Archive for July, 2014

Unwrap Your Way to Colorful, Fun Jewelry!

Starburst Wrapper Bracelet TutorialAs someone who tries to live a reasonably environmentally-friendly life, I am more aware than many of the countless areas in which I create unnecessary waste. I kick myself every time I stop by Starbucks without my reusable cup, and I cringe when I wake up in the morning to discover I left the television on all night. I know I’m not alone in my eco-mistakes, but I do feel it’s important that I regularly remind myself that I can and will continue to do better by this planet. And if I have to open my Starburst more carefully next time to do just that, so be it! (Say what?)

Yep – I found a way to make enjoying Starburst a little less guilt-ridden. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t feel guilty eating them! As I’ve mentioned before, I think assigning guilt to food decisions is a very slippery slope. But I do feel bad about how much waste is generated from even one pack of Starburst and other individually wrapped candies. I remain hopeful that someday they’ll be available unwrapped inside the bag (though they might stick together), but in the meantime, I’ll be using those colorful wrappers to make cute bracelets for me and my friends. Yep – Starburst wrapper bracelets! (Thanks, internet!)

I don’t even remember how I came across this How To Make a Starburst Bracelet video on YouTube, but I’m super glad that I did. Not only does this fun project leave you with some unique new jewelry, but it’s something you can do with the kiddos that looks really relaxing. Yay for upcycling!

PS. Here’s another Starburst wrapper bracelet tutorial if the first video leaves you a bit confused. I felt more confident that I knew what to do after watching both!

Pinterest + Cupcakes = A Marriage Made in Sweet, Frosting Heaven

We all have our go-to locations for a number of things – places that we know we can rely on to deliver time and again, without fail. When I need new flip-flops, I always go to Kohl’s. And every time they have exactly what I want. Craving Chinese food? There’s a place close to my house that has the best chicken and broccoli with garlic sauce that has ever been created. When I want a good, hearty belly laugh, I call my friend John, and when I’m feeling extra frazzled and need to create order in my mind, I always go to the same out-of-the-way car wash to clean my car. There are trees there, it’s never crowded, and cleaning my car relaxes me. All of these things work every time! And you know what also works every time when I want a new cupcake recipe, or just want to drool over pictures of cupcakes? Pinterest!

Pinterest is exactly the social media hotspot that cupcakes needed all along. Sure, an occasional cupcake recipe pops up on Twitter or Facebook. And yeah, I’ve seen some pretty tempting cupcakes on Tumblr and Instagram, too. But if you want an unstoppable array of eye-catching, unique, tempting, beautiful, and just plain awesome cupcake inspiration, save yourself some trouble and just go straight to Pinterest. Type ‘cupcakes’ in that little search bar and get ready to feel pangs of sweet desire in your belly.

While candy isn’t an absolutely essential element for a good cupcake, it certainly doesn’t hurt! And with that in mind, here are a few cupcake recipes I’ve got set aside that incorporate candy into the mix in a most marvelous way…

Rolo Cupcakes

Dirt Cupcakes

Kit Kat Cupcakes

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes