DIY Memory Jars

 

Hey there, beauties!

Happy New Year’s Eve!  Can you believe we’re only a few hours away from 2016?! I cannot wait to see all of the amazing things that this year will bring!  The DIY I’ll be showing you today is the perfect way to save those memories in a jar so you will never forget them!  In my opinion, it is a little like a scrapbook except way quicker and simpler to make.  On top of being insanely easy to make, this craft is the perfect gift for anyone you know who cherishes their memories, too!

These jars are meant to be stuffed with any kinds of ticket stubs or even little papers you have written on with the date and the adventures you had that day.  I have kept a memory jars for two years now and you’d be surprised how quickly they fill up!  I love looking back on all of the fun times! I hope you all enjoy this craft as much as I do… Let’s begin!

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What you’ll need:

  • A jar (The bigger the better -that way, you won’t run out of space!)
  • Paper or labels
  • A hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Stickers
  • Letters
  • Ribbon, string or twine
  • Washi tape (optional, but super cute!)
  • Memories, of course! 😉

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With this DIY, how you decorate the jar is completely up to you, so there aren’t any specific steps to take.  If you wanted, you could even leave the jar plain, but I’ll show you how I decided to decorate mine!

I started by cutting some cute paper so that my jar had a label on the front.  I then stuck some of my letter stickers onto that paper and hot glued the pieces together.

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I then hot glued those pieces onto my jar, gluing in sections so that it  didn’t dry before I could stick the paper down.

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After that, I realized my paper was a bit short, so I decorated the sides with some sparkly washi tape that I’m obsessed with.  You can find adorable washi tape everywhere -keep your eyes peeled for it on the Target dollar aisle, because they always have really cute, cheap ones!  In fact, I found a lot of my decorations there, including my letter stickers!

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I then decided my jar needed the year on it, so I hot glued the 2016 onto the front.

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Of course, I had to also add a bow! I just tied some twine around the neck of the jar and hot glued it in place so it won’t be twisted at weird angles.

As for my next jar, the steps are pretty similar, I just hot glued all of the pieces on and used some different colors of washi tap over the label and also the lid.  I decided to switch things up a bit and add the stickers onto the lid of the jar.  I recommend hot gouging them down if you decide to do this so that they won’t come off when you open it to put your memories in.

To show the different ways you can fill these jars, I put some folded pieces of scrapbook paper in one jar and filled the other with all kinds of tickets that I’ve collected. If you’re an over achiever, you can use both papers and tickets in your jar!

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And that, ladies and gents, is the finished project. I hope that you enjoyed and maybe try this project out yourself!  I think this is a great idea and super fun to look back on later in life!  I can’t wait for all the memories i’ll fill my jar up with this year!

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Thanks so much for reading!  Talk to you next year!

XO,

Hanna

New Year’s Resolution Templates + Tips for Achieving your Goals

Hey there, lovelies!

The New Year is almost upon us… that means it’s time to break out the confetti and storm up some goals you’d like to achieve in the coming 12 months!  It isn’t just New Year that calls for goal-making and determination, but instead these tips can always be used since there is no time like the present!  I know, resolutions can be a bit terrifying since they have a bad rep for never coming true, but I have a few tips that will help those wishes become reality along with templates I’ve created for those New Year plans.  🙂

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Since making specific and planned out resolutions is super important, I’ve created some free, printable templates that can help you to achieve your goals!  

Just click on the links below the templates to print!   

 

2016 Resolutions

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I’ll definitely be filling this list out to hang on my wall as a reminder this year!

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CLICK HERE to print!

Remember, you don’t have to fill the whole thing up!  That would be a huge amount of resolutions… BUT just in case you’re feeling extra confident, I made sure to add lots of extra space for personalized goals and plans!

