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Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Favorites

It's Friday as I am sure you know, which means 1. we are doing the happy dance right now and 2. it's time to kickoff the weekend with our Friday Favorites!

Favorite Outfit:
Leather leggings, check. 
Fur vest, check.
Over sized comfy sweater, check.
The makings of one wonderfully stylish and comfortable outfit!

Favorite Recipe:
 Ingredients and one tasty glass of goodness.
This french vanilla frap has all the makings of a wonderful summer beverage.
(yes we are thinking summer already =P ) 

Favorite DIY:
Go to this link...seriously...there are so many creative and gorgeous letter ideas
that I have never even imagined doing. 
This is definitely going to be a DIY must around these parts. 
From sequins to flowers to fabric to even succulents, the ideas are mind blowing.

Favorite WTF Moments:

I laugh, you laugh, we all laugh...because I farted.

Call me cheesy but this lady is looking sharp, no? 
Think she made some cheddar with these pics?


Click on the link to see all of the horribly disgusting things 
that are actually sold as canned products around the world.
I seemed to have lost my appetite....

On that note...have a wonderful weekend and keep #RockinTheSweetLife!

PS. We will be having some fun and exciting stuff going on over at our Facebook page for all of our Facebook fans, so head over and like our page if you want to be included in the shenanigans.
also you can check us out on twitter and Instagram  as well if you feel inclined to do so.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

6 Ways To Get What You Want From Your Career

The dictionary defines career as follows:
  1. 1.
    an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person's life and with opportunities for progress.

Note its definition states "with opportunity to progress." How are you suppose to progress though if you don't know what you are progressing towards, or how to even start progressing for that matter? Well that's what we are here for today! To help you get what you want from your career and move forward towards success!
Follow these 6 steps to get you on the right track.

1. Know what you want- This may sound like an obvious tip but you would be surprised to learn how many people don't know what they want from their career, or life in general. Take some time to sit down and really think about what it is that you want, what do you want to achieve? What is it that you want to work towards? 

2. Make a list of long and short term goals- Start out jotting down your long term goals, what you want as a result of your work in the long run. Next make a list of your short term goals, how you are going to reach those long term goals in a specific amount of given time.

3. Research- Research people and businesses who have achieved similar goals as the ones you have set for yourself. Read up on what struggles they had and how they got to where they are so that you are prepared and know what obstacles may lie in your path or maybe even how to avoid those obstacles and learn from their mistakes.

4. Network- Everyone that I have spoken to when they ask me what is the most important thing to keep in mind in the career that I have, I always say networking is a top priority. No matter what your career choice may be, networking will always help you in ways you may have never realized when you made that initial connection. Even if the person that you are networking with isn't directly related to your field, always keep that line of communication open. Give them your business card! You never know who they may know and you never know how you may be able to possibly help each other out in some way down the line. Which brings me to my next point.....

5. Create a networking/business card- These are always very important to have handy. Keep them in your purse, your wallet, and even in your car. You never know when opportunity will present itself. The last thing that you want is to be stuck in a great networking opportunity empty handed. Also make sure your cards are professional and represent you well. This is how people will remember"your brand."

6. Be confident- You know the saying "fake it till you make it?" Even if inside you are not feeling as confident as you would like, don't let others see that. Put on those big girl panties and give yourself a pep talk while you listen to some kick ass music to get yourself pumped up about your task and most importantly...YOURSELF! If you don''t believe in yourself, why and how should anyone else? 

Now go out there and get it gurl...and boy!

Which of these tips do you find most helpful? What are some tips you have for getting what you want from your career?


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

#OOTD- Valentines Day Edition!

With Valentines Day right around the corner it's about that time to start picking out that perfect outfit to rock. 
Whether you are spending time with that special someone or going out with the girls for the night there is no doubt that you want to look red hot! 
So in honor of Valentines Day we are channeling Miss Taylor Swift. This girl knows knows how to look sexy and classy and can create that balance in everything that she wears, so who better to use as a muse for our #OOTD Valentines Day edition?!

