Oh, Hats! {Inspired by She Makes Hats}

Absolutely addicting little projects those hats. The desire to make one has turned into…um, a dozen or so now.

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My impulse buying single skeins has actually paid off in this hat knitting frenzy. Most times it’s possible for me to get two hats out of one skein, and sometimes more if I combine leftovers for striping.

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I’m not really awesome at hat making yet, but it’s been lots of fun learning. I get so much inspiration from the lovely Robyn ~ She Makes Hats over on Instagram. She’s got an amazing hat making goal – 10,000 hats for 10,000 people! – can you imagine?! Now that’s what I call a hat addiction!

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Robyn doesn’t just make hats to make them though, she’s got giving on her mind in a big big way. She donates many of her hats to hospitals, schools, and veterans. She even started the Nebraska Hats For Hope Initiative so other people could join her in making hats for charity too. That’s where many of my hats are headed. I’m not very good at sizing yet, luckily she donates to newborns and sailors and everyone in between.

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Don’t worry, even if you aren’t a hat maker yourself you can still help Robyn reach her 10,000 hats goal. She’s got an Etsy shop, where for every hat purchased she makes a newborn hat to donate. It’s a buy one, give one, good thing going on over there!

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So, she makes hats, she gives hats, she sells hats…wait, there’s more! Robyn also writes hat patterns! Wha?? Yep. I guess it’s only natural for a prolific hat maker to be a pattern writer. I’ve knit both her Tyson and Hadley hats, they were a joy. Her patterns are so well written even a newbie like me gets great results. Actually, I’m a little addicted to the Hadley hat, I’ve knit it several times already! That pattern is always in my bag, even if I’m not knitting it at the moment I might be tomorrow.

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You can find out lots more about Robyn, her patterns, her making, and giving all over on her blog. Check it out, she’ll inspire you too!

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Avon Everyday Essentials

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This could also be titled Favorite Things...because even though I do sell Avon mostly I’m a customer. So, I thought I’d share a few of my everyday products and why I love them!

Clearskin ~ I really like this whole line, but I use the Blemish Clearing Spot Treatment everyday. I used to have a real big problem with cystic acne, especially on my chin, especially a particular week a month. I used Nutregena for years, and while it helped it didn’t stop my problem. Then I started using Avon’s line Clearskin. First, I replaced my daily cleanser, then I started using the spot treatment. To my surprise I stopped getting those painful red swollen bumps! I now cannot remember the last time I had one. I still get tiny little pimples sometimes (usually when I sleep in my makeup, hello, lazy) but I use my spot treatment and they’re gone in a day. It soothes the irritated skin if I’ve picked at one too. TMI? It’s the real stuff over here y’all.

Moisture Therapy ~ I carry the Vitamin Treatment Hand Cream in my purse, but a giant bottle of Intensive Healing and Repair lives on my bathroom counter. Everyday. After my shower this is my fave. I live in Colorado and I have thyroid problems, I definitely get dry skin. If I forget my lotion in the morning my legs itch like crazy and my tattoos get ash-y. You know that’s a crime! My hubby works with concrete, it sucks moisture out of his hands and (tattooed) forearms too. Moisture Therapy Lotion everyday at our house, no lie. 

Advance Techniques ~ Did you know Avon sells shampoo? They do. They have a whole line of hair care products, even color! I’ve tried several of their shampoos, one for volume, one for dry hair…but 360 Nourish is my fave. I don’t use conditioner; I have fine, thin, oily hair and conditioner doesn’t do anything but make my hair even more limp. 360 Nourish has Argan oil, Provitamin B5, and Vitamin E. It makes my hair soft and silky. A comb goes through easily after a shower, even though I have short hair that is not the case with shampoos that dry it out. 360 Nourish also makes my hair softer after I blow dry it! I get soft volume, not a bunch of fly-aways, and I can style it easily. Shampoo win-win!

So, there you go, a few of my everyday Avon products. In my bathroom, on my body, favorite things! Do you have an Avon favorite? Tell me about it! You might get a surprise package or something. 🙂

(I’m Avon Independent Sales Rep., visit me online at: YourAvon.com/beextraordinary)

Happy Stuff

Oh my gosh.
Firstly, I just need you to know that not every Avon catalog has lots of great stuff in it. There’s always some awesome deals and good things, but sometimes there’s just lots!
It’s campaigns like this that make me happy to be an Avon rep!
Here’s a few of my favorite things in C6…

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New Spring Nailwear Pro+! The new colors are so pretty and fun, Painted Peony is on the top of my list. I’m also happy they have the Nail Dotting Tool. When I’m in a creative nail mood I use mine to make dots, flowers and swirls. I always get complimented on my nails when I have fun with the design.

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I own this 8 shade eye shadow palette in the neutral tones and I use it almost everyday. I’m going to order it in the water colors palette as well because when I’m not wearing the neutrals these are the colors I use. I love that these shadows have a slight shimmer to them and add a little highlight to my eyes no matter what color I’m wearing.

I should also mention that my favorite mascaras  -Super Drama & SuperShock Max- is on sale 2 for $8.99 right now. That saves you $10 since the regular price is $9.50. Please don’t pay full price for mascara! It goes on sale a lot, usually at $5.99 or so, so this is an extra good deal.

One last thing about eyes: Glimmersticks are half price right now too! ($3.49 instead of $7) Hello go-to eye liners! Awesome.

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OK, I covered the beauty stuff I’m crazy about now let me tell what’s at the top of my want list in the fashion section. These shoes, the two-tone comfort flats, are so dang cute. Blue and aqua awesomeness. There’s also a white pintuck eyelet top in the Going, going, gone section I can’t stop thinking about. It’s perfect for Spring.

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The last thing I’ll tell you about is a just because I’m an organizing goofball. And maybe those of you with kids need something just like this to make your life a little easier. There’s both a boy and a girl version of this days of the week clothing organizer. It hangs right in the closet so kids (or mom) can plan their clothes ahead of time. I think my husband would be happy if I did this when many days I stand in front of my very full closet and proclaim I either “have nothing to wear” or “don’t know what I want to wear”. Asking him what he’s wearing doesn’t always help me decide. Oh, for the ease of being a guy! Jeans, T-shirt shirt, sneakers, done.

So, yeah I just scratched the surface of all the happy happy in the new Avon brochure and there’s always lots more online than they can ever fit in it.  When I’m this excited about good deals I just have to share them!

You can email me anytime at expectfaith@yahoo.com and I’ll be more than happy happy to become your Avon rep. 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!
Be extraordinary, you deserve the very best!

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