diy

Homemade Vanilla Extract

As I have posted pictures of my little bottles of vanilla goodness this week I have gotten so many responses of people being simply amazed. I mean it truly is amazing that you can make your own extracts, but...when you all see how easy this is I promise you will be less impressed.

As I have fallen in love with food and spending time in the kitchen there is one thing I have learned time and time again...just try. So much of what we label as impressive is really easy if you just get in the kitchen, roll your sleeves up, and try. Yes you will fail, I have had my flops of recipes, but trying is half the fun. When you finally get a recipe to where you want it, that point where it went from terrible, to eh...okay...to oh my goodness I want to sing and dance this is so good - the trying is worth it! 

So the next time you see a recipe on my instagram and think...geez that looks amazing, I could never make food like that Rachel girl...GO TRY IT! I dare you. Think of it as an adventure and just see where it takes you! Okay, I will stop preaching. 

Vanilla, extract to be specific. It is in everything we bake, and this time of year we can do A LOT of baking. I had a church friend that said she gave bottles of vanilla extract as gifts one year and knew I wanted to try it out. So I did.

This is not a quick recipe, and requires a lot of patience and planning ahead. (6 weeks -2 months ahead). Making the extract is easy but it must have time to sit and become extract so if you want to give this as gifts you need to wait a minimum of 4 weeks before using and really ideally 2 months! 

INGREDIENTS - 

Vanilla Beans (I used Madagascar and bourbon vanilla beans that I purchased

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on Amazon)

one large bottle of Vodka (any name brand will work, but you dont want to buy the cheapest thing you can find!)

Boston Bottles (I bought a pack of 12 4 oz bottles

here

)

Labels 

DIRECTIONS -

Take vanilla beans and slice in half and down the middle. Place 2 vanilla beans (or 4 halves) in your bottle. Top with vodka. Seal and let sit in a dark and cool place for 6 weeks to 2 months. 

Enjoy while baking. Or squeeze the vanilla bean pods to use seeds in homemade ice cream, sauces, glazes and other things for a distinctly gourmet vanilla flavor (and all those pretty black specks!)

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Also you can use whiskey or rum if you have that instead of vodka. The flavor profile is different and I really feel a rum pairs great with the bourbon vanilla beans...but to each his own! 

See!!! I told you it was so simple. So please, for my sake, tell me you will go try it! Be impressed with yourself then spread on the news that homemade extract is easy, more flavorful and cost efficient! YAY! 

Also, you can make cute little labels like I did to make your bottles all professional and gift worthy! I just made these in Photoshop really quickly but you could find a printable online or make your own! 

So what do you think? Are you gonna try to make it? :)

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Deck the Halls Fever + Advent Giveaway!!

Christmas is my all time favorite holiday! I love the season of celebrating the son of God entering the world, and I love all that comes with it. I truly believe the festivities of Christmas can be something pleasing to our Lord! Our Heavenly Father is a festive being. He calls the Israelites in the Old Testament to observe festivals on a regular basis and he institutes feasts and banquets to be pictures of the Wedding Feast of the Lamb at the end of time. I love that we can rejoice and be a picture of such a glorious day that is coming to those around us!


So all that to say...Christmas is my thang. For real. Just ask my poor husband who has already had to put up with me begging to begin decorating our little home for my beloved holiday now. The rule is not until after Thanksgiving...but I just cannot help it. I want to decorate everything soooo badly! But alas, I am waiting per request of my husband until at least the week of Thanksgiving! 

As a newlywed last Christmas everything was fresh and exciting. Ben and I were experiencing everything together as husband and wife for the very first time and it was so fun. We did everything ourselves. 90% of our decorations were made by yours truly...including all our Christmas ornaments. We were broke, and simply did not have money for tons of decorations...our Christmas tree was even part of our gifts to each other last year! HA! 

So I LOVE making things myself. This usually applies mainly to what I make in the kitchen, but every now and then I branch out and get crafty when necessity calls. So today I wanted to share some fun DIY projects I found that I love for this Holiday season! 


