Friday, September 19, 2014

Drugstore Makeup Look - Tutorial

My Drugstore Makeup Look
I finally filmed a makeup tutorial! I apologize for the not so high quality video; I just used my iPad. But not too bad for a first time.

This makeup look is very wearable with fairly neutral colors. It is also has nice skin coverage for acne and scaring.

Enjoy and tell me what you think!

Products Used (in order of appearance)

Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer
Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel (I know it seems odd, but it is a great dupe for the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer but a lot cheaper!)
Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin in Buff
Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer in Light 
Maybelline Age Instant Age Rewind Eraser in Brightener   
Revlon Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in Transparent 
Elf Eye Primer and Line Sealer (I used the eye primer side)
Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows in Bella Champagne, Bella Bronze, and Bella Ivory
Sephora Collection Smart Liner (This is the most non-drugstore product I used. A good drugstore dupe is Milani Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Eye Liner)
Makeup Geek Gel Liner in Immortal
Milani Brow Fix Brow Kit in Light
Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel 
Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sun Bronze 
Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso 
Wet N Wild Fergie Center Stage Collection To Reflect Shimmer Palette in Rose Champagne Glow
Elf Makeup Mist and Set Spray 
Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara in Blackest Black
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara in Blackest Black
NYX Megashine Lip Gloss in Salsa

Love and Blessings,

Annmarie Jordan

Friday, August 29, 2014

CHEAP Homemade Laundry Detergent

I kind of consider myself a wanna be hippie/crunchy chick. I love the idea of using essential oils for health, eating fresh and locally grown vegetables, drinking raw milk, and using yoga and meditation to clear my mind and heal my body. Now I also love eating a sleeve of ultra-processed Oreos while watching YouTube on my iPad...but I digress.

My point being that for something natural to become a part of my everyday living, it must also be fairly easy and affordable.And I have found a new natural AND cheap homemade product to add into our lives

Introducing Homemade Laundry Detergent.

This recipe is what I followed. I found all of the ingredients at my local grocery store. All together, the products probably cost around $18. But this makes 5 gallons of laundry detergent AND besides the bar of soap, the other products cold probably be reused for countless more batches of detergent.

Here are the key players, plus water and a few drops of Lavender essential oil

This is what it looks like after you dump everything into the bucket

This is what it looks like after sitting becomes very gelatinous. 

Yes, we store it in a big Walmart bucket in our closet...keeping it real showing the messy closet. 

We keep a small bucket in the laundry area with a measuring cup to pour the detergent into the washing machine.

This works just as well as store bought detergent, and for a much lower cost. You only use a small amount of the Borax and Washing Soda, so those boxes will take a long time to be completely used up. I don't think I will ever go back to buying laundry detergent when this is so easy and cheap!

Let me know if you try this out! Or if you have anymore homemade replacements for this wanna-be hippie to try :)

Love and Blessings,

Annmarie Jordan

The Godsend of Concealer - Glamoflauge Concealer Review

As someone who suffers from acne, scaring, and other skin imperfections, a concealer is a borderline necessity in my makeup collection. And I've been on the hunt for a FULL coverage concealer that doesn't cost a billion dollars for the past 6 years or so.
And I've finally found it.
Introducing: Glamoflauge Concealer from Wal-Mart
This concealer is designed to cover up anything from acne to tattoos. So I thought I’d test out that theory on my brightly colored lotus flower on my ankle
The following pictures have no filters or editing. 
My lotus flower tattoo! Ignore the dry spots...didn't want to moisturize and affect the concealer. 
After tracing and coloring it with the concealer pencil.
I do not use the pencil when I am concealing acne, but I thought I would follow the instructions to a T when covering up my tattoo.
Ignoring the fact that this is tanner than my leg and needs some ankle blending...pretty nice!
See? If my legs weren't so gosh darn pale it would be invisible! (I use the shade "Light", which matches my face much better than my leg.)
In my daily routine, I use this on top of foundation to cover the stubborn acne on my face.
You can find this at Wal-mart for only $6.00 or so! Not bad for the amazing coverage!
So if you’re looking for a full coverage concealer on a budget, look no further and run, don’t walk, to pick this bad boy up.
Love and Blessings, 
Annmarie Jordan
P.S. You might need to try Wal-Mart a few times to find this. It seems light it is almost always out of the shade I need. Apparently others have found my Holy Grail of concealer as well...

