Julep: July Box (with an extra)

Julep July title

Today I have my July Box from Julep for you!  So far, I will say this is one of my favorite boxes from Julep.  I love the colors – bright but still versatile.  And this Body Milk lotion is very nice too – very silky and smooth.

First, is the Body Milk.  When I opened the box I was a bit shocked by the size of the lotion bottle, I thought for sure it would be smaller – but it is a 6.8 fl. oz. bottle of lotion.  It’s paraben-free and sulfate-free with a very light fragrance so it isn’t too overbearing.

Next, you get the two polishes.  I did stick with the Boho Glam box this month – and I’m glad I did.

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I got the Lorenzana and the Tamara colors.  Lorenzana is a neutral, taupe color.  And Tamara is a bright orangey-red color, almost like a deep coral.

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This month, I also found a trio set of polishes at Target from Sally Hansen.  It was on clearance and I had a coupon, so I scooped this up for $2.50.

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These colors are PERFECT for a beach vacation trip – which I’m hoping to go to the beach this coming weekend!!

I hope you all liked these.  Check out my video below to see me open the box (with my helper Calen).  If you’d like to subscribe for yourself, go here and you’ll get the first box for free!  Link to subscribe:  http://www.julep.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/517306/


Sketch #2 – Using Large Circle Elements

Today’s sketch is the second one in this series from Design by Melody.  I have two layouts to share as examples of the sketch, as well as the downloadable (free!) sketch for you to play around with!

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This sketch uses two large circular elements – or one large circle cut in half – to create the background for your layout.  It houses two photos (4×6-ish – you can adapt this to what fits your needs) and lots of embellishments.

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Click Sketch #2 to download the sketch – feel free to save it and keep using it in the future!

I completed one layout live on video for you to see how the sketch translated to scrapbook layout for me.  I also have another layout I did using this same sketch – two different takes on the same concept – the biggest difference is that in one the half-circles are made with a doily and in the other it’s made with patterned paper.  They will be in the same scrapbook album, but about 30 pages apart from each other.

Sketch 2 1Here’s the video… and below the video I’ll put the still photos of both layouts made with this sketch.

And here are some still shots of both of the layouts…

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As compared to the sketch…

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And the 2nd layout…

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I hope this inspires you to try something different today!

Cherry Love!!

It’s cherry season!!! I would venture to say that cherries are my favorite fresh fruit to eat. They are just juicy and delicious… Yum.

Cherry Love title

Well, cherry season is a bit short for my liking, so I went on search for recipes to have ready now that the season is here so that I can make the most of it.

I haven’t tried any of them yet, but I did create a board on Pinterest to share with you all…

I was able to find some drink recipes, main dish recipes, canning recipes, appetizers, and of course dessert recipes.  I am excited to try them all out in the next few weeks!

There is a cherry margarita recipe that is calling my name in particular… margaritas are my drink of choice, so mix that with my fruit of choice and it’s sure to be a winner.  :)  There is also a recipe for canning cherries, but she mentioned using the canned cherries over ice cream and that just sounds absolutely sinful!

Anyways, enough rambling, now I’m off to buy more cherries!


‘Remember’ scrapbook layout

It’s been awhile – sorry guys!  I went a little MIA for a few days… we had a lot of family in town over the last few weekends so I decided to take a few days off.  Just a heads up, at the end of July I’ll be going out of town for a few days again.  :)  July is definitely vacation time ’round here – ack! plus I turn 30 in just a few days…

Anywho… today I have a scrapbook layout to share with you.  I did something a little different this time – instead of a voiceover I recorded the video live without being sped up… let me know what you think.

Remember title

When I first pulled out these photos from Easter a few years ago I knew I wanted all the layouts be bright, to go right along with the colored Easter eggs.  This background paper jumped out to me right away, but then I hesitated thinking it might be TOO bright.  But I embraced it, and this is what I came up with.

I had a few goals before I started out – to use a busy (and bright!) background and use word elements in the place of journaling to tell the story, also a goal which I forget to mention at the beginning of the video which is to use a subtle title (since there were so many words on this page a larger title would have looked out of place).

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Here is the video that shows this layout in the making…

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So, pull out those bright, colorful papers and have at it!!


Julep June box and Memorial Day Mystery Box #9

Earlier this month I got my June Julep box!  I’m actually surprised, but I still LOVE getting these boxes every month.  They really are fun to get – cute little box with a few goodies inside – what’s not to love?!

So this month I got my regular June box.  I am subscribed to get the Boho Glam box, but I switched it out for the Classic with a Twist box this month, just had more colors I liked in it.  And I also got a second box – the Memorial Day Mystery Game Box #9.  I purchased this one way back in May, but it took about 2 weeks to get here so it didn’t actually show up until June.

Julep June overall

First, in the June Box I got 2 nail polishes (Bergen and Ariana) and the Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat.  I already had the top coat from Julep which I really like, so I can’t wait to try their base coat too.  I also added on a pack of the ‘Swatch Me’ stickers to put on the polishes that didn’t already come with the stickers.

Then, in the Memorial Day box I got 2 more nail polishes (Taylor and Max) and some buffing blocks.  I chose one of the cheapest boxes they had for this promotion since I knew I already had my June box coming, I didn’t want to overload with too many polishes then not get to use them all this month.

Julep June closer

Here’s a closer look at each polish.

Bergen is a nice silver polish – it has some bluish undertones, but it really is a nice shimmery silver.

Julep June Bergen

The second one in the June box was Ariana.  I believe all of the colors for the June boxes where shimmery.  This one is no different, it is like an Amethyst color – rich purple with shimmer, very pretty.

Julep June Ariana

Moving on the Game Box polishes, first we have Taylor.  It is a gorgeous true blue color.  I just love it!  Perfect for summer! Then finally we have Max. This one intrigued me. I wasn’t really sure about it. It’s a clear polish with white and black confetti in it – interesting right? I think on top of the right polish it will be beautiful!

Julep June Taylor Max

That’s all I’ve got for you guys today!  Enjoy your polishes if you’ve already subscribed to Julep, but if you haven’t and you want to check it out…. click here!  (or go to this web address:  http://www.julep.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/517306/

Here is the video associated with this post…


Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to you all!!

Face painting (our little tiger was extremely nervous but excited to get his face painted – first time people)… food…fun times with friends… fireworks… and a very exhausted little boy :)

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(these photos are from a Freedom Festival for July 4th though it was actually a few days before the 4th)

I hope you all enjoy today with your families celebrating and watching fireworks (even if you aren’t in the US)!!

Alphabet Bottle Cap Magnets

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I think everyone has the little multi-colored alphabet magnets on their refrigerator when their kids are little – we were no different.  But those are long gone, with letters missing and getting broken over time.

Well… now that he’s 3 years old, he’s in full-fledged learning mode (especially having just finished his 2-year old preschool year).  We’ve been practicing recognizing letters and knowing what letters spell his name.  He’s all about pointing letters out and trying to figure out what they are.  Reading is just around the corner!  That is so scary… he’s still my baby!!

Moving on, haha…. I was trying to think of a way to help him with his letters that’s fun for him.  I didn’t want to go buy the plastic letters again so I started looking to see what we had around the house.

I’m one to keep things just in case – bottle caps are no different.  I have a small collection of them for no apparent reason.  So they caught my eye… and this is what I came up with.  A fun, cute way for him to practice his letters.

Here’s what you need…

  • acrylic paint – white and a variety of other colors
  • paint pen or marker
  • glossy finish sealer – I’m using an instant decoupage with a glossy finish
  • paint brushes and water
  • a plate or a palette for your paint
  • a bunch of bottle caps – if you don’t have a collection of them like I do, you can buy just plain ones at a craft store
  • small clothespins
  • magnets
  • glue (I use super glue)

Bottle Cap suppliesFirst, clean your bottle caps – you want to make sure there is nothing sticky on the inside or the outside so your paint goes on smoothly

Bottle Cap clean

Next, clip one of the small clothespins on each bottle cap – this just gives you a way to hold the bottle caps while you paint them without having to get paint all over your fingers (it’s not necessary, but I tried it without them and it’s much  messier without the clothespins)

Bottle Cap clothespins

Now, using the white acrylic paint, paint a layer of white on top of each bottle cap.  Only paint the circle surface – do not paint the sides where the bottle caps are creased.  This acts as a primer for the bottle caps, covering the bulk of pattern on each bottle cap.

Bottle Cap white

And now, do it again, making each bottle cap have 2 coats of white on top… (you may to do a third coat if the white still isn’t covering the pattern on the bottle cap)

Bottle Cap 2nd coat

It’s time to add the color… pick a color (or a bunch of colors) and paint one coat on each bottle cap to color it.  I chose both blue and green – doing half in blue and half in green.

Bottle Cap color 1st

Just like with the white, do a second coat of the paint color on each bottle cap (repeating a third time if necessary to get good coverage)… With so many coats of paint the mini clothespins really come in handy!

Bottle Caps color 2ndLet the bottle caps dry fully – the paint I used only took about 15-20 minutes between each coat.  And take either the paint marker you have or a small paint brush and more of the white paint to write your letters.  I used a Galaxy white marker (used for darker paper) to give me an outline to paint over.  You could just as easily use a pencil to sketch it out on top of the painted bottle cap before you paint your white letters.

Bottle Cap letters

Almost done!  Now add the clear glossy top coat – depending on the type you use, it could apply slightly cloudy, but don’t worry it will dry clear.

Bottle Cap top coat

The final step is glueing the magnets on the backs of the bottle caps once the top coat is dry.  Very simple, just make sure the magnets are thick enough to touch your refrigerator once glued on the backs – I had to double up the magnets I had because they weren’t quite thick enough.

Bottle Cap magnets

That’s it!  An easy project!  Have fun making some Bottle Cap Magnets of your own.

Bottle Cap done

You could try drawing small animals or shapes if you don’t want to use the alphabet, such as hearts or sunshines,etc.  Have fun!