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Things I {don't} Love Thursday- Linky Party!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I started doing Things I {don't} Love Thursdays. A few people commented saying they would like it if this were a linky party, so that's exactly what I've decided to do! 

It's pretty simple: all you have to do is make a blog post about things you don't love, or things you currently don't like. It could be anything. You know how everyone does Things I Love Thursday? Just do that but think of things you hate. Easy peasy, right? It could be a pop culture trend, a beauty item, a fashion trend, a hairstyle, a restaurant, a book, a movie, a person (keep it clean people!), a song, a store, etc, etc, etc. You can do just one thing you don't like or you can do 20. Got it? Good. Make sure to follow me via GFC {under my picture in the left column}, add the button below to your blog or blog post {or link to this blog}, and then link up your Things I {don't} Love Thursday post! Make sure to follow me via Twitter as well so we can tweet each other about our mutual dislikes! :) 

Soooooooo, here's what I'm currently not loving:

1. Mid Season Finales 
Really AMC? How could you do this to me after it was getting so good? Yes, it's true...this Sunday {Dec 6th} is the mid season finale for season 3. That means we won't see Rick, The Governor, or that crazy one armed guy again until sometime in February, 2013. Lame! Merry Christmas to you too AMC.

2. Two ingredient Pinterest recipes
You've seen those on Pinterest, right? You know, the ones the say "Awesome! Only 2 ingredients! Super easy & soooooo yummy!!! Must try!" I have to admit that I was skeptical, so I decided to try one out around Thanksgiving. The one pictured above is supposed to be pumpkin spice cookies, made with only a box of spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin. Mix together, drop onto cookie sheet, bake for X amount of time, then devour. Mine went like this: Mix together, almost break your wrist trying to stir this thick ass "cookie" dough, drop clumpy spoonfuls onto cookie sheet, bake, take a bite, spit out in trash, dump entire tray of cookies into garbage, spoon leftover dough into garbage, and finally sit and be pissy that you were duped into thinking these things would be edible.

3. Target trying to be all fancy
Now don't get me wrong...I love me some Target. It's like one of the happiest places on earth for me, along with Hobby Lobby and Barnes & Noble. However, I'm kind of getting annoyed with some of these "fancy" high end changes Target has been making. I went to pick up a few kitchen items like a new dish rack, some oven mitts, and a couple of dish towels. I was shocked at the prices of the kitchen linens there! They only had 2 designer brands...that was it! There was no cheaper option or anything. I was not about to pay $5.99 for 1 dish towel so I had to go elsewhere. Boo Target! I love you but I can't afford most of your stuff now :(

It's your turn to link up your Things I {don't} Love Thursday post below. Remember to follow me and grab a button! Visit some other blogs and have fun. Can't wait to see what's bugging you guys!

And don't forget to vote for your favorite link up from November's The Pinspiration Project! The winner will be crowned as our Queen & she wins ad space on all three of the hosts' blogs! (Lulu & Sweet Pea, Fortune Favors, and My Three Bittles). It takes one second to vote & you don't need to register for anything or fill anything out- just one click!

Lulu & Sweet Pea

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500 followers? No way!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I was so surprised to see that my blog recently hit 500 GFC followers!

500? How did that happen? 
Thank you guys so much! It really means a lot to me that you guys like my blog.
For all of my new followers, check out my about me section to get a little info about yours truly.
Feel free to shoot me an email at m(dot)swenson(at)hotmail(dot)com

Also, take a look at your address bar up at the top of the screen (you know...the place where you type the web address that you want to go to).
I decided it was finally time to buy a domain name! 
I'm now officially LuluandSweetPea.com
Yay! No more outdated, blogspot url for me!
I feel like it's kind of like my blog is official now that I have my own url.

Thanks again for all of your support of my blog. I have some really awesome readers!

The Pinspiration Project- Voting Time!

Monday, November 26, 2012

It's time to vote for your favorite link up from The Pinspiration Project for November! Remember, the winner gets ad space on Lulu & Sweet PeaMy Three Bittles, & Fortune Favors



Today we won't be linking up...just voting! So take a break from creating and take a moment to vote for your favorite link up from TPP this month. These are a combination of the most clicked on link ups  as well as Amber, Sarah, & my favorites from the month. All you have to do is click on the little star under the picture & name of your favorite one. The winner will be crowned as The Pinspiration Project Queen and will also win large ad space on all three of the hosts' blogs!



