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Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #35

Jocie | August 29, 2014
Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #35

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.Summer Recap – One Project Closer Birthday Cake Dip – Shaken Together Get Your Yard Ready for Winter – Practically Functional DIY Halloween Spooky Bat Buckets - The DIY Village Shazam Printable – The Bold Abode Features from Creativity Unleashed #34 All were amazing.... Keep reading...

Comments on Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #35
  • Danielle responds...
    Thanks so much for the feature, Jocie! LOVING all the other great ideas here, as usual :D Have a fab... (more...)
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#badblogger #sorrynotsorry

Jocie | August 25, 2014

I haven’t been around in the blogosphere much this summer, and I’m definitely not winning any blogger awards. Seriously, projects are at an all-time low. But, I’m not really that sorry. We have had so much fun as a family and I’ve been soaking up as much time in the sun and with the kids as I possibly can. So, in case you were wondering, this was our summer in a nutshell. One of the biggest highlights for me was Haven! It was my first blog conference and GMC was kind enough to send me to represent the GMC Hidden... Keep reading...

Homemade Teacher Gifts: Easy Wood Sign Tutorial

Jocie | August 19, 2014
Homemade Teacher Gifts: Easy Wood Sign Tutorial

Izzie is about to start Kindergarten this year and I was reminded of some of my favorite teacher gifts from preschool last year, including this easy wood sign tutorial. We gave these to her teachers at the holidays and it brought me such joy to see them hanging in the classroom the rest of the year!Teachers get tons and tons of gifts through the years, so I was unsure how to make it personal and also not give them just another gift card, soap, or cookie. The morning of craft night, I decided to go with my strengths and paint wooden signs... Keep reading...

Gold & Gray Gallery Wall: My Living Room Progress

Jocie | August 7, 2014
Gold & Gray Gallery Wall: My Living Room Progress

My gold and gray gallery wall was completed last January and is still one of my favorite spots in the house. I love that even though it was a winter project, it still looks fresh and fun, while costing very little!When I’ve shown you my living room in the past, I usually leave this small corner out of the pictures. Its always been a bit drab and undecorated. The buffet has always been there, but not much on the walls. When you walk in our front door and look to the right, this is the view. On the left side of the door is the dining... Keep reading...

20 Minute, Easy Bedroom Makeover!

Jocie | July 28, 2014
20 Minute, Easy Bedroom Makeover!

No surprise here, huh? A DIYer who loves to makeover a room, and then make it over again a year later? I am super excited about my easy bedroom makeover and can’t wait to hear what you think.Not too long ago, I made over our master bedroom. I love the wall color and decor, but was ready for a little more color and pizzaz! Here it was before. A few months ago, we painted over the tree when we were debating moving. We didn’t move, but the tree did not make a come-back.I had stalked this quilt at Target for a couple months... Keep reading...

Summer is Here with Two Ingredient Sparkling Sangria!

Jocie | July 24, 2014
Summer is Here with Two Ingredient Sparkling Sangria!

Nothing says “summer” like this easy, no mess, two ingredient Sparkling Sangria!This past weekend, me and the fan were at the beach with my parents for a long weekend. It was the perfect way to recover from Haven and then a long week with Ethan out of town on business and me leading our church’s VBS crafts. As you can imagine, both Ethan and I were burnt out! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen me one night sitting on the balcony, reading my book, with my Sparkling Sangria, overlooking the peaceful waves.... Keep reading...

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...