Tuesday, July 26, 2011

a little bit of lovie.

a little bit of lovie

From top left:
Striped Skirt: Ruche
Teal dress: Nordstrom
Flower by Kenzo (Travel Purse Fragrance): Sephora
Catching Fire: Book 2 in the series 
Michael Kors watch: Norstrom
Gold and white stone necklace: Nordstrom
Sam Edelman: Endless.com
Stila Lip gloss in Grapefruit: Ulta
Sun Hat: Dolce Salon and Spa
Essie in missmatched: Ulta

On another love note....

I'm planning on sending a little love in the form of a care package to my baby brother. Well, he's not exactly a baby, he's starting high school, yes high school - in a MONTH! Since he is a boy, I'm sure he is not expressing how nervous he is but I try to think back to my first day. Let's be honest we all are nervous! So being the wonderful BIG sister that I am, I am preparing a great package to send to him. I need ideas though! So far I'm thinking some basic boring but needed school supplies, candy and a few of his favorite snacks. Some money, maybe like $20 and I might just get all $1 bills. Next, a backpack is critical, I mean it shows your style and is a SUPER important item for first day. I can remember when Jansport was IT, one year you wore it on both shoulders and the next you wouldn't be caught dead,one shoulder was the way to go. Oh then there was the satchel or across the body bag, mine was from Gap and it was oh-so cool. OK, back to the point, I need to find out what the "in" backpack is this year for him. I also know that he wants some new Vans, the old school light blue ones. Those are my ideas so far, so I need to build from there. I just want him to be surprised and feel special. I want him to know I am thinking about him and wishing him luck on his first day.

Friday, July 22, 2011

A little bit of RED.

It's BEAUTIFUL outside! I was on my way to work, but I thought I would take advantage before it reaches 104....

Shirt, Express Design Studio
Shorts, Target
Necklace, Charming Charlie
Watch, Michael Kors
Sunglasses, Jimmy Choo
New RED lipstick, Revlon

Happy Friday everyone, have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Be kind, and shine.

There are times that I just want to stop and be thankful. Thankful for everything in my life, for I am so very blessed.
A few recent events have reminded me how precious life is. Nothing is for certain; life can take a turn in an instant. I catch myself really thinking about the person I am and the person I want to be. It is the people in your life that truly make life worth living. I love this saying and I just wanted to remind myself yet again to:

I got to see an old friend this past weekend and she is the perfect reminder of a truly wonderful person, one with the biggest heart. She is genuine and sincere and someone I admire greatly. I am so thankful that we have kept in touch over the years. I am so happy for her and the way her life has unfolded! This past weekend was a celebration for the baby to come. She is an incredible daughter, friend, sister and wife so I know she'll knock being a mommy out of the park! Being around her makes me smile and want to shine, inside and out.

On a side note, I left a little something on my roomie's door tonight, I hope it brings a smile to her face. 
Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cake! Pops!

Let me start off by saying, these are so much fun to make! I cannot wait to make more and explore with all the endless decorating options I have stored in my head! Alright, so I have always wanted to make these adorable little treats and finally it was time! I decided to try them out for my friend's birthday. Below is the finished product, and after that you will find start to finish instructions on how to bake these little pops, all by yourself. Don't worry, they are not too hard and totally worth every second you spend making them!

Step 1: Get your supplies ready! Here is what you will need:

Baking Pan
Pam or spray butter
Chocolate cake mix or Devil's Food Cake mix
Lollipop sticks ( Find these at Michael's)
Candy Melts (Variety of colors are available at Michael's)
Food coloring (Optional)
Circular Styrofoam for display 

Step 2: Line your baking pan with tin foil, then lightly spray it with Pam.

Step 3: Follow the directions for the cake mix of your choice.

Step 4: Let the cake cool thoroughly. Once cool, put the cake in a large bowl and start breaking it up with your hands.

Step 5: Use 1/2 of the frosting in the frosting container, mix into the dry crumbled cake. YEP, your hands are getting messy. This is going to keep the cake moist and hold the balls together. 

Step 6: Now start forming the balls. You can judge how big you want each pop to be. About this size:

Step 7: Now place the balls on a sheet of tin foil, I suppose wax paper would work just fine too. 

