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Sometimes, I just need to create. I needed some hanging plants in my apartment and I spotted this kit from Brit + Co at Target. Perfect time to create some hanging planters!

Just one problem: I have never made [or even tried to make] any kind of hanging planter.

No worries, though! I knew I could learn how to create them and I also already had a great planter I wanted to use. I found the perfect macramé tutorial on Brit + Co's Blog! They used jersey cotton, but I had a few t-shirts that were going to be used as rags and used those instead of the jersey.

T-Shirt that will soon be cotton strings

Cutting the t-shirt into strips [and stretching out the first few strips into strings]

Using the Rotary Cutter made it so easy!

Pulling the rest of the strips 

The hanging planter I picked up from Target's dollar section

My first macrame attempt!

Before: a t-shirt
After: a hanging planter!

I also made one from a blue t-shirt 

I used a large orchid vase to create a hanging fruit bowl 

I love the second one! My work gets flowers delivered every week and I thought this vase would make a great hanging fruit basket. I think it looks chic and I can't believe I made it! 

I used cleaned out Bath and Body Works candle holders to hold my plants. All I had to do was drill a hole in the bottom of the candle holder. They are so versatile!

Bath and Body Works candle holder 

Bath and Body Works empty & clean candle holder 
Hole drilled so the plant can drain

I put the plant in this grey ceramic holder so the water doesn't get onto the floor

The candle holder is clear and you can barely see it! It fits perfectly!!

The Finished Product! *Beams with pride*

I am so proud of myself. I not only learned how to Macrame, but I created many hanging planters out of items that were going to be thrown out or eventually end up in a landfill
[except for the grey target planter]. 

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Today's Tested Recipe: Oven Dried Strawberries

When I spotted this post on Facebook from, I had to try it!

Recipe Review:

I would highly recommend to cut the strawberries into small pieces. In the recipe photo, they are whole, but I wanted to test the recipe and have strawberries of all different sizes. I ended up baking them for an extra hour and they came out great:

Have you tried to make Oven Dried Strawberries? How did it go? What recipe did you use?

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The 2016 TOMS Warehouse Sale | Pomona, CA


Thursday, October 13th | 10am – 8pm
Friday, October 14th | 10am – 8pm
Saturday, October 15th | 9am – 7pm
Sunday, October 16th | 9am – 7pm


Fairplex in Pomona
Expo 4 | Enter at Gate 17
1101 W McKinley Ave
Pomona, CA 91768

Check out more details HERE

Below is a screenshot of their website. Let's make this the best year ever for TOMS! Come on down to the Warehouse Sale

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I love a fresh dessert. Strawberry shortcake is light and sweet - perfect for a summer picnic or bbq. 
Strawberry shortcake needs time for the sugar to become syrup. See below for the recipe. 
I added sugar to the fruit and this is what it looked like after just one hour in the fridge:

Simply slice the strawberries and other berries and add white sugar to the fruit. Do not add water. 
The more sugar you add, the more berry syrup you will have. 
I like to add about 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups of sugar to one basket of strawberries and then add more sugar later.

I also like to add more sugar after about an hour in the fridge. I love the syrup and all you need to do to have more syrup is add more sugar!

Mix well with the berries before putting it back into the fridge.

Refrigerate and let the sugar become syrup.

Take the easy way out and buy shortcake from the grocery store. You can find it in the produce section near the berries. I found this lemon shortcake and I loved it!!

Look at all that syrup! Lots of sugar has made my strawberry shortcake full of syrup.

Perfect! It's almost like a strawberry soup. The Strawberry Shortcake will last in your refrigerator. This is a great summer dessert that is easy to make and bring along to a bbq or picnic. You just need time for the sugar to become syrup, so making it before the party or event is key!

Add whip cream if you want to make it decadent!!  

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Today, I donated 12" of my hair. Want to see the before and after? Check out my video.
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We went to the Unique USA's Los Angeles Market and had a blast! I cannot show you anything I bought - they are all gifts. Except one! I got myself a party pack to have some fun with my girls! 
Even though I can't show you what else I got, I can show you around this amazing and fun market! 
Let's start at the elevators:

Free boxed water. 

Party Size DIY Lip Balm Kit from Handcrafted Honey Bee

A treat for me!

Selfie before the Market. I am donating my hair in October to
Wigs For Kids and I can't believe how long it is! 
I keep cutting my bangs to keep it from looking shaggy.

All the Vendors I fell for at #uniquela. 

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A few weeks ago, I came across an article on Goop about a meditation studio in Los Angeles - Unplug Meditation. I have been there, but for the price, I was not really impressed with the class. (Maybe they will start to offer a Student discount.) However, I was very impressed with their Meditation chairs. I thought to myself "I could download a Meditation app, get one of these amazing Meditation chairs, and have this experience comfortably at home and not deal with driving in Los Angeles or parking."

