Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sweet On Sunday #13

1. I am so obsessed with this Aglow and Behold Dress, it's not even funny. 

2. I've always loved lockets, so it's no surprise this Heart of Timekeeping Necklace captured my heart. 

3, This Seaside Striped Satchel has such a fun pattern to play up the satchel style!

4. I am in love with daisies this summer, so I'd love to have this Daisy Power Mirror Compact in my bag. 

5. This Amanita Second Helping Jar Set is just too cute for words. I'd love to have these in my kitchen!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Just Journals

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I am obsessed with notebooks. Seriously. I own way more than I need and always want to buy new ones when I see a cute journal in the store. I've tried to journal regularly, but I only manage to fill up about a notebook a year. That means that I have a ton of empty journals lying around in my room that are waiting to be filled with my words…

Either way, I love finding new, beautiful journals. I especially love any journals that reflects what I love, such as Jane Austen or traveling. Any journal with the Eiffel Tower or a cute bike completely steals my heart. Whimsical journals always end up catching my eye as well. Needless to say, I normally always find journals that I would love to own in pretty much any store that carries journals. Put me in a stationary store and I go absolutely crazy with lust. What can I say, it's the little things in life that I find the most magical :)

Friday, June 27, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

As huge X-Men fans, my sister and I just had to see the new movie as soon as it came out. We were excited by the idea that the young characters from X-Men: First Class were going to be mixed in with the characters from the regular X-Men movies. Not to mention we were going to get some more James McAvoy in our lives…how could we resist?

With killer robots called Sentinals hunting down and destroying mutants and any human who helps mutants, the X-Men know that they have to find a way to save their race. The only solution, though, is sending Wolverine back to the 1970s to stop Mystique from creating a war between the humans and the mutants. The only way to stop her, though, is by bringing together the young Professor X and Magneto, two men who are in much darker places in their lives than they've ever been before. Can Logan save their future or are the mutants destined to forever be the enemy?

I had expected this movie to be awesome, but man, it was awesome. I absolutely loved how we got to see some of the characters from the original X-Men movies that I feel like I haven't seen in forever. What was more enticing, though, was how lost Professor X was in the past. He was nowhere near being the insightful, powerful man he is in the future. Instead, he was lost and had no faith in himself or his powers. Watching his struggle to come to terms with his paralysis and responsibility to the mutant race was so powerful and made me appreciate Professor X that much more.

And you know what? This movie had some pretty funny parts! I was definitely not ready for it, but there were moments that were quite clever and had me actually laughing out loud in the theater. I don't want to spoil it, but I loved how the serious was shaken up with some comedy so that the movie wasn't too heavy and was abel to have some variety.

Honestly, what more is there to say? This movie had all of the dynamic characters I fell in love with in the other X-Men movies, but they were all balanced out so that the film wasn't cluttered with too many powerhouse characters. Oh, and let's not forget that Peter Dinklage pops up in this movie as a pretty important character vying to rid the earth of mutants. It was so weird seeing him in the real world setting and not in the world of Game of Thrones!

Logan's journey to change the future definitely had me on the edge of me seat and I never knew how things were going to go in the past. Every X-Men fan needs to go out and see Days of Future Past. Though it may seem this franchise has been overdone with all of the movies that have come out, this one is by far my favorite! So go out and see it now! You're missing out on a fantastic movie that gives you all of the familiarity you love, but with a new, exciting story.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Kitchen Krazy: Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts with Vanilla Glaze

Ever since I got a donut pan, I've been dying to make donuts. Unfortunately, I just haven't had the time to try it out between making all of the other recipes on my to-bake list. A couple of days ago, though, my sister sent me the recipe to these delicious looking Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts and I just knew that we had to make them.

Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts with Vanilla Glaze
Makes 8 Donuts

For the Donuts:
1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1 large egg
Zest from 1 lemon
For the Glaze: 
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 Tablespoons milk or heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Donuts: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat the wells of a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and poppy seeds. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, butter, vanilla, egg and lemon zest. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Do not over-mix. Fill each mold almost to the top with batter.
Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into one donut comes out clean.
Remove pan from oven and let donuts cool completely before glazing.
For the Glaze: Whisk all ingredients in a medium bowl, starting with 2 Tablespoons milk or cream. If desired, add more milk to thin glaze, or more powdered sugar to thicken. To glaze donuts, dip tops into glaze and place on a wire rack to set.
Store refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days.
These donuts turned out so good. While I think they would have been even better with a lemon glaze instead of a vanilla glaze, I still loved them. They made just enough for my family to each enjoy two donuts, and the lemon flavor was spectacular. I've grown up loving lemon poppy seed, but don't usually get to indulge that often. These donuts were the perfect treat for summer and I can't wait until we make them again! 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sweet On Sunday #12

1. As a girl obsessed with all things superhero, I need this Twice As Spiced Shaker Set in my life. 

2. I love the color and fun geometry pattern of this Tri It On Dress!

3. I love the daisies on this Love Daisy Mirror Compact. So cute! 

4. This Metallic Heart Cosmetic Bag would be so perfect to use on my weekends home from school next semester. 

5. Nothing screams summer and the beach more than this Cutout Above the Best Tote.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Princess Birthday Cakes and Cat Flats

Wow, is it really already the last full week of June? Summer is just flying by and I have no idea how it went by so fast! Over the past couple of weeks, I have been having the best book mail arrive for me! I won a giveaway where I received a super cute tote bag and the movie tie-in edition of The Fault in Our Stars. I absolutely loved the book, so I was excited to win the wonderful giveaway! I saw the movie earlier this month and bawled my eyes out. It was so good! I don't know if I could ever put myself through that emotional experience again, but everyone should definitely go out and see it!

Along with my TFIOS giveaway, I received Rainbow Rowell's new book, as well as Miranda Kenneally's new book! They are two of my favorite authors, so I am extremely excited to read their latest releases.

Oh my gosh, have you guys tried Tim Horton's frozen hot chocolate? It is officially my favorite summer drink. My sister and I love getting a large to share to cool down on these hot summer days. Oh, and isn't that Rapunzel cake the cutest? I went to a birthday party of our family friend's 3-year-old daughter and she is obsessed with all things Disney princess. I definitely want a cake like that for my birthday next month! You can never be too old for Disney, right?

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Wow, what a movie. My dad has been wanting to see this movie ever since we saw the trailer for it. We finally had the chance to go see it two weeks ago and it was amazing. Seriously. My family loves any kind of action movie, so it's no surprise that my dad, sister, and I all loved Tom Cruise's newest film. 

With the biggest battle in the war against the aliens taking over Earth fast approaching, Officer Cage finds himself forced onto the front lines. As a man who would rather work the politics and not partake in the action, Cage will do anything to get out of the battle. But when he storms the beach of France with the other soldiers, there's no chance of survival. The moment he dies, though, Cage finds himself in a time loop where he wakes up at the same moment every time he dies. As he relives the day, Cage's skills as a fighter grow and when he teams up with the greatest warrior of the battle, there may be hope of defeating the enemy after all. 

Like I said, what a movie. Going in, I was really worried about the whole time loop aspect of this film. Would I get tired of Tom Cruise living the same day over and over again? When it happened in Groundhog Day, I was so ready for the movie to end because it became redundant and boring. This movie was definitely not boring! There was the perfect amount of repetition in the day that was lived over and over again, so that you got to see the new stuff and only sometimes watched the exact same events happen. I also think that the action helped too. As a movie about a war with aliens, there is definitely never a dull moment. All of the humans get to wear these intense robot-like uniforms to help them try to defeat these super quick, killer aliens. The gadgets were cool and the action intense.  

