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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Homemade Play Dough

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I have been playing single momma for the last couple weeks.  I don’t know how you ladies do it!  Whew!  I am exhausted.  And craving conversations not about Lightning McQueen, Blanket, or trying to explain (to the wall, it seems like) why “big boys only get binkies at night-night”.  We’ve also had some cool weather again… cold enough that we’ve had to stay inside.  ICK!  Little Monkey is going stir-crazy and he is driving me up the walls!  So, I’ve been on the prowl for new things for us to do.  Recently, we tried Play Dough.  IT WAS A HUGE HIT!
 
Little Monkey loves it!  I strap him in his booster chair, hand him a chunk of play dough and some cookie cutters and he’s good.  For like at least half an hour.  HEAVEN!  And because he’s strapped in his booster chair, I don’t have to stand there and watch him closely for signs of mischief.  And, he’s only shirtless because we’d just had ravioli for dinner, not because the play dough is messy, ‘cause it’s not.  Wow, that was a lot of commas in that sentence (run on, much?!).  All of my past English teachers and professors would die.  =]

I have this book, titled The Toddler’s Busy Book, by Trish Kuffner.  Someone gave it to me, but I don’t remember who.  There’s also one for pre-school aged children too. 

I have an abbreviated version… only 101 things to do with my toddler.  Not the 365 as claimed in the photo (which, by the way, if you click on, will take you to the source).  My favorite part of the whole book… the back has recipes for all kinds of stuff, including play dough.  Yay!

HOMEMADE PLAY DOUGH
      
Ingredients:
1/2 cup water
1/2 Tbs vegetable oil (I actually used olive oil, as I didn’t have vegetable oil)
1/4 cup salt
1/2 Tbs cream of tarter
Food coloring (or 1/2 tsp of cocoa – the food coloring I thought was in the cabinet, wasn’t.  Guess we left it at Grandma’s.)
Saucepan
1 cup flour

Directions:
Combine the water, oil, salt and cream of tarter in the saucepan.  Heat until warm, not hot.  Remove from heat, add about 1/4 cup of flour and mix.  When the mixture is cool enough, knead more flour into the dough until it’s not sticky.  You may need more or less than the whole cup.  Store dough in an airtight container or a zippy bag (suck the air out). 

This recipe was super easy and made plenty for Little Monkey… especially since I plan to grab our food coloring the next time we’re at Grandma’s… which means more colors… which means more dough.

Here's the message we sent to Daddy:


The cream of tarter makes this dough last 6 months, so don’t skip it if you don’t have any.  This dough is SUPER salty, but it won’t hurt your kiddos if they eat it.  And it’s so salty, they won’t eat much.  I promise.  P.S. Don’t lick the dough off your fingers.  BLEH!  Ask me how I know…  =]

The only picture I could get with him looking at the camera… you ask him “What does a nose say?”  “Honk, honk”.

Krista

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Weekend Wander #32

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Keep It Clean: In The Kitchen

It seems that cleaning is a never-ending task.  Right?  I swear I spend two hours cleaning the kitchen and you’d have no idea a day or two later.  It doesn’t help that our kitchen is right inside the front door.  So, when things get brought it… they often get dropped in there.  So, I started a new… routine, we’ll call it.  Instead of spending two hours every three days cleaning, how about twenty minutes each day?  That cuts my cleaning time in half.

In the last week I have discovered some tips and tricks.  Besides falling in love with vinegar all over again, there are a few more secrets.  So, pull out your notebooks and pens and get ready to take notes.  Or click on the title of this post and then click the print button located right above it.  Easy peasy, yeah?

10 Secrets to a Clean Kitchen:
1)  I really HATE smelly sponges, but when you’re cleaning they are kind of a necessity.  Paper towels are expensive when you go through them at a rate of three or four a day.  Dish cloths have the same smelly issues, although you can throw those in the washer.  But a dish cloth or two a day adds up quick!  I don’t have a ton of time to add a ton of laundry to my to-do list.  So… after you are done with your cleaning for the day, put the sponge on a saucer and put it in the microwave for about 1 minute.  More or less, depending on the power of your microwave oven.  When you see steam you can stop it.  Please make sure there is no metal in your sponge before placing it in the microwave.  Take it out very carefully, it will be HOT!  When it is cool, wash it thoroughly with a little dish washing soap.  Set it out to dry.  Let dry thoroughly. 

