Word of the Year Update: FIT in 2015

Originally I was going to have an easy little DIY for you all today, but it’s not quite done yet so I thought I’d do a word of the year update instead. word of the year one word 365

“There are years that ask questions, and years that answer.”

HEALTH.

This year started off less than great, with the death of a family member I was really close with. And even though it was a bit expected, it still sucks. So on the health front, I didn’t exercise one second in January. Honestly, all I wanted to do was sit around in sweats and eat chocolate and I at least refrained from the eating chocolate part so I’m pretty ok with the non-movement. Then in February we got over 100 inches of snow. In like 3 weeks. It was record breaking, and exhausting, and then it started raining in my living room (ice dams) so basically I still didn’t exercise. Hibernating won over. However, I didn’t gain back any of the weight I lost and I really am looking forward to running when the weather is right so whatever. I guess I sort of failed on the health front? I kind of don’t care- exercise is not how I work through grief. Re-watching all of the Gilmore Girls in my pajamas under the covers is.

HOME.

I really wanted to spend this year refocusing my home to include a things and a look that I love, and I’m making progress on that front (I shared my fun front entry here), I have a little project to hopefully share later this week, and a whole post on “things I didn’t DIY” coming up soon.

TIME.

Time sort of feels like a success as well. I was offered an extra course this semester (in addition to the others I am already teaching) and I turned it down because 1.75 full time jobs is quite enough. Matt and I also booked a Bahamas vacation with two of our friends for this summer, and I can’t freaking wait. We’ve also been less hermit-like lately- we went to a movie premiere on a Monday night! A work night people, that is huge. And we’ve had a few other date nights as well.

word of the year fit

So overall, not so bad on the fit goals. But there’s definitely room for improvement? How are things on your resolution/word of the year front??

Team Tish 2015

I’m popping in with a rare Saturday post today for something completely off topic from DIY and home decor. But it’s my blog so I’ll post what I want. :P

In 2009 my great-aunt, Angie, passed away and among those she left behind is her daughter Tish. My family stepped on board to care for her, in particular my brother who has legal guardianship of her (he has a PsyD and is beyond qualified for this) and mom mother who is diligent about looking after her care and well being.

Tish lives full time at New England Pediatric Care, where she gets the intense care she needs. And NEPC is awesome. I mean so, so awesome. Every employee practically has a visible halo above their head. Which is why this is the 6th year in a row my entire family is fundraising for them.

team tish

Every year we walk for and with Tish, in honor of Aunt Angie, to fund raise for New England Pediatric Care and all of its’ residents.

Team Tish Collage

and every year my dog shows his butt to the camera.

ANYWAY- the whole point of this is me asking you to please consider making a donation of any amount (even $1!). Or a kind word of support. Or a thumbs up. Whatever. Anything you have to offer is appreciated. DONATIONS CAN BE MADE HERE.

Thanks so much!

(I’ll be back to regular posts on Monday, and I’ve got a great DIY build to share!)

Inspiration Friday

#InspirationFriday is a series of graphic quotes to lead you into the weekend. Feel free to pin, share, download for personal use, whatever- just please don’t sell them! See all of them HERE.

I have been listening to Diane Birch in my car pretty much nonstop this past week. And by “listening” I mean singing at the top of my lungs. I’m basically a Highway Superstar at this point. So here’s some of her lyrics to lead you into the weekend…

diane birch inspiration quote lyrics

And if you’re interested in some Stevie Nicks style soul, here’s the song where it came from:

Tree Log Furniture Round-Up

A few months back I turned some old logs from my in-laws backyard into end tables for around the house, and I’ve been loving them (here’s) the full post with a how-to.

tree stump end tables

Today I’m collaborating with Hometalk to show off 19 Tree Stump/Log Furniture Ideas.

TREE STUMP LOG FURNITURE DIY INDOOR OUTDOOR

Everything from tables, to planters, to benches, to seats! Check out the full round up and so much how-to inspiration here!

