Essential Oil Infused Summer!

Summer is my favorite season! Beautiful warm and breezy days, outdoor fun, swimming, walks, sunshine, summer rain storms and longer days. That dose of vitamin D makes me happy!!! And I love that Young Living has some awesome products to go hand in hand with making summer more enjoyable and I want to share some of how I use YL in our home during the summer. Take a look… summer fun with essential oils @diyshowoff

Flip flop ready feet! Who lives in bare feet, sandals or flip-flops all summer long? Here are some great tips for pretty feet!

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Essential oils for my fur babies too! Soothing for my Rosie during fireworks and thunderstorms or even just for ‘hyper’ dog! lol 

calming essental oils for pets during fireworks and thunderstorms

Headed to the lake? Enjoy boating and fishing with these tips! (That first one might be helpful for in the car or airplane too!) 

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We keep a bottle of peppermint + distilled water in the fridge for cooling. Perfect for a spritz to the back of the neck when over-heated!  summer fun with essential oils @diyshowoff

Another great way to keep cool? Essential oil infused popsicles! 

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I love referring to these summer diffuser recipes all season long. Summer diffusing! I’ve even been known to be diffuse citronella on the patio. I love sitting out there when it’s nice except when the pests start buzzing around. Which of the below diffuser recipes will you diffuse first? summer fun with essential oils @diyshowoff

Eat, drink and be merry! It’s time for summer picnics and BBQs! Try your essential oils in your recipes. What are some of your favorite ways to spice up an existing recipe? Yum! Try these essential oil grilling marinades – perfect for summer!

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Cool summer drinks! If you’ve been to my house, you know I add essential oils to many different drinks. These look so good!!! 

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Another fave: 

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More Summer Recipes & Ideas

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I personally have the type of skin that tans easily but I’ve accidentally gotten too much at once too and LavaDerm Cooling Mist promotes healthy skin. It’s a refreshing blend of skin-loving ingredients such as aloe, Lavender, Northern Lights Black Spruce, and Helichrysum to gently support healthy-looking skin. Its mild and gentle formula lightly moisturizes while also soothing and rejuvenating skin. Incorporate its refreshing feel and calming aroma into your nighttime routine or use it as needed throughout the day. The compact and convenient design of this skin moisturizer spray makes it easy to store wherever you need it, whether in your purse, travel bag, bedside table, or office desk. If you’re sensitive to the sun, it’s a must have. Takes the sting away! 

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And speaking of too much sun. Young Living just released an After Sun Spray! It’s thixotropic! That means you can hear the liquid when you shake the bottle but it sprays on in a more solid gel-like form and rubs in easily. It’s good for all things healthy skin including bug bites, cuts and scrapes. Another summer must-have! 

Promote healthy skin with LavaDerm™, Young Living’s refreshing Lavender spray. It’s made with skin-loving ingredients such as aloe, Lavender, Northern Lights Black Spruce, and Helichrysum to gently support healthy-looking skin. Its mild and gentle formula lightly moisturizes while also soothing and rejuvenating skin. Incorporate its refreshing feel and calming aroma into your nighttime routine or use it as needed throughout the day. The compact and convenient design of this skin moisturizer spray makes it easy to store wherever you need it, whether in your purse, travel bag, bedside table, or office desk.

But as Benjamin Franklin once said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. So I have this newly released product on hand as well…Mineral Sunscreen Lotion! Made with ingredients you can feel good about, Young Living’s Mineral Sunscreen Lotion provides protection against UVA and UVB rays without harsh chemical ingredients. Instead, the non-greasy sunscreen offers broad-spectrum SPF 10 protection using naturally derived plant- and mineral-based ingredients, including non-nano zinc oxide—a physical UV blocker. The lightweight formula goes on smooth and stays water- and sweat-resistant for 80 minutes, so you can feel comfortable while you stay moving. With hypoallergenic ingredients and skin-loving essential oils—such Helichrysum, Carrot Seed, and Frankincense—this gentle sunscreen rubs on smoothly without a white residue, so you can effortlessly add it to your time outdoors.

