Super Refreshing Summer Iced Teas

Sipping on an iced tea on a sizzling hot summer day is so satisfying. Quench your thirst with these homemade super refreshing summer iced teas that are infused with loads of flavour! Click on the title of each to see the recipe.

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Blackberry Infused Earl Grey Iced Tea Latte

This beautiful vibrant delicious addition to your summer table has been pinned over 100 thousand times on Pinterest!

Iced Peach Green Tea

Iced peach green tea is refreshing, fruity, flavourful, and naturally sweetened. No weird syrups or added flavours–just fruit and iced green tea!

Iced Lavender London Fog Latte

Super refreshing, comforting and energizing – this Iced Lavender London Fog Latte Recipe will be your new favorite!

Bubble Tea

Find everything you need to know to make this creamy, delicious, and surprisingly simple Bubble Tea Recipe right at home.

Raspberry Iced Tea

Making iced tea from scratch is super simple and only takes a few ingredients. You can use fresh or frozen raspberries for this refreshing summer drink recipe.

Healthy Homemade Iced Tea

Made from only 3 ingredients, with NO refined sugar and NO artificial sweeteners! Under 50 calories per serving!

Thai Iced Tea

Thai iced tea is made up of a tea mix that’s steeped in hot water, then mixed traditionally with sweetened condensed milk and topped with crushed ice.

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Low Maintenance Front House Landscaping Ideas

Now that spring is here and people are turning their attention to more outdoor projects, here are some great low maintenance front house landscaping ideas that add beauty, enjoyment and increase the curb appeal of your home if you’re thinking of selling.

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Love how a flower bed with simple brick edging, a window box and shutters, and a gate made such a dramatic improvement.

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A neglected corner can be turned into a still low maintenance area with using weed barrier fabric underneath a mulch covering.

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Garden borders and edging add detail for creating beautiful well defined areas.

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Love the idea of using river rock in downspout locations.

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A stacked rock garden feature is another beautiful idea.

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Adding a flower filled window box adds instant charm and appeal.

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A rock garden landscaping idea that is low maintenance and adds design and creativity to a space.

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A sloped yard could utilize a retaining wall. Or it could be changed into an area that doesn’t require grass cutting.

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Panzanella Salad with a Summer Twist

Panzanella salad with sweet cherry tomatoes, crunchy sourdough cubes, juicy mango, crisp cucumber and a delicious dressing is the perfect salad to enjoy today.

Panzanella salad originated from Italy and is traditionally made up of bread, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella cheese. To add a summer twist to it, I’ve added juicy mango. If you don’t like mango, try peaches, nectarines, blueberries, cherries, or watermelon. This recipe has all the traditional ingredients as well as mango, giving it a tropical summer taste to it and crunchy cucumber adding to the freshness.

Ingredients:

5 cups sourdough bread, stale, and cut into 1 inch cubes

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped

3 cups halved cherry tomatoes or 2-3 larger tomatoes chopped

1 cup chopped mango

3 cups chopped cucumber

6 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed or torn

1/4 cup basil

1/4 cup parsley

Dressing:

1/2 cup olive oil

4 Tbsp red wine vinegar

2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Drizzle 2 Tbsp olive oil over cubed bread in a bowl and toss to coat. Spread bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake for 9-10 minutes or until toasted and edges are golden brown. Cool.

In the meantime, chop the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, mango, garlic, basil, parsley and cheese. Add the bread cubes.

Mix the dressing ingredients together and whisk well. Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and toss well. Let the flavours marinate together for 30 minutes and then serve.

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7 Simple Tips for Beautiful Succulent Arrangements

With just a handful of succulents, some soil and a few decorative elements, you can make a succulent arrangement that will be beautiful, and stand out. Here are some tips for succulent arrangements, succulent bowls and succulent care.

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1. Succulents are hardy and require very little maintenance. If indoors, keep them in the brightest spot available, otherwise they will get stretchy. Light is one of the most important things to keep them healthy. They need at least 4-6 hours of morning light if outdoors, and about 6 hours of the brightest light available if indoors.

2. Succulents don’t mind being packed in tightly together in an arrangement. It slows down their growth rate so they won’t outgrow their container very quickly.

3. You don’t need that many plants to create a bold, colourful and interesting arrangement.

4. I recommend using a container with a drainage hole for water to escape so you don’t get root rot happening. If you plan on having an arrangement for just a short while in a bowl with no drainage hole, you may want to line the bowl first with plastic before adding your soil. After adding the soil, just trim off the top edges of the plastic showing and cover with decorative pebbles, moss or sand.

5. Succulents prefer a lighter soil that’s faster draining with more aeration. Regular potting soil is too heavy and holds too much moisture.

