Monday, July 16, 2018

My Unpopular Opinions

Hey cupcakes! I haven't really done any "fun"/random posts recently, so I thought I would today! I have seen Unpopular Opinion posts floating around Bloglovin' for awhile now, and it seemed like a interesting thing to write about for The Chic Cupcake.... Without further to do, here are some of my very own "unpopular" opinions! :)

1. The Harry Potter book series isn't very good - Now before you unfollow me or faint from disbelief, I think they are just fine.... But not like super duper amazing like basically everyone thinks.

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At the time I read Harry Potter growing up, I also was reading my favorite book series of all time: Septimus Heap (read my Favorite (and Least Favorite) Books of all Time to hear more about it!). So, maybe I just didn't like them because I found another great series....

2. Sephora is a waste of money - I know, I know, I'm a blogger who writes about beauty sometimes... But I still think that the prices at Sephora are way to high. I'm more of a drugstore makeup girl because you can definitely find products that are the same quality as the more expensive brands.

3. Watching TV for too long is boring - I physically don't see how people can binge watch shows on Netflix, Hulu, etc. I don't have a TV or any type of TV subscription, and I'm going to keep it that way for awhile. Sure it's fun to watch a episode of The Bachelorette from time to time, but I don't understand how people can sit and watch full seasons of shows... I get so bored of staring at a screen (which I do at work everyday haha so I try to limit myself when I'm home).

4. Cake is not a good dessert - People seem to really like cake, but I am basically indifferent to it. I defs have a sweet tooth, but I'd rather have some other sugar!

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5. Titanic is a terrible movie - Lol, I bring this up because my boyfriend LOVES Titanic. He has seen the film probably over a hundred times... And I thought it was terrible.

6. Celebrities and their gossip aren't that cool - There are so many people who can name every actor, actresss, singer, etc. as well as all their juicy secrets... But I just don't think celebrities and their "drama" are that interesting. I'd rather focus my time on people I actually know.

7. The newest Star Wars episodes are the best ones - Basically just because of Kylo Ren, but still ;)

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What are some of your unpopular opinions? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Love,
Jenna

Friday, July 13, 2018

DIY: Lemon Door Mat

Hey cupcakes! I was scrolling through Pinterest a few weeks ago, when I saw this adorable lemon door mat.... It would make an apartment look super cute for summer, so I thought there must be a way to DIY something like this. And there is! Today I want to share with you all how you can make your very own lemon door mat. Let's get started!

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What You Need
-White/tan door mat (if you can find a circular one, that would be best!)
-Scissors/something to cut with
-Yellow spray paint
-White spray paint
-Scrap paper or tape

What To Do
1. Cut the door mat into a lemon shape! If you found a circular door mat, just cut it in half. For square/rectangular mats, trace the half circle before cutting to ensure you get the exact shape you want :)
2. Spray paint the whole mat yellow! Depending on the color of your door mat, you might need to spray it with a couple of coats.
3. Let the mat dry.
4. Using either paper or tape, cover up the areas that you want to stay yellow.... This will be around the edge of the "lemon slice" and in the middle for the wedges.

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5. Spray paint the uncovered areas with white. Again, you may need multiple coats.
6. Let dry completely.
7. Take off the tape and/or paper and enjoy your new summer door mat! :D

What door mat do you use for the summer months? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

Love,
Lemony Jenna <3

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Storytime: Attacked by a BIRD?!

Hey cupcakes! The last time I did a storytime post was months ago (wow!), so I figured I owed it to all my loyal readers to share another hilarious story from my life... Unfortunately for me, this one took place quite recently... Let's get started!

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^All of you when reading about my life :P
So, the apartment complex I am staying at has two different parking lots. One is right next to the building (and tends to fill up quickly) while the other is across the street. I had gone to the grocery store the previous night, so by the time I got back, I had to park in the further lot.

The next morning, I had plans to go to church (as it was a Sunday). I got up, made breakfast, got dressed in a cute sundress, braided my hair, and finished getting ready - the typical morning in my life. After grabbing my keys and purse, I headed out the door.

This particular Sunday was gorgeous - I totally didn't mind that I had to walk a bit further to get to the second parking lot. There are two beautiful trees on each side of this lot's driveway, so I was just enjoying nature as I continued to walk to my car.

About halfway to my vehicle, I felt a rush of air pretty dang close to my head. I turned around and saw a bird land on the ground and then turn to swoop at me again.

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^Basically my new fear

I started walking a bit faster (because who wants to feel threatened by a bird) and THE BIRD SWOOPED AGAIN AND LANDED ON MY HEAD. Like I felt it CLAW MY SCALP.

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My first thought: Yell at it (wtf are you Cinderella?! The bird can't understand you!)

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What I actually did: Scream and run the rest of my way to my car - lol.

