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DIY: Halloween Books

October 20, 2016 in DIY

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Hi friends!

It’s been awhile but I’m still here! I feel like blogs are a little old school but I love having a central place for my projects, thoughts, and updates! So here is a little Halloween DIY for you today!

First of all, I give all credit to my cute friend Kate who showed me how to do this. She is QUEEN of Halloween and after I saw these books and how fool proof they were I had to make them! I also love that it uses most of the stuff you have already at home and your kids can help too! fullsizerender-2

Here’s what you need:

Old books

Hot glue

Tissue paper

Paint

Liquid Gold Leaf

Mod Podge

Letter stickers or puffy paper with a sticky back

Step 1: Place your letters, hot glue, and puffy paper how you want it on your book. I made some hot glue spiders and added texture on the broom with hot glue as well.

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(I used Elmer’s glue since I ran out of hot glue but hot glue would be a lot easier! I just had to wait longer for it to dry.)

Step 2: Glue or Mod Podge tissue to cover stickers and book completely. Make sure to make it tight around the letters so that you’ll be able to see them clearly once you paint.

Step 3: Paint over tissue and let dry. The tissue should have an old, crinkly look!

Step 4: Add some liquid gold leaf (optional, but this is what makes it look so cool! I got a little gold leaf crazy)

Step 5: Add some water to the edges of your book to make it look old.
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That’s it! So easy you guys, and so fun!

Happy Halloween!!!

Xo,

Aubrey

3 Ingredient Homemade Hand Scrub

April 18, 2016 in DIY / For Mamas

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The other night I had a little “girls night” on periscope and shared how I make my own hand scrub. I use these for little thank you gifts or something sweet to give to a friend (or keep for myself, let’s be honest.) They would be PERFECT for a teacher gift, christmas gift, birthday gifts, or just a “thinking of you” gift for a friend who needs some TLC.

Here’s all you need:

Sugar

Coconut oil

10 drops of essential oil of your choice (this is optional, but some of my favorites are serenity, lemon, and peppermint)

That’s it! I just mix the sugar and oil together until it’s the consistency I like, not too runny but not too stiff. And then I add the drops at the end. I don’t like it too potent so I add them slowly and if it needs more I add it in.

The jars I use are from the dollar section at Target (my happy place)!

Then I just used bakers twin, letter stamps, and a tiny clothes pin to keep the popsicle stick in place.

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So easy right!?

Let me know if you end up trying it! And I won’t tell if you secretly make it for yourself. 😉

Xo,

Aubrey

Christmas Tags

December 23, 2015 in DIY

For those of you who are last minute wrappers… I have the CUTEST tags that are the cherry on top!

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Are they not the cutest? Thanks to my sweet friend Lacey, you all can download and print these exact tags for FREE!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOURS!

Merry Christmas!

Xo,

Aubrey

25 Acts of Service (You can do with your kids!)

December 3, 2015 in DIY

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When we first got married we wanted to start all these new traditions. Some of them didn’t stick, but my favorite one we do every Christmas (or try to at least)! We call it: 12 Days of Service. It’s just a spin off of 12 Days of Christmas. We pick 12 people we want to serve… it can be people we know, or strangers on the street. It kinda came to us because we were both going to school and were so broke but wanted to share the Christmas spirit somehow! It has been a huge blessing to our little family and I hope that we can keep it up in the coming years.

If you want to join our family this year here are some ideas we’ve come up with and a few we’ve done that have made our Christmas season that much sweeter. They don’t have to be anything extravagant, in fact the more simple the better. I also feel like it’s a wonderful lesson to teach our kids in the midst of their long lists they write up for Santa. 😉

Here are a few ideas:

  1. Leave coins in a zip-lock bag taped to a washer/dryer at the laundry mat.
  2. Bring dinner to a widow or neighbor you don’t know.
  3. Free hot chocolate stand.
  4. Pay for someone’s food behind you at the drive-through.
  5. Write love notes (or for little ones color pictures) for family and friends.
  6. Pick a family to do Sub for Santa for.
  7. Pay for someone’s Redbox.
  8. Donate toys or books.
  9. Read to the kids at a Children’s hospital.
  10. Play bingo with the elderly at a nursing home.
  11. Return a stranger’s shopping cart for them.
  12. Bring flowers to your neighbors or someone who is having a rough day.
  13. Sit by someone who looks lonely.
  14. Compliment or smile at a stranger.
  15. Stop by grandparent’s just to say hi.
  16. Offer to babysit for a stressed out mom.
  17. Create “care” baskets for tired parents at the NICU.
  18. Help a friend clean out their house or organize a room.
  19. Make meals for a mom who just had a baby.
  20. Go to the dollar store and have your toddler pick out all their favorite toys to give to another friend who is adapting to a new sibling.
  21. Leave a note or treat in your mailbox for the mailman.
  22. Make sugar cookies and go caroling to your neighbors.
  23. Bring in all the trash cans in the neighborhood.
  24. Write thank you notes to give to your nearest fire station or police station.
  25. Make a jar of “Gifts to Jesus” with goals and service you want to do in the coming year.

