Monday, October 28, 2013

Empire State Building Wedding

The Empire State Building is partnering with RedEnvelope and ProFlowers to give three lucky couples the wedding or vow renewals of a lifetime atop the world-famous Empire State Building. Who hasn't watched Sleepless in Seattle and dreamed about meeting their true love at the top of the Empire State Building? So romantic and iconic. To learn more about this amazing contest check out the app here.

When we think about the Empire State Building, we think romantic, majestic, timeless. We've created an Inspiration Board with that theme in mind.

One Empire State of Love Invitations | Two Empire State Building Wedding Cake
Three Personalized Wine Bucket | Four Empire State Building Photo
Five Majestic Centerpieces | Six Wedding Macarons

For more of our Empire State Building Wedding Picks, visit Pinterest.
A big thanks to RedEnvelope and their gorgeous gifts for helping us with our PINspiration!

Fluffy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Cookies are the best medicine. Had a bad breakup? Bake some cookies. Failed your exam? Bake some cookies. Stubbed your toe? Bake some cookies. I think you get the idea. There is just nothing that can beat a soft, warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie. When my husband came home from work yesterday and said he wasn't feeling good, I knew exactly what would make him feel better; COOKIES (and maybe some Aleve.)

- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line your baking sheet with your silicon baking mat.
- Melt your butter, let cool slightly, and whisk it into your sugars, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk until the mixture is smooth.
- Sift your flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Slowly stir your dry ingredients, into your wet with your wooden spoon. You don't want to over mix your dough, just incorporate the two.
- Stir in your chocolate chips.
- Using a small cookie scoop, place your dough balls about 2 inches apart on your silicone baking mat.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes (15 minutes if you like your cookies crunchier.)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Christmas Party Inspiration

One Eat Drink & Be Merry Invitations | Two Festive Drinks | Three Snowman Tutu
Four Marshmallow Pops | Five Candy Bar

Friday, October 18, 2013

Teespring Review

So, what exactly is Teespring? Teespring is a crowdfunding platform for groups, causes and communities to design and sell custom apparel. Anyone can come and design a shirt which they can then sell via Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else online. The seller keeps all of the profit the shirt earns. People use Teespring as a fundraising tool or just to earn some extra money. The best part is the shirts don't print and ship until a set end date determined by the seller.

Whether you are trying to raise money for a school event, a project, or a charity Teespring is a great platform to help you reach your goals. They require absolutely NO commitment up front. (Seriously, NONE.) There are no hidden fees and they don't ask you to supply them with your credit card information. All that is required of you is to launch your campaign! Well how is this even possible?" Teespring makes a flat fee per each shirt sale versus a percentage of your profit margin.

From there, they have made the process so incredibly simple. The design tool has thousands of options for you to choose from, or you can upload something you've designed yourself/had designed. After you've uploaded your design, you can select the color and type of tee you'd like your design printed on. Teespring will then help you set up your goals with the estimated profit. You'll then be prompted to put together your informational page for your campaign. In no time your campaign will be launched and you can start promoting it! If you're raising money for a non-profit, Teespring will work with you to put a pretty "verified campaign" button on your campaign page. This shows that 100% of your proceeds will be donated directly the non-profit.

I put together my own campaign to help raise money for No Kid Hungry. I contacted Teespring to verify my campaign and they were so prompt to respond, extremely helpful, and very pleasant to work with. I have been very pleased with my experience with Teespring thus far and look forward to following this company! Admitedly, I've had just as much fun looking at some of the amazing designs and charities that work with Teespring as I've had using Teespring! Great experience all around.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

King Cake Inspired Cupcakes

One of my favorite little fellas is turning six on November 9th. I LOVE King Cake but this little dude, well, I think it's safe to say he's the King Cake's biggest fan. He went through 11 last year alone! I decided to make it my goal to try to squeeze the amazing King Cake flavors into a cupcake! They didn't win Mr. Carter over completely, but since they all went quickly, I think we can say I got close enough!

- 1/3 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp. lemon extract
Reserve for swirling:
- 2 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. sugar

Cream Cheese Icing:
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 1/5 tbsp. vegetable shortening
- 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1-1/2 lbs. powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Allow your butter and eggs to come to room temperature and line your muffin tin.
2. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
3. In a medium bowl combine your flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
4. In another bowl, beat your butter on medium-high speed, for about 20 seconds. Add in your sugar, vanilla, and lemon and beat on medium-high speed until your mixture is light and fluffy. Add in your eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. Alternate adding in your buttermilk and flour, scraping down the sides as needed, until combined.
5. Fill your cupcake liners 2/3 of the way with your batter. Sprinkle a bit of your cinnamon sugar mixture on the top of each cupcake, and swirl it into your cupcakes with a toothpick.
6. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

1. Cream together your softened cream cheese, vegetable shortening, and your butter.
2. Add in your vanilla and slowly add in your powdered sugar, mixing on low speed. Add additional powdered sugar until your icing has reached your desired consistency.
3. Decorate and ENJOY!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Plastidermy Giveaway

I ran across Plastidermy on Etsy by complete accident (but a very happy accident.) I immediately fell in love with their unique take on taxidermy! Not only do I absolutely adore what they do, their story really touched that special place in my heart where I hold my childhood memories!
So how did Plastidermy come to life? Mary and her husband had been literally toying with some ideas on how to repurpose childhood items. They both had some really memorable toys as children that they parted with, that they wish they could somehow resurrect and bring into their adulthood. With that in mind, they knew that maybe that was a feeling other adults could identify with. So after a few long car drives and brainstorms they came up with Plastidermy. It's a way of incorporating childhood mementos into our daily lives in a very quirky but adult like way.

Their inspirations come from that feeling you had when you were a kid building forts in the living room and pretending you had magical powers, that kind of limitless abandon is what inspires them. Mary and her husband, both, suffer from the "Peter Pan" syndrome to some degree and thrive in that childlike enchantment. Their childhoods were spent playing outside and imagining the impossible, and now that they are adults they both let that experience inspire them to create things which are age appropriate but not absent of fun.

They have been kind enough to offer one of their 5x7 3D Golden Triceratops art pieces to one lucky winner!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

"Our entire workspace looks like a plastic animal horror story and we are basically the serial killers. We chop and saw all of the animals in half or cut off their heads to incorporate those pieces into our work. We are left with unused halves and decapitated plastic animals and it looks kind of sad. The whole process of working the animals can be a little sad because in a way we are destroying the toys from their original state and working them into something new. We have a sleuth of super glue frenzy horror stories in which we were harmed, not the animals."