Heart Nails       This is probably one of my favorite mani DIYs to date. I love the simplicity and the beautiful ombre colors. It's such a fun twist on a traditional French tip and is very appropriate for Valentine's day! 

Supplies:
-assortment of pink, peach and red polish
-glossy top coat
-polish remover
-small makeup brush

Heart Nails DIY   HeartNailsFirst pick out your nail colors. I chose a variety of pinks, peaches and reds for this look, but it also looks beautiful with one color too! For my colors, I selected from lightest to darkest; Haute to Trot by Essie, Sublime by RMS, Smile by RMS, Flashed by Essie and Drop the Gown by Essie. Once you select your colors, apply a swath of color to each side of your nail. Start at the outside edge of your nail and with one motion, curve your brush to the tip. Using one motion to paint on each side really keeps the edges smooth looking! I did two coats of my heart tips on each nail and let dry completely. 

HeartNails HeartNails  Once your nails are dry, go ahead and apply a generous top coat to each nail. This will smooth everything out and give your nails a beautiful shine, especially since we aren't applying polish to the rest of our nail. I recommend a glossy top coat.

Heart Nails  Heart Nails   Don't worry if you make a mess or get a lot of polish around your nails. The beauty is that we can clean everything up and make it look perfect. I'm left handed, so my right hand always looks way better. I messed up a lot on my left hand, but thanks to the polish remover I used, it looks just as good as the right hand. Using a small, stiff makeup brush, dip your brush into the remover and carefully clean up around your nails. It's definitely easier if you wait until they are completely dry. 

Your beautiful heart mani is complete! You can do so much with this look... use one color, use a variety of different colors, keep with the ombre theme, or even add sparkle. It's so hard for me to say no to sparkle. When I did this mani the first time, I couldn't resist adding a little coat of glitter to the tips. So pretty! 

Heart Nails          Heart Nails      Heart Nails        Enjoy your next mani night!! I've been fitting mine in during weekly The Bachelor viewing parties at my place, and it's amazing. Girls' night, questionable TV shows and manis...what could be better?! ;) Lots of love, Sav

Credits//Author + Photography: Savannah Wallace. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions

Jalapeno Popper Black Bean Burgers (via abeautifulmess.com) Jalapeno Popper Black Bean Burgers (via abeautifulmess.com)You're in for a treat today because I'm sharing these filling, spicy, cheesy, black bean burgers. If you've always assumed that veggie burgers have to taste like healthy cardboard, then you should try this because they will for sure change your mind. 

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Jalapeno Popper Black Bean Burgers (via abeautifulmess.com)    They are also insanely easy to make with basically a handful of pretty simple ingredients. Have I convinced you yet???

Black bean burger ingredientsCheesy Jalapeño Popper Black Bean Burgers, makes two large burgers (or possibly three if you want to make them a bit smaller)

1 large jalapeño (around 2 oz.)
3 cloves of garlic
1 can black beans (15 oz.)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
pepper
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup flour
2 oz. Colby jack or cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons cornmeal
1 tablespoon olive oil for cooking the burgers in
burger buns and other burger fixings

First make the burger patties. Chop the jalapeño into small pieces, removing the seeds and stem as you do (you can leave a few seeds if you like more heat). Mince the garlic. Cook the jalapeño in a little oil over medium heat until it begins to soften. Add the garlic and cook another 45 seconds to a minute, until very fragrant. 

How to make veggie burgersDrain the beans from the can juices and place in a medium size mixing bowl. Add the jalapeño and garlic mix, salt, onion powder, and a sprinkle of some pepper. Now remove about 2/3 of this mixture to a food processor or blender and puree until mostly smooth (it doesn't need to be perfectly smooth like hummus, just mostly). Add this back into the mixing bowl with the remaining bean mixture and stir in the egg yolk. Then stir in the flour until a thick batter forms. If the mixture appears too sticky, you can add another tablespoon or two of flour. 

Cut the cheese (he he... sorry, I'm super mature) into two squares. Divide the batter in two and press into patties with the cheese in the center. Sprinkle on a little cornmeal and wrap in plastic wrap to freeze or refrigerate if not using right away. 

