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Monday, August 1, 2016

Homemade Ice Cream Inspiration

Summer is the perfect time for ice cream. Here is some ice cream inspiration of homemade ice cream recipes you can make yourself. 

I am a vegan so I am always on the lookout for vegan ice cream recipes. This 5 Ingredient Vegan Snickers Ice Cream and Sea Salt Caramel Coconut Ice Cream use salted date caramel to add natural sweetness.


If you love blueberries, try one of these recipes. This blueberry ice cream is homemade and has a great color. Serve in a bowl or on cones.Why not make blueberry pie ice cream sandwiches?

Have you ever made homemade ice cream?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

How to Use Scented Oils


Have you ever true using scented oils? You can find scented oils in my shop here and here.

These are some ways you can use oils:
  • Scented oils are great for candle making. You can add a couple drops of oil to candle wax while making candles. You can also add a couple drops to an unscented candle while it is burning.
  • Mix a couple drops of oil with water and add to a spray bottle. You can use the mist as a natural air freshener.
  • Mix a couple drops of scented oil with baking soda and use as a natural home cleaner. Sprinkle the powder on to a carpet, let sit for half hour and ten vacuum to give the carpet a nice scent. Want to clean your kitchen or bathroom? Just mix a little water with the mixture and use to clean surfaces. 
  • Add several drops of oil to a cloth and add it to your dryer to make laundry smell fresh. You can also a couple drops to your washing machine when you wash clothes. 
  • You can use scented oils in paper crafts. Just add a drop or so of oil to a greeting card, envelope or stationery. 
How do you like to use scented oils? 


Friday, July 22, 2016

Shop Review: Make a Wish XO

The Etsy shop Make a Wish XO recently sent me an item to review. Make a Wish XO is a shop that sells handmade wish bracelets "where inspiration turns into reality". 

 

The bracelet I received is called "The Journey". It has a blue cord wth a silver pendant. The pendant has a compass design on it. It is great for people going on a physical or spiritual journey.

It also comes with an inspirational quote gift card that says, "Start your journey...and as you do wear this bracelet as a reminder of the joy you bring to my life. May your wish come true!"

It also comes with instructions on how to make a wish and tie the bracelet. You make a wish when you first wear the bracelet. It is believed that your wish will come true once the bracelet falls off. You can also watch this video that explains how to tie a bracelet:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0TG88CkFp8

You can tag MakeaWishXO on Twitter or Instagram to show how you are wearing your bracelet or see how other people are wearing theirs. 

I love the whole concept of this shop. I like my bracelet and I think it is handcrafted well. I also like the packaging it came in and the description about how to wear your bracelet. I think these items could make a great gift to someone.

 

The shop offers a variety of wish bracelets and charms. I also like this Autism Awareness Bracelet with a puzzle charm since my brother has autism. They are currently having a deal where you will get one free bracelet when you purchase five other ones. 

My bracelet has not fallen off yet. When it does, I hope my wish comes true! 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Printable Nautical Planner Stickers

I listed some new printable planner stickers in my shop, Printables and Things. These stickers are great for decorating your planner. They are printable so you need to print them on sticker paper. All are available to purchase here.





Do you ever use planner stickers? 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Organization Tips

I love these organizing tips from the Martha Stewart website.



Unused paint cans can be lined on a shelf with velcro to become a place to organize items. See a tutorial here. Another idea is to use teacups to store jewelry. Arrange them in a velvet-lined drawer.



Make color coded clipboards by painting the clips different colors with acrylic paint.



Create a car kit by creating a kit with winter weather emergencies like an ice scraper, flashlight, sand and warm clothing.






Attach envelopes to the inside of your notebooks to store items such as receipts, photographed on the left. On the right, create a sewing kit binder by adding zipper pouches and a felt needle holder to a three ring binder.

What are your best organizing tips?

Monday, July 11, 2016

How to Use Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil Uses
Did you know coconut oil has many health benefits? Coconut oil is the fatty oil obtained from the coconut. It can improve cholesterol levels, kill harmful microorganisms, improve your skin and help you lose weight.


Try to find organic and cold pressed coconut oil. You can find coconut oil in my shop here.
These are some ways you can use coconut oil in your cooking:
  • Coconut oil is a great replacement for other oils in cooking. It can also be used as a replacement for butter.
  • Add a tablespoon of coconut to your regular meals, soups or beverages to get the health benefits of it.
  • Pour melted coconut oil over hot cooked grains or vegetables.
  • Use in baking for breads or desserts.
Did you know coconut oil also has many benefits for your skincare and beauty routine? Here are some ideas to try:
  • Sometimes, I will use coconut oil instead of expensive store bought moisturizer. It also make a great natural makeup remover. I like the use the 100 Percent Pure Facial Cleansing Brush with coconut oil on my face.
  • Coconut oil makes a natural chapstick when applied to your lips.
  • Why not try making your own natural toothpaste with coconut oil, baking soda and essential oil? Coconut oil also makes a great natural mouthwash.
  • Use as an all over body lotion or shaving balm. Coconut oil is also great for healing sunburns or minor cuts.
  • Use coconut oil to soften nail cuticles in your manicure routine.
  • You can use coconut oil for hair. Coconut oil makes a great conditioning hair mask. I like to put it on after shampooing my hair and leaving it out for 5-10 minutes before washing it out.
  • Coconut oil is a wonderful massage oil to use.
How do you like to use coconut oil?

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Succulent Inspiration

Have you noticed the succulent trend? Succulents have some parts of them that are thickened and fleshy so they can retain water in arid climates (for example, cacti is a type of succulent). Here is some succulent d├ęcor inspiration:


The photo on the top left uses mini cacti and succulent. I love the succulent centerpieces in the upper right and bottom left. The photo on the bottom right has great green and turquoise colors.


If you want to change the colors of your succulents, try spray painting your succulents like in the photo above. You can use faux plants if you don't want to spray paint the real thing. 


I love these arrrangements of succulents in pots. The left photo is from this site. The image on the right is from Favim.


Why not plant your succulents in teacups?



These wedding cake takes inspiration from succulents. You can find a succulent care guide at Ollie and Oak Magazine.

Do you like the succulent trend?