Monday, August 18, 2014

Zuri Handmade Before and (almost After) Photos

I have a friend that creates handmade products for your hair, home and body. The ingredients she uses are all natural and organic; and they will have you looking and feeling great from head to toe! Recently, she placed her products in a local market and they sold out the first day, and the next and....well you get the picture lol. Her products are doing so well that she figured, it's time to open her own location. That's where I come in!

My friend reached out to me and told me that she would love it if I could help her come up with a layout and design plan for her store. Now, with me being a new interior design student, and not having all the skills under my belt, I was a little intimidated! Nevertheless, I was excited and honored that she would ask me for my help. We went over some ideas and I created a finished design using SketchUp for her. Here's the "T" on Zuri Handmade.

Store Name: Zuri Handmade
Look and feel we're going for: Sophisticated organic. The client would like for customers to feel at home and reminded that these products are natural, organic and homemade.
Color Scheme: Cream/tan, blue, green, pink, with green and pink to be used more as accent colors.

Check out the before photos below: 

 Zuri Handmade Before: Client wants to utilize the existing flooring and chalk wall. Client would like to see the names of customers and upcoming sales on the chalk wall. The client would also like to have the area from the end of the red wall and back blocked off from access. Since the location is leased, she would like to use something other than a built-in wall.  The tile floor has historic value and is apart of the store, so the client would like to keep the tile and utilize it in the design.

 The client would like to keep the counter and repaint it to match the decor. It will remain in the same location and will be utilized as she cashier's desk.

Pretty cool store huh? This remodel is still in the works and hasn't been installed yet (which is why I said these are "almost" after photos), but at least you can get an idea of what it would look like once it's completed. Here they go!

 A view of the store after implementing my ideas. The client wants all shelving and storage to be on casters or easily moved in case she wants to change the layout at her discretion.
 The client would like a DIY section so that customers can learn how to make their own products at home. To accommodate viewing of the DIY Classes she intends to hold in her store, a love seat has been added for the customers to sit on during the sessions.
 The cashier's area has been beautifully decorated with burlap curtains and painted in a welcoming, relaxing blue color to remind her customers of the comforts of home and the love of handmade products.
This is a view facing the front of the store. 

Well, what do you think! My friend absolutely loves it and so does her husband. She plans to get her father to build some of the shelving and others she will purchase from Ikea. Whether she uses my design idea or not, I am happy to have had a chance to help her out. Plus, it was fun getting in some more practice using SketchUp! All-in-all, I think that her getting her own store is awesome and I wish her all the best in her endeavors. Make sure to check out her products by visiting her online store at She's got everything from poo bars, conditioners, natural perfumes and even laundry detergent. Check her out and let her know I referred you! Thanks for reading. I'll catch you on the next post.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FREE VitalityVoxBox from Influenster

It's that time again! I have received another free box of products from Influenster. This one is called the VitalityVoxBox and it came with awesome goodies any woman would be ecstatic to get. Here are the contents:

1) First Degree Advanced Burn Cream (Value: $5.97-$8.99). This awesome cream helps repair skin damage from all types of minor burns and reduces the appearance of scars after being burned. It also soothes pain on contact and protects against infection.

2) Playtex Sport Fresh Balance (Value: $3.99) I obviously don't have to explain what this product is used for lol, but I will say that it comes with an Odor Shield technology to neutralize odors for ultimate freshness.

3) Elizabeth Arden FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum (Value: $60 for 1.0 fl. oz). To fight signs of aging and for a flawless complexion, try this serum. Applying the capsule twice daily helps to reinforce the skin's essential moisture barrier, even skin tone and texture, and reduce the appearance of early signs of wrinkles.

4) Pure Leaf Iced Tea (Value: $5.50 on This tea is made from real brewed tea for that fresh brewed taste. It starts with the finest ingredients and adds no preservatives, resulting in a refreshing, real brewed tea with perfectly balanced aroma, body and flavor.

5) Softlips Cube (Value: $3.49) This cool lip balm is a 5 in 1 lip care system that hydrates, replenishes, smoothes, protects and adds shine to your lips. It's fortified with premium moisturizers like Shea Butter, Vitamins A, C, & E, plus SPF 15! This balm has a tasty fresh mint flavor. Try this or their other Pomegranate Blueberry or Vanilla Bean flavors.

6) Bikini Ready Energy Gummies (Value: $14.99). These new gummies are a great tasting B-12 vitamin supplement that acts as an energy booster. Along with proper diet, this helps to boost your metabolism. I'm ready to get Bikini Ready with a slimmer body and more energy! #BikiniReadyLifestyle

All of these products are available at your local stores. This box may no longer be available through Influenster, but if you don't want to miss other great products to try for FREE, find the Influenster widget on the top right-hand corner of my blog and sign-up for FREE today!

Monday, June 2, 2014

TLC Vox Box from Influenster

I just go my TLC Vox Box from Influenster and wanted to share with you the contents! There are quite a few really cool items in the box, and it was all for FREE! Here's what the description card said for each item I got:

1. Neosporin Neo-to-Go! Retails $4.97-$7.50: Neosporin Neo To Go is a convenient no touch, no sting spray that fits anywhere to give you infection protection, plus pain relief, on the go. It is specially designed for one-handed use and is great for your purse, kitchen, desk, workshop, golf, gym or travel bag. #NeoReady

2. Breyers Gelato Indulgences. Retails $4.49-$5.99: Breyers, the brand known for bringing families together to enjoy delicious frozen treats for more than 140 years, is expanding its portfolio with the introduction of new Breyers Gelato Indulgences. Each of the four delicious varieties features a trio of textures - creamy gelato, luscious sauce and gourmet toppings - for the ultimate indulgence. To support the launch of Breyers Gelato Indulgences, this campaign will show couples how to create the perfect date night at home - and have a new reason to "spoon". #GelatoLove @Breyers

3. Ivory Bar Soap. Retails $3.99 for 10-pack: Ivory bar soap is 99.44% pure clean & simple and contains no dyes or heavy perfumes. Plus, with how gentle Ivory is on the skin, it's no wonder it's recommended by 4 out of 5 moms! #SudLife @Ivory

4. Avon Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother. Retails $30: Introducing Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother. This translucent balm BLURS the look of WRINKLES on the forehead and around the eyes INSTANTLY! Use your fingers to gently pat onto the skin. The cream-to-powder skin perfector delivers a silky smooth virtually line-free look for skin that gets you noticed! Anew You starts today! Visit and receive 15% off your Anew purchase of $50 or more with the code ANEW15. Offer code valid until 8/1/14 on direct delivery orders only. #AvonANEW @AVONInsider

5. Puffs To Go. Retails $0.49 per single pack: Puffs To Go are perfect for use in the car, in your purse, on-the-go, wherever you go! Plus, Puffs are Dermatologist tested to be gentle. #PassthePuffs @Puffs

6. Shell Fuel Rewards Network Card: The Fuel Rewards Network program at Shell is a free loyalty program that helps you save money on fuel. For a limited time, new members save 25 cents per gallon on their second fill up and 3 cents every time after! #FuelRewards @shell_us facebookcom/shell

To sign up for your FREE Influenster VoxBox of goodies, click on the Influenster wix on my blog!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

$10,000 Prize Up For Grabs!!!

The Daltile Scholarship Competition is underway! Interior Design students from across the nation have entered their best designs in hopes of winning up to $10,000 in scholarship funds. As an interior design student, who is currently about to transfer to obtain a Bachelor's degree in interior design, I know all too well how the costs of education is on the rise. Add the fact that I'm a working mom of three bustling boys, working tirelessly to create a better future for them, I'm sure you understand how the pocketbook can wear thin. That's why I need your help to win! Please stop by the Daltile contest page and vote for me HERE! 

Here's how you vote:
1. Click the link:
2. Log in with Facebook to enter automatically OR Create a voter account, follow the prompts, and confirm your vote.
3. Bask in the feelings of playing your part in helping a student escape the woes of financing an education.

Learn all about my entry and the prizes through the links provided, and don't forget to vote daily through April 9th! Thanks in advance! Your helps is SUPER DUPER GREATLY appreciated!

-Yours truly,


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Awesome FREEBIES From Influenster!

Wow. It's been a while since I've blogged, so I want to say Happy Belated Holidays! Now, on to the good stuff! If you haven't heard of Influenster, I'm here to tell you that you DEFINITELY need to check them out. Here's a quick statement directly from their website of who they are and why you should join:

"Influenster is a free-to-join community of trendsetters, social media masterminds, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences.
The Influenster site is a hub where members meet to learn about new products from our favorite brands as well as review the products they already use in their day-to-day lives!
Influenster invites its most active members to participate in exclusive VoxBox programs where members receive complimentary products to test and review. In exchange, we ask our members to do what they already love to do: share their opinions with their friends & followers on social media!
But that's not all. We have a lot going on including digital challenges, twitter parties, & contests!"

As an active member, Influenster has consistently delivered on their promise to send out their coveted VoxBox. If you haven't seen previous blog posts of the VoxBox, search my page for more info. In the meantime, check out the more recent VoxBox's I have received, including other freebies!

In this photo are two free books from Scholastic and a free Violet Voxbox of goodies from Influenster consisting of Mintagne jeunesse clay mask, SoyJoy snack bar, Clean Freak dry shampoo, Goody Athletique Quick Dry Ouchless Head wrap, and Sally Hansen Triple Shine Blow Bubbles nail polish. *Value: $29.25*

The freebies shown here are Pond's Wet Cleansing Towelettes from Influenster, Robb Report Home & Style Magazine, Jeno's Frozen Pizza from Kroger, and Milky Way Bites Chocolate Candy, also from Kroger.

Lastly, today's freebie from Influenster included a year's supply of Colgate Slim Soft Toothbrushes, Colgate Optic White Toothpaste, and Colgate Max Fresh Toothpaste.

This year is looking great already! To join Influenster or to find out more about their program, click on the Influenster link on the top, right-hand corner of my blog page. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Colgate SlimSoft FREE from Influenster!

If you haven't heard of Influenster, then you should get familiar with them! Influenster is a social site that allows you to get rewarded for product reviews. The higher your influence, the better chance you have of getting their "Voxbox" of freebie goodies. Today, I received my first complimentary Voxbox from Influenster which was the Colgate Slimsoft gift package! (See photo) In the box came the Colgate SlimSoft toothbrush that is 17x Slimmer than top bristles and offers a deep clean. Accompanying the brush is minty mouthwash and teeth whitening toothpaste. I'm going to enjoy this! Click on the "Influenster Badge" on my blog and request an invite!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Video Contest Results!

Well, the contest is over and I didn't make it to the Top 10, but it sure was fun trying! Thanks to all who voted and congrats to the Top 10! I take pleasure in knowing who has my back when I need it most!  Although, I didn't make it to the top 10, I can smile because Real World Design Week is coming up and I get to shadow an interior designer for a whole week! I'll gain a wealth of knowledge to create ANY designer room. Plus, the Cowboys won tonight's game! Now, all is right with the world lol Again, thanks for your votes. I appreciate the effort from all who voted! More videos and photos will be coming soon so be sure to stop by often. In the meantime, check out the message I left about losing the contest by watching the video below. As always, love ya and God bless! MUAH!!!