I’ve Moved!

Hi guys! I just wanted to quickly pop in and let you all know that Tisch of all Trades has moved to a different domain!

In an effort to take blogging more seriously, I have decided to move the blog to a self-hosted site. The blog can now be found at http://www.tischofalltrades.com instead of http://www.tischofalltrades.wordpress.com. I will no longer be posting on this site, so if you would like to keep following along, just head on over to my new site!

I have transferred all of my previously written posts over to the new site, so everything will still be the same. Please be patient as I work out all the new kinks and get everything fully set up!

Guys, I cannot wait to continue on this next step of blogging and hope to take you all along on the ride!

Miranda ♥

Dressing Up Your Walls

Today I wanted to share the wall art that I have hanging in my bedroom and how I arrange it so it looks well on the wall. Decorating is so fun for me, I love picking out art and accents to dress up my room and make it my own. My hope is that people walk in my room and get a glimpse into who I am and how I express my personality and style. I’m so excited to someday get a place of my own because it’ll be so much fun to decorate it! I tend to like so many different styles though that I think my house may look a bit crazy. I like looks that are clean, sharp and modern, calm and beachy, colorful and eclectic…I’m really all over the map. But that’s what makes it fun and challenging and exciting!

If you can’t tell, I’m very much a fan of quotes and canvas wall art. I find my wall art very inspiring and there seems to be a message for each each mood I’m in. Just need to turn around and look at a different wall! Right now, the art I have in my room is a little jumbled and not all of it looks as well as I would like it too. Some of the white and blue art would look better placed on a different color wall I think. I really really love the gold and black art though, because it looks so great against the wine color of my walls. Gold and wine is such a beautifully powerful color combo and is very much in style right now because I’ve been seeing it everywhere! Right now I’m stockpiling all of the art I love to someday decorate my apartment or home.

All of the wall art I have right now has come from TJ Maxx, Kohl’s, Home Goods or Hobby Lobby. It’s a good thing I don’t make more money, because all of it would go towards wall art. All of these stores have the most beautiful wall decor and I’m tempted each time I walk in. I have to say though, I really love getting wall art from TJ Maxx and Home Goods. The prices are so cheap and the selection is great! It’s usually the first section of the store I head to when I walk in.

Some tips I have for picking out, buying and hanging wall art:

  • Don’t spend a ton of money on one piece (unless it’s really amazing and you love it) – there are so many stores that sell wall art for amazing and affordable prices and many that don’t. Know what you’re paying for!
  • Pick a color scheme and stick to it – it can be difficult to make a space look clean, attractive and beautifully decorated if colors don’t match.
  • Get a variety – spread the love! Try canvas, frame, quotes, landscapes, paint, photograph…variety can look really awesome together if hung and arranged correctly. All of one style can look a little boring!
  • Change up your sizes – it’s so much fun to buy wall art in different sizes! Some small, some large, some square, some rectangle. If you arrange it correctly, it will look really neat, and it’s so much fun to put together. Just like doing a puzzle!
  • If you don’t absolutely love it in the store, you won’t love it at home. Same rule as when you’re clothes shopping. Plain and simple.
  • Lastly, buy what you love! – only get what speaks to YOU. Usually, I can always tell when I want something. I’m walking along looking, then I see it and just know! You will know right away by looking at it if it’s something you like enough to buy and hang in your home.

Interior decorating is one of the funnest ways to express yourself and make a space uniquely yours! Always keep your eye out for a great new find & happy decorating!

Miranda ♥

Contemplating Quitting My Job

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This is something I never thought I’d actually be contemplating…at least not for a few more years. It’s true. I am thinking about quitting my job. For those of you that don’t know, I am an infant teacher in the daycare at Kohl’s Corporate and share a classroom with my co-teacher. This actually has been something I’ve only recently been considering – as in maybe 3 weeks ago. It kind of came on all at once, and honestly I’m still wondering while this desire to leave has been stirring in me so strongly and so frequently. I have always enjoyed what I do and the people I get to do it with. I get to hang out with 8 adorable, fun little babies all day and what I always liked about it was that I felt like I had a very rewarding job, making a difference in each of my baby’s lives. I always knew that Kohl’s wouldn’t be my forever place, since I’ve wanted to someday be a stay at home mom ever since I was little, but I’ve always told people that I planned on working there for at least 5 years. So what happened?

