Wine’d Down Wednesday 48 Co-host!

WDW-headerWelcome to the 48th Week of Wine’d Down Wednesday!

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone that has been linking with us so far, we are beyond thrilled to have you coming back week after week and just love reading all of your posts! We were all so excited and overjoyed that so many of you want to come and share your awesomeness with us. Keep on sharing and spreading the Wine’d Down love :)

Are you interested in joining our fun? Why not co-host with us! We are looking for co-hosts to help spread our wine’d down love! Join us, it’s free! :) If you are interested, email Michelle at Michelle@ourthreepeas.com.

Without further a-do- on to the party!

Our Three Peas

We are so excited you have joined us for a girl’s night out, blog style! So…why Wine’d Down Wednesday? Well, what’s the best kind of party? The kind where wine is served of course! Since we can’t meet our fellow blog friends in person we thought we’d throw a party every week. So grab your wine, link up a recent post, and mingle. Your post doesn’t need to include wine, linking up while drinking wine is completely acceptable and encouraged! We want any of your funniest, heartfelt, absurd, crafty, or delicious posts. As an added bonus, we will also be rotating a different social media outlet each week so you’ll get minglers at all your hangouts.

Our Wine’d Down Wednesday Pinterest board is brimming with all of your amazing posts. Each week we look at all the link ups and each choose the one we like the best! It’s always difficult to each choose just one, but we did and here are our 3 top Wine’d Down favorites for this week:

 

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1.Infused Water Recipes // Homemade Interest

2. Mediterrian Salted Breakfast Potatoes // Anyonita Nibbles

3. How to date your spouse when you can’t afford it // She builds her home

4. Fresh Peach Daiquiris // What the fork

Congrats to all that were chosen! We have pinned these in our Wine’d Down Wednesday Pinterest Board.

Follow The Best of Wine’d Down Wednesday Link Party Board by Kristin (Dizzy Busy and Hungry!) on Pinterest

 

If you were featured, don’t forget to grab our “I’ve been featured on WDW” button!

Our Three Peas

Now come and meet your amazing hosts!

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Michelle at Our Three Peas: twitter// Facebook // Instagram // Pinterest // Bloglovin’ //Google+

Chastity at My Rays of Sunshine: twitter// Facebook // Instagram // Pinterest // Bloglovin’ //Google+

Kristin at Dizzy Busy and Hungry: twitter// Facebook // Instagram // Pinterest // Bloglovin’ //Google+

Cathy at Three Kids and a Fish: twitter// Instagram // Pinterest // Bloglovin’ //Google+

Come Meet Our Fabulous Co-Host!

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We are so excited to have Dawn from Adventures of Goldilox as our co-host! This busy military wife and mom is as sweet as can be! She loves to write all about her family, her adorable son and share all about her love of DIY- especially pallet signs! Come stop by and give her some wine’d down love by visiting her blog, and on Facebook, Pinterest, and on Google +!

Now for the rules!

1. Follow your hosts and co-host in any way you can.

2. Visit 2-3 other blogs. It’s not a party if you’re not mingling!!

3. Link up to THREE recent post. No posts to other linkups, reviews, or giveaways please. We will only feature you once each week though.

4. Help us spread the word about this party by displaying our button on your post or sidebar.

5. Tweet and spread the word, if you feel so inclined :)

6. Use the hash tag #wineddown when sharing about us!

Got your wine ready??? Not yet? Ok, we’ll wait…….Got it now? Great! Let’s get our links on!

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Pallet Furniture and Signs

All The Rage: Pallet Furniture, Pallet Signs and Pallet Everything!

Ok, not “signs” as in the spiritual sign from God telling you not to eat that 15th cookie, but real, wood signs that yours truly makes. This adventure is not new. Actually, I was making signs since before you were born! Just kidding, I just always wanted to say that phrase! Seriously though, I have been making signs since 2010, which is before I started blogging.

I am Goldilox, right? And you would expect that a chick that dares to break into someones house and eat their food and break their chairs and sleep in their beds is bada*% enough to use a saw, drill, hammer and nails to put together something useful, right? I would expect that anyway!

