Young and Crafty Sisters

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sparkling Dishes with Finish

 

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

 

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After moving and unpacking all of my dishes I noticed right away that they were dirty. They had been packed away in storage for over six months. Even though they were well wrapped, just something about them being packed away for that long made them dirty. I washed every single dish that I had. Unfortunately I used a cheap brand of detergent and still didn’t feel like they were 100% clean. I guess the saying, you get what you pay for, rings true!

 

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There were so many Finish products that it was hard to choose! The dishwasher detergent tablets come in several different size packs which I really liked. The products were easy to find on the dishwashing detergent isle at Walmart. Walmart is also have a rollback on prices until October. Combine that with the $1 off coupon below to save even more money. You can’t beat that!

 

So I decided that I should re-wash everything. It was such a hassle but it needed to be done. I was super impressed with how well Finish products cleaned my dishes. None of that filmy stuff that sometimes is left on from using a cheap detergent. Not only were my dishes clean, but I now have a clean dishwasher! It’s sparkling!

 

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That wine glass is so clean you can see right through it. I don’t think I will ever go back to any other type of dishwashing detergent. I also got the Booster that stays in your dishwasher for about a month. It really helps those dishes sparkle.

 

 

 

 

 

#SparklySavings

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hannah’s New Apartment

 

So I am officially settled into my new apartment. All of the boxes are unpacked and I have thins mostly the way I want them. Of course, there are plans for things I want to change!  It has proven to be the perfect size for me though. I downsized a LOT. I went from a 3 bedroom house to a 1 bedroom apartment. I thought that I would give you guys a quick little tour. It will be quick because it’s not very big.

 

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Here is my cute little kitchen. Above the countertops was kind of by accident! We were unloading boxes and just started putting d├ęcor items up there to get them out of the way. Then my mom started to arrange them and it sort of stuck. I kinda love it.

 

You can find the post for the EAT letters HERE, the lantern redo HERE, the black and white string art HERE, and the window frame coat rack HERE.

 

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I found these two stools at none other than Target. I loved the industrial vibe. My apartment does not have a dining room so this is where I eat!

 

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There is no pantry and I needed every bit of cabinet space for dishes and things. I had to get a little creative for creating a pantry. The washer and dryer are right off the kitchen and there was so much empty dead space. I got some simple wire rack shelves to hold ziploc bags, paper plates, and other random things. I also got a door rack that has been the best thing ever. It holds so much stuff and is pretty much my pantry!

 

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This is a shot looking into my living room from the kitchen. I got a new couch and chair for a great price. They were exactly what I wanted. Linen, cream, and so comfy.

 

You can find the tutorial for the mirror redo HERE, the white side table HERE, the dresser HERE, and the windsor chair HERE. 

 

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I picked up the filing cabinet from and estate sale for a steal of $12. I’ll be honest, the dresser was temporary and I’ve already got a new entertainment center to show you guys!

 

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This whole set up was in the guest bedroom at my old house. Let me tell you, I am so over that comforter! I’ve had my eye out for something else. I really like quilts and I am leaning towards white so that I can change accent colors if I want.

 

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I temporarily had this table on this wall. It is no longer there and the dresser from the living room was moved in it’s place. The table, sadly, was sold in the garage sale.

 

To see the white table redo go HERE.

 

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I have a really nice sized closet. Trust me, I have used every square inch. I know it looks messy here but it really is well organized!

 

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Inside my closet to the left is where I keep my  jewelry. I just nailed some of those picture hangers into the wall.

 

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And here’s my little bathroom. I kept the shower curtain from my old guest bathroom.

 

You can see the bathroom remodel HERE.

 

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Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. The Girl CreativeTuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Home Stories A to Z Today's Creative BlogFunky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Thursday-Somewhat Simple House of Hepworths Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday-Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

And that’s it! Well, I guess I do have a patio but I haven’t done anything to it. Maybe I will in the future!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Brittany’s Fun Friday

 

 

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It may be Friday but I will be working the weekend.  I will definitely be looking forward to a few days off starting Wednesday.  I am making a trip to San Antonio and back home to east Texas to do a little wedding dress shopping with my mom and Hannah.

