Iced coffee is one of the most joyous drinks of summer, isn’t it? Icy cold caffeinated beverages help keep the hot summer temperatures at bay while soothing you with their tasty glory. Tasty, tasty glory.
Have you ever made your own iced coffee though? It’s the easiest thing in the whole amazing world. And I have a yummy recipe for you and you, and you in the corner. No need to spend upwards of $8 a cup at your local coffee shop when you can make it for around .50 cents a glass.
Below is the lowdown, (and the recipe!) for your very own tasty cold beverage. The main bummer about iced coffee is that the melting ice in the cup waters down the delicious flavor of the coffee, but don’t worry, I’ve got a way around that.
MAKE YOUR OWN ICED COFFEE RECIPE
Step 1: Brew some coffee
Step 2: Cool coffee in refrigerator
Step 3: Add a dash of vanilla + stir
Step 4: Add ice cold creamer ice cubes
Step 5: Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar
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Did you take my advice a couple weeks ago and watch the series premiere of Outlander, your new favorite show of all time? If you haven’t, I’m about to reprimand you in my very stern mom voice,
It’s a shame you’re not being obedient. I’m quite disappointed in the choice you just made. I still love you, but I wish you’d listen to me because I’m looking out for your best interests.
Was that passive aggressive enough for you? Ha!
If you didn’t watch the first episode of Outlander, no worries, you can still catch in on STARZ. In fact, it might be good that you waited because now there are two episodes ready for you to binge on, and tomorrow night there will be one more!
You guys. Seriously. Outlander is so good my own super manly man of a husband is waiting for the next episode. Have you watched it? If you have (thank you for being obedient) what do you think of Jamie? He’s kind of perfection. Sam Heughan, (the actor who plays Jamie) is actually a Scot so he’s making it WERK, and Claire! She’s the very best. A modern day feminist … >> find out more...
My daughter has made it through the roughest year of her young life, and it’s not over yet. She’s been through so much, for so long. Really, WE have been through so much together this year, as both a mother and her beloved daughter. We’re somewhere in the middle of our journey, but there’s no light at the end of the tunnel quite yet, and it’s hard stuff. This daughter of mine is handling this heartbreak with a strength and dignity I didn’t possess at 15, and even now as a full-fledged adult. I’m learning, and stretching, and crying a lot as we go through this awfulness together, and in the end I think I might even be grateful for what I’ve learned.
But, don’t quote me on that.
My strong, willful, graceful, funny, smart and beautiful daughter and I participated in a video in celebration of mothers and daughters making promises to one another. Tori Amos, celebrated musician and fellow mother of a teenaged daughter, has just released an album Unrepentant Geraldines, featuring a song called ‘Promise’. In the song, Tori and her gorgeous daughter make promises to one another, the kind only a mother and daughter … >> find out more...
Need some cute back to school girls hairstyles to try on your favorite little females? Whoa. That’s right, back to school. I cannot even believe it myself, but it’s almost time! How can that be true? I’m starting to things like “Back in my day, we started the day after labor day!” But I guess this old lady has to get with it! Even if there is no Labor Day in France where we live.
To help ease some of the pain, and eliminate some potential school-morning-drama, I thought I’d share some fun back-to-school girls hairstyles. Easy and cute. If you ever read my blog, you might wonder where I got the little girls to model for me. Turns out my beautiful nieces are willing little models with lots of hair to style. So, we snapped a bunch of poses and pictures, and I got to have some serious girl time.
3 back to school hairstyles for little girls
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My new favorite show for late Summer (and Fall) is officially Outlander. Have you heard the buzz about the widely adored book Outlander being turned into a series? If you haven’t, I’m here for you. I’ve scouted this one out, and by the end, you will be salivating to see the new series.
I was introduced to the Outlander books (there are several, beginning with Outlander) a handful of years ago, by multiple friends. I was down and out with a black eye and separated shoulder after a bad fall while skiing over Christmas, in bed for the rest of the holiday break, and in desperate need of something to read. So I asked for recommendations on the Petit Elefant Facebook page, (thank you to everyone who answers my questions over there!) and was inundated with great book ideas. The one book series that was recommended over and over again was a series called Outlander, written by Diana Gabaldon. I’d never heard of the series, but I had time on my hands, so I went to the library and checked out the first book.
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My kids are the focus of most of my day-to-day photos, whether I’m just using the camera on my phone, or pulling out my big girl camera. And would you like to learn something interesting about kids?
They can be very hard to photograph.
Take my daughter for example, she’s old enough to know what I want when I’m taking a photo of her, but I usually end up with 10-15 of these before I get 1 “normal” shot.
It’s hard for me to capture the spontaneous moments of my kids on camera, and I was under the impression that having children pose for the photo you were just trying to grab spontaneously, but didn’t get your cell phone out of your purse/pocket/car fast enough.
Me Ra says it’s cool to re-position your kids to have them re-create the magical moment you were striving for in the first place. Probably neither you nor your children will remember that you took several pictures until you got the right one.
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Ready for DIY? Let’s get it on.
Summer always makes me want to get my hands dirty and do some gardening. Herbs are my favorite things to plant because, well, I get to eat them. How nice is it to have basil in the backyard to sprinkle over yummy tomatoes all summer long?
Planter pots can quickly get expensive if you buy them new. So check out thrift stores where you can find interesting sizes and shapes for great prices. I picked up this trio of pots for 50 cents each and gave them a DIY neon-wrapped makeover.
DIY Neon Wrapped Planters + Pots Supplies:
- Planters. Smaller ones are easier to work with but you can do this project with any size.
- Neon string. I love this neon string that you find at hardware stores. The colors are so bright and happy! This project works with any kind of twine too.
- Hot glue gun.
Starting at the base of the pot, hot glue the string around the pot. Gluing all the way around gives you a good strong base for wrapping.
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You want to make this beach sand souvenir for yourself. I know, because, well, if the amount of sand we shake out of our suitcases, vacuum out of the car and wash out of our hair every summer is any kind of indicator, then we are definitely a family of beachcombers.
And no matter whether we drive to a local lakeside beach or fly to a more far flung oceanside locale, our modus operandi is always the same: build sandcastles that never stay up, hunt for pretty shells/interesting rocks until sunset, and bring a little bit of beach sand home in a bucket.
It’s become a beloved family tradition, especially now that I figured out how to make beach sand keepsakes from our found treasures.
It takes less than 20 minutes to make a display-worthy beach sand souvenir that you’ll enjoy year round, and all you need are measuring cups and a few empty jars with tight-fitting lids. Plus your beach sand and little shells, of course!
Making sure your jar is clean and dry, start by pouring sand that you’ve already sieved (to remove bits of driftwood and seaweed) into the bottom until it’s filled about halfway. Gently shake to make the sand level, then layer … >> find out more...
The heat is on, but your makeup doesn’t have to look melted and heavy. A simple summer rmakeup look is all you need. It’s funny how the weather and seasons change the way we do our hair and makeup. I guess it’s because the weather–heat, humidity, air conditioning–affects our wardrobes and skin and even our moods. I know I definitely change the way I do makeup during the summer, opting for lighter, brighter, more natural. So today I thought it would be fun to share my simple summer make routine.
Simple Summer Makeup
Yep, you guys, that’s all you need! And it will be more than enough. In fact, you could even go with less by eliminating the BB Cream and just using the bronzer. Here’s what I use to get this simple summer makeup look:
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- Eye Liner – I am currently using an eye liner I got in my Julep box and I currently love it! Any brown eye liner you can just smudge into your lash line would be perfect.
- Mascara – My favorite mascara, hands down, is this Voluminous by L’Oreal. I’ve tried the expensive stuff and the cheap stuff and it always comes back to