Cleaning Your Washing Machine

Every once in awhile we have to take some time to clean the thing that cleans things. For instance a vacuum cleaner needs to be emptied and a dishwasher may need some scrubbing. Another machine that can use some cleaning is a washing machine! When I moved in and started doing my laundry I noticed that the machine #1. smelled a little funky and #2. was dirty.  I couldn’t fathom how a dirty washing machine was going to make my clothes clean so I went ahead and cleaned the thing that cleans things.

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1. Fill the machine with hot water. Add 4 cups of chlorine bleach and let it agitate for 10 minutes. Then let the water sit for 1 hour.

2. After the hour, run the machine on the longest wash and spin cycle.

3. Once it is empty, fill the machine with hot water again. Add 4 cups of white vinegar. Agitate for 10 minutes then grab a rag or sponge and wipe down the machine. You can try to remove the middle piece and clean that out as well. Once you’ve cleaned every crevice allow the water to sit for an hour.

4. After the hour, run the longest wash and spin cycle.

That should help make it look and smell like new! It certainly did for me!

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The machines not only smell much better but the clothes smell so good now! You know, like detergent!

Now once the machines were all cleaned I took a look around and realized they weren’t the only thing within that space that needed some cleaning.  The machines sit in a closet and let’s just say that the space has seen better days. I decided to give the entire closet a little facelift! I’ll be sharing the transformation tomorrow so be sure to come back to check it out! For now I’ll leave you with a before shot as I was beginning the process! 

Laundry Room Makeover

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream Sauce

It’s no secret that I enjoy cooking. I also really really enjoy eating. I have always been a meat and potatoes kinda girl and I love when the Fall swings around and the meals get really hearty but I also love the light fun cooking that takes place in the summer! A few weeks ago I made some chicken tacos in the crockpot (super easy!) It got me thinking about how I would love to try shrimp tacos.  Well let me tell you I am so happy that I did because these tacos are BOMB (that’s what the kids are saying these days right?) I went on Pinterest looking for a good recipe and true to form I found a bunch that I really liked and took ingredients from one recipe for one part and other ingredients from another to create the tacos.  I like to think that there are 3 flavor boosters in this dish and when you bit into it you will get an explosion in your mouth…no joke, it’s that good! 

Shrimp Tacos I Made2StyleI started with marinating the shrimp. Flavor booster #1

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream Sauce

Then I prepared the chipotle cream sauce. Flavor booster #2

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream SauceAnd then the fixings. I cut up some lettuce, I would normally recommend red cabbage for the crunch factor but I just used red leaf. I also chopped up some tomatoes. The last fixing is flavor booster #3. I cut up 2 avocados into cubes and then drenched them in lime juice and added 2 tbsp of chopped cilantro. YUM

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream Sauce Once all that is done just cook your shrimp in a skillet until it turns pink and put your tacos together. I’m telling you each bite will have you saying OMG. You’ll start talking like Giada being all “the bite from the shrimp paired with the heat from the sauce…” haha! So yeah, you’ve got to give this recipe a shot and you’ll have plenty of the chipotle sauce leftover to add to all kinds of dishes. Maybe even a dip for some sweet potato fries? Oh man, now I need to make sweet potato fries! 

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream SauceIf you’re on Instagram you can follow me at Cindy_Made2Style and check out the hashtag #M2Sinthekitchen for some dish ideas! If there is anything you want me to share a recipe on just let me know! You can also check out the recipe tab at the top of the page for more M2S recipes! Enjoy guys ;)

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Apartment Tour

So it’s August…when did that happen?! I always feel like the summer flies by and with so much going on I’m trying to savor every moment. I’ve been so caught up with the move that I haven’t really had a chance to look back at where I was. It occurred to me that I never did a tour of my apartment so of course now that I’m gone I figured I’d finally get around to that! This was my first space that I didn’t have to share and was all my own. But anyone who did have the pleasure of living with me knows I didn’t hold back when I decorated! It was hard to leave this place mostly because it was here that I truly learned my style. There were moments of “what was I thinking,” but also moments of clarity. A ton of trial and error but in the end having that feeling that I can’t wait to be home. Nothing made me happier than when friends and family would come over and say how homey they felt being there. That was always my goal to make it feel homey, comfortable and at the same time represent my style. So here it is…my baby! I’ve attached links to projects that I’ve done within each space to help make it what it was.

