Thank you!

It’s been a tough summer and things have been quiet at DIYShowOff. I appreciate all of the thoughts, prayers, condolences, cards and gifts. Thank you for your words of comfort and hugs. My dad was diagnosed with cancer about four years ago. I am so grateful that we had that four years of laughs and a chance to make more happy memories with such an aggressive diagnosis. My heart is broken and this is hard. There’s one less good man in the world but I know he is at peace now and that I’ll see him again.  

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Thank you for your words of comfort, all of the hugs and e-hugs and thoughts. xo 


I’ve been keeping busy. The DIY ShowOff & Share link party will resume this Sunday. And starting next week, I’ll be sharing the reveal of “Suite Thyme”! It’s an AirBnB space I’ve been working on for the last year, specifically the last few months and it is nearly complete! The #helloredreno series is back on track and there’s a TON to share. Looking forward to being back.

sneak peek:

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Stay tuned. See you soon!  

Birthday Celebration & Giveaway!

Birthday celebration time! Way back in 1970 on this day, I was born! (You’re doing the math in your head, aren’t you? Darn it! lol) I occasionally share a DIY essential oils recipe but today I want to discuss essential oils and Young Living a little more in detail so bear with me. I’m just as passionate about how a few drops of essential oil impacted my lifestyle as I am about sharing DIY projects!  

Young Living essential oils birthday promotion @diyshowoff

Coming up on 2 years ago, a dear blog friend of mine introduced me to Young Living essential oils. Actually, several blog friends! But took me a while to get on board. Too trendy. Just not my thing. I feel fine. They’re pricey. Yes, I’m one of those passionate oilers NOW – crazy about Young Living. Why? I went from skeptic for over a year to believer when I finally got desperate enough to give essential oils a try for something I struggled with daily. Yes, daily. I went from working outside of the home in a health care setting to full time working from home and part of that was influenced by occasional anxiety. It was a challenge to leave the house some days. I struggled with it when traveling. Not just out of state, long trips, but sometimes simply with going to the store. On a blog retreat, when rubbing on an essential oil worked instantly, my mouth dropped open. From there it sparked a desire for wellness, using essential oils to promote a healthy new me and a healthy home. I was a die hard $$$ candle, bath and body products and designer perfume kinda girl. I was breathing in and applying toxic ingredients topically and paying big bucks to do so, never really considering the risk. <— and that was also impacting my family with diagnoses in a big way too. 

I suddenly realized, those little things I didn’t give a second thought to, were having a negative affect. I’d rather breathe in and apply products to my skin that have benefits, not scary side effects. And I truly want the same for you! I don’t care if you get them from me, some other friend or relative, although I do highly recommend Young Living (not all essential oils are created equally!) and it’s my birthday wish for everyone to celebrate by giving them a try too! So, here’s a birthday special: 


And when I see that you ordered a premium starter kit, I will be celebrating you! ::jumping for joy:: !Young Living essential oils birthday promotion @diyshowoff

To sweeten the deal, to celebrate my birthday with DIYShowOff readers, I’m tossing some gifts your way when you purchase a premium starter kit HERE (using member#1836762 as enroller/sponsor), you will get the following birthday promo:

Birthday Promo details:
• Order a Premium Starter Kit using enroller/sponsor #1836762.
• GET $25 (US$) BACK once your order processes.
• Gain access to an awesome online support team, make new friends! (I’m hosting some awesome giveaways there all month long too!)
• Get a free surprise gift from the birthday girl! CELEBRATE!
• Be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card. (Winner will be randomly drawn and announced Thursday, 3/17.)

*Offer good TODAY only. Expires 3/15/16 at midnight. 

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Giveaway! In addition to the above, use the raffle copter below to enter to win a prize package consisting of a mix of DIYShowOff and Young Living essential oils: A homemade DIY gift set of essential oil-infused goodies for you (US friends only due to shipping costs. When/if an international friend wins, an alternative prize will be offered). Giveaway entries close at midnight EST tonight. Winner will be announced/notified Thursday, 3/17. Good luck! 

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NOW for a little lot more, which I did pare down but still feel compelled to share. 

