Watermelon Pops for Summer.

June 26, 2019

Creating a fun summer treat doesn’t have to be overly complicated or include a million ingredients. Is there anything better than cold, juicy watermelon in the middle of a sunny day? My kids adore it!

These watermelon pops are super simple and so cute! Plus they’re a great treat that avoids processed sugar and provides easy hydration in the midst of all the summer fun!

All you need is watermelon and a fun shape to cut them out, and you are ready to create your easy summer treat!

via Kathleen Campbell HERE

DIY Hair Mask Recipe.

June 25, 2019

I can’t wait to share another hair DIY with you today! As we get into the hot summer months, all of the sun exposure and time in the water can leave our hair feeling drier than it usually does, and even brittle. That means a little extra TLC to get it back to a softer state!

I love this DIY because it uses super simple ingredients that are so nourishing.

Here’s what you need:
1/2 cup full fat plain yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
5 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil

Just mix all of your ingredients in a little dish and you’re ready to go! Apply the mask from scalp to ends, gently massaging into your hair as you work your way down. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes and then shampoo as you normally would! I like to wrap my hair in a warm towel as I let the mask do its magic!

The protein and fat in the yogurt help to moisturize and strengthen your hair, while the honey acts as a sealant to keep moisture in and reduce frizz! Roman Chamomile is know to soften and strengthen hair, and help enhance relaxation during the process.

I love this recipe and I hope you do, too!

*adapted from HERE

DIY Lip Balm Recipe

June 22, 2019

Do you love yummy lip balms as much as I do?😍 

 This is a really fun lip balm DIY, and the best thing is, you can add whatever essential oils you want and make it just perfect for you and your friends! These make PERFECT gifts for friends and family....so special and soooo good! Everyone is sure to rave over them, so go ahead and make a bunch at a time! I like to keep extras in a drawer for those last minute gift needs! Giving something so small can say so much, just to be thought of! (And don’t forget to put back a stash for yourself☺️) 

You’ll need to create a little double boiler if you don’t already have one. Just add a couple inches of water to a saucepan and put a glass bowl on top, making sure that the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Bring the water to a boil, and then add in your ingredients. 

You’ll need:
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup shea butter
1/3 cup cocoa butter
2 tablespoons beeswax
1 tablespoon jojoba oil
Tangerine & Lemon EO
( if going to be out in the sun, choose lavender instead)

Once the water is boiling, add in coconut oil, Shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, and jojoba oil. Stir occasionally until everything is melted and combined. Remove from heat and stir in your essential oil!

Once it’s cooled a bit, transfer to a container of your choice. Apply as needed! 

Our Home Tour Recap.

June 21, 2019

Making our house into a home was such a special gift to me. 

Taking time in each room to plan and decorate - to make it our own. Special touches here and there that are personalized to each of us, it has created a space that feels like it’s truly ours. I get asked so often about little touches here and there, so I wanted to have one landing spot where you could see each of the rooms we love so much. 

I am linking some past room tours here, and I hope you’ll feel at home as you take a peek around!

Adelaide Grace, I love you.

June 20, 2019

These photos of me and my sweet Adelaide have me feeling so wistful. 
In just a month, she's going to be three! 

I love watching her grow, seeing bright new changes in her every day. 
But my mama heart can hardly take losing her babyhood. 

I adore seeing her come into her own, being able to chat with us in brand new ways, taking after her older sisters, and wanting to be one of the big girls. It's truly so sweet. 

But as I get older, and my kids grow up, those memories of them as babies seems to get even stronger. My heart aches remembering them in my arms, and I am so aware of how quickly it all goes.

Adelaide, my precious girl, ready to take on the world. You'll be my baby girl forever, never ever far from my heart. 

I will never lose the feeling of a baby head all nuzzled up to my neck, the smell of their sweet little self and all the sweet moments met in the middle and quiet of the night. 

Each summer goes faster and as I celebrate the beauty of what today holds, I see it also just going so quickly. Here is to saying yes: to seeing the beauty in our little moments,
to soaking in the years and to cherishing it all , sealing it in our hearts. 

Being a mama and holding these sweet babies in my fingertips has been life's greatest gift. 

braids via 
photos via beckley co

Hair Tutorial: Loose Inside Out Braid

June 19, 2019

I have another beautiful hair tutorial for you today - this inside out braid is such a fun way to bring effortless beauty into your everyday! 

Whether you’re having lunch with friends, or loading up the kids for a trip to Target, taking a little time to create something pretty is an easy way to practice self care and feel our best wherever we are!

Start by combing through your hair - second and third day hair is best! 

Section off the top third of your hair. Then beginning at the crown, create an inside out braid, loosely. Grab small sections from each side to add into the braid, and tuck under rather than over like a traditional braid. 

When you’ve finished the braid, secure it with a clear band at the bottom, and then start to gently pull on each side, to create a thicker, looser look. 

Using a big barrel curling iron, curl sections of hair away from your face. Leave the last 1/2 inch of hair out of the curling iron for a more natural, beachy look. Once you’ve curled all of your hair, and they’ve cooled a bit, run your fingers through to loosen them.

Just ten or fifteen minutes, and you have something so special for the whole day! Taking the time to feel beautiful is something we all deserve, and it really doesn’t have to take long. I hope you love your braids as much as I do!

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Summer Reading - Our Top 5 Picks!

June 18, 2019

There is something so special about creating a love for reading in your children. And in those late nights, or while your children are laughing and playing outside, it is so fun to fall into a book. I'm so excited to share a few of my summer picks for reading today!! 

I'm Brianna Venzke and when I'm not hanging with my 3 little ones (they are getting no so little!!), I'm blogging and sharing at www.briannavenzke.com and Casey invited me to share over here!

So excited to share my fav reading picks with you guys today:

Top 5 Summer Reading Picks for Mamas

1. "The Rules of Magic" by Alice Hoffman - I grew up in love with the movie Practical Magic, based on a book by Alice Hoffman, The Rules of Magic is the prequel, set in the 1960's and 70's, is a fun quick read perfect for summer afternoons.

2. "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" by Maria Semple - This will be a movie this Fall! I love diving into a book before it hits the big screen, this was a funny, spurring novel that I think you'll enjoy!

3. "Crazy Rich Asians" by Kevin Kwan - Even sweeter and funnier than the movie! This book is a part of a trilogy!

4. "The Whole-Brain Child" by Daniel J. Siegel - Switching it up with this one, but this is a fantastic read for parents of children, at any age! It's a short book and to the point!

5. "Where The Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens - This is on my personal must-read list! I've just purchased it but the reviews are in, people can't put it down or stop talking about it! I can't wait to read!

Top 5 Summer Reading Picks for Toddlers

1. "The Wonderful Things You Will Be" by Emily Winfield Martin - If you haven't picked this one up yet for your little, do so now! It is so sweet and the illustrations are stunning! We own all of the children's books by this author because they are so beautiful!

2. "Dragons Love Tacos" by Adam Rubin - Your little one will love this fun and silly book!

3. "Whose Boat" by Tony Buzzeo - This book shares about different types of boats and who operates them! A great book for any sea loving little one!

4. "The Cat at Night" by Dahlov Ipcar - You'll love this one! It has pretty illustrations and the theme is great for young ones as well!

5. "The 50 States: Explore the U.S.A." by Gabrielle Balkan - This fantastic book is one that the kids pull out over and over again, they love pouring over the maps and learning new facts!

Do you love reading? Have you read any of our top picks?