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Anyone else get really parched every time they hit poolside?! I wanted to have something small that I could carry and not only look cool but keep things “cool” ?! LOL I found this adorable white metal box and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I would normally use ice to keep my go to summer drink IZZE chilled however the saltwater taffy’s were calling my name at the same time on this hot summer day! Remember to enjoy your saltwater taffy quickly. I trully loved all the colors of this “Drink Up Poolside” shoot!



  • Metal Box – (Here)
  • Cameo
  • Silhouette Files – (Here)
  • Bright Colors Vinyl – (Michael’s or Silhouette)
  • Vinyl Tools
  • Painters tape
  • Scissors


Begin by wipping your box down and dry off. Measure both top open lid and front bottom areas to ensure the size of font you want used. My fonts were laid out at 9×3 with the Drink up a little smaller at about 9×2.

Download the silhouette file already provided or you may lay out your own designs and layout.

Once you have cut your vinyl letters place painters tape on top and bottom of your box to ensure your text will be level and spaced correctly.

Continue to peel your vinyl letters very carefully and attach them to your metal box. Make sure and use your scrapper to remove any bubbles that may have popped up.

Now you are ready for a small get together with your favorite drink in tow.




What will you have in your mini cooler?!


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Are these not the cutest cinder blocks EVER! When I received this adorable cinder block mold in the mail from my friends over at Mini Materials, I knew exactly what I wanted to do first! Because I had yet to use it in any other project I decided to make these adorable never been done before ‘Mini cinder block chocolates”! I was beyond excited to see the final product. These could be done in any color, flavor combination and garnished with just about anything! I can see these being the talk of the party. I can’t wait to share with you my next cinder block project and no chocolate  included this time!

Did you guys know that Mini Materials is based in Orlando Florida and makes 90% of their products in house. Their customer service and products are wonderful!

Please note this mold was not used with any other medium before being used with chocolate.



  • Mini Cinder Block Mold – (Mini Materials)
  • White Chocolate
  • Food Coloring
  • Bowls
  • Pipping Bags
  • A pick


Begin by melting your chocolate as directed on packaging.

Add food coloring until you achive your desired color.

Place chocolate inside pipping bag or a sandwich bag and clip the corner.

Pipe chocolate into mold very carefully tapping on the counter every so often to get the chocolate leved and bubbles out.

Then place your mold in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes and carefully start pealing mold away from chocolate. Use your small pick to press down slightly in the center of the cinder block molds to help them release easier, then they will come out farely easy.

Now drizzle some chocolate and add sprinkles and your done!


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What’s your favorite chocolate flavor and topping?!

Product for this post graciously provided by Mini Materials.


Are these mini cotton candy shakes not adorable?! They remind me of our annual carnival outing, begging my mom for a bag of cotton candy and those ‘elephant ears’ YUM! 

And yes- please- layer it with brown sugar and tons of cherries!!

What was your favorite food at the carnival?! Favorite Rides?! (mine’s the Ferris Wheel and Tilt-a- whirl!)



  • 2 cups of cotton candy ice cream
  • 1/2 cup of cotton candy
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of cool whip
  • Frosting for decorations
  • Cotton candy, whipped cream and your choice of candy for garnish.


Start by spreading vanilla frosting around the rim of your glass. At this time you can attach all the candies to you’re frosting. Then add sprinkles as you wish. I placed my glasses in the freezer for a few minutes while I mixed my milkshake.

Using a blender combine your cotton candy ice cream, cotton candy, milk, vanilla and cool whip. Blend until smooth and pour into your already pre made milkshake glass.

Then top it all off with whipped cream, sprinkles, candy, cotton candy and enjoy!