When it’s worth spending money on products

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Given I’m on a student budget, I generally avoid expensive body/beauty products. Sure, I’d love to use organic shampoo and all-natural face wash but frankly, they’re just too expensive. That being said, there are two products that I won’t skimp on. They’re pricier than their non-natural alternatives but I think they’re so worth it.

First up: sunscreen. It never really occurred to me that sunscreen might actually be harmful. I had always been taught it was smart to layer it on in order to avoid a very painful burn. And you can only imagine my excitement when two years ago Ian and I bought tons of spray sunscreen for dirt cheap. Little did I know it was dirt cheap for a reason. It’s junk and it’s not healthy.

I’ve recently switched to natural sunscreen and eventually, I hope to try to make my own using carrot seed oil (natural SPF 30!). The natural stuff is a bit harder to rub in but personally, I think it’s worth it.

If you’re curious to find out how your sunscreen rates check out the EWG site and type in the brand name.

Second up: deodorant without antiperspirant. A couple of my friends have made the switch and I’ve since been convinced it’s worth spending $6.99 on natural deodorant. I know there is some controversy about the research but I’ve heard one too many medical professional advocate not using antiperspirant to not take note.

What beauty and body products do you never skimp on? 



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Make Your Own Delicate Bracelet

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Today, I have some exciting news to share. We submitted out wedding to this amazing site called Something Turquoise and it was accepted!! It’ll be featured this coming Monday. So, if you have a burning desire to see our wedding photos you’re in luck! I’ll be posting the links next week.

In other news, I’ve had a lot of free times of my hands, which means I’ve been napping like a champ. And on occasion, I make jewelry (between naps…obviously). This bracelet is simply a shorter version of my Ella necklace and super easy to make.

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What you’ll need:

  • 3 small jump rings (3 mm)
  • 1 medium size jump ring (4 mm)
  • 7-9 small mint coloured beads
  • chain long enough to fit around your wrist (approx. 6-9 inches)
  • jewelry pin
  • lobster claw
  • a jewelry tool (I use a 3-in-1 that includes knot pliers, a crimper and a cutter)

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Start by placing the beads on the jewelry pin. Using the knot pliers, create a loop with the open end and crimp it closed.

Tip: if you’ve never used knot pliers try practicing the art of making loops with beading wire. It is much more forgiving. 

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When you’re done it should look something like this.

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Using two small jump rings, attach the chain onto each end of the beaded jewelry pin. Cut the chain to size and keep one end slightly longer than the other to allow space for the lobster claw (see picture below).

Tip: if you accidentally bend the jump ring, start again and use a new one. Don’t try to reshape it.  Just trust me on this one. 

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Using the third small jump ring attach the lobster claw. Use the larger fourth jump ring onto the other end.

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There you go! Now you’re successfully made a delicate beaded bracelet.

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Happy Wednesday!! 



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Life, Lately

bedroom renovation how toLet me preface this by saying today’s post will not leave you with any gems of wisdom or exciting new craft ideas. Instead, it’s just a good old update post.

The boys were gone this week and I had free rein of the house. I spent the entire time watching Netflix and eating candy in my pjs….just kidding (I wish). My actual week was way less exciting. I painted our master bedroom, and, being the genius that I am, I painted it white and had to use three coats to cover up the dark grey/purple it had been previously.

Despite my hatred for painting, it was sooo worth it. We now have a super comfy cozy room that I absolutely love. The rest of our house is splattered with bright colours but I wanted the bedroom to be different. I wanted it to be the type of place you’d go to curl up with a good book and cuddle your really cute bulldog, which is exactly what I plan on doing this weekend.

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I hope you have a very happy weekend :)



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The Trouble With Being Shy

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I’m a somewhat shy person. I say ‘somewhat‘ because I’m pretty outspoken around people I know but I can be uncomfortably quiet around new people. I’ve definitely gotten better with age but I still struggle at times.

I like to tell myself that everyone feels some situational shyness… am I right?

Overtime, I’ve become good at avoiding situations that make me super uncomfortable, and more often than not that includes social gatherings with people I don’t know. But really, unless you put yourself out there how are you supposed to meet new and cool people? In a small town, meeting new people is so important and being shy can be a huge barrier.

Like most things in life, practice makes perfect and if I don’t throw myself out there than I’ll never learn to be comfortable in new situations.

With that in mind, I’ve decided that this summer is my summer of ‘yes’.  I’ve been saying ‘yes’ to almost anything and everything regardless of whether or not I think the situation might make me somewhat uncomfortable. In other words, I’m trying to embrace being uncomfortable and hopefully, in the process I’ll make new connections with new friends.

To my fellow shy readers, how do you put yourself out there and navigate uncomfortable situations? 




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How to Refashion a Bridesmaid Dress

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Two years ago, my sister and her husband had the most beautiful wedding. I kid you not, it was ridiculously nice (I’m only slightly biased). It took place near the ocean and during the ceremony there were animals playing in the water in the background. Aside from the gorgeousness, I was fortunate enough to be in her bridal party. My sister has great taste and we wore knee-length red chiffon dresses from JCrew.

Since then, my beautiful red dress has sat mostly untouched and gathering dust.

In my recent attempt to pare down my closet, I found myself debating about what to do with this dress. I’m too sentimental to just give it away but will I actually wear it again?

My solution: refashion it into a skirt. A chiffon skirt is much more wearable and work appropriate than a dress, and as an added bonus every time I wear it I’ll think of my sister’s big day and smile.

What I used:

  • bridesmaid dress
  • a seam ripper
  • matching thread
  • sewing machine
  • elastic band (waist length + 1 inch)
  • piece of ribbon large (waist length x 2)

Total costs = $4.25 ($1.50 for elastic + $0.75 for ribbon + $2 for thread)

What I did:

I started by seam ripping the entire zipper out of the dress. It was a bit tricky because the dress had a thick bodice but with some patience I was able to free the zipper without damaging the delicate material. Next, I measured my skirt length and cut the top of the dress off leaving myself a one inch seam allowance. I sewed the elastic band and the bottom of the dress together leaving the ends of the elastic band open to allow room for the zipper.

I cut a slit down the back of the fabric and sewed in the zipper. I finished it by hand stitching the ribbon on top of the elastic band leaving it un-stitched at the very back so that I could tie the ribbon into a bow.

(In hindsight I should have been a better blogger and taken photos of the step-by-step process. But… I wasn’t sure if the project would work and failed to plan ahead. My bad!)

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On a scale of 1 to 10 I’d rate this project as a solid 3 for beginners. It was really really simple and there was no hemming required (winning). The only ‘difficulty’ was the zipper but if the lining of the dress had been a stretchy knit I could have gotten away with just making an elastic band skirt to slip over my hips (no zipper required).

What do you do with old bridesmaid dresses? 



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