Hello, hello! I think most of you who read my blog are women, but just in case...men...this is a post about PMS. If you need to stop reading, leave now, but I encourage you to stay because you're getting to see inside that monthly occurrence that can cause some of us ladies to go a little bit nuts. You'll see some ideas with how to help your wife, girlfriend, and coworker, instead of going, "It's that time of the month again!" It happens, and we ALL might as well recognize that fact! If we get a bit bitchy...It's hormones...not a lot we can do there, but it doesn't help to make a huge deal out of it. Help us ease the symptoms...not make them worse ;)
Item #1 is from AlchemillaMakes
I know the first thing that most people (male and female) think of when they hear PMS is cramps. I was lucky not to have terrible cramps--I could pop a Midol and be good to go--but I know many women have really terrible cramps. The hot water bottle is something nice and warm that can ease the pain, but they are usually really ugly. This is a cute crocheted hot water bottle cover--who said periods had to be ugly? And even if you don't have cramps, these can be nice to put in the bed to keep you warm (I do not recommend doing this if your partner is a freaking radiator!)
Item #2 is from clearpink
Chocolate!!! I swear, I think it's the one thing that the majority of women crave when they're PMSing (or salty or a combination of salty and sweet). I know the other day right before that time, all I could think about was brownie brittle and chocolate chip Teddy Grahams....and yes, I went and got some right after I got off of work that night! I feel like these would've hit the spot that night had I had them. They're more chocolate than dough (they've already won me over), and they have three types of chocolate in them (dark, semi-sweet, and milk chocolates).
Item #3 is from FrankieandMyrrh
You know when you're bitchy, tired, hungry, and fed up with everything? Yeah. Sometimes I feel like a soothing scent would work. This is an aromatherapy spray/perfume aptly named "Spray the Bitch Away." I found this completely hilarious! This has the scents of rose germanium, Clary sage, lavender, vanilla, and Frankincense which combine to produce a nice calming effect. Sounds like I need this! The other day I had a customer on the phone at work who was a little less than pleasant, and I wondered if there was any way I could spray something like this through to her! (I know I can't but the thought is what mattered!)
Item #4 is from EminaBotanicBoutique
A relaxing bath is probably one of the best ways to ease the stress that comes with PMS. After a long stressful day, it would be so nice to be able to come home, draw a bath, and fill it with some wonderful smelling bath salts. These are organic and use a combination of pink Himalayan salt, dead sea salt, and Epsom salt with a scent of your choosing. That eucalyptus and peppermint is looking mighty nice, if I do say so myself. Each bottle will last about 5-6 baths and provide the relaxation you need.
Item #5 is from LaserCreationsGB
In addition to a relaxing bath, why not add a glass of wine? Treat yo-self! I've thought about this more than I'd like to admit, but I always come up with, "I don't have anywhere to put it!" Well, I present to you...the bathroom wine glass holder. It is acrylic, and you can have it engraved or just leave it blank--it's totally up to you. I'm just glad I finally found a holder!
That's all I have for you all this week my lovely readers! I hope this has given you some ideas on how to ease your PMS symptoms (or for your significant other) Now, head on over to your favorite handmade site and some some artists some love!
Until next time,
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Hello, everyone...I know it's not Wednesday, but I thought I would do a surprise EXTRA post this week! Here lately (twice now), my fiance and I, along with family and friends, have been renting a pontoon and going out on the lake for the day. After the two separate trips, I thought I'd do a post to share some of the things I've learned about hanging out on a boat all day ;)
So the no.1 thing you need when going out on a boat all day is.....SUNSCREEN! I'm sure you all know the dangers of skin cancer, so help prevent it and put on some SPF! Right now I'm using Coppertone Oil Free Faces SPF 50 and SunBum SPF 50. Always make sure that you rub in the spray sunscreen, or you WILL end up with some funny splotches of sun burn. I've done it...I looked at it and was like, "What the hell?!" and realized I hadn't rubbed it in. Thank goodness the tan didn't turn out that way, right?
