Thursday, August 31, 2017

My Tips & Tricks for a Great School Year!

Hey cupcakes! The school year is upon us, which means it is time for classes, homework, studying, etc. etc. To ensure an awesome year, I thought I would tell you guys my tips and tricks that will guarantee you a successful school year :D Let's get started!

1. Be prepared with the right school supplies! Don't rely on those too long lists that stores have near the school section. Make sure you only buy what is actually helpful for you and your study habits! I find that having a notebook and folder for each class is perfect to keep myself organized.

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2. Don't be afraid to color code things! I love color coding each class (and even color coding my planner). This is a sure way to be organized and STAY organized, so I would recommend giving it a try!

3. Head into the school year with a positive attitude! Put good things out there and good things will come back to you :)

4. Find a place to study (that makes you uber productive)! This can be a certain room in your house, a library, coffee shop, etc. If you find the perfect environment that makes you productive, you will have success in your studies.

5. Stay on top of your work! I know this sounds really obvious, but students always put things off every once in awhile.... Resist that urge, and you will never fall behind!

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What are your tips for the upcoming school year? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

How To Style ft. 1st Day of School

Hey cupcakes! When this post goes up, I will only have a few days left until my junior year of college begins! :D I can't believe I am already a junior in college!!!! Picking out my outfit for the first day of school is always a struggle, so I thought I would create a lookbook with some "back to school" outfit inspiration...

Outfit 1 - If it is still pretty warm on the first day of school, I recommend wearing shorts and a thin sweater (to put a little bit of both summer and fall in your style!). Add your favorite shoes and you are all set!

Outfit 2 - Trying to show some school pride? Wear some denim, cute Keds, a casual top, and your varsity jacket! So perfect for the first day :)

Outfit 3 - I always try to look a little nice the first day, so I love wearing a casual dress with either a kimono or cardigan :D Great way to make a good impression the first day!

What are you going to wear the first day of school? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Jenna the (almost) Junior

Sunday, August 27, 2017 Haul and Review!

Hey cupcakes! When I was watching some YouTube videos the other day, I was recommended to watch a haul/review... And this introduced me to the app/website Wish! Because of the crazy amount of videos about this app, I am pretty sure I am late to this trend... But I wanted to shop around and see what I could find!

Whale Basket

Check it out here!

Price: $1
Shipping: $2
When I first started browsing through the website, I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to buy... But, I soon came across this cute basket and knew it would be perfect to fill with craft supplies and have on my desk when I am at school. :D There were many different prints for this basket, and I thought the whale one was especially cute. It was supposed to take about three weeks to get to me, but it ended up coming in about two weeks. The basket has some sort of metal/plastic inside of it because it actually will stand on its own (I just thought it was cloth), and it is very nicely made. It looks absolutely adorable on my desk, and I might be purchasing a few more of these in the future!

Tangled Tapestry

Check it out here!

Price: $9
Shipping: $4
As most of you probably know, one of my favorite movies of all time is Tangled. :) I was in need of a tapestry for my dorm room's wall, so I was shopping around on the website and randomly found this.... I totally freaked out!! It obviously isn't labeled anything Tangled or Disney due to copyright, but I was so excited to purchase this. Unlike the whale basket, this took a bit longer to get to me, but it still arrived in the timeframe Wish told me it would (about 25 days). The tapestry isn't the best quality, but it looks exactly like the picture on the website. I am overall extremely happy with this purchase, so I would recommend checking it out! :D

Overall Thoughts
My overall impression of Wish is that it actually is a decent site. You basically will get what you pay for, so if a shirt is $1 you are going to end up with a low quality shirt.... But if that is what you are looking for, then all the power to you! The shipping on Wish can be a bit more pricey than necessary, so if an item is "Free" then you make up for the cost of the item in the shipping - just be wary of that!

