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Green Slime Lemonade

October 8, 2014

This kiwi lemonade is spiked with coconut rum and would be the perfect cocktail for a Halloween party.

These cocktails may give you the chills (I mean, look at those giant spiders!) but under the guise of slime these cocktails are sure to be your new go-to mixer for Halloween. I combined Natalie’s lemonade with fresh kiwi and coconut rum for a simple cocktail that will make you feel more like you’re at the beach than a Halloween party.

If you’re hosting a Halloween party or just want to make any drinks a bit more festive, you can easily create the spider topped straws. All you need are some plastic spiders, paper straws and a hot glue gun.

These DIY spider straws are made by gluing plastic spiders onto paper straws. So simple and perfect for Halloween!

Loving this slime recipe made from fresh lemonade, kiwi, and coconut rum. The spider straws are a cute touch too!

Green Slime Lemonade:
Servings (2 glasses)

Ingredients:
- 3 ripe kiwi
- 6 oz. Natalie’s Lemonade
- 2-4 oz. of coconut rum (depending on how strong you want to make it)
- Ice

Supplies:
- Food processor or blender
- Pitcher
- 2 old fashioned glasses
- Paper straws
- Plastic spiders
- Hot glue gun

Directions:

1. Apply a small amount of hot glue onto the top of a paper straw about 2″ from the top. Press a plastic spider onto the glue and hold for about 20 seconds, or until the glue hardens. Set aside.

2. Peel the kiwi fruit and place in a food processor or blender. Pulse until the fruit is pureed.

3. Pour kiwi juice into pitcher. Top with 6 oz. Natalie’s lemonade and 2-4 oz. of coconut rum (you can easily make this drink kid friendly by omitting the rum). Stir and pour over two glasses full of ice. Add a spider topped paper straw and you’re ready for Halloween!

Lemonade gets transformed into a Halloween cocktail when you add fresh pureed kiwi fruit and coconut rum.

Get inspired with other spooky recipes and DIYs over on my Halloween page.

This recipe was created for Natalie’s. Thanks for supporting the brands that help me create delicious recipes like this one.

Living with Chronic Foot Pain

October 6, 2014

One blogger shares her experience of living with chronic foot pain and how she's found some relief.

Today I’m taking a break from my usual DIY and lifestyle posts to share an update on my journey with chronic foot pain. It’s been almost 6 months to the day since I last shared an update so I thought today was a good day to do that (if you haven’t read my previous posts or would like to know more about my journey thus far, you can read them here).

This summer I was once again starting to have way more bad days with unbearable pain than good days. Not only was the pain present before I got out of bed, it lingered throughout the day even though I was still taking Meloxicam, an anti-immaflamtory drug, daily. Over the past few months I had found some relief with it but over time it seemed like it wore off. My pain management doctor prescribed an EMG nerve test because I hadn’t had one since I was 15. I was really hoping that the test would give me an diagnosis, no matter what it may be, so at least then the doctors would know what to do. The results from the test were inconclusive and my pain was still pretty much undiagnosed. Several doctors I’ve seen feel that the nerves in my feet simply fire pain signals when they shouldn’t causing pain when I shouldn’t have any pain.

August rolled around and it was time for another checkup with the pain management doctor and I felt extremely defeated. I had nothing to report to him as nothing had improved since my last visit so I decided to cancel the appointment. I really didn’t want just switch medications for yet another time and I’d had been having doubts about taking Meloxicam long-term. I felt it was time to try something new. So I made an acupuncture appointment. I had never done acupuncture before, but after taking my horse to a holistic vet this year and seeing the huge improvement in his health (that’s definitely another post to share), I decided that a holistic approach was worth trying for me. After all, I felt like I had exhausted all other options.

So I stopped taking the Meloxicam and tried acupuncture. I’ve not really scared of needles but they were a bit uncomfortable since I learned that the pressure points for heels and arches are in the wrist. It wasn’t magical and I wasn’t immediately healed. I wish I could say I was but I did start to notice an overall improvement as the days went by.

