Thursday, July 23, 2015


Tomorrow I am doing something that fills me with trepidation and dread: I'm dragging all the things I don't want in my house anymore outdoors for a yard sale. Eeek!

I'm armed with the best advice I can get including a printable checklist from Your Organized Space.

It all began with my daughter's desire to downsize her toy collection. But from there it has morphed into me realizing I'll be much happier with LESS.

We have been so blessed. But now we have so. much. stuff!!!

Among the items for sale tomorrow:
  • Dyson orange ball upright vacuum (six years old but still much less than eBay)
  • Décor items that don't work with the style of our "new" house (we moved a year and a half ago and I'm finally coming to terms with it in order to let it go...)
Like this green glass jug vase. It's huge and heavy and so pretty.
This zebra print bolster pillow which was part of my single lady bed (not this black duvet). Still in great condition.

There will be more pillows (because I have an obsession) and rugs. Books, DVDs, board games. A Barbie dream house and a Barbie beach house. Child  size roller blades, maybe a BMX bike. Clothes and shoes--things I am tired of wearing, boys' size 10-12/12-14 and girls' size 7-8, and possibly some large men's clothes (if I can convince my husband).

My daughter will have a lemonade stand. In a more fanciful moment, I thought I could offer Starbucks, but logistically that might be too complicated (of course, if you come to the sale and ask me for a cup, I will be thrilled!)

If you're local to the East Lansing area, stop by for the Good Blog Reader discount. :) Things will be pretty much marked to sell because I just know that I'm going to LOVE having all that empty space in my house.

The address is 1012 Delridge Road. We'll be out on the lawn from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mish Mash

Once I get a little bit out of routine, it seems like I get a whole lot outta routine. Take blogging. It's been a week since my last post and I have so much to say that there is no clear theme right now; I'm just spilling it all out...

I went away on vacation at the beginning of this month, for the Fourth of July, to my hometown. While I was there, I helped my mom with some decorating challenges to make her house feel new using the things she already has.

Clockwise from top left: Here's a shot of the runner and buffalo check skirt that we mixed for the first One Room Challenge(TM) linkup. By using the same shade of blue, I felt comfortable mixing these very different patterns. I think it creates a fresh look. Adding a skirt to the old cabinet injects some color and softness to the room, too.

The beautiful banister was a project my dad just completed. One of the things my mom wanted help with was choosing new lampshades. We picked out a drum (straight sides) shade to replace this white one, original to the lamp. New lamps can be expensive and typically have an eternal shape so just changing out a lampshade can often be a good way to save some money.

There was no rug under the dining room table and this blue and white rug was in storage. Win-win! By adding it under the table and chairs, it softens all the wood in the room and adds another color (blue, my mom's favorite).

This wingback chair is part of a pair that we moved to either side of the TV to create a sense of symmetry in the room. We also moved the paintings that are now above the chair from the middle of the room and added chandelier shades to the candlestick lamp. I brought the shell-motif pillow cover from my old house.

Because my husband had to come back for work after the holiday weekend, my mom drove the kids and me home at the end of the week. This meant she and I got to go shopping in my area! We found five lampshades for her project for less than $50 altogether by shopping at Tuesday Morning, HomeGoods, and World Market.

In the top right photo you can see one of the places we tried the wingback chairs before adding them to either side of the TV. Sometimes you just have to experiment a little bit until you get it right. We also moved that antique piecrust table to the dining room.

The bottom right photo is of my parents' family room. Originally it was a garage that they converted into an apartment for my grandma with a fireplace, bathroom, and kitchenette. It's right off the breezeway laundry room from the One Room Challenge(TM). We placed an unused coffee table under this set of windows to create a window seat. The pillow is also from my house but coordinates really well with the colors in this room and fits the Colonial Coastal Farmhouse look that we're creating.

I'm currently loving this song.


I turned 40 this weekend! Here's what one of my friends from my college days had to say about life in the fourth decade.

I'm going to have some big news -- HUGE -- that will mean I'm blogging even less but actually doing more of what I love. Stay tuned!

What's new where you are? How's your summer going? Fill me in!! :)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Vanity Variety

How about a little visual inspiration for today? Since we talked all about skincare yesterday, let's look at some beautiful spaces for making ourselves feel beautiful. 


In this bathroom, it looks like a vanity was retrofitted to be used as a sink. The stool is such a nice touch here, adding a comfortable place to sit.

In this bright and cheerful room, the vanity and chair are painted the same shade of yellow. They coordinate with the other pieces without being too matchy-matchy.

Décor Pad

 This vanity has double sinks and drawers for holding personal items.
Carla Aston

In this bathroom, the vanity is placed against a window wall so the mirror is layered over the window treatment.

Another option is to layer mirrors over a wall mirror for extra reflectivity.

In many of these images, the console is open beneath the sink for storing folded towels.
Interiors by Elizabeth Metcalfe Interiors & Design Inc. via Homebunch

I love how this bathroom incorporates a lamp into the mix, making it feel even more like a room. 
Golden Boys and Me via Remodelaholic

I love these double mirrors, not least of all because we received a mirror just like them as a wedding gift.
6th Street Design School

This large round mirror is a nice alternative, too.