I think she looks like a rebellious chick! Goldilocks is a rebel

I always tell people that my dream is to be a builder like my hero, Nicole Curtis, (here she is incase you don’t know her and her show “Rehab Addict”:

Nicole Curtis DIY Furniture Goddess

Look at those guns! I love how she’s not afraid to get dirty!                               (Photo courtesy of DIY Network)

BUT I can’t count past 4 so without math skills I feel as though I wouldn’t be very good!! HOWEVER,  I do rock at making signs and rustic looking home decor. It’s sooo satisfying to look at something and say, “I made that!”

I started doing this when we were stationed in Hawaii. People were knocking on my door all day long for one reason or another and I was going to loose my marbles if someone woke my son up one more time. Big Bear was gone a lot to other countries and then deployed, so I NEEDED Lil’ Bear to sleep so I could get a little break! Anyway, I looked everywhere for something to hang outside my door that said “Do not disturb, baby sleeping” or something to that effect and I couldn’t find ANYTHING. I searched forever and finally decided to just make my own! Lots of things were mean and said stuff like, “Knock on this door if you want to lose your head” or some crazy thing like that! Now when I search Etsy, I see a TON of adorable signs asking people not to knock or ring  door bell.

Well, I picked up a cute boyish wooden craft car at Wallyworld and already had this piece of wood from God only knows what and I borrowed my friend Melissa’s stencil book! I got to work and this was the result:

Pallet Sign Do Not Disturb Baby Sleeping

My very first sign that I made

I got so many compliments on it because I left it hanging on my door pretty much ALL THE TIME. Even when Lil’ Bear wasn’t sleeping and I didn’t want to be interrupted or bothered, I would stick it out on the door! Our dog went compleeetely nutso if someone knocked and it was a huge pain, so this helped keep our lil cinder block hawaiian home peaceful. I love peace and quiet!!

I got to thinking that since I loved making that sign so much that I should make things for my friends and family for Christmas or weddings, etc. I made some wedding blocks for when my friends got married and a sign with my cousins last name for a gift and I think that was it for a while.

DIY Wedding Blocks

Fast forward about 3ish years and I am back at it! I have been so busy making pallet furniture and signs for people that I haven’t gotten a chance to blog in a month! I am in absolute HEAVEN people! I always said, “I wanted to be a carpenter, but I stunk at math!” Well, this doesn’t involve much more than measuring, and I’m handling it quite well. I am NOT a perfectionist and that is the beauty of pallet furniture and signs…they are supposed to be IMPERFECT! I LOVE the rustic feel to them. It’s like rolling up to an old gas station in the desert that has a 1920′s coca-cola machine outside! (Was coca cola even around in 1920?) I basically just took a scene from a movie and described it to you…you get what I’m saying don’t you?

So, I made this coat hanger for my own entryway and a friend stopped by and said she’d love one for her keys, so I made this:

DIY Key holder and shelf

Then a friend Cara asked me to custom make her a sign for a beach house she was designing and decorating, so we collaborated and came up with this beaute:

DIY pallet sign Seagrove

My latest was a sign for a fellow Army spouse who I have known for 4 years? Maybe 5? Anyway, she’s a doll and a southern gal who is gorgeous and hilarious, yet would shoot your foot right off if you disgraced her or anyone in her family! This girl was brought up RIGHT, y’all! She posted a picture of a sign like this and I asked if I could replicate it because it is sooooo true!  We all WANT to live like this, but a sweet lil reminder is always nice, too!

DIY Pallet SIgn

 

I put together this for our bedroom. It was sooooo empty and barren. I know in this post I was saying how I am trying to stay away from decorating country style, but this just HAD to be done. I found 4 shutters on the side of the road when a neighbor redid their shutters and painted it yellow. It matches our comforter and I am kind of sick of frames, so I thought this twine would work lovely as a way to display some pictures of Big Bear and I :) I screwed it to the wall and we love it!

DIY Upcycled Shutter

 

These three were experiments. I am trying new techniques, new paints, new brushes and new ways to do my letters. They came out very unique and I hope someone will love them and put them up somewhere in their house!

 

DIY Pallet Sign "America"

Experiment #1: Paint first, stencil second

DIY Pallet Sign

Experiment #2: Paint, stencil, paint again

DIY Pallet Sign

Experiment #3: Paint, stencil, sand, paint, wax.

Lastly, I did some tiny pieces of wood for an Air Force wife who needed another military base added to her “Home is where the Air Force Sends Us” sign. I couldn’t match the paint EXACTLY, but she was such a pleasure to work with and she didn’t mind at all. THe calligraphy writing was probably the hardest thing I have ever done sign wise! I had to enlist the help from my friend/neighbor/interior designer friend who I did the Seagrove sign for because she is quite the artist and had the right tools and the steady hand that I certainly did not have! God love her! She’s a blessing I tell ya!

Home is Where the Air Force Sends Us

I didn’t do the entire sign. I just did the air force bases where the family has been. It was actually really hard!!

So, I haven’t blogged in light years, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! I have had quite the month and I couldn’t be happier! I love working with tools, getting dirty, the smell of sawdust and standing back and taking a look at my final product! Such a great feeling!

If you are looking for a unique gift for a wedding or baby shower or just to have in your home, let me know and I can ship anywhere! To see some more things I have done come check out my facebook page for my pallet furniture and signs:

http://www.facebook.com/loxigolddecor

Leave a comment telling me which project/sign is your favorite!

 

Won’t You Join The Beauty Society With Me?

Beauty Society “The Last Skincare You will Ever Need”

Beauty Society Doesn’t that just sound like a high falooting club for princesses or members of the Housewives of Orange County? I feel like I am a princess using these products! I was contacted by a friend asking me if I would try some samples of her skincare line. UMMMM, sure!! This was a no-brainer for me because I LOVE SAMPLES! I definitely go to Sam’s Club for the samples and use the samples that are glued to the inside of magazines, so why would I turn down free samples?? I wouldn’t! Here’s what came in the mail for moi, plus one extra bit of love for my “laugh lines” on my eyes! I much prefer “laugh lines” to “crows feet” because that’s just gross! beauty society sample pack From a young age I have had sensitive, acne prone skin. My gram put me on Mary Kay in high school, then I put myself on Proactive in college and now that I am a mom I just use whatever happens to be in the shower that day…Dove bar, Clearasil (am I 14?) or Neutrogena of some sorts. I guess maybe some people are hesitant to try samples because they are afraid they will break out. Well, when you are a SAHM and live in yoga pants and tank tops, go out only to walk the dog and get the mail, and have a husband that doesn’t care how you look because he loves you to pieces, then who cares if you break out a little? I always have something on my face, so I wasn’t scared! haha.  Let’s just say I hope Lil’ Bear takes after Big Bear’s side of the family when it comes to skin! My samples arrived and they are just so pretty! The are PINK! Do you know what my favorite color is? Guess? PINK! I could hardly wait until that night to wash my face with the new Beauty Society products! I also wouldn’t do a review of a product that I didn’t like, especially if it was from somebody I liked or knew, so you know I love this stuff!!

Here’s my review of each Beauty Society sample ( I received 5):

Beauty Society CleanserStep 1. “Set Me Free” cleanser: It’s green, it looks like an aloe vera gel and it works fabulously! Green gel-like cleanser over the boring white generic cleanser is just fun! My biggest issue with my skin is my big (understatement) pores. A dermatologist once told me” you can not shrink your pores, but you can reduce the appearance of them.” After the first time washing my face with this, “the appearance of my pores looked smaller” indeed! It had a tiny scent that reminded me of tree tea oil almost, but not really…I couldn’t place my finger on it! These products are fragrance free, so what I was smelling was obviously just the great product! My pores looked like little dots instead of a tunnel for big rigs to pass through! resurfacer Beauty Society   *2. “Crystal Ball” resurfacing*: THIS ONE IS MY FAVORITE! If I for some reason can not buy anything else, this would be what I would buy. Hands down the best “resurfacer” or exfoliator I have ever used. It smells kind of like cement…not that I know what that smells like, but it kind of resembles concrete, so maybe that’s where I got that from. It is so fine, unlike other exfoliators that have those “beads” or “shells” in them. It says to massage on face and neck for up to 3 minutes. I think I did 2-3 minutes each time. I didn’t want to stop! As you rinse it off you can FEEL how soft your skin is already! *My husband, Big Bear, kisses me goodbye every morning. I am usually sleeping like a ROCK, so I don’t always feel it, but I know that he is doing it in my far away dream land state! Later that night (this is after the first night I used it mind you) after he got home and we were eating dinner he says, “Oh! By the way, when I kissed you this morning your face was as soft as a baby’s behind!”* Oh. My. Gawd! This is coming from a man who wouldn’t notice if I painted the house neon yellow! So for him to notice something like that was HUGE! I knew right then and there that this stuff was legitimately princess worthy and I HAD to have it! Beauty Society Step 3     Step 3: “Baby Calm Down” Rebuild + Repair: I am a sucker for products with great names! Aren’t these names more fun than, “Black head Repair” or “Ultra Face Lotion” which are so generic and boring. We deserve to have more fun than that! This left my skin feeling soft and supple and it comes in such a great color! It is aqua blue and shimmers like a swimming pool. It looks like a gel, just like the cleanser.

