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House Project Update

A few post ago I put together this list of things that I wanted to do around my house this year.  After putting it together, I quickly realized that I would have to do almost two projects per month to get them done in the year.  Well, now we’re into March and it’s time for an update!  I have done….one project.  So we aren’t really anywhere near on track with the list but we’ve still got 10 months left in the year so I still have high hopes for myself.

My aunt had given me an old handmade blanket chest from my grandmother’s house and I was using it as an entry way table.  However, it was very sad and old and dirty.  So Maggie and I took some time on a Sunday afternoon and gave it a new life!  Charley had the great idea to video it as a time-lapse, so I put together a quick little video to show you guys the transformation.  Of course I didn’t get a before picture, (because that would make too much sense) but you can see how it looked from the video.  Please enjoy my pink Santa Pajamas and all of my puppy cameos.

And after!



What do you guys think?  What home projects are you working on right now?  Let us know in the comments!


Disney Princess Half Marathon – Outfit Preview

3 weeks and 3 days until the Disney Princess Half Marathon….


Disney Princess Half Marathon has been on my list for a while now… I am not even sure how the idea came to us, but my friends Aimee and Jenn and I decided to sign up for this year’s Princess and make a trip out of it.  Let the training begin!  We signed up with the Galloway running group and away we went.


My first, unplanned, half marathon of 2015 is this Saturday.  I am getting excited and nervous all at the same time.   You are probably thinking “Hey crazy!  How did that happen?”  Well, I have a 13.1 mile training run on Saturday in prep for the Disney Princess Half Marathon and The Woodlands Half Marathon.  So when my running group informed me that I could sign up for the Galloway 13.1 Virtual Race and get a shirt and a medal for a training run, I jumped on that bandwagon!  Hence, a half marathon this weekend.  


Back to the topic at hand, the reason I started training in the first place, the Disney Princess Half Marathon!    Once we had successfully registered for the race, the most important decision was ready to be made.  Which princesses should we be?  After much deliberation and a few final decisions later, we have our princesses!  We are now about three weeks away and could not be more excited!  I wanted to put together a preview of what we will be wearing for the race.


Disney Princess Half Rapunzel


Maggie – Rapunzel

I am more about running in pants than in skirts and was able to find dark purple pants with a light purple shirt that is similar to Rapenzel’s look.   I am still looking for a sparkly purple skirt.  Fingers crossed I have one on race day.  Planning on wearing my hair in a side braid.

Cinderella Disney Princess Outfit


Jenn – Cinderella

Gloves and all!  Jenn is going to be the perfect Cinderella with matching blue sneakers and her black sparkle Sweatyband.  Finish it off with a bun and she will be ready to run! (I didn’t do that on purpose, but it is pretty funny!)

Disney Princess Half Marathon Anna


Aimee – Anna (Frozen)
This shirt is the perfect motivation to run and meet the princesses!  A blue running skirt and black compression socks finish  of this outfit perfectly!  I have a feeling there will be a Sweatyband included too.
Keep an eye out for a full recap of the trip, race, and princesses we make friends with along the way!
What races are on your calendar for 2015?


The Top 5 Blogs I Can’t Stop Reading

It seems that every couple of months my group of friends has a “tell me which blogs you’re reading” conversation.  We generally have a few in common (The Pioneer Woman, amiright?) but sometimes my girls have such amazing gems tucked up their sleeves that I didn’t even know EXISTED and I feel like why have they been holding out on me for so long?  What have I been doing with my life before now?  Where are my keys? Why am I wearing two different shoes?  In the spirit of kindness, and so that I can keep you all from spiraling down that rabbit hole, here are my five favorite blogs this minute.

Love, Taza/Rockstar Diaries


Basically the coolest girl on the planet.  NYC based, great dresser, handsome husband, cutie cute kids.  This chick can rock bangs like nobody’s business.  She just had a baby (her third!) and was up playing with her little family and writing blogs and instagramming and basically back to winning at life about .05 minutes later.  It’s a mom blog that doesn’t feel too mommish.


