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Only good vibes with the weekend here! No Bad Vibes Print

DIY cement coasters that are almost too pretty to cover up with your drink!

Loved this article- what would happen if Trump's tweets were nice?

Get it Girl!  Amazing poster from The Crafted Life!

Rainbow wineglasses... yes, please

Such a pretty pink cocktail.

A Bubbly Life this week-   DIY Kawaii Heart Balloons  & Red Pepper Vegetable Smoothie

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DIY Kawaii Heart Balloons

I love Valentine's Day.  The holiday is filled with love, pink, flowers and hearts- pretty much all my favorite things!!

Heart Balloons (I picked up mine at the 99cent store)
Black Vinyl
Circle Punch (if you are like me & have terrible cutting skills)

The steps are really simple, punch out some circles and cut out some eyelashes, mouths and whatever designs you may want!  You can do a google image search for "kawaii heart emoticon" and a ton of ideas will come up, or just use the ones here!  These were so fun to make, easy and the girls loveee them.

Haha, I like (what the girls call surprise face) is staring up at all the other balloons in this one:

The little eyelash gal is my favorite

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Recipe Red Pepper Vegetable Smoothie

Since it is January, instead of a cocktail, I like to share one of my favorite smoothie recipes.  Last year, I shared my green juice smoothie and a green smoothie bowl.  This red pepper smoothie is a new favorite of mine, I prefer it as a juice, but I do not have a juicer at home, so I blend it two times on the Juice option on my blender and will drink it as a smoothie. 

Base of 1 cup of ice & 1 cup of water
1 large Red Bell Pepper
3-4 large Carrots
1/4 cup of Orange Juice
1/4 cup of Lime Juice (about half a good sized lime)
1/2 teaspoon of Cinnamon
1/2 inch knob of fresh Ginger

Blend all ingredients.  If you have a juicer, try as a juice instead!  Anytime I make smoothies, I try to stick with produce that is organic, if a vegetable is not organic, I usually peel the skin before adding to the blender.

Cheers!  I will be back to serving up cocktails shortly!

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Friday Link Love

I want to do it all. Yet I feel like this deflated balloon, ha.   I had a great, busy week. I hit the ground running right after the New Year and the exhaustion is catching up. Hoping to get some stellar naps in this weekend.

Obsessed with these towel hooks from The Merrythought

Hanging lamp from Fall for DIY- genius!! (I just bought a hanging lamp last week, cannot wait to show what I am doing with it!)

This balloon light is pretty amazing.

Crockpot chicken chile enchilada soup.  Get in my mouth.

Are you guys & gals ready for the Valentine DIYs?? I am!! I love doing them so much, I may publish my first next week, is that too soon?  I keep moving it around the calendar?  In the meantime, check out my Valentine DIY Board for inspiration!

A Bubbly Life this week- First DIY of 2017!! DIY Holographic Plant Pots  and Fonts & Designs for Your Valentine

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DIY Holographic Plant Pots

The first DIY of 2017!  Has anyone else become obsessed with holographics on all the things?  I blame and all their cute stuff for my love.  And I am warning you, there may be more holographic DIYs in your future...  It is just the pop of color I love without being TOO over powering. 

Vinyl Holographic Film Sticker- I used Pink & Translucent (there are a ton of colors available)
White Plant Pots

You want white plant pots since the vinyl film is see through, so any color underneath will show up.  I picked up mine at the thrift store, you could also spray paint any pot you have white.

I have done a similar DIY using marble contact paper- since pots are curved, you cannot just cut out a piece of paper and attach.  

Here is the method to cut out the sheet of paper (these steps are from my marble pot DIY which is why the colors are different)  

Mark off a spot with tape- this tells you where to begin and end your tracing.  Since we had white pots this time, we marked a spot off with pencil.

Rotate your pot on paper and trace the pot as you go.  Use the taped seam to know your beginning and end.

Once your lines are drawn- connect them at the ends.

Cut it out!  I cut my template on normal paper first, made sure it matched the pot size then used the template to cute the holographic paper.  It is not necessary to do this, but you may want to your first time so you do not waste any holographic paper.

Put it on your pot!  I make the sentence sound easy... The paper bubbles very easy and it is difficult to get smooth.  It takes a few times to smooth out the bubbles.  The good news is after I did the best job I could do and there were STILL a couple bubbles in the paper, the paper somehow evened itself out on the pot later, so maybe I did not need to work so hard ;)  The smaller pots were easier to manage for the bubble problem.

I know it is a little too soon for Valentine's Day, but wouldn't these planters make a perfect gift? The colors are perfect!  Hope you enjoyed! xo

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Fonts & Designs For Your Valentine

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Over Christmas, I shared Fonts to Make Your Holiday Sparkle which was an amazing font & design bundle for a HUGE discount.  Font Bundles has released an entirely new package for Valentine's Day, again filled with over 1000 fonts and design elements!  It is available for only $29!! (price without bundle for all the elements is $449)  Here are some of my favorite fonts and designs from the Valentine bundle:  (download the bundle here)

All the cute little elements decorating the fonts above are included in the bundle- I think my favorite is that heart balloon <3

A fun print included to be used for any design project or print out for your Valentine (they have many more prints available in the bundle)

And I designed this one with the bicycle design element and the font Dallon.  The Valentine is from the sweet lyrics of the 90s star Nelly.  I am sure he had simple, beautiful intentions.

Post Sponsored by Font BundlesThank you for supporting sponsors that keep A Bubbly Life going!!

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Friday Link Love

Whew hoo the first link love of the year!  I love doing these and so it feels good to be back!

