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I saw a picture of  this cake online and decided to try and make it for one of my favorite friends.  She is a rockstar mom that spends hours putting together special cakes for each of her kids birthdays, so I wanted to do a special one for her. I was surprised how easy it was to make and it was a complete home run with Amy and her kids!  The only tricky part was frosting the cake because I lack patience in cooking and didn’t have the cake in the fridge as long as it should of been.   Luckily my own rockstar mom jumped into make it look pretty!

Here’s how you make this Birthday Surprise Cake: I didn’t want to risk having so many layers on my first go around  so I improvised a little.  I bought 2 boxes of cake mix, and I made up each box one at at time, split the batter in half and then added the die.  I think this made a really nice thick cake layer that was easier to lay on top after cutting the center through and made a manageable cake size. I also didn’t worry about frosting the inside of the center like it says to do here and it turned out perfect in my opinion.  I hope you try this out and send me pictures of when you cut into the center, thats the funnest part, seeing everyones reaction!

via How To Make a Rainbow Layer Cake with a Candy Surprise Inside | Kitchn

Mom tip by StarCore:  How Mom Makes Turkey:

People ask me how do I make such a fantastic Turkey for the holidays.  My secret, get real close ladies and Do Not let anyone see your screen……the best and first gift you give yourself after you get married is…….dun, dun, (whisper) is a grill.  Men love to grill and will go to great lengths to cook everything on it.  Well, I bought my husband a simple Weber Grill when we were fist married.  It was not a fancy one, just a basic grill and HE cooks the Turkey.

Ah ha!  That is the secret to my Turkey.  I make the stuffing and he oils down with olive oil and wraps it in bacon and slow cooks it on the grill.  It is to die for! He tends it, checks on it, keeps the heat just right and I love it.  It is really easy ladies, this is delegation.  I then have my oven free to cook the rolls, sweet potatoes and pie.

This actually came out of desperation when my husband’s new job took us to a new home that did not have the luxury of double ovens.  The Grill is your salvation!

‘Fall’ in love… Pumpkins and Lips

Its official, summer is long gone and we’ve officially transitioned from sunkissed summer days to warm cozy sweaters and pumpkin latte’s.   Are you as excited as I am?! It’s hard to say good by to summer but I love the fall. Cooler weather, gorgeous leaves and yummy treats! Who doesn’t want to curl up in a blanket with a pumpkin cookie and a good book.

Fall is in the air and there is so much to love. The leaves are turning, the air is crisp and our favorite spiced pumpkin drinks and treats are back! A change in the season also brings an opportunity to try change in our looks. Whether is a new pair of cute boots, a fresh new hair color, or a new signature smell, now is the time to go for it!

Maybe you’re not ready to give into your favorite sweater or puffy jacket but what about fall colors! With changing seasons comes changing trends and we go from sunkissed hair and light colored lips to darker complexions and suave colors.

Here’s our ideas for fall….

Try a new shade of highlights in your hair. Trade out your sunkissed blondes for some warm red undertones or some gold transitions. Lip shades of browns and mauves are the perfect fall color for lips. Try these hydrating lip colors from our Powerlips Fluid line and keep your lips hydrated during the changing seasons.

Fall is the perfect time to repair any sun damaged caused to your skin from all that summer fun. For your facial needs we recommend our Polishing Peel. Its like having a microdermabrasion facial at home and it removes the top layer of your skin using Pumpkin enzymes allowing for new skin to shine through.

Get cozy with new and old sweaters and don’t be scared of patterns. I hear they are coming in strong this season. Neutral colors are always a safe bet but pair them with a bold blue or a deep maroon and you are golden!

Its always fun to spice up your looks with each new season.   Add to you’re your favorite pumpkin spice drink and we are ready to fall in love all over again!

Hot Mom Tip: by StarCore

Summer is gone and the cold winter air is here drying up my skin.  I can almost feel the cracks forming as the cold dry wind and air hits my face.  I can’t wait to get into the warm shower.  Here is the down side, winter air is much more drying.  Yup, warmer air holds moisture, colder air holds lower humidity and we crank up the heat in our homes which acts like a hot dryer blowing through our homes.  We all know that the number one contributor to the wrinkles in our skin is lack of moisture.

My focus this week has been not on my face, but on my feet!  The cracks on the back of my heels are killing me.  This winter air is wreaking  havoc with my heels.  They are cracking and bleeding so much that it was a little painful and highly annoying.  I have tried a lot of lotion, different oils, pedicures, nothing is helping!!!

But wait, something did help. Eureka! It was the magic foot lotion I found.  It is without a doubt the best thing ever for feet dryness.  I put it on at night and by morning my heels were incredibly improved.  I have been using now for 3 days and I am 100% better.  I will never be without this product.

My husband loved feeling my soft heels rubbing against his legs and feet, as I use him for my foot warmer at night, he was so amazed that he started using it too.  Lets just say playing footsies in bed has improved immensely. Warning, this is a very SEXY product.

*   You can find this magic foot solution under product shop.

I’m sure you have all heard the “world is a mirror” theory. We see the world as we are, not as it is. Basically meaning that if you go around calling someone selfish, the reason you are probably saying that or seeing that in that person is because you are probably the one being selfish. So take a hard look at what you are seeing in others. And it also works the other way around, if someone is accusing you of something, a lot of times it really has nothing to do with you, that they are basically confessing to you who they are and what they are doing, because that is what they are seeing. So for example, is someone calls you up and is saying something like I just cant trust you I think you are being shady or lying to me, chances are they are probably up to no good and might be trying to hide something from you, so they are paranoid you are doing the same thing and so they start to accuse you of the very thing they are doing….. its not always the case but I’ve come to realized that a lot of times it is, when someone is accusing you or telling you your doing this or that, or you are this and that, they are basically reflecting on you. And it can also be a great way for you to do a self check when your having a problem with someone…. This person really sucks at this or is effecting me…. is this really me doing this, is this really my problem…. I love this theory! One of my favorite concepts I’ve learned. But now that I’m in my 30’s I am seeing another level to this theory and concept. Since relationships are actually mirrors for ourselves and we then become mirrors for others, sometimes if we don’t like what we see we just cut them off rather then fix what they are holding up for us to see. We would rather lose that relationship, whether it be a spouse or a friend, rather then admit to ourselves we need to change or that …‘ouch that problem possibly is my own and not theirs’… Its to painful to admit things to ourselves and fix them….this also works in the reverse, if a friend is cutting you off, chances are they are the ones that are not liking what you’re holding up for them to see in the mirror. They, possibly, would rather just go get another mirror mirror on the wall to tell them the lies that will justify it all…happy reflecting!

Hi everyone! I’m really excited and scared (because I’ve tried to stay off social media as long as possible…. but I’ve lost the battle so I am stepping into this space with my “all in style!’) and am launching this blog and a FB page called Sunkissed Fun. Just sharing some of my love for a health and fitness products, life experiences, travel tips, and how a free spirited soul is transitioning to some deep roots! Would love the support with likes, ideas, comments, and help because I’m going to need a lot of it! It will be a work in progress. I’m on IG @sun_kissed_fun.  Stay tuned because I will be giving away a ton of cool stuff as I’m starting to build this business! Trips, products, gift cards, all sorts of fun things!!  Give aways start next week so join my mailing list and stay tuned!

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