Pop*

A while back I came across a really cool YouTube tutorial on how to make a bracelet out of soda can tabs.

After watching the video and playing around on my own, I decided to put my own twist on things.  I also decided to spray paint my soda tabs a metallic gold to give it that extra “pop”.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 15-25 tabs from a soda can
  • Metallic gold spray paint
  • 2 feet of ribbon
  • Scissors

First I started off by spraying both sides of the tabs.  I used a metallic gold but I think next time I want to try a bright blue with maybe a gold ribbon. You don’t HAVE to do this step, it just makes the bracelet look a little more fun.

Next, I cut 2 one foot strands of ribbon.  I put clear nail polish on the ends of the ribbon so they did not fray.

Each strand of ribbon goes through one of the holes within the tab.  The first tab I put on, I laced the ribbon through the top side of the tab and pushed it to the middle (the top being the smooth part of the tab and the bottom being the bumpy part)

The second tab I put on, I laced the ribbon through the bottom part and again pushed to the middle. **Note I laced from the left side when starting

The third tab I put on I laced it through from the right side through the top of the tab.  I then laced the ribbon through the top part of the tab under it (the now middle tab).  This is your starter.

  Once you have your starter you can now alternate from left to right adding on the tabs.  For the tabs that go on the top row, you want to enter the ribbon through the top of the tab and then lace it through the previous one to keep them together. Bottom row tabs, enter the lace through the bottom.

As you can see here, this tab is going to be on the top so I laced it through the top of the tab.  After this is on you thread the ribbon through the bottom tab.  Keep this process up until you reach the desired length you want.

Once finished double knot the ends under the bracelet.

Tie in a bow to wear.

I also included my instagram pic on the finished bracelet.  Feel free to follow me on Instagram @jstant719!

What do you think?  What other colors would you suggest that would really make the bracelet POP*?

Cheers – J

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Low Carb Triple Chocolate Pie

A few weeks ago I attended an awesome Pampered Chef party.

The demonstrator for the party was the top seller in the world, and it definitely showed, she was amazing. At the end of the party she made a dessert with her own recipe that I couldn’t help but think I could remake it and do it low carb, diabetic friendly.

TRUST ME when I tell you that this dessert is AMAZING – it truly is. My boyfriend literally (no joke) licked the plate clean.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 packages JELL-O Sugar Free Chocolate Fudge Instant Pudding
  • 4 cups Low-fat milk
  • 8oz Low Fat Creamcheese (Room Temperature)
  • 3/4 Cup Splenda
  • 1tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 16oz Cool Whip
  • 10oz Dark Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (I used Ghirardelli)
    ***Dark Chocolate has less carbohydrates and less sugar than milk chocolate. This recipe is about 5 carbs per serving.
  • 3/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 roll of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (about 8 grams per serving)

TOTAL Carbohydrate – 18-20 grams per serving.

1) Take the entire roll of cookie dough and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.  Form the dough into a large circle (cookie).  Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until the edges are brown.

2) In a small bowl beat together creamcheese, splenda and vanilla extract.  Spread over cookie.

3) Make the sugar-free chocolate pudding per directions on box using cold low-fat milk.  Let set in refrigerator.  Fold-in cool whip to the pudding.  Layer on top of the creamcheese layer.

4) Heat up 3/4 heavy cream in microwave until it starts to bubble.  Remove from microwave and pour the 10oz bag of bittersweet chocolate chips into the cream. Stir for about a minute to form the ganache.  The ganache should be a thick, creamy consistency. Pour ganache over the pudding/Cool Whip layer and let drip down the sides.

(Keep refrigerated)

5) DEVOUR and ENJOY!!!

Cheers – J

10 Things I Love About You

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If you couldn’t tell I am slightly late for Valentine’s Day gift ideas however, this DIY is a great gift for really any occasion.  As you can see here I took 11 envelopes each with their own personal touch of 10 things I love about Evan.  I attached the envelopes together by gluing the sticky part of the envelope to the back of the previous one so they all folded out one by one when opening. (Apologies on not having a picture of the folded envelopes, still new at the blog thing)

I filled each envelope with small things allowing me to still fold them all up.  For larger items I inserted a tag with a number on it.  The number on the tag corresponded with the number on a bag which included a gift to open.  I provided you an example of that above.  I cut the hearts out using the Cricut Machine (I tool I literally cannot live without)

Here is what I filled each envelope with.  What are some small items or ideas you would add?

