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Clean With Me Monday Challenge - Preparation For Guests

Whether you have overnight guests coming to stay with you or you are just preparing for guests to come for a party or holiday celebration, make sure your home is in tip-top shape by adding a few or all of these items to your cleaning list:

*Clean Microwave and Toaster Oven, inside and out ~ 10 minutes
*Clean out refrigerator, removing old/expired food and wiping down shelves as necessary (we've got to make room for the turkey and all those side dishes!) ~ 10 minutes
*Thoroughly wipe down counters, backsplash and top of stove ~ 5-10 minutes 
*Dust off chandelier/light fixture over table ~ 5-10 minutes
*If you haven't already done so, wash windows/patio doors in the dining room, kitchen and guest room (if you have an overnight guest staying) ~ 10 minutes/window (if only washing inside)
*Sweep off front porch and wipe off front door ~ 10 minutes
*Put clean sheets/bedding on your guest bed (if applicable) ~ 10 minutes

*Tips:  Don't spend too much time on any one task!  Hopefu…

Browse My Stash - bareMinerals Eyeshadows - Browns

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Welcome back for Part 3 of my bareMinerals eyeshadow collection!

Today, you get to browse my stash of  bareMinerals Eyeshadows - Browns
Favorite, Most Worn Colors: Coffee Bean, Drama, Queen Tiffany, Snazzy, Tiger's Eye, Twig, Wearable Pecan Medium, You Can Never Be Too Rich Brown (see * color swatches below)

Individual Swatches 

(In Alphabetical Order) bareMinerals Eyeshadow - Camp
Description:  Medium shimmery brown with slight peach undertones
bareMinerals Eyecolor - Cleopatra
Description:  Warm sparkly cinnamon
bareMinerals Liner Shadow - Coffee Bean*
Description:  Matte dark espresso brown How I wear it: Wet or dry, this is my favorite eye liner shade when I don't want to wear black.  It's dark enough to provide definition but doesn't look as harsh as black. bareMinerals Eyecolor - Cognac Diamond
Description:  Medium warm brown with copper sparkle
bareMinerals Liner Shadow - Downtown
Description:  Shimmery medium taupe
bareMinerals Glimmer - Drama*
Description:  Cool-toned shimme…

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

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A few weeks ago, I was checking out the seasonal baking display at Walmart and I saw this....
Being that I LOVE pumpkin desserts, I decided this must come home with me!  I thought originally that I might whip up some pumpkin cupcakes with this mix.  But then I got a hankerin' for cookies so I decided to make pumpkin cookies instead.

Of course, I then remembered that I'd also purchased some Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese (Philadelphia makes this Limited Edition in the fall) so I decided to make Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese frosting for the top of the cookies.  But then I got to thinking how nice it would be to have a little "crunch" on the top of these soft cookies....so I added some Pumpkin Spice to coarse sugar and rolled the cookies in this mixture before baking.  The result?  To quote my husband, "They're cookies to die for!"

So, the next time you're at Walmart, pick up a box of Pumpkin Cake Mix and whip up a batch of these cookies.  If you can't f…

Makeup Look of the Week - Dramatic Emerald Smoky Eye

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While a colorful, smoky eye isn't exactly appropriate for everyday, sometimes I just get in the mood for something dramatic and go "hog-wild" with color :-).  One of the palettes I love to use when I'm in these moods is the SmokedPalette by Urban Decay.
Dramatic Emerald Smoky Eye This makeup combo, inspired by MakeupbyTiffanyD, would be great for a Christmas party and look especially stunning on those with brown eyes!
Products Used: Urban Decay's Smoked Palette Eyeshadows - Kinky, Freestyle, Blackout, Barlust and Loaded
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 hr Eyeshadow - 50 Edgy Emerald bareMinerals Eyeshadow -Queen Phyllis
How to get this look:
*Apply primer all over lid up to brow brone
*Optional: Apply a green-based cream shadow such as Maybelline's Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Edgy Emerald all over the lid up to the crease
*Apply Kinky shadow as brow highlight
*Apply Freestyle shadow in the crease and blend
*Press Loaded shadow all over the lid, on top of the green-base…

