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Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #29

Jocie | July 18, 2014
Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #29

Who was at Haven last week?!? Me, me! It was wild, crazy, and super fun. If you weren’t there, I wish you couldn’t been so I could have given you a big hug. I left feeling so inspired. I hope you’ve had a fabulous week, and welcome back to the Creativity Unleashed Link Party! As always, we are super excited for you to unleash your creativity upon us, whether that’s decor, recipes, crafts, or DIY. And in case you missed it, here’s our creativity from this week. How To Make Fabric Flip Flops For Under $5!... Keep reading...

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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Chairs…AGAIN!

Jocie | July 7, 2014
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Chairs…AGAIN!

This Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Chairs post originally ran in October 2013, but to this date, still remains one of my favorite projects. I am proud to report it has held up to two toddlers, lots of goo, and more than their share of abuse. Sometimes, I make more work for myself and these Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Chairs are the perfect example. One set of chairs, 3 different styles. I can’t wait to hear what you think? Plus, you get to see how my dining room is coming along!In case you missed the story first time around….we inherited... Keep reading...

Essential Oils Every Home Needs: Panaway!

Jocie | July 2, 2014

Sometimes I love my essential oils so much it’s hard to pick a favorite! But, Young Living makes it easy and puts all the most used (and loved oils) into an easy to use, affordable package – the Premium Starter Kit. I teamed up with a few of my blogger buds to introduce you to them all!! Plus, we’re giving away every oil in the kit. That’s right, you can visit each blog to learn more about each oil and enter to win each of the 11 amazing oils in the Premium Starter Kit! Panaway Panaway? Yup. Think of it like “Pain... Keep reading...

Giveaway & 50 Easy Ways to Use Young Living Essential Oils!

Jocie | June 18, 2014
Giveaway & 50 Easy Ways to Use Young Living Essential Oils!

First things first, we have an AMAZING giveaway for you all! Whether you have your Young Living Premium Starter Kit or just starting to learn about essential oils, this is the giveaway for you. But first, me and some bloggers teamed up to give you 50 easy ways to use Young Living Essential Oils and SAVE MONEY in the process!50 Ways to Use your YL Essential Oils! There are so many ways to use your oils, and often it ends up being cheaper than the mainstream, store bought method. And I don’t know about your family, but our Young... Keep reading...

All Natural Sunburn Relief: After Sun Spray

Jocie | June 16, 2014
All Natural Sunburn Relief: After Sun Spray

As I get older, I become one big freckle in the summer, but honestly, I don’t burn as much as I used to. However every once in awhile I do burn pretty bad. Usually, at the beginning on the summer. But then, there’s my red-headed, fair skinned daughter, Izzie. She burns. Super easy. Even with constant re-application of SPF 50. Now we have found our new favorite all natural, sunburn relief remedy – DIY After Sun Spray with Essential Oils!It wasn’t my idea to start with. Last month, Young Living’s monthly promotion... Keep reading...

Easy Bug Repellent with Essential Oils!

Jocie | June 11, 2014
Easy Bug Repellent with Essential Oils!

You know who loves me? More than anyone else? BUGS. They love me LOTS. We’re outside a lot in the spring and summer with the kids and after 5 minutes and OTC bug spray, I am covered in bug bites. Big ones. Meanwhile, Ethan, who is sitting right next to me is bug-free, living the good life. Last summer I stopped going outside sometimes because I was so miserable. Because you know its not just the momentary bite, its the itching and subsequent scratching until they bleed in the middle of the night. Now, I really hate bug, and bug... Keep reading...

Just Call Me Clark Kent: A Sponsored Post

Jocie | June 3, 2014
Just Call Me Clark Kent: A Sponsored Post

Kim and I received free glasses in exchange for this post but opinions and thoughts are 100% mine…as if anyone could shut me up. lol.I know you don’t see many pix of me on the blog. Usually that’s because I’m behind the camera. But the pictures you do see, I am wearing contacts. I try to pretty myself up, put on a little makeup, maybe even shower if I’m going to have my picture taken, let alone put on the blog. The reality is, that I don’t love wearing contacts and 90% of the time I wear glasses! Who... Keep reading...

