Young and Crafty Sisters

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

High Protein Breakfast Casserole


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I wake up early for work to make an hour commute everyday.  I need a breakfast that is quick but will also keep me full for hours.  I make this high protein breakfast casserole on Sunday nights and heat it up each morning.  Takes about 30 minutes to bake on Sunday but only 45 seconds to heat up each morning. 

I cut the casserole into 5 servings, one for each day of the week.  Each serving is 200 calories and 19 grams of protein!!  This is an excellent way to eat a hot, healthy breakfast on the go and skip the drive-thru window.


Breakfast Casserole



  • 1/2 cup hash browns
  • 6 ounces spicy turkey sausage
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup Chipotle cheddar cheese


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Tips:  The frozen hash browns can often be really wet.  I like to squeeze out the excess water through a paper towel.


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Tips:  I would normally use skim milk but Brent picked out the milk this week.  Use a lower fat version to decrease the calories, or keep the higher fat option to keep you full longer!


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This is also a great way to feed a crowd for brunch or breakfast without being in the kitchen for hours.  Whip the casserole up ahead of time and pop in the oven in the morning.


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Wine Cork Monogram



Wine Cork Monogram


I love all thing monogrammed and combined that with my love of wine.  With so many B’s in our name (Brent & Brittany Beaver…or future Mrs. Beaver Smile) it’s easy to love monograms.  This is a simple, quick project and looks perfect in this little alcove in our living room.


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All you need for this project is a hot glue gun, wine corks, and I picked up this wooden letter from a local craft store for a few bucks.  I save all my corks in this “vino” wall hanger, which was starting to spill over, so it was definitely time for a project so I can make room for more.


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I found it easiest to glue each cork down as I went versus setting all the corks up first because they kept falling over.  Place a small dot of hot glue on the bottom and a line down the side to glue to the cork next to it.  I think it is nice to alternate the colors of the cork from the whites and reds.

This is a special project for me because the monogram contains champagne corks from our engagement and special bottles of wine shared by friends and family.  I carefully placed the corks so that the names of the wine/vineyard show on the outside as much as possible.


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Just play with the sizes and shapes of the corks to make it fit into whatever letter is special to you!!  I love how it turned out and think this would make a great housewarming gift for a friend!


Wine Cork Monogram


Have a good week and enjoy a glass of wine…for craft projects of course!!


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Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. The Girl CreativeTuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Home Stories A to Z Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Thursday-Somewhat Simple House of Hepworths Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday- Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Monday, August 18, 2014

All Day Neutrogena Makeup Look

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I am makeup obsessed!!  I love watching YouTube makeup tutorials and browsing in the makeup aisles.  I was so excited to collaborate with Neutrogena and #CollectiveBias to put together my #AllDayLook.  I used my Cartwheel app to get 10% off my Neutrogena purchase, check out the offer (here) available 8/16-8/30!!

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Here are the products I purchased to help my #AllDayLook last throughout the work day.

    • Nourishing Eyeliner ($7.49)
    • MoistureSmooth Color Stick ($8.49)
    • Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($12.49)
    • Oil-Free Moisture with sunscreen SPF 15 ($9.99)
    • Shine Control Powder ($11.99)

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Here are a few tips for making your makeup last all day long…even in Houston humidity and heat.
  • Always start with a clean canvas.  I wash and moisturize my face and apply my makeup within 30 minutes.  The Neutrogena moisturizer I purchased has SPF and didn’t leave my skin greasy.  I have been using it morning and night.  The moisturizer kind of acts like a primer to help the makeup stick.
  • I always use a damp beauty blender to apply my foundation.  The coverage always looks more airbrushed and flawless!  I found two beauty blenders for half the price on Groupon.
  • Set your makeup with a translucent powder like the shine control powder from Neutrogena.  Even if you skin isn’t oily, it helps set everything in place and last longer throughout the day.
  • The color slick MoistureSmooth was easy to apply and felt buttery.  It isn’t as high maintenance as a lipstick because it wears off evenly and doesn’t leave your lips feeling dry.  I just reapplied to keep my makeup looking fresh.
  • The brown eyeliner has a smudger on the end to smoke out any look.  I was excited to try a brown liner because I have always gravitated to black.  The brown definitely makes a neutral smoky eye more wearable for the day time.