This look is super hot and will definitely get hearts pumpin, but you know what gets my heart pumpin? 
A hot outfit that doesn't break the bank. Grab these items to get the look for less!

Dress - $47.00

Pumps - $49.99

Nail Polish - $4.00

Lipstick - $13.00

Pulling off the Taylor Swift look entirely, and paying much less than she payed for that dress...
I'll take it!
What will you be rockin this Valentines Day?


Monday, January 26, 2015

BBQ Turkey Cheddar Sliders

Hey hey! 
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. 
I know here in NY it was snowy and cold which made for some really good recipe testing time. 
If you follow us on Instagram, you saw that we shared with you the above photo of tasty ooey gooey bbq turkey cheddar sliders that were devoured for dinner. 
Since they are made with chopped turkey I'd like to consider them a healthier slider option, and they are smaller than full size burgers so you don't feel all that bad stuffing your face with them. =)
Lets get cookin shall we?

What You Need:
Pack of small dinner rolls
Cheddar cheese
Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce
1lb chopped turkey
Garlic powder (to taste)
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Cayenne pepper (to taste)
Onion powder (to taste)
Note: I say "to taste" because everyone's taste buds are different and what may be a lot or a little to me may be the complete opposite to you!

What You Do:
-Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees 
-Mix all of your seasonings and turkey in a bowl and combine well
-Grab a scoop of the turkey mixture and roll and pat them into tiny patties
-Cook the turkey patties on the stove top in a pan until thoroughly cooked
-Open your dinner rolls and place them on a greased cookie sheet 
-Place your cooked turkey patties on each dinner roll and place a slice of cheddar over the top of the patty, followed by a squirt of BBQ sauce.
-Put the top of your roll on top of your layered goodness
-Bake in your oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes
-Take them out of the oven and try not to eat all of them by yourself!

Is this something that you would try? Are you a fan of sliders?


Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Favorites!

Woot woot! Guess what day it is! 
It's Friday, which means time to wrap up that work and be ready to punch out soon because 5 pm is just around the corner. 
Since it is Friday we thought, why not end this week off sharing with you a few of our favorites from this past week that we know you will love just as much as we do. Take a look... 

Favorite Recipe:
Greek Yogurt Pepperjack & Caramelized Onion Dip..does your mouth water when you say that too? This recipe is super easy and I feel like it would be a horrible tragedy if you didn't get to sit down and enjoy this bowl of goodness at least once in your life.

Favorite Outfit:
This outfit is perfect in so many ways! It is simple and classic yet the powder blue coat and camel scarf add a pop and softness to the mostly black ensemble. The hat adds some playfulness to the outfit and that cross body purse? Puuurrrfect!  

Favorite Find:
If it is fabulous and it is free than it's for me! Free gorgeous and fun wallpapers for your computer. The only hard part is deciding which one to use! 

Favorite Makeup Tip:
I'm sure you know, contouring is huge now. What some people may not know though is that your face shape depends greatly on how you should be contouring. This chart comes in handy when choosing which way to contour and deciding which option works best for you and your face shape.

Favorite Hair Style:
I am a huge fan of braids but this one just takes the cake! Tousled fish tail with a twist? Yes please!

Oh hey, by the way, it's Friday today! I want to wish you all a fabulous weekend #RockinTheSweetLife.

What do you plan on getting into this weekend?


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

#OOTD - Get The Look Leather

Today we are talking FASHION!
It is about time we started throwing a little bit more fashion up on these pages so what better time than today, right?! 
Once a week Cupcakes & Crossbones will throw up an #ootd and show you how you can get the look for whatever your budget may be. 
Today's look incorporates one of our favorite rocker chic must...leather.
There are so many chic and stylish ways to rock leather.
Whether you are throwing together an outfit for a casual day out, a day at the office, or a night out on the town you can spice up any outfit with leather.

