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super cute donut printables

Posted in Food, Home
on April 18, 2016

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Hi Everyone! I hope you are well! I’m glad it’s finally starting to warm up around my way. The weather here has been much cooler than usual for spring and it’s been putting a damper on my springtime mood. However, I would like  to share a little sunshine with you today! Who wants donuts? I know I do! Every time I eat a donut, I say a prayer of thankfulness to myself because they’re just like little bites of heaven. Today I wanted to gift my lovely readers with 2 Free Donut Printables for you to use any way you like! I just love a great art print and pictures of donuts make us all smile on the inside. These would look great framed in a wall collage, at your studio, or keeping you company at your desk. You’d be surprised how small changes like putting up fun and colorful pictures can really change the mood of a space.

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I hope you are enjoying this day and all the wonderful sunshine. Enjoy your Free Printables and Tweet me when you do put them up. I’d love to see how you style them!

Life Is Short, Eat More Donuts

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simple ways to beautify your home

Posted in Home
on April 6, 2016

5 Simple Ways To Make Your HomeBeautiful

Having a beautiful home is something that everyone takes pride in. We are tasked with creating an environment that is both comfortable and attractive. Some people think that having a nice home requires hiring an interior designer or enlisting the help of a family friend with good taste. While both of these choices are fine, there are a few things that you can do to make your home inviting all by yourself. Check out these super simple tips for a house that you’ll feel happy to come home to.

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Cleanliness: Before you start trying to design anything, your house needs to be clean. All carpets should be vacuumed and all wooden floors should be shined. A clean house just feels better than a messy one. When your space is crowded, it can cause feelings of anxiety and overwhelm. I don’t have a strategic way that I clean, so please don’t think that you have to be some rigid person to keep a clean house. Keeping list and agendas works for some and not for others.

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Candles: Light up candles, turn on ceiling fans and open the windows. This allows fresh air to circulate through the house as well as for the candle scent to permeate the air. Vanilla candles have a sweet and warm smell that is agreeable to most. I also love clean smelling candles like lemon or ocean breeze. Be sure to open windows when you’re burning a candle because the last thing you want is a strong smell that can cause headaches. Soy candles are a great choice if you want to stay away from chemicals. Another great tip is to put unlit candles in closets.  Even unlit, their scent will gently perfume the air.

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Entryway: First impressions are important, so wow your visitors and feel good about your space by decorating your entryway. A nice side table plus a large mirror immediately makes the space feel crisp and modern. Add your own flare to the side table by adding different colored vases, your favorite trinkets, lamps, woven baskets, nice books or a bouquet of flowers. Flowers always make a space feel cheerier. Don’t miss out on a chance to show your good taste, decorate that entryway! Don’t you just love this entryway from La Dolce Vita Interior Design blog?!

 

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Throw Pillows & Throws: These are both relatively inexpensive items that you can pick up from almost anywhere. I like Target’s selection, because it tends to be more stylish. However, you can find great throw pillows and throws at a variety of price points. I love Etsy because I can find cute accessories that are unique. It doesn’t matter where your accessories come from, as long as they are high quality with great design! The girls over at Classy Clutter nail mixing patterns with this chic black and white striped throw and gold geometric patterned pillow!

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Lighting: No one wants to live in a cave, unless you like that sort of thing. Make sure that there is adequate lighting in your home that is soft and warm. Joanna Goddard from A Cup Of Jo understands that lighting is an integral part of design. We want to be able to see all your lovely decor!

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Paint: I saved this one for last because it’s probably the most important. Countless studies have been conducted about how color effects our mood. That’s why choosing the right paint color will help you to make your home a place of solace and creativity. Seven months ago, my husband and I sold our house in Virginia. I honestly believe that changing the paint color of the living room and dining room drastically increased our home’s marketability. I chose a color from Benjamin Moore called seafoam green. We also got the fireplace surround painted white along with refreshing all the crown moldings. I looked up paint colors on Pinterest and saw the seafoam green and fell in love. Seeing how it looks in a room can help you make the right decision.

Do you have any tips on how to make your home more inviting and beautiful? I’d love to hear your suggestions!