The references this movie made were so well done and really made the movie. The battle that Tom Cruise is going in alludes to D-Day when the US stormed the beaches of Normandy. It was clear they were going to have to sacrifice a lot of lives before they made it to shore in order to even hope to defeat the aliens. And while it had the same sort of idea as Groundhog Day with the repeating of the day aspect, Edge of Tomorrow really executed the repetition well. Also, I loved Emily Blunt's kick-butt character. She really was a warrior, which also made her a very closed-off, hard-headed person. Her relationship with Tom Cruise was very interesting and I really enjoyed how Cruise's character grew and built up to her level of skill and determination. 

Overall, this was a phenomenal movie that kept my attention for every single minute. Action packed, but also full of character development and intensity, Edge of Tomorrow is a movie every sci-fi/action fan has to see!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

In My Bag [June 2014]

I recently got this adorable bag from JcPenny's and I have been absolutely obsessed with it! I had seen this bag in the store and instantly fell in love, but I didn't buy it right away because I had convinced myself that I didn't need another purse. Well, I couldn't stop thinking about it and would bring it up pretty much any time I was talking about purses or shopping with my sister. Luckily, the next week my mom wanted to do some shopping and we found ourselves in JcPenny's (like always) and my mom decided to treat me to the purse! Needless to say, I was super excited and love every chance I get to use this bag. 

For a small bag, this one holds quite a few of my goodies! Haha, a must for me is that my purse holds a book, and I'm happy to report that this bag does just that. And I love the mixture of patterns with the polka dot lining and the striped sides. Who wouldn't love this purse?

In whatever purse I'm carrying, I normally have my essentials: my wallet, gum, and a book. I love Vera Bradley's zip around wallet and I'm so happy that it fits perfectly in my new purse. It's a little bit smaller than the length of a book, so my wallet and book are able to fit snuggly together. I also always make sure to have some notebooks/paper and pens. Oh, and let's not forget my EOS lip balm! Out of the six flavors I own, the blueberry is definitely one of my favorite. Not only is the blue color adorable, but I love the blueberry scent.

With such a small purse, I end up fitting quite a lot inside. I have everything I need for a trip to the mall or running errands with my sister. The fact that my bag can fit a book comfortably is a huge plus and a main reason why I have been using it all of the time. I hope you guys enjoyed a peek inside of my bag! It'll definitely look like this for awhile because I have a feeling that my love for this bag is going to last a very long time...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer Reading 2014

Summer reading is always my favorite. There's nothing better than laying out in the sun with a good book and tall glass of lemonade. During the school year, I only have time to read books for school and books to review for Peace Love Books. During the summer, though, I finally have time to read a (very) small portion of the books that I own that I haven't gotten around to reading yet. I have some really good books to get through this summer and I absolutely can't wait! Here's what I hope to be able to read this summer…

Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa James
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 
Dark Lover by JR Ward
Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning 
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally 
Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino 
Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern
I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella 
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
How to Love by Katie Cotugno 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day 2014

Happy Father's Day! My father is a very special person to me and is so important in my life. I've always been daddy's little girl and we've spent so much time together as I grew up. As a stay at home dad during my childhood, my dad was always there for us growing up. Then, in high school, I played softball and he was definitely my biggest supporter. From traveling to tournaments during the summer to working towards playing on varsity for three of the four years I was in high school, my dad was helping me be my best every step of the way. Today, he's still a huge part of my life and I can't believe how lucky I am to have him as my father. Whether he's bragging to his friends about how well my sister and I are doing in college or talking Corvettes with me, I'm so proud to call myself his daughter. Love you, Daddy!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Craft Corner: Infinity Scarf

I got this incredibly beautiful purple and gray yarn on clearance from Knitting Temptations, which just so happens to be my favorite yarn shop. Whenever I buy yarn from the shop instead of JoAnn's or Michael's, I'm always very particular about what I want to make with it. I don't often splurge on yarn, so I make sure I find the perfect project to make with any yarn I end up buying from an actual yarn shop.

After a couple of hours of searching on Ravelry, I finally settled on the Infinity Scarf by Grace Alexander. I loved the basket-like texture and I thought the color of my yarn would look beautiful with the pattern. While it took me about three months of on and off knitting throughout the end of the school year to finally complete this project, I absolutely love my new, beautiful infinity scarf.

