Seams and Sprinkles

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Life Hack: Stay on Track with Itsums!

Hello my wonderful and dear unicormmunity! Those of you that follow me on Instagram may have had the opportunity to hear a sneak peek at my newly coined term, but if you haven't now you know it is real. That's right- I am calling my crew my #unicormmunity! So whether you are a new or returning reader, I welcome you and hope you will stick around to share your own valuable insights so we can keep growing together.

I wanted to keep in line with my goals for the year to stay on track, motivated and accomplishing ALL OF THE THINGS (yes, I am yelling, but not at you)! Today I thought I should take a second to share a new resource I have discovered that is helping me with a few projects. It is called Itsums! I am so excited to share this website and all its functionality with you so you have one more tool to make all your dreams a reality. I know it makes it so much more fun to accomplish goals by having things to check of the old to-do list. I like to think of this website as a functional board space that has the imaging of Pinterest with the calculations and tracking of an Excel sheet. It is basically the more fun version of Adulting 101.

Here is my list of top things that I am loving in using Itsums so far:
  1. You can create budget and stick to it.
  2. You have the ability to organize your spending into different categories- and it is even color coded!
  3. Bookmark the purchases you want to make online with the toolbar shortcut. 
  4. Check Items off your list as you purchase them and keep track of the spending money you have left. 
  5. Share your boards anywhere with anyone on basically any platform! 
Right now I am embarking on creating a board for my ideal office space. We have updated the kitchen and living room areas, so I am now thinking the office is the next place I need to start to get this productivity going out the freaking roof!

My board is called The Most Awesome, Productive, Fun Office Ever and this is what it looks like:

I have started with a budget of about $5,000 and started marking all the things I will need to have the most awesome, productive, fun office ever! Right now, I have grouped it into several categories: decor, furniture and productivity tools. It is color coded and corresponds to the chart on the right hand side to help you stick to the cold, hard cash you have decided to spend on each.

Here is a little preview of what I have started for my categories so far:

Such a budget beauty isn't it? This has been so helpful for me to find things I am loving for my new office and I can keep track of what I have purchased so far as well! One thing on my list that I could not resist getting was my unicorn faux taxidermy head and Itsums marked it as purchased for me and updated all my amounts!


To view the full details of my future office to date, follow this link: The Most Awesome, Productive, Fun Office Ever

I hope you had fun seeing my ideas for my future office space, as well as started thinking about what you can use Itsums for to help you be more productive and on target this year! If you are drawing a blank, here are some other ideas that might be helpful for you to get started when you sign up:
  1. Planning your next party
  2. Creating a new dream wardrobe
  3. Items you need for your next vacation
  4. Your Christmas shopping list
  5. Wedding planning 
Enjoy my latest life hack tool and please take a quick moment to share an idea of a board you have in the comments to help inspire others in our unicormmunity to plan and budget their next fun adventure!

Beauty on a Budget- How to Look Your Best Without Breaking the Bank!

Hello everyone! I am thrilled to welcome Mikal back for more of her beauty tips! You may remember her from our previous introductory post, where she shared the story of Mary Kay and some of her favorite ways to style these products. I hope you enjoy her ideas on looking your best within your budget.
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I am so excited to come back as a guest writer on the Seams and Sprinkles blog! This time I will be sharing a few beauty tips to help you maintain your budget for looking your best. With the new year underway, we often set resolutions and want to try new things. Well this year, how about investing more in you? One great way to do this is to change your current beauty regime. New skincare products or a fresh selection of new makeup will give you the perfect pick-me-up!!

Mary Kay offers a variety of skin care and makeup products to help you look your best on a budget. Allow me to walk you through looking your best without breaking the bank. Let's start with skin care. Mary Kay skin sets will give you a refreshed, polished look and offer the following benefits:
  • Improves your skin's texture
  • Helps even your skin tone
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines
  • Leaves your face soft and moisturized
  • Fights aging 
Source: Mary Kay

Mary Kay's TimeWise skin care products are available in two sets: 
  • The Basic Set- This set includes the TimeWise Cleanser and TimeWise Moisturizer. This set retails at $44 and all products have a three year shelf life!
  • The Miracle Set- Thid set includes the Timewise Cleanser, TimeWise Moisturizer, Day Solution and Night Solution. This set retails at $95 and also have a three year shelf life.

Each set works together to achieve soft, smooth skin with age-defying ingredients. They are also formulated for normal to dry and combination to oily skin types. The best thing about this investment in your skin is that all these products come with a 100% money-back guarantee if you are not fully satisfied with your purchase! 

Now that we have your skincare routine down, it is time to start playing in some makeup! 

