Monday, January 30, 2017

Home Remedies for Dry, Cracked Feet.

Used with permission, CC.

    Ever since I had Toddler Picturesque, my skin has been far more dry than it ever has. I used to have ridiculously oily skin, but now it's an odd mixture of dry and oily. Unfortunately, this meant that at wintertime, my feet get very cracked. Sometimes this would be very painful the level of cracks I could get. So I've had to research how to treat dry, cracked feet and I found some awesome solutions!


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Pumice stone or Electronic Foot File
    I have always liked a plain pumice stone, but when I couldn't find one at Walmart and found an Electronic Foot File, I thought why not.. I'll try it. 

   The electronic pumice works well, but it's electronic so you can't use it while in the shower... as a result it can be messy getting off all of that dead/dry skin. So I usually use it over the sink or in the shower with it off. 

Salve
    Oh my goodness, Mr. Picturesque had found a great article on making my own salve... but I had decided I'd rather buy it first to see if it would even work. The salve truly did wonders for my dry/cracked skin. Here's the article on how to make it yourself. And here's where I bought it, it is pretty expensive to buy but well worth the cost if you are in pain. 

    Is there anything you've found that helps with dry/cracked skin? Do you have any home remedies? Leave your comment below!

Please note, I in no way am an expert or a doctor. If you feel there is an issue with your skin, please consult an expert. I merely am giving my opinion and what worked for me.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Kitchen Redo - Part 1

    As you probably saw in my fairly recent posts, we moved a few months back. Because Mr. Picturesque and I find it fairly important to make whatever place we live in "ours," we are constantly doing projects around the house. You can see my previous posts about Moving with Relative Ease with a Toddler and my Kid Bathroom Redo to read more about those projects. Today, I am posting the steps we took to do a relatively cheap kitchen remodel! 
    We have not completed the kitchen yet, we have to do the backsplash and paint the kitchen, so the final kitchen reveal will be posted soon! But you can see the before and after of where we are at in our kitchen remodel. 
    Here is the before picture of our kitchen. 


    We  had priced out doing all new cabinets and counter top, but it was getting too pricey (upwards to $10,000)! We decided we weren't willing to spend that much money. So we chose to repaint our oak wood cabinets, and use the Desert Sand counter top rustoleum product to redo our counter tops! 
    Because we decided to paint the cabinets and redo the counter top ourselves, we only spent about $500 total to redo our kitchen!!! Compared to spending approximately $10,000+ it was a huge save in money!!
    These pictures were taken just after painting the cabinets grey, putting on new hardware, and putting up a wainscoting wallpaper on the bar (and also painting that grey).  

    After finishing painting the cabinets, Mr. Picturesque sanded down the counter tops, cleaned them, then we added the base coat from the rustoleum kit and threw on the paint chips. After drying for 12 hours, we then sanded down the counter tops to create a smooth surface. You can see here pictures what the counters looked like in the middle of the sanding process: 


     After sanding and getting a relatively smooth top, we wiped the counters down. Next, we added the top coat from the kit, which is basically the sealer. We had to turn off all fans and vents to ensure that it dried well and to prevent dog hair from getting onto the counter top while it cured. 
   It has been about 12 hours since we added the top coat. We have to wait 48 hours before we can put light items on the counters and a full week before we can use the counters regularly. But I think it is turning out beautifully.   

     After this cures, I just have to paint the kitchen a seafoam green color, and then put in a backsplash. I also want to replace the lighting soon. 
   As soon as the kitchen is finished I will post final photos!!
   Check back soon to see the finished look!
  
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Glimpse of the Love of God

    
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    I was listening to my local Christian radio station, and about this time of the year they play Christmas music 24 hours a day. Which by the way is by dream come true. I adore Christmas. Well the Pentatonix remix of Mary Did You Know came on just a few minute ago... and I was on the verge of tears.

    Ever since I became a mom, I can just the tiniest bit relate to all of the emotions Mary must have felt. I can also now see better Christ's love for me. I know how much I adore and love my daughter. How much she means to me, and that I will love her all of her days. Becoming a mother has helped me to grasp a glimpse at the unconditional love the Father has for me. It amazes me, and takes my breath away. 
    I adore Christmas not because of the presents or the pageantry, but because of the beauty of knowing that God so desperately loved you and me that He sent His own son to die for us. I love Christmas because you can feel love in the air if you try. I love Christmas because Jesus is love and you can feel Him.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Veteran's Day- From a Military Wife's Heart

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    Today is Veterans Day. I am a veteran's wife. I am a military wife. My husband has served in the military going on 15 years now. He is kind. He is honorable. He is one of the most loving men I know. 
   My daughter's father serves this great United States. He helps to protect our freedoms. He helps to protect our rights to express our opinion. He ultimately helps to protect and serve our President (whether or not he agrees with that President's views). 
   I want to encourage you all to think about something this Veteran's Day. When you respond in anger, as I've seen these last few days, you incite more anger. My husband, police men & women, first responders (and many others) lives get to be put in danger because of your sadness, fear, anger, and insecurities. 
   I want to encourage you to think before you speak. Pray before you respond. Treat others the way you wish to be treated. Finally, to attempt to love others unconditionally.
   A great prayer to pray today for our nation and for her people is the prayer Jesus taught His disciples to pray: Matthew 6:9-13
"'Pray, then, in this way:
Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed [holy] be Your name.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors [letting go of both the wrong and the resentment].
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]’"

-From the heart of a military wife.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Moving with Relative Ease with a Toddler

Edited with permission, CC
    We moved to a different city a few months back... and I thought I'd share our experiences with a successful, relatively easy move with a toddler in tow. 

First off, Buy quality boxes and tape:
   I love saving money, but you do not want to cheap out on boxes and tape when it comes to your precious belongings. We purchased tape and boxes from Walmart and unfortunately found out that the quality was not there. So we went with Home Depot boxes/tape and it was so much sturdier and not a single one of our items broke. 

Buy packing materials:
   I preferred the packing bubbles from Home Depot to Walmart, but they both seemed to do the job. I just noticed that Home Depot's items were far sturdier. But you can utilize other items to protect your breakable things, such as newspaper as a filler, towels, pillows... The packing bubbles are great to use for things like plates and cups that you don't want to have to wash as soon as you unpack them. Newspaper tends to get those items dirty. 


Edited with permission CC.

Properly label your boxes:
   I made sure that with each box I labeled it thoroughly (it really paid off in the end). For fragile items, those boxes were extra labeled. I made sure to list the items thoroughly as well with sticky notes and tape. Anything that were last minute things to pack, was labeled "last minute" so I knew those things needed to be unpacked first. The "last minute items" were usually essentials like plates, dry goods and so on...

Consider hiring movers:
   Mr. Picturesque and I have always moved ourselves. We have been through two to three moves since we have been married and just always managed to do it, but this was prior to children. One friend suggested we at least price out movers, and when I did, I realized it was worth the extra cost. I did go through Angie's list (which you can gain access with a free account). Angie's list gave me the security in knowing how a moving company was truly rated, and if they could be trusted. We ended up spending $700 for 7 hours and weren't completely exhausted at the end of the day. 
   We did have everything packed up prior to the movers coming, and organized, but the movers did everything. I was even able to get Toddler P. down for her nap that day with a house that was pretty much already set-up! It was totally worth the extra money.

Keep children entertained:
   I packed when Toddler P. was eating and/or watching her cartoons. I also packed when she was napping. I started packing about two months in advance, which helped with my stress level. On moving day, Mr. P. stayed with the movers... while I took Toddler P. and we went to our new place to prepare while she played with some toys I had brought over the day before. 

What have you found helpful with moving?

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

FREE Printables - Kids Bathroom

    I promised at the beginning of the week that I would post the free printables that I made for my daughter's bathroom, which is underwater themed. If you'd like to see the rest of the pictures of Toddler Picturesque's underwater themed bathroom, see my previous post DIY Kids Bathroom

    The FREE printables are linked below each picture. I hope you enjoy!

  Click on the picture above to print "Mightier than the waves of the sea is His love for you."


    Click on the picture above to get the printable for "Rise and shine and give God the glory."

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

DIY Kids Bathroom

 
   We recently moved, and I have been hard at work unpacking and decorating. The first things I had decorated were Toddler P.'s room, playroom and finally her bathroom. So I wanted to post the final pictures from decorating her bathroom with an underwater theme. It was super easy, and relatively cheap!
    The first picture (above) you can see I purchased a blue fish themed cloth shower curtain. I got that for fairly cheap from Wayfair.com.
    With the picture above and the one below, you can see the fish on the wall. Our last house I went to all of the work of painting so many walls. With this house, I decided that I could decorate another way. I chose to decorate with vinyl or fabric wall decals! I found these adorable fish ones from Walmart.com.
    I also found these towels for fairly cheap from Walmart.com. But the two pictures framed above and below I made myself with Publisher. I can't take all of the credit though, I got the idea of these designs from Pinterest. In my next post I will give you all access to these free printables. The above one says "Mightier than the waves of the sea is His love for you." Psalm 93:4. 
    This picture says "Rise and shine and give God the glory." Both of these frames were purchased for under $3 at Walmart.

   I'd love to see your kids bathroom inspiration! Post in the comments below!

UPDATE: Here is the link to the FREE printables for the above pictures!