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One Project Closer’s The Better Half is dedicated to the softer side of DIY, sharing decor, crafts, recipes, weekly link parties and more! Some favorite articles include How to Make Fabric Flowers, 40 Washi Tape Crafts, and .

GIVEAWAY & Creativity Unleashed Link Party: Week 75!
Jocie | June 25, 2015
GIVEAWAY & Creativity  Unleashed Link Party: Week 75!

Welcome back to the Creativity Unleashed Link Party, where you inspire us with your most recent decor, crafts, DIY, and recipes and have a chance to win a new giveaway every week!!  I am excited to announce that you voted and we heard you!! The BIG winner is these super amazing BBQ Cupcakes from A Mother Thing. Link Party & Mega Rockstar Contest! What’s the deal with the Mega Rockstar Contest, you ask? Every week, each host picks a Rockstar from the projects that were linked up that... 

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GIVEAWAY & Creativity Unleashed Link Party #73
Jocie | June 11, 2015

Welcome back to the Creativity Unleashed Link Party, where you inspire us with your most recent decor, crafts, DIY, and recipes!! If you’re following me on Instagram you know that I am currently in Disney with my family!! woo hoo! I don’t have my computer with me, so to see this week’s features and to vote on our Creativity Unleashed Mega Rockstar hit up one of my beautiful cohosts: theDIYvillage, Shaken Together, Practially Functional, The Bold Abode, and Here Comes the Sun! Link Party & Mega Rockstar Contest! What’s... 

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Hanging Succulent Terrarium / Garden
Jocie | May 28, 2015
Hanging Succulent Terrarium / Garden

This post on making a hanging succulent garden/terrarium originally posted on One Project Closer in April 2014.  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! Mason Jar Terrarium Constructing the terrarium (or garden, as us not-s0-fancy... 

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Angel Food Cake with Chocolate Whipped Cream
Jocie | May 6, 2015
Whole Wheat Chocolate Angel Food Cake with Chocolate Whipped Cream

I love dessert. I really do mean love. But since cutting out processed foods, I said goodbye to box cake mixes and have been on the hunt for some good (and healthier) desserts. I am happy to say this Whole Wheat Chocolate Angel Food Cake is one of my new favorites! Typically, I try not to eat desserts that I haven’t made from scratch, which means they usually include whole wheat (freshly milled flour and either maple syrup or sucanat instead of white sugar). Sometimes, I just use existing recipes... 

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Greek Style Organic Homemade Yogurt
Jocie | April 28, 2015
Greek Style Organic Homemade Yogurt

I know, just when I think I can’t get any more “granola” (or hippy, whatever you want to call it), I start making my own yogurt! haha Actually I’ve been making it about a year and we love it. So if you’re looking for a great greek-style organic homemade yogurt recipe and tips, look no further. Why I Make My Own Yogurt I was shocked when I started being more purposeful about reading food labels to find that yogurt (a seemingly healthy food) is often packed with sugar,... 

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Printable Vacation Countdown with 75+ Ideas!
Jocie | April 20, 2015
Printable Vacation Countdown with 75+ Ideas!

I’m not normally one for crazy printable vacation countdown calendars. Well, maybe I would be, but I’m just not that organized. This year, my oldest, Isabella has been struggling with going to school. Crying in the morning and before bed. Dreading it even when she’s doing something fun. I remembered back to my own childhood when my mom gave us a bunch of challenges each day throughout the summer to “earn” our vacation. Even though some of them were hard or took some work, it was so much... 

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Giveaway and April Essential Oil Promo
Jocie | April 9, 2015
Giveaway and April Essential Oil Promo

Raise your hand if you love Essential Oils!! I know I do, which is why I’m so excited to offer this giveaway and April Essential Oil Promo. First up, the April Promo. If you haven’t yet taken the plunge into Essential Oils, Young Living Essential Oils is an amazing company that really stands behind the quality and purity of their oils, giving their Seed to Seal Guarantee to every oil. Well, they also offer an amazing Starter Kit, that gives you everything you need to start your journey, and at a deal of... 

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How to Buy Young Living Essential Oils
Jocie | April 8, 2015
How to Buy Young Living Essential Oils

You may have seen my love for Young Living Essential Oils in the past year. I know it’s really popular in other parts of the country, but honestly, I had never met anyone who used them here in Baltimore. But I decided to give them a try when we were struggling to get my daughter’s eczema under control, and I didn’t want to be slathering her in steroid cream all the time. From there, they invaded our life and went hand in hand with our quest for a more natural and healthy lifestyle. (Don’t judge,... 

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Idiopathic Toe-Walking: Our Journey
Jocie | March 30, 2015
Idiopathic Toe-Walking: Our Journey

I don’t write many personal posts on the blog, but I have really wanted to share this story with you. Mainly because it has meant a lot to me to hear other people’s story with Idiopthic Toe Walking. Its not something I really heard much about, and still don’t. We’re a small community. So here’s our story in hopes that it encourages you! (sorry its so long, haha) Be sure to check out my friend, Mary’s post at Not Before 7 for her story on Idiopathic Toe-Walking. What is Idiopathic... 

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Basement Makeover & the Challenges of Decorating
Jocie | March 19, 2015
Basement Makeover & the Challenges of Decorating

Basements are often a last priority for people when decorating a home. I guess that’s because it’s usually not the main living area, entertaining happens closer to the kitchen and living room, and they are often used for extra storage. I totally get that. But Ethan and I have really enjoyed keeping our TV off of the main floor and out of the bedrooms. During the day, the kids don’t really think about it and don’t ask to watch it most days. That being said, a lot of our toys are downstairs, along... 

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