VINTAGE ROMANCE STYLE
11.20.2017

Thanksgiving Magical Faux Pumpkin Unicorn

Who says that Thanksgiving can't be magical or decorated with décor that isn't traditional? This year create a kids tablescape or a fun adult tablescape that is out of the box, pastel and oh so fun!





Let me make this clear, this pumpkin was completely inspired from THE PARTY PARADE. Isn't it adorable? Now let's get down to the deets!








Faux white pumpkin
Model Magic
Metallic gold craft paint
White felt
Pink felt
Silhouette machine
Black vinyl
Glue gun
Small paint brush
Scissors




1. Start by creating the horn by rolling 2 pieces of Model Magic into a  tapered rope shape. Skinny on top and fat on the bottom. Make sure that they are the same length. (The shorter the rope shape, the fatter and better your horn will be. If you make them thin and long, you will get a too tall and thin horn which = no Bueno!) Then roll the 2 pieces together and pinch the top together. Dab the bottom and fatten it up so that it has a flat bottom and is able to stand on it own. Let it dry overnight!

2. Next day! When your horn is dried out, paint it metallic gold (add some gold glitter if you want) and let the paint dry.

3. When the gold paint is dry, hot glue gun it in front of the pumpkin stem.

4. Cut 2 white triangles with rounded edges 

5. Cut 2 pink triangles slightly smaller than the white triangles. Don't forget to round these edges too.

6. Glue gun the pink triangle onto the white.

7. Place a line of hot glue on the bottom edge of the ear and press it down onto the pumpkin to place each ear.

8. With your Silhouette machine, cut out of the vinyl eyes of your choice. I found my eyelashes in the Silhouette Studio. Once they are cut, transfer them onto your pumpkin. Smooth them out and press them down completely.

9. Cut or pull off different size, color and type of flowers and hot glue them in front of the ears and horn.  

10. Place wherever you want in your home for décor and enjoy!











6.26.2017

Seeds of Past Generations

One night while praying over a particular thing in my life, God started showing me some things that I had never thought of before about generational bloodlines.




Have you ever taken a serious look at your generational line?

Are there generational curses?

Generational blessings?

Can you identify or see a pattern with a particular living standard, emotions, situations or attitudes within your bloodlines on both your mother and father's sides of the family?

I had been thinking about mine. A LOT. What did my ancestors spiritually battle? What were they involved in? Was there past witch craft? Past poverty? The more I started thinking about it the more I really don't know.

I thought about what things of my ancestors has been carried onto me? I'm not just talking about  my parents, I'm talking about all of the past generations and how we became who we are today.

There are spiritual links like a chain that flow through a family. Each link represents a person and the metals that hold it all together represent who they were spiritually. Their DNA in the world and not of this world.

You see satan tries to get into the very metal you were created with to put a kink in your particular part of your chain so that it will disrupt the flow of the strand.

Blessings and curses come in a form of a supernatural seed from the fruit of the past and all seeds are passed down with each generation. When a new generation is handed down those seeds, it is that generation's responsibility to decide if they are going to keep and plant each seed.

In all honesty, you can see it with the way that the world is. Most of the time each family replants the exact seeds given to them without taking the authority to choose. They feel as if though they are obligated to receive what they have been given and that is just the way that it is.

God wants you to know that YOU do not have to accept every seed given to you from the fruit of the past and YOU choose what you plant.

If poverty seeds were handed down, YOU choose not to plant them.

If cancer seeds were handed down, YOU decide to throw them away.

If seeds of depression or anger were handed down, you choose!

If seeds of wealth were planted, you CAN plant them!

Remember, what YOU plant in your life, will be passed down to your children. Good or the bad and they will have to choose to change the patterns or not.

Think about a family that has always lived at poverty level. If someone choose to believe that they have to live like that too just because their family did then they are replanting that seed and nothing will ever change until someone decides that it HAS to change!

Same with a family of wealth. If someone wants to keep that seed going, they will choose to work hard to plant it too. It goes both ways.

Let's look at how significant seeds are.

And He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. Matthew 17:20

Seeds can move mountains! Now the Lord  was referring to sowing a seed in faith and all it takes is a little bit of faith to see something move. Not exactly about being given generational fruit but see that Jesus said that something so small can have a HUGE impact on your life.

So, this week I want you to think about your bloodline. Can you see patterns of behavior or lifestyle? What seeds have been planted and what seeds do you want to uproot and change for the next generation?


On Thursday I'll be back with a new blog post that takes a look at taking back the generational seeds from the past that were not planted! See you then!

