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How to Make Tie-Dye Cake!

8 May

Today was one of those stay at home days…had a beautiful thunderstorm raging outside, so I decided to grab my husband and force him to bake with me ūüôā¬† When I told him I wanted to make a tie-dye cake, he looked at me like I was crazy… okay, I AM a little crazy but that’s besides the point!¬† Anyway it was totally easy to make and super fun at the same time.

We just took a vanilla (or white cake mix) and made it as usual (water, oil, and egg whites) and mixed it up and divided it into six different bowls.¬† In each bowl we added various drops of food coloring to make a rainbow of colors…blue, yellow, red, green, purple, and orange.¬† Then we dropped each color mix randomly into a greased 9X13 pan and kind of shook it around so it looked like this:

cake mix

Then we let it bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for around 30 minutes (burnt myself on the oven of course) and it came out like this:

baked cake


Let it cool 10-20 minutes then we added chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles and viola! YUMMY TIE-DYE CAKE!!!! Now if you want to be really awesome you could make multiple cakes, layer them with frosting in between each layer, and frost the top as well.

Here’s my husband’s slice of cake…couldn’t grab a pic before he took a bite!


Penny Pincher: DIY Beach Sea Salt Spray for Hair

22 Mar


Love the look of beachy waves in your hair?¬† While it may not yet be Summer, you can still obtain the look by using Sea Salt spray…and I’ve got a DIY version that works just as good as the kind you can buy in the store. Just a few simple ingredients which you may already have at home:

  • Plastic spray bottle
  • Sea salt
  • Coconut oil (or even olive oil will do)
  • 8-16 oz water depending on the size of your bottle
  • Yummy smelling essential oil (if you want to add a nice scent along with the coconut)

Just mix the water, essential oil, coconut oil (no more than 1 tbsp per 8oz), and the sea salt (more salt=more texture) in the plastic bottle. Shake it up until the oil mixes well.
Now you’re ready to go! Just spray onto damp hair and scrunch with your fingers to get nice, natural, beachy waves!


Make your own organic salsa garden!

21 Mar


If you love salsa or gardening or just being outside, this project is for you!¬† Personally, i eat salsa with or on almost every meal, and started growing my own salsa garden last year.¬† I love the freshness of the salsa when it comes straight from my own garden!¬† I also get to choose exactly what type of ingredients are put into the salsa, so I chose to grow all organic seeds in organic soils. So here’s what you need to do:

  • Plan out a garden space including areas for each type of plant (I planted tomatoes, tomatillos, garlic, basil, cilantro, green and red chilies, bell peppers, and jalapenos) and make sure that it will receive at least SIX hours of sunlight each day.

Here’s an example (they used a few different plants but you get the idea):Image

  • Buy your seeds ahead of time, some seeds can be planted/sown indoors 6-8 weeks¬†¬†¬†¬† before being transplanted outdoors.¬† I started my chili peppers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and basil indoors in a mini greenhouse..they sell starter pellets or starter kits at any garden shop.
  • Dig out your garden space a few inches down and make sure the soil is ready for planting.
  • Plant your seeds according to the package they came in, making sure there is no threat of a frost (usually around May-June) and also transplant the started plants outdoors carefully. I use eco-friendly starter pots that can be planted directly into the ground and covered with soil.¬† Make sure you plant the garden around 2 months before you plan to harvest your ingredients.
  • Water your garden as needed and when it does not rain
  • Harvest your ingredients and wash before making them into a delicious salsa of your choice! YUMMY!


Penny Pincher: DIY (Edible) Sugar Lip Scrub

10 Mar


So the cold weather has NOT been very nice to me and I have had chapped, peeling lips for the past couple days (super annoying!)…I looked in stores for a decent lip scrub and came up empty handed. I looked online and found a few but wasn’t too sure about the ingredients.¬† Then I remembered a recipe for a sugar lip scrub that I had made in high school…not only does it work wonders but it’s made from natural ingredients that most people already have in their kitchen! Best of all, the cost is almost nothing compared to buying the pre made stuff..AND..IT”S EDIBLE!!! So, here’s what I used:


  • 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tbsp. brown sugar (you can use regular sugar if you like)
  • dash of cinnamon


Mix the ingredients together in a small container and then apply to lips with index finger.¬† Rub for a couple minutes and then wipe off with a wet washcloth and you’re done! I admit I licked a little of the mixture off my lips first…yummy!¬† I applied chap-stick afterwards.¬† The scrub will leave your lips nice and smooth!¬† I saved the rest to use for a repeat application (which is about twice a week until lips are back to normal.)

Definitely glad I remembered this concoction before I spent money somewhere else.  Hope you like it!

Penny Pincher

8 Mar

Candy Nails!


Hard Candy has some awesome new nail polishes out!  Only $4 a pop at Walmart!  The collections are named Candy Sprinkles , Crushed Chromes, Crystal Confetti, Gliteratzi, and Itzy Glitz.  I drooled over the Candy Sprinkles collection, which reminded me of frosting on cupcakes (I love cupcakes!) And also the Crystal Confetti collection (I love sparkles!) For this mani I used Pink TaffyImage

and Celebrate Sequins


which was used over top of Crushed Candy polish by Maybelline Color Show (under $3 at Walmart!)


Awesome polishes at an affordable price! Going to snag the rest of the Candy Sprinkles collection and try some new looks…more to come!