The truth is, I’m not 100% sure. My job has always been stressful, because well, it’s never not going to be stressful when you have only two teachers caring for 8 babies. There just aren’t enough hands. Lately though, I feel like I’ve been struggling to keep my head above water. Granted, some days are better than others, but for the most part I feel like I’m going going going all day long doing a million things, but never really getting anywhere or catching up. What’s hard for me is that most days, I don’t get to spend quality one-on-one time with any of my kiddos, snuggling them or enjoying them, because we are constantly on the go. My day is filled with changing diapers, feeding bottles, and putting babies down for naps. Then we repeat, and repeat again. Most days, I loved it because I love each of my babies and my co-teacher. But now, I find myself not having as much patience, getting more irritated at little things, and just simply struggling to be happy. I’m starting to feel as though it’s no longer the place for me. Like I said, some days are okay and I tell myself that I should stay, but then there are other days where all I want to do is leave. My stress level has gone through the roof, and I cry a good portion of the way home most days. What confuses me and causes me to struggle so much is that I always pictured myself working with babies or little kids, because it’s what I’ve always been passionate about. But I feel like I’m burning out and I’m scared because I know what I want to do, but I’m not sure that it’s the right thing to do.

So then I come to this thought – what am I going to do? When I think about turning in a 2 week notice to my manager, there’s a lot that floods into my head. Initially, I feel excited at the idea, but it’s really difficult because there are a lot of questions, doubts and fears that flood my mind. What do I tell my co-teacher and how do I explain it? She is wonderful and we have a very good relationship. What do I tell the parents of the babies in my classroom? We have become close and surely they will all want answers. What do I tell other co-workers? Surely they will want answers as well. What do I tell my family and friends and justify quitting a job that provides regular income and benefits when I don’t have another job to fall back on? And then come the thoughts about how much I’d miss my babies, my co-teacher, my friends at work, and a regular dependable paycheck. I don’t know guys, I really don’t know. And frankly, it’s freaking me out quite a bit.

But then, I reflect in the quiet moments I have to myself. I pray and pray some more. I talk to my parents and I talk to myself. Truthfully, I think deep down even though I like what I do (most days), I’m struggling because I don’t feel fulfilled. I don’t feel as happy as I think I should be. I don’t feel as happy as I should because I’m being forced to live my life by a corporate agenda. I’m being told when I have to be at work, when I can take a bathroom break, when I can take a vacation, when I can be sick. Someone else dictates my schedule and punishes me when I don’t adhere to it. Now, I know that this describes the majority of the American workplace. I know that it is the reality because businesses need to be run to keep society running and functioning. This is frustrating for me though because I feel like I have no control over my own life. This is not the life I pictured for myself.

I started this blog because I not only want to share my ideas and passions with the world, but because I am looking for a way out. I am looking for a way to break free. A way to set my own schedule, take off when I want to, and live my life on my terms. In truth, I don’t know if blogging will bring me there, and that is what frightens me. I have struggled my entire life with sticking with things that didn’t make me happy because I was worried about what other people would think or how it would affect them. I feel like I deserve to do what makes ME happy, as it is my life after all. And from what I hear, life is too short to be anything but happy. If I didn’t have to worry about finances, I’d quit tomorrow and pursue my blogging dreams full-time, but unfortunately money is important so I suppose I have to be smart about it. People have told me that there is never a perfect time to do anything, and that if you wait for the opportune moment to follow your dreams, you will never follow them because a perfect time does not exist.

