SMALLCAKES A CUPCAKERY

We had two birthday’s to celebrate this week.  My brother-in-law Scott and his daughter (my niece) Katelyn. Scott and Katelyn share a birthday on October 13th…yep, that’s right…Katelyn was born on Scott’s birthday 15 years ago!  How lucky Scott was to get such a wonderful birthday present-his first and only daughter!

We were planning on baking a cake from scratch, however, we decided on a whim to just go get a cake or cupcakes.  We happened to be right near SMALLCAKES A CUPCAKERY, so we decided to hop in and check it out.  It’s a small bakery in Suwanee, Georgia right near Lawrenceville.

USA TODAY listed Smallcakes as one of the Top Ten Cupcake Places to try in the country!  So you know I had to try them out!

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Here is Katelyn!  I honestly can’t believe that she is 15.

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She chose the Birthday Cake cupcake and it was loaded with sprinkles!  A vanilla bean cupcake with vanilla frosting and lots and lots of sprinkles for the birthday girl!

We also got a couple of the Sinful Caramel cupcakes (so so so so good….one of those babies was mine-even came with caramel drizzle on top), a Cookies N Cream cupcake, a Snickers cupcake, and a Red Velvet cupcake!  I’m very picky about my cupcakes.  I’m a baker so I make my own cakes and cupcakes usually-I just love to make them from scratch.  I have to admit the Sinful Caramel cupcake was one of the BEST cupcakes I’ve ever had in my life.  SO GOOD!  The cupcake was so moist and the caramel frosting was to die for and topped with a caramel drizzle…I was in heaven!  Yum!

SmallCakes offers a variety of daily flavors:

Pink Chocolate- vanilla cake with our signature pink buttercream frosting

Birthday Cake- vanilla cake with buttercream frosting topped with sprinkles

Chocolate Cream- chocolate cake filled with our signature buttercream topped with our signature fudge frosting with a dollop of buttercream

Chocoholic- chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream topped with valrhona chocolate sprinkles

Cookies N Cream- chocolate cake with our signature oreo vanilla buttercream topped with oreos cookies

Lemon Drop- lemon cake filled with tangy lemon topped with our lemon buttercream and a dollop of tangy lemon

Peanut Butter Cup- chocolate cake with peanut butter cream cheese frosting topped with crumbled peanut butter cups

Sinful Caramel-  chocolate cake with caramel frosting drizzled with a caramel syrup

Pink Vanilla- vanilla cake with our signature pink buttercream frosting

Red Velvet- grandma’s red velvet cake with our signature cream cheese frosting

as well as many others including Coconut, Strawberry, Snickers, Raspberry Chocolate Truffle, and some seasonal cupcakes like Pumpkin and Sweet Potato cupcakes!

The cupcakes are all made right there inside the bakery fresh every day.   Smallcakes Cupcakery and Smallcakes Creamery Founder Jeff Martin has appeared on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, ABC’s The View,  Kansas City’s local FOX 4 News, and Kansas City Live!

You can see them featured on the View below:

Be sure to find one in your area and try them out!

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L’Oreal Fall picks!

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This Fall…

I’m smitten with nude and rose tinted lipsticks & sparkly golden and rose tinted nail colors.

The rose tinted look is one of my favorites and it can be worn with anything and the sparkly golden nail accent just gives it a little glam-most gals I know like a little sparkle in their life!

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For the lips-

I’m loving L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in shades 601 Nude Ballet and 103 Blushing Harmony.

You can see them in the photo above from left to right.

Nude Ballet is a safe bet and adds just a little color for day or night wear if you want a nude tint.

Blushing Harmony gives you that ROSEY color and is perfect for a night out on the town.

I am a big fan of the soft touch applicator that these liquid lipsticks come with…makes it so easy to glide on your lips.

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For the nails-

From left to right we have 580 Because You’re Worth It and 340 Spice Things Up.

One of my favorite L’Oreal nail colors is Because You’re Worth It (if you follow my blog you have probably seen it more than a few times already).  It’s a classic for me.  It’s gold tinted with a little sparkle.  So girly!  I love it!  Sometimes I apply it on all of my nails (toes included) and other times I apply it on just a few nails to add some glam to my manicure.

Spice Things Up is a rose tinted nail color that is so pretty and classic.  You can’t go wrong with a classic rosy pink.

