Christmas Cookie Night

The holidays are the happiest time of the year… THEY ARE ALSO THE BUSIEST!


I have a “group text” with the three ladies shown in the photo above and we were magically able to make plans and execute them this weekend. If you’ve ever tried to make plans with a group of girls that have big families, significant others and work full-time jobs then you know it’s not an easy feat.




Anywho, we planned to have it at my parent’s house with my mom and her bestie. The week leading up to the cookie extravaganza my mom and I planned out ways to make the gathering even more fun. We surprised each girl with her own personalized apron, set of plaid antlers and a cookie tray to take home. Each apron was rolled up and put inside of a mason jar…  you know… just to add a little more pizazz! They were SUCH a hit and very easy to do!

Personalized party favors are my new favorite thing.


Here are the instructions!

  1. White Aprons
  2. A vinyl cutting machine -> I use a Cricut
  3. Cricut® Iron-On Glitter (I used black and gold)

I chose an SVG of a gingerbread cookie that I found online and used the font Amarillo for the names. It was such a unique and wallet-friendly idea that absolutely made the night.



My cookie of choice was a Soft Batch Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge Cookie. I found it on Pinterest and knew it was THE ONE! They didn’t end up looking much like the cookie on the Pinterest post but I am pretty sure that’s because I messed up during step 3…. I overcooked the choco chips in the microwave and they got a wee bit tough. It didn’t reall matter though… These chocolatey caramel cookies were still a HIT! UNREAL DELICIOUSNESS. I am happy to report that my favorite cookie of the night was Krista’s Cream Cheese Oreo Cookie. They were a definite crowd pleaser and I will be making them again in the future.


Until next time…







Hi. I’m Melanie.

I’ve been trying to think of the best way to start this wonderful little blog and I keep just putting it off. Procrastination is my middle name… JUST KIDDING… it’s Halliden.

I guess I will just have to start with an introduction.

Hello, Internet.

My name is Melanie. This blog is named after my Grandma (Mary Halliden Fox)… I am her namesake and just like her – I am FABULOUS!  The one thing I will always remember about my beautiful Grandma is that she was always wearing the brightest pink lipstick the world ever did see. She was fabulous, bright and happy. All things I’d like to be.

This blog will be a place for me to share my favorite things.

I may not be a professional stylist but that doesn’t mean I don’t have “style”. I am the epitome of every MEME about loving a good sale/deal. If you tell me you like my dress and it was ONLY $15 I WILL TELL YOU ALL ABOUT HOW GOOD OF A DEAL IT WAS. I am definitely not a stick figure but I dress for my body type and I’d love to share tips and tricks to looking good while not being a size 0. You don’t need to be a stick to look HAUTE…. Even though I totally wish I was a stick figure… Which brings me to my next blogging subject! WEIGHTLOSS… or Recipes… or just… KETO DIET STUFF!!! I love Keto. Bacon for breakfast every day? SIGN ME UP! I recently (within 3 months) lost 25lbs and haven’t gained any of the weight back after going back to a somewhat normal diet and I’ve been off of the diet now for 1.5 months.

2017 is the year of weddings.

My wedding and two of my best friends weddings are all in 2017. Three weddings… Whaaaaatttt? Yes. It’s going to be wild and I can’t wait!
I am a crafty gal so there will be quite a bit of DIY in my future! Lots of freebies and printables in this bloggers future…


A little bit more about myself: I work as a Social Media Community for a big ole Beer Company in St. Louis, MO. The midwest is my HOME. I left this place for 6 years to work in Reality TV out in Los Angeles but I’m back and happier than ever. I live with my Fiance and our two puppies Nova Snowflake and Timber James. I am a firm believer that if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything… WHICH IS MUCH EASIER SAID THAN DONE.

I can’t wait to start blogging… but wait! I guess I just did. TAKE THAT PROCRASTINATION!