Overall, the bird didn't do much damage (other than forcing me to redo part of the braid I had done in my hair), but I REFUSE to park in that lot anymore. Honestly, I was more offended than anything that a bird would choose to attack me (cuz I think I look pretty harmless haha) I'm assuming there is a nest in one of those trees, but I ain't risking it... Morale of the story: blackbirds can be very aggresive.

Have you ever been attacked by a bird? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a storytime post! ;)

Love,
Jenna (aka Enemy of Birds)

Monday, July 9, 2018

Recipe: Simple & Tasty Overnight Oats

Hey cupcakes! After eating Cheerios for like two weeks straight for breakfast, I realized that I needed to branch out in my morning options... I decided to give overnight oats a try and thought I would share the recipe with you all today :)

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What You Need
-1/2 cup quick oats (I buy mine in the bulk section!)
-1/2 cup + 1/8 cup OR 3/4 cup milk (the first measurement is if you don't like the oats watery while the second will have leftover milk even after soaking overnight)
-Brown sugar
-Fresh fruit
-Mason jar

What To Do
1. Pour in your quick oats to your mason jar.
2. Add a couple small scoops of brown sugar (optional, but super tasty!).
3. Pour in the milk.
4. Place mason jar in the fridge and let soak overnight.
5. In the morning, chop up whatever fruit you would like (I have been using local cherries recently) and mix into your oats.
6. Enjoy! Such a simple breakfast! :)

Overnight oats are great because you can add basically anything you want into them: peanut butter, chocolate, honey, chia seeds, dried fruit, etc. etc.

What do you like in your overnight oats? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Love,
Jenna <3

Friday, July 6, 2018

10 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Consumption

Hey cupcakes! A couple of weeks ago I posted a review of Beth Terry's book, Plastic Free... After reading this book and No Impact Man by Colin Beavan, I vowed to live a lower waste lifestyle to do my part in helping the planet (and to improve my own quality of living).

Unfortunately, as my internship got more busy I will admit that I have faltered in some of my sustainability efforts. However, failing is all part of the journey, so I was excited to see that it is currently Plastic-Free July. You can register for this challenge and vow to reduce your plastic consumption for the month of July, so I saw this as an opportunity to hold myself accountable to continue switching to a lower-waste lifestyle.

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Ever since I started this journey, I have actually been SO surprised at how simple getting rid of certain plastics can be. To help any of you all who also want to reduce your plastic usage (as it is bad for both you and the environment), here are ways you can do so:

1. Bring your own mug when you get coffee/tea in the morning - I'm not a coffee drinker, but many people go to Starbucks every single morning. Think about all those plastic straws, cups, and lids that end up in the landfill or oceans (and then never actually decay). Did you know that plastics in the ocean break down into micro plastics that we end up consuming later down the food chain? Yuck. Seems simple enough to bring your own glass/stainless steel mug with you each day.

2. Try to avoid takeout containers - Instead of eating out, eat in! This will save on Styrofoam and plastic clamshells...Or bring a container with you to take out food!

3. Make snacks instead of buying individually wrapped ones - This one has been a struggle for me recently, as my office has three huge drawers full of snacks that are all wrapped in plastic. If you were to bake some cookies over the weekend (or buy snacks from the bulk bins), you can save plastic AND avoid nasty preservatives/additives in food.

4. Order your water without a straw - Surprisingly, I have only had one waiter question me when I have asked for "A water with no straw, please". Easy switch!

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5. Use bar soap instead of body wash - Body wash comes in a plastic bottle just like most body care products, but it is the easiest to switch out for a bar of soap. Places like LUSH even sell soap with no packaging at all!

6. Buy loose vegetables when you can - Why buy broccoli in plastic wrap when you can just buy it with no plastic?

7. Switch to reusable shopping bags AND reusable produce bags - I bought these mesh bags on Amazon for only $13! Instead of using the plastic produce bags/bulk bags at the store, just use these instead (and pop them in the wash after you use them).



8. Use mason/glass jars instead of plastic Tupperware - Plastics leach into food, which doesn't sound too appealing to me... Plus, glass jars make a fridge look so organized!

9. Find alternatives for Ziploc bags - Use mason jars, reusable cloth Ziploc bags, etc. instead of using a bunch of Ziplocs every day. The best part about this is that you get to save a bunch of money by not buying them! :)

10. NEVER USE A PLASTIC WATER BOTTLE AGAIN - Did you know that bottled water is LESS regulated than tap water? I'd rather drink tap water in a reusable bottle thank you very much.

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What do you do to reduce your plastic consumption? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

If you are interested in also trying to live lower-waste, check out my post Living a Lower-Waste Lifestyle 101 :)

Love,
Sustainable Jenna <3
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