DIY cupcake stand for a baby shower

DIY cupcake stand for a baby shower

Easy and Inexpensive DIY Cupcake Stand for a Wedding or Baby Shower. 

Recently one of my best friends had a baby shower. I offered to do the cupcakes. While I am no professional, I do bake a lot.  I had all the ingredients, specially selected the toppers, and even went to the dollar store to get cupcake carriers(which worked great BTW). In the process of hammering out the details, I realized I needed somewhere to display the cupcakes. Challenge accepted.  I already had one cupcake holder, which held about 24ish cupcakes, but I was making close to 70. This is the stand I used,  but now use as a fruit organizer,( which you can read about here).

DIY cupcake stand perfect for wedding showers and baby showers. www.goodlifeofahousewife.com

Anyways, it’s really not rocket science. I ended up finding an old monster box, we got from Costco and always seem to have
laying around in the      garage. Really you can use anything, and you can stack multiple boxes if you wish. for me this happened to be a great size. I was able to fit 15 cupcakes on the top of the box, as well as about 25 around the perimeter of the box, with the ones in front being a double layer.

  1. Find a box that you would like to use. Make sure it is firm cardboard so it does not collapse under the weight of multiple cupcakes.
  2. Pick out a wrapping paper, or tissue paper you like. I used a thick metallic gold  tissue paper that matched the gift baskets. I doubled it up so the logo could not be seen underneath. Wrap it like you would a present, but hide any tape on the bottom of the box.
  3. That’s it! Transport it carefully so it does not rip!
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75 Girl Names Inspired by Summer

75 Girl Names Inspired by Summer

Pretty girl names inspired by summer, bring up thoughts of long, lazy days. Blue skies and warm sunshine hitting your face. The smell of sea salt on slightly toasted skin.

A pitcher full of pink lemonade with floating slices of tart yellow lemons, sitting next to a vase of fresh cut roses.

These are some of the things that remind me of summer. What do you think of when you think of summer?

When I think of baby girl names inspired by summer, I think of effortless beauty, gorgeous flowers, and short syllables. Here are 75 unique and pretty names for girls inspired by summer.

Summer inspired girl names

75 Pretty Girl Names Inspired by Summer

Lemon

Poppy

Portia

Lana

Oakley

Oliana

Ryder

Stormy

Adelina

Daphne

Clementine

Aurora 

Saylor

Sidney

Roselie

Rosamond

Iris

Ivi

Dallas

Laina

Ella

Ember

Olivia

Carolina

Skye 

Azaria

Skylar

Palmer

Lillian 

Phoenix

Summer

Lala

Layla

Celeste

Leliana

Rose

Starla

Raylin

Sealy

Merlina

Catalina

Alianna

Summer

Ryver

Riverlyn and other girls namesRiverlyn

Willow

Jasmine

Holland

Locklyn

June

Odele

Tahlia

Kadynce

Lakken

Dallas

Saffine

Gigi

Izzy

Giselle

Liddie

Sahlest

Malin

Remmington

Shanel

Shayden

Shyloh

Roselyn

Praxis

Stelliana

Kimberlin

Paisley

Klaire

Crystal

Kolette

Teagen

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I‘m always on the hunt for inspiration
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The Art of a Well Made Bed

The Art of a Well Made Bed

“You may concentrate on appearances all through the rest of your house, but in the bedroom comfort should be supreme. I think that bedrooms should also be very intimate rooms-they should express your personal preferences in every way…Of all the rooms in the house your bedroom is yours.”  – Dorothy Draper, In the Pink

 

The bedroom is where a good majority of our life is spent dreaming. It’s  important our bedroom is a comfortable place where we look forward to that dreaming. The first place to start is a well made bed.

A well made bed calms the room and makes it feel more put together.  There is something rewarding about walking into  your bedroom at the end of the day and seeing something beautiful.  What you don’t want is another item added to your to do list.  I usually try to make the bed when I first get up,  but sometimes there are doggies that want to go outside, or the baby needs her breakfast.  In that case,  I usually make the bed within an hour of getting up.

While I liked the coziness of our old comforter and the softness of our worn-in sheets, it was time for change. It was time to treat the bed like a place we actually spend 8-10 hours every night. The lumpy pillows and mismatched sheets had to go.

