AUGUST FIRST IS NATIONAL GIRLFRIEND'S DAY!


my friends are the absolute best. sometimes they appear in my posts, but i never really say how much they mean to me. we tell each other almost everything, and do almost everything together. when I found out oscar insurance was spreading the word about the CDC's national girlfriends day on august 1st and the importance of keeping each other accountable for our health, i totally wanted to help out. 







 jam jam jam. i think it was justin beiber. 


during my freshman year of high school, i joined the cross country team. the friends that i made and i are still running and love to stay active. just the other day, my friend ceci shared an amazing peanut butter raspberry smoothie recipe with me. (i'll be sharing it with you, soon!) it's the small things that help all of us stay healthy!


oscar insurance is taking a whole new approach to healthcare by integrating technology and creating an easy experience for their customers, allowing them to keep a tab on their health 24/7. they've kindly put together a chart (above) detailing all the important checkups, appointments, and screenings you should have in each stage of your life! each small step makes a difference, and can even save lives! If you want to find out some more information on them, check out they new jersey and new york health insurance plans. cheers to a healthy future for you and your gals, and don't forget about national girlfriend's day! -m

CHOCOLATE CHIP OREO COOKIES


it was the first day of summer when we found this recipe, a.k.a when we found heaven on earth. these babies are sooooo good. the entire plate was gone in less than an hour. you guys, we made like 30 cookies. (we, meaning me and the ladies of disparate youth/my good friends) they're seriously like, the best thing since sliced bread. get the recipe below!

adapted from tablespoon
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 sticks of softened butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ¾ cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cup of flour
  • 10 oz bag of chocolate chips
  • 1 package of oreos (bonus points for double stuffffff)


SUPPLIES
  • mixer (hand or stand)
  • cookie sheet
  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 medium bowl
  • wax paper




DIRECTIONS
  1. preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. mix the butter and both sugars together in the medium bowl until creamy, then add the eggs and vanilla
  3. in the large bowl, mix together all your dry ingredients. slowly add your sugar-butter-egg-vanilla mix into the bowl, along with the chocolate chips, until evenly combined.
  4. using clean hands (the fun way) or a cookie scoop, cover a single oreo with cookie dough until it can no longer be seen and place it onto the wax paper-lined sheet. the cookies expand a good amount, so try not to cover the oreo with too much dough, or else they'll overlap onto each other.
  5.  bake the cookies for about 10 minutes, or until they become golden brown. remove and let cool. 
  6. E A T  T H E M





weren't they good? wait, you haven't tried them? what are you waiting for? run to your kitchen now and get baking! and if you can't eat them all by yourself (you probs will) they would be a great addition to your fourth of july cookout! you friends and fam will thank you. happy baking, eating, and celebrating! -m

THE BEST OF INSTAGRAM // 004

i've finally gotten around to choosing someone new for TBOI series and i'm so happy to introduce leslie musser, the blogger behind one brass fox as the fourth guest to be featured! leslie has some great 'grams that just had to be shared!



i love the cool and grey-ish tones of all her photos and the way she keeps a cohesive look throughout
her squares. blogging out of boston, massachusetts really allows for some awesome looking shots!




thanks so much again to leslie for agreeing to be the fourth feature in THE BEST OF INSTAGRAM series! -m

more ways to find leslie
instagram | @onebrassfox
blog | one brass fox

more TBOI

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*if you would like to be featured on "the best of instagram" series, contact molly at thelollyprojectblog@gmail.com. *



MARBLED CERAMIC PLANTERS


i'm the type of person who will collect planters when i don't even have plants to put in them! when i saw these $1 planters in the target dollar section, the opportunity could not be passed up. they sat in the craft room for a while, until... tada! nail-polish marbled planters!

SUPPLIES
  • terra cotta or ceramic planters
  • tub of water
  • various nail polish colors
  • blue painter's tape
  • white spray paint (if desired)
  • toothpicks
STEPS
1. tape off each planter using the painter's tape. i taped off different sections on each planter, but you could also tape off each planter the same way for a more uniform look. 

2. remove the caps of your nail polishes and have your planters ready to be dipped. this is the most important detail in this DIY. if you don't move quick, the polish will dry on top of the water and you won't be able to transfer the paint onto the planter. 








3. once you're ready to start dipping your planters, pour in each nail polish color and swirl with a toothpick. quickly submerge your planter into the nail polish + water mix, making sure all the polish is removed from the water and onto the planters.

