Cute and Kitschy Uses for Vintage Tea Towels

Vintage tea towels are a common find at antique stores, flea markets, and thrift shops, and they’re typically as affordable as they are adorable. Here are just a few great ideas for how you can breathe new life into kitschy tea towels.

Lavender Pillow [allaboutyou.com]
Add a fresh, fragrant scent to your closet or drawers by creating this DIY lavender pillow. Choose a towel in your favorite pattern or color, then fill it with dried lavender from the local health food store. Best of all, you can even use iron-on adhesives and bypass the sewing machine.

Tea Towel Tote [simplicity.com]
Craft your own vintage-inspired tote bag by sewing together a few vintage tea towels with a sturdy ribbon as the handles. It only takes very basic sewing skills to get this project right, and you can customize it with button embellishments of your choice.

Tea Towel Blinds [houseandgarden.co.uk]
Stitch a few tea towels together in the dimensions of your window to create eclectic, retro tea towel blinds. Attach the top edge around a wooden baton using sturdy Velcro, then add loops of ribbon to keep the whole thing tied up when it’s not in use.

Stylish Storage Solutions for Arts and Crafts Supplies

Whether you’re an avid crafter or your children are often doing art projects at home, you know how difficult it can be to find storage space for all of those paints, markers, fabrics, crayons, and other supplies. Here are just a few stylish ways that you can keep your arts and crafts supplies neatly organized until your next DIY project.

Mason Jar Storage System [redtri.com]
Turn your storage solution into an art project in itself. This colorful DIY idea involves covering old mason jars in fun, pattered washi tape, then using those jars to store everything from markers to paint brushes and even loose buttons.

Kids’ Craft Apron [www.bhg.com]
If your child has trouble keeping his or her craft supplies together while doing a project, you can make this simple apron as your next family art project. Simply take an old gardening apron, use the belt to tie it to the side of your child’s crafting table, and fill the spacious pockets with all of the essentials.

Hanging Storage Bins [apartmenttherapy.com]
Screw a metal rod from any home goods store into your wall, then attach S-shaped hooks and hang bins in all sizes from each hook. You can use these to keep your art supplies within reach but off of your tabletop.

Looking for Places to Board Your Pet?

We all love to travel with our families over the summer. Sometimes we are unable to bring our four legged friends with us. Here's a list of pet boarding facilities and their website, so our pets can have a little vacation of their own!

1. Olde Towne Pet Resort (www.oldetownepetresort.com)
2. Camp Bowwow (www.campbowwow.com)
3. The Dog-Eaze Inn (www.dogeazeinn.com)
4. Dogtopia Woodbridge (www.dogdaycare.com/woodbridge)
5. Fur-Get-Me Not (www.furgetmenot.com)

Summer Safety Tips for Kids!

Check out this article that gives great advice on how to keep our kids safe this summer!

http://www.pbs.org/parents/summer/summer-safety-tips-for-kids/

New to Yoga? Check Out These Beginners’ Tips!

Yoga is a great way to center your mind, but if it’s your first time practicing, it can also be a bit intimidating. If you’re unsure of what to wear to class or what to expect from your instructor, read these helpful tips before heading to the studio.

  1. Wear comfortable, close-fitting clothing. Instead of wearing loose shorts or pants like you normally would while exercising, you’ll feel more comfortable in something that fits closer to the body. Also, be sure to tie long hair back and remove your shoes before entering the studio. (See if your studio's website provides tips about what to wear to your first class, such a grippy socks.)
  2. Bring the proper supplies. You’ll need to stay hydrated throughout your class (even more so if it’s a hot yoga class), so be sure to bring a large water bottle. If you don’t own your own yoga mat, you can likely rent one at the studio for a small fee.
  3. Prepare your body. Most yoga experts recommend not eating large meals for up to three hours before class. To avoid low blood sugar, have a small snack right before class.
  4. Research. If you’re feeling nervous about your practice, look up basic poses like downward facing dog, child’s pose, and the sequence of warrior poses.
  5. Have the right attitude. Your instructor may adjust you during class, but it doesn’t mean that you’re doing a bad job. Stay positive, stay focused, and stay open to advice!

4 Essential Yoga Tips for Beginners [About.com]
7 Common Beginner Yoga Fails (And How to Avoid Them) [Women’s Health]
12 Yoga Tips for Beginners [Care2]

DIY Fruit Infused Water!

Looking for different ways to add flavor to your water this summer? Here are some delicious and easy do-it-yourself recipes for fruit infused water!

