DIY: Simple & Inexpensive Wall Decor Makeover

Hi beauties. I wanted to share an idea for a quick and easy project! My sister in law Megan has THE cutest, most fabulously decorated house I’ve ever seen. You look around and can tell that she has given each little nook of that place her creative attention. One thing I love in her adorable home is this gallery in the dining room. The art in the frames is all coordinating… that’s one thing I always try to do, but I tend to pick up things here and there and sometimes have trouble making all the pieces look well together.

Well Megan told me her secret to filling the frames and I’m about to pass it along to you!

Calendars! Rifle Paper calendars, to be exact. I already had three frames I found for a few dollars each at Ikea in my living room and had been itching to fill them with something new. So I ordered a calendar online and got to work.

Calendar Art Before

Rifle Paper Folk Calendar

Calendar Art After

Not bad! It took a whole 5 minutes and just a few dollars to freshen up the look of our living room. And kitchen. And bathroom. Not gonna lie, there are 13 useable pages in that calendar, including the cover, and you better believe I milked that thing dry.

Rifle Alice Wonderland Calendar Cover

Go shopping! This Alice calendar is only $13 right now. I am almost tempted to get it and put a bunch of them in Ruthie’s room above her crib!

Rifle Paper Alice Wonderland Calendar

Thanks for the idea, Meg. You’ve created a monster. :)


The Top 15 Ways to Cure the Hiccups (According to Facebook)

What does one do when one’s husband has the hiccups for a 8 hours straight? And one’s sanity has come into question? One consults Facebook!

Facebook screen grab hiccups

I was kind of shocked at the number of cures people started sharing. I had never heard of some of these, but it seemed like each person swore by these remedies! Some were super detailed too, complete with step by step instructions, ha!

Here are some of my favorites:

I hold my breath plug my nose and swallow 3 times. It helps regulate breathing try it a couple times of it doesn’t work the first time.

I agree. I do the same, but while drinking a cup of water through a straw. It helps me concentrate on something else.

Swallow seven times!

Wet red thread on forehead. (Really works)

You have to scare him!

Suck in all the air you can. Hold it for 10 seconds, don’t let any air out and suck in more air. Repeat.

Stay with me, it’s weird but it work. Grab his forearm and have him grab yours. Stare at him without laughing…even if he does. Stay calm and make him calm down and stare directly at you. This helps him bring his heart rate down and gives him something to focus on other than his hiccups. You have to keep him calm and not laugh, otherwise it doesn’t work.

Close your eyes, plug your nose and face up and hold your breath and count to 20.

Peanut butter….a dr once told me that the weight of the pb pushes down on the diaphragm. It works every time.

A spoonful of sugar. Old trick I learned from a bartender that works every time.

Suck on ice. Works most of the time for me.

Drink out of opposite side of glass, like over the glass on the other side.

Make him Burp as often and as loud as he can.

Have him say “hiccup ticcup Jacob took 10 sips of water” then have him take 10 sips of water and then say “All gone”. I know it’s silly but I’ve done in all my life and it works every time.

And my personal favorite, where three sisters share (lol I cracked up):

Hiccups sister remedies

And there you go! Do you have any home hiccup remedies to share? Might as well… you’re not going to sound silly after all these! ;)

Tales from the Target dressing room

Here are a few of the snaps I just dug up from Target trips past.

Trying on clothes after having Maddie. HAHAHA SO BAD.
Summer 2012, back when Jack was always a blur. TBH I think I just wanted to show Instagram my hair that day.
Oh look, they’re both blurs. Always wiggling, what a surprise! I love how he’s not even wearing shoes.
Ahhh, this was an after-movie Target trip meltdown. I was newly pregnant with baby Ruth too! Okay, these memories got me like :,(
Later in 2014, now with even more baby!
Hiiiieeee! This was today. I think this may be Ruthie’s first ever appearance in a dressing room photoshoot! Welcome to the club, Ruthie!

This last photo is supes bad quality, but can you still see little Roo-boo in her jammies? No shame, man. She’s actually still in them and I’m writing this at 2pm.

So I just looked back through a few years of blog posts to find these old things. I searched “Target” to narrow down my posts and it came back with 63 pages of results. SIXTY THREE PAGES. I knew I was eventually going to have to face the 3x a week Target run issue at some point, but dang, that’s a lot of mentions.

It’s obvious I love the place. For some reason, it just feels like it’s the easiest store to take kids… I’m sure that’s all in my head, but I love that it’s a one-stop-shop! Not to mention, all the amazing things you can get for $1.00 – $3.00 that you absolutely don’t need but you also do absolutely need and now they put a Starbucks at the entrance and ALL THE CANDLES and and… it just feels like home away from home. Now that I’m thinking about it, Ruthie even tells me when she wants to go smell the candles. She points to the ones she wants to smell and goes, “mmmm!” Okay, if my 1.5 year old knows where the candle aisle is and how to sample the stinkin’ things, I think it’s safe to say I haz problem.

Introspection aside, I will never ever stop taking these photos. I quite like having these silly memories to look back on every now and then. :D

A simple tip to stretch the life of your favorite candles

As I mentioned before, I really love candles. But there’s this one thing that everyone knows — they don’t last forever. There are certain seasonal scents that are hard to find during the rest of the year and it makes me want to ugly cry when those beloved candles burn down a sad little puddle. Bath and Body Works comes out with Marshmallow Fireside in the fall and man, I really fell in love with it recently. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye!

Candle empty

One day, I noticed the wick was dangerously close to burning out so I grabbed the thing and poured the hot melted wax into some of my old wax melt molds. It filled up about half of the thing!

wax melts 2

This might be a well-known tip already, but man I sure got really excited when I realized I didn’t have to just throw away and waste that last little bit of wax that was left in the bottom. Now I just pop a few of the wax melts into my warmer and BAM! The memory of my favorite candle lives on. Who knows how many more hours I’ll get out of this thing.

Something else: If you have a little bit of wax left in a burned out candle you want to save, but the wax is already hardened, put the whole candle in the freezer for a while. Then get a butter knife and pop the wax out. It won’t be shaped in cute little molded cubes, but they’ll just melt right down anyway.

So go grab that nearly-gone Volcano candle you only use on special occasions because it’s the most amazing smell in the universe and stretch it’s life out a little longer!