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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Bra Guide: Brace Yourself.

You see what I did there?! Brace yourself?!...Moving on.When I was in highschool one of my jobs that I had was working at Victoria's Secret. My job was to measure breasteses customers to find them the perfect bra fit, as well as find them the perfect style bra for a particular occasion and outfit. Working at Victoria's Secret not only drained my pockets of moolah but it made me realize how completely clueless some women are when it comes to finding a bra. But that's OK because today I'm bringing you the ins and outs of ta tas and bras so that you can totally rock your next bra with no uniboob, quadriboob, or whatever other boob you can think of and not be clueless when it comes to bra shopping.




Know What Size You Are

Measure Band Size-
This is the Number of your bra size. You want to round fractions to the nearest whole number and numbers in between bra band measurements you want to round up, for example if you measure 27" you will choose 30" bra, if you measure 30" you will go for a 32" bra and so on.

Measure Cup Size-
This is the letter of your bra size. With your arms at your side you are going to measure the fullest part of your bust with a measuring tape and again round all fractions to the nearest whole number.

The mathematical equation to get your cup size is to subtract your band measurement from your cup measurement. For Example say your band measured out to 33", rounding up to the nearest band size would equal 34." Your Bust measured out to be 38." You then do 38"-34" = 4." 4"=D so you would be a 34D bra size.
Tips

-Keep Bras in shape by placing them with 1 bras cups in the next bras cups, stacking them horizontally in a drawer.
-Hand wash your bras so that they stay in the best condition. Fill a sink with warm water and some mild detergent. Soak the bras for a few minute and work suds into the fabric for about 3 minutes. Drain all of your soapy water from the sink and run each bra under the faucet until water is no longer soapy. Hang dry, never machine dry if you want to get them to last.
-If strapless bras are not your thing simply sew bra cups into your dress yourself or bring them to a tailor/laundromat to have them sew in in for you.
-Always remember to adjust your bra straps. They can make a huge difference in the fit of your bra.
-Avoid quadraboob, its not a good look. when your breast spill over the top of your bra and makes you look like you have four boobs, it is time to go up a cup size.
-Also remember that if you are unable to get the knack of measuring yourself, you can always go to any lingerie store and have them measure you to size as well.

The Best Bra For You

-Wireless/Sports bra- made for comfort and no annoying underwire.
-T-Shirt bra- Hardly noticeable under thin t-shirts and clingy tops. Great for comfort and shape.
-Push up bra- Makes smaller breast look fuller. These come with extra padding on the lower portion of the cup to push breast up and create more cleavage.
-Demi bra- Has minimal upper breast coverage with wider set straps.
-Plunge Bra- Perfect for low cut or "v" neck tops as well as showing some cleavage.

Now you are set! So go out there and get the perfect bra that is right for you.
Do you know what you are looking for when bra shopping?

Tori

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Organizing 101

With a busy and hectic schedule on a regular basis, it is very easy for any ones home to become disorganized as you sit and stare, wondering where to start when trying to organize yourself again. With a few simple steps you can get yourself back on track and organized in no time, feeling good, and clutter free.


1.) Set a day- Set a day to focus on just decluttering and organizing. Don't make any other plans until you have finished and completed your task at hand.
2.) Set a goal- Example: Sunday I want to have my home office completely organized and clutter free. 
3.) Start in sections- If you want to declutter your home focus on one room at a time, then focus on a section of the room. For example lets say you want to organize your home office. Ignore every other room in your home for the time being,then zone in on the closet. Bam! We have a starting point. At that starting point you want to take everything out. Sticking with our example, you will take every single item out of that closet.
4.) Make designated piles- Laundry baskets work perfect for this task. Grab two laundry baskets and one large garbage bag. Laundry basket number one will be where you put all the items that you want to donate/giveaway, laundry basket number two will be the keep pile, and your handy dandy garbage bag will be, well....garbage, thrown out, buh bye, sayonara!
5.) Ask yourself the big question- As you are sorting your piles ask yourself this, 'have I used this in the 8 months?' If not, do not keep it. This is how we accumulate clutter and junk and if you haven't used it in the past 8 months....surprise.....you're not going to use it, period.
6.) Make a list- After you are done sorting your piles remove everything but the keep pile from the room that you are working in. Sort your keep pile into organized categories. For example, You have a stack of  blank holiday and birthday cards, extra office supplies (pens, white out, tape, glue), crafting supplies. Those are all little categories that you can divide your keep pile into. Once you have your final count of how many categories you have you want to write that down. After going through each section of your room and following the above steps you want to head over to your local Target, Walmart, or here for storage bins in the sizes that are appropriate for the items that you are organizing and purchase the amount you jotted down on your list. these are also great if you have items that are going to go out on open shelves.
7.) Label Time- Label the boxes that you are storing away so that you can clearly read them and grab them when you need it.
8.) On to the next- Once you are completely satisfied with the amount of work and organizing that you have accomplished in your one room, move on to the next. Some rooms may take longer than others and that's OK. As long as you focus on the task at hand (that one zone at a time that you are working on) you will be fine and your home, office, bedroom, attic, whatever, will be organized and clutter free in no time.
How do you get organized?
Tori

