DIY

Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes for Winter
This weekend I pulled out the Christmas decor (no shame), so of course it made sense for me to share my favorite winter essential oil diffuser recipes to get in the holiday spirit! I’ve said this before, but I’m not a fan of air fresheners, sprays, or plug ins. I love my candles, and I continue to burn those, but everything else makes the house feel stuffy and heavy.  
Note: If you don’t have a diffuser, no worries. Bring a medium to large pot of water to a boil and then add a few drops of essential oil for a similar result.
  I’ve been diffusing these mixtures that I received in a pamphlet by artnaturals and I wanted to share their recipes with you because so far I’ve really been enjoying them. Essential oils have so many amazing benefits. I’ve been using them regularly in my diffuser, in my skincare routine, and for my hair! You can also check out my Top 5 Essential Oils here.  

5 Winter Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes

 

winter essential oil diffuser recipes for winterSnowfall

       

winter essential oil diffuser recipesCozy Night

       

winter essential oil diffuser recipes  Holiday Sweets

       

winter essential oil diffuser recipes Peppermint Candy Cane

         

winter essential oil diffuser recipes for holidaysChristmas Eve Night

        So that’s it! Do you have any blends for winter that you love? Leave a comment down below on what essential oil combinations you love!   J.   Check out my Autumn Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes post here.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
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Wedding Planning 101: Underrated Wedding Shops
Hello everyone! As we enter the beginning of engagement season, I thought I would begin sharing more of my thoughts on wedding planning. My wedding was a whirlwind -- both good and bad in many ways. So I thought I would share my list of underrated wedding shops that you should definitely check out if you're engaged. A huge shoutout to all of my lovely friends and relatives who are engaged, I am so beyond excited for all of you!   

4 Underrated Wedding Shops

wedding invitations underrated wedding shopsMinted - Wedding Invitations

Anything with the word "wedding" in the title is 5x more expensive than any other occasion, and that includes invitations. While I was wedding planning, I was so frustrated that invitations had a billion pieces of paper and looked nothing like the vision I had. I ordered my wedding invitations from Minted (the photo to the left is my invitation) and I couldn't have been more in love with them. Minted features designers from all over the world who sell their designs through the platform. This helps the price drop to something more reasonable thanks to competition, and gives you more freedom to explore your options. You can choose your invitation design, request edits, select the type of paper it's printed on, as well as get your entire guest list printed on the envelopes you select in the whatever design you choose. Check it out here.      

affloral underrated wedding storesAfloral - Flowers

Is your favorite flower out of season on your wedding date? What if you could preserve your bouquet without using any weird chemicals/freezing it? Afloral is a website that sells faux flowers. (But if you check out the picture to the left, you can see that they're super realistic) They also offer silk flowers! If you'd like to customize your own bouquet, you can select each flower individually, or you can choose an already assembled bouquet. Check it out here.          

wedding decorSave On Crafts - Decor

If you're DIY-ing anything, you NEED to check out Save On Crafts. Even if you aren't planning your wedding, you should check it out. They have amazing decor if you're planning anything from a fairy wonderland to a modern Mad Man-esque reception. The smartest thing you can do for your wedding -- choose decorations that you would want to keep later. You'll thank me one day. Lesson learned: make sure you're double checking any measurements. Check it out here.        

Unique Wedding Ties DaziDazi - Men's Ties

I featured Dazi in my Wedding Shops for Men post, and if you want your bridal party to stand out, I would highly recommend checking them out. Dazi offers handmade ties that you can bulk order for anyone in the wedding party for a discount. (You can also purchase them separately.) The ties are amazing quality, and provide a pop for the gentlemen in the wedding party! Check it out here.        

Other Underrated Wedding Shops to Consider

Click the titles to shop:     So that’s it! What other underrated wedding shops would you add to this list?   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!   *Photo credit on my banner image is Outlander Photography*  
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Foxface with Jennifer Honey plugin
Honey – The Best Shopping Savings Plugin
Hello everybody! One of the major things I get asked is how I save money when online shopping. As a blogger, and a general lover of all pretty things, I tend to browse shopping websites pretty often, but I never want to pay full price for anything. I HATE signing up for random search engines or websites where you have to take a billion surveys to only get 20 cents. I tried a bunch of sites from other blogger recommendations, and I just couldn't justify spending hours to save pennies. It felt weird, gimmicky, and frustrating.  

My online shopping tool is a plugin called Honey

What is Honey?

