Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Look for less #4- Pottery Barn Inspired Mirror for SIXTEEN bucks!



Good morning you wonderful readers, you! I'm SO excited to be back for ANOTHER awesome Look for Less challenge, with some of my favorite L4L ladies. Remember the tray we made back in April? That was the easiest look for less of all time, and this one takes second place.



If you remember, I revealed my makeup storage last week, and as you can see, this mirror situation was a pretty pathetic. I knew I wanted to make a huge 22x28 mirror that I saw in a PB catalog ages ago, but I was not about to shell out $199.00 dollars for something I was going to look at myself in.


Enter...look for less! This giant open frame was purchased at Hobby Lobby for 50% off! Making it only 15 dollars. But don't worry, if they aren't on sale, you can always grab a 40% off coupon for a fantastic discount. This mirror was the best find EVER! It was a whopping ONE dollar at my local dollar tree. Yes, you heard me, just ONE!


Since these mirrors are so cheap, I just used a box cutter to score the back and rip the cardboard off.


My original plan was to remove the mirror from the frame, and use hot glue (you know...because all good crafts involve hot glue) to fit it perfectly inside the frame. But once I got to trying to remove the adhesive, I realized it would be WAY more difficult that anticipated. Enter: super good lookin' husband with a drill ;)


Don't get me wrong, ladies, i'm perfectly capable of operating a drill and doing it myself, but someone had to take the pictures, and I just couldn't resist getting a picture of that wedding ring. Newlyweds, barf ;)


All we did was mark where the thickest part of the frame was, to ensure our screw didn't go through, and we screwed through the plastic into the wooden frame, securing the mirror perfectly.


Pretty! No more gap! Now I have the best place to do my makeup and hair in the morning, it costs next to nothing to create. :)

Be sure to check out the other drool-worthy projects from my favorite bloggy friends!

Life, Love Larson



Kitchen Table Art


Home Coming


Like a Saturday

Life on Virginia Street


GORGEOUS, right?! I literally can't even handle how talented and amazing my friends are!

Now we want to see what YOU made for less! Do you have a project that you got super thrifty on, and it turned out great?! Show us!!


The Rules? They're simple!

  1. Follow each challenge host somehow; any way is fine! 
  2. Link your Look for Less project below, and be sure to include your email!  
  3. Make sure your post has an image or link of your designer inspiration.  
  4. By entering a link, you're giving us permission to feature and image on our blogs 
We're going to pick our favorite, and BOOM! 60 dollars to tarjaaay will be on it's way to you! I know there are some projects i'd love to do with an extra 60 bucks to one of my favorite places!

















Thank you guys so much for stoppin by! Make sure you link up!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

Monday, July 21, 2014

2 Ingredient Puddin' Pops!

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Happy Monday, all! I can't believe how quick this summer is going by! Before we know it we will be preparing for the Holidays. Siiiggghhhh. (I may have picked up some discount Halloween decor this weekend...don't judge)


In the meantime, however, it is H-O-T in Northwest Arkansas, and that means tasty frozen treats to cool down. These pudding pops are so easy a monkey could make them. (is there a video out there somewhere of a monkey cooking? I feel like that's a thing...)


All you need for these babies is some Instant pudding, milk, and of course your favorite Wet-Nap product (click HERE for .55 cents off Walmart's already low prices! **while supplies last) to clean sticky fingers AND messy counter tops.


Follow the package instructions to whip up your instant pudding. Don't forget to lick the whisk...that's important. ;)


We used good ol' chocolate fudge, and delicious cookies and cream.


After mixin' up the pudding, you'll likely have some spills (or pudding all over your face if you're like me, and adult who eats like a child...ha!) I love Wet-Nap products because they're so affordable, and great for quick wiping down the counters, but even better for cleaning fingers and faces! So many times Antibacterial can dry out your skin, but Wet-Nap is formulated with aloe to keep your summer tan moisturized!


I broke out my frozen Zoku (if you don't have one of these, get one...pronto!) However, you can use any Popsicle mold you have on hand. Or Dixie cups!


Zoku works best if you put your sticks in first, so...that's what I did!


Transfer your pudding to a plastic bag, and snip the tip.


Poor it into your pop maker (even if it's just dixie cups and popsicle sticks!)



Zoku works SUPER fast...7 minutes and your pops are frozen! While the froze, I cleaned up the sticky pudding from my fingers and counter top. The citrus scented wipes smell so good!


I love the single serve wipes! Perfect to serve to little ones. I also throw 'em in my lunch box every day for easy clean up.


The chocolate didn't even make it to pictures without a taste test. SO GOOD!



I'm telling you, you have to go out this week and make these! It's the easiest dessert ever, and so, so tasty. Don't forget to grab your favorite Wet-Nap product while you're out! I found them in the napkin/paper goods aisle at my favorite Walmart, and you know that meant it was the best price around. Don't forget to grab your .55 cents off coupon by clicking HERE! **while supplies last

What's your favorite summertime dessert? Have you started preparing for Fall like I have? Let me know!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Beachy Waves


Hi, beauties!

