Sunday, February 23, 2014

No Bake Chocolate Cookies

These chocolate-no-bakes are delicious and super easy! Trust me when I say... you will be addicted after one bite!!

Ingredients:

2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of milk
1/4 cup of butter
3 cups of quick oats
6 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1/2 cup of peanut butter

Prep time: 20 min.
Cook time: 3 min.

Directions:
 
Start by mixing the oats, and cocoa powder. Mix well, try to get the cocoa powder separated, so there are no clumps. Add the peanut butter to the chocolatey oats, do not stir it, just put it in, clumped.

Melt the butter in a small pot. Once it is completely melted. Stir in the sugar, and milk. Let it boil for 1 minute.
 
 After the butter/sugar/milk  has boiled, pour it in to the oat mixture. Everything should mix smoothly, even the peanut butter. 
Set out a sheet of tinfoil or wax paper. Quickly, but carefully, start to put balls of the cookie onto the paper. You can do this with spoons or a cookie scoop. I admit, I did not think of the cookie scoop until now. I used spoons (didn't work very well), and to help the spoons out with my fingers. You must hurry, the cookie mixture will harden, so you have to get them separated from each other.
 
Mmmmm... I love these cookies! 
Tell me what you think of this recipe by posting a comment below, or in my contact tab!

XO AnnaD

Monday, February 17, 2014

All About Boots

I have a lot of boots, and since there are four other girls in my house, I have seen a lot of different boots. I’m going to show you what boots go best with what clothes, and what effect they give.

Here we have Combat Boots. These laced boots give that funky look you want! Combat Boots are usually worn with pants, tights, and leggings. But they have also been known to look “FABULOUS!” with shorts. I think combat boots are not a bad investment at all, and they can be worn in several ways. Combat boots are daring, funky, and cute. I love all the laces and zippers!!! I think wearing them would not be a problem.  


Knee high boots are chic and sweet. These boots have been worn many different ways, but are known to be rocked with skinny jeans or comfortable jeggings. But to look sassy and original, lots of girls wear them with skirts, dresses, and sometimes shorts. These chic boots are something you will wear all the time. I know I do! 


Next we have an almost knee high boots but these are bumped. These boots resemble the knee high boots quite well, but are not as tall and they have a heel. Bumped tall boots can be worn with anything, and don't have to be worn with pants, tights, or leggings when worn with a dress or skirt.These bumped tall boots have a slightly tipped up toe, and buckles on the side, and the sides are slightly curved in on one side (they almost look like cowboy boots!) These are professional and pretty boots, so don't just wear them, work them!


Next we have a mid length boot that comes at your shin. I always wear my jeggings with mid length boots and a puffy shirt. You can wear mid length boots with almost anything, but I would not recommend wearing these with capri's or capri leggings, there is quite a gap in between. These boots come about 5-6 inches up from your ankle, and are securely fit around your shin. Mid length boots are sassy, chic, and totally cute! 


Fuzzy and adorable, next is mid length fuzzy boots. These are mid length boots that are fuzzy and furry on the inside. These keep your tootsie's warm and you stylish. I like these boots in the fall, because not only do you look cute, they are very hard to get dirty and broken. Mid length boots are also great for outside fun! These boots are for sure to keep you warm, cozy, cute, and fuzzy!


 Unlike a lot of other boots they do not come higher than your ankle, and they poof out a little bit. Ankle boots are sassy, sweet, and short! These ankle boots are slip on's, but some have a zipper. They securely fit on your foot, and do not slip off when you walk. Ankle boots can be worn with anything, that is why I like them so much! The boots below have a braided cuff around the top, which I think is adorable!


I hope you  liked the boots shown. I would like to know what you think, please give me your input in a comment or the contact tab!

XO AnnaD

Monday, February 10, 2014

Be My Valentine Maker

Valentines are special. Almost all people buy them at the store these days, but I like to show how special valentines are by making mine! 

