hidden treasures


Do you see what I see?! ^^ Try to find the “object” in the above picture before scrolling.


Old sheep herders house in the middle of nowhere – southern Colorado…… I think it is pprreettyy neat!

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garlic nail strengthener

Garlic Nail Strengthener

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Do you have crappy nails!? ME TOO!! Paper-thin nails that always break, peel and bend. Not cool! I’ve tried all of the polishes that promise to give you strong and long nails, but I have never noticed a difference.

The other day, on a rerun of Dr. Oz, they were talking about how garlic can help in strengthening and growing your nails! This may seem weird and stinky but don’t worry…the smell disappears once it is dry!

I just started this method so I will report back on the long term results soon!

Follow these simple steps and let me know if it works for you!

  1. Use any basic clear polish.
  2. Finely chop or mince 1 clove of garlic.
  3. Drain approximately 1/4 of the polish out of the bottle as to not overflow.
  4. Pack the chopped garlic into the bottle.
  5. Put the bottle away to steep for 7-10 days.
  6. Apply 2 coats of polish to bare clean nails and let it dry.

 

*Also…I would like to apologize to my followers for all the annoying e-mails last Friday. I just learned how to use Polyvore and I didn’t realize what I was doing on there was showing up on my blog too. I was trying to make an Albin Home Vision Board.

 

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diy dark spot corrector

 

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For some annoying reason I have been battling dark spots, also known as hyperpigmentation, on my forehead, upper lip, and under my eyes…I look dirty! My best friend, who happens to be a dermatologist, told me it is from the sun. The dark spots are a new thing for me and it is not something I can learn to accept. Pretty skin is important to me…So I did some research and found a few remedies I wanted to try (in addition to hydroquinone cream). Aloe vera has beneficial skin healing powers, it contains all kinds of anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties while helping your skin shine brighter and lighter. I read that aloe vera works on hyperpigmentation by encouraging the skin to regenerate new skin cells while also moisturizing and cleansing. Even though dark spots are pretty difficult to treat I thought it was worth a try! After reading through several different recipes I decided to make my own very simple aloe vera mask with coconut oil and lemon juice. The acidic juice will also help lighten the dark spots and give the aloe vera gel a longer shelf life.

Gel may have a slight pink tint due to oxidation.

Ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Lemon juice
  • Coconut oil

Method:

  • Cut the end and rough sides off the aloe Vera
  • Using a sharp knife, slice off the top rind to expose the gel
  • Using a spoon or the knife scoop the gel into a bowl
  • In a small food processor add approximately 3 to 4 heaping tablespoons of gel
  • Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • Add 3/4 the juice of 1 lemon…more than half but not every drop
  • Blend for approximately 1 minute

To use:

  • To use as a mask apply to face and neck for approximately 10 to 15 minutes (it’s really slimy and slippery so apply mask in appropriate location, like the bathtub)
  • To use as a toner, dip cotton ball in gel and rub on face and neck, focusing on dark spots. I like to do this at night then wash my face in the morning and continue with my normal routine.

These remedies can take up to a week or more for any discernible results to be seen.

Keep the concoction is your refrigerator, it will last for approximately 1-2 week(s).

My aloe vera leaf was big and I had leftovers/extra…I blended the remaining gel with lemon juice to create aloe vera juice. I kept it in my refrigerator and consumed 1 to 2 tablespoons per day.

 

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southern pride playlist

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I have a confession. Zac and I use to listen to only rap music. Rap music and farming…seems like some kind of oxymoron, don’t you think?! We thought so too, so we recently got Sirius radio and started listening to The Highway. That lead to me thinking about all the country I listened to in college at OSU, which then led to this playlist. This playlist is a mix between bands I saw in college, outlaw country, and just random favorites.

 

Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine

Twelve Gauge – Casey Donahew

Copperhead Road – Steve Earle

Choctaw Bingo – Ray Wylie Hubbard

Seven Nights in Eire – Reckless Kelly

Sunrise – Ryan Bingham

Mood Ring – Wade Bowen

White Trash Story – Casey Donahew

Wear My Ring – Bart Crow

The Toast – No Justice

Oklahoma Girl – Eli Young Band

Corpus Christi Bay – Robert Earl Keen

Snake Farm – Ray Wylie Hubbard

 

Listen to playlist here

 

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Dimitra Milan Fine Art

I love fine art…. I could spend hours/days looking at artwork of all kinds. The internet is such a fun resource to have when it comes to perusing because you can always discover new artist you may have never heard of otherwise. Some mornings I spend hours looking at the art section on Pinterest and that is exactly how I discovered this jewel. This blog is supposed to help represent me and what makes my world go round and art is a part of who I am.  Therefore, I think it is fun to share pieces with you guys that I have found and fallen in love with.

