About Roeshel

author of DIY Show Off blog

Show off your creativity! It’s That DIY Party time!

It’s that time of the week. A fresh new day to show off your creativity and hard work in the link party below (your personal DIY only please!) or browse the links for inspiration for your next DIY.

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: Just returning from Salt Lake City. So lovely! Stay tuned this week for 10 color lovin’ bloggers, 10 colorful room makeovers!

Color-Lovers-Blog-Tour

…and I’ll be doing an essential oils post, along with a red, white and blue recap from the That DIY Party links sometimes this week too! Be sure to stop back!

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff Celebrations Challenge #MichaelsMakers

Party time: Let’s get this party started, shall we? 

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1. Please use the button above or text and link to this post to share the linky love. Here is the link: http://diyshowoff.com/category/other/that-diy-party/.
2. This blog linky party is for YOUR DIY projects only and YOUR IMAGES ONLY. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only. Please do not link giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project. 
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4. If you’re here to share your DIY and link up or just browse the links for DIY inspiration, please consider visiting one of the links above to or leaving a comment to let me know what you think about my DIY too! Feedback makes my day! Thank you so much for your support!
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That DIY Party

It’s That DIY Party time! Welcome! So glad you’re here!

What’s on your DIY project list this summer? Show off your creativity and hard work in the link party below (your personal DIY only please!) or browse the links for inspiration for your next DIY. I’m actually in Salt Lake City, UT right now. Ever been? 

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1. Please use the button above or text and link to this post to share the linky love. Here is the link: http://diyshowoff.com/category/other/that-diy-party/.
2. This blog linky party is for YOUR DIY projects only and YOUR IMAGES ONLY. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only. Please do not link giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project. 
3. By joining the party, you give permission for your project to be featured and ‘shown off’ via blog highlight, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, G+. (Note: When pinning favorites, I prefer that you have a Pin button on your image or a Pinterest sharing button on your post.)
4. If you’re here to share your DIY and link up or just browse the links for DIY inspiration, please consider visiting one of the links above to or leaving a comment to let me know what you think about my DIY too! Feedback makes my day! Thank you so much for your support!
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That DIY Party time!

DIY friends and enthusiasts! It’s That DIY Party time! Show off your hard work and creativity in the link party below or visit the links for inspiration. 

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: I’m packing for a trip to Salt Lake City and traveling this week so DIY will be a little scarce for the next week or two. I did recently share 5 Friday Favorites. Pop over to see what I’m loving and to watch the video of my adorable assistant helping me with a DIY foaming hand soap tutorial! SO CUTE!

foaming handsoap tutorial  

Highlights:

Party time: Time to par-tay!

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1. Please use the button above or text and link to this post to share the linky love. Here is the link: http://diyshowoff.com/category/other/that-diy-party/.
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5 Friday Favorites

TGIF! Happy Friday friends!!! Ever look at someone’s photos and wonder where the heck they snagged something so fun and fab? Me too! And I’m often asked about certain items from photos in blog posts and social media so I figured a round up of favorite things was due. Because if you’re nebby like me, inquiring minds want to know.  Some of the links below are affiliate links, some just linked for your convenience. So here goes: 5 Friday Favorites…

5 friday faves

1. With a healthier lifestyle including whole foods and cutting way back on sugar consumption, this whipped cream maker is a must! Seriously! 30 seconds and 2 ingredients (we do heavy whipping cream and 1 stevia packet) is all it takes and I have a great dip for fruit or topping for (this) pie which my husband made and I.LOVE.it! I could eat it every single day…as as far as desserts go, it’s pretty guilt-free. You NEED this kitchen gadget! Also check out: the new ice-cream maker, brownie pan and the wine essential tools! My sweet friend Sharon, a Pampered Chef consultant, set up a party to shop from: 

Whipped Cream Maker

whipped cream maker  

Oh my. Looks like I could use some food photography tips.

Any recommendations?

I might get drafted if Russ ever starts his food blog! 

2. & 3. Hey floral patterns are NOT reserved for grandmas! But yes, I’m a proud grandma and I love this floral raglan and these new ‘roses’ shades are my favorite this summer. 

sunglasses

rose & gold sunglasses and floral raglan top 

4. And this next one I bought for working out but recently paired it with a cardigan. Perfect for a girls’ night out, right which is almost like going to the gym. It’s up and off the couch. So very similar, right? Besides. it’s so cute and well, you COULD wear it to the gym, so versatile too! 

winosaur

wino-saur tank top

5. And last but not least, I made up some foaming hand soap recently with the help of my trusty sidekick and little grand buddy. He is so sweet! He’s back to being two time zones away so I sometimes watch this video daily to get that kiss. ::hold me:: 

 

No video bells and whistles…adding video editing course to my list of things to do but really, we were just hanging out and decided to do a video. isn’t he a natural? lol!

foaming handsoap dispenser

5 friday faves  

Okay, that was fun! I don’t know that I’ll do this every week but I hope you’ll enjoy the occasional series of my 5 Friday Faves! Enjoy the weekend! 

That DIY Party

Hello DIY enthusiasts and creative thinkers It’s That DIY Party time!

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: 

10 color loving bloggers, 10 colorful room makeovers in the works. Take the Color Loving Bloggers Tour. 

Color-Lovers-Blog-Tour

There’s a dining room makeover in progress. See the plan here —> dining room color palette and plan!

dining room before: 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

Kids, summer, parties. You’ll love these personalized pool totes

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

…and links to more pool inspired ideas.

pool party challenge

Coming soon: A basement makeover!

basement fish tank before

Highlights: Follow That DIY Party Pinterest board. 

Party time: Let’s get this party started! 

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1. Please use the button above or text and link to this post to share the linky love. Here is the link: http://diyshowoff.com/category/other/that-diy-party/.
2. This blog linky party is for YOUR DIY projects only and YOUR IMAGES ONLY. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only. Please do not link giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project. 
3. By joining the party, you give permission for your project to be featured and ‘shown off’ via blog highlight, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, G+. (Note: When pinning favorites, I prefer that you have a Pin button on your image or a Pinterest sharing button on your post.)
4. If you’re here to share your DIY and link up or just browse the links for DIY inspiration, please consider visiting one of the links above to or leaving a comment to let me know what you think about my DIY too! Feedback makes my day! Thank you so much for your support!
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DIY Personalized Pool Party Gift Tote

Cannonbaaaaallllllll!!!

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Summer pool parties are so much fun, aren’t they? Woo hooooo! Summer in my family is filled with days at my mom’s pool, watching my nieces and nephew giggle and splash around. I love that they’ve learned to swim so well and enjoy watching them overcome their fear of water over the years.

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

“Pool-rific” is the Michaels’ June Challenge. Perfect timing! 

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Kicking off pool party season this past holiday weekend, I gifted each of them with a cute personalized beach bag filled with fun outdoor goodies, swim accessories and beach towels.  

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Supplies I used are all available at Michaels with the exception of the beach towels.

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

  • beach totes
  • Sharpie markers
  • letter stencil
  • plastic container
  • fill ‘er up: sunglasses, bubbles, plastic water bottles with carabiner, assorted dive toys
  • beach towel
  • optional: toss in some sunblock and flip-flops! 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Whether you’re looking for fun décor, activities for your kids or cute party supplies, Michaels has everything you need to MAKE summer fun!

What I did:

Using a pencil and a yardstick, I drew a faint line onto the upper part of the tote bag so that my personalization would be level. 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Then I used a pencil to stencil the letters. 

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I filled in the letters with Sharpie markers. There was a little bleeding (due to the tote bag material) but I actually like that affect, don’t you? It adds to the design! 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

The plastic bucket/container fits perfectly inside and helps the tote back hold an open shape. Perfect for toting home a wet bathing suit too!

