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Easy Bug Deterrent with Essential Oils!

Jocie | April 14, 2016
Easy Bug Deterrent 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...

Comments on Easy Bug Deterrent with Essential Oils!
  • Gina responds...
    Does this smell like citronella? Cannot tolerate that scent but I'm like you and bugs love me!
  • Debbie responds...
    This sounds great for me but how do keep those nasty little black ants out of my kitchen?

DIY Diffuser Bracelet: Deter Mosquitoes Naturally

Jocie | April 6, 2016
DIY Diffuser Bracelet: Deter Mosquitoes Naturally

You know what I hate? Bugs. All of them. Okay, I can tolerate sweet little lady bugs and snuggle bugs, aka my kids, who I more than tolerate <3. But other than that, they can leave me alone. For real. But that usually isn’t the case. In fact, they seem to love me more than most. I have been using my Young Living Essential Oils to deter mosquitoes for a couple of years now and with lots of success. But this year, I thought adding them to my cute DIY diffuser bracelet would be the perfect solution for longer lasting oily smells... Keep reading...

Ladies Night? Forget Watercolor. Paint with Wine!

Jocie | March 8, 2016
Ladies Night? Forget Watercolor. Paint with Wine!

Thank you so much for reading along at One Project Closer about how to paint with wine, the perfect Girl’s Night activity! Don’t forget to keep reading to find out how to WIN free original WINE ART and get free printables of these amazing wine sayings. This past weekend, I hosted a Watercolor Painting night for a few girl friends. Good friends, food, paint, wine. It doesn’t get any better. At some point in the night, I reminded the girls to not accidentally dip their brushes into their wine glasses. One of my besties,... Keep reading...

Now Introducing…Free Printables!!

Jocie | March 3, 2016
Now Introducing…Free Printables!!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen in the past few months I have been working hard on my handlettering and water color. If you don’t follow me…what are you waiting for?? Get over there and say hi! Anyway, many people have asked for printable  versions of my art, and I am so humbled! I have a bunch of favorites over the past months that I thought I would show you, in case you missed out. You can see I have a specific style and type of lettering I like most. haha But I’m trying to learn more each week... Keep reading...

5 Minutes or Less: 5 Dollar Store Easter Decor Ideas

Jocie | March 1, 2016
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 from March 2014. 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... Keep reading...

MONTHLY SPECIALS FOR YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS

Jocie | February 22, 2016

ESSENTIAL OIL DEALS FOR February 2016: If you don’t have your  Premium Starter Kit yet, this is an awesome deal and a great way to get started. But if you do, all you have to do is log in to your Young Living account and order some awesome oily products! Here’s all the details below. Better make it quick, though. This offer ends at midnight on February 29, 2016. Don’t miss out! How it works: As usual with Young Living, the more you order, the more freebies you’ll get. This month you can get a FREE15-ml... Keep reading...

Dining Room Makeover!

Jocie | February 17, 2016
Dining Room Makeover!

I’m so excited to share with you the love and family history of this Dining Room Makeover! Thank you so much to Minted for providing the new artwork. All opinions are 100% my own. Our family spends a lot of time in our dining room. We eat all our meals here. Play games. Do art projects. Its where I do all my watercolor and hand lettering. In a lot of homes, the dining room is reserved for special gatherings, but I love being in this room and using the space that we’ve put so much love into. You may remember that a few years... Keep reading...

My Living Room Decor! How Have I Not Shown You This Sooner?

Jocie | February 10, 2016
My Living Room Decor! How Have I Not Shown You This Sooner?

While I have been dragging my feet for a long while on sharing my living room decor, a big THANK YOU to Minted.com for providing the geometric heart custom art for this room, and giving me the motivation I needed to write a blog post! Opinions are 100% my own. We moved into our new house over a year ago, now and my living room was the first room I painted and completed. I’m not exactly sure why I haven’t shared it sooner, but I guess better late than never! To start, my new favorite part of the room is my gorgeous custom... Keep reading...

DIY Princess Party Decorations +17 Silhouette Crafts!

Jocie | February 4, 2016

In addition to sharing Lucy’s fabulous DIY Princess Party Decorations, this post is a part of a huge Instagram Hop where we will be giving away a Silhouette Cameo, starting today, Feb 4 @ 2 pm EST!!! So be sure to head over to see me on Instagram to enter. Also, need more Silhouette ideas? Keep reading to the end for lots more awesomeness! I never understood how deeply parents meant it when they say “it seems like just yesterday.” But it really is true. It really does feel like it was just yesterday when my... Keep reading...

5 Minute DIY Tissue Garland

Jocie | January 12, 2016
5 Minute DIY Tissue Garland

This year I committed to not going overboard on Valentine’s Day decorations. In fact, I tried to only use what I already had on hand. But when I saw some super cute Tissue Tassel Garland at Target, I was seriously tempted. But for $10, it just didn’t seem worth it. Like a good DIY girl, I instead decided to make my own DIY Tissue Garland for less than $3! I should also tell you that I plan to use all these decorations for Lucy’s upcoming 5th birthday party at the end of January, so it’s a win-win! DIY Tissue Garland Like... Keep reading...

Hello, Easy Master Bedroom Makeover!

Jocie | December 31, 2015
Hello, Easy Master Bedroom Makeover!

This amazingly easy Master Bedroom Makeover was sponsored by Minted.com. They provided the art to help promote our month-long giveaways at the Creativity Unleashed Link Party. All opinions are 100% mine. “Hello, its me. I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet…” my master bedroom! heehee Since we moved last year, I haven’t shared with you our bedroom, mainly because I wasn’t really happy with it. For a couple reasons, but mostly, I had been there done that and was ready for a change.... Keep reading...

