I’m sharing the perfect summer drink just in time for Canada Day long weekend! I’m sure most of you have tried the Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade and love it because it’s so refreshing on a hot summer day (I know I do!). However Starbucks gets really expensive after a while, so I decided to make my own!
2 Tazo Passion Tea Bags
16 oz Water
4 oz Lemonade
2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp Vanilla
Remove from heat add tea bags, sugar and vanilla
Allow to sit for 15 minutes
Remove tea bags and refrigerate for at least 1 hour
Add Lemonade and stir thoroughly *Add ice and optional berries to garnish
Todays post is a little different then my usual content but at the beginning of the year I was having a lot of trouble falling asleep at night, I would toss and turn for hours not being able to shut my brain off and relax. After much experimenting and tweaking of my lifestyle I was able to find a routine that really works for me! I’m now able to shush my inner thoughts and get the sleep that I need! It’s been working for me for months now so I figured it was time to share, in case any of you have the same (really annoying) problem.
Pink Stripe Pajama – here / Hot Water Bottle – (Indigo. Sold Out) – Practical Version here / Lavender Mist – here / Bliss Book – here /
Tip One – Get Cozy
About an hour before I want to be asleep I get ready for bed – wash my face, brush my teeth, put my favorite pj’s on, this way I don’t have to do it when I’m finally feeling tired at the end of the night. I also like to fill up my hot water bottle to bring to bed with me. Hot water bottles are amazing for so many things whether you have aches and pains or just want some extra heat. I find when I use one at night in my bed it makes me feel so warm and cozy, which is the perfect combination for sleep!
Tip Two – Drink Chamomile Tea
I boil the kettle and make some chamomile tea at night, I drink it black so there’s no sugars that could be keeping me awake. Chamomile is caffeine free and helps calm the nervous system to help aid with sleep. It also helps soothe stomach aches too! I take my tea to bed with me and sip on it periodically.
Tip Three – Unplug
This tip is the most important and probably the hardest for most of us – unplug, I shut off all social media and put my phone away. At night I like to give my brain a break from the constant whirlwind that is the internet. Instead of reaching for my phone or tablet I grab a book.
Tip Four – Lavender Mist
I love to spray lavender relaxing mist in the air and inhale before reading, it helps create a sense of harmony of your mind and body, so you can relax and focus.
Tip Five – Read
I read for an hour which really helps tune out all my thoughts/worries/stress and just focus on one thing. I don’t know about you guys but nothing puts me to sleep faster then reading a book in bed!
After all this I’m usually passed out within the hour!
Thanks for reading! <3
**I don’t do this every night, just when I’m stressed or needing to relax in order to sleep.
Today’s post I wanted to talk about those super trendy black suede choker necklaces that everyone’s wearing right now, I think I’ve seen them for sale in every store I’ve been in lately! I love the look of them and how they remind me of when I was 7 and wore those black stretchy plastic chokers (which are actually back in fashion).
Feather Charm Choker – here / Plain Suede Choker – here /
I’ve really been wanting to buy one but I can’t get over the $15 price tag for the tiniest piece of suede. And being the crafty girl that I am, I went to the dollar store to pick up the same suede string for $1.25 and then went to my local craft store and bought a little feather charm for $2.
Tadaaa almost identical necklaces for only $3.25! I tied mine at the back instead of in the front but whats great about making your own is you can wear it any way you want! You can switch it up to achieve a ton of different looks using the same piece of suede.
Today my sister (who is a major gardener) and I (definitely not a gardener) wanted to team up and do a post about how to make simple flower planters to spruce up your front porch, back patio or even your garden! Garden centers sell already-made planters for at least $30/40 a piece, sometimes even more, so we wanted to show you how to make your own for much, much less 🙂
What You’ll Need:
Assortment of flowers
Small Pot – Fiber Optics Plant
Medium Pot – Alyssum, Variegated Geranium
Large Pot – Sweet Potato Vine ‘Lime’, Variegated Ivy, Dracena Spike, ‘Diamond Frost’ Euphoria, Dahlia
Potting Mix (as pictured)
Fill your pots with the potting mix and then lay the flowers out in your pots. Play around with different combinations of flowers and placement until you’re happy with how it looks. You always want a few variations in height in your planters, 3 is ideal but in smaller pots 2 looks great! What I mean by that is, some plants grown downwards and drape over the pot, some grow flat across the soil and others grow upwards. Mixing different heights in your planters creates interest which makes for a more professional looking planter.
Plant your flowers! Dig a small hole with your shovel and place your flower inside, then gently fill in the rest of the hole with soil and press it into place to secure it. Repeat this step for all your flowers.
Give your planters some water and your all finished! The plants we used are full/partial sun plants so make sure if your using similar plants to always keep your planter in a sunny spot and water regularly.
Thanks so much for reading, enjoy the rest of the week! <3