Sunday, May 20, 2018

Fireplace Built In Remodel

We recently had our fireplace redone! We have been in our house almost three years and I have been dreaming of these built-ins for my fireplace since day one!

I can't even believe my before picture any more!! This has been finished for about a month now, and I simply can't believe the change! My before! Can you believe it???

To the right of our old sad fireplace, was all of our internet boxes. After we tried to move them to a different room, I decided that instead of buying a cabinet to hide them in, I would just put in the extra money to have built-ins made. And since I was having built-ins built, I decided it was the perfect time to beef up the actual fireplace as well!!

When we were picking out everything for our new house, the fireplace options were seriously lacking. I hated the tile from day one. It wasn't what I wanted. I also did not like how the mantle was so small. There was dry wall on the sides of the fireplace. It just seemed small.

My husband and I are not blessed with the talent to build something like this, but luckily my mom has a cousin who does AMAZING work!! The only problem with hiring him is he is SO BUSY!!!! (I joked and told him to put me on his schedule for 2020 for something, I don't know what, but I want him to do something!!!) He has built custom mudroom shelving for us as well! And the other nice thing is he lets me paint the cabinets before he installs them. It saves me a bit of money by doing that myself and then I feel like I helped!

A couple in progress shots! It took him 3 days to install it with putting in the new tile, and letting everything dry before grouting! But it was SO worth it!!


Figuring out what to have him build was the fun part! I spent hours on Pinterest looking at different ideas. I ended up using this pin as inspiration. We have a very similar layout, so this pin was a great inspiration. Another big debate was what to put in for tile. I originally got a quote for porcelain tile to look like marble and then marble. After thinking about it for about an hour, I decided in this fireplace I was changing everything I didn't like about the current one So it was an easy decision to put in Marble, and I am SOOO glad I did. It made a HUGE difference and looks amazing!!! 

I am SO happy with how these turned out!!! I seriously can't believe this is my house!!! 

Decorating the shelves was also so much fun! I also had him add in an extra electrical outlet on each side of the fireplace so I could put a lamp on the top shelf. Our room is so dark at night that this has made a huge difference! 

A few more pictures, just because!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Quilt Number 7!

Quilt number SEVEN, was a Christmas gift for my new baby niece. It was finished about a day before Christmas, so I wrapped it and never took a picture of it! For this quilt I used two Jelly Rolls, but only about half from each pack. I had a really hard time finding only a pink and grey Jelly Roll, so I had to remove the blue!

I used 6.5 inch strips for this quilt and ended up making 80 - 6.5 by 6.5 inch squares. For my back I used super soft matching flannel!! It was so cozy, I wanted to take a nap with it!

Originally quilt number 7 was going to be a quilt for me. But that quilt was set aside to finish this one first. I might have finally finished that quilt a few months too late.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

April Fools Day Food Tricks

April Fools Day is a couple weeks away! And April Fools Day is a special day in my house, because its also my son's birthday!

Last year we hosted his birthday party on April Fools Day, so we had to have a couple treats! Look at all of these yummy treats! Who doesn't love Cheetos, Tootsie Pops and Easter Candy!

Well this is all actually healthy food!!!

The Tootsie Pops are actually Broccoli - I opened the suckers and kept the wrapper. You need to also buy new sticks.

The Easter Candy is grapes, wrapped in the Easter Candy Wrappers.

The Cheetos are actually carrots. Carefully open the bags from the bottom, and add in a few baby carrots. I used a hot glue gun to VERY CAREFULLY glue them shut again. 

My kids are already dreading the treats for this years April Fools Day because they are expecting the tricks!!

Happy April Fools Day!!!!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Happy Essential Oil Blend

Who doesn't need a little happy boost ever so often! I love the combo on these oils, AND this could also be an amazing perfume. It smells so yummy!

My happy blend contains:
5 drops Lavender
5 drops Joy
5 drops Orange
5 drops Stress Away
5 drops Valor

Add it all to a 10mL roller bottle and top with your carrier oil of choice! It also helps if you use these insanely cute glass roller bottles from Root + Petal Roller Balls! I may be slightly obsessed with these roller bottles! So cute!

Friday, December 1, 2017

DIY Bath Bomb Kit Gift

I have a 12 year old niece that lately I've had a hard time buying gifts for her!! For her birthday she pretty much only received bath bombs from Lush. So for Christmas, being the DIY lover that I am I started looking for a DIY kit I could give her, where she could make her own bath bombs. But the only thing I could find was a very cheap looking toy kit with horrible reviews. So I decided I would DIY my own DIY Bath Bomb Kit!!!