4. remove from water and set to dry.












i love how easy these guys are to make, customize, and style. i can officially give myself a reason to go out and buy more plants, only in turn to buy a few more planters. :) -m


WEEKEND LOVE


happy weekend! i actually forgot today was saturday until breakfast this morning! i've got a case of summer brain already. here are some things that caught my eye during this first week of summer! -m
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kelly's national donut day giveaway is pretty sweet! (pun intended)
wishing i had some little ones so i could buy these
these fruit photobooth props would be the perfect addition to your backyard barbecue!
cute summer co-ord (matching top and bottoms sets)
my sister's heading to italy this summer with this dress. heart eyes. jealous ones, but still heart eyes. 

NATIONAL DONUT DAY!

happy national donut day friends!!!!!!! a.k.a. happy "best holiday ever created in human history" day. while we're all chowing down on the delicious, round, zero calorie (ha!), sprinkled,  frown-turned-upside-down-ers, i thought i'd gather some of my favorite donut-themed things to help you celebrate! 

1 donut float / 2  donut bikini / 3 donut coasters / 4 donut purse / 5 donut macarons
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just imagine yourself, in a donut swimsuit, on a donut pool float, your drink resting on a donut coaster, munching a donut macaron. heaven my friends. pure heaven. -m

p.s.      donut calories don't count today!

RUBIT TATTOOS x TLP


boy, have i been waiting to write this post! this collaboration has been in the making for about 5 months, and i finally get to share it with you guys! earlier in the year, i stumbled on an instagram account, rubit tattoos, and was totally blown away by the hand-drawn temporary tattoos shira had created on her etsy shop. through some friendly emailing, we decided to collaborate and eventually bring you the post you're reading today! you may have already seen some sneak peeks of shira's creation on my instagram (like here, here, and here), but i'm so excited to bring you some never-before-seen pictures my good friends dana and julia of disparate youth  and i captured a few weeks ago, and some from our spring break trip to arizona










shira was so great to work with! not only does she sell pre-made designs, she also sells custom tattoos! i asked her to make some geometric ones and maybe a pineapple and she now sells them in her shop! head on over to check out all of her latest creations that are perfect for summer! -m
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to see more of shira and rubit tattoos, click the links below
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to have your product or business featured on TLP, contact molly at thelollyprojectblog@gmail.com with the subject line "collaboration with your business name". we'd love to have you!

PHOTOSHOOT JOURNAL: TREES AND TATTOOS

wow, has this week been crazy. crazy and slow. finals are next week and we all know that pressure. anyway, last sunday i ventured into the woods with some good friends and my sister for a product shoot (coming really soon!) and decided to document the day for the handy-but-almost-never-posted-in category of photoshoot journal.




 i had been to the forest preserve near my house tons of times, but never to this area! we found a roped off brick house-like structure with stairs leading to an upper roof balcony that looked over a clearing. there were two areas with locked gates that swung out if unlocked. little did we know we were on top of an old toboggan run! 

 marveling over an awesome photo ^^






 we later moved on down a small bike path to capture some different scenery. 






we captured some really good shots that i can't wait to share with you guys! stay tuned next week! -m

BIZ BABES: INTERVIEW WITH KATE OF CLEAR THE WAY AND CLEAR CREATIVE CONSULTING

happy thursday! today, i am excited to announce that i have an awesome interview with kate coming at'cha this morning! kate and i have been blog friends for about a year now, and she has just ventured out into the big world of businesses to start her own consulting service! whoohoo!! in the interview, we'll chat about blogging, her experiences, how CCC and Clear the Way came to be, and more!

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  1. How/when did you come to join the big world of blogging?


I have been blogging at Clear the Way for five years now. I originally started this project as a way to manage my time online and make that time more meaningful, but it quickly transformed into a real passion and ultimately led me to start my business, Clear Creative Consulting.


  1. How did you find inspiration in your lowest points?


For me, blogging is my inspiration and I have never struggled with feeling uninspired when it came to blogging. Blogging has always been a creative outlet for me and has always helped me feel accomplished, satisfied, and good about myself. It’s always wonderful when you happen upon those things you’re naturally good at or feel “made to do.”


