While you usually come to Cupcakes and Cutlery looking for pretty photos and simple recipes today I need to share something a little bit different. 4 years ago we met the most special little boy, named Michael. He is funny and silly, just like you hope a 9-year-old boy would be. But he’s also the most brave human being I have ever come across. He has a genetic skin disorder called Epidermolysis Bullosa. But the term “skin disorder” makes it sound tolerable. It is not. I’m sharing Michael’s story in the hopes that you will become aware of the disease, what it might be like for him to live with it and be moved to help in some way, whether it is to share his video, send in a donation or send positive thought vibes to our friend, Michael.
It’s amazing what you can buy with a dollar, isn’t it? I don’t have dollar store close to me but when I go see my dermatologist, there are two things I do after my appointment. Go to Sonic, because they put NERDS in your drink, and go to the dollar store. Last time I was there I found rope in all kinds of pretty colors. So of course I bought a bunch. First thing I made with it were these rope planters. You can find the full tutorial over on Minted’s blog, Julep. You really should make some. I love the texture it gives the planter. Now if only I can remember to water these guys…
I love Valentine’s Day and all the gifting possibilities! If you love lavender and balloons, this simple DIY is for you! Balloons are super cute, but don’t last for that long. I decided to pair them with something that can be used long after Valentine’s Day. Whether making these for your kids or surprising you best gals with a gift at their door, these lavender sachet balloon bouquets are something that everyone will love!
I often mention my love of television but you may not know that my major in college was Communications with an emphasis in TV/Film. I LOVE everything about how television (and to some extent) movies get made. My first job out of college was in casting and while it was fairly short-lived, IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! Netflix invited 10 #StreamTeam members to attend their day at TCA 2016, and I was SO lucky to be one of them! We got to learn about all the Netflix series’ and what to expect on the Network this year. It was so fun to be back in that world for a day.
I’ve been monitoring the chatter about New Year’s resolutions over the last few weeks. There’s a lot of really noble ones about things like turning over a healthy new leaf and spending more quality time with the family. But mine isn’t like that. Mine is to spend more time on me, doing things that bring me joy. Selfish? Nope. Over the last few years I’ve come to learn that I am a better mom if I give myself a break. Working at home and maintaining a household is no easy feat and causes stress and loads of mom guilt. This year I vow to lose the guilt (sometimes that can feel like losing 10 pounds) and do more things that I enjoy! I’ve partnered with Pique Tea to share why I think every mom should put herself first (if not first, at least not last all the time!). Tea time has never been so fulfilling!
PIE CAKE! OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS! YOU HAVE TO STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND GO BAKE A PIE CAKE RIGHT NOW! Like, right this minute. And yes, you read that right. There is pie. Inside that cake. I made this for my son’s birthday party last week and had to share it. I though about making another one so I could take pretty, styled photos of the steps and make a gorgeous, Pinterest worthy post. But I can’t! I’m too excited to share it. So let’s consider this pie cake to be in the wild, in a raw landscape, its natural habitat. YOU GUYS! PIE INSIDE CAKE!