1920s Fixer Upper: Update 2

I apologize for the late post! Things are starting to get a bit hectic now that we’re coming closer to move in day. We had a minor setback with the carpet installation since the subfloor needed to be repaired and painted from the previous occupant. So now the carpet should be officially in this coming Friday (yay!), which means we can start moving things! After the carpet, the only things left upstairs will be installing the crowning and painting the bathroom cabinets.

Downstairs is another story. We have three more rooms to be patched up and painted, installing the kitchen flooring, and painting the kitchen cabinets. We also have some minor things to repair or repurpose but those thankfully can wait until we’re all moved in.

Enough of the house for now.

I wanted to give a special shout out to my partner-in-crime, Colton. He has been extremely helpful with this whole house process. It’s a big project for the both of us and he took it head on with helping paint, tape, lawncare, and above all, keeping me sane. I couldn’t ask for anyone else to have with me. The bonding we have accumulated since the start of this project is astounding. We had to face some decisions that we haven’t before and being there for one another while we balance the madness of fixing the house and maintaining our apartment. I have to say we have definitely grew more in our relationship and I’m thankful of that. I couldn’t be anymore luckier to have him in my life.

 

Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to moving in!

1920s Fixer Upper: Update

Whoa what a week!

The weathers been getting hotter here in Michigan! I’m ready to be finished with the interior so I can start out on the exterior of the house! Hello sitting on rocking chairs sipping on cold drinks in the beautiful summer weather!

We can see the light at end of the tunnel for the upstairs! Only a few more areas to patch up and paint and we are ready for the carpet to be installed! It’s stunning how much a little love can really update a room! We got rid of all the bright colors and stark white walls; and painted a ray of warm nudes and soft grays. We chose these colors specifically so that if we wanted a change in style for a room, we don’t have to repaint it. Also, it brings a fresh clean look to the house.

 

Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE color! And with garage sale season, it’s perfect time to find awesome finds to paint and add a pop of color to a room! I’m collecting all “new” pieces for the house to really make it stand out from before.

 

Stay tuned to see everything that’s happening the next couple of weeks!

1920s Fixer Upper

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I have very exciting news to share with all of you. Over the weekend, I took on the project of restoring a rental home that my significant other and I will be living in. The best part is that we get to (mostly) decide what goes on since we’re doing the work. So far, the wall colors have been decided and we have already started on painting. The catch is that we have 25 days until we have to move out of our old apartment and into our new home! That means most of the interior work has to be completed before the last few days in June so that we can have a few days to move in the majority of our items. Yikes! What a time crunch!

All in all, that’s okay as we decided what absolutely needs to be done before the move.

-10 rooms patched and painted

-flooring for the upstairs

-the kitchen ceiling and floor needs to be done

That doesn’t look too bad on screen. However, the tenant before us did quite the load of damage to the walls where simple spackle cannot patch up. That being said, some major drywall fixes need to happen. We had to push back any exterior work until we’re moved in July as the siding, porch, and landscaping all needs some love. We made some progress this weekend with painting the walls in a few “colorful” rooms. 

All of this is quite exciting and feels like I’m in a HGTV show. I’m in love with this house and all the niches it has! In all due time, I know we can bring out the potential in this beautiful home and give it a whole new life. I’ll give weekly updates before showing off the final project! Stay tuned!

Bath Bombs: 3 Different Ways

Bath bombs have been one of the top trends for quite some time. Out are the times where you had to order them online or go to luxurious shop for them. You can find these fizzing beauties EVERYWHERE! And I mean everywhere! (I found some beautiful ones at Ulta the other week that smelled so wonderfully.Click here to check them out!) Nonetheless, Lush Cosmetics still have the number one bath bombs in my opinion. Not only do they have amazing colors, bubbles, fizzies, and scents but they also are fresh and oragnic. (Click here to check out what Lush has to offer!)

 There are also tons of different recipes on Pinterest claiming to match up to the fantastic bombs at Lush Cosmetics but which ones live up to the company’s reputation? I tried three different recipes to test to see their quality and compare them to the amazing bombs you find at Lush.

All the ingredients can be found at your local supermarket. However the citric acid can be tricky to find at first so try looking in the canning section. The unfortunate part is that you pay a lot for a little bit. I highly recommend ordering a bigger bag through Amazon if you plan on making a large amount for gifts or yourself since you can order in bulk.

Recipe #1:

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup Baking Soda
  • ¼ Cup Corn Starch
  • ¼ Cup Epsom Salt
  • ¼ Cup of Citric Acid
  • 3 Tsp. of Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tsp. of Water
  • 30 drops of Essential Oils
  • Few drops of Food Coloring

Directions:

  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients in one big bowl.
  2. Mix in your food coloring. I found that mixing with my hands are beneficial because you are able to break up the color more. (Although you do get stained for a bit.)
  3. Mix in your essential oils of your choosing.
  4. Mix in your coconut oil.
  5. Place in a container of your choosing and sit for 12-24 hours. I chose muffin tins to be able to make more of them faster. You can use plastic Easter egg containers, plastic openable Christmas ornaments, or silicone molds.

 

Results: After having them sit for about 24 hours, the bombs still heavily crumbled. I had a hard time storing them in anything because they ended up becoming fizzy bath salts rather than the true bombs. However the pros are that they made the skin still very soft and refreshed.

 

Recipe #2:

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup of Corn Starch
  • 1 Cup of Epsom Salt
  • 1 Cup of Citric Acid
  • 1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil
  • 30 Drops of Essential Oils
  • Food Coloring

 

Directions:

Repeat Steps 1-5 in above recipe.

