Easy Hummingbird Food Recipe

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It’s spring time which means the hummingbirds are coming back. Every year my grandma would hand a hummingbird feeder so we could watch the hummingbirds from her kitchen window. I carried on that tradition with my kids. Now that they are grown and off to college I look forward to the days I feed the hummingbirds with my future gandkids just likemy grandma.

Hummingbird food is really a simple recipe. It consists of sugar and water. You boil the water to make sure it is clean and pure for your hummingbird friends.

hummingbird food recipe

This is a basic plain sugar syrup. Do not use food coloring. The hummingbirds will love their freshly made nectar.

Info for feeding hummingbirds:

Hummingbirds eat the most during the early morning and about a half an hour before dark so it's best to check on your hummingbird feeder just after dinnertime.

Humming birds are drawn to the colors red and orange. To attract them to your yard plant bright hues of red and orange flowers. It's also good to make sure your hummingbird feed has red on it too.

A few good hummingbird friendly flowers are petunias, lupine, lilies, and bee balm in shades of reds and oranges.


Hummingbird Food Recipe

Simply the Sweet Life

This is a simple recipe for your favorite hummingbird friends..

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups water

Instructions

  • In a pot bring water to simmer. Add in sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Cool then place in your hummingbird feeder.

Yield: 5 cups

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.

Cook time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.

Total time: 15 mins.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 773
  • Fat: 0

Tags: recipes, hummingbird food

6 Amazing Lemon Fresh Beauty Finds at Sephora You Must Try Now!

 
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DRYBAR Super Lemon Drop Brush

This sweet lemon colored brush is great for wet or dry hair and even extentions! It also comes in a ‘lil lemon drop size for your handbag.

 
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FRESH Sugar Lemon Bath & Shower Gel

Make bathtime a ritual with a sweet lemon scented luxurious bath gel.

 
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DOMINIQUE COSMETICS

Lemonade Eyeshadow Palette

Everyone loves a good eyeshadow palette and I love all the fresh lemonade inspired colors in this one. Perfect for spring!

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LAVANILA

The Healthy Deodorant

This Fresh Vanilla Lemon scented deodorant is an all natural alternative that works with bamboo. Have you tryed it yet?

 
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NEOGEN DERMALOGY

Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling - Lemon

30 single-use pads are for exfoliating your skin after you wash in heavenly scented lemon.

 
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DOMINIQUE COSMETICS

Lemonade Lip Gloss

Try this pretty light pink lemonade color or one of these other flavored lemonade colors too! #LemonLove

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Spring 2019 | Lemon Love | A Few Lemon Favs

 
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New on Simply the Sweet Life are Seasonal Themes of my favorite things! For spring 2019 I chose lemons, lemon love!

I’ve had a life long love of lemons. When I was very young around 4 or 5 when I went with my grandma and mother shoppping I would always ask for the plastic lemons with lemon juice in them for my treat. I love lemon yellow and and butter cream yellow colors. I love to scent of lemons and lemon essential oil.

To start off the Lemon Love Spring here are some of my favorite lemon things!

affiliate links included

 
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Yellow Microplane Lemon Zester

I got this lemon zester a few years ago and it has been my go to zester for all things citrus. I use it for my Lemon Keylime Bars!

 
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Lemon Vanilla Bean Soy Candle

This candle has creamy lemon vanilla scent, a 100% cotton wick and free from paraffin!

 
 
 
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Lemon Pure Essential Oil

I diffuse the now lemon essential oil in my kitchen daily

 
 
 
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Lemon Botanical Dish Towels

I love these dish towels and this set comes with a bonus lemon juice press!

 
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EO Coconut + Lemon Body Lotion

This is my go to daily lotion. It’s a pure basic lotion free from petrochemicals.

So many more lemony good things coming throughout spring!

 
 
 

Bedroom Makeover - Choosing the Perfect Bedframe & Headboard

I'm in search for a bed frame or a nice headboard. It's been a while since I've had one. You know, it's just one of those things on your list that gets pushed back with other more pressing things making their way ahead on your budget. I finally decided I need to just get one. Choosing one I will like for a while is the trick though. I like the idea of a sofa upholstered headboard like the one pictured above. It's from Wayfair and at a great price too only $169 for a queen.



I also like this bed frame from Joss and Main. It costs more but it has the full frame with a low foot board that I really like so I can sit on the end of the bed. I like the combination of the darker wood with the linen colored upholstered headboard. It's still a great price at $285.95 for the queen size.


There is just something about a spindle bed that is enchanting and classic and almost fairytale like. Do you like the gray color shown above or the navy here on at One Kings Lane?


I'm off to find the perfect one. Wish me luck!

DIY Dog & Cat Collar Craft

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DIY Dog & Cat Collar

Supplies:

  • Measuring tape

  • Sharp scissors

  • Button down shirt with collar 

As I mentioned, this is a super quick and easy DIY dog craft. (or cat)

First, measure your cat or dog's neck making sure to leave a little give so the collar isn't too tight. To find the correct size shirt for your pet measure the inside of the shirt collar and match it as closely as possible to your pet's neck size. 

For my cats, I used a size 6-12-month-old sized shirt. For my small dog, I used a 2 T sized shirt. You could easily fit all sizes of dogs and cats with shirts ranging from preemie to XXL men's sizes. 

A new or gently used shirt works fine. To save a little I bought my shirt at a local thrift shop. 

Next, cut along the collars edge just below the rolled seam, trimming as close to the edge as possible.

That's it. Really there is nothing more to it. 

DIY Valentine Sewing Card Craft

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DIY SEWING CARD VALENTINE SUPPLY LIST

  • scrapbook, craft or card stock paper

  • ribbon

  • hole punch

  • Valentine candy

  • Valentine note

Fold paper in half and cut out two hearts. Spacing evenly punch holes around the edge of heart about 1/2 apart starting at the tip of your heart. Place both hearts together lining up holes. Starting where you would like to tie your bow, lace or sew ribbon folding the end of the ribbon to make it easier to sew. When you have about 2-3 holes left stuff your Valentine with your friend or loved one's favorite Valentine's candy along with a sweet Valentine note.

 

Tip: To get your holes to line up punch holes in first heart then using a pen mark your second heart using your first heart as a template. We used American Crafts papers and ribbon from the Love collection. 

Hand Embroidered Valentine Bookmarks

Valentine Craft - Bookmarks

Hello Everyone!!! I’m Abby over at A Feathered Nest blog which is kind of a collection of hobbies I like or attempt. I’m a mom with 4 kids - boy, girl, boy, girl, and a {hot} husband. I wish I had a puppy so bad. My baby girl is an animal so she will suffice for now. We live in Michigan {the most beautiful place on earth} but we’re getting ready to move back home to Sunny Arizona! {gasp!} I’m SO excited that Heather would ask me to put together a project for all of you. We’re going to do a Valentine project but not that kind of Valentine project. Let’s veer from the standard Valentine gifts and do something unique for our good friends & loved ones. Who out there doesn't love a good book?! Even kids’ books. They’re amazing. Don’t you love it when you find a good book and you’re sad when you finish? Wouldn't it be fun to give a good book to someone you love this Valentine’s Day?! With an adorable hand-made bookmark?! Even better. {add some chocolate to the gift and I’d say that would be the best Valentine gift EVER.} I’ll take a good book {and chocolate} over flowers any day.

Hand Embroidered Valentine Bookmarks

Aren’t they precious? How fun to use the bookmark as the actual gift tag wrap it around a gift card or if you buy a book wrap it around the wrapping paper. 

Supplies:

  • Felt, cut in varying circles or shapes (I have a scallop pair of scissors) 

  • DMC floss, needle, scissors 

  • Fabric marker- mine has a disappearing ink side 

  • Fabric glue 

  • Elastic (you can dye your elastic any color you want using RIT dye - just boil hot water, add a few drops of dye, boil for a few minutes, rinse with cold water. Bleach your pot before using it for cooking.) 

This is a perfect project for those of you who are beginners to embroidery. If you need a practice guide, here is a handy-dandy Stitch Guide I put together a long time ago. This post also has some stitching help, another great Valentine project. I’m missing a few stitches on my site but if you google searched the following stitch names you’ll find more than enough help on how to do them.

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Cut your shapes - I used 3-ply together, but stitched on 2-ply.

Trace/draw your design. The circles should be small, so you don’t need a whole lot on them - keep it simple. I free-handed everything so I don’t have patterns, but you can look at these and figure it out. They’re not very complex.

Embroider your design. Here are the stitches I used: Lazy Daisy

- French Knot

- Split Stitch

- Running Stitch

- Blanket stitch

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Secure your elastic in a loop/circle, using glue or thread - make sure it’s straight. Nothing but the best from you.

