Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lavender Linen Spray

I recently made some lavender spray for our bed linens and towels. I loved the clean, calming scent so much that I decided to use it for much more than just linens. I got spray-happy started freshening up our furniture, the nursery, bathrooms, closet, my rugs and more!

Lavender spray also makes for a great gift for friends. Studies suggest the aroma of lavender promotes relaxation and help you sleep better. How's that for a gift? Sleep deprived mommy? Yes, please!
The spray is very inexpensive to make. All you need is a spray bottle (I picked one up at Target for 99 cents), a mini bottle of vodka, lavender oil and distilled water.
Lavender Spray
2 cups distilled water
1 oz. (2 tablespoons) vodka or rubbing alcohol
1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon lavender oil (depending on how strong you like your spray)

Add each of these to a spray bottle and shake gently to mix. Spritz and enjoy!
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

2014 Summer Vacation {Bald Head Island}

It's taken me longer than usual to write my vacation recap...probably because I am still feeling the effects of our relaxing trip. Matt and I joined his family for almost a week in Bald Head Island. It was nothing short of amazing and we truly felt recharged by the end of vacation. From the moment we arrived we hopped on a 25 minute ferry ride across the water to the coolest little Island where there are no cars allowed, only golf carts.
Golf Cart Selfies
 I actually stepped away from my camera quite a bit and put down my phone for long periods of time so I didn't take as many pictures as I normally do. It was definitely a much needed change in pace.
We spent our mornings at the beach while Grandmom and Grandad watched Caroline. Then after lunch we'd switch off and let them have their time in the sand. It was so perfect and Caroline enjoyed spending lots of quality time with her grandparents and Matt and I enjoyed our first day dates alone!
 Our little nugget on the other end of the walkie talkie.
For the first time in over a year I even read 609 pages of something non pregnancy or mommy related. And I cannot recommend this book enough. I was hooked from the first page!
 More selfies from our walk along the marsh trails. We are dorks.
 Old Baldy lighthouse. Built in 1817 and still stands today!
 Should also mention that the island has several amazing restaurants and we ate out a lot for lunch and dinner.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Roasted Chickpea & Avocado Salsa Taco Boats

I decided to throw all of my favorite ingredients into to one recipe and came up with Roasted Chickpea & Avocado Salsa Taco Boats. I am obsessed with these new stand n' stuff soft taco shells from Old El Paso. We've been using them a lot lately to make mini taco salads and they are so yummy.
And this meal is super quick and easy to throw together. All I did was sprinkle some olive oil and homemade taco seasoning on a can of drained chickpeas and baked them at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. In a "taco boat," add lettuce, chick peas and top with avocado salsa (recipe below) and enjoy!
Avocado-Corn-Tomato Salad

    1-2 ripe avocados, diced
    1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced lengthwise
    1 corn cob, kernels removed
    1/2 medium red onion, finely diced
    handful cilantro, finely chopped
    1/2 jalapeno, minced
    1 lime, juiced
    salt & pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together, toss and enjoy!
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