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Honest To Nod

Honest To Nod
When we found out about the amazing candy making process at Papabubble, we knew we had to make a stop during our first Nod Bus Tour at their location in Pasadena, CA. We were even more excited after we discussed partnering with them to create some exclusive custom candy to hand out on our #nodtourbus stops around California in April. We sat down with Mike from Papabubble LA to find out a little more about their delicious and creative candy. What exactly is Papabubble? We are a handmade candy shop that specializes in hard candy with images or words inside, the perfect candy for weddings, parties and special events. When did Papabubble begin? Papabubble was founded in Barcelona in 2004 with the goal of bringing back the charm of hand crafted sweets. How is Papabubble candy made? Our candy is made from 5 simple ingredients: water, sugar, glucose, flavor and color. After boiling and melting all the ingredients, we pour the molten sugar onto our water cooled table. P.S. Related:  Hallmarks of Bad Parenting that are Actually Good For Kids...homemaking ideasDo It Yourself One

Shave and Save on Women's Razors -- Savings Experiment Experts show you how to cut back on the costs of women's razors. Women's razors can come with a variety of features -- multiple blades, gel strips, etc. -- many of which also increase their cost. Every woman is looking for a close, comfortable shave, but which products offer the best blades for your buck? These days, drugstore shelves are lined with various models that come with extra conveniences and added moisture strips, but the truth is, almost all razors do the exact same thing. So, the best way to save on the product is by making them last longer. So, the next time you get tempted to buy that pretty pearlized pink option, think again.

Inspiration : bird tattoos + DIY temporary tattoos I've been having a love affair with bird motifs since many years now, so my heart skipped a beat when I saw a flock of birds' tattoo for the first time. I've been collecting them since then. I know bird tattoos are currently super trendy, but I love them anyway! As far as I'm concerned, I'm not ready for a tattoo (I have a VERY low tolerance to pain), so as an alternative, I opted for temporary transfer tattoos! Yes, just like those we found as inserts in bubble gums when we were kids. You need : 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3. It can last up to 7 days, but mine started cracking after 4 days, so I dissolved it with baby oil. I felt like a little girl, and it was super fun!

How About Orange Fruit Balloons DIY May 3 by Brittany Watson Jepsen We’ve been planning a “fruit party” for a few years now, the gist is that everyone brings an exotic fruit and we, the hosts, provide a batch of the more common kinds. Who doesn’t want to feast on a smorgasboard of Mother Earth’s natural sweets? You will need: balloons (make sure to get some long ones for bananas), green paper for leaves, twine, scissors, tape Step 1: Blow up your balloons. Step 4: Crease the leaf to provide the 3D effect. photography by Hilda Grahnat Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Oh Happy Day! Less is the New More: Making the Most of Small Spaces Good Design For Living in Small ApartmentsAs people migrate to smaller spaces, good design helps a lot. This is something they figured out in Europe long ago, that if you don't have a lot of horizontal room you can go vertical. Tumidei in Italy makes some of the nicest stuff, like this unit with lots of storage under the bed. This unit just raises the floor high enough for beds to slide under. This one looks a bit clinical, but has two single beds plus a pull-out double bed in between. When you read in the New York Times that professional couples with children are moving into small one-bedroom apartments in Manhattan and sleeping in closets, perhaps this stuff could be useful. None of this stuff is cheap, nor, as far as I can tell is it available in North America, but there are ideas here that demonstrate how people can share a space and still get a little privacy, a good place to work and a lot of storage in a very small envelope. Like this?

DIY Washi Tape Laptop Keyboard Look whose little old MacBook got a facelift this weekend! I spotted this idea from minifanfan on Making It Lovely last week and just had to give it my own spin. I purchased my Japanese washi tape from Le Box Boutique on Etsy. There are hundreds of washi tape sellers but I chose Le Box because they allow you to purchase tape by the foot rather than having to purchase the entire roll. They were very easy to interact with and I would definitely recommend them if you’re looking to purchase washi tape! I chose these ten patterns but only ended up using eight of them on my keyboard. I first thoroughly cleaned my keyboard with rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt or oil that might keep the tape from sticking. I originally wanted to do all the keys, including the small keys in the top row, but the tape seemed to have a harder time sticking to the small keys. This project was a bit tedious but simple – perfect for a few hours in front of the tv. What do you think? Tagged as: craft, diy, tutorial

2 Super Simple Sangria Recipes If you've never had Sangria before you are in for a treat. I adore wine but it can be so fun to add seasonal fruits (plus a sweetener). I love how Sangria can be super informal, like fruit punch. Plum and Grape Red Sangria, makes one large pitcher. Needed: 2 bottles of red wine (any kind you prefer), 4 cups juice (I used pomegranate, but you could also use grape or blueberry), 4 sliced plums, 3-4 handfuls sliced grapes and a few cubes of watermelon. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. White Raspberry and Citrus Sangria, makes one large pitcher. Needed: 2 bottles of white wine (any kind you prefer), 3 cups orange juice, 2 sliced oranges, 2-3 handfuls of white raspberries. You can add any kinds of fresh fruits you have one hand, so feel free to experiment.

Kids Plates DIY May 10 This post is sponsored by Hidden Valley Ranch. This genius project is by Alexis Birkmeyer and I love it. These plates would be so great for a kids party or even just for dinnertime. Kids can create scenes from their food before they eat it. Find the full instructions and photos after the jump. Supplies Needed: Free printable template (download here), an oven-safe plate (we used the medium size of these), a Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Marker, a pair of scissors, a pencil and a ball point pen. Concept, styling, and photos by Alexis Birkmeyer. Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

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