Glue your front to the back.

Done! Now go make a whole bunch of these and you have plenty of time until Valentine’s Day! Wahoo!! These will also make great end-of-year teacher gifts too get a head start and be the admiration of the PTO moms. You’re amazing.

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More Valentine’s Day Crafts


DIY Christmas Pinecone Garland Decor

This post is sponsored by Command™ brand.

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I love the holidays. Cheery Christmas music, gathering all my favorite decorations to tuck into every nook and cranny of my home and our favorite sweet treats we only eat once a year.

This year we live in a lovely pre-war home with two fireplaces which means I get to decorate two mantels. I'm so excited. I get to create two pretty Christmas vignettes on each one.

I love the fall/Thanksgiving decorations I have on my dining room mantel.  It's made of a beautiful old growth oak wood. To keep the pretty wood intact I am using Command™ Clear Mini Hooks that are easy to apply and easy to remove without hammering holes in the wood for a damage-free holiday.

I wanted to create a lovely transitional garland that I can have up with my Thanksgiving decorations that I can also have up for Christmas.

This simple pinecone garland is a perfect easy DIY Christmas decoration or Thanksgiving decoration anyone who can tie a simple knot and bow can make.

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DIY Christmas Decorations - Pinecone Garland

  • Gather an assortment of pine cones -wash and dry

  • 2-3 yards of ribbon

  • Holiday craft pick 

  • Craft Glue

  • Command™ Clear Mini Hook (to hang)

    Gather and wash your pinecones. Cut a length of 2 1/2 yards of ribbon. If you are feeling sparkly you can add some glitter to each pinecone too by simply brushing some glue on the pinecones and dusting with glitter.

Wrap the ribbon around the bottom of the first pinecone and tie it in a double knot. Repeat spacing the pinecones apart about 5 inches. Tie two bows from the ribbon leaving long tails to top each end pinecone. Glue the bow on the top of the end pinecones.

Using the Command™ Clear Mini Hook add adhesive back as directed. Place the Command™ Clear Mini Hook on the mantle to hang the garland as pictured above (I used the white mini hooks so you can see them better here in the photo.)

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Next, I simply added a Christmas craft pick tucking it into the Command™ Clear Mini Hook to hold it in place. The nice thing about using the Command™Brand Hooks is you can quickly change your decorations if you change your mind without damage.

I'm also hanging my wreaths on my windows using Command™ Brand Hooks. Did you know you can use them on glass? Be sure to clean the glass well before adhering the hooks.

On my enclosed porch I'm hanging these pretty velvet and grapevine wreaths on the windows using the Command™ Medium Designer Hook which can hold up to 3 pounds which is perfect for hanging wreaths.


You can find more ways to use Command™ Brand Hooks for your holiday decorating here at Command™ Brand Holiday.


Happy Holidays!

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Free Printable Pumpkin Coloring Pages

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How has your first week of fall been? Did you try any of my Favorite Fall Recipes or create one of these Fall Leaf Wreaths with your kids?

You know, I love making these free printable coloring pages for you as much as I love coloring them. I will print one and have it out on my desk for when I start feeling overwhelmed. There is just something about choosing the colors and putting marker or pencil to paper and coloring.

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 I made these color pages so you can color them as well as your kids. Feel free to print some out and share them with your kids classes or even with your work mates. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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A Small Kitchen Herb Garden

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My little herb garden is coming along nicely. It's a first year for most of the herbs and second for a few of them. This is the dill. I am letting it go to seed so I will get more next year. I am growing for home made pickles.

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This young lavender is for drying and tucking away into drawers and closets or possibly a hot bath to relax the muscles.

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I am so happy with the basil. It is the first herb plant I have grow from seed and it's getting bigger than the plants I bought at the farmers market. I even planted it late.

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Thyme has always been one of my favorite herbs to pick and rub in my hands for a fragrant treat. I have two varieties including lemon thyme.



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Spearmint is to dry for winter teas to wake me up in the winter mornings.

I also have sage for Thanksgiving stuffing, oregano to add to a good tomato sauce, peppermint to mix with the spearmint and some chives too.

It has been a joy to be able to walk out the back door and pick some fresh organic herbs while cooking. Next year I want it to be twice or maybe even three times as big with many more herbs added.

Do you have an herb garden?

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