For blog friends: A little about why I’m making time to pursue a business with Young Living along side my blogging career: I’ve been blogging since 2007 and it’s quite the journey, isn’t it? I LOVE it! I love the relationships that develop (hello, friends!), I love that I’ve been able to turn what I love to do (DIY!) into a something that I get paid for. #dreamjob! Right? At the same time, it’s work. Hard work. It’s consistently changing, learning new things. It involves not only getting familiar with the technical aspect, it’s the ever-changing world of social media and new programs, it’s planning, implementing and completing a project, it’s photography and editing, writing and publishing, promoting and marketing, deadlines and creativity. It’s JOY and exhaustion. And I am not complaining one bit, just sharing what it takes: lots of time and energy to grow your blog. Then I started using essential oils. It made me realize, a beautiful home starts with a safe environment for my family…a toxic free one. And that fits with my blog’s mission. In fact, it’s now the biggest part of what I hope inspires you if you’re reading this all. If you don’t already offer a product, I believe that once you try essential oils, you just might want to share them with your readers too, that it WILL fit naturally with your blog’s topics because … ‘HOLY AMAZING-NESS’, you’re going to fall in love with essential oils and the benefits and you won’t be able to keep it to yourself. Feel like it won’t be a good fit? First, wellness is a good fit for EVERY BODY. Second, I really feel like essential oils enhance your experience with just about any interest you have. Third, you might just be blown away when your Young Living check passes your blogging income! And fourth, there is an essential oil blend called “Stress Away”…um, hello! haha!

For Non Bloggers: Most people share the same struggles…not feeling well, working at a job that has little reward, a home filled with toxins, limited income potential and absolutely 100% no desire to even hear about a network marketing career. <—that last one was me. Young Living is so different. 92% of Young Living members only ‘use’ the products, love the products. That means, it’s not about the money. And I feel that step is most important. If you’ve put off trying essential oils because “c’mon…it’s ridiculous that an essential oil could make any difference with ‘my’ issues”, ::eye roll:: then of course you wouldn’t consider the career opportunity. But have you tried Young Living? Or do you skip over any mention because…it just turns you off? The premium starter kit specifically put together with 11 essential oils and a diffuser so that it’s easier to really give them a fair trial. And out of those my personal friends (team) shared with, 99.3% LOVE them and use them (yes, I just stepped away to do the math). Um, that’s pretty amazing! And of those 99.3%, 84% are sharing (making money) because there are no quotas, no need for a qualifying month to maintain your status as a lifetime member to get your 24% discount. Plus, it’s something anyone can do. But know what? There is no obligation. Do you discuss your favorite restaurants, movies and books? Do you get a paycheck when you do? When you refer friends to Young Living, you have the ability to build a business. Most people like me, NEVER want to pursue that option. Until it happens that you do share and you do earn a paycheck then…”well, maybe it’s worth looking into a little more”. And then? OMGOSH…the potential?! Sign me up!

Young Living essential oils business opportunity

Purchase the premium starter kit today at (Don’t forget the awesome birthday deal!!!) Then share and sign up 1, 3, 20 friends, family members or acquaintances before the end of March using YOUR member# as enroller/sponsor at WOO-HOO! You just earned a paycheck!

Young Living has an awesome business opportunity that once you purchase the premium starter kit IS available to you! No obligation. No penalty if you don’t ever place another order, no penalty if you don’t build a business. No HUGE investment. Purchase the Premium Starter Kit, and that opportunity is just simply there. What I want for you is wellness. And Young Living products contribute to empowering you to make healthier choices. The business side? Never required but I’d love to talk to you about it. It’s easy. Seriously, so. easy! It truly doesn’t feel like ‘business’ because it’s simply sharing from the heart.  And the fact that I have a team of friends (including several blog friends too, in fact) to hold my hand, lead me, encourage and support me…you will have that too! 

I use Young Living, I love the products (they’ve been life-changing for us). I know it can be a lot to spend on something you aren’t sure about but I never ever had any regrets for saving for it/splurging. I do regret that I wasn’t open to essential oils the first time I heard about them and so, I feel compelled to share. Because perhaps me sharing will help you make the decision sooner. 

