Future DIY Projects On The Way

Hello, all! I must admit, I have been neglecting you, hard. This week has been so busy, but I have been working on a few awesome new DIY projects that I think you will love.

Stay tuned in the following weeks for:

Wooden Planter for under $5

DIY Deck using Recycled Wood

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Our Dinner Recipes for the Week

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Every week, I try to come up with a few recipes for the upcoming evenings. As a full time teacher, I have very little energy for detailed recipes, and we don’t have enough of a budget to eat out every night. Here is our menu for the week:

Homemade Pizza

I love to buy pre-made pizza crusts, instead of making my own. I’ll admit, I have yet to be successful with pizza crust and breads, despite my best efforts, and to be honest, I don’t have time to conjure up a crust on a Monday night. I love to take advantage of Amazon Prime Pantry, which is where I was able to find 3 pack Flatzza Pizza Crust. These crusts do not require pre-baking, so they are optimal for weekly meals!

I toss a few dollops of Ragu Pasta Sauce to the crust, and spread it around. I do not like a lot of sauce, so I usually only use about 3 teaspoons of sauce, I purposefully use pasta sauce instead of Marinara sauce. Marinara sauce is hard to reuse, and I prefer the pasta sauce taste. I add shredded Cheddar and Colby Jack cheese on top of the pizza, sliced tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, and olives. The beauty of this recipe is that it can be topped with anything you like. Once topped, bake this pizza on 500 degrees for 10 minutes.

Roasted Garlic Veggies with Chicken Breast

Roasted veggies can really be delicious, and this week, I’ll be making my favorites. I roast broccoli florets and brussel sprouts in olive oil and minced garlic. It is so easy. Lather your broccoli and brussel sprouts in olive oil, salt, pepper, and minced garlic (I use about a teaspoon). Bake your veggies at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

At the same time, saute your chicken breast (I like to thinly slice the breast before I cook it) in lemon pepper seasoning. It is easy and tasty!

Pancakes and Homemade Syrup

This barely counts as a recipe because I am mixing up Bisquick to make some tried and true pancakes. I will top my pancakes with homemade syrup. If you’ve never made homemade syrup, you’re missing out. It is so easy!

For this syrup, you mix equal parts water and brown sugar. Simmer your simply syrup on low heat, and toss in a little bit of Maple Extract (the amount is up to you).

Cold Chicken Pasta

This week is parent-teacher conference for my school district, so I have to do a little meal prepping. This Cold Chicken Pasta is perfect.

I boil some penne noodles in salted water, drain, and toss in about a tablespoon of butter, fresh spinach, diced tomatoes, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. Top with the dressing of your choice, I’ve made Carmy’s Homemade Garlic Dressing. Carmy has a very similar Cold Chicken Pasta, that I love, from which I adapted this recipe!

Blue Apron – Seared Steak and Roasted Potatoes

Doesn’t this look delicious? This will be delivered straight to my door Friday. I will be enjoying seared steak, roasted potatoes, spinach, and mushrooms. It is a fan favorite, and I cannot wait. All ingredients are included. Isn’t this an awesome Valentine’s day celebration?

Are you interested in trying a Blue Apron meal? To the first person that comments with your first and last name and email, you will be sent a free Blue Apron meal of your choice! You will get a meal request from me (Kendra!), for which you will pay absolutely nothing for one subscription box! It’s a Valentine’s day gift from my family to yours!

DIY Dip Powder Nails

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Hello, all! This week, I’ll tell you about my experience with DIY Dip Powder Nails. If you checked out my earlier post of my weekly faves, you will have already saw this product. I love so many things about this DIY Dip Powder Kit, but this affection did not come without a learning curve.


I ended up “dipping” my nails twice, both with failures of their own. The first time I used the dip powder, I had prior acrylic nails on. This made the powder build up entirely too tall and hard to file down. The second time, I used acrylic tips, and did not glue the tips down all the way, leaving a gap between my natural nail and my “dip” nails.

It wasn’t until I practice on someone else was I truly able to achieve success. I hope you can learn from my mistakes!

