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Want to know why summer is one of my favorite seasons?

Besides the warmer weather, swimming pools, beach days, and all that other good stuff, summer is my favorite season because….

COLOR: Summer is the one season that gives you an excuse to go crazy with color!

With summer just about official being here I thought I would share this simple colorful nail tutorial!

STEP 1: Start with a bright base

With any nail tutorial, first things first, always apply a base, it will make the color go on smoothly, followed by a layer or two of your favorite neon shade you own. I used a creamy bright orange from Revlon called Tangerine, perfect for this summer!

Wait about 10 minuets until it’s completly dry before moving on to the next step!

STEP 2: Add your stripes

You can add any type of stripes you want, I choose a simple thin stripe not quite in the middle of my nail, more to the outter right side of each nail! (The color I used for my stripe in Essie’s Mod Square) This is what you need a somewhat steady hand for, as long as you wipe most of the excess nail polish off the brush before applying to your nail you should be just fine!

If you just never have any luck with doing designs on nails, you can always take a piece of tape and cover the part of your nail you don’t want the stripe to be a paint the part uncovered by the tape!

Step 3: Add your top coat! 

I hope you enjoyed this nail tutorial, you can make this your own, but using any color, and then adding a stripe to each nail with another color!

Link your nail tutorail post in the comments below I would love to see them!

-Ashley

I was going to wait until the first day of June to post this, but I just couldn’t wait, I thought this DIY Father’s Day card was so cute not to post yet. I think this would be such a cute project to do with your kids, I don’t have any kids, but I love coming up with cute and fun craft ideas for kids!

Materials:

3 different pieces of scrapbook paper, I choose 3 that compliment each other

Scissors, glue stick, different letter stickers, or whatever else you want to add to the front!

Step 1: Trace your hand around 2 of the scrapbook papers (the 2 that you want to be the hands)

Step 2: Cut a thick piece of paper from your 3rd paper, and then fold it multiple times

Step 3: Take your 2 hands you traced and cut, and glue each end of the paper you folded to the middle part of each hand.

Step 4: Add your letters and stickers make it fun and unique, use what you have, you can go simple like I did, or you can add glitter, draw on it, or anything you want!

What kind of arts and crafts do you do in honor of fathers day? Link your posts below or link them when you add them!

-Ashley

This DIY is pretty self explanatory, and pretty much free, however, I did have to buy some hair clips, because I had really bobby pins that were really small and hard to paint, so I found this pack of 12 black hair clips at the dollar store, so this project only costed me $1, I had all the nail polish on hand!

I did 2 coats of fun summer nail polish colors, let them dry and they are ready to be worn! Just a fun spin to add some color to your hair accessories if you already have these items on hand!

QUICK TIP:
Use opaque colors or creamy nail polishes, the blue color I used because it was not opaque did not come out as great because you can still see the black showing through, but I just went ahead and did a 3 coat on that one!

-Ashley

Ready for some kitchen love, the main purpose of a kitchen is cooking of course, I am a terrible meal planner or just coming up with ideas for dinner, so I am constantly getting cooking magazines in the mail, and I always look through them, I just get so overwhelemed or forget which magazine had the recipe I wanted to make. There are many ways to organize recipes, I choose an easy and affordable route, and take my recipes and but them into a simple binder and call it a cook book!

Now I personally love my food magazines hence why I get them in the mail, just sometimes they get to overwhelming when you have so many, and you don’t remeber which recipes was in which book. So I took the time to go through each magazine and take out all the recipes I found that would be something I would want to make, and the rest I will either give away or toss in the recycling bin!

To make this cute recipe book, I started off with a plain white binder that I already had lying around the house from good old school days! I took a piece of cute scrapbook paper cut it to the size of the binder, took some cute letters from my scrapbook stash and spelt out cookbook!

I then filled the binder with plastic sleeves that I actually found at big lots for $3 for a pack of 50, which means you can fill this binder with at least 100 recipes for now, and you can grow it as you go, and eventually buy a bigger binder that can hold more!

To put the recipes in the book, I again took some of my scrapbook paper, cut it to size, and then used a regular glue stick to paste the magazine clippings to the paper, so that way its more colorful to look at, and the recipes stay in place!

Another step you can take to make it more easy to find recipes, which I still need to work on as I fill up my book, is to label each section with dividers, such as quick meals, or desserts, sides etc…

This is such an easy and inexpensive way to organize your recipes, no more seaching through magazines minutes before your ready to start cooking!

If you have an interesting way to share and organize recipes, or have a great recipe you woud like to share with the readers please do so below!

-Ashley