Promote healthy skin with LavaDerm™, Young Living’s refreshing Lavender spray. It’s made with skin-loving ingredients such as aloe, Lavender, Northern Lights Black Spruce, and Helichrysum to gently support healthy-looking skin. Its mild and gentle formula lightly moisturizes while also soothing and rejuvenating skin. Incorporate its refreshing feel and calming aroma into your nighttime routine or use it as needed throughout the day. The compact and convenient design of this skin moisturizer spray makes it easy to store wherever you need it, whether in your purse, travel bag, bedside table, or office desk.

We keep a DIY version of ‘outdoor’ spray on our patio table or right inside our back door. I spritz the dog before she goes out. Hubby sprays himself before walking down to the garden or working in the yard. And we haven’t needed special pet collars or pricey chemical-laden doses.  summer fun with essential oils @diyshowoff  

And then Young Living JUST released an Insect Repellent – DEET free and EPA approved. No more blood sucking mosquitoes! Don’t let bug bites ruin your family’s outdoor fun this summer! Young Living’s Insect Repellent is clinically proven to repel mosquitoes and other tiny invaders using only 100 percent naturally derived, plant-based ingredients.

Made with ingredients you can feel good about, Young Living’s Mineral Sunscreen Lotion provides protection against UVA and UVB rays without harsh chemical ingredients. Instead, the non-greasy sunscreen offers broad-spectrum SPF 10 protection using naturally derived plant- and mineral-based ingredients, including non-nano zinc oxide—a physical UV blocker. The lightweight formula goes on smooth and stays water- and sweat-resistant for 80 minutes, so you can feel comfortable while you stay moving. With hypoallergenic ingredients and skin-loving essential oils—such Helichrysum, Carrot Seed, and Frankincense—this gentle sunscreen rubs on smoothly without a white residue, so you can effortlessly add it to your time outdoors.

Summer’s a fun time for road trips. I LOVE this combo! Add it to a wooden clothespin or felt with a clothespin to clip to the vehicle’s air vents! 

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Looking to add essential oils and chemical free products to your life? Join me! I am so passionate about creating a chemical free home (baby steps) and would love to connect with you to go into more details. Learn more and get your own HERE! (or HERE) and I’ll be in touch with a welcome gift and more. Enjoy a happy summer!!! I look forward to getting to know you!

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DIY Personalized Pool Party Gift Tote

Cannonbaaaaallllllll!!!

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Summer pool parties are so much fun, aren’t they? Woo hooooo! Summer in my family is filled with days at my mom’s pool, watching my nieces and nephew giggle and splash around. I love that they’ve learned to swim so well and enjoy watching them overcome their fear of water over the years.

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“Pool-rific” is the Michaels’ June Challenge. Perfect timing! 

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Kicking off pool party season this past holiday weekend, I gifted each of them with a cute personalized beach bag filled with fun outdoor goodies, swim accessories and beach towels.  

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Supplies I used are all available at Michaels with the exception of the beach towels.

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  • beach totes
  • Sharpie markers
  • letter stencil
  • plastic container
  • fill ‘er up: sunglasses, bubbles, plastic water bottles with carabiner, assorted dive toys
  • beach towel
  • optional: toss in some sunblock and flip-flops! 

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Whether you’re looking for fun décor, activities for your kids or cute party supplies, Michaels has everything you need to MAKE summer fun!

What I did:

Using a pencil and a yardstick, I drew a faint line onto the upper part of the tote bag so that my personalization would be level. 

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Then I used a pencil to stencil the letters. 

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I filled in the letters with Sharpie markers. There was a little bleeding (due to the tote bag material) but I actually like that affect, don’t you? It adds to the design! 

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The plastic bucket/container fits perfectly inside and helps the tote back hold an open shape. Perfect for toting home a wet bathing suit too!

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Toss in fun accessories.

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So cute for a summer time birthday gift or pool party hostess gift! 

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Pin for future reference for summer birthday party or pool party hostess gift!  

