Magic Mondays!

Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed your weekend and feel refreshed!

I’m excited today to introduce the Magic Mondays series!

I titled this series Magic Mondays because honestly, Mondays are rough! I for one would like a shift in my own mindset about the dreaded Moooondaaaay. Muahahahahaha!! (I hope that came through as a scary, creepy voice)!

I will share quick and easy tips to make Mondays more magic than manic. Fun hair and make up tips along with things that make my morning and myself feel brighter!

Today…my beautiful cup of coffee, preset last night to brew upon waking, of course. This is  certainly a perk (see what I did there? hehe..) to starting the week off on the right foot.

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Next, the hair. In case y’all don’t know, temperatures here in the Big D have been 100 degrees the last few days. I’m a Texan girl, and I love my long, big hair! Therefore, it is necessary to be well acquainted with braids and buns. Today I put my hair in a high ponytail, braided a section of it, wrapped my hair around the ponytail and the braid around the bun. It was looking like a possible hair fail, but I just love it when messy, tousled hair debacles turn into something fabulous, or super cute at the very least! I fastened with two bobby pins and loosened the braid and bun for maximum volume! Chic, fast and perfect for second day hair. Dry shampoo will also help give volume when fixing your ‘do!

Lastly, the clothes. Comfy and expressive! I love tanks and tees that feel like they were made with me in mind! The one I’m wearing below says, “I just want to drink coffee, save animals and do yoga.” Umm…all true! Coffee and I are best buds, I work with a rescue group and have the joy of fostering doggies until they find their FURever home. I have also been a certified yoga teacher since 2010. SO perfectly expressive and comfy! 🙂

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At first, I attempted to look pensive in the above photo with focus on the tank top. Let me just say that was a load of laughs for me and the hubby! Apparently, I do cheeseball pretty well though!

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I’d love to hear your tips of making Mondays less stressful, or any day for that matter! Please feel free to comment below.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Toodles!

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DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Hi everyone! Today I’m going to show you a snippet of why I love essential oils so much and how they allow me to save money virtually every day!

I am a HUGE advocate of essential oils and how they have improved the lives of my family, home and even my fur kids! More on that later in a separate post. 🙂

For now, this easy recipe can save you money on all those bottled, foaming hand soap dispensers you find yourself purchasing on a regular basis filled with chemicals and dyes. Over here, a family of six runs through them pretty fast! That’s why I’m so excited to share this easy recipe with you. 🙂

Supplies:

  • Foaming hand soap dispenser
  • Distilled Water
  • Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Soap
  • 100% Pure Vegetable Glycerine (I use NOW Solutions found at Whole Foods)
  • Vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 8-10 drops essential oils of your choosing (I only trust Young Living Essential Oils)

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It’s my bet that most people have used a foaming soap dispenser before and will have one free to use. If not, you can find them online. I quickly found a 3-pack on Amazon for $10.98. I had several on hand so that part was free for me. I LOVE FREE!

Okay, I’m not going to be terribly technical here with all the amounts because a lot of these soap dispensers are shaped differently. If you are one of the Type A’s that needs exact amounts, LOOK AWAY NOW! Teehee…

  1. Wash your soap dispenser before using and allow to dry naturally
  2. Fill your soap dispenser approximately a 1/3 full of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
  3. Add approximately two teaspoons vegetable glycerin
  4. Add 2-4 drops Vitamin E oil (Optional – I LOVE soft hands so I add it in) 😉
  5. 8-12 drops of your favorite essential oils
  6. Fill the dispenser with distilled water almost to the top. Leave room for foam and screwing the top back in
  7. Give your hands a wash with this luxurious homemade hand soap and enjoy!

The following are a few essential oil recipes I enjoy using for hand soap:

  • 10 drops Thieves (when you need super, duper extra protection keeping bacteria away)
  • 5 drops Lavender and 5 drops Frankincense
  • 5 drops Peppermint and 3 drops Joy (Joy is a blend created by Young Living)

The Castile soap, vegetable glycerin, Vitamin E, distilled water and essential oils will last you SO much longer than purchasing a new dispenser, or even the refills on a regular basis! The savings really start to add up!

Tips: Give your soap dispenser a gentle shake before each use since oil and  water will separate. If you decide to use citrus oils in your soap, please use a glass or stainless steel dispenser. Citrus will eat away at plastic causing a chemical change preventing your body from receiving the oil’s benefits.

