Scrolling through Pinterest, I always see the cutest fur stools. But when I look in stores and online to purchase one they are always out of my price range. I honestly, don’t see myself paying $20+ for a decorative stool. No matter how cute it is. They are just so cute though, and I’d love to have one to go with my new living room decor. So, why not make one.
Of course, Pinterest has so many DIY Fur Stool tutorials and pictures from other creatives. So I started watching YouTube tutorials and reading blogs about how to make a DIY fur stool. The Dainty Dress Diaries, had the best
I purchased 2 Marius stool from Ikea for $5 each and 2 pink furry pillows from 5 Below for $5 each.
Following just about the same steps from the Dainty Dress Diaries DIY post, I started my project.
Step 1: Paint the stool legs – color of choice: GOLD
Step 2: Cut a opening in the back of the fury pillow, placing the stool base inside
Step 3: Hot glue or sew the pillow back together with Stool based inside.
Step 4: Cut 4 whole in pillow, where the screw wholes are.
Step 5: Attach the stool legs to the stool base, use screws to tightly put stool together
Everytime I meet a blogger, the conversation always results to blogging tips resources and equipment. I’m not one of those people who doesn’t like to share information. I like to find out what other bloggers are using to blog and post videos, as well as share my resources and tips. We can all learn from one another. There are a few blogger and influencer groups on Facebook that I’ve found to be very helpful. It was another blogger that I met online that really encouraged me to move from 1 post a week to 3 posts a week. There was an instant increase of traffic on not just my website but my social media accounts too.
Blogmas has been a blessing because I feel like I’m getting new traffic on both my social media accounts and my website. I want to keep you all coming back to Passion Locked and build a online community of moguls that want to learn, grow and support each other. I’m now in an intense planning mode for 2019. I want to get better at preparing content and finding new innovative ways to bring readers to my lil ol’ blog.
Today I want to share with you the equipment I used to blog. Although I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years now, I still consider myself a starter blogger… lol ! I say that because I started blogging as a hobby and its still a hobby. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard work but I’m not getting paid for it…YET!!! I plan to grow my blog and brand to another level next year .
Most of the things I use to blog are really cheap, but they work and get the job done for me. The most important things are my Macbook and iPhone. I take all my pictures on my iPhone, edit them on my iPhone as well. Over time I hope to invest in a camera and better blogging equipment.
Here is what I use to take blog pictures
CamKix Wireless Bluetooth Camera Shutter Remote Control for Smartphones
I have been trying so hard to not miss a day of blogmas. And I missed a day of blogmas 🤦🏾♀️!!!!!! So disappointing, but I’ve been super busy this month. I’m not just being lazy and not blogging I just had an intense Friday. Maybe I’ll do a bonus blog, but for now BACK TO THE REGULAR SCHEDULED PROGRAM.
I love a good pamper day. Pampering myself is a important part of my self care. I enjoy doing a at home facial, a bath with salts and scrubs and body oil to nourish my skin.
I recently adding a new product to my at home pamper day routine. Instead of a clay mask, this time I used the Yes To Cucumbers Bubbling Paper Mask, purchased from Target. I’m not really sure I had any expectations before using this product. I was curious to see how it felt and if it really worked.
It really worked. I applied the sheet mask just like any other sheet mask. It was not foamy when I took it out of the packaging. The sheet mask was nicely soaked with the formula. I don’t even know how long it took the mask to foam up. I didn’t feel it foam up. After I applied the mask, I enjoyed my hot bath soak with bath salts and once I was out I looked in the mirror and the mask had foamed. I was concerned that maybe the foam formula pull leave my skin feeling dry after taking the mask off. To my surprise the mask felt my skin feeling really hydrated. I used my face water mist to set my face after the mask and went about the rest of my pampering.
Surprisingly, I have managed to keep my skin hydrated and moisturized this winter. I haven’t had any breakouts (fingers crossed I keep this same energy).
I was trying to define a consistent winter skincare routine for daily care, but I’ve gotten comfortable just trying a bunch of different products, as usual. SpaScriptions is a new brand I discovered in Big Lots. Owned by Global Beauty Care, SpaScriptions is meant to help repair and replenish your skin. This sample kit came with three 1.7oz size samples of masks was less than $10.
So far I have only used one of the mask- The Clay Mask!
The formula is soft and thick, it easily spreads across your face. I love that the kit came with this facial spatular for application. This is a plus because I can use it for just about all of my masks.
I appreciate the fact that the clay mask remaining soft after sitting on my face for 20 minutes. It did not harden or flake. I was able to wash the mask off with no issues and leaving no mess in the sink.
I would love to work with this brand on a skincare or beauty campaign because I really enjoyed their product. I could see myself adding SpaScription to my lists of favorites and use their products more often. It would even be nice to explore more of the brands line to create a speciality skincare routine, since I can seem to nail a seasonal or morning / night routine.
I’ve taken my DIY skills to a whole new level. I made some hair clip ins using 14 inch Itlian Wavy bundles by LM Tresses.
I’ve been wanting to do something different with my hair but I’m picky about my hair. I have so many bundles of hair from my sew in days, I thought about making a wig. As I was looking for tutorial to make the wig I came across a tutorial for clip ins. Clip ins are much easier than a wig. Plus, I’ve never wore a wig before so that would have been a gamble for me.
The process of making the clips ins was simpler than I thought. Since I already had the hair, I only had to purchase thread, needle and clips ins from the beauty supply store. All of this was $10 (max).
