Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Epic Essential Oil Fail.

I've been wanting to try essential oils for a few months now.  I only have a few, but so far I do like them.  Currently I have Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint.  This is the story of how I managed to screw myself up bad with Peppermint oil.

*DISCLAIMER* This is NOT a story about why you shouldn't use essential oils.  This is a story about how I managed to make a colossally stupid mistake.  End disclaimer.

I had heard that peppermint oil was good for headaches.  I'm not 100% sure what you are supposed to do with the oil, but since I had a headache the feeling of laziness was strong.  I figured if I rubbed a drop on my temples that would be good enough.  So I got a drop and did just that.  The smell was really nice.  Strong, but nice.  I sat back with my laptop and waited for the oil to do it's magic.

A few minutes later I had an itch on my eye.  I bet you can tell where this story is going now.  Oh yes.  I reached up and rubbed my eye with the same ever loving finger that I just had peppermint oil on.  I don't know if I've ever wished for a time machine so badly.  I'm telling you guys, I was calling on the name of Jesus like none other.  It burned like hell fire.  Cooper was napping and it's a straight miracle I did wake him up with my yelling and pleading for the pain to subside.

I ran over to the sink and started frantically splashing water in my eyes all while yelling "Oh Jesus!  Oh Jesus please don't let me die!  Don't let me go blind!  Is this what hell feels like, GOD!!"  It hurt SO bad.  I legit thought I was going blind.  My eyeballs hurt just thinking about it.  Imagine rubbing Tabasco sauce in your eyes.  Or the spiciest Cajun seasoning.  I felt like there was a possibility that somewhere, someone I've wronged in the past was manically laughing over a voodoo doll with my face on it.  I think this may be what pepper spray feels like.  Robbers be warned, if you break into my home I may skip the steak knives and just go straight to essential oils.  Didn't you hear?  Now instead of just healing all your ailments, they ward off bad guys too.  What a value!!

Moral of the story: Peppermint essentials oils does get rid of headaches.  You can greatly improve the speed if you get it in your eyes, because your eyes will be hurting so horribly you won't even feel any pain in any other area of your head anymore.  I don't recommend going that route.  At all.

P.S. when I told my mom this story she laughed for like 10 minutes.  I hope to have a relationship with my own daughter one day where I can laugh to the point of tears at her brazen stupidity.  Maybe she won't be as dumb as me :)

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Style: Coral + Gold.

Truth, I'm actually really nervous about publishing this.  I don't know why, maybe it's because I've never done style posts before, but I'm trying something new :)

Shirt: Old Navy, sold out//Skirt: Handmade (similar)//Hair: Tutorial

I've been wanting to start some style posts for a while and now I'm finally hopping on the bandwagon!  The thing is, I have a real passion for modest fashion.  I know that modesty means different things to different people, but for myself it means wearing things with sleeves, no low necklines, and skirts and dresses to my knees.  It's just the way I am!  These aren't standards that I hold others to at all.  This is honestly just the way I feel most comfortable.

I've been wanting to write about modesty for a long time now, but I feel like so many other people can, and have said it so much better than me!  Modesty is really two fold, it should cover both your body and your heart.  I know a lot of people talk about being modest for God and truthfully, that is a big part of it for me.  Equally people talk about being modest for their husbands, and that is of importance to me also.  I know that Eric doesn't want everyone else seeing too much of me, because that's for him only ;)  However, there is a facet of modesty that I feel like too many people leave out when they discuss the topic.  Self respect.  Honestly, I respect myself too much to walk around showing a lot of skin.  I respect myself too much to go out with my butt hanging out of barely there shorts.  I respect myself too much to let my boobs hang out of my shirt in such a way that makes men and women alike not even be able to look my in the eye.  I'm sure that I could still be modest if I wore pants, but for me I feel like skirts are less revealing (and bonus points, they are slimming!).

This is who I am.  My religion does strongly encourage the way I dress, but they don't force me.  I'm a grown up who not only picks out all my own clothes (okay, I let Eric pick out some stuff for me, occasionally) but I sew some of them too!  I have heard people say before that I go to a church where I am forced to wear skirts.  The truth is, I'm happy to and I want to!  I love them and at this point it's a part of who I am.  And you know what?  I'm happy with me.  If you are different than me (and I know many of you are) don't mistake my feelings on clothes for judgement.  I just wanted to share a little more about me, something a little more personal, and to explain more of what you will be seeing here in terms of style posts.  If you have any questions about what I believe that aren't answered here, then leave them in the comments below or email me!

About this look, I really, really love this outfit you guys.  This skirt is the perfect color, I've been wanting this color for a long time, that's why I had to go and make it!  And this shirt was just an impluse buy at Old Navy on the clearance rack.  I think I paid $6 for it thinking it was okay and it had gold so I would probably like it and truth be told I needed something cheap to fill out my requirement for spending Old Navy cash.  Then I got home and put it on and it was just so comfy and pretty and did I mention the gold? I did?  Well, there's gold on there!  Haha!  It's funny how you can pick something up that's cheap and quick and then it turns into an instant favorite.  The print doesn't show up that well in the photos but trust me, it's pretty :)

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, October 13, 2014

Recipe: Easy Lemon Cookies

Someone suggested to me recently that I blog more about cookies since I have such an obsession with them.  While I think that is an awesome idea, I have definitely dropped the ball on blogging about cookies.  And that's really sad, because who doesn't want to read about (and see pictures of) delicious cookies?  Everyone, that's who.

