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21 Smart Household Uses for Orange Oil

From Hello Natural… My house is full of magazines and pages ripped from issues months (or years) ago, creating way too many of the dreaded ‘piles.’ But I dare not get rid of them because occasionally a page pops up that’s amazingly timely and helpful. Like the ad for sweet orange essential oil that I ripped out of a Whole Living magazine two years ago. It’s naturally anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, and it’s an antidepressant and aphrodisiac!

1. Inhale for a quick pick-me-up to start your day

2. Place 1-2 drops on stubborn tile stains. Wipe away after 2 minutes.

3. Combine 12 drops with 1/4 cup Dead Sea salts for a spa-quality bath.

4. Combine 24 drops in a bucket of soapy water. Purify nursery pots and flats.

5. Place drops on air vents to freshen a room.

6. Diffuse in a room to cheer up cranky kids.

7. Combine 24 drops with 4 ounces water. Shake well and spray on houseplants to discourage pests.

8. Use 1-2 drops to lift grease or glue from surfaces.

9. Combine 12 drops with 1/4 cup castile soap and water. Wipe down household surfaces.

10. Place several drops in indoor garbage cans to improve scent and discourage bugs.

11. Combine 12 drops with 1/4 cup salt. Rub on cutting boards and rinse with hot water to purify.

12. Use with kosher salt as homemade fabric softener crystals.

13. Make a natural spider deterrent spray by combining 5 drops essential oil, 5 drops soap and 1 quart water.

14. Add 12 drops to 1 tablespoon vodka and 6 tablespoons water for an energizing kitchen spray.

15. Add a few drops into your body scrub and feel refreshed and awake as you step out of the shower each day.

16. Add 10 drops to a natural floor cleaner to make the whole house smell fresh.

17. Combine with jojoba oil and vodka to make your own perfume.

18. Add 2 drops to a cotton ball and dab lightly on a blemish.

19. Mix 2-3 drops with 1 ounce of almond oil and massage into skin to fight cellulite.

20. Add 2-3 drops to a bowl of hot water for a steam inhalation to help colds and coughs.

21. Place 2-3 drops in a glass of water, then swish and spit to treat gingivitis and mouth ulcers.

Read more on natural beauty, living, and more at Hello Natural!

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A Southern Backyard Brunch

Birthday. Mimosa Infused. Brunch. How’s that for a trifecta? This little shindig was crafted to celebrate 32 fabulous years, all with an easy, breezy picnic flair designed by Urban Vintage. We vote this the best use of pallets ever and you can catch it all photographed by Jessica Bordner Photography right here. Let the season of backyard parties commence!

My husband and I just moved into our new home and when we were looking to buy one of our most important criteria was Entertaining. We love to be around our friends and family. When it came to my 32nd birthday I wanted it to be perfect. Myself and my sister in law, part owner, of Urban Vintage Rentals teamed up to create the perfect backyard picnic feel and look. The pallet farm table was decorated in simple florals, vases and intricate details. Blankets linens and pillows were draped around for seating. We had yard games for guests to play, a mimosa bar, bloody mary bar, waffle bar and even a Kids Pallet table. It was a beautiful afternoon, perfectly sunny and a high of 68 degrees in Florida.

Photography: Jessica Bordner Photography | Event Design: Urban Vintage

How To: DIY Paper Flowers

There are about a million and one ways to use these darling DIY crepe paper flowers whipped up by Lizzie Baker Designs, and not only are they cute as can be, they’ll never wilt either. It’s a complete win all around. Nicole Baas snapped up all the sweet deets so you can add these pretty blooms to your “must craft” list  (we all have one, right?), and their sitting pretty below…


instructions step-1Roll cotton ball to create tight, ball. Attach to floral stem with hot glue .


