Pinterest Hack Tested: Removing Pilling from Thrifted Sweater

I thought I would start testing some Pinterest Hacks on items that I find at the thrift store.

So today I found a really nice sweater at Savers, but unfortunately it was covered all over with pilling. This is the down side with buying second hand. A lot of pieces will get overlooked because of it. I know I definitely have myself, but today this sweater was in over all good condition and it was wool. So I thought it would make a good test subject to see how easy it would be to remove them at home.

So as soon as I got home I took to Pinterest and found exactly what I needed.

All I needed was a simple disposable razor and I got to work.

Before (sweater really is black but for some reason the lighting made it look gray)
After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And to my surprise, it worked like a charm!

I totally recommend this to anyone who has a sweater thats covered in pilling or finds one that is. Its also a great way to keep them at bay so you don’t have to do the entire sweater every time.

Got any other ideas for this? I would love to hear them and give them a try, so please leave me a comment.

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DIY Hair Ombre for the Win!

I am the kind of person that can not spend hundreds of dollars at the hair salon to get my hair dyed. And in all honesty I haven’t even had it cut in over a year.

I also have the mind set that I am not going to pay for something that I can just do myself. Now before I begin I have to say I have no training what-so-ever as a hair stylist/colorist. I did this to myself knowing the full risks that my hair might break off in clumps and I might have to take myself to the salon for an emergency visit with my tail between my legs.

But that wasn’t the case, at least not this time.

What I really wanted to share was how excited I was that I was able to achieve some of my hair goals at home. I also wanted to share the product that really helped make them happen. Please know that I would never share something that I didn’t full believe in or have actually used myself.

So what is the amazing product, hold on I am getting to it.

First I want to say that my hair is dark, like really dark. And lucky for me that dark hair also extends to my arms, legs, and the few strays that I feel like I am plucking from my chin every single morning because they seem grow back over night. So to say the least I had an uphill battle to achieve a brown to blond ombre.

So after bleaching my ends a couple times over a period of a couple weeks with BW2 , Wella Developer 20 and toning after each bleaching with Wella Toner. I was left with an ombre that really wasn’t to bad but all I could see was the red and brass tones that were left behind.

I did some research and found a youtube video (video link) that told me about the Ardell Hair Color Corrector, Red and Gold . By adding this to the toner it helped to curb the brassy tones in my hair after just one use.

If you are brave enough to bleach and tone your own hair. Or even just dye your hair on your own but get brassiness, try this stuff, its cheap and you only need 15 drops so it will last a while.

Before
After

 

 

 

So here are the before and after pictures and you can definitely see how much of the red and brassy tones it took out.

 

 

 

So here’s to blondes having more fun and still keeping it real as a brunette!

Love it? Hate it? Want a more in-depth tutorial how I did it? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. You can be honest, you won’t hurt my feelings.

*this post contains affliated links, but can you blame me, gotta feed those kids 🙂

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Finding My Voice

I am not a writer.

There I said it. So what am I doing writing a blog. Well that is a very valid question, and to be honest. I am not quite sure what the answer is yet.

I wanted to get all the voices out my head and put them down on paper, so starting a blog seemed like the logical choice, but I gotta be honest. Its hard. Its hard to decide what to write about, its hard doing all the tech stuff that goes along with setting up a blog, getting monetized (so maybe one day this will make me some money), picking a theme, choosing layouts, figuring out how to get people to even read it.

The list goes on and I haven’t even really figured out what the niche of my blog will be.

At first I thought about shooting for a mom blog with parenting advice, DIY’s, kid crafts, general mommy type stuff, but I gotta be honest, those blogs are out there and probably have way better content then I do.

Don’t get me wrong, I love those kinds of blogs. I read those blogs. I even do some of the DIY’s and take the advice on how to be a better mommy. I just don’t think I want to re-write the same blog that is already out there. I think I could and it might even be ‘okay’ content, but I don’t think I could keep up the appearance of the perfect mommy for to long before I fell on my face.

Because basically I am not perfect and I am definitely not a perfect parent. I am making this all up as I go along.

