No-Bake Strawberry Oat Bars

Strawberry Oat Bars

Sometimes I like to go to Martha Stewart’s website, and then I realize I’m way too snarky and unrefined to be there, so I close my computer.

Regardless, I still try to be suzy homemaker-ish and trying out a Martha Stewart recipe once in a while. They’re always so dainty and pretty and perfect and scrumptious-looking! I’ve been looking for an, easy, yet healthy alternative for a midday snack, and when I stumbled upon these Strawberry Oat Bars, I knew they were perfect! Mainly because there’s no baking involved. :)

I followed the recipe exactly, but I added a few spoonfuls of flax seed in a valiant effort to make it more heart-healthy. I used my Vitamix to blend up the crust and the strawberry spread. Let me know if you try it out!

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Happy Earth Day! 4 Perfect Canvas Totes

It’s Earth Day, friends! That means a day full of lights off, recycling, cold showers, and no TV. Sounds miserable actually, but it truly makes a difference, and being conscious for a day won’t kill you. :)

A really simple way to reduce your carbon footprint is to obviously use reusable bags instead of plastic whenever possible. Canvas totes are my absolute favorite way to gather all of my junk and clutter that overflows in my regular purses. I use them for grocery shopping, for work, and when traveling, and I recommend them to any girl who’s had it with regular handbags! What is a tote, you may ask?

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Yup. Perfect for moms, teachers, fitness chicks, and pretty much anyone! I’ve rounded up my favorites canvas totes in honor of this lovely holiday. Which is your favorite??

Canvas Totes

1) LL Bean Large Open Top Long Handle Canvas Tote

Yeahhhhh, that’s a mouthful.

<3: Long handles are the BEST when it comes to canvas totes. They feel more “purse-like” and don’t rub against your shoulder painfully throughout the day. Even Reese Witherspoon totes one around! This amazing bag will last FOREVER. Plus if you sign up for their email newsletters, you get 20% off! Price: $37.50

2) Vital Industries ‘City’ Canvas Tote

<3: This tote is perfect to show off your hometown state! It’s adorable and eco-friendly; hand-made right here in the sunshine state of Colorado. Price $10.00

3) J. Crew Canvas Overnight Bag

<3: Although I’ve never owned this tote, it is absolutely ADORABLE and the perfect size for packing for a sleepover. Something I love about J. Crew is their attention to detail, and these vintage brass accents do the trick. Price: $36.50

4) Lands’ End Large Natural Open Top Canvas Tote

<3: Where would this list be without the mother of all canvas totes?? Lands’ End is renowned for their durable, inexpensive canvas bags that never go out of style. My favorite (I order one every other year to switch things up) is the large natural open top. If you’re going to be toting around expensive property though, I’d recommend getting the one that zips up. Definitely splurge the 6 bucks for the monogram, too, it makes your tote feel personalized! Price: $30.50 

Now go ride your bike to work or something and show off your new canvas TOTE. Cheers!

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Christian Louboutin-Inspired DIY Candy Dot Shoes

Spring inspiration

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People ask where the ideas for my posts come from. Interestingly enough, ideas pop into my head at all times of the day, so I jot them down in my handy dandy Kate Spade notebook that sissy got me for Christmas. :)

One of these spontaneous thoughts was that I needed a pair of classy shoes for Spring that included the following criteria: pastel colors, pumps, creative, and FUN. It just so happened that while jotting down this inspiration, I was reading a Vogue magazine and stumbled upon these red-bottomed babies!

christianlouboutin-pigalle-1140187_M043_1_1200x1200Say hello to Christian Louboutin Pigalle Studded Pumps. And then say goodbye to $1500. Yikes! OR you can use them for inspiration, like I did, and create your OWN white pumps with a sprinkle of candy dots! The Pigalles are offered in tons of colors (see below. Celebs just love ‘em), but I like the brand new spring 2014 multicolored confetti ones the best. (see LaLa rock them here!)

Jennifer Lopez in white Pigalle pumps

Jennifer Lopez in white Pigalle pumps

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OBSESSED!

I wanted my dots smaller than the Pigalles to be a little more subtle, so I grabbed some adhesive faux pearls from Michael’s for $2.49 per 85-piece pack. I bought six packs, and used a full three sheets per shoe. (Michaels always has online coupons!)

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Candy Dot Shoes

The sticky back of these jewels is surprisingly strong. I peeled them off with tweezers, and stuck them on randomly to create a cute design on my Rock & Republic white pumps. If you want to ensure they stick on permanently, simply grab some Modge Podge, dab it over the pearls and let it dry. Ta-ddaaaaaaaaaaa.

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Best Ever Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

Pull Apart Cinnamon Bread

Easter is right around the corner, and what better way to start off an Easter brunch than with a delicious sweet doughy recipe?! This classic, gooey, cinnamon-y cake is so delicious it’ll make you wonder why you ever ate fruits and vegetables in the … Continue reading