Thursday, January 30, 2014

Easy as Fruit Yogurt!

This fruit yogurt is a great dessert, snack, and breakfast. I have made this several times and it is always a crowd pleasing recipe. I hope you like it!


Ingredients:
1 carton of vanilla yogurt
2 red apples
1 green apples
2-3 bananas
6 graham crackers
3 tablespoons of butter

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 10-15 minutes

Directions:
Start by chopping up your all of your apples into bite size pieces. Mix the apples together and put them into a big bowl. Slice your bananas, so they are like tiny disks. Mix these in with the apples. Put the graham crackers in a zip lock bag. Crush them (I used a rolling pin), so that they are almost crumbs. Put them into an oven safe bowl. Drizzle the butter over the crackers and stir, use a fork to press the cracker down. Put the bowl into the oven and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
Pour the vanilla yogurt into the bowl with bananas and apples. Sprinkle the graham cracker on top of the yogurt. Eat and enjoy!





Monday, January 27, 2014

The Mother Daughter Book Club

The book I will be sharing today is The Mother Daughter Book Club

In The Mother Daughter Book Club four girls, Emma Hawthorne, Jess Delany, Megan Wong, and Cassidy Sloane think it is torture when their moms decide to start a book club with them involved. Their moms pick the classic Little Women for all of them to read. At first, the girls are horrified because it's to "must-dusty-old," but then they start relating their lives to the lives of the four sisters in Little Women.  So when the mean girl at school Becca Chadwick steals Emma's diary and reads it out loud, the girls can't help but wonder, what would the the March sisters do?


The Mother Daughter Book Club is mostly for girls ages 9-13. It was written by Heather Vogal Fredrick. It was published year 2007 and has 256 pages. 
Hope you like it!!

This book is a series:












Friday, January 24, 2014

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Fishtail Braid

Braids are an easy alternative from pony tails. I admit that they can be very challenging if you don’t know how to do them, but once you do, you will fall in love with them. Today I will only be showing you one, but will continue this braiding series later on.

The fishtail braid is different from a lot of the regular braids such as an original braid, a french braid, or an upside down braid. All of these braids involve dividing into three columns of hair, whereas the fishtail only involves two.

Pull all of your hair to one side (this also counts for middle) of your head, divide hair into two parts. 
Take one strand of hair, it must be the farthest away from the other column of hair.
 Cross it over so that it is now combined with the other hair in the other column. 
 Do the same with the other column and continue on. (Sorry about the picture, it's too bright!!!)
Continue the pattern until it looks like the picture above.
Almost done!
When you like the length of your braid, simply put in a rubber band. I added this bow because of my love of chevron, but you don't have to!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

6 Ways to Tie a Scarf

 Loop-n-Through 
Fold the scarf in half, making a loop at one end. Drape over shoulder, with looped end on one side. Pull non-looped end through looped end. Tighten and fluff.

Knotted
Fold Scarf in half, making a loop at one end. Drape over shoulder, with looped end on one side. Pull non-looped end through looped end. Pull the non-looped end up through neckline loop. Tuck it down over the top down through the loop.
Hanging Back Loop

Drape scarf over shoulders. Cross ends in half. Pull the end closes to your chest up through neckline loop. Fluff. Turn around, so it hangs down your back.
Double Wrapped
Drape scarf around shoulders. Cross both ends and pull to behind your head. Cross again and pull forward, so both ends lay on your chest.
Woven
There are to ways to do this one. First way: Fold scarf in half. Drape over shoulders. Take one end and pull through loop made with fold, push end farther up towards neck. Twist loop making a cut off between first-pulled- through end. pull next end trough. Tighten and fluff. Second way: Fold scarf in half. Drape over shoulders. Take one end and pull it through going under loop made with fold. Take the other end and pull it through but going over this time. Tighten.
Knot, Twist, and Drape
Fold scarf in half. Tie both ends in small knots. Open scarf into ring-shaped circle. Put scarf over head with knotted part in the back. Twist scarf behind neck. Flip knotted end over neck. Pull scarf away from neck. Pull one knotted end up between neck and scarf. Fold over top and fluff.
Hope you have fun with these and please share your personal scarf tying ideas.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Closet 101

Want more time? Get organized! 

It's an easy way to have time, space, and fun. When you're organized, you don't have to constantly clean your room, you know where everything is, and you don't need to always stress. The best part is, you can have fun while organizing. 

Like my mom, I am crazy about everything being in it's place, so I have turned the organizing and cleaning into a makeover. When I look at a closet where the clothes are on the floor, and I can't see shoes, or the laundry basket is overflowing, all that is running through my mind is: “A new project!!!” 