I also love the idea of turning all of these into an advent calendar to do for the whole month of December! If you join in, use hashtag #12daysofservice to share your ideas!

(I also just recently discovered The Giving Manger which is a similar concept that I’m all for. Check them out!)

What are some of your favorite Christmas (or other holiday) traditions? Would love to hear!

 

Xo,

Aubrey

Pastel Baby Shower

July 2, 2015 in DIY / For Mamas / For Mamas

You guys… if you are throwing a bride or baby shower soon, make sure to head over to PEACHY DETAILS. No joke, she saved me with this baby girl shower I did a few months ago. Not only do you get cute party details shipped to you, but she knows how to make you look good! She makes everything and is amazing at it.

 

Here’s a little tour on how it all turned out:

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I made these jars that are SUPER easy. Just grab a mason jar, paint over the outside with chalk paint as a primer and then once that dries completely, paint a few coats of the color you want it to be on top. Oh… and the faux flowers are actually from the dollar store. {Inspired by: Love of Family and Home}

 

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Isn’t this cake/cookie topper so cute? If you want the recipe for these swig cookies click HERE.

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PS. You can order this cute tassel and garland in our shop by clicking HERE, and all the other details by clicking HERE.

PSS. Shout out to this home girl next to me. She would drop anything for me and is like my Texas sister. I love her and am so grateful to have her in my life, and throw parties with her too;).

 

Xo,

Aubrey

Map Headboard

March 13, 2015 in DIY

A few weeks ago it snowed a half inch in Dallas and everything shut down. Coming from Utah it was pretty crazy to see because I remember going to elementary school with 4 feet of snow. “Snow days” didn’t exist! I kinda liked having one here though! Since we spent a few hours inside I decided to make a headboard that was inspired by my cute friend Kate.

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It actually was easier than you might think.

Here is all you need: (The picture shows gray paint, make sure to grab black. These are all from Hobby Lobby.)

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Then I went to Home Depot and had them cut three 2X4’s that looked like this (they are about 3/4′ in width):

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Then I just laid 3 of them on the floor next to each other and started drawing the world! My friend was a genius and used a projector to trace the continents. I just eye balled it so mine isn’t to scale and some of the Islands I made up (don’t look too close geography buffs!)

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Once you have it how you want with pencil, just paint and “color” it in!

This is the final product:

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I’m pretty sure the hardest part of this project is hanging it up! You can use brackets or a wire. I ended up using both! Also, as you can see we have a queen size bed but it would definitely work for a king sized bed too. And down the road I might even put it in my son’s room. It really can go anywhere! Love me some DIY that turns out as a success;)

Xo,

Aubrey

Yogurt Finger Paint

January 30, 2015 in DIY

You guys. If you have a baby or toddler runnin around your house going stir crazy during these winter months, I have the cure! ….Edible finger painting has saved us at our house.

I wanted to introduce painting with my babe but he eats EVERYTHING so I didn’t know what kind of paint to use. So why not play with food that he can eat?

The other day I just mixed food coloring in some yogurt (the cheaper the yogurt the better, I only had greek on hand).

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And voila!!

Side Note: I’ve also used sour cream, whipped cream for different textures. You can add milk if it’s too thick too.

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I put a couple pieces of paper in a plastic baggy so that he could see the contrast of the colors on a white canvas. I taped the baggy on the table and it actually was a really fast clean up because I just tossed it in the trash and through him in the tub when he was done! I didn’t have a table cloth so I put tin foil around the bag so that it wouldn’t get on my table, but you can just put a table cloth underneath the bag.

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And like I said…the best part is that he could eat all he wanted and I didn’t need to call poison control. 😉

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xo,

Aubrey

FYI a little DIY

August 29, 2014 in DIY

A few years ago my dad was sending this beauty off to the D.I. when I IMMEDIATELY stopped him in his tracks and asked if I could take it. He used to hold his record player and records in it. (What’s a record again? jk dad;) Sorry but this is a treasure that just needed a little TLC.

So at first I went black and distressed the edges…

But if you give a mouse a cookie, she’s gonna wanta change it, people. I was needing a little color in my life and decided to paint it this color blue. The coolest thing ever was I took my little blue lantern I have that I wanted to match and Home Depot just scans the color on the item and can make you the exact match! (my jaw just dropped again tellin all a ya!) It really is the coolest. So here she is:
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Voila!
Totally brightens up my room!
PS. Stay tuned next week, I have exciting deals on the cutest Etsy stuff!

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