Today's look comes from the lovely Jennifer Aniston. 
Not only is this outfit hot and stylish, it can be dressed up with a pair of black skinnies and pumps or a LBD in no time flat. 
Want to know how to get the look? 
Head here:

Is this an outfit that you would wear? 


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

For Smooth Tight Skin, Just Head To Your Kitchen

Cellulite sucks and I'm sure you would agree! But I am going to let you in on a little secret. You can prevent it, improve the appearance of cellulite, and create smooth skin without getting some crazy and expensive procedure done. Just go to your kitchen. Yep, you heard me. Head to your kitchen and get ready to create the most moisturizing and luxurious scrub for your skin for pennies, did I mention that it only requires two ingredients too?! 

What You Need:
-1 cup freshly ground coffee 
-1/2 cup warmed coconut oil

What You Do:
-Combine your two ingredients into a clean dry jar and mix until evenly combined.
-While in the shower, apply your mixture in a circular motion onto your body hitting the trouble spots for about 20 seconds
-Rinse off completely, dry, and moisturize as usual.

There you have it. Easy enough, right? Just use this as a part of your daily routine and you will be smooth and reduce signs of cellulite before you know it!

Have you ever made a homemade body scrub before? How did it work for you?

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Ease Stress By Incorporating This Into Your Daily Life

We all want to ease stress and keep anxiety far far away. Some days of course this is easier said than done, but with these quick and easy tips and tricks you can find yourself more calm and keep anxiety at bay resulting in a healthier and stress free you!


Grab some essential oils and take a wiff of this.....

Vanilla- Helps you fall asleep faster and soothes instantly

Lavender- Neurological studies have proven that lavender oil affects the brain increasing drowsiness resulting in relaxation and a peaceful sleep.

Cucumbers- Reduce anxiety and induce relaxation.

Lemongrass- People often feel soothed by the scent of lemongrass inducing relaxation.


Chamomile and Green Tea- These teas contain natural herbs that reduce stress levels and can comfort us both physically and mentally.

Celery- Did you know that celery was used as an antidote back in the day to reduce anxiety and stress? Nutritionist today recognize this and recommend celery as a great food to eat in order to lower blood pressure, thus leading to an increased ability to relax.

Bananas- As we discussed in an earlier post, bananas are an incredible mood booster. They contain both potassium and magnesium, two of natures natural muscle relaxers which in turn relaxes your body and soothes your mind. They also contain tryptophan promoting serotonin in the brain, our body's happy booster.


Exercise- Exercising and doing cardio, even if you are just going for an afternoon walk, increases blood flow and with a good diet leads to a healthier body. A healthy body = a healthy mind and an increase in blood flow allowing a clear mind and more energy.

Quit Cigarettes- We all know cigarettes are bad for you and a hard habit to kick when you have been smoking for a while. The chemicals in cigarettes lead to a number of health issues and shrinks arteries reducing blood flow. By quitting smoking you will not only feel better physically, but you will also feel better mentally in a very short matter of time. 

Have Sex- "Medically speaking"...sex increases blood flow and releases chemicals in the brain that increase your mental performance. Sex also releases endorphins increasing cognitive functions, reduce pain, and gets rid of stress. 

What do you do when you are feeling stressed? What helps you relax?


Friday, January 16, 2015

3 Apps To Help You Win At Life

Life can be crazy and hectic, so having a few tools on your side to decrease the craziness and maintain structure is always important. Don't you agree? 
With the abundance of technology out there today schedules, saving money, and organization can come just a bit easier if you know which ones will benefit you the most. 
Today I'm going to take the search time out and give you a list of apps to help you "win at life."

1.) Cozi Family Organizer- 
Keep track of everyone in your household's schedules, activities, and appointments, share and create to do lists, grocery lists, and chores all in real time, as well as update and access all of this from your phone or computer. Sounds good huh? Color code each family member for easy viewing, and send your updates and reminders to anyone in your family too. This is a total organizing must have!

2.) Good Rx- Good Rx:
All you have to do is download the Good Rx app on your smart phone. Start by searching for the medication prescribed to you, next enter the dosage, the supply amount, and your location. Just like that the app pulls up the closest pharmacies near you, the lowest prices, and a coupon code to show to the pharmacist that will dramatically decrease the cost of your medication (insurance or no insurance). You can also head over to the Good Rx site and print out a discount card that everyone in your family can use, even your pets!  

3.) Key Ring Rewards Card-
Hate carrying around all those reward cards? This app is for you! Just scan your reward cards into the app and it stores them all in one place right there on your phone. The app also provides you with coupons and reminders of when they expire, shows you weekly sales at your favorite local stores, and plan shopping trips to make sure you are getting the best deals on the items you need. Everything you need in one little push of a button, sounds good right? 

What are some of your favorite apps that you use to keep your life organized and save money?


Thursday, January 15, 2015

How To Kiss That Cold and Flu Buh-Bye! Naturally!

It's cold and flu season and if you are anything like me you hate shoving tons of meds in your face. Since taking medication is something many try to steer clear from, I have come across a few natural yet effective ways to ease cold and flu symptoms and get you back to feeling your healthy self again.

Sinus infection:

Tea Tree Oil- This oil works against viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Sinus infections can be one or a combination of all of these.To help fight this nasty and painful bug just do the following.
Boil water on the stove
Add a few drops of oil to the boiling water
Place a towel over your head and a bowl of the hot oil and water combo as you breathe in the steam. 


Lemons- Packed with vitamin C immune boosting qualities, lemons are naturally anti-viral and anti-inflammatory.
Raw Honey- An anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and full of antioxidants =  the champion of cough and cold fights.
Coconut Oil-  With anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties coconut oil is the perfect match for combating colds and viruses. It has even been said that coconut oil can kick the immune system into over drive by increasing white blood cell counts, which knocks out viruses and infections. Fight coughs with this little remedy that packs a big punch.
4 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1/3 Cup Honey (Preferably Raw)
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
Stir all ingredients on a stove on low until well combined and melted. Administer as needed or when cough is persistent (honey is not recommended for those under the age of 1) 
Sore Muscles Related to Colds and Flu:
Eucalyptus Oil- Eucalyptus essential oil helps soothe aches and pains that come hand in hand with colds and flu. Add Eucalyptus oil to an Epsom salt bath to soothe aches and pains. Place 15 drops of eucalyptus oil  in a tablespoon of coconut oil and add to a warm bath with two cups of Epsom salt. You can also rub a few drops of eucalyptus oil mixed with coconut oil onto the bottom of your feet and then putting on socks before bed to ease coughing.
What are some natural cold and flu remedies that you use when you are feeling under the weather?
P.S. Always check with a doctor before using any remedies to make sure that they are right for you.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Mega Mood Booster

Life is stressful and we often find ourselves so wrapped up in our everyday chores and work that we tend to forget to take care of our bodies and our mind. 
Have you ever found yourself feeling blue? Often times we can help boost our moods all by changing what we eat and/or what we add and subtract from our diet. 
Although this is not intended to be a solution to replace other sorts of depression treatments, studies are showing more and more how the foods that we put into our body greatly effect our mood. It is amazing the deference that you can feel both mentally and physically when putting greater effort and thought into what you put into your body. 
With that said, I want to introduce to you a fantastic smoothie mood picker upper that is sure to put you back on the track to feeling good both inside and out.  

Mega Mood Booster Smoothie

What You Need:
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1 bannanas
1/2 inch ginger root
1/2 cup water or coconut water
1 squirt of honey

Grate your ginger.
Toss all ingredients together including ginger and blend well.

Here is why this smoothie is such a mega mood booster.

Raspberries- The antioxidant packed raspberry triggers components that regulate serotonin and melatonin levels giving way for a good mood, good sleep, and have been reported as having anti-depressive effects on us humans.

