Something Fresh

John Eaton, our fabulous Design Manager, is known throughout the office for his keen sense of style and amazing aesthetics. So when it came time to recruit our latest guest blogger, I couldn’t think of a better person. John is constantly bringing fresh new ideas to the table – and I hope they inspire you, as much as they do me. - BB

A beautiful lemon tree that I saw at the Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley, CA. They have a fantastic kitchen that uses the many herbs and fruits grown there to enhance their seasonal offerings.

From John~ I’ve always been drawn to bright, bold colors (I certainly picked the right company to work for) and this month, my go-to shade is yellow. From the daffodils outside to the warm sunshine, yellow is a lively, energetic color—and it’s popping up everywhere this spring. Lately, I’ve found myself on a lemon kick, admiring their ability to add a burst of freshness to everything they touch.  We have big bowls of lemons scattered throughout our office as well as stocked in our pantry and we are encouraged to enjoy them whenever the mood strikes. I’ve found that by adding a few slices to my water, it provides the perfect pick-me-up (even more so than coffee) towards the end of a long day.

At home, I use them to brighten up the flavors in whatever I’m cooking. Lemons are also incredibly healthy, offering natural antibacterial and immune-boosting benefits for the body.

Here are my favorite ways to enjoy lemons:

  • Use them as an inexpensive—and unexpected—centerpiece for a dinner party. Pile them high in wood, terracotta or simple glass bowls.
  • Clean stained cutting boards and pots without all the chemicals. Simply rub the desired surface with a lemon half, let it sit for five minutes, rinse well and dry
  • Invest in some lemon oil and add a few drops to a diffuser to ease anxiety and soothe nerves
  • Boil fresh lemon zest and ginger together for a homemade tea that’s especially soothing during winter. Try it cold in the summer for a refreshing take on a traditional iced tea. For a little sweetness, you can add some honey to taste.
  • Make your own nourishing lemon olive oil masque

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon olive oil
A few drops fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup cooked instant oatmeal (cooled)
1 egg white

Directions:

Mix olive oil, lemon juice, oatmeal and egg white until smooth. Spread on your face and neck. Leave on for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Follow with a rich moisturizer.

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