5 Ways HomLuv Makes Building Your Dream Home Easy

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of HomLuv. All opinions are my own.

Buying a house can be overwhelming. When we were looking for a house with Casey's parents, it was hard to keep track of everything. We knew we wanted a space for Airbnb and a studio space, along with our own bedrooms and possibly enough space for entertaining. But finding exactly that was challenging. This is where HomLuv comes in! If you are in the market for buying a house, consider building your dream home instead of possibly settling for an already built home. We are teaming up with the HomLuv website to share with you 5 ways it can help you build the perfect home for you!
1. It targets whatever area you want to live in. The first thing you do is choose where you want to live. You could narrow it down to a certain zip code or choose a very generic area.

2. It uses visuals. When building a house, it's really helpful to see photo examples to know if you like something or not. HomLuv provides you with many photos of real houses, kitchens, bedroom and bathroom etc. The easiest thing to do is to look at whatever section is most important to you. If all you really care about it having a giant kitchen and a beautiful exterior, start with those sections.

3. It keeps track of what you like and dislike. When you start looking at photos you can either click that you like or dislike it. Make sure you like things you'd actually want in your house because HomLuv uses this information!
4. It provides tailored recommendations based on what it has learned about you. It takes all those likes and dislikes and your desired location and it recommends homes and builders for you. You can go through the photos of the recommendations and see what you think. If you find one of these that you really love, just click the heart by 'I Luv This Home' to keep track!

5. It let's you contact builders directly from the website. If you see something you like, you can contact the builder or ask a question right from the HomLuv website. This makes it easy to keep up with who you have contacted and be able to contact multiple builders in one place.
Finding our home was nothing short of a miracle. There were times that we thought we were going to have to settle in one way or another. A good way to avoid settling is to build a new home! And HomLuv is there to take you through the process and make sure you don't get overwhelmed. If you are considering building a home, check out the HomLuv website and feel confident about the choices you're making!
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Three Ingredient Gluten-Free Muffins

We love desserts and sweets at our house. We are always on the lookout for ways to create "healthier" versions of our favorite desserts. I say "healthier" as really we are making them less terrible. Have you ever had muffins made with protein powder? We've done it. In a pinch I'll accept a protein muffin as a real one. But really I just want a little something sweet without that little hint of pure health. You know what I'm talking about. Anyway, I found this recipe and decided to try to make a gluten-free version!
Three Ingredient Gluten-Free Muffins
Ingredients:
- 1 box Betty Crocker GF Yellow Cake Mix
- 1 cup of greek yogurt (any flavor)
- 1 cup of water minus 1 Tbs.
optional: 1 cup fresh blueberries

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix the greek yogurt and water together and then add to the cake mix. Stir to combine.
3. Pour the batter into lined muffin tins and bake for 18 minutes.

I used less water because this gluten-free cake mix is smaller than a regular cake mix. You could also mix in chocolate chips or cacao nibs if you were wanting a hint of chocolate. I wanted to add fruit so I went with blueberries. Strawberries would be delicious too. Just make sure you don't use frozen berries because they add more water to the recipe than you want.
This recipe is just a start of things to come. I plan on trying out different cake mixes. This one is just fine but it's not my favorite GF cake mix. The batter is on the chewier side which some people don't mind and some do. I will be sure to post about any new ingredients I try out!

xo, Savannah

15 Things You Should Know About Bonnaroo

Last weekend we ended up going to Bonnaroo with Splat Hair Color. We had a great time, but the trip was so last minute we didn't have a lot of time to prepare. We learned a lot in our days there, so we figured we'd share ome of the things we learned with you! If you ever decide to go (if you haven't already been) I'm sure this list will be helpful to you in some way.
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We also created a little video of our time at Bonnaroo- we hope you will watch and enjoy!

1. It's more than just music. They have parades, a 5k run, yoga, and so many other activities. They have several workshops about a variety topics like gardening and treating women with respect. The Sketchbook Project is there too and Bonnaroo has a yearbook. There are several vendors selling goods and every kind of food you can imagine.
2. Diversity + self expression are celebrated. I was pleasantly surprised to see people of all colors and sizes and ages. People had created such amazing, elaborate costumes. Our favorite was a girl who had a skirt made of purple lights. I wish we could've gotten a picture but her top consisted of tassels covering her nipples- not really our flavor here. We joined in the fun by adding color to our hair which was so much fun. Savannah used the 10 wash dye and I used the 1 wash dye.
3. Music is playing 20+ hours of the day. So have your sleeping options planned out. We only slept a couple of hours. We definitely expected music to be playing all night but it went on until sunrise. Then we were located next to the karaoke bar that was doing karaoke until 9 am. We slept from 7 -9 am. Then, it's too hot and bright outside to sleep in the tent. We tried ear plugs but they didn't help. Maybe earplugs and noise canceling headphones? Or stay in an RV or off-site?