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Toss in fun accessories.

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

So cute for a summer time birthday gift or pool party hostess gift! 

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Pin for future reference for summer birthday party or pool party hostess gift!  

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Looking for more pool-rific ideas? Looking for more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ summer fun project ideas starting today at 11 a.m. EST:

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Color Lovers: Dining Room Refresh

Color Lovers Blog Tour: 10 color loving bloggers working on 10 colorful rooms! Are you ready for some ideas on adding color to your home? You hit the jackpot! Follow the tour below and stay tuned! 

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The Challenge: Our dining room is looking kind of stale and uninspired. It’s hard to tell in photos but it needs a paint job pretty bad and well, while I LOVE neutrals too (have I mentioned my design-mutt style?), I am ready to add some color to my neutral base.   It’s usually looking like something along these lines…

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::yawnnnn::

Nice enough. Clean. Bland. It’s time to liven things up with some color, baby!

Before: See the patch work for nail holes, dings, cracks and scratches in the walls below? These walls require some TLC! Since this room doesn’t have direct access to a window (although behind where I’m standing to take the photo is a set of French doors in another small room), there’s little to no natural lighting so it’s important to keep paint options light and bright but oh man, if you know me, I do love being creative so I might have something special planned for that back wall. Watch out! I’m armed with my FrogTape and ready to go! 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

See how dark the room typically is?

Okay friends, so here’s the plan: feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments. If they’re nice. haha. Just kidding. Constructive criticism welcome! 

Walls & ceiling: Freshen up the ceiling and walls. The walls will be neutral and light for the most part (again, those lighting issues) with the exception of maybe something fun on that back wall. The ceiling was actually a lighter shade than the precious taupe-y walls at one point but as you can tell below, definitely not clean crisp white. That’s changing! 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

 Sliding door: I still swoon over this door. I’ve considered repainting it for a change /something different but I am still so in LOVE with the chartreuse color so it’s staying! However, I’m adding frosted contact paper to the windows to give the bedroom privacy (there’s currently a dark curtain there…blah). The frosted film will still allow some of that natural lighting to make it’s way into the dark dining room but provide privacy between the rooms.

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

My thoughts on decorating and loving color:  I looooove bringing in color with paint and decorative accents. Why? Mostly because I love to rearrange and redecorate often. I find that keeping the furniture (those big ticket items) neutral allows for adding and changing color schemes whenever the itch to do so hits me. And I get itchy often. Wait. That doesn’t sound so good, does it? lol What I mean is…I find that my reward for ‘cleaning’ is re-arranging and redecorating. It keeps things fresh and motivates me to get the sweeping, dusting, picking up tasks done. So for me personally, change happens often in my home. It makes me happy. 

Summary: Paint and decorative accessories are easy to change so do what you love! I’m no stranger to colorful accents. Remember this fun room? Not everyone’s cup of tea but my family room was so colorful-carnival, I couldn’t help but smile in there. Ya know?

family room was once a kaleidoscope of color

eclectic family room

 

guest room/nursery

combined nursery/guest room @diyshowoff

Anyway…back to the dining room and adding color there! 

Keep: existing handmade barn wood dining room table, built-ins (I’m always tempted to tear those out but…they’re so functional I’d be crazy to do away with them, ya know?) and existing light fixture (still love it so working with it). Those two built-ins are actually a very light shade of blue. I’m ready for them to be white so I never have to paint them again in my lifetime.

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

Built In Cabinets:  I guess previous homeowners had a LOT to display since out of the 4 corners in the dining room, 3 have built-in cabinets. Well, who doesn’t love storage? So they stay. I’ve lived 10 years with being able to see what’s in the built in cabinets and it’s not always pretty. The best of intentions sometimes get out of control. My plan is to hide the contents.  I love this lace pattern privacy window film (affiliate link) on the two matching built-ins for hidden storage. Spray painting hardware. 

before…peeling light blue paint

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

after will be fresh, crisp and clean.

The other built in cabinet shown below will get a fresh restyling. 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

Design board: I am SO super excited for this fresh colorful update!!! 

  • Update the seating. Birch Lane is an affordable shopping destination with classic designs. 
  • Add beauty to the walls. Minted has such a beautiful selection of stationery, wall art and fabrics. 
  • The Mine has a killer selection of unique fine furnishings for my plan to bring in a few feminine touches and color through decorative home accessories. 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room design board: navy, blush, chartreuse and gray

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COLOR LOVERS PALETTE: 

blush, gray, navy, & chartreuse 

I am in LOVE! What are your thoughts? Not vibrant but certainly color lovin'! Think it's not colorful enough? Just wait and see! It might look muted in the plans but it's going to make my boring dining room bright and colorful! 

before

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I feel it's versatile. I'd have no problem adding in maroon or magenta, teal or turquoise, gold or silver, black or brown or even eggplant...lots of color options for adding colorful seasonal accessories. 

Mark your calendar! Stay tuned! On June 27th, stop back to see how a coat of paint, some DIY and a color palette of blush, gray, navy and chartreuse give my tired dining room a bright and colorful new look!

Longing for some more Color Lovers eye candy? Visit these talented blog friends in the Color Lovers tour. Prepare to be wowed and inspired!

Kelly Elko/In My Own Style/Inspired by Charm/Tatertots and Jello/Southern Hospitality

Fox Hollow Cottage/Four Generations One Roof/Jennifer Rizzo/Duke Manor Farm

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That DIY Party

Hellooooo, DIY friends! Hugs to you this Memorial Day! I hope you’re surrounded by lots of love. xo It’s That DIY Party time! A fresh new week to ‘show off’ YOUR creativity and hard work. 

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: Just said good bye to my daughter and grandson again early this morning. She left last weekend, he stayed with us for the week, she flew in last night and they left this morning. It’s going to be quiet around here. Hug me! 🙁 

This past week I was celebrating the 3 years of a healthier lifestyle, my oil-anniversary thanks to these two sweet blog friends. Do you know these two talented ladies? Love them! Read more HERE

beth, roeshel, carrie

Celebration: I had a fun unicorn and rainbows themed (essential oil) make & take party with friends. And I’m hosting a giveaway! Pop over to enter by simply commenting something happy from your week. 

unicorn essential oils make and take

Coming this week: You’re going to want to stop back for —> A Color Lovers series! 10 bloggers, 10 room makeovers!

Color-Lovers-Blog-Tour

And a Michaels’ Makers’ Challenge! 

Party time: Let’s get this party started!

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4. If you’re here to share your DIY and link up or just browse the links for DIY inspiration, please consider visiting one of the links above to or leaving a comment to let me know what you think about my DIY too! Feedback makes my day! Thank you so much for your support!

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Happy Unicorn {Essential Oil-Infused} Roller-Blend Make & Take and Giveaway

Earlier this week I shared the anniversary of the journey to a healthier me and this week, a few friends gathered with me to celebrate with a happy hour/make & take and I wanted to share a few of the highlights…

unicorn essential oils make and take

“Being a person is getting too complicated. Time to be a unicorn.”

unicorn essential oils make and take

The DIY Make & Take:

Magic Unicorn essential oil Make & Take @diyshowoff

Magic Unicorn Blend

What we used: (some affiliate links below)

*Note: I only recommend Young Living essential oils. See below for more info. 

unicorn essential oils make and take

What we did: 

Add 10 drops of each essential oil (Joy, Bergamot, Grapefruit) to the roller bottle, top off with carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil, V6 or carrier oil of your choice). Secure the rollerball fitment and lid. It has a pretty perfume-y smell with an uplifting scent. WARNING: Citrus essential oils are photosensitive. Do not apply if you’ll be out in the sun or apply topically where the sun don’t shine! 

unicorn essential oils make and take

More Details& Ideas

unicorn essential oils make and take

Bergamot//Bergamot’s aroma is tart yet sweet and uplifting yet relaxing.