 

 

 

Moisturizer Beauty Society     *Step 4: “Anytime Anywhere” Moisturizer*: This would be my 2nd MUST HAVE. I am used to Cetaphil moisturizer, which, if you have used it before, you know it is quite thick. Here in Florida, the humidity makes it just melt off my face and body. It’s not a pretty sight! Cetaphil works great, but when it is 99 degrees, but feels like 115, the last thing you need to worry about is your face dripping off! This stuff is so INCREDIBLY light! It smells light, it feels light and it goes on your face and neck and leaves it feeling like rose petals!
 

 

Eye cream Beauty Society

Step 5: “Immortal Eyes” eye cream: I got a bonus product in my package! woot woot!! It is an eye cream. I have tried a lot of eye creams to get rid of those “crows feet” “laugh line” wrinkles around the outer eye and just to protect that thin, sensitive skin. I end up washing them off because they sting and hurt and feel sticky! No buenó. This eye cream actually gives a warm sensation right when it goes on and then it immediately disappears! It feels wonderful and the skin around my eyes feels less fragile.     All of these products are paraben-free, sulfate-free, cruelty-free, fragrance-free, vegan friendly and made in the USA! How can you not want a product that gives you all of that AND works wonderfully. At first I wasn’t used to using a product that didn’t smell like pure medicine, so to have the natural smells of the ingredients was actually quite pleasing. I know I am not putting a bunch of chemicals on my face. They are also 100% money back guaranteed and they have a less than 1% return rate! So if you aren’t in love like I am, then send ‘em on back, no questions asked! I went to Grad school for a health related degree, I use chemical free products by Norwex to clean my house, Tom’s of Maine deodorant and toothpaste and I make my laundry detergent. It just seems natural to want to use these skin care products on my face because they complement my lifestyle. There wasn’t one thing I didn’t like! I liked the packaging, the color, the feel, the results, the ingredients and the compliments from my husband! I can’t wait to get my products in the mail and not have to be sad that my samples are all gone! If you want to learn more about these products or find more anti-aging products, makeup, perfume and hair products, go to http://www.beautysociety.com/tarazwick. If you want to consult with a professional before you buy, because they have products for ALL your skin care needs, hair care needs, and makeup needs, contact Tara Zwick either on the website above or directly at tarazwick@yahoo.com  She is one delightful woman and would love to help you out with any skin or hair issue you have! She gave me samples based on what I told her I was most concerned about in regards to my skin and she did a great job! I am placing my order ASAP and if you would like to as well, know that any order over $50 results in getting a free prize from Tara! I can’t wait to see what mine is!! So won’t you join me in becoming part of the elite Beauty Society!? * = my favorite, must haves!

Beauty Society   Disclaimer: I received samples of products from Beauty Society in exchange for a review post. All opinions are 100% mine :)

New Addition To Lil’ Bear’s Room: Skateboard Shelf

process of making the skateboard shelf

Pottery Barn Kids Knockoff Skateboard Shelf

This skateboard shelf is a great addition to any boy or girls room! My sister had a skateboard when she was younger, so I don’t want to say it is just for a boys’ room! I first saw it on Pottery Barn Teen, then it was on Pinterest and then I friend sent it to me on FB saying that they thought of Lil’ Bear…so it was obviously MEANT for his room!

Here’s the one I liked on Pottery Barn. It was $119 at the time. It is no longer available, but mine was $5 because all I needed were the L brackets! In the words of Lil’ Bear, “suckahs!”

pottery barn teen skateboard shelf

It’s not even that nice, right? It’s just a piece of wood turned into the shape of a skateboard and painted navy blue! It has NO sentimental value, or memories or nicks and scrapes! BOOORING!!  If I am going to spend $119, it won’t be on something so plain!

My son has been obsessed with skateboarding since he was about a year and a half old. We have NO idea where it came from. We were walking in the NEX (kind of like a Wal-Mart on a Navy Base, stands for Navy Exchange) and he pointed to it and I can’t remember if it was me or my husband who bought it. This skateboard was the tiniest, cutest thing ever!

skateboard obsession!

The obsession stuck. He’s now 5 and can do moves that our neighbor boy, who is 13 does! He lived at the skate park when we were stationed in Hawaii, but now he just likes to do it in our Cul de Sac.

On Lil Bear’s 2nd birthday, a college buddy of mine sent Lil’ Bear two professional skateboards. Lil’ Bear has grown to love one over the other, so the other one turned into a snowboard/trampoline board, trick board with the wheels taken off. He practices on the ground with it, but I decided to put it to use on his wall since it was not being used as much now.

I was going to surprise Lil’ Bear with the skateboard shelf, but I kind of let it slip and he got SOO excited. He wouldn’t let me wait to do it, so we set up shop and made the dream come alive!

Things we used to make the skateboard shelf:

  • polyurethane
  • paint brush
  • damp rag
  • triangle helper thingies (yes, that’s their technical name)…ok, ok , I’ll go look  for their real name….ok, “Painter’s Pyramids” They make painting things on both sides a snap!
  • L brackets
  • short screws
  • anchors
  • stud finder
  • screw driver
  • level (did you know you could use your iPhone as a level if you don’t have one??? Big Bear found this feature for me! Go under “Utilities –>compass–>swipe—> ta da, it’s a level!)

 

process of making the skateboard shelf

 

After you find at least one stud, mark it off and then try to get the next L bracket to line up on another stud. If you can’t get it to line up, you will just have to use anchors! It took me forever to figure out those lil doohickeys! What you do is, you pre drill with a drill bit, using the approximate size of your screw, but not bigger than it. Then put your anchor in that pre drilled hole and LIGHTLY tap that anchor into the drywall. When it is flush with the wall (might stick out just a tiny bit) you can go ahead and put your L bracket (or whatever you are using for a particular project) and screw the screw into the anchor. This helps the skateboard or shelf or whatever you are putting in your wall, STAY on your wall. Sometimes screws just come right out of the drywall and you are left with a messy bunch of drywall crumbles and an ugly hole in the wall. If you aren’t screwing into a wooden stud, you NEED anchors! Ok, enough Tim The Toolman, here’s what it looks like!

 

skateboard shelf is complete and on the wall!

 

Skateboard shelf Pottery Barn style

I like ours a lot better. Lil’ Bear helped a lot and was part of the whole project, so it is much more meaningful and have I mentioned it was only $5 because I only need to buy the brackets??

I will always remember all of the fun things we all did on this skateboard. It means more to me than if I had bought one off from Pottery Barn. This is his first professional skateboard that now holds his most precious things…Power Ranger that daddy bought him when daddy was deployed, Magic 8 ball, Skylanders toy from his birthday, a figurine Big Bear kept through his deployment, right on his shelf so he could see it everyday. Now it lives on this shelf where Lil’ Bear can see it every day!

Oh and if you were wondering what Lil’ Bear did with the wheels that he took off from this skateboard a year ago, this is his creation:

 

skateboard wheels turned roller skates

Yup, duct tape hard at work!

skateboard wheels taped to feet.

Yup, those wheels got duct taped to his feet all right!

 

So whaddya think about the shelf? Like it, share it!

And follow me on Instagram! I’m in love with it!

 

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