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Photoshop Beauty?

Photoshop beauty is a topic I'm sure we've heard about many times. The idea that no one looks as pretty as the girls on the magazines covers, including those girls. This is because programs like Photoshop make it so easy to change your eye size, skin smoothness, and even your makeup. 

While my title icon is a dramatic edit of my original face, below is a more subtle, yet still just as fake, example.


Exhibit A (Pre-Edit)
Naked-faced me-my zits, freckles, premature wrinkles (thanks to high school tanning), and
round cheecks
Exhibit B:
Look, I'm pretty?
Yes, the slimmed face, make-up, teeth-whitening, and skin smoothing is all from an app. (It's Perfect 365 if you're wondering). 

Just playing around with this app made me realize how easy it is to make yourself appeal to society's idea of beautiful. But you know what? Screw them! Those cover girls aren't even as flawless as they look on the magazines! Play with make-up if you want, or don't. Cut your hair, rock your zits do whatever you want! Because no matter what, you're beautiful. 

And remember, according to the big guy above: 
You are fearfully and wonderfully made

Love and Blessings, 

Annmarie Faye

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Chocolate QUINOA Cake!

Yes, you read that right. A cake made with quinoa. Not quinoa flour, but cooked quinoa.

And it actually tasted good. Even my picky husband agreed!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this super food, quinoa is a grain that is packed with protein. There are a myriad of health benefits in this food, some of which are explained here. I try to get quinoa into as many meals as I can, but this is my first quinoa dessert!

I used the cake recipe from this site. The link will have the specific measurements. I ate mine without frosting (it was SO rich, which is saying something from me!), and Brad used some canned frosting we had lying around.

1. Cook 3/4 cup of quinoa in 1 1/2 cups of boiling water. Turn it down to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes or so.
This is what the quinoa should look like once it's completely cooked. 
 2. Add milk, eggs, and vanilla extract to blender and blend for 10 seconds or so.
I used almond milk, but any milk you have on hand will do. 
This is my homemade vanilla extract! Mmmm I love real food :)
This is what it looks like after it's blended. 
3. Add cooked and cooled (or warm if you're impatient like me) quinoa and a melted butter/coconut oil mixture and blend until smooth.

Coconut oil is another super food that has many health benefits as listed here. It's also very easy to employ in your diet, as it can be used in place of oils or butter in cooking. I used a mix of butter and coconut oil in mine, but just butter will work too.
This is what coconut oil looks like out of the container, but it melts very easily. 
This is the mixture. I melted the butter in the microwave, and just put the coconut oil in
afterwards. It melted with a little stirring. 
I'm very bummed I didn't take a picture of the mixture when it was done. It is a dark yellowish color. I have to admit, I was getting a little unsure as to whether this was really a good idea for a cake or not.

4. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, sugar (or another sweetener) and salt
5. Add the wet ingredients from the blender and mix.

6. Put the batter into a parchment-lined pan.
See, that batter does turn out normal-looking!
7. Bake for half an hour at 350 and voila!
Mmmmm cake :)

I was so impressed with this cake! It was moist, chocolaty, smooth and delicious! While I was unable to bled the quinoa 100% smooth, there were only very smart parts where I could tell the texture was a little different. There was no odd taste or anything though. The man had no idea I cooked up one of my weird health foods until I told him there was quinoa in it! I will be making it more often to indulge my sweet tooth while pumping by body full of vitamins, nutrients and protein.

Love and Blessings,

Annmarie Faye

P.S. This is also GLUTEN FREE for all of my readers avoiding gluten, Boo yah!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Shout Out to the Mother's In College

Last year on Mother's Day, I wrote a tribute to my mother entitled Things My Mother Has Taught Me. This year, I didn't want to be redundant and rave about Jan again (not that she doesn't deserve it, because I did rave about her on other social media and on FaceTime today). I want to instead write a shout out to all the mothers who are currently in college. 

College is hard yo. It is a struggle to balance "real life" with "school life". The seemingly endless studying, papers, online discussion boards, service learning hours (if you're a social worker), and interning are overwhelming. And I'm saying that as someone who is very blessed to be mainly focusing on school at this time. 

