Nail Art is Difficult.

I have this friend who is constantly painting her nails in the most beautiful designs and sending me pictures of them.  Unfortunately, I’ve never had this ability.  I think my most refined nail art to date is polka dots…and even those didn’t look good.

But, this is about to change for any of you who have the same life problems.  (Yeah, I know, that isn’t a life problem, but you get the idea.)

I did my nails today, and I actually got pretty fancy with it, to my extreme pride.  It’s really easy though, so I thought I’d share it with you all.  First, after your base coat, put a piece of tape on half of your nail.  It can be vertical, horizontal, diagonal, whatever.  Then paint the other half (the tape makes a straight line).

I know this is probably painfully easy for some of you, and I’m sure I’m not the first to think of it.  It’s probably already floating around the internet somewhere (oh look, it is! And much better than mine), but it’s still an accomplishment for me, haha.

ImageYou cannot fathom how proud I am.  Anyway, if you’re anything like me, I hope this helps you!

As a sidenote, my sister is starting a blog, so make sure you check it out.

Fun With Super Bowl Snacks

Today I’ll be sharing my plans for the Super Bowl with you all.  First: dessert.  Obviously, that’s the priority here :)

We’re having oreo truffles, which sounds much more complicated than it is.  You’ll need: 16 oz. cream cheese, 72 oreos, and 4 or 5 bars of dark chocolate.  Crush the oreos and put them in the food processor with the cream cheese until it is smooth and dough-like.  Form them into balls and let it sit overnight.  The next day, melt the dark chocolate, and dip the oreo balls in.  Put them in the fridge so they can cool, et voila!  Oreo truffles.

Let me tell you, they are so good.  I really can’t stress this enough.  They’re amazing.

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Honestly, they don’t look as good as they taste, but some sprinkles could easily fix that, haha.

Our second plan is… sushi!  We’re going to have one regular platter (for my family) and one vegetarian platter (for me and our vegetarian friends).  I’m excited; sushi is the best.  Thing.  Ever.  (Besides the oreo truffles.)

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This picture is of the sushi platter (from New Year’s Eve), but I have no idea what the vegetarian one will look like.

Well, I hope you enjoy your Super Bowl as much as I will!  xoxo

Closet Organization for the New Year

I started a blog series about ways to keep organized during the New Year– I know that’s definitely one of my resolutions.  Here is the second tip: closet organizing!

It’s definitely something I’ve struggled with, but I’m here to help you all out.  One thing I’m trying this year is this:

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Flip your hangers backwards so the hooks face you.  When you wear something, put it back in with the hook facing in.  That way, at the end of 2014, you can donate anything you haven’t worn in a year :)

Another tip (which you can sort of see in the picture) is that I organize my clothes by color, that way I can form outfits pretty quickly.  It’s convenient, but the problem is that with so many patterned clothes, rainbow order gets pretty difficult.

Anyway, good luck and let me know in the comments how it goes!  (And stay tuned for some fun with super bowl snacks haha)

The Power of Dreams

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Never underestimate your dreams- they can take you to amazing places.

This probably seems pretty random, but I have a reason for posting this. The other night, I had a remarkable dream. It was about a queen, and I was her lady-in-waiting… I can’t describe it how it really was, but it inspired my next book. I’ll finish the one I’m working on first, but I’m really excited about this one.

Like most dreams, it was pretty abstract at first, but after thinking it over, it made more sense. After talking it through with my friend, it developed into an entire plot for a novel, and I think it’s very unique.

I’ll have more information on my progress once I start (although it may be awhile), but I wanted to let you all know that your dreams can do amazing things. People often find that as you get older, your creativity is completely squashed out of you. That may be what you think, but your subconscious is capable of a lot more than you’d think; give it a chance.  It may surprise you.

What do you think?  Have you had any inspiring dreams?

Organizing Jewelry for the New Year

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One big to-do I have for 2014 is to organize myself.  Anyone who knows me will know that I am not, by any means, a “neat” person- not by far.  But, I’m trying.  I’ll be posting different methods I test out as I go along, so stay tuned!

The first thing I tried- jewelry organizing.  Surprisingly, I wasn’t actually that bad off to begin with- I have a spinning earring holder and two cute boxes for bracelets.  The main issue was necklaces.  I had them all just thumb-tacked to my wall, which wasn’t too bad, but wasn’t visually appealing either.

I was doing some major Pinterest surfing yesterday, and I saw a hanger used as a jewelry organizer.  I decided to try it out, and I think it works pretty well.  It doesn’t hold ALL of my jewelry, but it does hold all of my necklaces which is what I was looking for.  It looks a lot better than it did previously, also.

What do you think?  Leave your opinion down below, as well as any ideas :)

Snowy Winter Days and a Cup of Calm

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Today, I was lucky enough to have been snowed in and taken a day off.  I’ve never been much for winter- I’m always telling myself I’ll move somewhere sunny- but I realized I’ve forgotten why I love the cold and the snow.  This morning, I played relaxing music, curled up in a few fuzzy blankets with a cup of Cran-Apple Green Tea, a winter favorite, and worked on writing my book in front of the window.  I have to say, it reminded me why I love this type of weather.

My mid-morning relaxation inspired me to project my thoughts to others, and I decided to start a blog.  I’ve always wanted to, but I never have had a real, successful blog.  I’d like to write about…well, a lot.  Fashion, DIY, cooking, art, music, writing, the list goes on.

Chances are, I’ll be home tomorrow as well, so I’m hoping for more of the same peaceful, calm relaxation, and hopefully more inspiration.