Oh Joy

Oh Joy

There is a lot of content here, they are churning it out like crazy so it can get a little overwhelming in my feedly. (R.I.P. Google Reader)  I read this blog mostly for the design element.  I love the colors and how everything just feels so fun and fresh and everything is super styled.  Like look, that baby is a perfectly placed prop in this photo and she’s totally ok with that.  So am I.  Also that baby’s mom is Joy (you probably figured that out already) and she has an awesome Instagram too.



Super high fashion-y.  A total rebel, still blogging from a blogspot.com address.   All pictures, barely any words.  I’m always wondering what the story is behind the photos, like why is she in Hong Kong all of a sudden and what the hell does she do for a living to afford these clothes and why is she always wearing sunglasses?  I fear I may never find out.

Wear + Where + Well


Hometown girl, Houston representing!  This blog is fairly new but is off to a great start.  It’s basically half fashion and half travel.  She is just running around the world attending fashion shoes and dining in palaces and doing everything that I wish I was doing right now.  (Except I am in bed writing this post in my pajamas, so maybe I’M actually the one that’s doing everything that I want to be doing right now.  Somebody call Oprah and tell her I’m living my best life.)
Designs by Miss Mandee


The best printables, this girl is making tons of awesome stuff and is giving it away for free!  I love these Black and Gold iPhone Wallpapers and her Laurel Wreath Graphics.  She also just seems like a sweet person.  Maybe it’s all the pink she uses.  Maybe I’m just going soft.


Tell me what blogs you’re reading in the comments!  I’m always looking for more avenues for time-wasting, so I’m all ears!

Frozen Breakfast Tacos

When it comes to getting out the door in the morning, I try to have the food portion of our day settled the night before.  We have a large supply of Tupperware in the house that assist with portion control and advance planning.  Lunches, snacks, and sometimes even dinner, are in clear containers with beautiful red lids.  These are the ones we use: Rubbermaid 12-Piece New Premier Food Storage Container Set(affiliate link)

Breakfast is a different story.  It isn’t so hard to convince yourself to scramble a few eggs and eat them in the morning if you wake up with the right mentality.  I prefer to have some bacon and hash browns with my eggs.  This is not to say that some mornings I don’t wake up and say “Let’s make breakfast!” and I actually do make all of this for us both, it just isn’t a habit.

Since we live in Texas, breakfast tacos seem like a common request and something that can easily be thrown together in bulk for meals/snacks throughout the week.   The recipe below might seem like a lot of steps or take a lot of time to accomplish, but trust me, it isn’t that overwhelming and is worth every minute!  Once you have made them a few times, it becomes routine.

You can size the recipe to the quantity of tacos you want to have on hand.  This batch makes 8 tacos, but can easily be scaled to your needs.


breakfast Taco ingredients



sausage on stove






tacos before wrapping



wrapped tacos



Frozen Breakfast Tacos:

Tools Needed:

  • Large frying pan
  • Tin foil – 8 pieces cut to be larger than tortilla
  • Parchment paper – 8 pieces cut to be larger than tortilla



  • 6 eggs
  • 8 Flour tortillas (your choice!)
  • Eckrich sausage – one link (or another sausage you love)
  • Shredded cheese (I used sharp cheddar, but have used pepper jack too)
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)



1. Prep tin foil and parchment paper and layer with tortilla.  Tin foil, parchment paper, and tortilla on top.

2. Cut sausage into bite sized pieces.

3. Sauté sausage in large frying pan until slightly crispy.

4. Drain sausage on paper towels and set aside.

5. Beat eggs with salt and pepper to taste.

6. Using the same pan that was used to cook the sausage, scramble your eggs.

7. Layer the sausage, eggs, and shredded cheese on to the tortillas.  Try not to over-stuff.

8. Wrap taco up within the parchment paper.

9. Wrap parchment wrapped taco up in the tin foil.

10. Freeze.


To heat the tacos, remove the tin foil and place on a plate in the microwave for approximate 1 min 30 seconds.  This time will vary based on your microwave.


Be creative with these!  Add veggies, a different protein, or maybe some salsa!  The possibilities are delicious and endless!


What is your favorite make ahead breakfast item?

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide – Gifts for Him

Everyday Dabble Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Guys are notoriously hard to purchase things for on Valentine’s Day.  It’s not like you can just send flowers to work.  I mean, you could send flowers to his work, I guess.  Let me know how that goes.  In light of that fact, I’ve put together a quick gift guide that should make it a little easier for you to find something your significant other will love!

1. CB2 | Teakwood and Tobacco Soy Candle – $18

I’m very into a man-smelling candle lately.  It just seems to be a little more grounded and less likely to give me a headache than a lot of the fruity candles that are standard at Target and Wal-Mart.

2. Dollar Shave Club | Shaving Subscription –  $1/$6/$9 per Month

This is such a smart idea, everybody hates to buy razors and they’re insanely expensive.  This way he can get a fresh new pack each month.  They also sell shaving accessories (shave butter, etc.) if you want to make it a little more gift-y.  I won’t lie, I’m thinking about getting this for myself.

3. Grave Before Shave | Beard Pack -$35 (Affiliate Link)

For the guy with an unruly beard, the Beard Pack has Pine Tar Soap, Two Different Kinds of Beard Oils and a pocket beard comb.  This is verging on the lines of too hipster, but it’s not mustache wax, so I don’t think we’re quite there yet.

4. Cards Against Humanity, LLC | Cards Against Humanity (Affiliate Link)
– $25

This game is not for the faint of heart.  I wouldn’t recommend playing it with your grandparents (unless your grandmother is Betty White).  Hint: Goes well with alcohol.

5. Etsy | Personalized Leather Toiletry Bag – $40+

This is a manly and classy way for him to carry around all of his crap.  It’s handmade and you can have his initials added.  There’s also an option to add a personalized message inside on the liner.  Mine would say, “Always remember you have the coolest wife ever.”

6. Corkcicle | Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge Whiskey Glass with Silicone Ice Form – $20 (Affiliate Link)

Helps keep that whiskey drink less diluted!  I have to shout out to Maggie on this one, she actually bought this for Charley for Christmas and I just thought it was the coolest thing ever.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?  Let us know in the comments!

Everyday Dabble Tries New Stuff: Workout Edition

Hey All!  This is Sarah, posting on a Thursday (Maggie’s usual day) because apparently we live in some strange alternate universe now where you guys get to read my posts twice in a week.  (Don’t worry, it’s only this week.)


If you follow us on Instagram, Monday you saw that we tested out a new workout trend that seems to be everywhere lately.  It’s called Orange Theory Fitness and from their website, it’s described as:  “a 60-minute workout designed to push you into the Orange Zone. This creates “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC. It’s what burns calories after your workout and gives you noticeable, lasting results with Orangetheory Fitness.”  They advertise that on average you can burn between 500-1000 calories per class.  Sounds pretty good, right?

Basically, the idea is that you wear a heart-rate monitor while you work out and your real-time results are displayed on a screen in the studio.  The goal is to hit the “green zone” which is aerobic (fat burning) and then the “orange zone” (anaerobic or endurance building) for a certain amount of time during the class.  At the end of the class, they send you an email with your full results for the class and a little summary of how you did.

I’m a full on, unapologetic nerd and I am totally into science and how things work,  (I studied exercise science in college) so of course as soon as I heard about this workout, I had to try it.  I rounded up my girls and we planned to attend on Sunday.  We signed up online for a free class, got a call from the facility, plunked our credit cards down (in case we didn’t show) and we were ready to go!

The workout consisted of Treadmills, Rowing Machines, Weights and TRX Straps.  We started on the rowers to warm up and then moved to the strength floor where we did a series of strength exercises (including Reverse Lunges with TRX straps, Tricep Pushups, Jump Squats, Burpees etc.) in circuits.  We then moved to the treadmills and did Orange Theory’s treadmill workout which starts at Base Pace (what I would call jogging), Push (which is race pace for me) and All Out (which is basically a sprint).  They’re all done on at least a 1% incline  We cycled through these three for the remainder of the class and then we were done!

