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The Better Crepe Cake

December 27, 2011

I have pondered the creation of a crepe cake before, but the process continued to scare me away from attempting to make one. Since I’m on break for the holidays, I have many hours to enjoy however I please, and decided I needed to stop putting this project off. My OCD nature wouldn’t allow me to just stack crepes because of the messy edges it would create. So after chilling the crepes in the freezer for a few minutes, I used a large circular cookie cutter to create a stack with sharp edges. In between each crepe I put a thin layer of fresh whipped cocoa creme. It was delicious!
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The Better Room of the Week

December 19, 2011

Image via Decor Pad


The Better Christmas Wish List

December 16, 2011


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I remember the days when my Christmas list would be made around the time people were getting ready for 4th of July barbeques. Lately there hasn’t been much I want that I can’t purchase for myself. With the exception of the 295 dollar Alexander McQueen scarf, no item I desire is over 160 dollars. Mr. Santa probably won’t be making a stop at my house this year, but still cookies are being made, the lights are being strung, and holiday music is being played. This time of year just can’t possibly get any more delightful.


The Better DIY Wand Curler

December 13, 2011

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This process literally took me ten minutes (including the time required to find the screwdriver). Curler wands are great because they are much easier to use, and they do not leave clamp marks in my hair. Plus it was a great way to get the product I want without tossing my Hot Tools curlers


The Better Way to Bring in Adulthood

December 07, 2011

This past weekend was my big 18th birthday. I’m officially an adult! I chose to keep things simple this year; on Friday night I enjoyed an iHop dinner with friends. Although my parents offered to take us to a nice restaurant, I preferred the simplicity of great company and delicious pancakes. Plus, you can’t play games of charades in the middle of Ruth Chris the way you can when you are at the International House of Pancakes. 
{Mackenzie helps Mimi put on her birthday hat}
{JCrew birthday bag}
{Olivia gave me this glam sleep mask. I feel like Beyonce in my slumber}
{Cook books I received!}
{Home made birthday brownie cake}


The Better Sights and Sounds of Christmas

December 06, 2011

Today we put up a few decorations while listening to upbeat, jazzy carols. Here are some pictures and list of songs for the holiday season.
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Sleigh Ride…Ella Fitzgerald
What Are you Doing New Year’s Eve?…Ella Fitzgerald 
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow…Michael Buble
The Christmas Song…Ella Fitzgerald 
The Man With the Bag…Kay Starr
White Christmas…Bing Crosby
I’ll Be Home for Christmas…Kelly Clarkson
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…Michael Buble
Wonderful Christmastime…Kelly Rowland
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas…Christina Aguilera
O Holy Night…Kelly Clarkson
Drummer Boy…Sean Kingston
All I Want for Christmas Is You…Mariah Carey
My Grown-Up Christmas List…Kelly Clarkson
This Gift (Pop Version)…98 Degrees (a classic blast to 90s boy band past)
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town…the Cheetah Girls (don’t hate, it’s a fun song)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing… Mariah Carey
Baby, It’s Cold Outside…Jessica Simpson duet with Nick Lachey 
Oh Santa!…Mariah Carey
Last Christmas…Glee Cast
Auld Lang Syne… Mairi Campbell & Dave Francis 
Santa Baby…Eartha Kitt & Henri Rene
Ave Maria…Josh Groban