The Determined DIY Diva – Circle of Light Hula Hoop Chandelier

“It’s all good until someone gets hurt,” is the old saying, and it’s an apt way to describe the initial enthusiasm behind DIY décor projects. They look so pretty online, and once you’ve read the tutorial you’re certain that anyone could pull it off. So, to the store you go. Alas, by the end of the day you’ve discovered that DIY is a true challenge and you’re staring at mess that was meant to be a thing of beauty.

Our advice? Don’t take no for an answer! Keep trying and eventually you’ll create works of art. Truly beautiful and unique projects are for those gals who don’t give up. Resist the urge to return to the world of retail in search of something lovely to add to the home. Forge ahead instead and you’re sure to find success eventually.

Cheery chandelier

If sleek, polished outcomes are your goal in DIY you might want to skip this project. Its intent is a whimsical, far less than perfect outcome that sells itself on its unique character. If you love whimsy and ambient light, though, you will love this idea. The perfect location is a teenage girl’s room or a party decoration for any age!

The only materials are a hula hoop (yes, a hula hoop!), several yards of pretty transparent ribbon, and white Xmas lights on a white wire. Buy a neutral colored hula hoop or one that is a color close to the color scheme of your room. Wrap the entire hula hoop in a layer of ribbon and secure it with hot glue. Tie one end of eight pieces of ribbon at an even spacing around the hula hoop. This is how it will hang from the ceiling.

When it’s time to hang it you will bring them all together at their ends, tie them in a knot, and hang the “chandelier” from a central point on the ceiling. To turn your ribbon hula hoop into a chandelier, wrap strings of white Xmas lights around it. Try the icicle style lights because they will dangle elegantly rather than look like tightly wrapped wires. When your hula hoop chandelier is complete, hang it up, plug it in, and gaze at it adoringly!

7 Ideas For Kids 4th of July Party

It’s time to start planning an awesome party for the kids! What better time to have some summer fun than the ultimate holiday for being outdoors? We’re guessing you already have the menu and decorations planned for your event, but there’s a good chance you haven’t yet planned out the games. The best part about summer is that it has an easy going vibe that makes life seem breezy and fun. As such, planning for a party shouldn’t feel like a big burden! To help you along we’re sharing seven quick ways to create a super day of play!

  1. Squirt gun tag. Provide the squirt guns and place a large bucket of water in the middle of the yard for use as an easy refill station.
  2. Prior to the party, let the kiddos paint empty tin cans red, white, and blue. Then on the big day stack them in a pyramid. Provide a lightweight ball, such as a wiffle ball, and let the bowling shenanigans begin.
  3. Buy neon light-up necklaces at a party supply store. Shortly before the party light them up and attach them end to end. Drive a stake into the ground and play a game of glow in the dark ring toss.
  4. Serve red, white, and blue cupcakes filled with Poprocks. Have your camera ready!
  5. On the morning of the party give your kids plenty of sidewalk chalk. Instead of asking  them to “keep busy” using it, tell them you need their help to decorate for the party. They’ll feel very important accomplishing the task of sidewalk decorator!
  6. Set up an American flag relay race. Fill extra large red and blue buckets with sand and handheld American flags on sticks. Each member of the relay team has to grab a flag and bring it back to a teammate.
  7. If you have a yard full of rocks make a game of it. Tell the kids they can each select 3 rocks (they like picking things out.) Then provide red, white, and blue paint and brushes.

April — The Month For Laughter!

April is the official National Comedy Month and what better way to shake off the cold and dreary winter blues than with a month full of activities and ideas focused on laughter. The holiday was founded in 1976 by author and comedian Larry Wilde, who advocated extensively for how laughter can have therapeutic value, which can improve one’s quality of life.

 

“Since April is often bleak and grim and taxes are due on the 15th, it can be one of the most stressful times of the year,” says Wilde. ”Besides, it’s the only month that begins with All Fool’s Day – a day which has sanctioned frivolity and pranks ever since the 1500’s.”

 

So how can you celebrate the month dedicated to laughter and comedy? There are several ways to do so, and not all of them include a comedy club. Start the month off small and get a group of friends and family together for a game night. Play games that foster teamwork and laughter, such as Scattegories or Charades. If you are playing with a more mature crowd break out the Cards Against Humanity and let the fun ensue!

 

Another night you could bring back some of your favorite classic comedies, be it stand up or movies, and curl up on your couch with some popcorn to revisit old laughs. It might be an old Monty Python movie or it might be your favorite stand up special. You would be surprised how your favorites can go unwatched when life gets busy, but taking time to get reacquainted with them can bring you happiness.

 

Finally, the most obvious of options for National Comedy Month is to go to a comedy show. There is nothing quite like going with friends and loved ones to a comedy club, sitting back, and enjoying live comedy. If you’ve never been than you truly have never experienced stand up like it should be. What is funny viewed on TV is so much richer and hilarious when you are there in the crowd. If you’ve never been to a live stand up show, this is the perfect month to try it out for the first time!

 

However you celebrate, try to take some time this month to enjoy happiness and laughter. It will brighten your spring and your life as well.

How To Walk In High Heels

Walking in high heels is intimidating to most women. Needless to say, they aren’t exactly ergonomically correct! While the physiology certainly plays a part, and we’ll cover that, the more important consideration is the shoe itself. All the practice in the world won’t help you overcome a terrible shoe that is horribly painful.

What to look for in the perfect beginner high heel:

  1. Find a shoe with a platform. This is non-negotiable if you are going to venture into a heel that’s rather high, but it’s pertinent to any heel height because it makes a huge difference! A platform is the section of the shoe that sits under the front of the foot. It adds height to the shoe, but more importantly it allows the foot to sit more comfortably because it’s not angled directly toward the ground where impact is the greatest. The platform absorbs some impact and the foot will side further forward in the shoe so you’re not right atop the boney part of the ball of the foot.
  2. Cushioned sole. A slick sole will cause your foot slide all over and cram into various parts of the shoe rather than staying where it’s most comfortable. Ideally the cushion has a soft padded feel, but those aren’t easily found so search for inserts. You may have to buy a slightly bigger shoe so take a few inserts to the store with you so you can try them out. Cushioned inserts also help absorb some of the foot’s perspiration which can lead to painful sliding as well.
  3. Thick ankle straps. If you’re not used to heels skip the pumps and precariously tiny straps. Choose a shoe with an ankle strap that is thicker and more supportive. Make sure it buckles because tie straps don’t have much utility. It’s also important that the straps are soft and comfortable or they’ll cut into your ankles and defeat the purpose entirely.

All that’s left is walking, and it’s really this simple! Don’t walk heel-to-toe as you would in any other shoe. Heels don’t bend that way. Walk with firm one-motion steps by setting the whole shoe down each time, rather than in two movements.  Step, step, step! If you’re struggling there’s one likely cause: The people you’re with are walking too fast! Slow it down.