First I had my very talented sister create a printable of the recipe I use for my bath bombs. To see my recipe for bath bombs and directions on making them, visit here. In my kit, I included enough ingredients to make bath bombs twice. So I included double the ingredients of what is listed on the recipe card.  Then I purchased another set of the bath bomb molds I like.

In my DIY Bath Bomb kit I included 4 samples of oils for her.  I picked Lemon, Lavender, Grapefruit and Ylang Ylang. On the recipe card I suggested combinations of oils.  I used 1/4 dram glass bottles to give her just enough of essential oil. In each dram I put about 10-12 drops. I used my Brother p-touch label maker to make the labels for these tiny bottles.

The almond oil I put in a 1oz amber glass bottle with a dropper. And the rubbing alcohol I put in a 2oz amber glass bottle with a spray top. The dry ingredients I put in small kraft colored bags. Then I added a paper label to everything.

Lastly, I put it all in a cute box with the printed directions and added a cute ribbon to the top. Just like that I have a great gift for a 12 year old Bath Bomb Lover!

My DIY Bath Bomb DIY Kit turned out a thousand times nicer than the kit I was looking at purchasing for her. I am glad I spent the time to put this together for her!

If you have any questions about Essential Oils please visit my Essential Oils page!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Immunity Booster Roll-on Essential Oil

With it being winter, who doesn't need an immunity booster in their life! 

I love this little blend of Young Living Essential Oils. Everyone in my family uses this blend and we roll it on our necks, chests and behind our ears. Since I got my tonsils taken out a year ago I have a lot of ear pain and this little blend works wonders for that, so I go through this blend rather quickly!!

For this immunity booster blend we use 
5 drops of Tea Tree
5 drops of Lemon
5 drops of Oregano 
5 drops of Purification 
5 drops of Thieves

Add all of these into a 10 mL roller bottle and top with your favorite carrier oil. I used these adorably cute Root and Petal Roller Bottles

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Young Living Essential Oils, or visit my informational page on Young Living Essential Oils

Friday, November 24, 2017

Bath Bomb Recipe that Actually Works!

I have tried several bath bomb recipes that have not worked, but I finally have one that works and I love it!

For this one you need the following ingredients.

Baking Soda – 1 cups
 Citric Acid – 1/2 cup
 Corn Starch – 1/2 cup
 Almond Oil – 2 tsp.
 Essential Oils – 12 drops
 Coloring –4 -6 drops
 Rubbing Alcohol in a spray bottle
Bath Bomb Molds

Baking Soda, Citric Acid, Corn Starch and Almond Oil (or substitute for any other oil you have on hand) can all be found in your grocery store in the baking isle. I use Young Living Essential Oils.

The bath bomb molds I have used and like can be found here. They are nice because they include a couple different sizes. I like the metal molds for bath bombs, because they easily hold their shape and the bombs are very easy to remove.

Making these bath bombs is very simple, just make sure you mix everything well!

First combine dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

In a separate small bowl combine essential oil and almond oil. If you don't have Almond Oil on hand you can use any other carrier oil you have, including Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sunflower Oil, etc., even Olive Oil would work fine. Again, you want to mix this well!!

Slowly mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Go slow!! And mix until no more lumps! I find a fork works well for fixing, you can push out the lumps.  Mix in coloring (if you desire) until no more lumps.
Spray in rubbing alcohol 4 to 5 sprays at a time, continually string until mixture resembles we sand. You will need several sprays of rubbing alcohol to get damp sand texture. But don't add in too much! Add it slowly, so you don't add more than you need. Again I like to use a fork, until it stats to get close to that wet sand phase, then I use my hands! This is the step in the past where I have said, oh I can just slowly pour in rubbing alcohol and it will work just fine. I think the spray is key, so you don't add too much liquid.

Looking like wet sand! It clumps together nicely, and holds the shape I form with my hand.

Fill each side of the mold with the mixture (tightly packing it) so it overflows the top.  Firmly press the two sides together, removing any excess from the sides. Let sit for a minute or two.

Lightly tap the mold with a spoon to gently release the bath bomb from the mold. Let dry over night. Finally ENJOY!!!!

What essential oil combination to use?

For these bath bombs, I wanted a relaxing bath bomb, so I used only Lavender oil.

If I wanted more of a energizing bath blend, I could have used 6 drops of grapefruit essential oil and 6 drops of lemon essential oil A calming bath with only Joy essential oil would be wonderful! Or if you are feeling congested a blend of Eucalyptus (only a few drops or it could irritate your skin) and Peppermint would be soothing!

Using this recipe, and the bath bomb molds I suggested, I only made two large and one small bath bomb. The large molds are pretty large, close to the size of a Lush Bath Bomb. This recipe is easy to double. Just double all the ingredients listed above and use 20 of your favorite essential oil blends instead of 12.

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