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Welcome to OPC The Better Half! Love, Jocie
Jocie | May 21, 2016

We’ve recently welcomed a lot of new followers and we’re so glad to have you, along with our old friends! So here’s a quick look into who I am what you may see on OPC and The Better Half. Photo Cred: Chris Paulis Photography My name is Jocie, pronounced Jah-see. I am the main writer for One Project Closer’s The Better Half. My real name is Jocelyn, but I have always gone by Jocie, pronounced “Jah-see.” Its kinda a weird name, and most people accidentally call me “Josie”... 

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10-Minute Porch Makeover on a Budget!
Jocie | May 11, 2016
10-Minute Porch Makeover on a Budget!

I shared earlier this week on Instagram that I was starting a new project….well, this isn’t it. lol. Truth be told, I started a different project but got distracted by this super easy 10 minute Porch Makeover on a Budget when I went to Ikea this morning. Damn you, Ikea and your super cute and inexpensive decor and accessories. Our back porch was a big selling point for us when we bought the house. Over looking trees and a sweet little stream, it is a beautiful retreat for us in the evening, and we eat most... 

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DIY Weighted Lap Pad Using a Pillow Pet!
Jocie | May 5, 2016
DIY Weighted Lap Pad Using a Pillow Pet!

While I am excited to share with you how I made a DIY weighted lap pad using a Pillow Pet, this is also a very personal post for me. The tutorial is below, but I wanted to share some of our journey and why I am even making a weighted lap pad. Feel free to skip to the end, but my hope is that our story will provide some hope and encouragement to others going through similar stuff! Sensory Integration Dysfunction Some long time readers may remember posts over the past few years about my daughter’s toe walking, and... 

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Homemade Teacher Gifts: Easy Wood Sign Tutorial
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Homemade Teacher Gifts: Easy Wood Sign Tutorial

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I was reminded of some of my favorite teacher gifts I made a few years back, 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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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!  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, Colleen, jokingly said that she thought I could even paint with wine. lol….but wait. GENIUS! Paint with... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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