11.18.16

Holiday Towel Tutorial!

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This holiday, Glade®® is helping me deck the halls and dress my home. Scents are so helpful with evoking a Holiday spirit in our home and Glade® has some wonderful scents out that are sure to deliver surprising bursts of joy. As a hostess I love to complete the experience of any Holiday by adding special touches around my house.

This tutorial is for your towels! The magic is in the details and nice looking towels make your bathroom so welcoming. You can dress them up with ribbons or brooches. Play around with color combinations and different folding techniques. I don’t expect anyone to use the decorative towels so remember to have clean towels available for guests to use.

You’ll need:

2 Bath Towels

2 Hand Towels

Burlap Ribbon or ribbon of choice

Tying ribbon

Silk Flower or brooch

Push Pin

Don’t be afraid to get creative with colors and textures.

  • Start by laying out a bath towel
  • Fold in each side to the middle of the towel
  • Overlap the second side a few inches
  • Run your hands over the folds to press them flat

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Once all 4 of your towels are folded this way start draping them over your towel hanger. Layer your towels large to small. Since we are only using 2 sizes just place your folded hand towels over the bath towels. Decide which decorations you want on your towels and set them aside.

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  • Knot the burlap ribbon around the towels. Make sure it’s tight enough, but not too tight.
  • Now cut a new piece about 20-25 inches long
  • Overlap the cut sides and pinch it all together
  • Use another type of ribbon to tie the middle of the burlap and fluff out the sides to create a bow. I used some red ribbon because it fit with the Holiday theme

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Now all you have to do is tie your ribbon onto the knot around your towels. If you have silk flowers or another type of decoration you can now tie it with the same ribbon. There is no need to double knot anything unless you are using really silky satin ribbon. I bought these gold berries to compliment mine.

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Once you are done with both towels adjust the height if necessary. Then use your push pins in the back to keep the ribbon in place. Over time they will slowly slip down so don’t forget this step.

Now add the other finishing touches to your bathroom. I set out a Glade®  3.4 oz. Small Jar Candle. I also plugged in some Glade®  PlugIns®  Scented Oil Warmer. I love that the Glade® 3.4 oz. Small Jar Candle has 2 scents in one jar. Also look for the Shazam logo on in-store displays. This will lead to Spotify playlists, video content, giveaways, etc. I found a wide variety of scents and delivery forms in my local HEB. For more information on what Glade® has to offer this Holiday season visit their sites. Click HERE!

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Ok inspired yet?! Let’s get in the Holiday spirit! These months come and go so quickly so head out today and buy some scents to start the Holiday season with. The earlier you start the longer it will last!

10.19.16

DIY Paper Flag

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These flags are super easy to make and can add that extra touch to your decorations. Here is what you will need to make these:

  • Hot glue gun
  • Yarn
  • Paper
  • Paper Cutter

Start by cutting your paper with your paper cutter. If you don’t have one then just hand cut them. Don’t worry too much about getting them straight and even. Once they are all glued together you can’t see little imperfections. Take your glue gun and glue a strip at the top of your flag then stick the yarn over the glue.
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Continue to glue and add your paper flags to the yarn. Unroll the yarn as you go. Don’t pre cut it! You want to make sure you have enough yarn to finish. When adding additional flags make sure the corners touch so no yarn is exposed between flags. This whole process goes so quickly and they look so cute! I put mine on the cake table and it was perfect. You can add more onto this by decorating the flags. You can put glitter or letters on them, whatever you want.

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08.18.16

Painting A Dresser For The Nursery

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After moving into our new home we had this dresser in our garage waiting for a purpose. We decided that we could use it in the nursery but it would need a good paint job. Tom wasn’t confident in our ability to paint a piece of furniture well. I had a Home Right paint sprayer that I had not been able to use yet, and I decided that this would be the perfect beginner project. The dresser was wood not cheap laminate so it was worth it to re-use it. I decided to use latex paint from Sherwin Williams in the color Alabaster. Alabaster has a lot of popularity and I see why. It’s a beautiful white that isn’t too bright and just creamy enough. It is imperative that you sand and prime your piece before painting it. This will make all of your hard work last a lot longer. This is especially important when using latex paint because it can peel.

