Monday, August 22, 2016

Homegrown Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray




Living at the beach means, BEACH HAIR. That crusty yet soft, full hair that only comes after a day in the sun at the beach.

I regularly use Bumble and Bumble's Surf Spray. At $24 for 4 oz., it can get pricey when I can get it for FREE after spending a day at the beach.

So why don't I just bottle salt water from an East Coast Beach?
Answer: This is complicated. Don't get me started on the state of the beaches. Let's just say, you will be bringing home more than a bottle of salty sea water. If you want to find out more about that, visit the Surfrider Foundation to read about it yourself.

On that note, swimming in the ocean followed by a shower doesn't leave me grossed out like bottling salt water and then spraying it on my hair over the course of a month does.
So, my next solution is to follow the instructions posted on Huzzah and form my own opinion.

Homegrown B&B Surf Spray

  • 3 teaspoons Epsom Salt 
  • 3 squirts Water-Based Hair Gel 
  • 3-4 ounces Tap Water 
Pour all ingredients into your empty B&B bottle & shake well before each use.

4 oz of tap water is too much to fill my B&B Surf Spray Bottle. I only use 3. If you're using you're own bottle, you'll probably be fine.

You can adjust the "stiffness" quotient by adding more water or gel appropriately. Which makes me even HAPPIER since sometimes I get a little overzealous with the B&B spray and whoops, OVERLY crunchy hair. This homegrown stuff took me all of 30 seconds to measure/mix the ingredients and I just saved myself $24. That's good stuff right there.

Monday, August 15, 2016

No-Sew Embellished Hand Towels


A while ago, I purchased about 30 hand towels super cheap...like $1 a piece cheap. My intention was to FINALLY learn how to use my Bernina embroidery machine. That hasn't happened. In the meantime, I've had hostess gifts, teacher gifts and various other gifts that I've needed to give. Those hand towels kept staring at me from the depths of my craft closet every time I opened the door. And then, it hit me.

If I can't sew - isn't there a way to jazz up these hand towels, make them unique and giftable? Let's try a no-sew embellishment!

Supplies

  • Hand towel, dish towel, or similar
  • Fabric embellishment
  • Heat N Bond
  • Iron
  • wash cloth

Instructions

  1. Cut fabric embellishment from fabric (I found super cute shell wine bags in the Dollar section at Michael's).


  2. Place a washcloth on an ironing board or tabletop. Place the fabric cutouts face down on the washcloth.
    Hint: Use a washcloth that you don't mind tossing after this project.


  3. Cut a piece of HeatnBond to slightly larger than the fabric embellishments. Place the HeatnBond paper side up on top of the fabric embellishments.

  4. Using a pre-heated iron set on the silk setting, iron for approximately 25 seconds over the HeatnBond. This attaches the fabric embellishment to the HeatNBond.


  5. Choose a spot on the hand towel that you want to place the embellishment. Iron over the spot to prep the towel for the fabric embellishment.


  6. Cut around the fabric embellishment on the HeatNBond, then remove the paper backing from the fabric embellishment. Place the embellishment on the warm area of the hand towel. Iron over the embellishment from approximately 25 seconds.


  7.  Flip the towel over and iron for approximately 25 seconds over the back of the embellishment. This step helps seal the bond between the embellishment and the towel.


  8. Allow to cool before touching.








Friday, August 12, 2016

The Girl on the Train {Book Club Menu}

I recently hosted our monthly neighborhood book club and the book I chose was Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I'm not going to discuss the book in this post because I would hate to be a spoiler for anyone else that plans on reading it.


Our book club is also a dinner club, so coming up with a menu to for this book was extremely difficult! Generally, you can pick menu items that are reflective of meals shared, geographical references, and/or culture delicacies. The only thing that was an easy menu item for me was to serve (SPOILER ALERT) Gin and Tonic. I tried to find it in a can - but apparently you can only buy that in the UK!

Anyway - I went with the theme of "Food and Drink that Makes Us Lose Our Mind". If you read the book, you'll see the liberty I took with that phrase.



The Girl on the Train

Dinner Menu

Beginnings

Triple Cream Brie
Pub Cheese
Irish Dubliner
Assorted Crackers and Fruit

Middle

Penne with Vodka Sauce
Green Salad with Pear Champagne Vinaigrette
Yeast Rolls

End

Trader Joe's Cookie Butter Cheesecake Squares

Libations

Gin and Tonic
Savignon Blanc



Wondering how I came up with those ideas? Here goes...
  • Triple Cream Brie: Have you ever had the Triple Cream Brie from Costco? If you have, you know that it is as addictive as crack (I can only assume from what I understand to be the addictive properties of crack cocaine, not from personal experience). 
  • Pub Cheese (duh, they hang out at a local pub, often)
  • Irish Dubliner (eh, better than picking American Cheese, geographically speaking)

  • Penne with Vodka Sauce (self-explanatory)
  • Green Salad with Pear Champagne Vinaigrette (self-explanatory)
  • Yeast Rolls: Just like the Triple Cream Brie from Costco, the Yeast Rolls from Longhorn are equally as addictive. Go get you one (or twelve).

  • Trader. Joe's. Cookie. Butter. enough said.
  • Gin and Tonic / Savignon Blanc: Our Main Characters alcoholic spiral beverages of choice.