What are some colors that you are smitten with this Fall?

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Smiley 360: ChapStick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock

Who doesn’t love ChapStick?

Right?!?

When I was approved for the Smiley 360 ChapStick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock mission I have to admit I was a bit excited!  I always have about 10 (ok, so maybe just 2 or 3) kinds of ChapStick in my purse at any given time.  I’m addicted to keeping my lips nice and soft and moisturized and love having it available 24/7.

The ChapStick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock is ChapStick’s newest product and is getting rave reviews!

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In in my Smiley 360 mission kit I received:

 1 (one) ChapStick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock:  Moisture & Renew

stack of coupons to pass on to family & friends

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There are two products available in the Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Lip Balm.  I was given the choice of which one I would like to have.  I chose the Hydration Lock in Moisturize & Renew due to it’s advanced anti-aging formula.  There is also a Hydration Lock in Day & Night available in the stores as well that provides 24 hour care.

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As you can see it comes in a convenient double ended stick.

The moisturizing side comes in a soft vanilla scent which I just love.  Vanilla is one of my favorite scents for lip balms, candles, and cupcakes!  Ha!

The renewing side comes in a botanical medley and reminds me of being in a sunflower field!

So what’s so special about the Dual-Ended Hydration Lock you ask?

-The product comes in a convenient dual-ended stick that is perfect to fit inside your purse.  It’s two lip balms in one-who wouldn’t love that!

-The Moisture & Renew lip balm keeps my lips so moisturized and smooth throughout the day.

-My lips are fuller, smoother, and younger looking!

-Once you apply the product it lasts for hours.  You don’t have to keep re-applying it throughout the day like most lip balms.

-It glides on effortlessly.

-You have the option to use the moisturizing and the renewing effects either separate or together.  The moisturizing formula smooths your lips and helps reduce fine lines.  It contains CoQ10 and Hyaluronic spheres. The renewing formula includes natural butters like Shea and Mango that help with the conditioning and even softens your lips.

-It’s clinically proven for healthier looking lips.

Here I am showing off my new ChapStick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock!  Look how moisturized my lips are!

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This product is perfect for the upcoming winter months and I know I’ll be using this on a regular basis year round.

So do you #PutYourLipsFirst?  If so, what do you use to keep your lips moisturized and feeling good?

Don’t forget to stop by and visit Chapstick at their Facebook page here and their website to sign up to get your coupon here!  Or you can click here {Please click} to see all the info about this product!

I received this product courtesy of Smiley 360 and ChapStick for free in exchange for my honest review and opinions.  Want to become a member of Smiley 360?  Ask me how and I’ll provide you with all the information to start your journey of product testing and reviewing.   

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Book Review: A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home

First of all, I am in <3 with the blog A Beautiful Mess!  I started following the blog in the last few years and I’ve been hooked ever since!  The lovely ladies behind the blog are sisters {Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman} and they are absolutely amazing and so very inspiring!  On their blog they share a wide range of projects including crafts…especially DIY, recipes, and tons of ideas and inspiration, as well as some tidbits of their life.

They have written two books- A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book and the latest A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home.  Both books are absolutely filled with tons of photos and ideas that will inspire your little bitty hearts to pieces!  Of course, both of these books are my cup of tea-photography and craftiness…oh my goodness!  I think these were especially made for me!

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I was eagerly anticipating the arrival of my copy of A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home and when it arrived I immediately had to read through it!  My creative juices were flowing by the end of the book and I was ready to start writing down my own ideas for some projects for our home.

I loved the unique and creative way they displayed the contents for this book.  I’ve always enjoyed books that are full of photos and this one is no exception!  This book is filled from head to toe with beautiful and bright photography.   The contents are outlined by rooms-you have a section each for Living Rooms, Kitchens, Dining Rooms, Bedrooms, Studio Spaces, Outdoor Spaces, Playrooms, and last but not least Small Spaces!

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In the introduction Elsie and Emma challenge us to use their ideas as a starting point and to think beyond what they share to find ways to make your projects unique so they will fit into your lifestyle and home.  No rules…just encouragement, inspiration, and lots of craftiness needed!

Below are a few sneak peeks of some of the projects that I want to attempt and get creative with.  I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do and if you get the chance please go follow Elsie and Emma over on their Facebook page here and go check out their lovely blog here!

