Big changes are coming, and I’m bursting at the seams with excitement!
A month ago I crept back into this space after a hiatus, letting you know I was ditching the niche and officially writing about whatever I wanted when I wanted.
And then I went silent again.
As I got further and further into the writing process of my eBook, I realized that I was blossoming and it was time to take this space with me as I grew.
For five years I’ve blogged under the title, “Lend Me Your Kite”.
I wish I could say it had some meaningful background, but in truth, it was something I came up with on a whim one day while writing, and it stuck.
But my journey no longer revolves around the once timid women searching for her voice. I have since come into myself and discovered what I am, who I am, and where I belong.
I no longer need to hide behind a “screen name”, a false title, or a character so-to-speak. Instead, I am fully embracing the “I am woman hear me roar” mantra and I’m ready to bring you the fullest, best version of everything I’ve got.
So with that said, we’ve got some pretty big changes happening around here!
First, you may have noticed that I’ve officially archived the name “Lend Me Your Kite” and opted for a more straight forward title.
Secondly, the entire site is in makeover mode. I can’t wait for you to all see the finished product within the next month or so.
But in the mean time, take heart—I’ll still be here bringing you content and hopefully getting you jazzed up for my eBook release in September.
I am forever grateful to this community for following me on my journey the last five years and I look forward to diving into even more exciting things with all of you.
I loveeeee cake. In fact, it’s a bit of a running joke in my family because whenever it’s someone’s birthday I’m pretty much guaranteed to be sitting next to the cake with a fork in hand, just shoveling away at it as opposed to putting it on a plate like a civilized person. So when I got invited to attend the 2016 Cake Expo in San Diego this year I was like, “YEP! Sign me up!”. Then I found out it was actually on my birthday weekend and I knew it was fate. A weekend of cake for the birthday girl? SOLD.
And what’s cooler— they gave me extra tickets for you!
So hey— Want to come hang out with me at the 2016 Cake Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for my birthday? Because I totally want to hang out with YOU, which is why I am giving away 2 ALL ACCESS PASSES to ONE lucky winner!
You can have your cake and eat it too when you celebrate your favorite confection at the CAKE: The Sweets & Party Expo.
Celebrity guests will be in abundance to enjoy the festivities along with you. Participate in cake decorating (and eating!) contests, indulge your sweet tooth, and hone your skills at demos and make-and-take stations.
Perfect for foodies, hobbyists, or people who just love sweets, parties,and crafty creations. this event will grant you access to the newest baking supplies, party-planning ideas, deliciously sweet recipes, samples, creative gift idea’s and swag to take home, too.
Cupcake challenge: ACCEPTED.
Spoiler Alert: Mine will most definitely be worse than yours.
Seriously, it’s going to be a blast and watching this video from last year’s Expo has me so excited to attend this year!
Talk about hitting the birthday cake mother load. And the cherry on top will be getting to meet one of you!
Rules to Enter:
– Must be available to visit the Del Mar Fairgrounds (San Diego, CA) on October 29th or 30th. (Transportation is not provided, so you must have your own way there).
– Must be 18 or older to enter.
– Must love cake.
WIN 2 ALL ACCESS PASSES TO THE 2016 CAKE EXPO
And even if you don’t win, you can still come hang out with me at the Expo. I’ve even got a discount code for you guys, for HALF OFF admission.
You can choose from one of the following offers: Half OFF WITH CODE: BlogFan
• $5 ($10 value) for one child (ages 6 to 12) admission ticket with trick or treating and Halloween celebration
• $29.50 ($59 value) for one single-day adult general admission pass with samples, VIP Branded goodie bag, and access to all demos and stages
• $39.50 ($79 value) for one two-day adult general admission pass with samples, VIP Branded goodie bag, and access to all demos and stages
• $74.50 ($149 value) for one all-inclusive PERK pass, including all general admission benefits on both Expo days, plus access to the VIP lounge with exclusive samples and a autographed digital copy of the Holiday Hostess www.holidayhostess.com party-planning and cookbook, Cupcake decorating with celebrity personality Baking With Melissa
Get Tickets Now! https://cakeexpo16.eventbrite.com use code BlogFan for half off all ticket options.
Note: Keep an eye on the website www.cake-expo.com — Sweetlebrity guests will be announced periodically as the event approaches, and they’ll participate in meet-and-greets, demos, book signings, and more!
Activities: 2 stages with demos every hour, Trick or Treating Sunday night for kids in costume, Cupcake Decorating, Hands On Stations, Samples from sweet vendors, 100 + unique vendors.
Winner will be announced on Sunday. Good luck!
Remember when I said I wasn’t going to let the last birthday of my husband’s twenties just sneak on by? Well, I was serious.
It’s been a while since we’ve hosted a party at our house (read: we have two small children) and we recently redid our deck in the backyard (blog post coming, probably never)— so I decided to throw a little shindig.
I have a disease where I can’t do anything without a theme, so this one was Derek’s “Twenty-Wine” — I cleverly catchphrased the event saying, “watch him whine, wine, and turn 29.” I know guys, I know. Hire me now.
For our wine tasting party, I thought it would be really fun for everyone to have their own custom wine glass to drink from. So I went and got some from the dollar store and hopped on Pinterest for a way to customize. I found this tutorial for chalkboard paint bottoms and it looked easy, so I bought the paint and got to work.
Um, hi— not easy and also, way more time consuming than I anticipated. You would think that dipping something into paint isn’t rocket science, but after my attempts I’m convinced that it actually is, and I’m pretty sure the astronauts have to chalkboard paint their helmets as part of their training.
Luckily after some serious trial and error and giving myself the ugly class, I managed to get most of them to look halfway decent. Once painted, all I had to do was use the permanent chalkboard pen I already had and write the names on each one. The total project cost $15 and only two days of swearing at the glasses in frustration. I’m glad I did them though, they really added to the party and it came in handy always being able to tell who’s drink was whos.
Next, I printed out some photos of Derek’s awesome shoot with Brenda and used dollar store frames. I also found this fantastic printable on Etsy, and snagged it because it was too perfect.
Derek and I had been collecting wine bottles for days weeks, and I used them as decorations on the table as well. Then I filled the entire thing up with deliciousness.
We had salami, proccuitto, grapes, berries, crackers.
Various cheeses spread across our gorgeous custom cutting board from Timber + Main. Crostinis in dollar store plastic cups. A crazy haired toddler.
We also crockpotted some meatballs for a little extra substance.
I missed about 80% of the party because my mom ended up getting really sick the day of, causing my parents to have to cancel babysitting. So I spent most of the evening with them, since B kept waking up every 45 minutes or so wanting to nurse. But that was okay, because everyone had a great time— especially the birthday boy.
I was really pleased with how the party turned out and I can’t wait until I have an excuse to throw another one!
What about you guys? Do you like throwing parties or do you prefer to just attend them? Tell me below in the comments!