Fa-Get About It Friday!!

fa get about itI had planned to do an up date today on the construction going on in and around my house…

Demo Time

Yep! Fa-Get About It! There is no up date so to speak of. I mean, the walls are demoed and the electrician has been by to remove all the wires and such… but, the remodeling has pretty much been at a stand still for a couple weeks now. I just keep coming back to the fact that good things come to those who wait. And in the mean time, fa-get about it.

Speaking of my house,

laundry backed up



Dishes- Yep, fa-get about it! My house would not be my house if there wasn’t a massive amount of laundry to be folded and a sink FULL of dishes! I am not sure how 3 people can go through so many clothes and so many dishes but, we manage to use everything we got! At least the laundry is clean but folding, putting them up and doing the dishes- fa-get about it.

yard sale

Here’s my yard sale pile. It should be 10 times this size by now. I am trying to really get serious about decluttering and just getting rid of some of the stuff cluttering our home. I should be going through the attic but, you can definitely fa-get about that!

HFMGuess who came home an hour after school started because he has Hoof and Mouth virus? Yep. Nothing better than a highly contagious virus that only affects littles. Just fa-get about it.

And you remember last time I told you to fa-get about potty training…

undiesThere’s no need for you to start thinking about it now- I even found Micky Mouse under-roos. And Micky Mouse is Baby Bub’s jam! He was totally interested in them until I told him they were underwear. For the record, the update on potty training is this: I told Baby Bub that when all the diapers run out he will have to start wearing underwear. Until then, I’m just gonna fa-get about it!

tempOne thing I am just loving- that I had fa-got about until it rolled back around- 70 degree weather! Yes, it is so wonderful. It is such a nice reprieve from such a hot summer. Summer- fa-get about it, Fall- bring it on!


I just love pumpkins! And mums! They both just scream Fall to me. And it is time! I am just going to fa-get about all the crap and just enjoy the Fall weather because who knows, it might be 90 degrees again next week!

What have you got lined up for the weekend? What are you going to do to ring in October?

june 2015

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I Am The 80%: Some Statistics About Makeup Hoarding

Next Wednesday, Coralie and I are going to do a joint post where we pull back the shower curtain and reveal our favorite health and beauty products. In preparation for that, I wanted to share this article that recently came across my newsfeed from Jezebel.com (of course).

New Study Shows We Are All Disgusting Makeup Hoarders

It’s a good read for those interested in the breakdown of consumerist culture statistics, but if you don’t have the time, the article references a recent survey by Stowaway Cosmetics which found that:

  • 87% of consumers are aware that makeup has expiration dates
  • 75% of the average consumer (25-50), doesn’t routinely finish their makeup. Not just before it expires, but at all.
  • More than 80% know makeup has expiration dates and have problems with old makeup. Yet still don’t discard it because they forget, feel guilty about the money they spent on it, or worry they may need it later.
  • Only 1 in 5 consumers throw away mascara within the three month time frame that is recommended. It is the most common makeup to stick around even though it expires the fastest!
  • 82% of women for whom old makeup causes them to break out, still feel guilty about throwing it away.
  • The average consumer owns almost 40 makeup products but only uses and carries 5 of them daily. That means the average person owns 8 times more makeup than they use!

Obviously, Stowaway Cosmetics has an angle for this survey. Their premise is to make smaller sized cosmetic packaging; an idea of which I am pretty pro and think it is a concept many industries should adopt. Their argument is that although buying more is perceived as a better value, smaller sizes are actually healthier and more cost efficient. See above statistic about how 75% of consumers don’t finish their makeup before it expires, if at all. That’s three quarters of all consumers. The idea of all the wasted cosmetics and chemicals in the trash, and to know that I have done my fair share of contributing, is gut-wrenching.

Graphic for size comparison for Stowaway Cosmetics

I also relate and am fascinated by the psychology about the perceived value of the items and the emotional power objects have over us. It saddens me to know that such a high percentage of people were hanging on to old products, not to use to better their lives, but as totems of self-inflicted emotional attachment. You carry those feelings with you the same as if you carried it around, literally.  The relief I feel when I unload those items at the curb both emotionally and at Goodwill is palpable and good for your health.

Hoard of Makeup, By: IGUANAMOUTHHoard of Makeup, By: IGUANAMOUTH

So, how long do you keep makeup? There are varying theories, but this article by Sarah Densmore seemed the most comprehensive (and reasonable) that I had seen. It comes from dummies.com:

Here are some common cosmetics and the recommended shelf life for each after it has been opened for the first time.

