Healthy Feet

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


I'm going to tell y'all something that you normally wouldn't know about me. I have very rough heels. They have felt like sandpaper for as long as I can remember. I think I had tried just about everything to make them feel smoother... lotions, the PedEgg, even a pumice stone. Everything did okay for a day or so, then that roughness came right back.

Y'all might be wondering why I'm blabbing on about this weird fact about myself. Well, I wanted to let y'all know so in case you have the same problem, you can try my solution. Okay, not my solution but a product that I found that really works!



Meet Healthy Feet by the makers of Working Hands. This stuff is like a miracle in a jar. I rubbed a very very small amount of this stuff on my feet before bed, and woke up to smoother heels. Do this for a week and you might wonder who gave you new feet overnight. But really, after a week of using this stuff my feet were noticeably smoother.

Healthy Feet is slightly expensive, but if you get the Sunday paper be on the lookout for a manufacturers coupon, they come out where you can save a dollar from time to time. But even if you pay full price, you won't regret this buy!



**I was not paid or given any products for this post. All opinions are my own and written on my free will in order to share a product I love.

Oh American Honey!

Monday, September 29, 2014


Welcome! Don't go anywhere, you're in the right place. American Honey has a new look!! I hope y'all love it as much as I do. I can't get over how much I love it!

I have to give all the credit to Elizabeth! When I started talking to her, I had no idea what I was looking for. I knew I really liked the navy and coral from my last design but I was an open book. When she asked for 3 words to describe my new look I gave her something like Southern, Stylish and Simple. And that is exactly what I got and then some!

I really wanted to show myself in my look. So what a better way to do that than going through some old pictures?! I really love walking down memory lane. I came across a picture of John and I in South Carolina that really brought back some memories.


For weeks when John and I first started dating, we talked about going for a picnic at the oldest oak tree east of the Mississippi. When I finally got down to South Carolina, we packed a lunch and took the trip to Johns Island to see the Angel Oak tree. I was mesmerized by this tree. It has endured for over 400 years and is still growing and surviving. So after coming across this picture I knew I wanted it as part of my blog. Elizabeth did the rest and did a fabulous job, in my humble opinion!

The new look isn't all that's new though! Take a trip over to my About Me page and check out the new look there as well as the brand new Facebook page for American Honey!


Stick around though! More new announcements to come!

Operation Winter Hummingbird

Friday, September 26, 2014



Around these parts, we take pride in watching those little tiny birds that drink sugar water. Yes, we are Hummingbird watchers. I get so excited when I see their little tiny wings whizzing around, but my excitement pales in comparison to my moms. She absolutely adores those little guys!

I actually got this picture with my DSLR and a zoom lens


We are pretty excited that they are still around this late in the season. Usually by the middle of September they've migrated further South. Since they are still hanging around, we've left our feeders out so far.

Recently we heard that if you leave your Hummingbird feeders out all winter, you can get a different type of Hummingbird to stay around. There is a kind that are used to colder weather. Apparently they are the brown Hummers.

Now, I know you next question. How do you leave your feeder outside in the cold weather and not have it freeze. Solution: take it in overnight night. Just be sure to have it back outside by dawn the next morning. Those little guys like their food when they get up.

I'll have to check back in with y'all and let you know how Operation Winter Hummingbird goes. Yes, I gave our little experiment a code name. I'm a little crazy, just go with it.

Do you have a favorite animal?

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Happy Birthday John!

Thursday, September 25, 2014



Today is my best friend's birthday! John turns 24 today! Too bad I'm not there to give him his birthday kisses.

It's been a little while since I've dedicated a whole post to him so I figured why not. It's his birthday!

We've made some wonderful memories over the years we've known each other. There have been so many happy moments, it's hard to remember all of them.

I think one of the best moments was during the first year John and I were dating. We happened to be going home for his birthday. His mom and I started scheming as soon as we figured out the trip was set. We talked about what to do for weeks. We finally decided on a cake and surprise party. I came up with the idea of a baseball cake because he always talked about how much he loved the sport.