Please be sure to do your research before picking essential oils. Stay tuned for an upcoming post with more information about why Young Living is the only brand I trust with my family, pets, friends and myself!

In the meantime, enjoy the benefits of your natural and luxurious DIY foaming hand soap!

Easy DIY Faux Sheepskin Rugs

I just LOVE the lush look of fur, don’t you? It adds so much texture and warmth to a space. However, the only real fur I plan to wear is the fur left on my pants from the four legged fur babies! Therefore, I went on the hunt for faux sheepskin fur and found it at Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts.

These rugs can be placed just about anywhere, instantly making your space more interesting! I wanted several for different parts of my home. Similar rugs retail individually  for approximately the total I paid in fabric to make six rugs!

Enter fabric store. I purchased five yards (which was all they had left at the time) of cream colored faux fur for around $12.99 per yard. Check http://www.joann.com for weekly discounts that are definitely worth the few seconds it takes to look them up! If there’s not a location in your area, you can order online or find a fabric store near you.

Supplies:

  • Sheepskin hide template I created freehand from an old yoga mat
  • Faux sheepskin fur (I purchased five yards)
  • IKEA Stop Filt Rug Underlay  *Optional
  • Adhesive Velcro  *Optional
  • Scissors

Call me crazy, but I totally free handed the sheepskin hide (not every hide is perfect or identical right?) 😉  I Googled sheepskin rugs and freehanded the shape onto an old yoga mat. I then cut out the shape and used it as a template. I traced the shape onto the back of the fabric and simply cut it out with fabric scissors. Don’t worry about rough edges. Fluff the fur, and you won’t even see the edges! 🙂

If these are for decorative use only then consider this project done! Say whaaaaat?! :-O Yes, that’s it! Leave the fabric as is to be gathered a bit to your taste or tossed over a chair for an easy, relaxed look.

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If you’re using these on the floor then I STRONGLY suggest an anti-slip underlay. I purchased IKEA STOPP FILT Rug Underlay with anti-slip, size 5’x7′ for $11.99. I have concrete floors downstairs and this underlay works y’all! No slipping and sliding, yay!

I cut out the underlay fabric using my oh so professional yoga mat stencil and applied peel and stick velcro to attach it to the rug. I made the pads removable for washing purposes. Also, it’s just nice to have the convenience down the road if I decide to use the faux sheepskin in a different way.

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I initially made these as throws for my dining room chairs last winter. Some of them have moved around since then to serve as rugs or throws on living room seating. I do put them back in the dining room though for gatherings. 😉


Can you hear it? What?! It’s the dining room SCREAMING for a makeover! Stay tuned to see how I transform this Early American dining set into something spectacular!

 

Spray Paint Outdoor Furniture

Do you dream of an outdoor oasis tailored to just your specifications? Perfect for family gatherings, kid’s outdoor play, pet’s play area and still perfect for an intimate evening with the hubby? Well, me too, but this isn’t a tutorial for that! It’s a good start though! 😉

In my experience, the biggest problem I come across whether it’s indoor or outdoor is seating. There never seems to be enough for get-togethers. Now, I’m about to share a major secret with you. These chairs were not originally mine. Someone in my neighborhood left them out for trash day! :-O OMGoodness, I know. I can’t believe it either! Here I am admitting to the world that I took someone else’s trash. The horror! The shame!! 😀 I’m here to tell you the saying is true, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Another little secret I have to reveal is http://www.nextdoor.com. If you are not using this site or app, you should be. In my humble opinion of course! 🙂 It’s basically a Facebook for your neighborhood and surrounding areas. My reason for sharing this site in this post is because neighbors often post about items for sale or free items. FREE items close to my home where often there are photos and notes about the condition? I’m in!

Supplies:

  • Folding metal chairs with plastic arms rests found for free
  • Various spray paint colors for indoor/outdoor use; also for use on plastic! I used the following:
    • Rust-Oleum 2x Ultra Cover Paint and Primer in Sun Yellow
    • Rust-Oleum 2x Ultra Cover Paint and Primer in Ocean Mist
    • Rust-Oleum 2x Ultra Cover Paint and Primer in Real Orange
    • Krylon ColorMaster Paint and Primer in Mambo Pink
    • Krylon ColorMaster Paint and Primer in Sunrise
  • Rust-Oleum 2x Ultra Cover Gloss Clear
  • Possibly a sander

These are folding chairs that were in very good, used condition.

