DIY Reversible Minimal Clock @themerrythoughtThe walls in the new house have been pretty bare since moving in because we haven’t had much time to decorate. I also like to wait to find something I really like instead of putting something up while I wait until I can find/afford the one I really like. I decided to make a clock for the house and couldn’t decide if I wanted a black clock or a white one. I honestly went back and forth a lot trying to picture what else would end up going in that room eventually. Then a genius idea came to me… 😉 a reversible clock! It’s pretty simple to put a clock movement together so I decided to make both sides of my clock a surface that I could use if I wanted. If I need to switch up my color to better match the decor of the room, I can just take it apart and flip it over… in less than 5 minutes!DIY Reversible Minimal Clock @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
Wood Clock Surface
Gold Clock Movement 3/4″
-Black Paint
-White Paint
-Paint Brushes

How to make it:
-Paint one side of the clock and the edges black and let dry.
-Paint the other side white and let dry.
-Use a thin paint brush to paint 12 lines along the side of the clock to represent the numbers.
-Decide which color you would like showing and put the clock movement together.
DIY Reversible Minimal Clock @themerrythoughtDIY Reversible Minimal Clock @themerrythoughtDIY Reversible Minimal Clock @themerrythoughtDIY Reversible Minimal Clock @themerrythoughtFor all you indecisive decorators – you’re welcome!

xo. Caitlin


The Merrythought Lifestyle Blog @themerrythoughtIf you follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed that we celebrated FOUR years of blogging last week! We really can’t believe that four years has gone by so quickly, it’s kind of crazy. We’re so thankful for you, our readers, for following along and encouraging us. Sometimes blogging can feel a bit awkward and vulnerable, and it’s definitely a learning & growing process; which we’re doing with all of you following along on that journey, and we’re incredibly grateful that you stick around and keep coming back. Thank you for all the support – whether it’s commenting, following, liking, pinning, sharing or just clicking over here – we are so thankful for our readers!

We are doing our first ever reader survey in hopes that we can offer you more of what you love during the year. And we’re sweetening the deal by offering a $100 Amazon gift card to one lucky reader that completes the survey. We buy a lot of our supplies for projects from Amazon so it would be a great way to kick start your crafting this year!
The Merrythought Lifestyle Blog @themerrythoughtThe Merrythought Lifestyle Blog @themerrythoughtWe have embedded the reader survey below, if it doesn’t show up, you can fill it out HERE.
You will be given a code after submitting the survey and you can use that to enter the giveaway HERE. The giveaway will be open until 12:00 pm EST on Wednesday, February 22.
Thank you so much for sharing with us and for supporting us throughout the last four years! We will share results in a few weeks!

Photos 2 & 3 by Rachel Liz Photography.

xo. Caitlin & Manda

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 11:01 am

    Natalie Harney - Congrats on four years! Looking forward to seeing where you go next!

    – Natalie

  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 12:30 am

    Pat Schwab - Hi, I follow you on Bloglovin which wasn’t listed on the survey. Happy 4 years of blogging. I would love to hear about your travels. I am not on Instagram so that questions wasn’t relevant to me. Thanks for great content. Pat SReplyCancel


Homemade Body Butter @themerrythoughtHappy Valentine’s Day loves! This homemade body butter is the perfect way to love on yourself today! Making homemade beauty products has turned into one of my favorite DIYs. And it’s one of my favorite ways to use oils. Last year, I made a really simple body butter, simply by whipping up (solid) coconut oil. It was a lot easier to use than straight coconut oil, which is what I mainly use as body lotion. But I’ve been wanting to try out a body butter using shea butter and finally got around to trying it out. It is amazing and I definitely recommend trying out this recipe. The body butter is smooth and creamy, smells amazing and is all natural!Homemade Body Butter @themerrythoughtI actually tried out a couple different “recipes”, just trying to see how simple I could keep this and still have it be really smooth. I tried using only shea butter and coconut oil, and while creamier & smoother than whipped coconut oil alone, it wasn’t as smooth as the recipe below. So for the most luxurious lotion, spring for the extra ingredients and really treat yo self! 😉
You can use whatever essential oils you’d like – I chose ones that were good for my skin and that I enjoy the smell of, this batch is lavender, frankincense and geranium. (If you’re curious about the essentials oils I use, you can learn more here).Homemade Body Butter @themerrythoughtHomemade Body Butter @themerrythoughtHomemade Body Butter @themerrythoughtHomemade Whipped Body Butter

1/2 cup unrefined shea butter (I used this one)
1/4 cup solid coconut oil (I recommend organic, virgin coconut oil – I use Trader Joe’s – cheapest at the store)
1/4 cup of liquid oil – use jojoba oil, almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, olive oil or a combination of these (I used jojoba and fractionated coconut oil)
8-10 drops lavender essential oil*
3-5 drops frankincense essential oil*
3-5 drops geranium essential oil*
glass jar with lid (I used this one; it’s quite large, but I like the wide mouth for being able to reach in easily)

Add shea butter, coconut oil, and your liquid oils to a small glass bowl and set over a pan of simmering water (or double boiler). Stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in essential oils. Allow mixture to cool, and become a soft solid. You can set the bowl in the fridge (or outdoors if it’s cold like it is here!) to speed up this process. It took about 20-ish minutes sitting outside for me. You want the mixture to be solid, but still able to indent easily with your finger. Using an electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment, whip mixture on medium high speed until smooth and creamy, stopping to stir/scrape bowl as needed. Place in jar and use as needed.

*I used Young Living Essential Oils for this, which I love – do your own research on essential oils and do what works for you.Homemade Body Butter @themerrythoughtHomemade Body Butter w/ Essential Oils @themerrythought



DIY Bath Salts @themerrythoughtWe’re not sure if you can count bathing as a hobby, but we definitely would like to! Caitlin has long been a fan of soaking in the tub every chance she can get (she was so excited that her new house had a bath tub!), but I actually was not a fan of baths for a long time. And then I started running regularly, and having sore muscles, and baths suddenly became a lot more appealing. And with a new bathroom with a pretty tub, I love it even more! So we thought we’d indulge that luxury a little more by making some homemade bath salts to make our soaks even more enjoyable!
We’ve loved making our own beauty products in the past, and these salts are another favorite! They’re simple & quick to make, we made three different varieties – Rose, Lavender Mint, and Eucalyptus!  We made a video showing how to make the rose bath salts, which would also make the perfect galentine gift to give – treat all your gal pals to some bath bliss this Valentine’s Day!DIY Bath Salts @themerrythoughtDIY Bath Salts @themerrythoughtRose Bath Salts

2 tablespoons epsom salt
2 tablespoons himalayan pink salt
1 tablespoon dried rose petals
2-3 drops rose essential oil

Add all ingredients to a bowl, stir together, and pour into a jar. Go soak in the tub and enjoy!

Lavender Mint Bath Salts
2 tablespoons epsom salt
2 tablespoons sea salt
3-4 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil
(you can add in dried lavender & mint leaves if desired, but it’s more just for looks)

Add all ingredients to a bowl, stir together, and pour into a jar. Go soak in the tub and enjoy!

Eucalyptus Bath Salts
2 tablespoons epsom salt
2 tablespoons sea salt
2-3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
(you can add in dried leaves if desired, but it’s more just for looks)

Add all ingredients to a bowl, stir together, and pour into a jar. Go soak in the tub and enjoy!

*For the essential oils, there are a lot of brands out there, I prefer Young Living (you can read more about that here), use what you like – just be sure to use high quality oils and do your research on them!

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  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 3:45 pm

    A. Barkley Akuffo-Afful - I absolutely love that you guys are recording your diy process now and these made a great gift for my girlfriends birthday gift. Thank youReplyCancel

  • Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 1:03 pm

    Marlene @ Idle Hands Awake - Oooohhhhh this looks glorious!! Still dreaming of that big soaking tub back in Carmel Valley, but this looks like a good substitute.ReplyCancel

  • Friday, February 10, 2017 - 11:35 am

    joanna // jojotastic - hi! where are those test tubes from? they are so cute!ReplyCancel

    • Monday, February 13, 2017 - 10:24 am

      Caitlin McGrath - They’re from Michaels!ReplyCancel

  • Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 2:26 pm

    Eme - These not only look pretty but are so simple and easy to make, thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try them out.

    Eme x


  • Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 3:11 pm

    Kirsty - I LOVE these and am going to make some. Would you mind letting me k ow where you got the test tubes with the cork stoppers from? Or what their dimensions are? I would like to buy some so I can give these as gifts, but am struggling to find any decent ones online. Thank you! xReplyCancel

    • Monday, February 13, 2017 - 10:24 am

      Caitlin McGrath - We found ours in the dollar bins at Michaels!ReplyCancel


Chocolate Dipped Wafers @themerrythoughtLately the boys have been all about these wafer cookies! They spotted them at the grocery store a few months back and always want to get a new flavor to try when they’re shopping with me (way more flavors now then when I was a kid!). We thought it’d be fun to fancy them up a little and turn them into an easy Valentine’s Day treat!
We’ve got a video below that shows just how easy these sweet treats are to make! And we’ve recently teamed up with Darby Smart and will be sharing new videos on our channel over on the app – like the one below! So be sure to follow us over there!Chocolate Dipped Wafers @themerrythoughtChocolate Dipped Wafers @themerrythoughtChocolate Dipped Wafers @themerrythoughtChocolate Dipped Wafers
strawberry & vanilla wafer cookies (we like the bigger ones found in the bulk section at our grocery store)
white candy melts (or white chocolate chips)
pink candy melts
In two separate bowls, microwave the candy melts, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and can be stirred smooth. Dip wafer cookies in melted chocolate, lay on wax paper. Add sprinkles. Let chocolate harden and enjoy!

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