Love the look of DIY galaxy printed clothing but afraid the look will be way too difficult to achieve on your own? Never fear, I found this easy tutorial that looks amaze balls AND easy peasy to accomplish!!! Literally a no fail method for getting a perfectly glamorous galaxy print on a pair of shoes!!!
You will need a couple of different colored permanent markers for this one & some white paint, but the techniques used are easy enough for beginners and even kids to follow along. You will be amazed at how cool your new pair of DIY Galaxy Shoes look, with the stars and mesmerizing outer space look.
The first thing you’ll want to do is remove the laces. Next you’ll want to tape off the area of the shoes that you don’t want to get marker on. You can also be careful or help your littles ones draw around the sole to avoid marking them. Start coloring the canvas shoes with permanent markers.
Use shades of blue, pinks, purples, greens and black. Have fun! You seriously cannot make a mistake. Be sure to switch up the colors you use and even keep a little bit of space white.
Once you are satisfied with how the marker looks, the next step could not be any easier! Take the shoes outside and coat them with rubbing alcohol. You will instantly start to see the colors bleeding together to create a watercolor look. Allow the rubbing alcohol to dry completely. (preferably for 24 hours)
Use paint to create some white area. Add some large stars with your paintbrush. Coat your paintbrush with quite a bit of white paint and use your finger to flick white paint across the shoes. This creates very tiny stars and lines throughout the galaxy! Allow the paint to dry completely.
Time to put the shoelaces back in! You can see that I have died the laces a pale purple. I scribbled on them with purple permanent marker and added a good amount of alcohol to them and placed them in a bowl. Once the color was nice, I removed them and let them dry completely.
Remove any tape and get ready to have shoes that are way too cool for school! ;)
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Nothing like reminiscing about childhood! Especially on a crazy go-go-go day! Life was a piece of cake back then!!! When I sit back and giggle about all those past memories, my Grandmothers dedication and sense of humor about EVERYTHING comes to my mind. She was the one person in my life that was always there for me. It didn't matter how busy she was, she would drop everything to be their, show her support and make me laugh. Even if I was in full on crybaby mode. All I had to do was ask.
My Mother is one of 5 children. My Mother being one of the youngest & the fact that my Grandparents were career oriented folks before deciding to start a family, made my Grandparents the "older parents". So as you can imagine, by the time I graced the world with my presence, my Grandmother was the age of most peoples Great Grandparents.
Regardless of how young her soul may be, or how many Jello Shots she asks me to make for holidays. Yes, that photo above, 100% Grandmas Idea!!!!! Whenever I see memes about 100+ year olds and wine being their fountain of youth, I always think, that’s going to be my Grandma!!! The reality is, my Grandmother may be a blast to chill with, but she is well into her 90's & needs help with everyday life.
My Grandfather passed away 28 years ago . It was that moment that my Mother & her siblings promised my Grandmother that they would do everything in their power to keep her out of a nursing home when the time came. When my Grandmother started needing a walker to get around and could no longer drive herself to places like the market, one of my Uncles moved into Grandmas house to make sure the life of every family party was well taken care of.
Now that I have a little girl of my own, I want to make sure she has all the same memories I have of my Grandma! Since my daughters Great Grandma in her 90’s, we need to make sure we spend as much time as possible with her and make as many memories as possible FAST. The best way to do that is to make Caregiving FUN for kids! Something they look forward to.
Listed below are a few tips on how to get your kid more involved in caregiving!
1.Involve Your Children In Shopping
It’s no surprise that any elderly person needs assistance with shopping. Grandma is in a walker, so the days of her strolling the aisles of Walmart are in the past. To take the strain off of the main caregiver in your family, take your child shopping with you to shop for those necessities such as
Most children LOVE shopping!!! Your child will most likely get super excited that they helped out and want to drop off all the goodies you scooped and show off the items themselves. Think of it as a version of “show & tell” caregiving edition;-)
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TENA® Overnight Underwear are specifically designed to protect against leaks while lying down! That’s right! Worry-free nighttime protection. No need to wake a caregiver for assistance since that elderly family member of yours will have piece of mind snoozing away in their Soft,cloth-like overnight underwear designed to look and feel like regular underwear!
With crotch elasticity for optimal fit, and triple protection from leaks, odor, and moisture, make sure to head to the Sanitary Napkin section of your local Walmart and toss a box of TENA® Overnight Underwear in your cart since this product is coming soon to a Walmart near you. They will have the same great technology as the TENA Intimates™ Overnight Pads!!! A brand all caregivers can trust!
