October 8, 2014

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Often times I sit back and ask myself "Self, how can you claim Fall to be your favorite season when you hate everything that represents it?" Well self is a little presumptuous, I just hate all things pumpkin flavored and candy corn but sign me up for boots, blazers, and crisp mornings. When I think of candy corn, I envision chalk and sugar dipped in food coloring and somehow I've managed to produce a son who adores this seasonal failure. Last night we ventured into the kitchen for some baking fun and created these easy, fun, and festive cupcakes. Found out how you can recreate these tasty treats after the jump.

July 12, 2014

Swatch Saturday: Butter London Squatter

Happy Saturday ladies! Quick post as we're off to a fishing birthday party then headed for the beach and aquarium. Here's a quick swatch of Butter London's Squatter. Int he bottle it shows as a bright green, almost neon. On the nail it's tricky. Indoors, it gives off that bright lime green effect but outside I got more of a pea green effect. Usually it's the other way around but either way, it's a lovely polish. This is 2 easy coats and 1 top coat of Underground Cosmetics Quickie.


I hope everyone has fun filled Saturday planned!
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July 11, 2014

How To Right A Wrong In The World Of Nail Art

So we've all seen that super easy YouTube tutorial and thought easy breezy. We get all the products and materials together and sit down to recreate, only to end up with a result that lies somewhere between I had too much wine and my child did it. Well don't grab for that polish remover just yet. It can be salvaged by A) calling it abstract art. After all, who can argue abstract art? B) blaming it on your child and claiming them to be the next big abstract artist extraordinaire. After all, you cant argue abstract art and kill a child's dream. That would make one a horrible person. C) Add glitter (my personal favorite) or D) Stamp over it. Lets visit choice "D" today.

June 23, 2014

Wine Please: RayLen Vineyards

Well now that we have that out of the way, and we have entered a judge free zone, because I'm clearly looking out for my health. let's discuss the beauty that is RayLen Vineyards.

RayLen Vineyard is located in Mocksville, NC and part of the Yadkin Valley Wine Trial. What most don't know is that prior to Prohibtion, North Carolina was the largest wine producing state in the country. I stumbled upon this particular vineyard through Yelp reviews, (yup, my go to city guide Bible), and they did not disappoint. 

RayLen offers wine tastings: Reds- $6, Whites- $6, or both along with a few reserves for $10. There's no secret as to which I chose. Give me all the grapes! James was very knowledgeable in helping us decipher the different taste, grapes, and blends during the tasting. An added bonus is that you get to keep your tasting glass as a souvenir. (sorry about the smudge marks, those are smudges of love).

They also sell a few other gifts. I wish I could share the glass I bought but since it's an upcoming birthday gift womp womp!

Our favorite was the Yadkin Gold and of course the signature Category 5. So we grabbed a few bottle for home. Next time we go we'll definitely pick up a bottle and hang out in one of the rocking chairs overlooking the vineyard. I also hear they have some pretty kick azz events on the grounds so I'll have to check one of those out soon. Like Friday soon, for the Sunset Music Festival. :-)

For more information of RayLen Vineyards visit them HERE and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.


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June 22, 2014

{Product Review} Be Kool Soft Gel Sheets

I hope everyone enjoyed their first day of summer. We had to fore go our beach trip as the little one developed a fever and ended up sleeping the entire day. He actually reminded me we had these Be Kool Soft Gel Sheets in the cabinet from a episode this past winter. 

Be Kool Soft Gel Sheets basically provide a cooling effect after placed on the child's forehead. Features listed on the package include 
  1. provide immediate cooling relief in a convenient disposable product,
  2. they need no refrigeration
  3. portable
  4. sized to fit a child's forehead
  5. cooling effect of each sheet lasts up to 8 hrs
  6. non medicated so they are safe to use with medication

What Did I Think??

  • They do adhere very easily to my child's head. Even with my child being a pretty wild sleeper it stayed put. At one point the sheet did begin to shift but it did "re stick" to his forehead. 
  • I appreciate its adhesive component minus the stickiness
  • While I can't say it actually reduced his fever he did describe it as "cool" and allowed him to go to sleep and rest, which we know is the best medicine. 
  • 2 comes in a pack with a resealable pack that is suppose to preserve the 2nd sheets. It doesn't work. We ended up throwing one away and I HATE wasting money. Pt the other in a Ziploc bag and it'll be fine.
  • I felt these are a little pricey. A box of 4 will run you about $4.50 at your local drugstore. 

The Verdict??

I would/will buy these again if for no other reason than the fact that my prince believes in the magic of them. I do think they bought some time for the medicine to become effective and like I said, allowed him to rest. I'm actually considering them, along with hydration, for the summer during outdoor activities to prevent overheating.

Again, you can find the Be Kool sheets at your local drugstore (CVS, Walgreens, etc)

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2014 FIFA World Cup Nail Art

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've at least heard a tidbit about the action packed 2014 FIFA World Cup match ups. My household has been glued to the world stage of futbol. When the US went up a goal within the first minute of its opening match, against Ghana, we were about ready to flip couches! In honor of todays game I decided to go festive with the nails.
What I Used:
  • Zoya Purity
  • Zoya America
  • Sinful Colors Sinful Shine Most Sinful
  • Winstonia plate W107
  • Winstonia plate W103
  • Underground Cosmetics Quickie fast drying topcoat

You can watch the US take on Portugal this evening at 6pm on ESPN. Who's your pick to win  it all?

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June 5, 2014

Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down for Profoot Triad Orthotic

It's the day after National Running Day. I hope you all were able to clock some distance on the treadmill or pavement. I had a few friends give running a go yesterday and determined it wasn't their activity of choice, and that's ok. Do what you enjoy and it will become a lifestyle vs. a chore! IF running is your avenue then today's post is for you. I received a pair of Profoot Triad Orthotics in my recent Influenster Go Vox Box. I've been using them for about 2 weeks now to give you all a true working review. Find out if I give them a thumbs up or thumbs down after the break.