Who Else Wants a Personal Shopper?

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After hearing about Stitch Fix from a friend, I finally decided to give it a go. I’m not sure what took me so long. I mean, who doesn’t want a personal shopper?

In case you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix, it is an online personal shopping service. You fill out a style profile, give them your sizes, and select the budget range for your clothing items. You can even provide them with a link to a Pinterest board! (Here’s Mine)

Stitches can come as often as you like. I only get a box quarterly – when the seasons change.

Of course, I had some very particular requirements for my boxes. I wanted clothing in eco-friendly materials, and I didn’t want to have to search through a whole store to find them. I was able to specify the fabrics I like to wear on my Stitch Profile.  You can see my first stitch here.

I am not known for being stylish. Far from it. Which is why Stitch Fix has become such a great service for me.

Not only does my stylist find pieces in the eco friendly materials I request, I get style cards with each piece that tells me how to wear them. Winning!

Stitch Fix Cards

Believe it or not, Stitch Fix has saved me money. I don’t spend time in the mall or at the stores where I’m tempted to purchase more than my budget.

Plus, I’ve set my stitches to quarterly, so I’m only getting a few fresh pieces to update my wardrobe seasonally.

Since I’ve been receiving my stitches, I’ve become more stylish. I actually tape my stitch fashion cards up in my closet. I refer to them whenever I’m at a loss for “What to Wear???”

Finally, I love it because it is sooooo unbelievably convenient. I get the box at home where I can try on the clothes in the privacy of my bedroom. I can also see if the piece will mix and match with the clothing I already have in my wardrobe.

My stitches just keep getting better over time. I’ve found my stylist has really listened to the feedback I’ve provided and it has helped me update my wardrobe with pieces I will actually wear.

If you are interested in trying Stitch Fix for yourself, you can sign up for your personal stylist here.

Stitch Fix Box

I’d love to hear how this service works for you – and maybe even see a picture or two!

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20 Fun Projects to Upcycle Medicine Bottles

20 Fun Projects to Upcycle Medicine Bottles

Do you already upcycle medicine bottles? They make fantastic storage containers for household items. Not to mention they are a great way to store things small things like stamps, coins and vitamins in your purse.

The childproof caps mean you can store little things that could pose a choking hazard in a safe manner.

Really, the upcycling possibilities are endless. I’ve rounded up some of the best suggestions for you!

Upcycle Medicine Bottles Projects

Bamboo Vase from Mich in L.A.
Bobby Pin Storage Case from I Heart Organizing
Coin Holder from WDW Prep School
Craft Storage from DIY Inspired
Fire Starters from Mom with a Prep
Jewelry from Lilac POP
Lamp from Instructables
Makeup Holders from Laura Thoughts
Survival Kit from Survival at Home
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Nail Polish Removal Trick from Who Knew? Tips
Piping Tip Storage Container from The Bear Foot Baker
Prescription for Love from Cook, Bake, and Decorate
Rainbow Crayons from Momtastic
Seed Storage from Slightly Steady
Sewing Kit from Clip with Purpose
Shampoo Travel Container from The Beauty Blog
Snowman from Crafting a Green World
Storing Rings from DIY Inspired
Tooth Holder from About Home
Treasure Box from In My Own Style
Mini Survival Kit from One Good Thing by Jillee

What are your suggestions to upcycle medicine bottles?

Do you enjoy upcycling? My favorite upcycle has been to upcycle glass bottles into a garden border.

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20 Fun Ways to Upcycle Honey Bottles

20 Fun Projects to Upcycle Honey Bottles. Those cute bears make for darling projects!
20 Fun Ways to Upcycle Honey Bottles

I love to buy my honey in the cute little bear shaped bottles.

But, with as much honey as we use (love it in hot tea!), it makes sense to buy a bigger bottle. So I’ve actually taken to buying a jug of honey and using it to refill the same bear. And yes, that is a sticky project!

However, once I started seeing all the cute honey bottle upcycle ideas on Pinterest, I decided I need to buy more honey bears!

If you also enjoy the cute little bear honey bottles, you must check out these 20 fun ways to upcycle them!

Baby Shower Invites from From Glitter to Gumdrops
Beararium from Rancho Cocoa
Button Container from Capture the Details
Honey Bear Bubble Favors from Katarina’s Paperie
Honey Bear Book Ends from Pretty Providence
Honey Bear Bottle Lamp  from The Pink Doormat
Honey Bear Candy Favors from Sweet Eye Candy Creations
Honey Bear Center Piece from Ruffled Blog

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Beary Sweet Valentine from Lolly Jane
Honey Bear Concrete Vase from Shelterness
Honey Bear Frosting Dispenser from Blah to Tada
Honey Bear Makeup Container from Woods of Bell Trees
Honey Bear Sensory Bottle from The Pleasantest Thing
Honey Bear Soap Dispenser from Ginger Snaps
Honey Bear Summer Sipper from Urban Flowerpot

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Honey Bear Chalk Paint from Smart School House
Honey Bear Vase from Michaels
Gummy Bear Favors from Bliss Bloom Blog
Gummy Bear Juice from Make Bake Celebrate
Snow Cone Syrup Holders from Blah to Tada

If you are into upcycle projects, I love this project to Upcycle Glass Bottles

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20 Awesome Projects to Upcycle Wine Bottles

20 Awesome Projects to Upcycle Wine Bottles

The next time you empty a wine bottle, save it! There are so many awesome projects to upcycle wine bottles!

Really, there is no need to empty the wine bottle yourself. If you aren’t a drinker, you can ask at any restaurant if they would be willing to let you take some empty wine bottles home.

I’ve gotten to the point where I will actually buy wine based on the color of the bottle! Sometimes I want a green tinged bottle, sometimes clear glass works best for the projects I have in mind.

Check out all the awesome ways you can upcycle wine bottles:

Beach Bottles from Carolyn’s Homework
Bees Wax Candles from Happy Hour Projects
Book Page Bottles from The Wicker House
Dish Soap Dispenser from Living Well Spending Less
Gilded Bottles from a A Subtle Revelry
Holiday Centerpiece from The Preppy Planner
Hummingbird Feeder from The Chilly Dog
Lamp from Turning the Clock Back
Ribbon Wine Bottles from The Real Thing with the Coake family
Wine Bottles Upcycled into Tiki Torches
Tiki Torches from The Arm Chair Sommelier
Self Watering Planter from Cheap Crafts
Silver Vase from Style Sidebar
Sun Catchers from Condo Blues
Terrariums from Saved By Love Creations
Twine Wrapped Vases from View from the Fridge
Wedding Table Numbers from Sew Much Sunshine
Wind Chime from RecyclArt
Wine Bottle Bird Feeder from Down Home Inspiration
Wine Bottle Jewelry Display from Protea Wines
Wine Bottle Trays from Home Talk

My favorite project is to Upcycle Glass Bottles into a Garden Border. I always get lots of comments on this border. So pretty. So simple. So unique!

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The Best DIY All Natural Dog Shampoo Recipe for Your Dog

DIY All Natural Dog Shampoo Recipe

My dogs are like my children. So when they need bathing, I go for all natural, non-toxic ingredients, like you’ll find in this DIY All Natural Dog Shampoo Recipe.

If you are a dog owner, then you know every dog needs to be bathed at times. Even dogs that don’t shed.

Oddly enough, my dogs tend to need bathing in the winter more than they do the summer. The snow leaves my backyard, the streets, and our hiking trails muddy.

I swear my dogs are just like toddlers – completely attracted to the mud!

When making a DIY All Natural Dog Shampoo, you want to pay attention to your dog’s skin’s pH balance.

The main ingredient in this shampoo is Castile soap (This is the unscented Castile soap I use.) Castile soap has a high pH balance of around an 8. Since most dogs have a skin pH balance of between 6 and 8.5, the high pH balance is suited for their skin.

The Castile soap is then combined with a few drops of dog safe essential oils. Please make sure you only use the specified amount of drops keeping in mind a dog’s sense of smell is 40 times more powerful than a humans.

You will need following essential oils:

Lavender essential oil – soothing to your dogs nervous system.

Peppermint essential oil – both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.

Eucalyptus essential oil – this ingredient is good as a flea repellant.

Rosemary essential oil – this ingredient is also a good flea repellant and it gives your dog’s coat a healthy shine.

If you haven’t already, you may want to check out how I get my essential oils for a discount online.

DIY ALL NATURAL DOG SHAMPOO RECIPE

Natural Dog Shampoo Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups purified water
  • 1 tablespoon Castile soap
  • 2 drops lavender oil
  • 2 drops peppermint oil
  • 2 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 2 drops rosemary oil

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bottle.
  2. Shake bottle vigorously before using.
  3. Use enough shampoo to lather your dog well.
  4. Rinse thoroughly.
http://thegreenbacksgal.com/best-diy-natural-dog-shampoo-recipe-dog/

How to Bathe Your Dog at Home

To Bathe Your Dog At Home:

Make sure you wash them in a warm room.

Give them a good wet down using body temperature water.

Lather only once and avoid the face and ears.

Blow dryers can dry out your dog’s skin. Have several large towels ready and towel your dog dry as much as they will let you.

Do you tackle bathing your dog at home?

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Homemade Dog Pill Pockets

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets made with just 5 ingredients. No baking required.

Copper is our 12 year old Vizsla, and he is our true fur baby. We adopted him from a rescue organization when he was 2 and to be perfectly honest, he’s run our household ever since. (Can you say spoiled????)

