The Alison Show Motivational Sugar Cookies

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE making sugar cookies. Baking and crafting are ways that I relieve stress and anxiety. True, the cookies can cause some stress and anxiety from time to time (both for me and for my husband!) ha, but I’m usually in a pretty good mood when I’m making sugar cookies. They just make me so damn happy!

I had a lot of fun planning them out and working with Nicole Hill Gerulat, an amazing photographer who not only took these gorgeous photos but also helped me decide on the styling of these pictures!

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There were SO many things we could have spelled out! It was hard to decide, but I opted to stick with universal messages I think everyone needs to hear. Yes, like:

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And I really, really, do believe in this one:

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And I hope YOU believe this one:

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And you know I feel so strongly about this phrase that I have a whole series dedicated to it! Haha.

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Whenever I post pictures of the sugar cookies I get asked lots of questions from my online friends! Usually it’s something vague like, “How do you do that!?” Haha! Let me assure you, if there were some sort simple shortcut to making fantastic sugar cookies, I’d share it!

I also get asked, “What’s your recipe?” A lot. And really I haven’t shared it yet because if I just gave you the recipe, you’d probably be frustrated and annoyed. Also I just recently PERFECTED it! And I don’t like to share things until they are perfect, and I can help YOU recreate them perfectly. Lots of stressful, high standards going on over here. Haha!

In my opinion sugar cookies and royal icing are an art form. So yes there are recipes and rules to follow, but so much of it is learning the art of using those recipes, and then interpreting them to create your own style!

That’s why I’m in the middle of developing an awesome online course for you guys.

To share the recipes I’ve perfected for myself, as well as my style of decorating sugar cookies with royal icing. I do them a bit differently than most of the big sugar cookie pros out there and I want to share it with the world. Haha. I keep going back and forth on details, so I don’t have any more at the moment, but if you know me you know I never do anything halfway.

But if you just can’t wait!! I shared this royal icing recipe a few years ago, but I’ve modified it some since then, though it’s still a great, easy recipe to start with. Also it uses egg whites, and holy crap if I have to hear one more person freak out about it, I will too! Haha. It’s safe! I have researched this SO SO SO much, and you can read the comments on the YouTube feed if you want to hear me go all cray-cray about it! Haha BUT I do have a recipe that I use with meringue powder, so fear not if you can’t get over it! Also spend some time at Bake at 350. She’s a genius! And has a good non-egg-white version of royal icing.

And if you want to see some of my other sugar cookies you can here too, but I make so many that I don’t post about! So I’m trying to be better about it.

So in the meantime, before I can share all my methods, I hope you enjoyed these letter cookies I made! I used this set of Alphabet cookie cutters and I plan on using them lots more.

I hope you’re week is a great one!

Happy everything,

Alison

Help Wanted & Family Fun

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Hey friends! If you’re in my area, Provo/SLC I have some big events coming up and I need some help!!!

I’m looking for interns, so most likely not paid to start, but I’m willing to offer training / mentorship in whatever area you desire, whether it’s blogging, events, Illustrator, Sugar Cookies or just bizznazz in general!

I’m looking for crafters, event set up and a blogging intern position. All of these have the potential to turn paid after we’ve figured out if things will work out!

Just to be clear, working with me does not mean we will actually physically WORK together all that much. Hahaha. I’m looking for people who get stuff done, fast, efficient and are looking to learn more about the business of all this. Most of your tasks will be assigned and executed on your time, how you see fit, with minimal meetings, and mostly communication by email. I know last time I put up a position a lot of people were excited to “hang out” and unfortunately, I’m not the hanging out type! Mama’s busy gettin’ er done. I understand if that makes me seem like a cold-hearted-crazy pants. But it’s just the truth!

The events I will need help setting up for are on June 17 and June 30, so you’d need to be available one or both of those days.

So! If you’re STILL interested please send a resume, of any kind, with links to any social media anything, or just pictures, or a SHORT explanation of what you’re interested in learning and why! Also please include what you are available for: one-day event set-up, weekly help, one-time project help, or if you are interested in being a blogging intern.

email: partywithalison@gmail.com with HELP WANTED in the subject line.

And while you’re here, I figured I might as well share some pictures from our Mother’s Day Celebration! Yes I cooked and slaved all day making dinner for my sister-in-law and mother-in-law, haha but don’t worry, I spent the Saturday before at the mall and I mean like, spent A LOT of money. Like, more money that I should ever spend on clothes. It was AWESOME. Why is buying stuff SO MUCH FUN?! I also don’t have people over for dinner too often now that Eric and I work so much, so it was fun to play hostess.

I set the table using some of the leftover goodies from my Mom’s Rule Mother’s Day Brunch:

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Ginger made sure she was dressed to impress. (That’s Eric’s mom!)

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And I wanted to be EXTRA classy so I made appetizers. I KNOW. I’m so fancy. This is a recipe for Bruschetta with Peppers from from a Ina Garten and I love love LOVE it! It’s not too complicated, I just slice all the bell peppers in advance to save some time day of.

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Rad thoroughly enjoyed it!

I made like a greek chicken salad for dinner, I love the Pioneer Woman’s recipe for that, and I add lemon caper chicken to it.

