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Fall Favourites

Some of my favourite things this fall 🙂 Check out the gallery for descriptions. Comment to share some of your favourite things this fall!

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Repisode: Pumpkin Cake

Fall is absolutely without a doubt my favourite season. And I’m not alone! The leaves changing colour, cool breeze in the sunshine, scarves, pumpkin spice lattes, it’s really no mystery so many people love it.

But not everyone is on board. I don’t know if anyone else has noticed but the Fall season seems to have acquired its very own scrooges! Well haters gonna hate but if you have a Fall hater in your life, offer them a slice of this dreamy pumpkin cake and who knows, their heats might grow a size or two. 😉

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I found the recipe for this cake here she also adapted it into a cupcake recipe that you can find here if that’s more your style.

Comment below and share some of your favourite Fall treats!

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There’s an app for that!

Here are some of apps that I have been finding useful and fun lately. Give them a try and let me know what you think!

Recolor

Who doesn’t love colouring? Try out Recolor! Free! ( has within app purchases though ) you can choose a template, colour you heart out and then add textures like watercolour or marker. It may not give you that pencil to paper experience, but it’s free & fun!

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Snap by Groupon

Free! To use this app you browse their offers, say you see $1 for bread as an offer. You snap a pic of your receipt, tell them which offers you used ( bread ) and they will put $1 cash in an account for you! Once you hit 20 dollars in your account you can cash out and they will send you a cheque! And you can shop anywhere, yes anywhere!

My only beef with this app so far is that they need to add more offers – I won’t be buying baby food or women’s rogaine – add some more stuff so I can hit that 20 bucks! haha

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Luminosity

You’ve probably seen the commercials on TV – its like a workout for your brain! These games are so much fun and are great to keep your brain muscles in tip top shape, not a free app but well worth it. I’m currently loving the ‘trouble brewing’ exercise! You basically work in a coffee shop hahah it helps you learn to multi task and prioritize!

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Saturday went a little like this…

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Repisode: Cadbury Egg Cupcakes

My boyfriend loves Cadbury eggs. Loves em! So for his Birthday this year I thought I’d try making cupcakes with a Cadbury egg in the centre. I got the idea from Pinterest and just kind of made up my own version.

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What I used:
Box of chocolate cake mix
Eggs
Vegetable oil
24 Cadbury eggs
Cupcake liners
Icing Sugar
Vanilla extract
Butter
Marshmallow fluff
Yellow Sugar

One box of chocolate cake mix normally yields about 24 cupcakes. But since I used regular size Cadbury eggs in my cupcakes, I didn’t use as much batter so I ended up with about 30 cupcakes total.

I decided on the regular size Cadbury eggs over the mini ones because really, if you are telling someone that this cupcake has a Cadbury egg in the centre, you want a Cadbury egg in the centre. Am I right? They mini ones just didn’t seem as fun to me. A good tip is to freeze the Cadbury eggs, it helps them to keep there shape when baking. I left mine in the freezer for about an hour and it seemed to work fine.

I mixed up the cake mix and put a dollop of cake batter in the bottom of each cupcake liner. Then I unwrapped the eggs ( so glad they changed the packaging this year, can you imagine peeling the foil off 24 of those things? ) and just laid them in the centre of the cupcakes. I then added more batter, just enough to cover the egg. The batter rises up quite a bit so you really just need enough to cover the surface of the egg. I popped them into the oven and baked them according to the directions on the cake batter box, then let them cool.

For the icing I followed the recipe on the back of the icing bag ( royal icing ) and added 1 cup of marshmallow fluff to give the icing a rich, dense texture. I used a piping bag and tip to apply the icing and added some yellow sugar for a bit of sparkle and colour. I originally wanted some edible sparkles but a tiny container was about 5 dollars and I actually liked the look ( and price ) of the yellow sugar much better.

That was it! They turned and great but be warned, these are really sweet. There is as much cadbury egg as there is cupcake, then topped with icing. So if you aren’t a big sweet tooth these might not be for you but the Birthday boy was a fan so i call them a success!

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Gifts worth stealing

The Chinese gift exchange, it goes by many names and tis’ the season that you’ll likely get invited to participate in several between your family, friends and co-workers.

Here are some suggestions for things $20 and under for men or women that are totally worth stealing 😉

Throw Blankets – Who doesn’t want a nice soft blanket? This one looks perfect and it’s right under the $20 dollar mark.

Booze – I like to get something festive, at $19.99 Peppermint Kahlua is my pick!

Coffee & Tea – Pick up some cocoa and a festive mug! Around $13 from Starbucks.

Food – This time of year there are tons of those pre-wrapped gourmet food/candy baskets big and small around. I think this one from Hickory Farm would be a hit at $19.98.

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If all else fails just go with the tried and true gift card! Happy stealing!

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The Gift Shopping Dilemma

If you don’t know me, I’m a bit of an organizingaholic. Okay, I’m a lot of an organizingaholic. So when I stumbled onto this, I was so on board. I give you… Giftster!

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In a nutshell, it’s a gift registry that you can use in the form of an app on your smart phone or via their website.

I won’t go into great detail, but to give you an idea of how it works:

1) Create a group and invite your to be gift recipients to the group via email.

2) Once they’ve accepted your invite, everyone adds their lists. Tip! you can rate the items you put on your list. 5 stars shows you want it real bad. 1 star, not so much. Another tip! You can send anonymous notifications asking someone to update their list if it’s slim pickings.

3) Get shopping!

How it works: I look under my Group, say I call it Christmas 2014, I click Sam’s list. I see she has a jacket from Bootlegger on there – I’ll mark that item as reserved. First I want to see if I can find her size in-stock. I find it. Yay! 😀 I buy it, then mark it as purchased on her list.

Anytime someone reserves or purchases an item on a list it automatically updates so that everyone ( not Sam of course ) can see that that gift has been reserved or purchased.

Added bonus: It has the option to add your gift preferences. You can specify everything from your shoes size to what NOT to get you. Can I getta no underwear please? 😉 This feature makes Giftster an invaluable guide to getting and giving great gifts!

Oh and did I mention it’s free? Nice!

This is the first time I’ve used the app and I’m sure I’ve only scratched the surface of its features, But I’d love you to try it out and comment below!

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