Summer is here! And today I’m sharing my beach bag essentials.
Bobby and I went to the beach for the first time this year — and the first time since living in North Carolina. It’s so nice to be only a few hours away from the beach. When we lived in DC it would take 3+ hours to get to the nearest beach. You’d think to be on the Potomac, it’d be just a hop and skip away….but with the traffic, it’s a nightmare. You’d have to take Friday off just to get ahead of the traffic. And if you’re really ambitious, leave Thursday night.
With more day trips in our future, I’ve officially packed my beach bag for summer. I use a small cosmetics bag inside my larger beach bag to hold all of the small items. Aside from the obvious (towel, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), there are a handful of essentials I keep in my bag all summer.
Here are my beach bag essentials:
Chapstick with SPF — I’m really good about lathering up on sunscreen but I always forget to cover my lips. At this point, I don’t even buy chapstick without SPF in it! I carry it with me all the time and have a few extras stashed in my beach bag and desk.
Hair ties — I don’t think I’ve ever met a girl who likes to wear her hair down at the beach. You’re hot, sweaty, sticky, salty….gross. Best to keep hair pulled back in a ponytail. I pack a few extra hair ties and bobby pins in case I lose one in a gnarly wave.
Mini fan — I cannot handle the heat. My body just shuts down. It’s like hanger (hungry anger) but way worse. I’ve passed out from heat exhaustion before, so I am really careful about being overheated. I keep a mini fan with me at the beach in case I need to cool off. Here’s the fan that I use. It’s awesome! Keep cool out there!
Headphones — You can’t ht the beach without listening to some tunes!
Facial cleansing wipes — As I deal with facial acne into my 30’s I am really careful about keeping my skin clean. I make sure to pack cleansing wipes in my beach bag so I can wipe off any sunscreen residue, sweat, and salt after a long day at the beach. If you’re looking for a recommendation, here are the cleansing wipes that I use.
Tissues — Have you ever been caught in a wave and get salt water up your nose? That’s why I bring tissues. You’re welcome.
Hand sanitizer — This is something I added to my beach bag after our recent trip. My hands were salt-water-sticky and no matter how many times I tried to wipe sand off, I wished I had some hand sanitizer. Especially when I was trying to eat my sandwich. Nothing is worse than feeling sand in your teeth! YUCK!
Plastic bags — No one likes to sit in a wet and sandy bathing suit, so I pack a few plastic grocery bags to put my wet suit in. You can also use it to collect trash from snacks, tissues, etc on the beach.
Tampon — because you never want to be that girl.
Now you know what I keep in my beach bag. What are your beach bag essentials?
It’s that time of year again! Does anyone else consider Memorial Day weekend as the beginning of summer? I do! If the pools are open, it’s summer in my mind. Actually, it’s been high 70’s to mid 80’s down here for the past 4 weeks. It’s practically summer already!
I’ve always been a do-er. I like to explore new places and see new things. Bobby always jokes that I don’t know what it’s like to relax. For example, when I’m watching TV I’m blogging or cross stitching. Since we’re still new-ish to Raleigh, there’s so much “new” to do!
Happy May! I’m so excited to share my favorite things with you this month. Who else can’t wait to see what new things I’m loving each month?
I’ve been using this deodorant for a few months now and, WOW, what a difference it makes! I’m trying to make the switch to more organic and natural beauty supplies. Did you know that the FDA is not required to approve beauty products before they hit the market? When I found that out, I really started to think about what I was putting on my skin. Schmidt’s Deodorants are free of aluminum, parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrance, and more. Plus, I love their scents. I’m currently loving the Rose and Vanilla scent.
It had been decades since I last did a cross stitch, but in March I made a Peter Rabbit for Easter. I like to have something monotonous to do in the evenings while I’m in front of the TV. I’ve never been the type of person to just sit still. Whether it’s a puzzle, paint by numbers, or cross stitch my hands are always moving. And, I’ve officially started my pattern for July 4th! Can’t wait to share the final product with you!
J.Crew Factory Earrings
I’ve been in LOVE with these earring jackets from J.Crew! I wear them all the time…with casual outfits or to work. Instead of my diamond studs, I’ve been opting for these cute jackets.
Bobby and I watched The Alienist on TNT. This psychological crime drama is a thriller! The first episode caught our attention and it’s been unpredictable the whole way. We loved the cast. Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl, and Luke Evens are a phenomenal trio. I would say this is Ms. Fannings best role to date. If you are looking for something new to watch, The Alienist is available On Demand.
Have you tried any of these? What are you loving this month? Share in the comments below.
One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to be more mindful. More often than not, I get caught up in the future (thanks anxiety!) and forget to take in / embrace the moment. Practicing mindfulness can help reduce stress. According to the American Psychological Association (APA) when you induce a state of relaxation, which can be achieved through mindfulness, you can reap the following health benefits:
Increased immune function
Lowered blood pressure
Lowered heart rate
Increased attention and focus
Increased clarity in thinking and perception
Lowered anxiety levels
As I exercise mindfulness in 2018, I want to share some tips that help me be more “in the moment”. I hope that this 8-part series will not only help me be more mindful but help others who deal with anxiety or stress.
#1. Leave Work at Work
I’m sure everyone has heard this one before, but it’s a great reminder. This is probably my biggest struggle. And it’s not necessarily because I complain about work, but because I can carry over my emotions from that workday to my house. For example, if I had a really busy day and I was bouncing from one task to the next, I’ll come home with a “have to get it done” attitude. And unless I’ve already communicated this with Bobby, he gets smacked with a to-do list out the window. This can lead to unmet expectations and, ultimately, an argument.
Before you put your key in the door, just take a deep breath and let go of all the distractions, people, and emotions from work. Try to walk into your home with a clean mindset.
It’s OK if you can’t totally shake the workday away. Just be sure to communicate that with your partner before you get home. If every day is a bad day, then you should probably think about your job. Are you feeling fulfilled? Do you like the people you work with?
How can you be more mindful? I’d love to hear your stories!
You guys…this warm weather has me itching to do some spring cleaning! Most of you know how crazy I am because I LOVE cleaning. There’s something calming about sitting down on a couch in a clean room. Everything is put away. There are vacuum lines in the carpet. Ahhhhh!
Spring Cleaning is my excuse to clean ALL THE THINGS! From baseboards to lightbulbs, to appliances to storage units…I’m a cleaning machine. This comic reminds me of how I feel when I clean.
If you’re a clean freak like me, or you need some direction on where to start, I put together a checklist for you! A couple of tips before you get started:
Start from the top (ceiling) and work your way down. Let the dust and dirt fall to the ground and vacuum at the end.
Organize and purge before cleaning. Spring Cleaning is a great time to recycle, sell, or donate old clothes, appliances, toys, etc.
Wipe down the most touched and often forgotten places. Under beds,
Start each room with the following sequence: dust/clean lighting fixture, dust tops of windows and door trim, remove cobwebs from corners, dust/wash blinds, wash curtains, and wash windows (inside and out).
I’m really bad about eating before I head out the door in the morning. I really, REALLY like sleep so I wait until the last possible minute to get out of bed. I’ve got my morning routine down — it only takes about 20 mins to get dressed and put makeup on — but Mowgli needs a walk and that’s unpredictable (I never know if he’s going to stop and smell everything or just get down to business). So I’ve been looking for ways to get a quick and healthy breakfast on the go. Hence, breakfast smoothies!
If you read my March edition of Things I’m Loving then you know I’ve been using MyFitnessPal to help track calories and nutrients. I’m trying to get better about my diet, as I know it has a HUGE part in weight gain/loss (regardless of exercise).
This was my favorite of the three smoothies. It wasn’t overly sweet, just the right amount of blueberry tart and banana sweetness. This is the first time I’ve ever added oats to a smoothie…and it was so good! I’ve made this smoothie several times in the past week. Definitely a keeper!
Peanut Butter Banana
This is your stereotypical protein smoothie. Nothing really jumped out at me as being special. Just peanut butter and banana. Don’t get me wrong…it tasted great! But it was what I expected. However, I saw a recipe for a Peanut Butter and Jelly smoothie that looks really yummy!
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
I had really high expectations for this smoothie. I recently had an Oatmeal Cookie Latte that was TO DIE for! I guess I was expecting it to be equally as good…but it wasn’t. First, the raisin didn’t blend well. I doubled the number of raisins, too, but never got the taste. Also, it was too liquidy. Next time, I’d cut the amount of almond milk down to 1/4 cup. I’m willing to give this smoothie another shot, but only because it sounds SO good!
Have you tried any breakfast smoothies? Share your recommended recipe in the comments!
Hello Everyone! I’ve been thinking about Mother’s Day for several weeks now. Every year I struggle to find a way to say “thank you” to my mom. Do I get her another pair of slippers? Does she want a massage? What about flowers? Or does she just want to feel appreciated with some quality time (or a phone call in my case)? As an adult child, with no children of my own, it becomes really hard to find unique ways to show mom that you appreciate everything she put up with — especially between the ages of 13-18!
When Bobby and I were in Virginia last month, I saw a set of blocks with photos on them. Bobby’s grandmother made them for Bobby’s parent’s wedding anniversary. What a cool idea! I ran to Michaels and purchased a few blocks, printed a handful of images, and voila! The perfect Mother’s Day gift — Memory Blocks!
Here’s what you need:
Wooden blocks (I bought three (3) 2″x2″ and four (4) 1″x1″)
First, print out the photos that you want to put on the blocks. This was the most time-consuming part for me. I tried to find an equal amount of photos of each brother from over the years, so I had to stalk my family’s Facebook pages! I printed 42 (6 sides per block x 7 blocks = 42 images) photos on plain computer paper. Note: I printed the images as “wallet size”, which worked for 95% of the photos. I needed to edit about 3 images to get them to fit on the blocks.
Next, I sanded the blocks with fine-grit sandpaper to smooth the sides and edges. I wiped off the dust with a damp paper towel and let the blocks dry.
Then, placed the block over the image I wanted. Tip: You can hold the block on the back of the image and hold it up to the light to see what is in frame. Once you’ve got it in frame, trace the edge of the block around the image.
Next, cut out the image. Once cut, put the image on the block and trim any extra that may be spilling over. You want the image to lay flat on the block, with nothing hanging over the edge.
With a paintbrush, add a thin layer of Mod Podge on one side of the block. Add the image to the block. Be sure to press firmly on the image to make sure it sticks well. Press out any bubbles.
Continue with steps 4 and 5 until the entire block is covered with images.
Once the block is covered with images, add a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the images. This will protect the images from wear and tear. Let dry for 24 hours.
And there’s the final product! I’m so happy with the way it turned out! Such a great gift for Mother’s Day! I can’t wait to hear my mom’s reaction.
Hi everyone! Happy May! This is probably one of my favorite months — behind September and December, of course. A few great things about May: 1) The spring weather, 2) I can hang out on my patio/deck with my new plants and flowers, and 3) Mother’s Day. The only bad parts about May are my spring allergies. I’ve never had bad seasonal allergies, but something about North Carolina’s climate just destroys my eyes, nose, and throat. All in all, I’m excited for what’s to come in May.
April was a pretty busy month for us. During this time of year, our weekends are packed. I’m assuming because everyone is tired of being cooped up inside all winter. April consisted of a small Easter celebration, some volunteering for Earth Day, and a short trip to Virginia to celebrate birthdays.
Of course, April 1st was Easter. We decided to stay home and not travel. Easter isn’t a big deal for Bobby and me, so we kept it low key. With that said, I love having an excuse to cook an elaborate meal. If you read my post about my failed dinner, then you know we didn’t have dinner. We did, however, have an awesome pancake brunch with some friends.
And because Easter baskets are a thing, I convinced Bobby to let me make small baskets for us and Mowgli. Typically, like Christmas, Bobby would fill my basket and I would fill his. This year, I filled all of the baskets (mostly because I had my eye on a cheap phone tripod). The contents of each basket were less than $20 courtesy of 5 Below and Target.
After our friends left, we ventured out to the grocery store. To our surprise, everything was closed. I mean, I know we live in the south, but EVERYTHING was closed ALL day for Easter. This is definitely not what we’re used to! After driving around for a little while, we finally found a Walmart Grocery that was open. We grabbed a few ingredients to make homemade pizza, and I snagged an egg dyeing kit. Then, spent the last bit of our Easter weekend “tye-dyeing” our eggs!
