Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Awhile ago {wayyyy too long ago}, I posted a picture of my frizzy, curly, long hair on IG and a picture of it non frizzy and straight, I asked if anyone wanted me to do a tutorial on how I tamed the mess. The answer was a big yes! Well, I was a total slacker and didn’t get around to it and I wound up chopping my hair off! The only thing is, my hair is still super curly and crazy even with it short so, I thought why not go ahead and do that tutorial. This is seriously the easiest way I do my hair. It takes me all of ten minutes and I always love the result! There are only three main things I use for this. Two hair products and my straightener.

Here is my super easy and quick way to get my hair from curly to straight!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Step One: After you get out of the shower. Spray in this leave in conditioner. It helps make your hair so soft and smooth. I swear by this stuff! I’m pretty sure I got it at cvs. Either blow dry your hair afterwards or let it air dry. I usually let mine air dry.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Step Two: Pull most of your hair back into a ponytail, only leaving a little bit down. Apply a small amount of Shine Shield to the section of your hair that is down. Right after you apply that, straighten that part of your hair.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Step Three. Let a little bit of your hair out at a time. Apply the shine shield and straighten the parts that are down. Repeat this until all of your hair is out of the ponytail.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Step Four. Flip all of your hair to one side, tilt your head slightly down on that side, and run your straightener over all of the hair. It doesn’t have to be perfect. You just want to do a quick straighten. Flip your hair to the other side and do the same thing.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Step Five. Flip all of your hair over your head. Bend your head down as far as you can and carefully straighten the underneath part. This helps to get any bumps you might have missed and actually helps to give your hair a little volume.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Step Six: Flip it back over and brush it out. Now you can either keep it straight like it is or use your straightener to flip out some of the ends. I like flipping out some of my hair on both sides because it just makes it look cuter in my opinion, but if I don’t have the time, I just leave it straight!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

There you have it! My two favorite products! All you need are those, your straightener and 10 minutes and you will have a cute and easy hair style!

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How to spruce up the tips of your nails

I was provided these nail decals in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

I know my last few posts have been a little bit down, but I like to keep this space very real and share everything I’m going through. Today I wanted to lighten things up a bit and share a nail tutorial with y’all. Playing around with my nails is new to me and I’m finding that I love seeing what I can do with my nails even if it’s not perfect. Today, I am going to show you how to paint the tips of your nails and make them look cute.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // How to spruce up the tips of your nails

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // How to spruce up the tips of your nails

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // How to spruce up the tips of your nails

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // How to spruce up the tips of your nails

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // How to spruce up the tips of your nails

Step one: Place the tape where your tips end on one side and then take it across to where it ends on the other side. Try and keep it as straight as possible.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // How to spruce up the tips of your nails

Don’t worry about getting paint on the tape.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // How to spruce up the tips of your nails

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // How to spruce up the tips of your nails

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // How to spruce up the tips of your nails

Step four – Use a cotton swab and carefully clean up any paint that got under your nails or on your fingers.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // How to spruce up the tips of your nails

Step five – Place the nail decals along the edge of the paint on your nails.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // How to spruce up the tips of your nails

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // How to spruce up the tips of your nails

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // How to spruce up the tips of your nails

I also got these cute decals that I can’t wait to play around with. You can purchase the nail decals here and use code LLL0VE20 to get 20% off your order!

That’s it! Very easy and it makes your nails look a lot more cute! Even my husband said he likes them! Woo Hoo!

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Persnickety Prints Craft – Part 1

Hey friends. I hope your weekend was good and that your week has started off with a bang! One thing that is getting me through the waiting game about my back {besides my husband, kids & family of course} is crafting. For awhile now, I have been wanting to add more crafts to this little space of mine and I finally started taking the leap. I adore crafts and making over furniture and rooms and I miss doing that and sharing those things on the blog. So, you could consider today a little start to doing just that!
A couple of weeks ago I ordered some Persnickety Prints. When I got them in the mail, I was SO happy with them and I really wanted to do something fun with them. I have two things in mind, this is part 1 of my persnickety prints crafts!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Persnickety Prints Craft - Part 1

I have seen pictures hung on walls in so many different ways and I really wanted to do something different. I have always liked different, it’s just part of who I am and I just kept looking at them and looking at my house and my small amount of craft supplies and BAM it hit me. I wanted to “hang” them but, not in a traditional way. Insert this tutorial.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Persnickety Prints Craft - Part 1

You will need:
Your prints
A needle
String
Scissors
Tape

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Persnickety Prints Craft - Part 1

Step 1 – Poke a hole in the top of your pictures in the center {or at least near the center}.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Persnickety Prints Craft - Part 1

Step 2. Stick a small piece of whatever string you want {I went with white} through the small hole and tie a double knot.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Persnickety Prints Craft - Part 1

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Persnickety Prints Craft - Part 1

Step 3. Cut enough small pieces of a tape of all of your pictures & begin hanging them on your wall in whatever shape you wish. I wasn’t 100% sure I wanted to do this V shape but, it worked out perfect. Hang them all up and wa-la. You now have pictures “hanging” on your wall. :)

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Persnickety Prints Craft - Part 1

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Persnickety Prints Craft - Part 1

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Persnickety Prints Craft - Part 1

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Persnickety Prints Craft - Part 1

I can’t wait to show you what I am doing with the rest of my prints! :) 
p.s. the little heart you see in these pictures is covering up my ugly light switch that I have yet to put the cover back on yet! Ha, you can see the other uncovered one right around the corner, yikes! I should really do that shouldn’t I? ;)

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How to create a twitter list

I saw this tweet from Colleen about creating a twitter list & I told her how I had twitter lists. Which resulted in a couple of ladies asking me how to do that. So I figured other people may not know so here it is.

