Friday Link Love

Yeayyyyy, it is FriYay!! Good Vibes Only Print

I love this tropical off shoulder dress!

Vanilla ricotta banana toast. omygosh I drooled a little while typing that.

I just picked up this maxi dress for summer vacation, it is thin, loose and Nick is obsessed with it on me which is always a win ;)

Smores popcorn sounds like the perfect Summer snack

Happy weekend!

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DIY Palm Leaf Ice Bucket

Post sponsored by Bai. All opinions are my own.

The first day of Summer is here!! Arizona hit 121 degrees this week, so this ice bucket DIY is a great solution to keep cool and refreshed during these hot days.  I may have to wear it on my head to keep cool, but all you who experience normal Summer temperatures, this ice bucket is perfect for the pool, a barbecue and all your Summer celebrations to keep your drinks cool. We folks in AZ, will keep our ice buckets looking pretty inside for parties :)  I filled mine with Bai, a refreshing 5 calorie and 1 gram of sugar beverage that is full of flavor and will help quench that Summer thirst. 

Artificial Leaves (you can use real as well)
Smaller Bucket- sized to insert in large bucket for the space for drinks
Heavy Weight (I used a pink geode paperweight, of course)
Freezer (haha!)

Place smaller bucket inside large bucket and add weight.

Place palm leaves in large bucket all around sides and add water to fill bucket.  You may have to mess around with leaves a bit so they dont float to top. I used artificial leaves and would soak them in water to prevent them from floating to top.

Freeze for a few hours or overnight.

Run warm water outside bucket to loosen and remove the ice.  Run warm water inside of small bucket to remove the second bucket.

I love DIY ice buckets, it is one of easiest ways to make a party pop with something unexpected and fun and they are soooo easy to make- the freezer does most of the work.  Effortless entertaining is my favorite.

Bai drinks are only 5 calories and use no artificial sweeteners for their beverages.  Bai has so many flavors to try and it will be hard to pick your favorite!

Check out more ice bucket ideas!!
 Sparkle Ice Bucket Citrus Ice Buckets Margarita Inspired Ice Bucket

Check out Bai on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter & Facebook

Post sponsored by Bai, all opinions are my own and thank you for supporting sponsors that keep A Bubbly Life going!

Shady Beach- Free Printable

Haha, this makes me laugh so hard, hope it does for you, too!  I went with an 80s font look.  Enjoy and don't be a shady beach!

Download link- No One Likes a Shady Beach

Prior Summer Smiles Printable!

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Summer Smiles- Free Printable

Aloha peeps, in an effort to "slow down" I decided to take a break in the Summer for a bit.  Summer is notoriously lower for blog traffic (people enjoying life & vacation, so there is no ill will about it) and instead of fighting the slowness, I am going to embrace it. I am moving to 1 production post (DIY, cocktail etc) a week for Summer.  Although, who knows, I will get inspired here and there and just go for multiple production posts, I am not limiting myself.

However, I still plan on my usual 3 posts a week.  And, one of these posts will now be a graphic.  I am practicing.  On you guys.  Haha, I love you.  I love creating quotes and printables, and I figure a couple months of mixing fonts and colors, I will improve and learn a lot more?  I am sure some will suck!  So, we start from the beginning, and maybe 2-3 months from now, I will be super awesome?


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Exploring Roosevelt Row Wall Art With Toyota!

*Sponsored by Toyota, all opinions are my own!

Last month, Toyota treated me for Mother's Day with a delicious brunch and a rental of the new 2017 Toyota Prime Prius.  I chose the Prius because I was always curious about hybrid vehicles.  I loved it, I felt like a car was spoiling me rotten.  I am not a "car person", I have a few wants in a car but cannot really speak in terms of whatever in the world is under the hood.