6.13.2017

Rustic Glam Bath Caddy + DIY Galvanized Tasseled Laundry Soap Dispenser




This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FreeOfSulfates  #CollectiveBias



Growing up I never really cared much about what I was eating or the products I was using on my body as long as the food tasted good and the products smelled great and felt great. Fast forward to when I became a mother of a newborn. You have to constantly check what they can and can't use, which leads to being more conscious of what you are actually using on your own body. If you could choose the best options for your family, would you? Within the past five years I've strived to find my favorite less harsh products that I actually love. With a lot of trial and error, I've found some of my own personal staples and want to share them with you today. You know the ones without sulfates and harsh chemicals. Ones that will make you feel a little better about the essentials that you supply your own family with. We as mother's choose our family's products so it's important to know what is in them! I've also created the cutest galvanized laundry soap dispenser complete with dip dyed tassels and a rustic glam bath caddy to keep all the bath clutter at bay. Side note: This post contains 2 tutorials so it is long. Make sure to PIN it to read all of it at a later time by hovering over the photos!





First let's talk shampoo + conditioner. It's no secret that I go through a lot of shampoo and conditioner every month. That's a whole lot of hair and product. It makes me feel good to clean my hair with a gentle product. AVEENO PURE RENEWAL® Shampoo and Conditioner contains naturally derived cleansers and a sulfate free formula to gently cleanse your hair and scalp. In choosing AVEENO PURE RENEWAL® Shampoo and Conditioner, I know that I’m doing my best to provide less harsh products for my loved ones. It's also really important to research and understand what I'm putting in my body as well as on. There is so much out there in this day in age.



On top of choosing healthier options, it's important to try to keep a clean house. My bath products along with my girls' toys can get out of control so I wanted something stylish and functional.



WHAT YOU NEED:

wood slats

drill

drill bit
2 handles
gray paint
gray wood stain
circular saw
sander
tape measure

STEP 1: Measure the width of your bath tub.
STEP 2: Cut 3 pieces of wood slats the width of your tub.


STEP 3: Cut 2 small wood pieces the width of the 3 boards.




STEP 4: Place the 2 slats on top of both ends of the 3 slats. Make sure it is a few inches in from the ends.



STEP 5: Screw in 3 screws on both small wood slats then flip it over.


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STEP 6: Sand it.
STEP 7: Paint it gray and let completely dry.
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STEP 7: Pre drill 2 small holes the width of your handles.

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STEP 8: Sand down to look old.

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STEP 9: With a rag, dab stain all over the exposed wood spots. Let dry.


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STEP 10: Add your handles and you are done!







Next, let's talk laundry. You're probably thinking will it ever end? Me too but, I absolutely love a good laundry soap that smells great, gets me excited to get the chore done and that is a little better for my family. Well, not many of us get excited about laundry, me included but I do love the smell of it even if it sits in piles waiting to be folded. After trying my fair share of laundry detergent over the years, I recently tried sulfate free all® fresh clean ESSENTIALS® and put it to the test. The NEW sulfate free all® fresh clean ESSENTIALS® delivers a powerful clean without harshness. Win right? It actually infuses the fabrics with essential, proven and effective ingredients that lifts tough stains. You know the all the stains your kids manage to create during summer vacation? Yup, I'm talking about those. It also lists the ingredients right on the back of the bottle so you actually know what's in it. all® sulfate free is one of the first laundry products to put ingredients out there for consumers. I'm constantly checking the labels on everything now since my family and I went gluten free but that's another post in itself!
Since laundry is never ending, I wanted to come up with something cute for my laundry soap that had a little bit of farmhouse and boho. Something unique and my own style. After thinking about it and seeing all of the glass dispensers on Pinterest I knew I wanted something different. That's when my love for galvanized metal came into play. Let me show you how I did it!





WHAT YOU NEED:

Galvanized drink dispenser found at Walmart

Dye, colors of your choice

Yarn
Scissors
Vinyl word or a machine to cut out your own.
Gloves to protect your hands from the dye
2 little bowls + a little bit of water





STEP 1: Create yarn tassels or buy them. I will create another blog post on how easily make them.

Wrap string around a small piece of cardboard 25 times. Tie the top off and snip the bottoms. Tie a small piece of yarn around to create the little ball.






STEP 2: Put on gloves and pour a little bit of dye and a little bit of water into the plastic bowls. Dip dye the tassels leaving the top untouched and then leave the ends in a little longer to create an ombre look.

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STEP 3: Place dyed tassels on paper towels and set out in the sun to dry.


STEP 4: Cut out vinyl Laundry word.



STEP 5: "Weed" out the letters.



STEP 6: Place transfer paper on top and press down firmly over the word. Then peel up to transfer.



STEP 7: Stick onto the dispenser and press firmly, smoothing out the letters. Peel up the transfer paper leaving the vinyl word.


STEP 8: Tie on the tassels and you are ready to pour in your soap!




all® fresh clean ESSENTIALS® can be found on the top shelf at Walmart... see? You can use this coupon Good for $.50 off one (1) all® product while supplies last.




AVEENO PURE RENEWAL® Shampoo and Conditioner.  Look for it in the Hair Care aisle at your local Walmart. Save $1.00 off one (1) AVEENO® product (excludes trial and travel sizes)



You can head to your local Walmart and find both of these products and try them for yourself and see how you feel after using sulfate free products. Do you think you'll make the switch?



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