“I listen and wait for the voice of a thousand rushing waters. I can hear it in the distance, calling me to go forth in this journey. My thoughts are on heaven as I move through the mountains of this realm, to seek my future and what it beholds.” – Dimitra Milan

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This painting is called “Running the Distance”. I really love it. I think it is so beautiful, the detail is amazing and I love that it has a southwestern feel to it with the wolf and desert scene. The artist, Dimitra Milan is a 16 yr old girl from Arizona. Yes, that is right, 16! Both of her parents are established artist who own an art institute where Dimitra was able to take classes and learn, but also obviously has an amazing natural talent. In an interview I read, Dimitra stated “I paint women and animals/nature together to create a dreamy atmosphere and to give you a feeling that anything is possible. I think of each animal more as a symbol, rather than just the animal itself. I think about the function and attributes of the animal and use it as a symbol. I often like to paint animals that are traditionally viewed as dangerous or predators, or animals that simply have a dangerous edge. I feel like the women who represent me or the viewer have an opportunity to overcome, or to be a part of, a grand supernatural adventure. Sometimes these relationships between the woman and the animal represent our relationship with the one who created all of us. In my paintings, these predators are not dangerous, they don’t bite and they don’t sting.”

I find this piece of art and this artist very inspirational and I hope you do too! If you want to see more of her artwork or learn more about the artist go to her website at https://www.dimitramilan.com/

 

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black mesa images

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One day while surfing the internet I came across this ^^ breathtaking photo of my ever loved Black Mesas. (read about my love here)

Stanley Harper of Black Mesa Images is the artist and I am so in love with his work.(check out his facebook page here) Not only does he have some great shots of Black Mesa but he has perfectly captured the entire panhandle of Oklahoma. I found myself looking through every single picture, I couldn’t get enough…. I am such a sucker for the sky, living in the flatlands can do that to you. We may do without a lot of things out here in No Mans Land, but God makes up for it by painting us some of the most gorgeous skies! I have always had a passion for sunsets, but Stanley’s night shots of the milky way and all the stars are my favorite. The lightening strikes are pretty rad too. I love photography, someday I hope to have the equipment and knowledge to take killer photos of the sky. (he has a pretty fabulous collection of nightscapes for sale on his website)

 

Where do you get your inspiration?!

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high by the beach

 

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Here are my Jamaican beach jams.

 

High By The Beach – Lana Del Rey

2am – Slightly Stoopid

Three Little Birds – Bob Marley

Follow The Sun – Xavier Rudd

No Guns Allowed – Snoop Lion

No Way No – MAGIC!

Ordinary Girl – Rebelution

Dream Land – Bunny Wailer

Dawn Of Time – Tribal Seeds

Coast – Emily Reo

Pressure Drop – Toots & The Maytals

Follow my beach jams here

 

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shine on

 

| Metal Sunglasses – Free People | Metallic Knit Dress – Nasty Gal | Studded Bikini – Forever 21 | Star Charmsies – Free People |

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Yeah mon, Jamaican vacation!

My husband and I love going on beach vacations and this year we opted for Montego Bay, Jamaica. We have been to Jamaica before, but we have never stayed in Montego Bay.  We are totes excited to say the least!  We decided in our limited traveling experience that it is best not to check a bag if possible.  That being said, I have become a minimalist in the packing department. (my husband thinks it is not necessary to pack everything I own)#maybeheisright.  When I saw this Nastygal dress on pursenboots (check out her blog here) it was love at first sight.  I had to have it!  I am really into mixed metal and metallic fashion trends right now. Whether it is cool silvers or rich golds, I can’t get enough of the shimmering fabrics and shiny accessories. The rose gold color of the studded bikini will make it easy to mix and match with other bathing suits, and the Brazilian bottoms were a good motivator. 😉 New fun funky sunglasses on beach vacations is kinda “my thing” so when I saw these babies it was a no brainer. I always end up doing some kind of braid to keep my hair out of my way while in the water and I thought these little stars would be a fun addition to a braid.

Shine on! One love!

Follow the trip on Instagram: @chanleynoelle

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Zac turns 30

  

Happy 30th Birthday to this hot piece…I love you. Presents and breakfast in bed. Hope it is one for the books. #30years30beers

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native fish inspiration

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I came across this picture on Pinterest and I just love it.

50% Mermaid. 50% Native American. 100% for me!

I am unable to find the artist…does anyone out there know?!

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