Fruity Summer Mojitos

Guys, it is getting HOT.  I swear, just last week, it was pretty chilly in Hawaii!  Now we’re creeping up into the mid to high eighties…#hawaiiproblems

I’m in need of a refreshing drink to transition my taste buds from Spring to Summer and I’ve decided that it’s going to be the mojito.

I love this print! I feel like having a bunch of these in my kitchen would lively the place up. Mojito Recipe Typography Print – LilyandVal’s Etsy – $19

These mojitos are at the top of my list of drinks to try this summer! What do you think? I absolutely LOVE the color of these drinks. Aren’t they fun? And I feel like the fruitiness grounds me in Spring but the mint leaves bring me into a super cool summer.  B doesn’t really care for mojitos too much (and I already know he’ll think these are too girly) but these would be PERFECT for when the ladies come over.

Cranberry Mojito

Rhubarb Mojito

Pineapple Mojito

Tangerine Mojito

Moscato Mojito


Do you have a favorite?  I’m really interested in the pineapple and tangerine mojitos!  And the moscato one as well—I’ve never tried something like that.  Cheers and Happy Aloha Friday!


Limited Edition Birchboxes: Free for All and In Full Bloom

If you haven’t heard already, Birchbox (my favorite Beauty subscription box) has debuted two new limited edition boxes!  They’re available for purchase from the Birchbox shop.


The Free For All box retails for $44 and includes 8 items that absolutely FREE of bad chemicals!  You know—parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petrochemicals, GMOs…that sort of thing.



The In Full Bloom box retails for $58 and includes 9 items that are like a bouquet in a box that cheerfully balances scent, color, and texture.

What do you guys think?  I like both of these boxes but the In Full Bloom box seems more my thing.  It’s still Spring (almost Summer!) and I’m still in a floral mood.  I also like that the In Full Bloom box can double as a wonderful Mother’s Day gift (May 11!).  Maybe I’ll order this box and split it three ways: me, my mom, and my mother in law!   All I have to do is buy a card….woo-hoo!  Does Birchbox offer limited edition Guy boxes around Father’s Day as well?

March 2014 For The Makers Box: Hello Trouble – Review

For the Makers is officially my favorite DIY box.  The projects are so fun!  And I really appreciate that they don’t take lots of planning and advance notice.  Whenever I decide that it’s time for a DIY project, I plop myself down, open the For the Makers instructions online, and I’m done within the next 30 minutes (or less).

Here’s what I made in March’s For the Makers Box: the Hello Trouble Collection.


My favorite piece is the ‘Locals Only’ bangle bracelet–especially the crystals/faux gems!   This was good practice to make Christmas gifts—I can buy the brass bangles and crystal/gems online and the raw silk from my local fabric store.   It was really easy to make and the yellow silk makes this bangle really bright and fun.  I’m usually the type to shy away from bright, eye catching accessories but I can’t deny that this piece is perfect for Spring!


I liked the Lemon Drop necklace also—it compliments my new bracelet very nicely.  Instead of just stringing the large beads on, I made sure to space them out a little more with these really pretty glass beads that were also included.  The only thing is that it smells really metallic-y (I heard some jewelry cleaner will fix this) and it was a bit tight to loop around my head twice!  I should have made it longer but it looks fine once I got it on.  I also wore it as a single strand (it goes all the way down to my belly button) and I’m on the fence with wearing it like that.  I prefer the double strand.


The Paradise keychain/fob is cute but the colors were VERY bright.  I guess that’s a good thing—you can’t miss your keys now, right?  We’ll probably be using this for our spare set of keys.


The only thing I didn’t make as of yet was the applique T-Shirt!  I’m looking for a good quality T-Shirt to embellish.  I’m excited!  I really like the pattern that’s on it, and it seems like a really quick DIY once I have all of the materials.

So what do you think?  I’m really looking forward to April’s Box!  I looked at the past For the Makers boxes and I’ve liked the majority of the collections that they release every month.  If you’re interested in quick ‘n easy yet very fun DIY projects, here’s a link to sign up for your own For the Makers subscription!  Please share what you make!

Preview! March 2014 Darby Smart to DIY for Box: Wood Burned Bamboo Cutting Boards

One reason that I’m rather fond of Darby Smart is that (it seems like) most of their boxes revolve around jazzing up your home (vs. mostly jazzing up your style).  These bamboo cutting boards are definitely going to be jazzing up my kitchen!


This month’s Darby Smart to DIY for Box features a wood burning kit intended for 2 gorgeous bamboo cutting boards.


Isn’t the wood grain on these lovely?  They are kind of small, though, so I’m imaging that these are less functional for everyday use and more for presentation.  Like presenting super awesome spread of cheese during ladies BYO Wine night.   Thankfully, there was a small piece of wood to practice with so I don’t mess up the bamboo on my first try.

This box also came with a stencil card.  Mine are a variety of lovely vine patterns (which match my wedding theme, oh DS!  You guys are too thoughtful) but I’ve seen some other really cool ones in other people’s boxes.  Feathers, stripes, super cool geometric patterns.


What’s interesting is that I got a tube of green pearl paint.  For what?  It’s not on the instructions card.  I think I might have gotten an unintended bonus (unless they meant for me to color the vines in?  I doubt this is food safe so I’ll be saving it for a future DIY project later down the road.

What do you guys think?  I love this box because it’s so versatile!  The wood burning pen opens the doors for future wood burning projects—I’m thinking gifts.  Am I getting a little too ahead of myself?  Christmas is so far away…(but a girl’s gotta start somewhere, right?)  I know TJ Maxx usually has all sorts of pretty bamboo items on sale—I think I’m going to collect the nice pieces and then customize them.  Hurray!  Thank you Darby Smart!

Preview! April 2014 For the Makers Box: Soft Focus Collection

I am so excited!!!  Of all the subscription boxes that I’ve tried, For the Makers is one of my favorites.  They *just* released their April 2014 collection: Soft Focus.

Take a deep breath and enjoy the first dewy mornings of Spring. The change in season inspires a refreshed state of mind as we take a trip into the dreamy pastel clouds of Spring color. Bohemian beach home decor, natural materials, and sophisticated metallic accents build our delicate Spring mood. Keep on daydreaming with this month’s Soft Focus collection as April showers wash winter away.

And here are the projects that we’ll be making this month:

1.  Beau Hanging Planter


2 . Whitney Bracelets


3.  Heather Stationary


4. Andie Gem Necklace

What do you guys think?  I am ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE with the items in this box.  I LOVE the hanging planters–I have the cutest little succulents that will be PERFECT for those little pots.  I appreciate that those Whitney Bracelets are very minimal (after last month’s fun but BRIGHT jewelry).  They kind of remind me of grown-up friendship bracelets—make each one in a different color and give ’em to your best girlfriends!  Haha.  I think the Andie Gem necklace is adorable (I’ll be switching out the chain to a real silver one) but my number one favorite item is the stationary.  I’m a sucker for stationary.  Yes!  I still love sending snail mail.  Who doesn’t love getting stuff in the mail?  (Obviously it is one of my favorite things in the world.  As you can tell from my love of online shopping and subscription boxes.  Haha!)

Ooh, I already have plans to jazz up my stationary cards.  I notice that I try to make my pieces look like the sample items but a lot of the other people who get this box make their own unique things.  I’ve got to get on it!  If you’d like to show me how it’s done, here’s a link.  I’m a big fan of For the Makers, I think you’ll love it too!