Grapefruit//sweet, invigorating aroma that members enjoy for its ability to encourage feelings of joy, satisfaction, and playfulness.

Joy//invites a sense of romance, bliss, and warmth when diffused. When worn as a fragrance, it invites togetherness.

Light (essential oil infused) refreshments included: Beverages consisted of guest’s choice of Ice water bar with citrus Vitality essential oils (use glass or stainless steel containers), Sangria, Pink Moscato. 

Magic Unicorn essential oil Make & Take @diyshowoff

Fresh fruits in rainbow colors and fruit dip. Fruit dip: 1 large container of greek yogurt, 8 oz. cream cheese, a splash of vanilla extract, sweetener to taste, lemon Vitality essential oil. I blended ingredients with my hand mixer and refrigerated until served. 

Magic Unicorn essential oil Make & Take @diyshowoff

Sweet Potato/Beet Chips (2 bags) with dip. Dip: No photo…oops! But SO good! I hand mixed 8 oz. sour cream, 3/4 cup of avocado mayo, onion powder/garlic powder to taste, sea salt to taste, fresh dill and about 5-7 drops of dill Vitality essential oil. Yum! 

Magic Unicorn essential oil Make & Take @diyshowoff

Party Favors: You can’t see them around the water bottle in the photo below but these are perfect for applying essential oil and wearing as a hair accessory or bracelet. Get them here and you’ll have lots left over for welcome gifts, incentives, etc. —>{elastic knotted hair elastics}

unicorn essential oils make and take

Prizes: Nitro packets and Wolfberry Crisp Bars. 

unicorn essential oils make and take

Raffles: Just an idea of some fun raffles I put together: (Most items found at Michaels).

Magic Unicorn essential oil Make & Take @diyshowoff

Fun Game: Also search Google and print: “What’s Your Unicorn Name”.

unicorn essential oils make and take

We also covered some material from a Balancing Healthy Emotions with Essential Oils. 

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May Promo: OH MY GOODNESS! If you’re not a member of Young Living yet, get them now! Use Enroller/Sponsor ID#1836762 at youngliving.com to get a welcome bundle from DIYShowOff (see details here). 

Spring into Young Living essential oils @diyshowoff Grab a premium starter kit at youngliving using enroller/sponsor #1836762 and receive an awesome welcome bundle! Embrace wellness!

 

The giveaway: Share a happy moment from your week in the comments below to be entered to win. Giveaway runs now through May 31st at midnight EST. Winner will be randomly drawn and announced here June 1st, 2017. Winner will receive the roller blend above and a $25 Amazon gift card. 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! MY RANDON WINNER PICKER PLUG IN CHOSE THE WINNER. AND THE WINNER IS…

SAMANTHA! “I got to go to my prenatal appointment and hear my precious baby’s heartbeat and got to plan the ultrasound for my gender reveal!”

CONGRATULATIONS, Samantha! I’ll be in touch! 

unicorn essential oils make and take

Pin for later reference:  thanks! xo

magic unicorn essential oil blend

Love your essential oils? Check out these awesome essential oil infused summer recipes and ideas HERE

summer cookout essential oil recipes

Celebrating a Healthier, Happier Me!

Time to get a little more personal! lol Because three years ago, two amazing blog friends shared something life-changing with me during a fun blog retreat (I’m ready for another trip, girls!). If you don’t know, my blogging career began 10 years ago at a time when we bought this old fixer upper farmhouse, a journal of our DIY projects, the before and after results and encouraging others to ‘show off’ their handwork, creativity and DIY. Yay!

