Paper jewels diy

paper jewels DSC_0103 DSC_0104 DSC_0107 DSC_0108 DSC_0109I saw these paper jewels on pinterest last week and pinned them then I ran into them again on a blog I follow and I decided to try them out.  While watching season finale of the X-factor I made 3 of these in about 1 hour.

I’ve never tried or been good at origami that I can remember but these were fairly simple to make. I wouldn’t recommend it for younger kids, however, because you’ve got to make the folds very precise or it will looked raggedy when you glue it together (thank you Shanique, if you’re reading this, for that word:)

Supplies: Thick paper–I used cardstock Kraft paper// scissors// glue stick or elmer’s// templates–I found them on this blog here (thank you!) or on pinterest// folding tool–I used a popsicle stick!

1//Print (you can print the template directly onto your paper if your printer takes a thicker paper-mine didn’t) and cut out your templates and then fold along the dotted lines using your folding tool. 2//glue the small tabs together, making sure the templates are matched up. It helps to look at the picture to fit them together:) 3//Optional: Add an ornament string before you glue them together if you want to hang them. Add paint or glitter when it’s dry for a little bling.

I think they would look cute as a mobile or hung from a chandelier for a party!


Married for 6 months

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December beauty birchbox

date nightbboxdecI got my December birchbox in the mail and I was super excited to open it up.  This is such a fun thing to get every month in part because it’s a total surprise and in part because I don’t even have to make a decision on what to buy!

1//Chuao Chocolatier chocopod in salted chocolate crunch, my fave flavor ever!

2//Aerie Shimmer frangrance, a super light and sweet but not overpowering peony and vanilla scent-love!

3//Mox botanicals pomegranate and fig lip butter. Cute packaging and love that they use avocado oil and nautual shea butter.

4//Eyeko skinny liquid eyeliner in Olive. Goes on lightly and smoothly; a pretty natural color for winter. I wore it out on our date night(see above pic:)

5//Number 4 clarifying shampoo. Haven’t tried it yet but they claim it’s a low-sudsing shampoo that won’t strip your hair of natural oils-sounds good to me!

They also sent me a $50 gift card to Rent the runway which is a pretty neat idea…You rent designer dresses and jewelry, like Bagdley Mischka, for $100 or so, and just send the outfit back in the bag they send with it–no dry cleaning, no worries about ever wearing it again.

If you like this stuff visit where they also have articles and tutorials on how to use their products.  (I’m not getting paid for this btw, just saying)

Happy Holidays, from Jess.

After-Dinner-Dessert martini

holiday martiniThis martini tastes just like cheesecake with a hint of mint, coffee flavor and vanilla.  Don’t worry though, it’s not too minty, just right really.  I’m not a huge fan of sweet martinis but this one, done right, is dessert-like but not too heavy.

Here’s what you need:

1 part Vanilla or whipped cream flavored vodka// 1 part Coffee liqueur// 1/2 part mint shcnapps //1/2 part cream/creamer // *optional: garnish with crushed candy cane rim or a whole candy cane dipped (I like the whole candy cane in the martini so it wasn’t overwhelmingly minty. plus, it’s kinda fun to lick the martini off the candy cane)

1. Shake all ingredients on ice and pour into your glass

2. Enjoy with friends/lovers/family as a D-lish treat!

I would say this is a Christmas martini but I could drink this one all year round;) Cheers! Jess

Cinnamon-sugar pecans

1sugar pecans2DSC_00373DSC_00434DSC_0025DSC_0026This is a real Southern treat! I hope my family likes them because this is what I sent in the gift packages (see previous post)! I kept a few for us to enjoy and decidedly they make a yummy snack and are great in salads with a little feta cheese and vinagrete dressing.

Here’s how you make them (recipe adapted from

Ingredients: 2 cups of Pecan halves, 2 egg whites, 1/2 C white sugar, 1/2 C brown sugar, 1 Tbs cinnamon, 1 Tbs vanilla extract, pinch of salt.

1//Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg white and vanilla extract until frothy(this takes a minute or 2 by hand). In a separate bowl, mix together both sugars, salt, and cinnamon.

2//Add pecans to egg whites and stir to coat the nuts evenly. Stir in the sugar mixture until the nuts are coated. Spread the nuts on the baking sheet.

3//Bake at 250 for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes (so it won’t burn). When done, let them cool on the baking sheet.

4//Enjoy this tasty treat! My husband said it tastes like a mini pecan pie! Try using another type of nut if you like and if you do, let me know how it turned out! (Sorry the numbers and pictures don’t quite match up, but you get the picture!)