Joining the Cool Kids: Painted Mason Jars with Flowers!

Jocie | May 28, 2014
Joining the Cool Kids:  Painted Mason Jars with Flowers!

This post on Painted Mason Jars with Flowers originally ran on July 2013 but still remains one of my favorite mantel pieces. If you enjoy it, be sure to check out my other DIY stuff! I know, I know, all the cool kids are doing painted mason jars with flowers these days. So I didn’t create anything original, but I do love them and wanted to share them with you.I was inspired by Linda from It All Started With Paint - she paints mason jars with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, then distresses them. Talk about fabulous! If you don’t... Keep reading...

{Healthier} Iced Lemon Pound Cake

Jocie | May 20, 2014
{Healthier} Iced Lemon Pound Cake

One of my favorite desserts to bake for company is Iced Lemon Pound Cake! I made my version last week for my first Essential Oils 101 class, using Young Living Essential Oil. It was a huge hit! The girls were a bit sad I didn’t bring any home for them, so I had to make a second cake the next day for the family.I adapted the recipe from one of my absolute favorite food guru bloggers, Ann from On Sutton Place. Everything she bakes is just amazing! Her Starbuck’s knock-off Lemon Loaf is my favorite, but I made a few changes... Keep reading...

$5 Spray Paint Scooter Makeover!

Jocie | May 6, 2014
$5 Spray Paint Scooter Makeover!

Izzie recently used her allowance money to buy a razor scooter from an old co-worker on mine, after which Lucy was very sad she didn’t have a new scooter too! In all fairness, Lucy’s scooter was pretty old and beat up. It was Izzie’s first and spent the Spring, Summer, and Fall sitting in our yard. Can you tell it used to be a princess scooter?I figured, what’s the worst that could happen? The scooter certainly couldn’t look any worse. I started by taping off the wheels and handles with painter’s... Keep reading...

The Mother of All Giveaways!!

Jocie | May 5, 2014
The Mother of All Giveaways!!

Mother’s Day is coming up and to celebrate, me and a few bloggy friends are having the mother of all giveaways! You don’t have to be a mom to enter or even give it to your mother for a gift. And who wouldn’t love a $350 gift card to Amazon?What will you buy? Will you keet it? Give it away? Personally, I have a mental list of things that I would love to buy: an industrial mixer, a new iPhone Speck case, a gold watch, some glass bottles for my YL Essential Oils. I could go on forever, given its a guilt-free shopping spree. Although... Keep reading...

Vintage Shaving Kit for Men!

Jocie | April 29, 2014
Vintage Shaving Kit for Men!

This is my post but really, it’s Ethan’s baby! Several months ago, he started researching shaving with an double-edged safety razor. From there and a little help from me, it snow balled into the perfect vintage shaving kit for men.A Good Way to Shave a Buck Ethan, like me, hates spending a crazy amount of money on disposable blades, but there aren’t lots of cheaper alternatives out there, especially if you want a good shave. Ethan was using the Gillette Mach3, which costs about $25 for 10 blades…that seriously... Keep reading...

Bathroom Makeover with Con-Tact Paper

Jocie | April 22, 2014
Bathroom Makeover with Con-Tact Paper

Last week, you may have seen my vanity makeover using Con-tact Paper and I said that there was more to come, and sure enough, there is. Maybe I went a little crazy with the Con-tact Paper, but I really love it!! Without Further ado, here’s my bathroom Makeover with Con-tact Paper!Here’s how the bathroom started. I painted it green (one of my favorite colors) about 8 years ago when we moved into the house and we upgraded the floors and vanity.Last week, I stopped by Home Depot and made some impulsive paint choices: Swiss... Keep reading...

Easy, Naptime Vanity Makeover!

Jocie | April 15, 2014
Easy, Naptime Vanity Makeover!

