Tips and Tricks for Using Tape for Nail Art

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I’ve seen many people use tape when doing stripes on their nails and I decided to give it a try and see how well it really works!

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For this nail design I used Wall Street Pink by NYC (234). I found it at Target for $1.97!

I also used Tribeca Silver (292) by NYC, also at Target for $1.97.

The white stripes and top coat I used the same polish as I used for the let it snow nail art.  The white is a Sally Hansen White on and the top coat is inm’s Out the Door top coat for nails.

How To Use Tape:
1. Paint your whole nail the white color and let it dry. I put a top coat over the white as well and let it dry for several hours.

2. Cut tiny strips of tape and place on your nail where you want the stripes.

3. Paint over the whole nail silver and let it dry.

4. Take off the tape and paint a clear coat over the whole nail.

5. I used a pink sharpie to draw a heart on the top stripe to add a cute accent and tie in every nail together.

Now for some tips and tricks I learned:

Tip #1: Make sure the tape sticks everywhere, including the edge of your finger or the silver could get underneath. If this happens use a Q tip and wipe it off quickly and it disappears.

Tip #2: Don’t pull off the tape too fast! One of my sections of white completely came off when I pulled too fast and I had to then repainted that tiny section white again.

Tip #3: The way you cut the tape will be the size of the other color. I made my white stripes bigger, but if you want smaller just cut your tape to be in smaller strips.

Hopefully this tips and tricks help you get stripes that are simple and easy to do! If you try it and have any other tips and tricks feel free to comment! I would love to hear more ideas!

Easy DIY Tile Coasters

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We have a lot of stuff around my apartment, but one thing we don’t have yet is coasters. I have looked around for them but I never found any I love. I came across this tutorial and they were so easy to make, and very inexpensive.

Supplies:
4 square tiles (4.25″ x 4.25″) (I got mine from Home Depot for $.18 each)
4 pieces of scrapbook paper (3.75″ x 3.75″)
4 pieces of felt (3.75″ x 3.75″)
Mod Podge
Sponge brush
Glue (i.e. Fabri-tac or other strong adhesive) (I used hot glue)
Clear acrylic sealer

1. Gather your supplies and cut the paper and the felt into squares.

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2. Brush one coat of Mod Podge onto tile.

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3. Place one piece of paper on center of tile brush with a coat of Mod Podge then allow to dry.

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4. Brush another coat of Mod Podge over tile and allow to dry for 15 minutes. Repeat step 1-2 more times.

5.  After Mod Podge is dry, take tiles outside and spray with clear acrylic sealer.  Follow manufacturers instructions.  The sealer makes these tile coasters water-resistant.

6. Allow the tiles to fully dry then glue the square pieces of felt to the bottom of the tiles.

7. Allow to dry then enjoy!

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Original tutorial can be found here.

Memory Jar

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2014 is here and it is the perfect time to start making new memories. There are many people who do great with journal writing, but if you are like me, sometimes writing in my journal is the last thing I want to do. I do however want to remember the fun times I am having throughout the year. Alas, the memory jar is born. It is a great way to quickly write down a fun thing that happened that day, or an adventure that you went on. At the end of the year, you can go back through and read them all and reminisce on the fun times that 2014 brought.

All I did to make this was take a Mason Jar and wrap a circular piece of chalkboard paper around it. It took all of 5 minutes and I had all the supplies on hand. I have seen this made with a much bigger canister and that was a great option as well. memory jar

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Easy Ranch Cheese Ball

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I am always looking for good appetizers for parties or to make for my roommates. I came across this recipe and it turned out so good. It was so easy to make and it requires only 4 ingredients. Even though New Years is tonight, this would make a great addition to the food table, especially because of the little time it actually requires to make. Go make it now. You wont be disappointed.

Ingredients:

2 (8 ounce) packages of fat free cream cheese, softened

3/4 package of ranch dressing mix

2 cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1 1/2 cups chopped almonds or pecans

Directions:

In a medium size bowl, mash the cream cheese. Mix the dressing mix and the Mozzarella into the cream cheese (I mixed mine with beaters for about 2 minutes).  Shape the mixture into a ball. Roll the ball in the chopped nuts. Refrigerate covered (at least an hour) until ready to serve.

Recipe adapted from Six Sisters’ Stuff

 

Goal Setting

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It is hard to believe that yet another year has flown by. It seems like just last week we were welcoming in 2013. One of the most important things in order for me to set new goals for the year is to reflect back on the past year. What went well? What did I accomplish? What were the best moments? I know a lot of us fall into the habit of setting goals and working hard on them for a few weeks and then completely forgetting them later. WRITE the goals down! I cannot stress this enough. When things are written down, they are more easily remembered. I also make sure they are written down in a few places, especially one I can actually see daily so that I know what I need to be working on.

Sometimes setting goals is an overwhelming process. We think there are so many things to work on and too many things to get done that we just forgo the goal setting process altogether. I found this template that I feel sums up a lot of different aspects. I like being able to categorize the goals I am setting so I know which aspect in my life I need to work on.
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Another great rule I follow is setting SMART goals.
S-specific- What are you actually working towards? What do you need to do to reach this goal? Exactly what do you want to accomplish?
M-measurable-How will you determine if this goal is met?
A- achievable- Is the goal you are setting achievable?
R-realistic-Will you actually be able to accomplish this goal?
T-timely- Set a time frame on when you would like this goal to be met. Push yourself

I have found myself setting unrealistic goals many times before. However when I follow this template, I am aware of what my specific goal is and what the time frame is. I am more likely to achieve my goal.

Goals help us reach our potential. They help us be the people we want to be and accomplish things we never thought we could imagine. New Year, New Goals, there is time to do the things in life that you want to.

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Every winter I go into a soup craze where I just want soup all the time. Zupas Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of my absolute favorites and after making nearly 10 different recipes I combined a few different recipes to make this one, which is the first one that I actually like just as much.

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 chicken breasts, cubed
2 14.5-oz cans of chicken broth
1 tsp cumin
1 11-oz can of corn with red and green bell peppers
1 10-oz can of black beans
1 10-oz can of green enchilada sauce
1 cup salsa
1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro
2 Tablespoons lime juice
1/2 cup fiesta blend cheese

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Directions:

In a large sauce pan, cook the chicken and olive oil on medium heat until it is browned. Add the broth and cumin, stir in corn, enchilada sauce, salsa, cilantro, and lime juice. Add cheese right before serving.

Top with extra cheese, sour cream, avocados and tortilla strips.

Adapted from Six Sisters Stuff original recipe can be found here.