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Looking for more pool-rific ideas? Looking for more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ summer fun project ideas starting today at 11 a.m. EST:

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Summer Cookout Planning: Raspberry Lime {essential oil infused} Popsicles

 

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SUMMERRRRRRRR! It’s my most favorite season of the year! WOOO HOOOO! Break out the sandals and sunglasses and crank up the Kenny Chesney playlist. SUMMER is almost here! For me, Memorial Day is my unofficial official start to summer so let’s start kick off the count down with inspiration for planning your summer cookout with Young Living essential oils. Just so happens, your oily blog friends have organized a fun Summer CookOut event with a blog hop & Facebook party! diyshowoff raspberry lime popsicle recipe summer cookout with young living essential oils

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So, my husband is the one who does the cooking around here. I can’t wait to pas along the recipes. (Not that I can’t cook! He just really enjoys it, so who am I to argue? It’s all yours, babe!) Anyway, here is a recipe that ANYONE can do. No cooking or baking skills required! 

raspberry lime Vitality popsicles

Raspberry Lime {essential oil infused} Popsicles Recipe

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So, your cook out is a blast! Everyone’s hot and ready to take a break from the bean bag toss, shooting the breeze, horseshoes, splashing in the pool, tumbling on the trampoline and freeze tag. Let’s skip the high sugar content/color dye frozen treats and serve up a batch of super cool Raspberry Lime {essential oil infused of course} Popsicles instead! 

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Here is what I did…

Plan Your Summer Cookout: Raspberry Lime essential oil infused Popsicles recipe @diyshowoff

Blend: I blended both parts listed below INDIVIDUALLY in my Magic Bullet blender.

RASPBERRY PUREÉ

1 c. frozen raspberries // 2 tbs. water // splash of sweetener to taste (I used agave syrup)

LIME eo infused YOGURT

 1 c. organic vanilla yogurt // 10 drops give or take Young Living Lime Vitality essential oil // optional: tsp. lime juice

Assemble: I used silicone popsicle molds but you could use stainless steel OR paper dixie cups

Add a few fresh raspberries,

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fill mold 3/4 way with lime/yogurt mixture, top off with raspberry puree. Don’t forget to insert the wooden popsicle sticks / handles.

Freeze: I froze mine for about 24 hours (made the day before, frozen overnight and eaten the next afternoon) then removed them from the silicone molds. A double recipe shown below in the freezer. Recipe above makes 4 pops.

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Decorate: Garnish with fresh raspberries and lime slices…it’s perfect to have them on hand for your essential oil infused ice water! 

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Wouldn’t it be fun carrying out a tray of these at your next summer cookout? Or how about that summer time Essential Oils 101 or fun make & take this summer? You’ll be the COOLEST hostess ever! 

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Ps. Lime is my most favorite Vitality essential oil! Lime IS summer ZING! I add it to my ice water, my Ningxia Red and Zyng and how about a mojito?! Oh yea! Then there’s garden fresh tomatoes and homemade salsa. And don’t forget the margarita popcorn too!

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I know it sounds like a strange combo but oh my goodness! It’s so good! 

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MORE ideas & recipes:  Okay, onto the SUMMER COOKOUT SERIES! Let’s see what our favorite oily bloggers have whipped up! Then don’t forget to stop and hang out with us ‘virtually’ at the SUMMER COOKOUT FACEBOOK EVENT tonight at 9 p.m. EST.

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Visit these sweet blog friends and their amazing recipes & ideas:

Key Lime Thumbprint Cookies at UnSkinny Boppy

Sparkling Lavender Lemonade at One Project Closer

Cowboy Caviar with Lime Oil Dressing at Making Lemonade Blog

Fruit Kabobs with Citrus Dip at One Project Closer

Raspberry Lime Popsicles at DIY Show Off 

BLT Salad with Creamy Lemon Chive Dressing at Weeknight Dish

Tuscan Pasta Salad at Shaken Together

Orange Smoothie at Here Comes the Sun

Grilled Chicken with Citrus + Ginger Marinade at The Turquoise Home

Citronella Candles at Practically Functional

Speaking of cooling off this summer, check out this DIY Cooling Mist too!

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But wait! There’s more! Young Living has a May enrollment bonus so that’s 13 bottles of essential oils all said and done when you order the Premium Starter Kit using enroller/sponsor #1836762! 

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Backyard Wedding Ideas

One of my best friends is getting married this summer! Celeste and I have been friends since 7th grade. We won’t discuss how many years ago that was! haha! Her wedding will be small, no more than 45 guests on August 20th. Our gazebo is the perfect spot for a for a small intimate wedding ceremony. 