Its been a bit quiet around here recently. We’ve been super busy and my time has been less on DIY & blogging and more on family – its been good! But I have been itching for this project awhile now and am excited to reveal my new powder to you in bits. First up: Vanity Makeover!!!I hadn’t originally planned to even do this, but I had some leftover Metal FX Con-Tact paper from another project (stay tuned or check me, jocieopc out on Instagram for a few sneak peaks). The Con-Tact paper cost me a little over $10 on... Keep reading...

Crispy Ciabatta Parmesan Dippers

Keri | April 9, 2014

It’s April and that means I get to spend a day with some of my favorite people – that’s you!! – and share a recipe here at OPC The Better Half! If we haven’t formally met yet, I’m Keri and I blog over at Shaken Together. I love to share easy recipes, crafts, DIY tutorials, seasonal projects and more – I’d love to have you stop by! While it may feel like Spring in Florida, I know that it is still pretty cold in most of the country. With that in mind, I thought something warm and toasty (and... Keep reading...

Hanging Succulent Terrarium / Garden

Jocie | April 1, 2014
Hanging Succulent Terrarium / Garden

I know, you are shocked to see me blogging about a succulent garden wall hanging…really a mason jar terrarium. I’m pretty shocked myself. Kim is our resident gardener and I prefer my plants to be of the plastic variety. Its pretty hard to kill a plastic plant, although if anyone could do it, it would be me and my girls! I gave gardening a try a few weeks ago when I was asked  to partner with Home Depot on their Do-It-Herself Workshop: Succulent Gardens Inspired by Pinterest. In addition to sharing this succulent garden... Keep reading...

DIY Chapstick with Essential Oils!

Jocie | March 18, 2014
DIY Chapstick with Essential Oils!

In my house, we go through a lot of Chapstick. I mean, a lot. I’d like to blame it on the kids and their over-extending of the Chapstick into the cap, but I am just as guilty of accidentally putting them through the wash and dryer. Not to mention, I’d often end up grabbing one of Izzie’s HelloKitty cheapo chapsticks out of desperation, which just made my lips feel even more chapped. Argh. The sheer volume and expense for quality Chapstick seemed a bit ridiculous! So, I made my own DIY Chapstick and it was so so easy,... Keep reading...

5 Minutes or Less: 5 Dollar Store Easter Decor Ideas

Jocie | March 13, 2014
5 Minutes or Less: 5 Dollar Store Easter Decor Ideas

Welcome to OPC’s The Better Half. My name is Jocie, and I love to craft and DIY my home into something wonderful. I hope you enjoy this tutorial on Dollar Store Easter Decor Ideas in 5 Minutes or Less. If you enjoy this article, check out some other recent crafts and consider subscribing to The Better Half (email or RSS). Also, feel free to share this tutorial on Facebook and give it a +1. All the buttons float along the left side of your screen. Thanks!My Easter decorations in the past have been very sparse and this year I didn’t... Keep reading...

Rhonna Designs Inspired Painted Chair

Jocie | March 11, 2014
Rhonna Designs Inspired Painted Chair

Who doesn’t love a painted chair? I mean, I obviously do…I’ve painted my dining room chairs multiple times and love a good excuse to make a colorful change!Well, my neighbor, who may be a hoarder, was getting rid of this children’s wooden chair a year (probably longer) ago and offered it to me. At the same time, she gave me some vintage metal chairs that I rehabbed and gave to a friend. The wooden chair had good bones and I would have loved to keep it wood toned, but there was just too much damage and staining.Anyway,... Keep reading...

Leprechaun Bark: A St Patrick’s Day Dessert!

Keri | March 5, 2014
Leprechaun Bark: A St Patrick’s Day Dessert!

I’m baaaaaack! It’s Keri from Shaken Together! I sure hope you don’t mind me crashing at Jocie’s place once a month. At least I bring dessert, right?! When I was brain storming for this month’s contributor post, I did a little research. I mean it is March after all. ‘Tis the month for soda bread and mutton, corned beef and cabbage, a pint of Guinness and a tea cake. I contemplated a recipe using gorgeous sharp Irish cheddar cheese and debated about making colcannon, a hearty potato and kale dish. But,... Keep reading...