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Apt Tour

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How To Gallery Wall

DIY Roman Shades

  Craft Storage

KITCHEN

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Target Bar Cart Makeover

EAT Sign

Furniture Makeover (Miss Kelly) 

Fabric Covered Boxes

LIVING ROOM

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Bookcase Redo

No Sew Pillow Covers

Gold Edge Frames

Ikea Hemnes Hack

Ikea Side Table Hack

BEDROOM

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DIY Headboard

Gradient Canvas Art

Ribbon Trimmed Lampshade

Jewelry Holder

Glittered Vase

So oddly enough I don’t have any pictures of the bathroom other than what it looked like after packing up but no worries, it wasn’t anything special.  Here are some shots I took on moving day.  Pretty bittersweet! I decided to leave the roman shades because I knew I had no windows that they would work with and the person moving into the space really liked them so at least they will get used! She also bought my couch from me so that stayed behind as well. 

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And the truck on moving day…

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Now to figure out where this will all go in the house! 

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Wine Cork Initials & Place Card Holders

For my cousin’s bridal shower I decided to make some cork initials to add to the decor.  I’m lucky enough to have an uncle who owns a restaurant so getting a handful of wine corks was fairly easy.  If you are not so fortunate you can purchase some here or do what I would do and just start getting saucy every night! 

To start this project you will need corks (duh!) The amount of corks all depends on your letter but I would estimate around 60 corks per letter.  You’ll also need a hot glue guna print out of the letter, card stock and thick craft sticksI was going to be making an E (for Elizabeth) an F (for Frankie) and an ampersand. 

I started with printing out the letters that I needed and then tracing them on top of white card stock. By applying some pressure I was able to create a crease in the card stock which I then cut out.

Wine Cork Letters

I decided that I wanted the width of the letters to be 2 corks so I started hot gluing 2 corks together and testing out how I wanted them. I also alternated which side of the cork I was using.  I wanted there to be some variation in color.

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Once I had all the twos together I started gluing them down onto the card stock shaped letter.

Wine Cork Letters

When I was finished I realized it needed more stability so this is where the craft sticks come in handy.  Just hot glue them onto the back. 

Wine Cork Letters

For the ampersand I happen to have a cork board in that shape so I used that and instead of wine corks I used a mixture of wine and champagne.  They took about 2 hours for all three but it was totally worth it! 

Wine Cork Letters

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Another quick project I did were the place card holders for the guests.  The supplies were pretty much the same thing.  I printed the cards myself and with a sharp knife (and careful eye) I sliced a line in the cork.

Cork Place Cards

Next I placed a dot of hot glue on the back bottom of the cork.  The point of that is so that when it hardens it will stop the cork from rolling over.

Cork Place Cards

Then just slide your card right in!

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Now go grab yourself a nice glass of vino and get to drinkin’!!

Wine Themed Bridal Shower

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope this week is treating you well. First off I just wanted to say thank you to all the sweet comments I received about my move! I am super excited and have already started on a few projects that I can’t wait to share with you!

Today I wanted to share some photos from my cousins bridal shower that we threw for her last month.  She is a big lover of wine and had dreams of having a vineyard wedding but when all things were factored in it just wasn’t doable with the cost so we decided to throw her a wine themed shower! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this photo that I posted.

Wine Themed Bridal Shower l Made2Style.com These corks came in super handy for my contribution to the party.  I was in charge of place cards and help with decor.  I decided to make their initials out of cork (E for Elizabeth and F for Frankie.) For now I’m just going to be sharing pictures of the party but I will be posting tutorials on these projects later.

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As a gift from the bridal party, we got her a basket of wine “firsts”.  Each bottle has a little poem with instructions on when it should be opened. 

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The shower was a complete success and I will be back to share how I made those letters! Better start drinkin’ up! 

New Beginnings!

Hellooo friends!! So yeah, I’ve totally dropped off the face of the blogging world. But all that matters now is that I’m back and man do I have some great things coming your way!! Let’s start off with some fantastic news…I moved!!! I’m so beyond excited! It was definitely time to move on. While I loved my apartment I hit a point where I did all that I could do to it.  I had so many ideas of things that I want to do but I just didn’t have the space.  I think that had a lot to do with why I’ve vanished off the web…just wasn’t motivated anymore.

Any who…last week I packed up my place and moved out! It was very bittersweet for me.  I loved that space so much.  For anyone that doesn’t know, the house/apt I lived in is owned by the school I work for so the good news is one of my friends/colleagues is moving into the space and you better believe we had some some serious conversations with the maintenance guys about what will happen if they paint over my stripes! As sad as it was to leave I was super excited because I moved in with my love! Also very stressful since I am bringing Luna into a house with 2 other cats! That’s a story for another post (Yes, that’s 3 cats altogether…I’m officially the crazy cat lady!)

As far as the house goes it is best described as a raised ranch. It is the house he grew up in so it goes without saying there are still many things in this house that were around when he was a wee little boy.  We’re hoping to change all of that! We’re talking wood paneling to green shag rugs. It’s very ‘come on knock on our door’ if you know what I mean! The bones of this house are awesome though and I’ve got some great ideas! 

I’m currently working on the kitchen and mixing my stuff with his and deciding what to keep and what to toss.  Like that 1970’s Mickey Mouse mug and matching plate? Yeah, that goes in the yard sale pile ;) 

I hope you guys are as excited as I am. I can’t wait to turn this house into our home! 

 

{Beauty} Filling In Your Eyebrows

Eyebrow Tutorial

Eyebrows have been getting a lot of attention lately, or none at all depending how you look at it! I am one of those women who grew up with some Peter Gallagher eyebrows on my face.  When I was old enough to get my hands on some tweezers it was over, they barely existed.  I have photos to prove it but I will spare you.  It took quite a while to finally grow them back to a point where they looked normal but there are still areas where the hair is pretty sparse and no matter what, it won’t grow back. 

I was pretty content with the way they were for the most part but it wasn’t until I really got into makeup and especially makeup artistry that I realized just how important eyebrows are.  The way I have come to look at eyebrows is like having the most amazing outfit on with no accessories! Eyebrows frame the face and complete any look you are going for.  You can’t have flawless face with great makeup and ratchet eyebrows! 

Eyebrow Tutorial

There is a big misconception on filling in eyebrows.  Many woman hear that and immediately freak and think they are going to look like they have their eyebrows tattooed on.  That is simply not the case.  There are so many great products out there and easy techniques to help you achieve the look you’re going for.  I am a huge fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills.  Not only are her products amazing but she is a huge supporter of makeup artists.  The 3 products of hers that I love are the Brow Wiz, which is a eyebrow pencil.

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The Brow Duo which is a powder.

Eyebrow Tutorial

And her newest product which is my absolute favorite right now, the Dipbrow Pomade.

Eyebrow Tutorial

All of these products can be found in Sephora or on the ABH Website but I would recommend going to Sephora so you can test the products and see which colors match yours best.  Now let’s get down to some technique on how to fill in your brows because you are all going to be brave and give this a try! 

Here’s a shot of me with one eyebrow filled in and the other not just so you can compare.  See, looks natural right? Would you know that I filled it in if I didn’t tell you?

Eyebrow Tutorial

To begin, I dip my brush (I use this short angled one) in the Dipbrow pomade and then rub most of the product off on the cap so that it’s not overwhelming when I place it on my brow.  You can always go back and add more but a little goes a long way. I start by creating a line on the bottom from the beginning of the brow to about the arch.

Eyebrow Tutorial

Eyebrow Tutorial

Next, I do the same thing but this time on the top of my eyebrow.

Eyebrow Tutorial

After that you’ll want to create a line from your arch going down.  If you don’t have much of an arch but you want to create one this will allow you to do just so.  Sometimes you may notice that one eyebrow has an arch and the other is more rounded.  You can easily even them out but simply using your brush to create the shape.

Eyebrow Tutorial

Now it’s time to fill in the middle.  You can choose to use a powder, pencil or continue with the pomade.  The trick here to making it look natural is to take your brush and move it in the opposite direction of your hair growth.  In other words rather than filling in the space by going with the hair, fill it in by moving your brush towards your nose. 

When you fill in the space going with the hair you are only placing the product on top of the hair.  When you go in the opposite direction you are forcing the brush under the hair and directly onto the skin creating a much softer and natural look.

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 When you fill in the front turn your brush vertically and make soft strokes to fill in any space you may have.

Eyebrow Tutorial

And there you have it! Pretty painless right? 


Eyebrow Tutorial

If your not sure about heading out and buying new products you can try using an eye shadow you may have that is close to your hair color, lighter is always better than darker!  If you give it a try don’t forget to snap a pic! You can share with me over on Instagram @ Cindy_Made2Style! 

As far as the products go, I am not being sponsored by anyone to talk about them I just love sharing my favorite products with you guys and what I find works best! The lashes I’m wearing in these photos are Pixie Lush by House of Lashes. If you have any questions or any requests for more posts like this just leave it in the comments below! 

Thanks for stopping by! xo

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