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4th of July Flag Cake

What is up you guys!

For our Fourth of July party I really wanted to try something big…. or maybe not BIG but still pretty cool;) I saw this flag cake on pinterest, and looked up how to make it on allrecipes.com. In atempt to test my “baking skills”, I took on the challenge. Okay, it wasn’t too much of a dificult challenge, but hey! I still did it! So I thought I’d share some photos of how my cake came out, then how you can make it too! Now on to the cake‚áí

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I love how on the outside it just looks simple, but then you cut into it and…

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Is it me, or are things more fun to eat the prettier and more creative they are!

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Okay, now do you want to make one too?

That’ll wrap it up! If you make one too, tell me how it went in the comments or share a photo. I’d love to see them! Share this post with someone who loves to bake or make!

Until next time,

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DIY Stress Balls

What is up you guys!

Bored? Stressed? And looking for something to do? Well, I’m here to help! These stress balls are so satisfying and addictive! This DIY is perfect for any person from 9 to 99. It’s quick, easy, and definitely fun! Don’t worry about having to go to the store or on Amazon to buy some foreign or unheard of supplies and ingredients… all you’ll need is:

  • Balloons
  • A funnel (I’ll show you how to make one!)
  • Flour

Y’all. That’s literally it! Three ingredients and you’re on your way to ending boredom and stress! So here. we. go.

Grab a balloon and, if you don’t have a funnel on hand, a water bottle and scissors. Cut the top off the water bottle to make the funnel. Attach the balloon to the nozzle of the water bottle. DSC00759Pour flour into the funnel until the balloon is filled. Tie it off and…voila!

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We did this DIY outside. It can get a little messy!

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Tip: Don’t fill the balloon to its complete max capacity! Also, the stress balls are not the strongest/durable things in the world. Yes, you can squish and stretch to your hearts desire, but practice caution (or else you will end up with a face full of flour)! So just treat it like a regular balloon that’s filled with air. No knives, needles, rough play, and stuff like that.

That’ll wrap it up! Thanks for visiting, and I hope love this DIY!

Until Next Time,

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P.S. Let’s see how many times y’all can share this post! Goal: 10 times. It’s a pretty high goal for me, but I think you can do it!

 

DIY Tissue Paper Ice Cream Decor‚ô•

What is up you guys!

Recently, we hosted an ice cream social for our neighborhood, and I made these adorable ice cream decorations that got quite a bit of comments! These can be made into a banner, ¬†you could hang them up (I hung them along the edge of an umbrella), or just to have around. I love to share these fun diy’s with y’all, so¬†let’s get to it!

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Grab you supplies ,which would be:Tissue paper, brown craft paper, scissors, hot glue gun, and a pencil/marker/etc.
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Measure and draw a 5 in. “v” and then draw an arc over the top.
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Cut out the “v” and roll into cone shape. Hot glue the edge together.
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Cut a single piece of tissue paper and mold¬†into a “scoop” shape by folding in the outside corners to the middle.
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This is how one of my “scoops” turned out
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Hot glue the bottom to maintain the shape.
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Set aside the scoop. Now, make an “okay” sign with your hands and stuff 1/4 of a single piece of tissue paper into your hands as if it were the cone. Next, put that piece of tissue paper in the bottom of cone.
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Next, put that piece of tissue paper in the bottom of cone.
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Hot glue the first scoop on.
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Create a second scoop and hot glue that on as well.
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Just make as many as needed and……VOILA!
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Using fishing wire and thread, I hung the decorations from our outside umbrella. Just a cute addition to the party!
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The ice cream social was so much fun (and tasty)!

Thank you for visiting! I hope you love this DIY as much as I do!

Until Next Time,

‚ô•Short & Sweet‚ô•

 

Potato Hash Recipe

Hello everyone!

This is an amazing side dish that is perfect with anything from an egg breakfast to a steak dinner! It can can be made in no time at all, and is definitely a new favorite in our house!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

  • Prep and Cook Time: Less than 30 minutes
  • Makes 4 to 5 servings
  • Special tools needed: Cast-iron skillet

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 white potatoes with skin on, cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dry (optional)

Directions:

1. In a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter.

2. Add the diced potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 6 minutes.

3. Stir in diced onion and salt and cook for another 2 minutes. Add garlic and thyme           (if using) and cook for another minute or until the potatoes are soft when pierced               with a fork. Remove from heat and serve warm.

