Monday, January 7, 2013

Oh my the time did fly!

Has it seriously been almost a year since I've blogged?  What the heck?  Not much has changed since my last post, I don't think.  Let's see, what's new....

I'm working night shift now at a local hospital.  3 nights per week, not bad!  It's been quite the adjustment for our family!  I think I'm finally getting used to it and getting a little more sleep.  Mackenzie has made it clear that she does not want me to work nights.  Sweet kid.  Mackenzie is in kindergarten now so I'm able to be home during the day and sleep while she's in school.  The plus side is that we don't have to worry about child care before or after school.

Working in the hospital is very different from the outpatient surgery center!  I started out having A LOT of anxiety but I think I'm adjusting.  I just have to say that I work with some of the most amazing and supportive nurses around.  I can't say enough good things about them.  They are awesome.

Matt also changed jobs after 10+ years.  He is no longer managing which makes him happy.  The downside is that is that he's working farther from home.  It can be a little stressful trying to get him home in time for me to get to work.  Traffic can be a nightmare.

All of the above leaves me not much time to do cupcakes but I still try and make time for them.  It is still a passion of mine.  My goal is still to someday have a commercial kitchen on our property so I can really get the business going.

Mackenzie is growing like crazy.  She loves kindergarten right now.  We recently took her to the eye doctor and found she needed glasses.  She is loving her disney princess glasses.

That's about it for now.  Until next year!  :)  Just kidding.  I hope to update this more!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hey there!  Wow, it's been forever since I've posted anything here.  Life has been keeping our little family super busy.  Mackenzie will be 5 in just over 3 month.  Wait, what?  Seriously?  Man, where does the time go?  She is full of spunk and is so much fun.  Her favorite thing to do right now is to sing or dance.  And, it can only be to Glee music.  So funny.  She belts it out too. I just love this little girl.  Hard to believe she starts kindergarten in September.

I started a cupcake adventure in April of last year.  I've met some amazing people and have learned so much.  I love baking.  I love making my own flavor combinations.  I still need to keep my day job though.  Trying to do the cupcakes on the side doesn't allow for much since my day job has varying hours.  My day job pays the bills, baking keeps me sane.  I'm in the midst of changing up the cupcake thing.  I'm going to keep doing it for family and friends only.  I want to stay connected in the blog world so my plan is to share recipes/how to's with the world.  There have been so many things I've wanted to do with my business and I just don't see how that can happen any time soon.  Cupcakes are HUGE right now.  Every idea I had over the summer that I haven't been able to play out, I've noticed other people having the same ideas.  It really sucks but I have to put my dream on the back burner for now.

I started a gluten free diet about a month and a half ago and I'm loving it.  I also more recently have started an ovo-vegetarian diet.  Meaning that I eat no meat, not even fish.  I also don't eat dairy but I do eat eggs.  I tried being straight vegan but I found I wasn't getting enough protein so I added eggs back in.  I watched a couple of documentaries that changed my views about what I eat.  Forks Over Knives is a fabulous one.  You should watch it.  It's on Netflix instant play.  I've also started juicing more.  For a great documentary on that, you should watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.  So far, I feel amazing.  I have more energy and the majority of my headaches are gone.  I find I don't need nearly as much coffee.  It can be hard finding a quick bite.  It's really hard going out to eat.  Most veggie burgers have gluten in them or cheese in them.  I like getting creative with food.  My favorite thing to eat right now is tempeh sauteed in coconut oil with some veggies. I love quinoa!  Cook that up and pair it with some black beans.  YUM.

Well, there is a little update!  We got quite a bit of snow since yesterday.  It's time to go enjoy it!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A long overdo update

I wish I could update this blog every day. To be honest, I never have anything interesting enough to say.

We have been super busy with getting a new puppy, celebrating birthdays, baking cupcakes, trampoline jumping and various day to day activities.

Where shall I start? The puppy?

Meet Bruno. Mackenzie named him after Cinderella's dog.

This is Bruno at 7 weeks when we first got him in March.

This is Bruno now and he's almost 5 months old. Crazy how big he is. Our vet is predicting he'll be about 75 pounds. Right now him and Mackenzie both weight 32 pounds.

We are happy to have this little guy in our home. Even with the excessive barking. We have him crate trained and he is now house broken too. He loves to play and Mackenzie loves to love on him.