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Target and Neutrogena have teamed up to bring a Target Beauty Concierge event at select Target stores around the country this month! Event begins August 24th.  Limited quantities available. Check with your local Target store for Beauty Concierge day and times.

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If you read our blog you know how much Hannah and I love the show Nashville and that includes Hayden Panettiere!!  Check out her video about wearing Neutrogena on the set of Nashville here:  "On Set Look" and her #AllDayLook.


Hope you enjoyed this makeup look.  I really had fun working on it and of course buying new makeup products to try!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tips for Traveling to Europe



15 Tips for Traveling to Europe


Before we went to Europe we had the luxury of talking to several people who had been overseas. Many of these tips are things that we learned from them! Now we are no experts but this is what we learned.


1. Fly into one city and out of another. I love doing this when traveling. We flew into Paris and out of Rome. It saves you so much time from having to back track to a city that you have already seen. Prices really are pretty much the same. If you are not planning to stay in one place for the entire trip, I feel like this is a must.



2. Have a loose itinerary. Brittany and I both are planners. Once we booked our flight, we basically just looked at the map and decided which cities we wanted to go to and then mapped out our course. There were some things that we knew we had to do in each city. For instance, the Eiffel Tower in Paris. So we just listed major attractions for each day. We knew which city we wanted to be in each night of the trip and we pretty much stuck to that. However, there were times we changed what was on our itinerary for the day.


Here is an example of ours. It’s definitely nothing fancy! We made sure to put flight information and hotels on the itinerary. It was extremely helpful to have the bulk of our travel information handy in one place.




3. Make a few copies of your Passport. We heard so many horror stories of people losing their Passports or getting them stolen. While this didn’t happen to us, we were prepared. It is easier to get another Passport if you have a copy of yours. I made two copies and put one in my suitcase and one in my sisters.




4. Order some money before you go. I think we each ordered about $400 US Dollars of Euros before we went. The last thing you want to do when you land is worry about finding somewhere to get money. I was lucky and my bank did not charge to order foreign currency.



5. Carry a backpack. I’m not talking about a school backpack. It’s a travel backpack. This is both a blessing and a curse. There were many times that we wished we had a rolling suitcase and there were many times that we looked at people rolling suitcases and felt sorry for them. I think we felt the latter more often. If you are visiting many cities in one trip, I would carry a backpack. It makes you pack less and you don’t have to roll around bulky luggage. If I were staying in one city I would bring a rolling suitcase hand down.



5. Get more money from an ATM. We wouldn’t have known this trick if our cousin didn’t tell us! The foreign exchange places charge and arm and a leg to get money from your bank account. When we were ready for more cash, we found an ATM and got about $400 US Dollars worth of Euros at a time. Unfortunately my bank still charged like $20 to get cash out. Brittany’s charged about $5. Make sure you get enough to last you awhile.



6. Do not keep all your money with you. I feel like this is common sense but you just never know! We kept maybe 100 to 150 Euros on us at any given time. The rest we kept hidden in our luggage somewhere. I kept some in my toiletry bag or a pocket of jeans.


7. Save up enough money. The last thing we wanted to do was get over there and feel like we couldn’t spend money on this or on that. We wanted to be able to do what we wanted to do so we saved up plenty of money. We both read somewhere that you wouldn’t regret spending money on a vacation. This was a trip of a lifetime and who knows if we would ever be back. Neither one of us wanted to say, well, I wish we would have done that. I can honestly say that I don’t regret spending one single penny!



8. Wear over the shoulder bags. I had what I called a satchel that really was my camera bag. It was bulky but I am so glad I had an over the shoulder bag. We heard many horror stories about purses getting snatched off shoulders, getting the bottom slit, and getting the strap cut off. Over the shoulders make it harder to get snatched. Every time we were in the train station we held our hands underneath our purse so that they wouldn’t get slit and to keep our purses protected.