One need is space.  I am a Mom of 2, so space for the kiddos and all the crapola I have to travel with for them is necessary.  The Prius Prime was surprisingly spacious,  I was disappointed at first because it appears a lot smaller than it is and I thought there was no way it would work for our family, but once the car seats were in, it was fine!  I do think it would work better when kids are a bit older and only in booster seat, Colette is still in a bulky car seat, so I would wait another year before considering it as my day to day car.  However, the hatchback was awesome- so much more spacious than a standard trunk!  Colette & I went to IKEA one day and I put down half the back seat and we were able to fit in everything from an IKEA trip, including a long board that went from the front to back of car. Space for IKEA/HomeDepot trips are essential for me as a DIY blogger! If you follow me along on Instagram stories, you may have seen me bragging about the size and filling it up with the IKEA goodies!

Another feature I enjoyed were the security features. The car detects if another car/person is too close and warns you.  No driving distracted with this warning by your side!!  (My husband Nick could really use this reminder) The multi-informational display (fancy car term ;)  was another feature I used often.  Basically, it showed me how fast I was going and it was convenient to see it right at a glance.  It also told me the speed limit of the area I was in, I used that a lot, I loved that!

Also, I drove the car for 10 days- including very long trips to IKEA & downtown Phoenix and I did not need gas!! That's amazing!! Whew hoo hybrid!

Roosevelt Row is an art district here in Phoenix and I always wanted to check out some of the art work, so I used the Prius and Mother's Day to get Nick to agree to join me and we left kiddos at home!

Is this what bloggers do? Don't look at camera and turn to side? ha, I wish Nick told me my hair was in my face!

I love this bike one <3

Yes, I found a pink wall!  Maybe not an art mural, but pink is always a good thing!

The Bosque is also a really cool plant shop.

Learn more about the Toyota Prius here!

Post sponsored by Toyota! I only work with sponsors I love & enjoy and thank you for supporting sponsors that keep ABL going!!

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Friday Link Love- National Donut Day!

It is finally the big day, National Donut Day- and it falls on a Friday, so get thee to a donut bar! Print

And it is the last day of a week of fun festivities for donut day!

A roundup of all the links:
$200 Donut Goodies GIVEWAY
DIY "Naked" Floral Donuts (hi! thats me!!)
Donut Picnic in the Park
White Russian Recipe
DIY Donut Plates
Bacon Maple Bar Donut Milkshake
Donut Gift Idea Printables
DIY Tattoo Balloons
Sprinkle Topper
DIY Sports Logo Donut Wall
Pink Doughnut Bundt Cake
Free Printable Donut Boxes
DIY Giant Tassels

Visit all the talented bloggers here:  A Joyful Riot | Cupcakes + Cutlery | Giggles Galore | Grey Grey Designs | Lemon Thistle | Lulu The Baker | Lynlee's | Modern Moments Designs | Salty Canary

Happy Weekend and hope you enjoy all the doughnuts!!

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DIY "Naked" Floral Donuts

So apparently national doughnut day is a thing.  And just like so many of the countless social media holidays, I am totally on board with it.  (my favorite is probably national wine drinking day though) Anyhoo, Dawn from Revel & Glitter asked me to participate in a week of donut celebrations with 10 other bloggers and I thought it would be fun to add my own flair to a doughnut project.

I love the beauty of naked cakes (you can see some examples from a Boho Party & How to Make A Naked Cake) I thought how pretty would "naked" donuts be for a brunch or baby shower or wedding shower or a Tuesday?

Pick up some edible flowers, lavender and decorate your donuts and table with them.  Simple and beautiful.

Also, a little hint if you want to save your eyes... Never google the term "naked donut" when you are checking to see if it has been done multiple times by other bloggers.  Naked donut does NOT mean donuts with pretty flowers on them.  I am haunted by the images.

Visit the other two doughnut projects for today over on:
Bacon maple doughnut milkshakes from Salty Canary
Doughnut gift ideas from Modern Moments Designs

 Be sure and join us tomorrow for 3 more amazing projects! And enter to win $200 of donut goodies here!! (closed)

Friday Link Love

This week started out with such a heavy heart with the terrible Manchester bombing.  So much love and prayers for everyone.  Heart print.

