Upcycling Glass Bottle

Anyone who knows me knows I can go through a good share of wine bottles each month.  While I do recycle my bottles, I often wonder how much of my recyclables are actually recycled properly.  With so much talk on climate change lately I feel I need to do a lot more on my part.  So being a huge DIYer I tried to come up with a few upcycling ideas for glass bottles that are both stylish and environmentally friendly.

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DIY Clay Dishes

I took a ceramics class a few years back and I’ve always wanted get back into it, but for the lack of time and money I just haven’t.  In the meantime, I thought I could use clay to make some simple objects.  I love the little trays, bowls and objects from places like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, West Elm etc. and took some of their designs as inspiration.  I love how simple this DIY is and you can really personalize these dishes to your own personality or to friends.

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End of Summer Looks

I have been taking in all I can during these last few weeks of summer with mini day trips to the beach, exploring the city and just enjoying the quietness of starting home in the AC.  I can’t complain, this summer has been one of the best summers I’ve had in a long time. 

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DIY Notebook Cover

I have a confession to make.  I have an over the top obsession with notebooks.  I am a total list maker and note taker.  I can’t imagine how life would be without notebooks and little papers with notes thrown around my house.  I’m also a sucker for really cutely design notebooks and cannot deny myself a walk down the notebook aisle at target.  Sometimes I can’t even remember which notebook I wrote a particular list in.

 

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Overnight Oats

I’ve been seeing recipes for overnight oats a lot lately and have been wondering how they would taste.  It seems like the perfect breakfast for busy mornings. Do all the prep at night and grab and go in the morning.

I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised. It does take a bit of preparation but it was so hearty and tasty.  It will get you through till lunch. I hope you give it a try.

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Spooky Halloween Cocktails

Are you throwing an epic Halloween party this year?  I love Halloween parties, but I don’t like throwing them.  I like to go over the top and want things to be absolutely perfect when I throw a party.  With Halloween there are so many awesome details I could think of doing like setting up the bathroom as a murder scene or serving hot dogs that resemble fingers or having your whole place lined with cob webs and creepy crawlers…  it gives me an anxiety attack just thinking about it.  I do admire those who throw an epic Halloween party.  

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DIY Blanket Strap

I know summer is officially over and you probably have all your outdoor activities out of your system, but I feel like the beginning of every season bring a new list of outdoor activities to check off.  Whether it be pumpkin picking or long walks through the woods, there is always time to plop down, have a picnic and experience the changing of the leaves.  

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3 Super Healthy Smoothies

Smoothies are a great way to start the day.  These smoothies are so healthy, loaded with superfoods and are great to sip whenever you need a healthy pick me up. 

I’ve been making a variety of smoothies lately and I’ve found it is a great way in incorporate healthy super foods that may be hard to incorporate in your diet.  For example, apple cider vinegar has so many health benefits and I’ve read you should have 1 tablespoon or more a day, but I have a hard time drinking it by itself so adding it to my smoothies is perfect for my routine.  These smoothies are loaded with super foods in 3 different forms.  You can really add whatever you like and have fun with it.  

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Shibori Tie Dye Techniques

Tie Dye is a trend that seems to always come and go and come back again.  This summer I noticed it popping up again not only in fashion but in interior design.  I thought by adding some tie dye pillows and maybe some tapestries would give my back patio a cute boho vibe, so I did a little research into how to get these designs.

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Sugar Free and Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have recently kicked sugar and most dairy products from my diet, but needed something to quench my cravings. I’m not a sweets person to begin with but it’s funny the minute you eliminate something from your diet, the cravings all of a sudden start. I looked up a few different recipes and narrowed it down to these ingredients. These cookies came out so good! I personally think they taste like the Chips Ahoy Chewy cookies, but not as sweet of course (which I kind of like). 

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Homemade Artisan Bread

Processed bread is always one of those foods that is always on the top of those “what never to eat” list.  Processed bread is loaded with preservative that are so difficult for your body to digest which then turn into fat.  On top of all that, personally I have never really liked the taste of store bought bread.  I've been making my own for a while now. I've tried several different recipes and techniques and this one is by far the easiest and the best tasting. Give it a try! I promise, you can't mess it up.

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