Wednesday, February 10, 2016

5 ways to keep your teeth clean if you have Invisalign



I've had Invisalign for nearly a year and the end is near! I am on the last leg of my orthodontic treatment. I never had braces as a teenager and while I was thankful to miss out on that rite of passage, the older I got, the more my crooked teeth started to bother me. I was spending a lot of time in the orthodontists office with my three kids and while I was in for a consult with one of my them, I decided to get a consult for myself.

Thankfully, I had healthy teeth and dental insurance that would help pay for some of the treatment and now a year in, I'm so glad that I got braces as an adult. If you are considering getting adult braces, in particular Invisalign, I wrote a post with 15 things you should know before you get them.

Once you have them, you are going to want to know how to keep your teeth clean and fresh while you wear your aligners. I've got 5 tips for keeping your teeth clean with Invisalign.



Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Talk of the Town Link party 6

Welcome back to Talk of the Town!



Take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!
ToT KnickofTime

ToT My Salvaged Treasures
ToT Beyond the Picket Fence
ToT My Repurposed Life


ToT Holy Craft


ToT Love My Simple Home
ToT Features
Here's what your hosts are talking about from last week's party!
ToT Angie's Pick



ToT Rachel's Pick


Sarah's Pick
ToT Featured Blog
Each week we are featuring a blogger and their blog to introduce you to the different bloggers that link up with us each week! Make sure to pay them a visit, and say hello while you’re there!

This week, our featured blogger is Nydia from Straight Outta Pinterest.
Nydia is a self professed Pinterest addict who not only pins, she creates!
She's amazingly talented and super hilarious and you need to be following her.





Now it's YOUR turn...

TOT something to talk about
By linking up at Talk of the Town, you agree that your photos may be shared on social media to promote the party or featured in a round-up by the blog hosts.
A link back to your party hosts is always appreciated!


Monday, February 8, 2016

Unfinished wood box turned into versatile centerpiece

Do you ever get stalled out in your creativity? I do. Which is why you have seen less and less crafty tutorials here lately. I just haven't been feeling super creative. You know what I do when I need some craft inspiration though? There are two local craft stores that I go to. They aren't the big box stores, nope. They are locally run small stores and while they aren't owned by the same people, they seem similar to me and carry different products than the big box stores, though with less 40% off coupons.  Do you have a store like that? Something that inspires you when you walk in?

I start by strolling every single aisle. I don't want to miss anything. I was walking up and down being inspired and saw these unfinished wooden boxes. I actually was drawn to the little ones and then I flipped them over and saw that they were on clearance for $2 each. Then I saw the big box and it was only $4. I set my little boxes inside my big box just so I had enough hands and then my creative juices started flowing.

They could make a really cool candy box for a party. Add some fun filler around the edge and candy in the small boxes. They could be a succulent planter with rocks scattered on the sides. They could be...

They could be anything! Inspiration had hit and I took those boxes home with me.


Come see what I made. I had the most fun putting it all together.

Friday, February 5, 2016

5 things to know before you visit Magnolia Market

Until last month, I had never been to the great state of Texas. My oldest son has applied for college in five different states, Texas being one of them. The draw of being thousands of miles away from home with a warmer climate while the rest of us are dripping with rain seems appealing to him, so with applications sent, and an acceptance letter in hand, we set off to Texas to tour three universities. 

One of those colleges is Baylor University in Waco, Texas. What I have known in the past of Waco is David Koresh. Of course now, with HGTV's hit show Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines are leading the way to making Waco known for much more than the town with a crazy religious sect.

Our main objective while we were in Waco wasn't to tour Magnolia Market, though I was dying to step onto the grounds of those silos, it was to get a good feel of Baylor and see if it could be my son's next home away from home. In the meantime, I had to keep reminding myself that we were here for a college tour and if we had time, we would pop in before the market closed.