Also, some products aren't actually a good deal (you can find similar/better products on other sites for lower prices, etc.), so I would recommend shopping around instead of placing a mega order on Wish. :) Overall, I will definitely be shopping on this site in the future, so I would definitely recommend for you all to try it out if you haven't already!

What do you think of Wish? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcakes!


Friday, August 25, 2017

Movie Review: Boss Baby

Release date: March 31st, 2017

Rating: PG

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Hey cupcakes! So during the last week of the summer camp I worked at, we let the campers vote on a movie to watch on an afternoon that was gross and rainy. 99.9% of the campers voted for Boss Baby, so I thought I would tell you all my thoughts on the film.

First of all, I thought it looked like a really bizarre concept when one of my coworkers showed me a trailer for it a couple of months ago. I was pretty surprised that the plot actually was decent, and it only got boring a few times. The animation for this movie was really really cute, and I loved all of the bright colors (it really would speak to you if you were a young kid!). It was definitely a heartwarming family film!

The idea of having a baby being a literal boss of a business was super hilarious, and the characters were all really relatable. There were some funny jokes throughout the film (even some tapered to adults watching the film), and the ending scene was just hilarious. :) While I wouldn't say I would watch this movie again if I had the chance, it was still pretty decent. If you are looking for something that won't totally bore you while you are babysitting, I would definitely suggest it!

What did you think of Boss Baby? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

4 Easy & Quick Back to School Hairstyles

Hey cupcakes! I don't even remember the last time I have done a post on hair.... I guess it probably stems from the fact that I am not really the best with hair, but I recently got a hair cut and have been trying some different looks. School is just around the corner, so I wanted to show you all some super easy hairstyles that will look chic yet take not a lot of time. :) Let's get started!

1. Overnight curls - If your hair is already pretty wavy (like mine) a super easy hairstyle is to sleep in a sock bun or braids so that your hair curls overnight! I wrote a post in 2013 about how to use a sock bun (read it here!), which will give you voluminous curls. Braids will give you more waves instead of curls, but I have been loving this look!

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From a sock bun

2. Natural with a headband - This is my go to look! All you have to do is brush your hair and throw in a headband, bandana, flower crown, head jewelry, etc. Super quick and adorable. :)

3. Pigtail braids - I know this may seem like a childish hairdo, but I have been LOVING this hairstyle recently. It is so versatile (you can french braid the pigtails, regular braid them, have your hair parted in the middle or sides, etc.) and always looks really cute!

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4. Top knot - If you want your hair up for the day, put it in a high ponytail and then wrap your hair around itself to form an easy bun. This hairstyle is so effortless and easy to achieve!

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What are your go-to hairstyles for school? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! 


Monday, August 21, 2017

Recipe: Easy Vanilla Cupcakes!

Hey cupcakes! I recently decided to bake some cupcakes, so I found a random recipe on Pinterest and thought to try it out (see original recipe here). This vanilla cupcake recipe was AWESOME, so I wanted to share it with you all today! It isn't over-sweet, the batter is super simple to whip up, and it makes more than two dozen cupcakes! I would definitely recommend you give this a try :D

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What You Need
-2 1/2 cups flour
-2 cups sugar
-3 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp salt
-1 cup milk
-1/2 canola oil
-1 tbsp vanilla extract
-2 eggs
-1 cup water

How To Make
1. Preheat oven to 350 degress and place cupcake liners into muffin tin.
2. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixer bowl and combine. Set aside.
3. Add milk, oil, vanilla extract, and eggs in a medium sized bowl and mix together.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Beat until combined.
5. Slowly add the water to the batter and mix on low speed until combined (batter will be pretty runny).
6. Fill cupcake liners about half way and bake for 15-17 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out with only a few crumbs).
7. Remove cupcakes from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.
8. When cool, frost with any frosting you like! Ta-da, tasty treats!!! :D

What my cupcakes ended up looking like! :D

What is your favorite cupcake flavor? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Jenna the Baker

Saturday, August 19, 2017

How To Style: T-shirt Dress

Hey cupcakes! I have been seeing t-shirt dresses everywhere recently, so I wanted to make a lookbook on three unique ways to style them. :D Let's get started!

