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Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

I bought myself a large donut pan last year but never got around to using it. I guess I was lacking inspiration? Well, I found a new recipe recently and got around to making a batch of homemade baked donuts. And now I'm hooked.

I'm a huge fan of Sally's Baking Addiction for recipes. I've loved every recipe I've tried through her site. So when I came across her recipe for Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts I knew I had to try it. The ingredient list isn't scary, the process sounded easy, and the recipe only makes 7-8 donuts which is the perfect amount for us.


Now let me tell you, this recipe is amazing! It was super easy, the donuts were incredibly good, and I now want to manipulate this recipe to make different variations. Be warned, donut pictures and recipes are going to be happening this year.

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 large egg
1/3…

My Life In Photos

I'm having a hard time believing that January is just about over. This month has been all about new things and new beginnings; we've been organizing and decluttering, I've been buying new fabric and starting new sewing projects for cons, and I'm trying to organize my life with an in-depth planner.








I hope January was a great month for you! I'm excited to see what February has in store.
xo Jen

Etsy Crush: Planner Stickers

I'm addicted, obsessed, and so in love with all the planner stickers out there! I've been making weekly trips to Michael's Craft Store to see what stickers I can pick up with their coupons. Then there's Etsy... there are a ton of sellers that sell planner stickers and they're so cute! I've already made a couple of orders but I wanted to share the ones that top my wish list right now.


1. Sweet Treats Planner Stickers Kit 
2. Gilmore Girls Planner Stickers Kit


3. Cat Lady Planner Stickers
4. Sci-Fi Galaxy Spaceship Stickers
5. Bubble Tea Stickers

There are so many more that I've saved to my favourites on Etsy but I need to take a break and start using the pile of stickers I've acquired over the last month.

What are some of your favourite sticker sources?
xo Jen

What I'm Loving Now

The weather has been dark and dreary the last couple of weeks. Instead of snow we've been getting freezing rain and the afternoons get warm enough to turn our snow to slush. It's gross and depressing. I've been spending more time indoors since going for walks is extremely unappealing right now.

Seconds

I've been reading a lot this month and one book I finally finished was Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley (author of Scott Pilgrim). This book has been on my to-read list forever and when I saw it at my local library I knew I had to take it home to read. I loved it. The art was adorable, the characters were lovable, and the story was very interesting. It was a fast read and I already want to re-read it. Have you read Seconds yet?


La La Land

I've been sharing my love for La La Land all over my social media pages and I'm not sorry about it. I went to see it last week at the theatre and I completely fell in love with it. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were perfection. The…

Staying Productive At Home + My Dream Office

When I was approached by Wayfair to share some tips about how to stay productive at home it got me thinking. How do I stay productive at home? I've been running my Etsy shop, selling at conventions, and working with other websites while also working at a steady job for years and years now. Ten years to be exact. I feel like staying productive at home has just become routine for me; it's my way of life.

Don't get me wrong, there are days when I feel like staying on the couch all day and watching television. Especially on chilly or rainy days, and when a cat has snuggled up with me. But even on those days I feel guilty not being productive at all. So those unproductive days tend to be pushed away by mid-afternoon and I get back to work, no matter how small the task.


Tips to Stay Productive

Here are some of my tips on how I push myself to be productive at home, especially on the hard days:

Plan ahead of time. Usually at the beginning of the week I pull out my planner and start …

Fandom Favourites: Peripera x Powerpuff Girls

It's no secret that I've been buying more Korean beauty and skin care products over the last year. I've had nothing but success with most of the products and I've found new makeup favourites as well. I hadn't actually heard of Peripera but when I saw that they were releasing a Powerpuff Girls line via the Internet, I knew I had to look into it!


I've read numerous reviews on blogs and even watched a handful of YouTube videos showing the swatches of the makeup and how easy the lip products go on. This has only made me want these products more. I'm hoping that Yes Style will eventually carry the line.

I'm a complete sucker for eye shadows. I have at least 20.... but in my defense I wear different colours all the time. I so want the Bubbles palette after seeing the swatches.


I'm not much of a lipstick person but from what I've read in the reviews, Peripera seem to be known for their vibrant lip products. I may try out an Ink Stick but I have my hear…

Fandom Favourites: Pint Size Heroes

Funko has some serious skills to make everything adorable. So adorable, it hurts my wallet!

They released their Pint Size Heroes line last year but the collections they released initially didn't really grab me. Then they put out Batman ones and Adam added a few of the blind bags to my Christmas stocking. That was it, I was hooked!


I ended up getting all the Gotham City Sirens and the figures are beyond adorable. They're tiny and well-detailed. They only stand at 1.5" tall!


Now they've released a line of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Pint Size figures and I'm swooning after getting the Green Ranger in my blind bag.



As long as Funko is in business and releasing new figures, I will forever be a child filling my home with tiny adorable toys.

xo Jen

My Life In Photos

I ended 2016 in a donut onesie, playing Sushi Go with Adam, and joking around with him and my Instax camera. It was a great way to start the new year.










How's 2017 been treating you so far?
xo Jen

Fashion Inspiration

Recently I've been spotting flared jeans more and more... it's like my high school days have come back to haunt me. It's funny how fashion trends come in and out of style. I tend to gravitate towards the fashion styles I wore in high school. I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe it's a comfort thing? Either way, I'm happy to see flared jeans again and to give my legs a breather from all the skinny jeans.

Flared Jeans

I picked up a pair of high waist, flared jeans from American Eagle and I'm so in love with them! The downfall though? They're not great in snow since you can't tuck them into boots. But believe me when I say I'll be rocking them come Spring with flats and sneakers.



Cabin Socks

I stole two pairs of Adam's oversized cabin socks years ago. I wear them to bed or around the house during winter. They're huge, thick wool socks that are so comfy. But I can't wear them out of the house because they're too big. So I've invested i…

What I'm Loving Now

Coffee, planners, and more coffee...

Peppermint Mocha

Lately I've been working a lot of 6 a.m. shifts that are leaving me exhausted and I'm dragging my butt out of bed every morning. And it's no secret that I'm a huge coffee lover so I've been consuming a bit more than normal to offset my tiredness. I picked up a box of Starbucks VIA Instant Peppermint Mocha Latte recently since they were on sale. I've been enjoying one every couple of mornings which have made my 6 a.m. shifts a little less horrible. They're not as good as a fresh one from Starbucks but they are a nice treat in replace of my regular coffee.


Planner Stickers

The new year brought a new planner for me to fill up for 2017. I've set a goal to make use of my planner more. To control my scatterbrain, anxiety, and stress by being a bit more organized. This has created a new obsession however... planner stickers! I keep looking at them at Michael's and I'm just waiting for them to go on sa…

All The Movies

It's the beginning of the year and, as usual, I've looked up all the movies coming out in 2017. I want to see a lot of movies this year but there are a few I have to see as soon as possible when they show up in theatres. These are those movies:

February
The Lego Batman

March
Logan 
Power Rangers


May
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

June
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Wonder Woman


December
Star Wars: Episode VIII

I'm most excited for the next Star Wars movie for obvious reasons but all the other movies on my list look so good!

What movie(s) are you most looking forward to?
xo Jen

All The Books

As I read more and more books I'm finding authors that I like and will stick with no matter what. There are a few books I'm really looking forward to finally reading in 2017 by these authors.

1. Marissa Meyer

The author of The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer is releasing the first book of her new series, as well as a graphic novel.

Wires and Nerve Volume 1


"In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure -- with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team."
The graphic novel follows Iko, the adorable android from The Lunar Chronicles series. I'm SO excited to read this.

The Gatlon School for Vigilantes

"There are two rival schools in Gatlon City: the respected and exclusive Morris Academy that has turned many an evolved youth into celebrity superheroes, and the Gatlon School for the Gifted, which has a slightly less impressiv…