Archive | April, 2012

DIY File Cabinet

24 Apr

Posted by: Katie

I have a little silver filing cabinet in my room to “hold all of my files”, as Colby likes to tease. I do have a lot of files. I am an adult. Ha.

So there it has been, sitting in my room, looking very industrial and only kinda matching my room because it is silver. So this last weekend I made it a lot more me.

I took off the handles in front and used painters tap to cover the holes and edges just in case my spray painting got out of control.

I spray painted the top and sides a gloss white.

I also sprayed the hardware white.

I had printed off a couple of sheets of black and white pattern I liked.

I used modge podge to put a light layer on the metal and put the paper on from top to bottom. Then I coated the top with two layers of modge podge.

This part took the longest.

The finished product:

Yay! It made my whole room look better.


Friday, I’m in LOVE…

20 Apr

…with my wedding movie
Holy cow, you guys, I spent at least 100 man hours piecing together all of the raw footage from our wedding into a 40 minute movie.  It looks pretty amazing though, Katie and her dad watched it the other night when we had family dinner and they both cried. Success! *Liz*

…with Breaking Bad
I know I’m a little late to be jumping on this bandwagon, but the show is so intense I can’t get enough.  In fact, I watched too many episodes one day and had dreams about cooking meth.  Probably gonna lay off for a while… *Liz*

…with Hualalai Cake
So in love, in fact, that Dave and I are going to Kona this weekend just to get some.  Fatties much?  Maybe I really am obese….  *Liz*

Oreo crust, Kona coffee ice cream, fudge. MMmmmmmmmm...

…with Congratulations Tulips from Liz
I put in my two week notice at my current job this past Monday! My last day is April 27th and the first day at my new job is April 30th! I am very excited about the new opportunity and love that it comes with prizes like these tulips! *Katie*

…with Corgis
I don’t have one myself, in fact I have never had a dog, but I think these might be the cutest little ones. The first time I ever saw one was at a house for New Years and its body was kind of normal sized and it disappeared behind the coffee table because of its short little legs. I died. They make me smile so much.  *Katie*

Corgi in a tree

Lobster Corgi

Mama Duck Corgi

Sleeping Corgi

DIY Dressed Up Keys

17 Apr

Posted by: Katie

This DIY is as easy as painting your nails! Without worrying about the opposite hand thing, so even easier!

I had three little keys I wanted to dress up so I got three different, but complementary, colors and painted the top with a couple of coats each.

I used a chunky glitter nail polish to give them a top coat and some sparkle.

Ka-pow. You’re done.

Ellwood Monarch Grove & Santa Barbara

12 Apr

Posted by: Katie

This last December I met up with my brother in LA and we went up to visit our mom and aunt in Santa Barbara (we took the train- it took only about two hours. So much fun).

We did all sorts of fun things but one of my favorite adventures was going  to the Coronado Butterfly Preserve! It is in Goleta, CA close to the University of California, Santa Barbara campus and was such a surprise treat. I never knew that when Monarch butterflies migrate South they come together in certain spots and I guess this is a place that they stop and huddle together (cuddling butterflies!) for their “over-wintering time” which is typically from November through February. The recommended months for seeing the peak number of butterflies are December and January.

This way to butterflies

The Monarchs were hanging from the eucalyptus tree branches in huge clusters and apparently when the weather is a little warmer or the sun is on them, they fly around more. When we came upon the clusters I was shocked to see how big and how many of them there were. We did see butterflies flying around but it was not like a snowglobe with butterflies all around you (although that would have been cool too). It was such a beautiful, quiet place that I felt really lucky to have been able to experience it.

Those aren't all leaves they are thousands of butterflies!