The best part of this pattern? It's absolutely free! You can download the pattern right here from Red Heart's website. The second best part about this pattern was definitely how simple it was! If you're a beginner knitter and want to try out a fun infinity pattern, then this would be the perfect pattern to start with. The pattern includes simply switching between knit and purl stitches and it's easy to follow as long as you keep track of what row you're on. I put this project down and picked it back up a lot throughout the three months I was slowly working on it, but I had no problem starting from where I had left off the week before.

I absolutely love how the color turned out as well. While it's not as big as long as I would have liked it (I ran out of yarn), I think it turned out pretty darn good! I can't wait until summer turns into fall and I can finally where my newly knitted scarves!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

GoVoxBox 2014

Another VoxBox for me! I was so excited when I was chosen for the #GoVoxBox because I definitely consider myself an athlete. All of the items in this seemed perfect for me and I couldn't wait to try them out! Here's what I got…

Aqua Spa Relax Body Creme ($9.99)
I don't know if you guys know this, but I have quite the obsession with lotion. So when this huge bottle came in my VoxBox, I was super excited. The bottle was really cute (who doesn't love purple?), but best of all, it smelled great! I'm a fan of Lavender, so I definitely loved this item!

Playtex Sports Fresh Rebalance ($3.99-4.99)
These were in my last VoxBox and Playtex are the only tampons I will use, so you could say I loved getting another box as part of this VoxBox! Normally I don't get scented tampons because the smell is too flowery and overpowering, but these actually had a nice smell that was just subtle enough to make me feel fresh and protected. And the fact that they are the Sport Playtex is definitely a plus! I love to use them for running and wouldn't use any other brand.

Blue Diamond Almonds 
I absolutely hate nuts, so I could not bring myself to try these almonds. However, my sister and family love nuts and were super excited for the chance to test these out for me. And you know what? They thought they were great! They even bought the Raspberry and Strawberry flavors of the Blue Diamond almonds from the store and thought they were great as well. So if you're an almond lover who wants to change things up, you should check out the new flavors that Blue Diamond Almonds has come out with!

Next Step Shaker Cup ($7.99)
This cup is so cool. Normally, my family and I use the regular cups with the little springy ball inside to make any mixed drinks/shakes. I love the idea that this shaker cup has a spiky purple piece to mix up the drink. And let's not forget it's purple! I love how fun and unique this cup is. I tried out the smoothie mix in it and the shaker actually worked pretty well! I'm definitely using my new shaker cup from now on!

PROFOOT Pedi-Rock ($8.99)
I can't get pedicures because I have ridiculously ticklish feet when it comes to people scrubbing anything on them. So while I love the idea of this pedi-rock, my feet were just not feeling it. Haha, I tried! But the feeling was way too funny and I just couldn't keep on tickling my own feet!

Next Step Protein Shakes ($1.47/serving)
Let me start by saying, I am not a protein shake person, so I was a bit wary of trying out this product. I thought that the chocolate flavor would be my best bet, but I was definitely wrong. I took a sip and was reminded why I never drink protein shakes. This one was a miss for me, but I figure it would be going in.

PROFOOT Triad Orthotic ($10.49)
For this one, I didn't really have a use for the inserts. I wear Brooks running shoes and they are my absolute favorite thing I own. Seriously, the first thing I make sure to pack when I go on a trip anywhere are my running shoes. Since they work just fine the way they are, I don't need to add any support to them. So I have no say on this one!

Overall, this has definitely been one of my favorite boxes to date. I loved the athletic theme and a majority of the products were right up my alley. I'll definitely be using the tampons and the shaker cup in the future!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sweet On Sunday #11

1. This Festival of Friends Dress just screams summer!

2. This Seaside Striped Tote is absolutely adorable! Perfect for long days on the beach. 

3. Seeing as I am obsessed with cat-eye sunglasses, these Retro Cat-Eye Sunglasses are just begging to be added to my collection. 

4. Not only is the coral color of this Total Stud Waist Belt absolutely adorable, but the studs add a charm that I can't help but love! 