The cake turned out wonderful, John was surprised and actually wasn't too mad that we made a big deal about his birthday!

This year his birthday is going to be much more low key. His mom sent him cake in a jar, which is pretty awesome in my humble opinion.



I got him a set of Corelle dishes the last time I was there as an early birthday gift. You know you're getting older when you get house stuff for your birthday! Love you John!


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DIY Christmas Series

Wednesday, September 24, 2014



Have I mentioned before that I love crafting? Oh, I did? Well I love Christmas too! So I thought why not put those two together and get awesome Christmas decorations and gifts to give?! So was born the 11 weeks of DIY Christmas!




This series will start Thursday, October 2nd with a pretty awesome decoration, if I do say so myself! Sorry no hints yet. You'll just have to come back and find out what's in store this for this DIY Christmas!

The Line Up:

October 2: Decorative Wooden Blocks
October 9: Land That I Love Picture
October 16: Chalk Reminder Board
October 23: Resin Coasters
October 30: I Love You More Than Biscuits and Gravy cutting board
November 6: Flour & Sugar Canisters
November 13: Dotted Sharpie Mug
November 20: Glitter Ornaments
November 27: Thanksgiving!
December 4: Etched Baking Dish
December 11: ???
December 18: ???
December 25: Christmas!

I will also be selling some of these items on my American Honey Craft Etsy shop. You can check them out there. Enter the code AMERICANHONEYBLOG14 for a 10% discount on your purchase.

Code valid through December 25, 2014.

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10 Reasons I Love Fall

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Happy first day of Fall! Can you believe we are already in the fall season? I've been feeling it, let me tell you. The nights here in Virginia are getting a little brisk. Christy, we sure aren't in Summer anymore!

Since Fall is here and I can't stop it from coming, I might as well enjoy it. So I figured I'd share with y'all 10 of my favorite things about Fall.

1. 100 Grand Bars! These little candy bars... ah. I can only find them in the Fall around Halloween. They are one of my absolute favorite candy bars. That caramel and chocolate. Yum!



2. Boots. I love pulling out my cowboy and riding boots again. They are so comfy to wear and look great. I feel like they make a Fall outfit.

3. Apple Candles. If you have been around the blog during the past Fall season, you will know I love Bath and Body Works Farmstand Apple candles. Last season I bought three, yes 3!

4. Decorations. Our house transforms during the fall season. We have little Fall decoration that go up almost everywhere. But I especially love the mums we put outside. Also Pinterest is overflowing with Fall decorations. It's hard not to decorate.



5. Changing of the leaves. The leaves changing colors is one of my absolute favorites about the season. The scenery is always so beautiful.



6. Dressing up for Halloween. I love getting all dressed up as your friendly neighborhood Devil for Halloween. Being different for a day is the spice of like, ya know?!



7. Thanksgiving. I am very thankful for a lot of thing in my life, and I love having one day dedicated to showing it and spending it with my family.

8. Football. John might kill me if I didn't say this. But I do love watching football with him and even by myself (though I don't understand it all). I will be much more excited when we have a group of friends to watch with.

9. Pumpkin Spice Muffins. I am so thankful to my neighbor who brought over a batch of these and was kind enough to share the recipe. If you have a craving for pumpkin something, you should try these!



10. Feeling of Fall in the air. Alright, don't make fun of me, but sometimes I can just feel Fall in the air. It's that brisk feeling, yet it's still warm outside. It has a certain feeling to it. To me that is the best thing about Fall.


What do you love about Fall?

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Beauty Mini Series: Everyday Makeup

Monday, September 22, 2014


Don't be so down about Monday! Okay, y'all might be asking why?! Well, because I'm going to tell you my favorite everyday makeup look! That's right, this is the fourth and final beauty mini-series installment. That might be one too many exclamation points for a Monday, so forgive me.



