Category: DIY

DIYNew Year, New You!

With 2016 so close at hand, why not get a head start on making your New Year’s resolutions!? We’ve rounded up five of our favorite DIY posts to assure a new you is easy to accomplish. Treat yourself to a little lovin’ and start your year off on the right (perfectly-pampered) foot!

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Take some time to check out the featured blog posts by clicking the links below!

Clockwise from top left:

1. At Home Spa Treatments

2. Coconut Coffee Scrub Cubes

3. Makeup Remover

4. Coconut Rose Body Scrub

5. Lavender Coconut Whipped Body Butter

DIYWhite Chocolate Snowflake Martini

We’ve been dreaming of a winter wonderland this year, and although we may not get actual snow here in sunny California, we’ll have just as much fun with the perfect winter cocktail – the White Chocolate Snowflake Martini! It’s the perfect blend of sweet and creamy that will have you feeling the holiday cheer in no time. Check out the recipe below to whip up this refreshment!

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Ingredients (makes one drink)

2 oz. vanilla vodka
2 oz. Godiva white chocolate liqueur
1 oz. white creme de cacao
1 oz.  half and half
Lemon wedge
Sanding sugar

 

Directions

Cut a half-inch slit into the lemon wedge and rub it around the rim of the glass. Pour sanding sugar into a shallow dish then dip the rim in the sugar to coat evenly. Gently shake off excess sugar. Add the vodka, chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, and half and half into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain mixture into glass.

Serve immediately, and enjoy with your favorite seasonal tunes next to a toasty fireplace!

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DIYThe Perfect Thanksgiving Dessert: Maple Pecan Mug Cake

We went in search of a holiday dessert recipe to impress our friends and fam and found the perfect Thanksgiving dessert: maple pecan mug cake! This recipe is not only incredibly quick and easy, but amazingly delicious as well. It’s simple enough to whip up a serving for just two, or to double or triple for your Friendsgiving festivities. Check out the directions below on how to re-create this delicious dessert!

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Ingredients (Makes 1-2 servings depending on the size of mug)

7 tablespoons yellow cake mix

3 tablespoons softened coconut oil

1/2 an egg (lightly beaten)

1/4 cup chopped pecans

Non-stick cooking spray

Grade A maple syrup

Whipped cream

Brown sugar

 

Directions

-Combine cake mix, coconut oil, and egg in a bowl, mix well, then fold in chopped pecans.

-Spray the inside of a microwave-safe coffee mug with non-stick cooking spray, and fill 3/4 of the way full with batter.

-Microwave on high for 3 minutes then check the center of the cake with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean then the cake is done, otherwise microwave cake in 30 second intervals until fully cooked.

-Let the cake cool for 1-2 minutes, then top with whipped cream, a drizzle of maple syrup, and a sprinkle of brown sugar! Serve immediately and enjoy!

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DIYBlack Widow Cocktail

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Be the ghostess with the mostess at your Halloween bash this year by impressing your friends with the spook-tacular Black Widow cocktail! Blavod black vodka sets a moody tone for this potent potion, with Chambord and cranberry juice offering a not-too-sweet berry flavor. Add a bit of dry ice for a decorative swirling smoke effect and a beverage worthy of any ghoulish get-together!

 

The Black Widow (makes one)

1 oz. Blavod Black Vodka

1 oz. Chambord

1 oz. Cranberry Juice

A splash or two of club soda

Dry Ice Pellet (optional for decorative purposes)

 

Combine vodka, Chambord, cranberry juice, and club soda in a shaker and strain into a martini glass. Then (using tongs!) carefully drop in a dry ice pellet into a decorative drink. The dry ice will immediately start bubbling and creating a spooky smoke effect. Serve and enjoy!

 

Dry ice does require special handling instructions, but when worked with correctly it isn’t dangerous. It can be harmful if it is ingested or comes in contact with skin for too long. We recommend using the dry ice for decorative drinks, but if you do put them in your guests’ drinks be sure to caution your guests to not breathe in the “smoke” directly or ingest the dry ice pellet in their cup (which is unlikely since it will sink to the bottom of the glass). Wherever you buy your dry ice should offer you a safety pamphlet with purchase, but you can also read about safe dry ice handling here and here.

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Want to make this a mocktail? Simply omit the vodka and Chambord for a bubbly berry beverage!

DIYKir Royale Cocktail Recipe

Kir Royale Cocktail Recipe

 

Kir Royale Cocktail Recipe

We’ve been in the mood for a fall refresh, which not only includes our wardrobes, but cocktails as well. Autumn seems to have a more sophisticated and sultry feel, and the Kir Royale is a classic French cocktail that’s simply the perfect fit for the season. The Kir Royale can be made with a variety of other berry and fruit liqueurs, but with early autumn settling in, we chose in-season blackberries, and Crème de Cassis – a black currant liqueur. This drink is light and bubbly with a rich berry flavor … not to mention incredibly refreshing! Topped off with juicy blackberries (or raspberries!)  for garnish, you’ll be enjoying this drink throughout the season.

 

Ingredients (makes one cocktail)

1/2 oz. Crème de Cassis

3 oz. French champagne or sparkling wine

Blackberries for garnish

 

Simply pour the two liquids together in a champagne flute, top with blackberries, and enjoy!

 

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Do you have any favorite autumn cocktail recipes?