Honestly I’m not sure what’s going to happen or what I’m going to do. I am struggling every day with a lot of fear and doubt because what if it doesn’t work out?

Ah, but what if it does?

Miranda ♥

Daily Makeup Routine + What’s In My Makeup Bag

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Happy hump day lovelies!!

Today I wanted to share my daily makeup routine and what is currently in my makeup bag. My daily makeup routine has stayed relatively the same for the last year or so and I usually like to keep it pretty simple because I work with babies, and they don’t care what I look like!

(Nothing in this post in sponsored, these are all items I actually use and love)

  1. I always start with lining my waterline with my CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus eye pencil in Black Onyx. I use this eye pencil every day and love the way it makes my eyes pop without having to put a lot on. One negative is that it tends to smear a bit throughout the day, especially during warm weather, but I usually just touch up the corner of my eyes with my finger so not a big deal! I have tried a few different eyeliner pencils and haven’t liked any as much as I do this one. Definitely one of my must-haves!
  2. I then apply my CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume mascara in the color Very Black. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this mascara!! I have used it since high school and haven’t liked any other mascaras as much as I do this one. It just makes my lashes look so big, long and beautiful. I never use an eyelash curler either because this mascara does an amazing job of fanning out and lengthening my lashes.
  3. When I am in the mood to use a foundation, I use my CoverGirl Clean Matte Liquid Foundation in the color Buff Beige. I don’t use liquid foundation very often, usually only to spot correct pimples. I don’t care for having stuff all over my skin, so I very rarely use this foundation over my entire face. When I end up using it though, I love it! This is an oil control foundation which is so nice because I have always had problems with oily skin! It lasts most of the day and blends in beautifully.
  4. And lastly, my favorite lip product right now is my Read My Lips Lip Gloss in the color Bam. This is another product that I don’t always wear everyday, but I really really like it. It goes on almost like a matte, but it does have a little shine to it. The color is beautiful and works wonderfully as a day or evening look.
  5. If I’m feeling it, I’ll use my CoverGirl Tru-naked eyeshadow palettes in either Roses, Goldens or Nudes. If I’m wearing eyeshadow, I always start by applying it first. These palettes are so great. They make it easy to create a simple, but beautiful eye and last all day.

By the way, I realize my products are nearly all CoverGirl. I just happen to really like everything of theirs that I’ve tried, but I am trying to branch out in the near future!

Miranda ♥

Motivational Monday

I’m a sucker for inspirational quotes. I love to read them, reflect on them and share them. I’ve been collecting many of my favorites, ones that really speak to me or help me feel better when I’m down. I’d love to start a series here on the blog and share one of my favorite motivational or inspirational quotes every Monday, because let’s be real, who couldn’t use some inspiration and motivation on a Monday. I know I sure do!

So the first one I’ll share to start off the series is one I just recently discovered, but fell absolutely head over heels in love with.

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl

Tell me you didn’t just get chills right now?! This quote is beautiful, and one I need to try to live by more often.

I have always been that person who believes that fairytales exist in real life. Realistic or not, I am a hopeless romantic and I love to spend each day thinking that there is magic waiting for me. Some days, I really struggle with negativity and forget to enjoy the small things. Every time I read this quote, it makes me think of the little girl who used to play in the woods and on the train tracks, pretending she was a princess and splashing in the creek. I was an adventurer, an explorer, a treasure seeker, and I believed in magic.

As you get older though, it’s harder to keep that same innocence and wonder, especially as life and responsibility take over. I feel like nowadays, our inner flame gets extinguished as we age, and I want it to be the opposite.

I want everyone out there to know that magic doesn’t disappear once we grow out of our childhood. Magic is everywhere, in the simple things, in the complicated, in the basic and mundane, and in the stress and fear as well. I believe we make our own magic, and I’m working on making mine. Are you?

Miranda ♥

My Weekend

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This is actually one of the busiest weekends I’ve had in awhile. Normally, I’m very much a homebody and other than running a few errands or getting lunch with some friends, I usually hang out around at home catching up on shows, doing some cleaning, or doing absolutely nothing at all. My weeks get pretty hectic, so weekends are my opportunity to catch up on sleep, de-stress and recharge.

Friday night after work, I met up with two of my best friends from high school to get dinner and see that new movie Sausage Party, which by the way is hilarious and extremely raunchy (my kinda movie!). The theater I go to has I think 3 theater rooms that double as restaurants, so you can order and eat a meal while watching your movie. Super convenient!

I slept in Saturday morning, then headed out to the Wisconsin state fair with my brother, Devin and his fiance Lacy. Even though it was pretty humid and hot, we tried some fun fair food (fried oreos, Krispy Kreme burger, soft pretzels with beer cheese dip, pizza, corn dog, and CREAM PUFFS), explored the animal barns, shopped in the exposition center, rode the sky tram, and mozied around taking in the sights. We were tired and sweaty by the time we got back in the car, but had a really good time! I went to the fair every summer with my family when I was younger, but until yesterday haven’t been for 3 or so years. Definitely a fun tradition, and next year I want to try out some rides!  After the fair, I went down to my brother’s place in northern Illinois to hang out and spend the night. I spent the evening drinking margaritas and wine with his fiance, relaxing at a bonfire, and staying up to 3am watching funny movies. My brother’s house is a small, but beautiful newly built little cabin-type home on 14 acres of farmland. It’s such a beautiful area, and always makes for a nice getaway, since you feel so far removed from everything (even though they’re only 15 minutes from a Wal-Mart and Taco Bell. Gotta have the essentials you know!). I always enjoy spending time down there and secretly wish I could build my own little place somewhere out there in the woods. Ehh, maybe someday. By a lake!

Sunday morning, after waking up after 10 and showering, my brother and I drove down to the restaurant that his fiance’s family owns for brunch. I’ve been to the restaurant many times before, but never have had a chance to try the brunch. It was amazing. I tried nearly everything, and definitely didn’t try to stay on my diet. Come on, I’m talking eggs benedict and french toast with strawberry sauce! So anyway, after filling up on more than I care to admit, we headed back to their house to get ready for her first bridal shower. Her family was hosting, but I love anything and everything wedding, so I decided to tag along (don’t worry, I had an invite). The shower was hosted by her cousin and aunt, and was an adorable tea party theme. The food was so yummy and the games were fun. It was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Now I’m sitting at home watching TV and trying to decide whether or not I’m calling into work tomorrow, because I’m just not at all ready for it to be Monday. Not at all! Why do weekends have to go so fast!

Did you guys have a good weekend? Are you ready for Monday?

XO Miranda

El Paso, TX

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Arriving in El Paso!

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Lookout point along Scenic Drive

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Winding through the mountains

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The desert was so pretty!

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Fort Bliss Museum on base

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Hueco Tanks

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Hueco Tanks parking lot

It’s been about a month since I flew to El Paso to visit my sister and her husband. Her husband is in the army and is currently stationed in Fort Bliss, so she moved down with him. It’s definitely been hard having her so far away, but at least it’s temporary!

After a 3 hour flight to Houston, and another hour and a half flight to El Paso, I had arrived! I  stayed with my sister at their apartment for 5 days, and spent those days exploring their new temporary home in the desert. I am not a huge fan of the heat, so being in hundred degree weather was not my favorite although there is no humidity so that makes a huge difference in comfort level! El Paso is so unique though, and so pretty. I probably wouldn’t ever choose to live there, but it was a lot of fun to visit for the week.

We hiked, swam, explored the army base, tried some new restaurants, and checked out a huge local country bar called Little Bit of Texas. It was a great week and even greater to spend time with my sister. I probably never would’ve even visited El Paso if she hadn’t lived there, so it was a really neat experience!

She’s coming back up to Wisconsin for 2 weeks in September for my brother’s wedding, and I can’t wait to see her!

Cheers to the freakin’ weekend!

XO Miranda