That one time I tried to make a Unicorn Cake 


So this last weekend we had some family over for Vivian’s birthday. My kids always get amazing cakes made by their grandma for their birthday just like she did for us growing up (who am I kidding she still makes me a birthday cake!) While browsing through Pinterest Viv and I decided on a Unicorn cake for this years birthday.

Since this year’s cake looked relatively easy I decided that I wanted to do most of the work, with my mom by my side of course.

Sunday morning we headed over to my mom’s to get decorating, she had already baked the cakes for me (Thanks Mom!) we layered the cakes and and added the white frosting.

And made the horn and ears. Since I’m only semi-crafty I made the horn out of an ice cream cone painted gold (edible gold spray I found at Wal-mart) and the ears out of marshmallows. I used the square marshmallows,cut them diagonally, then sprayed some of the gold onto wax paper and painted that on.

Viv picked out the colors that she wanted and we mixed up little bowls of each color. Once again since I’m only semi-crafty we used the pre-made bucket of frosting from Wal-Mart, it taste good, cost is decent and cuts your time in half!  We then loaded the frosting bag alternating different colors (this worked well except green+orange make brown, avoid putting those together) I then began to swirl and swirl and things started to come together….

The cake looked really good, like better then I had imagined!

And then disaster started the strike!!! The frosting in the back started pulling away from the cake!! What do we do?!?! Quick snap a picture with the birthday girl….

Put the cake in the fridge so maybe the frosting will harden. Open the door two minutes later and find this!!! Well actually this picture is of when my mom took the frosting and pieced part of it back together!! I was too busy cleaning the frosting off the fridge shelves to get a picture of it before she started fixing it.

Thank goodness for my mom, she saved the cake and made things right in the world like mom’s do!!

Lessons learned- 1) Leave the fancy cakes for the professional. 2) I guess there is such a thing as too much frosting on a cake 3) Always have mom close by

Love Always … Tam


My Favorite Place in the House


First of all I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas! For us Christmas is always a whirlwind, all of our family lives within a 10 mile radius of our house, so we have to be at every event. We don’t always get time to just enjoy the holiday but I am forever greatful to have the amount of family we have and cherish the time we spend together at Christmas as I know it won’t be like this forever. So I will drive and make every it to every single one of those events as long as they are going on, even if I feel like I have just completed a marathon at the end of the day. I did manage to find a few moments to escape to my favorite place in the house to start thinking about my goals for the next year. More on those goals next week, today I want to talk about my favorite place int he house. Up until a  year or so ago I had no place in the whole house that was just for me and it was starting to get to me. I needed a place for me, just me, a place to escape to for just a minute, a place that the kids (and husband) don’t make a mess in, a place for me to just be. My options were very limited it was either make room in the basement (think old farmhouse basement, cement walls & spider webs) or the tiny room at the top of the stairs, I went with option two.

The room at the top of the stairs was far from my favorite place, it has over the years become the room where things come to die!! You know those things you aren’t quite sure what to do with, but you can throw them away? And then you just start throwing things in the room as you walk by. And then you start to avoid eye contact with the room becuase you don’t want to think about ever cleaning that room out. Yeah we all have that room and I was going to make it my place.

It took me a couple of weeks to get it all cleaned out and organized, then all it took was some paint, a new rug, free chair and some Pinterest projects and I now have my favortite place in the house!

Ahhhh, my room, my office, my favorite place in the house. Doesn’t it look great?!?! The kids do hang out with me in there sometimes but no toys can be left and they must pick up after themselves otherwise no entry! I kid, I kid…. or do I….


Next week will be the new year, which means time for some goals to be made and manifested here on the blog, until then…

Love Always … Tam

Shower Organization


About 5 years ago we decided to remodel our bathroom, best thing ever! We went from a tiny, tiny bathroom that you could litterly sit, shut the door & wash your hands all at the same time, to a very spacious bathroom with a large soaking tub!

Yes, there is a TV in the bathroom.

I did have to sacrifice moving the laundry room to the basement but that was ok. Also with getting this grand tub it meant the shower would be separate, we used to have the tub/shower combo. That was all fine and dandy until I realized that I had no room to put all my shower necessities! I tried to persuade my husband to get a fancy shower with a built in shelf, but all he needs is soap and a 2 in 1 shampoo/conditioner and he good, lets just say he didn’t see the need for the shelf.

He doesn’t undstand what all goes on when a women takes a shower, I need my shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, face wash, face mask, body wash, body lotion, shaving cream and a razor at the very least! I suffered for years with the two tiny shelves that each held one bottle, a suction cup basket that fell down every other day and vast array of products scattered around the floor of the shower.

Then I decided to do something about it. Like most projects I do, I did it on a whim. So I set out to good old Menards and Wal-Mart (the only stores within 30 miles of my house) to find what I needed- a shower pole and some baskets.

I couldn’t quite find the baskets that I envisioned, so shower curtain hooks were also needed. I chose these baskets for two reasons 1) they are cheap, $2 and 2) they have holes to drain the water, however they are a little bit wider then I would have liked. One tip before heading out to the store…measure what size shower rod you need. Argh off the the store I go again.

Minor set back, because the end result was so worth it.

Look at how organized everything is! Now that I have had my shower like this for a while I am overall happy with the end result, I could get away with just two baskets (sometimes I bump into them) and I am going to invest in a curved shower rod to give you just a little more room.

Love Always … Tam

4th of July Pinterest Fail!


So this last weekend was the 4th of July, the weekend of all weekends of the summer. Every year we go to our cabin and do your normally camping stuff (campfires, boating, not showering) This year I decided to search good old Pinterest for a treat to make in the festive Red, White and Blue colors. I came across this Pin and decided to give it a try.


Looks easy enough, right?! Well, it was pretty easy and they were pretty tasty, mine just weren’t as ascetically pleasing….


Oh well we got a good buzz off of them!

Love Always … Tam