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My List Of Winter Favorites

My List Of Winter Favorites

In case you haven’t noticed, I love adding to my YouTube channel. Video is such a fun way to push myself beyond my comfort zone, and really forces me to think about creativity from a whole new perspective. Isn’t it funny how inspiration can hit from out of nowhere? A chance scroll through Snapchat (does anyone even use that app anymore?) introduced me to the Michalaks’ channel, which sent me down a rabbit hole of YouTube. One year later, I’m still consistently pulling my “vlogger” camera out to record new videos to add to the Dream Green DIY lineup.

That said, it’s not exactly a place where I feel I get too much engagement or traction. Sure, I had to start somewhere and I try not to focus too often on numbers, but my little channel is very….well, LITTLE. Which brings me to the question: do you guys watch DGD YouTube videos? Do you like tuning into my in-motion stories and conversations, or do you prefer traditional blog posts with photos? While I might be a little sad to hear that you aren’t into video content, I certainly respect any and all feedback, so feel free to leave a comment at the end of today’s post. I’m long overdue for a reader survey (stay tuned for that next month), but I just thought now was as good a time as any to invite your thoughts on whether or not I should continue making YouTube videos.

If you are a fan of the videos, would you do me a giant, HUGE favor today? Would you mind hitting the “Subscribe” button over on my channel? While I love dreaming up new concepts and ideas for videos, it takes an incredible amount of time to produce and edit these little snippets into my life, and it’s just not feasible to keep it up unless I hear that you guys are into it.

So, I’ll make a deal with you. If we can get my subscriber number over 100 (yes, I’m still waiting to reach that milestone!) then I’ll keep making videos. If I don’t, though, then I’ll take it as a sign that it might be time to retire that area of the blog. Again, I respect any and all feedback. If video just isn’t your jam, then I totally get that and am happy to refocus. When it comes down to it, my goal with this blog is to inspire you, first and foremost, so I want to be positive that I spend my time working on posts and other types of content that checks that box. Feel free to weigh in using the comments box below or by subscribing to my channel here, but now it’s time to get into today’s real topic: my winter season favorites.

My List Of Winter Favorites

My List Of Winter Favorites

Christmas was a pretty busy season for me and I came away from it with lots of new favorites. From books and sustainably sourced home décor, to reusable cleaning supplies and a few new beauty products, too, this winter has got me thinking about ways to shop and collect intentionally. Hit “Play” above (or click to see the video on YouTube here) to hear all about what I’m loving this winter, and then scroll on for the full list of linked sources.

My List Of Winter Favorites

My List Of Winter Favorites

My List Of Winter Favorites

  1. Pilgrim, Teo Diffuser
  2. Oui Fresh, Essential Oils
  3. NETGEAR, Orbi WiFi System
  4. Sisters of Los Angeles, Surf Sand Love Zip Pouch
  5. Juice Beauty, Phyto-Pigments Juice Boost
  6. Dermalogica, Nightly Lip Treatment
  7. Seven, SATARA OPTI
  8. The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin
  9. Nawrap, Moss Green X Charcoal Binchotan Dishcloth
  10. BOXFOX
  11. CAUSEBOX (as I mentioned in the video, you can check out Sarah Sherman Samuel’s blog post about her CAUSEBOX collaboration here)

My List Of Winter Favorites

Is there anything in particular that you’re loving this winter season? Any good books I should try out, or any beauty products you’re loving? I’m really into organic beauty right now, and am taking recommendations, so please share your favorites if you’ve already gone all-natural.

Oh, and please don’t forget to share your thoughts on whether or not I should keep producing Dream Green DIY YouTube content! Do you want to see more of it this year? Whether it’s craft tutorials, shopping roundups like today’s video, adventure videos, or even chatty conversational vlogs, you have the power to keep it going by hitting “Subscribe” here or by commenting below. Thanks, as always, for following along and I’m so glad that I have the chance to ask you guys for your direct feedback each and every day!

