Valentine Puns

I love a good pun, so when I found cute rubber ducks at Target, I knew I had to incorporate them into some candy free Valentines!

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I used a sharpie to do some fake calligraphy! It is super simple; all you do is write out a word in cursive, and then add volume to certain sections. I love pairing fancier lettering with something more casual like all caps!

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To hold the duckies in place, I taped them to the card and then put washi tape over them for a fun (and sort of functional) adhesive.

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Another really easy idea is to cover a card in stickers and write “Let’s Stick Together” or “I’m Stuck On You”. Simple and clever!

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I used a bunch of Lisa Frank stickers that I had from a sticker book to make super girly cards. They could also be perfect for Galentine’s Day cards!

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And if you still want more ideas, CRAFT has a ton of non candy Valentines for kids and adults!

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Valentine’s Day: Ready to Fla-mingle

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, so I put together a sweet treat party inspiration featuring table wear from Target.

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The Pink Metal Tray, Floral Plates, Striped Napkins, and Glitter Champagne Flutes are all fromย Target! Everything was so colorful and fun, but also not dripping in hearts. They also have other patterns to choose from and many more decoration options! I was unable to find these pieces at target.com, but they should be with the other party supplies in your local store!

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I had previously bought the paper straws and the flamingo stirrers. Drink accessories are always a great thing to have on hand. The tassel garland is also from Target’s regular party line, and I had it hanging in my dorm room. The hearts are foam stickers, and I also tried my hand at some floral arranging!

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I hope this inspires your next V-day event! Whether it’s a girls night in or a flirty date, it’s sure to be sweet!

New Year’s Glamour

The boyfriend and I decided to forgo the partying this New Year’s and have a fancy dinner at home! I’ve been setting up all day, so I can start cooking while he’s on his way from work.

I got a whole bunch of fancy table decorations at Target and Party City, and a lot of it on clearance.

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The plates, placemats, and metallic shred are from Party City. I didn’t want to get too cheesy with the New Year’s decor so I opted for a kind of Kate Spade inspired color palette instead. The glassware, sunglasses, and the Nate Berkus tray are from Target, which I got on clearance.

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These cupcakes from Wegmans added the perfect touch of sweetness to the table. And a little (or a lot) of champagne never hurt anybody!

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I turned the napkins into bows by pinching them in the middle and tying them with a bit of ribbon. To make it a little more glamorous, I made napkin rings of card stock that I had, which matched my color scheme perfectly. I wrote out 2015 in an Art Deco style and added some glitter glue for sparkle.

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Now it’s time to get ready and get cooking before Jack gets here!

 

Target Style

Just a short post for today because I’ve been running around preparing for New Year’s Eve! The boyfriend and I aren’t big partiers so we decided to make a fancy dinner and tablescape (which I will post about tomorrow) and watch the countdown in our jammies.

I popped into Target to get some decorations, and even though it’s not even New Years yet, I found the cutest Valentine themed mugs!

I got one for Jack and one for myself.

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His says, “I Woof You” with a puppy, and mine says, “You Are Magical” with a unicorn! They also have ones with cats and coffee beans.

We made some Teavana Youthberry Tea and snuggled on the couch. I really do woof him!

The mugs are not listed on the Target website, but they also have cute travel mugs with sweater cozies!

Holiday Parties Galore

A great thing about being a part of different organizations in college is the excuse to go to multiple holiday parties!

DZ always has a holiday party with ATO the week before finals, and this year it was a ton of fun! I love getting dressed up in ugly sweaters and Christmas gear and just looking silly.

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Here’s my Little and my Little Little! I got my Christmas bear sweatshirt at Love Saves the Day in New Hope, PA. It’s an 80’s original and super sparkly. I picked up a santa hat headband from Target, and wore leggings and some red lipstick.

I also hosted the Writing Center tutor party at my apartment. Of course I needed to decorate so I ran to Wegman’s and picked up a tiny christmas tree, and outfitted it with a bow and a felt bucket from Target. I also got some other sparkly and festive decorations!

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Here are my fellow Lead Tutors and our Assistant Director!

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Here are a couple recipes from the night! I made Holiday Mocktails, and one of the other tutors, Iana, made Spinach and Feta Quinoa Bites; both were a big hit.

Holiday Shirley Temple Recipe

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1/4 cup orange juice, 3/4 cup sprite, 2 tbsp grenadine, garnish of choice

pour the orange juice and sprite into a glass, and then pour in the grenadine, letting it sink to the bottom. I recommend adding a straw so you can stir the drink together once you’ve admired the cool effect of the grenadine sinking to the bottom!

Spinach and Feta Quinoa Bites Recipe

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1 cup uncooked quinoa, 2 cups chicken broth or water, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 4 big handfuls of fresh spinach (about 1 cup cooked), 1/2 medium onion finely chopped, 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, 4 oz crumbled feta, pinch of salt and pepper, 3 eggs lightly beaten

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Cook quinoa according to directions, let cool

3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute onion until softened. Add spinach in batches until completely wilted

4. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, spinach, garlic powder, oregano, feta, sal and pepper. Add egg to quinoa mixture and incorporate

5. Spray mini muffin tin with nonstick spray. Spoon quinoa mixture into tin, gently patting it down

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes then remove

Makes about 36 quinoa bites

The last party I went to was for my dance team! We do a secret santa exchange every year, and this year, one of our team members cooked us all a beautiful meal. We had chicken and pasta, salad with multiple types of carrots, and fresh berries with homemade whipped cream for dessert! As if that wasn’t enough, she sent all of us home with an adorable rice krispy treat snowman!

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My co-captain was my secret santa and she got me three amazing pairs of socks and nail polish! Here is the snowman treat; isn’t it adorable!?

Finals are done – time to catch up!

Now that my finals are finally over and my grades have come out, I can get back to blogging.

Obviously way late, but here is my boyfriend and I on Thanksgiving!

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I wore a grey sweater tunic with leggings, a big red scarf and (not shown) my Frye riding boots. Jack wore the sweater I got him from Target for his birthday! He’s not really into fashion, so I know that the simple, but quality staples I can get him at Target will always go over well.

Over Thanksgiving Break I upgraded to the iPhone 6, which I love after having a 4s for so long.ย I’ve received a lot of compliments on my Modal phone case so I thought I’d share it!

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Jack and I also went to New Hope, PA where we had his birthday lunch and did some Christmas shopping.

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It really is a magical little town! We even accidentally went on the same day as the town Christmas tree lighting ceremony!

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Gloomy Day

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Today was such a gloomy day, so while I was hanging around in my pj’s and watching trashy tv (don’t judge me) I had a cute cup of lemonade to brighten up the day.

All it takes is a little whimsy to make a gray day pink!

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The straws are from Michaels, the mason jar cup and flamingo stirrer are from Target, and a friend sent me the confetti in a letter! Who doesn’t love flamingos?!

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