Stupid and greedy (of the company). Elf on the Shelf is a cute way to celebrate Christmas magic (and bribe your kids into being good), but this is dumb and incongruous with Christmas.
Thank you thank you thank you for all of the birthday wishes! As always, I am so thankful and honored (and frankly, surprised) that so many of you pay attention to me :)
I came across this article shortly after I turned 33, and thought it was quite fateful, as I was feeling pretty pleased with my life and my self.
Today, as I age out of this 'age of happiness' I found it in my bookmarked pages-- which seems even more serendipitous-- and reread it.
Nowhere in here does it say that people are less happy post-33, right? So there's nothing to say that I won't be just as happy, or happier, at 34. Or 52. Or 86!
Here's to many more happy years for all of us!
Do It Yourself. That's kind of my motto.
I see something and want to do it. This is why Pinterest is so dangerous for me, but that's another whole issue. Of course, I always over-simplify. How hard can it be to sew some curtains? Let's do our own home addition! Ok, I've only tackled one of those two things (so far...).
So, when it comes to my kids' birthday parties, I like to bake my own cake, build my own pinata, and organize some games.
Earlier this year, I learned about buttercream transfers from my BFF at Sweets for You. I've dabbled with fondant, but honestly I don't think that the result is worth the effort (plus, buttercream tastes MUCH better).
B Boy wanted an Averngers cake. I decided to start simple and go with the logo. I simply found the image, reversed it to mirror image, and printed it. I taped a sheet of wax paper to the paper and, with buttercream in a piping bag, I traced the outline and popped it in the freezer.
After a little while, I filled in the letters, and back to the freezer it went. Finally, I added a layer of the same color icing that I used for the cake.
I froze it until it was firm, then flipped it onto the cake and piped around it. Easy!
It wasn't absolutely perfect, but not bad for a first try! And now that I know how easy it is, I will surely try it again.
Have you used this technique before? Share a photo! Or let me know if you give it a try.
Up next, a really cool craft that can easily be turned into many different games!
The pitching machine that B Boy got for his birthday is actually a treat for me, as I no longer need to play the part of designated pitcher. Being reduced to relief pitcher is one demotion I'm happy to take.
When I asked B Boy what flavor he wanted for his cake, I expected vanilla, chocolate, maybe chocolate chip? I certainly didn't expect COTTON CANDY!
We'll see how gross this turns out.
I heard that today is the Bikini's birthday. Are you thankful or regretful that the bikini was ever "born"? ;)
How common is your birthday, or your kids' birthdays? This is a pretty cool visual.
I somehow tricked the system this year. I don't feel older, but I do feel wiser and happier!
Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who sent birthday wishes my way! My happiness is due in no small part to your friendships. ♥