Stuff that I’ve Lived with and LOVE!

Hi Friends!

Don’t you just love it when your friend gives you a great tip on a new product??  I DO!!  So I figured that I would share a few items with you that I have been using and (more importantly) loving for the last 4+ months.  These are all awesome, said with my hand over my heart… Pinky swear!

For the Home…

-The pan, I actually purchased at Costco, but it’s no longer available on their website.  It’s perfect for my family of 6 and I literally leave it on the stove because I use it for just about every meal.  I was sick of teensy pans that just weren’t large enough to cook a crap load of food in for my sons that have never-ending appetites. This one is fantastic!  It’s easy to clean, cheap and heats up really well.

-That iPhone case is not only super cool (my 14 year old cousin approves) but it’s like a pillow around your phone… that you can stare at for hours.

-If you’re wondering why I didn’t have one of these colanders, I thought the same thing once I started using one.  It’s so handy!  I nabbed mine at an estate sale for $4 brand new, but would totally pop for it from a store.  It makes washing salad and fruit stuff SO much easier.

-That mini humidifier was on my holiday list and I use it everyday.  I love it!  I put in a few drops of essential oil and plug it into my computer… it smells nice and adds a bit of moisture to my work area.

-Okay.  That ice machine is da bomb.  Ya, I just pulled out the 90’s lingo.  DA BOMB.  I bought it in 2016 and used it for parties, which was really helpful for drinks and keeping stuff cold.  Then about 8 months ago our freezer ice maker broke and we’ve been using this 24/7.  Like, we NEVER TURN IT OFF.  It’s still going strong.  It’s easy to clean and WORKS GREAT.

For the Body…

-Need the perfect jeans to wear with sneakers?  These are it!  They fit great, not too wide leg, not too skinny and they’re so cheap!!  Go!

-These Gap featherweight shirts are my FAVORITE layering shirts.  They’re fitted, but comfortable because they’re so, so, so soft.  I have almost all the colors and I still WANT MORE.

-About 2 years ago I got a Birchbox membership and this Beauty Protector Detangler was one of my first samples.  That was not an accident, people.  This stuff hooks you!  It’s better than any leave-in spray I’ve ever tried and even though I no longer get Birchbox, I still buy this and probably will, forever.

-This silk eye mask with copper was also on my holiday list.  I use it every night and it’s soft and very relaxing.  I don’t think it helps with wrinkles, but it does help me sleep better, so maybe?

-The best for last?!?!  OMG, I’m obsessed with this dermafoliant scrub.  In early December my girlfriends and I went to a fancy spa, and the tech told me to buy this asap… that it would change my skin.  I was skeptical, but wow, this stuff is incredible.  I now want everything made by Eminence.  It’s sold on Amazon, which is also so convenient.   If you buy any of my recommendations, make it this!!

1. Gap Featherweight Shirts, 2. Eminence Dermafoliant, 3. Small Humidifier, 4. iPhone Case, 5. Sleep Mask, 6. Beauty Protect & Detangle, 7. BR Bootcut Jeans, 8. Tramontina Large Pan, 9. Stainless Colander, 10. Ice Machine

Bubble Mask, Rosehip Oil

And since I’m imparting my wisdom, here’s one for all the sports fan moms out there!  Ok, not just moms, but anyone who spends a considerable amount of time near dirt and sun.  On an average weekend, I’m at the field about 5-6 hours a day between practices and games.  Last summer, I was going crazy trying to find a face wash that would get rid of the dust from the field, in a gentle way.  You guys, I was struggling with this… it’s like I always felt that there was dirt on my face.  The cleanser was either too rough and would rub the dirt in, or it was too watery and didn’t get rid of it.  THIS IS THE COMBO!  I use this mud as a cleanser.  It’s so soft and silky on your skin, the bubbles are fun AS HELL and best of all, it gets rid of the dust and dirt like nothing else!!  (I use a face wipe to take off some mud before rinsing so that process is even easier.)  Then I pat in this Rosehip oil.  I didn’t know this before, but just learned, that Rosehip heals the skin after sun exposure, so it’s literally the best thing to put on your skin after a day of sun.  Boom.  I’m a genius.

Try it and let me know what you think.  I’m predicting we will be besties after.

Anyhoo, just some fun stuff that you can feel zero guilt about buying.  I get nothing from referring you, so it’s just out of the goodness of my heart.  Wink!

A bit of progress in the boys’ bathroom

Hi there!!

It has been a minute.  You’d think I’d be done with jerseys – not yet.  And you’d think I’d be further along with the bathroom, but again, you’d be wrong.  I did happen to have a VERY nice birthday (I’m staring down the barrel of 4-0) and I finally met my goal of having 200 items for sale on Chairish!!  Yay!!  I think I actually hit 204 one day, but then some stuff sold, and it’s been varying around 195-200 every since.

I’m happy.

Anyhoo, shall we dive in?  I totally need your help picking a paint color.

I took the side part of the granite off!  It actually wasn’t all that difficult and the wall damage is fixable.  A definite score, in my book.

My little one bought me a heat gun for Christmas and mama finally put that sucker to use.  It. is. fun.  I love new toys that I get to play with.

I heated the stone up and then used that gigantor screw driver as a wedge to pry it from the wall.  Then with a razor blade, I sliced the silicone bonding the two pieces together and bam, stone was buh-bye.

I was able to get the glue remnants off using a spackling knife and my trusty heat gun.

I even took off the old bamboo decals from the shower glass…

 

BEFORE
AFTER

Since then, I’ve been patching holes, testing paint and procrastinating.  My next step is to paint the ceiling and upper part of the wall gray.  I think I’m just going to use a gray that I already have to keep it simple and not have to add another color to the list of things to keep track of in the house.  My plan is to do the walls a green, but leave about 10-12″ of the top gray.  I’m even thinking that the trim and door will be green too…

Here’s where I’m stuck…

  1.  Should I paint the window trim green too?
  2. Both sides of the door?
  3. Which green?  The top color is Cameroon Green, bottom is Juniper Ash
  4. The finish… I want the look of a matte paint, but is that too risky in a bathroom with this many boys??  On a door?

That right there, is the door and it leads out to the triple bunk room.  Here’s an old photo I just dug up, (I don’t have the strength to tidy it up right now… or ever…. hahahha)

There’s actually furniture in there now and bedding, but at least you can get an idea of the wall color.

I’m kinda leaning towards one, so fingers crossed you are too!!

Smell ya later!

Embroidery Tips for Performance Fabric

Insert crinkle nose.

Was that not the most boringest title ever?!  You don’t even have to say anything, I know that it is… well, until you are faced with a 100% polyester fabric shirt that you need to get embroidered.  Then you will be all like, thank you Jessica!  Because of you, I had this seemingly worthless information in the back of my brain muscles.  Win-win.

Sooooo… some of you may know, but twice a year I do a bunch of embroidery and vinyl work on hats and jerseys for my kid’s baseball league.  It’s become quite a little money maker, and gives me a few months of moolah for the snack bar and cleaning lady.  Two things I’m VERY much about.  This season I’ve already done 20 team jerseys and hats, with 12-13 kids each, I’ll let you do the math.

Well, this season my friend was in charge of the actual uniforms for the whole league and asked me if I could embroider shirts for all the umpires.  Of course!  I’m awesome!  No problemo!!  (Give it a minute) Wait, what fabric are we talking about here?

100% polyester.  Slinky, stretchy, thin AF.  Oooobbbvvviiooouuussslllyyy.

Here’s how I got em done on my little SE400 step by step, with photos of my trial and error.  You can try these changes one at a time or all at once for the best result – Up to you!!

GET A THIN NEEDLE

Like a size 10.  On my first attempt, I switched out needles and used a tear away stabilizer.

Yikes!!  So not good.  Actually, it’s REALLY scary.  It’s puckering all over the place.  That tear away stabilizer was a piece of crap and absolutely worthless.  Begone!

GET A CUT AWAY STABILIZER AND USE A SPRAY ADHESIVE

These two changes were game changers.  Finally, the fabric stayed put, without slipping and sliding all over the place.  The stabilizer I picked up was pretty thick and I just grabbed a temporary adhesive they had at Joann’s for embroidery.  The other change I made the 2nd time around was

BASTE YOUR DESIGN

Yes, I basted the design and I was able to do this easily on Embrilliance.  What this does is sews a little square around your design first, and it’s an extra measure to keep the fabric secure.

You can see that this is a very big improvement.  I still wasn’t thrilled though… do you see the fabric around the stars?  So, then I

REDUCE YOUR TENSION, JUST A LITTLE

You don’t want to go crazy here.  Just move the dial a few clicks.  And when you’re done, put ‘er back.  I hate playing with the tension because I have it right where I like it, but man, I had to fix that puckering some way.  Lastly,

LOWER THE NUMBER OF STITCHES IN YOUR DESIGN

I saved this for last because it’s the most drastic.  Usually, you’re buying a design and it’s not possible to even do this, but I ended up switching out the N.  I went from one that had over 4k stitches to something in the 2,500’s.  The original N was sent to me, but it was just way too thick for the material.

This was the final test before the show and take away my lousy trimming, this shizzzzz looks good, baby!!  Phew, I didn’t have to hang my head down at the field amongst my people.

It’s been a long time since I felt this triumphant.  Dang, I was damn near proud of myself.

Final product!!

THIS GIRL IS ON FIRRRREEEE!  Sorry. I was pretty stoked on this.

And I got to make a teensy bit o’cash.  I’m totally going to blow it on something fun and amazing and I don’t know, but I’ll let you know when I get it.  So. Excited.

Hope this helps one of you out there in the world!