12 Days of Giving with LilaLoa and Sweet Sugarbelle -- Day 3

It's Day 3!! It's so exciting! I just want to put these all out all at once! It's so hard keeping them to myself. But I suppose that's the point of having 12 days, right? To make EACH day exciting. And also maybe to spread the commotion around a little bit so I don't implode. Because seriously, every single day is fantastic!

Today's lucky winner will receive a $50 gift card to Kaleida Cuts!! Her shop is full of those adorable cutters with bows and fantastic typography. (You know...word cutters.) And now one of YOU can go crazy getting all your favorite cutters!!!!

To enter, just click that Easy Entry button below! Earn even more entries by visiting Kaleida Cuts or sharing with a friend! Giveaway ends at midnight on December 8, 2016. Good luck!!

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12 Days of Giving with LilaLoa and Sweet Sugarbelle -- Day 1

I love decorating cookies. And I love the people that decorate cookies. And the people that ask me questions and answer my questions. I love the emails and the comments and the crazy karaoke pajama parties. I love being a part of it all. This cookie hobby and the world of wonderful people that surround it have gotten me through the good years and the bad days. You've been with me when I lived on the other side of the world and through my move back to my home country with three children and 4 suitcases and a stroller that was lost forever to the deep abyss of airport security. You've kept me entertained late into the night and encouraged me early in the mornings. You are my sunshine and my silver linings. And I know that Callye of The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle agrees with me completely when I say that I would not be the person I am today without all of you. So it is with great satisfaction and anticipation that I bring you--

The Third Annual

It's my favorite time of year!!! And I hope you guys are ready for this because we have a CRAZY FANTASTIC line up of giveaways this year!!! A new giveaway will be posted on either my blog or over at Sweet Sugarbelle (or both!) for the next 12 days!! Each giveaway will be live for only 3 days so we can (hopefully!) get you your good stuffs before Christmas. Follow us on IG and/or FB to make sure you don't miss a giveaway! Ready?!

On the first day of giving, LilaLoa and Sugarbelle bring to you...

A giant basket of goodness from Ann Clark Cookie Cutters. (Did you know their cutters are 100% made in the USA?!) Basket includes--

* 9 Make More Cookie Cookie Cutters (Bird, Dog Biscuit, Christmas Tree, Cross, Frog, Gown, Shamrock, Gingerbread House Kit, Mitten)
*7 Plain Cookie Cutters (Heart, Candy Cane, Happy Gingerbread Boy, Star, Princess Crown, Snowflake, Oval Plaque)
*Red and Green Write on Gels
*Christmas and Red Heart Sprinkles
*6 Seasonal Note Cards designed by Ann Clark herself

To enter, just click that Easy Entry button below! Earn even more entries by visiting Ann Clark or sharing with a friend! Giveaway ends at midnight on December 4, 2016. Good luck!!

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How to Make Decorated Flint Corn Cookies

There's not a lot I wouldn't do to get out of mopping on Saturday mornings. Yes. We only mop once a week. Please don't judge me all you mop-loving people out there. You may have heard, I have this uh, condition where my arm falls off when in contact with a mop...Apparently it's a thing. The ever elusive "they" think it might be caused by all the inorganic food I eat. My husband says it's because I stay up too late making cookies. But really... there's no easy way to know the real cause of my mopping aversion. It will always be one of those great life mysteries....like why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle or why do you get hiccups 3 seconds after the baby FINALLY FALLS ASLEEP for the first time in seven and a half days.

But as it turns out, something happened last Saturday during the "weekend cleanse" portion of my Saturday morning. It was big. Like....HUGE. I will never be the same again. My life was irrevocably changed. My 9 year old male child decided that he was capable of mopping. And he offered to mop EVERY SATURDAY MORNING if I would pay him $2. You guys. I gave him $3 and didn't even check to see if he got the shiny spots under the table from the spilled breakfast milk.

Thanksgiving decorated sugar cookies

I don't really know what to do with all my free time now. I mean...I don't have to spend hours trying to justify my inability to mop my own floors on a regular basis. No more pretending that I'm going to do it, while really I'm just hiding out "doing laundry" and hoping that somehow that floor will grow up and just mop itself. All of that...it's just GONE. I would say that I have a void in my life, but really what I have is a Rolling Stones tribute band in my heart playing, "I'm Free" and a whole bunch of extra time to make cookies. (And by "a whole bunch" I, of course mean, "at least 17 solid minutes.) (I'll take what I can get.) I'm sure it comes as a great big, giant surprise that I've used that time to make more cookies. I really didn't think I'd have time for a second set of Thanksgiving cookies this year....but my miracle mopping child came to my rescue!

Thanksgiving cookie decorating tutorials

1. Outline and fill a leaf shape on the bottom left of the cookie with a medium consistency yellow icing and a #3 tip. Let it dry for at least 15 minutes.
2. Outline and fill the leaf on the other side of the cookie. Let it dry for an hour.
3. Pipe the cob part of the corn with a medium consistency tan icing and a #3 tip. Immediately add an random array of colored dots of icing all over the place. Shake or tap a couple of times to smooth out the icing. You can let it dry or just move right on to the next step.
4. Put a #2 tip on the yellow icing and add fun details to the leaves. Do not add boring details.

See it in action here.


Grab the supplies: FLINT CORN CUTTER, ALPHABET ("thanks") CUTTERS, and  PIE CUTTER.