Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Kids Art Center for Under $35 Bucks

Last weekend since it was an extended weekend I ventured off into a bunch of projects.  One of the projects was to create an art area for my kids since they love to color.  I had stools that I took out of my kitchen to extend my nook area (post coming in a week or so), so I thought I would make good use of of them.

All I did was basically mount a long shelf.  I had a 1 x 12 cut to size (around 50") and stained it in a dark ebony color to match the other furnishings.  Then I used 3 Ikea Shelf Brackets at $2.00 each.  


I then added a couple of Ikea Rails.  This allowed me to attach a basket to put pencil cup holders in.  



I used laundry twine from the Dollar Tree and nailed 3 rows on top of the desk for the kids to hang their finished art projects.  Some Clothes Pins to secure their art and it was a wrap.



Super easy and fun project and the kids love it!!  If you need stools there are always the ones Target and Walmart sell for around $12.00 each, or you could also mount the desk at chair height.


xoxo,

Monica

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

21 Day Fix

So by now I'm sure you have all seem the infomercial for the 21 day fix.  I always watch those informercials and never order anything thinking that they are all gimmicks or too good to be true and some are.  Plus, have I told you all I'm allergic to exercise.  Haha!  At least that is what I tell myself.

Well,  a few months ago my good friend of mine tried the 21 day fix and wow!  Her results were awesome.  Totally inspiring!  Ever since I moved back to California I started gaining weight, stress weight and it wouldn't come off.  I tried every diet in the book and nothing worked.  Well,  my friend convinced me to try the 21 day fix.  The way she convinced me was by telling me there was a 30 day money back guarantee.  I thought to myself, if it doesn't work I've got nothing to lose and ordered it.

I am so happy I did.  My results are incredible.  I've done 2 rounds and feel amazing.  I also drink Shakeology daily to get my daily dose of dense nutrition.  Its loaded with super foods.  It can also act as a meal replacement.  In total I lost 8.4 pounds and 10 inches. Read more about my joinery at my Fitness Blog.

Anyway,  I'm so proud of myself I had to show you my results.



This was just in 21 days.  I haven't had the chance to take anymore pics since.  The eating plan is pretty simple, you have these containers and you fill up with a list of approved foods and you are never hungry.  The workouts are only 30 minutes a day.  They have a modifier if you are new to working out, but these exercises are not aggressively hard, they are doable.

Anyway,  I had to share.  If you are interested in getting the 21 day fix Challenge pack which gives you a nice discount on your first month of Shakeology click here.


Monday, July 7, 2014

DIY Piano Stand

Since I went back to work full time its been challenging to get projects done around the house.  I've resorted to buying Ikea stuff as disposable furniture.  This weekend however, was different.  I needed a stand for my keyboard (a newly found hobby of mine).  However, I couldn't find one that fit my keyboard.  Yeah, I could've resorted to one like this that they sell at Amazon and hope it wouldn't fall apart.



But  that one is $89 dollars plus tax and who knows what it is made of or if my keyboard will even fit.  Then I found this online.


It was perfect (well almost).  See my keyboard doesn't have a lip that the side could slip into.  So that meant it would need a top.  He made the above one out of two shelves from Ikea and some added wood, for only $26 dollars.  I thought I could get even cheaper if I did the whole thing DIY.
Here is what I came up with.



I cut 2 matching sides out of 1 x 12 and a 1 x 4 support beam.  Then added the 1 x 12 top, screwed it all together and gave it a quick coat of stain.   Viola!  It was super easy and fits my keyboard perfectly.  




xoxo.

mONICa

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

My First Attempt At DIY Makeup

So last night I decided that I wanted to play chemist.  I ran out of my typical Maybelline Foundation and thought it was time to try to explore the next phase of my chemical free life.  Make up!  and boy did I make a mess.


I never realized how bad makeup is for you with the multiple amounts of chemicals.  How could something that makes you feel so beautiful be so bad.  Not only that, but what kind of harm is it doing to your skin?  Well one thing led to another and by the end of the night I had  foundation powder, blush, mascara, eye liner, eye shadow, dry shampoo, regular, shampoo, and conditioner.  I can tell that some of these recipes still need some tweaking (at least for me), but are definitely a great start.  If you want to get a hold of some of the recipes please feel free to visit my Pinterest Board.  As I perfect these recipes I will start posting the recipes that work best for me.

So the preliminary results are in;  Here is my before and after from this morning.

diy foundation, blush, mascara, results


What do you think?  Who has tried DIY chemical free makeup?  Do we have favorite recipes?

Best,

`mONICa

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Why I Lost My Mojo and How I Got It Back

Life, oh life.  Life has a funny way of pushing you down and picking you back up when you need it most.  I've always been known for being a positive person.  My big saying is "Problem?  Solution!" I'm a fix it person I can fix anything, but this year my mojo was no where to be found.  I found myself in the situation of "life".  A few years ago, my husband and I were doing great.  We had a house, 2 jobs, 2 cars, you know the typical stuff that people have, nothing outrageous (I'm too frugal for that), but then we decided to move back home.  With the promise of a job for my husband and my industriousness, we would make this work.  Then came the job loss.  I really thought that my husband would recover quickly, but the "Great Recession" took us for a loop.  Sure, I was painting furniture and making some extra money, but that was hard work and definitely wasn't a full time income.  After all, we had 4 year old twins.  So in the mean time we worked hard, odd jobs, a couple of real estate deals, but nothing stable, nothing set in stone.  After a year, we couldn't pay our rent anymore, our utilities, our car.  I found myself anxious and depressed.  I couldn't get up, there was no hope.  Granted, my practicality pushed forward. I knew my changes would mean that I had to give up a lot.  If I lived in an apartment, where would I paint my furniture?  Would I have to give up my business? "I can't decorate an apartment" (yes that thought went through my head.) We found a smaller place, and yes it's an apartment, and a pretty decent one I might add, and no I no longer have my furniture painting business (I have been know to paint occasional pieces in my kitchen, but I wouldn't recommend it full time).  We replaced our car with one that is 15 years old, and stopped spending money all together.  Eventually, I found a part time job that was steady, which luckily turned into something full time.  I've realized that the best things come in little packages, and that allowing yourself to live simply is the biggest reward ever.  See, I feel like I got my mojo back.  I'm so happy to be rid of the material things.  We have a nice place to live, transportation, and food on the table.  We live simply and eat organically.  I started making homemade things like cleaning supplies to save money.  With that came cosmetics, toiletries, etc.  I've embraced my new chemical free way of life (Ironically, I work in a chemistry lab. It's all about balance).  There are some toxic things that are hard for me to give up because as my mojo has come back and I'm not in this horrific zone of depression, I'm starting to paint and I'm starting to decorate an apartment that I have lived in for 10 months. For those of you who know me 10 months is an eternity to decorate in my book.  Although, my husband still doesn't have a job...we've embraced a new way of life.  It's a bit of a role reversal, but we are a team and he makes it happen, well we make it happen together.  Our kids are happy, they get excited about the dollar store, the park, hiking, the beach, and just spending time as a family.  It has made me realize that kids don't need a lot to be happy, they just want their family and friends.  Things are good, I'm smiling again, excersising, eating healthy, and starting to think about me again. I'm feeling like I can once again take on new things  With that being said,  lets talk about the blog.  Like I said before, I have started decorating.  Soon we will have a finished bathroom project, a coffee table, and a kitchen in progress.  I also mentioned that I have embraced a chemical free life and would like to incorporate some of that in the blog.  The question is turning Decorating Insanity into more of a lifestyle blog.  Do I change the name?  Not really sure yet, but only time will tell.

~mONICa