Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

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Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

Oh, the smell of spring: it’s in the air!!! One of my favorite things about this wonderful season is the fresh scent that comes with it. From flowers, to the scent of a clean house after I go through a huge round of spring cleaning, it’s just a great time of the year for my nose! In honor of the spring season and my love of flowers, I am sharing some easy DIY gold flowerpots with you today.

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

I love when I can take a few simple products and transform them into something even better. To celebrate spring, I thought it would be a great idea to spruce up our screened in porch with some flowers! I got inspired when I spotted some simple self watering flowerpots: they were the perfect size to create a centerpiece for our outdoor seating space, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the color options available. Thankfully, there was an easy (and pretty!) fix for that! Can you guess what it was? Spray paint, that’s what! My answer to many decorating situations.

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

I picked up three small flowerpots, then set them outside on top of newspaper in a well ventilated area. Next, I got to spraying! It only took a light coat of gold metallic spray paint to cover the outside of the pots. Once I allowed them to dry, I flipped the pots over and sprayed around the inside edges as well. After all of the paint was completely dry, it was time to add flowers!

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

It just so happened that some pretty pink begonias stood out to me. Because our screened in porch area is covered and doesn’t receive full sunlight throughout the day, the begonias were a good choice (they like shade)! I simply popped the plants into their new gold flowerpots, along with a little extra soil and some fertilizer. Easy and simple: they were ready to go in minutes!

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

Now, they are happily displayed on our porch area, brightening up the area and making me think of spring every time I look at them.

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

So, let’s talk about scent. It’s true: scent is a powerful thing. It has the ability to bring up memories, to change your mood, and more. Florals are a favorite of mine. Isn’t it wonderful when you find yourself walking by a flowering plant or tree and you absolutely HAVE to stop and inhale? Oh nature, how I love you! I find myself using floral scents in my body care products, in my cleaning products, my air fresheners, and especially my laundry! To enhance the fantastic florals, I’ve picked up Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™. They are in-wash scent boosters that give cloth a fresh aroma for weeks. So, even days after you’ve tumbled, folded, and put away your laundry you can continue to enjoy that freshly laundered floral scent! The scent lasts FIVE times longer than your everyday laundry scent. So, if you’re like me and enjoy holding up a fresh towel to your nose to inhale that wonderful floral aroma, this is a product for you!

Suavitel

The Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ are available in two scents: Fabulous Field Flowers and Soothing Lavender. They are great to pair with Suavitel® liquid fabric conditioner and fabric detergent. You simply throw a little (or a lot) of the fragrance pearls into the washing machine at the beginning of the cycle and lit them work their magic! I was able to locate my Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ and fabric conditioner at Walmart in the household cleaning area along with the fabric softeners. I like that they are also compatible with high efficiency washing machines: we have one in our laundry room, so I am always very careful to make sure my products are safe to use!

There will be Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ samples on select Suavitel® liquid fabric conditioners in Walmart stores, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for them!

I’m curious: what scents inspire you? Have you been inspired to create a project based on a scent you love? Be sure to check out more information about the Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ at Walmart!

DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers

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DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers

Did you know April is Earth Month? As a matter of fact, Earth Day is coming up on Wednesday, April 22nd this week! Do you know how you will celebrate? To be honest, I am working to make every day an Earth Day in my home, starting with the DIY garbage disposal refreshers I have to share today, along with some awesome Tom’s of Maine goodies!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve recently taken notice of how many different cleaning products and chemicals I have stored in my home. For some reason I had never been concerned with it in the past, but lately I have taken note of how much I’m exposing myself, my family, and my pets to. There has to be a simpler solution. So, my quest has begun to create my own cleaning products and other household products.

DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers

The thing is, making natural cleaning products for your house isn’t complicated. You only need a few simple items to put together cleaners for your counters, appliances, floors, and more. Today, I’m tackling the garbage disposal. Do you have a go-to method for cleaning and making your garbage disposal smell fresh? The most common solution I’ve seen people suggest is throwing citrus peels down the disposal and grinding them up. I’ll admit: I used to do that. The fresh citrus smell that comes up after throwing a lime rind in the sink is always great. However – let me warn you against doing the same thing! I used to do this all the time, and then one day I noticed my sink was draining really slow. I couldn’t figure out what was happening, until I peeked down the drain into the disposal….and saw what was probably 50 different lemon and lime peels in a huge pile up. Then I had to spend 20+ minutes carefully fishing all of the rinds out of the sink and disposing of them in the trash. Every time I threw a peel down the disposal and THOUGHT I was grinding it up, I was getting that lovely smell, but clearly the rind wasn’t able to be fully pulverized. Never again. NEVERRRR again! I am careful to dispose of my rinds in my composter (also another eco-friendly option we have at our home!) rather than down the drain now.

