That DIY Party

Hello friends! Happy Sunday! I hope you’re enjoying a day of rest surrounded with love. Taking a moment to browse or show off some DIY? It’s That DIY Party time!

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DIYShowOff weekly recap:

DIY dog firefly dog Halloween costume

DIY Halloween lightning bug dog costume #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff

Chocolessence giveway - ends Sunday, 10/19 at midnight

Young Living Chocolessence Giveaway

 I set up a display at a local health fair and enjoyed sharing about essential oils! 

Young Living essential oils display

DIY scenic pumpkin

full moon scenic jackolantern at diyshowoff

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

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Giveaway Time! {and an invitation for local Western PA friends!}

Good morning, blog friends! 

I’ve shared (here) how Young Living essential oils are changing our lives at DIYShowOff, how it’s inspired a mission to make healthier choices, to create a chemical free home and it makes me want to share this rewarding experience with others (there are SO many benefits) and it’s been a while since I’ve done something extra special for DIYShowOff readers and friends, so I’ve combined the two into one amazing giveaway. 

Have you been wondering what all the hype is but feel like it’s something you’d need to try for yourself? I was that way. It took actually giving something a try and being stunned by the results (it worked!) for me to go from rolling my eyes to wanting to make healthier choices. That’s my hope for you too, my dear friends! That it’s just something you try. 

There are a TON of Young Living essential oils to choose from, so many amazing products. I’ve chosen the 2014 Chocolessence Set for the prize because peppermint essential oil has some pretty amazing benefits and who doesn’t love chocolate?! Not to mention, it’s perfect for the upcoming holiday season! 

Young Living Chocolessence Giveaway

Hot chocolate warms the soul and the Young Living 2014 Chocolessence Set includes the natural and delicious ingredients your guests will crave this holiday season! This beautiful holiday gift set includes two special mugs, Chocolessence, one 15-ml bottle of Peppermint essential oil, and a recipe card so you can make our favorite hot chocolate. This gift is the perfect way to win the heart of any chocolate lover.

How do I enter to win, you ask? Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. 

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If you’ve been holding off, now is a great time to join me in not only creating a cosmetically pretty home with DIY projects, but a chemical free home with essential oils. 

Sign Me Up!  

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Attention local friends! You’re invited to holiday open house/party for friends & family Young Living members (in my downline/ those who purchased a Premium Starter Kit under member #1836762 – there’s still time to get yours to join the festivities). I’ll be cranking up the Christmas music (oh yes, I will!), spiking the holiday punch and thanks to my blogging, there may even be some early seasonal decorating on display. (Crazy, I know!)

Holiday Open House

Let’s get our holiday gift list checked off/started a bit early this year. 

Details on hosting a party just like this yourself coming up after the event. :) 

DIY Lightning Bug Dog Costume

DIY Halloween Costume Challenge #michaelsmakers

The Michaels’ Makers October challenge is ‘Halloween costume’. How fun! I received a gift card to create a cute lightning bug costume for my love bug, Rosie, our Italian greyhound.

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

This will only fit small super skinny dogs. Rosie weighs in at 10 lbs. Alter the design to fit your dog’s size – sleeves of an old black t-shirt? Or sewing two stretchy/knit bands that fit your dog snug but comfortably. 

Materials I used:

Michaels.com: Your 24-hour Arts & Crafts Store

What I did:

Cut the ends off of each sock. 

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff

Fold adhesive felt in half and cut out a set of wings. (I drew out a few shapes to practice/choose a shape that I liked best). Remove backing, place onto black felt and cut around the ‘wings’. This gives the wings a little more sturdiness. 

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff

Cover light with black tape. 

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff

One of the socks will go around the neck. Poke the end of a pipe cleaner into the sock, fold pipe cleaner in half. Twist the base and curl the ends. 

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff

Towards the other end of the length of the sock, cut a small hole using a pair of scissors. That hole will allow a felt patch with velcro to show through for securing the wings. 

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff

Attach a piece of velcro to the under side of the wings.

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff

I added a piece of velcro to the back of the light and cut a small hole in one end of the second sock. 

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff

Cut rectangles from remaining felt. Attach a 3″ strip of velcro to each square of felt (velcro opposite of that used on the wings and light). 

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff

Dress the dog! One sock around her neck (this fits my dog comfortably). The other sock fits around her waist area, below her rib cage. 

Once the socks were on my dog, I tucked the felt square into each sock with the velcro side facing the small holes. Attach wings and light, velcro side down to velcro showing through the small hole.

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff

She’s more interested in being a cuddle bug than being a lightning bug Halloween costume model. 

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Isn’t she the cutest lightning bug ever? 

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Do you dress your pets for Halloween? Do they tolerate it? Act a bit embarrassed (like Rosie)? Roll around or proudly show off? 

*Note: Please take your own dog’s temperament, personality into consideration and make your pet’s safety your priority.  

More Halloween costume inspiration: 

  • Costume ideas from the Michaels’ Makers team (full linky at 10 a.m. CST): 


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  • Check out Michaels’ Halloween Market lookbook or Halloween Pinterest board for some project favorites, including costumes, personalized pumpkins, porch décor and more.
  • Haven’t decided what you want to be yet? Take a look at some of Michaels DIY Halloween costume projects on Michaels.com for inspiration.

As a member of the Michaels’ Makers team, I receive a gift card to complete and share fun craft challenges.

Michaels.com: Your 24-hour Arts & Crafts Store

That DIY Party

Ready to show off your do-it-yourself projects? It’s That DIY Party time! Oh my! I was so caught up in co-hosting a baby shower today that I didn’t even notice that the regularly scheduled link party didn’t publish on time! Let’s get this party started! 

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: 

DIY Halloween Witch Hat Project

DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff

 FrogTape Pumpkin Stencils

DIY pumpkin stencils at diyshowoff.com

Attention, friends! Did you know that Young Living has grown 180% in the past year? Experience for yourself why that is. Read my story here. I was getting so desperate for something, anything. All it took was ‘trying’. And to learn that something natural, something so simple actually works…I’m shocked, stunned, thrilled and so relieved each and every time. Why hadn’t I heard of essential oils before? I wish I had known sooner. I want to make sure you are aware! Reach out with questions and I’ll pass along some info. (roeshel at gmail dot com).

fall essential oils special deal @diyshowoff

Stay tuned! What I’ve been working on: getting a guest room/nursery ready for my first grandchild. It’s almost time for his arrival! TODAY I’m co-hosting a baby shower. Cute woodland themed baby shower details coming soon! And a fun faux jack-o-lantern project and Michaels #TrickYourPumpkin sweepstakes details. 

Party time! 

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DIY Pumpkin Stencils

DIY Pumpkin Stencil Tutorial 

DIY pumpkin stencils at diyshowoff.com

 

Materials:

  • Pumpkins
  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • Wax paper
  • Spray Paint

DIY pumpkin stencils materials

1. Adhere pieces of FrogTape to wax paper.

2. Using a pattern (I made mine from a piece of paper), freehand or by tracing shapes; create stickers. 

3. Cut out stencils. I folded a few of mine to create more.

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4. Remove wax paper backing and apply your DIY FrogTape stencils to the clean, dry surface of a pumpkin.

FrogTape pumpkin stencil tutorial @diyshowoff

5. Use your thumbnail to burnish the edges of the tape and to smooth out creases.

FrogTape pumpkin stencil tutorial @diyshowoff

6. Tape off stem if desired. Spray paint pumpkin.

FrogTape pumpkin stencil tutorial @diyshowoff

7. Paint dried really fast for me since I just did a light coat with some of the pumpkin showing through in most places. After just a few minutes, remove stickers/stencils. 

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Display!

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DIY Halloween Witch Hat Candy Dish Decor

This easy DIY Halloween project for the Lowe’s Creative Ideas October challenge has a few uses so I wasn’t sure what to call it. It’s … versatile. 

Witch Hat Halloween Candy Dish

DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff

or add chips/pretzels to use as a Halloween serving tray.

or add festive cupcakes for Halloween party display.

or add succulents, small fall flowers/plants to create a Halloween planter.

or a floral arrangement (just pop on a fall wreath) for Halloween decor.

DIY witch hat Halloween centerpiece tutorial

or simply flip the bottom to use as a Halloween Centerpiece

DIY Witch Hat Halloween decor tutorial @diyshwoff

Materials:

DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff

EASY tutorial:

1. Using a kitchen knife, we cut out a hole using the inner circle shown on the bottom of the large plastic plant saucer as guide.

DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff

2. Spray paint cone and saucer black. I did two coats on the cone, one coat on the already black plant saucer. Let dry.

DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff

That’s it! 

Carefully slide onto the cone. Right side up creates a ‘dish’. 

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Upside down creates a ‘ledge’. Add an old belt for a decorative touch.

DIY Witch Hat Halloween decor tutorial @diyshwoff

 

More ideas: attach faux fall flowers, leaves, spiders, etc. to create a Halloween centerpiece. Hide a vase filled with water under the cone and fill with tall flowers. Add succulents and display outside. Get creative!

DIY witch hat Halloween centerpiece tutorial

Fall LCI

I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.

Halloween DIY @diyshowoff #lowescreator

That DIY Party

Are you loving fall? We just actually had some ice falling from the sky this weekend. I’m not quite loving that! But it’s that DIY Party time. Let’s see what you’ve been up to…something that includes the warmth of fall, I hope! ;) 

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: My projects this past week weren’t fall related but stay tuned. It’s all fall this coming week! 

Someone was in dire need of a new mailbox and I loved creating some pretty metallic gold vinyl decals

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

and some thrift store treasures now create an organized bathroom counter space

bathroom organizer at diyshowoff.com

Awesome Alert! I’m offering up some awesome fall gifts with purchase of a Young Living premium starter kit. Help support your immune system for the cold & flu season, fill your home with amazing fall scents, create some DIY all natural therapeutic grade holiday gifts, spice up your recipes, start changing over to a chemical free home. Experience for yourself why Young Living has grown 180% from one year ago. Be a part of the natural living movement. #amazing! See more info here.

fall essential oils special deal @diyshowoff

Let’s get this party started!   

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That DIY Party {Fall Edition}

It’s officially fall! I’m looking forward to seeing your fall creativity linked up to That DIY Party!

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DIYShowOff weekly recap:

Easy DIY Monogrammed Mini Pumpkins Tutorial

Monogrammed Mini Pumpkins tutorial @diyshowoff

 

And fall Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours with TONS of gorgeous fall decorating ideas…

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Essential Oils for Fall…  Fall Scents for your home with Essential Oils @diyshowoff

Let’s get this party started!  

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{Healthy} Fall Scents

Do you know what’s better than delicious fall aromas from fall scented candles filled with harmful chemicals? Well, probably baking a pumpkin pie, to be honest. Right?! And also – Young Living essential oils with healthy benefits and amazing fall aromas diffused into the air.

Fall Scents for your home with Essential Oils @diyshowoff

Here is a list of my favorite Young Living essential oil aromatherapy for the fall season (along with some benefits).

Thieves – when someone in our home is coming down with a cold or flu (today it’s Mr. DIY), I diffuse straight Thieves essential oil blend for its cleansing abilities. It’s highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health AND fills my home with the scents of fall. Ingredients include: clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiate and rosemary. Recipe: fill diffuser with distilled water and add 5-8 drops of Thieves. 

Pomander Ball

pomander ball aromatherapy recipe @diyshowoff

Orange essential oil has a rich fruity scent that lifts spirits and provides a calming influence, peace and happiness. Orange essential oil is also rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene and aids in maintaining normal cellular regeneration. Clove essential oil has a sweet, spicy stimulating and revitalizing fragrance with immune-enhancing properties. Recipe: fill diffuser with distilled water. Add 5 drops of clove and 3-5 drops of orange essential oil. Don’t have clove essential oil on hand? Try using Thieves with orange essential oil instead.

Autumn Spice – Cinnamon bark essential oil is valued for its ability to improve wellness, promoting healthy cardiovascular and immune functions with a warm, spicy aroma. Nutmeg also has a sweet, warm, spicy scent that I find comforting and energy boosting. Recipe: Fill diffuser with distilled water. Add 3 drops of cinnamon bark essential oil + 5 drops of nutmeg essential oil. 

Warm cinnamon bun – Aromatic Recipe: Add 5 drops of Cinnamon Bark and 2 drops of Lemon essential oil to diffuser filled with distilled water. Warning: family may be disappointed there aren’t cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven! 

Fall Pot Luck – Get creative! Whip up your own special recipe. Fill diffuser with distilled water and add your own combination. Thieves, Orange, Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg, Clove, Rosemary, Raven are all perfect for filling your home with the scents of the fall season.

*Like a stronger or weaker scent? Adjust drops to suit your preference accordingly.

Fall Scents for your home with Essential Oils @diyshowoff

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

What ARE essential oils any way?

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DIYShowOff fall incentive…

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That DIY Party

That DIY Party time!

