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Well, my bags are packed…

Well, my bags are packed…

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I’m ready to go…*

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A daughter and her boyfriend are off to the East Coast…Yale and Officer Candidate School (respectively)…so what’s better than a cupcake send-off? Nothing, of course!

A Yale pendant, her Frenchie, and vintage suitcases are all there to wish her well. (Not to mention the 25, as she just had her 25th birthday, and OCS for her boyfriend’s send-off.) On our way!

On that vintage…

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21 Secrets Overly Competitive People Will Never Tell You

Finally. Someone understands. My competitiveness even sent me to the hospital once.

Always remember… everything worth doing is worth overdoing.

These especially speak to me:

3 - Always a competition. Oh you didn’t know? Later, sucka!

4 - This is why I can’t do any more school. Too stressful.

8 - Maybe not so much with the weaving… but don’t you people have someplace you need to be? I do… the finish line!

9 - I’ve asked someone to leave my house who wasn’t taking a game serious enough. Seriously.

10 - Oh don’t even get me started on this one.

14 - Ha… I always win.

16 - Ya…not happening.

Ok…and maybe 20. Probably no explanation needed.

I love all of them. And hate all of them.

Filed under buzzfeed 21 things competitive winning overly competitive I win

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When Hagar approached the dog, who according to the video had been abandoned by his previous owners, the poor pup appeared traumatized and all of his fur was matted. But then, under the care of The Mutt Scouts — an organization that collaborates with Hope For Paws — you can see him undergo an amazing transformation (and receive the name Theo).

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My Little Cupcakes

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I mean…My Little Pony Cupcakes! (Must still have that giant cupcake on the brain!)

One of the cutest little girls I know turned 5 and My Little Pony cupcakes were on order!

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These little girls schooled me on the names of all the ponies (is that right? Gah, that word looks weird) on the cupcakes…from Apple Jack… to… I’m already lost…Rainbow something.

How cute are the birthday girl and her…

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Home is where the improvement is.

Or…something like that.

My husband and home improvement are two peas in a pod.

Not only did he paint our house this summer (and it looks amazing!), but he’s done wonders to the backyard and we have transformed our backyard, with a great view of downtown, into a place that I love to hang out in nightly — reading, writing and maybe enjoying a glass of wine and dinner outside.

Market lights are my jam. We had them at our wedding and if I could just walk around with market lights following me, I would. Very happy to finally have them added to our backyard!

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Fortunately, it’s not time for that heat lamp yet, but it will be soon enough!

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Until it’s time for a fire in the fire pit, the succulents will grace the table. After 4 years of wear and tear…it’s time for some new cushions for our outside table next season…excuse the tears!

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This is a great place to enjoy some wine!

White…

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Or red…

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Did I already mention that I love market lights?

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I think he’s a little unimpressed that my idea of helping is taking photos:

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And finally, time to enjoy:

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Happy heart.

I love this view.

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Summertime.

Summertime.

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DIY: BOOK PLANTER WITH SUCCULENTS

merrybrides:

I have so many vintage books and I love buying succulents…looks like I have a new craft to do!

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confectionerybliss:

How to Ice a Cake - The Perfect Ombre | Style Sweet CA

TUTORIAL TUESDAY: How to ice an ombre cake!Difficulty: Intermediate.
This is exactly how I ice my ombre cakes and I think it is hands down the prettiest way. I love the smooth texture as opposed to some of the previous piped ombre tutorials I’ve posted, even if they are easier. 
I marked this tutorial as intermediate because you really need to be proficient and comfortable with icing cakes smoothly. If you mess with it too much, you’re going to lose the delicate ombre effect.
Try this tutorial out and be sure to submit your results! It’s so easy that even I can do it:

And I’m sure you all can give me a run for my money ;D
Happy decorating!
-Taryn.



Is it too early to bake a cake?! I can’t wait to try this ombre technique!

fuckyeahcakedecorating:

confectionerybliss:

How to Ice a Cake - The Perfect Ombre | Style Sweet CA

TUTORIAL TUESDAY: How to ice an ombre cake!
Difficulty: Intermediate.

This is exactly how I ice my ombre cakes and I think it is hands down the prettiest way. I love the smooth texture as opposed to some of the previous piped ombre tutorials I’ve posted, even if they are easier. 

I marked this tutorial as intermediate because you really need to be proficient and comfortable with icing cakes smoothly. If you mess with it too much, you’re going to lose the delicate ombre effect.

Try this tutorial out and be sure to submit your results! It’s so easy that even I can do it:

And I’m sure you all can give me a run for my money ;D

Happy decorating!

-Taryn.

Is it too early to bake a cake?! I can’t wait to try this ombre technique!

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What’s better than a cupcake?

What’s better than a cupcake?

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A giant cupcake! Obviously.

photo 2   And here’s the little party-goer herself enjoying the cupcake:

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When I delivered this cake there was a bat waiting to greet me:

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And when I got home from delivering this cake, there was a rainbow (or 2) waiting to greet me!

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