Thursday, March 17, 2011

And the Winner Is....

I had Gabbi pick the winning entry out of one of the handbags. She liked the giraffe print, even though it didn't exactly match her polka dot owl pajamas and her favorite acorn hat. 

Congratulations Megan! Thanks to everyone else who participated!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Shameless Self Promotion.... And a Giveaway!

It’s official - I am now a Miche Bag rep! Haven’t heard of Miche? It’s only the best bag ever. Here’s the story behind the bag:

On the way home from work in the fall of 2004 Michelle Romero did something most women have done – she spilled on her favorite handbag. Frustrated by the thought of hunting for a replacement then transferring all the contents, she wished there was a way to just change the outside of the bag. The idea immediately popped into her mind to create a bag with changeable covers. Not to be deterred by her lack of sewing skills, Michelle grabbed her super glue and scrap fabric, took apart the stained bag, and made the very first prototype. With her rough creation in hand, Michelle set out on a mission to bring to life the Miche bag.

With Miche Bags, you can literally change the entire look of your purse in seconds, and the shells are compact and easy to store.  Best of all, there is no annoying process of having to switch all of the contents of your purse into another bag.

They are also a great fashion investment. The company comes out with different “shells” every month, so you as trends change you can be sure that your bag can keep up with them.

Miche Bags come in three sizes. 


Big Bag (My personal favorite. Fantastic if need a little extra room in your bag.)

Mini Miche 

Here's how they compare in size:

And here's how it works (in a nutshell):

To celebrate my new endeavor, I am having my first ever blog give-away. The winner will receive a Classic Miche Base Bag and one Classic Shell. (If you already have a Miche bag then you’ll win two Classic Shells or one Big Bag Shell – we’ll work it out.) 

As some of you know, I have a weird thing with numbers. (For example, I would only get married on an even numbered day. But that’s a topic for another time.) Twelve is my favorite number, so I’m giving you each an opportunity to receive twelve entries. Here’s how:

1.   Share this post on Facebook. Leave a comment at the end of this blog letting me know you did this and you’re good with one entry.
       Mosey on over to my website at  Take a look at the all the products and shells then answer the following questions: Are you a Classic kind of girl, or do you love the Big Bag? What's your favorite shell? Email me at with your answers. This will put you on my e-mail list - great new shells come out every month, which mean other shells go on sale, sometimes for half price! It also gets you one entry.

3.     Book a purse party with me. I'm taking bookings until June, so it's never too early to reserve a date. Send me an e-mail at to reserve yours. This one is good for 10 whopping entries.

Purse parties are a lot of fun. I bring all of the bags and all of the shells, and you pretty much get to play with all of the samples and hang out with your girlfriends. No pressure, no big sales pitch, just a fun evening. I’ve heard that some hosts decide to have theme parties that have gone over VERY well. (Seriously, what could be better than an evening of girlfriends, super cute handbags, and fondue? Well, maybe girlfriends, super cute handbags, and margaritas…) As a host you’re eligible for some pretty sweet discounts too. If you have any questions or want to book a party, give me a call or send me an e-mail.

The giveaway will be open for one week. I'll put all of the entries into a bag and draw a winner the evening of Wednesday, March 16th.  Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

My Awesome Cousins...

...were in the newspaper again. Check out the story here. Obviously the athleticism gene skipped over me.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Optimal Way to Eat a Cupcake

Sorry Gabbi, but that ain't it.

Start with your basic cupcake, wrapper removed. This one happened to be a super yummy Key Lime Coconut. 

Cut or tear the top off of the cupcake. (Imagine my delight when I did this and discovered that it had filling inside! Woo-Hoo!)

Place the bottom of the cupcake on top of the icing. 

This creates the optimal cake to icing ratio, and it keeps your hands and face from getting too messy. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My Favorite Cupcake In the Whole Wide World

I am a bit of a baked goods snob. I figure if it's not fantastic, it's not worth the calories. I'm also not a fan of my kids eating processed baked good junk. So when Steph's grandma was thoughtful enough to bring mini-cupcakes to a family event last fall, I wasn't thrilled with the idea that  Gabbi and Micah were going to ingest the pasty over-sugared nastiness frosting that I associate with mini-cupcakes from Walmart's bakery.

Except these cupcakes weren't from Walmart. She got them from a little cupcake place in Haddon Heights called Trendy Sweets

Anyway, after dinner, the kids ate their cupcakes, and the adults sat down for a cup of coffee. There were a few remaining lil' cupcakes sitting in the box staring at me. I thought, "Cupcakes and coffee could be a pretty good combination. And if it tastes like crap then I can just take a bite and toss the rest, since it's just a mini-cupcake." So I took a bite. And it might have been the best thing I ever put in my mouth. Seriously, sooooooo delicious. Soon it was time to clean up the table and head home. My mother-in-law graciously gave me the remaining mini-cupcakes to take home "for the kids". Yeah, right. I got those bad boys home and shoved them in the back of my fridge. (The cupcakes, not my kids.) I wasn't going to waste their deliciousness on children who also think that dirt is delicious. Mine! All mine! Mwhahahahahahaha!

Since then, I've ordered from Trendy Sweets for at least one holiday, and then I picked up a variety of normal sized cupcakes for New Years. Then they decided that they were moving on up to a bigger and better location. Instead of being semi-close in Haddon Heights, they opened a kiosk at Moorestown Mall.

Not exactly around the corner.

This was a mixed blessing to me. Bad news for my taste buds, but good news for my hips, thighs, butt, and general abdominal area.  (I'm pretty sure weekly cupcakes runs would have taken their toll.) 

Today we met Lou for lunch at the Chick-Fil-A near his work. This isn't too far from Moorestown Mall, so I promised Gabs that if she ate all of her chicken we could go get a cupcake for later. (Cupcake?!? Yeah, mommy! I don't want to lose weight and get skinny, so that they take all of my blood!") So we headed down to the mall in search of the cupcake kiosk. (It's right across from the GAP, in case you're looking for it.)

When we got there, I took a look at the cupcakes, while my kids decided to play in dirt in the planters right next to the fountains. Which is adjacent to the kiosk. (I know I have a run on sentence and then a fragment. Don't judge me.)  Kiahna, who bakes all of the cupcakes and runs the kiosk, noticed my kids and gave them pennies from her drawer so they could throw them in the fountain. It was seriously the nicest thing I have ever seen a business owner do. I thanked her for the pennies and for her thoughtfulness and we struck up a conversation about cupcakes and our kids. Somehow the conversation turned to how we think we are in control of our lives until God steps in and shows us who is really running the show. Fifteen minutes of talking to this wonderful woman and I felt as if we had been friends for years. It makes her cupcakes even better, and I didn't think that was possible. :-) 

So, if you've ever got a craving for something sweet and you're anywhere near the Moorestown Mall, stop by and say hello to Kiahna and grab a cupcake or two (or a dozen - I've heard you can freeze them, but I tend to just binge on them.) I am super excited about what they are featuring this weekend:
March Monthly Flavor- Cookies-n-creme available every Sat & Sun!
Our freshly "baked from scratch" dark chocolate cookies crumbled in our vanilla bean's to die for, really it is!