Friday Link Love

Hi from New Yorkkkkkk, if you follow along on Snapchat, you may already know I am visiting.  One of my best friends is getting married today and I am staying with another best friend for the quick whirlwind trip. If you are new here, I am from Brooklyn and it is always nice to go home, even if the trip is brief, although I am missing out on some loved ones, Ill get you next time!

New York print.

I cant handle how good these are.

Pink Shibori. Way better than indigo ;)

A Bubbly Life this week-   DIY Travel Pineapple Tic Tac Toe  and  How to Make a Naked Cake

How to Make A Naked Cake (When You Know Nothing About Cakes)

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Naked cakes are a great solution for the non-baker, non-cake maker, non-sweet eating person in your life. And I raise my hand high!  I cannot ice a cake for the life of me and since I bake a cake like never it is not on my highest priority to learn how to do.  But, I CAN make a naked cake- just a touch of frosting and flowers. Flowers make everything better, even something as awesome as cake.

Paper Towels

Add a layer of icing in between each cake level (the top shot I had a 3 level cake, the rest I used 2 levels)

Place the naked part of the cake on top of the icing.

And this is my hack- I use a paper towel to ice a little bit of the outside of the cake.  I like that I can select a size with Bounty Advanced (I get mine at Costco!) as you do not need a full sized paper towel to spread the icing.

I like to use a paper towel to ice the outside since I can direct the icing with my finger much easier (and avoid getting the icing all over my finger) I also use the paper towel to wipe off excess icing if (when) I make any errors.

Peonies are in season and I could not resist topping the cake with some.  Trim the flowers with your scissors and add to the top of your cake.

The girls helped bake the cakes.  Kalia asked me if she could lick the bowl and I said sure and went on to wash some of the dishes.  I turned and she had her ENTIRE HEAD in the bowl.  I asked her to reenact it for the blog- And she asked me to add frosting again to the bowl (girl knows how to strike a bargain ;). She had cake batter, icing on her forehead, in her hair, everywhere.  Haha, it was a mess, but not one I was annoyed cleaning up.  The messes are what make life interesting.  And both my girls certainly live by that statement.

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DIY Pineapple Travel Tic Tac Toe

I am always looking for portable, small games for the girls to play when we are out to eat. I am not anti- devices for the kiddos, frankly I love them, phones/tablets have saved my sanity more than once. BUT, I am anti-tablet/phone/devices when we are out to lunch or dinner.  I want the girls to talk and engage with us; however they are still young and I respect their attention spans are not great for a long dinner or lunch.  I bring games, dolls, etc and now we take along our very own tic tac toe set.  The girls helped make the kit which makes them love it even more.

Air Dry Clay  (you can also try a oven dry clay for it to be ready faster, but I had air dry on hand) 
Silicone Mold (I used pineapple & I included mroe fun summery ones in the shop post above!)
Craft Paint
Paint Brush
Muslin Drawstring Bag

Fill the silicon mold with air dry clay.  (the kiddos can help here!)

The hard part- wait for it to dry for 2-3 days.
Remove from mold.

Let dry.

Draw your tic tac toe lines on bag, let dry.


Fill your bag on up and take along for a compact easy game for the kiddos to enjoy (or you- I am still a big fan of Tic Tac Toe)

These are not unbreakable, if your two year old gets mad that she cannot be the pink pineapple and throws a yellow pineapple on the ground in anger, the top of the pineapple may break off.  But, I call that a "teachable" moment.


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Friday Link Love

Be a unicorn. (although horses are pretty cool, too)

Hanging plastic cups never looked so good.

I have this thing with marble boards AND pineapples. Heart eyes.

Love the designs on these concrete DIY planters.

I ask this question often.

A Bubbly Life this week- DIY Painted Marshmallow Forks- S'mores & My Summer Wishlist

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DIY Painted Marshmallow Roasting Forks- S'mores!

