Saturday, September 30, 2017

BIZ IS THE STAIN FIGHTER-LAUNDRY TIPS

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!
xo
Patty

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 


xoxo 
Patty




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







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. 

xoxo 
Patty







Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Over 40 and Fashionable!





You know what they say....40 is the new 30! Am I right? Well grandmas are the new hot mamas!! 

I have started posting my daily outfits, or #ootd on Instagram. I am a firm believer that we can look great without spending a lot of $$$.  Join me on Instagram 
with my handle simple.beautiful.life
or click on this link

Follow me there and 
don't miss out on some upcoming giveaways to my favorite stores like: Target, Kohls and JCPenney :)

My outfits are age appropriate and are great to wear to work. I feature outfits that you can build on with just a few basic pieces and then add accessories to change it up!
Here are some examples:







Get all the details of where to buy these items on my IG feed.


I'm even trying out a new skin care regimen using Olay Pro products. These are products I buy myself. So the results are real results. I'm on day 20 of using them and I can already see a difference in the tone of my skin. 
Here's a pic I took when I was just beginning my regimen:

I hope you join me there. I'll share some of my outfits here as well for those of you who don't get on Insta.


Until next time.
xoxo 
Patty

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Useful Things (Grown Up Coloring Book)




Have you all seen all the adult (why do I feel weird saying that out loud??) coloring books?

We have a special day at my office where we get together during lunch and color. Yes, you read that right-we have coloring time! 

It is so relaxing! It helps us refocus and feel refreshed and ready (well, maybe not THAT ready) to get back to work. 

For the longest time, I've been wanting to buy one of these coloring books, but whenever I'd peek inside of one, I was kind of Meh...

But when this book arrived, I immediately opened it and fell in love! First of all, I love coloring faces. I don't know what is more mesmerizing to me than looking at drawings of eyes.

Here is the cover


It is called Cosmic and Eternal Love by 
Amrita Sen
and let me tell you the art work is stunning!
It comes with a music CD and the music is beautiful!
I'm telling you you must get this combo.
It officially comes out in January 
You can get it here:

Amrita Sen Coloring Book

Here's the inside:
You can see the CD that comes with it



A page that I've been coloring.

The Cosmic and Eternal Love Coloring Book by Amrita Sen is no ordinary coloring book. Sen weaves a traditional Indian love story into incredibly detailed black and white drawings that makes this book a joy to color. The book also includes a musical CD featuring songs by the artist herself which compliment the classic story. Cosmic and Eternal Love truly engages all of the senses!

I received this book to review but received no monetary compensation. My opinions are mine. 

I can't wait to continue to relax with my very first adult coloring book. 



Until next time!
xoxo

Patty

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Transforming Trash to Treasure-French Country Desk with Mineral Paint

French Country Desk Redo

Hello everyone! Can you believe summer is over? Well, here in Texas it's faaaarr from over given that we still have 98 degree days! I am certainly looking forward to autumn! My head is swimming with crafty, decorating ideas I can't wait to share with you.


But first things first. The winner of the 16x20 Canvas from Canvasfactory.com is
***drumroll***
Entry #6
Amanda Woods!
Woo hoo!!
Please contact me as soon as possible either through my facebook page or via email
at salmar70atgmaildotcom
so I can get your code to you!

Congrats!

So you all know by now that I love to redo furniture. 
A few months ago I saw a deal I just couldn't pass up.
It was this really cute but "had seen better days" French style desk and hutch. 
I dragged my hubby over to the other side of Dallas to pick this up.

It had some pretty bad damage to the desk top.
Nothing a little sanding couldn't fix. 
So I sanded it down, smoothed out some of the rough edges and got it ready for its make over. 
Now, it gets pretty hot in that there garage. 
I had to get my husband and big guy son to move the desk inside the apartment to paint it. Agh!
I had already prepped it by removing hardware, taping off the areas I didn't want to paint, etc. 
I used Fusion brand mineral paint in "Sterling".
It came out beautiful!
The great thing about this Fusion brand is that it covers so smooth and gives a nice satiny finish. It's not chalk paint so it doesn't have the "forgiving" quality of Annie Sloan's paint where I could sand and distress it after a few hours. This Fusion paint is latex based so if you need to distress you need to do it pronto.
It does leave some brush marks, again, it's made to resemble the chalk painted look but with a much easier application.
Here are some after pics:

I just love the way the pale grey color looks against the gold rubbed hardware. I took the original hardware and simply used Rub N Buff brand in gold. I have used it again and again and the result never disappoints!



Here it is without the hutch.
It was missing the lap drawer pull but I simply went to Hobby Lobby and got one there and used the Rub N Buff on it.




I decided to use paper to cover the inside of this area. I think it looks awesome! It's simply a good quality wrapping paper found in the gift wrapping aisle at Walmart! 


