Lifestyle, self love

Unboxing with Athena’s!

In this time of uncertainty and most of us being sequestered inside I’ve noticed quite a bit of self reflection happening on my part. One of the things I truly wanted to focus on in this blog was sex positivity as well as body positivity. So often plus bodies are shamed and therefore undeserving of pleasure – gasp – how dare that cat person love themselves and enjoy their own pleasure. Insert dramatic eye roll lol! So I will be releasing fat and sex positive content on a more regular basis – starting with this fun Athena’s unboxing.

Athena’s Home Novelties was started over 22 years ago with the mission to provide a safe, inclusive, and comfortable place to learn about self care and better sex.

With packages arriving pretty consistently with the lack of being able to go “out” and shop I always got nervous ordering toys for myself. What if a neighbor saw the big label and knew I was ordering myself something naughty – not that there’s a thing wrong with that – but I’d rather the neighbors not know hubby and I ordered a sex swing lol get where I’m going with this? One of the things I love about Athena’s is the discreet shipping and packaging – no nosey neighbors will have any idea of what goodies are being dropped off.

Here’s a fun unboxing video to show you exactly what I’m talking about:

Items Featured:

Heavenly Goddess Shampoo & Conditioner

Mighty Tidy Toy Cleaner Mist

Happy Penis

Hydra Natural Glide

Heart Warming Massage Stone

The Masseuse

In Goddess We Thrust

sASSy Training Kit

Anal Ease

Womanizer Premium

Sportsheets Curvy Collection Doggy Strap

Silver Beaded Nipple Clamps

Hand Roller Massager

Pumice Stone with Foot Scrub

Soy Candle/Massage Oil

Ayate Sponge

In the upcoming segments I’ve got planned we’ll discuss and cover each item in the box and tips and tricks for bigger bodies on how to utilize them!

Shop-able links here: Athena’s By

Kat

As always sending my thanks and appreciation to each of you, the links above are affiliate links and without your clicks and support I wouldn’t be able to make the content that I do, so truly thank you!

Until next time,

Kat Stroud XO

Lifestyle, self love

Quarantine Quality Time: How To Do Gel Nails From Home

With all of us being stuck inside and unable to pamper ourselves the ways we normally would, I decided to treat myself in a unique way… I taught myself a new skill: salon worthy gel nails! Now I’m going to share what I learned with you all so if you decide you need a nail salon day you can throw one together in the comfort of your own home.

First off your gonna need supplies: UV light, cuticle pusher, nail clippers, buff nail file and 80-100 nail file (coarse ones that quickly help you shape a nail), cuticle oil and cuticle remover, brush to swipe away the left over dust, acetone to remove any polish, cotton pads, rubbing alcohol, a top coat and base coat as well as your color choices. And if you decide to add tips like I’ve done you’ll need nail tips and nail glue as well. Here’s a link for the basic set up kit I found online: ” target=”_blank”>Beetles Gel Kit

First off Apply you’ll want to apply the cuticle remover onto your cuticles and rub it on. Then use the steel cuticle remover and the scraper to push down cuticles and scrape them off your nail. Use the cuticle clipper to cut off any remains. The use your nail file to make sure you’d nail bed is clean and clear.

Second step: Clip your nails to the length you want, use the nail file to shape them and then use the buffer to take a little bit off the top layer of the nail. This will help the gel polish to adhere to your nail better. This is also the step where you’d want to adhere your nail tip to the nail bed.

Step three: wash your hands with water to get rid of the excess dust – no soap. Now your ready to start the polish process!

Step four: apply a light layer of the base coat, make sure it covers entire nail surface evenly and then let sit under UV light for 120 seconds.

Step Five: apply one coat of gel polish – now I want to add this layer should be as thin as possible! It is super easy with gel to make a mess, so not like regular polish, apply lightly and evenly and set for 120 seconds under the light. If you get polish on your skin use the acetone to swipe away before putting hand under the light. The key is to avoid getting polish on your cuticles because it causes the nail polish to lift quicker! Let the polish sit under the lamp for 120 seconds, then do another layer and sit for another 120 seconds. Some lighter polish needs a 3rd layer, and if so, do a 3rd layer of polish then sit for 120 seconds

Step Six is to apply the top coat and to let it sit for 120 seconds under the lamp.

Step Seven is where you’ll use the nail file to finish shaping your nail, you’ll then need to soak a cotton pad in rubbing alcohol and rub each nail well. You’re done! Your nails will be completely dry and you can touch anything. Just love gel nails!!

Two reminders before you go:

  • You are not going to get perfect nails right away! Practice makes perfect. Be patient and let yourself learn by doing it multiple times.
  • Your nails will probably peel quickly the first few times, you are not going to be perfect at this right from the start. With practice you will be an at home gel nail pro in no time.

Until next time Loves,

Kat XO

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Plus Size Fashion

Social Distancing Distraction: Repurposing Fashion; Wardrobe Repeats Please!

Hey Loves! So I’ve got a confession to make… I am an outfit repeater! Yup, I said it and own it proudly lol. In a society of “one and done” media looks it can be easy to disregard an outfit once it’s been “gramed” (you know posted on social media like Instagram and what not). Well, I’m not the type to throw something away just because I’ve worn it once – I’ve become a pro at restyling and changing up the looks of garments – so today, I wanted to to share some of my tricks with you all!

I’ll show you how to take this dress and make it into…
This!

My process: once I’ve worn something at least three times I’m ready to change it up – style wise or completely altering a garment. As someone who doesn’t gravitate towards white I decided to alter this baby!

First up is fabric dye – I like using RIT Dye Easy to use, easy directions and step by step instructions, and I always get the color I’m looking for.

Once you’ve got it all dyed you can leave it as is, like the image below…

Image by House Of Winter

Still a gorgeous dress, now in a sunny yellow, and I loved shooting it this way buuuuut I wanted to take it another step further and turned this dress in to a crop top with matching skirt and it turned out beautifully!

So to achieve this two piece look I grabbed my fabric scissors and cut straight through the seam that connected the bodice of the dress to the skirt. I had to be extra careful when cutting due to the liner, once cut I pinned my hem on the top and the skirt, then hand sewed the new hems with the liner on the top and the skirt and voila!! A gorgeous new set to romp around in.

Until next time Loves! As always thank you for the support and please feel free to leave a comment on what other content you’d like to see while we’re practicing social distance!

Kat XO

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Plus Size Fashion

Rainy Day Review: Kiwi Co Crate

We had a blast exploring the rainforest and learning more about its biology. We helped a crafty caterpillar friend transform into a butterfly hand puppet. Built a rainstick to imitate the soft sounds of falling rain using the beads included. Assembled a tree and saw how many pom-poms we could stack on top before it fell over! And we had so much fun decorating all of our projects with colorful rainforest themed stickers! The perfect rainy day activity for you and your little one!

So exited to get started!

Activities:

  • Butterfly puppet
  • Musical rainstick
  • Balancing tree game
  • DIY venus flytrap
  • imagine! magazine

Explore:

  • Counting & Numbers
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Pretend Play

Lilith was so excited to read the magazine that was included! We loved the story, the fun games, and a had a blast learning about the rainforest and a few of it’s inhabitants.

Diving right in!
Love seeing her add her own twist to her monarch butterfly.
She really loved hearing about the butterflies as we crafted our own.
And it’s done!

Over all we had an amazing time inside when she could have been going stir crazy thanks to the rain.

Thanks Kiwi Co! We love our rainforest crate! Clock here to shop your own crate: Kiwi Co

Until next time Loves,

Kat XO

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**Only pictured crafting one activity in the box

Lifestyle, Parenting

Fun Inside Craft/Baking Activities For You & The Little One!

As a stay at home Mom I know trying to find fun and fulfilling activities for my little one is an on-going effort, I’m always looking for fun and interactive things to keep our day filled so below are some of my favorite activities and what you’ll need to try them out! I’ll continue to add this list so make sure to check back often.

Remember to stay creative, make it fun, be prepared for messes and enjoy!

Sweet Potato Cookie Recipe – Delicious And way healthier than an Oreo!

  1. One whole sweet potato; puréed
  2. 1 cup of Brown Sugar
  3. 1 Egg
  4. 2 cups of all purpose Flour
  5. One tbsp Vanilla
  6. 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  8. 2 teaspoons of Cinnamon
  9. 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
  10. 1/2 teaspoon of all spice
  11. 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  12. 1 stick of butter (or half cup) room temp (I personally melt it because it mixes better)
  13. Gluten free caramel or chocolate dip for glaze

Step one: preheat the oven to 375 F and adjust racks to middle position, line two cookie sheets with parchment paper/foil/ or non stick cooking spray.

Step two: In a medium bowl sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and all spice.

Step three: Use a mixer and combine the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla – once mixed well add in the sweet potato and once you’ve mixed this all together blend in the dry ingredients and mix well.

Step four: Drop a good spoonful on the cookie sheet, keep about 2 inches of space between cookie blobs. Bake until edges are golden brown, usually about 18min.

Step five: Let cool & add the glaze!

Archeologist, Digging For Dino’s

  1. Small toy Dinosaurs
  • 2. Jello
  • Prepare the jello mix as directed, before setting in the fridge place plastic toys in the bowl and then let it set. Once done the activity is ready to go as soon as you and your little one are ready! I usually take this time to talk about the Dinosaurs she’s playing or putting on Dinosaur Train while she engages in this activity.
  • To shop for the items used above to create your own dig, click the link here: Kat’s DIY Kids Activity List

    Flour & Salt Ornaments/Mementos

    1. 1 cup of flour
    2. Half a cup of salt
    3. Cup of water
    4. Craft/art/acrylic paint
    5. Decorative ribbon
    6. Straw

    Step one: preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

    Step two: Combine all of the ingredients and knead the dough for five to ten minutes. If the dough happens to be dry add a little more water in and knead it a little more.

    Step three: Roll out the dough to a thickness that you’d like it to be, keep in mind the thicker it is the longer it will need to bake.

    Step four: Using a large cookie cutter or bowl of your just going for a round plaque or ornament, cut out different shapes that you’d like to decorate.

    Step five: If your doing a handprint or footprint now is the time to have that little one place their hand/foot into the dough.

    Step six: Using a straw or a pair of scissors, make a hole in the top for where you want to hang your ornament.

    Step seven: Bake for 1-2 hours. If still doughy, put back in for another hour.

    Step eight: Let cool for about an hour and then you are ready to paint and decorate!

    To shop for the items used above to create your own ornament, click the link here Kat’s DIY Kids Activity List

    Finger Painting

    1. Construction/art paper
    2. Non-toxic paint

    For this example I used our family home made holiday card, we used the finger paint to create little lights and then my husband and I added our own prints to complete the card.

    To shop for the items used above to create your own finger painting masterpiece, click the link here Kat’s DIY Kids Activity List

    Sewing activity

    This activity I chose to do during a rainy day which is why we made a cloud.

    1. Construction paper
    2. Yarn
    3. Tissue paper
    4. Egg carton
    5. Hole puncher
    6. Markers/paint/crayons
    7. Tape

    Step one: take two pieces of construction paper, trace out a simple yet large shape, cut out while holding both pieces so they match exactly.

    Step two: using the hole punch go around the cut out papers and place easily spaced out holes.

    *Step three: this next step is optional, I wanted the project to have volume so I made a second set of holes and laced that small part myself and stuffed a piece of tissue paper in it, so not only could she hold on to that while we worked but also so it couldn’t come apart while she was trying it out.

    Step four: once you have the holes done take the yarn and tie one end off in a knot so that’s always their starting point, then take the tape and wrap the other end of the yarn, this makes it easier to keep it together while sewing.

    Now once your little one is done you can either tie it off as completed and add decorations or leave it untied so they can unlace and re-lace to their little heart’s content!

    To shop for the items used above to make your own sewing activity, click the link here Kat’s DIY Kids Activity List

    Our next activity is in honor of Halloween : Day of the Dead sugar skull cookies from Create A Treat! These where soo fun! Here’s what this kit included:

    The cookies where actually fresh and tasted great!

    Make sure to check back for updated activities and crafts! Until next time Loves,

    Kat XO

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