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Halloween Cupcakes

 I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween!

– Katie


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DIY: Last Minute Semi-Homemade Halloween Treats

What you’ll need:

– Templates I created:
Mummy Little Debbie Cake Cover
  Frankenstein Popcorn Cover Color
Frankenstein Popcorn Cover B&W
– Scissors
– Clear tape
– Double stick tape
– Little Debbie Fall Party Cake
– Popcorn (single serve mini bag)

Step 1

Print out templates.

Step 2

Cut out the mummy, Frankenstein and bolts.

Step 3

Place double stick tape onto the front of the popcorn and party cake packages.

Step 4 – Mummy

Place mummy template in the center of the party cake and lightly press down. Tape one side down then tape the other. Make sure the template is tightly wrapped around the party cake to ensure it will stay in place.

Step 4 – Frankenstein

Place Frankenstein template in the center of the popcorn and lightly press down. Tape one side down then tape the other. Make sure the template is tightly wrapped around the popcorn to ensure it will stay in place.

Next, place a small piece of double stick tape on the bolts then place onto the sides of the Frankenstein face by the stitches.

And viola, you’re done!

I made these cute treats to give to the kids I nanny and decided to make a quick tutorial out of it. Enjoy!

– Katie

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What’s in a Name?

 So some of you may have noticed a major change over here *cough* new name *cough* but what you may not know is the reason for the change. I’ve been contemplating changing my major for a while now. To be honest, the possibility of switching my major from teaching to an entirely different ball game scares the crap out of me. My entire life all I’ve wanted to be is a teacher. I have such a passion for working with children that I can’t imagine doing anything else for the rest of my life and actually being content. I’m not quite sure yet if I am going to switch majors or if I did what I would switch to but all of this undecidedness (yes, I’m making up words now) brought upon the feeling that I should change my blog name, just in case.

It’s taken me a while to figure out what I wanted to rename my blog. Throughout the process I toyed around with tons of different names and word combination until one day it just hit me! Ah ha, Beauty and the Blog. Beauty and the Blog… it was perfect. I loved the ring to it and it had a sweet but subtle nod to my beloved Disney. Well that vision came crashing down real quick when I found out that the domain already been bought (not being used, gurrrr, but just already owned by someone else) and also when I noticed it was the name of Sephora’s blog. So there I was, back at the drawing board. I wasn’t literally at a drawing board of course; I was actually lying on my bed watching YouTube videos and Jersey Shore simultaneously. Don’t act like you’re not impressed! I laid there on my bed immersed in trashy television and beauty videos thinking about nothing at all and then BAM! It just hit me! And this time I loved the name even more… Beauty and the Sweets. It has just the right amount of catchiness, corniness, and Disney. Basically it’s me summed up in four words.

So at the end of it all I don’t yet know what I’m going to do with the rest of my life but I do have a new website name (did you see the .com part?! did ya, did ya?!) and a pretty darn good one at that.

I’ll be working on a new layout and theme to go along with my name change soon but for now I’ll have this temporary banner up until I design my logo and get everything else in order. I hope that you all will like the new changes as much as I will. In the words of Porky Pig, th – th– that’s all folks.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

– Katie


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DIY: Tie-Dye T-Shirt

What you’ll need:

– Warm water
– Squeeze bottles
– White shirt
– RIT liquid dye
(colors of your choice)
– Rubber bands
– Scissors
– Bucket (one you don’t mind staining)
– Rubber gloves (optional, I didn’t use any)

Step 1

Wet the entire shirt then ring out water until it’s damp but no longer dripping.

Step 2

Fill the squeeze bottle with warm water leaving around a half an inch empty at the top.

Step 3

Add about 3 tbsp of RIT liquid dye into the squeeze bottles.

Step 4

Place lid onto the bottle then shake to evenly distribute the dye. I’d recommend hold the lid while shaking… just in case…

Step 5

Grab damp shirt from the center then begin placing rubber bands tightly around the shirt. Continue this process every few inches down the entire shirt.

Step 6

Start distributing dye onto your damp shirt over the bucket.  Continue this process in no particular order with whatever colors you choose. You want the colors to be kind of all over the place so don’t over think it too much.

Step 7

Let shirt sit for 5 minutes.

Step 8

Rinse shirt until the water runs clear.

Step 9

Carefully cut rubber bands off the shirt then rinse again until the water runs clear.

Step 10

Hang until fully dry then enjoy!

This DIY was requested by a friend of mine so I hope this helps her, as well as all of you out there who weren’t quite sure how to make your own tie-dye clothing. As you can see it’s pretty easy and super fun to make but as a warning you might want to get two shirts because you’ll want to start tie-dying everything in sight! Don’t say I didn’t warn you! If you have any questions you can leave them in a comment below and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

Give my tutorial a try? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear whether or not it worked out for you.

– Katie

Warning: the first few times you wash the tie-dyed items the color may bleed slightly so be careful what else you wash the newly dyed items with.

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Urban Decay Smoked Eye Pencil Set Swatches

Uzi: dark gunmetal grayish taupe with micro glitter.

Zero: matte black.

Demolition: matte dark brown.

Smog: shimmery copper.

Empire: deep eggplant purple – satin finish.

Mainline: matte dark teal.

These pencils are just like any other Urban Decay 24/7 glide-on eye pencils… very pigmented, unbelievably creamy and apply like butter. Oh! And don’t even get me started on the staying power… it’s amazing! I tried to remove these swatches immediately after taking this last picture and they wouldn’t budge! I was thoroughly impressed!

This set retails for $38 but I lucked out and purchased it for 20% off during the Urban Decay friends and family sale. However, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to purchase any of the 24/7 glide-on eye pencils for full price. Well worth it in my opinion!

What is your favorite Urban Decay product? Leave it a comment below.

– Katie

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Sunday & Scarecrows

Yesterday my mom, step-dad and I decided to head out and enjoy the beautiful Sunday weather at the Morton Arboretum. They currently have tons of fun fall activities going on there for both children and adults. One of which is a Scarecrow Trail around Meadow lake. The trail has more than 40 nature themed scarecrows all decorated by local schools and boy/girl scout troops. As I walked around the lake and admired what great of a job all the kids did I decided to take pictures of my favorites to share with you. They all got so creative with their different themes, I hope you like them as much as I did!

My mom made my sted-dad get in the picture since his mom reads my blog. Hi grandma Jimmie!

Aren’t they adorable?!

In other random news… Taylor Swift’s new CD Red comes out today and I’m sooooo excited! Now that this post is up I’m going to speed out to my local Target and pick up the deluxe edition. Woohoo! Byeeeee!

– Katie

P.S. All day my mom was wondering if the Morton Arboretum was the same Morton as Morton salt. My step-dad and I were skeptical but turns out she was right!

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Super Mario Bros Cupcakes

Super Mario Bros is one of those themes I have been longing to do ever since I started decorating cupcakes and I recently got the chance to make that dream come true! I’m not going to drag this out so here they areeeee…

Question Mark Block

Fire Flower



Super Mushroom

1-Up Mushroom



Green Shell



Piranha Plant

And then it was time for them to go bye-bye….

These are my favorite cupcakes I’ve made to date and I may or may not have had some separation anxiety when they were picked up.

Hope you all like them as much as I did!

– Katie


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