Monday, March 26, 2012

Glitterized Mason Jar

One night on Pinterest, I stumbled upon a variety of sparkly DIY projects.  With my current obsession with mason jars, I thought it would be a good idea to blend the two and make a glitterized mason jar for my bathroom.  Every girl needs a sparkly item in their bathroom!

What you will need:
Mod Podge Gloss
Glitter- I used Yellow Gold Martha Stewart Glitter
Mason Jar or other glass cup
Plastic Fork
Plastic Cup
Paper Towels

First, mix 2 parts glitter with 1 part mod podge in plastic cup.  Mix well with fork to incorporate the glitter with the mod podge.

Next, pour the glittery mixture into the mason jar.  Tilt the jar around slowly until the entire inside is coated evenly.  Hold upside-down for a few minutes to let everything drip out.

Place the jar upside-down on a paper plate and let dry.  Lift the jar off a few times so it doesn’t stick to the plate.  Let dry for 24-48 hours.

Admire your glittery jar!  Now use it as a makeup brush holder, toothbrush holder, or pen holder.

I also made a glittery perfume tray by painting the glitter mixture onto a clear plastic plate.  Perfect for a nightstand or bathroom accent.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Chocolatey Overnight Oats

I am all about saving time in the morning before work.  
Overnight oats are prepped the night before, so all I have to do is grab it out of the fridge and I am out the door! Overnight, the oats soak up whatever liquid you combine them with, making it nice and thick in the morning.

There are a variety of ways of making overnight oats.  This time around, I infused my oats with chocolate milk to mix things up.  They turned out to be a delicious way to start out my Tuesday morning.

What you need: 
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup nonfat chocolate milk
Frozen raspberries & flax seeds to sprinkle on top

First, combine oats, milk, & chocolate milk into a bowl.  
Stir together & then sprinkle on your toppings.  
Then, seal the bowl and place in fridge overnight.
In the morning, the oats will have soaked up the chocolate milk and the consistency will be thick and yummy!  Just stir up and eat.
Stirred up and ready to eat!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Green with Envy

St. Patty's Day is only a few days away! 
 Have you thought of how to incorporate green into your Saturday outfit yet?  
Here is some inspiration:  Green with Envy
{headband, blazer, flower, top, shorts, earrings, jeans, shoes, polish}

 In college, this was one of my favorite holidays.  The bars open up at 6:00am in San Luis Obispo, so we would slap on anything and everything green we owned at 5:30am and drank Guinness and Jameson for breakfast. It is quite the experience!
Last year at 6:00 am

This year, I am opting for a much more mellow experience with a small group of friends.  I still might have to make jello shots to still make me feel young :)

Maui Dreamin'

My boyfriend and I are jetting off to Maui in a few short weeks. 
I keep finding myself daydreaming of endless mai tai's, fedoras, and beachy attire. 
Here are a few items currently on my Hawaiian getaway wish list.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Crushed Up Thin Mint Cookies

On Friday evening I found myself staring at my box of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies; to eat or not to eat?   I decided I should bake with them and experiment.  A few ideas came to mind....  I then came up with: crushed up Thin Mint cookies.  

I used the Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe, seen here.  I omitted the chocolate chips for one roll of Thin Mints.  I crushed up the Thin Mints with a champagne bottle, so fancy- I know!  Use light pressure when crushing them up, you don't want them to be to finely crushed.  

Crushed up and ready for the batter! 

Once batter is ready, add thin mints and incorporate into dough
All ready!  Got Milk? 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Day Trip: Savannah Chanelle Winery

On Saturday we surprised my cousin, Rachel, with a day of wine tasting for her birthday.    
Surprise Rachy!
We picked a designated driver and zig-zaged our way up Highway 9 in Saratoga.  We spent the afternoon at Savannah Chanelle, a boutique winery nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains.
The tasting fee was $10.00 and we were able to taste 6 different wines.  The 2008 Pinot Noir was our favorite.  Be sure to go on a day the sun is shining and don't spend too much time inside the tasting room.  Buy a bottle and take it outside with your group.  Bring a few blankets, picnic lunch, and waters.  Up the hill from the tasting room are picnic tables, a grassy knoll, and over sized adirondack chairs to lounge on.  Enjoy the vino! 

Want to visit a few more wineries in the area?  Mountain Winery is one of my favorites and has great views of the valley.  Cooper Garrod is also another fun stop and tasting is only $5.00!
The ladies soaking up the sun!