Author Archives: Lexy

The Weekend Is Here

August 29, 2014

DIY Napkin Garland

Hola, friendlies! It’s Friday. It’s Labor Day Weekend. Is that not the best news you’ve ever heard? Long weekends are my fave. Long weekends and Vita and corn dogs. All my faves. Before I sign off and go spend the rest of my day and money at Target on the new Oh Joy! For Target line, here are a few links you gotta click! Ya gotta!

Kelly’s studio is going to be my second living arrangement. She knows this.

All the kids need these surprise lunch cards!

If you’re hosting, you need to read all these things. Tips for days, folks!

Pregnancy is soooo crazy. And Chels is actually making me miss it!

A freebie for your screenie!

A DIY Napkin Garland from yours truly.

Scalloped backdrop. A must.

These notebook tea cloths are inspiring!!!

**happy weekend**

photography: The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ Printed Moleskine Notebooks

August 28, 2014

DIY \\ Printed Moleskine Notebooks

Oh man, you guys. Did you think I quit blogging? You must have. I may seem like I have it together, but the truth is, I don’t! I can’t believe the amount of time that has passed since I was last here. I have been sharing projects elsewhere, and left y’all high and dry!

To be diabetically frank, I’m still trying to figure out how to manage the new health sitch. And it’s tough now that Vita-girl is walking! Did you see the video? Cutest girl in the world. My heart stops dead every time. Every. Time. I’ve been running around like a chicken with her (I’m a female chicken, of course) head cut off! You know when you just can’t seem to manage it all, but somehow, you make it to the end of every day only to start over tomorrow? That’s how I’ve been feeling and I’m slowly figuring out how to climb out of my hibernation.

DIY \\ Printed Moleskine Notebooks

Thank you so much for your emails, texts, and messages of support! I feel so lucky to have such a great community that comes from blogland. Y’all are tops!

All this is to say that I have a project to share with you! The words above were code for, “Let’s use some kitchen staples to create printed moleskine notebooks!”.

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DIY \\ Fabric Inspired Printed Macarons

August 12, 2014

DIY \\ Fabric Inspired Printed Macarons

It’s no surprise that I’m on a Macaron kick. They’re just delicious! I’ll be honest, though, and tell you that I’m happy with plain old vanilla. Does that make me boring? Hope not. The edible typography macarons were such a hit, that I decided to keep exploring the ways to print on this tasty treat. And then it hit me – Fabric-inspired Printed Macarons! They can be  real thing! I had several fabric swatches from Vita’s nursery and they had perfect designs that were easy to recreate with some edible food pens! DIY \\ Fabric Inspired Printed Macarons


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And it goes like this:

Copy the designs from your fabric onto the tops of each macaron using the food pens. Don’t worry about perfection! I’m a simple girl.

DIY \\ Fabric Inspired Printed Macarons

The pens don’t alter the taste at all and are safe to eat! But you might not want to because they’re so pretty. DIY \\ Fabric Inspired Printed Macarons

That was a joke. How could one NOT eat a macaron?

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ Popcorn Cone Favors

August 8, 2014

Popcorn Cone Favors

One word: POPCONES. That’s what we’re calling these popcorn cone favors. They’re easy to make. I know I’m not the first person to make cones like these and I’m almost too ashamed to share this as an official DIY. Almost… (It’s Friday, you guys. I’ve lost my head.)

Popcorn Cone Favors

I’m sure you get the gist. Take a square of paper. Roll into a cone. Place a piece of tape on the back to keep in place. Fill with popcorn. Snap a picture. Devour. Popcorn Cone Favors Popcorn Cone Favors Popcorn Cone Favors At the moment, we are in Salt Lake City celebrating the DIY Fest that is Craft Lake City. We’ll be there today and tomorrow! Will you? If so, let me know! You can party with me and Logan. And by “party”, I mean “stuff your face with delish food that I’m sure we will find”. Before I sign off, here are a few fave popcorn projects from around the web!

 printable popcorn boxes!

cookie butter popcorn!

lemon popcorn!

garlic parmesan popcorn!

butterfinger popcorn!

pb&j popcorn!

