Paint Spill Sugar Cookies (+ DIY Tutorial)

A healthy alternative for those who love eating lead-based paint. An unhealthy alternative for vegetables and other health-related food items due to the fact that they’re cookies.

The method is simple: alternate piping thick films of dyed icing onto the center of a sugar cookie until the colors create a marbled rainbow effect and spill over the sides.

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Here’s the cookie tutorial!:

For the icing:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tsp milk
  • 6 tsp light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Food dye (I used the 3 primary colors)

1. Whisk together the milk and powdered sugar, then add the corn syrup and vanilla.
2. Divide the icing into 3 portions and dye each with your colors of choice.

Alternate piping thick films of dyed icing onto the center of a sugar cookie until the colors create a marbled rainbow effect and spill over the sides. Use cooled, flat sugar cookies for the best results.

Enjoy! <3, B

DIY: Making Boxed Cake Mix Taste Homemade

You’ve probably been there before: the mental debate you have with yourself regarding whether or not making a cake from scratch is worth the time and effort, rather than simply following the 3-step instructions found on every box in probably the most artificial section of the grocery store. There’s always an easy way out, giving in to the oil, egg, and water recipe, but it’s lazy. Then, there’s the more complicated and time consuming way, the eggs, sugar, flour, butter, baking powder, vanilla, etc. recipe, but it’s tedious when you don’t have all the time in the world. Don’t settle for the watered down flavor of death, but don’t go to great lengths if the pay off isn’t worth it! Instead, upgrade the boxed cake mix with easy substitutions so there’s a happy medium (or be an overachiever and make a cake from scratch, but no one likes overachievers. How dare you) (But use one of my cake recipes if you decide that’s what you want to do) (no pressure)

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Make the chocolate cupcakes/cake:

Ingredients (depending on the cake mix)

  • an extra egg (I used 4 eggs)
  • 2 tbsp of sour cream (it makes the cake moist)
  • milk instead of water
  • 1/4 cup of coffee (you won’t taste the coffee but it enhances the chocolate)

For the frosting: Beat together 4 oz of softened cream cheese and a can of frosting.

Follow the instructions on the box, but only beat the mix for 30 seconds instead of 2 minutes.

Enjoy! <3, B

DIY Bath Bombs

If you’ve ever been to Lush, then you’re most likely familiar with one of their most popular products: bath bombs. If you’ve never heard of them, you’ve probably heard of some variation of them (bath fizzies, lotion bars, etc.) Whatever the case, bath bombs are pretty little scented ‘bombs’ which you essentially drop into a warm bath to create beautiful colors and aromas to make bath time even more enjoyable. However, these things range anywhere from $6-$11 each, and that’s not necessarily a price I personally am willing to pay for such a small amount of time, especially when one can easily DIY these things at home!

Here is my version of a Lush-style bath bomb. In addition, this basic recipe is super easy to personalize. For my scent, I chose rose water (no surprise there), but you can choose any other essential oil you want. These also make for great springtime/anytime gifts!

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Note: I used cream of tartar, but I hear that citric acid (found in the canning section of your local bakery aisle) makes the bath bomb fizzier. If you’ve tried both, let me know which you prefer!

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Make the Bath Bombs

You’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp rose water
  • 5 tsp water
  • A few drops of food coloring (no sugar!)
  • ¾ cup corn starch
  • ¼ cup citric acid
  • ¼ cup epsom salts
  • Flower petals (optional)
  1. In a food processor, pulse together the corn starch, citric acid, and epsom salts until fine and combined.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the essential oil, coconut oil, water, and food coloring with a fork.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and pulse together until a mixture forms that feels like wet sand, and holds together when you squeeze it.
  4. Place flower petals in one half of a sphere mold (I found one in the candy-making section of a craft store) and put the mixture over the petals. Make sure the mold is overflowing! In the other half, fill up to/over the brim with the mixture as well.
  5. Pack together both ends of the mold and tap gently on the outside so they don’t stick. Carefully remove the bath bomb from the mold and place it on a baking sheet to dry for 2-3 days before using.