Nail Prep


To prep your nails, you will need:
– an electric nail file or a course manual nail file
protein bond
nail tip extenders
nail glue
rubbing alcohol
cotton pads

Begin by gently filing your natural nails. If you have acrylic nails on, soak your nails in pure Acetone nail polish remover for 30-40 minutes, until you can painlessly remove nails.

Once your nails have been filed, wipe away the dust with a cotton pad soaked in rubbing alcohol and immediately apply protein bond.

If you would like to extend the length of your nails, apply the nail tip extenders by covering the tip with nail glue.


Once the tips are applied, gently sand around the edge of the artificial tip, to create a seamless look. Once again, clean your nails with a cotton pad and rubbing alcohol.

Dip Powder Kit

I found this Dip Powder Kit on Amazon, and I love it. The price of this kit is cheaper than it costs for me to go to the salon!

I got the french tip kit, but this brand also has an assortment of Color Kits.

To begin, I coated my nail in “Base 1,” this is a glue that bonds with the powder. I dipped my finger completely in pink powder. RepeatI repeated this one more time, dusting the excess off each finger after 1 minute. I then dipped the tip of my finger into the white powder to make a french tip. Though you can do this on your own, I liked to have this Dip Powder Tray to perfect the shape of my tip. I redipped my tip twice, following each dip with an additional dip into the pink powder. Don’t worry! This will not affect your french tip.

By this point, you nail is getting pretty thick. I took my electric nail file and thinned my nails down. You want to be careful not to take off the white tip.

Once my nails were shaped, I dipped them in the clear powder. I remanded gently, and buffed my nails with this Nail Buffer. I apply the “Applicator,” which hardens the Dip Nails. Let the “Applicator” dry completely before reapplying.

The last step is to apply the “Top” coat, twice. This feels more like a glue, so be careful not to touch anything that will leave dust or fuzz behind. I also like to top my nails with gel topcoat, but you can apply any glossy top coat for a glossy finish!

With this kit, you can fill in your nails as soon as they grow out, too! Oh, the money I’ll save!

“Life Hacks” That Didn’t Work For Me

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If you have any form of social media, you’ve seen a plethora of “life hacks” from sites like 5 Minute Crafts or Nifty. Some of these hacks look genuinely useful, so I tried them. There are some great hacks out there, but this list won’t have any. Instead, these are the hacks that I failed at the hardest.

DIY Clorox Wipes


The “Hack”: I tried to create DIY wet wipes from squares, cut from an old towel. The idea is that these “wipes” can be used, washes, and reused, cutting down costs on traditional cleaning methods. I whipped up my own recipe to moisten the “wipes,” this would be the actual cleaning agent. I used vinegar, baking soda, Tea Tree Oil ,and dish soap. This was an excellent cleaning remedy! You can always count on Teat Tree Oil and dish soap to get the job done, and vinegar is a gentle way to clean delicate surfaces. The first use of these wipes was incredible. The wipes really did clean up all my messed, even better than Clorox wipes, but my glee was short lived.

The Issues: The trouble began when I tried to wash these wipes. They completely fell apart in the washer, and they could never be used again. Because the rags I used were knitted together (most are), when I cut the seam, the rags completely unraveled. Buying new rags each time would be a waste of time and money.

How to make it work: This hack could still totally work. All we need to do is use full sized rags, or a different piece of fabric that wouldn’t unravel.

Tie Organization

My husband has gobs of ties, and I have tried everything I can think of to make his collection more organized.

The “Hack”: This isn’t so much of a hack as it is my blatant failure at organization. I tried two methods of tie organization: first, I made a makeshift tie rack from a clothes hanger, and second, I tried actually using a tie rack. The clothes hanger was actually more effective than the tie rack, if I tied the ties in knots. The tie rack didn’t have any traction, meaning the ties just slipped off the rack and hit the floor.

The Issues: No matter how I arranged these ties of clothes hangers or tie racks, the ties would inevitably find their way in a pile at the bottom of the closet. The only resemblance of success was when I tied the ties onto the clothes hanger and tie rack. This worked in theory, but in reality, it only held up for a few weeks. The issue was not so much the idea, but my husband. Sorry! My husband would not, for the life of him, tie his ties back up. He would just drape each tie of the tie rack hook, and soon, they would be back in the floor.

