Indoor Herb Garden- April ’18

April showers bring May herbs! Or in this case, you can have herbs year round! This month we are exploring indoor herb gardens! I love using fresh herbs in my cooking, and am so excited to finally be able to have them year round!

What we used for our Indoor Herb Garden:

  • Ikea’s VURM
  • Pint Glasses
  • Etching Cream
  • Vinyl stencils (I’ll link you to some other tutorials that don’t use vinyl below!)
  • 4 types of seeds

What went down:

We saw this Ikea hack last summer, but never had time to do it! So we were so excited to be able to do it this year! The only problem is we can’t screw it into the wall at the rental house. So we didn’t think that all the way through. BUT- we have tons of indoor herb garden ideas for you over on our Pinterest! 

  1. Clean glasses thoroughly
  2. Print out our Herb Labels (from our Dropbox). If you have a cutting machine, using vinyl comes in handy! That is what I used, but this way works too!
  3. Cut out the herb labels (using a X-acto knife if you have one)
  4. Lay out a sheet of making tape on a cutting board, and place the herb stencil you created on top. Trace the design, then cut out using the x-acto knife again.
  5. Carefully peel up your masking tape stencil, and lay tape on top of the glass. Make sure there are no bubbles around the design! You can also cut the masking tape directly on the glass, using THIS tutorial.
  6. Using a paint brush or foam brush, lay a thick amount of etching cream on top of the stencil.
  7. Let sit for approximately 5 minutes, then rinse off. I usually use warm water.
  8. Peel off stencil, then rinse one more time to make sure all the etching cream is off.
  9. Fill the cup with potting soil, plant your seeds, and keep moist!
  10. Enjoy the herbs when they come up!
Be sure to lay down a thick layer of etching cream!
Washing off the etching cream!

So the cutting the stencil out of the masking tape can be a pain, I won’t lie about that! But there are several other ways of making an etching stencil. Etching is so fun, it’s addicting!

  • Use vinyl to create the stencil (using THIS technique) (or you can special order a stencil from me, just send me an email!)
  • Buy etching stencils. This means you can’t create your own, but you CAN use them over and over and they’re so pretty!
  • And my personal favorite- just using stickers and masking tape!

Love is in the Air: February ’18 Blog

Hey everyone! We are so excited about our T&O revamp! One of the first things we are trying out is our new T&O Newsletter and once a month blog! The newsletter is a short view of the full blog (which is this)! Each month we will be showcasing some fun organizational tips, a new recipe for you to try, a DIY activity, and T&O Sales! We are going to be doing the blog a few different ways, then we will send out a survey to see what you prefer!

Love is in the air this February!! The best part about Valentine’s day is YOU DON’T HAVE to BE IN A RELATIONSHIP to enjoy it!!! I know this is an ENTIRELY new concept to a lot of you, and I used to be the “I hate Valentines Day” and “Singles Awareness Day” person too. But think about it, you may not have a romantic significant other, but you have tons of other relationships! Your BFF, your family, even your neighbors! This month we are looking into ways to celebrate ALL of our relationships and the people we love!

Lifestyle Tip:

Watch the video to get Ali’s Valentine’s Day Look!

You all are going to LOVE this!! This month, I got one of my best friends, Ali, to do a Valentines Makeup tutorial! Trust me, she is the best! She shows several different ways to do your Valentines Day makeup, but what I really love is this look is simple enough to wear anytime!! I am not a huge makeup wearer, but I learned SO MUCH from watching this video!! Seriously- wait for the eyeliner part!!

Shop her products:

Mineral Touch Foundation

Moodstruck Eye Primer

Angled Shadow Brush

Eye Shadow- Agile & Shrewd

Precision Pencil Eyeliner

3D Fiber Lash Enhancer 

Splash Liquid Lipstick

Lucrative Lip Gloss

Recipe of the Month:

For Valentines Day, we were wanting a nice dinner! But- we didn’t want to have to spend the money to go out! So I whipped up this Pork Chop and pasta in the slow cooker, made some delicious (and easy!) rolls and salads, and made a wonderful dinner! I’ve crash tested it, revamped it, and am ready to share the recipes with you! Bonus- look like a Valentine’s Day Pro with my easy creme brulee recipe (you’re welcome). Check it out under the Recipe’s tab, or Click Here!

DIY Tutorial of the Month:

DIY Valentines and Valentines parties are the best!! This month we are showing you some super fun and quick Valentines for everyone on your list! Want to throw a party? Try revisiting our Galentine’s Day Wine Tasting Party from last year!

Float on over to our DIY section for the full tutorials!

