Monday, 11 December 2017

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

I do not make this statement lightly. If you follow me on Insta then you know I recently got a kitchen aid and I have been loving it. I can't believe how much it has changed my baking routine and I find myself wanting to use it all the time! I am a sweet treats kind of girl so I am always on the hunt for a great cookie recipe and this my friends, this is an amazing chocolate chip cookie.

In my research of how to perfect a cookie recipe (yes you read that right I legit research this) I have found some amazing tips that have transformed the way my baking turns out. First off, I love a thicker more chewy cookie so if you like that then you will love this recipe.

Ok so my two big tips are 1. beat your sugar and butter for at least 3 minutes with a mixer, it creates air pockets which helps keep your cookie from spreading out to much on your baking sheet. 2nd apply a sheet of wax or parchment paper onto your baking sheet and scoop your cookies onto that, it's insane how good this works at keeping your cookie nice and thick!

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup butter (room temp or pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds)
  • 2 1/4 cups of semi sweet chipits, I used Hersheys
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


You want to mix your wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls, start with your butter and sugar and beat on high for 3 minutes. Then add your egg and vanilla in. Mix all your dry ingredients in a bowl and once combined slowly start adding the dry ingredients in with the wet. Once combined stir in your chipsits and scoop onto your baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 9-12 minutes depending on your oven, you want the edges to be golden. Let sit for 5 minutes before removing them from the sheet and onto a cooling rack. 

I hope you guys give this recipe a try you won't regret it I promise!!

Kind thoughts,
Lauren Elizabeth 


Thursday, 7 December 2017

Spreading Online Kindness

Do you worry about what your kids are doing online? Even though my children are young I can't help but worry at times what they are going to be exposed to as soon as they start dipping into the online social world. Today's post is special because it is something that I feel really passionate about. Being a mom I feel like I realize more then ever before that our voice matters and what values we instil in our kids will shape the people they become. Last week I had the pleasure of attending WE Day in Halifax and let me just say, it was so inspiring and the emotion and energy in that arena was just a phenomenal thing to be apart of.

For those of you that may not know, WE Day is an event where change and positivity is encouraged and celebrated. Youth earn a ticket to go through a good deed of helping others and making a difference within their communities and beyond. The goal is to support positive social change and reward and empower youth to become leaders both locally and globally. It also doesn't hurt that it has incredible musical talent performing and inspiring speakers sharing their stories with the audience. I attended the event with Telus who has been a sponsor of WE Day for the past 6 years and this year I was there supporting their #RiseAbove cyberbullying campaign and the goal to help bring awareness to this ongoing issue. 

As someone who works online cyberbullying is not something that affects only youth. Being kind to one another and standing up for what we believe in is so important in this social media age we live in. Hurtful words are said behind screens and as a mom to two little boys that are growing up in a tech focused world, I strive to raise kind humans that will treat everyone with respect both in person and online. Telus Wise has some great tips for helping youth and parents with cyberbullying and ways to hopefully prevent it and also what to be aware of:

Cyberbullying intervention tips for youth:
  • If you see someone bullied, comfort them privately and offer to help.
  • Tell an adult, parent, or friend who can help you handle the situation.
  • Save the evidence so you can show a trusted adult or report it. 
Cyberbullying intervention tips for parents:
  • Learn online slang and acronyms to understand what your kids are really saying on social media or in text conversations.
  • Recognize the personal nature of the online world.
  • Have open conversations and make it known that you're there for support.
  • Remember that the law applies. Stay accountable, and keep accounts. 

I am such an advocate for spreading online kindness and I think this is an amazing campaign with a wonderful and super important message. Click the following links if you want more information about WE Day or the Telus Rise Above campaign.

Kind thoughts, 
Lauren Elizabeth

This post is sponsored by Telus. Thank you for supporting this blog and the brands that I choose to work with.


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Holiday Home Envy

Oh my word you guys, so it's December 6th and I am feeling all the festive feelings. I can't stop cruising online and gushing over everyone's Christmas home tours. Today you are in for a good one with some serious home envy happening. Liz over at Love Grows Wild has the most amazing, rustic, cozy home, like every time she reveals a new area in her house I am over here like drooling and just loving everything she does. Liz's home has such a warm and inviting feel to it with so many layers which is why I think I am so drawn to her design. It feels lived in, cozy, approachable. I know you are going to adore her place too so let's get into this home envy shall we!

Kind thoughts,
Lauren Elizabeth 


Friday, 1 December 2017

Gifts For Under $50

Well Happy December1st! I am going to have a few fun gift guides coming your way in the next couple weeks and I thought to kick things off I would share a stocking stuffer or small gift guide where all the items are in and around the $50 dollar mark. You are sure to find something for the home lover that won't break the bank!


Saturday, 25 November 2017

Christmas Home Tour

Hello friends! And welcome to House of Hire's Christmas Home Tour :) I am so soooo excited to be part of this festive, holiday home tour alongside some other amazing bloggers who's homes I know you will love! You can find all the other participants and a link to their site at the bottom of the post so make sure you check them out.

When it comes to decorating for the holiday's or any event really, I always take a less is more approach. I don't get too themey because really like for the seasonal decor to blend in with my existing style around the house. I feel like when you do this you can enjoy your decor for longer because it feels like it is just another layer to your already existing design.

I am SO in love with our King of Christmas King Flock Prelit Tree like I don't know how I didn't have a prelit tree before. I am definitely a changed woman and don't think I will ever be able to go back to wrapping lights around a tree haha! Also speaking of the tree, you may notice I don't have anything on top of it- no I didn't forget, honestly I have been looking for something really specific and simply have not found it yet, so the tree is topperless haha.

Also if you love my faux mantle I created I did a tutorial on it I will have linked here! Finally all my beautiful mud cloth pillows are from this lovely Woven Edge Shop and I am so in love with them! They really bring in great texture and make the room feel so fresh. Also the natural coloured poufs in front of the fireplace are from the online shop Marrakeshine. Ok enough jibber jabbering let's get to the good stuff!

Your next stop is Kate over at Wynn & Roo!



   Eggshell Home                         

Gather In Grace       
                                                                                                                      Tuft and Trim     

      Alyse Warren            


Kind thoughts,
Lauren ELizabeth

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