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cheesy Veggie Quinoa Bake

 
I love quick and easy casseroles, especially ones that are on the healthier side. As I was preparing my quinoa on Sunday for my weekday lunches I came up with the idea of this deliciously yummy cheesy veggie quinoa bake. Great to serve as dinner or split it up for your weekday lunches too.




What you need:
1 zucchini
2 handfuls of fresh washed spinach
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 cup prepared quinoa
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
garlic, salt, pepper (to taste)
2 teaspoons Coconut oil
 
What you do:
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-As you are preparing your quinoa you want to saute your veggies
-Put 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a pan, heat it up, add your zucchini.
-Once zucchini is at desired tenderness, add your spinach along with garlic, salt, and pepper.
-Once your spinach has fully cooked transfer the spinach and zucchini into a lightly sprayed casserole dish.
-Next add a teaspoon of coconut oil to another pan and toss in your sliced mushrooms along with garlic, salt, and pepper.
-Once mushrooms are fully sauteed add them to your zucchini and spinach
-Quinoa should be done at this point, add the quinoa as well as 1/2 cup of cheese to your casserole dish
-Fold all ingredients together well.
-Use your leftover 1 cup of cheese and sprinkle it over the top of your casserole.
-Pop your dish in the oven for about 20 minutes until the top is bubbly and brown.
-Once your casserole is ready, take it out of the oven, cool slightly, and enjoy!
 
mmmmm.....delish!
 
 
Have you ever made a casserole with quinoa before? What is your favorite casserole to make or eat?
 
Tori 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Bring The Spa To You For Pennies!

Why go to the spa and spend ridiculous amounts of money when you can bring the spa to you. There are tons of great ways to get yourself lookin and feelin good in the comfort of your own home for pennies! Whether it is a relaxing night alone or a romantic evening with that special someone, here are some great ideas to create your own relaxing spa treatments.

Hair:
Create a hydrating and repair hair mask with 2 ingredients from your kitchen.
-1 tablespoon honey
-3 tablespoons olive oil
-Combine the 2 ingredients in a small microwaveable bowl and place in the microwave for 30 seconds.
-Massage the mixture through wet hair and let it sit for 30 minutes.
-Wash hair with shampoo 2x's for shiny, healthy, and soft hair.
Body:
Create a relaxing bath with 2 ingredients that will sooth your skin as well as your mind.
-1 cup rosewater
-1 cup coconut milk
-Run a warm bath and pour your 2 ingredients in. Light some candles and put on some relaxing music to enhance your relaxation time.
Legs:
Cypress and Citrus Cellulite Body Oil
(Used to stimulate skin and increase circulation)
-1/2 cup coconut oil
-20 drops juniper essential oil
-11 drpos cypress essential oil
-17 drpops lemongrass essential oil
-5 drops rosemary essential oil
-add each oil one at a time to a mason jar
-Slowly pour coconut oil into the jar as well
-Close jar and roll jar between your hands
-Let mixture sit for at least 1 hour
-Use on legs only after your bath or shower while skin is still slightly wet
Feet:
On your feet all day? This home treatment is the ticket to soft and relaxed feet!
-Get a large bucket/bowl or something that both of your feet will fit in comfortably
-3 tablespoons coconut oil
-3 tablespoons mixed spice
-3 tablespoons coconut milk
-Place all ingredients into your bucket/bowl and then fill with warm water
-Soak your feet in the mixture as desired.
-Towel dry and then apply a bit of coconut oil and socks
-Leave socks on as long as you would like to absorb the oil (be sure not to slip with oil or the mixture on your feet)
Face:
Strawberry Yogurt Mask
This mask works great at getting rid of dead skin cells, removing impurities, reducing redness, and minimizing pores due to its salicylic acid in the strawberries.
-4 Strawberries
-Single serve of plain Greek yogurt
-Puree in a food processor or blender
-Apply the yogurt/strawberry mixture with clean finger tips or a paint brush
-Let mixture sit until slightly dry and wash off with warm water patting dry
Lips:
Use this lip scrub to get smooth soft kissable lips!
-Petroleum Jelly
-Raw sugar
-Place a bit of petroleum jelly on your finger tip with a pinch of sugar
-Rub it on your lips to exfoliate all dead skin
-Wipe of the sugar mixure with a towel and apply a dab of petroleum jelly by itself to your lips.
NOTE: Please do not use any of these if you are allergic to one or more of the ingredients. Please be sure to test a portion of your skin with the product first to make sure you do not have a negative reaction as everyones skin is different. Please also do not use cellulite oil mixture if pregnant or have a medical condition before consulting a doctor as it is used to stimulate and increase circulation
Have you ever done your own at home spa? What are your favorite at home spa treatments?

