Painted Chalkboard Labels

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff

Our guest bathroom has some bins for keeping things stocked and organized. I know what’s in them, however guests have no idea. So I grabbed:

  • the bins from the shelf in the guest bathroom
  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • chalkboard paint
  • foam paint brush

Here’s what I did:

Using my FrogTape, I taped off rectangles onto the front of the bins…. 

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff

I burnished the edges of the tape with my thumbnail…

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff

and gave each rectangle label area two coats of chalkboard paint.

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff

While the paint was still wet, I carefully removed the FrogTape to reveal crisp clean paint lines! I let the paint dry. 

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoffDIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff

I labeled the bins using a chalkboard marker.

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff

Now toiletries, first aid supplies and extras can be easily spotted. 

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

Love Your Home Challenge

In 2007, we purchased a fixer upper farmhouse with the goal of creating our dream home and 8 years later, we’ve come a long way but it’s still far from being finished. Most times it’s finances that keep projects on the back burner. Sometimes things get a little out of hand and taking the time to care for our home becomes last priority. It happens. ::gasp:: I know. Lately, I’ve gone from seeing the potential and enjoying the journey to feeling like there’s never enough money, things are too cluttered and just feeling overwhelmed by it all. 

Love Your Home

This couldn’t have come at a better time. I was invited to complete a simple Love Your Home Challenge and recently had the opportunity to read through an inspiring new book by long time blog acquaintance, Melissa Michaels from the Inspired Room, called “Love the Home You Have”: Inspiration to embrace imperfections, a reminder to focus on the blessings and to embrace “home”, no matter what stage it’s in, no matter what life stage we’re in. It reminded me to look at the things I do enjoy about this home. Baking in the kitchen when it’s clean…

DIYShowOff kitchen

baby giggles on the bed in the sweet guest room/nursery…

Guest Room/Nursery reveal @diyshowoff

the lighting and thrifted charm of our family room…

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

an organized open pantry…

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But it’s so easy to get caught up in what’s not finished, what’s not perfect, to lose sight of creating a dream home right where we are. And I couldn’t help but put the book aside to tackle an area that I’ve been putting off. Something simple. The dreaded drop zone that used to be our dining room table…

#loveyourhomechallenge

Yikes!#loveyourhomechallenge

“Love the Home you Have” is a simple reminder that one small step a day of taking care of the little things contributes to a happy home. Whether it’s simply wiping down the cabinets, decluttering, cleaning, rearranging furniture or clearing the dining room table. Something, anything – brings about a sense of accomplishment and contentment. 

Love The Home You Have from The Inspired Room on Vimeo.

My mission: organizing the mess, putting things away, a little light cleaning, shopping the house for a fresh touch. The room still needs painted. I still look at the built-ins and cringe. I have a completely different vision in mind but for now I can focus on the things I do love when I walk through this room. I can enjoy the beautiful barn wood trestle table. I have a clear line of vision to the sliding door that gives me a thrill and I can plan the first step to turning the entire room into a room I’ll drool over…someday. But in the meantime – it’s clean. It’s de-cluttered. It’s no longer overwhelming. It makes me happy. 

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Need a little refresher course to remember to Love the Home you Have? Treat yourself by adding this easy, inspiring read to your collection of design books. Affiliate link:

What is it about your home that’s holding you back? Start with a small step, one small goal. Embrace your surroundings. Make it yours. Love what you have. What if you got up right now and took 15 minutes. Where would you start? 

  1. List three reasons you’re grateful for the home you have. 
  2. Start a special tradition or create a fun memory in your home. 
  3. Think of one area of your home you enjoy and why. 

Love Your Home Challenge

Share your own Love Your Home challenges on the new community site Home Love Stories. 

Love Your Home Challenge

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That DIY Party

Happy day, DIY friends! It’s that DIY Party time! (Please note: Next week’s That DIY Party will be delayed by one day and publish Monday, April 6th due in recognition of celebrating Easter). 

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DIYShowOff Weekly Recap: 

Spring Twig Centerpiece – so easy! See the cute little bird and nest too?

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

I am so blessed to have 99 oily friends joining me on a journey to wellness with Young Living essential oils. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me! That’s 99 families making big life changes! Who’s next? I want the same amazing benefits for you and your family, your friends, your readers too! Every home needs essential oils. You’ll not only be armed with these high quality natural products in your “tool box”, you’ll be a part of an amazing online community with lots of support. Join the team! 

#100 gets a special gift package from me! More info & the March promotion ending soon HERE. What’s holding you back? Let’s discuss your questions and concerns!

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Party time: Let’s see what you’re up to!

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That DIY Party

A change in seasons! A change in DIY projects. I can’t wait to see pretty spring related creative ideas. It’s That DIY Party time!

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: You’re invited to stop by the posts from earlier in the week! Your comments make me smile!

A few stripes freshen up the reading nook….next up, some seating!

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

Getting a little more personal about my essential oils journey…you NEED these in your life!

essential oils @diyshowoff

Gather up a t-shirt + DIY iron-on for a cute personalized Easter basket liner

DIY personalized Easter basket liner tutorial @diyshowoff 

Party time: Let’s see what you’re up to!

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My Essential Oils Journey

I know. I know. I’m sure you’ve heard about essential oils since there is a big buzz about them every where you turn right now. I remember how that felt…annoying. But then something changed. I thought I’d share a little about how I was introduced.

