DIY: Herb Garden Vases

DIY: Herb Garden Vases - Sprouted Fresh

I was in search for a wonderful summer DIY project, when my mother mentioned how much she would love to have something that could sit in the window sill to hold her fresh-cut herbs from their garden. This was the perfect project to try out my brand new Black and Decker 20V MAX Drill, a lightweight drill that even I can use!

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I used a three inch hole-saw piece connected to the drill to cut four holes in the top board to make room for each mason jar. The top and bottom boards can be any size in length or width, it all depends on the size of the mason jars or vases you choose to use for your herb selection.

DIY: Herb Garden Vases - Sprouted Fresh

It was extremely easy for me to drill the four holes with my new Black and Decker cordless drill because of the compact size and 20 volt battery that gave it extra “umph” when trying to cut perfect circles through the wooden board.

DIY: Herb Garden Vases - Sprouted Fresh

After I got all four holes cut out of the top board, it was time to drill some holes for screws to piece the project together! It only took me five minutes to drill the holes and ten more minutes to screw the boards together to create the finished look. I was blown away by how quickly I was able to assemble all of the parts of this DIY herb project with the help of my new drill.

DIY: Herb Garden Vases - Sprouted Fresh

After a few holes were drilled and some screws were in place, it was time to put in the mason jars and fill them with fresh-cut herbs. Below is the finished product and I couldn’t be happier! Look at all of that wonderful fresh-cut cilantro, basil, mint, and oregano, and it will stay incredibly fresh while it is waiting to be used in my mothers kitchen!

DIY: Herb Garden Vases - Sprouted Fresh

DIY: Herb Garden Vases - Sprouted Fresh

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DIY: Herb Garden Vases - Sprouted Fresh

If you are a frequent DIY’er or looking to get your hands into some home projects this summer, I highly recommend the brand new Black and Decker 20v MAX cordless drill!

DIY: Herb Garden Vases - Sprouted Fresh

I am partnering with Black and Decker to host a giveaway for 1 free drill (as seen above), as well as a Black and Decker 20V MAX Circular Saw.

Comment below to tell me what project you would use the drill and/or saw on for a chance to win these great new products!

 

Thank you Black and Decker for sponsoring this post and giving me the tool I needed to create such a wonderful herb holder for my family. All thoughts and opinions on the new Black and Decker 20v MAX are my own and I highly recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a lightweight, durable, and strong drill that can get the job done in half the time!

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Secrets to a Successful First Year of Marriage

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Recently, I have been thinking a lot about year one of marriage and all of the chaos and beauty that it has encompassed. I have been happily married to my soulmate for a little over a year now and I wanted to share an honest post about the up’s and down’s of our first year, mostly through advice based on our own experiences.

There is a lot of love in the air in my home today! From recently celebrating my one year wedding anniversary a month ago to celebrating my parents 20th wedding anniversary yesterday! We got married at what most would consider a young age, since we both haven’t even celebrated our 25th birthday yet. We said “I do” three years after we began dating and lived together for two of those three years. Two months after becoming husband and wife, we packed up our belongings into two separate cars and drove half-way across the country together from Stillwater, Oklahoma to San Francisco, California to start our new life. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do, leaving behind my home, family, friends – everything I had ever known. Little did I know what wonders life had in store for me!

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I look back on the last year and I cant help but beam with pride as I tell you that it has been the most challenging and most rewarding, satisfying, fulfilling, year of my life. We have had the opportunity to grow so much together and as individuals and truly lean on each other through both hardships and celebrations. I have never loved my husband as much as I do this very day, which leads me to my few tips on what has helped us build a strong foundation in this first year of marriage.

  1. Having each others back no matter what. Always. No questions asked. When you truly vow to love someone through the ups and downs, you don’t always have to agree or take their side, but you should always stand by their side, hand in hand as equals. Remember to encourage and love each other on your good days, as much as you do on bad days.
  2. Learn to be selfless in every way possible. We both struggled for a long time with being selfish within our relationship and marriage by choosing to put our own needs and wants in front of the other. When we decided to put each other first every single morning and stay true to that each day, it was amazing how much happier we were. Not just fleeting happiness, pure joy – that’s the best feeling in the world.
  3. The little things make a big difference. There is nothing comparable to coming home to the dishes being done, a load or two of laundry cleaned and folded, the trash has been taken out, house has been picked up, groceries in the fridge and pantry. I would happily accept one or all of these, and my husband has continued to show me his love through his thoughtfulness of household chores. Whether its one chore, a small token of appreciation or many chores and/or gifts, it is special. This act can make you feel like you want to then give your spouse the same thing they have just given to you, again, selflessness – everyone feels good!
  4. Listen…then listen deeper and more thoughtful. You can tell when someone is thoughtfully listening or engaged in what you have to say. You know how great it makes you feel when someone gives you their full attention. This is so important in any relationship or marriage, because after so many nights of passive listening, someone is going to feel ignored and that will turn to hurt or anger. Life is too short, so stop scrolling through social media, pause your favorite TV show or video game, dinner can wait, laundry can wait, the dog whining to go out or kids screaming (not there quite yet) can wait. In the chaos of it all, it might seem overwhelming, but if you can pause and take a deep breath and devote a few minutes to actively listening to your spouse share their thoughts and feelings on something, it can make a world of difference in how they feel and more often than not they will do the same for you.
  5. Encourage each other to keep developing parts of your personal life, hobbies, friends, etc. I have always been needy and it’s definitely not a quality that many men look for, but my husband has found a way to turn it from a negative to positive. He likes that I miss him and constantly want to be around him, I mean that’s the highest form of flattery. However, alone time or individual hobbies in a marriage are imperative, because you will get annoyed and arguments will happen, its inevitable. Learn to help each other find new hobbies, reignite past interests and passions, and most importantly encourage new friendships. We need to continue to grow as individuals to feel personal fulfillment, and if our glass is full, then we have more to share with those around us.

We have decided to focus on these five things as we move into year number two of marriage. We can always improve on the foundation we have built and we are both excited to continue building on the successes and love we have established so far.

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I’ll leave you with this quote that most every woman can recite by heart and rings true everyday…

“So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me… everyday.” – Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

*A special thank you to Megan Frazier Photography for capturing such beautiful memories that will last us a lifetime!

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Closet Refresh: Summer Neutrals

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One of the best ways to kickoff your summer style is to stock up on neutral staples that you can wear time and time again all season long! As I looked through my closet this weekend, I tried to decide what staple pieces I could add to wear for different events, parties, and trips this summer. I am a neutral gal and I have always been drawn to whites, grays, blues, light hues, and everyone’s favorite color – black.

Even though my home is styled in neutral tones throughout, my closet doesn’t appear to reflect my deep love for what most consider “boring” colors. I have rounded up a few beautiful trends that are fresh and funky and seem to be on every fashionista’s Instagram, Pinterest, and blog right now.

The good thing about these trendy styles, is that if you choose to purchase them in a neutral tone, they can be worn even when the newest fashion craze takes over this fall.

Here is a little closet refresh for you in both pastels and neutrals!

NY Collection Linen Drawstring Jogger’s

NY COLLECTION LINEN DRAWSTRING JOGGER PANTS

Michael Kors Darby Leather Espadrille Platform Sandals

Michael Kors Darby LEather Espadrille Platform Sandals

Madewell Eyelet Balcony Off-The-Shoulder Top

Madewell Eyelet Balcony Off Shoulder Top

Street Level Stripe Tote

Street Level Stripe Tote

Kendall +Kylie Halter-Neck Printed Tank Top and Culottes, Tempest

Kendall + Kylie Halter-Neck Printed Tank Top, Tempest

Kendall + Kylie Pleated-Front Printed Culottes, Tempest

Ray-Ban Gatsby Sunglasses

Ray-Ban Gatsby Sunglasses Brown

Gingham Halter Top

Cloth & Stone Gingham Halter Top

Guilhermina Modesto Loafers

Guilhermina Modesto Loafers Cork 36 Euro Flats

Blank Denim Frayed Cutoff Shorts

Blank Denim Frayed Cutoff Shorts

Kendall + Kylie Off-The-Shoulder Eyelet Top and Skirt, Tempest

Kendall + Kylie Off-The-Shoulder Eyelet Top, Tempest

Alex and Ani Shore Seabed Wrap

Alex and Ani Shore Seabed Wrap

The eyelet top and skirt and Michael Kors platforms are at the top of my list to try and get my hands on as soon as possible! A few of these styles are on sale right now for up to 25% off, so click on the pictures now to get the best deal possible. Happy shopping and happier summer!

Review of Wood Watches by JORD

Wood Watches by JORD - Sprouted Fresh

For as long as I can remember I have always been drawn to all things wood. It must come naturally with my love for nature and greenery. My eyes have always gravitated towards pieces of wooden jewelry in stores, because I have always had somewhat of an earthy, hipster, naturalist style.

When JORD reached out to me to ask if they could send me a watch to review, I was thrilled to say the least!

The watches they design are so dreamy with their whimsical wooden tones mixed with high quality designs and accents of metal. I immediately fell in love with the look of the Fieldcrest Zebrawood & Maple – just look at those gorgeous zebrawood tones!

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The size of the watch face is the perfect size to make a statement for both women and men – not too masculine, not too feminine. My most favorite thing about JORD watches,  is that they are perfect for both men and women. Of course there are sections on the website for both, but really, most of the watches could be unisex.

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What father wouldn’t be excited to receive this watch as a gift for this upcoming Father’s Day? The men’s watch section is filled with amazing designs and trends fit for any dad’s style! Maybe while you are there you will want to find a stunning watch from the women’s watch section for yourself or that wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, or friend in your life?

