A Decorative Throw

Is this throw pillow not the most fun thing? I found it at Forever 21 for $8!!! I'm working on an adorable little girls room with this pillow as the possible inspiration... ;)
I can't wait for it to be delivered!

Toddler Water Bottle

How adorable is this toddler water bottle? I've been looking for an easy clean one for Elaina. She loves drinking water! I scored this for $3.99 at TJ Maxx! They had little boy ones too! :)

My favorite homemade cleansing cloths

So here's a great alternative to buying facial cleansing cloths. I probably won't buy brands ever again. And all the ingredients are so simple and while it might be a little pricey initially buying these, you'll definitely save in the long run. These are awesome because they remove hard core and waterproof makeup, as well as cleansing at the same time! Then even after rinsing, the coconut oil leaves your face moisturized.

Wipes container: my favorite is the Huggies container. It has a rubber middle that catches and holds onto wipes. Maybe this doesn't matter to anyone else. But I like it. :)

Favorite cleanser: I have to admit, I probably wouldn't use a cheap face wash in this, but that's because I try to keep my face wipes as natural and gentle as possible. I use several wipes every night so, I don't want to dry out my skin. But if you have a favorite cleanser then go for it! Otherwise, Dove has some gentle face cleansers. I'm using the wonderful DDF brightening cleanser.

Coconut Oil: Found in the baking aisle at most grocery stores! This one can be tricky though. You may want to experiment first. Some people's skin doesn't do well with refined coconut oil. If not, then you may want to try unrefined coconut oil. As for me, my face has done great on the refined one. Though, it's always best to try to find an unrefined jar, as refined oils can have deodorizers, etc added in.

Baby wipes: Here's another preference product. My favorite wipes (and the wipes we buy for our toddler) are the target sensitive skin brand wipes. They don't tear easily like Parent's Choice and Huggies do for me sometimes. But they also aren't too slick like Pampers have been for me. Again, it's just preference. Choose what your favorite is. Though I will warn you that certain Huggies and Parent's Choice can be too rough and sting your face while washing. Also,  I only use half of a refill pack. I don't like to let my wipes last too long for fear that something will mold.

To keep everything super easy, I fill a plastic cup up about a third of the way with water. You can do more if you like. 
Next, I scoop out my coconut oil. I love working with coconut oil! It's awesome to see and feel it go from a solid to a liquid in your hands. And that's what I do, I put a tablespoon full in my palm and close my hand, holding it over the cup. In seconds, the oil with melt and drip into the cup of water. 

Next, I add my cleanser. Several squirts. 

Stir well to make suds!

Pour all over top of wipes. The wipes will absorb the mixture pretty quickly.
IMPORTANT!!!!: I repeat the process with the water, coconut oil, and cleanser one more time. I flip the wipes over and pour a second mixture on top. 

There you have it! You can decorate your wipes case. Something I plan on doing soon. :)

I typically use 1-2 every night. They do have cleanser on them so, yes, you will need to rinse your face afterwards. 

The Dapple Project

Finally! The Dapple Project is done. The semester is finished! And as you know, I love to share my work both good and bad. Here's the final product from the project. The only change I wanted to make after I took these pictures was to add matte board to the actual house plan board as well. I also felt like my inspiration board was a bit too small. Next time, I'll go bigger.
So of course, we had more to do for this project throughout the semester with a culture research paper, programming elements, product specification schedules, finish schedules, a scaled NKBA kitchen drawing (took half of the semester to complete and doesn't even get the privilege of being in the final project), image boards, presentations, etc. But this class was really just a studio class. So almost everything was hand drawn to get the techniques down. Of course, it was turned into a project. :) But it's done now and received an "A!" So here's one for my portfolio... 

Other news: This semester our teachers and students successfully achieved NKBA accreditation! In fact, our review was so great that our program was told that we would be made as an example for future programs in how to achieve accreditation on an excellent level. Moving on to CIDA accreditation soon!

Simpatico Bubble Bath

Recently, I've been stressing out. So what better way to deal with my stress than a good old fashion bubble bath! Well sort of. I got this bottle of bubble bath from my dear sister for my birthday. Thanks again sis!! I believe she got it from Renaissance (a favorite store of mine) located downtown Cape. I love the smell! It's not too strong but it's enough to really perfume the air and also your skin. I have to admit that it wasn't too bubbly. Unless I just didn't add enough. I did add more a minute or so later with a bit more results. Though I'm thinking this is supposed to be a more natural bubble bath mixture for softening skin and fragrance. BUT, I actually liked it that way. My skin did soften up and and I also didn't have to worry about rinsing as much as I would typically. I could mix this with my Burt's Bees bubble bath and I'd be in heaven!