DIY Pink Pumpkins

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Written by: Sarah Felbin

Autumn is finally here! Sweater weather has us all excited, as does the one thing you can’t have a PSL without: Pumpkins! Big, small, or in between, decorating pumpkins is one of the best ways to start embracing the new fall season. Whether you’re ready to start getting into the Halloween spirit or searching for the perfect Thanksgiving decor, these pretty pink pumpkins are a great way to add a little flair to any space!

 

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How pretty and unique is this table setting? Picture from Oh Happy Day!

 

Hosting a fall fest for your BFFs? This pumpkin centerpiece is an easy DIY that packs a huge punch! Find the instructions (along with some adorable table setting ideas) here at Oh Happy Day.

 

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Pumpkins need Halloween costumes too! A pretty pumpkin perfectly disguised as a pineapple from Studio DIY.

If you haven’t noticed, we here at Pinkly Perfect love the beach (like, a lot!). However… We’re not fans of fifty degree beach days. Fortunately, even though we can’t be where the sun meets the sea, this pineapple pumpkin from Studio DIY reminds us that it’s never too chilly for a sunshine state of mind!

 

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Photo from Twinspiration.

 

Easy? Check. Budget-friendly? Check. Gorgeous? Check! While these pumpkins may look super-expensive, they’re actually simple to make and won’t break the bank! All you need is paint, tissue paper, and Mod Podge – find the instructions here from Twinspiration.

 

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Yum! These pumpkins from Studio DIY are giving us all sorts of cravings.

These tiny pumpkins (donuts?) look good enough to eat! Make them yourself or host a painting party with your besties – find the recipe here at Studio DIY!

 

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We’re loving how unique this pumpkin is. Picture and DIY instructions from A Beautiful Mess.

 

Even if you’re not the most artistic (because, let’s be real, some days it’s hard to even draw a straight line), you can absolutely whip up a few fabric paint pumpkins anytime! We’ll be surprised if you can restrain yourself to just making one or two. Find the instructions here at A Beautiful Mess!

 

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Pretty Pink Recipes to go from Holiday to Healthy

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The holidays are almost over and it’s getting to be that time when we begin the dreaded transition from Christmas cookies and lounging around in sweatshirts and leggings to more healthy foods and moving your body again.

 

If you’re like me, you may have been indulging pretty consistently since Thanksgiving, which is why the switch back to healthy eating will probably be a little bit more difficult than you’re used to (or ready for!). But the good news is the sooner we get back into our old routines, the sooner we’ll be excited about wearing bikinis again! (Only 148 days until Memorial Day 2017. Yay!)

 

There definitely is no equivalent to sugar cookies decorated like sparkly snowmen or a big mug of hot chocolate with toasted marshmallows but there are some healthy recipes that are also pretty beautiful! Below I decided to highlight some of my favorites that also happen to be pink. (Go figure ;).)

 

Strawberry Chia Pudding:

Yum yum yum! This strawberry chia pudding recipe sounds as delicious as it is pretty! Chia pudding is one of my favorite anytime snacks because it reads like ice cream (not lying) and I can’t wait to give this one a try. It’s also so good for you because it includes nutritious ingredients like almond milk, strawberries, chia seeds, honey, and vanilla extract. Check out the recipe here.

 

Pitaya Breakfast Bowl:

This month I’ll happily be trading in my usual Christmas-time breakfast of carbs on carbs on carbs for something a little bit more energizing. I’ve never had a pitaya bowl before, but this recipe that’s basically just fruit and coconut water looks pretty perfect for a pre-workout meal.

 

Cherry Ice Pops:

The hardest thing for me after the holidays is to train myself to not crave sweets after every meal. If you’re still home before heading back to college in a couple weeks (lucky you!), there’s probably still a lot of holiday temptations lying around that saying no in general could be a bit too challenging. Instead, whip up some cherry ice pops. With only a few simple ingredients like cherries, water, and honey (so easy!), these are a much healthier option than leftover cannoli.

 

In addition to checking out these recipes, also try some of our favorite exercises that can both help you get back in shape and remind you of summer! Win-win!

 

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We’re Dreaming of a Pink Christmas!

