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Mar 29, 2012

Since I spent the weekend at Steve's I had no time for Project Life-ing. I decided that I would just do it all this weekend and have 2 weeks in one post, which I see no problem with. So that is all for now, for that.

I have been looking more into photography, lenses, actions. Actions? What? What does that even mean? Right! I had no idea what it meant either until my good friend, Krista posted on my Facebook wall about different editing tools and I looked into it more. I thought it made the photos look SO much better and I was very intrigued and have been doing a lot of googling. She sent me another link about some that were a bit cheaper to buy and I think I am sold on it. The way it makes the pictures look are exactly what I envision in my head.
So I did more searching and reading and admiring. I love photography. It is so much fun and just seeing the pictures of others makes me so happy. To look at how great and creative people are, it's amazing.
I can't wait to try it out. Now all I need is subjects and places to do it.

Other then wanting to learn more about photography, I miss baking. After a crazy week of 3 orders, it has been less busy and I am craving cupcakes myself. I need to make some for tomorrow because I will have a visitor at work! And it's time to celebrate!! Friday song and cupcakes here we come! We'll see what I am up to tonight. I think some funfetti cupcakes will do.

send me on my way

Mar 23, 2012

^^ I love that song, it makes me so cheerful by Rusted Root.

I have been so busy with cupcake baking that I haven't had any time to just sit and scrapbook or relax. I love doing it though, when it comes out perfect. I am a perfectionist when it comes to baking and decorating, so half the time when I think things are terrible; they really are not.

3 orders this week. YES. THREE. I have been a baking machine. It gets harder to find time to spend with Steve, but yesterday I baked at his house = more time together. So far two orders have come out pretty darn good. My first order with Dr. Tokiwa (my old boss) was great, he loved them. I hope the other two will like them just the same!

Two different orders of Chocolate Sundae, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Vanilla Chocolate frosted, and Chocolate Brownie. Tasty & Instagram♥

Life has been so busy for me lately. I never knew that I would be this busy and it would be okay. I used to sit on the couch, watch TV, and play on the internet trying to entertain myself.
I love having hobbies.
I love to read more about how to perfect my craft in my hobbies.
I love being an adult and thinking of the future.
I love where I work and the people I work with.
I love girl talk with my roommates and reminiscing about the past.

There is so much in life to be thankful for and I am happy that I can embrace it and share my life with so many wonderful people. There was a time in my life where nothing seemed to make me happy and all I could think of was "am I a good person?" I find that when you are in college you still have the mentality that you know everything and you are right about it all.
That you can get through anything. I surround myself with great people now and I am so so so thankful for it. When I was in college I had an idea that some of those people were friends for life and I realized that those were not the type of people I wanted to be like. I was "in love" with someone who was a poison in my life, not to say that I was perfect for him either, but when you have two people together that only bring each other down it is never a good thing. I walked away after almost 2-3 years of trying to get out and it was the best thing that has ever happened to me.
I look back on these last two years and I think I have a wonderful man in my life. Thank you college for teaching me to be a better person.
Thank you Steve for helping me to be that better person.
I loved college because all of those terrible things that happened made me into a better person and made me learn what was best for me.

And to end this crazy post..
a quote that seems to sum this post up:
I don't want to get to the end of my life
and find that I've just lived the length of it. I
want to have lived the width of it as well.
                                        - Diane Ackerman

project life | week 11

Mar 20, 2012

I like that this layout has tons of pictures. I normally don't have that many and then I try to figure out how to fill in parts but this week was great. Steve and I spent tons of time together and I was really happy. After a rough week last week, we deserved a lot of "us" time.

I had a doctors appointment last Tuesday, encouraged by Steve, he's more cautious then I am and is the worrier of the two. I am much more all over haha. We headed to South Jersey for my appointment since I have kept all of the same doctors. He went with me and we spent the entire day together. Lunch, Fifa walks, ice cream, all of that fun stuff. It was beautiful outside! It has been beautiful for the last week.

We also spent all weekend together doing nonsense.
St. Patty's Day was amazing as I had said before. Sur La Table is the most amazing place in the world. I went to William Sonoma yesterday to pick up a new cupcake pan and it's just not as fun as SLT. I spent at least 30-40 minutes walking around, jaw dropping, jumping in the air a little. Like a kid in a candy store, but for me it's a kitchen store. I bought tons of things. I am so excited to use them tonight (I have an order for tomorrow!!).
21 Jump Street for our movie night and the rest of the night cooking dinner together watching season 1 of Doomsday Preppers, very interesting. We really love the movies, especially in the summer time.
Last summer we went to 8 movies in 8 weeks. I can't say that every single one was good but it was worth it. Seriously, a Stubs card is amazing. I suggest signing up for one if you are into the movies.