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Tori


Friday, July 25, 2014

Stinky Clothes Solution




After coming home from work, I forced myself decided to do a load of laundry when I realized that there was a load still sitting in the washing machine from the beginning of the week! UGHHH, the smell of moldy old gym socks mixed with rotten cheese (it was nasty boooyyy) came to mind when I opened the machine door. After re washing the laundry with soap, softener, and Downy unstoppables THREE TIMES, I started believing the smell was never going to go away and that my favorite maxi dress was about to be trash. I went through my mental Rolodex of things that get rid of nasty odors and vinegar was the first thing that popped into my mind. One cup of vinegar in a rinse cycle later, my clothes were odor free and I was a happy chica. The sweet smell of non moldy clothes success! Vinegar to the rescue yet again. 

Do you often forget that load of laundry in your washing machine? What tricks have worked for you for getting rid of the stink?

P.S. Have a tip or trick that you learned from our blog or one that you want to share with us and our viewers? Pin it on Pinterest, share it on Facebook, or post it on Instagram. Then just tag us and #RockinTheSweetLife to be featured on our V.I.P board...can't wait to see you all rockin out!
P.P.S On a completely separate yet extremely important note, if you have been following us on social media you will notice that we have been spreading the word about an amazing organization called New York Bully Crew. Please head over to their website and check them out. They are a group of wonderful people trying specialize in rescuing Pitbulls, however, no animal in dire need of rescue is turned away. See how you can help and make a difference today.
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Tori

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Zoodle Veggie Bowl


For those of you who have yet to jump on the zoodle wagon, zoodles are simply zucchini noodles. You create these tasty little zucchini noodles by using a table top spiralizer or a hand held spiralizer. I love zoodles because the possibilities of new dishes that you can create with them are endless, and it is so much healthier for you than regular pasta!  


What You Need:
3 large zucchinis
Coconut oil
Steamed broccoli
2 sliced tomatoes
Feta Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
Garlic powder
Hot Sauce (optional)

What You Do:
After you spiralize your zucchini (you will be surprised at how much you can make even with 1 zucchini) saute your zoodles in coconut oil, salt, pepper, and garlic.
Once zucchini is to the tenderness of your liking, add your steamed broccoli
Let simmer for about 5 minutes.
Separate your zoodles into bowls for lunch for the week or one big bowl if you plan on serving it for dinner.
Add slices tomatoes on top.
Add a sprinkling of feta on top.
I love hot sauce on my veggies so if you want you can add a few drops of hot sauce to your dish as well to spice things up.
Enjoy!

P.S. To add extra protein add an egg on top or some grilled chicken. Yum!


Are You a zoodle fan? Do you own a spiralizer? What other veggies do you spiralize?

Tori

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amazing Uses For WD-40


This post was created thanks to my amazing husband (hey babe!). It was late one evening after a long day of work and an incredibly satisfying dinner when I started thinking out loud about post ideas. Awesome husband says "why don't you write a post about WD-40? There are so many ways that you can use it." Hmmmm WD-40... "That's a good freakin idea!" I shouted. This was the day, my husband birthed a post idea. Thank you husband! I hope this post makes you proud =P

-Unstick stuck gum from hair or carpets

-Remove a ring that is stuck on your finger

-Loosen a stuck zipper by spraying a bit in the trouble area

-Remove tar and scuff marks from hard surfaces and crayon marks from walls (it won't harm the surface) Just spray on the area and wipe

-Keeps wasps away from your home and prevent them from building nests by spraying under the eaves of your house

-Remove lipstick stains from clothes by saturating the area and throw it in the washing machine

-Remove duct tape gunk

-Eliminate that stove top grease

-Clean and restore your leather dashboard by spraying on and wiping off

-Easily wipe away splattered bugs on your car

-Water spots on your glass shower door or stainless steel? Spray and wipe WD-40

-Protects silver from tarnishing

-Untangles jewelry

-Removes dirt, rust, and grease from the BBQ grill

-Stops squeaky doors

-Prevents rust from forming on tools

-Cleans and restores the roof racks on your car.