  1. What is your most memorable moment in your blogging career?


A couple years into blogging, I recognized my need to feel more connected with other bloggers online. I had been feeling like a “lone blogging wolf” and wanted to dive deeper and really dig in to a good community. Instead of simply connecting with others occasionally through comments and tweets, I have since created a solid group of people with whom I share advice, encouragement, and inspiration regularly. I think I will always remember when I felt that shift, that feeling of being a part of something larger than just my personal blog.


  1. When did you know you wanted to venture onto something larger?


I knew I wanted to start a business early on in my blogging career. Other bloggers would leave comments or send me emails asking me how they could blog more regularly, how they could use social media to network and promote, etc., so I knew I had valuable talents and strengths I could use to help others.


  1. Describe your perfect customer.


My ideal customer is any blogger looking to take her blog from wherever it is right now and transform it into a successful and fulfilling blogging experience. She doesn’t need to have all the terms defined, but she has to know that she wants her blog to be something special and something that enriches her life.


  1. Where do you hope to see CCC going in the next few years?


I’m a constant go-getter, always chasing my dreams, and my biggest dream is to continue my academic pursuits while growing a successful entrepreneurship. Because Clear Creative Consulting is rooted in my greatest strengths and passions, I’m excited to see how it grows with me. In the next few years, I hope to see CCC being a sustaining source of inspiration and gratification for me while I help my clients fulfill their dreams.


  1. Do you have any tips for readers out there with the same dream of starting their own business?


Starting your own business takes a lot of work and you aren’t guaranteed to be ready for it the first time around. My best tip is to just keep trying. It took me awhile to get the right business strategy in place and have everything in my life line up just right before I was ready to launch Clear Creative Consulting. If you take the time to listen to your heart and push yourself to do your best, you’ll be able to produce really great results.
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Kate is a creative consultant, blogger, and visual branding designer at Clear Creative Consulting. Her mission is to streamline the process of blogging for her clients so they can get back to the fun stuff, like treating their friends to ice cream. You can find her on the Clear Creative Consulting blog or the following social media: twitter | facebook | google plus | pinterest | instagram



DISTRESSED DENIM IN 5 STEPS

i had been on the hunt for the perfect pair of distressed jeans for a long time.  i couldn't find a pair that i liked well enough to commit a big $$$ to, and the cheaper ones were, well, cheap. and then i remembered that sometimes i craft and that i should just make my own.  duh. so i did, and was blown away by how easy it was! the washing machine does most of your work, actually! here's what you'll need to distress your own jeans. 

S U P P L I E S
  • a pair of jeans. (i recommend practicing on some old ones first)
  • x-acto knife
  • tape or chalk
  • scissors
  • nail file/cheese grater
  • tweezers (optional)




1. start by taping off the areas you want to distress. (knees, back pockets, etc.) i find putting the jeans on first helps to find the correct placements.



2. insert your cardboard scrap inside the leg of the jean and place it under the area you are distressing. take your x-acto knife and cut horizontal slits, all the same length, into the jeans. denim is laid out with white horizontal thread woven into blue vertical thread, and cutting the strips allows you to remove the blue strips, leaving the white.



3. after you've cut the strips, separate the blue strands by grabbing them in the middle and pulling out to each side, revealing the white strands! using your fingers or tweezers, pull out the loose blue threads and discard them.





4. once all the blue threads are removed, take the grater or nail file and "rough up" some of the edges of the pockets and bottoms of the legs. or not! this part is where creative freedom comes in, do what you want! i love the look of distressed back pockets and edges of the legs, but anything goes!

5. place those guys into the washing machine! they'll adopt a bit more of a used look, and once they've dried, your set to wear 'em!




remember these ^^^ from this?

strut your stuff and feel free to tell everyone that yes, you distressed these yourself. because you are an awesome boss lady who rules. -m



WEEKEND LOVE

i had to do a double-take this morning because i actually thought it was summer. IT'S SOOO NICE OUT! so i'll make this quick. here's what caught my eye this week! -m
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i really want to take studio diy's cant crop this class. i've been struggling with my social media look and really want to establish a solid, individualized look. 
these sugar cookie tacos are perfection!
scallops are perfect for spring.
and pineapples are perfect for summer!
cute printed madewell ball cap.

HOMEMADE CHURROS


hi my name is molly and i really like churros. and i think you should like them too because they are delicious and awesome and cinco de mayo is literally in cinco days and these would go perfect with a fiesta. so  watch this video make some churros and celebrate mexican holidays with yummy fried foods! -m