I cannot IMAGINE doing all of the above, and more, while also raising a child (or a few). I cannot fathom timing out my studying in between my little chubby cheeked baby's naps. Or finding daycare for the random class scheduling that college seems to entail. Or trying to do all of that, while also financially supporting your family.  

I especially admire those non-traditional students who are coming back to college as someone who many be out of their twenties by a few years. College is hard no matter what age you are, but coming back to a room of late-teen/early twenty-somethings must be scary. As well as having to take care of a family. You've got a ton on your plates, and I commend you and appreciate sharing the classroom with you. 

So here's to you, college mamas! I know you know this, but furthering your education will benefit your children and family in a plethora of ways. And I look up to you. 

Very glad that this is my only baby right now! Even she makes it hard to study sometimes
when she insists on being on my lap no matter what. ;)
Love and Blessings, 


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Christian vs. Christ-like

I've struggled with this for most of my life. I want to be a "good Christian." I look at other people that I consider "good Christians" as role models. 

Mrs. so-and-so gets up early to have quiet time with God every morning. 
That guy volunteers at a homeless shelter two evenings a week. 
She holds small groups at her house for the young women in church. 
He hasn't missed a Sunday service in years. 

Not that role models are a bad thing. I have learned a lot of ways to get to know God better through my brothers and sisters in Christ.
But when I am looking for a role model, I don't often look to Jesus, the only perfect person to walk the Earth. 

Why do I not look at the guy who loved everyone, even (or especially) his enemies?
Why do I not look at the guy who died so that one day I can fiesta with him and his dad up in heaven?
Why do I not look at the guy who ate with sinners, tax collectors, and lepers?  

I'm not sure. I don't know if it's because that seems unrealistic to me. Or maybe it's easier for me to feel like a good Christian by adding an extra bible study in instead of by by loving EVERYONE, including those who seem unlovable. 

But this is my declaration to try and live as a Christ-follower instead of a "good Christian". Maybe if we tried to do this, Christians wouldn't get such a bad (and most often rightly deserved) reputation. 

End rant. 

Love and Blessings,

Annmarie Jordan

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Influenster College VoxBox Review

I am a member at Influenster, which is a site that sends out complimentary items for people to try out, share their thoughts, and review. It has been a good experience and has exposed me to some incredible products!

So this time they sent me a Uni VoxBox, which was filled with all things college related! I'm going to give you the good, the bad, and whether I would repurchase each item. Let's get started!
Love the cute packaging!
1. imPress Press On Manicure
I was surprised at how much I liked these! I am used to the ghetto fake nails that have messy glue and pop off right away. These nails had a tab that you pulled of to expose the stickiness, and then you pressed them on and are good to go!
They are the perfect length for me!
The instructions said to file your nail bed a bit to help the nail adhere more. I did that to a few nails and it did help. The nails that popped off the soonest were the ones I did not file.
Overall, these are great for a special occasion. I would not where them everyday as they do not stick as well as acrylics and would need to be replaces fairly often. But for a wedding or special date, these are affordable and look amazing! I am contemplating buying another set just to feel pretty for finals week...(Don't judge!)
Repurchase: Yes, for special occasions.
Mmmmm tea :)
2. Red Rose Real Tea Premium Water Enhancer 
This was a lot tastier than I thought it would be! It works like many water enhancers, where you squeeze the bottle into a glass of water and can control how much flavor you'd like. It has a nice tea flavor that is on the sweet side (sweeter is always better for me!), is only 5 calories, and is very portable.
My only complaint is that I am not a huge fan of the ingredient sucralose, which is in many "diet" products. It's the way they keep the taste good while still keeping the calories low. While this will not be my tea of choice, as I'd rather sweeten my tea with sugar or stevia, I may keep it on hand when I'm feeling lazy and craving some tea.
Repurchase: Maybe if I'm feeling lazy...but most likely I'll just use this bottle up and be done.
They did their job...
3. Playtex Sport Fresh Balance
I won't go into too much detail about tampons on this blog, but I will say that I liked these and they did their job well. I would repurchase them if they weren't more expensive than my usual Tampax Pearl, but I did enjoy the scent and experienced no leaking.
Repurchase: If the price is right, then yes.
Okay, moving on...
Love and Blessings to my readers :)
4. Pilot Pen Acroball Pen
While I have to say I am not very particular with my pens, I did like this one. The grip was nice, it wrote smoothly, and left a nice and dark mark when I wrote. I've been getting my use out of this pen during the busy end of semester work I've been up to my eyeballs in!
Repurchase: No. It was a great pen, but I usually just buy the cheapest ones I can find.
Yay for full size lipstick!
5. NYC Expert Last Lipstick in Forever Fuchsia
 This lipstick really does last! I put it on before we cleaned our apartment (and this was right before my parents came, so you know I was doing some deep and busy cleaning!), and it did not fade after the end of the day! It goes on smoothly and is very pigmented.
Actually, a little too pigmented for this color on me...
Repurchase: Next time I need a new lipstick, I may try out this one in a different shade. 
A little much for my face...
But after blotting it a bit, it isn't too bad. I'm sure another color might be more flattering on my pale skin.

And lastly, my favorite product of this box...
This is the holy grail of drugstore foundation!
5. Revlon London Stay Matte Foundation
I am in love with this stuff! It is my new go-to foundation, and I thought I found my favorite drugstore foundation years ago! It is almost a mouse consistency, and is fairly full coverage. I apply it with a damp beauty blender sponge, and it comes out like this:
Left is before, right is after plus translucent powder and blush
I love how well it matches my skin tone, and how natural it looks with just the foundation and a little blush. I will definitely be repurchasing this one! My only complaint is how is accentuates my dry spots, but that is a problem with every foundation, so I digress.
Repurchase: Yes, yes, a billion times yes!

Love and Blessings,

Annmarie Faye

Monday, March 17, 2014

My Crafty Weekend

This weekend was the first weekend of my spring break. And as I browsed Pinterest and looked around the apartment, I knew it needed a few more pieces of decor. So I dragged the man to Michael's and the grocery store. We came out with silver spray paint, sticks, scrap book paper, teal and black acrylic paint, peacock feathers, modge podge, fake flowers and a crap ton of peanuts. I swear I have a vision!

So first, I started out by painting a piece of decor I already had, but wanted to make it stand out more in our new bookcase.
It was brown, but now it's a pretty blue!
Next, I put a bunch of peanuts in a box and spray painted them silver. Voila! Easy and cheap vase filler!
The show box was perfect for spray painting in.
See, it looks pretty!
I also spray painted a cheap glass vase I had silver. I might add a few more coats later, but I am loving it so far!
Much better than a plain glass vase.
I then took a picture frame from Goodwill and put the scrapbook paper in it. What a cute decorative tray! I think I'll add a votive candle or two to make it a little cuter.
Only $2.97 at Goodwill for this gorgeous vase!
Scrapbook paper from Michael' was under $2.00.
Now it's a unique tray!
Here's how it looks on the table. I might add a few votive candles later. 
Then I shoved the sticks and peacock feathers in this huge vase we got for our wedding but didn't know what to shove in it. And I LOVE peacock feathers!
I'm going to add some peanut vase fillers once they dry. And ignore the ripped up fluff
on the ground...Maisy did it ,
Lastly, I traced letters into a cardboard box and used the method mentioned here to make distressed-looking metal "metal" letters in our kitchen. This was the the most tedious of the projects I had, but it was cheap AND will add some much needed character in our kitchen.
I only had enough patience to finish the "E", but eventually I'll have "Eat & Drink" hanging in the kitchen.
So there you have it. While it's hard to decorate a small apartment that you can't paint in on a budget, it is doable. With pinterest, a few items, and some creativity, you can turn your apartment (or any space) into a little home.

Love and Blessings,

Annmarie Faye

Sunday, March 16, 2014


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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Why We Do "Meatless Mondays"

As I read that title, I should probably change it to "Why I Do Meatless Mondays and My Husband Remains Silent" because if it were up to him, I'd make steak every night. But since he likes me to cook for him, he just participates in whatever food challenge I give myself. Plus I make some yummy dishes, even without meat, so he doesn't have much to complain about in that department ;).

