Tuesday, July 23, 2013
My sweet Jack turned 3 last month and a tool party was the perfect celebration. He is OBSESSED with tools. If you've met him, you were probably annoyed at how many times he asked about your tools or to look in your garage/tool box or told you 2684 times about his crescent wrench, level or tape measure. I think he now has a nicer collection of tools than my hubs. In fact, we are often having to borrow his tools to fix things around the house.
Getting the party supplies was pretty easy and inexpensive since I snatched most everything from mine and my dad's garage. :)
Leslie Nash of Leslie Nash Designs created all of the printables for the party. She is a crafty genius, a gem to work with and sent everything to me ready to go. LOVE her!!
I made the tool cookies of course. :) When you schedule your 3 year old's birthday party the same day as your 7 year old's regional swim meet, it's off to Kroger for a birthday cake.
I had the kids on the swim team help assemble the tool skewers for the centerpieces that Leslie printed.
Pretzels Pleaze's chocolate covered pretzels were the perfect touch and so delicious! Jack was so excited about these.
My hubs had just gotten a new tool box for Father's Day so it was the perfect area for the plates and cutlery.
I LOVED the tags that Leslie made for the party favors. I picked up some tool boxes from the dollar store and filled them each with a shop rag, a Home Depot pencil and apron, a wood building activity which came with a paint set, safety goggles and some tool tattoos.
In addition to all of the party printables that Leslie whipped up, she also designed and made this awesome T-shirt for Jack. My favorite part!
The kids chose their tool box based on the wood building set they wanted to make. The sets came from Toys R Us and included with paint, nails/screws and wood glue. They got to chose from a sail boat, race car, bird house, train and fire truck.
The kiddos had a great time playing with all of Jack's tools too.
Happy 3rd birthday to our own Mr. Fix-It. We love you Jack-Jack.
Custom printables and T-shirt - Leslie Nash Designs
Chocolate dipped pretzels - Pretzels Pleaze
Tool Cookies - Whip It Good Cookies
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Do you know anyone who can SWIM 2.4 miles then BIKE 112 miles then RUN 26.2 miles? I do! I know three people in fact.
IRONMAN Texas was here in The Woodlands and I was so excited to be a very small part of it. The owners of Outback Western Wear asked me to make cookies for their hard-working volunteers at their bike aid station along the course.
Over 400 mini IRONMAN and heart cookies went into 40 jars.
What an awesome way to say "Thanks!"
One of the athletes in this race is our good friend, Jesse. He is "Uncle Jesse" to my kiddos so naturally, he had to have cookies. ;)
This race has been in our own backyard to three years now and we have never participated in it in any way. The hubs, kids and I stood at the end to watch so many determined men and women cross the finish line. We were so proud to be there to see Jesse accomplish this ridiculously-amazing achievement.
Jesse, you are such an inspiration to all of us! My kiddos personally saw determination at its best. Congrats!!!
My little fam will be on the sidelines again next year cheering everyone on!!
Friday, May 10, 2013
You would think that my kiddo's teachers always get cookies, right? Well, actually they rarely do. I am usually too busy making cookies for everyone else's teachers to make any for Austin's. This year however, I wanted to give them cookies on a stick and I've wanted to make apples with seeds for a while now.
Why do we give teachers apples anyhow? Do they even like them? Is the whole apple thing getting old? I hope not.
When making cookies on a stick or "cookie pops" I always cut out the dough and then chill the cookies before baking them. Once the cookies are chilled, I insert the stick into the middle of the cookie and bake them in the dough. They turn out perfect every time!
I searched on Etsy for a cute printable that would match the seeded apple that I pictured in my head and I ran across these adorable tags. Cherri from Cupcake Cutiees Party added "Thank You" at the top for me. They were the perfect size and easy for Austin to write his name on. I printed them on glossy cardstock.
The cookies went to all his teachers that have played a role in his very successful year; the librarian, PE teacher, his two main teachers, music and art teacher and the school nurse too for always band-aiding my little guy. Did you know that it is also National Nurses Week?
Thank you to all of Austin's teachers for an amazing year in first grade!
Thank you to all teachers everywhere for all of your awesomeness!!