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DIYShowOff weekly recap:

Tips for Choosing a Sofa

Tips for choosing a sofa #havertysrefresh @diyshowoff

 

Fall Centerpiece

fall centerpiece @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

 

Let’s get this party started!  

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Tips for Choosing A Sofa

One of the rooms in our home that is on the “to-do” list is our living room. My style changes often however, living room furniture is something we live with for 10+ years so here are some things I like to consider and some inspiration from Havertys (click the images below for information on each specific sofa):

  • Size and shape – Do I prefer a standard size and shape? Smaller? L-shaped? Sofa and love seat or sofa chairs?
  • Furniture placement – I frequently rearrange furniture for a fresh new look as well as take Christmas time into consideration. Furniture against the walls… or defined/separate seating areas?
  • Room’s function – Conversational? Relaxing/lounging? TV viewing?
  • Color - I prefer to keep large furniture purchases neutral since I like mixing things up and changing things out often. How about you?
  • Material – Leather? Upholstered/fabric?

  • Style – What style fits our home? Classy and chic? Eclectic? So many combinations and options.

Because I can guarantee that within that 10+ year time frame, our living room will go through different stages, different color trends and styles.

I may have mentioned my indecisiveness a time or two so coming up with a couple of different ideas makes the process a little easier. When looking at purchasing large furniture, I have a small list of “must haves”. Large furniture purchases must be:

  • of good quality
  • durable
  • neutral
  • affordable

How about you? What is your decision making process when purchasing large pieces of furniture? How do you stay on on track with decorating/redecorating your home?

Share your Havertys purchases on Instagram using the hashtag #HavertysInspired – Havertys will be responding to reader shares! Visit and follow Havertys to stay up to date with the latest events, sales and trends: Website, Mobile Site, Blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter.

Havertys helps you bring your vision to life. Visit Havertys.com to find a store near you, detailed product information and design tools to guide you in your home decor purchases.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Havertys. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

That DIY Party

Hi friends! It’s time for That DIY Party! Fall edition! Enjoying the cooler temps and shorter days? I’m not complaining. As long as I don’t hear that “s” word in the weather forecast, I’m good. I do love fall scents and sweaters and hot cocoa and pumpkin pie, pretty colorful leaves and being cuddly. I’ll be sharing a fall project this coming week. 

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Mr. DIY, who turns the big 5-0 today! Love you! 

painted box craft

painted box craft idea at diyshowoff.com

and 7 essential oils for sleep

Young Living sleepy time essential oils @diyshowoff #1836762

Still unsure if essential oils are right for you? I felt the same way. Read my story here

Let’s get this party started! 

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Painted Storage Box Craft

Organizing the desk top / homework station for the back-to-school season? A small storage box keeps school and homework accessories within easy reach but not on display. 

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Materials:

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What to do:

Tape off a design using your FrogTape. Stripes, checkers, plaid, triangles. So many options!

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Using a credit card, gift card or just your own thumbnail, burnish the edges of the tape. Meaning: make sure the edges of FrogTape are good and stuck down with no gaps.

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Now the fun part: paint each section. YOU customize colors to coordinate with decor or season.

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While paint is still wet, carefully remove FrogTape. Then let the paint dry.

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Give it a quick light spray of lacquer and let dry.

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*Optional: embellish with washi-tape and decoupage, add a drawer knob, drawer pull or leather handle, adhere something from the junk drawer or little plastic animal using hot glue, add vinyl decals or stickers. Get creative!  painted box craft idea at diyshowoff.com painted box craft idea at diyshowoff.com

Use as a pencil box, for keepsake treasures, to store note or recipe cards, for organizing an essential oils collection, to tuck on a bookcase filled with bookmakers and highlighters, to keep cords handy or for a unique way of wrapping gifts.

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It’s perfect for storing 70 15ml Young Living essential oils (more if you’re mixing in 5 ml sizes). Great idea for incentives, prizes or gifts – and YOU customize it to coordinate with your home. 

Young Living essential oil storage box @diyshowoff

 

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7 Essential Oils for Sleep

Sleepy time! Do you love it as much as I do? I know I don’t want to be operating power tools with a foggy head from lack of sleep.  Not to mention, my family isn’t the most pleasant to be around when functioning on little sleep (me either for that matter). Know what I mean?