Weekend Wrap Up

 Thanks to everyone who participated and linked up! I so appreciate all of you who come back every week to link up your Pinterest-y projects. We really love seeing them all & I hope you enjoy linking up with us.
Grab a feature button, gals!

Don't forget to check out my lovely co-hosts Amber & Sarah's favorites from this week too :) If you don't already follow them you should!!! They are awesome.

This week we won't be linking up...we'll be voting! Come back on Tuesday to vote for your favorite project from November!

So this week...

I showed you my copycat Starbucks holiday drink. YUM!

Things got Pinteresting

My son got his first guitar (more on that later)

My sister in law sent us a package. Yay!!!

It was Thanksgiving! And I haven't even uploaded any pictures yet. 

My blog hit 500 followers! I can't believe it. Thanks guys!

My Teal Side Table was featured on I {heart} Naptime. What an honor! I love that blog.

Aaaaaaand I also won an awesome Harry Potter giveaway!
All in all, it was a great week! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend & a great Thanksgiving!

Oh, how Pinteresting

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for...

 I'm linking up again with Michelle from The Vintage Apple.
My pins don't really have a theme or anything this week. It's just a random jumble of stuff I haphazardly pinned at 1 o'clock in the morning.
 

French toast casserole for Thanksgiving breakfast. Sounds yummy and easy.


I don't even know what these are but they are owls & they are cute.
 Source: jossandmain.com  via DIY Show Off  on  Pinterest

 A realistic look at pilgrims
Source:mommyhuh.com  via Jennifer on Pinterest

 I want a drawer like this!
Source:Pinterest Mobile App  via Sarah on Pinterest

 Skull patches on the elbows-cute.
 Source:cottoncandyyou via  Azure on Pinterest

Catching Fire
 Source: breadinhotchocolate.tumblr.com/  via  Katharine on Pinterest

Haha.
 Source: 25.media.tumblr.com  via Jade on Pinterest

Drug store vs department makeup...the best copycats!

A cute pj pant tutorial.
Source: flickr.com  via Sonja on Pinterest 

Pillowcase nightgowns! Adorable.
Source: bridgetbaxter.blogs via Kelly on Pinterest 
She fits right in!
 Source: iwonnabeforeveryoung.tumblr.com via Danielle on Pinterest 

Free cute fonts. Love the candy cane one.
Source: kaylaaimee.com via Melissa on Pinterest

 If only! That would be so much more convenient for me.
  Source: Uploaded Pins  via Melissa on Pinterest
 Cute little apron that looks too hard for me to make.
 Source: myhomespunthreads.blogspot.com  via Kelly on Pinterest
 I laughed out loud at this one. I better get mine to my husband!
 Source: someecards.com via Neely on Pinterest

Have you ever made something from Pinterest? Because if so I'd love for you to link up to The Pinspiration Project! 

 

Copycat Recipe: Starbucks Caramel Brulee Latte {Holiday Drink!}

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I have a confession.
I'm not a huge Starbucks fan.
I've had so many people look at me like I'm crazy when I've said that, but it's true! Sorry Sbux fans but I think their coffee is too bitter & sometimes burnt tasting.

I do, however, enjoy their seasonal holiday beverages!
 My favorite has to be the Caramel Brulee Latte one, and I may or may not be guilty of buying one almost every single day in November & December. (At $4.45 for a grande I don't even want to think of what the math is on that). 

Luckily I did some researching and figured out what exactly is in the caramel brulee latte that gives it it's signature flavor. It's not just caramel, because I've had a caramel latte before.

Here's the {not so}secret ingredients:
Lulu & Sweet Pea

It's vanilla syrup and caramel sauce (like caramel ice cream topping). 
Here's how you can make your own at home:

1. Drizzle 2 Tbsp caramel sauce around inside of mug
2. Add 1-2oz of Torani vanilla syrup
3. Add 2-4oz espresso or strongly brewed coffee
4. Fill the rest of the mug with about 8-10oz of steamed milk.
Stir & enjoy! 

Lulu & Sweet Pea

These measurements are not exact because they could vary depending on the size of the drink you make & how strong you like your lattes. I used a fairly large mug & I like double shots, so I probably used the larger measurements from above. You can also adjust the vanilla & caramel to your desired sweetness too, of course.

The first one I made tasted exactly like the ones at Starbucks, except I used my favorite brand of coffee so it wasn't as bitter. So all in all, I think my version is better! And it's a fraction of the cost. Can't beat that.

Lulu & Sweet Pea

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