Outfit #1 (Sweet and Simple) - In this look, pair your t-shirt dress with your favorite pair of Keds/Converse and a simple black purse. So effortless but so chic!

Outfit #2 (Cool and Casual) - This is my favorite way to style t-shirt dresses! I'm not a big fan of how they look without a belt, so I love to put on a belt and my denim jacket to create an outfit that is perfect for a casual day out on the town.

Outfit #3 (Rocker Chic) - If you want to go extreme with the belt, put on a corset belt! These belts are so cute, and I love how it looks with some cute booties. :)

How do you style t-shirt dresses? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Recent Book Reads and Random Food Reviews

Hey cupcakes! I have been doing some reading (and eating!) recently, so I thought I would combine a book review post with some random food reviews as well. :) If you enjoy these posts and would like to see more of them, please let me know in the comments!

Recent Books I Have Read

1. The Search for Nefertiti by Dr. Joann Fletcher

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As you could probably tell from my last book review post (read it here!), I am into reading nonfiction books because I love to learn about random topics that I discover in the library. Ever since I was a young girl, I have always been obsessed with Ancient Egypt and the amazing civilization that thrived so long ago. I started to have the urge to read some more books about Ancient Egypt, so I thought this book would be interesting. The book basically tells the story of Dr. Joann Fletcher and her journey to try to figure out if a random mummy walled up in a tomb is the mummy of Nefertiti. The book is quite informative and goes into so much depth about the time of Nefertiti, before her, and after. While there is no actual conclusion at the end of the book (because we will never truly know if the mummy is her or not), I totally believe that the mummy of Nefertiti has been found! This book can be dry at times if you aren't into history, but I would definitely recommend.
Rating: 8/10

2. The Mysterious Death of Tutankhamun by Paul Doherty

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This book was fantastic!!!! I was lucky enough to see the actual treasures from King Tut's tomb when it was a traveling exhibit in Chicago, and the death of King Tut has always been so interesting to learn about. Most people think he was murdered by Ay, but this book looks at the physical features of King Tut to hypothesize that the "boy king" had Marfan syndrome, which would explain why he was always depicted as a child when he lived to be 18 years old (way past the average Egyptian's life span). This book was explained in "normal people terms" unlike the Nefertiti book, so I loved it! Great book to keep your mind thinking!
Rating: 10/10

Recent Food I Have Tried

3. Stroopwafel

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I saw these in a foreign supermarket and just had to give it a try! As you could probably tell from my last taste test post (read it here!), I have a sweet tooth :P And I loved these cookies/biscuits/whatever these are! The layer of caramel in the center was basically fused with the thin waffle, and it was the perfect amount of sweet. I will definitely be trying these again! 
Rating: 9/10

4. S'mores Tart from Tim Hortons

I was in the car with my family, and we decided to stop at Tim Hortons... I saw this homemade "poptart" and just had to get it! While I am not a big s'mores fan, I thought this was pretty good. The dough of the tart tasted like pie crust, and it was filled with fluff and chocolate (so it was pretty sweet). I don't think I would buy it again just because it was too expensive for such a small tart, but if you love s'mores then you should give this a try!
Rating: 6/10

5. Bauducco Triple Chocolate Wafer Cookies

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I was in Big Lots the other day and saw these, and they reminded me of those orange wafer cookies I used to eat as a kid. These were only $1 and were made in Brazil, so I gave them a try... They were actually really tasty! You can definitely tell they are chocolate, but you don't taste the three different types of chocolate like the package says. If you like the orange wafer cookies, you will like these too!
Rating: 8/10

6. Inka Plantain Chips

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I also found these for $1 in Big Lots, and I wanted to try them out. Plantains are basically the cousin of bananas, so I thought they would taste a lot like banana chips.... But they actually taste more like potato chips! They were really good, and I think they are more natural/healthy than a fried potato chip, so I will definitely be on the look out for more of these! 
Rating: 9.5/10

What books have you read recently and food have you tried? Comment below your thoughts on what I should read/eat next and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D

Try Anything Once Jenna

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My 5 Current Favorite Beauty Products!