In our home: Someone has a bit of trouble falling asleep and when he does sleep, he sometimes snores. No sleep apnea. Just out like a light when he finally gets there and sometimes, quite the disturbance. Me? I have a bit of trouble with turning my brain off at night so I read until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer. Then I sleep peacefully unless there’s snoring from the other side of the bed. 

Young Living sleepy time essential oils @diyshowoff #1836762

Here are the Young Living essential oils that have helped our family get a peaceful night’s rest:

  • Cedarwood - Cedarwood has a warm, balsamic, woody aroma. It is relaxing and soothing when used for massage, and has long been used as a beneficial ingredient in cosmetic preparations for oily skin. He says it doesn’t make him feel drowsy instantly but it does help him get a very restful night of sleep. He does not like the smell (I don’t mind it) but the odor doesn’t stay around long and it’s a small price to pay for a restful snooze. He simply rubs a drop onto the bottom of each foot.
  • Valerian - He adds a drop to a glass of milk. He does make a face and says it’s like a shot of what whiskey + milk would taste like but it makes him drowsy within a few minutes and gives him a peaceful night’s sleep. He’s also added a drop to each foot but prefers the “shot” orally. This one smells stinky to me but again, not really a big deal. Valerian root has been used for thousands of years for its calming, grounding, and emotionally balancing influences. During the last three decades, it has been clinically investigated for its relaxing properties. Before we were introduced to Young Living essential oils, my husband occasionally took this in pill form as needed. 
  • Valor – Does your partner’s snoring inspire near violent thoughts or make you reach for a pillow to cover your own head? A little drop of this onto each of his big toes at night instantly stops loud snoring. When I tried it, I was stunned by the instant results. He was unaware, didn’t budge or wake when I applied it. It sounds ridiculous, but his breathing didn’t even change. The noise just stopped. Unbelievable! 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.
  • RutaVaLa - RutaVaLa promotes relaxation of the body and mind. It helps ease tension and relieve stress. The blend helps overcome negative feelings while encouraging a positive attitude and comfort. A blend of rue, valerian and lavender. We have yet to try this one but it should be here tomorrow and will reside on our bedside table. Apply RutaVaLa essential oil blend on the back of neck, base of spine, the feet, or just under the nose before bed to overcome negative feelings and lull the mind into a sense of comfort.
  • Lavender – I add a few drops to distilled water with a pinch of epsom salts to a spray bottle and spritz our pillows and sheets every evening. Lavender has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. Lavender may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods.
  • Peace & Calming - Peace & Calming is a gentle, fragrant blend. When diffused, it helps calm tensions and uplift the spirit, promoting relaxation and a deep sense of peace. When massaged on the bottoms of the feet, it can be a wonderful prelude to a peaceful night’s rest. Peace & Calming may be especially calming and comforting to young children after an overactive and stressful day. This one is my mom’s favorite and she claims a little goes a long way. A lovely oil to diffuse at bed time. Calms everyone…including the dog. 
  • Tranquil Roll On - When I have had a stressful day and can’t even concentrate on my book at bedtime, I apply this to my wrists, temples and a swipe under my nose for relaxation. Tranquil Roll-On is a blend of lavender, cedarwood and roman chamomile essential oils formulated to calm and relax the body and mind. Using the roll-on application, Tranquil provides convenient and portable relaxation. Good for anxiety too. 

No groggy feeling the next day. No side effects. 

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*Note: We do not use all of the above mentioned oils every night, all together at one time. He chooses either Valerian, Cedarwood or soon, RutaVaLa…whichever we happen to have on hand. He alternates between them, one a night. I use the lavender recipe to spritz the sheets and pillows every night or when I remember to. I crack open the Tranquil if he’s exhausted after a long day at work and apply Valor before (if I remember) or after he’s asleep if his snoring bothers me. We diffuse Peace & Calming while we’re unwinding in the evenings. I grab the Tranquil Roll On (or Stress Away) if I have a lot on my mind. 

Suffering from insomnia, or having trouble getting your brain to stop when your head hits the pillow, kept awake by snoring and desperate to try something all natural instead of prescription or over-the-counter meds … I recommend giving these Young Living essential oils a try. I’ve had several family members share amazing results. I hope they’ll help you too!

More information on how you can get your own here

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That DIY Party time!

Hello friends! I hope you’re enjoying the weekend! It’s time for That DIY Party!