  • 10 Things I love About You – I wrote a note to Evan
  1. You’re Sweet – Small package of candy (Jolees Cupcake Stickers)
  2. Your Kisses – Chapstick
  3. You’re Style (I designed this using the paper from a bag from his favorite store) – I inserted a number for him to open up a shirt in a bag.
  4. You’re Fancy – The first words I said to Evan when I met him in his Police uniform.  I included a gift card to his favorite restaurant he eats at while working. (Jolees Police Officer Stickers)
  5. You Make Me Feel Lucky – Lotto Scratch-Offs
  6. You’re Cuddly  – PJ Pants (Jolees Pajama Party Stickers)
  7. You Are My Everything – A Picture of us
  8. You’re Hot – Boxer Shorts
  9. You’re Fun – A gift card to mini golf (Jolees Mini Golf Stickers)
  10. You’re Sexy – I’ll let you guess, but I utilized the bag from the store I bought it in.

Cheers! – J

Braided Tee

When you move, you find out you have a lot of junk.  I moved about 2 months ago and sadly enough, I am STILL unpacking bags of clothes.  Last weekend I came across an ugly bathing suit cover-up that I will probably never wear again.  The colors in the dress were pretty cool and worth saving so being the semi-hoarder that I am, DIY came to mind.

Here is my ugly dress:

 I first cut the dress length wise along the seam on the side of the dress to create about a 5 foot length of material.

I then cut the material length wise at about a width of 2 inches and ended up with three 2in x 5ft strips.  I then used some extra material to tie the three pieces together leaving about 3 inches of material at the top.

I then simply started braiding the 3 pieces until the braid was about 2 feet long.  After you finish braiding, again, you will take an extra piece of fabric to tie the end.  Once the entire braid is complete, tie the two ends together. (I double knotted to be safe)

After tying the ends together, cut down the remaing fabric on the ends to resemble a small flower and enjoy!  It was super simple and a great statement necklace to dress up any plain Tee.

Enjoy – J

Creme De La Cheap

One of my absolute favorite things to do is finding something interesting, whether it be fashion, home decor or beauty, and figuring out how I can make it myself for a fraction of the price. You will see this a lot throughout my posts.  One of my favorite fashion blogs to check out is Atlantic-Pacific.  When I came across this post I immediately fell in love with this sweatshirt from Zoe Karssen.  I also noticed it was a whooping $160. That’s when the famous words hit me: “I Can Make That” 

After searching though retail websites, I could not pass up on finding a similar grey light sweatshirt on walmart.com. You get 2 sweatshirts for 10 dollars. FIVE BUCKS A SHIRT and .97 CENTS TO SHIP TO HOME! What a steal!

The most inexpensive letters I found were at Joann Fabrics.  There were various sites that offered a promo code for either 15% off the entire purchase or 40% off a single item. You can find them by simply searching for “Joann Fabrics Promo Codes” in any search engine. I got 2 packs of letters, used the promo code and thankfully a gift card I received for my birthday 🙂

I cut each letter and placed it on the shirt before ironing on, then I followed the instructions on the package.

The letters have stayed on through multiple washes and it came out great! Here is my final “Creme De La Cheap” DIY version.  Have you ever made knock off versions of clothing?  What are your style inspirations?

Cheers – J

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Light French Toast

Being a type one diabetic is always a day-to-day struggle.  Each day revolves around constant carb counting. One of the most difficult food items to give up is definitely bread (I do love my bread). That is until I came across Pepperidge Farm Light Style Bread – ONLY 8g PER SLICE! That is literally half the amount of carbs of a regular slice of wheat bread.

Breakfast is also a difficult meal to eat for diabetics.  With the exception of eggs, a ton of breakfast foods are loaded with carbs, especially one of my favorites, french toast.  Here is my diabetic version with only 21grams of carbohydrates:

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You’ll Need:

Spray a frying pan with cooking spray. Mix the egg, cinnamon and vanilla in a dish.  Soak the 2 slices of bread in the mixture. Place the bread onto the frying pan and cook each side evenly on medium heat.  Top with syrup and blueberries (optional).

Enjoy!

-J

You’re Invited

When my friend came to me asking if I could help in designing a Baby Shower invite for a party she was hosting, I immediately took out a piece of paper and starting sketching. I have ALWAYS been into scrapbooking but now with the digital age becoming bigger and bigger, I took my graphic designing skills and went to PhotoShop. I used mint green and yellow as the mom-to-be wants the sex of the baby to be a surprise!

As you can see I designed two different options. I also created a 5×5 diaper pocket to hold the invite (I am still working on creating an online template to print) Which design do you like better? What other colors would you use for a baby shower if you did not know if the baby is going to be a boy or girl?