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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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{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... 

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$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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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