Easy DIY Gift Baskets

Whether you’re trying to make a custom, one-of-a-kind gift basket for a friend’s birthday, need a last-minute house-warming present for a loved one, a token of appreciation when meeting your significant other’s family for the first time, or simply a just-because gift, these gift baskets will become your go-to idea! …

Keto Friendly Blackberry Lemon Muffins

With a few ketogenic essential ingredients, bake your way to these sweet, zesty, keto friendly blackberry lemon muffins! I entered into a ketogenic diet at the end of March, and thanks to this way of eating, have been in ketosis for a little over 5 weeks now. I love that …

Keto Friendly Spiralizing Good Times at Houlihans

It’s Italian. It’s keto friendly. It’s Houlihan’s Butternut Squash and Sausage Lasagna with Zoodles! Hey there, darlings! It’s been a minute. Or a year, or whatever. They forget to tell you that you’ll have to juggle business with pleasure when the real world takes over. There have been so many …

‘Tis the Season… For Getting Real

Hello my darlings.

Long time no blog seems cliche, but I can’t think of a better term to chalk my blogging absence up to. It’s been an exciting year, and now that my shoulders are sitting a little lower and my breathing has slowed, it seemed appropriate to give this site a good refresh. But what would I write about?

I graduated last December. It was a surreal moment. My boyfriend at the time was off doing who knows what in Australia, and my parents flew in when I was flying around like a chicken with its head cut off. Between working nearly full time and finishing up capstone courses, I’m surprised I had the energy and mental stability to throw on a dress and walk across that stage to receive that hard-earned piece of paper.Read more

DIY Leopard Halloween Makeup Tutorial

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How to Do Leopard Spots Makeup Tutorial for Your Halloween Costume

It’s Halloween week! What are you going to be? If you haven’t a clue, be sure to check out my DIY Halloween Costume Ideas, where you can see the full ensemble to go with today’s post. Today, you’ll get to see the easy-peasy, but awesome looking way to create a leopard face with makeup!

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Overnight Healthy Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Slow Cooker Recipe

Wake Up to the Smell (and Taste) of Pumpkin Pie!

It’s my second favorite season of the year, folks (behind Christmas, of course)! Costumes, pumpkin carvings, fall decor. Halloween is next week, which means Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Some of you might be dreading the food-filled holiday, but for those of you who have a sweet-tooth for pumpkin pie, I’ve got just the thing to satisfy your craving without the loads of calories and guilt!Read more

DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

What costume will you wear for Halloween?

Halloween is fast-approaching, and time is running out to figure out what ghoulish goblin or pretty princess you’ll trek out into the night as on October 31st. At this point, you’ve got 11 days to shop-and-ship, and let’s be honest: are you really going to trust the expedited shipping to get your costume to your home in time? Not to mention–will it fit?

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Product Review: Skoop A-Game Powder

Skoop A-Game Powder Review on A Dash of Sarah

September is one of those months that I always can’t wait to be over. Don’t get me wrong; I love Labor Day, the start of pumpkin spice lattes (let’s be honest: pumpkinĀ anything), and the promise that fall weather is soon on its way (you hear that, Texas? Any day now… would be nice), but it also marks the start of another busy school year and too many obligations than I know how to keep straight. Well–this is the LAST year that school will be a problem, and thankfully a product I tried out helped me through the madness that is September.Read more

Pink Zebra Sprinkles – Product Review

Hi lovelies!

I’m so excited about reviewing Pink Zebra Sprinkles! This review has been a long-time coming. You see, I wanted to try out each scent before writing about them. Umm… BAD idea. Turns out these suckers burn for quite a long while. (Yeah, even the samples!)

Trying out Pink Zebra Sprinkles

So, I got in contact with Leah from Pink Zebra Sprinkles, who asked what kind of scents I liked. I told her herbal scents, and clean scents, nothing too fruity or dessert-smelling. (I already munch enough as it is, there’s no need to fill my room with cookie dough scent!) Leah hooked me up with a handful of samples, and I swear it was love at first scent! The scents included were as follows:
– Stone-Washed Denim
– Turquoise Waters
– Gentle Rain
– Amaretto Cream
– Citrus & Herbs
– Honeysuckle Hugs
– Beach Breeze
– Island Coconut

Pink Zebra Sprinkles Care Package Assorted Sprinkles Wax Scents Assorted Sprinkles Scents

Do those sound dreamy or what?! I have to say, I think Gentle Rain was my favorite, with Stone-Washed Denim being a close second. They were ALL great smelling though, without being too strong. I don’t know about y’all, but I get headaches when they’re too overpowering. Let’s smell pretty, not forceful, know what I mean?!