How to Combine Leftover Candles

You know what’s a bummer? When your candle won’t burn anymore but there’s a ton of wax still in the jar. Turns out, it’s SUPER easy to melt down that wax and make a brand new candle- and really inexpensive too.

The only thing I had to buy for this project was candle wicks, and I got a pack of 50 from Amazon for only $9 (these ones). That’s less than half the cost of just brand new candle. Holler.

how to combine burned candle scraps  into a new candle

First things first, you need to get your wax melted. If you have a double boiler you can use that, but I do not so I had to to improvise:

  • Roll up 4 strips of tin foil and place them in a grid (like this: #) on the bottom of a sauce pan
  • Place your old candle on top of the grid, then fill the pan with water and turn the heat to medium
  • As the wax liquifies, you’ll be able to pick out the old wick with tongs so it doesn’t go into your new candle

While your wax is melting place your new wick in an empty glass jar and use a stick or skewer and some tape to center the wick and hold it still. 

  • Once all the wax is in your makeshift double boiler is melted down, pour it slowly into its’ new jar. (edited to add: I used old jars I had laying around- an alfredo sauce jar, a jelly jar, and a roasted red pepper gar. I am a hoarder.)
  • Let each layer solidify before adding a new one

how to melt down old candles and combine them to make new ones - an easy DIY craft project

A few tips:

  • The 3 wick candles were hard to pour out cleanly, so once the wax melted enough I popped it into into a glass measuring cup and finished melting it there, that way I could use the spout when transferring it to the new jar.
  • If you’re layering candle wax, you want the scents to go together. For my larger candle, I layered “snowflake,” “evening air,” and “pine” because they’re al nice outdoorsy smells that’ll blend into each other well.
  • Before throwing out the wick from the old candle, make sure you douse it in water. Because Smokey the Bear says so.

melt down old candles to form new ones - combine and mix candle scents

And that’s it! It’s so easy (and man, my house smells amazing now!). With the remnants from just one three wick candle, I made 1.5 new ones! Can you believe it?!

Painted Bathroom Tile: A One Year Update

Last November I straight up painted my bathroom tile. I wasn’t sure how well it would work, but my bathroom couldn’t get much worse so it was worth a try.

You can find the tutorial on how to paint tile here.

painted bathroom tile one year later review

A few things to note:

  • My tile does not extend into the tub, so it doesn’t get wet.
  • The tile in my bathroom was very poorly installed, with maybe a 1/8 grout line in some spots but in others no grout line at all so lots of tiles were cracked and split.
  • Some of my tiles were tiled over with new tiles… you follow that chaos? We had 3 layers of tile in some spots. Each layer in a different color.

It’s been a little over a year now and guess what….. 

I still freaking love it! It has held up so well and I would 100% do it again!

painted white bathroom tile one year later

Here’s the full status report:

  • It is so, so important to let your paint harden. It’ll dry to the touch in just a few hours, but harden (ie, cure) over a much longer period of time. The hotter and more damp your area is, the longer it’ll take to cure. Because a bathroom is a naturally damp area, we showered with the door open (and actually still do, we just got used to it) to let the steam out faster. Give your tile time to cure! This is essential.
  • I didn’t scrub the tile clean for several months, I just spot cleaned/wiped it as needed. Maybe this sounds gross? I don’t know, it didn’t really get dirty- it’s not like we are rolling around on it. :) However, to put it to the test this weekend I got out a heavy duty scrubbing brush and some chemical cleaners and went to town– and it didn’t budge. Still looks great and is super white with no discoloration!
  • I never ended up sealing it with polycrylic, it just didn’t need it. So it’s just 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint.

white painted bathroom tile review

Any questions? Leave them in the comments!

Don’t forget to check out the full tutorial HERE. (And if your’e interested in the geometric wall & grout paint how to, that’s right HERE)