Last year when I was feeling helpless about my family’s health (some of you often ask about my sister and mom and aunt … and they are doing well, all finished with treatment. My sister is still suffering from some of the effects and has bad days but she’s hanging in there). I want her to feel 100%. Thank you for your prayers! At a time when I was praying for my family, I was introduced to Young Living. Now I’m still armed with prayer first and foremost and although there hasn’t been a need for me personally in the past year, I’d still consider modern medicine (I’m not completely ruling that out for us…yet),  but I do feel like YL essential oils were an answer to my prayers. The timing was perfect. I no longer feel so helpless. I’m on a mission to share because I want the same for others. 

My sister 5 mos. post chemo and my cute nephew..her hair is growing back so pretty! Love these two!

Why essential oils? Sure. I knew that most of the products in our home had toxins but we never had a family history of anything serious. They’re approved for sale and use, so what’s the big deal? The respiratory problems I felt when cleaning the bathroom and breathing in cleaners…they disappeared later in the day. The foods we ate…everyone eats, so no big deal, right? The over the counter options…side effects but relief, right? Not quite. When the past three years revealed serious health issues to someone new in my family every single year, it became evident that our environment and what we were consuming are harming us, poisoning us, taking away the good health we were taking for granted. I don’t want this year or any year to be my turn. I don’t want health scares for anyone. Sometimes the little choices we make on a daily basis do have long term consequences. And I don’t want that day to ever arrive and me thinking I wish I would have made changes years ago. Being pro-active started the day someone told me about Young Living and it’s my wish that this blog post serves the same purpose for you, the desire to embrace wellness and take a step that could potentially inspire a stronger you, a happy family and a healthier life-style. 

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I have a very close-knit family and my wish is for every single one of these faces to live a healthy, happy life!

We’re using essential oils every day and I feel so passionate about sharing with others. To have these on hand is so empowering. There are hundreds of benefits. They’re not just for making your home smell pretty. They’re about embracing wellness, promoting a healthy home and lifestyle. Now we grab an essential oil for minor first aid. Now we’re proactive about boosting our immune system, about maintaining a healthy body and mind, about feeling better and happier, about eliminating the harmful chemicals. I find it interesting that I used to accept and willingly take and use products that had bad long term side effects because they were endorsed on tv (even with disclaimers about the bad stuff!), by those who I felt were appointed to make our well being the priority (turns out I was wrong) or by a professional without a second thought but I’d roll my eyes and get all skeptical when someone brought up natural God-made options. What was I thinking?! 

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The Premium Starter Kit comes with 11 bottles of essential oils (Peppermint, Thieves, Lemon, Purification, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender, Stress Away, Citrus Fresh, Frankincense, Joy and PanAway), extra samples and a $75 diffuser. Throw in the monthly promotional gifts that come directly from me and you’re paying $150 for a package valued well over $300. You pay HALF that! There’s never any obligation to order more or do anything else. It’s an awesome way to give them a good fair try.

Still feel like too much? It’s worth saving for, it’s worth the investment! Think of how much we spend on beauty products, candles, air fresheners, perfumes, gifts, cleaning supplies, over-the-counter options. I used to purchase a perfume that cost $75 for 3 oz., candles that went for over $20 a jar, over $20 when I felt I was coming down with something from the drugstore. I’d hit the dollar store for cleaning supplies. But expensive or cheap, are any of those really worth the effects of chemicals? 

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A new grandson…more reason to make healthier choices. I want to be around to see this cutie grow as well as encourage smart decisions, good judgement and a healthy lifestyle.

Feel overwhelmed by information? The best way to understand is to get started. It does get easier, I promise. So how are some ways I’m using them every single day? Equipped with an Essential Oil Pocket Reference, I’m learning to reach for an essential oil first! The Premium Starter kit is the best way to test the oils, to experience an oily lifestyle. 

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  • I diffuse morning, afternoon and evening. I choose an essential oil that fits our routine. Something happy/clean in the morning (Purification or lemon), something to energizing (En-R-Gee) in the afternoon, something relaxing in the evenings (Lavender). It’s fun making up blends too. I love that I control the strength and the diffuser is amazing. You can see it working the minute you press the start button!
  • I apply Thieves to our feet if we feel we’ve been exposed to or are coming down with something. We add Thieves, lemon and honey to hot water for scratchy throats. We diffuse it if the baby is coming over to purify the air. 
  • I drink an ounce of Ningxia Red every day (so yummy) to promote a healthy immune system. If I forget it, I notice it so I know it’s working to give me energy too. 
  • My husband applies cedarwood every evening for a good night’s rest (I’ve heard it works for hair regrowth too)! Sometimes he’ll swap it out for Valerian, Rutavala, Lavender, Peace & Calming.
  • I’ve made up my own perfume using jojoba oil with grapefruit, jasmine and ylang ylang…and get so many compliments!
  • I whipped up a batch for something that works for my occasional anxiety…that alone is worth every penny to me. Courage!
  • When a certain someone is noisily ‘sawing logs’ in the bed next to me, an application of Valor or Thyme takes away the disruptive zzzzzz. 
  • I clean my counters, bathroom, mirrors, windows, glass top table, appliances and spot clean or bamboo floors with Thieves household cleaner. 
  • Deep Relief for when I feel like I’ve been hit by a train. 
  • Thieves toothpaste (stop the fluoride!) and a drop of orange essential oil for whitening.
  • Thieves hand sanitizer is a must have!
  • My husband loves Sulfurzyme for his creaky knees and fingers. 
  • Thieves or peppermint in the dog’s water for stinky breath.
  • Peace & Calming stops an excessively barking, hyper dog (some children too).
  • Lavender with coconut oil for baby for soothing diaper area and scaly skin/head and after bath/before bed. 
  • DiGize for promoting healthy digestion…I use this a lot. It works!
  • Lavender on my thumb where it meets my wrist when I touched a hot oven. A bit of a sting at first then just like it never happened. No scab or scar.
  • Making up handmade gifts such as bath salts, sugar scrubs, lotions, rubs, etc. 
  • Adding them to our recipes. 
Young Living essential oil obsessed @diyshowoff

Essential Oil Obsessed: Many of the essential oils shown were free…either as a part of the awesome monthly promotion at Young Living or as a part of the Essential Rewards program.

