An Easy Birthday Cake

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On July 4th we had a joint birthday party for Taylor and two friends. I made three little mini cakes in advance with each of the kids’ favorite candies. Sometimes you just want to keep it easy so today a super easy birthday cake. I almost didn’t take photos because I thought it was too simple and basic to share, but then I thought that maybe everyone can use a little easy sometimes :).

A Simple Sprinkle Birthday Cake | PepperDesignBlog.com

So… a few iPhone photos for fun. To make these little cakes I made a large sheet of confetti cake (who doesn’t love confetti cake!) and used a round cookie cutter to create layers for the individual cakes, three layers each.

Simple boxed icing never hurt anyone… cake, icing, cake, icing, cake, icing. Oh container icing is sooo good.

A Simple Sprinkle Birthday Cake | PepperDesignBlog.com

A ziplock baggie filled with icing works well as a great piping bag, I created a little wall all the way around the top of the cake.

A Simple Sprinkle Birthday Cake | PepperDesignBlog.com

A Simple Sprinkle Birthday Cake | PepperDesignBlog.com

A Simple Sprinkle Birthday Cake | PepperDesignBlog.com

And then fill with whatever yummy candy your birthday girl/boy loves best. Us? rainbow sprinkles all the way.

A Simple Sprinkle Birthday Cake | PepperDesignBlog.com

One of the little boys chose M&Ms, the other peanut M&Ms. And then Livy went to town decorating.

A Simple Sprinkle Birthday Cake | PepperDesignBlog.com

The cakes were a big hit and they saved SO much time over my usual handmade ones. I love, love to bake, but sometimes a big party means it’s best to keep it easy.

A Simple Sprinkle Birthday Cake | PepperDesignBlog.com

After a few handfuls, she dove right in, face first for a few bites. I’d say it was a hit!

A Simple Sprinkle Birthday Cake | PepperDesignBlog.com

Have a beautiful, relaxing weekend!

PS Taylor is 2. I still can’t believe it.

Everyday Stuff.

Around here… a 2nd birthday, trips to the park, working on three big wood working projects for the bathroom, babies are learning to sit on their own, babies are eating real food (make that one super excited baby!), anniversary dinners are being had (make that one special 8th anniversary din), baby showers for a friend and a cousin are being celebrated.

Everyday Stuff: June 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff: June 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff: June 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff: June 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff: June 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff: June 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff: June 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff: June 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff: June 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff: June 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff: June 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff: June 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff: June 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Last Monday I visited a local popup shop by Kal Barteski hosted by Elise Blaha Cripe at local 57 Degrees Brewery and had my favorite quote written up in oversized script (in that amazing way she does it) for the office wall.

The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling. – Fabienne Fredrickson 

Amen, amen. Let’s shout it from the rooftops today and always.

Being a Working Mom is Tougher Than Tough

Being a Working Mom is Tough, Tough | PepperDesignBlog.com

There are so many upsides to continuing your career into the years of starting and growing a young family. The happiness of doing what you are supposed to do (or at least working in that direction) while also getting to love on your beautiful kids is a very fortunate opportunity.

But being a working mom is incredibly tough. Some days being a working mom kicks your butt. The list is sooo long, the to-dos are overwhelming, the deadlines are lurking.

Today I sit, cold cup of coffee in one hand and laptop keyboard in the other with three overflowing email inboxes staring back at me. I have a notepad next to my laptop and on it I jot my list of to-dos. My colleague is out of town so I’m picking up slack, I owe a report to at least five different people and I can’t put another project on my assistant’s plate. People are starting to feel annoyed, I can sense it even if they’re not verbalizing it.

Some days it feels as though no matter how fast you’re going, you’re just not going fast enough. Pieces are slipping through – bank papers are due, annual checkups are late, dry cleaning pick ups missed, school documents need to be mailed – or maybe if you are on top of all of that, the piece missing is merely sanity. Someone has to manage the bills, shop insurance premiums, stay on top of immunizations, order the new door hardware, replace the broken vacuum, take the dog to the vet, get the oil changed, prepare tax documents, sort out where said missing documents drifted to, pay that parking ticket, prep the potluck meal, buy sneakers one size larger, return overdue library books and attend the PTA meeting.

Meanwhile I am peeling off (but also secretly enjoying) Taylor’s big hugs and snuggles as she asks for me to ‘come, come’ from the office into the front room with Marley and nanny. She’s never clingy, but today she’s extraordinarily clingy. It is both endearing and so frustrating because I don’t want her to cry but I so badly need to nip my morning project in the bud right. now. Marley needs to nurse, I need to pump for an upcoming trip. My nanny gave me her two week notice because she’s moving to Chicago – I am interviewing like crazy.

These are the sorts of days that I ‘unsubscribe’ to everything in my inbox.

But I keep telling myself to hang in there, momma, because it’s worth it. It’s all worth it.
Today is one of those days. Most days may tend to start as one of those days.
If you find yourself unraveling every now and again, I so relate to you.
You’ve got me in your corner.
And it’s all going to be okay.

Signing off and getting back to it. xo

Cheers for having such a massive repository of photos in my iPhoto account that I found a pretty cute one for today that matches this post so well. Instead of playing kitchen in this moment, T was playing mommy. working.

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