10 Exotic Destinations from the East Coast for Under $335!

May 28, 2015

Check out 10 Exotic Destinations from the East Coast for Under $335
by Kathleen Place at Mode

Be Confident While Going Commando With My Little Secret

May 17, 2015

Maybe it's not discussed between polite parties but if you work out at the gym it's bound to come up. Do you or do you not #GoCommando? I'm sorry if I'm trampling on some delicate sensiblities here but if I'm totally honest, yeah, there have been times when I've gone commando at the gym. It hasn't been something I've shared with everyone (until now) but sometimes it was just unavoidable.
I know you've been there. You're class starts in 20 minutes, you're left with less than desirable choices in undergarments, you don't want to wear loose fitting shorts that will show any (you know what). Your options are pantyline city or deserted ghost town. Enter Cottonelle® clean wipes!

I was able to try out a box and was impressed at the clean feeling they provided. Especially compared with other flushable bathroom wipes I've used in the past. The difference was in their CleanRipple® texture. I had more confidence going panty-free than I had before.
Plus, you don't have to worry about putting them in the bathroom trash where everyone can see. With their SafeFlush technology that immediately breaks down the tissue when flushed you can discreetly dispose of them when you're done.

When combined with Cottonelle's® Clean Care Toilet Paper which has a tugglable and huggable method of cleaning you can get the best clean for those #GoCommando moments.
Have I peaked your curiosity? If you want to try the CleanRipple® technology for yourself just click on any of the links above and tell a friend to #GoCommando to receive a FREE sample for yourself. The free sample quantity is limited, and will be replaced with a coupon once the samples are no longer available.

No More Red Knees and Elbows. ComforTrack Changes All of That!

May 14, 2015

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sterling for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Those of you who currently have a sliding shower door know how inconvenient it is to try and do any bath activity with that pointy metal bar that sits across the lip of your tub. From bathing your kids to bathing the family dog to washing your feet to scrubbing the tub, kneeling and sitting on that bar is nothing short of downright painful. I'm sure you have your red knees and elbows as proof!

Finally,Sterling shower doors with ComforTrack technology changes all of that. The bottom bar is made of a flexible yet extremely durable material that bends to applied pressure, allowing the user to kneel, sit of lean on the track, making it easier and more comfortable to bathe a child or a pet, access the shower or clean the bathing/ showering space. It also has a low-profile which makes it easy to clean. It's available for BOTH bath and shower doors.
My in-laws have the old-fashioned bath doors and I would greatly appreciate having a new Sterling Prevail shower door when I'm sitting on the side of the tub washing the mud off of my kids when they're done playing outside. And I'm sure they would love having a new Sterling Prevail shower door when their grandchildren stay over and decide to take a bath and they have to sit on the side of the tub to wash their hair.
I'm kind of wondering why shower doors weren't always made this way! What about you? Haven't you ever wondered why that bar has to be so painful? If  you also have a shower doors how would the new Sterling Prevail shower door change your everyday bathing routine?
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Craft Night: Macarons!

April 30, 2015

We're now officially celebrating our FOURTH craft night!!!! So exciting. It's been so much fun getting together with friends, sipping wine and talking.

This month we decided to give a go at the infamous macaron. Known to be finicky, we had heard many a horror story about failure after failure when attempting this fickle cookie.
I'm happy to say that it was mostly a success! We learned somethings along the way. Like a standing mixer is best but a hand mixer will do as well. Over mixing the egg whites and the powdered ingredients can happen in literally a matter of seconds. Turning the oven to 350 like it says in the recipes will cause your bottoms to burn. And when piping on your filling DON'T hold your cookie from the top and bottom.
Get all my tips and see our progress below!
They didn't all turn out so pretty but I'd say we definitely avoided the dreaded "craft fail".
Start by tracing circles onto parchment paper. They don't have to be perfect. Just enough to tell you where not to go over the line. I've heard silpats are best. Some of them even have the circles drawn on for your already!
Start sifting your almond meal and confectioners sugar. Some of us used this nifty hand sifter bought at Home Goods.

Chiffon Cardigan Free Pattern in Spring Spree

February 19, 2015

I don't know about you but I'm more than ready for this winter to be over. Don't get me wrong I get excited at the prospect of an impending snow storm but what I really want is to go outside without a jacket. To wear breezy clothing and to smell the spring air.
When I saw this material at Hancock Fabric I immediately knew what it was destined for- this lovely, loose, delicate chiffon cardigan. Great for a dainty coverup and SO STINKIN' EASY TO MAKE. 
I'd say you could make this cardigan in just an hour if you're good at cutting chiffon. The hardest part of this cardigan is cutting the chiffon. Seriously. That's it. The whole pattern is just two pieces. The body and the sleeve. Just under one yard of fabric used. You could probably try this pattern out with some left over chiffon in your stash just to see if it works for you.
I love how this cardigan is long yet delicate. It helps to avoid the frumpy look that you can sometimes get with long cardigans. It's so breezy you could even wear this in the summer, especially in the evenings.
I added the bauble fringe to the edges. I think it helps define the shape of the cardigan. If you simply used chiffon it might look a little too invisible. I also love how this cardigan looks while you're standing in sunlight. So romantic. It's just a shame I could take some outdoor pictures so you could get a good look at how gorgeous it looks in the sun.
Here's the free pattern:
Copy Shop Free Pattern

Bling Treats: Valentines with Free Printable

February 13, 2015

I love doing some fun for Valentine's. See some of my previous year's treats. 2014 Fortune Cookie Fruit Rollups, 2013 Mustache Lollipop Printables, 2012 Scratch Off Valentines, 2011 3D Lollipop Cards.
This year was no different. I love using disco dust and chocolate. It's just so fun. Everyone is always so intrigued.
Using simple silicone molds you can make all sort of cool chocolate treats.
I've seen people use plain brown or white chocolate to make these gems but I think the peanut butter chocolate is best. This ring above lost a lot of glitter on the sides but you can barely tell because the peanut butter candy melts are such a close match to the gold. I realize that some people are allergic to peanut butter but like I said you can make these with any candy melt. If you're making these for a group of people I recommend getting some white chocolate and make a few for anyone with peanut allergies.
I made a few of these for my friends at my Mothers of Preschoolers group. They loved them.
It might also be fun to use multi-colored rings and different colors of disco dust to match.
Don't they look so pretty all lined up?

Two Sisters Heart Blouse Free Pattern: Chevron Blushes

February 12, 2015

Just in time for Valentine's Day is another free pattern for your little loved one. Cute Valentine cut out backed peplum blouses in two sizes for two sisters;-)
Lily and Molly wanted something special to wear for Valentine's Day. Rather than go down to Target and pick something easy I decided to make something homemade with a free pattern instead. I got the fabric at JoAnn's Fabric.
I used a ribbed tank top underneath since it seemed a little riske to have the kids showing off a bare back at school;-) But the tank tops were perfect and can be found at Target.
There are two patterns. One I made to fit Lily who's 10 and the other to fit Molly who's 7. For the pattern I lengthened Lily's blouse about 1" longer than the one in the photos as I thought it came out a little short. However, my kids are super tiny for their age. If you want to make these blouses for your kids first take their waist measurement and make sure it matches the pattern so you don't end up making one too tiny. Lily's pattern has a 26.5" waist and Molly's pattern has a 22.5" waist. Each pattern has left a little room so it's not too tight. On an average sized child I'd say these might be more of a fit for an 8 and 5 year old. You can always widen the pattern to suit your child.
I handmade the buttons myself. I recovered fabric buttons. It's a bit tedious but they comes out looking so good. I was able to handmake Lily's gold buttons and gold piping which goes around her heart. Here's a great tutorial on Instructables which shows you how.
Print at Home Free Heart Blouse Pattern Waist: 26.5"
Print at Home Free Heart Blouse Pattern Waist: 22.5"
Copy Shop Free Heart Blouse Pattern Waist: 26.5"
Copy Shop Free Heart Blouse Pattern Waist: 22.5"

Tutorial below:

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