DIY Upcycled Storage JarsSponsored by Aveeno. All ideas, thoughts and opinions expressed are our own. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep us bringing fun, new content to you!

In celebration of Earth Day, we’re partnering with Aveeno to share this fun way to reuse empty cosmetic moisturizer jars! We love finding ways to repurpose items – whether it’s old bottles, old lumber or vintage furniture, we’ve been repurposing/upcycling items for as long as we can remember! Sometimes the best projects come from repurposed things – and it’s an easy way to do your part to care for the planet as well, so it’s a win-win.DIY Upcycled Storage Jars
It can be easy to forget to recycle things like lotion bottles and plastic cosmetic moisturizer jars – but it’s really so simple to: just give your empty containers a quick rinse and then toss in the recycle bin. Or even better, you can take those old jars, rinse them out and then create these simple, modern storage jars. They’re perfect for small bathroom items that end up cluttering your bathroom drawers, like bobby pins and hair ties. They’re also small enough to fill with something like cotton balls and throw in your overnight bag and now you have a cute travel container! Or use them in your office for paper clips and thumb tacks.DIY Upcycled Storage JarsDIY Upcycled Storage Jars

– empty jars (we used Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial jars)
– spray paint
– craft wood balls – 1-inch (make sure they have a flat side)
letter stickersDIY Upcycled Storage JarsDIY Upcycled Storage JarsDIY Upcycled Storage Jars

Make sure your jars are clean and dry. Apply 3-4 coats (or until you get full coverage) of spray paint on the jars and lids, following directions on can for dry times. Once jars and lids are painted and have dried, place a thin layer of epoxy on bottom of wood ball and attach to lid. Label your jars with sticker letters.DIY Upcycled Storage JarsDIY Upcycled Storage Jars
Do you have any favorite upcycling projects or materials that you love to repurpose? We’d love to hear what you’ve created! Check out more ways that you can help our planet by recycling & and upcycling here.

Sponsored by Aveeno. All ideas, thoughts and opinions expressed are our own. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep us bringing fun, new content to you!

  • Friday, April 20, 2018 - 5:57 am

    Holly - Wow, what an amazing way to recycle those little pots and make them useful! I have so many of these and always hate throwing them away so can’t wait to try out this diy! Now I just need to get finishing my lotions & potions!

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xoReplyCancel

    • Friday, April 20, 2018 - 1:11 pm

      Manda - Yes, hope you give it a try! They’re so nice to have! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Monday, April 23, 2018 - 5:11 am

    Carmen - Very interesting and useful idea! Thank you.ReplyCancel


Pallet Swing BedWe’ve been sharing projects, recipes, our homes, and bits of our lives in this space for over 5 years! Long enough to almost feel like we don’t quite remember what it was like before we shared each and every project we were dreaming up. Our pallet swing bed, shared in our first year of blogging has been one of our most popular posts. And we’ve gotten a lot of questions and comments about it over the years. So we’d thought it be fun to share an update on the swing. Plus it gave us a chance to re-style and photograph it with a slightly different background – we had a field of corn to use as our backdrop this time. We took these photos last fall, right before the corn was harvested (literally right before, the farmer was out in the back part of the field harvesting the corn while we were taking these pictures 😂). And then the holiday rush came upon us and we forgot about re-sharing this, but when we remembered, we figured now might be the best time anyhow since so many of us are finally getting ready to tackle some outdoor projects. (Maybe, maybe not for us here in Western New York, we can’t seem to kick the freezing temps and snow/rain mix). So read below for more details on how it’s held up and if we’ve made any changes to it; the full tutorial for how this was made can still be found over on the old post.Pallet Swing BedSo in case these photos didn’t give it away, yes, the pallet swing bed is still up in our yard and has held up for the last 5 years. We’ve not made any changes to it other than replacing the mattress that was originally on it and a slight rope adjustment. The pallets are still the original ones we used, you can see they are weathered quite a bit more, the cracks have become a little more prominent, but it’s still sturdy. And it gets a lot of use. Rough use. I’ve got 3 boys and they love climbing and swinging and jumping off this. I do think we’ll probably need to replace the pallets sometime in the future. We use a twin size mattress on our bed and we have changed that a couple times. Our weather is not great around here, so even with the protective mattress covers we used, they still got a little gross and we replaced them (we use covers that are completely vinyl, with no fabric and that cover the entire mattress, not just the top – they zip close). We did also have to replace the mattress covers a couple times because those ripped – mostly due to the little boys running and jumping and climbing all over this bed. I did finally find a mattress, looks like one you would see at a kids summer camp, that was made with a plastic cover instead of fabric, and that’s held up so much better. We’ve had that on there the last few years with no issues. The rope is still the original one we put up and it’s been strong and sturdy. The only issue we had was the rope stretching slightly over the years, which made the bed a little lower, so Mike had to raise it up a little last summer. Other than that, the only change is we added a rope to a nearby branch, so that you can now lay on the bed, and pull that rope to swing yourself, no need to even put your foot down – the epitome of summer bliss…or laziness 😂. And I guess I should give a foot update, as I know my friends will be teasing me…yup, I still swing on that swing with dirty “summer feet”! 😂 My feet became a highly debated topic on a few Facebook threads a few years ago, apparently people were appalled that I had dirty feet (because they can somehow be barefoot and keep their feet clean??!) and I had a lot of strangers defending my dirty feet as well. It was hilarious. And weird.
Again, all the details for how we made this and what we used can be found on the original post – so if you’re making one, check out that post.Pallet Swing BedPallet Swing BedPallet Swing BedPallet Swing BedAnd if you need an outdoor pallet couch to go with your pallet swing – you can find out how we made one of those here.