As I said before, resolutions are known for being difficult and never coming true, BUT it is possible to achieve them!  Here’s a few things that help:

  1. Make your goals specific.  Add details to loose goals, such as “I will go to the gym 2 times every week” instead of “I will be more active”.
  2. Make your goals attainable.  For example, try aiming for losing a reasonable amount of weight instead of a huge number that would be unattainable.  Impossible goals are discouraging and make it difficult to succeed.
  3. Try making smaller goals or “checkpoints” leading up to your main resolution.  This will help remind you how far you’ve come and keep your spirits up instead of dwelling on how far you may still have to go.
  4. This may seem obvious, but make sure to write down your goals!  Engrain them in your memory or even write them on your calendar.  Add them into your planner if you need reminders!  Also, you can compile a list of the things you’d like to accomplish and hang it on your wall or put it in a place you’ll look every day!
  5. Be prepared!  For example, if your goal is to eat healthy, make sure you have enough healthy options around to keep you on track!
  6. Lastly, don’t get discouraged if you don’t succeed immediately!  No one is perfect -just keep at it!  The only way to ever achieve accomplishments is by hardwork and a LOT of practice.

I always love writing out my new plans on New Year’s Eve!  My family likes to get into it, too.  Our tradition is to each write our goals on pieces of paper, stick them in a jar, and try to achieve them all by next New Year’s Eve when were dig the jar out again!  Then, we get to check off everything we accomplished… or write down the things that we didn’t on another piece of paper and try again!

This year, I’m aiming to spend more time on my blog and spread lots of positivity!  I’d also like a bit more confidence!  In the image below, I’ve compiled a list of a few more goals that I will definitely be aiming for in the New Year.  These goals aren’t specific, but I think that if my year consists of all these things, it will be a very successful one!  I’d love to hear some of your New Year resolutions in the comments below!

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I know, everyone always says this, but the year has whizzed by so quickly that I honestly can’t comprehend that 2016 is a few short days away! I know it will bring lots of good things and I can’t wait for all the new adventures that come!   I wish you nothing but the best in the following year!  Thanks so much for reading!  Good luck on your goals for 2016 and have a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

XO,

Hanna


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It’s Halloween at LUSH!

Hey there beauties!

It’s that time again where LUSH brings out all of their amazing Halloween and fall-themed products! *squeel* This news alone is enough to get me jumping all over the place in excitement about the holidays!  I think that pampering sessions are necessary for everyone to just take time to decompress -and what better way than with a sparkly pumpkin that smells like heaven?  The shop is so fun to go into around this time of year and I am very excited about my spooky purchases!

I just couldn’t pass up Lush’s adorable Pumpkin Heebie Jeebie!  This little pumpkin is filled with their Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar and the Lord of Misuse Bath Bomb.  I am absolutely obsessed with both of these products, so obviously, I had to buy it!

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The Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar, which costs $7.95, is probably my favorite Lush product of all time!  Lush describes it as “An uplifting blend of juniper berry, grapefruit and lime oils”.  The scent is super refreshing!  When you crumble this into the tub, it gets filled with gold sparkles and is so much fun to use!

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The Lord of Misuse Bath Bomb is definitely up there with the sparkly pumpkin on my list of favorites!  According to Lush’s website, it is “a spicy herbal blend of patchouli and black pepper oil”.  It smells glorious and the colors are SO. COOL.  Once the green has fizzed away, the maroon/wine-colored insides swirl around and you’re left with the most beautiful creation of bubble art your tub has ever seen.  This bath bomb costs $6.95 and I highly recommend that you try it out next time you head into Lush!

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Thanks so much for reading!   Have you tried any Halloween Lush products?

XO,

Hanna


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4th of July Party Ideas! | DIY Photo Booth, Snacks, Makeup, and More!

Hello again!

Happy 4th of July!

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Today I am so excited to be sharing with you guys some super festive, fun, and easy things you can do to make your fourth just a little more spectacular!  I have put together a bunch of cute ideas for an Independence Day Party and hope that this post helps some of you out and gives you a little patriotic inspiration!  All of these ideas are very inexpensive and can be done last minute as this holiday tends to creep up rather quickly most of the time! 🙂 Let’s begin, shall we?

