Oct 6, 2018

DIY Fall Hoop Wreath

DIY Fall Hoop Wreath
It has been a few years since I made a Fall wreath.  I made the Halloween wreath last year, but not an overall Fall wreath.  I knew immediately that I wanted to use a hoop.  I thought I was going to use an embroidery hoop, but then my husband told me about 6 different metal hoops in the garage.  He showed me them and I immediately knew that is what I was going to use!

I had so much fun finding the materials for this wreath and also putting it together.  It was so simple and so fast.  I want to share with you the steps so you can see just how fast it really was.  I can honestly say that you can do this.  Even if you are not a "crafty" person.  Which I will beg to differ if you were to tell me that because I believe everyone is crafty. 

DIY Fall Hoop Wreath
This post contains some affiliate links, which means if you purchase items after clicking some of the links then I will be paid a small commission.  However, every item I talk about in this post I used.  I do not link something I don't use.

Steps
  1. Gather all your supplies.
    DIY Fall Hoop Wreath


    -Metal hoop
    -Flowers and greens (The orange ones are Orange Mini Poppies, Yellow was a Mum bush, Smilax Spray was one of the green bunches, and other other bunch that is shown in the picture above is a fern bush)  I linked the ones I could find on the internet.  
    - Wire cutters
    -Wire (mine was 26 gauge jewelry wire) 
    -Hot Glue gun and glue
    -Optional: Pliers (I use my fingers only, but some people prefer to use pliers) 

  2. Lay out everything very quickly and snap a picture.  This doesn't have to take a long time, but you will want to get a general idea on how you want it to look.  Then you can reference the picture as you are attaching everything.
    DIY Fall Hoop Wreath
  3.  Start attaching the stems.  You will want to attach your greens first.  I like to cut small pieces of the wire (6-12 inches) and just start wrapping the wire around the stem until you get to the end of the wire.  Just wrap it until you run out of wire.  Then press the ends of the wire tightly around the hoop and stems.  Then move on to the next piece.  Continue doing this until you have attached all the stems.  Feel free to move things and twist things until you like the way it looks.  
    DIY Fall Hoop Wreath
  4. I like to glue the flowers on the stems.  They can fall off if there is a good sized wind gust.  You can completely skip this step if you feel they are securely on there.  However, the mums (the yellow flowers) were slipping off while attaching the wreath.  Not all the time, but some of the time.  I didn't want to risk it.  Just put a little bit of glue on the top of the hole and then slip it on the stem.  The glue will be pushed down into the hole and stick.  So don't worry about getting it in the hole.  The glue will just be sitting on top. 
    DIY Fall Hoop Wreath

    DIY Fall Hoop Wreath

    DIY Fall Hoop Wreath
  5. You are done!  Less that 5 steps and you made a beautiful wreath!  Way to go!  Now go hang it up and show it off
    DIY Fall Hoop Wreath

Sep 25, 2018

Break All the Rules: Only Brush Your Teeth for 30 Seconds

Break All the Rules: Only Brush Your Teeth for 30 Seconds
A month or two ago I asked on social media what people struggled with the most when it came to self care.  I want you to guess what the top three answers were.  Two of them I expected because I struggle with them too, but one of them I had no idea so many people struggled with.  It wasn't just one person or two people it was a BUNCH of people.  So if you struggle with these things then you are not alone.  Have you guessed what they were?  I am going to tell you now.

The three things were:
  1. Not washing your face at night (one that I have struggled with my whole life, but have been FANTASTIC the last 3 months....which I'm so happy to say!)
  2. Getting exercise in (yeah...I get it.  I always say my kids are my exercise.  However, I feel so much better now that I make the time to AT LEAST get 150 minutes in a week of organized exercise).
  3. The last thing was not brushing your teeth day and night.  And even if the teeth were brushed morning and night it was very rarely done for 2 minutes.  
Like I said these things were NOT just one or two people.  These were the things that were brought up the most.  Because of that I wanted to share this product with you.  I have asked the creator so many questions he is probably sick of me.  