Thieves all the things! Roeshel @diyshowoff #essentialoils

 

BUT it was also a time when my mind decided to go through something where working outside of the home really wasn’t an option anymore. And going out in public was an ordeal and took a lot of courage. Anyway, I did leave the house on occasion and I really had to force myself to step outside of my comfort zone. So much that even for this blogger’s retreat trip, while everyone else was flying into the same popular airport then meeting up and all taking two sponsored cars to the beach home; I paid more to fly into a closer airport and hailed a cab. Ridiculous, right? But if you suffer from something similar, you understand. The fact that I was even there in the first place was HUGE but I still had to deal with my quirks and apologize for my weird embarrassing high maintenance ways. Thankfully, most of the issue is “in my head” because that group of amazing friends were so nonjudgmental and accepting. Isn’t that the best? True friendship!

Anna Maria Island blogger retreat

So while everyone was piling in the cars and heading out to dinner, I apologized that I “wasn’t feeling well” and would be staying behind at the beach house because well, occasional anxiety induced (TMI alert!) digestive issues. If it had only been sweaty palms and a racing heart, I might have put on a brave face and tried. Okay, no I wouldn’t have. I missed out on a lot of things because of my fear and issues. 

beth, roeshel, carrie

Well, I have to tell you…the biggest thanks EVER goes to my amazing friends, Beth from UnSkinny Boppy and Carrie from Making Lemonade blog for sharing about essential oils. it’s a day that really was the starting point of my decision to make healthier choices. If they hadn’t shared, I shudder to think of where my unhealthy lifestyle would have landed me or how my fears would have held me back. 

I am forever grateful! Trying that essential oil, experiencing fast benefits that enabled me to be more active at the retreat is something I will never forget. When I got home, I immediately ordered the Premium Starter Kit and that began my journey to a healthier me. Now I’m still learning every day but my eyes are open to how horribly bad I was treating my body and that all of the DIY and creativity in the would wouldn’t make my beautiful home…safe. All of those toxic chemicals really are contributing factors to poor health. A beautiful home truly starts with creating a safe environment. 

diyshowoff young living essential oils member#1836762

If someone would have told me three years ago that I’d ditch my Yankee Candles, Bath & Body Works, my Versace perfume, my fake lavender laundry regimen; that I’d quit smoking (yea, that’s a biggy – I was an ashamed closet/outdoor smoker), begin exercising and eat cleaner; I would have laughed out loud and probably coughed up a lung doing so. :/ 

 

It didn’t happen overnight. I’m still working to take better care of this ::mumble::-something-year-old body but you guys, it was EXACTLY what I needed to take those first few baby steps, something I’d been procrastinating. It’s a decision I will never regret.

Check out how you can join me in taking the first steps to creating a healthier lifestyle with Young Living Essential Oils at diyshowoff.com

And my dear friend, I really want the same from you. So much so – and it doesn’t have to come from me (although of course I’d be honored to welcome you to our amazing circle of oily friends).  If you’ve been on the fence or holding off or rolling your eyes at that friend who is over-the-top passionate about their essential oils – connect with him or her asap and open yourself up to learning and experiencing even just a little but a good fair try to see those amazing health benefits for yourself. If you don’t have that friend, consider me…I’m VERY passionate about them and really want you to take a baby step towards a healthier, happier you. 

I jumped in with both feet and started swapping out chemicals in my home and changing my lifestyle to one that was more proactive and wellness-based. I am no longer afraid to leave the house. And with a mother and sister diagnosed with breast cancer one year apart with no genetic link; it’s evident that our environment and what we consume is a contributing factor. 

I absolutely was not looking for this type of career (who ever is?! No way! No thank you very much!) but when I fell in love with the products and forced myself to step outside of my comfort zone to host a class at home, I got a check from Young Living and then learned more about this generous world leading company, I realized I could leave a legacy (You guys! …leave a legacy and business to my daughters and grandson) — simply by sharing what I love just like I share favorite restaurants, clothing and music, and helping others in the process as well as live a healthier lifestyle myself and create a safer environment for the people I love (looking at that sweet baby boy’s face, I told myself that I wanted to be around to see him grow up to be an amazing man and I wanted to give him the things I couldn’t provide for my girls), I made the commitment to learn and share with others.

