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The Top 8 Everyday Essential Oils
QUICK TIP: If you haven't quite started using essential oils in your everyday life, this post is absolutely for you. Grab a pen, bookmark this page, whatever. Essential oils have changed the way I take care of my body -- they aren't total miracle workers. You do have to have a balance between your skincare, diet, and essential oils to utilize them to their full capacity. Check out my posts on skincare here, and how to switch over to a clean diet here. Whether you're just starting out in your essential oil journey, or you want to use the essential oils in your collection more often, I'm sharing my top 8 essential oils that I use every day. An important thing to remember is that not all essential oils are created equal. Make sure you're purchasing 100% pure, undiluted oils. (Personally I like doterra and artnaturals)

The 8 Most Popular Essential Oils for Everyday Use

artnaturals lavender essential oilLavender

Known for its relaxing qualities, lavender is my go-to diffuser essential oil, but it's also amazing for the skin. Some ways you can can use it in your everyday life are:
  • Diffuse to ease stress and to relax
  • Rub a few drops on the bottoms of your feet to knock yourself out, or to help soothe a restless child
  • Add a drop or two to a moisturizer to calm facial redness and irritation
  • Mix with aloe vera and apply as a natural burn treatment
Check out lavender essential oil here.  

artnaturals essential oil tea tree beauty june favoritesTea Tree (Melaleuca)

Tea tree oil is perfect to rectify skin ailments for the skin, face, and at home. Some ways you can can use it in your everyday life are:
  • Add a few drops into a facial moisturizer to cure acne
  • Mix with water for a foot soak to fight food odors
  • Mix 3 drops of tea tree oil with 3 drops of lemongrass for a natural all-purpose cleaner
  • Drop a couple drops at the bottom of the trashcan to eliminate odors
Check out tea tree essential oil here.    
RELATED: 5 Essential Oils You Actually Need in Your Life.
 

eucalyptus essential oil artnaturalsEucalyptus

A natural antiseptic, Some ways you can can use it in your everyday life are:
  • Diffuse for a natural decongestant
  • Add a few drops to your bath or lotion to relieve sore muscles
  • Take coconut oil or another carrier oil and mix a drop of eucalyptus oil and apply to the scalp to stimulate healthy hair growth, prevent lice and an itchy scalp (just do it a few hours before a shower so your hair doesn't get greasy)
Check out eucalyptus essential oil here.      

artnaturals peppermint essential oilPeppermint

Peppermint is an amazing cure for headaches/migraines, but it's cooling properties are also helpful for inflammation. Some ways you can can use it in your everyday life are:
  • Rub a few drops behind the ears or on the back of the neck to relieve a headache or migraine
  • Diffuse to rectify nausea or stomach aches
  • Add a few drops to a spray bottle to keep insects away
  • Add a drop into water to cure bad breath and help ease digestive issues
Check out peppermint essential oil here.        

frankincense artnaturals essential oilFrankincense

Some ways you can can use it in your everyday life are:
  • Add a few drops to a facial moisturizer for an anti-aging boost
  • Use with a carrier oil or moisturizer to fade scars and help heal cuts and bruises quickly
  • Use with your hand moisturizer to reduce inflammation that can cause arthritis
Check out frankincense essential oil here.      

Lemongrass 

Some ways you can can use it in your everyday life are:
  • Add to a spray bottle for a natural deodorizer (including as a deodorant!)
  • Diffuse to cleanse the air and kill bacteria
  • Add to your shampoo and soap for additional cleansing benefits
Check out lemongrass essential oil here.  

 

Sweet Orange

Some ways you can can use it in your everyday life are:
  • Diffuse to help cope with anxiety
  • Add a few drops to your bath for a detox
  • Put a couple drops on a t-shirt or washcloth and put into the dryer to freshen stinky clothes
Check out sweet orange essential oil here.        

Rosemary

Some ways you can can use it in your everyday life are:
  • Add a few drops after getting out of the shower to thicken hair and combat hair loss
  • Diffuse to ease tension and relax
  • Add a drop to steak or other meat of your choice prior to cooking
Check out rosemary essential oil here.       What essential oils do you use every day? If you need some more pointers, check out my daily routine in this post, 5 Essential Oils You Actually Need in Your Life.   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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spinach smoothie
Recipe: Protein-Packed Spinach Smoothie
spinach smoothie I hate mornings. Nothing good ever comes before 11am. However, since we have to go to work in the morning, and I'm told it's good to eat breakfast, it means that whatever I have for breakfast can't be difficult to make. I like to have smoothies in the morning because it means that I can pack in protein, antioxidants and any other healthy powder into one drink. Today I'm going to share with you the recipe Joseph has come up with for my spinach smoothies. It's like The Green Monster, but way better.

