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Tips For De-stressing Over The Holidays

Tips For De-stressing Over The Holidays

Just five more sleeps until Christmas morning! Are you ready and all set to go for Tuesday morning’s festivities? I’m just about ready, but, nevertheless, feel a little anxious that I’ve forgotten something. That feeling is probably thanks to the amount of to-dos I still have on my list of deadlines for work, but all of that will be done by the end of the day tomorrow, and I’ll finally (finally!) be able to relax and enjoy all the excitement that comes with Christmas and New Years.

For those of you who can relate and tend to feel a little on edge or overwhelmed in general this time of year, I put together a list of eight ways to de-stress and decompress. Scroll on for my tips, and picture me over here trying to take a cue from my own book, too!

Tips For De-stressing Over The Holidays

Tips For De-stressing Over The Holidays

Tips For De-stressing Over The Holidays

How To De-stress This Holiday:

1. The very first thing on my list? Learn to say no! This time of year can be especially hard on people who suffer from social anxiety (like me), so go ahead and decline that holiday party invitation that’s been weighing on your mind. If the host is a true friend, they’ll understand. When you graciously decline, though, maybe suggest planning a post-holiday lunch date to catch up.

2. Don’t overextend your creativity on presents. If you’re still buying gifts for people, consider asking your family members to give you their specific wish lists. That way you can be sure you’re getting them something they’ll actually use and love.

3. Eat healthy foods. Even if you trade in just one carb-heavy dinner this holiday season for one packed with vegetables instead, you’ll inevitably feel more energetic and less stressed.

4. Turn off the television and play a board game. Bright digital lights from a TV can cause eye strain and anxiety, so dim your table lamps, turn Christmas music on low in the background, and get back to basics with a family game night.

5. Give yourself license to skip the hassle of wrapping gifts this Christmas. Instead of struggling with tape, scissors, and perfect lines, use bags (or even fabric) to loosely hide your presents from their recipients’ view.

6. Think of quick yet effective ways to give back this Christmas. I was going to suggest volunteering at a homeless shelter, but then my mind started spiraling at the thought of trying to work something like that into an already-packed holiday schedule this late in the game. Instead, go buy some coats, gloves, and hats, and donate them to your local homeless shelter.

7. Keep up with your routine. Sometimes, breaking away from the activities you’re used to during the rest of the year can make you feel thrown off, so stick with your weekly yoga class, morning meet-ups, and bedtimes this holiday season.

8. Stop for a moment at least once a day to think about the big picture. Think about what Christmas means to you, or try visualizing a couple of positive goals you want to make for the new year ahead. You could even simply tell yourself that this, too, shall pass in just a couple more weeks! Having a mini check-in with yourself puts things into perspective, and can help you recenter before tackling another potentially stressful holiday to-do list item.

Tips For De-stressing Over The Holidays

Tips For De-stressing Over The Holidays

Tips For De-stressing Over The Holidays

How do you de-stress over the holidays? Or are you the type of person who can sail through Christmas and New Years with a big ol’ smile on your face despite the chaos surrounding you? I wish I could be more like that latter group of folks, but, alas, I think I’m always going to be just a tiny bit high strung this time of year. Even still, I always look forward to these festive holidays, and wouldn’t trade the occasion for anything in the world. Leave your own tips, if you’ve got them, in the comments below.

Tips For De-stressing Over The Holidays

*Photos by Chelsea Laine Francis from my 2014 feature for Camille Styles all about 10 Easy Ways to Deck Out Your Home for the Holidays
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Festive Holiday Outfit Ideas To Try

Festive Holiday Outfit Ideas To Try

I absolutely adore getting dressed up this time of year. The only problem is that I’m a pretty staunch homebody, so I have nowhere to actually go in all my fancy finer. This holiday season I’m trying to change that mentality by getting out of the house more often. I’m making a point to pop out to a coffee shop for lunch just because, and I’m also sneakily scheduling a few extra weeknight dinners out so John and I have the excuse to dress up in honor of Christmas and New Years.

For even more motivation and inspiration, I spent the morning coming up with two dream holiday outfits that I’d love to wear this season. As you might have noticed, I tried my best not to go overboard with too much holiday-themed glamour so that these pieces could be worn all winter long.

Festive Holiday Outfit Ideas To Try

1. Tiny Brass Bead Earrings

2. Knit Beanie

3. Chain Crossbody Bag

4. Fair Isle Crewneck Sweater

5. Chambray Classic Ex-Boyfriend Shirt

6. Fireside Mini Skirt

7. Chelsea Boot

8. Blanket Scarf

9. Charm Necklace

10. Foldover Pouch

11. Lurex Turtleneck

12. The Work Pant

13. Smoking Shoe

I love that any of these pieces can be mixed together, too. If you’ve been considering going the capsule wardrobe route, the 13 items I listed above combine for a great jumping-off point. The Fair Isle Crewneck, for example, is the perfect topper for those Work Pants, and the Lurex Turtleneck is a no-brainer for tucking into the Mini Skirt. Because everything is in the same general color palette, you can mix and match to your hearts content well past Christmas. Which outfit is your favorite between the two?

Festive Holiday Outfit Ideas To Try

*I earn a small percentage from purchases made using the affiliate links above. Affiliate links are not sponsored. Rest assured that I never recommend products we wouldn’t use or don’t already love ourselves.

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DIY Tissue Box Christmas Gift Tags

*This post was sponsored by Scotties Facial Tissues

DIY Tissue Box Christmas Gift Tags | dreamgreendiy.com + #ScottiesStyle

It’s definitely not a secret that everything inside our house is pretty thought-out. I think I have my OCD tendencies to thank for it, but not a single stack of books, piece of art, or patterned throw pillow is placed in one of our rooms without meticulous pre-planning. The same philosophy even goes for things like tissue boxes! Tell me I’m not alone in this, guys.

At any rate, John knows that if he comes home from the grocery store with a generic looking tissue box, it will inevitably end up inside a cabinet because I just can’t stand looking at it alongside our antiques and other décor. He’s gotten really good at taking the time to find patterned tissue boxes that actually match our aesthetic because he knows it’s the only way I’ll leave them out in the open. One brand that consistently checks that box (pun unintended) is Scotties Facial Tissues, and today I’m excited to be teaming up with them for a Christmas craft inspired by their seasonal box designs.

As you know, I ended up with a pretty bad cold a couple of weeks ago around Thanksgiving, and inevitably went through several boxes of Scotties tissues in the process. Instead of throwing them away (the wintery designs are just too cute!), I decided to hold onto them and turn them into DIY Christmas gift tags. Scroll on for the tutorial and craft supply list—printable template included.

DIY Tissue Box Christmas Gift Tags

DIY Tissue Box Christmas Gift Tags

DIY Tissue Box Christmas Gift Tags

Here’s What You’ll Need:

1. Scotties Facial Tissue Boxes

2. Printable Tags Template

3. Cardstock

4. Scissors

5. Pen or pencil

6. Rubber cement or tacky glue

7. Hole punch

8. Leather cording

9. Washi tape

10. Paint markers

DIY Tissue Box Christmas Gift Tags

Step One

Download the printable tags template here, and print the page onto regular computer paper. Cut out each shape, and discard the trimmings. Lay the larger circle, larger triangle, and the smaller star shape on thick cardstock, and trace the designs onto the paper. Cut them out. Note that I actually used a cream-colored cardstock because I liked the subtle contrast between that color (versus pure white) and the holiday tissue box patterns I used.

DIY Tissue Box Christmas Gift Tags

Step Two

Lay the remaining tag templates you first printed and cut out (the smaller circle, smaller triangle, and larger star) onto the sides of empty Scotties tissue boxes, and trace their shapes onto the cardboard using a pen or pencil. Cut the shapes out with scissors.

DIY Tissue Box Christmas Gift Tags

Step Three

Pair up the shapes, large with small, and glue them together using rubber cement. Allow the finished layered tags to dry fully for at least an hour (or more if you decide to use tacky glue) before handling or moving on to the next step.

DIY Tissue Box Christmas Gift Tags

DIY Tissue Box Christmas Gift Tags

DIY Tissue Box Christmas Gift Tags

Step Four

Punch a hole through the top portion of any tags that you want to tie onto your gift boxes. For these, you’ll loop through a piece of short leather cording or twine. On the other hand, you could leave the tags unpunched, and attach them to gift boxes using pieces of pretty patterned washi tape. You’ll see it both ways in these demonstration photos.

