Snow Cone Cupcakes and Other Delights

These snow cone cupcakes are the epitome of summer! They're festive, fun and easy. Use them for any occasion! Unlike real snow cones, these won't melt!

If we’re being honest, the last six days have been like having a newborn baby, without the physical pain.

And then we quickly graduated to it being like having a toddler in the house, although my toddlers never ate wood chips or chewed on coffee tables. That said, it takes constant vigilance. I’m only writing this while he naps now at my feet, like so:

snow cone cupcakes

My mental state is good..ish. I don’t do well with the end of the school year. All of those permission slips and field days and end of year breakfasts and goodbyes. It gives me a stomachache, and I mean that sincerely and literally. (ow) I did ok with it as a kid because I had the promise of an eons-long summer vacation to answer to, but as a mama? My growing mama heart has to wrap my head around new teachers and routines, and my kids both have the audacity to have June/July birthdays while the years pass. More years taking me beyond those early moments and days. When all I had to do was hold them.

To my heart. Hold them and hold on. Hold on.

So this puppy – this baby. Our baby. I’m quite attached. Athena and Juniper seem to like him too. Junie and I will always have our computer cuddle time. (seriously – she wants to cuddle only when I’m working) And the puppy isn’t big enough for the dog park yet until he has all his shots. That belongs to Athena and me. Eventually she’ll show him the ropes and he’ll be ready. She will soon see that it means more time at her favorite place. Nothing but more lately. More love and more life.

I figure that out eventually. Every time.

These snow cone cupcakes are the epitome of summer! They're festive, fun and easy. Use them for any occasion! Unlike real snow cones, these won't melt!

These snow cone cupcakes are the epitome of summer! They're festive, fun and easy. Use them for any occasion! Unlike real snow cones, these won't melt!

These snow cone cupcakes are the epitome of summer! They're festive, fun and easy. Use them for any occasion! Unlike real snow cones, these won't melt!

You are so lucky, because you’re about to find out how to make snow cone cupcakes. Pretty cool, right? I’ve seen them in red, white and blue, which is really pretty, but I wanted to make mine more summer-colorful. You can make them any way!

Snow Cone Cupcakes:

Ingredients:

6 prepared cupcakes, unfrosted
1 container white frosting
Sanding Sugars—red, yellow, blue
6 white styrofoam cups, 12 oz
6 plastic spoons
Scissors

Instructions:

1 – First, cut off a little more than half of the top of each cup. The bottoms will be used to hold the cupcakes so make sure the cupcakes fit inside with the cake tops being about even with the cup tops. Don’t put the cupcakes into the cups yet.

2 – Frost each cupcake with a thick layer of frosting and smooth it into a dome shape.

3 – Start with the blue sugar and sprinkle a thick coat on the left third of the frosting so it looks like a blue stripe. Use the yellow sugar next and sprinkle a thick coat on the middle of the cupcake to look like a yellow stripe. Use the red sugar last to sprinkle on a thick coat for a red stripe on the right third of the cupcake. It should resemble a snow cone.

4 – Set each cupcake down into a cup and dip a spoon down into the edge of the cake so it looks like a spoon inside a snow cone.

5 – Enjoy!

snow cone cupcakes

snow cone cupcakes

snow cone cupcakes

snow cone cupcakes

snow cone cupcakes

These snow cone cupcakes are the epitome of summer! They're festive, fun and easy. Use them for any occasion! Unlike real snow cones, these won't melt!

Do you like snow cones best, or would you like snow cone cupcakes even more?

These snow cone cupcakes are the epitome of summer! They're festive, fun and easy. Use them for any occasion! Unlike real snow cones, these won't melt!

Don’t Let Your Finances Impact Your Family Life!

As you guys know, I’ve been all about finances lately. Something about Des starting kindergarten made the rest of my life flash before my eyes! That’s a slight exaggeration, but I do think about savings now more than ever. That’s why I love giving financial tips. I like to believe I’m learning so much as I share, or sharing so much as I learn. Either way works. Enjoy!

Let’s face it, no matter what you’ve got going on in your life, there is always going to be one thing that will cause just about anyone a pretty hefty amount of stress and anxiety. That thing is, of course, money. It doesn’t matter who you are, you’re always going to end up having to build a lot of your life around your finances. This can be especially tough if you’ve got a family to look after. After all, you want the best for your family but when you’re constantly worrying about money, it can often feel impossible to do that. Not only that but no matter how much you might want to avoid it, it’s incredibly easy to let your money worries bleed into the rest of your family life. Luckily, that’s not the way things have to be. With that in mind, here are some things that you can do in order to stop your finances from impacting your family life.

A clear budget is your best friend

If you want to avoid letting your finances reach a point where you’re constantly worrying about them then the best thing that you can do is to keep a clear budget so that you don’t end up spending more than you can really afford. Keeping track of all of the expenses both big and small is the only way that you’re going to be able to avoid falling into the trap of emptying out your bank balance without realising it.

Make time for each other

If there’s one cliche that you’ve probably heard a million times it’s that the best things in life are free. Well, it turns out that, like most cliches, that’s pretty true. If there’s one thing that’s more valuable than anything else, and won’t cost you a thing, it’s the time that you and your family spend together. Going for a walk in the woods or curling up under a blanket to have a movie night are great ways to spend quality time with your family without spending any money.

It’s okay to treat yourselves

Of course, you shouldn’t feel as though you should never spend any money. After all, that’s just going to end up making life more stressful than before. It’s okay to treat yourself and your family, even when you’re living on a budget. The best thing to do is to look out for the best possible deals. Things like Smyths Toys voucher codes or discounts at your favourite stores are a great way to treat yourselves without spending huge amounts. forcing yourself to never buy anything you want is just going to make you all feel miserable.

You might be tempted to try and keep your money worries from your partner and your kids but the truth is that trying to take on everything yourself is just going to make your life a lot harder than it really needs to be. Make sure that you and your partner talk about your finances so that you can support one another. And you might think the kids aren’t ready for that sort of thing but being able to talk to them openly about money is going to help prepare them for adulthood and avoid falling into the same problems that you might be facing.