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Valor: An ‘anxious’ girl’s best friend.

And that’s just a few of the ways we’re using them. 

Young Living Distributor #1836762

The business opportunity:  It’s never required but as a wholesale distributor, the opportunity is there. And as I use essential oils, as I see how they’re benefitting those I love, I actually feel guilty if I don’t share. I want others to feel better, to make healthy choices. When I first brought essential oils into our home, it was not my intention to take advantage of the business opportunity at all. I mean really. Who’s ever interested in pursuing a career in network marketing? No one that I know. In this case, it happens naturally. When I started sharing how they’re working for me, it just happened. Others wanted them too. It’s as simple as sharing your member# with others and showing them how to get essential oils for themselves. We all share our favorite book, movie, restaurant and this is so much more important that it’s hard to keep quiet. Not to mention, the opportunity is there. How we’re feeling is always a topic of discussion. And before I knew it, I began to get paychecks that pay for my essential oils, paychecks that support my blog. What an unexpected blessing! Who couldn’t use a little extra cash? Once you see the potential, your goals and dreams change. What felt out of reach is now a real possibility. And as apart of the Oily Family team, you’ll have access to a ton of resources. You’re not left to fend for yourself. Bonus! Being a blogger isn’t necessary – spreading the oily love is as easy as sharing with the people around you. However, if you are a blogger well then, you’d be joining one awesome rock star team! Either way, we’d love to welcome you to our Oily Family!

DIYShowOff 2015 Essential Oil Bundle

If this is something you’re interested in for yourself, for your kids, for your family, I’d love for you to join the DIYShowOff and Oily Families team. You’re welcome to contact me anytime with questions. There’s no need to embark on an essential oils journey all alone, to have essential oils that sit in a box unused. Simply go HERE to get your Premium Starter Kit today. Once I receive notification that you’ve ordered the Premium Starter Kit, your extra goodies from me will be in the mail and on their way! You’ll have an entire team for support, guidance and resources. I hope you’ll join me in starting a life-changing healthy journey! xo  

Here are some blog posts with helpful recipes and ideas: 

essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoffyoung living at diyshowoff.com7 sleepy time essential oils @diyshowoff Young Living #1836762Refreshing Berry Smoothie Recipeessential oil and sea salt gift idea @diyshowoffmocha mint smoothieYoung Living Citrus Essential Oils gift idea @diyshowoffessential oils gift ideas @diyshowoffDIY essential oils sugar scrub recipe @diyshowoffGift Ideas for Oily Friendsdiyshowoff cinnamon apple crisp recipeFall Scents for your home with Essential Oils @diyshowoffHow to Make lavender pillow and linen spray @diyshowoff wool dryer balls and essential oils @diyshowoff #oilyfamiliesrefreshing summer time organic lemonade

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

 *Not located in the US? No problem! See if YL is available in your country here. The offer above is available to new members located in the USA only, however, I’ll create a separate comparable alternative “Embracing Wellness bundle” of extras for those located outside the US.  

Striped Gallery Wall

A little cabin fever with sub-zero temps had me looking at areas of our home to “clean” up which lead to painting a striped gallery wall. Strange how my brain works but once I cleared the bookcases (so much dust!), that inspired the idea to dress up the entire area. 

What I used: 

  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • paint – I used leftover paint from our laundry room. Color is Valspar Mineral Ash. Existing wall color is Benjamin Moore Smoky Taupe. 

What I did:

I cleaned the wall above our build in bookcases. I marked where the framed prints hang on the wall then using the level, marked light pencil lines horizontally. 

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

Then I applied the FrogTape.

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

I used my thumbnail to secure the edges of the FrogTape to the wall in order to get nice crisp paint lines. 

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

Then simply painted the wall two coats. 

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

While the second coat was still wet, I removed the FrogTape and let the paint dry. 

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

Then hung up my prints and restyled the bookcases. Paint is such an easy way to create a new look, add some interest and to freshen up the space.

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

Now to come up with some seating for this area. Stay tuned!

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

That DIY Party

Guess what today is?! March 15th! haha! It’s That DIY Party time!

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DIYShowOff weekly recap:

Aromatherapy/Heat/Cold snuggle bunnies. With free downloads, links to more essential oil inspiration AND a giveaway!

Snuggle Bunnies Tutorial - DIY warm/cool/aromatherapy with essential oils) rice packs @diyshowoff

I also had fun creating a 30-minute recipe for broccoli cheese soup with pasta shells….yum!

organic broccoli cheese soup with pasta shells recipe diyshowoff.com

And today I’m celebrating my birthday! Hurray! My wish is for everyone to have the amazing YL essential oils in their homes. If you purchase a premium starter kit using member#1836762 (HERE), not only will you get 11 essential oils, a diffuser, literature, samples but once I receive notification of your purchase, I’ll personally send you a 400+ page Essential Oils Pocket Reference Guide, a free bottle of orange essential oil, a $20 Amazon gift card AND a handmade hot/cold/aromatherapy rice pack/snuggle bunny! Today (3/15) only! It’s a great day to embrace wellness! (US friends only. Foreign friends will receive an awesome alternative gift!)

birthday bundle 2015

If you’re local, check out my FB feed to see where I’ll be today. Stop by to say “hi”! 

