5 Easy Weekend DIY Ideas

I was just looking back to gather a collection of favorite DIY ideas and thought I’d share a round up here with you too! Here are 5 easy weekend DIY projects for inspiration. Gather up your supplies and get creative this weekend! 

With summer right around the corner, this DIY tote is so much fun. Grab a tie dyed version  or your favorite band, something well-loved one and make your own t-shirt tote. You won’t believe how easy it is!

easy t-shirt tote

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Summer = BBQs and parties at our place. This large size LCR lawn dice game is so much fun! 

large LCR lawn dice tutorial

DIY giant outdoor LCR dice game tutorial

Are you health-conscious about what you put into your body? Me too! You’ll love these fruit and yogurt popsicles! Ditch the tubes of frozen sugar water and customize your own favorite fruit blend!

Summer Recipes

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

With all of the sun, summer is a great time to exfoliate. Whip up a batch of sugar scrubs for you and your friends. 

DIY sugar scrub

DIY skin nourishing lavender & ylang ylang essential oil infused sugar scrub for maintaining healthy skin @diyshowoff DIY skin nourishing lavender & ylang ylang essential oil infused sugar scrub for maintaining healthy skin @diyshowoff

I love having a fresh herb garden near the kitchen! This pallet garden is STILL holding up after 5 years! I’ve used it for flowers too. But I really enjoy having fresh herbs on hand. Grab a pallet not treated with chemicals and get started! 

pallet herb garden

free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden

See something that inspires a weekend DIY? 

DIY Chocolate Candy Wedding Party Favor Gifts 

DIY Chocolate Candy Wedding Party Favor Gifts 

DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea breakfast at tiffany's

Isn’t it funny where inspiration comes from? At times, it’s somewhere completely random or even unknown. I’m thinking the inspiration for these DIY chocolate candy wedding party favor gifts may have been handmade soaps or even those beautiful yogurt bowls I’ve seen on Instagram. To be honest, I’m not sure – I’ve done some searching and haven’t stumbled across anything similar. 

DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea

I made these up as a hostess party gift/favor and got drafted to make up some bridal shower favors. So here’s my DIY tutorial for beautiful chocolate/candy melts. They are so easy! Some affiliate links included.

Supplies I used:  DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea

Total Time: Approximately 30 min. 

Serves: This silicone mold is a large size (3×3 inch). Two bags of melts makes 6. 

What I did:

I transferred candy melts to quart sized baggy (I used two: light cocoa and white) and melted according to package instructions – either in the microwave or in a double boiler. My experience: I carefully set both bags (unzipped) into the microwave on ‘defrost’ for 50 seconds then checked and repeated and re-checked until melted. Instructions warn against overheating and I didn’t have any issue. 

DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea

*Melted candy will be hot. Please use caution!

I set my silicone mold on a small cookie sheet (a tray or something that gives the mold support to be moved and that will fit into your freezer works). 

Once my candy was melted, I added 2-4 drops of Peppermint Vitality essential oil to the melted white candy, zipped the bag and kneaded the baggy to mix. I didn’t do it with both colors, just one. 

DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea

Then I snipped off a bottom corner of the baggy (very small snip!) with scissors and piped the candy into the silicone mold and repeated with the other color. I filled each silicone space with half and half of each candy into each square. 

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Next I gently shook/shimmied the mold to level the melted candy. 

Using the skewer, while candy was still melted, I swirled the colors to create a beautiful unique design where the colors meet. 

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I am in LOVE with how each square is a unique and one of a kind design! I think this was my favorite step! I started out with just more of a zig zag but then discovered that the more swirly, the better.   DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea breakfast at tiffany's

Then quickly decorated with icing roses, sprinkles, colored sugar, edible decorations, etc. 

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I placed the tray/silicone mold in freezer to set the candy. It didn’t seem to take long at all…probably about 15-20 minutes if that. Sometime I let it sit overnight if I got busy. 

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Then I removed them from freezer and carefully popped the bars out of silicone mold. 

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I placed them into a bag and secured with a personalized label. 

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Beautiful! I love that each design is unique, don’t you? They’re so pretty, so professional and designer-looking but so easy to create! I can’t wait to make more! 

