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The Magic Potion

Do You Believe in Magic?

Well I do.

My name is Danielle and I am officially a Rodan + Fields addict.

Now before you say, “Oh no, not you too…!” and call me a sell-out and resolve to ban me from your screen forever, just … hear me out, ok? Because I once said the same thing, repeatedly, and then fate stepped in and changed my mind for me.

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HER with her cute hair and great skin

It all started at Mommy and Me (those pesky moms and their cute toddlers!) – I noticed this Mom who had the cutest pixie-like haircut and the most amazing skin.

A little background… When you get to be of a certain age *ahem* you really start noticing when other women have fantastic skin. You wonder to yourself, “Is that genetic? Does she Botox? What does she use?!” and you literally start driving yourself mad trying to figure out why your skin isn’t as lovely. Too much sun? Too much time around smoke? Eating like crap? Not enough water?Β  Stress.

And then you go try all the things to try to fix it. You start at the drugstore or Target with the Neutrogena and the Olay… nope, doesn’t cut it. Then you try to fancy ones like the Dermalogica… eh, not that much better right? Needles scare the heck out of me and I can’t handle any amount of pain, so Botox is off my table, for sure.

And then in walks this lovely gal with this face and hair and I’m like, come on. Well….AS IT TURNS OUT, she used to be a nurse and now she is home with her adorbs daughter and she uses and sells Rodan + Fields. She swears by the stuff and asks if I’m interested in trying it.

Now, she is NOT the first person I’ve encountered selling the stuff; my FB and IG feeds are loaded with all of these ads and pictures of faces and sparkles (why do they all use sparkles?). She IS however, the first real person I’ve met that had amazing skin and showed me her before picture — and obviously her after was right in front of me.

Check this out — this is my friend Amanda — as in a real friend, we have playdates and coffee and stuff:

14453918_702279319922593_857065769_oSo, I was sold. I decided to try it. Why not? I’ve tried so many others and it’s obviously doing REALLY WELL since it is in all of the magazines and beating out all of the other skincare lines, right? It was created by the same dermatologists that developed Proactiv — which many of my close friends have used and loved and swear by… so yeah, I was ready to give it a shot.

Here’s me at 2 months in and 5 months in on the REDEFINE regimen, with no makeup:

REDEFINE Comparison Danielle StickelThat’s kind of a big deal because I’ve never shown anyone my face without makeup – ever – as in, not since junior high, when my Mom said I was finally allowed to wear makeup and my social status sky-rocketed(not really). Check out the reduction in pore size, the reduction in my forehead crevasses, the improvement in my skin tone, and my eyes!

Before I started using R+F, I NEVER went outside without makeup – EVER. But Now? I do it all the time during my daily #momlife, and I feel CONFIDENT! And holy cow does it save me time in the morning!

So now I am hooked – and I love and believe it SO much that I signed up to sell the stuff because I want YOU to try it and love it as much as I do. And love yourself. Because that’s what this is all about, friends. You take care of YOU!

There are so many great products for every type of skin — here are the main regimens, just click on the images to see the details. I am here for you if you have ANY questions, and you can always review even more products and details on my website.

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To see the full line of amazing products, go to my website here!

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What Regimen Should I use?

Need help figuring out which products are best for you? Try the R+F Solution Tool — this easy to navigate tool on my website will help you determine which products will address your needs!

 

 

SAVE MONEY! Enroll as aΒ  Preferred Customer (I did!) See for yourself what the benefits are… the extra discount and saving on shipping alone are worth it, and you can even get the savings on your FIRST ORDER!

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curiousAre you CURIOUS about this amazing business and the opportunity it has in store for you? Take a looksee here, and have a chat with me about it. You have the time, I promise…. says the gal with two kids, a blind dog, a crafty blog and design business. :o)

 

 

So that’s my spiel. I’m 100% in, I love it and I want you to love the skin you’re in, too! Join me on this new adventure — I promise I won’t turn my blog into a running ad for Rodan + Fields, but as I try and test out new products, I will definitely share my results with you!

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DIY Nursery Mobile

DIY Paper Nursery Mobile

An affordable and easy project for baby’s room!

What would Baby #2’s room be without some crafty goodness from Mama? Due in early May, I have less than 10 weeks to go, so the pressure is ON! I have to get his room ready for him so it’s nice and cute and Stickelberry-like.

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I made a mobile for Logan’s room the last time I was pregnant following this tutorial here that I found in Parents magazine, and while it did turn out cute, I found the process very awkward and had to re-do it several times to get it to hang right. Even still to this day the center hoop is off center and the whole thing is just slightly imbalanced. That bugs. The strands also fell off several times (thank goodness I didn’t hang it above the crib), so I ultimately re-attached each one using thick sticky dots. Here is a picture of Logan’s mobile – his room theme is Sock Monkeys!

So, I decided to come up with my own plan… for Baby #2’s room, the theme is a little more contemporary and simple, so I wanted a simplified mobile. Fewer stands, fewer circles…

Simplified Mobile

Simplified Mobile

I hit my local Michaels for the supplies and decided that instead of using the embroidery hoops, I would use a squared wooden dowel — well, two dowels, criss-crossed (I cut a long one in half).

Squared Wooden Dowel..err...Stick?

Squared Wooden Dowel..err…Stick?

