Saturday, December 16, 2017

Bathroom Remodel: Progress Update & Tile Selections {Part 2}

Finally, the time has come!! Our bathroom remodel started on Monday, December 11th! The room was completely gutted to the studs and the walls now have insulation! I am already noticing a difference on how much warmer it stays upstairs!



Today, I wanted to share with you the tile I picked out for the floor, shower walls, and shower floor!

1) Floor Tile - Fronda Marengo Wood Look Floor Tile

While I was looking for inspiration, I came across the trendy wood look for flooring and I knew I HAD to have this once we redid our bathroom! 

2) Shower Floor/Trim - Penny Round Thunderstorm

This mosaic tile will be used as the shower floor tile as well as trim that goes around the top of the shower walls. Again, saw this when searching for inspiration and fell in love.

3) Shower Walls - Imperial Gris Matte Ceramic Subway Tile


I knew I really wanted subway tile in our bathroom, so I picked out this light grey tile. The bathroom is following a modern, contemporary style and I saw lots of pictures using subway tile in the shower.

Next time, I will share my selections for bathroom vanity, sink faucets, vanity lighting, shower rod, and more!




Tuesday, December 5, 2017

So, you want to start a youtube channel...


Before you even THINK about starting a Youtube channel, you need to ask yourself "What types of videos do I want to make?"

Are there certain Youtubers you enjoy watching? Do you have any hobbies?

If your goal is to become an overnight superstar, it's not going to happen. It takes years to grow your channel and be successful. 

But if you want to do it, then DO it! I have been making videos for many years now and still enjoy it.
Here is the link to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/LizLovesMakeupx3/

My tops tips to getting started:

1) Good lighting: Don't film your videos at ten o'clock at night when it's dark outside. Natural light is your best friend but if you can't film during daylight hours, I recommend the following lighting kit. It costs around $50 dollars on Amazon. 

What about a ring light? I don't have one yet because I don't film a lot of in-person videos, mine are generally top-down facing but these again are a costly investment. 

2) Camera: You do not need the newest, most expensive camera on the market to make good quality videos. Shoot your videos with whatever camera you currently own, even if you are using your iPhone or a point-and-shoot camera to start.

My current camera is the Canon Rebel T3i. My sister upgraded her camera over the summer and I bought it off her for a relatively decent price. I also use the lens that cam with the camera. Another very expensive part of getting a DSLR camera is the camera lens. They can cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars. 

The DSLR camera is great if you know how to use it. My sister taught my some tips and tricks to get started. You also will need to invest in a memory card, I personally use a 64GB card.

Another tip of advice, get a camera with a FLIP-OUT screen. It is immensely helpful if you don't have somebody helping you film videos.

3) Tripod: If you have a big camera, like me, you will need a good tripod. A stack of boxes or piles of books will not be sufficient. I am using a cheap tripod I picked up on Amazon for under $50 dollars.

4) Editing Software: I recommend when starting a channel to use the editing software that comes on your computer. If you have Windows, it is Windows Movie Maker. If you have an Apple, it is iMovie. The professional softwares, Final Cut Pro and Sony Vega, costs hundreds of dollars and you might not have that type of money when starting out. Heck, I don't have that type of money :)

5) End-slates and thumbnails: These are very important because they will help bring the viewer back to your channel to watch the other content you have uploaded. It will also bring in new viewers. I make my thumbnails and end-slates using Picmonkey. It has a free option and a paid option, which gives access to additional fonts, graphics, extra. You don't need any Adobe products to make your graphics!

6) Tags and description box: Similar to above, these help surface your videos to other audience members. I haven't mastered this art but it's similar to when you post a picture on Instagram and you use hashtags. 

6) Having the right intentions: Make sure you are genuine in your videos.  Nobody likes watching a fake. You should be passionate about videos and it will show through when you are filming. Like I said, this is not a get rich fast business.

So, those are my tips to getting started with a youtube channel!

If there is anything else you are curious about, leave it in the comments sections!



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Erin Condren 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Tuesday! Today I am excited to bring you a Holiday Gift Guide for one of my favorite companies, Erin Condren. I have purchased from Erin Condren many times, probably too many, and I love supporting a woman-owned business! Erin Condren is the perfect place to grab a gift for everyone on your shopping list!

