I love hats in the Fall and in the Summer…well, honestly, I love them year round! Today though, I’ve rounded up some really cute summer options if your headed to the park, beach or your… More
This might just be the easiest truffle recipe you have ever made! I am a HUGE fan of Lindt Excellence chocolate bars, so incorporating my favorite one into these truffles was an easy YES!! Make these for your next baby or bridal shower, grad party, or a fun easy dessert!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Heavy Whipping Cream
- 3 Lindt Intense Orange Chocolate bars
- Cocoa powder
~Chop up your chocolate bars into small pieces and place in a heat safe bowl.
~To a saucepan add 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, and over medium heat stir constantly until almost boiling. Pour the heated whipping cream over the chocolate and let sit two minutes.
~Stir the chocolate mixture until all the chocolate pieces have melted. Cover and place the chocolate mixture in the refrigerator for 2 hours until solid.
~Once chilled, scoop chocolate and roll into balls of your desired size. These are very rich, so I recommend about a 1-inch diameter or less.
~Roll each truffle in cocoa powder. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve. These would also be amazing rolled in chopped almonds or coconut.
These truffles are so delicious and can be made a variety of ways. You could use plain chocolate and add in extracts or liqueurs of your choice. There are also so many amazing candy bars available that you could use as well.
Let me know if you make these yourself!
When I think “urban chic” I think of wood and metal with touches of metallics and greenery. This baby shower focuses on those stylish elements! We’ve taken a wood pallet and created an amazing backdrop, added in sparkly gold flatware, balloons and touches of baby’s breath to create the perfect celebration for any Mother-To-Be.
I’ve partnered with one of my favorite party suppliers of fun, Oriental Trading, to put together a shower that anyone could easily re-create!
This fun and unique Wooden Pallet Backdrop with hanging globes is such a fun addition.
My recipe for Brown Sugar Lip Scrub has three ingredients, and when packaged in these cute jars, make the perfect party favor.
I hope you enjoyed this peek into a sweet celebration. Make sure to stop by the Oriental Trading blog to get all the details and product links, as well as, all the instructions for the DIY’s!!
This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review. I was also compensated to blog on the Oriental Trading Blog. All ideas and opinion are my own.
Sugar sugar!! Thank your party guests by sending them home with this yummy Brown Sugar Lip Scrub packaged in darling jars. This scrub only requires 3 ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard! Coconut oil is the main ingredient and has so many wonderful uses and properties. If you don’t already use it I think you will become a fan! Natural homemade products make everyone feel good and this one will do just that, plus if you happen to get a taste…it’s delicious too!
- 1/2 c. Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbsp. Honey
- 5 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
- Stir the coconut oil and honey together with the back of a spoon. If the coconut oil is too hard to stir, gently warm it in your hands, or in the sun (or in the microwave, if you use one), to slightly soften the coconut oil before stirring.
- Add in the brown sugar and mix well.
- Scoop into favor jars.
- To Use: Just rub a little lip scrub on your finger, apply to your lips, and gently scrub with your fingertip. Lick, wipe or rinse off.
Make-up and bacteria build up on the bristles and that can be bad for your skin….so a once a month cleaning is a great idea!
I am just not willing to spend $10 – $15 on make-up brush cleaner when making my own is so easy and economical!
Here’s how you make it!
1 cup water
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
1/2 Tablespoon Liquid Dish washing soap
(I used Method…a grease fighting formula helps to break down the make-up)
1/2 Tablespoon Mild Shampoo
(I used baby shampoo)
1 Tablespoon leave in conditioner – this makes your bristles so soft!
(I used Lucy’s No More Tangles 🙂
Mix all ingredients together gently so you don’t create too many bubbles
Pour into a small squeeze bottle to store
To clean your brushes:
Pour some of your cleaner into a dish
Dip your brush and gently tap and swish…do not mash it around or you will damage your bristles
Wipe your brush back and forth on a clean OLD towel to remove makeup
(depending on how dirty your brushes are you might have to repeat this step several times, changing out your dirty cleaner)
For larger brushes (powder and bronzer) I find it works better if you put some of your cleaner in a spray bottle and spray the bristles…if you dip these brushes in a bowl of cleaner they just suck it right up!
I ended up making 2 batches of this cleaner to clean about a dozen brushes…my foundation, blush and bronzer brushes used up alot of cleaner
When all the makeup has been removed from your brushes lay them FLAT on a clean towel to dry
(don’t store them upright when they are wet, you do not want water to seep down into the shaft of your brush)
If you haven’t cleaned your brushes in awhile, I think you will be pleasantly surprised how soft the bristles are!
Gosanko’s Chocolates is a locally owned handmade chocolate company. Their store is full of amazing chocolates and wine!!! Sold! I fell in love with these chocolate bottles and tulips, and think they would be such a sweet gift for your girlfriends, teachers or just tied on to a bottle of wine for the wine lover Mom!
Now, I know not every Mom wants kitchen gadgets for Mother’s Day, BUT when they’re pretty, how can you say no!
The Banana Republic Factory Store is filled with their new Spring and Summer collection! How about getting Mom a cute clutch and a scarf with darling fringe detail? And, while you’re there, do yourself a favor and pick up a pair of my favorite Sloan Ankle pant, you’ll thank me later!
Francesca’s is new to The Outlet Collection/Seattle and there is something that would suit every Mom on your list! Their Mother’s Day display is filled with some of the cutest mugs, trinket dishes, and candles…
and if you need something to wear to brunch, there are tons of cute ideas from casual to dressy!
For the Mom who has everything…you can never go wrong with a little sparkle! Zales Outlet at The Outlet Collection/Seattle has an amazing selection. I fell in love with this Bolo Tennis Bracelet…it’s perfect if you have a small wrist, like I do, because it adjusts!
There is a fabulous Shop for Mom Event going on now thru May 14, 2017. For every $100 you spend at Kay Jewelers Outlet, Piercing Pagoda, and/or Zales Outlet you can enter to win $100 Outlet Collection gift card.
So there you go…if you are looking for stress-free, one stop shopping for your Mother’s Day gifting needs, head to The Outlet Collection/Seattle. I promise you are going to find something your mom is going to LOVE! Who knows, you might find a little Mother’s Day gift for yourself, like I did!
A special thank you to The Outlet Collection/Seattle for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.