6. Succulents require very little water. They only need watering about once every 1-1/2 to 2 weeks. But check sooner to be sure. They retain water within themselves for several days. With watering, allow the soil to dry between watering. Fertilize about once per month.

7. When choosing succulents to make an arrangement with, choose ones that are already healthy, with no dead or brown leaves, that are firm in their shape and not leggy or stretched out.

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How to Fix a Stretched Out Leggy Succulent

It’s just the start of spring and some of my succulents are looking pretty stretched out and sad after the winter. Today, I’m going to fix that! Do you have a stretched out leggy succulent? Learn how to fix and prevent it from happening again with proper succulent care, tips for planting succulents in pots, propagating succulents, and succulent care indoors.

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A stretched out succulent(also known as etiolation) is caused from a lack of light. Succulents that are needing more light will stretch out towards the nearest light source to them to try to get more light. It can easily happen if you live in a colder climate where you need to bring your succulents indoors for several months and don’t have a really bright spot you can put them in. To prevent a succulent from stretching out, you just need to provide it with more light. A succulent needs 4-6 hours of good light. I’ve included some links to growing lights at the bottom of this article that can help you with that.

Once a succulent is stretched out, the only thing you can do to fix it is to deconstruct it. That doesn’t sound so good but I’ll explain. The good news is you can still keep the top of the succulent if it hasn’t stretched out and repot it and then propagate new plants from the deconstruction process.

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Here are some of my stretched out succulents after a long winter in a spot that wasn’t getting enough light for them. The tops are still okay, but the bottoms are stretched out.

To begin, gently remove the succulent from the potting soil. Remove all the leaves one at a time from the stretched out portion of the succulent, leaving the nonstretched part at the top intact. When you remove a leaf you want to have as clean of a break as possible from the original stem. To remove the leaf, wiggle it back and forth and give it a slight twist. If the leaf tears you’ll have to get rid of it as you won’t be able to propagate it. What is so cool is that each leaf can produce another succulent for you if you decide you want more!

If you are going to propagate the leaves, don’t add water to them right away. They need to dry out for 2-4 days. If you find that you have to cut the original stem(of the deconstructed succulent) to fit a container, cut it 1-2 inches from the bottom and let that dry out as well for 2-4 days keeping it open to air before repotting it. Lay out the leaves on top of the soil to let them dry. After a week, just spray the soil that the leaves are on with a spray bottle and the roots will grow towards the damp soil. Alternatively, you can repot the deconstructed succulent stem in dry soil and wait one week to water it.

When you are ready to repot the succulent, fill your pot with soil. Make sure you use a pot with a drainage hole. Succulents prefer a lighter soil, that’s faster draining with more aeration, so it’s important to use the right kind of soil for them. Regular soil can be too heavy and holds too much moisture for their liking. Make a hole in the soil with your finger and place the stem of the succulent in the hole. Pat the soil down in and around the stem and add any extra soil if needed. That’s all you need to do!

Succulents, like most plants, do better if fertilized regularly. Succulents can be fertilized about once per month.

With the leaves, after a few weeks you’ll see fine hair-like roots developing and soon you will see a new baby succulent plant.

I pulled this one out of the soil to show you the roots. I just turned the leaf around and covered the roots back up again with soil to let it continue growing.

These are the same succulents as the 2nd photo that were deconstructed and are now healthy plump succulents that have been getting full sun.

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Best Easy Whipped Coffee

This whipped coffee recipe has been popular for awhile now. If you’re looking for a great homemade iced coffee for the coming spring and summer months this is a good one. This cold coffee recipe originated in South Korea and is also called Dalgona coffee. With only three ingredients it’s easy and fast to make. I recommend using a stand mixer, but you can whisk it by hand also, it just takes longer and more energy (arm power) from you. This iced coffee recipe is something to treat yourself to.

Ingredients:

Serves 1, Prep time: 5 minutes (with a stand mixer)

1 Tbsp Instant coffee

1 Tbsp granulated sugar

1 Tbsp hot water

1 cup milk (dairy or other)

3-5 ice cubes

Cinnamon (optional)

Instructions:

Add the instant coffee, sugar and hot water to a bowl or stand mixer and stir to dissolve. Whip for about 3 minutes in the stand mixer until you get a thickened, whipped texture.

The coffee mixture will turn from a dark color to a lighter color as it is whipped:

Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour over your choice of milk and then add the whipped coffee topping. Sprinkle with cinnamon if you desire. Add a straw, stir and enjoy!

This ice coffee homemade recipe is something you’d think would only be in a specialty coffee shop, but is one that can easily be made from home. Enjoy!

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Home Stairs and Rails with a Serious Wow Factor

These creative ideas for stairs will amaze you! These home stairs are unique and ingenious and will inspire you with beautiful home stairs ideas for home stairs designs such as under stairs ideas, wood stairs, stairs slides and stairway railing ideas.