My List Of Winter Favorites

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Heart-Shaped Valentine’s Day Banana Bread

Heart-Shaped Valentine's Day Banana Bread

Thanks to a lot of recent large expenses and credit card bills (apparently I treated myself a little too much over the holidays), I’ve tried extra hard to curb my spending as of late. That means brewing my own cup of coffee at home as opposed to heading out to the café, repurposing home décor we already have to refresh spaces, and looking for other ways (read: free ways) to show loved ones that I care.

Happily, it turns out that you really don’t have to spend a ton of money to feel like you’re treating yourself and those around you. Reading that back to myself, I realize how trite it might sound, but I think its worth the reminder since we’re so saturated with advertising and messaging these days that make it seem like we have to spend big to “have it all.” If you ask me, that’s just not true!

Heart-Shaped Valentine's Day Banana Bread

Heart-Shaped Valentine's Day Banana Bread

Take my homemade heart-shaped Valentine’s Day banana bread for example. This simple holiday gift took practically no time at all to make, used up pantry staples we already had, and yet still made my Valentine feel loved. I consider that a win, win, win—don’t you?

As I’m sure you guessed, the process is super easy and can be adapted based on practically any taste. Just bake up your loaf of choice (might I suggest this tasty banana bread recipe?), cut thick slices, and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to create custom Valentine-themed shapes.

Heart-Shaped Valentine's Day Banana Bread

Heart-Shaped Valentine's Day Banana Bread

Heart-Shaped Valentine's Day Banana Bread

Come February 14, all you have to do is slip a few of those edible hearts into a glass container or wrap them up in parchment paper, and then add a little handwritten note or card to your Valentine’s lunch box to finish the gift. It’s the perfect little surprise to show your favorite person just how much you care, and you can rest easy knowing that you haven’t blown your budget.

Heart-Shaped Valentine's Day Banana Bread

Heart-Shaped Valentine's Day Banana Bread

Heart-Shaped Valentine's Day Banana Bread

While I wish I had the funds to spoil the heck out of my hubby with state of the art techie gadgets or fly fishing equipment, he and I both know that’s just not possible right now in our stage of life. But the good, great, excellent news is that small homemade gifts, like these little heart-shaped banana bread slices, go a long way in communicating how we feel.

How would you adapt this project to your own Valentine’s preferences? Maybe heart-shaped brownies? Hand-held PB&J sandwiches cut into hearts? The possibilities are endless, but I think, no matter what you do, the treat will bring a nice big smile to your better half’s face this holiday.

Heart-Shaped Valentine's Day Banana Bread

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Our Favorite Resources For Vintage Barware

Our Favorite Resources For Vintage Barware

I may be on a vintage shopping hiatus, but that doesn’t mean I don’t spend nearly every weekend window shopping at our local antique stores (and clicking through online shops daily). I think I’ve come to the realization that I don’t need to actually buy every gorgeous mid-century glass I uncover. Instead, I’ve learned to pick each piece up for a closer look, appreciate the find, and then put it back on the shelf for someone else to discover.

Since I know not everyone is in this kind of scaling-back situation, though, I wanted to share a list of all our favorite resources for vintage barware—from online shops to local brick-and-mortar antique stores, too. Scroll on for the full list and to see a few photos from our lifestyle shoot with Bethany and Aaron Mallory last fall.

Our Favorite Resources For Vintage Barware

Our Favorite Resources For Vintage Barware

Our Go-To Vintage Barware Resources:

Wise Apple Vintage: I’m biased because Nikki is Dream Green DIY’s marketing manager, but I think you’ll agree that her mid-century barware is hard to beat. I want every single thing she puts in her shop.

eBay: Whenever a favorite designer or fellow blogger posts a gorgeous set of vintage barware that I just have to have, I try searching relevant terms on eBay to see if I can nab something similar for myself. That’s how I got the brass coffee set you see on our bar cabinet a couple of photos above, inspired by Emily Henderson!

