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DIY table numbers for your next party

By |July 29th, 2015|crafts, Uncategorized, wedding|

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I kind of have a thing for gold spray paint. Like, if it wasn’t harmful and generally frowned upon I might just spray paint my dog. Just kidding of course- but I do think I have a gold spray paint problem. I love the transformation of something blah into something shiny and gilded in just a few seconds. So when it came to table numbers at my wedding, I knew I wanted to get my spray paint on. Originally I looked for wood numbers, but after some pinterest searching those felt oh-so overdone. I started looking around for other possibilities. Frames were another popular option but I didn’t love the look of a printed table number inside the frame. So when I saw these adorable heart frames at Ikea I knew I was on to something. I got out my trusty paint, recruited my sister as a co-partner in paint, and got to work.

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The best part of the frames (aside from the $1.99 price tag!) is that they are double sided, so there is no awkward “back side” of the table number. Each frame comes with a clear plastic insert that is perfect to write on. I played around with paint pens and ended up using a white chalk marker. It looked elegant and best of all it’s erasable if you mess up! Because you are writing on a clear surface you can print things on paper and put them behind the plastic like a stencil. This was a game changer for me and my chicken scratch handwriting. I used our wedding font to write the table numbers on my computer, printed it out and traced right onto the plastic.

The only bummer about the white writing was that it was hard to photograph so you cant get the full effect from the photos. I put one at the top from the day of and you can just barely make it out!

love and candy,

lindsay

it’s poppin’ time

By |July 20th, 2015|cooking, Uncategorized|

Popsicle time that is! One of the great things about getting married (aside from the whole gaining a life partner thing) is that you get all sorts of fun wedding gifts. I used a Williams- Sonoma gift card to pick up a popsicle mold and also a nifty Hario cold brew maker. < I later found the same cold brewer for less on Amazon here >.  Put the two together and you get these delish and easy to make coffee pops.

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The key for these (and any other coffee popsicle) is that you need to start with a cold brew, you can’t just freeze a pot of coffee. Once coffee gets hot is releases acidic flavors that make the pops taste not so tasty. If you don’t want to spend the $30 or so for a cold brewer, here is a great how-to on making your own cold brew with just a jar and a strainer.

So start with a cold brew! Next chose your flavors. I used almond milk and some sugar free vanilla syrup. You can sub out for regular milk and any flavor syrup you desire, or just stick with a classic coffee taste.

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Here is the mix I used, but once again it’s all about taste preference so experiment with some different strengths to find what you like best.

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3 cups cold brew coffee

2 cups almond milk

8 tsps Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup

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Then it’s time to pour and freeze your pops. Have extra? Drink it, of course.  I recommend using whiskey ice cubes to prevent diluting your coffee- or just drink it quickly.
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When the pops are finally ready (about 4 hours which feels like forever), add a little flare by sprinkling salt, sugar or something fun on the tip of your pop. I used Jacobsen vanilla bean salt for a little flavor kick.

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Hooray for summer and popsicles! Do you have any fave popsicle recipes?

love and candy,

lindsay

so this is thirty

By |July 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Happy birthday to me! I woke up today not feeling old or different- just super thankful and excited. Sooo much good stuff has happened in my twenties, and I can’t wait to see what the thirties have in store.

  
In honor of the big 3-0 I jotted down a list of 30 of the most influential things that happened in my 20s! In no particular order..

  1. Added a puppy to our pack – shout out to #rieslingorc! (in case she’s reading this)
  2. Moved to Santa Monica
  3. Moved to Downtown LA
  4. Moved BACK to Santa Monica- like a week ago
  5. Traveled to around 20 countries
  6. Traveled to 6 continents (Antartica I’m coming for you!)
  7. Became an Aunt!
  8. Started a blog
  9. Graduated from USC
  10. Graduated again from USC (grad school)
  11. Sold a lot of elevators
  12. Got a few promotions
  13. Fell in love with  yoga
  14. Explored and nurtured my creativity
  15. Got engaged to the man of my dreams
  16. Got married to the man of my dreams!
  17. Learned that I really love to learn
  18. Watched 13 Seasons of the Bachelor (okay so maybe this one wasn’t influential- but it’s a pretty impressive feat right?)
  19. Overcame FOMO
  20. Developed a love for photography (pun intended)
  21. Realized that life is about balance, not perfection
  22. Found my voice as a leader, and learned how to use it
  23. Discovered the value of quality over quantity. Clothes, friends, chocolate.. you name it, it probably applies!
  24. Got to really know myself and what makes me happy, motivated and fulfilled
  25. Realized that #24 may and will likely change, and that that’s okay
  26. Learned that sometimes people you care about can let you down
  27. Used #27 to become a stronger person who is less dependent on others for happiness
  28. Found a core group of dear friends who I hope to keep around forever
  29. Realized that you can have it all, if you have a clear picture of what “it all” is, and a road map of how to get there
  30. Resolved to take advantage of every minute of this wondrous adventure of life!

Cheers to you twenties. And cheers to new adventures that start with a 3!

 

 love and candy,

lindsay