10.18.2017

Caramel Apple Wedges

One of the funniest pictures of me from when I was younger is me sitting, eating a MASSIVE caramel apple on a stick (it was literally as big as my head) while my sister is in the background staring at me, sobbing. We don't really know why she was crying but we like to joke it's because she was jealous of my dessert lol. This whole story is just a long-winded way of me saying, I've had a love for caramel apples for a long time. But ngl, sometimes they can be a bit overwhelming. They're hard to share but only really good the day they're made. Today I though I would share a quick and simple recipe to make caramel apple slices to feed a crowd - perfect for any upcoming Halloween parties.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Granny Smith Apples 
  • Milk Chocolate Melting Disks 
  • White Chocolate Melting Disks 
  • 1 Bag Caramel Squares (I used Kraft) 
  • Assorted, Chopped, Halloween Candy and Nuts 
  • Small wooden skewers or lollipop sticks 

Directions: 
  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside. 
  • In a saucepan, heat the caramel squares over medium low-heat until they are melted. 
  • Cut the apples into wedges and pat dry to remove extra liquid. 
  • Insert a skewer into the bottom of each apple wedge.
  • Dip each apple wedge into the melted caramel and lay on the baking sheet. 
  • Drizzle milk chocolate and white chocolate over each apple wedge. 
  • Sprinkle each apple wedge with various types of candy or nuts. 
    • Personal Favorites: mini M&Ms or chopped snickers 
  •  Serve immediately or store in the fridge until ready to serve. 
  • Enjoy! 

My favorite thing about this recipe (other than how easy it is), is how customizable it is! Looking for something a little more festive, use orange or green candy melts! Hate white chocolate? Use dark chocolate! Allergic to nuts? Try chopped marshmallows and crushed graham crackers.  

As always, share pics of your creations with us for a chance to be featured! Also let me know in the comments some of your favorite Caramel Apple combos - I'd love some more inspiration! 

XOXO, 

Samantha 

10.17.2017

Songs for when you’re in a mood

Listening to music has always been something that is important to me. Music has helped me through tough times, and reminds me of the best times. I have songs that are linked to family, friends, breakups, and even driving. One of my favorite things to do when I am in a bad mood is get into the car (don’t worry, it is an electric car!), and listen to music that resembles my mood. 

If I am feeling sad, I queue sad, slow music, and then upbeat, powerful music to change my mood. If you have never tried this, you might think I am crazy, but I promise you it really helps! 

I broke up my favorite songs by “mood”, so you can get a sense of what I listen to at different times! 

Music that helps me when I am sad: 
Hallelujah by Pentatonix 
Weak by AJR
1-800-273-8255 by Logic
Love$ick by Mura Masa
Good Old Days by Macklemore
Lose Yourself by Eminem
Drunk drivers/ Killer Whales by Car seat Headrest
Where is the Love by the Black Eyes Peas
Ivy by Frank Ocean
Pink + White by Frank Ocean 
Valerie by Amy Winehouse

Pump up music:
Goosebumps byTravis Scott (This is one of my favorite songs ever. If you don’t believe me, ask my sister who has had to deal with listening it every morning on the way to school since September.)
Butterfly Effect byTravis Scott
Bigger than Me by Big Sean
Champions by Kanye West
No Sleep by Wiz Khalifa
Good Life by G-Easy
Set it Off by Bryson Tiller
Feels by Calvin Harris


Songs for when I want to feel empowered:
7/11 by Beyoncé
XO TOUR Llif3 by Lil Uzi Vert
Partition by Beyoncé
Look at me now by Chris Brown 
Live your Life by T.I. 
Honestly, anything by Beyoncé

I truly love all of these songs, and they all have a special place in my heart. Please let me know what songs help you when you need it! 

Love you guys and thank you for reading. 

XOXO,

Jordan

10.15.2017

7 Single Halloween Costumes

Dressing up for Halloween with friends is tons of fun, but sometimes dealing with other people can be really frustrating. So today I wanted to put together a list of cute/funny/adorable/scary costumes for you to rock solo this Halloween.

  • The Toothfairy - The Toothfairy is an underrated childhood hero. She literally gave us money for just growing up. Wear a white tee, silver tutu, tiara, and of course carry a tooth wand! (They're super easy to make with a little felt + glitter, or can be bought from Etsy).   
  • Rosie the Riveter - One of the biggest cultural icons of World War II, Rosie the Riveter inspired (and continues to inspire) women everywhere and helped promote the feminist movement. Pair a denim shirt, a red bandana (complete with the 1940s hair do) and a "We Can Do It" pin. Don't forget to show off your costume (and you're hard work at the gym) with the classic muscle picture. 
  • Frosty the Snowman - Who says winter can't come a little early? This one's super easy, tape 3 cardboard cutout buttons down the front of a white dress. Add a red scarf and a cutout top hat and you're ready to go. 
  • Cruella De Ville - The evilest of all Disney villains (she kills puppies), Cruella De Ville's costume is actually surprisingly simple to put together. Pair a black dress with a white fur coat or shawl (bonus if it is spotted), red gloves, and a long cigarette type thing. 
  • Wednesday Addams - I've actually never seen The Addams Family, but I am actually obsessed with Wednesday's outfit. Wear a long sleeve collard shirt underneath a black dress. Add black boots, black lipstick, and 2 braids to complete the look. 
  • Flo From Progressive - Flo is iconic for anyone who watched television. Wear an apron with the word Progressive taped on, a white shirt, white pants, a blue headband, and of course a Flo name tag. 
  • Breakfast At Tiffany's - I know that this costume may be a little overdone, but it's so chic. Pair a black dress, classic pearls, large sunglasses, a top knot, and a small tiara. 


Ok, so these are some of my ideas for the perfect individual Halloween costume. Whatever you end up wearing, make sure to tag us in iInstagram pictures for a chance to be featured! Also don't forget to comment down below any other ideas you have! 

XOXO, 

Samantha 

10.11.2017

How To Improve Your Posture

Improving my posture has been a major goal of mine for 2017 and while I can't say that I always stand/sit perfectly straight, it definitely has gotten better. Today I thought I would share a few tips with you guys that helped me improve my posture. That said, a lot of improving your posture is mental; it's up to you to consciously think about standing up straight, which is something that no one can do for you. Anyways, in addition to just being conscious about it, here are a few other tips for you.

  • Visualize - This one is coming straight to you from one of my dance teachers - visualize a string or rod pulling up through the back of your spine, your neck, and the top of your head, all the way down through your tailbone. This will help lengthen and elongate your spine. 
  • Walk Properly - When you walk, make sure your weight is towards the balls of your feet. This will force you to engage your abs, and lengthen your spine. 
  • Think Horizontally - When most people say stand up straight, they think vertically. But one of the huge issues I struggled with was that just the tops of my shoulders curved forward. Like tip #1, I visualized a rod going across the top of my back from the tip of one shoulder to the other. This helped pull my shoulders back and keep them from slouching. 
  • Adjust Your Chair - If you work in an office and have the option to adjust your chair, do so. You want your elbows to be at 90° - less than 90 and you're leaning too far forward, more than 90 and you're leaning too far back. 
  • Adjust Your Computer - Once you have your chair positioned, make sure your computer is also positioned well. Tilt the screen upwards a little to ensure that your back is straight. If it's too far forward, you'll be inclined to slouch to see it. 
  • Engage your Core - Think about how your body is structured - your core opposes your back. To help strengthen your back, strengthen your core by keeping it engaged. The second you let your core go, you start to slouch forwards. 
  • Practice - Because practice make perfect, right? I'm a little embarrassed to admit how hard having good posture was at first. When your just starting out, try sitting/standing perfectly straight while you watch TV, and then take a break during the commercials. Work your way up to going through the whole show, and then while driving, eating, or getting ready in the morning. Trust me, it becomes easier pretty fast. 

So, these were some tips that worked for me! Like I said, it will be hard at first, and your back might hurt, but it does get easier. Let me know if you have any other tips down below, I'd love to heard them! 


XOXO,


Samantha 

10.08.2017

ThredUP

I was recently binge watching Fall Haul youtube videos, and I came across a few that featured the online store ThredUP. I had never heard about it before, but the concept sounded awesome so I decided to check it out. So far, I've had a really great experience so I thought I would share it all with you guys!

Ok, so ThredUP is an online consignment and thrift store (awesome I know, all the steals with none of the hassle) featuring high end brands at amazing prices. ThredUP carries everything from Kate Spade to Madewell to Anthropologie to even a few lower end stores like Forever 21. The best part is that everything is on MAJOR sale. You're able to see the actual price and then the price that you're paying for the item. And in case you were wondering, by major sale I mean that I bought a $70 pullover for $15 and another $137 sweater for $38. So yeah, that's pretty awesome.

My biggest fear going in to this was that I thought there had to be a reason these items were being sold at such low prices. Technically, ThredUP is only supposed to accept pieces that are 'new with tags attached" or "like new", but I was still a little skeptical. When you click on an item to add it to your cart, it lets you know anything that's wrong with it. For one of my sweaters, it said "minor pilling", but when I opened my package (that has bright blue polka dots on it) I honestly could not tell which one was had the pilling, they were all in amazing condition. I'm not saying that no one will ever have a problem with any of the items from this site, but so far I've gotten quite a few things and I haven't experienced any issues.

You can also send in some of your clothes that are still in amazing condition, but I haven't had a chance to try that yet. I'll keep you guys posted when I do.

I just want to make sure this is 100% clear, this post was not sponsored whatsoever, I honestly just really love this site and think it's amazing way to buy clothes at a fraction of the cost. Let me know if you've ever tried ThredUP and what your thoughts are!

XOXO,


Samantha

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