23 12 / 2013
Well, Christmas is upon us! This is a week full of get togethers, family parties, exchanging presents, and let’s not forget, lots of food.
This month’s recipe is for peppermint bark. It literally takes less than 25 minutes and it is sure to impress your entire family.
12 oz. dark chocolate chips
12 oz. white chocolate chips
2 tbsp peppermint extract
8 candy canes
*Note: The difference in chocolate chips makes a big difference in the taste. Use good quality chocolate chips for the best results!
Crush unwrapped candy canes in a bag. Place to the side. Melt dark chocolate chips in a double boiler. Spread on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for 10 minutes to harden. While dark chocolate is in the freezer, melt the white chocolate the same way and stir the peppermint extract into the melted chocolate. Immediately spread melted white chocolate on top of the dark chocolate completely covering all the dark chocolate. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over the top and place in the freezer for 10 minutes to harden. Take bark out of the freezer, break into pieces, and enjoy!
One batch of this recipe makes quite a lot of bark. I made some last weekend and this was my finished plate!
19 12 / 2013
18 12 / 2013
We’ve been loving these glitter vases and thought we’d see just how easy they were to make.
Here’s what you’ll need:
-Glitter of your choice
-Vases (any size or shape you want)
Step 1. Tape around vase where you want the glitter to start. Then, use foam brush to apply decoupage.
Step 2. Sprinkle glitter over glue making sure to coat the glue completely.
Step 3. Let your vase dry for 30 minutes.
Step 4: Remove tape around vase.
Let your vases fully dry for 24 hours before using them.
Finally, place any flowers of your choice in the vases and enjoy!
We hope you think these are as pretty as we do!
10 12 / 2013
This full body pyramid workout is sure to make you work up a sweat!
Pyramid workouts are a great way to add in something different to your routine workout. Since pyramids can be used with any exercises, they’re always different which means no hitting those annoying plateaus.
Make sure you’re warmed up before starting. Do each exercise at maximum intensity with 10 seconds of rest between each one. Repeat the entire set 3 times.
20 seconds high knees
25 seconds push ups
30 seconds squat jumps
35 seconds front kicks
40 seconds mountain climbers
45 seconds jumping jacks
40 seconds walking lunges
35 seconds back kicks
30 seconds tricep dips
25 seconds plank
20 seconds crunches
Enjoy this butt-kicking workout!
03 12 / 2013
27 11 / 2013
With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I thought it was the perfect time to share this super easy recipe with all of you. These mini apple pies look difficult, but lucky for any of you non-bakers they’re easy as, well easy as pie!
All you need to get started is:
- 3 cups of diced apples (any kind you like)
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 3/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 6 pie shells
- muffin pan
Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix diced apples, cinnamon, and sugar in a bowl.
Cut pie crusts into 12 circles that are slightly larger than the size of the muffin pan. Line each muffin tin with crust pressing lightly against the edges.
Fill each of them with apples.
Cover each of these with crust. You can either cut the extra crust into circles and cover the entire pie, cut a cute heart or other design, or you can cut strips and weave them through each other.
Bake on the middle rack for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. That’s it, they’re now ready to enjoy!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
10 6 / 2013
This upcoming weekend I’m heading to a nontraditional wedding with my boyfriend’s family. I was told to dress more casually because the bride is wearing pants and Chucks. I was also told that both the wedding and reception will take place at the bride’s dad’s house.
This got me thinking that nontraditional weddings may be the way to go for someone who hasn’t dreamed of her wedding ever since she was a little girl. AKA- someone like me. Here are some of my pros to having a nontraditional wedding ceremony:
1. Intimate Gathering
I’ve never been one to make sure I’m the center of attention so a nontraditional wedding that might take place at relative’s house would be perfect for me. I’d still get to enjoy the celebration with my loved ones, just without the added pressure that venues can give.
2. Casual Attire
I don’t want my friends and family to feel like that have to go out and buy fancy new clothes just to come to my wedding, unless they really want to, which makes me love the laid back feel of nontraditional weddings.
I want my wedding to be tailored to me and my fiancé so I want the freedom to put whatever I want into it. To me, traditional weddings can sometimes get too monotonous and I want my wedding to be something of its own.
The cost of a wedding and reception venue can be astronomical so being able to use that budgeted money toward something else that I really enjoy, like an amazing band or a better bar, would be ideal.
All this being said- nontraditional weddings aren’t for everyone and the traditional route may be exactly what you’ve been dreaming of your entire life. So here’s the million dollar question: Nontraditional Weddings- Yay or Nay?
28 5 / 2013
Last week I had dinner with my good friend’s dad and his fiance. We sat at this little restaurant and chatted everything engagements. I, of course, had to check out her ring since I hadn’t seen her since the proposal. Then I jokingly asked him if he studied the 4 C’s before purchasing the ring. Neither of them really had any idea what I was talking about. I think it’s interesting and some people think it’s important so I wanted to take this opportunity to briefly go over the 4 C’s of diamonds.
Cut- cut refers to the shape of the diamond. Some of the most common cuts are emerald, heart, oval, pear, princess, square and round. Cut is important because it determines how the light will reflect off the stone.
Color- diamonds actually come in almost all colors, but the most common for engagement rings is no color at all. The typical diamond is graded on a scale of totally colorless to light yellow. The differences from one grade to the other are very subtle and it often takes a trained eye to detect.
Clarity- the clarity of a diamond is determined by the amount and location of flaws or blemishes detected under 10 power magnification. A diamond that is free of blemishes is very rare and therefore very valuable.
Carat- the weight of a diamond is measured in carats. The bigger the stone, the more rare it is.
Important note- value is determined by all of the 4 Cs so a 2 carat diamond may end up being less valuable than a 1 carat diamond if the color and clarity are more rare.
16 5 / 2013
With wedding season rapidly approaching, I’ve been preparing for my role as a guest at several ceremonies and I’ve found that the whole process can be stressful; even for a guest! If your best friend from high school lives in Chicago and you live in New York, it can be a bit of a process getting to the main event. If three of your friends in the same circle are all getting married this summer, you have to find the perfect dress… three times. And if you’re not in a relationship you have to find a respectable date… three times. The stress of just being a guest can add up. but it’s important to remember the bigger picture: you’re doing all of this because you’re celebrating the marriage of a person you love.
Attending a wedding you have to travel to may seem daunting unless you turn the wedding into a weekend away. Chances are you need a vacation anyways so take a few extra days off to enjoy yourself and get away.
Now onto the dress dilemma. Remember a cute dress doesn’t have to break the bank. Stores like Forever21, GoJane, and Asos all have super cute dresses that are under $50. Swapping with friends is always a fun and affordable option as well!
As for the date situation, sometimes it’s best to go to weddings stag, especially if it’s a wedding most of your friends will be invited to. If that’s not really your style, ask a guy you’re super comfortable with. You won’t have any fun if you have to babysit the entire time so be sure to choose a guy that likes to mingle isn’t afraid to get out on the dance floor.
So if the stress of the countless ceremonies you’ll be attending is getting to you, remember that you were invited because the bride/groom WANTS you to be there to have a good time with them! Don’t sweat the little stuff and enjoy their day just as much as they will.