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Folding chairs are great for indoor and outdoor use. I’m sure come fall I’ll store them for indoor use, but for now they are an everyday essential for the backyard pool area! I wanted the backyard to be full of color this summer. Lots of brights to emulate the energy we bring to our outdoors in the warm months. Here are the spray paints I used:

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After giving the the chairs a good wash and dry, I began to spray each chair in a different color. I also had this tiny little outdoor table with iron legs, but the table top was a rustic color that wouldn’t match my bright decor. I chose to paint the top in Krylon ColorMaster Sunrise. I simply wrapped the base in an old sheet and tied it in a knot. Didn’t even use painter’s tape. 😀

I would love to say this project was easy breezy with zero problems, but I did run into a hiccup with the plastic on the Sun Yellow chair. After googling to see what the heck this was and how to fix it, I now know this as the dreaded “orange peel” that can sometimes happen for various reasons when spraying painting plastic. Unfortunately, you do need to sand off all the paint on the surface and start over. Womp-wooooomp.

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Since I have a few other projects going at the moment, the yellow chair will wait before joining the others in the backyard. 🙂

For now, a cheerful seating area for three will do!

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Please follow complete directions on all spray paint as instructions may vary. Paint in a well ventilated area and wear protective gear. Spray paint is seriously awesome for quick and colorful updates to just about anything don’t you think? 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Furniture Makeover

Yes, the first DIY project I decided to take on was painting an Early American bedroom suite! Go big or go home, right? 🙂 This furniture has found it’s way into many of my relative’s homes throughout the years. When my aunt no longer needed it I decided this would be a great DIY project and also extra furniture to fill a new, larger home! Woohoo!!

I had done some research online and came across Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This stuff sounded PERFECT! No stripping or priming necessary. No toxic smell. Wax the furniture upon completion and voila! It sounded like something this self proclaimed “uncreative” girl could actually do! This paint is super versatile and easy to use so check it out at http://www.anniesloan.com. Luckily for me, there is a dealer for this brand of paint inside my favorite antique mall! Another reason to go antiquing? Yes, please. 🙂

As you can see from the photos below, the furniture is sturdy and in fantastic shape. It’s just a weeeeeeee bit outdated! All the hardware is original, also in great shape with no missing pieces. I just didn’t think about taking photos until the process was underway. That happens when you don’t realize you’ll be starting a blog about this someday! 😀

Supplies used for this project:

  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (I used Paris Grey)
  • Annie Sloan Clear Wax
  • Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2x Satin Canyon Black Spray Paint
  • Good quality paint and wax brushes; a lint free cloth can also be used for waxing
  • Screwdriver for removing and reattaching hardware

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After much consideration, I decided to go with Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey color. I thought it would be super refreshing for these dark, heavy pieces. I pulled out the drawers and  removed the hardware prior to painting. The paint is fairly thick giving optimum coverage in minimal coats making this project easy, even for those of us that get distracted by shiny things! After the paint was dry I applied Annie Sloan’s Soft Wax.

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You can see that too much wax has been applied in the above picture, on the right door. Oh boo! 😦

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Apparently wax can be tricky for those accustomed to polyurethane. However, I had no experience with poly so I thought the wax worked well! I didn’t apply it perfectly the first time, but now I know for next time. 🙂

My advice from the experience:

  • Apply the soft wax sparingly with an Annie Sloan wax brush, lint free cloth or any other good quality wax brush. I found that a soft cloth was best for big surfaces while the brush allowed me to get into the grooves and designs of the wood. If you have applied too much wax the paint will feel soft and somewhat sticky leaving it vulnerable to dents from decor and a magnet for dust. I know this b/c of course it happened to me! In this case additional buffing will be necessary. Find your inner karate kid and WAX OFF!!

I actually went to the local craft store to sample new hardware. None of it felt right right in comparison to the original hardware. After trying out flat, satin and gloss finishes, I decided to paint the hardware a sleek, modern Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2x Satin Canyon Black. The hardware was the only thing I painted outside. The chalk paint barely had a scent. I was able to throw down a drop cloth and get right to it without worry of moving furniture back and forth, airing out the house, etc. I reattached the hardware and OH. MY. GOODNESS. Same exact furniture and hardware but an entirely new vibe!

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I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy makeover project! My family members that have had this furniture in their home at one time or another are in awe of the difference a little paint made on this fabulous bedroom suite.

Do you have an older piece of furniture just waiting for a makeover? Go on and get after it! I was so thrilled with the outcome! This first project gave me the confidence I needed to continue exploring the world of DIY. Happy Painting y’all!