Starbucks at Home – Passion Tea Lemonade

I love Starbucks’ passion tea lemonades. I craved those while pregnant with my first. I loved them even without the lemonade, too. They’re just so summery and delicious!

But, with all the hype of Starbucks’ prices going up I thought I’d share how to get the refreshing favorite of mine at home and for a fraction of the cost!

Here’s what you need:
Passion tea by Tazo – make sure it’s the blue box with the ice cubes on the front.
A can of lemonade concentrate
Large pitcher

Start by making your tea. I used one tea bag and added about 2 quarts of almost boiling water (because I’m impatient), let steep as the directions say.

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Once it’s nice and dark pink I took the tea bag out and added some ice to speed up the cooling process. I didn’t use an exact amount, but I added about this much.

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Obviously from that picture, it had all melted already.

Then, add your lemonade concentrate. I made sure it had somewhat thawed so I could mix it up faster. I then added a few cans of water as if I was making regular lemonade, but make sure you account the ice cubes i added earlier. This filled up my not-so-pretty pitcher to the top, making about a gallon.

Stir, pour over ice, and enjoy!

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You can also use lemonade from a bottle, like Minute Maid or Simply Lemonade. The concentrate was cheaper.

And please note if you like this to taste sweeter just don’t add as much water. Taste it as you make it until you find the right flavor you’re looking for. My version isn’t very sweet so I’m going to try less water next time.

Monday Pick Me Up

This week’s Pick Me Up doesn’t require much explanation. Mainly because it leaves me somewhat speechless.

Cheese-Nails

I just. What. This is so bad and so gross but I can’t help but laugh!

I wonder what the nail technician was thinking when she was asked to do this. I actually hope this person did this themselves or as a joke. Wow. Cheese nails.

Girly-Girl Room

Me being the decorator that I am asked for my husband’s input on decorating ideas he might have. I don’t want to decorate 100% for me and ignore his likes and wants. Plus, it’s more of a challenge to try and mix our tastes. Adds interest to the room and can make us both happy? Sure!

So I asked what he thought we should do for our kids’ rooms. For my daughter he requested that it be girly for her. I wanted to to a feminine woodland theme but that’s already sounding too “nursery” and not enough “kid room.” So I agree with my husband. Give up the woodland and go girly. This alone is a stretch for me because I was a big tomboy when I was little. Hated dolls and Barbie, loved toy horses, Littlest Pet Shops, stuffed animals, and “playing puppies.” Now I need to switch gears and think: What would Linnea like?

Right now, she loves all sparkly, princess, glittery, pretty, beautiful things. These are key words I hear from her every day. “Pretty sparkly purple shoes!” “Look at my pretty pink toes!” “I want my beautiful pink sparkly dress.” “I’m Princess Linnea!”

If you had told me I would have a daughter like this when I was younger I would’ve laughed and said no way. But, here I am, and I absolutely adore the girly side of my daughter. It’s the sweetest thing to see HER personality grow, her opinion (as strong as those 2-3 year old opinions can be!), what SHE enjoys. It’s so fun. She loves to get all dressed up then go play with a stick and in the dirt with her brother.

Here are some pictures of inspiration I have for her room. Let me know what you think!

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This is my favorite concept picture, from here. (But I recently visited Ikea and found the heart bed spread there but it is not on their website. I’m so glad I now know that! The duvet cover is only $14.99 for a twin size.)

ImageI love the fun pattern inside the closet in bold colors from here. A different color palette and pattern, but the same idea.

Image I like the bright bed spread, the pink headboard, and the colorful frames, here.

Linnea likes BRIGHT and FUN things so I am hoping I can make her bedroom reflect her. It would be ideal to decorate her room around the time we take the side of her crib off to make it the Big Girl Room transition.

To Do:
-Paint walls a light pink.
-Hang curtain rods.
-Get misc frames and paint them happy colors.
-New bedding.
-Possibly a canopy or “mobile” made from paper to look like a chandelier.
-Rug.

This will all, of course, be updated as I accomplish it. I’ll share fabrics and color swatches and all that good fun. I can’t wait to get started and give her a room she’ll love!

 

Monday Pick Me Up

I was sent this image through Pinterest and immediately laughed out loud. I was waiting to pick my husband up from the airport and saw that my Pinterest app had a notification on it and when I opened it to see this picture. I got a few stares from strangers as I laughed by myself in my car with all the windows open.

Now, I tell my husband how much I spend at craft or fabric store, but this was too funny that I had to share it from this blog. So silly!

I apologize to anyone who reads this and gets “Let it Go” stuck in their heads today. My daughter has me sing it with her daily so I’m there with you.

A Bow From Scraps

I made my son a sheet for his crib with some cotton supporting my husband’s family’s football team, the Dallas Cowboys. From that project I had a few scraps of fabric left that were fairly small but I still wanted to use. I decided to have my daughter show her team love in a subtle, girly way.

Take your fabric and fold it in half with the right sides together and make one stitch, like this. 20140608-201220-72740956.jpg

Iron the seam flat. For this little project I felt silly getting the iron and ironing board out, so I just used my flat iron that’s for my hair!

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Flip your tube of fabric right side out.

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Fold the ends inside a tiny bit and iron those. You can do one end or both, I just did one.