DIY Tissue Box Christmas Gift Tags

Step Five

Before attaching your finished tag to the gift box, though, make sure you write out the person’s name on the blank side of the tag using a paint marker. I like to go the extra mile with calligraphy-inspired handwriting, but don’t think—even for a second—that I know how to do that on my own. I just go on Pinterest, type out the person’s name and add the word “calligraphy” on the end, then see if the name pops up in an image that I can copy. Easy as could be, but looks a lot fancier than my own everyday handwriting.

DIY Tissue Box Christmas Gift Tags

DIY Tissue Box Christmas Gift Tags

DIY Tissue Box Christmas Gift Tags

DIY Tissue Box Christmas Gift Tags

The holiday boxes from Scotties made this project so easy to pull off, and I love, love, love that it made good use of something we already had lying around the house. I’m all about reducing waste and saving a buck or two.

I also think this would be such a fun excuse to get friends together for a festive craft night. It doesn’t have to be anything overly fancy or thought-out—just text a few best friends and invite them over for gift tag making, then get to crafting with Christmas music or a holiday movie on in the background. Which gift tag or box design is your favorite from the bunch?

DIY Tissue Box Christmas Gift Tags | dreamgreendiy.com + #ScottiesStyle

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Christmas Coffee Cocktail Holiday Recipe

Christmas Coffee Cocktail Holiday Recipe

Happy Monday, everyone! Did you enjoy a nice relaxing weekend like I told you to? I think it’s so important to prioritize self-care right now since we’re all likely in the midst of a super chaotic holiday season.

Even if you’re not traveling or hosting a big group of family and friends for Christmas or New Years, chances are good that you’re having to accommodate all of those people around you who are. John and I drove out of town the other day to do some Christmas shopping in a nearby city, and we had a helluva time avoiding impatient drivers and stressed-out shoppers. It’s the nature of the beast, if you will, this time of year, so make sure you set aside some time for self-care these last couple of weeks of the year.

Today, I thought it might be fun to share one of the simple little stress-relievers that I’ve added to my own holiday routine this year. Every few days, I make myself a cup of this Christmas Coffee Cocktail, and it does wonders to soothe my racing mind. Keep scrolling for the couldn’t-be-easier (or sweeter!) recipe.

Christmas Coffee Cocktail Holiday Recipe

Christmas Coffee Cocktail

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. Baileys Irish Cream

1 tbsp. Frangelico

1 tbsp. Kahlua

8 oz. fresh coffee

Directions:

Combine the first three ingredients in a mug, and then pour the fresh coffee over top. Stir to combine, and serve hot. The drink is sweet enough on its own, but if you want to go the extra mile, try adding cinnamon sugar to the rim of your mug before mixing the drink. A dollop of fresh whipped cream wouldn’t hurt either. Cheers!

Christmas Coffee Cocktail Holiday Recipe

P.S. If you enjoyed today’s post, you’re going to love what’s coming in this week’s DGD Tribe newsletter! Sign up here to get on the list before the last newsletter of 2018 goes out on Wednesday.
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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For Her

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For Her

If you’re anything like me, then you’re probably already done with your holiday shopping for the year. John and I had most of our gifts purchased, wrapped, and under the tree by Black Friday, but I’m still ordering a few odds and ends to fill up stockings. Just in case you’re looking for a few ideas, I thought I’d round up a collection of gifts perfect for the women in your lives—after all, those are the types of goodies I know best seeing as I’m a gift-loving gal myself.

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For Her

1. Paddywax Mesa Collection Scented Soy Wax Candle: I know candles have kind of a bad rap, but they’re so universally loved! I like that this one is soy-based.

2. Befettly Moon Pendant Necklace: Dainty gold jewelry is so on-trend right now. I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a woman who wouldn’t appreciate this pendant necklace.

3. Food52 Genius Recipes: This pretty cookbook is one they’ll want to leave out on the counter.

4. Travel Neck Pillow: This one won’t get to you in time for Christmas anymore, but you could always print a picture of it and stick it in her stocking as a stand-in until the real gift arrives.

5. Teo Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser: I own this diffuser myself and couldn’t recommend it more.

6. Beats EP On-Ear Headphones: Everybody could use a pair of good headphones! (Note: looks like the white ones are already sold out, but the black version should get to you by Christmas)

7. Envelope Travel Clutch with ID Card Holder: There’s room in this wallet for credit cards, money, and even a cell phone. I also think she’ll love the tone-on-tone leather finish.

8. Sheepskin Lined Cable Knit Throw: Whenever I’m stumped for what to get someone, I almost always default to a really luxurious, extra soft throw blanket, like this one.

9. Fluf Zipper Lunch Bag: This is, quite possibly, the coolest lunchbox I’ve ever seen. That grid pattern is so fresh and modern.

10. 3-Inch Ceramic Pot: Bonus points if you fill this pretty ceramic pot with a live plant before handing it over on Christmas morning!

11. Kate Aspen Under the Stars Glass Coaster Set: I love that you have to get just a little closer to these star-covered coasters to see what the delicate pattern actually is.

12. Davines Volu Hair Mist: A hair mist that adds instant volume to thin hair? Please excuse me while I go add it to my own Christmas wish list.

Oh, and you might have noticed the new design on today’s graphic. I’ve been feeling the itch to upgrade a few things visually around these parts, so just a heads up in case you notice things looking a little different on the blog in the next month or two.

A new website design might just be in the near future, too, although I’m undecided on that. It’s so much work (and stress) redoing my website since I’ve only ever done it myself. So, with that said, fellow bloggers, let me know in the comments if you would recommend any particular web designers, and if you’re a designer who might be interested in teaming up, please do shoot me a message!

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For Her

*I earn a small percentage from purchases made using the affiliate links above. Affiliate links are not sponsored. Rest assured that I never recommend products we wouldn’t use or don’t already love ourselves.

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An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

I know, I know…How many times can one blogger share their full home tour in one year?! Chances are good that the thought is running through your head if you’ve been following along for any length of time this year since I’ve already opened the digital doors to our space with a feature here, but this time things are a little different.

Of course, each time I do an interview about our home I do my best to share exclusive insight and tidbits that I’ve never opened up about before, but the extra special thing about this particular new home tour is that it was shot entirely by yours truly!

I’m getting ahead of myself, though. Who published our latest home tour? None other than Hunker! As you may know, I contribute regular DIY tutorials to the website, and my editor was sweet enough to recently invite me to team up with them for a full home tour feature. I couldn’t say yes fast enough, and even though I was also quick to offer up recommendations for photographers in our area (there are so many great ones!) to shoot the tour, Hunker asked specifically if I would photograph the space myself.

An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

I was honestly a little hesitant to agree because I still don’t feel like my photography is on par with that of all the incredibly talented professional interior photographers that I follow, but Hunker’s confidence in me eventually won me over. I was so flattered by their encouragement, and now that the tour is live, I’m maybe even a little proud to say I shot it myself!

My passion for interior photography isn’t something I ever anticipated developing when I started blogging almost eight years ago, but now it’s one of my very favorite pieces of the multi-layered puzzle. This opportunity with Hunker was a great way to stretch my photography muscles even further than usual.

An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

BIG thanks to the team at Hunker for their support, and I hope you enjoy the tour and interview. Click here to see the slideshow and read the oh-so-sweet words written by my interviewer Laura Lambert. And in case you’re curious to hear more about the updates you might be able to spot since our last home tour went live, don’t you worry—I’ve got lots of home update stories to share later this month and in the new year (think: new antique art, refreshed room layouts, a few electrical updates, and more). Stay tuned!

An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

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Our Day At The Christmas Tree Farm

Our Day At The Christmas Tree Farm

Ever since making the spontaneous move to a brand-new-to-us town with no friends or family to speak of nearby, John and I have had the unexpected opportunity to make new holiday traditions of our own. We’ve discovered the best neighborhoods to drive through when we want to look at Christmas lights after dark, we’ve searched for (and found!) the best place to get a cup of classic hot chocolate while running Christmasy errands, and, this year, we finally decided to go on the hunt for the perfect local place to get a live Christmas tree.

This is the first year ever that we’ve gotten a real tree for Christmas as a couple, and we decided to wait until my sister was visiting from out of town for Thanksgiving so she could get in on the fun, too. The ultimate destination? Francisco Farms, a scenic 25-minute drive away in Staunton, Virginia.

Our Day At The Christmas Tree Farm

Our Day At The Christmas Tree Farm

Our Day At The Christmas Tree Farm

This was right around the time that I started to feel pretty sick with my cold, but I decided to suck it up so that I could experience the adventure in person. So, the three of us bundled up (although, spoiler, we really should have bundled up much more) and piled into John’s pickup truck to make the trek to the farm. It was a gorgeous drive through the countryside in an area that we hadn’t been before, and you better believe we blasted Christmas music the entire way there and back.