Cut out small square of black tissue paper (4″x4″ is plenty big) and  Cover cotton ball, think lollipop wrapper. Attach paper to the stem by wrapping the tissue touching the stem with floral paper


Take black stamen in bunches (roughly 10 stamen) and fold in half to bring all ball ends together. Apply hot glue to base of bunch and attach to the area of the cotton ball closest to the floral stem. Splay out the stamen so it covers a wider section of the cotton ball center. 


Continue roughly 4 times around the cotton ball center to cover all edges.


Let stamen dry while cutting petals.
Cut 5-6 petals from crepe paper. Cut rectangles pieces of paper (4″ tall x 3″ wide) and fold in half. Cut a curvy half triangular shape – think a heart that has a longer tail rather than point and doesn’t have an inverted point at the top. While cutting across the top, move scissors slightly to create a rough wavy texture for the top of your petal.
Attach petals to floral stem using glue gun, shaping petals as you go. You can slightly bend the attached petals backwards to open up the flower and give it some shape. As you attach petals, overlap them slightly to prevent gaps.
After all petals are attached, wrap the stem with floral tape to cover the petals where they were glued.

Photography: Nicole Baas | DIY: Lizzie Baker Designs

A Gorgeous Cake to Make at Home

Want to up your cake making game? Whether a birthday party, dinner with friends or a last minute celebration, this dessert is just the thing to make. It comes packed with layers of rosemary infused vanilla cake and blackberry compote plus gobs of buttercream all crafted by Le Loup and Bella Cosa Photography. Click here for even more and find the step by step below!

From stylist and photographer, D’Arcy Benincosa… The inspiration from this shoot was to bring together pieces I’ve collected from all over the world and use them in a natural light kitchen. From blue laced fine bone china plates from Gien, France, to silver forks picked up from a trunk sale in England. The spoons have been picked up along my travels and work in Spain, Ireland, New York City, and little shops here in Park City, Utah. All this paired with white dishes from Crate & Barrel. It’s a dream kitchen and a dream cake! Baking should be about good food, good memories, and pretty things.


Rosemary + Fresh Blackberry Cake

Pull out your favorite, go-to vanilla cake recipe. Before filling up your pans, fold in 2 tablespoons of finely minced fresh rosemary! After baking let your cake cool completely and get ready to assemble.

Things you’ll need:

  • Rosemary Simple Syrup
  • Fresh Blackberry Compote
  • Cream Cheese Buttercream

Simple Syrup:

  • 1 c. water
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 sprigs rosemary

Throw these all into a pot and let boil—leave the sprigs of rosemary whole. As it heats the rosemary will infuse the simple syrup.

Blackberry Compote:

  • 2 c. fresh blackberries
  • ½ c. sugar

Cut the blackberries into small pieces., but don’t emulsify, and add the sugar and letsit.

Cream Cheese Buttercream:

  • 1 c. cream chesse
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 3 c. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Mexican Vanilla
  • 1/3 c. heavy cream

Whip together cream cheese and unsalted butter. Slowly add in the powdered sugar. Once it’s all incorporated, add in the vanilla. Finally, slowly drizzle in the heavy cream, and vigorously whip the buttercream until light and airy – about one minute.

To Assemble:

  1. Halved Cake Layer
  2. Rosemary Simple Syrup
  3. Buttercream
  4. Blackberry Compote
  5.  Repeat


From the baker, Tess Comrie I have always had a love for food, especially when it comes to unique flavor combinations. I believe that a cake should taste as good as it looks–maybe even better.

My design aesthetic is rustic and simple. Growing up in a design-based family, I have always had a passion for beauty. I believe that the most beautiful things are organic and never overworked. All of my cakes are custom made with only the freshest ingredients, just like the flowers that top them.

Photography: Bella Cosa Photography | Styling: Bella Cosa Weddings | Cake: Le Loup | White Dishes: Crate And Barrel

Chocolate Martini

Chocolate lovers—you’re in for a serious treat! This decadent chocolate martini from Olivia’s Cuisine is a must-try. It’s made with vodka, Bailey’s and a special ingredient – chocolate ganache instead of the typical chocolate liqueur – for an extra rich and creamy take on the dessert cocktail.

