DIY: Floral Ice Cube

Summer is winding down, but here in the south we’re still hosting a last few pool parties before we break out the boots, scarves, and hot chocolate.

If you’re hosting your own last hurrah summer party, we’ve got an easy-peasy DIY project to give your drinks a cute floral flourish. These look perfect in an ice tea tumbler with your favorite summer beverage.

Materials:

1 – Edible Flowers – There are many different kinds, but we recommend buying from a gourmet or health food store so you can be sure they’re free of pesticides.

2 – Ice Cube Tray – We love the silicon ice cube trays, they come in lots of fun shapes, and they make it easy to pop out the cubes.

3 – Distilled Water – Distilled water has fewer impurities and makes clearer ice cubes.

Materials Process 1
Procedure –

1 – Arrange a flower or two on the bottom of each ice cube compartment.

2 – Pour just enough distilled water into the tray to fill it about 1/3 full.

3 – Allow the partially full tray to freeze over a few hours. By filling it only 1/3 full, it holds the flowers in place so they don’t immediately float to the top of the cube.

4 – When the tray is frozen (or at least mostly frozen) add another layer of flowers and fill 2/3rds full. Freeze again.

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5 – When the second layer is frozen, add your third, and last layer of flowers and fill the tray up completely.

6 – Allow the tray to freeze overnight so the cubes are nice and solid when you add them to drinks!

Final 1 Water
Need a couple of drink ideas? We couldn’t help doing a little research!

For all-ages entertaining, try:

Honey Limeade – Mix and serve over ice: 1 cup lime juice, 5 cups water, 2/3rds cups of sugar, and 2 tablespoons of honey.

Lemon Almond Tea – Mix and serve over ice: 4 cups hot black tea, 2 thinly sliced lemons, 1 tablespoon almond extract, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 1 can lemonade concentrate.

For adult beverages, try:

Grapefruit Margaritas – Mix and serve over ice in salt-rimmed margarita glasses: 1 cup fresh grapefruit juice, 1 cup tequila (blanco or reposado), 1/3 cup fresh lime juice, 1/2 cup Cointreau, 1 teaspoon agave nectar.

Cedarwood Cranberry Cocktail – Mix and serve over ice: 1 oz fresh lemon juice, 2 oz vodka (regular or cranberry), 4 ounces cranberry juice, and 3 1/2 ounces ginger ale.

Bone Blog: Sad to the Bone

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It’s that time of year again when we trade in long and sunny days by the water for schedules and uncomfortable desks. As hard as it is to get back into the swing of things, it’s even more “ruff” for our beloved furry friends. Man (or woman’s) best friend spends all summer lounging around or going on adventures with their favorite human. Once the dog days are over, the house gets quiet and the world of a pooch is turned upside down.

Did you know nearly 20% of dogs have separation anxiety? Drastic changes in our schedules can really mess with their emotions and cause them to act out. Excessive barking, whining, scratching at doors, soiling the floor, and chewing (no Fido…Not the sugar skulls!) are all signs of anxiety. Here’s a few tips to make sure your fur baby stays zen while you’re away:

Dog Treat

Earthbound Peace Dog Toy

1. Give your dog a yummy treat or fun toy before you head out the door. We recommend spreading some Dog for Dog Dogsbutter in a hollow toy or dipping a biscuit in it. Unlike regular PB, it’s made without salt, sugar and hydrogenated oils. They’ll never know you left!

2. Leave a TV show or playlist on for some background noise.

3. Take your dog out for some exercise before you leave the house. It will help them get out their extra energy and get your endorphins pumping too!

4. When it’s time to depart, don’t be dramatic. A simple “namaste” and pat on the head is all they need.

We know leaving your dog behind can be difficult. That’s why we love Dog Fridays in the home office! We hope these tips make the transition a little easier.