Work last week was also very very busy.
John and I received about 45+ rat/mouse plates to extract. That is A LOT of stuff to do. We are still working on them this week because we've gotten more since then. Yay for job security right? ha.
Last week was also Spring Break, unfortunately when you have a full time job, you don't really get Spring Break anymore. I has been 3 years since I got my tattoo in Vegas though, oh the days of college. BUT. I did not have class so I had a nice break.

More cupcakes, come on. Are you surprised? :)
It was a fantastic Week 11/52. I have high hopes for this week as well.
Thank you Project Lifers for giving me entertainment on this fine first-day-of-Spring-Tuesday.

Some pictures are blurry. I would have taken new ones if my memory card didn't fail on me and I have to wait for a new one to come in.

I used a picture I took this week for the title page.

Steve and the dogs :)
I love the way he is with both of them.

looking up.

Mar 19, 2012

The rough week is over and things have been looking up. I can honestly say that I grew up in the last few years, even in the last year with the bakery getting up in the works, saving money, being on my own. It's an exciting feeling realizing that I am growing up. I am friends with tons of younger kids that are just getting into college (friends younger siblings) and I can see how different I am.

St. Patty's Day was amazing.
Did I go drinking and get wasted? Nope.
I went to Freehold and visited Sur La Table and bought tons of kitchen stuff for my bakery. Yes. That is what is exciting to me and I love it. I love that Steve went with my and helped me pick out things that I couldn't decide on. He is just so supportive of my baby business.
We ended up at the movies after shopping. 21 Jump Street, we both enjoyed it and love popcorn! We were surprised when we used our AMC Stubs card and we still had $10 on it. SWEET!
Cooked a nice dinner together and watched Doomsday Preppers. When I say that we cooked dinner together, we actually did cook together; not just me cooking and him sitting in the kitchen with me. I love cooking together, it makes it so much easier and fun when it comes out tasty.

I have an order on Wednesday for Dr. T! That's really exciting. I know a few other people that want to order from me too and I am so excited to bake!! Especially since I just bought a new cupcake pan specifically for this. The ones I have at home are just not as good as I think they can be.

I am extremely distracted in class so I need to pay attention..
Week 11 tomorrow!

notification smile.

Mar 15, 2012

I finally made the Facebook page for my bakery! And every time that little red number pops up at the top showing I got a notification, my heart jumps a little bit. I know that sounds completely cheesy but it really is the small things in life that mean so much.

Maybe hitting that "Like" button isn't such a big deal to you, you're a friend and you want to support whatever it is your Facebook friends are doing. But it means so much to someone who has poured their passion into an idea that they truly believe in. I have never felt this passionate about something, about a hobby that I came across, I know what it means to really want something. Seeing that number go from 1 "Like" to 5, 10, 20.. means so so much.

Thank you to all my friends and family who support my idea.

Visit the Facebook page:  HERE.

project life | week 10.

Mar 13, 2012

Week 10, up and running!

SMASH is getting so good, I love it.
For some reason the song "Lucky" by Jason Mraz was in my head and me and Priscilla had a fun conversation about it! We love being in love.
Safe House double date.
Date night with Steve.
Cupcakes, cupcakes, and more cupcakes.
And more.


I couldn't think of anything creative for a title card but it doesn't always have to be crazy layered and colored.

Oh these lyrics make me love Steve even more.

I really enjoyed this movie. It is really long and I kept thinking it was over but it wouldn't be, but that was good! We went to a Fork and Dine, Steve and Linda's first time. He enjoyed it and since he is so tall he needs a lot of leg room. Ryan Reynolds = hottie.

Center insert:

Cupcakes made for a coworkers birthday. 4 batches later, 2 batches come out good haha. Oh baking. And business cards are in! YAY!


Starbucks is my Heaven. We get it about 5 times a week, he usually gets it 7 days a week haha. This is my SB that I go out of my way to come to in the morning. I have one that is 5 minutes from my house and this one is about 15-20 minutes but the people are so much nicer and make my coffee so perfect.

