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Cinco De Mayo DIY

April 30, 2019 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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It’s that time of year again! Yay for more celebrations. We wanted to bring some color to the table and find a fun way to display some treats for all our friends who will be coming over to join the fiesta! Follow along to see how we made these fun sombreros!

What you will need:

  1. 3 clay pot with clay tray
  2. pom poms
  3. craft paint
  4. hot glue
  5. paint pen
  6. M&M’s

Paint your pots red, green and yellow. Place the pots upside down on the trays to mimic a sombrero.

Allow them to dry. Once the paint is totally done drying, hot glue the pom poms around the brim of the tray.

Next, take a paint pen and draw zig zags around the bottom of the pot.

Now time for the best part– the candy! Add in the m&m’s around the brim of the sombrero.

Place on party table so guests can enjoy!

Lifestyle

Farmer’s Market

July 3, 2018 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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A favorite summertime tradition of mine is running to my local farmer’s market to pick some fresh fruits and veggies to bake and cook with! It’s something I look forward to every year. As someone who loves the summer heat and all the yummy produce this season provides, what better way to spend my afternoon? Come along while I pick out a few favorites! What is your favorite snack to munch on in the summer?

I can’t resist all the beautiful plants. UGH. Impossible to pick! Do you like gardening?

Fresh cucumbers for my favorite cucumber tomato salad. Get the recipe right here!

Fresh, yummy, sweet peaches. Who else is a fan?!

Do you think I grabbed enough? 😉

Recipes

Halloween Pretzel Sticks

October 31, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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There are so many versions of this pretzel treat, but we had too much fun getting crazy with the sprinkles! I mean, sprinkles make everything better am I right? Halloween allows you to make everything fun and festive– So we took full advantage of that! These are the perfect Halloween treat to make with all your friends at home. Let’s get started!

Here is what you will need:

  1. pretzel sticks
  2. orange candy melts
  3. halloween assorted sprinkles

Follow the instructions on the back of the chocolate melts’ bag.

Melt them down into a creamy texture.

Mix together the assorted Halloween sprinkles in a separate bowl.

Dip half of the pretzel into the orange chocolate melts. Immediately dip them into the sprinkles so they will stick. Allow them to cool, then enjoy!

DIY

Ocean Glass Bottles

August 14, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Who else loves to recycle? WE DO! For our little DIY this week we took a piece of the sea back home with us. Besides, who actually likes to say goodbye to the shore? Create your own island vibes in your very own home with just a few items!

What You’ll Need:

-Your favorite kind of seashells, sea dollars or any other beachy accent.

-Super glue & scissors

-Jute

-A few glass jars or bottles. We recycled some old spice bottles! We encourage you to get creative and reuse a material you already have in your home.

Let’s get started!

 


Here, all we did was begin to wrap the jute around the top of our bottle as shown below:


After we glued the ends to keep the jute in place, we added a seashell right in the center using super glue.



For our next bottle, we didn’t add as much jute, only a few wraps around the top.


We decided to put a sea dollar on this bottle. We slipped the jute through one of the holes in the sea dollar. Then tied the jute in the back, allowing the sea dollar to dangle just a bit.


Can’t forget to add a star fish!


Always a good day when creating your own beachy escape.


Finished product!


We tied jute around the neck of the bottle so we could hang them. Make yours whatever length you want!


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Travel

Aloha Weekend!

July 8, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Who’s ready to get this weekend started? Headed anywhere wild? We are itching to sink our toes in the sand and feel the sunshine on our skin! There’s no other way to feel the bliss of summer time other than chillin’ out by the shore. Come along and take part on our island adventure!

Can we all take a moment and pause because this is palm paradise!

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Dock side hangs and takin’ it easy.

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Summer adventures call for hammocks, sunnies and your favorite Pura Vida bracelets, duh!

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Nothing but smiles and sunshine

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Ended our day the best way we knew how- cruising on a yacht!

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So long beach bums! We want to hear about your sea days. Tag your favorite vacay spots featuring your bracelets to #puravidabracelets on instagram.

Stay salty!

Photographer : @shana__banana

DIY

DIY Moon Phase Wall Hanging

June 23, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Stay wild moon child! What gypsy wouldn’t want this hanging in their room? It makes for the most perfect, calming finishing touch to your space full of gems and wonder. We’re not sure about you guys, but we adore simple, handmade treasures to decorate with– so we just HAD to create this one. What makes it even better is that almost all the supplies can be found in your craft drawer at home! Want the in on how we did it? Come on, we’ll take you step by step– Follow us!!

What you’ll need:

1) Thin cardboard (we used an empty cereal box)

2) Jute or any sort of string you prefer

3) Scissors, tape and pencil

4) Silver or gold paint along with a paint brush

5) A small rock or heavy bead

6) A twig
 

Get Started:

Step 1:

Start by using your pencil to draw two circles. You may want to use a household item to trace around to form a perfect circle. (We used the base of a candle.)

After you have both circles, you will draw two crescent moons. (If you need to trace thats okay, too. There aren’t any rules to this game… phew!)

Lastly, you will draw the main crescent that will be placed in the middle. This one will have a deeper arch, resembling the letter“C.”

Step 2:

One by one paint each moon. We used silver as the main base coat. After that dried, we went in on top of it and added some gold glitter so it would shine just a bit. But you can do whatever you like.

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Step 3:

After allowing the paint to fully dry, tape the jute onto the backs of the cardboard cutouts in correct order to create the phases of the moon! (As shown in the photo below) Make sure to also leave a good bit of leftover jute at the top and bottom.

Step 4:

Tie the rock or bead to the bottom of the jute. This will weigh it down just enough to keep the jute totally straight.

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Step 5:

Take the moon phase wall hanging and tie it in the middle of the twig.

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After that’s tied, take another strand of jute to create the hanger.

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Hooray! Now you have a beautiful new piece for your room that cost you close to nothing and took no time! How’s that for a fun DIY? Thanks for checking in on all the neat crafts going on here at Pura Vida. Stay tuned for our next post!

 

Photographers: @michellebishoff, @chelseybishoff

Lifestyle

7 Ways to Have Fun for Free

March 25, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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No matter what day of the week it is, we’re always dreaming of the weekend. Can’t figure out what to do? Save some cash and invest a little time and creativity into these 7 ways to have a great time without spending a dime:

1. Plan Your Dream Trip Online
Any true wanderluster has an on-going list of ‘Places To Go’. Get cozy with your laptop and a giant cup of coffee then pick out hotels, ideal flight times and sights you can’t miss. Your research will come in handy when that magical day comes to make your dream trip become a reality.

2. Write Out Your Bucketlist
We only get one life to do everything we could ever dream of and it’s never too late to start making those dreams come true. The sky’s the limit when it comes to your bucketlist so think BIG. Then post it up somewhere you can look at it every day to keep you focused on the big picture.

3. Have a Photoshoot
Try out new make-up techniques, hair styles and cute outfits with your BFF, then grab your camera and have a photoshoot! Don’t forget to accessorize with Pura Vida Bracelets 🙂 Share the pics or keep them as a reminder of how fun it is to play dress up.

4. Set a Goal. And Make it Happen.
Clean out your closet. Start a fashion blog. Become an artist. Think about something you’ve always wanted to accomplish and write it down. Then set a reasonable timeline and list the steps it will take to make that goal happen. Day by day, work towards crossing off everything from that list and before you know it, you’ll be there!

 

5. Watch the Sunset
Sunsets are beautiful and no two are the same. They allow us to be present and cherish the moment. Time seems to just slow down as the sun lowers and the skies light up in a spectrum of color – and they’re FREE.

6. Make a Time Capsule
Gather up little trinkets and small symbols that remind of your fondest memories. Put them into a jar and bury it some place special then promise to dig it up in the future. Just don’t forget where you put it!

7. Create Something Original
Draw a picture, try a new recipe, learn to knit, write a poem – just make something. When we make something original, we are embracing our uniqueness and feel happy. Check out some of our DIY tutorials for some inspiration!


Share this post with your BFF and pick what you’re gonna do together this weekend!

Lifestyle

30 Things To Do in November

November 3, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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1. Roll around in a big crunchy pile of leaves.

2. Daylight savings time! Remember to set your clocks one hour earlier.
3. Go to a pumpkin patch.
4. …and another…
5. …and another. Because this stuff only happens once a year. It’s the time to explore different pumpkin patches in your area. Many of them have games and other fun activities to enjoy.
6. Decorate your hand-picked pumpkins. Carving is so 2013. Now it’s all about paint or glitter or sequins. You name it, it’s been done.

 

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7. Offer to rake up a neighbor’s leaves.
8. Enjoy a hot apple cider.
9. Knit an infinity scarf.
10. Bake an apple pie, or a knock-off version with a recipe from Dessert Now Dinner Later.
11. Get lost in a corn maze.
12. Clean out your closet. Donate to charity any clothes that are too snug.
13. Collect some leaves on a stroll through a park. Press and frame them with two pieces of glass.
 
14. Roast marshmallows over a bonfire in the woods.
15. Go on an afternoon hike.
16. Build a fort inside your bedroom and indulge in a movie marathon.
17. Stargaze on a rooftop.
18. Go thrift shopping for cozy warm sweaters.
19. Watch a fall sport – football, soccer, or volleyball.
20. Leave a little note with a gift somewhere.
 
21. Go for a bike ride.
22. Redecorate your bedroom.
23. Roast pumpkin seeds.
24. Concoct an au’ natural autumn air freshener. Boil orange peels, apple, cinnamon, cranberries, and vanilla.
25. Donate to a food drive.
26. Jot down 50 things you’re grateful for.
 
27. Eat too much turkey.
28. Binge-shop on Black Friday.
29. Brainstorm ways to eat leftover turkey. Turkey sandwich, turkey tortilla soup, turkey mac n’ cheese…the possibilities are endless.
30. Reflect back on the things you accomplished and enjoyed this month.
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Travel

Wanderlust Wednesday : Melbourne

June 18, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Dreaming of this vibrant city and all the excitement it holds. Located in the south-east corner of Australia, this thriving city is filled with quaint coffee shops, unique restaurants, chic fashion, and of course beautiful beaches. While it’s still a fairly young city, there’s loads of potential for exciting new neighborhoods and eclectic nightlife and oh boy, is it growing!