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Cupcake Cones... Summer Styling..

Howdy, Loves!

Hope everyone is staying cool, and enjoying the sunnier days this summer!
It's been very hot and humid, but TODAY, with no weather expectations, 
mother nature looks like RAIN, and WE love it! 
"mostly cause, we get to bake'.

CONED CUPCAKES

This year, we decided to conserve a bit and have AC on one floor, instead of 
exploring the "billing" system, with cooling all three of our floors! Yup, the new
house features, three layers, instead of our traditional 'one' we where
accustomed to, and YEA, it's been tasking! I'll share more in a 
fun 'new house digs' post sometime soon! For now, 
lets BAKE while the weather permits!!


I know most people have already tried this, but I felt REALLY silly enjoying photo's, and 
reading up on the various fun idea's to explore with "baked goodies in cones'! ..
I felt SO blonde (I hate that term, as blondes DO have more fun!, I just 
dyed my hair! whomp!).. How did I miss out on this aspect of life for 
SO long?!? Anyway, its a home trend starting now that's here to stay! 
For those of you feeling like I was not knowing 
about this, here's my journey to "baking cupcakes, 
the coned way' i'm loving!


How To
1. Make the batter for the cupcakes. 
Use a cake mix or your favorite scratch cake recipe. 
Prepare the batter as per directions.
{For more of a fun mixture, use funfetti!}

2. Unwrap the ice cream cones slowly, being careful to not damage 
them as you remove  plastic coverings. Place each empty 
cone in a muffin tin, one per ungreased muffin cup.
(you can space out if you'd like to avoid clashing while baking!)

3. Pick up and fill each cone. Replace each cone in its muffin cup.
Leave a little room at the top for expansion (about 1/2 to 3/4 inch).

Do not overfill the ice cream cones with batter. Fill right to the first 
line inside cone - the portion a lil below the rim. Aim for cupcakes 
which do not overflow the cones. These will be more 
attractive and will be easier to frost. 

Bake according to cake batter instructions. 
Bake for the same length of time you would bake regular cupcakes.

Prepare frosting / sprinkles while baking is in session.
Allow to cool after cupcakes are ready before frosting.


Frost as decoratively as you like! We simply mixed up some color's, and went 
crazy with our sprinkles of choice! The kids REALLy enjoyed 
the simple idea of cupcakes in cones!


We added ice cream to a few, and enjoyed our 
new FAV summer treats! Yummmmm!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING IN TODAY!
Hope you come again, and also get to try out this fun recipe! 
****HAPPY SUMMER***
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Back To Blogging AGAIN!!

It's been FOREVER....
.....but i think I'm ready!
To come back to this space again that is.. 
Is there anyone out there..? 
Checking in!!!!!

I'm going to return to my space after over a year of a break just trying to 
figure out MYSELF, and where my true niche lies. 
Well, I think I found it ----drumroll
I LIKE TO DO BITS OF EVERYTHING!!!
Most of all - snapping away! Photography has been a big passion of mine, so as I was 
before, I will be returning with lots of different aspects of photography, from 
shoots, to tutorials on enhancement of home and studio portraits, little 
online workshops and so much more.. 

I will also be featuring much more crafts and tutorials from around our new
home, and more on the children, and the daily struggle to keep up with growing up 
in this Moon house, and juggling my children of vast age difference!

I am lastly opening up my own prop shop! YAAAAYE!
It'll be called Rustic Haus! I hope to share more on that very 
shortly in the future, and share more links to my spaces around the 
web if any of you are prop addicts like me! 

So, now it's YOUR turn!
HOW I'VE MISSED ALL MY GIRLS!
Please share with me what's new around these old, shabby & loving digs 
in this blog world we all love so much! Whats new loves..? 
"Show me the ropes again!" pweeeease! lol

Hope you all stay tuned.. 
LOTS IN STORE

I AM HAPPPPPPILY BACK!!
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Which Way To Blog Land..?!?

Hello
Hello
HELLO
Boy it's been forever!
I MisssssssYOU ALL
So very much!!! I swear it!
I know most have been wandering what happened to her?
We hope she didn't quit blogging, & what's next for
this artsygirl and the blog...All great questions,
I am going to attempt to answer..
So much has happened in the last year. I know a lot of my closer bloggy friends
have been able to keep up with me through various social media networks
(ie: facebook, instagram and even via twitter), so it's been nice to not loose touch
of the world I know here, and how much beauty lies in the friendships
I have with the wonderful ladies all around..

I can't believe how long it's been, but I DO believe I miss my space and
coming back today feels SO fulfilling and wonderful.. Thanks for all the
wonderful encouragementsthat I have received over time. It's been
a long journey of self discovery, and adjustments,
but the timing is right so here I am..

WHERE HAVE I BEEN!?!?
I've been busy snapping away! I'm beyond grateful for my photography
business and all the amazing clients, and friends I've made within the last year.
It's been a beautiful picturesque journey that I can't describe/put into words
much more than HAPPINESS and pure fulfilment on every beautiful
level I imagined.. You can see more of my work via my
FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / MY SITE .
(All your thoughts are welcomed, I'd love to know
what you think so far of my snaps!)

MY STRUGGLES WITH BLOGGING
Over the last year or so, I've found it really hard to maintain my blog, I haven't
had time to post anything that meant much to me, or create for that matter
to share in happiness. I've struggled with giving up on blogging as a whole
to focus more on my life, career moves and most of all trying to fit in
writing alongside our busy household..  It all just became too
overwhelming and as hard as I tried to keep up!

I had to let go for a while and allow myself to focus away for a bit; until my
heart was back here and I could share freely and enjoy the things I
actually shared about with you all.. I lost touch of that a while ago, I felt
out of place blogging, and almost felt as if I was always under a fire drill
to come up with posts, or create for that matter, things that I wasn't
into, or loved, simply to keep afloat with here.

I really hated that feeling, and eventually it all caught up to me walking away
and taking this long break I embarked upon a few months ago.. I can't express
enough apologies for walking off, I hope everyone that has been a reader,
but most of all a FRIEND can return and join me once again..

Will You Have Me!?!
Trying To Move Back In...
I'm back in blog land.. With no promises, no gimmicks, but with hope, with fun
aspirations of growth, and with the excitement to get to once again connect,
and share with you all freely with no time agenda's, and most of all having
FUN while at it.. I'm certain I will at least blog once a week, I'm certain
you will see more photo shoot and picture stories along the way than
regular crafty posts; I can guarantee melt downs, lend me your ear's,
and how do you's(?), BUT most of all, some laughter and
sharing from the depths of my heart...

I hope you all can jump in with me for some new thrill's and fun times ahead.
Thanks SO much to all who are still here and joining in again..
Sending you all lots of love and hugs.. I will be coming around
to say hello and cyber stalking not so quietly away ;))

HELLO HELLO HELLLLLLLLLO &
Cheers to being back in this wonderful space I missed SO much!
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Pin'Inspirational Thursday With ~ Micki..

Another week has flown by. We had a complete fake out Spring day Monday. 
It was a gorgeous, sunny day with temps in the low 80s. Sadly, the weekend is 
bringing us cooler weather and more rain. I guess this means another 
weekend will go by without my planting a garden.
Good evening lovely 
friends stopping in..
Hope things are well and your week has been amazing so far!
Welcome to another creative and inspiring evening of 


We had more than 140 projects linked up this week, which is just completely 
awesome. I am truly inspired each week by your projects.

The features this week are ones that are just close to my heart...things I would totally 
do in a heartbeat if I could. I hope you take the time to check out the projects, 
ideas and inspirations and try something new!

