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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Entrepreneur Pamper Package

Caring for yourself is one of the most important things you can do. It is also one of the easiest things to forget.
We are suggesting you take a little time to pamper! We've partnered to give the ultimate pampering package for entrepreneurs. And trust us—you and your business will benefit greatly from it! Nourishing yourself is attainable and you are worth the effort!
For You :Winners of the Entrepreneur Pamper Package will receive a $100 gift certificate for an Arbonne Ultimate Facial & Cosmetic Application. In addition, the winner will also receive a $20.00 gift certificate for Upcy. Have an event coming up? The Upcy Gift Certificate can be spent on any of the Decoration/Set Designs Services or Upcycled. Accessories of your choosing.
For your Business : Winners of the Entrepreneur Pamper Package will receive a $100 gift certificate for We Point Media, to be spent on any of our services. Need a new business card design? A social media content calendar? Or maybe you’ve been considering a video to promote your products and company? Your $100 gift certificate from We Point Media can be applied to any of these projects, and more.

How to Qualify:

There is THREE different ways you can qualify to Win!
  1. - Qualify using Raffle Copter on either the We Point Media or Upcygirl Blog(s)[ simply scrolling to the very bottom of this page.]
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About We Point Media

We Point Media partners with businesses to create dynamic content for multimedia applications—in print, digital, and video. We are a close-knit team working together to refine creative ideas with a focus on meeting, and exceeding, our client’s vision for a project. Offering graphic design, branding development, online marketing, video production, and website building, We Point Media is the central hub for your business’ creative content.

About Arbonne

"Arbonne is a place where ordinary people do extraordinary things every day to enhance not only their own lives, but also the lives of so many others." - Petter Morck. Founder
With Arbonne beauty begins with premium botanical ingredients & an unwavering commitment to pure, safe, & vegan products! Ranging from skincare, anti-aging, nutrition, cosmetics & aromatherapy

About Upcy

Upcy is the combination of both a Blog 'Upcygirl', where I share both DIY's of the upcycled projects, & cosmetic tutorials using exclusively Arbonne Cosmetics. I also have the Upcy Shop page (on Facebook) where you can purchase the handmade designs if DIYing isn't really your thing!!

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Dream Big   Sparkle More   Shine Bright

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Chocolate Covered Valentines

It's never to early to start thinking of Valentine Treat ideas! Whether you have someone to celebrate with or not, check out these Valentine's inspired Chocolate covered treats! 
These are absoluely perfect for a Valentine Themed Party - I made these treats for a Party we're hosting this weekend, they add a cute festive touch without adding a bunch more work (all of these treats took less than 20min to prepare) to my already overwheling To Do List! These would be fun to make for or with your kids, too!

What You Will Need:

  • Chocolate 
  • Pretzels / Cookies / Fruit / Marshmallows / Plastic Spoons / Anything else you can think to Chocolate Dip!
  • Heat source.

Get To Dippin':

I don't think this one needs much explanation - though the options are endless and depending on the type of chocolate used you can be certain to have something to suit everyones specific taste!

Some of my favourites that we tried are the Chocolate dipped Oreo's, & of course the chocolate covered spoons - this would be a super cute little Valentine for any chocolate lover on you list - they are also super good to dip into any Hot drink!!
Just Dip, Decorate then place in fridge/freezer/outside (Depending on where you live this may just be the fastest easiest methiod this time of year)

 Some of my favourites that we tried are the Chocolate dipped Oreo's, & of course the chocolate covered spoons - this would be a super cute little Valentine for any chocolate lover on you list - they are also super good to dip into any Hot drink!!

Dream Big   Sparkle More   Shine Bright

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

DIY Potato Stamped Towels/Fabric

These geometic / all over patterned fabrics are a trend right now for both Home Decor & Fashion - especially for infants/children.  With Valenines Day fast approaching I decided to use this technnique to make my own cute hand towels for our kitchen/bathrooms.
If it's fabric - or rather ... paintable this technique applies, below you will find a bunch more inspiration and ideas of the truly endless list of things you could use this for!

What you will need:

  • Fabric of choice
  • Paint
  • Potato
  • Knife

Get to Stampin'

Begin by creating your Potato Stamp - I have shared a more indepth tutorial on how to DIY your own Potato Stamp which you can view HERE , so I'm going to just going to do a quick review of the steps.

  1.  Cut Potato in half or thirds (depending on potato size - at least 3" in depth
  2.  Gently etch out your stamp design onto the flat (cut) face of the potato.
  3.  Very carefuly cut out your stamp shape. (you will want to make sure to cut down your stamp at least 1/2")
  4.  Set out / whipe down to dry.