9. Check plane vs. train between cities. If traveling in Europe they have a Eurail pass that you can purchase between several countries or just one. At first, I was going to do the Eurail pass between all countries. I then started doing research on prices. A plane ride was cheaper from Paris to Munich and we saved an 8 hour overnight train ride. A plane ride was a little more expensive than the train from Munich to Venice, however, we opted to save 5 hours on the train. Throughout Italy, we purchased the Eurail pass with 3 travel days. We knew exactly how many times we would be using it so this was our best option for travel in Italy. The main thing is, research like crazy!



10. Purchase data, text, and/or minutes. If you end up using your phone and did not purchase any of these, you will pay a TON in fees. I purchased texts and data and Brittany purchased minutes and texts. I probably wouldn’t purchase data if I had a choice. Honestly, I was terrified of accidently using it and getting an outrageous bill. We ended up turning off our data just to be safe.



11. Stay in places with Wifi. Neither one of us are picky about hotel accommodations but one of the top things on our list was to have Wifi. We wanted to be able to Facetime and Skype with family back home. It was also nice to be able to browse Facebook and Instagram before bed. Wifi is pretty much your lifeline while overseas!



12. Go to the tourist office asap. As soon as you get to a new city, head to a tourist office. They are super helpful and will give you a free map. You will not be able to use the blue dot on your phone to get you places! We learned very quickly that the tourist offices were a life saver. You can often book tours and things through the tourist office also.



13. Wear comfortable shoes. One of my friends told me this and I didn’t listen. I wore what I thought were comfortable sandals and had a blister the size of Texas on my foot after about 3 hours of walking. My foot hurt for probably 4 days afterwards and it was completely preventable. Wear shoes with some kind of support on the bottom. My go-to for the rest of the trip were some oxfords, chucks, and ballet flats. Brittany wore ballet flats most of the time.



14. Eat and drink whatever your want. I try to eat pretty healthy most of the time. I’ll admit I was a little worried I would gain weight while in Europe. After all, I ate gelato, pasta, pizza, and drank wine every single day. That’s a lot of calories. The good news is that you will walk a lot and burn a ton of calories. I did not gain one pound when I got back!



15. Take things as they come, but most of all have fun!! Things will not always go according to planned. Just roll with it! If it rains, get an umbrella and poncho and see the sites anyway. Things will get delayed, things will be getting restored, it may be hot, and who knows what else! Have fun and embrace every moment!!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Clothespin Sunburst Mirror




My crafting dry spell is over!!  I pulled out the drop cloth and spray paint for a fun Sunday project the day after Hannah moved to town…maybe she gave me some crafty mojo.

This was a simple and inexpensive project that helped to brighten up my laundry room.  Hannah was getting rid of these wooden mirrors she made (check out how to make your own wooden mirrors here).  I knew immediately these would be perfect for a sunburst look!!


  • ~40-50 clothespins
  • Spray paint
  • Drop cloth
  • Wooden mirror


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I picked up two packages of clothespins at the Dollar Store months ago but could never find the right mirror for my vision.  Then I was browsing through Hannah’s “garage sale box” and snagged this round wooden mirror.


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I laid all the clothespins out onto a drop cloth outside and went to town.  I only needed two coats and didn’t even paint the back sides because those will be against the wall.  The whole project from start to finish took about 2 hours, mostly drying time.

I did spray the mirror down to ensure the pins and mirror were the same color.  Once everything was dry I just pinned the clothespins around the mirror, no glue or adhesive. 


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I am so excited that I can cross this project off my craft list because it has been on it for quite some time!



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Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. The Girl CreativeTuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Home Stories A to Z Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Thursday-Somewhat Simple House of Hepworths Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday- Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Monday, August 11, 2014

Wrigley Juicy Fruit #JuicyFruitFunSide


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I have been an avid gum chewer for my whole life. It’s an addiction that’s real. It started when I was just a kid. My mom would keep a basket full of gum on the kitchen counter. As soon as I woke up, I would ask for a piece. I’m talking before brushing my teeth and breakfast.


To this day, I still have chewing gum on me at all times. On any given day if you asked for a piece of gum from me, I would pull out several varieties for you to choose from. I very rarely go without chewing gum and if I do happen to run out, that’s when the twitching begins. I kid, I kid. But I really do love me some gum.


