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Roadside mirror to glam chalkboard makeover

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This makeover is only about a year overdue. You see, I found this little gem that  on the side of the road about a year ago with the very intention of turning into a metallic gold framed chalkboard.
Sadly, it has sat in my garage the whole time.
I even squealed with excitement when I saw it laying on the curb for city clean up. Obviously the previous owner didn't see the potential nor was a DIYer. Win for me!
It was completely covered in thick dirt/dust and cobwebs... the cobwebs even had dead spiders all in them.
I hate spiders but had to get over it for a minute to stuff this in the back of my SUV.
I drove off with a big smile on my face.

Now fast forward to today. I can happily say that it is complete and I am in love!
It is also one less project on the to do list and I have been on a roll.

First I took out the mirror and I wiped  down the frame with soap and water then dried it off. I removed all the cobwebs and spiders.

After it was dry I primed it with 2 coats of Valspar white primer from Lowe's and let that dry completely.

Then I sprayed 2-3 coats of Valspar Metallic gold.

After the metallic gold was dry and not sticky, I used Valspar's chalkboard paint and painted 3 coats. You want to make sure that there isn't any brown speckles showing through. Let that dry overnight.

Hang it and the chalkboard art is endless!

Praise God for Mondays & The Spiritual Boxing Ring

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Believe it or not, I love Mondays! I think Mondays get a bad rep. People hate going back to work, hate getting back to their daily grind and so on and so on. But... me... I LOVE Mondays! It's a fresh start to a new week. A new week of unexpected blessings and seeing God work through me. Even if it is a smile to a stranger who secretly needed it the most.

Now don't get me wrong, Mondays do usher in busyness  in my life. 7 AM sharp my alarm goes off. I start cooking breakfast for my kids, pack lunches, feed said kids, get them dressed , hop in the car and pray we make it on time and no one is fussing and fighting. The struggle is real!
Now repeat that 4 more times and I get to rest on Saturday and do it again for church Sunday and start again Monday.
God makes everyday new. Why not rejoice in that instead of hating Mondays? Why hate something that God created to be a fresh start?
 We all know we plan new things for Mondays.
"I'm gonna eat this cookie right now but I'll start my diet Monday."
See my point?

Let's embrace Mondays, wake up with a smile on our face, thank God for the day and see that "dreaded" day in a new light!

As for me, I'm thankful for the my slate to be wiped clean and I have a whole new week to make memories and get things done.


So, while I am elbows deep in projects this week like painting my kitchen cabinets (pray for me) I'll leave you with something I wrote to motivate you to keep fighting! I also  finished putting stone on my fireplace wall and will blog about that very soon!

HAPPY MONDAY from the bottom of my heart!

The Spiritual Boxing Ring

God is your biggest fan. No matter what place your in.
Always rooting you on.
Never leaving your side when you're elbows deep in the spiritual  boxing ring with the enemy.
He gives you water during breaks, gives advice and sends you back out to keep fighting.
Yes, keep fighting.
Exhausted, wanting to stop and wondering when it will end.
That's all of us.
You're not alone.
We are constantly in spiritual warfare.
We never get to stop.
If we stop then the enemy wins.
We are fighting our guts out for souls.
Our lost parents, addicted children, sick family members and hurting friends.
Our fight isn't always for us.
It's for the ones we love most.
Sometimes we are all they have.
The only prayers spoken for them.
The only ones believing that they can change.
We fight on their behalf.
We declare that the enemy can't have them.
The devil and his team throw punches and we come back with an uppercut to the gut.
Kicking and screaming.
Even if we are bloody and wounded, even if we are down for the count and enemy thinks he's about to win.
Too many people you know are counting on you.
Don't give up so easily.
Just when you think you are about to get KO'D is when you're the closest to winning.
Call a time out.
Talk to your heavenly COACH, take a drink and get back out there in the ring.
Be a champion for Jesus.
Help win souls and never stop fighting.
The Spiritual boxing ring is real life. Our prayers are punches and leading people to Jesus is the ultimate VICTORY.

It's the fight of life or death.

-Teryn Yancey

Past Fall projects- Reclaimed Pallet wood signs & Banner

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I made these last year and LOVE them so I thought I'd share it with you again. I whitewashed the wood, used a black sharpie for the lettering.

For the pumpkins, I painted old fence slats orange with craft paint, found scrap pieces of wood for the stems which I painted green and then nailed them directly onto the sign.

You can check out my RUFFLED FALL BANNER TUTORIAL and make one yourself!

Motivational Mondays Begins Today

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Happy Monday!

Recently I have been thinking a lot about this blog, my life and my voice that is infused with all of the DIY projects and inspiration. Along the way I feel as if my voice, my heart isn't being heard. That all of the projects are more important. I've always felt as if no one would care if I talked about things that were important to me. Maybe this is just the enemy's way of stopping me from being a Light in the World.

After pondering on Friday evening and a few positive thoughts from other bloggers I decided that I am going to share my heart. I am going to be motivational! I have SO much to say and a HUGE heart and all of my readers do not even know that because the lack of me not sharing them.

What about my heart for hurting children?
What about me trying to figure out this whole motherhood thing?
What about my love for Jesus? We all know that is the most important one.

So why in world am I not sharing.

Let me honest for a moment, I am shy.

Wait, say whaaat?

Yeah, I am shy!

I only share my feelings if I really know you. Otherwise, I don't talk that much. If you ask my husband he will say that I  NEVER stop talking but that is not true!

So with all that said, I am determined to show you guys my heart. Share things that matter to me on top of all the projects.

Today starts Motivational Mondays! A day to grab a cup of coffee or heck a coke because I LOVE both and get inspired to sink deeper into God's love. This is what I'm really about.

If you didn't already know, I have a non profit, that motivates and helps women overcome depression and anxiety God's way. I am slowly going to be infusing that on Mondays over here.

 God is calling me to simplify my life. Get rid of all the things that aren't necessary. Running two blogs is a lot on top of everything else...

So here is to new adventures, inspiration, and sharing my heart! I hope you enjoy!

Time please stop. Sincerely, Teryn

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Yesterday, October 14, 2014, my oldest child turned eight years old. I had been dreading this day for the past few months. Not because I don't want to spoil him with cake, gifts and all the blessings of birthday celebrations but because, as a mother, I was not prepared.

It seems like just yesterday I labored for hours on end, pushed for 2 exhausting hours and finally met my little man. Before I knew it, he turned 8. Eight fast years went by with a blink of an eye. The little raspy voice turned into a maturing young man. One with growing knowledge and height. He no longer cries over "boo boos" and spilled milk. He no longer needs me to do as much for him anymore. He can get his own cup of ice water and takes out the trash.

As each one of his birthdays comes every year, he no longer needs me a little more and more. That is why I was dreading this years 8th birthday.

I wish I could be the one to hold him forever, kiss him forever and tuck him in bed forever. The reality is, I won't be the one. He will find a special woman, which turns into THE ONE.

That ONE will then take my place caring for him. I will have to let go and a little piece of my heart will be missing.

I am not ready nor prepared for any of that. Driver's license, saying goodbye on his first date or even saying goodbye for college if he wishes so.

I know I am his mother, the one who will always be there if he needs me, the one he can tell anything to and I will always stand up for him. I know I will always hold a special place in his heart like he does in mine.

So with each birthday that passes, I have to let go a little more. Brace for another year of more changes, maturation, and  knowledge.

As each year goes by, and the uncertainty of what that year will bring, he might not need me every second of the day but I will always be there loving him with all of my heart. That I can promise and know for sure.

I want to live in the slow motion. The calming center of the tornado were peace and happiness collide in the whirlwind. Not this fast paced life I have been given. Time, please be kind. Give me moments of bliss and happiness as I watch my children grow with the love of Jesus in their hearts. Moments of watching them chase bubbles and giggle while frolicking in the grass.  Little kisses, holding my hand and snuggling with me on a chilly winter morning. Those are the moments I will hold dear to my heart and as a mother I can treasure forever.  Time, just. please. stop. I don't want my babies  growing up just yet, I am not prepared.