Parties & Playdates

Party time: Let’s see what you’re up to!

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DIY aromatherapy heat/cold {rice} packs: Snuggle Bunnies

Who likes a little extra comfort with some warmth when cold, cooling off when hot and relaxing/calming essential oils to promote a good night’s sleep!? Don’t we all? 

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Only a few more weeks ’til Easter. (And we host our family’s dinner/get-together which is why you haven’t seen any major DIY projects in the works…no creating a bigger mess until post-Easter around here). But…enjoy some smaller fun projects in the meantime.

Looking for a (useful and handmade) gift idea? I like to give my nieces and nephews candy-free gifts. Since I’m so in love with essential oils, I think these cute lil’ snuggle bunny heat/cold packs are a nice gift idea. Perfectly soothing. Also a cute idea for essential oil class/party door prizes too. 

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

What I used: (*includes some affiliate links)

  • fabric – I purchased something similar to this (makes 15 bunnies)

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Tools: printer, scissors, sewing machine/thread, straight pins, screwdriver

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

What I did:

Iron fabric. 

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Download and print the bunny pattern on card stock. Cut out pattern.

Snuggle Bunny Pattern @diyshowoff

free printable Snuggle Bunny Pattern download

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Trace pattern on wrong side of doubled fabric. Pin fabric pieces together and cut out bunny shape.

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Sew all sides (I sewed as close to the raw edge as I could get and capturing both pieces – front/back – of fabric). Leave the bottom open.

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Turn right side out (a screwdriver comes in handy for the ears – don’t poke too hard). 

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Iron. Fold in bottom raw edges and iron. 

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Fill with rice. You’ll want it to be a bit floppy, not super packed full. 

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Sew opening shut.

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Add a ribbon bow, attach instructions inside a gift card and a sample of soothing/relaxing essential oil (Recommendations: Young Living Peace & Calming, lavender, Valor or Gentle Baby).

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Print usage instructions: (download printable)

printable Snuggle Bunny Directions @diyshowoff

free download: printable Snuggle Bunny Directions

Cute, handmade hot or cold aromatherapy snuggle bunnies to promote a good night’s rest.

Snuggle Bunnies Tutorial - DIY warm/cool/aromatherapy with essential oils) rice packs  @diyshowoff

Ready to take the a step towards creating a healthy home? Check out this month’s DIYShowOff Young Living essential promotion here

DIYShowOff 2015 Essential Oil Bundle

 

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*My tutorials are the methods, steps and personal experiences that have worked for me (my own story). Proceed with tutorials at your own risk and always test before implementing. Always use proper safety precautions. 

Recipe: Broccoli Cheese Soup with pasta shells

Hosting a small casual party? I seem to be doing that on a weekly basis lately since my new grandson is local one day a week. Sweet baby boy is bait for visits from family & friends, especially during lunch time. I love these visits and the opportunity to spend time with those I love and sometimes, I like to have lunch ready to serve. Most everyone loves broccoli cheese soup as well as mac & cheese, right? How about a combination of the two? This only takes about 30 minutes to prepare. Perfect!

Ingredients I used:

  • 1 box Horizon® Pasta Shells & White Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 lb. bag of organic frozen broccoli (recommended: Earthbound Farms brand)
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter (recommended: Horizon® brand)
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup organic all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 4 cups free range chicken broth
  • 2 cups organic half and half (Horizon® brand recommended)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • shredded (Horizon®) cheddar cheese for topping

For more information, visit Horizon®’s website.

Servings: 4-6

Time: approx. 30 minutes.

Directions:

Saute onion in 1 tablespoon of melted butter in large pot. Add two cups of chicken broth and simmer.

Add 2 cups of chicken broth and half of frozen broccoli to food processor and puree.

Add chicken broth/broccoli to onions/large pot and stir over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.

In bowl, mix cheese packet from Horizon® Pasta Shells & White Cheddar Cheese, 1/4 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of melted butter and 2 cups of half and half.

Slowly add the half and half mixture to pot and whisk to mix over medium high heat 2 minutes.

Add Horizon® Pasta Shells & White Cheddar Cheese and remaining broccoli. Add a pinch or two of sea salt. Boil 10-12 minutes or until macaroni is done.

Remove from heat, top with shredded cheddar cheese and serve.

It’s so good! Day 2/leftovers may require the addition of more chicken broth/etc. because those shells soak it all in.

Since we’re considering more organic choices, I was pleased to learn about all of the Horizon® products. Looking for more recipes? Try the MAC-N-ATOR™, an online tool that takes existing ingredients in your kitchen that you enter and creates a recipe including Horizon® Mac & Cheese. Horizon® is an easy solution you can feel good about.

*This conversation is sponsored by Horizon. The opinions and text are all mine.

Enjoy Horizon Mac & Cheese as a versatile meal and keep your family happy.  Try different vegetables in the dish to promote alternative uses of Horizon products or let your imagination take over.

 

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That DIY Party

Hi DIY friends! Did you remember to turn your clocks ahead 1 hour? I do love my sleep but I didn’t miss that hour. I’m looking forward to longer days! More time for DIY. It’s That DIY Party time!

