cakes for a cause 2014

Last night we attended Cakes for a Cause Columbus – a fabulous event benefiting the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.  Once again Kasey from Bliss Event Design and Emilie from Emilie Duncan Event Planning gathered some of the most talented bakeries and caterers in the Columbus area for an evening full of great food and sweet treats.  Flour Loves Sugar and MessMakerBaker even got in on the action by offering some goodies to the auction:

cakes for a cause 2014 | www.prettyplainjanes.comOnce again we failed at human pictures (at least we have pregnancy brain to blame).  Let’s just say they were cute dresses, a barely there baby bump, a can’t miss baby bump and a blonde named Vicki with one fabulous booty.

This event is always a great time – especially fun for a girl’s night out!  Looking forward to next year!

Have a wonderful Easter weekend everyone!


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10 favorite things

I love seeing these posts, because they make you sit down and think about the little things.  So here is my small list of things that make me happy:

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1. Slow mornings.  Much to my dismay, I am realizing that slow mornings are sort of a bad habit.  According to “experts”, being non-productive in the morning makes for a lousy day.  Regardless, I love them.

2. Coffee mugs.  If I had to pick something that you could say I “collect”,  it would be this.  Thin rims, unique handles, and the bigger the better.  Perfection.

3. The smell of my grandma’s towels.  My entire life her towels have had the exact same scent, and whatever it is it’s heavenly.  A mix of cedar and florals and magic “grandma’s house smell”.  If only I could bottle it up.

4.  Tiny notebooks.  Target’s dollar isle has these down to an art, and always in abundance.  I buy them every time I’m there and my collection is rediculous, but I use them everyday!

5. Late night talks.  Last weekend my lifelong best friend showed up at my house around midnight, which is far beyond this prego girls bedtime- but she somehow sits on my couch and time stands still.  We talk about everything and nothing and somehow it becomes 3 am.

6. Happy mail.  I don’t care how old you are, getting something fun in the mail can turn a bad day into a good day.

7.  Frozen grapes.  (If you’ve never had them, go throw a bag of grapes in your freezer.  You’re welcome.)

8. Childrens books.

9. Attending weddings.  I’m not so great at my own special moments, but I really love other peoples.

10.  Conversations with my tiny 3 year old.  (Okay, almost three year old.)  I swear from time to time we have conversations that leave me speechless and so proud that she’s mine.  Her heart is truly bigger than her whole body, and I hope that never changes.

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the best foodie blogs of the moment

A fabulous food blog, Pinch of Yum, posted a few weeks ago about a topic that I was more than excited to dive into- thoughts on what food bloggers should be writing about.  Maybe it’s not something you have thought about while reading my Wednesday posts, or maybe you have gotten on a time or two and thought “what in the world is she talking about?”.  Even if you haven’t put any thought into it, I certainly have.  The consensus across the board was to write about anything you want.  Whatever makes you tick.  Whatever you want to share and feel natural writing.  Because lets be honest, those are the genuine posts.   In the past, I have somehow felt confined by those recipes, and have only crept outside the lines a few times.. but looking back those are my favorite posts.  After all, recipes are only half of baking.

Some mornings I sit down to write and my fingers can’t type fast enough, the words just flow out, quickly filling a post to the point that I worry I am getting lengthy, boring you.  Other days though, I sit down, after not enough hours of sleep, and stare blankly at beautiful pictures of giant buttery rice crispy treats, wondering, “what do I have to say that is worth their time today?” 

For me, the posts that flow out are the stories.  Our life.  Deep thoughts.  Sure, I love to tell you how much I love salted caramel, and yummy tart lemon bars- but I really love to tell you about the people who enjoy those treats.  The people that I love more than salted caramel.  In this quest to open up and share, I have been turning to those that combine the two beautifully- recipes, and life- some of my favorite bloggers.

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If you’re looking for both good food and good words- these are my favorites at the moment.  1. Joy The Baker   2. Smitten Kitchen  3. Chasing Delicious  4. The Broken Bread 5. Crazy For Crust

It’s a balance I am still figuring out, but lately I’ve been peeling off the layers, sitting down and just writing.  And it feels really good.

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diy sea salt spray for beachy textured waves

diy sea salt spray for beachy textured waves | www.prettyplainjanes.comEver since starting this blog I have became an incredibly crappy self taught tech geek.  I feel lost yet determined to diy my own coding and tackle server issues.  There is not enough wine on the planet sometimes though.  And now that I’m pregnant, well, let’s just say it’s a miracle my computer still functions.