 

For this recipe, these are the main benefits for each ingredient:

  • Spinach - includes folate, vitamin C, niacin, riboflavin, and potassium
  • Banana - high in potassium and gives you energy
  • Almond/coconut milk - free of cholesterol, saturated fat, and is naturally lactose free
  • Cacao powder - contains more than 20 times the antioxidant power of blueberries; also 4 times more powerful than dark chocolate (helps that it satisfies the natural chocolate craving)
  • Hemp protein powder - protein heavy powder for women because it contains all the 21 known amino acids
  • Nut butter/PB Fit - another protein benefit, but also fills you up
  • Honey - adds a tiny bit of natural sweetness, and also is amazing for natural energy
  I've linked my favorite brands for each ingredient in the list above, but feel free to find the brands that work best for you. These are the ones I've found that have the purest list of ingredients, but are still a good price.  
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7 Daily Uses for Coconut Oil
Hello everyone! I have a special treat for you today. My husband, Joseph, will be guest posting alongside of me on the blog! Today, Joseph will be sharing 7 ways to use coconut oil in your everyday life and specifically sharing some stories about how we use coconut oil at our house. Joseph here! Let’s face it; coconut oil is probably the most versatile oil out there. I mean what other oil can you use in so many ways? From moisturizing your face to cooking, to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial usage, coconut oil has numerous applications and today I figured I would share with you some of the ways that Jenn and I use it in our everyday life.  

Our Coconut Oil Favorites and Where to Buy

  • Jenn and I love this one from Nutiva
    • We purchase ours on Thrive Market (It's like an online Costco but for Whole Foods! Right now they have a deal for 30% off your first 3 orders at Thrive Market if you're interested)
  • You can also purchase any generic oil at your local grocery store -- this option tends to be pricer
 

7 Ways You Can Use Coconut Oil in Your Everyday Life

As a Moisturizer

I personally suffer from extremely dry feet. I’m on my feet all day and my feet can dry out to the point where they become cracked and sometimes bleed. After I get home, I take a spoonful of coconut oil and slather it all over my feet. (If you need something more intense, put two layers on and then put socks on so everything soaks in) It's an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, not to mention it doesn't have any chemicals or harmful ingredients that other moisturizers have.  

As an Oral Rinse

So it's a bit gross but works like a charm. Put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes and spit it out. The coconut oil removes bacteria from your mouth (bad breath included), and it’s good for your teeth. Coconut oil is also great for treating cold sores and canker sores, as well as other dental issues. Just make sure to brush your teeth out afterward because otherwise it leaves a gross slimy feeling inside of your mouth.  

As an Aftershave

This is one of my favorite ways to use coconut oil. Gentlemen, after you shave by straight razor/disposable/electric, or if you're blessed but your beard is course, put a bit of coconut oil on your face. This moisturizes the skin and prevents bumps. Also since it doesn’t really smell, you won’t be putting on anything too strong in scent for an interview or meeting.  

As a Cooking Oil

It would be remiss of me if I didn’t mention how great coconut oil is for cooking. It has a high heat threshold, meaning that it won’t start smoking and stinking up the kitchen at a minimum temperature of 350 degrees for refined (400 degrees for unrefined). Use it for sautéing, stir frying, baking, and even in vinaigrettes if you so desire. Check out my Noms page for other healthy eating tips!  

To Relieve Constipation

Yep. You read that right. It helps treat constipation. Can’t go? Instead of buying all of those fancy diuretics and laxatives, take a teaspoon of coconut oil at meals. Avoid too much as it can cause cramps if you overindulge.  

To Treat Pet's Hot Spots

Early last year our dog got hot spots in multiple areas on her body (hot spots are irritated areas on a dog’s skin that get worse and worse as the dog will keep biting and chewing on the infected area). Coconut oil is very soothing for a dog’s skin and fur. Not only will it soothe irritated area, but it will also keep it from becoming infected with its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. This saved our butts from a very hefty vet bill. (Well, that and the cone of shame) Keep in mind, we are not a vet or medical professional. Consult your vet for the best remedies for treating your dog's issues.  