I hope y'all have enjoyed learning about my makeup storage, drug store favorites, and formal makeup look. I thought I might wrap it up with something that, in my personal opinion, could be useful to anybody who wears makeup.

I've told y'all before, I'm a very neutral simple girl when it comes to my everyday look. Although I love glam, I don't really want it on my face all the time.

This look uses five products, but really could be simplified even further if you were in a time crunch.

I started this look off with the eyes. First using a eyeshadow base, this is basically to even out the color on my lids. After the color is even and I have a nice blank "canvas", I take my bronzer on by blending brush and blend that into my crease. Got that? Great. Our eyes are done for now.

Moving on to the face, I like things to be quick and easy. I recently found a new product by Maybelline called Dream Pure BB cream. I love it. It has a whole slew of benefits one of the main ones being it contains 2% Salicylic acid, which treats acne. It has a light coverage, so if you want a medium to full coverage, go with something a little heavier.

If you are in a time crunch, or like me on most days and are just too lazy, skip this step. Sometimes I just want to show off the full effect of my freckles.


Let's keep going with the face, shall we? Next comes your bronzer and blush. I apply these as I normally would, somewhat light, just enough to give some color. Of course, if you skipped the BB cream, you might want to skip the bonzer and blush too and just go with a natural face look.

And the last step, mascara! I feel like this is a must for me everyday! So if you are feeling lazy, you really could skip everything EXCEPT the mascara. I think this does so much for my eyes, I really never leave the house without it!



What does your everyday make look involve?

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Friday Lattes and Muffins

Friday, September 19, 2014



Happy Friday! Would y'all like to join me for a latte and maybe a blueberry muffin? I ran out ate all the delicious ones I made, so I would probably invite you over to chit chat over some warm drinks and muffins. It would be an excuse to make some more! They are so delicious.


I would probably have to start off our conversation by asking you if you liked the muffins. Then tell you the secret ingredient. I'm horrible at keeping secrets and it's not much of a secret if you read it from a book, now is it?! Of course not!

But anyway, I'd ask how you've been. It has probably felt like forever since we've caught up! It always seems like time just slips away from us. It's so easy to get involved with our own lives and not take the time to catch up.

After hearing all about what's going on in your life and catching up on all the latest gossip from you, I'd go into what's been going on in my life.

I'd tell you all about the Ball from the first weekend in September and how nice it was. It is so much fun to get all dressed up with the person you love and go out for the night. After talking about ball for a little while, I'd tell you about my trip to the beach with my family and how we had a wonderful time.

We even went wine tasting one night! It was quite an experience; they have pumpkin spice wine! But overall I didn't like this new winery as much as I did a few previous ones we've tried. They had an outrageous price for keeping your wine glass! It would have been $3 for keeping your glass, making the total price $7. It was a little too much for my taste. You probably would agree.

After eating another muffin, I would tell you how I've decided to open up an Etsy shop and how excited I am about it. But of course I'm also nervous. What if nobody wants to buy my stuff, or even worse, what if they don't like it once I've made it! Eek! You would calm me down by telling me the stuff I make is pretty awesome. And after having calmed down, I would tell you about this pretty sweet new blanket I'm making for John and I. Then embarrassingly tell you how I had to consult with my grandmother over the pattern and explain how I misread it and thought the pattern was totally wrong! But after figuring out the correct pattern and deciding I like it, I might make another one to sell on the shop!



I'd thank you so much for coming over and having a drink and muffin(s) with me. But unfortunately, I have to get ready for a close family friends funeral. I'd tell you not to worry, I know that after suffering from cancer, he is in a much better place, but he will be missed dearly!

If you don't mind, please pray for his mother. She would surely appreciate it.

RIP Dr. MD, you will be missed by many.

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What To Watch This Fall

Thursday, September 18, 2014


It seems like every new season, I find a new TV show I fall in love with! There weren't too many great shows I watched in the summer with one exception, but the fall seems to be the complete opposite!

