Wednesday, April 1, 2015

It's April Fool's Y'all! Oreo Trick

Hi everyone! Happy APRIL!!! I can't believe we are already entering the 4th month of 2015. Geezzz! Just wanted to take a minute and show y'all a fun little April Fool's trick I love to play on people!

   I'm all the time eating Oreos (Don't judge ;) ), so this is an easy one to play on friends!
Just use a butter knife (or whatever works) and scrape the Oreo cream off the Oreos and replace it with a thin later of white toothpaste.

Put your Oreos back together and place it in the freezer for toothpaste to harden. You will LOVE the expression on your friends faces when they try this. Just be careful that no one actually swallows, of course.

What are your favorite April Fool's Day pranks? Are you usually the Prankster or the one getting tricks played on you?

Have a fantastic day!!! :))

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hand-stitched Sequined Rose Scarf Tutorial {For Child or Adult}

  I have seen a few rose scarves floating around lately, so I decided to give my own version of this adorable scarf a try. I made a red one for myself and made another for my niece. :) Since she is all about fashion and accessorizing, I wanted to make her scarf really fun! I made it multicolored {I used fuschia, peacock blue, glitter purple, glitter white, and bright lime green} and then added a few matching sequins to each rose. 

Materials needed:
matching thread
**Optional: sequins, clear thread

  First, make your Felt Roses. You can see the tutorial that I just recently posted for the roses here. When I made the red scarf, I made 13 flowers. I made 12 roses, just slightly smaller, for this scarf I made for Anna Grace. It is all about the personal preference of how long you want your scarf to be. 

These are the roses from the tutorial, not this particular scarf. 

  After you finish making the roses, cut out a piece of matching felt or felted wool for the actual length of the scarf. For the adult scarf I used a 45 by 4 inch piece, for the child scarf, I cut my piece of felt to 36 by 3 inches. 
**I actually tried using some fleece when I made the red scarf and failed miserably. After sewing the roses to the fleece, it was entirely too stretchy for his scarf and just didn't look very pretty. Fleece would probably work okay if you doubled it and used fusible interfacing to prevent it from being so stretchy. 

Cut scallops out on each side, the entire length of the scarf. 
This photo was taken after the scarf was completed, I just want you to see the scallops that have been cut out of the main piece. 

  Then place your roses where you would like them positioned on the scarf. You can go ahead and pen them for the entire length or just position and sew one at a time like I did. 

Sew a circle around through beginning from back to front. Only sew through the bottom layer of the scarf. 

                  Be sure to tie off each circle at the end to secure it. 

This is what mine looked like after I finished attaching all of the roses. I just love it here, but decided to add a little extra flare by adding a few matching sequins! :)

I simply attached the sequins using a needle and clear thread. I will share a more detailed tutorial for attaching sequins next week, so be sure to stop back by! If you decide to make one of these adorable scarves, please let me know! I would love to see pics! :)

This is the red scarf I made! Excuse the photo quality of the first pic, when I took it, I had forgotten to take the clear layer off of the camera lense on my iPhone! ;)

I hope y'all have a wonderful day! XOXO!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

{Easy} Bacon-Wrapped Italian Chicken


  I am so excited to share this super-duper EASY and amazingly delicious recipe with y'all today! I adapted this recipe from one I found on the back of the Ziegler bacon package and just halved it. You can easily just double this recipe to suit your needs :)

3-4 slices bacon
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3/4 cup Italian dressing
1 and 1/2 T. Season Salt
1/2 tsp. garlic salt

I actually made my own Italian dressing using Italian dressing powdered mix and healthier cooking oil.

Wrap one slice of bacon around each chicken breast and place into large casserole dish.

Mix dressing, season salt, and garlic salt together and pour over chicken breast. Marinate several hours or overnight. I just let mine marinate in the refrigerator overnight.

When ready to bake, pour off excess dressing mixture and bake 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees.
This is hands-down one of the best chicken dishes I have ever tried before in my life! Seriously, though, how can you go wrong with chicken AND bacon? :) What’s your favorite chicken dish? Feel free to leave the link in the comments below! Smile




Thursday, January 15, 2015

10 Smoothie Recipes



 Hey everyone!!! Hope y'all are having a fantastic week and 2015 is treating you well so far. Smile As horrible as my eating was during the holidays, I have been craving like all things healthy lately! A smoothie is one of my favorite healthy treats that I LOVE to enjoy for breakfast, for a post or pre-workout snack… any time of day for that matter! They are quick, easy to make, and give me LOADS of energy!

You can get creative with any of these to your own like! Add Spinach, peanut butter, protein powder, chia seeds, even pasteurized egg whites (the ones in the carton... be sure the label says they are safe to eat without cooking!), whatever you like!

Raspberry Coconut Smoothie from The Gracious Pantry
Eat Skinny Smoothie from Something Swanky
Cherry Berry Smoothie from Kitchen Meets Girl
double chocolate cherry smoothie 3
               Double Chocolate Cherry Smoothie from Bran Appetit
Blueberry Smoothie
Blueberry Banana Smoothie from Vegan Yumminess
Banana Oatmeal Smoothie from Do It and How
Berry Almond Smoothie Recipe
Berry Almond Smoothie Recipe from What's That Smell
Pina Colada Smoothie from Paula Deen
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The Perfect Vanilla Pumpkin Smoothie from baby savers
Strawberry Spinach Smoothie tall
Strawberry Spinach Smoothie Recipe from Natasha's Kitchen
Which one looks best to y’all? I think I wanna try the Raspberry Coconut Smoothie first!!! YUM!
Sooo tell me.. what's YOUR favorite smoothie recipe? :) Hope you lovely people have a fabulous Friday and an even better weekend!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

My Favorite Beauty Secret: The BEST Make-up Remover & Moisturizer Ever

Happy 2015, Lovelies! I promise not to be such a stranger to blogland this year! I wanted to start this year off by sharing what has become my absolute FAVORITE beauty secret.

   Let me first say this: I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin on my face. They are very, very few OTC facial cleanser or moisturizers that don’t break my face out. Even the more expensive ones. I have combination skin, so its bad, y’all. Most any product with any harsh chemicals has always been a no-go for me. I was discussing this while getting my hair colored a couple of years ago when the cosmetologist revealed to me the secret of Vitamin E Oil!


  I now use Vitamin E Oil religiously on my skin to remove my make-up and as my daily moisturizer. I have tried several brands, and have found this $2 bottle from Dollar General to be my favorite. It contains Vitamin E Oil, Coconut Oil, and Soybean oil, all of which are very beneficial to your skin (and hair and nails). This 4oz size lasts me about 6 weeks or so…

  Every morning and evening I just apply about a dime size amount to a warm wet washcloth and use this to wash my face. I don’t know if  this is recommended, but I also use it to remove eye make-up.

  When used daily this magical potion makes old scars and fine lines disappear, and gives your skin an amazing glow, so give it a try!!! Open-mouthed smile 

  Hope you all have an absolutely fabulous day! It’s all cold, rainy and dreary here in Alabama today, so I wish I could just watch movies in my sweats, but I guessss I need to get some stuff done and maybe even get a workout in! This booty ain’t gonna build itself, lol. Check back in a couple of days for my New Years Resolutions for what I feel is gonna be a fabulous year! Smile So tell me, what are YOUR favorite beauty secrets?