DIY Tote Bag

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I'm at SNAP right now, probably chatting with someone WAY cooler than I. In my defense, I can make some pretty cool stuff. Sometimes I'm hit in the head with rare moments of genius. This was one of them. Not that it was an original idea, but it was genius in that it was the perfect craft for me to make for my secret sister at SNAP.

It also doubles as an awesome Mother's Day gift for those hard-to-shop for mom's and mom's in law. My mom is a bag lady. I used to laugh at her about it, but now I'm one of them too. So, in honor of all bag ladies out there, who can't help but have more bags, here's a cute spring themed one for you.

Carissa Miss: DIY Tote Bag

It's so simple. Find a cute design {or make one}. I browsed TONS of pinsperation and stumbled across this little Project Life gem. I knew it was exactly the right look I was going for.

Carissa Miss: DIY Tote Bag

If you have a great diecutting machine, use it. For those of us who don't, print your design off on InkJet transfer paper {following their instructions}. Mine says to print image on the side WITHOUT the purple line and print the image flipped from how you want the design to end up. For my flower, this wasn't too critical, but for any type of lettering make sure you do this step!

Carissa Miss: DIY Tote Bag

Cut it out, leaving a small gap around the edges and iron, keeping even pressure for about a minute. I tried to iron out the bag a little too since it was preeetttty wrinkly.

Carissa Miss: DIY Tote Bag

 Wait for the image to cool and peel paper backing off of the design. That's it!

Carissa Miss: DIY Tote Bag

Carissa Miss: DIY Tote Bag

I can't wait for my secret sister to unwrap this! 

Carissa Miss: DIY Tote Bag

 Are you a self-proclaimed bag lady too?

Looking for other Mother's Day ideas?
Mandy of Sugar Bee Crafts made an adorable dress
Katie of Made to be a Momma put together a fun and flowery place setting. Plus, there's a giveaway over on her blog that ends Saturday!

DIY Twin Upholstered Bed

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My last tutorial before the final ROOM REVEAL!! Okay, well now that I said that I can actually think of a couple more I want to do, but I'm so proud of myself for getting so much done. It will probably never be "finished", but as far as the big stuff, pretty close. Ha. Until we have another kid:)

Carissa Miss: DIY Upholstered Bed

This project has been one of those that should only take a couple hours, but then ends up taking months and months. OH. Am I the only one with that problem? Ok. Well it went like this.
Me to hubby: "Look at how awesome this bed is! I love it. I want it. I need it. Let's build it."
Hubby: "Ok. Are you sure?"
Me: "Yes, it will be so easy and done in, like, one weekend!"
Months and months later, we visit our local Home Depot to get the supplies, make the cuts and start the bed. We get the frame built, mattress purchased, and it sits on the floor in Eliza's room. I then start ordering fabric swatches for the upholstery.
Weeks later.

I order some more fabric swatches. Still unsure about what I want.

Some more weeks later...

I think the first fabric swatch is my favorite. So I buy it.

A couple weekends later...

We try to cut out the headboard, but I can't decide on which style so it doesn't happen.

Another weekend goes by...

We cut out the headboard and I upholster it and bolt it to the bed.

Carissa Miss: DIY Upholstered Bed

A couple more weeks


Finally, bedding, and pillows!

Carissa Miss: DIY Upholstered Bed


Carissa Miss: DIY Upholstered Bed

Carissa Miss: DIY Upholstered Bed


Phew. It's such a relief to have it done! I'm also sooo pleased with how it turned out. I used Kelly's tutorial, but modified everything for a twin sized bed.

Final Measurements: 39x75

Supplies:
3/4" plywood for platform
1/2" plywood for headboard
1x4 for crossboards
2x2 for middle crossboard support
1x2 for side crossboard support
4 legs, stained and sealed
4 top plates, to screw legs into base of bed
wood screws
batting, HIGH LOFT and as many layers as you can
3.5 yards fabric, I ended up using this fabric
nailhead trim and rubber mallet


Cut:
3/4" plywood
(2) 9" x 38.5
(2) 9" x 75.5
(12) 1x4 x 38.5
(2) 1x2 x 74
(2) 2x2 x 74
1/2" plywood
(2) 48" x 40"

You can see that you get 2 headboards for the price of one and that worked perfectly for use because I plan to have the two kids share a room in the future. That was partly why it took me soo long to decide on the fabric because I didn't know if I wanted a fun fabric for the headboard or to keep it pretty neutral so it could be for a girl and boy.