-Make your floors look like they were just waxed, minus the slippery aftermath



Did you know that there were this many uses for WD-40? What other ways do you use this super product?

Tori

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Land That Job!



So you got your resume noticed and you got what you have been hoping for, a call from the company that you applied for a job at and they want to set up an interview! This is amazing, you are super excited and a bundle of nerves but with a few tiny tips (that make a huge difference), you can improve your chances of landing that job you've been wishing for!
FACT: It takes about seven to seventeen seconds to make a first impression.
Think about that. You want your one first impression to be your best. So here are a few things that you can do and keep in mind to achieve that great first impression.
-Dress the part- Dress professionally and modest aka no jeans or boobies hanging out. Of course all jobs are different, but you want to look professional and look cleaned up. You want the interviewer to know that you are taking this interview seriously and as mentioned before, your first seven seconds are important!
-Make eye contact and smile- Smiling makes you look approachable and friendly while keeping eye contact lets the interviewer know that you are paying attention and are focused on the meeting at hand.
-Shake hands-This is how you develop a level of rapport. Also many judge people by the grip and strength of their handshake, so be sure to shake hands in a firmly and confident manner.
-Do not chew gum! This is a big no no. Just don't do it! I actually know of bosses and CEOs who did not even proceed with the interview because the person who was suppose to be getting interviewed was chewing gum. Don't loose out on a big opportunity because of gum.
-Posture- It is crazy how much people read body language even when they don't realize that they are doing it. Be sure to sit up straight and ever so slightly lean in towards the person interviewing you to show your interest and that you are paying attention. Do not fidget around clicking pens and shuffling papers. Simply fold your hands on your lap and focus on your interview.
-Be prepared- Research the company and clearly understand what they are about and what they are looking for. Bring a copy of your resume and/or papers that you need to help you get your point across.
-Be Thankful- No matter how you think your interview went, thank the person that you met with for their time and remember that firm handshake. Also, do not forget to send a letter of thanks a few days after your meeting.
Now you are set and ready to go get that job! Be confident, you know what you are doing, you know how to make a good first impression, get it get it, deep breath and good luck!
What are your tips for landing that job that you wanted?
Tori

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ladies Night! Wine Tasting Party

 
Ever just want to grab your girls and have a girls night in? Catch up, and enjoy each others company (and laugh your @$$'s off all night?) What better way to have some fun and relax than having a wine tasting party? You can make this as casual pj party! or as fancy as you like, either way everyone is bound to have a great time and enjoy some delicious wine!
 
Invites:
For a casual gathering head over to evite. Pick that perfect wine themed invitation, a date, time, and place, and email your free invitations to all of your friends. You will get updates emailed to you once someone has replied to the RSVP which is great; and don't forget to instruct your guests to bring a bottle of wine that they would like to add to the selection of wines that you all will be trying out.
 
Munchies:
A tray of assorted fruits along with a selection of crackers and yummy cheeses is perfect for an evening of wine tasting! Quick, easy, and satisfying.
 
Decor:
For an event like this I would normally have one large table with most of our munchies and drinks set out on it so that guests can all chat, eat, and drink in one localized area and no one feels left out. Stick to your wine theme and decorate your main table with the following:
-Wine Bottle Flower Vases- Use your empty wine bottles that you have saved for crafting and spray them with chalk board spray paint. Once COMPLETELY dry, use chalk that you can pick up from the dollar store to write welcome notes on your bottles, or draw pretty designs. Lastly, head to your local grocery store and pick up some fresh blooms to compliment your vases and add color and life to the room. The best part is that you can erase the notes and reuse them again for another gathering that you may have in the future!
-Candle Holders- Create a beautiful ambiance with soft candle lighting. Grab your trusty mason jars and fill them with wine corks as shown above (did you know that if you haven't been saving your wine corks, that you can buy them here?) Next, place a battery operated tea light candle in each mason jar for a safe and beautiful touch!
 
Favors:
Create simple and adorable favors for your guests by allowing them to leave with a wine glass and glass charm! You can pick up wine glasses from your local dollar store and place them on your table with a different wine charm around each stem (great so people do not misplace their drinks). When your guests leave provide them with a cute gift bag to take their glass and charm with them and also place a bowl of assorted chocolates out on your table so they can throw a few in their gift bag as well.
 
 
Have you ever had a wine tasting party before? What tips can you share with us?
 
Tori

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Linkup Party!

Hey ladies and gents, Happy Friday! We are here today doing another linkup so that we can get to know you and follow some new blogs, and so that you can get to know eachother! Just follow the instructions below and lets start this Friday off right!


