I’ve talked a little about the fact that I am a Freelance Writer. I’ve always, ALWAYS, had a dream that I would write a fiction novel. I’ve been working on one of my novel ideas off and on for a couple years now. Recently, I’ve been writing a lot of fiction for ghost writing gigs and I have found out that I can write many more words than I thought I could. And, much faster than I had anticipated.
Anyways… then I hear about November being National Novel Writing Month. The idea is that you work really hard for one month and you write a novel of about 50,000 words. After that month you can get down to the nitty gritty of editing, but you are editing a NOVEL that you have written. Awesome.
So, I’m going to do it! There is a great (FREE) website, National Novel Writing Month, that helps you keep track of your word counts in an environment that is built to help motivate you to actually finish your work. There are also forums for people who need help with ideas, etc. I’d love to know if you are going to be writing a novel next month along side with me! If you are then maybe we can help keep each other motivated!
Now I don’t know whether I should be looking forward to the month of November or super scared!
When pregnant I wanted to do everything right for my son. I read every book. I watched what I ate, took my vitamins, slept, drank water, and exercised.
I love Fall. The leaves changing. The warm shades of colors. Tights. Boots.
Oh, and Pumpkin Spice everything!
Recently I was invited to a friend’s house for dinner and I wanted to bring a treat. So, I decided to make a cake. I love cake. And, sometimes I make my cakes completely from scratch. When pressed for time, however, I cheat a little and use a mix. I ALWAYS make my frosting though. I don’t think I could ever go back to store bought frosting now that I know how to make my own.
This cake was a bit of a cheat. I had seen somewhere, probably Pinterest, that someone had mixed a can of pumpkin into a box of spice cake. I thought it was brilliant. But, when making this cake I had no idea where I found that link and couldn’t remember what they added or didn’t add to make the cake come out right. I knew the pumpkin would change the moistness of the cake. So, I experimented. The cake came out wonderfully. So, I decided I must share how I did it.
This was seriously one of the best cakes I’ve ever made. I’d love to know if you make this cake and how it was received!
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One of the things I really, really want to do as a mom (that I feel my parents did for me) is make each and every birthday extra special. It doesn’t need to be anything crazy, like a huge party. It needs to be something special though.
X’s First Birthday was on a different day than his party. We didn’t know what to do for him, because honestly he won’t remember much and not a whole lot of stuff leaves a huge impact on him. We decided to have a big family breakfast and then go to the beach during the day that day. (X loves the beach.)
We had decided to not purchase him a gift from us, and instead throw his birthday party. At ten in the evening, the night before his birthday, I got really sad that he wouldn’t have a gift to open on his actual birthday. I wanted something for him to open, that would not sit around the house and collect dust, and that would engage him. Thus came this idea…
|Our little man felt like he needed to climb in the box rather than open it the traditional way.|
|But, he was still pretty surprised!|
1. Inflate balloons with helium. I used a disposable helium tank that I had already and “Happy Birthday” balloons.
2. Pack balloons into a large box. Tape box shut— I used painters tape and only on the edges so that my son would have an easier time getting the box open.
3. Wrap box. (Do not use a lot of tape so that the wrapping is easy to get open.)
4. Let the kiddo wake up and have a blast opening his/her surprise!
|“Where did all the balloons go!?”|
So, a few things before I share this recipe with everyone:
Now that bit is over with… this cake was TASTY. The cake was basically a normal easy cake recipe where I substituted banana for sugar and applesauce for oil/butter (another thing I wanted to cut back on in his first treat). The frosting was whipped cream cheese with a touch of vanilla and a touch of powdered sugar. The cake consistency was close to muffin rather than cake. But, it was a small price to pay when cutting out butter/oil!
Now, I couldn’t go and make a healthier cupcake and then top it with sugary frosting. But, come on.. a cupcake just ain’t a cupcake without frosting. So, I opted to put a dollop of whipped cream cheese frosting on top. I made WAY too much frosting. So, if using this recipe plan on either putting on more frosting per cupcake, attacking frosting with a spoon, or saving it to go on a batch of cinnamon rolls!
|Yes, we are THAT family. You know, the one with matching shirts. Got our shirts via Etsy.|
My son is nearly fourteen months already. I can’t believe it! A couple months ago we celebrated his 1st birthday in true “A Well Crafted Party” style.
Today I posted some of the awesome photos that Macey of Motormouth Studio took of the party. I’ll be posting party details, projects, and free printables throughout the week.
But, I wanted to post some of my favorite photos of the party that aren’t related to the decor or food. THE PEOPLE! Thanks to all the lovely people that made it out to X’s first birthday.
|The Bost Men|
|There were five adorable babies in attendance at the party. Afton and Ruthie (The Boho Mama‘s twin girls); Jaxson; Jack (The Garden of Edlen‘s son); and X!|
|X loves his Uncle Jonny to pieces|
|He dug right into his presents!|
|X’s GoGo flew up from Oklahoma to spend his birthday with him. He was so happy to see her!|
X’s party was a ton of fun. Check back tomorrow to see what we did on his ACTUAL birthday.
I’m super excited about these awesome photos that my friend Macey from Motormouth Studio has taken of me for my head shots. As a blogger I have a lot of social media displays and blog images. And, currently, they are ALL different. I’m excited to have a set of great photos to use throughout my online presence. And, of course, my little bug crawled into a few shots as well!