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Written by: Sarah Felbin

‘Tis the season to deck your halls! And what better way than with pink… everything? Our decoration ideas are sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Best of all? Your budget will thank you – everything is under $15!

 

For Your Tree

Trim your Christmas Tree with these fun accessories! From classic ornaments to fun garlands, these baubles will make any tree shine brighter than that summer sun we’re so missing right now!

 

Pink Mini Christmas Lights, $6.49 at Walmart

18 Foot Pink Beaded Christmas Garland, $2.00 at Target (also in light pink!)

39 Piece Pink Matte and Glitter Shatterproof Ornament Set, $12.99 at Wayfair

 

For Your Room

Dorm room, bedroom, living room, sunroom… The possibilities are endless! Bring Christmas cheer and some sparkle to any room with these decorations!

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Pink Bottle Brush Christmas Trees Set, $9.95 at Amazon (shown above)

Fuchsia Mini 6” Wreath, $8.41 at Wayfair

Flamingo String Lights, $7.99 at Target

 

For Your Presents!

What’s Christmas without presents? Give the perfect gift a Pinkly Perfect touch with pink paper, ribbon, and gift tags. Oh, and a little glitter, too!

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Fuchsia Glitter Wrapping Paper, $3.95/$7.46 at PaperSource

Maker’s Holiday Sheer Ribbon With Glitter Edge, $3.00 at JoAnn (shown)
Pink Candyfloss Gift Tags, $5.50 at Clafoutis

 

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Pink Holiday Dessert Recipes

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It’s official! Pinkly Perfect has caught the holiday baking bug. With just one week until it’s “acceptable” to start listening to Christmas music, we are already planning what recipes we’ll be taking on this holiday season.

 

And in typical Pinkly Perfect fashion, we’re looking to pink-ify the standard winter treats for something a little more on brand. Below is what we found!

 

Candy Cane Pink Hot Chocolate

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Uhhhm whaaat….we were SO excited to find this recipe for easy candy cane pink hot chocolate from Real Housemoms. What could be better than cozying up with your besties, Netflix (hello, Gilmore Girls), and a hot cup of something pink and chocolate-y covered with whipped cream and candy canes? Nothing.

 

White Christmas Peppermint Layer Cake 

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We can’t wait to make this vanilla layer cake with pink peppermint frosting. Perfect for a girls’ night in party or for Christmas Eve with the family. Check out the recipe from Midwest Living here.

 

Pink Velvet Cookies

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What’s the holiday season without Christmas cookies?! Instead of the traditional red velvet cookies, take any recipe and sub pink food coloring for red. Same delicious taste, just prettier. Picture above from Desserts With Benefits.

 

 

What other ideas do you have for holiday baking? Let us know in the comments section!

 

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Summer Foods: The “Apple” of our Eye

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Written by: Maureen Devenny

If there were a Venn diagram of “best summer foods” and “best apple recipes,” the place where those circles overlap might be called “nirvana.” Here are some ways to experience nirvana this fall, without having to say goodbye to your favorite summer treats.

 

Caramel popcorn turns into…caramel apple popcorn!

Popcorn, brown sugar, apple pie spice, dried apples, almonds–this might be even better than the summer version. Just try for yourself.

 

Iced tea turns into…warm apple cider chai tea!

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Warm apple cider on the stove or microwave, and add a splash of Dona Chai (stay tuned for our Girl Boss article on founder Amy coming soon!), sugar or honey, and your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk.

 

Pancakes turn into…apple cider pancakes!

Before we get accused of heresy over here: there is NO substitute for hot, fluffy pancakes from Uncle Bill’s. There. Just. Isn’t. But…you’re going to have a pancake-shaped hole in your heart until next summer, and apple cider pancakes are one way to try to fill that void.

 

A trip to the ice cream parlor turns into…a trip to the freezer!

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We’ll miss the excuse to leave the house, but let’s not kid ourselves–the convenience of not having to put on real shoes makes grocery store ice cream a-ok in the winter. We love Talenti’s caramel apple pie flavor–a perfect way to bring the summer into fall.

 

Apple cider donuts…ok, you stay.

