How to Flock your Christmas Tree...

Monday, December 4, 2017

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I really wanted to have a flocked Christmas tree this year, but I wanted it to look like actual snow sitting on the branches of the tree instead of white all over.  Soooo I started searching for a way to do it myself! And today I am sharing that with YOU!

Below is the before and after of my tree!
Here are the supplies you will need...

1 Christmas tree
1 package of Tree Flock- this came in the mail faster than anticipated, like 5 days faster!
1 spray bottle
Water
A drop cloth/plastic
1 hand-held strainer (doesn't have to be that one, but similar)
Once you have all your supplies, put your drop cloth down, believe me, you'll want it... and get to work! Using your squirt bottle, filled with water, spray sections of your tree, lightly- shouldn't be soaked. As seen in this video...



After that, put some of the flock in the strainer and start shaking it all over the tree, WHILE YOU SPRAY IT, I started at the top. You can put as much or as little as you want on your tree! Watch this video to see the video my daughter took while I did ours.




After you are done flocking your tree to your hearts desire, do a little happy dance because you can now enjoy your beautiful flocked tree without having to pay A TON on money.  Seriously, I bought my tree, and flocked it for under half of what you can buy flocked tree. WIN!!
 Make sure you wait a day or two to start decorating your tree so that the flock can fully dry. Here is a close up of my flocked tree..... And a picture of my tree all decorated. 


Happy flocking! xoxo, Sharee

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Make this wooden box for under $10! AND in less than an hour!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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I have been wanting a wooden box by my kitchen sink to get rid of the clutter there for a while now, and yesterday, I couldn't take it anymore! I went out to my garage, found some scrap wood, and threw one together... And I thought I would take pics and share it with YOU! 


Here are step by step instructions on how to make this wood box, for under $10, and in less than an hour! Woot! 

Soooo, here it is... 
Supplies you will need:
  • Wood- I used 1"x6" wood planks, but you can use different sizes depending on the size of box you want. 
  • Chop Saw- You may be able to get your wood cut at your local home improvement store, like Home Depot, or Lowes if you don't have a saw. 
  • Brad Nailer with nails OR wood glue. Nails are faster, and easier, but glue works too. Careful if you decide to use glue though... If it gets on the wood, that wood won't stain the same as the rest of the plank. 
  • Sand Paper
  • Wood stain- I used Minwax Jacobean for this box. It's kind of my FAVE right now....
  • Gloves (Optional)
  • A bristle brush
  • Lint-free rag

Here is my scrap wood that I used. I measured the length that I wanted the box, and cut three pieces of wood to that length. Those are your sides and bottom of your box.
I then put the bottom, and two sides together. I held the wood in place and used my brad nailer to nail it together. Please be careful of your hand and foot placement when you use a nailer! If you choose to use glue, make sure it's WOOD GLUE! You will also need clamps if you use glue. The clamps will hold the wood in place while the glue dries. I don't have a picture of how this is done, but I like these clamps. You basically just glue, make sure it's in the right spot and then clamp to hold in place.
If you use nails, and they come out the bottom like this on the left.... Don't worry, you can clip the ends off with wire cutters as see on the right!
I forgot to take pics of doing the ends... SORRY! But all you have to do is measure the whole side of the end and cut a piece to fit.  Notice how in the picture below, the end pieces fit the whole side. Then you nail or glue the ends the same way that you did the sides.


After you have your box all put together, grab your hand paper, or hand sander if you have one, and sand it all over, inside and out. If you want a more distressed look, sand corners more than the rest so they look worn. This will help later when you sand to give a distressed look, after your stain is dry. 


OK, next! Stain! We are almost done! Phew! 

Get your gloves (optional, but highly recommended- if you're like me and get stain everywhere every time I do it), stain, bristle brush, and rag!

 Don't tell my son that I used his underwear as an old rag. Mmmmk... 
I wanted to stain my box, it was the only thing I could find. It works, right?! (hahaha) Moving on... 




 When I stain, I like to stain small sections and then wipe off those sections. 
I like to wipe off my stain right away so it's more surfacey. That way, when I sand it later it will still have a distressed look. Stain it alllll over, and if you even do the bottom, you'll have a multi-functional piece of decor- like if you want to use your box upside down somewhere else. I like to have multi-functional pieces of decor... Ha!





Your box should look something like this when you are done. 


