Browse Month by August 2017
Inspiration, Mom Life, Uncategorized

Summer is Shitty

 

So let’s talk about summer.  Summer can be real shitty…… sorry to those of you that like summer.  The vacays are great, the warmer weather is ……ok, just ok.  All the outdoor parties, county fairs, concerts, pool days/evenings, ice cream, blooming flowers and so on.

From that one word “ok”, I’m sure you can tell that I do not dig summer all that much.

I am a pale redhead, that hates the way my body looks.  You will find me standing in any shady spot that can be found in the surrounding area.

I hate being hot, I always get some level of sunburn, all red and blotchy, maybe some “swamp ass” and  my makeup runs off.  That is a bad situation!  Shorts and tank tops are just not an option in my mind, frankly I will not wear them because I hate how I look in them.  I will even make excuses to not go places because it is “too hot” or whatever I can come up with.  Why you ask?  It seems silly.

This all comes down to being self-conscious about my body.  That includes my hair color, my pasty skin and the size of my body.  I am 34 freakin’ years old and I still can’t wear shorts or a sleeveless shirt  because some kid in 6th grade made an asshole comment about my body and hair color.  What the hell!  I love to follow all these body positive blogs and Instagramers.  They are very inspiring.  I might even go out and buy a dress or swimsuit (that I will never wear) because they inspired me so much!  But by the time it comes in the mail (because it would be an impulse buy) and I have tried it on and looked in the mirror – I hate myself.  Why, why, why……  these other girls can embrace and love themselves for how their body, hair or whatever was designed by nature for them – why can’t I do the same!!!!  How am I going to survive the summer!  Our family likes to be outside playing, gardening, going for walks, drawing with sidewalk chalk…….the list goes on.

I can talk all day about losing weight to finally feel like I can wear shorts and a tank top.  But let’s be real here, there is no way in hell I am going to give up going for a truck ride and getting a freshly scooped ice cream cone at the lake.  Or out to dinner and drinks with the girls.  Or even just because I want a damn cookie.  I will not starve (I did that for far too many years) because that will be bad for all parties around me.  If I am hot AND hungry – bad news, bad news folks!

Then that leads to finding outfits that are cool, that in my mind are not shorts and tank tops.  I can’t be buying new clothes all the time and I do not really love to wear skirts or dresses…… now what?

Change the way you think and see yourself.  Be proud of who you are as an individual.  That is all wonderful to help build yourself up and I can preach that all day long, but when I get home and am getting dressed, the mean girl appears in the mirror and tells me that I look like a corpulent, almost glowing, gross person…… now what?

I know, I am not alone in this world with feelings like this and I do not know the answer to fix it, but I do have some ideas to help with how you and I see ourselves.  I need this as a reminder to myself almost daily.  Body issues run deep so hopefully one of these suggestions will help you when you are having self doubt when you are getting dressed.

Let’s make this the summer we switch things up!  Switch our thinking so that when we step out for the day, feeling great in our skin not just our clothes.

 

 

I made this into a pretty print out so that you can use it for your very own inspiration!  You deserve to feel beautiful!

Shape Switch

 

Let’s step out feeling and looking good all in the pursuit of designing our undersigned life!

Kari

Bright & Colorful, DIY, Gifting, Uncategorized

3 Ways To Beautify A Milk Carton Dollar Spot Find For Gift Giving

 

Hey Guys, Hey!

 

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to wrap gifts!  You just threw up in your mouth a little bit – I know you did!

For real though, I do love to wrap gifts!

It is so exciting when you give someone a beautifully wrapped gift – it’s like a gift in a gift!

So here I wanted to show you 3 ways in which I decorated (plus examples of what I would put in them) cardboard milk cartons from the Target Dollar Spot (llllluuuuuvvvvveeeeee the Dollar Spot – no shame).

 

I wanted to show you some ways to give some thoughtful gifts without spending a ton of money and how to decorate with things you may have around your house.  Starting with….

 

Bubble Gum Carton

Supplies:

Milk Carton from Target Dollar Spot

Elmers Glitter Glue

Half Dome Silver Beads (that I took off of a shirt before I threw it away because I ruined in the washer-oopps)

Gift Tags (from A Beautiful Mess, Happy Mail & Messy Box – I may be slightly obsessed with this – just sayin’)

Decorative Twine

 Gum Goodies

 

 

TAAAA-DAAAAA

First before you put anything in this, you have to decorate it.   That’s what this post is about…..  remember 😉  I recommend keeping it flat to decorate. Once you have it decorated and it is dry, flip it over and decorate the other side.  If you put it together, then decorate it, it makes it so the glue could run and your beads may slide off.  To get started use the Elmers Glitter Glue to attach the Half Dome Silver Beads on one flat side only.  I also put some dots of glue just to add color – to amp up the pinkish bubble gum theme.  Toss some tissue paper in there, put your gum goodies in there, add a fun summery tag and finally tie it all shut with coordinating pink twine.  Done. It is so cute!

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer:

I did not just put in Bubble Yum and Bubble Tape- 2 packs of gum does not cut it.

Fill that sucker full!

If you are going to give a greatly wrapped gift – the gift inside has to be better than the packaging!

You do not have to spend a ton of money, you just have to be thoughtful.

So put in some Big League Chew, little packs of gum and a ton of Double Bubble.

The gift receiver will be fully stocked.

 

 

Next up…

Cars & Candy Carton

Supplies:

Milk Carton from Target Dollar Spot

Colorful Brads

Gift Tags (from A Beautiful Mess, Happy Mail & Messy Box – linked up above)

Decorative Twine

Matchbox Cars & Candy

 

 

 

TAAAA-DAAAAA

First before you put anything in this, you have to decorate it.  To decorate this, I found it easiest to undo the glued seam so that the entire milk carton can lay flat in one solid piece.  Then take a small screw driver and poke holes all over it.  Make sure that your holes are small enough so that the brad does not slip all the way through.  Then add the brads and glue the container back together.

To keep it a little more masculine use some blue tissue paper, added a funky tag and decorative twine to tie it all shut.

Done.  Isn’t this tag the cutest!?! Thanks ABM!

I asked my son, Forrest if he thought this was “boy enough”, he shrugged his shoulders and said yeah.  I’ll take that as a success.

 

 

Fill It Up

Time to fill it up with goodies!  I let Forrest (my son) pick out what cars he wanted and some candy.  He was pumped – he thinks we need to do gift blogs ALL the time – yeah- I bet he does!  Insert eye roll emoji.

Forrest went with 4 Matchbox cars and an Oreo Candy Bar.  It ended up being around $5.

Don’t forget…..

You do not have to spend a ton of money to give a cool gift.  Wrapping it in fun ways adds to the “coolness” of it 🙂

 

 

Next up…

Glitter & Gold Candy Carton

Supplies:

Milk Carton from Target Dollar Spot

Elmers Glitter Glue/or any glue – it will not be seen

Gold Pineapple Washi Tape

Adhesive Glitter Letters (also from the Dollar Spot at Target)

Little Pocket Picture Holder and Sticker for the Gift Tag

Decorative Twine

 

 

TAAAA-DAAAAA

Remember……  decorate first.  To decorate this, do the same as the Cars & Candy Carton, it easiest to undo the glued seam so that the entire milk carton can lay flat in one solid piece.  Then take the Washi tape and diagonally put it on the carton.  Trim the edges, to have a clean finish.   Then glue the container back together.  Add the glitter letters (I ended up gluing them because they would not stick to the glossy washi tape).  Add the little pocket photo holder, slapped a sticker on it and attached it with some gold twine to close it up.

Fancy.

Let me tell you….  the glitter was EVERYWHERE!!

 

 

 

 

CHOCOLATE!

This was filled to the brim with all kinds of chocolate.

And you will notice I stuck a cupcake chap-stick in there just in case you need it from all the chocolate.

Remember……

If you are going to give a greatly wrapped gift – the gift inside has to be better than the packaging!

You do not have to spend a ton of money you just have to be thoughtful.

AND……  Chocolate makes everything better……right!?!?!?!

 

 

 

 

So there you go.  Some fun, unconventional and easy ways to give a thoughtful gift!

Keep on designing in this undesigned life,

Kari