Glory of glories we had time! Plenty of fabulous time, so I was able to come to you with 5 things you should know before you visit Magnolia Market. You know, in case you find yourself in Waco touring colleges, or if you are a die hard fan making a trip with the soul purpose of visiting the market.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Using a photograph to make a custom t-shirt with your Silhouette plus 17 inspiring silhouette crafts from other bloggers

I am so excited about today's post! I not only have an awesome project to show you with my favorite heat transfer vinyl, I also am giving away the chance to win one of my favorite craft products of all time...a Silhouette Cameo! EEEKKK! Want to know what the cherry on top is? 16 other amazing bloggers coming together to show some pretty amazing Silhouette crafts. If you don't have a Silhouette yet, you will be adding one to your list!

My oldest son has become a pretty amazing photographer. He mostly uses his iphone for photos because it's what he has on hand. Last week, he was downtown Seattle with some friends at snapped a photo of the Space Needle.


Not only is the Space Needle iconic to Seattle, it also holds a special place in my heart because that's where my husband proposed.

I'm going to show you how I took his photograph and turned it into a custom t-shirt by using my Silhouette machine.


I also can't wait to share with you 17 pretty amazing Silhouette crafts made by some pretty awesome bloggers! Make sure you check them out! 

If you don't have a Silhouette, read on to find out how you can win a Silhouette Cameo II of your very own!
Cheeky Snack and Dip Cup Set I have found the one whom my soul loves Silhouette Came Project Silhouette Cameo Tote Bag Silhouette Craft Paper Boxwood Wreath Silhouette Wall Art DIY Shirt using Silhouette Machine DIY Coasters DIY Makeup Organizer using Silhouette DIY Milk Bottle Glasses using Silhouette Machine Princess Cupcake Toppers DIY DIY Shirt Silhouette Machine Chalkboard Workout Schedule using Silhouette Machine Tribal faux embrodery pillow Silhouette Machine Valentines Day / St Patricks Day Sign Silhouette Machine Image Map
Pocketful of Posies - Sultry and Saucy One of a Kind DIY DIP Cups

Hobnail House - Silhouette Craft Blog Hop: Cut Vinyl Art Upcycle

In The Loop - How to Create a Silhouette Using the Silhouette Cameo

Craving Some Creativity - Silhouette Project Challenge: Distressed Laundry Room Sign

DIY Passion - Cheeky DIY Tote Bags that will Make You Smile

Domestic Abiliy - Paper Boxwood Wreath

Our House Now A Home - A Silhouette Giveaway and Creating New Wall Art 

My Life From Home - Silhouette Challenge: What's Cooking? Recipe Holder

Holy Craft - How to Use a Photograph to Make a Custom T-Shirt with Your Silhouette

Knock it Off Crafts - DIY Otomi Coasters using a Silhouette Machine and Silhouette Giveaway!

One Project Closer - DIY Princess Party Decorations 

Dream Design DIY - Chalkboard Workout Calendar and Silhouette Giveaway

The Country Chic Cottage - Makeup Organizer

Refresh Living - Custom Word Throw Pillows with Vintage Fabric

The Deans List - Scalloped Milk Glass for Valentine's Day

Tried & True - "Life Is Good" Bicycle Lover's Tee



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Talk of the Town link party #5

Welcome back to Talk of the Town!

Take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!
ToT KnickofTime


ToT My Salvaged Treasures
ToT Beyond the Picket Fence
ToT My Repurposed Life

ToT Holy Craft


ToT Love My Simple Home


ToT Features
Here's what your hosts are talking about from last week's party!
ToT Angie's Pick


ToT Gail's Pick


ToT Rachel's Pick
Sarah's Pick
ToT Featured Blog
Each week we are featuring a blogger and their blog to introduce you to the different bloggers that link up with us each week! Make sure to pay them a visit, and say hello while you’re there!
This week, our featured blogger is Diana from Adirondack Girl @ Heart
Diana loves all things vintage and antique.  She loves to fix them up and give them new life.
              Valentine's Day Gift Guide                       
                      This Week's Vintage Finds #112                            


Now, it's YOUR turn...

TOT something to talk about
By linking up at Talk of the Town, you agree that your photos may be shared on social media to promote the party or featured in a round-up by the blog hosts.
A link back to your party hosts is always appreciated!