How To: Clean Your Wedding Ring!

Hi ladies! It’s been awhile. I was not feeling good for a solid two weeks.. I had strep throat that turned into pneumonia, but I’m slowly feeling back to my normal self.

Today I wanted to share how I clean my wedding ring at home. It’s a lot cheaper than taking it to a jewelry store, and works just as good in my opinion! Also; good news is you probably have all this around your house already! Easy peasy. You can do this for any type of ring, it’s gentle enough for any metals! 🙂

  1. Soak ring(s) in warm/hot water for a few minutesimg_6236
  2. In a second small dish, mix hot water with a few drops of plain dawn dish-soap; make sure it’s original scent or unscentedimg_6232img_6235img_6237
  3. Move the rings to the soapy dish and let them soak in there for another minute or two. Next, take a baby toothbrush (extra soft and small bristles) and gently scrub around the ring. Make sure to get under the gemstone, and the band!
  4. Return the rings to the plain warm water for a rinse.
  5. This part is important!! Blow-dry the ring on a warm setting to get off all that excess water. If you just let it air dry there will be water spots. Blow-drying it really makes it sparkle!
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So there you have it! Easy, and much less expensive than taking it to a jeweler. I clean my rings this way about every two weeks to keep it nice and shiny 🙂

Happy Thursday! One day left, you got this!

xo

 

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Easy & Affordable DIY Fall Wreath!

Fall is happening any day ya’ll! I’m probably more excited for fall this year then I’ve ever been because I can DECORATE my own space this year ❤

My sister and I were looking for fall decor and saw these adorable fall wreaths everywhere. I thought they would be so adorable on my front door but they averaged $40-$50 a piece, which is outrageous. So we were looking around more and I thought “It would be so easy to make this ourselves..” 

So here we have a super adorable DIY Fall Wreath for about $15.00! Score!

Here is what you will need: Everything bought at Michaels Craft Store, but any craft store should have similar stuff.

  • Grapevine Wreath $4.99
  • Any flowers you like- make sure you look for coupons, there is ALWAYS 40% off coupons for Michaels on the Coupon Sherpa app!
  • Hot Glue Gun- Optional- we ended up just weaving the stems into the wreath but if you want extra security you could glue some of them in. 
  • Wire cutter

Simply arrange the flowers how you like and there you have it! We decided to do only about 3/4 of the wreath in flowers because I liked the look of the sticks, but you can totally cover the whole thing in flowers for a more dramatic look.

I love how they turned out and we are definitely going to make one for Christmas too.

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Detox Water: Grapefruit +Strawberry + Lemon

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I’m super excited to share this delicious detox water recipe with you! Lately I’ve been on a water binge. Sounds silly, but I’ve been trying to consume 80-100 oz. of water per day. That means getting very creative with flavoring my water, and many many trips to the bathroom (I pee every 15 min.. not joking) Lets start with some background.. the words “Detox” and “Toxins” had little meaning to me a few weeks ago. After doing some research about the benefits of Detox Water, and just water in general.. they now have a new meaning!

Your body is actually pretty good at detoxifying without the help of any expensive supplements.. all you need is water and fruit! Also, one of the great things about these detox water recipes is that they sweeten up your water and also help you increase your daily intake of water, thus satisfying your sugar cravings and keeping you from running to the cookie jar instead. Try to be strict about your drinking,  & the extra hydration that detox water provides will make you feel full longer, which in turn helps you to lose weight. And lastly, many of the ingredients in detox water recipes are meant to give you an extra dose of vitamins and a nice boost to your metabolism.

So what are you actually “detoxing” and what are these “toxins” in your body? This is something I didn’t really understand at first until I did some research.

When you hear the word “toxins,” it’s referring to two different forms of harmful substances in your body.  Environmental toxins & Metabolic toxins. Environmental toxins come from elements like pollution. Chemical pesticides used on the apple you ate are an example of an environmental toxin. Metabolic toxins are made inside your body. These toxins include illnesses, like a virus or a bacterial infection. So fruit infused water essentially helps flush your system of this crud!

I can 100% say I have seen a difference in my body. And it’s only been two weeks since I’ve started really focusing on my water intake. I’ve noticed I’ve had more energy, my joints feel less stiff, my skin seems to recover from a blemish faster.. and it helps me feel full longer!

 

For this detox water I used:

1 full grapefruit, sliced

1 large lemon, sliced

½ cup of strawberries, sliced

Full pitcher of water

Stir, and let it sit for 24 hours

Enjoy!

Porcelain Pitcher  I use: (LOVE this pitcher. So heavy duty and very affordable!)

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DIY: Chalkboard Signs; Floral + Rustic

I wanted to share one of my new obsessions. Chalkboard signs! During wedding planning over the last 6 months I’ve grown to LOVE chalkboard DIY’s. It started with my vision for my wedding. The theme is rustic but classy, outdoorsy and whimsicle. I made my first sign (the wood slab “bar” one) and it took me forever! I was so focused on making my handwriting perfect and I redid it a thousand times! Now I just free-hand it and go with the flow and I find they turn out better! After I finished the writing on the bar sign, I loved it.. but I felt like it needed just a little something more. I had these faux flowers laying around from another DIY and decided to hot glue them on. I LOVE how it turned out & it fits the theme of my wedding so well 🙂 So then it kind of snowballed from there and now I’m obsessed with making these cute signs. Which one is your favorite? Mine is the gold framed Welcome sign. ❤ Hope you enjoy! I linked some of the chalkboards and supplies I’ve used if you want to do it yourself.

image5image1drinkinstaSupplies I’ve Used

Gold Framed Chalkboard

White Wash Wood Chalkboard

Wood Slab Chalkboard (LOVE these)

Metal Easel

Black Twisted Metal Easel

Chalk Pens 

Faux Flowers  (I usually go to JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels, or Walmart)

Hot Glue Gun (newly obsessed with hot glue guns.. so cheap & so much you can do with one!)