Pink Zebra Sprinkles Gentle Rain Scent Pink Zebra Sprinkles Gentle Rain Scent

These samples burned, and burned, and burned, and burned! I was surprised at how long they last, until Leah gave me the low-down on how these little delights burn 30% longer than most candle. And the best part? They’re made with renewable and sustainable, Earth-friendly wax. They burn smoothly, and keep most of their bright, fun colors while doing so.

Wax melts Pink Zebra Sprinkles Wax melts Pink Zebra Sprinkles

The absoluteĀ only down side that I had with these vs. Scentsy wax bars is that I didn’t have as much flexibility of changing scents as I did with wax bars, as these are sprinkles, and the samples didn’t come with the store-away carton. BUT, Pink Zebra Sprinkles allows for mixing your favorite scents together in a glass container to create a bomb-diggity smelling, personalized scented candle, so that makes up for it IMHO.

Go check out the different scents available and get in touch with Leah. She’s awesome, and so are her scents. Not to mention, how ridiculously cute are their Simmering Lights shades? I’m going to need to do some serious wax-melting upgrades soon!

Shout out to Leah for the samples! Once I’m all moved in to my new humble abode, I will be having to try out some of those new, adorable simmer light shades!

(Didn’t know I was moving? Take a peak at some of the budget furniture randoms I’ve been collecting here and there, and stay tuned for my budget-design reveal in August!)

Product Review & GIVEAWAY: Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalk Markers

Hi my dears! Today, I am SO excited to reveal not only an awesome product review, but also a giveaway!

Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalk Markers 4-Piece Set Giveaway and Review

… Courtesy of Marvy Uchida!

(Disclaimer: All products in the giveaway were provided free-of-charge by Marvy Uchida. All products I used were purchased on my own behalf. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not paid or otherwise compensated for my review.)

I bought some chalkboard paint a while ago from Michaels Craft Store, and have been playing around, spraying it on random items like wine bottles and old frames. But one thing wasn’t going quite like I imagined: the chalk. Anytime I used regular chalk, the intensity of my drawing was not up to par, or the drawing would stick and reappear no matter how many times I wiped or washed the board/bottle to try a new design.

Then, one day, a friend turned me on to chalk markers, and I haven’t looked back ever since. I bought myself a 4-pack set of the Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalk Markers in Red, White, Blue and Black. I have used the red, white and blue ones quite a bit. I have yet to try out the black, but am saving it until I can get my hands on (or make!) some mint or white chalkboard paint for another project.

These markers go on so easily to any chalkboard canvas. The package says they can work on glass, and any other non-porous, smooth surfaces, as well, though I haven’t tried myself. I put my new chalk market kit to the test with the following three projects (click on the first 2 project images to open up a new window with their posts and instructions!):

Memorial Day Chalkboard Display
DIY Patriotic Chalkboard Display

love the wine you're with diy quote chalkboard art
DIY Chalkboard Wine Quote Art

and my latest (and possibly favorite) project:

DIY Home Sweet Home Chalkboard Art from A Dash of Sarah

DIY Entryway Chalkboard from A Dash of Sarah


And that’s all just free-hand, one-coat drawings using Marvy Uchida chalk markers and taking inspiration from random pins. They’re that vibrant and easy-to-use!

So far, I have absolutely no complaints with Marvy Uchida bistro chalk markers. They are a craft-material company that has been around for more than 40 years, and makes other craft (and office) related items. Go here to learn more about their company and the other products they offer. You can see all the different colors available for the bistro chalk marker HERE.

And now, for the fun part!

Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalk Marker 4-Piece Set Giveaway!

Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalk Markers Giveaway

Marvy Uchida has generously sent me a four-piece chalkboard marker set to giveaway to one lucky winner! SO, to all my ADOS fans, what are you waiting for?! Enter NOW until June 26th, and you could be on your way to creating beautiful chalkboard projects galore in no time with these colorful helpers!

A Dash of Sarah Giveaway Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalk Markers
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(Disclaimer: All products in the giveaway were provided free-of-charge by Marvy Uchida. All products I used were purchased on my own behalf. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not paid or otherwise compensated for my review.)