Tuesday, January 27, 2015

L-O-V-E Craft

LOVED this EASY craft to celebrate such a fun holiday!

Items Needed:
Cardboard letters
Gold Paint (I used DecorArt Elegant Finish Metallic Paint in Champagne Gold)
1 yd of black rick race or leather cording
Red felt
Stuffing (optional) 
Glue Gun 
Screw driver … one big and one smaller to poke holes in the letters!

Paint the letters gold
Poke a hole in your letters with the small screw driver and then use the big screen driver to make the hole larger.  
A few hints:  
Measure the distance from the bottom of each letter.  I did my holes 4.75” from the bottom.  Make sure to measure each side of the letter or you will end up with some uneven holes!  I also made sure to put my hole right in the middle of the letter (my letters were 1/2 inch thick so I did them 1/2” from the edge) 
Put your larger screw driver all the way through in the direction you plan to put the dowel through.  This will clear all the debris that could be blocking the hole you punched!
Feed the dowel through your letters. 
Tape the Feathers to the left end of the dowel.
Wrap the black ric rac  around the tape from the feathers. 
Cut 2 hearts from the red felt
(optional) glue the 2 hearts together and add a little opening for a little stuffing.
Stuff your heart (notice I stuffed the wrong side?  Yep, I had to re-cut my felt).
Glue to the right side of your dowel!
Don't forget to put the heart on with the point out (for the arrow).  Of course, true Shyloh style, I did it backwards the first time!

Stick on your fireplace mantle or shelf.  I LOVE this craft!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Deck of Cards Workout

I have a personal trainer that knows it is HARD to keep my attention when we do workouts!   Whenever he would show up with a deck of cards, I knew I was in trouble! 

In looking online, I found this pin where others have done the same thing!  

Here is what we do:
Shuffle the deck
Each suit is a different exercise, the numbers on the cards are the number of reps.  Face cards are all 10, Aces are 11.  The goal is to do the entire deck as quickly as you can. 

Here is an example of our last workout:

Hearts:  Burpees
Spades:  Push - Ups (he would vary the style as we were going)
Clubs:  Sit-ups (he would vary the type as well)
Diamonds: Squat Jumps
Jokers:  These are usually some sort of “special” exercise.  Like Wall Sits for 3 minutes or something equally as terrible (oops I mean beneficial) 

This is fun to do alone because you have the challenge of getting through the deck to distract you.  It is even more fun to do with a friend because you can “race” to get through the deck quicker!

**If you are wondering who my trainer is, his name is Mark Oyler.  We have used him for years.  He even comes to our house and does really fun workouts either inside or outside.  His cell phone # is 801-450-7205


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Life Hacks

Poo Poo Spray
Yes!  This works!  And…I know this because I tried it.  (EWWW!)  I kept seeing poo poo spray pop up for white elephant gifts and was so curious if it would really work.  Here is what I have found… by using essential oils and glycerine, it will basically create a layer on your toilet water, trapping the smell inside your toilet bowl!  I think this is great for travel when you have roommates or to have a little bottle in your bag so you can secretly spritz it when you are visiting a friend and have business to take care of!

I used a few oils I like (and I had around the house), so here was my recipe:

3 oz. distilled water
1 oz. denatured alcohol (Amazon has a qt. for $10.98:  Klean-Strip Green QKGA75003 Denatured Alcohol, 1-Quart)
25 drops of Doterra Lemon essential oil 
10 drops of Doterra Citrus Bliss essential oil
15 drops of Doterra  Wild Orange essential oil
      (I buy my oils from my Aunt Karen you can find her on Facebook under Bee Essentially Better
        or you can email her at
1 tsp vegetable glycerine (You can get 4 oz. on Amazon for $2.99 here:NOW Foods Vegetable Glycerine, 4 Ounce)

Mix these ingredients together!  This blogger did mention that the alcohol is optional.  Many people on the blog mentioned you could use Vodka in place of the denatured alcohol for the same effect.  Regular Poo I did notice you need to shake the spray before every use.  I got pretty into it… even made a poem to print and stick to the bottle:

If you’re ever in a spot 
Where you might “smell” a lot…
Spray this BEFORE you fill your loo
And all your friends will thank you!

So... is it worth it to make... the original spray can be found here:

It is $9.99 for 2 oz. I would say I spent about $48 in oils, $3 in glycerin, $11 in denatured alcohol total $62.  BUT, I could easily make 15 5oz. batches... that is $.83 per oz versus $5 per oz. Since we plan to go #2 forever.. the initial investment was worth it!!!

Some other fun life hacks I found from this pin
Testing for new batteries
Drop your battery on your counter.  If it drops and then falls over (feels heavy) it is new.  If it bounces several times (feels empty) it is old!

Ironing over Shirt Buttons
It is a pain to iron around every button!  If you are in a hurry, turn over the shirt and iron over all of them!

Fix those broken pens!
If your pen isn’t working, before throwing it away… use a lighter to burn the tip.  (not too long, I did that once, melted the pen…oops!)  The lighter will melt any build up ink that has clogged the pen.