Unleash the Joy

Thank you to Beneful for sponsoring this post and helping dogs everywhere live a more unleashed, joyful life. All opinions are my own. #FriendsofBeneful #DreamDogPark

16179952407_aa9a1607af_o-copy16365834975_a23e44ee2a_k-copyIf you know me even a little, you know how important my furbaby is to me. Quality time with my little Dolly baby calms me, rejuvenates me and reminds me to stay in the moment. She is the heart and soul of my every day–and I’ll do anything to make her happy. Which is pretty simple–she simply requires lots of cuddles, and a whole lot of fetching her tennis ball in the p-a-r-k. (I spell it out a lot because of course that is one of her trigger words!) Living in urban environments like New York and now Los Angeles have never stopped this little girl from getting plenty of exercise–mostly because of her favorite place: the dog park.

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How to: DIY Lavender Sunscreen

How to DIY Lavender SunscreenHow to DIY Lavender SunscreenIf you’re following along on Instagram or Snapchat (add me: sisoosarah) you probably know…I’ve been very very busy lately…swimming in the pool, checking on the waves, dining al fresco, and frolicking among the flowers and succulents. I MOVED TO LOS ANGELES JUNE 25th! Wooo! Oh glorious sunshine heaven, I’m so in love with this happy town.

I’m pretty excited to be out of the concrete jungle and spending more time in the sunny, moderate climate of LA. But I’ve already got my first sunburn while hanging on Santa Monica beach my first weekend here. This must be sunburn #23924839438948 of my life. Will I never learn?

Here’s the thing. I hate sunscreen. I don’t like the smell. I don’t like the oily, greasy feeling. I don’t like the break-outs I get from wearing it. I don’t like how thick it goes on. And I hate hate hate when you get a teeny bit in the corner of you eye and it waters uncontrollable for the following three hours.

I’m quirky about my daily products’ ingredients–especially if they contain chemicals. I check everything I use at EWG’S Skin Deep Guide to Cosmetics, a site that rates safety of 80,000 personal care products. I try to keep it natural for the most part. And I try to use as few products as possible. I’m drawn to earthy/botanical-based products, or I DIY as many products as I can–because then I really know what ingredients I’m working with. (Did you see my DIY de-puffing caffeine eye cream post?)

Enter zinc oxide, the miracle main ingredient for DIY sunscreen.  It’s is a fine white powder with astringent properties that physically (not chemically!!) works to provide 28 times the skin’s natural protections against harmful UVA & UVB rays. It’s the sunscreen of sunscreens people. Don’t believe me? Check out the reviews.

Say what? So are you ready for this DIY or what?

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Supplies in Demand #4

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite supplies to inspire new DIY projects. Tag your projects you make with the materials you find in this series with #suppliesindemand so I can see what you create with these materials. Links to each supply below. Go on, make something!

Personalized wooden gift name tags by CloudsandCurrents

Personalized wooden gift name tags by CloudsandCurrents

Agate planters from LucentHomeDecor.

Agate planters from LucentHomeDecor

June seascape embroidery pattern from SarahKBenning

June seascape embroidery pattern from SarahKBenning

Pastels Painted Picture Frames by HuckleberryVntg

Pastels Painted Picture Frames by HuckleberryVntg

Watercolor pink floral linen fabric by TheSuziB

Watercolor pink floral linen fabric by TheSuziB

Wildflower baking cups by LayerCakeShop

Wildflower baking cups by LayerCakeShop

Map tags for a travel theme wedding or event from CatchSomeRaes

Map tags for a travel theme wedding or event from CatchSomeRaes

Vintage tea tin planters from sisoosupplies

Vintage tea tin planters from sisoosupplies

Gold arrows planner paper clips from HelloDarlingDesignCo

Gold arrows planner paper clips from HelloDarlingDesignCo

Engagement glitter cake topper from JackOfNone

Engagement glitter cake topper from JackOfNone

Hope some of these supplies inspire you to get creative!

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How to: Floral Balloon Backdrop

Floral Balloon Backdrop DIY by thesarahjohnson.comMy. Favorite. Project. To. Date! I recently DIY’ed this floral-infused balloon backdrop for my sister’s birthday dinner at our favorite restaurant, North End Grill. (Ask for server Jairo, he’s the bessst!) We rented the private room in the back for her big dinner with about 15 friends. It’s a gorgeous space, with dark wood-paneled walls. I wanted to add a pop of color against the dark wood, so during pre-dinner champagne we could take some fun, memorable, festive birthday pictures. What can I say, I’m all about dat photo opp!
Floral Balloon Backdrop DIY by thesarahjohnson.comI wish you could have seen my friend Katie and me carrying about 30 dozen flowers and this balloon “structure” (for lack of a better word) down the street on a luggage cart to the restaurant in our heels. No big deal walking through the restaurant with all these balloons attached to a huge piece of chicken wire. Keep it moving, nothing to see here, people! I kept telling the staff at the restaurant, it doesn’t look like much now, just give me a few minutes and it will all come together, I promise. I think they thought I had been taking crazy pills, but I never doubted it would turn out pretty rad. It’s not the most difficult DIY, it just takes some patience, space, and a little bit of a budget–the flowers weren’t cheap.

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