I tend to really find myself drawn to rustic and woodsy materials for Christmas decor. So these all seemed so fun and unique! I am hoping to make at least one if not all of these this year, and I am starting early so that even if I cannot decorate I can at least MAKE decorations before Thanksgiving! :)

More importantly than all the decor is remembering what Christmas is all about...and to many this is called Advent. This is a time leading up to Christmas to remember who Christ is and how he came. It really helps to prepare our hearts for the season, as well as keep our minds focused on who Jesus the Son of God is and why his coming is so important for us who call ourselves his children! 

So, to kick off this week & the upcoming holiday season I am participating in a giveaway with Jenni from Frankly My Dear & friends to make this season mean something.

Advent is a special time of year & it begins in three short weeks. To celebrate we are giving away one Naptime Diaries Advent Devotional + Calendar. The devotion is a 25 day interactive workbook that walks through hope, love, joy, peace, & purity leading up to the Christmas holiday. In addition, the calendar prints that accompany the devotion will bring cheer ANY time of year.





Good luck & have a great week!

Also, don't forget! Tomorrow is the Bread & Wine Project Link Up! Link up any recipe and share your thoughts on "How do you approach the Holidays and Hospitality?" Hope to see you there!

The Perfect Anniversary Gift

Year one of marriage has been awesome for Ben and I, but as many of you newlyweds out there can attest to, we are not just rolling in tons of money. Don't get me wrong, we have what we need, and more than what we need most times, but our budget is very tight from time to time. So when it came time to give anniversary presents, I wanted to create something sentimental, but budget friendly.

I am a mushy, emotional kind of gal. I save every ticket stub, sentimental note, and most things that others would label as "trash". I love a gift that makes me remember a special moment, or time with the ones that I love. So I wanted my gift for Ben to capture some of my favorite memories from our journey together so far. So I whipped up this little print. It has maps of the city where we got engaged, married, and honeymooned. It is really simple, but so cute. 

I used Photoshop to do everything, and loved how the finished product turned out. I designed the print myself, and had it printed at a copy shop in town, for just $3! 

Then I went to Dirt Cheap (it is sort of like Goodwill but is a salvage store, so they have items from Targets that have been affected by storms...so on) and bought this large frame for $2.50!!!



I spray painted the frame, added a matte (only $4, and it is too small...oops!) and then added the print. There you go, super cute and personal anniversary present! This was so simple and really cost efficient, and it only cost me $9!! 

So if you are Photoshop savvy, take your stab at creating this print or something similar! Or if you are not, I will gladly create one for you. I have had several people ask me to design this print or something similar for them, and would love to create one for you! Just email me at rach.elizabeth.915@gmail.com to place your order. 

Also, I love this gift for a one year anniversary print! (not that it is bad for any other year) BUT, traditionally one year is the gift of paper, so this is perfect if you and your hubby choose to go the traditional route! 

What are you favorite gifts to give? Are you a sentimental gift giver like me? 

Another great anniversary gift is one of these custom cutting boards that my sweet husband makes! Ben is always brainstorming more projects for us to tackle, and this was one of those ideas I threw out there, and he started. Each of these cutting boards are wood burned by Ben, and he takes such time on each one. He puts a lot of love into these little guys, so the winner of this awesome giveaway will be one lucky person! Want to win a cutting board? Enter below!

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Enter to win below, as always all entries will be verified! Open to all US residents older than 18 years. Good luck! The giveaway will run until July 1st at 12 AM. Winner must claim their prize within 48 hours of being emailed.


Living Room Tour.

I have loved so much seeing several posts lately about what home means to different bloggers. So I decided to share a little bit of our humble abode with you all today. We live in an old Victorian home that has been split into several apartments. 

5 fun facts about our apartment:

1. We have the front porch, plus a porch swing, and we do not have to share with anyone. 

2. We are walking distance from my favorite bagel shop, coffee shop, Mississippi State's campus, the Farmer's Market, and our favorite local pizza joint. 