  • Mascara: Toss your mascara after 3 months. Mascara has the shortest life span of all make up because the risk of transferring bacteria back and forth from your eye into the mascara tube is so great. If your mascara starts to dry out before its 90 days is up, throw it away. Don’t add water or saliva to your mascara to rewet it. Doing so will only increase your chances of getting an eye infection.
  • Eye pencils: Eye pencils can be kept up to 2 years. To make sure you’re using a clean tip, sharpen before each application.
  • Eye shadows: Keep your applicators clean and your liquid shadows should last 12 months. Powder shadows will keep 2 years. If you’ve had an eye infection, you’ll need to throw out all the eye make up and applicators you used from the time you developed symptoms. The virus or bacteria that caused the infection has probably taken up residence in your make up, so using those cosmetics again could cause you to develop another infection.
  • Lipsticks: You can stow your tube lipsticks and your lip pencils for 2 years. As with eye pencils, sharpen your lip pencils before each use.

  • Blushes and powders: Discard your cream blushes after a year, powder blushes and powders after 2 years.

  • Foundations and concealers: Moisturizing foundations and stick concealers can hang around for 18 months. A 12-month shelf life applies to both oil-free foundations, which can dry out quickly, and liquid concealers.


  • Using clean brushes and sponges will help lengthen the life of your cosmetics. Be sure and wash or replace your applicators frequently.
  • Think of your make up a bit like you do your food. If it smells weird, develops a film, or has a mold-green tint to it, it’s gone bad and needs to be tossed out.
  • When you open a cosmetic for the first time, write the date on the product. It will help you keep track of how long you’ve had the make up so you’ll know when it’s time to throw it away.


I am probably a slightly above average consumer. I probably have 40 makeup products, using an average of six regularly (I’m not counting miniature Birchbox pieces, thank goodness, otherwise my number would be double that and horrifying). I have kept massive amounts of products stashed under sinks for years out of guilt over the waste of a pricy purchase or fear that I’ll need it later. These days I am trying to mindfully acquire things and purposefully use what I already have.  And although I, personally, have never contracted an eye infection from the decade-old, eye shadow palette that I just threw out, all I can do is try and do better going forward. The world does enough shaming and guilt-laying why would I continue to heap it upon myself? Fool me once, shame on you… etc., etc.

The More You Know Logo NBCWhat do you think? Are you part of the 80% What is the oldest product in your bathroom? Do you know the age limit on nail polish? Let us know what you think!



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(Come Closer) Halloween Wreath

It’s almost October! It’s almost October! It’s almost October! I am so excited. I just love October. I am more than ready to pull out my Halloween decorations and get that party started! I am always looking for crafty ways to decorate for all holidays and Halloween is no exception.

I found this pin on Pinterest, of course. It was just so cute, I could not get it off my mind. So, I had to make one! Here’s the whole premise- a grapevine wreath with plastic bugs hot glued to it and all of it spray painted black. I mean, easy. I also decided to add a big orange bow, but we will get to that.

First, I laid out the wreath and critters on plastic.

All Laid Out

And then I just went to town with the black spray paint!

black as night

Now, I have to add this caveat, the plastic critters did not really take to the black spray paint in that they remained sticky.

The next step was to hot glue the bugs to the wreath.

spider wreath

I mean, at this point I was so excited because it was so cute! Then I added an orange bow and hung it on my front door and knew it was simply perfect!

Halloween Wreath

Tell the truth, it’s precious!

What have you got on your mind for your Halloween decorations?

june 2015

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Five-Star Book Recommendations

Since my last book review post, I have returned from my self-inflicted martyrdom of exclusively reading free, literary classics.  The older I get, the easier I find it to stop reading or watching something I am not enjoying. I am no longer an, “I started it, now I have to finish it” kind of gal. As I’ve mentioned before, I enjoy the social networking platform for book enthusiasts: Goodreads. It allows me to see what my friends are reading and keep track of the books I’ve read and want to read. When you finish a book, you then rate it on a scale of one to five stars. I went for many a moon without reading a five-star book, and then (this summer) read three of them in a row. The below recommendations are they. As always, these books can be found in our Store!


Signal to Noise, by Silvia Moreno-GarciaMy friend and famed author G. Derek Adams (who you may remember from here, here, and here) has historically had flawless book recommendations for me. So, when he recommended Signal to Noise, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, it immediately went to the top of my queue. It did not disappoint. As you know, here at Fun Things the Blog, we are strong believers in the power of music and the magical impact a carefully crafted playlist can have. Signal to Noise asks the question, “what if that magic was actual magic?” This book handily checked almost all of my ‘favorite things’ boxes: crushingly realistic depictions of teenage angst, deep-cuts music snobbery, fated love set in a vivid backdrop, and the complex array of feelings regarding family.

