You can’t be alive right now and not know about Beyoncé’s latest visual album, Lemonade. It’s everywhere. And it’s amazing, blew me away. It was so raw and powerful, and absolutely visually stunning. I loved every second of it and haven’t been able to stop listening. I hardly ever make music purchases anymore (Spotify all day, amiright? ) but I just couldn’t not purchase this album. It’s too good.
The theme is pretty clear: Beyoncé (or the character she’s portraying) has been dealt some seriously sour lemons in the form of infidelity but she won’t be broken– instead, she’ll make lemonade. Towards the end of the film, Beyonce lists the ingredients and directions of her grandmother’s lemonade along with a very poetic tribute:
“Take one pint of water, add a half-pound of sugar, the juice of 8 lemons, and the zest of half of a lemon. Pour the water from one jug into the other several times, strain through a clean napkin. Grandmother, the alchemist. You spun gold out of this hard life. Conjured beauty from the things left behind. Found healing where it did not live. Discovered the antidote in your own kitchen. Broke the curse with your own two hands. You passed the instructions down to your daughter, who then passed it down to her daughter.”
I’m almost embarrassed to admit I made Beyoncé’s lemonade. But I did. I was so curious, I needed to know what it tasted like. Read more…
I have a last-minute, way too easy Easter dessert idea for you. Actually, it wasn’t my idea at all. I was food styling for a client a few weeks back and the recipe called for cutting marshmallows in half to create bunny ears for cupcake toppers, which I thought was brilliant. At the last minute, the client went a different direction and all of our adorable, sugar dipped, mallow bunny ears went to waste :( So I decided to share the idea right here, instead! These festive treats come together in mere minutes with the help of store-bought cupcakes and they are a terrific Easter activity for little hands. Enjoy! Read more…
‘Tis the season, friends. There are exactly six more Saturdays before Christmas. Whoa! As the years grow (as we grow), we’re finding ourselves wanting to give fewer, better, more thoughtful gifts. Enter UncommonGoods, an online marketplace that connects artists and makers of sustainable, handmade products from around the world with individuals looking for truly uncommon goods. Two years ago I discovered UncommonGoods when we received darling hand knit booties as a newborn gift for Cielo and I was immediately drawn in. There’s a little something for everyone–find curiosities for the home, rad serving ware for entertaining, or personalized gifts. Each product features a picture and story about the maker so you know who your goods are coming from. Here are a few of my favorite gifty finds from UncommonGoods. Enjoy!
One: wooden clothesline drying rack / Two: Walnut Wood Planter / Three: Stoneware Nesting Bowls/ Four: Rad Baguette Sack/ Five: Cheese “&” Crackers Tray/ Six: Tea Kettle/ Seven: Recycled Rope Magazine Rack/ Eight: Pedestal Lamp/ Nine: Zodiac Embroidery Hoop Art/ Ten: Living Wall Kit/ Eleven: Soup and Sandwich Dishes
(This post is sponsored by UncommonGoods a brand we love and admire. Thank you for supporting the brands that help support Love + Cupcakes.)
Now that Cielo is talking non-stop, we decided to start “interviewing” her every few months to see what she’s up to and what fun things she’s saying as she grows. This is our first interview and we had no intention of ever putting it on this blog (which is why it’s so long!), but it was just too precious not to share. Take a peek below if you’re interested. -xoxo
Before you read this, I need to set it up for you. I started writing this particular blog post almost a whole year ago! I never finished it and therefore never posted it to the blog. Last night, however, I was perusing my archives and realized I had not one but about a half-dozen, half-written blog posts from my early days of motherhood. I had it in mind to regularly update readers about my encounters as a new mom but somewhere along the way, I lost interest in the idea and abruptly stopped. After uncovering these long-lost posts, however, I was surprised at how relevant and interesting I still found the topics. And it was nice to go back in time and hear the me of a year ago talk about new motherhood. I know I turned to mom blogs and the internet in general for answers and guidance when I was first starting out as a mama, so if these posts help even just one of you, I think they’re worth sharing…even if they’re a year old! So, without further ado, here’s my take on the first three moths of motherhood: Read more…
Happy weekend all, especially all you mama’s! Hope it’s special. A friend sent me this video with the subject line: Thinking of you. How sweet, right? Thanks, Meghann! Thinking of you too. Mom’s really are THE BEST! -xo
p.s. two YouTube posts in a row? Don’t worry this is not the new normal.
I am not one to turn to mush very easily. Yes, sad things make me sad and happy things make me happy but rarely do I fall to a puddle of tears as a result of either. So when I found myself uncontrollably blubbering at my computer, I knew I had to share this touching video of young children picking their mothers out from a line-up…while blindfolded!!
It’s a promotional ad for the jewelry brand, Pandora. Here’s how they describe it:
“As a small experiment of women’s uniqueness and the special bond between a mother and child, we met up with 6 wonderful women, and asked them to let us blindfold their most precious loved ones. Their children!”
My heartstrings have been sufficiently tugged. -xo
P.S. This post is NOT sponsored by any company, I just really loved this ad.