Our Day At The Christmas Tree Farm

Our Day At The Christmas Tree Farm

Our Day At The Christmas Tree Farm

My mom was the one to find Francisco Farms for us while we were researching places to go ahead of time, and I’m so glad she stumbled upon it because we couldn’t have picked a better spot. The farm is really casual and down-to-earth (cash/check only, no big bouncy house, or live music), but that’s much more our style anyway—and you can’t really beat the views. Rows upon rows of festive evergreen trees, neatly kept but still surrounded by tall grass and brambles. I wished more than once that I had skipped the loafers I was wearing, and that I had worn boots like my sister, but it was so much fun that I was able to ignore my chilly ankles. For the most part, anyway.

Our Day At The Christmas Tree Farm

Our Day At The Christmas Tree Farm

Our Day At The Christmas Tree Farm

Our Day At The Christmas Tree Farm

We saw lots of great contenders amongst the white pines, but ultimately decided on a fat tree just a tiny bit taller than us, with plenty of strong branches perfect for holding all of the decorations we planned to pile onto it. We were able to borrow a much-loved tree saw from the folks who ran the farm, and John had the tree cut and on the ground within just a minute or two.

Our Day At The Christmas Tree Farm

Our Day At The Christmas Tree Farm

Our Day At The Christmas Tree Farm

Since it was bitterly cold and I was struggling through the sniffles as it was, we didn’t end up staying quite as long as I wanted to. We probably were there no more than 30 minutes, but I still couldn’t imagine a better first visit to this farm. Now that we know the ropes, I think next year will be even better! We’ll definitely wear bigger coats and winter hats, plan to spend more time wandering for fun between the rows of trees, and maybe we’ll even bring the dog so he has a chance to see (and smell) the sights, too.

Our Day At The Christmas Tree Farm

Our Day At The Christmas Tree Farm

Our Day At The Christmas Tree Farm

Hop back here, in case you missed it, to see our live Christmas tree in all its slightly uneven, fluffy, festive glory. It smells so good, the effect worlds away better than the faux tree we used to put up in that spot in our family room. I’m so glad we decided to start a new tradition, and can’t wait to go back and support Francisco Farms in 2019. Do you get a live tree for the holidays? Tell us all about it in the comments below.

Our Day At The Christmas Tree Farm

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5 Mason Jar Christmas Gift Ideas

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

5 Mason Jar Christmas Gift Ideas

I’m so sorry to keep today’s post extra short and sweet, but I just can’t ignore the fact that I’m sick any longer. I need to take a bit of extra time off this week to rest and recuperate from whatever cold or sinus infection I managed to catch because I’ve got way too much on my Christmas to-do list to stay down for long. I’ve got peppermint lattes to drink, holiday lights to see, Christmas meals to eat, and shopping still to do! But all of that must wait until I get back to good health.

The good news is that my latest project for Oriental Trading Company was finished long before I started feeling under the weather, so I’m excited to send you right on your way to check out that extension of Dream Green DIY content today.

5 Mason Jar Christmas Gift Ideas

5 Mason Jar Christmas Gift Ideas

See the full step-by-step tutorial for my 5 Mason Jar Christmas Gift Ideas right here, and feel free to let me know in the comments below which one you’d make first for someone special on your list. My personal favorite? Gotta be those pumpkin bites! Boy, could I use one of those right about now…I guess that’s just another reason to get better sooner rather than later, am I right?

5 Mason Jar Christmas Gift Ideas

P.S. There’s still plenty of time to grab a handmade ornament for Christmas from the DGD Pottery shop! See what’s left of the collection here.

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DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

*This post was sponsored by Snapfish

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen | dreamgreendiy.com + @newsnapfish #ShareWithSnapfish #snapfish

Okay, guys. No more stalling. If it wasn’t “officially” crunch time for Christmas shopping before, it definitely is now! With Thanksgiving 2018 memories in the bag, we’re turning our attention to crossing “gift hunting” off our holiday to-do list.

We actually keep things relatively low-key among our two families (John’s immediate family and my own) by agreeing to gift one item apiece to each other, but it’s still a task we take pretty seriously. We hate the idea of giving gifts they don’t really need, so we think long and hard about what we can give them that serves a purpose. The number one item on that list? Coffee!