Here’s what I liked:

1. Nummmberrsss.  I’m maddeningly competitive and I’m finding myself constantly checking the board to make sure that I’m a.) in the right zone and b.) I’m burning more calories than anyone else.  I’m not sure why this matters so much to me, but I just like to win.

2. This is basically like group personal training.  You have someone organizing the workouts and telling you how to do them, which is awesome for me because as much as I like the science of exercise, I’m quite lazy.  Also, it’s not like having a boot camp instructor screaming at you to push harder when you’re already about to throw up, because the instructor can also see your heart rate and they know if you’re slacking or not.  It’s easier to work at your own pace.

3. Accountability.  You sign up online for the classes and they charge you for that class if you don’t show.  Also, the classes are small enough that the trainers can get to know you and will definitely miss you if you’re a regular and don’t show up.

4. Classes transfer.  I travel a lot for work and I would be able to use my sessions at any Orange Theory Fitness around the country or in Canada.

5. Price:  It’s $59 for 4 sessions/month, $99 for 8 sessions/month or $159 for unlimited sessions.  If you choose the 8 session package it’s basically $12.50 a class to work with a personal trainer for a month.  Normal personal training will run you anywhere from $30-$100 per hour, so it’s a great deal considering all of the technology that’s built in.

Here’s what I didn’t like:

1. Absolutely nothing.  I signed up for a month of classes after we left.  I’ve already been to my second class (in Florida on a work trip) and it was MUCH harder than the first one, with more strength/rowing and less treadmills.  I’m 100% totally hooked.

Before After

Here’s before the class and after. I accidentally cropped half of Maggie’s face out in the before, sorry!!

Maggie didn’t exactly have the same feelings about it I did.  Here’s her take:

When Sarah first told me about Orange Theory, I went to their website to see what it was all about.  I was immediately scared by the room and the equipment and the thought of having to use all of that in one hour long session.  But then I got excited, new things are great, and they will track my heart rate for me.   I think I might have been just as excited about our coffee date with friends before the class as I was about the class itself.

6am: Up and out of bed, thinking of ways I could be sick.  Too sore from BodyPump maybe?

6:30am: Not really sure how I got dressed, but I am on my way to Sarah’s

7am: This is happening and I will enjoy it.  Was my banana enough to hold me over?

7:30am: COFFEE!!!  That will make everything better.

8:45am: Here we go.  Since we have to be here early, we get to watch others being tortured, I mean, working out.  Sarah can see the terror on my face.

9:15am:  Let’s do this.  A little extra energy from some the excitement of the class.

9:30am: Burpees?  Seriously?  Triceps pushups = face plant.  On the floor. On my face.

9:45am: Running, I can handle this.  I love to run.

10am: Just keep looking at the board, you are burning calories.

10:15am:  That wasn’t as horrible as I thought it was.  Let’s do that again!

So, my overall feelings.  I liked the class.  It was a great way to compete with yourself and other people while getting a great workout in.  I really like that everyone had their own little workout station and that there was a video you could reference if you were confused about a specific move.  Elizabeth was very helpful with modifying a few of the moves for me to lower the impact on my knees; which was greatly appreciated.   I am not so happy with the fact that half of the class was spent on the treadmill.  Being a runner, I feel like I can go for a run myself and get the same type of workout done without spending the extra money on a class.

I would probably go back as a drop-in if several of my friends were going to attend the same class.  I think it would be a great way to see how I am improving strength wise as well as endurance for running.

For now, I will stick to Galloway and classes at my local gym.

Have you guys tried Orange Theory?  What did you think?  Let us know in the comments!

5 Gorgeous Designer Dresses to Wear on Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with your significant other or you’re kicking it brunch-style with your girls for Galentine’s Day (I definitely recommend this), you want to look stunning.  I mean, you already look stunning.  You want to look MORE stunning…if that’s even possible.  So you start running around looking for the perfect dress and accessories and all of the dresses at Forever 21/H&M are too short and the dresses everywhere else are too expensive.  And let’s be honest, unless you’re in your early to mid-twenties and you’re still on the bar/club scene, you’re probably not ever gonna wear that thing again and you’re going to end up selling it to Buffalo Exchange or Plato’s Closet for $40 when you paid $200 for it.  (A little piece of me dies every time this happens.)

