Easter Farmer's Market at The Island House

Hello Lovely,

This past Saturday, I had so much fun at the Easter Farmer's Market at The Island House. I had never been to a Farmer's Market on this scale before. I've always wanted to go to farmer's markets because they feel so green and hippy; like the cool thing to do. Let me just say that this market DID NOT disappoint.

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The following vendors who were in attendance:
Noirished Naturals | Nature's Way | Cia Monet Soaps & Scents | Sweet Tooth Bakery | Field to Fork Farm | Bentonite Beauty Clay | Bahama Island Farms | Naturally Bahamian | Fresh Cay Microgreens | Manchy Sasso | Ena's Kitchen | Brer Bookie Meat Company | Lollipop by Beautiful Things | Green Leaf Farms | Sunset Organics | Nisha Armbrister | V&V Condiments | Fish & Lime | Abaco Neem | Flavour of the Nation | 320 Nicecream | A Rainbow's Delight | Oma | The Distinguished Palette

This was the perfect event for the whole family. The talented kids from the Bahamas Music Academy played beautifully on the lawn. There were giant pillows set out for people to sit on to enjoy the music while their children ran around on the lawn, playing with the toys and in the teepees. I tried to snap a few photos of my goddaughter in a teepee but you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see how that turned out.

I loved how beautiful everything was. I'm trying to curb my impulsive spending and I think I made mindful purchases. I got a bag of spinach mix for $5, 2 veggie patties for $4, an edible flower plant for $5 and Nice Red Velvet Ice Cream for $5. The way they prepare their ice cream is an amazing experience! It's liquid nitrogen and it really is cool (not as cold as I thought it would be). It's dairy free which is perfect for me! The veggie patties were spicy, which I don't like, but I was inspired to make to my own veggie burgers so stay tuned for that recipe.

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What's your favourite part of Farmer's Markets? If you want to go, Mahogany house has a market every Saturday but if you want something on this level, Island House hosts theirs once a month. You've got to check it out! Don't forget to bring the kids!

 

 

Friday Favourites: 5 DIYs to Try This Easter Weekend

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If you’re still on the hunt for the best Easter gifts, we’ve found a lineup of spring-themed DIYs that will make your closest peeps totally hoppy. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing activity you can do while watching your fave show (think: pom-poms), or you’re just trying to do some last minute prep for those Easter baskets, this weekend is the perfect chance to get crafty. So put some spring in your loved ones’ step by fillin’ those baskets with bright, cheery colors courtesy of these gems!

 

1. How gorgeous is this? Learn how to make your own floral lace bunny ears for Easter! These would also make the perfect accessory for your flowers girls or bridesmaids for a spring wedding! | BESPOKE BRIDE

1. How gorgeous is this? Learn how to make your own floral lace bunny ears for Easter! These would also make the perfect accessory for your flowers girls or bridesmaids for a spring wedding! | BESPOKE BRIDE

2. This Easter Carrot Sugar Scrub is easy to make and perfect to add to an Easter basket or to hand out to guest at your Easter celebration |  OHMY-CREATIVE.COM

2. This Easter Carrot Sugar Scrub is easy to make and perfect to add to an Easter basket or to hand out to guest at your Easter celebration | OHMY-CREATIVE.COM

3. Turn the flower power to the max with this DIY: Flower Chandelier, perfect for party decor or above the dinner table for a special get together! |  PROJECT WEDDING

3. Turn the flower power to the max with this DIY: Flower Chandelier, perfect for party decor or above the dinner table for a special get together! | PROJECT WEDDING

4. Don't send out your Easter cards on boring store-bought stationary! This DIY art project idea is really easy, so much fun, and makes beautifully colored notecards. You just need a few simple supplies you may already have! |  PERSIALOU

4. Don't send out your Easter cards on boring store-bought stationary! This DIY art project idea is really easy, so much fun, and makes beautifully colored notecards. You just need a few simple supplies you may already have! | PERSIALOU

