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Cheesecake Churro Cupcakes

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these decadent Cheesecake Churro Cupcakes! Filled with cheesecake filling and topped with cream cheese frosting and a cinnamon sprinkle!

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with these decadent Cheesecake Churro Cupcakes! Filled with cheesecake filling and topped with cream cheese frosting and a cinnamon sprinkle! | Cinco de Mayo | Cinnamon cupcakes | Fiesta cupcakes - Do It Your Freaking Self

Let me start this story by saying that my room mate and I once took a midnight Churro run and it was the best decision we ever made. There’s a place down the street from our apartment that makes them fresh and fills them. You can even get a churro ice cream sandwich!

I’m a little obsessed with Churros, so if you thought you were the only one – Fear not! You’re not alone! On my first trip to Disneyland (I was 27 thank you!) I ate way more than I’m comfortable with admitting. There is just something to be said for that crispy outside, gooey inside and a hefty sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. And well, I wasn’t on any type of diet so I pretty much ate my way through Disneyland and all of my happy feelings. It was amazing! These cupcakes? Well they’re kind of my homage to those wonderfully delicious tubes of yum. The cream cheese icing? It pairs perfectly with the cupcakes since it’s not too sweet and compliments the cinnamon sugar!

Cheesecake Churro Cupcakes

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these decadent Cheesecake Churro Cupcakes! Filled with cheesecake filling and topped with cream cheese frosting and a cinnamon sprinkle! | Cinco de Mayo | Cinnamon cupcakes | Fiesta cupcakes - Do It Your Freaking Self

Ingredients:
1 box white cake mix
2 tbl Cinnamon
3 Eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup sour cream

Filling:
1 box cheesecake pudding
1 1/2 cup milk

Frosting:
8 oz cream cheese (room temp)
1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp milk
2 tbl cinnamon sugar

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Fringe Cupcake Toppers

Add some fun flare to your Cinco De Mayo or Pinata party with these fun Fringe Cupcake Toppers! They also double as drink stirrers for a bright and colorful addition to your drinks!

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Add some fun flare to your Cinco De Mayo or Pinata party with these fun Fringe Cupcake Toppers! They also double as drink stirrers for a bright and colorful addition to your drinks! | Cinco de Mayo | Pinata | Party Decor | Do It Your Freaking Self

Sometimes you just need bright colors, a margarita, and a taco. Yep, Cinco De Mayo is almost here and it’s time to really impress your friends by making all the fun things for your celebration! Now, I’m all for letting cupcakes stand on their own merits. They’re tasty, they look pretty, and usually if there’s a lot of garnish, it’s over compensating. However! For Cinco De Mayo, I hold to the theory that more is more… but keep it classy. These Fringe Cupcake Toppers will look perfect on your Cheesecake Churro Cupcakes and in your glass as you stir that margarita. They’ll also look super adorable at your birthday party when you match the color scheme of decor. Basically, it’s like a fiesta just looking at them so you should make them because they’re easy and fun and cheap. K?

Add some fun flare to your Cinco De Mayo or Pinata party with these fun Fringe Cupcake Toppers! They also double as drink stirrers for a bright and colorful addition to your drinks! | Cinco de Mayo | Pinata | Party Decor | Do It Your Freaking Self

Fringe Cupcake Toppers

Supplies:
6 inch wooden skewers
Bright colored tissue paper
Glue runner or glue stick
Scissors

Time: 15 minutes
Cost: $5 or less
Bringing the party? YES!
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58 Awesome Pool Floats You Can Find on Amazon

Your swimming pool should be home to giant flamingos, unicorns and champagne dreams this summer! Check out this season’s hottest pool floats!

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I don’t know about you guys but my instagram feed has been FULL of awesome summer pool floats. It’s enough to make me want to take a vacation to Palm Springs and never leave. And no. I don’t care if I look pasty white or that I don’t have a beach body. It’s summer and I’m gonna have fun, no matter what anyone thinks!

