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StitchFix (Post Baby!)

I first started StitchFix after I had my first baby. I had NO IDEA how to dress my post baby body. After my first few fixes I was totally hooked! The more details you give your stylist, the better they get to know you. 

I recently have been posting my StitchFix maternity boxes I’d been receiving. I only got them for a few months because I had a ton of maternity clothes, but I got some great things! (See the posts here, here, and here.)

Now that I’ve had my second little baby, I started my fixes back up again. (It’s so awesome how easy it is to stop and start them up anytime!) This is my first Fix post baby!

 
The top above is my favorite! The colors are perfect for me, and the fabric is soft and flowy. It looks great over a cami, and that makes it super easy to nurse in. 

 
I loved this top too. Such a fun bright color. I love that the side is split in 2 layers. The sleeves are sheer and have some texture to them. This will definitely be great once I return to work!

   
I liked this top too, though I decided not to keep it. It was slightly sheer with a lace detail pattern. It looked cute over this red tank. It also helped hide the post-baby tummy. I only sent it back because I needed to limit myself to 2 items. 

 
This dress is the maxi version of the grey dress I kept from this Fix. I absolutely loved the grey dress, but the maxi version didn’t work well for my tummy. I think the pattern on the grey one helped with bumps and bulges too. 

  
I sent the necklace back because it wasn’t really my style. It’s reversible, which was pretty cool. 

Glad to be back to StitchFix! Have you tried it yet?

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Little Deer Cookies

I can’t believe Gracie is 1!!

Her mama is one of my very best friends. She asked for deer cookies for her little dear’s first birthday party, so I knew I had to make something special!

  

How cute are these!?


I stuck to a simple design. It felt right. Didn’t want it to be cartoony.

   
Happy birthday gorgeous girl!!

   
 

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Introducing Baby Levi

I had my second baby on July 7th. Meet my little Levi!

   
 Well, little relatively speaking. I mean, all newborns are little. But my big boy was 10 lbs 1 oz. He looks like he’s much older than he is. ūüėā

   
 He looks pretty much like Carter’s twin. Only differences are hair line and hair color. Eye color is still to be determined. 

Carter is an amazing big brother. He is always kissing Levi’s head, just like he used to kiss my belly. He is so helpful, especially fetching diapers or whatever else I need. As soon as he wakes up or gets picked up from daycare he’s always asking for Levi right away. They melt my heart!

   
   

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Tiara and Bow Cookies

My coworker and I were both pregnant together and were due about 3 weeks apart. I made these cookies for her gender reveal party. I was SO excited to find out she was having a little girl, I LOVE to make pink cookies!

Mama is ALL about the pink, fluff, girliest of girly everything. I made her bows and tiaras to go with her princess theme shower.

I love using these bows because they’re little – only about an inch and a half tall. They pair perfectly with almost anything girly!

The tiaras I made from a new cutter. I’ve made princess crowns before (here), but I just loved the shape of this one!

I had these big pink pearls on hand that I thought made the perfect jewel for the tiaras.

And while I knew I wanted them sparkly, I didn’t want them glittery… if that makes sense. Instead of glittery disco dust I decided to go with sanding sugar to give them their sparkle. I started with a pastel pink, but it just wasn’t enough to give it any color. I added a little bit of this bright pink and mixed it together. I love how it turned out! Not overwhelmingly hot pink, but brighter than just a white outline.

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Diamond Cookies

I’ve made diamond cookies a couple times recently, so I figured I would just post them both together!

The first round I did a pale blue with bright white diamond outlines. These were for a 25th birthday party and were paired with rose-gold colored bows. Rose-gold is NOT an easy color to make by the way.

The disco dust is what really makes these amazing!

I first wanted the sparkles on just the outlines, but when I went to brush off the rest (after they were dry) they didn’t look as spectacular. The sparkles might get everywhere when you’re eating the cookie, but they sure look pretty beforehand!

¬†The second round of diamonds I did for a bachelorette party. I thought white-on-white would be perfect for a wedding event. Even though the outline didn’t contrast with the rest of the cookie, they still stood out and looked amazing!

¬†The sparkles are really hard to capture in a photo. That’s why I took so many. :) And because I’m kind of obsessed with them.

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†When I told the bride I was going to do white-on-white diamonds she said “or even pink would be fine.” I knew I had to make her a pink one after that. Even the pink one looks super cute!

I absolutely LOVE these diamonds. They are a nice big size too, about 3″ across. Perfect for any “fancy” party! (And cute in any color!)

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Cotton Candy Marshmallow Frosting

I haven’t posted in awhile… but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been baking sweets!

I am just extremely pregnant. Which means I have been busy getting ready for baby, being gone from work for a couple months, and spending as much time enjoying my little family and relaxing as I can!

I have been craving funfetti lately, so I whipped up a box mix the other night and topped it with this light and fluffy Cotton Candy Marshmallow frosting. I used this recipe that I made previously for these cupcakes, and just substituted the vanilla for cotton candy flavoring.

It wasn’t too overpowering, but just enough flavor to give the hint and the scent! I died it light blue for cotton candy, and because it was the 4th of July!


When I started up the mixer, my son had no idea what was going on. I realized I only bake and create when he’s gone to bed so he’s probably never heard it going before or seen me making anything! He was very curious so I had to get him a stool so he could see. The fluffy frosting was still white and he thought it was ice cream. (Which is his favorite thing ever – and he’s only had it a handful of times.)

We don’t really let him have sweets ever (he’s only 21 months old and I figure there’s PLENTY of time for that later) so this was a big treat. We let him have a 1/4 of a cupcake with a smear of the frosting on it. He ate it SO FAST we couldn’t get any pictures. So naturally we had to give him another piece. :)

I’d say he approves!

Now when I say extremely pregnant… Today is July 5th and I’m 41 weeks! I had my son 3 days before my due date so this is definitely testing my patience! Send me good labor vibes everyone! :D

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Curious George Cookies

Dalton just turned 1! Theme was Curious George. I love how these turned out!

I ended up not having to buy any specialty cutters for this set. The 1 and ballon I already had on hand. The bananas and monkies were made with different size circle cutters. The monkies I just added small circles (for ears) to the sides of a larger circle. Here is how I did the bananas:

I wanted to keep the set simple but still have bold colors. Sprinkles on the 1’s really brought it all together. As much as I love sprinkles I don’t use them often enough on my cookies!

For the monkies I used premade candy eyes. Really made them stand out and saved me so much time.

  

Happy Birthday little Dalton!

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Drumstick Inspired Cupcakes

First and foremost, today is my blog’s 4th birthday! Funny story – last year I thought it was the 4th birthday. Posted it and everything. Realized later but I just figured I would correct it this time. Haha!

To celebrate my bloggy birthday I made some special cupcakes. These cupcakes were actually inspired by drumstick ice cream cones.

The cupcake is a vanilla bean cake, there is a gooey chocolate center, and the perfect chocolate frosting on top!

Originally I was going to bake these in ice cream cones, but I didn’t have enough. I had some of these adorable cupcake cups left over from a wedding last year so I thought they would be perfect.

I used boxed white cake and added the caviar from one vanilla bean to the batter. It reminded me perfectly of vanilla bean ice cream. The little flecks are so pretty! I need to add it to things more often!

Once they cupcakes were baked and cooled, I used a small corer to cut a hole in the top of each cupcake. (A small knife would work fine too.) Then I filled each hole with chocolate pudding. I didn’t have any on hand so I made my own! (Recipe below.)

I topped each with this smooth creamy chocolate frosting. It’s so perfect, I am definitely going to be coming back to this recipe again!

Homemade Chocolate Pudding (Hershey’s recipe, found here)

Ingredients:

2/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup cocoa powder

3 tbsp cornstarch

1/4 tsp salt

2 1/4 cup milk

2 tbsp butter

1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

1. In a medium pot, mix together the sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt. Slowly add milk. (It looked so weird at this point so I took pictures so you don’t freak out when it looks weird to you too.)

2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. It will sloooowly stir together well then start to thicken up. Once it starts to boil, let it boil for 1 minute then remove from the heat. (It took so long! Okay maybe just 10-15 minutes, but it feels like forever when you’re stirring constantly.)

3. Stir in butter and vanilla.

4. Cover surface with plastic wrap to prevent a “skin” from forming on the top, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

*I didn’t have 2 hours to wait, so I put a little of the pudding into a piping bag, cut the tip, and squeezed a bit into each cupcake white it was still warm.

Perfect Chocolate Frosting (recipe by My Frugal Adventures, found here)

Ingredients:

2 3/4 cups powdered sugar

6 tbsp cocoa powder

5 tbsp milk

6 tbsp butter

1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

1. Whisk together powdered sugar and cocoa, set aside.

2. Cream butter with mixer until creamy. Slowly add powdered sugar mixture, alternating with milk.

3. Scrape sides of bowl and add vanilla, the mix again to incorporate.

¬†As you may know,¬†I’m not the biggest chocolate fan, but I did try these and they were so yummy! The gooey center is a fun addition to the cupcake, and the frosting isn’t too over-the-top rich. Perfect combo. :)

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Spring Rice Krispies

I made these Spring Rice Krispies last week for work. Instead of using my normal 13×9 pan I pressed them into a sheet pan. Once they cooled I used a butterfly cutter to cut them cute for Spring/Easter. One major advantage of doing this is lots of scraps to munch on. ūüėä

I added about 1/3 cup of dry funfetti cake mix to these Rice Krispie treats. (Add right into the melted mallows before pouring on the cereal.) They were super yummy but didn’t really taste “cakey” enough for me. I’ll probably add more next time. Of course I also had to top them with extra sprinkles, cuz… Duh.¬†

Hope everyone had a wonderful  holiday weekend! 

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Easy Easter Eggs & Bunnies

I have been doing cookies pretty much non-stop since Christmas. Soo I decided to go with an easy design for my Easter cookies. 

I absolutely love how they turned out! 

 I outlined and iced all of them in plain white. This alone saved me so much time! 

The bunnies I reoutlined once they were dry, and dipped in rainbow non-pareils.   

I normally don’t like bunny cookies but this shape is so adorable and it’s only about 2 1/2 inches tall. Simple yet still festive and fun!

For the eggs I wanted a speckled look. I mixed food coloring with a few drops of lemon juice (normally I’d use vodka but I didn’t have any). 

  

Then used a straight edge paintbrush and a toothpick to “flick” coloring all over the cookies. 

  

I did both pink and blue and I’m kind of obsessed with how cute they are!

  

Hope everyone has an amazing Easter weekend!

  

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