 

Speaking of weddings…they are expensive!!  So Brent and I have been trying to save more money and cook at home.  We have always loved to cook but we recently began menu planning and grocery shopping on Sunday afternoons for the whole week.  We pull out his iPad and use the Big Oven app to find and save recipes.  It really has been a lifesaver to keep meals fresh and fun.  It’s also great quality time for me and Brent each evening.

 

 

I am in love with white hydrangeas.  I have multiple arrangements around my house and would love for white hydrangeas to be the main flower at our wedding!

 

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If you have been reading our blog you know that we love to watch tv.  Brent and I have a new obsession but it’s a little unexpected because it’s not a hot new show.  It’s the Sopranos!!   This show about an Italian mobster premiered in 1999 but we are able to watch all the seasons on HBO Go. 

 

 

I hope you all enjoy your weekend and thanks for following Young and Crafty Sisters!!

 

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Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. The Girl CreativeTuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Home Stories A to Z Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Thursday-Somewhat Simple House of Hepworths Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday- Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

High Protein Breakfast Casserole


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I wake up early for work to make an hour commute everyday.  I need a breakfast that is quick but will also keep me full for hours.  I make this high protein breakfast casserole on Sunday nights and heat it up each morning.  Takes about 30 minutes to bake on Sunday but only 45 seconds to heat up each morning. 
I cut the casserole into 5 servings, one for each day of the week.  Each serving is 200 calories and 19 grams of protein!!  This is an excellent way to eat a hot, healthy breakfast on the go and skip the drive-thru window.

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Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup hash browns
  • 6 ounces spicy turkey sausage
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup Chipotle cheddar cheese

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Tips:  The frozen hash browns can often be really wet.  I like to squeeze out the excess water through a paper towel.

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Tips:  I would normally use skim milk but Brent picked out the milk this week.  Use a lower fat version to decrease the calories, or keep the higher fat option to keep you full longer!

Bake the casserole in a 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes or until firm.

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This is also a great way to feed a crowd for brunch or breakfast without being in the kitchen for hours.  Whip the casserole up ahead of time and pop in the oven in the morning.

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Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. The Girl CreativeTuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Home Stories A to Z Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Thursday-Somewhat Simple House of Hepworths Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday- Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wine Cork Monogram

 

 

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I love all thing monogrammed and combined that with my love of wine.  With so many B’s in our name (Brent & Brittany Beaver…or future Mrs. Beaver Smile) it’s easy to love monograms.  This is a simple, quick project and looks perfect in this little alcove in our living room.

 

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All you need for this project is a hot glue gun, wine corks, and I picked up this wooden letter from a local craft store for a few bucks.  I save all my corks in this “vino” wall hanger, which was starting to spill over, so it was definitely time for a project so I can make room for more.

 

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I found it easiest to glue each cork down as I went versus setting all the corks up first because they kept falling over.  Place a small dot of hot glue on the bottom and a line down the side to glue to the cork next to it.  I think it is nice to alternate the colors of the cork from the whites and reds.

This is a special project for me because the monogram contains champagne corks from our engagement and special bottles of wine shared by friends and family.  I carefully placed the corks so that the names of the wine/vineyard show on the outside as much as possible.

 

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Just play with the sizes and shapes of the corks to make it fit into whatever letter is special to you!!  I love how it turned out and think this would make a great housewarming gift for a friend!

 

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Have a good week and enjoy a glass of wine…for craft projects of course!!

 

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Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. The Girl CreativeTuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Home Stories A to Z Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Thursday-Somewhat Simple House of Hepworths Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday- Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Monday, August 18, 2014

All Day Neutrogena Makeup Look


 
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.


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I am makeup obsessed!!  I love watching YouTube makeup tutorials and browsing in the makeup aisles.  I was so excited to collaborate with Neutrogena and #CollectiveBias to put together my #AllDayLook.  I used my Cartwheel app to get 10% off my Neutrogena purchase, check out the offer (here) available 8/16-8/30!!