I don't know about you, but in the summer I am L-A-Z-Y when it comes to hair and makeup. The days are long, the tempertatures are high, and i've got about 0 patience to sit in front of the mirror doing my hair.

This is totally my go to and it's so easy a monkey could do it. If monkey's had long hair and salt spray. Be sure to check out the quick 5 minute video for a step by step.






Enjoy your lazy summer hair, my friends! Only a few more weeks until we actually have to try again. Boo!

Until Next Time,

xo Kylie

Monday, July 7, 2014

The best BBQ Sandwich of your life


Happy Monday, readers!

 Wait.That's an oxymoron. Especially when it's the Monday after a long weekend. Hopefully this quick and easy meal makes up for it!

I made this BBQ chicken on the 4th of July to share, and completely forgot to take a picture of the finished project...so I had to pull a stock photo of  a BBQ sandwich. Just trust me, it looked something like the below ;)


   
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You will need:

  • One Medium Onion, cut into rings
  • Your Favorite BBQ Sauce
  • Protein! (We use Chicken, Pork is great too)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Salt/Pepper/Red Pepper Flakes
  • Brown Sugar



Start by slicing your onion into rings, and layer in the bottom of a crockpot. (Don't forget to save these after, they make a delicious topping to the sandwich!)


Season your chicken with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes, and then layer on top of the onions. (Dear Lord almighty raw chicken is disgusting)




In a small bowl, mix together 1  cup of BBQ sauce, 1/4th cup water, 3 table spoons apple cider vinegar, and 1/2 cup brown sugar, and poor on top of the chicken/onions.


Cook on high 5-6 hours, or low 6-8


After your chicken is cooked, drain all but 1 cup of the liquid, and shred your protein with 2 forks. Return to the crockpot, add extra BBQ sauce, and make that delicious sandwich, baby!

This is one of my favorite quick crockpot meals, and it is SO good! Let me know if you give it a try for your next family cookout ;)

Until Next Time,

xo Kylie

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Master Bedroom Progress-Makeup Organization


Happy 4th of July Eve, friends!

The 4th of July is in my top 3 favorite holidays. Usually Halloween is my favorite until Christmas rolls around, then Christmas consumes my life, and then there is a long horrible winter in between me, a beer, and a 4th party on the lake...and that is what America is all about my friends. 

But in all seriousness, holy cow are we so blessed to live in the best Nation in the world. I love the saying "Home of the Free, because of the Brave." So while you're enjoying some adult beverages and all that is Red, White, and Blue...take a second to be grateful for the amazing men and women who keep us safe, and ensure John Hancock's signature isn't wasted. :)

Oh...P.S. if you follow me on Instagram (Kylieh23) you saw that my amazeballs husband bought me a Macbook Pro after our PC finally kicked the bucket. I have no idea what i'm doing. Seriously, just trying to figure out how to save these pictures took my hours last night. Help a sister out! What Mac tips could you not live without when you made the switch?!

Pretend I put in some super witty transition here, about the 4th of July and makeup and organization and Macbooks...

Makeup table time! This is in no way a reveal...just a little way to share with you some updates going on 
around the Rose home. 
                                     

When we were on our Honeymoon, I had all my makeup and hair products neatly lined up on a cute little desk in our cabin & hotel room. It was so nice to have it all organized and in front of me, and I knew as soon as we got home I needed to set out to recreate it.


You see, for the longest time, (as in...since my mama gave me my first lipstick in middle school) i've been doing my makeup in bed. I am not a morning person, so given the chance to cuddle between the sheets for a 20 extra minutes became a habit that stuck with me for nearly 10 years.



With all white bedding, and a white headboard...we saw our fare share of bleach from all the makeup stains. But no more my friends! This chick officially has her es h eye tee together and a proper place to put on my face!


Unrelated...did you snag yourself some Bath and Body candles during their semi-annual sale? You know I stocked up. We're set for the rest of summer!



This small pull out drawer houses a lot of goodies divided by clear acrylic organizers from Bed Bath and Beyond.





These cute little brush cups are actually toothbrush holders from Homegoods, and I just took out the center divider and they're working perfectly!



This mirror is also a Homegoods find, and the acrylic drawers were purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond. Oh and a cute little reminder of the best day of my life, my brooch bouquet in the back.





The big white messed up looking mirror thing is a look for less waiting to happen...so stay tuned for that in the very near future. :)

I still need to find a comfy chair for this space and add some artwork...but it is definitely the first step in creating a master bedroom that we actually like to spend time in...rather than the dreary dungeon it is now.

Thank you for following along this morning! Now what are you still doing at work? Get out of your office and go have a little summer fun!

See you Monday,

xo Kylie