Okay, so pool floats. I know a lot of people have a hard time finding fun ones or even some that are unique, so I’ve compiled the ultimate list of pool floats that you can buy on Amazon! Have a pool party in a few days? Amazon Prime it! (click the link for a 30 day free trial!)

Your swimming pool should be home to giant flamingos, unicorns and champagne dreams this summer! Check out this season's hottest pool floats!

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DIY Rose Cork Coasters

Use IKEA Avskild Placemats to create these simple rose cut out cork coasters for your next girls day or The Bachelor viewing party!

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Do you guys ever feel like you’re just spinning your wheels? Like one step forward, two steps back kinda thing? Yep. Right there with you. I’ve been trying to take a step back and get things into perspective lately. Learning what “self care” means and what it actually means for me.

Use IKEA Avskild Placemats to create these simple rose cut out cork coasters for your next girls day or The Bachelor viewing party! - Cork Coasters | Custom Coasters | The Bachelor party | The bachelorette | Girls Day

One of the things I’ve started doing is crafting just to create. For no other reason than the joy of it. I know you are all going to be flabbergasted, but I have been buying  craft kits and making all sorts of things like bunnies, macrame, scarves... etc. It has helped bring the joy of crafting back because I’m not stressed about taking photos, or being “original”, I just do.  What are you doing for self care?

These Ombre Rose Cork Coasters came out of one of those creative spurts. I was looking at supplies I had on hand and was watching the classic Beauty and the Beast and just felt like creating. I figured it might be something you all would like to try, so I repeated the project, took some photos and VOILA! All yours! Get in the zone with your bad self while you cut out tiny pieces of cork board while listening to some Gaslight Anthem… or maybe that’s just me.

Use IKEA Avskild Placemats to create these simple rose cut out cork coasters for your next girls day or The Bachelor viewing party! - Do It Your Freaking Self - Cork Coasters | Custom Coasters | The Bachelor party | The bachelorette | Girls Day

DIY Rose Cork Coasters

Supplies:
Sheets of cork board – I used placemats from IKEA
Craft knife
Hot glue or E-6000
Felt sheets in your color choice
Washi or craft tape
This template

Time: 2-3 hours for 4
Cost: $5 or less
Impressive? Yes

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16 Gifts to a Magical Adult Easter Basket

Bring back the magic of Easter morning with a Magical Adult Easter Basket for you or your bestie! Full of all things rainbow and unicorn and mythical goodness!

Bring back the magic of Easter morning with a Magical AF Adult Easter Basket for you or your bestie! Full of all things rainbow and unicorn and mythical goodness! | Adult Easter Basket | Unicorn Gifts | Spring Gifts

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Sadly, the days of hunting for Easter eggs and snuggling bunnies are over (are they though? Really?) but that doesn’t mean that Easter can’t be still be pretty awesome for adults. I’m sure I’ve talked about how much I’m going to enjoy being the Easter Bunny this year for the kiddos. That being said, I also enjoy receiving Easter baskets (wink wink, nudge nudge). This year, I am determined to have a Magical AF Easter and if your besties are as obsessed with all things unicorns and mermaids and sparkles and well… wine, then this adult easter basket gift guide is for you!  What I really wanna know though… is what is your FAVORITE Easter memory?

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Two Hearts Jammie Dodgers Recipe

Celebrate the return of Doctor Who with these Time Lord two hearts Jammie Dodgers! Crisp and sweet for a yummy snack with tea or TARDIS themed drinks!

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Sometimes a Jammie Dodger is just a cookie… but sometimes its a TARDIS self destruct button. Usually though, its just a cookie and a ploy to make Daleks believe its a self destruct button. Yep. Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey stuff. Shout out to all of my Doctor Who, Torchwood, Adventures of Sarah Jane, and Class fans. This Jammie Dodgers recipe is for you!