Follow Cupcakes & Crossbones Here:

 
PS We just began a super fun VIP board on our Pinterest account. All you have to do is follow us and upload an image of yourself trying something that you learned off of the Cupcakes & Crossbones blog. Tag us and mentioned what it was that you tried #RockinTheSweetLife to be added to our VIP board! Please email us if you have any questions!
 
no back to our regularly scheduled program....
Meet and follow our lovely Co-Host over at her blog!
Jessica @ Wifesticated

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Strawberry Vanilla Chia Protein Pudding

Pudding has always held a place in my heart. Creamy and delicious it never disappoints...except, when it comes to health. Pudding is not the healthiest of snacks and most puddings that you buy in stores are made with chemicals that I do not want to put in my body. It was time that I came up with a solution, have my pudding and eat it too, strawberry vanilla chia pudding was then born.



2 cups strawberries
2 cups almond milk
3/4 cups chia seeds
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
Splash of pure vanilla extract
Honey to taste

-Blend coconut milk, honey, vanilla extract, protein powder, and 2 cups strawberries until smooth.
-Put your strawberry/almond milk mixture in a bowl and add your chia seeds.
-Whisk that baby up until well combined.
-Place mixture in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes until mixture resembles tapioca pudding.
-Spoon into a serving bowl and enjoy!
*Great for a quick breakfast or snack throughout the week as it should stay well in a tight seal container in the refrigerator for about a week.



What's your favorite pudding flavor? Have you ever made chia pudding before?

Tori

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How To Reuses Items In Your Home And Save Cash!



Lemons- Use lemons that you squeezed for fresh lemon juice in your sink. Place the halves in your sink drain to prevent and eliminate odors. You can also use lemons to clean hard water stains on faucets, sinks, and shower doors!

Pantyhose- Have a run in pantyhose or tights? Use them to hold onions. Yes onions. It keeps all of those bad boys together, neat, and prevents the onion skin from flaking off all over the place.

Socks/old shirts- Don't throw out those stained shirts or torn socks. Cut them up and use them as rags for dusting and buffing furniture, cleaning your car, or wiping down counters.

Old candle jars- Check out what you can do with these in one of our previous Posts.

Used dryer sheets- Dryer sheets work amazing for cleaning and preventing dust build up on molding and baseboards.

Dryer lint- Once you are done with a roll of toilet paper, keep the cardboard roll. Fill it with dryer lint and then wrap newspaper around it and twist the ends. You will then have the perfect fire started for your outdoor fire pit or camp fire.

Old furniture- Don't throw it out! Re purpose it. Sand, Paint, and add new hardware to make something drab into something fab!

Newspaper- Rather than throwing out newspaper, use it to clean your windows. I promise you once you use newspaper you will never use paper towels again. No streaks and your windows will shine like no other!

What other items do you reuse in your home?

Tori

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How To Be Successful


suc·cess

[suhk-ses] 
noun
1. the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.

Success is measured differently by most people and being "successful" is also viewed differently from one person to the next. My idea of success may be completely different from yours and hey....that's ok! In order to become YOUR idea of successful though, you must clearly understand what your definition of success is. There are a few ways to do that, find out what success means to you, and achieve it.

1.) Define success in your own words. Write it down. Whether it is getting the job that you have always dreamt of to starting an organization raising money to rescue dogs. Whatever it is, write it down and focus on that goal.

2.) Do research. We are not perfect and we do not know everything. Take time to research ways to go about reaching your goal and research the goal itself to see if that is truly what you want.

3.) Long and short term goals. Whip out that note book and write down a list of short term goals. Short term goals are achievements that you want to accomplish in a small period of time that are going to lead you to your final goal of success. Examples of this could include the following. Say you want to get back into shape. Short term goals would consist of things such as cleaning out the pantry and refrigerator of unhealthy food, making an appointment to see a nutritionist, and signing up for a membership to your local gym. Long term goals on the other hand require time and planning. If we are following the previously listed example of getting in back into shape, some of your long term goals may include participating in tough mudder, loosing 10 lbs, and fitting into those jeans that just don't quite fit anymore. These are all considered long term goals because it takes more time to actually achieve them rather than short term goals which you could do that day or that week.

4.) Cross thing off your list. Is it just me or is it amazing the gratification that you get when you are able to cross things off a list? You are able to see your achievements progress and notice how close you are getting to your goal. By doing this, it will help you see how close you are to your success!

5.) Ask for help- It's ok to ask for help! It doesn't make you weak or any other silly thing you think it reflects. Many people got to where they wanted to be with the help of others. Believe it or not there are people out there who want to see you do big things and become successful, enjoy and embrace assistance.

6.) Remember- All things worth having you must work hard for. Success usually doesn't happen over night and if it did I guarantee you that you wouldn't be as grateful for it compared to if you worked hard at it.

7.) Lastly, do this with passion. If this success that you want to reach is your passion, never loose that. Passion is what drives you, motivates you, and keeps you moving forward when things aren't going quite the way you'd like it to. If this is a passion of yours you WILL accomplish your goals. You WILL be successful.

What is your idea of success? What are your goals?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Quick and Easy Campfire Recipes



I don't know about you but I love camping! Being outdoors, relaxing, no phone, no Internet, just you, nature, and your friends and family! Dinner around the campfire is always a fun time because everyone gets to catch up and discuss all the fun activities that were had throughout the day. Why miss out on that time cleaning and preparing for a meal when you could be sitting down and enjoying it? Here are some deliciously mouth watering meals that are quick and easy and won't leave you cleaning and preparing throughout most of your dinner sit down time!

Tips:
-Try to prepare as much food ahead of time as possible. Brown your chopped meat, create any tin foil packets (more about that below) ahead of time and place foil packs in ziplock bags, wash and chop all veggies etc.
-It's always good to bring a few bags of salad to compliment your meals and at least 2 flavored dressings. It's quick, easy, and pairs great with any meal.



Taco Bag:

1-1/4 lbs. cooked taco seasoned ground beef/turkey
10-12 snack-size packages (1-ounce each) of doritos or fritos
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 head of chopped lettuce
2 chopped tomatoes
Sour cream
Salsa
Taco Sauce

Directions: After your meat is seasoned and cooked have each each person that you are feeding grab the chip bag of their choice and have them slightly crush the chips in the bag.
Open your bag of chips at the top and add your meat directly over the chips
Add all the toppings of your choice, pass out forks, and eat right out of the bag!
filling and yummy as well as being super easy to clean up makes this meal a hit for all camping trips.



Sausage Hero:

Precooked sausage (to avoid under cooking)
Peppers
Onions
Relish
Sauerkraut
Sweet Baby Ray BBQ Sauce
Sandwich Rolls
Tin Foil
Garlic powder

Directions: Put onions, peppers, garlic, and bbq sauce in a tin foil packet and place it on top of your campfire (cook until warm)
Put your sausage on a stick and roast it over your open campfire!
Grab your sandwich rolls once the food is done cooking and place the sausage in it. Top your sandwich with your delicious pepper and onions and also add the sauerkraut and/or relish if you feel like going all out!


Pizza Calzone:

Defrosted self-rising crust pizza
Tin foil
Cooking Spray

Directions: Spray your tin foil with cooking spray
Place your defrosted frozen pizza on top of your foil and fold it in 1/2 pinching the crust together to form a little pizza packet. Close the foil around your pizza packet and toss that baby on the campfire until golden brown. Perfecto!



Cheesy Ranch Chicken:

Boneless skinless chicken breast
Butter
1 ranch packet
Bread crumbs
Parmesan cheese
Tin foil
Shredded cheddar cheese
Broccoli
Sliced potatoes

Directions:Create ranch mixture (that covers about 6 chicken breasts) by combining ranch packet, 3/4 cup bread crumbs, and 3/4 cup of Parmesan cheese.
Dip chicken breast into melted butter then into ranch mixture and then place the ranch covered chicken on the foil. Add sliced  potatoes and broccoli as well as a nice pile of shredded cheddar cheese and wrap up your foil packet. Cook until chicken breast are cooked throughout (about 30 minute depending on your fire)


Do those sound delicious or what?! What's your go to camping trip meal?

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Tori


Friday, July 11, 2014

Anti-Gravity Yoga

Since this lovely lil ditty right hur, I received a lot of questions and comments regarding antigravity yoga. 
I started this class about 3 months ago and fell in love. This type of exercises is not only relaxing and soothing, but it is intense and works your body to its core.
Former gymnast and dancer Christopher Harrison was the creative mind behind AntiGravity Yoga. It provides a workout where you can stretch and strengthen your body without putting too much pressure on joints or vertebrae.
Here are a few little tidbits on antigravity yoga so when you go to your first class you will know what to expect.
 
Hammock-
This is what you use to do yoga on throughout the duration of your class
 

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Inversions:
Yes you will go upside down a handful of times in a number of different ways. No you will not fall! Just let go and enjoy!
Note: DO NOT eat a big meal before this class or else you will regret it. If you have to eat something before hand have a  piece of fruit.
 
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Work That Core-
You will do upside down crunches, planks, and all that fun stuff from the comfort of your hammock, and you will most certainly will feel the burn! Luckily my amazing instructor (hey Lauren!!) is a huge core fan and she works our tummies out hardcore.



