Wednesday, May 24, 2017

School Calendar


This is a view of my calendar for school this summer. There are only two and half months for these classes so I did one piece of paper and the two full months on either side. There was June on one side and July on the other. I put any May assignment dates on a post-it note on top of June. This can be easily modified for a regular school semester. I color coded my subjects and I would do the same for any additional responsibilities. Write down all the assignments that you will need to remember in their coordinated colors. The colors also make it semi-pleasing to look at. Make sure to capitalize exams, especially your finals.


Monday, May 22, 2017

DIY Wedding Est. Sign


I made this sign for my brother and their new wife and I thought I would share it with all of you and I am quite proud of it. So let's start with supplies.

How to white-wash wood: Paint a coat of white wash on the wood, let it sit for about a minute or two and then wipe it off with a rag. Wipe with the grain of the wood. Do this for as many coats as you think is needed.


Use a stencil for the delicate designs.



Sketch the words with a pencil.

Uses a lighter shade of the main color for the smaller words.

This is the end product.


If you would like me to make this for you leave a comment below and we can discuss a price. I love to do things like this and I did it within a couple of days. I can do different fonts or a different shape. We can discuss any changes you may want. I hope you enjoyed seeing my process for this sign!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Eye Shadow Basics


The keys to remember when you are doing you eye make-up is that it's a similar concept to contouring. You want your crease to be darker than the rest of your eye lid.

You can do an easy eye look with just three colors and of course some eyeliner(both a liquid and a water liner), and mascara. Below is my model......yes I drew it because I decided my eyelid looked funny.

You'll need two matte colors one to be two-four shades darker than the other. One light sparkle for highlighting. A key palette to have for eyes is something similar to a Naked palette. They are such good neutral and good quality shades for any eye look. You can go from Natural to Smokey in 12 shades.
Where to Accent
Neutralize the whole lid from top lash line to brow. Shade #1. This lighter shade will also help in highlighting the brow bone and the corner of your eye.

Contour the crease. Make almost a c-shape with crease and your lash line. Shade #4. If you go under you bottom lash like with this shade, it will help make it look more smokey.

Highlight the top(middle) of the lid. Shade #3. Just place it mostly in the middle of your lid but then blend it across your whole lid.

Final Touches
Eye-liner. Line anyway you want or not at all on the top lid and do the same for the bottom water line. (Ignore my awful drawing of a winged eyeliner.)

Mascara. Do a couple of layers of mascara on the top lash line to make your lashes look full without falsies. You can also do the bottom lashes but I don't do them myself.

All in all, make-up comes down to one thing. Do what you feel comfortable and beautiful with and know that you are beautiful regardless........but we all know make-up is fun.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Butter Beer Recipe


For those of you that know and love Harry Potter as much as I do, you will know what butter beer is. We all know we can get this sweet drink at Universal studios, but how can you get it when you can't get there? You make it. How? You ask. Let me enlighten you. I learned how to make this from Pottermore.com way back in the day before it's two renovations.

Ingredients:

  1. Cream Soda
  2. Redi Whip
  3. Butter Scotch Syrup
There are two different directions to follow. One for the drink and one for the topping.

The Drink:
  1. 1Tbsp of Butter Scotch syrup in a cup. (I add a little extra.)
  2. Fill the cup with Cream soda leaving about an inch and a half until the rim.
  3. Stir well.
The Topping:
  1. 1Tbsp of Butter Scotch syrup in a small bowl or cup.
  2. 2Tbsp of Redi Whip. (I usually eyeball everything)
  3. 1Tbsp of Cream Soda.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Pour into the drink.
This is how I have been making butter beer for years now and I love it. It is such a good treat and I love it for summer time. Who doesn't want to feel like they are in Harry Potter? No one. I hope you enjoy your butter beer and I hope it makes you feel a little bit closer to that wonderful, magical world we love so much!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Baby's First Visit Basket


My little nephew will be a year old in July, but like most of the McCracken children, he's already been to Disney World. I love Disney and I was really excited to experience my nephew's first trip so I made him a little first trip basket. It includes a Mickey doll, a first visit sippy cup, a pair of baby ears, a Disney travel journal, and a light saber because why not?

I was just really excited and you can add or substitute anything for something else, like for a little girl add a princess wand. If you want other ideas, check the world of Disney. They have all sorts of options! I hope you enjoyed this fun little gift!

*Let me know what you thought in the comments below.*

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Taking Care of your Make-Up Brushes


Hello there! So one of my favorite things in the world is make-up. I love it so so much and I have learned a lot about it in the last few years. One thing I have learned is to take care of your make-up tools.

Your brushes are very important and after a while, they need to be cleaned. Cleaning your brushes should happen way more often than you think and than I normally do. I have always heard after ten days. If you don't know how to clean I can teach you.

First, grab all the dirty brushes, make-up blenders, eye brushes, etc.

Take a dry paper towel and lay it out. You'll place your brushes there after you initially clean them.

Get another paper towel. Now, they make brush cleaner, but you can also use make-up remover or just plain soap. Wet it with whatever cleaner you have decided to use and make sure you use water if you use soap.

Take your brushes and lightly brush the wet paper towel. Keep going until the brush runs clean. Sometimes you may have to run them under a faucet to get the soap completely out. That's okay, it shouldn't happen too often but it won't hurt the brushes once and a while. Oh and your paper towel will be a completely different color. It happens.



After all your brushes have been clean and laying out on the dry paper towel pick them up and brush them against your skin to get their fluff and shape back a little bit. Then place them upright in a cup and let them dry so they dry in their shape.

After that, you're done! You have successfully cleaned your make-up brushes. Try and keep up with it and you will be a pro at taking care of them. Let me know what you thought in the comments below and have a wonderful day.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

School is Important


So this year I have found it very hard to get motivated. It's odd, because I can stay pretty good on grades even when I am not motivated because, though I don't study as hard, I still know that school is IMPORTANT!

Something we kids take for granted in the U.S. is the fact that we get educated. I know that I am blessed to be an Auburn student so I feel that I should be able to sit down and focus on the books in front of me to make sure that I get the grades that best represent my knowledge on the topic at hand. I know that I need to start studying earlier. I know that I need to stop looking at my phone for at least an hour at a time. I know I need to try my best with what I have been given.

Sometimes this is hard. I know it's not easy especially when you have other things on your brain like vacations, boys, or parties. But you have to tear through those things sometimes and prioritize that school is why you are here. It's great that your sorority sisters have planned this trip for all of you. It's wonderful that this guy asked you out last week and you are so excited. It's awesome that your friends have invited you to this party on Friday night, but Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are for school. Friday night to Sunday morning is yours and Sunday is God's. Work for the weekend. It's a saying that's not wrong. You can do this because you know School is Important!

I hope you got something out of this post this week and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Downsizing your Packing


I love traveling and with Spring Break coming up, I though it only necessary to try and find solutions for something I know I struggle with when it comes to packing. I tend to over pack. I like to be prepared and then I end up not wearing half of  the items I brought. So I have developed a list of tips to help with your packing!

These tips are as follows:

1) Mix and Match- I know you don't want to wear things twice but here's the thing. You're on vacation. There are somethings you can get away with in order to save space. Example: Wear workout clothes on your travel days and then re-wear them when you actually workout. No one will know and you're working out, you'll be gross anyway.

2) Pack Flats- I know that you will need some heels and some clunkier shoes, but try to pack skinny sandals when you can and bring versatile shoes that go with multiple things.

3) Clean Out Toiletries- Make sure you aren't bringing anything you don't need, or is expired, or is just extra. At one point I remember looking in my toiletry bag and I had my travel shampoo along with two complimentary shampoos from two different trips.

4) Invest in Organizing- I recently bought a new travel make-up bag because I have a case. It's large and full of all my make-up because I love make-up so so much! However, I don't need to take that on a cruise ship with me. So I bought a decent sized make-up bag from amazon and I and excited to only take what I know I will wear with the outfits I am bringing.

So these are things I am going to try for my trip this year and I can't wait to see how it works. Thank you all for reading and I hoped this helped you in some way!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Meditation


Meditating is something that can really help those that really need to stop a breath a second. It makes those moments when you do have trouble breathing a lot easier when you set aside a time to just breath and think about all the good things you have in you life.

When I meditate, I like to read the Bible and then just ponder that when I meditate. I just like to sit and focus on breathing and really try to take in all the things God has shown me through the passage I read as well as the the good things in my life. Remember that part in "White Christmas" where Bing is singing about  "count your blessings instead of sheep"? That is the truth.