 

Results: These turned out a lot harder and retained their overall shape unlike Recipe #1. However, the cons being that the coloring for the bomb was not as true and was more faded than the other recipes. The pros are that the bath bombs turned out really good for the skin.

 

Recipe #3.

  • 1 Cup of Citric Acid
  • 1 Cup of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 of Corn Starch
  • 1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil
  • 30 Drops of Essential Oils
  • Food Coloring

Directions:

Repeat Steps in 1-5 in Recipe #1.

 

Results: The colors were very bright and they generally retained their shape. The cons being that they didn’t leave as refreshed and soft as the others due to not having the Epsom Salt in them.

 

Each recipes had their own pros and cons. So far, I enjoyed Recipe #2 the best out of the three due to its ability to retain shape for easy storage and being the closest to the Lush bath bombs.  I hope this post helped weed out some of those bath bombs recipes you have been looking to try out! Stay tuned as I will be trying out more of these recipes to find the perfect DIY bath bomb! 

 

 

DIY: Dishwasher cubes

Tired of the price of dishwasher tablets lately? Me too. I decided to try to make my own and it worked really well! Making your own also saves you quite a bit of money. All of the ingredients can be purchased at your local grocery store or Walmart and costs you roughly $10. This recipe roughly makes 18-20 cubes depending on your ice cube tray size and you can easily double it to make more in one sitting.

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What you need:

  • 1 cup of Borax
  • 1 cup of Washing Soda
  • 1 cup of Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of Lemon Juice Concentrate
  • 1 measuring cup or mixing bowl (preferably one with a pour spout)
  • 2 ice cube trays

 

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Directions:

  1. Pour the washing soda and borax into the measuring cup (or whatever you desire to mix the ingredients in). Mix appropriately.

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  1. Stir in the vinegar and lemon juice concentrate slowly. A reaction will occur so wait until the foam dies down before adding more.
  2. Make sure you mix all the ingredients and scrape the bottom of the container in case there was any powders stuck.

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  1. Pour into the ice cube trays. This is where having a container with a pour spout comes in handy.
  2. Wait overnight for the cubes to harden. Pop them out onto some wax paper,
  3. Store in an airtight container and use one per load.

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The results please me because it leaves my dishes nice and clean without any sort of film! It took me roughly 30 minutes to make so it didn’t consume a lot of my time either.

 

Have any DIYs you want me to try or any suggestions? Comment below!

 

DIY: 3 Ingredient Fabric Softener

Tired of buying fabric softeners that are filled with chemicals? Or maybe you’re trying to find a cheaper way to soften your laundry? Well this 3 ingredient softener works wonders and takes 10 minutes to make!

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What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of Epsom Salt
  • ½ cup of Baking Soda
  • 30 drops of the essential oil/blend of your choosing. (I decided to use lavender and lemon together)
  • 1 sealable container

 

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Directions:

1. Place the Epsom salt inside of the container and mix in the oils. The oils and salt should be blended with the salt thoroughly before moving on. You can add more or less depending on how strong you would like the scent to be.

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2. Add the baking soda. Mix appropriately.

3. Use 2-3 tablespoons of the fabric softener in the rinse cycle.

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It should look like this when everything is mixed in. That’s it! Seriously, you’re all done! Super easy and money saving! Each container worth makes about 10-15 loads! You can easily double the recipe if you would like to. In addition, I’ve used this several times with towels, clothing, and bedding and I haven’t seen any sort of problems with it. I don’t like super strong-smelling softeners so I keep my mixture to this minimum.

 

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DIY: Reusable Dryer Sheets

Static has been my enemy this winter season. It’s been so bad that whenever I moved my comforter on my bed, you could hear and see the static. Therefore, I went on a mission to stop the static. In my research, I learned that a majority of the static, especially in the winter, is rooted towards the dry air and the dryer. The dryer can produce a lot of negative energy which results in static. A solution that the dear internet provided me is a really simple and cheap recipe for reusable dryer sheets. You may be thinking how cheap is cheap, Jess? Honestly, everything came from the local Dollar Tree, or from the sink. I ended up spending $5 for something that has lasted several loads now. The static is practically gone and my pups can safely snuggle me in bed without getting shocked.

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What you will need:

  • 1 container at least 2 qts (I used a 3.2 L as it was the only one available at the time)
  • 1-2 cups of liquid laundry softener
  • 4-5 cups of water
  • 6 sponges

 

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Directions:

  1. Pour water and softener into the tub and stir until completely mixed.
  2. Place sponges inside the mixture.
  3. Keep container sealed when not in use.
  4. Use one sponge per load. Make sure you squeeze out any extra liquid before adding with your wet clothes.
  5. After the load is done, place the dried sponge back into the mixture.
  6. Enjoy a static free life.

 

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Simple and cheap DIY to save you some money! I hope you all enjoy this post. If there are any DIYs you would like me to try, comment below!

 

DIY: Bath Jellies

Keep calm, and jiggle.

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What you will need:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 packet of unflavored gelatin
  • ½ cup of body wash
  • Silicone molds. Have fun with them! I did mine with penguins!
  • Soap dye for color (optional)
  • Soap glitter (optional)

 

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Directions:

  1. Boil 1 cup of water on medium heat.
  2. Add the gelatin packet and stir until completely dissolved.
  3. Add the body wash and stir.
  4. Now is the time if you want to add any soap dye or glitter.
  5. Pour your mix into your silicone molds. Make sure you have a plate underneath the molds in case you spill. It helps with the clean up!
  6. Refrigerate uncovered for 2-3 hours, or until they’ve hardened.

 

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Experiment with different colors, molds, and glitter! Store either in a glass jar or keep them right inside of your mold! These are a fun way to get kids excited for bath time or an easy (cheap) gift to make someone for any occasion!

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