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DIY: The Cutest Little Drawstring Snack Bags

DIY: The Cutest Little Drawstring Snack Bags

The Cutest Little Drawstring Snack Bag My oldest daughter is graduating this year and headed off to college, which made me reminisce about her going off to kindergarden 12 years ago!! I’d make her little name tags, I’d leave her little notes in her lunch, and I’d wave as she headed off on the bus. Today, I’m buying college supplies like coffee makers, bath towels, and $200 books! But, I wanted to go back in time and make something nostalgic!…

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Motivation Monday: What’s a Mantra? (And how do I choose one?)

Motivation Monday: What’s a Mantra? (And how do I choose one?)

What’s a Mantra? (And how do I choose one?) A mantra is a word, sound, or phrase that is repeated over and over again to aid in your concentration while meditating or living out your life. You don’t have to be a huge Yoga buff, or meditate in front of candles everyday, but repeating simple positive words and sayings over and over can give you the inner motivation you are looking for. Nothing but positive intentions will come out of…

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4 Easy DIY Projects that are Quick & Simple!

4 Easy DIY Projects that are Quick & Simple!

4 EASY DIY Projects 4 ANYONE! It’s time to show someone that you’d DIY for them!! Pick one of these easy projects below and I promise it will make their day! (and year!) Great projects for kids to do as well! (with some help) (low cost, too!) 1. DIY: Simple Gardener’s Sugar Scrub : No one likes dirty hands after gardening. This Gardener’s (or Crafter’s) Sugar Scrub is perfect for you and super easy to make! 2. DIY: Homemade Bath Bombs (Bath Fizzies!) : They…

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DIY: How to make a Glass Terrarium (Super Easy!)

DIY: How to make a Glass Terrarium (Super Easy!)

How to Make a Glass  Terrarium – DIY Succulent Dish Garden This may be my new obsession and will quickly become my favorite gift to give! How many of us “kill” plants because they are just too much work? Too much water. Not enough water. Left in the cold. Left in the heat. Well, you can never go wrong with these little succulents – which are easy to maintain and require very little care.  Just spritz with a water bottle…

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Which Camera Lens Should I Buy?

Which Camera Lens Should I Buy?

Deciding on which camera lens you are going to buy first is a personal preference, but a lot of factors should go into your decision. Depending on what you are shooting will determine which lenses to have in your bag. Are you a nature photographer? Sports photographer? Portrait photographer? Just a Mom photographer (which is awesome!)? First point: there is not a one size fits all lens for anyone. What you shoot the majority of the time will help you pick a…

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Motivation Monday: Ignore the Naysayers

Motivation Monday: Ignore the Naysayers

I saw this quote on Pinterest a while ago and it stuck with me. How amazingly true it is! If you have a goal set, go for it…but know there will be naysayers. Let’s see if you agree…   Not matter what you do, what you pursue, what you love, who you love, how you perform, how you write, how you dress, how you live…   There will always be naysayers!   People on guard and ready to give their…

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DIY: Simple Gardener’s Sugar Scrub

DIY: Simple Gardener’s Sugar Scrub

Spring is here and who doesn’t like getting their hands dirty while planting a new bed of flowers? But, no one likes dirty hands afterwards. This Gardener’s (or Crafter’s) Sugar Scrub is perfect for you and super easy to make! I’ve been obsessed with my little 4-oz. mason jars lately! I recently concocted a scrub for the kitchen (Sea Salt and Olive Oil Scrub) that sits on the windowsill by my kitchen sink. After some playing around again, I wanted…

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Photography Tips: Selective Focus

Photography Tips: Selective Focus

What is Selective Focus (or Forced Perspective) Photography? Selective Focus (or Forced Perspective) photography is a technique that uses optical illusions to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. Making foregrounds and backgrounds drastically out of focus to highlight a sharp subject—or just part of a sharp subject—is a common technique. Depending on the lens of course. These can make for great art pieces. Here are some cool ones I found on the internet to…

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DIY: Sea Salt & Olive Oil Scrub

DIY: Sea Salt & Olive Oil Scrub

DIY: Sea Salt & Olive Oil Scrub This DIY project is as easy as 1-2-3! You probably even have all the ingredients sitting in the cupboard right now…waiting for you. If you are looking for an easy, last minute gift, or want ideas for Mother’s Day coming up…this is it! You can give your loved ones a cute little gift of pampering, and I promise their skin will be fabulously smooth! Summer is coming and our legs and arms are…

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My Listen to Your Mother Story: “Hollow”

My Listen to Your Mother Story: “Hollow”

Hollow Do you know what “hollow” sounds like? I finally sat down on the living room floor with a small plate in front of me. On it, a strawberry pastry, cut up into little, tiny, bite-sized pieces…ready for me to swallow whole, one at a time, like a pill, with water. That was the only way to get some calories into me over those past 5 weeks. 5 weeks…from diagnosis to death. Just 5 weeks. I sat with my mother…

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