First off, let’s put on some festive makeup to get in the mood for this fabulous party we’ll be throwing!  I started off with my base makeup on and eyes prepped.

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I added a brown shade called Tease from the Naked 2 palette to my crease with Sephora’s crease brush.  As you can see I love this color quite a lot.  I am devastated that I can barely get any product out of the pan anymore!

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Next, I placed a shimmery, silver shade called Verve, again from the Naked 2 palette, all over my lid to give it some sparkle with Sephora’s shadow brush.

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I then put a bright, sparkly white shade called Swan Song (ooh, how fancy!) from my little Kat Von D palette on my inner corner and brow bone with Sephora’s concealer brush.

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Next, I lined my upper lash line with Sephora’s slanted eyeliner brush with a dark brown shade called Busted from the Naked 2 palette to give more definition.

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Now for the fun part; the color!  I used a sparkly blue liner by Nickak that came in my Ipsy a few months back to line the lower, inner corner of my eye.  I just LOVE this pop of festiveness!

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Now of course we gotta get dem lashes done, gurl, so I then went in with Perversion mascara by Urban Decay and then sealed in that coat with some waterproof covergirl mascara.  I find that Perversion tends to get all around my eyes if I don’t seal it in with a good, waterproof mascara, but when used together, these two are my current lash dream team!

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Of course, we need to tie that bright pop of red in there somewhere and what better way than with a classic red lip?  I am lining my lips with a clear lip liner by MUFE that will make sure that my bright red lips don’t bleed.  Then I am going in with my adorable, little sample size of Marc Jacobs’ So Rouge lipstick.  IT’S SO PRETTY.  AGH.  I just love it. 🙂

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And there we have our beautiful, simple, patriotic makeup!

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Onto the outfit!  I am wearing a plaid shirt from Aeropostale, jean shorts from American Eagle, white vans, and, OF COURSE, a red bandana, because it screams country pride and is SO cute.  A red bandana is a super cheap and easy way to tie some festiveness into your outfit! 🙂  Also, any jean jackets look very cute for this holiday in my opinion, so if you have one lying around, it would be a cute addition to a simple red or blue shirt for a simple 4th of July outfit!

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Now that we look the part for this party, let’s make the food!

I have put together some ridiculously easy and cute recipes for patriotic snacks that your guests will love!  That is if you don’t eat it all first.

For the first snack, we will be making red, white, and blue skewers!  You will need some red and blue fruit or berries of your choice that you happen to have in your fridge (I have picked blueberries and strawberries), marshmallows, and -of course- skewers.

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Layer them on your skewers in a red white and blue pattern and lay them out in a cute dish.  Your guests will love them!  They are SO cute and, best of all, extremely simple!

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Onto the next snack -Patriotic Popcorn! THIS STUFF IS SO DELICIOUS.  Be warned; if you make this, you may eat it all yourself. 😉

Start by popping some popcorn or buying pre-popped popcorn that has no seasonings or butter.

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Next, melt some white chocolate and drizzle it over your bowl of crunchy goodness.

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Now sprinkle on some red, white, and blue candy, mix (I mixed mine with a spatula because it was very hot), and serve in a festive bowl.

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Done!  Now you have the most delicious and simple snack to get everyone hooked on!

Of course, we’ll need a drink to wash all this sugar down, so I have made an Independence Iced Tea.

You’ll need red, berry-flavored tea bags, blueberries, and either sugar or sprite

Start by heating up your water.

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Next, add in your tea bags and wait for them to steep.

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Take out the tea bags and pour the tea into glasses with ice. (and a cute straw;)

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Add some blueberries, ice and sweetener of your choice.  I added stevia to mine.  I did not have sprite, but it would make this drink really fizzy and sweet! 🙂

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Feel free to decorate your glasses with fruit!