 

 

Delightful Cherry Lip Scrub Recipe

Posted in DIY, Home
on April 4, 2016

Lipgloss has a special place in my heart. When I was in the 7th grade, my friends and I used to compete with all the lipglosses we could get our hands on. Pineapple, strawberry and apple — we were entranced by their flavors and the glosss made our lips pretty and shiny. I specifically remember a good friend of mine having a large tin that had about 7 fruity lip glosses embedded in it. I remember thinking, “this is so amazing.” Now that I’m grown, I still keep my eyes peeled for that tin, but I haven’t found it yet. This affinity continued on into college, where I had a desk that I kept my lip gloss collection on that would sometimes reach 20. I also had an extensive belt collection. Even now, when I go to Target or CVS, picking up a lipgloss is a knee-jerk reaction along with picking up a home/decor magazine to read.

 This Cherry Lip Scrub is the pre treatment before you apply your lip gloss. There’s nothing worse than putting gloss over lips that are cracked and rough. Also, this is a fun activity to do with your little girl, so she’ll know how to make lip scrub herself. My daughter Chloe loves lip gloss just like I do. She always has her eyes on whatever new lip glosses I buy. She keeps a couple in her desk at school. Check out this yummy Cherry Lip Scrub to get kissably soft lips that will make your lipgloss or lipstick look flawless!
DIRECTIONS
1.   In a small mixing bowl, mix the almond oil and sugar together until well blended.
2.   Add the cherry juice, extract and Vitamin E oil (optional) and stir well.
3.   Transfer to an airtight container(s) and store up to one month.HOW TO USE
1.  Wet lips and generously and apply cherry lip scrub.
2.   Gently scrub in a circular motion. The sugar exfoliates and the almond oil moisturizes.
3.   Rinse with warm water (or you may be tempted to just lick the scrub off…it’s that good!)
4.   Pat dry with a towel.
5.   Apply your favorite lip balm.
 
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DIRECTIONS
1.   In a small mixing bowl, mix 1 tablespoon almond oil, 2 teaspoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of sugar together until well blended.
2.   Add the 2 teaspoons cherry juice, 1 teaspoon extract and 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil (optional) and stir well.
3.   Transfer to an airtight container(s) and store up to one month. This recipe makes about 3 small lip gloss containers.
HOW TO USE
1.  Wet lips and generously and apply cherry lip scrub.
2.   Gently scrub in a circular motion. The sugar exfoliates and the almond oil moisturizes.
3.   Rinse with warm water (or you may be tempted to just lick the scrub off…it’s that good!)
4.   Pat dry with a towel.
5.   Apply your favorite lip balm.

How often do you exfoliate your lips? What products do you use?

5 DIY Organic Products I Use Everyday

Posted in Home, Uncategorized
on January 21, 2016

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The more you can stay away from chemicals, the better. Sometimes my husband thinks I go a little overboard with trying to find things that are “all natural.” I don’t understand why people think that just because you put it in a pill bottle that it’s automatically legitimate. Many of the medicines that we take today were harvested from the plants and fruits that grow right out of the ground. I really enjoy using natural products that I can make because I don’t have to worry about what’s in them. Without further ado, here are 5 DIY Organic Products I Use Everyday!

1. All Natural Tooth Soap 

Tooth soap is actually my favorite on the list. It honestly cleans my teeth better than any toothpaste I’ve ever used! After I brush with tooth soap, I run my tongue over my teeth and they are smooth and clean. If you don’t mind a departure from the norm, tooth soap is an amazing way to brush your teeth. Tooth soap is made by combining 2 tablespoons of Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild, 8 tablespoons melted coconut oil, 4 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons water, 20 drops peppermint or cinnamon essential oil and 1 teaspoon stevia extract drops or 1 teaspoon  organic honey. Combine all ingredients into a soap pump and shake well. Use as you would normal toothpaste.

