Thursday, August 8, 2013

Beaches & Babies!

Here are some pictures from our trip to the beach. 1 picture = 1,000 words so I'll let them do the talking (: Enjoy! Vlog to follow soon <3

-xoxox Brandi-

Friday, May 10, 2013

DIY Birthday Week 2!

We're about 6 weeks away!

As promised I will show you one of the projects we have started/finished.

I'm not really sure what to call it BUT it's like a flower pot of candy?! lol here's one of the pics I took of her to use around her birthday....let's get to it!

What You Need:

-Flower Pot
-Acrylic Paint
-Foam Brushes
-Foam Sphere or Half Sphere
-Bag of Dum Dum lollipops
-Hot Glue Gun/or some kind of glue
*cat is optional lol*

Step 1:
Paint the flower pot. My flower pot is like metal(ish) so when I painted it, It gave it a rustic look (:

Step 2:
Glue the foam onto/into the flower pot. 
*Be advised,The hot glue WILL melt the foam lol but if you let it cool a few seconds before you stick it down it will hold*

Step 3:
Stick the lollipops into the foam (: I found it around the top part the sticks were hitting each other inside the foam and they wouldn't go all the way in....I broke the sticks off halfway and they fit in perfectly!

Keep Going.........


Ta-Dah!!! You have a beautiful lollipop flower pot thing!
These will be used as center pieces on the table.

-xoxox brandi-

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Easy & Effective Detox Bath!

As most of you know your body carries toxins, heavy metals, chemicals, & radiation. Detox Baths help naturally remove them.

I also felt the "disgusting toxins" being released through my feet/legs. It was strange yet cool. lol

*Your bathtub should be clean.
**It should be filled with unchloronated filtered water as hot as you can stand it comfortably.
(if you don't have access to filtered water add 2 tablespoons of Hydrogen Peroxide)

1.) Fill your tub with hot unchloronated water.
2.) Add 2 cups of baking soda to neutralize acids of the toxins. 
3.) Add 2 cups of Epsom Salts to water. It will help draw toxins out of the body. 
(If you have a rash or open cut, the salt will sting)
4.) Add 1 cup apple cider vinegar to bath 
(OPTIONAL!!! This will help cut bacterial, bladder or vaginal infections. It will also soften skin)

Soak in the water for about 30 mins.

*****Rinse off with water only as you do not want to put chemicals from soaps into your open pores/detoxed skin.*****

Here's my picture:
Top Left: Before      Top Right: After      Bottom: During!
It is also very important that you drink lots of water when you do this to stay hydrated. I got a slight headache after for about 10 mins because I didn't drink water like I should have. :/

-Happy Detoxing-

Thursday, May 2, 2013

DIY Birthday: Week 1

Our oldest Baby Girl is turning 5 & we're having her Birthday in approximately 7 weeks! 

Since we have 3 kids, Cat, Bills, etc. We decided it'd be best to do a little here and there so in 7 weeks she'll have one of the best parties ever! 

Since I already update on my weight loss journey every Wednesday, I'll update on the "party progress" every Thursday. (:

Step 1: Create your budget. (ours was $80 for decorations)
Step 2: Choose your Location. (our backyard)
Step 3: Choose your theme. (Hello Kitty/Candy Land)
Step 4: Design your Party.
Step 5: Make a list.
Step 6: Shop Around multiple stores.

Ok So as stated above, our decorations budget was $80. I got away with so much since we don't have to rent out a location. She called her Birthday theme last September so that was the easiest part. That is, until she decided she needed to throw in Candy-Land. Whatever.

I got to looking around Pinterest & Google to get some good ideas of how to mesh these two together. I then sat down & drew up what I wanted her "main table" to look like. (I would upload it but #1 my drawing sucks & #2 It would take away the surprise for those attending that also read this blog)

Anywho, Once I drew it up, I sat down and made a list of EVERYTHING we needed from start to finish. I then categorized the list into "what we already had", "what we needed to buy", "what was needed for each individual project".

I then shopped around at Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Wal-Mart, Publix, & Winn-Dixie.
I took my list of everything we needed and as I was shopping wrote down the price per item, or marked it off my list if I bought it. [This comes in handy because while doing regular shopping trips I got the information needed. When it gets close enough to buy the food part, I already know what store has it the cheapest and can get it on those trips. I won't waste gas this way]

*Sorry this has turned into a novel, Congratulations & Thank You if your still reading this far into it.*

Here's Everything I purchased so far from Dollar Tree:
[of course everything cost $1]
- 4 glass jars
-3 flower food trays
-2 picture frames
-construction paper
-glue sticks
-2 bags of gumballs
-bag of multicolored hard candy
-2 spools of ribbon
-pack of plastic silverware
-pink bin to hold silverware

Here's the List & Prices from Wal-Mart Trip #1:
-pack of large plates $.97
-pack of small plates $.97
-glitter ribbon $.97
-bag of dum dum lollipops $2.50
-pack of jelly beans $.97
-foam paint brush $.97
-tablecloth $.97
-napkins $.97
-flower pot $2.47
-foam ball $1.97
-acrylic paint $.57
-pink streamer $.97
-white streamer $.97

DT total : $17.12
WM total : $17.37
Total For Decorations : $34.49

This means I have $45.51 left to spend on food, presents, whatever extra pretty much!

