just washed and styled your hair!
  3. So maybe you are out of dry shampoo altogether?! No worries! Grab some bronzer, your Kabuki brush and buff those roots! A blonde? Use your powder foundation instead. Just a little goes a long way!
  4. Advil & that pesky painful zit. Grab yourself a liquid Advil capsule & cut it open. Then snip the top right off with your handy dandy scissors, grab a Q-tip & apply the Advil liquid to the inflamed area. Be sure to give yourself about twenty minutes for the liquid to dry and once it does, you’ll notice the redness and the pain of the pimple has diminished. Proceed with applying make up or go bare faced because you’re a confident, beautiful woman, and no zit is going to stop you from facing the world.
  5. Suffering from ‘cake face’? For the smoothest skin, add a drop of Nyakio Maracuja & Yangu soothing oil (or any oil you have on hand) to your foundation, mix it together & then apply to your face! You’ll see the difference in your skin immediately. We love this beauty hack for the winter months!
  6. Three words: Monistat Chafing Gel. Yup – you read that correctly. Not only is this stuff AMAZING for chafing relief on areas like inner thighs (this is always in our purse during the summer months), but this is also great as a face primer for make up when you’re in a pinch. A two-in-one product! This is a significantly cheaper dupe for the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. The main ingredient, dimethicone, is also often the main ingredient in other face primers. This allows for a smooth finish – filling in pores and the like. This hack is better suited for people with oily skin.
  7. Of course, you forgot shaving cream on your Target list. I mean, it had to be something, right?! Well just use your conditioner instead. Use a quarter size amount & treat it just like shaving cream, your legs have never been softer! We may even use conditioner instead of shaving cream… on the reg.
  8. Okay, so you wake up with puffiness under your eyes because you spent the whole night watching a This is Us marathon. We’ve been there. Before you start getting ready for your day, soak a couple green tea bags in hot water for about two minutes. Take the bags out, squeezing the excess water out and pop them in the fridge. Prior to applying your make up, take the green tea bags, and place them under your eyes for 10 minutes – if you have longer, even better. The caffeine and tannins will help shrink the blood vessels just under the skin which, in turn, reduces swelling and puffiness under the eyes. We hear that model use this beauty hack just before a photoshoot or runway show.
  9. Ain’t nothin’ sweeter than raw honey. You can use raw honey for two things: blemishes and dry skin. For those pesky blemishes, apply a small amount of honey onto the pimple and cover it with a bandaid. Go to sleep and when you wake the next morning, you should see that the pimple has reduced significantly – all thanks to the anti-inflammatory effects of honey. Since honey is a natural humectant, a honey mask will do wonders for dry skin. Slather a thin layer of raw honey on your face, then allow it to sit on your face for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. You’ll see that your skin is plump and hydrated.
  10. Organic raw apple cider vinegar is one of those items in our pantry that we use to boost weight loss, clean with, and even settle sour stomachs. But one of our favorite ways to use apple cider vinegar is as a facial toner and is great for all skin types! Apple cider vinegar toner balances the natural pH of the skin and removes dead skin cells, exfoliating to reveal healthy, vibrant skin. For normal to dry skin: mix one part apple cider vinegar with two parts filtered water. For oily skin: mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part filtered water. For sensitive skin: mix one part apple cider vinegar to three to four parts filtered water. Store the mixture in a glass or plastic bottle. The smell is something you may need to get used to – but the benefits to your skin are life changing!
  11. Coconut oil is another multipurpose staple in our homes – we use it for hair masks, body moisturizer, and even use it as massage oil or a lubricant during sensual moments with our men. Yes, we went there. However, our favorite way to use coconut oil is for removing makeup. Take a dime size amount of coconut oil and begin to massage on your face. The heat from your skin and fingers will melt the coconut oil if it’s in a hardened state. Coconut oil does wonders in breaking up stubborn waterproof mascara and removing the rest of your makeup. Take a warm, wet muslin cloth and wipe off the residue or simply use warm water. Coconut oil is SO versatile, and we love it so much that we could write a whole blog post about it!

And there ya have it – our F A V O R I T E beauty hacks! Let us know if you try any of these hacks.
We would love to hear your results!

xo,
Kim & Kate
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DIY Agate Shadow Box

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After strolling through the mall & checking the price tags of these beautiful pieces of art, I was inspired & depressed all at the same time. I knew I had to have these pieces in my living room, but I couldn’t bear spending $200 to do so. SO YOU GUESSED IT!! I made them myself.

You’ll need:

Agate Stones

Patterned background paper

Shadow box

Hot glue or gel poxy

You’ll want to choose your background paper, your stones & their placement. Once you have those decisions made, mark with pencil where the stones will lay. Next, you are going to want to cut the paper where you made your marks.

Simply because I have found that hot glue works better when gluing to texture rather than gluing to flat & smooth surfaces. Within the holes that you stenciled & cut – apply your hot glue. You can also scratch hot glue altogether, especially if the backing of your shadow box is smooth & use gel epoxy instead.

Then as quick as you can, before the glue dries, lay your stones on the glue in their place.

