DIY cozy nook

when we first moved into our home (almost 3 years ago now!) i envisioned a cozy little nook space in this area! plants, linens, fresh flowers, & flickering candles.

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as a vivid dreamer...sometimes my ideas stay in my head longer than i'd like to admit ;) but last month a beautiful bunch of friends coming to visit gave me the spark to say "kyle let's finally freaking make this nook!"

my home rennovation ideas = GREAT
my home renovation skills = MINIMAL

but kyle green has no shortage of handiness + brilliance so he & a friend made this idea come to life in ONE afternoon!!! & it was soooo affordable!

- the bench seating is all plywood! built into the wall. 
- the table was an IKEA refresh. we took the original tabletop off & replaced it with a lighter wood, to match the benches. for simplicity + budget sake, we kept the frame! (might sand it down in the future!)
- cushions are IKEA outdoor chair cushions, covered with drop cloths AKA cheap linen ;) 

i'm just in love with the space! it's as cozy as i dreamt up in my mind. hope this weekend project of ours inspires you to let that creativity flow in your own space!

the best homemade almond milk

this stuff has ruined me! in the best way. storebought almond milk will never taste the same after you make this.

1. soak 1 cup almonds in water for 8-12 hours
2. rinse almonds well, discard the water, then add the nuts to a high speed blender. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3. add 5 cups of water, 5 pitted dates, 1 tsp cinnamon & a pinch of sea salt. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
4.  blend on high for 1 min. pour milk through a nut bag (or cheese cloth). squeeze thoroughly to get all the güüdness out 💫 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
5. refrigerate in an airtight jar for up to 5 days (if you can even let it last that long😉) save the blended up almonds & use them in something else like protein balls. just google some recipes!

use this creamy goodness in your coffee, matcha, cereal, etc!

coconut oil hair mask

a friend shared this recipe with me recently & i got hoooooked. bouta put this in my hair right now & leave it in overnight & i can't wait for how soft & bouncy my hair will be after showering tomorrow morning💆🏼😌 it's simple. like real simple. & cheap & nourishes your hair far better than any store bought hair mask. & let's be honest - what is in those packets anyways?!

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in a small bowl, combine:⠀⠀
- 1/2 tablespoon melted coconut oil. i use organic, unrefined coconut oil!
- 2 drops lavender EO + 2 drops rosemary EO + 2 drops cedarwood EO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- mix together & apply throughout hair, focusing mainly on the ends with slight application to the roots/top. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- leave in anywhere from 1 hour to 24 hours! feel free to start with a shorter amount of leave-in time at first. i leave mine in for 24 hours & just braid my hair, & throw a hat on!

2 things to note:
1. if you're sleeping with it in (which i love to do), lay a non-precious towel down on your pillow case to prevent staining!
2. the key to not having coco oil in your hair for days is to wash it out REALLY good. scrub your hair with high quality shampoo for at least 3 minutes!⠀⠀⠀⠀
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& on the topic of hair...if you battle dry scalp or constant oiliness, chances are it's not your hair's fault but your shampoo & conditioner's fault 😬 i used to deal with both & i thought i just had finicky hair but really it was the intense products stripping my hair of all of the good stuff. our bodies are amazing & so smart. your hair can regulate itself, but not when your washing it with chemicals that dry out your scalp & strip your natural oils. it basically gets addicted & overproduces oil, in between showers. 

comment below with your favorite natural shampoo + conditioner!