2. All Natural Tooth Brightening Scrub

No need to go spend a bunch of money on whitening strips, when you can make a tooth brightener at home for a quarter of the cost. Many of these items you already have lying around the house, so why not make use of them. You can make the tooth brightening scrub by combining 2 teaspoons of baking soda, 1 teaspoon unrefined sea salt, 1 teaspoon purified water and 1 drop spearmint or peppermint essential oil. Combine all ingredients into a clean container with a lid. I ordered some small white cosmetic containers from Amazon. Mix well and dip your toothbrush into the scrub and brush your teeth. 

3. Olive Oil For Oil Cleansing

Olive oil is not just great for cooking, it’s an amazing moisturizer and facial cleanser. Last year I was introduced to oil cleansing. I was confused by how putting oil on my face would actually balance my skin out and decrease lines. It actually works and I keep a container of olive oil in the shower. To oil cleanse, just take about 2 teaspoons of olive oil and rub it into your face for about 2 minutes. Make sure you really massage it in but be careful under your eyes, that’s the most delicate skin on your face. After you’ve massage the oil into your skin, take a clean washcloth and rinse with the warmest water that you can take, then ring out all the water. Take the cloth and clean the oil off of your face. Along with the oil, you will see the dirt come off your face as well. This is also great for an all natural way to take off your makeup!

4. Peppermint All Purpose Cleaner

I just did a post on all natural cleaning solutions. I was cleaning up and mixed these ingredients together and loved them. Use 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s  Baby Mild, 1 cup water and 20 drops of peppermint essential oil. Combine all ingredients into a spray bottle and use for cleaning kitchens, bathrooms and even mopping your floors! This solution cleans amazingly well and leaves your house smelling minty fresh! Add any other essential oil you like to create a smell that you love. 

5. Fruity Infused Water

I really don’t like water. I mean, I really don’t like water. However, as an adult I’ve realized that it’s an essential part of living a decent life. (lol!) Water aids in speeding up our metabolism for weight loss, detoxifies the body, aids in digestion and even makes your skin clearer and look younger. Moisture does a body good! Adding mint and strawberries to my water makes it taste better and even feel a little fancy. There are all types of infuser bottles that you can buy that make it easy to drink your fruity water and tote it around with you all day long, or all night long! *cue Lionel Richie* Either way, drink up, buttercup!

There are my 5 DIY Organic Products That I Use Everyday! Hopefully you’ll find something that you want to try. I’d love for you to try them all because I can attest that each of them is effective!  I feel good when I know I’m using products that are good for me and my family.

 

 

 

All Natural Household Cleaning Recipes

Posted in Home
on January 12, 2016

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Cleaning up is something that we all must do but many of the products you buy from the store can be harmful to you and your family’s health. There have been times when I was cleaning my bathroom and my husband would come in and say, “You need to open a window, these fumes are too strong.” Since I was in the mist of it all, it was hard for me to gauge just how strong the chemicals had gotten.

I do believe that constant exposure to harmful chemicals could result in health problems later on down the road, so I’m sharing these  DIY cleaners, so you can just grab an old spray bottle and rustle up your own concoction. It’s also great to know these recipes because you never know when you may run out of the other stuff and not feel like going to the grocery store. I’m a big fan of citrus because not only does it smell good but it destroy germs naturally. I will say that there are some jobs that I do break out the bleach for, but for everyday cleaning and maintenance these recipes are great!

Lemon & Orange Natural Cleaning Spray

Supplies:

Glass or Plastic Spray Bottle

1/4 cup Distilled White Vinegar

20 drops Lemon Essential Oil

10 drops Orange Essential Oil

2 cups water

Directions: Add all ingredients to your spray bottle and shake well. It’s great on your kitchen counters, appliances and even for windows. The vinegar smell will completely disappear once it dries.

Homemade Clementine Cleaner

Supplies:

Glass or Plastic Spray Bottle

Clementine or any other orange peels

A mason jar with lid.

1-2  cups Distilled White Vinegar

1 cup water

Strainer

 Directions: Collect all the orange peels in your mason jar until it’s halfway filled up. (This may take some time unless you eat lots of oranges) Pour your vinegar over the peels and place lid on tightly. Let the mixture sit for 2 weeks. (tick tock) After a few weeks, strain the peels from the cleaning solution and add to your spray bottle. You can dilute this solution with water. A 1 to 1 ratio should be fine.

Happy Cleaning!