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DIY Mason Jar Tea Storage

mason jar tea storage

I am so excited for this DIY project that I’m about to share with you guys – Tea Storage Jars. Okay, I’m excited about every DIY project that I share, but stay with me because it’s pretty awesome. This project combines my 2 obsessions: mason jars and chalkboard paint. Now, aren’t you excited?

I love to drink tea and the different boxes they come in can become a pain to keep. Plus, they don’t keep your tea fresh. The best way to store tea is in an airtight, dark container. You can learn about proper storage here.

I decided to create these great tea storage jars so I will be able to easily label the different tea while keeping them fresh as long as possible.

What you’ll need:

mason jar tea storage1. Hot Glue Gun

2. Chalkboard spray paint – I used this Valspar version. I didn’t read the label until I got home and saw that it was for plastic and wood. I still used it on the mason jars’ glass and had no problems.

3. Mason Jars – I used the plain ones from Walmart to make it easier for writing with the chalk

4. Gloves + Goggles (optional)

Since we’re working with spray paint, you’ll need to be outdoors or in a well ventilated room.

What you will do:

1. After the glue in your hot glue gun is ready, you can add Tea to your mason jars – if you want to be fancy, you can write the french word for it: thé

mason jar tea storage(If you’re not happy with your letters, you can easily peel them off and do it again)

2. Place the mason jars upside down and begin to evenly spray the mason jars with your chalkboard spray paint. I did about 2 coats on each jar.

mason jar tea storage3. Prime the chalkboard with the side of chalk and then wipe off.

mason jar tea storageYou’re done and ready to start storing your tea!  mason jar tea storage

Is this something you will try? Let us know in the comments.

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Co-founder | Scarlett Rocourt
Scarlett creator of Wonder Curl is a Marketing Maven, DIY Diva & Glamour Girl! Her affinity for style, organization & discount designer shopping makes her a true Budget Socialite. Her flare for creativity allowed her to translate that into a career in marketing.

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Fashion Find:Fall Neutrals

 Fall-ing for Neutrals! Getting a head start on this Fall Season!Neutrals Fall-ing for Neutrals! Getting a head start on this Fall Season!

Hey Socialites! Want a great tip for saving money on the hottest fashion finds? Shop during the off season. One of the funny things I’m known for is shopping in the Summer for Fall season clothing. It’s a great way to save money and is glorious for creating your own trends. Which brings me to this week’s Fashion Find. As I perused some of my fave Etsy shops, I stumbled on this awesome vintage Fall neutral sweater dress. With it’s fringe details (a big trend for 2013) and intricate splashes of color detail in the weaving, it makes for a great edition to your Fall wardrobe and for a whopping $28 (purchase here), it is money well spent!

DressFor this dress, I decided to keep it neutral. “Why?” you may ask? Well the great thing about nude and neutral tones is that they are season-less. You can transition them to work all year round. And when I saw these tres chic pumps from Zara (On Sale NOW for $40! purchase here.) it was love at first sashay. Moving to the Asos earrings (purchase here), they provide a classic Jackie O look and feel to the ensemble, while this BCBG belt (purchase here) brings in a bit of hardware to the mix by with its over-sized stud detail. Now for the best part…can we talk about this bag? OMG!!!! Topshop knocked it out of the park when I set eyes on this gorgeous piece of arm art(purchase here)! Talk about making a statement.

So Mavens, if you love the wonderful wow factor that pops of color brings, try not to forget the POW effect Fall Neutrals can bring to a wardrobe as well. Until Next time…Happy Findings!

How do you rock Fall Neutrals in your wardrobe?

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Contributor | Cadian Carter
As a lover of fashion, Blogger Cadian Carter got her first job working at indie fashion publication, V Magazine. Now she is a freelance writer helping women embrace their own personal style, one fashion find at a time.

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The Perfect Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

Shrimp Ceviche Recipe | www.thebudgetsocialite.com

Shrimp ceviche is one of my summer favorites. Seafood and fresh ingredients, what’s not to love? I’m half Peruvian. I’d love to tell you that this recipe has been perfected and passed down, throughout many generations. I really would. The reality is I googled shrimp ceviche recipe and tweaked it until it made me happy.

Tasty and Healthy

Boy, does this make me happy. It’s one of those rare foods that is healthy, practically fat-free and totally crave-worthy. I love broccoli as much as the next gal, but I never wake up thinking “wow, I’m really craving some broccoli right now”. Somehow, that level of food lust is reserved for gastronomic specialties that will surely shorten my life span (I’m looking at you cronuts). Except for ceviche. Ceviche is able to tickle my culinary libido without damage to my arteries, liver or waist line.

Traditionally, with a shrimp ceviche recipe you let the citrus juice “cook” the seafood. I’ve gotten down like that when using sushi-grade tuna instead of shrimp. I’m not brave enough to try that with shellfish, so I buy a bag of pre-cooked, peeled and de-veined jumbo shrimp from Costco. If you wanna be traditional or make it with fish, let the seafood sit in the citrus juice for about 2 ½ -3 hours.

Shrimp Ceviche Recipe Ingredients | www.thebudgetsocialite.com

The Goods

  • 1 pound medium-small shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 small red onion – diced
  • 1 bell pepper -diced
  • 1 cup cilantro – chopped
  • 1 package of grape tomatoes – cut in halves
  • 3 garlic cloves – minced
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • Optional: Avocados
  • Optional: Lime Tortilla chips

How we do it

  1. Cut each piece of shrimp in 2 pieces, cover in lime/lemon juice. Make sure all your seafood is immersed in the juice
  2. Add the chopped red onion, pepper, cilantro, tomato, and garlic into the shrimp mixture.
  3. Salt and pepper to taste and add Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Shrimp Ceviche | www.thebudgetsocialite.com

Serve it up

I like to serve my ceviche with avocados and lime tortilla chips. If I’m making it for dinner, I’ll coarsely mash up the avocados and top with the ceviche with the chips on the side. Don’t be like me. Use a slotted spoon to drain away some of the liquid before you serve. If you don’t, it can get a bit messy and will fall apart when you try to stack it. Not I know from experience or anything.

Shrimp Ceviche Plating | www.thebudgetsocialite.com

If you want to make party appetizers, scoop the shrimp ceviche mixture into small bowls or mason jars then top it with some cubed avocado and serve alongside tortilla chips. This would go great with some delicious lime-basil sangria served up in a drink station. You could even wear this summer romper, if you were throwing such a party. I mean, why wouldn’t you throw this party? Most of the planning is already done! All you have to do is send out the invites.

Please Note: This is the first recipe that I have posted in a while that isn’t liquid. I feel like that in itself is an accomplishment. I’m not sure if I should be celebrated or chastised, but it feels worth mentioning.

What do you think? Are going to try our shrimp ceviche recipe? What are your go-to summer recipes? Let us know in the comments.

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Co-founder | Trinidad Pena
Trinidad Pena is a blogger, foodie, and design superhero bent on helping others kick-ass online, world domination and convincing the world that wine belongs in the fruit food group since it’s made from grapes.

 

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