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Watches might be common gifts for men, but out of all the watches I have ever seen (and Parker has 4 too many in his drawer now), JORD watches are my favorite! He might not be a father yet, but I saw Parker’s eyes light up as he scrolled down the page to find a plethora of watches that he really liked. A few of his favorite styles were the Sawyer – Ebony & Ultramarine and Frankie – Zebrawood & Champagne.

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It was a wonderful surprise to see that they even sent me high quality JORD watch cleaner and a microfiber towelette to keep the watch face nice and clean! JORD’s customer service is impeccable and everyone I have communicated with has been such a joy to work with.

They are running a Father’s Day special on their website right now, so head over to Wood Watches by JORD to get dad a special and unique father’s day gift that looks like no other!

Thank you JORD for sponsoring this post and enhancing my everyday style with this gorgeous new watch!


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Keratin Treatment Review: Halo Blow Dry Bars

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I feel pretty lucky when it comes to my hair. I was blessed with natural red hair, which I thought was a curse, more than a blessing as a child, but with each year, I learn to embrace it more and more. My hair tends to be pretty manageable and believe me, I am thankful that I don’t have to spend 45 minutes fixing it every morning.

With all of that being said, my hair has gotten much more wavy  and frizzy since moving to the San Francisco area. I’m assuming that living 2 miles from the Pacific Ocean hasn’t helped my cause, with the constant fog and increase in moisture.

I was so thankful for the opportunity to try a Keratin Smoothing Treatment to make my hair silky smooth and help tame all my loose hairs and frizz. It was my first time visiting Halo Blow Dry Bars and my goodness was it such a wonderful experience! Upon arriving at Halo, I was greeted with smiles and offered a glass of champagne – it doesn’t get better than that!

The space was gorgeous and open, and I was lucky to be one of the first customers of the day, so I was able to snap a few pictures of the salon before it got too crazy. I immediately fell in love with the hair dryers that hang from the ceiling, both practical and stylish!

Keratin Hair Treament at Halo Blow Dry Bars - Sprouted Fresh

Keratin Hair Treament at Halo Blow Dry Bars - Sprouted Fresh

Here are a few more snapshots that show off the amazing decor and space that is Halo!

Now for my favorite part about my day at Halo – my Keratin Treatment!

Blanca was my stylist and she took great care of me! She explained that this particular treatment should make my hair feel very smooth and conditioned, but might not necessarily solve my natural waves. She began by shampooing my hair with a special shampoo that made my hair feel squeaky clean, due to the fact that it opens your hair follicles to prep your hair to absorb as much moisture as possible during the treatment.

After she was done shampooing my hair, she started to lather the thick Keratin Treatment conditioning cream onto my hair in layers until I ended up like this:

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I entertained myself with reading a few magazines and relaxing for 20-30 minutes until it was time to start the final step.

Time passed quickly and before I knew it, it was time to blow dry my hair with one of those super awesome blow dryers hanging from the ceiling! As Blanca blow dried my hair, she would also go over my hair strands in layers with a flat iron to seal in the Keratin Treatment as the final step.

And now for the results which absolutely blew my mind…and Blanca’s! She said that no one’s hair has ever turned out to feel and look like mine as soon as the process was complete, so this was wonderful news!

Keratin Hair Treament at Halo Blow Dry Bars - Sprouted Fresh

Keratin Hair Treament at Halo Blow Dry Bar - Sprouted Fresh

Keratin Hair Treament at Halo Blow Dry Bars - Sprouted Fresh

And just like that my hair has never felt softer or healthier. I was blown away by the instant results, so I couldn’t wait to see what the next 72 hours had in store! The instructions were to avoid getting my hair wet in any way for the next 72 hours, in order to let the process fully develop and take hold in my hair.

72 hours later (and same shirt for consistency) my hair felt and looked even better! This is my hair 45 minutes after I got out of the shower and having only brushed it – no blow dryer, flat iron, serum, creams, NADA! It was completely dry, silky smooth, and straight within 30 minutes of me stepping foot out of the shower – AMAZING!

Keratin Hair Treament at Halo Blow Dry Bars - Sprouted Fresh

I am using Redken Frizz Dismiss Shampoo and Redken Frizz Dismiss Conditioner, both sulfate free (a must), to help prolong the life of my Keratin Treatment. This treatment is amazing for both color treated and non-treated hair! If you do get your hair colored or highlighted regularly, it is suggested to get the treatment a week before you get your hair colored for the best results.

I couldn’t be happier that my hair is now naturally straight, silky, smooth, and looks healthier than it has in years. Thank you Halo Blow Dry Bars for sponsoring this post and allowing me to truly fall in love with my hair all over again!

Have you ever had a Keratin Smoothing Treatment or are you now thinking of going for it? I would love to hear your thoughts and stories about the treatment!