Happy Monday! Spring is right around the corner (or at least that’s what I’m telling myself) and with that comes days sipping lemonade on the patio. Even better when it’s flavored with herbs from the garden, which Adam recently revamped! With Valentine’s Day coming up this Sunday, I thought it would be fun to share one a quick and easy festive DIY project along with a delicious drink for any of you entertaining. Here’s what to do…
First, get crafty. Purchase paper straws and colorful felt which you’ll then cut into hearts. With a hot glue gun, place a small dab of glue and attach it near the top of the straw. Lay them out and way for the straws to dry while you whip up the lemonade.
Now for the lavender lemonade recipe…
Gather your ingredients. The process will be the same as my classic lemonade recipe, but with the addition of lavender. For a healthier drink, I love Xyla in place of sugar. It’s an all natural sweetener with 40% less calories than regular sugar. It sweetens drinks without that crazy sugar crash too.
Like with classic lemonade, you’ll want to dissolve the sugar/sweetener in the water beforehand. During this step you can infuse your lavender – just a handful for a six-serving pitcher is necessary, but you can add as much as you’d like to taste.
When finished steeping and sugar is dissolved, strain the lavender with a fine mesh strainer. You’ll want to keep your strainer handy when to remove any stray seeds from your lemon juice as well.
Combine the sweetened lavender water with the lemonade and chill in the fridge. The more lavender you add, the pinker your juice will turn. Add a few drops of food coloring if you prefer a lavender hue. I enjoy the subtly of the flavors here, however!
The good stuff!
Adorn them with your cute straws and you have the perfect Valentine’s drink. Kid friendly too :)
Do you have Valentine’s plans?
Today I have a super easy recipe for those of you choosing to go au naturel with your bath and body products. I love to try out the latest big thing as much as anyone else, but it’s nice to have a stripped-down alternative whenever my skin could use a break. Plus, when you make your own body wash, you can experiment with scents and ingredients, which is especially helpful if you have any skin concerns or sensitivities.
This body wash can be an inexpensive alternative if you’re someone who already uses natural products. If not, fair warning, there is a bit of initial investment to get liquid castile soap, coconut oil and essential oils. Just know all this lasts forever and can work wonders for your skin.
Recipe adapted from one good thing by Jillee + hello natural.
DIY coconut body wash
¼ cup liquid castile soap (pictured is Dr. Bronner’s unscented)
½ cup liquid coconut oil (you can liquefy yours by heating in microwave for a few seconds)
1 scoop of raw honey (the nutrients in raw honey promote healthy, youthful skin, but it must be raw!)
a few drops of essential oil depending on preference.
Slowly stir all ingredients, stirring in the soap last, and pour into container. Shake to mix up ingredients before each use.
Tip: If you like to shower in the morning, a citrus essential oil can freshen and wake you right up, but if you’ll be using this at the end of a long day, try lavender for its soothing effects! Add vitamin e oil to make this an extra nourishing wash.
Let me know if you give it a try!
Our beach chic home has been a work in progress, and I’m loving every moment of it. When you’re passionate about making a house a home, you don’t focus so much on the finished product. Instead, you enjoy the process. We’re all big on books in this fam so I figured why not do a little research on the best books for all you home DIYers? Read the descriptions below to see if any of them might make your home updates easier.
- Fix It, Make It, Grow It, Bake It by Billee Sharp. This isn’t just about a good furniture DIY. It’s all about improving every aspect of home sweet home, from a home garden to natural cleaning remedies that will benefit the whole family.
- Design Mom, How to Live With Kids, a Room-By-Room Guide by Gabrielle Stanley Blair. Every momma knows that none of the advice on this list can be followed without considering all a child can and WILL do to your home. This book tackles each room with organization tips and even ideas for maintaining a polished space with kids in mind.
- House Beautiful Colors For Your Home Expanded Edition. With 500 paint colors on display, this monster handbook on paint not only guides you through the decision making process to find the colors that work best with your rooms, it features the exact shades and swatches you need to get the job done.
- Apartment Therapy Complete and Happy Home by Maxwell Ryan & Janel Laban. The guys behind Apartment Therapy have just come out with their tour of several different living spaces, all with commentary that helps train your mind to think like a designer.
- The Book of Home How To: The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair & Improvement by Black & Decker. If you ever plan to tackle home improvement projects as a homeowner, a guide like this is essential. Pretty much every project or problem big or small is covered here. Learning from these fixes will help you become more DIY savvy, and probably save you money in the long run.
- The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect To Be Beautiful by Mcquillyn Smith. Don’t be fooled by the gorgeous cover – this book isn’t just about creating a pretty space. Smith urges you to “give up on perfect” and embrace the chaos that is life, family and motherhood. Done and done!
- Loveable Livable Home by Sherry + John Petersik of Young House Love. Whether or not you’ve read Young House Love’s first book back in 2012, if you want to make your home more family oriented (for your furry friends too), this book helps you create that perfect cozy home that just so happens to be totally attainable for families.
- Remodelista by Julie Carlson. Given Remodelista.com’s success on helping do it yourselfers from around the world, having Carlson’s handbook is perfect for owners of fixer uppers or those starting from scratch, inspiring home remodels with a mix of high and low, home tours, DIYs and lessons from people who have done the work.
- Better Homes and Gardens 150+ Quick and Easy Furniture Projects by BHG. There is no truly DIY home without a few furniture projects! But the trick is making those as easy and seamless as possible. Believe me, I have no problem committing to a good project – but with minimal extra time, a book like this helps prevents potential disasters.
Have you guys remodeled parts of your homes before? Success stories, disasters, I want to hear it all!