To be honest, it's really like an app that finds you the best deal on Amazon, or gives you cash back from hundreds of retailers, from Sephora to Macy's. (Think of it as an online shopping plugin that acts like the Capital One card that gives you a percentage back from your purchases) Check it out here. Honey plugin   Do you see the little cursive h? When you install Honey on your computer, it will add that little "h" to the top of your website browser. Any time you're shopping, the plugin will activate. When you reach the website's checkout, you click the little "h" and it will immediately scan to see if there are any coupons available on the web to save you money on the spot, or it will give you cash back if the website is included on their list of retailers.  

Why do you like Honey?

There are very simple reasons for why I love this plugin:
  • It has a "best price detection" feature for Amazon!
  • There is no extra effort on my part -- no wasted time filling out surveys or watching dumb videos, no "checklist" of items
  • It doesn't make me feel sleazy or like I'm participating in something shady (anyone who has used money saving websites knows what I mean by that)
  • It's a free plugin
  • It's so stinking easy to use
 

How do I save and earn money on Honey?

Below is a sample transaction from my account. I purposefully tried to find a month where I purchased from two very different retailers. One is Sephora, and the other is Paper Source. Next to where it says "Gold cleared," it shows you the percentage cash back I got from those retailers. From Sephora, I got 4% cash back, which was 278 gold ($2.78 cash back). Paper Source had a much smaller cash back option available, but it was still there.   Honey online shopping plugin transaction example

  Also, during checkout, Honey will give you coupons to try from the web! You can also submit coupons to the site for others to save more as well. See below for some examples!   honey online shopping  

How is Honey free?

Honey partners with these retailers so they receive a commission from every sale. So while you get to save money on your purchase, the retailer also pays Honey. (It's a lot like Groupon in that respect)     So that's Honey! Check it out here. Pretty cool plugin huh? How do you save money while shopping? If you have any additions to something I should add to my routine, let me know in the comments below! Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you next time!   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes for Fall
Football, scarves, hoodies, smelling like a camp fire... man, I love fall. I don't care what the calendar says, it's late August. Therefore, it's fall. This weekend I pulled out the fall decor, so of course it made sense for me to share my favorite essential oil diffuser recipes for fall. I've said this before, but I'm not a fan of air fresheners, sprays, or plug ins. I love my candles, and I continue to burn those, but everything else makes the house feel stuffy and heavy.  
Note: If you don’t have a diffuser, no worries. Bring a medium to large pot of water to a boil and then add a few drops of essential oil for a similar result.
  I’ve been diffusing these mixtures that I received in a pamphlet by artnaturals and I wanted to share their recipes with you because so far I’ve really been enjoying them. Essential oils have so many amazing benefits. I’ve been using them regularly in my diffuser, in my skincare routine, and for my hair! You can also check out my Top 5 Essential Oils here.  

5 Fall Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes

 

Brisk Air

       

Autumn Leaves

     

Harvest Moon

     

Trick or Treat

 

     

Fall Sweets

          So that’s it! Do you have any blends for fall that you love? Leave a comment down below on what essential oil combinations you love!   J.     For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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DIY project dresser to entryway entertainment unit
DIY – Old Dresser to Entry Piece
This is the story of why my DIY mantra is "If it's more than 4 steps, better not." I will definitely walk you through my upcycling process in case that's helpful. But things never go as planned, and that's just fun to read. So whether you want to use the painting tips, the reconstruction tips, or just learn what NOT to do, then buckle up.

Tip One: Pick Out the Right Piece to Upcycle

One of the things Pinterest DIY professionals don't tell you is how they picked out the piece that they decided to upcycle.  To be honest, it's difficult to look at a piece and see what it could be in your head. Because there are some hideous pieces of furniture that suddenly become gorgeous with a fresh coat of paint.
My best advice here is this: pick a piece you would be perfectly happy just painting and switching out hardware. If you choose to do more, do it to make something even more beautiful.
I thought this piece would be gorgeous in my head. And it's a good piece of furniture overall. But it originally belonged to a woman who must have morphed into a chimney by now from all of her smoking. It stank. It also was a bit bulky for my taste... but luckily now I have a better understanding of how to spot the right piece. Pro tip: fall in love with the bones and you have a much better shot of loving it later.

