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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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Holiday Spirit DIY Sugar Scrub with Essential Oils
Jocie | November 5, 2015
Holiday Spirit DIY Sugar Scrub with Essential Oils

Christmas is my favorite time of year (not really that unique, I know), but mostly because I love giving gifts. Seriously, as I’ve gotten older getting gifts hasn’t mattered as much. But I really love giving thoughtful, homemade gifts. This super easy DIY Sugar Scrub with Essential Oils is just the gift to keep in your back pocket for a hostess gift or anytime gift! In case you haven’t tried the awesomeness of sugar scrubs… a sugar scrub is great for hands and feet (although in desperate winter... 

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Giveaway: Minted.com Holiday Photo Cards!
Jocie | October 27, 2015
Giveaway: Minted.com Holiday Photo Cards!

Thank you so much for checking out my beautiful girls and getting a sneak peak of our holiday photo cards! We are so excited to partner with minted.com for this sponsored post to give away a $50 gift card. Opinions are all mine. I’ll admit it – it’s been a few years since I sent out a holiday card. Every few years, I feel so loved and filled with joy at each card I receive in the mail, that I rush to purchase and hand them out. Yes, hand them out. That means, unless you are my grandmother, I ain’t... 

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Painted Rug DIY & File Cabinet Update: Craft Room Makeover Part 2
Jocie | October 19, 2015
Painted Rug DIY & File Cabinet Update: Craft Room Makeover Part 2

Join me for the second phase in my fabulous basement craft room makeover that includes a painted rug DIY and a quick file cabinet update. This was created as part of a sponsored partnership with Royal Design Studio. Expressions Vinyl also provided some of the materials. I hope you enjoy this makeover as much as I do! A few weeks ago, I shared part 1 of my basement craft room makeover. It was dramatic, let me tell you. I have really being enjoying my newly bright, bold and creative space! The best part, the whole makeover... 

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Homemade Aromatherapy Playdough & The Teal Pumpkin Project!
Jocie | October 12, 2015
Homemade Aromatherapy Playdough & The Teal Pumpkin Project!

This is our second year participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project! Have you heard about this? Promoted by FARE, Food Allergy Research & Education, the idea is to paint a pumpkin teal and put it on your porch to signal Trick or Treaters that your home is providing non-food/candy options for kids that have food allergies. Pretty cool, right?! I figure the kids get more than enough candy, and non-food treats might be a welcome (and real food approved) treat! Nobody likes a party pooper, so I promise I try to hand out... 

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