Monday, January 28, 2013

Noah's Elephant Cake

Noah's 1st Birthday Elephant Cake!
So during my cake classes, I've been a maniac posting my cakes/cupcakes on all the social medias. I even posted a status update asking if anyone wanted a cake because I wanted more practice... and couldn't keep taking them to work hahaha.... So an old high school friend contacted me and asked if I wanted to do a cake for her son's first birthday! (simply for practice of course *wink*) So I accepted and took off on to look for ideas. 
Noah's theme was 'Elegant Elephants' so I found this elephant cake which used the teddy-bear pan. I've never done a "character" cake before, but what a great time to try! I read up on the "how-to" and I figured I could do it! 
Because I needed roll-out/sugar cookies for the ears and trunk of the elephant, I also cut out his name and used the color flow technique, which I also never done, but really wanted to do!
It was a lot of fun and good practice putting the cake together and it was even better that I got to catch up with an old friend and her little one!


Monday, January 21, 2013

#99 DZP: Identify 100 things that make me happy

This took me a long time, but I finished it....
1. Ryan (enough said but I’ll continue)
2. Ultrasound pictures of Ryan
3. Ryan's giggle & laughter
4. My Baby blanket
5. My Baby Peanut charm
6. Ryan's bath time
7. Ryan giving kisses and hugs to me
8. Walks to the park with Ryan
9. Ryan's baby smell
10. Clothes shopping for Ryan
11. My Parents
12. My Girlfriends – my sisters from other misters
13. Audrey Hepburn
14. My Kitties: Tilly & Chibi (RIP Chibi)
15. Ginger Puppy (RIP Ging)
16. Colorguard
17. My Maneki Neko (Japanese Lucky Cat) Collection
18. Hello Kitty
19. Photo albums
20. (Completed) Scrapbooks
21.  Yearly camping trip with family and friends
22. Kisses and hugs for no reason
23. Teddy Pendagrass' "In My Time" song
24. Beyonce's "Love On Top" song
25. Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" song
26. Mom's Chicken Noodle Soup
27. My Aunt Judy's Beef Stroganoff
28. Dad’s Golly-Whoppers
29. Grandma's Macaroni Salad
30. Alex grilling me a steak
31. Eggs and Rice Meal
32. Baking
33. French Vanilla Ice Cream
34. Hot chocolate when it rains
35. Smell of chocolate chip cookies in my kitchen
36. Scotchmallows from See's Candy
37. Mochi at New Years
38. Sunday morning waffles (or anytime!)
39. Root beer ice cream floats
40. Homemade fresh tortillas
41. Spaghetti meals
42. "How I Met Your Mother"
43. Cheesecake
44. Cake pops
45. Starbucks Mocha Fraps
46. Stella Rose
47. Barefoot Bubbly champagne
48. Going to the Japanese grocery store
49. Steel Magnolias the movie
50. Sex & the City Series
51. Harry Potter (books & movies)
52. The Twilight Saga
53. Hunger Games Trilogy
54. Fifty Shades Trilogy
55. Lauren Conrad’s LA Candy books
56. Food Network channel
57. “New Girl”
58. "Iron Chef America"
59. Any "Bones" Episode
60. Tiffany's Blue Boxes (hopefully with something shiny in them)
61. Juicy Couture Charms (for my collection)
62. My purse collection
63.  My iPhone
64. New car smell
65. Fresh flowers
66. Orchids
67. My KitchenAid Red Mixer "Big Red"
68. Dolphins & other marine life
69. Surprise birthday parties (for anyone or myself)
70. Boat rides
71. Sand between my toes
72. Sleeping in the middle of the day
73. Playing Yahtzee (and hopefully winning)
74. Backyard BBQs
75. Massages at Burke Williams
76. "Good Morning" texts
77.  Fireworks
78. Poolside fun
79. Bubble baths
80. Falling asleep in the car (comfortably)
81. Fresh mani/pedi nails
82. Salon haircuts
83. Head massages
84. Hotel suite rooms
85. Tropical breezes
86. Helmet dives
87. Shipping boxes outside my front door
88. A clean house
89. Swinging in a hammock
90. Jamba Juice
91. Completing a DZP goal
92. “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas” song
93. Tamales
94. Mimi’s muffins
95. Completed craft projects
96. Yorkie puppies
97. Farmer’s Markets
98. Disneyland
99. Calla Lilies
100. Alejandro (he really does make me happy lol)

#33 DZP II: Meet Beck Michael Phillips

#33 DZP II: Meet Beck Michael Phillips
I finally met the little guy!
Beck took his first plane ride from Ohio all the way out west to Cali, where Beck's Daddy is originally from. Mommy and Daddy are old friends of mine, and Beck's Mommy & I are practically sisters, and at one point in our Pre-Mommy-Status we were attached at the hip!
So when she was prego with the little man, I was completely thrill for them and Ryan would have a long distance cousin!
Now I knew he was a big boy, but he's a BIG BOY! He's almost Ryan's weight and he's got those lovable chunky-chunk-legs, and his parents hit on the nail: He can rock a Tank Top!
At one point I was holding Beck on my hip and when my brat took off from our table, I had to run after him (baby on hip) and picked Ryan up from his tantrum on the ground (baby still on hip), and proceeded to carrier both boys back to the table (both on hips). That was a workout!
It's Ryan second time seeing his Auntie Julie, but aside the temper-tanrums-from-terrible-twos, he did great! It was overall a great Sunday morning, and I was excited to see my best friend & her happy family!
Love him. Period.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2013 New Years Resolutions

Maybe this year it will happen...

Monday, January 7, 2013

#52 DZPII: Get my Yorkie Puppy

Words can't describe how excited I am to have a new puppy in my life!

I've been wanting a Yorkie puppy for a while now, and I've looked at several breeder's websites, PennySaver ads, and even came close to taking in one from my cousin, but that didn't work out... but I found my new baby!

Let me introduce Jackson, but Jax for short. He was born in Cario, MO on September 6, 2012. Alex came up with the name from Sons of Anarchy's Jax Teller, but I like it because my Auntie Debbie had a German Shepard when I was a kid, and his name was Jackson Brown... so Jax/Jackson seems like a good fit.

Alex, Ryan & I went out to Sears at the mall to look for a new fridge (#76DZPII), which we saw potentials there, but once Ryan started to get fussy, I suggested to hop into the mall to the pet store. And there he was, jumping around playing with the Papillion he was paired up with, front and center window... simply adorable.

I originally wanted a female Yorkie, but Jax was just so cute. And I have a terrible problem of instantly loving every little animal I see. Needless to say, that's what happened. So I spoke to the sales lady and we were taken to see how Ryan responded to Jax. The boys were a hit, and I started paperwork to take him home.

He's a wild one, but a sweetheart and loves to sit on your lap too. Ryan loves him too, but we need to break Jax of jumping on Ryan and biting his little fingers... Jax is still teething. But Ryan likes to play fetch with him and run around the backyard with Jax too. I love watching the two of them play and how excited Ryan gets when he sees Jax.

It's been a crazy first weekend with Jax getting use to my family, but I'm excited that he's with us. My 3 boys and I! Adding to my happy little family!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

*NEW* DZP Begins!

Happy New Year
& let the 2nd
Day Zero Project
January 1, 2013 to September 30, 2015