So this is a recipe I got a few weeks ago from my friend Jaime.  I was over at her house and she asked me if I wanted a cookie.  I said yes and ate one...and then several more.  Usually I'm more of a classic, traditional cookie girl.  I prefer chocolate chip, warm and gooey, fresh out of the oven is best. Mmmm.  These are lemon cookies though.  I've never had a lemon cookie so delicious.

1 box Lemon Cake Mix
2 eggs
6 tablespoons of butter
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 cup powered sugar

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Melt the butter.  Set it aside and let it cool a little.  While the butter is cooling, hand mix the cornstarch and the powered sugar in a small bowl.

Mix the cake mix, eggs, and melted butter in a bowl (just hand mix, it's not hard and you don't need a mixer).  Thoroughly combine until everything is mixed.  Take your spoon and drop some of the batter into the bowl with the powdered sugar.  Once some of the sugar is on the dough, form it into a ball.  This isn't like regular cookie mix, if you try to roll it before it's dipped in the powered sugar you will regret it, haha!  Roll them into balls and place on a cookie sheet.  Bake for 9-11 minutes.

Let them cool about 10 minutes and then try not to eat them all at one time.  I dare you.

Don't forget to pin this so you can remember where they are when you're ready to make them :)

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, October 10, 2014

Coloring Book Dress.

Sorry guys!  As far as pictures go there are a LOT of them today.  This is the cutest dress, it's a coloring book dress!  This was colored entirely by my 5 year old and she loved every second.  It actually took her a few weeks to do it all, it's a lot more than it seems.  It's another "Nana" creation.  We got so many compliments when she wore it, I wish I could make them and sell them, who doesn't want creative license to color all over their clothes.  Seeing this in photos is hardcore making me want to make myself a skirt, haha!  What better way to express creativity than this??  Anyways, I hope you enjoy seeing Sophia in it as much as I did.  And aren't these pink tights just the icing on the cake?  I love it!  Thanks Nana for another beautiful and fun dress :)

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, October 6, 2014

Tutorial: Zipper Pouch

My first tutorial in a while!  What I love about this tutorial is that it's an easy project for beginners and it's a great tutorial to boost your confidence with zippers.  The first time or two I did this, it took me a little longer, but now that I've done it so many times I can hammer one of these out in 10 minutes, 15 tops.  It might take you a little longer your first time out, but keep at it and pretty soon you'll be in top shape.

Let me first say, in this tutorial I tried to combine things I learned in other tutorials and I tried to add in a few things that I felt were lacking in other tutorials.  If you have any questions about anything in this tutorial (or any of my other tutorials) please feel free to email me and ask!  Make sure if you comment that you aren't a no-reply blogger so I can respond to your comment :)

Supplies needed:
Two fabrics (one for the outside, one for a lining).
Rotary Cutter (or scissors)
Straight pins
Interfacing (optional, but highly recommended)
Cutting ruler (optional)
Cutting mat (optional)

First, start off by cutting your fabrics.  I start by laying my zipper at the top of my fabric and then I decide how big (deep) I want the pouch to be.  This will depend on the size zipper you use and the final overall size of the pouch you want.  I used a 9 inch zipper and in the end my pouch was 8.5" by 6.5". This tutorial will work for any size.

Cut your fabric using your ruler, mat, and rotary cutter.  If you don't have a ruler, cutter, and mat, you can use good old scissors and measuring tape.  You need to cut two lining pieces and two outside pieces that are all the same size.

Next up, make a "sandwich" of the fabric and zipper.  The zipper goes in the middle and the fabrics go on either side, the right sides of the fabric should be facing each other with the lining piece on bottom and the outside fabric on top.  Pin all three together.  Make sure that the zipper is facing up.  If it's facing down, then the lining piece of your fabric will become the outside piece and vice versa.

Now that they are pinned together, you are ready to sew.

Be sure to use a zipper foot.  It should look a little something like this.

Underneath the fabric, you may need to adjust the zipper to make sure it's not in the way of your sewing foot.  Then just sew.  You may need to put your needle down and lift up your presser foot to pull the zipper backwards or forwards (depending on where it was when you started) to finish sewing all the way down the side.

Now that you've sewed the one side, this is what you should have.

Now you want to repeat the process with the other two piece of fabric.  Lay them down on top of what you've already sewn.  Right sides are still together.  If you look at the bottom of this picture, you can see how I took it from the picture above to the one below.  See the right side peeking out of the bottom?  That's what you just finished.  Now you lay the bottom piece down (your lining) and then the outside piece over that, repeating the sandwich over the first one.  Again, remember all the right sides are still together.  Sew.

 Now that that's done, you should have this.  I always lay out it to make sure it's right and admire how it looks like a book.

