Thursday, April 22, 2021

Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

My first post after 3 years! Due to very popular demand, I am reviving my blog for this molten chocolate lava cake. It's very easy and quick to make, plus it's so good and worth the calories. 😍


1/2 cup chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips 
2 tbsp. butter 
1/4 cup all-purpose flour 
3/4 cups powdered sugar 
1 egg yolk 
2 large eggs 
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract 


1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit and grease 2 ramekin cups.

2. Melt chocolate chips and butter together in the microwave in 30 seconds increments and stir until smooth.

3. Add sugar and flour to chocolate mixture.

4. Add eggs, yolk and vanilla and mix again until smooth. 

5. Pour batter evenly into ramekins and place onto a cookie sheet.

6. Bake in the middle rack for about 13-15 minutes depending on your oven. Mine took 14 minutes.

7. Cakes are done when your edges are firm and the centre is runny.

8. Run a knife around the edges and flip onto plates.

9. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

This recipe is really rich, so opt for the dark chocolate chips if you don't want it to be too sweet.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Maternity Milk Bath Photography

Hi everyone! It's been a while... Life has been hectic and as you can see, I am pregnant (and she’s ready to meet everyone soon). 

For this blog post, I wanted to share how we created my maternity milk bath photoshoot and saved some $$$.

Milk bath photography has been a popular theme lately, and not just for maternity. I've seen some people do it for babies, boudoir and even fashion shoots.

Here are some of the things that you will need to create this type of photoshoot.
  • A camera. I mean it's pretty obvious right. But let me elaborate. When I was about 6 months pregnant, my husband and I started looking at the rates of maternity photoshoots. From what we gathered they cost at least $500. Maybe we didn't look further, but we thought that is quite pricey. So on Boxing Day we decided to get a pretty decent camera for our growing family. We got the Sony A6000 and it came with 2 lenses and a bag. The total cost was about $1200 including the flash, tripod and all the other accessories. And so far, we have done 3 maternity photoshoots at our own convenience. I'm sure professional photographers could've taken way better photos and with amazing effects, but for us it was also a bonding moment. Plus once our little one is out, I am very certain that there will be more photoshoots to come.
  • A tub. If you don't have one you could use, some hotels have nice tubs with windows (natural light is always good to have for photoshoots).
  • Milk. We bought 1 big bag of powder milk from Walmart for $10. I don't personally like hot showers, so lukewarm was good enough for myself. I suggest doing this when you are ready as the water can get cold fast. We poured half of the bag while the water is running and it started to make bubbles. We had to drain the water and filled the tub with water first, then poured the milk. If there are still bubbles then just grab a strainer to get all the bubbles out. Or you could also use liquid milk. The amount of milk you will need is all depending how creamy you want it to look.
  • Flowers. No need to spend a fortune on them because you will have to cut them anyways. I opted for real flowers as I heard fake ones sink. There are a few ways to make them float, but I did't have time to do that. You can also choose not to have flowers, but I like how they add texture to the photos.
  • Outfit. I ordered mine from Amazon and it came with the flower headband. I've seen some people used tulle or even nothing. Pinterest is a good place to find some ideas of what you can wear.

We had a lot of fun doing this milk bath photography. If you decided to give it a try, let me know. I would love to see the type of art you will create.

Hair and Makeup by Chic & Sassy.

Friday, June 2, 2017

CaseApp Review

 *Giveaway extended to June 12th!

CaseApp is an online tool that lets you create custom designed cases for your phone, ipad and skin for your laptop. Pretty cool idea right?

I love funky and fun phone cases! I don't even know how many I have. I don't want to admit, but I know I have too many. However, I've never bought custom case before. Actually I didn't even know you can do that. So when CaseApp reached out to me and asked if I will be interested for complimentary custom cases, I said, "Yes!"

How it works:
  1. Choose what device you have.
  2. Upload the image. Choose if you want the image to be matte or glossy. I suggest uploading a high resolution image.
  3. Checkout! That's it!
For iPhones you can choose extra protection hard case (I did) and it's working great! My case feels sturdy. You can also choose from their collections and they have a lot of designs to choose from. We picked the famous white marble case for my husband's phone. (By the way calling him "husband" still sounds weird. Lol!) His case doesn't feel as sturdy as mine, but I am clumsier than him so I need a little more protection.

Now the question, will I recommend CaseApp? If you want personalized phone cases, yes absolutely! Especially if you have an iPhone, make sure to get the extra protection hard case. The ordering process is easy. The quality of printing is also really good.

And on that note, CaseApp would like to give one of my readers a free case! How exciting?! All you have to do is follow us on instagram VancityNBeyond and CaseApp. Once done, let us know on the comment box below. Giveway ends on June 11, 2017. Winner will be contacted directly via Instagram DM. Good luck!

If you would like to purchase a case now, here's a discount code you can use to save 20% off "VANCITYNBEYOND20".

Thank you and see you again on my next post!