I’d love to share just how amazing the entire Young Living lifestyle can co-exist with your current career and interests, your lifestyle and how it can take you to the next level of achieving more if you’re willing! Let’s talk!  Unlike this blog post if you’re read my ‘novel’, I promise I’ll let you get a word in. 😉

Enjoy the day! 

8 Favorite Things this Week that have Nothing to do with DIY

I’m taking a few days off from DIY. ::gasp!:: I know. lol Well, to be honest, de-cluttering and cleaning is do-it-yourself when you haven’t hired someone for the task but there’s nothing glamorous about dust, spiders and junk. We’re in the long tedious process of cleaning out the basement. KEEP • TRASH • DONATE/SELL is the mantra. Anyway… here are a few favorite things I’m loving in the meantime because I’m experiencing a bit of blogging withdrawal. 

1. This decanter/glass bottle. Served up a little lime/berry sangria (and may or may not have refilled it about 4 times). Cute, isn’t it? And I forgot to take a picture of it “in use” because I was entertaining and believe it or not, not one of the 4 of us touched our cell phones (i.e. camera) the entire 3-ish hours. Sweet! 

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2. Purge is the word of the week. Yes, the basement but my laptop has been leaving not so subtle pop ups that my disk is full and throwing wonky tantrums. :/ Time to transfer some of the 43,323 photos. This is the external hard drive {<— that one is an affiliate link} that’s new to me. Sleek, isn’t it? 2 terabytes, you guys! I think I’m good for another good long while, let’s hope! 

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3. THIS obsession. Not healthy but I.can’t.stop.myself. Triple chocolate brownie. Need I elaborate? Didn’t think so. 

triple chocolate brownie 

4.  I looooove this top. Crochet and t-shirt? Comfy combo and pretty too. However, I am still waiting to hear back regarding 2 missing items and exchanging 1 wrong size from my order. Not such a happy first impression. Online shopping is sometimes risky, huh? Great prices so hopefully the company responds to my ‘support ticket’ soon. I’ll edit my post with an update. 

Update: My two missing items were shipped separately (although it didn’t show that way on my tracking). Also, I ordered two pairs of sandals and did heed the chart converting Chinese size. One pair is correct, the more expensive pair is 2 sizes to large (I was sent a size 6 and size 8). Exchanging is a hassle. I’d have to pay for the return shipping. So, I’m just out the $32+ dollars for the sandals (hopefully I can find a friend who wears a size 8). I don’t recommend ordering shoes. Another thing to note is the sizing conversation. Since I placed a large order, I am pleased with most of what I received. However, 1 bikini is too tight, one romper (and the 1 pair of sandals) too large. Therefore, I feel the inexpensive items are just brought up to normal pricing with the the loss of things I can’t wear. Make sense? 

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5. Lime essential oil (Don’t have any yet? What are you waiting for?! Learn how essential oils can benefit you. Experience wellness. Go get yourself some…NOW! It’s part of the DIYShowOff wellness promo HERE)…

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6. Okay, this favorite IS fun DIY related: This blog crush…and I happen to have the pleasure of knowing Susan from Oh My! Creative in real life. She’s sweet, smart and crafty. Love her blog, love the creative crafts, love her fresh new blog design! ::inspiring:: Pop on over, check things out, pin some fun ideas and say ‘hello’. 

Oh My! Creative

7. This cutie (no affiliate link available)…but the adorable outfit he’s wearing is from here. I can’t get enough of that cute face!

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8. Magnolia blooms are filling the air with heavenly perfume…

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Enjoy the rest of the week! See you Sunday for That DIY Party (there is still time to link up this week AND browse the links already shared for inspiration) – you can show off your creativity, rub it in my face, stick out your tongue and make me all envious that all I’m sort of accomplishing is creating chaos into piles at some attempt to achieve peace & harmony and a bare basement/clean slate up for remodeling…finally. Maybe. Fingers crossed. 

What are you loving lately? Care to share? 

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?

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: 

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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. 

Essential Oil Lotion Hearts

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. *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.

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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! 
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