A Message For My Daughters…

Throughout your life you will come across so many different things. You will meet so many different people. Be given a million different opportunities. My advice to you…do it. Do all of it. Embrace whatever it is you come across, welcome everyone, & try everything. Just do it. Travel to new places. Eat really weird food from different cultures. Do any little thing that pops into your head or your heart (this is a big one). Never find an excuse, don’t let the fear of something new scare you & never EVER let anyone tell you that you can’t. You can do anything you put your mind to. Some things may be easier than others. There will be things you may love while others you won’t care for, but you won’t know until you’ve at least tried.

Pay attention in school, study, but also have fun. Go to college. Anywhere you like (I can always relocate myself). Study whatever you want. You don’t have to have your entire life planned out by 20. Or take some time off. Whatever you choose, you choose for you.

Dye your hair crazy colors if you want. Experiment with different styles. Figure out who you are FOR YOU. Go to concerts, dance like a fool, enjoy every second. Meet boys (but remember, you are ladies). Fall in love. Fall hopelessly, madly head over heels in love (but don’t lose yourself). And don’t worry if it doesn’t work out, it will with someone else. At some point you will have to know what heart break feels like but I want you to always get right back up & dust yourself off. After a little time I promise it won’t hurt as much.

Don’t settle. Don’t be with someone because you think it’s who everyone else expects you to be with. Always, always follow your heart. Never let a boy be mean to you or make you feel like you’re nothing without them. Let them pay for some things, but at the end of the day I want you to be your own person. Have your own money, pay your own bills…never lose your identity. Then one day someone will come along & you’ll just know. You’ll have butterflies, smiles so big your face will hurt, every song on the radio will make you think of him (or her), you’ll miss them 5 minutes after saying goodbye. Embrace it. Find your true love & happiness & always embrace it. If you want a fairytale, then find your fairytale.

You’ll learn really quickly that this world is actually pretty shitty. I do everything I can now to shield you from it, but as you get older I won’t be able to anymore so please always remember your worth & value. Always remember to smile even through the toughest of times…I can promise you every single person has had them. But it’s ok to cry too. But please don’t have any regrets or “what ifs.” Be fulfilled & never bored. The world keeps going, it won’t stop & wait for anyone so take advantage of it. It’s your life & the possibilities are endless. And above all else, never forget that if you stumble (and you will), I will always be here to catch you.

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Pot o’ Gold Cupcakes

St. Patrick's Day cupcakes

With St. Patrick’s Day just a few days away, why not celebrate with some yummy & super cute cupcakes? I make these every year for my girls & they love them! They’re fun, they’re easy & most of all, they are super delish! (Beware of serious sugar highs with the bitties!)

What You’ll Need:

A box of your favorite cake mix (I prefer chocolate for these cupcakes) & obviously the ingredients to make chosen cake mix

Green frosting (if you can’t find green, buy white frosting & add drops of green food coloring until you get the desired shade of green)

Cupcake holders

Rolos candy

Airheads Extreme candy

Green or clear crystal sprinkles (gives the cupcakes a little extra shimmer)

Directions:

1. Make cupcakes according to box directions

2. While the cupcakes are baking, cut the Airhead strips in half…or to whatever size you’d like, but the bigger you leave them, the heavier they are on the frosting & will end up tipping over.

3. Once the cupcakes are done baking, remove from oven & let cool

4. Once cooled, add your green frosting

5. Sprinkle your crystals on the frosting right away. The longer the frosting sits & hardens up, the crystals won’t stick & will just roll right off

6. Once the frosting is on, bend your lucky rainbow (the Airheads) almost as if you are trying to mold them into that shape so they stay. Then place firmly into the frosting (if the end pops up, the rainbow is too wide, make it a little more narrow)

7. Next plop down a WRAPPED Rolo (you want it to look like a pot of gold, remember!) at the end of the rainbow

8. Ta Da! You’re done! Now it’s time to enjoy!

Recently, I came across a new recipe for these cupcakes but you put edible gold flakes INSIDE the cupcake. I’ll let you know how those turn out!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY! 

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Help Out & Look Cute While Doing it With Subsidy Shades!

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Who doesn’t love sunglasses, right?! I know I do…and even more so when you can buy a really cute pair AND make a difference (win-win)! There’s a company where I like to get sunglasses for me & the girls (yes, they sell kids!), it’s called Subsidy Shades & I love EVERYTHING about this company! Their story is one of my favorite love stories ever.

Subsidy Shades is run by husband & wife Robert & Melissa. They started the company in January 2014 as a way to help fund their second adoption, after their first one cost them nothing short of a small fortune. Here’s where their story gets really good (I needed a tissue the first time I read it). In February 2013, Melissa & Robert welcomed their first adoptive daughter Jacqueline into the world. Jacqueline’s birthmother is a mother to four children and dealt with some serious health issues during her pregnancy. With Melissa & Robert being the adoptive parents, they were responsible for all her medical costs. Then in June of 2013 Jacqueline’s birth family became homeless & were forced to live on the rough streets of Detroit. Melissa & Robert stepped in & with the help of their family & friends, they moved them all into their home until they were able to raise money to buy Jacqueline’s birthmother & her four kids a home of their own…which they did! IN FULL!