This summer, I religiously watched Covert Affairs, of course, and The Last Ship, a new show on TNT! Their new tagline of Boom! definitely described this show. It was quite exciting. The Last Ship follows CO CDR Tom Chandler (Eric Dane from Grey's Anatomy) and his crew on the Nathan James, a Naval ship. In the rest of the world, a disease is quickly moving through the population. Most of them is dying or already dead.

The mission of the Nathan James was to collect samples from the disease and try to find a cure. Throughout their journey to finding the cure, they run up on a Russian ship that causes all kinds of problems, have many close calls with the disease and a few sailors ever are kidnapped during a mission! This is one action packed, post apocalyptic show!

So now that season one of The Last Ship is over for the season, I'm looking forward to all the new shows coming on in the fall! It's a really good thing I have On Demand because I don't think I'll want to miss these shows!

Some of these shows like Revenge, Resurrection, Grey's Anatomy and Castle have multiple seasons and are still going strong! The others are new and I'm pretty darn excited to see what they have in store.


Scorpion is all about a group of nerds who team up in order to solve some of the worlds most difficult problems! Best of all, it's based on a real world genius!

State of Affairs stars Katherine Heigl and I'm pretty excited for her new show. She is a CIA attache who is tasked with briefing the President on national security! Normally I don't go for political shows, but this seems worth a chance.

NCIS: New Orleans, well, I think this could be the making of a great new NCIS show!

Forever stars a medical examiner who works with the dead all day, but just can't die himself. By studying those who have died, he hopes to find clues about his own immortality.

Stalker seems like it would be a great show if you love Criminal Minds. A branch of the LAPD specifically works with victims of stalkers and just plain weirdos.

Constantine looks like it will be a great show if you like Supernatural. Constantine is in the middle of a battle between good and evil and seems to be neck high in demons as he tried to save the life of his best friends daughter.

Do any of these new shows sound good to you? What are you planning to watch this fall?

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Craft Obsession Turned Etsy Store?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Lately I've been putting a lot of thought into crafting. Being able to make things with my hands is such a joy to me. So I figured if it brought me happiness to make wonderful crafts, it might make other people happy to be able to have my crafts.

I've been considering opening an Etsy shop. I would sell all the crafts I make there which would be anything from crocheted blankets and scarves to wall decor and cross stitching to possibly stained glass.

Here are a few of the things I've made and thought people might like similar items.



   

   






What do y'all think? Quality craft material?



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Family Vacation at the Beach

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


I love spending time at the beach! It is one of my favorite places to be. This past weekend, I was able to spend time with some of my favorite people at one of my favorite places!



My parents, grandparents and I all went to the beach this past weekend. We had so much fun. We really didn't do a whole lot, but it was very nice to spend time with my family.



We recently had the lawn at our condo redone. It looks absolutely beautiful! It was the perfect spot to take a few pictures of my grandparents for their Christmas card this year. My family actually went out on the beach for our pictures (though you'll have to wait until closer to Christmas to see those!)



How was your weekend?!

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Beauty Mini Series: Formal Makeup

Monday, September 15, 2014


Beauty is back! Last week's beauty mini-series installment was postponed due to the September Silhouette Challenge, but we're back for another week! After going to the ball, I decided that it would be nice to share my formal makeup!


Normally my makeup routine is pretty simple. I stick to neutral tones and a very natural look. But because I was wearing a more glitzy dress and going out to a formal event, I wanted my eyes to pop a little more. I still didn't want to over-do it, therefore I went to my TooFaced Natural Eyes Palette.



Pardon my awkward looking pictures. I'm going to work on getting better pictures! But let's get on with the fun part. For the most part, I stuck with the Fashion section of the palette, but I did add in a few other colors to round out the look.




Of course I started with my eyeshadow base. I feel like it's one of the most important parts so your eyeshadow doesn't crease!

Next I added a "blender" color Silk Teddy from the Classic section. I wanted the color from my lid to blend together easily with the lighter shade under my eyebrows. Silk Teddy was just a great option without being too glittery and getting all over the place!

For my lids, I pressed the gold Honey Pot all over the lids. I personally thought this gold looked stunning. I actually needed to go back and put a little more in the inner corners of my eyes to make it stand out a little bit more.

Blending is one of the hardest parts for me. I used Cocoa Puff for the crease color but decided to go a little lighter on this so my eyes didn't look too dark. I really wanted a lighter brighter color.

I finished it off with a little bit of Heaven from the Day section under the brows. I also lined my lids with Cocoa Puff and finished it off with Maybelline The Rocket mascara.



Of course you will want to put on foundation, blush, a little bronzer (if needed) and some lip color!


What is your look for formal events?


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September 11, 2001

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Where were you 13 years ago? Do you remember? I was fairly young, but that day will be one that is forever etched in my mind.


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September 11, 2001 started out as a fairly typical 6th grade day. That was until I got to third period math class. An announcement was made over the loud speaker saying that something happened in New York. As an eleven year old, it didn't really make much sense to me and I basically went on about my day not really knowing what had happened.

It wasn't until I got home from school to find my mom crying that I knew something was wrong. When I finally got to watch the news footage of New York and the Pentagon, reality began to set it. That was the first time in my life I actually felt afraid of something.

I remember riding the bus to school the next day and not wanting to be there. I loved school, so for me not wanting to go was rare! I had never felt unsafe before, but all of that changed in one day.

I've thing that has never changed is that I am proud to be an American, through the good and the bad!


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Air Force Ball 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014



This weekend went by just too quickly! Air Force Ball 2014 has already come and gone. But John and I had a wonderful time.


Unfortunately, John was scheduled to work weekend duty in September, so I got to spend very little time with him outside of going to the ball. I dropped him off at work at 5:45 am Saturday morning and came back to the apartment to get a few more hours of beauty sleep! It's a very important thing when you want to look good for a special even, you know!

But really I had a full day. I bought John dishes, because he didn't have any plates in the house! Apparently they ran out of paper plates. And then quickly got to work on steaming all of the wrinkles out of my dress! Let me tell you, that was one heck of a job. I think it took me an hour and a half total to get the deep wrinkles out. Some of them, I just let be because you wouldn't be able to see them very easily.

Half way through steaming the back side
Finally at 4 pm John got off work and he quickly got ready so we could be at the social hour by 6! This didn't leave us much time for pictures. I was a little disappointed with this, but it is what it is, you know! Sometimes that's how the military life goes. We did the best we could with finding a spot to take nice pictures and hurry up to get them so John didn't melt into a puddle of sweat in his uniform. Maybe next year we will have more time to take nice ones.



Overall we had a wonderful evening. I can't wait to go again next year!



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Fallen by Lauren Kate

Tuesday, September 9, 2014




Caught in the middle of good and evil... Are you ready to fall?


Fallen
Author: Lauren Kate
Rating: 5 stars
Picture: Goodreads

There was an accident and somehow Luce's ex-boyfriend was killed in a fire. But she can't remember anything! Luce gets sent to Sword & Cross, a reform school, where she meets an interesting group of new friends. After being at the new school for a while, she becomes infatuated with two of the male students. Daniel seems to constantly push Luce away, but she just can't seem to not be interested in him. While on the other hand, Cam showers her with attention and gifts. Eventually she will see she is caught in the middle of a tug of war game between good and evil.

Before reading Fallen, I browsed through the reviews on Goodreads. I was very surprised to find such mixed reviews. One of my friends recommended this young adult novel to me and personally, I fell in love with it. Yes, the characters are high school aged students, so you have to expect some immaturity out of them, but if you look past it, the story is absolutely wonderful.

This is one novel where it is hard to talk about the characters without giving away a huge spoiler for the novel. But I will say that you really might not be able to trust your gut instinct with this book.

Kate spends a good portion of the book setting up the story. I personally didn't mind that aspect. I felt like it gave me a better understanding of what happened and what was going on around the characters. The slow start and detailed background definitely will help the story in future books!

