DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

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Go ahead, wear your heart on your sleeve and embrace the sentimental feelings in the air. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to share a bit of your heart with others. The best news? You don’t have to stick with the standard gifts that may come to mind. With these easy-to-make and thoughtful DIY ideas, you can brighten the day of a special someone, friend, family member or colleague. Hot Cocoa

Peppermint Infusion Hearts

What You’ll Need:

  • Crushed peppermint
  • Coffee filters
  • Baker’s thread
  • Construction paper
  • Hot chocolate

Directions:

Using a folded coffee filter, cut out a heart shape. After you have two heart shapes, stitch together around the edges until only a small opening remains. Place peppermint candies in a plastic bag and crush until the pieces are broken down. Put about a spoonful of crushed peppermint inside the small opening of the coffee filter and finish stitching until it’s closed. Attach a medium-length piece of baker’s thread to your peppermint-filled heart. Cut a small heart out of paper and add it at the other end of the thread to make a little “tag” like the ones that tea bags have. Present the gift with hot cocoa for a refreshing peppermint twist on a classic chocolatey treat.    

Homemade Lotion Bars

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup Beeswax
  • 1 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Shea butter
  • Silicon heart-shaped mold
  • 25 drops Lavender essential oil
  • At least 2 hours for refrigeration

Directions:

Start by warming beeswax in a double boiler until it becomes smooth. Add coconut oil and melt the two ingredients. Stir until smooth and add lavender essential oils. Let cool and place in silicon molds and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.              

“Simply Nuts for You” Mason Jar“

What You’ll Need:

  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • Chalk
  • Trail mix
  • Gift tag
  • Twine or ribbon

Directions:

Create a heart shape on the mason jar with painter’s tape. Using an open area, cover the mason jar with the chalkboard spray paint. Once it’s dry, carefully peel off the tape. Add a personalized touch by making a design with white chalk. Cut out a gift tag and create a small hole at the top. Thread twine through and loop around twice at the top of the mason jar. Pour in your special someone’s favorite trail mix.

Cookie Better Blondies

This gift is made from one of our favorite new treats! Sprouts Cookie Butter Blondies are sure to brighten someone’s day, but let’s be honest—you could give the cookie butter as a stand-alone gift as well. Delicious by the spoonful or as an addition to baked goods, it’s a perfect way to spread the yum! View the recipe!  

DIY Tea Party for Mom

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Say “I love you” with a tea party fit for a queen! This Mother’s Day, spend time celebrating mom and enjoying each other’s company over small bites and tasty teas! Get ready to put your pinkies up with ideas for your DIY tea party below! Bouquet of Flowers

Décor

Keep your party vibrant with centerpieces that flourish! Simply assemble your mom’s favorite flowers in a mason jar and set out to display. A jar of colorful flowers is sure to capture the feeling of spring and make Mom feel special.  
Small Bites

Small Bites

A tea party needs a few tasty treats to aid in its charm. Delight Mom with finger foods like fresh fruits and cheese alongside a few baked goods to satisfy a sweet tooth. Don’t forget to spread your baked goods with toppings like jams, jellies and more. Get creative and be inspired by traditional, fancier tea parties—known as “High Tea”—and serve delicacies like lemon curd to accent sweeter snacks.  

Tea BagsAdd a Bit of VarieTea!

Set the tone for a fun celebration with a new take on the classic hot teas typically served at this kind of gathering. Serving both hot and cold tea is a simple way to add personality and still get a tea fix! No matter how the temperature preferences vary at your table, you’ll be ready with plenty of options. Add-ins like honey, sugar and milk are perfect for complimenting your selection of drinks as well.  

Dry Rub Recipes

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All the grill masters in your life will love these flavorful DIY dry rub recipes and you’ll love how easy they are to make! Paired with a new set of grilling tools, these create a great gift. Pssst … this makes a great Father’s Day bundle for all those hard-working dads.Dry rub recipes

All-Purpose Spice Rub Recipe

  • 2 Tbsp. Coffee beans, finely ground
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp. Black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.

Caribbean Rub

  • 3 Tbsp. Brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. Coarse salt
  • 2 tsp. Ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. Allspice
  • 1 tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.

Buffalo Spice Rub

  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Chile powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Cayenne, plus more for taste
  • 2 Tbsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Ground mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Freshly ground black pepper
Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.

DIY Nacho Bar

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Crunchy chips, spicy salsa and all of those glorious fresh fixin’s—it’s no wonder why nachos have become a game day staple! We’ve got just the thing to make your next gathering “nacho average” game day get-together. This fun, crowd-pleasing DIY nacho bar is the perfect solution to satisfy your hungry guests. CHIPS, CHEESE, AND SALSA Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

The Crunch

You can’t go wrong with the classic tortilla chips, but why not mix it up a bit? Scoop up even more of those tasty toppings you crave with Sprouts Corn Dippers.

The Spice

Variety is the spice of life! Set up a mini salsa station using a variety of Sprouts salsas. From spicy ghost pepper to sweet corn, no matter your guests’ taste, you’ll have flavorful options everyone will enjoy. Better yet, keep the salsa in the jars so guests know which salsas they’ll be spooning over their chips as well as for a fuss-free clean up.

The Protein

Bring on the beans! Sprouts Organic Spicy Bean Dip offers a smooth texture as well as a great source of protein. This can also be displayed in the jar simply with a spoon.

The Queso

Some like it hot and some like it mild. Offering different types of queso for drizzling allows guests to customize their nachos just the way they like it.

The Fresh Toppings

Keep it fresh with unique nacho toppings like radishes and jicama but don’t forget the classics like fresh cilantro, spicy peppers and diced tomatoes.  

DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

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This Mother’s Day, thank Mom for all she does. Whether she plans to spend the day relaxing or staying active, treating her to a homemade gift is a perfect way to show her how much you care. You’ll love having a chance to personalize just as much as she’ll love receiving a gift that’s heartfelt and thoughtful. Find ideas below for celebrating Mom with gifts that have an extra special touch just from you. Coconut Orange Body Scrub

Coconut Orange Body Scrub

What You’ll Need:

• 2 cups Coconut oil • 1 cup Epsom salts • 8-10 drops Sweet orange essential oil

Directions:

Mix coconut oil, Epsom salts and essential oils together. Use as a body scrub, hand scrub or foot scrub. The coconut oil may leave your tub a little slippery so be careful if you use this in the shower. Be sure to store in an air-tight container to preserve freshness.

How to Use:

Use as a body scrub, hand scrub or foot scrub.

Tip:

Make sure to be careful if you use this in the shower! The coconut oil may leave your tub a little slippery.              

Heart shaped lotion barsLavender Lotion Bars

What You’ll Need:

• 1 cup Beeswax • 1 cup Coconut oil • 1/2 cup Shea butter • Silicon heart-shaped mold • 25 drops Lavender essential oil • 2 hours for refrigeration

Directions:

Start by warming beeswax in a double boiler until it becomes smooth. Add coconut oil and melt the two ingredients. Stir until smooth and add lavender essential oils. Let cool and place in silicon molds and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.              

Sunflowers in Mason JarDIY Mason Jar Vases

What You’ll Need:

• Mason jars • Chalk paint in your preferred colors • Sand paper • White chalk • Clear acrylic spray • Paint brush

Directions:

Paint the outside of each mason jar with chalk paint and let dry for one hour before applying another coat. After the jars have completely dried, use sand paper to take the paint off the raised, designed areas of the jar. Rub white chalk over jar to create a distressed look. Seal jars by spraying thoroughly with clear acrylic spray and let dry for at least 2 hours. Once dry, add your mom’s favorite fresh flowers.          

