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My Favorite Christmas Party Attire

Christmas is just around the corner, meaning it’s time to get our wardrobe ready for Christmas parties!  Here are some of my favorite pieces for this year’s holiday bashes. Literally, Gold Anything I freaking love gold, right now. (I even used it as one of […]

21 Christmas Songs to Add to Your Holiday Playlist

It isn’t Christmas until you have a holiday song or two continuously stuck in your head. I tend to stick to the classic holiday songs, but it is fun mixing it up with more modern Christmas music every now and then. I wanted to share […]

Gingerbread House Mishaps: My First Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House Mishaps: My First Gingerbread House

In my 24 years of life, I have never built a gingerbread house.  Well that all changed last night when my husband and I attempted to build one for the first time. We used this gingerbread house kit from Michaels:

Gingerbread House

The kit comes with gumdrops, candies in the shape of Christmas lights, small bead candies, roof siding mold, icing, fondant, the gingerbread house cookies, and instructions.  The box did say that we needed powdered sugar, cornstarch, and granulated sugar, but we never figured out what that was for.

We started off by “gluing” the gingerbread house sides together with icing.  If you’ve never built a gingerbread house before, know that it takes several hours to do this because you have to let the base of the house dry for at least an hour, before putting on the roofs.  Once the roofs are on, you have to wait another 2-3 hours for it to dry before you can decorate.  HEED MY WARNING: I didn’t know we had to wait so long for it to dry, so I tried to cut corners and decorated earlier than I should have.  This resulted in my house falling apart and me having to start over.

DON’T DO IT.

Take your time and let the icing set so that you don’t have to start over like I did.

And because I was strapped on time, I went ahead and decorated the house before “gluing” the gingerbread house back together.  Once I had all the house sides together, I propped up stuff to hold it in place overnight.  This worked!  I carefully took away the things propping it up and the house held.

Building this house was a ton of fun.  The mishap was a bit disheartening as I didn’t want to wait several more hours for the icing to dry, but I made it work.  My house is not as decked out as other gingerbread houses, but that’s because we had to use a ton of icing to glue the house together.  I also chose not to use the fondant because it was too hard to mold into anything.  I tried to use the roof mold, but all it did was rip the icing off of my house.  It’s in the garbage now.

But other than that, this was fun! I enjoyed drawing the windows and doors with the icing, and my husband applied the candies.  All in all, this was a good experience.  I definitely recommend if you’ve never built a gingerbread house before!

I’ll see you guys on Tuesday and happy Blogmas!

With love,

Meagan

Perfect Cookie Recipes to Enjoy This Holiday Season

If we’re talking desserts this holiday season, you’ve got to make at least one batch of cookies. There are so many mouthwatering recipes out there. So if you’re confused on which ones you should try, here are a few cookie recipes that I recommend. Nutella […]

How to Find that Perfect Present for the Hard to Shop For

With Christmas right around the corner I am sure that everyone has crossed off their Christmas list and checked it twice. But is there a name still there? That one friend who has everything? Or that Aunt who says they don’t need anything? Well with […]

The Dark Makeup Look I’ll Be Rocking This Christmas

I’m all about dark makeup so why wouldn’t I attempt a dark makeup look for Christmas?  I decided to go with something icy because as of right now it’s cold where I live and I didn’t want to go with the cliche red and green.

I started by doing my usual foundation routine of washing my face, primer, color corrector, concealer, and finally foundation.

For the eyes, I applied a white base all over my eyelid and added a glitter/highlighter eyeshadow on top. Then I took a deep blue eyeshadow and outlined the outer corner of my eye and along the crease.  I used a medium blue eyeshadow to blend everything together.  All of my eyeshadows are Sephora brand, so they didn’t come from any specific palettes. I did a slight winged eyeliner to compliment the eyshadow, but didn’t go too bold as the blue is the crux of the look.  I swept a bit of mascara onto my eyelashes to finish of the eyes.

I applied a soft pink blush to my cheeks and finished off with Kat Von D’s Lolita lipstick.

This look is great for Christmas time, particularly if you’re going out for the night or if you just love dark makeup.  I definitely could have blended a little better, but that’s why I call myself a professional amateur.

Dark Christmas Makeup

dark christmas makeup

Happy Blogmas everyone and I’ll see you on Sunday for gingerbread house making!

With Love,

Meagan

6 Fun Gifts to Use As Stocking Stuffers This Year

I don’t know about you, but I have some deep fascination for Christmas stockings and all the goodies that go into them. It’s always an adventure because there are multiple little gifts that always put a smile on my face. If you’re trying to figure […]

My Christmas First: What Makes This Christmas Special For Me

It was only a couple of years ago that the idea of married life was nothing more than a dream.  I spent my college years dating different guys, exploring my own interests, and becoming the adult I am today.  When I thought about being married, […]

4 Hot Chocolate Recipes to Warm Your Soul

I am completely obsessed with hot chocolate. When the temperature drops and winter comes around, it’s my go to beverage. I swear, it probably runs through my veins instead of blood.

In the spirit of Blogmas, I thought it would be great to share some delicious hot chocolate recipes that will warm your soul this holiday season.

Naughty List Hot Chocolate

www.thecocktailproject.com

This first recipe is perfect for your holiday parties this season (time for some vodka, whoo!). The mixture of alcohol and peppermint flavor give it a kick. It’s a very nice twist on the traditional hot chocolate. You can get the recipe by clicking here.

Nutella Hot Chocolate

www.cafedelites.com

Just when I thought hot chocolate couldn’t get any better, I came across this amazing recipe for Nutella hot chocolate. Miracles do exist, y’all. It’s a perfect combination of frothy and creamy and deliciousness. This is so delicious it should probably be illegal. The recipe can be found at the Cafe Delites website.

Cozy Peppermint Hot Chocolate

www.littlespicejar.com

Peppermint everything makes me happy in the winter. I love cozying up on the couch with a good book and a cup of my white chocolate peppermint tea from Teavana. So, it’s not surprise that I’d fall head over heels in love with the hot chocolate version (minus the white chocolate). Marzia over at Little Spice Jar has the perfect recipe for this mouthwatering drink.

Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate

www.tidymom.net

While Pumpkin Spice is not my favorite (I know, I’m super cray), this recipe over at Tidy Mom is just perfect enough to make me crave a pumpkin spice hot chocolate. I think it’ll satisfy anyone who loves a good Pumpkin Spice latte – and make them want to drink it just as much.

Okay, I’m gonna have to go make me a cup or two of hot chocolate right now. Looks like I just need to find some peppermint, vanilla, pumpkin spice, and all the other goodies these recipes include. Oh, and I can’t forget the Cool Whip and giant marshmallows.

Did you find a new recipe that you want to try this winter? Hopefully one of them speaks to you! Share and comment down below – I’d love to find out if you try any of them!

Love,
Brittany

A Review of a Christmas Dress from Rose Wholesale

You may have seen ads floating around from Rose Wholesale advertising their Christmas dresses.  I saw one of them and excitedly told my husband that I really wanted this red dress in particular.  He, being the awesome person he is, actually ordered it for me. […]