This room is so interesting because of the stairwell. It must be a very private space??

Don't forget to enter the raffle for a Rodan + Fields sunscreen and cute towel! Enter here before midnight on July 19th!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Rodan and Fields Giveaway!

Helllloooo!!! I'm back from vacation with a fun giveaway! It seems like everyone I know is talking about Rodan + Fields. But what is it?? My friend (and one of my son's favorite teachers) tells you all about it in today's post!



Hello!!  My name is Kristen and I am a mother to twin three-year-olds, a second grade teacher in East Lansing, and an Independent Consultant for Rodan + Fields Dermatologists. I was first introduced to R+F about 8 months ago by a friend who was having success with both the products and providing supplemental income for her family while working around her kids' busy schedules.  I was actively looking for some supplemental income to help support two children in preschool, but was being very picky about what type of “second job” I wanted to commit to.  I refused to take more family time away from my kids and husband and once I learned more about Rodan and Fields, I knew it would be the perfect fit for me and easy to incorporate into my everyday life.  Not only that but I am enjoying personal results using the UNBLEMISH regimen.  I have finally found a regimen that works for my annoying adult acne!

What is Rodan + Fields Dermatologists?
Rodan + Fields Dermatologists was started by the two female Sanford trained dermatologists (Drs. Rodan and Fields) who created the Proactiv® Solution, which as you know is the number one acne treatment in the world.  What they have done for acne, they are now doing for aging, sun damage, and sensitivity.  Formerly sold only in high-end retail, R+F earned a solid reputation as the number one clinical selling line at Nordstrom (before it became exclusively available through consultants like me).  Rodan and Fields have recently been showcased on shows like The Doctors and The Today Show. 

What I love about Rodan + Fields

1.   I LOVE that we stand by our products.  These are products designed by dermatologists, without paying for the office visit or prescription.  Each product comes with a full 60-day money back, empty bottle guarantee.  So, essentially the products are risk free!

2.   I LOVE that we are a virtual-based business providing full time pay with very part-time hours.  All of our sales are through our personal websites so it only takes 5 minutes of your time to place an order and there are no “parties” to attend.  We do not need to stock inventory nor have previous sales experience.

3.   I LOVE that I get to partner in business with these two incredible Doctors who are doing for aging what they did for acne.  Because it is still so new, I get to be a FIRST in this ground floor opportunity.  All the while I still get to work my full-time job and spend quality time with my family.

4.   I LOVE that I have seen and experienced REAL results with these products and am proud to represent such a wonderful company.

Here’s a brief overview of our main skincare regimens:

REDEFINE for the Appearance of Lines, Pores, and Loss of Firmness – Decide today how you will look tomorrow with our REDEFINE regimen! A comprehensive skincare regimen that layers cosmetic ingredients and proven peptide technology to help defend against, prevent, and reduce the visible signs of aging for noticeably firmer, smoother, flawless-looking skin.  It’s like Spanx for your pores! This is a before and after picture of my friend and business partner who had been using the Redefine Regimen for 10 months.
REVERSE for Sun Damage, Hyperpigmentation, Dullness, & Brown Spots – Erase sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and brown spots with REVERSE. Many of you may even have the lingering effects of PREGNANCY MASK/MELASMA thanks to those lovely hormones during pregnancy, which vanishes with this regimen! REVERSE exfoliates, lightens, brightens, and protects your skin for a more even tone and texture!  Check out my cousin whose before and after pictures of using our Reverse Regimen paired with our AMP Roller, was taken only 7 weeks apart!
SOOTHE for Sensitive Skin, Rosacea, Eczema  Clinically proven to reduce redness and irritation in as little as 5 minutes, SOOTHE shields against the biological and environmental aggressors that can trigger inflammation, helps fortify skin’s natural moisture barrier, calms visible redness, and reduces irritation so that you can take comfort in having a healthy-looking complexion every day.

UNBLEMISH for Breakouts & Post Acne Marks –  Breakouts? Unpredictable? Take control with our UNBLEMISH Regimen. Clinically proven to combat the entire acne cycle, this sophisticated regimen helps unclog pores, clears breakouts and calms your complexion to keep pimples, blackheads, and post-acne marks from making an unwelcome appearance on your face!
Acute Care – Ready to fill a wrinkle in your sleep?  These revolutionary little patches do just that! Find your expression. Lose the wrinkle. REDEFINE ACUTE CARETM smooths expression lines with proprietary Liquid Cone Technology that melts line-defying peptides and hyaluronic acid directly into the wrinkle for a more youthful appearance. You can experience long-lasting results after ten applications, and you may even see results after the very first use. It’s so simple, you can do it in your sleep.

Not sure what products are right for you?  Then take our simple and quick solution tool found here. Make sure to input your email address for your results. 
Curious about what Rodan and Fields could do for you and your family?  Listen to this 15 minute anonymous call and then we can chat! 
For more info, visit Kristen's website.

One lucky Cosy Carolina reader will win a FREE full sized bottle of Rodan and Fields Essentials Sunscreen and cute towel to keep your skin safe this summer in the hot sun!  (Disclaimer – towel may be a different pattern.) 
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