This week went by too quickly. I still feel like I have mountains of work to do but I’ve also got some fun things planned for the weekend. It’s all about balance, right? If you’re looking for a fun DIY to try this weekend, here are some of my favorite summery projects from this week.
After doing a ton of traveling in the last couple of years and lots of international travel in the past year, there are a few items that I now never travel without. I admit, I used to be an over packer, but now I almost exclusively only use a carryon suitcase and one carryon messenger bag, that doubles as a purse once I’m at my destination. A big part of the slimming down of my suitcase has to do with only bringing the items I know I’ll use and wear.
seven items I never travel without
Passport holder wallet – this wallet is large enough to hold a passport, multiple credit cards, and cash. My favorite feature has got to me the tiny SIM card pocket, which is handy when you’re traveling abroad and need to swap out your phone’s SIM card. It’s RFID blocking too.
Hanging toiletry bag – toiletries have always been the items that take up the most space in my suitcase. I now only bring this bag that’s large enough to hold everything I need but also small enough that I can carry it with me when I’m in an airport lounge.
Travel umbrella – always a must even if blue skies are in the forecast! This one is one of the smallest models I’ve even seen.
Odor eliminator spray – since I almost always wear many clothing items multiple times, a couple mists of this spray really help remove any odors on clothing without adding a perfumey scent.
Deodorant removing sponges – these things work like magic! Perfect for removing deodorant on dark clothing. I’ve found they also remove toothpaste stains pretty well too.
Timbuk2 Sutro messenger bag – this bag looks pretty plain but it’s now my go-to travel bag. It’s loaded with tons of pockets and even has a padded sleeve that fits a 12″ Macbook perfectly. It also has a back pocket that fits and iPad Air too. My favorite feature are the two interior mesh pockets—I use one to hold a water bottle and the other to hold my sunglasses case.
Suitcase bag bungee – this simple looking instantly frees up your hands. It attaches to a roller-bag and can be used to hold another bag on top. I’ve also used then for holding my heavy winter coat on top of my bag too.
I have a big sweet tooth. I love cookies, cakes, fruit, candy, and ice cream. And when one or more is combined into a single dessert I’m a happy camper.
Since the weather is warming up and summer is around the corner, I’m sharing a delicious (and super easy to make) Pocky piña colada ice cream recipe today. It combines the flavors of a favorite summer cocktail with Pocky, one of my favorite sweet snacks. If you haven’t yet discovered Pocky, you need to run out any grab a box ASAP. I can’t remember exactly when I first had the chocolate covered biscuit sticks, but I’m pretty sure my husband first introduced me to them. After all, he loves sweets as much as I do.
In this recipe, I used the Original Chocolate flavor Pocky to add a crunch to the piña colada ice cream. Other flavors, like Strawberry and Chocolate Banana, make great ice cream toppers too.
Watch the video below to see just how easy it is to make!
Pocky Piña Colada Ice Cream
1 can cream of coconut
1 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 cup toasted sweetened coconut, toasted
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1 box of your favorite Pocky, cut into bite size pieces
Ice cream cones
Before starting, make sure the ice cream maker bowl has been in the freezer overnight. Without this step, you can’t make ice cream!
Add the cream of coconut and whole milk to the bowl of a food processor or blender. Pulse for a few seconds to combine. Add the heavy cream, toasted sweetened coconut, and crushed pineapple. Pulse a few times to combine the ingredients.
Turn on your ice cream maker and pour in the pina colada ice cream mixture. Run for 10 minutes and then gradually add in the Pocky pieces. Let it run for 20 minutes, or until the suggested time on your ice cream maker. Once it’s done, it will be the consistency of soft serve. Transfer it into an ice cream container and freeze over night to make it scoopable. Serve in a sugar cone wrapped with the fun printable cone wrappers and garnish with a couple of Pocky sticks.
Look for cream of coconut in the beer/wine aisle of your grocery store (because it’s typically used for making cocktails). It’s already sweetened, unlike coconut cream, which can be found in the baking aisle.
If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know I have a thing for scallops (and if you’re new around here you can see all my scallop projects here). I seriously don’t think I’ll get get tired of the pattern. It’s cute, playful, geometric and can be put on just about any surface. Today I continued my scallop trend by putting them on a set of Ikea placemats.
I used the same process as I did when creating a scalloped boarder on a floppy hat, except rather than use the edge of the hat to create the scallop I used a strip of stencil, or making, tape.
Starting at the bottom apply a piece of tape all the way across the cork placemat. Use your hands to smooth it out and make sure it’s firmly adhered to the surface.
Add some white craft paint to the paint tray and use a foam pouncer to stamp along the edge of the tape. To create the look of scallops, position the pouncer so it’s half way on the tape and half way on the placemat.
Repeat this process until the entire placemat is covered. Remove the tape immediately after painting (to prevent the paint from drying and sticking to the tape) and allow it to dry completely.
This project is so easy to make and totally kid friendly. It only takes about 10 minutes to stamp each placemat so you could whip up a ton of these for your next dinner party. I opted for a more subtle pattern by using only white paint, but it would also look adorable in multiple colors.
Boy am I glad it’s almost the weekend! It was a good week but it felt extra long to me. Anyone else feel the same way? This weekend is sure to be a good one. Between our usual weekend bike rides and horse backing riding, we’ll be watching the Kentucky Derby on Saturday and visiting some of our California family on Sunday.
If you’re still looking for something to make for mom for Mother’s Day, try one of these pretty (and simple) DIYs.