The Perfect DIY for Plant Lovers

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How to make Wooden Bead Garland

How to make Garland with Wooden Beads

I see garland made with wooden beads all the time and I think it’s the cutest home decor accent! You can drape it over a plant, on a lamp, over some candle stick or just lay it on shelf by some other things for some added flare. I also even love when I see it hanging on a wall!

 

I have seen this garland in plenty of stores and websites for sale yet the prices for some of them can be pretty pricey! I decided I would order some wooden beads from Amazon and and strung some cute garland of my own! 

The Link below is a link to the beads I purchased on Amazon which are great for this product. You get 100 beads for a great price and they are great quality beads and I highly recommend them for this project! 

 
 
Wooden Craft Beads

Materials

Wooden Bead Garland Materials

Now, I made some tassels with some jute and some thread to add some character to some of my garland. I can post a tutorial soon on how to make tassels for anyone who’s interested. To make the actual garland (since this was my first time making some, I tried out a couple different methods) I strung some of the garland on the jute and some on elastic. I made up the patterns as I went and added tassels and wooden tags to some as well. 

 

I left the wooden tags on them on them blank but what I think would be cute is to stand things them. For example, if it was going to be used on a plant you could stamp the name of the plant or herb onto the tag. You could stamp other sayings onto other garland to suit the purpose of what you’re using it for. See the image below to see one I did stamp. 

Wooden Bead Garland with stamped message
All you need is love garland
Check out my handmade wooden bead garland You can purchase in my Etsy Shop!

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Three Recent Crafts from Love Ethic

Three Recent Crafts From Love Ethic

I want to share some recent crafts I’ve made over the Holidays!

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All my Cool Christmas Gifts

Checkout What I got for Christmas

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I really made a haul this year with some awesome gifts! I have already put all of them to use and can’t wait any longer to share them with you. Christmas is a big deal in my family. Being 1 of 5 children my mother can’t help herself when it comes to “Santa Claus.” Yes, at her house, Santa still comes to see all 5 of her adult children and 4 grandsons! Needless to say, the gifts and love are plentiful on Christmas Day at the house I grew up in. In no specific order let’s get to discussing some of the epic things I was gifted this Christmas, as my mom would say, from Santa!

Ninja Coffee Bar System

Ninja Coffee Bar System

My Husband and I got married in October of 2017. We are both coffee drinkers and of course registered for (at the time) what we thought was a good coffee maker. Unfortunately, the one we requested as a wedding gift didn’t even last the first year of our marriage, ha! 

My husband picked up a cheap one at Walmart shortly afterwards to replace it. The cheap one drove me out of my mind! That thing leaked everywhere on my countertop and made the biggest most unpleasant mess for me to clean up every morning after my husband went to work! Enough is enough! 

Knowing Christmas was approaching, I did lots of research on coffee makers and read hundreds of customer’s reviews. I have always been really attracted to the Keurig coffee makers. I know Keurig is a good brand and people say great things about them but my husband and I’s drawback was the fact you have to use those pods in them to make your coffee. We both decided that wouldn’t be the best option for our household. 

So the more research I did I finally decided the best option for us would be the Ninja Coffee Bar! 

 

WE LOVE IT!

 

Why I love the Ninja Coffee Bar coffee maker:

 

 

 

  1. It’s easy, makes absolutely no mess, and doesn’t require coffee pods! yay!

  2. You can make iced coffee

  3. There are 6 different brew size settings along with numerous other fancy settings

  4. I love the modern and cool look of it (it matches all of the other black and stainless appliances in our kitchen)

  5. it’s quiet and brews a tasty pot of coffee in no time! 

So far, so good! My husband and I both are enjoying the Ninja Coffee Bar. If you’re in the market for a new brewer this is the one! 

 
 
 

Instant Pot

Instant Pot

Y’all, I got an Instant Pot! These things have been all the rave here where I live in Western Kentucky! Everyone and their mother has one of these things and is always talking about about these fast and delicious meals they’re making on the daily. When it comes to cooking if you add the words fast and delicious in the same sentence with it, COUNT ME IN!

 

A good friend of mine showed me hers not too long ago when I was at her house for a visit. She showed me all about it, explained how intimidating it was (wow, she was right), yet also explained how once you get the hang of it, it’s like the best thing ever! I was sold and immediately added it to my Christmas list! 

