I am one of the sponsoring shops in an upcoming giveaway via fb and had to put together a collage to showcase Lily Shine Boutique. It was super fun to look through all the photos of the last year, to see all the projects I've created and how my craft has matured over time. Here is my collage to showcase a few of my favorite items to date!
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
One pan. One sauce. 10 minutes. One fabulous summer meal!
Sizzlin Summer Stir Fry
Chicken breast, cubed (I did about 3 to feed 4 people)
1 yellow squash, sliced
1 zucchini, sliced
1 small container of fresh mini portobello mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbsp. Low Sodium Soy Sauce
1 tsp. Garlic powder or fresh clove
salt and pepper to taste
1. Add olive oil and 1 tbsp of soy sauce to large stir fry or sauce pan
2. Throw in chicken breast and fully cook, stirring often to keep the sauce mixed
3. Once chicken is cooked, mix in vegetables
4. Add the garlic, the remaining tbsp of soy sauce and salt and pepper.
5. Stir it up until the vegetables are slightly crispy.
Eat it up! This recipe is great because it requires little prep, little clean up (which I dread!), and little fat/calories. You can change out the meat if you'd rather have beef, shrimp, pork- choose your own adventure!
Thursday, August 4, 2011
This is a super easy tutorial that requires absolutely NO sewing! I promise! It also doesn't require a trip to a fabric store- if you have some extra old jersey knit tees laying around the house. Super easy- 5 minutes tops!
old tee or yard of jersey knit fabric
hot glue gun
You can totally play around with the weave pattern in this but here is what I did- completely reminiscent of the good ol friendship bracelets we made in grade school!
First, cut out 1.5 in strips of jersey knit. Cut them 2.5 times the length you want for the actual headband. When I took this photo I thought I would keep them all together at the top, but ended up cutting and knotting to make life easier. You do what works for you.
Pin them down or put something heavy over the top of the strands to keep it still. Separate out all four pieces of knit.
4 3 2 1
Now, take the far right strand (we'll refer to him as #1) and cross it over the next strand (#2)
Now take #2, and tie a knot around #3
4 3 2 1
Using #1 and #2, tie a knot, pull it up towards the top of your strands and keep it a little loose (leave room for stretch)
Now take #2, and tie a knot around #3
4 3 2 1
Do the same #3 and #4, pulling each knot up towards the top but keeping a little slack. Repeat back through with #1 &2, #2, & 3, #3 & 4. The fourth strand will always stay right where it is- think of it like the headband's anchor.
Continue weaving until you reached your desired length. The next step I forgot to take pics of so you'll just have to wing it. When you get to the end of your headband, where you want to stop, pull out the glue gun. Undo the knot you created at the top of the strands in the very beginning. Take the four strands' ends and match them up with the four strands' tops. Try and squish them to be as thin as possible, you don't want a lot of bulk in the headband. Take a 1 in. x 1 in. square of the same fabric, and wrap the ends, using the glue to seal the deal.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
*disclaimer: I am not being paid or compensated in any way by these brands/companies*
Here are my top five picks for summertime beauty bliss! I am a savvy shopper so most of these items are reasonably priced and super easy to grab just from the grocery store! Enjoy!
- Bliss Tried + Blue Body Lotion. This stuff is whippy goodness for your skin! It is light, soft and smells like summertime. Not greasy or runny, it is the perfect texture to moisturize freshly shaven legs or rough elbows.
2. Pantene Fine Hair Style Heat Protection and Shine Spray. Spritz this after the shower but before you dry your hair. The summer frizz and flyaways are gone and your hair is left with a beautiful but not oily shine.
3. Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer. This lotion is perfect to switch your daily face moisturizer to for the summertime. It comes with 30 SPF so you don't need to worry about getting awful sunburn on your cheeks or nose. Lightweight and smooth- it goes on easy and leaves your skin soft and fresh.
4. Nivea for Men Sensitive Shaving Gel: I know this says "for men" but if you can get past the cologne smell this lotion is the best for summer shaving. It leaves your skin soft and smooth, without a bump in sight. No filmy residue or chalky feeling either!
5. Marc Jacobs Daisy: My go-to summer scent! This fragrance is so fresh, crisp and reminiscent of spring and summer flower bouquets. It is not overpowering or heavy.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
I am a big time fan of anything that has chocolate but doesn't add 10 pounds in my back pocket. I am also a fan of a great refreshing drink that can be used as a meal replacement in a pinch. I am even more of a fan of a cheap, quick and easy way to get some great protein in after a hard workout! Here is my recipe for the most deliciously, fabulous, simple smoothie.
The Simple Smoothie Recipe
1 large tablespoon of Chobani Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt (blue tub)
1 cup of Bolthouse Farms Perfectly Protein Chocolate drink (near salad section)
1 cup of frozen berries (in the frozen food section)
Add all the above ingredients into your blender.
Fill up the cup with ice that you will be using to drink the smoothie.
Hit "blend" and watch the magic begin.
Pour into cup, add straw and maybe a paper umbrella (if you are feeling fabulous)
Friday, July 29, 2011
In my house, popsicles are a way of life for the summertime. They are consumed in the morning, noon and night! They can be eaten before a meal, during a meal, or after a meal. No rules, just pop pop! Being such a tough little cookie, I don't mind how cold my hands get while holding a popsicle, but just in case you mind...
*only one popsicle was harmed in the making of this tutorial*
Pop Pop Holder: A Tutorial
You will need fabric of your choice, fleece, and a set of velcro
cut your fabric to be 6.25 in. x 6.25 in. The velcro 2.5 in. each The fleece: 6.25 in. x 5 in.
Lay your fabric with right sides together, and the fleece across the center of the fabric. The sides should all line up. Sew down both sides.
Fold down the top edge of your fabric until it is in line with the fleece. Iron in place.
Fold again. Press in place.
Do this for the top and bottom of your fabric pieces so that it will look like this:
You are now going to sew from the outside, turn the fabric to be right sides out (careful, you may lose your pressed edges).
Sew the top and bottom edges. You should have one piece, with print on the front and back.
I use velcro that adheres when ironed, so I press my strips of velcro. There are velcros that are not sticky, those you would pin in place. On on side, place your velcro on the right edge, centered. Sew in place.
On the opposite side, sew the other part of the velcro. When you roll the fabric, the velcro should line up. Add one Pop Pop and you're good to go!