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Fancy Stuff-
Also be prepared to do some fancy poses, like this vampire pose! When you first see the instructor demonstrate these moves, your mouth will probably drop and you will say 'you expect me to do that?!' They do, and you will. The best part of this class in my opinion is pushing yourself to do things that you never thought your body could do, which is rewarding all in itself.

 
So next time you want to challenge yourself and have fun doing it, check out an antigravity yoga class and I bet you will get hooked just like I did!
 
Also, If you live in the Long Island NY area or are visiting, check out The Fit Factory. The studio is amazing. They offer many different types of classes and as mentioned before, check out Lauren if you are going to be taking AG Yoga. This girl knows what she is doing, makes all of the classes super fun, and is majorly helpful.
 
Have you ever tried or heard of antigravity yoga before?
 
Tori

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Perfect Summer Braid


I love braids for the summer time because they are easy, quick, and look super cute. Here is an easy way to get that hot summer braid that you have been looking for!

-Part your hair down the side and gather your hair to the side that you want your braid to sit
-separate your hair into three pieces
-Grab the middle piece and create a normal braid in that one center piece and tie it with a hair tie
-Grab the other two pieces and with the braided piece create another braid
-Tie your braid and pull the hair tie from the original center braid out. 
-Bam, there you go, simple, easy, cute, you go girl!

Are you a fan of braids? 

Tori

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Quick & Easy No Sew Pillows



Oh pillows. They are fun and decorative yet cost a bundle. Why spend all that money on decorative pillows for your outdoor patio set when you can make them yourself for pennies? Here is a simple and easy way how you can make your own customized outdoor (or indoor) pillow sets without the hassle of sewing and without spending a fortune!


What You Need:
-Placemats (however many pillows you want to make that is how many placemats you need) I got mine at the dollar store
-Stuffing (1 bag of polyester fiberfill made me 2 pillows) from your local craft store
-Glue gun and glue sticks
-Seam ripper or scissors

What You Do:
-Take your seam ripper or scissors and cut about a 1/2 inch of the stitching out of the top of your placemat
-Stuff your placemat until it is to your stuffing satisfaction (most stuffing packs come with a poker that you can use to fully stuff and reach those corners)
-Take your glue gun and glue along the cut seam of your placemat
-Pinch the seam close and hold for a few seconds until cool
-After all is cooled pull off any excess glue and cut any loose threads
-Place your pillow on the chair, couch, or bed of your choice and enjoy your handy work

It's that simple!!! Now go customize the crap out of your house and patio with your awesome new pillows that you can tell everyone you made yourself!

Have you ever made your own pillows before?

Tori

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Top Makeup Picks That You Need In Your Life


There are more makeup products out there right now than there are selfies on Instagram. It's only natural to get a bit overwhelmed while standing in one of the many makeup aisles at your local Target, juggling 15 different lip glosses at once #thestruggleisreal. Well today hopefully by sharing my favorite products with you after years of testing one brand after the next, together we can take the struggle out of makeup shopping for good.

Foundation- I like a foundation that doesn't feel heavy yet has full coverage. Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse is just that. They carry a variety of different shades for you to choose from (I usually have one shade for the winter seasons and one for the summer seasons) and it stays put all day. 

Concealer- Early mornings and late nights filled with work calls for a heavy duty concealer for those dark under eye circles. This is where Benefit's Erase Paste comes in and saves the day. Complete and total coverage that lasts until you wash it off. It may be a bit pricey but is worth every penny. I have tried more concealers than most people have in a lifetime and nothing compares to this product. From blemishes to raccoon eyes, you want this baby in your makeup arsenal.

Loose Powder- I always brush some Maybelline shine free loose powder on my face after applying any foundation and/or concealer. It helps makeup stay where its at and reduces shine. Just a little dusting of this over your nose, chin, and forehead half way through the day and you are looking fresh and grease free.

Bronzer- Prestige illuminating bronzing powder is my go to bronzer. It looks natural when applied properly and gives you a healthy glow. It doesn't have all that sparkly nonsense in it, so the chances of you looking like disco ball are non existent. 

Eyeliner- I was an eyeliner junkie; I admit it. I tried the pencils, the gel, the powder, everything! It wasn't until I was introduced to MAC fluidline eyeliner that I fell in love. This eyeliner is super easy to apply with the MAC 209 brush and it lasts. The jar may look small and a bit pricey but I kid you not, I have had mine for over a year and I have yet to run out and purchase a new one. I use it everyday and I still do not need to purchase more, unheard of! This product gets two big thumbs up in my book. 

