Fall Baking – Candy Corn Cake


Last week Emilie and I were chatting about all of the really cool Halloween baking ideas we were browsing on the Wilton website. Well, she pointed me in the direction of the "How Candy Corn is Born" cake and I instantly fell in love with the idea of creating this cake at home. Plus, I've been looking for some creative ways to use the Checkerboard Cake Pan Set again. While my version isn't quite as ... symmetrical as Wilton's, I still had a blast … [Read more...]

Kitchen Envy … I’ve Got It

paint bitter chocolate

I feel like such a turd for saying this, but I'm not perfect, not even close. I've got kitchen envy ... and a little drool dripping from my chin. For the past few months I've been watching for updates at Lori's blog, seeing her kitchen renovation take shape, maybe even be completed in the next few weeks. From new counter tops to cabinets, even appliances, I'm already envisioning just how completely gorgeous (and much deserved) it's going to … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday – Natural Beauty

tree moss

Typically when I'm out and about snapping pictures of the kids, I like to veer off the beaten path. Sometimes this leads me to some pretty beautiful scenes that I just can't resist taking a picture of. It's also a good reminder of how lucky am I. There are so many times I get tired of the same scene and think about how much I'd love to live somewhere else, but this, this reminds me of just how beautiful Illinois can be. … [Read more...]

California Blooms for a Cause

california blooms roses

September is turning out to be quite a special month. Not only is the first time in many, many years that I've received a bouquet of roses but it's also a time of awareness for women batting Ovarian Cancer. Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women. - Ovarian Cancer Research Fund To help raise awareness, California Blooms, a family … [Read more...]

How to Keep Your Kids Safe on the Road

car x family picture

Keep your family safe on the road by following these five steps: 1. Be non-negotiable when it comes to rules of the car. There are times when it's nice to be a softie as a parent: okay, you can stay up for ten more minutes. Okay, you can have some ice cream. But there are some times when holding the line isn't just good parenting, it's a matter of safety. Whenever you are traveling in the car, you should have some non-negotiable rules … [Read more...]

Hey Lady, Are You a Photographer?

mattison swing

Like most weekends when the weather is nice, we make our way over to the park at least once. Lately, we've been visiting a brand new park closer to home that has some really cool playground equipment and even a shallow pond to walk around. It also makes for a great location to take pictures of the kids. This particular weekend I was snapping photos of the girls and this little boy comes up to me and says .. "Hey lady ... are you a … [Read more...]

Baby Month at Sam’s Club – Our Member’s Mark Experience

sams club baby month

September at Sam's Club is all about baby and for parents, this is the perfect opportunity to check out all of the baby product savings offered and even trying out the competitively priced Member's Mark baby items. Click n Pull Shopping Our most recent shopping experience with Sam's Club started with the Click n Pull service, which if you haven't heard about, is probably the only thing better than the savings at Sam's Club. For parents like … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday – Goodbye Baby, Hello Pre-School

kaydees first day of preschool

Out the door ... ... arriving at school ... ... with her new friends without even a kiss goodbye. :-( Update - When we picked her up she was completely ecstatic about her day there and didn't even want to leave. She was the last one out the door. I'm heartbroken, my baby is growing up. For more Wordless Wednesday be sure to visit Oh My Sugar High Baking Blog and Emilie at Baby Loving Mama. … [Read more...]