So here are the reasons why I decided to participate in Meatless Mondays:

1. I like food challenges. 
Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies. I love being creative, trying new flavors and ideas, and using food to make people happy. And by participating in Meatless Mondays, it is making me branch out to try some new foods and techniques in my little kitchen.
Food Challenge: Cooking with Tofu
Baked Barbecue Panko Tofu
Brad said "I don't like tofu...but I like how you make tofu like this."
Recipe found here
2. I want us to be healthier. 
While I love cooking fatty, creamy and sugary meals, I do like trying to make a majority of our meals healthy. And for me, Meatless Mondays have made me cook some healthier meals. Now you can easily make an unhealthy meatless meal. But for me, I am conscientious about the meals I look for on Meatless Mondays because I want them to have protein, veggies and some whole grains. And meats do tend to have more calories than other proteins substitutes, such as tofu or quinoa.  
Also, eating less meat can limit your cancer risk, reduce heart disease, fight diabetes, curb obesity and lengthen life. (As reported on Meatless Monday's website.)
Quinoa patties are one of my favorite meatless recipes!
I've made these before Meatless Mondays.
The man actually requests these.
Recipe found here
3. I want to help the environment. 
I am not a crazy "hippie-go-free-free" environmentalist by any means. I still have to remind myself to turn off all the lights when I leave the apartment. I sometimes leave the water running when I shouldn't. But I am working on it. And by eating less meat, you can affect the environment greatly.

Just to name a few ways it helps the environment, eating less eat will lessen water usage. For example, 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. Tofu requires 220 gallons per found. Also, 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the U.S., compared to 2.2 calories of fossil fuel energy to produce one calorie of plant based protein.
Zucchini pizza bites
A snack/lunch I made before Meatless Mondays
Just cut up zucchini, rub it with oil and salt, broil it for a few,
add sauce and cheese, and broil it for a few more. 
So while I'm not turning vegetarian anytime soon, I am enjoying getting my toes wet in vegetarian cooking. Hopefully I'll be posting more of my meals soon!

Love and Blessings,

Annmarie Faye

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Why I Am Studying Social Work

As I am going through my junior year of college and starting the process of applying to internships, this question gets asked frequently. I also get asked this question in the "real world" as well. Because, as you know, social workers "don't make any money," "can't do anything without a master's degree" and are "just baby snatchers." (Let the eye rolling commence, all of you social workers and students. I'm sure you've heard these statements, and more, many times.)

Yes, this is not a career that is as lucrative as some. And while I would always love to have a higher salary, I do think that it is a safeguard to protect the profession against those who aren't passionate about the field. People don't go into social work for the money; they go into it to help people. And we do make well enough to live a very comfortable lifestyle.  

It all started with my want to help others. Ever since I was a young girl, I knew I would be in a "helping profession." I've wanted to do everything from be a doctor, nurse, teacher, counselor, and a nun (I think every Catholic school girl has considered becoming a nun at some point in their childhood. Or maybe I'm a weirdo..). So why did I choose Social Work over any of those?

I am becoming a Social Worker so that I can help people in many aspects of their lives. Yes, I want to talk to people about their problems and issues. But how much good is talking about someone's feelings when they can barely pay attention over the grumblings of a hungry stomach? How much good is tutoring a child going to do when they are severely neglected at home? I want to help people fill those basic needs so that they can fully work on bettering themselves as a whole. When you get a wound, you need to cover it up before you are able to go get it cleaned and stitched. I want to be part of helping with the band aids and the stitches of the world.  

I am becoming a Social Worker so I can advocate. I want to fight for people's rights. I want to work with people to get them connected to agencies and organizations to help them be the best them that they can be. I want to advocate on a micro level for each client, and on a macro level for the clients as whole. 

I am becoming a Social Worker because I think that everyone should have a cheerleader. Although it is very easy to judge someone for the situation they are in, whether it's out of their control or due to their own choices, maybe all someone needs is a person who believes in them. A person who knows that they can do it. And I want to be that cheerleader. 

Lastly, I am becoming a Social Worker because Social Workers tend to work with the most at-risk populations. We work with the impoverished, the disabled, the elderly, children, and others who have an even larger mountain to climb in society. The people who are less likely to have that person in their life to believe in them. The people who have less resources to work with. I want to be helper for those people. 

