DIY Hair Mask for DRY Hair

I tend to have really dry hair in the wintertime, and I am always trying out deep conditioners and masks. My favorite way to condition my hair is using coconut oil. It’s cheap, and I always have some in my pantry. I mix a couple of other ingredients with it, apply it to my hair, and am left with super soft, shiny hair. Here’s what you need:

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4 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp honey
1 egg

Heat up the coconut oil until it’s melted. After it has cooled, mix it with the other ingredients. Apply to damp or dry hair, wrap it up in a shower cap, and let it sit for as long as you want. You can also do this in the shower as a deep conditioning treatment, or leave it on overnight. The results are amazing. Your hair will be so soft and have a nice silky texture. The coconut oil and honey really moisturize the hair and leave it soft, while the egg adds lots of shine.

In addition to using this on your hair, try using coconut oil as a makeup remover or face/body moisturizer! It is all natural and good for your skin.

Thanks for reading!

Mommy Monday – Perfect Homemade Play Dough

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My daughter loves to play with play dough, but I cannot stand that disgusting Play-Doh smell! I recently came across a recipe, tweaked it a little bit to my liking, and out came the perfect play-dough! It is super simple to make – I already had everything I needed in my pantry. The best part is, you can make it whatever color you want (we made pink, of course) and it doesn’t have that horrible smell! Also, I feel like this play dough is softer and easier to work with.

Here is what you will need:

1 cup water
1 cup flour
1/3 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Food coloring

Add your food coloring in with your water, and put it in the microwave for about 3 minutes, or until it’s boiling.

While that is boiling, mix together all of the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. After the water is done boiling, add that in and stir it until it forms into play dough!

Let it cool for about 20 minutes before you start playing with it. If it is warm, it will stick to your fingers.

My daughter was SO excited about this and loves it.

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I hope your kids like it too!

How To: De-Pot Your Eyeshadows

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Hi everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful day. Do you have tons of single eyeshadows taking up space in your makeup drawers? Well, today I am going to show you what I do with my eyeshadows to save space in my drawers!

I like to de-pot single eyeshadows into a makeup palette to save space and keep all of my eyeshadows together. De-potting just means removing the metal shadow pan out of its plastic container, and placing it into a palette of your choosing.

This process uses sharp tools and heat, so be very careful while doing this.

What you will need:

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– eyeshadow (this is MAC Retrospeck)
– a piece of wax or parchment paper
– rubbing alcohol
– a knife
– a hot tool – I use a flat iron, but you can also use a regular iron.
– an empty palette

Let’s get started!

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1. The first thing you need to do is open up your eyeshadow, and wedge your knife into the back of the container to pop out the little plastic disk that holds your pan of eyeshadow. Be careful to not cut yourself.

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2. Cut out a little piece of wax or parchment paper. Turn on your hot tool and let it heat up. Place your paper on the hot plate and put the eyeshadow on top. Keep it on there for about 30 seconds. The heat will melt the glue so that you can pop the metal pan right out.

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3. Take your knife and push the back on the plastic with the tip, and the metal pan will slowly start to pop out.

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4. Do not touch the metal pan, it will be extremely hot! After you get it out, try to slide it onto the counter or use an oven mitt to grab it.

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5. After it has cooled a bit, grab your alcohol and pour some out onto a paper towel or cotton pad. Use this to remove the glue from the pan so it won’t be sticky.

And, that’s it! Now you can put your pan into any palette of your choosing, and it will save you a ton of space in your drawers!

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Let me know if you de-pot your eyeshadows and if you have any tips or tricks that you do.

If you have any questions, comment down below!

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

xoxo, Amy

How To: At Home Manicure

Hi guys! So, as you might have noticed, I love to paint my nails. Every time I have gone in and gotten a manicure at a salon, I look down at my nails and think, “I could have done this myself”, because it looks just as good when I do! You can do it too! So,here are my steps for how to give yourself an at home manicure!

