Blanket Ladder Shelf Wrap Up

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If you ever wondered if I find my own play on words amusing, the answer is yes! But seriously, this blanket ladder shelf makes wrapping up in a cozy blanket all the more enticing and chic. These ladder shelves are so on trend right now throughout the design community. You know I had to get my hands on one of these! The best part is, I have a very good imagination and a handy husband. We built this piece ourselves and had a blast doing it!

Our home was needing something extra to fill this awkward gap we have in our living room. I have been eyeing some super cute ladder shelves for a while now; so, I finally decided to pull the trigger and build my own! They’re a design friendly way to display blankets in living or bedrooms, towels in bathrooms, or even scarves in your bedroom, if you’re like me and have stupid crazy amount of scarves. These shelves are great to use throughout your home and can serve so many purposes! It’s a great way to shake up the design of your home without needing to purchase anything down the road. If you get tired of where you have it, you can move it and completely change its purpose. It always blows my mind how little closet space homes have; but, you won’t need to worry about hiding your items in closets when you can display them this easily and beautifully!

With our moving date soon approaching, I’m excited to see where this piece will find its place in our new home. Leave me a comment down below and tell me what you use your ladder shelf for!

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Favorite Blog Posts From July

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Selecting my favorite posts this month became way easier once I realized how few posts actually went out this month. This month has been a whirlwind and you can read exactly why here in one of last week’s posts. The lack of posts are definitely going to change though with this coming month. I’ve got some really great stuff in the works that I can’t wait to share. Before we get into the next crazy month, take a look at some of my favorites from this past month.

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July Fourth Sweets

Really yummy dessert recipe that’s great for independence day or any party!

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DIY Soothing Linen Spray

If you’re obsessed with essential oils, be sure to check this out! I use my diffuser and this spray every single day (maybe even a couple times a day!).

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Healthy “Milk”Shake

Of course you could go to a restaurant and order a milkshake; or, you could stay home in your PJ’s and make a healthier version.

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Workplace Essentials Every Girl Needs

I love the concept of this post because it’s not one you see very often. I would love to hear what you all deem workplace essentials.

Leave me a comment below and tell me which was your favorite!
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DIY Soothing Linen Spray


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By now it’s no secret how completely obsessed I am with essential oils. I love incorporating essential oils into different uses throughout my home. One of my new favorite uses is this DIY linen spray. If you have essential oils, I highly recommend trying this DIY out. You only need three ingredients: water, essential oils, and a spray bottle. So easy and the results are amazing! This linen spray makes me feel like I’m sleeping in a spa every night. It’s a great way to incorporate soothing essential oils into your night routine if you want to opt out of diffusing. I love spraying this while making my bed in the morning so it’s like having a fresh set of sheet every night. Of course you don’t have to use the same essential oils that I do; but, this combination smells amazing and I highly recommend giving it a go!

Here’s the ingredients I used to make my linen spray :

  • 2 oz water
  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3 drops of lemongrass essential oil

Leave me a comment below if you try this DIY out!

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DIY Body Scrub


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We all see the celebrities and influencers promoting brand name body exfoliators but not everyone wants to shell out that kind of money for a body scrub. Naturally, I took to the internet in search of the best DIY body scrub. My goodness, I found it! I’ve been using this recipe for about a year or two now and love it. I really like integrating it into my pamper routine. (If you guys would like to see my updated pamper routine, leave me a comment below!) Plus, it’s always great to make your own products when you can so you can be sure you know exactly what’s in it. All these natural ingredients make a fantastic scrub.

The best part of this DIY body scrub is that it’s super simple and can be made with things you most likely already have in your kitchen. Doesn’t get much better than that!

For this DIY you will need the following:

  • 2 cups of coffee grounds
  • ¾ cups of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil

Mix all the ingredients together and feel free to add or subtract some olive oil until you get a really good consistency. I always strive for a slightly drier than soupy consistency. Once you have your body scrub, be sure to take it into the shower with you. It’s about to get a little messy. This body scrub can be used all over your body (if you have sensitive skin I would avoid your face). I like taking my time with this and really rub it in to remove any self-tanner. Simply rinse it off after exfoliating and voila!

Leave me a comment below and let me know if you’d like to see a pamper routine!

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DIY Wedding Shadowbox

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This DIY is one that’s been a work in progress for quite some time but I’m very excited to share it with you. I’ve seen so many wonderful and creative ways to showcase a bit of your wedding day forever and I’m here to show you how I’m displaying this treasured memory. This bouquet shadowbox DIY turned how better than I could’ve hoped for! I’m in love with the result and eager to get this on my gallery wall. If you haven’t seen My Gallery Wall post yet, click the link here to take a peek! Without further ado, let’s get into this!

Supplies You’ll Need :

Shadowbox of desired size

Decorative Paper

Picture

Dried Flowers

Wedding Décor (champagne cork, small table décor, piece of lace from your dress)

Glue

How To :

It’s going to pain you and you’ll hate every second of it, but you need to pick apart the flowers in your bouquet. Hang your selected flowers upside down in a well ventilated dark place to dry out. Leave them for a week or so to be sure they dry completely.

