Banana Bread Recipe!

Here is an easy & delicious banana bread recipe! Enjoy!


1. Cream together 8 tablespoons of butter & 1 cup sugar.

2. Stir in 2 beaten eggs & 3 mashed bananas

3. Slowly mix in 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour.

4. Pour in greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes

5. Optional, but totally delicious: Mix together powdered sugar & milk until you get the consistency of a very runny glaze. Add on top of your banana bread. This will melt down the sides and add a thin layer of sweet glaze to top your banana bread!
Enjoy! 

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New Year, New You: Smoothie Recipe & Yoga Video!

Happy New Year, everyone! It’s amazing how with the drop of the ball you can feel like your whole slate is wiped clean! Fresh starts are a great time to reevaluate what things can be changed in your life for the positive.

I started the first day of 2017 with a quick smoothie recipe, yoga video, and some at-home-spa treatments! So refreshing!


Smoothie Recipe:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • Yogurt
  • Handful of spinach leaves
  • Dab of honey

Add your ingredients to a blender (I use my Ninja) until smooth. This smothie has a tropical taste thanks to the grapefruit. Just add a tropical umbrella and pretend you’re at the beach!


Here is the yoga video I did this morning as well:

Weight Loss Yoga for Beginners

It’s not too intense, but does give a little bit of strength exercises to make you feel great!

Comment below with your New Year resolutions!

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DIY Minnie Mouse Ears!

Being the big Disney fans that we are, Kyle and I are spending our honeymoon in Florida. We will spend a few days in Walt Disney World, and one of those nights will be spent enjoying Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This will be our first time attending the Halloween party, & we are so excited! Because of this, I decided to try my hand at making Minnie Mouse ears. Here is my DIY version. Enjoy!

Supplies

I used my Minnie Mouse ears I bought from the parks as a template for the size of the ears. I made a circle on the foam board, then cut the circles out with a box cutter.

I then did the same thing with the fabric I chose, again using the box cutter to cut out the shapes.

Next, I used a hot glue gun to glue the fabric to the foam board. I found that just gluing the edges instead of putting glue all over the circles makes for a smoother finish.

Using my park bought ears as a guide, I placed the ears in the correct spot on the headband. Use the hot glue to secure the ears to the band (I had really thin headbands. I suggest the thicker ones if you can find them).

 

Add a bow or any other details you wish, & ta-da!

I think they are really adorable, & I can’t wait to wear them in the parks!

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How to Save on Wedding Flowers! 


So this wedding process has been crazy! With less than two months to go, I couldn’t be more excited! Planning has taken up most of my free time (hence the lack of posts), but I think it will be worth it when our day finally gets here. 

One area of the planning process is flowers. As beautiful as they are, they are also extremely expensive! One of our quotes neared $2,500!! Outrageous! I only have three bridesmaids and groomsman. How can it be that expensive!?? 

Luckily, I’ve found an alternative that is both beautiful and cost effective. Where I live we have a lot of Amish and Minnonite families. One Minnonite family is known for providing beautiful flowers for weddings throughout the year. The woman who does the flowers has been beyond wonderful! She knows what flower works with others, is so flexible, & most importantly affordable! 

Her total for our wedding flowers is $520! Granted, we would have to attach any ribbon to bouquets (she has to do two other weddings our wedding weekend, we will finish off the bouquets and such). Still, I was just shocked at the wonderful help and price!

My advice for wedding flowers is to try to find local or whole sale locations. You will save hundreds. Also, don’t be afraid to put the arrangements together yourself. There are numerous YouTube videos that can provide guidelines. Put that money towards something else for the wedding! 😉

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How To Wrap Your Christmas Presents!

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Most of us have gotten the majority of our Christmas gifts, but for many of us, that’s the easy part. Wrapping those gifts can be a challenge. I have a few tips that I’ve learned after many Christmases of wrapping faux pas. Learn from my mistakes! 😉

Measure Your Paper: Do your best to measure out your wrapping paper for each gift. This will allow for cleaner cut edges that always end up being seen on one part of your present. There is nothing less appealing than seeing jagged cuts from your extra paper that needed to be removed.

Have Your Tape Ready: Whether you have a tape dispenser that is fancy, or you’re lining your tape along a table (so me!), be sure to have it handy. It’s so annoying when your folding the sides of your present & realize you ran out of tape!

Use Various Paper Designs: I like to have separate paper designs for each person. So I would have a design for my best friend, my boyfriend, my mom…This allows both visual appeal under your tree, & will help keep your presents organized.

Bags Are Your Best Friend: When wrapping your gift is just not an option, buy a bag. This is an easy, though still festive, way to surprise your friend or family member. Be sure to have pretty tissue paper that goes well with the bag design.

Bows, Bows, Bows: Bows can help with mistakes, or just add a little more pizzazz!

Hopefully these tips will help make wrapping your presents a lot easier! Comment below with your tips & tricks!

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DIY: Framed Magazine Picture!

Yesterday, I went yard sale shopping, one of my favorite pass times. When I’m able to get myself out of bed at 6AM, I love looking for unique items & pretty things! I found this gorgeous gold picture frame. I was looking for something to frame my magazine pages from Life Magazine featuring the lovely Marilyn Monroe.

The magazine page was a little short, so I decided to cut pretty, pink tissue paper as my background. I think it looks great, & really pops against the gold!

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How to Get the Most Out of Pinterest!

If you know anything about me, you know I’m obsessed with Pinterest! In my spare time, you can usually find me pinning to my heart’s content! After a while on Pinterest I’ve discovered a few things that can help keep your pins organized and fun!

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1. Keep Your Boards Specific.

There is nothing worse than having vague boards and not being able to find what you’ve pinned. Make sure you have enough boards to suit your interests. I have a “Fashion.” board, but I also have a “Let’s Play Dress Up.” board for outfits that I would like to wear.

2. Have Fun With the Titles.

I love when I come across a person’s Pinterest and they have adorable titles. A few of my titles include “Make Art, Not War,” “Call Me, Maybe?,” “Kiss & Makeup,” and “Oh, the Places We Will Go.” They fit the board subject and they make a cute play on words!

3. Add a Description to Pins.

I am terrible at doing this. Usually, I leave pin descriptions blank. Doing that will making finding your pins in the future more difficult. So instead, add a few key words that will help make future searching of your pins easier.

4. Use Secret Boards.

I have a few secret boards that I use just for my blog. I pin post ideas, and my own personal pictures from my phone. This allows me to get photos to my computer without the whole (Pinterest) world seeing.

5. Have a Board for Your Blog (Or Other Venture).

Having a Pinterest board dedicated to your blog can help you gain followers, both on Pinterest and WordPress. I haven’t updated mine recently (that will be on this weekend’s to-do list), but doing so can help gain an audience for whatever you are trying to promote.

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I hope you found these tips helpful! Now get pinning! 🙂

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