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Hello! Welcome to my blog, my name is Tawnya. I'm a
Mommy to 3 little ones, a lucky wife to the Man of my dreams. I am a Cosmetologist, Crafter, Photographer and a stay at home Mom. My blog is simply about everything I love from, decorating, DIY, recipes, beauty, hair, camping, kids you name it. I love life and hope my blog can uplift and inspire many. Thanks for stopping by and come back often so you wont miss a thing!
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February 16, 2017

No more Squash Bugs!

Whoever has had a garden knows all about these pesty squash bugs! Well I can officially say I have finally found the solution. This was my first year in my garden I didn’t have ONE…..YES!!!! I don’t like to use chemicals in my garden I try to do everything all organic. So any harsh chemicals was a given no go for me.
I tried this same recipe I am going to share with you today the end of last year. I started to see the yucky squash bugs and it killed them and didn’t see any more.
This year I wanted to make sure I never got them, (once you get them they are hard to get rid of, in the past I would just pull my plants because I didn’t even want to deal with them) so I sprayed my leafs with my recipe a few times a month. I only sprayed it on plants where these little guys like to show up such as cucumbers, any squash or zucchini, and pumpkin plants. This really worked like a charm and I am SUPER DUPER excited!!!

Only 5 ingredients:
Get a spray bottle and fill it 3/4 full of warm water. Add 2 drops of dawn dish soap, 30 drops of Lemongrass Essential Oil, 40 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil, and 40 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil. That’s it!
I am still in shock it worked!
Take it from someone who has gone to great lengths to keep chemicals out of the garden 🙂 Give it a try and let me know how it goes for you 🙂

Chocolate Zucchini Cake


Let me just say this Chocolate Zucchini Cake is AMAZING! It has a vegetable in it so it counts to say it is “healthy” LOL (wink, wink)


Have you ever had a chocolate sheet cake or Texas sheet cake?  This zucchini cake is just like that, but with the addition of zucchini.  It’s dense, moist, rich and very chocolaty.  You can’t even tell there is zucchini in it.
Ingredients:
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. unsalted butter
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
3 eggs
1/2 c. buttermilk
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. shredded zucchini, peeled or unpeeled
Chocolate Frosting
3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. unsalted butter
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 c. buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook for 17-18 mins
For the Cake: In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.  In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter; add the cocoa powder and stir until smooth and combined.  Bring to a boil, remove from heat and add to the dry ingredients along with the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and shredded zucchini.  Mix until well combined.  Pour into a greased baking sheet and spread out evenly. When it comes out of the oven pour he frosting right on
For the Chocolate Frosting:  Add powdered sugar to a large bowl; set aside.  In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter; add the cocoa powder and buttermilk and stir until smooth and combined.  Bring to a boil, remove from heat and pour over the powdered sugar.  Add the vanilla and whisk together until smooth and creamy.  Pour over hot cake and spread out evenly.  Allow to cool, slice and serve.
***NOTE:***I peel half of my zucchini and pulse it all in my blender a few times, but make sure you have it all measured after you grate it before you pulse it.  In my oven it is perfectly done at 17 mins just stick a tooth pick in the middle it can take 17-20 mins to cook every oven is different.
Now go make you some of this YUMMY cake and enjoy!

February 15, 2017

SHINE Cosmetics

Oh my goodness! This is my FAVORITE new makeup that just launch last month! Everything I have tried I LOVE. My skin feels so soft and lushes when I have it on. Have you heard of this stuff yet?? GLUTEN FREE & PARABEN FREE www.shinecosmetics.com/tawnya
I love the companies motto as well. It is Makeup with a message, products with a purpose! Nothing is more beautiful than a woman who believes in herself. YOU are beautiful! The world defines beautiful as sexy. We believe that beauty is defined by so much more! SHINE with us!

Moms, Grandmas, Aunts ANYONE! Have you ever payed attention to some of the names in makeup lines?? There are so many names out there that I wouldn’t want my daughter to wear or me for that matter! Here are just a few I found (lipgasm, please me, nymph, seductive, hot gossip) just to name a few. No names like these with Shine Cosmetics. 
Here is a video to watch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEyw1HwbbR0

I am going to share a few pictures with you of some of what they have along with a few pictures of my own results.
I have tried 3 other companies Fiber Lash Mascara and I hated them they were either to dry to clumpy and couldn't get the results you always saw pictures of so I was skeptical on this one BUT ladies this is REAL results AND the fibers stay in place and don't flake off on my skin....WHAT?! I KNOW!! LOOK at my results!!! I also have the Fiber Brow on one side as well & I am really liking it too along with the BB cream.

If you have eyelash extensions guess what? The eye liner isn't oil based and safe to use with your extensions. Pretty cool huh?! They go on like butter and the colors are so pretty.


Eye Shadows stay in place ALL day without ceasing or loosing pigment and again LOVE the colors!



Their BB cream is so silky and soft. When I first used it I couldn't help but feel my skin throughout the day! The 2nd day I wore it I got 3 different compliments at the store from complete strangers asking what I used for makeup because my skin was so pretty and had a nice natural glow to it.
You can check out everything else they have at this website www.shinecosmetics.com/tawnya
 They offer a 30 day money back guarantee.






February 7, 2017

Yardsale Clothes Racks

I have a Yard Sale every Summer. I got tired of stringing rope on my garage to hang up clothes and using my husbands ladders. This year I wanted him to build me something for all my clothes I will be selling. I can't stand it when you go to a yard sale and they just have all the clothes in big piles on the ground. No one likes having to dig through clothes. (I am guilty of this as well)  BUT NO MORE! My awesome hubby made me these yard sale clothes racks and I can't WAIT to use them. As usual my handy man didn't disappoint. ;)
First he made the 2x4's 5 feet tall and all the 4 base pieces are all 18 inches long they are also 2x4's
He just screwed the base pieces on the bottom to make a leg base for support.



After both sides were made he drilled a hole in each post and he put a wood round rod through. I am having him make 3 of these :) They are going to be easy to store as well. We will just take the rod out when we are not using them. I am so excited to have these!
TA DA!! Yes I love them!

February 6, 2017

Ditch the Wax...Tinkle instead!


Oh my GOODNESS this is my new favorite thing ever right now! Do you Tinkle? Why did I not know about these sooner. Do you wax your face, lip or eyebrows?? Ditch the wax and Tinkle instead! I am a Cosmetologist and I have waxed people over and over and no matter how many times you get waxed it always still hurts EVERY time.  I have waxed my eyebrows and upper lip for years. But I will not be going back to waxing them ever again because I have discovered these awesome little tools.

I have only used it on my upper lip and eyebrows since Christmas of 2015 to make sure I would like the results. I do have some peach fuzz by my temples I am going to "Tinkle" soon. I have NEVER had my upper lip or eyebrows grow back darker or stubbly AT ALL. I seriously LOVE these and the best part is there is NO PAIN like there is with waxing! When you wax you are pulling out the whole hair root so you can have it grow back a little different  texture then before you waxed. With these you are just scrapping the surface so there is no change in texture at all.  I’ve never nicked my skin with a Tinkle nor do I experience any discomfort while shaving or after shaving.  This is a must-DO NOT SHAVE YOUR FACE WITH A REGULAR RAZOR.  Trust me. The blade on a regular razor is made completely different then the Tinkle blades.

Here’s What You Need To Know:

  • Only shave your face after you’ve cleansed your skin.
  • If you are sensitive or very dry, apply a thin layer of moisturizer or coconut oil before you shave your face.
  • Always use tiny downward movements. Keep your skin taunt in the area you will be working on.
  • Don’t shave your forehead-You probably don’t need to and it’s hard.
  • You can shave your sideburns and cheeks and upper and lower lip.
  • Not only will you remove hair, you will also remove dead skin!!  Yippee!
  • Always use a toner and moisturize afterwards.
  • I shave about 2x a month but you could shave weekly if needed.
  • Hair will not grow back stubbly or dark.  First off, it’s impossible to grow back darker and this razor is so gentle that it doesn’t chop the hair off like a normal razor would so it grows back soft!  I’ve never had stubble.
  • Your skin will feel smoother and your makeup will go on and look smoother as well!
So if you want to ditch the wax and Tinkle instead like me  CLICK HERE to buy some, they are on sale and under $7.00 for a pack of them! They will last awhile I am still using the same one I got for Christmas and it isn't dull yet.


January 30, 2016

20 Winter Kid Activities


Winter months where I live have lots of snow! My kids get board since they don't get to do as many things because it gets too cold to be outside all the time. Here is a list of 20 fun Winter activities for kids during the cold Winter months to help make it a little more enjoyable.

  1. Build a snowman
  2. Go ice skating
  3. Drink hot chocolate
  4. Make paper snowflakes
  5. Bundle up and go on a walk
  6. Drive around and look at lights
  7. Bake cookies for the neighbors
  8. Build a snow fort
  9. Dance to holiday music
  10. Make a gingerbread house
  11. Have a snowball fight
  12. Roast marshmallows
  13. Go sledding
  14. Make snow ice cream
  15. Make ice bubbles
  16. Paint in the snow with water and food coloring
  17. Play a game of freeze tag
  18. Snow obstacle course
  19. Scavenger hunt with toys hidden in the snow
  20. Pull each other in the sled

January 23, 2016

5 Great Hair Tips

It is a never ending battle with hair! Some days we have great hair days and others days we hate our hair and no matter what we do things don't work out how we want. I hear this over and over with hair clients. Even I have bad hair days. If I follow these 5 tips though I can have awesome hair all the time as long as I have a good haircut as well. Here are a few ways to revitalize your hair.

Change Up Your Products
When you find the product that makes your hair look and feel amazing, you are pretty sure that you have found your life-long love of hair products.  That feeling will go away at some point and your hair will start to plateau if you continue to use the same product day in and day out. Change up your shampoo and conditioner every 4-6 weeks and your hair will stay soft, and manageable. I keep 2 different Shampoos and Conditioner in my shower that I alternate all the time. After 6 weeks I will rotate to 2 others and so on.

Shampoo Twice
If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. When you first shampoo your hair you are washing out dirt and grease, but what about the cleansing part? That’s when washing your hair twice comes in. First wash out dirt/grease, second cleanse, third moisturize. This will help out so much, it is amazing how this works.

Lukewarm Showers
Hot water can damage your hair, just like curling irons and blow dryers. Limiting the heat is not exclusive to just flat irons and hot air. Your hair is more sensitive than you think. Washing your hair with extreme hot water can strip away those amazing oils and damage your hair cuticle. Those natural oils keep hair shiny and help control frizz. Start washing your hair with warm/cool water instead.
Don’t Dry With a Towel
Rubbing your hair with a towel makes your hair look dull. Instead, squeeze dry or allow your hair to air dry or use a low heat blow dryer. I like to only blow dry my hair with high heat once a week.
Don’t Wash Your Hair Everyday
If your hair is hard to manage, getting too static-y and limp, it is most definitely because you’re washing it to often. Girl, lay off the shampoo! You are taking away nutrients and natural oils that help give you gorgeous hair. Wash only a few times a week, and if you start to get a little greasy use dry shampoo to help absorb the oils. Your hair will be much easier to style. You will see great results with this tip. 

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