Friday, February 5, 2010

Last Friday of the Month is My New Favorite

So, Mr.Cupcake and I have been chatting about charity donations ever since our Haiti Relief event a few weeks back. We were so overwhelmed with the outpouring of support that we have decided every last Friday of each month, all of our walk-in sales will be donated to a charity. The best part is that our customers will get to decide which charity receives the money each month. I truly feel that it should be your choice considering that it is your money that we are donating. So, we are asking that everyone email (baby_cakes@insightbb.com), Facebook or Tweet your charity suggestions to us by the 20th of each month. We would like to focus on local charities, but are very open to national as well. We will randomly choose a customer to blindly pick from the top two charities suggested the last week of each month and then send out an update to everyone to let you know which charity has been chosen. That way, no favorites are played. We hope that everyone gets involved because we are crazy excited about it! Hope to hear from you all very soon.

Peace & Love,
T

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Power of Love

The kitchen looked like a war zone. I was completely covered in every known form of made from scratch cake mix. We ran out of butter, eggs and at 1:00 we were completely sold out, so I started all over again. Dearest friends and husbands were icing cupcakes and putting boxes together. I don't remember breathing, drinking or eating, but I do remember laughing and immense gratitude. Today, Friday the 15th of January, all of our walk-in cupcake sales went to the Red Cross to benefit Haiti. Because of you, Lexington, and our amazing cupcake patrons, we were able to raise $531.00 dollars based on $2.00 a piece cupcakes. My heart swells to the point of breaking. We posted our intentions late last night on Facebook, Twitter and our BabyCakes Cupcakes webpage and you all answered the call. It is now midnight and the peace that I feel is not describable. Some people say that our way of life is corrupt or that people have lost focus of the true meaning of life. I say that humanity is shining at its best right now. We just need to be given the chance to show it from time to time. Thank you sweet people. Thank you for my exhaustion, thank you for your smiling faces today, thank you for your generosity, thank you for your unconditional love and thank you for supporting people who have no means to support themselves. I have cried tears of joy today and I am proud to have met each of you. My life was so enriched from opening our cupcake shoppe, but today the support overwhelms me. We donate this money in each of your names. It wasn't us that made this day perfect. It was each of you that took time out of your day to buy a cupcake. Me saying thank you does not cover this, so I will say blessings to each of you and your families. As always, Keith and I send our love out to you along with peace.

You all made this day absolutely perfect.
Tricia & Keith Clemons

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Every Time a Bell Rings....


Well friends, it is the most joyous of holiday seasons. I truly love this time of year; everyone smiles a little more, gives a little more, rejoices a little more. There are many who say that this season is over commercialized and they would be right, but we must remember where we live. It is our nature as Americans to over commercialize, to push every boundary and live out the American dream, which unfortunately is typically tied to monetary gain. Thus, we are bombarded with holiday sales, the crazy Lexus commercials portraying the luxury car adorned with the big red bow, told every Kiss begins with Kay and so on and so on. You can choose to be disenchanted with the holiday for these reasons or you can choose to find the miracles that this season always produces. As with everything, it is all in where you look either with your eyes, your heart or your spirit. For example, Patricia and Joseph Busenhart are using their limousine service to give children a little extra joy this year. They are giving some very deserving kids a ride that they may never have had in life and they are doing this because it is the right thing to do. They are not promoting themselves or doing this to gain business. It is simply out of love and being able to help your fellow soul.

We had a lovely young lady come in recently who needed some cupcakes for her friend who was Jewish. Our lovely lady was not Jewish herself, but she wanted to bring cupcakes to her friends celebration, so we did a little research in order to decorate the goodies in true Hanukkah fashion. She wanted her friend to know that she loved her and was a part of their family regardless of religious beliefs. I thought that was so telling and wonderful.

Our dear friend Morgan has created a blog based on her passion and desire for filling her life with adventure and love. Her project starts in the New Year and not only will it enrich her life, but I have no doubt that fellow bluegrassians will read her blog and fall in love with their home all over again. I feel that this is a gift to all of us. I know that I personally, take my wonderful home for granted and sometimes it takes a new voice to remind us how fortunate we are to live in a beautiful place.

A dear sister-friend of mine was recently approached by an old deaf gentleman selling handmade wooden placks that simply read 'Jesus Loves You' for $1.00. My dear sweet friend bought one of these placks with a $5.00 bill and told the gentleman to please keep the change. The old man looked at her, tears welling in his eyes and was shocked that someone would be generous. To this man, four extra dollars was equivalent to a million extra dollars. Just simple kindness changed his holiday season.

I could go on and on, but the point is that you can always find miracles in everyday actions. It may not seem like a miracle to you or even that huge of a deal, but to someone else, it may change their world. So, yes this season is commercialized, but I do believe that the human race still holds the true meaning of this season in their hearts and not their wallets. So with that being said, I want to wish all of you the happiest of Christmases, Hanukkahs and Kwanzaas from the entire BabyCakes Cupcakes family. We love you all and know that each of you will have a peaceful, joyous and loving holiday season.

Peace & Love,
T

Thursday, November 26, 2009

What I Am Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Thought I would share my two favorite guys on Thanksgiving morning. One is running the camera and the other is just doing his normal morning routine.

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Two reasons why I am so very thankful. Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone!

Peace & Love,
T

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Winning Cupcake Statement of the Day

There were a lot of deserving statement winners of the day regarding our cupcakes, but the prize must go to the lovely mature lady who brought her grandchildren into the shoppe around five this afternoon.

Lovely Mature Lady: "We were afraid that we would miss you before you closed. You guys close at 5:00 right?"

Me: "No ma'am, we actually close at 6:30 during the week".

Lovely Mature Lady looking at her grandchildren and giggling a little: "Are you serious? We literally ran 3 red lights to make it here in time."

Me laughing: "Well, thank you for putting your car in jeopardy to have our cupcakes and I am sure your grandchildren loved the adventure."

You gotta love cupcake mania. The runner's up were as follows:

"The pink lemonade cupcake seriously changed my life."
"I have been avoiding you, so that I could lose a few pounds, but I missed you too much."
"I did some research and you can carry-on cakes and pies, so I need your cupcakes to fly to Chicago with me."

I soooo love you guys! You absolutely brighten my day and my laughter has filled this shoppe all day long!

Peace & Love,
T

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

You Know You Want One!



Lyla says come and get some yummy cupcakes. How can you resist that adorable face?!

Peace & Love,
T