Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Homemade Laundry Soap Mason Jar Gift

#MasonJarGift #HomemadeLaundrySoap #soaprecipe #DIY

When I find something that has worked for my family I’m always eager to share it, and what better way to do that than by giving it as a gift! Sure laundry soap isn’t your typical present, but paired with a set of wool dryer balls it’s a thoughtful gift anyone whose been knee deep in dirty clothes can appreciate! 

As for the recipe, I have a large family and more than one of us has sensitive skin. In an effort to save money and combat rashes I’ve tried a fair share of detergents, after making a few adjustments to this soap recipe - namely omitting the baking soda and regularly switching between Fels Naptha and Zote soap, we’ve finally settled on the perfect combination!

Here’s everything you’ll need to make this practical gift!

Monday, October 27, 2014

How to Make a Bookplate Gift Set #holidaygiftHOA

#holidaygiftsHOA Bookplate Gift Set #giftidea #quickandeasy

Do you have a book lover on your gift list and never know what to get them? Bookplates are a quick and easy project that make an excellent gift! Paired with a nice pen, bookmark, and book light they're perfect for the bibliophile in your life!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How to Make a Vincent van Gogh Self Portrait Costume

Looking for a clever artsy costume for this Halloween? Why not become a self portrait of everyone's favorite tortured artist, Vincent van Gogh?

I actually got this idea from a picture on Buzzfeed and thought since I have a red-headed Vincent in the house I had to give it a try! Unfortunately, working with a boy who just wanted to go outside meant this was a rushed job, but the basic technique is still there and I hope you can see how it can be used to create other looks. (For example you could use shades of brown accented with bright orange to create a werewolf, or shades of grey and blue for an extra creepy vampire.)

Monday, October 20, 2014

20 Halloween Treats

#Halloween #Recipes

There are still two weeks before Halloween, that’s plenty of time to get creative and celebrate the holiday with a tasty treat your entire family, dogs included, will die for! Hope you enjoy this collection of 20 devilish delicacies!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Glittered Leaf Banner

#adtechHOA #fall #banner #glitter #hotglueprojects

Special thanks to Adhesive Technologies for the supplies used to make this video!

I don’t know if I’m ready to admit how much time I spend on Pinterest, but I can say I’ve noticed a new trend when it comes to fall projects, painted leaves. I really like the look, there’s something about it that feels both modern and natural. Using glitter hot glue sticks (YES, there is such a thing -visit the AdTech site- and they’re awesome!) I modified this trend to create this glittered leaf banner!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Face Painting: Comic Book Villain Harley Quinn

#Halloween #facepaintHOA #comicbook #villlain #HarleyQuinn

Special thanks to I Love to Create for the paints used in this video!

When it comes to superheroes we're a Batman family! Or maybe I should say we’re fans of ALL the Batman characters. Since last Christmas when she spied Harley Quinn in one of her brother’s comics, my daughter has been asking to be her for Halloween. Though I really wanted to get creative with all the colors in these paint sets (especially the shimmers – they’d be perfect for the character Poison Ivy) it is HER Halloween costume!

facepaints from I Love to Create

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Plantings for Spring Color

Longfield Gardens Perfect Together SetDisclosure: For this review I received, from Longfield Gardens, bulbs of the lovely flowers you see above and I can’t wait to have them growing in my garden this coming spring! All opinions expressed are my own.

This year I came to a gardening realization – I expect too much of my plants, especially the pretty ones. We have plenty of room to grow just about anything we want yet I feel like each planting should earn its keep by producing either a vegetable or an herb. I know, it is completely irrational and this year, when we actually had some herbs take off with beautiful blooms, I realized simple flowers were what we’d been missing.