Cool Down with a Homemade Summer Drink

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Nothing says summer like a cool glass of mint tea. Yum!

Nothing says summer like a cool glass of mint tea. Yum!

With August being one of the hottest months of the year, now is the perfect time to experiment with creating your own version of your favorite summer drink.  Recently I’ve been playing around with brewing my own iced tea instead of purchasing tea from the grocery store, as well as making my own limeade and lemonade.  One of the biggest pluses to making my own juice versus buying it, is how easy it is to do. Each recipe is very basic, only calling for the main ingredient (either tea packages, limes, or lemons), water and sugar; however, if you decide you to add some extra flavor, you can try adding mint leaves, or other fruits such as peaches or strawberries.  The other great thing about making your own juice, is that homemade juices are much healthier than store bought.  Most store bought drinks contain very little fruit juice, but have high amounts of sugar and high fructose corn syrup.  By making your own lemonade, tea, and limeade you eliminate your consumption of high fructose corn syrup while getting 100% fruit juice.

Want to start making your own juice, but don’t know how to get started? Don’t worry, below I’ve included my own easy recipe for delicious lemonade and limeade.  Enjoy!

My Easy Limeade/Lemonade Recipe

-Both recipes are the same except for the type of fruit being used.

  • 2 cups of fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice.  Usually 1 package of lemons/limes will cover it
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar (You can add more or less to taste)
  • Pitcher of water, 2 cups of which is boiled
  1. Pour 2 cups of water into a pot and bring it to a boil
  2. While the water is heating up, using a juicer or your hands squeeze two cups of lemon/lime juice
  3. Once the water reaches a boil, pour the water into a gallon pitcher and then add 1 1/2 cups of sugar.  Be sure to stir the sugar so that it completely evaporates in the water.
  4. Once you have your 2 cups of juice squeezed pour it into the pitcher and stir.
  5. Finally, add enough water to the pitcher so that it becomes full.  Then place the pitcher in the fridge to cool down.

-Enjoy!

Dollar Tree Crafts: Glitter iPhone Case

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A fun and easy to make craft, that won't break the bank.

A fun and easy to make craft, that won’t break the bank.

I decided to make another iPhone case using materials found at the Dollar Tree.  The Dollar Tree is seriously becoming one of my favorite craft stores because you can find things like, packets of fine glitter for $1.00 and plastic iPhone cases.  To create this phone case I used white glue to apply the glitter and then sprayed it with a sealer (this you’ll have to get from a craft store).  All in all it did turn out well, the only downside is that the glitter will occassionally come off, so it may not be a case you want to use everyday. However, considering it only cost $3 to make, I think its pretty awesome.

Wreath Chic

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I have decided to embark on a new craft and business venture and that is creating chic decorative wreaths.  I’ve actually been creating wreaths for a while and most recently made some for my wedding. I’m going to be creating a new blog entitled “Wreath Chic” so please check it out for more styles and samples.  All of my wreaths are for sale and I can do special orders. If you’re interested just hit me up on facebook, twitter or through my email.  Thanks!

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Dollar Tree Crafts: Jeweled Out iPhone Case

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I have always had an idea to create a cell phone case out of old jewelry that I no longer wear and recently I decided to create one using old pairs of earrings.  The cell case actually came from the dollar tree and I used the adhesive E-6000, which you can get from any Walmart or craft store to attach the jewelry.  I can tell you that the E-6000 works really well.  I’ve already dropped my phone a few times and none of my jewelry budged.  

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Take any old jewelry or beading and create your own unique phone case.

Share your own ideas and creations. Leave a comment below!  🙂  

Happy Valentines Day!!

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I’m always looking for ways to re-use my old CDs so this time I decided to create a Valentines Day craft with them.  For this project I used:

  • An old blank cd
  • Tissue paper (I used white tissue paper that I painted with watercolor paints, but any tissue paper will work)
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Permanent markers

So the first thing I did was draw an outline of a heart on the cd.  Then I tore off small pieces of the tissue paper, and glued the center of each piece on the cd, so that the edges stick up. When I filled up the entire heart, I decorated the blank space with my permanent markers.  After you’re finished you can write a message on it, turning it into a Valentine’s Day card, or place it in a small frame and use it as decor year round.  This is also a great craft for kids!

-Happy Valentine’s Day!!! xoxox