5 Things for Summer 2013 – Part One!

 Okay, here is the first project for summer 2013! I started with the plastic bag dispenser DIY.

Here is the original picture and the source. All credit for this idea goes to tatertots & jello.

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This project took me approximately 45 minutes, but I wasn’t rushing. It was a fun and easy DIY (especially when paired with Pandora!).

I started with an old wipe container.

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I ripped of the label and decided to decorate it with washi tape.

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I LOVE my washi tape! It is so easy to use, fun, and versatile! 🙂

Next, I flattened 9 plastic grocery bags and folded them in half. You can do more/less depending on your preference and container size.

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Then I lined them all up with the handles overlapping.

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I folded the top handle up so that it would stick out of the roll and then rolled them up, making sure to roll all the handles in.

Here is the final roll

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And now, my finished product!

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I am very pleased with how it turned out and I know that I will use it! This is a fun project to do in an afternoon.

Have a happy Monday!

Summer Swimwear

Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to get make sure you have the perfect swimsuit (if you don’t already have one)!

Finding a flattering swimsuit has proved to be an extremely time-consuming and stressful task for me. It seems like each suit I try on has something wrong with it. Each and every body comes with its own set of particulars – long torso, short legs, large bust, etc. Although, there are millions of options, it can be nearly impossible to find a suit to meet all your particular needs.

Besides my body shape, I have another particular. I believe in modesty and I want to honor God and others in the way I present my body. That is why I choose a one piece over the ever-popular bikini. I want my suit to cover my chest, include a high back, and have a decently cut bottom. That is a tall order in today’s swimsuit market!

For those of us ladies who are committed to honoring God with our bodies AND finding a cute suit, the options are limited. It can be very discouraging when there seems to be no cute modest suit options. However, it IS possible to find a modest suit that isn’t from the 50s (or maybe it is, but it is adorable :)).

If you want to dress modestly even while at the beach, I applaud you. It can be very difficult to go against society. Please know that you are not alone!

I’m not trying to force anyone to dress modestly or proclaim that anyone who doesn’t is bad. Rather, I am trying to encourage the girls who do and offer up something for others to think about. If you think that dressing modestly is ridiculous and is discriminating against women, please watch the video below. It gives an interesting perspective on swimwear and a new reason why you too, may want to try a one piece this summer.

I stumbled upon this video through social media and it has certainly given me some food for thought! I really appreciate Jessica’s message and what she is trying to do. If you want to check out Jessica’s swimwear line here is the link – reyswimwear

Now, for a little fun! If you are in the market for a cute and modest swimsuit here a just a few I found this year!

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Source: Rey Swimwear

I love this suit! It is so adorable and classy!

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Source: Land’s End

This tankini is very similar to one that my cousin has and loves

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Source: Lime Ricki

I love the polka dots on this suit! It’s also very fashionable with the trendy coral color!

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Source: Lime Ricki

I love the green color and the ripples at the neck line

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Source: Shabby Apple

This suit has some classy vintage flare!

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Source: Shabby Apple

This is my pick! I love the blue and the extra length from the skirt!

Happy Swimming!! 🙂

* The above swimsuits are only suggestions. You will have to decide if they fit your body and its particulars modestly.

** I realize that this topic is one of controversy, but I welcome and appreciate all comments. However, please keep your comments polite and respectful. I think that one may disagree or give criticism without being nasty or rude. Thank you!

Picture Vacation

I love taking vacations. Getting away from the stress and business of life is a real treat. I think about going away more in the summer. I think it’s because the weather is nice and the beach sounds extremely appealing when the weather is hot and steamy. I can’t afford to go to exotic and expensive places, but I do enjoy looking at them on Pinterest. I go to Pinterest when I want to go on a “picture” vacation.  I thought that I would share some of my top choices for summer escapes with you!

1. I looovvee the color of the water!

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2. This so looks so peaceful and serene.

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 3. Beautiful.

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4. A great place to lounge and read a book!

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5. Island.

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6. A gourmet dinner, good company, beach, and ocean breeze. A winning combination.

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7. Secluded. Private. Yes!

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I hope that you enjoyed a little mental mini vacation! Happy Friday!!

5 Things Summer 2013

To help keep this summer fresh and fun, I came up with 5 things from Pinterest that I want to try. My goal is to complete this list by the end of August. It probably won’t take that long, but I wanted to give myself plenty of time to complete it. After I try/do each thing, I’ll post pictures and commentary on the finished product. So, without further ado, here are my 5 Things to Try in Summer 2013.

1. Make and try a “Frosty” Protein Drink.

This one should be pretty fun and tasty. This drink is supposed to taste just like a Wendy’s Frosty. I’ve never had a Frosty, so I’ll just have to let you know if it tastes good or not.

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2. Chalk a quote on my chalkboard with really cool lettering from this tutorial.

 I love my chalkboard and I also love typographyand fancy lettering. I am excited to learn how to do some cool new letters!

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3. Crochet a cute bow.

I enjoy crocheting. I’m not an expert, but I’m fairly confident that I can pull off this bow.

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4. Make a plastic bag dispenser from and old wipes can.

This tutorial looks super fun and useful!

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5. Try the smokey eye look.

It might seem crazy, but I like to play around with eye make up and I’ve never worn this look before.

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If you are interested in learning more about a project, the link is located below the photo.

I can’t wait to get started with my summer projects! What are you doing this summer?