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DIYShowOff weekly recap:

It’s still snowing here but there’s a little Springtime in Paris in the family room…

decoupage vase @diyshowoff #SpringTimeinParis #michaelsmakers

and an awesome TRIP TO PARIS contest and it’s so easy to enter to win!

#springtimeinparis #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff

What’s your favorite current trend? I’m loving gold!

metallic gold @diyshowoff 

and a #proud grandma moment…he’s 13 weeks old and doing well with his shoes and bar. There was a shortage of smiles once the camera came out but an abundant supply of cuteness! He’s always smiling, laughing, cooing, talking. He loves that 1 hour of feet freedom every day. Look how improved his once completely turned in feet are doing!

baby love 2015 @diyshowoff

 

You can get this awesome promotion valued at over $300 for HALF that! I’d love to tell you more and have you join my team. Get the details here

DIYShowOff 2015 Essential Oil Bundle

That DIY Party time:

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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.

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!

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Metallic Gold Favorites

Hello Gold! I am loving it! While I’ve been doing a little birthday wishing, I’ve collected a few pretty gold treasures from my wish list to share with you. *Hey, there are a few Amazon affiliate links sprinkled in below. The others are not. 

gold home decor trend @diyshowoff

Go for the gold…

  1. Big Ben alarm clock
  2. gold wire basket
  3. cup & saucer
  4. gold cake stand
  5. triangle wall decals
  6. deer head wall art
  7. metallic gold spray paint
  8. unscented ambiance candle
  9. wooden box with gold lid
  10. Nate Berkus embellished pillow

 gold gift ideas @diyshowoff

All that glitters is gold….

  1.  hashtag gold earrings
  2. gold aviator sunglasses
  3. wonderland of whimsy bracelet
  4. Rifle XO note cards
  5. antique gold stag head jewelry stand
  6. Starbucks gold polka dot travel mug
  7. glam jam earbuds
  8. Jude Phone cover by WallFlower 
  • You know my passion for essential oils? Well, it’s true what they say. “There’s an oil for that!” Egyptian Gold™ includes the biblical essential oils rose, cinnamon, balsam fir, and lavender, renowned for spiritual sensitivities. This transcendent blend gently enhances moments of devotion and reverence. Must try! 
  • Ever since I made up that metallic gold #blogger t-shirt last year (which I still LOVE), I’m obsessed! 

What about you? Take it or leave it? What’s your current favorite trend?

That DIY Party time!

I feel like the week flew by. It’s that DIY Party time, again! I had a slow blogging week. Okay, I took the week off “publicly” but I have been working. How about you share what you’ve been up to? Let’s see your accomplishments and creativity! Go!

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

 

Happy March! That means spring is just around the corner, right? It’s also my birthday month so stay tuned for some celebrating! 

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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Today’s the day! Get this amazing bundle for you and your family!DIYShowOff 2015 Essential Oil Bundle

That DIY Party

Another week, more sharing DIY projects! It’s That DIY Party time!

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Sharing:

It’s official! I’m totally in love with all the incredible things essential oils have done for my family and home. From my heart to yours, I want to make sure EVERYONE gets a chance to try these amazing oils so I’m offering a February special so YOU receive lots of goodies just for getting started!

Enter code “DIYShowOff” to receive the Young Living Premium Starter Kit that includes ELEVEN bottles of oils including Lavender, Stress Away, Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint, Lemon, Frankincense, Citrus Fresh, Thieves, Joy, Pan Away, and Purification, a diffuser and more! In addition, I am offering (out of my own pocket) a $20 Amazon Gift card, a bonus bottle of essential oil, and a 400+ page Quick Reference Guide book so you can learn all about how to use these amazing oils. Plus I connect you into our incredible support network with other oily families (and bloggers too if that’s your thing)!

DIYShowOff February 2015 Essential Oil Bundle

This package retails for over $300 but you can get it for HALF that price. The Premium Starter Kit allows you to purchase oils and products at wholesale prices from that moment forward, a HUGE savings! Plus it allows you to have people sign up under you, but no pressure from me to do that, I truthfully just want you to have the best experience you can!!! But when people see how amazing these oils are, they often want them too or feel bad NOT sharing with others, so getting a paycheck for sharing what you love is a FAB perk! We all make recommendations on things we love: restaurants, recipes, favorite shops, etc. This is no different. Just.try.them! 

This offer is good through February 28th, and to get the freebies you MUST send the code ‘DIYShowOff’ to thediyshowoff@gmail.com with your new member number so I can get your goodies right out in the mail.

Learn more here. Or buy the kit directly here and email me the code. 

Oh I can’t wait to help you get started and add you to my amazing team!

DIYShowOff weekly recap: It was a slow week DIY-wise on the blog. Just one thing to share from this past week. Sub zero temps, lots of snow, cabin fever/hibernation, maybe a ‘The Walking Dead’ marathon in pajamas for a few days (ahem) but I have been busy and there are DIY projects in the works, just not completed to share just yet. 

Exciting: Our open pantry was featured on the Country Living magazine website! That was a pleasant surprise and dream-come-true moment!

open pantry at diyshowoff.com

It was also featured in the February 2015 issue of This Old House…yay!

DIYShowOff TOH February 2015

Stuck inside? This cute DIY  denim Tic Tac Toe game is easy to make!
DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers
DIY Feature of the Week: Amanda from Mommy is CooCoo and THIS gorgeous fabric USA map. #love #checkitout
fabric usa map @mommyiscoocoo

Party time: Let’s see what you’ve been up to! 