Step one. Click on the persons twitter account that you want to add to your list. You don’t have to visit their twitter page for this – just need to have it pop up.

Step two – Click on add or remove from lists. {Where it is highlighted in the picture}

Step three – Click on create a list. Name your list & it should pop up in the area above create a list like mine are.

Step four – For everyone you want to add to this list. Do step 1 & 2 and then check the box you want to put them in and wa-la they will be there.

To view your lists. Go to your twitter home page & on the left you will see Lists – click on that and your lists will pop up! See not hard at all! Have fun creating your lists!


Mirror cross + the reason behind it

I originally posted about this on Amanda’s blog during her blogging break & I am finally getting around to sharing it with yall! 
I am going to show you how to create a mirror cross. You will need.
  • Heavy duty cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • A small mirror {or mirror size of your choosing}
  • Hanging materiel.
First you will want to cut your paper into strips – there should be four strips per paper. So basically one piece of paper covers this project. 
Next up – Fold your four freshly cut strips in half. Try and keep them as even as possible down the center. Because you are going to see the line when it’s hanging up. Really – it’s pretty I promise! 
After you have done your expert folding ;) cut off a triangle shape section on top of either side of each strip. It doesn’t have to be much right now. You can trim it up at the end if you want them shorter or not.
Then take your mirror {pop it out of whatever it is in, if it is in something} and flip it over to where the back is now facing you.
Use your nifty little hot glue gun – put some glue on the end of the strip that you didn’t cut and glue it to the top of the mirror.
Do this on all four sides of the back of the mirror and make sure when you glue it on the flat side of the paper is facing you. You want the risen part on the other side when you flip it over. This is what it will look like once you have glued it all on and turned it back over.
Like I said. It doesn’t have to stay this long, you can trim it up to whatever size you like. This size was perfect for the wall I wanted it on. 
It is so simple, yet so pretty. And it looks amazing on the wall. Now I told you I would share why I made it. I will be honest – at first all I knew was I wanted a cross with a mirror in the middle of it. I didn’t know why or how the idea came to me but God works that way doesn’t he? plants an idea in your head and you go through with it. It wasn’t until I hung it up that I knew it’s purpose. It is a reminder to me – that when I see that cross and look into that mirror – that I should be a a reflection of him. That I should be able to see God’s love and beauty shining through me from him. 
Why can’t I do this with a regular mirror? That I couldn’t tell you. I just know I was meant to make this. This way. For this reason. I have been participating in the #shereadstruth and God has been working in me and doing small things that remind me of him – even if it’s something as small as this mirror cross and the reason behind it. 


Halloween door decoration

So, sense I’m still in the Halloween mood, I wanted to create something for my front door. 
I wanted a wreath, but my budget for crafts is zero.

So, I gathered stuff from around the house and 
got creative. 

I used this basket that I got from my mother in law and spray painted it silver.


Then I took two toilet paper rolls (no toilet paper on them, don’t worry) and cut out some silk fabric I had.


I grabbed my trustee glue gun and glued around the top of the toilet paper roll.

I layed the fabric over it.

I used some black ribbon and cut out triangles for the eyes.


Glued it to the front of the fabric

Then I took orange and black ribbon and made three little flowly string things to place on the basket.

I stuffed newspaper in the basket part and placed the ghosts inside.


&& here it is hanging on my door.

Not bad for free huh?!?! =D 

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Cassie

How to create a header using a collage

I’m sure you can use any form of photo software for this but I use picnik. So, pull up Picnik (www.picnik.com) or the photo software of your choice.  Oh and speaking of header’s you can now find custom headers and premade headers in my shop!! =D

1. Click on start picniking. (found in the top right corner)


2. Go to library.


3. Click on make a collage.


4. Select the four grid layout. (the arrow is right under it)


5. Upload a photo.


6. Drag it to a spot on the grid.


7. Repeat steps 6 & 7 two more times. 

Now if you want words at the end upload a color of your choice to the fourth spot. You can do this by going to paint, filling the page with whatever color and saving it. Then repeat steps 6 & 7 to place it in the fourth spot.


If you just want pictures all the way across the add another picture to the fourth spot.
8. Click done.

9. Click on the edit tab. 


10. Click on resize and resize it to whatever size you like. Mine is 965 x 450 Click on done. The size of your header may vary depending on the size of your blog layout, so you may have to re-size it a few times until you get it right. (that’s what I had to do)


11. Go to create. (skip this step if you have four pictures, skip to #13)


12. Click on Text and select whatever text you want and whatever words you want it to say.


13. Click on save and share and save it to your computer. 


14. Pull up paint. (skip this step if you don’t want words under your header)


15. Click on paste and paste from, it should pull up your pictures and click on the collage you just created, click on that collage and upload it to paint.


16. Click on the “A” to insert text and drag the cursor from one end of your header to the other end and make it go down as far as you want (under your header that is)


17. Insert what words you want, font, color etc. 

18. Save it and go back to picnik.

19. upload your new collage and go to crop.

20. Crop your imagine to right under the words you put it. Then click save & share, save it to your computer and your done!! =D



Woo-hoo! Pat yourself on in the back. =D

Cassie

My very first guest post

I am beyond excited to be doing my very first guest post EVER for Skye!! You may have heard me mention her on my blog. No? Here’s some proof. Here and here are just a couple. =D. She is doing a series called back to the basics about blogging. I don’t even know all of the basics. I’m learning some things as she is doing this series. :)
But I recently discovered how to create a blog button. She asked me to do a guest post about it over at her nest. So fly on over to Skye’s blog and check out how to make a blog button, the basics of blogging and all of her awesomeness. =D

Cassie