22.4.14

DIY Wire Headband - Wire Hair Bow


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I was at the park the other day and ran into a friend. Her daughter was wearing the most adorable bow in her hair and I just had to see it up close. Turns out it was a wire hair bow that you just twist around the hair. So simple, genius, and cute. You can make either a headband or a small wrap to go around your hair elastics. Here is my take on it.

Headband:

 Measure your child's head (or your head, because you know you want one too). My 3 year old measured to be 18". Add 8 inches to that number - that makes hers to be 26". Cut the fabric 4" wide x the number (26) you got. So, 4" x 26" in my case.


Fold it in half hot dog style, start at one end on the fold, and sew diagonally about 1.5" down. When you get to the edge, sew down the side. I always sew at the edge of the presser foot.

Now we will create a small gap so we can insert the wire through later. So, as you are sewing down the side and you get about 1/4 of the way down, backstitch and forward stitch a few times, lift up the presser foot, and move down the fabric about 1/5" and continue sewing again. Don't forget to backstitch to keep it secure. When you get close to the end (approximately 1.5" away from the end), turn and sew diagonally, just the way you did at the top.


Cut off the two triangle pieces on each end.

Trim away any excess threads, especially where the "gap" is.

Turn it right-side out and iron it flat. Make sure the "gap" area looks good and hidden.

Get some wire, cut it the same length as the fabric piece and curl in the poky edges with a pair of needle nose pliers. 


Inset the wire like so.


Hair Tie

For the smaller wire hair tie, just do everything exactly the same as the headband, except make the fabric rectangle 4" x 12".

Happy sewing!

-Steph


14.4.14

DIY End of Driveway Fence


Here's one way to keep your kids a little safer this summer. You could buy an end of driveway fence for around $100, or you could make a driveway fence for about $20.  This is an incredibly easy DIY that will give you peace of mind that bikes, balls, and kids will most likely stay out of the street. Of course I'm still out there watching like a hawk, but you get the idea. It's easy to put up and easy to take down, so why not have a one around for added peace of mind.

 You need:
1 roll of 3' tall fencing (Home Depot)
1 - 10' length of 3/4" conduit (cut down to size- cut it in half)
1 - 10' length of 3/4" class 200 PVC pipe (cut down to size- cut into 4 pieces. Two @ 2' and Two @ 3')
2 - 3/4" PVC caps
2 - 3/4" PVC pressure slip/ threaded adapter
2 - 3/4" PVC threaded plugs
Approximately 8 zip ties


The 2' length of PVC goes into the ground on both sides of the driveway.  

 Insert the conduit into the PVC pipe in the ground, slip the 3' piece of PVC pipe over the conduit, and cap the top. Repeat on other side. Stretch the fencing across to the desired length and fasten with zip ties. 


When you want to remove the fence, just pull it out and cap off the PVC pipe.
That's it!




-Steph




4.4.14

doTerra Essential Oil GIVEAWAY!!!!!!


We are beyond excited to host an amazing doTerra essential oil giveaway!  By entering this giveaway you have the chance to win a bottle of Frankincense!!  This is liquid gold people!  It is truly one of the most incredible essential oils.








When in Doubt... use Frankincense!

At the bottom of this post you can enter this incredible giveaway!

We first want to thank Misty, our new friend, who has made this giveaway possible.  Steph and I are firm believers that these oils work.  We have both used them ourselves and have used them on our darling children.  There are so many wonderful health benefits that can be found from these natural and pure products.  


Below Misty has given some GREAT insight into essential oils and proves that they are truly for everyone.


 The most common question I get is “what exactly are essential oils?” "Essential oils are the volatile liquids that are distilled from plants (including their respective parts such as the seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers, fruit, etc.). These essential oils embody the regenerating, oxygenating and immune-strengthening properties of plants. The oils are so small in molecular size that they can quickly penetrate the skin and are also lipid soluble and capable of penetrating cell membranes, even if the membrane has hardened because of an oxygen deficiency. Every cell of the body can be affected by essential oils within 20 minutes. Essential oils are antibacterial, anticancer, antifungal, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antitumor, antiparasitic, antiviral and antiseptic. They have been shown to destroy all tested bacteria and viruses while simultaneously restoring balance to the body" - Modern Essentials.




With countless essential oils on the market, it’s important to know that all essential oils are not created equal – in fact, most come bearing caution labels (do not take internally, for aromatic use only, do not use undiluted on the skin, etc.) because the bottle contains an altered product. Most essential oil companies will fill their bottles with synthetic fillers and chemicals to keep costs low and in turn drastically altering the life-changing benefits the essential oil once had. Because doTERRA set out to have the safest, most effective essential oils available, all their oils are distilled from contracted global growers where the plant naturally grows indigenous then they are sent out to a third party testing facility to undergo 7 different purity and safety tests – oils that contain no contaminants are given doTERRA’s prestigious Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oil label. Because of the safety and purity, doTERRA’s essential oils are safe for all members of the family including babies, pregnant women and pets to use aromatically, undiluted topically (with the exception of some “hot” oils such as oregano that are recommended to be diluted to minimize skin sensitivity) and internally. Essential oil usage should always be researched by using www.everythingessential.me , an amazing resource to look up different health concerns, essential oil recommendations, and how to use the oils. The Modern Essentials book (available for purchase online) is also an extremely valuable tool that goes in depth on each essential oil and various health concerns. You can easily save time and money by treating health concerns, making homemade products, cooking and cleaning with essential oils just by using the natural properties of the oils. doTERRA has changed countless lives including my own – thanks to someone sharing doTERRA with me, I am no longer dependent on my asthma inhalers and medication. I’m forever grateful for the gifts of the Earth and those who are working to spread the message of natural wellness through teaching and sharing doTERRA.  Choose to change your life.



And just to convince you a little more... here is an awesome little clip that will teach you all about the most incredible Frankincense essential oil.







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GOOD LUCK!

Misty Totzke
bewellwithdoterra@yahoo.com 
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