Tips to be Productive & How to Reach Your Goals in 2017!

Welcome my darlings to my last post of 2016, it has been quite a rough year for a lot of people, me included. I am ready to say goodbye to 2016 and Welcome 2017 with open arms and with a positive attitude!

Today I want to talk about goals!!

We all have them, especially this time of year, its time for a new start and a clean slate. If you have goals what better time to start then now?!?!

(Disclaimer: I am by no means any kind of professional planner or anything these are just the tips I use to help me feel motivated and be productive.)

SO LETS GET PRODUCTIVE:

Tip 1:

Carry a notebook around with you! You never know when a genius idea will spark in your head or you will have something you need to remember. I ALWAYS carry a small notebook around in my purse and write down video ideas, blog post ideas, to do lists, shopping lists, my goals, etc. So go to your local Dollar store, grab yourself a cheap little notebook for a buck, and it will fit in almost any purse!

Tip 2:

Set Goals & Do something every day to bring you closer to your goal. What are your goals for 2017? Now thing to yourself what can I do TODAY to bring me 1 step closer to that goal? Whether it be cutting out junk food today, or taking an extra trip to the gym, or starting that blog or youtube channel you have been wanting to start, or start brainstorming ideas for that book you are wanting to write! Get started TODAY! Do or Create something everyday, even if it sucks! It’s a start!

Tip 3:

Start Early with a task list! I automatically feel more productive if I wake up just a little bit earlier to work on my goals. Even if its just 20 extra minutes, that’s 20 minutes of effort towards your goals! I like to wake up a little bit earlier when I want to be productive, and make out my To-Do list for the day. A To-Do list is the best way to help you stay on track and meet your goals. I am big into list making! I <3 Lists!

Tip 4:

Surround yourself with Motivation! I personally am a huge fan of motivational quotes! I love them, and I love them on everything. My computer desktop is always adorning a new quote to motivate me, I like to use Coffee Cups that constantly motivate me every time I look at it to take a sip of my morning coffee! Even the wallpaper on my phone usually has some kind of inspirational something to motivate me and keep me going! So surround yourself with things to inspire you and keep yourself on track!

Tip 5:

Eliminate Distractions! One huge distraction for me is TV. Television is by far the biggest distraction for me that throws me off my mojo! If you are trying to be productive and concentrate on a task, maybe try turning the old television off even if its just in the background and opt for some mood enhancing music! I personally like Pop music, it really helps at putting me in a great mood! But RAP is what really gets me going and ready to kick some a** and take some names!

Tip 6:

De-Clutter/Organize! I CANNOT work or concentrate on something if there is clutter and mess and just junk everywhere. One thing that really helps me to stay focused is to work in a clean de-cluttered environment. Even if the place I am working in is not all that cluttered, a great stress reliever for me is to clean out closets, drawers, and just de-clutter and de-junk everything. Not only will a huge weight be lifted off of you to rid yourself of all this unused junk but also you might get a little feel goods as well for donating these items to someone who needs them more then you!

Tip 7:

Schedule! I like to make a schedule, I am one of those nerdy schedulers who plan out what they are going to do and when and for how long. Ugh I know right?! But it is definitely a big help when I am trying to be productive. I like to section off my day and get things done based on priority. Go buy yourself a cheap notebook or planner from the Dollar store and start planning out your day, you’ll never be the same again.  Break up your time, only spend about 15-20 minutes per task. I know that doesn’t sound like much but you will be able to focus better if you take breaks and focus on something else for a little bit rather then staring at the same project for hours on end.

Tip 8:

Make an Inspiration Board! This is by far my favorite tip I have for you! Inspiration boards are soooo fun and so cute! You can customize it however you want and it is there for you when you need a little motivation. Hang motivational quotes or pictures or to do lists or whatever you want to inspire you and motivate you every time you look at it. Hang it by your desk or work area so it is constantly reminding you to push yourself towards your goals. I made a super cute one that I will be posting about next week so stayed tuned to see how I made my own Inspiration board!

Tip 9:

Finally just Keep Your Eyes on the Prize! Basically this is summing up all my tips! Stay motivated, remember your goals and CRUSH THEM! You CAN do it! Keep your eyes and mind on what you want, and do what you have to to reach those goals.

 

Thank you guys so much for stopping by for the very last time in 2016! I hope you guys enjoy these tips and I hope they help your 2017 off to a very productive start! Don’t forget to check out my Youtube video where I sum up all these tips and SUBSCRIBE so next week when I post my Inspiration board you don’t miss it!

GOODBYE 2016, Good Riddance! Happy New Years Guys!

 

 

 

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Goals & Future for Burst of Sunshine!

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

With the new year HERE I feel it is completely natural for all of us to stop and say “Hey, I want to make some goals, and I want to CRUSH THEM!”

I am definitely one of those people who at this time of year get completely inspired to set new goals and resolutions (and despite the odds of what people say about making resolutions and never sticking to them,) I want to accomplish them all!

