Table & Chairs Makeover

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One of my favorite things to do is refinish furniture.

Its oddly therapeutic, and at the end of my projects I step back and just smile when I see a piece transform.

I’m 1000% an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint enthusiast, its the easiest way to refinish anything, but there are times when its not ideal to use it. This project was one of those cases.

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I took the job of refinishing this table and chair set, her request was to have the base and chairs repainted black. It started out originally as an oak table and chair set, it had such good bones, it was an old Thomasville set and really would look nice. Annie Sloan does make a graphite color similar to black, but if you are going for true deep dark black, its not really right (even with using their black wax). That was reason 1 that I couldn’t use Annie Sloan, reason 2 was the condition it was in. The best part about Annie Sloan is that there is no prep involved. You can literally paint over finishes without having to sand or strip. This table though, it had been repainted years before. with good ol’ primer and latex paint. It was peeling, chipping, uneven in its application and was just not something you could paint over.

With that being said, I had to strip all 8 chairs, two leaves, 4 legs, base and top of this table set. It was NOT ideal. Stripping furniture is a real pain, and that’s putting it lightly. So, if you find yourself in. The same situation, with an old piece with uneven latex paint that you want to refinish, here is what you do.

Step 1: STRIP IT.

At first, I tried to just sand this without having to strip it. This did not go quickly, and I knew that I would have to remove the paint, just sanding would not be an option.

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Use  the strongest one you can find. I wasted SO much time trying to use a greener stripping product, called Citristrip. I then tried KLEANSTRIP and it was SO much better. Still lots of work, but much better.

IMG_3557.JPGBe sure to do this outside, theres no way you’d do this messy of a project inside, but I need to say in case, DO THIS OUTSIDE. Wear Chemical Resistant gloves! 

Follow the directions on the product, and chip away it it. You will alternate between applying the stripper, and scraping it off with a putty knife. This takes forever, no joke. On flat surfaces like the table top, its quick, but on chair legs with nooks and crannies, its a nightmare. Just keep chipping away at it and eventually you will get it all off and you can move on to Step 2, Sanding.

Step 2: SAND.

Once you have all the paint off, you will no doubt have an uneven finish, its inevitable. Take your palm sander, or if you’re a superhero, regular sandpaper and use elbow grease and sand your whole piece until you get a smooth even finish.

Step 3: PAINT. 

Depending on what you choose to paint with, paint your piece. In my case, I wanted an even application, and at this point, I had spent well over 60 hours stripping and sanding this project. I didn’t have it in me to hand paint anything!

If you wanted to use Annie Sloan, this would be the point you could. Like I said, graphite wasn’t dark enough, so I wasn’t able to use chalk paint. I don’t think I could have hand painted it though, I was so sore, tired, and just irritated. I estimated this taking 12 hours (I hadn’t seen the table) and was way past that.

What I ended up doing, and I had done this on a previous table and chair set, was to use a Rusteoleum Paint and Primer Spray Paint- in Satin Black. 

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So, I applied two coats on all pieces.

Stain- If Applicable

** This is sort of a step in itself, but its not totally necessary, you could paint your whole piece one color. It was requested that the top of the table be stained a dark color. So I took my General Finishes gel stain (my fave) in Java and wiped two coats on, letting it dry each time between  coats. I used a glossy finish poly on top.

Step 4: SEAL.

I wanted to be totally sure this finish would be protected, so I took my wipe on poly in satin finish, and wiped all of the chair legs, table top, and sides down and it was finally done!!

After I was done, my faith in chalk paint was renewed. This was SOOOO much more work than (ideally being able to) just painting over a finish, and waxing it to seal.  If I had to choose, I’d choose chalk paint any day. Like I said though, this wasn’t an option for this project.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, I hope this gives you insight HOW TO PROCEED with it.

Happy Painting!

Thanksgiving Tradition

Over the years, we have had some pretty cute traditions with the boys around Thanksgiving.

While you have small kiddos there is only so much you can do to capture their attention or even help them comprehend the certain holiday or its meaning.