That’s why when Juicy Fruit asked me to purchase a new product of gum, I was totally down for that. I headed to Walmart and easily found the new Fruity Chews gum. They were on an end cap right by the checkout registers. Juicy Fruit bubble gum and Juicy Fruit fruity chews is available in original and strawberry flavors.


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I knew I wanted to create a cute little printable to go with my gum to hand out to friends. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to let a friend know how much they mean to you.


I wouldn't chews anyone but you for a friend


It’s definitely corny but I like corny!


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For the fruity chews, I just punched two holes and tied the string around the chewing gum holder.


Juicy Fruit


For the package of gum, I threaded a needle and poked it through the package and the printable. I love how this one turned out! Oh and this gum is delicious.


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Print out that printable and go grab some Juicy Fruit gum and let a friend know you are thinking about them!


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Bathroom and Closet Organization


I am finally getting settled into my new home after getting back from Europe and starting my new job.  Organization is always a top priority on my list and I wanted to share a few tips and ideas that I use!  If you like the silver mirrors, light fixtures, and drawer handles check out how I spray painted them from an awful brassy gold here.




I love having my own vanity to display all my girly products but I am still on the lookout for the perfect chair.


Bathroom 1


I found these two acrylic makeup organizer at Home Goods and Marshalls.  I love those stores and never leave without tons of totally random items.  I have lots of drawers on each side of the vanity but I love having my most used products front and center everyday.  I actually hop right up on the counter each morning to apply my makeup.  I have my favorite brushes in a white coffee mug on the right.


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I LOVE the nail polish display.  I found this “spice rack” at Ikea in Houston on a trip with my mom and Hannah.  I knew it would be the perfect way to organize all my polishes.  I used to keep them in a cosmetic bag, always jumbled together and forgetting what colors I owned.


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Now for the jewelry…or some of it.  Need more storage for your bracelets??  Why not try a cupcake stand to utilize vertical space on the counter!  The frame on the wall holding some of my dangly earrings was a gift from Hannah a few years ago.  She painted a wooden frame and stapled lace to the back.  She then attached hooks along the bottom to hang necklaces and embellished with fabric rosettes.  Such a cute way to display your favorite jewelry.  The smaller piece to the right was a Claire’s purchase when I was probably still in high school.  It’s the easiest way for me to store my stud earrings.



Another way I store my necklaces is with this coat hook with 4 wooden dowels.  I found this piece on the bathroom aisle at Home Depot back in college.  It is sturdy to hang some of my chunkier necklaces, so I load it down!




I am not a huge shoe person like some people (Hannah!) but a good tip to save room when storing shoes is to alternate the direction of the shoes.  So you can see in this picture all of the left shoes are facing the wall and the right shoes are facing the camera.  I was able to fit 4 pairs on each row and it just looks nice.


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Belts are another story…I love to tuck in shirts with a belt or put a belt over top of dresses or shirts to cinch in the waist.  I started off with 3 Command hooks and quickly realized that would not fit even half of my belts.  At an estate sale the next weekend I found this belt hook for $0.50 and knew it would be a great addition to my closet for my skinny belts!!  PS…if you are looking for a great leather belt, check at estate sales.  My favorite skinny red leather belt was an estate sale steal for only $0.25 and the quality is amazing.




If you have a lot of t-shirts, the best way to store them is to fold them and slide them in vertically.  I used to stack them and forget what shirts were on the bottom and need about 2 drawers for the same amount of shirts.  I just love being able to see all of my options when I open the drawer and it just looks really organized, which I also love. (Check out all those Aggie shirts Smile).


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Last tip!  I keep all my scarves looped through on 4 hangers.  It is an excellent way to keep them from being all jumbled up and getting wrinkled.  It really lets me see what options I have!


I really hope that some of the organizational methods I use in my home helps you get inspired to do some organization in yours!  And let me know of any ideas that you have that may help me!! 


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Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. The Girl CreativeTuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Home Stories A to Z Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Thursday-Somewhat Simple House of Hepworths Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday- Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time