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Thank you soooo much for visiting! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! If you would like to read more of my recipes, just look around my blog.

Until next time,

‚ô•Short & Sweet‚ô•

 

‚ô•Favorite Spring/Summer Wallpapers‚ô•

Hello everyone!

I’ve put together a list of my favorite background wallpapers for desktops and laptops! These are somewhat spring/summer themed, but I love these for any season, really!

be happy
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flowerwallpaper
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let it be
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quote
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watercolor
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wallpaper3
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wallpaper2
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triangle
Download

 

 

summer
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stripes
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April9
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Okay, that’ll wrap it up! Thank you soooo much for visiting, and I hope you love these patterns as much as I do!

Until next time,

‚ô•Short & Sweet‚ô•

 

 

Bloglovin’

Follow my blog with Bloglovin!

Bloglovin’ is a website where other bloggers (and people who aren’t bloggers) can follow, read, and like all their favorite blogs and find new ones too! I recently joined and thought I’d spread the word. So if you don’t have¬†a WordPress account, but want to follow me or some other blog, check bloglovin’! Well, that’s all for today!

Until next time,

‚ô•Short & Sweet‚ô•

 

Pull-though braid hairstyle‚ô•

Hello everyone!

This hairstyle is a great one if you don’t know how to french/dutch braid or even braid in general! The pull-through braid looks like a dutch braid but with a slightly different look. The “braid” itself ¬†is bigger/fluffier (is that even a word?!?) than a regular dutch braid. There are some more¬†differences in these styles you can see in the pictures below:

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Pull-through braid

                                      Vs.

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Now I’ll show you how to do it!

The supplies you’ll need:

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Spray dry shampoo before so the hair is textured (optional). The hairspray is for fly away’s at he end (again, optional). You also will need a lot hair elastics…. a lot.

Step #1

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Make two sections of hair at the top of the head, pretty close together.

Step #2

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Split the bottom section in two pieces and….
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Pull the top piece though them and tie with elastic.

Step #3

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Flip the “braid” we just made up, and add a section of hair to the bottom piece. Tie with an elastic.

Step #4

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Now do the same thing again. Split the bottom piece in two…
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Pull the top section through them and tie with elastic. Keep doing these same steps until you reach the neck.

Step #5

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When there is no more hair to add in (like shown above), just do step #1 and #2, skip #3 (adding hair to the bottom section).
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So, splitting the back section, pulling the top through them, tie with elastic, repeat.
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Keep braiding/pulling-through until you’ve run out of hair. Fluff and pull to make it seem fuller and…. FINISHED!

TIP: When you are gathering sections, keep the them relatively close together.

Thank you for visiting and reading! If you enjoy my hairstyle posts, there are¬†more hairstyles around blog and other kinds like diy’s, recipes, and some overall fun reads!

Until next time,

‚ô•Short & Sweet‚ô•

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Things to do on Spring Break

Hello everyone!

Most people are on spring break this week, so I wanted to share some ideas of things to do on break!¬†We went to Florida this year for spring break, so a lot of these activities are great if you’re down there. Even if you aren’t going anywhere, you should definitely try some of these!

  • Beach! Here are just some of the many things to do on the beach:¬†boogie boarding¬†(it’s like surfing, but on a smaller board, with smaller waves, and you’re on your stomach),¬†look for shells and shark teeth¬†(we found tons of little shark teeth),¬†football games¬†(like 3 fly’s up, jackpot, or just to throw around),¬†paddle ball (at least, that’s what we call it! It’s two large ping-pong paddles and a small ball that you hit back and forth with someone else),¬†crabbing¬†(usually at night), and¬†walks/runs.
  • Aquarium.¬†We went to the Gulfarium. I highly recommend it!
  • Blue Angels.¬†People come to watch them from all over America, and I would too! Here is the website. You can watch them for free on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during spring break when they practice! There is a museum I recommend too!
  • Putt-putt/arcade.¬†This is a super great option for a “Hey, want to go somewhere?” kind of evening!
  • Dolphin cruise.¬†These rides are really cool! We saw a lot of action from the dolphins when we went! They were jumping out of the water and everything!
  • Kayaking. Beautiful views with a bit of an arm workout!
  • Eat some where you’ve never been. This can be an¬†awesome experience with great food, or the complete opposite….So use TripAdvisor!
  • Souvenir shopping.¬†Even if it’s some thing little, it’s fun to remember your trip by something! I like t-shirts best! (hats are up there too)
  • Photography.¬† Whether it’s with your Polaroid or digital camera, take some pictures of the beautiful things around you! I got some great photos with my Polaroid of sunsets and palm trees‚ô•
  • Read a new book.¬†Whether it’s on the beach, by the pool, or cuddled up on a rainy day, try a new book! It’s a great way to pass the time.

And that would wrap it up! Thank you for visiting, and I hope this was helpful or just a fun read!

Until next time,

‚ô• Short & Sweet ‚ô•

DIY footstool/$319 vs. $23.26

Hello everyone!

I recently “flipped” this mid-century modern footstool that we found at a Goodwill store for only $6.99! Since we are redoing my room, we bought¬†this stool to restore and use for my room (future room tour/makeover coming soon!). On a lot of websites, this kind of Mongolian fur stool is selling for $100-400+ dollars! So I thought, “Why not!”¬† Here is how we “DIYed” it….

So little ol’ me forgot to take a “before” picture of the footstool…. Luckily ¬†I found this picture on Google of the exact same stool!

 

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Inspiration, not so much inspired by the pri$e…

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http://www.westelm.com/products/mongolian-lamb-stool-h1660/?pkey=e%7Cfootstool%7C50%7Cbest%7C0%7Cviewall%7C24%7C%7C34&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH

Shared inspiration (not) comes from my Uncle Ryan…he posted this to his FB page without knowing I was working on this project. Kudos to your impeccable style Uncle Ryan! ūüėÄ

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‚ô•‚ô•‚ô•AFTER‚ô•‚ô•‚ô•

 

So the first step we did was lay out the fabric and stool face-down to measure where to cut.

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After cutting evenly on all sides, time to staple!

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Wrap and…..
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Staple down.

 

Just keep stapling until all the fabric is in place! This is a super easy DIY, but you save SOOOO much money, and you can say you made it! Another thing you could do is repaint the brass/gold caps on the bottom, but I feel that takes away from its character.

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That’s it! Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

Until Next Time,

‚ô•Short & Sweet‚ô•

 

Note to future self…

Hello everyone!

I want to share this letter I wrote to my future self. It’s super inspiring and what I hope to see in myself in the future. If you love posts like this tell me in the comments! Now on to the note 2 self….

Dear me,

I don’t know what you’ve been doing lately, (like before reading this) but I want you (me) to know, you’re never, ever, going to be perfect! NEEEEEEEVER! So live in the moment. Take everything in.

Are you doing your devotions? Right now (younger you) you haven’t been doing the best, but His mercies are new every morning! Keep praying and remember that “The teacher is always quiet during the test”. So if things get hard or difficult and there is some obstacle… trust God has a purpose. That maybe, one day, you will see a connection between the struggle and some other reason… like maybe your story or example will impact someone else’s life. So give an example of someone who kept going through the struggles with God¬†and overcame the trials! Maybe that¬†will give another person encouragement to go on the right way!

All of that and one more thing….

Laugh. God gave us laughter! It can heal a wound, lighten up the mood, make a friendship, and make bad situations a “remember when” moment. So live like you’re loved! Which you are! By so many people, including me… yourself. I believe and pray that you (I) am, can be, and will be, a woman to look up to. A leader,a servant, a friend. All of these things and more. And be kind. A friend cannot be a friend if she cannot laugh. A servant cannot serve others if she does not have a kind spirit. A leader cannot lead without… ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† laughter, a kind spirit, strength, love, an example, a story. A story of a girl who loved and loves God. Who moved on from the obstacles the right way, with the right attitude, who can laugh and be kind. Who… made a difference. Be that girl. and more.¬†

Love,

Yourself‚ô•

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