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2. Get Crafty!
Everyone loves receiving hand made gifts!!! All that thought and love that goes into creating that special something! Little kids LOVE to get crafty!
No time to get crafty? Toss a few crafts from school into those shopping bags next time you’re dropping off those caregiver goodies and Great Grandma will feel just as special!.
One of our favorite ways to get crafty with caregiving is to dot paint wrapping paper and wrap up those caregiving items like that box of TENA® Overnight Underwear. My daughter thinks of it as though she is playing Santa! Santa brings items like toothbrushes, socks and underwear so she can bring Great Grandma those same items wrapped up all year long!
My daughter just dots away using wine corks (something her Great Grandma would approve of) and sometimes makes hand prints. Then we wrap the goodies up and deliver!
3. Let’s Be PenPals
Remember when the Internet wasn’t a big deal and writing letters was an actual thing? I can’t tell you the last time I took the time to hand write ANYTHING! I was probably my daughters age! Most elderly folks come from era when the only way of communication was through letters. I know my Grandmother has a box filled with letters she has treasured over the years!
Even if the loved one you help take care for lives a few miles away, have your kids hand write letters. Honestly, in this day in age, it will most likely be the only time they hand write ANYTHING other than homework. Your elderly loved one will be happy to receive a letter! A blast from the past for them! And your child will have that memory forever of hand writing letters to Great Grandma! Plus, it will give both your child and the elderly loved one something to look forward to. It’s fun receiving ANYTHING besides bills in the mail! Who knows when the next letter will arrive!
4. Snack Time
Regardless if you’re 5 or 95, we all have one thing in common. Our love of food! Funny thing is kids & old folks seem to have the same taste buds. Juice, cereal, fruit cups, candy!
Make the effort to get your kiddo to plan a snack date with your elderly loved one! Plan easy snacks your child can help prepare, so the main caregiver doesn’t need to be involved. Let the caregiver kick back while your child takes a turn running the show. They can snack on all of their mutual favorites while your kiddo gets a glimpse into the past from Great Grandma’s Story telling! Those are definitely memories that will last a lifetime.
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Hello, my name is CourtneyLynne & I'm a crazy cat lady!
It's true! If I could live on a kitty farm where I could get kitty snuggles all day every day, I would be the happiest gal on earth!
I'm convinced it's impossible to be stressed or in a bad mood when your getting loved on by a big ball of fur. One of my number one de-stressing methods on a wacky Wednesday is one big ole’ kitty snuggle fest! Better than therapy I tell ya!
Kitties > People
Meet my two rescue cats Kitty & Baby! Our oldest, Kitty was a tough cat to convert to the loveable side that’s for sure. This cats idea of fun was hiding under beds and hissing at us nonstop when she joined our family. Honestly, I wasn’t use to cats having a dark side. Most cats are drawn to me and Kitty was the exception. She hated us! Or at least she acted like it. I was literally heart broken.
After hours of surfing the web on ways to win a cats heart, I stumbled on the best tips EVER!!! It was so obvious that I wanted to smack myself for not thinking of this sooner.
Wet Cat Food!
Cats LOVE to eat!!!! I swear all they do is eat, sleep & bathe themselves so you best believe the following morning I hopped in my car to head to PetSmart to pick up some good Kitty eats!!! PetSmart has the widest variety of premium quality Purina® products available at amazing prices!!! They were bound to have that tasty treat I was looking for.
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Just like the tips you will read below about the human members of your family’s eating habits. It’s important to purchase a pet food with the same types of nutritional value! Purina provides complete and balanced diets for your pets from a leader in wholesome pet nutrition, which include Protein, are Grain-Free and Natural!!
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Right now if you head to your local PetSmart, you can get some killer deals on our cats favorite, Purina Beyond Natural Indoor Cat Food - Grain Free, Salmon, Egg & Sweet Potato AND that wet food favorite, Purina® Beyond Simple Origins Cat Food - Natural, Grain Free, Cod, Herring & Spinach! Plus many more fantastic deals on other Purina foods. Sale begins 3/4.
Just head to the cat food aisle and toss a few cans and a bag of dry food in your basket and you’re good to go!
PetSmart always has the most friendly of staff!! Most animal lovers have the kindest souls out there! So if you do get lost, just ask for one of the many pet-loving employees walking around to point you in the right direction!
