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Willow's Nursery

Willow's Nursery

Believe it or not, I've been trying to do this blog post for weeks! Mostly because everyone keeps asking me for nursery photos, but also because I just wanted to be FINISHED with all baby things well before baby arrives. Well, best laid plans? I wound up not really finishing until this week. And of course, it's been so cloudy and dreary. I kept waiting for a day when the sun would light the room up all pretty like, but that just never happened and I grew impatient haha. That's my subtle way of saying I don't think my photos do the room justice! ;) 

Master Bedroom Makeover

Master Bedroom Makeover

Well, it's about time right? I've only wanted to do this project for a few years. I just kept chickening out because our bedroom was the most intimidating place to prettify for me. Mostly because of the vaulted ceilings that I just didn't know how to paint. And paint is a REQUIREMENT. I got really gun ho about finally doing it last winter when I did the master bathroom (which looks even better now than it did then, thanks to the shower door we had installed this Fall, thanks Uncle Chris!). That's when I bought the lamps and a white duvet. But that was basically as far as I got. Though I was highly ambitious on Pinterest, as all pinners are.

Herbal Tinctures

Herbal Tinctures

This Fall I decided that if I really want to avoid drugs and unnecessary chemicals, I should probably start a natural remedy medicine cabinet. My essential oil collection is a nice start to that, but I wanted to go further. Last Spring after almost 40 hours of travel returning home from a two week trip to Europe, I developed a wicked cold/bug/something yucky, and it was Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C and homemade elderberry syrup (oh, and SLEEP!) that had me feeling fine after about 48 hours. Plus, pretty much any bottle of medicine from the drug store warns you that you shouldn't have any if you're pregnant. And I have a theory that most of the stuff they tell you you shouldn't do when you're pregnant is just stuff you shouldn't do much of normally, but nobody cares about poisoning themSELVES on a regular basis haha.

DIY Whipped Cinna-mint Magnesium Lotion

DIY Whipped Cinna-mint Magnesium Lotion

Today's recipe would be the perfect holiday gift if you're feeling DIY-tabulous! I was actually just writing the other day about how I'm convinced magnesium is why I've had no pregnancy sickness to deal with and how it has drastically cut down on my tension headaches as well (it is a muscle relaxer after all)! I take a magnesium supplement every day, but I also try to absorb it topically. Most people do not get enough magnesium through their food (leafy greens, nuts, avocodos, etc.), and while it would be nice if we did... there's nothing wrong with a little extra help!  Magnesium is easily absorbed through the skin and your body has a much easier time processing it that way. If you want to learn more about magnesium, I suggest reading The Magnesium Miracle. I found it fascinating, but you know, I can be nerdy ;)

Easy DIY Salt Scrub

Easy DIY Salt Scrub

This recipe for a homemade, chemical free... all natural... all awesome salt scrub is ridiculously easy to make. So ridiculously easy that at first I wondered if it was even worth blogging about. But then I realized that until I did it myself, I didn't know if it was going to be so easy! Let me tell you, it really, truly is this simple.

DIY No Sew Curtains

DIY No Sew Curtains

Equipment

Fabric
Ironing board
Iron
Iron-on Adhesive (I wound up using two kinds because I ran out halfway through. I used this and this... both worked fine for my needs but I preferred the first type)
Clip on curtain rings (I bought mine at Target but these would work. Just make sure the ring is larger than your curtain rod)
Tape measure
GOOD scissors

DIY Spring Wreath

2014-04-09_0011Spring fever hit me hard yesterday. I think it hit everyone else last week some time, but I was sick and laying on my couch most of last week and while you can enjoy Spring with the windows open, it's just not the same as being out in the world. Yesterday was the first time I've gone swimming and could wear flip flops to the pool! I got to drive with the windows down and the music up. I wandered over to Old Navy where I bought short sleeve shirts and summer dresses (40% off guys, I basically had to). And then I came home to a house with a Christmas wreath on the front door. 2014-04-09_0001Okay, it's not super Christmasy... it's more wintry, but I made it and put it up for Christmas time! I've just allowed it to hang out all winter long since there was no obvious Christmasyness to it.

It is time for a Spring wreath.

spring wreathHere's what I got at A.C. Moore for about $10. Floral wire not pictured.

2014-04-09_0004I spent a few agonizing moments trying to cut up the fake flower stems with scissors, then kitchen scissors, then Pampered Chef sheers, before finally coming across this fun tool in Erik's tool box. Whatever it is, it worked very well. Cutting artificial stems is no joke!

2014-04-09_0003Once everything was cut up and separated like this, I jammed one end into the wreath. Very precise, I know, but part of why I like grapevine wreaths so much is that you can just do that.

2014-04-09_0005Every now and then I couldn't find a good place to stick the other end of the flowers into the wreath and had to use some floral wire to secure it.

2014-04-09_0006This looked pretty good laying on my coffee table (sorry about that by the way. A plain table probably would have photographed better but then I wouldn't have been able to watch Ellen while I did it. Priorities.) until I held it up like it was going on a door... then the edges looked very bare.

2014-04-09_0007So I added another layer of yellow on the outside edges as well. So many flowers...

2014-04-09_0008I added in some purple. If you're hoping for the names of all these fake flowers... you are really out of luck. I just liked them :)

And I added one daisy and thought that that was good and that using all three that I'd bought would look really busy. But then from a distance that one daisy looked really small and random. I finally decided on three. Major life decisions.

2014-04-09_0009And here it is all finished. Super easy.

2014-04-09_00122014-04-09_00112014-04-09_0010 See ya, Christmas/winter wreath. Only 7 months to go til Christmas season :) I really like Christmas. But right now I really like Spring. Happy Spring everyone!