About 6 months ago he went to get up out of his dog bed and couldn’t. It was like his entire rear end wouldn’t work. My heart broke into pieces.

At the vet’s office they did x-rays that revealed painful inflammation from arthritis. They prescribed a capsule pill twice a day.

Copper HATES these pills.

This is quite unusual because Copper eats everything.

The only way we could get him to take the pill was to purchase pill pockets and tuck his pills into them.

Then he learned to eat the pill pockets and spit out the pill.

Grrrrrrrrr.

So I took to the Internet and did some research on homemade dog treats. Most treats I found were baked and hard and would not work to tuck a treat into.

I needed to find a soft treat but I also wanted to integrate some ingredients I knew would benefit his joints and his dandruffy butt.

Homemade dog pill pockets made with coconut oil
Be prepared to have an audience while you make these homemade dog pill pockets.

This recipe has vet approved ingredients including beef gelatin for his joints (This is the beef gelatin I order) and coconut oil for his coat. (This is the coconut oil I order).  If you have a natural grocery store nearby, you should be able to pick up these ingredients there.

To make oat flour, simply grind oatmeal in your blender.  It’s that easy.

To make sure these aren’t full of sodium, try making your own organic chicken stock.

These homemade pill pockets don’t require any baking, so I can easily whip up a batch in minutes.

Since they are perishable, I put a week’s worth into the refrigerator and freeze the rest. Line your pill pockets on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Freeze them for about an hour before transferring them to a freezer safe container.

Be sure to label your pill pockets before putting them in the fridge so no one mistakes them for energy balls.

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets with Coconut Oil

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets with Coconut Oil

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup gelatin powder
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients until well blended.
  2. With wet hands, roll dough into small balls. Line up on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Use a chopstick to poke a hole into the center of each ball big enough to hold a pill.
  3. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Balls can also be frozen.
http://thegreenbacksgal.com/homemade-dog-pill-pockets/

Copper loves these homemade dog pill pockets. I can make them large enough to completely tuck a treat into, which keeps him from spitting them out. Every batch I also make just a few small balls to give to our other dog, Nina. No one likes getting left out when it comes to treats.

homemade dog pill pockets

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Stitch Fix Review: Can Stitch Fix Be Eco Friendly?

Stitch Fix Review

Have you heard of the service Stitch Fix?

It’s a personal shopping site.

You fill out a style profile, provide them with your sizes, and if you have one, a link to your Pinterest Style board. (Here’s my Pinterest Style Board if you care to look).

Once you’ve completed that information, Stitch Fix “will handpick a selection of five clothing items and accessories unique to your taste, budget and lifestyle. You can buy what you like and return the rest!”

So fun, right????

I’ve always wanted a personal stylist!

But I had a special request. What I wanted to know is: Could Stitch Fix be a source of eco friendly clothing?

Here’s what I wrote in my style profile:

“I look for eco friendly, sustainable and organic clothing. Your company indicated I could get clothing that is made from any of the following: organic cotton, silk, cashmere, linen, wool, or rayon. Please make sure my box has these elements!”

Here’s a video of what they sent me:

As you saw, they sort of sent me clothing that fit my eco friendly requests.

So how did I like what I received?

Skye Dreamcatcher Pendant Necklace $28.00 Thoughts: Nope. Not me.

Sada Eyelet Detail Knit Top $54.00

Stitch Fix Review

Thoughts: Not awful. Not what I expected. Said Bohemian to me. I really like classic. Cotton but not organic cotton, so not eco friendly. Gonna send it back.

Peidmont Embroidery Top $54.00

Piedmont Embroidery Top

Thoughts: I was so excited to try this one on! I took a close up of the detail. It really is a striking top. However, I wanted it to be a bit longer. I’m 5’9″ so I am on the tall end for some manufacturers. I felt this to be true here.

My girls really want me to keep this top. What do you think?

Ava Floral Print Silk Blouse $88.00

Ava Silk Blouse

Thoughts: I would have walked by this shirt in the store. But I loved it. It fits awesome. I love how long the back is. Silk is so lightweight. I’m not against wearing it several times in between dry cleaning.

Ruxi Distressed Boyfriend Jeans $98.00

Ruxin Jeans Back

What? Are you telling me you don’t look at your jeans from the back???

Thoughts: The denim is like butter. Soooo soft! But the rise is pretty darn low. If I have pants that are too low, I feel like the men you see with the big beer belly where you wonder “How do their pants stay on?” Here’s a helpful hint: they don’t. You have to keep hiking them up. These were hikers. Bummer because they were really comfy.

Although I feel like most of the items in this box were a total miss (too bohemian, not enough classic basics), I’m requesting another box!

This box was like a first date. I’m intrigued enough to go on a second one.

Want to take your own first date? Head over to Stitch Fix and set up your style profile!

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