No-Bake Cookies

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Lookey! Lookey! Yummy! Yummy! Make your “tummy tummy” happy.


prep time: about 20 mins  |  cooling time: about 6 hours  |  serves 20 large or 25 small cookies

 what you will need:

  • 1 cup organic raw sugar
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup organic milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 cups oatmeal
  • wax paper

instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter.
  2. Add sugar, cocoa powder and milk to melted butter and bring to a bowl.
  3. Let boil for one minute, then stir in peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal.
  4. Once thoroughly combined, cover with lid and let thicken (off of heat) for five minutes.
  5. Next, spoon out mixture onto waxed paper and let cool/harder in the refrigerator for about six hours.

and… voila! Enjoy with a glass of milk. Make your tummy happy!


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L.A. Colors Eyeshadow Palette

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Finding the right eye makeup can be such a pain. But don’t worry, I have solved the solution. That’s right, your problems are over. I have found the perfect eyeshadow palette! 


I have always hated liquid eye makeups because they clump up and look all gloppy and gross. I tend to really dislike powder eye makeups as well, though. Powders go on nicely, but even with a primer they manage to disappear so quickly. Thus, I have not worn any eyeshadows (*gasp*) for quite some time. That is, until this baby came into my life and changed all of that!

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love this palette!  One, it is the perfect texture. It sticks well like liquid makeup, but has a nice finish like the powders. These 16 matte and shimmer shadows are perfect for contouring and defining.  Two, it has all of the natural shades that I love.  I have never been into bright and daring colors (its just not me..), so these colors make me extremely happy.  Three, it is surprisingly CHEAP. I found it at my local grocery store (go figure) and thought it looked pretty nice for such a low price. When I tried it and fell instantly in love, I was really surprised at its affordable cost. So, how much is it?? *Drumroll* Only 4 USD! Just goes to show that money does not always equal quality..

Basically, this product is amazing and you should order it today by clicking here (this is the cheapest place I found to order it from, but you can always try googling it). Trust me, you will love it. So what are you waiting for, click the button already!

The End.

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The Perfect Jean Jacket

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Shopping. I try to always find good deals and make my dollars stretch as far as possible. I am not the kind of person who will spend a few hundred dollars on a pair of jeans by ANY means. I will, however, put down a significantly larger amount of money than usual towards signature pieces. You know, those classic articles of clothing that you will wear for years – little black dress, leather boots, etc.

Anyways, I have been in need of a new jean jacket (signature piece, in my opinion). None of my favorite stores has had the exact color, style and texture combination that I want, though. But then it happened. I stopped into little ol’ Target to do some birthday shopping and bam! This ↑ baby was staring right at me. Perfectly cute, comfortable, and cheap. My wearisome search is over.

Basically, if you want a high quality and inexpensive jacket, click here. The End.

 

Grapefruit Facial Towelettes

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Sick of towelettes that dry out your skin or promote breakout?! Go give Burt’s Bees facial towelettes a try!

I have been loving the Pink Grapefruit variety for removing makeup; however, if you have extra sensitive skin, the Fragrance Free Cotton ones are for you!

I also really like the Peach Exfoliating towelettes. I still use baking soda to exfoliate, at least a couple days a week (read here). Too much of a good thing can be bad, though. So the Peach Exfoliating Towelettes are good to trade off with.

To order any one of these, click here.

 

Liebster Award #2

liebsterblogawardThis is the second Liebster Award that I have been nominated for this summer. Last time (click here) my nomination came from The Scientific Beauty; this time I was nominated by Kelly Lynne. Thanks, ladies :)

So, what is the “Liebster Award?” Basically it is just a way to get to know fellow bloggers and become part of a big cyber family ;) It is a chance to ask like-minded people questions and answer theirs – kind of like a chain letter (remember those?!).


Here are Kelly’s questions & my answers:

  • 1. Why did you begin blogging?

I started blogging a few months ago as a means to express myself. It is a way for me to just be creative and have fun. Also, I really love meeting new people through it – you guys are amazing <3

  • 2. One thing that makes you happy?

Something that makes me extremely happy is traveling. I love visiting far off places (Europe especially), trying new things and photographing my experiences. Adventure is a must!

  • 3. What is your favorite quote?

“Life is not about finding yourself, it is about creating yourself.”

  • 4. Where do you come from?

I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon & am still happily living here.

  • 5. What are your top five favorite blogs?

Five of my favorite blogs would have to be: Craftiness Is Not Optional, Lauren Conrad, The Purl Bee, P.S. I Made This, & Positively Splendid.

  • 6. What or who inspires you the most?

I cannot give all of the credit to just one person, for, so many people have encouraged and excited me throughout my existence. One person whom has certainly touched my heart, though, is Louis Zamperini. I fell in love with his story a couple years ago and am now EXTREMELY excited that they are making it into a movie (lets hope they do it justice). His story absolutely inspired me and I became addicted to re-reading it. Whenever I feel like life is too hard to handle, I think “if Louis, with the help of our Father in Heaven, could overcome starvation, severe abuse and utter torture, then I can surely make it through this.” I love you Louis.

  • 7. If you could invite three people (living or dead) to dinner, who would it be?

That is a tough question because I absolutely love history and there are so many heroic individuals that I am dying to meet. Three people I would definitely invite, though, would have to be Louis Zamperini, Ronald Reagan, and Peter.

  • 8. What is your favorite social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.?

Pinterest and Instagram are my favorites. I pretty much hate twitter and Facebook is starting to really annoy me.

  • 9. What is your favorite post that you have written?

One of my favorite posts is Perfect Peach Cupcakes (click here and let me know what you think! :D ).

  • 10. What is the hardest thing you have found about blogging?

The hardest thing I have found about blogging, so far, is just staying consistent and organized with it.


The five bloggers I would like to nominate are:


My questions for them (you) are:

  1. Do your family and friends know that you are blogging?
  2. What is your favorite pastry?
  3. How would you describe your style: retro, classic, artsy, etc.?
  4. Which social media is your favorite: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Tumblr?
  5. What is your favorite post that you have written? (include link)
  6. Three items at the top of your bucket list are?
  7. Do you lie in truth or dare? ;)
  8. What is one of your favorite movies?
  9. If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
  10. How many books do you read a year?

The Rules:

  • Write a post answering the questions you were given.
  • Thank/link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate five other bloggers for this “award.”
  • Have fun! <3

Thanks for reading! XOXOXO

Baby Bella’s Birthday

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My baby sister just turned two years old! <3 To celebrate, I made these adorable cupcakes. I would give you my secret recipe, but, well, it is a secret ;) If you come over for tea, though, I would be happy to give you a cupcake…or two :) Anyways, if you like the set of cupcake holders and toppers I used, click here. The company that I bought them from, Meri Meri, has absolutely adorable products – so make sure to check them out!

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Strawberry Sorbet

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Sorbet. I simply cannot live without it. However much I love it, though, I will not eat what they serve at the stores, since those are filled with nasty things like high fructose corn syrup. Thus, I enjoy making it at home. To make your own scrumptious yumptious sorbet from heaven, read the easy recipe below! :)


| about 8 servings |

ingredients:

  • 6 cups organic strawberries
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of raw organic honey

instructions:

  1. Thoroughly blend your strawberries and orange juice in a large blender.
  2. Next, pour your puree into a strainer and get rid of those unwanted seeds.
  3. Gently stir your honey into the mixture.
  4. Once everything has been combined, pour into an airtight container and freeze for 3 to 4 hours.
  5. Serve in beautiful bowls and enjoy!

Bon Appetite!

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