Be Brave and Be Beautiful

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "
Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.
Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!
Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!

Be You. Be Brave. Live Well. Laugh Much. Love Life. Be Beautiful

share your natrual beauty - brassyapple.com
Don't stop here. Get clicking around - its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.
>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<
women sharing their natural beauty - no makeup
women with our makeup on and what makes them beautiful
women from around the world share their face with no makeup on - BrassyApple.com
Mommy bloggers share their face without makeup and what makes then beautiful
Natural beauty untouched photos
raw natural beauty - join the movement
beauty and bravery - women wearing no makeup - Brassyapple.com
#colbietry #iambraveandbeautiful
Ready in join in?Snap, hashtag and share! Tag @BrassyApple and @Peacefrom6Pieces if you can too!
Also follow our Bravery and Beauty PINTEREST board for more inspiration!


Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

It's Grill time baby! That's right, this month my girls and I are rounding up some yummy grilling' picnic-ing pinterest worthy so get pinning recipes for you all! 

I scoured Pinterest and pinned so many great looking shrimp recipes. I decided I wanted simple, not too much prep. So I went with these super easy and delicious shrimp and veggie kabobs.

Melt in your mouth Shrimp and Veggie Kabobs!

With the weather kicking 80 degrees here in California.. the grill just screams "use me" - So I had to! These shrimp and veggie kabobs were the perfect "winter" {in socal} meal - you can slap me later..first let's get on with the grub!

ingredients for shrimp kabobs

Shrimp & Veggie Kabobs
1-2 lbs shrimp raw peeled and deveined
whole mushrooms
cherry tomatoes
bell peppers
Italian dressing

shrimp kabobs

1st Ziploc Bag:  Shrimp and 1/2 cup Italian dressing
2nd Ziploc Bag: All the veggies and 1 cup Italian dressing

Refrigerate for 2 hours.

*If using bamboo skewers, soak in water 2-3 hours before using

marinade for shrimp kabobs

Start stacking up the shrimp and veggies! 

grilled shrimp and veggie kabobs

Grill on medium heat for about 6 minutes or until shrimp is pink. Turning every 2-3 minutes.
Serve with white rice, fresh fruit and sourdough bread.


Now here it is... TADA 
Our yummy round up so make sure you pin and check all these yummy recipes out for your next Summer BBQ!

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Personalized "Big Bling" Cell Phone Case

Personalized Cell Phone Case #thebigbling

Bling Bling, can I get an H to the ELLO! I had no clue you could bust out a personalized cell phone case for under $5 and dare I say 5 minutes! It's true folks, true as can be! I am super excited to share with you how you can make one today. Are you ready? I said...are you ready? Let's roll!

First you will need to make a trip to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores to pick up all the supplies.


Step 1:
Trace the Cell Phone Cover on the paper/cut out

DIY Cell Phone Case

Step 2:
Push paper in the case flat. Insert your phone into the case

stick on studs for embellishments

Step 3:
Create a fun design using the stick on gems

Personalized Cell Phone Case

Well? What do you think? I love the added cobalt blue bling bling to this clear case making it all mine and one of a kind! Make sure you hit up Jo-Ann's for that Blingity Bling Bling ..ok!
Now for some fun..you ready?

Right NOW you have a chance to win $200 to Jo-Ann's. It is very easy to enter, all you have to do is participate in the weekly Instagram sweepstakes. You can find all the information over at Jo-Ann'sShow us your personalized crafts and creations on Instagram and use the hashtag #TheBigBling and you will be entered to win in their weekly drawings! Good Luck!

I almost forgot, the Big Bling is all set up over at your Jo-Ann's so head on in and get ready to be wow-ed! 


Backyard Beverage Station

It's June! When I think of June I think of two very important things: 
1. BBQ-ing out back 2. Father's Day

So with that said, I created a fun backyard beverage station just in time for Father's Day..and our Summer full of BBQ-ing days! I can't wait to show you how easy and cheap it was to create a fun little space like this out in your backyard. 

Backyard Beverage Station
I have a crush on World Market, we all know that. They have amazing different items..and just unique stuff. I grabbed this Stationary Bottle Opener there as it was exactly what I was looking for.

Backyard Beverage Station
Another thing World Market has loads of is great bottled beverages! I grabbed some of our favorite beers and of course some Dad's Root Beers in honor of Father's Day approaching (and something fun for the kids to drink)
Placing these in a Galvanized Party Tub found at World Market was just the last thing I needed for my little backyard space. 

Fun Backyard Beverage Station
I set up camp right next to the "Q" .. because that is were it should be. Right next to my man, the grill master. Ice cold beverages within arms reach ... Happy Father's Day Babe! 

Are you on the hunt for more fun Father's Day Ideas? Well my friends, you are in luck..take a look at all my friends ideas... enjoy!
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