Eyeshadow- Oh e.l.f. how I love you. Insanely inexpensive and great quality is something that you rarely hear of these days, but when it comes to e.l.f. flawless eyeshadow, it totally makes the cut. Not only is it great for a tight budget, but it comes in a set of four different shades. Each shade is marked as base, lid, crease, or line so it takes the guess work out of which color should go where. Lastly you don't get those horrible lid crease lines that most eyeshadows leave behind.

Mascara- Maybelline volume express falsies is where it's at! My lashes look fuller, thicker, and longer. It doesn't flake or clump = A+

Blush- I never wore blush until I met Cover Girl contouring blush. The colors look a bit bold in the compact, but when applied, it looks natural and gives you just the perfect amount of color. Best part is that the compact has three different color shades which makes contouring a breeze.

Lipstick- I rarely ever wear lipstick but when I do it is Revlon's colorburst lip butter in creamsicle. It's natural and never dries out your lips. Aside from going on smooth and never bleeding it keeps my lips hydrated, win win for me!

Lip Gloss- I am much more of a lip gloss fan than I am a lipstick fan so when I found Revlon's super lustrous lip gloss in peach petal, my heart went pitter patter. It goes on smooth and isn't sticky like most glosses. I choose this color because it is natural and does not have a sparkle in it, because who wants to wear sparkle lip gloss, unless you are 5 which in that case you wouldn't be reading this post. 


There it is! Cupcakes & Crossbones top makeup picks. Do you use any of these products or have you used any in the past? What are your top makeup picks?


Tori 




Monday, July 7, 2014

The Cupcake & Crossbones: Dangerously Delicious!








The Cupcake & Crossbones is our signature dessert over here in these parts. It is dangerously delicious and although it may be one of our least "healthiest" recipes on this blog, you will be happy that we shared it. Treating yourself to one of these bad boys or splitting it with someone worthy of tasting something so delicious will have you knowing that yes.....this is heaven in a jar.



What You Need:

-Brownie mix
-Mason jars
-Yellow cake mix
-Red food color
-Cream cheese frosting
- Chocolate/vanilla swirl Ice cream
-Whipped cream
-Sprinkles 
-Plastic ziplock bag (to apply frosting)
-Chocolate chip cookies


What You Do:

-Cook brownies according to package
-While brownies are cooking, prepare cupcakes doing as the package instructs
-Add red food coloring (or whatever color you want your cupcakes to be) for pink cupcakes
-Fill cupcake tin up as shown above
-Once brownies are done pop your cupcakes in the oven and bake according to the package
-Flip the brownies out on a flat surface and use the rim of your mason jars to cut out circles as shown above
(it is ok if the brownies start falling apart on your flat surface because you can easily mold them back into a ball and flatten it out to create more brownie patties)
-Drop each brownie patty in a jar and place a chocolate chip cookie on top
-Take the cupcakes out once they are done baking to cool
-Once cupcakes are cool, spoon your frosting into a ziplock bag and cut the corner tip of the bag off
-In a circular motion add a touch of frosting to the top as shown above
-Add a pinch of sprinkles to the top of your cupcakes
-Once you are ready to devour your jar of goodness, scoop a nice big spoon of ice cream on top of your cookie.
-Spray some whipped cream on that bad boy.
-Place the mason jar rim back onto your jar
-Stick your cupcake in the top opening of your mason jar
-Dig in!

Makes aprox 9 jars.

If you have some extra time to spare, follow the recipe for the cupcakes, brownies, and frosting like so.

Yellow cake:





 
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Put baking cups in your cupcake pan. Sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
-In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat the eggs and then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture with the buttermilk. Pour batter into prepared baking cups.
-Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake and it comes out clean.


Brownies:




12 tablespoons Salted Butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 - 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
3 large eggs
1 cup flour

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cooking spray on your pan. Set aside.
-Use a medium sized saucepan over medium-high heat and melt the butter.
 -Add sugar and vanilla. Stir well.
 -Remove pan from heat and usa a whisk to stir in the cocoa powder.
-In a separate bowl beat the eggs.
-Pour the chocolate mix into the bowl and stir in eggs until well combined. Stir in the flour and chocolate chunks as well
-Pour batter into your sprayed baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes.

 

Cream Cheese Frosting:
 




1/2 cup of butter room temperature
8 oz of Philly cream cheese room temperature
2 - 3 cups of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
 
With an electric mixer, mix the butter and cream cheese together on medium speed until smooth.
Add the vanilla extract and mix again.
Slowly add powdered sugar.
Keep adding until you get your ideal sweetness and thickness.


 

For a lighter version:




-Put strawberries in your jar and top the jar with an angel food cupcake with whipped cream.

What do you think? Heaven in a jar?
....Your welcome.

Tori
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