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Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Favorites...and Booze Tubes

We made it! Friday is here so get ready for are most favorite finds of the week!
Are you ready?
Seriously though, ready?
Ok, here we go....

Favorite Outfit:
I know this looks so simple, but this is my ideal outfit! A black comfy tank, some killer sunnies, ripped and worn jeans, and biker boots. I would wear this every day if I could.
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Favorite DIY:
Grocery shopping? Going to the beach? How awesome would it be to create your own bag to tote along with you?! Inexpensive so you wont feel bad putting a little more wear on it and you can totally customize it any way you'd like.
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Favorite Recipe:
 Does this Pistachio Fluff recipe look amazing or what?!
This could be a perfect light dessert for any occasion!
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Favorite Funnies:

Yep, that's about right.
  
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 Because who doesn't want to sip their beverage out of a tampon?
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Awww, that's a compliment if I've ever heard one!

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Enjoy your weekend friends! 
See ya next week. Same time, same place.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

DIY Hair Repair Mask

This past winter really took a toll on my hair. 
Dry split ends are not a good look and I knew I had to do something to get my hair happy and healthy again.
Since I always have a container of coconut oil readily available in my home and being a huge lover of coconut oil I thought what better than to create a yummy smelling, hair nourishing mask to take care of this mess of breakage and get my hair silky smooth again. 
Check out this recipe and get your hair on the mend too quicker than you can say "split ends be gone!"


What You Need:
1 tbsp. Organic Coconut Oil
1 tbsp. Organic Raw Honey
Microwavable Mixing Bowl
Spoon
Towel
Shower Cap

What You Do:
-Combine the oil and honey together in a microwavable bowl.
-Heat the mixture until lukewarm. Make sure it is not hot so you don't burn yourself! (time depends on strength of your microwave)
-Apply the mixture to wet or dry hair (wet hair is easier to apply the mixture with)
-After your hair is completely covered in the mixture put on your shower cap and let the mask soak in for 30-40 minutes. 
-Wash the mask out in the shower using your regular shampoo and conditioner for super smooth and soft hair!

This mask worked so well for my hair and I'm so happy that I used this treatment. It is definitely something that will be worked into my beauty routine moving forward!

Have you tried this hair mask before?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Recipe

 When you are trying to eat healthy it is sometimes hard to avoid temptations. 
One craving that is especially hard to ignore is ice cream. 
Great news though, that craving is super easy to satisfy now, even while trying to maintain a healthy diet. 
Follow the recipe below for our favorite (non) ice cream recipe and make indulging much more of a guilt free experience!

What You Need:
3 large ripe bananas
3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
a dash of cinnamon
sea salt to taste
roasted peanuts for topping

What You Do:
-Cut your bananas into small bite size pieces and freeze them until solid, aprox. 1-2 hours. 
-Place your bananas into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. 
-This may take a little while because it will be like blending ice since the bananas are frozen (but it will be worth it!)
-Add peanut butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, sea salt, and anything else you want to combine. 
-Pulse your blender quickly to combine all of your ingredients and serve immediately. 
-Top your ice cream with some warmed up peanut butter drizzled on top and crushed roasted peanuts. Yum!

Have you ever made ice cream like this before? 
Is it something that you would try?

Tori

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lets Party!

People are always looking for a reason to throw a great party, and why not? 
They are fun, you get to catch up with good friends, and make memories that will last a life time.
Theme parties though, they take parties to a new level.
Although it is sometimes difficult to come up with a great theme to give your gathering, today we got you covered.
Check out these great theme ideas for your next shindig that you plan on throwing for any occasion.

Girls Night

- PJ's and Pancakes Party-
What is better than pancakes and pajamas?! Baby shower? Girls night? Birthday celebration? 
This theme party is perfect for almost any type of occasion. 
Have your friends show up to indulge in a variety of cereals, pancakes, bacon, and fruit to name a few all, while lounging in PJ's and sipping on mimosas.
 I don't think it gets much better than that!
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-Spa-
What's better than having a spa night with the girls? Gather up some face masks and nail polishes. Create your own DIY coconut oil hair masks, coffee body sugar scrub,and treat guests to robes (for $9.99!) and/or flip flops(for under $3). You are bound to have a great time getting pampered and catching up with all of your friends!
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House Warming

-Love & Luck Potluck-
Usually when you first move into a new home, funds may be tight. 
What better than to throw a potluck house warming party?! 
Ask guests to bring their favorite dish and don't forget to mark down on your invitations what course you want each guest to bring so that you don't end up with 20 desserts and 1 main dish. 
Speaking of invites, for an inexpensive idea, head to your local home improvement store and stock up on some paint chips to use as a great base for your invites. 
Light candles for a cozy home feel, put on some great music, and take guests on a tour of your new pad!
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Birthday For Him or Her

-Ole! It's (name) Birthday! -
A festive Mexican theme fiesta is perfect for anyone (heck, I'd love one for myself). 
Hand out sombreros to your guests and create a taco bar with all the fixings! 
Hard and soft shells, chopped meat, shredded chicken, cheese, salsa, lettuce, onions, sour cream, and guac! 
When it comes to drinks Coronas and margaritas are always a top choice for a theme like this. 
Create a festive station on your Pandora radio and play music to get guests feeling festive, oh and don't forget the pinata!
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-Big Screen B-day-
Invite guests over for a movie night! 
Create a snack bar complete with tubs of popcorn, pretzels, sweets, and some quick and easy apps. Put out some wine for guests to sip and provide cozy blankets and floor pillows so that guests can curl up and get cozy. 
What better than a night of laughs and tasty treats with friends!?

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What type of theme party have you been to recently?
Are you planning a theme party anytime soon?

Tori

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Favorites

This week was super busy yet very productive, I'd be lying though if I said I wasn't excited for the weekend.
With the weekend right at our finger tips this means it is time for Friday Favorites.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy all of our favorite finds from the week!

Favorite Outfit:
Loving everything about this outfit. The pastel pink, the blazer, the pumps, and even the necklace are all a win in my book

Favorite Recipe:
 This Cheese and garlic crack bread looks so freakin tasty!
Fresh bread and a load of cheese is always a good idea.



Favorite DIY:
Another jackpot DIY winner! 
This 41 Amazing Free People Inspired DIYs article is amazing!
So many great ideas, and I am totally making that dream catcher in the very near future.
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Favorite Funnies:

It's worth a shot right?

This will be me this summer...oops

Seriously though..why have you betrayed me favorite bra?!

Happy Friday all! Have a safe and fun weekend.
PS If you haven't yet, join us on Facebook for special deals, behind the scenes looks, and a whole lot of #RockinTheSweetLife

Tori

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

#OOTD - Kristin Cavallari

Isn't it so crazy how some people in the public eye look so stylish and comfy when traveling?
One person who pulls this off great is Kristin Cavallari.
Whether she is stopping through at an airport or out on the town for lunch, she always looks comfortable yet chic and doesn't look like she tried too hard either.
Here is a perfect example, our #OOTD Kristin Cavalleri's style on a budget!

Leggings  $9.90
Knit Tee $8.90

Is this a look you would rock?

Tori

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Letter To My Teenage Self - Life, Love, and Lessons

Hey girl! It's you...dam near 30....scary huh? Well I thought after reflecting back on these precious years on earth I should tell you a little something as you enter 9th grade, yep you are heading into high school and no you don't have to worry about freshman Friday (it's a myth!) but we do have a lot to chat about! 


School:
You are in one of the best schools in the nation, take advantage of it. Yet with that you are also in one of the most stuck up and obnoxious schools in the nation. Some of your class mates are ruthless and just plain mean. You still have not broken out of your shell yet and you are unbearably shy. You are afraid to even answer a question when the teacher calls on you (you dread that!). This makes you a huge target for bullying. It pains me to see how people treated you in school and breaks my heart that you let them get away with that. You are an extremely bright and talented girl and although you are so delicate right now you will toughen up. This experience (although no teenager should have to endure) will be part of the reason you are who you are today. Don't be afraid to speak your mind and state your opinion, you have a great mind and are entitled to all the opinions that you have! Don't let anyone laugh at you because your dream is to be a fashion designer at Ralph Lauren even though you don't have that Prada back pack that all the girls are carrying around at school (spoiler alert: you become a designer at Ralph Lauren). You will learn that earning the things you want in life is so much better and rewarding than getting handed everything and you will work hard and you will get what you want...because you deserve it! 

Friends:
You know your best friend you have right now? You won't be talking to her anymore and for good reason...she was never a true friend and you see signs of this throughout high school although never accept the facts until later in life, but that's ok...this is something you need to learn to see the people who really matter later on in life and who are worth still being in your life. You know your friend from first grade? You both still keep in touch (although not as much as you'd like) and she was one of your brides maids in your wedding! So was your friend you went to dance classes with since you were 3 years old, she's getting married next year and you'll be in her wedding too. Friends will come and go and you will meet some amazing and not so amazing people in your life, but the ones that matter...you will always end up getting back in touch with no matter how many months or years went by...you will hold on to the good ones. It's true what they say too by the way...1 good friend is always better than 5 fake friends.

Love:
You will date and make some pretty poor choices in men...sorry just being honest! You will also meet someone that you will date for a number of years around graduation time. In the beginning you will try to convince him that you already graduated high school but he will find out that you are a senior when he sees that 2013 tassel hanging from the rear view mirror of you green Chevy rally sport. Whoops! You will think he's "the one" and girrrrrl you will lay your heart on the line. This my friend is what will be your first major heart break. He will leave when you need him most and he will hurt you...bad. You will cry and cry until there are no more tears and you will lash out, yet right when you feel like you are on the mend...he will come back and start the process all over again. It's a vicious cycle and you will eventually move on and take this experience as a learning experience and realize that this is just  what you need, the lessons you need to be able to fall in love again and to learn what true love really is! 

Family:
Your parents are amazing! You may not think that now but they were always the ones who believed in you, the ones who knew that your boyfriend was not right for you yet didn't forbid you from seeing him because they knew this was a lesson you needed to learn on your own. Their hearts also broke every time yours did, but it broke for you! They aren't perfect but they are perfect for you and they will still love you no matter what horrible things you do or what mean names you call them (and yes it will break your heart when you think back about all the things you put them through, so slow your roll sistah). Your brother and sister (as annoying as they may seem now) are such incredible people and your best friends. Although they are younger than you they will make you so incredibly proud and you will be amazed and what strong, astounding, adults they grow up to be. Oh and your sister has a baby! She's turning one and your heart nearly burst the moment you laid eyes on her. Although things will change in your family as the years go on you will all grow to love each other even more and more every day. You will be closer to your parents and siblings more than ever before and although you will regret what you put them through in your teenage years you will do your everything you can to make them proud and happy once you get through your "phase" senior year into your early college years. 

Life:
You have a huge battle to fight with the next coming years and there will be times where you think you aren't going to be able to make it. You will hurt, cry, feel like a failure, and pray that every bad and horrible thing that happened to you never happened, and although no one ever deserves what you went through it will make you who you are today! You grew out of your awkwardness, you are comfortable with who you are and you love yourself!! You make YOU happy because you learned no one can make you happy unless you are happy with yourself and you have achieved practically every goal you set for yourself. Everything you wished, everything you dreamed came true! You know why?! Because you learned from all of your mistakes that you made over and over...and over again. You speak your mind and you broke out of that shy shell. You are proud to be you and your family STILL has your back always! Most of all you are so much stronger than you ever thought you could be and you enjoy and appreciate all the incredible things life has to offer because you know how quickly it can be taken away. These years are going to be hard, I won't lie, but I'm also not lying when I tell you they will be worth it and you DO deserve only the best...Don't ever forget that.

Love,
You

Monday, March 16, 2015

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

When it comes to delicious, healthy, and quick recipes I jump all over that like white on rice and who wouldn't? With that said, one of my favorite breakfast meals incorporates all of that and gives me the energy I need to start my morning and fills me up super well until lunch. We are talkin overnight oats people, and if you have yet to jump on that wagon you totally should, well, we know you will after you try this tasty breakfast recipe below.

What You Need:
1/2 cup milk (almond milk works well)
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 apple diced with the skin (or 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce)
1/2 cup oats
2 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch of stevia powder
1 dash of vanilla extract 

What You Do:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass container and mix well.
  2. Enjoy your overnight oats from the fridge the next day or at least 4 hours after placed in the refrigerator.
Makes 1 serving.
**I really enjoy this with a sliced up banana as well and a tiny drizzle of honey.

Are you a fan of overnight oats? 
What is your favorite flavor to make?

Tori

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

#OOTD - Olivia Palermo's Look On A Budget

It is pretty safe to say that Olivia Palermo has become one of a fashion icon to many ladies out there, and with her classy chic outfits how can we disagree?
With her on point fashion and timeless style we present to you Olivia Palermo, our favorite #OOTD.
Just click the links below so you can get her look on a budget!


Opaque Tights  $5.80
Woven Blazer  $32.90
Black Tee $3.90

What is your favorite part of this outfit?
What do you think of Olivia's style?

Tori


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Metabolism Boosting Smoothie

I am a smoothie junkie! 
What is there not to like about them? 
Quick, easy, delicious, and healthy are always key points I look for when stirring up something in the kitchen. 
When it comes to breakfast, a smoothie always hits the spot. 
This metabolism boosting smoothie is one of my favorite morning treats not only because it is filling and yummy but it kicks your metabolism into gear to gets your body working properly first thing in the a.m.

What You Need:
6 ounces vanilla non fat Greek yogurt
8 almonds
1/4 cup broccoli florets (no stems)
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/4 cup garbanzo beans
3/4 cup iced green tea
1 teaspoon flaxmeal
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

What You Do:
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth
Pour into a glass and garnish with a dash of cinnamon. Enjoy!

What does your favorite smoothie consist of?!

Tori

Monday, March 9, 2015

Must Have Statement Necklaces

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Statement necklaces are hot, and why wouldn't they be?
Who doesn't love sprucing up a great classic outfit with an amazing statement piece?
They are perfect for a casual day running errands, or a busy day in the office bouncing meeting to meeting. 
Either way, at work, in the street, or even a  night on the town, you can always kick your look up a notch with an amazing statement necklace!
Take a look at the budget friendly pieces we found below that would go amazing with any outfit you may want to give a little oomph to. 




Are you a statement necklace fan? 
Which necklace is your favorite?

Tori

Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday Favorites Roundup

What a week! But we made it, we are here, and we are ready to share with you or favorite roundup of the week, Friday Favorites! 
Check it out and let us know what your favorites from the week were.

Favorite Outfit:
Absolutely loving this outfit. The layered top, the statement necklace, those pumps, and that pop of color! All on point and looks fabulous. We <3.

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Favorite Recipe:
I don't know about you but Gyros are a favorite around these parts. 
This recipe is amazing and super delish. 
You definitely have to try it if you are a big gyro fan.
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Favorite DIY:
Upcycling is always a great idea. 
You not only save money but you can create some amazing and beautiful creations from something you had lying around that you no longer had use for. 
This link is the jackpot for upcycling projects. We highly recommend it!

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Favorite Funnies:

We love you too honey...... = /


Sorry to break the news but I have a feeling that after you show your buddies your new tat you will be "gudge"d quite a bit.
 
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I laughed so hard when I saw this...REALLY?!?!
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OMG like how weird, that's like so cray. ughhhhh
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Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend. 5:00 is right around the corner!

Tori

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

10 Amazing Beauty Uses For Vaseline



If there is one inexpensive must have that is always in my medicine cabinet, it is definitely Vaseline. Vaseline isn't only for chapped lips anymore. This little magician in a pot works wonders on many things when it comes to beauty. 
Here's a list of all the handy ways that you can use Vaseline and why you should stock up on it now.

1. Dab a small amount around your hairline when dying your hair at home to prevent your forehead from drying out and getting stained.

2. Use a q-tip to apply a bit of Vaseline around the inside cap of your nail polish to prevent polish from sealing the cap shut and getting stuck.

3. Dab a touch of Vaseline on your neck and wrists before spritzing yourself with perfume, it makes the perfume's scent last longer!

4. Use Vaseline on cuticles to prevent them from drying and peeling. 

5. Put a thin layer around your nail beds with a q-tip before painting your nails. The result? A no mess mani. Just wipe off the Vaseline when your nails are dry.

6. Chapped lips...no problem. Apply a bit of sugar to a touch of Vaseline and rub it in your lips. Next, wipe the Vaseline sugar combo off with a soft cloth for a soft lipstick ready pout.

7. Buff away rough dry skin by combining Vaseline and brown sugar. 

8. No makeup remover? No problem! Dab some Vaseline on a soft cloth or tissue and gently swipe away eye makeup in a snap.

9. Using self tanner to keep a glow going this winter? Apply a dab of Vaseline to rough areas like elbows and knees to avoid streaks.

10. Are you a runner or into sports that cause you to be prone to chaffing? Apply a thin layer of Vaseline to areas that chafe easily like between thighs and the armpit area. 

What other uses do you have for Vaseline?

Tori

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Healthier Delicious Chocolate Cake Recipe


I don't know about you but over here we are huge chocolate fans and even bigger chocolate cake fans! 
The great thing about chocolate cake...duh...it's delicious. 
The worst thing about chocolate cake, it's not the healthiest of food choices. 
Well, what if we changed that and gave you a chocolate cake recipe that is protein packed and a delicious alternative to your usual cake?
 Since we like you so very much, here is our Healthier Delicious Chocolate Cake Recipe that we hope you will enjoy as much as we do.

What You Need:
1/4 cup Quality cocoa
1/4 cup coconut flour
1  1/2  teaspoons gluten free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
4  eggs
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup melted coconut oil

 What You Do:
Preheat your oven to 320 F.
Combine your cocoa, coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt well in a medium bowl.
Next add eggs, honey, vanilla and coconut oil.
Mix all of your ingredients together until smooth.
Pour your batter into a small baking pan sprayed with non stick spray.
Bake this yummy goodness for 40 minutes or until cooked through (stick a toothpick in the middle and if it comes out clean its fully cooked)
Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Eat alone, with your favorite frosting, or have warm with a dollop of low fat ice cream. Yum!

Are you a chocolate cake fan?

Tori

Monday, March 2, 2015

#OOTD Seasonal Transition Wear On A Budget

Believe it or not the weather is going to start getting warmer (hard to believe right?!)
With that comes that "awkward" transitional period between winter and summer fashion, but we got you covered. 
Today's #OOTD is all about transitioning, looking great, and of course...saving money.


V Neck Tee $3.90
Necklace (similar) $5.90 (actual necklace pictured $134)
Shoes $34.50 sale!


Oh...guess what? 
If you love that skirt as much as I do, you are in luck! 
My Sister's Closet Boutique was nice enough to gift all of you awesome Cupcakes & Crossbones viewers with an awesome coupon code to shop their boutique! 
Not only are all of their clothes absolutely adorable and stylish, they are also friendly on the wallet. 
We honestly couldn't believe some of these prices. 
So head over now and shop till you drop. Don't forget to use your coupon code below before it's too late.

My Sister's Closet Boutique Code: MSCSAVE (10% OFF whole order, expires 3/7/2015)

Would you rock this outfit? 
What must have items did you find on the My Sister's Closet Boutique website?

Tori


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