EASTER BASKET INSPIRATION

 

Easter is just around the corner so Rhi and I came together to showcase some darling baby products in boy and girl themed Easter baskets! All of the content in the baskets are from The Baby Cubby, an online hub for all of your baby needs! Not only are these items adorable however some also play a practical purpose too. This doubles as a gift for you and your sweet little one! We hope this inspires you to think of a few things to put in an Easter basket this year that isn't just candy... although, a little chocolate never hurt anyone, right? 

All of the products featured above (minus the baskets which were purchased at Target) were sponsored by The Baby Cubby. The items chosen for this post and words expressed are of my own choosing. 

Little Women & Alice in Wonderland

Pig Stuffed Animal

Rose Blankets

Hedgehog Backpack

Turkish Towel

 

WEDDING INSPIRATION // A STYLED SHOOT

 

I am very excited to see this beautiful styled shoot featured over on the Smitten Blog today! Cassie from White Dress Events came together with Century Club Ballroom to create a romantic, winter setting to inspire couples to think outside of the summer months when planning their wedding. Have a lovely weekend everyone!

 

LACHLAN RUE // FIRST BIRTHDAY

 

I am so excited to see Lachlan's first birthday party featured on 100 Layer Cakelet today! He is one special little dude and it was such a fun afternoon celebrating his first birthday! Rhi is one of my dearest friends and we were fortunate to have our babies just shy of 8 weeks apart. Emery and Lachlan are great friends and they have a lot of fun together! Rhi had so much fun designing this party for Lachlan and you can read more about all of the fun details you see in her post here

If you are interested in having a birthday party or event photographed please contact me HERE

Photography // Samantha James Photography

Venue // The Grand Rapids Downtown Market 

Planning & Design // Rhiannon Bosse

Stationery // Smitten On Paper

Calligraphy // Prairie Letter Shop

Catering // Tacos El Cunado

Cake Pops & Cookies // The Cakabakery

Cakes // D&W Fresh Market

Linens // Special Occasions

Dino Tattoos // Shop Sweet Lulu

Mini Dinosaurs & Craft Supplies // Amazon

Dinosaur Hats // DIY

Mini Instagram Prints // Social Print Studio

Cake Stands & Wood Bowls // Target

 

MICHIGAN WINTER // HOLLAND BEACH

 

Visiting the beach in the winter is such a cool experience! We went with my friend and her son who are staying with us right now. While it was extremely cold and windy we had the opportunity to walk around on all of the ice and take some photos. The waves were huge and wild, crashing up against the mounds of ice and snow. If you haven't done this and you live around here, I highly recommend you do this at least once. Just remember to bundle up! 

 

VALENTINE'S DAY CUPCAKES // A BAKING RECIPE

 

Valentine's Day is just around the corner so Hey Gorgeous Events and I baked up something extra sweet for you! These cupcakes are not only super cute but they were incredibly easy to make. If you need a last minute recipe for a Valentine's Day party this is the one for you. You can see the recipe at the end of this post. I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day!

EASY CUPCAKE RECIPE //

1 box of devil’s food cake mix
1 small package of chocolate instant pudding
4 eggs at room temperature
1 cup sour cream at room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup warm water
1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips or chopped baking squares

FROSTING RECIPE //

1 tub of regular Cool Whip
6 ounces of white chocolate baking squares

DIRECTIONS //

Combine all of the dry ingredients, minus the chocolate chips, in a big bowl. Add in your wet ingredients with the exception of the sour cream, one by one, beating with a hand mixer on medium speed until combined. Fold in the sour cream until combined well, followed by the chocolate chips. Fill cupcake tins with your favorite liners! Fill the liners a little more than halfway with the batter. These can get pretty big and fluffy so don't fill them too much! For the cupcakes in the photos we filled the liners up a tiny bit under halfway so you can get a feel for how they bake. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

To make your frosting, completely melt your chocolate baking squares in a glass bowl either in the microwave, stirring every 20 seconds or you can use a double broiler. Once the chocolate is completely melted, fold in the entire tub of Cool Whip and mix until a ganache-like texture is achieved. You can use white, milk or dark chocolate. It's completely up to you!

Be sure to let your cupcakes cool completely before frosting and top them with whatever topping you would like! Sprinkles could be fun for kids! 

I hope everyone enjoys this easy and delicious cupcake recipe! 

 

NEW YORK CITY

 

Today I'm sharing a few photos from a weekend trip I took with my friend Rhi to New York City. Not only was this a great chance to get away for a fun girl's weekend but we also had the incredible opportunity to attend the Martha Stewart Wedding Party while we were there! The party had so many incredible vendors participating and it was full of fresh wedding inspiration. We also got to hear Martha Stewart give wedding advice to a few brides who were planning their wedding!

The rest of our trip was a blast and we also found some really great places to eat too! I had only visited New York City a couple of times prior to this, both when I was a lot younger. As an adult I was definitely able to appreciate more of the city and embrace all of the hustle and bustle that came with it! I'm incredibly grateful for any chance I have to travel and this quick trip was no exception. Maybe next time I'll go when it's a little bit warmer though! 

 

HEY GORGEOUS EVENTS // A CREATIVE PROCESS

 

I love watching my friend Rhi work with flowers, a place where she is completely in her element. We spent a beautiful afternoon in the Hey Gorgeous Events studio taking these photos of her in action. It's so fun to see the creative process unfold as she starts with an empty vase, yielding a gorgeous arrangement when she's through. For an in depth look behind the creation of this large scale arrangement take a look at Rhi's post here

 

SANTA'S COOKIES // A BAKING TUTORIAL

 

Are you looking for a delicious cookie recipe for Santa? Then you've come to the right place! My friend Melissa with Forever and a Day Events and I spent the afternoon baking a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe that is so delicious I promise Santa won't just eat one! Not only are these cookies tasty but they are really quite simple as well. Make sure to save the recipe at the end of this post and enjoy! 

INGREDIENTS // 

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

PREHEAT // oven to 375° F.


COMBINE // flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto un-greased baking sheets. 

BAKE // for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. 

Find the original recipe here, courtesy of Nestle Toll House. 

Santa's Letter // Emilie of Lief Design