Thursday, July 31, 2014

Spiked Cherry Sprite Drink Recipe

Hi lovelies!  As you may or may not know, I'm such a fruity-drink lover.  I'm not a fan of wine/champagne at all, and love beer, but loooove my fruity drinks.  So I decided I'd start sharing some of my favorite recipes with you.  Today I'm sharing my Spiked Cherry Sprite drink.  It's super easy, *almost* like a Dirty Shirley (which may be coming up next week), but not.  Best of all, it is the perfect I-want-to-drink-something-fruity-that-doesn't-taste-like-alcohol drink.  Watch out though, or it will creep up on you!  *SnS advises you to please drink responsibly*   Get out the drink umbrellas, it's totally acceptable here!  {Click to keep reading!}

Bella's June/July Darby Smart Girl Box ~ Unwrapped #DarbyGirl

Hi lovelies!  You may recall I began sharing my monthly DIY subscription boxes with you recently.  Well, Darby Smart also offers a Darby Girl box, too!  Rather than monthly, though, it's every two months.  The kit included everything Bella needed to make her own neon geometric tote - perfect to tote her things to the pool but also back and forth to her dad's house too!

We used the masking tape to make lines going int lots of different directions, which created triangles in the space!  She then picked some random ones to paint using the different colors provided.  It took about 10 minutes to make, then we let it dry overnight and voila!  An adorable new tote bag!

Bella loves getting her bi-monthly Darby Girl box, it's specially designed for 'tweens so every project has been something she absolutely loves!

I emphatically urge you, if you have a 'tween girl in your life, to subscribe her to this awesome service!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Birchbox vs Glossybox vs Ipsy Glam Bag ~ July Edition

Hi lovelies! It may be late, but here it is nonetheless; it's the latest Birchbox vs. Glossybox vs. Ipsy Glam Bag! By now, I've tested nearly all the products, so I can definitively pick a winner... but who will it be? Not sure which one (or two or three!) you want to subscribe to? Have no fear, my dear, as I bring you June's edition of Birchbox vs.Glossybox vs. Ipsy Glam Bag! {Click to see how they stack up!}

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Fun with Juicy Fruit ~ Upcycled Locker Accessories #JuicyFruitFunSide

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Summer Fun Juicy Fruit Upcycled Locker Accessories #JuicyFruitFunSide #shop

Hi lovelies!  Lately, chewing gum has been a necessity for me.  I have it on me at all times.  I quit smoking two months ago, so whenever I get stressed or bored or anything that would normally trigger smoking, I chew a piece of gum until the craving subsides.  By far, my favorite is Juicy Fruit because the flavor just brings nostalgia to me and all of a sudden I feel like I'm a kid again!  And I'm not smoking too!  

We do a lot of little trips during the summer, so needless to say Juicy Fruit's new gum varieties have been my saving grace.

Summer Fun Juicy Fruit Gum #JuicyFruitFunSide #shop

You see, I just flew into California this morning, and my trusty Juicy Fruit gum nixed my anxiety on the plane!  No smoking?  No fear!  Ears popping?  Not today!  

I wanted to do something fun with upcycling the wrapper/container, so I thought what better way to remember your summer travels than to reuse the packaging for something you'll look at all year long!  {Click for the how-to!}

Shibori Outdoor Pillows #TieDyeYourSummer

Hi lovelies!  Today I've got a fun DIY for you created in partnership with i Love to Create and The BluePrint Social #TieDyeYourSummer.  Of course, all opinions are mine and I love how easy ILTC's tie dye kits are to use!  I decided to play around with creating a shibori print using Tulip's easy pour bottles, some t-shirts, and plastic bags to make these outdoor pillows!  It's time to tie dye your summer, and Tulip has everything you need to make it easier so you can spend more time together with your family and friends!  {Click for the how-to!}

Monday, July 21, 2014

My June Whimseybox ~ Unwrapped

Hi lovelies!  You may (or may not!) have heard of the awesome company, Whimseybox.  It's a community for makers.  It's a one stop shop for the best in DIY and crafts.  It's a place to be inspired and buy the supplies for your next project.  Aaaand it's the original DIY craft monthly subscription box (and only $15/month!).  Whimseybox is located in Boulder, CO, so I've been fortunate to have met the team a few times and they are even more amazing than you could imagine!  