This season, I’m teaming up yet again with my favorite folks over at Snapfish to show how you can treat the coffee lovers in your own lives to something fun (and functional!) this holiday. Scroll on to learn more about the custom photo mugs and other kitchen accessories I put together as experiments for gift ordering later this month, plus the step-by-step tutorial for our new DIY coffee mug rail in case you really want to wow them come Christmas morning.

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

First, the mugs. This was my first time ordering custom mugs from Snapfish, and I’ll admit that I was a little worried about being able to find designs among their pre-built templates that would suit our mod, clean-lined aesthetic. I’m not a big fan of ultra bright patterns, but I was excited to find out that that’s not all the website offers in terms of templates.

I was able to choose four really simple designs for our mugs—one with John’s initial for his daily cup of coffee, a wood-look labeled design with my own name on it, plus a couple of custom photo mugs with our engagement pictures printed on them.

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

I actually kept my cart open in its own separate tab in my browser so I could refresh it every time I completed a mug design and added it to my collection. That way I could be sure that the photos and designs I chose would look good together on display in our kitchen. That might be a little too OCD for everyone, but it worked for me!

Oh, and I should mention that the interface for creating custom designs was super easy to use, too. The do-it-yourself layout allows you to get really creative with multi-photo arrangements, and, whether your style is classic like ours or punchy (think: chalkboard designs, metallics, and even botanicals), the site has plenty of design options for you to play around with.

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

It’s also a cinch to upload your own photos to the product builder. You can pull directly from places like Instagram, Facebook, and Google Photos, which saved me so much time. If I hadn’t had that option, I would have had to dig out my external hard drive to access the older photos I wanted to include. Being able to pull from my social media accounts saved me at least an extra half hour of hassle.

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

Now for that DIY I promised! I wanted to figure out a way to really show off our new collection of custom kitchen items (did you see we also picked up a custom tea towel with our last name on it?!), so I built a quick DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail to go under our new open shelves. Scroll on to learn how to recreate the project.

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail

Step One: Figure out how long you want your rail to be. I ended up using a 1/2-inch unfinished copper pipe for my rail because we already had it handy, and I also really liked the look of the patinaed copper against our wood shelves with their matte black brackets. The rod was already cut to a size that worked for us (34 1/2 inches long), but if you need to trim yours down a bit, you can use a pipe cutter, like this.

Step Two: Next, choose your spot for the rail, and mark where you’d like the hooks to go that will attach it to the underside of your shelves. I used three 1-inch white hooks to support our copper rail, spacing them roughly 12 inches apart from each other under the shelves. Mark where your hooks will go with a pencil, pre-drill the holes, and then screw the hooks in place.

Step Three: Slip your rail gently through the hooks, making sure that it feels strong and sturdy. If you feel like the rail needs more support, screw in a couple more hooks between the others.

Step Four: Loop S-hook hangers over the rail, and then slip your custom mugs right over the hangers to allow them to swing freely for easy grabbing in the morning.

NOTE: When figuring out where to hang your rail, make sure you keep it away from the wall by at least a few inches. Otherwise, the mugs could bang into the wall and break.

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

We love how the custom collection turned out (it’s such a treat to see them swinging there on our DIY rail every morning!), so I’m definitely planning on ordering more to give to friends and family this Christmas. Wouldn’t they make for the perfect personalized stocking stuffers? I vowed that this would be the year that we finally find functional gifts that look cool, too, and I think this idea definitely nails that criteria.

What types of personalized photo gifts would your family like? I love trying to think beyond the standard photo gift (remember my custom ’12 Reasons Why I Love You’ photo book from last year?), so if you have any clever ideas, tell us about them in the comments below. Whatever inspiration strikes your fancy, be sure to use the code ‘SANTA40‘ now through December 31, 2018, to enjoy 40% off your order sitewide.

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen | dreamgreendiy.com + @newsnapfish #ShareWithSnapfish #snapfish

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Designing Around A Molekule (Plus A Review!)

*This post was sponsored by Molekule

Designing Around A Molekule Air Purifier | dreamgreendiy.com + @Molekule #ad #mymolekule

It has been more than a year since we added a Molekule air purifier to our home, so I figured it was the right time to share an update and a review. I also wanted to talk about ways to design your space around a Molekule, so I put together a full mood board inspired by this ultra cool, mod device.

