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DIY: My Glam Chandelier

I wanted a beautiful and glamorous chandelier for my master bedroom.  I checked a few stores, but found that they were $200+ and I wasn’t even all that crazy about them.  One day I was surfing Craigslist and found a local person selling an old chandelier for $10.  I purchased the chandelier and gave it a “glam makeover” (with my hubby’s help of course).

We purchased a can of white spray paint from Home Depot.  This was about $5-$6.  My husband applied two coats of paint and let it dry for about a day before installing the chandelier.

We purchased crystal embellishments and a pearl-inspired beads from Hobby Lobby for a total of $20.  After the fixture was installed, I layered the pearl beads over it and then hung the crystal embellishments.

For less than $40 and a little elbow grease, I have a beautiful chandelier.

Here is the before photo:

Here is the after photo:

Frugal Organization: I Organized my Spices for $3

I cook at least five to six days a week, so it occurred to me that it was taking too long to find my spices.  This was due to the fact that my spice cabinet was very disorganized.  During a trip to the Dollar Tree, I had a brainstorm to use some of the bins to organize my spices.

I purchased two Long Slotted Multi-Purpose Plastic Baskets 3 count packs in blue and one bright plastic locker bin in blue.

First, I went through all the spices and threw out the expired ones. I was quite surprised to see how many items were expired. Then I took everything out, put them into the bins and put it back into the cabinet.  Since then my life has been a lot easier when it comes to finding spices.

Before: Messy and Disorganized
After: Organized and Functional

I have always been a fan of the Dollar Tree.  I love looking for Dollar Tree DIY projects on Pinterest and YouTube.  Stay tuned for more articles on ways to use Dollar Tree Products!

Save Time and Eat Well with Meal Planning and Meal Prep

I like to be organized. I am a busy working mom, so meal planning and meal prepping save me time, money and stress. Here is the process I currently use.

1. Talk to my family
I ask them if there are any specific meals that they want for the coming week.

2. I look at the grocery store circular to see what is on sale for the week as that may influence the meals.
For example, if cherries are on sale, I will add them to the list. I tend to buy a few different types of fruit, but try to get the ones that are on sale.

3. Make a list of meals for the week.
This is typically a combination of meals we make on a regular basis plus new recipes I found on Pinterest/social media. I try to cook dinner five or six nights a week.

4. Do a quick inventory of cabinets and fridge.
If I run out of something that we consider to be a “staple” in our house, we write it down on the magnetic pad on the fridge. I check the cabinets and fridge to see what we have.

5. Make a shopping list of the items needed.
I like to split the list up into categories: Produce, Meat, Dairy, Paper Goods, Health and Beauty Items, Canned, etc.

6. I make sure I have breakfast, lunch and snack options.
I typically make sure we have two or three options for both breakfast and lunch. Then I add any items to the list that are needed for breakfast and lunch such as cereal, eggs, bread, etc.

7. Once the list is finalized, I head to the grocery store.
I make sure my kids have snacks and drinks because nothing is worse than grocery shopping with “hangry” children.

8. I come home, put everything away and begin my meal prepping process (if I decide to do it that week).

Meal Prep Do’s and Don’ts

Meal prepping is a great way to set yourself up for success. It’s a great time-saver for busy people (including moms). Here are some do’s and don’ts to meal prepping.

DO

  • Dedicate a day for meal prep. (A lot of people like to do it on Sundays.)
  • Make sure your meal prep meals include protein, whole grains and fruits/vegetables.
  • If you meal prep for more than several days in advance, consider freezing the food and then letting it thaw the day you plan to eat it so it stays fresh.
  • Buy cute little containers and/or mason jars to make it more fun.
  • Use mason jars to keep salads fresh for several days.

DON’T

  • Prepare too many days worth of food at once because it won’t stay fresh or it will go bad and will be wasted.
  • Use processed ingredients. Keep it clean!
  • Over-complicate the recipes, just keep them simple.
  • Undercook or overcook food.
  • Be afraid to try new recipes, seasonings, techniques, etc.

My October Ipsy Glam Bag Review

I recently signed up for an Ipsy glam bag subscription. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Ipsy, let me break it down for you.

How to Subscribe to Ipsy

1. Register through the Ipsy website.

2. Complete your profile.

3. $10 will deducted from your bank account every month.

4. Each month you receive five beauty products plus a new bag based on the information you provided in your profile.

5. You submit reviews for the items so that Ipsy can make sure you receive items you like.

My Review

Ipsy Glam Bag
I really liked this month’s bag. It is crimson and lace which is a pretty combination.

 

 

 

 

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Perversion
I loved this eyeliner. It is easy to apply and goes on very smoothly. It is dark which is what I look for in an eyeliner. (I have green eyes and find that a dark black eyeliner works best.) I used to think I could only achieve the look I want with liquid eyeliner, but this one does the trick.

Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Oil Treatment
My daughter and I both like this product for our long, thick and frizz-prone hair. It gives just enough gloss to keep the frizz away without making it too greasy.

 

Hey Honey Trick and Treat: Active Propolis Cream Concealer
To be honest, I wasn’t all that impressed with this concealer. Maybe it’s just a personal preference, but I like my concealer to be a little thicker and this one was a little too light for my taste.

 

Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Bronzed
I really like how this eyeshadow can be layered for a darker or lighter look. The bronze color worked well with my green eyes.

 

 

Tarte Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara                   

This is a great mascara which is easy to apply and goes on clump-free. With other mascaras, I have to put on multiple coats and usually use multiple mascaras, but this one makes my lashes full and long with a few strokes.

 

Takeaways

All in all, I think this subscription is valuable so far.  Stay tuned for next month’s Ipsy Glam Box review!