I can't wait to get my hands on Torment, the next book in the Fallen series. If you are a lover of the supernatural, angels or the fight between good and evil, I would suggest this book to you. It is an easy read that won't take you long to go through and leave you asking what will happen next!

Read any good books lately? I'm always looking for new suggestions!

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Simple DIY Canvas Art

Monday, September 8, 2014





Recently my friend Katie moved into her dorm room and has super bare walls. I knew I had to help her fix this problem. It just so happened that fixing Katie's bare wall situation also coincided with the Home Decor Silhouette Challenge. That's what I call killing two birds with one stone. Metaphorically of course!

I wracked my brain trying to come up with a simple way to help Katie decorate her walls. Originally I thought some vinyl would work wonderfully, but it turns out she already had a vinyl decoration. So since I've really been on a painting kick lately I decided a simple flat canvas that I could paint and still use vinyl would be perfect!

So the first step is to actually paint your canvas. You will more than likely need three or so coats to get rid of the brush lines no matter what color or type of paint you choose.  I personally used the color light green from Michael's Artist Loft collection. This color is hopefully going to match the color scheme in Katie's room.


While you are waiting for your paint to dry, you can pick out your design. I found a lovely flower on Pinterest. Don't worry if it is just a regular image. You can use the trace function on Silhouette Studio to make it cut-able!

The first thing you are going to do to make your image cut-able is open up your flower (or whatever image you choose) in Silhouette Studio. duh! I'm sure y'all already knew to do that, but I'm starting from the beginning here.



After you've got it opened you are going to go to the Trace button (shown with the arrow labeled 1). Once you have the Trace sidebar open you are going to click on Select Trace Area (arrow 2) and draw a box around your image. It will turn blue. Next you are going to click on Trace Outer Edge (arrow 3) and you should have a red outline around your image as shown in the picture.

*Note: I tried the Trace Outer Edge function on a different image and it didn't turn out. You may have to use the regular Trace function (located above Trace Outer Edge) instead of only tracing the outer edge. This will all depend on your image.


And finally move your original image so you can see your outline. If it looks good, go ahead and delete the regular jpeg image. Load up your mat and cut this sucker, I mean flower out!

*Don't forget to change your settings to vinyl!



Now that you've got your painted canvas, and your design all cut out, it's time to put this baby together. When using vinyl as a decoration, you need some type of transfer tape. I ran out of the real stuff, so I've been using Glad Press 'n Seal wrap. It works exactly the same as the actual transfer tape. Just pull yourself off a piece the size of your image, stick it to the top side of your vinyl and smooth it out using your scraper tool. Be sure to go over the whole image a few times to insure your vinyl is good and "sealed" to the Glad wrap.



Peel the white backing off your vinyl and place the sticky side on your canvas in the spot you want it. Be sure to use your scraper tool again to make sure the vinyl is completely stuck to your canvas and it doesn't have any air bubbles.

Ta-da! You have completed your lovely simple DIY canvas art! Now go find the perfect spot to put it!



If you enjoy crafting and making home decor with your Silhouette, check out some of these other project ideas from the wonderful ladies participating in the Silhouette Challenge this month!


Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?


Our Sons & Daughters Wood Shims and Word Art Simple DIY Canvas Art Pallet Signs Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Fabric Leaves Make a Personalized Scarecrow DIY Wall Art for the Bathroom Decoupaged Fall Leaves Lampshade Gimme A F.A.L.L! Eat SOMETHING Sweet Baby Love Quilt Big Reveal Sketching Inspiration for my little Dancer - September Silhouette Challenge Family Feature Presentation Wall Art Last Unicorn Shadow Box Makin' my office a little more artsy fartsy Family Command Center DIY Grandparents Sign with Photo Frame Dream Big Little Girl Canvas Art Fall Pallet Sign {Grateful, Thankful, Blessed} Pumpkins and Apples Sign Handmade Freezer Paper Cloth Napkins
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