The Dos & Don’ts of Building a Fireplace Mantle

A few weeks ago my dear sweet friend asked me to help her build a mantle for her fireplace, so naturally I said yes. (I should mention that neither of us had ever built a mantle before.)  Today I’m going to share with you a few of the Dos & Don’ts of Building a Fireplace Mantle.

Do your homework (Hello, Pinterest)

Don’t follow the exact lay out another person posted. (Your fireplace will be different, so there will need to be some adjustments made. If you don’t you’ll be making to two mantles and one of them will end up being a wine rack.)

Do find the most experienced carpenter in Home Depot and talk to them about what you’re doing. She or he can give you some helpful hints to make your project go more smoothly. (Shout out to Mark at the Home Depot in Hattiesburg, MS!!)

Don’t forget to charge your tools the night before.

Do make a list of ALL of the supplies you’ll need.

Don’t do your shopping the day you plan to complete the project. (The shopping took a lot of time.)

Do this project with a friend it makes it so much fun and a lot easier. Enjoy!!

 

 

DIY Spring Wreath

I think it’s safe to say that Spring is in the air!! (My allergies confirm this. haha.) I decided to celebrate the change in seasons by making a beautiful Spring Wreath. Today I’m going to show you how you to can make a beautiful wreath without paying the big price tag.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Grapevine Wreath

Artificial Flowers

Wire Cutters

Hot Glue Gun

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Start by cutting the each flower from the bunch it’s attached to using the wire cutters. (I strongly suggest using a bigger pair of wire cutters than I used because it will take F.O.R.E.V.E.R. if you don’t)

Next you are going to take the flowers and slide the steam through the wicker wreath in a pattern that you like. Once you have a pattern that you like glue the back of the flower to the wreath using the hot glue gun.When it’s dry cut off the excess flower steams from the back of the wreath. You’ll want to cut them close to the wicker wreath to make sure your wreath sits as flat as possible, once it’s hung.

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Then hang your cost effective Spring Wreath and enjoy!!!

Helpful Tips:

1.) Buy more flowers than you think you’ll need. Trust me half way through mine I had to run to the store to get more. Needless to say they were out of one of the flowers that I used, which lead me to rearrange my wreath.

2.) Use more durable wire cutters than I did. Using those little tiny things was like a cruel punishment.

3.) Buy your supplies from the dollar store. I bought all of my wreath on a whim from Hobby Lobby because it was half off ($4). When I took my weekly trip to the Dollar Tree they had wicker wreaths for a dollar. They also had some really cute flowers, so I wasn’t about to miss that opportunity. The total cost of making this Spring Wreath (with the cute little butterflies I added) was $15 dollars.

 

 

DIY Spring Welcome Sign

It’s officially Spring! In honor of Spring I decided to make a new Welcome sign. Today I’m going to share with you how I made it.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

String or Ribbion

Staple Gun

A Wooden Plaque (I bought mine from of Walmart for $4)

Piece of Chalk

White Paint Pen

Variety of Paint

Masking Tape

Flower Stencils

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Start by painting the wooden plaque. When it’s dry take a piece of chalk and write the word “Welcome”on the plaque. (I don’t have bubbly cheerleader handwriting, so writing in chalk allows me to erase it and rewrite it. Until I get a version that’s legible and that I don’t absolutely hate.)

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Once you’ve written a version of the word “Welcome” in chalk that you actually like, grab the paint pen and trace it. You’ll need to go over it a few times.

 

Next place one of flower stencils on the wooden plaque, where you want them, and secure them with masking tape. Then paint. Repeat this step as many times as you’d like using different stencils. Allow sign to dry. When the sign is dry flip it over and staple the string to the back of it. (The length of the string will depend on the size of plaque and the level at which you’d like it to hang. Then ENJOY!! Happy Spring Everybody!!!

 

 

 

 

DIY Bunny Mask

It’s almost Easter and with the weather being crazy here my toddler is getting restless and so am I.  Honestly, there is only so many episodes of  P J Masks I can watch before I start twitching. (But at least my child’s not into Caillou! I can’t stand that show with that whinny little kid. I’ve literally dive for the remote, whenever I hear that dreaded intro song.) Today I wanted to mix things up a little bit with my little guy. Go a little old school by making Bunny Mask  and using our imaginations instead of turning on the tv. I’m going to show you how to make your very own Bunny Mask.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

1 Sheet of White Construction Paper

1 Sheet of Pink Construction Paper

Hot Glue Gun or Elmer’s Glue

3 Black Pipe Cleaners

1 Cotton Ball

Scotch Tape

Pencil

Hole Puncher

Scissors

String/Ribbion

Bowl

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Grab the pipe cleaners and cut them in half. Set aside. Then trace the bowl.  (You’ll want to pick a bowl that’s about the size of your child face.)

 

Next you’re going to slide the bowl up to the top of the circle you’ve already made. You are going to trace the one side of the bowl. Then move it over to meet the line you’ve perviously created. (This will be the rabbit ears)

Then you are going to cut the rabbit out and trace only the ears on the pink piece of construction paper. Once you’ve traced the ears, you’re going to draw the inner ear. (I just free handed it. It doesn’t have to be perfect just fun.)  When you’ve drawn the inner ear cut it out and glue it on the bunny.

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Using something small and round trace the eye holes. ( I used my reusable K-Cup thingy) Cut out the eye holes. ( I personally hate cutting the eye holes. They are they worst but I didn’t want my kid running into things.)

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Next you are going to glue on the nose and whiskers. Draw the mouth of the rabbit.

Lastly you are going to apply a piece of scotch tape on each side of the mask. Then punch a hole in the tape. (This insures that when you tie the ribbon or string to it, it won’t tear the paper.) Tie a piece of ribbon to either side of the mask. Then place the mask on your little one (or yourself) and let imagination and giggles take over. Enjoy!!