Celebrate the return of Doctor Who with these Time Lord two hearts Jammie Dodgers! Crisp and sweet for a yummy snack with tea or TARDIS themed drinks!

Okay, so flash back a few years. I had just met my dear friend Natalie (who makes awesome jewelry! Check it out) and she was having her 30th birthday party. I had NO CLUE what I was walking into but I ended up finding my tribe… or one of them. You see, Natalie and all of her friends were Doctor Who fans and well, so did I and that was the start to a beautiful geeky friendship. Isn’t it kind of amazing how you find your people when you’re least expecting to?

Celebrate the return of Doctor Who with these Time Lord two hearts Jammie Dodgers! Crisp and sweet for a yummy snack with tea or TARDIS themed drinks!

If you’re unfamiliar with Doctor Who… well that could take a while to explain so I’m just going to direct you to Amazon Prime where you can stream it all to your hearts content. Start with BLINK then go back. Trust me on this one.

Celebrate the return of Doctor Who with these Time Lord two hearts Jammie Dodgers! Crisp and sweet for a yummy snack with tea or TARDIS themed drinks!

Supplies: 

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DIY Zelda Pixel Heart Statement Necklace

Let your geek flag fly with a DIY Legend of Zelda Pixel Heart Statement Necklace. Pull out some perler beads and your nintendo and party like it’s 1986.

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Let your geek flag fly with a DIY Legend of Zelda Pixel Heart Statement Necklace. Pull out some perler beads and your nintendo and party like it's 1986.

Photos by Rodnesha Green of Inspired Photography

Okay, show of hands… who has been downright obsessed with the Nintendo Switch lately? If you raised your hand, you’re not the only one. The last few days have been spent in this weird pizza and wine fueled haze of Zelda: Breath of the Wild  and too few hours of sleep in between craft projects and work. I feel like I’m back in college discovering Kingdom Hearts and not coming out of my dorm room for days. You guys!!! I have regressed! Is there a support group for this? I’m sure it’ll wear off right? Right?

Okay, so video game playing aside I’m working on getting in to
uch with the side of me that says… “I don’t care what everyone thinks, if I like it, I’m gonna wear it!” That side coupled with my “Hey I can do that for cheaper” side has resulted in this really awesome geek chic perler bead statement necklace. Pretty cool right? Even better, it was basically free using products I already had on hand from other projects. Don’t worry though, start up costs are minimal and super rewarding. Especially if you have a class full of 6-12 year olds that you have to keep quiet and busy and don’t have a Disney movie handy.

Let your geek flag fly with a DIY Legend of Zelda Pixel Heart Statement Necklace. Pull out some perler beads and your nintendo and party like it's 1986.

Zelda Pixel Heart Statement Necklace

Supplies:
2 Large Square Pegboards
Black, White, Red and clear Perler or Hamma Beads
9 MM Jump rings
Red satin ribbon
Iron
Hot Glue or E6000
Pen or Awl
Parchment or Wax paper

Time: 30-60 minutes (I spent a lot of time sorting beads okay!?!)
Cost: FREE to $10 for a whole bunch
Geekery Level: a solid 6

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DIY Tassel Basket for Easter

Spruce up a simple basket for your own DIY Tassel Basket for Easter! Perfect for a grown up look with all the fun you remember when you were a kid!

Spruce up a simple basket for your own DIY Tassel Basket for Easter! Perfect for a grown up look with all the fun you remember when you were a kid!

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When I was a kid Easter was this magical experience. Like Christmas but with pastels. It’s the start of spring and the end of lent and one year we got honest to God bunnies. Like real ones! I remember waking up every year to a trail of hershey kisses or jelly beans or whatever my parents decided to lay out that year and go on this epic hunt with my sister to find our Easter baskets. They never disappointed either! Then we all dressed in super frilly dresses (because that is what one does when they’re seven years old on Easter) and headed off to Church. As an adult without my own kids, I still try to keep that magic around whether it’s with the kids I babysit for or with my friends. In recent years we’ve done Easter basket exchanges, a bit like secret santa, but you know…. with bunnies and chocolate crosses and wine. Yep. This year, I’m showing you how to make your own unique Tassel Basket for Easter goodies to impress your friends and make yourself feel classy AF.