In order to make your bed an oasis that you look forward to at the end of your day there are a few key staples.

Great Pillows the kind you spend some money on (Not the ones you get for $3.00 at Target on Black Friday). Look for a pillow that suits your needs; maybe you prefer a firm pillow, or a softer feather pillow. Softer pillows tend to be thinner, while firm pillows tend to be thicker. Finding a combination that works for you can make all the difference. 

Quality Sheets… there is nothing better then getting into bed with freshly washed sheets after a nightly shower. A high thread count usually makes for a soft sheet. I like to avoid flannel as they get pills on them after a few washings.


Down or Down Alternative Comforter and Duvet…A Down comforter is so cozy it’s like going to bed wrapped in a hug. After having one I could never go back to a regular bed spread. I wrap all of my comforters in pretty duvet. It’s an easy way to make the room more desirable. If you enjoy sharing your bed with your pets, a duvet makes it easy to keep your comforter smelling great.
Mattress Protector & Pillow Protectors. Protect your sleeping investments from spills, sweat, dirt etc. These are a must. If you are spending the money on good pillows or a good mattress these will help keep them looking brand new.

Decorative Pillows. Purely for fun, these not only bring the room together but give it a wow factor.  Get some pillows with buttons,  sparkle or funky texture. These will pull the look together. Of course, take them off the bed before using it. They’re like mom’s guest hand towels, they’re to look good… not be used! Remember, your bedroom is your oasis; if it calms your soul and relaxes your body, that is all that matters. Happy dreaming!

 

 


Happy Sleeping! 

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Delicious Maraschino Cherry Buttercream Frosting

Delicious Maraschino Cherry Buttercream Frosting

Happy April everyone! I have been wanting to try this variation of Maraschino Cherry Buttercream Frosting. I tried a version of cherry frosting a few months ago, but it just didn’t get me the flavor I wanted.  Instead I tried a newer version and am very happy with the results. My Mom, husband and daughter loved them to. Yesterday I had 12 cupcakes and now there are only two left.

Cherry is the perfect flavor to welcome the spring weather. These are light and delicious. They are great for a Mother’s Day Cake, Fourth of July dessert, or just something to make on the weekend for a BBQ.

These are the not-so-secret ingredients:

Maraschino Frosting and Cherry Funfetti Cupcakes | Good Life of a Housewife | www.goodlifeofahousewife.com

For the Cake

With this recipe, I made 12 cupcakes, and a single layer round cake.  I had a box of Valentine’s Funfetti by Pillsbury left over, so that’s what I used. Otherwise I would get a vanilla cake, and add red sprinkles for the cake base.  For the cake batter I substituted the water (1 cup) for Cherry 7-Up. I then added the eggs and oil per usual. Finally,  fold in some fresh chopped up Maraschino Cherries(about 1/2 cup).  Note* Dry the Cherries in paper towel to remove some of the juice. This will help the cherries from sinking to the bottom when your cake/cupcakes bake. 

Follow the instructions on the box and bake per usual.

For the Frosting:

1 Lb of Powdered Sugar (4 Cups)
1/2 Cup Maraschino Cherry Juice + 2 Tablespoons for Later
2 Sticks of Salted Butter (room temp)
1 Cup of Crisco or Shortening (room temp)
1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract
1 Tablespoon of Almond Extract

Add four cups of powdered sugar to your mixer and attach your paddle.

Bring 1/2 Cup of Maraschino Cherry Juice to a boil. Once it starts boiling, remove from heat and in a steady stream mix it on low into the powdered sugar. Mix for a few minutes until everything is fully incorporated and smooth.

Next Add Almond & Vanilla Extract.

After they are well blended in, add in 2 sticks of butter, and 1 cup of shortening. Beat on low until well incorporated for a couple minutes, then increase speed to medium for about 8-12 minutes until the frosting is fluffy, and even consistency. During this process add the final two tablespoons of Marciano Cherry juice. Use a spatula to incorporate any frosting off of the side of the bowl into the mixture.

Once the mixture is done, I place it into a gallon size plastic bag, and cut off one of the bottom corners of the bag to pipe it on the cake and cupcakes.

Maraschino Frosting and Cherry Funfetti Cupcakes | Good Life of a Housewife | www.goodlifeofahousewife.com

Maraschino Frosting and Cherry Funfetti Cupcakes | Good Life of a Housewife | www.goodlifeofahousewife.com

Maraschino Frosting and Cherry Funfetti Cupcakes | Good Life of a Housewife | www.goodlifeofahousewife.com

This is not a steady stream. 🙂 Mix in a steady stream with the mixer on.

Maraschino Frosting and Cherry Funfetti Cupcakes | Good Life of a Housewife | www.goodlifeofahousewife.com

Maraschino Frosting and Cherry Funfetti Cupcakes | Good Life of a Housewife | www.goodlifeofahousewife.com

These cupcakes finish so light, and are delicious! I hope you enjoy them!!

Maraschino Frosting and Cherry Funfetti Cupcakes | Good Life of a Housewife | www.goodlifeofahousewife.com

 

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10 Things to do before you have your baby

10 Things to do before you have your baby

Along with a new waddle and trying to stay comfortable, entering the final trimester, the urgency to nest and prepare for a baby really sets in.  As your doing your final preparing for your new little love, you may be asking, “Am I forgetting anything?” I know I did.

I should also mention that I had my shower when I was 38 weeks pregnant. I wanted my husband to be there. He was gone for work during most of my pregnancy.  So, I pushed my shower as far out as I could. I thought it was a good idea at the time. After all,  I had TWO WEEKS before I was “due.” But as it grew closer, I began to panic. Reading other mom’s birthing stories, and following pregnancy updates of friends on social media, I realized I could go into labor at anytime.

Luckily, I carried full term.  I had a beautiful shower, with friends and family, and my husband had made it back home the day before the shower. It was perfect. We received so many wonderful gifts. I was blown away.

After getting everything home, I did not realize how long it would take to unbox, wash, and find a place for everything. We were waking up at 3-4 AM everyday (he was on a different time zone schedule) and I was in major nesting mode.

We went to Home Depot almost everyday up until the point of me delivering. I remember receiving a call from one of my best friends, as I walked into Home Depot, I told her, “I am going to deliver this baby in Home Depot. She is going to be the Home Depot baby.” Just like many other expecting mothers, I found that the first baby often comes late.

None the less, here are 10 things that I recommend before your baby comes. You may also like surviving the first week with a newborn.

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10 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU HAVE YOUR BABY

Make a Daily Check List

Create a master list of anything you MUST do in a day. For instance, taking medication, feeding your pets (breakfast and dinner), and any other important responsibilities. My ability to remember to do these simple tasks was incredibly surprising.

Before Libby, these items were very routine, intuitive, and done at certain times. Once you have your baby, the days will blur together. Before your day was broken up by the natural schedule of nighttime and daytime.

Going to sleep usually means when you wake up, it is a new day. Once you have your baby, your first few months will be filled with random 2 – 4 hour blocks of sleep. These sleep blocks are between feeding/nursing, changing, and soothing your baby.

Everything will be about your new baby. When you add sleep deprivation with “mommy brain,” you will sure be glad you had a list. Having a list will also help your partner takeover tasks you might have done on autopilot pre-baby.

Buy a Pill Box

As I mentioned in #1, your natural order of the day will shift, if you have medication you must take i.e., thyroid, pain meds after surgery, vitamins, etc., GET A PILL BOX! It’s an easy way for you to check that you took the pill, and you avoid double dosages. Put it on your master list so you don’t forget to take it.

Take Photos of your Growing Belly

Since my husband was away for work six months of my pregnancy, I would take lots of photos. I wanted him to see my belly growing. Had he not been away, I probably would have only taken one or two pictures.  It’s so amazing to look back on the photos and recall my pregnancy journey. While pregnant, I also had lots of moms tell me to take lots of photos. This was one thing they wished they would have done more of.

Clean and Stock up your Freezer

Clean out your freezer of old food to make room for new food. If your into freeze-ahead, crockpot meals, take a day or two to stock your freezer. In addition, pick up some other items that are easy to cook same-day, such as lasagnas, mac n’ cheese, or frozen pizzas. Sometimes, you may forget to pull out a crock-pot meal to thaw and you don’t want to be stuck scrambling to find something to eat (remember if you freeze crockpot mealsin flat gallon plastic bags, they will not fit into the crockpot frozen).

