Blogiversary Questions Answered

You guys asked a boatload of questions 2 weeks ago. I answered all your blog related questions here and here. Today I’m answering your personal questions. You’ll learn about my favorite beauty products, which decor trend I wish would go away forever, my go-to dinner recipes, and more. Super exciting stuff.

How’s the kitchen cabinet painting coming along?
It’s not. We’re hoping to start that project in March. How is it March already?

What is your favorite place to find great deals for your home?
Thrift shops (Goodwill, Goodwill Outlet), Craigslist, Home Goods, Target, Ikea.

Where do you typically start when decorating a room?
I start by picking out the color scheme. Then, if needed I paint the room accordingly. It typically takes me a long time to put an entire room together. Shoot, it’s taken me over a year and a half to get my home office together. A lot goes into completely redoing a room– money, time, finding the right pieces, etc.

What’s your fave current decor trend and which do you wish would just go away forevs?
I’m digging wood planked walls– the new exposed brick. I’m not a big fan of all the cowhides. They kinda creep me out. I mean, I know the cows are slaughtered for their meat anyway. I picture myself walking on a cow, and it doesn’t evoke happy feelings.

What are some of your favorite hair/beauty products?
My favorite hair product (Redken Contouring Lotion 08) was discontinued about 2 years ago. I only have 3 bottles yet. I’m having kind of a crisis because I don’t know what I’ll  do when I run out. I’ve been using this gel on my curly locks since I was 14. I’m taking gel recommendations. I use Bare Minerals makeup. I swear by my Clarisonic Mia. It’s pricey but so worth it. Read more about my favorite beauty products here.

What is your favorite project you’ve ever made? 
Probably my dresser turned TV stand.

What is your dream job?
Blogging is pretty fun. If I got paid enough to make it my full-time gig I’d be happy. Well, throw in a personal assistant to do all the dirty work for me and I’d be happy.

Last time I asked for 5 favorite books and you said you didn’t read much . . . have you read anything good in the past year? 
I read The Hunger Games right after Christmas. I read and finished Catching Fire in January. I’m working on Mockingjay right now. Seriously, my kindle Paperwhite is  a miracle worker. I’ve never read this many books in such a short time span. Any book suggestions for me?

 What is one hobby/skill you’d like to learn?
Can I name a few? I’d like to sew and crochet better. I’d also like to learn about woodworking. Brad hates wood so I guess I’ll have to be the woodworker in this family.

What is one hobby/skill you’ve tried to learn but flopped at?
Crocheting. I can only do the single stitch. The last time I tried to make something it turned out looking like the beginnings of a bikini bottom. I expect a private lesson soon, Rachel.

What is something you bet we don‘t know or wouldn’t guess about you?
Hmmm. I lost 85 pounds in high school. And I’ve seen Oprah and Jen Aniston in person.

What’s your favorite TV show?
I can’t choose one so here we go. Downton Abbey, Justified, The Walking Dead, Southland, Modern Family, Parks and Rec, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Oprah’s Next Chapter, Our America with Lisa Ling.

Where would you like to vacation to?
California. I think it’d be fun to start in LA and drive up the PCH to San Francisco. I’d also love to go back to Europe. Brad’s never been.

What’s your go-to supper recipe?
Panko Crusted Chicken Stuffed with Ricotta, Spinach, Tomatoes, and BasilChicken Marsala, Stove Top One-Dish Chicken Bake, White Chicken Chili. We like chicken.

Have you ever straightened your hair? If so, any photo evidence?
Yes. Here’s the proof. I wear it somewhat straight most of the time since I’m rationing my hair gel. Whenever I get my hair highlighted and cut my stylist blows it out with a round brush. I wish I could do this myself but it kills my arms.

Learn anything fun and exciting?
Any curly hair gel(s) you’d like to recommend?


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  1. Glad to know I’m not the only one that takes forever putting together a room! I’ve done so much brainstorming for our house it’s ridiculous, but I’ve only touched the bedrooms and one bathroom. I work a glacial speeds, or should I say glacial slows?

  2. My Clarisonic is a life saver. I also never read much until I got my iPad. I’m on my 7th book for the year!

  3. For your curly locks, you might want to try Alterna’s Hemp Texturizing Glaze. It enhances and keeps your curls all day. long.

    1. Thanks, Donna! I’ll give it a try!

  4. The Pacific Coast Highway is definitely a great idea for a vacation – but I recommend going south because that means driving on the side of the ocean (better photo stops)! It is such a pretty trip! =)

    1. Oooh, good tip! I’m sure the husband and I will fight over who has to drive.

  5. My Clarisonic Mia is my skin life saver!!!!!!!!!! Love this post!!!!

    1. I use Kenra when I attempt to straighten my hair. I’ll have to try their styling gel. Thanks!

  6. I love Alberto’s Mousing Gel, but I seem to remember that you can’t buy Alberto in the US?? I’ve also used Got2Be’s Get Spiked….a little goes a long, long way!
    I love Justified too…although this season is getting a bit strange. And don’t you just wish that Raylan would cut his hair?

    1. I’ve never heard of Alberto’s. I’ll have to try Got2Be. Thanks for the suggestions!

      It’s starting to get a little too complicated for me– too many story lines to follow. I miss season 2. It was my favorite season. I don’t really notice his hair for his cowboy hat. Hah!

  7. ooh, only a couple more days and it will be March. Can’t wait to see that kitchen. And I can’t believe you lost 85lbs. That’s awesome girl!! Share the secret. I need some help before Haven & Snap!

  8. Oh, Kim.

    We need to talk New Girl and Mindy Project.

    I’m also going to try that Panko Chicken. When tax season is over. And I eat real food again.

  9. Kelly Girst says:

    For curly hair -Ouidad. It is AMAZING!!! My sis-in-law introduced me to it two years ago and there’s no going back. You can check it out at Ouidad.com or Sephora and Ulta carry it. Plus there are Ouidad certified salons that specialize in curly hair and I believe there is one down there in the Indianapolis area! (I myself am a Northern Indiana girl). Good luck!!

  10. Amy Kissick says:

    If you really want to learn how to crochet go to the crochetcrowd.com. I could never figure it out before (I am a visual learner) but they have great video tutorials on youtube. I have started and FINISHED many projects by following along with Mikey’s videos. Good luck!

  11. I also need to learn woodworking. I’d much prefer that Jeff learn it instead, but he seems to have no interest. Boooo. You got me hooked on Justified! My my, he is one handsome fellow. I’m still in the 1st season (I’m a very slow watcher), but it’s good stuff. I’ll totally give you a crochet lesson when you come out for Snap! You’ll be a pro before you know it. Please don’t drive me out of business.

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