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Gift Wrapping 101

DIY, BusinessKat RainwaterComment

I’m not going to lie…I’m a pretty skilled wrapper. (Not to be confused with rapper…which would be kinda awesome.) I don’t have too many bragging rights but if I had to pick one, wrapping presents just might be it. My gift wrapping skills were perfected when Cason got me a job at Swoozie’s as the seasonal gift wrapper while I was home from college for Christmas. I had obviously wrapped presents before but I was in no way qualified to be a professional “gift wrapper.” I had a whole table set up in the back room with wrapping paper and ribbons galore and that’s where I perfected my craft.  To be totally honest though, these techniques are not my own…I went through an intense Swoozie gift wrap boot camp and I think it’s safe to say the student has officially become the teacher.

Without further ado, here are my steps to wrapping the perfect gift! *BUT before you hit play- it’s a little blurry and not up to professional standards but it’s the first video Cason has ever done so it’s definitely not perfect. (Side note: Is there anything worse than hearing your voice on video?! UGH.)

There you have it! All my gift wrapping secrets in one short video. Turn up the Christmas tunes, pour a glass of wine, and get to wrapping!

This year you’re bound to have the prettiest gifts under the tree!

DIY Beach Wave Spray

DIY, BeautyKat RainwaterComment

Last summer I was on a quest to find the perfect “beach wave” spray. I wanted something that I could put in my hair when I didn’t feel like blowdrying but it would still dry with a cute (non frizzy) wave to it. My results weren’t so good…I didn’t find a single product that I liked. My natural curls/ air dry looked like I stuck my finger in an outlet or was crunchy. But I stumbled across a homemade sea salt spray, tried it out, and I’m loving the results! I’m currently blogging from the beach and I can promise you, I’m using this recipe every day. My hair does have a slight wave to it but it would not be considered curly so all my straight haired friends should give it a try too!

Sea Salt Spray
:: 1 cup warm water
:: 1 teaspoon conditioner
:: 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
:: 1 teaspoon sea salt
:: small squirt of hair gel
:: spray bottle

Step 1 | Pour warm water into spray bottle and add the conditioner, coconut oil, sea salt, and gel. Shake it up until everything dissolves and mixes together.

Step 2 | Spray the mixture on damp hair. If your hair is really wet, make sure to towel dry it before you spray. The mixture definitely works better if the hair is a little dry. Once you feel like the spray is evenly coated scrunch your hair up towards your roots with both hands.

Step 3 | Let it dry! I find that my hair looks 10 times better if I let it dry naturally outside. I never get as much body or curl if it dries indoors.

This is the perfect recipe for easy, summer hair especially if you’re at the beach! Who wants to blow-dry when it’s so hot? Not me.

DIY Home Scents

DIYCason RainwaterComment

Y’all, home ownership can be tough stuff. In the past year, a shelf has completely come out of the wall, my ice maker no longer works, I burned a hole in my porch (oops), and I used YouTube to fix my garbage disposal. And for the love of hoarding, when did I acquire SO. MUCH. STUFF?! Kat and I have been on a spring cleaning binge the past few weekends. Even if it’s just one or two things a day, we’re making a point to toss or donate the unnecessary clutter. I swear there are cabinets, drawers, and closets that I haven’t seen the bottom of….maybe ever. I spotted these all natural home scents on Pinterest and decided they would be a perfect addition to our spring cleaning sprees!

[ what you’ll NEED ]

:: fresh herbs (ex: mint, rosemary)
:: fresh fruit (ex: lemons, limes, oranges)
:: extracts (ex: vanilla, peppermint)

There’s no right or wrong combination here! Mix and match your favorite fruits, herbs, and extracts to create a perfect scent for your home. Throw everything into a small pot and simmer on low for a couple of hours. Be sure to keep refilling the water as it evaporates so that your fruit and herbs don’t burn. I tried 2 different combinations – lemon + rosemary + 1 tsp vanilla and lime + mint. Both had my entire house smelling clean and refreshing within an hour!

I stored the extra ingredients in a mason jar in the refrigerator and will pull them out this weekend while I’m doing another round of spring cleaning. Until next time…

DIY Succulent Planters

DIYCason RainwaterComment

I hope everyone is sporting something green today in honor of St. Patrick’s Day! Growing up, I always forgot to wear something green but avoided being pinched by saying my eyes were green. Total cop-out but it always worked! I’m multi-tasking today by celebrating Irish culture AND bringing you a DIY that will add a touch of green to your home! Am I a professional blogger or what? (I wish.)

[ WHAT YOU’LL NEED ]

:: miniature succulents
:: empty soup cans in assorted sizes
:: cactus soil
:: hammer
:: nails

1 | Clean your soup cans well using a residue remover like Goo Gone.

2 | So that your plants can drain well, use a nail to poke a few holes in the bottom of each soup can.

3 | Fill your soup cans up about half way with cactus soil.

4 | Carefully remove succulents from the containers they came in and lightly loosen the soil around the roots. Continue filling the can with cactus soil and pat down well.

5 | Water your succulents generously just this once. Ideally, succulents need to be placed where they will get several hours of sunlight during the day. They only need to be watered once every few weeks but read the labels on the particular succulents you buy just in case it’s more or less often.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May the luck of the Irish be with you!

DIY Rose Sugar Scrub

DIYKat RainwaterComment

For all you lucky ladies that received roses on Valentine’s Day, odds are that bouquet isn’t looking quite so stunning anymore. DON’T throw them away! Save the petals and make a homemade rose petal sugar scrub. Talk about a perfect post-Valentine’s Day DIY. I made a batch for myself and it smells (and feels) divine!

[ WHAT YOU’LL NEED ]

:: 1 1/2 cups of plain white sugar
:: 1/4 cup baby oil
:: 12 rose petals
::  a couple drops of your favorite essential oil
:: food possessor
:: jar

[ DIRECTIONS ]

Pour sugar into food processor. Toss in the rose petals then add baby oil. Next, add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil, this definitely helps enhance the scent and makes it smell fabulous. My recommendation would be a scent like lavender or vanilla that would compliment the smell of roses. Blend until rose petals are broken down and all the ingredients are mixed together. Once you’re done, store in small mason jars. Now the hard part- find some “me” time and enjoy a nice, relaxing bubble bath with your homemade sugar scrub!

Nothing like making your Valentine’s Day present last a little longer. This homemade sugar scrub would also make the perfect gift!