Positive Vibes at Home

 

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I am always looking for more ways to create peace and positive energy at home. It is Summer time and the kids are out of school so, most days we spend a lot of time together- at home. I have noticed that there are several things that I can do daily to keep a calm more laid back household. Don’t get me wrong- sometimes it still gets tense around here and we need a little more zen then others but, these changes help bring a sense of peace in our house. Kepp on Reading!

Upcycled Painted T-Shirts

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I am always looking for different ways to keep my children entertained during the Summer. My older son goes to school full time and only has art class once a week so, I try to incorporate as many craft store outings and art projects as I can this time of year. Children are so creative and if given the tool they will amaze you!

“You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.”  – Maya Angelou

Summer time is a perfect time to do the “messy” art projects because you can do them outside. We decided to pick up some fabric paint at the store today. I used to love using this paint when I was a kid and I still have fond memories of some of my favorite handmade “puffy paint” t shirts. Keep on Reading!

Top 5 Friday Fun

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I had a momentous holiday week filled with family visits, berry picking, and swimming which lasted long past dinner. In the spirit of a crazy, fun, rebellious week here is your top 5 stories around the internet:

  1. Austin is one of my favorite cities! Check out Monica’s itinerary. Have you ever been?
  2. In honor of the 4th of July here is a great read on being an American. She explains how traveling connects us to the past and shapes our future.
  3. Amelia’s blog talks about stepping out of your comfort zone this Summer and enjoying the adventure. Read all about it here.
  4. Here are a some tips on shopping with intention by Michelle at the Classy life.
  5. Here is a bucket list from Every Girl. Number 1 is my favorite!

Diy earrings: Perfect for the 4th of July

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The 4th of July is coming up and I thought I would add a little pop of red to go with my outfit! These earrings were super easy to make and (bonus) didn’t take long at all. I was given an entire jar full of costume jewelry pieces for Christmas one year. It is from a fabulous shop in Belvedere Square here in Baltimore. I have used pieces for necklaces, earrings, you name it. So I decided to dig through the container and picked out these circle pieces. You can find similar ones at your local craft store or even make your own. So lets get start:

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Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Embroidery Thread
  • 2 X Earring Hooks
  • 2 X Circle Pieces
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Step 1: Cut your string about 3 inches long and make groups of about 6-7 pieces of string.

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Step 2: Loop one group of strings (6-7 pieces) through a hole in your jewelry and pull into a slip knot. Repeat this process on two other circles next to each other on each of the earrings.

Step 3: Trim the access string straight across using your scissors

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Step 4: Add the earring hooks to your pieces using the needle nose pliers.

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You can also add jewelry wire around the circles or even beads to change up the look of these earrings. You can also use other colors of string or use multiple colors. The possibilities are endless!

100 Blog Posts

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Lets Celebrate! We are proud to announce that we have completed 100 blog posts! Katie and I would like to take a minute and thank all of our readers who have supported the blog thus far and if you like what you see, please share with your friends. We hope that our crafts, recipes and eco friendly tips have helped you in some way. In honor of this special day, below are the top 5 blog post to date:

  1. Mantra Monday
  2. Perfect Gifts the Women in your life
  3. Gifts for the Guys too
  4. Eco Friendly Products
  5. DIY Make up Pads

Stay tuned for an epic earring tutorial,  watermelon slush and more!

Easy Chocolate Cream Pie

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The fourth of July is coming up here in the USA and this recipe is great for any back yard BBQ. I had planned to make something like cupcakes, decorative cookies, or even an ice cream dish using this yummy recipe, but my son asked for a simple chocolate cream pie. How can I say no when he wants to be in the kitchen helping to make something tasty to share with friends and family. Even though we had all of the ingredients for the cupcakes, we ventured to the store and purchased all of the things we needed for the cream pie. Keep on Reading

Summer Playlist

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Windows down cruising in the car, sitting on the beach or jamming pool side, music sets the mood for Summer! Music of this season is cheery, lighthearted and combined with long sunny days puts you in a carefree state of mind. The nostalgia of Summer time will last into Winter with a little help from your favorite tunes.

One of my Summer time bucket list goals is to see Jack Johnson and Ben Harper in concert at the beach in Hawaii. Hopefully some day I will get to do that, but in the mean time I thought I would put together a playlist to listen to anywhere.

  1. Jack Johnson: You and Your Heart
  2. Ben Harper: With my Own Two Hands
  3. Zac Brown: Knee Deep (Toes- is a good one too!)
  4. Kenny Chesney: American Kids
  5. Jason Mraz: Have it All
  6. Bob Marley: Would You be Love
  7. Florida Georgia Line/ Nelly: Cruise
  8. G. Love: Give it to You
  9. Colbie Caillat: Like Tomorrow Never Comes
  10. Ed Sheeran: Castle on the Hill
  11. Maren Morris:  My Church
  12. Lumineers:  Holdin’ Out
  13. Andy Grammer:  Give Love
  14. Tom Petty:  Wildflowers
  15. Old Crow Medicine Show:  Wagon Wheel
  16. Kenny Chesney:  Get Along
  17. Norman Greenbaum:  Spirit in the Sky
  18. Creedence Clearwater Revival:  Up Around the Bend
  19. Ed Sheeran:  Bibia Be Ye Ye
  20. X Ambassadors:  Renegades

 

 

 

Top 5 Friday Fun

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Happy Friday! Summer has officially rolled in and so have the thunderstorms here in MD. We have enjoyed the craziness of playing in the pool and eating snow cones but, nothing compares to sitting in a safe quiet spot watching the thunderstorm roll in and then back out again. It never gets old! Whether you are enjoying the outdoors this weekend or inside relaxing, check out the great links below.

  1. Melissa from The Midnight Edit has a great article on boosting your confidence. She has some great examples and my favorite is getting out of your comfort zone. Trying new things seems scary at first but, it will boost your confidence. Check out the link to see all 12.
  2. The kimono is one of my favorite Spring and Summer accessory. Top Knots And My Thoughts has an adorable kimono and a few ways to wear it.
  3. With Summer fruit in season, here is a great smoothie bowl to try from Happy Organic Girl. She has a wonderful blog on natural living including recipes and organic make up tips.
  4. Megan Olivia posted about what she has learned from her mother and they are inspiring tips for all of us. Number one is my all-time favorite and something I remind my own children of every day. Check out all 5 here.
  5. I have been in a shopping mood lately…in search for a new summer dress. Emmy Lou Styles has a timeless list of  Summer wardrobe must haves!

 

 

Eco Friendly Clothing

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Fast fashion and clothing is one of the largest pollution issues on this planet. If you haven’t seen the documentary “The True Cost” check it out. I am sure it will change your view on fashion and clothing forever. Over 90% of cotton used for clothing is genetically modified and the largest pesticided crop on the planet.

Cotton is considered the world’s dirtiest crop due to its heavy use of pesticides. Aldicarb, cotton’s second best-selling insecticide and most acutely poisonous to humans and wildlife, is still used in 25 countries, including the U.S., where 16 states reported it in their groundwater. The dangers are recognized by the EPA and they have signaled its phase out in 2018.- Rodale Institute

I thought I would take the time to highlight a few companies and ideas to be a little more eco friendly in the fashion department.

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5 Eco Friendly ways to Shop:

  1. Consignment shops: They are all over the place these days. It is a fun way to shop- you never know what you are going to find!
  2. Patagonia: They are a big brand but, they use it for good. The company has organic cotton options and even makes some clothing out of recycled plastics. They also buy back clothing and make repairs. When you no longer want them, you can even drop Patagonia clothing off at their stores to be recycled into new garments.
  3. Thred up and reStitch: If consignment stores are your thing, try shopping consignment online in the comfort of your home. They have all of the latest fashions and (bonus) delivered right to your door step.
  4. AYAsacredwear: I found this Etsy shop and instantly fell in love. They have all kinds of organic cotton options and everything is handmade in Indonesia.
  5. Amour Vert: Not only is the clothing beautiful but, for every t shirt that is purchased they will plant a tree. Amour Vert uses organic cotton and sustainable fabrics.

Shared Painting with Kids

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Now that Summer Break has arrived, bedtime becomes a little relaxed. With the extra time, I love to spend some quiet one on one time with each of my children. It usually involved creating something (crazy snack, gift, art project, ect)  My older son loves anything art related. I find that this time we spend together, he is so talkative about all aspects of live not just the art project. It is a great time to create something beautiful together but, also a wonderful bonding experience. This undivided attention is a great opportunity to build and foster love, trust and guidance. Being present and engaged is not only fun but also therapeutic.   Keep on Reading!