3. Nothing, not one single thing, in this house is symmetrical, level, or straight. There are cracks, gaps, holes, and anything else you can think of. And you know what? we love it! most of the time. Our house has its own personality, it makes weird noises, sometimes smells funny, but it has been fun making this funky place our home.

4. Ben tiled our shower, which is something he has never done before and it is beautiful. (See pictures here) We have also built a lot of our own furniture. We love to create, and Ben loves wood working so it just seemed to makes sense. Plus it has saved us a ton of money. 

5. My closet is in the living room. There are only two small closets in our entire apartment, so I keep my clothes in the larger of the two...which happens to be the one in the living room. 

So we love this place, it is quirky, but it is home to us right now. It couldn't be more perfect for us in this season of life. I think one of my favorite parts of creating a home with the man I love has been being able to do just that. No one has told me these have to be the colors you use in this room, or you have to buy these pillows to match that. I have gotten to style and decorate our home exactly how I want. It is a work in progress. We are always working on some new project so a DIYer's work is never finished I guess.
Also, having a "home" even though it is a downtown apartment has been one of my greatest joys as a new wife. Having a place for my small group girls to come and hang out, a place to host showers, staff meetings, game nights, and dinners with company, being able to do those things in a place we have already invested so much love into now that is a joy.


So without further delay I give you our living room. I decided to only do one room at a time, so more to come later on. 



{Fun Fact: all, yes ALL, of our furniture in this room was given to us by family and friends. It was a huge blessing to us}


{Fun Fact: my grandmother made the green and blue crocheted blanket pictured, and Ben made both of those gorgeous large rustic picture frames}


{Fun Fact: see that door right there? that my friends in my lovely little (emphasis on little) closet}


{Fun Fact: Ben is currently working on end tables for this room and our bedroom. They are not finished yet but the tops will look like this and will be stained and finished. Oh and they will have drawers. Isn't my man talented?}


{Fun Fact: We have lots of pictures of ourselves in this room. Haha hopefully we can fix that over time. Also the framed picture on the bottom row, middle frame, this was a gift from my mom. She hand wrote all the names of God and places where they are found in Scripture in calligraphy. It is such a special gift}


{Fun Fact: That is Ephesians 5 typed out with our faces in it!! How awesome? This was a gift to me from one of my bridesmaids. She made it for one of my showers and it has become so special to be, vintage chipped frame and all.}




{Fun Fact: We use that little furnace so much. Wish it was a real fireplace. Also, you can read about the chalk paint recipe we used to paint this beautiful entertainment center here}



{Fun Fact: We got our super plush and comfy rug (that is huge, 8x11) for just $80 at Lowe's. It was such a steal and a purchase we are really proud of}

Well that is it. Like I said, our home is a work in progress and we are always adding, rearranging, or changing things inside. But the best part is that we can totally do all of that as much as we want to and no one can tell us we can't! FREEDOM! (slightly dramatic, sorry). But really making this little space homey for ourselves and all our guests has been a blast. Hope you enjoyed seeing into our home.

Happy Saturday, we are headed to get biscuits from a local biscuit baker, and a steamy Americano from my favorite coffee shop right down the street.

XOXO,

Rachel


Dabbling in Design

Anyone that knows me well knows that my husband and I LOVE to make things ourselves. It is a hobby of ours but also somewhat of a challenge when we see an item we like. Ben who is an engineer and myself being a creative dreamer I guess you could say make a great team. We immediately begin brainstorming how we can build/design/replicate/create the item we are look at and most times we are able to do so for a fraction of the cost. Most of our friends joke with us always asking us what project we are up to now...they know us well, Ben is always building something for me and I am always crafting things for our home. 

However, this is more than just a hobby for Ben and I. It is a way that we can be wise stewards of the money the Lord blesses us with. It is a way for us to use our hands productively to create things ourselves. It is a way for us to grow together and enjoy each others company while working on a project. It is a way for us to avoid being sucked into consumer America (to some degree at least) and cut costs while still making our home special and cozy. And most importantly it a simple way for us to use our gifts and passions to bless others. 