5. A twig frame is a beautiful, rustic way to showcase your most favorite photos. For some extra authenticity, choose twigs from your own backyard or neighborhood. It works well as a group activity and can also be made kid-friendly. |  EHOW

5. A twig frame is a beautiful, rustic way to showcase your most favorite photos. For some extra authenticity, choose twigs from your own backyard or neighborhood. It works well as a group activity and can also be made kid-friendly. | EHOW

From Mechelle and I at Life By Olivia, we want to wish you and your family a Happy Easter! May you always remember the reason for the season, stay safe throughout your travels and make time for loved ones and family. Monday is a religious holiday for us, but we've still got a sweet recipe lined up for you so we'll see you again on Monday! Have a great weekend!

Letter From Olivia: Easter Entertaining

Hello Lovely,

Where is the year going? I feel like we were justcelebrating Valentine’s Day and now we’re getting ready for Easter already! I’m definitely going to need summer to last a bit longer though. Before time runs out on us, here is what you can expect this month, from Life By Olivia.

We’re kicking off the month witha new series called, “Breakfast Week”. For the first week, we are sharing4 great new breakfast items to fuel your Spring Transformations. Then we’re looking at budget-friendly ways to give your home a facelift.

Spring is a time to come together with friends and family; it’s not too cold, it’s not too hot, so no excuses. Friends and family come home for spring break and it’s time to celebrate. So we’re offering tips and recipes for the perfect Spring soiree (including some from my own)!

We’ll help you to clean up and clear out for expected guests and offer great DIY’s for clear, glowing skin!

We’ve got live events and a new project in the works! The project won’t be revealed until May so you’ll just have to check in every day for clues and hints on what we’re up to! *HINT* There’s a major clue in the magazine!

We can’t wait to show you all of the amazing things we have planned for this month. This month’s magazine has 6 great new recipes for you, 1 cool beauty treatments that is super easy to make and use and lots more great tips and secrets.

As always, we hope that you are inspired this month to try something new in the kitchen and around your home. Thank you so much for supporting and subscribing to the Life By Olivia E Magazine.

XoX,

Green Tea Citrus Chiller

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What better way to spring into action than to enjoy a refreshing cocktail that's surprisingly good for you? I actually got the idea for this on the back of an Equal Sweetener box. I went to the food store, picked up some random ingredients and got to work. This was so delicious and of course I had to spike it! It’s beautiful, refreshing, and so tasty.  And it doesn’t hurt that I love the colour.  So vibrant you would almost think there’s real fruit in it!

To give the drink an extra pop of flavour, I used Mr. Boston’s Peach Schnapps (this post isn’t sponsored, but it’s my one of my FAVOURITES!).  It has such a bright and fruity flavour. You don’t have to add alcohol to this drink, but let’s be real. You should.

Best of all, the base of this drink is green tea. Antioxidant-rich, green tea offers a number of health benefits, such as reducing the risk of cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart disease. So what are you waiting for? Get the recipe after the jump!

Green Tea Citrus Chiller

Ingredients

·         6 cups water, hot

·         1 cup sugar

·         4 Lipton pomegranate cranberry green tea bags

·         1 cups fresh orange juice

·         ¼ cup Mr. Boston’s Peach Schnapps

·         2 drops pink food colouring

·         1 cup white wine (optional)

·         Orange slices (optional)

 

Preparation

Bring water and to a boil in a large saucepan. Remove pan from heat; add tea bags, and steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags with a slotted spoon (do not squeeze).

Cool tea to room temperature; stir in peach schnapps, orange juice, cranberry juice, and sugar. Cover and chill at least 1 hour. Once cold, you can add the white wine if you’d like to make it sparkling and extra boozy. Serve over ice; garnish with orange slices, if desired.

 

How do you relax after a long day at work? Share your favourite drink to unwind with in the comment section below!

XoX,