On the roller coaster that is my life

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photo by Nicole Hill

I just recorded part 4 of How to be Awesome (I’ll post it next week!), and in it I briefly mention how lately people have been asking me, “Do you ever get depressed or down?”

And I feel like if you read my blog, then you probably know the answer to that question is a huge, fat, YES.

But I figured for those of you who are new, or newish, to this little place on the web, I’d share some insights about the roller coaster that is my life.

So, for funsy, we are going to start with a little history, and then we will bring it back to the present. But I must warn you, this history talks about my menstrual cycle, so if you don’t want to hear about it then go look at some pictures of my cookies! Or read my ideas for Easter eggs you can decorate with kids!

Still here?

Let’s roll.

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Alison’s Easter Project All-Stars

Hey friends. I do not know WHAT IS UP with me. I haven’t done much at all this year for Easter! I think it’s because I’ve been so excited about some other projects I’m working on, I’ve just kind of overlooked decorating thus far. Then again, we still have like, 20 days, right?! Haha. But I have some projects in the works! And to hold you over until I get my act together here are some of my favorite Easter projects from The Alison Show archives!

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Yao, the creator of my super-popular Watercolor Series, made these Ukrainian Eggs for us last year! They are too pretty for words.

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I still love this Bunnies and Carrot garland! Easy and cheap to make!

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And my Fruity French Easter Eggs were a huge hit last year! So much love for these little guys! They are actually super easy so I recommend giving them a try!

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These Tiny Bunny finger puppets were one of my first DIY’s I did, like ever, and I still love them!

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I happen to think this idea is like, SO CUTE, it’s never gotten much play online, but I don’t care. I stand by this as a freaking adorable idea! My Easter Bunny Cup. Kids can actually make this craft so it’s fun for a party! And speaking of parties, I love this collaboration I did for printables you can watercolor!

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Spring Party Printables here!

So! What do you guys think? Have you made any of these? Do you have any requests? Are you feeling hoppy?! You can see all my Spring inspired crafts here.


Perfect & Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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I’m surprised how often I get asked for my buttercream frosting recipe, because it is SO simple. I’ve been using it for years, and it’s just a combination of all the baking books I’ve ever read over the years, and my many hours spent frosting things. Haha.

But I realized, as I tried to tell others about it, that there are some VERY specific things I do to get the frosting perfect and tasty everytime. So this video is detailed and if you follow it, you’ll get my exact buttercream, which I think is PEFECT.

You can, obviously, add less or more sugar, less or more butter, and even some milk or heavy cream if you want less butter in there. But all in all, if you follow these tips YOU ARE GOLDEN! I hope you enjoy!

OVER DRESSED shirt c/o Salt & Pepper Tees

RECIPE (will frost approx. 24 cupcakes or 1 layered cake)

- 2 cups unsalted butter at room temperature
- 4 cups or 2lbs of powdered sugar
- 1tsp vanilla
- pinch of salt
- you can add a little milk or heavy cream to thin out the frosting as needed…add in 1tsp increments

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This recipe would about frost a cake like this!

Ok! Happy baking!!!


Making me look good: Winston’s Nursery

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I LOVE seeing my leather triangle mobiles (shop here) in action! Especially in cute nurseries like this one! Thank you so much Michelle for sharing these gorgeous pictures of your lil bubbies nursery!

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I love using clothes as decor in a nursery. I did the same thing in Mr. Rad’s nursery! You can see it here!

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In other new, my little tiny baby angel is almost one you guys. ONE. I am going to die. And you won’t believe me but I’ve HARDLY even planned his party. I mean, I have some loose ideas, but nothing compared to what I had going on for Gigi’s first birthday.

Poor neglected second child…hahaha.

I hope you have such a fabulous weekend!


My favorite unisex t-shirts for kids

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Unisex is such a NOT fun word, huh? Haha but when I type out “for boys or girls!” it just gets a little long! So unisex it is.

Now that it’s getting warmer out I’ve been needing some cute t-shirts for Gigi and Rad! Yesterday I got this adorable little “Girls just wanna have fun” shirt from Loved by Hannah and Eli in the mail, and when I put it on her it immediately negated the fact she was wearing $5 leggings from last year that are now too small and super faded, and the fact that she won’t let me do anything with her wild mane! She looked like one of those hip asian or Australian kids on Instagram that have the moms who are far more stylish than I’ll ever be able to comprehend!

Anyway, what I’m saying is, a good t-shirt can help out an otherwise sad and dreary wardrobe for both mama’s and babies. So for my Babble blog this week I rounded up:

10 Adorable Kid’s Unisex T-shirts for Spring!

But a lot of them come in infant sizes too! Also, they have mama sizes for those of you who need a lil Springy somethin’ somethin’ so go forth my friends! And shop!

In other news, HOLY MOLY I loved and am still loving the discussion on writing Thank You notes! Thank you all so much for your input and thoughts! Such a good conversation. I feel like there are totally two camps! Basically nature vs. nurture! Ha. Be sure to check it out if you haven’t!

Until next time, lots of love friends. So much love!


Keep it crafty, Keep it sassy.