Summer Vacation Monogram & Mantel

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Summer break is quickly approaching, and with that many people will be hitting the road for summer vacation! With a brand new baby, we don’t have any big travel plans this year. Instead, I’m dreaming and reminiscing over past trips via our mantel decor. We always opt for mountains and woods over the beach. Our favorites are Colorado, Northern California and Oregon {which we visited last summer}. 

Summer Vacation Monogram & Mantel

So, as an homage to our favorite vacations, I went with a woodsy/campy/road trip theme. How’s that for a technical term? ;) It actually makes me think of the movie Moonrise Kingdom a bit.

Summer Vacation Monogram & Mantel

Summer Vacation Monogram & Mantel

Summer Vacation Monogram & MantelMy favorite vintage thermoses made another appearance along with a birch wood slice {I found it at Michael’s}, and a pair of red vintage binoculars.

Summer Vacation Monogram & Mantel

On the other side of the mantel, you will find a wooden post card that is a souvenir from our Mt. Hood trip. I also pulled out my old Brownie camera and stuck a couple of dried craspedia buds in a small amber bottle. 

Summer Vacation Monogram & Mantel

The star of the show is the “Summer Vacation Monogram” featuring the Royal Design Studio Timberland Bonnie Christine Furniture Stencil. I had this idea hanging out in my head for a while, and I’m so happy with how it turned out !

To make your own you will need : a paper mache letter, an old paper road map or map scrapbook paper, mod podge, wood planks {I used balsa wood from the craft store}, wood stain, wood glue, craft paint, and a stenciling brush or sponge. 

Summer Vacation Monogram & Mantel

To begin, I “built” the planked wood piece. Since I used pre-cut balsa wood pieces, all I had to do was stain and then glue it all together. After the stain had dried, I glued two of the thinner boards to the back to hold everything together. 

Summer Vacation Monogram & MantelThen it’s time to get to work on that stencil! I used just a bit of spray adhesive to help the stencil from slipping. You could also use blue painter’s tape, but this worked better for me since the actual stencil is larger than the board I was working with. 

Summer Vacation Monogram & MantelYou can either use a stenciling brush or sponge. I used 3 different greens to paint on the trees. It was super simple and only took minutes to get the look I was going for. 

Summer Vacation Monogram & Mantel

Summer Vacation Monogram & MantelAll that is left to do is mod podge the map onto your paper mache letter. Use a thin layer of mod podge to adhere the paper to the letter. Allow it to fully dry before sealing it with another thin layer.

Summer Vacation Monogram & Mantel

Summer Vacation Monogram & MantelUse a bit of hot glue to attach the letter to the board and you have an awesome piece of monogram art!

Summer Vacation Monogram & MantelDo you have any summer vacation plans? Do you prefer to head to the mountains or the beach? 

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Summer Vacation Monogram

Everything You Ever Wanted {Review & Giveaway}

I was give a copy of this book to review. Affiliate links are included.

I love to read. I used to be a night owl {now, I would kill to be in bed asleep by 9:00} and I would stay up late reading. Nancy Drew…The Babysitters Club….Little Women. You name it! In more recent years, I’ve gotten out of the habit of being a ravenous reader. All of that adulting business has gotten in the way. I’ve really missed it, so I made a goal this year to read 12 books. That may seem like a small goal to many of you, but 1) It’s a lot more than I read last year, and 2) New baby in the house, y’all. 

So, with limited reading time these days…I’ve been a little extra picky about what I’m reading. I needs to be something that is really good and will lock me in. Everything You Ever Wanted by Jillian Lauren is just that book. 

EYEWCOVERI’m all about non-fiction and love a good memoir. Jillian Lauren has the most interesting and captivating life story. The tagline for her blog is “From member of a harem to a member of the PTA. Yes, really.”. While her previous memoir, Some Girls, covers her life in a harem, this book picks up where she meets her husband, bass player from the band Weezer. Lauren then goes on to tell the stories of losing her best friend to drugs, their struggle with infertility, their journey to adopt their son from Ethiopia, and even their struggles to parent a child with special needs. 

DSC_3351-3275222647-OJillian Lauren is beautifully honest with her story. This is a story of second chances. Even if you yourself have not adopted or become a parent, you will find something that you can identify with. Upon finishing, you will feel the hope of overcoming any struggle or obstacle. I highly recommend this book! 

How would you like to win your own copy? I’ll be giving away one copy of Everything You Ever Wanted to one lucky winner. Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Giveaway ends May 11th at midnight.

 
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DIY Non-Toxic Air Freshener

Hi there! I hope you are all doing well! I’m dusting off the blogging cob webs and getting back to it. It’s just like riding a bike {after you haven’t slept in 2 months…haha!}. 

The last few years, I’ve been working to rid our home of toxic chemicals. I’m even more determined to ditch the chemicals now that we have a little one. I’ve slowly transitioned to all natural cleaning products, then swapped our candles for healthier versions. Now, I’m working on all of those other items we have to keep our home smelling nice. No more plug-ins for us! 

DIY Non-Toxic Air FreshenerA while back, I whipped up a batch of safe, chemical-free air fresheners. These are perfect for keeping in the bathrooms or behind your kitchen trash can {or in the bottom of the can under the bag if you’re worried about little fingers getting ahold of it}. 

DIY Non-Toxic Air FreshenerAll you need to make your own air fresheners is : small jelly jars, slotted mason jar lids {I found mine at Hobby Lobby}, baking soda, and essential oils in your favorite scents. I used lemon and lavender oils. 

DIY Non-Toxic Air FreshenerFirst, scoop a good amount of baking soda into the jelly jars. Next, add 12-15 drops of your favorite essential oil. 

DIY Non-Toxic Air Freshener

DIY Non-Toxic Air FreshenerPlace the original lid onto the jar and give it a good shake to mix the oil with the baking soda. 

DIY Non-Toxic Air FreshenerAfter you’ve given it a good shake, place the slotted lid into the lid ring. Save the original lid! You don’t want baking soda flying everywhere when you’re ready for a refresh. Whenever the air freshener starts to lose its scent, you can just add a few more drops to the existing baking soda and give it another shake.

Not only is this a much healthier and safer way to keep your home smelling wonderful, it’s also much more affordable! 

DIY Non-Toxic Air FreshenerHave a great weekend, y’all! 

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