Link Round-up: Green Juice, a Pencil Wreath, DIY Magnets, and More

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a spicy ginger pineapple green juice, pencil wreath, salt dough bear magnets, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make avocado key lime pie tarts.

Mind Body Green shared a recipe for spicy ginger pineapple green juice.

Spaceships and Laser Beams shared free back to school lunch note printables.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make apple magnets.

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Muslin and Merlot showed us a DIY project with copper medallions.

Crafts n Coffee showed us how to make a back to school pencil wreath.

Suzy Sitcom taught us how to make salt dough bear magnets.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Muslin and Merlot

The Oh She Glows Cookbook Is Worth It for a Single Recipe Alone, but All of Them Are Delicious

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 by No Comments

I hate to cook, but it’s a little more tolerable when I have faith that the recipe I’m following is going to result in something not just edible, but good. It also helps when each recipe is an adventure, but a manageable one.

I’ve gone to the biggest farmer’s market in the area just to piece together meals from this book, even though the ingredients aren’t all that exotic (but I will say I couldn’t get rainbow carrots at my local grocery store and it was nice to find them there).

My family has enjoyed every recipe we’ve made from this book, but there’s one standout recipe that makes the whole purchase worth it all by itself: the roasted potato salad with asparagus, avocado, and dill. Doesn’t that description make your mouth water?

Angela Liddon knows her stuff. I should mention that this is a vegan cookbook, but you won’t miss the animal products. The meals are filling, have variety, and look beautiful on the plate. Even my husband is satisfied when we cook from this book. He’s said he knows we can’t go wrong as long as we’re cooking from it–he totally trusts her recipes.

The only downfall has more to do with the ingredients than the book. Sometimes the recipes take a little (lot) more preparation and forethought than I usually want to give to dinner.

For example, some ingredients may need to be soaked overnight. I generally notice that about five minutes before I’m ready to start cooking or, in the very least, I realize I forgot to do it even though I knew it needed to happen.

The majority of the recipes aren’t like that, though, and can be whipped up when you realize, “Uh-oh, they want to eat again,” and then ask yourself, “Why every night?”

Photo credit: Amazon

Link Round-up: Fair Food, Tikka Masala, a Face Mask, and More

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has state fair foods, a vegetarian dish, a face mask, and more.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make vegetarian tikka masala.

Living Chic on the Cheap taught us how to make an avocado face mask.

Spaceships and Laser Beams gave us some inspiration for bento lunchbox meals.

Create Craft Love shared some state fair food favorites.

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Pink When showed us 10 DIY headboards you can make in a day.

Muslin and Merlot showed us how to make a super-sized party sub.

Crafts ‘n Coffee showed us how to create favorite movie characters from Styrofoam and other craft supplies.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Pink When

The Eyeko London Alexa Chung Lash Enhancing Eye Do Eyeliner Is Fantastic

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 by No Comments

Want a liner that can help you get a quick and easy, polished cat eye in almost no time in the morning? The Eyeko London Alexa Chung Lash Enhancing Eye Do Eyeliner can help.

I first saw this on YouTube (of course—if you love to play around with makeup, that’s where you go, right?), on celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge’s channel. She had Alexa Chung herself come in so she could do her makeup on camera, but Alexa insisted on doing her own eyeliner.

The color is carbon black, an immediate plus in a sea of softer, more muted black liners. It’s also pretty waterproof. It’s not difficult to remove with eye makeup remover, and it’s also sadly not terribly difficult to remove when your allergies are acting up. Still, for everyday wear, it’s pretty impressive.

The tip of the liner is long and tapered to a point that makes it easy to get down to the base of the lashes. Getting to the base of the lashes is especially important with this one, as far as the description is concerned, because it’s meant to boost your lash length, strength, and volume in just 15 days.

While I love the effect of the liner when it’s on my lash line, I haven’t really noticed a difference in the length, strength, or thickness of my lashes on their own. That’s the only way this product fails as far as its claims go.

I’ve had mine for a while and haven’t found that it dries out too quickly. It’s my current favorite liner, especially where liquids are concerned.

Photo credit: Sephora

The Lorac Pro 2 Palette Is Just as Good as the First

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 by No Comments

I thought nothing could compare or ever match the Lorac Pro palette, which I’ve been obsessed with for quite a while now, but they designed a second one with cooler tones.

Guess what? Just as good.

The pigmentation is incredible. The longevity is borderline annoying, it’s so good (okay, so it’s only annoying when you’re swatching on your hand in the store). As before, there are 16 shades to mix and match.

This palette has cooler tones than the last one, including a rich navy and plum that stick around well even without primer (but you do get a small tube of primer when you buy the palette). There are also some warmer tones you can use to achieve balance, like a gorgeous metallic rose-gold shade that looks incredible on blue eyes, but the palette skews cool overall.

There’s a 50/50 mix of matte and light-reflecting shades. The “shimmer” isn’t glitter at all, and the shadows just have a delicate sheen that brightens up the eye area. You can do anything, from the most natural of looks to more dramatic smoky ones. The deepest shades are even pigmented enough to use as eyeliner.

The packaging is sleek and minimalist, just like the first palette’s, but this time it’s gray instead of black. There’s a handy mirror, so you can apply your shadow without sitting at a vanity or standing in front of a bathroom mirror (which really comes in handy if you’re in a hotel on vacation or you try to get ready in the mornings at the same time as your spouse!).

I think I may personally prefer the first palette slightly more, but it all boils down to your coloring. They both have the same high quality, pigmented shadows and you can’t go wrong with either of them.

Photo credit: Ulta

Link Round-up: Living Your Purpose, DIYs, Muffins, and Lemonade

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up shares how to know if you’re living your purpose, some DIYs, a muffin recipe, and watermelon lemonade.

The Tip Toe Fairy shared a watermelon lemonade recipe.

Mind Body Green shared 20 signs you’re living your purpose.

Five Heart Home gave us a recipe for whole wheat zucchini banana muffins.

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Pink When offered up a southwest cheesy chicken casserole dish.

Lovely, Etc. shared a simple seashell shadowbox DIY.

Mabey She Made It showed us how to make paper plumerias.

I Dig Pinterest taught us how to make a wooden tic-tac-toe game.

Photo credit: The Tip Toe Fairy and Pink When

Link Round-up: DIY Air Freshener, Mozzarella Bubble Biscuits, Mason Jar French Toast, and More

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a DIY air freshener, mozzarella bubble biscuits, a wave bottle for kids, a pillow craft, and more.

The Tip Toe Fairy shared a mason jar chocolate peanut butter toffee French toast recipe.

Mind Body Green has a DIY all natural air freshener DIY project.

Five Heart Home shared a recipe for mozzarella bubble biscuits.

Kleinworth & Co. shared a recipe for caramel macchiato pudding pops.

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Lovely Etc. showed us how to make a cute freezer paper stenciled pillow.

Crazy Little Projects taught us how to make cookie dough pizza.

A Girl and a Glue Gun showed us how to make a wave bottle for kids.

Photo credit: The Tip Toe Fairy and Lovely Etc.

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey Can Show You the Way to a Debt-Free Life

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 by No Comments

I’ve heard so much about Dave Ramsey over the years, but for some reason I was really stubborn about actually buying one of his books, thinking the tidbits of information I’d heard, little snippets of advice shared, pretty much summed it all up.

Curiosity recently got the best of me, though, during a sale, and I picked up The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness.

You know what? I don’t feel like a sucker. I actually enjoyed his writing style, found his message clear to understand, and liked the fitness analogy he used throughout the book. I think his tips are practical and see how they could lead anyone straight out of debt.

His tips aren’t necessarily easy to follow, because it takes a lot of planning with your spouse, and you may have to tell yourself “no” a lot when you’re used to telling yourself “yes” (that one’s pretty hard when you find out a bunch of small things have been adding up to a totally butchered budget).

Ramsey discusses an emergency cash reserve, IRAs, budgeting your money so you don’t overspend, paying off your debt (including your house), and even saving for your kids’ college. It’s like he paved the whole road for you—all you have to do is hydrate, put on your sneakers, and put in the effort to walk all the way to the end (see how easy it is to carry on with the fitness metaphor?).

I highly recommend this book. I’ve already started putting some of the tips into practice, but I plan to get a babysitter and go out for coffee with my husband for a date solely devoted to setting up a game plan for becoming debt-free (yep, even the house!) and with a more concrete savings plan for our daughter’s college tuition.

Photo credit: Amazon

Link Round-up: Movies, Wall Art, Outdoor Lights, and More

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a list of inspirational movies for everyone to watch, home décor ideas, retro-inspired outdoor string lights, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for bite-sized Nutella-stuffed mini chocolate tarts.

Mind Body Green collected a list of 14 inspirational movies everyone should watch.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared her list of beach gear that earns its keep.

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A Beautiful Mess shared a colored mat gallery wall idea.

Joy in Our Home showed us how to make a copycat Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make a distressed serving tray.

Fynes Designs shared a how-to on retro-inspired outdoor string lights.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess