Saturday, September 14, 2013

45 Workout Songs Playlist!

I am sure I speak for a lot of people when I say getting a workout in is much more encouraging when you have an awesome playlist to listen to.

Thanks to Kanye West's "Diamonds From Sierra Leone", I will do an extra 30 minutes on the stairmaster. Gets me hype!

Or I'll throw my hands in the air, like I'm Rocky Balboa, after running on the treadmill at its highest incline.


No, I'm lyin' - I ain't doing all'a'dat, but it's what I'm thinking.

And when I'm at home, dancing along to a Wii video game or blasting Michael Sembello's "Maniac", I may or may not break out in the infamous Flashdance scene. Best. Workout. Song. Ever. In my opinion.

All in all, music gets me hype, motivated, and energized to hit the pavement, go to the gym or even take a walk/stroll around the neighborhood with my little one.  
Click on the song titles [below] to pull up the video on YouTube.
For that I'm the SH!T music - listen to:

For that Make-Ya-Wanna-Run-Another-5-Miles music - listen to:

For that Motivational music - listen to:

For that Shake Yo Booty music - listen to:

For that Cool-Down music - listen to:

Thank you all for letting me share with you my playlist. I hope it inspires you to add onto yours!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

DIY: Decorative Pumpkin - a Sam's Club KNOCK-OFF!

I'm sure I speak for most people when I say that us Pinterest lovers are really starting to look at things a lot differently, aren't we?

I mean, seriously....

A few weeks ago, I was at the park with my daughter when I began picking up pine cones. I said to myself, "Self, Log onto Pinterest later and figure out something creative to do with these things."

And coincidentally, during a quick run into Sam's Club hours later, I came across these beauties.

I knew right then and there how I'd put my pine cones to good use.

What You'll Need:
Pine cones (FREE!)
Twigs (FREE!)
Artificial leaves & flowers (4 in a pk.) ($1.00 ea.)
Battery operated clear lights ($2.99)
Glue gun
Glue sticks
Halloween Pumpkin bucket ($1.00)
Brown felt ($.23 each)
(These items are available at your local Wal-Mart, Dollar Tree & Michaels)

Earlier this week, I used my glue gun to adhere the entire pumpkin with brown felt. By doing this, it will camoflauge with the twigs.

This is optional, but I added burlap to cover up the top and most of the inside.

Using gold glitter glue (already had - but is available at your local dollar store, comes with red, green and silver, too!), outline your pine cones.

5,6, pick up sticks. 7,8, lay them straight. Take a walk around your neighborhood/local park and pick up twigs. I realized the [twig] template above was not even necessary. I used it to measure the pumpkin and to make it easier for me to cut the rest of the twigs for the right size, but each are different in shape and size and some are not as flexible.

With that being said, you can see that it is not "perfect" and some twigs are broken. And that's OK!

Start gluing on the leaves and flowers.

With the extra twigs you may have, stick them into your pine cones so they'll stand tall inside the pumpkin. I found this to be much easier than having to glue the pine cones onto the outside of the pumpkin.

Carefully wrap the lights around the pumpkin, then hide the battery inside. That's it! All done.

Hope you like it as much as I do.

Happy Fall, Y'all!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

DIY: Burlap Framed Chalkboard!

I'm going to be honest with you, this is not what I had originally planned.


This is what I had planned.

My chalkboard is made out of plywood and a wall panel.

I purchased the plywood for $3.87 and the wall panel for $12.97 from my local Home Depot. I spray painted the plywood chalkboard and the panel metallic. It looked to be a great idea until the gorilla glue (that I used to stick these two together) melted through and made a huge mess. In an attempt to save my project, I outlined the inner frame with silver glitter glue. Big mistake. Huge.

After hanging the chalkboard onto the wall today, I knew I couldn't leave it as is.

So, when in doubt, use burlap!

Using scissors and my hot glue gun, I was able to transform my once-metallic/silver glitter-glue chalkboard into a burlap beauty!

Oh, and some flowers for additional cuteness.

Just need to finish up a few things on my gallery wall, but I'm very pleased with how the chalkboard looks. Stay tuned.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

DIY: Spoon Mirror!


If you are following me on Instagram/Facebook, you will know that I am in the process of revamping my dining room.

This past weekend, I have finished several small projects, including this little cutie which will be displayed on my gallery wall.

(Click here for this awesome video tutorial!)

What You'll Need:
Spoons (qty. 48)
Plate (to draw your circle onto your board board)
Foam Board
Hot Glue Gun
Glue sticks
**(Most, if not all, items can be purchased at your local dollar store!)

Instead of placing the mirror on the board and having it move all over the place while gluing the spoons on, I decided it'd be best to use a bit of scotch tape to leave it in place until I finished gluing the spoons.

Using an industrial pair of scissors (I didn't have any, which may explain why several of my spoons cracked - errr!), cut your spoons.

Using a hot glue gun, glue the spoons onto your foam board like this.

Repeat for second & third row, but be sure to place them in between two.

Take mirror off, remove tape, add hot glue...

Place mirror back into center.

If the cracked spoons are noticeable, add some embellishments! ;)

Have a great day!