Archive for December, 2013

Twinkle Toes

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Christmas is the one time of year I like my nails manicured. Usually I am way too rough to expect my nails to be perfect for more than a day, but something about having them pretty for Christmas day makes the day even a little more special and helps me feel a little put together when I’m lounging around my pajamas and no make up.

boxwoodclippings_sally hansen golden rule nail polishI recently found this Sally Hansen color ‘Golden Rule’ at Target. It reminds me of my glitter champagne baubles on the tree and thought I should give it a try. It is so sparkly, dries fast and is very long-wearing, making this perfect for my Christmas 2013 twinkle toes :)

I’ve never had glitter nails done professionally, but I think two coats of ‘Golden Rule’ looks pretty great and is so much cheaper than the professional version too!

What will your nails be wearing this Christmas?

 

State Pride Gift Ideas

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

I just finished watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix, have you guys seen it? I really enjoyed it. Y’all, I just love their accents! Even though I already knew Texas has some major state pride, it surprised me how much, and got me thinking…we could all do with more of that!

State gifts can be great for anyone tricky on your list, as they are personal without being personalized!

 

Here’s a few products that feature Utah that I’m dying over:

This necklace is adorable, available in every state in gold or silver.

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This Natural Dugway Geode is from Utah wayyyyyyy back in the day, and can be found now at Nordstrom of all places for only $12!

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These state prints are also at Nordies, and come in every state:

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Every state has their flava, and I LOVE Utah’s Salt Water Taffy, found HERE, starting at $2.50 a box

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Do you love these products as much as I do? Go Utah, I love ya baby!

(Oh, my State Pride just kicked in!)

Sarah’s Christmas Decorations 2013: Kitchen + Dinning

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

 In the name of simplicity, here are my decorations in our kitchen and dinning area.

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Kraft paper for a runner, helps bring in my brown and natural look; while glittered leaves and pine cones bring the sparkle for the magical feel.

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 Two basic garlands help dress up my molding. The first, a thin string of sparkly beads. The second, an easy bunting made from parchment paper just taped to string.

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 On the other side of the kitchen are the snowflakes hanging from island.

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It’s so sparkly and festive, even though it’s a lot simpler than what I usually do. I kinda love!

Guest Post over at Lil Luna Today!

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Today I’m sharing this cute DIY over at Lil Luna

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Be sure to come check it out, it’s a perfect favor to hand out at your New Years Party!!!

Perfect Peppermint Creams

Friday, December 13th, 2013

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This post brought to you in part by Gygi.

We were ecstatic when we made our first batch of peppermint creams. They were incredibly easy and tasted so good!

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We simply can’t wait for you to give them a try! We promise you’ll feel so accomplished making these, you’ll feel you can conquer the world when you’re through!

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 c powdered sugar

2 1/2 TBSP butter

1/4 tsp peppermint oil (not extract)

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

12 oz chocolate apeels

2 tablespoons (30 ml) evaporated milk

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Directions

Mix powdered sugar, room temperature butter, peppermint oil and vanilla extract until a creamy paste is formed. Cover and refrigerate dough for about an hour. Prep a cookie sheet with foil and dust with powdered sugar. Make little balls of the peppermint dough and place 3″ apart on cookie sheet. Next use your hand or spoon to flatten each ball to make a disk shape. Refrigerate disks for about an hour.

After an hour prep a cookie sheet with foil (no sugar this time) and melt chocolate apeels. We did this in a microwave proof bowl stopping and stirring chocolate every 20 seconds. Take your disks from the fridge and dip them completely in chocolate. Use a fork to fish the disk out of the chocolate, let the excess chocolate drip back into the chocolate bowl and place your chocolate covered peppermint cream on the cookie sheet to set.

This recipe makes about 25 delicious peppermint creams. Click here for original recipe and video.

We used these candy boxes with a window and a bright red ribbon for a festive treat for friends and family. We are so ready to open a chocolate shop we loved making these so much!

boxwood clippings_easy peppermint cream recipe

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