2)  My passion for pasta is no secret.  But I am not fond of stained plastic ware.  Nothing makes Tupperware, or Snap ware in my case, look gross and dirty like a permanent stain.  So, to prevent red sauces from staining my containers, I lightly coat the plastic with olive oil (you can use any kind of edible oil) before I put my leftovers in.  The oil protects the container and prevents the plastic from soaking in the color.
3)  We have granite counter tops.  Awesome.  We have tile granite counter tops.  Not so awesome… because the grout gets gross.  Fast.  Water stains or stains from food or other sources make our counters look yucky and dirty.  I combat this with a bleach pen.  Just draw it on, let it sit for ten minutes and wipe it off.  TA-DA!  Good as new.

4)  With dirty diapers in the house, we can sometimes get some really bad odors hanging around.  No matter how many bags we wrap it in.  So, to help tame the smell, I sprinkle a 1/4 cup of baking soda in the bottom of the trash liner.  If I notice a really foul stench, I’ll add a little more as the liner gets full.  Just dump it in on top.  A small bowl of vinegar under the sink helps curtail the smell too.
5)  Don’t forget to wipe down the surface of your cupboards and drawers.  Especially the ones in front of the sink.  Things spill easily while you’re washing up dishes.  Pay attention to the handles too.  Grime builds up quick with a myriad of hands touching those surfaces.  While you’re at it, wipe down the dishwasher and the oven.  Take a quick swipe at the fridge too, if it’s looking dingy.  If the visible surfaces are dirty and dingy, it will be assumed the insides are too.  First impressions are important.

6)  Cleaning and disinfecting cutting boards is essential to safe food preparation.  For things like fruits, vegetables, breads and most other foods simple soap and hot water will suffice.  Wiping it down with vinegar will provide a safe disinfectant.  If you cut meats or poultry on it, you will want to let the cutting board sit in a solution of 1 part chlorine beach to 10 parts water.  Let it sit for ten minutes, rinse and allow to air dry.
7)  You can deodorize kitchen surfaces with lemon juice.  Juice 5-10 lemons, depending on the size of the surface you’re deodorizing.  Or just buy a bottle of lemon juice.  Pour the juice into a spray bottle.  Lightly spray your surfaces and let it sit for 10-20 minutes.  Wipe down the surface with a clean, damp cloth or sponge.  Also works well with cutting boards.

8)  Clutter.  This is a huge problem for us.  My Mr Right and I have chronic cases of “Dropsy”.  We come in the door and drop everything on the countertops.  Don’t do this!  It will make even the cleanest room look messy.  Also, try not to store a lot of things on your counter tops.  We have very limited storage space, so some things (Like our KitchenAid) have a permanent home on the counter.  Keep this to a minimum.  It will, more often than not, look like you didn’t put anything away.
9)  Clean from top to bottom and from one side of the room to the other.  That way you won’t waste time wiping down a counter that you wiped down ten minutes ago.  It will also help keep clutter from creeping back in while you clean.
10)  Keep your dishwasher empty so you can load dirty dishes right into it.  A sink full of dirty dishes will always make a kitchen look messy.  This is easier said than done, I know.  Train your family to load their dishes into the dishwasher, instead of dropping them in the sink or one the counter, when they are done with them.  It may take a few days (or weeks…) but will be so worth it in the end, promise.  That saves me at least ten minutes a day in the kitchen.35

11)  If it isn’t dirty, DON’T CLEAN IT!  Seems simple enough, right?  I don’t clean out the fridge every day.  Every couple of days is good enough.  I do the dishes everyday when My Mr Right is home; but when he’s not, every two or three days is good enough.  Little Monkey and I cook more simply and eat less when he’s not here.  So we dirty dishes more slowly.  No need to run half a load of dishes, just wait another day.

Krista

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Blogging: Creating Category Pages

I had an email requesting a tutorial on how to make category pages.  Probably the simplest way to do this is with labels.  This is the way I do it.  Doing it this way, your pages will update when you write a new post.  Blogger’s pages feature is nice, but it only allows for static pages.  With labels and a link your page will update itself.  Let’s get started.

Here’s the How:
1)  It all begins when you write up your post.  If you don’t already, begin labeling your posts.  You don’t need a ton of labels.  One or two will do.  The more labels you have the more pages your post will show up on.  If you are going to create pages with your labels, be general.  You won’t need labels of both “drinks” and “beverages”.  Pick one.  I am currently, and always, trying to whittle down my labels.