Nevertheless, I still try to do fun things that they will hopefully look back on and remember and look forward to each year.

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In years past we have done thankful leaves, where I ask the boys what they are thankful for, I write it down (and now they can write themselves) on a leaf cut out on construction paper and I display it. When we are all done, you step back and see how many things you are thankful for and its so cool. You can add to it and add new things daily, or when you are reminded just keep adding to your leaves. Display them in fun ways, in a big mason jar attached to twigs and hole punched and either tied with twine or slipped onto the branches. Tape them to the wall, make garland out of all of the leaves, there are endless possibilities.

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I wanted to reinvent this tradition this year, and I came across EXACTLY what I was envisioning in my head from a Pier1 post on Pinterest- totally meant to be.  I have a vase that is basically EXACTLY like their picture too- winning!!

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I want to SAVE the leaves, and use the centerpiece year after year, and then look at the leaves from years past. Seeing what we all said we were thankful for that year, recognizing the kiddos handwriting as it improves and it will totally warm my heart. So I’m going to cut out this printable and I will bring back the leaf tradition in a more design friendly way each year. So fun!

The other fun thing we did was cut out these cute turkeys from pinterest.

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Look how tiny they were!

I let the boys cut the printable out and use glue sticks and attach all the pieces. I saved these for years (and still have them) and put them on their doors as thanksgiving approached.

We have made Turkey hats out of construction paper.

I have used from of course, Target, a coloring table cloth for them to draw on.

Its really all about getting them excited for the holiday and lets face it, OCCUPYING them while you are in the kitchen. Don’t make it complicated, seriously just go through the Dollar Spot at Target and grab something fun, these little simple moments are what make it fun. You will look back and laugh at the fun things you did in the midst of basting your turkey and throwing dishes in the oven.

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Hopefully this gives you some ideas for Thanksgiving this week and you make some special memories together. If you missed the Thanksgiving recipes post, and need some ideas you can see that here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Favorites

Thanksgiving is less than one week away! I can hardly believe it!

Its one of my favorite holidays, because I look forward to preparing family favorites each year. The thanksgiving meal is seriously such a special thing for me.
With that being said, I wanted to share the tried and true recipes we have used and have grown to love and look forward to!

I’ll be sharing our Herb Roasted Turkey, Fresh Green Beans, Loaded Mashed Potatoes, Rosemary Rolls, and Pumpkin Pie recipes with you!

ALL of these are delicious! 

Herb Roasted Turkey Recipe By Sandra Lee

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 (13 pound) frozen Turkey breast, thawed
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1T chopped fresh thyme
  • 1T chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2tsp chile powder
  • 2tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1C chicken broth

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Remove the legs, thighs, and wings from the turkey, or cook with them- and just adjust your cooking time for a standard turkey with all parts.
  • In a bowl, stir together the oil, rosemary, sage, thyme, garlic powder, chile powder, red pepper flakes, salt & pepper.
  • Insert your hard under the skin of the breast and gently separate the skin from the muscle, and then put a spoonful of the herb oil inside and rub it around. This really makes the flavor of the turkey amazing!
  • Spoon the remaining oil on the outside of the turkey.
  • Pour the broth into the bottom of your roasting pan (and set the turkey on a wire rack).
  • Roast the turkey for 55-60 minutes.
  • INCREASE the temperature to 450 degrees F and cook until the skin of the turkey is browned and your inserted thermometer reads at least 165 degrees F when inserted in the thickest part of the turkey, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Let the turkety rest for 15 minutes before carving so the temperature of the turkey rises to 180 degrees F.

** Adjust the cooking time if you decided to opt out of using just the breast and you cook the whole turkey. I’ve done this recipe both ways. Its delicious every time!

Fresh Green Beans by Pioneer Woman

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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I always double this recipe- its delicious and goes fast!

