Wednesday Inspiration: Taylor Moxey is an 8-year-old pastry chef who started out with a $40 loan and business agreement drawn up on a napkin from her dad, and a dream to earn enough money to buy her own toys through baking.

Taylor started out by selling her treats at her local church. She’s since made almost $10K, and donates 30% of her proceeds to help raise awareness for dyslexia.

Extra cool factor? She individually decorates each customer’s box with stickers, markers, and more.

Bake on, lil mama!

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Bake On, Lil Mama!

Mother’s Day: Mama Knows Best (…And So Does Dad)

Do it the way your mother told you
I wasn’t able to spend Mother’s Day with my mom this year, but I did send her a small care package with this very appropriate card. My mom is my confidant. Her courage and her strength is unbelievable. (And so is her determination to buy every book and scrapbooking accessory created. :-P <– It does make trips home fun. I always come back with a new scrapbook technique or tip tucked away, plus a few good reads.) In the past year, we’ve started sending text messages more often, though we still communicate on the phone; I’ve noticed that her sense of humor comes through that much more by communicating in text form. Lately, I’ve found myself mimicking the actions of my mom. When I sent her an update on this observation, her response was this: “Mama knows best!” (And more often than not, she does.)

Speaking of a master of one-liners and a giver of sage advice, my dad also fits this bill. Earlier this week, he sent me a surprise gift: cupcake liners and stands from Crate and Barrel. (How cute and seasonally appropriate are these lil things?) When I posted the original photo below with a caption that began with “Reason #892 why I love my dad,” his joking response was, “Is that all?” He also mentioned that he’d recently checked out my blog and was impressed by the Chick Cupcakes. :) I guess it’s time for me to do more baking.

I hope everyone gets a chance to connect with their families today, whether it be in person, online or on the phone. Happy Mother’s Day! I love you mom, and you too, dad.

Cupcake Liners and Stands

More Sweetness:

Chick Cupcakes  Lemon Strawberry Cookies 001  Bacon Chocolate Hearts 001