Homemade Lemonade Recipe

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Summer is definitely the time for refreshing homemade drinks. Especially lemonade! Remember I said a lemonade recipe was coming soon in my 10 Things to Do This Summer post? Well here it is! This recipe is one my family have been using for years. It is personally my favourite because you really infuse all of the lemon, not just using the juice, so it’s more vibrant and delicious! Enjoy!

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YOU WILL NEED:

3 Lemons

175g sugar

900ml boiling water (or just round it up to a litre for ease)

1. Peel the rind of the lemon and the sugar into a heatproof jug.

2. Pour on the boiling water, cover with either cling film or a plate. Leave to cool, stirring occasionally.

3. When cool, juice the lemons and add this to the jug. Strain the lemonade then add ice cubes and mint, ya know for the Instagram snaps obviously.

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Other variations: You can add lavender, rose water, more mint or add lime juice as well. Just have fun with it!

This recipe does take longer than the usual recipe but the end results are so worth it! Do you love lemonade? What is your favourite summer drink?

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Summer Fashion Wishlist

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Hello beautiful people! Gahhh it’s so humid at the moment, I can’t wait til we have real summer days. It is Jue for goodness sake! But to get us in the mood for the (hopefully) sunny months ahead, I’ve put together some gorgeous pieces I found online. I especially love those sandals, may have to treat myself to them… Anywho, all items are listed, linked and priced below, just to make it easy for you guys 🙂

1. New Look Orange Embroidered Tote Bag – £19.99

2. H&M Pompom Shorts – £12.99

3. ASOS FOSTER Leather Flat Sandals – £22.00

4. Accessorize Friendship Bracelets x4 – £8.00

5. Hollister One Shoulder Bell Dress – £25.20

How beautiful are all these pieces? I’m loving the boho-festival feeeeel at the moment. Oooh and just to let you know Hollister is having a 50% off sale atm so check that out as there’s some really cute pieces! I know, shocking, Hollister is not just filled with overly expensive graohic tees. Wowza.

What is your favourite summer style? Where’s the best place to buy summer pieces? Let me know!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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10 Things To Do This Summer!

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I cannot tell you just how much I am LOVING this heatwave! I’m currently sat in a dress with the back door open and I’m not even shivering. Dreams really do come true. Moving on…I got inspired by this gorgeous weather that I thought I would give you lovely peeps some inspiration for things to do if you’re bored this summer or just need some inspiration. Enjoy…

1. Make homemade lemonade! (RECIPE COMING SOON!) There is nothing better than a big ol’ glass of homemade lemonade. I love the freshness of the lemons and I much prefer non-fizzy lemonade as it’s less processed and better for your digestive system. It’s a win win situation, really.

2. Ride a bike Yes, you can actually be like those people on the Centre Parks adverts now – wind through your hair, happy family, a leafy roof above your head…ok so maybe not but it’s fun to pretend, right? Even if you haven’t got a bike, you can hire one from your town centre. Here’s a secret, it’s not just London who have Boris Bikes!

3. DIY a kimono Kimonos are soooo easy to make out of a scarf. I could do a tutorial for you if you want but there are countless videos online telling you how to sew up something Japanese! But I did this find this very useful video for a temporary kimono out of a scarf.

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4. Homemade ice lollies Homemade ice lollies are soo good. They’re cheaper, healthier and more delicious than shop bought. Just pick up a cheap mould from Poundland, and let your imagination run wild! My sister and I love pouring plain fruit juice, smoothies, yoghurt and fruit into ours.

5. Make friendship bracelets I know bracelet making may seem like it’s for 5 year old BFFs but trust me, stacked bracelets for the summer look reeeeeal cute. I bought a HUGE bag of embroidery threads from Dunelm Mill for £7 in the sale a few years ago and they’re still going today! Plus, there’s hundreds of tutorials online to refer to.

6. Picnics! Picnics are just….ahh. No word can describe my love for siting on a old blanket, with a tower of sausage rolls and plastic cups. Knowing our lazy world I’m sure you can buy ready made picnic baskets from a supermarket or do that weird thing nowadays called MAKE YOUR OWN. Riveting, I assure you. Have a picnic in your garden, a random field or a National Trust place with friends or family and let the good times roll!

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7. Create a blog I cannot express just how happy blogging makes me, so I urge you to pick up the courage to make one yourself! This is England for goodness sake, there is surely going to be a rainy day this summer where you can have some much needed bonding time with your laptop and camera.

8. Try a new sport We’re heading to the sea for a few day this summer so my sister and I so want to try paddle boarding, surfing and the likes. Water sports are especially fun in summer as you’re outside in the (hopefully) gorgeous weather, probably falling into a freezing lake off of a sheet of wood. Ok, that don’t sound too good, just try something new, ‘k?

9. Learn to juggle If you can juggle, congrats you’re my new favourite person ALL HAIL THE JUGGLER. If not, join me this summer and let’s see if we can turn into circus monkeys. Woop woop!

10. See friends and family They’re not always going to be there, let’s be honest. So put aside a week to see all those lovely people, give them a hug, bake them a cake. Put zee phone on SILENT and give them all your attention. They deserve it, you deserve, we deserve it, we’re just all too dang special to not make a fuss of, so do it!

Hope you enjoyed this blog post, lovely people. Have a great summer!

Are you going away this summer? Can YOU juggle?!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Spring/Summer Playlist 2015 + How to Find New Music

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I loooooove music. I love listening to it, making it and playing it (piano, guitar and ukulele if y’all was wondering) and finding new stuff to listen to. So as the festival season is starting (helloooo Coachella) I thought I’d put together a playlist for you guys. I’m going to list all the songs below but I will also put together a playlist on my Spotify (lotsoflovelottie). I’ll also list some tips for finding new music because let’s be honest, there’s only so many times you can listen to Lips are Movin’. Enjoy, little ones.

You Got The Love – Florence and the Machine

Next Year (RAC mix) – Two Door Cinema Club

You’re On – Madeon

Sun – Two Door Cinema Club

Attracting Flies – Aluna George

Reflections – Misterwives

Superlove – Charli XCX

Ship to Wreck – Florence and the Machine

Ce Jeu – Yelle

Riptide – Vance Joy

Ain’t Nobody – Jasmine Thompson

Been There Before (Shook Remix) – Ghost Beach

Swept Away (Original Mix) – Para for Cuva and Anna Naklab

Comfortable (Lightwaves Remix) – The Knocks and The Ambassadors

Hotel California – Eagles

Cool Kids/Riptide – The Queen and King ft. Less Is More

Billie Jean – The Civil Wars

Stolen Dance – Milky Chance

L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N – Noah And The Whale

Forget – Marina and the Diamonds

Say My Name – ODESZA ft. Zyra

Oceans – Coasts

California – Delta Spirit

COOL – LE YOUTH

Shake, Shake Shake – Bronze Radio Return

Heartbeat (Lightwaves Remix) – VÉRITÉ

CLICK HERE for this playlist on Spotify

TIPS FOR FINDING NEW MUSIC

– Spotify WILL be your best friend. Go on to the ‘Browse’ section and see what they’re suggesting!

– Is it just me that gets annoyed when Youtubers don’t list songs in the description box? That’s what Shazam was made for! Or if that doesn’t work, try Googling some of the song lyrics.

– Listen to different radio stations.

– Look at other country’s charts. Or even the charts from 10 years ago!

– Try different genres, such as Indie or Jazz (or K-Pop…)

Hope you enjoyed that! I’ve never done a post focused on music before, it was really fun!

What are your favourite songs and artists? I’d love to try some new music!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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