Monday, February 27, 2012

Shades of Love Cake Contest

Photo from Star Tribune

I saw this {awesome} cake featured in the Star Tribune a few weeks ago. I am going to make it next week.  Should be fun. You can find the recipe here: Shades of Love Cake

Anyone else want to join The Cake Challenge? Prizes for the best cake :)

Here are the official guidelines:

Feel free to use any color you like. Your cake photo must have a cut out piece like the picture above!
Email your picture anytime between March 7th-17th to

I will post your pictures to my Pinterest Board "Shades of Love Cake Contest"
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Ross Sveback (The creator of this wonderful cake) will select the winning cake.

 The Winner will receive:

    Courtesy of Wilton:

(1) Wilton Master Tip Set

(1) Wilton 50 count Disposable Decorating Bags

(1) Wilton Icing Color Set
(6) LUX Soaps courtesy of Ross Sveback

(2) mugs adorned with crochet cozies handmade by me :)

The winner will be announced March 18th

We are excited to see your version of this wonderful cake. Have fun baking :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Here are some pics from our trip to Cancun. We had a lot of fun...doing nothing! We stayed at the resort and near the beach the entire time. I guess that's the beauty of "all inclusive"


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cookie's New Trick

When we leave my parent's house, we put Cookie in the basement so that she doesn't destroy the kitchen.  One day we returned after running a few errands and found her waiting for us at the door upstairs.. how did she get out of the basement? We performed a little experiment and realized that Cookie was climbing through the old cat hole...

Thursday, February 9, 2012

We Moved

We made the move yesterday. We are so thankful for our family that helped us-shout out to Mom, Dad, Gina and Stella! Here are a few pics of the moving madness..

How did we accumulate so much "stuff" ?

 <<Empty little apartment >>

Our little budget truck (below)

Cookie seems a litle tired but adjusting well to her new life in Minnesota.

Yanni and I are leaving for Cancun tomorrow. We wanted to squeeze in a vacation before Yanni starts his new job. We found a pretty good deal on Groupon Getaways..which helps makes up for our overpriced last-minute airline tickets. 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Frugal Websites

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I am working on becoming a better shopper..Here are some websites that I find useful in achieving this goal:

1. Ebates helps me save a little cash on online purchases. It's free and you get a $5 bonus when you start.  When you use their links and purchase something, Ebates will give you a percentage of your purchase back.  My favorite links are DSW (currently 4% cash back) and Groupon (3% cash back). Sign up Here.

2. I recently found this website. Also free, this website allows you to accumulate points. Most people earn points by using the SwagBucks search bar as well as by taking surveys and playing games.  The points can be redeemed at the "Swagbucks Store" for items like amazon gift certificates.

Enjoy :)

5 Things

5 things that brighten my day:

1) Send a [Valentine's Day] card- I don't know anyone who doesn't enjoy receiving mail. 

2) Drawer liners-I bought a pack of lavender scented liners a few weeks ago on clearance at Filene's Basement. It motivates me to actually put my clothes away in the drawers!

3) African Violets- These flowers brighten up any room. They are inexpensive and low maintenance.

4) Make your bed-I have yet to master this habit but I feel better when I make the bed. My room feels cleaner and I feel less stress.
Not my room in case you were wondering :)
5) Going for a walk (and preferably with Cookie)-Even when the weather stinks a walk is energizing and gives me a chance to enjoy the neighborhood. 

What brightens your day?