12 things NOT to say to someone in a long distance relationship

I'm going to take a brief moment from the craft and redecorating ideas and share something that has been on my heart for a while. 

Long distance problems. 

Right now, my boyfriend and I have been together for 2.5 years!  

Love him... SO much!! In those 2.5 years, we spent nearly everyday together and now have gone into long distance for a year... and counting.  (Yeah, actually, June did mark 1 year of long distance in the books.)  We met in College, and I went home after graduating, and he also went home alllllll the way in Nevada.  Going to an LDR (Long Distance Relationship) was not an easy thing and is still hard to get through sometimes. Long work days and then spending the evening alone, no more dates or new memories... you get the sad picture.
I wanted to write this post because LD couples are far and few between-- so go easy on them! Separation for any period of time is hard to get through when your heart wants to be with y…

DIY Oxfords!

I am so excited to show you guys this finished product of my DIY Oxford shoes!! It is actually a Pinterest-inspired DIY, and I *love* how they came out!
I get compliments on these all the time! You can make them too!
Here's how:

I bought plain white tennis shoes at the Dollar Store this summer
and started by tracing the design I needed with a pencil. From looking at some Oxford styles, they have a zigzag design with dots just past the lacing eyes, a pointed scallop with dots on the toe, dots along the seam below the tongue, and a colored section on the back of the shoe with dots also. Hopefully the finished result of the shoes explain themselves better than I am right now concerning where to trace and then where to paint!

Once I had the desired pattern, I used acrylic paint. (Fabric paint would probably work much better, but this was just an experimental craft at the time.)

After I had painted the color I wanted on the designated area, I added the small dots all over the pencil drawn …

Blueberry-Nana Smoothie Bowl

A new popular trend I have seen lately are...

Smoothie Bowls! (Or acai bowls)

Basically, you just add whatever you like in your smoothie and pour into a bowl, topping with fresh fruit and seeds or nuts. Then you eat it with a spoon like cereal!

Most bowls contain acai berries, dragon fruit, and chia seeds. Of course, you make use whatever you like and it makes a great healthy snack or breakfast!

This is what I added to my smoothie bowl to try for the first time:

 Milk, fresh pineapple, blueberries, bananas and raspberries, yogurt, and a tad of sugar and lemon juice. (I didn't use measurements, just added splashes of each thing until I liked the taste.)

I topped the bowl off with pieces of pineapple, banana, and raspberries!

There are so many ways to get creative with this and I feel like making one right now!

Quick Bedroom Tour

Hey guys! Life has been pretty busy over here for me, and I just wanted to stop in and let you know I really appreciate seeing the views! I have some new ideas coming up for y'all!

Right now, I want to show you my bedroom style that I have just completed. I *had* a contemporary music-themed bedroom for years, and I recently changed it to lighter look. Here are a few peeks! 

 I bought the mirrored table at Ross, and I use it for my succulents, greens, and terrariums :)
I painted all the terracotta pots to my style also.

Of course, I have my amazing $40 DIY vanity for my beauty needs! Click here to find out how I made this!

 I wanted to keep my room accents simple and classic. The black and white signs create a pop on my gray wall. I love displaying my keyboard as a statement piece! My new white faux fur blanket is draped over the bench.

** Find out how to make the DIY picture display here and that easy canvas here (top right).

I brought in 2 stacks of pallets to create my bed base and ad…

DIY Vanity!

I want to show you my latest project:

A Beauty Vanity you can build yourself!

For a while, I have been searching for the "perfect" vanity for all of my makeup and hair supplies! 
I was having trouble finding the perfect one, because the average beauty vanity can range anywhere from $200 - $1,500+ !
The "cheaper" ones came with only 1 drawer, so more storage would have to be budgeted in as well. 

I started to brainstorm my way through this. I was able to build my own vanity for only $40. The vanity also gives me the opportunity to add as many storage containers as needed!

Here's a breakdown of what I gathered to create this:

*(2) 3-drawer black stackables at Walmart (any color can be painted to match your room of course) = PRICE: $22

*Sturdy tabletop board at Ace Hardware Store (I measured, cut, and painted black.) = PRICE: $1.50

*Letter organizer for oversized eyeshadow pallets at Walmart = PRICE: $5

*Chair = FREE (we find chairs at yard sales all the time!) 

*Small - M…

Graduation Candy Bouquet

I am so proud of my sister graduating from College last weekend!

                                        ^ 2017 Grad right herrr ^

I wanted to get her a big bouquet of flowers... or a money lei.... I needed something to make her smile!

I decided to put her favorite candy in a bouquet and she loved it!

It is SO easy to make and you can try it today for your graduating friend or relative! 
Of course, the laffy taffy ropes could be stuck into the bouquet with no problem.

I attached bamboo skewers (or chenille stems) to the back of the Air Heads with a small line of hot glue. I do not recommend creating a chocolate bouquet this way, as the hot glue will melt the chocolate inside or burn the wrapper!

Once I had all the candy sticks and laffy taffy ropes assembled, I wrapped packing tape around them to secure and hold the bouquet together. 

Then, I wrapped one sheet of colorful tissue paper around the bouquet to hide the tape...

And securing with a curled ribbon! It was a little heavy, because I us…

Superhero Bedroom Ideas

I am thrilled to show y'all the finished results of my brother's superhero bedroom!!

This came per request of my 8 and 12 year old brothers, and I started thinking of cheap DIY projects to make this transformation possible, trying to include the best of both worlds- Marvel and DC!

If you are looking for some easy and cheap ideas for this kind of bedroom theme, continue reading!

Here is a quick tour around their small bedroom, and then a breakdown on the DIYs. :)

I got excited to start taking pictures of the results, I hadn't finished screwing on all the dresser drawer knobs... so please, try your best to ignore that!

Alright, down to the basics!

I painted a long raw piece of wood (no measured size) and hammered several small nails along the bottom. I taped school bulletin board letters (that's how they look so perfectly cut!) above it, and they love to keep their guns and weapons on display to grab and go! Ben also displayed all of his superheroes dolls (ahem... action fig…