Next Thursday I will be posting some of the decorations I've been working on. 
You'll basically watch the party transform from a bunch of bags to one of the prettiest parties on the planet (: Of course we'll filming it as we go. 

Give me Feedback or Questions below!

-xoxox brandi-

Friday, April 26, 2013

Frugal Friday #3: Displaying Pictures

It's no shocker that my husband is a Marine. It's also no shocker that military don't make as much as Hollywood claim they do. What is a shocker is how they make housing look like college dorms (ok not that much of a shock), But unless you buy a house or pay out your entire BAH and then some your stuck with a blah house.

We got our pictures done by a fellow Marine's wife. Now I've seen the idea floating around the interwebz and apparently, I'm the only one who doesn't want  "floating clothespins and pictures" on my wall! I decided to add a pop of color instead of the "fishline" look.

All I did was:
 1.) Tie the ribbon on each end to a thumbtack.
2.) Stick them in the wall, I gave mine some slack just so it'd "droop" a little lower.
3.) Hang your pictures and enjoy (:

*If your like me and haven't had clothespins laying around since the 90's, you can find them at dollar tree!*

-xoxox brandi-

Friday, March 8, 2013

Frugal Friday #2 DIY Scrub Free Stove-Hood Cleaner

 Nasty Right? What's even nastier is that this was sitting above where we cook our food =0
I'm OCD about my food and won't eat at certain restaurants so imagine when I looked up while cooking and saw this!

If your like me and are grossed out easy (and hate hardcore scrubbing) use this little trick to make it like brand new.

Here's what you need:

Large pot of water & 1/2 cup of baking soda

Here's where its optional and really up to you, If your pot is big enough for the filter to fit in then you can dip it in the pot (and dump it outside to save your drain) OR if your pot isn't big enough you can use something else. (I had to use the bathtub) 

Ok so once your water is boiling SLOWLY and I mean SLOWLY add the baking soda. It will fizz up but quickly settles. 

Then dip and hold (or poor it over the filter) and be amazed at the nastiness you've been cooking under. 

Once  it has sat for a little bit (the water cools) you can rinse with hot water, shake most of the excess water off and put it back in the stove hood to air dry. 
Your using the pot method then hold it for about 3-5 mintues each spot then rinse with hot water when your done.

Mine was stained so it doesn't look brand new but if you still have build-up on yours, you can repeat the entire process and it should get it completely off.

Happy Cleaning (:

-X0X0X Brandi-

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Facebook 'Fan' Page (:

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I'll also be doing a giveaway once I reach '100' likes (:

Friday, February 22, 2013

UPDATED: DIY nail polish rack

I did this awhile back and somehow the pictures on the blog went missing it goes again!

What you need:
3 foam boards (Dollar Store $1, Wal-Mart)
Razor Knife or Box Cutter
Hot Glue Gun

Optional Supplies:
Whatever you want to decorate it with.
(Spray Paint will eat through the foam.)

Take your first board and with your ruler and pencil draw a horizontal line every 5 inches.

Take your second board and cut out 6 2” horizontal pieces and put aside.

With the rest of the second board, cut out 6 1” horizontal pieces and put aside.

Take your third board and cut out 2 2 ½” vertical pieces and put aside.

I chose to cover some of the pieces with fabric.

Take your 2” pieces and glue them along the lines made on your first board. The last piece you should glue along the bottom edge of the board.

Make sure to glue along the top and bottom of the shelves as well.

You will take the 1' pieces and glue them on the front, It will creates a barrier to stop the polishes from falling off.

Finally, Glue the side pieces on and your done!

My finished wall rack!

It will hold about 90 polishes!
 Some choose to re-enforce the shelving part with nails. 

Happy Building (:
~XOXOX Brandi~

Friday, February 15, 2013

Frugal Friday #1 DIY Grout Cleaner

So since I'm a makeup/nail polish junkie and also a wife and mommy, My dollars have to stretch. In order for me to splurge I have to cut costs else where. So every Friday I'll be sharing one of my tips or tricks!

Here goes the first one!

This was pinned on my pinterest a while ago, But looking at the grout throughout the house and remembering what it looked like brand new I was digusted.

This recipe is SAFE FOR CHILDREN & ANIMALS though it might leave them with a disgusting taste and smell (lol)


7 cups of water
1/2 cup baking soda
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup vinegar

So my squirt bottle was not big enough to hold all this liquid and im not gonna lie I winged it, no measurements at all. lol

 *let it sit for on the grout for about an hour & then scrub your heart out!*



It still worked AMAZINGLY and I'm gonna have to do it a second time because it was so damn disgusting. I actually wanna give myself the parent of the year award for allowing the kids continue using the 5-10 second rule. haha oh well!

~xoxox Brandi~
P.S. We may just be eating dinner off the tile tonight!
(totally joking)