Peppermint Vanilla Bath FizziesPeppermint Vanilla Bath Fizzies

What You’ll Need

• 1 cup Citric acid crystals • 1 cup Baking soda • 1/2 cup Almond oil • 5 drops Aura Cacia Vanilla Essential Oil • 5 drops Aura Cacia Peppermint Essential Oil

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine citric acid crystals, baking soda and corn starch. Add almond oil and essential oil drops. Mix ingredients thoroughly with a spoon or by hand until the consistency is that of damp dough. Press dough firmly into desired shape using ice cube trays or a muffin pan. Let set overnight for approximately 12 hours before removing from ice cube trays or pan.            

Mothers Day BasketMother’s Day Basket

What You’ll Need:

• Basket • Fresh fruit • Chocolates • Coffee or tea • Mom’s favorite flowers

Directions:

Arrange the assortment of treats in your basket. For an extra special touch, pour ground coffee in a mason jar.                

Lemon and Rosemary BathLemon and Rosemary Bath Salt

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What You’ll Need:

• 3/4 cup Coconut oil • 2 cups Sprouts Epsom Salt • 2 sprigs Rosemary • 10 drops Lemon oil

Directions:

For this project you’ll need a small mixing bowl to combine the ingredients. Simply mix all the ingredients and pour into a mason jar. Want to get the kids involved? Have them help mix the ingredients and decorate by spelling out MOM on the jar. The bath salt should last six months but the metal on the mason jars may begin to rust.            

Rose and Lavender Body ScrubRose and Lavender Body Scrub

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What You’ll Need:

• 1 1/2 cups Coconut oil • 1 1/2-2 cups Sprouts Epsom Salt • 1/2 Rose petals • 3 Tbsp. Sweet almond oil • 15-20 drops Lavender essential oil

Directions:

Pour coconut oil into a mason jar. Add a layer of rose petals into jar evenly. Add sweet almond oil and lavender essential oil on top of rose petals. Begin mixing the Epsom salt into mixture until salt has fully saturated with the oils. Seal and wrap for Mother’s Day!            

Easy Salt ScrubEasy Salt Scrub

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What You’ll Need:

• 1 cup Sprouts Epsom Salt • 2 cups Coconut oil or olive oil (take any allergies into account here!) • 20-25 drops Essential oil of choice (I decided on a lavender and citrus blend that includes bergamot—two of my favorites!) • Bowl and spoon for mixing • Jar or other container with tight-fitting lid

Directions:

Measure out the Epsom salt and pour into your bowl. If you’ve chosen coconut oil as your moisturizing oil, keep in mind that you may need to (gently) warm it in order for it to mix well with the salt. It’s generally at least semi-solid at room temperature. Add your essential oil, and stir to blend. Once you’ve reached a fair homogenous consistency, your salt scrub is ready for packaging! For ease, you can choose small reusable containers like my sister did at Christmas. (This choice makes it a much safer option for keeping on a shelf in the shower since there’s no possibility of shattered glass in the tub.) If you want to dress it up a little, you can use a small Ball jar (like mine picture above) instead. Cover with cloth and a ribbon, print off a fancy label, and you’ve got a sweet gift for any mom in your life!

DIY Friendsgiving Centerpieces

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Video description: Learn how to make holiday centerpieces with Baked by Joanna during our recent Facebook Live. Full instructions below.


#1 Small, but Flexible

Sprouts carries a wide range of florals that will make it easy to outfit your table for a Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving celebration. For an easy centerpiece, head to the Produce Department, where you can pick up a pumpkin cup bouquet from the manager. The display works perfectly for small tablescapes. You can also create a more substantial centerpiece by combining multiple pumpkin cup bouquets with some bulk food items and candles.

Materials

  • Serving tray
  • Dried beans and peas
  • 2–3 Pumpkin cup bouquets, depending on the size of your tray
  • Candles
  • Hazelnuts

Directions

  1. Fill the bottom of a serving tray with a mix of dried beans and peas sourced from the Bulk Department of Sprouts.
  2. Place the pumpkin cup bouquets in the bed of beans and peas. Finish by placing candles around the pumpkins and sprinkling whole hazelnuts throughout.
  3. When ready, light the candles to create a nice glow for dinner.
   