4. The bathroom situation is not as bad as you think. They actually have nice real bathrooms in the main area called Centeroo. And even with the bazillion people there, they were never filthy. They also have flushable port-a-potties which were really not bad at all. There are the less desirable regular port-a-potties but I noticed they emptied them several times a day. There are also shower facilities but they cost $10 except during "happy hour" when they are $5. Basically the bathroom situation is way better than I expected. Unfortunately we used the regular port-a-potties a couple of times before realizing that the flushable ones were really close to us.
5. All ages are welcome. We saw babies to older folks and everthing in between. I can't say that I'd  recommend bringing children but there were a lot more around than I expected.

6. Anything goes. We saw it all -a lot of tape covered nipples and bare booties. But we also saw really cool outfits. People danced anywhere and everywhere without a care in the world. There was definitely a sense that you wouldn't be judge for anything at Bonnaroo. That's one of the things we appreciated the most.
7. You need a clear backpack. I will say I saw a couple people inside Bonnaroo with regular backpacks. But the rule is that you can have a fanny pack, and anything larger than that has to be clear. They are supposed to search what's inside your backpack but they didn't really do this too thoroughly.
8. Riding the Ferris wheel is a must. Tickets are $6 before 7 pm and $7 after that. Riding it right as the sun was going down was pretty magical. You get a view of all of the Bonnaroo grounds.

9. Choose your shoes wisely. I made a rookie move and wore sandals- these sandals had lasted me through a weekend in the Texas heat. But you need comfort because you will be on your feet and walking around all day. Savannah bought some like these before we went and they were perfect! 
10. Do not underestimate your need for sunscreen. This is going to be a full time job if you plan on being out and about during the day. But I noticed several people with terrible sunburns. How miserable! We spent the day in the shade and didn't really get into the sun much. We even brought our own tiki umbrella from our backyard for more shade.

11. The Grove is a lovely place to relax and spend time in the shade. There were Eno hammocks everywhere. We loved this area and it was just a few steps from our camping area. Fort Houston provided artwork and sculptures for the area which gave made the area even better. During the day this place was filled will people trying to get some sleep in.

12. Drugs are everywhere. This may seem obvious and I expected it but it was more prevalent than I imagined. Someone was snorting coke 2 feet from me right out in the open. Weed was smoked more than cigarettes and honestly I got tired of the smell after a while. Even in the family camping area (where we camped) we were constantly surrounded by marijuana smoke. I'm sure we sound like prudes and I don't really care if people smoke it- but like cigarette smoke- it doesn't take long before you are tired of inhaling it.

13. Water is essential. This goes without saying you would think but most of the sick people at the festival are sick from dehydration. Drinking all day in the hot sun is a recipe for disaster. If you're gonna drink all day, then at least drink water in between. Also bring your water with you everywhere. You can bring in an empty reusable water bottle (they have water stations) or 1 sealed water bottle. A bottle of water inside the festival costs $3.
14. Dust is a way of life. If you do any research about Bonnaroo, you will find people mentioning this. A lot of people kept a bandana around their nose + mouth, and they can make great accessories too. We didn't do this but we did find ourselves coughing and Savannah had a stuffy nose.

15. Fashion is optional. Bonnaroo is the anti-Coachella. I've never been to Coachella but from what I can tell everyone wears their best and most fashionable (and a lot of times expensive) festival attire. I saw very little of this. Instead I saw a lot of #2 utilized by creative costumes and outfits. I saw very little, if any one, dressed fashionably. Honestly, it was a breath of fresh air from the Instagram fashion- obsessed world.
We hope to go back next year but we will be way more prepared this time and we'll probably try to stay off site or stay in an RV. It's definitely worth checking out if you like music festivals. And even if you don't like music festivals- it's only an hour drive from Nashville so you could go for one day. The traffic isn't bad at all once the festival gets going. We came in on Friday night without any traffic at all. Thanks to Splat for sending us!!!
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The 5 Minute Icee

Yesterday we went to the pool with the little girl we mentor and we got Icees. What is more summer than an Icee? Nothing, I'll tell ya. I started looking up slushy/icee machines that you could buy. And the only one that seemed like it would do a good job is the commercial machine that was $1500. Savannah was convinced we could do the same thing in our Vitamix so I vowed to try to make it. So today I bring you the easiest summer drink.
5 Minute Icee Recipe
Makes 2 16 oz. glasses

Ingredients:
- 6 Cups Ice
- 1 Packet Kool-Aid
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water 

Directions:
1. Mix sugar and water together in a pan and heat until sugar is dissolved.
2. Add Kool-Aid to blender. 
3. Pour in sugar water. 
4. Add ice.
5. Blend together until mixture is smooth.

This recipe has so many variations you could make. I will say that this recipe is very sweet so you could easily cut down the sugar if you like. Or use any sweetener you'd like. You could also make this an adult drink by adding vodka or rum in place of some ice or water. You could add fruit as well. The options are endless!

The Vitamix really helps create the smooth texture you get from your favorite gas station slush. We bought ours refurbished, so if you've been thinking about getting one you should definitely consider doing the same and saving a couple hundred dollars!
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A Refreshing Mexican Mint Colada

One night in Tulum we were so tired we just ended up eating at a bar that was close-by to our Airbnb. The food was simple, but one cocktail really stood out. It was actually originally made with Gin, but Casey and I both don't really like Gin. We ordered it with vodka instead and it was delicious. It was coconut-y and minty fresh. Like a perfectly flavor-balance dessert. Not too heavy, not too sweet- just cold and delicious. So what did we do? We spent the last month trying to recreate the recipe at home. And lucky for all of us, we finally got it right!
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Mexican Mint Colada Recipe

Ingredients:
- 2 oz. Coconut Rum
- 2 oz. Coconut Cream
- 3 cubes frozen coconut milk (ice will work too)
- 1/4 tsp. mint extract
- 3 mint leaves
- 1 cup ice
- (optional) 1 oz. almond milk or water

Directions: Put all items in a high speed blender (a vitamix works best!) and blend together until smooth. Garnish with fresh mint and serve.

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Tulum, Mexico Travel Guide: 10 Most Instagrammable Spots

Let's be real for a second. If you are an influencer or simply an Instagram user who curates their feed, you likely view your world through an Instagram lens. It's kind of an eye rolling thing but it's a way of life now. Savannah and I often make a mental note and sometimes a real note if we see a place that would be a great place to take a picture. We prefer locations that are multi dimensional (i.e not a mural to stand in front of) and that have color and texture. The great thing about Tulum is that is all photogenic.

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**A friendly note about photo taking etiquette- you'll notice that a lot of the places we recommend are businesses of some sort. Please keep that in mind. I'm sure it goes without saying, but if you are going to take pictures in a restaurant or cafe- please buy something and be as respectful as possible. With that said, if you are visiting Tulum here are 10 of the places we found most IG worthy.
10. Nicte-Ha Cenote // If you read our last post about Tulum you will remember that we found out about this cenote from one of our servers. He told us there were flowers in the water so we nixed our plans for other popular cenotes to go here. It was peaceful and not crowded- we were literally the only people there the whole time we stayed. There were tons of beautiful fish and the water was crystal clear.
9. Tata Tulum // Beach side swings + pool with an ocean view + colorful animals floats = Instagrammable. Oh and they have a beach side hammock as well.
8. Estancia JujeƱa // As I'm sure you know by now, we love all things boho. But we love that Estancia was a little different from the majorly boho Tulum vibes. This restaurant has more of a colorful shabby chic old world thing going for it. All the different colors, textures, and plants make it the perfect place to snap a picture. Also, they have beautiful colorful plates and cups that make a nice addition to your pictures.
7. Sugar Shack at Mateo's // Most of Tulum is muted colors which we do love, but Sugar Shack is a break from the norm with it's brightly colored exterior. These bright colors and ice cream comes make for a great set up for an IG picture.
6. Coco Tulum // This is where we stayed on our trip last year and we did not struggle to find IG worthy backgrounds here. They have an all white bar on the beach with swings which makes it a great place for a picture. They also have hammocks and jungle views that are picture worthy as well.
5. Anastasia Tulum // This is an Airbnb so you'll have to stay there in order to enjoy this Instagram delight. Our pictures from here always perform so well on our Instagram account and Airbnb reposted one from last year. That picture was one of the top 10 most liked pictures on Airbnb's entire account. Airbnb has also asked to repost another picture from this years trip. This place is IG gold. Never stayed in an Airbnb before? Click here for $40 off your first stay!
4. El Pez // This is one of our Tulum favorites. We visited twice this trip and 3 or 4 times on our last visit. The outdoor patio looks onto the ocean and it's decor is beachy + boho. They also have dishes worthy of an IG picture. Their inside is gorgeous as well.
3. Matcha Mama // This might be the most Instagrammed spot in Tulum, well at least this year. We actually couldn't take the picture we came to take because another woman was there having a full on photo shoot. I also feel like the workers expect it at this point.
2. Habitas Tulum // That first picture speaks for itself. The two palm trees with the hammock against the backdrop of the turquoise ocean- begging to be featured on Instagram. They have black hammocks everywhere which is different than the normal white hammocks you see the most in Tulum and I love the way they look against the sand. Also, the pool with the ocean view. All of these are perfect backdrops for Instagram.
1. Nomade Tulum // Every nook and cranny here is photo worthy. They have the nest (second picture) which is settled right in the jungle. Then there is the restaurant- swoon. Basically, I want to redecorate our entire home to look more like this. Who needs real chairs? We'll be sitting on poufs from now on! We have a huge picnic table outside and I told Savannah that we need to cut the legs short and just put poufs all around it. The other bonus of Nomade is that there were other people snapping pictures so we didn't feel like "those people."

Like we said before, all of Tulum is so beautiful and decorated to perfection, so this list could go on an on. We hope this helps you figure out where you want to go on your trip to Tulum!

xo, Savannah

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