Happy International Women’s Day! I am actually very excited for this day, because I spent it among so many amazing women. I am actually in a sorority at my university, but I normally do not tell people about it. Please understand that under no circumstances am I ashamed of my sorority in any way. I actually think that it is an amazing organization and I am so proud of my sorority!
The reason I do not tell people about my involvement in a sorority is because of how judgmental other people are. Being in a sorority, people automatically assume three things about you: You are dumb. You are slutty. And you are just in college to marry a rich guy.
And when you are actually a young, educated, motivated, well-rounded individual who is working her ass off to get a degree, it really sucks when somebody just assumes that you are none of those things. When I tell people that I am in a sorority, people are normally super surprised. Based on how I look, the activities I am in to, the music I listen to, and all of my interests, etc. etc. people have no idea that I would ever be in a sorority. However, I would love to change the stereotype and help prove that we really are a smart, diverse group of young women!
My favorite part of my sorority is that our main goal is scholarship, and we do a ton of community service.
And tonight, my sorority, along with all of the other sororities and fraternities at our university, had a banquet where we were awarded on things such as scholarship, community service, and philanthropy.
In the end, we won the most awards (including Best Overall Chapter). It was amazing to know that all of the hard work we put in to our sorority paid off, and I am so proud to have these women in my life! I think we’re pretty amazing.
So, yeah. Happy International Women’s Day to my mom, grandmas, aunts, cousins, friends, inspirations, and of course, my sorority sisters!
If these already look familiar to you, it is probably because of thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis.
The hand painted wine glasses are my most popular post on my website. The other day, I was at Ross and I saw these margarita glasses for $5. I automatically wanted to paint them! Margarita glasses are already so fun, and I thought they’d look super cool with rainbow colors dotted all over them.
I was right.
Also, I thought it would be fun to add some updated instructions/show off how cool these look.
(Really, I just wanted to celebrate Cinco de Mayo early).
(There’s worse things in life).
Materials You’ll Need:
Glass paint (I recommend Martha Steward glass paint)
Lollipop sticks/Q-tips/something to paint dots with
1. Find a surface to work on. I prefer right in front of my TV where I can watch Disney movies and eat French fries.
2. Wipe down the glasses with rubbing alcohol. This just ensures that there is absolutely no dirt or gunk on them.
3. Get your paint ready. I have all of the primary colors + white, and I just mix the colors that I want. Using your lollipop stick/Q-tip/painting stick, paint little dots all over the foot, stem, and the bottom of the cup. You can paint wherever you like, but leave about a 1-inch space below the rim. I paint 1 color at a time so the paint does not dry out. Do all 4 glasses.
4. Place glasses on a baking sheet.
READ THIS NOWWWWWW: Place the baking sheet in a COLD oven.
Turn on the oven to 350* F. When the oven is heated, set the timer for 30 minutes.
When 30 minutes is up, turn off the oven and leave the glasses in there until the oven is COLD again.
Otherwise they could explode and it would be messy and sad )-:
Take the glasses out, wash with warm, soapy water, and then they’re ready to enjoy!
Yay for cute glasses + limes + salt.
(Literally a cool margarita glass with OJ in it).
Go make them for Cinco de Mayo now!
Because nothing is more fun than cool margarita glasses and Mexican food and dancing in your kitchen with your friends on May 5.
Song of the Day: Oxford Comma–Vampire Weekend
In case you’re wondering if it’s a good idea to drink coffee anytime after 4 p.m., the answer is no. It’s not a good idea.
Even if you have a test the next day and plan on spending the whole night studying (and don’t), maybe just fight the sleeping pains, and don’t drink coffee.
Or you’ll be writing on your blog at midnight when you still have to pack for vacation.
Anyways, I made these for my friends for a “Merry Late-mas” gift. That’s when it’s February and you still haven’t given your friends their gifts.
They were super simple to make, and I think they turned out pretty cute. I actually like to put them around my coffee mugs at home as opposed to actual disposable coffee cups. 1. Because I always forget it when I go to a coffee shop, and 2. Because I’m one of those weird people that grabs the actual coffee mug and not the handle.
Coffee places are actually one of my favorite places in the whole entire world. You can catch me at a coffee house at least twice a week, maybe even more. At one point, I went to my favorite place five times in one week.
It’s not something that I’m proud of, but I have to accept my flaws.
Also, as many of you know, I plan to open a coffee shop after I graduate from college. So really, my nonsensical coffee obsession is all in the name of research.
My favorite place to research is called The Hub, and it’s a local place here in Reno. They roast their own coffee beans, and their coffee actually saved my life.
They’re the kind of coffee place that make you realize the reason that Starbuck’s puts so much sugar in their coffee is to mask the taste of their sub-par coffee.
Sorry Starbuck’s. It’s nothing personal really. I still hit you up sometimes when I have a giftcard or something.
Anyways, back to The Hub. If you’re ever in Reno, it’s a must stop. I prefer their location on Riverside (by the Truckee River…amazing!) but they also have a location on Cheney, which is the OG Hub. Order a pour-over (my favorite) or a latte (my second favorite) and you’ll be the happiest ever.
I really love their logo, which is why there’s so many pictures of it on here. Also, I have to show some coffee shop love for all the time they let me spend there studying.
P.S. These photos were not taken in The Hub. Partially because I didn’t have my camera when I went to there on Tuesday, and partially because sometimes I just don’t want to be “that girl taking pictures of her food” in public. I like to keep my food picture-taking a private affair.
But I did do my best to make my house kind of look like a coffee shop. Which really isn’t too hard, because it already kind of looks like a coffee shop. I mean, we have a Chemex, an Aeropress, a coffee grinder, the scale, the mugs…all we’re missing is the espresso machine (we’re taking donations). (6.11.15 Update: We now have an espresso machine…)
Plus, when I was setting up my coffee table for the pictures, I realized that my Fleetwood Mac “Rumours” album was the perfect accessory. My favorite coffee + one of my favorite albums ever = very happy Sara.
Unfortunately, I’m still trying to figure out my camera, so many of the pictures came out blurry 🙁 Boo. Hopefully when I visit my family this weekend, my brother can help me figure it all out.
Alright, sorry for talking so much. Here’s how to make these:
2 different fabrics (about 1/4 yard each to be safe)
1/4 yd. iron on adhesive fabric (I got the medium kind for insulation)
Thread, needle, sewing machine, etc.
Begin by taking a coffee sleeve from your favorite coffee shop. Trace it onto some printer paper, and cut out. (These were the blurry pics, so I didn’t post this step. It’s pretty simple, really).
Trace the shape on to your two different fabrics and your adhesive fabric.
Iron the adhesive fabric onto the wrong side of one of your fabrics. Lay your two fabrics good sides together.
Cut a two inch piece of elastic, fold, and place between the fabrics so a little bit is peeking out.
Sew around, the sleeve, making sure to back stitch over the elastic to ensure it stays in place. Make sure to leave a two inch gap.
Flip the sleeve inside out. Fold the seam in around the two inch gap, and top seam around the whole sleeve.
Fold the sleeve around a coffee cup, and mark where the elastic should meet the button. Hand sew the button in place.
These are the ones I made for my friends.
And if you want, you can flip it inside out and make it reversible. Or you could sew a button on the other side if you feel so inclined.
(I did not).
(But I may in the future).
Goodnight beautiful people.
*Song of the Day: Never Going Back Again–Fleetwood Mac*
I don’t know if anything in this world could ever be as cute as Eos turned into Easter eggs and then put in a little homemade baskets.
I have endearingly began calling these guys “Eos-ter” eggs because I’m ridiculous and that’s just the kind of thing that I do.
But I just love them and they made a perfect Easter gift for my mom, grandma, cousins, and aunts. Everyone loved them! If you don’t know why it’s because, clearly, you haven’t used Eos chapstick before. If you haven’t, you should probably rush yourself to Target or Wal Mart this instance and get going on that.
But that’s just my opinion.
Here’s how to make them! (I’m the worst, and I didn’t get pictures. Luckily, it’s pretty straightforward).
Things You’ll Need:
As many Eos as you need-I got a package of 5 Eos at Costco and then got 1 more at Wal Mart for a total of 6 that I needed.
Small plastic cups
Cute cupcake liners (optional, but recommended)–$1 store find!
Glitter glue! (optional, but recommended)
Easter grass-$1 store find!
Cute ribbon (try to find stiff ribbon so it maintains its shape)
Candy! (optional)-I got mine in bulk at Winco
1. Using your glitter glue, make designs all over the Eos. I chose to do this to make them cuter and more Easter egg looking. You could probably use different colors of paint and really go for it, but I liked simple little dots! Let these dry for about 2 hours up to overnight if you wish.
2. Place a cupcake liner in the bottom of each little plastic cup. They fit perfectly in those fat, short plastic cups you get on airplanes. This is optional, but makes it look sooo much cuter than if you just use grass.
3. Place a healthy amount of Easter grass in the cup. You want it to poke up way over the cupcake liner or it just doesn’t look very cute.
4. Measure out ribbon for a handle and glue gun each side to the cup. Let them dry for about 20 minutes so they really stick.
5. Place candy in the Easter grass (as you will see later, this is optional, but it’s a nice little treat).
6. Place your Eos-ter egg on top!
You can choose to leave candy out of it, which really makes the Eos look more like an egg, but the candy looks really cute too.
My family truly loved these. I got rave reviews.
These would be perfect for teachers or co-workers, and I promise they will like them much more than some Easter eggs filled with candy!
Did I mention that I would definitely recommend adding candy to these? They look cuter without candy for pictures, but they look so cute with candy in real life!
Plus, they aren’t very expensive to make. The most expensive part is the Eos which was $10.99 for a 5 package at Costco and $2.00 for an additional one at Wal Mart. Not bad for a gift that people will actually use and like! The orange one does not come in the five pack, but it smells amazing.
If you do not have time to make the baskets, you could buy little candy holders at the dollar store from the Easter section. They come in a package and look like small, Easter themed Chinese takeout containers. Just add some Easter grass, candy, and an Eos-ter egg and you’re all set.
Or you can just opt to make the cute little baskets, which only take about 20 minutes, maybe even less.
Just listen to The Motorhomes-Songs for Me (And My Baby) like I did and they’ll go super fast.
Or you can listen to whatever floats your boat.
But I recommend The Motorhomes.
*I am not being paid by Eos to promote their products. I simply had the idea and I am in love with their chapsticks!*