What I love especially about Whimseybox is that you learn a new craft skill every month.  Seriously.  This month it was all about gold leafing (I threw in some silver too, to make it my own!), previous month's projects have included wool felting, paper flower-making, calligraphy, air-dry clay, cement, hand sewing, macrame, and making your own hand scrub and lotion, just to name a few!  {More after the jump!}

Friday, July 18, 2014

My June Glossybox ~ Unwrapped

Hi lovelies!  June's Glossybox was one of my faves!  Not only did it come in the most adorable, patriotic box, but it was also called the Stars & Stripes Edition - so cute!  If you're still not familiar, sign up for GlossyBox here, and get some amazing goodies delivered to your door for only $21 every month too! They promise 5-6 luxury deluxe sized samples, with a total box value of at least twice of its cost! {Click to see what I got!}

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Decorate Your Locker with LLZ by Locker Lookz #LLZGirlz

Hi lovelies!  It seems like summer just started, doesn't it?  Well what if I told you my kids go back to school in a month?  Okay, 5 weeks.  But still.  Where did my summer go?  And, I want it back!  So now it's time to start back to school shopping.  The hardest part is shopping for my 8th grade daughter's locker.  She likes certain colors but hates others, she doesn't like things too girly, but still wants a fun locker.  Last year's was a hodge podge of found items, with no common theme.  And she had a blast peeling off those stickers that promise to come off easily but really don't.

When I was asked to review the LLZ by Locker Lookz line of high quality, high fashion locker decorations, I was really hopeful.  And when they arrived, I was so stoked because they were so much better than I expected!  Everything is magnetic!  There's no adhesives or anything, and the magnets are super strong.  The 'wallpaper' is standard sized (but with a grid on the back for easy cutting to size), with perforations around the hooks for the back piece and around the lock mechanisms for the door piece.  You simply hang them up with the little round magnets you can see in the pics.  So awesome!  {Click to keep reading!}

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How to Survive Summer Road Trips ~ With Bigelow Tea #AmericasTea #Shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. 

DIY Facial Mists Bigelow Tea #shop #americastea #cbias

Hi lovelies!  Today I'm sharing some of my favorite road trip tips with you!  I've partnered with #CollectiveBias to show how Bigelow Tea (#AmericasTea) can be a part of your road trip.  We take a lot of road trips, whether it's just small ones around Colorado or longer ones, like the one we took to South Dakota a few weeks ago.  Now when we road trip, it's with the intent on going somewhere awesome and beautiful, but most importantly, it's to go hiking and be outdoors with some of the most majestic scenery there is.  {Click to keep reading!}

Monday, July 14, 2014

My June Birchbox ~ Unwrapped

Hi lovelies!  Today I'm sharing my June Birchbox with you.  If you're not familiar, subscribe to Birchbox for only $10 a month and get handpicked beauty and lifestyle samples delivered to your door free! {Click to see what I got!}

Monday, July 7, 2014

My June Ipsy Glam Bag ~ Unwrapped

Hi lovelies!  I hope you all had a fabulous long weekend!  Today I'm finally sharing my June Ipsy Glam Bag!  If you haven't heard of Ipsy, it's similar to the other beauty subscription boxes, it costs only $10 a month, and you get a makeup bag too!  As you can see, this month's bag was designed by Rebecca Minkoff and features this adorable pineapple plant print - it really just may be my fave, like, ever.  {Click to see what was inside!}

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

DIY ~ Silver Leafed Flamingo Fauxidermy

Hi lovelies!  This may be one of my fave DIYs, like ever.  I have these plastic flamingos on my patio that I've had for years and the poor guys have certainly seen better days; they're sun-faded and a little sad looking.  So I decided to spruce one up a bit, and bring him inside where he can shine and be the center of attention!  This project took an afternoon, and was really simple to do.  {Click for the how-to!}

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