Estates Revisited: Although we no longer live in Lynchburg, this store used to be one of my favorites to wander whenever I was in search of new-to-me retro glasses.

Staunton Antiques Center: Since moving north, I’ve had to find new antique stores to love, and this one in nearby Staunton, Virginia, is a favorite. They always have great vintage barware to choose from, and most of it is well within budget, too.

The White Pepper: Our leather sofa came from this Etsy shop, but Christina also offers a full range of bar-cart-worthy glass in addition to amazing vintage furniture.

Galaxie Modern: This is another one of those stores that is really more well-known for their furniture offerings, but every time I visit the shop in person, I find myself falling in love with their curated collection of barware.

Super Marché: You have to kind of “dig” and the price tags sport pretty high numbers, but if you’re patient and don’t mind paying a premium, then this store is a great one. I love, love, love this decanter.

Circa Inc.: The next time you’re in Charlottesville, you’ve got to walk through Circa. The shop is huge and their shelves are filled floor to ceiling with glass. I want it all.

Queen City Marketplace: Here’s another favorite brick and mortar shop located in Staunton. It has three floors of beautiful vintage pieces, including tons of mid-century barware.

Retro Den: So, I’ve never actually been to this shop before, but I have a feeling that you’re all but guaranteed to score some pretty amazing retro glasses for your bar cart there. Who wants to meet me in Tulsa sometime this spring?!

Yard Sales! I can’t not mention yard sales…It’s, frankly, been quite a while since I went “yard saling,” but there’s no denying that these types of one-time-only events are your best bet for cheap glasses and decanters. We’re talking entire sets for $1!

Our Favorite Resources For Vintage Barware

Our Favorite Resources For Vintage Barware

So, tell me: what stores did I miss? I know, for sure, that there are other good ones out there, but my brain is kind of blanking right now. I’m blaming it on the fact that both my sister and my husband are enjoying snow days today while I sit here in my office working. At least the snow is pretty to look at through my window (and, of course, I also happen to love my job!).

Anyway, I’d love for you to share a few of your own go-to resources for vintage barware, so please leave your links down below.

Our Favorite Resources For Vintage Barware

Our Favorite Resources For Vintage Barware

*Photos by Bethany and Aaron Mallory
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DIY Foam Cone Base Cupcake Plate

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

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When I first started working for Oriental Trading to create original DIY tutorials, I was still very much in the thick of what I like to call my “colorful” phase. I was infatuated with ALL THE THINGS, and especially those things covered in color. Nowadays, though, I’m finding myself drawn to a simpler aesthetic and I’m investing in pieces that I think I’ll love for the long haul—trends aside.

If you’re anything like me, you associate the Oriental Trading brand with bold patterns and bright colors, so I was admittedly a little worried about being able to make my work for OTC, well…work now that I was moving toward a more minimalist look. The good news is that there is so much more than meets the eye within OTC’s collection of craft supplies and home décor.

DIY Foam Cone Base Cupcake Plate | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Foam Cone Base Cupcake Plate | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Take my DIY Foam Cone Base Cupcake Plate, for example. This pulled-back, neutral pastry platter was so easy to craft, and uses materials that you may even already have on hand including (as the title of this post gives away) a surprise supply that makes it all possible.

Visit Oriental Trading’s Fun365 website for the full tutorial, and let me know in the comments below if you have any foam cone craft ideas of your own to share. Speaking of, this project is actually part of our “Supply of the Month” series, so you can get even more cone-themed inspiration by clicking here for our group of four unique DIY projects.

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How To Makeover A Thrifted Table With Paint

*This post was sponsored by KILZ®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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You guys know, probably better than anyone, that I love me a good before and after DIY furniture makeover. I’ve wallpapered and painted dressers, had chairs and sofas reupholstered, and I’ve painted trashy secondhand pieces in pastel hues to give them new leases on life. All this to say that I get so much satisfaction out of making over inexpensive thrifted pieces, and today’s project (my first furniture DIY of the new year!) now holds the number one spot on my countdown of favorites.

The ugly little secondhand side table you see pictured below came into my possession from a thrift store here in town and cost just four measly dollars. I was looking for something that could go alongside the extra low leather sofa in our living room to act as a plant and book stand, and this tiny table was the perfect thing. Well, “perfect” in that it was the right stature and size, but not so perfect in finish. Happily, it was nothing a can of paint couldn’t fix.

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How To Makeover A Thrifted Table With Paint | dreamgreendiy.com + @kilzbrand

My new-to-me table was, I think, intentionally “antiqued” but it had lost a lot of its luster from years of apparent wear and tear. The legs were really wobbly and holding on by threads, plus I felt like the metal trim (while admittedly really pretty!) was too much alongside those elegant legs.

The very first thing I did was use a razor blade to remove the price tag, felt pieces, and other bits of grim from the tabletop. Then, I used a hammer to slowly peel back the metal trim piece, which, thankfully, was held on just by 12 nails—no glue in sight. Because the trim came off so nicely, I was able to carefully flatten it out and it’s now sitting on my work table in the basement to be repurposed for a future DIY project.

How To Makeover A Thrifted Table With Paint | dreamgreendiy.com + @kilzbrand

How To Makeover A Thrifted Table With Paint | dreamgreendiy.com + @kilzbrand

With the table cleaned up and simplified, I turned my attention to rebuilding it piece by piece. I unscrewed the three legs, and squeezed small dots of wood glue inside the open screw holes. I also added layers of glue to the tops of the legs, too, and finished by reattaching all three securely to the underside of the tabletop. The addition of glue on each of the legs helped shore them up and give the table a much sturdier silhouette, perfect for balancing heavy potted plants and stacks of books, per my design vision.

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How To Makeover A Thrifted Table With Paint | dreamgreendiy.com + @kilzbrand

Finally, after filling all of the cracks and screw head divots with wood filler and sanding it all down again the next day, I was ready for paint. This time around, I put KILZ paint to the test, and can confidently say that I’ll be using it again in the very near future to finish up our still-lingering bathroom makeover. The paint went on so smoothly, as you’ll see in just a minute, and it only took two coats to cover that ugly original finish.

Since I wanted my little side table to sport a matte black finish, I ordered a gallon of flat paint and primer in one in a color called “Rebel” from Walmart (’cause free shipping—yay!). Honestly, I think I probably could have gotten away with buying the smaller can of paint, but I’ve learned my lesson one too many times having to run out for more paint, so I always overbuy now.

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How To Makeover A Thrifted Table With Paint | dreamgreendiy.com + @kilzbrand

Here’s a random tip! I had just settled down to get started on the painting phase of this project only to realize that I didn’t have any paint trays. Luckily, we had plenty of cardboard, and since I knew I only needed a small amount of paint to roll on top of the table, I dipped my roller right into the paint can, and rolled off the excess on my scrap cardboard. It worked like a charm! For the legs, I simply dipped an angled brush right into the can of paint and slowly spread the paint along the surface of all three, being careful to fill in all of the small details.

How To Makeover A Thrifted Table With Paint | dreamgreendiy.com + @kilzbrand

How To Makeover A Thrifted Table With Paint | dreamgreendiy.com + @kilzbrand

It only took two days and two coats of paint to completely (and I mean completely) transform that once-ugly ultra-traditional side table into a piece fit for our mid-century modern home. There’s just something so sleek and edgy about the table now that it’s all done in matte black color. Sure, the faux antiqued finish on the original table brought out the detailing in the legs, but I think the soft black paint brings those out even more, enhancing the dips and curves as the light hits it.

How To Makeover A Thrifted Table With Paint | dreamgreendiy.com + @kilzbrand

How To Makeover A Thrifted Table With Paint | dreamgreendiy.com + @kilzbrand

One thing you might have noticed when looking at that Before/After shot above is that I made the executive decision to give the side table a true “front” side. Originally, the table legs were oriented at angles to follow the round tabletop, but I glued the legs back on in an even manner. In other words, the flat sides of the legs are all pointed forward. This helps the three-legged stance feel a little more intentional and balanced.

How To Makeover A Thrifted Table With Paint | dreamgreendiy.com + @kilzbrand

How To Makeover A Thrifted Table With Paint | dreamgreendiy.com + @kilzbrand

Isn’t it just so amazing what a can of paint can do? I’m clearly biased, but I think you can hardly recognize the new matte black plant stand from the faux antiqued table it was before. Pick up your own KILZ paint at any local Walmart or Home Depot, and then tell me in the comments below: what’s your first painting project of 2018 going to be?

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How To Makeover A Thrifted Table With Paint | dreamgreendiy.com + @kilzbrand

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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar

*This post was sponsored by Tuesday Morning

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Entertaining is something I love in theory, but I honestly don’t do it all that often. I have lots of ideas, and I love perusing other blogs and Pinterest for party ideas, but I personally tend to get really stressed out by the idea of hosting a large gathering.

This past year, though, John and I have worked hard to push ourselves beyond that anxiety, and we’ve successfully had our families up to the house for a few small gatherings (like this one). By keeping our guest list to family, it takes some of the pressure off—after all, we know our parents and sisters won’t judge us for having a home filled with half-finished projects!

The holidays, in particular, always provide lots of motivation to put my hostessing cap on, and this year I’ve decided that the perfect no-fuss, low-stress family gathering is one centered on a simple DIY Christmas hot chocolate bar. I’ve teamed up with the folks at Tuesday Morning to build the perfect holiday buffet, and I’m sharing all of the details (including a must-grab shopping list) below.

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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

The first thing you’ll need (of course!) is a buffet. The china hutch in our dining room actually transforms into a buffet by clearing and lifting off the top shelf portion, so that’s exactly what we did, but any buffet or console table will do.

If you don’t have a buffet, though, it’s totally fine to clear off your main dining room table to use as a place to set your food and serving dishes. We did this for my dad’s birthday party since we had extended family joining us for that gathering, and it worked out really well. We all ate comfortably in easy chairs in the living room.

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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

Must-Grab Accessories:

  • Runner or placemats
  • Linen or paper napkins
  • Faux evergreen wreath
  • Large serving bowl
  • Small serving bowl
  • Stack of dessert plates
  • Tiny bowls for toppings
  • Festive tray
  • Mugs
  • Spoons
  • Holiday decorations (ceramic reindeer, bottle brush trees, etc.)

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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

I took my sister along with me to our local Tuesday Morning (find your own store here) to gather supplies for our little holiday party, and it was an absolute blast. We filled our cart to overflowing with all sorts of things—from pillows (our living room reveal is coming on Friday, so stay tuned!) and plates, to Christmas-themed accents and serving dishes, too. We were able to make our budget go really far, and I love that this set of pieces can be used year after year.

I’m really trying to be extra intentional this year with the pieces I buy for our house. I want to buy things that I know we’ll love year after year, so I wandered the store with that in mind. Every time I picked up an item, I asked myself, “What are a couple of ways I can put this to use?” If I could only come up with one cool way to style the piece, I put it back on the shelf.

I used to go out and buy all sorts of really specific items for a particular party or decorating idea, but I’ve come to realize that my tastes change far too often to shop that way. Instead, I try to buy neutral pieces that work for parties and everyday occasions, for winter and fall, too. You know how a lot of people are into capsule wardrobes? Well, I’m into capsule decor! It’s the same idea of purchasing a few key pieces that work for all sorts of occasions and seasons.