I picked out the paper I wanted to use in my nursery room’s colors (White, Grey, Navy, Orange), and some jump rings and went home and got to work. Since I do have a decent selection of craft tools and had made one of these mobiles before, I already had some of the other basic supplies: 2″ hole punch, keychain ring, thin wire, exacto knife, thread, mini pliers.

Supplies

Supplies

Of course I had to throw in some bling — I just adore the silver glittered checkerboard card stock I found in the scrapbook paper aisle! The Navy has a nice sheen to it too – it’s quite beautiful.

Paper and Card stock in Baby's Color Scheme

Paper and Card stock in Baby’s Color Scheme

I started typing up a summary of how I made this ting, but it was a little wordy…. so it’s better to explain with pictures! πŸ™‚

I hope baby likes it!

DIY: Paper Mobile Tutorial

Supplies:IMG_6691

  • Scrapbook Paper or Card stock — I used 1 12×12 piece for each color except the orange scrapbook paper and the silver glittery card stock. I used 2 pieces for those because they are not double sided. Depending on the colors/paper you choose, plan accordingly as you’ll need to punch out extra circles and glue them to the backs of the ones that aren’t double sided.IMG_6731
  • Jump Rings — found in the jewelry aisle. Mine are 9mm and came in a package of 85 pieces. I have many leftover but I couldn’t find a smaller package.
  • 1 Key Chain Ring — also in the jewelry aisle. I had a pack of them from other projects.
  • Tape Runner– I used my favorite one, Elmers! You could also use regular glue, sticky dots or your other paper adhesive of choice.
  • 36″ Squared wooden dowel/stick — these come in a variety of sizes. Choose one that suits your style!IMG_6694
  • Thin Wire, Thread, Yarn, Shoelace… whatever you want to use to attached the dowels together, attach the strands to the dowels, and to hang from the center. This isn’t an exact science – be creative and use what works for you!
  • Tools — 2″ hole punch, Exacto knife, pliers, hole punch (mine is 1/8″); again you don’t have to use the EXACT same tools as I do!

I measured the dowel and marked the halfway point (18″), then measured and marked where I wanted to hang the strands (every 3″), marking an ‘x’ where the two dowels would cross each other.

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Measure out where you will cut the dowel, where the two pieces will cross, and where you will hang the strands

I used the exacto knife to cut the dowel (the wood is very thin and pliable).

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Nice, clean cut from the exacto knife

Nice, clean cut from the exacto knife

I then used the exacto knife to notch out the center of the dowels where they would cross so they fit together like a puzzle piece.

IMG_6698IMG_6700I made a groove at each marking for the strands as well so that the wire I used to secure them would sit nicely and not move.

IMG_6696Next, I put the dowels together and used a piece of the wire to secure the two pieces …my piece was about 8″.IMG_6701

Dowel pieces secured using notch and wire.

Dowel pieces secured using notch and wire.

Now on to the fun part — punching circles!

Punch Therapy

Punch Therapy

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*ONE IMPORTANT NOTE: If you use scrapbook paper or single-sided card stock, depending on your color scheme or preference, you may want to punch two circles for each one that isn’t double sided — otherwise it will be white. That may or may not matter to you… it did to me so I used a tape runner (Elmer’s is my favorite) to glue two circles together for the orange and silver circles.

 

Glue two circles together to make them double sided if needed

Glue two circles together to make them double sided if needed

Once you have all your circles punched out, play around with your pattern or sequence for your strands. You can have them all the same (important if you’re doing a rainbow or ombre theme!), but I decided to have one dowel with one pattern, and the other with a different pattern, so it was mixed up a little.

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And now for some more fun… punching holes!

More Punch Therapy

More Punch Therapy

My hole punch is 1/8″ – you can use whatever size you like, but make sure not to go too far in to the circle, otherwise your jump ring won’t have enough room. I went in about 1/8″ from each end of the circle. IMG_6730Have I mentioned I LOVE anything that glitters?

So pretty...

So pretty…

*CRAFT BONUS: Confetti!IMG_6727

Now comes the labor intensive part. Attaching the jump rings. It isn’t difficult, it just takes time. You can use pliers if you need to, but I found it was quicker and easier to just use my fingers – I found the jump rings pretty easy to bend and put that together.

IMG_6735Link up all of your strands – be sure to put one at the very top of each strand, and no need to put one at the bottom!

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All linked up

Now, to attach the strands to the mobile – cut a piece of wire for each strand. I cut mine about 1/2″ in length.

IMG_6739Next, simply loop the wire through the top jump ring, and wrap it around the dowel, nesting it into the groove that you carved for it earlier. Repeat for each strand.

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Loop the wire through the jump ring and wrap it around the dowel

Loop the wire through the jump ring and wrap it around the dowel, nesting it into the groove

Almost finished! This part I forgot to take a picture of (sorry!) but you can see how it is put together in the next picture…

IMG_6780Take the keychain ring and connect it to the crossed wire in the center of the two dowels. Then connect a jump ring to the keychain ring, so you have the dowels hanging from the two rings. Take your string or ribbon or fishing line or shoelace (whatever you’re using) and loop it through the jump ring. This will allow your mobile to spin nicely and keep it from turning lopsided.

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Connect keychain ring to crossed wire, then connect a jump ring to the keychain ring and loop your hanging material of choice through it

I tied my string in a knot and hung it from one of these bad boys..IMG_6764And here it is, hanging in the nursery (to be revealed later!)

Finished!

Finished!

That’s it! Not too bad, right? Definitely worth the effort for a super cute homemade mobile for your little one..

XOXO, D

 

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