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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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,... 

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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,... 

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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... 

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