Thrifty Thursdays

Today I woke up and realized that I did not write all week. I knew something felt a little funny. It’s a continuous process to get in a routine, and I’m trying again to write at least once a day. So, I’m starting fresh and sharing some cool things I found just surfing my Facebook news feed. All the times I’ve threatened canceling my account, I continue to keep it open because with every negative post I see, there is an explosion of inspiration. I’ve learned to just stay on my page and visit the pages I like than to get caught up in the drama of Facebook. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

So, today’s Thrifty Thursday post is a little mix of craft, food and skincare. There’s something for everyone!

Photo from The Paper Mama

Photo from The Paper Mama

First, can we all agree that this Macrame Plant Hanger from The Paper Mama is equally as cute as the planter? It only cost Chelsey $5 to make the plant hanger, and she shared her whole tutorial on Better Homes & Gardens. You can also find a tutorial for her planter in her e-book, which I purchased last year, and am totally in love with.

Image from Greatist

Image from Greatist

I love when Greatist posts stuff like 400+ Cheap and Healthy Recipes, because it challenges the preconception that eating healthy has to be expensive. As long as you have some fruit, veggies, protein and grain…you can make some pretty healthy stuff. They have it broken down it the basic categories – breakfast, lunch, dinner, soup and more. I’ve been getting pretty bored of my normal everyday eats, so I love finding new recipes to test.

Photo from Offbeat and Inspired

Photo from Offbeat and Inspired

I always save tutorials and recipes for sugar/salt scrubs, but I have yet to actually make one. What’s up with that? So I’m saving this DIY Citrus Salt Scrub recipe from Offbeat + Inspired in hopes that I’ll actually use it. I got some essential oils for the candle kit that I was obsessed with getting but still haven’t made anything. With it already feeling like the middle of summer outside and spending my days watching my daughter float around in our inflatable pool, my skin has been angry with me. So this might just give it the love it needs.

Photo from Love & Olive Oil

Photo from Love & Olive Oil

And what is more perfect in the summer heat than ice cream?! Especially this Dark Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream recipe from Love & Olive Oil. You will need an ice cream maker to make this, so if you have one already…then check out this recipe. I pretty much love anything with dark chocolate and strawberries in it, so I need to buy an ice cream maker to make this. Not very thrifty, but hey…

IMG_2252And finally, check out this children’s china cabinet I got from the Sacramento Antique Faire on Sunday! It was marked down from $50 to $30 and it just needs a little love before it’s perfect! Cecilia already has a bunch of kitchen trinkets to fill it up with so she can work on her masterpiece while I’m in the kitchen.

Do you have a thrifty tutorial, recipe or purchase you want to share? Post in the comments and connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google + and Pinterest!

Stay thrifty, my friends.

 

This week at the weekly treat

weekly treat

This afternoon, I had a nectarine with my lunch and it got me thinking about all of the yummy treats I could make with nectarines. This inspired the theme of this week’s Weekly Treat: Nectarines!!! They are one of my favorite fruit and I know how amazing they would be in (almost) any sweet recipe. Here are my favorites:

Image belongs to Delish

Image belongs to Delish

Nectarine and Blueberry Cobbler, from Delish

Image belongs to Hungry Cravings

Image belongs to Hungry Cravings

Nectarine Shortcakes from Hungry Cravings

Lucy, who runs this blog, has written two books about cooking and she has about 250 recipes on her page. Definitely worth checking out!

Image belongs to Cookin' Canuck

Image belongs to Cookin’ Canuck

Nectarine and Hazelnut Scones, by Cookin’ Canuck

Dara, who runs this blog, offers a bunch of healthy recipes on her blog, and they all look good! She also offers a bunch of kitchen tips and writes a lot about her weight loss journey and healthy living. If you’re looking to healthify your recipes more, you should definitely visit her page!

Image belongs to Offbeat and Inspired

Image belongs to Offbeat and Inspired

Peach-banana smoothie popsicles from offbeat + inspired

Of course I had to add a clean-eating recipe! I’ve written about this site before, so obviously I love it! And these popsicles look amazing and so refreshing right now.

Image belongs to Do It Yourself from Scratch

Image belongs to Do It Yourself from Scratch

Nectarine Jam from Do It Yourself from Scratch

This blog offers a lot of advice for making everything from scratch in yourself, including brewing, dehydrating and making cheese. Something tells me I’ll be here a lot!

If you love baking or are just getting into it, check out our Weekly Treat group for some recipe inspiration. Share your lemon and blueberry treats in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #lemonblueberry You can find more of my lemon blueberry inspiration on Pinterest!