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.

Also.

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?

CLICK ‘EM ALL.

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.

THAT’S NOT THE WAY, MY FRIENDS!

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

DIY \\ Popsicle Drinking Straws

July 17, 2014

DIY Popsicle Drinking Straws DIY Popsicle Drinking Straws

I know. I post so much food here lately that you’re prob like, “DOES THE GIRL EVEN DIY ANYMORE?!?!”

I can assure you that I do. They’re just food-related projects these days! Ha! If I can’t enjoy a real popsicle, you better believe that a paper one will be in my hands all day long. My latest project for Babiekins Magazine went live today so head on over there to see how to make these crazy simple popsicle drinking straws!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

Taste It \\ Fortune Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

July 16, 2014

Fortune Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

So many of my posts recently have been about food. And with darn good reason. I just can’t let go of the sweets. And I don’t plan to. If I want to snack, it has to be on something small. And that’s just what these fortune cookie ice cream sandwiches are. They’re small. But they pack a sweet punch. Fortune Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

You’ll need:

  • fortune cookie flats (found at World Market)
  • melon baller
  • frozen yogurt or ice cream

Fortune Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Scoop. Sandwich. Freeze. Devour.

Fortune Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches Repeat.
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Fortune Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches Fortune Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

These guys are perfect for a little afternoon pick-me-up. Or a morning pick-me-up. And, of course, a late-night pick-me-up. Go forth and freeze.

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

Fresh \\ Found

July 11, 2014

#awesomewithbing

Boom. The weekend is here. It’s Friday. It’s my favorite. I always look forward to the weekends because we try to take Vita-girl swimming. That kid loves the water. It’s so fun. I actually snapped a photo of her in the pool for Instagram and won a summer contest with Better Homes & Gardens! See the cutie here.

The photo above is a lil’ snapshot from a party with BING & The Alison Show a few weeks ago. Sharing more on that soon! Before I head off into the Friday sunset, here are a few of my fave projects this week.

These woven hanging planters give a whole new meaning to the craft.

A gold sequin cake. That’s edible. WTF?!?

These pineapple ring dishes are on point.

Ice cream cone elbow patches. I’ll take two for every sweater.

The pom pom placemat of my dreams.

Holy moly mother of flamingo. Straws.

I’d drink anything with these mod drink stirrers!

Hanging paper lanterns for parties. They’re just too pretty!

**happy weekend**

 

 

DIY \\ Paper Clip Fruit Skewers

July 10, 2014

DIY Paper Clip Fruit Skewers

It’s summer. And I’m obsessed with fruit. Only a few types of fruit these days, but fortunately, they’re all small enough to fit on these cute lil’ DIY paper clip fruit skewers.  DIY Paper Clip Fruit Skewers Head on over to Babiekins to see the full how-to!

*Disclaimer* Guys. I’m not claiming these to be 100% food-safe! Make ‘em at your own discretion. Similar to other metal skewers, I boiled these in hot water to sterilize and let them cool before using them with the fruit! Mmmkay? 

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel