the bird and elephant giveaway

PaperBoatWoodTeethingRing-5Friends! This week I am partnering with the lovely Beth from The Bird And Elephant to bring to you a giveaway. One lucky follower will receive the cutest Paper Boat Wood Teething Ring! Here is a description of the prize:

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“This sensory teething toy makes a crinkle sound loved by most babies encased between a black and white triangle print fabric, with a vibrant violet and turquoise print on the reverse. The fabric boat has a machine drawing of a paper boat, and attached to a maple teething ring with a handmade, fabric tie that is knotted at the ends for a little added fine motor exercise. Babies love the crinkle and they love rolling & pinching things between those chubby little fingers. Between the layers is the ear catching crinkle material and a layer of cotton flannel. The flannel has great wicking properties and adds a bit of weight and stiffness to the boat. A great sensory stimulation toy, perhaps providing baby a much needed distraction. The wood teether has an organic blend of USDA food grade beeswax and olive oil brushed into the wood as an additional protectant.

“These can be easily added to strollers and carseats.”

Paper Boat Wood Teething Ring - 4Rules

1. Click to follow at least one of three social media pages below. (The larger number of sites followed, the more entries you will receive.)

2. Leave a comment as to how many entries you have gained.

3. The giveaway will run from Monday, December 7 until Thursday, December 10. The winner will be announced on Friday, December 11.

4. Good luck!

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Paper Boat Wood Teething Ring - 1Remember to visit The Bird And Elephant’s Instagram and Facebook page for additional modern baby items and  promotions!

<3

Emory

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a blogger’s dozen: miranda’s harvest spice cupcakes (pink tie bakery)

123I’m going to start off this post for this month’s A Blogger’s Dozen series by saying how utterly amazing the girl is who is the mind behind Pink Tie Bakery. Miranda not only has some of the most beautiful food photography that I have ever seen, but she is a sweet and reliable blogger on the whole. When I approached her to do September’s guest post, she literally had to create something from scratch, make up an ad, and send in her final product to me all within a few days. I was initially ignored and jilted by another potential guest blogger. That’ll teach me for venturing into Blogspot waters!

Ok, now let’s talk about Miranda and her website. If you haven’t yet added Pink Tie Bakery to your list of blogs to follow, then do so right now. Seriously. Her recipes are mouthwateringly worthy, and the ones that I have tried taste like a big slice of heaven. Her Harvest Spice Cupcakes are no different, and are a perfect way to ease us slowly into fall. So try them out for yourselves, because someone as awesome as Miranda would never steer you wrong. Besides, we could all benefit with adding a little pink into our lives!

<3

Emory

P.S. I apologize if I offended any Blogspot users out there. You guys rock the blogging world! :-)))

new.jpgHarvest Spice Cupcakes with Banana Frosting:

(yeilds 18 cupcakes)

For the Cupcakes:

1 3/4 Cup Sifted All-Purpose Flour
1/2 Tsp (Baking) Soda
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Salt
2 Tbsp Cocoa
3/4 Tsp Nutmeg
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Shortening (or butter at room temperature)
1 Cup Sour Milk (Buttermilk)
2 Eggs
1 Tsp Vanilla
1 Tsp Lemon Extract
1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts

For the Frosting:

1 Cup Mashed Bananas (about 3)
3/4 Cup Sugar
1 Egg white
1/4 Tsp salt

new1.jpgSteps:

1. Preheat your oven to 375 Degrees Fahrenheit. Line a standard 12 cup cupcake pan with paper liners and set aside.

2. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cocoa, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a bowl.

3. Combine your sour milk, vanilla extract, and lemon extract in a small bowl.

4. In a standard mixer put in your sifted dry ingredients, sugar, butter, and 1/2 of your sour milk mixture. Beat for 2 minutes on a medium speed.

5. Add the eggs and remaining milk. Beat for about 2 minutes more.

6. Fill your cupcake pans about 2/3 full and bake for 17-20 minutes.

1.jpgThe recipe I chose to share with you all is very special to me. I use to volunteer with Hospice when I lived in Spokane, WA a few years ago, and one of the people I use to visit was an extremely generous and kind woman whom I will never forget. Each time I visited her we would bake together because she also had a passion for baking, and many, many old recipes. I use to walk in the door and she’d call out to me, with excitement in her voice, about how long it had been since she baked this recipe or that recipe and that we had to start right away! She always made me smile, and her recipes were consistently delicious and fun to make.

So, this is one of the recipes that she gave to me, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Miranda

A Blogger’s Dozen is a series that was launched in 2014. If you would like to be featured in a post, as well as have free advertisement for that month, please contact Emory at helloscarlettblog@outlook.com. Be sure to send any food-related ideas that you may have. Hello, awesomeness!

hello, scarlett giveaway

IMG_9126Hello, friends and happy Friday! I am thrilled to bring to you a giveaway. It’s been a eight months since my last one, so I figured that I am long overdue. The giveaway today is a handmade Travelling Terrarium that comes from the Hello, Scarlett Store. All of the Terrariums in the store come with a unique name that has been based on either its vessel or content. This particular Terrarium is titled, ‘If Nothing Else, At Least I Got A Tin Can.’ Each Terrarium has been carefully filled with rocks, two varying types of moss, one dried flower, and a foreign coin for good luck. These Terrariums are everlasting. They improve the Chi in one’s home. They are the perfect form of greenery for wanderlusts.

