Halloween Sugar Cookies for the Neighbors (Using the best recipe ever!)

halloween cookiesHi guys! I’m just over here making some yummy sugar cookies for the hood and I thought I would share the recipe because it’s legitimately the best and easiest recipe I’ve ever used!

Sugar Cookie Dough

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Combine soft butter and sugar in mixer until smooth
  3. Add vanilla extract and egg to the butter/sugar mixture
  4. add baking powder and salt. Mix and scrape sides of bowl with spatula to make sure it’s evenly combined.
  5. Slowly add 3 cups of flour, scraping down sides of bowl periodically to make sure it’s all combined.
  6. Remove dough from the mixer and separate it into workable sized chunks.
  7. Sprinkle flour over your clean work surface and roll out dough.
  8. Cut cookies, add to pan, and bake in the preheated oven for 6-7 minutes. They will continue baking on the pan so don’t leave them in much longer than 7 minutes!
  9. Let cool, then decorate!

Here is a link to the dough recipe… I made a few slight changes (mostly in how to combine the dry ingredients) it is so good and the shape stays well.

frosting recipe

(so basic, but works!)

  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 4 tsp of milk

Directions:

  1. Mix together with a whisk and add food coloring as desired! add more milk if you want it more liquid-y and add more powdered sugar if you want it stiffer.
  2. Add food coloring as needed.
  3. For solid color areas, spoon and spread the frosting on the cookie.
  4. for details, use stiffer frosting (add more powdered sugar) and pipe the frosting onto the cookies.

This doesn’t make tons of frosting so you may need to make a few batches, which is fine especially if you will need a few different colors. I made 2 batches and turned my orange into brown for the pumpkin stem, then I used another batch and left some plain white to pipe out the skeleton, after that I added blue to do the bats, and then added yellow to my blue leftovers to make the green.

Beginner tips

make a few batches, add food coloring, and decorate quickly so the frosting doesn’t dry out
To make very basically decorated cookies a little cuter, make sure to add more than one color or add edible embellishments like the eyes I used!


I’m really excited to bring these to the neighbors with some cute cards tomorrow because we usually don’t do anything like this, but we have been learning lately how important it is to be good neighbors. Jesus even says we need to be so I guess we can’t argue with that!
Xo,
Kellie

3 hair products worth bringing into the woods

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Hello, hello!
This week we were at a cabin in the woods with Beckett’s family and I tried to pack light. You know I didn’t actually succeed according to some people’s standards, but I did well for me. What I mean is that I couldn’t bring every modern amenity to the woods with me that I have at home so I had to decide, what do I really need to maintain my regular beauty routine? Thus, the following is what I brought for my hair (other than a pin & bristle hairbrush that smooths and detangles and my bfb extensions).
Dry shampoo is definitely a must for me because I put it on at the beginning of the day even with fresh hair to create some root volume and to texturize my hair. It also prevents hair from looking oily throughout the day. If your hair is as fine as mine and your skin as oily, you def. need to try this OGX Refresh & Restore Coconut Oil Dry Shampoo before styling! I went through 2 bottles of this in the past 3 months and love it, but if you would like a less expensive alternative, the other drugstore dry shampoo brand that I recommend is the Volume and Fullness by Dove. it works well and is less expensive than the OGX brand (but not as good smelling. Sorry Dove, I still love you!!!).
The curling iron is a bigger barrel curling iron– Conair Pro 1.5″ (mine is from Sally Beauty). I like using this one because it gives my hair lots of volume whether I’m wearing my extensions or not. Otherwise, for more defined curls on my regular length of hair, I use a 1″ wand like this one by Conair too.
Before curling my hair, and again once I’m done, I use Pantene flex hold (2) hairspray on the ends to keep my hair in place, but still maintain movement.
Have you tried any of these products?! If so, let me know how you think they compare to other brands or products you’ve tried!
Xo,
Kellie

How to organize kids toys

You’ve likely clicked on this post because you are in need of desperate help to organize your kids’ toys. I should preface this by telling you I’m no expert, but I’ve picked up a few tips from friends, family, and other blogs that I’ve found helpful. Then, I looked for ways to make the storage solutions not just practical for our lifestyle, but also to look good in the process.