Enjoy! <3, B

New Year’s DIY: 2015 Happy Jars

Happy New Year! Here’s a fun DIY to either give as gifts or keep for yourself: 2015 Happy Jars. The idea is that, throughout the new year, whenever something good/exciting/happy happens, you write it down and put it in the jar. Then, on December 31st 2015, you open the jar and read all the great things that happened the past year. I think I originally found this idea on tumblr, but I added a few things to make it giftable. For example, using a hair tie as a makeshift pen-holder, and hot gluing post its to the lid so it’s easy to jot a quick note. In addition, I added some printables for the labels and Happy Jar Rules:)

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Supplies:

  • Glass jars
  • Pens
  • Ponytail holders (hair ties)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Mini post-it notes

To make the pen holder: snip a hair tie in half and hot glue both ends to the jar.

To make the notes: hot glue the post it notes to the lid.

Click here for the Happy Jar Printable Labels!

Have a great New Year’s Eve and I can’t wait for another year of RDD!

<3, B

Simple Framed Holiday Prints

Here’s a few printables for adorable 4×6 picture frames. They’re perfect for easy decorating or gift-giving:)

I also want to give a special shout-out to two of my favorite readers, Thomas and Aidan! Happy holidays guys!

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Here are the prints!

I bought some really cute and cheap frames from Target, but you can always change the colors with spraypaint.

Enjoy!

xo, B

Easy Gift Idea: 3 Holiday Sugar Scrubs

If you’re one of those people (like me) who waits all year for the holidays (like me) and doesn’t mind listening to your Christmas playlist (I love mine) a little bit on the early side (late October), I support you 100%. In my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with prepping for the holidays a bit on the early side, even if 12 AM November 1st is the exact moment you break out the scented candles, tree ornaments, etc. I don’t judge you. I will judge you, however, if you complain about others singing their favorite Christmas songs on the early side. Yes, I agree that mid-August isn’t time for red nail polish and Santa decor yet. No, I don’t think it’s so wrong to deck the halls mid-November.

Anyways, even people who deny Christmas year-round until December 24th know that it is, in fact, time to celebrate the holiday. Personally I have several obstacles in my way when it comes to going full-out Christmas on everyone. For example, I will reiterate: I am Jewish. This does not stop me. Also, I live in Los Angeles. We don’t get “Christmas weather” here. The jolliest part of LA during the holidays is Santa and his reindeer propped up, souring over Beverly Hills. This does not stop me. I love Christmas, and if you do too, don’t let anyone dull your sparkle this holiday season!

Like I promised, here are more DIY Rainy Day Printables, perfect for easy gifting. In addition, there are three recipes for delicious-smelling Holiday sugar scrubs. Make them all, choose your favorite, and let me know which you love the most!

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For 1 Sugar Scrub Base:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 heaping tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  1. Mix all ingredients until just combined (don’t pack/over-mix).

For the Orange Clove Scrub:

  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. orange extract
  • Zest of 1 orange

For the Gingerbread Scrub:

  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves

For the Peppermint Vanilla Scrub:

  • 2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • A pinch of red food dye (don’t put too much, you’ll dye your skin), optional

(Mix together half of the Scrub base with peppermint and dye, mix the other half with vanilla. Package in a jar with one on top of the other)

Print the labels here:

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Tips

  1. The scrub only fills up about 3/4 of pint mason jars. You can either use 1/2 pint jars, or increase the base recipe to 1 c of sugar, 3 tbsp. coconut oil, and 4 tsp. olive oil)
  2. Print the printables then glue them onto construction paper before cutting them out. Either hot glue the labels to the top of the jars or hold punch the labels and tie around the jars with baker’s twine.

Merry Almost-Christmas!

B

Thanksgiving DIY + Rainy Day Printables

I’m so excited to introduce a new feature of my blog just in time for the holidays!

In order to help you put together easy and adorable gifts for friends, family, kids, and more, I’ve decided to create what I like to call…

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…Rainy Day Printables! My goal is to create new labels, note cards, and stickers each month for anyone who wants to customize, print, and DIY cute projects for special occasions and gift-giving needs. The purpose of this is to make your life easier when it comes to holiday inspiration and more:)

Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I thought it would be best to start with a little turkey day DIY. And what better than to print up some charming table place cards? For these print-outs, I made three Fall-inspired designs that are all (in my opinion) perfect for the Thanksgiving table. Let me know which one is your favorite!

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For each design, cut them out and glue them to cardstock, construction paper, or origami paper (you can find any of these in local craft stores). For the pine cone design, I hot glued a sprig of rosemary onto the top to give it a little more personality, and you can either hand-write, stamp, or type out the names onto the leaf card pattern.

Download the templates here:

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Pine Cone Place Card

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More holiday recipes and DIYs to come soon! x

B