Friday Link Love

Nick & I celebrate our 12 year anniversary this Monday (technically, we are celebrating Saturday because kids and babysitters and we are old etc...)   Come What May was our wedding song.  I was obsessed with Moulin Rouge and I still am.  I'm reminded of the song though since life has been a bit difficult lately with the loss of my mother- life altering events do that.  I soooo wish I could be the old me. Obviously, I'm still me, but this angry, bitchy, cranky, depressed, sad person shows up here and there and she totally sucks.  But, this amazing person in my life holds my hand. He hugs me.  He literally never has the right words to say (seriously Nick, silence is golden) but he holds my hand.  And, I love him for that.

This is also a long way of telling you I am spending Monday with my family and will NOT be posting, haha, I will be back Tuesday.

Ok, enough for the sappiness, links I loved this week!

Its amazing what sharpie pens can create

This sounds like the most amazing, relaxing drink (no alcohol peeps)

I do not need plates. But I want these bad.

Has anyone seen this show?? I read about it on Buzzfeed and need it in my life.

Who does these amazing Pantone mockups? I want that job.

A Bubbly Life this week: DIY Wooden Towel Ring  & Rosemary Infused Grapefruit Cocktail

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DIY Wooden Towel Ring

So, I saw a towel ring on AllModern and I freaking loved it.  I instantly thought, hey that would be an easy DIY.  I think this is my first "knock off" DIY.  When I saw that price tag, I was like No way, the DIY was just too easy and would be so inexpensive to make and I could not resist making my own version.  

It took 5 minutes to make, I am not even kidding, it even surprised me how ridiculously easy it was.  However, you do need the 3 power tools to complete it.  The first is some kind of saw to cut down the wooden dowel, BUT you can ask the home improvement store to cut a couple for you.  Mine does all the time, it may be because they see me nearly everyday, but they do not mind.  The rest are in the steps below!

Wooden Dowel- Diameter 1 3/8 inch
Gold Metal Ring
Dremel Tool
Drill with 5/32 Drill bit
Dowel Screw  #14

Cut a piece of the wooden dowel to 1.5 inches.

Snip a cut into the gold metal ring using a dremel tool (or any tool that can cut metal).

my husband's hand, not that there is a problem having dude hands, but want it to be clear they are not mine

Drill a hole with the 5/32 drill bit into the dowel in this location:

Insert your metal ring through the hole.  (the cut on the metal ring is so small, there is no need to reconnect it) Drill a hole into the back of the wooden dowel.

Insert the dowel screw and get it into your wall!  (using a pliers helps to get that dowel screw in) 

We are using it in our bathroom above our bathtub and I plan to make more.  It was so easy to make and I now have a long wooden dowel, which was the largest expense at $6 (?) so I can make so many more... Would look so good in a kitchen!

Want more home DIYs?   Here are a couple favs!

DIY Wooden Shoe Rack 
DIY Copper iPad Holder 
DIY Painted Wooden Headboard
DIY Copper Wood Hooks

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Rosemary Infused Grapefruit Vodka Cocktail

You guys, I think this is my 122nd grapefruit cocktail on A Bubbly Life. Maybe I am exaggerating. Little bit.  There is a reason I love to use grapefruit in cocktails.  I do not like sweet cocktails, grapefruit is so pretty to take photos of and Arizona has an abundance of citrus.  We planted a grapefruit tree and JUST GOT OUR FIRST GRAPEFRUITS!!!  So, I absolutely had to do another grapefruit cocktail! However, my husband (Hi, Nick, love you bebe) planted a white grapefruit tree or yellow? I dont know what it is called, I could google it but...  Either way, it is not pink, and I am like hi, husband of nearly 12 years, have you met me? 

Then, I was like oooh I can get more colors in a photograph.  So, Nick is forgiven.  And, honestly I dont know if it is picking it off our own tree or whatnot but the plain grapefruit tastes better than the pink I get from the store.  Also, maybe I should learn the proper name, which is probably just "grapefruit" Anyhow, cocktail time.

1 part Vodka
2 parts Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
1 teaspoon (or more if you like sweeter) Rosemary Infused Syrup*
Lime slice & Rosemary Sprig for Garnish
Salt for rim (I used pink ;)

*We do not eat much sugar around here, so I used agave to make my rosemary syrup.  Add approximately 1 cup of agave syrup to a pot, get it hot, but not to a full boil, add a couple sprigs of rosemary and let cool for about 30-45 minutes.  Agave syrup still is sugar, but it has a lower glycemic index so that is why we use it instead.  (I'm not a doctor & not making any health claims, so don't sue me. Thanks.)

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