DIY Fruit Rollups

Happy Thursday!

I know I said I’d have this post up a couple days ago and didn’t so I apologize. As a fair warning, make sure you set aside about 5 hours to make these. You can get other stuff done while it’s in the oven but it does need a certain amount of babysitting.

I read quite a few recipes when trying to decide what kind to make and stuck pretty closely to the Food Network version. I wanted to use honey instead of sugar but I was running pretty low and didn’t have enough. I’ll use honey in the next batch and see how they come out. You can leave out the sweetener altogether if you want to be extra healthy.

Talk to you soon!

Lizzie


 

Blueberry Banana Fruit Rollups

  • 3 c. fresh blueberries
  • 2 ripe bananas, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 c. – 3/4 c. sugar (optional)
  • 2 T. lemon juice

Preheat oven to 200° F. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Transfer mixture to a saucepan over medium heat and heat until mixture starts to bubble. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30-45 minutes until mixture becomes thickened. Make sure to stir constantly as mixture will become quite thick and can burn easily. Spread mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 3-4 hours or until no longer sticky to the touch. Let cool then cut into strips using kitchen shears. Wrap in pieces of plastic wrap to keep fresh.

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Easter Egg Hunt 2016!

Hello all you lovely people!

I’m generally in charge of the egg hunts for our family. I try to do something a little bit different every year so that there’s some type of surprise element. Typically I do 2 different egg hunts; one for the older kids and one for the younger kids but I thought I would just do a combined one for everyone this year.

This year we’re doing a BURIED TREASURE HUNT! I’m going to dig an actual hole and bury the eggs with treats in them but if you don’t want to dig a hole in your yard you can just choose a spot for your “treasure chest” and hide the eggs there. I’m using plastic totes to bury the eggs so hopefully they’ll stay clean. I think I’ll also put the totes into garbage bags for good measure.

Firstly a good treasure hunt needs a treasure map. So draw a map of the area the kids will be searching marking the spot where the treasure is going to be hidden. Next cut your map into as many pieces as you like. I’m going to do 10. Place the pieces of the map into plastic eggs. These will be the eggs you hide.

Send the kids out looking for the eggs. After they find them, have them put the map together. Then they can go look for their treasure!

Now… that’ll be great for a few kids but if you have a lot of kids who are doing the egg hunt, 10 eggs will be found in no time. So I’m actually dividing the kids into 3 teams. You’ll need a map and a “treasure chest” for each team. I’m also making it a race with a prize for the team that finishes first.

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We have the green/blue team, the yellow/orange team, and the purple/pink team.

 


Now for egg fillers! I try to get a mixture of semi-healthy treats as well as candy.

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This year’s treats include:

 

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Separate all your treats into their own little bags to keep them fresh and to make filling your eggs easier.

Some other stuff that went into the treasure chests:

  • Mini Play Doh (These also fit in the bigger plastic eggs.)
  • Bubble Gum Tape
  • Peeps (Because they’re a classic.)
  • Frisbees
  • Punching Balloons
  • Chalk
  • Bunny Bubble Bath Jars
  • Nail Stickers
  • Face Masks

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I made Bunny Bubble Bath Jars by pouring pink bubble bath into jars. Then I hot glued ears on and added bows. I also included nail stickers and face masks for the older girls doing the hunt.

I made Bunny Bubble Bath Jars by pouring pink bubble bath into jars. Then I hot glued ears on and added bows.
I also included nail stickers and face masks for the older girls doing the hunt.

And that is how you do a buried treasure egg hunt! Have a very blessed Easter!

Lizzie

3 Quick and Easy Hairstyles

Hello!

I’ve had a horrible time trying to write this post today! It’s snowing and raining plus the wind is blowing like mad therefore the electricity refuses to stay on. I also attempted to shower in the dark this morning… that was fun.

I had a special request from one of my very lovely aunts to do some hair tutorials. I’m not an expert by any means but I do have a lot of fun messing with hair! These 3 hairstyles all start the same way so you can do as much as you like depending on how much time you have to get ready. They work really well on second day hair so yay for that!

Thank you to my wonderful sister for being my model again! I’ve been dealing with a sinus infection and feeling really gross so I really didn’t want to be in any pictures. Anyhow… let’s get started!

