DIY Etched Wooden Spoons

Like many people, I get swept into this alternative universe called My Pinterest Life. In My Pinterest Life, I contour and highlight my face, wear my hair in tousled beachy waves created by my flat iron and homemade sea salt spray, and have fresh peonies in my house at all times – in every room of the house. In My Pinterest Life, I paint throw pillows, make my own oversized watercolor art, and screen print my own graphic tees. In reality, I do my 5-minute-makeup look the same everyday, wear my hair in pony tails, and do actually have fresh flowers in the house (thanks, husband). In reality, I spend way too much time looking for deals on throw pillows, buy art from Hobby Lobby, and buy my tees from TJ Maxx.

However, blogging has been bridging the gap between reality and My Pinterest Life. I’m always striving to challenge myself to try new things because I’m always thinking, what can I blog about? I could buy some wooden spoons, or I can jazz them up and put it on my blog. So thank you blog for bringing about these DIY Etched Wooden Spoons.

Perfect Holiday Gift: Essential Oil Diffuser

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Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Don’t hate me, but I finished a few weeks ago. However, I have THE PERFECT holiday gift that I now want to buy for all my family and friends (and more for myself!). I just started using Radha’s Essential Oil Diffuser with their essential oil assortment, which comes with 6 therapeutic grade oils and oh. my. gosh. I am in heaven. Anyone who knows me knows that I am very particular about smells. People always comment that I smell good, and I’m slightly obsessed with having my home and classroom smell nice, too. It’s kind of my thing.

Last year after a massage, I became fixated with the glorious, calming smell of the spa. While I love my apple or pine plug-in scents, nothing comes close to the aroma of a spa. Plus I read that the plug-ins actually aren’t very healthy for you, so the idea of filling my home with essential oils appealed to me. I never achieved the degree of scent I wanted from the reed diffusers; they emitted smells as you walked by them, but that’s about it. Well, my friends, I’m pleased to share that my quest to bring the spa home is over.

How to Take Control of Laundry

Today, I am opening up about what I consider the biggest challenge in my marriage: laundry.

What? Were you expecting something more juicy? Marriage does not have to be hard, but certainly there are obstacles you have to work through together, and our biggest obstacle is laundry. With the addition of our little Ginny and me teaching part-time as well as freelance writing coupled with my husband hating to fold laundry, it’s difficult for us to keep up with everything. The result? Full blown crazy panic attacks from yours truly when I go downstairs and see that a laundry tornado tore up the entire back half of our basement. Yes, I’m crazy, but this truly gives me enraged anxiety, making me feel overwhelmed with all of the other tasks and duties I have.

Instead of letting this continue to be a problem, I came up with a solution. As much as I’m sure my husband loves to take the brunt of my manic cleaning anxiety attacks, we figured out a much better solution.

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