Friday, August 18, 2017

Magic Lemonade Recipe

I've seen color changing drinks floating around the internet and thought it was pretty cool, but not something I would ever spend the time doing. But then I realized that our Eclipse party would be a great time to serve something magical to our guests! So I decided to create a recipe for something very simple, that still had that ooh ahh factor. So here it is- Magic Lemonade.
The concept is simple. Create two different liquids, one purple and one yellow, and pour together when serving. The purple liquid gets it's color from purple cabbage. And I know what you are thinking, cabbage lemonade gross! But you can't taste the cabbage AT ALL. It's weird and crazy, but it's true.
For our eclipse party, I wanted to name the liquids something fitting, so I settled on Moon Beams and Sunshine. The Moon Beams part is basically a purple simple syrup and the Sunshine is lemon water. Mix the two together and you get a very fun ombre situation like the picture above. Stir it up and it's all turns bright pink!
Magic Lemonade Recipe

For the Moon Beams
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 purple cabbage, cut in large slivers
- 1 cup sugar

For the Sunshine
- 1 cup cold water
- The juice of 6 lemons (or around 1 cup)

1. Bring the 2 cups of water and cabbage to a boil. Let boil for up to 3 minutes until desired color is reached. 2 minutes is plenty of time and 3 minutes will start to make the water taste like cabbage.
2. Strain the cabbage out of the water. Remember to use a bowl to catch the purple water.
3. Put the purple water back into the pot and add the sugar. Warm until the sugar is dissolved.
4. Juice the lemons and mix with cold water.
5. When ready to serve, let guests pour equal parts of each liquid into their glass over ice, and watch the magic happen!

Let us know if you serve this at your party! And we would love it if you would share this post with your friends because sharing is caring!

xo, Savannah

Thursday, August 17, 2017

DIY: Solar Eclipse Piñata

We are all about having a theme with every party we have, so as soon as I knew we were having a solar eclipse party, I knew we needed to have a piñata. With the solar eclipse happening, it's just already a built in party theme. And let's get one thing straight, this piñata is totally for adults. We will probably stuff it with a mix of candy and mini liquor bottles because adult piñatas should contain things adults want. We will see.
This piñata has got to be the easiest one to make. If you do any shopping on Amazon or have ever thrown a party, you probably already have the tools. You just need:
- Some cardboard
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Black and white streamers (Peach, Teal and Blue optional)
I'm going to try to organize my thoughts about this into some sort of instruction that makes sense. Let's do this!

1. Cut two cardboard circles in the size you want, just make sure they are the same.
2. Choose how wide you want the piñata to be and cut cardboard strips to be that wide. Ours is about 4 inches, which is how wide the flaps on a lot of our boxes already were.
3. Cut notches along the long edge of your strips and fold the edges down.
4. Tape the folded edges down facing inward to the edge of one of the circles.
5. Cut a flap into one of your strips so you will be able to put candy and things inside the piñata. You want the strip to be longer than the hole so it doesn't easily fall into the piñata.
6. Tape the second circle down on top of the other side of your edges and make sire everything is taped securely.
7. Cut streamers into a manageable length and fold in half.
8. Cut fringe into the streamers. I could cut through about 8 folded pieces at a time.
9. Hot glue the folded side of an individual streamer around the border and then repeat over and over again making your way inward. You will need to overlap the streamer a good bit. You just need to be able to see the underneath color a little. To get the solar eclipse effect, use colors that fade lighter to darker. You could use red, yellow and blue or even just one color between the black and white. 
10. Cut two slits near each other to thread a string through to be able to hang the piñata.
If you squint/blur your eyes a little this will look a little like what we will be looking at in the sky in a few days (minus the darkness).
Well, I don't know about you, but I can't wait to use this at our party on Monday. I even covered a little piece of wood with some streamers to match, but you could use a bat or dowel. Let us know if you decide to make one yourself. And if you like this post, please share with your friends on Facebook!

xo, Savannah

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

our favorite pool accessories

Now that you have built your stock tank pool, you'll need some pool accessories to go along with it. We have as much fun finding things for our pool as we do hanging by the pool. We are big fans of ambience, but also want to be mosquito-free in Tennessee, so there is definitely some variety in our selection above. If you don't live in Tennessee or a part of the world where mosquitoes ruin summers, let me tell you, they really suck. We have 10 tiki torches lining the pool area and I swear they really help. I personally get attacked the moment I step outside, so all anti-mosquito items are my best friends.
We got this donut float the second we had the pool and it's pretty tight. I also linked to a popsicle float because sometimes it's nicer to be able to lay down in the water, because let's be real, that's how you get the best tan. I also wanted to share that we will sometimes put the battery operated tea lights in the flamingo cup holders to light up the pool in the evening.
Anyway the links below are affiliate links, but they are all things we have bought or something verrrrry similar. Plus, they are all on Amazon, our favvvvvorite online shop. Anyone else love Amazon as much as we do? It's kind of a problem...