Now, the hard part is deciding which photos to use where! #hardlife #thankgoodnessfortalentedfriends
By the by… if you are a Portland area blogger/business owner and you want head shots done then you are in luck! Motormouth Studio is offering a head shot special right now.
|Want to Pin something from this party? Please click here and pin from Kira’s blog!|
These past few weeks tons of Halloween goodies have been popping up on all the blogs I read. I myself am gearing up for the spooky holiday’s annual party and posts. Couldn’t help but share some of these links to seriously awesome Halloween freebies & tutorials.
It might be silly, but for the first time in a long time I am happy to tell people what I do for a living. Before I would cough under my breath my profession. Not because I thought it as a bad profession, but because it wasn’t what I set out to do.
For a blip in my lifetime I got to say that I was a journalist when someone asked my profession.
“And, what do you do?” people would ask.
“Lifestyle Editor,” I’d say with a smile.
Well, now my smile is just a bit bigger… because for as LONG as I could remember I’ve wanted to be a writer. And, while I’m not seeing my name in print anywhere (other than online) right now, I am seeing stories and books that I have ghostwritten being published as Ebooks and SELLING.
Over the past three months of being a Freelance Writer (the past month being my first full-time freelance writing gigs) I’ve written a lot of words. As a matter of fact, between my freelance work and my blogs, I’ve written (approximately) 200,000 words in the past three months. That is nearly as many words as Moby Dick. More words than a Harry Potter novel! The same amount of words as two of the Ender’s Game books.
It makes me wonder why in the world I have not finished my novel that I’ve been working on for about three years.
It is motivating me. And, for the first time in a while I have no problem with someone asking me what I DO.
What did you want to be when you grew up? Do you smile now when asked what you do?
|My changing ‘Do over the past five years.|
I just realized that for the first time in my life I don’t have a job that dictates how I look. Nearly all of the jobs I’ve had since I was sixteen dictated, in one fashion or another, what I could or couldn’t do regarding my hair, tattoos, piercings, nail color, and/or dress.
I have always liked changing up my hair. It was my one way of controlling something when all was going crazy or my one small way of rebelling against the status quo without going out of my comfort zone. I put together the above collage of my hair over the past five years or so just as proof that I like to change things up. (Please excuse the fact that I now have a mega collage of my face on the internet.) Short, Medium-Length, Long… blonde, red, brown, black… I’ve done them all. But, now I can really do ANYTHING I want. So, I’m thinking it might be fun to get a non-natural color.
|Sources: 1. UK Hairdressers 2. Soul Prophet 3. Gigi Pandian 4. Shanaz Hair Design|
Above are some of the ideas I’m playing around with for the new do. Are the ideas played out? Should I do it or wait a bit and see if this crazy urge for change passes me by? And, if I wait… how long?
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I have a lot of goals that I am continually trying to live up to. I guess it is just part of who I am. One of my many goals is to do something, anything, creative every day. Now, I have a lot of creative interests like cooking, graphic design, fiction writing, drawing, sewing, painting, crafting… the list goes on and on. So, it isn’t something I can always post about.
I’m not one to post my fiction on-line— well, at least not after the very embarrassing attempts at poetry I posted on my first weblog. (Anyone else out there have Xanga?)
A lot of my creative work lately has been writing ghost stories for my freelance gigs. So, not so much publishable.
In high school and college I was known to sketch (doodle) quite a bit. I’d often draw the big signs for our hallways and even got an award for my editorial cartoons. I don’t do it near as much as I’d like though. I love sketching and lettering. I love the way it feels to have pens crossing over completely blank paper. So, lately I’ve been sketching again. I hope to keep it up. I’m posting my sketches over on Instagram on days that I like what I’ve drawn enough to share!
What do you do to hone your creativity?
I’ve been dreaming about invitations lately. My first party love… beautiful invitations. They set the tone for the event. They get people excited.
Lately I’ve been terrible about invitations. I made up special, hand printed ones for my son’s 1st birthday and NEVER sent them out. For shame. Snail mail and I have not been getting along lately. I haven’t sent out the pile of thank you cards that I have written, my packages are going out late, and I am pretty sure my brother’s Christmas gift from last year is hiding in a closet somewhere.
My terrible recent track record with the mail aside… I have been seeing some amazing invitations lately. Just wanted to share some of the inspiration with you.
(I love sharing inspiration, but have not done so recently because I don’t like seeing other people’s work being pinned from my site. I like credit to go where credit is due. So, please… if inspired and want to pin just hit the link below the photo to go to the site it came from! Thanks so much!)
1. Check out these amazing coaster invitations from Ross Clodfelter Design featured on Design Work Life. How clever is that!? I love the idea that your future party (or wedding) guests can be reminded about your event every time they go to put their drink down. And, hello… so useful!
2. White foil on white with a pop of bright pink. I’m in love. Invite available via Digby Rose.
4. And, what amazing invitation could be complete without an equally fabulous envelope. I am dying over the awesomeness of Lindsay Letters’ envelopes. Check out that cute little bow tie under the T up there!
What is the most memorable invitation you have given or received? I’d love to read about it or see it! Either drop a description or link in the comments or post a picture on the Facebook wall.