Saturday, September 30, 2017


This is a sponsored post

As you may already know, I am a photographer on my off days. 

I do a lot of family photography and this often involves small children, which many times requires me to kneel down on gravel, grass, etc.

Needless to say my jeans take quite a beating. (Thank goodness for the torn jeans craze right?)

To get those tough stains out, I just put a little bit of Biz stain fighter on the grass stain, rub it in a bit, and let it soak for about 5-10 minutes. I then run it through the wash with Biz as the detergent and voila! 

The stain is gone! I recently had to do this with a favorite t shirt I splattered with spaghetti sauce. AGH! I hadn't realized it until I got home and I thought for sure the shirt was ruined. 
Nope, I did the same thing, dab, rub, sit and wash it as usual.
T shirt is as good as new. Now you know that those greasy stains are harder to get out. With Biz stain fighter detergent it's as easy as 1-2-3.

I highly recommend this detergent. My mother has been using Biz ever since the 70s when I was a kid. She swears by it and now I do too.
Biz can also be used to tackle other cleaning problems around your home. 
It's great to clean your tub, tile and other hard surfaces, leaving them sparkling clean. 
To learn more about all the other uses for BIZ Stain Fighter, go here.

You can also get out tough stains from carpet! Watch this video to learn how.

I love sharing these laundry tips with you. I'll be back to share some cute Halloween projects I've been working on.

Until next time!

I was provided free product and/or compensation for my voluntary testimonial of this product. These are actual results and my opinions of the product are purely my own and based on my experience.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Entry Bench Transformation with Milk Paint

Hello friends:
It's been awhile :)
I've been so busy with life and work. Well you know how that goes. I have been meaning to share with y'all this really cute project I finished, way back in the Spring. Yikes.
I wanted to put a cute little bench of some sort right outside our front door of the apartment. It's not the brightest spot but I thought I could liven it up a bit with something. 
I got this little bench on one of the Facebook garage sales. 
Then the good folks from The Real Milk Paint Company graciously offered me a couple of samples! Yay! I knew I wanted a fun color so I picked the gorgeous Beach Glass. 
It's a pretty blue that would add a nice punch of color to my drab entry. 
Milk paint is a really good paint to use for those projects where you want a nice distressed look or you can do several coats to make it look more "polished". The choice is yours. Plus because it's milk paint it doesn't have that awful paint smell or fumes. It's safe to use around children and pets. In fact, I had a cute little helper when I was painting. :)
So here's the before pic:

It's just a nice little bench. I don't even think it's real wood.

I started off by cleaning it off with just a damp paper towel. I made sure to get into all the crevices and wiped over and under. Next, I gathered all my supplies:
My paint brush, a mixing bowl, the Beachglass paint can, paper towels, a plastic throw, a cheap brush for the wax application and some clean rags for the wax. 
I started by mixing just a little bit of the Real Milk Paint in Beachglass powder in a bowl and added water according to the instructions. The can contained the bag of milk paint powder, and even a little marble to mix it in the can if you chose to. 
You can use it all in the can or you can use another container to thoroughly mix it. 
Once I got the consistency nice and smooth, I started applying it directly to the bench. What I love about this, is the fast drying time. I started with the under side, so I flipped the bench over so I could get the legs. 

                              They also sent me the Warm Ash paint color which I will use on another project. 
                 Here's how it comes packaged in the can for easy mixing. 
I turned the bench over. You can see my progress here. 

You can see the end result above. See how cool it looks all distressed? It was simply applied with the brush. I did no sanding at all. I left it for a couple of hours then came back and applied the soft wax. I have to tell you, some of the waxes out there really do stink but this one did not bother me. It was not strong scented at all. The pics above are from my garage. I tried to take some good pics in my front entry way but the light is awful. I took it out to the light and snapped this one:

It was pretty bright out but you get the jist :)
You can find out more about this gorgeous and easy to use paint here.

Look at some of the beautiful paint colors they carry.

I can't wait to use it again. 
Thanks to the Real Milk Paint Company for those useful samples. 

I'll be back soon. I promise. 
In the meantime, follow me on instagram 


This is a sponsored post. However, my opinions are honest and not influenced by the product received. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Royal Caribbean Cruise-Best Time Ever

Family Vacation Ideas

For the loooongest time, I've been wanting to go on a cruise. But I hesitated because I thought it would be boring while on the ship, that we wouldn't have enough time at the ports, that I'd get deathly ill, that my kids would get deathly ill, you get the picture. 

Hoh, boy, oh boy, was I wrong!

We had the absolute best time. 
Here's the low down on the cruise from a total newby.
First, we arrived in Galveston a day before we sailed. I wanted to make sure we wouldn't be rushing and I wanted to check in with plenty of time. Sort of like when you check in at the airport. You want to be there early. I'll get into the packing list on another post, but bring plenty of sunblock and lotion to put on sunburns. Yikes. 
So we traveled with our two boys ages 14 and 19, which made it much easier than traveling with little kids. But let me tell you there were plenty of (brave) parents on the ship with little babies and toddlers. So you can bring them if you want and they have some great activities for them while you enjoy some adult time. 
We sailed on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas. What a beautiful ship! Take a look. 

We chose an upper deck, 9 to be exact and we were towards the front of the ship. We had an interior cabin with no windows. It's cheaper and the 4 of us fit very well. It was pitch black at night, and let me tell you it was THE.BEST.NIGHT'S. SLEEP. EVER.
At first, I was worried that we would be squeezed too tight in that small cabin but I was wrong. Here's what it looked like. 

Those beds pull down from the ceiling. The crew set those up for us and turned down our beds every single night. 
We had the best food, the best customer service and we didn't get sick once! We were so pleased that we booked another cruise for next year, but this time just the hubby and I. 
Here are some pics of the ports we stopped at. 

Our ship sailed out of Galveston, Texas and stopped at Cozumel, Grand Cayman Island and Jamaica. I thought the most beautiful beach was the Red Stripe beach in Jamaica. Our cruise was 7 days long. 

So if you are thinking of maybe, probably, going on a cruise, just do it. You will not regret it. 

Let me know if you have any questions. 
Until next time, 


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Banish Strong Odors from Laundry

This is a sponsored post.

Biz Laundry Tips

Recently our washing machine started to act funky. 
It doesn't seem to spin and drain our clothes until we manually "tell it to." We found this out the hard way. I had put in a load of laundry and left the area to go lie down about my day. When I remembered I had laundry in the washing machine, two hours had passed! And it was StIlL washing!
I stopped the cycle and noticed it wasn't going into the spin and drain cycle. Great. 
I manually set it to do so. 
I came back and thought it was done. Nope. The clothes were soaking wet. My hubby hand wringed the clothes and into the dryer they went. 
When I was putting laundry away, I noticed that load had a horrible musty smell. They had been soaking in the closed washing machine for far too long. I washed them again, still the smell lingered. 
Then I remember I had Biz. 
I ran them through once again, but this time I added only the BIZ. 
Sweet, mother of cheezus! The smell was gone. 
I was so happy to have fresh smelling laundry once again. 
I don't know why it didn't occur to me to use Biz in the first place. 

No wonder my mother swears by the stuff. 
So if you have a stain or smell you can't seem to get rid of, try some BIZ stain fighter. 
It worked wonders for me. To learn more about this wonder product visit their page here.

Until next time, 


Disclaimer: I received free samples of product to use, but all experiences are my own. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Casual Style Ideas

Casual Style. Stylish Working Mom

Hello friends. I am back to share some fun outfits I've put together using current items I have in my closet along with some new items I've purchased at some of my favorite stores.

The idea is to dress stylish whilst saving money. All of my outfits are for any age and appropriate for work and play :)

If you'd like to see my look of the day feel free to follow me on instagram here:

I'm going to be holding a giveaway soon to my favorite store JCPenney :)

So please follow this blog and my instagram account to enter. I'll be announcing the details in the next few days. Have a great week!

                     skirt from TJMaxx    Yellow Ruffled Tank from Target  Nude pumps from Payless Shoes
                     Denim Blouse from JCPenney, Chevron Necklace and Tan skirt from Kohls. Boots from Target.
                     One of my fave tops-the Elsie coral printed blouse from Stitch Fix! Navy pleated skirt made by my mom! Grey  kitten heel sling backs from Target :)

And below:
Gorgeous blue blouse from Stitch Fix, Coral bib necklace from Kohls. Here is the tan skirt again from Kohls. 

Until next time friends. 


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Laundry Tips

{this is a sponsored post}

Hello sweet peeps! I thought I’d use an appropriate salutation for this season ;)
It has been a hail of a night here in the Dallas area. We had some large hail and pretty bad storms but it seems they have moved on.