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So.many.photos! lol But I’m just so happy with how pretty they are! DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea breakfast at tiffany's DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea breakfast at tiffany's DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea breakfast at tiffany's

This batch was a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” theme. 

DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea breakfast at tiffany's I whipped up 60-70 of these for a bridal shower but since you can personalize them with any candy melts (so many colors!) and any deco ratings (so many colors and shapes and ideas!), they’d work for not only bridal showers but for Mother’s Day, baby showers, wedding favors, party favors, hostess and teacher gifts, prizes, etc. I made a few every evening over a couple of weeks’ time. I gave a few out as essential oil infused door prizes and at Easter to my family too. I even had my grandson helping me decorate a few!

DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea breakfast at tiffany's Warning – not only are they a beautiful sweet treat, they’re so addicting to create! Here is the very first batch that started my madness (without the swirl technique)…

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Need more info on essential oils for dietary use? Read more about why I choose Young Living HERE. xo

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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!) 

summer fun with essential oils @diyshowoff

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! 

raspberry lime frozen yogurt

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!

summer fun with essential oils @diyshowoff

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: 

How fun! Get free graphics, tips and ideas for hosting an essential oils party with a chocolate & massage theme @diyshowoff

More Summer Recipes & Ideas

summer cookout essential oil recipes

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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Oh yes, Thieves ALL THE THINGS!  summer fun with essential oils @diyshowoff

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.

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

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

pool party challenge

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.  

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

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

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

  • 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! 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

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. 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

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! 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

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!

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

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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Flower Fountain Planter

Isn’t she a beauty?

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

This flowering fountain is my favorite planter so far and after looking back, I’ve done a lot of planters over the years…and we joke that I have the complete opposite of a green thumb. Pffft. The DIYShowOff vault is filled with proof (below) that I’m not THAT terrible a gardener. Right? Right.

Okay, onto this year’s planter project….she’s so pretty! A mix of something old, living breathing beauty and a new topper. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

When we bought this old neglected house just about exactly ten years ago, we found pieces of an old fountain in the tall overgrown grass. Or maybe it was weeds or what might have been a garden at one time…but it was like finding buried treasure! And for 10 years, I’ve wanted to do something with ‘her’ but she sort of just sat discarded in that same overgrown area (and that little fenced in mess, well that’s a project for another time) or up against a hidden area of the house as a last priority. Forgotten. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

I bet this rusty, chippy fountain was stunning back in her heyday with her beautiful curves. I imagine she had a bubbling personality with lots of feathered friends. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

This year, Russ hefted those cast iron pieces out from hiding and cleaned them up and a plan was hatched. He drilled holes into the basin bottoms and sprayed the interior basin areas with a rubber/latex coating. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Then he assembled it, using a cyclone fence pipe to anchor and secure it into place. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

We filled the basins with potting soil, plants and flowers. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Looking good, old girl! It’s worn and old and the top wasn’t quite what it used to be (not sure what it looked like back in it’s prime, but I love that we didn’t spray paint it solid. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Then I remembered that I had a decorative artichoke-type accent. It’s resin and perhaps a temporary topper but it’s secured with a blog of concrete (still wet in photos but dried to a lighter shade…still, imperfectly perfect although I may give it a little white-washing) and I AM IN LOVE! Isn’t she beautiful? Isn’t she lovely?

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

How old do you think she is? I’d guess at least 50-60. The imperfections of age give this girl some history. Just imagine the stories she could tell of homeowners past.

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

She looks like a beautiful tiered cake with luscious flowering/fruit decorations to me!

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Those laugh lines and wrinkles. She’s just as striking today as she once was. At least to a lover of worn and vintage treasures like me. What do you think?

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Like creative planters? Me too! Check out these past DIYShowOff projects:

chandelier planter

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

pallet herb garden

free standing pallet herb garden

tire planter

tire flower planter decor How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

patio umbrella (bundt cake pan) planter

patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff

 

tea cup succulents

tea cup succulent planters at diyshowoff.com

stenciled flower pots

stacked ombre flower pots tutorial

sisal rope planters

DIY sisal rope wrapped terra cotta planters tutorial at diyshowoff.com

house number flower pots

house number flower pots

creative planter ideas @diyshowoff  

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

 

summer cookout raspberry lime essential oil infused popsicle recipe

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

*I’ve included affiliate links where indicated. 

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

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

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! 

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

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,

essential oil popsicle recipe

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.

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

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

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

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! 

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

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!

margarita popcorn recipe

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

Plan Your Summer Cookout: Raspberry Lime essential oil infused Popsicles recipe @diyshowoff raspberry lime frozen yogurt

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.

summer cookout essential oil recipes

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!

Keep calm & cool off! DIY cooling spray @diyshowoff  

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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. 

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

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.

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Industrial Milk Can turned Side Table

I’ve had old industrial milk can laying around, collecting dust (cobwebs too) just waiting for a fun DIY and repurposing it for a fun side table to add some charm to the patio seemed like just the right idea. 

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Materials I used:

  • found industrial milk can
  • black paint + primer in one
  • FrogTape® MultiSurface
  • round wicker-like tray (also found…thrift store, I think) 

What I did: 

I like the distressed/dinged up paint finish but it needed a little pizazz. I gave it a good cleaning, then using FrogTape, I added some bold stripes. 

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A spider crawled out of that hole too! Yikes! Once that was taken care of, using my thumbnail, I burnished the edges of the FrogTape to ensure crisp clean stripes.

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I applied two coats of black paint. Paint. Dry. Paint. 

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Right after I applied the second coat, while the paint was still wet, I carefully removed the FrogTape then let the paint dry. 

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Secure a tray using whatever method you find best (glue and clamps, screws, etc.), (a round wooden table top or an old clock would be cool too) and ta-da! A fun side table for our patio: 

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I added in some coordinating accent pillows and I have a fun new look to a usually neutral area. The old industrial milk can is a great conversation starter too.  DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

LOVE IT! Have you added any fun elements to your outdoor areas this summer? 

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

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Cool Off this Summer

Summer is my favorite season of all but no one is a big fan of super hot heat and humidity. Especially when we’re working on DIY projects outdoors. Peppermint Vitality essential oil added to a glass of ice water is super refreshing!

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And this DIY spray is amazing, helping to cool us down while we were cleaning the junk of our barn…it was HOT! 

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Whip up a quick and easy batch of cooling mist. We apply to the back of the neck for a quick cool down! AVOID EYES!

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What you’ll need:

  • 2 oz. spray bottle
  • peppermint essential oil
  • 2 oz. of distilled water

Directions: Add 4-5 drops of peppermint essential oil to a 2 oz. spray bottle. Top off with water. Shake and spray. Avoid eyes!  And yes, this works for a breath-freshener too! 😉 

Store in the fridge for extra cooling! Enjoy! 

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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.

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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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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?

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*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.

 

Summer Home Tour

Have you been following Marty’s Summer Home Tour series starting at A Stroll Thru Life? What an honor to be invited. 30 bloggers’ homes all decked out for summer, all week long! Welcome friends!

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We spend most pretty summer days on our patio and outdoor living areas which I’ve shared previously but let’s take another look, shall we?

Our grape arbor/gazebo is such a romantic, quiet and shaded spot, a secluded little outdoor getaway. 

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Unless it’s raining, our patio is where you can find us on nice days…dining, relaxing, talking about our day, reading or entertaining. 

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(That’s the grape arbor gazebo in the background and later this week I’ll share how our pallet garden shown below looks filled with blooms.) outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff  Update: here’s the flower pallet garden

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 and this is the third year for our chandelier planter

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We haven’t de-winterized the barn patio area this year just yet, but we’re always have it completed before our 4th of July party…

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I don’t go all out with summer decorating indoors, although after visiting these gorgeous homes, I’m inspired to crank it up a notch. Wow, right? But I do manage a few summer touches inside too…

the kitchen: a pretty runner on the dresser/island and a wooden bowl of lemons for fresh squeezed lemonade…

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a peek of the dining room…

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and a beach themed mantel in the family room…

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a reading area for rainy days…

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Next up is City Farmhouse leading the way tomorrow morning. Miss yesterday? See the schedule below to catch up! Enjoy the beautiful summer home tours, don’t forget to grab your drool bib. 😉 

Visit everyone all week long! Here’s the line up:

 
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