Friday, May 10, 2013

DIY Birthday Week 2!

We're about 6 weeks away!

As promised I will show you one of the projects we have started/finished.

I'm not really sure what to call it BUT it's like a flower pot of candy?! lol here's one of the pics I took of her to use around her birthday....let's get to it!

What You Need:

-Flower Pot
-Acrylic Paint
-Foam Brushes
-Foam Sphere or Half Sphere
-Bag of Dum Dum lollipops
-Hot Glue Gun/or some kind of glue
*cat is optional lol*

Step 1:
Paint the flower pot. My flower pot is like metal(ish) so when I painted it, It gave it a rustic look (:

Step 2:
Glue the foam onto/into the flower pot. 
*Be advised,The hot glue WILL melt the foam lol but if you let it cool a few seconds before you stick it down it will hold*

Step 3:
Stick the lollipops into the foam (: I found it around the top part the sticks were hitting each other inside the foam and they wouldn't go all the way in....I broke the sticks off halfway and they fit in perfectly!

Keep Going.........


Ta-Dah!!! You have a beautiful lollipop flower pot thing!
These will be used as center pieces on the table.

-xoxox brandi-

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Easy & Effective Detox Bath!

As most of you know your body carries toxins, heavy metals, chemicals, & radiation. Detox Baths help naturally remove them.

I also felt the "disgusting toxins" being released through my feet/legs. It was strange yet cool. lol

*Your bathtub should be clean.
**It should be filled with unchloronated filtered water as hot as you can stand it comfortably.
(if you don't have access to filtered water add 2 tablespoons of Hydrogen Peroxide)

1.) Fill your tub with hot unchloronated water.
2.) Add 2 cups of baking soda to neutralize acids of the toxins. 
3.) Add 2 cups of Epsom Salts to water. It will help draw toxins out of the body. 
(If you have a rash or open cut, the salt will sting)
4.) Add 1 cup apple cider vinegar to bath 
(OPTIONAL!!! This will help cut bacterial, bladder or vaginal infections. It will also soften skin)

Soak in the water for about 30 mins.

*****Rinse off with water only as you do not want to put chemicals from soaps into your open pores/detoxed skin.*****

Here's my picture:
Top Left: Before      Top Right: After      Bottom: During!
It is also very important that you drink lots of water when you do this to stay hydrated. I got a slight headache after for about 10 mins because I didn't drink water like I should have. :/

-Happy Detoxing-

Thursday, May 2, 2013

DIY Birthday: Week 1

Our oldest Baby Girl is turning 5 & we're having her Birthday in approximately 7 weeks! 

Since we have 3 kids, Cat, Bills, etc. We decided it'd be best to do a little here and there so in 7 weeks she'll have one of the best parties ever! 

Since I already update on my weight loss journey every Wednesday, I'll update on the "party progress" every Thursday. (:

Step 1: Create your budget. (ours was $80 for decorations)
Step 2: Choose your Location. (our backyard)
Step 3: Choose your theme. (Hello Kitty/Candy Land)
Step 4: Design your Party.
Step 5: Make a list.
Step 6: Shop Around multiple stores.

Ok So as stated above, our decorations budget was $80. I got away with so much since we don't have to rent out a location. She called her Birthday theme last September so that was the easiest part. That is, until she decided she needed to throw in Candy-Land. Whatever.

I got to looking around Pinterest & Google to get some good ideas of how to mesh these two together. I then sat down & drew up what I wanted her "main table" to look like. (I would upload it but #1 my drawing sucks & #2 It would take away the surprise for those attending that also read this blog)

Anywho, Once I drew it up, I sat down and made a list of EVERYTHING we needed from start to finish. I then categorized the list into "what we already had", "what we needed to buy", "what was needed for each individual project".

I then shopped around at Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Wal-Mart, Publix, & Winn-Dixie.
I took my list of everything we needed and as I was shopping wrote down the price per item, or marked it off my list if I bought it. [This comes in handy because while doing regular shopping trips I got the information needed. When it gets close enough to buy the food part, I already know what store has it the cheapest and can get it on those trips. I won't waste gas this way]

*Sorry this has turned into a novel, Congratulations & Thank You if your still reading this far into it.*

Here's Everything I purchased so far from Dollar Tree:
[of course everything cost $1]
- 4 glass jars
-3 flower food trays
-2 picture frames
-construction paper
-glue sticks
-2 bags of gumballs
-bag of multicolored hard candy
-2 spools of ribbon
-pack of plastic silverware
-pink bin to hold silverware

Here's the List & Prices from Wal-Mart Trip #1:
-pack of large plates $.97
-pack of small plates $.97
-glitter ribbon $.97
-bag of dum dum lollipops $2.50
-pack of jelly beans $.97
-foam paint brush $.97
-tablecloth $.97
-napkins $.97
-flower pot $2.47
-foam ball $1.97
-acrylic paint $.57
-pink streamer $.97
-white streamer $.97

DT total : $17.12
WM total : $17.37
Total For Decorations : $34.49

This means I have $45.51 left to spend on food, presents, whatever extra pretty much!

Next Thursday I will be posting some of the decorations I've been working on. 
You'll basically watch the party transform from a bunch of bags to one of the prettiest parties on the planet (: Of course we'll filming it as we go. 

Give me Feedback or Questions below!

-xoxox brandi-