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The Best of 2014
Jocie | January 21, 2015
The Best of 2014

I’m always a little late to the game, but I figure it’s still January and maybe you missed some of my favorite projects and moments from last year. While these are my favorite projects, we also had a big change this year – we moved! And while maybe the most stressful time I have ever experienced, it has brought us so much joy (and projects, haha). We hope you stick with us this year and we appreciate all your past support, comments, encouragement, and kindness. xoxo Stencil Wall I had no idea just how loved this stencil... 

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Children’s Desk Makeover DIY
Jocie | January 12, 2015
Children’s Desk Makeover DIY

As you know we moved into a single family home in the beginning of October 2014 and its been slow decorating each of the rooms, especially with Thanksgiving and Christmas. But I’m super excited to show you my desk makeover DIY in Izzie’s big girl room! The back story: Growing up, my favorite Christmas present ever was my own desk! I remember loving sitting at it and listening to music, doing homework, writing, and reading Nancy Drew. And this is THE DESK. We never had room for it before, so when we moved,... 

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NEW Creativity Unleashed Link Party + MEGA Giveaway!
Jocie | January 8, 2015
NEW Creativity  Unleashed Link Party + MEGA Giveaway!

Happy New Year and welcome back to the NEW Creativity Unleashed Link Party!! To start off the new year, we’ve made some changes that we hope gives our link party goers more traffic and excitement. Plus, we have a MEGA giveaway for bloggers and inspiration seekers alike! The NEW Link Party & Mega Rockstar Contest! We’ve made a few super exciting changes to the link party to make it even more awesome for you guys! The party itself is the same; as always, we want to see your latest and greatest crafts,... 

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Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #50
Jocie | December 18, 2014
Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #50

Welcome back to the Creativity Unleashed Link Party! As always, we are super excited for you to unleash your creativity upon us, whether that’s decor, recipes, crafts, or DIY.   There will be no link party next week, since we will be celebrating Christmas with our families. We wish you a wonderful, peace-filled Holiday Season! And in case you missed it, here’s our creativity from this week. Winter Fresh Air Fresheners from Shaken Together Fireplace Mantel Makeover from The DIY Village Holiday Home Tour... 

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Holiday Home Tour 2014 & Giveaway!
Jocie | December 15, 2014
Holiday Home Tour 2014 & Giveaway!

By now, every blogger in the blogosphere has already shared their holiday home tour, some before Thanksgiving. But I was committed to not decorating until after our Thanksgiving company left. Or maybe I’m just a procrastinator. Either way, it worked out, because I’ve joined up with 15 other fabulous (and procrastinating) bloggers to give you our Holiday Home Tour 2014. And if you haven’t decorated yet, then here is the inspiration you might be needing! Be sure to read to the end too, for a fabulous giveaway! Most... 

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Plastic Spoon Christmas Tree!
Jocie | December 10, 2014
Plastic Spoon Christmas Tree!

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 how to make a plastic spoon Christmas tree. It’s been a popular article with over 38K pins and growing! 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. And, if you love DIY projects... 

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A Few of My Favorite Things: Winter Addition
Jocie | December 2, 2014
A Few of My Favorite Things: Winter Addition

With Thanksgiving having just passed and looking forward to Christmas, I am thankful for so much! For salvation and forgiveness, my family, good friends, a home, heat, a full fridge. We have more than we need. That being said, there are always a few new things to us this year that are definitely not needs, but certainly fun to have, and I am excited to share them with you! Duluth Cold Weather Gear That’s right, I’m driving a tractor. Crazy, right? I’ll get to that later, but as we did our final yard... 

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Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas: DIY Scented Ornaments
Jocie | November 17, 2014
Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas: DIY Scented Ornaments

Welcome to the Homemade Holiday Blog Hop! I’m teaming up with a bunch of other bloggers to give you a Handmade Gift Guide for this holiday season. After you read about how to make DIY Scented Ornaments with Essential Oils, be sure to look at the bottom for more great ideas. DIY Scented Ornaments We’ve made clay ornaments in past years. What’s not to love? They are cute, personal, cheap, and the kids love making them! Also, write a cute note on the back with a Sharpie marker, and it becomes a fancy gift tag. But this... 

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Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas: Lotion Bars with Essential Oils
Jocie | November 16, 2014
Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas: Lotion Bars with Essential Oils

Welcome to the Homemade Holiday Blog Hop! I’m teaming up with a bunch of other bloggers to give you a Handmade Gift Guide for this holiday season. After you read about how to make Lotion Bars with Essential Oils, be sure to look at the bottom for more great ideas. Lotion Bars (aka Bee Bars) This recipe was the brain child of my cousin, and friend, Naomi. For years, she has struggled with very, very dry, cracked (and often bleeding) hands that come with the dry, cold winters. For awhile she used a store-bought Bee Bar, with lots... 

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How to Apply Wall Decals with Royal Designs Studio
Jocie | November 13, 2014
How to Apply Wall Decals with Royal Designs Studio

Royal Designs Studio sent me these decals for free in addition to money towards future purchases, as a part of their holiday campaign. However, opinions and tips are 100% mine. Wallternatives by Royal Designs Studio made my Thanksgiving decorating super easy this year with their Fall Phrases Removeable Wall Decal Set! I’ve put up decal before in the past, and WOW was it a headache. They often bubble or go on, only to realize that it’s crooked. But not these decals! They are so thick that I did... 

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