Break All the Rules: Only Brush Your Teeth for 30 Seconds
This post contains sponsored links from EZ Teethbrush.  However, I wouldn't write this post if I didn't believe that this product has some AMAZING solutions to real life problems.

I want to introduce to you the EZ Teethbrush.  It just hit Kickstarter today.  If you want the best deal then during the first 72 hours they will be priced at $79...that is 60% off!  The retail price is $189.  So let me talk about this product for a minute and then you can decide if it is right for you. 

First off let's talk about who this is good for. 
  • Busy people who are always running late, but don't want to skip brushing their teeth
  • Anyone that has a hard time brushing their teeth for 2 minutes
  • People who have adult kids with disabilities and struggle with brushing their teeth
  • Anyone that skips brushing their teeth regularly
  • Anyone that brushes their teeth/gums too hard with a normal toothbrush head
  • Anyone who wants a fun new way to brush all their teeth at once
If you don't think this is for you then there is a sonic toothbrush head that you can attach to it instead, but you could give it a try and see what you think first.  If it still isn't for you then you probably know someone that fits the categories above.  I am hoping this product finds people that are really looking for a solution to their problem(s) and find it in this product.  

Features that I like: 
  1. Pulses at 30 seconds.  This is the bare minimum I would do.  That way you hit all your teeth in the 30 seconds.  However, it doesn't auto shut off until the 2 minute mark. 
  2. It comes with a normal sonic toothbrush head if you want to use that on days you have 2 minutes to brush your teeth. 
  3. It is soft on your gums so that you won't harm your gums by over brushing or too forcefully brushing. 
  4. There are 3 settings depending on what you are trying to achieve. 
  5. It is approved by dentists.  This was the first thing that I was looking for, because I don't know what is good or not.  I can think it is a good product all day long, but I want a professional to tell me it is.  I know some of the dentists personally and I trust their word. 
Make sure to get one of these before the price goes up!  I'm very excited to see all the people this product can help.  I hope all around it will help people achieve their dental health goals.  We as human beings can tend to forget about the health of our teeth until it is so painful and SO expensive.  I want to help others fix the issues before they get to that point.

If you have any questions at all about this product please ask in the comments of this post or you can email me as well.  I am in touch with the creator often so I can pass along any questions that I don't know myself.  

Aug 29, 2018

September Self Care Challenge

September Self Care Challenge
Self care isn't just important.  It is necessary.  However, it is something almost EVERYONE looks over.  We fill our lives with so much stuff that there is no time to just be, to just reflect, to slow down and think, or to take care of small and simple things.  That is why I am doing these self care challenges.  This September self care challenge is not going to disappoint.  

My Monthly Focus
September Self Care Challenge
Every month I focus on a new goal.  I like monthly goals because it can create a habit.  I made a monthly goal in July and August and both of those months helped me create amazing habits that have been life changing.  

This month I am focusing on a new goal of daily affirmations.  I used to do this everyday for a good 6 months and then I only did it periodically.  Affirmations are so powerful.  Our mind is so powerful and if we feed are mind with good thoughts then our mind can do great things in a powerful and wonderful way.

Here are some great resources to use when deciding your daily affirmations:

You can make up your own and that is a great thing to do.  I did that and am planning on doing that this month.  I am excited to do this.  If you haven't tried this before then you must try it before you knock it.  It works.  I promise. 