Tip Two: Pick Something that You Don't Need to Knock Out Supporting Beams

This one blogger made me think it was so easy to knock out the supports for the drawers in the front. Maybe it was for her, but not so much for me. The back on my dresser was warped... from the smoke, from exposure to water, I don't know. But it had to go, and I had to create a new back. FYI: if you're upcycling a dresser, most do not have a floor. So if you take any of the drawers out, you will need to build a floor. Which in my case, led to an uneven floor and an adult tantrum since I couldn't get it level. But hey, you do you boo.
Note: if you need to make a new back or floor, go with particle board. It's cheap, solid, and only becomes compromised if you literally soak it in water.
Since the original back of the dresser I had was of lesser quality wood, it meant that the front vertical beam of my dresser was a main support. Which meant if I knocked any of it out, it would compromise the stability of the entire piece. Ugh. So I purchased a long metal L bracket to screw into the front underneath where the original support was to distribute the weight. The things I do to make sure my furniture doesn't come crashing down to earth.

Tip Three: DIY Painting is Great if You Have the Right Paint

Annie Sloan's chalk paint is my absolute favorite for DIY projects. It's smooth, it dries beautifully, and my favorite: you use less coats of paint. I used Graphite for the top and handles, Old Ochre for the sides and front, and Paris Grey for the inside. [easy-image-collage id=409] Annie Sloan also makes soft wax, which can give a really great antique look to furniture. It also helps seal the wood and keep water from damaging the paint. I used the dark wax on the entire top, and the clear wax everywhere else. (If you're going for a vintage feel, you can use the dark wax on light paint in the corners to create your shadows)
Pay close attention to the quantity you need... that's all I'm gonna say on that.
One other tip I have on the Annie Sloan chalk paint is that you definitely need to look at the photos on their website for what the color will actually look like on furniture. I've found the swatches to be slightly misleading. But I absolutely love their products, and highly recommend them if you're painting furniture. One last thing... there is such a thing as too much chalk paint.

Tip Four: Hardware Can Transform a Piece

Unfortunately, another thing that my DIY project didn't have going for it was the hardware. And by hardware, I mean the handles. I wasn't a fan of the look or feel of them, but alas, no amount of pulling, threatening, or banging on them removed the hideous handles. So I was stuck.
Just in case no one has told you before, Home Depot and similar stores are not the only places to purchase hardware!
I just wanted to put that out there because I didn't know that at one point. (Or that you get what you pay for when it comes to skincare and makeup, but visit my skincare and makeup section for that)
Here are some of my favorite places to purchase hardware:
  • Local antique shops or secondhand stores (mismatched ones look cool if you do it right)
  • Etsy
  • Anthropologie
  DIY projects can be incredibly fun, but for someone like me who has the patience of a 10 year old, I plan to stick to my 4 step rule. But hopefully some of these revelations I've experienced will help you in your crafty projects! Leave me a comment down below with some of your DIY project mishaps. Because who doesn't need a good laugh? J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
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Urban Dress Rack DIY
DIY : Urban Corner Dress Rack
I have learned a very valuable lesson from DIY projects - if there are more than 4 steps, better not. (Keep an eye out for my upcoming post for how I learned that lesson) Space in our apartment is a little limited, and since I have a touch of a shopping addiction, that means even less closet space for my poor husband. So I decided to make my own dress rack! This project is pretty fool-proof. I will say that you should assemble the rod portion of your dress rack in Home Depot. (This stuff is in the plumbing section though, so bring a Lysol wipe) Nothing is more embarrassing than getting home and realizing you don't have all of the pieces. Then you have to go back and avoid that guy you begrudgingly said "No, I DON'T need help, thank you!" to... it's just an awkward situation.

Dress Rack Materials:

Make sure your pipe has been pre-cut. (It should have grooves on the end that let you twist on the other parts) If it doesn't, I've been told you can request that Home Depot add the "threading." (Don't quote me on that one... I'd say find one with the grooves) On each side, you will screw on the elbow joints, then the nipple, then the flanges. DIY Urban Dress Rack

Assembly Materials:

  • Power drill
  • (6) 1/4" screws (don't use nails)
  • Level
  • Pencil
Assembly for this dress rack is also super easy. I'd recommend having one person hold it up and then have another person use the level to find the perfect spot. Then use a pencil to mark the holes just in case the power drill causes you to slip a bit. Drill the screws into the flanges, and you're done! I originally displayed my wedding dress for the entire first year of my marriage on my dress rack, but now I have a variety of clothes on it. J.
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