My fiance and I took a weekend trip to Hearst Castle this weekend and I’m so happy we did. Hearst Castle was William Randolph Hearst’s private estate and it’s located in central California–about 3.5 hours outside of Los Angeles. The estate was decorated for the holidays and it was so beautiful; it really felt like we went abroad for the weekend.
One of my favorite parts about the holiday season is making personalized homemade gifts. I may or may not have a D.I.Y. addiction so I’ve been posting a bunch of ideas that are inexpensive and easy for you to make at home too. Here are a couple of other D.I.Y. projects for you to check out:
D.I.Y. Organic Body Scrub:
To make your own Body Scrub, you will need two cups of organic granulated sugar and one cup of organic melted coconut oil. You will also need essential oil in your favorite scent. I love vanilla and lavender mixed together–10-15 drops of each–but it’s totally up to you.
Pour your sugar and coconut oil in a bowl and stir until they form a thick paste. Next, add your essential oil(s) and stir the mixture again. Spoon the mixture into your containers and seal. Add fun packaging embellishments like ribbons, personalized labels, etc. Your body scrub is ready for friends and family to enjoy this holiday season and beyond.
Evil Eye Charm Bracelet:
For this dainty bracelet, you need some chain, evil eye charms with double hooks (one hole on each side), a pair of jewelry pliers, a clasp and a bunch of jump rings. First, measure your chain around your wrist. Leave a bit of extra room so it’s comfortable and so that it will definitely fit the wrist of whoever this bracelet is for.
Choose as many evil eyes as you want to use for your bracelet. I chose three because I liked the simple look but choose however many you want. For a bracelet with three evil eyes like mine, cut your chain into four equal pieces. Loop one jump ring through the holes on each side of the evil eye charms.
Next, loop one end of your chain through each loop. Your charms and chain will then be connected. Once you have used all of your chain and evil eye charms, it’s time to add a clasp at the end of your bracelet. Loop a jump ring through your clasp and attach it to the end of the chain. Your bracelet is all set to be gifted. Enjoy!
There are so many fashionable goodies out there right now for the holidays, I pretty much had the best Black Friday I’ve ever had this year. Growing up, I must admit that I barely even knew what Black Friday was. My parents kept us safe and sound at home instead of taking us out to shop at the crack of dawn with all of the crazies. For this, I am actually pretty thankful. Last year was my first year braving the crowds on Black Friday. While it was something I felt I just needed to experience, it was full-on insane.