Apparently, the writer of the Goop article agreed with me - although she didn't mention the price or the issue of finding parking... She only wrote a measly, but positive, paragraph about Unplug Meditation and then gives us SIX meditation apps! She obviously did not have a great experience - why would she give a list of apps if she is promoting a Studio? Maybe for people not living in Los Angeles, but for you all I say "No worries! We don't like that elitist Studio anyway." Go ahead and download a bunch of free meditation apps, try them, and delete the ones you are not impressed with. That way when you are ready to meditate, you will only have the apps you like to choose from.

After my class, I asked the receptionist if she knew where I could get one of the chairs, and she rudely told me she had no idea. The chairs have a tag on them that says "Improvements" and I had already taken a photo of the tag and the chair, just in case I had to search for them.

improvements meditation chair tag

It was not easy to find these chairs on the website. They don't come up when you type in meditation chairs (which is a key word if they connected to their site would bring a lot of sales) and they don't come up when you search folding chairs, either. But, I kept on trying and guess what?!?!

They are on the Improvements website and they are called the 5-Position Floor Chair. 
After having them for a while, I have realized I use these a lot!

improvements meditation chair
Meditation chair in chair position

Penelope the cat loves these!!! It was hard to keep her off.

I don't use these just for meditating; I love to use them for the kiddo's nap time - it is just a perfect little bed to lay on the floor instead of just a mat. They are also great for anywhere you need a backrest and a little more cushion - like bleachers. I know they are a little big to be carrying to some far away place, but carrying them from the parking lot to the bleachers at the local field is not too far. And they make the bleachers COMFY! Who says that? The owner of these chairs, that's who! As you can see in the photos, they lay flat and that makes them easy to store.

Penelope with the chair in the flat position

Now, go calm your mind and get your Meditation on!
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Recently, I finished reading Start Something That Matters By Blake Mycoskie.

I have been inspired to not only do good for the world, but also doing good for myself, both inside and out. I need to change my consumption habits. I drink soda, love candy and chocolate, and I only use a few health/beauty products that are considered natural/organic.
I am usually not very personal on this blog, and the wall I have built up needs to come down.
I want to let you all in on this journey I am about to embark on. Here we go!

I am proud of companies like TOMS, Honest, Lush, method, and even the Melrose Trading Post. I have started to admire a few bloggers: Scratch Mommy, Trash is for Tossers, and even Crunchy Betty, although she has not posted in a while.

I have itchy skin all the time and I think it is a combination of the hard water in Los Angeles and the reaction to the unnatural ingredients I am putting on and in my body. Detoxing is never fun, but I have read that I need to detox even my armpits if I think of switching to homemade deodorant.

SO, What-Ya-Gonna-Do-About-It?

Where do I start? Maybe setting out clear goals will help me in this whirlwind I am feeling:

Goals To Change My Consumption Habits:

- Use and create my own natural, organic, and if possible: zero-waste beauty and health products (toothpaste, deodorant, lotion, lip balm)

- Eat natural, organic, and fresh meals

- Volunteer

- Commit to a solid yoga, meditation, and fitness routine

- Make my own condiments

- Change my grocery shopping habits by focusing on reusing containers, buying in bulk and recycling. This will decrease waste and is mostly inspired by Lauren from Trash is for Tossers!

Honestly, I don't know where to start. 
I have a grocery list and I have not had the chance to locate all the items on the list. 
It is mostly just a list of the basic starters for someone looking to make their own beauty and personal health products. When I have the items on my list, I will begin my journey. Maybe my journey has already begun just by me thinking about changing my habits.

My list to begin my DIY Lifestyle. Prices are from so I can compare the prices online to what I find in the store. Oh, and shipping from the website is $17! So high!
(Note: I ALWAYS need milk and frozen berry medleys!)

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I love to paint and I have recently come across a lot of old wood window sash's. They are all different sizes, but they came from the same house so they all have the same paint. 
I went to Michaels and picked up some Martha Stewart Glass Paint. The set is normally $30 for 8, but I had a 50% coupon so for $16, these 8 glass paints are worth it! 
Go for the Opaque so it won't look like you are trying to pull off stained glass!!

Two Yellow Birds In The Wind
Buck Head 1

Buck Head 2

How do I do it? Well, to sketch out my paintings, I use dry erase markers on one side and paint on the other:

Notice: I did not have a white, purple, or yellow Dry Erase Marker, so I kept the marker next to the color I wanted it to represent. I did not want to forget or second guess!

These are just a few of the windows. I will show you all more when they are dry!

What do you think? Which one is your favorite?

- Heather

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