DIY Mini Mylar Balloons

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How much fun are these little guys? I ended up making these mini Mylar Balloons after I needed a cake topper for my mom’s birthday cake and was too late ordering any! They turned out really cute and were not difficult to make and make cute props for a video,  decorations, or last minute Christmas gifts! Follow the instructions below and you can have these babies in about an hour.

Materials Needed:

Metallic Tissue Paper (I bought mine at the Micheal’s)

Cotton Rounds (I bought mine at the dollar store)

Hot Glue

Scissors (Preferably very sharp ones!)

Lollipop Sticks

  1. Start by placing a line of hot glue on one end of the cotton round. Roll inward and another strip of hot glue on the outer edge to seal the little roll. They should end up looking like this:


2. Begin shaping the rounds into letters by hot gluing the cotton cylinders into the shape that you want onto the tissue paper.


3. Once you have the shape of the letter that you desire, make a border of hot glue around the letter and then firmly seal a layer of tissue paper on top. Be careful when touching the hot glue during the step!


4. Once the glue has dried, carefully cut out your letter! The middles of letters can be especially difficult to cut out so this is when a sharp pair of scissors can come in handy!

5. Carefully glue on a lollipop stick to the back of your little balloon.

Now you are ready to make  millions more mini Mylar balloons!


Let me know how it goes!! Comment below, tag me in an Insta pic, tweet me- I want to know!



Fall 2015: The Only Time You Should Look Back Is To See How Far You’ve Come.

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Hi I’m back after a three week hiatus!

It’s finals week and I am currently listening to Frank Sinatra’s Christmas album and taking a self-mandated study break.

Current mood:

Half nostalgic that the semester is coming to an end,half anxious for the semester to end so I can go home and spend time with my family and dog!

It’s been a semester full of glitter pills, doughnuts, lipstick, support from friends and family (if you are reading I’m probably talking about you!), and exciting changes! As I am reflecting on the semester (which was the best one yet by the way!) I wanted to share some of the biggest lessons that I have learned over the course of the past sixteen weeks. While some of these might seem quite similar to a Pinterest pin, these little bits of wisdom really have been incredible.

  1. Trust your gut. Whether this is a decision to switch your major or  picking “A” or “B” on your final, rely on your intuition. Often your first instinct is correct. Overthinking  ruins everything from a good night of sleep to that question between an A and B.
  2. Creativity can transform any situation. And I am not just talking about creativity as it applies to taking fun pictures or doodling. Thinking outside the box not only allows you to flex your brain muscles but also offers the world something that only you -yes you!- could come up with! Even if you don’t see yourself as an #artsy or #hip individual, challenge yourself to look at everything from solving a Chem problem to how you are going to schedule a workout into your day differently.
  3. Be you. Be you. Be you.  The neat part about being 19 is finally coming out of the “I wonder what they will think of me” stage and transitioning to the “Well this is me like it or not.” This semester especially I seen the importance of dropping my guard or self conscious nerves and have connected with people on a raw level. And if relationships aren’t what life is about then what is it?

Ok back to the books! If you still have exams  or just a busy couple of week before the holidays, best of luck! You can do it!






DIY Glitter Pills (+Giveaway!!)



Yesterday the weather was gloomy. The sky was gray and a light mist was falling all day. I needed to add a little excitement to the day so I decided to make these glitter pills. They are so, so easy to make and are a perfect and inexpensive little gift to share with friends!

I’ll be giving away 3 packs of these little day brighteners-just share the link to this post on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram by Friday at noon Central Time and I’ll randomly pick 3 winners!

What you need to make your own:

1. Empty Capsules: I found mine at a local health food store and bought them for less than 5 dollars. These should be near the vitamin section.


2. Glitter: I have found that chunkier glitter works better, because fine looks a little too much like powder.

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I usually place these little babies in a bag and attach the following:

3. A little note: If I am giving these as a gift, I like to attach a small note with a quote.

Here’s an example:
“Less bitter, more glitter” Thankful for you! XOXO

Do more of what makes you sparkle. XOXO

And maybe most importantly,

4. The directions: Pop open in a time of need, toss in the air, and add a little shine to your day!

Can’t wait to share some with you!



Artic Zero Review

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I discovered Artic Zero this summer after wishfully googling “healthy ice cream.” After reading reviews of a slew of low-fat, low calorie frozen products, I stumbled upon Artic Zero.

Artic Zero stood out to me from other products for the nutritional value and quality of ingredients. Artic Zero is fat free, low glycemic, gluten free, lactose free and gluten free. While these qualities are attractive to me, the caloric value is the most appealing. The original Creamy pints containing ONLY 35 calories (!!) per half cup while the newer Chunky pints contain 75 calories per half cup. So eating a whole pint ranges from 150-300 calories. YES A WHOLE PINT. Some other benefits include 2 grams of dietary fiber per half cup and 3 grams of protein. Unlike other low calorie foods, Artic Zero is sweetened naturally with monk fruit and the list of ingredients is short. Find more nutritional details here.

But what does Artic Zero taste like?

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To compare Artic Zero to full fat ice cream would be like comparing apples to oranges. Artic Zero has a wonderful creamy and sweet flavor that reigns in my sweet tooth.  The texture is creamy, but airier  than full fat ice cream. I enjoy the Cappuccino flavor and Simply Chocolate immensely.

I emailed Artic Zero to let them know that I was a huge fan of their product and a very kind representative, Angelica, shipped me five new flavors of pints overnight for free. Talk about caring for the customer (especially one on a college budget!!)

Look how cute the package was! It also included a handwritten note.
Oh boy…I was so excited when I opened the box!

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The flavors were Salted Carmel, Mint Chocolate Chip, Buttery Pecan, Toasted Coconut. and A Lil’ Bit Chippy.  While I enjoyed all of the flavors immensely, my favorites were A Lil’ Bit Chippy and Toasted Coconut. A Lil’ Bit Chippy,  was vanilla flavored with delightful pieces of chocolate chips. This is one of the Chunky pints that weights in at 75 calories per half cup.  Toasted Coconut was creamy and slightly lighter than the chunky pints but carried a strong Coconut flavor. This one contains 35 calories per half cup serving.

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Trying Artic Zero for the first time!

While my friend Ellen and I were snapping photos for this post, some friends walked in and tried Artic Zero for the first time and most of them loved it! After watching their reactions, I think it is important reiterate the importance of viewing this treat as a separate dessert from ice cream.

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Mourning the fact that is already mostly gone…

To find out where to buy Arctic Zero click here.

Will you try Arctic Zero this weekend? Comment below, tweet me, tag me in an Instagram pic- I want to hear from you!



Crustless Pumpkin Pie

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Happy Thursday!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I have been in the mood to make and eat everything pumpkin. Here is a basic recipe for pumpkin pie with only five (yes five!) ingredients. Crust has never been my favorite part of the pie, so I excluded it from this recipe. This recipe holds it’s shape beautifully without a crust and in my book leaving off the crust means you can eat two slices (kidding-kind of!)

If you are a crust lover, feel free to mix up the filling and pour it in a prepared crust.

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

15 oz can of pumpkin puree

2 large eggs

14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together. Pour into pie dish and bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and top with whipped cream (recipe below).

Homemade Whipped Cream

1 pint heavy whipping cream

2 tbs sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Beat whipping cream with the whisk attachment until soft peaks form. Add sugar and vanilla. Continue beating until stiff peaks form. Pipe onto cooled pie or dollop on top.

Baked Peanut Butter and Banana Doughnuts

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Looking for something to do with some overripe bananas? Try this recipes for Peanut Butter and Banana Donuts. They are super quick to make and I justify eating quite a few because they are baked instead of fried. In my previous post with a recipe for pumpkin doughnuts I detailed how to use a doughnut pan and where to buy one!

Baked Peanut Butter and Banana Donuts

  • 1 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour (measure 2 cups remove 2 Tbsp)
  • 1 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray doughnut pan with cooking spray. Mix together wet ingredients. Sift together dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Bake donuts for 10 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for approximately 2 minutes in the pan and then remove the donuts from the pan onto an elevated wire rack so they don’t get soggy.

Peanut Butter Icing

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4-1/2 cup milk or cream
  • Sprinkles or mini chocolate chips (optional)

Mix together peanut butter, sugar, and milk or cream until the consistency is smooth and the icing is thin, but still spreadable. Dunk each donut in the icing and add sprinkles or chips if desired.


The Sweatier the Better!!


If you know me well, you know that I sweat. A LOT. I don’t know if it is a combination of genetics, water drinking habits or perhaps its just a Sophia thing.

Anyway, I try to work up a sweat during socially acceptable times (like at the gym!) everyday. I usually do not have time to workout for anything longer than an hour, so I try to make every minute count. I like to mix it up and have lately been enjoying running on the treadmill while watching How To Get Away With The Murder at the my university gym.

I can run comfortably on flat ground at a 9 minute/mile pace. The workout below fits that pace, but adjust if you would rather run faster or slower by beginning at a comfortable pace and working with the same intervals from your starting pace. For example, if you are comfortable with a 10 minute mile, begin at 6.0mph and then increase your speed  to 6.2 instead of 6.5 to 6.7. This can easily become a walking workout if that is more your speed.

Here is the quick workout (~45 minutes!) that will make you sweat! Find the printable below the picture. Be sure to answer the poll to let me know what other types of “sweaty posts” you want to see in the future!


Here is the printable to take with you to the gym: The Sweatier The Better Treadmill Workout

Tricks for Instant Confidence Boost

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I had the opportunity to write a guest blog for Let Your Inner Beauty Shine…Here is the post and go check out their blog!

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Hey lovelies! I hope you’re having a great day! I’m excited to say that we had a collaborate with this amazing blogAlmond and Oat

You guys should check her beautiful blog out. Well anyways…we did some instant ways for a confidence boost. Hope you find these helpful.

Looking for an Instant Confidence Boost? Try these 4 tricks!

We all have our insecurities. For some an insecurity might be something that rears its ugly head daily and for others only during important times like a dream job interview. The next time an insecurity appears, try one of these tricks to banish it!
1. Maintain a Mantra.

Big day coming up? Choose a mantra to repeat to yourself to help you think more confidently. Sometimes I search through the Pinterest quotes section to find a new mantra for the day. This is one of my most recent favorites:

2. Rock a…

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How To Have A Good Monday (In 3 Easy Steps!)


Happy Monday! Confused why those words were even placed next to each other in a sentence? It could be because you are approaching Mondays incorrectly. Do you wake up Monday morning sleepy and with a sense of dread when recalling the long to do list that needs to be completed before Friday? Hit snooze on your alarm to escape the fact that the weekend has ended?While I am guilty of all of this, I  have recently changed my view of Mondays. Use these three steps when approaching your day today:

  1. Wake up grateful. It is incredibly easy to forget what a blessing it is to wakeup each morning (especially if you oversleep or remember that you forgot to do your lab report!) This weekend my university and the surrounding community experienced a tragedy and four people will not have the opportunity to wake up to Monday morning again. If you have the time, jot down what you are grateful for and they will be in the forefront of your mind all day.  Here are three things that are on my gratitude radar:
    Spending a little bit of time with my Granny this weekend!
    The cooler fall weather (finally!)

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    This delicious egg white and avocado sandwich
  2. Treat yo’ self. Whatever this means to you, do it! Whether this means going on a run, indulging in a coffee from your favorite shop or taking the time to dress up a little (or maybe just showering), feeling your best when you start your day can set the tone for the entire week. Take a hint from Donna and Tom from Parks and Recreation :


3. Treat Mondays as a New Beginning. Why wait until New Years to make a resolution? Start a new routine on today whatever it may be-personally I have decided to drink less coffee- but studies have shown if you start a habit on Monday you will continue it for the rest of the week! Remember:IMG_8122

So cheers to Monday- I want to know if these steps work for you! Let me know in the comments below, tweet me, shoot me an email or tag me in an instagram picture!




Mid Week Musings: 10/21/15

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Mid Week Musings is a space to share 5 things that have caught my eye in the past week! Read last week’s here.

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~One~ This Baby Cow

Even though I switched my major, I am still finishing out the semester in the same classes. Remaining in these classes can feel a little pointless at times, but Monday was a wonderful reminder to be content where you are. My animal science class visited a dairy farm complete with adorable calves! This seemingly pointless class afforded me the opportunity to have an experience that I probably will not have again.


~Two ~ Yes to Tomatos Clearing Face Mask

College takes it’s toll on my skin. I purchased this mask at Target for $10 and it was a delightful treat!

~Three~ America’s Greatest Homecoming

Orange is the happiest color and this week I am surrounded by plenty of it! I attend Oklahoma State University and each year there is a huge homecoming celebration. Our fountain is dyed orange, there are free giveaways all week, and maybe most importantly all of the house decks go up!


~Four~ Kendra Scott Charm Necklaces

These necklaces can be used for initials, Greek letters, or spell out a little inspiration. I purchased one for a friend and liked it so much, I have one now spelling “Yay” which serves as a daily reminder to be positive.

~Five~ Fresh Off The Boat

Fresh Off the Boat is a comedy on ABC that follows an Asian American Family after they move from DC to Florida. It is heartfelt and makes me laugh out loud (even on the treadmill at the gym!)

What’s grabbed your attention this week?

I want to know- Comment Below, tag me in an intagram picture, tweet me!