Ingredients

  • 1lb fresh green beans
  • 2T bacon grease (or 1T bacon grease and 1T olive oil)
  • 2 clovies garlic
  • 1C chopped onion
  • 1C chicken broth
  • 1/2C chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  • Snap the ends off of the green beans or cut them off in a bunch
  • Melt the bacon grease in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and onions and cook for a minute. Then add the green beans and cook for a minute until they turn bright green.
  • Add chicken broth, chopped bell pepper, salt & pepper. Turn heat to low and cover. Leave the lid cracked, and cook for 20-30 minutes or until liquid evaporates and beans are fairly soft, yet still a bit crisp.
  • You can add more chicken broth during the cooking process, let it cook all the way and let the onions caramelize.

Loaded Mashed Potatoes by Swanson

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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We usually double this recipe as well. I’ve used russet and yukon gold potatoes, both turn out well.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Swanson® Chicken Broth or Swanson® Organic Chicken Broth or Swanson® Natural Goodness® Chicken Broth
  • 2 1/2 pounds potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 6 cups)
  • 1/2 cup light cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (about 3 tablespoons)

Directions

  • Heat the broth and potatoes in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Do not drain.
  • Mash the potato mixture with the light cream, sour cream, chives, butter and 2 tablespoons bacon. Season to taste. Sprinkle with the remaining bacon.

Ever watch the FRIENDS episode about the cookies? Turns out Pheobe’s grandma’s cookie recipe was off of the back of the nestle tollhouse package— well this is the same. This is straight off of the can of Libby’s and my mom has made it for as long as I can remember. Its delicious! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Our Favorite Pumpkin Pie Recipe by Libby's

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs lightly in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into pie shell
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F.; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. (Do not freeze as this will cause the crust to separate from the filling.)

Rosemary Rolls-

There is no recipe needed for this, just a really cool Thanksgiving hack for you!

Use whatever rolls you have, whether its frozen or fresh, and put some melted butter on top of each roll and sprinkle some chopped fresh rosemary over them (you should have left over if you used the herb turkey recipe) and put them in the oven to warm!  If you are using frozen rolls, cook them according to the package instructions and then when they are done, or almost done remove them add butter and rosemary and pop them back in to warm and you will have amazing artisan tasting bread. We all loved it when I did this last year! It made the rolls taste SOO fancy!


I hope you try some of these recipes and that you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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I don’t normally love chocolate chip cookies, but this recipe I tried a couple months ago is seriously THE BEST I have ever had. They look like fancy bakery cookies and everyone loves them. I love that these can be made without getting my big kitchenaid mixer out, I love that thing but I’m kind of lazy. Just use a spatula, or spoon, and some bowls!

 

They are a copy cat recipe for Double Tree cookies at their hotel, and they wont disappoint!

What I have been doing lately, and I posted about this in my Snickerdoodle recipe post, I leave the cookies in the fridge and take out a handful at a time to bake them. So if you have a family of 4, take out 8 at a time and bake them each day for about a week. That way you will always have fresh baked cookies and they wont get stale!

These cookies require you chill them for 4 hours up to overnight before baking, and I will be putting some in the freezer during the holidays in a ziploc bag and pulling them out and setting them in the fridge before I bake so it will make putting cookie plates, or needing them for random things like class parties or for relatives easier!

Things that make these cookies better:

  • TONS of chocolate. These cookies have 3 cups of chocolate chips, which is at least double or typical recipes. I like milk chocolate and I used milk chocolate chips, but you can use minis, semi-sweet, a mixture, or even dark chocolate for an even richer cookie.
  • CHILL THE DOUGH. I know. It’s annoying, and when you are done mixing them you want to pop them in and eat them! It takes a long time. But you MUST. Otherwise these will spread and not be thick and gooey. Scoop baseball sized balls of dough that are 1/4 cup each and chill them at LEAST 4 hours (or overnight) before baking. You will learn after making this to not expect them til later, and will be ok waiting, I promise.
  • UNDER-BAKE them, this is tough. They’re done just when the top looks done and you don’t want to keep baking them until they are brown. They will still be gooey in the center, and it will probably freak you out. THAT’S the secret sauce to the best chocolate chip cookie: THE GOOEY CENTER.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

  • Servings: 20 cookies
  • Difficulty: easy
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These cookies are enormous, gooey, full of chocolate and will be the best thing you ever ate. Taken from the Crazy For Crust Blog

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups chocolate chips use your favorite kind
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  •  optional: sprinkle a little salt, or sugar over each cookie before baking

Instructions

  1. Place oats in a small food processor or blender and grind until they turn powdery. Place them in a medium sized bowl and whisk in the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. Stir together melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until smooth. (No mixer needed – just use a wooden spoon or spatula!) Stir in vanilla, lemon juice, and eggs. Stir until smooth, then stir in flour mixture. Mixture may be slightly lumpy because of the ground oats. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Scoop 1/4 cupfuls of the dough into balls and place on the cookie sheet. You do not need to space them; this is just for chilling. Cover well with plastic wrap and chill at least 4 hours or overnight before baking.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place cookies well spaced on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Slightly depress each ball with the palm of your hand.
  5. Bake for 13-17 minutes. Do not over bake – these are best a bit under done.

 

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I hope you enjoy these and this becomes a staple in your household cookie recipe arsenal.

 

WHOLE NEW NAME!!!

Huge update!
When I made Doing It Like Martha in 2013, times were totally different.
Now with the evolution of farm house style, moving out to the country, becoming a huge chalk paint and coffee enthusiast, I knew I needed a name change!

Here it is, and I feel it accurately defines my life. Full of chaos and coffee 🤣 ☕️

Momlife at its fullest!
The blog got a little facelife! A new fancy name and website, and beautiful color!

I’ll be bringing you all the same content with a fun new catchy (and applicable) name!
What are your thoughts?!

White Washing Brick With Chalk Paint

I love using chalk paint, it is no secret. Its really versatile, easy to use, and one can will last for so many projects!

Did you know that you can use chalk paint to WHITE WASH brick? Yep! Regular chalk paint you already use can be watered down and applied to brick to create a modern farmhouse look!

Here is what you do:

Clean your brick, and take off any existing soot, dirt, or dust. Just use a damp rag and wipe it down.

Grab your chalk paint, paint brush, and bowl to dilute it.

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Water it down in a 3:1 ratio. 3 parts chalk paint, 1 part water.  Stir that all together.

When its all mixed, take your brush and dip it into the mixture just like you would regular paint. Just be prepared for it to be more drippy (thats totally a word, right?) so have a drop cloth or some sheets spread out to catch the drips.

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Apply it and brush it on like you would any regular paint. This will be more opaque than paint obviously because it is watered down.

This is where it gets fun, depending on the look you are going for, you can apply it more lightly all over, or in some of the areas for a varied look. You can apply it and wipe it off on some of the bricks for variation, or you could totally keep it a consistent level of coverage and not wipe it down at all.

It all depends on what you’re looking for. For my scenario, the brick started as an ugly brown grey brick and I didn’t really want to see any of it. So I did NOT wipe any parts of the brick to reveal any exposed color.

I applied two coats of chalk paint white wash, and the beauty of using the Annie Sloan brush because of its design, it really got into the grooves of the grout and covered the area of brick nicely.

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I didn’t want it to appear to be PAINTED brick, I wanted it to look vintage or shabby chic, and to brighten up. By doing two coats of pure white it was just a subtle enough change to be noticeable and really clean up the old dingy brick.

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You can really achieve all kinds of different looks and finishes depending on what brick you are starting with, and how you apply it. This is my favorite part of doing projects like this, you totally see an area take new life and its not complicated to do!

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Hopefully this gives you some inspiration for projects in your home!

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All Women Need To Know About…

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This will for sure be the most controversial of all of my posts THUS far.

I’m going to go there. Women sometimes don’t discuss these things. Brace yourself.

I firmly believe that if you don’t have good girlfriends who tell you about their most TMI moments, share their struggles as well as their secrets, then how the heck are we going to survive?!

I’ll be discussing some AMAZING things I found all on my own through some trial and error. I seriously think all women need to share what helps get them through life. Why be secretive?!

This covers menstrual cups (I hate the word menstrual), period underwear, & comfy bras! 

If I haven’t scared you off, then read on!

If I have, then read future blog posts I’ll be making!

PERIOD UNDERWEAR

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YES! I said it! P E R I O D underwear. Whether you are 40 or 14 you will benefit from knowing about these babies.

It seems like whenever you get your period its always at the worst times, in your sleep, while you’re out of town, while you’re wearing white pants. The list goes on and ON!

I began experimenting with Natural tampons for about a year because there aren’t any real regulations about what tampons are made of, AND the ingredients (think how they treat the material chemically) doesn’t have to be disclosed on the box.

How troubling is that?! We are literally inserting things in our bodies, where it comes in contact with our flesh month after month. Year after year. We are unknowingly subjecting our bodies to all sorts of chemicals just from having a period.

SO, I didn’t like the idea of wasting expensive hippie brand tampons just on the HUNCH I would start my period while I was sleeping or running errands and wouldn’t be around a bathroom if aunt flo came to town. Enter period panties. It sounds so silly but they’re awesome.

I can’t exactly remember HOW I found out about THINX, but I did. I ordered a few pairs of underwear, and they have SO many varieties now. Tried them out, and I have been using them ever since!

Their website tells us that you can completely avoid tampons and JUST use the underwear. That may work for some people, but for me it didn’t really work. Plus, I don’t really want to be sitting in my own blood for like a week. Too messy and not necessary when you read about my next life hack.

When I DO use the thinx underwear, I use it for the several days leading up to my projected period to bed so if I do (and it always happens) start in my sleep I usually don’t wake up and when I do wake up my sheets are never bloody. I also love them for when I’m on my period and running errands and going to bed so there aren’t any leaks on my sheets or my clothes. It’s the perfect backup barrier method and it gives me peace of mind! The underwear are so comfortable and don’t look like any different than typical underwear! They stand their product and if you have issues, they will refund you.

Give them a try! You just wash them and reuse them! They are lifesaving! Use this code to get $15 off of your order http://ref.thinxify.me/kOihx  !

MENSTRUAL CUPS

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There are all kinds of articles, studies and controversies about what tampons are made of and what they are treated with in the process. Whether thats bleaching, being made of rayon etc. it bothered me on a deep level that we use tampons that may or may not (most likely may not) be ok for our bodies. With our skin being the largest organ in our bodies, but inserting tampons for probably 30ish years til we hit menopause is concerning. We are subjecting ourselves and our internal organs to (and absorbing) chemicals and who knows what while we are on our periods. If you are curious about any of this google what tampons are made of, obviously make sure you are reading things from credible publishers. Here is one article I found thats not too out there. 

So, I looked around for more “natural” approaches. I tried I think  EVERY organic tampon on the market. I tried the 365 from whole foods, seventh generation, Luna, L.Organic, Honest Co., Natracare and probably more. They all sucked. There is no real elegant way to put it. They all sucked. They either had a cardboard applicator (which is ridiculous to use), NO applicator, and all of them just weren’t very absorbent. They didn’t really expand like typical tampons do when they are saturated. They were just stubby little nubs that really didn’t change shape and I hated all of them.

I then began to think about my other options. I know they make disposable menstrual cups, but thats still something we have to constantly purchase and then throw away.

I decided to try a menstrual cup. YEP, a menstrual cup. I never EVER thought I would do that, but I did.  After having kids, and I know not all women reading this will have had kids, you’re just more comfortable with your body in ways you didn’t think you would be. So, to save time, money, and not be throwing tampons away constantly, I thought I would give it a shot. They say these cups will last at least 3 years. Can you imagine how many tampons you would have used in 3 years?! Its unreal. There are plenty of them on the market, you just have to get in there (yes, I just said that) and try some!

I used a diva cup and I didn’t really like it. But I stuck with it, and because all of our bodies are different I tried one from faithful old amazon, that offered free returns, as gross as that sounds. Its called the BLOSSOM CUP.

