How to have a {simple, tasteful & inexpensive} Wedding Reception

Happy Wednesday, all! I know I haven’t posted much….like, at all, but I hope that can change in the coming weeks! Today I want to share with you some tips, tricks and pictures from my simple (but, I think, gorgeous!) wedding reception.

Wdding Reception

First off, let me say that if you schedule your wedding when no one will expect a meal….no one will expect a meal. And that helps you out in the $$$ area quite a lot. Schedule your wedding around 1-3pm if possible. Too late for lunch, too early for supper.

Wedding Reception Donuts

We offered a little bit of a variety of things. We had fresh fruit, donuts, donut holes and scones. And, of course, cake!

Wedding Reception FoodMixing in different decorations in with the food also helps make it seem like there is more than there is. Mix in flowers, books, jars, lace, wood. Whatever fits your style. 🙂

Wedding Reception Flowers

We also used some hanging jars with flowers in them to give it an outdoorsy feel and help draw your attention upward, too.

Wedding Reception Beauty

I loved mixing textures of wood, lace, burlap, flowers and glass. It turned out quite lovely, if I do say so myself. 🙂

What did you serve at your reception? How did you decorate it?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

DIY Bath Salts

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I love making gifts for people- especially if its easy and inexpensive!

Today I want to share with you how I make easy- and inexpensive- bath salts to give to friends. And the wonderful part is that there’s no nasty chemicals, colors, or fragrances! It’s all natural and safe. 🙂

DIY Lavender Bath Salts

For this batch of bath salts, I made them lavender. All you need is….


Glass jar (I got this from the dollar section of Target for $1)
Enough Epsom salts to fill the jar
5-8 drops of Young Living’s Lavender oil

Just fill the jar with Epsom salts, add your oil, and ta-da! You’re finished! 🙂 Easy, peasy.


Just think of all the people you could give these to! The possibilities are endless. This may or may not be what I give for Valentine’s gifts this year. 😉 But don’t tell anyone!

DIY Bath Salts

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Valentine’s Day Vignette

Happy Tuesday, everyone! The South has finally warmed up, and it’s actually nice to be outside now! I’m definitely enjoying the sunshine! Today I want to share with y’all my Valentine’s Day Vignette. It’s nothing fancy, but I’ve enjoyed putting it together with things I’ve had on hand. 🙂

Valentine's Day Vases

I’ve had these target vases for years now. Gotta love their dollar section!

Valentine's Day

I love stacking different pieces and textures together! My woodstump, vintage book and Valentine’s Day sign from Hobby Lobby just all go together.

Valentine's Day Love

My amazing man brought home a massive bouquet of flowers a couple days ago…I was able to put some on the kitchen table, and here on the vignette! This figurine is from our wedding– it was our wedding cake topper.

Valentine's Book

This is the book underneath the Valentine’s Vases. I love these poems!

Valentine's FlowersValentine's Day VignetteHave you decorated for Valentine’s Day yet? What’s your favorite part of the holiday?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

DIY Linen Spray

Happy Tuesday! Who else has freezing weather this week? I’m not really sure how I feel about it….I mean, if it’s not going to snow, please don’t be this cold. Ahem.

Today I want to share with you one of my favorite DIY natural products! I’m all about getting rid of chemical-laden products, and using natural things instead.

DIY Linen Spray

This is super-duper easy to make, and I love having it on hand!


Ingredients:
Water
Witch Hazel
8-10 drops of Young Living oil of choice (I used 5 drops Thieves, 5 drops Purification)

Directions:
Fill the bottom of bottle with witch hazel and the rest of the bottle with water. Add oils, mix well and use!


I love using this on our couch, on non-washable pillows and rugs. I love that it’s purifying the air, and it smells so good…without chemicals!! 🙂

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Getting Organized: DIY Home Binder

Hey, hey, everyone! Who had a wonderful Christmas week? {raises both hands} We had a total blast with lots of family time, time for just us, and then a quick 2 day trip to Memphis with my family. Tons of fun! Now it’s time to get back into the swing of things.

With 2015 quickly approaching us- I’ve been working on my goals, my word of the year, and getting better organized! I already am a very organized person…but one thing I want to have this year is a Home Management Binder. When we first got married, I didn’t let anything home related slip through the cracks- but adding different kind of work at different places, I am gone a whole lot more now. I want to keep organized!! So I did some research on Home Management Binders and I am so exited to jump into making one! Now I just have to go get a binder….

DIY Home Management Binder

Ahem. Anyway- here are 5 of my favorite resources for making your own home management binder!

This is a wonderful post by The Handmade Home with printables!

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Here are some awesome Meal Planning Printables.

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Mom Advice shows how she makes her own Home Management Binder.

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I love the tips and tricks from Happily Ever After, Ect!

House Keeping Binder

One of my favorite posts about making a Home Management Binder is from Thirty Handmade Days. You have to check it out!

Family Binder

How are you hoping to get more organized in 2015? Have you ever made a Home Management Binder? Are you going to make one for this year?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

{Simple & Easy} DIY Gift in a Jar

Happy Tuesday, y’all! If you are anything like me….you are still working on wrapping gifts and giving gifts. Yesterday I finished up my Christmas shopping and whipped up these easy DIY gifts!

Gift in a Jar

We have 3 neighbors that we absolutely love! They’re so sweet, helpful and wonderful to have around! I love making and sharing gifts, so I decided to whip up a big batch of my Healthy Trail Mix, put it in a decorated jar and give them away!

