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Aromatherapy: sleep

lavender vanilla lotion

lavender vanilla lotion

lavender vanilla lotion

lavender vanilla lotion

I first smelled this lotion on a toddler, at the preschool I work. She smelled heavenly, and her skin was so soft. One day, I asked her mom what lotion she uses. Next thing I know, she brings in this pretty blue 6.5 oz bottle. I love this lotion and thought I’d share it with you.

It’s the Bath & Body Works aromatherapy sleep lavender vanilla body lotion, which comes in a high quality glass bottle and a plastic pump. The scent is soothing and relaxing and helps me get to sleep easier. The lotion is non sticky and makes my skin feels nice.

This lotion and a cup of tea… my kind of evening. But, there’s more. Bath & Body Works carries other aromatherapy lotions that would be fun to try.Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Spearmint Body Lotion - Bath And Body WorksAromatherapy Orange Ginger Body Lotion - Bath And Body Works

Aromatherapy Black Currant Vanilla Body Lotion - Bath And Body Works

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Simple Plywood Headboard

plywood headboard

plywood headboard

plywood headboard

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plywood headboard

Today’s post is for those who love to simplify. The older I get, the more I crave a minimalist home. I want it simple, practical and clutter-free.

A few months back, I bought a new mattress and smart base for my teenage son.  I also gave him my faux leather headboard. The headboard had a more masculine feel, which complimented his new bed and bedding. This left me without one so I decided to DIY a tufted headboard. The more I thought about it, the more I leaned toward a simple plywood headboard.

I saw a few on Pinterest, and most of them were from European homes.  It’s true, most Europeans are used to smaller homes, cars, simple furniture, simple home decor, etc.

I went to Lowe’s to pick a quality 3/4 inch plywood. It was around $20, and a friendly man cut it for me to my desired size. At home, I sanded the rough edges. With the scrap plywood, I built a simple nightstand. So easy.

This look may not be for everyone, but it suites me. I like the simple, clean look; the price, and easy “build”. If I get bored with it, I’ll add some padding, wrap it in fabric and call it a day.

Have a wonderful week!

Dog House Makeover

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RoofedItMyself   #CollectiveBiasdog house makeover

dog house makeover When I bought my fixer upper, this fairly large dog house was left behind by the previous homeowner. Although we have two small pups, they are spoiled inside dogs, preferring the couch over a dog house.

If you follow my blog, you know that I like to reuse things as much as possible, so when the opportunity came along for me to try GAF roofing products, I knew right away what DIY project I would use them for –  for a makeover of this sad-looking dog house. Not for my dogs, but for the dogs at the local animal shelter. During warmer months, the shelter keeps several large dogs outside, but the area lacks shade and cover. I’m hoping this dog house will keep the dogs cool and dry.dog house makeover

As you can see, the dog house needed lots of TLC… especially the roof.

dog house makeover

The first thing I did was measure the roof.  Next, I went to Lowe’s to purchase all my roofing materials. This part was pretty easy since all the GAF Roofing Accessories were in one aisle, including shingles, underlayment, ridge cap shingles, and nails. I also bought new plywood and paint. dog house material

dog house makeover

dog house makeover

I started by removing the old shingles.

dog house makeover

The original roof was a mess. It consisted of plywood and shingles, and a second layer of thin plywood and shingles. All this needed to go.

dog house makeover

Basically, I took it down to the studs, haha. I cleaned the house and reinforced certain areas with leftover treated wood from my wood stash.

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dog house makeover

Once the new plywood for the roof was put in place, it was ready for  the FeltBuster® High Traction Synthetic Roofing Felt.

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This gives the wood an additional layer of protection. Although GAF is customarily thought of as a professional product used by contractors, it can be used by the average DIYer. I never knew I could install an actual roof myself, but this was totally doable.

dog house makeover

For shingles I chose Timberline® Natural Shadow® in charcoal.  I recently learned that Timberline is the best-selling shingle in North America. It’s made with proprietary, granular technology. The best part – It looks good and is extremely durable. Just picture how many dogs will be able to use this dog house?! For many years. This makes me really happy.

dog house makeover

Once the shingles were up, it was time to add the TimberTex® Premium Ridge Cap Shingles. These offer multi-layer protection at the highest-stress areas of the roof.

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These are easy to use, since no cutting is required. Just use your hands to break them.

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dog house makeover

When everything was done, I primed and painted the house a cheerful yellow color.

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dog house makeover

Not only was this makeover fun to work on, I feel good knowing that this house will go to good use.

dog house makeover

And Billy couldn’t agree more.

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He and Teddy were the first to get a tour of the new and improved dog house.

 

Are you keeping busy with outdoor projects this spring? What kind of DIY project would you use GAF roofing on?