Saturday, December 20, 2014

December Ipsy Bag...

I finally got my Ipsy Bag this month.. I get it sent to my mother's address and I haven't been there in a awhile... So here it is...
Now I haven't tried everything yet. So I can't say much about it. But I have tried the mascara which seems to be amazing so far... I love how long and natural my eyelashes look. I had tried the NYX Lip balm, I don't really care for the color but the smell is soooo delicious.. The other three items I'll check it out within the next few days.. and i'll get back to you guys then..

Friday, December 19, 2014

I'm Back...

I took a little break from blogging to work on my Etsy shop.. I had a few great deals going on and had alot of sales during the black Friday shopping weekend.. I am finally caught up between the online sales and the in person sales.. I think I can relax and enjoy my Christmas week.. But right after I have plans for the new year, I would like to make over my Etsy shop, Start a photo challenge, And build my social media and blogging audience.. New things for the new year.. It's going to be a great year...

Monday, November 17, 2014

Free Shipping

Free shopping until Dec 1st at my etsy shop . Make sure to stay up to date on exciting new deals by liking my Facebook page.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Homemade Raspberry Rolls

I'm making raspberry rollups...
For the dough you need:
 1  1/8 cup of warm milk (temp. between 110 to 135 degrees)
1/4 cup of sugar
3 tsp of instant yeast
1 1/4 stick of butter
2 eggs
4 cups of flour
1/2 tsp of salt

For the filling:
About 3 cups of fresh raspberries
1/2 cup of sugar
1 cup of mama's homemade raspberry jam.. (store jam should be good too)

For icing:
4 tblsp of butter
2 cups of powder sugar
1/2 tsp of vanilla exract
6 tsp of warm water

Combine the milk and sugar together. add the yeast and let stand until activated.. About 10 mins.
meanwhile completely melt the butter and whisk the eggs together.
In another bowl combine the flour and salt together
add the yeast and milk mixture to the egg mixture and using the electric mixer on the lowest set. Add the flour mixture a half a cup at a time until completely mixed.
Heat oven on a very low temp. 200 degrees or so.
Spray the inside of a medal bowl with cooking spray and transfer the dough into the bowl. Then damp a cloth and place it over the bowl with the dough. Turn off the oven and place the bowl inside to let the dough raise for about an hour or two.
Meanwhile add the sugar to the raspberries to sweeten them a bit.
After the dough raise about double the size, put it on a large cutting board dusted with flour and pull it out until the dough is about 1/4 inch in thickness...
Cut the dough in half so there are two rolls and spread the jam on each half. spread the raspberries over the jam..

Roll the dough like a cinnamin roll and put on a cookie sheet wrap with plastic wrap and put in the freezer for about 15 mins to stiffen it. I'll make it easier to cut.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Cut into about 1 to 2 inches rolls and put in a cake pan lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 20 to 30 mins or until they are golden brown.
Mix all the ingredients for the icing together.
Once done add the icing to the rolls before they completely cool. And enjoy..

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Making a Blog Header

While making my own blog header I decide to make a tutorial to help some of my blogger friends.

I've use to make my blog header
Click on Design to get started

Make the background transparent

On the far left there is an icon of a butterfly for overlays.Start designing your header. When you right click the mouse there is an option to duplicate the overlay, this will make it easier to have a more symmetric icon. I've also found it easier to use the checker pattern on the transparent background to line things up.

After you are finished with the icon save to use in future logos or titles or what ever else you want to make consisted with you header

Make sure you save you file as a .PNG file so the background stays transparent

Refresher to start a new design. Change the background to transparent. Then go to the square at the top with the arrows on the left sidebar. and resize your canvas to 1000px by 400px, Thats the average size for a Header. Make sure to uncheck keep proportions to change the size of the canvas.

Choose the butterfly icon on the far left sidebar. then Choose "Your Own" Overlay. Right click to duplicate and flip it.

Add Text to your header 

And Save. Again make sure to save it in .PNG  to keep it transparent
I hope this helped you. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

What I've Been Doing All Weekend....

Well blog-wise I've been working on branding my blog.. I had heard or I've pinned alot of things about "branding your blog". So now you see a different color scheme. The black and turquoise i have always loved. I'm currently working on a tutorial on how to make a header for your blog using I like to you picmonkey for alot of my photo editing and blog design. Well anyways I have read on why branding you blog is so important and how to brand your blog. It all comes down to visually appealing blogs attract more readers and builds an audience. And thats my goal for this month.. I know I'm really early in the blog game. My blog isnt even a month old yet but I want to start seeing numbers. With that said my readers and followers, I really appreciate you..

Besides from working on my blog this weekend, My family took a trip to the pumpkin farm. We had a pretty sweet time. My children are the perfect age for the pumpkin farm. They love the hay ride and petting zoo the most. There was an amazing amount of things to do there. It was definitely worth the drive of an hour to get there..

Me and my husband planned on going to see Iggy at a concert on sunday but our plans didn't go through. Our alternative plan was a pretty chill night with the couple we were suppose to go with. We caught up on some of our shows and my husband "master chief" made chicken alfredo.. So Delish...

Ohh yeah I dyed my hair purple!!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Photo Editing

My husband downloaded Lightroom 5 for me today. I didn't have much time to work with it and I have alot to learn yet. but I am excited about this software. I had to watch tutorials on how to start editing a photo in lightroom. I usually use to edit my photos, but I felt that the effects in picmonkey was too masking. I like to cover the bags under my eyes and thats it.. With picmonkey I have to bring the exposure all the way up and brightness , and it always turn me completely white.. I think i'm going to like Lightroom I just got to get more experience with it..  This is my first attempt to editing one of my photos

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Big booty challenge ;)

Me and a group of my friends are doing a 30 day squat challenge. I have done a squat challenge before and had gotten results, but I fell off when I had a health problem. This time around I will be taking Macca root, protein shake, and a daily vitamin. I'm too ashamed of the way my booty looks now, so i wont be posting a before pictures until I finish and I see results.. I hope you all join me..
My routine will be:
Drink a full glass of water before
Squats and other muscle building exercise
Kneeling leg lifts
Sitting wall squats
Then make a protein shake
Wait 30 mins
Take my daily vitamins
And 3 macca root tablets
with a full glass of water
I will not drink any soda or alcohol (maybe only once a week)
Im not going to change my diet too much, but I'm not going to eat any fast foods either.
I am more then willing to show you my results with you in my private fb group with my friends, Please add me and private message me to let me know you're interested to see my big booty results

Monday, October 13, 2014

Makeup Monday

Purple Haze

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Crochet Beanie

Beautiful handmade crochet beanie, made by yours truly. You can purchase it in my etsy store TWISTED OR KNOT