BEST Microwave Popcorn

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Have you been looking for a yummy, buttery microwave popcorn that is made with REAL butter and yet tastes better than the artificially flavored kind?  Your search may be over when you try Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet White Corn....
Now I'll admit that I was skeptical when I first purchased this a few years ago.  It was originally called "Tender White" but said nothing about it having a great buttery taste.  I decided to try it, though, because I really wanted to get away from all the artificial ingredients in regular microwave popcorn.  My skepticism continued, however, after I popped the first bag and opened it to reveal nothing but white popcorn.  I thought for sure I had a nice bag of plain ol' dry popcorn on my hands.  But lo and behold, when I tasted this popcorn, I was blown away!  Not only was it perfectly buttered and salted but the corn was truly "tender", just as the original name implied.....not chewy and tough like most all other popcorn ou…

Clean With Me Monday Challenge - Pictures, TVs and Computer Monitors

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*Clean the frames AND glass of all of the framed pictures on the walls throughout the house; wipe off all of the computer monitors and TV screens in the house

*Approx time for task ~ 20-30 minutes (depending on how many pictures and TVs you have in your house :-)

*Tips: First, clean picture frames with a soft dust cloth sprayed lightly with furniture polish (such as Endust or Pledge).  Use Windex (or other glass cleaner) to spray a paper towel or clean cloth and wipe the glass clean.  Be sure not to spray the glass directly with the glass cleaner as some of the over spray can spot/damage the frame. Next, clean the computer monitors and TV screens. 
Important ~ Only use a cleaner and cloth that are approved for computer and TV screens!  Here's what I use:
Rocketfish LCD Cleaning Solution and MicroFiber Cloth - purchased from Best Buy
Personal Notes:  If you've been cleaning with me from the beginning, you have already completed these tasks once this year.  But the holiday seaso…

Clean With Me Monday Challenge - Clean Windows - Part 1

*Clean windows, inside and out (weather permitting) on half the house.
BONUS CHALLENGE: Spray off the exterior of half the house as well as any patio(s)/deck(s)

*Approximate time ~ 1 hour + 30 minutes for Bonus Challenge

*Tips:  If you are doing the Bonus Challenges, start by spraying off the exterior of the house and patio(s). Remove screens from windows. Spray off screens and the exterior of the windows. Then use a rag or sponge dipped in a mixture of warm water, Dawn dish soap (or whatever brand you have on hand) and a good splash of Windex cleaner to clean the windows. Rinse well and dry off with a squeegee or towel. If you have already unhooked the hose for winter, skip the outside cleaning and just concentrate on the inside.  Clean inside of windows with Windex and a squeegee and/or a towel.

Personal Notes: Oh how I hate cleaning windows, but what a difference it makes!  Here's to hoping my mother-in-law notices all the extra sunlight streaming in those sparkling clean window…

Clean With Me Monday Challenge - Closet Cleanout/Makeover #3

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*Clean out and reorganize one closet in your home.

*Approximate time ~ 30 minutes - 2 hours

Tips:  Remove all items from closet.  Separate items into piles to keep, throw away or donate.  Vacuum out closet and shelves.  Return items to closet.  If you don't have time for a full cleanout, just quickly remove items to be thrown out or donated and then tidy up the closet.

Personal Notes:  The final closet in my house to be cleaned out was in the office/guest room.  As you can see from the picture below, it contained everything from scrapbooking and card-making supplies to air mattresses and everything in between.


I've been dreading this project and put it off for months but with the mother-in-law visit pending, I knew it was time to tackle this project!  It took a couple of hours, but the resulting outcome made it time well-spent.  See for yourself!



 Happy Cleaning!