Let me tell you, it’s been a game changer! I almost forget that I’m ON my period, aside from my insane moodswings and irrational behavior – but thats another story!

Menstrual cups are made of medical grade silicone and resist bacterial growth, which is why they last so long. There goes your risk of TSS from regular tampons as the absorbency increases. You can go as much as 12 hours before changing your cup! I know you are probably thinking, ya right. BUT, don’t knock it til you try it. That means you would change the cup TWICE a day!! WHAT??!??!

I love that even if you’re not home a lot, in a 12 hour timespan, odds are you will be home in the morning and at night. So you could easily change your cup in the privacy of your home as you head out the door in the morning, and when you come home at night. No more leaking in your sleep, no more tampons to change every 2-4 hours! PLUS, wearing your thinx underwear as backup you won’t ever get messy again!

There are all kinds of different ways to insert the cup, and its really not any harder than a tampon once you get the hang of it, you just have to stick with it and try for 2 or so cycles. If you google how to fold and insert a menstrual cup, you just have to try (ideally before you’re on your period) and see which way goes in easier for you.

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I personally like the punchdown fold, you just grab one of the edges with your finger and push down. It will make that shape. Hold that still with your fingers, and insert like a tampon. You will (like I said after childbirth and trying to conceive you do weird things) feel where your cervix is and just leave it right there. You will let go, it will open up AROUND your cervix and it stays put with natural suction. Its pretty cool, and probably sounds gross to read but its amazing. Emptying is easy, you just grab the cup with your fingers, pull out and dump the blood into the toilet. Rinse it off if you want, and reinsert. Its actually interesting to see the quantity you bleed, and you will learn a lot about your cycle by physically seeing it in the cup, and I think we all need to know these things about our bodies to be good advocates for ourselves and our health.

I love that I save so much time with using it, that it saves money, and that it makes my life easier. If you struggle with tampons and the pains of periods, give it a shot. You will probably be pleasantly surprised.  Read more about menstrual cups here 

Comfy Bras

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This is a much lighter topic. No more blood, cups, or period talk.

I’m home a lot of the time as a SAHM, and I usually wear sports bras. Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that. But I wanted a bra that didn’t have uncomfortable straps or anything itchy etc. and I found True&Co!

They have SO many different types of bras its unreal! I also love the fact that they don’t objectify women in their advertising like another popular company. Its all about women, and being comfortable and still feeling like a woman. For once I wanted underwear that wasn’t for someone else. The bras I picked were not lingerie by any means, but MAN are they comfortable! They are seamless in design, no underwire (and they make some with that too), nothing rough or tight, and they had removable pads when you wash the bra.

They just came out with an actual sports bra design and I of course bought those too!

There is V-Neck, Scoopneck, racer back, you name it! I love that whatever you’re looking for its there. I was looking for comfort and I found it. I can wear these bras under my regular clothes outside of the house or inside lounging around and I was never uncomfortable or felt like anything was digging into my skin. I hate that.

So check out their website. They offer free returns and you can get $15 off your order with this code https://my.trueandco.com/x/dfTOZt

These are my faves

True Body Scoop Neck Adjustable Strap

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True Body Triangle Racerback

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True Body Triangle Convertible Strap

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True Body V Neck Bra

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Thats all I have! Hopefully you enjoyed, or got some amusement out of this post and my experiments!

Boys Bathroom Mini Makeover

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I’m all about farmhouse, industrial, rustic style. After-all, we do live out in the country on a ranch.

Naturally, I was getting an itch that just couldn’t be scratched without some DIY.

I wanted to make the boy’s bathroom a little more masculine looking.

With a few minor changes, and of course some chalk paint, we had a whole new look for their bathroom.  By swapping existing light fixtures, getting new mirrors that I chalk painted, we were able to achieve a totally different feel!