Yes, I know that this is a glorious picture of Social Work. Although I am very green to the field, and my lack of experience does give me a naive positive outlook, I am also realistic. I do realize that I will get clients who won't fight for themselves no matter how much I believe in them. I know that there are people who will not change. But even so, I want to be that cheerleader in success stories, even if they are far and few in between. And if my positive outlook makes me naive, then I hope I remain a naive Social Worker my whole career. 

Love and Blessings, 

Annmarie Jordan

P.S. This photo might give you an idea of what prompted this write up:

Basically, it's the messy hair, glasses, no make up and hoodie-wearing part of the semester. I'm losing my drive a little. But writing out why I'm doing this has pushed me a little harder to finish my biology homework :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Life Update

I have been slacking in the blogging department. And while I'm not sure I have a ton of people hanging on the edge of their seats, I miss it. I live compartmentalizing my thoughts. I like putting together posts and sharing pieces of my life. And I like using my blog to connect with friends and family from back in MI, new friends in PA, and online friends from all over.

So this will be a picture heavy post. It will be an overview of a few adventures over the past month or two. Hopefully it will get my motivation back on point because I truly miss blogging. But I blame school. Junior year is not a joke! (Although I won't complain too much about school: I'm very blessed to be able to go to college and earn a degree in my dream job).

1. I got my second tattoo. 
It's a lotus flower. I've been wanting it for awhile. Lotus flowers are gorgeous flowers that grow in the murkiest, grossest, swampiest waters. They have horrible conditions, but use that to thrive and grow into a beautiful flower. And I hope I have used anything negative in my past towards my growth into a beautiful person (on the inside yo, I'm not that self absorbed). And I hope that I always strive to do that.

Here is the stencil on my ankle.

Part of the way done

Getting closer!

After some pain, money, and a swollen ankle, my tattoo is complete :) Courtesy of my boss tattoo artist, Eileen.

2. Maisy got her BarkBox!
I know it might be sad that we pay for a subscription box for our dog, but it really is a decent deal! I don't splurge on toys or treats for her anymore because we get a surprise of toys and treats every month! Plus I'm pretty sure the man is ok with a little puppy spoiling if it keep baby fever out of me for a little longer...;)

As you can see, Maisy is a fan. I couldn't keep her out of the picture...

And if you want a BarkBox for your pooch, follow this link to save $5 off of your order! You get to pick the age and size of your dog so they get appropriate sized toys and treats.

3. We are still doing Meatless Mondays
One of my more adventurous meals was portobello mushroom burgers.

They were pretty good. I used a little too much balsamic vinegar, but they weren't too bad of a burger substitute.

4. We went to NYC!
It was amazing! The subways, the people, the food, and the shopping was intoxicating!

Here are a few snippets from our busy day:

Bagels and cream cheese for breakfast...because that's what real New Yorkers do, right? (P.S. Now this is all the man eats for breakfast.)

We saw Grand Central Station. It was magnificent and pretty busy for an EARLY Saturday morning.

The view from the Empire State Building was gorgeous! It is crazy how big and busy NYC is!

I am so blessed to only live a few hours from this amazing city! We cannot wait to go back!

5. I made this amazing pasta sausage dish!
I love to cook. And I cook a lot of decent recipes. But this one is a real winner! Please, go try this one out. You won't regret this fairly easy and delicious meal! It is going to be a regular of ours for sure!

Here is a link to the recipe. I used not-smoked sausage (fresh?), colby jack cheese, and no scallions. And it was a one pot meal! Yay for fewer dishes!

6. We did an apartment overhaul. 
I have been avoiding really decorating out apartment. I think it's because it still hasn't hit either of us that we are actually staying here for more than a few months (which is what Brad is used to). Or even for more than a two-thirds of a year (which is what I'm used to). Brad has officially been here a year, so I figured it's time to make this place cute.

Later I will post some pictures to show how to make an apartment, where you aren't allowed to pain or use anything more than small nails in the walls, look cozy. But I had to share one of my favorite finds:

My teal/turquoise lamp! A nice target find! Thank you tax return! ;)
Lamp - Target
Hope everyone is healthy, happy, end all praying for this winter to be over!

Love and Blessings,

Annmarie Faye