Magic Mondays!

Welcome to our second edition of Magic Mondays. I hope you had a lovely weekend filled with love, fun and maybe some plot twists along the way. πŸ˜‰

How did Monday get here again so quickly? Friday takes forever, but Monday? Nope, it’s always there lurking in the shadows..shudder.

It’s okay though because I’m here to provide five tips that might make today run smoother! These tips work for any day really, but come on…we all know Monday’s are the poo!

Get to bed early on Sunday night. For many, Sunday night still feels like an extension of the weekend so we continue to occupy ourselves later than usual with anything other than winding down. Turn the lights down about two hours prior to bedtime and do your best to let those electronics rest up to an hour before shut eye. Take a cue from my foster puppy Radar here. Curl up & sweet dreams!

Get up 20-30 minutes earlier than normal. Honestly, I have done this for years (not by any means perfect of course) because I need that quiet time before everyone else wakes up and the (loving) mayhem begins! TIP If you have children, now is a good time to start waking them up early in preparation for the new school year.

Make that extra time count! Don’t work or make lunches or “all those errands that will never get done otherwise.” Make this time your’s! You deserve it by golly! Preset your coffeemaker so it’s ready when you wake up. Sip your coffee or morning beverage of choice slowly and quietly on the patio while enjoying the beautiful sunrise, journaling, meditating or even doing a little yoga. Heck, grab your coffee, hop back in bed and catch up on your DVR shows if that makes you happy!

Here are a few of the ways I enjoy spending my sweet alone time upon waking. From left to right, ‘Instant Happy’ by Karen Salmansohn. This is a wonderful little book that will pick you up after reading just one page! Next, my beloved Snoopy journal..to not only write about the blegh stuff in my life but the good as well. Next, my T-Rex mug. Reminds me of my ROAR!! ‘Yes Please’ by Amy Poehler. I have not had the opportunity to finish this book, but so far it’s relatable, enjoyable and funny! Last but not least, ‘Tangle Art Pack.’ This is a meditative drawing book. IT’S SO MUCH MORE THOUGH! I have so enjoyed the abstract drawings I’ve created with this book. πŸ™‚

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Begin your week with a fresh, glowing face! Have you read your baking soda box lately? A lot of them say that mixing baking soda with water makes a great face wash. Well, I’m going to take that one step further and let you know that mixing a dab of coconut oil with about a 1/2-1 teaspoon of baking soda makes an exfoliating, mild scrub that will leave your face feeling so soft you won’t even want to put make-up on! If you’re into essential oils, take this one more step further and add one drop of Frankincense (Young Living is the only brand I trust) to your mixture. I started doing this once a week, and now I’m up to three times a week. It’s gentle, makes my face uber happy and kissably soft!

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The summer break is almost over. Make it count! Create some time in your schedule to play games or hang out by the pool with the kids. They’ll be back to the grind before you know it. That might sound awesome right now, but you might miss them. I know I will! πŸ™‚

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Baby Girls!
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My sweet boys!

I have a lot more tips up my sleeve, but Magic Mondays is a series I hope to cultivate joy and inspiration over time that can easily be applied to every day life!

I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas! Please feel free to comment below about this post orΒ leave a comment in the Guestbook, located in the top menu.

Have a marvelous Monday darlings!

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Five Fantastic DIY Gifts for Him!Β 

When I was younger, I did not appreciate DIY or homemade gifts the way I do now. The young me internally thought, “Umm…you could’ve just gotten me the gift card I asked for.” Ha! I was a little high maintenance (My husband might say I still am). crickets chirping. I blame ‘only child syndrome’. πŸ˜‰ Well anyway, with age comes wisdom. With age also comes times in life when funds are tight. I am so grateful now for those times because it forced me to be creative! And yes, I do mean forced because I was a self proclaimed “un-creative.”

Now that I’ve given gifts I’ve made, I understand the thought, time and love those gifts represent. That person cared enough to create something for me that took time and effort away from other people or tasks in their life. Now don’t worry, I still LOVE gift cards and receiving gifts that I’ve asked for! πŸ˜€ In tough times (or not) though, it’s nice to give and receive a thoughtful, homemade gift to show that special someone just how much you care!

Below are my top five fantastic DIY gifts for him…

1. Favorite Song Wall Art: Β Maybe it’s your wedding song, a song that is a private joke between the two of you (Like Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’ for me and Chuck) or just a song that you know he loves!Β Whatever it is, write out the lyrics in your own handwriting (I think handwriting as opposed to stencils is much more personal for this project) on canvas to create a great piece of wall art that reminds the recipient of that wonderful memory you shared together.

Supplies:

  • Stretched canvas – size and color of your choice (I used 15×30 Artist’s Loft black canvas)
  • Metallic Chalk Markers (I used Craft Smart)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Song Lyrics of your choice (check online to make sure you have the correct song lyrics before you get started) Better to be safe than sorry!

Okay, so I did a little bit of a cheat with how I spaced out my lyrics. I wrote them out as they were shown on the lyrics site. I did this a while go and unfortunately can not remember the name of the site. There are a lot of websites out there to look up song lyrics though so you should be able to find one without difficulty. This saved me a lot of time trying to figuring out measurements. Numbers…Yuck!

I measured out the number of lines needed for the song and drew the FAINTEST lines possible with my pencil. I wrote the name of the song at the top in the light blue metallic marker shade. Next, I wrote the lyrics in silver. At the bottom, I wrote a special note for the recipient, i.e. My hubby. πŸ™‚

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Unfortunately, you can see a bit of the pencil lines in this well lit photo. However, you can not see them at all in our bedroom. Also, I did not seal this upon completion which is now evident in a few places where the paint has possibly gotten wet and run a bit. Boo! SO…my tip as a newbie DIYer: ALWAYS seal your artwork. πŸ™‚

Regardless, the hubby absolutely loved this gift and it’s meaning. Beauty is in the imperfectionsΒ riiiight??

2. Handwritten Card or Note: Β This seems like, duh right?! BUT if you’re more the funny card kinda gal then this will be a welcomed and appreciated card for your loved one. By gone are the days of a written love letter or telegram. Purchase a thoughtful card and continue the notion with your own words or use a blank card or even a handmade card! Spilling your heart out on paper may seem daunting, but my bet is the recipient will keep that card and read it again occasionally for a smile. πŸ™‚ If not, lose him. You don’t need unsentimental people that don’t hoard Hallmark cards and look back on them occasionally for nostalgia in your life! πŸ˜‰

3. DIY Massage Oil: Β Essential oils are not just for women. Men certainly benefit from the therapeutic uses, and there are many scents he’ll enjoy! I created this blend especially for Chuck (hubby) for it’s earthy, masculine aroma and benefits each oil brings to him.

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Supplies:

  • Dark glass bottle (I used a leftover glass, massage oil bottle from a bath and beauty store)
  • Carrier oil of choice (I used Now Solutions Almond Oil)
  • 30 drops Idaho Blue Spruce – Relaxing, can be emotionally balancing and a wonderful aphrodisiac (wink, wink…it works!!) πŸ™‚
  • 25 drops Cedarwood – Calming, anti-spasmodic (great for Restless Legs Syndrome) with a woodsy, pleasant scent
  • 25 drops Stress Away – a blend to help wind down
  • 25 drops Copaiba – Relaxing to aches and pains. Also amplifies the benefits of all other oils combined with it!
  • 15 drops Cypress – Can benefit circulation, herniated discs, arthritis, etc.
  • 15 drops Lavender – Overall calming and soothing

Combine carrier oil and essential oils into a dark glass container. Essential oils are heat sensitive so it’s best to keep in a dark container if possible. If not, please keep in a cool, dark place. You could also paint the outside of your bottle or wrap it in Washi Tape!

I only trust Young Living Essential Oils. Please do your research on oils before purchasing and using. Stay tuned for a post about why Young Living is how I choose to care for my family in SO MANY ways!

Not only will your beloved appreciate this homemade massage oil, but he’ll LOVE the future massages in store. πŸ™‚

4. Frame an Old Family Photo: Β My husband had this ADORABLE and large baby photo. Professional matting was outrageous in my humble opinion so I did it myself…mostly.

Supplies:

  • Photograph
  • Matting paper
  • Photo Frame

Because of the picture’s size, it was difficult to find a frame. Therefore, I purchased a frame that held two 5×7 portraits and removed the matting that came with it. I gave it a good go with the matting, but umm…NO. It was a jagged mess. Luckily, I was able to choose a matting and have the framing department cut it to my specifications for less than $10!

The result? Something that made my husband and kids smile and stimulated conversations of childhood nostalgia. My in-laws loved it as well. sky punch!

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5. Picture Collage for Men:

I absolutely love capturing our lives in photographs. It’s like getting to revisit wonderful moments in time whenever you’d like! I chose a large, rustic frame with chicken wire and small laundry clips at Michael’s Craft Store for 50% off. I proceeded to print out pictures of us in wallet size along with many, many Instagram photos! It was great to look through all the years of photos and reminisce about the time we’ve shared together.

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I MAY have gone a little photo crazy on this project. πŸ™‚

I hope these five awesome, homemade gifts inspire you to create something personal for HIM! And of course, these projects can be tailored for anyone you love. That’s the great part about Doing It Yo Self!!

BEWARE: Upon opening gifts expect conversation, laughing, maybe a little crying and definitely cuddling! ❀

Remember, it’s not the size or price of the gift that matters. It’s the massive and priceless love and joy you share together that counts!

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Loving and laughing!