So, how about another all natural option, with only 4 simple ingredients? I’m all over it. These DIY garbage disposal refreshers only took me a few minutes to whip up, and pretty much all of the ingredients could be found at the dollar store: score! I highly recommend you create a batch for yourself. You can store them in a sealed jar or container and simply pop one or two of them in the disposal as needed to clean and deodorize!

DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers

DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers
 
These simple to make garbage disposal refreshers will both deodorize and keep your sink smelling fresh!
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup salt
  • Juice from 1 lemon (and grated rind - optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
Instructions
  1. First, add the baking soda and salt to a bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Slowly stir in the lemon juice and water to mix. If you are using the rind of the lemon, use a microplane grater to remove the zest from the lemon and add to the mixture. Stir well to combine: the mixture should be like wet sand. You can add more or less water into the mixture depending on the consistency.
  3. Use a small cookie scoop or rounded teaspoon to drop rounds of the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Allow refreshers 24 hours or more to dry. Then, remove from the baking sheet and place in a sealed container to store.

Tom's of Maine

Now, let’s talk hygiene products. That is another area where I want to reduce the amount of chemicals in my life as well. It just so happens that there is a brand who can help me (and you!) out in that department: Tom’s of Maine.

Tom's of Maine

I recently picked up an assortment of their products: Antiplaque & Whitening Peppermint Fluoride Free Toothpaste, Whole Care® Peppermint and Spearmint Fluoride Toothpaste, and Unisex Long Lasting Apricot Deodorant. They even have children’s products for you to consider, like Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry™ Fluoride Toothpaste – how fun for your little ones! What I really like about these products is that they are made with no artificial colors, flavors, fragrances, or preservatives, which is great for the Earth, and great for your body as well! I was able to easily acquire my toothpaste and deodorant at Walmart. And lucky for you, you can click HERE to get $1.00 off any Tom’s of Maine product purchase at Walmart. Score!

So, I want to know: how are you creating Earth friendly items to use in your home?

 

A DIY Lamp Makeover to Rest Easy with GE Align™ PM LED Light Bulbs

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DIY Lamp Makeover

I don’t know about you, but I consider my bedroom to be a sanctuary of sorts. It is a place to relax, to unwind, and to rest my head at night after a long day. Therefore, creating a peaceful mood is essential. Over the past two years living in our house, we have undergone a bit of a bedroom transformation, but there is still more work to be done. I am always finding new items to add in to the decor, organizational items to keep things in line, and I am constantly thinking of new DIY projects to conquer. That brings me to today’s project: a DIY lamp makeover!

DIY Lamp Makeover

Our bedroom dresser pretty much serves as our nightstand at the moment. I really did enjoy the lamp we had on the dresser, but it was missing a bit of pizzazz. The silver lamp in place was perfectly fine, but I wanted to take things up a notch, and it happened to come in the form of an old lamp.

DIY Lamp Makeover

When I managed to get my hands on this horse head lamp, I was SO excited to make it over into something spectacular for our bedroom. At first glance, it wasn’t flashy enough (or the right color) for our bedroom. But I knew just what to do. A quick trip to the store to obtain a can of glossy spray paint was pretty much all it took.

DIY Lamp Makeover

I started by prepping the lamp by cleaning it off gently with a damp rag. I let it dry, then used painter’s tape to cover the top of the lamp (where you screw in the light bulb), as well as the cord. After thoroughly shaking the spray paint can according to the directions included, it was time to spray! I went outside (a well ventilated area) and began spraying to cover the brown lamp to transform it into a beautiful, glossy sea foam green. As I was applying the paint, I just KNEW how awesome it was going to look. Spray paint: it’s magical.

DIY Lamp Makeover

Once the paint was dry (about an hour), it was time to put the lamp together and place it in its new home! I picked up a brand new lampshade that I knew would look great. A nice, bright white shade with geometric folds was a great contrast to the look of the lamp.

DIY Lamp Makeover

Oh my goodness: what a difference! I could not be happier with how well this little DIY project turned out, and how it has transformed our bedroom into a fun yet tranquil space. It is just what we needed.

DIY Lamp Makeover

DIY Lamp Makeover

Next step: the new GE Align™ PM LED Light Bulb! I have been particularly excited about this item. These bulbs help promote the body’s natural sleep cycle, which is a great thing when it comes to creating a peaceful environment in the bedroom. It is engineered to reduce blue light (versus an ordinary light bulb); if you use the light 30 minutes before bedtime it can help your body maintain its natural sleep-wake cycle. The GE Align™ PM LED Light Bulbs don’t impede melatonin production. I don’t know about you, but anything that will help me to get rested is a wonderful creation! I am no longer in my early 20s and able to be a night owl and an early morning riser, after all. My sleep cycles have been all over the place in the past year or so; I find myself waking multiple times a night, which is never fun! Being able to achieve natural sleep is a huge accomplishment. The bulb creates a very warm yellow/orange color, which is great right before bedtime since it is reminiscent of candlelight and campfires. It’s even better that I can acquire these bulbs from Amazon, which makes life extremely easy! The bulbs were delivered to my door in an extremely prompt fashion, and the ordering process only required a few easy clicks. Currently the GE Align™ PM LED Light Bulbs are only available on Amazon.com, so make sure you check there for them!

Amazon GE Light Bulb

I also want to mention that there are GE Align AM light bulbs as well, which are great to add to your bathroom or in the kitchen to help with the wake cycle in the mornings – cool! They can also be found on Amazon.com.

Have you remade a lamp in your house before? What did you create?

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Valentine Heart Trees DIY

Valentine Heart Trees DIY

Let the Valentine’s Day crafting continue! I’m diving back into another easy and fun (and affordable) project to set on your holiday table (or mantle or side board or counter…you pick!): Valentine Heart Trees!

Valentine Heart Trees DIY

Aren’t they adorable? Most of the materials for this craft can be found at a craft store or the dollar store, so it’s easy on the wallet, and that is just the way I like it! The colors and patterns of the “leaves” are customizable; each tree can be completely unique!

Valentine Heart Trees DIY

Do you have plans ready for Valentine’s Day yet? I am always a bit torn when it comes to this holiday. As much as I like the idea of dressing up and going out for a fancy meal, I just can’t stand fighting the crowds. Historically, we haven’t had the best of luck with the restaurant scene that day. I remember one year that we decided to go to one of our favorite local Italian restaurants, and then realized once we arrived that they had a set/shortened menu for the evening. I know that it was to expedite service on an incredibly popular night, but my absolute favorite dish was not included on that shortened menu, and they said they wouldn’t make it for me! The sadness!!!!

Since then, Valentine’s Day has been a “stay in for the night” affair, and I am perfectly OK with that. I make dinner – typically a pasta dish, and then we open a bottle of sparkling wine with dessert (usually something chocolate, or maybe some cream puffs this year…with chocolate sauce). We put on a movie, sit on the couch, and simply enjoy a stress free evening. Plus, the process of making dinner is always fun. Now that I have my handy dandy pasta press, making our pasta dinners is even more special. I feel like a little kid with her Play-Doh kit. Do you know which one I’m talking about? I LOVED making those “noodles” and other pressed shapes through those tools when I was a kid…and now my pasta press feels like the same thing, but in an edible (and more grown up) form! Who doesn’t love that?!?!

Valentine Heart Trees DIY

Valentine Heart Trees DIY

Valentine Heart Trees DIY

Annnnnnyway, I’m thinking I’ll be setting our Valentine’s Day table with these cute little heart trees and some candles (being careful not to get flames too close to the paper trees, of course)! A pretty little table for two sounds just about right!

How are you decorating for Valentine’s Day? Will you set your table with anything special?


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Valentine Heart Trees DIY

Valentine Heart Trees DIY
 
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Ingredients
  • Glass candlestick holder
  • Cardboard cone (mine were purchased at JoAnns for 99 cents each)
  • A few pieces of patterned or colored scrapbook or card stock paper
  • Tacky glue
  • Heart shaped paper punch
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Tinsel wire garland (optional)
Instructions
  1. First, prepare the "leaves" for your tree! Use the heart shaped paper punch to cut heart shapes out of the colored scrapbook paper/card stock. Alternately, you can hand cut heart shapes with scissors.
  2. To create the tree, place a dot of tacky glue on the back side (near the "tail"/tapered end) of a heart. Firmly press the paper onto the cone, starting with the bottom of the cone (the wide end). Allow about ¼ of the paper to stick out from the bottom of the cone to create a scalloped edge. Continue gluing the heart shapes down, letting the hearts overlap slightly so no cardboard will show through. When you finish the ring around the bottom of the cone, begin a new row of hearts above, repeating the process until you have worked your way up the entire body of the cone.
  3. Allow the tree to dry completely (about an hour). If desired, use a glue gun to wrap and attach a heart tinsel garland around the outside of the cone.
  4. Finally, add a generous ring of hot glue to the top edge of a glass candlestick. Carefully lower the finished "tree" cone on top to attach the two pieces together. Allow to dry before displaying - enjoy!