Swamp Monster Cookies

An easy recipe for cute monster cookies made with devil’s food pudding and peanut butter chips!

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Halloween is my favorite holiday. When others bust out the xmas decor as soon as the weather drops, I’m all about pulling down the spooky artifacts from the top shelf to the main table… because they are out year ’round baby!

Now that I have a kid, I’m excited to get back into trick or treating and going all out with spooky food to eat all October leading up to the big day. I hope she’ll share the love of the holiday with me, and things are looking promising as she actively plays with the costume dress-up trunk I made her.

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Candy eyeballs!

This past week when we were out grocery shopping, she was eagerly pointing at this box of decorative candy eyes in the baking aisle, so hell yeah I bought them. From that, I concocted these devil-y delicious swamp monster cookies!

To up the monster factor, I specifically used Devil’s Food chocolate pudding mix, green candy melts for swamp terrain, and peanut butter chips for swamp rocks.

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Cookies creeping out from beyond!

No need to let the dough chill! Once all the ingredients are mixed, plop about 30 heaping tablespoons onto parchment or slipmat lined baking trays and bake for 8-10 min (ovens vary.)

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While the cookies cool on a wire rack, melt the candy melts according to package instructions, and then fork or splatter it all over the cookies. Before the candy melts dry, add the eyes on top as the candy will act as an adhesive.

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Googly eyebombed food, yum! 

I couldn’t wait for them to cool anymore. Rich chocolate, hint of vanilla, peanut butter surprise, and moist AF… the whole batch of 30 cookies were devoured in less than a few days. 

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Stop looking at me, or I’ll eat you! 

I’m ready to make them again, RIGHT NOW!

DIY Decor: Sprinkle Themed Bathroom

How I transformed our small apartment bathroom into a bright candy sprinkle themed space to encourage potty training.

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So long diapers, it’s potty time! Is your kid ready to be potty trained? When our tot started to show interest, I researched the 3-day method, hit up my FB mom group for insider tips, bought gallons of carpet cleaner, and prepped a candy reward system to distribute after pees & poos. Before all that went down, I revamped the bathroom to encourage her to come running to the potty all the live long day.

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Easy Vanilla Pudding Sprinkle Cookies

An easy recipe for fun sprinkle cookies!

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Inspiration can be a funny thing. Like when you catch a whiff of your neighbor’s dinner cooking and it reminds you of your childhood so you start writing. Or you see a crazy cloud formation in the sky that reminds you of a song and you start dancing to the music in your head. I’m going somewhere with this. What inspired me to make these sprinkle packed vanilla pudding cookies?

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Create Your Own Art Themed Nursery

This post about how I transformed a 

This post features several little projects I did to help transform a bedroom into an art gallery themed nursery.

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Once upon a time, my husband and I were ready to move out of our small apartment into a shockingly rent affordable townhouse down the street in our fave neighborhood. There would be enough space to set-up an art studio in a spare bedroom that had the best natural light. A day after we signed the rental contract, we found out I was pregnant. The timing was universally perfect. Without hesitation, instead of planning out a dream in home art studio, I began envisioning a fun nursery. Continue reading “Create Your Own Art Themed Nursery”

Edible Art: Frida Khalo Inspired Fruit Salad

A fruit salad recipe inspired by a still life painting by Frida Khalo.

Over the past month, my kid has been all about watching the animated movie Coco. Seriously, first thing in the morning, after naptime, and before bed, the requests are non-stop until I hit the play button on the remote. I love that it has inspired her to pick up her little 1 string guitar (once upon a time it had 6) and dance around the apartment strumming to whatever words she feels like singing.

Another cool thing about this movie is how much artist Frida Kahlo is featured! Like when Hector tries to impersonate her so he can cross the bridge, and when Miguel meets her in her studio chock full of imagery she was known for along with her pet monkey.  There, she previews a rehearsal for him with a papaya resembling birth, and mothers milk made by tears from a cactus that looks like her, to which she asks Miguel “Is it too obvious?” Continue reading “Edible Art: Frida Khalo Inspired Fruit Salad”

How to Create a Maternity Bump Time Lapse Video Using After Effects

This post is about how I put together my own maternity bump time-lapse, and features quick tutorial on After Effects basics.

Have you stumbled upon this post because you just found out your pregnant and looking for a creative way to document it? First off, congrats!  I hope this post gets you pumped and ready to start documenting ASAP. I found out I was pregnant about 5 weeks into the first trimester and knew immediately that I wanted to document it somehow. With my background in video and photography, doing a time-lapse was the first thing that popped into my head. Continue reading “How to Create a Maternity Bump Time Lapse Video Using After Effects”

Edible Art: How to Make Obliteration Cheesecake

A fun cheesecake recipe inspired by the artwork of Yayoi Kusama.

I’ve been craving cheesecake a lot lately, especially cheesecake flavored fro-yo topped with cheesecake bits. So I was excited to finally have time to whip together this Yayoi Kusama inspired cheesecake over the weekend. Did you know that National Cheesecake Day was this week too?! Honestly I didn’t, so let’s mark our calendars for July 30 next year and do this again. Cool, it’s a date. Continue reading “Edible Art: How to Make Obliteration Cheesecake”

DIY Wiggles Themed Birthday Cake and Balloon Wall

This post is about how I put together a small Wiggles themed party, and features quick photo editing tutorial.

Come on down to Wiggle Town, do the propeller, I can stand like a statue, wake up Lachy, it’s Emma’s yellow bow. These random lyrics have been stuck in my head for the past year as my kid regularly watches, sings, and dances along to the Wiggles.

The Wiggles are an Australian based children’s rock band that originated in 1991 with a few line-up changes over the years, and they are still going strong as one of the top children entertainment groups in the world.  I had heard of them in my pre-baby days, but I think the first time I heard one of their songs was on an episode of Arrested Development when Charlize “Mr F” Theron sang “Hot Potato” in a car ride with George Michael. Classic.

Since my little peanut has been a fan for nearly half her life, I decided to go “all out” with a Wiggles themed 2nd birthday party. Some factors went into planning this though. A) we don’t have space for a home party, and she doesn’t have a lot of friends her age yet anyway, and B) most official Wiggles decor and toys must be shipped from Australia, and unfortunately that is not in my budget. So I opted to make a fun pull apart cake adorned in Wiggles colors, and a colorful balloon backdrop to take pictures of her opening a gift and eating cake. For a Wiggles inspired gift, I made her a “Dressing Up in Style” dress-up trunk (click here to see how I did that.)

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How to Make a Dress-Up Trunk

This post shares how to DIY a fun dress up trunk that can inspire years of imaginative play!

Morning routines in our home consist of waking up, drinking milk, brushing teeth, and looking for the best set of heels to wear in my closet. Actually, that’s my toddler’s routine, and she’s been doing it since about age one. Not even two yet, this girl has mastered a runway strut! After regularly watching The Wiggles, she’s also a fan of their song “Dressing Up in Style” where they sing “dressing up is so much fun, you can dress like anyone, you can use any clothes you find!” So for her birthday this year, I crafted a dress-up trunk that should get her through the next decade of imaginative costuming.

Dressing up let’s a kid live out their imagination by creating a costume to go along with a story they’ve created. I also love the art appeal of a dress-up trunk as it can be a catalyst for performance art, where the artist uses them-self in a live performance instead of traditional art mediums like painting or sculpture. Example, I’ve witnessed my kid put on a cool hat and flower lei, then proceed to play her toy piano with her feet and quietly scream with her eyes closed.  It was an amazing moment.

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How to Create Your Own Cake Smash Photoshoot

This post features tips on how I DIY’ed my own cake smash photoshoot. 

Your baby is about to become a one-year-old toddler. Commence crying, freaking out, or rejoicing that you’ve nailed down year one of parenthood. In that year, you’ve captured their first moments from their first day at home, their first steps, and even their first lemon slice.  Now it’s time to capture their first taste of birthday cake! (i.e. the cake smash)

You most likely caught those other moments on a whim with your smart phone (because, let’s be real, you take at least 100 pics a day of them with that thing.) To capture this particular moment, you can do a full on production, be your own creative director, even build a set in a make-shift home studio. And you can do it all for less than $20, saving you hundreds compared to what professionals can charge. Continue reading “How to Create Your Own Cake Smash Photoshoot”