My crafty sassy behind has been busy this month. December is always a busy month for me and like always I am Not prepared. One year, December is not going to roll up on me when I’m unprepared. December 2019 I will be prepared with more gifts sets and personalized packages. But even tho I’m not prepared the way I want to be this year, I have been managing all of my orders and getting Blogmas posted once a day. I am a one women show and I pat myself on the back for making it to day 18 on task.
For those of you who don’t know, I am not just a blogger. I am also an Event Planner and creative innovator. I make personalized gifts and decor. As you can imagine around this time of year people are hitting me up for all types of stuff…. designed wine glasses, coffee mugs and Tumblrs, T-shirts, gift baskets and more.
I wanted to share my work with you.
If you wish to place an order, you can DM on instagram or email email@example.com. One day I’m going to have a store and a creative studio.
Now that it is Winter, I have changed up my hair wash routine a little bit. I’ve been seeing all the hype about rice water and the benefits it has on your hair. I am always looking for good products and natural remedies to do to my hair so I’ve decided to join in on the rice water trend.
Prepping Rice Water
After watching a few youtube tutorials and scrolling through blogs on Pinterest , I decided to do a rice water deep conditioner before my wash routine. You can also do a rice water rinse, which I plan on trying on the next wash day. To deep condition with rice water, I took some plain rice from the pantry and rinsed it with cold water. Then I took a glass jar and filled the bottom with the clean rice and added water. I closed the lid on the jar and let it sit for about 12 hours. I read that the longer you let the rice water sit the better. But what I was not prepared for is the SMELL. This shit smells horrible. I can’t even explain the smell. It’s legit horrible. I was almost about to throw it away and not use it. But I started reading comments that explained rice water stinks. So I went with it.
I drained the rice from the rice water and put the water in a spray bottle. I sectioned my hair in small parts, and sprayed each part from root to ends. Then, I put a plastic shower cap over my head and let it sit for over an hour.
Love Beauty and Plant is a fairly new brand to the market. I think I first seen it on shelf in Target. When I saw the packaging I was like, ” This cute I want to try it” but it wasn’t in the “ethic” (black girl hair) haircare section. So I thought it may not be a product for my type of hair. I wasn’t in the mood to buy some shampoo and conditioner that I wasn’t sure about —so I stuck to my regular Cantu products. But to my surprise, I received samples of the Coconut water & mimosa flower shampoo and conditioner in my Target Beauty Box. Gladly, I tried it and Loved it! It smells amazing and left my hair feeling soft and easy to comb out. I didn’t have to do much detangling but I think that’s also a result of the rice water.
My Winter Hair Wash Routine
Step 1: Deep Condition with Rice Water
Step 2: Rinse Rice Water out with cold water
Step 3: Condition Hair + Rinse
Step 4: Shampoo Hair + Rinse
Step 4: 1- Minute hair mask + rinse
After washing my hair, I always comb it out and 2 string twist it (if I’m not doing a specific style). Here is what I have been using to style my hair lately…
PJs … my version of PJs are legging and a oversized shirt
Do you open presents in the morning or the afternoon?
Throughout the day. Gifts from my parents in the morning and gifts from the rest of my family later in the day.
Have you ever built a gingerbread house?
Yes, It’s a Christmas Family Tradition
Favourite Christmas smell?
Scandalous from Victoria Secret and Black Tie Bath and Body Works candles
Favourite Christmas treat?
Muddy Buddy with M&Ms and Red Velvet cake
Where do you spend Christmas day?
Home Sweet Home … My grandmothers house and Parents House
Real or fake Christmas trees?
Fake tree (this year)
What’s your favourite holiday drink?
Long Island … ALL DAY EVERYDAY
Candy canes or gingerbread men?
What’s your favourite Christmas song?
Cheetahalious Christmas – The Cheetah Girls
Have you ever built a snowman?
What is top of your Christmas list?
A Bar Cart
What is most important to you about the holidays?
Spending time with the people I love.
When do you start getting excited for Christmas?
Do you still have advent calendars?
No. But I want one.
Favourite Christmas memory?
Getting a karaoke machine for christmas on year. I loved that thing!!!
What do you eat for Christmas dinner?
Ham, Turkey, Hen, Chicken, Greens, Rice and Gravy, Stuffing, Mac and Cheese, Sweet Potato pie, red velvet cake.
What is the best present you’ve ever received?
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Nope, I live in Georgia.
Side Note: I started off BLOGMAS strong. I had my blogs scheduled and I was prepared. Now, I’m stepping into a busy week and all of my scheduled blogs have been posted. S, this week is going to be interesting. I have to really focus on what needs to get done. Wish my luck and I wish you all a good week.
The holiday season is a great time to watch amazingly corny movies to get you in the holiday spirit. I can’t even flex I’ve been watching Netflix movies almost every night. A few of them I’ve watched several times. When I like a movie I will watch it over and over and over again. Most people get tired of the same movie but I never get tired of a good movie. I’m that girl that will go to the movies to see the same movie like 3 to 5 times before it leaves the theater. Actually, my 1st job was at the movie theater in high school. BEST TEENAGE JOB EVER. I promise I saw the Twilight series movies everyday when they released. I can watch a movie for the 100th time like its my 1st time watching it.
Okay, so this month I have watched and re watched all of my classics like This Christmas (starring Chris Brown), Home Alone 1 +2, Best Man Holiday, and Almost Christmas.
Some of my new Netflix Holiday favorites this year are: