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May 8, 2015

Lavender Salt Scrub DIY

Perfect for Mother's Day, which just happens to be THIS weekend! If you forgot to get something for your mom, don't worry we have you covered!

Think about making something for your mom like this wonderful lavender bath salt scrub, so she can pamper herself! If it is one thing I know it is moms don't take time to pamper themselves! It is all about the rest of the family! 

It only takes a few ingredients and a cute jar {we bought ours from the $1 Spot at Target}. 

Here is what you will need: 

1 Cute jar {canning jars, jelly jars anything that is cute and has a lid}
2 Cups Course Sea Salt or Epsom Salt
1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive or Grapeseed Oil
10 Drops Lavender Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Dried Lavender **optional

Mix all the ingredients into a bowl ~ this smells AMAZING! Once everything is completely mixed, spoon into your clean jar. Print our label {available here} and package some up for your mom and a few of you mom friends ~ trust me, they will LOVE you for it! Make sure you keep some for yourself ~ you need pampering too!! This weekend is YOUR weekend! Ignore the laundry piles and to do list at least for one day and make yourself feel great! You So Deserve This! 

Happy Mother's Day Friends!! 

May 7, 2015

Mother's Day Brunch Party

When styling a tablescape,  a gorgeous color palette is my favorite inspiration! So when I was designing my mother's day brunch party,  I went with black and white bold stripes, which is always a classic along with bright yellow to represent spring. I think yellow is such a cheerful color, don't you? This palette is perfect for everything from a Spring brunch to a baby or bridal shower. 
To recreate this table, check out all the details below...

I used clear plates this time around as not to take away from the colors of the table and I love how you can see the tablecloth through the plates. It is as if the plates are invisible! 

Sometimes table decor can double as a little favor for each guest. I used these mini glass jars and filled them with homemade Lavender Sea Salt Scrub! What mom wouldn't love that as a gift? Recipe to following in tomorrow's post. 

Mark each setting with a personalized name card is a great touch!

Make sure you send out an invitation at least 2 weeks prior to your party so your guests know all the details.

Here is what you will need to set your table like mine above: 

This is one of my favorite tablescapes for several different reasons! I hope you love it too! 

May 5, 2015

Cinco de Mayo Margarita Cupcakes

Happy Cinco de Mayo! 

Today we are sharing a fun margarita inspired treat ~ Margarita Cupcakes! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any spring or summer party or get together! 

I'm all for sweet and salty wrapped into one so this treat was a favorite of mine to make! 

I even topped it with a delicious lime frosting! 

We used a box cake mix {I know, I know} you can use either white or vanilla ~ we chose white and doctored it up a bit with a margarita ready mix, such as this: 

Add one of these pouches instead of the water. We just chilled ours in the refrigerator, instead of freezing it. You can also make these without the alcohol, just use the non-alcoholic mix. 
Mix your cake as directed on the box, but instead of adding the water, add the margarita mix. 
I don't know about you, but I love my margaritas with salt around the rim! Once they are fully baked and cooled we added a frosting rim around the cupcake

and added a mixture of green sugar crystals and salt ~ to get the "salty rim" of the margarita. Then filled in the cupcake with our sour cream lime frosting. We took a store bought {yes, we did} frosting and added a drop of lime essential oil  to add the flavor {you can also add lime zest}. 
Cut a lime and twist for the topper and add a cute green striped straw for a fun dimension! We also added a few mustaches to make them more whimsical! 

Easy Margarita Cupcake Recipe

1 Store bought box cake mix
3 Egg Whites
1 Cup Pre-Made Margarita Mix
1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Drop Lime Essential Oil
1 Drop Green Food Coloring
**2 Drops Lime juice *In lieu of Lime Essential Oil*
1 Medium Lime
3 Tablespoons Green Sugar Crystals
1 Tablespoon Salt

CUPCAKES: Mix your cake batter according to box instructions, but instead of water add the Pre-made Margarita mix.  Prepare your cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Spoon batter into cupcake liners filling each 2/3 full. Bake as directed on cake mix box, typically about 18-21 minutes or when a toothpick is inserted into center of cupcake it comes out clean. 

FROSTING: We used store bought, but you can use a homemade version too. We used a sour cream frosting and added one drop of Lime Essential Oil ~ stir until well blended. Add one drop of green food coloring just to have a tint of the color. 

RIM: Pipe a rim of frosting around the cupcake and sprinkle with a mixture of green sugar crystals and salt ~ this gives the cupcake a sweet salty taste. 

TOPPING: Cut the lime in slices, then cut the slice in half and cut up to rind. Twist and place on top of cupcake **only do this step if you are serving right away, otherwise place in refrigerator until you are ready to serve.**

Cut a green striped straw in half and insert diagonally into the cupcake. 