Then I made my FAVORITE Russian Cream for dessert! My Russian Cream recipe is here! (it’s similar to Panna Cotta) There was SUCH pretty lighting in the kitchen I took so many pictures.

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I’m trying to be better about taking pictures with my REAL camera of the everyday, and not just pictures of projects. I feel almost funny putting them on the blog? Because I haven’t done that in a while. But I don’t know, let me know if you like it. I kind of like the record-keeping aspect of it. Remember how we all started blogs for that reason? Then they turned into this crazy business thing? Remember how every single person had a blog like they have Facebook or Instagram? And we’d all put our friends and family’s blogs in the column to the right linking to them?! HA! I had forgotten about that.

I hope you guys were able to catch Sister Minute! And thanks for all the kind response on that!

Anyway. I love you all. Thank you for being a part of the fun and I hope you have a great weekend!

xo
Alison

Kid’s Party Table and Banana Printables

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The problem with kid’s parties is that there are a bunch of kids there. HAHAHAHA. Kidding. Only KIND OF. No but seriously, I’ve found that if you don’t have a concrete plan for what the kids will do, it’s bound to be chaos. And I think planned chaos is easier to handle than just chaos in general.

For Mr. Rad’s First Birthday Party Banana Bash, I knew I’d need something for Gigi and her friends to do, because Mr. Rad doesn’t really have his own friends yet. His mommy is his friend, shhhhh baby boy that’s all you’ll ever need.

Anyway, I wanted an activity for the kids to do if they wanted, but one that I didn’t spend so much time and money on that it wouldn’t matter if they did it or not. Also I find that crafts for the kids are nice for some parents at the party, who maybe might not know as many people or are looking forward to having something to do together with their kid.

You guys! I have so many thoughts on this. Haha, crazy right?! In fact I have SO MANY opionions about this I made a video! So here you go:

For the party hats I used my favorite paper, Astrobrights, and I mean that sincerely. They were kind enough to send me a box of paper, and it just happened right before Rad’s party, and I ended up using ALL of the amazing shades of yellow to print the bananas and make the party hats!

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I have free blank party hat template that you can download!

Download that baby, then print it on whatever Astrobrights paper matches your theme! So easy. The kids were young, so I kept the supplies for decorating the party hats simple and on theme with some pom-poms and printed bananas that I already cut out. That way they doubled as decor too. GO ME!

Download the Banana Bunch Graphic here!
(personal use only, if I see my bananas on crap you’re selling I’ll probably hunt you down and make you clean my office)

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I loved the bananas on the balloons too! I was really proud of myself for that idea. HAHAHA I’m in an odd mood, sorry this post is VERY sassy.

Want to see the kids enjoying the party table?! Hop through.

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New series! Sister Minute #1 and #2

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So, I don’t know if you remember, but I have a little sister, Andrea Faulkner Williams, that I love a lot! You can see like my ode to her here (and the party I threw her when she moved away from me). We’ve been thinking about doing some sort of series together for YEARS, but we’ve never been sure what we should do it about! So we decided to finally JUST DO IT already, and film some videos for a “Sister Minute” series. We filmed them a month or so when I was in San Diego, which is where she lives.

To get you started I’m sharing two today! And honestly, I’m not quite sure what to say about them. Hahaha. We discuss everything from being sisters, to being moms, to lessons we hope our daughters learn from us, to dance moves we’ve learned from my dad, Craig.

Basically they are intended to entertain, delight, spawn discussion. Haha they’re just SISTER MINUTES!

In this first Sister Minute Andrea and I share 3 things we do when we’re sad, that help cheer us up.

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I’d love to hear a simple pick-me-up you do when you’re sad? And how absurd is my #3?! I know, I know, so weird.

And in the second video we share one of my dad’s signature dance moves! So you’ll want to see that, because there may or may not be a cameo. If you’ll recall I’ve gotten him to dance once before.

Isn’t my dad the best?!

Ok let me know your thoughts. Hahaha.

And if you’re looking to watch some more fun stuff! Check out How to Look Hot in Photo booth! Or maybe Mr. Rad’s Birthday Bash!

xo
Alison

How to Be Awesome Part 5: Avoid the Comparison Trap

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Well hello my awesome friends. I wonder if you can tell how much thought and time I put into these little How to Be Awesome videos?! I hope it shows through! I don’t just sit down and chat, I honestly think about them FOR WEEKS! Especially with this one! I’ve been thinking about this topic, the topic of comparing ourselves with others for a while now. Months probably. And the other day I was listening to podcast and someone mentioned “the comparison trap.”

And it just CLICKED. That’s exactly what comparison is!!! It’s A TRAP!!!

So in this episode, which is Part 5 of my How to Be Awesome series I talk about how being awesome means you must: AVOID THE COMPARISON TRAP!

Comparing yourself to others can do a lot of detrimental things, but I identified 3 things I’ve seen it do in my own life and that’s what I talk about in the video. So I hope you find it helpful! And I also wanted to share this conclusion that I come to in the video in a little graphic. And so here it is:

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I believe this is true with all my heart! And if you’re interested in hearing why, well then here’s the video! Hooray!

I love you guys so much and hope you have a very happy weekend!

As always I LOVE hearing your thoughts on these!

xo
Alison

Keep it crafty, Keep it sassy.