So I just wanted to throw a quick little post out there about Burst of Sunshine…Goals for the new year!

 

1. New Content!

First of I am going to start off with the content I post. Lately I have been posting a lot of baking related content, which is fine and dandy and all. I love to bake, I usually regularly have to make cakes for people so it’s something convenient for me to post…HOWEVER, DIY & Craft is my real passion. When I started this blog it was because I wanted to express my creativity and do DIY’s freely and feel like maybe someone else could learn a thing or two as well or maybe learn from my crafting mistakes (as I do make a lot of them). So for the future of Burst of Sunshine I would definitely like to incorporate more DIY’S. I know a lot of my following is because of Cake and Baking and once I start transitioning over to DIY’S and Crafts I probably will lose a huge amount of following but I want to follow my passion and it has always been Crafting!

2. Gain Followers/Subscribers!

Everybody has to have a goal right?! I have a Youtube Channel which you should already know if you follow my Blog. It is slowly growing and I look for it to lose some Subs once I transition to crafts…but, I would like to reach 500 Subscribers by the end of 2017. Originally my goal was 1,000 but I decided the best way to really achieve your goals is definitely make them realistic. I have about 268 Subscribers as of right now, but again as I mentioned I look to lose a few when I stop posting all baking video when my subscribers that are there to see the baking see that I am changing it up. So realistically, with only 268 Subscribers (Which I am thankful for each and every one), 1,000 Subs just seemed pretty unrealistic. So 500 Subscribers is my goal for 2017!

3. Editing Improvement & Video Quality!

I definitely would like to get a tad more experienced and *fancy* with my editing. I have basic minimal editing skills which I would definitely love to improve on. Maybe buy a much better editing software, learn some tricks and skills, and be an editing master! I also would love to be able to provide you all with the most quality pictures and videos I can, which to do I need to definitely step up my game with staging photo’s and videos!

4. Blogging Regularly!

I would loveee to start blogging regularly. I guess with me working a full time job and doing Youtube I do find it hard to find the time to sit down and blog, but I would love love love to give the blog more TLC and also build my following here!

 

Guys, I know they aren’t much but these are my goals for 2017 for Burst of Sunshine! I hope you guys enjoyed this post, thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed this and come back Friday for a new post on how I stay Productive and Motivated to reach my goals for the new year!

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How To Make A Simple Snow Globe Cake!

DON’T SHAKE THE SNOW GLOBE!

HA! Im Just kidding guys, but seriously don’t shake it!

Today we are making this super simple easy Snow Globe Cake that will definitely impress at your Christmas get-together but is so simple and quick to throw together!

What you will need:

  • 2 6 Inch Round Cakes (In any flavor you want)
  • Green Buttercream
  • Something to put in the Snowglobe. I used Rice Crispy Trees that I made last week! You can find them HERE!
  • Fish bowl or round vase
  • Shredded Coconut

 

Alright guys, you are about to see just how simple this cake really is. Also feel free to add designs and as many details as you want, I just wanted this to be simple and to show you that its something literally anybody can do! So lets get started!

  1. First I stacked and filled my cake with Buttercream frosting and then gave it a thin crumb coat. Chill.
  2.  Once Chilled I took some of the green Buttercream and done my main coat of frosting which is usually a little more on the thick side.
  3. I smoothed out my buttercream smooth with my small offset spatula or you could use a bench scraper. Then I chilled it for a bit to firm it up so I didnt mess it up while doing the quick and easy decorating.
  4. Next I took my little fish bowl/globe for the top and I placed it where I wanted it. Then removed it, just so it would leave an outline where it goes.
  5. Then I took some shredded coconut and filled the  inside of the globe outline on my frosting so it would look like snow in my snow globe!
  6. Next I used a little Buttercream to attach  my Christmas tree in the center of where my globe will be. If you want to see how I made this cute Christmas Tree Rice Crispy Treat you can check that out HERE. It’s super easy and makes another cute treat to bring to the Christmas family events! (You can put a gingerbread man cookie or whatever you want in this globe!)
  7. Finally I placed the globe back ontop of the cake where I originally outlined for it to go, and you are done!
  8. Of course additional decorations and designs are completely optional!

I hope you guys like this cake and how simple and easy it is and also don’t forget to go check out my post from last week where I show you how to make the Rice Crispy Treat Trees that I put in my snow globe!

Rice Crispy Treat Trees: CHECK THEM OUT HERE!

As always go check out my You Tube Channel BURST OF SUNSHINE and Subscribe to see all my future videos! Thank you guys so much for stopping by and have a great holiday!

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How To Make Rice Crispy TREE Treats!

Today I am collabing with an AH-MAZING Youtuber to bring you guys adorable Easy Christmas Rice Crispy Treats! For my first ever collab, I am partnering with Marisha from Marisha’s Couture Cakes to bring you these super cuteeee treats! I love her channel so much! She does some amazing Cakes & Treats, So make sure you go check out her Channel, and Subscribe to her, you wont regret it! Meanwhile if you are feeling Subscribin happy go ahead and SUBSCRIBE to my Channel as well! If you like these Rice Crispy Christmas Trees don’t forget to hit that thumbs up button! So lets do this!!

Rice Crispy Christmas Trees!
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For the Rice Crispies
  1. 6 Cups Rice Crispy Cereal
  2. 10 oz. Mini Marshmallows
  3. 1/4 Cup of Butter
  4. Splash of Vanilla
  5. Green Food Coloring
For the Decoration
  1. M&M's
  2. Yellow Fondant
  3. Buttercream
  4. Reeses Miniatures
Instructions
  1. Start by melting the Butter on low heat.
  2. Add Vanilla and Mini Marshmallows and continue to cook on low heat until completely melted.
  3. Once melted add the food coloring and mix thoroughly.
  4. When your marshmallow mixture is the color you want, remove from heat and mix in the rice crispy treats. ( It was easiest for me to mix in a little at a time)
  5. Let cool. (hot Rice crispy treats are super sticky, they are easier to shape when cooled.)
  6. Shape into Christmas Trees.
  7. Attach Miniature Reeses to bottom for stem using buttercream.
  8. Use Butter cream to stick a variety of colors of M&Ms to be your ornaments.
  9. Finally adorn the top with a small star cut out of yellow fondant.
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As Always go check out my Youtube Channel: Burst of Sunshine!

Also Don’t forget to Check out my friend Marisha’s amazing channel and Subscribe to her as well! 

Marisha’s Channel: Marisha’s Couture Cakes

Thank you guys for checking out my Rice Crispy Treat Trees, Don’t forget to check out Marisha’s adorable lumps of coal! See ya’ll next time, byeee! 

 

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How To Make A Santa Suit Pizza!

Ho Ho Ho!..oops, I mean Hey hey hey my sunny friends! I decided to veer off my normal route today and instead of making a dessert I made dinner, and one of my favorite go-to dinners-PIZZA! Me & my husband are pizza eaters for sure, we live and breath pizza! So this week I am making a standard Pepperoni Pizza, but with a Christmas twist! That’s right, a Santa Suit Pizza, or a Santa Belly Pizza…whatever you wanna call it!

So as always, go check out my video on my Youtube Channel Burst Of Sunshine to see how I made these Santa Pizza and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE and hit that thumbs up button if you like it!

Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you liked this Pizza as much as I did. See Ya’ll next time! 

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DIY Christmas Snow Globe Door Hanger!

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Hello my beautiful sunny friends! I am sooo excited beyond belief for this project! Here’s a little sneak peak into the life of this burst of sunshine, my husband and I collect snow globes. Not in like a weird way where we have like 100 all over the house, but when we go on trips or anytime my husband has to go out of town for work (Which isn’t too often) he brings me a snow globe home…usually representing the place he got it from in his travels. It is mainly something he really loves, he loves pretty things. So now we have a small but growing collection of snow globes that he absolutely loves to display on a little shelf in our bedroom. So I thought what better Christmas door hanger to make for our home than one of a Christmas Snow Globe! It is very US!

Printable Snowglobe Template 

As always, watch my video on how I made this cute Snow Globe on my You Tube  BURST OF SUNSHINE & don’t forget to thumbs up the video if you like it to show me some love and SUBSCRIBE so you can see all my future content as soon as I upload it! 

So, Let’s do This!

  1. First, I of course cut out my Snow Globe shape out of some plywood (same way I do with all my wood projects) 
  2. After cutting out my snow globe shape I sand it down to make the surface smooth with no jagged edges.
  3. Time to start painting. I started with the base and background of the globe. Because I did not want to leave it wooden I decided to go with a light sky blue-ish color for the globe background and a red for the base just so I know it looks extra festive for the holidays.
  4. After the base and background have dried its time to start painting the inside of my globe. I decided to go with some cute little Snowmen to represent me and my husband. Add as many details as you would like, I thought it would be cute to add snow falling and cute details all in the globe.
  5. Time for the words, I just stenciled my words “Merry Christmas” onto the base of the snow globe using the same technique I always use which is taping down my printed out words and tracing over them using firm pressure with a pen. Then when you remove the paper the words should be indented into the woods for easy tracing. Then I just painted in the lines.
  6. Finally it is time for a top coat to seal in the design. Polyurethane is a good option but I find it has been turning some of my pieces yellow, So recently I have been using Mod Podge Spray Acrylic Sealer. No matter what kind you choose to use, just seal your project in!
  7. Add a Screw to the top to hang with some ribbon!

You are Done!!!!!!

See how easy but how fun and cute! You can customize this to your own family and color scheme you want!

Thank you all so much for your support I appreciate everyone who takes the time to stop and watch my videos or read my blog posts! You guys are AWESOME!! 

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