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Coaster Gift Box Template

Believe In your Inner Beyonce

Happy New Year!

(Scroll to the bottom for the template if you’re impatient lol)

I know it has been a minute since I have updated my blog but the hiatus will be well worth it I think! I wanted to share a file I created for my Cricut Explore Air 2 (It can also be used with the Cameo ). It’s a Coaster Gift Box Template that you can use for the coasters you create and gift or sell!  It’s a really neat way to have beautiful custom packaging.

I recently purchased a Cricut Explore Air 2 because I had an interest in creating cool vinyl mugs and tshirts.  The Cricut does SO much more than that though!

Cricut Explore Air 2

Crafting seems to be more fun than sewing these days. Crafting is definitely more of an instant gratification!

(Want to Sew? Check out the Sewing Related posts below )


Top 5 Sewing Machine’s for Beginners

I can’t wait to share tutorials and other cool projects using the Explore Air 2 (or even the Cricut Maker !)

Coaster Box Template

Below is a template for a coaster gift box that I created.   I created this coaster box template to fit 4- 4″x4″ coasters. You can also choose NOT to have the front window cut out by detaching the square that in the center of the top.

I will update this post this weekend with a video tutorial of how to customize this coaster gift box as well as how to put the box together.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube Channel where I will post more tutorials in the future!

Ally Jae TV Youtube

I hope you all enjoy , Please share this post with your friends who may also want to use this Cricut box template 🙂

Coaster Box Template SVG File

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Fall into smooth skin! Fall Inspired Turmeric Body Scrub

Turmeric Body Scrub Recipe

Hello Fall!

Today i’m bringing to you a recipe to make a Turmeric Body Scrub. This scrub is a super easy and quick DIY project. It’s just in time for the cooler fall months!  We have to give our skin extra TLC during this season.  The Turmeric Body Scrub is a beautiful burnt orange color which just SCREAMS fall! (Can’t you tell that I love fall?) Continue reading Fall into smooth skin! Fall Inspired Turmeric Body Scrub

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I wanted to share 20 random facts about me. Hopefully you will be able to relate to me and enjoy all the posts I will be coming up with soon.