The first feature is an idea I totally wish I would have thought of. After my ill-fated 
attempt at cake pops, I think I may have to start making

As someone who has sensitivities and allergies to chemicals used in cleaning 
products, I really love it when someone spreads the word about making 

Our final feature for the week is ChicBy Tab's Mint dresser. I'm loving the 
mint and white combo! It's totally fresh and gives 
a very dated piece a great new look.
Thanks as always for partying with us.. 
WHAT HAVE YOU MADE THIS 
WEEK?! CARE TO SHARE?!?
Little Teenie Party Rules To Please Observe
+ Please link your great projects - AS MANY AS YOU WANT!!
+ Please do follow myself and wonderful co-hosts Micki ,  Jane & Christine
+ Do snag a button if you are featured / spread the word...
Please link to an exact post so we can indulge in your featured creativity...
+ Tell a friend so they can join on in and be pin'inspired with us!
+Turning off word verification encourages others 
to comment on your wonderful projects.
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Pin'Inspirational Thursday ~ Strut It..

Good evening lovely 
friends stopping in..
Hope things are well and your week has been amazing so far!
Welcome to another creative and inspiring evening of 
Pin'Inspirational Thursdays
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Thanks to all who linked last week!
So much to see! Here are some favorites!
'In House From My Girls & I'
Micki shared this cute runner I love!
Jane shared  a pinky dessert that looks so yummy.
Christine amazed us with refreshing spring recipes ~ stop in.
I did a pretty sweet luxury spring shoot I'm keeping a secret.
I'll share a photo though, & to make things even sweeter, I landed
an amazing magazine spread & a series of website photo gigs! I'm so
thankful beyond words.. I might be a bit quiet here as my life is now full on
kids, work and lightroom, but you can see more of me via Instagram & even facebook!
HERE IS WHAT Y O U FEATURED 
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I absolutely adore this girls room makeover.
Featured via Casa Haus
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Half Baked Harvest  featured this beauty!
Fiesta Chicken Fajita Bowl
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& don;t forget to snag yourself a beautiful bunny printable banner.
Thanks to the amazing blog I Should Be Mopping The Floor
Free Printable Bunny Banner from ishouldbemoppingthefloor{dot}com. Print as many as you like. Would be super cute with cotton balls on their bottoms! #Easter, #FreePrintable, #EasterPrintable
How Lovely Are These Features..? 
SO MUCH TO PIN AWAY!!!
Little Teenie Party Rules To Please Observe
+ Please link your great projects - AS MANY AS YOU WANT!!
+ Please do follow myself and wonderful co-hosts Micki ,  Jane & Christine
+ Do snag a button if you are featured / spread the word...
Please link to an exact post so we can indulge in your featured creativity...
+ Tell a friend so they can join on in and be pin'inspired with us!
+Turning off word verification encourages others 
to comment on your wonderful projects.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY TO P A R T Y!
Wishing You A HAPPY WEEK!!
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Pin'Inspirational Thursday ~ Featuring Jane ...

Hello Lovely Friends Stopping In Today!
Welcome to another beautiful evening of
 Pin'Inspirational Thursday Featuring Jane!
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Did the month come in like a lamb or a lion for you? It was a lamb with a bad temper for us but I'm still hoping that it means we'll be getting spring and SOON. I've chosen my plants for the this year's garden and am hoping to get my city farm up and running soon. Cabin fever has truly set in. We've been treating ourselves to a fair amount of treat including this one that I'll be sharing tomorrow. March 2 216 
 Did you happen to check out all the amazing things that my fellow 
hostesses have been up to? Micki wowed me with her adorable Easter Hat 
  hat   
 Christine (who I'm ACTUALLY going to meet next week) was 
beyond fab with her Apricot Canapes. I want these RIGHT now. apricot appetizer   
 AND Marilyn's blog has been a little quiet lately but if you follow her on instagram 
(and why wouldn't you?) you will have seen that her photography has gone well beyond the hobby stage and now she's in the pro category. You truly need to check out her amazing pics.
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 I know, right?! Thank you so much for all of you that joined last week. It is just such a treat to 
see your amazing projects. We truly appreciate you taking the time out to do so. Did 
you have a chance to visit lots of folks? I think I made it to everyone and totally 
fell in love with: Half Baked Harvests, Sweet Potato Parmesan Tater Tots
 I made the mistake of first eyeing them when I was at work 
and just about starved the rest of the day.
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 Crystelle Boutique had a lovely Sock Monkey tutorial and a 
gorgeous message for us all to keep in mind too.
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 And did you not also love 'Preparing For Your First Tattoo' by Our Mini Family? tatoo-dipa 
 Even if you don't have one or would ever have a tattoo I guarantee you will have this conversation with a young person in your life at some point. GREAT advice and a great resource to hang 
onto. I teach grade eight and know I'll be pulling this article out often. Not only are you 
featured here but we've pinned you on our Pin'inspiration Party Feature Board for even 
more folks to be amazed by. And now it’s time to open up another Pin’Inpirational Link 
Party. Link up your most Pin’Inspiring post. But make sure you follow the rules first:
  • Before you link up to the party, you must follow all of the hosts on Facebook. 
  • Jane, Micki,Marilyn and Christine.
  • Please visit at least two other links from below and leave some comment love!
  • If you love comments, make sure you have captcha/word verification turned off!
  • Please don’t link up your etsy store or giveaway.
  • Spread the word about the party! The more the merrier!
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Pin'Inspirational Thursday With Christine..

