Beauty

DIY: Refreshing “Spa” Water

April 16, 2015

One of my favorite things at the spa, is also the easiest to make at home…a refreshing pitcher of detoxifying “Spa” Drinking Water.

All it takes are 3 simple steps and you’re on your way to an at home spa experience.

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Start by slicing up a lemon or two.  Lemons are a great detoxifying agent and contain a ton of vitamins.

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Follow that up with a few cucumber slices (a soothing antioxidant)…

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…take some fresh mint (very refreshing taste, freshens breath from within, natural stimulant, reduces allergies, promotes weight loss, etc.)…

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…and add all of your ingredients to a pitcher.

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Add water and ice, and you are ready to sit back, relax, and detoxify your body with one refreshing beverage.

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The longer it sits, the stronger the flavor, so feel free to refrigerate for an hour or two if you want more of a concentrated water.

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Hope you enjoyed this quick post.

xo Rachel

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Watering Schedule

April 16, 2015

Gardening is certainly new to me, since Byron and I lived in an apartment for the first 7 years of our marriage.  We’ve always had some plants at the apartments, but the space was a lot smaller so they were easy to track and manage.  Now that I have more space and a yard, my greenery collection has gotten a little more tricky, so I’ve created this SUPER simple Watering Schedule!

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It’s a weekly schedule, with an “every other week column” (for those drought resistant plants), that I keep posted by the front door. I laminated my copy and use a dry erase marker since the garden can be ever-changing with the seasons.

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I’ve listed all of my plants and when to water them.  That way Byron and I don’t overwater, which is crucial with the drought we are having, or underwater, which would kill the plant.  The way I see it, I could buy produced from the store, which was watered who knows how often and covered in all kinds of pesticides and chemicals, OR I could grow my own produce and know exactly what kind of environmental foot print I’m leaving.

Currently we grow almost all of our own herbs, lavender, limes, blood oranges, oranges, and lemons. I love it! Having fresh produce at your fingers tips can’t be beat.

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Another tip to avoid overwatering, is to use a watering can instead of a hole.  I feel like it gives you more control, and perspective, over how much water you are using.

Hope you enjoyed this quick post!

xo Rachel

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DIY Garden Markers

April 15, 2015

My garden collection is growing so fast and, to be honest, it can be a little hard to tell some of this greenery apart! =)

I decided it was time for some Garden Markers! These little trinkets are super simple to make and I think they look adorable!

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I started with a block of clay.  I got this at this at Michaels.  It’s no bake, air drying clay.

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 I also got a set of heart molds from Michaels.

Long story short, Michaels has EVERYTHING! =)

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 I rolled out the clay into about 1/4″ thickness and used the heart cookie cutter to stamp out the clay.

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 Next I used these letter stamps…

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…and gently pressed them into the clay.

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 These are so easy to make…

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 …and I think they’re really cute!

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I let them dry at room temp for two hours (follow the instructions on the clay you purchased) and put them next to each corresponding plant.  All together this was maybe 20 minutes of work, an hour of drying, and now I have custom garden decor that gives off that special home-made charm!

Hope you enjoy this post!

xo Rachel

Health, Home

At Home in the Garden: DIY Edition

April 15, 2015

I’ve been spending so much time outdoors lately.  Whether it’s the stunning Spring weather, my new home, or most likely a combination of both…I LOVE IT!

Even though I am all about SPF coverage and protecting your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, at the end of the day your skin needs sun. It provides you with a natural source of Vitamin D, which helps skin, teeth, hair, nails and a healthy immune system. So when thinking of ways to spend more time outside, gardening was a given!

My mom was always a huge gardening fan, and I remember her always going the natural route when it came to killing weeds and and deterring bugs away from the roses.  Determined to be as good as she is, I hit pinterest for some All-Natural Garden Recipes.  Of course I’ve customized them to make them my own.  Hope you enjoy!

All-Natural Bug Deterrent

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All it takes are a few simple ingredients from your kitchen and you can make an All-Natural Bug Deterrent. I stress “deterrent” because I don’t want to kill the little guys. Like the sun, even though they can be harmful at times, we need them to make the world go round. They are part of the perfect balance.

I just want them off my flowers (they tear them to shreds)! =)

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Start off with a handful of mint…

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…and two whole cloves of garlic.

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Chop them up up as fine as you can.  I’m about mid chop here.

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Put them in a pot of boiling water.

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Add about a teaspoon of cayenne pepper…

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Give it stir.

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Add 10-15 drops of Lavender Oil. Lavender is an excellent deterrent for mosquitos!

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Let the mixture reach a rolling boil and remove from the heat.

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Add a couple squirts of all-natural dish soap…

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…give it a nice stir, and strain over a mixing bowl or measuring cup.

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I like using a measuring cup, because of the spouted tip. Makes pouring this into a spray bottle that much easier.

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You see just how harsh the bugs are on my flowers.  They’re covered in holes!

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After a few good sprays, once a week…

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…I’ve noticed a HUGE difference!


All-Natural Weed Killer

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My next, SUPER simple, all-natural garden aid is this three ingredient Weed Killer.

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Add a 1/4 cup of salt to a spray bottle…

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…add a dash of all-natural dish soap…

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…fill the rest of the bottle with White Vinegar.

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…and in three simple steps you have an All-Natural Weed Killer. Spray directly onto weeds (only) and almost immediately you’ll notice them dying off. Pluck them rom the ground and you’ll have a beautiful garden in NO time!

Hope you enjoyed this post!

xo rachel

Beauty

PoshMark Closet

April 14, 2015

I’ve added a TON of new items to my PoshMark store

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Thanks for stopping by.

xo, Rachel