I’ve now had four acupuncture sessions over the past 8 weeks and I can honestly say my new normal, without any medication, is so much better than it ever was with any medication I’ve tried. Last month Kevin and I visited St. Augustine and walked all around town all weekend. It wasn’t until later that week that Kevin stopped me and said, “You just walked all weekend and didn’t say anything about your feet. That’s incredible.”

I still have bad days and my feet ache while I write this post, but I am having so many more good days now. I also started  a weekly therapeutic yoga class that is targeted towards people with chronic pain and I found it to be very energizing and relaxing. I’m able to ride my horse several times a week (I’m riding western dressage now and loving it) and I’ve been going to the gym a few times a week. That’s definitely something I didn’t see myself being able to do a couple years ago. I still can only wear very supportive shoes and I keep using my foot massager daily but I feel as though for the first time ever, I may be on the road to healing.

Have you given acupuncture a try? I’d love to hear how it’s affected you. And as always, if you have any more questions feel free to contact me.

Links to Love

October 3, 2014

Loving these blush and coral DIY projects and recipes! They would make fun weekend projects.

Umm, where did the week go? Last time I checked it was still Monday and my t0-do list was a long list of uncrossed words. This weekend will be a working weekend for me because next weekend we’re heading to Chicago! If you have any recommendations on things to do or where to eat, please share. It’s our first time in the city and we’d love suggestions.

I love this season because I feel so many people are inspired and making beautiful weeks. This weeks favorite links are proof. How gorgeous are each of these recipes/projects/lettering?

1. I still haven’t tried making macaroons (thought I adore them) and this pumpkin recipe with chocolate ganache has me convinced to give it a go.

2. A geometric accent wall is a beautiful way to add color and interest to a space.

3. This diy marbled tray would be a perfect handmade gift (because the holidays will be here before we know it).

4. Decorate your workspace with these #girlboss printables to add some inspiration to your everyday.

I’m also loving:

These couples costume ideas. The Moonrise Kingdom one is my fave!

This painted rope planter would be a perfect rainy day project.

Glitter ice cubes!?! Yes, there’s edible glitter!

Pumpkin pecan crostini. The perfect balance between sweet and savory.

Printable Halloween Banner and Treat Bag Toppers

October 2, 2014

Loving this simple way to make Halloween treat bags! Definitely going to use this free printable treat bag topper this Halloween!

I don’t do scary movies. To begin with, I get startled so easily and after watching a scary movie I end up having the worst dreams. So I just don’t do scary movies. And when it comes to Halloween, I prefer to focus on the cuter side of the season. I’ll swap blood and gore for cute bats and polka dots any day. That’s why I’ve included both in these candy corn colored Halloween printables.

If you’re planning on handing out candy to neighborhood kids or if you need to make treats for your child’s classroom, these printable treat bag toppers make it so easy to make a batch of perfectly wrapped treats. Hand out candy wrapped in these bags and you’ll be the favorite house to trick or treat to in the entire neighborhood. I used the Avery Printable Bag Toppers and they even come with small plastic bags so all you need to do is grab some Halloween candy to put in them. The hard part, for me, is not eating all the candy while I’m filling the bags. Maybe you’ll have better luck with that than me.

This cute printable banner would be perfect on the front door on Halloween night.

To help make your home a bit more festive hang the trick or treat banner I made on your front door. Or use it as decor if you’re hosting a Halloween party. I used the Avery Printable Tags to create this banner because they are already perforated. All you have to do is print them out, bend them, and the edges just pop right off. Thread the tags through some baker’s twine or ribbon and you’re ready for Halloween. I’ve also included a few extra tags that would be perfect for decorating Halloween treats.

Download the Halloween treat bag topper template and use with Avery 22801

Download the trick or treat banner with bonus gift tags and use with Avery 22802

These treat bags would be perfect for a Halloween party, class room treats, or even neighborhood trick or treaters.

Use this free printable banner to greet trick or treaters or as simple party decor this Halloween.

If you use these printables this Halloween I’d love to see a photo! Share it with #sarahhearts. Can’t wait to see how you use these printables!

This post was created in partnership with Avery. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that help me create fun printables like these!