For this fall makeup look I used three different shades of eyeshadow from the same palette. I bought mine from Ross for around $7, its Profusion, the gold snakeskin pattern, but you can use any similar colors you have or find.
I used a light gold, a rusty reddish burnt plum color, and a medium dark brown. I put hearts on the colors I used from this palette.
To begin, prime your eyelids with an eyelid primer. I used E.L.F. primer -$1 at target.
Then put a light gold on the inner third of your eyes.
Next, place the burnt plum color in the center of your lids, blending into the light gold.
On the outer corner of your eyelid, pat the dark brown in a "V" shape, blending into the burnt plum and into the crease for extra depth and definition to the eye.
Finish the eyes with any black or chocolate brown eyeliner. I used Starlooks pencil in obsidian.
Fill in your eyebrows, I use any black eyeshadow I have laying around.
Add mascara. I used one I made myself. (I can do a future blog post on how to make your own mascara and gel eyeliner if anyone is interested.)
This afternoon I made my first, but definitely not my last, Salted Caramel Mocha. Johannes loves Fall just for this special treat at Starbucks. Salted Caramel Mochas are her favorite! I gave it a try and I think it was amazing. AND sooooo easy!
This recipe calls for just a few ingredients. I had all but one already in my pantry. The directions are easy to follow. You will need a couple bowls, a coffee pot and I used a microwave.
This mocha is very rich with the baking cocoa in it. Johannes said that some people might want to add more salt to the mixture. This is a recipe I will be making for many years to come! YUM!
-Bake 9x13 cake
-Cut cake into head, body, tail and legs
-Place pieces into dog shape and cover with a thin layer of frosting
-Cover dog in 'hair' using a round tip
-Decorate cake any way you want! I added a collar, grass, and flowers.
Here is the fitness challenge for this week. I want you to try something new. It can be a new sport or a new form of exercise. Print this sheet out and put it on your fridge. Mark off each item as you go.
leads to more reasonable negotiating and bargaining.
·Some customers might not bother to ask the price
and pass items by if they don’t see one.Shoppers are often reluctant or scared off when prices are not stated,
costing you a sale.
·Utilizing pricing labels forces you to make
pricing decisions before your customers arrive.It is less confusing and you won’t feel rushed or pressured on the day
of the sale.
·Be consistent in where you place labels.This makes it easier for shoppers.Example:
With clothing, place your price label on the clothing’s size tag.
·For large items, make a small sign and put it on
or near the item.Include pertinent
information on the sign if applicable…its age, material it’s made from,
·Small miscellaneous items can be grouped
together and put in their own box or on their own shelf.One sign can be used for these items.Example:
“All items in this box 10¢.”
There is no
magic formula for determining an item’s price.Of course you want to sell an item for as much as it will bring, but
just remember your customers want to purchase your item for as little as they
can.Most shoppers will not haggle or
try to negotiate on low priced items.Be
aware, however, that haggling is an inherent ritual of garage sale
shopping.Always keep in mind that one
reason for having your sale is to rid yourself of unwanted items and then price
A good rule
of thumb is to price an item for about 20% of its original price.Add 5% to 10% for items in great condition or
in high demand such as children’s clothing, maternity apparel, tools, toys, and
jewelry.Deduct 5% to 10% for items in
poor condition or with little demand such as adult clothing, bedding, books,
and collectibles are the exception.It
would be wise to have your antiques or collectibles examined by an
appraiser.You can also check the
internet, library, or bookstore for one of the many guides on antiques and
collectibles and their values.
gather your merchandise, start thinking about how you are going to organize
your sale in an attractive and orderly manner.You will probably need tables, benches, boxes, blankets, clothes racks,
etc.Think about the kinds of
merchandise you will be offering and the best way to display them.
boxes…for books, records, tapes, etc.
tables…for displaying items.If you
don’t have enough tables, and old door, plywood, or large boards on some
sawhorses or buckets will work.
blankets…spread on the lawn.This is
a good way to display children’s toys and games.Toys are a good motivator for getting people
out of their car and into your garage.
racks…for clothing.Racks can also
be made by running a rope through the center of a pipe and hanging the rope
from rafters in your garage or between two trees or step ladders.
items out front towards the street…line your driveway.Shoppers need to be able to see items from
their car.Make it worth their while to
With a Plan:
·It is important, when planning, to think about
your family.It always helps if family
members understand what you are doing and why.If they understand what’s going on, they are more apt to get involved.
·Kids are more likely to help out by going
through their toy chest or closet if they get part of the profits from selling
their old toys.
for possible sale items…from the basement to the attic, and everywhere in
between.to through every room and
closet.And don’t forget the garage, the
shed, and the car trunk.Even worn and
broken items will sell when priced right.
·As you start gathering items, clean and repair
them.(Items that look nice will sell
for a higher price.)
know quickly if your prices are fair.If
you’re not selling much or customers are negotiating prices way down, you’ve
probably priced your goods too high.To
remedy the situation, make a large sign saying “25% OFF.”No need to re-price your individual
items.Be sure to have a calculator
you sell as much as possible, thus avoiding having to haul your items back into
the house after the sale, it is worthwhile to consider gradual price discounts
as the day(s) goes by.Example: On the second day of a 2-day
sale, take 50% off all items (exceptions allowed if clearly marked).You could even place some very-hard-to-sell
items in a box and label it “FREE.”
Day of Sale
matter what time you say you’ll start your sale, someone will be there
early.Consider these points…
·You will need change.As a general rule of thumb, $50 usually is a
sufficient amount for cash on hand.$2
in nickels, $3 in dimes, $10 in quarters, $35 in bills.
·An extension cord should be available to test
·Put up signs if you did not do so the night
·Plan lunch for you and your co-workers.
·Never leave money in plain view and don’t keep
too much on hand.Take it inside the
house and hide it in a safe place.
·Cash is best, but if you decide to accept
checks, ask for a driver’s license.
·Guard your merchandise.Keep a watchful eye on jewelry, watches, and
cameras.Treat them like cash, so they
don’t just walk off.
·Guard your house.Remember you are having a garage sale, not an
open house.You should not allow anyone
to enter your house to use the restroom or to make a phone call.Suggest a nearby gas station.
SUMMER TO FALL. by Johannes
Whether you're tight on money or you just really want to wear your favorite summer pieces during the colder months, this will give you some pointers and tips on how to transition your summer clothes into the fall.
Outfit number one, is a dressier outfit for summer. I kept it simple with a white dress from Rainbow- $10. Some brown wedges from Avon- $35. And a leopard print scarf from Rue 21-$9.99
The dress has brown buttons on the collar, is off the shoulder with brown braided straps and a matching brown leather braided belt.
For fall: I put some black tights on underneath, removed the brown belt and added a black blazer with padded shoulders for some structure(Rainbow-$3 on sale) and a white knit beanie to keep my head warm from Sammydress.com-$3. For shoes I put on black four inch wedges. Ross-$25.
Outfit number two is a more casual laid back day look. Don't be afraid to mix pattern and color! My strapless black and white polka dot top with boning is from Rue 21-$21. My pink jeans are also from Rue 21-$20. And my shoes are just classic Hi-top Converse All stars- $55. Converse.com. For that bit of sparkle and an edge,my necklace ($16) and studded bracelet($8) are from Claire's.
For Fall: I switched out my converse for some warmer faux leather studded boots for an edgier look. Rue 21-$3 on sale. yes, $3. My cream faux leather jacket is from Rainbow-$25.You could easily throw on any cardigan you have if you prefer something less heavy but living in Colorado, it gets chilly early.
You don't have to spend a ton of money on your clothes. I like to invest more in my shoes than anything else but when you find a gem like my studded boots for so cheap you simply can't pass them up!
Let me know if you are interested in joining the group so I can give you more information. If you live too far away to join us in person, let me know and I can
give you the handouts I will be giving out. You can also do the workouts
online and read the book.
When we were kids, we used to call each other just to talk. Now,
texting is the ‘call’ of this generation. Technology is great. As we improve
these areas of technology we need to make sure we are keeping up with the
etiquette that goes with it.
Remember that cell
phones are not a right but a privilege. They are a lot of fun but they can
cause a lot of problems. Anything you text can be used against you for
the rest of your life.
Texting is a fun, easy way to stay in touch, but relationships are better built face-to-face.
Parents, you are the best role model for your teen.
Make sure you are using proper texting etiquette.