How genius is the grated chocolate rim? We think it’s the perfect drink for parties or really whenever a chocolate craving strikes. Go ahead and treat yourself!

For the full post and more delicious recipes, check out Olivia’s Cuisine!

Chocolate Martini
prep time
10 Minute/s
cook time
total time
10 Minute/s
Serves 2Ingredients
  • For the chocolate ganache:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 5oz semi sweet chocolate (I use 1.5 bars of Lindt), roughly chopped
  • For the Chocolate Martinis:
  • 1oz good quality vodka, divided
  • 4oz Baileys irish cream, divided
  • Grated chocolate to decorate glasses
  1. To make the ganache: Heat the heavy cream, over medium high heat, until it starts to boil.
  2. Pour the heavy cream over the chopped chocolate in a medium sized bowl and stir until the chocolate melts.
  3. Let it cool before making the cocktails
  4. To make the Chocolate Martinis: To decorate the glasses, moisten the rim of your glasses with cold water. Turn the glasses upside down and dip them into the grated chocolate, twisting them around so you get more chocolate on the rim. Reserve.
  5. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway through with ice.
  6. Add 1 cup of chocolate ganache, 0.5oz of vodka and 2oz of Baileys. Shake it vigorously for 30 seconds.
  7. Pour the Chocolate Martini into one of the decorated glasses.
  8. Repeat those steps to make the 2nd cocktail.
  9. Serve cold.

Photography: Olivia's Cuisine | Recipe: Olivia's Cuisine

Eclectic Home Tour

We first spotted the kitchen from this lovely home here and just knew the rest would be good. So we begged and threw a few pretty pleases out there and oh did Melissa Jill Photography deliver. It’s a space that’s warm and lived in but still maintains a level of style that most only dare to dream about with an eclectic mix of vintage and industrial that really brings these rooms to life. See the full tour right here.

My husband and I got married 10 years ago, went straight to IKEA and furnished our whole house in black, white and red. My husband was happy it was done and I was satisfied… for about a month. I started to get bored with our decor but we had no money to change it. 

My understanding husband said I could redecorate if I could figure out how to do it for free. So I started to pick things up off the side of the road and was an avid garage sale hunter and I painted EVERYTHING in site! Slowly I was able to find pieces with history and character.  

When we purchased this home, I knew I wanted to add character and make it look like the house has been here forever. We brought in cement tile, lots of trim and molding and old pieces that make the home feel warm and inviting. As co-owner of Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market (a bi-annual vintage market in Scottsdale, Arizona with 180 vendors) I had first pick at AMAZING finds from our vendors!  

As we were buying for this home, I was very conflicted what style I wanted our house. I love mid-century, shabby, traditional and modern.  I just couldn’t pick one.  So I decided to stick to my gut and step out of the box I had put myself in. 

My motto was, “If I love it, buy it and I will find a place for it.”  I am so happy I did and I just love how all the styles meshed together so well. 

Mixing old with new brings our home to life. I could spend hours telling all the stories of the pieces in our home. We have some family heirlooms mixed with garage sale finds and some new pieces here and there to complete the spaces.

Photography: Melissa Jill | Army Cabinet: Hawk Salvage | Barn Door: Craigslist Find | Bathtub: Craigslist | Boys Beds: Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market | Buffet: Family Heirloom | Chippy Pantry Door: Rafterhouse | Design And Styling: Coley Arnold Of Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market | Desk: For The Love Of Old | Green Chairs: Overstock | Headboard: Twigs And Twine | Island: Old Brick House | Metal Cabinet In Master: Stuff Antiques | Mid-Century Couch: Modern Manor | Piano: Family Heirloom | Pillows: The Mod Boho | Rolling Shelf: Salvaged | Ship Lights: Big Ship Salvage On Ebay | Wood Shelves: Porter Barn Wood