You probably do not find this hard to believe- but, I have never been camping.  Don't get me wrong, I love the outdoors- I love hiking and exploring.  But, I am more the I-rather-go-back-to-sleep-in-a-real-bed-after-taking-a-shower-because-I-stink-from-being-outside type of person.  I do love me some s'mores though!  We are heading to the beach soon and I cannot wait to break out my fancy marshmallow roasting forks to make the perfect smore during our beach bonfire (or for you readers to enjoy when you camp in middle of woods or whatever it is you do when camping)!

Marshmallow Roasting Forks *
Craft Paint
Paint Brush
Washi Tape

I got marshmallow roasting forks from Target's dollar spot- $1 buck each!  Great deal!

A piece of advice- You always want to color code your smore stick- why? So, you know which perfectly heated marshmallow is yours and not the burnt one that someone forgot about and tried to pass off to you.  I may or may not be the person who does that.


Mark off how you want to paint with the washi tape.  I wanted a "twirly" look- (that is a DIY technical term, of course)

Get your Paint on it.  I painted two coats.

 Immediately lift tape off when done painting second coat.  (If paint dries, you risk ripping off paint with the tape, so remove while wet)

Let dry- I used a glass to hold them upside down to dry:

Obviously, this will be my roasting fork:

Enjoy the summer festivities!

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Summer Lovin- My Summer Wishlist!

Aloha May!  And, aloha over 100 degree temps in Arizona.  Summer is here for me my friends and here are some of my wish list items for the Summer!

Watermelon phone case. Yes, please.

How cute is this cherry clutch?

BKR Heart Water bottle- So cute, and comes in a large size, which I need to stay hydrated all day.

Flamingo charger.  Cuz when you are by the pool, there are no outlets.  And we need to snap when by the pool.

Palm tree ring.  I love rings.

Pineapple float.

Mint Radio.

pink chill out bag from is advice I should listen to-  I am a grouchy pain in the a** with the heat.

Round Tassel Towel- I just bought this last week- LOVE it.

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Friday Link Love

Pink Palm Tree print

Id love this stool.

I just fell in love with a lamp.

I need to organize my desk.

I have this thing with marble boards.

Love this pink chair makeover and it was not a stolen chair, so that is a plus.

These popsicle molds are so fun.

Have a wonderful weekend!! I have an old friend in town and I am heading to a peach picking festival with my sweet girls.  Hmm... maybe a peach bellini coming to the blog? ;)

Have fun my friends!

A Bubbly Life this week:  DIY Large Copper Round Mirror & DIY Graduation Confetti Cones

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DIY Large Copper Round Mirror

Back in September, I published one of my favorite DIYs for our home- a copper edged mirror.  Since September, I have stalked thrift stores looking for a large round mirror I could remove from frame and create another copper mirror.  That day is here my friends.  My parents (who are avid thrifters) get a list of my current wants/needs and they found this 36 inch beaut for me for only $9.

Fast forward 3 months:

I wrote the above introduction 3 months ago.  Nick BROKE that mirror.  It was the weekend of our 11 year wedding anniversary.  Me to Nick: We had a good run buddy. Adios.  I was SO PISSED.
I found another large round mirror and this one survived.  Our marriage did too, but if he breaks this one...

Large Round Mirror (thrifted if you are concerned of cost, large round mirrors are $$)*
Copper Tubing- 3/8 inch **
4- 1 inch Copper Tube Straps ***
Mirror Clips

Haha- lots of notes, sorry, just want to make sure you get it right at home!

*My mirror is 32 inches wide, I wanted huge! IKEA has a 22 inch option for $18.  I got mine for $7 at the thrift store.  Carefully remove the frame from your thrifted mirror to get the glass.
**I chose 3/8 inch as it was the biggest size available at the home improvement store.  You can go smaller or find a professional plumbing place for a bigger size.
***Whatever size tubing you use, go up a size in the clamp for a good fit

Outline the mirror with the copper tubing.  There is no right way to do this to get the perfect circle- I stepped on it, used Nick's brawn, and pulled and squeezed until we were happy with the results.  It still has some crooked-ness but I like to say it adds character ;)

After getting the copper sized to the mirror we used 4- 1 inch copper tube straps and clamped the tubing to the mirror like so:

We attached the mirror to the wall with mirror clips and all was well in the Stavros household again. We have it above my DIY wooden shoe rack, but it will eventually end up in our entry way, I am working hard on getting our living room and entryway set up, I am hoping that will be revealed soon!