I’ve totally been there.  The dress search struggle is real, y’all.  A couple of years ago in my stressful annual search for the perfect holiday party dress, I stumbled across Rent the Runway.  Wikipedia says Rent the Runway is an online service that provides designer dress and accessory rentals.  I say it’s basically magic, turning (obviously gorgeous but underdressed) Cinderellas into beautiful, designer-clad princesses.

Here’s How It Works:

1. Create an Account

2.Browse their online listings and find the most fabulous dress and accessories of your entire life.  There are all different kinds of filters you can use to find your perfect dress. (Length, Color, Formality, Trend, Body Type, Occasion, Sleeve, Neckline, Age, Style or Designer) The dresses are rentals, so the pricing is scaled depending on how much the full purchase price of the dress is.  For example, a dress with a $350 retail purchase price will cost about $55 to rent and the prices go all the way up to around $500 for a $5,000 gown.  Also, there are customer reviews with photos of the dresses with actual people wearing them, so you can see what a non-model looks like in your dress!  Pro Tip: Find someone with similar measurements to you and use that as your guide for how the dress will look on you.

3. Reserve it!  Choose whether you want to keep your dress for 4 or 8 days (4 works for a special event, 8 is great if you’re taking a trip and don’t know which day you’re going to wear it.)

4. After you wear it and have the best, most fun night of your life, put your dress in the little prepaid USPS bag and drop it in a Blue Collection Box on or before your return date.  No need to have it cleaned or anything, that’s part of the deal!

It’s seriously so easy and so great.  There are options for everyone, which is awesome.  My mom rented one for a “black-tie optional” wedding we all went to and of course, she was a total knockout.  I honestly think everyone should try it at least once.  For some reason, wearing an $800 dress that you paid $80 for seems like a happy little secret that only you know.  People ask about Mona Lisa’s smile?  I feel like she probably already knew about Rent the Runway.

Without further ado – I submit for your approval, my five favorite Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day Looks:

Romantic Dinner with your S.O.:


Nicole Miller: Kate Lace V Dress ($30 Rental, $410 Retail)

Nicole Miller: Kate Lace V Dress ($30 Rental, $410 Retail)


Brunch with the Girls:

Nanette Lepore Balinese Dance Dress

Nanette Lepore: Balinese Dance Dress ($35 rental, $498 retail)

Night Out with the Girls: (To see 50 Shades and then have drinks or dancing, maybe?)

Hunter Bell: Geometric Gold Sheath ($65 rental, $374 retail)

Hunter Bell: Geometric Gold Sheath ($65 rental, $374 retail)

If You’re Not into Dresses:

Trina Turk: Black Anchors Jumpsuit ($60 Rental, $348 Retail)

Trina Turk: Black Anchors Jumpsuit ($60 Rental, $348 Retail)

And Red, because Valentine’s Day:

Allison Parris: Down the Middle Dress ($65 rental, $350 retail)

Allison Parris: Down the Middle Dress ($65 rental, $350 retail)


If you ARE thinking about having a Galentine’s Day party – here are some great ideas for fun things to do with your girls!  Let us know your Valentine’s Day plans in the comments!

*Disclaimer: I’m not getting paid for this post.  (Let’s be honest, I’m not getting paid for any posts.)  I’m just writing it because I’m honestly completely obsessed with this service, but if you do sign up for an account with my link, I will get a credit towards renting a dress of my own.  I just wanted to let you know because we’re friends like that. 

Annual Goals: A Little Bit Goes a Long Way

So I am going to try to do a “new year, new you” post without it sounding too much like a “new year, new you” post….ready?  here we go!


