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How to Make Decorated Sugar Cookies for New Year's Eve

What I want to know -- is how did eating popcorn while watching a movie become a "thing"? Don't get me wrong. The eating part I get. I mean, I love eating food. And I know it's totally taboo to admit, but sometimes eating is like the anti-toxin to all the loud children "bonding" that goes on at my house during the dark hours of winter. I'll save my dinner until after my kids go to bed and

How to Make Decorated Balloon Cookies with a Rattle Cutter

I tried to call in "sick" today. After 4 hours of sleep and shoveling nearly a foot of snow yesterday...I figured I had earned a few hours on the couch with my electric blanket. Although, if we're being completely honest that electric blanket is just the gateway drug that leads to an afternoon of Amazon shopping. But as it turns out,

How to Make Knitted Striped Mitten Coookies

Stop me if you've heard this story before.  A girl has a cookie order that is due in 1 week. Girl procrastinates cookie order until the very last second. And then procrastinates just a little more while convincing herself that she can just "work a little faster" or "stay up just a little later" and totally make up the time. And then completely freaks out and loses her mind when she realizes

How to Pipe a Pinecone with Royal Icing

Sometimes I aimlessly watch YouTube videos late at night. It's a sickness really. Someone please meddle in my life choices. I'm begging you -- stage an intervention. Please. And I definitely wouldn't say no to some snacks at said intervention. Maybe those

How to Make Decorated Bicycle Cookies

So yeah. I made bicycle cookies for Christmas. It seemed like the thing to do. And you know I'm all about doing that. And by "that" I mean "whatever in the world I want to because I'm a grown up and I'm basically the supreme ruler and chancellor of my own life." Except for when it comes to laundry and mopping and making actual

How to Make THICK Icing Cookies (That Won't Break Your Teeth!!)

No one ever warned me about real adult conversations with grown up boys. I kind of just assumed that if we speak the same language and I'm careful about my words that guys would understand me. But real life conversations with my husband turn out more like this --

How to Make Decorated Winter Lantern Cookies

I feel like I've been all in your face for the last 12 days. And I thought that maybe you would want a break from me. But I can't help myself. I have whole pile of fantastic cookies that just NEED to be shared!! So...first up are these winter lantern cookies that I made for an Advent Calendar 2016 collaboration. I kind of love collaborations. They always challenge me to look at cookies and designs in a new way. This one is full of sugar artists...each day reveals a new artist and a new sugar project. You can follow the FB page to see all of the projects. And today is my day!!

It's been super odd weather here this year. It's all warm and rainy instead of frigid and snowy. I had lettuce growing in my front yard until a week ago. (Seriously... don't get hung up on the fact that lettuce grows in my front yard. I swear I'm a normal neighbor.)  I'm not normally a huge champion of winter. In fact you might call me a bit of a winter-non-lover. It's dark and co…

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

You guys. It's DAY 12!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!!! It has nearly done me in trying to keep this one a secret. It's no surprise that I love my dehydrator. And that it's changed my decorating life. And that I want to peer pressure everyone in to trying it....

As it turns out, I actually somehow managed to peer pressure the people over at Excalibur to try cookie decorating with their dehydrators....and then also somehow convinced them to GIVE ONE AWAY!!! This is not a joke. It's not a drill.



On the 12th day of Giving....we're giving away a 9 tray Excalibur Dehydrator AND 9 Paraflexx Dehydrator Sheets!!!!!!

And the party doesn't end here!!! Go see SWEET SUGARBELLE for the most enviable collection of cookie cutters and supplies yet!!!! (And a bit of an announcement from ME!!)

To enter, just click that Easy Entry button below! Earn even more entries by visiting Excalibur (Be sure to say THANK YOU!!) or sharing with a friend! Giveaway ends at midnight on December 15, 2016…

12 Days of Giving with LilaLoa and Sweet Sugarbelle -- Day 11

I can't believe it's Day 11! I don't want it to be almost over yet! Thankfully, we still have some truly fantastic prizes to give away!! (And it's another double-day so don't forget to go see what Callye of Sweet Sugarbelle is giving away today too!!! You won't want to miss it!)