T-Shirt of the Month:

Since we FINALLY got our craft room  Office set up, we can start our T-shirt of the month club! This isn’t a subscription, just a fun special that we will have going for the rest of the year! These shirts are available for only one month, and will be made in 1 or 2 batches depending on the month.

This month, we have a “Lovely” (see what I did there?) T-shirt for you! This shirt is screen printed, then an HTV heart (your color choice) is layered on top! These are perfect for your Valentines/Galentines parties, but they also look cute enough to wear year round! All you have to do is go to the SHOP HERE and choose your shirt size and heart color!

For February, the first batch will be shipped on February 7th (our last day for Valentines Delivery!), then the second batch will be shipped February 28th.

What’s on Sale?

We have something SO SPECIAL for this month! We have released Hand Stamped Penny Keychains! These took A LOT of practice, but am so happy to finally be releasing them! Choose from 4 different phrases, OR email me and we can make up a custom phrase! We also have a lot of fun symbols (hearts, infinity symbols, Love, etc) to choose from so we can really make it your own! These are great for significant others, gifts to your kids, attach to your friends Valentines cards (I’m so “Lucky” to be your friend!). The possibilities are endless! These are on sale for $1 off! Order by February 7th for Valentines Day delivery!! You can find them HERE!

 

Last Remarks! 

We hope you have enjoyed our newest edition to T&O! We love you all and are so thankful to have you on our newest adventure! Like this blog? Make sure to share it with your friends! Want to be a guest blogger? Email or send us a message on Facebook outlining what you’d like to talk about! Have a product idea? We’d love to hear it! If we like it, you may be able to get commission on the idea! And of course- any comments, photos, or if you just want to say hello we’d love to see your comments below! You can also tag us on Facebook and Instagram!

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Home Command Center – January ’18 DIY

It’s the new year, which means it’s time to get your home organized! The greatest ~Pinspiration~ I’ve found are home command centers! I love these because they look stylish, they’re super organized, and you can customize them for YOUR family!

From Lemon Lime Adventures

The basic elements of a home command center usually include:

  • A monthly or weekly calendar
  • An area for in/out mail
  • Kids chore charts
  • Meal plan
  • Keys, phone, and coat storage

Optional elements can include:

  • Kids art spot
  • Homework storage
  • Charging Station
  • Side Table
  • Clock
  • Receipt Bin
  • Notes
Free printables from Girl Loves Glam!

Seriously guys, these are so customizable it’s crazy! The best part- even the BUDGET for these is customizable! You can DIY everything, some things, or buy everything! It’s totally up to you. If you want to buy some of the parts, Etsy sellers have some cute Command Center elements! Plus you can buy mail sorters, calendars, charging stations, and key drops at places like Walmart and Amazon. But these are totally DIY-able too! Here is how I made MY home command center! *This is a bit of a rough, small command center because of the move! I’ll update the post when we get the move finished!

My Command Center elements:

  • Monthly Calendar
  • Weekly Meal Plan
  • To-do/Grocery List

Weekly Meal Planner:

I took a super easy route for my weekly meal planner! It was so quick and easy to make and I love how it turned out! I used THIS chalkboard from Michaels, then all I needed was paint, stickers, and chalkboard markers! I got all those from Michaels too! PS- If you want to make things a bit easier you can use already made Chalkboard STICKERS!!

  1. I painted my board the desired color. They come with wood around the edge, but I wanted mine to match my command center! So I painted the outside white. Do as many coats as you feel you need!
  2. Once your frame is dry, stick your stickers to the chalk board. You can measure it out, or you can do like I did and just stick them on! Make sure they’re stuck down good, because they may get a little wet when you wipe off the board each week.
  3. Hang up, and start your menu! Easy as that! Make sure to read the instructions on your chalk markers!

The dry-erase board and calendar I got from Walmart for $5 each! If you love The Container Store as much as I do, check this out for some awesome command center elements!

Boom! You’re done! I’ll update this post as I update my command center! I’d love to see your family command centers! Email pics to us at Jessica@TrendyAndOrganized.com , tag us on Facebook, share with us on Instagram using @TrendyOrganized or #TrendyAndOrganized! Happy new year everyone! Be sure to check out the rest of the New Year, New T&O blog HERE! 

New Year – New T&O! : January Blog

Hey everyone! We are so excited about our T&O revamp! One of the first things we are trying out is our new T&O Newsletter and once a month blog! The newsletter is a short view of the full blog (which is this)! Each month we will be showcasing some fun organizational tips, a new recipe for you to try, a DIY activity, and T&O Sales! We are going to be doing the blog a few different ways, then we will send out a survey to see what you prefer!