This super simple yet so excited to share post is late due to my lack of understanding the behind the scene cyber world of blogging.  My server clearly has no idea just how fabulous diy sea salt spray is.  And it is – fabulous.  Thank goodness I am stubborn.  A punk server is no match for a woman with a hair product tip.

What makes this spray so darn awesome is the effectiveness.  We tested it on Shan’s naturally straight, not willing to “rough” up much hair.  (Don’t feel bad for her – all this means is that she has the pretty, silky, shiny hair that they flip around in shampoo commercials.)  Tested on my hair would have been slightly misleading considering I’ve already got loads of roughed up texture and body.  There is a reason I could never live in the South:

diy sea salt spray for beachy textured waves | www.prettyplainjanes.comBut in all seriousness this diy spray from Wellness Mama would work on almost any hair (with slightly different results depending on how much natural wave you have to start with).   It is also far cheaper than any prepackaged sea salt spray on the market.  There is a very good chance you already own everything you need.

diy sea salt spray for beachy textured waves | www.prettyplainjanes.comSupplies

  • 1 cup of Hot Water (not boiling)
  • 2 tablespoons Epsom Salts (or more for extra texture)
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan or Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1/2 tsp Conditioner
  • empty Spray Bottle
  • Optional Essential Oils or spritz of Perfume for scent
  • Optional fresh squeezed Lemon Juice or Vodka for a natural highlighter


  1. Place water, salts, gel, conditioner and optional ingredients in bottle.
  2. Seal and shake for 2 minutes
  3. Store at room temperature (fridge if using lemon juice) and use for up to 3 months.
  • Best used on unwashed hair.  Simply dampen hair slightly with water and scrunch with towel.  Spray sea salt spray all over hair and scrunch more achieving desired texture.  Seal texture with a little hair spray.
  • For really stubborn straight hair apply sea salt spray to damp hair after washing (you will want to do this before bed).  Sleep in braided pigtails or a tight bun overnight.  Undo hair in morning and spray in a tad more texture.  Hold with hair spray.

We did not overnight Shan’s waves but did apply to her unwashed, previously curled hair.  She was surprised by the texture it instantly created:

diy sea salt spray for beachy textured waves | diy sea salt spray for beachy textured waves | www.prettyplainjanes.comWe then tried it out on Adelynn’s more fine straight hair and were pretty impressed with her toddler texture:

diy sea salt spray for beachy textured waves | www.prettyplainjanes.comThere is no doubt that many a bottle of sea salt spray will be made this summer.  I will update this post with how it worked on my natural wave.  (Currently staring out the window at a snow covered evergreen does not really have me craving beach waves at the moment).  If you try this out (come on, why wouldn’t you?!) we would love to hear how it worked on your hair type.  We are all in this “I want J Lo beachy waves” battle together after all.


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basic black (29 weeks)

Perfection is not a word I throw around much.  There is imperfection in everything which is ultimately what makes life beautiful.  This weekend was what I would call perfect with imperfection.  Windows were open, trips to the park were taken and ice cream was consumed.  While we breathed in the fresh air, laundry piled up, the dishes were ignored and all that “Spring cleaning” on our to do list did not happen.  Yet I woke up this morning feeling recharged, as if I accomplished a million things on my mind.  Funny how a couple carefree days can set off a mindset of determination and productivity.  It certainly was the perfect imperfect weekend.

Of course one might think with all this outdoor time I’d be wearing something colorful and happy.  I went a more comforting route by sporting my favorite tee and jeans.  These pieces feel good to put on and wear all day – two things that do not come easily in maternity wear.  Crossing my fingers and toes they can last me another 10 weeks.

basic black (29 weeks) | basic black (29 weeks) | basic black (29 weeks) | www.prettyplainjanes.comBaby boy is moving like crazy.  So crazy in fact that if he doesn’t move for more than 20 minutes I freak out a little.  Jettie was head down and in position for over 22 weeks.  She was comfy, in her own little nook and was in no big hurry to make her appearance (this is all very familiar to me).  This guy on the other hand seems to have ants in his pants.  Like he can’t wait to get the party started (hello, his dad).  I am very curious to see if his personality inside my belly fits the one outside.  Especially curious to find out what kind of baby he is compared to his sister.  Jettie came out screaming mad, with a head full of hair and the prettiest skin in a shade of pink that melted me on the spot.  When I envision this one all I see is a big round bald head and a huge grin like his father.  Can’t help but smile every time the image makes it’s way into my head.  Gosh I can’t wait to meet our son.  I guess I am ready to get this party started too.

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