Gift Wrapping Idea: Make a Card Pocket!

I know the sushi cakes and pizza bunting can blur the lines a bit, but Things by Bean is a card company. I make cards, I give cards, I love cards. I never give a gift without a card to accompany and that's birthday best practice across the board. So, this week I've come up with an easy gift wrapping idea that not only looks cute, but also highlights the present's paper sid…

Adorable Avocado Cake Pops

I love avocados. So don't you dare accuse me of trying to replace real avocados with these incredibly cute treats. I just want my Avocado Cake Pops to replace real avocados in certain situations. Like birthday parties, office shindigs, bake sales and housewarming parties. I originally came up with these for my friend Amy's housewarming and I think they warmed her avocado-loving heart.&nb…

5 Easy Ways to Jazz Up Pancakes

First of all, I want to be very clear about something. Pancakes don't necessarily NEED to be jazzed up. Pancakes are perfection. But even the most idyllic of relationships need to be spiced up every now and then. So, to help keep the flame between you and your pancakes alive, I've come up with five easy ways to take your short stack to the next level. Start with the basic pancake re…

Free Desktop Background: Precious Gems

You spend a bajillion hours on your computer every week, so you might as well make it as pretty as possible! This bejewelled computer desktop wallpaper is bright and colourful but also pretty dang classy. And best of all, it's free! Chuck it up on your computer AND send the file to your favourite colleague and pretend you paid for it so they'll feel like they owe you (hehe).  H…

Crazy Easy 15 Minute Mini Cake for One

It's a common misconception that proper cakes can only be consumed in groups. When I say "proper cake", I mean a delicious, moist, three-layered cake with fluffy buttercream frosting. I'm here to tell you that you can eat a cake like that any dang time you like. When I first came up with this recipe, I imagined someone whipping it up for a Friday night in. A cute, decadent, but EASY alte…

DIY Tiny Apple-a-Day Banner for Your Workspace (or Colleague Gift!)

Research shows that your work environment has a huge impact not only on how productive you are, but also your emotional state while you're at work. I'm a big fan of indoor plants on the desk and office decorations that make you feel happy. And I recently made a teeny tiny addition to my office decor - a mini Apple-a-Day banner! If you're looking to snazz up your workspace, this is your D…