I am SO happy to have Lauren on the blog today. You see that perfectly perfect, styled photo above? Lauren puts out the most gorgeous Instagram photos. Style just comes so naturally to her. But guess what is just outside even her perfect shot…
See the red shoes on top of the white dresser below the window? That is the beginning stages of a perfectly lovely shoe shot. I totally appreciate Lauren sharing this with me. I love that we can all keep it really real.
Do any of you have photos of your dirty side of blogging? I’m taking submissions! Email me! cupcakesandcutlery at gmail dot com.
Its time. For just about 6 years I have not burned candles in my home. To me, open flame and children just don’t mix. While I enjoy candles, the risk of fire was just far too great. And when we found out about my sons asthma, all my research said that candles were not a good idea. So my homes have lacked twinkle-y, romantical lighting this entire time. But things are about to change. I did a candle test run the other night with the one candle I have in my home. The boys and I had lengthy conversations about fire, 911, hot wax, and the fact that Michael Jackson had a son named, Blanket. That last one was bound to come up sooner or later. And then I lit the candle. My house didn’t burn down and no one got burned. I ended up with those rad wooden candle holders from Crate and Barrel (#4) a few days later. I’m in love. Come on baby light my fire.
Other candlestick holders that want to come live with me:here.
I’m not a baker. I’m not a cake decorator. In fact, I finally found the chance to use my offset spatula for the first time with I iced a cake for my son’s 2nd birthday party earlier this month. My sister had given me a cake decorating set, complete with all kinds of fancy icing tips, for my first Christmas as a married woman. That was just about 4 years ago. And the spatula is the only piece I’ve used so far…but I love the IDEA of me creating a magical cake moment at a party.
I know I can buy a pretty amazing cake, but that is too easy. And since I pretty much will only attempt making one from a boxed mix and a tub of store bought frosting, my dream cake moment seems pretty ill fated. So, if it isn’t the cake itself that is going to steal the show, I’m going to have to add something to the cake to make it sing (not literally the cake singing, but those angels you hear in your head). There are a few ways to do this. Lately I’ve been noticing that there is an amazing selection of fun candles to choose from to liven up the party. Of course there are those joke candles that don’t go out (but who wants all that spit on their cake). Even my local grocery store sells some more interesting designs then just the standard stripe numbers.
I can’t remember where I first saw these rainbow candles but I think everyone should know about them. The flames are colored to match the actual candle stick color! So cool. And I have never seen anyone use these at a party, so if you buy them fast, you will be a pioneer. They are non-toxic and have a burn life of 8 minutes. Plenty of time for a warbly rendition of Happy Birthday. Go check them out and if anyone has used these rainbow candles, let me know if they are as cool as I think they are!
Looking for more ways to make a kid’s birthday more special?