top diy blogs to follow

It's no surprise we love crafting at One Strange Bird. We wanted to put together a list of our favorite DIY bloggers. We love their style, sense of color, and fresh ideas! Read below to learn about our craft blog crushes. 

Nicole + Amanda 

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A Beautiful Mess

My first blog crush ever and the craft blog pioneer, a Beautiful Mess,  serves up bright and cheerful DIY posts daily.  The sister team shares fashion tips, business ideas, and super creative DIY projects for the home and more!  Follow along for inspiration for your home and wardrobe.  Try out their tasty recipes to woo your friends at your next house party.  Follow their Insta @abeatifulmess to stay updated on their latest posts and see their carefully curated photographs found under their super popular hashtags like: #abmcrafty #abmlifeiscolorful #abmlifeissweet 

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Oh Joy!  

I found Oh Joy on Instagram when I was pregnant and immediately fell in love with her fun mix of color and keen sense of design pouring from this mama of two's feed. Her blog is chock full of gorgeously styled tablescapes, tasty recipes displayed on her designed plates, and of course adorable photographs of her sweet family.  Check her Insta to find out when she releases highly coveted lines of homewares or kids products at Target! 

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I Spy DIY

Jenni Radosevich started I Spy DIY as a creative outlet, and it has turned into her full-time gig. Growing up crafting all kind of accessories and outfits, she continues to inspire DIY style with her book, I Spy DIY Style, and online shop. Her instagram has no shortage of cute and colorful projects. Tag your DIY projects with #ispymydiy for a chance to be featured. 

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Sugar and Cloth

If you're a regular on Instagram, you've probably seen shots with Sugar and Cloth's color wall in Houston, TX. True to their name, they specialize in all candy-coated, sugar-filled sweet DIYs from recipes to entertaining. Try out a recipe for your next event!

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Studio DIY

"Make life a party" is what they preach over at Studio DIY. No strangers to rainbow-colored things, they definitely bring out the little kid in you with tutorials on fried egg emoji balloons, donut nail decals, taco pinatas, and more! I mean, have you even seen the Lisa Frank rainbow cake?!?

Winter Health Tips

Baby, it's cold outside! Motivation seem to slow and sticking to those resolutions gets harder as the degrees drop. Keep yourself focused, calm, and centered with these easy-to-implement health tips. 

EAT TO LIVE

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I don't like the word "diet." Dieting is a mental state that just makes you think of all the things you're missing. Instead of going on a diet and focusing on all the things you're getting rid of, try incorporating more lively and colorful foods into your daily routine. Think of all the possibilities for a homemade stir fry, colorful smoothie, or roasted veggie dish The more vitamins and minerals you eat from whole, unprocessed food, the less you'll crave and be hungry for the junk.

GET MOVING

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I personally have always loved exercise, but I know I'm in the minority here. It's hard for me to stay motivated when it's this cold outside, but I think of exercise as something I do to make myself feel awesome afterward. Bored of the same ol' activity? Switch up your routine! Try yoga instead of running one day, take a dance class (or have a solo dance party in your living room), or even just go on a brisk 30 minute walk with a friend. The more your blood gets pumping the better (and warmer!) you'll feel.

LESS SUGAR/ALCOHOL/CAFFEINE

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Like it or not, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol are all drugs. Reducing your intake of any of these will do wonders for you health. Of course, everything in moderation here - if you starve yourself of sugar and then binge later, that will be counterproductive. Limit your self to treats on the weekends, or maybe one day per week. I had to start telling myself to think of treats as "treats" - only having them on special days and not everyday. Try snacking on raisins or fruit instead of candy, substitute that 3rd cup of coffee for green or herbal tea, and limit those happy hours when you can. 

DRINK. MORE. WATER.


You hear it time and time again - practically every health tip blog will include this, and there's a multitude of great reasons. I always start my day off with at least 8 oz of water, if not 16 oz (yes, even before coffee or tea!). Think about it: you just spent 7+ hours going without water while you were sleeping - your body is already dehydrated. One of the worst things you could do would be to immediately introduce substances that could dehydrate you even further (*ahem*, caffeine, we're looking at you). Try drinking a glass of water before your morning coffee and notice the difference of how it makes you feel. I carry a 32 oz. water bottle with me practically at all times which helps me measure how much I'm drinking per day. Water helps lubricate joints and muscles, improves brain function, increases energy levels (!!), and can aid in weight loss, among a whole host of other benefits. If you find the taste of water boring, try infusing some herbs like mint or a squeeze of lemon or orange for some added flavor. 

PERSONAL TIME

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I notice myself getting super stressed when I don't reserve time for myself. My mother used to tell me to be mindful about guarding your personal time, and moms are almost always right! For the lucky ones, maybe you have 1 full day to yourself a week. If you're schedule is too crazy, or if you have kids, reserving even just 15 minutes a day to meditate, journal, or do other activities important to you will do wonders in keeping you sane. Try taking up a new hobby, drawing, learn to knit, joining a book club, reading on your own, scrapbooking, painting your nails, or taking a bath! Not sure where to start? Join us for a class and learn a new skill in a couple of hours! Link to see our class schedule here

When you start to feel pulled in too many directions, slow down and take some time for yourself. Trust me, not only will you feel better, the people around you will appreciate it as well!

In good health!
Amanda

Disclaimer: As the author, I have based my writings upon my own experiences, beliefs, and extensive research regarding the topics covered in this blog. However, I am not a medical doctor, nurse, or medical professional formally qualified in this subject matter. The information contained in this blog is not intended to be construed in any manner as medical advice. All diet and exercise decisions should be made with the approval of your health care provider. Please read and use the information that you derive from this blog appropriately and at your own risk. 

DIY Fall Kids' Crafts

Looking for some fun crafts to do with the kids over Thanksgiving break? We've got you covered! Psst...a few of these double as your Thanksgiving decorations. 

GLITTERED LEAVES

The kids will be thrilled to help with the Thanksgiving table. Arrange around the table's centerpiece for an especially festive look! (via House of Jade Interiors)

WOODLAND ANIMAL MASKS

Use the printout template from illistyle to create adorable felt or construction paper animal masks! Great for sending photos to grandma. 

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Image via illistyle

HANDMADE OWL ORNAMENTS

The kids will love making and hanging their own ornaments when it comes time to put up the tree. They can make several to give as gifts, too! (via Paging Fun Mums)

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Image via Paging Fun Mums

AUTUMN LUMINARIAS

Via Martha Stewart, kids will love gathering leaves, spraying the paint, and watching their decorations come to life! 

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Image via Martha Stewart

HOMEMADE PUMPKIN SPICE PLAYDOUGH

This just sounds amazing. Kids can craft and sculpt after they help make the playdough! (via Small + Friendly)

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Happy crafting!
-Amanda