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Stock up on Water Bottles

There is no thirst, like the thirst of you get while nursing. If I can describe it; imagine running a few miles, in the dessert, then eating something super salty like boneless wings and then waiting thirty minutes. Now, you may quench your thirst. This is how you will feel while nursing. Keep a couple water bottles next to the bed, couch, or any place you may find yourself nursing your baby. You will be glad they are there and that you don’t have to get up to get a glass of water.

Pack a Hospital Bag

This one is pretty obvious. I would say stick to your strategy about when you pack for vacation. Meaning, if you don’t feel prepared unless you have lots of options, and every little thing, then stick to that. If you’re a minimalist, stick to that. I personally am in the middle. I hate having a TON of stuff to lug around.

For my hospital bag, I packed more then I needed. The things I was glad to have packed: snacks, drinks, a phone charger, a stocked diaper bag, socks for the hospital, pillows/jammies for my husband, mascara and an outfit to go home in for me and Libby.

If you are opposed to hospital gowns, you may want to bring your own robe or jammies. I preferred hospital gowns. They were much easier for moving around and post-op examinations.

You should also check with your Hospital if you need to bring items for your baby, such as diapers, wipes, clothes, etc. I brought these things, but my hospital had provided them, so it really was not necessary. You may also want to bring outfits for a newborn photo shoot at the hospital.

Select a Pediatrician

This is not something that occurred to me until I was in the hospital. One of the nurses(maybe doctor) came to check in on me and my baby and let us know we would need to do a follow-up appointment in two weeks. Followed by a “Who is your Doctor?” Oops.

I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner. I am sure it was in my checklist paperwork from my OBGYNs office. I remember asking around about Pediatricians. But some how with the mix of birthing classes, breast feeding classes, a baby shower at 38 weeks, working full time and everything else, it managed to escape my mommy brain.

Luckily, the hospital is prepared for this. They had pediatricians on staff that met with us. They ended up being wonderful doctors and who we stayed with. However, it’s always better to be prepared, and select who you would like to care for your child.

Go on a Baby Moon Weekend Getaway

A Baby Moon is “a relaxing or romantic vacation taken by parents-to-be before their baby is born.” When we went on our baby moon I was 38 weeks pregnant. It was right after our baby shower, and my husband had just gotten back from being away for work for 6 months. A baby moon was the perfect opportunity to take a few days to relax. We booked a hotel in a town called “Frankenmuth.” It was less than a two-hour drive. I didn’t want to go to far incase I went into labor. However, it was just far enough. Once we were there, we were ready to relax. I booked us a spa package, made dinner reservations and we did some light shopping. We were even able to pick out our daughters first Christmas ornament. It was nothing crazy, but much needed. I definitely recommend taking a weekend and/or weekdays to get away from the cleaning, preparing, and general nesting to unwind, get a maternity massage, and relax with your significant other.

Decide Who You Want in the Delivery Room

This advice came from my birthing class. Pretty sound advice. You may prefer just your significant other, or you may prefer your whole family. Whatever the case, you should think about it ahead of time. More so, certain loved ones may think they are invited into the delivery portion of your labor and that may not be your plan. It’s good to communicate what you prefer ahead of time to make the day go smooth without anymore added stress for you.

Read Other Moms’ Birthing Stories

I loved reading mom blogs while I was pregnant. I also loved talking with close friends and family about their delivery experience. It’s important to be prepared, but also plan for the unexpected. It’s so refreshing and helpful that so many women are willing to open up about their birthing stories, expectations, and fears so honestly.

I remember in one of my birthing classes one of the mothers was in tears because she was paralyzed by the fear of giving birth and having an unhealthy pregnancy.  There was nothing indicating complications with her pregnancy, it was just absolute terror she felt, so much so, that she had a small breakdown in class. Pregnancy affects all women differently, as does each child.

If you feel a certain way, sad, overwhelmed, fearful, happy, whatever the feeling, someone else has felt it to. Reading these stories is a great way to connect with other mothers. It also helps to validate our feelings that can be very new and unexpected as we grow another human.

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Chanele

I’m Chanele. Housewife, Mama, and Chief of Household Management. I love charm, simplicity, and getting organized.

I‘m always on the hunt for inspiration
and love the creative process. All of the tips I share are for busy moms managing a household and family.

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