Wow. It’s been awhile. Life has been a constant whirlwind. Battle. Rewarding. Fulfilling. Not Gratifying. Disturbing. Stressful. & filled with days of being Strong. It really is ironic & crazy to think how we are give one life. One life to live. One life to do all that we want. One life to sacrifice things we never thought we would. One life to give it all we’ve got. One life to live each day at its fullest. One life to cherish moments & make things happen. One life to grieve, hurt & morn.
Life lately has been filled with so many positive things. My shop has grown so much, It’s only June & I have made my goals that I set forth for the year, regarding sales, product production, followers & growth. It’s amazing to see the transformation, to smile & to be proud of my one man team.
Life has been filled with trials, battles & hurt. All the while, I look up at the sky & realize I have this amazing life and so much to be grateful for. I have gained strength, when I thought that I was going to walk away and give up. I have gained hope, when I thought that my life & worth wasn’t valued. I have gained an appreciation for the things that I take for granted, food, clothing, & shelter. But most of all, I have reminded myself that I cannot let the things in my life that I cannot control, control me.
Meet sweet Alivia. She came on board with us when she was just a little 4 Month old peanut. Watching her grow has been so fun, but I’m sure her Mama Kelsey would love to freeze time. This little fashionista has an adorable sense of style, her Mama always has her in some sort of bow, headband or accessory, even if its just a quick trip to Target. When our inbox is filled with emails from Kelsey, we are sure to get lots of pictures of this sweet babe! We adore you sweet girl and are so fortunate and blessed to have you on our team. If you want to go shopping today, head over to the shop and save 10% off with Alivia’s Shopping Code: CUPCAKE04.
Okay, little Miss Everly Quinn is here today to say HELLO. She was our very first Brand Rep. Her amazing Mama, Amanda, is an Orange County photographer, and can be found here. Amanda had purchased several headbands from the shop. When little miss Ev was only about 10 Months old, we were smitten with the photos that arrived in our inbox just a few days after her Mama’s package had arrived in her mailbox. Lets be honest, nothing makes a shop owner more happy, excited and over the moon, but an email filled with photos of customers sporting their handmade goods. Amanda captured Everly wearing her lil’ cupcake goods and we knew we had to have her on our team. It’s all a blur now, but we are confident that Everly was the start of our Brand Rep search and “lets dive in head first and go full force with a Brand Rep Program.” She forever will hold a very special place in our hearts. Its hard to believe this little princess is already approaching a year plus a few months old…Everly is sharing her discount shopping code with you today, head over to the shop and pick up something for 10% off, heck your whole order will be 10% off, use coupon code: CUPCAKE01.
Let’s introduce you all to the amazing littles behind the lil cupcake shop. I dedicate this week to the amazing brand reps that we are beyond fortunate to have. During the Fall of 2014, October to be exact, we decided that our items needed to be featured on the noggins, bodies and whatever’s, of little ones around the nation. What better way to display your handmade goods for littles! It makes more sense to show off your fun fabrics, patterns, and goods on the littles who they are suited for, right? We hosted a fun competition, well, more like a “post your best pics of your baby darlings in fun products.” Last Fall we chose 5 of our favorites to represent the lil’ cupcake. First on the list, is Miss Finley. When Fin joined the lil’ cupcake family she was just 4 Months old, and now is almost a whopping 9 months old!
It has been so fun to watch her grow, so hard to believe she has been with the lil’ cupcake family since she was only 4 Months old. We adore her Mama, Brittany, she seriously rocks the camera like nobodies business, but after all she has a pretty darn amazing model. Fin has the most amazing blue eyes, perfect round little face, and personality to light up the room! We are beyond grateful to have Finley as a member of our family, and we adore her! If you feel like grabbing some awesome goodies in the shop today, Finley is sharing her shopping code, which will save you 10%, enter code: CUPCAKE02.