Today's incredibly lucky winner is going to get a $50 gift card from Bobbi's Cookies and Cutters!!! You can use it to snag a custom cutter, sign up for her Purple Parcel Club or just grab a whole cartful of fantastic cutters!



AND....

A PICO PROJECTOR!!!!!!


To enter, just click that Easy Entry button below! Earn even more entries by visiting Bobbi's Cookies and Cutters or sharing with a friend! (And be sure to pop over to Bobbi's Facebook page and say THANK YOU!!) Giveaway ends at midnight on December 14, 2016. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond. The winner's name will also be listed below when the giveaway has ended. Good luck!!

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12 Days of Giving with LilaLoa and Sweet Sugarbelle -- Day 10

It's Day 10!!! And we've basically lost our minds because from today through Day 12 -- we're doing DOUBLE PRIZES!!! That means you get to enter HERE on my blog for one prize...and then hop over to SWEET SUGARBELLE to enter for an entirely new and unbelievably fantastic prize!! (It's a $100 gift card to STENCIBELLE!!!) It's a crazy giveaway party this weekend!!




Today's winner will receive a $100 gift card to the How Sweet is That? shop! And if I might be so bold...allow me to point the way to some of my favorite products they sell. Like that PAJAMA CUTTER you're already coveting, or the entire line of RAINBOW DUST PENS.

To enter, just click that Easy Entry button below! Earn even more entries by visiting How Sweet is That? or sharing with a friend! Giveaway ends at midnight on December 13, 2016. Good luck!!

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12 Days of Giving with LilaLoa and Sweet Sugarbelle -- Day 9

Oh my goodness. It's finally Friday. And I'm SUPER excited about today's giveaway. (I know. I've been pretty jazzed about all the giveaways. To be honest, it's exhausting being this excited ALL.THE.TIME...but it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make for you, my friends.)


Remember this set of cookies? That's when I "met" and fell in love with Christine's Molds. She has SUCH an incredible selection of high quality molds. I'll never go anywhere else.



And one of you will never have to go anywhere else either! Today's winner will receive a $100 gift card to Christine's Molds!!!! You can get a head start on your wish list right now because in the spirit of giving Christine is also going to give all of you 15% off everything in her store from now until Christmas with the code -- 12daysofgiving !!

To enter, just click that Easy Entry button below! Earn even more entries by visiting Christine's Molds or sharing with a friend! Giveawa…

12 Days of Giving with LilaLoa and Sweet Sugarbelle -- Day 7

Can you believe it's already a WEEK into December?! It's Day 7 and I feel like it was just barely Thanksgiving! I'm kind of freaking out because I totally thought I would have ALL SORTS of things done by this point in the month. And I don't. In fact I have almost nothing done. It's probably because I'm spending all my time at this crazy cookie party called the 12 Days of Giving! Seriously though...today is the day where things get crazier. Are you ready for this?


Have you guys been to Flour Box Bakery? Anne's got all the supplies and cutters you need and a ton of fantastic tutorials showing you how to use them all!! And today Flour Box Bakery is giving away a cookie starter kit with everything you need to get you going (or keep you going!!) AND a $100 gift card to one lucky winner!!!

To enter, just click that Easy Entry button below! Earn even more entries by visiting Flour Box Bakery or sharing with a friend! Giveaway ends at midnight on December 10,…

12 Days of Giving with LilaLoa and Sweet Sugarbelle -- Day 5

Happy Monday!!! I don't think I've ever been so excited for a Monday in my entire life!!! Since it's Monday we're going to get a little crazy and have TWO WINNERS today!!!


Each winner will receive a $50 gift card from Truly Mad Plastics(Did you know you can get your decorating supplies as well as your custom cutters there now?!) and 8 ounces of delicious Cookie Cowgirl Dark Cocoa Blend!!


To enter, just click that Easy Entry button below! Earn even more entries by visiting Truly Mad Plastics 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 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 6, 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 12 DAYS OF GIVING WITH LILALOA A…