I started by sanding down the furniture with my palm sander. I used medium to light grit sand paper. After sanding wipe the dust off with a damp cloth. Once it’s dry you can start priming. I used the Sherwin Williams wood primer and a foam roller. I could have used my paint sprayer, but we thought a roller would be better.

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We let the primer dry a full day before painting. I unboxed my Home Right paint sprayer for the first time and read all the instructions. After a little effort my paint was thin enough and ready to paint. Over the span of 2 days I sprayed 3 light coats to cover the dresser. It was a learning experience seeing how heavy and light to spray the furniture to avoid drips. Of course there were imperfections that I had to sand away and spray over. But I can’t recommend this sprayer enough! It made the job so smooth and easy. I could have painted the 3 coats in 1 afternoon with the sprayer, but I didn’t have the energy to be honest.

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I sprayed the third coat of paint and waited a full day to be sure the paint dried completely. Then I sealed it with MINWAX Polyacrylic in a semi-gloss finish. I chose semi gloss because this would be in a babies room and the slick finish would make it easier to clean.  I sprayed 2 coats of the Polyacrylic and then I was done. It’s amazing how accomplished painting a piece of furniture can make you feel. It’s hard work but so worth it. It’s much easier with a paint sprayer! This was a great piece to learn how to use my Home Right on. I’m excited to use it to paint the ugly oak cabinets in our master bedroom. I’ll probably try chalk paint on the cabinets. I’ve heard a lot of good things about that type of paint.

I didn’t want the hassle of painting the pulls so I just went to Home Goods and bought more. They were a STEAL at 6 for $9.99. I love the glass and white combination for a nursery. The dresser came out so good. There are imperfections, but I’m ok with them. I knew there would be imperfections since I was just learning to paint with my sprayer. Even with the imperfections, the dresser looks SO much better than it would if I used a brush or roller. I hope to get the energy to start painting my cabinets next. Maybe nesting will kick in and give me that boost soon.

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08.11.16

Clean Hard Toilet Rings!

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Where we live we have pretty bad hard water. Our toilets had hard rings around them when we moved in. I tried to clean them with regular toilet cleaners and it did nothing. There is nothing worse than going into a guest bathroom and having it be filthly. Cleaning hard water stains are easy, it just takes a few extra steps. For everyday cleaning I recommend keeping a Clorox ToiletWand in every bathroom. Those disposable scrubbers are miracle workers for dirty toilets. But here is what you need to clean the impossible hard toilet rings:

  • Clorox ToiletWand
  • Pumice Stone (Walmart or home depot)
  • Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel
  • Rubber Cleaning Gloves

First step is to use your handy Clorox Wand to clean your toilet. This will get any stains or gunk off before you go in with the stone.
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Now you can go in with your pumice stone. Make sure you wear your gloves! Scrub your toilet hard, don’t worry about scratching it. The pumice stone will start to disintegrate and you’ll see gray specs all over. Keep scrubbing anything you need to get off. Scrub over the ring a few times then flush the toilet and look to see if you missed a spot. I like to go over the ring again just to make sure I got everything off.

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TADA! Look how clean that toilet looks now! It’s restored back to your porcelain throne. To finish it off and keep the toilet clean through use I stick on a Scrubbing Bubbles toilet gel. These little jelly things are so cool and every time you flush your bathroom will be filled with great smells. All of these things help make life a little bit easier when it comes to keeping bathrooms clean. We all could use that, especially since I doubt any of us actually enjoy cleaning a nasty toilet.

Just make sure your toddlers dont know how to use the Clorox Wand! Audrey watched me clean the toilet once and since then it’s been impossible to keep her away from them. She loves to use them to clean the toilet, except she uses ALL OF THEM! She clogged our toilet because she then leaves them in there and tries to flush them down. Every time she goes to time out I giggle a little. Just the thought that I had to put her in time out for cleaning the bathroom makes me laugh haha!

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