Next up, we celebrated Earth Day by volunteering at Whole Foods and Horton Grove Nature Preserve. Bobby and I love being outside so much that we had a wedding registry at REI. We spend a lot of time camping and hiking, so Earth Day is an important reminder for us to give back to our planet.
On April 19th, six local Whole Foods Markets agreed to donate 5% of their net sales to the Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC). I spent a few hours volunteering at a booth in one of the Whole Foods. As people walked through the produce section, I greeted them and educated them on what TLC does for the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.
Over Earth Day weekend, we spent Saturday helping TLC build trails at the Horton Grove Nature Preserve in Bahama, NC. Bobby and I learned a lot about “cutting” trails. From looking at topography and where to map the trail, to digging out all vegetation and how to properly fill holes from roots or rocks. We found that building a trail required a LOT more work than we thought. It definitely gave us a better appreciation for our park system and trail crews.
On Sunday, we attended the Meadow Lark fundraiser for Learning Outside at Irvin Nature Preserve in Carrboro, NC. We got to tour the new gardens, take a carriage ride around the property, make flower crowns, and bid on items in the silent auction. I actually won a set of herb/veggies in the silent auction! Can’t wait to plant them!
At the end of April, we traveled to Virginia for Bobby’s marathon. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out because a few days before the race Bobby started complaining about pain in his Achilles. He rested his legs the entire week of the race but decided to push through and continue with the race. As some of you know, Bobby is extremely headstrong. When he puts his mind to something, he’d rather fail than quit. So when I dropped him off at the starting line, you can probably imagine how nervous I was that I’d get a call from the medics saying he needed to go to the ER. I reminded him of how proud I was and kissed him goodbye.
It was about 2 hours in when I got a call from Bobby. He said, “there’s no way I can finish the 2nd half”. I met him at mile 12 and picked him up. He was in a decent amount of pain, but no ruptured Achilles. I was so thankful that he listened to his body and decided to stop. I’d rather play it safe than go to the ER for surgery.
We spent the rest of the day Saturday celebrating Bobby’s brother’s and stepmom’s birthdays. Bobby’s Aunt and Uncle from Maryland came to celebrate as well! We had a great time catching up with everyone.
It was a busy month, but lots of memories were made! In case you missed it, here are my blog posts from April:
Hi friends! Last month I won a contest on Facebook and was given a TON of free samples of Perfectly Posh products. Have you ever heard of Perfectly Posh? I hadn’t. They offer all types of pampering products for your face, body, hair, feet, and hands. From scrubs and masks to shampoos and lip color, Perfectly Posh’s products are made with naturally based ingredients. Today I’m sharing my Perfectly Posh Review on the blog.
As you know, I’ve been getting Ipsy and Birchbox purely for the ability to try new products and break out of my skincare and makeup rut. So when I received this package of samples, I couldn’t wait to test them out! Scroll down to read my review of each product. If you’re interested in buying any products, contact my friend (and Bobby’s cousin), Kelly Brown.
Vial Lip Primer
PSA: If you don’t use a lip primer before wearing lipstick, you need to go buy one ASAP! I love wearing bold lip colors but they usually stain my lips or rub off after drinking out of a glass. Lip primer helps the color stay on all day and prevents stains.
I tried Perfectly Posh’s new Vial Lip Primer and loved it! It went on silky smooth and filled in all of the cracks in my lips. The lip primer is made with fermented desert date and sunflower oils to help keep lips moisturized. My lip color stayed on all day, and when I was ready to take it off it wiped right off!
Both colors have a velvety, semi-satin finish. It didn’t rub off on drinking glasses and stayed on all day (thank’s primer)! I will say that it started to get a little dry about half way through the day. I’d suggest carrying a gloss with you to add moisture when needed.
BFF: Best Face Forever Exfoliating Daily Face Wash
The BFF Exfoliating Face Wash has earth-friendly scrubby eco-beads and a mild grapefruit and peppermint scent. It really made my face feel clean! I didn’t have to scrub very hard, and my face felt really smooth afterward. Scrubs are great for oily/blemish-prone skin. If you’re like me and struggle with adult acne, it’s likely being caused by dead skin and oil clogging your pores. This BFF Face Wash exfoliates the dead skin but leaves your face moisturized and not dry.
Gel Yes! Gel to Water Face Moisturizer
I was so curious about this “gel to water” moisturizer. When first applied, it definitely feels like gel. It was soothing on my freshly scrubbed face. After a few seconds of rubbing it in, it thinned and almost felt like a primer. It made my face feel really smooth and soft. It was lightweight but provided plenty of moisture. I bet it would feel amazing if I kept it in the fridge — cold gel to wake up your skin. Ahhhh!
Perfectly Posh’s Skin Sticks are a great idea! They’re on-the-go solutions for dry skin, lips, cuticles, etc. They look like giant lipsticks! First, I tried The Purifier which has eucalyptus, tea tree, and peppermint oils to help sooth skin irritants. I used it to moisturize dry spots on my feet and hands.
Next, I tried The Healer which is made of shea butter, beeswax, and vanilla and orange essential oils. My hands get really dry, especially in the winter, so sometimes I need a heavy duty moisturizer. The beeswax helps lock the moisture in place.
Lastly, I tried Sleepy Sleep which is made with shea butter and lavender oil. At first, I thought it was just another dry skin stick. But after looking in my Pink Ink catalog, the Sleepy Sleep stick can be applied to your forehead to relieve tension and help you sleep better. Lavender is a natural relaxant and is PERFECT for bedtime!
I’ve been eyeballing the Hot Pepper Sha-Bang stick. This would feel great after being on my feet all day!
Whole Lava Love Volcanic Ash Exfoliator
This “off” mask removes the dirt and dead skin that builds up on your face. The Whole Lava Love mask is made of (you guessed it!) volcanic ash, charcoal powder, tea tree oil, and eco-beads. I did some research and found that volcanic ash is quite beneficial to your skin. It’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-yeast and an overall disinfectant. Volcanic Ash is high in sulfur, an active mineral ingredient which not only helps the body to resist bacteria but actually destroy it. These qualities are perfect for someone who is looking to rid of acne-causing bacteria!
Sassyooma Hand Creme
If you’re looking for a thick hand creme, this is for you! Just a dime-sized drop of Sassyooma will cover both hands and elbows without feeling greasy. Its refreshing sweet citrus scent makes it the perfect lotion to keep at your desk.
The Stripper Body Mask
How have I never tried a body mask before now? The Stripper Body Mask is full of charcoal which helps absorb free radicals and toxins that build up on your skin. It also includes moisturizing aloe vera and safflower seed oils. I applied this to my armpits, chest, and back before getting in the shower. It definitely was one of my favorites from the group! I highly recommend this product if you’re looking to detox your body from all the chemicals in lotions, deodorant, perfumes, etc.
Cackle Spackle Deep Cleansing Face Mask
I’m loving all of these mask samples! The Cackle Spackle is another “off” mask made of clay and charcoal to help absorb excess oil and help skin look clearer. I left it on for about 10 mins before rinsing it off. My skin definitely felt less oily after the mask. This was another favorite product that I think I’ll add to my basket!
Show and Gel Hydrating Body Gel
While I was writing this I asked myself, “what’s the difference between body wash and shower gel?” I’ve only purchased body washes, so I wasn’t sure if there was a difference between the two. I found this really helpful article. The bottom line is that body wash is great for normal skin and shower gel is best for acne-prone or oily skin. I’ve been using the wrong product this WHOLE TIME?! Glad I checked!
The Show and Gel features natural ingredients such as coconut water, aloe vera, and lavender oil. It nourishes your skin without leaving a greasy feeling. Plus the lavender smell was so calming!
Love The Dark Body Scrub
Out of all the products I tried, this was the only one I didn’t care for. And I’m really bummed to admit it because I wanted it to work so badly! This gentle body scrub is made of a sea salt blend, charcoal, honey, and shea butter. It’s supposed to remove and moisturize dry skin, but it didn’t apply very well in the shower…it stuck to my hands.
Jeweled Plum Fizi
Who doesn’t love a bath bomb? I got to try the Jeweled Plum Fizi and I can’t describe how amazing it smelled! It was a combination of plum and vanilla…so sweet! I have a larger than average tub, so sometimes I have to use 2 bath bombs to get the full benefit. That’s not the case with the Fizi! This little guy is packed with scent and shea butter. You can choose from 3 different variety packs on the website.
Pineapple Pick-Me-Up Exfoliating Face Mask
Last but not least, I tried this fruit enzyme face mask. The best part…the smell! I LOVE the smell (and taste) of pineapple. I just wanted to lick this mask off my face! It was a gentle exfoliator that really brightened my skin. I could feel it tingling when it was on my face — which is a good sign it’s working. Now, let me go eat some pineapple before I eat my face!
I love Perfectly Posh’s mission to deliver more natural ingredients in our products. It’s the first beauty catalog I’ve seen that lists all of the ingredients. Plus, it looks like a great company to work for. They’re all about honesty, fun, and empowering women. Now that’s something I can support!
Here are a few other products that I want to try. Clearly, I’m interested in eye care!
I have to be honest. I was trying really hard to have all of my Easter posts done BEFORE Easter, but it’s really hard. By the time you realize what you want to write about, make/bake/etc, take and edit photos, and draft a post, it’s already April 1st! I’ve realized that if I want to start posting stuff for July 4th, I better start working on them now.
I really wanted to have a picturesque Easter dinner. Ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, and…Carrot Cake. When I was putting together the grocery list, Bobby mentioned that he doesn’t like ham. Who doesn’t like ham?! Actually, I’ve known this for a while but my mind won’t accept it. He’s been training for a marathon at the end of the month and has been really picky about what he eats. No meat, lots of carbs and veggies.
Anyways, I decided to forego dinner plans but still make Carrot Cake. I love to bake and it had been a while since I baked anything. I bought the 3 blocks of cream cheese and 1lb of carrots….then, life happened. Our friends came into town and we spent all weekend hanging out, which left no time for baking a cake. Plus, I had a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out) so I didn’t want to be inside baking while they were out having fun.
Long story short, I’ve had 3 blocks of cream cheese and 1lb of carrots sitting in my fridge for 2 weeks. This past weekend, while Bobby and I were just laying around, I figured I’d make some cake!
I found this recipe on Pinterest via Gimme Some Oven. It’s no doubt the BEST carrot cake I’ve ever had. The cream cheese frosting is no joke!
CARROT CAKE INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 1/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch of ground cloves
1 pound finely-grated fresh carrots
(optional: 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, and/or 1/2 cup raisins)
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING INGREDIENTS:
3 (8 oz.) bricks cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 cups powdered sugar (or more if needed to thicken)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Grease and flour three 8-inch round baking pans or two 9-inch round baking pans.
In the bowl of a large stand mixer, mix together oil, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until combined and smooth.
Add in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla, and mix until smooth.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, baking powder, nutmeg, and cloves) until combined.
Add the dry ingredient mixture to the mixing bowl, and beat on medium speed until just combined.
Fold in the grated carrots with a spatula, and stir until combined. If you would like to add nuts and/or raisins, stir them in at this time as well.
Pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake pans. Then bake for 25-30 (8-inch) or 35-40 (9-inch) minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cakes comes out clean.
While cakes are baking in the oven, make the cream cheese frosting. Using an electric mixer, cream together cream cheese and butter on medium speed for 1 minute or until smooth with no lumps remaining.
Add in vanilla extract and salt, and continue mixing until combined.
Lower speed to medium-low and gradually add in powdered sugar.
Increase speed to medium-high and beat until combined. Note: If frosting is too thick, you can add a teaspoon or two of water. If it is too thin, you can add more powdered sugar.
When cakes are finished baking, remove pans and let them cool on a wire rack until the cakes reach room temperature.
Layer the cakes with the cream cheese frosting, and then frost the outside of the cake as you desire.
I guess it’s been a while since I’ve made a cake because this thing was HUGE. I guess I’m used to cupcakes or really, really small personal cakes. Since making the cake on Saturday, we’ve only managed to eat 1/6 of it. Next time I think I’ll cut the recipe in half. And maybe substitute out the sugar and oil for honey.