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I am a big believer in having a garden that is not only lovely to look at, but that is useful as well. I cannot say enough how beneficial an herb garden can be. There are so many practical ways to put everything from rosemary to mint to good use. One of my absolute favorite things to grow, however, is lavender. Not only does lavender look gorgeous growing in your garden, it seems as though there isn’t anything lavender cannot do. From homemade beauty products to a variety of drinks and desserts, lavender adds something special to everything it touches. That is why I have put together this list. And let me tell you, lavender has never looked so good!

1. Lavender and Honey Marshmallows via A Beautiful Mess
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2. Lavender Bouquet via Rustic Wedding Chic
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3. Lavender Oatmeal Tub Tea via Evermine Blog
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4. Lavender Shortbread Cookies via Mountain Mama Cooks
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5. Lavender and Rosemary Wreath via Sarah the Architect
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6. Lavender Lip Balm via Martha Stewart
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7. Lavender Linen Spray via Hello Natural
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8. Lavender Honey Crepe Cake via The House That Lars Built
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Staying hydrated has never tasted so good! I have been a fan of infused water for a while now and I am so happy to see something so healthy trending on the web. It is extremely important that we drink enough water throughout the day, but with so many other choices out there it is difficult to make the right one. By infusing water with your favorite fruits and herbs, you can make it as enjoyable as it is good for you. My favorite part about infusing water is that there is no wrong way to do it. It is an ongoing experiment and you can constantly try out new things. For todays post, I tried out three new recipes and one of them has become my new favorite.

1. GRAPEFRUIT + CUCUMBER + MINT
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2. WATERMELON + BLUEBERRIES + LEMON THYME
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© 2013 | Haley Sheffield | www.haleysheffield.com

3. LEMON + LAVENDER
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© 2013 | Haley Sheffield | www.haleysheffield.com

After allowing the water to sit for a little while, I tested all three and discovered that the lemon and lavender was my absolute favorite. The grapefruit, cucumber, and mint combination was too strong for my taste, while the watermelon, blueberry, and lemon thyme was too subtle. Ironically enough, I had thought that I would like the lemon and lavender least of all three, but the refreshing combination was unbelievably delicious.

If you have any infused water success stories—or failures—I would love to hear all about it! Feel free to comment and share below.