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Recipes

Christmas Tree Waffles

December 21, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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We have for you the perfect way to start your Christmas Day! Who doesn’t love fluffy waffles in the morning? Enjoy a Christmas breakfast with your loved ones thanks to this festive waffle recipe! We’re making your holiday season a little jollier. Follow along to see just how we did it so you can bring it home to your kitchen.

First you will want to make sure and grab:

-Waffle maker

-Pancake mix

-Butter and water

-Sprinkles, bananas and whipped cream

-Green food dye

Let’s get started!

Start by adding 2 cups of pancake mix. This makes 4 waffles. If you are dealing with a bigger crowd, add as much mix as desired.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetYou will then add 2 tbsp of butter or oil and 1 1/2 cups of water. Mix this until all lumps are gone. Once mixed well, add in your green food coloring. You will need a generous amount to get a rich color.Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetOnce you have reached your desired color, pour your mix into the waffle maker.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetLeave your mix in until the steam has gone away. This is when you will know the waffle is finished cooking. Cut the waffle into fours. Then, stagger them one by one to create a tree-like shape. (As shown below)Processed with VSCO with a6 presetYou can use whatever toppings you would like. If you’re cooking for a crowd, it may even be fun to set out an assortment of toppings and have people create their own! We chose to use these mini chocolate filled sprinkles. We then topped the tree with a dab of whipped cream and lined the bottom of the tree with slices of banana. YUM!Processed with VSCO with a6 presetAdd some syrup and dig in!Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

DIY

Twig Christmas Tree

November 28, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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The holidays are coming around rapidly. We have the perfect DIY decor just in time for this dreamy time of year. We have created something that shines bright and brings a little bit of the ocean to your holiday SEAson!

To start you will need the following:

  1. Different size twigs that tear down from small to large in length
  2. Christmas lights
  3. Sea shells and star fish
  4. Glue gun
  5. Twine Jute
  6. Thumb tacks or nails (to hang)Start by laying out the twigs from short to long to mimic the shape of a Christmas tree.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetTake your twine and begin to wrap around the edges of the twigs. Make sure to tie to keep secured.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetOnce the twine is holding the twinge in place, hang on your wall.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetWe used a star fish to be the topper of our twig Christmas tree! We let the star fish sit on the thumb tacks holding the twine.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetBegin to string the lights down the tree in a zig zag motion.Processed with VSCO with a6 preset]We then began to hot glue the shells to use as the ornaments to our twig Christmas tree!Processed with VSCO with a6 presetPlace wherever you like!Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetThe final product! We are in love!! Happy Holidays!Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Lifestyle

20 Reasons We Love Winter

December 21, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Winter is here, “weather” you like it or not and well, we LOVE it! You may not be surrounded by majestic mountains capped with snow (if you are, then can we come visit?), but cold weather brings people together, so we can share the warmth, love, and connection of the season. Here are 20 reasons we love winter:

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1) Hot chocolate and chai lattes.

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BLOG-SWEATERS3) Thick wool socks and winter boots.

DSC_0310-1-24) Snowflakes.

Snowflake5) The crackling noises from the fireplace.

Fireplace6) Ice skating.

Skating7) Skiing/snowboarding/tobogganing.

Snowboarding8) Decorating holiday cookies then eating most of them.

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ChristmasSweater11) Spending quality time with family.

Family12) Sending/receiving Christmas texts to/from your friends.

TextMessages13) Waking up to snow-covered everything.

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Icicles15) Holiday movie marathons.

ChristmasMovies16) Giving presents.

GivingPresents17) A much needed break from school and/or work!

WorkBreak18) Setting your New Year’s Resolutions.

Reflecting19) Planning NYE.

NYEPlanning20) Yummy, hearty, winter comfort-food dinners.

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Lifestyle

8 Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas

December 9, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Real evergreens and artificial trees aren’t the only Christmas tree options available. Check out these alternative holiday trees that are far from the ordinary and perfect for any size space!

1) Festive Feathers

The jewel tones in this gorgeous peacock-feathered tree are seasonable without being obvious.

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2) Wooden Card Display

Showcase holiday cards and wrapped presents with this easy-to-make alternative version made from plywood. Here’s the DIY tutorial for to make this tree.

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3) Coastal Christmas Cheer

Celebrate Christmas with some coastal flair and make a tree out of driftwood found on the beach!

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4) Elegant Doily Christmas Trees

Create lacy winter trees with paper doilies, hot glue and a few sturdy twigs or skewers. Cut a wedge out of a round doily and bring the cut edges together to form a cone. The size of your wedge will determine how narrow the cone is. Glue the cone together and slide onto the stick. Glue into place. Add more cones in decreasing sizes to create a layered tree.

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5) Seasonal Succulents

Who says evergreens should have all the fun? Carefully-arranged succulents look wild in the shape of a Christmas tree. And if you live in a temperate climate, this tree would be especially appropriate.

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6) Ombre Coffee Filter Tree

Combine our two favorite things: coffee + ombre colors with this creative and cute Christmas tree made from dye-dipped coffee filters stacked on top of one another. Get the DIY here.

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7) By the Sea

Try a new twist on traditional holiday topiaries by covering cone-shaped foam forms with shells in assorted colors and sizes. Attach them with hot glue, starting at the bottom and working your way up.

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8) Pretty Pura Vida Decorations

Did you know your Pura Vida can double as sparkly Christmas decorations? String up  your tree this year with your favorite bracelets for some holiday happiness!

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Our Track Bead Collection is the perfect way to add some seasonal sparkle to your holidays!

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Fashion

4 Holiday Outfit Ideas

December 2, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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The holidays are right around the corner so let the festive party season begin! We’ve got you covered with 4 Holiday Outfit Ideas for the ultimate in #ootd inspiration. Which look is your fave? Comment below!


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Recipes

Healthy Holiday Mocktails

November 26, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Quench your thirst this holiday season with these Healthy Holiday Mocktail recipes and leave room for overindulging at the dessert table!

Sparkly Blood Orange Basil Mocktail

The bright and wintry citrus flavor of blood orange and grapefruit pairs beautifully with a hint of basil, while tonic water brings even more bubbly to the party.

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Ingredients:

3 large basil leaves
1 ½ ounces ruby red grapefruit juice
3 ounces blood orange Italian soda
1 ½ ounces tonic water

Directions:

If you have a muddler, place the basil in the bottom of a metal shaker or large sturdy glass and add the grapefruit juice. Muddle the basil until it is fragrant. Add the blood orange soda, tonic water and mix well. Serve over ice.

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Frost Bite Mocktail

I love this recipe for Frost Bite Mocktails. It’s refreshing and delicious but is also really pretty and perfect for a winter party!

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Ingredients:

3 oz. lemon-lime soda
2 oz. white grape juice
Fresh blueberries
Fresh mint
1 oz. Pineapple juice
1 oz. Lime juice

Directions:

In a shaker filled with ice, mix fresh lime juice and pineapple juice. Add white grape juice, mint and blueberries. Shake all ingredients well and strain into a large glass filled with ice. Top with lemon-lime soda and garnish with fresh blueberries for a fun twist.

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Ginger Eggnog Fizz

You can’t have a holiday drink roundup without including some eggnog! This recipe includes ginger ale, creating a delicious, creamy, and bubbly drink.

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Ingredients:

1 quart chilled non-alcoholic homemade or store-bought eggnog
1 bottle chilled ginger beer or ginger ale

Directions:

Fill a glass a quarter to half full of eggnog and fill the rest of the way with ginger beer or ginger ale. Serve immediately.

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Frosty Cocoa Shake

This recipe is surely what Santa blends up for his most favorite little elves who crave a frosty, coconut-cocoa infused treat!

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Ingredients:

2 Tbsp vegan cocoa mix
2 cups vanilla coconut ice cream
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup vanilla soy milk
1/4 cup ice cubes
1 banana (use frozen banana slices for thickest shake)

Directions:

Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour. Garnish. Serve.

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Inspiration

Off the Beaten Path

November 5, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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“I was first introduced to Pura Vida Bracelets in the summer.  The vibrant colors snatched my attention (so did the wonderful cause behind them), and I would see them being kissed by the sun in the California beach towns where I live. When Pura Vida contacted me to shoot in the fall, I was impressed with how beautifully the the bracelets would pair with deep, dark, and rich-colored outfits for the season. I contacted Taryn, of Velvet Sugar Blog, with the perfect reddish ombre hair and gypsy style to model. We drove through Avila, CA and pulled over in some gorgeous areas along See Canyon on a whim for photos. It’s always an adventure with her!” – Kelsea Holder
Photographer: Kelsea Holder (kelseaholder.com and @kelseaholderphoto)
Model: Taryn (@velvet_sugar and www.velvetsugar.blogspot.com)

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