Carissa Miss: DIY Upholstered Bed

24x24 pillow is Caitlin Wilson and the small lumbar pillow is Kaufman Spot On Metallic. If you want a good pillow tutorial, go HERE. Comforter is Marley Ruffle in White.

Carissa Miss: DIY Upholstered Bed

Building the frame:

Carissa Miss: DIY Upholstered Bed


Screwing in the leg plates and legs: we did it a little different than Kelly, who made her own legs.

Carissa Miss: DIY Upholstered Bed

Carissa Miss: DIY Upholstered Bed

I stained them with Minwax Dark Walnut and used my favorite Natural Wax to seal them.

Carissa Miss: DIY Upholstered Bed


Carissa Miss: DIY Upholstered Bed

Carissa Miss: DIY Upholstered Bed

Adding nailhead trim:

Carissa Miss: DIY Upholstered Bed

Upholstering the frame:

Carissa Miss: DIY Upholstered Bed

All done! Yay.

Carissa Miss: DIY Upholstered Bed

See the other DIY projects in her room:

Vertical striped curtains
Carissa Miss: DIY Vertical Stripe Curtains

Carissa Miss: IKEA TARVA Hack

DIY behind-the-door bookshelves

Carissa Miss: DIY Wall Bookshelves

Inspiration Board:

Carissa Miss: Little Girl's room Mood Board

Kids Chalkboard Table

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Sharing a SUPER FUN Ikea Hack on The Craftiest Allie today. Go check it out!

Don't forget to check out my other furniture transformations from this month!

Pottery Barn Knock-off Rustic Paned Mirror:


Mission Style Dresser Makeover:


Fighting against Migraines

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Tracking Pixel While I'm on a health kick, I want you to play physician for a sec and try to asses my symptoms and recommend my treatment.

I suffer from chronic migraines; which means I have them at least 14 days out of the month. I wake up with them and I go to sleep with them. I exercise frequently and eat a healthy balanced diet. Before I had my second baby, I was sleeping at least 8 hours each night and was experiencing a low amount of stress. I've had tests run on my thyroid, heart, eyes, head, hormones, sinuses, and even sleep apnea. I've had massages, visited the chiropractor, neurologist, ENT, ophthalmologist, OBGYN, and even a psychologist. Unfortunately, we haven't reached an answer for why I'm experiencing them.

Without going into major detail about migraines, there are generally two ways physicians treat them; symptomatic and preventative. There are different methods and medicines for each and I've tried sooo many. My current medication is preventative, meaning I take a dose every day to help make sure I don't have a headache. It works great, but there are some side effects I don't like. Mostly that it lowers my blood pressure so I am light headed and faint, and can be pretty drowsy until my body gets used to it. I'm nursing and thankfully it doesn't affect my baby.

Okay. Sounds pretty thorough doesn't it!? I am always on the lookout for new things to try and find a solution to why I have so many headaches and migraines.

This last week, I was thinking about maybe seeing a nutritionist, to talk about my diet more thoroughly than a physician usually does. I didn't know where to start looking, so I went to American Well. It's an awesome website that lets you video conference with health care professionals 24/7, 365 days a year online through your phone or computer! I didn't have to wait until there was an opening or wait until the kids woke up from their nap, I didn't have to get dressed, I could talk to someone right then and start getting answers.
Carissa Miss: Good Foods that Fight Migraines #AmericanWell #ad

Right away the nutritionist started walking me through my diet and health. We found a couple new ideas that I could try to implement and then do a follow up. Over secure messaging {they're HIPPA compliant} she sent me a work up from the visit as well as research she did on some additional things to try. She was very professional yet personable and I'm excited to try her suggestions. Here are a few:
  • Increase Omega 3 Fatty Acids 
  • Increase Riboflavin 
  • Increase Magnesium
  • Eat Regularly
  • Limit Sugar: Especially before bed. 
  • Balance Meals
  • Keep a detailed diary for at least 3 months
She also included meal suggestions for implementation. I know that this will help my overall health even if I don't find my headache triggers.

One of the suggestions was spinach and eggs. I love eggs for breakfast, they are perfect for fueling up.