A must on any boat is a towel! Why a towel? Well, one you might want to get off the boat and out of the sweltering heat into the cool water and, two, sitting on the vinyl chair covers burns your behind. I personally like the two person towel, because it covers more space and wraps completely around you. And, no, I don't share ;)
A good book is another vital item you need to bring with especially when you're gone for a good while (most of the time cell service is non-existent). I personally enjoy reading and always have--I once had a teacher in high school who said I ate books because I always had a new one! I feel like reading is something we all should do as it lets our imaginations grow and we can escape from the stresses of everyday life (not that floating around on a boat can't do that but when you don't have a boat, you need a way to escape for a bit). Right now, I'm reading Ectopia. Quick setup: there are no more girls being born in the world and breeding is done selectively). It's one of the books I got when we were in Europe --Hay-on-Wye to be exact (check it out here).
We didn't have to use the next item, but it's something good to have if you run out of water. It's a filter; I think it's a squeeze filter really. One thing you don't want to do is to drink lake water. Look, think of it this way--you don't know what's been dumped in it (sewage, cars, chemicals, (dare I say it) bodies, etc) or what's in it (bacteria, fungi, etc.)--plus it's full of fish shit. Get one of these to be on the safe side. It was rated as a best choice and for $20-$25, you really can't go wrong. Check it out.
Last but not least, munchies and a cooler are something you definitely need. Don't leave home without them! Each of us on the pontoon brought a little something (I had my stash of Dory grahams as I was out of Teddy Grahams) to share. Chips and salsa, pre-made sandwiches, fruit, etc. You've got to have a cooler for your perishables or your food will spoil, and you'll be as bad off as those who drink the lake water. I bought some of those freezable ice packs to keep everything good and cold. There's not excess liquid from ice that way.
The last thing I'll share with you is the video my fiance took of the pontoon, lake, and area with his drone. The first time we went out he ended up erring on the side of caution and not flying it. The second time, he'd read up on it and sent it skyward. Enjoy and be safe on your boating adventures!
Hello, everyone! I know you all know it's summer, but let's think about something that we usually associate with summers (at least in the south!). Any ideas? It's lemon! Makes sense doesn't it? Sweet tea with lemon, lemonade, etc. Now here's another quirk about me---not a huge fan of lemonade (but I do like strawberry lemonade daquiris). My mom and dad always told me about how I like to suck on lemons when I was little, but you won't catch me doing it now! My mouth almost does like cartoon characters' mouths do--everything puckers up! I do like the smell of lemons, etc...just not lemonade, so I've opted to do a citrusy themed post this week! I hope you enjoy :)
Item #1 is from ThePennyPaperCo
I'm sure everyone is aware that enamel pins are the popular item to have right now! I can understand the popularity...I mean...they're pretty darn cute, and they can go on your clothes or on a bag of some sort (or maybe on your cork board?). This particular pin says, "Easy peasy lemon squeezy."
Too cute! It has gold enamel and a butterfly clip for the backing. Lots of pins to choose from! I'm also loving the llama pin :)
Item #2 is from PopOColor
I saw these pillow covers and immediately fell in love with them! The colors are so rich, and there's something a little bit retro about them. The patterns are large enough the each pillow cover will be a different portion of the pattern (I'm sure it's all gorgeous!). They come in a variety of sizes and you can get the pattern on both sides! That way you can just flip it and it will look like you've got a new pillow. The inserts are sold separately, but I will link you to them here.
Item #3 is from twoinspireyou
I really love how simple and gorgeous this wreath is! It would look great on anyone's front door. I think doors need a little decoration because that's where you welcome people into your home and where they get their first impression. The striped ribbon also adds a nice flair. I can definitely see why the designer has been asked to recreated this one more than once! The colors go really well together and the texture is well balanced. Grab yourself a summer wreath and spruce up your home, and check out all of her other fabulous creations!
Item #4 is from SilverDollarCandleCo
Make your home smell nice, clean, and fresh with a lemon sherbet candle! Who doesn't love candles? I honestly, don't think you can ever have enough..haha. This is a 16 ounce soy candle with lemon top notes followed by lime, a bergamot (with a slight rose scent) in the middle, and a woodsy bottom note finish. Those smells sound amazing! How long do they burn you ask? 75-100 hours (awesome!) You can also add a short message on the top if you would like. These candles are a perfect gift for almost and person or occasion!
Item #5 is from AutumnbloomsbyKami
Lavender, Lemon, Honey. MMMmmm. I bet these soaps smell wonderful and are invigorating, yet soothing. All the ingredients sound familiar and include essential oils and goat's milk. She has several varieties in her shop worth checking out. The ingredients in this soap make it highly moisturizing and perfect for rough patches. We all have them, so why not admit it and get to moisturizing! Pamper yo'self!