-Strawberry, Lemon, and Basil
-Orange and Blueberries
-Watermelon and Mint
-Orange, Cucumber, and Mint
-Kiwi and Cucumber
-Watermelon and Coconut Water
-Strawberry, Lime, and Cucumber
-Mango and Lime
-Pineapple, Lemon, and Mint
-Cantaloupe, Honey, and Mint
-Raspberries and Lemon
-Lime and Mint

Try them out and let us know which ones you enjoyed the most!
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Memorize These Cooking Terms Before Tackling That New Recipe

One of the first steps in becoming an expert in the kitchen is having a thorough understanding of each cooking term on a recipe. After knowing your ingredient, being able to read and follow a recipe correctly is important in how the dish turns out. Here are four must-know kitchen terms to help you out.

  1. Meuniere. This term refers to an ingredient, like poultry or fish, being dredged in flour, then sauteed in butter.
  2. Hull. When preparing a fruit salad, you may be asked to hull the berries, which means to remove the green stems and leaves.
  3. Macerate. Soften and sweeten fruits by macerating them, which means to cover them with lemon juice or liqueur until they have absorbed the flavor.
  4. Proof. Before baking bread, you may need to proof the yeast. This tests if the yeast is still active by dissolving it in warm water with sugar or honey for five minutes to see if it foams or bubbles.

The Basic Kitchen: Glossary of Cooking Terms [Le Petites Gourmettes]
Glossary of Cooking Terms [Better Homes and Gardens]
Cooking Terms [Recipe Goldmine]
Glossary of Cooking Terms [Cookery]
Culinary Terms: Food Dictionary and Glossary of Cooking Terms [Culinary Arts About.com]

Silence Your Cell Phone for a Stroll Through These Scenic Washington, DC Parks

If you’re starting to feel a bit overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of city life, Washington, DC is home to a number of relaxing parks that can help you to de-stress while being surrounded by nature. Leave your cell phone at home, take a break from emails, and go for a stroll in one of these urban green spaces.

Meridian Hill Park
With a stunning multi-level fountain that flows into a large duck pond, Meridian Hill Park is certainly a sight to see. This European-inspired park is conveniently located minutes from the popular U Street stretch, but it offers respite from the crowds and noise. There is also a grassy knoll perfect for picnics, a number of historic statues, and even some ducks that call the park home.
2400 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

Gravelly Point Park
There are few things more relaxing than watching planes fly through the sky, and Gravelly Point Park offers the perfect opportunity to do just that. The park is situated just across from Regan International Airport, which means that visitors can watch the planes take off while lounging on the grassy hillside. There are also a few wooden picnic tables, a jogging path, and fields where you can join a pick-up game of soccer or football.
George Washington Parkway, Arlington, VA 22202

Deep Discounts Await on These Flash Sale Shopping Sites

Shopping online is a great way to save money on unique items that you can’t find anywhere else, and members-only flash sale websites make those savings even greater for those who join. Membership is free, and sales only last a day or two, meaning that if you like what you see, you should pounce! Here are a few discount shopping sites for everything from clothing to home goods.

Joss and Main
With its wide selection of curated designer furniture pieces, Joss and Main is a site that interior design lovers would shop whether it offered discounts or not. Lucky for you, the members-only site does offer membership discounts, and many of them are up to 70% off.

Fab
Fab is one of the most versatile discount shopping websites, offering a wide range of products and new, featured design deals every day. With home decor items, electronics, and even clothing and accessories for men and women, Fab offers savings on products for all areas of your life.

One Kings Lane
One Kings Lane is an online marketplace for designer and vintage items for the home. You must become a member in order to browse the site, but once you join you’ll receive up to 70% off of the shop’s furniture, kitchen tools, and other items for the home.

Watermelon Margarita Pops!

The perfect way to cool down on a hot day!

What you will need:
5 cups of seedless watermelon
1/2 cup of sugar
3/4 cup of lime juice
1/2 cup of tequila (your choice)
4 limes
Margarita salt

10 5oz Dixie cups
Short popsicle sticks

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until it is smooth. Make sure the sugar has dissolved. Strain all the ingredients to remove all watermelon pulp. What is left should equal to 5 cups of mixture. Then prepare the limes by slicing 3 thick slices from the middle section of each lime. Insert short popsicle sticks through center of limes. Place these on top of popsicle mixture in each Dixie cup. Freeze the popsicles for 2 hours. Once they are frozen, sprinkle with Margarita salt and ENJOY!

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