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I told myself that “hey…what do I have to lose? I’ll give it a few years and really stick with it. Really really … even when it’s hard or discouraging.” But most days? It’s so rewarding. And I’m so blessed by so many amazing friendships and a huge supportive community so that even if it feels overwhelming, I have the direction, advice and guidance I need from rock star business leaders to even doctors and nurses on our team giving this decision even more credibility. I’m surprised that I find it less demanding too. 

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So far, in 3 years’ time, I’ve achieved the awesome rank of SILVER with Young Living! guess what? Only 0.2% actually reach this leadership level in the entire company, and the average SILVER leader is blessed with a paycheck of around $2000/ month!!! Yes, you read that right and the average Silver leader works 18 hours a week, just part time hours. I also earned a free trip to a Young Living farm! How exciting is that? I will continue to share and earn and help others to make healthier choices. And work really hard to help those on my team reach those levels of success too – I am surrounded by integrity and inspiration every day (you guys know who you are! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!!).

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Do you have 18 hours a week to change your life and the lives of others? Then we need to talk! It’s less work than my blog and currently making equal or more income than my blog with the potential to retire my husband as well as give back in a BIG way (the ultimate dream). See the 2016 Young Living income disclosure here. Join us. Join our amazing team (blogging not necessary!). 

All it takes to get started is purchasing the Premium Starter Kit. There are NO obligations. No hidden fees or tricky agendas. Get the Premium Starter Kit with 11 essential oils (12 if you order in May) and a diffuser (and more gifts from me including my favorite educational material and goodies with a generous $25 value personalized for you (you choose from several gift options) when you use my member ID as sponsor and enroller #1836762). Click HERE to get yours. 

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What are you waiting for? 

Have more questions? This is my passion and I’m available! Let’s chat! 

Stay tuned for a fun giveaway later this week! 

That DIY Party

Time just flies! It’s That DIY Party time again, my friends! 

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DIYShowOff weekly recap:

an old fountain turned flower planter

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

and 9 creative planter ideas:

creative planter ideas @diyshowoff

3 year Young Living anniversary this week (see my blog here)! Watch for a fun giveaway! 

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Party time: Let’s get this party started! 

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Flower Fountain Planter

Isn’t she a beauty?

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

This flowering fountain is my favorite planter so far and after looking back, I’ve done a lot of planters over the years…and we joke that I have the complete opposite of a green thumb. Pffft. The DIYShowOff vault is filled with proof (below) that I’m not THAT terrible a gardener. Right? Right.

Okay, onto this year’s planter project….she’s so pretty! A mix of something old, living breathing beauty and a new topper. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

When we bought this old neglected house just about exactly ten years ago, we found pieces of an old fountain in the tall overgrown grass. Or maybe it was weeds or what might have been a garden at one time…but it was like finding buried treasure! And for 10 years, I’ve wanted to do something with ‘her’ but she sort of just sat discarded in that same overgrown area (and that little fenced in mess, well that’s a project for another time) or up against a hidden area of the house as a last priority. Forgotten. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

I bet this rusty, chippy fountain was stunning back in her heyday with her beautiful curves. I imagine she had a bubbling personality with lots of feathered friends. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

This year, Russ hefted those cast iron pieces out from hiding and cleaned them up and a plan was hatched. He drilled holes into the basin bottoms and sprayed the interior basin areas with a rubber/latex coating. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Then he assembled it, using a cyclone fence pipe to anchor and secure it into place. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

We filled the basins with potting soil, plants and flowers. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Looking good, old girl! It’s worn and old and the top wasn’t quite what it used to be (not sure what it looked like back in it’s prime, but I love that we didn’t spray paint it solid. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Then I remembered that I had a decorative artichoke-type accent. It’s resin and perhaps a temporary topper but it’s secured with a blog of concrete (still wet in photos but dried to a lighter shade…still, imperfectly perfect although I may give it a little white-washing) and I AM IN LOVE! Isn’t she beautiful? Isn’t she lovely?

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

How old do you think she is? I’d guess at least 50-60. The imperfections of age give this girl some history. Just imagine the stories she could tell of homeowners past.

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

She looks like a beautiful tiered cake with luscious flowering/fruit decorations to me!

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Those laugh lines and wrinkles. She’s just as striking today as she once was. At least to a lover of worn and vintage treasures like me. What do you think?

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Like creative planters? Me too! Check out these past DIYShowOff projects:

chandelier planter

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

pallet herb garden

free standing pallet herb garden

tire planter

tire flower planter decor How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

patio umbrella (bundt cake pan) planter

patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff

 

tea cup succulents

tea cup succulent planters at diyshowoff.com

stenciled flower pots

stacked ombre flower pots tutorial

sisal rope planters

DIY sisal rope wrapped terra cotta planters tutorial at diyshowoff.com

house number flower pots

house number flower pots

creative planter ideas @diyshowoff  

That DIY Party time!

Hellooooo fellow DIY lovers! It’s That DIY Party time!

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Happy Mother’s Day, moms! xo

spring floral arrangement @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

DIYShowOff weekly recap: We actually have a lot of DIY projects in the works! There’s a basement makeover in progress (just knocked down a wall). With my daughter and grandson moving to CO, I’ve put all of the toys into the room I just finished up (it’s now a toy room). Note: They will be home this week and he will be staying with us an additional week. I CAN’T WAIT!!! Also, I created a large home office/storage area for my Young Living supplies. And I’ve been working on a dining room makeover. Details coming soon! It’s ready for some freshening up. 

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diningroom makeover diningroom tour DIYShowOff diningroom

Hosting an online event … Balancing Healthy Emotions with Essential Oils. If you’d like an invitation, RSVP in the comments. Available May 14-24. 

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Party time: Let’s get this party started! 

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That DIY Party time!

Hi DIY friends! It’s That DIY Party time! I hope to catch up on pinning last week’s favorites today. It’s time to share your latest DIY project!

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DIYShowOff weekly recap:

Raspberry Lime Popsicles

Plan Your Summer Cookout: Raspberry Lime essential oil infused Popsicles recipe @diyshowoff

Summer CookOut Recipes

summer cookout essential oil recipes Who’s ready to get a diffuser, 11 oils, samples, educational material, support from an awesome team of oily friends and bloggers, $10 Amazon gift card, a free bottle of Tangerine and a free bottle of Lime Vitality essential oils? ALL OF THAT!? Purchase the premium starter kit at YoungLiving.com using enroller/sponsor #1836762 at YoungLiving.com.  diyshowoff may 2017 welcome bundle May17-PSK-Promo-US May new member bonus Party time: Let’s get this party started!

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1. Please use the button above or text and link to this post to share the linky love. Here is the link: http://diyshowoff.com/category/other/that-diy-party/.  2. This blog linky party is for YOUR DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only. Please do not link giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project. Limit recipes to one per person per party. PLEASE DO NOT LINK TO YOUR ETSY SHOP or business. 3. By joining the party, you give permission for your project to be featured and ‘shown off’ via blog highlight, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, G+. 4. If you’re here to share your DIY and link up or just browse the links for DIY inspiration, please consider visiting one of the links above to or leaving a comment to let me know what you think about my DIY too! Feedback makes my day! Thank you so much for your support! 5. If you’re viewing in mobile, you may need to click over/convert to “desktop view” to see the links. 6. Limit three links per week per blogger per party, please. Thank you!