Mackenzie turned 4 in April. Crazy how time flies. We got her a trampoline for her birthday and she LOVES that thing. It's really hard to get a good picture of her on there because she loves to run around and jump all over the place. This is the cake I made her. I used cake tattoos by Duff. Fun stuff to work with.

Baking, baking and more baking. I've been experimenting with different cupcake flavors recently and have been having so much fun doing so! My coworkers are my guinea pigs and they seem to love them. At least they tell me they do. My favorite so far is the cookies and cream. I have a big order coming up and am very excited for it. I plan to update the cupcake blog tomorrow so I'll share some info there.

That is about all that's been going on here. Mackenzie started dance and gymnastics today. She loved it and I still can't get over how big she's getting. She is such an amazing little girl. She never ceases to amaze me in how polite she is and how she gets along with everyone.

Until next time.....

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Chasing my dreams

Wow, it's been almost a month since I last posted. Time got away from me again. I've been so busy! Not just with work either. If we are friends on facebook then I know you know that I LOVE to bake and I've been doing a lot of that. I have had a lot of friends suggest selling my goods and have had friends place orders. Baking is a passion of mine. Don't get me wrong, I love my job as a nurse and that is a passion too. There is just something about baking that gives me peace and lifts my spirits. I love experimenting with different flavor variations and making them all cute. And lets not forget the look on someones face when they see an irresistible cupcake. You seriously have no idea how much joy I get out of making delicious goods. I know, cupcakes are popping up everywhere. I can honestly say that I have loved making them for a long time. But I don't just do cupcakes. I do cookies, truffles and other various things. I have planned for a long time to eventually open up a bakery. I recently started to put that dream into reality. My plan is to first sell a local farmers markets. For me to be comfortable with that I want to actually have a business name and such. Alas, Lucky Star Delectables has been born. I will be doing this on the side of my day job. You can find me at for the latest news. I will be sharing pictures and ideas there. I will eventually be taking orders once I get boxes and coming up with a good shipping method. I plan to do a vendor party with a friend of mine also. I am very excited for this new chapter in my life. Even if it doesn't work out I will still be happy that I attempted it. What do I have to lose?

Friday, March 25, 2011

Rockin' Bobbin

I have been trying to get this post done for almost a week. Let's see if I can get it done today.

Are you one that loves iced drinks but don't love the water it leaves on the table? The worst is when this happens while you are crafting with paper or in todays case, going through the store circulars. Then the paper gets all wet. I hate that!

I'm sure you have seen all sorts of beverage sleeves. Typically they are used on hot drinks.

Jennifer at Rockin' Bobbin is a genius. She makes reusable beverage sleeves. They aren't just your plain jane sleeves.

They are adorable.

Just check mine out.

See, I told you.

I think you need to have one.

You want one.

And check it out after using it with my iced caramel macchiato.

The table is dry.

My paper is dry.


Jennifer customizes each sleeve according to the fabric you desire. She has all kinds of options. You can do the lace up type like I have, you can do a snap closure which I also have.

It's got a super cute cupcake pattern.

Adorable isn't it!

Why do I love Rockin' Bobbin?

Super awesome customer service and super awesome prices. And, Jennifer is a kick in the pants. She is working on something really cute. I linked you to her facebook page which has all of the ordering information.


Friday, March 18, 2011

A windy day at the zoo

I recently got to meet up with an old friend, Jen. We hadn't seen each other in about 10 years! It was so great to see her and meet her beautiful daughter, Zoey. We decided to meet at the zoo. It was so windy and cold! We braved it though. Mackenzie and Zoey got along great. We can't wait to get them together again. It's too bad we live so far from each other.

As I was going through the pictures I realized that I didn't get a single picture of Jen and I. How sad!

Most of the animals were out which made it worth braving the wind.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Why is it so hard?

They say it takes 21 days for something to become a habit.

What they don't tell you is that even skipping a day can get you out of the habit.

It's been 2+ weeks since I worked out. I've either been sick or K has been sick. It went something like this....
"I'll work out tomorrow morning." Then I wake up and am so tired or didn't feel good.

I told myself I'd do it the next day.

The next day came and, nada. And so on.

See how easy it is?

When is it going to end? I honestly don't even have the desire to workout anymore. I get home and have the feeling that I should work out. Then there's the guilt trip of spending time with K before she goes to bed.

Someone help me.