Going for Gold

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Happy Monday! It’s always hard getting back into the working routine after a relaxing weekend, but a positive environment can make it much easier. Get excited about being back at your desk with a bright notebook and cheerful coffee mug! I get a little too excited over school supplies, especially new notebooks and planners. When I saw this hot pink and gold notebook on sale at Home Goods, I couldn’t pass it up. Now I can’t wait to go take notes! Yes, I’m a big nerd…

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I am currently loving gold details and calligraphy on pretty much everything. My skills need a little fine tuning (okay, a lot), but I decided to give it a try and decorate a simple coffee mug from the dollar store. I used a gold paint pen to write “Enjoy today,” which is a phrase I came across on Pinterest and thought it was a good reminder to make every day count. My goal is to do one thing that I enjoy each day, whether that’s baking some cupcakes, treating myself to a new piece of clothing or a relaxing yoga class.

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For this DIY project, you only need a plain mug, paint pen and favorite quote. You can use the inspirational mug for your morning coffee or to hold writing utensils at your desk.

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Holiday Gift Idea: DIY Coasters

20131127-224844.jpgChristmas shopping for the coffee drinkers in your life? They will love this personalized, yet inexpensive gift. While looking for a birthday present to give my sister, I came across this monogrammed, chevron mug at Target and knew she would love it. Thus began my coffee themed present! She’s a huge Starbucks fan, so I couldn’t pass up the mini red cup gift cards they have this season. I also wanted to add a personalized touch and had previously made some Instagram coasters that turned out well, so I decided to make some with her favorite photos. The coasters were by far her favorite part of the present! Below is how I made them.

Supplies:

  • Printed 4″ x 4″ Instagram photos (You can order them straight from your phone at Walgreens)
  • 4.25″ x 4.25″ tiles (found at Home Depot for 11 cents each)
  • Mod Podge (I used the outdoor version)
  • Foam paint brush
  • Clear Acrylic spray
  • Small, round felt pads

How to:

  1. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the tile and stick on the photo. Make sure there are not any air bubbles that form underneath it. Sometimes it helps to run a credit card or similar flat edge over it to make sure. Let dry for a couple of minutes.
  2. Next, paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the photo. The brush marks should go in the same direction (i.e., either vertical or horizontal). Let dry.
  3. Paint another coat over the photo in the opposite direction. Let dry.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 one more time.
  5. Once the Mod Podge has dried, spray coaster with a light layer of Clear Acrylic spray. Add 2 more coats, drying in between.
  6. Stick a felt pad in each of the 4 corners.

Crazy for Cupcake Royale

Cupcakes, ice cream and coffee. Could it get much better? Well, there is also a chocolate store attached to it, so I would say yes.

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Cupcake Royale is located just a block away from Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. The pink and brown store front is adorable and the décor inside is just as cute!

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I was in cupcake heaven! They have so many amazing flavors to choose from! Salted caramel is their best seller and I can see why. I judge a cupcake by its frosting. Honestly, I see the cake as a gateway to the buttercream. These flavors had me drooling like a dog anticipating a treat!

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I finally decided on these two ‘babycakes’. The double chocolate was amazing! The soft, moist cake had great flavor and you can’t beat fudgy, chocolate frosting! The second one I tried was called the “compost cupcake.” The frosting is literally a mixture of everything: coconut, oats, coffee, chocolate chips, vanilla cake crumbs and potato chip crumbs! This unexpected combination creates a sweet and salty taste. LOVED it!

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They also sell cute coffee mugs and T-shirts. I couldn’t pass this one up because it includes three things I love: cupcakes, pink and Seattle!

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I rate Cupcake Royale 5 out of 5 cupcakes!