Playroom Projects: DIY Alphabet Chalkboard

Over the past couple months we’ve been changing our spare room into a playroom.

It has provided the best distraction for a certain little somebody while I’m trying to do laundry or basically anything that requires being upstairs. Not to mention sometimes kids just need a change of location and they are all smiles again! … or at least that is how it is with my little one.

My goal was to use items and decor we already had around the house or in storage to transform on empty room into a fun, welcoming playroom.

I thought I would share a couple of easy DIY projects that I did to create a playroom on a budget.

A playroom needs some fun colorful things on the walls, so I did a bit of digging around in my craft boxes and came up with an old chalkboard and alphabet stickers.

This is as simple as it gets.

I picked the stickers I liked and put the alphabet on the board… with a bit of help :).

Turns out it’s a good idea to also have a glue gun to actually glue the letters down at the end, since I did so much rearranging of the letters that they lost their ‘stickyness’.

Pretty much the easiest DIY there is! And it turned out super cute!

Exactly what a playroom needs.

Wednesday’s Workout: My First Half Marathon

imageHappy Wednesday!!

We are mid-way through May and we’ve had some snow, rain, and sun!

And I’m ready for the sun to stick around πŸ™‚

Summer for me means that it’s running season… or at least enjoyable running season, where I don’t have to throw on layers and instead get to soak up the sun while I’m jogging.

This past weekend I ran my first race, a half marathon! The weather cooperated and it was the PERFECT day for a race, not too hot and not too cold, but instead the sun was shining and there was a slight breeze.

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I’ve been ‘training’ (aka attempting to get my running distance from 10k to 21.1 k) since February/March-ish. Throughout training every time I would add on a kilometer or two, I wasn’t sure that I would actually build up to 21k!

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I’m not sure how I did it, but I did! Some runs weren’t the funnest, but I actually really liked the challenge and getting see how I could increase my distance and how those longer distances got easier to run the more I trained. Running a race has always been on my bucket list!

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So come race day, I was ready! I was surprised at how many people were running, there was a good sized crowd. All the people running the half marathon lined up at the start point, and after a short warm up the race started! And the route was beautiful, quiet, with lots of trees. My time ended up being 2:05:06.

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Here are 2 things I learned from my first race:

1) Run the race route ahead of time

My husband and I did a ‘test race’ two weeks before. I really REALLY liked this for going into the actual race because I had a picture in my mind of what the route looked like, where the hills where etc. and it was super nice to know, ‘there are 2 big hills’ or ‘at this spot it is about 1/4 way into the run’ or other things like, ‘oh man I need to get sunglasses to stop bugs from getting in my eyes’ (gross!) or even simply where the ‘start’ point was so that I know where I was going.

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2) Race exactly as you train

By this I mean don’t go changing things for race day. I wore gear that I had trained in, I knew my shoes were worn in, that my shirt and pants where comfy, that my sunglasses wouldn’t slip off, etc. That way you don’t end-up running in gear that’s uncomfortable, because that does not make for a pleasant run.

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I’m on the fence of whether I would ever do a race again. I love running just as a relaxing introvert activity, where I can just run, think, listen to music. So, running in a massive group of people wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, plus once I got past the half-way point people starting smelling… and this one guy behind me kept spitting up flem, no joke, every 20-30 seconds. Yes nasty. I guess the good thing was that it made me run faster to get away!!

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All in all I had fun! But I have to say the best part was having my family there cheering me on. πŸ™‚

I’m happy to check this off of my bucket list, but I’m looking forward to my regular leisurely runs this summer.

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Wednesday’s Workout: March Fitness Challenge

Hello March!

I’m ready for spring… but where I am, spring usually doesn’t happen till May or June… but I’m not complaining because this winter has been the mildest winter ever!! There were even been days that felt like springΒ  in February. So you never know… spring might come early this year. Here’s hoping!

I think the start of a new month deserves a fitness challenge. This one is for your legs!

Each day of the month (except Sundays, you get those off) there is a challenge to give your legs some extra love. There are 6 different exercise and with each exercise the repetitions increase as the weeks go on.

