July 2, 2015

My Latest Obsession

A few months ago I took a stab at making jewelry. I quickly found that I LOVED doing it and it allowed me to channel my creative passions and love for jewelry into one! I have made a bunch of pieces for friends and family and even a few for Instagram followers! Here is a picture overload of some of the pieces I have made. I have many more ideas I hope to put into reality over the next few weeks as well!

I LOVE these white wood bead and neon tassel ones. I can make them in just about any color, but the neon is so much fun for Summer and really goes with everything! I have been wearing mine non stop.

This turqouise and pink spikey necklace is so fun! It looks great with a simple tee or dressed up with something fun and colorful! I have a fuschia dress I plan to wear this with on a date night!

A close up of a few pretties.

This coral and turquoise one is great with light and dark colors (and in bathroom selfies :))

These are some pretties I made with stones and tassels. The beads here are mostly mountain jade.

Here's a pretty I sent to one of my besties!

Here's another I sent to a college friend! They really make an outfit. You can wear something totally simple and BAM! It is instantly more interesting with a long tassel necklace. 

Another pretty combo sent to a friend of a friend!

One of my first pieces, love the turq and pink combo. Again, colors and tassel or stone colors all can be changed!

Love this lilac one with a beautiful gold rimmed druzy pendant.

I also have made a bunch of wire wrapped bangles (left). They are so fun to stack! I also began making some mountain jade stretch bracelets. The combinations are endless!

So that's just a little peak into my latest obsession! Feel free to contact me if you like any of the pieces or want to do something custom! My contact is lifeandlovelyblog@gmail.com.


June 29, 2015

Summer Bucket List: Homemade Ice Cream

Another fun activity I wanted to do with my boys this summer was to make homemade ice cream. Now I don't have an ice cream machine, so I went back in my files and found a freezer ice cream I had made years ago before they were born. You can find the original recipe here.

The recipe couldn't be any easier. Truly the hardest thing is to wait at least 6 hours until it is frozen. You can experiment with different flavors, but we just stuck with good old chocolate and topped it with  homemade whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles. It has a bit of different texture than regular ice cream, it's more creamy and soft, but still delicious! Find the recipe after the pictures.

Chocolate Freezer Ice Cream
*makes 1 quart
-1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-pinch of salt
-1/4 cup sour cream
-1 1/4 cups whipping cream
-6 tablespoons of chocolate syrup

Combine the condensed milk, vanilla, salt, chocolate sauce and sour cream in a freezer safe storage container. Next, pour the whipping cream into your mixer and whip on high until stiff peaks are formed (you're making whipped cream!). Gently whisk a small amount into the freezer container. Then, carefully fold the remaining whipped cream into the container and mix well. Cover and freeze at least 6 hours.

June 22, 2015

Happy Fathers' Day

I hope everyone had a great Father's Day. Sadly I didn't get to see my own amazing Dad, but I did get to spend it with my boys and their lovely Dad!

He went golfing in the morning and we made a few cards and wrapped his gift - a pair of Vineyard Vines Yankees flip flops. We kept it small and simple and got him something he actually needed. The best part was the handmade card Devon made him. He always has a specific vision for what he wants - a heart card, attached in the middle and he wanted to write "Best Dad Ever!" inside. So sweet.

While Daddy played golf we tried to stay cool and had a little outdoor lunch and sprinkler fun in the backyard.

When Daddy got home we went out to eat then came home to have a delicious dessert my husband had mentioned the night before. Actually, it went something like this. 10:30 pm, both in bed. Husband - "Can you go downstairs and make me a waffle sundae. Thanks." Me - What? Obviously he was kidding, but we went on to talk about how good that sounded and how we both loved them as kids.

So we toasted some Eggo waffles, topped it with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, fresh whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles. Oh and everyone got a sparkler just for fun!

Happy belated Father's Day daddy! We love you so very much and are so grateful for how hard you work for us. We especially love playing soccer and swimming with you. Thanks for loving us so dearly.