Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Starbuck's Peach Green Tea Lemonade Recipe

I am an iced tea girl. I like it cold and sweet.

I drink black tea or southern sweet tea at Starbucks most of the time. But, this time of year, my favorite is Peach Green Tea Lemonade. It is the most refreshing drink on a hot day. 

I don't like that it costs over $4 for a Venti. It is such a waste. So, when I heard I could buy Peach syrup in the store, I hatched a homemade plan! While buying the syrup, I casually asked the friendly barista how many pumps they use and she gave me the recipe!


Starbuck's Peach Green Tea Lemonade

Fill your glass with half of the lemonade of your choice and half of your favorite green tea. I found both of these at Target.

Then, you'll give it a few pumps of Starbuck's Peach Syrup. They use 3 pumps for a tall, 4 for a grande and 6 for a Venti. I used 4 in my mason jar.

Stir with a cute straw and enjoy knowing it tastes great and you just saved about $3.50... and you are still in your pajamas!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Table of Many Colors

 Check out my bright and sunny new kitchen table and chairs! The chairs were my birthday present and were such a tough choice! I looked everywhere online. Ordered silver ones from Target and returned them because they were so short they went under the table when pushed in. They I ordered aged yellow chairs online and canceled that order before it shipped. Finally, I found orange ones on Amazon and have loved them since I hit submit! My table was another story...


 We first bought this table and chairs in 2012 and I loved it. But, the black tabletop became a nightmare. It showed EVERYTHING. Every crumb in the fold down cracks. Every smudge of food not cleaned off. And, eventually, every fork poke and scratch. I couldn't get it clean to save my life. 


So, two years ago, I used some chalk paint and made it a clean and crisp ivory. It was good for a few months and then with a scratch or fork poke (seriously, I should figure out how to make my child stop poking the table!) the paint came off and the black came through. Once again, it looked dirty all the time. No matter what I did.


So, I grabbed a sander, some coarse sanding sheets and went to town on the tabletop. I had no idea what the wood would look like underneath. I had no idea how long it would take or if I could break the seal of the black paint it came with. I also had no idea it was red underneath the black. Holy moly I sanded for days.


And I discovered this gem. Real wood in good condition. This is the wood after being wiped down with a wet paper towel. When dry, it was pretty dull. I knew I wanted low maintenance and sealing it was going to be necessary. I asked my Instagram followers what I should do next and a grey stain with white wash with the overall vote. Back to Lowe's I went!


I selected a Minwax Weathered Grey stain and applied it and wiped it with a lint-free cloth. They sell bags of them for cheap.


After it dried, I went back over that with a 50/50 mixture of Annie Sloan Cream chalk paint and water. Again, using my rags I rubbed it on and wiped it off. 


Finally, to keep it looking the same after lots of wear and tear, I used a satin polycrylic by Minwax and applied 6 coats with a paintbrush. This provided a even minimal shine, seals everything in to prevent drink rings and give it the professional finish I was after. I kept the base black as originally purchased.


It is a fun new spot for dinner conversation with my family. Speaking of, we've added Jesus Calling for Kids to the supper table. It is a simple kid-friendly devotional that we do over dinner. I love reading it with Abby and then processing it with her. Last night we talked about how God is always good, but no one else is ALWAYS good. It allowed us to talk about needing Jesus when we aren't good and sin and giving grace to others when they aren't good. I highly recommend it at the dinner table. 


Two other things I am loving right now- silicone muffin cups for my Mix and Match Egg Muffins. Cleaning the muffin pan before these cups was a pain. So easy now!


Finally, I'm loving my new Blue Jean candle. It is springy with citrus and greens and clean with musk and patchouli. Loving it!


Happy Spring!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New Puppy and Her New No-Sew Bed

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen a lot of the newest member of our family- Mia Sofia the chihuahua/minpin mix we got a few weeks ago. She is the sweetest most lovable little girl which is good because I wanted a daytime companion and my daughter wanted something to play with, dress up and sleep with! We all got our wishes!


We spend the day together and she gets all excited each afternoon to go get Abby from school!


And, these two sleep together and we take pictures almost every night. They are so cuddled up. Abby wanted a dog to sleep with her since I get to sleep with "Daddy and the cat. No fair!" Her words. So much to say about that. She can have the cat!


Onto the bed... we bought a boring bed at Home Goods, but found us moving it around the house a lot. So, I decided to make her a bed using a simple bed pillow and cute fleece from Fabric.com. 


