puce_date Monday, December 15, 2014

7 Unique Ways to Wrap Your Gifts


Are you bored of just grabbing the nearest roll of boring old wrapping paper when it comes time to wrap up gifts? What about when your gift is round, bumpy or just plain odd shaped?! Do you want your gifts to stand out from the pile? Great, because after wrapping gifts for so many years, I’ve assembled 7 cute ways to kick your gift wrapping  up to the next level! After this, you’ll be wrapping like a pro…

Let’s get started!


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puce_date Monday, December 15, 2014

DIY Body Lotion for Cold Weather


Hey guys! I am so sorry this blog post is a behind the video.  A reader had reminded me about this but DIYmas has been taking up my full attention and time.  This was a DIY I worked on during fall but you can totally change the scent and color to something more fitting in the change of seasons.  Now with winter and the holidays around the corner, I’m thinking a peppermint scented lotion sounds fantastic! The best part of making your own lotion is that you can use all natural ingredients, so that you know exactly what’s going on your skin. This is a very easy recipe, and great too if you’re looking for a special homemade gift.

So let’s get started!


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puce_date Saturday, December 13, 2014

7 Essential Vacation Travel Tips


I remember my first experience traveling on my own.  I am still cringing thinking about it.  It was Thanksgiving week and it was time for me to go home for the holidays.  I was in college and I thought I knew everything.  I crammed everything into two suitcases (even my dirty laundry) thinking that it would be easy to put them on the airplane.  Have you ever sat on your suitcase to try and squish it down to zip up?  Yeah, I was that girl.  It didn’t dawn on me that I may have overpacked until I had to carry my suitcases down the really long flights of stairs of my dorm.  That was a terrible experience, but I figured, “no big deal, I’ll need all this stuff.”  Even the taxi cab driver rolled his eyes and he popped a vein trying to throw my heavy suitcases into the trunk of his car.

Fortunately, I’ve learned a bit from that experience. Are you traveling this holiday season? Here are some essential tips to help your vacation from turning into a disaster!


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puce_date Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sweater Weather! Best Winter Fashion of 2014



I made a sweater video a few weeks ago as part of DIY-mas. I decorated a pink sweater with pom-poms for myself and a gray sweater with a moose cut-out for my husband. They both turned out so cute! I was really pleased with the results.

I love wearing sweaters so much, especially in chilly weather because they make for an easy winter outfit, with the added bonus of being really comfy and warm! Wearing sweaters reminds me of living in England because of how cold it was there. Even though it doesn’t get quite that cold here in California, it’s still sweater weather!

Check out this post if you want to see how to decorate your own sweater!

Cardigans, turtlenecks, and pullovers, oh my! Cozy sweaters are one of the must haves of winter fashion to stay warm for the cold weather. Here are some great looks to bundle up and still look fabulous!


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puce_date Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DIY No-Bake Holiday Strawberry Shortcake #DIYmas


I hope you guys have enjoyed these three weeks of #DIYmas, and to finish it out on a high note, today I’m bring you this amazing Holiday No-Bake Trifle. I love trifles because they’re so easy to make and look beautiful in a large glass dish like this. If you want to make individual ones for a party instead though, they adapt really well to smaller containers too. The red, white and green layers create a holiday feel even with the simple ingredients and since it’s no-bake it stores easily in your fridge if you want or need to make it ahead of time.


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puce_date Saturday, December 6, 2014

6 Study Tips for Midterms


Are midterms coming up? Are you in full blown panic mode about them? Calm down, you’ll be fine! Probably.

I’m so glad that I’ve graduated college and that I don’t have to worry about them anymore. Even now, sometimes I have nightmares about exam week, like some horrible college version of PTSD. While I’m glad to leave those days of having more coffee than blood in my system behind, I know a lot of my readers are still in school and facing the horror of midterms now. I’ve compiled a list of tips to help you study for your upcoming exams!



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puce_date Thursday, December 4, 2014

Two Easy and Cute DIY Christmas Treats: Rice Krispie Trees & Reindeer Sandwiches!


Hey guys! My latest #DIYmas recipe video is now available on youtube!! You can watch it here.  A while back I saw these cute recipes on pinterest and wanted to try them out. Since the holidays are coming soon, I thought I share with you guys my take on these fun recipes. Of course mine didn’t turn out perfect as  Simplee Thrifty but I’m pretty proud of my first try! What do you guys think?

Let’s get started, shall we?


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puce_date Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Frozen Hot Chocolate & Minty White Hot Chocolate #DIYmas



Today marks the start of week 3 #DIYmas! This week is all about food, feasting, and to get started on the right note I’m actually bring you TWO recipes today! Winter makes me think of cold nights, warm fires and hot drinks. And hot chocolate is such a classic choice for these comfort drinks that I’ve come up with both a cold and hot version for you to enjoy. I don’t drink or use milk so in my recipes today I’ve substituted out Almond milk as my preferred base, but with such rich flavors and generous toppings I’ve found there’s no difference in taste when regular milk is swapped out for Almond, Soy or Rice milk instead.

Frozen Hot Chocolate and Mint White Hot Chocolate

So let’s get started, shall we?


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puce_date Saturday, November 29, 2014

DIY Pom-Pom Sweater and Moose Sweater

XMAS Sweaters 2


Hey Guys! Well, now that weather is getting chillier (even here in California!) it’s time to break out the sweaters. I love me some sweater weather, don’t you? Today’s project is such a great gift idea because you can pick up a cute sweater almost anywhere this time of year, and with a few simple additions create a one-of-a-kind gift! Or maybe you have a sweater sitting in your closet that needs a makeover? In that case today’s #DIYmas project is also perfect for you!

I made two designs, one preppy and the other cute.  The great thing about these styles is that they’re wearable before and after the holidays. Watch the video here or continue with this step by step…

Let’s get started!


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puce_date Thursday, November 27, 2014

DIY Winter Wonderland Snow Globe Terrarium


Hi Guys!!! I don’t know about you, but I love my little snow globe terrariums. I just uploaded this video tutorial today on youtube. They’re such a great way to bring the outdoors and green plants inside, but now with winter coming I wanted to bring some snow inside instead!  Here is a super easy Holiday project you can do with the family.  I especially love this DIY because it reminds me so much of playing make-believe.  How many of you were dreamers growing up? Me! I used to daydream of my make-believe world and now I can finally make it! These winter terrrariums are so fun and beautiful to look at.  They’re like big snow globes.  Today’s #DIYmas we’re going to bring our imagination to life and put them in glass jars!


Let’s get started, shall we? Read more after the click…


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