Popular Winter Essential Oils

December 16, 2014 AT 8:31 am 1 Comment

Well, the flu bug and all kinds of other ailments are floating all around Kentucky right now.  There are so many kids missing school because of it.  Is it happening in your area too?

Eli had six kids missing in his class today, and Adam had even more missing in his class last week.  We haven’t had the flu hit our house, but we have definitely had some yucky stuff hanging around.  Luke got a cold with a lingering cough, and Cy got some kind of virus that caused him to miss a day of work last week!  On Saturday, Adam woke up with a very high fever, so I immediately started applying my essential oils on him. 

I don’t know if your house is like mine, but “tis the season!,” right?  :)

Well, this winter in my house looks a whole lot different than last year.  Last year, I had purchased my first Young Living Premium Starter Kit in the fall, but didn’t really know how to use my oils when everyone got sick.  This year, my oils are the first thing I grab when any of us get sick or start feeling a little yucky. This morning, I woke up with a wicked cough deep in my chest, I applied some Raven directly on my chest, and my coughing has almost completely stopped.  I will continue to apply Raven throughout the day.

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Our favorite oil to use during the winter (and year round as well) is Peppermint.  

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This is the oil we use when are heads are pounding.  When our noses are all clogged up.  And when we spike high temperatures and need to get them down.

My boys ask for Peppermint all the time, and I love it!  A year ago, they would have asked for Tylenol or Motrin, but not any more!

 

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Another popular winter oil that we cannot live without is Thieves!  This is by far one of the most popular oils!

Thieves is the bomb diggidy!  Like seriously.  I want to marry it.  (If Lowe’s and I ever split up.)  :)

Thieves® was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. This proprietary essential oil blend was university tested for its cleansing abilities. It is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health.*

How to Use:  Put a few drops of Thieves essential oil blend in a capsule and swallow with water to support your immune system.  Diffuse Thieves essential oil blend for 15–30 minutes in your home or office to help eliminate airborne bacteria.

 

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Raven™ is a combination of deeply soothing therapeuticgrade essential oils that will provide comfort when applied topically to the chest and throat or diffused.

How to Use:  For aromatic use. Diffuse, apply topically on chest over lungs and throat, put on pillow at night, use in a suppository application with V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex. Alternate with R.C.™.

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R.C.™ contains powerful therapeutic-grade essential oils that are invigorating when applied, especially to the chest and throat area. R.C. is a wonderful blend to diffuse during winter.

How to Use:  For topical or aromatic use. Diffuse in living areas and workplace. Apply on chest, neck, ears and bottoms of feet. Use with a compress on chest and back. Alternate with Raven™.

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Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is one of the most powerful and versatile essential oils. It contains strong immune-enhancing and antioxidant properties and supports the respiratory system.

How to Use:  For dietary or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as soy or rice milk.

 

Have you started using essential oils in your home yet?

If not, click here to learn more and join the oily revolution! :)

 

If you are using the oils, what are your favorite to use during the winter months?  I would love to hear more about them!

Disclaimer: The statements made and the products mentioned on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please read the full disclaimer here. 


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Christmas Home Tour {part two}

December 12, 2014 AT 6:27 am 21 Comments

Merry Christmas!

I am so glad you are here!  You know you are welcome any time at my ol’ Kentucky home! :)

Today, I am sharing a little more of my Christmas decor around the house as part of the Blogger Stylin’ Christmas Home Tours hosted by Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co.

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If you are on the tour, then you just left my friend Melissa’s home at  The Inspired Room. Wasn’t it beautiful?  She has a beautiful home, but I also love her beautiful heart.  :)

On Tuesday, I shared my Christmas kitchen, and today I am going to share a few more spaces in my home.  Let’s start with my den…

 

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My main goal every year is to add lots of green and red to make my home feel Christmasey.  For this space, just some red pillows and some fresh greenery does the trick!

I am the mother of four wonderful boys, so I just had to get that pillow that said, “Santa, Leave Presents, Take Brother” when I saw it at Steinmart a couple of months ago.  I’ve been storing it in my office until now.  :)

I’ve also been dying for some red knit pillows.  These can get pretty pricey in the stores, but I finally found a good deal on some at Marshalls. 

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I’ve decided to start a snow globe collection.  Snow globes and I have a long standing love affair with each other.  There is something so absolutely magical about them, and if they play music, well that’s the icing on the cake!  Watching the snow twirl round in a snow globe just reaches the child-like part of my heart that makes me smile.  

See the snow globe in the back with the church in it.  I just bought that last week at Hobby Lobby in memory of my mom.  She used to love to take pictures of churches from all around, especially their steeples.  If she could buy me a snow globe, I am sure she would have bought me this one.  It plays “Oh Holy Night” and when I shake it and watch the snow fall inside, I am reminded of all of the precious childhood memories I had growing up in church, especially at Christmas.  I always loved playing an angel in the Christmas play.  :)

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This wood crate usually stands bare, but it was the perfect spot for my little Santa.  I added some fresh greenery, a red gingham bow, and some faux snow to make it all Christmasey. 

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I love this fake snow.  I picked it up on sale at JoAnn Fabrics.  It is the coolest stuff. 

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 I even sprinkled some in my ribbon and greenery.

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I think the snow make my little Santa feel right at home.

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I didn’t want to stress or make a fuss over decorating our fireplace mantel, so I just added some fresh greenery, lights, and the boys’ stockings and called it a day.  It’s simple, but I like it.

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But my FAVORITE part of my Christmas mantle was the note I found that my seven year old, Eli, had written and taped up there.  It says, “Dear Santa, I like all of your rangers! They are cool! Please flip it over. I like your pufy gluvs! Well and I like your soot. Could you write me a note? Love Eli”

 

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Melts my heart.

I also used some of my faux snow in my glass lantern.  I added one of my favorite church ornaments and a couple of 75 cent trees from Walmart.  It looks just perfect on the cable knit table runner that I found at HomeGoods.

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I am all about the knits right now, can you tell! :)  That red pillow is the most comfortable pillow!! I love taking naps with it.  (Yes, I take naps.)  However, it does leave a wicked pattern across your face when you wake up.  Don’t plan on going out anytime soon if you take a nap on that pillow!

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Because we do not really have a good space in this room for a large tree, I decided to purchase 3 small live trees at Lowe’s, and decorate them instead.

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They sit in front of the wall that is right beside our stairs.

I hot glued some clothespins on the back of the chalkboards so I could attach them to the tops of the trees.

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Wanna see my favorite thing in our den?

Our two new Morkie puppies, Boomer and Biscuit! :)

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Now, I know you are probably thinking that we got these for our boys for Christmas, but you would be wrong.

Cy and I got these for us!  Not kidding! :)  Boomer is Cy’s, and Biscuit is mine.   Although we do share them with our boys occasionally.  {wink}

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Seriously, y’all!  Is there anything cuter?!  Me and Biscuit, we are like peas and carrots.  

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Okay, let’s regroup.  

Back to the home tour.  Let’s take a quick stop in our master bedroom.  I tend not to do a lot of decorating in the bedrooms.  I just throw my red poinsettia wreath on the wall, add the boys’ red quilt to the bottom of the bed, and put out a couple of decorations on the bedside table.

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The thing that I love about those little decorations though, is who they remind me of. 

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This little greenery and red bow was my mom’s.  She always attached it to one of her lamps at Christmastime.  What I love about this little piece when I get it out every year is that my mom’s sweet hands made that red bow and attached it to the greenery.  For some crazy reason, it makes me feel so loved, like she made that bow especially for me.

Thank you, Mom.

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And this little Christmas tree used to belong to my husband’s grandmother.  It plays, “Oh Christmas Tree” when you wind it up on the bottom.  I never got to meet my husband’s grandmother, but I love having one of her Christmas decorations to remember her by.  

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The “Merry Everything” sign was a find at Gordman’s.  Nothing sentimental about that one. :)

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Now to my favorite room on the tour…the boys’ bathroom!

Yep, I decorated their bathroom and had so much fun doing it!

But before we go on, I have to apologize for my pictures.  They did not turn out well.  I dropped my dslr camera a while back ago, and I have had trouble ever since.  The settings aren’t working right.  {Did you hear that, Santa?}

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Their bathroom is soooo much cuter in real life!  I am so in love with these red vanities that my husband built.  The corner shower is to the left when you walk in the bathroom, and the toilet is on the right (but I figured you didn’t really care to see the toilet.)