1. Pineapple Cups
2. Flamingo Cup Holders
3. Tiki Umbrellas
4. Beach Towels
5. Battery Operated Tea Lights
6. Umbrella Straws
7. Tiki Fuel
8. Donut Float or Popsicle Float
9. Globe Lights
10. Tiki Torches
Happy floating!

xo, Savannah (and Hazel the cockapoo)

Monday, August 14, 2017

5 Tips for Summer "Me Time"

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PEOPLE®,Real Simple®, and Southern Living®. The opinions and text are all mine.
We are thrilled to work with PEOPLE because I seriously love magazines. I remember as a young teenager subscribing to different magazines and being so excited when they arrived in the mail. Even though we are in such a digital age, nothing can beat opening a magazine and reading the glossy pages. What’s great about PEOPLE is that the magazine is released weekly so they are always up to date on all things celebrity/style/food, etc. I grew up watching my mom read PEOPLE and now I love to read this magazine myself.
While I was at our local Inglewood Kroger this week, we picked up the latest edition of PEOPLE. This summer when you are having your “me time,” whether that is by the pool, at the beach, or in your air-conditioned home, reading PEOPLE is a fun way to spend your time. When we take time for ourselves during the summer, we like to hang out by our teeny tiny pool. What is better than taking a day to relax, listening to some music, taking a dip, and reading a magazine? Sounds like a great summer day to me!
There is definitely something magical about summertime. I’m sure the magic lingers from our childhoods when we didn’t have to go to school or have much of an agenda for two whole months. Unfortunately, being an adult doesn’t allow us that kind of luxury. However, I think holding onto the magic of summer is good for the soul. Even if you don’t get to take a vacation this summer you can still take some “me time.” We actually have to schedule days out to be able to have time for ourselves, and we call these fun days. Even when we have a zillion deadlines approaching, we will stop and take the time to just relax.
Anyway, treat yo’ self, guys. Take some time to yourself. The negative physiological effects of stress are real. In a time when we are so focused on being efficient and faster, our stress levels are at an all time high. You have to take time for yourself. It is literally crucial to your health.
5 Tips For Your Summer “Me Time”:

1) Schedule the time. Don’t just assume it’s going to happen. You have to make it happen, so make time in your schedule for YOU.
2) Grab a friend or don’t. If you are an introvert, then your “me time” is going to need to be spending the day alone. If you thrive on being around people, then you will be more energized by hanging with a friend or two. Recognizing that about yourself is important, so don’t force yourself to be something you aren’t.
3) Pick a destination. Check out a local park you’ve never been to. Find a pool if you don’t have one. A lot of cities have pools you can visit for a small fee. Go to a body of water- if you are lucky enough to live near a beach then that’s a no-brainer. We live near several lakes that have beaches, so that’s always an option.
4) Read a magazine and drift away into another land. Check out PEOPLE, Real Simple, Southern Living, or PEOPLE Princess Diana: Twenty Years Later.
5) Most importantly- RELAX. Be flexible and remember to manage your expectations. Maybe you planned on being outside on your day but then it rains- just roll with the punches. Have a back up plan. Just don’t get too worked up about what happens either way. The point is to enjoy your day and to reduce your stress-even if it’s just for a moment in time. 

Peace, Casey

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how to style a boho bookshelf

You may have seen our most recent room tour (A Moody Boho Sitting Room) where this bookshelf resides, but today we are talking specifically about the styling of the shelf. This space was the last thing we did in the room, and it took us a while to gather all the things to put on it. If there is ever any advice we give to people who are decorating, it's to take your time. Don't go to one place and buy everything at once. You'll never get the character that you are going for that way. We were definitely eager to finish this room (and this bookshelf was specifically holding us back) but it was worth it to gather things as we found them. 
We got lucky and found all of these colorful Reader's Digest books at a yard sale for a whopping $3. They were perfect for the shelf mostly because of the cute and fun color combinations. You should definitely add your own personal books of things you actually read, but it's okay to have some books just for looks too. We picked up one of our little trinkets while we were in Tulum earlier this year. The other trinkets and the book ends came from antique shops here and there.

Also, when trying to style something in the name of 'boho', you MUST have plants. Pants are such an easy decoration. They can take up a good amount of space and round out any design in any room.
To style your own shelf, this is roughly what you will need:
- A collection of colorful books
- Trinkets of your choosing

Feel free to add more or use less as you desire. This is just a guideline!
As you can see, styling a bookshelf is pretty simple. You can also use this technique on taller bookshelves, night stands, smaller bookshelves, etc. If you enjoy these posts, we would love to hear from you! Leave a comment and visit us on Instagram and YouTube and we will be back with more posts soon!

xo, Savannah

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

DIY: Half moon mani

It's been a long while since we posted a mani tutorial, but I haven't stopped loving a good one! I love to keep my nails painted and if I could fit it in, I'd do some sort of nail art every time I do my nails. This mani has got to be one of the easiest in the books, but it looks like you had it done professionally. You don't need any fancy tools, just some circle stickers and two nail colors of your choice. I'm using OPI Mod About You and China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely. Let's get started!
You will need:

- Two Nail Polish Colors
The key to long lasting manicures at home is a gel top coat. I got my gel lamp as a gift, and honestly didn't think I'd use it that much. But I was very wrong. What I love about gel polish is obviously that it last so much longer than regular polish. Also, your nails are always much shinier when you have gel polish on. The thing I don't like about gel manicures is that you have to go get them done and they can be costly. This is why I now use the lamp often. My common routine is to paint my nails with regular polish and then use a gel top coat. It's fast and my nails keep for at least a week. Without this top coat, my polish usually lasts about 2 days. Finding gel colors is a lot harder than finding regular polish, so the possibilities are endless with this method. Also, when it comes to nail art, it is always easier to use regular polish vs. gel.
Have you tried gel at home yet? It's definitely my new go-to. Thanks for reading!

xo, Savannah

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Monday, August 7, 2017

DIY: Boho Outdoor Space

We are very excited to share this project with you, and even more excited to have finished it! Our backyard has been an ongoing project since last summer. We had a huge wave of inspiration after being in Tulum earlier this summer. We decided that we wanted to recreate a lot of the great things we saw in Tulum in our own backyard.
The deck in our backyard is very large, so we have a few different spaces that we are able to decorate. It has been interesting to figure out how to utilize the space properly. After Tulum, the first thing we knew we wanted to do was add white. Our stained deck is a LOT of wood (which we love) but as we add more wood things, like the stock tank pool bench, we knew we'd want to paint them white.
Anyway, let's get started.

You will need:
- Bamboo
- White outdoor paint
- Paint roller
- Staples
- Staple Gun
- Variety of decorations
- Scotch Guard

This project was really so simple. You don't even have to add decorations. A white bamboo fence and some globe lights would really add something to a space. I will say that some sort of macrame piece hanging in the tree really took it up a notch. It's definitely something worth looking into, just make sure you scotch guard it really well!
Thanks so much for checking out our project! If you like this sort of thing, make sure you subscribe to our channel on YouTube and follow us on Instagram for real time stories. See you next time!

xo, Savannah 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

DIY: Two Color Ombre Dye with Rit

Hey friend! If you've followed Hey Wanderer for a while now, you know that we dye a lot of fabric. It's kind of our thing. So we knew we had to jump on this branded project with rit dye. We are so excited to be working with them to show you how we create a two color ombre dye.
We love how our piece turned out and it's actually a pretty simple process, as long as you have the right tools. As you can see, our colors have some texture and depth to them and if you want to recreate something very similar, follow our steps below. The only thing you'll need to decide is what article of clothing you have that needs new life and what colors you want to use to spruce it up. (We are using the dye for natural fabrics, but if you have something that you want to dye that is polyester, check out Rit DyeMore for Synthetics.) Let's get started!

Here's what you will need:
- A pre-washed garment, preferably in white and of natural fabric. Think cotton, wool, linen, silk or rayon (which is what our piece is made of.)
- Rit All-Purpose Dye in the colors of your choosing (We used Hyacinth, Pearl Gray, Rose Quartz and Camel.)
- Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative
- 2 tall buckets
- Gloves
- Hot water
Step 1. Fill two deep buckets with hot, hot water. We used 2 quarts of water in each bucket.

Step 2. Add your rit dye to the hot water. For one of our colors we put 3 caps full of Rose Quartz and 1 cap full of Camel in a bucket. In the other we put 1 cap full of Pearl Gray and 1 cap full of Hyacinth. If you want to do another color or you need color inspiration, check out rit's 500 color recipes. It's pretty fun to see all the colors you can create with 30 base colors.
Pro Tip: Use small pieces of paper towel to dip in your dye bath to make sure it's going to be the color you are wanting to achieve.
Step 3. Fold your garment accordion style from top to bottom.
Step 4. Wet your garment.
Step 5. Put one end of your garment in one color.
And put the other end in the other color. You'll want to make sure your buckets are right next to each other.
Push down your garment into the dye bath enough to cover the white areas.
Step 6. Rinse your garment with cold water until the water runs clear. Then either lay your garment flat to dry or throw it in the dryer if it is safe for the fabric.

*If you are using the dye fixative, use it before rinsing. Follow the instructions on your bottle.
Your newly dyed garment will be perfect to wear to your next music festival or just with friends hanging in the summer.

xo, Savannah

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