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Easy DIY seashell crown, perfect for the girl who wants to be a mermaid.

Anyone else kind of suck when it comes to costumes? Do you also end up resorting to a black cat or a skeleton every year because it’s easy (and everything you own is black)? No?

While scrolling through Pinterest for inspiration a while back I stumbled upon mermaid crowns. Some were ridiculously complex, some were dainty and delicate, but all had the same basis: a whole lot of shells. I had never considered trying to dress up as a mermaid for Halloween, but I was so drawn to how dreamy all the tiaras looked (and how easy it seemed like they’d be to make), that it was worth a try!

All together, the crown took me maybe two hours to put together (streaming movies from here slowed me down). Paired just right with a fish hook earring, soft waves, blue makeup, and some netting, and you’ve got yourself a mermaid queen.

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A lot of the healthy, non-food related recipes I share on my blog are born out of necessity, whether I need to clear up my skin or fix my energy levels; this recipe is no different! I accidentally let myself run out of toothpaste recently, and instead of subjecting everyone to my morning breath, I decided to try out something I’ve seen pop up on pinterest a few times: make my own toothpaste!!

Surprisingly, I’m in love with it. I will admit, it’s more of a tooth “powder” than paste, but I don’t think my mouth has ever felt cleaner after brushing. Plus, it’s kind of fun brushing with charcoal and seeing your mouth get black, then end up super clean!

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5 tips for taking your own blog photos, so you can start creating content without needing anyone else's assistance! Click through to read >>

5 tips for taking your own blog photos, so you can start creating content without needing anyone else's assistance! Click through to read >>

While I’d definitely say it’s easier to have someone else help you take blog photos (blog boyfriends, you know who you are), sometimes that just isn’t an option. I’ve started dabbling in taking my photos myself recently (and people can’t even tell!), because I like being able to drop everything and get to business on my own timeline.

Seriously, sometimes you’ve got an idea you’re just bursting to photograph or a sponsored post you’ve gotta get up ASAP, and no help in sight. Don’t worry, I’ve gotchu! I decided to put together my top tips to help you start shooting solo, so you guys can get out there and start making magic all by your-friggin-self.

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While blogging I’ve found that I sometimes like to go the extra step where necessary and edit my photos to include my own handwriting. You may have noticed it in the past on my DIY and recipe posts especially, but if not, you can see what I’m talking about here, here, and here! Lately, I’ve had people complimenting the “font” I use, so I figured why not put a post together to show y’all, it’s not a font! Just a fun little extra step I like to take to make my stuff more polished.

Let me preface by saying there’s probably an easier way to do this, but here’s how I get my writing on pictures. For those of you who don’t have a tablet but still want to give your pictures something more, this is for you!!

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diy holiday card

diy holiday card

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Like I mentioned in my last post, I’m super stoked for us to finally be in the home stretch Christmas season. I’m one of those people that listens to holiday music in the middle of the May because it’s just so dang upbeat, but now it’s finally socially acceptable to advertise it, hehe!

My favorite thing about the holidays is making DIY presents and decor, so I decided to share a crafty way to make DIY holiday cards with you. My first experience with linocuts was in college, but if you’ve ever carved a stamp out of a potato as a child (don’t act like you never did), you’ll get the gist.

So what exactly is linocutting?

Linocut printing a type of relief printing, similar to woodcutting, that involves chiseling or carving a design into a linoleum surface. The parts carved away stay blank, leaving the raised parts to print a reverse image once inked (like a stamp). The cut linoleum can be used repeatedly to make hundreds of prints! View Post

Easy DIY coffee and charcoal face scrub that cleans, exfoliates, and firms your skin. Click through to read how to make it! >>Easy DIY coffee and charcoal face scrub that cleans, exfoliates, and firms your skin. Click through to read how to make it! >>

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Has anyone else been having a rough time with the effects of the weather on their skin lately?? The constant rollercoaster of temperatures has been doing a huge disservice for me and leaving me with crazy combination skin, so I decided to try to whip something together to make me feel better.

I don’t know if any of you remember those Frank. scrubs that were going around a couple years back, but I partially put this together with those in mind (basically, the part where you use coffee grounds as a skincare ingredient). While I intended to use this on my face, there’s just so much goodness in each part of this recipe that there’s really no reason to not just smother yourself with it so you can get the full body experience, ya know? I think tripling the recipe would be sufficient for covering your whole body.

(I actually love how good everything makes my skin feel so much, that I used two of the ingredients from this scrub in my most popular mask, here.)

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Easy DIY hand shaped incense holder, inspired by Free People and Urban Outfitters. Click through to learn how to make your own >>Easy DIY hand shaped incense holder, inspired by Free People and Urban Outfitters. Click through to learn how to make your own >>

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Lately I’ve become obsessed with lighting incense in my home, particularly right when I get home from work, or when I’m just hanging. I’ve been using a basic flat one like this, and as practical as it is, I decided I wanted something a little more fun!

I saw this Free People hamsa incense holder while browsing online, and was super inspired. Rather than drop the $48 to buy it… I decided to make my own.

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Easy DIY bohemian macrame plant hanger, for when you have no room in your house for plants but UP! Click through to read how!

Easy DIY bohemian macrame plant hanger, for when you have no room in your house for plants but UP! Click through to read how!(contains affiliate links, which keeps TGS running; please see disclosure for more info)

If you’re like me and have an affinity for anything that’ll grow, you know that you can never have too many plants. That said, you must also know that you can eventually run out of space for your green friends and have to get crafty. This is where the hanging plant comes in. There’s a lot of different methods for hanging your plants, but the most popular right now (especially in the boho-style that’s flourishing lately) seems to be the:

macrame plant hanger.

Seriously, take a peek on instagram. Or on Urban Outfitters* (the plant in their photo is definitely thirsty though oops). I know some of the designs look absolutely insane, but I’m gonna teach you how to make a really simple one of your own, so keep reading! View Post