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May 16, 2016

DIY - Sugar Lip Scrub (Lush inspired)

Do you love to have soft kissable lips!?! Are you obsessed with Lush, like I am? Well, I'm going to tell you how simple is it to make your own sugar lip scrub for a fraction of the cost.
Lush's Bubblegum scrub is on the left and mine is on the right. Not much of a difference, except I chose mint flavor because that is what I had on hand.
This is what you'll need:
-1 tbsp of sugar (granulated)
-1/2 ts olive oil (I used extra virgin)
-1 drop of extract (vanilla and mint are good, but if you want to get a fun one, like bubblegum, check online.
-1 drop of food color if you'd like but not necessary (I would suggest picking something like pink or a light color because this could potentially stain your lips for a short period).
All you do is mix your ingredients together and voila! Sugar scrub that tastes yummy and now your man will want to smooch you all the time ;)
I love so many Lush products that I doubt I could ever replace, but this is one that you can, using ingredients you most likely already have! I keep a jar in my bathroom mirror and use it after I wash my face at night.
Hope you try this and get your lips nice and kissable for summer ;) If you do, let me know how you liked it!!

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May 12, 2016

Go.Do.Become.

Hey guys! This post is not about what I had for breakfast.
It's about how you can do something nice for yourself to ensure you start your day off with a smile, which will more than likely result in you having a great day! In my case, it's doing Crossfit at 5am and eating my breakfast off of these amazing plates I splurged on from Anthropologie! No affiliate links here...just sharing with you some things that help me keep a positive outlook on my day. Last month, my positive morning starter was reading a few pages of Rick Warren's, The Purpose Driven Life. It was almost impossible afterward to not go, do and become. I mean, #lifegoals we are talking here ;)
I know this simple idea seems crazy, but it works. If the only nice thing I can do for myself is eat a meal off of a fancy plate, then I'm gonna do it in hopes that it helps me have a good day, which in return means my husband and kids will also. Because what's that saying, 'When mama ain't happy ain't nobody happy!' That's kinda true...just ask my family ;)
But whatever that means for you, is what makes YOU feel good. It could be working out first thing, it could be taking a bath using one of my amazing bath bombs, it could be having your favorite coffee out of a pretty mug while browsing Facebook or reading a book, meditating, or writing your dreams in a journal. It could just be putting on a little make-up and wearing something that makes you feel really good about yourself, even if you have nowhere to go.
I challenge you to do something nice for yourself every morning...something you enjoy, and see how you feel the rest of the day! I'll bet you'll be surprised.

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April 10, 2016

Whimsy Wreath Tutorial

Whimsy Wreath Tutorial

I love making wreaths! I wasn't planning on making a new one but when I saw this elephant, the gold glittery feathers and those gems this past Christmas season, I just knew I had to do something whimsical with them. One of my most popular posts was my 'Spooky Halloween Wreath Tutorial,' so as I started to lay out my supplies, a light-bulb came on and I thought, 'why not share with you, how easy this wreath will be to make!?!' If you'd like to learn how to make this...

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...then grab your coffee and stick around for a few minutes to check out my picture tutorial :)

First, I searched around for my supplies. Most everything here came from Michael's or Target.

  • grapevine wreath
  • elephant ornament
  • feather ornaments
  • gem ornaments
  • little pink sisal trees (Michaels...I think. You can also get some really great dyed ones on Etsy)
  • pink and gold holiday picks
  • glitter (my own mix)
  • fairy lights (just google it and you will find some ;)
  • gold tinsel (you can get this on Etsy or probably any store with Christmas decor)
  • hot glue gun and sticks
  • white glue
  • scissors
  • bakers twine or some sort of string to hang the gems

Then, I played around a bit to find out how I wanted to place them on my wreath. It's a good idea to get it all set up before you start hot gluing things on. Taking a picture so you don't forget exactly where something goes is a great idea too.

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To make the sisal trees a little more wintry, I brushed them with white glue and sprinkled one of my special glitter mixes on it to make them look snow covered. Martha Stewart actually has a 'snow glitter' too that I got at Michael's years ago. Shake your excess glitter off over a file folder or folded paper, so you can get it back into the jar easily. Don't want to waste that glitter now ;)


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Hot glue the back of your feather ornaments and put them on where you'd like them...


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I held them for a few seconds so it would harden in place...

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Oooh la la, look at that pink glitter and gold doodads...

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The picks have sticks on them, so I just hot glue the stick and stuck it through the grapevine wreath where I wanted them...

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I felt like the wreath itself needed a little bling but I didn't want anything big to take away from the pieces I was already putting on it, so I pulled some of the gold embellishments off the pink glitter picks and hot glued them here and there (be careful not to glue your finger to the wreath like I have been known to do ;)

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I hot glued some tinsel onto the bottom of the wreath, just to give the elephant and sisal trees a little cushion...

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 Then hot glue on your elephant...

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...and your sisal trees...

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 Again, make sure you hold them right where you want them for a 5 or 10 seconds, so the hot glue can harden it in place...

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Next, you'll hang your gem ornaments! I love these. I used a fancy baker's twine to hang mine at different lengths...

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I played around with it a bit, because after putting them on the way I envisioned, I decided to change it...

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After all of those simple steps, I thought I was done, but I felt like it still needed a little something. I luckily had an extra set of battery operated fairy lights that I wrapped around the wreath and just taped the battery box to the back.

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Here are a few close ups with the fairy lights on...

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I just love how whimsical this is! I know elephants and gems and feathers don't really 'go together,' but make up your own rules on this ;)

I felt it was too fragile to put on the front door, so it's on the inside, which worked out perfectly because it's right outside of my studio and I get to stare at it much of the time, tee hee :) If you had a glass door in front of your main door, that would be an awesome place for this.

I hope this helps you get some inspiration to make a fun wreath of your own. Of course, you can choose whatever ornaments that YOU like and change it up! This would make a great Christmas or holiday gift too. If you make a wreath, send me a picture...I'd love to see what you come up with.

Jamie :)

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