Step 8: Get a small microwave safe bowl for the candy melts. Follow the heating directions on the bag, low heat, stirring frequently. It may be easy to burn the candy melts so be careful. Luckily, I didn't burn it {WHEW} but just watch close.

Step 9: Take a stick and dip it into the melted candy make sure the stick has covered at least an inch of the stick, then put the stick into the ball. This is going to "glue" the stick to the ball. Do this to all of the pops and let dry. Make sure you let dry because they will fall apart if you don't. 

Step 10: Once they are cooled, start dipping and drizzling! I learned as I went on this part. Dip the bottom of the pop in the candy to cover it, then hold the pop at an angle and start spooning the candy over the ball. Twist is around to get it all covered. Let excess candy drip off. 

Step 11: Place the pop in the Styrofoam circle, start from the middle working your way outward. I placed mine in the refrigerator to help them set quicker. Let cool so the candy hardens.

Step 12: Decorating! Ok, for this part I bought white candy melts and was going to dye the candy yellow for my swirly design part. However, when you add food coloring to the candy melts, it dry out, and it happens quick! I did this three times, thinking I was doing something wrong. Something just happens when those two things mix. SO - I would suggest just buying the candy melts in the color(s) you want to decorate with. I made another trip to Michael's here. 

Back to frosting, once you get the color you want to decorate with, same thing, melt the color and pour into a small zip lock. If the candy is still warm, it will drizzle fast and thin. Let it sit and begin to harden, I found it easier to work with. Now just drizzle on top of the cake ball in what ever design you would like...and TAH DAH!

Like I said, I can't wait to try new designs for these little pops! 
Just in case you were wondering, EVERYONE loved them! The birthday girl was especially excited for her yummy treats!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Happy Birthday to my B!


B's birthday just passed and I think he had a great one. First off, the
single best part was that we were together. Last year, still living in
different states was super hard! I am so thankful that I was able to wake up
right next to him and be the first to say "Happy Birthday!" The birthday
festivities started with the Chicago trip and the Cubs game. This was our
big thing for his bday. We had an incredible time. Here are a few pics and
highlights from our amazing trip. Top 5 things about the trip:

1. Cubs vs. White Sox game.
2. The Museums, wow. Incredible.
3. The food, ok specifically Portillo's. AH-MAY-ZING! Oh and we had dinner
for under $12 there. Imagine that.
4. The city views and indescribable architecture. You just have to see it.
5. Vacationing with my B for the very first time.

We arrived home early Wednesday morning and had to go directly to work. Ugh.
Not a happy camper. The next day, B's parents came to town, we all went out
to dinner and then...Yogurtology. YUM! Then next morning was the morning of B's
actual birthday. I couldn't sleep, I was excited. I woke up way early to set up his
balloons and birthday basket filled with his little favorites, candy, coupons, running socks, a sleep mask, snacks etc. Then, I made his favorite breakfast sandwich and woke up that beautiful face.

The rest of the weekend was spent with family. We enjoyed our weekend with
his parents, sister and her family. His nephew shares the same bday so
we did a joined celebration. The weather was beautiful in Payson, so much
cooler and a nice little break from the heat. We even had a night of pouring
rain, thunder and lightning.

It doesn't end there, last night we went to the Home Run Derby...aren't we
just so sporty!?! It was a lot of fun, B and I each picked who we thought
would win, mine made it further so B will be making me dinner this week.

So overall I hope he has a wonderful birthday. I mean, we covered being
together, traveling, sports, family and food. I think he would give it an

Happy Birthday Baby.

{On a small side note, I need to include this little tid bit...as it's one
of the many reasons why I love this man. Monday morning back at work after
this crazy couple weeks, an email. He is thanking me for being
such an amazing person. He is thanking me for all that I did and all that I
do. Thanking me for being me, and expressing how very lucky he is. Wow. 
I love doing things for others, so much. I love giving and taking the time to
make someone's day a little brighter, birthdays are my favorite. I love that
he took the time to say thank you. I love even more that he is happy, it brings 
me happiness...and that's what it's all about.}
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