  1.  I can play the Piano.
  2. When I was in the 4th grade I went home with a stomach ache.  The teacher didn’t believe me because one of my “friends” said I was lying.  I didn’t come back for weeks – I had appendicitis and my appendix was about to burst – therefore I had to have it removed.  It’s funny because the teacher believed my “friend” and not me. Thankfully my mom DID believe me.
  3. My favorite meal of all time is Liver and Onions. Unfortunately I haven’t had this in over a year – I don’t eat beef anymore and chicken liver just isn’t the same 🙁
  4. I hate my nickname. I don’t know why I allowed anyone to call me that all those years.  I know there will be quite a few of you who will be petty enough to call me by it if you read this. 
  5. I got that nickname because I LOVED milk.  Oddly enough milk tears my stomach up now.  Oh – yall thought by now I would tell you my nick name? Nah.
  6. I know this is weird – but when I sleep I have to bite down on something. Usually my cover or pillow and I have to have something in my hand.
  7. I have 2 sisters (1 living) and 1 brother. He’s ugly.  He’s not likely to read this so whatever. lol. I take any opportunity I can to shade him. Keeps him on his toes.
  8. I have a natural resting bitch face but I’m sweet as can be most of the time.
  9. I can’t dance. I honestly think it’s because my oldest sister and brother used to pick at me and discourage me when I would try. I remember I was doing the running man once and they said it looked like i was trying to fly.  Haters.
  10. I don’t have a favorite color.  There are so many colors that look fabulous on me. I can’t pick just one.
  11. Right now , Cardi B is my inspiration. Why? Because she comes off as so authentic.  So herself.  She came on the scene and didn’t change the way she speaks, or looks to appease anyone else. I remember when we first heard about her on Love and Hip Hop New York , everyone spoke about how she speaks, and of course about how she’s an Ex-Stripper.  None of those things matter when you have talent and have DRIVE.  I love how she took the platform that she was given (LAHHNY) and used it to her advantage.  Yea – She got a bag and fixed her teeth , but I’m sure that was something she probably wanted to do anyways. She has stated she is just a “regular degular shmegular girl “. That is exactly how she comes off to me – She’s not trying to be anyone but Cardi B. I love that.
  12. I have 2 tattoos.
  13. My all time favorite celebrity is Beyonce.  She’s also an inspiration to me. I love her worth ethic.
  14. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I ask someone something and they don’t know the answer so they try to come up with a bullsh*t answer. Just say you don’t know love. It’s ok. I don’t expect anyone to know everything – I only asked in case you did know.
  15. I used to want 4 kids. That was before I had a kid. My mom made parenting look so easy. I am happy with the 1 that I have. 1 more would be nice though.
  16. For a long time I did not want a wedding. I have always wanted to get married – but the fact that my dad couldn’t walk my down the aisle really bothered me.  I think I am over that though – I would like a nice small wedding with the ones that I love most.
  17. I sometimes have bad anxiety about dying at 29.  If you want to know why check out my post My sister died at 29. I’m 29….
  18. I’m an Aquarius.
  19. One of the most embarrassing moments that i’ve had was in the 7th grade.  I remember like it was yesterday.  Early one morning , I was outside hanging out with my friends before classes started.  I had on those chunky wedge heels that were popular back in the early 2000’s. I thought I was cute AF that day.  Anywho – It had been raining and for whatever reason I thoguht it would be a good idea to walk up the handicap ramp which was soaking wet.  Yall….I slipped and feel right on my back. It was RIGHT in front of the 8th grade hall – where all of the popular guys who LOVED to JOKE and TEASE people!! I mean they would tease ANY and EVERYONE – it didn’t matter how cute you were. They would come for you !!  I was so embarrassed – I stayed on the ground. Why? Because who can laugh at someone that’s actually hurt.  I wasn’t hurt – but I needed everyone else to think that I was – so that they would wait until I wasn’t around to laugh.  Well the janitor at the school Charlie put me on blast.  I remember him helping me up and saying “Aww – She’s ok. Ain’t nothing hurt but her feelings”. Chileeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee – he told the truth right then!!!! I got up immediately and gave him the side eye and got the hell up out of there!
  20. I have wanted to sew since I was a kid. My mom sews – but didn’t have the patience to teach me.  I took Home-Ec in highschool and FAILED my sewing project.  Who would’ve ever thought years later I would be able to teach myself and totally ROCK it!


Anywho – thats 20 random facts about me ! I hope you enjoyed them!

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Self Hosted WordPress Blog in less than 10 minutes!

Want to learn how easy it is to switch to a Self-Hosted Wordpress blog? Check out this easy to follow article by Allyse Jolie!


This is another “blogging tips” post that I hope you find helpful! Any time I learn new information that I find helpful I try to share it with you guys. I really want to be a source for helpful information. This post will tell you How to Set up your Self Hosted WordPress Blog in less than 10 minutes!

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Earn Easy Money Joining Affiliate Marketing Programs !

If you're interested in monetizing your online presence - Check out this awesome post on Affiliate Marketing Programs that earn EASY CASH!

Hello !

I’m always trying to find ways to MONETIZE my time online!! One of my more recent discoveries is AFFILIATE MARKETING!


I know i’m extremely TARDY TO THE PARTY!

Catch up Allyse.


What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a marketing arrangement where a  retailer pays a commission to YOU for generating sales on a particular item or generating traffic to their site.

Continue reading Earn Easy Money Joining Affiliate Marketing Programs !

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This is an awesome list of useful plugins for your wordpress blog.


I decided to round up my top 10 must-have wordpress plugins that i’ve used on my website. I know that this list will continue to grow / change as time goes on. If you know me , you know that I love anything that will make my life and work easier. That’s exactly what all of these plug-ins do for me here on my website.


This will be a lengthy post – so lets get right to the good stuff:


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29 Questions…..

If you’ve ready my last post by now – you know what the number 29 means to me.

My sister Shannette died when she was ONLY 29.  I was 18.  I’m 29 now.  We were 11 years apart.  I was just entering the adult world – when she was just leaving.  So many things I wish I knew about her – So many questions I wish I could ask her.

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My sister died at 29. I’m 29 and this has been the toughest year of my life.

This is a very personal post that I have been working on for a little while.  I think I started writing this post March of 2017. I’ve been going back and forth on if I would actually publish it or not.

It’s so personal – and I’m not sure if anyone would want to read. Then again, this is like therapy for me. So whether anyone reads it or not is ok with me.  I must say that year 29 has been THE most trying year of my life.  It’s crazy the things that I have gone through this year.  My birthday is in January so 29 started right at the top of the year for me.

I want to write a series of blog posts about my dad and my sister.  Two people who I love so much. They are both no longer here. They both died within a year of each other.

My hearts.

This is the first of that series.  This post is about my sister. Her name is Shannette.  We called her Shon. I’m not even sure how she spelled it. Probably Shawn.

I’m 29. My sister Shannette , died at 29. I know it sounds so morbid, but I’ve always wondered if I would make it to 29.  Her death completely blindsided us.

July 25th, 2005 – My sister gave birth to my beautiful niece Taylor Jordan (I named her.)

July 26th, 2005 – My sister died.

Her husbands birthday is 7/27. I’m sure his birthday’s haven’t been the same since. 🙁

Life is so short and unpredictable.

My sister died at 29.  I’m now 29 and I realize how YOUNG she really was when she died.

29 was old to me back then.  I think I was like 18 when she died.

It was the week before I went to college at Valdosta State. Looking back, I really wish I had not gone. I didn’t give myself any time to mourn.  Keep in mind my dad had just died about 6 months before that.

Hindsight is 20/20 they say.

Truly – this period of time allowed me to know who my real friends were. I really appreciate people like my friend Tanisha for being there for me. My friend Jessica and her mom, Ms. Debra for taking me to school because my mom couldn’t. She was helping my Brother-in-law care for my niece Taylor. That was such a tough time for me.  It’s crazy to think that this year has been harder for me(specifically emotionally) with all that I dealt with at that time.  I almost feel like i’m having a delayed reaction to those deaths – I never really mourned. I wonder is that possible…

My sister wasn’t old – she was really really young.  I’m 29 now – and I look at my life and I feel like I haven’t even begun to accomplish even a 1/4 of the goals that I want to accomplish in my life.  I know that we all have to go one day – but man – 29 is so young.

I think she seemed “old” to me – because she was always on my ass. Never let me be wild and just have fun. She was always trying to throw salt in my game when it came to the parentals.

How dare she put them “in the know”.

It’s so funny though – because now I understand!

My niece visited me about a week or so ago. She’s 17.  Yall – I had to be on my best behavior lol.  I guess as an “adult” you want to be a good example to the younger generation.

My sister died at 29.  I know I keep repeating that – but it’s really significant.   I always thought that she was old. Of course not old as in , elderly, but like – old as in – She was a REAL live adult.  She (to me) had probably accomplished all of her goals and lived life.


I bet my niece thinks i’m out here adulting successfully.

Nah. I’m not. lol.

I still have so many goals that I want to accomplish, so many things that I want to do.

 29 is NOT OLD.

My sister died at 29.  29 is so young.  My sister and I are 11 years apart.  I don’t think I realized just how young, until I turned 29.  I’m still confused, still trying to figure out life.

Still struggling to adult.

It makes me feel like I never really knew her.  Not really.  I feel as though her friends knew her better than I did.

I feel this way – because I see how I behave around my nieces / nephews.  Of course I don’t show them my ratchet side.

Me around my nieces and nephews lol.

The real me.

I wish I could have known my sisters ratchet side. I’m sure she had one. Even if it was just a little bit.

I wish I had taken more pictures with her.   I don’t think that I have any when we were older.  That makes me sad.

Really. It does. But you have to laugh to keep from crying. 🙂

29 is soooo young yall.

Missing her is so tough.

I have 29 questions that I wish I knew…I will save that for tomorrow’s blog post.