How to Drive in Snow

If there is one thing I have realized about living in a ‘cold state’ it’s that winters are far from friendly. Back home, on the southern east coast, driving in winter conditions wasn’t a big deal. There were a few days where snow covered the roads, but more often than not the plows were ahead of the weather. Then again, the snow was usually minimal and driving wasn’t much different between seasons.

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Now that I’m living where snow is a plenty I have realized there are a few things to do differently. I want to be as safe as possible on the road, and I want you to be too so I compiled a list of tips to help you drive in the snow safely.

The list includes what to do before you get in your car and while driving in the snow.

The list is made up of what could be seen as “duh” items, but only if you’re from an area that gets lots of snow. If you’re not from Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, etc… you may find these tips helpful for safely driving in Colorado (or other super snowy place) snow. Once you learn how to drive in Colorado snow please share your advice, life stories, etc… in the comments!

How to Apply Makeup in a Moving Vehicle

How to Apply Makeup in a Moving Vehicle

Have you ever tried to touch-up or even apply makeup in a moving vehicle? If you are a commuter who hates the alarm then chances are high you have. Putting on makeup in a moving vehicle can be difficult and sometimes painful. Poking yourself in the eye with a mascara wand should be avoided at all costs!

There have been many times where I’ve had to do this on a ride to an event, reservation, or other places. I swear cab drivers get a kick out of it, especially during those slam on the brakes momentsLet’s not even talk about subway makeup mishaps!

You know, the iconic lipstick smeared across the cheek moment. 

How to Apply Makeup   in a Moving Vehicle

So, how do you apply makeup in a moving vehicle without looking like a circus clown or poking out an eyeball? Here are some pointers.

Do what you can at home. If you have time for for applying your foundation before you have to bolt out the door, do it. The lighting will be better letting you blend more effectively and you reduce the likelihood of spillage.

Have a makeup bag just for travelling. Aim for products that have built in mirrors and/or lights. This will lighten up your travel load and save you from having to juggle multiple things.

Find something to steady your hand with. This could be a door, the back of a seat, or your lap. Moving vehicles have a tendency to hit bumps. Bumps lead to smudges, smears, pokes, and possibly worse. This is vital when applying lip liner, lipstick, eyeliner, and mascara.

Take advantage of stops and transfers. Try to save the application of anything potentially dangerous (read: mascara and eyeliner) for stoplights, pick-ups, and transfers. This could possibly save your cornea.

Do you have a secret tip for applying makeup in a moving vehicle?

Product Recommendation:

Dakota Vox (DV) Mascara (received for editorial purposes) is designed with on-the-go application in mind. This mascara comes equipped with a mirror and light.

DV Light Up Mascara

The brush is made with Silicon and is designed to lengthen lashes without clumping or flaking. The only downside is it’s only available in one color: black.

You can buy DV Mascara from Beauty9.com for $12.99.

 

So You Want to Start a Blog? Here’s How to Do It

So You Want to Start a Blog? Here’s How to Do It

If I had a quarter for everyone that has asked me how to get started blogging I’d have a huge pile of quarters. There are many ways to start a blog due to so many different platforms. For simplicity’s sake I’m going to focus on the self-hosted WordPress platform.

Get Started Blogging with HostGator Optimized WordPress

What is WordPress?

Whenever I am talking to someone about how to start a blog this question always pops up. What is WordPress? Well, WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System) for easily building and managing a website or blog.

Back in the day if you wanted a website you had to code (html, php, java, etc..) everything by hand. That is a bit tricky when you don’t even know what html, php, or java mean. WordPress allows you to bypass the more technical stuff and jump right into blogging. It’s incredibly easy to use and the learning curve isn’t as bad as you may think.

So… how do you start a blog?

Before we go more into WordPress, the first step to starting a blog is choosing a name/domain for your blog. This is your bread (the butter comes later) and should reflect what you intend to blog about and/or are passionate about.

Once you have a name in mind it’s time to register that name. To keep it simple we’ll register this domain with HostGator.

Register a Domain with HostGator

Once you have a registered domain (CONGRATULATIONS!!!) it’s time to set up hosting. You have a lot of hosting choices available but I highly recommend HostGator Optimized WordPress. It makes getting started blogging easier and faster since you don’t have to manually install WordPress.

When you choose HostGator you get:

  • 24/7 live support via chat, phone, and email – you’re not alone. We’re here to help.
  • One click WordPress installs – no messy downloading and uploading of files.
  • One click and start easy to use website builder – drag and drop tools that make building a site super simple.
  • Design services – don’t want to build your site? Let our pros do it for you.
  • Marketing services (SEO and PPC) – want to generate traffic? Our in house experts want to help.
  • Domains – HostGator is your one-stop-shop for domains!

Why HostGator Optimized WordPress?

I’m glad you asked! I have been with HostGator for as long as I have been blogging. I have had tried several other hosts and HostGator has always been the best in customer service, uptime, and speed.

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The new HostGator Optimized WordPress is even faster with added security (less chance of your site getting hacked – yes, even new/small blogs get hacked.)

Benefits/Features of HostGator Optimized WordPress

  • Automatic updates of plugins/theme/WordPress
  • Sitelock malware scanning and removal
  • Sitelock Content Delivery Network (CDN)
  • CodeGuard daily backup and restores (down to the file level)
  • HostGator Optimized WordPress is a new premium product and just a small extension to existing products provided by HostGator

Okay… now what?

Once you have your domain and HostGator Optimized WordPress accounts it’s time to push the magic button (Create Blog) to install WordPress.

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After a few minutes your WordPress blog will be created and you can get started customizing the look of your blog, publishing content, and officially claim the title of blogger. Everything you need to manage your new WordPress install is at the touch of your mouse pointer.

HostGator Optimized WordPress

 

Get Started Today

Now that you have the step-by-step directions to start a blog why not head over to HostGator to learn more and get started today!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

How to Restore & Season Rusty Cast Iron

They say you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. In my case I didn’t know what I was missing until I found it. That is this gorgeous cast iron skillet. My new roommate, John brought it into my life and I couldn’t wait to get to work restoring it from its rusty state so I could season it. If you are wondering how to restore & season rusty cast iron then you are in the right spot.How to Restore & Season Rusty Cast Iron

The first thing to do is to gather your materials:

  • Enough aluminum foil to line a large cookie sheet or the lower rack of your oven
  • Brill-O or SOS pads
  • Clean sponge
  • Heavy duty dish soap
  • Dishtowel or paper towels
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, more depending on the size of the pan

Start by preheating your oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet or the bottom rack with aluminum foil; you can leave it out for now.

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Now it’s time to start to restore the rusty cast iron. We’re going to scrub away the rust using the Brill-O or SOS pad. Scrub, scrub, scrub, until there are no traces of rust.

How to Restore & Season Rusty Cast Iron (1)Next use the clean sponge and dish soap to thoroughly wash the pan. I like to do 2 rounds of wash, rinse, and repeat, for optimal cleanliness.

How to Restore & Season Rusty Cast Iron (2)Use the towel(s) to dry the pan thoroughly before coating the cast iron with the vegetable oil.How to Restore & Season Rusty Cast Iron (3)Make sure to spread the oil around well.How to Restore & Season Rusty Cast Iron (4)

Don’t worry, we’re getting close to the end!

 Place the pan upside down in the oven and bake for 1 hour. After the hour turn the oven off and let it come to room temperature, with the cast iron still inside.How to Restore & Season Rusty Cast Iron (5)

Repeat this process 2 – 3 times over a short course for optimal seasoning. To keep your freshly seasoned cast iron healthy be sure to dry it immediately after washing (if you choose to wash) and reapply the oil as needed.

It’s not done yet, but it’s definitely a start!
How to Restore & Season Rusty Cast Iron

Tell Me: Do you have another method of restoring and seasoning cast iron?

 

5 Tips to Dress for Less This Summer

UntitledUpdating your summer wardrobe can be a pain in the rear and the wallet. There are ways to dress for less this summer and still be stylish and adorable. Here are my best tips to help you save money without sacrificing fashion.

5 Tips to Dress for Less This Summer

Shop the Sales

Most retailers, online and in store, offer huge savings on clearance items.  You can call around to different stores to find out exactly when they’ll be marking down the goods.

Sites like Ebates will tell you what stores are having what sales. As a bonus you’ll get cash back for shopping online.

The main thing to consider when shopping sales is to not hesitate. Sure that sounds fiscally irresponsible, but when  you’re dealing with deep discounts on clothing you can’t guarantee they’ll be there later.

Find Discount Stores

There are some stores dedicated to saving you money on clothing and accessories. Finding them may not be easy, but once you do you’ll be in heaven.


599 Fashion offers beyond affordable clothing and accessories. Everything is priced at $5.99 or lower. They have the latest fashions and they’re constantly updating their collections. The only downside to 599 is their clothes are gone quickIf you wait too long to purchase you could find your dream outfit gone.

While these clothes may not be the highest quality they are definitely cute and fashionable. A great way to keep up with the latest trends without breaking the bank.

Shop Thrift Stores & Garage Sales

Macklemore has the right idea. Second hand items are a great way to save the green and usually give back to a good cause (in most cases.) Most items in thrift stores and garage sales are gently used. They may be last years trends, but with the right accessories anything can be salvaged.

There are times you’ll get super lucky and find brand new clothes for super cheap. The summer is the best time to go garage saling, and as a bonus you could get started on your fall/winter wardrobes early!

Repurpose Your Wardrobe

You can rarely go wrong with cut-offs. Instead of dropping $50+ on cut-offs/distressed shorts opt to DIY. You can make them as long or short as you want them and distressing jeans can be a lot of fun.

You can also turn long sleeves into tanks and other neat tricks to bring your out of season clothes to summer.

Check out these tutorials for repurposing your wardrobe for summer:

Swap with Friends

Do you ever find yourself wishing you had your friends wardrobe? Chances are they’re thinking the same thing. It’s a woman thing. We want what we don’t have. When we have it we don’t always want it.

If  you have friends that wear the same sizes as you propose a trade. Take this shirt I’ll give you these shorts. It’s a win-win situation and everyone leaves happy. This works with accessories too and no money is lost.

These are my best tips for saving money and dressing for less this summer. What tips do you have?