DIY: Twisted headband

Remember when I made this Anthropologie fancified boatneck DIY where I cut a good 6" off the bottom of the tunic?  I recently found that extra fabric and wanted to make something with it.  I didn't know what, but as I kept looking at it, I thought it'd be perfect to make it into a twisted headband that I've seen around on Etsy.  They sell it anywhere from $10- $38, but it's so easy and simple to make and if you use an old t-shirt you have, it'll cost you $0!

This piece is only 16" lengthwise which was too short to make for me, my head circumference being 20".  16" is perfect for a baby headband(it was very tight on my 5 year old but I didn't want to have my 13 month old son model it for me. :), but for adults it'll be about 20"+ length and 5" width.  Make sure to measure your head circumference.

I cut it to separate the front and back part.

cut the bottom hem off on both pieces.

Fold the rectangle fabric in half, hot dog style and zigzag stitch the length.

the zigzag stitch helps the fabric to stretch more than if it was a straight stitch.

flip it inside out

lay the strips in a cross style

 fold over one strip over the other strip.

fold over the other strip

pull the strips on both sides

gather all 4 edges together

and sew it closed, straight stitch.

That's it!  So simple right?  I know you can do it!

My little Kindergartner all ready for school!

Outfit detail:
twisted headband: DIY
chambray top: H&M
tights: GAP
gold sandals: GAP
plaid backpack: OASAP c/o

What you'll need:
-2 pieces of knit jersey fabric(21" x 5")
-matching thread
-needle or sewing machine

1. Measure your head circumference.  If your head is 21", then cut two pieces of 21" X 5" fabric.
2. Fold the rectangle fabric in half, hot dog style and zigzag stitch the length(the zigzag stitch helps the fabric to stretch more than if it was a straight stitch).
3. Flip it inside out.
4. Lay the strips in a cross style.
5. Fold over one strip over the other strip.  Repeat with the other strip.
6. Pull the strips on both sides
7. Gather all 4 edges together, and sew it all together, straight stitch.

Estimated time: 1st time: 30 mins. after that, as little as 10 mins.
Budget: very low to almost nothing(mine was $0).
Skill level: a very beginner.


Taking care of my skin + skin tips

I am getting plastic surgery!  Haha, just kidding!  I went to Light Touch to get some facial treatments done.  I got the dermaplane where a sterile blade was used to scrape off a layer of my skin to gently exfoliate.  I laughed when I was told "It's a gentle procedure where we use a knife to scrape off a layer of my skin."  It sounds nothing but gentle, it sounds scary!  A knife, scraping off my skin, yikes.  But it ended up being really nice and not scary at all.  Several months ago I started using jojoba oil and coconut oil on my face but I guess I put too much because I started getting bad bumps on my cheeks that still lingered even after I stopped using the oils.  I was told my pores were clogged up because of too much oil and no exfoliating.  Well, after one dermaplane treament, all my bumps went away!  I couldn't stop touching my face because it was so smooth.  A week later, the bumps are still gone!  

the scene where they scraped off my skin with a knife.

Outfit detail: 
black shirt: old 
two-tone sandals: Target

Some things I learned about skin care from the visit:
  • The best thing I can do for my skin is to use a Clarisonic with an exfoliator. She used the Clarisonic to clean my face and I loved it!  
  • Did you know that you need to put on sunblock every 2 hours?  Two hours, that's ridiculous!  I mean who really does that?  Well, the aesthetician who did my treatment does.  I guess sunblock wears off after 2 hours.  I asked her how she could wash her face, put sunblock on and reapply her makeup every 2 hours and she said she uses this sunscreen powder stick.  There is no way I would spend that much on a sunscreen, I found this one for much cheaper.  That one I could do.
  • If I want to use oil on my face, only put about two drops and mix it with a lotion.  And make sure to use an exfoliator to get excess oil out to prevent the bumps from appearing.
Are there some skin tips/regimen that you know of?  Please share!

After a consultation and expressing how I would like to have more clear, radiant skin and how the intense sun tanning I've done when I was a teenager is starting to show on my face, I was recommended several treatments of dermaplane and 6 treatments of the medlight.  I've never gotten anything done to my face except one facial massage right before my wedding, and had no idea what any of these treatments were.  They were very patient and good at explaining things to me and for the next month, I am to use these two prescription creams on my face to get my face ready for the medlight treatments.  It's suppose to help with my sun spots and dark spots, I am so excited!  I will be sure to post before and after pictures after I complete all the treatments!  

Giveaway with FP, My Stitching corner, Sweet Juicy April, & The Wooden Mouse

This might be one of my favorite giveaways I've hosted, you're going to love all these stores like I do! One lucky winner will win a $50 gift card to Sweet Juicy April, a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins, a doll of your choice from The Wooden Mouse, and a $50 gift card to My Stitching Corner.

Let's take a look at each of these adorable shops.

I will be featuring two quiet book shops and they're two of the best-made quiet books I've come across.  I contacted all these shops personally because I just fell in love with each one of them!  Check out this 8-pg. customized quiet book for my son Aiden and you'll know what I'm talking about!

The dress up doll.  the clothes can be tucked in the pocket for easy storage.
finger puppet & shoe tying.  you can choose your own animals for the finger puppet.
car and neighborhood.  there's a little pocket with a button closure to put your own car in.
mailbox and I spy.  it comes with little papers inside the felt envelope so you can write your own letters!
bead counting.  You can customize the colors of all the pages as well, how neat is that!

Isn't it so adorable?  I got this book for Aiden but the girls couldn't stop playing with it.  We just taught our daughter how to tie shoelaces so she loved practicing on it, it's much easier to do so than on a real shoe!  There's many other pages offered that we didn't choose, but my other favorites are the flower button, monster zipper mouth, and the gumball machine.

Freshly Picked

My son just started taking his first steps within the last few days and it's been so exciting yet so heart breaking that he's growing up so fast.  These shoes are perfect for beginner walkers because of the flexible soles, it helps with balance and doesn't restrain his feet's movement.  A lucky winner will win a pair of his/her choice of color and size!

The Wooden Mouse

A winner chooses any of these dolls.

I fell in love with these Lulu Knit Dolls the moment I saw them.  I wanted a doll that was machine washable and didn't have any items attached that could be a choke hazard.  I also wanted one that was a little vintage feel to it and soft to the touch.  This doll is even more impressive in person and very well made and very soft.  I don't know how to crochet so this looks so intricate to me but I do know it requires some talent to make something so cute like this!

I think I was more excited to receive this camping quiet book more than my girls.  I only let them play with the quiet books when we are at church and they're required to sit quietly for 1 hour and 15 mins. which isn't the easiest thing to do when you're 6 and under.  This book has been a lifesaver because the girls can play with it the whole time!  I try to side-bust and play with them(I'm always the bear since the girls call dibs on the people :(, but they don't even let me!  But that doesn't stop me from playing with it, my favorite is poking the marshmallow on a stick and roasting it in the fireplace and making smores.  On my wishlist from My Stitching Corner is the Farmers market quiet book, it is one of the cutest things I've ever seen.

To enter the giveaway, fill out the rafflecopter below.  Best luck everyone!

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  On an unrelated note, we are planning on renovating our house
 in a few weeks but I'm stressing out about how expensive it is!
    So I'm entering this awesome giveaway and thought I'd share.
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