DIY Anti-Frizz Hair Spray @themerrythoughtIf you need to check what the humidity level is – a quick glance at my hair and you’ll know. 😒 Come summertime, the heat and humidity could make the Lion King jealous of my mane. Seems as though as I’m getting older, my hair is just getting curlier. And for me, curly locks in the summer are brutal to keep under control.
I’m trying to embrace the curl and use healthier products on it since that helps keep my curls looking best; and since I’ve been into making my own beauty products (and good-for-your-hair products can be pricey), I thought I’d try making some of my own anti-frizz hair spray. It’s super easy to make, with just a few ingredients and a little shake, you’re good to go. It smells amazing (I used lavender essential oil in mine, which you don’t need to, but besides for making your hair smell lovely, it can help give it a little extra nourishment & shine – read more about the oils I use here). I use this spray on damp or dry hair and think it definitely does help keep things more under control…looking a little less like this on these hot, humid days.😂DIY Anti-Frizz Hair Spray @themerrythoughtDIY Anti-Frizz Hair Spray @themerrythoughtDIY Anti-Frizz Hair Spray @themerrythoughtDIY Anti-Frizz Hair Spray @themerrythoughtAnti-Frizz Hair Spray

1/4 cup natural aloe vera gel (make sure it’s clear, and slightly more of a liquid than the green sticky stuff you find in the store)
3 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons fractionated coconut oil
5-8 drops of lavender essential oil
spray bottle (mine is from here)

Add ingredients to spray bottle; shake to combine. Shake gently before each use, apply to damp hair before styling or dry hair to help control the frizzies.DIY Anti-Frizz Hair Spray @themerrythought
And if you’re looking for more beauty products to DIY, here’s a few of my favs: Whipped Body Butter | DIY Lip Balm | Facial Toner.

-Manda

  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 9:51 pm

    Natalia - My hair HATES the humidity so this needs to be made! Great post.ReplyCancel

  • Friday, July 21, 2017 - 4:40 pm

    Lauren S - I can’t wait to try this out! So happy I came across your blog!! http://beautifullybewitched.com/ReplyCancel

  • Monday, July 24, 2017 - 10:30 am

    Christina - Thank you, Manda. I’m interested in this since I defnitely know your problem. Is there any chance you show a picture of your hair with and without the usage? Kind of before and after..?ReplyCancel

    • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 9:49 am

      Manda - Hi Christina! I’ll try to remember to get some pictures of it! 🙂ReplyCancel

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I had been searching for some large lamp shades at thrift stores recently to make more of the wire plant stands I shared a couple years ago but for some larger plants that I have. After a few months of no luck, I picked up some tomato cages from Home Depot and cut them down to create this large version of my old plant stands – that I still use and love by the way! I’m on a mission to fill up the new living room with as many plants as possible so these plant stands have helped to add some variety in the height of the plants. Yeah, I think about things like that… ha! But even if you weren’t looking to add some height to your plants, these are cute enough that there should be a few in everyone’s home!What you need:
-Tomato Cages
Angle Grinder or Hacksaw
-Spray Paint

How to make it:
-Check which ring of the cage your planter will best fit in.
-Use an angle grinder to cut down the tomato cage to the desired height. A hacksaw would work fine too, it will just take a little longer. (*Use gloves and safety glasses if you’re using the angle grinder.)
-Paint desired color.
-Let dry.
Sources: Black Wicker Chair. Circle Shelf. Marble Side Table – Similar 1, 2, 3. Rope Hammock Chair. Faux Sheepskin Rug.

xo Caitlin

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It’s been a little over 24 hours since we’ve been home and I’m currently about to head out to my other jobs for the day. The transition back into real life is always strange after a nice, long vacation but this one has been hitting me hard! Feeling emotional about missing my big brother out in Colorado while also feeling so thankful for all the incredible things we got to do/see – overall just feeling a lot and I’m quite exhausted. I’m excited to get back into a routine though and to share some new stuff here on the blog! This little shelf made me smile when I walked into the house after being gone for 10+ days – I had finished it just before I had to leave so I hadn’t had time to get used to seeing it on the wall.
Pick up a couple wood rounds and you can make one for yourself in no time. One pass through a table saw and a little bit of drilling and you’re pretty much done with this simple shelf!What you need:
-Two Wood Rounds
-Tape Measure
-Pencil
-Scrap Wood
-Screws
-Drill
-Table Saw
-Three 3.5″ Screws
-3″ Sawtooth Hanger
-Hammer
How to make it:
-Attach the scrap wood to one of the wood rounds using screws (don’t screw all the way through the round) so that the wood can sit flat against the fence on the table saw. And so that you will be cutting with the grain. (See Image 1)
-Measure to the center of the circle and set the fence to that measurement. Cut the wood down the center.
-Take the piece of round not attached to the scrap wood and place it on top of the full round piece.
-Measure to make sure it is centered on the board and draw line along the bottom of each side of the board. (See Image 2)
-Remove half-round board and measure to the center of the lines you made on the full round – make a mark at the center of the two lines at 4.25″, 8.75″, 13.25″. (See Image 3)
-Measure to the center along the flat side of the half round at the same points: 4.25″, 8.75″, 13.25″.
-Predrill the half round at each of those marks using a drill bit slightly smaller than the screws you plan on using. (See Image 4)
-Drill holes through each of the marks on the full round board using the same drill bit. (See Image 5)
-Line up holes and screw boards together
-Center the sawtooth hanger on the upper, backside of your shelf and use hammer to secure. (See Image 6)
xo. Caitlin

