4th of July Makeup Tutorial

Hey friends! I’m back again with another video! Today I tried to create a simple and very wearable 4th of July makeup look….no fancy flag eyeshadow or crazy firework looks here. It was fun to experiment with colored eye liner since it is something I don’t normally use.

If you guys have any makeup looks you would like me to see you can tag me in your pictures on instagram @teawithjp. Thank you for watching my video and I hope you have a fun and safe 4th of July!

DIY Chipotle Burrito Bowl

Hey guys! So since I moved I’ve been trying to get back on track with my eating habits and exercise habits. Moving can mess up all of that and it can be easy to fall into the trap of eating out and just watching Netflix all day. I feel like I’ve gotten the exercise part down but the eating can still be improved upon. I’m still adjusting to a new budget and really trying to make money count when buying groceries and let me tell you I can see why people reach for junk food over healthier options. The price always seems like a bargain compared to the price of produce. So on my quest to a healthier diet on a budget I realized I don’t have to compromise on the flavors of my favorite fast food places, I just have to learn how to make them at home. Now Chipotle seems like an easy way to start since it is basically just a build your own salad but they have some signature staples like cilantro lime rice and lime chips that are a fun way to jazz up your meals at home. I honestly have been eating these non stop and I feel way less guilty calories wise and the bowls are way cheaper to make at home.

I hope you enjoy my video! Let me know if there are other fast food items you would like me to recreate at home!!!

Easy, No Sew DIY Round Beach Towels!

Now that was a mouthful! :p

I just recently went through a move and have found some much needed free time to catch up on my blog and my Youtube Channel. I have been posting a bunch of new videos and remembered that I can release some more creative energy on this blog. I hope to update this blog more with my new life and new Youtube videos!

I recently moved to a new place and I finally have a pool to go to. I wanted to take some cute trendy summer photos and I thought it would be fun to diy my own trendy towels. Circle towels are very in right now but I can’t allow myself to spend more than $5 dollars on a towel. These towels were supper easy to make and you can get creative with them.

I hope you enjoy my video and create some awesome towels!!! I would love to see what you create and if you want to tag me in your creations you can follow me on Instagram @Teawithjp.

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Healthy Summer Snack Ideas

I just posted a new video on my channel all about some easy healthy summer snacks you can make for your eating enjoyment. The buffalo mushroom fries are my favorite as well as the frozen grapes.

Hopefully you get some good ideas for some healthy snacks of your own and if you have any healthy snack ideas I would love to hear about them!

Thank you so much for watching!! ūüôā

DIY Floral Minnie Mouse Ears

So I have been gone from this blog for a while. School took over my schedule but now that it is summer I’m back! Since I graduated I made it a goal to start a Youtube channel. So far I’m finding it really fun to make and edit videos and I’m improving a lot of the skills I learned in college so that is a plus.

Recently I made a video on how to make floral minnie mouse ears and I have to say they came out really cute and are super easy to make. I figured I would post my video on here since I used to post DIYS :).

I hope you enjoy my video. Thanks for watching!!!. ‚̧

Also click the link below if you want to check out my channel and the other videos I have posted ūüôā

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNC-BLOXUd-xc48QzQoDIsQ

DIY Lush inspired bath bombs

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I have a love for Lush products. I don’t even take baths very often but I still manage to convince myself that I need the colorful and lovely smelling bath bombs they sell. While it is nice to splurge on yourself once in a while, Lush can be a pricey addiction if you aren’t careful. I have so many bath bombs from lush just sitting around because I don’t want to “waste” them. I decided to try my hand at making my own so I could expand my collection and obsession.

These bath bombs were fairly easy to make and with just the basic ingredients they are fairly inexpensive. They do require some trial and error when it comes to color and scents and creating the perfect consistency but they are still usable even if they don’t come out perfect.

Ingredients

1 cup baking soda

1/4 cup cream of tartar

a couple tbs of coconut oil (or you could use water, vitamin e oil, ect.)

essential oils (I used a lavender scented one from Michael’s)*

cookie cutters, baking molds, silicone baking cups

opt- add ins (glitter, sprinkles, food coloring)

* you could also use coffee grounds or unsweetened coco powder for a scent

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First I mixed the baking soda and cream of tartar together and split the mix in half so I could test out different colors and scents.

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My first batch I decided to go ahead and try the lavender scented essential oil I bought. I put the cocoa powder and espresso powder away to use later in my second batch.¬†CAUTION-¬†make sure you start out with a few drops of the essential oil because this stuff is pretty potent and can easily overpower your bath bomb if you aren’t careful. I only added the recommended 5 drops since I was scared to make a really smelly bath bomb. This ratio varies depending on what oil you are using and various brands. Just go with what your nose tells you and make sure to start out with a little since it is easier to put more than it is to take it out.

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I then wanted to make my bath bomb a lavender color since it’s my favorite color and its the perfect color for the lavender scent. I mixed 2 drops of blue with 2 drops of red and started from there. It wasn’t dark enough for me so I added a few more drops until it was good enough for me. The color developed over time as I added more things so I’m glad I didn’t go overboard with the food coloring.

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I bought some awesome glitter from the soap making isle in Michael’s since I wanted “mermaid bath water”. I added about a tsp of the glitter and some assorted sprinkles from the baking isle. I love hearts so I was fortunate to find a lot of heart themed things at the store this month, I mixed both ingredients into the mixture to ensure that they were evenly distributed.

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This is where it gets tricky. I decided to use coconut oil instead of water to moisten my mixture since I wanted to add some skin softening ingredients to make the bath more luxurious. I melted about a half a cup of coconut oil in the microwave and slowly added it tsp by tsp until the mixture was moist enough to form into a ball and not completely break apart. (if you have ever made pie crust the same rule applies…if not then ignore what I said about pie crust haha). This is where the trial and error comes into play. It took me several attempts to make a mixture that wouldn’t crumble but I finally got it (or I gave up) to where I was satisfied.

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Before filling up my silicone baking cups I sprinkled a few extra sprinkles on the bottom to ensure some sprinkles would show. I then firmly pressed the mixture into the mold. Make sure to pack it in tightly to ensure a good form. You can put the mixture into any container you want to but I found the silicone baking cup easy because it is so flexible.

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The you just let them air dry for about 30 minutes or so. This allows them to set up and dry out. After they are dry just keep them in an air tight container and keep them away from moisture…unless you are using them in your bath.

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I also made a chocolate espresso bath bomb that didn’t come out as well. I just added about a tsp of instant espresso powder, 1 tbs of unsweetened coco powder, 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, and a random ratio of coconut oil. This one was little bit more crumbly than I would have liked. It smelled really good and looked like a crumbly heart shaped cookie so I decided to take a picture of it to inspire you to create your own scent or look.

Be careful if you use oil in your bath bombs as it might make your bathtub really slippery so just be careful when standing up or moving around :).

Thanks for reading! I hope you try these at home and come up with something truly unique.

DIY Valentine’s Day 2015 Gift Idea: Sharpie mug

February is on it’s way and although it is still January, store shelves are already stocked with Valentine’s Day items. While handing out the generic Valentine’s Day card is nice, handing out something that is personalized and handmade is a great way to show someone you care. Why not try your hand with a homemade sharpie mug filled with candy and tea. Your family and friends will be impressed with your artistic abilities and your thoughtfulness.

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Cup

РPlain oven safe mug (any color you want or fine)

-Oil based sharpie paint pen

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I found my mugs¬†at the 99 cent store but you can fine plain mugs¬†at Michael’s. I even found some nice ones at Ross.

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Find your favorite quote or design and let your creativity take over. If you don’t like your design you can simply remove it with rubbing alcohol and start all over. The great thing about these mugs¬†is that you can customize it¬†to fit whoever you are making it for!

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Place your mugs into the oven BEFORE you preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Doing this allows your mugs to heat up with the oven and reduces your risk of cracking the cup. After you turn your oven on, set a timer for 30 minutes. Once your 3o minutes is up, turn your oven off and let your mugs cool completely in the oven. While your mugs cool you can start making your personalized tea bags.

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Homemade Tea Package

-Assorted tea bags

-Paper in assorted colors

-Heart stickers

-Chalk board sticker labels (or whatever labels you like and find)

– Scissors

-Glue

-Tape

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Pick your favorite tea or maybe a flavor you think your loved one would enjoy and remove it from the package.

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Remove the tag at the end of the tea bag. You will be creating your own personalized tea bag tag.

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Take any plain paper (I used an index card because I thought it was thicker than printer paper) and cut it into thick strips. Fold your strip in half ensuring you have enough room to write your message.

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For fun I cut the edges off of the tab to create the look of the tea bag tag.

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Write your special message onto the tag. You can write something on both sides to give your loved one twice the sweetness. Place a piece of tape on on side of the tag and lay the tea bag string on top of the tape. Fold over the other side of the tag and press down firmly to ensure both pieces are stuck together.

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Creating the tea bag packaging sounds like a lot of work but your loved one will be impressed by the extra step, plus it just looks cute!

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Measure out the width of the tea bag. Make sure you leave extra room on the sides to glue it together. Once its measured out cut the paper and keep the whole length of the paper because you need to fold it over to create the pouch.

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Fold over the sides to fit the tea bag. Once its folded, open it back up and glue the sides together and press firmly to ensure a tight seal. You can then cut the excess paper off the top but make sure you leave enough to fold over to close the pouch.

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Place a label on your tea packet and write the name of your tea. You can even create a fun name for your tea and draw pictures. I used these fun chalk board labels I found at Michael’s and a white gel pen. Just make sure you let the ink dry a little because I made the mistake of getting too excited and I smudged my label after I flipped it over.

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You are now ready to fill the packet with your tea bag and seal it with a cute heart sticker.

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The tutorial is almost over! Hopefully I didn’t bore¬†you to sleep. Here comes the fun part!! You get to fill your cup up with all the fun goodies you got for your loved ones. I decided to fill mine up with lots of candy and a fun heart straw I got at the 99 cent store. I also found these cute heart shaped candy containers and I decided to fill them up with hot tamales. You can put anything you want in the cups. I thought about a Starbucks gift card because they always have cute designs and they have a nice Valentine’s day one out now.

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And we are done! Thank you so much for taking the time to read through this and if you didn’t, then thank you for at least taking a peek. Hopefully you enjoyed this and found some inspiration for creating a gift for your loved ones any time of the year!