Wednesday Decor // Deck Decor Inspiration

Well after the most god awful winter...it's finally getting warmer up north.  In fact, right now I'm sitting at our little table on our little deck typing away.  The chilly Spring weather is here but the snow is (hopefully!) out the window.  There are no longer little patches of snow here & there and those giant snow piles in the parking lots have all melted.  It is wonderful!  Zach, Em, & I have been enjoying a lot of time outside on the deck:
Right now I can't wait to get our little outside oasis all fixed up!  We have a little table set with two chairs & have already had our first dinner out side - it was delicious by the way.  Next is to clean up from winter - leaves, cobwebs, etc - to get the porch good to go for the Spring & Summer.  Here's my deck decor inspiration:
New Melamine Dinnerware - Last year we had nothing on out porch all Spring & Summer long.  We'd sit on the porch outside our front door but never on the deck off the kitchen.  I'm thinking of extending (and fully developing) the colors from the kitchen to the deck.  There's a soft sage & brick red color pattern going on in the kitchen so extending that to the deck will be nice.  These melamine dishes & acrylic cups are great for this!  I love the pattern on them & the won't break when dropped.  Added bonus.

Decorative String Lights - These string lights are super cool!  I love the shape of the bulb - they are called Edison Bulbs - and I think they will look really neat all lit up at night.  The cord is brown so it will blend in with our deck which is also painted brown.  I was thinking about searching for cool Christmas lights at the end of the season but I didn't want to deal with the green cord looking all funky against the brown color.

Plants, Plants, Plants- I want to try my hand at an herb garden again since it didn't quite work out last year.  My plan in to make a large tiered pot sculpture, if you will, with three tiers & put it in the corner that will get the most sun.  I also want some window baskets hanging off the railings.  Maybe some hanging planters too? Who knows.  This year I'm hoping my potted plant path will go better than what I did last year!

Decorative Pillows - Not that our chairs really need pillows but adding that touch can't hurt.  I'm sort of digging an old world vibe and the pattern on these pillows really says it for me.  Plus I need to find some sort of outside doggie bed for Emrys....he'll never lay on it but it will look pretty, right?

I can't wait to get started on this little space.  I'm slowly realizing that it's ok to have your home be a work in progress.  I'm so envious of others who seem to have a fully decorated home all the time!  The only place in our house that is fully done is probably our bedroom!  We had a clear plan with that one.  I am hoping to have this all prettied up (along with my other Four Simple Goals!) by the end of May.  Just enough time to enjoy it!

What are your outdoor decor plans this season?  Anything you're dreaming of?

xoxo, Moe

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Things I am, Try to Be, & Am Not // Part 2

While going through my blog a while ago I came up on this post titled Things I am, Try to be, & Am not that was written in November of 2012.  Currently it has been over a year since I wrote that post & I'm in a different spot - yet I still feel I am the same.  During that time I'd just moved up north & had spent probably exactly a month in the new house, which was a mess.  I still feel I am all of those things I listed but I wanted to search more within myself to decide what I am, try to be, & am not right now:

I am
+ a hard worker who pushes herself to the breaking point.
+ dreamer of dreams and sometimes not a doer.
+ worrier when little  things go wrong.
+ learning where my no point is.
+ changing into someone in her late twenties.

I try to be
+ more organized both in life & in my home.
+ a positive person by sharing 3 great things that happen.
+ a goal achiever instead of a just a goal setter.
+ less of a worrier & more rational.
+ patient.

I am not
+ able to take things lightly when I'm in my go mood.
+ where I'd like to be in life and working to change it.
+ able to enjoy coffee as much as I'd like

Who are you?

xoxo, Moe

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Weekly Make Up Basket #1

So, usually Monday's are reserved for Make it Monday but seeing as I haven't felt all to creative lately I'm changing it up a bit.  I still want to have at least 3 to 4 posts on my blog each week & hate skipping Mondays aaaannnnddd I need to rotate the things I use make up wise like whoa.  So I decided to do a weekly make up basket post.  I have a pretty large collection of make up (98.9% drugstore) and I need to use it all.  I'm also thinking that there's going to be more of a focus on my YouTube channel as long as I can keep up my Thursday and Sunday upload schedule!  Anyway, here's what I'm going to be using this week:
I have four palettes I want to get some use from.  First is the Ursula palette from the Elf Halloween 2013 collection.  I love the spring purples & the teal shade in there.  It's time for be to break away from neutrals and this is a good start.  Two palettes from Wet n Wild - Walking the Red Carpet from their new 2014 Spring collection & Newport Nights that came out around Summer 2013.  I've hit pan on that orange shade in Newport Nights and loved using it for a bit of color in the crease last summer, so I'm busting it out again.  The Walking the Red Carpet palette isn't something that is my favorite (not compared to last year's Spring Collection!) but if I want a neutral eye I can go to that one.  Hopefully I don't rely on it this week!  Finally, this little trio at the bottom right is one of the first little trios I bought way back in high school.  It is a repackaging of the Almay Intense I-Color trios.  This is the original one for brown eyes.  I wore the crap out of this in high school & college - it was seriously my only eye shadow look ever.  Of course I paired it with the purple liner in the line as well.  So I'm excited to bust that out for nostalgia.
I have two blushes from the Studio M Collection that I believe is only sold at Meijer.  Honestly, I don't think you can get these products any more as I've seen them replaced by NYX!  These two blushes are very shimmery & very pink.  They almost look the same but I promise they are slightly different.  They don't have names on them but one is more of a true, deep pink & the other is a lighter pink with a golden shimmer.  Reminds me a bit of the Balm's Hot Mama blush.  I also have a liquid highlight from Elf called a Radiance Enhancer.  This on is in the shade Moonlight...not sure if Elf makes this anymore either.
These two powders are ones I've only played with a little bit.  The Wet n Wild Take on the Day Mattifying Powder was included in a Products I Regret Buying video I haven't uploaded yet but I saw someone use it as an under eye setting powder, so I thought I'd give that a go this week.  It doesn't work at all for setting your face - it's got some weird shimmers in it so I'm not sure how it will be under the eye but I thought I'd give it one more go.  Next is the Elf Personal Blend Foundation.  It has four quadrants so you can create a custom shade to match you - however, I popped off the little sifter since it didn't quite work how I'd like it to & am just going to combine all the colors.
Two lip products this week - both from Elf.  The first is a matte lip color in Praline.  I haven't worn any of my collection of these & I have every color.  Next is a lipstick from their Essential line in the color Charming.  It is a nice natural, pink color & I haven't worn any of my collection of these either!
So that's what I'll be trying out this week and I'm hopefully going to keep doing this to get some good use out of my collection.  I find myself relying on the same things but when it comes to branching out I am overwhelmed by my collection!  I promise to get back to Make it Monday when I feel more inspired - I do have an idea that I want to execute this week, so here's hoping for that!

xoxo, Moe

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