Holiday Gift Guide.

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The holidays can be hard when trying to figure out what to get your friends and family.  We’ve compiled a little gift guide for fellow busy bees that have a hard time knowing what to get the ones you appreciate in your life.

image(Fun headphones like these ones)

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(Fun warm head accessories like this)

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(Fun scarf from K.Michael)

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(Cute tech covers like these)

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(A fun scenic print you can snag from their Instagram!  Print it out and frame it for their vanity or bathroom using sites like canvaspop.com)

Hope this helps when shopping for your friends and family.  ‘Tis the season to enjoy each others company, so don’t stress over the holidays this year.  Happy shopping!

Leftover Manicure

IMG_7443Not the kind of left overs you are probably thinking about.  I had these two nail stickers leftover from when Chels and I went nail sticker crazy so I decided to use the last two stickers for a Leftover Manicure.  These stickers really are the best because they can put up with my wear and tear!

IMG_7445(I painted all but one nail on each hand and used the leftover stickers to switch it up a bit)

IMG_7448(A nail file is the key to these sticker manicures.  The file helps shave off the ends)

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Ta-da!  Easy and fun nails.  If you end up doing your nails like this or have any other fun nail ideas, send us a pic because we’d love to see!

You’re Such a Lovely Cup

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OK, since my last post I attributed to a song (“Sweater Weather” by Neighbourhood) I thought I’d give this one the appropriate “Lovely Cup” by Grouplove.  We are HUGE music lovers and always on the hunt for good music or listening to music we consider classics so feel free to share with us anytime!  Anyway, sorry I got distracted.  With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s such a great ‘holiday’ to gorge on sweet treats and hang out with your friends and/or lover.  This is a perfect sweet treat to have or even possibly make with your friends/lover.  Cake in a cup – genius!

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What you will need:

– Glass mugs
– Cake mix of your liking (with needed ingredients: eggs, vanilla, etc.)
– Fun sprinkles or toppings

I only made two cups so I didn’t need much cake mix at all.  Half a batch of cake mix from a box will be plenty for two mugs.

IMG_6858(While the oven is pre-heating, I greased the mugs and mixed up the cake batter)

IMG_6862(I then filled the cups a little less than halfway full)

IMG_6864(You can then place the mugs directly on the oven rack once the oven is pre-heated)

IMG_6872(I started the timer with about 20 minutes but kept checking back as they actually finished around 30 minutes.  It’s a trial and error depending on how much cake mix you used.  I tried to follow the instructions on the cake box for cupcakes though)

IMG_6829(These sprinkles that I found at Target, are a gift from the baking gods.  I use them for sooo many things as you will see throughout the blog)

IMG_6877(I then added pretty/delicious sprinkles and a few marshmallows for some added sugar 😀  Valentine’s Day is worth splurging for)

IMG_6878Then, after you eat the cake, just fill up your mug with some coffee.  It’s perfection really.  It’s a great way to bribe people to spend some quality time with you.  I mean, I’d be sold!

Stuff Those Stockings!

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Alright, Christmas is next week and if you are busy working then you know what it’s like to have time fly by.  Our favorite gift part of Christmas is the stockings because they are usually filled with awesome trinkets and random sugary treats that you wouldn’t normally splurge on.  Check out some of our favorite stocking stuffer ideas for women (and maybe some men) and become easily prepared for the big day!

lottery tickets(Lottery scratcher tickets!  They are cheap and you could make someone else a winner, even if not it’s still fun to scratch away.  Someone always at least wins a new ticket.)

ryan gosling calendar(Ummm hello!  A mini Ryan Gosling calendar!  Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this on the daily…)

cute-happy-pink-post-it-smile(Cute stationary!  It makes work much more fun to (non)secretively pass notes like you are in middle school again)

Beautiful Headband(Sparkly headband for a lucky girl to wear for New Years!  Maybe even in Paris… =D)

blue-bottle-coffee(A gift card even if just for one coffee to a more expensive coffee shop that’s close to their office – it’s a real treat!)

We love giving to our friends and family at Christmas.  The most important thing during the holidays is getting to spend time with your closest friends and family but since giving gifts happens along the way, we thought we’d share some of our gift ideas.

DIY – Country Caramel Apple Cake Pops

With the weather getting colder, there is nothing better than a warm sweet treat to end a long day.  We find weekends are the best time to experiment with new cooking and baking recipes.  I saw this cake pop kit at Target and knew we had to give it a go.  Now that I’ve made them, I see how obviously you can make them sans kit.  However, if you are looking for a quick fix this is not your project.  These are pretty time consuming but come out great.

1. Bake the cake.  We chose apple-cinnamon since that is what the cake pops will end up looking like.

2. Make the caramel frosting (You can find a good recipe here).  Break up the cake after cooling for about 15 minutes and mix in half the frosting so the mix is a thick crumbly substance.

3. Ball the cake substance into about 1 inch balls.  Place in freezer until you melt the red chocolate in the next step.

4. Melt red chocolate chips (which you can usually purchase at your local grocery store). You can do this on a stove in a pan or in the microwave which is how I chose to do it.  Be careful though, you don’t want the frosting to burn.

5. Dip stick in frosting, then place stick in the middle of the cake pop.

6. Then roll cake pop in the red frosting.  You have to move fast through this process because the frosting starts to harden.

7. Place in pan so that frosting can harden.

8. Then dip lower half of the cake pop in  in caramel frosting (the half batch you have left from step 2).

9. Top off the cake pop with a little squeeze of green frosting (which you can make like the red frosting, however you don’t need much).

Voila!  You’ve got some adorable cake pops sure to fuel any persons sugar drive.

Enjoy!