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Michaels’ Makers June Challenge: Summer Party.  A backyard wedding is the perfect fit for the June challenge. I got a big head start with ideas by browsing the aisles at Michaels. Celeste’s wedding colors are turquoise and purple and I’m having so much fun adding pops of color to our lush landscape. 

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It’s always a challenge for me to decorate for someone else, infusing THEIR style rather than my own. Since this is Celeste’s special day, I wanted to add decorative touches that reflect her style. Here are a few ideas from my ‘dress rehearsal’ over the weekend. But I have plenty of time to tweak, add, take away and work on creating a setting for making happy memories. There will be a white tent for shade and chairs for comfort…well as comfy as folding chairs can be; hors d’oeuvres and bubbles too and more planters, flowers and landscape work as we get into summer. In the meantime, here’s my starting point and a few ideas for hosting a small outdoor wedding ceremony. 

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Decorations:

• Aqua/turquoise painted flower pots (or tire planter and chandelier planter in my case) filled with purple flowers. I do this every summer anyway so coordinating my flowers and planters with her wedding colors works well. Last year I did reds, yellows and oranges. This year it’s all about shades of purple in aqua and turquoise planters and pots. 

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• Decorative Letter Accent: I LOVE these circle wooden letters. I painted a “J” in her wedding colors (aged with a trans-tint dye technique). I wasn’t able to capture how colorful this truly is in real life in a photo. But it’s a pretty personalized gift that doubles as a decorative accent. 

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• Michaels’ has SO many fun party decorations to choose from. Paper lanterns, paper fans, tissue paper honeycomb ornaments and poufs. I love the colors! I displayed them in the grape arbor/gazebo for this blog post but they’ll decorate a white tent with outdoor lights on the big day. Take a look at the outdoor lighting options Michaels’ provides too: pretty string lights, flameless candles, and my favorite solar options!

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• Banner: Check out the wedding aisle at Michaels’ for adorable “Mr. & Mrs.” and other wedding banners. Mine is a DIY “LOVE” banner at the top of a curved gazebo frame … perfect for a photo opportunity. I’m going to layer it with a lavender and light aqua rag banner behind the l-o-v-e letters, around the top of the gazebo.

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• Silk flowers around the grape arbor will add some color and romance to the greenery.

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Chalkboard signs: So many to choose from. I love this framed chalkboard easel for instructing guests to take their “thank you gift”. One near the road to direct guests. One with their names and wedding date. I like having chalkboards on hand for labeling, designating areas, instructions, etc. for guests at parties. 

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Party Favors: Michaels’ is the place to go for wedding favors. The best selection of little containers (glass jars with flip top lids or corks, heart shaped tins, cute cardboard boxes) for candy or in our case, lavender bath salts. 

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Lavender Bath Salt recipe: Mix 1/4 cup of epsom salt with 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil into a mason jar. Shake and pour into glass container, top with a “thank you” sticker (included with the glass containers), embellish with coordinating decorative tape and ribbon. 

Since it’s an outdoor ceremony in August, I’m also going to create some hand held paper fans for guests by printing the bride & groom’s names, wedding date, a poem or bible verse onto card stock or scrapbook paper, cutting out a pretty and functional shape then glueing to a large wooden popsicle stick. 

Flowers: Silk flowers are budget-friendly and long lasting. If not for the bride’s bouquet, a great option for the “bouquet toss” at the reception, decor or a pretty accent to a table. 

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Unity Candle: Michaels’ has a section designated to a stunning collection of unity candles or create your own set from the candle aisle with a pillar and two tapered candle sticks. Crystal holders and a beautiful charger complete the look. 

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Refreshments: An August outdoor afternoon wedding ceremony calls for serving ice water and a few refreshments. A special occasion calls for glass. I love these mini glass jugs and coordinating straws. Any suggestions for finger foods? Dinner and reception are at another location later in the afternoon. 

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Are you hosting a summer party? Entertaining guests? There’s so much to celebrate during this time of year! End of school parties, graduation, Father’s Day, Independence Day, birthdays, backyard BBQs and more.

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For more summer party ideas: From paper crafts, party goods and baking supplies to new outdoor lighting, glass and floral, Michaels is your DIY destination for all of your summer celebrations.

Looking for summer entertaining ideas? Check out the #michaelsmakers summer party challenge @diyshowoff

Be sure to check out all of the other Michaels Makers DIY summer party ideas on the Michaels blog.

Visit these talented blog friends starting at 11 p.m. CST for more summer party inspiration:

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Feeding Flowers

How does your garden grow? It’s nearly August and it feels like summer has finally arrived. Hot days! I normally wouldn’t want to answer questions about my flowers this time of year. But this year is very different! Remember the gorgeous flowers I planted in the pallet garden in the spring (here)? I’m proud to say that they’re still producing blooms and happiness on the patio! I began with using my Miracle-Gro Liquafeeder to fertilize my flower gardens.

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Did you know that feeding your flowers all summer long will provide more, bigger and longer lasting blooms as well as help plants thrive throughout the heat of the hot summer months? I didn’t. It’s not something I’ve ever done. Perhaps the reason for my past flower-fails. Now you know too!

Just add the Miracle-Gro Liquafeeder to an outdoor spigot. Attach the hose. Pop in the Liquafeed, push the bottle upright, turn the dial to “feed” and you’re ready to go!

I’ve been giving my lovely flowers a yummy treat of Bloom Booster via the Miracle-Gro Liquafeeder every 7-14 days.

The flowers in the pallet garden as well as several flower pots, window boxes and container gardens are ALL bursting with blooms! One I even thought…”oh, no flowers, that plant’s done, but at least the greenery is still all healthy” only to wake up a day or two later to another “bloom explosion”! No doubt the “Bloom Booster” works! If you can water your flowers, you can feed them too! Easy peasy!

And where you simply see green above? There are so many buds just waiting to bloom! Want a few more months of pretty blooms from your summer flowers? Now you know what to do too. Good luck!

If it waters, now it feeds with Miracle-Gro® LiquaFeed® Universal Feeder. It’s a great tool to help you reach your gardening goals by providing the essential nutrients your plants need to thrive all season long.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

If it waters, now it feeds with Miracle-Gro® LiquaFeed® Universal Feeder. It’s a great tool to help you reach your gardening goals by providing the essential nutrients your plants need to thrive all season long.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro. The opinions and text are all mine.

Berry Grapefruit Yogurt Smoothie Popsicle Recipe

Summer time is the best time of the year for cold refreshing treats, isn’t it? And this girl lives 1/2 mi. from Dairy Queen. But I really should be looking for something a little on the healthier side so the other day I turned my kitchen counters into a test kitchen and whipped up this delicious berry-grapefruit-yogurt smoothie and popsicles. SO GOOD! 

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Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup of vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup of organic greek yogurt
  • 10-15 drops of grapefruit Vitality essential oil (Grapefruit Vitality essential oil includes the naturally occurring constituent limonene and is a great way to enhance the flavor of water and recipes).
  • 2 oz. of Ningxia Red (Enjoy NingXia Red daily to energize, fortify, and revitalize the body and support overall health and wellness, from head to toe.)
  • 1 cup of organic red raspberries (frozen)
  • 8 ice cubes

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Smoothie recipe: Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. 

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Same recipe is just as yummy frozen!

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Same ingredients for popsicles: Add vanilla almond milk, greek yogurt, grapefruit Vitality essential oil and 4 ice cubes to the blender and blend until smooth. Set half aside. pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for about 30 minutes (I placed mine at an angle in the freezer). Add Ningxia Red, red raspberries and remaining ice cubes to first mixture and blend until smooth. After 30 minutes, stir mixture. Remove popsicles from freezer, insert popsicle sticks into the white mixture. Pour red berry mixture to fill. Freeze until solid. 

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Young Living Ningxia Berry Syrup Smoothie Recipe @diyshowoff

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Flower Pallet Garden

This year I wanted to give my pallet garden a new look. It’s the third year we’ve been using it and it’s still in great shape. The Project Garden campaign was the perfect opportunity for a little assistance. Since we entertain outdoors often in the summer months, I really wanted to add color and pretty blooms to our patio area rather than herbs this time around.

Miracle-Gro’s® latest product innovation, Liquafeed® Universal Feeder, makes feeding as easy as watering.

We simply installed the Liquafeed® Universal to our outdoor spigot, then screwed on our hose. Then just pop in a bottle of MiracleGro feed.

Down position when not in use. Up when feeding.

There’s also a handy water/feed switch so the Liquafeed® Universal can remain in place.

We planted the flowers then soaked the soil with using the Liquafeed® Universal attached to the hose on the mist or shower setting, the same as when I’m watering.

I water my flowers every evening then flip the switch to feed every other week for bigger, more beautiful plants. Feed every 7-14 days with Miracle-Gro All Purpose Plant Food or Miracle-Gro Bloom Booster Flower Food to help plants grow bigger and more beautiful versus unfed plants.

Flowers can be quite the investment and a risky one if your track record isn’t so great with plants, like mine. I want to make sure these beauties thrive all season long!

Oh my goodness! Gorgeous!

Spilling out like flower gardens on a European balcony but it’s really just a vertical pallet garden in western PA. 😉

I am in love with these bright colored impatiens and happy begonias! Stunning, right?

Get tips for making your own vertical pallet garden tutorial HERE.

Do you have a green thumb? Any helpful tips for maintaining beautiful plants? My new favorite flowers are impatiens. How about you?

FAQ’s about the LiquaFeed Universal

More information about the LiquaFeed Universal Starter Kit

*If it waters, now it feeds with Miracle-Gro® LiquaFeed® Universal Feeder. It’s a great tool to help you reach your gardening goals by providing the essential nutrients your plants need to thrive all season long.

*Miracle-Gro® sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Tie Dye Party Fun

Celebrate the start of summer with snacks, sweets and some tie dye fun! 

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

I had the opportunity to participate in trying out the Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Party kit and cute FREE exclusive tie dye printables from Lillian Hope Designs. It’s summer time! I’m always up for hosting a fun themed event. Toss in tie dye, kids, a pretty day at the park and who can resist? To be perfectly honest, I’ve actually never tie dyed anything so I almost felt like one of the kids! 

I partnered with Dana from Parties & Playdates to get a few kids together to kick off celebrating summer. With everything in the kit and free printables, it was easy to throw together a party. Everything needed to tie dye comes in the kit including 18 bottles of dye, 6 gloves, 6 t-shirts (kids large), plastic table cloth, 90 rubber bands and instructions for creating cool designs. And there a TON of cute tie dye themed party printables at TieDyeYourSummer.com. Here are just a few that we utilized: 

Invitations: personalize to “get this party started”!

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

Cupcake wrappers and mini tie dyed-shirt cutouts: I served gluten free fun-fetti cupcakes with lemon buttercream frosting. We had organic veggies, dip and chips too. 

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

Rectangle flags and sandwich/snack bag toppers: to coordinate bubble sticks and punch balloons favors. 

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

Party Banner and tent cards: print and assemble the cute banner, add some tulle to create a pretty backdrop. 

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

Water bottle labels: 

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

{free tie dye party printables available at TieDyeYourSummer.com}

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

We gave guests the option of bringing their own dye-able item and kept the extra t-shirts from the kit on hand too. 45 minutes before the party began, I simply added water to the powdered dye in the bottles provided and shook them to mix. Instant tie dye party!

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

Tie dye can be accomplished with damp or dry shirts. Our guests started with dampening their shirts at the water fountain. 

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

The kit includes instructions for creating spirals, sunbursts, stripes, ombre, crumple, bullseye, heart and more using the rubber bands included in the kit. 

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

Wearing plastic gloves, everyone got creative with tie dying their shirts by applying different colors of dye to the fabric after rubber bands were placed.

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I loved watching the interaction, the intensity, the creativity. 

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18 vibrant colors.

Tie Dye Party #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

So much fun! 

Then we wrapped the creations in plastic wrap and tossed them in a ziplock bag and attached a ‘wash and care’ printable: Let sit 6-8 hours or overnight for more vibrant colors. Rinse until excess dye is removed. Remove rubber bands. Wash and dry as instructed. 

Tie Dye Party #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

I was surprised with how easy it was to pull together a party with the Tulip One-Step Kit and free printables. Set up and clean up were simple. With the exception of a few drips of red on the pavilion concrete (which faded fairly quickly), dye was contained to the plastic tablecloth, rolled up and easily discarded. Quick clean up! The kids? Not too bad. Be sure to instruct parents to dress children in old play clothes just in case. You remember: kool aid mustaches, bandaid stickies, half worn temporary tattoos, popcicle drips, dirty bare feet, grass stains and a bit of tie dye = summer time and being a kid! 

The results: 

lots of cute colorful tie dyed shirts…

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cool tie dyed onesies…

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Samantha’s awesome galaxy tie dyed crib sheet…

Tie Dye Party #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

Host a tie dye party and share your creations using #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff. Have fun!

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

Those extra t-shirts? I’ll be making a few of these upcycled t-shirt reusable market bags in tie dye colors as gifts! Because co-hosting and manning the camera means I still haven’t ever tie dyed something myself. lol Next time for sure! 

easy DIY tshirt tote bag tutorial at diyshowoff.com

The tie dye kit is available at Michaels and several additional dye products are available on Michaels.com.  

CLICK.BUY. CREATE. Shop Michaels.com today!

Disclaimer: I received a free Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye kit in exchange for a review. All words and opinions are my own. No arm twisting required. 😉 

Round of applause and thank you for my co-host Dana from Parties & Playdates, my assistant, Evangeline from The Lunar Fae who taught the heart technique, Steve, Suzie and mom for their help and to all of my cute tie dye tutorial models!

Awesome Dill Dip Recipe

This past week, I made up this quick organic dill dip for a cookout/party we attended, a Young Living essential oils 101 class that I hosted and a kids’ party at the park. Easy, healthy and perfect for summer gatherings.

diyshowoff quick organic dill essential oil dip recipe

Ingredients: 

  • one 16 oz. container of sour cream
  • optional but super tasty: one cup of organic mayonnaise
  • chopped fresh organic dill
  • chopped organic chives
  • 10 drops of Young Living Dill Vitality Essential Oil (or more/less depending on your tastes)
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions: Mix and serve with fresh organic vegetables. Keep refrigerated. 

*Dill essential oil has a spicy, fresh scent that is stimulating, revitalizing, and balancing.

More info on Young Living essential oils, the seed to seal guarantee, wellness and an awesome deal HERE. Let’s talk! Enjoy!

Homemade Lemonade with Essential Oil

refreshing lemonade using Young Living lemon essential oil at diyshowoff.com

There are several essential oil lemonade recipes but after some trial and error, this one is my favorite. I made it for a recent Young Living Essential Oils class and since a few have asked for it, here it is!

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{blueberry lemon muffins with lemon cream cheese frosting recipe}

And the entire thing disappeared! Refreshing, fresh squeezed without the fake mix taste. Color is darker due to the blue agave.

Young Living essential oil lemonade recipe at diyshowoff.com

Young Living Lemon Essential Oil Lemonade Recipe

  • 1 gal. of filtered water
  • juice of two organic lemons
  • juice of one organic lime
  • about 15 oz. of organic blue agave (test as you go to adjust the sweetness to your liking)
  • 10-12 drops of Young Living lemon essential oil
  • lemon and lime slices for garnish

Serve in glass with ice. Rather than add ice directly to the lemonade which waters it down, I serve ice in a separate container.

DIY beverage container vinyl label at diyshowoff.com  

{lemonade vinyl decal tutorial}

Optional: I also served it up with lime garnish for glasses (rub lime around glass rim and dip in colored sugar). Offer a small bit of blueberry juice or raspberry liquor for guests to create their own summer cooler.

What the heck is lemon essential oil? Just one of the amazing oils from Young Living essential oils! I am bursting with excitement over how these are changing our life…all it takes is trying one of the oils, seeing amazing results and you’ll be hooked. Get more info, get the link to get started HERE

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Beverage Recipe Vinyl Decal

Summer time in our home = lots of entertaining and hauling out the fancy glass beverage server for homemade lemonade is a must. Labeling glass containers lets guests know exactly what they’re consuming.

Beverage Recipe Vinyl Decal Label Tutorial

DIY lemonade recipe vinyl decal on beverage glass

Materials:

  • Glass beverage server
  • Happy Crafters Glossy Adhesive Vinyl (mint)
  • Transfer paper

Tools Needed:

  • Vinyl cutter (I use a Silhouette Cameo)
  • Scissors

What I did:

Open up Silhouette Studio Designer software. Choosing the font tool, write up a label. Simply the name of the beverage or ice. I included my lemonade recipe too. 

lemonade vinyl label tutorial

Load the vinyl, color side up into the machine. Adjust blade settings for adhesive vinyl and “send to cut”.

lemonade vinyl label tutorial

Unload vinyl, trim design if needed and weed away vinyl that isn’t a part of the design. 

