Thursday, May 16, 2013

My favourite YouTube channels

As most people nowadays, YouTube is one of my most used websites. I could spend hours just browsing through different videos. I follow a wide variety of people on YouTube, some do beauty, some do baking/cooking, DIY and crafts, and much more.

Rachel Whitehurst

YouTube channel
Her blog

One of the main reasons that I love Rachel is because she is so real and has the best sense of humour. I always look forward to watching her videos. She used to do more makeup videos, but lately she has been doing 'word vomits', cooking videos, monthly hits and shits, and hauls. Her cooking videos are totally awesome, shes made lemon macaroons, mocha macaroons, chipotle black bean burgers, and much more. All of the makeup she buys is stuff that I am interested in and most importantly can afford. I can always count on Rachel for a 100% honest review on a product, even if the company sponsored her. She is just an awesome chick and you should definitely check out her videos! Her blog is also amazing!

Gregory Gorgeous

YouTube channel
Okay, so first off, who doesn't love GG? I LOVE the fact that he is from Toronto! Gregory Gorgeous is probably one of the sassiest & most glamorous beauty gurus that have ever existed. He does monthly favourites, comedy videos, makeup tutorials, fashion videos, and so much more. He also is the star of the YouTube show The Avenue.

Not only is he drop dead gorgeous, but he is also hilarious. Some of his videos are so hilarious. Like this one.

YouTube channel

Did you ever wonder, what actually came first, the chicken or the egg? Maybe its just me, but I have a lot of random questions that I think about sometimes. And this channel has some amazing educational videos that answer some of these random questions. For example, some of their videos are: childbirth vs. getting kicked in the balls, the difference between butter and margarine, the science of love, and the science of morning wood.

Kin Community
YouTube channel

Kin Community is a multi-channel women's community that has videos about food, fitness, style, and DIY. I love the recipes and the DIY's that are on this channel!!! Recently they did a video on Avocado Bruschetta (YUM!). Some of the other recipes are for eggnog cupcakes, BBQ recipes, breakfast/brunch recipes, and much more. This channel seriously covers all of my main interests.

U Look Haute: Lauren Conrad's Crafty Creations

YouTube channel

Laguna Beach star Lauren Conrad demonstrates how to create useful fashion, home, and lifestyle goods from scratch. I have actually made so many of these projects! She has videos on how to make floral arrangements, fabric stool, stencilled letter pillow, cake stands, and much more.

Nutella Cupcakes

Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: cupcakes
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Serves: 16
Decadent Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes
Cupcake Ingredients:
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coffee granules dissolved in ½ cup warm water or 1 esspresso shot dissolved in warm water (amounting to ½ cup of liquid)
Nutella Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 13-ounce jar of Nutella
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1.5 pounds confectioners’ sugar
  • 6-8 tablespoons milk
Additional Ingredients:
  • 24 Ferrero Rocher candies
  • melted chocolate for drizzling
Cupcake Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 muffin wells with paper liners.
  2. Beat together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla and instant coffee mixture until well combined.
  3. Distribute the batter between 24 muffin wells. (I like to use an ice cream scoop)
  4. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the tops of the cakes spring back when lightly touched.
  5. Allow cupcakes to cool inside muffin tins for about 10 minutes.
  6. Remove cupcakes from muffin tins and allow to fully cool on a wire rack. Once cupcakes are cool, prepare your frosting.
Nutella Buttercream Frosting
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and shortening until well combined, thick and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Slowly add in confectioner’s sugar, and continue mixing until well blended.
  3. Add salt, vanilla, and 3 tablespoons of heavy cream or milk. Blend on low speed until moistened.
  4. Add an additional 3-5 tablespoons of heavy cream or milk until you reach the desired consistency.
  5. Beat at high speed until frosting is smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  6. Set aside ¼ of the mixture to use as the vanilla buttercream.
  7. Add the Nutella to the remaining mixture and beat for another 3 minutes.
Cupcake Assembly:
  1. Bake chocolate cupcakes and allow them to cool completely.
  2. Pipe Nutella into the center of each cupcake, you can also, hollow out the center with apple corer if you don’t have the appropriate piping tip.
  3. Prepare the Nutella Buttercream, reserving ¼ of the vanilla buttercream before adding the Nutella.
  4. Prepare a piping bag with a round tip, and fill with Nutella buttercream.
  5. Prepare a piping bag with a star tip, and fill with vanilla buttercream.
  6. Pipe a swirl of Nutella buttercream on each cupcake, and drizzle with melted chocolate.
  7. Top with a swirl of vanilla buttercream and a Ferrero Rocher.

I got this recipe from

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Printable Mothers Day Card

Hi there,

I quickly made up this cute mothers day card, because in case you didn't know, tomorrow is mothers day!

Click here to download