How do you celebrate you birthday?

How do you prefer to celebrate your birthday?
I heard after you turn 25, birthdays only go downhill from there? Well not for this girl. I am now 26 and thriving- feeling like the best is yet to come. I always find a reason to celebrate an occasion especially the day of my birth. You don’t get years back so why be down on your age? I understand that birthdays can be a touchy subject, depending who you’re talking to. Everyone has their own rhyme and reason.

I will be spending my birthday surrounded by friends and family this year- which is my favorite way to spend it. We typically go out to eat, have cake and celebrate!

I would love to hear from you, are you the type that celebrates or do you skip it? I’d love to know your favorite way to celebrate your birthday!

Affordable DIY SHUTTER Tutorial

 

For a while now I have been wanting to make our house a home. To make it complete on I have always pictured the front exterior a certain way. I have envisioned making DIY shutters for our home ever since we moved in two years ago.

I have been doing my research on these DIY shutters for a while now- almost discouraged because it seemed like a big task. It was actually a  breeze and with some help from the kind people at Home Depot, Andrew, and my dad we completed the task!

Andrew and I call Home Depot our second home because we are ALWAYS there- and to be honest I can’t say one bad thing about Home Depot they are always so helpful. Our favorite thing is that they are dog-friendly, Luther LOVES the workers there.

Let’s get to it!

What you will need:

  • Wood
  • Stain
  • Large width brush
  • Stain Cloths
  • Nail Gun
  • Drill
  • Galvanized screws (brown- depending on the color of stain) 
  • Ladder

Step 1: Measure your windows from top to bottom.

We prefer the wood to be flush- from top to bottom, but some people leave some room on the top and bottom of the windows when measuring. The average width is about 12 inches we went actually 15 inches due to the style I was trying to pull off. 

Step 2: Pick out your wood.

We chose to go with Cedarwood- it is durable and already treated. After talking with multiple workers their they suggested the cedar over the pine due to it being best for the exterior. * Note if you do get a wood that is not treated you will need to treat it properly so it can stand weather conditions. 

Step 3: Cut your wood- or have Home Depot cut it (that is what we did)

Step3: Stain Wood

Picking out stain was so stressful for me (big commitment) ha! We picked out a stain that complemented the exterior of our house color. We chose a brighter stain to make the wood pop. (Let stain sit and apply as needed to get to ideal color).

Step 4: Assemble Wood (After Stain Sits)

Line up 3 boards width and two across the top and bottom. This is where you use the nail gun. (As you will see I used the width of the boards to space out the wood to the desired width.)

 

Step 5: Nail to the House (You will need the galvanized screws and Drill and ladder)

* We chose the brown galvanized screws so they would blend with the wood and the great thing about getting galvanized screws is that they will not rust and run down on the wood making it look rusty.

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Get to know Mika Jade- Some things I love.

Hi friends, on social media things, can look one way or another and maybe sometimes you don’t know who I am and what I like…so I wanted to share with you some things I love!

Learn more about me and I would love to hear what we have in common!

Coming home to Luther and Andrew after a long day.
Going to the movies randomly.
Sushi dates.
Hearing my sweet niece and nephew say my name.
Writing random cards to my sweet friends.
Obsessed with Ranch.
Talking to my grandma on the way home from work.
Listening to my playlist while editing.
Going on walks.
Paddling boarding in Michigan early mornings on the crips lake.
Encouraging others to follow their dreams.
I love bright lipstick (I don’t wear it as often as I would like).
Traveling.
Meeting new people.
Shoes.

Cuddling up in bed and Luther snuggling up to Andrew and I.
Being a younger sister and learning from two older sisters.
Being an auntie.
Thai Food.
I love dermatology.
Grocery shopping on a weeknight.
Binge watching shows.
Curling my hair.
Bath bombs.
Pizza.
Chai Tea Latte.
Online shopping.
Collecting Stationary.
Date nights with my dad.
Re-organizing rooms.
Helping others with their future plans.
Going to church.
Sister Time.
Road trips.

Can you say you knew those things about me?  I hope you learned a little more about me. I would love to hear what we have in common, share below!

2018 Summer Beauty Favorites from Beauty Brands

 

We all know the summers here in Kansas can be sultry so I have partnered up with Beauty Brands to talk about my favorite summer beauty products that help me beat the heat!

Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream This one is a game changer it is super lightweight and helps moisturize your hair while creating a soft look for natural styles. This is the perfect oil to brush through your hair to help flyaway’s- do not use a lot it can make your hair greasy if you apply too much!

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray– With this heat I know I do not like to blow dry my hair all time so I use the Bumble and Bumble Surf spray to create a natural beauty look. You apply it to damp hair and let it air dry. I love keeping this in my bag to spray in my hair after getting it wet from the pool so all day I will keep the natural wave.

Luther clearly wanted to be in on the shoot as well.

 

Living Proof Restore Instant Protection- If you have never used a product to protect your hair from your heating tools I recommend this. It not only helps protect against the heat but as well against UV rays and humidity (Y’all the humidity here has been HORRIBLE so this will be your best friend!)

NYX Matte Makeup Spray– This matte spray provides a gorgeous shine-free matte finish that is very lightweight and ensures that your makeup stays put throughout the day/ night.  All you have to do is spray this over your face after you apply your makeup, it’s that easy!

Make Up Eraser– Do you ever struggle with taking off your makeup? I know I have. I ditched the makeup removers that burn my eyes and found my self the Make Up Eraser. I wish I would have recorded myself using this for the first time because my mind was blown. It removes EVERYTHING, waterproof mascara, eyeliner, foundation you name it! All you have to do is get it wet and wipe off your face to get a clean face, I of course then follow with my cleanser. To clean the Make Up Eraser  you simply throw it in the wash every week.

SuperGoop! Everyday Sunscreen- Ever since starting my blog I became more aware of my skin and making sure I am using good products especially ones that protect my face from the sun. I have been religious with sunscreen. This lightweight everyday sunscreen you can put on before applying your makeup. Plus is it is oil-free so it doesn’t make your face feel like it has anything on it! It’s a win, win! Protect your skin people!

Tart Lights Camera Splashes Waterproof 4-in-1 Black Mascara Last but not least, on the far right we have one of my favorite mascaras that stays on through rain, sweat and tears! It lengthens, curls and volumizes as well as conditions your eye lashes to give you stunning lashes. Perfect mascara for a pool day!

A few reasons why I love Beauty Brands:

  • Beauty Brands, is Kansas City born.
  • Beauty Brands carries premium brands like Moroccanoil, Pureology, Redken, Living Proof, Matrix, Tigi,Sexy Hair and more.
  • Beauty Brands offers a curated assortment of prestige cosmetic and skincare brands like bareMinerals, Tarte, Smashbox, Elizabeth Arden, Murad, Dermalogica, Peter Thomas Roth and more.
  • They have Annual Liter Sale’s and one is actually happening NOW through August 18th where you can save up to over 70% on 250+ branded shampoo, conditioners, bather and body favorites!

Because I partnered with them on this segment and blog post they have been so gracious to gift my followers 20% off a service! All you have to do is click here to claim it-  Layers and Lipstick 20% off Service

What I am wearing-  Perfect Pajama Set Click Here