May 4, 2015

Easy Cinco de Mayo Drink Markers

If you plan on partaking in some Cinco de Mayo Fiesta festivities this year, make sure you know which Margarita is yours! These fun drink markers make finding your Margarita easy! 

Are you ready to make your own drink markers? With only 3 items needed to make them, they are easy and very cost effective! 
What you will need: 

Several different colors of crepe paper
Double sided tape or glue dots

Cut 4' of crepe paper in the colors you want. We made enough for 6 people. 

Place the crepe paper around the stem of the margarita glass and simply add tape to the inside. 

We placed our glass on a towel so it would not roll as we cut the fringe ~ just snip the crepe paper so it looks like this:

And now you have a festive Margarita Drink Marker! 

Ole! Have fun celebrating Cinco de Mayo! 

April 17, 2015

Delicious Lemon Cranberry Scones

Oh, don't these look so good? Let me tell you..they are! 
Please don't ask how many I ate before, during and after the photoshoot! ha I'd be embarrassed to tell you. As you know, I was introduced to Essential Oils awhile back and LOVE them for several different reasons. One of my favorite reasons is I am learning how to bake with them and I am so excited with how my recipes are turning out and I love sharing them with you! I used my favorite long time recipe, and added 3 drops of lemon essential oil. Believe me this recipe is so good without the lemon oil, but once you try it with lemon oil you will not be disappointed! This time around we used dried cranberries because I had those on hand. 

I think these will be a great addition to any breakfast party you are hosting or adding them to your Mother's Day brunch! They are so light and full of flavor, your guests will love them and ask you for the recipe. 

You can find out more about ordering your own Essential Oils here and feel free to ask me questions if you have them! 

Happy Friday Friends!! 

April 13, 2015

Lavender and Blueberry Ice Cream

Mother’s Day is coming soon and that means it’s time to celebrate all of the fantastic mothers in your life! I’m excited to team up with a few friends to bring you some amazing DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, along with a fun giveaway you’re going to love!!

DIY Homemade Mother's Day Gift Ideas! Essential Oils Recipes and Crafts with Free Printables.
A homemade gift is a perfect way to show someone how much you appreciate them. I love using essential oils around my home to help with various health issues, as well as enjoying a sweet smelling home, but I’m also addicted to making all kinds of goodies with my oils!
Today, I hope you enjoy my recipe for Lavender and Blueberry Ice Cream! 

As it warms up here in Dallas, my mind starts to think of refreshing desserts to make and serve my family. I made this wonderful Lavender and Blueberry Ice Cream! Sure I could use my ice cream maker or simply purchase ice cream from my favorite grocery store, but what fun would that be? 
With only 5 ingredients this is very simple and extremely delicious!  

8 oz. Heavy Cream
14 oz. Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Cup Fresh Blueberries
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Lavender Oil

In a mixer whether it be a hand or standing one, whip the cream until it is thick add the vanilla and mix in the sweetened condensed milk and blueberries. Once all ingredients are mixed well add 2 to 3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. You can add more or less of the oil {to your preference} be careful not to add to much as the ice cream will become bitter. Pour ice cream into a container, we used a loaf pan lined with plastic wrap, place in the freezer for 8 hours or over night to set. 

Get more DIY Mother's Day Ideas and Enter the Giveaway!

I’m super excited to try these two fabulous recipes and gift ideas! Click the links below to get the recipes and free printables for making Lavender and Blueberry Ice Cream, DIY Perfume and Easy Sugar Scrub!!
Enter our giveaway for a chance to make one or all of these DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas! (A $50 Giveaway)
Prize includes 6 small glass roller bottles, a large glass container, Young Living Lemon, Thieves and Lavender Oil Samples and a $30 Amazon Gift Card.

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I love these essential oils so much that I want to share them with you – along with materials to help you learn how to use oils in your home to promote wellness. Find out more here

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April 6, 2015

Baseball Party Ideas

I had my prop guy {AKA my hubby} create this baseball diamond for the dessert table
. He used astro turf and duct tape to turn a simple table into a baseball diamond. We left the peanuts in their shells and brought in baseball equipment like gloves and balls for decoration. The little sluggers snacked on hot dogs, cotton candy and Cracker Jacks. We also had candy waxed bottles, pinstriped cups for the cupcakes, baseball shaped cookies, a baseball field cake and ice cream sundaes served in mini baseball helmets on a dessert table. Of course, no baseball party is complete without mini bottle of Coca-Cola! 
There were no strike outs with this party!

Find out the meaning behind this Game Ball and read about the entire party, click here! 

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