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DIY Body Wash

Now that we have a functional master shower after almost TWO months of having to use the one in the guest bathroom, I’m celebrating with a few shower/cleanliness/beauty DIY projects I’ve been wanting to do. First on the list is DIY body wash!

This was actually brought on by the fact that Evan ran out of his body wash. And I didn’t really want to go to the store. And I’ve pinned all sorts of cool DIY toiletries. And I like saving money.

The gist of it is that instead of spending $5, $6, $10 on body wash (come on, I’m not made of money), you take a $1 bar of soap, grate it up cheese-style, add hot water, mixy mix mix, and you have your own body wash! I was originally inspired by this post and got further instructions from this video.

DIY Body Wash- Evan & Katelyn

A bar we already had on hand was Irish Spring, which seemed manly enough. Then I grabbed a cheese grater and a bowl that I knew I could throw in the dishwasher afterwards. I almost forgot to snap a grating picture before I was done, this step goes pretty fast.

DIY Body Wash- Evan & Katelyn

DIY Body Wash- Evan & Katelyn

While I was grating away, I had 8 cups of water heating up on the stove til it just started boiling. Some methods say boil, some say don’t. I did, but barely. One thing I did a little differently though was instead of pouring the soap gratings into the pot of water, I poured the water into the bowl of soap. I figured there was no need to get the pot all soapy too when the bowl already was.

DIY Body Wash- Evan & Katelyn

Except when I added the water, the bowl was so full I had to transfer it to a bigger bowl and wash an extra dish anyway. Oh wells.

DIY Body Wash- Evan & Katelyn

Once you have it in a big enough bowl, use a hand mixer to whip it up real nice.

DIY Body Wash- Evan & Katelyn

After that just cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit overnight or until it congeals. I left mine over a couple days while we were out of town and it was fine. The consistency was not as solid as jello but more solid than pudding.

DIY Body Wash- Evan & Katelyn

Once it’s congealed, you mix it again til it’s liquidy and pourable.

DIY Body Wash- Evan & Katelyn

Then just use a funnel to pour it into any container you have on hand (I used an empty shampoo bottle). And voila!

DIY Body Wash- Evan & Katelyn

I’ve read that you need different amounts of water for different types of soaps. Ours ended up a little bit on the watery side so next time I might try 6 cups instead of 8. But overall it works just fine and it was FREEEEEEEEEE because we already had the soap on hand. Plus it made enough to fill that whole bottle in the picture + 2 solo cups more. Not bad!

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WE’RE OFFICIALLY HOME OWNERS!!!

AHHHHH!!!!!! OmgomgomgEEEEEEeesffksjl holy balls this is CRAZY!!!!! WE OWN A HOUSE!!!!

Officially Home Owners!- evanandkatelyn.com

Weird to think that these two kids are now in charge of the upkeep, finances, and general responsibilities involved with home ownership! Honestly we’ll probably be doing pretty much the same stuff as the pics below, just with bigger hammers and more chocolate.

Officially Home Owners!- evanandkatelyn.com

We definitely did revert to childlike excitement when we finished signing everything at the title company. Keys!!! Garage door opener!!!! Giant pile of papers we just signed!! Ahhhhh!!!

Officially Home Owners!- evanandkatelyn.com

And thanks to a surprise visit from my college roomie (love you Sidra!), we were able to get a couple stereotypical shots in front of our new home. You might notice it looks very dark and cave-like inside. This might be because we didn’t have electricity yet. But at least we DID have a couple folding chairs and half our liquor collection. #Priorities?

Officially Home Owners!- evanandkatelyn.com

Officially Home Owners!- evanandkatelyn.com

Officially Home Owners!- evanandkatelyn.com

We’ve been busy busy this weekend moving things in, meeting with repair people, and making friends with everyone who works in the Home Depot around the corner. We even started our first DIY project! Hint: it involves lots of pink. Haha can’t wait to share!

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Happy (early) Valentines Day Love! <3

Just wanted to do a little something to show you how much I love you. Which is a lot. A whole big giant lot!!!!

Valentines Art- evanandkatelyn.com
I thought you might like some art inspired by the day we spent together in Laguna and took a bunch of engagement-looking photos a year before we were actually engaged hehe. Just for fun, posting some here. They go hand in hand with the art! Sort of like how I go hand in hand with you (see I can be corny too!). Love you so much baby, you are my favorite <3

Valentines Art- evanandkatelyn.com

Valentines Art- evanandkatelyn.com

Valentines Art- evanandkatelyn.com

Hehehe. Had to throw that last one in there <3

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We’re Starting a Blog!

Between planning a DIY wedding and buying our first house (lots of DIY to ideas for that too), we are crazy busy these days. So the only logical thing to do was add another item to our plate- starting a blog! Our goal is to keep family and friends posted on all the house and wedding stuff going on around here, and mildly entertain any random strangers who got lost on the interwebs and stumbled upon our little piece of the blogosphere.

So I guess we’ll jump right in! After months of looking at houses, losing one to a cash offer, losing another because the sellers wouldn’t come down on their price, and walking through some pretty nasty someone-was-definitely-murdered-here foreclosures… we found our perfect house!!! Eeeeeep!!! Check it out!

Our First House- evanandkatelyn.com

IT’S SO AWESOME!!! Ok, we might be a little biased. We are SUPER excited about this house. Currently we’re under contract- fingers crossed everything goes smoothly! We don’t want to jinx it though, so until we actually close on it we’re holding off on busting out the celebratory champagne Bailey’s (mmmm… creamy. Soft, creamy beige).

We already have tons of DIY plans for this place, and having a house will make it easier to work on our wedding DIY too. We’ll keep y’all posted on things! Cheers to displaying our lives on the internet!! *glass clink* *sip of Baileys* *ok ok we broke it out early, so sue us!*

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