May 20 2015
Whether you cut flowers from your own garden or pick up a bouquet at the local grocery store, flowers always look great inside the home. It's a shame when our arrangements start to wilt and look withered after only a couple of days. Here are some tips for making those beautiful arrangements keep their beauty a bit longer.
1. Add a little soda. This may sound crazy but the sugar in sodas (clear ones work best) will help your flowers live longer. Next time you have a glass give the last sip to your flower arrangement!
2. Aspirin. A common and well-trusted method of keeping roses and other cut flowers fresh longer is aspirin! Crush up a tablet and dissolve it in the water before adding your flowers.
3. Boiling water. This trick doesn't work for all cut flowers but hydrangeas for example are known to wilt quickly. If yours are looking sad, remove them from the vase, put them in some boiling water for 30 seconds. Replace them back into the vase and within a few hours you'll see them come back to their original beauty.
4. Flower food. This one seems obvious but it certainly works! Typically flower bouquets will come with a packet of flower food but if not you can purchase some at your local flower shop to have on hand.
5. Just add ice. If your flowers are starting to droop, try cleaning the water and adding an ice cube. The chill will perk your arrangement back up in no time.
Tags:keeping fresh flowers longer, how to keep flowers alive, keep fresh cut flowers alive
May 12 2015
Watch the video below to learn a quick and easy DIY project that will add a crafty touch to your home...
Tags:diy, diy crafts, wine bottle vase, twine wine bottle, creativity corner
May 04 2015
Tomorrow is the fifth of May which means it's time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
Go ahead and invite your friends over to enjoy the holiday together. We've come up with some great tips for hosting the perfect Cinco de Mayo party right in your home.
1. Nothing says Cinco de Mayo like a delicious margarita. Fill up some pitchers in your refrigerator with margaritas so you don't have to stop and make each drink individually as guests arrive.
2. There's no need to sit down and have a formal dinner. Instead, cook up some simple Mexican appetizers for your guests like quesadillas, taquitos and chips and salsa (don't forget the guacamole!)
3. In order to feel like you're in Mexico you need to dress the part! Head to your local party store and pick up some sombreros for your guests.
4. Create a great playlist of music to play as you mingle. Just hookup your iphone to some speakers and enjoy! Don't forget the Gypsy Kings or Santana when you're downloading your new tunes.
5. Create some entertainment for your guests. What's more fun than a traditional pinata? Set it up outside and let your friends take a whack at it for the chance to win some candy or prizes.
Tags:cinco de mayo, how to throw a cinco de mayo party,
Apr 21 2015
With warm weather finally upon us there's nothing we love more than to spend our time outside! If you have an outdoor space to use for entertaining friends or just relaxing after a long day at work, here are some great ways to get it ready for the season.
1. Pull out those outdoor cushions from their winter hiding place and give them a quick rinse with the hose. Let them dry in the sun and tie them back on their outdoor chairs and couches.
2. Have an outdoor umbrella? Make sure it still functions properly if it wasn't stored indoors. The winter we had certainly was damaging! Give the umbrella a quick rinse and set it up now.
3. Bring the broom outside and give your patio or balcony a good sweep. Hose it down and scrub away any stains that winter left behind.
4. Dig out your planter boxes and pots and plan out where they will go and what floral arrangements you'll be planting this year.
5. Like to eat outside? Pick up some plastic dinnerware at the store you can use safely outside! Already have some? Unpack them and start cleaning them up so they're ready for the first night you want to dine al fresco.
Tags:outdoor space, patio prep, prepping for summer, getting patio ready for summer
Apr 03 2015
Watch the video below to learn an easy DIY for Easter that the kids will love!