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Make It Monday – Featuring Hearts and Home

Today I’d like to feature our friend Margaret’s blog, Hearts and Home!

She has a great holiday gift roundup today:

Christmas Tutorial round up

 

Don’t forget to follow her on Facebook here, too, to get great tips on living naturally, and nourishing your mind and body.

Starts on the inside

 

 

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Friday’s Favorites – Summer Lovin’

So, I don’t know about you, but we haven’t had much of a spring here in North Texas. We’ve had one big storm (which brought devastating tornadoes to towns around us – you can donate to the disaster relief through Red Cross here,) and a few days in the 70’s, but mostly we’ve gotten sunshine and highs in the upper 80’s and low 90’s. That’s the beginning of summer, if you ask me.

In celebration of our early summer, this Friday’s Favorites list is full of sunbeams and bohemian loveliness.

This beautiful leg chain is a natural evolution of this year’s body chain trend!

Sparkling Honeysuckle Soap

This sparkling honeysuckle scented soap by our friend Cassie at Clover Hollow is subtly glittery, and made from the finest ingredients.

30 DIY Ways To Make Your Backyard Awesome This Summer

Turn the back yard into a movie theater with lots of pillows, cushions, and fairy lights.

Vintage 1970's Handmade Yellow Gingham Empire Maxi Puffy Sleeve Dress

Tiny yellow gingham print, puff sleeves, dainty trim, and collar make our vintage empire maxi dress a spring and summer dream!

Nectarine and Mint - Sunstone Druzy and Aqua Green Chalcedony Charm Necklace in 14k Gold Fill (one of a kind)

This golden sunstone and chalcedony necklace by Bespangled Jewelry lets you bring the beach with you wherever you go this summer.

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Make It Monday – Onion Dyed Eggs

For more crafty egg ideas, check out creative Etsians, like ReverieCreations.

I used to dye eggs with my Nana and mom every Easter. We would usually do a variety of the brightly colored guys, and then Nana would do a batch dyed with onion skin. I remember staring at the marble patterns created by the yellow and red onions, and marvelling at the idea that you could use food to color food. It’s super simple to do, earth friendly, and less messy than the crayon-colored alternatives. It’s especially handy if you’re already making a dish with onions for Easter. Here’s how to do it.

What you’ll need:

– eggs

– onion skins (yellow and/or red; you can also use carrot peel, beet, or any other colorful veggie you think might be fun to try)

– rubber bands or string

– a pot of slightly salted boiling water

– vegetable oil (optional)

How to do it:

1. Soak your skins/peels in water until soft. You can use them dry, it’s just a little easier to wrap them around the egg when they’re flexible.

2. Wet the eggs to help the skins stick to the egg’s surface.

3. Wrap the eggs with skins and secure with rubber bands or string.

4. Boil eggs for 7-10 minutes until hard boiled.

5. Drain the hot water and run cold water into the pot to cool the eggs.

6. Carefully remove the bands/string and skins from the eggs, and viola! You have beautifully, naturally dyed eggs.

7. Optional: Put a little vegetable oil on a cloth and lightly rub the eggs to shine them.

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Make It Monday – Easy, Healthy, Yummy Fruit Salad

TriPoint Serving Bowl in Heathery Blues & Greens by fromArtisanHands

Yesterday was the first day of spring, and one of my favorite warm-weather desserts or additions to breakfast is a simple fruit salad. I’m going grocery shopping today, so I think I might pick up some extra fruit to make one!

Here’s what you need:

Assorted fresh fruits, chopped (I like peaches, apples, pears, bananas and grapes, or to make a “theme” salad with berries or tropical fruits. Anything goes, so you can just use whatever you have in your kitchen.)

1-2 tbsp. room-temp honey, depending on how sweet you want your salad (I would use less if you’re including banana.)

A squeeze of fresh lime

Here’s how to make it:

Throw all of your chopped fruit into a large bowl, and turn to mix. Mix your honey and lime juice together well and drizzle over the salad. Turn again to mix. The lime will help preserve the prettiness of your fruit, keeping it from oxidizing quickly. You may want to wait until after you’ve added the juice/honey mix to add more “delicate” fruits, like bananas. You can also add canned fruits, but I would only recommend pineapple. Canned fruits just don’t have the same color, texture, or taste as fresh. 

This salad is even better after it’s set. You can eat it right away, or put it in the fridge for an hour or two to let the flavors combine a little. Yum!

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Make It Monday – A Long, Hot Bath

It’s official, I’ve caught the cold that’s been going around. Of course, it waited to set in until I was babysitting a friend’s kiddos! So, since I’m feeling, well, snotty, I’ll keep this Make It Monday short and sweet. Here’s a quick concoction for a wintertime bath that’s especially helpful when you’re sick, and that also makes a great, inexpensive DIY gift.

1 Cup Epsom Salts (or 1/2 C Dead Sea, 1/2 C Epsom Salts)

3-4 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Add the salts and oil directly to a warm to hot bath. The Epsom and/or Dead Sea salts help relax fatigued and sore muscles, while the peppermint oil helps open sinuses, stimulate the skin (a bit of an icy/hot effect mixed with the hot water), ease headache and lift your mood. It doesn’t hurt that it makes you smell like a candy cane, either! Drink a cup of tea, and enjoy the silence or some relaxing music while you soak.

Note: Only use pure essential oil, and avoid contact with eyes. While the oil will be diluted in the water, you may want to wait to wash your face in the sink after your bath.

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