As most of you know, Urban Hippie, was a name/brand that I came up with back in May of 2009, holy smokes! That was 10 YEARS ago! In Providence in the tiny state of Rhode Island. I was a college senior that was looking for an easy A in one of my business classes and as the tale has been told over the past decade, I was sitting in a class room thinking of something that is “unique and describes you” and that’s when and where Urban Hippie was born, however, Urban Hippie was originally just a tee shirt line.
As my passion for design started to spin off its axes that is when Urban Hippie evolved from unique tee shirt designs to, bath essentials. This girl loves a relaxing bath so of course creating bath bombs and aromatherapy candles came into play.
Then in 2014, I purchased my first home with my soon to be husband and that is when home decor came into the picture. I was being gifted every antique/vintage and straight up pieces of “junk” that didn’t go in other people’s homes so of course since I just purchased a house I certainty needed it more than anyone else, even though none of the pieces complemented each other.
So what does a person that has a passion for design and refurbishment do?… we research and then we paint! We paint all the things. I started to work on my first piece of home decor for myself and my empty home but then soon after I would be getting messages and phone calls from other people that have a piece that they love and can not part with or they want to keep but it just does not go with their design motive or theme of the room. I started evolving Urban Hippie from a tee shirt brand to a lifestyle brand.
I absolutely love being able to assist people with updating pieces that were given to them by family members/friends or being able to breathe new life into a dresser that looked like it was on its last leg or even more, I love creating custom pieces that are never before seen and was just a thought in my clients head. My joy really comes from people’s inquiries and their excitement on their new retiqued pieces.
Urban Hippie has the capability to really do it all, tee shirts, aromatherapy candles, bath bombs, refurbished furniture, and stationary. Hey, I may even be able to remodel your kitchen if you are interested in having me. I have a hard time saying “no”, especially to projects.
Come follow along with the many things Urban Hippie does, follow us on Instagram @UrbanHippieCT
￼￼So it’s been awhile… 1 year 10 months 7 days ago to be precise. A lot has happened in between the last post and today. Let’s do a run down and than we’ll reintroduce.
So since the last post, this lady got pregnant and had a baby boy named, Luca. You would think that would be the only change funny how life works that way… I decided to do a complete career change because when you have a life change everything else changes along with it.
After I had my beautiful baby boy, almost 4 weeks early and after a short NICU stay, I took my allotted 12 weeks of FMLA maternity leave and when I went back to my full time job life as I knew it before I had a child was completely different, that one hour drive to work each day became so painful￼￼ ￼￼￼￼and dreading, leaving that tiny little face each morning was unbearable when I just had the scariest birth experience.
The truth is as a modern day woman, you’re sometimes not allowed to say “I need time” we’re all suppose to adapt and move on quickly because that’s what society has taught us over the years.
My water broke at 36 weeks and I was working up until the day of even though I knew I should have taken time for myself to prepare my body for this crazy but beautiful body transformation. It’s just crazy to me how the workforce in America has no support for woman especially after bringing life into this world.
Things needed to change for me in order for my happiness and the happiness of my family. We took a big leap and had faith and I left “corporate America” job and decided to put my heart and energy into my family and my small business. We are 1 week away from a year of this big change and I can honestly say it has been one of the best decisions in my adult life.
I may have to hustle a little bit more but it’s so worth it, I absolutely love being able to be present in my family life.
You can follow me and my small business on Instagram, @UrbanHippieCT #UrbanHippieCT
It’s about that time again! Lights are twinkling, the festive music is playing, everyone is gearing up for my most favorite time of the year… Christmas! I grew up in a household that decorated for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. It’s a tradition I have had since I can remember. Out with the Fall decor and in with the Winter!
I also grew up not able to hang my stockings by the chimney with care, well because, we didn’t have a fireplace. We always hung out stockings in the arch way near our tree, and I never had an issue with this, that is until I moved into my own home. We didn’t have a fireplace nor an arch way to hang them. The first two years we lived in our home I hung them on a hutch and/or a window. Now you may say to yourself whats the big deal, they are only stockings and they are only up for the most 25 days but for someone like me that needs everything in the right place this was a problem for me. So I came up with a solution that I think ANYONE without a fireplace would love to have in their home.
The Stocking Stand! This amazing stocking stand was SO simple to create, I used a banister post, a dowel, pine circular plaque, 3 coat hooks, and of course some paint!
This whole project took me about an hour to make, I painted all the pieces prior to putting them together to make complete. I then enlisted the help of my husband to help me screw the bottom Pine Circular Plaque onto the Banister Pole, that part was a 2 person job, but after that, it was smooth sailing! I added our adorable wooden name plate onto the dowel for customization and then I hung my stocking on a stand with care. As simple and relatively easy as it looks, that’s how easy it was to create.
I am obsessed with my stocking stand and I know am offering customized stands for not only Christmas stockings but for coats!
Good morning all! It’s been a couple of months since my last blog post, I am terribly sorry for the delay, it’s been a crazy couple of months. In the 5-6 months since my last blog entry I have gotten married, expanded Urban Hippie LLC, and have be enjoying a beautiful summer with my family.
Just to give everyone a recap, Urban Hippie LLC specializes in, refurbishing and creating home décor, bath essentials, and apparel. We recently have started taking on jobs for interior design. We are able to come into your home or place of business and transform it to your vision and also use your current pieces and restore them into new decor. I am loving these amazing opportunities and feel so fortunate that people love our style and work that UH is being sought after.
Another incredible update is that Urban Hippie LLC has been featured in THREE publications for our work at a May wedding we supplied decor for! This has been such a huge honor to be recognized across the country. We offer decor for special event as well as making timeless bridal brooch bouquets that last not only during your special day but for years to come.
The publications that have featured us are, Borrowed & Blue , Modern Weddings, and in September we will be featured in Glittery Bride! (I will post the link when it becomes available.)
Our gorgeous Brooch Bouquet that was created for our May wedding
If you are interested in interior designer work or wedding decor and bridal brooch bouquets, we are now offering all 3 services! Inquire today for a free quote!
One snowy night my niece was having a slumber party at my house, she’s 2 and loves to cook. We have this game we play, she pretends to cook with all the pots and pans and we “taste” all the food she makes and its always “delicious”.
I thought of what a fun activity would be for her and I while we “cooked” I thought of the projects I used to do in elementary school and I remember we made ornaments one year with salt, flour and water, and cookie cutters. It’s a pretty simple concept and all the ingredients are readily available in the house.
We had such a fun time and she loved “cooking” all you need is, 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of flour and a 1/2 cup of water. You’ll need to get your hands “dirty” and start mushing and molding the ingredients all together in a bowl, we added food color, she wanted pink.
Once you are done combining all the ingredients by hand, I put a little flour on my work space and got a rolling pin out, it will stick to whatever you set it down on so either flour your surface or place it on a sheet of wax paper. I didn’t have cookie cutters handy so I made a oval shape out of the dough and she put her hand prints and pushed down really hard, we then took a stick and wrote her name in the dough.
Once her hand print was embedded along with her name on the dough, stick it in the oven at 200º for 3 hours (or until they are completely dry depending on it’s thickness).
Once its completely dry, you now have a sentimental work of art that you can keep for years to come. Another option you can do is before it dries and you put it in the oven you can get a straw and ribbon and punch a hole in the dough and make it into an ornament and hang it on your tree for years to come.
- 1 cup of salt
- 1 cup of all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of water
- Optional, ribbon & straw to make ornament
Happy New Year! With the new year comes a new recipe for dessert, my favorite meal! I know some of you have made your new years resolution, dieting. Well I am here to give you an delicious recipe for your cheat days 🙂
I am a cookie monster, anything cookie, especially chocolate chip cookies! I also LOVE ice cream, and home made fresh whipped cream. What can I say, I am a dessert fanatic.
Last night I whipped up from scratch a Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowel with delicious vanilla ice cream and homemade maple whipped cream! My mouth is drooling just thinking about this amazing creation!
We will start with the Ice Cream Recipe because this may take the longest to do, all you need is half and half, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla—and an ice cream maker. We got our ice cream maker off of Amazon and LOVE it!
- 3 c. half and half
- 1/3 c. sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 vanilla bean pods, seeds scraped, or 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- In large pot over medium heat, combine half and half and vanilla bean and bring to a simmer for at least 15 minutes. Strain half and half mixture and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, and salt until smooth. To temper eggs, carefully whisk about 1 cup of the hot half and half into egg mixture until smooth. Then whisk egg mixture back into the half and half mixture in the pot. Return to medium-low heat and cook to 170 degrees F, constantly stirring along bottom of pot to ensure even cooking. Once temperature has reached 170 degrees F, remove from heat and strain through fine-mesh strainer into bowl. In the same bowl, cool ice cream base to room temperature in an ice bath, then pop base into the fridge to fully chill, at least 2 hours.
- Once base is chilled, process in an ice cream maker. When it’s somewhere between soft serve and ice cream from the freezer, transfer ice cream to container and freeze until firm.
While the ice cream is setting in the freezer its time to start your Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowl!
(I forgot to take pictures of the ice cream process)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowl recipe:
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. …
- Instead of pulling out your cookie sheets, you will need a cupcake pan or a muffin pan.
- Flip over the pan, and start to form the cookie dough over the cupcake mold. (see picture below for reference)
- Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool down for about 5-8 minutes so the cookie bowl mold sets and doesn’t fall apart
While the cookie molds are setting, its time to work on your fresh Maple Whipped Cream
- 1 cup of Heavy Whipping Cream
- 2 Tablespoons of Sugar
- 1/4 Cup of Maple Syrup
Place the sugar into the mixing bowl and add the whipping cream and maple syrup. Whisk just until the cream reaches stiff peaks. Store any unused portion in an airtight container for up to 10 hours. When ready to use, rewhisk for 10 to 15 seconds.
and Volia! Your 3 main ingredients are done, now its time to take your vanilla ice cream and fill up the chocolate chip cookie bowl and top it off with fresh handmade maple whipped cream, just add sprinkles and a cherry and you now have a delicious homemade dessert!
I absolutely love the holiday season and everything that comes with the holidays, the music, the lights, and of course the FOOD!
Over the years the holiday traditions have changed/ evolved and with that the holiday traditions you grew up with are either no longer or have expanded along with family members. I know for me on Christmas Eve it was hosted at my grandparents home, than over the years my parents would host, and then most recently about 3 years ago, I started hosting at my house with my fiance and his family members too.
Over the years family dynamic has changed and the different traditions have emerged. I recently have decided since the holiday season is a challenging one to try to get everyone together that I would start a new tradition, a Cookie Swap or Cookie Exchange.
I started doing some “pintrest homework” how to host the perfect Cookie Exchange.
Here are some of my tip’s on hosting.
- Make a digital invite, almost everyone has Facebook now adays or an email. Save money and send the invites out digitally!
- Request your guests to make ingredients/ directions cards so if there is an allergy a guest will know
- Don’t know how many cookies to have your guest bring, basically that is up to you but what I did was ask my guests to bring 6 dozen cookies, I had 6 women come so each of them brought a dozen of each cookie home
All of your guests want some kind of guidance! Some are pros and some are baking for the first time. Usually, you get someone that breaks the rules, but it’s okay. As long as you let all of your guests know what you expect, it will all go smooth.
- Decorate your home, at this time I am sure your home is decorated for the holidays so you may not have to do too much
- When guests arrive with the cookies have them set up all the cookies in a designed area on the table, I had chalkboard labels to display each cookie name. This makes it easier for guests to know which cookie is which and make it easier for grabbing and voting!
- Provide a festive drink, you can do hot cocoa, but I just stuck with wine.
- Provide food/appetizers, while they are eye balling all of those cookies before the trade! You may choose whether you want your guests to taste the cookies or not at all. Depending upon your budget, you may serve some light appetizers, other sweets, or even a meal. I choose an array of pickings.
- If you are having a contest, give your guests voting ballets for the categories to vote
- provide prizes or winner ribbons.
Some Prize Categories can be,
- Most Amazing Display
- Prettiest Cookie
- Most Unique Cookie
- Most Outrageous Holiday Outfit
- Door Prize (Ask each guest to bring ONE cookie cutter. Collect all of the cookie cutters and give them away as a prize!)
Some Idea Prizes can be,
- Cookie Cookbook
- Cookie jar
- Cookie baking sheet
- Cookie cooling racks
- Mixing bowl
- Mixing spoon and/or spatula
- Measuring cups and/or spoons
- Cookie cutter(s)
- Cookie sprinkles
- Pretty apron
- Rolling pin
- Parchment paper
- Oven mitts
Now the time has come to exchange/ swap the cookies!
- Take a moment to ask each of guests to share a story of the cookie recipe they brought, or their adventures of baking them. Also, your guests may love to share some of their family holiday traditions. This gives the others new ideas for their families!
- Time to trade and exchange the cookies! I hand each of my guests an aluminum disposable to go container with lid– found at any kind of dollar store. I line each of them with holiday decorated tissue paper and now my guests are able to go around and fill up their containers!
I hope you all find this information helpful on planning a holiday cookie exchange party! If you are thinking of hosting one, take some bits and pieces from my experience of hosting and make them your own. Enjoy your time with you family and friends, this gathering should be a fun time to kick back and show your baking skills!
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The cookies I had made were Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies, below is my recipe
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 12 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1½ cups milk chocolate chips
- 1 (11 oz.) bag caramel bites
- 2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream/milk
- 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate baking bars
- sea salt, for sprinkling on top
Preheat oven to 370F degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
- Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium size bowl. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer, cream together the butter, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, and vanilla extract until combined.
- Add eggs one at a time, mixing between each egg.
- Add flour mixture and mix until just combined. DO NOT OVERMIX!
- Using a spatula, stir in chocolate chips until combined.
- Using a cookie scoop, scoop dough into balls about 1 Tablespoons each and place onto prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.
- Immediately after taking cookies out of the oven, using handle of a wooden spoon, make indentation into center of each cookie. Let cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine caramel bits and heavy whipping cream. Microwave for 1 minute, stirring until caramel is completely melted. Spoon 1 teaspoon of caramel into each indentation.
- In a medium-sized bowl, microwave chocolate baking bars for 30 seconds, stirring after each 30-second intervals until chocolate is completed melted. Drizzle chocolate over cookies and sprinkle with sea salt.