Washi Tape: my new obsession!

Some of the perks of managing your brands Pinterest is staying up-to-speed on all the newest and cutest DIY’s. Washi tape is a new discovery for me and one that I’m totally in love with. It’s cheap, so simple and can be used in a wide variety of different crafts/tasks.

Here are some pics of the ways I’ve used the stuff so far!

– I often find candles that I love the smell but I hate the packaging. In this case, I found a candle on sale and removed the packaging and wrapped with washi tape that looks like markings from an old book. Since I was able to pick it out myself, it matches the decor in my living room perfectly! 🙂

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Here I found two decorative letters ($3/each at A.C. Moore) that will go on a small wall in my bedroom. I wanted to spruce it up more than just white, so I bought some washi tape that has black and white music notes on it and wrapped it around the letters in a chevron print.

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When hosting a party, find some washi tape that fits the theme of your party (or a pattern you just love!) and put small strips on wine glasses, beer mugs, mason jars– whatever you have out for drinkware. Leave out a few black markers with the glasses and guests can add their names to their glasses. No one mixes up drinks and it looks super cute– win win!

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Lastly, another entertaining tip is to make little flags to add some flare to your cocktails. Just fold the tape around a stick or straw and cut the ends like a ‘V.’ In this case, I used red, white and blue themed tape so I can bring it to an upcoming 4th of July party! They’re kind of like wine charms…but better! 😉

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Enjoy using washi– god knows I do! 🙂

xoxo

-Jess

 

 

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Healthy, Easy & Yummy: Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Healthy, Easy & Yummy: Mediterranean Tuna Salad

I really like tuna but I hate that it typically comes smothered in mayo. However, at the salad bar at work, they started putting out this tuna salad that was delicious and had no mayo. SO I tried recreating it and (if I do say so myself) did a pretty damn good job.

Mix together the following ingredients:
– tuna
– chopped kalamata olives
– artichokes
– red onions
– parsley

Toss with lemon juice and olive oil and serve on a wheat pita with original hummus and cucumbers. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette, if desired.

The beauty of this recipe (beyond the health benefits) is that you can make a big batch at once and keep using the leftovers for lunches the rest of the week.

Hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did! Let me know what you think!

xoxo
Jess

Country & Rap Collabo: A Match Made in Music Heaven

I’ve really been digging ‘The Voice’ for the past two seasons (not sure if it’s Adam, Usher or Blake but they’re all equally yummy and I enjoy spending 2 hours with them on Mon and Tues nights…sue me!)

Anyways, last night during the Finale they had Nelly accompany Florida Georgia Line to their hit song ‘Cruise’ and I was in total music euphoria.

Basically, I’m all over the map when it comes to music, but that’s just how I like it. A little bit of this. A little bit of that. Favorite artists of all time include Justin Timberlake, Ellie Gouldling, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Michael Buble, Nikki Minaj, and Kaskade. Rappers have integrated into a lot of different genre’s in the past decade including electronic, pop and contemporary but I’ve never heard it with country before and it really blew my mind.

SOoOo, lets get to know each other better! 🙂 Do you love it when artists of different genres collaborate?

xoxo
~Jessy

p.s.
This made me think of how much I love live performances and how I have a few that I think go down in history as greatest TV performances. I shall share at a later date.

Super Easy DIY Project

On Sunday’s, after a delicious bloody mary, there’s not much I like more than lounging and doing some arts and crafts or ‘around-the-house’ projects.  Yesterday, I made a fancy schmancy dry erase board for the kitchen. Here are the easy steps:

–          Buy or recycle a medium size frame that matches the décor in your home

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–          Replace parchment with a solid background. I used burlap paper to give it a rustic, new country feel

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–          Find yourself some dry erase markers and you’ve just finished the D-I-Y

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It’s that simple! Took about 3 minutes and it looks great on the wall and it can be used for so many different things! Grocery lists, dinner menus, to-do lists, weekly schedules, inspirational quotes, or even love notes (that’s my favorite!)

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-Ta ta for now love bugs!

Yogi’s

Yogi's

As with a majority of girls my age, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little on the obsessive side about my size. Don’t get me wrong- I’m by no means huge but I’m also definitely not the girl at the party who has one slice of pizza and a vodka soda water. I LOVE buff chic anything—love pizza, love pasta, obsessed with nachos and can drink just about any beer there is. SO, weekend cal intakes are FOSH not my best friend. Lucky for me, I don’t completely despise working out. However, as of a few months ago I was feeling over the treadmill and elliptical and decided to buy some classes for heated yoga (not to mention, at the time it was March and as far over the treadmill I was, I was even more over the cold—I needed warmth). So I attended my first class and to my surprise, I didn’t hate it—hinted at really liked it. After I began going on a weekly basis I noticed a few things that I thought I’d share:
– A. they should explain what the hell ‘ommminggg’ is and why you have to do it. I loudly laughed my first class—unknown to me, people take this ‘oming’ bit extremely seriously and I got nasty glares.
– B. there is an ALARMING amount of men that attend these classes. None of which that I’m overjoyed about looking at without their shirts on and sweating profusely for over an hour
– C. the instructors can either be awesome or awful. And by awful I mean the WORST. When a bro MY age is trying to give me wordly thoughts and tell me his feelings about the meaning of life, I’m bound to get a weeeee bit irritated.
– D. I get that breathing is a really important part of yoga—HOWEVER, there is NO need for panting and exhaling as if you’re having the most amazing sex of your entire life. It’s a small room and that makes me feel EXTREMELY uncomfortable. To top it off, it’s mostly ALL men that do this and if you go back to point ‘B’ you can guess where my feelings are towards hearing those noises. It not only creeps me out to no end, it also irritates the beejesus out of me and during an hour that my heart rate is supposed to go down and my ‘chi’ to go up, all I can hear in my head is me yelling STFU!
– E. Lastly, I still don’t know what Namaste is. Really, I just need to Google it—probably would be a simple solution. But every class I continue to smirk and feel like a complete ass clown when I bow my head and say outloud a word that I have NO CLUE what I t means. Point being- there should be a sign on the wall with the definition of this word. That would be mighty helpful.
Other than those absolutely on-point points—you should give hot yoga a try. It’s not as dreadful as people think it would be and honestly, you feel a few pounds lighter and tighter at the end of class. Something we can all appreciate the beauty of.
Have a wonderful day lovebugs— and NAMASTE 
p.s. here’s a funny video of yogis. It’s not new to the scene in the slightest- but I got a good laugh out of it- last year—so you should now too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IMC1_RH_b3k