#2 Traditional Bounty

Gourds, squash, nuts and corn are fall holiday staples. Separately, they look lovely, but together as a centerpiece, they can be a showstopper. This centerpiece is ideal if you love traditional hues of the season and prefer something quick and easy to make. All you need to do is pick up some essentials from Sprouts and raid your home for the rest. From there, it’s all about layering.

Materials

  • 1 Cinnamon wreath
  • Fall dried foliage mix
  • Pedestal bowl
  • Squash
  • Gourds
  • Decorative corn
  • Pinecones
  • Bulk nuts, in shell

Directions

  1. Begin by weaving sprigs of the fall dried foliage mix through the cinnamon wreath. Place the wreath on the table where you prefer to display your centerpiece.
  2. Place the pedestal bowl in the center of the wreath and begin layering in the squash and gourds. Start with the largest of the bunch to ensure there’s room for it to fit.
  3. Adorn the bottom of the display with the decorative corn, pinecones and more gourds. Finish by filling the base with bulk nuts until nearly full. Add some nuts to the pedestal bowl as well.
 

#3 Versatile and Filling

No one ever said a centerpiece couldn’t be interactive. In this case, it’s filling too. I teamed up with Sprouts to show you how a centerpiece can be transformed into an edible garden. It still incorporates traditional decorative elements of fall, so don’t worry, you won’t be missing that autumn flair. But now, you and your guests can snack the night away. This centerpiece shares the best cheeses, nuts, dried fruits, chocolate and more. Just customize it to fit your taste.

Materials

  • Cutting board
  • Rustic charger
  • Bowls
  • Squash
  • Gourds
  • Decorative corn
  • Variety of breads
  • Crackers
  • Variety of cheeses
  • Variety of bulk dried fruit
  • Variety of bulk nuts, sweet and savory
  • Chocolate
  • Honey or agave
  • Preserve, such as fig spread
  • Fresh herbs, such as sage and thyme

Directions

  1. Place the cutting board in the center of a table. Use a bowl to prop up the rustic charger on one end of the display.
  2. Place the larger elements on the board. Larger items include the bowls, squash, gourds and decorative corn.
  3. Add the bread and crackers to the smaller surface, the charger. On the larger surface, fill the board and bowls with cheeses, dried fruit, nuts and chocolate. Place the preserve and honey, or agave, on opposite sides of the board.
  4. Finish the centerpiece by tucking fresh herbs along the base of the smaller surface to hide the bowl propping it up. Also, create a more cohesive look by cascading the herbs down the side of the small surface onto the larger. Additional herbs can be tucked into the squash and gourds for texture.

About Joanna Meyer

Food Stylist, Culinary Creative and Blogger

Joanna is a commercial food stylist based in Phoenix, AZ. Her work and recipes have been seen around the world. When she is not styling for her favorite brands, she enjoys publishing recipes and sharing her love of everything food on her self-titled blog, Baked by Joanna. Her other interests include spending time with her family and staying healthy and fit.

DIY Father’s Day Gifts

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Father's Day Gift Basket Say thank you to all the doting dads and handsome heroes this Father’s day. After all, where would we be without dad jokes, practical advice and bear hugs?If the standard gifts are feeling a little tired, we have a few ideas to “tie” this Father’s Day together. Check out these fun gifts that he’s sure to love, including one by blogger, Julie, from Fort Worth Moms Blog! Julie shares her process in creating a one-of-a-kind gift for Dad. Keep reading to learn how to make your own unforgettable gift: I considered a basket of grilling items. After all, it is summer, and summer is grilling season. Sprouts has a huge selection of fresh produce, meats, spices for DIY dry rubs and craft beers, microbrews, etc. But goodness, y’all! I am weeks away from delivering our second baby. Everyone here needs to stay ready-to-jump-behind-the-wheel-at-any-moment sober (so no alcohol), and I refuse to step outside into the heat for any reason (so no outside cooking for us). I had to rethink my plan. Because a trip to Labor & Delivery is in our near future, I decided he needed a “We’re Having a Baby, Baby” basket. Read more of Julie’s full story!    
Rosemary Shaving Cream

Rosemary and Peppermint Shaving Balm

Your dad will feel pampered and refreshed after using this rosemary mint shaving balm—and will love knowing that it was made with love, by yours truly!

