a day at the market

going to the market is one of my favorite morning activities in the summer. and with summer fast approaching I decided to go and enjoy a sunny morning at the Vista Farmer’s Market. I love looking at the beautiful flowers, handmade items, and fresh fruit and veggies. with a coffee in hand, my boyfriend and I walked around admiring all the yummy things and we got some fresh blueberries and strawberries to snack on. it was such a beautiful day and I can’t wait for the relaxing and adventurous days of summer to come.

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grad night

the number of blog posts I have done about Disneyland is almost embarrassing… but here is another one because why not. this time I went with my whole senior class for grad night. we piled in a school bus and drove up to the happiest place on earth. the day was super fun and the weather was almost perfect until suddenly we were waiting in line for Screamin’ when it started drizzling, then raining, then pouring hail!! yes it started hailing! luckily I got my rain poncho on just in time and my boyfriend and I ran to find dry covering but still got soaking wet. we hid in a little shop for a bit to dry off and then went back to get in line because we were able to stay in the park until 2am. we went on a ton of rides and the rain didn’t really help, but I still had a fun time and made the most of it. and I can’t believe I graduate in 2 weeks!!

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senior prom

when I went to my first homecoming 4 years ago, I don’t think I had any idea how fast time would go by and I would be 18 and going to my last high school dance… literally I think I blinked and I was already finishing senior projects and thinking about college. Senior Prom really did come quickly, and I was so excited (having the best date EVER!) to get and create these last memories.

we went and got our boutonnière and corsage picked out (bringing in a Pinterest picture for reference of course) and I had to take in every moment knowing it would be my last time. my last time picking out a fancy dress, finding heels that match, deciding how to do my hair, and where to take pictures beforehand. it was all so sentimental but relieving.

personally I do love getting dressed up and going to a fancy event every once and a while, but it can also be a stressful and almost anxious experience for me as well. I get caught up in trying to make every decision perfect and make everything fit together perfectly. but this time I told myself I wouldn’t let that happen and I would go with the flow. and amazingly everything came together so amazing! I found my dress months early in the right size on just a regular shopping day, had some amazing people offer for us to take pictures with them at the Carlsbad Flower Fields, found shoes that were titled with my name and in my size, and had another friend willingly offer to do my makeup! things literally could not have happened more spontaneously, and although it didn’t take away from the busy time of it all, I still remained calm and took in every possible moment to store away in my memory.

the night was full of amazing memories with some of my closest friends. we danced the night away, ate until we felt like exploding and had the best time. the night was unforgettable and I’m so excited for what is coming in the future.

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check out the video I made from prom also on my youtube (Jacob + Kylie)!

copa vida

everyone has those places that bring back great memories or feelings. feelings of summer vacation, or Christmas traditions, or a specific day that had a lot of meaning. the small coffee shop Copa Vida in Carlsbad reminds me specifically of summer vacation, do-nothing days, and sunny afternoons. this coffee shop has many other locations, but this specific one is closest to my home and is found in a little tiny business area. last summer I came here so many times with family and friends and it just has that small feel and not many people know about it. with summer close approaching, I needed to go back and get my fix of coffee and that summer feel. I took my boyfriend, two sister, and cousin to go and it was such a fun time of hanging out. it makes me even more excited for this summer and all the fun things that are to come.

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big bear trip

zip lining

on the first full day of my trip to big bear with jacob and his family, we went zip lining. some were 100 feet high and 800 feet long which was so crazy! we flew through the trees so fast and it was such a rush but such a fun memory.

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farmer’s market

on the second day we went to the first farmer’s market of the season! the ski slopes were closed for the first week of the year and there was barely any snow left on the ground. the market was full of different kinds of vendors like fruit, veggies, kettle corn, soaps, jewelry and so much more. we go toms little sprinkle sugar cookies, walked around, and had such a fun time looking at all the goodies and taking pictures!

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bob sledding

also on the second day, we went bob sledding! we rode the chair lift up to the top and raced down to the bottom. we went so fast and it was such a fun, cheap thing to do!

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hiking

on the last day of the trip, we went to castle rock to make the journey up to the top to see the most gorgeous view! there was some snow on the ground as we made our way up, along with pretty streams and trees. it was about a 2 mile hike that was not too hard even for me who doesn’t get out to hike much and definitely worth it for the sights we got to see.

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videos!

we also videoed our whole trip on our youtube. so if you want to see more make sure to go over there and watch those.

diy burlap placemats

as I was planning for easter dinner, I searched all over for Pinterest for cute ideas and loved these round burlap placemats I kept seeing. I then looked at target, Walmart, world market, pier1, almost everywhere to find them for a decent price. but, to fit my group of 15, I needed to spend almost $200 to have enough!!! this disappointed me and after hours of searching and deciding if the were worth it, I thought to myself… hey! I can make these! I found 98 feet of jute/burlap at hobby lobby, gathered some helping hands and got to work!

IMG_0238WHAT YOU NEED:

-about 19 feet of jute per placemat

-hot glue (I recommend using the glue pictured. it is more clear than others I used and you couldn’t see it as much)

-glue gun

-an extra set of hands because it is almost impossible to do alone

-some free time and a good tv program (these do take about 20 min each)

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first, cut the jute to 19 feet or however long desired. then hot glue the tips of the rope to avoid it unwinding.

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next, hot glue along the inside of the rope and pull the tip in, pressing it into the glue and starting the circle shape.

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then glue a little more and pull in, continuing the circular shape. this part is important to create your shape and make the foundation.

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continue to glue little portions at a time. I recommend one person glueing and one person wrapping the rope around and holding it.

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put a little more glue on the end tip and press it against the mat to secure its place. let them cool and harden for a few min and its done!

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get ready to host some parties!!

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in the end, I spent a total of about $30 on 15 placemats. in my book that’s a win. I love when you can make something for much cheaper than you can buy. and although they took a while, they are super cute and I will use them a ton, and maybe even sell some!

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easter treats

decorating and getting ready for easter is so exciting. bright colors, blooming flowers, and the slightest hint of summer in the air bring happiness and joy to me. this year I got the task of decorating the table for my family’s easter get-together this year, so I searched Pinterest and honestly didn’t find to many cute ideas. but, I just started pulling out some old holiday ideas and remember my halloween gummy skewers that everyone loved and decided to put a twist on them for easter. I got as many different peeps as I could from Target and got started.

they were seriously so easy and fast to make. and even if you’re not a huge peep eater, let  them harden and use them as center pieces! hope you guys like this little easter treat diy, and tag me on Instagram if you try them out!

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WHAT YOU NEED:

-peeps

-skewers

-excelsior

-Reese’s peanut butter eggs (for decoration)

-a cute pot/vase of your choice

-floral foam

-plastic treat bags (optional)

first, take out the peeps you wish to use. I made five so I only needed four of each color.

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pull your first peep through the skewer about a little more than half way

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next, pull your second color peep through so it touches the other peep.

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then pull the third peep through so it pops out the top and you don’t see the skewer.

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repeat the last steps to make as many skewers as needed.

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next put your floral foam in your pot/vase and place the excelsior on top to hide it.  then put the skewers with the peeps in the floral foam to make them stand up. I made my excelsior into a little nest by putting the Reese’s peanut butter eggs in between the skewers

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again, theses peep skewers make perfect treats at the dinner table on Easter, or perfect center pieces/decorations. I love the bright colors they add to any table.

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they can also make the perfect gift-bags or give-aways for baby showers, easter parties, or spring birthdays! just add some plastic bags and twine and you’ve got the perfect gift!

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