When Things Are Not What They Seem (They’re Way Better!)

I kicked off 2016 with some pretty big goals. Between growing my blog and our business, I was giving 200% during the day and totally kicking butt! My husband was incredibly proud, but also a bit concerned. I’ve always been … Continue reading

Rockstar Hair, Housewife Budget

 

You know that time you were checking out at a store and learned that the item you were buying was far more expensive than you’d anticipated and bought it anyway because you were too embarrassed to do otherwise? Yup, me too. My hairstylist must have thought she’d hit the jackpot when I agreed to purchase the shampoo and conditioner she’d recommended. I think my jaw nearly hit the floor when I found out the Kerastase product was $40… Per bottle! (Sorry hubby 😳) Besides the obvious financial reasons, this was an enormous mistake on my part because as it turned out, the stuff made my slightly processed hair feel like silk. I was smitten. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make this a habit, so I alternated use between it and my regular, Brilliant Brunette shampoo.

Before I knew it, I was all out. I’d had a great love affair with the product and now I was left to resume my boring, old routine. I had a connection with a stylist who got products at a discounted price, so I tried a few different $20 shampoos, but neither seemed to be an improvement from my drug store regular.

One day, while reminiscing about my luxurious lifestyle, I had an idea. A few times in my life, I’d used a deep conditioning treatment when I felt my hair needed some TLC. I was willing to bet that if I did those often enough, I’d notice a difference! I ran to Rite Aid and perused the shampoo aisle. I landed on L’Oreal’s Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm, simply because it was $7 and claimed to undo a year’s worth of damage with each treatment. I threw it into my routine, using it just once a week. It lasted me 8 weeks and worked like a rockstar for all of them.  

If you’re using an expensive shampoo and conditioner now, or you’d like the results of said products without the price, I highly recommend giving this routine a try. I can’t believe how much of a difference the extra three bucks per month has made on my hair AND my attitude. I’m back to living the luxurious lifestyle, or at least that’s what my hair believes.  

DIY Fireplace Makeover

One of our family’s absolute favorite things to do is curl up in front of a toasty fire on a cold, winter night. We adored our fireplace at our old house. It was a beautiful wood burner, built with bricks … Continue reading

2016: The Year You Achieve

Is it just me or does every passing year feel like it moves quicker than the last? None the less, 2015 was a wonderful year for our family. We finished up renovations on our house, brought home Olive, our Bernese … Continue reading

DIY Pet Stockings



Christmas has always been my favorite holiday, so it should come as no surprise that our four-legged children have their own stockings that we hang each year. With the addition of a third puppy, it occurred to me that we no longer had enough matching dog stockings. I know exactly what you’re thinking, “Oh no! What are you going to do?!” I had a brief moment of panic as well, but fortunately, there are so many options online these days. In no time, I quickly found a stocking that I loved that had a personal touch for each pup. After some time swooning, it occurred to me that I was likely capable of making these myself, and so I did. Instead of paying over $100 for the three stockings, I spent $25 (with coupons) and about two and half hours one Friday night making them. Mind you, I have minimal sewing experience. If you’re thinking you can’t do this, you can. If you’ve got cats in the house, consider changing the shape of the stocking. I intend on making one for both my husband and myself too! No matter what shape you choose, the following instructions will make the process quick and easy for you and ensure a feeling of great accomplishment once you’re done.

Materials

Sewing Machine

3/4 Yard Burlap Fabric

3/4 Yard Cotton Fabric

1 Spool of Thread to Match Burlap

1 Yard Ribbon of Your Choice

Needle

Scissors

Bone Pattern (I used this one, but feel free to create your own. http://www.emblibrary.com/EL/elprojects/pdf/pr1765_pattern1.pdf)

Instructions

1. Spread folded burlap out on that table so that is nice and flat. You should have two layers of material. Place the bone pattern on top and pin to the fabric. Carefully cut around the pattern. You will have two bone-shaped pieces of burlap per stocking.

2. Repeat the exact same procedure with the cotton fabric. You will have two bone-shaped pieces of cotton per stocking. Burlap is not a very sturdy material, so these will serve as the lining or structure of your stocking.

3. Take one piece of lining, match it up with one piece of burlap, and pin just along the curved top of the bone.

 

4. You’ll want to set the stitch on your sewing machine to something sturdy and small. The more times that you can get the thread through the burlap, the better. Using your machine, sew the top of the bone that you have pinned.

5. Repeat with the two remaining pieces.

6. Take both sewn pieces and place them together so that the lined sides are touching. Pin from the curve up top, down the bone and back up.

 7. Using the same stitch as before, sew the area you have pinned.

8. Take the scrap cotton fabric and cut a piece 1 1/3 x 4 inches. This will be the hanging loop.

9. Fold 1/3 of material inward, then fold the opposing 1/3 on top of it. Pin to hold like this.

10. Using a simple stitch, sew the length of the fabric.

11. Place this piece in the upper left corner of your stocking, where your binding stitch ended. Pin and sew.

12. Take ribbon and tie a bow like you do a shoe lace. Take the two hang pieces, loop, and tuck into the knot. Adjust to your desired look.

13. Find the center of your stocking and pin the bow to it.


14. Thread the needle and use it to tack the bow on. Start by feeding the needle from the inside out. Knot your thread and trim excess.

15. Use scissors and cut fly-away threads and pieces of burlap. This will help keep the burlap from unraveling.

17. Hang stockings.

18. Pour a glass of wine. Sit back and bask in the glory of your beautiful creation.