So it’s January, which is a time of renewal! Resolutions, organization, and new hobbies are all on your mind this month! Well, they’re on my mind! So this month’s blog/newsletter is here to help you out with all your 2018 goals!

Home Organization Tip:

So many people’s new years resolution are to get organized and STAY organized! This can be a difficult task for sure. As a messy “Creative” person, my house is often a mess. Like, bad. I have so many thoughts going through my head at once it’s hard to keep track of them all and I often leave things out! So, I’ve brought in my favorite organized person to help us out! Coby puts up with my messes on a daily basis, and has some tips for dealing with you or your families messes! We also got some awesome tips from my Facebook friends that I had to share!!

  1. Dishes can account for some of the worst smelling and ugliest part of your house! By washing, drying, and putting the dishes away at the end of each day you can reduce the cluttered look a lot!
  2. On the computer side of things, use a password organizer like LastPass! It’s great for using and keeping your passwords safe, as well as sharing passwords with family members! Or, safely share your Netflix password with your friends 😉
  3. Cleaning the counters daily makes a huge different!
  4. Make your bed each day! Your bedroom can be a mess, but if you make your bed it automatically makes it LOOK a lot neater! – Patti S.
  5. On the bed note- check out how this motivational video starts out! – Laurel W.
  6.  “I meal plan as prep! It helps give me more time throughout the week and I’m not going out or trying to figure out what to eat” – Liz W.
  7. “Five minutes at a time. Set a timer so it’s not overwhelming and stop when your time is up. Do this every day!”- Wendy D.
  8.  “Make to-do lists!” – Laurel W.
  9.  “I try very hard [to be organized] but motherhood has taught me that it’s okay to get off track once in a while and nothing is perfect. So my advice would be if you find yourself off track, take a deep breath and get yourself back on track.” – Waynetta D.

 

Recipe of the Month:

Having recently moved back to Montana, January makes me think of the cold. Really cold. A lot of cold. But we are also trying to think healthy for the new year! So I decided this month for our first recipe, we totally needed a healthy meal prep! Plus I got an Instant Pot for Christmas and needed to try it out…

The full recipe can be found on this awesome blog! All I did was add more veggies and onions!

Future recipes will be found in our recipe category!

DIY Tutorial of the Month:

Home command center!! I’m so excited about this one guys, they’re so fun and customizable for you and your family! Want to make your own? Check out the full DIY tutorial in the DIY category HERE!! Want more *Inspiration*? Check out our January Newsletter Pinterest board here!

 

What’s on Sale?

Lovelies, January means organizing! But- it’s best to start small! Check out these awesome cord organizers, handmade with love! These are $1, making them only $5 ($6 for personalization). Attach them to your backpack, stick it in your purse, etc! Take your headphones and chargers with you wherever!

Find them HERE!

Last Remarks! 

We hope you have enjoyed our newest edition to T&O! We are so excited for our newsletter! We will have more of a newsletter/blog in February once we are finished with the Second Big Move!! Just so you know, Valentines gifts will be released on January 10th, you can find them in our Holiday/Gift section! We are also now on Pinterest, so be sure to check us out!!

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Spoooky DIY’s!

Hey guys! It’s my favorite time of year, HALLOWEEN! I love seeing the kiddos get all dressed up, handing out candy, watching scary movies, and fun parties! My all time favorite Halloween movie is Hocus Pocus (Duh!). I also really love Practical Magic and Halloweentown!

This year since we have a lot of neighbor kids around, I decided to go on a full on porch decorating rampage! We made a photobooth type setting with… you guessed it.. a Hocus Pocus theme! Check out the rest of the post for pictures, tutorials, and free cut files!

Don’t want the DIY? No problem! Head over to our Shop to check out the Spooky Selection!

*Note*- This post is not sponsored by Michaels. I just happened to find out I had one 10 minutes away from my apartment and I had some great coupons! You can get any of this stuff at Walmart, Amazon, etc!

DIY Potion Jars

What is a witch without potion ingredients?! We made these super fun apothecary jars for all you wizards, witches, and potion masters! These are super simple and will really add to your Halloween fun!

What you’ll need:

  • Fun jars (I got mine from Michaels, but even just mason jars will work! I got the small jars!)
  • Printable sticker paper (either clear or white, I used the Silhouette brand but any works!)
  • Apothecary Jar witchy labels (Find free PDF’s, jpeg’s, and .Studio files HERE)
  • Spooky filler (feathers, liquid, sand, rocks, glow in the dark stuff, anything!)

Steps:

  1. Head over to the T&O dropbox for some free apothecary jar labels! Or, you can design your own if you’re skilled in that way!
  2. Download the labels you like. If you have a cutting machine, you can download the apothjars.studio3 file for them already sized and ready to cut!
  3. Pick the labels you like, then it’s time to play with the sizing! Measure your jars, then find out if the jar is shorter in length or in height. This is the maximum dimension you’ll use.
  4. It works easiest to load the files into Microsoft Word or Photoshop to size them! Use the scaling feature (drag the corners in or out) to make the labels as big as you need to for your jars. *Tip* If you have clear jars, turn the Word document to 100% and hold your jar up in front of  your computer screen!
  5. Once you have your labels sized, load your sticker paper into your printer. *Tip* Select “photo” or “best photo”, then make sure your printer paper is set to either regular paper or matte paper!
  6. Print out your labels, let them dry for a few minutes to be sure you don’t smear them!
  7. Carefully cut out your jar labels (or load them into your cutting machine!). Once you have your labels cut, place them on your jars! Curvy jars can be a bit of a pain, so be patient and keep trying!
  8. If you really want to, you can skip basically all these steps and buy THESE stickers from Michaels. You’re welcome!
  9. Once you have your labels on your jars, fill them up! For venom and other liquids, I just used food coloring and water. Love potion= little diamonds, Unicorn horn dust=colored sand! Be creative and have fun with it!
  10. When all your witchy potions are ready to go, be sure to share on social media with the hashtag #TnOHalloween so we can see! You can also send us an email, Facebook message, or comment below with photos, questions, tips for others, etc!

Spooky Warning Signs

This is a fun and easy DIY if you have access to some vinyl or paint and stencils! I love this one because you can make these signs for Halloween, Christmas, Valentines, Birthdays, Weddings, etc!

What you’ll need:

  • Wood. This may seem simple, but there are lots of different types! If you want to save some money just buy some blank wood and add the accents yourself. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of adding the hanging stuff, buy some pre-made signs!
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint (Optional, whatever color you’re wanting)
  • Polycrylic (I cheated and used clear spray paint, but if you want it to last use the polycrylic!)
  • Hanging stuff (If you bought the unfinished wood)
  • Vinyl letters (or stencils and paint!)

Instructions:

  1. Unless you truly believe your “finished wood” is actually finished, the first thing you need to do is sand down your wood! You’ll need a nice finish.
  2. Paint your wood whatever color you’d like. I recommend an outdoor paint, but I’ve seen people use cheap craft paint, acrylics, etc. I was lazy and used black spray paint!
  3. Let that first coat dry, then do a second coat (optional).
  4. Once your paint is dry, paint a thin clear coat of the polycrylic on the surface. This isn’t exactly necessary, but you will struggle (at least with the vinyl) if you don’t. Again, I just used clear spray paint but it’s not guaranteed to stick!
  5. So the next part is pretty simple. If you’re using vinyl, cut your vinyl (find my FREE cut files HERE). Use a permanent vinyl (651 or 671!). Weed it, then stick it on the wood. Done! DO NOT spray/paint a clear coat over your vinyl! It will cause the vinyl to shrink and bubble!
  6. If you’re painting, get your stencils out! Paint over your stencils (use painters tape to hold them down so they don’t smear or bleed!). When you’re done you can use a clear coat if you want!
  7. Hang them up, and make sure you tell EVERYONE you made it! Maybe even make a sign saying you handmade that sign! It’s also super cool to share photos on social media with the hashtag #TnOHalloween so we can see! You can also send us an email, Facebook message, or comment below with photos, questions, tips for others, etc!

Winnie….. I smell children! (Doormat)

Okay so this one is interesting, I have TWO tutorials for you! The first one is the one I did (the shortcut of course!). The second one is one that an awesome blogger made!

What you’ll need:

  • Plain doormat (Walmart, Fred Meyer, Ikea, Hardware store, Amazon… any will do!)
  • For Shortcut: Spray Paint (Other: Outdoor paint)
  • Stencil (through Vinyl- get my FREE cut file HERE, or with the stencils from the previous project!)