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: 

Autumn Abounds linky party and cash giveaway

Fall Linky Party

Autumn Abound Blog Hop and a fall decor craft tutorial

DIY Fall Decor Craft at diyshowoff.com

and a thrift store treasure/furniture makeover

Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial

Latest Young Living essential oil news: Looking to replace the chemicals in your home? How about making your home smell clean and beautiful this fall? AWESOME NEWS! For a limited time, the Premium Starter Kit includes DiGize (one of my top favorite oils…soothes stomach issues) and sacred Frankincense…great time to sign up! Find out more about this offer and some incentives as well here

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Party time: Your turn to ‘show off’!

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That DIY Party link party at 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 recipes, giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project. PLEASE DO NOT LINK TO YOUR ETSY SHOP.

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{Hospital} Bedside Table Makeover

One of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas challenges for September is furniture makeover…

Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial

I just happened to score this little thrifty treasure from the thrift store…

hospital bedside table DIY makeover

for the low, low price of $3.99! A cute {hospital} bedside adjustable table in need of some TLC. 

I gave it a good cleaning then disassembled the parts. 

After taping off the casters, I gave it a few light sprays with a metallic gold spray paint. 

hospital bedside table DIY makeover

Once that was dry, I went back and forth on making a decision on the tray part. A shelf board would work. So would a serving tray. 

hospital bedside table DIY makeover

I went with the serving tray. I reassembled and used smaller wood screws to attach the tray to the frame. 

hospital bedside table DIY makeover  

Now it’s a convenient bedside accessory…

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I liked that it has a lip since the tray tilts forward. Great for holding a book or tablet. 

Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial

Adjust to the table top position for a portable desktop, breakfast in bed or bedside, chair side or couch side table.

Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial

Makes for a pretty side table too…

Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial

What’s your latest thrift store, estate sale, flea market find? 

Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial

Fall LCI

I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on Instagram, Pinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.

 

DIY Fall Door/Wall Decor Craft

Fall is in the air! The upcoming baby shower theme will be “woodland”. Perfect for the fall season, don’t you think? So I made up a few of these twig leaf door or wall decor crafts for prizes. And just in time to participate in the Autumn Abound Fall Blog Hop (more on that below)!

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Materials:

  • Twig/stick leaf form from the craft store (you could even make your own) or grapevine wreathes, etc. 
  • Fall floral pics including faux acorns, wheat, leaves, feathers 
  • Hot glue 
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Twine 
  • Twist tie or floral wire

Tools: wire cutters, scissors, hot glue gun

Time: approx. 10 minutes

What I did:

Simply assemble in layers and secure each embellishment with hot glue.  DIY Fall Decor Craft at diyshowoff.com

Cut a 36″ piece of burlap. Fold and snip the ends. Lay flat and overlap ends. Tie a knot/bow using twine to gather and finish the burlap bow. Secure to arrangement using hot glue. 

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Use a twist tie to assist with hanging. 

I think that was the easiest tutorial ever! If I can do it, so can you! 

DIY Fall Decor Craft at diyshowoff.com

 

They’d look great used as a centerpiece too. Or hang the opposite direction…

DIY Fall Decor Craft at diyshowoff.com

More on a woodland themed baby shower coming soon!

  Autumn Abounds

But today you’re going to want to follow the Autumn Abounds blog hop for more fall inspiration!

Domestically Speaking
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
At the Picket Fence
Setting for Four
Stone Gable
Cupcakes and Crinoline
Town and Country Living
Sand and Sisal
Yesterday on Tuesday
Clean and Scentsible
Debbie Doo’s
DIYShowOff
French Country Cottage

Then stop back tomorrow to link up your own fall related blog posts and to enter to win an awesome cash prize!

Fall Linky Party

That DIY Party

Happy Labor Day, USA friends! Are you enjoying the end of summer and a long holiday weekend? Rest or DIY? A mix of both going on around here. But it’s time to share some creativity. It’s That DIY Party time! 

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: It’s been a busy week at DIYShowOff. Visit the links below to get caught up. xo

Scrap Wood Plank Silhouette Wall Art Tutorial - Rosie approved! 2 paws up! 

DIYShowOff Wood Plank Wall Art

Young Living Essential Oils Gift Idea (find out how you can be entered to win this gift set!) Still ‘on the fence’? Learn how Young Living essential oils has and is making a positive life change in our home, how you can take the steps towards a healthy lifestyle. 

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils gift idea @diyshowoff

When you’re using these essential oils, you’ll understand the passion for sharing them with others which is why I’ve been sharing the link the past couple of weeks. I’d feel bad NOT sharing something that can potentially help others. I wish I had known sooner. Don’t know where to start? Let’s connect! I’ll get you hooked up! 

