the big sprinkler ball...

Can you hear how excited I am about filling our backyard up with mud???

Please summer, be gone soon!

love & cupcakes [and mud everywhere!],


peekaboo junction!

Last weekend we went in search of garage sales around town and hit the mother-lode! 

Scarlett got herself a new playhouse!

We've named it "Peekaboo Junction" since her favorite thing to do is close up all the windows and doors and randomly pop out of them to surprise you. 

I can't wait for her cousins to come over and play!

love & cupcakes, 



Gorgeous centerpiece from a wedding we went to last weekend...

I'm currently...

Reading -- "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" by Jenny Lawson. LOVE! So hilarious!

Watching -- I'm still completely hooked on Pretty Little Liars. I'm into season two already. Don't judge. 

Anticipating -- Wine tasting weekend! Official grown up time without my little munchkin tagging along to get into everything... Although it'll be my very first time away from her overnight [which I'm sure will warrant a post of its own] so hopefully I won't spend the weekend crying into my wine. Wish me luck!

Listening to -- I just got a few new CDs - M.Ward's "A Wasteland Companion" and finally my copy of "A Minor Bird" by Sucre. So excited to check them out!

Eating -- Sushi! Well, not exactly "currently" - but we DID finally get to go and have some last weekend and I've been craving more ever since! Yum!!!

Working on -- Getting myself in the mood to really do some cleaning and organizing around here. And I really want to update our pictures around the house - we still have baby pictures of my niece on the walls and she's three already! Scarlett is getting confused as to which ones are her and which ones are random babies that she doesn't know...

Wishing -- That summer colds didn't suck so much. My whole house seems to have come down with a case of the sniffles. Nothing major, but enough to be annoying. Blargh. 

Hope your week has been amazing! What have you been up to lately???

love & cupcakes, 


halloween prep...

Somehow each year we find ourselves way behind on Halloween prep. I don't know how we do it, but we always do. At least we've already decided on our costumes for this year, so now I just need to get everything together. And the clock is ticking!

Here are some awesome Halloween-y things that I may have to snatch up for our shindig this year...

I still have so much prep to do...! 

I'll leave you with a song from one of my favorite spooky movies... Enjoy!

Anything Can Happen On... by Tim Curry on Grooveshark

love & cupcakes, 
elissa ♥



i never get tired of this...

I kind of can't wait until Scarlett can describe nerdy movies to us, too... ♥

love & cupcakes, 
elissa ♥


i love this...

Some cute finds for Miss Scarlett...

I would love to put this awesome pink ice cream lamp in her room! Maybe when she gets a little bigger and I wouldn't have to worry about her trying to taste it...

I think I need to carve out some crafty time and make Scarlett some rompers! So darn cute!

And while I'm getting crafty, I need to try and make this adorable crossed strap top!

Scarlett is growing like a weed and we really need to start documenting it! This growth chart would be so cute on the wall!

love & cupcakes, 



Little swinger... ♥

Lately, I've been...

Reading -- Crafty books! I'm getting ready for birthday/holiday season around here...

Watching -- Pretty Little Liars on Netflix. Danielle got me totally hooked last week...

Anticipating -- Camping next month! We finally got a bigger tent [a two person that barely fit our air mattress just wasn't cutting it anymore with an almost-two-year-old sleeping between us]!

Listening to -- I've been on a soundtrack kick lately. I ordered the Sucker Punch soundtrack and the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack from Amazon. Love them!

Eating -- I finally got the Togo's sandwich yesterday that I've been craving since forever! Yum!

Working on -- Getting my crafty office space set up so I can actually use it. I think it's going to be an on-going project for quite some time around here...

Wishing -- That my town had more fun stuff to do besides just going to the park... It's tough out here in the boonies without a second car to putter around in...

Hope your Friday is amazing! Happy almost weekend!

love & cupcakes, 


christmas in august...

Last weekend we started our Christmas shopping. 

Wow, right?

This year we're going to be on top of things - for real. I've already started tracking stuff in our family binder and I'm actually itching to start wrapping already - but with an almost two year old in the house, wrapped presents are just asking for trouble! I'm excited to start making new decorations for the house - I think we're doing a "Candyland Christmas" theme this year! Huge lollipops and candy canes are coming!!!

Have any of you already started your holiday prep???

love & cupcakes, 


songs to scrub dishes by #10

This week's scrubbing song is brought to you from my lovely husband

Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina) by Sponge on Grooveshark

Happy Wednesday!

love & cupcakes, 


all the small things...

Rambunctious mornings with a few stolen quiet moments with this little one...

love & cupcakes, 




Reading --  Lots of magazines. I stopped at Barnes & Noble the other day and splurged on the current issue of Mollie Makes, as well as a stack of the usual ones I read each month. I can't wait to settle in with a cup of coffee and just devour them. 

Watching -- I started watching Charmed on Netflix the other day. I completely forgot how 90s it is! I love it!I totally want to cut my hair short like Alyssa Milano's was in the beginning of the series....

Anticipating -- September. All the back-to-school stuff is out in full force and I love it, but once it becomes September, even though it's still usually dreadfully hot around here, summer is officially on its way out! Woo hoo! We're almost there!!!

Listening to -- The Sucre and Best Coast stations on Pandora.

Eating -- Too much junk food and snacks... I need to get back on track!

Working on -- Getting the backyard fixed up. It's time. 

Wishing -- That Nick didn't have to be gone so much. Living in the boonies and working in the Bay sucks sometimes... 

What are you up to???

love & cupcakes, 


glorious air conditioning!

The A/C repairmen just left and it was all I could do to not kiss them... 
Our air conditioner is working again!!!

We just might make it to the end of summer after all... 

love & cupcakes,