Hey cupcakes! It has been SO long since I wrote a post about makeup and beauty products, so I thought I would change things up today and write a fun post about my latest beauty obsessions. Let's get started! :D

1. elf's Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara

I barely wear any makeup in the summer (usually just mascara and powder), so I love wearing a simple mascara that is also waterproof for summer fun! While this mascara is honestly not the best with water, I still love the brush and how it makes my lashes look!

2. NYC Smooth Skin Translucent Powder

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This is perfect for a summer day, and I love how light-weight it is! :) This is by far my favorite powder, and it is also super cheap... Definitely would recommend!

3. Boots Extracts Coconut Body Butter

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In the summer I, unfortunately, have to shave my legs a lot more than usual. To keep my skin healthy and hydrated, this body butter is my fav! It isn't thick like some body butters can be, so I love to use it after the shower. Such a great scent too!

4. Viva La Juicy La Fleur

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I have wayyyy too many body sprays/perfumes, so I decided to get rid of the ones I have before I purchase new ones. I ran out of my Viva La Juicy perfume in this double roller a long time ago, so I thought I would try out Viva La Juicy La Fleur... and I love it! The scent is super florally and perfect for summer!

5. eos Honeysuckle Honeydew Lip Balm

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Lol - this is totally random, but I LOVE this lip balm. It keeps my lips moist all day,

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Haha sorry not sorry :P

and I love the scent/flavor.

What are your current favorite makeup products? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake (lol - you just have to after that A Cinderella Story gif)!


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Movie Review: Rogue One

Release date: December 16, 2016

Rating: PG-13

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Hey cupcakes! I know I am totally late on seeing/reviewing this movie, but my boyfriend and I finally decided to watch the film when we found it on Netflix the other night. I was pretty skeptical of the film (hence why I never saw it in theaters), but I was actually surprised how well the plot fit in with the original Star Wars films. It was such a neat idea to show the viewers how the Death Star plans were given to Princess Leia, so I was uber happy they didn't fail at the plot line.

The movie itself was a little boring at times, but I thought the new characters were very well developed and pretty relatable (plus, there were some good jokes!). Some beloved old characters came back, and I loved the very subtle romance happening between the two main characters as well! Even though the ending was sad (SPOILER ALERT: literally the whole cast dies), I thought this was smart and definitely needed to match the original movies. It was the perfect ending in my opinion. 

Overall, I thought this film was better than expected! If you never saw it, I would definitely recommend checking it out sometime! :)

What did you think of Rogue One? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! <3

Rebel Jenna

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

How To Style ft. Baseball Caps

Hey cupcakes! One of my favorite ways to keep the sun out of my face in the summertime is to throw on a cute baseball cap with my outfit. I think they are so trendy and can add a little extra spice to an already great look. In this post, I created three different looks to style some different baseball caps; let's get started! :)

Outfit #1 - This is by far the easiest look out of the three; just throw on a romper or dress and your favorite cap! I think these wedges add an extra cute vibe to the look, but you could totally rock this with any type of sandal instead.

Outfit #2 - I love to style my baseball caps this way! Pairing leggings and a cute graphic tee with a denim jacket and baseball cap is always a great way to look effortlessly chic.

Outfit #3 - If you want to rock a baseball cap that actually represents a baseball team, I suggest wearing a baseball tee and some denim shorts to create a totally sporty look! :)

How do you style your baseball caps? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Jenna <3

Monday, August 7, 2017

What I Learned Being a Camp Counselor

Hey cupcakes, I only have a couple more weeks left of being a camp counselor! :) It is going to be sad (but also happy) when camp gets done for the summer, so I wanted to inspire some of my followers to think about being counselors next summer by sharing everything I have learned from this experience. While I will be living it up at an accounting internship next summer, the memories I have made at camp will always stay with me. :D Let's jump right into it!