Butterfly clusters high in the trees

The preserve is 9.3 acres and encompasses the butterfly grove, woodlands and meadows and trails linking the Ellwood Main Monarch Grove to Ellwood Shores coastal bluffs, Ellwood Mesa. Spearling Preserve Open Space, the Devereux Slough and the beach. The trails are not “hikes” and you can wear flip flops comfortably, although you might prefer wearing shoes because it can get a little muddy in areas. If you continue past the grove like we did you will come to a beautiful bluff overlooking the ocean.

My mom and brother

Other notable things from that trip that I would like to revisit were the Farmers Market on State Street, San Ysidro Ranch and the beach.

Farmer's Market on State Street


San Ysidro Ranch

I am excited for my next trip to see my mom, aunt and more of Santa Barbara.

Tinted Lip Balms

10 Apr

Posted by: Liz

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a chapstick/lip balm girl.  My lips are naturally a darker pink so I never really noticed or cared about adding more color, I’ve only been concerned that they stay hydrated and soft.  However, I had my makeup professionally done for my wedding and at my trial the makeup artist asked what lipcolor I typically use.  I responded with “ummm, chapstick?” and she just about had a heart attack.  After seeing how complete my makeup looked with a little lipcolor, I became more and more interested in trying different products and colors.

I’ve always thought lipstick was too dry and tasted bad, and lip gloss is too gooey and sticky.  Recently, though, I’ve tried giving lipstick another chance as well as trying a variety of lip stains and long-lasting lipcolors, and while I’m not opposed to any of them, I still can’t stand that my lips aren’t constantly coated in the waxy, hydrated goodness I’m used to.  I’ve been doing some research and have found that a lot of different beauty companies are coming out with tinted lip balms!  How perfect, I get my chapstick texture while adding a bit of color.  I’ve purchased a few to see how they look so I wanted to share my favorites under $10:

Revlon – $7.49

Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter (in Pink Parfait)

L’Oreal Paris – $7.99

L'Oreal Colour Riche Lip Balm (in Caring Coral)

NYX – $3.79

NYX Color Lip Balm (in Merci)

Burt’s Bees – $6.99

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm (in Hibiscus)

Ulta – $6.00

Ulta Tinted Lip Balm (in Sweet)

And just in case you’re wondering, these are my favorite lip sticks, lip stains, and long lasting lipcolors:

NYX – $3.99

NYX Round Case Lipstick (in Paris)

Revlon – $10.99

Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipcolor (in Prized Peach)

Cover Girl – $8.99

Cover Girl Outlast All Day Lipcolor (in Nude)

Cover Girl – $8.99

Cover Girl Outlast Lipstain (in Flirty Nude)

Stila – $24.00

Stila Lip & Cheek Stain (in Raspberry Crush)

*click on each photo to link to source

Favorites from the Weekend

9 Apr

Obligation-free weekend!
Dave was gone on business all of last week and was working so hard I spoke to him for approximately 10 cumulative minutes.  All we did this weekend was hang out, watch movies, snuggle with Cookie Monster, and wash the cars.  It was nice to just be together without any other obligations getting in the way. *Liz*

Cookie Monster missed him even more than I did...

my Easter basket
The Easter Bunny arrived bright and early Sunday morning. *Liz*

Friday, I’m in LOVE…

6 Apr

…with Best Friends Forever
This show’s pilot just aired Wednesday night on NBC (7:30p Central). It’s so hilarious; please set it to record on your DVR, you won’t regret it.  *Liz*

…with Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter
Holy heaven in a jar.  It’s like eating a giant tub of mashed up Reese’s cups, but it’s actually not incredibly unhealthy for you.  It contains no cholesterol, no trans fats, no hydrogenated oils, and no high-fructose corn syrup. It is also gluten-free.  Yum. *Liz*

Available at Whole Foods, Fry's, and Safeway

…with Mom-made Easter Eggs
My mom is super artistic and creative, and a couple of years ago she painted a bunch of wooden Easter eggs.  She gave a set to Colby and me; a girl one and a boy one haha. I pulled them out to put on my bookshelf at least two weeks ago and they make me smile every time I see them. *Katie*

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