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

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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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!

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DIY Denim Tic Tac Toe Game

Michael’s has a new collection of craft products called Make Market and this month’s challenge includes the denim trend, a collection of fun denim supplies.

denim trend challenge #michaelsmakersdenim tic tac toe display at Michaels

I made up a cute denim tic tac toe game with carrying case. It fits easily on a book shelf and makes for a great gift. 

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

What I used: 

  • 12 x 12 stretched denim canvas
  • 12 x 12 denim panel
  • denim ribbon
  • fabric glue
  • adhesive velcro
  • 5-6 wood button cutouts
  • 5-6 wood heart cutouts
  • acrylic craft paint
  • two denim pockets

denim tic tac toe game supplies

Coupons: 40% Off Any One Regular Price Item & 25% Off Entire Purchase including Sale Items

What I did:

1. I painted the wood pieces and set them aside to dry. 

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

2. Next I applied the denim ribbon to the denim panel with fabric glue to create a tic tac toe board. 

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

3. Then I used the adhesive velcro on the back of a stretched denim canvas and the denim panel to create a ‘case’ for game pieces. 

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakersDIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

4. Two denim pockets also hold each player’s game pieces. I’m thinking an inexpensive drawer handle for carrying on one side would work perfectly too.

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakersDIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Wasn’t that easy? Store game pieces inside the denim ‘box’. 

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Portable for easy carrying and fun!

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakersDIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

See more denim ideas from these Michael’s Makers bloggers: 


denim trend challenge #michaelsmakers

Michaels has named denim the craft trend of 2015! Denim has always been a wardrobe staple and now it’s emerging in crafts and home décor.

If you’re looking for some spring project inspiration, take a look at Michaels’ new Make Market line for DIY project and home décor ideas – all made with simple, on-trend surfaces and textures like chalk, denim, galvanized, burlap and cork.

Michaels Makers readers are getting the inside scoop on an upcoming craft contest that will send one lucky participant on the trip of a lifetime to Paris. Check back on my blog March 2 to get all the details on how to enter.

Disclaimer: As a member of the Michael’s Makers blog team, I received a Michael’s gift card to complete this craft challenge. 

That DIY Party

That DIY Party time: Take a look at the links for inspiration or show off your creativity by linking up your DIY projects. Join in!

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

DIYShowOff weekly recap: It’s been a busy week! 

GIVEAWAY ALERT! An essential oils lotion bar recipe, a sweet deal when you join Young Living, an essential oil blog series and an awesome KidScent collection giveaway all in one post! 

DIY essential oil lotion bars recipe @diyshowoff

Looking for a way to join an awesome group of bloggers and members in making healthier choices? Young Living’s Oily Family group is a great place to get started! More info here. Kid Scents Kit

Enter to win!embracing wellness blog hop #oilyfamilies

mason jar Valentine treats

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff 

a DIY striped Love You More sign

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

proud grandma moment and clubfeet update

Valentine's Day baby photo 2015 @diyshowoff #clubfeet 

Party time: Let’s see what you’ve been up to! 

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

 

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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.

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!

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Essential Oil Lotion Hearts {Embracing Wellness Series & Giveaway}

It’s the second month of the Embracing Wellness Series and giveaway – several blog friends sharing their favorite Young Living essential oils and hosting an awesome giveaway as our way of wanting to help spread the oily love. Woo hoo! More details below. 

embracing wellness blog hop #oilyfamilies

*This post contains some affiliate links of what I purchased on Amazon, enough supplies for several different DIY/handmade recipes.

These essential oil lotion hearts are not only a great gift idea, they’re super handy for dry skin. Winter and extra-handwashing have made my hands super dry. I love having these on display/ready to grab near the soap on our bathroom sinks and in my purse for a quick grab. Not to mention a cute gift, great {essential oil} business incentive or prize at essential oil classes/events. 

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

Ingredients I used:

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

*I chose Valor for the one I keep in my purse. I like the benefits for easing occasional feelings of anxiety on top of soothing dry skin on the go. I also like Joy, Peace & Calming, Lavender and Sacred Mountain. One of the bonuses to DIY! YOU choose the essential oil you prefer. 

Valor: Valor® is an empowering combination of therapeutic-grade essential oils that works with both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem in the face of adversity. Renowned for its strengthening qualities, Valor enhances an individual’s internal resources. It has also been found to help energy alignment in the body.

Young Living Essential Oils @diyshowoff Member #1836762 #youngliving #essentialoils

What I did: 

I simply added the shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil into a double boiler (I bought this double boiler) and melted it together over medium-high heat.

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

Once completely melted and blended, remove from heat and mix in essential oil. You’ll need to move through the next step rather quickly (but you can always reheat to liquify if needed). 

I poured my mixture into a glass measuring cup to make pouring the mixture into silicone heart molds easier. 

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

I let them cool. It doesn’t take long. I waited a few hours just to be sure they were completely cool and formed. 

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

Then I removed the hearts from the silicone mold. They pop out easily! Wrap for gifts or display in small labeled dish on the bathroom sink.

DIY essential oil lotion bars recipe @diyshowoff 

Let’s get YOU started! Join the Oily Families team by simply visit Young Living HERE (using member#1836762 as sponsor & enroller), choose the wholesale membership to save 24% (no obligations) and choose the Premium Starter Kit. It’s the best way to start your essential oils experience and a great deal! Embrace wellness! What are you waiting for? Today’s the day! We’d love to have you join our team. Orders placed today (2/12/15) using member #1836762 will also receive handmade essential oil lotion bar as a thank you. 

