DIY Drink Syrups, Done 3 Ways

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This summer I wanted to try to drastically cut down the number of fizzy drinks in favour of something either more water-like or perhaps make my own refreshing drinks. So for the past few weeks, I’ve been looking at various recipes to quench that thirst*

After a lot of researching I decided to make some berry syrups in three slightly different ways and, hopefully, you’ll love them as much as I do.

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Summer Lovin’ Ice Blocks

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Whether you call them ice blocks, treats, pops or Steve Rogers, nothing beats something full of flavour and ice-cold on a summer’s day, so we thought we’d reign in the holiday season and almost the start of the worst weeks of a Queensland summer with some icy treats!

This is one of those great “dump all the ingredients in an appliance and let it do its thing”, what you really need is:

 

  1. Your desired frozen fruit (frozen is best because 1- cheaper and 2- sets much faster)
  2. Coconut milk or thickened cream (or any cream to give it a slightly creamy texture and thickens the mixture)
  3. Something to give another hint of flavour/sweetener

 

Want to see what I used?

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Happy Halloween!

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It’s come to that magical time of year where we buy heaps of candy and hand it out to each other and not the neighbourhood kids because we’re the witches of our area.

We hope you enjoyed Halloween month! We’re going to go on a little two week hiatus to tie up some loose ends before the end of the year so we should be back mid-November but to keep up to date, make sure you follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Before we go we’ll leave you with some glow-in-the-dark drinks!

 

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The hardest thing to acquire is most likely the black light bulb and a light source to put it in, thankfully Bunnings had one that fit a lamp we had in the house. Next, you need tonic water that has quinine in it as that’s what gives tonic water its glow (also doesn’t hurt to check to see what is the best tonic water out there like this bartending site I went to see what to get).

After that, you just get something for flavouring which can be fruit or a sachet.
I decided for photography purposes to keep flavouring out but put some pomegranate arils to make it look cool along with our super-cute Ghostface ice cubes!

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I’m so happy with how they turned out! While finding a lightbulb to fit a light source might not make it the easiest and cheapest thing to do, it definitely makes things fun- and I say this after The Evil Assistant and I stared at all the blackheads we had on our face!

So I hope you enjoy the last little remnants of Halloween, we hope to be back in two weeks, until then use sunscreen and stay safe!

I’m Out: Why I’ve Ditched My Makeup Line

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Typing that title hurts, even after explaining to others for over a year now, but yes, I’ve stopped any word to do with making my cosmetic line. After years and years of making my own batches in my childhood kitchen, researching for hours on end, designing unique packaging and trying to nail down everything I could, I stopped.

When I say I worked on it for years, it would have been around six years this year. I know, it’s a long time.

So why stop after so much effort?

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DIY Drawer Dividers!

 

While I was working on another post I was getting ready to clean up my vanity. I actually wanted to go to my local IKEA and grab some drawer dividers, but it’s kind of hard to get to by myself, so I decided to try my luck at making some.

At first, I was going to use cereal boxes but I realised quickly they would be too flimsy and thin. I did have a cardboard box I was going to use, but the box had been used for moving and I felt dirty every time I touched it.
However, I was looking at some of my photography equipment and I saw a white foam board, one you can find at Kmart or dollar stores. It had a dent in it and was marked a bit, which is why I didn’t use it any longer.

I decided a little after starting to cut out the pieces that I should actually put it up on here in case any of you want to make your own!

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