There are some foods that are so perfect, their consumption should not be limited to just one season. So, when you’re not down the shore to line up for perfectly hot and fresh donuts from Ove’s, here’s a recipe to make your own.

 

Happy snacking!

 

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How to Host a Flamingo Party!

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Written by: Keri Berghahn

Trying to beat the summer heat? Throw a Pink Flamingo pool party! Not only are flamingos the “it” summer pool accessory, but who also doesn’t love a pop of pink!? To successfully complete the pink flamingo summer look, you’ll need some key supplies.

 

First, you’ll need some pretty pink flamingo pool floaties! Adding these to your backyard pool is the perfect way to add that pink pop of color!

Urban Outfitters sells the most perfect flamingo pool float!
Urban Outfitters sells the most perfect flamingo pool float!

Second, you’ll want to serve your guests some delicious sweets and treats. We suggest anything with some pink frosting or candies. Check out this recipe for some homemade cupcakes with Flamingo toppers.

 

Next, you’ll want to decorate your yard or patio area with some pink decorations. By simply adding in some other summer colors, the whole yard will look bright and summery! Check out these flamingo decorations from BlushBazaar on Etsy.

Check out BlushBazaar on Etsy for some perfect Flamingo decorations.
Check out BlushBazaar on Etsy for some perfect Flamingo decorations.

Think about letting your guest know about the theme with some perfect flamingo-inspired stationery.

 

Lastly, you’ll want to make sure you have the best summer games and activities and of course keep them pink flamingo themed! You could create your own obstacle course with the flamingos, or maybe even try a pink flamingo ring toss.

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We love this idea from Sugar and Cloth!

 

With these summer tips, your pink flamingo pool party will be a perfect summer success!

 

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Think Pink! 2016 Dorm Style on a Budget

 

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Written by: Sarah Felbin

Starting to think about packing for college? Let our dorm guide help you get started! We’ve created a list of 20 dorm room essentials under $20 that will make any girl the coolest on her floor – and the best part? Everything’s pink! So channel your inner Elle Woods and get ready…

 

Desk Essentials:

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PB & J Floral Desk Pad

Make your desk study-central with these cute accessories! With an upgraded desk lamp and an adorable (no, really, adorable) stapler, we can take your desk space from “oh, no” to “oh, yes!” for just a few dollars.

1) Lavish Home LED Foldable Desk Lamp, $17.99 from Target

This desk lamp folds up for easy packing and storage. Less clutter? Yes, please!

 

2) Urban Shop Swivel Mesh Chair, $19.00 from Walmart

A small swivel chair with a breathable mesh back keeps you comfortable while you work on that five-page essay!

 

3) Just Mustard Bunny Stapler, $8.00 from ASOS

Remember that adorable stapler we mentioned earlier? This cute pink friend will inspire you to work on even your laziest days!

 

4) Floral Desk Pad, $12.00 from PB&J Boutique (shown)

Dress up your desktop with this pretty paper pad, which will also help you keep track of your busy schedule!

 

Room Decor

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Honey-Can-Do Washing Machine Hamper in pink!

 

You’ve turned your desk into a study paradise… But what about the rest of your room? These accessories will help you make the most of your small space while still making it feel like home. Be careful, though: These picks are so cute, your friends might get jealous!

 

5) LED Pink Micro Rice Christmas Lights, $8.99 from Walmart

Tiny fairy lights won’t keep you (or your roommate!) up at night, but they will instantly transform your space.

 

6) RoomMates Chevron Canvas Wall Art Set, $9.99 from Bed Bath & Beyond

This magnetic and dry erase board comes with matching magnets, perfect for hanging a few flashcards to study or leaving your roomie a message!

 

7) ***DP***Formula Backrest Pillow, $14.88 from Walmart

Meet your new best friend! Save your back and your wallet with this supportive pillow.

 

8) Honey-Can-Do Washing Machine Hamper, $13.79 from Target (shown)

Doing laundry doesn’t have to be a chore! Make it fun with this ultra-cool hamper.

 

9) Timelink Smartlight Rubber Alarm Clock, $9.99 from Kmart

Small? Check. Accident-proof? Check. Will save you from missing that 8 a.m. class? Check!