 I measured and cut the paper and then used glue dots to secure it and make sure I liked the way it looked before using a good quality scrapping glue to adhere it. I used a very sharp blade to cut around the hardware. 




And here she is with the hutch! I love it! Now painting those skinny cubbies was a $#^&*
I had to go over it and over it. (Note to self: don't get anything with cubbies again to paint)




I wish I could have kept her! I love the detail on the top there. I also love the fact that it came with a corkboard. How nifty is that? (painting around it...not so nifty)

Almost forgot-I sealed it all with three to four coats of this wonderful gem:

I used the satin finish though.
So there you have it. 
From this:

To this:


I heart transformations. What have you been working on?
Leave your link in the comments section. I'd love to come have a look.

Until next time 
xoxo
Patty








Sunday, August 7, 2016

He's Flying the Coop! Sending a Kid Off To College

Y'all I'm a mess right now! My sweet son, whom I usually refer to as "the big guy" has grown up. He is going off to college in a few short weeks. Granted he's not going THAT far, but still. 
And I know that many of you moms out there have sent your precious children off to the military, missions and so forth so this may not seem like a big deal, but it is.
My son is in the autistic spectrum. We have raised him to be a self sufficient, responsible and respectful young man. So far so good. 
I still do worry about him living away from us on campus. 
We can visit him any time as he's only a half hour away! (I know, I know!)

We want him to live on his own so he can be fully ready to spread his wings when he finishes his undergrad.

I don't know how a mother prepares for this. You just can't. 
He was just a four year old boy yesterday playing with dinosaurs and memorizing every single detail of their existence and extinction. 

Then he turned 18. 
I decided to home school him the last two years of high school and boy am I glad I did. 

Since I do photography, I took his senior pics myself. 


 As I was editing these I burst into tears. 
Then in the shower, as most of us do when we want to put on a brave face to our family, I sobbed! I wept and wailed. 

I don't want this to happen! I want to be young again, bringing babies home from the hospital! I want to look at my back seat and see three little kids grinning back at me or sleeping on our way to vacation. 
I want to plan fun birthday parties and drive them to softball practice. I want to groan and moan because we have to drive an hour away to my daughter's track meet. 
I want super fun Christmases where I can't wait to see them open presents and play with all their new toys for a second and then continue to play with the empty boxes. 
Am I right?

I love looking through our family photo albums and scrapbooks (does anybody still make those?) and remembering all those years ago. Remembering when I was young and vibrant, full of life and so, so happy to kiss on all my little people. 




I still like to kiss on them. And hey, I've got one 13 year old left. I'm going to photograph my heart out. 

And with that, I leave you with some advice: Print out those  photos! Blow them up big, print wallets, make a photo book, gather the family and make a scrapbook of prints. Anything to preserve your memories. You'll never regret doing this. 
I love to have my very special photos and those of every day life printed. As a professional photographer, I choose only the best pro labs for my clients. Occasionally they like to print those themselves. I often give them recommendations for the best labs available to the public.  They can order prints or canvas or metal or anything really! 

The point is to print those photos.


I'd love to share with you a special gift. 
I will be holding a giveaway sponsored by canvasfactory.com
The winner will receive a free canvas postage paid! 
You simply upload your photo and after a few clicks you are done!
What I love about canvasfactory.com is how affordable they are. Being a professional photographer myself 
I know quality. 
Here's a gorgeous canvas in a 16X20 size that I had made of me and my boys. I love this pic so much since my hubby took it a couple of years ago. I can't help but notice the sheer joy in all our faces and how much they have changed. The canvas has vivid, beautiful colors and comes with a hanger in the back ready to hang. I also like that it has this felt like material so it won't scratch your walls. (ignore the staples and random paper pieces. I tore into the package and couldn't wait to share)

Here it is in my entry way:












So here's how the giveaway works:

Earn one entry for every one of the things below:
1. Comment on this post stating where you would hang your new canvas from canvasfactory.com

2. Earn a second entry when you follow my page on facebook by clicking on the facebook icon over there>>>>
Then come back and comment here stating you follow on facebook.
3. Follow me on Instagram @simple.beautiful.life 
or click on the link >>>> 
4. Follow me on my photography facebook page at 

Remember-every time you do one of these come back and make a NEW and separate comment so you get more entries to win. 
Winner must reside within the continental U.S. 
Winner must check back on this blog to find out who won and contact me at salmar70atgmaildotcom
to claim the prize. 
If winner does not claim prize within 10 days, another winner will be selected. 
Winner will be selected by using random.org. 
Giveaway ends on August 30th, 2016 at 10 p.m. CST.


xoxo 
Patty


Canvasfactory.com
has provided me with a free canvas for myself and one for the winner. All opinions are my own. 
No other form of compensation has been received. 






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