5. Please excuse me while I drool over this Botanical Occasion Dress just a little bit longer...

Friday, June 6, 2014

I Heart Summer Tag

I absolutely love Mandy's blog Mandy Leigh (I've been following her for over 3 years now) and she recently posted a video of the I Heart Summer tag on youtube. She invited all of her followers to participate, so I thought I'd join in on the fun! Here we go…

1. Favorite bronzer for summer?
I don't wear bronzer! But I do love laying out in my backyard with a good book to try to go for some natural tan :)

2. You're relaxing in a hammock, on a tropical island. What are you sipping on? (Favorite summer drink)

Definitely a tall glass of lemonade! Oooh, or Tim Horton's frozen hot chocolate. Can you say yum?

3. Favorite summer lip product?
EOS, hands down. It's impossible to choose a favorite flavor, but I'm currently loving my blueberry lip balm.

4. Pool or Beach?
The beach! My family has gone to Myrtle Beach for the past 2 summers and I can't wait to go again this year in late July. The beach can't come soon enough!

5. Summer = crazy hair! What's your must-have styling product?
Herbel Essence is my go-to hair product, and it works for all seasons!

6. Sun bathing or fake tan?
Sun bathing all the way. I've never gotten a fake tan and I don't plan on ever getting one.

7. Favorite summer nail polish?
I am obsessed with Essie's nail polish, but I recently discovered Ulta thanks to my sister and I adore their polish! It lasts well over a week and the colors are gorgeous. We bought four bottles and I already want more.

8. Any summer traditions?
Going to the movies with my sister! We are obsessed with movies and have already seen 3 movies in theater in the past two weeks. Can't wait for many more to come over the next couple of months!

9. Favorite summer scent?
Coconut. Whenever I smell coconut, I always think of the beach, so I definitely love wearing that scent when it actually is summer.

10. Favorite BBQ food?
Umm, everything? Haha, I actually really love BBQ and anything flavored with that. Chicken, pork, chips…you name it!

11. What's your favorite summer-proof product?
Ha, summer-proof? What does that mean? I'd have to say books…even though it's summer and supposed to be non-school related, I just can't seem to keep my nose out of a book whenever I have downtime in the summer. I know books aren't really a product, but they work for me ;)

12. Any summer vacation plans this year? No plans? Tell us about your dream summer trip!
Myrtle Beach! I'll be spending the week of my birthday in Myrtle Beach (the last week in July…my birthday is August 1st!) with my entire family. I love the condo we rent and spending every day on the beach for the entire day. And my tan always looks so good after that week! I can smell the saltwater and feel the wind in my hair already...

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Craft Corner: No Fray Hair Ties

My sister and I love these elastic hair ties, but they are so expensive! Sure, it's nice that they don't leave lines in your hair and come in fun colors, but are they really worth paying $1 or $2 a piece? When I saw a tutorial for them from Hey Wanderer, I new I had to try them out!

Fold over elastic

1. Cut the elastic to 9" for a ponytail or 1/2 yard for a headband. If you want a looser headband, add about 1" more to the 1/2 yard.

2. Fold the elastic over and tie the end into a knot. Tighten the knot, but be sure to pull it towards the end.

3. Cut the end at a slant.

4. Take the lighter and run it along the edge of the slant you just cut. Do not get too close to the flame, but close enough so that the heat can melt the edge and seal it.

Ta da! You have brand new headbands and hair ties made in any color you want! I bought my elastic from JoAnn's, but you can definitely buy some cheaper from here and here (thanks Hey Wanderer for the links!). My favorite is by far my black sparkly headband and I can't wait to wear it with my purple pony tales. I'm going to have to buy some more colors so I can mix and match!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Kitchen Krazy: Nutella White Chocolate Chip Cookies

As a baking fanatic, I am a huge fan of baking blogs. I even considered making my own until I realized I did not have the time nor the calories to intake to make a new baked good almost everyday to maintain that blog. But I still continue to adore baking blogs and love finding new recipes to try out. 