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I sort of went with a “woodsy” theme in the bathroom.  Not on purpose.  It just kind of happened.

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I pulled the red lantern off of Luke’s bedroom shelf and used it in the bathroom.

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The chalkboard wood tray is from last year’s Christmas tablescape.  I added some real holly, and pine cone, and an antler to finish it off.  How can  you go wrong with an antler, right?

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On the other side of the shower, I placed this cute Christmas sign from Hobby Lobby above their wire baskets that hold their washcloths and toilet paper and such.

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Some more fresh greenery and a pine cone, and we are finished with this space!

One the other vanity, I added this chalkboard print with a quote from one of our favorite Christmas movies, Elf.

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I found the car snow globe at Lowe’s this year!  I knew I had to buy it when I saw it!  Too cute.

 

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I really wish you could see the banner I made for their window, but I could not get a good shot of it.

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So I took a picture with my flash on so you could see what it says…

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I got that banner kit at Michael’s half off.  You can make a much longer banner if you wanted.

I about died when I found these little lanterns at Walmart for $1.99!  

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And Walmart had these cute little antler ornaments for $1.99 too!

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The “Merry Christmas” ribbon was found in the gift wrapping section at Walmart.  It made a great garland for their little tree.  

That “wraps” it up!  :)

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I loved sharing my heart and home with you.  

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Next on the tour is the beautiful home of my friend Roshel, from the DIY Show Off.  Be sure to tell her I said, “hi!”

 

And if you missed my Christmas Kitchen tour, you can see that too by clicking the button below.   Have a blessed Christmas, y’all!!

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Christmas means Candles! {Giveaway}

December 11, 2014 AT 12:33 am 9 Comments

I love candles year round, but I love them even more at Christmastime!  :)  Don’t you?

The soft glow of the candles just makes the holiday season so cozy and warm.  And if the candles smell good, that’s even more awesome!

Right now, I have been using a Yankee Candle® in every room of the house.  They smell so divine!  

Why is it that the smell of a candle makes your house feel clean?  Is that just me?  :)

Whenever I don’t have time to clean the house, I light a candle.  (Hmmmm….maybe that’s why I have a candle burning in my house every day?)

 

Well, I am just smitten right now with these Pure Radiance™ candles by Yankee Candle® in fragrances like Christmas Candy and Winter!  

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Have you seen them?  

Look at this cute little white one I have in new holiday fragrance Winter.  It smells like all the goodness of the season!

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They come in a pretty little vase, and have a wood wick that crackles when it’s lit, a new technology called Crackling Lumiwick™.  

They also come in a large vase.  This pretty red Christmas Candy candle goes great with my Christmas décor.

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I love that Yankee Candles® come in so many different scents!  I love them all, but my favorite is anything with a pine scent, like Winter Garden.   It’s soooooo Christmasey!

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Do you love candles as much as I do?

Yay!!

‘Cause I have a great giveaway that you will love!

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You can enter with Rafflecopter below:

 

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This giveaway ends on December 16th, 2014.

 

*This post was sponsored by Yankee Candle®.  All opinions are 100% mine.


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Christmas Home Tour {Part One}

December 9, 2014 AT 7:00 am 20 Comments

Merry Christmas, y’all!  I am so excited to be participating in Just a Girl’s Holiday Home Tours this week!

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If you are coming over from my buddy Cheryl’s blog, Tidy Mom, welcome!!

I’m participating in two home tours this week, so today I am showing you some decorating I have done in my kitchen.

Since RED is my favorite color all year long, I always enjoy adding red to my decor around Christmas.  My philosophy in making your house feel Christmasey…just add green and red.  :)  This year, I used a lot of fresh greenery in my decorating.  I’ve always wanted to use fresh greenery, and I am so glad I did. 

This is our new eating area in the kitchen.  

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I made these little boxwood wreaths for the backs of my chairs, and I love them!  I have NEVER made my own wreath with real greenery.  It was seriously so easy and so fun!  I just sat on the couch and watched “The Grinch” with my boys while I made them.  