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Here are the products I purchased to help my #AllDayLook last throughout the work day.

    • Nourishing Eyeliner ($7.49)
    • MoistureSmooth Color Stick ($8.49)
    • Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($12.49)
    • Oil-Free Moisture with sunscreen SPF 15 ($9.99)
    • Shine Control Powder ($11.99)

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Here are a few tips for making your makeup last all day long…even in Houston humidity and heat.
  • Always start with a clean canvas.  I wash and moisturize my face and apply my makeup within 30 minutes.  The Neutrogena moisturizer I purchased has SPF and didn’t leave my skin greasy.  I have been using it morning and night.  The moisturizer kind of acts like a primer to help the makeup stick.
  • I always use a damp beauty blender to apply my foundation.  The coverage always looks more airbrushed and flawless!  I found two beauty blenders for half the price on Groupon.
  • Set your makeup with a translucent powder like the shine control powder from Neutrogena.  Even if you skin isn’t oily, it helps set everything in place and last longer throughout the day.
  • The color slick MoistureSmooth was easy to apply and felt buttery.  It isn’t as high maintenance as a lipstick because it wears off evenly and doesn’t leave your lips feeling dry.  I just reapplied to keep my makeup looking fresh.
  • The brown eyeliner has a smudger on the end to smoke out any look.  I was excited to try a brown liner because I have always gravitated to black.  The brown definitely makes a neutral smoky eye more wearable for the day time.

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Target and Neutrogena have teamed up to bring a Target Beauty Concierge event at select Target stores around the country this month! Event begins August 24th.  Limited quantities available. Check with your local Target store for Beauty Concierge day and times.

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If you read our blog you know how much Hannah and I love the show Nashville and that includes Hayden Panettiere!!  Check out her video about wearing Neutrogena on the set of Nashville here:  "On Set Look" and her #AllDayLook.

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Hope you enjoyed this makeup look.  I really had fun working on it and of course buying new makeup products to try!





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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tips for Traveling to Europe

 

 

15 Tips for Traveling to Europe

 

Before we went to Europe we had the luxury of talking to several people who had been overseas. Many of these tips are things that we learned from them! Now we are no experts but this is what we learned.

 

1. Fly into one city and out of another. I love doing this when traveling. We flew into Paris and out of Rome. It saves you so much time from having to back track to a city that you have already seen. Prices really are pretty much the same. If you are not planning to stay in one place for the entire trip, I feel like this is a must.

 

 

2. Have a loose itinerary. Brittany and I both are planners. Once we booked our flight, we basically just looked at the map and decided which cities we wanted to go to and then mapped out our course. There were some things that we knew we had to do in each city. For instance, the Eiffel Tower in Paris. So we just listed major attractions for each day. We knew which city we wanted to be in each night of the trip and we pretty much stuck to that. However, there were times we changed what was on our itinerary for the day.

 

Here is an example of ours. It’s definitely nothing fancy! We made sure to put flight information and hotels on the itinerary. It was extremely helpful to have the bulk of our travel information handy in one place.

 

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3. Make a few copies of your Passport. We heard so many horror stories of people losing their Passports or getting them stolen. While this didn’t happen to us, we were prepared. It is easier to get another Passport if you have a copy of yours. I made two copies and put one in my suitcase and one in my sisters.

 

 

 

4. Order some money before you go. I think we each ordered about $400 US Dollars of Euros before we went. The last thing you want to do when you land is worry about finding somewhere to get money. I was lucky and my bank did not charge to order foreign currency.

 

 

5. Carry a backpack. I’m not talking about a school backpack. It’s a travel backpack. This is both a blessing and a curse. There were many times that we wished we had a rolling suitcase and there were many times that we looked at people rolling suitcases and felt sorry for them. I think we felt the latter more often. If you are visiting many cities in one trip, I would carry a backpack. It makes you pack less and you don’t have to roll around bulky luggage. If I were staying in one city I would bring a rolling suitcase hand down.

