My Week Through Instagram #SundayFunday

Because I have been so busy lately, I haven’t been able to post to my blog every day like I hope to. Plus, I don’t have the time to cook and bake everyday :( so to make up for this lack of sharing, I’ve decided to post a few of the highlights from this past week (or two). You can also follow Treats and Trends on Instagram at @TreatsandTrends!

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Last Friday, Ryan Lochte was in Las Vegas celebrating his 29th birthday. He had dinner at SHe by Morton’s, which is a stylish steakhouse that I do PR for. It was my first celebrity experience in Vegas/PR. It’s crazy how much time, effort and money goes in to one celebrity eating at a restaurant.

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The best part about a new job? Target “school supply shopping,” of course! I get really excited over organizing new folders and picking out crisp, fresh notebooks.

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Monday was National Cupcake Day, so I used this as an excuse to bake some sweet treats! These banana chocolate chip cupcakes with chocolate frosting turned out really well!

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A large portion of my job involves food. Whether it’s writing about it or eating it, I’ve enjoyed exploring the amazing restaurants in Las Vegas. I’ve learned to try new things and not be afraid of the unknown, such as this Angus Beef Carpaccio from TENDER Steak & Seafood. I’d never had it before, but it was very tasty!

Happy Sunday Funday, readers! :) 

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DIY Instagram Coasters

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Don’t let those perfectly edited photos on your phone just sit around and collect dust (figuratively speaking). Get crafty and make some coasters with them! It’s a fun way to share photos and bring up conversations when guests are over. They add a personalized touch to any coffee table. I used photos from a trip to Cabo as well as other random favorites. They are simple and inexpensive to make. I’ve also used scrapbook paper instead of photos, which looked great, too! Keep them for yourself or wrap them up as a gift!

Supplies:

  • Printed 4″ x 4″ Instagram photos
  • 4.25″ x 4.25″ tiles (I got them from 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.
  7. Pour some drinks and put them to the test :)

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