 Explanation of contest
September Self Care Challenge
If you are new here then you will find out that another fun thing that I will be doing every month will be holding a contest to go along with the challenge.  Here is how you enter:
  1. Download the self care challenge calendar.
  2. Snap a picture of you completing the challenge each day and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #sept2018selfcare.  Each picture that you post will be an entry into the challenge giveaway.  (Make sure to make the pictures public or else I can't see them unless I follow you.  Better yet tag me in it!)
  3. Join our Facebook group and post pictures on the Facebook group of you completing the challenges.  Each picture posted will be an entry into the giveaway. 
  4. Also, leave a comment on this post below and tell me your personal goal in regards to the monthly focus (daily affirmations).  This will be worth 5 points.  
  5. Also you have to follow MK with Morgan in order to win!  (If you don't have Instagram then email me.  We will work something out.)
Prize
September Self Care Challenge
I am so excited to share with you the prize for September.  Charcoal masks are huge right now, but I love how this pack is paired with a moisturizing mask as well! Here are some benefits and some things to be looking forward to when it comes to using these masks:
  • The charcoal mask will deeply cleanse your skin. 
  • The gel mask will instantly hydrate your skin.  It also softens, smooths, and firms your skin.  
  • You will get to use these at home to give yourself some love.  It is easy.  You don't even need a babysitter. 
After you try these you will continue to want to pamper your skin and yourself.

Breakdown of certain days "challenges"
Join us for the September Self Care Challenge and get entered to win an amazing giveaway prize!
Some of these links contain affiliate links which means if you purchase after clicking on the link I will receive a very small commission.  I wholeheartedly recommend these items and commission would never sway me to recommend something I could not think is worth every penny.

I have provided some suggestions, ideas, and tips for SOME of the day's challenges.  They are all simple, maybe not easy, but simple.

Day 1: Say a prayer of gratitude only.  Just give thanks.  Do not ask for anything.  This is really powerful and I have been doing it daily for a month now.  You will see great results in your soul.  If you do not pray then take this time for grateful meditation.

Day 2: Go to bed early!:  Go to bed an hour earlier than when you usually do.

Day 3: Set a goal to help lessen a weakness.  Think of all the weaknesses that you want to try and get better at.  Set a VERY SPECIFIC goal in regards to that weakness.  Make sure the goal is measurable AND make sure you set a "due date".

Day 4: Set a dentist appointment.  When I asked my Instagram followers and the members of the Facebook group what they needed help on in regards to self care I got a lot of responses that needed help with making sure they take care of their teeth better.  So I wanted to put this challenge in there.  If you have an appointment set up in the next 6 months then you are good to go.  If not then search out a dentist if you don't have one and set an appointment.  PLEASE!

Day 5: Set an appointment with an OB/GYN.  This is so important for women's health.  If you have an appointment within the next year then you are good to go.  If not then get one set!  ASAP!

Day 6: Set an appointment with an optometrist.  This is something so many of us overlook, me included.  So this is so good for me. Make an appointment within a year and you will be good to go!

Day 7: Watch everything you eat today.  Mindful eating is so important.  It can tell you a lot about yourself.  So of course try to put nourishing foods into your body, but if you put something that isn't nourishing do a check and see what your body is craving and how you can help yourself make better choices.

Day 8: Do something for your spouse.  This is so important if you are married.  If you aren't married then do it for a significant other, good friend, or family member.

Day 9:  Do an at home facial, pedicure, or manicure.  Get a hold of some Color Street strips and you will be loving life.  Or get the masks that are part of the giveaway and your face will thank you.  If your feet need some extra love then grab this tool and put some lotion on your feet afterwards.  Paint your toes for an extra bonus!

Day 10: Pursue one of your hobbies.  Hobbies come in all shapes and sizes.  It doesn't have to be crafting (although it can) or photography (although it can).  It can be organizing, planning, cooking,  playing a musical instrument, or reading.  The list goes on and on.

Day 13: Have a "night off".  If you are a mom then these are NECESSARY!  Please do this for yourself.  If you have any questions then please ask me, because this is important.

Day 15: Do yoga or just stretch.  I was VERY surprised to find out that a lot of people don't like doing yoga.  If you are one of those people then just give your muscles a great stretch today.

Day 17:  Healthy meal prep for one week.  Better yet sign up for The Vibrant Bite and they will meal prep the week for you, plus give you 3 workouts for the week.  (Seriously if you haven't tried this then this is the time to do so.  It is an amazing service and risk free.  Just try it for a month.  Don't forget to use code SHAMBRAY10 for $10 off your first month) 

Day 18:  Try an exercise class.  There are so many I want to try.  Maybe I will try them all this month.