As a Dog Food Additive

Sookie goes nuts for coconut oil. I kid you not, peanut butter and pumpkin do not compare with how amazing coconut oil tastes to Sookie. Some days I wonder if we should just do away with treats and give her a spoonful of this stuff instead. Coconut oil is great on a dog’s digestion and… well... number two. (It prevents her from straining or becoming dehydrated) When digested, coconut oil will also make your dog's fur softer.       So there you go. 7 ways you can use coconut oil in your everyday life.  What are some ways you use it? Leave a comment below and share it with us.   J & J   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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Easy DIY Christmas Decor
It's officially Christmas time! As Joseph and I are in Montana with his parents celebrating the start of the holiday season, I decided to create some easy DIY Christmas decorations for us to add to their home while preparing for Christmas. All of the ingredients below I purchased at the Dollar Store, so these are incredibly easy and cheap to replicate. So pop in one of the films from the 25 Days of Christmas Movies list we made last week, and let's get crafting!  

Candy Cane Wreath

What You'll Need:

  • 20 candy canes
  • Large ribbon
  • Flat ornament of your choice
  • Hot glue gun and extra glue sticks
 

Directions:

Arrange the candy canes onto the table. Use the hot glue gun to glue the top and bottom of the candy canes to form 10 hearts. Then create a circle of glue around the perimeter of the inside of the wreath where the ends of the candy canes are touching. Once cooled, turn the wreath over and glue the center of the back of the wreath. Then glue each side of the heart to the heart next to it so the wreath is stable. Allow to dry. Flip the wreath back over. Add hot glue over the middle circle (on top of what was glued down first), and then press the flat ornament over the center. Allow to dry. Take the ribbon and cut the desired amount for hanging. Loop the ribbon through the wreath and secure the top. Add a bow or other desired decoration.    

DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments

What You'll Need:

  • Small/medium/large glass (or plastic) ornaments
  • Hot glue gun and extra glue sticks
  • Interior decor -- i.e.: faux snow, pom-poms,
  • Exterior decor -- ribbon, small bells, Sharpies,
 

Directions:

Always decorate the interior first. I took faux snow and filled my ornament about a third of the way. I was going for a more simplistic ornament, but feel free to create whatever your heart desires to add to the inside of the ornament (just keep in mind that it has to fit through the top of the ornament). If I were to create others, I would get some of those multi-colored pom-poms and use different sizes to fill the ornament about half way. Or I would put a small amount of a clear glue on it and secure it to different spots on the inside of the ornament. Or hey, you could create a snowman and drop it into the faux snow! Then decorate the exterior of the ornament. I started with the gold ribbon looking stuff. It always works better with ribbon to glue little dots as you go rather than drawing it on and trying to force the ribbon in the direction of the glue. Then I took some of those faux flowers and succulents that were in the dollar store and cut off a pine cone and some of the gold berries. I glues them on and then added the leaf. Finally for a cute finishing touch I put three silver bells onto a string and tied it so they stayed in one spot before finally securing it to the top.    

Orange Potpourri

What You'll Need:

  • 3-4 oranges in various sizes
  • Cutting board and a sharp knife
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cookie sheet
  • Paper towels
  • Nutmeg and/or cinnamon (optional)
 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 215 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice the oranges into relatively thin wedges. Lay the wedges down onto a paper towel. From there, you have two options. You can either use another paper towel to gently press down on the tops of the oranges to extract some of the excess juice, or you can leave them out for an hour or two to naturally dry out. Cover the cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Transfer the orange wedges onto the cookie sheet (the distance between the oranges does not matter). Optional: Take a small pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon and sprinkle lightly over the oranges Pop the oranges into the oven, and bake for approximately an hour or two. (This recipe is really relaxed... just look to see that they are completely dried out, but not burned) And voila! Once the oranges cool, you can use them around the house to make it smell fresh and Christmas-y!       So that’s it! How do you prepare for the holidays? Leave a comment down below with your favorite DIY Christmas traditions.   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
Need more DIY Christmas fun? Check out my post on Winter Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes here!
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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.
Annie Sloan in Graphite
Annie Sloan in Old Ochre
Annie Sloan in Paris Grey
Annie Sloan soft wax
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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