 

 

5. Get more money from an ATM. We wouldn’t have known this trick if our cousin didn’t tell us! The foreign exchange places charge and arm and a leg to get money from your bank account. When we were ready for more cash, we found an ATM and got about $400 US Dollars worth of Euros at a time. Unfortunately my bank still charged like $20 to get cash out. Brittany’s charged about $5. Make sure you get enough to last you awhile.

 

 

6. Do not keep all your money with you. I feel like this is common sense but you just never know! We kept maybe 100 to 150 Euros on us at any given time. The rest we kept hidden in our luggage somewhere. I kept some in my toiletry bag or a pocket of jeans.

 

7. Save up enough money. The last thing we wanted to do was get over there and feel like we couldn’t spend money on this or on that. We wanted to be able to do what we wanted to do so we saved up plenty of money. We both read somewhere that you wouldn’t regret spending money on a vacation. This was a trip of a lifetime and who knows if we would ever be back. Neither one of us wanted to say, well, I wish we would have done that. I can honestly say that I don’t regret spending one single penny!

 

 

8. Wear over the shoulder bags. I had what I called a satchel that really was my camera bag. It was bulky but I am so glad I had an over the shoulder bag. We heard many horror stories about purses getting snatched off shoulders, getting the bottom slit, and getting the strap cut off. Over the shoulders make it harder to get snatched. Every time we were in the train station we held our hands underneath our purse so that they wouldn’t get slit and to keep our purses protected.

 

 

9. Check plane vs. train between cities. If traveling in Europe they have a Eurail pass that you can purchase between several countries or just one. At first, I was going to do the Eurail pass between all countries. I then started doing research on prices. A plane ride was cheaper from Paris to Munich and we saved an 8 hour overnight train ride. A plane ride was a little more expensive than the train from Munich to Venice, however, we opted to save 5 hours on the train. Throughout Italy, we purchased the Eurail pass with 3 travel days. We knew exactly how many times we would be using it so this was our best option for travel in Italy. The main thing is, research like crazy!

 

 

10. Purchase data, text, and/or minutes. If you end up using your phone and did not purchase any of these, you will pay a TON in fees. I purchased texts and data and Brittany purchased minutes and texts. I probably wouldn’t purchase data if I had a choice. Honestly, I was terrified of accidently using it and getting an outrageous bill. We ended up turning off our data just to be safe.

 

 

11. Stay in places with Wifi. Neither one of us are picky about hotel accommodations but one of the top things on our list was to have Wifi. We wanted to be able to Facetime and Skype with family back home. It was also nice to be able to browse Facebook and Instagram before bed. Wifi is pretty much your lifeline while overseas!

 

 

12. Go to the tourist office asap. As soon as you get to a new city, head to a tourist office. They are super helpful and will give you a free map. You will not be able to use the blue dot on your phone to get you places! We learned very quickly that the tourist offices were a life saver. You can often book tours and things through the tourist office also.

 

 

13. Wear comfortable shoes. One of my friends told me this and I didn’t listen. I wore what I thought were comfortable sandals and had a blister the size of Texas on my foot after about 3 hours of walking. My foot hurt for probably 4 days afterwards and it was completely preventable. Wear shoes with some kind of support on the bottom. My go-to for the rest of the trip were some oxfords, chucks, and ballet flats. Brittany wore ballet flats most of the time.

 

 

14. Eat and drink whatever your want. I try to eat pretty healthy most of the time. I’ll admit I was a little worried I would gain weight while in Europe. After all, I ate gelato, pasta, pizza, and drank wine every single day. That’s a lot of calories. The good news is that you will walk a lot and burn a ton of calories. I did not gain one pound when I got back!

 

 

15. Take things as they come, but most of all have fun!! Things will not always go according to planned. Just roll with it! If it rains, get an umbrella and poncho and see the sites anyway. Things will get delayed, things will be getting restored, it may be hot, and who knows what else! Have fun and embrace every moment!!