Out of the baking blogs I follow, Averie Cooks is one of my absolute favorites. My sister even bought me her cookbook Peanut Butter Comfort for our birthday last year, which I was super excited about. The other day, Averie posted a recipe for Soft and Chewy Nutella White Chocolate Chip Cookies and I about died when I saw them. I've never used Nutella in anything I have baked before, but I was definitely intrigued by how delicious her cookies looked. So, I decided to give it a try and boy, am I happy I did!

Nutella White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 11 Large Cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)heaping 1/3 cup Nutella (stir well before adding)
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 


1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer) combine the butter, Nutella, sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until creamed and well combined, about 4 minutes. 

2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, optional salt, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute. 

3. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the white and chocolate chips, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds.

4. Using a large cookie scoop, 1/4-cup measure, or your hands, form approximately 11 equal-sized mounds of dough, roll into balls, and flatten slightly. Tip - Strategically place a few chocolate chips right on top of each mound of dough by taking chips from the underside and adding them on top.

5. Place mounds on a large plate or tray, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 5 days. Do not bake with unchilled dough because cookies will bake thinner, flatter, and be more prone to spreading.

6. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place dough mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet) and bake for about 9 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just set, even if slightly undercooked and glossy in the center; don't overbake. Cookies firm up as they cool. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving. I let them cool on the baking sheet and don't use a rack.

7. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

Wow, I am officially obsessed with these cookies. I loved making them into 11 big cookies. There's just something about eating a jumbo cookie that makes me feeling satisfied. Or maybe it's just the Nutella talking! These cookies turned out exactly how Averie said they would and I can't wait to make them again! Nutella, where have you been all my life?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

June Wishlist

Happy June! Now that it's June, it officially feels like summer, even though this is my third week of summer break! The weather has been absolutely beautiful (well, until it started raining yesterday…) and I just love being outside. Everything is so bright and sunny and all of the flowers are gorgeous! We got my mom flowers for mothers day and they definitely brighten up our house. 

Needless to say, I'm dying to add even more color in my life! Bright nail polish, shoes, clips, dresses…you name it! I also love switching up my sunglasses every day now that I get to finally wear them. I know that I have way too many pairs, but I'm always finding ones online that I'd love to add to my collection. I don't splurge on myself often, which makes Ebay so addicting! With accessories that are almost all only $1, I want everything! It's all in my budget and almost impossible not to buy it all. 

In between scoring new deals on Ebay, I started my job last week and it's so much fun! I'm working for a child watch program and I absolutely love it. The kids are so cute! I had no idea that the 3-5 year olds would be so gosh darn fun to hang out with. Not only that, but they love Frozen and are always singing the songs. I even got to color some Frozen pictures with them. I can definitely get used to getting payed to play with kids and color pictures! Hopefully June ends up being as great as it's starting out to be!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Craft Corner: Painted Mason Jar

Every summer, I become obsessed with crafting and my Arts & Crafts board gets tons of new pins. This year, I found the painted glass jars post from Pop Sugar and knew I had to try it out! I followed her directions and came out with these lovely, colorful painted jars!

Painted Mason Jars
Adapted from Pop Sugar

-Mason jar with lid
-Acrylic paint
-Paint brush
-Parchment Paper
-Cookie Sheet

1. Select the color you would like to paint your jar. Squirt about 2 tablespoons of paint into the bottom of the jar.

2. Screw the lid onto the jar and shake the jar until paint covers the entire inside surface. Your arms may get tired, but don't give up! The paint will cover the entire inside eventually! Use a paintbrush to touch up any parts that were missed during the shaking.
3. Remove lid, flip the jar upside down, and place on a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Leave the jar drying for about 20 minutes before moving the jar to a new place on the parchment paper to avoid it adhering to the parchment paper. Leave for another 20 minutes.

4.Flip the jar over and wipe any excess paint from the rim. Once completely dry, place the jar on a parchment covered cookie sheet in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.
5. Display your beautiful new jar!

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