Blueberries - These tasty little morsels have anthocyanins, an antioxidant that is said to protect neurons and combat inflammation that might make us feel down. Blueberries also help reduce depression, and improve short term memory as well as sooth stress.

Bananas - These babies contain magnesium, another mood booster! They are also one of the best sources of potassium which cranks up our energy levels, and B6 which is a must for synthesis of dopamine and serotonin which make us happy happy happy.

What is your favorite smoothie combo? 
Do you notice how certain foods you put in your body make you feel happy or sluggish?

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

5 Photo Apps That Will Rock Your World

Instagram is fun and all, but don't you sometimes feel limited by the settings that they provide? 
If so, here are some great apps to download now to make your photos stand out above all the rest!

This app imitates out of focus points of light. Although a smartphone can't do this on its own, Bokeful can help you achieve that look. Another bonus? It also provides fun patterns, like hearts!

This app's toolbox helps edit and retouch portraits for those tiny imperfections that you may want to touch up before publishing that picture for the world to see.

This is a great app to add to your photo tool belt. "One tap auto enhance," color correctors, and a large range of settings makes your photos stand out from all the rest.

Slow Shutter Cam
Glowing letters and floating shapes are easy to create with this long exposure app for your images. Create photos that glow and have a fun photo shoot to create some incredible and professional like pictures.

Are vintage filters and that "old time" effect right up your alley? If so, this is the app for you! Combine light leaks with photos from your mobile device to create beautiful one of a kind images. 

Have you ever used any of these apps before? What are your favorite photo editing apps?


Monday, January 12, 2015

10 Instagram Accounts You Need To Follow

Oh hey! Look who's back! 
We have missed you terribly here over at Cupcakes & Crossbones but we are back and ready to get back into the swing of things. 
Whether you know it or not, Instagram is currently the fastest growing social media platform out there today. 
With that said today we are giving you 10 Instagram accounts that you should be following if you aren't already.

@eatsleepwear is an account ran by Kimberly who is a graphic designer and fashion blogger. Not only is she a coffee enthusiast she posts incredibly fashionable posts that get your creative fashion juices flowin!

@sldesigns1 Ran by the jewelry designer herself, her images and designs are out of this world gorgeous! 
If you are in need of incredibly fashionable arm candy or want to be up to date on the latest accessories trends, this is where to be.

@maydesigns not only carry customizable planners and note books but the images they post are eye candy all in itself. If you are looking for the most perfect office and scheduling accessories look no further.

@stylecusp Marissa is a fashion lifestyle blogger and marketing consultant and its a good thing that she is! If she wasn't we wouldn't be getting our daily fix of eye catching and trending fashion that gives us inspiration when it comes to today's outfit.

@chrisspy When you are looking for all things makeup and beauty, look no further! 
This girl rocks all different makeup styles like no other. Aside from being gorgeous she inspires our daily makeup choices and fun ideas for sprucing up our makeup game for a night out.

@whitv is there anything this girl posts that we don't love? No! 
Her posts give us inspiration and are just a fantastic treat for our eyes. It's impossible to look away when scrolling through her pics!

@littlemissfearlessblog Blogger with a fashion sense like no other. All we want is to one day shop in her closet and we will be a happy! 

@susanholmesmckagan Susan is a rock star like no other! This woman is a take charge beautiful woman who has style, and is an incredible inspiration. As if being a Huffington post columnist, and TV star isn't enough, she also owns her own swimwear company that that has us going bananas for bikinis! 

@thelittleblondediary Nicole states that she captures "precocious and delicious moments" and we couldn't agree more. If we could crawl into her Instagram account and live there we would be in heaven.

@jossandmain is the go to page when it comes to all things home. Beautiful images that you can recreate in your own home is what this page is all about. All we need is a shopping spree at the Joss and Main store and our lives would be complete! 

What are your favorite Instagram accounts to follow?
P.S. Don't forget to check us out on Instagram too @cupcakesandcrossbones


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