  • Friday, April 13, 2018 - 4:44 am

    gmail qa - I always love the idea of a swing bed in my house. Thank you for sharing the DIY tutorial!! The photos are so sweet~ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 6:54 am

    John - I call myself a professional DIY-er as I’ve done so much with my own hands and I think I always do a pretty good job there. But I’ve never made a pallet swing. And you know what? It’s a great idea so thank you for it!
    But first I’ll have to find a place for it. As I understand you hang it on a tree, right? Maybe you can share a picture of it? Pallet swing is pretty heavy, isn’t it?ReplyCancel

    • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 1:02 pm

      Manda - Yes, it is hanging from a tree. You can see the branch that it’s hanging from in the first picture. And yes, it is heavy, so you’ll need to be sure it’s a good size tree/branch. Hope that you do make one – we love ours! 🙂ReplyCancel


DIY Magnetic Display RailAfter we put the desk up in the boys room, I wanted a place where they could hang their papers, prints, and various odds & ends that little kids seem to collect and want displayed. And the to-list/reminders…I don’t why, but the boys seem to be obsessed with making those and leaving them all around the house! Because, yes, I’m one of those moms that don’t hang every piece of artwork/kids things all over the house. 😬 (I do take photos of their artwork though and save it that way – the one hanging print is actually an old art project of Levi’s that I re-sized & made a print of – so don’t think me completely heartless!). I also wanted it to be something that they could change up to their heart’s content, without damaging the walls each & every time they hung something. So we designed these simple display rails – kind of like a mix between our picture ledge and magnetic poster rails. So far so good – boys and mama are happy with the rails! And you can check out our video on how we made the little wood magnets on the display rails – it’s a super easy, quick project! Find it on our YouTube channel and be sure to subscribe, we’re sharing videos there weekly (and not always projects that are featured here!).DIY Magnetic Display RailDIY Magnetic Display RailMaterials:
– 1x2x6’ pine board
– mitre box
– table saw
– 1/8-inch thick x 1/2-inch steel flat bar
– hack saw
– epoxy
– clamps
– drill with 1/2” forstner bit & 3/16” drill bit
– sandpaper
– screws (may also need drywall anchors)
– 1/2” hardwood plugsDIY Magnetic Display RailDIY Magnetic Display RailDirections:
Cut your 1x2x6’ pine board into two 30-inch pieces with the mitre box.

Using the table saw, cut those pieces to 1-1/4” wide and 5/8” thick.

Set the height of the table saw blade so that it will leave around 3/32 of wood on the face of the board when you cut out the groove for the steel flat bar.

Draw a line on your table saw about an inch back from where the blade would first contact a piece of wood when it was fed into the saw, and a line about an inch from where the blade would stop being in contact with the wood as it was pushed out the back side of the blade.

Center the steel flat bar on the back side of your piece of wood, mark each side. This is the width of the groove for the flat bar to go into.

Measure from the edge of the wood to one of the lines and set the distance from the fence to the blade at this number.

Turn on the saw. Take your board with the back side down and line it up by keeping it above the height of the blade at the back of the saw, on the table at the front of the saw and against the fence, line up the back edge of the board with the line at the back of the blade. Slowly lower the back of the board onto the blade until it is sitting on the table then push the board through until the front end of the board lines up with the line at the front of the blade. Hold the back of the board down and tip the front of the board up until it is clear of the blade.

Repeat this process with the other side of the board against the fence.

Move the fence away from the blade about 1/8” and repeat the process from each side.

Move the fence away again and repeat until all the wood in the groove is removed.

To determine the length you will need to cut the steel flat bar, measure the flat part of the groove to where it begins to curve up at each end; cut the flat bar with a hack saw to this length.

Glue and clamp the steel flat bar in place with epoxy and allow to dry.

Using a 1/2” forstner bit, drill a hole about 5/8” in from each end and about 5/16” deep.

Use a 3/16” drill bit to drill the rest of the way through.

Sand rail smooth.

Fasten to the wall using screws into studs or drywall anchors.

Place a 1/2” hardwood plug in each of the holes to cover the screws.DIY Magnetic Display RailDIY Magnetic Display RailDIY Magnetic Display RailDIY Magnetic Display Rail


Sources: Desk | Chairs c/o Versanora | Desk Lamp | Deer Head made by Mike | ABCS Hand Lettered Linen Banner | Wood Magnets

  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 2:58 pm

    Felicia - I love this idea! Those magnets are cool too! I’ll have to make this for somewhere in our house, especially as our daughter gets older to display her art. That is a good idea to take photos of your kids art, so you still have the memory.


    • Monday, April 16, 2018 - 11:14 am

      Manda - Thanks Felicia! Hope that you do give the project a try – we love ours! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Friday, April 13, 2018 - 3:39 am

    Natalie - Great inspiration as always 🙂 I love coming back here!ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:53 am

    NW - What a cool idea! Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel


French Breakfast Puffs This recipe is for those of us that are going through a spring break filled with freezing temperatures, gusty wind storms and more snow. I promise these little puffs will make everything better. Well at least for those few minutes while you’re enjoying them. A hot cup of coffee is recommended to go along with them too! And we can enjoy them guilt free because at this point, it’s looking and feeling like bathing suit season will never come around here…so no prep needed for that! 😉French Breakfast Puffs I first tried one of these last fall at a family party. My aunt had made them and I took one bite and swooned! They’re like a mix between a donut and muffin and just so, so good. When I asked what they were and about the recipe, my aunt and my mom were both like, that old recipe, it’s been around forever. What?!!! Then how was I just trying them for the first time ever?! I’m still feeling slightly put out by them for holding out on this recipe for all of my life! But this is for sure an “old-time” recipe. I think it’s originally a Betty Crocker, at least as far as I can tell, and it’s been around for decades.
You can make them mini or regular size muffins – either way they’re amazing! But I highly recommend eating them while warm (give them a quick reheat before serving if needed). And no, they’re not evenly remotely healthy or good for you…but sometimes, ya just gotta treat yo self and enjoy a delicious French Breakfast Puff!French Breakfast Puffs French Breakfast Puffs French Breakfast Puffs

French Breakfast Puffs

Melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon sugar treats! These little puffs are like a mix between a donut and a muffin and oh so good! 

Course: Breakfast, Brunch
  • 2/3 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF. Grease two mini or 1 regular size muffin tray.

  2. Mix together shortening and 1 cup sugar until thoroughly combined. Add eggs and mix until combined. Sir in baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Gradually add flour and milk, alternating between the two, and mix until combined. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling about 2/3 full. 

  3. Bake about 15 minutes or until golden brown for mini muffins and 20-25 minutes for regular size muffins.

  4. In a small bowl, mix together 1 cup sugar and cinnamon. Roll warm muffins in melted butter, then roll in sugar-cinnamon mixture. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes
Recipe slightly adapted from Betty Crocker.

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  • Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 9:32 pm

    Jackie - A mix of a donut and a muffin? Say no more! These look delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Friday, April 6, 2018 - 10:31 am

      Manda - Thanks! I know, it’s like the two best foods combined! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Friday, April 6, 2018 - 1:32 am

    Pat Schwab - Yum! These look delicious. Have you ever tried one without the sugar topping?ReplyCancel

    • Friday, April 6, 2018 - 10:36 am

      Manda - Yes, I have tried one without the sugar topping. The taste is not bad, but not overly flavorful. The butter also helps give the outside edge a slightly different texture, so you lose some of that yummy goodness as well.ReplyCancel

  • Friday, April 6, 2018 - 7:49 am

    Kasey - OOOoo! Yummo, these definitely would taste perfect with coffee!ReplyCancel

    • Friday, April 6, 2018 - 10:37 am

      Manda - They are the perfect combo! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Monday, April 9, 2018 - 12:20 pm

    2pots2cook - So beautiful ! So glad to find you !ReplyCancel

  • Friday, April 13, 2018 - 11:54 am

    di - Do you think butter would be ok in place of shortening? IReplyCancel

    • Monday, April 16, 2018 - 11:13 am

      Manda - I think it would be fine to sub butter for the shortening. I often do in recipes, the texture might be slightly different, but probably not much, so I think it’s fine. 🙂ReplyCancel


DIY Wooden Hoop Earrings @themerrythoughtBoth Manda and I have been in a season of coming up with a lot of ideas for big, time-consuming DIY projects which is fun and we’re really excited for a lot of upcoming posts – buuut these projects are taking a lot more time to execute which means we aren’t sharing as many projects and some of the tutorials are only going to be useful to people that love some serious DIYs. Although they’ll definitely be beautiful enough to inspire everyone whether or not you want to actually make them… 😉 Ha! So our idea for our weekly video tutorials came to help inspire us to get back into simple crafting. We’ve already come up with a bunch of quick craft ideas and filmed quite a few videos and it’s been really good to work on some easier projects for a bit. We’d love for you to subscribe so you can catch all of the videos that we don’t share over here and let us know what you think!

This week we’re making some simple hoop earrings made from leftovers from the teething rings we shared a while back. If you’re into easy jewelry tutorials – head over to YouTube and stick around because I have a few more we’ll be sharing soon!DIY Wooden Hoop Earrings @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
Unfinished Hardwood Rings
Earring Post

And you can watch the video below for the steps!

DIY Wooden Hoop Earrings @themerrythoughtDIY Wooden Hoop Earrings @themerrythoughtDIY Wooden Hoop Earrings @themerrythoughtDIY Wooden Hoop Earrings @themerrythought-Caitlin

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