My Go-To Hair (2 Ways) When I Only have 10 Minutes to Get Ready


Hair Tutorial // 10 Minutes to the Perfect (Effortless) Wavy Hair

As I mentioned earlier in the week, this year I’m really working on regaining balance in my life and taking better care of myself. To assist with that, I’ve developed a routine that kind of helps me keep my morning sanity, so I don’t have to worry much about what to wear, how to do my hair, etc, etc. And I’m pleased to report, so far, so good!

The concept is a little like a capsule wardrobe, only its mainly for my hair, as crazy as that may sound. Curious to know exactly what I’ve been doing to save time in the mornings? Good news! I’ve partnered with Aveeno to share the two hair tutorials that have cut my getting ready time nearly in half, so I can focus on more important things, like the perfect shade of lilac for food photos. Kidding! Sort of.

How to perfect your bun in 5 minutes or less (hair tutorial)

The daily gist goes something like this… Every week day, I give myself a couple of options. The idea is I keep the choices limited… So, I have two go-to hair dos on rotation, that each take less than 10 minutes to recreate. I switch between the two, depending on my mood / what I have to do at work that day. Then, I throw on my ‘work uniform’ (which I’ll explain in another post), put on a little makeup, and head out the door. My mornings are SO much easier since implementing these simplified beauty habits.

Get my (product free) 5 minute bun tutorial and 10 minute wavy hair DIY…

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Top Shelf: V-Day Mini DIY Shelves for Under $5


V-Day Mini DIY Shelves for Under $5

The time has come! For the last V-Day project of the season. My eyes were bigger than my stomach this year….or whatever the equivalent would be for a DIY project version of that. There were a WHOLE lot of V-Day projects. — But I just couldn’t stop myself.

And this is officially the last one…

Mini DIY wall shelves for the win! I found some really inexpensive wood Valentine’s Day signs ($2 each) at Target a couple weeks ago and turned them into mini shelves with some scrap wood and sawtooth hangers. Super easy!

V-Day Mini DIY Shelves

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DIY Telegram Idea: Giant Googly Eye Heart for Valentine’s Day


Giant Googly Eye DIY Heart Telegram

It’s not quite Friday yet (boooo), so I wanted to send a little pick-me-up your way in the form of a giant googly eye V-Day heart telegram. You can even sing or dance if your (googly eye) heart desires.

The concept is very similar to the googly eye Christmas tree I made in December (complete with Mariah Carey music video here). And basically consists of sticking googly eyes to random items to make people smile. BUT this time, we made the random thing that it was stuck on. And then turned it into a telegram. Big difference. Haha.

Giant Googly Eye DIY Heart Telegram for Valentine's Day

Anyway, it was really fun to make. So, I thought I’d share the process in case you want to make your own and surprise someone you love with an in-person gift / entertaining act. :) Here’s what you’ll need…

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3 (Insanely Easy) Breakfast in Bed Ideas for a Low-Key Valentine’s Day


Breakfast in bed

Although I love, love, love putting together DIY projects and recipes for Valentine’s Day, generally as a couple, Jeff and I keep it pretty casual on V-Day. Usually, we order takeout or go out to dinner at one of our normal spots (nothing fancy). And I imagine we’re not the only ones that tend to keep things casual on these holidays.

So, to celebrate that low-key vibe, I partnered with Brooklinen, who I’m now convinced makes the best bedding on the planet (no joke), to share 3 super easy breakfast in bed ideas for V-Day (or any other day, really).

If you’re not familiar with Brooklinen already, they’re an awesome bedding company focused on high quality products that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Yay! All their sheets are made with long-staple Egyptian Cotton. Read more about that here. And you can mix and match colors and patterns to create a unique set you’ll love. We have the luxe hardcore sheet bundle in windowpane, which comes with a duvet cover, sheets set, and pillowcases.

Valentine's Day Breakfast in Bed Idea

Yogurt and granola breakfast in bed

Breakfast in bed for V-Day

So now that you know the deets, cozy up! It’s breakfast (in bed) time…

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Track and Play: Playing with Food + Getting Back on Track in 2016


Stacked blueberries

This year, I’ve been working on taking better care of myself. Which maybe sounds like a generic thing to say, but I genuinely mean it. Toward the end of last year, I kind of felt like I stepped into a crazy whirlwind, with getting the studio space, hiring new people, my dog getting sick, and the holidays. There was definitely a lot more cake and pizza consumed than there was anything that resembled a healthy meal. And exercise pretty much flew out the window too, amongst other things.

BUT this year , I’ve been quietly working on getting back on track, with how things were before. And I have been doing small things to help push me toward that goal of being a healthier me in 2016 (body / mind / spirit). Which is why I’ve partnered with OLLY to share some of the things I’ve been doing to get me on my way…

Golden bunch of beets

OLLY Women's Super Foods Multi


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Sugar Rush: Quick and Easy Buñuelos Stacks


Recipe for quick and easy buñuelos

Recently, Anissa made some buñuelos with her mom and brought them in for everyone to try. They were an instant hit around here! SO delicious. They’re basically crispy cinnamon sugar goodness, if you’ve never tried them before. They kind of reminded me of the cinnamon crust my grandma used to make for me when I was a kid. Which made me like them even more.

And the fact that it was something that her family had been making for years and years made it all the more special. Soooo, I asked to share the recipe and here we are. Quick and easy buñuelos stacks for V-Day and beyond.

Quick and easy recipe V-Day buñuelos stacks

Recipe for quick and easy buñuelos

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6 DIYs to Try This Weekend


6 Weekend DIYs to Try

Yesterday was a weird one. But today is Friday! Which means there is nothing to be feeling weird about. The weekend is here and everything will be good again! Right? Right.

With that in mind, here are 6 DIYs to try this weekend…

1. An amazing meats and cheeses platter from Apartment 34
2. Grapefruit vanilla thyme ice cream recipe
3. Five minute DIY sticker gift wrap
4. How to make DIY envelope liners for V-Day snail mail
5. DIY waxed canvas tool apron from The Merrythought
6. Valentine’s Day eclair decorating from Camille Styles

P.S. I’ll be popping in again sometime over the weekend with a new recipe because I don’t think I can wait until Monday. Too much #yum. So check back!

Until then, hope you have a great weekend!


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