Now with the help of Subsidy Shades, Melissa is able to help other families raise funds for their adoptions! Within their first few months of business, they even had their own gifting suite at the MTV Movie Awards! AND they have been matched with a birthmother who is pregnant with baby #2, A BOY, due this holiday season!

So check them out at http://www.subshades.com/home.html They’re prices are awesome, quality is great & there’s ton to choose from. And with the holidays right around the corner this is the perfect spot for gifts & stocking stuffers! (I may or may not have ordered 1 or 2…or 3 pairs…for myself)

Here are a few of our favorite pairs!

The girls are wearing the Pink Wayfarers. I’m rocking the Gold mirrored Aviators & hubby is wearing the always classic black Wayfarers!

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Let It Go

So you’re 5 year old wants to be a Disney princess & marry a prince? I don’t see anything wrong with that…Do you? In fact, when I was 5 I think I wanted the same thing. Hell, I’d settle for it now & I’m 30! Recently, actress Mayim Bialik aka Blossom, aka Amy Farrah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory posted a blog titled “Why I hate Frozen” & completely bashed the movie & its characters. She feels the movie’s “questionable feminisim, male-bashing & women who look like dolls” is sending a horrible message to children everywhere (News flash Mayim, Frozen grossed $1.2 BILLION worldwide).

She goes on to explain that there is a prince who is a “jerk” & “cannot be trusted” (sounds like most dudes I’ve dated), the male characters all look like cartoons (I thought Christophe was adorable) & Elsa & Anna look like Bratz dolls with their “ginormous eyes, teeny-tiny ski slope noses & Barbie doll proportions.” She finds it all very “confusing.” I’m not really sure what is confusing about it, it’s a movie. It’s make believe. Pretend. Fake. A CARTOON! Don’t get me wrong, I love Mayim. The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite shows & Amy Farrah Fowler is one of my favorite characters on the show. I just don’t get all the hoopla people make over Disney movies being sexist or setting bad examples.

When Disney announced they were creating a child princess named Sofia (Sofia The First) I was SO excited! Mostly because I had just had a little girl named Sophia who looks just like her…in a cartoon kind of way. But I read SO many reviews, blogs, articles, etc. of people bashing the show because of how “perfect” she looked & how it was yet another take at trying to brainwash children into thinking they need to grow up & strive to marry a prince, become a princess, live in a castle & rule a kingdom (Because that lifestyle is so easily attainable…).

When I was little I watched all those princess movies. Sure, I wanted to be a princess (and according to my mom, I was!), marry Prince Charming & live in a big castle with lots of animal friends that would talk to me. As I got older I grew out of my princess phase. I didn’t watch those movies as much. I didn’t think about being a princess anymore. That was a thing of the past. Something little kids only think about. Eventually you become old enough to know that ruling your own kingdom from the seat of your blinged out throne just isn’t how the world works. We grow up. We go through school. We become adults & get jobs. Pay bills. Move out on our own. Buy a home. Get married. Start a family. I think it’s safe to say that most of us never even think about being a princess past the age of 10. But there are these people that truly feel if their kids watch these movies they won’t know the difference between real life & fantasy. That their kid lives to find this fairytale life. In my opinion, if your 18 year old is still holding onto the hopes of being the next Cinderella, you have much bigger fish to fry.

As far as the outrage over how the characters look, I don’t think I ever sat there at the ripe age of 5 & said “Hmmm, I want to be that skinny when I’m older. I want a tiny waist & big boobs” (I say that NOW). When I was little watching these movies, I watched them for the fun of them. Not to determine how I wanted to look when I grew up. In fact, I’m sure I didn’t even know to think like that.

I once listened to a mom in Sophia’s gymnastics talk about how she’ll never take her kids to the Disney parks because she thinks they are ridiculous & irresponsible. I think Elsa froze HER heart! Irresponsible? I think not. Disney World/Land is amazing. It’s literally the happiest place on earth (and most expensive)!

I think kids need to be kids. We need to let them be kids. Let them enjoy the fairytale & happily ever after while they can because the truth is, the real world sucks. As you get older & become an adult it’s not so happily ever after. There are no adorable animal friends that will sing to you. There are no fairy godmothers. Instead there are wars, murderers, debt, and violence. I would much rather have my young children watch a pretty, skinny princess fly around on a magic carpet than know the sadness of the world outside of Disney. So when my 3.5 year old asks me to help her put on one of her MANY princess costumes, I will happily do it. I want her to want to be a princess right now. I want her to think the world is a big fairytale for as long as possible. That way I can keep her from seeing what REALLY goes on in the world. I mean, most of us parents can’t even drop our babies off at school anymore without worrying about another student bringing a gun in. The security measures my daughters Preschool takes to get in & out of the building is insane, but necessary in today’s world. So yes, Sophia. You are Cinderella. Or Belle, or Jasmine, or whatever princess you want to be. And right now life really is one big ball filled with magic. Because I know one day you’ll grow up & be too cool for all that Disney crap. But please don’t ask me for a belly ring or a tattoo! 😉

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My own Cinderella & her daddy with Snow White at Disney!

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