 

1. The Braided Half-up ‘Do.

This just starts out with a normal French braid.

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Start by sectioning off a small piece of hair above your forehead.

 
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Next divide the hair into three equal sections and begin braiding.

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Incorporate small sections of hair into braid from both sides of your head. Continue braiding in this fashion until you reach the crown of your head. Then finish off the braid by doing a traditional three-strand braid. Use a small elastic to fasten the end. Add a bit of hairspray to tame any fly-aways and hairstyle number one is done!

 
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2. The Braided Bun

You can take hairstyle number one a bit further by turning it into a bun.

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Gather remaining hair into a ponytail right below your finished braid.

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Now twist the hair and wrap around the braid. The braid should be sticking up the middle. Pin the bun into place using bobby pins. Then take the braid and wrap it around the bun. Tuck the end of the braid under the bun and secure it in place using more bobby pins. Use hair spray to finish the look.

 
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3. Dressed-up Ponytail 

This is even easier than the second hairstyle!

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After you finish hairstyle number one, pull all your hair (including your braid) into a high ponytail. Then take the braid out and brush through your hair. Give it a spray of hairspray and you’re done!

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And those are 3 of my quick and easy hairstyles! They only take a few minutes to do so they’re great when you’re in a hurry but still want to look semi put together.

Stay beautiful!

Lizzie

February 2016 Giveaway Winner!

Just a quick post to announce the winner of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara! *DRUM ROLL* And the winner is… Denise Lee! Thank you to everyone who entered. Stay tuned for more giveaways in the future.

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5 Favorites of February + GIVEAWAY

Happy Monday!

As you can see from the title, today’s post is going to be some favorites from this month. I love reading about other people’s favorites. It gives you a good look at what really works for people and the different ways they use them. This way you can find new products you want to try without much risk of them being awful. These are a few of the things I’ve been loving this month. Read all the way to the end to find out how to enter the giveaway!

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This moisturizer from Clinique has had a cult following for years. I used it all the time when I was younger and then kinda forgot about it. I started using it again after I saw an ad for it and remembered how much I love it.  It has kind of a gel-like texture and it absorbs into the skin really quickly. It always makes your skin look so much better. You can also mix it into your foundation to make it more of a tinted moisturizer.

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator

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This stuff is sooo yummy. It makes your skin really soft and smooth. I’ve been having a lot of problems with dry skin this past month and this seems to be helping quite a bit. It absorbs into the skin pretty quickly and doesn’t leave you feeling all greasy like some body butters. This particular scent is actually pretty calming so it’s really nice to apply at night.

The Body Shop Shea Body Butter

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This is one of those products that is probably a little bit unnecessary to your skin care routine but nice all the same. Like I said, I have a problem with super dry skin so I prefer to use this in the morning instead of washing my face. I just put a little on a cotton round and wipe down my entire face. I also like to use it after I cleanse my face at night to get rid of any residual makeup. It’s really gentle on the skin and not drying at all.

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

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I love, love, love the peach color from this trio! The color is really buildable so you can go from natural to night out. It has a nice shimmer that’s not like, “BAM! glitter on your face!” I use the highlighter quite a bit as well. The only color I’m not really that sold on is the bronze shade. It’s very, very shimmery for a bronzer. It says on the description that you can contour with it but… I wouldn’t use it for that purpose. I have used it to warm up the face a little but I still wasn’t sold on it. I’ll probably give it another go after the summer arrives and I’m not quite so pale.

Model Co Highlighting Trio

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As you can see, I used this product to death. All the writing is rubbed off except for a black smudge. It’s the Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara. This mascara gives you the most voluminous long lashes! If you don’t like clumpy lashes, this mascara isn’t for you. You can build this to some chunky, clumpy lashes if you want! I prefer waterproof versions of mascara just because my eyes water so much. Apply a coat of this in the morning and it lasts all day long! It’s also super cheap.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

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GIVEAWAY TIME! I have a Lash Sensational Mascara to give away to one of you guys. To enter into the drawing, all you have to do is leave a comment down below telling me what one of your favorite products is this month. The drawing will take place next Monday.

Thanks for reading! Stay beautiful!

Lizzie