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Each project comes with step by step instructions on how to re-create your own version!  They are all simple and easy to follow!  The supplies are easily obtainable and some of you may have access to them already.

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So, as you can see…there are plenty of ideas in this lovely book.  There are even some recipes included as you flip through the pages.  If you are a DIY guy or gal like myself you will be in heaven with all of the project ideas!

Keep in mind that these are DIY crafts and decor for the home so they should be centered around you and your lifestyle.  Use your creativeness!

I received this book for free courtesy of Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review and opinions.  

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Places of Interest: Atlanta Botanical Gardens

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There are quite a few places that I want to visit while we are staying in Georgia.  We attempted to visit the Zoo Atlanta this past Sunday, however, parking was very chaotic and traffic was just unreal.  So my sister mentioned the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and we went with it!  I knew that I would be in heaven there-with my love for nature photography and all…I just knew I would feel right at home!

The weather was kinda overcast with a 40% chance of rain in the afternoon so it was good that some of the attractions were inside.  All in all it turned out to be a beautiful day to visit.  I just want to go back at night to experience the lights!

Best part of it all is that I got a chance to use my new baby.  Noah bought me a Canon Rebel SL1 to replace my Canon Powershot!  My Powershot was about 8 years old and it was due for a serious upgrade!  All photos are unedited and straight from the camera!  I’m loving it and can’t wait to do some more exploring in this busy city!

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Through the month of October you can see 28 fantastic living sculptures throughout the gardens.  The sculptures have been re-imagined with new plant designs and are located in different areas throughout the Garden.  My favorite is the Earth Goddess!

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The Four Seasons:  Monumental sculptures by artist Philip Haas

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Philip Haas is an American artist and filmmaker.  He is the creator behind these sculptures that consist of a whimsical embodiment of spring, summer, autumn and winter!  You can visit here to learn more about these very unique sculptures.

and here are some photos of my family that joined us on our adventure through the gardens:

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From L to R:  Chris, Katelyn, Kim, Scott, and Noah

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My bro-in-law Scott, and my sister-Kim!

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my niece Katelyn & her boyfriend-Chris!

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Ozeri’s Green Earth Frying Pan Review

I was tickled pink when Ozeri contacted me by e-mail to see if I would be interested in testing out another one of their products.  I was thrilled with the Ozeri Weight Master digital bathroom scale.  If you missed my review of the scale, you can go here to see it now.

I choose to test and review the 10-inch Green Earth Frying Pan this time and as with their Digital Bathroom scale I was very pleased.  Their products are very well made and these ceramic earth pans are no exception!

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 The Green Earth pans come with a coating called Greblon.  It consists of a non-stick coating that is ceramic based and contains a high level of resistance to scratches and wear…and to top it off the ceramic coating is derived from nature!  It is ultra safe to use, and 100% PTFE & PFOA free.

I’ve used my Green Earth pan to make scrambled eggs, grilled cheese sandwiches, grilled veggies, homemade hamburger helper meals, sloppy joe’s, and more! I really have enjoyed my Green Earth pan so much that it’s been replacing my cast-iron skillet for about a month now {and you guys know that I’m def a cast-iron skillet kind of gal}.

The non-stick coating is wonderful and I’ve only added a little olive oil to the pan each time while using it and I’ve not had any problems with anything sticking to the bottom of the pan.  The non-stick coating also helps with cleaning the pan…no mess, no worries.  That’s my kind of frying pan! This product is made in Germany and it is available in a variety of sizes including 8 inches, 10 inches, and 12 inches and as well as Ceramic Earth Pans they also have Stone Earth Pans and Stainless Steel Pans.  You can check out some of the other products that Ozeri makes here.

 I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review and opinions. 

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Tea Tree Oil Giveaway!

Hello friends!

Today I’m offering a giveaway for the Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil that I blogged about here last week.

Apothecary Extracts has graciously offered one 4 oz bottle to one of my lucky followers!

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 If you are interested in entering to win this lovely bottle of Tea Tree Oil…just leave a comment on this blog post.  USA only for this giveaway (sorry folks…soon I’ll be offering giveaways worldwide).  One entry per person.  Giveaway will end on October 7th at midnight.  I will announce the winner on October 8th.  Good luck!

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