Hope your day is coming along amazing...
Welcome to another wonderful
Pin'Inspirational Thursday
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I'm in a bit of a winter slump. There's not much to look forward to over the next couple of weeks. But then, it gets crazy. So much will go on in the space of three weeks I can hardly believe it. Like what?
  • I'll be meeting a bloggy friend for reals. Her name is Jane and she kind of rocks. Do you know her?
  • My in-laws are visiting from the UK.
  • Spring Break begins.
  • My brother and his family will visit.
  • The hubs and I will go on a little getaway to San Fran.
  • Spring Break ends.
  • We hold an Easter Egg Hunt and celebrate spring with an Easter Dinner.
  • J turns 5.
Yes, all of that will happen in the span of 3 weeks. So you can see why things feel a little blah right now. I want to get a move on with all the fun and instead I'm just sitting here with nothing to do but type (which reminds me, I'd better spend some time pre-typing for that crazy 3 weeks coming up when I won't have time to breathe, let alone write). To get over my blahs I'm focusing on some excitingly easy side dishes. The idea is that I can make a lazy dinner (throw some chicken breasts in the oven, maybe steam some broccoli) and put more energy into one interesting side dish to add pizzaz to dinner and hopefully lift my slump. So my side dishes will help chase away the blahs. What else will do the trick?
  • Jane's grapefruit marmalade (yeah, she made that and then put it into cute jars herself. And then she turned it into a pie. See. I told you: She rocks.
  • Micki's Iron Chef Mom Nutella challenge. Seriously, if you have a Nutealla recipe to share, you must go link up. Now. If you don't have a recipe to share, you must go there and drool at other people's recipes. Now.
And then of course there are the amazing Pin'Inspiration you all linked up to use last week. Here are three of my faves: A Real Blah-Buster: How To Invite Spring Into Your Kitchen from Meeha Meeha Nothing says Spring like Robin's Eggs. And it would totally unslump me to finally try my hand at making marshmallows. The two come together for these adorable Marshmallow Robin's Eggs by Twigg Studios. The coolest thing is that dish full of flour is indented using an egg. These indents are then used as the mould for the marshmallows. Awesome, right? And finally, an extra excitingly easy side dish to add to my unblahing repertoire: Balsamic Red Potatoes by Made In A Day. Balsamic Potatoes by Made In a Day And now it's time to open up another Pin'Inpirational Link Party. Link up your most Pin'Inspiring post. But make sure you follow the rules first:
  • Before you link up to the party, you must follow all of the hosts on Facebook. Jane, Micki, Marilyn and Me (Christine).
  • Please visit at least two other links from below and leave some comment love!
  • If you love comments, make sure you have captcha/word verification turned off!
  • Please don’t link up your etsy store or giveaway.
  • Spread the word about the party! The more the merrier!
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