 

10) Surya Frontier Geometric Rug, $19.99 from Wayfair

An area rug is an easy way to add a pop of color without sacrificing space.

 

11) Chelsea 3-Piece Reversible Comforter Set, $19.99 from Macy’s

Fashionable and reversible? We’ve yet to see anything smarter than this set!

 

Organization

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Pink desk organizer from Sears

 

In a tiny dorm room, a girl needs all the organizational help she can get. These finds will help you declutter and tidy up, all while saving you valuable space. With picks for your closet, your shower, and even under your bed, we’ve got you covered!

 

12) Honey Can Do Set of 4 Bed Risers, $12.48 from Wayfair

Bed risers help turn empty under-the-bed space into valuable storage. Plus, these add the perfect pink touch to any room!

 

13) Coated Wire Shower Caddy, $7.99 from PBteen

Shampoo, conditioner, body wash… All of it will fit inside this cute wire basket shower caddy!

 

14) Whitmor Over-the-Door 24 Pocket Shoe Organizer, $7.99 from Target

Stuck with a microscopic closet? We’ve got you covered! This over-the-door organizer keeps your shoes separate, so you have plenty of room for that winter coat and those rain boots!

 

15) ClosetCandie Under-the-Bed Storage Bag, $5.47 from Walmart

When paired with the bed risers listed above, under-the-bed storage bags are perfect for storing clothes, shoes, accessories, and even books. Buy one or stock up on a few to maximize your space!

 

16) Organize It All Stacking Perforated Polypropylene Cubes, $12.95 from Sears (shown)

These stackable cubes are perfect for storing anything and everything. Buy a bunch and go vertical for the most storage!

 

Fabulous Gear

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Go Jane Neon Pink Floral Flip Flops

 

Last but certainly not least are our picks for dorm room style! From your bed to your bathroom, we’ve found four essentials you simply have to have!

17) Threshold Shower Wrap, $12.34 from Target

A shower wrap is a great alternative to a heavy bathrobe. Just stretch the elastic and you’re ready to go!

 

18) The Original Turbie Twist (Set of 2), $9.99 from Bed Bath & Beyond

Perfect for keeping wet hair out of your way, Turbie Twists help dry your hair while keeping it out of sight and out of mind. Best of all? A set of 2 means one for you and one for your roommate!

 

19) Perfect Petal Trio Jelly Thong Sandals, $9.90 from GoJane (shown)

These adorable flip flops are ideal for runs to the shower. Who said shower shoes had to be boring?

 

20) Snooz Silky Soft Eye Mask, $1.99 from Dream Essentials

Roommate keeping you up by pulling constant all-nighters? This comfy sleep mask helps make sleepless nights a thing of the past.

 

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DIY Ocean in a Box

 

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Written by: Sarah Haurin

Finding the perfect beach souvenir proves a daunting task, especially if you would rather be soaking up the sun or floating in the ocean instead of combing the boardwalk for the ideal memento.

 

This year, rather than scouring the shops, create your own beachy keepsake with items that you can easily and effortlessly collect during your beach bumming days.

 

With shells collected throughout your trip and a decorative jar, you can create a cute decoration for your desk or your nightstand. This past June, my parents surprised me on my birthday with this jar (see picture above) filled with seashells found on the beach of Isle of Palms, SC. This token from our amazing vacation will definitely keep some summer in my life even when the leaves begin to fall and the temperature starts to drop!

 

If you’re feeling more adventurous with your crafting, or still have seashells leftover even after creating a frame, Christmas ornament, or hair accessory, you can build an ocean in a box using a shadow box and some beach collectibles.

We're loving how a little sand and shells can take your picture frame to the next level! Picture from we-made-that.com
We’re loving how a little sand and shells can take your picture frame to the next level! Picture from we-made-that.com

 

To personalize your box, you can use a picture of you and your friends enjoying a perfect beach day as the background. Add some collected sand, seashells, and maybe a little sea glass and you’ve created the perfect summer souvenir!

 

With a bigger shadow box, you have room for a collage of beach day pictures that can even include a map of your beach town, some stickers, or your favorite summer quote; nothing rings truer than “Life is better at the beach!”