It was love a first bite with Kitty. I would use the Purina Beyond Simple Origins Cat Food to lure Kitty out of hiding. I also made sure that we all took turns feeding Kitty. That way she would eventually love us all & not just be food dependent on one of us.
After about a week, Kitty finally decided it was time to join our family. These days she has chosen my husband as her human & is one huge cuddle monster! She follows him everywhere all day everyday. Funny how cats do that when they choose “Their Human”.
A New Cat?
With all the success we had with Kitty, I decided I needed a cat to call me her human. I was a tad bit jealous that I’m the crazy cat lady and didn’t have a cat claiming me. So my daughter and I headed to PetSmart since the Humane Society houses cats there & adopted an 8 year old cat named Baby.
Just like Kitty, Purina Beyond was the answer to gaining Baby’s love. She sure does love her Purina! I will have to update y’all in a few weeks on Baby’s transition into the family. She’s still in the confused I want to eat and cuddle, yet hide phase since I have only been her mommy for 3 weeks AND she’s an older rescue. These pets take more time to transition than kittens.
As you can see above, any pet of mine gets the same royal treatment my husband & daughter receive. My husband may even claim I spoil my pets more on some days. I can’t help it! I am the crazy cat lady after all! But one thing all human AND cat family members in this household have in common is a good meal plan! I want us all to be one happy family forever, and eating right can hopefully help us achieve that!!!
Here are a few realistic meal planning tips the whole family can follow!
1. Swap Soda for Water ~ My husband was the biggest soda drinker of all times! He drank so much of it that my daughter thought if daddy drinks it, Kitty can drink it too! Yes, this really happened! If you follow my Instagram & Twitter, you probably saw the actual photo the day it happened! Kitty was meowing non-stop. I assumed she spotted the bottom of her food fish & ignored her. About 15 minuets later, I walked into the kitchen and spotted the water dish! Yup! Full of Mountain Dew. Don’t let this happen to your poor kitty! Since this happened, we have swapped most of our sodas for water. It was a real eye opener that’s for sure. Not only have our waist lines slimmed down due the fact Water has zero calories, we just feel all around better!
2. Never Go Grocery Shopping Hungry ~ I love going to the grocery store after eating a huge lunch since I’m ridiculously full!!! When you have zero cravings since you are beyond stuffed, it’s crazy how things like candy and chips don’t end up in your cart! Not only will your body be thankful for less junk food, your bank account will be happy too! Junk food is expensive!
3. Plan Ahead ~ Never go to the grocery store without a list! Plan out your meals for the week and when you are shopping after that giant lunch you just ate, you will be rather impressed on how little snacks worked their way into your cart! It also helps that urge to order takeout! When you have a meal already planned, you are more likely to stick to it. Use the printable download below and start planning out your family’s meals.
4. Don’t Skip Breakfast ~ I was a breakfast hater for years! I never wanted to wake up 5 minutes early to grab a bite to eat before running out the door. I would be starving a few hours later and would end up snacking on all sorts of gas station and vending machine garbage. Once I started eating a healthy breakfast daily? The snacking on junk food ended! I was eating way more nutritious food that helped me feel full and consuming way less calories & saturated fats! A total win & worth that extra 5 minuets in the morning.
5. Look For Juices With 50% Less Sugar ~ This is something my husband and I started when my daughter was old enough to drink juice. All the kids juices contain 50% less sugar! It turns out sugar isn’t exactly that great for your body! Actually some people claim sugar is just as bad as fats! The less sugar you intake, the better! So when you see those 50% less sugar juice options at the market, make a habit of reaching for those instead!
6. If You Can’t Grow It Or Raise It, Don’t Eat It ~ Just like our pets get a balanced diet thanks to Purina, make sure you’re family is getting the same balanced diet. Say no to processed foods and say yes to fresh fruits and veggies!!! Grilled chicken and fish also make fantastic dinner options compared to anything frozen, canned or fried!
When times get busy and stressful in my house, I like to turn to my crockpot to help alleviate the dinner stress. That doesn’t change for holidays either. In fact, I probably use the crockpot even more because I’m extra busy being hostess.
This Crockpot Ham would make the perfect meal on Easter. Set the ham into the crockpot in the morning as your family attends Easter church services. No stressing about dinner since your handy dandy crockpot will do it all for you!