How to make it work: We have ended up designating a specific dresser drawer to his ties; this is effective, but not as storage friendly. A more expensive tie rack might work if each bar had something to hold the ties in place.

DIY Hanging Laundry Basket

A very successful option of this hack by Karisa. Learn from my mistakes and try this, instead!

I tried to make a hanging laundry basket on the fly, because my bathroom is tiny. We have no room for a laundry basket, and, at that time, we were broke. Man, was that project a disaster! Learn from my mistakes.

“The Hack”: I used a hula hoop, an old set of black out curtains, and a sewing machine. I sewed the curtains together and turned them inside out to make a basic bag. Just this bag pattern probably wouldn’t have been an issue. I, then, sewed the edge of my, now, bag around the hula hoop. It was easy, and it was finished within 30 minutes. It was not, however, high quality, long lasting, or safe spacing.

The Issues: The hula hoop made the opening of the bag entirely too big, and because it didn’t have any handles, it was a real pain to carry back and forth to the laundry room. Not only was it a bit inconvenient, it was also hideous. We used it for several months before finally purchasing a more ideal and ascetically pleasing at Target for $3. Worth it? No.

How to make it work: Sometimes, it is just better to spend a few bucks to use something that will do what you want it to, rather than struggle with an ugly, bulky laundry basket, that still ended up costing me $3. If you must try this, I would not use a hula hoop as the opening. Use something smaller and included handles. You could always try this pattern. It turned out 1000 times better than mine!

Clear Labels from Packing Tape

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Months ago, I saw a “labels from paper and packing tape” hack. It is, ideally, very easy. The above picture is not, however made from packing tape. This hack is meant to be a cheap alternative to Cricut labels, which is how the above label was made. In my opinion, this”hack” ends up just being a sad, obvious reproduction.

The “Hack”: Most “hack” websites instruct you to print out your labels on plain printer paper with normal black ink. You are then supposed to place packing tape over your paper, and cut around the tape. In a bowl of water, you place the “label” in the water, and begin rubbing off the paper. The paper section is the back of your “label.” Eventually, you will rub off the paper, and you will have a clear label.

The Issues: This was not the worst “hack” I’ve tried. It did technically make a label, that would stick to glass if you placed it immediately and never moved it again. The issue arose when I tried to readjust the label. This label has almost no adhesive after being dampened. It is also nearly impossible to completely remove all of the paper off the back.

How to make it work: Though this “hack” technically works, it is not a high quality reproduction of the Cricut labels. With the internet so readily available, I would rather purchase glass labels online. Here is a link where you can find some for less than $15.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my “life hack” failures! Comment yours below, and don’t forget to like, share, and follow this page for more.

My Favorite WW Recipes

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Do any of you strive to eat healthier this year? Me, too. I regained Weight Watchers (WW), which helped me reach incredible success in April! I lost 25 lbs!

Granted, this post is not about the wonders of WW, but, honestly, it was and still is a game changer for me. I do not feel like I am dieting when I am on this program, and, as a serial dieter, I have noticed this is the only program that offers sustainable advice and results. Why? Because magic? No. On WW you eat whatever you want in moderation, which has proven to be effective and sustainable for the long term. There are foods you can eat unlimited amounts of, like beans, veggies, fruits, chicken, and shrimp. Having these “unlimited” foods has removed the diet stigma from my brain and allowed me to lose weight.

WW has been the only “diet” in which I have seen results. Nothing else worked. Not the Military Diet, which was recommended by my Army Grandfather. Not the Low Carb Diet that has remained popular for years. Not even calorie counting worked for me. All because I could not get past the mental hangup of dieting.

If you want to try WW, you can get 1 month free by using my link when you sign up here. It costs me $13 a month, but I only do online tracking. I have never tried the meeting, but have heard great things!

Now to my absolute, all time favorite WW recipes!

Skinny Caramel Macchiato – 2 pts

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If you read my previous DIY Starbucks Caramel Macchiato, you know that coffee is important to me. So important that I created my own “Skinny” version. This is only 2 points, and it really is good.

You will need:
– 3 shots of espresso
– 1 Caramel Premier Protein shake

In order to make this delicious coffee, you just need to pour your espresso over ice and then top with your protein shake.

It is a delicious dupe!

For more information on how I make my espresso or espresso alternatives, check out my DIY Caramel Macchiato.

*You can blend the ice, espresso, and shake for a Frappe!

Banana Bread – 4 pts

This is the actual picture of Jennifer’s Banana Bread! Isn’t it beautiful?

I first discovered this recipe months ago, and it has been a staple in our household ever since! This recipe is written by Jennifer at I Save A to Z, but I did adapt this recipe to our own needs.

You will need:
– 5 large, ripe bananas
– 2 cup all purpose flour
– 2 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 5 tsp butter at room temperature
– 1/2 c. brown sugar packed
– 1 large egg
– 1/4 c. fat free skim milk
– 1/2 c. splenda (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all dry ingredients. Smash bananas and add to the dry ingredients. Add in wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Pour into greased bread pan, and bake until golden brown and knife comes out clean (about 1 hour). Cut into 12 slices.

I like to add in Splenda because I love sweets!

Tortilla Pizza – 6 pts

This is Sabrina’s actual Tortilla pizza! Doesn’t it make your mouth water?

Guys, this is a game changer. I love this pizza because it actually tastes like pizza! I originally found this recipe at Dinner then Dessert by Sabrina, but I adapted it to my own delicious needs.

You will need:
– medium sized flour tortillas
– Ragu Simply Traditional Pasta Sauce
– Mozzarella and Cheddar Cheese blend
– Pepperoni (optional)

Preheat your over to 450 degrees. Place your tortilla on a pizza pan, put 1 tsp pasta sauce on your tortilla and spread it all around. Add 1 oz (roughly 2 TBS) of cheese, and bake until the cheese is melted and the crust is crunchy and delicious.

I did not add pepperoni because it added another point, but you would want to do that when you add cheese!

Italian Spinach and Tomato Tortellini Soup – 3 points

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This recipe is also decadent and filling, and I am not a soup person, so that is really saying something! This can be made in the crockpot or on the stove top, which is awesome for working moms.

You will need:
– roughly 80 oz. of fat free chicken broth
– 2 large cans of diced tomatoes
– 4 cups of spinach
– 2 TBS Italian Seasoning
– 1 TBS parsley
– 1 TBS basil
– 1 package of cheese filled Tortellini
– Salt and Pepper to taste

Throw all ingredients together in a crockpot and cook for 4 hours on low, or simmer on stovetop for 30 minutes.

One serving is 1 1/2 cup.

“Skinny” Poke Cake – 4 points

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This cake is a creation that I came up with one afternoon when I was craving some Chocolate Poke Cake. This version is pretty stinking great!

You will need:
– 1 devils food cake mix, prepared and baked as normal
– 1 package of fat free vanilla pudding, prepared
– fat free whipped cream

Once your cake is out of the oven and still hot, poke holes across the top with a straw. Pour the pudding over the cake and allow to cool in the fridge. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!

This cake makes 16 servings!

I hope you love these recipes! Share your own creations or favorites below!

Affordable DIY Dog Food

I don’t know if you guys know this, but we are animal people. We try to feed our pets the best quality food, but dry pet food can be incredible expensive. We found ourselves settling for low quality, grain-heavy dog food. We looked in to making our own dog food, but we were discouraged because feeding dogs human food seems so expensive. Right? Not really! It is actually cheaper to make your own food that to buy a bag of dry dog food.

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Please do not actually give your dog food that is in this photo. It is for decoration only. ūüôā

We initially tried DIY dog food because our Boxer, Emma, started getting sick from several dry dog food brands. She ended up losing a lot of weight and having lots of tummy troubles. After spending a couple hundred dollars at the vet, we realized she was just allergic to the harsh dyes and chemicals in her dog food.

Our sweet puppy, Emma!

After Emma was put on a strict, temporary rice and chicken diet, we delved into experimentation of DIY dog food. The average dogs needs calcium, carbs, protein, fat, and vitamins found in veggies. Dogs do not need their food to be a specific color to enjoy it; big brands dye foods so buyers will be more interested. Dyes are actually the number one culprit for tummy troubles in our household.

Not only have we gone away from dyes and chemicals for our dog’s diet, but our cats also have dye sensitivities that caused us to reevaluate their food needs. We use this cat food and love it!

We created our own dog food using these ingredients:
white rice (carbs) $1.30 per pound
olive oil (fats) $0.30 per ounce
– carrots (vitamins) $1 per freezer bag
– peas (vitamins) $1 per freezer bag
– spinach (vitamins) $1.50 per freezer bag
– chicken (protein) $3.37 per pound
– eggs (protein) $2.50

The great thing about most of these ingredients is they can be stored or frozen for later use.

For two weeks worth of dog food for one medium sized dog, I use:
– 1 chicken breast ($1.70)
– 4 eggs ($0.82)
– 2 TBS olive oil ($0.30)
– 2 lbs white rice ($2.60)
– 1 small freezer bag of carotts, spinach, and peas ($3.50)

I throw all of these ingredients in a slow cooker with enough water to cover everything. I cook this on low for 6-8 hours. Once everything is fully cooked, I shred the chicken and divide the food into 1 cup intervals. I store this dog food in Ziploc bags in the freezer. I thaw out the food in the microwave before feeding our dog.

In total, this dog food costs us about $18 per month/per dog, and it doesn’t make anyone sick! If you, like us, have more than 2 dogs, this may seem steep for dog food. $60 a month for dog food is a lot, but our dogs go through 2 48 lb. bags of dog food a month. If we went through Rachel Ray or Blue Buffalo, like the vet recommended, we would be spending $140 a month on dog food! With that in mind, this doesn’t seem so bad after all!

Just a reminder: never give your dogs chocolate, onions, garlic, avocado, coconut, raisins, grapes, nuts, coffee, dough, or xylitol. Be careful with dairy and other human foods that might cause upset tummies.

Please leave your thoughts, opinions, and suggestions below! I would love to hear what you do in your home.

You should always discuss diet changed with your vet prior to following this recipe.

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12 Days of Christmas: DIY Peppermint Lip Balm

Hey, guys! Christmas is approaching rapidly, but so are our DIY recipes! This is a pretty great recipe, if I do say so myself, and I have a very high standard for lip balm quality.

I really think you will love this product! The ingredients can be pricey upfront, so if you would like to try my DIY Peppermint Lip Balm, you can buy a tube here. It’s only 25¬Ę, which funds future DIY endeavors such as this!

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This peppermint lip balm will sling you right in to the Christmas spirit, but you can use it all year long.

To make this recipe, you will need:
organic coconut oil ($7)
all natural soy wax ($26) – this will make a lot of lip balm! But you can also use it for candles.
Vitamin E Oil ($7)
Organic Peppermint Oil ($8)

In a small, disposable bowl, you will need approximately 1/4 cup of soy wax. You will add 1 tsp of coconut oil to your mixture and begin melting the wax. You don’t want to add all the ingredients at once, because the heat will take away the healing effects of the peppermint oil. To melt the wax and coconut oil, you can use the double boiler method or use a microwave. If microwaving, only microwave in 30 second intervals. Heat until everything is completely melted!

After your wax is completely liquid, you will add along 1/4 tsp of Vitamin E Oil and 20 drops of Peppermint Oil. Stir the mixture together and start pouring it into lip balm tubes immediately! This stuff sets up quickly.

Why these ingredients?

You have a ton of options when it comes to making lip balm. I chose to use a soy wax because it is completely vegan, and I had it on hand. It is versatile and so easy to make candles with. You could use bees wax as a base, but I haven’t had much luck with using bees wax and it is more expensive.

I use Coconut Oil to loosen up the soy wax, so it doesn’t have a candle consistency. You want your balm to glide on with ease, and the Coconut Oil provides this. Coconut Oil is also great for skin. It is a natural moisturizer, and it is safe to eat! You could substitute another natural, edible oil in place of Coconut Oil, but you would need to be careful with the consistency. Too much of a liquid oil would cause the balm to be too runny.

I use Vitamin E Oil to add additional moisturizing affects to the lip balm. You could omit this, if you wanted, but I love it!

