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Your Ultimate Summer To Do List

summer to do list

1. Try Something New – You only regret the chances you didn’t take.

2. Sport a New Do – Braids are Summer’s hottest accessory. Keep cool, while looking cute.

3. Cool Off with a Refreshing Cocktail – Watermelon & Champagne? Can you think of a better pairing?

4. Find Your Prints – Summer is the ultimate time to have fun with fashion. Prints are in full force. Find your perfect match.

5. Fairs, Carnivals, Festivals – Need I say more?

6. Indulge. – Salted Caramel? You’re just beating the heat.

7. Detox… Your Closet – And make some cash. Copious anyone? (Check out my closet organization tips here)

8. Go on a PicnicFinally, you have an excuse to buy that Kate Spade champagne tote.

9. Adventure Awaits – Buy a ticket & leave.

10. Throw a chic soirée – String lights make me swoon.

11. Try Out a Trend – Mirrored Sunnies are a safe bet if you’re not ready to get wild.

12. Plan a Staycation – Explore hidden gems in your own city.

13. Channel Your Inner Holly Golightly – Diamonds and floppy hats are always acceptable.

14. Document – Snapshot your memories.

15. Go to an Outdoor Movie – Or create one in your backyard.

16. Get Your DIY On – Glue guns optional.

17. Lighten Up – Who doesn’t love a fresh faced Summer glow?

18. Relax – Pool day, enough said.

19. Buy a bouquet – Guaranteed to brighten your day.

20. Get Grillin’ – Finally put those upteen recipes you pinned to good use.

21. Get Sweaty – Try a Summer sport and reap the benefits.

22. Have a Spa Day – Or invite over your besties for a spa night.

Cake Batter Cookies

cake batter cookies

Sometimes I just get into total baking mode. Particularly, when I’m perusing Pinterest and come across a fun recipe. This one happened to look cute, smell yummy and be super simple. A great recipe when you need a dessert in a pinch! Granted I don’t actually try any of the non-vegan recipes I bake.. I promise they get good reviews! I can’t wait to try a festive red, white & blue version for the 4th of July!

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Ingredients

  • 18.25 oz Box of French Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 1 t Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 C Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 t Vanilla Extract
  • 1 C Sprinkles

cake batter cookies

Preheat oven to 350°. Mix together cake mix and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

cake batter cookies

Mix together eggs, oil and vanilla in a small mixing bowl.

cake batter cookies

Pour egg mixture into cake mixture and mix well.

cake batter cookies

Add sprinkles and incorporate well.
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cake batter cookies
cake batter cookies

Use cookie/ice cream scooper to scoop out dough and place on baking sheet.
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cake batter cookies

Bake 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, cookies will be very soft when they come out!

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cake batter cookies

Enjoy!

Snow Day

Snow Day

Growing up, the best thing about Winter in Pennsylvania was the Snow Days. Sled riding and hot chocolate made up the perfect Winter day. Today marks off the first of ‘snowed in’ Winter days this year. Traveling may not be an option, so here’s a few ideas make the most of being snowed in.

Snow Day -- Chick Flick Marathon

Host a chick flick marathon. Make use of your Netflix subscription, whether it’s classic girly faves or a Ryan Gossling vs. Channing Tatum face-off, it’ll be sure to keep you entertained.

Snow Day -- Do a Face Mask

Get a Winter glow. Face masks are a fixture in my beauty routine. There’s just something therapeutic about them, that I love. Polished supple skin is only a face mask away. If you don’t have a mask on hand, whip up one in the kitchen with one of these homemade recipes. My faves include Mario Basdecu ‘Super Collagen Mask’ & Cucumber Tonic Mask, Philosophy Oxygen Peel, and Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Mask.

Snow Day reading

Catch up on your reading. I subscribe to an absurd amount of magazines, so getting caught up is sometimes a weekend project. Get the latest on style, beauty news and bikini body moves.

Snow Day -- Glitter Fade Mani

Give yourself a mani. Take the time to master that mani you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest. I’ve been a huge fan of the glitter fade, and New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to sport it!

snow day baking -- vegan gluten-free brownies

Try a new recipe. I’ll admit, I’m a little Christmas cookie baked out, but now is the time for all of the those tdf recipes on my Pinterest board, or a warm Winter soup. (Vegan, gluten-free brownies pictured.)

snow day

Play in the snow. Skiing, tubing, or a snowball fight.

snow day -- hot chocolate bar

Create a hot chocolate bar to enjoy after. Add marshmallows, peppermint candies, chocolate, cookie sticks, etc.