2)  After you publish your post, view it on your blog.  At the bottom of the post, if you have labels enabled to show, your labels will show up.  Click on the one you want to make a page from.

3.  Now, you’ve clicked on the label you are going to use and it should pull up a page that has all the posts that you’ve labeled with that label.  Highlight the address in the address bar.

4.  You will now need to create a link.  There are a couple ways to do this.  You will need to decide if you want a text link or an image link.  Text links are the easiest to make. 
Copy this text and replace the red text with your text.
<a href="http://URL address.com">word(s) you want be linked</a>
Example:
<a href="http://whilehewasnapping.blogspot.com/search/label/main%20dish">Main Dish</a>

The code will make a link that looks like this:
Main Dish

This is an awesome tutorial on creating a navigation bar instead of just a link, which would be very helpful to your readers in locating your content.  If you want an image in your navigation bar, check out this tutorial

5.  If you opt to just create links, make a list of them down your sidebar or something like that.  If you put them at the top of your blog, make the font a little larger so people realize it’s a navigation bar.

I hope this all made sense.  If not, let me know and I’ll clarify.  Good Luck!

Krista

To Sew With Love Giveaway Winner

Eek, I forgot to announce the winner of the $15 Credit to Lelanie’s Etsy shop.  So, without further ado…
Lucky number eight…



CONGRATULATIONS!
I have passed your info along to Lelanie and she will contact you shortly with details on how to claim your prize.  Congrats again!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Krista

Hoo Are You #42

Yep… two weeks in a row.  Whoa!  I know.  Well, here goes:
NightOwlCrafting
1.  What is your favorite thing cooked on the bbq?
2. How do you celebrate Memorial Day?
3. Do you like your handwriting?
4. Do you still have your tonsils?
5. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

1.  I love to BBQ.  My Mr Right and I BBQ in the winter even, that’s how much we love it.  “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night...” My favorite, very most favorite, is BBQ Turkey.  But, we usually do chicken, since its a little less expensive.  It’s AH-MAY-ZING!  Like fight-to-the-death over the last piece kind of amazing.  You can find the marinade recipe HERE.
2.  Uhm, well, last year we were in California at the beach.  The year before we went camping.  This year… we don’t know yet.



3.  It’s ok.  It’s legible, so that’s good.

4.  Yep, I sure do.
5.  Uhm, no.  Most of my shoes don’t tie.  Because most of them are flip flops.  Or ballet flats.  Or heels.  Yeah, I have lots of those.  Wedges, stilleto, peep toe…  I love me some shoes!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Poppin’ Peepers

Want your eyes to make a statement?  Follow these tips:
1)  Curl your eyelashes.  If you’re applying your make up first thing in the morning, curl them before you apply any mascara.  For extra hold, heat your eyelash curler with your blow dryer for a few seconds.  Make sure it’s not too hot before you clamp onto those upper lashes. Curled lashes will make your eyes appear more open.
2)  As far as mascara on the lower lashes… it depends on your eyes.  Some eyes it actually closes off and makes them look smaller.  Some it creates a dramatic effect that makes your eyes stand out.  You’ll have to try it to find out.Use one to two coats of mascara.  If you want a little more adventurous or playful look use a colored liner or mascara, like dark blue, green, purple.
3)  False lashes are an option.  Take your time playing with them if you’ve never worn them before.  Practice your application technique.  Only apply them to the outside half of your own lashes and use a good glue.
4)  Invest in a good white shadow.  Or a couple of them.  Shimmery white will be your best friend…  After you have applied your shadow and before your last coat of mascara, sweep a bit of white shadow right below your brows and in the corner of your eye.  Extend it under your bottom lashes.  Use it as a highlighter… not a color.  Using it as a color makes your face look washed out and clownish.

Yes        


No

5)  Keep your eyebrows groomed.  If you are not comfortable doing it yourself the first time, go have it done professionally.  Then, you can do the upkeep.  If you do it yourself, here are some guidelines to follow.  Your brows should start at the inside corner of your eye.  Take a Q-Tip to help you follow a straight line.  Hold one end of the Q-Tip next to your nostril, pointing up.  Your brows should begin here.



Drag the other end of the Q-Tip over your brow.  The arch of your brow should be at the point where the Q-Tip crosses in front of your pupil when you look straight ahead.


The end of your brow should be where the other end sits right under your eye.


6)  Don’t apply eyeliner all the way around your eye.  It will close them off and make them look smaller.  On the bottom lashes, apply liner below the lashes and start where your lashes begin.  Extend your liner out passed your eye just slightly and in a slightly upward slant.  But, be careful.  If it isn’t symmetrical, your eyes can look lopsided.  On the upper lashes, begin the liner in about the same spot as you did on the bottom lashes.  Apply the liner as close to the lashes as you can.  You may want to apply a white or shimmery silver to your waterline (inside the bottom lashes).  Don’t attempt this unless you are somewhat accustomed to and comfortable with objects close to your eye.
Note the shimmery white liner and the black liner.


7)  Conceal any baggy, saggy or dark circles.  Circles will deter attention from those pretty peepers.  Find a good concealer and use it for those days when you need a little extra coverage (like those nights when you're up every two hours with a sick baby...)
8)  Black mascara will be more dramatic and noticeable than brown.  Apply one coat and let it dry.  When it’s dry, dab more mascara on the tips of your lashes.  This will make them appear longer.  Go slowly and apply it in small quantities.  If you don’t, it will clump.  Yuck.
9)  With your liner, start with a skinny line and get thicker as you get closer to the outer corner of your eye.  Use a thin line on your lower lash line.
10)  Wear an eyeshadow color that will make your eyes pop:

blue eyes- blue shades will enhance your eye color while brown shades will draw attention to them because of the color contrast.  Combine colors is a great idea.

green eyes- green shades can help enhance the color, but use moderation.  Purples, golds, and shimmery light browns will draw attention to those pretty greens.

hazel- hazel eyes are fun because they can appear to change colors based on the amount of light, the environment, and the eye make up you sport.  I love having hazel eyes.  Purple will bring out the gold and green tones in your eyes.  Black or gray (such as a smoky eye) will bring out gold.  Browns, pinks and lighter neutrals will bring out the brown.  Shades with a silvery or shimmery tint will bring out the green.

brown eyes- charcoals and mauves will make your eyes bright and inviting.  Blacks and golds enhance the color of your irises and brighten up tired eyes.  They are complimentary for fair skin toned ladies too.  Gray and taupe are great day wear colors.  Green and golds are great night wear colors to pop those chocolate beauties.

Go, flash those big, beautiful baby blues… or greens, or hazels, whatever you’ve been blessed with.  Go get ‘em, Gorgeous!

Krista

Monday, May 23, 2011

Ten Minute Brownies

Brownies are one of my favorite desserts.  They are relatively easy, versatile and always delicious.  I’m typically a “from scratch” kinda girl.  But sometimes I don’t have the time (or energy) to spend 45 minutes whipping up a batch of brownies.  Enter Betty Crocker.  Or Pillsbury.  I’m not picky.  Duncan Hines is welcome here too.  =]  But, a box brownie is just… well a box brownie.  There’s nothing special about ‘em.  Well, after I get done with them, they won’t just be another box brownie.  And, not including baking time, you’ll have this together in ten minutes or less.

TEN MINUTE BROWNIES
  

Ingredients:
1 box of brownie mix
2 eggs
1/4 cup of milk
1/4 cup of applesauce
1/2 tsp vanilla (I usually do more, but I’m a bit of a vanilla fiend)
Chocolate chips (optional)
mint chips (optional)

Directions:
Empty the brownie mix into a bowl.  Combine the milk, applesauce, vanilla and eggs.  Mix well.  Pour batter into a pan.  Sprinkle a handful of chocolate chips and mint chips on top.  (Little Monkey helped with this part and loved it.)  Then follow the baking directions on the back of the brownie box, except I usually drop it by 3-5 minutes, just in case.  This time, they were perfect the first time the timer went off.  Cool and serve.


And, because I think brownies look naked with nothing on them… I sprinkled powdered sugar on top to give a little more finished look.  But you don’t have to if you like naked brownies.  =]

Krista

While He Was Napping Craft Corner

Come over to flickr and share your latest DIY projects, recipes, crafts, printables and anything else when you add your photos to the While He Was Napping Craft Corner group.  Hope to see you there.


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Blogging: Watermarking Your Photos

Unfortunately, this has become a necessity.  For the most part, people are good and honest.  But they do, and can, make mistakes.  And then there are people who just don’t care.  Whatever the case may be, it’s important to protect your images.  This is easy to do with a watermark.  There are a couple ways to do this, all just as good as the last.

You can use Paint on your Windows PC.  Open your image and use the text tool to insert a watermark.  This is probably the least user friendly method.  It will work though.  And I recommend it on images that have white backgrounds only, as your watermark will have a white background.

Or use Photoshop.  If you open a new file with a ‘transparent’ background and then save it as a .png file, you can use this watermark over and over.  Easy and reusable… if you have access to Photoshop.  However, Photoshop isn’t on all my computers (like my laptop, where I compose most of my posts) so it’s kind of a pain to watermark my images on the desktop and then insert them to my post on my laptop (where Windows Live Writer is installed).

If you use Windows Live Writer, you can add watermarks to your images as you compose your post.  This is primarily how I watermark my images.  There aren't a ton of options with this watermark tool, such as limited placement of the watermark and limited sizing, but you can use any font on your computer.  You can download Windows Live Writer for XP HERE.  Windows Live Writer downloads for Vista and Windows 7 can be found HERE.

You can also upload your photos to picnik.com.  This is now built into Blogger.  After you upload your photo, click on the “Create” tab and then the “Text” option beneath that.  There are several fonts to choose from, even more if you purchase a premium membership.  You can drag and drop the text anywhere you want.  You can resize them.  And it won’t take any space on your hard drive, like software does.  This is what Picnik looks like… and no, that’s not my photo.


~Krista

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Weekend Wander #31

Welcome, welcome!  Now, assuming Blogger doesn't keel over and die again, let's party!  Real quick, here's a few great links from last week that you should really check out.

How adorable is this dress!?  Ahh!  Too cute.  Blooms and Bugs will show you how to make one.

Lauren at My Wonderfully Made shares these awesome Anthropologie Knock Offs!  ADORABLE!

And the Belle of the Ball...  Kelly at Make It Sparkly Mama! with her tute on DIY blended coffee!

Grab your featured button, girls!  Awesome stuff!  Thanks to everyone who linked up!  Now... Let's get this party started!  Link up whatever you want and link as many times as you want, as long as it follows the two rules:  Family Friendly Links only!  And no commercial sites, please.  And... GO!  










Tin Foil Dinners

This is a PERFECT summer recipe.  There is a down side… it will heat your house hotter than … heck.  And they kinda take a long time.  But they are soo yummy.  And these are amazingly awesome for camping.  Especially, if you cut and package them up before hand, build your fire as soon as you get to your campsite and let them cook while you set up… you get everything done and, ta-da, so is dinner.

TIN FOIL DINNERS
     
Ingredients:
4 Small Potatoes
6-7 Carrots
1/2 lb Ground Beef
You can put in other things like: celery, bell peppers, or whatever your little taste buds desire.  You can also substitute the hamburger for chicken, pork, venison, ect.
Directions:
Put your hamburger on to brown.  Wash and chop your veggies while occasionally stirring your hamburger.  When your meat is cooked, form your assembly line.  Tear off four sheets of tin foil and pile appropriate amounts in the middle of each.
My Mr. Right gets more than Little Monkey…  When all your veggies and meat are appropriately divided onto the sheets of foil, take one sheet and put the opposite side together, wrapping around your pile of veggies and meat.  Roll the foil down a couple times to hold it together.  Roll the ends, securing your food inside the foil pouch.
I usually wrap with another layer of foil, because I don’t like cleaning the oven…  Bake at 450 F for 30-45 minutes or until veggies are tender.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Six Pack for Two

Hey Everyone!  I'm guest posting today over at The 2010's Housewife.


She saw my Daddy's Six Pack post and asked if I would want to make one with a sweetheart's theme.  I'd had the thought of doing that and Tracy's request gave me an excuse to get right on that.  So, if you want a fun date night kit that's easy to put together, check out Tracy's blog at The 2010's Housewife for the tutorial.




     




Krista

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hoo Are You #41

I haven't done one of these in a while.  But since the hubby is out of town... again... I thought why not?  So, here we go...
1. What type of diamond cut do you like?
2. If you are married when is your anniversary. if not what month
would you like to be married in?
3. What were or would you like your wedding colors to be?
4. How many bridesmaids did or would you have at your wedding?
5. How long have you been married?
1)  I'm a round cut kinda girl.  But when it comes to diamonds, I'll take what I can get.. (that translates to "engagement ring").  I told my hubby right up front I wanted a round cut though.  Sometimes he does listen!  I'm also partial to a princess cut.


2)  February 8th.  I always wanted to get married in May though... Funny how things work out.
3)  Crimson, Black and white.  If I could do it over though, I'd go with brown instead of black.


4)  Three.  My sister and my two cousins... who are pretty much like sisters.


5)  3.25 years.


Love Him!  <3

Krista

Sun-Kissed Goddess

It’s finally being consistently warm here.  (Ha, at least it was when I wrote this up...)  YaHOO!  Away go the sweaters, boots, scarves, gloves and hats!  Out come the capris, tee-shirts, flip flops and sunless tanner!  Yes, sunless tanner.  Let me explain…

One of my very favorite things about summer is the sunshine and being able to play outside.  I love camping, hiking (like nature trail hiking, not like climbing 1000 feet in elevation kind of hiking), and playing in the river, lake, ocean, ect.  But that’s A LOT of time in the sun.  I love the sun, but too much of a good thing… you know the rest.  Skin cancer... definitely not a good thing.

However, I also don’t particularly love being the reason people are blinded at the beach.  Let me tell you, I am the whitest white girl out there.  At least from my hips down – I am like sun-repellant, reflective surface white.  The concept of snow blindness… so bright it hurts to have the sun bounce off of it into your eyes… can be applied to my legs.  I don’t seem to have an issue getting a tan above my hips, though.  Weird, I know.

So… in order to balance out my skin tone a little, and save the sight of beach-goers everywhere, I use sunless tanner on my legs.  Why?  Besides the reasons mentioned above, it’s easy, it’s safer than laying in the sun for hours and hours (who has that kind of time anyway?!?) and it only take a few minutes a day.

Tanned skin is something most everyone wants.  Someone, somewhere decided that dark skin is beautiful, which is awesome is you are naturally dark-skinned.  All skin tones are beautiful, but I can relate to “not having the tan I wish I did.”  Just walk the seasonal aisles at any retail store like Target or even the grocery store.  There are cartfuls of products dedicated to tanning.


Sunless tanning is easy and quick.  Never tried it?  Well, here’s the how:
1)  You will need a sunless tanner.  Products come in a variety of forms: lotions and sprays are the most common.  Brands are innumerable.  It is available almost anywhere.  It’s not the cheapest stuff, but one bottle will probably last most (if not all) of the season.  Disclaimer: Sunless tanners have a distinct scent.  The scent isn’t noticeable after the tanner dries, but some products do a better job of masking it than others.  If that’s a concern, smell the product before you purchase it.  I personally use lotion, as it’s a little cheaper.  The spray is a little more convenient for spots like the back of your legs.
2)  Getting your tan is the hardest part.  DON’T RUSH IT!  This is easiest to do nude.  Or in your undies if nude is too much for you.  It's best to start with a clean canvas... like after you get out of the shower.  Also, you will get better results if you shave the day before.  Apply your tanner and let it dry for 10-15 minutes.  Anything the tanner gets on will be stained, thus why nude is the safest bet.  After it’s good and dry you’re free to get dressed.  I do my tanner right after I get out of the shower.  By the time I’ve brushed through my hair, brushed my teeth, and possibly applied make-up I’m dry and don’t have to worry about staining my clothes. 

When applying, use thin coats of your tanner and let it dry completely between coats.  Only do one, or maybe two, coats to start with then wait 4-6 hours for your skin to darken before you do any more.  Sometimes it can take a day or two to reach the shade you want.  WARNING:  The thicker you apply the tanner, the higher your chance of looking orange!  Go light and let your tan develop before you add more.  And then STOP!  Don’t keep adding, three or four coats should be the max!  Did you see the Friends episode where Ross gets a spray tan?  STOP.  Again, too much of a good thing…

3)  If you used a lotion, make sure you WASH your hands afterwards!  Otherwise your palms will be stained… I’ve had this happen before, it’s soo not hot.  Another solution:  wear rubber gloves when applying tanner.  Afterward, lay them out to dry and you can use them again.  If you're hands do get stained… lie and say you were making pots out of clay and the clay it stained your hands.  People will believe you.  Promise.  Unless they actually make pottery.  =]

Other things you should know include:  You will have to reapply tanner every few days to maintain your tan.  In between, use a good moisturizer.  Sunless tanners are very drying, so make sure you keep your skin hydrated.  Hydrated skin will hold the color longer.  Drinking water will also help.  Shaving and bathing will exfoliate some of your tan, which is why reapplication is necessary.

Happy tanning!


Krista

Do you use sunless tanner?  Any helpful hints or tips?


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