Lavender Lemonade + My Valentine’s Day DIY

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…

DIY Valentine's Day Straws | Tamera Mowry

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…

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

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.

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

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.

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

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.

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

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!

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

The good stuff!

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

Adorn them with your cute straws and you have the perfect Valentine’s drink. Kid friendly too :)

Do you have Valentine’s plans?

Xx,
Tamera

Wear It: Date Night Looks for Valentine’s Day

Ever since our perfect night out (ah, Napa), I’ve been dreaming of another peaceful night on the town. When you’re working 12 hour days and coming home to two active little ones, those few hours away are not taken for granted… Believe me! Most of the time I like to keep things cozy and natural when I’m not working, but I love to get all dolled up on date nights… Who doesn’t? That was the inspiration for combing through all these styles and coming across a few romantic must-have dresses.

Styles I’m loving… 

Flirty. Valentine’s Day is really just about love, friendship and fun. It’s really just about celebrating those you love to spend time with – there shouldn’t be so much pressure. A flirty dress can work for anyone regardless of whether they’re going on a first date, a date with the hubby or a group outing with friends. Isn’t the cape look such an unexpected style for a little red dress?

Girly. Ladies who love floral, rejoice. Spring styles are on their way. A floral print is always a classic choice for something like Valentine’s Day, and my favorite thing about them is the romantic colors. But ultra feminine styles aren’t ALL flowers – a casual tulle maxi skirt paired with a slight crop top is romantic without being over the top. Perfect for brunch with girl friends too!

Modern. And for those with a sultrier side? I say keep it simple with a solid color like black, white or red and focus on fabulous details like sheath overlays and unique necklines. Had to throw an all white jumpsuit in there too if you really want a head turner. Love.

When it comes to accessorizing, I love my mommy necklace (I now have one that includes both Aden and Ariah and I never take it off!) and a cute pair of heels. Many of these would look flawless belted too.

Nothing wrong with getting a little springy before the warm weather hits, right? You can always throw on one of these chic winter coats that are finally on sale.

Xx,
Tamera