Happy Labor Day everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying your lovely labor free weekend. I’m off too, but wanted to quickly pop in to say hello, and bring you a celebratory summer roundup. I’m still not saying summer is over, especially here in SoCal where we’ve been hit by a serious heat wave, but it is winding down. Before it’s completely gone though, let’s reminisce about how awesome this summer was. It was awesome, wasn’t it? We love you summer! Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more super fun stuff.
Sheesh! What a crazy week! I felt like every day I was scrambling to stay on top of things. You know those days where you’re just going and going and all of a sudden it’s 2:30 and you haven’t eaten lunch yet? Yeah. Though I’m a pretty good planner, I really need to give myself more wiggle room for mistakes and unforeseen events. They happen almost weekly and range from not having a key ingredient for a recipe to my camera deciding to stop working… as it did Wednesday. Luckily I was able to finish shooting for the week, but it was stressful and challenging. It would have been less overwhelming if I had some in case of emergency content or if I gave myself even a few days between creating and publishing projects, which I don’t. Shhhh. This long weekend my top priority will be getting my camera fixed and then hopefully creating some backup content. Today’s Fave Five pulls together some of my favorite DIYs focused on organization and planning, great for back to school too. Hope they help!
Today I solve the age-old problem of, who gets the last cupcake? Actually my way can help determine who gets all the cupcakes! How, you ask? By playing for ‘em. Introducing Tic-Tac-Toe cupcakes! It’s both a cupcake and a game. And it’s the only game I know of where you can eat your winnings! It’s simple; call upon two players to play, give one Xs one Os, and the first one to get three in a row wins the cupcake. Now that’s what I call motivation! If it’s a tie… just give it to the cat. Ready, set, Go!
- Pull ‘N’ Peel Twizzlers
Gather Materials. Pull and peal your Twizzlers, so you have individual strands of candy to work with. Cut out three sizes of strips; for the “board” the Os and the Xs. Measure your cupcake surface to estimate the size of your pieces. To form the Xs place one piece of candy onto another and push them together at center. To form the Os take one strip and bend it to form an O shape pressing seams together. The Os are a little tricky but just keep pressing around the seam and eventually they’ll stick. Place a board onto each frosted cupcake and get ready to play!
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup whole milk, at room temperature
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pan with red paper liners. In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Beat in the vanilla. Beat in half of the flour mixture, then all of the milk, then the remaining flour mixture until just combined. Add sprinkles for a funfetti surprise! Fill each muffin tin ¾ full. Bake 18 to 20 minutes. Top with vanilla frosting and your Tic Tac Toe board. Serve and enjoy! Original
Lemme just say, I love every single one of these outfits. If I could go back in time and raid these fine ladies pretty patterned closets, I totally would. I’d take their shoes too. I’m not even sorry. They just don’t make 'em like that anymore. I mean look at these women! Everyone’s so tailored and matchy. The collars, bows, knee-highs, tights and berets! This is exactly what I think of when I think back-to-school style. Or maybe what I dream of... because the reality of the situation is much closer to messy buns, sweatpants and flip-flops. Le sigh. If today's dose of vintage just wasn’t enough, be sure to head to my Pinterest for more pinspiration!
Today I’m brining you the easiest DIY in all the land. Seriously. You can knock these out in a half an hour or less. It’s the perfect last minute way to make back-to-school fun…because it involves games! So who collects old games like it’s their job? (Pretty sure I have 4 Scrabbles) Or are you the type to constantly lose game pieces? Also, guilty. I bet most of you have at least one box of Legos collecting dust in your parent’s basement. Well, today’s DIY is going to bring life back into those old game pieces, by turning them into nostalgic magnets! Yay! Ok, let’s do this.
- Scrabble Tiles
- Hot Glue
- Magnet Strip
Gather materials. Cut strips of magnets to fit each game piece. Apply hot glue to back of magnet and press game piece to it. Continue with each piece. Voila! How easy was that? Apply to fridge or locker. Make everyone jealous.