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I attached the wreaths to the chairs with some red and white gingham ribbon.

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So far, these wreaths have survived the little hands of my four boys (knock on wood.)  I’ll let you know how that goes. :)

But for now, I am enjoying my little wreaths.

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For my tabletop, I just added a red and white table runner and some fresh holly branches in little bottles.

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For my wall, I just added some Christmas touches to what was already there.  To see what my shelf looked like before, click here.

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Some red dishes, pinecones, and greenery in my pitchers does the trick!

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I love my big red plate.  It is such a good reminder of the real reason we celebrate Christmas.

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Underneath my shelf, I added a Christmas print to my frame.  Merry Christmas, y’all!!

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And I switched my bird plate out for this “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!” plate I found at Home Goods.

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Our eating area is now all set for Christmas fun!  I can’t wait to make buckeyes with my boys here!

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A couple of years ago, I started a “Hot Chocolate Bar” in our kitchen, and it has become an instant tradition.  My boys LOVE it!

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Marshmallows and candy canes to stir with are a must!  I put the little candy canes in Santa’s boot.  That little boot used to belong to my mom.  I love using it each year.

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I also added a little tag to the hot chocolate to remind my boys how much they should get.  They are guilty of making some reeeeeally chocolately hot chocolate!

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I also put out some chocolate chips to add to your cup. Yum!

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We love to drink hot chocolate while we color in our Christmas coloring books!  :)

Well, I had some more pictures of the rest of my kitchen, but they didn’t turn out.  :(  The lighting was a mess, and I didn’t have time to fix them because the boys had two away basketball games last night.  If I get a chance to take some new pics today, I will add them to my post later. 

But I want to thank you for stopping by!

As you continue on the tour and view all of the beautifully decorated homes, I pray that you don’t see “picture perfect” homes, but homes that are all decked out to celebrate this special season.  Sometimes we go overboard on decor, sometimes we don’t.  However you may celebrate Christmas in your home, I pray that your heart will be touched by the true meaning of this season, the birth of our Savior, Jesus. 

I am the last house on the tour today, but tomorrow you can check out Sand and Sisal’s Christmas tour.  I love Kim, and I can’t wait to see her home!

 

Have a blessed day, friends!

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DIY Hex Nut Bracelet

December 8, 2014 AT 9:43 pm Leave a Comment

Hey friends!

I wanted to share something fun with you today!

It’s a DIY Hex Nut Bracelet.

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This is fun to make for yourself, or it could be a great Christmas Gift for someone.

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I went to Lowe’s and picked up some hex nuts and twine.  The hex nuts come in several different sizes, so you can pick which size you would like for your bracelet.

If you know how to braid, you can make this bracelet.  I made each strand of my braid three-strings thick (total of 9 pieces of twine.)  You can make it however thick you want. :)

I tied a knot at the top of the strings and began to braid.  After I braided a few inches of string, I began to add my hex nuts.  You basically add one to the right side, then the left side, then the right, etc., as you braid.

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The hex nuts begin stacking one beside the other. 

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Now I did enlist the help of a couple of my boys.  Eli held the top of the bracelet to keep it from twisting on me as I added the hex nuts.  If you don’t have someone to help you, you could attach the end of the bracelet to something else, like a clipboard to keep it still.

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I also had Jonathan help me put each hex nut on the strands of strings.  I could have done it by myself, but it was MUCH faster with the help of my boys!

When I was finished, the bracelet looked like this…

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I went to Hobby Lobby and got some supplies to make the clasp on my bracelet. 

I used gold rings and a fastener. 

It’s a little hard to explain this part, but I will do my best.  I basically threaded the end of the bracelet into a gold ring.

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Then I took one of the loose strings and wrapped it around all of the strings directly below the gold ring.

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To secure it, you tuck the string you were wrapping down into the “wrapped” part of the strings.  Clear as mud?

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I did that on both sides of the bracelet, and then used small pliers to add another good ring and clasp to each side.   Done!

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I think it turned out super cute!  You can also make them in different colors.  Here are some others I found online…

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Just search “hex nut bracelet” on Pinterest or Google.  You can also find them for sale on Etsy.

 

For more Lowe’s Creative Ideas, be sure to check out their free magazine and the other projects by fellow Lowe’s Creative Ideas Bloggers.

