Friday, December 6, 2013

2:31 PM on a Friday {Roll Call


Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday.... Ok, sorry for that - if anyone remembers that... It was so last year, right? But let's face it, it's still true. You GOTTA get down on Friday. So here's what we were getting down to on Friday.



There's more right here! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Quick, Easy and Small Fall to Winter Fashion Trends {Daily Diaries}






Let's talk a little fashion today shall we. To find my top 6 fall fashion trends go HERE. My love for the fun new headwraps got me thinking about other fall fashion trends that are on a smaller scale. So today I am going to talk fall fashion on our lips, nails, and accessories. These are easy, quick and inexpensive but still make a big statement. And the best part is they will all transition from fall right into the holiday season. So lets get started on my top 5 small trends that leave you feeling stylish and create a big statement.

Dark Nails


First up are the dark nails. Black is back, but not just black so don't be intimidated. If black is scary for you or just not your thing you can use the dark purples, reds and blues and it will bring in that same look. Dark is no longer a Gothic style but turning into pure glam. Good bye summer neons, hello glamorous darks {at least for a couples months}.


Also to go along with the dark nail colors, GOLD is a must this fall and into the holiday season. Try it out. Get a dark color and paint those fingers and tootsies, with maybe one of them gold, and you are sure to be in love.

Dark Lips
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Next up are the dark lips. Burgundy is huge this season and really fun to play with, with your fall outfits. It can be so pretty paired with a light flowy top. Make it feminine and keep it classy.

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If the purple is too much for you, try out the darker red. Bright red was perfect for the summer, but it is time to switch it out for the darker shades of those classic red lips.



I tried out a color in between the really dark purple and the red and I am loving it. It is a little darker in person then what the lighting of this picture shows, but it was just a really fun change and it feels very dressed up. It is crazy how just putting on some lipstick can make you look so much more put together.

Headwraps and Beanies 

Now for some fun head accessories for fall into the winter are the headwraps, cozy earwarmers and beanies. I love these accessories because they are both functional and fashionable. The two main functions each of these serve is to keep our heads cozy warm, and they are super quick and great for a lazy hair day.

You can find my headwrap tutorial from last month's post HERE


For a different look you can buy are make the cute fleece or crochet earwarmers. Pretty much these are just a thicker headwrap that are great for those snowy days. You can find the tutorial to make the fleece ones HERE.



I feel like beanies are so much cuter than they used to be, and a huge part of fall/winter fashion. I am finding myself styling the rest of my outfits around these beanies. They are not just for guys or for skiing anymore. Wear them looser fitting and with a fun curl or with some straight bangs. The Most perfect lazy hair day accessory ever. In the summer I love the top knot bun and in the winter I love the beanies and headwraps. Function and beauty it is possible!

Statement Necklace


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Statement necklaces are huge. They have been a popular trend for a while and they are not going anywhere anytime soon. These unique, colorful, and classic statement necklaces are for everyone. They have so many shapes, sizes, colors and options and they can go with just about anything. You do not have to wear a dress to pull these babies off and that is what I love so much about this fashion trend. I have worn them with a T-shirt, a dress, a button up, or a blouse. They are perfect for everyday or to dress up for a holiday party.The best places to get these are jane.com and groopdealz.com you will get such amazing deals on great quality pieces.

Scarf

Scarves. This is a no brainier. We love scarves. Just like the head accessories these are not only cute but they keep us cozy in these upcoming frigid months. There are so many styles, patterns, materials and way to wear them and you can find them everywhere. I love how they can also be worn as if they are a necklace, making the same fashion statement. Stay tuned and get excited for next months fashion post all about scarves.

I hope i was able to help you out with bring fall into your style in small, easy ways.
 Happy Fall to Winter!!
and Happy Holidays I can't believe it is that time of year again


Friday, November 8, 2013

DIY Catwoman Costume {Daily Diaries}







So I know it's a little late for Halloween posts, but with my technical difficulties this was as close to Halloween as I could get, and I wouldn't DREAM of not sharing my costume! So without further ado, I would like to present my 2013 DIY Halloween costume..... CATWOMAN!


The seeds for a Catwoman costume were planted when I ran across a pair of leather paneled leggings while shopping with my mom in, oh... March. I'm not really a leggings girl (I'm coming more into the trend now, but I feel a bit self conscious and my husband kind of hates them, so leggings are not my preferred apparel item), but these specific leggings were so fun, and so comfortable, and all I could think of when I saw them was how they were begging to be used for a Halloween costume. They were def Black Widow or Catwoman material. I knew it had to be Catwoman for sure when my oh so kind and beautiful daughter saw this picture of Anne Hathaway from The Dark Knight Rises and said "Mamma!" Isn't she the sweetest!?


If only. I can only dream about looking as great as Anne Hathaway, but I got to thinking that her Catwoman ensamble was totally makable, and with my new leggings it would be 90% from stuff I already had in my closet - which is how I LOVE to do costumes! So here's the low down on how I put it together.

These are the things I already had in my closet

Adidas running jacket - with some cool texture that was puuurfect (sorry, I had to!)


I got this jacket in Rome on my honeymoon, and I have to admit that it's one of the most expensive clothing pieces I've ever owned (I'm really cheap, ok), but it's also one of my favorite things ever. I'll be real, I never run, but I like the look of this jacket, that's all that matters, right? Because I love it and it was pricey, I didn't want to do any alterations to it, but it had some bright white stripes and a little logo that weren't very Catwoman-like. To fix that I used Wonder Tape to stick a black ribbon over the white stripes on the back and a small kitty cat shape over the logo on the front. Voila!

Faux leather paneled leggings from Ross - did I mention these were only $7? Another reason I HAD to get them. I've seen similar ones floating around everywhere - Forever 21, Love Culture, and H&M, to name a few places.


Black boots - These were purchased for a "biker girl" costume all the way back in 2007, and were actually one of two options for Catwoman footwear.  I thought about going with these taller, pointer boots, but they're a little too big and I didn't like how baggy they were, so I stuck with the short ones, even though The Dark Knight Rises version of Catwoman looks like she's wearing taller boots. It's all about what makes ME look cutest, right?


Burton belt - I was looking into buying a belt that looked more like a "utility belt", but I was feeling cheap and lazy, so I went with one I owned. I did make a little pocket/pouch to attach and keep my cell phone in which gave it more of the movie look, buuuuut, that's not in the picture, because I'm cool like that :)


Now here's where I spent money on this costume

Black satin gloves - $15 at the Halloween store. They go up past the elbow and I folded them over so they were just below. Had I shopped earlier I could've got some better ones with a leather look for about $10 on Amazon. But I didn't want to chance them not being on time for Halloween so I went for the safe option and got what I knew I could have right away.


Headband, Flashlights, and Fun Foam for DIY cat ears/goggles - About $4.

This is truly my favorite part of the costume, and what really made me go for the Anne Hathaway Catwoman. When I first thought about being Catwoman I was drawn to the Arkham City video game version, but I wasn't sure if I was up to the task of stuffing all of my hair into a hat (I have A LOT of hair, it's sort of ridiculous). So Anne Hathaway's look with free flowing locks was quite appealing. I figured I could probably find a cat ear headband from the movie in a costume shop or online, but I ended up finding something even better, which really made me decide that I had to, had to, be Anne's Catwoman.

THIS tutorial for swiveling Dark Knight Rises Catwoman goggles. AMAZING! I seriously loved the way her goggles flipped up to look like ears in the movie, and now I could have my own!


This tutorial involves drilling, which was a little out of my comfort zone (I'm a mess when it comes to power tools) but I decided to suck it up and give it a go. I even had a pair of broken sunglasses that I could utilize, so I couldn't not try it! And guess what? It was easy peasy! I sort of skipped some steps and went for my own simplified version, but I felt like the impact was just as awesome. People LOVED these goggles! They were really truly the best part of the costume and definitely worth the hour or so I put into making them! You can check out my cheesy Instagram video of how they work.

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The final touches were some sparkly earrings, a pearl necklace (because Catwoman is the ultimate jewel thief and needs to look glam), some red lipstick (I kind of wish I'd picked a darker color though, bleh), smokey purple and black eyeshadow, long lashes, and a drawn on mask.


I hate wearing makes so I decided spending a little bit of time in the makeup chair would be better than wearing an uncomfortable mask all night long. This mask was pretty simple too. After my cool Spider-Man make-up last year, this mask was peanuts. I started out by drawing a simple outline that resemble the mask Anne Hathaway wears


Then I dampened a large eyeshadow blending brush and filled in the mask with black shadow. Done and done!


This was for sure one of the easiest costumes I've ever DIY'd, and I love the way it turned out. I got lots of compliments at the party I went to on Friday night, and even more when I went trick-or-treating with my little Batman!


P.S. I made the hat and wings for Quinn's cute owl costume too! She loves owls and was the cutest little thing! And do you like my strange husband's creepy horse mask? He barely even wore it because of the stinky plastic smell and lack of eye holes! Haha!  What did you guys dress up as? Any other Catwomen out there? We want to see your pictures! Who care if Halloween was over a week ago and they're already playing Christmas music everywhere, I would have Halloween everyday if I could!





Wednesday, October 30, 2013

2:09 PM on a Monday {Roll Call}

I don't know about the rest of you, but I think Garfield is right about Mondays, they really are the worst day of the week! Should we see how many of the Undone ladies agree? Check out our Monday afternoon roll call!



Read all about our Monday adventures right here...

Friday, October 25, 2013

Technical Difficulties






So I really really wanted to do a post about Halloween costumes this week, but a terrible, no good, really bad thing happened - My computer crashed! It's pretty much really annoying. Luckily I'm married to a computer genius and he made a heroic attempt to salvage all of my files. My baby is still in the shop, but I'm crossing my fingers that Darren's magic worked. If not I'm still relatively lucky that there was nothing too important on there, except for photos for future blog posts :/  Grrr.  

So yeah, that happened and I'm posting this from my phone, which has its pros and cons. Pro being that its super convenient, and con being that I don't have access to any of the pretty photos or editing software. But maybe I can give you a cell phone pic or two of some pieces of my Halloween costume, and then hopefully I'll have my laptop back and I'll be able to show you the whole thing before Halloween actually hits!

I'm super excited about my costume this year! OK, let's be real, I'm excited every year, but this one is extra fun because I've been planning it for months, and it is almost entirely made from things I already owned! I found a pair of leggings way back in March that just screamed Catwoman, and my Halloween creative juices started flowing. So I bought the leggings and searched the internet and my closet to create my own DIY Catwoman. I just finished her up this week and I can't wait to wear my costume out with my sister tonight! And now, with my computer out of commission I'll give you this peak at my some of my DIY handiwork, and let you guess what became of this jumbled mess! 


Hopefully my computer will be up and running soon and I can share the full costume (along with my kids', because I guess Halloween is about them too. Haha!).  In the meantime we want to hear what all of you guys have planned for Halloween! Any other moms who like to dress up like me? Is your costume ready or are you using this last weekend before Halloween to finish it up? 






Friday, October 18, 2013

3:36 PM on a Friday {Roll Call}

ROLL CALL! We're bums, it's true, we said we were back and then we went on another mini vacay. Maybe we'll be back for real this time. Cross your fingers. 



Read all about our Friday life right here

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Pressures of Perfect Parenting {Frequent Frustrations}







Last night my beautiful friend and blogging buddy, Whitney, posted an oh so sad Facebook status about feeling like a failure as a mom.  Well Whit, you're not. Being a parent is tough, and we all feel like that sometimes! At the risk of being slammed by all the super moms out there, and maybe even child services, I'm going to let all of the blogging world in on a little secret... There are lots of moments when I wish I was a better parent. My kids eat junk food, they watch a ridiculous amount of TV, and both of them have become addicted to video games.


I've been trying harder the last few months, but I am not so great at making healthy meals. We eat a lot of Lunchables and pizza in this house. We spend a few of our dinner times in front of the TV, and we don't walk to the park, go to the museum, or even play in our own backyard as much as we should. I yell, I get frustrated, I even cry and storm out sometimes. I forget to tell the kids to brush their teeth or make them take a bath. I let the dishes pile up and I never make the beds. I give in to crying and temper tantrums. Sometimes I spend half my day on the computer and let my kids do whatever they want, and I hardly ever make them clean up their own messes. I keep talking and talking about the music, dance, and karate classes I want to put my kids in but never do.  I'm not a Pinterest perfect parent.

All of this stuff makes me feel so so so so guilty, and it doesn't help when I see examples of perfect parents (or what seem like perfect parents) online every day. Sure, my kids are fed, they're not sick, they've got shelter and love, but the internet is telling me they need so much more! I need to be so much more! Especially as a stay at home mom. I'm here with them 24/7, right? Shouldn't I be devoting every waking minute to enriching their lives? That's what other moms are doing. They don't let their kids watch TV at all, and especially not just so they can steal time to themselves! They want to be with their kids every moment, they enjoy taking care of children. Why am I so lazy and selfish? Other moms do EVERYTHING for their kids!