This neglected place of mine, the blog. The blog has been thought about on numerous occasions, sometimes a few times throughout the day. I always have great ambitions, goals & plans for this space of mine. For one reason or another, they never seem to get from this constant idea flowing brain of mine to this little login page on world press. Well, low and behold, the neurons were firing tonight, and instead of thinking out loud, I logged in. Shocked that I even could recall the password to get to this point. To sit here and say how busy and crazy life has been would be absurd, to say that the shop has been busier than ever would be factual, and to say that my “Nurse” career, “girlfriend” to the corporate business owner, aka “Office Manager Girl” have been slow, would be a fib. It’s so surreal how life catches up with you in the most mysterious ways. I always tell myself, “If I had 100 hours in one day I could get so much accomplished.” Factual? , or reality? , I would probably just take a nap & tell myself, “I’ll get to the to-do list later.” It’s hard to believe that March is just 6 days away, you know what that means? I’ll be a year older, HELLO 34! How the heck did you get here so damn fast. It feels like yesterday that I was turning the big 3-0! There have been some not.so.fun things going on in life, but there have also been some amazing things blessing us in so many ways. I hope that these neurons will continue to fire and that I will come back to this space of mine. It feels amazing to put these memories, thoughts and ambitions to good use, & let my fingers do the sharing. I may be lost, but I will not be forgotten.
I contemplated doing my thankful thursday posts this November. I always feel redundant when I go on and on about what I’m thankful for… BUT then I reminded myself how self-fulfilling they are and how it is a positive reminder of everything I have and everything I’m more than thankful for.
Today I am thankful for a heart that keeps beating, allows me to feel pain, sorrow, love, and emotions beyond measure. Without this beating heart of mine, I’d be null, void and obsolete. So with that being said, I’m pretty dang thankful. It beats every second of every day to keep me alive. That in itself is pretty amazing. It allows me to be me. Me, an emotional person who loves deeply, endlessly and continuously. A person who hurts deep down inside day in and day out because I cannot change things that need to be changed, and fix things that need mending. My heart if filled to the brim of gratitude, filled with hope, love, faith and creativity. I love that I’m becoming comfortable in my own skin, branching out and allowing that heart of mine to act on what it feels, act on what it believes, and create whatever it desires. Today I’m thankful for this magically abundant heart of mine.
I’m not really sure how to start this post, how to separate all the amazing memories and pictures, but I’ll just run with it. My best friend Corrin is expecting twins. A boy and a girl. Colton & Aubree to be precise. I love this girl and her family more than words can express. She is like my sister from another mister. We just get each other. When I found out she was expecting I was over the moon excited. She has a little guy, Westin who is almost 4, but she knew she wanted ONE more. Well she got blessed with TWO. She was anxious, nervous and scared. I don’t blame her. The thought of having twins has got to be more than overwhelming. I jumped on the opportunity to host and throw a shower for her. I just had to. I had a vision and it came to life. It’s tough when you’re not a “theme,” person, when you want to have accents of colors and vintage and this and that. Well… Here it is a vintage newsprint shower with touches of teal and coral to represent her miracle babies, a boy and a girl, Colton & Aubree. I wanted to post all the details of the specifics, but I’ll do that in another post or update this, for now I want to share pictures and reminisce on these babes and my beautiful friend.
Perhaps it is because I work in the health field, more specifically mental health. I often hear the diagnosis “Bipolar,” being thrown around, spit out of peoples mouths and on the tips of tongues of so many people. It’s inevitable I guess, people assume if one has “mood swings,” or “highs & lows,” they should be deemed and labeled: BIPOLAR. The fact that life is like a roller coaster ride for almost anyone and everyone, means that everyone suffers from mental illness and we are are Bipolar, right?
I had pinned this quote (above) on pinterest awhile back & came across it while visiting my pin boards last night. I re-read it and thought how it suites me so well, describes my life & my emotions. Sometimes I wonder who I’d be without my sensitive side. I think as I age I tend to find myself reacting more to things that rub my heart the wrong way, words that make my mind cringe, or circumstances that arise that are completely out of my control. My days are usually filled with highs and lows, I think that is what one would expect from life, right? That doesn’t make me bipolar or mean that I’m moody, that just means I’m human & living life.
Life is what you make it. This quote makes me smile, giggle and feel embarrassed for those who choose to label people. Life is too short to worry and depict why people are sensitive, why people have emotions that they allow to be heard & seen by others, why people judge people based on their personal roller coaster ride. Be your own voice, be heard, and don’t allow yourself to pick up any pieces to YOUR puzzle, because that puzzle is your own, and you are not broken.
Since it’s been forever and a day or month since I’ve blogged about the shop, I thought Id share some new fun items that I’ve been creating. The shop has been growing right before my very eyes and I’m so thankful. I love creating new things and keeping up with the demands, trends and likes of all the littles and their Mamas out there.
Fall products are in full swing and have been so fun to create. I’m now making fun infinity children’s scarfs, fun head wraps, new teething rings and so much more! Go check out the shop, you’re bound to find something you LOVE.