DIY: Gel Air Fresheners part 1

I have been eyeing this DIY project since reading about it in the latest issue of Parents magazine (June 2013).

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It’s a DIY recipe for gel air fresheners as seen on the blog One Good Thing by Jillee.Image

So I got my supplies together and enlisted the help of my hubby. Much to my chagrin, he obliged! A quick shout out to my SIL MacKenzie for helping me chose the silk flowers at Michael’s craft store today (I totally cheated on JoAnn’s, my usual go-to DIY craft store).ImageAs Jillee said in her recipe instructions, I substituted the potpourri with distilled water and Young Living’s Lemon essential oil. A month or so ago, my hubby and I attended an introductory class on Young Living essential oils. While I wasn’t completely sold on the homeopathy of the oils, I did enjoy some of the samples passed around–both the Lemon and Purification essential oils.  I did what any thrifty person would do and took to eBay and bought both oils and a substantial discount than what I would have actually paid through Young Living.

Tonight, hubby and I brewed up our first batch of gel air fresheners using Young Living’s Lemon essential oil… it’s cooling down right now, so tune in tomorrow to see and hear the results!

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Dinner: Kate’s Healthy and Delicious Mediterranean Vege Wrap

Okay, I would have just titled this recipe something simple like “Mediterranean Wrap,” but Kate Gosselin says otherwise. Her Healthy and Delicious Mediterranean Vege Wrap is delectable! Hubby loved the taste so much, he had seconds!

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I used Mission’s sun-dried tomato basil wraps, Target’s Archer Farms spinach & artichoke hummus, and Athenos traditional feta cheese. I forgot to snap a picture of the jar of roasted red peppers I used, but there was only one brand available at Target, so that’s what I had to deal with. Still, it was awesome.

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And yes, I do follow Kate Gosselin’s blog from time to time. I have enjoyed her Turkey Corn and White Bean Chili on many occasions. I know my sister Chastity loves that recipe. Kate Gosselin also has a cook book coming out in September that you can pre-order now. Someone let my husband know about this book so that he can surprise me for Christmas. k, thx.

*I am an unashamed Kate Plus 8 fan… what can I say…

Finished Pinterest Project: Curtain Rod Hanging Frames

I’ve been dragging my feet on this project for some time. Well, this morning I FINALLY finished it.

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This is a curtain rod hanging frame project I was inspired to do after I saw it here and pinned it to my Pinterest “For the Home” board. I bought the curtain rod and frames from Goodwill. My younger sister bought the table from Goodwill and gave it to me (thanks, Chas!). I spray painted the table a lovely shade of purple–it took a couple coats. The ribbon is from my fave DIY supply store, JoAnn’s. I used a hot glue gun to adhere the looped ribbon to the back of each frame. Then, I cut long piece of ribbon and tied it in a bow around the top of each hanging frame. Each picture is of my son with each set of his grandparents, GrandmaShell,  GranJan & PaPa Dunlevy, and Nammy & PaPa Seidel. I don’t post pictures of my son on social media, so this is a real treat for everyone who knows that!

I’ll be posting more completed projects to this blog in order to keep myself motivated when it comes to all those damn pins on Pinterest! (And to get my house cleaned up, it’s been messy since I became a mother, 6 1/2 months ago. Motherhood is hard work, but also rewarding.)

Gangnam Style Tutorial

Op! Op! Op! Oppa Gangnam Style!
I know I’m a little late to be posting this, but I just HAD to share this tutorial on how to make a Gangnam Style Halloween Costume. Sure, you can buy a cheesy-looking $10 t-shirt online that resembles like Psy’s signature look… But why not make it all your own?

Gather your supplies:
1 cotton blazer (needs to be a natural fabric in order to dye it!)
1 bottle of Rit aquamarine liquid dye
a plastic container large enough to dye your blazer in
tongs
scissors
black ribbon
tacky glue
black button(s)

Steps:
1. Follow the instructions on the Rit Dye bottle and dye your blazer. I let my blazer sit in the dye bath for about 30 minutes to ensure that I got a bright blue hue. Wash & dry your blazer.
Gangnam Style, Dye Bath

2. Attach the black ribbon to the edges of the blazer to create the black “piping” look from Psy’s blazer. Don’t forget to create the black piping around the pockets, even if your blazer doesn’t have pockets!
Gangnam Style, Tacky Glue and Ribbon
3. Attach black button(s). I don’t have a proper picture showing how I replaced the white button with a black one, my apologies! (That’s my mom’s cat, TB)
Gangnam Style, pockets
4. Grab a pair of black sunnies, white button-up shirt, black bow-tie and put on your completed Gangnam Style blazer.
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That’s my hubster and me, Halloween 2012, on the left. The photo to your right is a guy who dressed up as another dude from the Gangnam Style music video that was out trick or treating with his friends’ kids.