Lastly, I chose Peppermint Oil because it provides that sting that I expect out of my lip balm. Sorry, guys, but I do not like lip balm that I can’t feel. This will tingle! The Peppermint Oil, and the tingle that comes with it, soothes my lips when they are dry and chapped. You might be able to replace the Peppermint Oil with another essential oil of your choice. Do make sure the oil you choose is safe for skin and face use; not all are!

I have replaced my once loved Burt’s Bees with this lip balm, and it is a close comparison! My husband even likes it, and he hates lip balm! Let me know if you like it in the comments.

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DIY Shower Refinishing for Under $150

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Hello, all! I hope you’re having a FABULOUS week so far! Today, I will be sharing my DIY shower refinishing experience!

I have been wanting that new, glossy shine of a new shower wall since we moved in, but I did not want to install a new shower wall. That is an enormous amount of work and money. Instead, I ventured out to try a shower refinishing kit! 

Spoiler alert: It is awesome!

We do have a shower/tub combo, but we did not refinish our tub. Our tub is porcelain, so it was in pretty good shape, except for some faint discoloration from a shower door. Our shower walls looked old, grimy, and discolored. Our shower actually had about four different shades of white all on one wall. It was hideous! We were able to completely change that in four days, though, and we do not regret any of it!

I avoided taking pictures of our raunchy shower because I really was embarrassed of it. It looked like it was dirty, regardless of how long and hard I scrubbed it. I tried bleach, Comet, Scrubbing Bubbles; I even tried a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser! Nothing worked. 

The caulk lines were the worst. There was a huge gap between the tub and the shower wall, which allowed moisture to grow mold. We re-caulked the shower wall every couple of months.

Isn’t it disgusting? That was right after I scrubbed the shower. Do notice the dirty kitty tracks on the tub. That was Duchess’s doings. 

This tub was not something I wanted to live with, so we bought a shower refinishing kit online. We got this BathWorks Shower/Tub Refinishing Kit. It was $112, and it came with everything we needed! I did my shower in white, but you can get this kit in bone, white, and black. 

BathWorks Kit from Amazon

We followed the instructions exactly on the kit, and you should, too.

We started off with a freshly cleaned shower. I used the most abrasive cleaner I had: Comet. I used a hard bristled scrub brush to get every crevice. I did this twice. It is important to make sure your shower is completely clean. A grimy shower can result in a short lived refinish. 

I rinsed off the Comet, and scrapped the shower with a razor blade like this. Residue will come off. This is soap build up; mine flaked up a lot like soap, and yours probably will, too.

After the shower has been scrubbed and scrapped, we started sanding with the provided sand paper. It is recommended that you wet the sand paper before sanding. We did this, and it went well. We ended up sanding 3 or 4 times before we actually refinished the shower. If you skip the sanding step, your refinish will not hold up. The idea is that you want to get rid of the glossy shower finish. 

Don’t worry! Your new shower will be even shinier than your old one!

After sanding, we cleaned the shower wall again with Comet. It is crucial that you remove all of the sanding residue! After the wall was dry, I ran my hands over the sanded wall. If I felt anything that was smooth and looked glossy, I re-sanded. Repeat this step as many times as necessary. We repeated it 3 times. After it has been cleaned and sanded, tape up what you do not want to be painted.

After sanding, cleaning, and taping,  you will wipe down your tub with the tack cloth. I officially love tack cloth, by the way. It is incredible and useful for every project! You can find some here. The tack cloth picks up every speck of dust and dirt. It will leave your hand feeling tacky, but it’s worth it. Tack cloths are included in this kit.

You would then apply liquid primer. This stuff smells awful, so make sure you have a well ventilated room. We cracked the window and wore high quality face masks. These were not included in the kit, but you can find the ones we used here. Do not stay in these fumes for too long! I recommend you take at least 15 minutes breaks between steps from here on out. We ended up rotating paint shifts because the fumes were so strong.

Once the primer is dry, you start mixing together the paint kit. You mix the paint with the hardener. Make sure you get it all and stir it up very well. In my experience, not stirring things correctly can ruin the entire project (more on this here).

Once the paint is mixed, you only have about 3 hours to finish. This paint will be really thick. Use the roller brushes provided; we hated the yellow brush, but the white brush was great. Roll the entire shower wall evenly. You will need at least two coats. Each coat dries pretty quickly. 

Once you are finished, take the tape off. Do not wait until the paint is dry to take the tape off. Allow at least 24 hours to pass before using your shower. We tried to wait 78 hours because it was a lot of hard work, and we did not want to mess it up! 

This is what our shower looked like once it was finished. After two months, it is still holding up very well!

Since this shower has been refinished, it is more delicate than the original shower wall. I care for and maintain this shower differently than I did before.

How to maintain the new shower finish so that it will last as long as possible:
 – use non abrasive cleaner; I make my own.
 – dry off your shower walls after showering
 – clean frequently; it is important that you do not let your shower get overly dirty because it will be harder to clean without damaging the new shower 

If you use abrasive cleaning methods, it will not look damaged at first, but it will not last as long as it could.

Come back next week to see me try Pinterest DIY Hacks!
Suggest hacks that you want to see me try, below.


12 Days of Christmas: Wassail

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Wassail is an apple cider based drink that my husband loves! He requested it at our Christmas wedding, and he has continued to request it annually, as soon as the weather turns cold. Today, I will share with you my simple, Wassail recipe!

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There are many Wassail recipes out there, but this one is our favorite!

For this holiday favorite, you will need:
– 64 oz. Apple Cider
– 5 cinnamon sticks
– 1/2 c. lemon juice
– 16 oz. orange juice

– 1/8 tsp ground ginger
– 1/8 tsp allspice (optional)
– 1/8 tsp nutmeg (optional)

We like our Wassail tart, but you can adjust this recipe to taste. That’s the beauty of it!

You want to add all of the ingredients together. I do not add ground cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice to my recipe. You can if you like, though.

You can simmer the Wassail on the stove top or crockpot. To simmer in crockpot, place on low for at least 45 minutes. To simmer on stove top, place on medium to low heat until boiling and then reduce to low. You will want to simmer this for at least 45 minutes. Serve warm.

I hope you love this recipe!

12 Days of Christmas: How to Make Your Own Christmas Wreath for Less Than $25

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If you love Christmas as much as I do, you have tried many a Christ mas craft. Also like me, you’ve failed at most of them. Right?

Gingerbread Houses usually kick my butt, as do most other Christmas craftiness, but a wreath, I can make. Today, I will show you how to make your own easy, cheap Christmas wreath!

All of my materials came from Hobby Lobby, where all Christmas items are 40% off! I love Hobby Lobby because of their wonderful discounts. On RetailMeNot, you can also find an additional 40% off coupon for one non-discounted item at Hobby Lobby.

This is the wreath I made:

Since Hobby Lobby’s website does not currently have many of the Christmas Items that the store does, I will use links from Amazon. I will try to make sure the items are as close to the ones I bought, so you can recreate my wreath, if you want!

For this wreath, you will need:
 –  Wreath Base ($6) 

 –Christmas Foliage Garland (This can be as cheap or as expensive as you want – mine was $7 from Hobby Lobby, but you can get it as low as $3 at Walmart!)
 –
Decorative String Garland ($15-$17 – I didn’t use the garland in the link, but I love it! It would make an elegant, rustic Christmas garland!)
 –
Christmas Ornaments ($6)
 – Hot Glue with Hot Glue Gun

Once you gather the items that you like, you can start assembling your wreath.

You will wrap the foliage garland around your Wreath Base. It is really easy; just fluff your garland as you go! 

After your garland is wrapped around your base and secured, you can move on to your decorative string garland. I did not wrap this around the base, because it was too short and a lot of the decoration got lost behind the foliage. Instead, I hot glued the bells and pine cone sections of the garland to the foliage. This worked very well! Don’t be afraid to use a lot of hot glue!

After the hot glue was dry and my decorative garland was in place, I started gluing my Christmas ornaments on. Mine blend in really well, which is what I wanted. I used deer antler ornaments that I found at Walmart for $3. It is important that you use ornaments that fit the theme that you are going with!

Tip: Use long strings of decoration, rather than a bunch of individual ornaments. Ornaments are hard to keep together if they fall off, but decorative garland works much better. 

I hope your wreath turns out wonderfully! If you liked this post, like, share and subscribe! Also, I would love to see how your wreath turned out!