April 2, 2018

DIY Cat Ear Headband

What do you call a pile of cats? A MEOWtain! What do you call a cute hair accessory? A DIY cat ear headband of course!  I have been seeing these cat ear headbands in every store, I swear! I'm pretty sure Ariana Grande was the one who made them popular. However, as cute as they are,  they are also like 15 dollars! I don't know about y'all, but I'm not paying that much for a cat headband you can't wear everywhere.  So what do you do when you don't want to spend a lot of money? You DIY a cat ear headband! This DIY is really easy and the materials you probably already own (and if you don't and you have to buy these, then feel free to look at the rest of my blog because I use the products a lot in other DIYs)!

Materials Needed:

To begin, hot glue the tip of the ribbon to the end of the headband. Then, carefully wrap the ribbon around the entire headband, being sure to cover it all.  Next, take the wire and twist it into a triangle, allowing a bit to hang off. Make two of these. Now, you're going to take that piece and twist it around the headband. This will secure your triangle on. I used a bit of hot glue to just ensure it stayed in place. Be sure to place these where you want the "ears" to be on the headband. Finally, hot glue your flowers onto the wire until the ear is completely covered. 

Now you've got a purrfect DIY cat ear headband! Do you feel like Ariana? I sorta do!

March 30, 2018

Abita Brewery

If you read my blog then there is good chance that you know I enjoy wine. I, however, do not drink beer at all.  With that said, in Janarury I did take a tour of the Abita Brewery in Abita Springs, Lousiana. It was so fasinating! I knew a bit about breweying beer from my enology classes (the study of wine), but getting the opportunity to really see the process was amazing.  

Abita Springs is located about an hour and 20 minutes from New Orleans. My grandmother and I were trying to figure out how we wanted to spend one day, and she suggested we drive to Abita and tour the brewery. Not only does Abita make a large variety of craft beers, but they have some of the best rootbeer and rootbeer flavors you can ever dream of! The new Diet Coke flavors have nothing on Abita.  My grandmother was defintly only thinking about the rootbeer when she suggested this, but I'm so glad she did. 

Abita Springs was originally a choctow indian village with medicinal spings.  Abita Brewery actually uses this fresh spring water in it's drinks. I feel that this defintly makes such a difference. Another awesome part about Abita is that they have a big focus green infranstructure. They place a lot of focus on preserving the envirionment through conservation of resourses, energy efficiency, and social responisiblity. 

Abita was the first brewery in North America to install the Merlin Brewhouse. The Merlin system reduces boiling time and carbon dioxide emissions and actually improves the brewing process. This technology uses 70% less energy than traditional brewing methods. Abita also operates their own industrial wastewater treatment plant to generate energy. A Bio-Energy Recovery System anerobically, treats wastewater, reducing its strength and volume, wile creating a renewable "bio-gas" that can be used to fuel boilers. 

The tour included seeing the different brewing processes, the different areas, and then finally we got to try some of the drinks. Well my grandma and I tried the sodas because we don't like beer, but If you do like beer I bet they taste amazing.  The sodas we tried included the classic rootbeer, king cake soda, and pecan pie soda.  The classic was the best, but if you've got a sweet tooth I highly recomend the king cake soda! 

If you ever find yourself in Southern Lousiana, totally go take a tour of the Abita Brewery. It's only 5 dollars and an awesome activity!

New Diet Coke Flavors

Howdy! Am I a typical girl and millennial who exclusively drinks diet drinks vs. regular? Why yes, yes I am.   So when I watched a Buzzfeed video on diet cokes with flavors, I was like "I HAVE to try these"!  It took about a week to collect all four diet coke flavors but I eventually did. Side Note: they are now so easy to find! Literally, the CVS that I live above has a massive display of them.  

The four new diet coke flavors consist of Feisty Cherry, Twisted Mango, Ginger Lime, and Zesty Blood Orange. They come only in cans currently. A bit of a bummer, since from drinking these I learned I'm sensitive to the coating of aluminum cans (I actually never drink out of cans so this was something new for me.)  Hopefully, if they really take off, they'll come out in bottles! These cans are much taller and slimmer than traditional coke cans.

I loved the taste of all of these. Twisted Mango was my favorite with Zesty Blood Orange not far behind. They tasted like Diet Coke with a skittles after taste. Which I thought was great! All of the flavors were subtle enough that it still tasted like you were drinking Diet Coke but vibrant enough that it gave a unique twist to each drink.  I would say that they all really did seem to taste exactly like what they were advertised to taste like.  The Feisty Cherry, however, tasted eerily similar to regular Diet Cherry Coke, so I am not sure why the chose to include this one as a new flavor.  Ginger Lime, was a nice 3 way split between Diet Coke, Ginger Ale, and Sprite. I know that sounds like an odd combo, but it was super tasty! 

Overall, if you like Diet Coke and are interested in trying these, I'd say go buy you can.  Who knows maybe they'll come out with even more flavors!  Have y'all tried them? If so let me know which ones you liked!

March 20, 2018

DIY Grass Shadow Box

If you've been on my blog for any period of time, then you know I'm a plant nerd.  My ultimate dream is to have a complete jungle in my room.  The more plants the better! Of course, sometimes real plants can be hard to take care of, let's be honest. That's why fake plants are such an awesome alternative! This DIY Grass shadow box really helps to bring nature indoors! After making this one I honestly want to make several more! The grass shadow box is the perfect little room decor for apartments that don't have access to actual grass. Plus it's easy to make so that is always a plus! 

Materials Needed:
Wooden Box
Fake Grass
Wooden Letters ("PLANT")
Wooden Flowers
Fairy Lights
Glossy White Paint

First, ideally, if you have sandpaper, I suggest sanding down the box so it has a nice smooth surface for the paint. Take your fake grass and measure and cut out the size you need to fit into the box. I had a lot left over. Next, using roughly 3 coats, paint the box, letters, and wooden flowers white. Allow each coat to dry before painting the next coat. 

While the paint drys, Take your lights and weave them through the grass so that they poke through. Once you have this done, carefully glue the grass to the inside of the box.  Then, glue the letters and flowers on top of the grass. If you need to add your batteries to your lights and then you're good to go! Pretty cute right? And with the lights, it can double as a nightlight! That's what I call a win-win on this DIY grass shadow box. 

DIY Floral Deer Head

Y'all, I went to Micheals the other day to simply buy a sharpie (Coupons for the win!), but as soon as I walked in the door I saw this beautiful paper mache stag head staring right at me! I've wanted to DIY a floral stag head for so long! I hadn't been able to find So did I impulsively buy it? Why yes, yes I did.   Honestly, this floral stag head is the perfect wall decor! It's interesting, pretty, and DIY'ed. Is there a better combination? I think not.  If y'all are as excited about this DIY as I am, let me know below in the comments! Heck, send me photos of your finished stag heads!! I'd love to see!

Materials Needed:
Stag Head
Gold Paint
White Paint
Fake Flowers

First, paint the head of the stag white. Make sure to paint the antlers as well if your stag head was originally brown like mine. I suggest doing about 3 coats of white paint. Once the white has dried, paint the antlers gold.  Again, 3 coats should do the trick! Now, take your fake flowers and carefully hot glue them along the antlers. The placement of the flowers is completely up to you!

That's it! Now you can hang your stag up where ever you want! I think it makes the perfect dorm room decoration