2019 in Review!

HAPPY LAST DAY OF 2019! And last day of the DECADE to boot!

Wow has so much changed for me in the past year ~ in great ways! I started the year so excited to create a bright happy life for myself, and am ending it even more positive about everything! The middle was stuffed with great stuff too. Here’s some of what I accomplished!

One year ago! Started off dressed like a rainbow. I dressed colourfully every single day and had random strangers tell them my outfits made them happy 😀
My sweet kitty Sugar celebrate her first birthday and we celebrated with a big bash! She doesn’t look thrilled here, but she was spoiled with attention so she wasn’t complaining!
Spent a big chunk of the year knitting, felting, and learning new things! I ran out of time so I didn’t get to create quite as much as I hoped.
Built and painted an adorable dollhouse from a kit! Still needs to be decorated on the inside, but that’s a 2020 project!
Ran and finished my first FULL MARATHON! A lot of my year was spent training and well making up the burned calories lol.
Bought my first Blythe dolls ~ a longtime dream!!
Baked for nearly a month straight for Christmas! This was my first go at decorating sugar cookies so a bit wobbly, but still adorable 😀
Made my pink house PINKER and cozier!
Most importantly, I had a ridiculous amount of FUN!!

And so much more! Hard to believe it has been 365 days! I really just want 2020 to be very similar – just happy, colourful, and creative! I think we can do it!

LET’S GO!!! Lots of love and best of luck to you all in 2020!! xoxo

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Thoughts on the Polly Pocket 30th Anniversary Partytime Surprise Compact

For my birthday, I gifted myself the Polly Pocket 30th Anniversary Compact! So I’m incredibly excited to share my thoughts.

If you’re not aware, Polly Pocket was a plastic miniature playset manufactured by Bluebird Toys in the 1990s that was small enough that you could literally carry it around in your pocket! When you opened up one of the candy-coloured magical shells, there was one of dozens of different mini-worlds inside each populated by half-inch plastic dolls that offered up infinite hours of imagination! Like most 90s girls, I HAD to have them all and they proudly covered my bedroom! But the little girls that loved her grew up and the toys collected dust in basements and was mostly forgotten.

Polly Pocket still exists as a brand, but she looks much different now than she did in the 90s. Now somehow it’s been 30 years since Polly first topped our lists to Santa, so Mattel (who now owns the Polly Pocket line) jumped on the wave of nostalgia and released a collectors edition set to reignite the magic of this little part of our childhoods!

I felt like I was 10 again when the brightly coloured box arrived! The artwork is especially adorable! The box is clearly meant to stay in tact and be displayed.

The Keepsake Edition (in box) next to the original 1989 Partytime Surprise playset (in front)!

The Keepsake Set looks almost *exactly* like the original on the inside, although the colours are different and contrast is much better on the new version! All of the details that made the original Polly Pocket sets so special is there, down to the pop-up present and little ups on the table.

The outside of the Keepsake Set is purple and it SPARKLES! I’m really glad that there is some differentiation on the Keepsake Set as it really looks like it’s something special.

For the time being, I’ve chosen to not open the set even though it is so hard for me not to open it and it explore it more closely! I’m really happy that I decided to get it because it brings back some great memories for me! It will be fun to compare them again in another 30 years! You can pick up the set for yourself from here on Amazon.

For some extra fun, take a look at this commercial which features the Partytime Surprise playset from 1994! This song occasionally pops into my head out of nowhere and hopefully into yours now!

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It’s My Party!!

…My 30th Birthday Party that is ~ but worry not, no tears here!!

This is what 30 looks like 😀

It has been an AMAZING day so far. I got up this morning really early (as usual… I love mornings!) and immediately started baking my very own cake. It’s pink, sugary, sprinkled, and filled with RAINBOWS! Just like thirty should be!

The recipe for the white cake (coloured with food gel) and buttercream frosting is from Wilton, and I made it with their Easy Layers! Cake Pan Set.

As the cake cooled off, I went outside and did a long run in the cold (brr!) to make room for more cake and treats.

When I got back it was time to blow up balloons, snack around, cuddle the kitty, wear a poofy dress, and blast some fun 90s tunes. Which was the most perfect day!

Sugar learned about balloons pretty fast 😉 Eek!

I celebrated my birthday with my family the other day (one of those being a Christmas Baby things!), so this day is just about ME and that’s perfectly fine and fun! I got some hot pink towels, pink chocolate molds, a pink blanket (I think people know me pretty well?!), and my gift to myself was the Polly Pocket 30th Anniversary Set (I’m working on a longer review post)!

I have to say it was a day that was completely different than what I thought 30 would be like even just a couple of years ago (and what society thinks it should be like!) Not sure why there seems to be a view that as soon as you turn a certain age (30 for instance!) that you need to stop dressing a certain way, stop enjoying things, or stop having fun. In my three decades on this planet, I’ve learned not to worry what other people think.

Yes, it’s so cliche, but life goes by too fast to be what other peoples’ vision of 30 is. Just be YOU and have fun on this fun little ride!!

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Christmas 2019 is a wrap!!

Another Christmas done! My holiday was jammed full of family, colour, cheer, and of course so much food that I’ll be full for a week (just kidding, I’m nibbling on more cookies right now :D)!

Speaking of food, I’m so happy to say my challenge to bake every day since December 1st was a big success!! I ended up whipping up well over 25 different items and had so much fun in the process and have learned so much. The crazy thing is there is almost nothing left now but crumbs as I’ve given away so many trays (phew)!!

Here’s the full list of goodies I baked (they link to the recipes!):

  1. Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
  2. Shortbread Cutout Cookies
  3. Mini Chip Butter Crisps
  4. Peanutbutter Balls
  5. German Spritzgebäck (Spritz) Cookies
  6. Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies
  7. Magic M&M Cookie Bars
  8. Gingerbread Recipes for House and Cookies
  9. White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies
  10. Double Chocolate Stuffed Thin Mint Cookies
  11. Loaded Christmas Bark
  12. Christmas Swirl Cheesecake Cookies
  13. Jam Thumbprint Cookies
  14. Sugar Cookies & Royal Icing
  15. Mixed Berry Pie
  16. Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcakes
  17. Chocolate Truffles
  18. Toffee Butterscotch Cookies
  19. Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
  20. Christmas Tree Brownies
  21. Grinch Cookies
  22. Chocolate Mint Nanaimo Bars
  23. Butterscotch Confetti Squares
  24. Cinnamon Bread
  25. Savory Spicy Rosemary Nuts
  26. Chocolate Chip Cookies
  27. One Hour Cinnamon Rolls

I’m going to continue baking into the new year because I think I’m properly addicted now! Anyways, have a great rest of the holiday season and can’t wait to see you for the next sweet thing!!

xoxo Erika & Sugar the Cat

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25 Days of Christmas Baking: Day 25 – Christmas Breakfast

MERRY CHRISTMAS! The day is finally here! Well it’s both a very happy and kind of bittersweet day because that means this 25 Days of Christmas Baking Challenge is OVER! I can proudly say that I’ve made over 25 different recipes, filled up two freezers, and filled the tummies of happy friend and family! Now it’s early Christmas Morning, and I just made these delectable one hour cinnamon rolls from I Heart Nap Time to wake up my family!

Fresh out of the oven!!

I’ve made a few other cinnamon roll recipes in the past, but never using yeast. These rolls are easy, super fluffy, and of course are quick because everyone is running around like crazy today!

Nice and iced!!

Well off to save the gifts from being ripped apart by my cat!! 😀 Sending lots of love and cheer to you and your family!

This morning at the little pink house. All is quiet, not even a mouse!
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