March Workout Calendar

Here are your 6 moves for the month: Jump Squats, Reverse Lunges, Sumo Squats, Narrow Squats, Curtsy Lunges, and Walking Lunges.

Good Luck! And Happy Wednesday πŸ™‚

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Friday Favorites: Beauty Essentials

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What’s in your makeup bag?!

This ‘Friday’s Favorites’ I am sharing what’s in mine!

Over the years I’ve tried and tested so so so many different hair and makeup products.

Some are great, and some… well, not so great.

Here are some of my go-to items when it comes to getting ready in the morning, ones that I LOVE and use basically every day.

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First things first. Hair. This is where I have probably tried the most products. And now I’ve settled on Dove hairspray and Batiste dry Shampoo.

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I have been using this Dove Hairspray for quite a while, why switch when you find one that works! But I just came across this Batiste Dry Shampoo about 6 months ago when I was testing out a few different brands to find one I like. And this one is a winner! It gives the prefect amount of volume, and I find it also helps my hair-do stay throughout the day.

After one try of this stuff, I was hooked.

Eventually, I used up my first can of this dry shampoo, and went back to the store for more but couldn’t find it anywhere! One of the employees told me they were discontinuing it. WHAT?!? Nooooooo. Just when I found one that I really liked! …Turns out that was totally not true… which I didn’t find out until after buying basically a lifetime supply of the stuff when I found it at another store…. oh well, I’ll use it up, believe me!

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I have been using this False Lashes MAC mascara since my wedding, about 2 years ago. Originally I was supposed to have my makeup done by a makeup artist for my wedding, but after the trial, and the girl using red eye shadow on me because it would make my ‘eyes pop’ (no thank you), I went out to the MAC store and picked out a few different items to do my makeup myself. One of those items was this mascara. Ever since then I have stuck with it; I find that it stays really well throughout the day, looks more natural and isn’t clumpy.

My go-to for eyeliner is this Revlon Eye Pen. My skin tends to be on the oily side, and so I find that most other eye liners eventually rub off throughout the day …or they are just really hard to put on in the first place. This ‘marker’ type of eyeliner is really easy to get that perfect line, and this stuff stays where its supposed to on all day.

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Nails.

My husband was shocked when he saw my nail polish collection πŸ™‚ Ha-ha, a girl needs every color in the rainbow right?! Recently I’ve been using Joe nail polish, 1) the price is 3 for $10, you can’t go wrong with that! 2) they have basically every color you could ever want, 3) I find it fades off rather than chips, so it lasts a bit longer on my nails.

There you have it, these are some of my favorite products for hair, eyes, and nails!

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Happy Friday!

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Valentine’s Day Weekend

imageAnother Valentine’s Day come and gone.

It was too fun with this weekend not only being Valentines day…

…But also a long weekend! YAY!

Which was THE BEST!!

That means the celebrations start early and last the entire weekend.

So, here is Valentine’s/Family Day weekend according to my camera roll πŸ™‚

Friday after work my husband brought home these beautiful roses ❀ imageAnd then we settled in for a movie night and some heart shaped pizzas.imageimage

Saturday we headed out for brunch with my parents, the food was too good, which means there wasn’t a chance for pictures before we gobbled it all down.

Sunday. Valentine’s Day started with breakfast in bed made by my husband πŸ™‚ Crepes and fresh berries.

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It has been really nice considering its February, so we tried to fit in a bit of a walk in the afternoon… which didn’t last all that long because of the wind. So, we ended up at the mall and bought a few chocolates as a treat, and some yummy tea.image

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Sunday night = Date night. We got all dressed up and headed to our absolute favorite restaurant.

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…Which meant pizza again… because you can never have too much!! And of course some ‘valentines’ cheesecake to end the meal.

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And today has been this: Rest. Chocolate macaroon tea (SO good). And an attempt at cross stitching… I’ll let you know how it goes.

image I always love long weekends because of the extra day to sleep, rest, do nothing, or attempt new hobbies πŸ™‚

Happy Monday!

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