Friday, June 24, 2011

Blog Browsing : Waterfall Braid

So I have seen pictures of gorgeous braids lately with tussled looking beach hair and I had to do a little research :) I taught myself to french braid at at early age by locking myself in my room with a my American girl doll Felicity and my Scholastics Braids and Bows book I got at the school book fair.  Ever since then I've been a pro ! No joke, I would not open my door until I learned how to french braid, I then taught myself to braid my own hair. I was always the one who would french braid everyone's hair at cheer camp or on church camp bus rides.

Waterfall Braid
okay okay, here's the video that helped me master this trendy do, yep, short and sweet 2 minutes and 2 seconds, great job Cute Girls Hair Styles video on youtube :)

Full waterfall braid

Half waterfall braid, bobby pinned

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Good Finds : PINTEREST

Sorry I haven't posted in such a long time ... I've well, uhh, just started a new relationship with this awesome website called Pinterest . Don't be afraid, you can click on the link, it won't bite :)  Sooooo I use to see this website as being a great place to get ideas from peoples pictures and links, but now, I have my own account and I can keep track of everything and share ideas I like as well, awesome !  Okay, welp, that's the blog post for now... maybe I'll do something exciting that I see on Pinterest and then write a blog post about it ... maybe :)

Monday, June 13, 2011

From our kitchen to yours: Strawberry lemonade cupcakes

Oops I forgot to take a final picture ! Rats, anyways, here's a yummy treat I made this weekend, I hope you try them out sometime and enjoy a fresh summery treat :)

1 box of white cake mix
- make according to directions
6 tbs of country time strawberry lemonade powder (add to cake mix)
Split batter into two bowls
- add pink food coloring to one bowl and yellow to the other

Once batter is finished, spoon pink and yellow cake batter into muffin tins (see picture below)

Bake and let cool.  Frost with cream cheese frosting and embellish with colored sugar or candies/fruit snacks and enjoy !

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Good Finds : The perfect summer drink

mMm I love a good Arnold Palmer :)  You know, the perfect combination of Iced Tea and Lemonade, especially in the summer time it just makes me happy ! I'm normally just a water drinker but this is a yummy treat I indulge in sometimes (I try to do unsweet tea and low cal lemonade).

Arnold Palmer Stix

Anyways ... I found this little gem that is surprisingly guiltless and tasty ! I got mine at Walmart :) Only 5 calories a serving, two servings in a 16 oz water bottle.  Enjoy this crisp, refreshing summer beverage, I know I am  :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Funny Semi-Failures: Heat-less Curls attempt #2

haha and they both ended up under funny failures ... sad :( well this one wasn't a complete failure, I meannnn it just wasn't perfect like I wanted it to be.  See this tutorial here ... Thanks Happy Together for posting the link to the video tutorial ! Maybe you can come to NC and roll my hair so it can look at cute as yours :)

So go here to view the tutorial No Heat Curls

Basically, take a head band thingy, the ones you wear when you're exercising to keep the wispies back, put it around your forehead, wrap hair in sections around the band until you look like Martha Washington, sleep in it, and viola beautiful curls ! haha here's a few pictures of me :) Man I must really love ya'll to be showing you some of these images !

Right before bed, no make up and crease already indented in my forehead

Rolled "Martha" hair with band moved to hair line

Good morning beautiful

Held up pretty well over night

Right after the band was taken out



After I brushed them a bit
Finished product
Mostlikely I will try this again because it is a decent way to get some body and movent to your hair without any damage.  Next time, I will try to wrap the hair more carefully.  Well, let me know if you try it and how it works for you :)

From our kitchen to yours : Yummy meal

Amazing meal we had last week :)
So sorry I haven't posted in a while ... guess there's not too much going on in this busy life of mine :) haha  Welp just a word about the meal, soooo easy to make and really tasty !

Mixed greens
salad topping (croutons, sunflower seeds)

Shrimp skewers on the grill
 - Devein and take the shell of the shrimp, leave the tail on
 - marinate shrimp italian dressing in a freezer bag in the fridge (30 mins to 3 hrs)
 - Place on metal skewers and grill for 3-4 minutes a side or until they are firm and pink
 - Enjoy !

Steamed Broccoli
 - Cut the stems off
 - Place in a microwave safe dish with a tablespoon of water
 - Microwave on high for 4 minutes until fork tender
 - Add salt, butter, cheese or do what we do and just have it plain :)

Oven roasted red potatoes
 - rinse potatoes
 - chop into quarters
 - place in a greased pyrex dish
 - season (we used EVOO, Cavenders Greek Seasoning)
 - Cook at 450 for 45-55 minutes