DIY Driftwood Candle Holders

DIY Driftwood Votive Candle Holders, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

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I finally got around to using the great pieces of driftwood we collected during our little Kauai getaway. I made candle holders!

DIY Driftwood Votive Candle Holders, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

If you already have a drill, then these are super easy to make. You just need your driftwood, and a drill bit that can make 1 1/2″ holes. I picked one up for about $8.

DIY Driftwood Votive Candle Holders, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

First, I used my tea candles to  figure out exactly where I wanted them to sit on the driftwood. Then I drilled away. Make sure to used extreme caution when handling a drill, work on a safe surface, and wear protective eyewear. I also recommend holding your wood in place with some sort of clamp.

DIY Driftwood Votive Candle Holders, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Now clean them up with a vacuum, drop in your candles, and…

DIY Driftwood Votive Candle Holders, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

… light!

DIY Driftwood Votive Candle Holders, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Not only do my driftwood candle holders make the perfect addition to our coastal navy bedroom, they’re also a great keepsake from our trip!

DIY Driftwood Votive Candle Holders, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

InstaMonday

 

Good morning and happy Monday! Today’s InstaMonday is a visual catchup of sorts. Here is a glimpse into our much needed family vacation, along with some recommendations of places to go and things to do if you find yourself on Oahu or Kauai. Enjoy, and be sure to come back tomorrow for a fun DIY on I’m working on this afternoon!

OAHU


1. R&R, Waimanalo Bay Beach Park.
2. Friends.
3. I love this mug.
4. North Shore, Waimea Bay.
5. Waimea Bay.
6. No trip to the North Shore is complete without shave ice, Matsumoto. (don’t forget to ask for the ice cream and azuki bean!)

KAUAI


1. Hello Princeville.
2. The always stunning Napali Coast, even on a cloudy day.
3. Puff the Magic Dragon, Hanalei Bay.
4. An eerie drive to Waimea Canyon, best seen on a clear day.
5. A stunning view driving down from Waimea Canyon.
6. A peaceful moment at the end of the Jurassic Park off-roading trail.
7. Mermaid Cafe, Kapaa. Yuuuummmy and fresh.
8. The Feral Pig, something good on the menu for everyone.
9. Hamura Saimin, delicious saimin and don’t miss the lilikoi pie!

AND THEN…


1. Rain is tolerable when you see rainbows everywhere.
2. Enjoying our last moments of sun, Sandys.
3. Good bye feet, it’s been nice seeing you.
4. Aaaaannd… hello snow.
5. Sneaky green beans.
6. Pedicures by Sydney.

As always you can follow me on Instagram here.

Creative Gift Wrapping: What to Pack in Your Suitcase

Creative Gift Wrapping, Essentials to Pack in Your Suitcase, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

 

If you’re anything like me, then you still have Christmas shopping to do. Actually you’ve barely done any shopping thus far, so you’ll have to do it once you get to your final Christmas destination…. and so you may be wondering how you can make your gifts pretty without spending a fortune on new supplies while you’re out of town for the Holidays. Well, I have planned ahead for just this situation, and Continue reading

Top 7 things for Kids to do in London

Good morning! Today we are back in the air, bittersweetly headed home. I didn’t have time to get any new airplane toys, but hopefully a few new iPad apps and sorting through shells will keep Sydney busy!

While we fly, check out today’s guest post courtesy of Angelina Lawson and theatretickets.org.uk. If you have any upcoming trips to London with your littles this post is for you!

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Traveling With Kids

 

We are having a fabulous time relaxing and visiting with family and friends in Hawaii. But, before we arrived in paradise, we first needed to survive a 9 hr flight. With a 3 year old. I tried to prepare her as much as possible in the weeks leading up to our trip. We had several discussions about airplane etiquette, and the importance of being quiet on the plane. I also let her pick out some new toys, which immediately were packed into her ‘travel entertainment’ bag. I have found that playing with new toys is exciting and keeps Continue reading

Jewelry DIY with Paint Dipped Coral and Gold Shells

 

I’ve had this DIY on my mind for quite awhile now, and finally got around to it last week. It all started when I saw, and fell in love with, these necklaces from Anthropologie. I immediately thought “I can make that!” I have had my shell collection stored away ever since we moved, and this was the perfect reason to sort through it. My collection is entirely made up of shells and coral my dad and I found over the years. So in the end all the necklaces I made have a special memory behind them!

Supplies:

I used nail polish to give the coral the paint dipped look of the inspiration necklace.

I was also inspired to transform the shells with a shiny coat of gold spray paint.

Then I used gold and other colored string to create necklaces.

Sydney even joined in on the fun! I assemble her necklace first, then let her paint away.

To finish off the necklaces you can either add a clasp to your string, or attach the coral or shell to a finished chain.

And that’s all there is to it!

Travel to Iceland : how to make the most of 4 days

 

This year we set off to Iceland for a long weekend. With such limited time we needed to squeeze as much into four days as we possibly could. I spent a lot of time researching and piecing together the best possible itinerary. In the end it was a well rounded trip, and we felt like we really got a good dose of the best the country has to offer. If you are planning or considering a quick trip to the land of fire and ice, it is totally doable. Here is what we did:

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