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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

Must-Grab Food:

  • Pre-popped seasoned popcorn
  • Christmas sugar cookies
  • Hot chocolate packets
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips
  • BONUS: Whipped cream at-the-ready in the fridge

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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

Once I had everything home, I first laid my runner down (an earth-tone beauty that will work any day of the year!), and then placed each of my serving dishes down on top of that. I rearranged until they felt right, and then I filled in the blank spots with Christmas-themed pieces—things like a pair of metallic gold Christmas trees and a few vintage accents that I already had in our holiday stash. As for art, a faux evergreen wreath (you’ll find similar ones at Tuesday Morning!) was all I needed to get the festive point across.

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

In the end, this Christmas buffet took maybe 30 minutes to set up, and since I bought mostly pre-made food from the grocery store, it was even less time-intensive. I hope the styling accents and food shopping lists I put together help get you excited to throw your own hot chocolate party this Christmas.

You can click here to learn more about Tuesday Morning, and to find a store location near you to explore. Keep an eye out on Friday for the reveal of our decked-out holiday living room with even more from our shopping day, as well as lots of decorating advice, too.

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DIY Jingle Bell Christmas Cupcake Toppers

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

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First, a question: have you started Christmas decorating yet? You may have spotted a few sneak peeks over on my Instagram feed, but we’re well into our own holiday decorating this year. We’ve got two trees up and decked out—from their tippy top stars, to their trunks down below—and our mantel is already laden down with festive stockings just waiting to be filled. Suffice it to say, the official Christmas decorating season is in full swing around these parts, and I feel confident in saying that it’s the same all across the world at this point now, too.

In order to help inspire your holiday decorating (not to mention, Christmas party hostessing) I’ve got a brand new project up on Oriental Trading’s Fun365 website. Click to see the full tutorial for my DIY Jingle Bell Christmas Cupcake Toppers, and go ahead and tell me in the comments below just how far you’ve gotten in your own holiday decorating this 2017 season. No matter what your Christmas plans are, here’s hoping it’s an extra merry and bright one!

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DIY Jingle Bell Christmas Cupcake Toppers | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

You may have already seen this little project on Instagram, but I know not all of you are on that platform, so I wanted to share the quick details here on the blog just in case you missed out. With Thanksgiving leftovers in most of our futures, I also couldn’t think of a more appropriate time to share this simple food-to-go tutorial.

The DIY project was actually inspired by a campaign hosted by Esurance and was meant to be motivated by a car-related need. My ultimate idea was to create a super quick cooler project that would help make picking up perishable foods from specialty grocery stores just a little easier—and more aesthetically pleasing, too, of course.

Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

John and I love going to places like Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and Fresh Market for our weekly meals, but our closest versions of those stores are about 35 minutes away in Charlottesville, Virginia.

We have to schedule our trips ahead of time so we can be sure to have a full shopping list that will take us several weeks into the future (thank goodness for freezable meal ideas). We also need to make sure we pack a cooler since we’ll be spending quite a bit of time on the road and don’t want our hard-won food to spoil on the trip home.

Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

As with most things, I’m not satisfied with just any type of cooler, especially since this one would theoretically be living permanently in my car to reduce the headache of having to remember to pack it every time we go out. So, when I spotted this mint-colored cooler on clearance at Target, I scooped it right up. The color couldn’t have been more perfect for me, and the price (less that $12) was spot-on, too.

Shortly after purchasing the cooler, I got that fated email from Esurance asking me to find a way to spice up an everyday car accessory. It wasn’t until I saw an episode of Cheers, of all places, that the lightbulb went off in my head: DIY retro flowers made from office stickers!

Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

I ordered this set of multi-colored circle stickers from Amazon, and then (after practicing with a few on scrap paper to get my design down pat) I stuck them right onto the white part of my cooler in a flower-like formation. The whole thing took less than five minutes, if even that, and the final result looks exactly like what I had pictured in my head.

Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

Thanks to Esurance for motivating me to think of such a fun and practical project for our family, and thank you also to Cheers the TV show for providing the most random and wonderful inspiration for the retro flower design. I just love when unexpected ideas pop up like that—don’t you?

Now, grab that old cooler of yours and get to sticking because you’re more than likely going to be packing in the leftovers before hitting the road back home this Thanksgiving holiday. A fun face-lift like today’s DIY project is all your cooler needs to feel refreshed and modern—no expense or overtime required.

Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

*Today’s blog post was not sponsored or compensated, but is an organic bonus from a paid social media campaign with Esurance. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Dream Green DIY!
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My November Favorites

My November Favorites

It’s time for a brand new list of monthly favorites, and this time it’s all about fall—not to mention all the things that go along with looming year-end to-dos. We’re talking 2018 planners, stress-relieving products to help keep holiday anxiety at bay, plus a few home décor items I’m loving that I can’t wait to put to good use while stuck inside this cold weather season. Scroll on for a full list of all the things I’m loving for November, and don’t miss my brand new YouTube video where I discuss each and every item up close and personal.

My November Favorites

My November Favorites

My November Favorites

1. Vionic Ashby Driving Moc: Hands down the best shoes I’ve ever owned. Comfortable right out of the box!

2. Sims 4: I’ve reverted back to my college obsession with this computer game. It’s addicting, and the perfect distraction from stress.

3. Atomic Ranch Magazine: For all my fellow mid-century enthusiasts.

4. AT-A-GLANCE 2018 Planners: The new year is just a month and a half away, after all!

5. Margaret Kimball Studio Wallpapers: These removable wallpaper tiles are perfect for renters or home decor commitment-phobes (like me!).

6. Dunkin’ Donuts Cold Brew Coffee: Click here for the recipe I mention in the video.

7. Method + Creative Growth Limited Edition Hand Soap: The prettiest hand soap dispensers I’ve seen this year, and you’ll love the story behind the designs.

8. Scentered candles and therapy balms: These two products are single-handedly getting me through end-of-the-year anxiety.

9. Bastide Fleur d’Oranger Hand Cream: This hand cream smells almost good enough to eat, and it cures dry winter skin, too.

10. Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation: I finally got my full size version of this foundation, and love the texture and finish. It’s my new go-to.

11. Buxom Cosmetics Full-On Lipstick in ‘Brooklyn’: This lipstick is my favorite formula yet—it goes on smooth and lasts for hours.

12. Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in ‘Fiore (Hot Pink)’: The perfect unexpected shade of pink for fall.

13. Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color in ‘Medium Warm’: The single-step formula puts this brow color in my ‘Favorites’ this month.

14. BROWFOOD Aqua Brow Powder + Pencil Duo: On the other hand, I find myself reaching for this two-step product for a more dramatic look.

15. LASHFOOD Chamomile Makeup Eraser Pen: I didn’t think I’d have much use for this one, but it’s actually a really handy beauty tool. Worth adding to your bag for those “oops!” makeup moments.

16. LASHFOOD Conditioning Chamomile Eye Makeup Remover: I don’t go a day without it!

17. Revlon 360 Dryer: The 360-degree air flow makes that dreaded hairdryer step less of a headache. Be sure to watch the video to see my embarrassing demonstration…

18. Natalie Borton Necklace (similar): This piece of jewelry is practically the only accessory I need to feel pulled together.

19. Le Cou, The Wakefield in Royal Blue Gingham: Have you guys ever tried a dickey? It makes fall layering a cinch.

My November Favorites

My November Favorites

My November Favorites

So, what are you loving this fall? Any new makeup products I should try, or new shoes that top your list? See my October Favorites here, and stay tuned next month for my December Favorites blog post and video, which will be geared toward all things Christmas gifting. I’d love for you to leave your own wishlist items in the comments box below in case you’d like me to include or review something in particular. Happy shopping!

My November Favorites

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An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

Like a lot of folks, Thanksgiving is one of my all-time favorite holidays. In fact, in might just be my favorite. My first instinct is to name Christmas as the front-runner, but once Christmas day actually arrives, the joy of the season is effectively over. I tend to get really, really sad on December 25 because I know that I have an entire year to wait until I can enjoy Christmas music and holiday movies again.

My point is that Thanksgiving day is when I feel like I truly come alive. I’m so lucky to be surrounded by my family, whom I couldn’t possibly love more, and I relish having the excuse to spoil them with tasty treats and Christmas gifts, too. But what if you can’t get home to your own family…What if you’re restricted by distance or budget to travel for the holidays? I wanted to challenge myself this year to prove that a 2-person (or even solo!) Thanksgiving can be just as memorable. It doesn’t have to be fussy or over-done—a simple scrumptious picnic around the living room coffee table is really all you need to make this holiday feel special.

To bring my vision for this mini Thanksgiving event to life, I enlisted the help of our pro photographer pals, Bethany and Aaron Mallory, and you can see the full story and my interview to inspire an at-home Thanksgiving picnic for two over on Camille Styles. Scroll on for a few of my favorite shots from the feature, plus I’m sharing a few extra ideas and tips that I didn’t have time to mention in my Camille Styles interview.

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

First, we’ve gotta talk food. I’m well aware that a cheese plate doesn’t particularly scream “Thanksgiving,” but I’m of the mind that you should follow your own gut (literally!) when it comes to a holiday menu. Not a big fan of turkey? Serve soup instead! And I think a wooden board brimming with fresh fruit, crackers, fresh-baked bread, and cheese is the perfect thing for John and I to enjoy throughout our holiday. It’s easy to snack on all day long, and makes for tasty leftovers on Black Friday, too. All this to say, don’t feel pressured to serve a Norman Rockwell-style Thanksgiving dinner if you feel yourself lured by other in-season fall flavors.

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

The thing I loved most about our holiday picnic is that we chose not to have it at the dinner table. It’s so much fun to switch things up by moving our plates to a different area of the house. Our meal around the coffee table felt fresh and definitely worlds and away from our everyday routine. Even just moving your meal to the living room sofa with a couple of breakfast trays, festive music crooning in the background, is enough to make your holiday dinner feel a little bit more thrilling then it would around the same old dinner table in the same old dining room chairs.

As they say, it’s all about location, location, location, and this holiday entertaining tip doesn’t cost a dime. We actually did this (eating around a coffee table) at a Friendsgiving several years ago, and I’ll seriously never forget that night because it was something so new and different to try.

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

One thing to keep in mind when planning your 2-3 person holiday dinner is that you don’t need nearly as much food as you would for a big traditional family Thanksgiving. It’s more affordable to shop for that smaller, more intimate meal, and you also don’t have to take into account as many diet restrictions. That said, my sister (who’s vegetarian) will actually be joining us here in Waynesboro for the weekend after Thanksgiving, so we’ll be enjoying a similar meal that you see here—sweet potato vegetable soup, a board loaded with produce and fresh cheeses, and a dish of fresh fruit crumble for dessert. You can snag the recipes for the soup and crumble over on Camille Styles here.

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.comAn At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

Again, my whole intention with sharing this story is to prove that a tiny Thanksgiving meal for two can be just as memorable as a giant one. If you can’t get home for the holiday next week, don’t lose heart. At the risk of sounding cheesy, Thanksgiving is all about refocusing our minds away from all the negativity in the world and appreciating what we have in the here and now. It only takes one other person to experience love and a good laugh or two, so I hope you are able to do just that next Thursday.

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

Big thanks to our friends the Mallorys for helping us document this special story, and I hope you’ll take an extra minute or two to pop over to Camille Styles for the full story and my interview. It’s packed with tips on how to pull this type of event off in your own home.

Oh, and one last thing: have you entered our giveaway yet? Wise Apple Vintage founder, Nikki McIntosh, and I are teaming up to give away a box full of DIY and vintage goodies. Click through to Instagram here to enter, and see the DIY tutorial with more details here. The contest ends tonight at midnight—Good luck!

An At-Home Thanksgiving Picnic For Two | dreamgreendiy.com

*Photos by Bethany and Aaron Mallory
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