DIY Soothing Linen Spray


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By now it’s no secret how completely obsessed I am with essential oils. I love incorporating essential oils into different uses throughout my home. One of my new favorite uses is this DIY linen spray. If you have essential oils, I highly recommend trying this DIY out. You only need three ingredients: water, essential oils, and a spray bottle. So easy and the results are amazing! This linen spray makes me feel like I’m sleeping in a spa every night. It’s a great way to incorporate soothing essential oils into your night routine if you want to opt out of diffusing. I love spraying this while making my bed in the morning so it’s like having a fresh set of sheet every night. Of course you don’t have to use the same essential oils that I do; but, this combination smells amazing and I highly recommend giving it a go!

Here’s the ingredients I used to make my linen spray :

  • 2 oz water
  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3 drops of lemongrass essential oil

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July Fourth Sweets


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Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone! I hope you’re all having a fun and safe weekend so far. I wanted to throw out this super yummy recipe for you all to try this holiday weekend. This weekend is known for the BBQ’s, outdoor parties, and coast-side get togethers. With that being said, I think skewers are the perfect remedy for those parties on the go. This recipe is super easy, super delicious, and a very sneaky way to get your kids to eat a bit of fruit. This disassembled strawberry shortcake is a great add to whatever party you’re going to this weekend!

Ingredients :

1 box Angel Food Cake Mix (for those on a time crunch, like myself)

2 boxes of Strawberries

2 cups of White Chocolate Chips

This recipe is super simple and only takes about an hour or two to assemble. While your cake is baking, wash and prepare your strawberries. After baking your cake according to the box directions and letting it cool, cut your cake into 2” squares. Assemble the strawberries and cake on the skewers alternating them. Then go ahead and melt your white chocolate chips and drizzle on top. Put them in the fridge to set and you’re ready to pack them up and bring them with you on the go! Super simple and very delicious.

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Anjou Essential Oil Review


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Essential oil diffusers are a huge trend that is seen everywhere nowadays. And for good reason! I just finished up my large sample pack that I ordered along with my diffuser. I purchased my diffuser around Christmas last year and use it religiously! It’s become a HUGE part of my night routine. I find it so relaxing and helps me sleep so much better. I’ve recently started bringing my diffuser out into my living room to keep the good vibes and relaxing scents going all day! I may to purchase another solely for the living room so I don’t have to keep moving it around so much.

I have nothing but good things to say about the Anjou diffuser I purchased and, consequently, the same goes for their oils. I have been loving their line. I just repurchased the same sample pack that came with my diffuser from Amazon. I used up every single oil and loved each and every one. I’ll leave a link here to a post where I tell you my favorite essential oil combinations so you can give these a try if you buy this pack. Like I said earlier, I got this same pack about six months ago and just recently ran through it all. I’d say that’s a pretty good life span for these oils for being used all night every night! I’m eager to break into my next sample pack and to branch out in the future and try out other oils.

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How To Grow Your Blog Following

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It’s one thing to start blogging your thoughts all over the internet; but, if you want to grow your following and reach a wider range of people, you definitely have to up your game. If you follow my blog religiously, you’ll know that I’ve done a 5 Most Important Tips For New Bloggers post before. Today I wanted to get more in depth for how to grow your blog, no matter how advanced of a blogger you may be. It’s always great to continue learning and growing so I hope you all enjoy these tips below!

Passion, Purpose, Persistence

I always like mentioning this in my blogging tips. If you aren’t liking how something is turning out or you aren’t passionate about the subject you’re writing about, don’t do it! Skip a post because skipping it is much better than keeping your schedule with an insincere post. As you grow as a person, you may find that the subject you started blogging about five years ago just isn’t a passion anymore. Ditch it and rebrand! Don’t be afraid to stay true to yourself and your interests because that will always pay off in the long run!

Use Your Angle

There is an over saturation of people willing to express themselves on the internet. It’s true! Want to start a beauty blog? Done a million times. Turning vegan and want to blog about the journey? You’re not the first. But don’t let any of that get you down! You need to find a special twist to put on your blog that can help you define a more specified following. Try beauty blogging on a hair-thin budget or your journey as a vegan for working moms. Your place in life, no matter what it is, will give you a unique angle on the over saturated media. Give it a try!

Get Involved

Donating your time and effort can help everyone out. Try getting involved in a charity or drive. Blog your experience and what charities you choose to support. It will benefit the charity you donate to, benefit your readers by educating them to some great causes, and will benefit you by tagging the charity in all your promotions (they love hearing wonderful things from people and are more likely to help promote your post). It’s a win, win, win situation that everyone can get behind!

Unique Ideas, Views, Experiences

Remember what I said about over saturation? Writing with unique views or about strange things will help you stand out against the many on the internet. If your lifestyle gives you access to a plethora of odd opportunities or experiences, write about it! People love learning about different things and living vicariously through others.

Personality

Don’t be ashamed of your quirky antics or the important things that make you, you! People love to hear your personality come through in your blogs. If you cuss like a sailor with no remorse, you’ll find an audience who finds hilarity and truth through the vulgarity. If you’re absolutely obsessed with something and find a way to make almost anything relate to that subject, you’ll gain people most like you who share your passions. Don’t hide your true self!

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Cooking For Beginners – Hello Fresh Review


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It’s been quite a while since I posted (technically only four days but it feels like an eternity)! I wanted to catch you guys up on what new fun things have been going on in my life. The first, and most entertaining thing, which we tried out recently was Hello Fresh. For those who may not know. Hello Fresh is a food delivery service that puts together quick and healthy meals using fresh ingredients that are all delivered straight to your door. This was my first time ever trying out one of these services and it was so much fun! Of course, you get to choose which meals you want them to ship you that week; but, I didn’t look too closely at the recipes so it was always a fun surprise to open each day’s box. I’ll run you through the various meals we chose and which our favorite was. Stay tuned to the end to hear my final thoughts on Hello Fresh!


Cherry-Drizzled Pork Chops

Yum, yum, YUM! I think this meal was my favorite of the bunch. It was definitely a different take on the pork chops than we usually see here in the Midwest. I thought the cherry drizzle was an interesting take on the savory sweet meal. Definitely a keeper!


A Caesar Salad To Rule Them All

One of the most delicious and filling salads I’ve ever had. I’m definitely going to recreate this again! It filled me and my husband up (yes, salads aren’t just for ladies!) so much that we even had a bit left over for lunch the next day.


Vietnamese Marinated Steak

This was such a different style dish than my husband and I are used to eating but we loved it! If there’s steak involved, it’s usually a winner for my husband. I loved the mix of flavors together. The pickled salad was so good!

For a very beginner cook, like myself, I found it a little overwhelming balancing all the different things going on in the kitchen. But strictly sticking to Hello Fresh’s recipes and step by step instructions, it definitely calmed my worries. All in all, we were so pleased with our Hello Fresh box! (No, I’m not sponsored in any way.) We genuinely thought this was a great service. We could definitely see using it again in the future for those weeks that you know are going to be busy. It was great to not have to shop, buy the perfect amount of ingredients, or surf Pinterest for hours looking for great healthy meals. I highly recommend trying it out!

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Hitting Pan On Some Favorites


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It’s that time again to run through some products of mine that I have used up. This time around is a lot of hair care products. Mostly because I’ve got some seriously thick and long hair. My hair eats up anything I put into it like it’s nothing! As you can tell, I’m a loyal Batiste customer. I’m always on the lookout for something new to try so I’d love for you to leave me some suggestions below.

This time, my empties consist of some real tried and true staples in my beauty collection. I’ve loved all of these and repurchased them all again. This is definitely the post to check out if you’re in the market for anything new.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

I haven’t tried a Batiste dry shampoo that I haven’t loved but I’m a sucker for the Divine Dark shade. It works just as well as the others and masks the typical dry shampoo “dust” with a hint of my brunette hair color. Really great!

OGX Coconut Milk Shampoo

Yeah, I’ve run through a huge bottle of this. Since I go 3-4 days between washing my hair, I like to double up when I do wash it. I find giving it a double dose of shampoo really cleans my hair well. This coconut milk shampoo feels great on my hair. Shampoo naturally strips the oils from your hair, good and bad, but this shampoo doesn’t dry my hair out at all. I’ve purchased another large bottle of this already!

Lush Retread

Cannot think of a better hair mask. I really can’t! I have yet to come across another moisturizing mask that can beat this product. I live by this! Click here to read my full review on this product!

Jergens Natural Glow

For all the pale girls out there like me who have the worst time getting a natural tan. I highly recommend this natural tanner. It’ll save your skin from the harsh sun rays but will give your skin the glowing radiance of beautifully tanned skin.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Ever since I tried this out last year, I’ve been HOOKED! I don’t go a day without using it. It really does keep my makeup in place and helps my face stay in place throughout the day! Click here to read my review of this product!

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

I’ve done a full out review of this product so I won’t waste your time. Click here to read my review. Just know, you’ll be hooked after trying it!

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Skinny Dirty Banana Cocktail

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Getting hooked on Dirty Bananas in the Caribbean was a terrible mistake because they’re so delicious and addicting! As soon as we got back into the states, my husband and I started recreating them. Of course they were still just as amazing but it’s not as fun without the beach view! Today I wanted to thin down the recipe a bit and make a “skinny” version of the Dirty Banana. (It’s still alcohol so how skinny can it really get, am I right?) I think this version really does it justice and definitely makes this cocktail skinnier than its original version. I’ll leave a link here so you can check out the original. It’s a great treat every once and awhile; but, it’s so heavy that it makes it difficult to enjoy often. Try out this Skinny Dirty Banana recipe to enjoy this Caribbean treat!

Ingredients :

1 oz. Malibu

1 oz. Kahlua

1 oz. 99 Bananas

Dash of Almond Milk


That’s it! Mix all together and serve over ice. It’s so easy and much better for you than the original recipe. I hope you try this recipe out and enjoy! Leave me a comment below and tell me your thoughts!
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