Last year was pretty much the healthiest year of my adult life!  I am pretty sure when my parents were picking my food and I was playing outside instead of sitting at a desk all day, I was healthier.  In 2014, I went to the gym, paid attention to what I was eating and tracked about 75% of it, I ate no candy and nothing from a drive thru restaurant, I found wellness blogs that inspired new recipes and life improvements, and I organized the most basic things in my house that made an impact on my daily life…I was busy!

I’m not really sure what clicked and just started to make sense, but I am going to continue to run with it.  The results of my craziness throughout the year: a 20 lb. weight loss (40 lbs total for our house!  High five Charley!), a better understanding of how the foods I eat impact my daily life,  mental clarity and a daily organization routine that helps me keep up with the mental clarity.  2014 was pretty much awesome!

In the past, I have just put my foot down and said “I am doing THIS for the year!” and I have set forth to really just accomplish one thing.  It has worked for me and when you add all of my annual goals up, they make a pretty big impact.  I detailed my years below. (I don’t remember what I did for 2012 or 2013, so those are missing)


2009: No microwavable meals



2010: No smoking



2011: No soda



2014: No candy and no drive thru food


I think 2014 was both the hardest and easiest year to accomplish the goals that I set forward for myself.  I had Sarah and Charley motivating me to get moving, and I have hopes that this year is the same.

2015: No candy, drive thru food, or salty/crunchy snacks!

Charley is going to join me this year with giving up the salty crunchy snacks too.  It is going to be a tough one, but worth it!


Charley and I have said that 2014 has been the healthiest year of both of our lives.  Our goal for 2015 is for it be even healthier and more active than 2014!

Running Accomplishments:

Miles Run in 2014:                              Goal for 2015:

Charley: 1,001                                           Charley: 1,500

Maggie: 377                                               Maggie: 500


A few other items that Sarah and I came up with on Christmas Eve with the boys.

  • Volunteer at more races/events
  • Help others more – Habitat for Humanity, Rescuing/fostering dogs
  • Read a book a month
  • Learn about different religions
  • Explore new recipes and foods


Look for updates throughout the year on how we are meeting our goals and how this snack situation is playing out….Hopefully we will have a few tricks or recipes ready for you!


What are your goals for this year?  Are any of them fitness or food related?

Why I Started Taking Advice from Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey in a Car


Over the holiday, I was watching the Graham Norton Show (I’m a little bit of a BBC America junkie) and Graham had Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels on the show to promote their new movie, Dumb and Dumber To.  Jude Law and Tamsin Greig were also guests and the show was predictably hilarious.  The thing that stuck in my mind, however was when Jim Carrey started talking about his belief in the Law of Attraction.  Apparently he’s been talking about this for a while but I’ve just picked up on it.  He told two stories.  One was about a time in his childhood when a teacher told him that if she wanted something, she prayed for it and she basically got whatever she wanted.  (I know this is farfetched, but stay with me here.)  Jim Carrey decided he wanted a bike, prayed for it and two weeks later he came home to a new bike.  His friend had entered his name into a raffle that he didn’t know about, and he won.  The second story was about working as a broke actor the 90’s, he wrote himself a 10 million dollar check postdated for a few years and put it in his wallet.  Just before the date on the check was coming up, he signed a contract for 10 million dollars for a movie.  The stories are here and here if you’d like to hear him tell them.

I’m not saying that I think you can just think about things or pray for them and they will happen.  (Please don’t send me hate mail when you don’t win the lottery next week.) I do think taking some time to think about what you want to do and where you want to go is a good exercise that we should all be applying to our lives.  It helps lay a groundwork for you to formulate a plan to do the work to get to where you want to go.  I’m not trying to get crazy with this, so I’m going to start relatively small and write a rundown all of my home improvement plans for 2015.  If I write them down here, you guys will hold me to getting them done, right?  I have separated everything into things that I’ll have to do TO the house and then projects that live IN my house that need to be started/finished.  At some point in the future to be determined, I’ll give you guys a check up on how much of this stuff is actually getting done and we’ll see how well the Law of Attraction really works.


This is the outside of the house in the summer when everything was green and beautiful.