The weekend seems to just be a whirlwind of activity at our household as I’m sure it is in yours as well. Driving the youngest kid to his acting classes, cotillion ball
(I’ll tell you about that later; It was AWESOME) and household chores.

The chore I most loathe is doing laundry. Who’s with me? Can we just wear disposable clothing already. Sheesh.

Recently, the hubs came up to me and was complaining about his deodorant staining his work shirts. I mean it looked bad. He had to buy brand new shirts on his own dime. I remember my mom always swearing by BIZ brand bleach. Well it’s not really a bleach, but it’s an awesome stain remover. I have been using BIZ for a while myself but the light bulb hadn’t gone off in my head to use it on his shirts!

The good people at BIZ sent me a few bottles to sample. Now, this was not my first time using this brand. I am going to show a few pics of the shirts and what I did to have them disappear.

: you can see the white stains here:

Mind you, these had been washed several times already and the stain would not come off! It was sticky and white. Very visible.

I just wet the  underarm area of the shirts and rubbed in a bit of BIZ to do a pre-treatment. I let it sit for about 15 minutes then I ran them through the washer with my regular detergent and about ½ cup of BIZ.

I couldn’t believe it! That was all it took. The stains are gone! He can wear his shirts again.

Here's a brighter shot of the shirt. It was a bit difficult to show since it's black and the light reflects on it. But you get the gist. It works!
I can't wait to try it on a blouse that I LOVE but it has one pesky stubborn stain I must get rid of. What's even better is that it also eliminates odors. It's color safe and even makes colors look brighter.

Thanks BIZ for making such a great product.

To find out more about BIZ stain and odor eliminator visit their site here.

Until next time,


*this post was sponsored by BIZ and provided compensation/product for a real review. All opinions are mine and these are real results obtained by me.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Make Your Own Teepee

Make your own teepee

Let me just begin by stating that I made this teepee twice. 

The first time I made it was with a queen size bed sheet. It was ok, but I would have had to cut around the bottom to make it look more finished. It served its purpose and my grandbaby loved playing in it. Until I remembered that I had a huge piece of canvas I had bought off one of those facebook garage sales! :)

I have no idea how many yards of canvas this was but I was determined to make the teepee using mostly things I had on hand. I had the canvas, I had hot glue and glue gun, and a borrowed electric stapler. 

First I bought five 8 foot 1x2s white pine pieces cut down to 6 feet tall each. Then I had my son drill a hole about 3 inches down from the top big enough so that the rope would fit through. The rope is actually white nylon cord because I didn't want a messy rope. You take the rope and put it through all the holes and tie it up but not real tight. Just enough for you to shape the frame on the floor. Then I just measured each triangle shape from stick to stick, and cut the canvas. Some of it wasn't as tall as the frame, so I had to just cut and paste it. Remember, I had NEVER made one of these before. 

You can see above how I pieced it together. I used high temp glue to glue it to the wood frame. 
My reasoning was that if I didn't like it, it wouldn't be too hard to take it apart and start over. I continued until I had covered the entire frame then worked on the front entrance. 
You can see here how I kind of cut the entrance when I was first working with the sheet. 
I then decided I wanted to cut out a little window and add a window shade. I bought a yard of fabric that was on sale and decided to make the shade out of it. I also thought I'd put a piece of the fabric across the front just to dress it up a bit. 
I hot glued it as well. I then took the electric stapler and stapled the canvas to the frame being careful to leave a bit so I could fold over and cover the staples. Some of it I didn't do very well and you could still see the staples. I then got some burlap ribbon I had and decided to cover where the staples were on the frame. It looks nice! 

The window was a little tricky. I measured the fabric that was going to cover it and then cut the window out slightly smaller. There were frayed edges on the window, so I took some of my fabric and make some trim, again using hot glue. The window shade is made from a piece of canvas glued to the fabric to make it sturdier and easier to roll up and down. I had two wooden dowels I had bought at Hobby Lobby some time ago and I cut them down to fit. I simply hot glued a piece folded over to make a sleeve so the dowels could slide into. 
I also made some tie backs for the front from the same fabric and you guessed glue! 
I have to say it has held up very well! My 3 year old sweetie and I play together in her teepee every weekend and eventually it will go in her home so she can read in her bedroom. 

If you've ever wanted to make one I say go for it. Whether you use canvas or a sheet, heck even some curtains that you cut up, I bet your kid will love it. And best of all it was made by YOU.

Until next time.



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