the DIY: LEMON SUGAR SCRUB

If you are or are going to need a last minute gift, this is a great idea! This sugar scrub is quick and you probably already have everything you already need to make it. Use it on your hands, elbows, or any rough spot where you need a little exfoliation. It's also edible...? That's not necessarily good or bad but let's just say I used this stuff on my lips and... it's was real nice.

All you need it some white sugar, olive oil and lemon extract. Here are the measurements we used:
-3 Cups White Sugar
-1 Cup Olive Oil
-1 Tbs. Lemon Extract (add more if the scent is too subtle)

Mix it all up in a bowl. Of course, you can make these measurements smaller or larger depending on how much you want to make. This recipe filled up 6 of our little jars.
We cut card stock circles to fit in the jar lids and just hand wrote on top. You could print out the words if you would like.
This probably took about 20 minutes from start to finish. Literally. So easy and it makes your hands feel so soft!

the DIY: FABRIC BOW GARLAND

We want to make all of our Christmas decorations this year so within the next week you should be seeing a few more tutorials on the subject. If you don't, it's because we failed miserably. Anyways, we visited our Goodwill to grab a bunch of different fabrics. If you need fabric but don't need much, make sure to check your Goodwill. We always find cute patterned clothing, sheets and even pieces of fabric.
This is all the fabric we got for our decoration projects. As you can see by the tags, these are all just pieces of fabric, they are actual articles of clothing and such. We're going for a vintage-y toned-down-ish Christmas color vibe.
Cut strips of your fabric. These strips are about 1.5 inches wide and at least 18 inches long. Some pieces are longer than others.
Tie your strips into bows. Just tie them as you would a shoelace. They don't have to be perfect.
You can see how these bows are all different shapes and sizes.
Tie knots every 6 inches or so on a piece of yarn. Your yarn can be any length and size you'd like- we used a pretty thick yarn. 
Use a hot glue gun to attach the backs of the bows to the knots on the yarn.
So simple and easy and super cute!
We will probably make a few more of these garlands. They will either go on the tree or draped around the living room on the walls. We haven't quite decided yet! Where would you hang this cute garland?
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the DIY: FIX YOUR FRINGE

So my mom gave me this boots as a gift and I absolutely love them! They are Minnetonka and I had wanted them for a while and yay now I have them BUT, when they came in, the fringe looked sooooo nutty. This is only because when fringe is all squished in a box and being shipped, it tends to form into whatever shape it's laying in. Anyways, it's a super simple fix so if you have or may have the same problem in the future, here's what you do.
Another picture of the fringe with a mind of it's own.
Lay your boots on a flat surface, making sure the fringe is laying flat on both sides. I did this by holding the boot horizontally level with the table and sliding it onto the table starting at the top of the boot. Flatten out the fringe on the top as well.
You will need to lay down a sturdy flat surface directly onto the boots and then top it with a heavy item or multiple items. I used my laptop and a bunch of magazines. Leave this for at least a day.
After a day (or longer), roll up a magazine and drop it in your boot to help it stand up. When you aren't wearing your boots, store them standing up. This will help the fringe to continue to keep flat and stay uniform.

This is something that is good to do when you've just gotten your boots. The more you wear your boots, the more the fringe will fall!

the DIY: TIE DYE TIGHTS

We had these tights for a while that we weren't wearing and weren't doing anything with so we decided to try to tie dye them with bleach. We basically try to use bleach to do anything. Anyways, this is a super simple tutorial. You could do it to ANYTHING. Well, fabric based things. Here's what you do...

1. Crumble up your tights and tie them up with with rubber bands.
2. Dunk the tights in a bowl of bleach. Make sure every part of the fabric is being drenched in bleach. Let them sit for about 30 minutes.
3. Set the tights out to dry.
4. Once the tights have dried completely, wash them as you normally would and wear them!

eat THIS: FARMERS BREAKFAST

So I'm home in Texas right now and my family loooovvess eating breakfast for dinner. But, who doesn't? So we made this from one of my mom's cookbooks- Taste of Home Breakfast and Brunch but we altered it a little bit. Now, you may need to do 8 rounds of P90X after you eat this but, it is delicious and simple!

You will need:
6 strips of bacon
2 tbs diced onion
4 medium potatoes, already cooked
7 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and Pepper


Cook the bacon until crisp.

Put the finished bacon on a paper towel.

Chop it up once it has cooled.

Keeping the bacon drippings in the pan, throw in the potatoes and onion until they brown, about 5 minutes.

Pour in the eggs, cook and stir until the eggs are set. Season with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle the bacon and cheese on top..

And cover with a lid to melt the cheese quickly.

Cut and serve! So yummy and only 5 ingredients. Perfect for your "breakfast for dinner" dinner!

the DIY: "CLASSY" PUFF PAINT TEE

We forever have been talking about how we really wanted to be able to use puff paint in a "classy" way. Basically we couldn't remember puff paint ever looking un-cheesy and if you think about puff paint really... how could it be? It's raised fabric paint in neon colors. Anyways, we were determined so this is what we came up with. It's simple and I'm actually assuming that when people see this shirt, they won't even know it was made with puff paint.
I just used a plain gray t-shirt.
And you will also need some puff paint. I used glittery gold and black.
Put some paper between the layers of the shirt before you start. This will prevent the paint from bleeding through to the back. Start by drawing a large heart in the center of the shirt. It doesn't have to be perfect and it doesn't have to be symmetrical. You will be putting enough layers on to even it out.
Add another heart with the same color.
Keep overlapping heart shapes until you have as many as you think looks good.
Start adding hearts with the other color of puff paint.
After I added all the gold hearts, I went back and added some more black to make the hearts look more intertwined.
Let your puff paint dry overnight and wear your new puff paint shirt proudly. I'm sure we will always be trying to come up with good ways to use puff paint. Any ideas?

the DIY: SUBTLE PATTERN TEE

So we wanted to spice up this plain white tee that Casey got for super cheap at the Gap. We also had been wanting to try to make a watermark tee so that's what we did! It didn't come out exactly like we had hoped but one day we will try again. I have already worn the final product already because I did actually like how it turned out, even though it wasn't exactly what we wanted. See how we made the subtle pattern below! You will need a blank white shirt, blue gel glue and some dye.
Start by soaking your shirt in cold water and ringing it out. Place something in between the layers of the shirt to prevent the glue from leaking through. We used sheet protectors!
You could squeeze the glue right out of the bottle onto the shirt and create designs or you can use a paint brush like we did. The glue wouldn't come out like we wanted straight from the bottle.
Start making any designs or words on the shirt with the glue.
You can see a little here how our designs looked when we were finished. Now you have to let the shirt dry completely.
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 Mix your dye bath follow the instructions on the box or bottle but, use cold water. The way we did this was we took a very small amount of hot hot water and mixed the dye in it until it dissolved. Then we mixed that mixture with the rest of the water required but, we made sure that water was cold cold cold. We wanted to use two different dye colors and make a sort of ombre effect. We put one end of the shirt in a hot pink dye and one end in a golden yellow color and let it sit as long as it was supposed to.
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Rinse the shirt out and let it sit in soapy water for at least 15 minutes. This should remove any glue on the shirt. Then wash and dry the shirt as normal.
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As you can see, the glue didn't prevent the dye from going into the shirt as much as it should. Could be the paint brush technique. But now we call this our subtle pattern tee! It works! Just not what we expected.
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