Saturday, May 31, 2014

5 Easy and Small Accessories

I've noticed lately that since it's summer, it's harder to pick out something to wear. You have a mix of things you're going to do, and they all involve two things shorts and a T-shirt. It's really hard to wear nice clothes because, what if they get ruined playing outside? Or get soaked at a water park? I have the solution. Wear a T-shirt and shorts. But use small things to make it look nicer. Accessories can be the perfect touch to an outfit, even if it's something small.

1. A locket or a heart necklace is perfect because it sends out a summer-y look.

2. A headband keeps the hair out of your face and it can be just right for a not to laid back look.

3. Bracelets. Bracelets make every thing look good! 

4. Strap-y sandals are a great touch because even though every sandal is different, they all add something.

5.  Wearing all of these together makes an especially great look and it makes your shorts and t-shirt look awesome!

I hope this gives you some accessory ideas for the summer, let me know your favorite accessories in the comments below!!

XO AnnaD

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Duct Tape Pens

You will need two rolls of duct tape, a pen (not a click pen, I get ball point), and a pair of scissors. One of the rolls of duct tape needs to be green, the other is your choice of a color.


Start by cutting off about a four-inch piece of green duct tape. Roll the duct tape around the pen, this is your stem. Take your roll of duct tape and cut off a two-inch piece.

Turn the strip so the long end faces up. 


Take one corner and fold it in toward the middle, so there should be a strip on two sides.


Fold the thin strip over, making a triangle with one strip at the bottom.
Wrap tightly around the top of the pen. Alternate the petals so they are at the same length the whole time. Continue this pattern around the pen. 


Once you have the desired amount of petals, you can finish off by adding green petals around the base of the pen to look like leaves. After this point, you're finished! 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Summer 2014

Last summer was extremely boring. Like seriously. So this year, my older sister and I decided to start a club. But this isn't any ordinary club... it is a bucket list club. We only have a two girls, and it's big enough considering some of our ideas involve a little money. We started by stressing over a name (Pocket List Club), if you ask me this is the hardest part. Next everybody wrote down what they wanted to during the summer (one person wanted to go indoor skydiving, can you guess how that argument turned out?) 

Then we wrote them all down on small strips of paper and folded them like a "pocket". 


We divided up our ideas into 3 sections, DIY (no cost), Money spender, and Money maker. This worked out perfectly, if we wanted to do something like go mini-golfing, we would draw out of the money maker jar and do that first. Where we were going to store these ideas involved a lot of thinking, but we decide on peanut butter jars. There was only one problem, they had wrappers... blah! At first we tried to remove the wrappers, but failed, so we ended up covering them in scrapbook paper. 

Since we had all of these jars, we also decided to make a piggy bank for the club, so all the money we would make would go in there. Notice it is empty.  


We also decorated a binder and filled it with scrapbook paper and lined paper. We would put our pictures in here and a description of what we did. 


We stored everything in a box, and we decided not to decorate it because everyone had to go, but you can if you like.

I am going to post some things we did over the summer, so if you decide to do something like this, you have some ideas. Bye!

XO AnnaD

Sunday, May 18, 2014

All-Natural Products You Own

Lately I've been wanting to try out some all natural and earth-friendly things to put on my face. So I did a little researching, and I found a few awesome recipes. I really love these because you know what is on your face and what is taking off my makeup, etc. 


  • My first favorite is coconut oil. My mom was already using it for a moisturizer, and since my dad was using it to cook his eggs I did not want that on my face! But, while I was researching, I found that one of the most popular ingredients used was coconut oil. So I started using this as my moisturizer, and my makeup remover. 
  •   Another makeup remover is olive oil, I thought this was great if I was out of coconut oil, I could turn to this as an alternative. All you do is rub it on and the makeup will smear, take a dry cloth and swipe the smears and off comes the makeup! One recipe said to mix witch hazel with the olive oil, but the blogger said this stung the eyes. 
  • Aloe Vera gel was also a common makeup remover, this will defiantly be my makeup remover when I have a sunburn. 
  • A slice of cucumber can remove eye makeup. Who knew?
  • This sugar scrub for lips is earth-friendly and amazingly... yummy, but seriously. And my body scrub, is also all-natural.
Have fun with these, and if you have any all-natural things, please share in a comment below!

AnnaD

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Loaded Granola

This granola recipe is the best. It has something everyone loves mixed into one... it's loaded! Don't be afraid to make it despite all the ingredients, it is so easy. Here's the amazing recipe!

Prep: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour

What you need:
5 cups of oats
2 1/2 cup of sliced almonds
1 cup of pecans
1 cup of walnuts 
1 cup of coconut
1 cup of dried cranberries (optional)
2 teaspoons of cinnamon 
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of ginger
1/2 cup of brown sugar 
2/3 cup of honey
1 cup of applesauce 
2 tablespoons of oil

Directions:

 Mix all the nuts with the oats. But before mixing the walnuts and pecans, lightly chop them.
Add the coconut and cranberries.
 Add brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Half way done!
Warm honey, applesauce, and oil in small pot. I would suggest putting oil in the pot first so it doesn't gather at the top.
 Pour warm mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir well. Equally spread this out into 2 9x13 inch pans. Bake in the oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. This stirring part is very important because we don't want the granola to stick together in clumps. This is my favorite, and I hope it becomes yours!

If you try out this recipe, be sure to send me a picture or comment below. I hope you enjoy!!!

Try:
Other dried fruit 
Serving in yogurt

XO AnnaD

Saturday, May 3, 2014

French Toast Casserole

On my spring break vacation last week, my aunt made this delicious french toast casserole. Looking at the ingredients, I was scared it was going to take forever! But really it was put together in a snap. It was so good I automatically knew it would make a great blog post. So here it is!!

Prep Time:
15 Minutes
Cook Time:
 45 minutes

What you need:
1 loaf Crusty Sourdough Or French Bread
8 whole Eggs
2 cups Whole Milk
1/2 cup Whipping (heavy) Cream
3/4 cups Sugar
2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
 FOR THE TOPPING:
1/2 cup All-purpose Flour
1/2 cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 stick Cold Butter, cut into pieces

Directions:
 
Preheat the oven at 350 F. Grease a pan about 9 x 13 inch. Rip the bread into small chunks, put these evenly in pan. Set aside.
 Beat the eggs, the whipping cream, and the milk. Add the sugar and vanilla. 

 Pour this over the bread.
 For the topping, mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Add the butter and with a fork mash it until it resembles tiny pebbles. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes.
 Coming out of the oven...
 Getting ready to be eaten...
Drizzle syrup and love it!!!
This is my seconds!!!! ;)
Hope you enjoy... you will.

XO AnnaD