Friday, September 20, 2013

DIY Gold Glitter Candles

Lately Tyler and I have been prepping for a big styles photoshoot up north. There have been a lot of details to put together and it has been stressful! I can't wait to see it all come together this weekend. We needed to add a little bit of good into our color scheme so we decided to do it with candles. 

You will need candles (obvi)....
Mod Podge and a food applicator sponge or brush, and a quality glitter. I prefer Martha Stewart but any kind will do. Just remember the smaller the specks the better the sparkle! 

Start by gently wiping your candles with a warm damp towel to remove any residue that might prevent proper adhesion. Then, paint on your glue in whatever patter. You like! 

I wanted a sort or ombre effect so I went around the base in an up and down motion in varying heights and smudged the Estes so they weren't sharp glue lines. 

Sprinkle with glitter, shake off the excess and you're done! If you'd like, you can do a layer if mod Podge over the finished glitter but I prefer to use a spray adhesive instead to really set it in without messing up your design. 

And tah duh! Sparkling beauties! Feel free to Mix colors or candles and glitter. You could really make these for any occasion or decor. Just get creative! 
I love how they turned out and it seriously  only took me about 15 mins start to finish.
So shine in readers and get your glitter on! 
Sarah g
(Ps my hands were covered in glitter, so I gave my dogs a good rub down. They look so sparkly and cute! The husband wasn't too happy though...!)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Jewelry Box

After many attempts to solve my jewelry organization problem, or lack thereof, I finally bought a jewelry box. Here is a picture of my last attempt. Well, my last attempt before my not so attempt. If that makes sense. Until now I had them all organized in tupperwares. Ghastly.

This jewelry board I made worked fairly well except it took up lots of space, and was easy to let get out of hand. It was a tangled up mess, and not as effective as I had hoped. 

I have been searching and searching for a large jewelry armoir that isn't outrageously over priced or completely hideous. Surprisingly I found this lovely little box at DownEast Basics on sale and at an additional 30% off. I was surprised to find that almost ALL of my jewelry fit inside it. And now it sits on my dresser all organized and charming. 

 I keep a vintage teacup in the top to hold miscellaneous pieces and the key to the box

Don't my rings look lovely!?

The top drawer is divided into mostly small squares, the second drawer has three large spaces, and the bottom is one big drawer to hold my larger pieces. 

Who knew that most of my jewelry would fit in this little box? Why did it take me SO long to buy one? Oh, yeah, cause a lot of them are hideous. So you can be jealous of my lovely little box!
  Its so nice to have the majority of my jewelry all in one safe place where it's not going to get ruined. 

How do you organize your jewelry?
Sarah G

Monday, September 16, 2013

My Mommy Must Haves: AKA I need to save up my monies!

Preparing to be a mom is tough. Besides being pregnant and horribly sick, there are Dr. bills, clothes to buy, gadgets to invest in, and all sorts of expensive baby gear that I previously knew nothing about. Don't get me wrong I knew I needed a stroller and a car seat and what not. I just didn't expect there to be 3,5667 of them to choose from! Ok, thats an exaggeration but you catch my drift. There are safety ratings to consider, price (of course) and a whole slew of features and upgrades that I don't even know if I will want or need! So I have been doing LOTS of research. And by research I mean blog stalking and Pinteresting.

So far this is what I have come up with as my MUST HAVES! And I'm sure this list will grow with time...

Graco Pack 'n Play Play Yard with Cuddle Cove Rocking Seat - Rittenhouse
Obviously a Pack n Play is a necessity. But I don't like all the flowery, baby animal, ugly prints. My baby won't care what it looks like. I'm the one who has to stare at it in my living room all day every day. So this print is perfect. Plus its gender neutral so I can use it for our other kids if we have girls. It has a changing station, and a rocking, vibrating "Cuddle Cove" that is removable/portable. So awesome.
1.Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base, Adventure:Amazon:Baby
WubbaNub Monkey Pacifier2.Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag City Carryall Embossed Central Park North Stop Special Edition must have the gold!                                           3.

4.Bumbo- Helps support him while sitting upright. Very helpful.
Sophie the Giraffe Teether5.Fisher-Price Owl Rock 'n Play Sleeper : Target Mobile                                                                       6.

7.Bath organizer with padding for knees and elbows. Brilliant!       8.Kinda want to try this...Nursing night light attaches to moms clothes and creates soft glow light while breastfeeding / nursing. Also serves as a gentle vibration alarm if you fall asleep feeding, which i did so much! $19.99

1. Graco Key Fit 30 Carseat- great safety ratings, and I love that its extra cushioned and light weight. And again, I'm the one that has to be seen lugging this big thing around, so I like the grey and yellow. Not polka dots or something baby ish. Its an accessory for me, not baby G. Although I am very excited about an adorable cover.....
2. Petunia Picklebottom Diaper bag Central Park North Special Edition- I don't want to carry a diaper bag that looks like a diaper bag. I especially love the gold accents. This looks like a regular purse I would buy but with all the bells and whistles for baby!
3. Wubba Nub Pacifier Pal- The monkey is cute but I think I might want the lamb. I can't decide! Provides a softy snuggy for baby to love and hold and helps keep dropping the pacifier to a minimum.
4. Bumbo with Tray- perfect for 3 months and up til they are big enough for a high chair. I've heard these are excellent to bring baby in shower with you. (when you have no other choice of course) Shower is mom time right?!
5. Rock and Play- Napper, play chair and its portable! 
6. Sophie the Giraffe- Best teether toy around (or so I hear!) Plus its just too cute, and easy to sanitize.
7. Bath Organizer and Matt- This looks so convenient! Who  wants to kneel on tile? And I am especially looking forward to bath time with baby.  
8. Nursing Night Light- Clips to moms clothes and privides a soothing glow. Also gently vibrates to keep mom awake during feeding, which I am sure I will need. 

Anything I don't have listed that you think is a must have? PLEASE SHARE! This mom to be needs some  help people! Thanks for joining me for Maternity Monday! :)
Sarah G