March 31, 2013

Easter 2013 Movie Night- 'Rise of the Guardians'

Hi KorKers! Happy Sunday and Happy Easter!

     I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend so far and an enjoyable Easter with friends, family, and loved ones.

     My Easter has been pretty great- I’ve been spending time with my Mom while my younger sister and my Dad are at Disneyworld for a Marching Band trip, and reminiscing in what the Lord has provided for us all. Since they’re in Florida in the sunshine and land of anything and everything Disney, Mom and I have been having a very entertaining and lazy weekend- including watching several movies, including ones for Easter such as Hop and Rise of the Guardians.

     So if you want to chill out or relax after all of the Easter celebrations of great food, along with religious and family time, but still want something fun to do- I highly recommend watching Dreamworks' Rise of the Guardians. Yes, I know it’s a kid’s film about the many key figures surrounding holidays and legends, but hey- IT’S PRETTY AWESOME- and not to mention, like many college students are, most of us are big kids at heart whenever we’re not trying to be adults. Heck, I always enjoy getting Easter candy like I did when I was a kid, even now that I’m in college. Put both of them together, and it’s a combination for a funny and relaxing night, especially after running around with the kids as they search for Easter eggs. The film depicts how the many popular figures recognized with holidays and legends (The Tooth Fairy, The Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, The Sandman, and Jack Frost) protect the children of the world against the darkness being brought against the world by Pitch. This is a fun film, especially with the great casting, including Hugh Jackman as The Easter Bunny and Chris Pine as Jack Frost.

(Note- All Rights (including these videos) Belong To The Respected Owners- I don't own the videos, characters, and anything relating to Rise of the Guardians!)

     So grab some drinks, popcorn, along with Peeps, chocolate bunnies, robins eggs, and any other Easter candy you want, grab a comfy spot, pop in Rise of the Guardians, and enjoy! For my readers- this is great with the family, friends, and of course with kids. It’s an easy way to unwind (for you and the kids) and not to mention a fun way to wind the kids down after the sugar rush involved with Easter gifts and celebrations. (Haha!)

KorK Rating: Kool
Until Wednesday KorKers! –Katie <3

March 27, 2013

Guest Post: Arsherres Jenkins- D.I.Y. Water Marble Nail Art!

Hello KorKers! I'm very pleased and proud to introduce one of my talented and amazing friends of mine from college, and writer of Beauty Tips On A College Budget!!, Arsherres Jenkins! I was super excited when she accepted my offer for her to do a guest post, and I hope you all will enjoy it as much as I do. Without further ado, here’s the special post I was telling you about! Until next time KorKers!
Much Love! –Katie <3
Hello Bloggers I was pleased when Katie asked me to do a guest post on her blog Kool or Katastrophy? Her blog is very unique and different and I love it. Being creative and trying new things are definitely something I like to do so if you have been to my blog Beauty Tips on A College Budget you will be able to tell. So when picking out something to do I decided to do Marble water nails and see if and how it really works, so here goes nothing- follow me and let’s see if it works out.

Water Marble Nail Art

Ok so if you have ever been to a nail salon you know it can take forever to get your nails done and depending on where you go can be a little pricey so why not try to do nail designs yourself? Water marble nail art is a fun and easy way to do your nails yourself. I personally have tried this a few years ago but today I’m going to try it again and see how it turns out, so let’s begin.

 Step 1
Get a cup of water and make sure the water is at room temperature. Having the water at room temperature is very important because if its not the polish will drop straight to the bottom of the cup.

Step 2
Make sure you have all your supplies ready to go!
1. Cotton balls (Optional)
2. Q-Tips
3. Nail Polish Remover
4. Tooth Picks


 Step 3
Make sure you have clear nail polish for your base coat (apply before you start). It doesn’t matter the brand of the clear polish.

Step 4
Pick out as many colors as you want.

 Step 5
Pick your first color and let one drop fall in the water, then the next color on top of that and repeat the process until you have all the colors you want in the water for your design.         

 Step 6
Once you have your colors in the water, you can begin to make any design you want in the polish using a toothpick

Step 7
Once you have made your design stick your finger in curled with your nail bed facing the polish in the water and proceed with putting your finger in the water. Once you have placed your finger in the water pull your finger out.


Step 8
Once you have your finger out you will have nail polish on the remainder of your finger, but no worries- that’s where the remover comes in handy and you just wipe it off using either cotton balls or Q-tips.

Step 9
Once you have completed all the steps, you should have the design on your nails that you wanted.