Since closets are my favorite organizing subject, I'm going to share all my secrets with you.
Open your closet, look around. Do you know where your belts are? Your shoes? Can you see them? If so, good for you. If not, that is exactly what this post is about.

First trick: Don't put the stuff that goes together into different places. I keep everything I wear close to each other, belts, shoes, scarfs, all my accessories with all my clothes. So when I need something to go with my outfit, it's right there.

Second trick: Color. I know a lot of people who organize their clothes by color. It looks great! If you know what color you want to match with that outfit, you just go to that section or pile and pick the style. Unfortunately that did not work to well for me. So while I was reorganizing, I found another strategy, style. I match tanks with tanks, t-shirts with t-shirts, long sleeves with long sleeves, etc.

Third trick: I have a lot of shoes. Not as many as I want, but a lot. One way to get your shoes out of the way is to get them into one place where you can just kick them into. So you don't have to get on the ground and hunt down the matches. I put all my shoes into a narrow (big) box that slides under my shelve that my clothes are on.

Forth trick: Boxes, bins, and baskets. They can be very convenient for the stuff that doesn't fold or hang up. I have a ton of boxes, just so that I don't have to look at it falling off the shelves all the time. I put my P.J.'s in boxes, bathing suits, scarves, etc. They work very nicely for clothes too, I did not particularity like the way it looked in my closet. My little sisters do this, and it is very easy for them to put away clothes (and even better for my mom because she doesn't have to see them hanging off the shelves!)

To keep it this way, try to pay more attention to your closet. Fold your clothes instead of dumping them on the shelves. Line up your shoes. Get your accessories into some bins!

So you can go from this...

To this...
 What are some tricks you have to keep organized?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Banana Nut Muffins

Try this tasty treat! Banana walnut muffins. These delicious muffins are great for breakfast, a snack, and to serve to your friends.

Ingredients:














1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of butter (1 stick)
2 eggs
3-4 mashed bananas
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
2 cups of flour
3 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of chopped walnuts

Prep time: 15 minuets
Bake time: 25-27 minuets

Directions:


First cream butter and sugar. Then add the eggs, mashed bananas, and lemon juice.
 
Next add the flour (1 cup at a time), baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
 In the end, batter should look like the picture above.
Scoop 1/3 of a cup of the batter into greased muffin tins.
Sprinkle walnuts on batter. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 25-27 minuets.
And Enjoy!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Trading Faces

I've read a lot of books, but one of my favorite series are Trading Faces. In Trading Faces, identical twin sisters Emma (the smart one) and Payton (the popular one) start seventh grade at a brand-new school and discover they’ve been assigned entirely different schedules—so when they get sick of being them, they secretly switch places and find themselves in a twist when someone starts to put two and two together, literally! These girls are waiting for you to pick up the book.

These are really good books! I mean, I couldn't put them down. There are several books in this series. My favorite would be the second book, Take Two. The girls inspire two little twin boys in their twin switch... what could go wrong? Try these books out, maybe you'll like them!

Trading Faces is a book mostly for girls ages 9-13. This book is written by twin sisters Julia DeVillers and Jennifer Roy. It was published year 2008, and it has 304 pages. Hope you like it!

Trading Faces series:
                                      Trading Faces
                                        Take Two
                                 Times Squared
                                  Double Feature
                                      Triple Trouble

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Natural Glow



Everyone has had their makeup moment. For some of us, it's dancing in the bathroom when your eye shadow finally came out right. And for others, it's letting your friend smear eyeliner all over your face. Ugh! If none of these has happened to you, crack open your makeup and let’s get started!

The makeup we will be doing is natural (let's start small). 

The makeup I used was, Great Lash Mascara; E.L.F. Eye primer; E.L.F All Over Blush stick; A peach shade of eye shadow and a brown shade; and Mineral Wear Powder.


For brushes I used a small shadow brush #1; Sponge tip brush; Powder Brush; Blush Brush; Tipped Blush Brush. The Blush Brush I didn't end up using it.


Use the tipped blush brush to blend the powder into your cheek.
Lightly smear the blush stick. You can use any blush.


Smear some of the eye primer on the lid of your eye.
Once the eye liner has dried, lightly apply the brown eye shadow with the sponge tip brush.
Use the small shadow brush to apply the peach eye shadow under the brow line.
Apply the mascara to bring out the eyeshadow.
This is what my model's natural glow looked like, how did yours come out?