Here is the blurb from Moreno-Garcia’s blog,

“Mexico City, 1988: Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said “I love you” with a mixtape. Meche, awkward and fifteen, has two equally unhip friends — Sebastian and Daniela — and a whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she discovers how to cast spells using music, the future looks brighter for the trio. With help from this newfound magic, the three friends will piece together their broken families, change their status as non-entities, and maybe even find love…

Mexico City, 2009: Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns for her estranged father’s funeral. It’s hard enough to cope with her family, but then she runs into Sebastian, and it revives memories from her childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What really happened back then? What precipitated the bitter falling out with her father? And, is there any magic left?

 This book is haunting, and relatable on so many levels and I can’t wait to see what else Moreno-Garcia has in store for the future.


Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, by: Susanna ClarkeSpeaking of magic, another of my favorite books this summer was Susannah Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. If you are into Jane Austen, Harry Potter, or both then you have probably already read this book. But, if you haven’t (and delight in a particular brand of British fustiness as I do) then this is the book for you. Clocking in at over a thousand pages, it is quite formidable, but I devoured it and relished every word. It is the story of the restoration of magic to England by two magicians during the Napoleonic Wars. Although my description sounds a little dry (and the book is) it is a compelling, exciting story that would be perfect for Fall.  A note: This book is loaded with delightful footnotes that (unfortunately) become tedious due to terrible e-formatting. Though I wouldn’t want to carry this book around, this is one of the few times I might advocate for reading a hard copy. Additionally, the BBC recently produced a mini-series adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. I am a huge anglo-phile; many of my favorite programs (or programmes) are from the BBC. So, it pains me to say that I cannot recommend the adaptation. As is often the case, this story is infinitely richer in its book form.


The Handmaids Tale by Margaret AtwoodSomehow, I managed to get out of college without having read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, for which I am now quite sad. It’s implications were important and I wish this book had come into my life earlier, but am thankful it did, at all. After a friend of mine made an intriguing comment about it on Facebook, I was spurred into finally reading it. The incredibly accurate, but dry blurb for the book is,

“Set in the near future, in a totalitarian theocracy which has overthrown the United States government, The Handmaid’s Tale explores themes of women in subjugation and the various means by which they gain agency.”

Although it is set in the future, it isn’t science fiction. In fact, Atwood calls it, “speculative fiction.” This book is important and incendiary and made me re-examine the roles that women play in society.  It is also terrifying in its plausibility; especially pertinent regarding the upcoming election season. Do not be dissuaded by the implied academic solemnity, this book is a fast and delicious read. If you read The Hunger Games, then you can do this, too. To all my lady readers, you need to read this book. To all my gentlemen readers, you need to read this book. Like Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, there is a movie adaptation of this book. I haven’t seen it, but would be curious if any of my readers have and would give me the scoop. Because, again, I am not into wasting my time these days on things that I don’t enjoy.


That’s it! What do you think? Have you read any of these books? Do you have a good recommendation? Have you seen the film adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale? As always, let us know in the comments section and feel free to follow me on Goodreads!




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Fall Y’all! Time for Stove Top Fall Potpourri

I tried desperately to not write another Fall Y’all post BUT! I woke up this morning and the atmospheric light had changed! And I just could not help myself. It is time. September 1 came and went and it was all I could do to hold myself back- but, today- there was no holding myself back from writing a post acknowledging my favorite time of year. I mean, I already have a pumpkin and mums on my front porch!

What did I do this morning? I just double checked on Pinterest that there wasn’t anything to making a seeping, Fall-smelling, potpourri concoction. There’s nothing to it. And I happen to have everything on hand- so easy peasy, My mom used to make stove top potpourri when I was growing up but, I have never done it.

spice and everything nice

You literally cut the apple into chunks, then add a dash of the vanilla extract and a dash of almond extract, a couple cinnamon sticks and some whole cloves to a sauce pot along with 1-2 cups of water. I put it on the stove and brought it a rolling boil then turned it down to simmer. My house smells just like Fall!

Stove Top Fall Potpourri

It is the yummiest, apple cider smelling goodness! I will pass along what other pinners said- be careful not to let the water boil out and that you can use it for us to 3 by storing it in the fridge over night. Although this is the first time I have made this, this will not be the last!

Have you ever made a stove top potpourri? If so, what did you used to put in it?

All the Best, Coralie


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#WayBackWednesday: T-Shirt Mod: Five-Minute Draped Vest

Way Back Wednesday graphic

For today’s #wbw, I did my due diligence and inserted a picture into a post where I had previously written something along the lines of, “I’m a bad blogger. I wish I had a picture here.” The omission was featured in my post, “T-Shirt Mod: Five Minute Draped Vest.”

Before and After collage from WobiSobi

Remember? It remains one of my favorite t-shirt mods, but this time I have proof!

Five Minute Draped Vest DIY

Has anyone tried this mod? What do you think? As always, let us know!






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