I'm a very bad blogger. Jess and I went to Monticello in October.....yes October, as in two months ago, and I am just now getting around to writing about it. At least I get to officially cross another item off of my List of 26 Things to Do While I'm 26.

We needed a girls weekend, so what is better than starting the weekend off with wine and learning how to make hors d'Ĺ“uvres at Cookology. Did I mention there was wine? Perfect way to start the weekend for sure! Sadly there were no pictures taken....we were too busy eating and drinking! Oh and getting soaking wet from the hand washing sink that's handle turned the opposite way from common sense (sorry Jess).

Saturday we headed to Charlottesville.We ended up at the walking mall in downtown where we grabbed some lunch and started some Christmas shopping.

Next we headed to Monticello. The gardens were fabulous! I can only dream of having gardens like this one day.  

Does anyone know what the purpose is for these clay pots? We could not figure it out!

My goal for next year to start a rosemary bed, so I can eventually have something like this:

We also toured the house which was a great experience. Something about walking in the same space as someone as important as Thomas Jefferson is very inspiring.


The views and the flower gardens certainly didn't disappoint either!

If you are ever in the area, I would certainly recommend making the trip!


Shipping Cookies

I just came across a great blog post from a fellow blogger, The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle, that shows some excellent ideas for shipping your Christmas cookies this year.

Check it out!

Source: The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle


Planning a Christmas Party?

Is anyone planning a Christmas party this year? I just thought I should point out that Pink Poppy Cupcakes has a few holiday related cupcake wrappers and toppers that would be perfect for any get together this month.

Green and White Polka Dot Cupcake Wrappers

Red and White Small Polka Dot Cupcake Wrappers

Red and White Small Polka Dot Cupcake Wrappers

Eat Drink and Be Merry Red Cupcake Toppers

Red and Green Striped Christmas Cupcake Wrappers

There are even gift tags available to add a little something extra to your packages this year:

Green Christmas Tree Cutout Gift Tag

Merry Joy Noel Gift Tags

Round Striped Ornament Gift Tags


Cyber Monday Sales

All day Monday, save 40% off both my Etsy stores!!

Market Bag with Pocket

Red and Green Striped Christmas Cupcake Wrappers

Use the coupon code: CyberMonday40

Happy Shopping!!!!

Spread a Little Christmas Cheer

As I've said before on this topic, regardless of your stance on our Country's military operations, I believe everyone should support our troops that put their lives in danger to protect our freedom.

Jess, manager of Team East Coast Love, introduced me to Baking Gals this past summer and I have been sending a box (or two) of love to overseas troops since August. Every month, teams are formed that sponsor a specific soldier. Members join a team, or multiple teams, and send a box of love and support to that specific soldier. Each soldier is then hopefully bombarded with multiple boxes that they can share with their fellow soldiers.

With the holidays just a few short weeks away, are you willing to spare a few hours to bake a few cookies and mail them to a very deserving soldier? I can see this being a great family tradition, get the kids into the kitchen, spend some quality time together, and spread a little Christmas cheer overseas!


To join Baking Gals, go to their website: http://www.bakinggals.com/ and create a new account. It may take a few days for the administrator to authorize your account, but once she does you'll be able to join a team for that month's round.   This month's round is currently open. Shipping starts on December 1st and ends December 21st.

Let's show them how much we love and support them this holiday season!


Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone is able to enjoy the day with family and friends. There is so much Michael and I are thankful for this year.



I know I've been very quiet on the blog for the past few weeks, but I have been very busy behind the scenes.

I launched my second Etsy store last weekend!! Pink Poppy Cupcakes is the perfect place to dress up your cupcakes for any occasion. These are perfect for any event: Birthdays, Weddings, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, or any other party event!

There are a variety of different colors:

Purple Cupcake Wrappers

Dark Pink Cupcake Wrappers

Forest Green Cupcake Wrappers

Ocean Blue Cupcake Wrappers

Sunflower Yellow Cupcake Wrappers

Baby Shower wrappers and toppers:

Yellow Baby Cupcake Wrappers

Yellow Baby Cupcake Toppers

It's a Girl Cupcake Wrappers

It's a Girl Cupcake Toppers

It's a Boy Cupcake Wrappers

Birthday wrappers and toppers:

Princess Crown Cupcake Toppers

And Christmas items:

Merry Joy Noel Gift Tags

Red Ornament Cutout Gift Tag

Red and Green Striped Christmas Cupcake Wrappers

I have many more items waiting to be photographed and added, so check back frequently to see new items!

I would love to hear what everyone thinks.
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