*Outcome: For me it worked but the designs that I wanted didn’t look the way I wanted but with a little more practice I feel I can master it. I hope you will try this because it is one Kool way to do your own nail designs.

March 20, 2013

No Heat Curls via The Sock Bun Method- Kool or Katastrophy?

Happy Wednesday KorKers!
     I decided to switch it up, as I promised before, and I wanted to try out another pin I found on Pinterest a long time ago. This time it’s a fashion/beauty post. When I went to find the pin, I couldn’t find it! (I panicked for a moment, but I did find the YouTube video that went with it thankfully! So there are some positives!)
You’re probably looking at the computer screen or your phone wondering, “Katie, what in the world are you rambling on about? Get to the point already!”

     Well my dear audience, I decided to try out a way to achieve curls without using heat- which can be a big feat if you’re trying to get the perfect spiral curls in your hair without having to use a curling iron or even a hair straightener- I personally have a clipless curling wand, and I LOVE using it if I want to add some waves and curls to my hair, especially since it’s naturally straight. I envy my younger sister- out of the genes between my parents, she has a great mix of my mom’s smooth and sleek hair along with my dad’s wavy and curly hair…it’s just the right amount of both. Mine will curl with heat or if I have it up in a bun long enough, and I can get waves if I let my hair air dry after taking a shower; but part of the time, I don’t really have enough time to wake up early and curl my hair with how busy my college schedule gets (you think high school was busy and crazy? College is a bit worse).
 Anyway, the method I tried to achieve these amazing curls was by using The Sock Bun- you actually make it out of a sock, or you can buy one of the foam rings that you can find at Claire’s or other beauty shops to use. It’s pretty easy to make, but it takes a lot of practice to put it all together.

What you need:
-An old tube sock (one that matches your natural hair color if you’re going to wear it out into public; or not if you’re just going to sleep in it)
-A hair tie or two (I placed an extra one around the bun after I finished to secure it)
-Spray Bottle with Water
 To make the sock bun, cut off the toe section of the tube sock with scissors. Roll the sock into a doughnut shape. Voila!
Here’s the amazing YouTube video by the amazing Loepsie that explains her method and how to do it (She explains it better than I do):
To put the sock bun in place:

1. Brush out your hair until there are no tangles, then put your hair up in a high ponytail on the top of your head with a hair tie.
2. Brush out the ponytail again (no tangles), then with the spray bottle filled with water, lightly dampen the ponytail (DON’T SOAK).
(If you want to do this after you take a shower and wash your hair, skip the misting step and let your hair dry out until lightly damp.)
3. Take the sock doughnut and place it at the end of the ponytail (tips of hair) and loop it through. Continue the process, but rolling the doughnut towards the base of your head, rolling your hair in as you go- like you’re rolling up a shirt sleeve (try to make your hair cover all of the way around the circle) until its secure on your head. 

Feel free to add an extra hair tie around the bun for security; then you’re ready to go! (If you want to wear it out to town.) If you’re going for the curls like I did, go to bed- the bun should be high enough on your head so you’re not sleeping on top of it and so you can toss and turn easily. In the morning, make sure your hair is dry- I used my hair dryer to make sure while it was still up in the bun- before taking it down carefully and revealing your curls!
My Naturally Straight Hair  

Finished Ponytail
The Completed Sock Bun!
Having A Weeping Angel Moment- DON'T BLINK! (I Couldn't Resist) 
The Next Morning- After Taking The Bun Out. It's Very Wavy, But No Curls This Time! 
     I adore this idea of no heat curls, and I’ve tried this method and a few others before a long time ago with great results. However, this time, I guess my hair was still too damp for it to work; but it did make my hair wavy, which is still better than nothing. I’ll definitely give it another try later. Also, the bun itself is super cute- it’s just like making a topknot for a rainy day outfit, and it keeps the hair out of your face if you’re working. You can always accessorize it with a piece of ribbon or bow as well if you’d like. Feel free to go all out on this one and let me know in the comments below what you think about this- I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

     KorK Rating: Overall, with previous attempts a long time ago included, Kool. But for this specific attempt- Katastrophy. 

   I need to test this some more with Loepsie's newer tips and methods seen in the YouTube video above- which I may post about later on.

Anyway, please take a moment to check out Loepsie and her amazing YouTube channel- she has some great tutorials and ideas! Give her some love, and subscribe!
Until next time KorKers! –Katie <3

March 17, 2013

A KorKer's St. Patrick's Day Breakfast 2013

Happy Sunday and Happy St. Patrick’s Day KorKers!

     I hope you’re each wearing some green and celebrating like I am! I’m celebrating St. Patrick’s Day along with my birthday- yep, I’m a lucky baby- I was born today a little more than two decades ago. Wow, its amazing how fast time flies…anyway, the St. Patrick’s Day celebration with my family has been pretty great, especially our breakfast to get us in the spirit: Shamrock Green Pancakes and Green Milk.

     I know I’ve been in the cooking and baking vibe for the last few posts, but next time I’ll be discussing something non-food related, so please don’t be too upset with me now.

     Anyway, what you’ll need to make Shamrock Green Pancakes & Milk is a box of pancake mix or your favorite pancake batter recipe, along with green food coloring, seen here:

To make the green milk, you only need to combine milk and food coloring. It’s that simple!

Here’s how our St. Patty’s Day breakfast turned out:

The Finished Green Milk
And Viola! Shamrock Green Pancakes and Milk!
     This is super easy to put together and not to mention delicious. In my opinion being simple, is usually the best way to go with this- you can overdo it with fruit and whatnot like normal pancakes if you’d like, but all you need to do is add in some green food coloring to make it ready for St. Patrick’s Day or you can customize the color any other occasion. I hope you guys give it a try and have a great St. Patrick’s Day!
KorK Rating: Kool

Until Wednesday KorKers! –Katie <3

March 13, 2013

A KorK St. Patrick's Day Original Recipe: 'Pot of Gold' Drink

Happy Wednesday KorKers!

     I hope you’ve been great since I’ve posted last- I really missed blogging over my Spring Break, especially since I was busy with homework and spending time with my family (which I desperately needed). It’s amazing how fast time will fly, and I’m glad to announce that this Sunday is…St. Patrick’s Day! The holiday focused around leprechauns, Ireland, four-leaf clovers, rainbows, pots of gold, drinking, wearing green and pinching others who don’t wear green, and asking to be kissed because you’re Irish (or drunk, haha!). Not only that, but it also happens to be my birthday (cue the party balloons falling from the ceiling). Anyway, birthday stuff aside, I decided that for today’s post and Sunday’s posts that it would be: St. Patrick’s Day themed! J
     So going with the St. Patrick’s Day theme, I wanted to create something that would be fun for kids and also for adults. My experiment resulted in a drink that I call the Pot of Gold- a rainbow inside a pot of gold that you can drink!
What you need:
-Ice Trays
-Food Coloring
-Cups (To mix the colors in)
-Glasses (To drink the beverage out of)
-A Soda with a golden tint (Sierra Mist, Mountain Dew, Ginger Ale, Sprite, Seven Up, Sundrop, etc.) [For the ‘of age’ adults- you can experiment with liquor if you wish]

1. Decide on what colors you want for your ice cubes- Rainbow colors are the base of this drink, but if you want to make a custom drink for other occasions, you can use those colors only. Mix the colors individually and dilute with how much water you want (How much food coloring and water is up to you).
Mixing the Colors
2. Carefully pour the colored water into your ice trays (I did each color separately to ensure they wouldn’t mix before freezing) and place them into the freezer until frozen.
Before Freezing
3. Once fully frozen, remove them from the freezer and take the ice cubes out of the tray (you can place them into a bowl to scoop them out easily). Fill up your glasses with at least one ice cube of each color before pouring your soda/drink of choice over the top of the colored cubes.
The Completed Rainbow Ice!
Assembling the Pot of Gold
'The Completed Pot of Gold Drink: A rainbow (colored ice cubes) swimming in a pot of gold (soda).
And VOILA! You now have your own drinkable rainbow in a pot of gold!

     Overall, the experiment was a success. The drink looks and tastes fantastic while providing a unique look that fits in with St. Patrick’s Day. However, it did have its pros and cons…

Pros: looked and tasted great; very colorful

Cons: too much food coloring made the drink change colors as the ice melted (later ending in a mucky color such as what is seen when painting with watercolors)- and may temporarily stain the tongue, lips, and skin lightly (like most hard candies such as Jolly Ranchers do).
This is after a few refills- The food coloring from the ice cubes disperses into the drink itself.
It's not harmful, but WARNING: it will stain your skin some.

KorK Rating: Kool and Katastrophe- varies from measurement to measurement of coloring to water.

I hope ya’ll give this one a try!
Until Sunday KorKers! –Katie <3