  1. Sort: The first thing I did to get organized was to sort through the toys to categorize it. Creating piles of things my son would play with together. For example, he has a wooden castle set and a wooden knight set. It makes sense to put those things together.
  2. Designate a Space: Come up with a shelving solution to put things on. We have these huge open shelves in our living room that were totally useless and we wanted to be able to put Wolfie’s toys on them without it looking like we were a daycare. If you don’t have open shelves, it’s easy to find a budget-friendly storage solution on an app like LetGo (just be safe about it). Or you could get one of these storage shelves from Walmart, Target, or Wayfair seem pretty handy and they look nice too. I’m personally not a huge fan of the baskets that typically come with the Target shelves and I would go to HomeGoods and snag a few pretty baskets for roughly the same price if I were you.
  3. Check for Fit: Once you have your shelving figured out, make sure the toys will fit into the size of shelf and baskets you got. Measure bigger toy sets so you don’t have to make multiple trips to the store.
  4. Add Accents: Add other sentimental or decorative items to the shelves if there’s room. Consider using a color theme for the accents and pepper the items of similar colors throughout the shelves. My accent color was gold for my shelves, but I also wanted to bring in some earth tones and organic textures so I added a plant and a healthy dose of brown.
  5. Arrange Decorations for Visual Balance: Rearrange the items as needed so you come up with the perfect look that’s also functional. Also, consider safety too. Make sure the shelves are secured to the wall and that breakables or potential hazards are out of a child’s reach.


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Xo,
Kellie

I’ve been keeping a secret for a few months… also, you won’t believe how soft this $8.50 tee is!



Top: old navy | pants: TJ Maxx $20, not exact, but look similar | watch: timex – I’ve had mine for a year and wear it often!| bracelets: I’m linking a SUPER pretty alternative! Check it out below too! | hair extensions: barefoot blonde hair in Brownstone | bag: vintage Louis Vuitton | necklace: gold with layers
I’m currently laying in bed, writing this post, and watching the latest Bachelorette. So if there are typos or I actually write the word, “Becca” or “Minnesota,” don’t mind me. 🙂 So far I can’t tell why girls keep complaining about this season because it seems good, but we shall see if it holds my attention in the next few weeks.
This morning I told Beckett that I accidentally looked cuter than I thought I would and therefore needed him to take these pictures- haha! I may have seen him roll his eyes. But for real, the braids got quite a few compliments today because they were so fun!
When planning this post, I mainly wanted to show you this comfy shirt, but I also thought I should reveal my good-hair-day secret and tell you about my Barefoot Blonde Hair extensions. I feel like I can speak to them now that I’ve been wearing them nonstop for a few months.
This isn’t a paid post so you can be sure that I have no special interest in giving these extensions a good review. But I can’t not give them a good review! They are silky, remy hair (all shafts going in the same direction), that is a fine consistency and a great length. However, I think the main attraction to the Barefoot Blonde extensions is that the clips are super great quality and they have an at home try on service (seriously a genius idea b/c I wouldn’t have guessed that ‘Brownstone’ was my color by a website!!). Oh, and the other great thing about this line is that they now come in ‘seamless’ wefts, which are said to feel lighter and look even more flawless.
Seamless is a little more expensive than the traditional kind I got, but now the kind I have is sold out. But I would definitely get the seamless if I were ordering again today.
Have I mentioned how soft the shirt pictured is?! It’s seriously heavenly! And I’m not kidding, I want to find that same material at Joann’s and make a baby blanket out of it! 🙂 Maybe I could line a baby blanket with it!
xo,
Kellie
Ps-here’s a pic of the bracelet I linked and it’s just $18!