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DIY Graduation Confetti Cones

Whew hoooo class of 2016!! You made it! Let's celebrate with confetti, one of my favorite ways to celebrate even though I complain quite often about the mess.  Fun can be hard, but vacuuming confetti is worth the fun.

Free Printable Graduation Confetti Cones
Double Sided Tape
Cardstock Paper

Just like my printable flower bouquets (Mother's Day & Valentine's Day printables) you wrap the paper in a cone with tape and this time you fill with confetti!  I use double sided tape so it doesn't show, but any tape will do!

A batch of these would be so fun at a party- Enjoy!!  Oh, the places you will go!

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Friday Link Love- Mother's Day Edition

Love You Mom print. (its an instant download if you dont have a gift yet ;) Also, I love Mom AND that credenza.

Have you guys seen this video "Slow Down" ?  I had so many crocodile tears.  My oldest is starting Kindergarten this year and it is exactly how I feel.

If you need to recover from the beautiful sadness of that song, check out the latest carpool with James Corden.  Its a great one.  Although J Lo texting Leo is still my fav or maybe Adele.

Another laugh. 

I loved Ave Styles piece on Moms- You can do anything, but not everything.  When I had postpartum depression, I wrote this quote on chalkboard and it stayed up for a year.  I should get that back up again...

This guy did his whole portfolio on Instagram. Its pretty flipping sweet.

Brie stuffed artichokes. Holy moly.

You put the lime in the coconut.  Or makeup brush, whatever.

Happy Mother's Day!  I normally take the weekend off, but I have a couple deadlines- "woe is me, boo hoo" I'll get over it. Anyhow it is work, work, work, but I am hoping to steal a break for crab legs and some wine and quiet time, maybe Monday?  I would never miss taking my Mom out though- Sat AM- she is mine! (Thank You Mom for understanding and hanging out a lot earlier than you intended and being my biggest fan) 

A Bubbly Life this week- How to Make A Rosa Picante Margarita & DIY Mother's Day Wine Labels

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How to Make a Rosa Picante Margarita

Post sponsored by Patrón Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow! Obviously,  a margarita recipe is absolutely necessary.  And, not just any margarita recipe- the Rosa Picante is the 2016 Margarita of the Year!

Patrón enlisted the help of seven top bartenders from across the U.S. and Mexico to create recipes for seven different styles of margaritas- herbal, smokey, spicy, savory, modern, tropical, and classic. The margaritas were put to the test and over 50,000 votes later Patrón had a winner!

I am SO happy the Rosa Picante margarita was the winner- I love my drinks spicy. 

How to Make a Patrón Rosa Picante Margarita

2 oz Patrón Silver
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Lime
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Ginger Syrup
+ Barspoon Jalapeño Oil
+ Dash rosewater
+ Rose petal sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill.  Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe that has been half rimmed with rose petal sea salt, and top with a dash of rosewater.  Garnish with a rose petal, if available.

This may be my favorite DIY ice bucket yet! Inspired by the Rosa Picante margarita, I created an ice bucket to chill the Patrón filled with limes, jalapeños and rose petals!

Did I listen to "Stacks on deck, Patrón on ice..." the entire time shooting, editing and drinking this margarita (or 3, I had to be well versed to share with you guys that this was tasty!)??
Yes, Yes I did.

Cheers,  Happy Wednesday (do we really need a reason to enjoy a tasty margarita?) and Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Head on over to Patrón for more Cinco de Mayo recipe ideas!

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For another Patrón recipe, check out my Citrus Cocktail Recipe!