June 26, 2013

Sponsor In July!!

It's still a slow start on bringing back the blog but I'm still hopeful that it can be done. I have plenty of space and as always it's free! Just click on the Sponsor tab for more information and email me before Sunday :)

June 17, 2013

Recipes | Passion-Apple Tea

At the end of the term my friend and I discovered this secret drink after hearing someone order it at Starbucks. It was fantastic and it was all we ordered until the end of school. Basically it was their Passion fruit lemonade with apple juice instead of lemonade, so I was on the look out for the passion fruit tea. I finally found it and it taste exactly like the original :)

What You'll Need:
  • Tazo Iced Passion Herbal Infusion
  • Quart (32 oz.)Boiling Water
  • Quart (or more) Apple Juice
  • Simple Syrup* (optional)

  1. The instructions are rather easy for the tea, take the boiling water into a heat safe pitcher and drop the packet in, allow to steep for 5 minutes. 
  2. Pour a little over a quart of apple juice into the mixture (feel free to adjust to your liking) and there you go!
  3. I think the sugar in the apple juice is plenty, but if you want it sweeter just adjust it by using simple syrup.
  4. Enjoy!

*Simple Syrup*
- Equal parts sugar and water-
  1. Place all ingredients into a pot and heat until the sugar water mixture begins to boil.
  2. Allow to cool before using.

June 5, 2013

Sponsor In June!

I know it's already June, but since I'm trying to be more active with the blog I felt that I could do monthly Sponsorship again. Now it's not going to be as intense as I use to have it with different sizes or a big Sponsor Spotlight (I really want to keep it simple for a while) but you'll still get some of the same features from before!

The Semi-new Sponsorship
  • I'll host up to 20 Sponsors each month.
  • As before it'll be 100% Free 
  • Ad size is 200x100 (see image above for reference)
  • Sponsors can do giveaways and/or guest post (please contact me in advance to discuss)
  • Ads will cycle with every page refresh, so everyone gets some attention.
  • Ad for Ad available: I'll keep your ad up for as long as you keep mine up on your blog, this way you don't have to worry about renewal each month. (please contact me if you're interested)

I'm trying to think of a neat way to do a Sponsor Spotlight but in a shorter version to get attention to your blog! It may not happen this month but will be an option for the near future.

If you're interested please email me at: amberupbeat[at]aol[dot]com

* This is a non-profit blog, but I still have the right to deny Sponsorship or Giveaways if I feel that they do not represent my blog or what my followers are interested in.

June 1, 2013

D.I.Y | Metallic Dipped Shoes

I've seen the new shoe style with the tips "dipped" in gold/silver or a whole new color all together. I have  only one pair of saddle shoes (got them for a steal a few years back) and they are rather scuffed up in the front and back. At the moment I don't have a ton of money to spend on a new pair of cute shoes so what is a girl to do? Paint them! It was super easy and I put together an easy d.i.y so you can fix up your old pair of shoes too.

  • Shoes
  • Masking Tape
  • Paint Brush (a cheap one with can be thrown away afterwards
  • Liquid Gold Leaf or Metallic Acrylic Paint
  • High Grit Sandpaper

  1. Take high grit sandpaper and soften the edges of the scuff, this also helps to get rid of any peeling pieces of the fake leather. 
  2. Take the masking tape and take out your design, make sure to lay it cleanly so there is no bumps on the edges where paint and seep through.
  3. Tape the edges of the shoe's sole to keep the paint from getting on the bottom of your shoes.
  4. Take Metallic Gold Leaf/Acrylic Paint and brush it on the desired area, it may take a couple coats to get the shine you want.
    *I had leftover liquid gold leaf from years ago and it gives it a really shiny metallic look. However, it has a strong odor and must be used in a well ventilated area and try not to get it on your skin.
  5. While the paint is still a little wet, carefully peel off the tape making sure not to bump the paint.
  6. Let dry for at least a few hours to a whole day before wearing.
  7. Enjoy you're revamped shoes!!


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