Monday, March 30, 2015

Coachella Necklace DIY...

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is all about embracing your inner Bohemian spirit. Fringe, feathers and fedoras are all the rage in the desert during Coachella. Long layering necklaces are also staple accessories at the indie music festivals. Below is a simple and super easy diy necklace for you to wear to the next music festival. It's a great layering piece. Add 2 more necklaces to get the perfect look.


Hemp Cord or leather cord
Wood Beads
Shell pendant
Calligrapher paint pen (optional)

Assorted wood beads can be found at your local craft store. I found my seashell at the beach. I always look for shells that have holes in them to use for jewelry design.

Step 1:

Using your calligrapher, paint your seashell. This step is optional. Leave it plain if you like. I added gold lines to give my shell a tribal look.

Step 2:

Cut cord long enough so that it slips over your head. I cut mine 34 inches. Fold cord in half and loop through hole in shell.

Step 3:

Pull ends of cord through the loop and pull, securing the shell.

Step 4:

Take your selected beads and slip through the cord as shown above. Pull beads down to meet the shell.

Diy necklace

  Step 5:

Tie a tight knot at end of cord. Slip over head. Your new necklace is complete. Diy necklace

 Put some flowers in your hair.

Diy necklace

Add 2 more layering necklaces to complete your look! Get long deer antler necklace here

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Trader Joe's Top 10...

Hey All! Today I'm sharing my top 10 items from one of my favorite grocery stores, Trader Joe's. It is always a pleasant shopping experience when I'm at Traders. It's small and cozy. The shelves are neat and clean and the staff is awesome! The prices are also fairly reasonable, especially when comparing Traders to Whole Foods, or as my sister-n-law calls them, Whole Paycheck.

Starting from left:

1. Shaved Parmesan & Romano Cheese: Traders has an awesome selection of cheese. I have tried their feta, Gorgonzola and bleu cheese crumbles. Both are fab. I love the shaved Parmesan sprinkled on kale salad with olive oil & fresh lemon juice dressing.

2. Crunchy Almond Butter: I add almond butter to my oatmeal and smoothies. This almond butter tastes good on a spoon! Gah!

3. Wild Arugula: My favorite salad. I love it more than kale. Some people don't like the sharp, spicy taste. Try it with Gorgonzola cheese, apples, walnuts and balsamic dressing.

4. Fresh Flowers: Traders is my go-to place for fresh flowers. The bunches are gorgeous and super inexpensive. These white mums cost me $3.99.

5. Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner: My fave cheapie conditioner. Great slip! I use this when I co-wash my hair. A generous bottle for $3.99.

6. Vanilla Almond Granola: Pretty sure this isn't the healthiest granola, but it sure is good. I eat it on top of plain yogurt or straight out of the box.

7. Bananas: I eat a lot of bananas. I freeze them for smoothies. A big bunch costs me under $1.

8. Coconut Oil: I do not have to tell you the amazing benefits of coconut oil. This is my go-to brand. I use coconut oil to finger detangle my hair, as a body moisturizer and as a makeup remover. I love this stuff!!

9. Avocados: I go through 2 avocados a week. I could eat more, but I limit myself to only 2. Traders avocados are a great size for the price. Sure other stores have them cheaper, but they are small in size compared to Traders.

10. Green Tea Mints: Love these mints. One of my purse staples.

What are your Trader Joe faves?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Vision Board...

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law - Proverbs 29:18

I started working on my vision board last Autumn. I finally finished it a week ago when the facilitator of my bible study group asked us to do a vision board. It was a joy to put together. What is a vision board? 

A vision board, is a visual representation of all the things you want to do, be, and attain in your life. It is something you can look at every single day to remind you of your goals and deepest desires. Yeah, but does it work?

It is powerful. This board is where you focus your attention. Where your attention goes, your energy flows. The main idea is that you surround yourself with images of who you want to be, where you want to go, or what you wish to have placed in your life. Your life changes to match the images, desires, and wants. How do I start?

First, think about your goals. Your goals may be travel, career, finances, health, relationships, or personal growth. Second, gather magazines and cut out images that reflect your goals and desires. Third, get a board, this can be a poster board or a cork board, glue stick, and push pins. Paste your pictures on your board. Lastly, place your board in a space where you will see it often.

Bring everything on your board to life. Relax, and have fun putting it together. This is part of your journey!  Below is my vision board that I'm sharing with you.

Supplies: Glue stick, scissors, and magazines.

Arrange your images in an aesthetically pleasing flow.

After some tweaking, here is my vision board.

Placed where I will see it often throughout the day.

Oh, don't forget the push pins. These on the Clearance aisle at Target for under $1!

Do you have a vision board?

(Reference used: The Power of a Vision by Kris Vallotton)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Greeting Card Bookmark DIY

Happy Monday! Did you have a fantastic weekend? Here's a quick and easy DIY project.

What do you do with all of the greeting cards you receive each year? Save? Toss? Keep them up on your mantle until the next wave of greeting cards arrive in your mailbox? I have to admit it's hard for me to throw away the pretty ones. However, they pile up and create clutter. A great way for you to keep some of the best cards is to make bookmarks.

- old greeting cards (preferable with heavy card stock)
- ribbons
- scissors
- hole puncher

Step 1: Cut your bookmark design out of the cards.

It is best to work with the cards that have the heaviest stock. That way they are less likely to bend or tear.

Step 2: Punch a hole at the top of your bookmark.

Step 3: Cut ribbon and loop through hole.

Three easy steps! Happy crafting and reading!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Breakfast Smoothie...

Did I tell you that I love peanut butter? With chocolate, without chocolate, on a spoon, in a smoothie!

 I love breakfast. I love it even more when it's quick, healthy and delicious. I made a breakfast smoothie this morning. Boy was it filling. This definitely held me over until lunch. Super simple to make. Check out the recipe below. Smoothie

  Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

2 frozen bananas (if you want your smoothies thick, use frozen fruit, not ice)

8oz of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 teaspoon of raw honey

1 tablespoon of peanut butter (protein will keep you satisfied longer)

Mix all ingredients in a blender. Pour into your favorite mason jar and add a pink paper straw. I got my mason jar from Dollar Tree and the paper straws from etsy.