Category: Lifestyle

SugarBearHair Vitamins Cake Collaboration

sugarbearhair vitamins on a cake

When you think of hair vitamins, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? I’ve always thought swallowing a big, chalky pill was the only way to get all the nutrients I need for my hair. So when SugarBearHair reached out and asked me to create a cake design with their gummy vitamins and sent me a few bottles for inspiration, I was really excited to try them out (both for the health of my hair and for the sake of testing products firsthand before I promote them). It’s been a month and a half now and I can honestly say that the look and feel of my hair has improved – it’s softer, shinier, thicker than ever, and has grown about an inch (updated 2/18/19)! So to celebrate these tasty little gummies that have become part of my beauty regimen, a cake was in order.

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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

gifts for bakers and cake decorating

I know Christmas isn’t just about presents, but there’s something special about getting meaningful things from (and for!) the people you love. You know, those gifts that make you feel known. This year I got quite a few special cake-related things along those lines, and I wanted to share them with you because they’re just so good:

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New Years Goals (Not Resolutions)

New Years cake by sugar and sparrow

Happy 2019, everyone! What a better way to kick off the new year than to make a cake and have a slice while dreaming about the year to come? That’s completely my jam because a) I love cake and b) I get super excited about goals. Always have, always will. I’m the kind of person who keeps daily to-do lists just so I can check things off (it apparently releases dopamine which kindof makes me an achievement addict) but as New Year’s rolls around, I take those dreams I’ve been thinking about all year and write them out. And I kick it all off by topping a cake with these festive number sparklers by TOPS Malibu. I’ve got all the heart eyes!

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A Totally Fetch Mean Girls Party

mean girls quote cake

Last week, I got to help plan a party. Not just any party though, there was a surprise Mean Girls theme involved! I was hyperventilating with excitement from the time we started planning to the time of the big reveal. I’m pretty sure that Sue from SNL is my kindred spirit.

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Portland To San Francisco Road Trip

portland to san francisco road trip

To celebrate four wonderful years of marriage, my husband and I packed our bags and headed to a place we’ve never been before: San Francisco, California. We were debating whether to fly or drive, and after looking at the driving route we realized there were a few places on the way down we have always wanted to go. It was about a twelve hour drive with all the stops we planned, but we split the driving between two days and had an amazing time!

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San Francisco Favorites: What To Do

view of golden gate bridge

As soon as we drove over the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time, I felt like Kevin McAllister in Home Alone 2 (you know, the scene where he’s awestruck taking the taxi over the Brooklyn Bridge) and just wanted to stick my head out of the window and marvel at the city ahead. Instead, I kept my head inside the car because the Lyft driver would have probably scolded me, but I was smitten nonetheless! The weather in San Francisco was beautiful and sunny the whole time, so everything looked very picturesque and we got to see and do a whole lot. The only limitation we had was the fact that we only had two full days to do it all.

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San Francisco Favorites: What To Eat

tartine bakery san francisco review

Living in Portland has given me access to some incredible, unique eateries. Whenever I travel, I usually enjoy the food in other places, but I’m always a little more impressed (and blessed!) by the food of our hometown. I did not expect to be completely floored by all the food I got to eat in San Francisco, but I was. It made Portland seem like baby food! Well, really good gourmet baby food. Ok, that’s still a total overstatement but you get what I mean.   

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The Americolor Nifty Fifty Kit Giveaway!

Americolor Nifty Fifty Kit

In all my years of caking, Americolor has been my favorite when it comes to food color gels. They make them in just about every color you can think of, and are constantly rolling out new additions to their soft gel paste offering. Whenever I’ve needed a super specific color and don’t want to spend a bunch of time custom mixing a shade of buttercream, I’d scroll through Americolor’s shop and order the perfect hue. And the soft gel pastes help color more than just buttercream – you can use them to tint fondant, royal icing, macarons, cookie dough, cake batter, gum paste, and so much more!

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Reflecting On My Cake Journey + Lessons Learned

Sugar and Sparrow lessons learned in cake decorating

Well holy smokes. To my absolute amazement, there are over 10,000 people following along my cake journey on Instagram! In true fashion, I had to celebrate by making a cake. Since it was such a golden moment in my little cake adventure, I decided to incorporate some gold into the cake design. By the way, this Rolkem Super Gold is my new favorite for all things metallic, because my goodness. Look how shiny! And this stuff is painted right onto the buttercream!! Don’t worry, I’ve got a tutorial for how to paint a buttercream cake metallic coming your way.

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The Dreamiest Wedding Photoshoot With Mae & Co

rustic italian dream wedding by kristina kay photography

A few months ago I got an email from Manda at Mae & Co asking me to collaborate on a styled wedding photoshoot by creating some pretty cakes. Little did I know how insanely good she is at what she does, and I was beyond blown away seeing her creative vision come to life. The theme was Rustic Italian Dream, and the color palette she sent over was dreamy as could be. When I walked in to the venue and saw everything coming together, from intricate floral work and tablescapes to the most beautiful wedding dresses I have ever seen, I was sold on the fact that Manda is a styling wizard. If you’re planning a wedding or elopement and want it to be the most stunning day of your life, you need to call her up. She will take care of everything.

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