DIYShowOff February 2015 Essential Oil Bundle 

Giveaway Alert! Enter to win a KidScents kit (OMGosh!) using the Rafflecopter widget below. 

KidScents® Oil Collection is a comprehensive kit that addresses the most common concerns of childhood. This kit includes six, mild essential oil blends, formulated just for children:

o GeneYus™
o Owie™
o Bite Buster™
o TummyGize™
o SniffleEase™
o SleepyIze™

Conveniently packaged in an easy-to-carry case, each collection comes with 2 roll-on fitments for easy application, especially for Owie™ and TummyGize™. This arsenal of proprietary blends has been formulated in the appropriate strength to meet the needs of children, and they are safe, natural alternatives to comparable products found on many store shelves.

With KidScents Oil Collection, parents and caregivers can safely and effectively navigate children through childhood to become healthy and happy adults.

Kid Scents Kit

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Curious about more uses for essential oils? Follow the entire Healthy Living / Healthy Home series by checking out these sweet blog friends and what they’re sharing:

Catch up on even more information by visiting the January edition of Embracing Wellness here where I shared an easy lavender pillow & linen spray recipe. 

How to Make lavender pillow and linen spray @diyshowoff wool dryer balls and essential oils @diyshowoff #oilyfamilies

That DIY Party

It’s That DIY Party time! Time to share and show off your latest DIY project. 

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

DIYShowOff weekly recap: 

Easy No Sew Small Dog Snood – you can make this in under a minute!

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

Valentine Highlights from That DIY Party

14 Valentine favorites from That DIY Party @diyshowoff 

Party time: Let’s see what you’ve been up to! 

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

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.

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 to “desktop view” to see the links.



Does your significant other need a little help on a gift for you for Valentine’s Day? Send them here—> Check out my essential oils page for more information on how you can get these amazing oils in your hands too along with helpful freebies, gifts from me, and tons of support. 

young living essential oils @diyshowoff
This post is sponsored by my Young Living essential oils business. 
 

14 Valentine’s Day DIY Highlights

The time of the year is always evident at each week’s That DIY Party since the creativity linked up is filled with seasonal or holiday themed DIY projects and there’s proof that Valentine’s Day is approaching. Take a look at these favorite Valentine cuties…

14 Valentine favorites from That DIY Party @diyshowoff

easy DIY hearts garland at Dwelling in Happiness

DIY hearts garland @dwellinginhappiness 

3D beaded hearts at An Extraordinary Day

3d beaded hearts @anextraordinaryday blog

 

ombre wooden heart from The Hatched Home

ombre heart @thehatchedhome

tissue paper hear wreath from It All Started with Paint

tissue paper heart wreath @itallstartedwithpaint 

LOVE wood blogs at Her Tool Belt

LOVE-wood-blocks @hertoolbelt

frozen yogurt granola hearts at Oh My – Creative

frozen yogurt hearts with granola @ohmy-creative

red velvet muddy buddies recipe at Kathe with an E

Red Velvet Muddy Buddies @kathewithane

3D valentine’s day cards at Passion Shake

3D valentines day cards @passionshake

free printable candy necklace Valentines at Five Marigolds

candy necklace valentines @fivemarigolds 

Swedish fish Valentine with free printable gift tag at The Rebel Chick

Swedish-Fish-Valentines-Crafts-with-free-Printable-Valentine @therebelchick

DIY handwarmer hearts at Haberdashery Fun

DIY heart handwarmers at haberdasheryfun

 

free printable Valentine’s Day box at Caseperlatesta

printable valentine's day box @caseperlatesta

candy free Valentines at That’s My Letter

candy free diy valentines @thatsmyletter

 

Valentine wreaths at Lovely Livings

valentine wreath @lovelylivings

More Valentine themed DIY:

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakersValentine-mantel Valentine ribbon wreath Free Valentine Printables Valentine vinyl table runner tutorial

You can link up your DIY creativity and Valentine DIY at That DIY Party for a chance to be featured and pinned.  

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

You can see more DIY and Valentine projects linked up and visit original sources from the That DIY Party pin-board.

thatdiyparty.pinboard

 

Easiest {no sew} Small Dog Snood {infinity scarf} Tutorial!

Have a small dog? This is the easiest {no sew} small dog snood {or infinity scarf} tutorial! 

DIY (no sew) small dog snood infinity scarf in less than 1 minute! @diyshowoff

Our Italian Greyhound, Rosie, has very little body fat and very short fur. Needless to say, she’s not a happy to be walking in a winter wonderland type girl (she’s so much like me). Even if it’s summer time, she’s burrowed under her blankets on the couch in the a/c. So you can imagine winter time = sweaters, pajamas, coats.

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

While I was doing some online shopping, I came across something called a “snood”.

Snood: (/snuːd/, rhymes with ‘food‘, not ‘wood‘) is historically a type of European female headgear, or in modern times a tubular neck scarf. In the most common form, the headgear resembles a close-fitting hood worn over the back of the head.

I’ve seen dog snoods for sale but my DIY-eye saw the opportunity for a super easy tutorial where I could choose the patterns and colors for a lot less than $12+ each and not have to wait for (or pay for) delivery.

Ready to make one? 

Small Dog Snood Tutorial

1. Shop your closet or thrift shop for a stretchy long-sleeved knit shirt or thermal shirt (this type works best as it won’t unravel or need hemmed).

2. Make sure the cuff area stretches enough to go over your dog’s head comfortably. It should be loose fitting but not so loose it’s hanging. Loose but snug. Got that? Italian Greyhounds have VERY small heads so this is perfect for Rosie. 

3. Then simply cut the sleeve off near the armpit area/where the shirt meets the shoulder. Cut your snood shorter if desired. 3/4 length sleeves work too! 

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

Ta-da! The easiest DIY no-sew dog snood ever! 

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

If using a sweater, you may have to hem the larger cut side of the sleeve to prevent un-raveling. 

I paid 1.50 for size large shirts from the thrift shop. That’s $3.00 for 4 snoods! Or FREE if you end up cutting up shirts from your own closet. Well, maybe minus the money you’ll need to replace your wardrobe if you go crazy. 

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

I snoodle her by putting her head through the larger part of the snood first (the side I cut), letting it naturally bunch around her neck/collar area. If it’s too bulky, remove and cut the sleeve shorter. The smaller cuff area rests closest to her ears and top of her head, the larger part of the sleeve sits at her shoulders. 

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

Rosie mostly wears them as infinity scarves over her collar but when it’s cold, I pull it up over her ears for her outdoor potty breaks. Awe, baby! Or is that granny? Too cute either way! 

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

And for those concerned about safety, Rosie only wears her snood under adult supervision.

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

Please supervise your snood-wearing pooch.

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

Note: Rosie is a 10 lb. senior dog with a tiny skull. If your dog is larger, try sewing a larger version using a stretchy fabric and by looking at the shape of a shirtsleeve and the size of your dog. You don’t have to be a professional seamstress, just a few simple stitches. Results may vary. :) 

Update: And just like that, that quick, one DIYShowOff reader has already raided her closet and a few minutes later, her sweet chihauhaus are cozy and warm! This is Phoebe & Sable. They love to snuggle. Aren’t they cute?! Thanks for sharing, Mary-Louise! xo 

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

Share your photos and show off your snoodled pups by emailing them to thediyshowoff at gmail dot com. 

More DIY:

DIY wood plank wall art - DIYShowOffeasy DIY cat window perchDIY Dog Bed

That DIY Party

It’s time for That DIY Party! Time to share your creativity and productivity. I’ve been working on some DIY but didn’t have anything to share this past week. 

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

DIYShowOff weekly recap: I’ve been working on some DIY projects, but didn’t have anything ready to share quite yet. I did take the time to put together some favorites from a previous week’s link party: 

That DIY Party Highlights

THAT DIY PARTY HIGHLIGHTS - favorites @diyshowoff

Party time: Let’s see what you’ve been up to! 

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

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.

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 to “desktop view” to see the links.

 



Important message: Feeling under the weather? Need an immune boost, energy, relief from a chronic issue or a lifestyle change? I see so many friends on Facebook suffering and feel bad NOT sharing how essential oils have changed our life. I was so skeptical at first too with a huge eye roll but all it took was giving something a try. Then I went from feeling helpless to feeling empowered! I want that for those I know and love too! I’m celebrating reaching a goal! Woo hoo! I’m extending these fun sign up bonuses to end of day today and would love to help you discover how something natural can replace the toxic options in your home. More info here. You’re invited to join my team (here) where you’ll have access to so many resources and information, extras and a new way to motivate you to make healthier choices. Let’s chat and I’ll get you hooked up! 

DIYShowOff January 2015 Essential Oil Bundle

That DIY Party Highlights

Helloooo, friends! This past week I had some extra time when visiting the links from That DIY Party and wanted to share some of my favorites. Visit the links by clicking on the images and remember to pin your favorites from the original sources. 

THAT DIY PARTY HIGHLIGHTS - favorites @diyshowoff

Drooling over this gorgeous industrial work space at It All Started with Paint. Outstanding job, Linda!

work space at It All Started with Paint blog

Free chalkboard 2015 calendar wallpaper freebies at Vintage Zest…so generous and so cute! Thanks, Diane!

2015 iPhone & Desktop Wallpaper freebies @VintageZest

Or grab a pretty printable 2015 calendar (thank you, Amy!) at Delineate your Dwelling.

2015-Calendar-Graphic @delineateyourdwelling 

Pretty and inspiring living room updates at 11 Magnolia Lane. Love it, Christy!

Living Room Decor @11 Magnolia Lane blog

Jaime is filled with creativity. How cute is this wood block chandelier

wood block centerpiece @That's My Letter blog

Jill shares the plans for her gorgeous DIY coffee table at the Rozy Home (Restoration Hardware inspired). Wow!

DIY coffee table at The Rozy Home blog

Isn’t this clever? Easy DIY (recycled wax paper box) storage for your decorative tape collection via Carolyn’s Homework. 

Wax Paper Box to Washi Tape Dispenser via homework

You can link up your DIY creativity each week at That DIY Party for a chance to be featured and pinned. 

 

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You can see more DIY linked up and visit original sources from the That DIY Party pin-board.

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That DIY Party time!

It’s That DIY Party time! Let’s see your creativity from this past week by sharing in the link party below or browse the links for inspiration for your next DIY!

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DIYShowOff weekly recap:

There’s something different in the combined guest room/nursery. Check it out!

combined nursery/guest room @diyshowoff

and a cute personalized (iron on vinyl decal) baby layette gift set tutorial

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

And proud grandma played around with the camera. Again. He’s just so cute!

proud grandma @diyshowoff

Party time: Let’s see what you’ve been up to!

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