handprint heart valentine

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There’s just something about little hands and feet that make me go all melty inside. To that end, I wanted to take the handprint heart valentines that seem to be popular every year and put my own spin on them.

Materials:
8×10 canvas
craft paints
stamps and ink pad
washi tape (not shown)

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Step 1: Carefully take your children’s hands, paint with the craft paint, and overlap them to create a heart shape on your canvas. You’ll get some “fun mom” points if you let your eldest paint his own hand icon smile handprint heart valentine

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Step 2: Once you have your “heart,” outline it with a pencil so you’ll have a guide for your “xo” stamps.

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Step 3: Carefully stamp around your outline. Once dry, you can go back and erase your pencil marks. Add in the date, and, lastly, cover the sides of your canvas with washi tape.

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Easy, adorable, and, best of all, I had all the supplies already on hand!

For more Valentine’s Day inspiration…

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favorite light fixtures {the look-for-less version!}

We’re on the tail end of finishing up our kitchen redo, which means I get to turn my attention to choosing some of the finishing elements, my favorite being light fixtures! Not being up on some of the current lighting trends, I was amazed at some of the options out there now. From glam to retro to classic, I had the hardest time narrowing down my picks from the many choices out there. AND, best of all, I found inexpensive versions of some of my favorite high-end looks! I wanted to share some of them with you today!

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Okay, there’s really no contest here. There’s OVER $3000 difference between these two fixtures, and, while I love Restoration Hardware for many things, I think this World Market fixture is clearly the best buy of the two.

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I don’t mean to pick on Restoration Hardware here, but, really, this driftwood World Market fixture (though a few inches smaller), is such a better buy (and looks almost exactly the same as it’s pricier counterpart).

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Now let me say, I love Pottery Barn (in fact, two of my new kitchen fixtures came from there), but while I was looking for new hallway lights, I couldn’t help but notice how the Lowes version of this flushmount light looks crazy-similar to the high-end version from Pottery Barn.

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The picture doesn’t do the Lowes nickel pendant justice, but we purchased it and the color is much lighter and closer to the Shades of Light image than it appears. The Lowes shade is $15, then you purchase the light kit for $20. A great bargain for a very similar fixture!

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I saved my favorite for last! I love this Home Depot wood chandelier, and at $200 less than the Shades of Light version, it’s a definite winner in my book!

So, I’ve shared my favorite look-alike finds, what’s yours?

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how to make soap {a tutorial}

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A couple of months ago, I shared how I created my easy and oh-so-cute confetti soap. I had so much fun making them, I wanted to try a couple other, more grown-up versions, specifically lavender soap and wild orange soap. These were both so easy and make such great gifts!

Ingredients:
Melt and Pour Goat’s Milk Soap
fragrance (I used Wild Orange and Lavender DoTerra Essential Oils)
Dried Lavender and Orange (I found these at Hobby Lobby)
soap mold

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The beauty of melt and pour soap is that you don’t have to mess with harmful chemicals (I’m looking at you-lye), you just melt your base, add your fragrance, colors and additives, and let harden!

Step 1: Following package instructions, melt soap in the microwave in a glass bowl (my package said to heat for 40 seconds, stir, and then continue at 10 second intervals).

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Step 2: Once melted, add your fragrance and color (if desired). Pour into your mold and sprinkle with your dried lavender and orange. Let harden and pop out!

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Keep on hand for guests or wrap for gifts! Need wrapping ideas? Here are 20 creative soap packaging ideas!

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