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Apply transfer paper to the vinyl. Rub with a credit card. 

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Peel away backing (vinyl will transfer, showing reverse on the transfer paper).

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Place sticky side of the vinyl/transfer paper design to the glass. 

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Rub with a credit card then peel away transfer paper. 

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Tip for curved surfaces: Stick the center of the decal first. Apply by working from the center point out. I found it easier to carefully tear the transfer paper on each end between text to avoid wrinkles. 

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Mix up your beverage recipe and serve!

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Party time!

DIY beverage containter vinyl label at diyshowoff.com DIY beverage containter vinyl label at diyshowoff.com DIY beverage containter vinyl label at diyshowoff.com These glass containers are washed by hand. And I’ll simply peel off the vinyl lettering when if I want but I think it’s going to stay throughout the season.  DIY beverage container vinyl label at diyshowoff.com These glass containers are washed by hand. And I'll simply peel off the vinyl lettering when if I want but I think it's going to stay throughout the season. DIY vinyl decal for lemonade recipe

Visit The Shabby Creek Cottage for another fun summer vinyl project!

summer-mantel at The Shabby Creek Cottage

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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DIY Table Markers for the 4th of July

We’re hosting a family picnic to celebrate Independence Day. This easy DIY adds a patriotic touch of red,white and blue to the 4th of July theme.

DIY 4th of July Picnic Buffet Table Markers

DIY red, white and blue table markers at diyshowoff.com

Gather up:

  • scrap wood (mine are 1 x 6 x about 10 inch pine, 2x4s or 4x4s would work too)
  • a few wooden stars
  • acrylic craft paint
  • FrogTape® Shape Tape™ (chevron)
  • chalkboard labels
  • hot glue

Tools needed:

  • sandpaper/sanding block
  • craft paint brushes
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

What I did:

1. I sanded and cleaned up the wood scraps. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

2. Next, I gave each 2 coats of white paint and let dry. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

3. Once the white paint was dry, I applied FrogTape® Shape Tape™ (I used the chevron pattern) in three strips, starting with the top, then the bottom, then centering the third between the top and bottom. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

4. Using my thumbnail, I burnished the edges of the tape to activate the PaintBlock® Technology. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

5. Then just paint the area not covered by tape. I used a combination of red and blue. I did two coats.

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

6. Carefully remove the tape while the paint is still wet. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

7. I painted the wooden stars and let everything dry. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

8. I applied a small bit of hot glue to the back of each star and attach to the painted chevron wood background. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

9. I stuck on some chalkboard labels. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Time to set the table! 

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

4th of July DIY Ideas

16 Patriotic 4th of July DIY highlights from That DIY Party at diyshowoff.com

There have been so many awesome 4th of July projects linked up to That DIY Party lately! So I gathered up a collection of 16 red, white and blue, creative patriotic ideas to “show off” for inspiration just in time for celebrating Independence Day! 

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Do you have a creative patriotic DIY to share? Pop over to the weekly That DIY Party to link up and show off.

That DIY Party link party at diyshowoff.com

Fun in the Sun Link Party and Giveaway!

Summer, summer, summer! It’s like a merry-go-round. I LOVE summer time! Let’s get this party started! 

Fun in the Sun link party and giveway

If you missed the kick off with these Fun in the Sun posts, take a few minutes to get caught up starting with my DIY birdie garland then visiting the rest of the series.

DIYShowOff birdie garland tutorial

Domestically Speaking

Debbie Doo’s

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Setting for Four

Clean and Scentsible

Town and Country Living

At The Picket Fence

Cupcakes and Crinoline

Sand and Sisal

Fox Hollow Cottage

I gathered up some more of my past summer projects. Just click the image to be redirected to the original post. 

DIY Show Off summer home tour slide barn patio makeover house number flower pots tire flower planter decor DIY Dog Bed stacked ombre flower pots tutorial DIYShowOff chandelier planter free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden DIY brick patio how to add curtains to a patio swing   DIY giant outdoor LCR dice game tutorial

Ready to share or browse the links for inspiration? Let’s go!



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