Instructions:

  1. First things first, shake out your doormat. They tend to get grimy and dusty in the store or during shipping, and you want to make sure it’s clean! If it’s rolled up from shipping flatten it out.
  2. While your mat is flattening out, cut out your stencil (if you’re using the free cut file).
  3. If you’re using other stencils, begin laying them out on the mat.
  4. Once your stencils are on the mat, ensure they are stuck down really good. This will help prevent bleeding when you spray paint it.
  5. Move your mat outside, if you haven’t already done so!
  6. Hold your spray paint 6 inches or more away from your mat. If you’re too close, the air will push the paint under your stencil! Give the whole thing a nice spray over.
  7. Let dry, then repeat until you get the desired color intensity!
  8. Peel off your stencil then voila! You have a new mat!
  9. I touched my mat up a bit in spots with black spray paint, so feel free to do so too! Just be careful you don’t spray over your new letters!
  10. Set it outside your door and (no so patiently) wait for Halloween!! Share photos on social media with the hashtag #TnOHalloween so we can see! You can also send us an email, Facebook message, or comment below with photos, questions, tips for others, etc!

Find the more professional tutorial HERE! This one still involves a stencil, but also painting! I’m planning on trying out this technique next time, so keep an eye on the Facebook page!

How do YOU decorate for Halloween? We’d love to see some pics! 

Free .Studio cut files can be found at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/in1onjvou9oovud/AAAjDg58OrKLnBCV7CySv4ola?dl=0

Gone Glamping!

Okay, it’s week 6 of field camp and I’m so excited because we get to go CAMPING!! I’m trying something new this trip. Usually I rough it, just a tent and a sleeping bag, but this time I decided to **Treat Myself** and make this a glamping (Glamorous Camping) trip! Hey, if I’m going to be stuck in school 6 days a week for 9 hours a day in the middle of nowhere you bet I deserve it!

My budget for my glamping trip is $100, and all items must either A) be able to be used camping again, B) been needed or wanting anyway, or C) have a household use, which also means we have to be willing to move it!

Luckily, I’m camping on a field trip for school, so the school supplied the food and even a nice grill! PS- Of course I forgot to take pictures while I was camping, so I re-created it when I set my tent up to dry because it RAINED THE WHOLE TIME.

However- check out my DIY On-A-Budget Glamping!

Outside of the tent:

On the outside of the tent I had a camp chair, a bar-b-que, and a Goal Zero (affiliate), all of which I already owned. Hey, we are glamping, yes that solar panel was necessary! I also made a tent sign using a blank metal sign from Walmart, which everyone LOVED!

I also had a LOT of lights! Wrapped around my tent poles I had fairy lights (affiliate), and on either side of the door zipper on the rain fly I had those $1 solar lights from Walmart!

Total cost for outside: $20

Inside the Rain Fly:

So my rain fly basically acts as a front porch for my tent, which is awesome! Some tents don’t have this luxury. Like I said, inside the rain fly I wrapped fairy lights around the tent poles! I also set up a fun door mat ($5.99 from Walmart). I have never camped with a mat, and it was the best! From now on, a mat is a must for all camping! It was so nice to have somewhere to put my shoes! The tote that I packed all my stuff in acted as a makeshift table! To pretty it up a bit I just put a fun beach towel over it! It not only acted as waterproof storage, but acted as a nice place to make a cup of tea!

Total cost for porch: $5.99

Inside the Tent:

This is the MOST important part of the Glamping experience! First you’ll need an air mattress (affiliate). No rocks up the back for you princess! You also can’t just sleep in a sleeping bag. That is camping, and we are glamping! It was super nice weather so I just had a small blanket from home! Pillows are also a must, the more the better! I brought two satin pillow cases (affiliate), then used heat transfer vinyl to make my Happy Camper pillow! I also bought a gear organizer (affiliate), which I usually hang up outside to help dry my clothes!

Total cost for inside: $25.91

Other Touches I Had:

In glamping, it’s all about the little comforts. My #1 comfort was, of course, a tea pot (affiliate)! I also took my Loose Leaf Tea Organizer and my favorite teas and matcha from Copper City Tea. Of course, a favorite book can go a long ways too! We were in a BEAUTIFUL part of the country with amazing geology, so of course I had my roadside geology book! Coby also lent me his tablet, so when it was raining we were able to sit in the tent and watch movies! It was a ton of fun!

TOTAL COST OF DIY GLAMPING: $51.90, under budget! 

Other Touches to Consider:

  • Gorgeous camp cups (affiliate)- I LOVE these!! So pretty!
  • Shatterproof Drink ware (affiliate)- Because wine glasses are breakable guys!
  • Chandelier with battery operated candles (affiliate)- Seriously, you deserve it!
  • Eye masks (affiliate)- When you stay up around the campfire all night, it’s not fun when the sun comes up at 5 am!
  • Slipper socks (affiliate)- Warm feet are essential when camping, trust me.

 

Finally- FOOD!!

Check out these links to see some of my favorite glamping recipes! These bloggers are so creative!

Champagne Tastes

Brit.Co1

Brit.Co2

Camping Sangria

Breakfast Burritos – Campfire Style

PS- Thanks to my mom who let me borrow a lot of fancy camping stuff!

What are your favorite camping tips and tricks? I’d love to hear them! Or even better, share some pics on my Facebook page!

This post contains affiliate links, but is not sponsored. All products linked to are based on my own purchases and opinions. 

 

 

 

Summer’s here, and so is the sun!

Summer is coming, and the sun is out! People are packing up and heading out to the lake, picnics, hiking, and camping! I have field camp these first 6 weeks, and a majority of that time is spent outside. Plus- the Jeep’s top is also down so the sun basically is laughing at me constantly. Naturally, Day 1, I got super sunburned. For this weeks blog I’m detailing some of my favorite tried and true sunburn remedies, and also the best ways to prevent sunburns!!

Sunburn Remedies

So you’re checking this section out first huh? It must be too late for you too. Not a problem! Lucky for you, I have spent many years of my life trying out different sunburn remedies!

#1. Aloe Vera

Yes, I’m starting with the most obvious. Aloe Vera is great for sunburns, it comes from the inside of the Aloe plant leaf! So if you have a plant, that’s awesome. Cut that thing up and apply! If you’re not so green thumb inclined, there are a lot of great products out there, here are my favorite 2: Vaseline & Hawaiian Tropic.

Pros-

  • Cheap
  • Effective
  • Instant Relief
  • Comes in different forms

Cons-

  • The gel stuff is really gross. Like, really really gross. But very effective.
  • You have to be sure to buy good brands in order for it to work.

#2. Essential Oils

People are SUPER into essential oils today. Whether or not you believe they work, a lot of people really recommend them for sunburn relief! The most common mix is lavender and peppermint, with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil or unscented lotion). You can get them HERE: Shop DoTerra. I didn’t have too much luck with this technique, it didn’t have that instant relief that Aloe had.

Pros-

  • Smells great
  • Reduces redness quickly
  • Soaks in quickly

Cons-

  • Can be expensive
  • May or may not have instant relief
  • Peppermint can make sensitive skin feel worse

#3. Vinegar

People are using vinegar for everything! Cleaning, health benefits, etc! So it shouldn’t surprise you that there is a sunburn remedy using vinegar! This one is super simple. Soak a few rags in vinegar (preferably apple cider) and lay them on your body for about 10 minutes. If you’re feeling fancy, mix a little lavender essential oil in with it!

Pros-

  • Instant Relief
  • Cheap
  • Reduces redness quickly
  • Feels REALLY GOOD

Cons-

  • Stinks, even if you include lavender
  • Have to lay around while it absorbs
  • Have to shower afterwards (and who has time for that??)

#4. Milk Baths

Okay, you don’t have to take an actual milk bath. If you want to, go for it! But this one is best done the same way the vinegar is. Soak some rags and lay on your lobster-fied body. You know how it feels when you drink milk after eating spicy food? This is kind of the same sensation. Cold milk on your hot body just feels amazing! This is best done immediately after your day outside or when  you realize you’re sunburned.

Pros-

  • Instant Relief
  • Reduces redness quickly
  • Feels REALLY GOOD
  • Best early relief

Cons-

  • Stinks
  • Have to lay around while it absorbs
  • Have to shower afterwards
  • Milk can be expensive

#5. Tea bags

This last one is an old wives tale. After you get your sunburn, brew yourself some tea! There are two ways of doing this. One way is brewing a black tea VERY strong (15-20 minutes), then using a rag to press it onto your skin. Another way is dumping tea directly into your bath and soaking in it! I used English Breakfast from Copper City Tea! 

Pros-

  • After the initial sting, it did actually feel better
  • Smells good
  • Excuse to get nasty tea bags out of your house and buy good tea

Cons-

  • Who thinks sticking hot fluids on your sunburn will make it feel better?!
  • If you like tea it’s a shame to waste it
  • Getting tea out of bathtub is not easy

Sunburn Prevention

If you skipped directly to this part of the blog, then good for you for being preventative! If you read the sunburn remedies before this point, at least you learned your lesson! Here are my top three ways to PREVENT sunburns!

#1. Sunscreen

Yes, again, obvious! Lotion sunscreens are generally best, but spray can be good too if you apply it properly. I love this info-graphic from Coolibar! They also have the best of the best sunscreens you can buy on the site!

 

#2. UV Clothing

I have this amazing product for you guys! It’s called Coolibar! I seriously can’t get enough of this clothing. I first bought a jacket from here for going to Australia, now half of my summer wardrobe is from here! They always have awesome sales going on, use a special fabric that protects skin from UV exposure, and their clothes are really cute. I own THREE of THESE jackets! They’re a bit expensive, but last a LONG time and I love mine!

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#3. Stay in the Shade

Even though you can still be exposed to UV in the shade, it’s an important part of being outside for long amounts of time! I love these two shade tents: Coleman & SEMOO! Large umbrellas work great too!

 

Now that you’re informed of sunburn prevention and remedies, go run outside and have fun!

What are your favorite sunburn remedies? What are your favorite summer activities? Let me know in the comments below!!

 

 

 

*This post is not sponsored. Products mentioned are based on my own opinions and experiences, but the product links do lead to affiliate sources which I am paid for.*

School Year Organization

Hey everyone! It’s September, which for most means BACK TO SCHOOL! Parents, calm down, we know you’re excited. However with B2S comes problems with clutter and messiness. I’m here to help you get everything from your car, to your locker, to your backpack organized! Let’s get started!

Locker:

  • Get a locker shelf to utilize ALL that room in your little locker!

Locker Shelf

  • Magnets are your FRIENDS!
  • DIY a cute locker organizer! Instructions HERE!

Locker Organizer

College Dorm/Apartment:

  • Get a desk for doing homework on, and keep it clean and organized. Designate this desk for ONLY doing homework, and avoid distractions in that area.

Homework Station

  • Get a dry erase calendar. They’re cheap at Walmart. Put any important tests, assignments, field trips, and parties on there. Assign each roommate their own color so you can make sure your plans never get in the way of each others!
  • Schedule your day! Establish a routine. Schedule chores, homework time, and gym time!
  • Create homey comfort in your dorm with a mini kitchen! A mini fridge, small microwave, and a coffee station make a temporary place feel like home!

Coffee Station

  • Lift your bed and store out of season clothes, spare notebooks, old books, etc. under your bed!

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  • Sharing a bathroom with a roommate or in the dorms? Organize all your shower stuff in a great shower caddy, like this one from Thirty One!

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  • Learn to organize your fridge from the start! This makes finding food, making food, and grocery shopping MUCH easier.

Fridge Organization

Backpack:

  • Get a planner! And color code it! Seriously- a calendar, a paper planner, or even an app! Keep your homework and social life straight!
  • Create a survival kit! Pikles and Bundles are on SALE (Promo Code: Back2School), so be sure to get one! Keep an office pack, pencils, ponytails, etc all in one place in your backpack!

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  • Get a pencil pouch so you don’t end up with pencils all over, but still end up using one at the end of the year because you managed to lose them all.

Pencil Pouch

Notebooks:

  • Color code your notebooks and folders. Get 1 notebook for every class, and a matching folder. Color code them, so you immediately know which folder your homework goes in! Keep old homework assignments for reference!
  • Highlighters are the bomb! Get a variety of colors and be consistent on what each color is for. Yellow is important formulas, green for vocabulary, etc!

Highlight Notes

  • Screen Shot your schedule. That way when your walking around school/campus, you can just check your gallery to see your schedule. This is great so you don’t look like a new kid walking around with a paper schedule, you’re simply “checking your phone”.

Car:

  • Keep loose change and spare cash in a gum container in your cup holder!
  • Create a car emergency kit! Like I said earlier, Pikles and Bundles are on SALE!!

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  • Get a trash can for your car! Buy one or create one from a cereal container!

Car Trash Can

  • DIY a cute car organizer! Instructions HERE!

DIY Car Caddy

Those are my quick tips for organization this school year! Now, lets get out and CRUSH THIS YEAR!!

What are some of your favorite organizational tips or products for school? Let me know in the comments below!

Micro Strawberry Matcha No Bake Cheesecakes!

Try saying that title 10 times fast! I’m so excited to share this recipe with you guys. I recently got some amazing Sweet Strawberry Matcha from Steeped Tea. I usually use the matcha in smoothies or as a tea, but I wanted to try something a little different this time! So we made micro cheesecakes! It was my first time making this, and I made it on PERISCOPE in front of everyone! Luckily, they turned out SO good and they’re delicious!

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You will need:

  • Mixer
  • Mini cupcake liners
  • Mini cupcake pan

UPDATE: I gave these to my mum who sells tea, and she served them at a Vendor Show she did! The comments we got for them were all amazing! Everyone LOVED them, and she sold a TON of matcha because of the treats I made! Plus- I ate one for breakfast so I had a nice little dose of caffeine!

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Make sure to get your graham crackers into nice little crumbs!
Print Recipe
Micro Strawberry Matcha Cheesecakes
These bite size delicious matcha cheesecakes are perfect for a tea party or get together, and they are full of healthy antioxidants! Plus, they are no bake, so they are super easy! trendyandorganized.com
Course Dessert
Cuisine tea
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Passive Time 3 minutes
Servings
micro cakes
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine tea
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Passive Time 3 minutes
Servings
micro cakes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a ziplock bag (or food processor) crush the crackers until they are crumbs. Add the sugar and mix, then pour in the melted butter. Mix thoroughly until all the crumbs are wet.
  2. Line a mini muffin pan with liners and drop a tsp of crumb mixture into each. Pat down until the crumbs are flat and firm, forming a crust. Refrigerate. In a large bowl (I used my Kitchen Aid), beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla.
  3. Add in the granulated sugar and Matcha powder and beat until smooth. I used the Sweet Strawberry Matcha found HERE. However, you can use whatever flavor of Matcha you like!
  4. Lightly whip the heavy cream and then fold it into the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Put a large circular tip on a piping bag, and fill with the cream cheese mixture. Pipe the mixture on top of the crust. Make sure to fill the muffin liner, these cheesecakes won't rise!
  6. Chill in the freezer for at least 3 hours. If you have enough willpower, let them freeze over night!
  7. Garnish with your favorite toppings. I did whipped cream, strawberries, and chocolate shards. Yum!!

This recipe was delicious! I slightly adapted it from here, and props to the original blogger for sharing this! Let me know in the comments below if you make it, and if you enjoyed this recipe! Also let me know what YOUR favorite flavor/kind of tea is!

Mudslide Cupcakes

Hey all! It’s Saint Patrick’s Day! Hope you all are wearing green and having fun! And, being safe of course! Why not celebrate today with a little treat, some Mudslide Cupcakes! These cupcakes embrace that chocolate coffee flavor and are just amazing, with a little alcohol in them to help you through the day!

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Coby and I enjoying St. Patrick’s in the snow!

With no delay, the recipe!

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

  • 3 eggs, separated and at room temp
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 and 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 cup strong cold coffee
  • 3/4 cup Kahlua

Kahlua Buttercream:

  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temp
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 Tbsp Kahlua
  • 3 Tbsp hot coffee

Bailey’s Buttercream:

  • 16 Tbsp (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 Tbsp Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Chocolate for Garnish

Instructions:

Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare your cupcake pan with the desired liners.
  2. In a standing mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until foamy.
  3. Add granulated sugar to the eggs with the mixer running and continue to whisk, at medium-high speed, until the mixture is thick, stiff, and glossy. Transfer this mixture to another bowl and clean your mixer.
  4. In the clean mixer bowl, combine butter and brown sugar and mix on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 1 min).
  5. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, mixing well in between additions.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, and baking soda.
  7. With the mixer speed on low, slowly add the flour mixture, coffee, and Kahlua alternately, ending with the flour mixture.
  8. Stop the mixer, and gently fold in the egg whites until well combined.
  9. Fill each cupcake liner about two-thirds full.
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  11. Bake the cupcakes for about 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  12. Using a pastry brush, baste cupcakes lightly with Kahlua, not soaking them. Let cupcakes cool completely.

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Kahlua Buttercream:

  1. In the standing mixer with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and powdered sugar on low speed until smooth. LOW SPEED, you don’t want powdered sugar flying everywhere!
  2. Add the cocoa powder, Kahlua, and coffee. Add more powdered sugar if necessary.
  3. Put in a pastry bag with no tip on it, don’t cut the bag yet!

Bailey’s Buttercream:

  1. In the standing mixer with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and powdered sugar until smooth. Again, LOW speed!
  2. Add the extract and Bailey’s Irish Cream, mixing well until combined.
  3. Put in a pastry bag, same as the Kahlua!

To Pipe:

  1. Slightly flatten out the frosting bags. Cut the tips off (cut them at even points!), and gently slide into another pastry bag. The other pastry bag should have the tip already attached!
  2. Squeeze until you are getting both flavors swirled.
  3. Frost the cupcakes!
  4. Garnish with chocolate shavings or espresso powder.

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Eat and enjoy! Remember to drive safe this holiday! PS- we are having a sale in my shop! 10% off your cart on all in stock items! Use the Promo Code “SaintPatsDay” on checkout!

Did you try the recipe? What is your favorite cupcake recipe? How are YOU spending Saint Patrick’s Day? Leave me a comment below!