HAIR ACCESSORIES: 5 ways to wear a scarf

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After four vacations later, my MAC crashing (wahhh , prepping our house to hopefully sell and starting an online vintage store, I am finally back! Oh yeah… in case you didn’t catch that, I’m super excited to announce my vintage shop “The Vintage Tomato” on Instagram! I have been hoarding items like a crazy woman and finally felt the itch to start up the shop! The photo above is actually featuring some of the items so be sure to check it out and give me some love!

Recently, I’ve been obsessing over scarves! I love wrapping them around my neck, wearing them as a shrug and rocking them in my hair! Scarves add color, texture and dimension to your outfit. Today I wanted to share with you guys some of my favorite ways to wrap scarves around those beautiful locks! Check it out…

5 WAYS TO WEAR A SCARF 

1. HEAD WRAP:

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This is my go-to on a bad hair day! I just throw my hair up in a messy bun, wrap a scarf around my head and go and everyone thinks I made efforts. It’s wonderful.

Find the full step-by-step tutorial here: Keikolynn.com

2. BOW HEAD WRAP: 

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I have to admit this one is my favorite! I love the look of the bow just sitting their so amazingly! (Uh-hum… I may be more girly than I thought.) You use the exact same tutorial as given in the one above but you just don’t tuck the ends of the scarf in.

Check out all her adorable head wrap pics here: Hello Its Valentine

 

3. WRAP AROUND BUN:

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This one has a vintage vibe that I’m kind of a sucker for. Growing up my mom would always tie scarves around her church bun so it brings back fond memories of childhood adoration. Once again, you use the same tutorial as in the previous two but you just tie it around your bun instead of the top of your head!

Find more pics and scarf ideas here: totalbeauty.com

4. TURBAN:

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This one is stylish, cute and a fantastic way to cover up a bad hair day! …Can I get an “AMEN”?! I have too many bad hair days so this is a lifesaver!

Full instructions here: Angel of fashion

5. PIRATE HEAD WRAP:

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This one makes me want to hop on a ship and play a pirate roll. It has a fun edge to it that will make people stop and give a second glance!

Find a hefty list of ways to wear a scarf here: maitaispicturebook.com

Now, get out those scarves ladies and start experimenting! Even if you feel out of your comfort zone just try wearing it out for a day and I guarantee you will get compliments all day long! And what lady doesn’t like compliments?!

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RELATED SITES: ARM KNITTING SCARF, SCARF TO SHRUG and TIED UP!

HOW TO: DYE A CANVAS TOTE

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I was recently decorating my small studio (which I can’t wait to show you pictures of!!) and was lacking storage for all of my crafting materials. I wanted something a little different instead of a typical box or basket to store items and I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for at department stores. I decided it was time to man up (or woman up!) and create a little somethin’ somethin’ of my own. A tote bag used for yarn storage sounded just about right. I am obsessed with all the cool aztec designs there are on totes these days and decided to try my hand at it. I was going to just purchase a tote and decorate it from there but I got all domesticated and crap and created my own tote and then dyed it. Much more complicated that way but definitely more personalized! Check it out…

((Hey! Don’t forget to read this ->)) If you are in need of a great DIY tote tutorial with full step-by-step pictures you’ll want to check out Megan Nielsons “Design Diary” blog. She’s amazing and I love how detailed she is! Stop by and you’ll be smitten.

ITEMS NEEDED:

  • Lumi Inkodye (I used the blue color)
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Trash bag (or something to go in between the fabric so the dye does not leak through)
  • Small Sponge

HOW TO:

First, I would recommend doing this in an low light area and where you won’t mind if the dye just happens to spill or drip. I happened to learn the hard way.

Now to start… Once your tote is created, insert a trash bag (or whatever you are using) in the inside of the tote so there will be no chance of it leaking to the back of the tote.

Tape off your desired design. Have fun with it!

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This is where the fun but tricky part sets in… Be sure to read the back of the dye package for instructions but mine said to shake the package well, open it and dab the dye on with a sponge onto the taped off areas. (The first time I tried to directly use the dye onto the fabric without a sponge and it was no bueno folks. I’ll let you learn from my mistakes…)

Once the dye is on the fabric, keep the insert in place and move your tote outside for the sun to do it’s magic! The light is what makes the dye color appear.

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Once it’s dry, remove the painters tape and either use as storage like I am or carry that adorable thing around on your arm for all the world to see!

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I love this as unique storage! I’m stoked to share this whole studio space with you all! Soon to come!

Love your guts!

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How to pair: high waisted skirts

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Do you ever get intimated by the idea of how to wear a high waisted skirt? There seems to be so many do’s an don’ts to it. I personally love high waisted skirts for one very reason…. it creates the illusion of a smaller waistline. (I think we all can appreciate that!) After having two babies I need all the help I can get in that focused area! Here are a couple tips I found to be insightful on how to pair tops with a high wasted skirt. I used my adorable, stylish sister as my model for this post. She always comes up with great ways of pairing items together and I figured no better person to use!

HOW TO PAIR: HIGH-WAISTED SKIRTS

Pairing with fitted tops: Fitted tops are the perfect pairing piece for a more flow-y, high top skirt! Pairing a solid colored, high waisted skirt with a fitted, patterned top gives the illusion of a smaller waist line as well as longer, leaner legs. Double score in my books!

Pairing with crop tops: Crop tops are a huge fad this Spring and Summer! If you walk into any department store you’ll see at least three crop tops available. Pairing a conservative, high waisted pencil skirt with a crop top is always fun! The high waisted pencil skirt never goes out of style and is a sleek, sophisticated staple for your wardrobe. Think of it as ‘party on the top, business on the bottom.’

Layering with a high waisted skirt: I’m huge on layering! It just adds excitement to your outfit. You can have a cute outfit but then pairing it with an adorable jacket or cardigan is like the icing on the cake. A great way to pull this off is by wearing a fitted top (or crop top) paired with a fitted, high waisted skirt (be sure it hits at least a little above the knee) and then layer it with a long shrug that passes the hem line of your skirt. It gives dimension to your outfit and makes it pop!

Accessorizing with a high waisted skirt: Last but not least…. I’m a sucker for accessories, especially belts! Throwing on a belt with a high waisted skirt is my ‘go-to’. The best look for this is pairing a fuller, high waisted skirt with a fitted top and accessorizing with a fun colored belt! It fully focuses in on your waistline, making it look smaller. (Click HERE to find a list of unique ways to wear a belt.)

I wanted to share these next few pictures to showcase an example of how to layer with a long shrug since this is one of my favorite looks and it seems to be the hardest one to pull off! (Thanks to my awesome sis for letting us steal her look….)

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Be looking for more style tips soon to come on the blog!

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KEEP IT CLEAN

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Do you ever get tired of throwing out unused food?! Each time I grocery shop I buy fresh fruit and veggies with intentions to devour every last one of them BUT they always seem to go bad before they’re all gobbled up and I kind of have a pet peeve about tossing out unused food! I’m to the point of crazy that even if we make boxed mac and cheese I save the left-overs. I know it’s only $1 but by golly, someone WILL eat the left-overs! (Anyone with me?!) It just seems ungrateful and a waste of money to chuck it. (Stepping off of my soap box now…) Well, now you will understand how pleased I was when I was introduced to “The Food Sanitizer”! I have to say I was a skeptic about this product at first because they claimed to be “all natural” and there are many all natural cleaners that use peroxide or vinegars but this product has NO taste, NO smell and is truly all natural! To all the moms out there, I think you’ll understand when I say it’s great to have a product that you feel completely safe to use around your little ones. I not only use it for my food but also use it as a household sanitizer. I have a 5 month old baby boy who loves to put everything straight to his mouth and this product puts my mind at ease!

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And for my 2 year old girl, she has no idea any kind of sanitizer has been sprayed on it! She can’t taste the difference…

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Here’s a few extra reasons why I love this product:

  1. It cleans and sanitizes your fruit, veggies and meats using ALL natural ingredients.
  2. It kills bacteria, viruses and mold (including E.coli and Salmonella).
  3. It keeps your fruit and veggies fresh significantly longer!
  4. It’s FDA approved for fruits and veggies.
  5. USDA approved for meat, fish and poultry.
  6. Family-friendly cleaning product. 
  7. No noticeable taste or smell.
  8. Duals as a household sanitizer.

So now I’m sure you are all wondering, how do you use it?

Very simply…

When you purchase a bottle of “The Food Sanitizer” it comes fully mixed so all you need to do is:

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Well, now that you’ve seen and heard how amazing it is I’m sure you are all dying to get your hands on this product. Wait no longer. You can purchase this amazing, family-friendly sanitizer here: thefoodsanitizer.com. You won’t regret it!

Enjoy devouring your fresh, clean food!

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{Home-made} Milk Bath

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I was scoping out one of my fav sites, the ever-so-loved, Pinterest and I found this amazing milk bath recipe via The Happier Homemaker! I had never tried a milk bath before but I figured it’s never too late to start! I clicked on the link to get the full recipe and to my surprise it only required three ingredients. Say whaaaa?! How can something so wonderful be so simple to make? It’s definitely worth trying it out. I promise you’ll be smitten with this recipe so much that you are going to want to gift a mason jar full of this stuff to a friend. They’ll love you for it, no doubt.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED:

  • Baking Soda
  • Powdered Milk
  • Corn Starch
  • Essential Oil of choice (optional)

I would love for you to try this recipe out so be sure to click the link to get the full instructions on how to make your own.

FULL RECIPE HERE: thehappierhomemaker.com

It’s amazing folks!

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Have fun pampering yourself!

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Cross-Stitched Hello

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So I might just happen to have a fun and inexpensive project that I know you’re going to love! It was a blast to make this “HELLO” sign and this was hands down one of my most inexpensive projects…ever. Did I happen to mention that it cost me a whoppin‘ $3 to make! Yup. Cheaper than my Starbucks coffee I bought today. I did get lucky and had the paint, yarn and hooks on hand so all I had to buy was the pegboard. I purchased the pegboard at Lowe’s and they were generous enough to cut it to the desired size for me since I was feeling a bit lazy. I got home, plopped myself on the ground, got to work and within no time I had a flippin’ awesome sign!

So who’s ready to do their own?!

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All you need is a…

  • Pegboard (20 x 20)
  • Pencil (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn (as many colors as you’d like)
  • Paint Brush
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Paint (your choice of color)
  • Hooks

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I outlined my “x’s” onto the pegboard with a pencil to get an idea of what the letters would look like.

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I tied a knot on the end of my first yarn and looped it through the pegboard (starting from under the pegboard).

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I looped it through the next hole going diagonally. (Looping it over the top of the pegboard, through the hole and then pulling it through the bottom.) Then repeat the process to create an “X”.

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Once you’ve created your first “X” continue to repeat to make an outline of a letter.

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Once you come to the end of your letter, tie a knot behind the pegboard to secure your yarn and snip the end of your excess yarn.

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Tape off the bottom half of your board with painter’s tape and paint your board your choice of color. Once dry, remove painter’s tape.

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Attach your hooks to the pegboard. (Place your hook on top of a hole on the pegboard and your screws underneath to attach.)

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Now it’s time to nail it to the wall and display some of your lovelies on it! My favorite part!

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Feel free to share your DIY project and tag @DIYconfessions on Instagram. I’d love to hear from all of you and see what your up to!

Have a beautiful day!

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A day in the park…

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Don’t you love capturing your children on camera?! If you follow my Instagram, you already know I do! I definitely get a little carried away with the overload of kid pics but it’s just too dang fun to photograph them. It’s so rewarding looking back on those beautiful memories, the sentimental moments and the silly ones that were caught on camera. They all make up for our crazy life. Capturing these kid moments behind the lense is a blast BUT I was ready for someone to photograph our WHOLE family together. I contacted an amazing photographer that I’ve known for years, Tracy, we met up at the park and voila! She made magic happen… especially for the fact that neither one of my kids were feeling smiley that day. It was perfect though because we got to capture their little attitudes on camera. I’m beyond happy about how the photos turned out and just had to share her fantastic work! Check them out…

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Aren’t they fun family pics???!

I definitely want to give a HUGE thanks to my photographer for being so awesome! Be sure to go and “like” Tracy’s page on Facebook to show your support.

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Guess What?!

I have been itching to share a secret with you all for a few months now and I’m beside myself now that I can FINALLY spill the beans!

Sooooo….. are you ready?!

(and no, I’m not preggo..)

Months ago I was contacted by a writer for the American Link Magazine and asked if they could feature some of my pallet projects in their April issue! I was excited and appreciative to have the opportunity and instantly agreed to working with them. If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw the picture I posted once the April issue came out! I was so ecstatic and just had to give a little teaser for all of you. The American Link Magazine, is a magazine featuring the hottest trends, recipes and blogger DIY’s so naturally I felt incredibly blessed to be a part of it. I instantly downloaded the American Link app onto my phone and played around with it. I have to say, I’ve found it to be very user friendly, fun and fresh! For example, here is an actual screen shot of one of my projects found in the magazine!photo (10)

As you can see it gives the step by step process on how to make it, the total cost and items required. I would highly suggest checking out their app for lots of great ideas!

Here is the direct link on where to find it: American Link Magazine app

A big thanks to all of you who help keep this blog going! It’s your love and support that keep me motivated.

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Strawberry-Mango Smoothie

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It’s been a long winter here in Indiana and I’m so glad that Spring has finally decided to show her face. This Winter was unbearable and it seemed like the more the snow would fall the more I would stuff my face with nonsense! Food is obviously how I cope… I guess I felt the need to confess that. Well, now that it’s getting time for swimsuit season I’m starting to regret all that crap I ate. One of my New Year goals was to include more fruit into my daily life instead of grabbing chocolate and chips and anything else thats uber unhealthy. I’ll admit, so far I’m not doing so great folks… but I’m finding I tend to get my fruit intake better if I mix it into a smoothie. I thought I would share one of my favorite recipes…

STRAWBERRY-MANGO SMOOTHIE:

  • 2 cups strawberries (green leaves and stems removed)
  • 1 ripe mango (cubed)
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mint (optional)
  • Handful of ice cubes
  1. Combine strawberries, mango cubes and milk into the blender and blend for approximately 1 minute.
  2. Add in the yogurt and mint into the blender and blend for about 30 more seconds.
  3. Fill your glass with ice cubs and pour the smoothie over the ice.
  4. Now, slurp that goodness up!

On a nice, hot day this drink is amazing to sip on and it’s a recipe that the kids will love too!

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Enjoy!

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 (More slurp-tastic recipes: Orange Julius and Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie.)

DIY Wall Decals

 

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I am stoked to finally be sharing this project! I’ve been MIA for a while now, ya know, just lost in wallpaper hell. I had this clever idea that I was going to strip down the wallpaper from our entry and give it a little bit of a fresh look. Yeah, about that… Have you ever heard someone chomping their gum over and over again while talking in a nasally voice and all you can think about is how nasty all that spit sounds in their mouth?!? Well, stripping down wallpaper is just as annoying, IF not worse! Don’t get me wrong, I’m a little obsessed with all of the trippy wallpaper designs they have out but I can promise you now folks, I will never ever let wallpaper touch our virgin walls in this house. It’s possibly the worst sin I’ve ever committed in my DIY world. Okay, well now that confession time is over… I’d like to give you the DIY details of how this entry makeover came about. I follow the ever-so-amazing and lovely Emily from everythingemilyblog.com on Instagram and I instantly drooled over her nursery that she shared. I had already been brainstorming on how I wanted to makeover the entry and as soon as I saw her plus sign nursery wall, I fell in love. Madly in love. I new right then that was going to be the inspiration for our entry. It’s a very easy and inexpensive project. All you need is…

ITEMS NEEDED:

  • scissors
  • pencil
  • measuring tape
  • thin duct tape (you can purchase this in any craft store such as JoAnn Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, etc. in the scrap booking section)

the HOW-TO:

Find the full tutorial HERE. You’ll be amazed at how simple yet amazing this is! Oh and I was concerned about the tape peeling off the wall and wanted to ease everyone’s minds. Our taped/decal wall has been up for nearly a month and none of the tape has peeled off in the slightest BUT the good thing is if you get bored with the decals they come off with no hassle!

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Thanks Emily for the inspiration! I hope this post inspires someone else too!

What are your thoughts about this space? I’d love to hear your input in the comments!

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