 

 

 

Easy Play Dough Recipe

The weather has been terrible for the last week and my child has been going berserk. He’s an outdoorsy kid, so being cooped up isn’t good for him or my sanity. So I decided to make him some Play Dough to keep him busy for a while.(And since it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, I had to add a little holiday flare) Today I’m going to share with you this very simple Play Dough recipe.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

1 Cup of Shaving Cream

1 Cup of Cornstarch

Gold Glitter

Green Food Coloring

You are going to want to lay something over your table to protect it. (I use a shower curtain. When I’m finished I just throw it in the washing machine with a few old towels and then dry it. Here‘s a great video on how to wash your plastic shower curtain.) Then you are going to want to pour the cornstarch right on the table cloth. Next you are going to add the shaving cream and glitter. (Don’t worry about exact measurements. I honestly just guesstimated.)

Then you are going to knead the mixture for about 5 minutes. At first it will seem like you aren’t making any progress but trust me it will become dough. (I should also let you know that this is a super messy project and your kids will love it.) If the dough is too sticky add more cornstarch and if it’s too dry add more shaving cream.

Once the dough is formed, add the food coloring. When the food coloring is completely combined, enjoy!!! Let your kids have blast!!!

 

 

Easter Egg Bath Bomb.

I’m the type of person that believes sometimes after a stressful day, all you need is a relaxing bath and glass of wine to make you feel better. Most people enjoy a good bubble bath but I prefer a nice bath bomb. Something that eases my sore muscles and takes me to my happy place. I’m going to show you how to make your very own Bath Bomb with a little holiday twist. That you can make for yourself or give as a gift. Today I’m going to show you how to make Easter Egg Bath Bombs.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

1 Cup of Baking Soda

1/2 Cup of Citric Acid

1/2 Cup of Epson Salt

1/3 Cup of Corn Starch

1 Tablespoon of Melted Coconut Oil

1 Teaspoon of Water

Essential Oil(s)

Food Coloring

Plastic Eggs

Plastic Wrap

 

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In a large bowl combine the baking soda, citric acid, epson salt, and corn starch. Stir until fully mixed.

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Then in a small bowl mix together the melted coconut oil, water, and essential oil(s). (You’ll add as little or as much essential oil as you’d like. The more you add, the stronger the scent. I used 1/2 teaspoon of Lemon Essential Oil by Young Living.)Next pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until it’s completely combine.  (There will be a little a reaction but don’t worry that’s normal)

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Divide the mixture up into 4 or 5 different bowls. Make sure to cover each of them with plastic wrap immediately. ( The mixture tends to dry out quickly, if you don’t.) Using one bowl at a time add 7 drops of food coloring and mix well with a fork. Then recover and set aside.

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Open the plastic egg and alternate layers of the colored mixture on each side of the egg. Make sure to gently pack the mixture into eggs but be sure not to over pack it. When both sides of the egg are filled, close the plastic egg. Leave the in mold for 2 hours. Then using a wooden spoon tap the outside of the egg to loosen any mixture that may be stuck to the sides. Then slowly remove the bath bomb from the plastic egg.

Place the Easter Egg Bath Bombs either on plate, a towel or even in a cardboard/foam egg crate to dry over night. Once they are dry turn on some music, pour yourself a glass of wine, and drop one of the eggs in a warm bath. Enjoy or better yet Relax!!

 

 

 

 

Rice Krispy Treat Messy Eggs

When I was living in Chicago back in 2010, I didn’t have anyone to spend Easter with. I wasn’t the only one alone for the holiday, a few of my other close friends were by themselves too. So we all decided to make our own Easter celebration. Together we made a pretty amazing dinner and then took a trip to the beach. It’s one of my fondest memories of my time in Chicago.

One of the desserts we made was Rice Krispy Treat Eggs. They were delicious. Now that I have a husband and a son, I want to make awesome memories with them. So what better way to create more memories than by taking something special from a past memory and putting a new twist on it. Today I’m going to show you how to make Rice Krispy Treat Messy Eggs.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

10 Cups of Rice Krispy Treats

1/2 Cup or 1 Stick of Butter

6 Cups of  Miniature Marshmallows

1 1/2  Teaspoons of Vanilla

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

1 Bag of White Melts

Food Coloring  (A Variety of Colors)

Lollipop Sticks (Optional)

Plastic Easter Eggs

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In a large pot melt the butter on low heat. When the butter is melted, add 3 cups of marshmallows, the vanilla, and salt.

While waiting for the marshmallow mixture to reduce, pour the melts in a bowl. Then place it in the microwave for 30 second intervals until the melts are completely melted. Next stir, in the food coloring of your choice. Make as many different colors as you’d like. Then set aside.

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Once the marshmallows mixture is smooth. Then stir in the remaining marshmallows until they are melted.

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Then stir  Rice Krispies into the melted marshmallow mixture. Set aside.

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Take some butter or cooking spray and grease the inside of the plastic eggs.

 

Using a spoon or your hand fill both sides of the plastic egg with the Rice Krispy Treat mixture. Then close it to get the mold. Next, remove Rice Krispy Treat and place it on a baking pan. (Wax paper or Aluminum foil will save you on clean up) You may want to flatten the bottom out a little so it sits better on the pan or if you plan on placing it on a lollipop stick.

 

Once you have all of the eggs molded the real fun begins. Using a spoon drizzle your colored melts over the Rice Krispy Treats. Repeat this step using different colors, as much or as little as you want.Turn on some music and let the kiddos help out. (Tip: If your melts start to harden before you are finished place them in the microwave for an additional 30 seconds)

When that’s finished let them dry for a bit and then enjoy!!!