Valentine's Day is around the corner, and a fun thing to try would be a new lip color or eye look to really make your features pop on this romantic day. The look I will be featuring is called "Picture Perfect." This makeup look was created by Mary Kay Global Makeup Artist Luis Casco. Using the products in this look, you will have a flawless finish for that gorgeous selfie! 
Source: Mary Kay

You can achieve this simple, yet glamorous look with the following products:
  • Endless Performance creme-to-powder foundation ($18)
  • Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color Duo in Spiced Poppy" ($18)
  • NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in "Rock 'n' Red" ($15)
  • Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in "Gold Coast" ($8)
  • Ultimate Mascara in "Black" ($15)
  • Mary Kay Refillable Mini-Compact ($17)

This set retails at $91, however, if you purchase between February 8th- February 18th you will receive 15% off all purchases of $75 or more, but that's not all! You will also receive a free Satin Hands hand cream as your free gift with purchase.

Before I go, I wanted to share some of my other favorite makeup products by Mary Kay that will save your pretty pennies. Each of these products are $20 or less!

  • Mary Kay CC Cream, available in four shades from very light to deep ($20)
  • Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color, shade of choice ($8)
  • Beauty Blotter Oil-Absorbing Tissues ($8)
  • Mary Kay At Play Fluid Eyeliner, shade of choice ($10)
  • Mary Kay At Play Jelly Lip Gloss, shade of choice ($10)
  • Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara ($15)
  • Mary Kay At Play Triple Layer Tinted Balm ($10)
  • Mary Kay At Play Eye Crayon ($10) 

In addition to the sale and free gift this month, you can take a fun beauty quiz for an added bonus. Head to my website and click on "Tips & Trends," then click on "Games and Quizzes." Select the "Read My Lips" quiz and receive 5% off your order with me after you complete it.

I hope you have enjoyed learning some new ways to spoil yourself in this new year with these new products. If you would like to learn any other information, have a Mary Kay event or just connect with me you can reach me on my website, via email or follow me on Instagram and Facebook. Thank you so much for reading and I look forward to hearing from you soon! 

DIY Candy Bouquet for Your Favorite Gals on Galentine's Day

We all know Valentine's Day is approaching, as it is pretty hard to miss when they decorate every store before you even have time to swipe up the clearance Christmas goodies! Ah, February, the month of pink, champagne and chocolates... wait that is basically every day of my life (sorry, not sorry). It is true that February is known for all these things, but do you also recall Galentine's Day? This holiday falls on February 13th so you can be sure to set aside time for all the most wonderful ladies in your life before every reservation, outfit and gift is taken in the surrounding area. I personally believe we should spend a little more time in this chocolate-infused month celebrating all our relationships, not just the romantical (I am saying this word with a sultry rolling "r"and you must also!) ones.

So, where all my ladies at with all the best lady friends ever who are ready to celebrate this fabulous Galentine's Day?? If this sounds like you, maybe you have been looking for an awesome way to celebrate the ladies in your life this year by giving an extra-special-full-of-love gift and I have the most perfectly darling idea for you. Are you ready for it... time for a DIY candy bouquet tutorial!! I can no longer contain my excitement to have an excuse to celebrate all my favorite gal-pals so let's jump right in!


Galentine's Day Candy Bouquets


Makes approximately 32 edible flowers


Ingredients

  • 1 Bag of medium-sized, standard shape marshmallows (they can be color and flavor of your choice though!)
  • 1 Bag of pretzel rods
  • Parchment paper
  • Your choice of candy coating
  • Colored sugar
  • Yellow, round sprinkles   
          

Instructions

  1. Cut all the marshmallows in half diagonally. You may need to rinse off your scissors or knife every so often, as it will get sticky. Set halves aside.
  2. Pour your choice of colored sugar(s) into separate bowls. 
  3. Dip the sticky ends of the marshmallows in your choice of colored sugar. I used blue, pink and purple for mine. You will need four halves for each flower. Repeat with remaining marshmallow halves until they all have colored sugar, then set aside.
  4.  Melt your candy coating following the instructions, stirring frequently until it is runny and smooth. I typically work in 30 second increments. 
  5. Place parchment paper on a flat surface for candy to harden. 
  6. Dip one pretzel rod into the melted candy coating, letting the excess run off. Place rod lightly on the parchment paper.
  7. Begin assembling the sides of the flower by placing a petal on the right and left side of the rod towards the top leaving a little room for the top and bottom petals. Hold them in place for a few seconds for the candy coating to begin to harden.
  8. Add the top and bottom petals to the pretzel rod and hold into place for a few seconds for the candy coating to begin to harden.
  9. Add a yellow embellishment, such as a round sprinkle, in the middle for the pollen. 
  10. Allow candy coating to harden before removing from the parchment paper.
  11. Repeat with remaining pretzel rods in the bag.
  12. Assemble flowers into a bouquet using the vessel of your choice. I recommend a fun wine glass and bottle of wine to give your favorite gal pals in your life! *Cheers*      
          

I hope you enjoy sharing this candy bouquet as much as I did! Be sure to also keep it in mind for other holidays coming up like Mother's Day or Easter. It is such a fun and unique way to celebrate all the most special people in your life.

Take an extra second and leave me a note in the comments to tell me how you plan to pair your bouquet for an awesome gift. Have a wonderful Galentine's Day!