Just breath, light a candle, plug in some twinkle lights, make a calming environment, and take in all your blessings. Meditation is really easy and you can do it anywhere. Whenever you feel a little stressed just take a second close your eyes and breath, unless your in the car. In that case just breath!
I hope this helped you in some way!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Recognize that you are Beautiful


It's hard for me to see the beauty in myself and I know that this is a common thing for girls in general. We are our worst critic and for me it's not a false modesty. I don't say these things to have people correct me, I just truly believe it. But to avoid that accusation, I generally try not to say anything. I have decided to try and see the beauty in me. I think that it is important for your outward confidence and I think it is something I need to work on.

Beauty comes from not just your face or body, but also your personality so do something. 1)Forget every negative thing you have ever thought about yourself. 2)Now look in the mirror. 3)Look at yourself with fresh eyes. 4)Find things you like about yourself. 5)Tell yourself what you find. (You don't have to say these out loud if that will make you uncomfortable.)

Knowing your beauty is so much more than having people give you compliments. You have to be able to see it yourself and I know that no one wants to recognize their good traits out of fear of being arrogant or cocky, but there is a difference between cockiness and confidence. Confidence is being able to recognize that you deserve good things and possess good traits, but cockiness is feeling the need to remind everyone around you of that. There is a fine line so be careful.

Realize your beauty and know your strengths. You deserve it.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

La La Land: Review


Last weekend I had the privilege of seeing "La La Land" with a few of my friends. This is my review of the critically acclaimed film.

First this story is the age old, try-to-make-it-in-Hollywood story, however it is done in a modernly classic way. "La La Land" was written and directed by Damien Chazelle. It stars Emma Stone as a Hollywood barista who goes on audition after audition trying to make it as an actress. Her male lead is Ryan Gosling as a jazz pianist who just wan't play what he wants and when he wants as jazz is meant to be played. After bumping into each other through many different occasions they begin a friendship that would soon turn into, yep you guessed it, a romance. They learn and they grow. I won't give too much away, but this film is truly a nod to the classics. They mention a few of my favorite oldies throughout the film and the music is just as star-shining as the story.

From a variety of composers, the original music for the film was composed by Justin Hurwitz. It is all so reminiscent of the golden age of Hollywood and all its glory. Overall the cinematography was beautiful. there were a few scenes that I questioned but they were almost always connected to a scene that was over the top. On of the most gorgeous scenes I have ever seen was the scene that featured a silhouette of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone dancing over a blue and purple starry sky. I absolutely loved this scene, though when it first started it made me wonder why.

I would recommend this movie to any true movie, musical, and Hollywood fan. If you like the oldies or if you just like movies in general, I think you will be pleasantly surprised with this film. It wasn't what I expected but I do believe it deserves all the praise it gets. I give this movie 4.5 stars.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Post Workout Yoga


Stretching after a workout is one of the best things you can do for your body. It helps your body recuperate and cool down in a gentle and relaxing way. I like to turn it into a kind of a Post-Workout-Yoga. I don't know yoga as well as I would like to, but I just stretch like I normally would with the yoga station on Pandora and try to slow down my breathing. It is a great way to end a workout and be relaxed all day.

Don't forget the most relaxing and easiest yoga poses: Downward Dog & Cobra
(Do these last)

Stretch all the muscles you worked.

Meditate: Breath and Relax.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Top 10 Make-up Products


I love make-up. It is so fun for me. I love going to beauty stores and just walking around, Even if I can't afford to buy anything. Here my go to products that are affordable and effective.

FOUNDATION: Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous


CONCEALER: American Beauty Concealer (1-2 Shades lighter than foundation)



EYE-SHADOW: Makeup Revolution London Palette



EYE-LINER: Lorac: Front of the Line PRO



MASCARA: Maybelline Falsies Black Drama



EYEBROWS: Victoria Jackson: Eyebrow Design



LIPSTICK: Rimmel London: Tower of Mauve 240



CONCEALER BLENDER: Beauty Blender



FOUNDATION BRUSH: Morphe G1 Buffer Brush 


SETTING: L'OREAL Paris: Infallible Pro-Spray & Set