Spruce up a simple basket for your own DIY Tassel Basket for Easter! Perfect for a grown up look with all the fun you remember when you were a kid!

DIY Tassel Basket for Easter

Supplies:
Bamboo Basket – I got mine from Target for about $2.50
Embroidery floss (12 skeins total. Mix and match colors!)
Scissors
Bulldog clip
Hot Glue
Barefoot wine (for drinking after)

Time: 30 minutes or less
Cost: $6
Classy Level: Um… it’s pretty high up there.

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Beginner Crochet Beach Bag

If you’re looking for a quick and fashionable summer project, check out this beginner crochet beach bag using the suzette stitch.

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If you’re like me, you’ve learned to crochet and you’ve got the basics down. You can single and double crochet with the best of them…. heck you are a wiz at granny squares… but you’re looking for something more practical and cute to do with your skills. Does this sound like you? Are you still in the beginner crochet step? It’s cool. This free Beginner Crochet Beach Bag is for crafters of all skill levels and makes a beautiful suzette stitch that no one will even have to know how easy it is! In fact, the suzette stitch is a great one to have in your arsenal. It works up a beautiful thick but breathable texture that is great for any number of projects.

If you're looking for a quick and fashionable summer project, check out this beginner crochet beach bag using the suzette stitch.

This inspiration for this bag came from a recent trip to the beach (because apparently Los Angeles decided to skip spring all together and go right into summer) wherein my favorite beach bag not only broke but got covered in sunscreen. Cue dramatic freaking out noise. So!!! In a fit of crochet desperation and some love for Pantone’s color of the year (and my birth stone!) I made a bag. Since it’s cotton yarn I can wash it on gentle. So if someone spills juice or apple sauce or sunscreen, I don’t have 30 minutes of wet wiping ahead of me. AND!!!! It’s versatile! If you don’t live near the beach, this bag also works wonderful as a fashionable market bag. Pretty cool right? So grab a crochet needle, sit down with Lilo and Stitch (and some other fun Disney movies) and let’s make all the things!

Beginner Crochet Beach Bag

If you're looking for a quick and fashionable summer project, check out this beginner crochet beach bag using the suzette stitch.

Supplies:

Lily Sugar ‘N Cream Solids in Mod Green (4 balls)
Size J crochet hook (I love this set from Susan Bates!)
Yarn needle
Ruler and pen or marker

Time: Weekend/Binge watch
Cost: $10
Skill level: Beginner
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DIY Rainbow Fried Egg Pillows

Add some comfy fun to your couch this spring with some DIY rainbow fried egg pillows! Easy sewing tutorial to make your own custom food throw pillow!

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Add some comfy fun to your couch this spring with some DIY rainbow fried egg pillows! Easy sewing tutorial to make your own custom food throw pillow!

Every year I promise myself that I’m going to decorate for the seasons and every year I get distracted. Sorry folks… my life is not pinterest perfect! This year I decided to go a little out of the ordinary and make some fun rainbow fried egg pillows to brighten up my living room and celebrate the season in a fun and quirky way. Because let’s be honest here as much as I love decorating eggs I kinda HATE hard boiled eggs and there is no way I’m eating those.

Fried Egg Pillows

Supplies (makes 4)
1 yard white fleece
1/4 or less yard blue, yellow, pink, purple fleece
White dual duty thread
Scissors
Sewing machine
Fabric pins
Polyfill (at least 15 oz)
Light colored Permanent marker or fabric pencil

Time: 4 Episodes of Z: The Beginning of Everything (to make 4)
Cost: $20 for fabric and polyfill
Festive level: a solid 7

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