Putting myself out there online and writing about all my adventures and mis-adventures of parenting makes my anxiety alarm go crazy but its time to push past it all and give something a try. Something that is hard and might fail but at least I can say I gave it a try.

My first goal of this new blog is to give it 6 months to see what happens. I tend to give up to easily when that anxiety alarm goes off and sends me running for my comfort zone. This is my chance to put it all out there and hope someone reads it but to be okay with it if noone does.

If you have ever tried something new and scary and wanted to quit when it didn’t work right away then take today to make a change. I read a meme once that said “A year from now, you’ll wish you started today”. As cheesy as it sounds, its really true. There are so many times when I told myself, ‘man if I had just followed through then think how good this could have been’.

At this point I want to forget all out the technical part of this blogging business and start to find my voice. It might totally suck at first and but over time it will evolve and I hope you come along with me.

I would love to hear from you so leave me a comment.

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Kid Crafts at the Thrift Store

So this will be a quick post, but I wanted to share a little tip that I recently figured out.

I found this wood curio shelf at the thrift store with the idea that I would give it a quick coat of paint and use it as display shelf for my daughters ever growing Tsum Tsum collections. Don’t get me wrong those little Tsum’s are cute and I love Disney as much as the next mom but if I step on one more I am going to throw them all out.

original piece

 

So I started out by spray painting it white with a paint and primer. It wasn’t getting great coverage and so I tried going in with a paint brush but it was starting to look a little sloppy. So instead of scrapping the whole project, I decided to hand off the project to my daughter. Since it was for her anyway I thought it would be fun if she made it her own.

couple coats of spray paint

So we dug out all my acrylic craft paints and she picked out her favorite colors and she got to work. And I know that I am a little bias but she did a great job!

In full disclosure I did do a little touching up with the white paint on the edges but for the most part this was all her.

It looks great and even better full of TsumTsums! As of this moment she hasn’t even seen it yet but I can’t wait to show her.

So my tip is to check out the thrift store for fun things for your little ones to have some fun painting on. It doesn’t have to be something that you keep forever but when its something that they can keep and display in there rooms it can give them such a sense of self pride that they made something all on there own.

Not to mention that its great for their motor skills and it didn’t cost you a fortune at the craft store!

Top 5 Favorite Things to Thrift

I love shopping and I love shopping more when I feel like I got a really good deal! So when a brand new Thrift Super store opened in town and I got my first high of getting that amazing deal I was hooked. I mean seriously hooked, I think that first month I was in the store a couple times a week so I wouldn’t miss out on anything new that came in. Then I started accumulating things that I didn’t really need because I didn’t want to miss out on the good deal.

That’s when I realized that sometimes its not such a good deal if you are spending money on something you don’t actually need.

So I managed to take a step back and re-evaluate, I basically stopped buying things just because they were cheap and instead started buying things because it was something we could actually use. Now I will be honest, sometimes I buy things because they are a good deal but I don’t need them “Right Now” but I will down the road. Which will make more sense when you read on to my list of my top 5 favorite things to buy at the thrift store.

1. KIDS CLOTHES

Once I discovered the kids clothes it was all done for me. I now rarely buy kids clothes new, especially for my little ones. I have 3 kids and they grow so fast that it feels like I am constantly getting them new clothes, so now every time I am at the thrift store I go through the kid’s section. I start at the size they are wearing currently and then keep going up a couple sizes because if it’s a good quality item and in good shape but its not their size yet I will still buy it and put it away for when it fits them. I also tend to only buy clothes that are high quality brands and are in really good condition. I try to stick to brands like; KidsGap, BabyGap, Banana Republic, American Eagle, etc. These are brands that I don’t EVER pay retail for. I can not in my right mind spend $50 on a pair of Gap jeans for my 7 year old but I sure as hell will spend $5 at the thrift store.

2. MY CLOTHES

I have no shame in it and in fact if you compliment something I am wearing that I got at the thrift store I will absolutely tell you about it! But I do have a slightly different method when I am thrifting clothes for myself. I always look for higher quality brands, I will most of the time never buy something that I know is from Walmart or from even Target. Because let’s be honest the quality is not super great and if its already been donated chances are its probably gotten its worn. Now that being said I will buy it if it is new, and I mean new new, with tags on and everything. That may or may not surprise you but I have gotten so many clothes that are brand new with tags on from thrifting, so that is usually the only exception to my rule. I will also tend to look at my size and the next size up, and my biggest reason for that is because clothes can shrink. If you are like me, I don’t dry clean all my clothes and I definitely don’t have time to let everything hang dry (if you do, then that’s great, but this momma doesn’t have time to wait for jeans to dry). And I also know that clothes can just change shape after lots of time throught the washer, so I look at the next size up because sometimes you can find a great top that got thrown in the dryer to many times and now it’s the perfect size for me. I also personally like a more flow-y top so I don’t mind if something is a bit bigger.

3. TOYS

Like I said I have 3 kids and I definitely don’t need any more toys in my house but when you see a toy for $5 that is still in stores for $40 I will scoop it up. Not every time but if it saves me $35 down the road then I will. My kids don’t care that its not brand new (maybe because they have me as a mom and they know the joy of a good deal, or they know a toy is a toy and not to look a gift horse in the mouth). Either way it’s a win win for everyone, even if it doesn’t have all the original accessories (which will get lost anyway) and then when they get sick of playing with it in 6 months I can either resell at a yard sale or donate back to the store.

4. DIY HOME DECOR

One of my other great joys in life other then my kids and good deals is DIY’s, so that’s why next on my list is home decor. So I always walk through the décor section of my thrift store every time I am there because you never know what will spark a great idea for a makeover. My favorite things to look for are milk glass, anything wood, metal pieces, frames, old pots, etc. Things that can be brought back to live with some heavy grit sand paper and couple coats of spray paint make great DIY’s and if you are like me an have a healthy appetite for Pinterest then you wont have any problems finding potential candidates for a DIY make-over.

5. BOOKS

My final favorite thing to thrift for are books. We are typically a library family and I cant remember the last time that either myself or my husband bought a book new. But when my oldest started reading, I wanted her to love books and to have her own little library in her room so there was never any excuses for not having anything to read. And I too have extended my own collection of books to read. Our thrift store already discounts the books heavily off the retail price, but they also do a deal that if you buy 4 books you get 1 free. So that’s a deal on top of a deal if you ask me and we have fully taken advantage of this. She recently got into the Junie B Jones series and we have managed to collect all but 3 of them. I believe there is 27 in the series and we have 24 of them, and if I do the math really quick, with the childrens books all being .99 each and every 5th book is free then that’s less then $20 for 24 books. Now these books only retail for $3.99 (soft cover) but that’s still a significant savings.

So those are my 5 top favorite things to thrift for. I hope you enjoyed reading. I would love to hear what your favorites are so please leave me a comment and let me know what you thrift for.

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starting a new chapter

Haven’t we all wanted to wipe our slates clean and begin again. I know I have and I know I have also tried so many times. Well consider this me trying again. I am a mom and a wife, and everything that goes along with that. And don’t get me wrong here, I love being those things, (most of the time) but somewhere over time I lost myself and in desperate need to find whats missing.

I look around my life and I have everything that I could have possible ever wanted out of life, but there is a piece of me that got sweep away.

I am not ever sure how long its been gone at this point but I recently woke up and kind of had enough of it. I am tired of walking through my life like a zombie and just repeating the same things over and over expecting something different to happen. So I decided to try this little experiment. Starting a blog. It was kind of spur of the moment decision that I had this morning while driving through carpool. I thought I need a place to share.

A place to share my thoughts, ideas, DIYs, frustrations, loves, creative outlets, anxieties and what better place to share them then with a bunch of strangers online.

So that is what I am going to do. I am going to just write, write about what ever I want, some of it may be interesting and some might not be but at least its not all going to be stuck up in my head any longer and I think that will be good for me.

So I hope if anyone is reading this and has ever felt the same way might join me, maybe start your own blog or maybe just read mine.

I am hoping to post 1 -2 times a week with something, might be big might be small, really depends on how I am feeling that day. I am not a writer, just a mom. But even moms are people too. 😉

So I hope you will join me on my journey of Living A Mom Life.

Talk soon,

Jillian