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Your Friday Reed: Get Ready for the Weekend

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Happy Friday! What do you do when life gives you lemons? We’re setting you up for a fun-filled weekend with creative activities, beauty treatments, and delicious recipes centered around this sunny yellow citrus. Get more out of life with Madison Reed!

When Life Gives You Lemons…

Make Lemonade
We’re loving this healthy homemade lemonade recipe that substitutes honey for sugar. It’s light, flavorful, and heartwarming. Best of all, alternate sweeteners are suggested, so you can tweak this recipe to suit dietary restrictions or food sensitivities. We love thoughtful touches like that!

If you make a really big batch, maybe it’s time to help the kids build their first business. From prepping a simple business plan, to setting up, to honing sales skills, running a lemonade stand can be great training for budding entrepreneurs.

Lighten Up
The natural acidity in lemons can help lighten hair in the sun. We’re loving this how-to from Beautifille because it includes a step-by-step guide and answers common questions about this technique for blondes, brunettes, and redheads.

If this natural technique turns your hair a bit too red, use a cool-toned hair gloss to balance the color. Espresso is great for dark brunettes, and Crema is great for lighter-to-medium brunettes if this happens.

Brighten Up (Your Skin)
You can also take advantage of the natural acid in lemon peels by making a skin brightening scrub to use in the shower. It’s an a-peel-ing beauty treatment (sorry, I couldn’t help myself!) that will help you slough off the winter skin to look bright and fresh for spring.

Brighten Up (Your Dishes)
Put a gourmet twist on homemade preserves with this recipe for preserved lemons. These savory, tangy condiments will add a bright note to summer salads, stews, and even gin martinis for those times when lemonade won’t cut it!

Pull a Disappearing Act
After a full weekend of running a small business, beautifying your hair and skin, and wowing guests with gourmet preserves, you’re practically an international spy. The only thing left to learn is how to make invisible ink so you can send secret messages. If you recruit the kids, they might learn some science, too.

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