My Favorite Indie Music Playlists
I love music.  But then, who doesn’t?  I especially love listening to music when I study or do a…View Post

My Favorite Indie Music Playlists

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Best DIY Phone CaseView Post

Best DIY Phone Case

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New Camera: Canon T3

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I just got a new camera for Christmas and I’ll be using it for the entire 365 challenge this coming year.  It’s a Canon T3 and it’s actually my first DSLR camera.  As you’d suspect, I’m super excited about this.  Right…

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Gifs

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Blue Horizon [a short story][image by: Matt Hintsa]
This is a short story I wrote a long time ago for school.  Right now, I’m…View Post

Blue Horizon [a short story]

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This is a short story I wrote a long time ago for school.  Right now, I’m…

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20 Things to Start Doing This November

[photo by Bob AuBuchon]

[Photo by Bob AuBuchon]

I can’t believe November is finally here!  I love this chilly weather!  Today I want to share a quick list of things to start doing this November!

1.  Drink lots of water and hot tea

2. Go for walks more

3. Enjoy the little things:)

4. Find a daily yoga routine and stick with it

[Photo by BMW Guggenheim Lab]

[photo by BMW Guggenheim Lab]

5. Stop procrastinating!

6. Stretch daily

7. Throw out things I don’t need

8. Get outside more

9. Make really good homemade hot chocolate

[photo by Kymberly Fergusson]

[photo by Kymberly Fergusson]

10. Put cinnamon & spices in coffee

11. Do a movie marathon with a friend

12. Fall photoshoot

13. Star gaze

[photo by Miroslav Petrasko]

[Photo by Miro Petrasko]

14. Press leaves in a journal

15. Go on a nature scavenger hunt(and take field journals too)

16. Eat pumpkin pie

17. Spend an entire day outside

18. Go to Bath and Body Works to get a fall scent

19. Make cinnamon rolls

20. Be happy

[photo by Julia]

[Photo by Julia]

Hope this gave you some good ideas for things to start doing this November!

~Gracie

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DIY Dust Plugs

[Photo by Erica Feliciano]

[photo by Erica Feliciano]

Hey everyone!  It’s been a while since I’ve done a ‘real’ tutorial!  Today I want to show you how to make your own ‘dust plug’.  For those of you who have no clue what I’m talking about, a dust plug is a decoration(commonly used on a phone or tablet) that you can insert into a headphone jack to stylize a device.  These are getting very popular because it’s a quick, easy way to add personality to almost any device(ipods, phones, tablets, even laptops)!  Below, I’ll show you a few Youtube videos of how to make your own dust plug.

Maybe you just want to buy a dust plug.  Here are a few quick links to some of my favorites:

NOW then, let’s get back to the tutorial.  Here is a video that shows a way to make dust plugs from scratch(with little supplies):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89pQO6SdLqQ

That shows you the main idea of how to make your own dust plug.

The main thing you need when making a dust plug is the plain plug itself.  If you have that, you can decorate it however you like.  Here are some links on Amazon to dust plugs:

You might be able to browse an electronic store near you to find a better deal on those.  Another thing you should know is when making or buying dust plugs, they tend to advertise “Iphone Dust Plugs”.  That doesn’t mean they are only compatible with an Iphone.  They should work with any 3.5mm headphone jack.  One of the great things about dust plugs is how universal they are.

This is my FAVORITE dust plug tutorial.  It’s also a great way to repurpose old, tarnished earrings!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkWy_1RxAng

Hope you found this post helpful!  Now go make your phone look adorable!:)

[special thanks to Makoccinos MinjiVanPark for the lovely Youtube tutorials]

~Gracie

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Oxford Day

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My friend and I both share a love for oxfords.  We decided to have a little photoshoot downtown and capture our fall spirit.

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What’s In My Purse

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Today, I just want to do a quick post to show you what I put in my everyday purse!  I actually just bought this purse at a thrift store!  I was surprised to find this Fossil bag for only $2.00!  So it really pays to check thrift stores for that kind of thing!  Anyway, here’s a short list of some things I like to keep with me in my purse:

Those are just a few things I keep in my purse!  Please follow this blog by email or on Blog Lovin’!  Or, like us on Facebook!

~Gracie

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How to Treat Acne

How to Treat Acne

Because of my sensitive skin, I have struggled with acne for years now.  I’ve tried several different natural treatments but until now, hadn’t had much success.  It took lots of trial and error, but I have finally uncovered the secret to getting rid of it.  And no, it doesn’t involve a dermatologist and deep pockets.  I want to show you four simple steps for treating your acne.  You may choose to use the exact products I use if you want exactly the same results.  This may be especially good for people with sensitive skin.  However, everyone has different skin, so you may choose different brands to find what works for you.  I will explain the steps as if it were my own daily skin routine.

How to Treat Acne

First, you need to clean your skin.  I do this both in the morning and at night before bed.  The product I use, is Clean & Clear morning burst facial cleanser with bursting beads(as they call it).  You can find this at any local drug store or Walmart.  This is just a soothing face soap that you just use one pump of and scrub/rinse off your face.  Some people may prefer to go with a Neutrogena facial wash, which is fine, if that’s what you’re used to.  I did use Neutrogena once though, and it made my face break out in an allergic reaction.  I later found out it was because I was allergic to an acid in it.  So, with facial wash, it really just varies with your skin type.

How to Treat Acne

This next step is done in the morning after I wash my face(or shower).  Before I begin my day, I like to hydrate my face using Clinique clarifying lotion(step 3 in Clinique’s suggested skin care routine).  This is a pink liquid that comes in a large bottle.  I apply it by using a cotton pad and rub it all over my face(and neck).  Now, this is probably the most expensive treatment that I use.  You can shop for it at any Clinique store in the mall.  If you find that you are on a tight budget, you could probably try a different liquid moisturizer, but I cannot say if you’ll have the same results.

How to Treat Acne

After I wash my face at night, I use a warm wet wash cloth to exfoliate the skin.  Just rub the cloth lightly all over your face and neck to remove any dead skin cells.  If you have pimples, hold the cloth over it for an extended time and rub it until it pops.  This may cause a little blood, but it will be almost completely gone in the morning.  Even if you have no pimples, you should still exfoliate.  Whenever I get lazy about this step, I come to regret it later.

How to Treat Acne

The last thing I do at night is dehydrate my skin.  You may think this is a little backwards if I hydrated it in the morning, but trust me, this is one of the most important steps.  By dehydrating your skin, you eliminate any oils and help kill the acne.  What I use to do this is Clearasil Benzoyl Peroxide 10% vanishing acne lotion.  This is just a cream I rub all over my face.  I usually put more where I can see a break out or pimple.  This is also another drug store product.  IMPORTANT NOTE: This cream has a bleach-like effect if put on clothing.  Make sure you wash your hands with soap after you apply it.  I have ruined a tank top just from spilling a drop of it on it.

So those are the four steps I use when it comes to treating acne.  I cannot guarantee you will have no more acne, but it should help you quite a bit.  It may also take longer for some people than others.  After I switched to this routine, it took about 2-3 months for people to take notice of my clear skin.  Some of my friends have tried this same routine(even with different skin types) and found amazing results within the next week.  Next time you’re thinking of going to the dermatologist, consider trying this routine first!

~Gracie

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