Handmade Holiday: DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet

Jocie | December 9, 2015
Handmade Holiday: DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet

This DIY Essential Oil Diffuser bracelet is the perfect Homemade Holiday gift for the oily girl in your life, or yourself! haha I know I have quite a collection going because they look so cute stacked, by themselves, fancy or everyday. Besides, i need one for every outfit, right? They might look hard to make but honestly, this novice jewelry maker can make one in under 10 minutes. Looking for more Handmade Holiday gift ideas for your family, friends, coworkers and teachers. Be sure to read to the end of the post for ideas from my best... Keep reading...

Handmade Holiday: DIY Hand Warmers with Essential Oils

Jocie | December 8, 2015
Handmade Holiday: DIY Hand Warmers with Essential Oils

These DIY Hand Warmers with Essential Oils are the perfect Homemade Holiday gift as the cold approaches (or maybe it has already found you)! They are inexpensive, easy to make even for this novice sewer and use supplies found in most homes. I made a bunch for myself and some friends, then saw a friend at the bus stop who made one for her daughter to hold in the cold. I felt a little bad that I didn’t even think of my kids. haha From now on, I’ll heat up a couple extra DIY hand warmers for the girls to hold to their noses in... Keep reading...

JOY Embroidery Hoop Ornaments & Christmas Mantel

Jocie | December 6, 2015
JOY Embroidery Hoop Ornaments & Christmas Mantel

I am so excited to team up with Hometalk.com and CountryLiving.com for this Home For Christmas Blog Hop, featuring new projects and decor from tons of wonderful bloggers! Be sure to continue to the bottom of the post to see all of the other wonderful Christmas DIY projects and home decor. These Embroidery Hoop JOY ornaments are my favorite part my Christmas mantel this year! They are different from the typical wreath, but colorful, easy to make, and pretty inexpensive. And if you didn’t notice, they are upcycled from my BOO Halloween... Keep reading...

How I Survived My Thanksgiving in the Wild

Jocie | November 30, 2015
How I Survived My Thanksgiving in the Wild

This epic and totally untrue tale of how I survived Thanksgiving in the wild is a sponsored post for Duluth Trading Company. No animals or people were harmed in the production of this post. All opinions and bad jokes are 100% mine. Holidays can be a scary time of year for lots of people. Family drama, bulging waistlines, maybe a burnt turkey or two. But mine was scarier than most this Thanksgiving…we went to the wild, dangerous hills of Pennsylvania. That’s right. Not only are there lots of Steelers fans there (Go Ravens!)... Keep reading...

Vintage Shaving Kit for Men!

Jocie | November 24, 2015
Vintage Shaving Kit for Men!

This is my post but really, it’s Ethan’s baby! About a year 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. He still loves these recipes for their smooth close shave and the reduction of razor burn and irritation. 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... Keep reading...

Homemade Holiday Candy Cane Bath Salts

Jocie | November 16, 2015
Homemade Holiday Candy Cane Bath Salts

I love Christmas. No surprise there. And I love giving gifts, especially the homemade variety! These Candy Cane Bath Salts are the perfect DIY Homemade Holiday gift. What a wonderful way to make your gift a little personal, while also encouraging some relaxation during the busy holiday season. Even better, pair it with my DIY Holiday Spirit Sugar Scrub to show some extra love. Why bath salts? Epsom salt baths have a long history of health, beauty and wellness benefits, including relaxation, easing sore muscles, reducing inflammation,... Keep reading...

DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

Jocie | November 11, 2015
DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

I love my Young Living Essential Oils. Seriously, I’m a bit of a junkie. I’ve made a few DIY Essential Oil Necklaces over the past year using leather in lockets. But recently, a friend of a friend, Erin heard that you can use lava beads to diffuse oils. I was a bit skeptical at first. But honestly, the lava beads worked even better than leather! All credit goes to Erin. I will forever be grateful for the diffusing jewelry possibilities that are now open to me! woot.  New necklace, new glasses, new pants, same... Keep reading...

Ningxia Red Spritzer: The Perfect Non-Alcoholic Holiday Punch

Jocie | November 9, 2015
Ningxia Red Spritzer: The Perfect Non-Alcoholic Holiday Punch

The holidays are coming, and this is my favorite, go-to punch that is fancy but also super healthy. Okay, maybe I don’t just serve it for the holidays. In fact this is one of my guilt-free treats I drink throughout the year. Trust me, your party guests will thank you for cutting out those sugar-packed punches and giving them this sweet, fizzy and light Non Alcoholic Holiday Punch instead. Every time I have served this, people are shocked at how great it tastes. I think when I tell them its healthy, they really expect watered down... Keep reading...

Holiday Spirit DIY Sugar Scrub with Essential Oils

Jocie | November 5, 2015
Holiday Spirit DIY Sugar Scrub with Essential Oils

Christmas is my favorite time of year (not really that unique, I know), but mostly because I love giving gifts. Seriously, as I’ve gotten older getting gifts hasn’t mattered as much. But I really love giving thoughtful, homemade gifts. This super easy DIY Sugar Scrub with Essential Oils is just the gift to keep in your back pocket for a hostess gift or anytime gift! In case you haven’t tried the awesomeness of sugar scrubs… a sugar scrub is great for hands and feet (although in desperate winter times I also use... Keep reading...