Another summer week done. This one was short with the girls because of the Fourth of July holiday, but we made up for the few days off by spending our two days together going big. We had a beach day and a a day full of dress up and makeup. Stay tuned for some fun pictures of our Camp Cupcake adventures. Here's what I'm up to right now. 

Reading - I just started the Wendy Darling series. The Darling Children have just met Peter Pan so I'm interested in seeing where the story goes from here. 

Watching - I'm working my way through the last final season of Girls. It's hard to find a bit of time to watch an episode here and there without having Scarlett or any of the girls around while it's on. It's so not a kid-friendly show. 

Anticipating - Well, we're moving again! And soon. Like, officially our move is scheduled for next week (!!!) but we're hoping to push it back a few weeks so we don't have to end up couch surfing for a while until our new place is ready. Plus, Candy Girl would absolutely HATE couch surfing so fingers crossed that our move can be pushed. 

Eating - It's been too hot for me to focus on actually cooking around here. I'm excited for the upcoming move so I can settle into a new kitchen and get back to cooking real meals - especially since Nick will only be about 15 minutes away from home so he might even be able to eat with us again! Yay for family dinners! 

Working On - I'm working on seriously purging our stuff right now. We have movers coming to do the actual packing and heavy lifting, but it makes me a little crazy to move with stuff we end up just immediately donating or getting rid of. I'm hoping to prevent that as much as possible this time so I keep going through our stuff and really thinking about what we want/need/love and what we have just because it was on sale or we thought it was cute for a minute. I even went through and purged a bunch of my books and magazines, so you know I'm serious. 

Wishing - I wish we could move in to our new place sooner than the beginning of next month. Right now it feels like I'm just in a holding pattern mostly because I'm not even the one who needs to do the packing. If I could start putting things in boxes, I think it would feel more real. Waiting is hard! 

I hope you had an awesome week and have an even more awesome weekend planned! Here's to lazy summer days! 

love & cupcakes,


little mal and little harley

Scarlett has been super into Harley Quinn lately and has been asking me to put makeup on her and put her hair in pigtails. The other day, Kaiden decided to put on purple makeup so she could look more like Mal from the Disney Descendants. They looked so cute! 

As much as their playing dress up makes me insane, I love when they ask me to take pictures of them when they're loving their creations. So adorable. 

love & cupcakes, 



Happy Friday! Another week of summer done. This one has been busy. We've had Great America time, haunted houses in Scarlett's room, lots of purging of books and magazines, pool time, playground play sessions with neighbor friends. I'm ready for a nap! Here's what I've been up to...

Reading - I just started The Island of Dr. Libris. It's by the same author that wrote the Mr. Lemoncello series. 

Watching - I started watching The Goldbergs while I was on the plane home from Finland and it's totally entertaining. I'm still in season one, but I can see me bingeing for quite a while on this one. 

Anticipating - We're moving! It's been such a crazy time round here but we have our move booked for the second week of July [so soon!] and we're heading almost two hours north to Sacramento! I'm excited about settling in to a new place, even though moving is the worst... Stay tuned for all kinds of new adventures in our new place! 

Listening To - Lately, all I've been able to really listen to is the sound of the girls playing rambunctiously in the next room. I can barely recall what the sound of silence is like. 

Working On - I'm still working on simplifying around here. I finally parted with a ton of my old books - it was hard, but not as hard as I thought it would be. I'm even downsizing my magazine collection. I'm only keeping Domino, ReadyMade, Jane, HGTV and Bust. I know that still sounds like a lot, but I actually have empty bookshelves which is something I haven't had since we've had bookshelves. Small victories! 

Enjoy your weekend! I hope you have something amazing planned! 

love & cupcakes, 


camp cupcake - an update!

Here are some pictures of our Camp Cupcake adventures so far this summer. The cousins are off to Disneyland tomorrow morning so we won't see them until the middle of next week. It's going to feel weird [and quiet!] around here for a few days without them. And since we're looking at another move in the very near future, our time with them is dwindling fast! I guess we have to soak up these crazy days together while they last...

Summertime isn't my favorite time of the year by a long shot but these girls definitely brighten each day until winter comes along. 

love & cupcakes, 


our trip to finland - part four!

We couldn't let our Finland trip end without a trip to the local mall to hunt down a few souvenirs. The shopping area we hit up wasn't very large, but we had a blast checking out the shops and of course, grabbing some more gelato! 

We had to stop by the Moomin cafe so Scarlett could have a snack with her little Moomin friends while Nick and I had another cappuccino. 

There was an awesome toy store that Scarlett loved and she met a lovely fairy that drew her a picture with some magic pens that we ended up buying. 

And if we find a gelato stand, we're probably stopping for something sweet. So much yummy gelato in Helsinki! 

My favorite part of the trip was visiting Bad, Bad Boy. I thought it was hilarious and Scarlett had so much fun running through the "stream" even though it was raining. 

We ended our time in Helsinki with dinner at a Mexican restaurant. Not the best meal we've had while we were there but I think we might be a bit spoiled living in California and having amazing Mexican food anytime we want. But they tried. And their menu was beautiful! 

That ends our trip to Finland. We headed home the next morning and had a brief layover in Munich. The airport there is AMAZING! It was so pretty and wonderful. I could've spent a lot longer there - especially because I was headed to a ten hour flight after leaving there. 

Nick fit right in at the Munich airport. 

We had such an amazing trip... I definitely recommend heading to Helsinki if you ever get the chance. It's beautiful!

love & cupcakes,