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Tuck one end inside the other to make a circle. If you only ironed one end, make sure the “undone” end goes inside the other.

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Pinch your circle together, first like this,

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Then another pinch like this.

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Hot glue your “pinched” parts together. I used a clothespin until it dries. I’m notorious for burning myself, and with this project I really burned my finger and thumb. Because of this, my mom gave me a gift of a new bottle of aloe vera. Thanks mom for your sarcastic yet much needed gift.

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Once your fingers recover the glue dries, you’ll see you need to hide the glue. I got another bit of fabric and ironed a small strip, like this, and hot glued it to my butterfly/alligator hair clip.

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Then you’ll glue one end to your bow, wrap it around and glue the other end.

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And here’s your finished product!
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My daughter loves her bows. She loves them so much she wouldn’t stop jumping and running around once I put it in her hair to be able to get a non-blurry picture of her wearing it. Silly girl!

Simple Toddler Princess Dress

I’m a list maker. I make lists for every little silly thing. And what goes in hand with that is needing notepads, so I hoard those. Especially lined ones with the magnets on the back, those are the best.

I may have rubbed off my list-making on my husband because he suggested we make a list of things we needed to get done or would like to do in our new house. From unpacking our loft (first thing on the list), to decorating or landscaping, then we numbered each task in order of priority. So far we’re tackled most of the loft and organized and cleaned up the garage. Yay! Now that I have that breathing room, and a literal room of the loft, I took a fun break and officially opened my birthday gift from four months ago.

Back in February I received a gift I had been hoping for but too afraid to ask from my husband… a sewing machine. So of course the awesome guy he is did tons of research and found one and bought it for my birthday. Yay!! It’s a Brother CS-6000i for those who are curious.

Previously, I had an old machine my mom gave me because she got a new machine herself. Ha ha. That should’ve been a clue right there. 😉 But that old machine was the one I learned how to sew on. The first project I ever made was a pillowcase of a very horsey calico fabric. Ironically, I still use that pillowcase now since I unpacked it.

About a week ago my mom and I were in our favorite fabric store and stumbled on some cute Disney fabrics. What stood out to me for being a perfect first sewing project to break in the new machine was to make my daughter a dress. There was a purple shirred fabric that would be SUPER easy for a sundress and it had various Disney princesses along the bottom of it. My two-year-old loves purple and loves her princesses.

Fast forward to the present and I bought that fabric. I bought 58 inches of it (they measure it by the bunched up stretchy part of the fabric) for my daughter. Originally I somehow thought it would be enough for two dresses but I was COMPLETELY mistaken. It was a good amount for my skinny toddler. I measured the width of one of her current dresses and doubled that number for how wide to make my cut, but because it’s so stretchy I subtracted a few inches so it’d be more snug.

I made my cut and sewed it up. Because I don’t have a serger I repeated alongside the simple stitch with a zigzag to reinforce it, then trimmed the excess. If you have a kid who can hand a strapless dress, then there you go!

But, alas, my daughter would never wear a strapless dress. That kid, I tell ya…

Anyway, with the extra fabric I had leftover I cut off the shirred (scrunched up stretchy) part. I then looked at my daughter’s dress I was getting measurements from, saw the length of the straps, then made some tubes of fabric, hemmed each end, then eyeballed where to attach the straps.

After this project I’ve discovered I am very much a figure-it-out-as-you-go kind of sew-er. And my camera was dead at the time of all of this so I don’t even have pictures to show you what I did. Boo! But, from start to finish, measuring and cutting and sewing, this dress took me about a half hour.

This morning she tried on the dress. I knew better than to show it to her immediately after I made it or she’d have wanted to wear it as pjs and they aren’t warm enough without sleeves. She loved it today, she kept showing me her “princess dress” and kept telling me all about it.

What I would’ve changed:

  • Longer straps- I can tell it’s bunching up in her armpits, so I may get my seam ripper and make new straps out of a coordinating ribbon.
  • Not rushed- I did all this on a brand new machine and I hadn’t practiced anything before I started this so I wish I would’ve practiced on scrap fabric instead of the real deal.
  • Had a desk or table- Lol… yes… I did this project on the floor. Made it much more difficult and made my back and neck super sore.

 

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Easy Fire Pit

When we moved in there was already a short, strange little fire pit in the backyard. I have a feeling they had a metal fire bowl over it because the rocks were sparkling clean and showed no signs of burning. We considered getting a fire bowl but the kids really enjoy taking the rocks out and throwing them around the yard, which sure makes mowing interesting.

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Here they are in action. See how short the rim of the circle is?

So we went to Home Depot (and forgot out 10% off coupon) and and bought some more bricks almost exactly like what was already in our yard but in a different color. Brown. Pretty wild.

We just added two more layers around the fire pit to make it more substantial.

When you make your fire pit make sure the ground is LEVEL. It will save you the grief of realizing it’s all wonky and you won’t have to re-do it. It may not look like a big deal, but those blocks are heavy! Plus it started to rain so we were trying to hurry.

I am so excited to get some wood and have our kids roast their marshmallows for the first time!

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This picture was taken before it was 100% finished, oops. You still get the idea.

Next we need to replace the chair that broke the other day and get the kids some little chairs and we can all sit out and enjoy a fire!