Fall 2014 Hair Trends with Dove Pure Care Dry Oil

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Fall is officially here. It was definitely long awaited. Leaves changing colors, pumpkin spice everything and the sweet nostalgia of  pumpkin carving, hayrides, and  fire places  are in the air.

When the seasons start changing so do we. Everything from our food, wardrobe and  hair evolve a little or sometimes a lot. As women, there are two major seasons that have us wanting to color or cut our gorgeous locks. The transition from Spring to Summer and then again in Fall.

This year, in Fall 2014 it seems as if all the celebs are trying new hairstyles and the runways were packed with fresh trends. We're talking perfectly parted centers, pony tails in every style, loose and textured waves and definitely glamorous 60's inspired looks.

Celebrities of all ages are leading the way in drastic hair changes this year. For example, Beyonce, Jen Aniston, Hilary Duff, Taylor Swift, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence and more are all trading in their long locks for a shorter style.

I for one jumped on the shorter hair train for Fall.. I was ready for a change. Something a little edgier and with style while staying true to me. My signature go to look is my loose textured waves just like the runway trend.

Even with shorter hair, I curl my hair daily. That leaves my hair needing moisture, shine and amazing products to keep my hair healthy.

I recreated my loose waves with the help of Dove Pure Care Dry Oil  shampoo and conditioner. After I washed and conditioned, I towel dried my hair then applied the Pure Care Dry Oil nourishing hair treatment made with African Macadamia oil and coconut oil.

I blow dried my hair as usual and was blown away by the results! Not only did my hair smell like sweet, fresh baby oil, it was amazingly soft and literally like silk. My hair hasn't felt this amazing in a long time, or maybe even ever!

After my hair was completely dry and gorgeously silky, I created lose waves, added some body and was ready to go about my day with confidence. Not only did my hair look shiny and smooth but it also boosted my mood!

The new Dove products are suitable for every hair type and it didn't weigh my hair down at all. I still had plenty of volume with my silky hair that lasted all day.

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    DIY Shabby Wood Number Make Over with Nail Head Trim

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    Recently I took a trip to hobby lobby and I saw an adorable wooden letter with nail head trim for $18. I immediately fell in love and knew I could DIY it. You know, being a DIY girl and all of course I would have to try to recreate what I saw but with my own style incorporated into it.

    For a long time, I had been searching for the perfect wooden number 5. I have 5 people in my family so #5 represents each of us and I love things with meaning. 
     I want to say this wooden number was originally 5.99 but I cant remember what the tag said... it was also on sale for 50% off! I couldn't put it in my cart fast enough.

    Bless Hobby Lobby's heart for having exactly what I had been looking for!

    1. I spray painted the number with Valspar's metallic gold spray paint from Lowe's. Unfortunately I didn't snap any pictures of that step. I was juggling multiple projects at once!

    2. After the gold was try, I spray painted the number again with Valspar's white spray paint and it actually was the white primer!

    I then took my block sander and started sanding/distressing away. I focused on the edges and lightly went over the entire 5. I wanted an old, worn shabby look with the metallic gold peeking through for character.

    I then took some leftover nail head trim and was going to originally use the roll of it from Hancock's Fabrics but I then decided that it would be too much so I opted to use just the nail heads and space them out nicely.

    I started nailing at the corner and worked my way around with the desired space in between  the studs.

    I LOVE my version of the Hobby Lobby inspired number and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. It only took me 2 years to find the perfect # 5!

    I already had the nail head trim and paint on hand so this project was under $5 for me. Style doesn't have to cost you a pretty penny.

    This project really is super easy and anyone can do it! Head to your local Hobby Lobby store to get your favorite number and make your own!

    *I was not compensated or sponsored for this post. All opinions expressed are my own. I just LOVE Hobby Lobby and everything the company stands for.

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