  • Friday, July 14, 2017 - 4:36 pm

    Sean Mahan - Wow, what a beautiful design! I love the circular shape and how simple it is. I’m definitely going to make one(or more!) for my house. Thank you for the tutorial!ReplyCancel

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Watermelon Mint Infused Water @themerrythoughtWe’ve just arrived back home from a week spent in Colorado! It was amazing – we had the best time and it was great to be together as a family out there. Hopefully we’ll be sharing more about that trip soon! And today’s post is just what we need as we come back to humidity & mugginess here – ugh. I didn’t miss that at all – I loved the mountain weather and will miss it greatly!
I pretty much just have 3 beverages that I consume regularly now: coffee, water and sparkling water. Over the years, I’ve slowly been easing out other drinks, and upping my water consumption. I’m at the point where I feel like I crave water when I haven’t been drinking it regularly throughout the day, so I don’t really need incentive to keep me drinking it, but it’s still delicious and fun to switch things up sometimes and add things to my water. Plus, it’s a good way to get my boys to drink more water. And this watermelon mint infused water is the perfect thing to be sipping during these hot summer days – so refreshing!
I didn’t include any measurements for this – it’s one of those add as much as you’d like recipes. Plus it really just depends on the amount of water you’re using/how big your pitcher is. Just add as much as you’d like! I do about almost half of the pitcher full of watermelon and a small handful of mint leaves.Watermelon Mint Infused Water @themerrythoughtWatermelon Mint Infused Water @themerrythoughtWatermelon Mint Infused Water @themerrythoughtWatermelon Mint Infused Water

watermelon
fresh mint leaves
water

Chop watermelon into small pieces. Add watermelon and mint to pitcher, and crush lightly with the back of a spoon to release juices/flavor. Fill pitcher to top with water. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours to let flavor infuse – although overnight is best (more flavorful). If desired, strain out watermelon and mint before serving; and you can garnish with fresh watermelon and mint when serving.Watermelon Mint Infused Water @themerrythought
What are some of your favorite summer drinks?

-Manda

  • Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 1:32 am

    picaram - Thank you for sharing!! I often make infused water with lemon or orange, gonna try this recipe.ReplyCancel

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DIY Painted Lantern Lights @themerrythoughtThere’s something to be said about the magical glow a garland of string lights can bring to a room or gathering! We love to use them at our get togethers and just as decor around our homes. We’ve done a couple other projects in the past to upgrade string lights – by painting the light strand and adding some greenery; and today’s project is another light strand upgrade! We loved these lantern lights we found at Michaels, but wanted to add a touch of color so that they would show up a bit more against our white walls. We found this spray paint kit at Michaels (not available online right now) and you can use it with any satin craft paint you want! Michaels has a huge selection of paint and we finally settled on grey & a light pink (came out more like white though) for this project, as we wanted to keep a neutral color scheme so that it would go with any decor we were using. It was fun to be able to make our own spray paint using the kit and now we’ve got anther pretty light strand to hang!DIY Painted Lantern Lights @themerrythoughtDIY Painted Lantern Lights @themerrythoughtMaterials

lantern lights
Martha Stewart Spray Paint Kit (we found ours at Michaels, but it’s not listed on their site right now)
craft paint, in desired colors (we used MS Arrowhead and Ballet Slipper, which actually came out more like white instead of pink)
– tissues or tapeDIY Painted Lantern Lights @themerrythoughtDirections:
Remove lantern globes from light strand (they should pop off the plastic form pretty easily). Stuff the inside with a tissue (or you can tape it) – you don’t want paint to go inside the globe while spraying. Assemble the spray paint kit following the directions on the box. Spray your globes. We did a coat of grey, let it dry and then did a very light spray of pink over the grey. Once it’s dry, reattach lantern globes to light strand. Hang and enjoy!DIY Painted Lantern Lights @themerrythoughtDIY Painted Lantern Lights @themerrythoughtLooking for even more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ DIY projects!

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