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1. It is more than just a job - While you can make basically the same amount of money working in retail or fast food, being a camp counselor is more than just showing up, working, and getting paid. You are going to have a monumental influence on the kids that come to camp. Even if you don't work for a camp that specifically targets low income families (like I did these past couple of summers), you are still going to be a huge part of their summer. They are going to look up to you as a role model, and it is so amazing to be priviledged enough to impact the campers in a postive way (especially if they don't have that at home).

2. It is not easy - Camp can be rough. There will be 90 + degree weather, vomit, blood, friend drama, etc. etc. so being a camp counselor definitely requires you to be ready and have energy every single day.

3. It is what you make of it - Even with camp being difficult at times (see 2 haha), camp is honestly what you make of it. If you aren't having a good time or participating in any of the activities, none of the kids will have fun and will make your life miserable by misbehaving. The campers will like the counselors who aren't lazy and play with them the best. Have fun at camp!!! :)

4. You are going to see sad things - Especially working in a camp for low income families, as a camp counselor you will see sad things (and sometimes even have to report things to the state). I've seen kids with not enough food for lunch, kids who are beaten at home, so many divorced/feuding parents, parents not even in the picture, etc. Again, you are a role model to these kids!!

5. It keeps you on your toes - Every single day of camp will be different! The camps I have worked at put on different activities every day, but even if you have the same schedule all summer each day will bring something new. You definitely must stay on your toes as a camp counselor!!

6. It is actually really good for a resume - Being a camp counselor allows you to put so many transferable skills on your resume!!!! Not only are you a leader and role model for the kids, but the job itself is so relatable to people who may interview you for future positions. I have been to numerous interviews where the interviewer goes into conversation about their favorite camp stories as a camp counselor and totally understands what hard work it is!

7. You will have so many amazing memories by the end of the summer! - Camp is hard, but you will make so many great memories working as a camp counselor. You get to meet some amazing kids (who say literally the funniest things sometimes!) and even other awesome counselors. It is definitely a job I would recommend to anyone :)

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Were you ever a camp counselor? If so, what did you learn from the experience? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Jenna <3

Saturday, August 5, 2017

My Travel Bucket List!

Hey cupcakes! As the summer gets closer and closer to its end, I have been thinking about squeezing in one more mini trip... Trying to decide where to go made me make a list of some travel destinations I would love to travel to in the near future. I thought I would share my list with all of you, and I hope you comment your travel bucket list items for some more inspiration. :D Let's get started!

1. Santorini, Greece

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I mentioned that I wanted to go here in my Grecian Summer Lookbook post in June (read that post here!), and I still would love to go there soon! The white and blue colors are just amazing, and I have always thought Greece would be such a cool place to visit. I already got to check out a lot of Italy where the Ancient Romans partied (read all about my trip here!), so now it would be awesome to see how the Ancient Greeks lived! :P

2. Egypt

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I know this is like super vague, but I have always wanted to go to Egypt since I was a little girl. I wanted to be an Egyptologist growing up, so I know I would absolutely love to see all of the Ancient Egyptian tombs, temples, etc. in Egypt. My boyfriend and I are thinking about saving up and doing a tour through Tourradar to see the sites in a short period of time...

3. Norway

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I have heard so many great things about the Scandinavian countries, so Norway has definitely been on my list! The Norse history and scenic views would be such a fun trip :)

4. San Francisco, California

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I actually have already been here, but I was way too young to remember most of it. I remember loving the city, so it would be so much fun to check it out again when I can actually make some sweet memories (and remember them haha). 