We used ours for the first time a couple nights ago and let me tell you, if I could have recored our first experience with that thing, you would literally hurt yourself from laughing so hard. Long story short…the food was DELICIOUS! 

 
 

We are going to try it again for supper tonight and I am going to write a another blog post later this evening about both experiences and both recipes, too! Ill add the direct link to this section when I have it completed! All in all I am loving this gift and looking forward to all of the deliciousness it’s going to bring the table!

 
 
 
 

Bissell PowerFresh

Bissell Power Fresh Lift-off Pet Steamer

This steamer made by Bissell is pretty much the bomb. It’s a great size (not too large), light weight and does a dozen different things! You can clean hardwood, tile, or linoleum! Get your showers, bath tubs, glass shower doors, and even counter tops clean with this bad boy! I also read in the manual that it can be used to clean windows, too! I am going to try it out on my windows one day soon and I’ll be sure to you know how it works out!

Apple Watch Series 4 40mm (sand pink)

Apple Watch Series 4 40mm

This one was actually a gift from my husband. I have debated for quite sometime now on whether or not an Apple Watch would be a good fit for me. After lots of research and talking to numerous friends who have them I decided YES, I needed one. So far, so good! I didn’t request the one that connects to a cellular carrier because it basically serves the same way it would with cellular when it’s connected to wifi or within a certain distance from your iPhone. I love it so far. I can read and respond to texts, answer calls, look at my calendar, log my workouts, see my health stats, check the time (ha), see how many steps I’ve taken, check emails, check my pulse, and set reminders on it! It’s definitely going to be great for my already overly organized lifestyle! I have the BEST husband! xoxo 

Patricia Nash Gear

Patricia Nash cross bodies

I received the small cross body from my husband (a total surprise) and the larger one from my mother (which I asked for). I love both of them and think they are gorgeous! I am so thrilled to have both of them. I have been eying Patricia Nash’s handbags for a couple years now and knew one day I would have to own one. Now I own two! They’re real leather and are stylish now and will be 100 years from now, too. Those are my favorite kind of accessories! In case you’re wondering…YOU NEED ONE!!

The Cutest Clogs, ever!

Lotta Low Clogs

Ya’ll these clogs are the bomb. I love them! Every Christmas you better believe when Santa asks for my list there is pretty pair of shoes on it! These are absolutely adorable, are good for any season, I’ve already worn them (they are comfortable), and YES you need a pair!

DNA KIT

DNA Kits

Another awesome gift I received this Christmas was an Ancestry DNA Kit! My husband received one of these from my mother for his Birthday back in July and every since he did his, I’ve wanted one! Of course I have already done it and sent it back for my results! I’ll make sure and share what I find out when I finally receive my them! I listed the link to the kit I received above along with some other kits I’ve heard good things about! If you think about it, this is a really cool thing! You never know what you could find out about yourself, your family…the results could lead you anywhere! Ha, on second thought… kind of scary, huh?!

I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about what I got for Christmas! I would love to hear about any cool and awesome gifts anyone else received! Or maybe you can share some awesome gifts you gave to someone special? 

All My Love Mallory at Love Ethic! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and I wish everyone a Happy New Year!

5 Top-rated Home Surveillance Systems

Home Surveillance

Top Rated Home Surveillance Cameras

It seems like with all the growing technology home surveillance systems are the must have for every home. Having a sense of security and feeling safe when you’re at home or making sure your home is safe while you’re away is a necessity we all long for. Surprisingly enough this kind of luxury comes at a more reasonable cost than some may think. I have taken some time and done my research on some of the best home survaillance system’s on the market. I tried to stay in a reasonable price rage (depending on a households security needs) and read hundreds of reviews on these products to share the best ones (in my opinion) for keeping a safe and secure home. The products I chose can all be purchased on amazon and I will display the direct link to each stayed below.  

ONE

[Newest] Wireless Security Camera System

This system can be used indoor or outdoor and has night vision capabilities.

