Friday, August 22, 2014

Free Gifts, #EWR3, And Some Faves!

It's Friiiiday! But I'm sure you already knew that. Since it's Friday you know that it's time we share with you some Friday favorites, right?!
 
 
 
Favorite Present For All Of The Cupcakes & Crossbones Followers:
Well My Jewel Candy (the amazing boutique that I discussed HERE) is offering all Cupcakes & Crossbones followers your choice of 15% off your entire order or a FREE gift at checkout when you purchase anything from their boutique. Just click on the links below, shop, and get rewarded. I may have splurged a little this time...not gunna lie. Oops.
 
Get 15% off your entire order at My Jewel Candy by entering cupcakescrossbones15 at checkout.
 
Get a free gift at My Jewel Candy by entering freegift at checkout.
 
Favorite Twitter Moment:


I don't know about you, but i am a huge fan of the TV show Ex-Wives Of Rock...duh. If you don't watch it, you should! These ladies are kick ass and awesome. The show follows :
 
-Athena Lee Kottak - Musician, drummer and actor. Previously married to James Kottak, drummer for the heavy metal band Scorpions.

-Sharise Neil - Designer. Previously married to Vince Neil, lead vocals for Motley Crue.

-Bobbie Brown - Actress and model. Previously married to Jani Lane, lead vocalist of Warrant.

-Susan "Blue" Dixon - Previously married to Jerry Dixon, bassist for Warrant.

 
These are some bad ass chicks and I know you will love their new season that you can watch coming soon on Fuse.
Oh and Athena and Bobbie favorited my tweet!
What I wouldn't give to hang out with these two ladies one day...Hey Athena and Bobbie, if you are reading this, hit me up! haha

 
Favorite Recipe:
Kels over at The Blonder Side Of Life  did it again and totally blew my mind with this amazing no-churn s'mores ice cream.

 
Ice cream and s'mores are my favorite so this will be made this weekend!
 
 
Favorite Outfit:
 
Ok, minus the hat and switch those shoes out with some awesome booties or strappy heels and that is my perfect outfit right there! Love it! I love fall, it is definitely my favorite season, and with fall right around the corner I can not wait to throw on a cute outfit like this one.
 
 
 Favorite Pinterest Finds:

Someone told me they wanted to move to Florida, this is automatically what I thought of:
 
 

 
Ummmmmm WTF? This scares me a bit to be honest.
 

 
I don't get it. Why?! I just don't see the attractiveness in the poop diaper for guys look.
#sorrynotsorry
 
 
And that is that darlings! I hope you have a fantastic weekend I'll see you next week. Speaking of next week, it's the last week of August, can you believe it?!
What are your plans for this weekend?
 
PS If you aren't yet, head over and like Cupcakes & Crossbones on FACEBOOK for some fun extras exclusive for our Facebook friends.
 
Tori
 
 
 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Little Friday

 
Hey loves! Today we are doing something a little different.
Link up, meet new friends, and have some fun!
Ash (Follow Here!) // Tori (Follow Here!) //  Denise (Follow Here!)

Rules are there are no rules! 

Please link-up to whatever you like! 

All that we ask is, if you wish, please follow us via the links above and that you link back to this blog - so that other's can join in and mingle! 

Happy Little Friday Everyone!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Spaghetti Squash

Believe it or not, ever since I was young I had always loved spaghetti squash. My mom would make it for me all the time and I never payed attention to how she did it because...well...she made it so good, why would I pass up hers to make it on my own? PS Thanks mom!
Anywayz, I'm a big girl now and I'm not living with my momma which means I need to prepare my own foods ugghh. Yet, after realizing how simple it is to make spaghetti squash, I make it all the time now. Even though something about mom's cooking is so much better, I think my cooking comes in a close second =P


Need:
-2 Spaghetti Squash
(this made more than enough for lunch for the week)
-Cutting Board
-Big SHARP Knife (be careful!)
-Fork
-Baking Sheet
-Greased Tin Foil

What You Do:
-Pre heat oven to 350 degrees
-Carefully slice your squash in half
-Put your tin foil over your baking sheet and lightly spray it with cooking spray
-Place those babies sliced part down on your baking sheet and put it in the oven for 30 minutes
-After they are done cooking (a sharp knife should be able to slice through the skin with little resistance) flip them over with your oven mitts still on.
-Use your fork to graze over the top pulling out all the seeds in each piece.
-Once the seeds are removed, use your fork again to scrape away at the inside of the squash
-This is the yummy stuff that you want to put in a bowl or Tupperware. As you scrape you will be creating yummy strands of squash that look like, you guessed it....spaghetti!

Toppings:
You can top your squash with anything from marinara sauce to grilled chicken...whatever tickles your fancy.
My favorite way to top it is by mixing in some butter, garlic, salt and pepper, and a little bit of ricotta. Oh my gosh is it delicious!!!
Enjoy!

Have you made spaghetti squash before? Are you as big of a fan of it as I am?

P.S. Head over HERE to see who our May Designs May Book giveaway winner was! 
We will contact you shortly with all the details if you were the big winner.

Tori


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DIY Designer Plate & Mug For Pennies!

I am a sucker for home decor and lately I have been loving the whole gold trend that has been going on for quite some time now. My most recent find that I have been totally head over heels for has been Kate Spade's gold accented decor. Specifically their polka dot can cup  and their "odds and ends"square dish. Even though I did fall in love with them, I was not willing to spend a total of $80 on both (Can cup=$37.99, Plate=$40.00). So what do we do when we don't want to spend a fortune yet still accessorize with these items? We make our own of course!




Need:
Plain White Plate ($1 dollar store)
Paper Plate

What You Do:
-Squirt a little black paint onto one section of your paper plate and then put some gold paint on another section of your paper plate.
-Make sure your white dollar store plate is completely clean and dry.
-Paint the inside text of the plate first in black with a thin paint brush. (I did this in 2 coats and it came out nice and bold)
-Don't worry if you make a mistake because if you wipe it up right away with a wet paper towel, the paint should all come off. Remember too, this plate was made to look like it was handwritten and not perfect so get wild with it!
-Paint the edges surrounding your white plate gold. You may need to do about 3 coats to really get it nice and solid.
-Once the gold paint is completely dry, use the back of your paint brush to scrape up the inner edges to make them a bit more straight and neat.
-Let your plate dry and place it by the door to hold keys, or use it in your room on your night stand to place little "odds and ends"
*Do not use this plate to eat off of. It is for decoration purposes only.


Need:
Paper Plate
Plain White Coffee Mug ($1 dollar store)

What You Do:
-Place some gold paint in your paper plate.
-Make sure your mug is completely clean and dry.
-Use your circular sponge brush and dip it in the gold paint making sure to coat the entire circular part of the sponge.
-Dab the excess onto the plate and then press the sponge onto your mug making sure the whole sponge presses against the mug.
-Repeat the last step randomly around your mug until you are satisfied with how it looks.
-Place your mug on a cookie sheet and put it in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
-Use hot mitts to take your mug out and let it cool off.
-Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while admiring your work
*I would recommend hand washing only.



I had this paint and the brushes on hand already, so in total this project cost me $2 , rather than $80. I believe the gold medal for savings goes to me if I say so myself!
What are some items that you would love to recreate for your home? Do you often find yourself replicating items that you find in the stores that are a little too pricey that you know you can DIY for way less?
Tori

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Good Nights Sleep

There are many things in this world that I love, one of them being my bed. Nothing is better than laying down on fresh sheets and a cozy comforter while stretching out after a long day of hard work. We all sleep...duhhh....but did you know that in order to get a completely restful nights sleep there are a few things that you should and should not do at certain times before hittin the hay? Follow this little guideline and I guarantee you will get a much better sleep than you did last night.
 
 
 
Other Tips:
 
-Try having a cup of green or chamomile tea after dinner
-Turn off the tv! The noise and the light both effect your sleep tremendously
-Try deep breathing. I know it sounds silly but for some people it really helps them relax. Learn how to do deep breathing HERE
-Doing work in bed is a big no no. There are only 2 things that you should be doing in your bed on a regular basis, and one of them is sleeping....
-Keep a pen and pad on your night stand. Try to write out whatever is on your mind before laying down to help clear your head
-A dark and cool room is the ideal condition for sleep, try turning down the thermostat
-Try to stick to a sleep schedule. I know that this is often hard to do but try to make it a habit of going to bed and waking up around the same time as often as possible

What helps you catch some zzzz's? Are you a light or a deep sleeper?

Tori
 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Hey Friday, I've Missed You!


We made it again to that lovely day we all like to call Friday. I'm diving into this Friday Favorites post right away, and I hope that you will join me!


Favorite Find:
 
Waiting for this X Ring to come in the mail any day now! via
 
I mentioned it yesterday  and I'll mention it again, My Jewel Candy is my new go to site for my fall fashion accessories. I can wear the latest trends and still stay on a budget? Consider me in!

Favorite Posts:

50 Things You Will Never Get For Christmas Again - I think I had pretty much every single one of these. Which ones did you have?

26 Reasons Kids Are Pretty Much Just Tiny Drunk Adults - This cracked me up! Ahhh kids...you can't live with 'em, and...uhmm....yeahhh. =P
 
Favorite Recipe:

 
I'm sitting here typing up this post and my mouth is watering right now for this cake! Holy freakin moly does that look delicious. Gimme all of the banana coconut upside down cake in the world...please.
 
Favorite DIY:
 
 
Coconut oil, brown sugar, and honey are all you need for this moisturizing and exfoliating body scrub. It smells delicious and is super easy to make. Also another huge bonus is that it works just as well (if not better) than those expensive body scrubs yet it is ridiculously budget friendly. Score!
 
Favorite Funnies:
 
I know it's only August but is it bad that I could see my husband and me doing The Saw Family costume for Halloween one year down the road when it is time to bless this world with a mini me or a mini him...oh man!
 



via

This one always cracks me up. Every. Single. Time


 
NOT OK!
 
 
Please tell me I'm not the only one who looked.
 
And on that note, it is time for me to say good bye for the weekend and wish you all a very awesome one at that! See you all Monday but until then, keep #RockinTheSweetLife.
What are your fun plans for the weekend?!
 
P.S. If you haven't yet, head over HERE for your chance to win a free May Book! Contest ends in 3 days so hurry hurry!
 
Tori  
 
 
 

 
 
 
 




Thursday, August 14, 2014

Jewlery Seen On The Celebs, For Someone On A Budget

Hey all! Who is addicted to jewelry like I am? I love jewelry. There are few things better than a stack of colorful arm candy, or a nice long beautiful necklace to complete a look. Recently I cam across an amazing site called My Jewel Candy and I am officially obsessed. I don't think there is anything that I DON'T want. Aside from being incredibly stylish, their products are also a steal, bound to fit any budget. With that said, here is a list of my "must have items" from my new favorite jewelry boutique.

 

And look at where these jewels have been spotted!




 

X Ring $27
 
So head over to My Jewel Candy now and unleash your inner Rockstar/Celeb by picking up some of these hot jewelry fashions for a ridiculously awesome price.
 
What piece is your favorite?
 
Tori 
 
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