Use Clearance Baking Items Creatively (Frugal Friday)

Yesterday’s Birthday Cake Round Up was a testimony to the creativity of moms and home bakers. Wow! What fun stuff! Go check out all the cakes and be inspired to make your own. Baking and decorating your families celebratory cakes can be a wonderful way to eat your cake and save money, too. Not only […]

A Narnia Cake – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

About six times a year, I field cake decorating requests from my children. So far, I’ve always been able to pull off the crazy theme that they’ve concocted. There have been whale cakes and Lego cakes and more than one Indiana Jones Birthday Cake. And about once or twice a year, I field cake decorating […]

Decorating Cakes with Playmobil

As the new year gets under way and all the pages of the calendar lay out before us, certain people in my family are already thinking about their birthdays. It’s been a few months since we celebrated one. But FishPapa’s is at the end of the month, so the scheming has begun. One of the […]

Birthday Cake Round- Up (& a Free Birthday Party Planning Page)

Ready for some fun birthday celebrations in the months to come? Later this month, on the 27th, I’ll be hosting a Birthday Cake Round-Up where you can share your latest birthday cake creations. We’ve done this here at LifeasMOM twice a year for quite some time. Check out the past round-ups for some fun inspiration. […]

An Easy Way to Make A Buche de Noel or Yule Log Cake for Christmas

Many years ago, almost twenty, I spent a year in France as an exchange student. I adopted a family — or they adopted me — to call my own. I lived in a different French city, but thanks to mutual acquaintances, we connected and my life was changed. I don’t think I would have experienced […]

A Tangled Birthday Cake Idea

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your long hair…. When I was a young girl, I had long, blondish hair that my mom would brush daily. And my mom would call me Rapunzel. I wasn’t really a princess, but in my eyes — and hers — I was. (Thanks, Mom.) It’s no different with my own girls. […]

Fun Fall Learning Activities for Children

Fall has always been a favorite season of mine. Pumpkin patches, apple picking and crunching leaves work together to create an atmosphere of fun and exploration for children. Over the years we’ve collected acorns, gone on hay rides, and gone apple tasting. I’ve even broken some rules and climbed apple trees that weren’t supposed to […]

A Very Dora Birthday Cake

FishBaby turned two last week. Can you believe it?! She was born just a few months after LifeasMOM: The Blog and so many of you have known her even before she was born. This little girl is a hoot, that is for sure. She looks a lot like her grandmother who passed away when she […]