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Okay, my sweet cookie lovers, I have a little giveaway for you! As you've probably heard since I've been bugging you for an entire month, Whip It Good Cookies is competing in the Intuit Small Business Growing Strong contest. Intuit is granting wishes for 15 businesses. Out of over 12,000 businesses competing, Whip It Good has held strong in the top 18. Getting in the top 15 can only be done with YOUR help. I know...you're all having nightmares from the Martha Stewart contest. I am too but it is worth it! ;) Winning this would mean that I could get a commercial mixer and other commercial supplies, beef up this website/blog and offer a lot more to YOU. So as an incentive and also a thank you, I had to give something away.
As I was trying to figure out what to giveaway, I thought to my self, what would I want? I would want something from one of my favorite stores which is World Market and Sur La Table (just to name a few). I chose Sur La Table because I selfishly needed some cutters too. I went back and forth from display to display with my kids in tow (horrible idea - Jack dropped a ceramic ramekin right on the floor and it shattered into little tiny pieces which he proceeded to pick up). It was really hard to decide so I got a few of my favorite things and hope you will love them too.
Okay, let's break it down...
Who doesn't LOVE paper straws? If I didn't want to hoard them, I would make my boys drink out of them everyday because then it would feel like a party every day.
I've had my eye on these loaf pans for a while now. I would likely never use them as making any sort of bread product scares me but they would be cute used for condiments, nuts, favors or they would make cute storage. I think I liked them because they were tiny.
I really have an obsession for vintage looking kitchen towels. Sur La Table has a million but obviously, this one caught my eye. You can also see a package of lollipop sticks hanging out there. I have a wide assortment of all lengths because I can use them for large cookies, mini cookies, cake bites (and school projects).
Everyone can always use more cupcake liners! And chevron?!!! No brainer. I also loves these decorative beads. I will have to return to the store to get some of my own. I see cookies in their future. :)
But WAIT! There's MORE!
The winner also receives.......a $30 gift card to Sur La Table!!! So you can have all this and go shopping in the store or online for your own goodies.
Now, what do you have to do? I'm so glad you asked. ;)
All you have to do is VOTE! That's it!
Please case your DAILY vote for Whip It Good Cookies to have our wish granted! You can VOTE every day and come back and enter the giveaway everyday! Just tell me what number vote you were. PLUS you get an additional entry for sharing on Facebook.
If you want to keep up with where Whip It Good Cookies stands during the contest, after you vote, if you look at the top, middle of the page to the left, you can close out of the Whip It Good Cookies voting page. It then takes you to the main contest page. Above the businesses, you will see a button that says, "Most Loved Votes." Click that and you can see who has the highest number of votes.
**Sur La Table is not affiliated with this giveaway in any way. These products were purchased by me, just because. That's how I roll. :)
Thursday, April 4, 2013
I have another awesome opportunity in front of me to grow my little business. Remember the Martha Stewart madness of 2012? Well, this is a little easier. It is a voting competition, however there is no information required to vote. Intuit is granting wishes for 15 businesses up to the amount of $5000. My wish is to have professional equipment and a new website. It would cut my prep time in half if I had commercial grade equipment such as a mixer and baking racks and such. And it sure would be awesome to also have a new website that is more user friendly for you guys.
The contest wraps up on May 6th so I ask that you please take 10 seconds to vote once a day. Click here to cast your vote: http://bit.ly/11pL2nP
I can't tell you how much your support means to me! Thanks everyone!
Monday, April 1, 2013
I am not gonna lie; I was SO excited to make these. I really had no idea what I was going to do when I sat down to decorate however. My friend, Tally had a 70's themed birthday party so I had to do something special for her.
There are a million directions to go with the 70's since there are so many great trends from that era. I took a little bit of everything for inspiration.
I knew I wanted to do peace signs for sure but I couldn't get away from my inner flower child. And then, after the cookies were delivered and the pictures were posted, an amazing follower pointed out that I am missing the bottom/middle line so this is actually a Mercedes sign. Ha! Totally something I would do!!! I bet several people noticed including my hubs but didn't have the heart to tell me. ;)
Believe it or not, I didn't have to make any icing for these cookies. I had icing left over from all of the week's cookies so I decorated according to the colors that I had in flood/pipe icing.
I honestly didn't know what I was doing with this chick but she ended up looking like Velma from Scooby-Doo so it worked out I guess.
For this groovy chick, I got inspiration from Sugarbelle's afro girl and Oh Sugar Event's and combined the two. Thanks ladies!!
The disco ball was first flooded in white icing. I then airbrushed it with sliver and added rainbow disco dust before I piped the black lines.
Happy Birthday Natalya!