Creating is something I absolutely love to do, and what is so neat about this desire is that it is Biblical...sound crazy? Go check out Proverbs 31:13..."She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands."...Proverbs 31:24, "She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant." 31:27, "She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness." 

So see? It is a Biblical and God honoring desire to create, provide, and sell the fruit of our hands to others. What an incredible thing. Proverbs 31 is painting the picture of a godly wife and these are qualities that she possess. She creates things with her hands and then sells them! I love creating, not just because it is fun, but because it helps me be a better wife. While I am crafting decor for our home I am tending to my household, and by creating and using my free time wisely I am not eating the bread of idleness...who knew that crafting could be something that would bring glory to our Heavenly Father. 

So I encourage you all reading this to reflect on your own giftings and passions and how they can bring praise and glory to our Father in Heaven. That is why we are placed on the earth after all, to bring him glory and make his wonderful name known. 

I have recently become interested in designing invitations, cards, and various things of that nature. I wanted to share some with you today not to make much of myself but to share a passion of mine in hopes of pushing others to look for ways to bring the Lord glory through very simple things in your life. I have done very little up to this point but would love to do this more on the side as I am able. Here are the few graphics/invitations/cards Ben and I have designed to date. 














I would love to help you and your family design a special custom birthday invitation, Christmas card, or shower invitation. You can contact me if you are at all interested. Up to this point I have really done so little that I do not exactly have a "going rate". I can create a digital file for anywhere from $15-30 depending on how complicated the design. Or I can also have the cards printed and cut for you for an additional cost based on number and size of the card. Would love to help you create something special. 

Now that I am done with my advertising, thank you to all those who have used Ben and I to help you create something, or have encouraged us not just in these invitations but in all our furniture building, crafts and DIY projects. We truly do find joy in the things we make and appreciate all those who take joy in them alongside us. Remember, Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men..." That says WHATEVER you do, so even in crafts and creativity we can work heartily to serve the Lord and bring him glory with our passions. I pray this pushes you and challenges you to begin changing your thinking in order to strive to bring the Lord the glory he is due in everything you do...every little and every big thing. 

Blessings friends!




Pom Pom and Garland DIY Tutorial

Happy Hump Day! It is such a beautiful day here in Mississippi...the wind is blowing, it is chilly enough for me to have on socks and be wrapped up in a blanket, and leaves are just falling away outside. I love the mornings, they are a fresh start to a new day, and remind me that the Lord's mercies are new today. My morning coffee and time alone after Ben has left for work is such a sweet time. I am able to sit at the feet of my Heavenly Bridegroom...and that is always so precious. The Lord is so worthy of our praise and this weather here is just crying out for everyone to take notice of how awesome our God is. 

"But this I call to mind and I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are NEW every morning; great is your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:21-23

"Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?...The heavens are yours; the earth is your and all that is in it, you have founded them...You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand, high your right hand. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you." Psalm 89:5-6;11, 13,14

So let this hump day not be a day we get in a rut, stuck and finding ourselves groaning about how we are longing for the weekend. Let's REJOICE in the LORD!

Can you believe it is November? I cannot...time is just flying right on by. Christmas will be here before we know it! YIKES! I have not even started on Christmas presents, and I hardly have any Christmas decor...newlywed life I am afraid. :) So this year I am making a lot of our decor for around the house...like this awesome music sheet wreath...



 Another really fun and easy thing to make for your mantel, doorway, tree, or for a friend is a pom pom garland. So so easy. I have included pictures of each step below but please feel free to ask any questions in the comment box below if something is unclear.


What you will need:
yarn (in whatever colors your heart desires)
really sharp scissors
large yarn needle

To start, pick the color yarn you want your pom pom to be...then begin to wrap it around your fingers (I used the first three fingers) or for a little bit larger pom wrap the yarn around your palm. Continue wrapping for about 70-75 times around. I think doing any less doesn't make it full enough.



Once you have wrapped your yarn as many times as you want, carefully slide it off your fingers and cut the end. Take another piece of yarn and tie it around the center of the yarn. Be careful to hold on to it so you don't undo all your wrapping. It should look like the picture below once you have tightly secure your knot. 



Then take your REALLY sharp scissors and cut all the little loops.


Once you have cut every loop your pom pom will look a little crazy...so now you have to give it a good trim. 


Cut all the little strands of yarn until you feel your pom pom is all tidy and the size you like. mine looked about like this once I was finished. 



and there you have it. Now you know how to make pom poms, and trust me you will find yourself addicted to this easy and fun craft! Now for the garland...silly me didn't take any pictures of this part but it is just as self explanatory as the poms. Just thread a yarn needle with yarn that you want to hang your pom poms on and push it through each pom pom. If you do not have a yarn needle you can just leave a couple stands of yarn long when you are trimming the pom up and use those to attach the pom to the string for hanging. Either way works great and will still get you to an awesome finished product.


Now go make some garlands to decorate your house with. Make some for your friends, family, neighbors...make one for a stranger even. This easy craft is sure to put a smile on your face and on other's faces as well. 

Take care! XOXO.













Projects and such.

Hello Friends. So it is Monday.....dun, dun, dun...it is always so hard to get back into the swing of a full week after a long weekend like Labor Day gives you a four day week...so so tough. But alas, the show must go on correct? Well anyways, this past weekend was quite a wonderful one in the Cox Residence. I think this past weekend may be one of my favorites with Ben since we have been married...it was just packed full of fun and laughter (sounds cheesy doesn't it?...but seriously..it was awesome). 

First things first....remember those picture frames my amazing hubs was working so hard on for me all last weekend? Well......HOORAY! they are completed. Be amazed by the picture below, also the grand total for all the frames combined was about 30$. We had the wood, stain, paint, and polyurethane already...so we just had to get screws, glass, and the pictures and hello gorgeous frames, welcome to our humble abode. I am kinda in love with them, and so happy to share them with you!







Our house is slowly becoming more and more like home to us each project we tackle. Speaking of projects, my husband is all about improving our rental apartment that we will only be in for two or three years...he LOVES to work with his hands and create things to make life easier, and more efficient, it is the engineer in him. So this weekend we wanted to give our dirty cars a bath and wash them, BUT....we don't have a water faucet to attach our hose to at our apartment...any normal person would just go and pay 5$ at a car wash place...but not Ben Cox. So before I knew it we found ourselves at Lowes loading up on PVC pipe, glue, and a faucet piece...fast forward about 2 hours, after Ben spent that time crawling in and out from under our porch, we now have a water faucet to wash our cars with. And you better believe we washed them. It only cost us about 20$ to do, so give us a couple more washes and we will be saving ourselves money. Thanks Benjamin! (Pic taken after his first venture under the house--what a stud I am married to)



So other eventful things for this weekend-- remember our Date Jar I made Ben for his Birthday? Well we have knocked out several of our date nights these past couple weeks. We have had a game night, movie night, gone to the pet store, washed cars together, and watched the sunrise and had breakfast at a local favorite. I love going on dates with Ben. This week our date will be extra special, you know why? CAUSE IT IS MY BIRTHDAY WEEK! Yep, I turn the big 23 on Sunday. So my birthday date will be our date night for this week. Here are a couple pics of our sunrise/breakfast date this past weekend. 




We live in a college town, and not just any college town, but the town that houses in our opinion the best college in the SEC, Mississippi State University...okay okay I know we are a little biased, and yes our football team may not be national championship quality, but we bulldogs stand by our team. So this weekend was the first game weekend in Starkville and you better believe we faced the heat (for one and a half quarters) to watch our dawgs play! I was dying in the heat and became rather grumpy rather quickly so the game watching was short lived, but it was a fun day none the less, started off with a big breakfast at home, and a day tailgating with friends decked out in our maroon. 




A couple other fun highlights from the week/weekend...I am totally ready for fall. And while it may still be hitting 100 degrees here in Mississippi I have made pumpkin spice cookies, filled our candy bowl with candy corn (which are almost gone thanks to my sweets loving hubby), and decorating the house for Fall...eager beaver right here. We enjoyed a leisure walk together downtown (my favorite) the other night...it was so sweet to have the time to talk deeply together about the Lord, and what he is teaching us. I cherish those times with my husband, he is such a great leader for me spiritually, always pushing me to examine myself before the Lord and evaluate what areas of my life need growth. 




So that is about it for this weekend. It was a fantastic weekend full of some really awesome memories made. Oh I almost forgot, I am having a trunk show at my house in just a few weeks for one of the most incredible companies...Noonday. Noonday is a jewelry and accessories line that allows women in third world countries to make products that are sold here in the US and they receive some of the profit in order to create a sustainable lifestyle for themselves and their families. So even if you do not live in Starkville, MS you can purchase some of this amazing jewelry through my trunk show. Just go on Facebook here and you can get all the details about the trunk show and how to purchase your own Noonday pieces. Check it out, I promise you will not regret it!


Take care dear ones!







DIY Date Night Jar (52 almost FREE ideas)

So Ben's birthday was last week, he turned 24! It was a great day full of celebrating him, and because we are newlyweds and not just rolling in mounds of cash I made several of his birthday presents myself. :) This is an idea I saw on Pinterest, so I am not claiming it as my idea by any means...but I did want to share the idea with you, along with the "Date Nights" I chose to include. This is so easy to do and so much fun to have all these fun dates to try and plan for throughout the year. 

***So thankful for all the Pinterest love. Hope you love these ideas, please be creative and think of dates that fit you and your special someone. Please look around my blog and enjoy yourself. I love to get feedback from my readers, drop me a line anytime!***

So I just got a mason jar and spray painted it a metal gray color...you can do whatever you want to here...mason jar, tin can, glass jar of any kind would work. 

I used Popsicle sticks to write the dates on, again, this is up to you on what you want to do. It just seemed to work well for me to use these. 

Then you just stick the sticks inside the jar and you have a customized date night jar for you are your main squeeze. HOW FUN?! I know...

So all the dates that I included... (Don't just copy, really try to think and make a list based on your personality and plan for things you and your man would really enjoy)

  1. Watch the sunset.
  2. Have a music night (Ben plays several instruments and I love to sing so we go to a nearby chapel and jam out together or enjoy some music together at home)
  3. City Tour of Homes (A nearby city does this every year and allows people to tour these amazing antebellum homes....we cannot wait to go this year)
  4. Progressive Dinner (appetizer at one restaurant, entree somewhere else, and dessert somewhere else!)
  5. Build and fly a kite!
  6. Shoot guns together. (I know this is a southern thing, but Ben loves to shoot skeet and play with his guns, always remember gun safety)
  7. Day long road trip (ours is to somewhere no further than 2 hours away)
  8. Hammocking (we both have eno hammocks and love to take them outside and relax under the trees together)
  9. Monopoly Night.
  10. Trip to a local orchard or farm to pick fruits and veggies.
  11. Bake together.
  12. Technology FREE night (no computer, phone, TV, ipad...nothing, just enjoying each other)
  13. Movie Marathon!
  14. Krispy Kreme Trip (for us Krispy Kreme is 30 minutes away so it is a treat to get to enjoy that sugary goodness)
  15. Youtube Dance Lessons (Line Dancing, Swing Dances, Ballroom Dancing?)
  16. Coffee Shop Date (maybe you will be lucky and can enjoy some local live music while you are there too)
  17. Play tennis together.
  18. Volunteer together. 
  19. Go pick blueberries. (or anything for that matter)
  20. Go to the pet store, or the humane society.
  21. Go geocaching (get out of your box and try something adventurous)
  22. Slack line (this is something Ben is really good at, so he is going to teach me sometime how to do it)
  23. Wander through a bookstore.
  24. Get coffee + go on a walk. 
  25. Pick pecans, make pecan brittle.
  26. Dinner and a movie (classic)
  27. Watch a documentary together
  28. Fondue Night. 
  29. Chocolate/Wine Tasting. (Whichever you prefer).
  30. Portable Drive-In. (take a laptop, and a movie and drive somewhere in town and watch a movie, or do this is your backyard)
  31. Dinner at the County Lake (this is a lake in town and you don't have to pay any thing to just go out there and cook on their grounds)
  32. Stargazing.
  33. Wash your cars together.
  34. Bowling Night!
  35. Camping, classic couple retreat for an evening or a weekend...and Ben adores camping. 
  36. Night car ride. windows down...that is a must. 
  37. Picnic. 
  38. Camping in the living room (build a fort, set up a tent, light your fire in your fireplace, enjoy an evening on the floor with your love)
  39. Put together a puzzle.
  40. Game Night (with friends of course)
  41. Find all the Historic Landmarks in your city.
  42. Spend an evening making bucket lists and setting goals for your family. 
  43. Build a fire and make s'mores.
  44. Enjoy a romantic bubble bath.
  45. Bingo night (this happens every week at a local coffee bar that we love)
  46. Watch the sunrise + breakfast date.
  47. Dollar Tree date + Ice Cream (you go in dollar tree and each have 5$, you can take like 15-20 minutes and compete to find a gift for each other and whoever's gift is the most _____ wins...the most outrageous, thoughtful, unique, tacky, useful...)
  48. At- Home spa night!
  49. Go Hiking.
  50. Pottery night.
  51. Homemade, candle light dinner.
  52. Grill out night. 

So here ya go. I hope this inspires you to create you own list of dates for you and your man to enjoy. Remember, think outside of the box, try new things, and be adventurous...life is more fun that way. 

Happy Sunday Folks, praying you all will worship the Lord today with a joyful noise. Have a great week!!

Take Care!

Anthropologie Inspired Snow Globes DIY


Hello everyone!

Sorry it has been awhile since my last post...finals week and school have been rather overwhelming. BUT finals are over now (whoooooo) and so I have lots of time on my hands. 

With more time on my hands, I am getting OH SO EXCITED about Christmas :) and especially Christmas crafts and baking!

So I am here to share my latest craft project. SNOW GLOBES. and super cute ones at that. 

WHAT YOU NEED:
  • Canning Jars (I used Mason Jars)
  • Glitter
  • Water
  • Baby Christmas Trees
  • Hot Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun
This is a very easy craft and turns out so adorable you will want to keep it up all year long. I made it for my roommates and several others, and people have been flipping out over how adorable they are. If you give these as a gift they are SURE to be a Christmas hit! :)

So to make... Start with the little trees, mine were 4 inches tall. If you use a larger jar then 6 inch trees will fit inside also. 




Add hot glue to the bottom of the tree and then attached to the bottom of your canning lid. Use a generous amount of glue to guarantee the tree wont budge with all the shaking. 


Next add your glitter to your canning jar. I added about a tablespoon or so, it's up to you on how much to add. Too much glitter can trap air inside the jar so watch out for that. 



Last step, add your water to your jar. This is probably the trickiest part because you have to make sure you literally fill it to the brim with water so there are not any air bubbles trapped inside. 

What I did is filled the jar up almost completely, then I put the tree inside and pulled the lid over with just a crack of space and let a little more water trickle in the jar until it was about to overflow. 

Then screw on the lid as tight as you possible can, dry off any water...and SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE!!

**Also, you can add liquid glycerin to make glitter fall more slowly if you want!

And now you have a Handcrafted, Anthropologie look alike, adorable, SNOW GLOBE for the Holidays! :)


MERRY CHRISTMAS YA'LL!!

Let me know what you think!

-Rach.