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Tadahhh! All done!  And so yummy!

Onto the best part… decorations!

A photo booth is always a good idea at parties and they are super cheap and easy to make!

You will need a table cloth, streamers, and props (which I will show you how to make).

Hang up your table cloth in an area with good lighting.  I first tried to hang mine outside, but then realized the wind did not want to cooperate with me… it ended up turning me into a superhero, so it’s all good.  I decided to hang it inside in the end. 🙂

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Add your streamers and any other decor your little heart desires.

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Done!

Now, for the props.

You will need some stars, straws, and a glue gun (or tape).  You can cut the stars out yourself on some festive paper or buy them at the store.  I got mine at Walmart for supah cheap! 🙂

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Glue your stars to your patriotic straws with a hot glue gun and let the glue dry.

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I placed mine in a cute little jar along with some flags for everyone to use as props!

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Now, you and your guests will have a ton of fun posing with your cute photo booth!

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If you want to make your house a little more patriotic for this lovely holiday, I have a perfect little DIY for you!

I will be making cute, burlap star signs!

You will need three small canvases, burlap, a staple gun, three wooden stars, red, white, and blue paint, paint brushes, and a hot glue gun.  I purchased my canvases from Walmart, where they already were covered in burlap, so I will not have to staple mine on.  These cost about $4 for a pack of two.  If you need to staple the burlap onto your canvases, simply wrap the edges like you would a present and staple in place along the backside.  Make sure that your burlap is stretched tight!

Now, paint your stars and let them dry.

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Feel free to make your stars more rustic-looking with a little sand paper!  Then, hot glue them onto your canvases and let the glue set.

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All done!  These cute little stars are so easy and fun to make!  They can spruce up any area quite nicely and bring some patriotic cuteness into your home!

And with that, our Fourth of July Partay has sadly come to a close. Thank you all so much for reading!  I hope that you enjoyed this post and maybe found some patriotic inspiration!  Happy 4th of July!  See you next time!

XO,

Hanna

 

DIY Chalkboard Garland!

Hello, Lovelies!

Today, I bring to you another DIY!  I planned this post a very long time ago, so please excuse the Christmas decor and theme throughout this post as we are just getting excited for Spring… Whoops, I procrastinated.  I thought about just not posting this at all, since the pictures are so old, but you know what?  Better late than never.  heh  Life is busy, but I am excited to be posting more on here soon!  This DIY is a chalkboard garland!  What’s great about this is it’s SO versatile.  You can reuse this banner for every occasion, since you can just erase and write whatever you need to for the holiday and it’s SO cute and vintage-y looking. 🙂

Let’s get started!

First, lay out your wooden garland pieces.  (I bought mine from the Target dollar aisle) Make sure to lay down some paper so you don’t turn your entire table into a chalk board… unless of coarse you want to- it would be pretty fun.

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Next, take you brush and begin painting on your chalk board paint. 🙂

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Let it dry for a half hour or longer and add more coats until it looks just how you want it and feel free to paint the other side, too.  I think it looks better when the back side has at least one coat on it, too, because if the pieces get twisted, you won’t see the unpainted side of it.

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Let the paint dry and then string it onto your twine/whatever kind of string your little heart desires.  I found it was helpful to poke the paint out of the holes with a toothpick to make threading easier.

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Now is the fun part, where you get to write on your garland!  Since this was Christmas time, I wrote Merry X-mas, but this would also work for Happy Easter or any other holiday, depending on how many wooden pieces you need for the letters.

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I hope that you all enjoyed reading this post event though the pictures are from two seasons ago.  *Hangs head*  The great thing about this garland is that even though I took these pictures at Christmastime, I can now just rub off Merry X-mas and write Happy Easter, Happy B-day, or anything I need for the occasion! 🙂  Thank you so much for reading and I will talk to you soon!  XOXO

-Hanna