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Jouer Holiday Gift Set GIVEAWAY

December 15, 2014

Jouer has a beautiful range of makeup, and I find their packaging to be very elegant. They recently sent me their entire holiday collection, and since I don’t really need any more makeup, I thought I would host a giveaway on my blog. There will be multiple winners. If you want to enter, simply leave a comment below telling me what your DREAM holiday gift would be, and what would be your DREAM holiday gift to give. Best of LUCK & Happy Holidays!! =) xo

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Bermuda My Heart

December 15, 2014

If you follow me on Instagram you will most likely know that I recently had the pleasure of visiting Bermuda. I had NO idea what to expect when I first found out we were going, but I fell in love! Everything about Bermuda was breathtaking, and I would LOVE to go back again in the future.

I wanted to share a few of my favorite snap shots from my iPhone that I took during the trip. I also filmed a diary video.

Hope you enjoy! xo, Rachel

The view from our hotel room. We stayed at Rosewood Tuckers Point,which was SUCH a beautiful hotel!

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The bathtub was DIVINE!!! I could have stayed in there the whole trip, truthfully. hah

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Everyone in Bermuda was SOOOO friendly. I couldn’t believe how kind and hospitable everyone was!

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Hope you enjoyed this post,

xo Rachel

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MOVING DIY: Paint Chip Cookies

December 15, 2014

Hey Everyone!

I had a super successful weekend moving into our new home! House tour coming soon (=

The new kitchen is so stunning that I knew I would want to make a treat for my first DIY at the house.  Even more so, a “moving” inspired treat! I decided to make Paint-Chip-Sugar cookies, inspired by the paint chips I’ve been seeing at every home and furnishing store since we started the move.

Hope you enjoy!

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Start off by adding 1 cup of granulated sugar to your mixer, or bowl if you ‘d like to mix by hand.

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Add 1 cup of softened butter…

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…and slowly begin mixing.

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Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract…

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…and 1 teaspoon of almond extract.

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Add 1 egg…

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…and begin mixing.

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In a separate bowl mix, add two teaspoons of baking powder into 3 cups of flour and mix.

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Add the flour mixture to your mixer, 1/2 cup at a time, with the mixer on low speed.

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I also switched out the mixer accessory with my dough hook after mixing in the first cup of the flour mix.

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Once all of the flour was added, remove the dough from the mixer…

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…and begin kneading by hand.

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When you finish kneading all of the ingredients together, you’ll want to roll in out the dough to about 1/4″.

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Cut the dough into even rectangles and lightly flour the top of the dough.

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Then flip them over to flour the other side.

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Place the dough onto a greased baking sheet…

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…and bake at 350°, for about 8 minutes, or until the edges begin to turn golden.

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While the cookies bake you’ll make a simple frosting, mixing together 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of milk, and 1 tablespoon of light corn syrup.

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I recommend making the first batch of frosting THICK so that you can create a sturdy border around the cookies. This border is what will keep the fill color in place.

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When piping the frosting around the cookies, try not to have any space in between the border to avoid the fill frosting from seeping out.

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Then add two evenly spaced lines to the middle of the rectangle to create three even sections.

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Add food coloring to the remaining frosting to create your first and lightest shade.

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For purple I mixed in even amounts of blue and red food coloring. The first shade was 5 drops of each color.

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Adding a teaspoon of milk to the frosting will make it less thick and easier to spread in the first section of the cookies.

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The frosting should naturally spread into place if thin enough, but I recommend using a toothpick to spread it out if need be and to pop any bubbles in the frosting.

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For the next, and darker shade, add a few more food coloring drops.  I used another combination of 5 red and 5 blue drops.

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You should have a darker shade that you’ll pipe in the center of each cookie.

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For the last shade, add more food coloring to the remainder of the frosting.

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Fill in the last section of each cookie…

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…and allow to dry for at least an hour.

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The end result should be a delicious, gorgeous, and unique treat for your family and friends (=

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Hope you enjoyed this post!

xo, Rachel

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DIY Holiday Cookie Soaps

December 10, 2014

Hey everyone!

I recently did a collab with Claire Thomas from The Kitchy Kitchen, and had SO much fun! Her home is seriously gorgeous, and she is such fun and talented woman.

Together we decided to make seasonal cookie inspired dishes; real cookies for her channel and cookie inspired bar soaps for mine =)

By the end of the day her kitchen smelled like heaven and everything turned out so wonderful.

If you enjoy the video be sure to scroll down for even more bar soap recipes.  The same instructions as the video apply, just a few different ingredients, all of which are super YUMMY and good for your skin! You can also check out my Pumpkin Spice Soap blog I did, for even more tips and tricks.

In honor of Claire’s madeleines, which were DELICIOUS, I put together an easy recipe for Pumpkin Spiced Madeleine Soap.  They are so easy to make!  I actually had them with me while we were filming and they seriously looked like the real cookies! We had to be extra careful not to eat them =)

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PUMPKIN SPICE MADELINE SOAPS
Ingredients:
1 lbs White Soap
3 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
15 Drops of Orange Soap Coloring
10 Drops Gold Soap Coloring
 

The last soaps I made were these adorable gingerbread men! They smelled amazing and, I think, make the perfect gift.

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GINGERBREAD MAN SOAP
Ingredients:
1lb of Clear Glycerin Soap
1 Tbsp Ground Ginger
½ Tsp Cinnamon
20 Drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil
5 Drops of Gold Coloring

Hope you enjoyed this post. =)

xo, Rachel

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Up-Cycle A Candle Jar

December 3, 2014

Hey there!

I’m super excited about todays post.. I’m a HUGE fan of luxury candles. I try to find candles that not only smell and burn amazing, but also come in a beautiful container. I love to take my candle containers and up-cycle them by turning them into containers for other things, or making a beautiful bouquet like what I will be showing you today. It’s a great way to REALLY get your moneys worth. Dayna Decker are some of my FAVORITE candles. The wick is wood, so they crackle and pop when they burn, and they come in the most chic packaging around. I ADORE them!

All you need is your favorite finished candle container, floral foam, and your favorite flowers. I’m going to make a really simple rose bouquet.

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 Start by tracing a circle where you will need to cut the floral foam.

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 Cut the foam where you marked, and place the foam into the empty candle jar.

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 Be sure to add water and completely soak the formal foam. It’s best to do this when you have already placed the foam inside the empty jar.

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 Cut the flowers, and begin putting the flowers into the foam. Start by circling around the edges, and finish by filling in the middle.

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 Fluff the flowers to give your bouquet a full appearance.

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 I just LOVE how easy, yet chic this looks.

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 Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed making it.

Till next time,

Rachel xo