IMG_6.jpgHere are the rules:

1. Follow Hello, Scarlett Blog on WordPress (1 entry)

2. Follow Hello, Scarlett Blog on Instagram (1 entry)

3. Follow Hello, Scarlett Blog on Etsy (1 entry)

IMG_5.jpgIMG_4.jpgIMG_9080Be sure to leave comment below to let me know how many entries you’ll receive. I’ll pick a winner on Thursday June 5 and announce it on HSB and on Instagram the morning of Friday June 6. Good luck! 

Emory

how do you organize your blog?

PHOTO.jpg PHOTO_2.jpgPHOTO_3.jpg PHOTO_4.jpgPHOTO_5.jpg PHOTO_6.jpgPHOTO_7.jpg PHOTO_8.jpgPHOTO_9.jpgToday’s post is really based on a question. How do you keep your blog organized? I have been blogging for over a year now, first on Tumblr and now on WordPress. At first, I blogged whatever came to mind. If you’ve ever taken a look at Tumblr, you might have noticed that it is mostly a site for art photography and GIFs rather than a place to express long write-ups. As a result, I was posting photographs of our travels, house, pets, films, and eventually, DIY projects. At first, there was no organization to my blog. However, after a couple of months, I began to notice that my DIY posts were getting the most likes, and soon enough I was regularly being featured on Tumblr’s homepage. That’s when I started to take blogging more seriously. Within 6 months, I was inspired to switch to WP so that I could really take off on this blogging adventure. 

That being said, I have also become much more organized. I feel that if I have a general layout of the next few days, weeks, or months, that it will positively affect my blog and its overall flow. I want it to feel organic, but subsequently, not too structured. I would love to return to posting 5 days a week, but with the effort that goes into each post — from conception, to preparation, to photography, to editing, to the write-up, to the final draft, it is just not possible. I don’t know about you, but each post takes me hours on end. Right now, I can only come up with 3 to sometimes 4 posts a week. Even that is tough!

Getting back to my initial question, this is how I organize my blog. I work with two calendars, the bigger one serves as my rough draft, whereas the smaller of the two is what I use to finalize my plans. I then keep these calendars in my blogging station, which also consists of DIY books, multiple cameras, and camera gear. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are when I usually blog, so I will try to split the week into one DIY post, one lifestyle post, and one recipe/outfit post. However, I aim to never designate a day to any given theme. I tried that in the past, but it felt too stiff. I also write down which days I will be taking the photographs for the upcoming posts. So, my blog ideas are written in big, block letters, while my days to shoot are written in smaller letters and in parentheses. Additionally, I have everything planned out up to two months in advance. This way, my thoughts never get forgotten, and I feel a huge relief knowing that I am well-prepared. How’s that for organized? 

Emory

Hello 2014, Goodbye 2013

IMG_HSB_1.jpgNow that it’s officially 2014, I feel like I can breathe a little easier. As each year draws to a close, I can’t help but feel as if something major is coming to an end. It’s an unsettling feeling for me, and so when the new year rolls around, it brings much alleviation.

Like every year, 2013 brought many new changes. These are some of them:

PHOTO_1.jpg 10.31.53 PM1. The birth of Hello Scarlett Blog occurred in June. This was my first post.

1400740_739212962760511_911879269_o2. My daily dose of laughter came from Timmy Alvarez’s YouTube channel. Here is one of my favourite videos from Timmy Fell Down The Well.

Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 10.29.13 AM3. My weekly dose of love and laughter? ‘Girls‘. I cannot wait for Season 3!

on-the-road-dvd-cover-924. The movie that I completely fell in love with was ‘On the Road‘. Consequently, I found a new celebrity crush in Garrett Hedlund.

youth-in-revolt-poster-big5. However, my favourite scene from any movie this year was Michael Cera doing what he does best.

country-god-or-the-girl6. The CD that I had on repeat was K’naan’s ‘Country, God or the Girl‘. 

Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 10.10.13 AM7. HSB can also be found on YouTube! It all began with this Reclaimed Shelf DIY video.

1.jpg8. As for real births, my niece came into this world on 09/09/13. You can visit her birth announcement here.

DSCN55149. For some reason, with a birth usually comes a death. My Baba passed away only 6 days after Emelia was born. Since then, I often mention her in my posts. You can read a bit about the passing of this great woman here.

DSCN496810. As you can see, the blog had many ups and downs over the last 6 months. My most successful DIYs were probably the ‘Lace Flower Pots‘, ‘Bathroom Reno‘, ‘Chicken Wire Cupboard‘, ‘Photography Backdrop Stand‘, ‘Tree Branches‘, and ‘Snow Globe‘. 

IMG_10.jpg11. Last month, I was chosen to be featured on one of my favourite blogs! This was a new experience, and one that I hope to repeat often. Starting this year, I am going to be having my own monthly feature. You will have to keep reading HSB daily in order to see when and what it will be.

HW_IMG_1-1.jpg12. As for Geoff and my little pet family, I only grew to love them more with each new day, week, and month. I could write a whole blog post about the many things that we did as a family, but I don’t want to bore all of you! I can only hope that 2014 will bring about more love, and maybe some changes as well.

PHOTO.jpg13. Last but not least, I am so utterly grateful for this new blogging community that I have been introduced to through HSB and WordPress! I love how warm and enthusiastic other bloggers are, and have made so many more friends since I started blogging here in June.

Huzzah to all of you!! Happy New Year and Happy 2014!!

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