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30Mar

A little bit of do-it-yourself beauty…

Yesterday I put glue on my nose. That’s right, Elmer’s glue. No, I am not crazy (shut it, friends). I was working from home yesterday and The Doctors came on TV. I don’t watch this show, but when I am home my TV is set to NBC pretty much all day. Anyway, they were discussing some YouTube sensation who used glue to remove blackheads. I am a bit obsessed with blackheads and pimples. It’s gross. I actually rewound the episode because I wasn’t paying attention. In the end, the dermatologist said its a bad idea and not to try it at home.

Well, I don’t like to listen. And I didn’t quite catch the girl’s name, so ended up at YouTube’s SweetCandyLine’s page. In the comments, Tamia Garner states ‘CL is queen’, so I knew I was ok. The concept is simple, you put Elmer’s glue on your nose and let it dry. Then, and this is the fun part, you get to peel it off. And guess what? It worked!

It got me thinking about the weird things women do to their bodies and the things I have tried over the years. I have been using Vitamin E under my eyes to erase bags and dark circles (another obsession), and again, just yesterday I had my face slathered up. Some guy came to my door and asked to repave my driveway. It wasn’t until he left that I realized I looked like Slimer. Poor guy.

Then there was the time in high school I made oatmeal face masks with a friend of mine. Seems normal, right? After we wiped the masks off our faces, we made no-bake cookies. Main ingredient? Oatmeal. That is just disgusting. Also, she better be glad I don’t have the pictures.

164HIf there was something that promised to make me beautiful, I tried it. Remember the horse shampoo from the 90’s? It promised to make our hair fuller, stronger, longer and healthier-looking.  I don’t know what I was thinking. I spent most of my teenage years trying to tame my thick hair. I went through another stage where I’d let my friends give me highlights. But not like pull the hair through a cap highlights. Just streaked on highlights. I went through a lot of high school with blonde stripes in my hair. Oh man.

I am sure there are plenty more, but it’s early and I am running out of coffee. Girls (and guys!), I want to hear your do-it-yourself beauty stories. Both good and bad.

11Jan

A little bit about me…


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I had planned on launching my blog on the first of the year, but if you know me, you know I am always a little late. Anyway, hello and welcome. I guess I will begin by telling you a little bit about myself. I am currently 34 years old and living in Pittsburgh with my husband, Dave, and our three animals, Ivy the corgi, Pixie the cat and Flash the tortoise. An interesting lineup, I agree.

At the end of 2015, I had quit a job at a business paper in Pittsburgh. I had been there for 10 years and it was just my time to go. I knew there were other things I wanted to do with my life and leaving the company let me explore these options.

I started painting wine glasses a couple years back just for fun and realized I loved it and actually wasn’t too shabby at it. At the end of last year, I decided to take the next step and try to make some money from this hobby. And so, Bows and Branches was started. I went from strictly wine glasses to other home decor, such as pallet signs, wreaths and other various items.  In addition to my craft business, I am currently working for Social Minded Media Group and Southern Wines and Spirits. I am a little bit all over the place and I absolutely love it!

I also figured out something new about myself in 2015, I love to cook. This is something that has helped me remain calm throughout a hectic year and has made Dave very happy. Most of the recipes I make I find on Pinterest or blogs just like this.

Now here we are in 2016, a sparkly new year, and I want to share all these new experiences. I read a lot of online reviews and blogs and I have to laugh sometimes at the amount of perfection I see. If there is one thing I’ve learned over the past year, it is that I am never going to be perfect at everything I do and I feel like others can relate to this. I have learned to laugh at myself, whether its burning yet another meal or getting stuck in my first knitting project (like literally stuck!).

This blog will basically be my own attempt at organizing my life, thoughts and experiences into one place. I look forward to sharing with you.

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