Three easy valentines that I make are  "I Chews You!" Which involves bubble gum. The second is "You Make My Heart Pop!" For that one there are two ways to do it, you can use a tootsie pop, or a small bottle of bubbles. The last valentine is "You're Just Write For Me!" This one involves a pencil.


I Chews You


What you need: 

Card stock paper
Markers
Bubble Gum
Heart Stickers

Directions:

On a piece of card stock about four and a half to five inches on each side, simply write "I Chews You To Be My Valentine!" When you write the Chews part, make sure you leave enough room between I and You because your bubble gum is going on to top of the Chews word. put a piece of tape on a stick of bubble gum and put it on top of the word chews. On top of the bubble gum, write "Chews" again. Sign your name on the back and put a sticker next to it. Your finished!



You Make My Heart Pop


What you need:

Embroidery Floss
Hole Punch
Card stock paper
Markers 
Tootsie pops or small bubble bottles (I could not find a link for bubbles, I got mine at target.)
Heart Stickers

Directions:

On a piece of card stock about four and a half to five inches on each side, write "You Make My Heart Pop!" For the bubbles, in the upper left corner punch a hole and thread a piece of the embroidery floss through a bottle of bubbles. For the tootsie pop, punch two holes, one inch apart. Push your tootsie pop down through the first hole and then back up through the second hole. Sign your name on the back and put a sticker next to it. All done!


You're Just Write For Me


What you need:

Card Stock Paper
Valentines Day Pencil
Hole Punch
Markers
Heart Stickers

Directions:

On a three and a half piece of card stock paper, write "Valentine, You're Just Write For Me!"  Punch two holes about an inch apart from each other. Put your pencil through the first hole and then come up through the second hole. Sign your name on the back and put a sticker next to it. That was easy!

I hope you had fun making these valentines! Leave a comment below and tell me your ideas!

Friday, February 7, 2014

French Braid

The votes are in! And the winning braid for this week is the french braid! You can continue to vote for the next braid by clicking here. Let's get started!

Make sure your hair is falling down your back. Tip your head back. In the middle of your head at the very top, gather a fairly large amount of hair.
 Split it into three groups. Cross one group over another, making a x.

Before you cross over your next group, pull a strand into your group making it larger. Now cross it over.



Take your next group, and just like above grab another strand and pull it into your group. Continue this pattern...
When there is no more hair to grab from, continue a regular braid down your back.

This is my finished braid at two different views. Trust me, it is very hard to get it perfect, and it just takes practice. I am still trying to get the hang of it! I hope you have fun with this.

Monday, February 3, 2014

All That Good Stuff

On my last organization post (Closet 101) I showed you my closet tricks. Today, we're going to organize perfume, hair stuff, etc. You probably use this stuff a lot, so you should put it somewhere you always look.

Find all of your hair bands, head bands, and clips. Separate them into piles, put each pile into a container. Jars are great for storing hair accessories and they also help you know where they are.  You can also put brushes and combs in a large jar.  (Oh, and if you can't find them, their probably "hiding" under your bed!)  I keep hair spray next to my jars full of hair bands and such.  You can also label your containers, it gives a really funky and fun look!
Perfume and deodorant, along with all that other stuff that smells good, is important to keep track of; but if you do lose it, just give me a call so i can get my nose plug ready! To store this stuff, I found a really cute purple box that is perfect.  I labeled it and it looks awesome! Of course, this container does not fit over five bottles, but I still think it's cute.




You know how whenever you need to use your hair dryer, curling iron, or straightener, you have to get it out, plug it in, and then unplug it, and put it away? I don't have to! I simply put tacks in the side of my bookshelf (which I use to put all the stuff above on) and hung up my hair dryer and curling iron. It also works for straighteners, but I don't have one. Now, all I have to do is grab it and use it!
I hope you all enjoyed this post and had fun with your own organizing! Please share your ideas with me by going to the contact page or post a comment below!