Cut and glue your decorative paper to the size of the background of your shadowbox (depends on which size you choose). I find that a simple Elmer’s glue stick works best for this so that you don’t get any bumps or perforations in your background.

Start placing your flowers on the paper and arrange them to your desired look. Don’t glue anything until you’ve decided on the perfect placement!

Once you’ve decided on flower placement, figure out your placement of your pictures and other various wedding décor. Once you have decided on placement, it’s time to glue!

I glued my picture down first, since it was on the bottom, and my Elmer’s glue stick came in handy for this again. Next, I took my Gorilla Glue and started gluing down my flowers and décor.

I left it overnight to dry and settle; then, I reassembled the shadowbox and voila!

Gorgeous shadowbox containing so many wonderful memories. I’m beyond thrilled to finally have this done so I can reminisce about that day every time I see it. Comment below and let me know how you preserved or want to preserve your wedding bouquet!

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Home Tool Kit Necessities

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Let’s talk about the necessities of your home tool kit before your husband goes crazy in the nearest tool aisle. These few tools may seem a little out of the ordinary; but, I have used every one of them multiple times while living on my own and have been thankful for all of them. Here’s my home tool survival kit!

Tape measure (It’ll come up more than you think! Always a good thing to have on hand.)

Hammer

Screwdriver

Plier

Stud finder (Great when you’re hanging a heavy piece of furniture or art on the wall.)

Extra Nails & Screws

Mini level (For one, it’s cuter. Secondly, it’s much easier to store!)

Electrical tape

Flashlight (For when you don’t want to waste your phone’s battery, this comes in handy.)

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These few tools should get you on your way to having a fully functional home in no time. However, if your home is a much smaller scale, maybe opt for a mini tool kit. Obviously everything is cuter in miniature but this is also great for around the house or to put in your car, garage, new homeowners as a gift. My mother gave me one when I moved into my dorm room and I can’t tell you how much I’ve used this! It’s a must have starter kit.

Leave a comment below and tell me what tool you’re sure glad is in your home tool kit!
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Christmas Decor – Tips for Holiday Decorating For Renters

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Tis the season for red and green, fake Santa, and garland galore. When it comes to Christmas, I’m not too big of a “traditional Christmas” fan. It’s hard for me to find a more obnoxious color pairing than red and green. Plus most of the Christmas decor is kind of old and gaudy for my taste. When I decorate for the holidays I learn more towards neutral colors with pops of glitz and glam. I know my taste definitely isn’t for everyone but I’ll link everything I possibly can if you’re feeling inspired to add a few pops to your own home.

We are still renting so we can’t go all out for holiday decor, which is preferred in my opinion. So, I thought I’d help share some tips and tricks to make your home Christmas ready for renters. You can fully embrace the holiday spirit without punching an obscene amount of holes in the wall.

Scale Down The Tree

For many renters, your place isn’t as large as a home typically would be. Don’t be afraid to scale down the tree. You can still decorate it enough to pack the punch of a larger tree and save space at the same time. We have a six foot tree and it’s only about twenty inches wide which is perfect for this new tree skirt and the perfect size for our apartment. We definitely don’t need anything bigger than that! We also have a smaller eighteen inch tall tree meant to put on a table but #catownerproblems. (The even smaller table ready tree would be great for those of you in a studio apartment or dorm room.) My tree and the ornaments are both from Target and the string lights are from Amazon.

Command Hooks Are Life Savers

I can’t tell you how many of these hooks I’ve bought in the past. They are serious life savers! Without a mantel to hang stockings on, these clear Command hooks make it easy to hide behind our mirror and not stand out on the wall. I only had the large clear hooks on hand so I went with those this year. The stockings came from the dollar spot at Target this year and I’m obsessed with them! They’re so cute! They had three colors which was perfect for our little family.

Fully Decorate a Small Area of Your Home

That area for us was this DIY refurbished dresser made hutch in our dining room. Adding a small fully decorated area of your home will help it seem a little more homey for the holidays. Usually, if you’re renting, your place isn’t very large so a small area is all you need! I wanted to tie in the brown tones from the stockings so I kept out these two letters that I hauled a month or so ago and I added these pine cones. I love the warmth that these gave this area. The garland and that beautiful little deer are from Target. The white ornate candle is from this cute little shop in Colorado, Global Candle Gallery. The larger candle set is actually meant for inside a fireplace but I think it looks cute on this hutch.

String Lights / Fairy Lights

Everyone’s go-to Christmas decor. These lights are from Amazon and are wonderful so far! I got two of them so I could string them in the tree and drape another over our headboard. The lights are the only Christmas decor in our bedroom because the only time we spend in there is when our eyes are closed. It didn’t really seem necessary to decorate in there. I think the Christmas lights add just enough touch of the holidays in there. Getting the lights with the white wire was crucial with the white Christmas tree so I’m extremely excited to have them.

What are your holiday go-to decorations? Leave a comment below!

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