Friday Link Love

Hi from New Yorkkkkkk, if you follow along on Snapchat, you may already know I am visiting.  One of my best friends is getting married today and I am staying with another best friend for the quick whirlwind trip. If you are new here, I am from Brooklyn and it is always nice to go home, even if the trip is brief, although I am missing out on some loved ones, Ill get you next time!

New York print.

I cant handle how good these are.

Pink Shibori. Way better than indigo ;)

A Bubbly Life this week-   DIY Travel Pineapple Tic Tac Toe  and  How to Make a Naked Cake

How to Make A Naked Cake (When You Know Nothing About Cakes)

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Naked cakes are a great solution for the non-baker, non-cake maker, non-sweet eating person in your life. And I raise my hand high!  I cannot ice a cake for the life of me and since I bake a cake like never it is not on my highest priority to learn how to do.  But, I CAN make a naked cake- just a touch of frosting and flowers. Flowers make everything better, even something as awesome as cake.

Paper Towels

Add a layer of icing in between each cake level (the top shot I had a 3 level cake, the rest I used 2 levels)

Place the naked part of the cake on top of the icing.

And this is my hack- I use a paper towel to ice a little bit of the outside of the cake.  I like that I can select a size with Bounty Advanced (I get mine at Costco!) as you do not need a full sized paper towel to spread the icing.

I like to use a paper towel to ice the outside since I can direct the icing with my finger much easier (and avoid getting the icing all over my finger) I also use the paper towel to wipe off excess icing if (when) I make any errors.

Peonies are in season and I could not resist topping the cake with some.  Trim the flowers with your scissors and add to the top of your cake.

The girls helped bake the cakes.  Kalia asked me if she could lick the bowl and I said sure and went on to wash some of the dishes.  I turned and she had her ENTIRE HEAD in the bowl.  I asked her to reenact it for the blog- And she asked me to add frosting again to the bowl (girl knows how to strike a bargain ;). She had cake batter, icing on her forehead, in her hair, everywhere.  Haha, it was a mess, but not one I was annoyed cleaning up.  The messes are what make life interesting.  And both my girls certainly live by that statement.

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DIY Pineapple Travel Tic Tac Toe

I am always looking for portable, small games for the girls to play when we are out to eat. I am not anti- devices for the kiddos, frankly I love them, phones/tablets have saved my sanity more than once. BUT, I am anti-tablet/phone/devices when we are out to lunch or dinner.  I want the girls to talk and engage with us; however they are still young and I respect their attention spans are not great for a long dinner or lunch.  I bring games, dolls, etc and now we take along our very own tic tac toe set.  The girls helped make the kit which makes them love it even more.

Air Dry Clay  (you can also try a oven dry clay for it to be ready faster, but I had air dry on hand) 
Silicone Mold (I used pineapple & I included mroe fun summery ones in the shop post above!)
Craft Paint
Paint Brush
Muslin Drawstring Bag

Fill the silicon mold with air dry clay.  (the kiddos can help here!)

The hard part- wait for it to dry for 2-3 days.
Remove from mold.

Let dry.

Draw your tic tac toe lines on bag, let dry.


Fill your bag on up and take along for a compact easy game for the kiddos to enjoy (or you- I am still a big fan of Tic Tac Toe)

These are not unbreakable, if your two year old gets mad that she cannot be the pink pineapple and throws a yellow pineapple on the ground in anger, the top of the pineapple may break off.  But, I call that a "teachable" moment.


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