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Get ready for Summer with Lularoe Amber Affleck

Note: This post has been sponsored by a LuLaRoe independent consultant. 

About a year ago I was introduced to the world of Lularoe by one of my oldest friends after she became a Lularoe consultant last summer. The clothing is insanely comfortable and I love finding patterns and styles that suit my personality, but won’t be everywhere else. There are a few things that make shopping for Lularoe unique and part of why I love the brand so much. I’ve put together a few of my favorite reasons to wear Lularoe and Amber, my long time bestie and go-to Lula Lady is generously giving one lucky reader a $70 gift certificate to her shop

Lularoe Perfect Tee // LulaRoe Cassie Skirt // Accessories: Kendra Scott Dira Earrings & Bridgete Necklace 

Incredibly Comfortable 

We all have those days where it would be nice to get to wear pajamas to work.  Lularoe’s entire line feels as comfortable as PJs, but makes you look like you got dressed in the morning. With dresses, soft tops and leggings, you can dress up any outfit with accessories for a day at the office, or lounge around the house. The Carly dress is my personal favorite to wear those lazy days because a belt and cute shoes makes it look like you actually wanted to get dressed up before heading out of the house.

Online Shopping Fun 

Shopping online is convenient. You don’t have to go anywhere and like magic everything in your cart arrives at your house in a few days. With Lularoe, online shopping is not only easy, it’s a lot of fun. Each consultant receives a unique selection of patterns, making every item a one-of-a-kind find. The company only produces 2,500 of each pattern and divides those across the sizes available in that style. That means that shopping for Lula is like a treasure hunt. Once you’ve found a pattern you like, that’s your Unicorn! There is nothing more fun than when you get to snag your unicorn and bring it come.  

Amber’s VIP group has a shopping party every Sunday! It’s a great way to relax watching TV while I browse for my next favorite piece of clothing. 

The Leggings, Oh the Leggings

Even if you haven’t heard of Lularoe, chances are you’ve seen the leggings. The fun patterns and colorful styles are perfect for pairing with a tunic top or under your favorite dress. I was an avid proponent of Leggings are not pants until I was introduced to Lula. These leggings are thick enough that they feel like pants, but soft enough that you will never want to take them off. During the warm months, you can even roll them up into capris so you can wear them all summer long. 

These are my favorite reasons to wear Lularoe and I hope you to check out Amber’s shop to learn more about the styles and give it a try for yourself! Before you go, enter the contest below and you might get to take home a $70 LulaCash certificate to use when you shop with Amber! 

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Recipes

Sparkling Watermelon Mojito

I went to college in Fort Collins, and one of my favorite places to go for drinks was Ma’s Juice Bar. The bartender [Ma] was hilarious and her mojitos were strong AND delicious. Many a college weekend was started (and sometimes ended) at Ma’s with a spiked fruit smoothy followed by a round of mojitos. 

This recipe reminds me of Ma’s watermelon mojito, with less calories and can be made strong as you’d like. I  love how refreshing this easy sparkling cocktail recipe is! Just puree the fruit together and add your liquid ingredients. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups seedless watermelon pieces
  • 3 lemons, juiced
  • ½ cup vodka
  • ¼ cup fresh mint
  • 2 cups Sparkling Ice Essence of Lemon Lime

DIRECTIONS

In a blender, puree the watermelon and lemon juice. If you’d prefer to not have any fruit chunks, strain before adding to your pitcher. I personally think a bit of watermelon adds to the cocktail, but thats totally up to you.

Add mint, vodka, and Essence of Lemon Lime then stir. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh mint.

 
 
 
Arts & Crafts/ Home Decor & Projects

Easy DIY Display Box

Can you believe it’s almost the end of April??? We’re getting down to the last of our spring inspiration and I am so excited to have Natalie from Fern & Maple joining us today to show us a super cute way to display some of the small items you may find around your home. See the full project and don’t forget to enter to win one of the three prizes from our party sponsors! 

Hi Rocky Mountain Bliss Readers! I’m Natalie, I blog over at Fern & Maple, where I share all things party-related as well as DIY projects and seasonal crafts.

I’m so excited to be participating in this Spring Craft Blog Party! Today I’m showing you how I made this super cute, super easy, DIY toy figurine display using an ADORNit shadow box kit.

Around this time of year I start spring cleaning my children’s rooms. Stepping on their toys reaches critical mass post winter hibernation and I like to sort and organize.

Both children have started collecting mini figurines and my daughter has just got into Pokemon, and particularly Pikachu.  As a child I looooooved collecting things so I’m thrilled she does too, but not when her collection is all over her floor, lol!
If you have children who love collecting too, then this DIY display box project is just right for you! Continue Reading…

Arts & Crafts/ Home Decor & Projects

Spring Flower Box Tutorial

I love projects that use up scraps and this spring flower box from Sheri at Hazel + Gold Designs is perfect for using up some of the wood scraps you have left over! This is a super easy woodworking project and if you don’t have access to a saw you could even ask the folks at the hardware store to do your cuts for you. Read the full post below and don’t forget to enter our blog party contest for the chance to win a prize from one of our amazing sponsors!

Hello everyone! I am so happy to be a part of this Spring Blog Party! My name is Sheri and I own Hazel + Gold Designs. I’m a maker and DIY-er and love to share my ideas and hopefully help others to realize they can do anything they put their mind to. I’m happy to team up with other bloggers for this fun Spring Craft Blog Party and share some great craft ideas with you!

I have a fun project for you that I think many of you DIY-ers/crafters could build, even if you haven’t done a lot of woodworking. I tried to keep it fairly basic and yet still pretty and functional!

What I love most about spring are all the flowers and the new growth of everything around me. I wanted to bring that feeling into my dining room, so I chose to build a centerpiece holder that I could add some jars and flowers to and that would look cute and rustic. I wanted to do it differently than any others I’ve seen, so I had to walk away from the computer and all the ideas there and just do it my way. Anyway, all the details below; hope you love it!

Supplies:

  • Wood boards – here is what I used: Scrap 2×4 for the bottom at 12” length. Two 1×6” boards at 12” length for sides. Two 1.6” at about 4.5” (cut to fit) length
  • Vinyl cutter and vinyl OR purchased vinyl stencils
  • White paint
  • Gold paint
  • Wood stain
  • Orbital sander and 180 grit sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Nail gun
  • Jars – sizes that fit inside box
  • Flowers, real or faux

Prepping the wood:

To start out I cut down my boards. For this project I used a lot of scrap wood that I already had in my wood shop. If you’re not a woodworker, it’s possible to get the store to cut your boards to size, or ask a friend who has a saw. I used white wood on this as it is inexpensive and doesn’t need to be fancy wood unless you want it to be. It’ll still look great. I didn’t sand at this point because I will do that later. If your wood is really rough, you may want to do so where you will be painting the design.

Cutting stencils:

I used my Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine to cut my vinyl stencils. They actually had a great design in their shape library, so I just used that and cut out enough to do the whole project. Again I just used scrap vinyl I had in my supplies.

Painting Design:

After the stencils were all cut out, I applied them to the wood. A few tricks here: I didn’t want to waste my transfer paper, so I just used some masking tape. It’s a bit sticker than transfer tape, so it can be difficult, but it worked okay for me. It keeps the vinyl where it needs to be, I just had to be more careful when removing so that it wouldn’t pull the vinyl up with it. Once the vinyl is on, always go over it with a scraper and some point to push it down and help it adhere fully to the wood. When painting the first layer be sure to use a stippling technique, not wiping the paint on, so that it reduces the chance of seeping under the vinyl. Finally, I chose to do the white under the gold. Gold can be somewhat transparent and this helped it to stick out from the wood much better than without the white and having the gold soak into the wood.

Removing stencil:

Once the paint has dried, go ahead and remove the stencil, peeling it up carefully. Be sure that it is not pulling up the paint. I had no problems with this at all, but it depends on what type of paint you use.

Staining:

Next, I stained the wood. I always use a rag for this application, because I can soak one side of the rag with stain and wipe it on, then use the cleaner side of the rag to wipe off the excess stain. Be sure to wipe it completely off the painted area so that the gold still shines through. Stain all the boards completely. Let dry overnight if possible. At least 8 hours.

Distressing:

To distress the edges I just used my orbital sander. It has a speed setting, so I always lower that in order to control more easily how much it sands off at once. I go around all the edges and corners, then quickly and very lightly sand over the entire face of the wood. I’m not sure what expert distressers do, but this works fine for me.

Glue and Nail:

Now it’s time to put the box together. I always use wood glue and finish nails for these types of things. There isn’t ever going to be a lot of pressure on the box or weight, so glue and nails (finish or brad) will hold it together just fine. If you’re a woodworker you can use any type of joinery, but again, I was trying to keep this basic for the rest of us. Anyway, I glue and clamp them, then add a couple nails to help hold it together. I usually let it dry awhile then remove the clamps and nail more if needed.

Finish:

I actually didn’t do a shiny finish on this box, though you could. I want it to get more naturally distressed whether by use or by exposure (sits in sunny room, may put it outside) so I didn’t add a poly. If you want to, my favorite is polycrylic. It is water-based and comes in different sheens and I just love how easy it is to use and how well it works.

Add décor:

Alright, the box is finished! Finally, add your jars and flowers or whatever else you are putting inside your box and ENJOY! I just love mine.

Hope you like this project! Please share photos if you make one of your own! Have a happy springtime and remember to enjoy the flowers and sunshine amidst the rain.

Thanks friends!

You can find more of my projects on my blog at Hazel+Gold Designs! (For example tutorials on the art piece and serving tray seen against the wall in the finish photos, and even that gray console table!)

Find me on social media too, I’d love to interact with you there!

Thanks again for reading! Have a happy spring!

–Sheri

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