Day 20: Make a smoothie.  I don't know what it is about this one, but I want to have it right now so bad!

Day 22: Eat slowly and mindfully.  Be thankful for the food you are putting into your body.  This is a great way to have a healthy relationship with food.  Thankfulness goes a long way.

Day 23: Drink some hot chocolate.  I don't care if it is warm outside.  Do it anyways.  Your inner child will LOVE you for it.

Day 24: Power clean your house.  So here is what you are going to do.  Set your time for 10 minutes and clean as much as you can in those 10 minutes!

Day 25: Do something kids love to do.  This might be jumping on the tramp or with a jump rope.  Maybe it is hopscotch or swinging on swings.  Just be a kid for a minute. 

Day 26: Go running.  Better yet why don't you start a running group or if you know of one to join then join that one. 

Day 27: Sit in sun for 15 minutes.  If it is too cold outside then sit by the window with the sun on your face.

Day 29: Read part of a self development book.  If you have already read one and want to go back and read some highlighted parts then do that.  If you have one you want to start then get reading it.  Here are some of my favorites:
(I actually haven't read this one, but it is on my bookshelf to read because I've seen a lot of presentations with the author and I LOVE the concept)

Day 30: Complete a page in a coloring book.  This can be SO RELAXING!  It doesn't have to be expensive.  Here are some of my favorites:

Jul 31, 2018

August Self Care Challenge

August Self Care Challenge
Welcome back if you joined in on the challenge for July.  If you are new to this August self care challenge then welcome.  I hope you enjoy this challenge and find it motivating and uplifting.  I hope it helps you take better care of yourself.  I hope together we can learn to love our self more every day.  Don't hesitate to email me with any questions, tips, tricks, or suggestions.  Also, make sure to join our Facebook group so we can interact more often.  


My Monthly Focus
Some of these links contain affiliate links which means if you purchase after clicking on the link I will receive a very small commission.  I wholeheartedly recommend these items and commission would never sway me to recommend something I could not think is worth every penny.
august self care challenge
Every month I focus on a new goal.  I like monthly goals because it can create a habit.  That is exactly what my fitness focus last month did.  By the end of the month I didn't even need to really think about what I put into my body because I only reached for good foods (with of course an occasional treat, because why not!).  Same with my exercise routine.  It started to become easy to get up early and exercise because it makes me feel so much better.

This month I am focusing on a new goal and that is mediation/prayer.  I really love the peace that meditation brings.  I need it more in my life, especially since school starts this month.  So I am excited to be focusing on it this month.  I also want to make my prayers more meaningful and really searching for answers when I pray.  So I am incorporating that as well.  Sometimes prayer in itself can take the place of mediation if that is something you like to do.

Here are some great apps and products to increase your chances of having a great mediation and/or prayer session:

 Explanation of contest
august self care challenge
If you are new here then you will find out that another fun thing that I will be doing every month will be holding a contest to go along with the challenge.  Here is how you enter:
  1. Download the self care challenge calendar.
  2. Snap a picture of you completing the challenge each day and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #aug2018selfcare.  Each picture that you post will be an entry into the challenge giveaway.  (Make sure to make the pictures public or else I can't see them unless I follow you)
  3. Join our Facebook group and post pictures on the Facebook group of you completing the challenges.  Each picture posted will be an entry into the giveaway. 
  4. Also, leave a comment on this post below and tell me your personal goal in regards to the monthly focus (meditation and/or prayer).  This will be worth 5 points.  
  5. Also you have to follow Just Nails Stephanie in order to win!  (If you don't have Instagram then email me.  We will work something out.)
Prize
august self care challenge
I am so excited to share with you the prize for August.  I have been using these for over a year and I am obsessed.  This month the winner will get a package of Color Street Nail Strips! 
  • These last a long time.  No more chips after 1 day. 
  • They are SO FAST and EASY to put on. 
  • They go on dry.  No more waiting for your nails to dry. 
After you try these you will want a million like I have.  Okay, I don't have a million, but close.  

