Monday, January 23, 2017

A simple wreath for less.





I recently took a trip to the craft store and picked up a few materials for my simple wreath. 
I wanted to make wreath using blue, white and purple. The materials I purchased were all on sale.

Materials I purchased:
1 blue ribbon
2 purple birds
2 white clip on flowers
1 bundle of blue and white flowers

Cost of materials
Under $15

I already had a grapevine wreath at home, so I did not have to purchase one this time. 

Here's what you do:

Simply take your flowers and snip tool and make cuts to your flowers as you arrange them. If you don't have a craft snip tool, you can just take the end of your flower and bend it and tuck it through the wreath.  
You can also use thin wire to make sure your flowers are secure on your wreath. I normally just feed the flower through the wreath. 
My two birdies already had wires on the bottom. I used that wire and twisted them on the wreath. You can also use hot glue to keep your materials in place on your wreath. Now you can take your bow or ribbon and create any design you choose. It's really that simple!
Enjoy!

Below you can check out my Easy Spring time wreath.
Just click the link below.
Spring is near.- DIY Easy Spring Time Wreath.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Snapshots from our week.

This week was long. 
We all caught an icky cold.
 We're still battling this cold virus.
We had cranky days.
We had good days.
Long nights.
Runny noses.
Early mornings.
And lots of hugs and kisses for our little ones.
I've gotten to snuggle more.

Oatmeal with strawberries, bananas, chocolate and almonds. And a sprinkle of my oat cereal. It was pure bliss. 

A simple breakfast for me. My banana nut cereal with a few slices of bananas. 


This was my mommy moment. Morning, the sunlight was shining in and I sipped on my tea. Even if it was just for a few minutes, it felt wonderful. 

Using my essential oil diffuser at night. 

I love this bathroom cleaner spray.  It smells so nice and I use it when I'm not using Lysol wipes.

The littlest one building with blocks. She said she was making a castle. 

While we prepare dinner, our little one is lining things up on the kitchen floor.


Working on lessons with our oldest daughter. She giggled when she read this book to us. 

We were still up! Since catching this cold we have had longer and later nights.


I made a quick visit to the craft store. Purchased some flowers, ribbon and a few other accessories for a new wreath. I'll be posting about it soon.  


This week while my girls napped I made two decorative vases. If you haven't checked it out, just click this link A vase for every space.

I hope you all have had a wonderful week.



Thursday, January 19, 2017

A vase for every space:A quick diy project










This project was simple and quick to complete. 
I love displaying fresh flowers in our home and so I figured what a great way to display them. 
You will just need a few materials and I promise you will love the way it all comes together in the end. I honestly could not decide on which room to put them on display. I ended up putting them in the master bedroom. 

Materials needed
-Vase, any size will do.
-Lace ribbon
-Burlap tape
-Glue
-Fresh flowers

I chose burlap tape because it was quick and simple to attach to the vase. Apply it around your vase and that's it! Now working with the lace material, I used some craft glue and applied that to the lace and slowly wrapped it around the vase. This actually took a little more time compared to using the burlap tape. 

Once you're all finished, take your flowers cut the stems and add in some water and plant food. 
Now you're ready to display them. It really is that simple and what a simple way to add color and beauty to any space in your home. 

Enjoy!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Snapshots from our week.

At the end of the night..
Warm and cozy.

What a beautiful sunset.


Bedtime routines.
Teeth are being brushed.
In between there are giggles.

Of course I put her vase on display.
 Our 5 year old created this clay vase just for me.




Library days.
This week we spent a lot of our time attending library events.
We really enjoy this time.
Books, stories, music, art and wiggling  and giggling. 
It's a fun time for all!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

That old peanut container: simple way to upcycle that used container






I love simple do it yourself projects.
Last weekend I was about to throw out two empty peanut containers.
Suddenly, I remembered that this was the year that I wanted to get a little more organized. 
I've been organizing our home from top to bottom. 
I decided to take these peanut containers and make little trash bins. 
One for the main vehicle we use and the other for my nightstand. 

Materials needed:
1  empty peanut container
1 sheet of crafting paper
tape
scissors

Start off by removing the old label on your peanut container. 

Next, you'll want to wrap your crafting paper around your container. 
If you find that it does not completely cover the container, cut out a single strip to use later.

Tape your crafting paper to the container and then make necessary cuts to the paper using your scissors. Once this is done, take the last piece of crafting paper that you cut out earlier and place it over the spot that you were unable to cover. Take some clear tape and apply it to the container. 

