Give Your Home a HomeSelfe

*Disclosure: TMC was compensated for this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.  Source: HomeSelfe Our house. It's a very fine house. I'm paraphrasing a song, but it is true. After many years of searching we found a house to make a home that works well for our family.  We want to keep it working well and efficiently too.  That meant putting in a new heating and air system, make that TWO, into the home before we moved into it. It's energy-efficient and saves us money all year-long. After we moved in we found other ways our home needed upgrades to be more energy-friendly while saving us some cash each month.  Hello, new dishwasher, washer and dryer. Source:HomeSelfe We aren't done either. HomeSelfe (pronounced ‘Home Selfie’) is an app that helps you save $$$ with a free evaluation on … [Read more...]

Top DIY Skincare Masks to Zap Dryness and Renew Your Skin

Having dry skin is never fun. Not only does it cause your foundation to look lumpy and unpolished, but it can lead to skin that appears old and dull. Luckily, there are some easy DIY recipes you can do at home to make your skin radiant and smooth all spring and summer long. Source: Shutterstock Soften with Milk Milk contains lactic acid which is a great exfoliator for your skin, helping to slough away dead skin cells so that your skin is softer and renewed. This is why lactic acid is such an important ingredient in products like skin brightening creams. You can make your own lactic acid face mask with a quarter cup of powdered milk and some water so that you create a thick, creamy consistency. Apply it to your face and leave it on until it has dried, then wash it off with warm … [Read more...]

Demo & Denim

While people are screeching about it being a polar vortex style cold when it's really only January we are in total "go" mode.  The move is consuming us.  Just when I thought I had purged everything I keep finding more stuff to trash or donate.  It's a good feeling. We've been very lucky that the owners let us get into the house before we officially own it to do some mold remediation (read demo) and get some of the painting started.  It's been a total blessing that the mold was actually insignificant and on the surface only. Every room needs to be painted and patched too. Half the basement needed the walls removed due to mold.  All drywall ripped down, carpet removed and mold fogged and gone.  Time to rip down the ugly border that plagued the rest of the basement. … [Read more...]

Get Your Pretty On: National Lipstick Day

Yup, I'm totally one of those women who feels naked and just a bit wrong if I leave the house without lipstick.  Last week, by a series of unfortunate events I forgot all my make-up at home when I went to the gym.  After showering, I reached into my gym bag and there wasn't even a lip balm to be found.  I was slightly horrified but then went about my day.  I survived but I kept touching my lips throughout the day missing the feel of a silky gloss, moisturizing balm or pigment-saturated pop of color. … [Read more...]