For the last 6 months, I have shared POPSUGAR's Must Have monthly box on my Instagram. I am given the boxes for free in exchange for promotion- I loved participating in the program and it is so fun to receive a gift box every month- an affordable treat yo self delivered to you!  

I like them so much that I purchased the Men's Limited Must Have Box for Nick's Christmas gift.  I knew I could trust that the items in the box would be awesome and THEY WERE, Nick loved it. This is a gentle reminder to you readers that I only will promote products I love and would purchase myself- like something as big as my husband's Christmas gift!

You can still get the January MustHaveBox and they shared some sneak peeks on Facebook and you can save $5 on your first MustHaveBox with code SHOP5!

Image above is my cookie mix received in December's box!

Links I loved this week-

Literally the most beautiful french press I have seen.  Is it ok to buy just so I can look at it in my kitchen? (Nicks answer would be no, but I rarely listen to that, see my ice cream lamp for proof)

Hello Glow says these will fix under eye problems.  I want to do it.  #momproblems

I am not sure I could pull off this tutu with jeans but I want to try.

Kristi Murphy put together an epic 8 foot antipasto platter & I want everything on it.

Is your New Year's resolution to eat healthier?  Check out my Green Smoothie Bowl (I LOVE this one, so tasty) & my Green Smoothie (very healthy, but not as yummy as the bowl)  Next week, I am posting a new smoothie and it is delicious!

A Bubbly Life this week- Top 10 Posts of 2016 With Behind the Scenes Info  &  7 Motivational Prints For All Your Goals

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7 Motivational Prints For All Your Goals

A word for 2017.  Slay.  Sounds great to me. Via Etsy Shop Planeta 444.

I am not one for New Year's resolutions, I am an any time kind of goal chaser.  But, I certainly understand the concept of new year and new changes to improve your life.   The last 6 months of 2016 were about survival for me and I would love to move on from survival mode and develop better self care skills.  Like any Mom, I often come last and with my current fragility that has not been a great path.   What are your goals for the New Year?  Or anytime goals?  Here are 7 art prints to get you going and inspire you to complete your goals!   The best part is (especially if your goal is saving money) the printables vary in price from only $3-$7!! 

New Year's resolution done and done. Via Printastic Studio

Believe in yourself!!! First step to completing anything in life, am I right!? Via Etsy shop VisualPixie

Kindness.  Always a goal.

Decluttering always feels so good! All You Need is Less Print

Eat Healthy Be Happy.  I will have a new smoothie recipe coming soon- seriously, Im addicted- its a good one!

And, remember- You can!  End of story.

I would love to hear your goals and aspirations for the year, wishing you the very best!! xoxo

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Top Ten Posts of 2016 & Behind The Scenes Facts!

A look back at what was most popular in 2016 on A Bubbly Life! I love taking a look back to see what everyone liked best and thank you readers for making this the best year ever!! I hope to continue the growth this year and will work hard to do so!

Last year, I did a Where Are They Now Special in my top ten and we learned that pretty much none of my plants in any of the photos are alive.   This year, I share a behind the scene fact from each popular post.  As a bonus fact- none of the plants pictured made it this year again...  However, I would say the past 6 months I have made a concerted effort to keep my plants alive.  It is kinda working?

10) Coconut Lavender Sugar ScrubSo yummy, I love this one and it gets steady views since its' debut.  Behind the Scenes Fact- I used a glass jar originally because it looks prettier.  Do you know what is super slippery and easy to break in a shower?  A glass jar.  I now use plastic.

9) Large Copper Round MirrorBehind The Scenes Fact-  I am contemplating getting rid of it (after it took months to find and complete it...).  It is in our entryway now, but over time something about it doesn't jive with me.  And yes, I am saying jive now.

8) Before & After Thrifted ShelfBehind the Scene Fact- My husband uses this as his bedside table. Our bedroom is far from complete design wise, so we threw it in there cuz he needed a table.  It doesn't match but I love it so much I couldn't part with it.

7) Wooden Shoe RackBehind the scene fact- We love it, still used every single day.  No juicy info here!

6) DIY Party Hacks for EntertainingBehind the Scenes Fact- My original plan for this post did not work out, I hated it.  I scrapped the whole shoot and the end result happens to be a personal favorite of mine, I love it.  So glad you loved it too (and the brand!)

5) TED Talks to Inspire & Ignite Your Creativity- Looks like I am not the only one obsessed with TED talks!  Behind the Scenes Fact- Um, I love TED talks, there is not much to say bout this one!

4) DIY Sprinkle Pills Behind The Scene Fact- I was living at my in laws while some house construction was going on and the girls and I were very sick, but I needed the post up.  I was very out of it the day of shoot and I ended up spilling a bottle of sprinkles all over their floor... There are probably some there to this day.

3) A Combo Post- DIY Thrifted Chair Makeover & The Time I Stole A Chair From My Neighbor
Thanks to some Facebook virality the time I mistook a chair for junk and my neighbor left me a sign telling me otherwise hit it big... And I heard from MANY of you who now fear they may have done the same.

2) Fonts To Make Your Holidays Sparkle- I had no idea fonts were this popular! Behind the Scenes Fact- I will bring more fonts to you since you like them so much!

1) M&M's Cake Party HackBehind the Scene Fact-  This is NOT a cake.  I frosted/iced an upside down pie dish for the shoot.  It is much easier to move around for a shoot and I did not want to have cake in the house...

Honorable Mention- A sparkle ice bucket was published 12/22/2015 last year but it is one of my most popular posts and it did not have the chance to make it last year- so I am including it for 2016!
Behind the scene fact- although I loved the sparkle ice bucket (I used it for my NYE party that year) I thought the gold glitter champagne stars would be the hit in this post, apparently I know nothing, ha.

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