DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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The holidays can be expensive but if you are hosting a gathering you don't want it to look like you are cutting corners. Between the food, drinks, and decor... there's a lot to think about. That's why I just love this DIY. Don't blow your budget on flowers but make it look like you did!


Plus, it's super simple and anyone can do it. Not crafty, don't worry. You don't have to be. Follow my easy steps and you can do it too. If you do love a good craft like I do, then have fun and make this centerpiece shine with your own creative touch. The money saved can go right back in your wallet for all the other expenses you'll have this season. The cost of all the materials is less than what one arrangement from a florist will cost. 

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Start by looking at the vases you have at home. If you have some that fit the look of that event, great! But you can also find super inexpensive vases from almost anywhere these days. Try your local discount store or even the grocery store which is where I found mine for less than $7.00 each.

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Then lay out all your flowers. Make sure to have a nice sharp pair of scissors for cutting the stems.

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To make the arrangement look chic, modern and elegant try sticking to a classic color palate. Keep it simple and sophisticated. I loved the flowers I found at the Wholefoods Market in my neighborhood. I chose these gorgeous autumn shades of rich burnt orange and this unique green flower that resembles the same shape as the roses. I used a smaller wider vase to display the rose centerpiece. You don't want a tall floral arrangement if your table is small as it will block the view of your guests. And cut the stems all the same length to make this beautiful centerpiece! To make it more Thanksgiving inspired, add a touch of this rustic dried wheat stalk. 

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For the tulip arrangement, I love the simplicity of the tulip and wanted to showcase that. I used a taller muted orange glass vase and I left the stems natural long length. I also added a little touch of the wheat stalks. I just know my guests will love them too! 

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DIY Mommy & Me Graffiti Jackets

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There is nothing cuter than a little mommy and me moment! And I really love the graffiti jackets that are so instyle right now. I knew Brinkley and I could pull off making this trend ourselves but adding our own personal touch was the best part! I know we will be rocking these jackets all season long!

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You may know that Brinkley and I love a good DIY. But this time, it really hit home because of the love we poured into making them.

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I began by laying out the jackets and other materials to start the craft. But what I didn't know was what exactly we'd be painting on the jackets. We both sat down with a marker and looked at each other. She said she wanted to write "I love Mom" and I was so thrilled! She began pencilling out her design on the back of her jacket. I asked what I should write on mine and she said without hesitation, "I love Family"... And I thought, wow! That's so perfect. I knew I needed to include all my children and so the creative process began. I drew the three hearts to symbolize each child. Brinkley added her own personal flair with her flowers and other drawings. How cute did they turn out?!

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*TIP- Add splatter to your design by watering down the paint and flicking it onto your design using the end of your paint brush. It will really help define your graffiti look!

Here is what you'll need to do this craft:

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  • Fabric Paint
  • Denim Jackets
  • Paint Brushes
  • Water to rinse brushes
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This craft was so fun and special. It became much more of a meaningful craft than I anticipated. I know I will cherish this jacket forever. 

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Trendy Shades DIY

Don't we all just love getting those new pair of shades for the summer!!  But this will leave a little extra cash in your wallet.

I absolutely love the embellished sunglass trend right now. So many designers are making them and I knew I had to have a pair for myself this season. But I didn't want to invest in a pair of shades that could go out of style quickly, but mainly I just love saving money! That's why I decided why not try making them myself!! Why not, right?!

First, I bought a couple pairs of inexpensive sunglasses at the local discount shop. However, you can try this on any old pair of sunnies that you want to jazz up for the new season.

I love the shape of the ones I selected and knew they'd be the perfect match for this DIY.

Then I ordered the acrylic flowers online however, they are sold at many craft stores in the bead section.

You will want to use a glue that works well for beading. You can also use super glue but be careful not to drip as super or crazy glue will be hard to remove if some is accidentally dripped on the wrong area.

You'll start by laying out your shades and creating a design you like before applying. 

Once you have created a design and have all the beads laid out, you can begin gluing.

Here is what you'll need:

Also, try this on your kids sunglass! My daughter loved the ones I made her. And of course she was in on the design process... picking the exact beads and colors!

We love making things together and share that same interest. I love letting her put her own flare on this fun accessory.

A little fashionista in the making!

DIY All Natural Deodorant

There are so many reasons why I wanted to switch to an all natural deodorant. When I was nursing my third child, Brent (now 15 months), I decided it was more important than ever to try an all natural alternative.

I tried so many different options of the natural stuff and would spend far too long pondering the options at Whole Foods. But none of them smelled good or worked like I wanted or needed them to. 

A good friend of mine and fellow DIY mom, Melanie (Owner of Petit Elephant NYC) and I decided to hit the kitchen and cook up our own version! And we got to choose the scent and how much or little protection we wanted. A win, win!! Right?!

What you'll need:

  1. All natural shea butter 1/4 Cup
  2. All natural coconut oil 1/4 Cup
  3. Arrow Root 1/4 Cup
  4. Baking Soda 3 tbsp.
  5. Essential Oil Scent appx 15 drops
  6. Storage Containers 
  7. Double boiler

Start by combining the shea butter and coconut oil on low heat using the double boiler. Once liquified, turn the heat off. Add the essential oils. I recommend a baby powder scent to mimic store bought deodorant scents. But a fresh scent like peppermint or lavender also work really well. Carefully remove the bowl from the double boiler. It will be hot! Once this has cooled for a few minutes you can then add the arrow root powder and the baking soda. Depending on how much protection you need, you can add more or less of these powders. The arrow root helps with absorbing moisture. The baking soda helps reduce odor.

Then pour the mixture into a container. Place the container into the fridge to cool. Once cooled, this can be stored in the bathroom cabinet for daily use. If stored in a cool environment and in an air tight container, this can last up to a year!

Candy Cane Cocoa-Butter Cream

Make your own super rich, smooth and creamy cocoa butter right at home... And make it smell like anything you'd like.  Trust me it's way easier than waiting in long holiday shopping lines at the mall and paying a fortune for the seasonal scents. 

My kids love candy canes and with the cold weather months upon us, their little bodies are craving the extra moisture. So instead of buying lotion from the store with tons of unnecessary ingredients, I decided I would make them a small batch of hand-made whipped cocoa butter cream right at home. And they get to smell like sugary sweet peppermint treats! What could be better?

Here is how I made this:

  1. Raw Cocoa Butter (3/4 Cups)
  2. Raw Shea Butter (3/4 Cups)
  3. Coconut Oil (3/4 Cups)
  4. Essential Oil in Candy Cane Scent (15 Drops)
  5. Food Dye (1/8 Tsp)

Combine the Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter & Coconut Oil together in a double boiler on low heat. Once combined, add the Essential Oils. Place in refrigerator for 30-40 minutes or until the mixture is soft but starting to harden. Use a hand mixer and beat the ingredients with the Food Dye, until the mixture is light and whipped.

Add to a small jar or container for storing. This has a long shelf life (appx 1 year) if kept in a cool environment. If the mixture starts to soften move to a cooler place. 

DIY Hostess Gift- Pumpkin Pie Hand Soap

Visiting family or friends this holiday season? Well, make a gift they will love and cherish because it was hand made by you!

This project is probably the quickest DIY project I've done yet. And let me tell you, the scent is AMAZING. It's not too sugary sweet like the store bought soaps. This has the true scent of pumpkin pie. Also, the oils are good for so many things and have a long shelf life. This project may actually save you money!

Here is what you'll need:

Then combine 8-10 drops of the essential oil to the soap. Stir in 2 large drops of the food dye. Stir with a knife or stick to combine. Then carefully pour the mixture into the glass bottle. Label the bottle with the name of the soap and to add even more of a personal touch, use a ribbon and hand-written note. This is sure to impress!