Now is the hard part... waiting for the stain to dry. On your particular can of stain, it will tell you how long to wait, I typically wait over night which is what I did in this case. After your stain is dry, grab your sand paper again and sand those corners! If you have already sanded the corners to look worn this will go quickly. 


On the left you see my stained box, pre sanded, and on the right you see my box post-sanding, See the distresses look? That's my love lately.  :) 

And you're done!! Put the box wherever you want it, for me it was by my sink. Yay for less clutter!

By my sink...

I like to have my decor be functional as well as pretty, so I put hand soap, lotion, and some fake flowers in it. I can't be bothered with keeping more real flowers alive! I have children to worry about!

Enjoy! xoxo, Sharee

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This is who I am!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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Hi friend!

You are probably here because you follow me on Insta, or are in my Facebook group, or maybe you are stumbling upon me by accident! Whatever means you get here, WELCOME!

First off, let me introduce myself... I'm Sharee. (Shuh-Ree) I've been married over 10 years, I have 4 children, a dog, and a snake. I basically live in a zoo. (Ha! But really though....) I have a few little side hustle businesses that keep me busy on top of my family life, and I'm also a dedicated Mormon. Not one of the claim-to-be-Mormons that live in the hills of Utah marrying off my teenage daughters to 50 yr old men. I am a regular Mormon, living in Las Vegas, with my family.

I'm not extraordinary by any means. In fact, I try to make things as easy as I can. Life is sooo busy.... Why make things harder than I need to, right?

Anyone who knows me, knows I like to figure out how to do things. If I see a picture on Pinterest that I like for home decorating, I want to figure it out. Or if my kids are having a hard time with something, or I am having a difficult time with #momlife, I want to figure out how to make it better.




In this blog you will find all my tips and tricks for all the things I try to figure out, failures and ALL! All the excitement will happen a few times a week here.... But in the meantime, before I start sharing all my secrets..... Here is a picture of my family. For your viewing enjoyment!


xoxo,
Sharee
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Moisturize.... but really. Do it.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Everyone who knows me really well, KNOWS that I have ridiculously dry skin... And I have heard all the solutions. Drink more water! Moisturize MORE! I have tried so MANY different face moisturizers. Obviously not alllll of them, because there are TONS. But I have tried a lot. Some of them are good, some are better. But I can honestly say, NONE of them have helped me like Milk Moisturizer.

Now, that said, I will also say that I start using this when I was using Rodan and Fields Soothe wash. The whole regimen didn't seem to work for my skin, it has worked for MILLIONS, but for whatever reason, didn't work for me. So I just used the wash, which I like because you don't have to rinse your skin after using it! You just wipe off the wash, or let it sink into your skin. (Awesome, right?!) Anyway, I would wash my face and then use the Hydration Serum, also from Rodan and Fields, and then I would moisturize using Milk. 

Then one day, I got a sample of the Milk cleanser and toner, soon to be offered by Maskcara Beauty and I thought, "Hey, I've tried everything else why not this?" So I started trying them and I did it day and night. Every day. Until I started not doing it in the morning anymore. Because, well, I wanted to eat breakfast. Annnnd, Hunger came first. hahahaha! BUT i noticed something... 



Normally, my skin would feel tight and need morning moisturizing, or it would be flaky and itchy halfway through the day. Buuuuut, I didn't feel that. (cue "Hallelujah" chorus!) My skin felt feels good all day long. THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. You can imagine my enthusiasm with finally finding something that works for my skin! 

Now, that's not to say that sometimes in the morning, I don't still need to moisturize. I did this morning in fact. The important thing it to listen to your skin. Yesterday I spent some time at the pool and this morning, my skin wanted more lovin'. And with Milk I am happy to oblige. 

xoxo
Sharee


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Color Matching

Friday, August 11, 2017

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Color matching is the HARDEST to figure out when buying new makeup. I know I always hated doing it when I would go to Sephora, or Ulta. I always felt so overwhelmed and "What if I bought the wrong color?" I wouldn't ever go back and exchange.....

But let me tell you a secret.... I can help you with color matching with Maskcara. It's as easy as sending me a picture of your beautiful face in natural light. Easy Peasy! 



With Maskcara, we get lots of training on color matching and take the guess work out for YOU lovelies! Need Color match help? Send me a message with your pic, and I will get you taken care of! 

xoxo
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