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DIY Shower Curtain for Boys’ Bathroom

December 5, 2014 AT 8:28 am 9 Comments

Well, I finally made a shower curtain for the boys’ bathroom. 

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Because we built our own shower, it wasn’t a regular size.  I knew I would have to make a custom shower curtain to fit it.  I also knew that I wanted to do some type of horizontal stripes on the shower curtain. 

So I was super excited when I found two window curtain panels that were extra long at Marshall’s for $25!  I KNEW I could turn these window curtains into a shower curtain. 

 

Where, here is where I should show you the complete tutorial of how I did it, but I don’t have any photos.  

I know.  HUGE blogger fail.  :(

Let me explain.  I DID take pictures. 

I just can’t find them.  

But I do have pictures of the finished shower curtain.

 

 I didn’t even use a sewing machine to make this curtain!  I just used fusing tape to attach one curtain panel to the other curtain panel. 

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And I bought a grommet kit from Hobby Lobby to create the hole for the rings at the top of the shower curtain. 

We had to purchase the shower curtain rod online.

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 The curtain works perfectly for this space.  We are very glad that we tore the tub out and created a corner shower.

Cy built the vanities himself, and installed a butcher block countertop.  As you can see, we decided to leave the countertop natural instead of staining it.

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 We still need to figure out what type of lights to put above the mirrors.

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 And I am going to install a window shade this weekend.

I am decorating the bathroom for Christmas and will share it next week.

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 But for now, the boys are loving their new space.  They each have their own baskets full of their own toiletries.  Luke and Adam on the left, and Jonathan and Eli on the right.  :)

 I will share more details about the bathroom soon, but I have a lot of Christmas decorating to do today.  The boys will kill me if I don’t have their Christmas stockings hung when they get home from school today.  :)

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Lovin’ my Lowe’s!

December 4, 2014 AT 5:09 pm 7 Comments

So y’all know that if I could marry Lowe’s I would, right?

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Don’t we look great together?

When I walk through those doors (almost everyday) my heart goes pitter patter.  The smell of the paint and the wood.  The sound of the lift machines beeping as they back up the aisles.  Pure bliss, I tell ya!

That is why when I was asked to be a part of the Lowe’s Creative Idea team a couple of years ago, I thought I had died and gone to heaven!

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And when I got an email inviting me to Lowe’s headquarters last month, well let’s just say I may have peed my pants!

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It was like meeting the in-laws!  But the good kind of in laws, not the bad kind. :)

It was going to be a quick trip, but worth every minute!  Lowe’s flew us in to North Carolina, and they spoiled us the first night with a fabulous dinner event.  They had our transportation decorated for Christmas…

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And they drove us through a huge warehouse to this spectacular scene!!…

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Do you see that “carpet” of poinsettias?!  It was seriously the most beautiful sight I have ever seen!  

The tables were all decked out with Christmas decor.  Those white cone shaped trees were made with caulk!

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And the tree centerpiece on this table was made with sand paper squares…

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It was evening when we got there, so it was dark, and the stringed lights were beautiful.

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They went all out on the food!  It was soooooo good!

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This is just the dessert table!  I ate one of everything, and even more of a few!

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After dinner, we went back to the hotel.  

The next day, we were able to visit Lowe’s headquarters.  It just happened to be “red vest” day, and all of the employees went outside for a group picture.  It had nothing to do with us being there, but I couldn’t help but think that this is what my wedding guests would look like when I married Lowe’s. 

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We had a FULL agenda that day.  We even got to tour a top-secret part of Lowe’s that we couldn’t take pictures of.  (They even took our phones away from us during the tour to make sure we didn’t take pictures!)    I don’t think they realized how dangerous it was to take phones away from bloggers.  We had some serious withdraw!  Some of us began to get the shakes!

In one session, we got a chance to preview some of the 2015 Lowe’s Spring Collection.  It’s really beautiful!

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We also had the privilege of listening to Better Homes and Garden Editor, Eddie Ross.

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I’ve wanted to meet Eddie for a long time.  He is at so many blogger events sharing his talent, and I am so glad I finally got to listen to him in person.

