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Fabulous Friday Finds

Probably the hottest video out this week…. and I just got a chance to watch it.  I know, I know.  I should have watched it at the first mention I saw on Facebook—because it’s that good.  Really.

Watch it.  Pass it on.  The message is from a most unexpected (at least by me) person in the most unexpected place, but give it a chance.  You might just find that Chris is an unexpected gem.  I did.

One of my favorite lines:  “Build a life–don’t live one.  Build one.”


What was your favorite line?

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Seems like so many of our favorite finds are DIY projects…. and so many are jewelry projects.  Hmmmm, does that mean we like to make jewelry or that we like to dream about making jewelry?  Or perhaps a little of both?


Easy Ettika Bow Bracelet from The Quiet Lion art blog


Lovelovelove this adorable Easy Ettika Bow Bracelet from the Quiet Lion.  How cute would this be done in holiday colors/patterns?


DIY Charm Bracelet from What I Wore


As a {wannabe} world traveler, I {hope to} collect coins from all the countries I visit and make one of these fantastic DIY Charm Bracelets from What I Wore.  I do have a few foreign coins but hope to add a lot more in years to come.  What a fun way to remember all the awesome places I tick off my bucket list!


DIY Celine Inspired Knot Bracelet from A Splendid Assemblage


Wouldn’t this fun DIY Celine Inspired Knot Bracelet from A Splendid Assemblage be a memorable project to make during a slumber party?


Wish Bracelets from Happy Hour Projects


I’ve wished on {and FOR} a lot of things before, but never used a bracelet as a Wish Delivering System.  Must try these Wish Bracelets from Happy Hour Projects and see if I have better luck with them!


Katarina Braid Bracelet from Not Only Quilts


Not Only Quilts has some gorgeous braids on her site and one of my favorites is the Katarina Braid Bracelet.  Not sure I can manage the closure, but the braid is beautiful and her tutorial seems really easy to follow.


Tell me, what fabulous things did you find this week?

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Some of our favorite things from this week’s excursions in the interwebs…..


Dean Russo art


Love the artwork of Dean Russo.  Talented NY pop artist.  The colors are so….. perfect.  This Firu one has great wisdom too.


DIY Chandelier from Brassy Apple


Brassy Apple has a great tutorial on how to make this cute DIY Chandelier that caught Ariel’s eye.  It’s colorful and blingy.  What else could a girl want?


DIY infinity scarf by Anna Evers at Plan B


We’ve been looking at infinity scarves for a while now.  Love this DIY version by Anna Evers at Plan B!


DIY Hummingbird Mister Birdbath from Birds & Bloom


Who knew hummingbirds loved to be misted?  Not us.  Well, maybe Grammy does, but she hadn’t told us.  If we get inspired, we might make one of these DIY Hummingbird Mister Birdbaths from Birds & Bloom.  (and if she’s reading this, she might make it before we get a chance to!)


Skillet Pizza Monkey Bread from Pillsbury.com


I’m always on the look-out for easy meals.  And not just easy for me to make…easy for my family to love!  This Skillet Pizza Monkey Bread from Pillsbury sounds like it would be fun to make and eat!


What fabulous finds found you this week?





Have you seen the now-viral video of the World’s Cutest Frog?

Check it out:




How adorable is that?!

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Some of my favorite things from this week:




There’s nothing worse than having socks peeking out from a sweet pair of ballet flats.  Thank goodness for Keysocks!


nail polish storage from Fab Fatale


Love the creative nail polish idea from Fab Fatale!  We will definitely be doing this for Ariel’s growing collection!!


wreaths from vintage Christmas ornaments from Georgia Peachez


I came across this beautiful Christmas wreath from Georgia Peachez and am so going to make one!  (Would love to use some old family ornaments if I can talk my parents into letting me have them!  Hint, hint!)


 Personalized Hershey Kisses from Belle Styles


From one holiday to the next…. I know that these personalized Hershey’s Kisses from Belle Styles are being used as wedding favors, but why couldn’t they be used as Valentines?  I’m totally thinking about doing something like this for our teachers from the PTA!


The Color Run


Remember the Color Me Rad 5K that I mentioned a few weeks ago?  Guess what?  There’s another similar type of race—The Color Run!  I’m not sure of the differences between the two–if you know, please let me know!–but they do go to some of the same cities, but also some different ones.  So if you can’t make it to one, maybe you can make it to another.  I’m telling you, this looks like SO. MUCH. FUN.

And if you’re not sure about getting ready to run a 5K (I am not in 5K shape, I promise!), The Color Run posted this Beginner 5K Plan on Facebook a little while back.  Sounds like a reasonable plan.  Now to start working it!


The Color Run Beginner 5K Plan


What were your favorite discoveries this week?


It’s Friday and I’m betting you’re dying to see what fabulous-ness we’ve found this week!

Here ya go!


DIY Rhinestone Bangle from four flights of fancy


Love these DIY wrapped rhinestone bracelets (complete with tutorial!) from four flights of fancy!


Grip & Tip Nail Polish Holder


Have I ever told you about the spots of nail polish on Ariel’s comforter?  No?  What about the spots of nail polish on my office rug?  No?  Hmmmm…. perhaps I didn’t say anything because I assumed you had the same spots.  ;)    I’m thinking this Grip & Tip Holder looks like it might provide a little insurance against spills….  (this is an Amazon link because I followed a link on Pinterest that led me nowhere but I was determined to showcase this cutie!)


Messy Desk Solution from The Stonybrook House


We are in the middle of the same organizational craze that the rest of the {blogging} world is… and are determined to get rid of everything in our house–or cute-i-fy it.  I think this Messy Desk Solution from The Stonybrook House is an awesome way to decorate some of our favorite keepers.


DIY Outdoor Drink Holders from Positively Splendid and The Homes I Have Made


Being lucky enough to live in South Carolina, we enjoy warm weather almost year ’round.  And that makes being outside a big part of life here.  I love the idea of this DIY Outdoor Drink Holder by The Homes I Have Made featured on Positively Splendid.


Color Me Rad


Probably the coolest 5K I’ve ever heard of, Color Me Rad looks like a blast!!  Ariel and I are talking about doing it!!  Have you ever heard of such a fun run?

Here’s a video from the Color Me Rad YouTube channel:



For the First Friday of January, I decided to feature some of my new favorite blogs and a few of their posts that I loved.

One of Ariel’s Christmas presents (and one that she was most frightened of!) was a sewing machine.  Both of my grandmothers and my mom are all seamstresses; it seems only natural that Ariel should be able to apply her innate creativity to bolts and bobbins.  This list of Sewing Tips for Beginners from Cold Hands Warm Heart seems to be a wonderful starting point for her lessons (those will commence after her cast is removed!)


sewing tips for beginners from Cold Hands Warm Heart


I mentioned earlier how excited Ariel was about her Christmas gift of washi tape.  Imagine if we actually made our own, à la the DIY Printed Paper Tape tutorial from Aesthetic Nest!!!!


DIY Printed Paper Tape Tutorial from Aesthetic Nest


Homespun Happenings created a detailed tutorial on how to make a rustic wooden sign.  Since Ariel’s such an artist, I think I will enlist her help in making some new home decor!!


rustic sign tutorial from Homespun Happenings


Surely the yummiest non-chocolate food item I’ve seen in quite a while, the Beer-Candied Bacon from Tide & Thyme is on my soon-to-make list!


Beer-Candied Bacon from Tide & Thyme


And finally, I loved the list of cheer-me-ups that White House Black Shutters put together here:  31 Ways to Stop Having a Bad Day.


31 Things You Can Do to Cure a Bad Day from White House Black Shutters


Of course, just reading that title made me think of the “Bad Day” song from Daniel Powter, so I am including it here so you can enjoy having the tune stuck in your head today too.  Because I love you that much.  ;)


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I scream, you scream, we all scream for …


Yes, it’s time for the Watermelon Version of Fabulous Friday Finds!!  Ariel and I love watermelon.   Plain, fancy, it doesn’t matter.  We just enjoy it sooo much.  If you love watermelon as much as we do, you might find some of these ideas perfect for an end of summer party.