But I'm a person too, right? Just because I'm a grown up doesn't mean I'm perfect. I'm not a perfect mom. I'm not a perfect person. But hey, my kids are fed, they're not sick, they have shelter and LOVE. So forget you internet and society! I could be better, but I'm not the worst, and I'm willing to bet that there are a lot more mom's like me than there are Pinterest Perfect ones. And since it seems like lots and lots of kids manage to grow up without becoming totally dysfunctional, I might be doing OK as a mom. At least that's what I'm hoping ;)  So, don't worry Whitney, you're not a bad mom, and you're not alone either :)




Tuesday, September 24, 2013

9:49 AM on a Saturday {Roll Call}

You might have noticed that Undone took a little bit of a Summer vacation. All of our lives got a little bit hectic over the last few months, but don't fret, we're here, we're alive, and we're ready to blog again! And what better way to welcome you all back than with a roll call!? Let's get back into the swing of things, shall we?

Here in Utah there's this little thing many people call "The Holy War", which is basically the most important college rivalry there is. And it doesn't matter where did or didn't go to college, you've got a preference, either Red or Blue - The University of Utah or BYU. We're no different at Undone, so we decided we'd show some spirit and share our game day colors with you!

{The Undone Blog} Real Life Mom Fashion - Game Day Attire


Keep reading right here to see how we spent Game Day! 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Summer Rush {Daily Diaries}






Is it just me, or is Summer the busiest time of year for everyone? I swear, it's been almost non-stop events and activities for me, and this is pretty much the norm every year. By late April my weekends start filling up, and by the time school is out there is at least one thing planned for every week until September.  Thankfully I haven't made any more trips to Crazy Town, where I have 5 things going all in the same day, but the last few weeks have been go go go for me, with now signs of slowing down!

Vacations, parties, and prepping. That's my life right now! So sorry that blogging isn't on that list! But since I did happen to get a spare second today I thought I'd give you a little peek into my summer schedule.

Last weekend I was lucky enough to make another mini trip to Montana to spend time with family for a special event. I don't know if I mentioned it before, but I was born and raised in Montana until I was 10 years old, and that's where almost all of my extended family lives. And I love all of my aunts and uncles, grandparents and cousins so much, but I hardly get to see them. Typically I get one Montana trip a year (usually at Christmas), two if I'm super lucky. But I guess I'm super duper lucky this year, because I've been up to Montana 3 times in the last 8 months! Yay for special events! This time it was my Grandparents' 50th anniversary party that brought us to Big Sky Country. Darren had to work, but since I got wrangled into creating a slide show for the party I told him I HAD to go, and fortunately I was able to catch a ride with one of my sisters. Score! So the party was fun, seeing my family was fun, making the slide show was, um, well, work. I got a huge box of photos, along with a list of song requests in the mail about 2 weeks before the party, so there was a lot of scanning, cropping, and music hunting going on before I got to take my vacation. Not to mention packing and Googling of iMovie tutorials! Somehow my Grandpa got the idea that if I could make my own Christmas card I could make a video slideshow.... Well I guess I can now! On the plus side I got to have a sneak peak at all of the old, and often hilarious, photos that my grandparents' wanted to share. Check it out.

Don't you love that huge bow? I sure had style back in the day? 

 And so did my parents! My sister, Alexis, and I decided this is our favorite photo of all :) Awe, they're so young and cute! 

So anyway, I learned some new skills and I got to spend some time with tons of family members who I never see (not just ones who live in Montana, but others who traveled from far away), so the anniversary party was a fun event. But this week it was back to reality. I've got yet another event coming up on Sunday, which is Quinn's birthday party! I'm planning an amazing mermaid extravaganza for my little 3-year-old-to-be! So there's lots of work going into that. I'll give you all  a little teaser just for fun (also because I don't have anything actually finished for you to look at!)

{The UNDONE Blog} Mermaid Party supplies

Oh, and then my own wedding anniversary was yesterday.... It's sad how it's just crammed in there and not really a big deal. Ok, ok, just kidding, we do care about our anniversary, but since it had the unfortunate timing of being stuck between two parties (I think Darren could tell I was getting a little stressed with so many events) we decided to celebrate next weekend.  Which was officially my last free weekend of the Summer because that next Wednesday I'm heading out to VEGAS!!! I'm so excited! There is nothing I need more than a REAL vacation with my friends. Darren is staying home with the kids, so it's going to be all about me, and I can't wait. I also get to visit some other friends who live down there, so it's a double reward! Every mom needs a little time off to do something fun just for her. Whether you've still got a bit of party animal left in you, or you just want to recharge at the spa for a day or two, it great to have the opportunity to take a time out. Especially after 3 months of Summer Rush! Has anyone else had the luxury of solo vacation, or even a fun family vacay this Summer?  I'm counting the days until mine, I love my kids, but my batteries are running low!





Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My Top 5 packing tips for moving {Daily Diaries}







We moved two and a half weeks ago and through this move along with some other moves I have been through in my life I have learned some great tips when it comes to packing and keeping it as smooth and organized as ever without wanting to pull your hair out in the end. So I came up with my top 5 packing for a move tips that I want to pass on. These make it easier to stay organized while packing, loading up the truck, unloading the truck and most importantly for unpacking once you get to your new place.  Lets be real here moving is so exhausting and the easier and more organized we can keep it the better and the more likely we are to stay sane for ourselves and our families. Moving and change is hard lets keep the packing and actual labor of the move as smooth as possible shall we.




Long story short this was a rushed move so I could use all the organization and the least amount of stress I could get.


These are my sweet boys sleeping in their bed at our old place for the last time. Yes I got all emotional about it because this is the only home either of my little boys have ever known. We moved there when Maddux was 2 months old and we brought Holden home from the hospital to this house. I am getting teary just typing this now.

Ok ok lets get to those 5 awesome tips....

{Tip No. 1}


1. Color code: This one is by far my favorite tip. Go out and get some colored duct tape one for each room or area of your home that you will be moving into. One you have assigned a color to each room as you pack you will label that box with that color tape and write with a sharpie the room and hat is in the box.



Here you can see all of my rainbow of colors once we started getting packed.


I put a big piece of tape on the top of the box and labeled it and then I put small pieces of the same color on each side of the box so no matter how the box was stacked you could see what room it went in to. This was great to keep them all organized in the moving truck and most importantly when you move all the boxes into the house you can quickly know where each box should be stored and unpacked latter.

Another sub-tip to go along with this is that when you unload the truck get the boxes in the house in the specific rooms they should be in {not in the garage or basement}. This is a good tip so that you can get all the heavy boxes in while you still have the help of family and friends from the move and then all you have to do is unpack each room. This saved me and it made unpacking so much quicker because I just wanted the boxes out of my house. 

{Tip No. 2}

2. Pack your hang up clothes in a bag. Do not waste your boxes on your hang up clothes and hanger. Keep them all on the hanger and use a big garage bag to keep them all together and easy to transport. I just grouped a whole bunch together put the bag around the bottom of them all and then tied a knot with the draw strings from the bag around the hanger leaving the hook out of the bag. This keeps them organized, less wrinkled and much easier to unpack into your new closet.


I then labeled them with the tape color of their assigned room.


I did this to all the hang up clothes including our boys. All of our clothes in dressers we just kept in the dresser. Yes this is heavy but you just take out all the drawers move them into the truck and put the drawers back in this saves a lot of time and boxes.

{Tip No. 3}

3. Wrap wrap wrap. Make sure to wrap up your valuables. The worst thing is when you unpack a box and you have broken frames, memorabilia, decor items. or kitchenware. I learned this the hard way so wrap them. It doesn't matter how just do it you wont be sorry.


Use newspaper, paper towels, bubble wrap {we happened to just already have some}, or of course use your towels. I used all our towel to wrap fragile items I didn't pack a single one on its own. This is a free and most supportive way.

{Tip No. 4}

4. Bag your hardware, screws, nails and anchors. For each room when I would take anything down from the wall {pictures, decor, shelves, wall hangings, headboards, etc} I put them in a baggie, put the tape on them that coordinated with the room they were from {I told you the color coding tape was my fav tip} tabled what was in it and packed it in a box from that room.  


This way you don't loose any of the hardware and you don't have to get new screws and nails. Lets save money anywhere we can right?!

{Tip No. 5}

5. Pack your items that will be in storage, garage or basement in plastic bins. This is huge for me if you have things such as holiday decor, camping items, baby clothes, and whatever else you store because it is not used all the time it is best to put them in bins and label the bins. Storage units can get infested with bugs or mice, basements can flood, garages can flood along with other damages. These bins protects those items.


These were in our garage at the old place, at the new place they are in the basement and I just love that they are good no matter where they go. They aren't in the garage this time because the extra space in the garage will be changed into a crossfit gym {woot! more on that to come}.

I hope these tips will help you as much as they have helped me. This really does bring the stress and anxiety level down a notch and I promise you, you will get your home unpacked so much quicker. Like I said we move 2 1/2 weeks ago during the summer holidays and crazy busy stuff going on with family visiting and I still am already mostly unpacked and even have decor on the walls.

You can thank me later. Pin pin pin my friends!



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