We spent the afternoon yesterday up in Shingle Springs with my grandma for a family Christmas gathering. I love wandering around her property - there is a pond and a ton of trees, trails and a million mushrooms! The girls and I went on a mushroom hunt while we were visiting and we found a ton...

The pictures are blurry and rushed - as soon as the girls found one cluster of mushrooms, they were off and running in search of the next! We had a great time...

love & cupcakes, 


monkey see, monkey do...

I was getting ready for my husband's company holiday party this evening and Scarlett came in as I was putting on my makeup. She's not one to let a tube of lipstick or some sparkly eyeshadow get put away without trying some on first, so she hopped up on the bathroom counter and asked to be turned into "one of the bad girls from Jem - but the not so bad one." FYI - She means Stormer

I love that she likes to pretend to be one of the bad girls and act all sassy, but she chooses the one bad girl that doesn't get too bad... And insists on hearts being drawn on her cheeks. 

love & cupcakes, 


and the rain, rain, rain...

... came down, down, down...

A pretty big storm is pummeling our area of California right now so we're hunkered down, enjoying the rain. Scarlett has spent a ton of time outside getting completely soaked and she even talked her daddy into joining her. It was pretty magical. And wet. 

I've never gotten an emergency alert on my phone before! It was kind of scary! 

Stay safe if you're in the middle of the storm like we are. Maybe make yourself some nice hot coffee and catch up on some Netflix... I might just do that myself.

love& cupcakes, 


we have a four year old...

On Monday, Miss Scarlett decided to go ahead and grow up a little bit more. We spent the day running around doing things she likes - 

Like dressing up and visiting Santa at the mall...

And having breakfast food for lunch followed by birthday sundaes...

Then, a little shopping for toys...

And finally some fun at Rockin' Jump! 

I think she had a pretty awesome day... But if she could just stop growing up for a while, that would be just fine with me. 

love & cupcakes, 



Just popping in to say a quick hello! We're in birthday party crunch time so Scarlett and I will be spending the day ordering cakes, clearing out the last of the moving boxes and prepping for party time...

It's been super rainy around here these past few days but yesterday we had the most gorgeous skies. They were so pretty and distracting, I missed my exit on the freeway and had to turn around. Here's hoping for more rain [but maybe not tomorrow, okay?]!

love & cupcakes, 


on going unnoticed...

I've been a stay at home mom since 2012 and one thing that I'm just now starting to come to terms with is the fact that if you're doing your job as a SAHM well, no one will notice.  The piles of dirty laundry seem to magically wash, fold and put themselves away, the dirty dishes from each meal cease to exist and the million little tasks and errands you complete each day go completely unnoticed - unless you don't get them done, of course. 

I don't mean for that to sound like a complaint. It's not. It's just that in the working world, you [hopefully!] are recognized for doing your job and doing it well. Your coworkers are there to cheer you on and maybe have a cocktail with you during happy hour. You get raises and vacations where you don't have to do your job and can instead relax and come back refreshed.

As a SAHM, your "coworker" is probably your spouse who is away at work most days and dealing with their own to-do lists and daily annoyances and your "boss" is probably a tiny adorable tyrant who pays you in kisses and makes vacations even more work than just staying home.

And even though you spend your days doing the same tasks over and over again, it's still better and more fulfilling than any desk job you've ever had. Because even if the monotony goes unnoticed, it's important. More important than you even know.

love & cupcakes, 


disneyland awesomeness...

Disneyland has become so much more fun now that Scarlett is almost four. She has so many opinions and things she wants to do all on her own - it's a blast! We went to Disneyland the week of Halloween and I think it may need to become a family tradition. We went to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and brought home a TON of candy - we had to give most of it away! There was no way we could eat it all without making ourselves completely sick - and gaining about twenty pounds each! But we're definitely going agin next year!

This was just before Scarlett went on Big Thunder mountain Railroad for the very first time... 

And this was right after! She loved it! 

My very first Dole Whip float ever - so yummy! 

Such an insane amount of candy... 

I can't wait to go back! 

love & cupcakes,