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Once a week after Allie goes to bed, I bring all of this stuff out to the living room and have myself a manicure night while we watch reruns of The Big Bang Theory. It usually takes about an hour, but I love doing it. I usually paint my nails twice a week, but I only do all of this once a week. So here is what I do to achieve a perfect, at home manicure!
1. Remove Nail Polish
I use cotton rounds to remove any polish on my nails. You can use any nail polish remover you like, i usually get the cheapest regular kind. When I am finished, I wash my hands really good.
2. Shape and Push Back Cuticles
The next thing I do is clip my nails down. I keep short nails because I find that it is much easier when you have a two year old. Longer nails tend to chip faster, and I don’t want to accidentally scratch Allie while lifting her up or anything. After I clip them, I file them to a roundish square shape. The next thing I do is take this cuticle-pusher-backer-thingy (very technical) and use it to push my cuticles back. It doesn’t hurt that bad!
3. Buff and Polish
After I am all done shaping my nails, I use this 4 sided nail buffer to smooth out any ridges on my nails, and also buff them until they are smooth. This will make your nail polish go on a lot smoother. When you are buffing them, make sure to make a downward motion on the tips of your nails just so there are not any sharp or jagged edges. This prevents your nail polish from chipping. After I am all finished with this, I wash my hands again, because there will be some nail residue on your hands.
4. Paint
Now for the fun part! I always use a base coat on my nails; I find that it really helps with the lasting power, and it helps with stains on your nails. So I layer one coat of base coat on my nails, and then I apply 2-3 coats of the color polish. I start with a stripe down the middle, and then do each side of the nail, also make sure you are painting over the tip of the nail really well. The next thing I do is use a top coat. I have tried every top coat on the market it seems like, and this one from China Glaze is amazing. My nail polish doesn’t chip at all with this. I do one coat of this, and it dries quickly and leaves my nails super shiny. If I am using a dark color or I get a little crazy with the polish, I dip a q-tip into some nail polish remover and go around the edges of the nails to get any excess polish off.
5. Moisturize
The last thing I do after my nail polish has dried is moisturize my hands really well. I really like this hand cream from Soap & Glory. It smells so good and makes your hands really soft.

So, that is how I do my at-home manicure! Let me know how you do your nails or if you have any tips to share!

Thanks for reading!

Shark Week Craft: Shark Hat!

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Hi Guys! In honor of SHARK WEEK, I have a fun craft that you can do with your kids if you love sharks! This is a cool shark hat that you can wear while watching some sweet sharks on TV!
What You Need:

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-1 large gray posterboard
-1 small white posterboard
-Scissors
-Glue
-Tape
-Pencil
-Black marker
1. Take your gray poster board and fold it in half. Cut it down the middle. Set one of the pieces aside. Take the remaining piece and fold that one in half.

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Fold it in half again.

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2. Open it up and fold the top corners down to make a triangle shape. Make sure you are folding on the fold, and that the bottom is open.

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3. Fold the bottom section up, and then flip it over and do the same on the back.

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4. Tuck the front corner over to the back, and bring the back corners to the front. Tape those corners down and you will have a triangle shaped hat.

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5. Set the hat aside. Take the remaining piece of poster board and fold it in half. Draw your shark body and cut it out. You will have 2 identical shark bodies.

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6. Put glue all over the first shark body. Put glue only on the top of the other shark. Stick the hat to the top of the first shark body, and then stick the other shark body on top of it.

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7. Now we need some teeth for our shark! Take the white posterboard and fold it in half, and then fold it in half again.

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8. Cut triangles out to make teeth for the shark. Make sure you are cutting on the fold.

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9. Put two strips of tape on one row of teeth, and tape it inside the shark’s mouth on one side. Take the other strip and tape it inside on the opposite side.

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10. Now our shark needs eyes! Take some white paper and cut two circles, and draw two black dots on the circles to make eyes. Glue to the shark head.

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11. And there you have it! A finished shark! This one is a little fat!

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12. Wear your shark hat with pride.

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Hope you guys liked this Shark craft! Let me know if you try it!
Thanks for reading!