Usually when people think of updating a room or giving it a new look that doesn't cost a lot, they think of changing out throw pillows. While that is a great option, I think changing out the lamps in a room make a much bigger statement. Especially if you decide to go with something that is a different width, height, color, and finish. If you are like me and like to make changes to your home without spending a boatload of money, the following table lamps below from Kirkland's are great options for your home no matter what your decor style your is - especially since the lamp shades are included (those can get so costly!). Plus, when you join the Kirkland's K Club, you will earn 1 point for every $1 spent and receive a $10 reward for every 300 points earned. On top of all that, you can use their Spin to Win app (iTunes or Google Play) and use a new coupon every single day!
I'm super excited to share with all of you my latest project because it's been something I have been planning since last fall. As much as I loved the large farmhouse table that we scored for a super good deal at an Amish auction last summer, I have plans for it in another area of our house (you can see that table and the benches here). In the next few weeks we're going to be starting our deck and I'm eager for that to happen because it's going to be an extension of living space (for a month or so out of the year since we do live in Minnesota - har har har). Our new deck space will have an upper and lower deck and my plan right now is to use the old rectangular farmhouse table and benches on the lower part of the deck. With our daughter's high school graduation party coming up, having the farmhouse table and benches will be great for extra seating. And just a month after that I turn 40 so we might just need extra seating for another party. :)
These past few months I have been keeping watch on Craigslist and Facebook for a used kitchen table and chairs. I knew I wanted a pedestal table and I knew I wanted 6 chairs. I occasionally found sets that I was interested in purchasing and ended up disappointed because they were either already sold, or the seller never responded to my email. After dealing with that for awhile, my husband suggested buying the table and chairs separate since I had planned on painting them anyways. Duh. Why didn't I think of that?!
Ever since my DIY in-shower exfoliating lotions bars turned out to be a success, I've be leaning toward making all of my skincare products at home. Not only is it cheaper, I feel more comfortable knowing what is going on my skin. Pick up a bottle of cleanser or lotion at the store and more often than not, you'll have no clue what most of the ingredients are. After all, your skin is your largest organ and is exposed to enough toxins just by going to the grocery store.
I've been removing my eye makeup and cleansing my skin with coconut oil for a month now and I'm sold. I keep a small bowl of organic virgin coconut oil in my bathroom and right before I wash my face, I heat up the bowl in the microwave for 15-20 seconds until the coconut oil is melted. At first I was warming chunks of the coconut oil in my hand until it liquified but that was just taking too long for me. The coconut oil removes my eye makeup and foundation and also cleanses my face at the same time (it has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties as well as antioxidants to help with those fine lines and wrinkles). I use the Norwex antibacterial microfiber washcloth to rinse the coconut oil, eye makeup and foundation from my face, and then I smooth more coconut oil over my face again. I wait a few seconds and gently remove it with the Norwex washcloth making sure to not remove it completely since coconut oil is very moisturizing and by the time I grab the towel to pat my face dry, my skin has already absorbed it.
I plan on incorporating coconut oil into more of my skin care products including my next batch of in-shower exfoliating lotion bars. But I don't want to stop at that so I've come up with a list of DIY coconut oil skincare & more recipe links. Some of the recipes I will probably never use (like the diaper rash cream since I am so done having kids), but it may be a recipe that one of you might want to try!
I'm excited to share with you all 17 gorgeous craft projects made with the Silhouette craft cutter! I don't personally own a Silhouette craft cutter but one of these days I'm going to take my crafting to the next level when I finally get one of these machines! I think I would end up making a fun new t-shirt for myself every week!
After you check out the projects below, make sure you pay close attention to how YOU can enter to win your very own Silhouette Cameo!
Pocketful of Posies
Sultry and Saucy One of a Kind DIY DIP Cups
Silhouette Craft Blog Hop: Cut Vinyl Art Upcycle
Craving Some Creativity
Silhouette Project Challenge: Distressed Laundry Room Sign
Paper Boxwood Wreath
Our House Now A Home
A Silhouette Giveaway and Creating New Wall Art
Knock it Off Crafts
DIY Otomi Coasters using a Silhouette Machine and Silhouette Giveaway!
One Project Closer
DIY Princess Party Decorations
Dream Design DIY
Chalkboard Workout Calendar and Silhouette Giveaway
The Country Chic Cottage
Custom Word Throw Pillows with Vintage Fabric
The Deans List
Scalloped Milk Glass for Valentine's Day
Tried & True
"Life Is Good" Bicycle Lover's Tee
Valentine's Day/St. Patrick's Day Reversible Sign
Pretty cool projects up there huh? If you are not familiar with the Silhouette, the projects above will definitely give you a good idea of all the fun things it can do and what can be made. There are endless possibilities for your creative ideas!
Through February 11th, you can enter to win your very own Silhouette Cameo on Instagram (yes, an Instagram account is required to enter this contest). Not only will you be entering to win the very coveted Silhouette Cameo, you're also going to add some fantastic Instagram profiles to your feed! All you have to do is start here with my Instagram account. All of the details on how to enter are there. Don't worry, I know it seems a bit wordy, but it's actually quite simple.
Winter in the Midwest can feel like forever. And it takes a toll on your skin. It's always the backs of my hands and from my knees down that get it the worst. I should probably wear gloves more often and stop going to the gym every day in my workout capris because exposed skin during the winter months is a big no-no.
A few years ago my youngest sister-in-law introduced me to a store at the mall that specialized in natural body care products. I fell in love with these products, especially their in-shower exfoliating lotion bar, but holy heck that stuff gets expensive. This year, I decided to make my own.