But let me step back for a moment before I get into all of that. I know the idea of an air purifier isn’t the sexiest topic of conversation, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by this particular one—not only in the way it functions (which, of course, is key), but also the way it looks. You all know better than anyone that I care a lot about how things work within our home from a decorative standpoint, and I’m happy to report that our Molekule looks good in every. single. room. No exaggeration!

Designing Around A Molekule (Plus A Review!)

The main reason we decided to work with the Molekule team on this post (and the first one) was because we really do believe in the technology they built the device on. We have three cats and a hound dog, all of whom are indoor pets, so we’re constantly battling things like dander, dirt, and litter dust. Gross.

Needless to say, John’s allergies got pretty bad, especially when we moved into our home back in 2015. Our last house had a central heating and air system, and we were always really good about replacing the air filters, but our current ranch has no central air system at all. Instead, we rely on baseboard heaters and a collection of wall- and window-mounted AC units. Because we don’t have central air, we don’t have a way of filtering the air in our home, so we eventually figured out that we needed to run dehumidifiers and air purifiers to help keep our air cleaner and healthier.

Designing Around A Molekule (Plus A Review!)

Since setting our Molekule up in our master bedroom last year, John’s been able to sleep better and has felt much less stuffy. We still have to dust, of course, but I find that our air purifier helps cut that down so we have to break out the microfiber duster less often. The Molekule uses two filters to help purify your air, and you can sign up for recurring deliveries of your filter replacements so that you never have to worry about remembering to replace them each season.

The other thing I love about it one year later is the fact that it’s so mobile. I’ve moved the thing from our bedroom, to the guest room, to the office, to the living room, and back again. Whenever I feel like a certain space smells kind of musty, I just use the touch screen to turn off the device, unplug it, and lift it by the handle to move it into its new space.

Designing Around A Molekule (Plus A Review!)

As for the looks factor, I hope the mood board at the beginning of this post and the photos of it set up in our living room (its current location) are enough to prove that the Molekule is one of those types of functional pieces of equipment that you won’t mind seeing out in plain view. Since I don’t suffer from allergies, myself, I’m admittedly more enthused about the purifier’s looks, and the sleek lines and minimalist color palette just speak to me.

Designing Around A Molekule (Plus A Review!)

So, are there any cons? To be totally and completely honest, not really. It’s not the least expensive purifier you could buy for your house and the filters are a little on the pricier side of things, too, but it’s one of the best devices you can buy on the market, and if you have allergies in your family like we do, then the investment is worth it. You can also sign up for monthly payments to help spread out the cost of your new Molekule, too.

Another question I get asked a lot is if the purifier is loud. My answer is yes and no. There are three settings you can put your Molekule on: Silent, Auto, and Boost. It’s probably pretty self-explanatory, but here’s a very brief rundown of each. Boost is great for a particularly dusty, musty space, Auto is perfect for everyday use, and Silent is a great setting when you want to run the machine at nighttime, when you have company, or certain situations like that.

Boost is the only setting that is sort of on the louder side (kind of like a hair dryer, but still on a really low setting). Auto is a soft hum that you get used to with everyday use and won’t notice at all after a while. I would definitely not characterize the machine as loud. As with any type of air purifier, just be prepared for a little white noise, but this particular one is very modest and blends right in with other daily sounds.

Designing Around A Molekule (Plus A Review!)

As I said, the Molekule is a pretty big investment, and we are extremely grateful that we were given the opportunity to test the product in our home because of the blog. That said, I’m certain that we would have bought this air purifier out of pocket if it had been necessary. I could clearly go on and on about the sleek, beautiful design, but it really makes such a difference with the air quality in a home, too, so I have zero qualms about encouraging you guys to look into the device to see if it’s a good fit for your home.

You can find out everything you need to know on the Molekule website here, and feel free to revisit my first post on the topic here to learn more about the purifier’s technology and our first impressions of its impact on our day-to-day lives. Questions? Leave them down below and I’ll make sure to answer everything I can—if I’m unsure, I’ll reach out to my Molekule contact to get you all the details you need!

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Mood Board Product Sources: Molekule Air Purifier, Chair, White Planter, Clock, Vase, Striped Pillow, Diamond Pattern Pillow, Black Planter, LampMirror, Coat Rack, Blanket, Art, Sofa (this list contains affiliate links)

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