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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 .

Creativity Unleashed Link Party: Week 66!
Jocie | April 24, 2015
Creativity  Unleashed Link Party: Week 66!

Welcome back to the NEW Creativity Unleashed Link Party, where you inspire us with your most recent decor, crafts, DIY, and recipes!!  I am excited to announce that you voted and we heard you!! The BIG winner was this Vintage Preppy Little Gentlemen’s Lounge from Blue i Style. 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 week, for a total of five Rockstars.... 

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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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Super Yummy Whole Wheat Mini Donuts
Jocie | March 11, 2015
Super Yummy Whole Wheat Mini Donuts

Over the last two years we have phased out almost all white flour and most of the processed foods that we so heavily relied on for daily staples. But its foods like these supper yummy whole wheat mini donuts, that make the switch easy. Honestly, my 4 and 6-year-old girls don’t know that their food is so much healthier and feel like they get plenty of “treats.” They are so delicious its hard to believe they are whole wheat. Plus, they make for a quick morning breakfast that you can pull out as needed from the freezer.  I... 

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Isabella’s 6th Birthday: Lots of Fabulous Scientist Party Ideas!
Jocie | February 19, 2015
Isabella’s 6th Birthday: Lots of Fabulous Scientist Party Ideas!

Steve Spangler Science provided some materials for the party at my request. As always, opinions are 100% mine! I was beyond excited (and surprised) when this year, Isabella asked for a Science Party, rather than the typical Princess party. After all, she does want to be a scientist when she grows up. Of course I said yes and went crazy in the planning. It all looks very involved but really, it was an easy party and definitely less expensive than hosting outside of the home. And before I get started on telling you about... 

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Printable Valentines: I Only Have Eyes For You!
Jocie | February 3, 2015
Printable Valentines: I Only Have Eyes For You!

Who doesn’t love printable valentines? I know I do! You get all the bonus mom points for being “homemade” without all the work, right? I saw these cute googly eyes when I was at Michael’s yesterday (shopping sans kids, so you know I was taking my time and buying too much), and I decided to use them for Isabella’s school valentines. While she loves these printable Valentines, she was super disappointed to not get candy.  But I figure all the kids will be getting plenty of sugar and... 

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Basement Makeover: Part One!
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Basement Makeover: Part One!

Moving this past November has kept us busy, especially with the holidays, but this basement makeover was at the top of my list. Not because it is the most ugly (2 original bathrooms and kitchen are the top of that list), but rather we use the space a lot and a makeover is within our current budget. Our old couch I bought over 10 years ago, before Ethan and I were married. At the time, I got a great deal and I loved the bold red. Actually, I still do. But after ten years, two babies, lots of spit up and toddlers watching... 

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