Next, lay the right sides together with the lining on one side and the outside on the other.  Pin as much as you need to.  Make sure your zipper is mostly undone.  If you sew it with the zipper closed then you will be unable to flip it right side out after you're done sewing.

Make sure when you sew that the teeth of the zipper are facing the lining.

Sew all the way around leaving a gap in the bottom of the lining piece.  You need this to be able to flip it inside out.  I leave about a 3-4 inch gap, you know about enough to get my fist inside, haha!

This step is optional, but I do highly recommend it.  Don't be intimated by interfacing.  Just iron on a piece that about matches your lining.  It should fit inside the seams.  Do this for both sides and then just peel off the paper.  This will make it sturdier.  It's not necessary, but I've done it without and it always just seems so floppy.  I don't like it.  But again, you don't have to do this step to finish the project.  If you are looking for a good interfacing for this project, I recommend this one.

Now you need to flip your pouch right side out and sew up the hole.  Just tuck the raw edges inside and iron or pin and then sew it up.  It won't matter that the seam is showing because it's going to be on the inside anyways.

Voila!  Don't you feel proud of yourself? :)

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gilmore Girls on Netlfix

For those of you that didn't know, one of the greatest shows of my generation (oh wow, that makes me sound old) is now on Netlfix.  Gilmore Girls.

So, the thing is I don't have much to say today.  I have a lot going on, personal life wise, and when I don't have other stuff to deal with I'm obviously going to be binging on Gilmore Girls.  Especially since my husband and I just finished The Blacklist.  Good thing I have the rest waiting on my good old friend DVR.  By the way, someone in the Netlfix comments described this show as a cross between Alias and White Collar.  When I told this to Melissa, she said "No wonder you like it, you're obsessed with both of those!"  

Anyways, go watch Gilmore Girls.

And just so you know, this is the only meaningful thing about October 1 to me right now.  I know so many people are excited for October, but right now I just can't get into it.  I know in a months time it will be all leggings and closed in toe shoes and soon after that hats won't be fashion only, they'll be a necessity because it will be so cold.  I hear this winter is going to be a bear and this Florida girl just haaaaaaates the cold, the snow and everything it entails (shovels, missed school, dangerous icy roads, pumpkin flavored everything).  I know, call bah humbug on me.  I'm just a summer girl through and through.  But enough whining!

Thanks for stopping by today, I'll see you soon with my first ever style post! 

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tutorial: DIY Gold Polka Dot Tee (No Sew)

Today I'm going to show you how I took an inexpensive white tee shirt and turned it into a gold polka dot tee shirt.  Why you ask?  Because gold is the best.  Duh.  And it's fun to do things yourself. And you can usually justify taking a nap when you're done.  And when your husband asks why you didn't finish the laundry, you can say it's because you were busy making clothes.  Then ask him when the last time he was able to make trendy clothes.  When he says never you can say, yeah, that's just what I thought.  Or you can just tell him you'll try to get to that other "important" stuff tomorrow and not be so mouthy.  <<--That second one may be the better option.

I feel like I've become more known for my sewing projects, but this is a no sew project that anyone can do with just a few simple supplies and it's kid friendly too!  As long as mom works the iron that is :)

Anyways, here we go!

-Supplies needed: T-shirt.  I got this one.
-Gold Glitter Transfer Paper.  I purchased these.  Three sheets was enough to do a size 6 shirt, a 9-12 month onsie, and a M women's shirt.  These come in packages of one, so be mindful of how many you should purchase.  They sell similar products at some craft stores, like Micheals, JoAnn's, and Hobby Lobby, so those are a few places to look if you don't want to order online.
-Paper Punch..  I think mine was about one inch.
-Thin cloth.

So, as you might have guessed, this project is actually pretty easy.  It took me a little longer than I would have thought, but it was easy.  And this is kid friendly!  Get your kids involved, I promise they will LOVE wearing something they can tell their friends they made :)  

First step is to grab your paper punch and cut out your patterns.  I chose to do all polka dots, but Sophia's already told me she wants to do another shirt and put hearts on it.  This is one I had lying around, but these can usually be found in the scrapbooking aisle at any craft store if you don't have any already.

I wanted to show you a little issue I ran into.  Many of my dots were fine, but so many of them just didn't cut right.  I used my scissors to carefully cut the rest of the dots out and they came out just fine.  No dots were ruined in the making of this shirt.  

Now that all your dots are cut out, get busy placing them on your shirt!  Sophia wanted to do her own.

 This is the onsie I did for my niece.  Once all the dots are placed, you need to cover it with a thin sheet.

Iron away!  This is the part that took a while.  When you finish, gently push on each of your transfer pieces to make sure they stick.  If not, just place your iron back down and hold until they are good and secure.

And you're done!  It's important to note that the directions say to wash it inside out, so be sure to launder it correctly so your shirt doesn't get ruined.  If you try this, or any of my other projects, I'd LOVE to see them.  Email me a picture and I'll post it on my blog.  Or, you can tag me on Instagram #letitshineblog.  Follow me here if you don't already to see more sneak peeks of upcoming projects, or maybe just what I'm doing each day.

See you later!

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11