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The premium starter kit includes: 

limited time premium starter kit Young Living at diyshowoff

Metallic Gold Iron-On Decal Tutorial - make yourself a personalized #blogger t-shirt! Want one? What would your hashtag read?

DIY metallic iron on decal tutorial @diyshowoff  

Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour – Favorite Room Edition - see the week long series of bloggers’ favorite rooms. What’s yours? 

kitchen at diyshowoff.com open pantry at diyshowoff.com  

and a Summer Spotlight series feature! Pop over, check out my favorite DIYs from these talented ladies then stop over to see their feature of me! So fun! 

summer spotlight  

Your turn to ‘show off’!

That DIY Party link party at 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 recipes, giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project. 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 too! Thank you so much for your support!



Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours – Favorite Room Edition {Kitchen & Pantry}

Following the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours – Favorite Room Edition? ::gasp!:: So fun! So exciting! If you love looking at ‘real’ and ‘beautiful’ and ‘inspiring’ homes then you’re going to want to catch up on the series starting with Lindsay at The White Buffalo Styling Co.

Have you just popped over from The Chronicles of Home ? Welcome, friends! I’m so happy you’re here! Come in, come in! Make yourself at home!

Favorite Room Home Tours  

It’s the next to the last stop of a week long series of beautiful homes. I wish I had some sort of grand finale of “Holy smokes! They saved the best for last!” but our home is really still such a work in progress. And then there was a bonus favorite room added after me so I’m no longer last. But don’t you just want to gather all of these pretty rooms to create one big awesome house? That’s where I’ll live. ;) 

My favorite room is almost always the room we most recently completed. Know what I mean? All of the blood, sweat, tears and labor of love, to the finishing touches and I could sit in that room for hours just soaking up the feeling of the reward of a job well done. And well, JUST DONE! Ya know?

I am so SO in love with my bathroom, you guys! If you saw the ‘before’ pictures of what I lived with for so many years, you understand…now it’s just the prettiest soothing spa-like room. I’d move my bed or office in there if there was room. BUT anyway, that seems like such an odd room to choose. “Roeshel’s favorite room is the bathroom! hahahahahaha!” Ugh. 

DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover before and after

Plan B: I’ll go with our open pantry. Again, another odd choice so we’ll include the kitchen too since that makes it more like an entire room. Kitchen and pantry. It’s all related to cooking & food storage, right? Right! Ready? Let’s go!

This is sort of what we had to start with (except the bamboo flooring is newer). A strange small room/hallway behind the kitchen that has SIX doorways. 

open pantry before

Now we utilize this area for extra food storage as well as a place to house our little-used microwave. It sits right next to the kitchen. This is from when we just finished before Christmas last year…

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I keep this area organized and pretty with a little decorating and we’re slowly adding dried foods to the shelves in pretty glass containers. Canned foods and boxes get stored in baskets and other ‘not-so-pretties’ behind closed kitchen cabinets.

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Related blog posts: 

Our kitchen before screamed ‘OUTDATED!’ I love revisiting the before pictures. Sometimes I focus on what’s not done and forget how much we have accomplished. 

before

kitchen before

After painting the cabinets, new granite countertops, new sink, new faucet, a marble subway tile backsplash, bamboo floors and the power of paint, it’s transforming into one of our favorite rooms. 

after

kitchen makeover diyshowoff kitchen We’re still undecided on our kitchen island. So currently we’re using an antique dresser. Sometimes I use 2 vintage desks pushed together. You never know what I’ll drag into the middle of the floor. Always changing!

farmhouse kitchen

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before

farmhouse kitchen before

after…with a little bonus shot of me in the mirror. Do you spy a little Italian greyhound too?

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before…

farmhouse kitchen before

after…

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before we bought the house…I don’t even want to know what’s on the wall. 

kitchen before

after…

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We love that the French doors lead right to the patio where we entertain and dine outdoors in the summer time. It makes serving and clean up a cinch. 

french doors, kitchen, bamboo floors, farmhouse tour, do it yourself patio-makeover

Related blog posts:

Home Tour

What about you? What’s the favorite room in your home? Inquiring minds want to know! ;) 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Thanks so much to Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. for organizing such a fun series. Now pop on over to the final stop: beautiful Iron & Twine

Not only is our house undergoing cosmetic changes but we’re on a journey to a chemical free home too! 