  • Easy & Quick Setup Wireless video security system is easy to setup without any video cables. True plug and play. Connect the NVR and cameras with power-adapter provided. Connect the mouse to NVR. Connect PC/TV monitor to NVR with a VGA/HDMI cable. Connect the router LAN port to NVR WAN port with Ethernet-cable provided. The video will show up. The system builds a more powerful wireless signal coverage and make the connection quick and easy. Working without disturbing your internet speed.
  • Always Stay Connected Wireless surveillance camera system allows you to view the live video remotely anytime and anywhere by Phone and Mac,PC,iPad (available for Android & IOS system). Download free APP “IP PRO” or “Eseecloud” from Android Google play or Apple APP Store. Register an new account, then add device ID. You can view the video by WiFi or 2G/3G/4G network. PC/Laptop view: Windows System: CMS Software. macOS system: MAC macOS Software. Please download from www.isotect.us
  • Motion Detection Wireless IP camera system supports Sync-playback, video backup and video detection. You can receive Email Alerts upon motion detection or App Alert when set it up (Noted: please set it up properly to avoid Email blast). Simply record and playback on your mobile devices. Seamlessly stream video directly to your smartphone, tablet and PC. Keep an eye on your belongings anywhere and anytime.

TWO

All-new Rig Stick Up Cam
  • This system works with Alexia Devices. Description from Ring below:

  • Monitors indoor or outdoor areas at home in 1080p HD video and night vision with a slim design that mounts almost anywhere
  • Lets you see, hear and speak to people from your phone, tablet or PC
  • Sends notifications to your device as soon as motion is detected
  • Lets you check in on your home any time with Live View on-demand video
  • Works with select Alexa devices to launch real-time video with your voice
  • Connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi or Ethernet
  • Comes with all the tools you need to install and set up your device in minutes

THREE

ANNKE CAMERA

This ANNKE Cam is one of the less expensive systems I chose to share. It’s also compatible with some Alexia devices. Description from ANNKE below:

  • Stunning 1080P HD Footage】ANNKE home security camera pans and tilts to cover every inch of your entire house and stream crystal clear videos to your smartphone, tablet and PC. Thanks to the infrared LEDs, night vision is also outstanding even in the pitch dark.
  • Low Bit Rate Recording】The smart IP camera boasts low bit rate recording and greatly extends the recording time, thus save you more cost in storage. With a 64GB TF card, it can record continuously for 7 days in normal conditions, longer than its previous generation.
  • Work Perfectly with Alexa】Just ask Alexa to show the camera’s live view on your Echo Show or Echo Spot. Thus, you can get a quick way to see what your kids or pets are doing in another room when you are on the go.
  • 【Local and Cloud Storage】The home security camera offers premium cloud storage service. Just email our technical staff at support@annke.com for the activation code, and you can enjoy a 30-day free trial. It also has an optional max 64GB TF card storage, thus safety of information is guaranteed even at the loss of the SD card or network interruption.
  • Smart Auto Tracking & APP Alarm Push】Once a moving object passes in front of the camera lens, it pans to follow the object to track and film its trail, like a smart detective. Meanwhile, instant APP alarm pushes will be sent to you to keep you informed all the time.

FOUR

CasaCam

CasaCam is a more pricy system but seems to have a lot of amenities. See the description rom CasaCam below:

  • See, hear and speak to people on your property from your 7″ monitor, phone or tablet. Keep track of your property from anywhere at any time. No monthly fees.
  • Spotlights turn on and start recording as soon as motion is detected. 500 Lumen High Brightness white LED equipped with manual, motion and timer activation.
  • 7″ touchscreen monitor with auto, manual and scheduled recording modes. Five seconds pre-record period ensures the event is fully captured. Rechargeable battery and 8GB SD card are included.
  • System supports up to 4 cameras with single, split or quad display.
  • Worry free warranty: We offer a 60-day Money Back Guarantee. If our product stops working in the first year, we will replace it.

FIVE

UOKOO CAM

This UOKOO Cam is the most inexpensive one on my list. Don’t let the less expensive price tag fool you, though. This little cam has raving reviews and many say, for the money, it’s absolutely a great cam. See UOKOO’s description below:

  • EASY SETUP】Sonic Recognition Technology featuring One Key WiFi Configuration makes setup so quick and easy, .Just plug in the power cable, download the ‘iSmartViewPro’ App and set it up via your Andriod or iPhone smartphone, remote access to the wireless security camera on iPhone/ iPad/ Android phone/ tablet/ MAC/PC, keep an eye on your loves and belongs anywhere anytime.
  • 【MOTION DETECTION】Motion Detection with email or push alert notifications based on motion sensing technology. Motion detection sensibility can be adjusted by your, When the camera detected abnormity or alarm is triggered, instant alarm pictures will be sent via email.
  • 【VERY EASY INSTALLATION】You can put the Mini Security Camera on desk and adjust the viewing angle to your needs or take the plastic part off and put it on the wall with the included screws. Install the home security camera in living room, baby room, office, kitchen. You can monitor every corner of your house. REMOTE ACCESS AND HD 720P VIDEO: Remote access to the camera on Smartphone, Tablet, Mac or Windows PC. Quick Wi-Fi setup via iPhone or Andriod smartphone using

 

These 5 cams may not be the most expensive money can buy however, those who have purchased them think highly of them and stand by their reliability. If you’re looking to spruce up your home security or gift someone the ability to secure theirs, these system’s seem to work great! The best part?! NONE OF THEM WILL BREAK THE BANK!

Thanks for being here and reading on LovEthic!

Love to ALL

-Mallory

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DIY Magnolia Wreath

DIY Magnolia Leaf Wreath
DIY MAGNOLIA WREATH
Magnolia Leaf Wreath

This beautiful wreath is very simple to make and looks like a million bucks! I made my Mother and myself one in one afternoon!

What you'll need
foam board

Foam Board

I used foam board to cut my circles out of to use for the form/ structure of my wreath. You can use cardboard, too. I just used what I had (as usual).

Large Mixing Bowls for tracing big circles

I used large mixing bowls to outline the inner and outer circles for my wreath before I cut them out of the foam board I used.

Cut them out

I traced and cut out 2 patterns because I made one for my Mother and myself.

Magnolia Leaves

Fresh Magnolia Leaves

I went out into my Mother's yard and snipped some fresh Magnolia leaves from her Magnolia tree. A lot of people have access to Magnolia trees, they are in a lot of parks and if you have a neighbor or a friend with one, I'm sure they wouldn't mind to let you snip some! You can preserve the leaves the first, however I didn't. Magnolia leaves will last a pretty good while before they dry out too badly and begin to crumble.

  • Silver and Gold Spray Paint
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • 20 to 30 minutes

Once you spray paint some of your leaves silver and gold to add in around your green ones and your hot glue gun is ready and hot you will begin to make your wreath. 

Below is the technique I used to create my wreath

After you get enough leaves glued to your wreath form to complete the look you’re going for (fullness and texture wise) you’re finished! It doesn’t take long to create this beautiful Magnolia leaf wreath and it costs essentially, nothing! If you hang it indoors or if the outside location you choose is shaded, your magnolia leaves will keep longer. Placing in direct sunlight will cause the leaves to die an crumble faster. 

Beautiful DIY Magnolia Leaf Wreath

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My older sister and her husband recently bought a new house. My sister immediately arranged to remove a wall (between the kitchen and the Livingroom) and set out to give the kitchen a complete remodel. She redid all of the flooring and replaced it with a high grade and dark color hardwood. Next, she got all new stainless-steel appliances. She decided to keep the original cabinetry but had it painted white and applied new hardware. At that point, she had recessed lighting installed in addition to some new hanging fixtures for flare (and function). By removing a wall, she was able to reorganize the kitchen floorplan a bit. She placed a huge island in the center of the kitchen that’s functional for more counterspace as well as an area at the end for seating where her family can enjoy meals. I love this aspect of the new look because it eliminates the need for a kitchen table. Being kind of minimalist, not having to place a table with chairs around it somewhere is ideal for me. Nevertheless, she does have a formal dining room where a table surrounded with chairs lives. When she does host people or have dinner parties, she’ll always have that to fall back on for more spacious and formal seating.
To seal the kitchen’s new look, she chose to have concrete countertops installed. They fit in lovely with the other renovations and look better than I ever imagined. Let’s face it, we’ve all heard about concrete countertops, we’ve seen pictures of them on Pinterest and have watched them created on some of HGTV’s shows but, how many of us have actually seen them in someone’s home we know? After all, they are kind of a new thing.
Below are some photos from my sister’s progress with her kitchen renovation. I really wanted to share these because, the little interior design work I do, people are always asking about them. People always want to know what I think about them. I think they’re very unique and I think they can work for any look you’re going for depending on the shade and edge you choose. I hope you enjoy these photos and they shed some light on concrete countertops and their appeal. And, yes, they’re functional!

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