Gifts in a Jar- Easy

Instead of using dark chocolate chips, I used Christmas M&Ms to make it more festive. And Luke liked taking the extra trail mix to work!

Gift Ingredients

On the note I made a list of what was in the trail mix- just in case of any allergies I wasn’t aware of. We also wrote a little note. 🙂

Gifts in a Jar

I tied the notes onto the jars with some red ribbon and voila! You have some super easy and yummy gifts! I made these three (we had enough mix to make four) jars up in less than twenty minutes! Easy, peasy!

What’s your favorite gift to give to your neighbors? Are you still Christmas shopping?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Hosting a Party {the healthy way!}

Happy Monday, all! I can’t believe it’s so close to Christmas! I don’t think I’m ready for Christmas to be over. Can we have an extra week or two? Please?

Healthy Girls

I mentioned on Friday I was having our annual girls’ Christmas party at my house this year- which means I was in charge of organizing snacks. And what do girls like to do? Eat food. Seriously. But with trying to stay on track with healthy eating this holiday season- I hosted a healthy party! Here are some of the things people brought.

Healthy Cheeses

Who doesn’t love a good cheese tray?

Healthy Coffee

I made regular coffee and the girls flavored it with half & half and essential oils instead of creamer.

Healthy Cookies

These gluten-free, healthy cookies made by my friend Hannah, were to-die-for good!

Healthy FoodWe also had healthy roll-ups and a selection of nuts.
Healthy Fruit Salad

Yummy, yummy fruit salad!

Healthy Veggies

A veggie plate with hummus. That was a huge hit!

Heathy Glutenfree CrackersWe had regular crackers, and gluten-free crackers. We have quite a few girls who need gluten-free foods. I am so thankful to be surrounded by girls who support you in your healthy eating and a GF diet!

What are your favorite healthy snacks for parties? Have you ever hosted a healthy party?

Healthy Party

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Scents of the Holiday Season

Happy Thursday! Who is enjoying this holiday season? I’ve been loving all the Christmas music, lights and smells! Not only do we have a live Christmas tree (major excitement over here, y’all!!), but I also have my diffuser going all the times with these wonderful combos!

Scents of Christmas

Why do I love using these oils and the diffuser? Because we get an amazing scent without all of the chemicals and junk in candles and room sprays.

Scents

These two oils are amazing. I love them by themselves or together. Christmas Spirit seriously smells like Christmas! Plus, who doesn’t like the scent of Peppermint during this time of the year?

Scents for Gatherings

Either JOY or Gathering are perfect for, well, gatherings. Especially if there is tension…just get one of these going and your house will smell amazing, and will help calm people.

Scents of Cleanliness

These are great if you are wanting your house to smell clean! And….Thieves is amazing for immune support!

Scents of Season

I am so thankful for my oils! Oils are not some “new fad”. They’ve been around since Bible times. What did Jesus get as gifts? Frankincense….Myrrh. Yeah, those are oils. I do not “put my trust” in the oils….my trust in Christ. But, God made these oils. Just open the Bible and read….you will find tons of oils in it. 🙂 I use what the good Lord has made and given us.

If you are interested in knowing more, you can ask or email me at hannah.d.mooney(at)gmail(dot)com. If you are ready to sign up— yay! I will send you a FREE reference guide to learn all about your oils for signing up with a premium starter kit. 🙂

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. I’m not a medical professional, I’m just sharing my experiences.

DIY Plaid Trees

Happy Wednesday! How has your week been? Mine has been really good- I’ve been busy with lots of Christmas decorating and cooking. The weather has warmed up some, but it still feels like Christmas time!

Today I want to show you how I made the cutest mini Plaid Christmas Trees! They are super easy and so cute- the fit into our decor wonderfully!

DIY Plaid Trees

All you need is:
Scissors
Scrap plaid material (I used scraps from an old plaid shirt)
Foam shapes (found mine at Hobby Lobby in the floral section)
Hot glue gun & glue sticks

Do It Yourself Plaid TreesDirections:
Cut your fabric into strips- you don’t want these to be super long, but not super short, either. Mine were varied lengths. Sit down and just start gluing your strips around the shapes. As you can see I started with three foam pieces, but decided I only needed two where I was decorating (I will use the other foam shape in some other project). Ta-da! You are finished.

Wasn’t that easy? I can’t wait to show you how they look on my Christmas Mantel! What Christmas decorations are you working on?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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5 Christmas DIY Projects

Happy Monday, y’all! Can you believe it’s Thanksgiving week? I’m excited about all the family gatherings coming up– I love this time of year!

I’m also super pumped about decorating for Christmas this year– I have my own house to decorate {eek!}. Can you tell I’m excited? I love making a lot of my own Christmas decorations, so I thought I would share 5 cute projects I’ve seen on Pinterest lately.

5 DIY Christmas Projects

This first one is DIY Book Pages Trees by my awesome sister-in-law, Myra.

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I am seriously in love with this cute Snow Globe Ornament!

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I think this Burlap Placemat is so cute and really practical, too!

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This Jingle all the way craft is so unique!

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I am all about wreaths…and this Felt Christmas Wreath is so cute and looks easy to do, too!

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What are you doing this week for Thanksgiving? Have you started decorating for Christmas yet?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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