When we had a Boston Terrier for 6 weeks 2 years ago, I made a bed using fleece and stuffed it. I quickly learned dogs like to find out what's inside their bed and remove it! 

This time I bought 1.5 yards of fleece and a standard bed pillow. I cut 2 pieces of fleece with about a 3" border around the pillow. Then, I simple cut 2-3" strips around all 4 sides of both pieces of fleece and using knots, tied the top piece to the bottom piece of fleece. The pillow is safely housed inside and I can wash the fleece anytime it needs it. 

Super simple and about $15. I love projects like that! Our super spoiled dog now has 4 pet beds and I think the fleece pillows are her favorite!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

New Blue Dining Room

Over the New Years holiday, my husband and I tackled a little home improvement- we updated our dining room. I honestly love it more than I should. It is just a room and a room we don't use often, but it sure does make me smile to walk past it. 


This is a recent picture of the room before we painted it blue. When we bought the house, this room was beige along with all the others. We had it painted Crushed Seed by Dutch Boy 4 years ago, added hardwood floors three years ago, and had updated the chandelier earlier this fall. I had a red dining room in my old house and loved it for a long time. However, this room is open to my living room, kitchen and hall way and the red just didn't match the other rooms as they have evolved. 


The paint color we selected this time around is Smoked Turquoise by Glidden. We had the color mixed into Behr Marquee which is a one coat paint and primer in one. A little piece of advice, P&P in one is meant for only one coat. Doing touch up here in there paints on like a second coat and doesn't match up. It added darker spots that looked greasy since it was gloss on gloss. So, two full coats have to be pained. Lesson learned the hard way!

Another little tip, cleaning baseboards as you paint is genius! Everything wipes really clean. Cleaning wall outlets with baby wipes is not genius. I electrocuted my finger when the baby wipe got the outlet wet. I felt the current run through my hand before I jumped and screamed. It was quite scary!


I love that this room is lighter and brighter. I didn't realize how much the red brought down the light level in this area. It matches the blue drapes in the living room really well and creates the cohesive look I was wanting.


The light fixture was installed earlier this year and is 16 lit mason jars from Pottery Barn. I've loved it for years and used a little extra bonus money to splurge on it. If we ever move, I feel certain it will move with me. The map on the wall is Texas territories from long ago. It was in my husband's office, but matched this room better. ;) We bought the drapes at Target. I came really close to buying orange drapes, but am glad I went with a pop of orange instead.


I bought the mirrors at Ballard Designs when they were having a big sale pre-Christmas. I love the light they reflect and they remind me of leaded glass or stained glass. I love me some vintage leaded glass! The fun little buffet table accessories I have collected over the years from various places.


Finally, my dough bowl is filled with river rocks, straw balls and my new gold antlers. My family works on a deer lease and they find antlers on the property regularly. I snagged a couple of them and spray painted them gold. I love them and love that they were practically free!


I need to find a new runner for the table and we are installing crown molding later this month, but I just couldn't wait to share my new dining room!

I promise to blog again this month.... we have another big home improvement project coming up in our living room! 





Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Nostalgic Christmas Gift Idea

 I am always looking for inexpensive Christmas ideas to have on hand for hostess gifts, thank you to church workers, my daughter's team of teachers, my hairdresser, etc. I have done Peppermint Sugar Scrub in the past and wanted something new this year. Pinterest to the rescue!


I don't ever remember my Mom simmering this on the stove, but the smell is pure Christmas of my childhood. Funny how a smell can take you back!


These were super simple to make and thanks to Amazon, inexpensive to buy many of the ingredients in bulk. I highly recommend making a batch of these and you'll be ready for the many little pressies needed over the next few weeks.


Supplies:

Clear Gift Bags- 20 for $3.47 on Amazon
2-3 cinnamon sticks in each bag- $12.92/1 pound bag on Amazon
2 T cloves- $17.99/1 pound bag on Amazon
1 orange
2/3 cup fresh cranberries

If you are short on time and not making a lot of these, you can easily find everything at the grocery store and bags at Hobby Lobby or Michael's. This bulk purchase should make about 20 of these bags and cost less than $2.50/each.

Directions:

Mix everything in the bag and add a cute little tag with a merry message and directions to the recipient. I added a fun little graphic from a free printable I found online. Thanks Mrs. Craft Berry Bush!

I tied the bag shut and tag on with red bakers twine and then added a simple ribbon. Both were found at Hobby Lobby.

Happy Gift Giving!

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