Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year!

With the start of a new year, my go-to is always to make 3 resolutions that I try my hardest to fulfill throughout the year, but this year I’ve decided to go a different route, especially after hearing the weekend message. My go-to this year is to ask God, “what do you want me to do for you this year?” And to do that is to seek God and His kingdom first and foremost before anything else.

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Events // Maddy’s First Birthday

BirthdayIt seems only yesterday that she was 1 month, and now she’s a year old! To mark this joyous occasion, we decided to throw her a small party.

Since the theme was ‘Milk and Cookies’, we wanted to go out all out with the theme. There were cookies (both homemade and bought), milk bottle favors, milk and cookie themed print outs and more! I love the fact that children’s parties make for great DIY projects. The printables were used for the water bottles, the yellow tassels were lovingly made by my friend, Jasmine and the white tulle pom poms as a decorative piece for the milk bottle favors. Scroll below for the tutorial!

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Creating Your Own Home Office

 

I’ve had some time to transition from working outside the home to being a stay-at-home mom and it has been a challenging but exciting new experience. What I find that I’m needing to do my daily tasks though is a home office. As I’m in the midst of creating a perfect home space where I can work from, this collection from Harper’s Bazaar really inspires me.

Having a home office in an apartment downtown can be challenging in terms of the amount of space you have, but there are some great ways to maximize the amount of space you have. Depending on how many items you’d need to store in your office (i.e. binders, stationery items etc), decide on whether you’ll need cupboards, hanging shelves, or just a simple table with drawers.

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Recipe // Cream Cheese Cookies

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This was another first attempt at a cookie. Even though I was highly disappointed in the aesthetics of it, I have to say that the flavor and texture was on point. The only sweetness that came from this cookie was the jam filling. Although the original recipe calls for the jam to be folded in (like a bow), I decided to place it in the center, just like a open-faced pineapple tart. I didn’t realize was that the cookie puffed up quite a bit in the oven, so the jam overflowed; hence the poor aesthetics.

It was a hit at the party though! The cookie was complimented for it’s taste and layered bite. Try it, and you’ll know what I mean. Recipe after the jump.

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Recipe // Matcha Cookies

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My husband and I threw our daughter a party for her 1st birthday with a ‘Milk and Cookies’ theme. My good friend came over to help me bake some batches of cookies and we had a swell time using the animal cookie cutters that I had.

I first tried these cookies at another gathering, and really liked the texture and bite it had. When I tried my hand at making it though, I modified the recipe to add more butter because I found the dough to be way too crumbly that it couldn’t be rolled properly. Hope you enjoy making and eating it as much as I did!

Recipe after the jump.

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