And that’s it! You’ve made your own beautiful and unique piece of art!

How easy & fun?!

There is a chance I have about three of these in my house now…

Thankfully, my husband couldn’t care less about decor.

Let me know if you try this DIY! I’d love to see what you come up with!!

 

xo,
Kate
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DIY Hula Hoop Wreath

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We’ve all seen those huge beautiful wreaths in department stores & shops like Anthro this time of year. If you haven’t… get out of the house! Wreaths are actually pretty freakin’ pricey! Who knew?!

Don’t you worry! Because my cheap ass is here to show you how to make a BEAUTIFUL HUGE WREATH for $10-$15 & about an hour of your time. 🙂 Yay!

One thing I LOVE about this project is that there are SO many possibilities – it all depends on your style. The classic hula hoop wreath (yeah, that’s a thing) is usually spray painted; but my goal here is to not look like I have a hula hoop hanging on my wall (as if I were an 8 year old) but actually make this wreath a beautiful conversation piece. So I added some texture – chunky yarn, to be exact. This is the second project unrelated to knitting that I’ve used chunky yarn – and it’s safe to say that I’m a huge fan.

So first things first! Go to your handy dandy dollar store & grab a hula hoop! I was lucky enough that good ol’ dollar general had ‘mini’ hula hoops & not a full size ones. My ceilings are 9 feet tall, so that would just look all sorts of ridiculous. Next? Stop into Michael’s & grab your floral wire, chunky yarn, metallic spray paint (not a must) & greenery. DON’T FORGET YOUR MICHAEL’S COUPON! If you don’t own a box cutter, you might wanna grab one of those too – it makes slicing the hula hoop a lot easier. Don’t worry, you only have to make one slice.

So once you are ready to rumble, grab your box cutter & hula hoop. Be careful, please. Make about a two inch slash on your hula hoop where you want to tuck in your chunky yarn. Then shake shake shake shake those pellets out. And begin wrapping. THIS IS SO HELPFUL. Instead of just making a knot that will slide all over, the slice in the hula hoop will hold that yarn nice and tight. See below!

Now it’s time for the most time consuming part of this project! Wrap your chunky yarn around and around and around your hula hoop! This did take me about 15 minutes –  you need to make sure the yarn is full & tight, so you don’t see the obnoxious colors of the hula hoop coming through. If you have time on your hands, or have a child who naps longer than 40 minutes, you could just spray paint the hula hoop before you wrap the yarn around to avoid the chance of seeing the original hula hoop color altogether, but I ain’t got that kinda luxury. #momlife

Once you are done with the wrapping of the yarn, you should be quite impressed! I know I was! 

Now it is time to get creative! I know, the hardest part for some. I freakin’ love eucalyptus. L O V E the smell.  L O V E the color. L O V E the look. So I was immediately drawn to it at Michael’s for this project (and 4 others). I began by choosing which branches of euc were aesthetically pleasing to me & went from there. Once I chose two, I put them on the wreath how I imagined they should be. TIP: When using floral wire, wrap around the branches (see photo). Floral wire can be difficult to work with if you aren’t familiar with it. 

Let’s just say that you may be able to see some of your floral wire… well this is just another great thing about using yarn! You can wrap the yarn around those spots & honestly, it turns out kinda amazing.

Like so…..

It’s hard to tell in the bright morning light, but the chunky yarn I used is actually a grey, I wanted to be able to use it for all seasons. But that is something you can absolutely play with, along with the materials, you add onto the wreath. I actually bought some white daisies, gold metallic floral accents & a love sign.. not knowing which direction I would take with this wreath. Once I saw the eucalyptus part done though, my heart felt full (hahahaha SO dramatic). But in the sense of this project, this looked right to me!

 

I may end up adding in the gold accents but I’m just not sure! I want to see your wreaths! Be sure to tag us on Instagram or comment below if you make your own hula hoop wreath!

Thanks for reading!!!

xo,
Kate
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DIY: World Market Antique Frame

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Safe to say that my master bedroom got pushed to the end of the list when my husband and I bought our home well over a year ago. The main living spaces are furnished & I thought maybe it’s time to show these bedroom walls some love (pun intended ;)). So, to World Market I went. I was immediately drawn to their large antique frames but for how simple they were, I couldn’t justify spending $17 a pop. I’m cheap sometimes, okay, I know.

Moral of the story? I made them my-damn-self.

Not only is this project ridiculously cheap, but so easy. The best part? Each frame cost about $1 to make. How you ask? The biggest junk drawer known to man – the dollar store. Their 11×14 simple black frames sell for $1 so I swiped a few right up! Then just grabbed some duct tape & rope and wham! New bedroom decor is here to stay.

 

I hope you found this hack to be worth seeing and doing! Maybe there will be more dollar store hacks to come! Oh God… that just sounds like I’m on the path to hoarders anonymous.

If hanging above a bed, crib or common lounge area please be sure to use reinforcements & not just duct tape when hanging. Do remember this is a quick & cheap fix.

xo,
Kate
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