This post contains affiliate links. All images are courtesy of Erin Condren. 
All opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy for further details.

Gift Guide

Erin Condren is know for its Life Planners but they have many more products and gift options now. I have combed through their website to bring you my top picks for the 2017 Holiday season!



1) Erin Condren Life Planner $55 [BUY
I cannot have an Erin Condren gift guide without mentioned the illustrious Life Planner. It has been a staple in my life for many years and now comes in multiple layouts and color schemes. You can choose from vertical, horizontal, or hourly layout, as well as neutral or colorful color scheme. You can also pick your coil color and your own personalized cover! I love mine and will continue to use for many years to come!


2) Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner $30 [BUY]
There are so many uses for the monthly planner! If you like planning the big picture, then this is the planner for you! You get a 12 Month Calendar, 40 notes pages, and two size options! The paper in these planners is also amazing quality and pens don't bleed through! I use this planner for budgeting but it could be used for a family planner or event planner! 


3) Planny Pack $20 [BUY]
I think this is a great gift for the planner in your life! It can be used to carry for your pens, markers, stickers, and more! It could also be used as a wallet! It comes in four gorgeous colors! Slip the elastic band over your cover and you can carry it around with your planner!


4) Wine Tote $20 [BUY]
This is the PERFECT gift for a party hostess! These come in a variety of patterns and can be customized! It can hold your standard bottle of wine but can also stretch a bit as it is made from neoprene material. 


5) Sherpa Throw $55 [BUY]
This throws would make a great addition to anyone on your shopping list! You have many different patterns to choose from, as well as two size options. These are the best to curl up with on a cold, winter night drinking a cup of hot chocolate, watching a movie with your loved one!
6) Enamel Flair Pin $8+ [BUY]
These pins are are extremely trendy right now and on the top of many gift lists! They can be worn on a hat, jean jacket, backpack, or just displayed on a bulletin board. These would make an awesome stocking stuffer!

That wraps up my Erin Condren 2017 Holiday Gift Guide! I hope have enjoyed my top picks for the people on your shopping list and helped give you some holiday shopping inspiration! Erin Condren typically will have a sale for Black Friday/Cyber Monday, so make sure you follow their Instagram to stay up to date on any coupon codes or special deals! 

What is your favorite Erin Condren product? Let me know in the comments!


 


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

My 2017 Halloween Costume



Well ladies, it's that time of year to share my Halloween costume! Today at work I got to dress up and I was a sports referee! It is the first time in many years that I have dressed up for Halloween! I got to leave work early, which is why you are getting this blog post at 3:00pm in the afternoon!
My hat is from Oriental Trading and my top is from Amazon!

What was your Halloween costume?


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Eye Creams: Which one is for you?


One of my goals for 2018 is to create a new skincare routine. As I am in the late 20s, I want to focus more on my skincare to keep it looking fresh and youthful. Reviews.com reached out to me and asked if I would check out their 'Best of Eye Cream for 2017' guide and I said yes!


Reviews.com took a look at over 300 hundred different eye creams on the market and then discussed them with dermatologists and industry experts. They tested multiple brands across multiple price points and looked at things like packaging, texture, smell, and application. The first thing they did was cut all eye creams with common skin irritants,  such as parabens, fragrances, and mineral oils, which then cut the list down to 119 products. 

Second, they looked for  ingredients/formulas that treat the three major concern with eye care: wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness. For wrinkles, they looked for retinoids, which encourages the production of collagen. For dark circles, they looked for caffeine, which helps shrink blood vessels and lessens the dark circles less noticeable. Finally, for puffiness, they looked for caffeine and antioxidants. 

To see the finalists in each category, head over to https://www.reviews.com/best-eye-cream/

Do you use an eye cream? If so, share your favorites in the comments section!



*This post is not sponsored. All opinions are genuinely my own. 


Sunday, October 1, 2017

September 2017 Favorites | Elizabeth Kathryn

Another month over means time for another favorites post! I haven't done one of these in ages, so I kept a small list this past month of a few of my favorites things!

1) Beverage - Arizona Zero Calorie Green Tea with Ginseng 
I know this is totally random but my Mom actually introduced me to this green tea and now I drink it almost everyday! There is just something so refreshing about it and it tastes really good with zero calories! It also contains honey and ginseng! You should definetly give this a try!

2) Food - Hannaford Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal
I have been eating oatmeal for breakfast everyday for the past two months or so and mainly buy store brand t save a few bucks. We typically do our grocery shopping at Hannaford, a grocery-store chain in the northeast, and their Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal has become my favorite. It doesn't really taste like a cinnamon roll but I LOVE the cinnamon flavor it has and really makes eating my breakfast something I enjoy. I also haven't been eating breakfast until around 10:00am, so this whole waiting to eat thing has been working out. My body is now used to not eating until mid-morning, which I think is helping with my goals!


3) App - Candy Crush
I have been playing this literally every night before I go to bed. I am currently stuck on level 92! There is something relaxing yet frustrating about playing this game but I am really enjoying it again!


4) Workout - Orangetheory fitness
Over the summer, my work had a well ness fair and got I voucher to try out a free class at Orangetheory fitness. OTF is a heart rate based interval training class which is based on Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) aka the "afterburn". You can burn an estimated 500 to 1000 calories in their 60 minute class. You do a combination of free weights/rowing/treadmill over the duration of 60 minutes having a coach guide you through the various workouts. I personally love the atmosphere and highly recommend you sign up a free class on their website! It is a little pricey but not as expensive as some HIIT workouts I have tried in the past! 


What are some of your September favorites? Leave a comment below!






Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Planner Review | Ashley Shelly Planner 2018


I am back today with a planner review! I love talking about planners and today I will be sharing with you the new Ashley Shelly 2018 planner!


The Ashley Shelly 2018 Planner features a hard, glossy cover size 7.25" by 9.25" including binding. I decided to order the Black and White stripe cover because I thought it was super professional while also being very elegant. The planner is also available in four other cover designs. The binding and metal corner cover protectors are in a silver finish. 

 When you open the front cover, you will find a small front pocket that will fit the Budget Notebook or Notebook bestie. You can also store receipts or other small documents in this space. To the right, there is a clear zip pouch that you can use to store your planner stickers. One sheet of stickers is included with purchase.
Inspiration Board

Important Contacts & Favorite Meal Ideas

Yearly Overview & 2018 Holidays


There are several pre-printed pages in the front of the planner before the calendar and weekly inserts to help with goal setting include an inspiration board, important contacts page, meal ideas, 2018 planning overview, 2018 & 2019 yearly overview, 2018 Holiday lists and some extra notes pages sprinkled throughout the planner.

Monthly view

The Ashley Shelly Planner includes a monthly calendar at the beginning of each month. Each month is marked with a laminated tab . The monthly pages are printed on heavy card stock. Monthly spread spans two pages and contains the previous month, next month, and a notes column on the left side. This calendar is a Sunday - Saturday format and also contains lined boxes. Holidays are marked in a purple colored font.
Creative Spread

At the beginning of each month, you get a creative spread to help you plan out the month. This section allows the user to creatively plan out their goals for the month including a word of the month or mantra, ways to create happiness, things to cut out such as distractions, routines and habits, personal goals, special dates, and even a monthly bucket list! I think the routines and habits is really important because many of us find ourselves falling out of habits, I even do, and this is a great reminder to help you keep you on track towards your monthly goals!
Week on Two Pages

Finally, we have the week on two page (WO2P) horizontal layout. Each month has four-five pages for the weeks of the month. Each week you get a monthly word section and notes section to capture anything important or noteworthy. Each day has nine (9) time-stamped areas for you to record meetings, appointments, etc.  You also get a daily to-do list, a due today section and dinner section. Each page has a perforated bottom corner that you can tear off each week to create a built-in bookmark! 

In addition to the monthly and weekly sections, you also get an additional ten (10) notes pages in the back of the planner. This planner runs from January 2018 to December 2018. 
The 2018 Ashley Shelly Planner retails for $49.95!

I hope you enjoyed this look into the Ashley Shelley 2018 Planner! I am truly impressed with the design and craftsmanship of this planner! I love the color scheme and the elegant nature of this book. 
To check out more Ashley Shelly products, visit her website at http://www.ashleyshelly.com/

If you would like me to review other planners on this blog, please leave a comment below and I will take them into consideration. Happy Planning!

*This post is not sponsored. I purchase this planner with my own money. All opinions are genuinely my own.