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6 Awesome Must “Do” Hairstyles (that take less than 10 minutes!)

I love hairstyles that take no heat, energy, or time. I am the girl that is always late to work and running out the door with my hair all crazy because I have no time to fix it. I get funny looks at work all the time. Maybe it is because my coworkers think there is a bird’s nest on my head? Maybe they are overstimulated by the amount of hair on to of my head? Not anymore! These fun styles can be completed in less than ten minutes. A special shout out to the editor Lauren who let me play with her beautiful hair!

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DIY: All Natural Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Treat yourself with these amazingly delicious treats! They are so easy, and a sure way to brighten your day!

Makes 24 Peanut Butter Cups
Approximate Time: 45 Minutes

What You’ll Need: 

Organic Powdered Sugar
Natural Peanut Butter
2 Bags Natural Chocolate Chips
Mini Cupcake Liners
Mini Cupcake Pan

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Step One

Boil water in a deep pot, and put a smaller pot inside the boiling water. This helps the chocolate chips melt without burning. Pour a full bag of chocolate chips into the small pot. Don’t put the pots up!

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Step Two

Once the chocolate is completely melted, spoon a small amount into the cupcake liner. Bring the chocolate up on the sides of the liner. Place the tray in the freezer for 15 minutes to harden.

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Step Three

While the chocolate is in the freezer, grab a bowl and mix 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar together.

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Step Four

Once the chocolate has hardened, spoon in a very small amount of your peanut butter/powdered sugar mix into the cupcake liners.

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Step Five

In the small pot, pour in half a bag of chocolate chips. Once melted, spoon on top of peanut butter and fill the liners as closely to the top as possible.

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Step Six

Put the tray in the freezer for 15 minutes, or until completely cooled.

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Party Confetti + Home Decor: How to Make Tassel Garland

I have been looking for something to put up on my huge bathroom wall above my mirror (cute for laundry rooms and parties too!). Everything I have found has not been whimsical or creative enough for my taste. Martha would not accept anything less, so why should I? I found a boutique online that was selling tassel garlands, and I instantly fell in love. There was a tiny problem. I was not going to pay $130 for paper tassels and a rope, no matter the level of cuteness it drew. If you have read anything I have written, then you know by now that I love do it yourself projects, and this was right up my alley. I took matters into my own hands, and needless to say, I was pretty impressed with myself. Come on, you’re impressed too. Let’s get to work!

What You’ll Need:

-A LOT of tissue paper in assorted colors. Try to get some metallics in the mix too.

-Tacky glue

-Scissors

-Rope, I found mine at Hobby Lobby. I used three yards, so make sure you measure how long you want your garland to be.

-A little bit of “umph”!!!

Directions: 

Step one: Gather about four sheets of tissue paper and fold in half.

Step two: Cut strips of the paper while it is still folded to the thickness desired.

Step three: Gather all of the strips on top of each other, make sure you have a substantial amount. Some colors you may want to be thicker, so use more paper.

Step four: In the middle of the strips, start to twist. You need to twist about two inches of the strands together.

Step five: Drape the strands over the rope with the twisted part in the middle.

Step six: Use the tacky glue to paste together, press and hold until dry.

When you are finished, make sure to fluff your strands for more visual appeal! I literally spent eight dollars on these supplies. I saved $122 by doing this project myself. I am definitely patting myself on the back right now. It only took me an hour to make, and my bathroom is so happy with me. I bet yours will be too!

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The Cutest Caramel Apples and How To Make Them!

Fall is finally here, and I know we are all excited about it. Costumes, boots, tights, fall decor, and fall flavored foods, say that ten times fast! This is my favorite time of the year. As a food fanatic, I think that I have some expertise in the area. I was feeling very chef-like this week, and decided I needed to put all of that energy into something that would not only be delicious, but a desert that would incorporate all of the colors and flavors of Fall. In honor of my favorite season, I knew the way to my own heart would be through caramel apples. They were so easy, and so fun! I know you will love them too.

 

What You’ll Need:

-Assorted apples, Granny Smith’s are my favorite.

-Caramels, stores have them everywhere right now. It will probably be easiest to find them individually wrapped in a bag. Healthy option: See how to make raw caramel here.

-Nuts, chocolate chips, or anything you would like to dip the apples in. I went with crushed walnuts!

-Sticks, you can find these in the craft aisle. If you want to get extra crazy, you could use cinnamon sticks.

 

Directions:

1. Melt down the caramel in a pot. Don’t let it boil!

2. Push the sticks into the base of the apple.

3. Emerge your apple into the caramel or grab a spoon and drizzle it on the apple.

4. Wait for apples to cool, preferably on a cooling rack. Make sure to place wax paper underneath.

Put any toppings on the apple you like, and enjoy!

Your kids, friends, husbands, wives, and family are going to be so impressed with your culinary skills. When they ask you where you went to culinary school, just say LOLO! Shhhh… I won’t tell anyone how easy they were for you to make… it will be our little secret. I would suggest eating these the day you make them. I mean, come on, could you really wait anyways?

DIY: The Ever-Trending Tribal Necklace

A major trend that is popular in clothing, women’s bags, and jewelry today is tribal designs.  Decorative neckware, bangles, and beaded pieces native to the African culture are prevailing in cultures all across the country.  Accessories with strong colors, vivid prints, and varied textures are the root of this eclectic style.

Take a look back at the runway collections of fashion designers last spring and summer to achieve this innovative style, and make it uniquely your own.  A chunky and dangling necklace is a quick and easy statement for both day or night!

By simply combining pieces from your local fabric or interior decorating store, this look can be replicated in a few simple steps.  Pair this piece with a simple tank top for a bohemian look, or wear it with a leather jacket and jeans for a night out this upcoming fall season.

What you’ll need:

Beaded trim with interesting pattern

2 in. wide ribbonFabric Scissors

Needle and matching thread

Step One

Cut the trim to the desired length.  To achieve a layering affect, measure three equal strands of the beaded trim and overlap ends of pieces.

Step Two

Cut ribbon in half.  Double-knot each ribbon to one end of the trim.  Snip off the excess ends near the knots.

Step Three

Hand-stitch through knots onto trim to reinforce strands of material.

Step Four

Tie off the ends around the neck and voila!

 

This necklace and many other creative ideas can be found in the book P.S. I made this. . .  by innovative founder of the do-it-yourself brand, Erica Domesek. Check your local bookstores or online to find a copy!

DIY: Organic Citrus Scrub

Because I worked in the skin industry for 4 years, I attended many seminars and workshops to learn how your skin works and what keeps it healthy. I want to give you a recipe for homemade organic body scrub and teach you how to properly exfoliate your body’s largest organ.

Exfoliation keeps your skin healthy, radiant and so soft. You have three layers of skin: the hypodermis, dermis, and the epidermis. The epidermis is the top most layer, the one you can visibly see. Your skin constantly renews itself about  every 30 days (of course it varies with age). Since this process happens so often, your skin cells are constantly shedding. That is why it is so important to exfoliate; you need to help your skin out!

A good exfoliation process means better blood flow, no body acne, no ingrown hairs, and an even skin tone. You should only exfoliate twice a week to prevent irritation and the loss of healthy skin cells. I used all organic ingredients in my recipe because everything you put on your skin is absorbed into your blood stream. Can I get an AMEN for no funky ingredients?

What You’ll Need and it’s Purpose: 

Kosher Sea Salt: Increases blood flow and brings oxygen to your skin. If you have high blood pressure, I would recommend using brown sugar instead of salt.

Honey or Agave Nectar: Keeps the salt beads together.

Burt’s Bee’s Vitamin E Lemon Oil: Vitamin E promotes healing and is a great natural agent at preventing premature aging; aids in healing wrinkles and scars.

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Directions: Mix 2 cups of sea salt (or brown sugar), 2 tablespoons of honey (or agave nectar), and the full bottle of Burt’s Bee’s Oil in a bowl. Pour into a jar and shake before use!