**happy weekend**

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

Taste It \\ Ombre Popcorn

August 7, 2014

Ombre Popcorn

We all know that appearances are everything. ESPECIALLY when it comes to dessert. This popcorn is no exception. It went from regular popcorn to ombre popcorn in a matter of seconds. And now it’s pretty enough to eat!

Ombre Popcorn

Ombre Popcorn

Ombre Popcorn

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Taste It \\ S’more Popcorn

August 6, 2014

S'more Popcorn

It’s summer where I am. Is it summer where you are? If so, build a campfire this weekend, or head to the movies, or cozy up on the couch. Do whatever it is you need to do to allow yourselves the chance at this s’more popcorn.  It’s so tasty and gooey and before you know it, an entire mixing bowl is gone in no time flat.


Is it “s’more”?

Or is it “s’mores”?

I’ve never understood it. So if you can clear that up for me, that would be great. I have lost many-a-night’s-sleep over that.

S'more Popcorn You can get the full recipe over here on Style Me Pretty Living today! Yum. Yum. Yummers.

S’more Popcorn at SMP Living

In other news, I’ve got another tasty way to shnazz up the popcorn so check back later tomorrow for that! It’s definitely popcorn that’s on trend… any guesses as to what it’ll be?!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

Taste It \\ Pop Rocks Popcorn

August 5, 2014

Pop Rocks Popcorn

Guys. I’ve been eating a lot of popcorn lately. It’s air popped and pretty dry. And honestly? It hasn’t been satisfying my diabetic taste buds. (Nothing can. Whomp whomp.) I’ve been trying to figure out small ways to spice and/or sweeten it up. So welcome to Popcorn Week. Now, I can’t go crazy, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Each day, I’ve got a tasty recipe or craft involving popcorn and they’re delicious and cute and appearances are really all that matters. Right? So let’s make some pop rocks popcorn, mmmmkay? It’s too good.

I know. I know. To me, the idea sounded a little gross at first. But lemmetellyou, the bowl is empty and after only one afternoon. It’s grown on me.

Pop Rocks Popcorn

I think it’s the popping sensation. Mixed with the sweetness of the chocolate. It just works. And don’t judge, but I let Vita try out the pop rocks and it was the funniest thing I’ve seen all August. She loved ‘em!

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End O’ The Week

August 1, 2014

DIY Popsicle Party Backdrop

My, oh my. It’s August. It may as well be Christmas now. Just kidding. I’m not ready for that. Though I have been working on a few big projects that you’ll be seeing come December. Sneak peeks coming soon! The weekends tend to fly by before I have a chance to really soak them in. I’m poor at time management when Friday rolls around. I think I have all weekend, and then BAM. It’s Sunday night and I’m getting depressed. Does this happen to you?

Before I sign off to go eat my weight in sugar-less weight watchers caramels (thanks, Diabetes), I’ll leave with you with a few of my fave projects and posts that made their way around the web this week! My fave? Of course it would be Vita sittin’ pretty in front of this DIY Popsicle Party Backdrop that I made over on You Are My Fave. You are having a popsicle party, right?


I’m thinking I need to make my way over to Manhattan Beach.

The kiwi is my fave! What’s yours?

Keep your kids safe in a digital age. Starring Vita.

A pineapple boat. No other words necessary.

Perfect picnics with origami boxes can happen.

 I may spend tomorrow afternoon making salt water taffy!

All the macarons. The fruity macarons.

You NEED these flamingo straws in your life. We all do.

photography: The Proper Pinwheel for You Are My Fave

DIY \\ Pom Pom Ice Cream Cones

July 30, 2014

DIY Pom Pom Ice Cream Cones

I’m not going to let National Ice Cream Month slip away without sharing these pom pom ice cream cones. These are the kinds of cones that Diabetics can get on board with.  Bonus: They last forever. So you can dream about ice cream long after July…

DIY Pom Pom Ice Cream Cones

I cheated. These perfectly perfect poms were given to me by Rachel of Smile and Wave. She made a whole slew of them for the Awesome with Bing & The Alison Show event. (More on that party very soon!)

If you don’t have a super talented friend who can create the poms for you, they’re really easy to make. Check out a few tutorials here!

DIY Pom Pom Ice Cream Cones

This is the fun part. Head to the store and buy some sugar cones! Mine are from Dollar Tree. They have everything.

Hot glue your pom poms to each sugar cone and you’re set. DIY Pom Pom Ice Cream Cones

Ice cream cones that last forever. My dreams have all come true.
DIY Pom Pom Ice Cream Cones

Oh and don’t worry, that’s just me trying my darndest to seem cool in front of the camera. Maybe one day I will be. For now, Imma just focus on the pom cones. I’m willing them to turn to real ice cream before my very eyes.

photography: tutorial photos by The Proper Pinwheel \\ first & last photos by Sally Mae Photography 

Behind The Blog \\ Thoughts On Creating & Sharing Content

July 29, 2014

This is just one of those things that I sit on for a long time. I sit. Stewing. And thinking. And stewing. Then I forget about it and go on my merry way. And then something happens and I’m back stewing all over again.

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Whenever someone asks me about blogging, they assume that it’s all pretty photo shoots and getting free stuff in the mail and being your own boss and “oh so cute!”. Half the time, when someone finds out what I do, that’s the response.

“You blog? That’s so cute.”

Yes, it is cute. Er, it can be cute. I’m happy to photograph cute things and share them with all eleven of you. That’s part of the fun.

And yes, it can be awesome to be your own boss. But technically, I’m not. I’m only one of my bosses. I have about 8 bosses at the moment. And it can be a little tricky to manage if you don’t have enough Diet Coke stocked in the fridge.

One of the toughest parts about blogging is mastering the management of time. I’d like to master the art of reversing time, but whaddayado? You have to manage emails, deadlines, employees, invoices, incomes, props, ads, campaigns, sponsors, etc. It can be a little exhausting.

For me, I currently contribute to several larger sites while still (totally scraping by!!!) managing my own blog. I work around the clock. When Vita’s eyes are closed, my laptop is open or my camera is on and my brain is spinning with ideas for new projects. It’s tiring, and I sometimes wish that I could just unplug at night and decompress with my family. But then I remember that because I want to spend my days doing what I love and being with the little girl that I love, I have to keep plugging along and find a way to keep moving.
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But it’s tough to do. I’m guilty of doing the online comparing thing. And that can be dangerous. I have to remember that everyone moves at their own pace.

I want this place to be one of inspiration. Whatever I share here, I want it to do something for you. I want you to laugh. I want you to be happy. I want you to feel creative. I want you to feel inspired. And I want you to feel like you’ve got it all, folks.

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As someone who works hard to create internet awesomeness, it feels amazing to have your work shared by friends, new and old, who inspire you! I always love finding my work around the webs. It’s neat!

However, what isn’t neat? When I find my work being credited with a “via pinterest”. Pals, I’m sure you know this, but I feel like I need to shout it at the top of my lungs.


Turn back.

This occasionally happens to me, but it doesn’t bother me too much. I’ll usually send a quick little email asking if the author could change the info and link me as the source. And most of the time, it’s taken care of rather quickly. It’s always polite. It’s always courteous. And it never becomes a big deal.

I’m lucky that this doesn’t happen to me too often. But I have friends that it happens to all the time! Can you believe that?!? As bloggers/freelancers, we try to make a living off the content we create and share online. And if we aren’t recognized as the original creator, we miss out on other opportunities, amiright? I think it’s wonderful to have my work shared, and in turn, share the work of others. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it.

Pals, I know I don’t need to elaborate on this topic. I’ll just say that it is easier than you think to find photo credits. If you find something that you want to share that wasn’t yours, just credit! Can’t find the credit because you found it through Pinterest and you just keep going ’round and ’round in “via Pinterest” circles? You can use BING’s reverse image search. It’s that easy. If you can’t find the credit no matter how hard you have tried, then I urge you not to use that photo. You might not think it, but you could be doing a disservice to the blogger in question.

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This is something that I feel very strongly about and I’m hoping that by mentioning it here, some will become a little more aware of the potential damage that can be done. The online community is supposed to be a supportive one, so let’s support each other, mmmmmkay?!?

And listen, if I have ever used one of your photos (and you don’t want it all up on Proper) or I have credited an image wrong, please feel free to shoot me an email and tell me that changes need to be made! I get it!
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I would love to hear your thoughts on this. It can be a heated topic for some, but I always love hearing other points of view.  Has this happened to you? What do you do about it?!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel