So as most of you know I am huge fan of at home workouts. Doing workout videos is how I lost the initial baby weight and it gave me some of my initial tone back. After awhile it was getting harder and harder to squeeze in a really good workout during Blakely’s morning nap, thats is when I found FIT4MOM Chula Vista. It was through FIT4MOM that I got my true body back, I am more toned and lighter than I have ever been! FIT4MOM is an incredible fitness group for moms who don’t want to leave their babe(s) behind at a gym daycare. At FIT4MOM you will find a community of women who are all there to support one another, have some fun and get fit. I love that their workouts have a level for the novice and a level for workout veterans. You can alway count on instructors to give you different options to fit your fitness level. Here is what you can expect when you attend your first class. We always start in a circle and introduce ourselves while warming up. We then leave the park and go to 2-or 3 different stations. At those stations we might do strength training with bands or some cardio activities. FIT4MOM is more than just fitness to me, I have found an amazing community of strong women and some incredible friendships. It has given me the support system I needed as a new mom, and it has helped me find strength in myself and in motherhood. If your interested in knowing more about FIT4MOM Chula Vista or another FIT4MOM around the country please contact firstname.lastname@example.org , she will connect you with the correct franchisee for your area!
There are many women who provide me with inspiration on a daily basis. I want to take time each month and interview one woman, whose story and success inspires us all. My first interview is with Jessica Boutwell of Růže Cake House, Růže Cake House located in Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona. Růže Cake House is a mother/daughter collaborative team known for their fresh and innovative designs of cakes and desserts. I am huge fan of their work so much that they have been apart of all of my major life events over the past two years. They created treats for my wedding shower, as well as my wedding cake/dessert bar. And if that wasn’t enough they made the most beautiful personalized cookies and macarons my daughters baby shower! These are two incredibly talented business women who’s story is inspiring and OMG their cakes and desserts will blow you away!
Great selection of freshly baked treats
Don’t be surprised if on their busy days they are sold out!
W: I’m so excited that you are taking time to do this interview with me! I know it has been a whirlwind the last few years and the business has really taken off. As a Scottsdale local Ruze Cake House is now a must stop shop in Old Town. So for those who don’t know your story, tell me how Ruze Cake House first came to life?
J: Hi! It’s such a pleasure to be a part of your series! Thank you so much for the support!
It’s funny because – to this day – I still don’t consider myself a baker. My mom had been a self-taught home baker for as long as I can remember. A few years ago she decided she wanted to start a small business creating cakes for friends and family. She enlisted my help to create a Facebook page, and I explained she needed a business name in order to create the page, and after a few days of thought, she came back and said she wanted to call her business Mommy and Me Bakery. At that moment, I realized she needed WAY more help than I initially thought! I got involved in helping name the business, and then it just snowballed from there. I had so much fun on the creative side of things, and we realized we would perfectly compliment one another’s strengths and weaknesses. So, I do a lot of the conceptualizing, she handles a majority of the baking, and then we do the finishing touches together.
W: Lets be honest your wedding cakes and dessert designs are so beautiful, as an Arizonan the desert theme pulls at my heartstrings. What made you want to infuse so much of that Arizona theme into your business? And who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
J: We are always trying to find ways to connect with Arizona brides. When we started doing cakes a few years ago, very few people were incorporating the Southwest in their designs. And if they did, the cakes were more of a caricature of the desert (fiesta themed, etc.). So we wanted to come up with Arizona elements that were formal enough for a wedding, but whimsical enough to – as you say – tug on the heartstrings!
These days, in addition to designs, we’re also really excited to try new ways to incorporate Southwest flavors. For example, in our shop right now, we’re offering Prickly Pear Jalapeno Lemonade Bobas! It’s made with a fresh prickly pear puree that’s been infused with jalapeno, which we pour into a hand-squeezed lemonade. So refreshing! We also do a prickly pear curd for our wedding cakes which is really fun for couples who want a whisper of Arizona in their wedding cake, without necessarily any desert elements in the design.
W: When I first met you, it was to chat about my wedding desserts and cake. Having food allergies I needed everything at my wedding to be gluten free, and you were so accommodating. How important are the ingredients you use in your food?
J: As a vegan myself since the 4th grade, quality of ingredients is a huge concern/passion for me. Růže was founded on the principle that local and sustainable ingredients make for better, fresher tasting cakes. And we’ve always felt passionately about ethically-sourced food on a personal level and as business owners — we believe we have an even greater responsibility to source food that’s been produced in a way which doesn’t harm the environment or exploit farmers and producers.
We pride ourselves on knowing where our ingredients come from. Many of our eggs come from chickens raised in our own backyards, who roam free and eat an organic diet. All our honey, citrus, and milk are sourced from Arizona farmers, many of whom we see each week at the Scottsdale Farmer’s Market. For example, our milk is sourced exclusively through Danzisien Dairy, a local, family-owned company, which we have privately toured and visited several times.
We also feel it’s important to accommodate special diet needs, such as yours! Fortunately in this day and age it’s so much easier to source specialty ingredients, so we feel we can meet the needs of most clients.
W:Everything you two create is spectacular! I’m a big fan of your macaroons and the London Fog boba tea. Can you share with us any new treats your working on?
J: We LOVE playing around with new concepts, and something we’ve been doing once a month is a themed week, during which most items in our shop are inspired by a certain theme. It really gives us an opportunity to exercise our creative spirit. For example we’ve done Breakfast Week, and served things like Acai Bowl macarons. And we’ve done Retro Week, where we had things like Circus Animal Macarons and played 80s music all week.
This coming week we’re doing Ice Cream Week…so all of our macarons, cupcakes, etc. will be inspired by ice cream flavors. BY FAR the thing I’m most excited about is our French Fry Milkshake Macarons. The macaron is filled with a chocolate milkshake buttercream and we roll the outside in French fries. And it’s gluten free!!! Our taste testers say it’s one of their favorite flavors we’ve ever created.
W:What have you learned about yourself going through the process of building a business with your mom and do you have any advice for other women who want to start business?
J: In looking back, I think something that’s really helped the growth of our business is our ability to recognize when an opportunity exists. So often I think people are put in a position to be able to make a change in their life or in their business, and either don’t see the opportunity in front of them, or are reluctant to take hold of it. While my mom and I are inherently very cautious when it comes to the development of our company, I think we are equally fearless when it comes time to take a giant leap. I’m not sure this is making sense!
But, based on our experience, I think the best piece of advice is a three parter: 1) Keep your ears open because opportunities come in the strangest of places 2) Do your due diligence on said opportunity and take the leap and 3) Don’t second guess yourself after a decision has been made! This is the only way we can sleep at night. If obstacles arise, keep moving forward because there’s no going back!
W: What is the next step for you and Ruze Cake House?
J: Oh my gosh…I’m so excited about the next chapter of Ruze! We’ve just started working on a mobile macaron cart and our contractor actually started building the unit this week! It will very much look like a mini Ruze, containing many of the same design elements of our shop (e.g., white, copper accents, lots of greenery). We will be renting it out for weddings and other custom events, so guests can have the full experience of Ruze without coming into the shop. If all goes well we hope to have several of these carts that we can rent out to different events every weekend. Stay tuned!
Here are the amazing treats they created for me over the last few years. Stop by their website Růže Cake House or find them on Instagram.
August already? I swear July flew by so fast and here we are again with another monthly beauty budget pick post! I have found some beauty budget gems for you, each of them are now a part of my daily makeup routine! Little Black Liner Wardrobe by Ulta
I’m super picky about eyeliners but for the price ($18.00) this kit comes with a ton of great product. In the Kit you get…
Gel Eye Liner Pencil: for a smooth blendable line
Glitter Liquid Liner: a bold line with sparkle to add extra glam ( don’t let the glitter scare you, it’s more shimmery than anything)
Classic Felt Tip Liner: for drawing the finest precision line
Paddle Felt Tip Liner: for a thicker, more dramatic line
Smoky Eye Crayon: an easy smoky eye (amazing for the waterline )
Cat Eye Tool: helps achieve the perfect cat eye ( if your a cat eye beginner this some getting used to and finding your way of maneuvering everything)
I have written about these before but they just came out with Mattes and Metallic. These might be my favorite mattes yet, some mattes can get really dry but this one has pretty good moisture to it. I have only tried one of the four metallic colors, it has fun coverage and is trendy vibrant look.
This cheek palette has four blendable shads that bring a pop of color to your complexion, what I love about this palette is each shades are super saturated with pigment. A little bit goes a long way with this palette and it stays on for most of the day.
St Lucia is a contouring blush & bronzing powder in one. I know that contouring seems time-consuming, or even scary but thanks to simple compacts like is one it is super easy to get that little bit of summer glow. You don’t need a lot of this bronzer just like the blush above it goes along ways. The nice part about this compact is on the days that you just want to add a flush of color and a little bit of luminosity to your face just use the blush side. I’m obsessed with this compact and is only $3.99 !!
SO many people said to me before Blakely was born, treasure every moment, every stage, every second. At that time I was like yes.. I know I will. I heard them say it but you don’t realize it until it has already happened that OMG my baby is already 15 months old. I now think about about all those times I wish I could have froze in time. If only we could! I will be the first to admit lately I know I cannot stop time, but I have been making an effort to slow down my days and learn how to treasure even the crazy moments Blakely and I have together.
Around 14 going on 15month I noticed big changes in Blakely. It was like “OK I am here I have arrived in the world, and I am ready to share all my feelings with you Mom and Dad.” We really saw her independence start to develop, she went form helpless in ways to independent. And yes… as a result we started to see extreme swings and “not so good” behavior. We really had to have a “Come to Jesus” moment and realize that the behavior often happens because she think she has the world figured out but she doesn’t yet and her getting frustrated about that is all apart of her developing her identity.
The next big change that is happening as we speak is the transition from two naps to one. I am proud to say we are still doing two naps (most days) thanks to the plan we got from Cara sleep expert from Taking Cara babies (which I am hoping to do a post coming up telling you our experience using her). My major take away from sleep and a 15 month old is having a plan/routine (from birth) and sticking to it. Once we got on the plan from Cara, Blakely gets all rest she needs to make her and me happier throughout the day. I am dreading the day of having to FULLY transition down to one nap but we can do it!
The other difference that has happened is just how active my little B has become, obviously I knew that this is going happen so each day we try to get outside and do an activity. Three days a week we go to FIT4MOM workout group and other days I try to have a play date or we go to the park to feed the ducks. This summer she has loved playing in this inflatable pool or playing with chalk and bubbles(the hurricane is awesome). Oh the bubbles…. I never thought I would see this many bubbles. BUT it is so much fun being with her and watching her enjoy life and explore the world. What are some of your favorite activities to do with your toddler, let me know in the comments below.
I am so happy to share with all of you what I have been working on lately. I created a graphic tee shirt company POSIE+Co. My sister for years wanted and encouraged me to go into the world of fashion. Maybe fashion merchandising or be a retail buyer…. but I chose the world of nursing. Which is amazing and I am so happy that I became a nurse but for me I ALWAYS had the little (fashion) place in my heart that needed to be filled. It is funny how life comes full circle, so here I am with now with my company POSIE+Co. One of my missions with POSIE+Co is to collaborate with other military wives. I found as a military wife sometimes we put our gifts and passions on the back burner, POSIE+Co gives a platform for some wives to share their voice and gifts. My first collaboration is with my best friend Ally who is a Air Force wife and the most talented artist and calligrapher out there (SEE HER SHOP HERE) and a POST all about her written by the Everyday Grace Blog, (<——– click the link to enter out giveaway #everydayposie or here—–> a Rafflecopter giveaway)
This has been such a learning and growing experience for me. My husband always says it is so important to go through uncomfortable situations or experiences in life to truly grow as a person. And for me starting a company and everything that comes with it has been fun but uncomfortable at times. Not knowing how to do everything and how much time something takes…. but it has been worth it and so much fun! SO check out the website and shop a little, each month we have a TEE OF THE MONTH and LIMITED EDITION TEES so make sure to stop back and check those out.
So, I’m guessing you probably noticed that I’ve been slower with posts lately. I have been busier than I had anticipated starting my company POSIE+Co (check it out). I’m back to blogging and I have some really great content coming up this rest of the month so please come back and hang with me. If you haven’t subscribed to receive a email notification when a new post is made please add your email to the box on the right and you’ll be added to the list!
I’m not sure if you all have noticed how on point Target is right now…Every time I walk into Target I start drooling over the clothes, kids clothes, home goods and makeup goodies. Here are my top 10 must-haves right now…..click the links before to check them out!