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I think it’s fair to say I am photo obsessed. I love having photos around me because they motivate me and remind me of the many blessings in my life. Since I work from home, and plan on going back to school, I need my office space to be inspiring and motivate me to get my work done! Being a military wife, James is constantly sending me photos of his travels and I love printing them out to put up where I can see them on the daily.
Walmart is my one stop shop for everything, and with their amazing back to school deals, it is hard to beat this price! This HP printer is perfect for all my back to school needs, and for cute decorations to help keep me on track!
I love decorating with bright, inspirational quotes and pictures of my husband and his travels. With the HP Printer, my printed photos look better than ever and help keep me focused on my studies and stay motivated. In this post, I’ll show you how to make your own Instagram grid for your home office to keep your spirits up and remind you that all your hard work in school will pay off!
First, I select my pictures I want on my wall. Use any online editing site to crop your pictures to squares. Make sure your dimensions will be same width by same height, to get the Instagram effect. I put them in the photo editing website, sized a blank canvas to 8.5 by 11 inches, and then sized my photos to 520px by 520px. This allowed me to save paper and put two photos per paper for when I print them out. You’ll get high-quality prints—every time! I am surprised how amazing even my phone pictures turned out.
I pick my top favorite 9 pictures to be in my grid and send them over to print on my HP Deskjet 3636. I am a very visual person, so I like to lay them all out and arrange them how I think they will flow best. I created my own quote picture and I used it to help tie the rest of my photos together.
Do y'all think there is a more perfect printer for my style? HP has 3 cool colors - Vibrant Red, Dragonfly Blue, Sporty Purple. I adore the Dragonfly Blue color of this printer because it matches my room theme and I appreciate how easy it is to use. This is super affordable and perfect for any back to school budget!
While I am using the printer to print photos, think about the endless possibilities you can use the HP Deskjet 3636 for. Print off or scan assignment sheets, work on school projects, and other school needs you may have. Anything and everything you can think of you’d need for back to school, is just a click and print away!
What are your back to school necessities? Because I plan on going to school online, I need a printer to print off my homework and any test taking sheets I may need. I feel reassured knowing my HP Deskjet will do the job well and leave me feeling stress-free with its easy to use control panel; as well as the affordable price that is perfect for my budget.
If you are heading back to school I highly recommend adding this product to your list! I am so excited to use my printer in the upcoming years and knowing I have Walmart's proven affordable prices, I can take on this school year with ease!
First things first: Happy Fourth of July! Next to Christmas, this is probably my favorite holiday. I love the whole atmosphere of the Fourth, with fireworks, parades, and flags being flown everywhere. I have such pride for our country and such love knowing how many people have fought, and are fighting, for our freedom. I love how this time of the year brings family and friends close together, all celebrating our country's independence day. I wanted to post today about a very cute DIY you and your family can make together to hang proudly in your home. I have seen this flag DIY floating around Pinterest and wanted to try it out for myself!
What you need:
-Glue-all (works on wood & crafts, hot glue gun would probably work better!)
-Wooden Dowel (I couldn't find the perfect length, so I glued two smaller ones together)
Everything I bought at Wal-Mart, because as you might know, it's my favorite place to shop! No, this isn't sponsored, if you have ever read my blog you'd know my love for this store haha. also, my entire outfit in this post is from Wal-Mart, just in case you were wondering. The ribbon costs varied from $1-$4. I would suggest not buying the pom pom ribbon, as adorable as it is, from here because it only ended up giving me one strand for this entire project!
this DIY is so simple, my little sister was even helping me on it! We just started with the red ribbon and would put the glue down, lay the ribbon on the wooden dowel, and press down firmly.
To make less of a mess, I used the glue bottle to press down, which was great for the lace ribbon strips. I wanted them all to be slightly different lengths so I just sort of eyeballed the measurements. Also, how cute is that star ribbon? ($1 at Wal-Mart!)
I then just cut a rectangle out of the blue bandanna. The bandanna had fold lines in it, so I just cut along that!
Lastly, I attached some twine so I can hang the flag on the wall. I love how it looks and adds in a more rustic feel.
Happy Fourth of July + thanks for reading!
If you end up doing this DIY, PLEASE tag me in it on Instagram @thestrattons! I would love to see your recreation of it. Also, if you'd like to see my inspiration, follow me on Pinterest and check them out too!
Hi everyone! I had the awesome opportunity to have this blog post featured on At Home with Kristyn Cole. I am so excited to share this with you on my page as well.
Cleaning my brushes was always an unwilling chore for me. I dreaded having to do it… But let’s be real. Have you seen how expensive brush cleansers are?! I’m sorry but I don’t even spend $30 on my own shampoo, no way am I about to do that for my makeup brushes! So, I found a cheaper, more natural solution. Have you ever tried reading the ingredients list of a makeup cleanser? (hint, I don’t understand any of those words) Here is how I clean my makeup brushes using only 2 ingredients.
That’s right. Two ingredients! I first fill a bowl with ½ cup of warm water in it. Then I add equal parts olive oil and Dawn dish soap. Dawn is super gentle and makes me feel comfortable cleaning my delicate make-me-look-good’s (aka my brushes). You can use however much is needed, if you have a bigger brush collection, but for me 1 tablespoon is the perfect amount. I don’t bother mixing it because my brushes will do that for me.
Just a tip: I start with my smallest brushes because if I started with my larger ones, they tend to soak up more and won’t leave much for my smaller brushes.
After concocting my DIY brush cleanser, my technique is to swirl the brush in a circular motion, pressing down slightly on my bowl. I then rinse it with warm water, while swirling it in the palm of my hand.
Don’t know how to wash a beauty blender? Don’t fret, it is easier than you think. With the remainder of my mixture, I dab my blender in it and allow it to soak it up like the sponge it is! I then run it under warm water and keep squeezing until the water runs clear. Warning: it is pretty gross to see how much dirt and makeup your beauty blender can hold!
After rinsing I lay it to dry on a washcloth and fold one side up so the brushes are more propped up and can dry without one side drying flat. Don’t be discouraged because it takes some time when you first do this, but after a few times you’ll become a pro and get a system down.
Are you someone who never washes your makeup brushes? Because this totally used to be me, but let me tell you, you need to be washing them. It’s advised to clean them once a week and clean your beauty blender after every use! Raise your hand if you didn’t know that either! I honestly don’t do this, but I also don’t use my makeup brushes every day. I am lazy and often times just use my hands, so I end up washing my brushes about once a month. There you have it ladies! My secret and inexpensive way I clean my brushes.
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