Breakdown of certain days "challenges"
august self care challenge
I have provided some suggestions, ideas, and tips for SOME of the day's challenges.  They are all simple, maybe not easy, but simple.

Day 3: Wash your face before you get in bed.  The biggest thing I tell others to do when it comes to washing your face is to buy something you are really excited to use OR that costs enough that you will use it because you don't want to spend the money and then not use it.

Day 4: Meditate.  Since I am a religious person a lot of time my "meditation" is spent in prayer.  So I pray and then I am quiet and calm while "listening" to an answer to my prayer.  However, I also love to actually meditate.  I love to use the app, Calm.  Another great app is called Headspace.

Day 5: Paint your nails.  Better yet, use Color Street.  No streaks, no smudges, no drying time!  They are SERIOUSLY the BEST!

Day 6: Grab that book you want to read.  Check out some of my favorite books.

Day 8: Put this calendar up where you see it often.  It might be by your nightstand, or bathroom mirror, or maybe your fridge.  Just put it somewhere so you can be reminded that self care is important to you.

Day 9, 10, & 12: I love to use an app that locks me out of certain apps.  I have this set up daily.  This is the one I am currently using.

Day 11: Date Night.  Check out this post on date night ideasHere is another oneI even have a 52 Date Night Ideas e-book!

Day 15: Watch a chick flick.  I will be watching The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but check out some of my other favorites.

Day 17: Have a healthy snack.  Here are some of my favorites:

-Hard boiled egg
-Protein balls
-Protein bars
-Cottage cheese ranch dip and veggies
-Frozen grapes
-Turkey wrapped around string cheese (melt it on your George Foreman and it's even better)
-Apple and cheese stick
-Belvita crackers
-Yogurt with Love Crunch

Day 18: Try a new recipe!  Put one of those recipes you pinned to good use. 

Day 19: Go to bed early!:  Go to bed an hour earlier than when you usually do.

Day 20: Write in your journal: Journaling is so important for self care.  It doesn't have to be long.  It can be really short, but journaling really grounds you.  It makes you mindful of your life and is a great way to reflect on the past and look forward to the future.  Here are some journals I love:
                                               -Floral journal
                                               -Self Exploration Journal
                                               -5 Year Journal

Day 21:  Get up and get ready before your kids get up:  This is one thing I do every day.  There are very few days that I don't do this and it is necessary for my sanity.

Day 22: Do yoga: My favorite people to do yoga with are on YouTube, they are Sarah BethAdriene, and Kassandra.  I also love using the Down Dog app.

Day 23: Get a sweet treat:  This will probably be a PB Twix or a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich for me.

Day 25: Go on a hikeIf you want to get your hands on an awesome book then check out this one!  (That one is for Salt Lake City, but if you want to find one for near you then go to the search menu and type in "60 hikes within 60 miles and then type in a major city near you.  There are a ton of options.)

Day 26: Get cozy with your favorite drink: Frozen hot chocolate or a lime ricky are calling my name!  I want to see yours post on Instagram or in the Facebook group!

Day 27: Grab a puzzle book: Anything will do, but here are some ideas:
-Sudoku
-Word search
-Brain Games
-Games, puzzles and trivia
-Mystery and logic puzzles

Day 29: Text or call 3 friends today:  Sometimes these conversations can be long.  So talking might be hard, but actually have a conversation with them.  Don't just stalk them on social media. 

Day 30: Set up a friend date: It can be anything.  Paint night, dinner, movie, play, pedicure.  Just spoil yourself with one of your girlfriends.  Or five if you want. 

Day 31: Join a club:  It can be any club.  Book clubs have my heart. 


Jul 17, 2018

Women Colored (or White) Shorts Outfits (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Women Colored (or White) Shorts Outfits (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
With a small wardrobe you want to make sure you have variety in your closet to keep things fresh.  That is why having women colored or white shorts is something you need in your closet.  It will help not make the Summer months so boring by only wearing your denim shorts. 

Ways to wear women colored or white shorts
Women Colored (or White) Shorts Outfits (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I like to wear a more neutral colored shirt with colored shorts, but if I am wearing white shorts I like to wear something with color.  I want to give a word of caution to white shorts.  White shorts with kids can be hard.  Especially if you are holding them often because their dirty shoes will rub on your shorts and it isn't pretty when you are done.  I will start getting white shorts after my youngest is around 5, until then I buy colored shorts. 

Places to purchase women colored or white shorts
Some of these links contain affiliate links which means if you purchase after clicking on the link I will receive a very small commission.  I wholeheartedly recommend these stores and commission would never sway me to recommend something I could not stand behind.

Women Colored (or White) Shorts Outfits (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
If you are looking for a good deal then this is a great place to start.  Search for "shorts" in the search bar to see if anything comes up.  Also, there are a ton of outfit ideas when you search this way! 

Women Colored (or White) Shorts Outfits (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I check out Jane and Groopdealz at the same time.  I love both of them!

Downeast
Once again Downeast made my list.  I like looking here because I like their clothes fit me.  It is good to go with a comfortable fit. 

Gap usually is rough for me when it comes to the way their bottoms fit me, but I love the styles they have so I always look there. 



Posts about the Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe: 

-Introduction of the list (Download your own checklist)

Jul 16, 2018

Simple Jean Shorts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Simple Jean Shorts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
Simple jean shorts are a closet staple.  During the Summer I have to live in shorts otherwise I melt.  There are so many options when it comes to jean shorts.  So find a style that you love. 

Ways to wear simple jean shorts
Simple Jean Shorts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Honestly, you can wear them with ANYTHING.  If you want to dress them up then wear them with heels.  I don't tend to do that because... mom life.  However, like in the picture above they are super cute with heels.  

Places to purchase simple jean shorts
Some of these links contain affiliate links which means if you purchase after clicking on the link I will receive a very small commission.  I wholeheartedly recommend these stores and commission would never sway me to recommend something I could not stand behind.

Simple Jean Shorts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
If you are looking for a good deal then this is a great place to start.  Search for "shorts" in the search bar to see if anything comes up.  Also, there are a ton of outfit ideas when you search this way! 

Simple Jean Shorts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I check out Jane and Groopdealz at the same time.  I love both of them!

Cents of Style
Simple Jean Shorts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I can always find shorts on Cents of Style website.  Pluses for ordering through them: FAST SHIPPING and FREE SHIPPING.  BONUS! 

Simple Jean Shorts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I just love the way Downeast's clothes fit me.  So I always like to look here too.


Posts about the Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe: 

-Introduction of the list (Download your own checklist)

Jul 2, 2018

Women's Cropped Trousers (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Women's Cropped Trousers (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
Honestly I kind of tripped over the women's cropped trousers that I currently have.  I found them at Old Navy and they fell into my lap.  Honestly, I have been so surprised with how much I love them.  I like to wear them both to dress up...of course, but it as been fun to make them more casual as well.  

Jul 1, 2018

July 2018 Self Care Challenge

July 2018 Self Care Challenge
I am so excited to get started on this self care challenge.  In the Summer we can forget to take care of ourselves.  Especially if we have kids out of school for the Summer.  This challenge is going to continue to go through December though.  I think that is PERFECT because we also forget to take care of ourselves during the holiday season.  I feel like October through December is a time of the year that we forget about ourselves.  (For the most current challenge click here!)

Jun 21, 2018

Simple Women's Striped Shirt (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Simple Women's Striped Shirt (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I love stripes.  Stripes on everything for me!  They are so simple to pair with anything and everything.  The key is to find a simple women's striped shirt.  

Jun 13, 2018

Women's Button Down Shirts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Women's Button Down Shirts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
Women's button down shirts can be casual, but they can certainly be more dressy as well.  That is what I like about them.  Since I have two in my wardrobe I usually try to get one of each style.  A more fancy one that might require a bit more care and then one that is more casual.  

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