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DIY Wall Mounted Kraft Paper Roller

I was checking out a high-end design website last week searching for some ideas to fill a few voids in my homes eclectic meets shabby chic meets rustic design. I came across a wall mounted Kraft Paper Roller. But…$258.00? Ouch!

Naturally, I started looking around for one but they were all quite pricey everywhere I looked, they were listed from $100.00 to $300.00. A handful of design sites show them in design photos but don’t actually sell them officially. (Unless of course you’re willing to hire the firm).

I knew I had to meet the challenge of making my own! So I woke up this morning, turned towards my darling husband and asked…. “Wanna help me with a project today?” He snickered and didn’t even answer me. Probably cause he knows what I really meant was “you ARE helping me with a project today!” This man is a saint I tell you! In my defense, I treated him to Starbucks as payment for his assistance. Continue reading “DIY Wall Mounted Kraft Paper Roller”

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3 ingredient, DIY, DEEP conditioner


With the approach of very cold winter temperatures, together with dry air from my home’s new heating system, my hair and skin have become SUPER dry. My skin is itchy and ashy, and my hair is brittle and crispy on the ends.  There is no explanation for this condition other than the weather, since I don’t use chemicals, hair color or even store bought shampoos, soaps and lotions. When it comes to my body, I only want to use natural and fresh products to care for it.

So, when this dry hair suddenly occurred, I went right to my kitchen for a cure.  I’ve tried a few natural, homemade conditioners, but this one is the best I have tried. In just ONE USE of this DIY conditioner, my hair is back to its soft, shiny normal condition. I love this mixture so much, that I want to share it with everyone! The difference is the Avocado.  When hair is damaged, you can repair it by filling in the damaged spots with protein, this is why many people try egg treatments.  But egg is not hydrolyzed, meaning the protein molecules are to large to fill in those damaged spots, so egg treatments simply coat the hair strand.  Egg treatments DO help, but they are short lived.  Avocado proteins are hydrolyzed, so they fill in those damage spots, and hang along much longer.

I will be using this conditioner for a total of five days and then I will update the post with my final before and after results. So be sure to check back for the FINAL results next week.

Meanwhile why not give this recipe a try yourself?  Be sure to use a RIPE or even slightly overripe avocado. When I wash it out I use warm water and just a dime sized amount of my homemade coconut milk shampoo (recipe to come before the end of the week) but you can do the same thing with whatever shampoo you use.  Just aim at getting most of the conditioner out with water and then just using the shampoo along the hairline and your part (where you don’t want any oily residue). Avoid getting the shampoo on your ends at all. Style as usual. ENJOY!


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Jake’s Sleeping Loft


In Jake’s bedroom a small staircase led to a blank canvas of unused space.  We decided to make it into a sleeping loft so that the majority of his bedroom could be used for fun activities. It wasn’t any major renovation, just a simple decorating project. We installed wainscotting on one wall, built a small closet w/door (not shown), and painted the walls Sherwin Williams SW-6991 Black Magic and SW-7501 Paper White

Wooden shelves to the left of the bed were painted glossy white.

The mural (Jake’s request) was handpainted by me using assorted Acrylic Paints.  When the moon was dry i covered it in two coats of Rustoleum Specialty Glow in the Dark paint.  It is almost clear, just has a slight yellow tinge when dry, which was just fine in this application since the moon is yellow anyway.



The decorating was finished off with some textiles from Pottery Barn and a throw picked up on our last trip to Disney World.  Finally, we added some Jack Skellington posters on the wall, an alarm clock and a small 22″ television.

Now Jake has an awesome sleep loft that allows him to keep the majority of his room space for hanging out with friends, keeping all of his guitars and music equipment and …. of course, GAMING. lol.

I’ll add a few more photos as time permits…