House Projects:

1. Get a plan/choose a color palette. (Yeah we’re starting at square one here. We’ve lived in this house for over a year and I still have no idea what I am doing.  1/2 of my house is still painted the builder color and the other half, well, let’s just say robin’s egg blue wasn’t what I was going for.)

2. Repaint downstairs

3. Paint upstairs

4. Add new flooring downstairs

5. Organize/capitalize on storage space: Closet under the stairs (we call this the Harry Potter closet), Closets in the office(s), Texas Basements, Laundry “room”

6. Update/finish all bathrooms: master, 1/2, Guest

7. Find rugs for the living room, dining room, kitchen, entryway and loft

8. Install new lighting in master bedroom closet

9.  Install light/outlet in the Harry Potter closet (Don’t worry, I will hire an electrician for 8 and 9.  I’m not completely insane, just partially.)

10. Devise a landscaping plan for the front and back yards

11. Find a place for the dog kennels (we have three dogs) so that they are not in the kitchen – or figure out a way to disguise them.

12. Build a kitchen nook, something like this

13. Finish my office (new desk, rug, wall art)

Other Projects:  I’ve been really lucky and I have inherited or been gifted many beautiful pieces of furniture that need a little love, so 2015 will be the year of making my house not look like the inside of a Salvation Army Store.

1. Update entryway bench

2. Reupholster chair in bedroom – this will require learning skills that I definitely do not have right now.  But that’s why we’re Everyday Dabble, right?  This will be interesting.

3. Refinish or paint china cabinet

4. Update kitchen table (that I purchased at Goodwill).  This is hopefully an intermediary to a more beautiful table later on.

5. Refinish dining table.  The plan is to move this table into the kitchen after it’s done. This table belonged to my grandmother so I really don’t want to mess it up.  I may outsource this one.

6. Find/Build new dining table.  I really love this table from Ana White.  Again, planning to stick my nose in things where I have no idea what I’m doing.

7. Make throw pillows for the couch (finally, something I know how to do)

8. Find a way to display my grandmother’s beautiful china that I inherited

There we are.  It’s out there.  Your move, Universe.

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Top 5 YouTube Beauty Tutorials

As a kid, I was a full blown tomboy. Sneakers and jeans were my preferred clothing choice and it was very rare that I would wear any makeup at all (or sunscreen, but that’s a totally different post.) It wasn’t until I was almost done with college that I really started thinking about wearing makeup and having a hairstyle other than “messy bun”. So, needless to say, I got into the game a little late.  I had no idea what I was doing. (Let’s be honest, most days I still don’t.)


My babyfaced twenty-first birthday

Illumination came to me in the form of YouTube beauty tutorials.  There were all of these people out there who had already figured everything out!  Thank GOD.  There are about 9 million of these things online and looking for a good one is a little like shopping at Nordstrom Rack or TJ Maxx, you’ve got to sort through a lot of crap before you find the really good stuff. Lucky for you, I have already done the digging and I’ve compiled my top 5 favorite basic beauty YouTube tutorials right here!  These are all tutorials that I actually use and love.

1. Lauren Conrad shows us how to get beachy waves

2. Contouring – This guy is amazing. This was my introduction into contouring (I really had no idea this was how people were putting on makeup) and I still rewatch this video for a refresher.

3. Daytime Smoky Eye by Kate at The Small Things Blog

4. How to fill in your eyebrows: Benefit Brow Zings

I actually went to the Benefit Brow Bar in San Francisco and had someone teach me in person, but this is the next best thing if you can’t get to a Brow Bar.  Pro Tip: The best beauty advice my momma ever gave me was “Don’t overpluck your eyebrows.  They will not grow back.”  It’s the truth.  Ladies, back away from the tweezers.

5. Perfect Self Tanner by Maskcara:

This girl has as lot of great information on her blog.  I initially stumbled across her post about her favorite self tanner and have been watching her other tutorials ever since!

I hope you get as much out of these videos as I have over the years!  To round it out – here’s a list that Buzzfeed put together with 57 user-submitted beauty tips to help us mere humans that are makeupically challenged.  Enjoy!

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