 

Forgot to take fun pictures on your beach excursion? No problem! You can simply fill a shadow box to the brim with seashells and hang it on your wall as a year long reminder of the fun that you had collecting them.

Perfect way to use old seashells! Picture from indulgy.com
Perfect way to use old seashells! Picture from indulgy.com

 

What’s even more fun than crafting solo? Crafting with your best friends! You can incorporate making your ocean in a box into a fun summer party with your friends.

 

A personalized beach box also makes the perfect gift for your friends with summer birthdays, or even for Christmas – if you can wait that long to share your awesome creation!

 

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DIY Frozen Dessert Recipes

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Written by: Cat Geruson

No better way to keep cool than with some frozen treats! Why spend money on boring store-bought Popsicles, though, when you can make so many different kinds right in your kitchen! Whipping up your own treats is healthier and more satisfying too.

 

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Layered Popsicles look pretty and taste great! How can you resist this picture from Pinterest?

Want a healthy frozen snack that you can eat completely guilt-free, or even have as a breakfast? Try a satisfying smoothie Popsicle. My favorite blends include mango for sweetness, bananas to keep me energized, and a handful of spinach. Simply blend with fruit juice or puree if desired and pour in molds. To seem like a real Popsicle pro, you can make more than one smoothie and layer them in the molds. Not only does this look cool, but it allows for a variety of fruits! Just let one layer freeze for 30-45 minutes before pouring another layer on top.

 

For when the heat seriously kicks in and we need a little something extra to get us going, why not enjoy a coffee Popsicle! Simply combine cream, milk or any flavored creamer with coffee and freeze in Popsicle molds. If you like an extra sweet coffee, add sweetened condensed milk to your Popsicle, either mixed in or at the bottom of your mold. For a mocha flavored treat, you can combine hot cocoa into your coffee mixture. You could also add chocolate chips to the bottom, or even Oreos. Nutella can be mixed in as well for a hazelnut twist! (See photo above from iwillnoteatoysters.com)

 

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The summer heat spares no one, so even some celebrities are reaching out on social media to share their ideas for frozen treats. One of my favorite celebrities with creative lifestyle ideas is Lauren Conrad. On her blog, Lauren highlights a tasty and pretty summer party must have, her Citrus Stained Glass Popsicles. These popsicles are super easy, combining oranges with Italian soda (or another fizzy drink such as citrus seltzer). Just place the peeled, cut orange slices into a Popsicle mold and pour the soda on top! Khloe Kardashian, now a fitness fiend, promotes a similar healthy Popsicle on her Instagram page. Place sliced fruit, such as strawberries or grapes into molds, and add coconut water.

What else are you making this summer to beat the heat? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

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Perfect Pink Mocktails for Summer

 

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What girl doesn’t love a pretty pink mocktail to sip by the pool in the summer? Since it’s been so hot out recently, we decided to compile a list of must-try mocktails that are both pretty and refreshing. Take a look at our list below, grab your besties and a Laguna Beach Towel or a beach book and enjoy!

 

Starbucks “Pink Drink” Copycat Recipe

Assuming you have signed onto Instagram at least once in the past couple months, you’ve noticed the beautiful pink drink Starbucks lovers have been ordering off of their “secret menu.” The “pink drink” is simply their Strawberry Acai Refresher with Coconut Milk instead of water and boy does it look pretty! Take a look here at Beauty and the Beets’ copycat recipe. To spice it up, pour into a martini glass and enjoy poolside.

 

Watermelon Lemonade

Leave it to Martha Stewart to have the best list of Non-Alcoholic Summer Cocktails. We want to make everything on that list but today will take a special peek at her recipe for Watermelon Lemonade. All it takes are a couple lemons, mint leaves, brown sugar, and watermelon to make a refreshing pink lemonade perfect to enjoy on the deck after a beach day. If you’re with your parents or older sibling, appease them by adding a splash of vodka to theirs!

 

Sparkling Pink Punch

My Recipes offers up a pretty pink spin to typical summer lemonade by making a punch version featuring tart cranberry juice and club soda to pink lemonade. Serve in a champagne glass with some loose mint leaves and you’ll be sure to impress your besties! Find the exact recipe here.

 

What other pretty pink sweets and treats are you making this summer? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

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