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 That night, Lowe’s spoiled us again by taking us to a Charlotte Hornets basketball game! 

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We got to go in a special entrance, and we were escorted to the Lowe’s suite to watch the game!

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Here are some of us with the mascot…(I’m on the far right.)

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It was such a great time. 

Cy and I had a good laugh over this trip.  He said, “How is it that my wife is going to a Lowe’s event and gets to watch the Charlotte Hornets play ball, while I stay home and watch the kids?!”  :)

Crazy, this blogging thing.  You never know what opportunities may come your way.

 

Well, I am so thankful to all of the Lowe’s team that put this event together.  It was a top notch event.  The best part of the whole event was the brainstorming sessions we had with members of the Lowe’s marketing and branding team.  They loved listening to us about how we can work together to share their brand and how they can make it the best for their customers. 

Lowe’s you melt my heart.  :)

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DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

December 3, 2014 AT 11:48 am 2 Comments

Hey friends!

Happy Hump Day!

I’ve been under the weather the past few days, and it has zapped me of energy.  Ugh.  No fever, just a lot of sneezing and a runny nose.  Adam and Luke have had it too.  It’s been just enough to make me want to stay off the computer and get as much rest as I can as the mother of four boys!  hee.hee.

Anyway, I am hoping to start decorating the house for Christmas since  I’ll be participating in two Christmas home tours on my blog next week!  Yikes!   I love participating in these tours, but I have to admit they can be a little stressful.  :)  

Until then, I am going to share easy DIY Christmas Gifts that I have shared on my blog in previous years. 

Just click on the link or the picture to visit each post.

DIY Ornament with Upholstery Tacks


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DIY Tile Coasters

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Inexpensive (less than a dollar) DIY Ornament


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Burlap Stamped Deer Ornament


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Owl Themed Christmas Wrapping Ideas


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Have a blessed day!!

 

 

 

 


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Painting made easy!

November 29, 2014 AT 9:24 pm 2 Comments

Hey guys!  

Happy Weekend!

I wanted to show you a couple of awesome tools that I have been using to do some painting around the house.  

(These would make great Christmas gifts.  hint.hint.)

The first one is the PaintStick EZ-Twist Paint Roller Applicator.  (Only about $30!)

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I used this tool last year when I painted my craft closet.

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We have a few areas going up our stairs that needed painting, so I decided to use my paintstick.  There is a cool little attachment that attaches to the side of the paint can and goes down into the paint.

 

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Then I placed my paint stick on the attachment so I could suck the paint up into my paintstick.

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By pulling the inner tube out toward me, the paint gets sucked up into the clear tube to use while painting.  This allows me to get rid of my messy paint tray and have all the paint already in the roller, ready to paint!

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I was able to paint the whole area going up the stairs before I had to refill the paintstick with more paint.  I LOVE THAT!  And I also love the gray paint guard that covers the roller.  It keeps those terribly annoying tiny paint splatters from getting all over the floor!

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Another tool I used to freshen up the paint around the house was the QuickPainter Pad Edge Painter. 

 

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This is a nifty little tool!  

I just placed it in my paint can and pulled on the yellow lever to suck the paint up in the tube.

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Then I twisted the little paint pad back onto the top of the edge painter.

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This tool is perfect for painting tight spaces, corners, or edges around trim or molding!

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The edge painter is only about $15.oo!

Both of these items are available at Lowes or Home Depot, but can also be ordered on Amazon.

To check out even more painting tools, visit HomeRight by clicking HERE.

Happy Painting!!

 

 

 

*This post was sponsored by HomeRight.  All ideas and opinions are 100% mine.


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Saturday Specials!

November 29, 2014 AT 10:33 am Leave a Comment

Hey friends!

Did you have a good Thanksgiving?!

I sure did!  

Yesterday, the boys and I went out to do a little Black Friday shopping.  We weren’t shopping for anything in particular, so we just had fun hanging out together. 

If you are still searching for some great gift options, I wanted to make sure you knew about these sales.  Just click on each picture to visit each site.

Silhouette is offering FOUR great specials good through December 8th!  Use promo code:  BENEATH.

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My friend, Ruth from GraceLaced, is also having a great Black Friday Sale…

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Happy Shopping!!!


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