I love these palm tree sheets.  P.S. have you checked out my I Have This Thing With Palm Trees account on instagram (I'm obsessed with palm trees)

hehe, I had a fruit smoothie today... good laugh

diy wooden trivet. love.

Mini champagne 6 packs, hi, a must.

This floral flamingo is on sale for Memorial Day! I think Nick may kill me if I buy another pool float... (we do not have a pool & I own a pineapple, watermelon & pink flamingo...) 

A Bubbly Life this week- DIY Marble & Wood Hooks & Cherry Mojito Cocktail Recipe

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Cherry Mojito Cocktail Recipe

Mmmm... cherries are in season!  Cherries are notoriously expensive and the only time fresh cherries are somewhat affordable is now.  I picked up a huge bag on sale and Nick ate them ALL, I mean we are talking 2 pounds or so, he was just so excited we had cherries in the house.  He was unaware I needed them for a post.  He kindly picked me up another batch when he was by a Whole Foods which means these cherries cost a million dollars.  Anyhow, whenever something pops up in season, I think about ways it would work in a cocktail- so we have a cherry mojito!

How To Make A Cherry Mojito! makes 1

Cherries- 3-4 cherries for muddling, 8 cherries for juice
Mint- handful of cut mint
Sparkling Water
Fresh Lime Juice- half lime squeezed
One shot of Rum
Agave Syrup (alternatively you can use simple syrup, but we use agave for a sweetener around here)

Muddle a couple cherries (with pits removed) with mint in a glass.  Add ice. Squeeze about 8 cherries for the juice and add to glass. Add rest of ingredients (sparkling water, lime juice, rum and agave syrup to taste) I do not like sweet drinks so I use about a teaspoon of agave, but I would say most people prefer it sweeter, so add 2-3 teaspoons.  Stir and enjoy a relaxing Summer beverage.

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DIY Marble & Wood Hooks

If you follow me along on Instagram stories, you may know that we recently got closets installed in our home and that I am very obsessed with our new closets. We used metal racks for past 3 years or so as our closet spaces, so to say I am incredibly grateful and ecstatic about our new closets is an understatement.  I work everyday on organizing it and there are two DIYS on my list for it- these marble wood hooks & once the other is complete, I will do a closet reveal on blog.

Marble & Wood Hooks Material List (all items available at your local home improvement store)

5/8ths Wood Dowel (cut into individual 3 inch pieces)
Marble Hexagon Tile
Dowel Screws
Strong Glue

Glue wood dowel to back of an individual marble tile (they come off from the large tile very easily)  and let dry.

(you can also do these nest steps FIRST and then glue the wood with dowel screw in it to marble tile) I would do it this way, so you do not have to wait for glue to dry in order to put the dowel screw in... But, I realized that AFTER I did it...

Drill hole into wood dowel:

Get the dowel screw into the wood dowel (we use vice grips to help)

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Friday Link Love

I totally agree, but do get mild anxiety from it Print

These pink wine glasses. Please.

Floral bath salts. I could use a hot bath!

Mmmmm, cherry chocolate popsicles


A Bubbly Life this week- DIY Copper Hanging Planter

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DIY Copper Hanging Planter

A Bubbly Life has been lacking in the copper DIYS lately.  I still love copper, I just took a little break.  I received a gorgeous copper bowl from Martha Stewart's new line of copper beauties and I hesitated on changing it to be something else, but I could not help but think how pretty it would look as a planter.  And, I did it and I love it!!

Copper bowl (I used this one which is on sale for $14.50! or get a set of 3 for $25, hmmm... I may need more...)
White leather cord (I wanted leather, but you can use a copper chain as well)

This is so super easy... Drill 3 holes into the copper bowl.

Tie cord (of EQUAL length) to each hole and meet in middle and hang from ceiling!!

And you are Done!

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