Using your paint colour of choice - gently dip your Potato Stamp - learn from my mistake and check your stamp & whipe off any access paint before placing it down onto the fabric - I was sure not to make this mistake again on my next one(s) don't fret if a stamp is miss placed slightly, part of the beauty of this look is its hand made details!
Have fun experimenting with different colours and stamp designs & get creative!
Dream Big   Sparkle More   Shine Bright

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Chocolate Protein Peanut Butter Balls

I had so many requests for this recipe after posting a picture of one that I decided to go ahead & share it with you all on my blog!
I regretably dont have any pictures of the process - so you will have to settle for pictures of how delicous the finished product looks!
This is a super fast, delicious and suprisingly nutritious recipe that (provided you use a vegan chocolate) is 100% Gluten Free & Vegan, which makes snacking on them non-stop that much easier - - not that it's a struggle at all - These things are seriously amazing!

What You'll Need:

  • Arbonne Vanilla Protein Powder
  • Peanut Butter - I reccomend using one that is all natural - I used 'NATUR' Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate of choice - obviously you must choose a Vegan chocolate if you wish your treats to be such - I reccomend using dark chocolate! 
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Parchment Paper
  • Stove Top / Microwave 
  • Freezer
  • Tooth Pick(s)

Mix equal parts Peanut Butter & Arbonne Vanilla Protein Powder (I used 1/2 cup of each) in a large mixing bowl and shape into small 1/2-1 table spoon sized balls

Once completed place in freezer to chill/set while we begin melting down our chocolate!

There are a few options for how you can melt down our chocolate - I recomend using a double boiler method - its actually super simple - fill a large pot half full of water & bring to a rolling boil .Place a stainless steal bowl over top - reduce heat to minimum & place your chocolate inside for a safe & burn proof melt!

You can also use the Microwave - but you can run the risk of burning your cholate if it doesn't heat evenly / is heated too quickly - If you do use this method, I recomend 30-40seconds at a time, stopping in between to check & ensure it is melting evenly!

If you are using the double boiler method you can actually - very carfuly - dip the peanut butter protein balls into the chocolate while it remains on the stove using a tooth pick - this will keep your chocolate melty (in case you haven't picked up on it yet I like to make up my own dicriptive words) the whole time preventing you from having to stop & reheat your chocolate if it starts to harden.
Once all have been dipped - at least once ;) - place them back in the freezer to set!
Store in Fridge or Freezer & Enjoy!

Dream Big   Sparkle More   Shine Bright

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Years Vision Board & The 1st FAST FINGERS GIVEAWAY

New Years Resolutions are something everyone seems to have a Love/Hate relationship with. I feel as though I see just as many "Here come those New Years Resolution" Posts - As I actually do posts pertaining to people setting New Years resolutions! I get it - They are hard to keep & if we're being honest is something most people Set & Forget!
Upcy Vision Board
Last year at this time I made my first ever Inspiration Board - I not only had a lot more fun making it than I would have writing down a list of Goals - I find it to be a lot more aspirational & positive - opposed to being negative & focusing on to the exact thing the person obviously doesn't wish to keep in our life, which I find many resolutions tend to do!
Creating a Vision board certainly doesn't have any rules - the whole concept of it is to personalize, filling it with goals, aspirations and anything you want to attract into your life!

Last year I hung mine in my office / creative space - where I would see it as I was crafting or working away in there! The idea is to display it somewhere you will See it every day, as a constant reminder of your Dreams & Goals!! 
This year I decided to make one that was slightly smaller - that could fit into my Monthly Planner & come with me wherever I go!  

The options are endless for what types of images to add - but some ideas to get your imaginations flowing are:
Places To Go
A New Project / Hobby
Something I'd Like to Learn / A Class I'd Like To Take
Where To Live
What To Drive
What I'd Like To Eat
A Big Change I'd Like To Make
Fashion / Outfit / Jewelery Aspirations/ Inspiration

A Good way to start is to just flip open a magazine or Log onto a Inspiration webpage such as Pinterest & See what catches your eye - Dream BIG! & Go for the Gusto - This is YOUR Dream / Inspiration/Vision board so don't hold back!!

I started on this years New Years Day - It is a work in progress still - I plan to add many more images (to what limited space remains) as they catch my eye or come to mind - which is what I encourage you to do as well!
Upcy Vision Board


WIN any NEW Upcy Bracelet (of your choosing)!!
In honor of the New Year, & many New Designs being added to the Upcy Shop starting on Jan 9th 2015 - I will be holding my very 1st ;) FAST FINGERS GIVEAWAY of 2015 - WIN any NEW 2015 Upcy Bracelet - to launch on Jan 9th 2015 - By being the 1st person to comment below THIS Blog Post!! 
Dream Big      Sparkle More      Shine Bright