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The new mirrors were a chunky wood framed mirror from Lowes that I was able to chalk paint using Graphite from Annie Sloan Chalk paint. (read more about chalk paint here) 

 

Link to Mirrors We Used

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The new light fixtures also came from Lowes, click to view them

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Here is how it looked with the light fixtures changed and the new mirrors as they came, not chalkpainted.

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I really wanted a dark framed mirror but couldn’t find one that I liked. So out came the good ol’ chalk paint to achieve the look I wanted. The graphite really pulled in the grey tones in the granite and hardware finish color.. AS WELL AS take care of me not obsessing about clashing wood colors between our cabinets and the wood tile floor.

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After Chalk painting with Graphite

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All done!

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Loose Wave Curls Tutorial

My hair never used to be curled, like ever. I started using a curling wand a little over a year ago and it was a game changer!

Since then, lots of ladies have asked how I curl my hair.

While I was getting ready one morning, I made a video explaining how I do it loose wave curls and what products I use. I figured, why not?!

I’m by no means an expert, but I’m just passing along what works for me. If you are curious click the link below and check out the video.

Turn your phone into landscape (horizontal) mode to see a bigger picture- I’m still figuring this filming thing out!

Specific links to the products I mention in the video:

I use a L’ange 25mm ceramic curling wand

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Davines Heat Protector

Davines Dry Texturizer

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast

Davines Shimmer Mist

Wella Hairspray

Hopefully this gives you some ideas about how to change up your hair routine and try something new!

XoXo

-Hannah

Teacher Mason Jar Craft

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FullSizeRenderI love making handmade gifts. If there is a holiday, you can pretty much guarantee I will want to make something to give someone. Call me crazy, or just resourceful because the nearest store with craft supplies (besides a dollar general) is more than 30 miles away; its just easier to make something sometimes!

 

Having some basic craft supplies that you buy for a project once will last for multiple projects. With that being said, I had all of the materials on hand to make these cute little mason jars for the kiddo’s teachers as a beginning of the year gift. This would be perfect to give a teacher anytime! Christmas, Teacher appreciation day, you name it!

 

Materials You Will Need:

  • Acrylic paint in red, pink, yellow, brown, grey, black and green.  Feel free to mix red and white for pink and black and white for grey, if you don’t want to buy all of them. I didn’t have black so I mixed blue red and brown til I got a deep enough color to pass for black
  • Paint brushes, foam brushes are my fave. They always come in a pack and you can just toss them when you are done since they are so cheap.
  • Paint pens if you want to trace the zig zag pattern on the pencil or write No. 2 on it in black or the teachers name
  • Painters tape if you want to have super clean lines by the rim or any areas on the pencil you want to be crisp.
  • Mason jars, I used 16oz
  • Twine
  • Pencils or candy to fill up the cups

I used this image (that had no instructions) from Pinterest, it was a craft I think they did at Michael’s. (its not the best quality, but you get the idea)

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Directions:

For the pencil I used, black, pink, grey, yellow acrylic paint. I actually didn’t have some of the colors, so I mixed red and white to make pink. I didnt have the black either and mixed some blue red and brown to make a deep enough color to pass for black since it was just a small spot on the pencil. You have to be resourceful sometimes

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It took my mason jar and and used some paint pens I already had.

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FullSizeRender-1Then I just freehand traced an outline of the zigzag pattern on pencils with another paint pen (bought them for a previous project and had all the colors) and outlined where the yellow would go and painted that area. I let each section dry in front of the fan before I moved on to the next area. I painted the wood part brown and then I took the mixed colors (purple,blue and brown) to paint the black part of the pencil on the rim of the cup.

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My biggest tip for crafts like this is to let things dry in front of a fan, it will make things dry so much faster! 

 

For the apple, I painted the mason jar red then waited until that was dry and painted the rim brown. I took some of my green paint and painted on a leaf. You could tie some twine or ribbon and cut out a leaf shape from paper or felt if you have it and hole punch it and attach to the twine and tie that on the rim too!

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I popped some pencils in them from Dollar General, and spent under $5 for each jar!

I hope you try these out and give them to the teachers in your life and it makes them smile.

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