 My first cup of tea and the little sayings that Yogi attaches :)

Now working on Week 11. I love this project! :)

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project life | week 9

Mar 11, 2012

I can not believe March is here. Time really is flying by very quickly. In 2 months, I will be 25! WOW! As if that really matters because I still get carded for Rated R movies. Yes, I still look like a teenager, I haven't changed at all since I was a freshman in high school. And I mean that, literally. I am the same height and weights. The only thing different is that I am much more knowledgeable then when I was 14.

Week 9 was eventful:
SMASH is heating up and I can't wait until next weeks episode.
Leap Day - nothing crazy but woo for another 4 years!
Vegfest 2012. NYC! Coupons + free samples = worth waiting and $5.
The Container Store ♥
Roommate bonding while hours in the kitchen baking.
First cupcake delivery as The Tiny Bit Bakery, very exciting.
Everyone loved the cupcakes and no one knew they were vegan.

I realize more and more how much I love Project Life. I have no idea if I will do this forever but I know that I love doing it now. I already love looking back to the beginning of January and seeing what I did. I can only imagine looking back in a few years. My friends even get excited when I put them in it, it's fun. It means so much to me to have a place to write about my life and my thoughts. I love having a blog to share everything. I am already an open book so why not share it with the world?

With everything going on in my life and with Steve, it's nice to have a place to keep memories.

I love my Silhouette Cameo :D

I found a new place to buy my cupcake wrappers. I love Etsy. The things that you can find from that website are amazing!

My upcoming at-home bakery logo.

Center insert:
We went to NYC Vegfest 2012. We had a blast with free samples and coupons, we stood in the misty rain but it wasn't so bad. I got a new tote bag and got the artist to autograph it, he was excited haha.

This store is meant for me.

Pat and Linda! :)

Right side:

I am starting up my baby business and I am glad that my coworkers, family, and friends are so supportive and love the cupcakes so much. I had my first sale and the website is up! I am so excited, even if it doesn't blow up for me, I am excited to even have small orders for family and friends. I enjoy it so much that it's worth it.

After watching American Idol,  one of the guys sang Gravity by Sara Bareilles and I absolutely LOVE that song. She sings it so passionately and it is such a great song. I wanted to put it in there because in a few months I might forget about this song and come back and see it, then fall in love again haha.

I am behind on my weeks but I think if I do it a week after then I have more time :)
It's Spring Break this week so I won't have class Monday or Tuesday, maybe I can catch up!

bakers mistake.

Mar 9, 2012

Last night I was determined to get Project Life pictures, the only thing I need to finish was the title card for the week. Everything else is finished. I even know what I want it to look like, I just have had no time. I mean that.

I was so determined that I started to make the two batches of cupcakes for Mike's birthday celebration today right when I got home from work. I stopped at Target to pick up a few things I needed and Starbucks because they are having their 1/2 off promotion with a treat receipt. I went yesterday morning for something different, iced vanilla soy latte (HEAVEN). It was even funnier when I went back the second time to get another for half off because the barista was so thrown off by my order he double checked with me to make sure it was correct. Why is that so funny? Because I am a regular and that is not "my usual." I was amused by it, you may not be if you are not a regular at somewhere.

Back to the point...
I finished making both batches of cupcakes, Snickerdoodle and Red Velvet. I had just placed the Red Velvet in the oven and started to clean the kitchen and put everything away. This is, 6pm? Maybe. As I grab the vanilla extract to put away; I realized OMG I forgot to put this in my recipes!?!?!!?!? Now it doesn't seem like a big deal, but in the Snickerdoodle ones, it made a difference. I'm not really sure for RV because this was my first attempt. **SADFACE**

I am a perfectionist when it comes to my cupcakes, especially since I just opened my own "at-home bakery" so they HAVE to be perfect! I had to start all over again but didn't have enough of some ingredients and had to go back out AGAIN. Shoot me at this point. I got home and slowly made everything again, making sure that everything had ALL of the ingredients. I finished around 10pm. Dinner around 10:30pm. Long night.

After all of that pain and suffering, a beautiful thing came to be:

Welcome Red Velvet Cream Cheese frosting & a brownie heart♥

And yes.. everything is vegan. Just the way I like it. Nothing taste different and it's healthier. Win win!

cards. quotes. &love.

Mar 7, 2012

Decisions decisions. Still no conclusion.
So on to another note.

I received my business cards in the mail yesterday! HOW EXCITING?! I already gave a few to my roommate and some coworkers. They turned out absolutely perfect, for me anyways. I know that for next time I will get them glossy, I just wanted to make sure that they weren't going to turn out grainy. NOPE. Perfection. I couldn't have asked for a better one. I have to pat myself on the back a little because I am really proud of myself for even trying.

My outlook on life is back to its' normal positiveness. I think the other day was a bump in the road, it's still there but not effecting me as bad as it was. Yesterday had turned out to be a nice little night with some roommates watching Twilight: Breaking Dawn, always the tear jerker for me when they get married.

It's an extraordinary thing to meet someone who you can bare your soul to and accept you for what you are. I've been waiting, for what seems like a very long time, to get beyond what I am. With Bella I feel like I can finally begin. So I'd like to propose a toast to my beautiful bride. No measure of time with you will be long enough. But let's start with forever.

:') Tear jerker. I think it's because I know what it feels like to be so in love with someone that you can physically feel it, not just emotionally. Ah love.
But besides that, I worked on Project Life Week 9, which will be posted tonight.
I am working on my next baking venture for Mike's Friday birthday celebration.
Girl talk & giggles.
Gotta love living with a house full of "young professionals" that were once sorority girls. The lovey dovy mushy stuff that we talk about♥

We love our emoticons. And no, neither of us is engaged, we are just being young girls in love and having a little fun. Soul mates we are.

Project Life post tonight!

who said life was easy..

Mar 6, 2012

Now I am no Debbie Downer but these past few days have put me in a rut. I think the constant stress of what to do about life and what is the "right decision" is taking a toll on the relationship. It's hard to decide, but at the same time, should you follow your dreams and go where you have always wanted to go? What is there to lose?

I guess in my own defense, my family isn't here anymore.

I am a free-spirited, impulsive decision maker (good and bad all at the same time).

California is where I want to be. It's where we both want to be, or so he says, and I mean. This is the time to go, young, wild, and free. Yes, I am referring to the song.

But the pressure of opportunity, expensive, where will we live, what will we do, haunt the decisions. In my mind, I think THIS is what I want to do, THIS is what we dreamed of, now is the time to make those decisions, not 5 years from now when things are settled.

Now don't get me wrong, I am being super positive and excited and jumping to conclusions but I know it's not as easy as it seems. Then I look at my brother and see that he did it when he moved to Boston and now he loves it. What is there in NJ? Not much, a few close friends that I will still remain friends with even if I leave. I want to pack up my bags so bad and follow my dream. Only if my other half wants to though and there in lies the difficult decision. Will he say yes and we go? Or will he want to stay here. Either way I support it but I know we always talked about leaving one day and after a few thoughts, I am ready to do it.

I want to be there so bad that it hurts..

Huntington Beach Pier.

Thousand Steps Beach in Laguna Beach

Decisions decisions..


Mar 4, 2012

I made my first official sale as The Tiny Bit Bakery today! :)

This weekend has been great.
NYC Vegfest 2012.
Great friends and support.

Thank you everyone who keeps telling me how wonderful my cupcakes are, it means the world to me.

project life | week 8

Mar 2, 2012

I don't do a lot of embellishments and crazy layers, but I still like it. I wish I did, sometimes I feel like I don't have time to add all of the extras because I am doing it at 10pm watching TV with my roommates. I have no problem with that though, this is only the beginning and I love Project Life more and more each week. When friends or coworkers find out that I do it, they are amazed at how much I will be remembering years from now. Even looking back at a few weeks ago I think "oh wow I totally forgot about that!" Those little moments, I love it.

People ask if I will do it for the next few years, who knows? I don't know what will happen in a few years but I hope that I do it for a while, every few years, when Steve and I finally move in, when we get married, when we have children. I think it will be a great thing to look back on when we're much older and see all the fun and crazy things we did in our twenties. I look forward to the future.

Full spread:

Left side:

My one layered piece! haha. I always see people using dollies in their PL so I decided I would try it. The paper is from twopeasinabucket .

I have been using a lot of digital journal cards to type on, sometimes I can't fit as much as I would like if I write something. Snickerdoodle cupcakes (vegan, always)! They were the most amazing things ever. I never thought that they would come out that great. It was even requested for someone's birthday next week.

Right side:

So much happened last week that I was happy about. My brother came to visit, we visited my mom before she went back to Thailand. Steve made me dinner, we got sushi which he was uber happy about. It was warm and you think that I would be happy for that but in reality I want it to snow so that my allergies stop acting up, then it can be warm afterwards. Fifa dominating my brother, she thinks anyone is a pillow.

My blog is under some construction so if things are changing and moving around I am sorry! Thanks for visiting :)

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