That's all I've got for you today, my friends! I hope you've really enjoyed this post! Let me know what your favorite summertime drink is below in the comments. And, as always, please head on over to your favorite handmade site and show some artists some love!
Until next time,
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Hello, everyone! Welcome back! Are you ready for a new Weekly Wednesday??? I hope so! This week, I decided to go with a Spanish Tile theme. I've had this in mind to do for a while, but I never could really find anything (side note: I'd search 5 minutes in between everything I was doing and finding nothing). Well, last week I sat down and actually browsed for this particular theme. Guess what?? There are a lot of items that fit within this theme. I knew I couldn't have picked a theme that I couldn't find anything for! I have always loved the colors of Spanish tiles--they're so vibrant, like you can feel energy emanating from them. Enjoy!
Item #1 is from TexMexFunStuff
Don't we all need one more trinket box? For something small or for certain items? I think yes! This little box is 2.5x2.5x2 inches (length x width x height). It would be perfect for something small that you want to always keep track of. The hand-tooled, tin box has 2 x 2 inch talavera tile placed on top and a mirror bottom on the inside. Very neat! If I had something like this, I'd store my engagement ring in it, so I would always know where it was---right now I store it inside the box of the box it came in...gotta do something about that soon (*adds to favorites*).
Item #2 is from Atrio
I love how absolutely gorgeous these earrings are! I actually favorited them sometime ago before I decided to do a post on Spanish tiles! The colors are so pretty and compliment (complements compliment---haha--just one of my corny jokes) each other very nicely. The blue and green really balance out the orange, but the orange adds a very nice pop of color. These tiles are a replica of ones that were seen on a buildings in a small town in Portugal called Aveiro. Unfortunately, with time, many of the buildings have been demolished or fallen because of disrepair. I love how this artist is trying to preserve some history! Portugal and Spain are options for our honeymoon, so if that's where we go, I hope I get to see some pretty tiles! So in love with these!
item #3 is from CorinaCrooks
I will have to say that I got a bit too excited when I saw this ring (think heart eyes emoji, ok?) I love the colors and the detail of the setting of the ring. The setting is made from sterling silver and the handmade tile has been inlaid in it. The ring comes in sizes 6-10 and is one I could see looking very nice on any of the fingers! (Note to mom if you read this---remember the big 30 is coming up! I could definitely use something like this ;) )
Item #4 is from ShelleyCooperJewelry
I guess I never really thought of a tile cuff, but this is definitely gorgeous! It makes a very nice statement piece. The tile is placed inside a handmade, hammered bronze frame that has enamel accents. The texture of the bracelet really sets off the smoothness of the tile. You do have a choice of one of four tiles--all of which are equally gorgeous! As for the size, the tile itself is 1.5 inches across and the cuff is an adjustable 6 inches. This piece would go with almost any outfit and definitely make it pop.
Item #5 is from luxdivine
First off, I'll have to say that there are not a large number of Spanish tile necklaces on Etsy (at least ones that really caught my eye), but this one really drew my attention moreso than the others that I saw throughout my browsing. The tile is 1.5 inches in size and the necklace portion is made in a hand-knotted, mala style. The Tiger's Eye beads really add something to the tile and also makes the tile pop at the same time. The entire piece is 36 inches in length and perfect for all you boho and layering babes! Get it before it's gone!
Item #6 is from fujigirls
I had a difficult time finding a pair of earrings since they were all made by one of the designers already mentioned in this post! Awesome job in continuity, everyone! You've caught my eye more than once! I'm not saying that these are a second choice, for the definitely are not! I looked high an low and these beauties showed up. I like the monochromatic look as well. The blue really pops with the metal that's visible. There is also a large amount of detail--the pattern on the backing and the detail of the round cap on top. They are truly gorgeous and you need them!
That's all I have for you all this week, my lovelies! I hope you have enjoyed this very colorful edition of Weekly Wednesday, and I hope to see you next week! Now, head on over to your favorite handmade site and show some artists some love!
Until next time,
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Hi! I’m Meagan, designer for The Prickly Pear. I’ve created this blog to not only showcase my work and other crafty information, but also to give you an inside look into my life.