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

Summer Spotlight

summer spotlight

Oh my gosh! Today I’m being featured on the Summer Spotlight hosted by Kenarry: Ideas for the Home, View from the Fridge, Oh, My! Creative and One Krieger Chick. The Summer Spotlight series has been showcasing great ideas from a different creative blogger each Friday throughout the summer months. Thanks to my sweet friend Susan from Oh, My! Creative for choosing me as today’s feature! What an honor!

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I encourage you to swing by their sites to check out the ideas they’re featuring from my blog (I cant stop smiling today!) as well as the entire Summer Spotlight series. Time to make some new friends! You can also follow the hosts online to see the great ideas they share year-round because there’s no such thing as too much creative eye candy, is there? Of course not!   

I chose a favorite project from each of these talented ladies to highlight and return the favor today:

Oh My! Creative

Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Google+ / Instagram

A DIY Waterfall & Pond

Diy-waterfall-and-pond at OhMy-Creative

One Krieger Chick

Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Google+ / Instagram

Poolhouse Decor: Watercolor Outdoor Wall Art

Splash-Poolside-Painted-decor-with-a-water-color-effect - One Krieger Chick

 

View from the Fridge

Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Google+ / Instagram

Bathroom Updates

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Kenarry

Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Google+

Creating a Backyard Playground

backyard-playground - Kenarry  

Awesome! Thanks so much for including me in this fun series, ladies! Enjoy every last bit of summer! xo 

 

Essential Oils Gift Basket Idea

Looking to share Young Living essential oils in the way of a gift or searching for a fun incentive or prize idea? 

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils gift idea @diyshowoff  

If you’re making healthier choices such as adding drinking more water to your daily routine like I am, you’re going to love this! Of course incorporating more water into your diet is super healthy but how about kicking that up a notch or two by adding a drop of lemon, lime or grapefruit essential oil? 

Printable Young Living Zest Card from diyshowoff.com #1836762

{Printable Young Living Zest Card}

{or right click, save and upload image to a word document to be able to adjust the size and print}

Attach the fun printable graphic to the gift basket and toss in a Young Living essential oils brochure, business cards and a small essential oils pocket guide. 

And since Young Living citrus essential oils are so potent they break down the petrochemicals in plastic water bottles, using glass or stainless steel is a must! I recently put together a gift basket for a friend and it turned out pretty cute so I thought I’d share it here too.

Contents: (some affiliate links below)

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils gift idea @diyshowoff

Great for so many different occasions: birthday, get well, a fun prize, encouragement, thank you, just because, bon voyage, congratulations, Christmas, a great giveaway, promotional.

What are Young Living Essential Oils anyway? Only something pure & natural that’s proven to be life changing in our home as we slowly replace over-the-counter medications and chemicals in our home! Want to know more? Start HERE. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions!

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

Been sitting on the fence? Today is the day! Sign up with a distributor membership and purchase the premium starter kit by August 31, 2014 using #1836762 and not only will I send you a free Essential Oils Quick Reference Guide AND bottle of a Young Living essential oil blend called “Envision”, but you’ll be entered to win this gift basket for yourself too! 

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils gift idea @diyshowoff

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

That DIY Party

It’s That DIY Party time! A quick DIYShowOff weekly recap then let’s see what you’ve been up to! 

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: I shared about how we create a meaningful home over at SAS Interiors this week. Catch the entire series Jenna has organized for great tips and ideas from lots of blog friends. 

DIY Show Off - Creating a Meaningful Home - SAS Interiors

 

I just returned from Golden Valley, MN where I partnered with Purina Cat Chow. I first shared about the designs….

Cat Colony Room Designs

Cat Colony Room Makeovers by diyshowoff.com

and then the before and after makeover and grand reveal party…

Animal Humane Society Makeover and Grand Reveal - Pop over to see the transformation! I’d love to hear your thoughts, would really appreciate some shares and comments! ;) 

Animal Humane Society Makeover #myrescuestory #purinacatchow @purinacatchow @diyshowoff

 

Have you been hearing a lot about Young Living? What’s it all about? I’d love to tell you more! Looking for a few business builder to join my team! Interested in hearing more? Better health, amazing products, a business opportunity if desired. Let’s connect! 

July deal for Young Living team at diyshowoff.com

Your turn to ‘show off’!

That DIY Party link party at 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 recipes, giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project. 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 too! Thank you so much for your support!