Stairs and rails help set the look and feel of a home. These stairs and stair railing ideas are the ultimate conversation piece for those who visit these homes. These unique and ingenious house stairs ideas are gorgeous and make bold statements.

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If you’re in a hurry, you could take the slide.

Floating stairs by Finesse
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A play area under the stairs.

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Such a unique stair railing idea.

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A stairs slide would be every child’ dream.

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Gorgeous Spring and Summer Window Box Ideas that Will Stop You in Your Tracks

Window box planters add huge amounts of charm, personality and curb side appeal to a home. Here are some beautiful, creative window box planter ideas to inspire you!

You’ll notice in a lot of the photos the common idea of using a thriller, spiller and filler planting formula. This is a way to describe the types of plants to put together in a window box or container to create a beautiful, full, lush look. A thriller plant creates height in your arrangement, a spiller plant will naturally drape over the sides of the container or window box, and filler plants are medium sized plants to fill in the spaces around and between the spiller and thriller plants.

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Pussy willows added to any planter symbolize spring, and adding them to the white cyclamen flowers looks beautiful together.

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Adding cool weather flowers for spring window boxes such as pansies, daffodils, hyacinths can be swapped out later for summer flowers that tolerate more heat.

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Beautiful spring blooms!

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A lush box filled with only white accents with variegated foliage is simple, graceful and beautiful. I love the look with these white impatiens, caladium, dracaena spike in the center and trailing vinca vines.

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A variety of sun loving succulents, using the thriller, spiller and filler planting idea. Love the variations of purple, pink, yellow, rust color, and green succulents. Other sun loving plants and flowers great for window boxes: petunias, million bells, zinnias, portulaca, daisies, lavender, euphorbia, and I’m sure you can think of others.

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Slow growing succulents can be packed tightly into window boxes.

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Ferns add a dramatic impact to a window box. Other plants that do well in shade are Ivy, Creeping Jenny, hostas, coleus and caladium.

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Some succulents like direct sun, while others do not. An important note to remember: Figure out how much sun your window box planter will get before buying your plants. That way, you’ll know what kind of plants to get.

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Fuschia impatiens with trailing dichondra do best in shade.

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Dwarf evergreens (eg. ‘Green Mountain’ boxwood or ‘Emerald’ arborvitae) with variegated ivy and fuschia impatiens. These do best in shade.

Beautiful white wave petunias with sweet potato vines on either side.

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Homemade Lemon Rosemary Vinegar Cleaner

Are you looking for an all-natural homemade all-purpose cleaner? This diy lemon rosemary cleaner is inexpensive, easy, environmentally friendly and leaves a light spring-like fresh scent you’ll love!

For this recipe I use white vinegar, lemon slices and fresh rosemary. I clean with vinegar all the time. I use it it for everyday cleaning for sinks, countertops, exterior surfaces of toilets and more. By infusing lemons and herbs into the vinegar it helps reduce (not completely eliminate) the smell of the vinegar while leaving a lovely fresh scent.

*Important note: Do not use vinegar on granite countertops as the acidity can damage the seal.

Ingredients:

1 -32 ounce mason jar

3 lemons

3-4 sprigs of fresh rosemary

White vinegar

Small spray bottle

Instructions:

Slice your lemons into thick slices and add them with the rosemary to the mason jar and fill to the top with the vinegar. Put on the lid and let sit for 10-14 days.

How to Use Vinegar to Clean

When you’re ready to use the infused vinegar, fill a small spray bottle half-full with the vinegar mixture(leaving the lemon slices and rosemary in the jar). Then add an equal amount of water to your spray bottle, filling it to the top. You won’t use all the vinegar solution at one time, so just leave it to marinate longer until you’ve used up what’s in your spray bottle.

Discard your vinegar solution after one month to keep it from spoiling.

There you have it! A fresh spring-like scent, all purpose natural cleaner.

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Watermelon Nail Art Tutorials for Summer

I love everything summer! Here’s a fun way to enjoy and celebrate the season with these great watermelon nail art tutorials! 🍉 I love the different looks you get using pink vs red or dark green vs a lime green. I hope you enjoy!

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Use French tip nail guide tape for the different colours on the nail tips for a smooth line. Add the black seeds with a nail art brush. Add a clear top coat after nail color is dry.

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Amazon has some GREAT manicure and pedicure essentials. They’re a little hard to find (considering the site has thousands upon thousands of items to browse through, is this really that surprising?) but with a little persistence and clicking through the “customers also bought” items, you might just score a treasure or two. Lucky for you, I did the legwork. Check out the beautiful manicure and pedicure essentials I sourced below – Happy Shopping.

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