Trying New Things: Day 21


Day 21: DIY Eyeshadow Primer

You guys, I’m pretty stoked about this one.  A few years ago my sister gave me an Urban Decay primer and I fell in love with it.  But not so much with the price tag.  When my tube started getting low I started scoping out the price of replacing it and just couldn’t convince myself to lay down $20+ for a shadow primer.  So when I saw this post about making my own knock-off version I knew I had to give it a try.

This would have been uber-affordable if I ever used foundation, but since I don’t I had to purchase some, which drove my cost up a little.  I decided to give it a try with the cheapest stuff I could find first and get some more expensive stuff if that didn’t work out.

All you need to make your own is: photo 2 (4)

  • 1/2 tsp chapstick (I couldn’t find the all-natural stuff that the original post recommended, but the original worked fine for me)
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp liquid foundation
  • small container or jar

Run the chapstick under hot water for a minute to soften it up, then mix everything together until it’s smooth.

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I’ve used this several times now and have been very pleased with the results. To be totally honest, it seems to work just as well as the Urban Decay, and for a much-easier-to-handle price tag.  Yay for knockoffs!

What DIY beauty products have you tried?  Would you try this or just stick with the name brand stuff?

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Trying New Things: Day 20


Day 20: Sending unexpected happy mail all month

Cause everyone loves getting something from the postman that isn’t junk mail or a bill, right?Obviously the month isn’t over yet, but so far I’ve managed to send something unexpected every week. Hopefully they’ve brightened up the recipients day a little bit.  Sometimes just knowing someone is thinking about you can make a difference. I hope to teach my girls to write real letters to friends and family instead of just relying on electronic methods.  There’s something so much more personal about a handwritten letter.

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Oh, and just as an aside, I did try something new yesterday, even though I didn’t have time to blog about it.  I’ve had a (possibly) irrational fear of leave-in conditioner for years.  I was suuuuure it would leave my hair a giant greasy blob, so I refused to give it a try.  Unfortunately my hair is a frizzy mess so I decided it might be worth trying in my attempts to tame it.  And guess what?  It did help a little!  I don’t have a photo of my hairs to prove it, so you’ll just have to take my word for it, but it definitely did not make my hair greasy.  I don’t know why I was so paranoid about it, but I’m pretty sold on the stuff now.

Leave In Conditioner

I also tried an apple fritter with bacon in it because the donut shop we stopped in was out of the regular kind.  Not sure I would pick it if I had a choice, but it actually wasn’t that bad.

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Trying New Things: Day 18


Day 18: Follow a Cleaning Schedule

Totally boring topic today, but I desperately needed a cleaning schedule to follow.  I printed this particular checklist off a year or two ago and have searched high and low for the original source to credit, but I don’t think it’s available any longer.  (The website listed on the bottom is no longer valid.)

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I laminated this bad boy, use a dry erase marker, and start over again each week.  (Technically I used this for a while earlier in the year, so this is kind of a cheat.) So far I’ve followed the list pretty well this month.  It works for us, which is awesome.  End of boring post.

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Trying New Things: Day 17


Day 17: Cooking Meat on a Grill

Another truth about myself: I’m not particularly skillful when it comes to cooking meat.  I’m okay with putting meat into dishes, but don’t know the first thing about cooking meat by itself. (Although I’ve successfully cooked a decent turkey a few times.)

I decided I needed to learn to grill, which I usually always leave up to Jerm.  What is it about guys and grilling, anyway?

So Jerm showed me how to get a fire started (he refuses to use charcoal, which would probably be ten times easier) in the old grill tonight.  You’d think being a former Alaskan and all would mean I could start a fire pretty easily..not so much.  Apparently I’ve lost that skill along the way.

But after the fire was successfully roaring the rest was pretty easy.

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I’ll probably leave the grilling up to Jerm from now on, but at least now I more or less know how to do it if I need to. Go me.

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Trying New Things: Day 16


Day 16: Drawer Organization

So we have this bathroom drawer that’s always a disaster.  I bought a cutlery organizer a few months ago but it didn’t fit, so I had to figure something else out.

Check this bad boy out:

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I cleaned it and covered the bottom with the world’s ugliest contact paper (sadly, the only stuff I could find at the store). I cut a thin board into sections, hot glued them down, and reorganized everything.

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Now everybody has their own section to put their stuff and I’m a million times happier with the drawer. The real trick will be keeping it this way…

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Trying New Things: Day 15

05 Day 15: Yoga

I don’t know if anybody noticed that I didn’t post yesterday, but…I didn’t.  Wasn’t feeling well and decided to give myself a break.

I’ve been wanting to try yoga for ages, so Susannah and I found a video and gave it try this afternoon.  It was hard.

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Verdict: I need to buy some mats and find a good beginner video, but I think I’d like to make it a part of my routine.  It’s a nice break from the exercise bike.

Any yoga enthusiasts out there? I’d love suggestions for a dvd to start with.

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Trying New Things: Day 13


Day 13: Quiche

Up until a few month ago when my sister-in-law mentioned making it, I had no idea what quiche even was.  I blame my mom.  (Sorry, mom.)

So, I decided to make one, because after they were explained to me, they sounded interesting. I modified this recipe and even though I’m not a pie crust fan, this bad boy was pretty stinking delicious.


  • 1 – 9 inch frozen pie shell
  • 1/2 lb sausage (I used Jimmy Dean maple flavor)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup grated reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup fat free half and half
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Bake shell @ 425 for about 7 minutes.
  2. While shell is baking, cook sausage in a skillet. Dice red pepper and add to sausage.
  3. Mix sausage and cheese together; add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Spread the mixture in the bottom of the pie shell.
  5. Whisk together eggs, half and half and milk together and pour mixture over sausage. Bake on baking sheet for 20 minutes.
  6. Reduce oven temperature to 350 and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

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The girls hated it; no surprise there.  My children are the pickiest eaters known to man, but I think if I had left out the bell pepper Mad would have eaten it.  There’s pretty much no hope for Susannah.

Do you like quiche?  When’s the last time you learned about a dish you’d never heard of before? Please tell me I’m not the only one.

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