DIY – Makeup Brush Cleaning Board

I want to show you how I made a super quick and easy DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner Board. You just need a few things:

* I also created a template to guide me as I glued onto the clipboard

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I know that I need to be better at regularly cleaning my brushes but for me it was always so messy and time consuming because I didn’t have a tool to help me.  I saw a DIY on Facebook one day and then I watched several videos on YouTube and thought, “I can make that!”  So I did!

I glued dots, squiggly lines, spirals and zig zag lines onto the clipboard.  I let it thoroughly dry and then cleaned my brushes using baby wash.  It worked really well and it was easy to use.  A lot less mess than me doing it by hand.

Here’s my video showing you how I did it!

 

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How I Use Ebates.com

I’m often asked about how I “work deals” when it comes to online shopping. It does just a little extra work but it’s worth it!

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I first go to Ebates.com and search for the store that I want to shop at.  I click on the link and then shop as normal.

An additional step that I also do is use RetailMeNot.  Right before I’m ready to check out, I open a separate browser/tab and pull up the RetailMeNot website.  I search for a coupon code for the store that I am shopping at.  More often than not I find one that works so that’s an additional savings.

I actually take this a step further and pay for the purchase with my credit card that earns rewards.  I earn points that I can later convert to gift cards.  And if the particular retailer that you shop from offers their own rewards program, you get additional benefit from that!

Once you get used to doing that, it’s actually very easy and pretty quick to do.

Hope this helps!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

I’ve got high hopes

One song that always comes to my mind when the new year rolls around is “High Hopes”.  To me it just reminds me that things are possible.

“Next time your found, with your chin on the ground
There a lot to be learned, so look around

Just what makes that little old ant
Think he’ll move that rubber tree plant
Anyone knows an ant, can’t
Move a rubber tree plant

But he’s got high hopes, he’s got high hopes
He’s got high apple pie, in the sky hopes

So any time your gettin’ low
‘Stead of lettin’ go
Just remember that ant
Oops there goes another rubber tree plant

When troubles call, and your back’s to the wall
There a lot to be learned, that wall could fall

Once there was a silly old ram
Thought he’d punch a hole in a dam
No one could make that ram, scram
He kept buttin’ that dam

‘Cause he had high hopes, he had high hopes
He had high apple pie, in the sky hopes

So any time your feelin’ bad
‘stead of feelin’ sad
Just remember that ram
Oops there goes a billion kilowatt dam

All problems just a toy balloon
They’ll be bursted soon
They’re just bound to go pop
Oops there goes another problem kerplop”

Songwriters: J. VAN HEUSEN, S. CAHN
High Hopes lyrics © BARTON MUSIC CORPORATION

Welcome 2017!

After the busyness of the holiday season I find myself eager to get back to a more “normal” routine.  I start thinking about the New Year and it makes me want to jot down some goals for myself as well as some for the creative endeavors that I have.

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I also have the urge to simplify and purge.  It may seem weird to be thinking about that but really, this time of year is the perfect time to start making some changes.  The New Year is here and having things back in order really allows us to focus on our priorities in life without worrying about clutter.

And I also got to thinking, what if I said yes to more things this year?  What would that really mean?  What would that really look like?

It could mean more opportunities for me to grow and be challenged.  It could mean connecting more with others and building community.  It could mean simplifying and prioritizing my focus on things that are important to me.  It could mean a lot of things and I am excited to find out as the new year approaches.

But all that won’t happen by accident.

So set goals.  Write them down.  Look at them daily and do the work to make them happen.

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Cheers to you and the new year.  May the coming year bring you an abundance of blessings and happiness.

xo – lisa