This is the perfect refresher for the extra hot & humid weather that we’ve been having this summer. It’s a super quick, easy project (20 mins, tops!) & adds nourishment for your skin. Plus, it will also set your make-up & add a fresh dewy look.
All that’s needed is:
Clear packing tape, Scissors, pictures or magazines (cut into strips), a spray bottle (I used a travel one that would easily fit in my purse), & essential oils.
There are so many different types of essential oils that are good for your skin. I used Rose Absolute with jojoba oil, but you could use tea tree (clarifying), lavender (balancing) , peppermint (cleanse), or sandalwood (anti-bacterial.)
1. Use purified water to fill up the spray bottle.
2. Add drops of essential oil (I used 10 drops for a 3 ounce travel size) & shake!
For Decorating the Bottle:
1. Take strips of paper & images that you’ve cut out of the pictures or magazines & place in desired position on bottle.
2. Wrap clear packing tapes over bottle until all of the images are sealed. For mine I did several layers of tape.
That’s all it takes to create your own inspired facial mist!
“I realize that I will never fully understand the millions of bizarre ways that music brings people together.”
Putting together this playlist made me reflect on what a huge impact music has had on my life. Hear a song & it can bring me right back to a place & time from my life, like taking a ride in a time machine.
Rosemary & I have some pretty big decisions to ponder over this next week and we are taking some time to reflect and get in tune (no pune intended) with ourselves. If you see me around Nashville, most likely, I will have a coffee in hand, writing in my journal or reading a book. We all do need that special time.
I hope you all get a chance to travel, discover & get back to yourself this summer. Here’s some music for the most wonderful journey of all….
After all “Every mix tape tells a story. Put them together, and they add up to the story of life.”
On a side note: The quotes above are from Rob Sheffied’s wonderful book, “Love is a Mixtape.” Pretty please with a cherry on top, read it! So incredible.
With travel plans in full swing, we thought we would feature two of our favorite summer travel hairstyles, The Twist & The Gypsy. Super easy to do, these styles will keep you cool in the summer sun while still looking your pretty self.
First, grab two small sections at the top of your head (A & B).
Second, cross strand A over strand B.
Third, with strand B add more hair by picking up another small section of hair located underneath strand B.
Forth, cross strand B over strand A.
Fifth, with strand A add more hair by picking up another small section of hair located underneath strand A.
Sixth, Repeat steps two through five until you have reached the opposite nape of the neck.
Repeat on the other side until you reach the nape of the neck. Secure with a hair band to create a pony tail. Take a small section from the pony & loosely wrap around the hair band. Secure with a bobby pin.
First, divide hair into two sections & secure with a hair band to create low pigtails.
Second, twist one pony around to create a loose bun. Secure with bobby pins.
Repeat on the other side.
Forth, take your scarf & with the center of the scarf wrap over head, like a head band.
Fifth, wrap around back & tie in a knot at the crown of your head.
Sixth, tuck ends under.
What are your favorite travel destinations for the summertime?
It’s hit record highs here in Nashville over the past week. We’ve been trying to stay indoors as much as possible to beat this summer heat. One thing we’ve really enjoyed doing is making desserts. Here’s a quick and easy recipe for fruit parfaits that are perfect for summer gatherings.
To serve 8 people:
1 angel food cake
2 cartons of blueberries
2 cartons of strawberries
1 tub of cool whip
1 box of vanilla pudding *Milk required to make pudding
You’ll need to cut the strawberries up into small slices and make your vanilla pudding in enough time for it to have time to sit and congeal before you need to start your parfaits.
You can layer the ingredients however you like, but we started our parfaits off by placing angel food cake at the bottom and then adding the vanilla pudding on top of the angel food cake so that the cake absorbed the pudding (extra yummy!). We added strawberries, another layer of angel food cake, and then the blueberries. We topped it off with cool whip and garnished with a mint leaf to add a little bit more color.
Once they’re finished, place them in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving. That will allow the pudding to get cold while also allowing the other ingredients to settle into the dish.
We all know how not-so-fun the average white plates can be, don’t we? I recently decided it was time to add a little pep to my plates by adding a few colorful polka dots. This was a very quick and inexpensive project that completely changed the look of my kitchenware!
I purchased white ceramic plates at the thrift store for $1 each and paints at my local craft store for approximately $1 for each bottle. With a paint brush, I hand painted polka dots on the plates and let them air dry. I decided on polka dots because I’m currently obsessed with them, but feel free to do whatever design you’d like!
Once my plates had time to dry, I baked them at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and let them cool. I was so excited at how they turned out! Because they are hand painted, it is best to hand wash them to preserve your designs for an extended amount of time.
And now, with my funky new plates, it’s time for a party! I’m so excited to use these plates for many summer gatherings with friends. What a fun summer this will be!
I recently saw a pair of amazing polka dot jeans at one of my favorite stores for quite a hefty price. This inspired me to make my very own, budget friendly, polka dot jeans! It’s such a quick & easy project (I did mine while watching a Cary Grant film.) I don’t know how can you be nothing but happy wearing polka dots!
It’s pretty simple… all you need are a pair of jeans, fabric paint & a round sponge applicator ( I found mine at the local craft store.)
Lay the jeans on a flat surface & with a good coat of the fabric paint start putting your polka dots in the desired area. I choose to do my polka dots in diagonals of three.
After you’ve finished the first side of the jeans, let dry anywhere from 45 minutes to 4 hours. Then continue with the other side of the jeans. Let the jeans dry overnight before wearing them & 72 hours before washing.
And there you have it! Put a smile on your face…. you have your very own polka dot jeans!
I hope you all have been having the most delightful summer! What kind of projects have you been inspired to do lately?