5. Washington, D.C.

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I know, I am ashamed that I haven't been here yet too... :P I am not a big fan of politics or learning about government/law stuff, but I feel like I should go here at least once in my life right?

6. Nashville, Tennessee

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My parents have visited Nashville and say it is really great for music and bars and such... So, when I turn 21 this upcoming year it would be great to check out this city! :)

What major items are on your travel bucket list? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :)

Jenna the Traveler <3

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Recipe: German Pancake

Hey cupcakes! The other day I was craving breakfast for dinner (an amazing thing in my opinion!), and I wanted to try out something new. I found this recipe on Pinterest, and it was so tasty! :D It is also super duper easy, so I wanted to share it with you all today:

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See original recipe here

-6 eggs
-1 cup milk
-1 cup flour
-Dash of salt
-1 tsp vanilla
-4 Tbps butter

1. Put the butter into a 9 x 13 baking dish. Stick in the oven and preheat it to 425 degrees (the butter will melt as the oven preheats).

2. Place all the rest of the ingredients in a blender (eggs, milk, flour, salt, and vanilla). Blend until smooth.

3. After oven is preheated, pour contents of blender into the pan with the hot, melted butter.

4. Let cook for about 18-20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.

5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar and/or syrup.

6. Enjoy!!!!

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What is your favorite food to make for breakfast? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D

Jenna the Foodie

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Summer Craft & Home Goods Haul

Hey cupcakes! I have been trying to save my money recently, but I (of course) have to buy a few things here and there. I haven't been purchasing much clothing or makeup lately, so I wanted to share my recent craft and home goods that I have bought. Let's get into the haul! :)

1. Recollections Unicorn and Rainbow Paper Straws ~$3 (Michaels)

I usually hit up Michaels once every week or two weeks (just to check out sales and such), and I saw these straws during one of my visits. I thought they were super duper cute, but I wasn't willing to pay $10 for them because I don't really have a use for them currently. However, the next time I went they were 70% off (!!!!), so I just had to buy them for $3. I will probably display them in my apartment's kitchen during my internship next summer :D

2. Donut Cards ~$1 (Michaels)

There is literally less then a month until I have to go back to school :( I dread this time not because I don't like school (I actually LOVE school and college!) but because my boyfriend and I have to do long distance while I am away. I don't really have any cute cards to send him when I write, so I found these on clearance and just had to get them!

3. Ice Cream Cards ~$0.45 (Michaels)

Again, I plan on sending these to my boyfriend and family members when I am away at school (and can we talk about how cheap these were!?! I found them in a random aisle misplaced and couldn't find the rest of them to buy more...Dang.).

4. Recollections Summer Page Flags ~$1.50 (orginal price: $3) (Michaels)

These were kind of an impulse buy at one of my trips to Michaels, but I had a 50% off a regular item so I HAD to find something (DUH!). I really liked the pineapple page flags and even though the light blue and pink kind of reminded me of a baby shower theme, I thought I would get them anyway to use in my bullet journal.

5. Dinosaur Salt and Pepper Shakers ~$6 ($3 each) (Target)

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Purchase them here
I am obsessed with dinosaurs (haha if you have been following The Chic Cupcake for some time you should know this :P ), so I just had to buy these at Target. I plan on using these in my apartment next summer (just like the straws), and I can't wait!

6. Chocolate Tea ~$1.30 ($0.65 each)

I was in a random food market a couple of weeks ago, and it had lots of tea bags that you could buy just one of. Since I love love love trying new foods/drinks, I thought it would be super interesting to try chocolate tea (because WHAT THAT IS A THING?!). If anyone wants me to do a review on these, I would gladly do a post... Let me know in the comments!

7. Amazon Echo Dot

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I was actually gifted this from a friend, but I thought I would include it anyway. I think this is pretty cool, and Alexa can literally answer everything! I mostly find this useful for knowing the weather and asking random trivia questions, but there are so many great uses. It makes a great gift! :)

What have you purchased recently? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D

Jenna <3
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