Now this part is up to you, but you can keep the lid, or throw it out. I actually kept the lids for it. Especially for the one I'll be keeping in the car. I also added a few antibacterial wipe packs to the bottom of the container. It really comes in handy when you have children.

 I purchased these tiny purple bags from Babies R Us a few years back. You can use any bags you choose, but you want to make sure they are small and will fit in your container. 
 You're all done! Yes it really is that simple. 
I hope that you have enjoyed this simple way to upcycle that old container.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Blogging: 8 ways to help improve your blogging journey


1. Blog about things you love.
This is so important! Never allow yourself to start blogging about things that aren't from the heart. My blog focuses on my family, recipes, crafts and just moments in between. Since I enjoy creating things with my family, I figured why not share some of those things. 

2. Don't get stuck on the number of followers you have. 
It's not about the number of followers you have, but about the readers who engage with you and your blog posts. I've noticed a lot of people focus on the number of followers they have and not really focus on the interactions they have with their readers. 

3. Open up to new opportunities. 
I've been asked many times to participate in reviews of products. I normally say yes, depending on what the individual is asking of me. I think it's a great idea to open up to these new opportunities because I honestly believe it does help you grow as a blogger and it actually brings new readers to your blog. 


 4. Don't be so hard on yourself.
We all get busy and the last thing you want to start doing is being hard on yourself about how behind you are on your blog posts. Honestly, it is okay and your readers will still be there when you return. Yes, blogging is great experience, but we all still have our daily routines and we get busy.

5. Take a lot of pictures! 
I love capturing moments of my life and sharing them with my blogging community. Sometimes, I'll actually just have a post on snapshots of our week. Try and capture moments to share on your blog that you love.

6. Don’t comment on blogs and be in a hurry to say, "follow me at....." 
Honestly, I think that it's a bad move. When I first started off blogging, I did notice a lot of people doing this. I figured it was a trend and the thing to do. But now I know that it really is not the thing to do. If the blogger finds your blog interesting enough they will follow you on their own.  Think of this, if you tell someone to follow you and they eventually do, was it really because they found your blog interesting, or was it simply because you told them to follow you? 

7. Follow blogs that you find interesting, don't just follow and comment on blogs just because you want the same from them.
 Yes, your numbers go up and you get more comments, but in the end you haven't really gained readers who genuinely enjoy reading your posts. Let it come naturally. Engage with your readers, join blogging groups and share your thoughts there. With time you will see that your blogging really does pay off and you will enjoy engaging with your readers.


 8. Engage more with your readers. 
From time to time ask questions and try to comment back. I appreciate all of my readers and this has been a wonderful journey. Thank you for coming on this blogging journey with me. 


Enjoy your blogging experience.

These are  some tips I have found helpful with blogging. These are all my opinions and may work for some, but not all.  

-Stephanie

Sunday, January 1, 2017

10 things you can do for a more brighter and healthier day.


Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret. -Don Miguel Ruiz

 10 things you can do for a more brighter and healthier day

  • Drink more water! I'm serious. Start your morning off with an 8 oz glass of water. I have a favorite water bottle that I normally fill up at the end of the night. In the morning, I just grab that bottle and start drinking. You will feel so much more refreshed and energized. 
  • Walk more. I make it a point to walk over 10,000 steps a day. If you're starting off, aim to walk for about 15 minutes after every meal. You will feel great and you will be on your way to building up your daily steps. 
  • Make your bed and tidy up around the house. I know a lot of people have set cleaning schedules and many do not. I am honestly always cleaning and so when I do tidy up a little around the house, it is mainly just me picking up after my little ones. 
  • If you can, try and clean your kitchen the night before. It is such a great feeling waking to a clean kitchen. You can just start your morning brewing your coffee and deciding on what you're going to make for breakfast. You won’t have to stand around cleaning last night’s mess up.
  • Open your curtains/blinds. Just allowing sun in makes a huge difference. It is a great way to brighten your home, but also that sunshine will get you moving.  Every morning I open our curtains/blinds. 
  • If you love to write, keep a journal. It's a great way to express your thoughts.
  • Work out. I aim to work out Mon-Fri. I think that working out really does balance everything. It's a great stress reliever, energy booster and of course you're doing something healthy for you.
  • Eat to nourish your body. Pick foods that you enjoy, but aim for healthier choices. A snack that I enjoy is apples and almonds. Also you can dip veggies in hummus or avocado. 
  • Use a therapeutic oil diffuser. I bought a little one and I use it at the end of the night. I just place a few drops of oil in the diffuser with water. It is very relaxing.
  • Rest your mind. At the end of the day, relax. Do something you enjoy and if there is something you want to accomplish make it your mission to do so. 
Happy 2017!