1 Can Pineapple Chunks
1/2 Cup Honey
3 Cups Brown Sugar
Pour your brown sugar & honey into the crockpot.
Pour in the juice from the pineapple can. Mix well.
Place the ham into the crockpot. Then add the pineapples. Cook in low for 6hrs.
Serve & Enjoy!
Are you hosting Easter for your family this year?
Once a week I will be reviewing a popular “drug store” makeup product & review/rating as if it were one of my “holy grail” department store products. Maybe I will find cheaper, wallet friendly dupes for my high end favorites!
Ratings 1-10. 1 being garbage. 10 being holy grail
Hey loves! I will admit, I’m usually NOT a fan of drugstore foundations. They do keep getting better and better, but most of them either make my skin break out, aren’t long lasting or aren’t full coverage enough! If I’m going to be applying makeup & not just a tinted moisturizer for the day, I best be looking like a porcelain doll & most drugstore foundations just don’t deliver that type of result.
Being a girl obsessed with makeup that watching endless makeup videos, I kept spotting people making claims that the new Wet N Wild Photo Focus foundation was a full coverage, new drugstore “holy grail”.
I was extremely skeptical since Wet N Wild is a brand I associate with teenagers just discovering makeup. I even rocked their metalic lipsticks in high school!!! Plus all of these girls making these claims I know for a fact get PR packages from Wet N Wild. Wet N Wild’s PR team gets a high five from me for making sure their products are everywhere because they really are! I can’t go on YouTube or Insta without spotting it!
I decided after video 262819 taking about how fabulous Wet N Wild PhotoFocus is, to just pick a bottle up at CVS and I've been testing it out for a week now.... Here is what I, a girl who does NOT get Wet N Wild PR packages thinks!
It is $5.99 at the drugstore.
claims on the website
"Your skin, only better. Our new high-performing, skin-perfecting foundation underwent major road testing under seven different photo lighting conditions to deliver flawless camera-ready makeup every time. Specially made with a matte, light-diffusing complex to give your skin #nofilter perfection.
• It passes the flash photography test with flying colors! It looks over the top NATURAL GORGEOUS in photos if you take those photos right away!
• I'd have to say this foundation looks... Dare I say amazing in photos if you take them on the spot? Better than any other drugstore foundations I've tried!
• No breakouts! I have skin that will break out if I don’t take fantastic care of it & read product labels. The old Wet N Wild foundation made my skin break out like crazy when I was in High School so I always purchased Clinique. I wore this foundation for a week and my skin survived! Bravo on the new formula!
• Wet N Wild PhotoFocus is a foundation that seems to stay sticky/tacky on the face. No amount of setting powder changes that and it does transfer when you hug someone.
• Soaks right into a beauty blender! Best applied with silicone or a makeup brush.
• It lasts for about 3?hours before you need a touch up. It looks AMAZING for those first few hours but after that, it starts to look terrible really quick. But, in the foundation's defense - I've been only using one primer - the Wet N Wild PhotoFocus Dewy Lumineux since this was a Wet N Wild product review. I definitely need to start testing it with other primers to see if the longevity gets better.
• Despite the full coverage claims from beauty gurus, Wet N Wild PhotoFocus is definitely NOT full coverage. It’s a medium coverage foundation that you really cannot build up since it will look cakey.
Despite the negatives, I can’t hate this foundation. The way it looks in photos.... You just can't beat that for $6! Wet N Wild PhotoFocus does everything the manufacture claims. Wet N Wild makes zero claim about the longevity or the coverage, it’s all about the way it looks in photos and it delivers 100%.
I will give it a 7! Definitely not a “Holy Grail” , but worthy of a review spot on my site since it does give you a natural fabulous look in photos since it is a medium coverage foundation. Just not a date night, long lasting foundation.
If you’re a girl who loves taking selfies in your bedroom or are a fellow blogger that loves a more natural look when taking photos of yourself for reviews, this would be the product for you! Just don’t expect to wear this to the club and expect it to last throughout the night. Definitely not drunk girl friendly. It’s not that type of foundation whatsoever!
I do wish it wore longer on me because of the more natural, flawless look you get in photos since it is medium coverage. A great daytime foundation if it would last more than a few hours. It would be perfect for all those play date photos if it were long lasting! Being a makeup junkie I know the right primers and setting sprays can deliver that! So I will be testing it with new primers for the next couple weeks - I will keep you guys updated on my Instagram Stories (Kourtneelynne)!
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.