For a different appetizer, I think it would be yummy to start with Watermelon Salsa!!


For the grown-ups who enjoy their adult beverages with a child-like joy, how about serving these Watermelon Blackberry Poptails?


And of course, the kids want an adult-style drink! How about these Watermelon Frostys? (Or should it be Frosties??? However it’s spelled, they look scrumptious!)


I think a Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint sounds divine!!


To provide the perfect finale, how about these beautiful Watermelon Lime Sorbet Slices?


Do you have a favorite way to fancy up watermelon? Do tell!


It was such a simple, easy mission.  Should have been in-out-done.

I was looking for some craft ideas to entertain Ariel and her BFF, who is coming over for a spend-the-night tonight.

On Pinterest.

And we allllll know how that ends.

Hours later, I emerged with way more ideas than twenty tweens could manage to create at one party.  (well, between the giggling and nail painting and giggling and hair styling and giggling and movie watching and giggling, there’s just not that much time for crafting!)

And also I found TONS of great patriotic/4th of July ideas and since it’s that time of year, decided to share them with you.  A few are featured here.  The rest are on my Pinterest board.  :D

(Are you on Pinterest yet?  If not, just send me an email at thetweenandme (AT) gmail (DOT) com and I’ll send you an invite!)

And of course, the tween craft ideas I found will be featured here soon–maybe with some of our projects (hits and misses)!!

On to the 4th of July ideas!!

Some cute wreath ideas:

This one from The Creative Imperative looks to be the inspiration for some of the others, judging by the bloggers’ comments:

Patriotic wreath from The Creative Imperative

This variation from The Cellar Door Stories did cute buttons instead of stars:

Patriotic wreath from The Cellar Door Stories

And this variation from Naptime Crafts made cute smaller stars:

Patriotic wreath from Naptime Crafts

I love seeing how different artists interpret projects and make them their own!

And moving on to patriotic food ideas….

I love these beautiful cupcakes and this stunning cake from My Cake School.

Patriotic cupcakes from My Cake School

Patriotic Cake from My Cake School

Love these flag cookies from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle, but I’m not at all sure I could ever I’m totally sure I couldn’t make something this beautiful!

Flag cookies from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle

And since I’m making dips for a party this weekend, I’m definitely going to try out this awesome dip topper (who ever thought of such a brilliant idea?!   ♥!) from Hungry Happenings:

Patriotic dip topper from Hungry Happenings

Snow cone cupcakes from Bakerella take summer desserts to a whole new level:

Snow Cone Cupcakes from Bakerella

Ariel would devour alllll of these Patriotic Fruit Pops from Bakers Royale if she could!

4th of July Fruit Pops from Bakers Royale

This trifle from The Girl Who Ate Everything is so pretty and, like she says, trifles are soooo easy!

Patriotic trifle from The Girl Who Ate Everything

And for some “me” time after all your crafting and baking and creating efforts, try this beautiful manicure from Chloe’s Nails:

Patriotic manicure from Chloe's Nails

Well, that’s just a sampling of the fantastic ideas I found online of ways to celebrate America’s birthday.  So many creative projects, so little time!!

Are you decorating/baking/creating for the 4th?  Share some of your ideas???  Please!!!


Just one today, but it’s a good one!  Loving the clips from the upcoming Disney movie Brave!  I think Merida rocks and cannot wait to see this headstrong girl rule the world!!

Here’s the official tidbit of info being shared by Disney: 

Set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, Disney•Pixar’s “Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to change her fate, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane), unleashing chaos in the kingdom. When she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters), she is granted an ill-fated wish and the ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her resources—including her mischievous triplet brothers—to undo a beastly curse and discover the meaning of true bravery. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor. Opens on June 22, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

Here’s the clip of “Fergus Shares a Legend”–hope you enjoy it!!

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