Cook in a little olive oil over medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side, until the patty looks well browned but not burnt. Toast your buns, and you're in business!

Jalapeno Popper Black Bean Burgers (via abeautifulmess.com)  You can serve these alongside chips or, my favorite, fries! I still love these brown sugar baked fries I shared years ago. Or for a little more nutrition, you could make these sweet potato fries

-You can swap out the all-purpose flour for whole wheat. You may need a little less if you do as it will likely absorb more liquid. 

Happy veggie burger making, you guys! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions

So fun! No-Sew Phrase Kitchen Towel DIY (click through for tutorial)      I loove looking through the kitchen towels at cute shops. Some of them are like little works of art, and I especially like it when they have cheeky little phrases on the towels too. Since it's pretty easy to find a plain colored kitchen towel (heck, they usually come in multi packs), it's also a good opportunity to make your own teal towel creation! I initially wanted to embroider my own phrase onto the towel, buuuut after a few hours of trying different ways, I just couldn't quite get the crisp look I wanted, and then I remembered these iron-on embroidery letters I've used before. It turns out they were perfect for this job (and way easier too!).

So fun! No-Sew Phrase Kitchen Towel DIY (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
-iron-on embroidery letters
-plain kitchen towel (I used the white ones of this set)
-ric rac and pom pom trim
-iron
-fabric glue

So fun! No-Sew Phrase Kitchen Towel DIY (click through for tutorial) First decide which phrase you want to use for your towel. I chose "Let Us Eat Cake" to paraphrase Marie Antoinette's famous line, but you do whatever you like! Just make sure when you buy your letter packets that you have all the letters you need so you aren't one "M" short later... Pull out the appropriate letters and lay them out on your towel, leaving room at the bottom for a few lines of trim embellishment.

So fun! No-Sew Phrase Kitchen Towel DIY (click through for tutorial)  Use your iron and follow the embroidery letter instructions to adhere your phrase onto the tea towel.

So fun! No-Sew Phrase Kitchen Towel DIY (click through for tutorial)   Take your fabric glue and glue a few stacked lines of your pom pom and ric rac trim near the bottom of the towel (use a few sizes and colors of trim to vary the look). Let the glue fully set, and your towel is ready to display!

So fun! No-Sew Phrase Kitchen Towel DIY (click through for tutorial)    So fun! No-Sew Phrase Kitchen Towel DIY (click through for tutorial)    How fun! This would make a great DIY gift as well since you can customize a phrase or color combo for someone special. This is a no-sew DIY, but if you don't mind a minute or two of sewing, you always can run your machine across the trim at the bottom just to add some extra stability in the wash. I was just talking the other day about how I don't remember the last time I had a big slice of cake, so maybe this towel is another message from my brain to get out my Dad's favorite chocolate cake recipe soon. Happy cooking! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.  

January Messy Box from A Beautiful Mess Get yours at www.ABeautifulMess.comThere's something so exciting and refreshing about January! I love this time of year. It's such a good time to think over past accomplishments and plan out new goals. For me, getting my goals down on paper and tracking them regularly is the best way to cross them off my list. I love how light and beautiful the January Messy Box is! It makes it perfect for getting my goals and special January memories into my album.

January Messy Box from A Beautiful Mess1In January, I've been focusing on working on my goals every day so they become habits. I love documenting the details of these goals, which helps me reflect on the goal, and seeing it on paper helps motivate me to work harder.

A Beautiful Mess January Messy BoxA Beautiful Mess January Messy BoxThe 9 x 12 papers in the Messy Box are always so pretty. I wanted to try something new for me, so I included round photographs into this layout. I used a circle punch to cut out 8 photographs and one journaling card. I just love how it turned out! I think my circle punch is going to quickly become a new favorite tool.

 A Beautiful Mess January Messy Box  The January Messy Box is great for capturing time with your family or other people and values that are really special to you. The birds of a feathers journaling cards and embellishments are so sweet! What goals or happy memories are you documenting with your Messy Box? xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Hager. Photos edited with Scrapbook from the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.  

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