Carissa Miss: Good Foods that Fight Migraines #AmericanWell #ad

Carissa Miss: Good Foods that Fight Migraines #AmericanWell #ad

Carissa Miss: Good Foods that Fight Migraines #AmericanWell #ad

Here are some other meals she suggested with foods that fight headaches by filling you with amazing vitamins and minerals. The best and most natural way to fuel up!

Carissa Miss: Good Foods that Fight Migraines #AmericanWell #ad

I am excited about trying to integrate more of these foods into my diet. I'll probably be sharing more healthy recipes, so stay tuned!

I want all of you to get healthy too, so try American Well and get a FREE visit with the coupon code SPRING

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Working on my Fitness; Kotex keeps me safe

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I've totally been on a healthy kick lately as I've mentioned in this and this post. Even though I'm not sleeping through the night, there's something so satisfying about working hard to get back in shape. Exercising is my favorite part about being healthy. The eating well is probably the hardest for me, I like to think if I burn 1000 calories then I don't have to think about what I eat as much. I know this will not work as I get older and my metabolism slows down. But, for now, I'm happy to live with this assumption.
So, how am I burning 1000 calories in a workout? I just started doing BIkram Yoga and LOVE IT. If you know anything about yoga, you know there's a lot of up and down, body contorting, and balancing. Bikram yoga is all those things in 105+ degrees and 40% humidity. The poses are developed to specific parts of the body: spine, digestive system, heart and lungs, etc. I was surprised at how rejuvenated I feel after a 90 minute session. Because the room is so hot, I wear tiny spandex shorts and tank tops. This usually isn't a problem, except for that special time of the month when short shorts can equal awkward and embarrassing. If you don't know what I'm alluding to, then you've never worn short shorts while on your period. I like knowing I'm safe.
Carissa Miss: Fitness Routines #staysafewithkotex #ubykotex #pmedia #ad

I can only handle hot yoga a couple times a week so on the other days I integrate some circuit training that includes a lot of jumping jacks, burpees, jump roping, and other vigorous up and down activities. While it's great for my heart and muscles, my post-baby muscles are anything but taut. After a particularly rigorous session, I looked down and realized I needed to change. {TMI? Tell me I'm not alone} I need help making sure I don't have any accidents.

Carissa Miss: Fitness Routines #staysafewithkotex #ubykotex #pmedia #ad

Carissa Miss: Fitness Routines #staysafewithkotex #ubykotex #pmedia #ad


Carissa Miss: Fitness Routines #staysafewithkotex #ubykotex #pmedia #ad

When I'm tired of push ups and lunges, I go for a run. Usually with my double jogger. My kids love going on "rides". It's a great way to burn extra calories too. We have a beautiful trail near our house where I can go for miles and miles. If I need to, I take a little break and we throw rocks in the river. We are usually gone for about 45 minutes. It's one of my favorite ways to de-stress and get out of the house. Unfortunately, I'm still not back up-to-speed, and need a little help keeping dry!
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Carissa Miss: Fitness Routines #staysafewithkotex #ubykotex #pmedia #ad

If you want to be sure you'll stay safe while working out, head to Walmart and pick up U by Kotex products at "Walmart’s Every Day Low Price." Make sure you grab the boxes with the Goody elastics on top! {available while supplies last}.

Furniture: Mission Style Dresser

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I really love how this matching dresser to the ugly laminate bookshelf turned out! It was the same boring pressed wood and veneer as the bookshelf but after a couple coats of Country Chic Paint, it's true potential is revealed.

Carissa Miss: Mission Style Dresser transformation

Can you believe it's the same piece? I know, right? I followed the same procedure as on the bookshelf:
gave it a good priming, a coat of liquorice, and two coats of frosty morning

Carissa Miss: Mission Style Dresser transformation

 After a little distressing, some wax,

Carissa Miss: Mission Style Dresser transformation

and new hardware,

Carissa Miss: Mission Style Dresser transformation

As you can tell, the new hardware is a great complement to the pastel blue. A completely different style just by updating the knobs! This update is easy if you know where to start. My client loved the look of the recessed pulls so here's a quick little tutorial on how to go from knobs to pulls.

Carissa Miss: Mission Style Dresser transformation

Cut a piece of tape the exact length of the pull and mark where the holes are. I would recommend using something more durable than this adorable washi tape. Then drill where you marked and install the new hardware.

Carissa Miss: Mission Style Dresser transformation

Repeat until all the new hardware is installed.