Ingredients:

• 1/3 cup Shea butter • 1/4 cup Virgin coconut oil • 1/4 cup Jojoba or sweet almond oil • 10 drops Rosemary essential oil • 3-5 drops Peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

1. Place a small saucepan over low heat and mix shea butter and coconut oil, stirring until melted. Transfer mixture to a heat-resistant bowl and add in jojoba oil (or almond oil), then the essential oils and stir. 2. Chill mixture in the refrigerator until solid. Once solid, remove from refrigerator and whip mixture using a beater. Mix until light and fluffy. Store in an airtight container for up to one month. Note: This shaving lotion is soap-free and will not create a lather, but rather, a protective barrier between the razor and skin. Swish razor in water between strokes and enjoy!
Dads Dry Rub

Dad’s Day BBQ Rub

Here’s a super easy and thoughtful gift that you can gather from our Bulk Department! Let your inner artist out by layering spices to create a colorful complement to your summer barbecues.

Ingredients:

• 1 1/2 Tbsp. Chile powder • 1 tsp. Black pepper • 1 1/2 tsp. Onion powder • 1 Tbsp. Thyme • 2 Tbsp. Sea salt • 1 tsp. Garlic salt

Instructions:

Layer spices multiple times into a small mason jar and seal. Decorate with a ribbon or twine.

Dad’s Day DIY Shaving Balm

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Shaving BalmWhat better way to say “I love you,” than with a handmade gift? Pamper your pop with this simple DIY cologne balm, dress it up with a meaningful tag and watch him light up.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Shea butter
  • 1/4 cup Virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup Jojoba or sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 3–5 drops Peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place a small sauce pan over low heat and mix shea butter and coconut oil, stirring until melted. Transfer mixture to a heat-resistant bowl and add in jojoba oil (or almond oil), then the essential oils and stir.
  2. Chill mixture in refrigerator until solid. Once solid, remove from the refrigerator and whip mixture using a beater. Mix until light and fluffy. Store in an airtight container for up to one month.
Note: This shaving lotion is soap-free and will not create a lather, but rather a protective barrier between the razor and skin. Swish razor in water between strokes and enjoy!  

Cedarwood Pine Cologne Balm

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Cedarwood Cologne Balm What better way to say “I love you,” than with a handmade gift? Pamper your pop with this simple DIY cologne balm, dress it up with a meaningful tag and watch him light up.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Aura Cacia Apricot Kernel Oil
  • 1 1/2 oz. Aura Cacia Cocoa Butter
  • 15 drops Aura Cacia Texas Cedarwood Essential Oil
  • 15 drops Aura Cacia Pine Essential Oil
  • 6 drops Aura Cacia Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 4 oz. Aura Cacia amber glass wide mouth jar

Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler, melt apricot kernel oil and cocoa butter.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  3. Add essential oils and pour into jar. Allow the mixture to solidify before use.
  4. To use, rub balm onto neck and hands.

Quick Tips:

  • To speed up solidification, refrigerate the balm.
  • This blend also works well as an aftershave balm.
Substitution: To increase the aroma’s sweetness, substitute Aura Cacia Bergamot Essential Oil for the rosemary.

Thanksgiving Dishes

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Thanksgiving offers so many wonderful opportunities to share good food with friends and family. But … it can also be easy to overindulge on Thanksgiving. Sprouts’ nutrition partner, Jessica Spiro, RD, shares tips to cut sugar from your holiday meal with three easy and healthy side dishes. See how she makes Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato “Toast” and Pumpkin Pecan Energy Bites using Sprouts brand ingredients.

Video Description: Check out these easy and healthy holiday appetizer recipes, as featured on San Diego 6!